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Meetings Op-Ed Happenings ISL BIZ 10-20 YEARS AGO Spring break bonanza. 4 Push for HB pier. 14 PLEASE SEE BOATER PAGE 3 VOLUME 26, NO. 23 APRIL 4, 2018 FREE Bunnies, bonnets. 14 The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.orgIsland mayors request slice from concession pie By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter The three Anna Maria Island mayors agree: Its time to ask for their slice of the money pie. They are seeking shares of funding from the $1.144 million surplus in the Manatee County beach concession fund. It amounts to nearly all of the surplus. The wish list announced at the March 27 Holmes Beach City Commission meeting came to roughly $1.1 million. The surplus grows from lease payments concessionaires UPS Inc., which operates the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and Coquina Beach Cafe, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Surplus concession revenues can be used to fund capital projects, community planning studies or consultant reports and other one-time projects that serve a valid public purpose and serve all Anna Maria Island residents. Projects may be undertaken either by Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach or Holmes Beach or collectively. A bicyclist and other vehicles maneuver the roundabout on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes bikeand pedestrian-safety improvements, the Anna Maria City Pier rebuild, dog park upgrades, Grassy Point Preserve improvements and Holmes Beach skateboard park upgrades. Funding requests by city: Anna Maria, $333,000; Bradenton Beach, $298,230; and Holmes Beach, $342,290. Another $100,000 is earmarked for infrastructure at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. A letter of support signed by all three island mayors and a written request for funding will be forwarded by Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson to the Manatee Board of County Commissioners, which has the ultimate decision on funding. The county established guidelines for the use of the surplus concession revenues in approval for the use of the revenues. PLEASE SEE CONCESSION PAGE 2 Service on the sandWorshipers gather April 1 at Manatee Public Beach for the 54th Easter Sunrise Service presented by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. The service includes all six island churches. Worshipers began to arrive before 6 a.m. for fellowship and coffee at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe. The service began before dawn and concluded as the sun rose above the horizon. The offering was shared by the churches. Islander Image: Jack Elka Deadline missed for hundreds of BB vacation rentals. 2 to abate code enforcement case. 3 On the government calendar. 4 Gulf Drive road work to resume April 9. 5 The Islander editorial, reader remarks. 6 Looking back. 7 Community announcements, activities. 10-11 Make plans, save a date. 12-13 AMITW gears up for nesting. 16 Cold weather deals blow to manatees. 17 Obituaries. 20 Streetlife. 22 24 Back to the future. 25 Spring break brings little break from wind on the water. 27 Beach clean up follows celebration. 28 Farmers market a win-win for vendors, customers. 29 Anchor down for new business. 30 PropertyWatch. 31 CLASSIFIEDS. 32 AsTheWorldTerns lament pier loss. 6Boater found in bay near Bridge St. pier dies Despite rescue attempts, a 52-yearold man died March 31 after he was found unconscious near the shore in Sarasota Bay south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Brandon Nieuwkoop, who lived on a cabin cruiser among the community of 30-40 anchored boaters including four who fought to save his life was pronounced dead at 2:12 p.m. at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Bradenton Beach Police Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz said. Barb Maldonado, with her brother, Mark Hill, and friend Crystal Nimmons were traveling in a dinghy to their boat at about 11 she thought was a horseshoe crab. Hill announced it was a man with tattoos, and the group recognized him as NieuNieuwkoop


2 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER Unique Pet PortraitsComposited images printed to stretched canvas Sunsets PRINTS FROM CONCESSION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Manatee County concession fund requests: PROJECT AMOUNT MATCH Bike path $400,615 50 percent Anna Maria City Pier $330,000 33 percent Center of AMI $100,000 none Pedestrian safety $56,740 50 percent Tag recognition $40,000 none Skate park $40,000 50 percent Kayak launch $35,000 50 percent Dog park $25,000 50 percent Beach concession funds requests by city: CITY AMOUNT Anna Maria $333,000 Bradenton Beach $298,230 Holmes Beach $342,290 Manatee County requires matching funds on many of its project requests. Anna Maria City Pier Coquina Beach Park Grassy Point Preserve Manatee Public Beach Cortez Beach Katie Peirola Park Herb Dolan Bayfront North Parks Lou Barolo South Park S BAY BLVD N BAY BLVD C AVE 6TH AVE E AVE N SHORE DR 2ND A VE AVENUE B SPRING AVE AVENUE C 85TH ST 56TH ST GLADIOLUS ST 52ND ST OAK AVE MAGNOLIA AVE 67TH ST PALM AVE 71ST ST 81ST ST 68TH ST 28TH ST 58TH ST 65TH ST 74TH ST JACARANDA RD 66TH ST 75TH ST 70TH ST 31ST ST 72ND ST 69TH ST 77TH ST TARPON ST 43RD ST FLO T ILLA DR 84TH ST CRESCENT DR WILLOW AVE DUNDEE LN 78TH ST FERN ST EMERALD LN 55TH ST MA RINA D R 51ST ST 57TH ST 127TH ST W 50TH ST 30TH ST 4TH AVE 49TH ST 129TH ST W 62ND ST CHILSON AVE AVENUE A 82ND ST 42ND ST 73RD ST 2ND ST N IVANHOE LN 83RD ST 7TH ST FOXWORTH LN 79TH ST 45TH AVE W 4TH ST CONCORD LN LAKEVIEW DR 60TH ST 2ND ST F AVE ALAMANDA RD 59TH ST HAMPSHIRE LN 61ST ST 39TH ST HOLLY RD 126TH ST W B AVE GULF DR BAY DR S 76TH ST N POINT DR HARDIN AVE 25TH ST N 64TH ST 63RD ST IRIS ST ROSE ST 22ND ST N 54TH ST BARONET LN PARK AVE 42ND AVE W 6TH ST N BAY DR N 125TH ST W MARINA CT PALMETTO AVE HAMMOCK RD 80TH ST 1ST ST N 5TH AVE WHITE AVE 38TH ST 9TH ST N BAYVIEW DR 34TH ST 45TH ST BAY D R 35TH ST COCONUT AVE GULL DR PERIWINKLE PLZ 17TH ST N 46TH AVE W TERN DR GUAVA ST BEACH AVE 124TH STRE ET CT W GLADSTONE LN BRIDGE ST LOQUAT DR KUMQUAT DR SU NRISE LN HARBOR LN CARISSA ST MARINERS WALK BAYVIEW PL PELICAN AVE 7TH ST S FIR AVE CEDAR AVE CLARK DR S SOUTH DR 11TH ST S S HARBOR DR AMBASSADOR LN 9TH ST S 6TH ST S 10TH ST S CLARK LN CYPRESS AVE 41ST ST KAYE LN PEACOCK LN 12TH ST S LINDA LN SUNBOW BAY DR S SPRUCE AVE 13TH ST S 3RD AVE SUNBOW BAY DR N HAVERKOS CT PEPPERTREE LN 20TH PL N 33RD ST B AVE 77TH ST 67TH ST 71ST ST 74TH ST 3RD AVE 68TH ST 79TH ST 72ND ST 70TH ST MARINA CT 75TH ST 75TH ST 74TH ST 58TH ST 73RD ST 72ND ST 69TH ST 4TH AVE 64TH ST 65TH ST 63RD ST 124TH STREET CT W 789 64 684 )789 0 0.5 1 0.25 Miles Recreational B ike Route Extension R oad Beach Access P ath Bike Rental/Repair Point of Interest Parks Manatee County is being asked to fund $400,615 toward a bike path on Anna Maria Island. Islander Courtesy GraphicHundreds of BB vacation rentals miss deadlineBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Time is up. The deadline to register for the transient public lodging establishment license in Bradenton Beach was March 19. received only 130 registrations, although code enforcethere are 600-800 vacation rentals in the city. Following a lengthy review, revision and notiaddressing noise, trash collection, parking and occupancy has commenced in Bradenton Beach. In August 2017, city commissioners and the mayor of-life ordinance, as well as the associated fee schedule for the transient public lodging establishment license now required for short-term rentals. Packets notifying property owners of the ordinance November 2017. residents were given 180 days to apply. With its expiration, new applicants will be subject to a $300 late fee in addition to the $150 application fee that only can be waived by a vote of the city commission, according to city treasurer Shayne Thompson. The ordinance, similar to vacation rental ordinances in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, was amended to allow for enforcement of waste collection, noise and parking regulations at vacation-rental homes. The city hopes to avoid Bert Harris Jr. claims demands for compensation due to government regulations that diminish the value of private property by limiting its regulations. The amended QOL ordinance bases occupancy on a state-regulated calculation relating to air conditionGilbert, usually amounts to an occupancy limit of two people per bedroom, plus two. John Lefner, business development and community manager with Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals a March 20 email to The Islander that he hopes everyone gets on board with the new regulations as, we all need to follow the same rules and regulations to keep this peace of paradise that we call Anna Maria. The packet and application can be downloaded at


THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 3 BOATER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CALL OR BOOK ONLINE TODAY! 941-778-2288 402 CHURCH AVE., BRADENTON BEACH ANNAMARIAPRINCESS.COMLETS GET OUT ON THE WATER! JOIN US FOR A DAY OR EVENING CRUISE ON THE ANNA MARIA PRINCESS! DAILY DOLPHIN TOURS AND SUNSET CRUISES 11 AM, 2 PM AND SUNSET ON THE ANNA MARIA EXPLORER!GO 2 DOLPHINS.COM By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter T o abate can mean to lessen, set aside, put on the back burner, void or nullify. And in the context of the treehouse owners most recent motion in court, Jim D ye, the attorney handling the dispute over the beachfront structure for Holmes Beach since 2013, sees it as a delay tactic. F rom the very start, attorney D avid Levin has pulled out the legal stops for owners Lynn T ran and R ichard Hazen in their quest to save the treehouse they built without permits in 2011. T he latest move by the attorney from I card M errill Beach in February to enforce its code decisions. A 2013 code board decision, as modified by a special magistrate, ordered the owners to remove the treehouse and pay a $50 a day assessment effective Treehouse owners le to abate code enforcement caseThe treehouse at 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, shares the beach front March 28 with sunbathers. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell ended in January with the U.S. Supreme Court declining a review. T he owners claimed they did not receive a fair hearing when a judge rubber-stamped a city order pre venting a citywide vote to grandfather the treehouse. T he couple built the beachfront structure in an Australian pine at 103 29th St., where they reside and operate four short-term rental units as Angelinos Sea Lodge. T he treehouse was built within state and city setbacks of the erosion control line, 20 feet seaward of their home and 30 feet east of the ECL. Prior to constructing it, the owners say they were argument was aired and also failed in court. Dye will be responding to both the abatement and summary judgment motions in the two cases assigned to Judge Lon Arend. He added the setback doesnt preclude a treehouse elsewhere on the property. T he citys position has always been if theyd come in with a proper plan, with the proper engineer ing and permits, well work with you, Dye said. at more than $50,000. to a 2013 treehouse case he reactivated 10 days earlier with a summary judgment motion asking the 12th Cir cuit Court to declare a city setback unconstitutional. T he summary motion argues the city setback is unconstitutional because its a matter usurped by the state an already litigated issue and wrong, according with Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff. In the abatement motion, Levin said, another pending action is a well-recognized ground to abate a subsequent action. In my view, its a slight of hand to shift the view things already decided in Judge (Janette) Dunnigans decision, Dye said in a March 29 interview. The treehouse owners losses include Dunnigans 2014 decision upholding the code board and the constitutionality of the setback, which Levin took to the 2nd District Court of Appeal and lost. A nother treehouse case brought in the 12th C ircuit wkoop. T hey had seen the man on his boat less than 30 minutes earlier and said he appeared to be OK. He must have had a seizure and fell off his motor boat, Hill said. T hey pulled N ieuwkoop aboard their dinghy. where Maldonado started CPR. T he dinghy, however, capsized about 20 feet from the dock at the Bridge T ender Inn, according to Hill. T here, two men jumped into the water to help Hill right the dinghy. A nother boater, Jeremy T homas, assisted in towing the dinghy to shore. EM S arrived, took over the medical efforts, revived Nieuwkoops pulse and took him to Blake, according to Diaz. Its so sad, Maldonado said. I tried my best. I know CPR. Nieuwkoop had lived in the anchorage for about three months and had a previous history of seizures. He was a nice gentleman, Hill said. Kathy Prucnell


4 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER MeetingsAnna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941708-6130, Bradenton Beach ning. ment agency. sota). Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-778-1005, Holmes Beach Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, West Manatee Fire Rescue ing). WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, Manatee County use). Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, Of interest ning Organization, Anna Maria City Hall. ment Council, Holmes Beach City Hall. Holiday I nn-Sarasota Bradenton I nternational A ir port, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota. Send notices to and Spring break brings revenue, albeit trafc woesCorrection The Islander incorrectly stated the Patterson Foundation hosts the G iving C hallenge in the M arch 28 story, C enter tries to maintain course, searches for new ED . T he C ommunity F oundation of Sarasota County hosts the challenge. The Patterson Foundation partners with the Sarasota foundation. By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter O n M anatee P ublic Beach on a sunny high-70s afternoon M arch 28, the mashup on the sand looked like a soft drink commercial. P arents slathered sunscreen on toddlers while babies slept under umbrellas. A blue U niversity of Behind the students, two older women in sun hats sat with their backs to the wind. I t was spring break, and all manners of visitors had descended on the beach for frivolity, indulgence and soaking in the sun. What do all these visitors mean to A nna M aria I sland? I t means hectic days at area businesses and revenue. T anner E noch, who manages the A nna M aria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, said weather plays a role in when people go to the beach. When the temperature is above 70 degrees, were killing it. But weve had some chilly, windy days. N ow the local kids are out and we are loaded with highschoolers, both from M anatee C ounty and from up said. I n C ortez, the Seafood Shack M arina Bar and Grill was seeing customers arrive by car and by boat, according to director of marketing Liza Kubik. We are slammed, Kubik said M arch 28. O n T uesday, (March 27) we went on a wait (for seating) at 5:15 and didnt come off until 9 p.m. Thats a long time for a wait. T he Waterfront R estaurant in A nna M aria saw a pickup in the number of diners during spring break. Manager Greg Grosser said, Weve had a lot of families and groups in the past few weeks, but we usually just dont get the college kids. I ts not their kind of thing. A lot of our regulars and snowbirds are here right now it seems. Just4Fun owner Joe Prather said a rush for rental umbrellas, kayaks and bikes began in mid-March. He expects a heavy rental business through the end of August. T he next two weeks are close to sold out, P rather said March 27. We are super busy here. Spring break in the U nited States got underway in M arch, while some universities and colleges took holidays earlier in F ebruary. A pril 15, two weeks after season, according to the website, which tracks college and university spring holiday dates. Business owners say they continue to see more families and fewer college students, which is typical for the island. C athy P izzo, administrator of the A nna M aria Island Chamber of Commerce, said visits to the chamgroups of people looking for fun things to do on the island. T hey also are in search of accommodations, We help them search for local cancellations thats about all we can do. Some even book for next year while they are here now to avoid a problem next year, Pizzo said. Katy Demick, assistant general manager of Anna M aria I sland R esorts in Bradenton Beach, said the were almost booked solid. We are mixing properties at this point one night here, two nights there, at another property, trying to make it work for people. They just waited too late to book, Demick said. Its busy, real busy, Bradenton Beach Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz said March 27. Im afraid our little secret is out. Diaz said the city had no major issues, other than traffic, as of M arch 27. He said he had seen more people on the beaches and sidewalks than for past spring breaks. Visitors began pouring onto the island Holmes Beach code enforcement officer JT Thomas said, Its packed. The short-term rentals are packed. The roads are packed. And the sidewalks are packed, including people who dont know where to ride their bikes. O n A nna M aria I sland, E aster meant packing up and heading north for many seasonal residents. Rebecca and Eric St. Jean, owners of Island Mail and More in Holmes Beach, said business had been brisk Weve shipped a lot of E aster items and, on top of that, the snowbirds are starting to ship goods back up north for the offseason, Rebecca St. Jean said. T our ists and sometimes spring breakers are shipping things they bought, too. Its been pretty busy for a month or so now. On March 29, kayaks, SUPs and boat tours traveled along bays and the I ntracoastal Waterway and people of all kinds continued to pour onto the beaches and into the shops and restaurants for the long Easter weekend crescendo. In a few weeks, the opera singer will have hit the high note and the numbers will tell if any records were broken this spring. Seats are at a premium for dinner March 22 at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at Man atee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, as spring break visitors and beach regulars jockey for a seat. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi WMFR commissioner ends campaign for state house R andy C ooper, commissioner for the West M anatee F ire R escue, announced M arch 30 that he ended his campaign for the District 71 seat in the Florida House of Representatives. Cooper, a registered Democrat, said in a statement that his best efforts were not enough to stay in the race. work in the next couple of weeks to formally end his campaign and will redirect his efforts to help D emocratic candidate T racy B. P ratt win the seat. She will face R epublican candidate Will Robinson in the November general election. T racy P ratt is smart, young, and a wife and mother, who will put the interests of the citizens groups, Cooper wrote in his statement. C ooper announced in M arch 2017 that he politics. He has served on the W MFR commission for 10 years. C ooper wrote that he would offer refunds to laws. He received $7,150 in contributions during the course of his campaign, according to the Flor ida Division of Elections. The District 71 seat is occupied by Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, who has reached the maximum number of three two-year terms and is not eligible for re-election. D istrict 71 encompasses A nna M aria I sland, Longboat Key, west and south Bradenton and por tions of west Sarasota. Bianca Bened Cooper


THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 5 34th Ave. W75th St. WManatee Ave. W Palma Sola Blvd. Cortez Rd. WTo BeachesTo BeachesPalma Sola Bay Rescheduled road work in Bradenton Beach to begin April 9What property owners need to know:Residents in the project areas are urged to refrain from installing landscape or hardscape, as completion of the project expected in January 2019. Property owners also are asked to remove abutting their property (from edge of pavement to 15 feet back) prior to commencement of activities in order to preserve or salvage those items. The pallets and provide them to property owners. Manatee County is required to restore disturbed areas in the rights of way with No. 57 Stone. Existing infrastructure encountered during construction will be removed and restored with stone, including driveways, landscaping and trees. Questions related to driveway removal and restoration should be directed to Lynn Burnett, city engineer for Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, at 941-526-3375 or By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Construction will resume April 9 on the $7.4 million Manatee County Force Main 5 pipe replacement project on Gulf Drive. Next on the schedule is 10th Street North at Gulf Drive the area of Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki in Bradenton Beach. It will close to motorists after work resumes and is expected to remain closed through the end of April. A detour east on 11th Street North will route travelers to Bay Drive North and back out to Gulf Drive. Sidewalks will be closed on the east side of Gulf Drive between Ninth and 10th streets north during this phase of work. Temporary crosswalks will be installed north of 10th Street North and south of Ninth Street North. This portion of the work is expected to conclude at the end of April. Bradenton Beach to allow for construction of the new force main between 28th and 26th streets north, according to Tina Allen, Manatee County communications specialist for the project. Another phase of construction on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, between the intersection of Avenue C and Gulf Drive southward to Cortez Road, is set to begin May 1 and conclude June 29, according to Allen. The detours are necessitated by a 16-inch water main being installed on Avenue C, according to Allen. Crews also will lay force main pipe down the center of Avenue C from 24th Street to Gulf Drive, Allen said. The water mains supply drinking water through pressurized pipelines to customers, while force mains are pressurized pipelines that convey raw wastewater from a pump station to the treatment facility. The project involves replacing 50-year-old water and sewer lines and modifying existing lift-station pipelines, according to manager Jennifer Fehrs of the public works department. The replacement project includes construction of approximately 20,000 linear feet of pipelines between Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road. Project limits extend from north of State Road Bradenton Beach. The Force Main 5 project, divided into multiple phases, is scheduled to conclude in the summer of 2019. The majority of construction activities are scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Motorists should exercise caution as speed limits work zones, according to Allen. For more information, go to amipipereplacement. com. The $7.4 million Anna Maria Island force main replacement project will resume April 9 on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Terry OConnorEyes on the road The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following notices for the week of April 2: are replacing force mains. For more information about the project, go online to Martinique Drive to 107th Court West: Crews are improving drainage; constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes, and installing new signage and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018. For the latest road watch information, go online Roadwatch


6 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our APRIL 4, 2018 APRIL 4, 2018 APRIL 4, 2018 Single copies free. Quantities of ve or more: 25 cents each. Single copies free. Quantities of ve or more: 25 cents each. Single copies free. Quantities of ve or more: 25 cents each. Publisher and Editor Editorial Contributors Advertising Director Of ce Staff Distribution (All others: Opinion Your Have your say The Islander accepts original letters of up to 250 words and reserves the right to edit for grammar and length. Letters must include name, address and a connews@ Anonymous letters will not be printed. Readers also may comment on stories online where The Islander has 2,500+ registered users. Also, The Islander has an active 11,000+ likes Facebook community. To join the conversation, like The Islander on Facebook.For the record In regards to Dog Park bitterness brews, I believe The Islander misrepresented key facts in the related sidebar. It was not reported Mr. Benton interrupted me seconds into my 3 minutes of time before the board. Not reported was Mr. Benton being reprimanded for his interruption by a board member. I regret shouting at Mr. Benton, but did so after his interruption. Our issues over dog park maintenance are not new issues. It is not Anthony vs. Benton and it is not new. The Islander reporter knows this. You reported I refused to yield the podium long after his 3 minutes bad expired. This simply is not true. A previous speaker had allotted 2 of her 3 minutes to me with the boards approval. I was not asked to yield the podium. The mayor called for the meeting to end, also interrupting my time. I regret my confrontational behavior, but it comes from a love of the park and our dogs. And it comes after months and years of frustration and provocation with public works, some of which The Islander reporter knows. It disappoints me the newspaper seems disinterested in accurate reporting and the patrons of the dog park. Don Anthony, Holmes BeachGrand trees, bigger punishment? The city of Anna Maria is considering ways to strengthen its ordinance restricting the cutting of grand trees on private property. On Facebook, The Islander asked, Whats your feeling about the ordinance? Should it be amended with stronger penalties? Do property owners have the right to remove whatever trees they want? The responses: Judy Delano Turcotte: People should be able to cut what they want if they own the property. If you want to regulate the tree, buy the property yourself. Patrick Oxenham: Disagree. If that was the case, youd have business chains already there. When you live on an island, you play by island rules or you lose the island. If you want farmland, theres plenty inland, but leave the few trees left alone. Kenny and Christine Suarez: The trees on Anna Maria that are left add to the beauty of the island. Cut them down and it will look like the desert. More regulations should be put in place. Suzy Elfering: Whats holding the sand in place? Man, give us mangroves and trees, trees, trees. Shade is a beautiful thing. Stephanie Beckett: Just more greed. Whats $5,000 when youre spending millions. Readers also commented on, including David Michael Swanger: Cutting this grand and irreplaceable live oak was a crime against nature, a crime against everyone who lives on our island and a crime against everyone who visits our island. There is no adequate remedy for the destruction of a 100-year-old tree. The statement that the lot is unbuildable without removal of the Oak tree is factually untrue. Barbara Foley: If you want to look into a good grand tree ordinance, research the one in Charleston, South Carolina. The problem with AMI, from an outsiders view, is it seems to be reactionary instead of preemptive. Beautiful places need serious preservation.Un nished business Weve printed many stories about the Manatee Public Beach over the years, with one in 2016 labeling it, gone but not forgotten. The pier at the beach was demolished in 2009 and its likely many people have come to Anna Maria Island who didnt know a pier existed there. But there were many people before them who enjoyed that beach and the pier, going back more than 60 years. Manatee Beach was neglected by its caretaker Manatee County and short-changed for too long. It once was a grand place. The building had a rooftop patio where dances were held under the stars, and a wide, sweeping staircase, provided a promenade to the Gulf of Mexico in the moonlight. Fishers were able to wet lines past the shoreline and the swim zone, and plenty of people went to observe the catch. When storms brought high waves, surfers used the pier to cast off beyond the break. It was known as the beach for generations. But the county did little more than apply cheap lipstick to the beach facilities in Holmes Beach, and nothing to restore its grandeur. We werent alone in our pleas to restore the pier. The county commission voted to replace it and we want to see the pier funded and built. Now we learn the chair of the Holmes Beach commission, Judy Titsworth, brushed the idea aside, saying she hasnt heard us. The county wont dig into its coffers BP money, beach concession funds and tourist development tax dollars to rebuild it if we, as a city, do not insist. The restaurant thrives as the popularity of the patio grows in proportion to tourism on the island as do the revenues paid to the county. Arguments that a pier wont stand up to storms We should look for the very best we can do and never compromise. We should have a T-end bait and beer shack, a vices a jewel in the crown on the Gulf of Mexico. people who live here and count the Manatee Public Beach pier as part of their lives. Lets be clear. We already fought the battle to rebuild the pier. Why is it no one has the zeal or vision to properly steward the beach? They tore it down. We want it back. Bonner Joy


THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 7 Wed love to mail you the news! We mail The Islander weekly for a nominal $54 per year. We also offer online e-edition subscriptions a page-by-page view of the weekly news for only $36 per year, but you must sign up online. Its the best way to stay in touch with whats happening on Anna Maria Island. We bring you all the news about three city governments, community hapeverything you need if your heart is on Anna Maria Island. If you dont live here year-round, use this form to subscribe by (snail) mail for yourself or someone else. (Sorry, we do not suspend mail subscriptions you get The Islander free while youre here!)BULK MAIL U.S. SUBSCRIPTION (allow 2 weeks for every weeks delivery) 1 year: $54 3-6 Months: $36 1-3 Months: $24U.S. FIRST CLASS AND CANADIAN MAIL SUBSCRIPTION 1 year: $160 3-6 Months: $98 1-3 Months: $54 Single Issue: $5 FIRST CLASS MAIL, U.S. ONLY, maximum four weeksMAIL TO: ______________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________ STATE __________ ZIP _________________ Credit card: d u No. ___________________________________________ Name shown on card: _____________________________ Exp. Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) E-MAIL In the headlines: April 1, 1998 was preparing a presentation for Holmes Beach tion work at the entrance to the city near Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive. 5600 blocks of Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. mously to draft an ordinance restricting parking on the right of way from the humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard to Pine Avenue. The vote was prompted by a proposal to develop six lots near the intersection of North Bay and Pine Avenue.In the headlines: April 2, 2008 duplex in the 200 block of Haverkos Court, causa cat and two bulldogs from the apartment building, which otherwise was not occupied. community and the environment launched the Trolley Up campaign hoping to encourage more ridership of the fare-free trolley. Beach commission to allow canine paws to pound the multiuse path at Coquina Beach. About 90 people signed a petition for dogs on the path. 8:30 p.m. March 26 and soon after the crew of Endeavor landed the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center on the east coast of the state. Dispatchers with local law enforcement reported receiving 911 calls about the boom. 10&20 years ago Were campaigning for a friendlier, kinder, gentler attitude toward guests, visitors, vacationers and all who come to love Anna Maria Island. Were Glad Youre Here originated in the 1980s with a restaurant trade group and we decided it suits the situation that has began seeking limits on vacation rentals. We believe Anna Maria Island needs a new attitude one that makes everyone to limit congestion and retain our old Florida origins and mom-and-pop businesses. The Islander VISIT OUR 8,000+ SF SHOWROOM6807 14TH ST. W., BRADENTON (across from Alex Karras Lincoln)SPECIAL ISLANDER OFFER! $50 OFF any purchase of $500 or more $100 OFF any purchase of $1,000 or moreWe offer Rattan and Wicker tropical-style indoor and outdoor furniture, for island and coastal looks. YOUR COMPLETE CASUAL FURNITURE STORE Missing pierThe Manatee Public Beach pavilion opened in 1964 with a snack bar and bathhouse, a roof-top for evening dances, and a cascading concrete stairway leading to the pier in the Gulf of Mexico, where people strolled over Some surfers used the pier to launch into the break when storms brought waves to the beach. The roof-top feature was removed long ago and the pier was removed in 2009. Islander File Photo


8 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER HB parks committee reaches full complementBy Terry OConnor Islander Reporter mittee now has a full roster. Carol Hebden was appointed March 27 by Mayor Bob Johnson as a nys partial term, which expires Aug. 1. Anthony resigned in 2017. Im hoping I can make a difference, Hebden told The Islander. This committee was formed to make a difference. Hebdens appointment gives the committee full A former New Jersey real estate agent, Hebden moved full time to Holmes Beach two years ago. Hebden said she was told by a committee member about the opening and jumped at the chance to serve. Im very interested in helping Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach look better in their presentation of the parks, Hebden said. Hebden joins chair Zan Fuller, members Dennis Groh, Joshua Linney, Susan Anderson, Allyson Gillies and alternate Sarah Meaker on the committee. The parks committee has been working on upgrading the city dog park, renewing its adopt-a-spot litter more native trees in city parks. Id like to see a splash pad for the dogs, especially the larger dogs, who appreciate it more than smaller dogs, Hebden said. This is a Florida park. We dont want our dogs to overheat when they are exercising. The parks committee will next meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. HebdenBradenton Beach owner a step closer to lift installation in side-yard setbackRestaurant sign, anchorage regs headline Bradenton Beach April meeting A boat found adrift in March 2017 in the anchorage at the end of Bridge Street was docked March at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach for a month while the city attempted to contact its owner. If adopted by the city, the amended marine anchorage ordinance would help the police department address derelict and abandoned vessels. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter cials. The next commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Two proclamations are planned to be read at the meeting for National Arbor Day, April 27, and designating April as National Donate Life Month. The commission also will discuss recommendations by the Scenic Waves Partnership Committee for Arbor Day. Additionally, the agenda includes discussion on the citys community redevelopment agency and possible funding for improvements to the Anna Maria Oyster Bars sign, as well as installation and lighting for a former wooden sign removed to make way for the restaurant sign that promoted the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The restaurant sign permitted in late 2017 and installed in early 2018 recently was reviewed by the city pier team following complaints regarding its height, placement, lighting and aesthetics. In attorney business, the commission will hold a age ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance will tighten regulations and allow the city to better deal with derelict or abandoned vessels in the anchorage area in Sarasota Bay at the east end of Bridge Street. The mayor and commissioners also will consider a resolution clarifying the policies governing meeting minutes. A special master in Bradenton Beach is recommending a compromise. Wanda Kandel, owner of a home at 1105 Gulf Drive S., is requesting a setback variance to install an outdoor lift an open elevator on the north side of her home. The owner wants a 5.5-foot variance to the 10-foot setback allowed in the land development code to add the elevator which would extend 4.5 feet from the property line. Special master Lisa Gonzalez Moore, an attorney appointed by the city to hear such matters, issued an order March 23 based on testimony March 12. Moore recommended relief from the setback and said the applicant may install the lift but the variance may not run with the land. Upon transfer of property ownership, the variance would be revoked. Additionally, the order stipulated if Kandel requested permitting for any other improvements or applied for another variance, the city could review the conditional variance for the lift and possibly demand the lift be removed or other accommodations made to preserve the setback. Moore heard testimony March 12 from Kandel, a full-time Bradenton Beach resident since April 2017. is requesting approval for the lift so her sister who has disabilities and frequently uses a wheelchair can access her unit. The city commission will approve or deny the variance recommendation at a future meeting. ChrisAnn Silver EsformesHB residents problems could prompt mayoral challengeBy Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Chair Judy Titsworth of the Holmes Beach City Commission has indicated she is strongly considering running for mayor. She has so far been alone in her speculation to succeed Mayor Bob Johnson, who has said he will not run for re-election on the November ballot. exchange between Titsworth and a resident at a recent commission meeting. Kim Rash often addresses the commission meetings in favor of sterner enforcement of ordinances prohibiting nuisance noise. He was back at the podium March 27 pleading for help to contain all the screaming and hollering and this and that. As an example, Rash said he sympathized with a couple paying $3,000 a week at 70th Street at Marina Drive, who complained they could not use their porch because of noise from a nearby residence. complaint at their location told him all he could hear was kids being kids. I said, no, thats noise, Rash said. He said Holmes Beach is discriminating against responsible seniors to let kids have fun. Theres got to be a balance somewhere here, Rash said. He also raised the issue of driveways on the path of the Manatee County Force Main 5 pipeline replacement project. He said it should not be left up to homeowners to redo their driveways. Thats not the way its done in real America, Rash said. If the city does something, they need to blend everything in to make it work right. However, according to the Manatee County contract with the city for the project, the contractor is not required to provide restoration. They are required to replace driveways and other hardscape with No. 57 stone, not a driveway. Paver bricks are removed and returned on a pallet to the property owner. Titsworth said the county cant use taxpayer money to give one homeowner a more expensive restoration than a neighboring property receives. Judy, Ive been in construction 40 years, Rash interrupted to say. It aint done that way in real America. Youre crazy. Titsworth said she would discuss the situation with Rash after the meeting and declined to continue the argument. Youre blowing me off and I dont like that, Rash said. You got to put back what they have, equal to or better. Rash concluded by saying he and his wife have Theres been a lot of interest out there from people for me to run for mayor or commissioner, Rash said. If youve got any guidance on that, Id appreciate hearing that from you. Other terms up for grabs in addition to the mayors seat in the Nov. 6 municipal election, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston, include the commission terms charter review commission will be chosen by voters. Qualifying for the midterm election in Holmes Beach will start at noon Monday, June 18, and conclude at noon Friday, June 22. and oating dock set for BB CRA discussion The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopdock for the Historic Bridge Street Pier after press time for The Islander, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The dock is a replacement for a damaged dock and was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March 2017, but following a series of delays, the dock is yet to be installed.Milestones The Islander welcomes stories about islanders and island life, as well as photographs and notices of the milestones in readers lives weddings, births, anniversaries, travels, obituaries and other events. Submit your announcements and photographs with captions for publication along with contact information to Also, visit us on Facebook and join the 11,000plus friends who like The Islander and share their social news.


THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 9 Former CNOBB leader weighs in on new PACBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Two Bradenton Beach citizens have formed a political action committee with a dedicated purpose to change the course of the city. Some others say an informal neighborhood association could be all it takes. Reed Mapes and John Metz, former planning and zoning board members, registered March 19 as a PAC Keep Our Residential Neighborhoods to collect signatures in support of four initiatives that if approved by voters would amend the city charter. KORNs plan is to get the measures on the Nov. 6 ballot to prohibit the construction of a multilevel parking garage anywhere in the city, require city comLast year, Mapes and Metz had success on three ballot initiatives as members of the now-defunct Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach. CNOBB began as a neighborhood organization, get on the ballot for its initiatives. CNOBB had success, gaining approval from voters Nov. 7, 2017, to replace the citys four-ward representative system with at-large commissioners, prohibit changes to the city charter by a resolution of the commission. Bill Vincent, CNOBB founder and former P&Z member, said while he is not necessarily in agreement with each and every initiative KORN is proposing, he is absolutely in agreement with getting the measures on the ballot to let the electorate decide. Vincent and some former CNOBB members are considering reviving the group, but this time as an educational neighborhood association which Vincent says was his intention in 2017. I started CNOBB to promote open discussion and advocacy among the electorate about issues on the dais, Vincent said. To help the citizens be aware, Vincent said he supports the KORN initiative to agrees that the electorate, not the city commission, The voters should decide who will represent them, Vincent said. Not just the four people on the commission. Vincent said he would support an open debate on the different forms of government at a workshop at city hall or at another location in the community. He agrees with Mapes and Metz, who say the city should be handled like a business with a $3 million operating budget, but hes not sure a city manager would be necessary with a strong mayor. I am in so much favor of an enlightened discussion, including testimony from the electorate, Vincent said. An educational process for everyone, so we are not shooting in the dark. Mapes and Metz are circulating petitions throughout the city. If enough voters agree and sign a petition be on the Nov. 6 ballot. John Metz, left, and Reed Mapes, who formed a political action committee to petition Bradenton Beach voters for changes, organize their materials March 28 outside the Annie Silver Community Center. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Bill Vincent leads a meeting in November 2017 of the nowdefunct Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach, shortly before the group dissolved.


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12 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER The Islander Calendar ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTONGOING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND Friday, April 6 Saturday, April 7 KIDS & FAMILYON ANNA MARIA ISLANDFriday, April 6 Tuesday, April 10 ONGOING ON AMI GAMES, SPORTS & OUTDOORSON ANNA MARIA ISLANDWednesday, April 11 ONGOING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND For more information, golf signup and sponsor opportunities, call Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735 or email Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue Manatee River Garden Club 13th Annual Garden Tour BRADENTON IN BLOOM SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 10 AM to 4 PM Self Island Dems show solidarity with March for Our LivesHands go up March 26 at the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting at IMG Academy Golf Club to show who participated March 24 in March for Our Lives, the global action spurred by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell


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14 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER Pre-Easter egg hunt brings kids, family to Anna Maria Holmes Beach survey urged on replacing beach pier By T erry OConnor Islander Reporter Not so fast. Holmes Beach C ommission C hair Judy T itsworth said March 1 shes heard of no requests to replace the Manatee Public Beach pier. R esident Beverly N eville refuted T itsworths claim at the March 27 meeting as she pleaded for commis sioners to involve the public in determining whether to rebuild the structure. T onight, I am asking you to actually survey your constituents to see what Holmes Beach voters would like, Neville said. Please, do everything you can to ensure a new pier is given back to all county taxpayers, residents and visitors. Neville said few people in Holmes Beach, if any, knew the city commissioners would reject rebuilding the pier. I disagree there is lack of interest, Neville said. Since 2010, I have written many letters to M anatee C ounty commissioners, sometimes appearing before them, to express how much a pier would mean to everyone in this area. The pier, damaged by storms and a lack of main tenance, was demolished in 2009 at a cost of $1.44 million. N eville reminded Holmes Beach commissioners that residents had been promised the pier would be rebuilt as soon as funding became available by former County Commissioner John Chappie and County Commissioner Carol Whitmore. I believed them, Neville said. Whitmore, a former Holmes Beach mayor and commissioner, still supports rebuilding the pier. C hap pie, now the Bradenton Beach mayor, is no longer on the county commission. R esponding to an inquiry from the M anatee C ounty C ommission, the Holmes Beach C ity C om Tran unanimously discarded rebuilding the once-popular pier. C oncerns cited include the cost to build and maintain the structure, its vulnerability to storms and the likelihood it would add to parking and R ebuilding the pier would cost between $1.5 million and $2.5 million, according to 2013 estimates. T he M anatee C ounty Board of C ommissioners voted to replace the pier, but the 2010 county permit to rebuild the structure has expired. The pier was on a county-maintained beach. It is not a city beach, Neville reminded the commission. T heres no reason five people serving on the Holmes Beach C ity C ommission should determine what is best for all M anatee County residents and visitors, N eville said. T hat is why our county voters elected seven responsible county commissioners to represent the people of Manatee County to make this decision. The county installed the pier in the 1960s to help stem beach erosion. N eville said the pier used to be a jewel in Holmes Beach and could be again. I loved standing at the end of the pier facing west ille said. There was no immediate response from the commission to Nevilles request during public comment. A conceptual drawing of a taller, longer new pier at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Cour tesy Graphic The pier at the Manatee Public Beach was deemed unsafe for people passing on the beach in 2007 and was fully closed in February 2008. The public beach and the pier maintenance were entrusted to Manatee County. Islander File Photo By Bianca Bened Islander Reporter T he crowds came, as they always do, to the annual preE aster egg hunt and celebration march on P ine A venue in Anna Maria March 31. N early 800 people attended the festivities this year, according to event coordinator T ina Chiles. The egg hunt, a parade down Pine A venue led by with the E aster Bunny, games for kids and free food and beverages were hosted by the Sandbar Restaurant and Pine A venue Restoration. A ttendees ate breakfast at the restaurant, while kids dug in the sand, looking to collect as many of the 6,000 E aster eggs stashed on the beachfront as they could. Once the eggs were rounded up, children and par ents paraded on P ine A venue, led by the E aster Bunny, to C rescent D rive, where kids got their face painted, tried their hand at an egg toss or egg roll race, or took photos with the Easter Bunny. T echnical difficulties meant pictures werent printed out during the event as planned, C hiles said, but parents were given frames and instructed to visit to retrieve photos. A long with games and the celebration, the event with goodies donated by vendors in Anna Maria. Big kids help little kids search the sand for hidden eggs March 31 at the Sandbar Restaurants annual preEaster egg hunt, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Bianca Bened Megan Garcia and her children, L.J. and Isabelle, 7 and 4, display their goodies from the Sandbar beachfront pre-Easter egg hunt in baskets. Harper Maxwell, 7 and Asa Green, 3, both painted up like bunny rabbits, color Easter drawings March 31. Easter kicks off on the beach in Anna Maria


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16 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER Turtle watch times 1st meeting for upcoming nesting seasonAMITW to participate in shorebird predation study Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, left, stands with Mikayla Woodard, 15, a 10th-grader at Saint Stephens Episcopal School in Bradenton, during a March 26 turtle watch meeting at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club in Holmes Beach. At the meeting, Fox introduced Woodard as her intern for the 2018 nesting season. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Ive always wanted to be a part of this, Barbara OToole, a new Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer said March 26 during ing season. More than 80 volunteers gathered at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club in Holmes Beach for turtle watch spring training, a meeting led by AMITW executive director Suzi Fox to prepare newbies and update veterans on policies for the 2018 nesting season. The meeting was not announced to the public, but rather through social media. During sea turtle nesting and hatchling season, which runs May 1-Oct. 31, AMITW volunteers walk a designated 1-mile stretch of beach on an assigned day just after sunrise, looking for signs of nesting activity and, later in the season, signs hatchlings emerged from nests. Section coordinators oversee the daily walkers. protection and monitored for data, which goes to Manatee County required by the beach renourishment program and the state to track population and behavior trends. Fox said AMITW signed 98 walkers for the upcoming season and 10 more volunteers who will help with other tasks. Fox kicked off the meeting and introduced Mark Taylor, beach tractor driver with the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department. Fox said Taylor is one of a handful of county workers around the state allowed to use a tractor to rake the beaches during nesting season. Anna Maria Island is one of the few places in the state that allows beach grooming during season and this is because we work well together, Fox said. She added that Taylor was trained by AMITW to recognize tracks in the sand that indicate a nest and he knows to avoid the area. He also is alert to smooth tideline escarpments drop-offs in the sand cut away by wave action which can be a hindrance to nesting and hatchling loggerheads on their path to and from the Gulf of Mexico. Fox said volunteers will start walking sections before May 1 to become familiar with their section on the beach. It will be important for you to know exactly where you are at when you spot something on the beach, she said. Fox showed attendees a series of slides depicting tracks leading to a nest. Additionally, she showed pictures of loggerhead tracks and green turtle tracks for comparison, and told the audience that 99 percent of the nests on the island are made by loggerheads. However, occasionally other species, including green turtles, nest on island beaches. Fox said volunteers no longer verify nests for by digging into the nest site before staking off the area. She said if this season is comparable to the 2017 season, there will be a lot of nests and verifying them is not necessary. She said they may verify a couple of nests so new volunteers can learn the process. She also said volunteers will not relocate nests that may be laid close to the waters edge, as they have sometimes done in the past. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants us to let nature do its job, Fox said. Fox closed the meeting by instructing volunteers to review the FWC guidelines for marine turtles. She also said she plans to hold biweekly meetings to review AMITW responsibilities. You guys make a difference, Fox said. Our volunteers rock this program and help provide a future for loggerheads on our coast. For more information about AMITW, contact Fox at or 941-778-5638. More than 80 Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers congregate March 26 for a meeting at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club in Holmes Beach. A black skimmer chick hunkers in the sand in June 2017 while another chick crouches next to a mature skimmer on the beach in Holmes Beach. The Anna Maria Island skimmer population was severely affected in 2016 by predators on the beach, including cats and crows. Islander File Photo: Courtesy Pete Gross/AMITW Protection plans are in place for shorebirds. At a recent Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring meeting, executive director Suzi Fox said she was contacted by Morgan Parks, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission southwest regional shorebird biologist, regarding a predator monitoring program for shorebirds. Fox said Anna Maria Island will participate in the program because predators, including cats and crows, contributed to the demise of some shorebird colonies on the island in recent years. According to Fox, Parks plans to attend an AMITW meeting to discuss the program with volunteers before nesting begins, usually near the end of May around Memorial Day weekend. Additionally, Fox said if there are nests by Memorial Day, AMITW will need volunteer bird stewards to monitor nests and educate beachgoers about the birds over the holiday weekend. ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Let nature do its job. Suzi FoxGail Garneau, Bradenton Beach code enforceTurtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer, work together March 28 during a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission workshop on sea turtle lighting, which was held in Belleair Beach. Code enforcement representatives from Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach attended the workshop. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW


THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 17 Home Check If you need an honest and reliable person to check your home while youre away, call 941-723-9908. References provided. $15 per visit. US OUT! Protect the things you love 941-244-4743 Join us for Open House 5-7 Tuesday, April 3 Join us for Open House MASS AG E BY NADI ACall 94 1. 51 8.830 1 Massaging on AMI for more than 17 years. Your place, your convenience.MA#0017550 HOW TO RELAX ON AN ISLAND .GIFT CER TIFICA TES AV AILABLE ITS HOT OUTSIDE, STAY COOLAC Tune-Up Special $7999 Performance test, ACUV dye, up to 1 pound of freon. Exp 10-22-14. CALL GROOMS!5608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 941.896.7898 SPRING FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY Cold weather deals blow to warm-blooded manateesBy Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter It was the Ides of March, and while normal high temperatures around Anna Maria Island should have been about 76 degrees, at 10 a.m. the thermometer barely pushed up from an overnight low in the 40s. A late winter cold snap, sent down by the jet stream, was putting area manatees at risk again. Hundreds of manatees routinely seek refuge at the T ampa E lectric C ompany discharge basin in A pollo Beach, and also at Homosassa Springs, T hree Sisters Springs and Kings Bay, which are fed by warm water springs. Some also journey south, seeking warm water. C old temperatures in January were responsible for manatee deaths statewide 38 from cold stress and 20 undetermined deaths, which, in the winter can be attributed to cold, according to M ichelle Kerr, public information specialist with the F lorida F ish and Wildlife C onservation C ommissions R esearch Institute. T hree of the 120 January deaths were manatees found in Manatee County waters. T hen came F ebruary. M other N ature stepped in with record high temperatures and a string of hot sunny days. The manatees left their refuges and jour neyed into open waters, which had returned to more than 70 degrees, even in the G ulf of M exico, according to the National Weather Service. T wo sudden cold snaps lowered the water tem peratures in March, and manatees were again suffer ing. T wice in M arch, F W C pulled deceased manatees from P alma Sola Bay, attributing at least one of the deaths to cold stress and labeling the other undeter mined. Through March 23, when the most recent statistics were tallied, 218 manatees had died in F lorida this year. Kerr said. Caught miles away from their refuges, area manatees huddled in basins, coves and protected inlets, warming their backs in the sun by day and conserving energy. D espite their bulbous appearance, manatees have little fat to insulate them in frigid waters. C old-stressed manatees can be identified by white lesions and spots on their bodies more white means a higher level of danger for manatees. Water temperatures below 68 degrees threaten manatees and the longer the cold exposure, the worse the condition becomes. By midM arch, 35 rescues had taken place in the state, with assistance from several agencies and organizations. O n M arch 22, a cold-stress rescue took place in T ampa Bay, where a manatee was found severely underweight and suffering from lesions. T he animal was captured by Sea to Shore A lliance and transported for rehab to Sea World in O rlando. O n the states east coast, rescues were occurring almost daily. Kerr said the majority of T ampa Bay area manatees sought refuge at TECO in A pollo Beach when the water temperature dropped again. I t is estimated the entire population of West I ndian manatees stands at more than 6,300, having doubled in the past 20 years with conservation efforts. I n 1991, only 1,267 manatees were located in the P at R ose, an aquatic biologist and executive director of Save the M anatees, said in an email to T he I slander, T he increases of the past 40 plus years wont be enough to maintain the population in the face of shrinking food reserves, increases in red tide and watercraft mortality unless more is done to control and reduce these threats. can severely affect populations. I n 2010, more than 300 manatees died from cold stress. I t becomes clear that the potential for manatees to recover from future catastrophic losses is going to be very low, Rose said. R ose also noted an early trend in 2018 death rates are on track to break the third highest record for total deaths from all causes for manatees. F or now, the weather is warming and manatees will be on the move. F rom A pril 1 through N ov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas. The FWC asks boaters to be on the lookout for manatees as they move through local waters. T he F W C requests that any sightings of tagged, distressed or dead manatees be reported to 24-hour hotline at 888-404-3922 or by dialing F W C on a cellphone. The warmblooded manatees are unable to adjust their body temperatures and suffer quickly and, often fatally, from cold water. Winter cold snaps in 2018 have proven deadly for Florida manatees. Islander Photo: Courtesy Sea to Shore Alliance Manatees huddle Jan. 21, warming their backs in the sun at the bayfront the TECO power plant. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi


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20 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER Pastor Rosemary Wheeler Backer 6608 Marina Drive ~ Holmes Beach ~ 941-778-1813 All are welcomeWORSHIP WITH US SATURDAY AT 5 PM SUNDAY AT 9:30 AM Fellowship follows Sunday worship 4408 Gulf Drive ~ Holmes Beach941-778-1638 ~ All are welcome All are welcome Episcopal Church of the AnnunciationThe Rev. Matthew GrunfeldSunday services 8 am Holy Eucharist Rite I 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music Thursday service 9:30 am Holy Eucharist and Healing simple cremations$740simple burials$1,195SoundChoiceCremation.comOnline arrangements availableSarasota (941) 312-6371 | Manatee (941) 213-9234 ObituariesHelen Catherine Baskett Helen Kathy C atherine Baskett, 68, formerly of Holmes Beach, died March 17. She was born N ov. 21, 1949, to Hobart and Chris tena T udor. She grew up in D enver, where she attended G eorge Washington High School and D enver College. I n 1971, she married the love of her life, Bob. She supported his career in the U.S. Air Force with numerous moves and temporary duties through out the United States. I n 1980, they moved to Kentucky. T hey then moved to N ew Jersey, where M r. Baskett more time to P ewee Valley, Kentucky, where they were close to family and her husbands career. She so loved visiting F lorida, which enabled her to spend special times with her daughter and grandchildren. She and her husband owned a home for six years in Holmes Beach, where she enjoyed playing bridge at the Key Royale Golf Club. She enjoyed numerous activities, served as a teen group 4H leader and was a member of the P ewee Valley Womens C lub. She was very active at the local and state level of many recovery programs. She volunteered for many years at the P ewee Valley Womens C orrectional F acility with the recovery and counsel program. She loved to travel and enjoyed numerous trips. Mrs. Baskett was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan who followed every game. One of her many gifts was that she always made others laugh, no matter the situation, and she always made everyone feel special and welcome. Memorial donations may be made to two favorite charities: The Healing Place, 1020 W. Market St., Louisville KY 40202, or the A lzheimers A ssociation, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville KY 40205. M rs. Baskett is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert; brothers Larry T udor and wife Claudia and D anny T udor and wife P at; sister Evelyn and hus band M isnad A l M isnad; children R ob and C hristina L. Adkins and husband James; and grandchildren James R. and Sidney J. Adkins. BaskettSherry A. Stevenssachusetts, and a seasonal resident of Holmes Beach, died March 15 in Bradenton. She was born A pril 30, 1946, in raised by her mother, M ary Beverly (Sherry) and her husband, E dward Caban. She began her career as a nurse at She married Richard Dick K. Ste vens 47 years ago and moved to Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where they resided for several years before She continued her career in nursing at St. Josephs F amily and friends were important to her. She enjoyed entertaining and having people over for food, drinks and good conversation. She was happiest when guests were well fed and enjoying the moment. She hosted many at their R hode I sland summer house and her home in Holmes Beach. She had a gift for decorating and loved to transform rooms into beautiful and cozy spaces. She also loved shopping in search of the right piece for the right place. She smiled brightest when her grandchildren visited, as they were often positive motivation for her Rotary Scholarship Fund, P .O. Box 1, Enfield CT 06083. Condolences may be made online at leeteste She is survived by husband D ick; son Sean and wife Kendall of Suffield, M assachusetts; daughter Sarah DeSimone and husband Shawn of Dover, New Hampshire; grandchildren C hase and F ischer, and Sophia D eSimone; sister Jane Long and husband John great nieces and great nephews; and grand-dogs C aesar and Rzeka. Founded 1956941-383-6491 The Lords Warehouse Thrift ShopHOURS 9-1, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY Open Arms, Loving Hearts, Accepting Minds Please Join Us 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat KeyThe Rev. Bill Friederich, Senior Minister Howard Myers presenting on Sunday April 8 at 10 a.m. and T uesday April 10 at 10:30 a.m. Blind Vision Shifting from Hardships to Heartships with Relationships Rev. Robert Mongiello T he R ev. R obert M ongiello, 68, of Bradenton died M arch 22 in Sarasota. He was born July 16, 1949, in M ercer, P ennsylvania, to Vincient and P auline (Hinds). He was ordained by the D iocese of Venice in 1987. He served as pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Punta Gorda and at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. He retired in 2009. A full obituary published in T he I slander M arch 28. T he D iocese of Venice announced a memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Bernard C atholic C hurch in Holmes Beach. A M ass of Christian Burial was held in Pennsylvania. Donations may be made to the A merican D iabetes A ssociation or the Dioceses of Venice. All denominations gather for Good NewsThe Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Community Church delivers his sermon, Does the Good News Really Matter, to the gathering of worshippers April 1 during the 54th annual Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at the Mana tee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Dara Caudill Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer, left, the Rev. Ed Moss of Crosspointe Fellowship, Mathew Nowicki, director of faith formation at St. Bernard Catholic Church, the Rev. Stephen King, the Rev. Rosemary Backer, Kiwanis Club service chairperson Robyn Kinkopf, Major Lauri Harris of the U.S. Air Force and singer Morgan Lawson take part in a hymn. BELOW: Attendees stretch from the Manatee Public Beach parking lot to the waterline of the Gulf of Mexico as they gather in song April 1 at the 54th annual Easter sunrise service. Stevens


THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 21 Modeling in MarchIt was fashion galore when the annual Roser Memorial Womens Guild fashion show March 13, featured volunteers the guilds thrift store on Pine Avenue. Lunch was served at the soldout show in the church fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Peggy Nash Glass artists legacy is Roser Church symbol By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter Its easy to spot against the white of the Roser Memorial Community Church, the landmark house of worship on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. The semi-circular arched stained-glass sits over the doorway transom to the fellowship hall. Through the years, nesting doves have made a home on the narrow shelf at the bottom, and the stained-glass arch has appeared on hundreds of church documents, programs and media pieces. 1990s, after members of the church asked George Norwood to construct the piece. It was the last piece of stained glass George made, Carolyne Norwood recalled Feb. 22, seated in her living room in Anna Maria. George Norwood owed his love of stained glass helping her with a project she was struggling with near the beginning of her glass education, he became enthralled. said, pointing to a Tiffany-style lampshade hanging over the dining table. It took him all summer, she chuckled. This became his sideline. George worked for the Manatee County utilities in his real job, she added. George kept making lampshades and Carolyne abstracts and lots of tropical birds. The pair began creating pieces in a workshop over their garage in Anna Maria. Occasionally, they would display their works at Roser, their church, or events, but the Norwoods rarely sold anything. Their stained-glass pieces were labors of love between them, to be shared and given to family and friends. He was very patient. I would get in a mess with a said. Sometime in the mid-s, the church called and Carolyne Norwood stands globe created by husband George, and other work they created over the years. The pair had a workshop in their Anna Maria home. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi asked him if he would do a window for them, Norwood continued. Of course, he said yes. The church furnished a pattern geometric shapes and an arch design though there is some discrepancy about the actual designer of the piece. He set about creating the stained-glass piece assochurch stationary and even in The Islanders church news section. Carolyne said George created the Roser piece alone, then declared it would be his final piece of stained glass. He was getting sick, and not feeling good. He said that was it, he was done. No one at Roser today contacted by The Islander is sure of the installation date of the stained-glass arch. torian, could pinpoint the date or even the year. But none of that matters to Carolyne Norwood, who also gave up stained glass years ago. She now BELOW: A pair of mourning doves perch outside on the familiar stained-glass window at Roser Chapel in Anna Maria created by George Norwood before his death in 2002. Islander File Photo catching pieces and a black lab named Lola. But she still thinks of her husband every time she sees the vibrantly colored arch. When you start outside through the Fellowship Hall door from the inside, and see it with the sun shining through it, thats when it looks really good, Carolyne said. All stained glass is like that, it needs the sun behind it. Sermon by Dr. Fred Finks COMMUNITY CHURCH Call for a ride to the 10:00 AM Worship Service and IN THE SANCTUARY Nursery & Church School Adult Sunday School Adult Book Study Massage Therapy | Acupuncture | Yoga2219 Gulf Drive N | Bradenton Beach 941.778.8400 | Holistic wellness center and spa For a free hearing screening, call 941.795.2811 Here to serve you!Dr. Jill Diesman a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis, and the Central Institute for the Deaf, is skilled in diagnostic, rehabilitative and other services for hearing, balance, tinnitus management, 501 VILLAGE GREEN PKWY., STE. 16, BRADENTON The Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church delivers a benediction April 1 at the 54th annual Easter sunrise service. She is accompanied by singer Morgan Lawson.


22 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER Cops & CourtBy Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter By Kathy Prucnell StreetlifeDUI offender arrested in Holmes Beach F rancisco M ancera P arra, 55, was arrested in than twice the legal limit for blood alcohol. a southbound blue F ord, observed the vehicle weaving in its lane and crossing the center lines in the 3900 block of Gulf Drive. Bores stopped the vehicle near himself as M iguel M ancera but, as Francisco Mancera Parra. P arra and his passenger told Bores they were had a couple drinks, according to the police report. edly lost his balance. T he report states the passenger also was intoxicated and police arranged for the vehicle to be towed. Parra was transported to the Manatee County jail, where he provided breath samples measuring 0.203 and 0.193 blood alcohol content. T he legal limit is 0.08. I n his report, Bores noted the arrest was P arras third DUI in 10 years. Parra posted a $500 bond and was released. His arraignment is set for 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, A pril 18, at the M anatee C ounty Judicial C enter, 1051 Manatee A ve. W., Bradenton.Near collision in Bradenton Beach leads to DUI arrest A Bradenton man was arrested M arch 8 after he turned in front of a southbound vehicle on Gulf Drive and sped across the Cortez Bridge. Jake R odgers, 20, was arrested a.m. at 124th Street West and Cortez Road in Cortez. BB PD O fficer A lexander Hurt stopped Rodgers. A ccording to a police report, Hurt observed R odgers, driving a white T oyota, turn left at the light at the Gulf Drive-Cortez R oad intersection, where he violated another motorists right of way. The other vehicle had to brake abruptly to avoid a collision, the report stated. Manatee County Sheriffs Deputy Brandon Rowe arrived to take over the DUI investigation and reported R odgers was transported to the M anatee C ounty jail, where he posted a $500 bond and was released. His arraignment is set for 8:25 a.m. M onday, A pril 9, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee A ve. W., Bradenton. Parra Rodgers State declines to prosecute cocaine case Island police blotterAnna Maria M arch 18, Bortells Lounge, 10002 G ulf D rive, battery. A female bartender reported a man forcibly grabbed her face, hurting her jaw, as he was leaving. The man had been drinking at the bar and acted angry and disrespectful after he was told he would not be served more alcohol. The bartender sought a restrain ing order from the court. Anna Maria is policed by Manatee County Sher Bradenton Beach M arch 23, Beach House R estaurant, 200 G ulf D rive N A Sarasota man reported vehicle damage after using a valet service the night before. A surveillance video showed the valet hitting parking poles with the mans vehicle. T he valet company and the man agreed to handle the matter privately. T he vehicle owner waived prosecution. M arch 23, Lay-Z-LivN condos, 2312 A ve. C were dispatched at 11:20 p.m. to a couple arguing. T he man refused to give the woman keys to their rental car and, in turn, the woman took his cellphone. They to separate for the night. M arch 25, C oquina Beach, 2000 G ulf D rive S., theft. Very Wang Pearls of St. Petersburg, a vendor at the Beach M arket at C oquina Beach, reported a stolen necklace. T he owner told police she didnt see anyone take the necklace, valued at $218. Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD. Cortez M arch 23, 3800 block of 116th Street C ourt West, domestic disturbance. A woman called 911, saying a man wouldnt leave her alone while she was trying to get her property out of his house. Both denied any physical contact occurred. Cortez is policed by MCSO. Holmes Beach M arch 22, 5211 G ulf D rive, domestic disturbance. told them his on-and-off-again girlfriend did not want to leave his vehicle. T he woman accused the man of Fallen branch damages vehicle A large tree branch fell on a Ford Taurus March 24 in the parking lot at Coquina Gulfside Park. The branch caused the vehicles roof to cave in and shattered the rear window. Bradenton Beach police taped off the vehicle until Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources maintenance workers could respond and remove the branch. Islander Photo Courtesy: BBPD taking St. P atricks beads from another woman. T he man said shed ripped his shirt and hed had enough. They signed waivers of prosecution. M arch 22, Jessies I sland Store, 5424 M arina male in his 30s, about 6-feet tall, who punched a store beer and cheese from a cooler but returned the items when the clerk confronted him. EM S responded and treated the clerk. M arch 23, G ulf Sands, 4200 G ulf D rive, theft. Unlocked in a bike rack, a 21-speed mens mountain bike was stolen. M arch 24, 100 block of 81st Street, theft. A Salty M argarita sign was removed from a residence by two men in their late 20s or 30s. A video from a surveillance camera shows they removed the sign with a step ladder and drill and ran toward the beach. M arch 24, Small T own C reamery, 5404 M arina Drive, criminal mischief. A sculpture, valued at $500, was damaged after a break-in the night before. T he stores surveillance camera showed two males kicking the sculpture, breaking it in half and walking away at 1:12 a.m. M arch 25, 600 block of D undee Lane, noise. Holmes Beach police were dispatched at 10:40 p.m. to a complaint of singing, laughing, yelling and noise ings of 53-63 and issued a citation to a relative of the homeowner. M arch 25, 200 block of N orth Harbor D rive, noise. At 11:08 p.m., police were dispatched to a complaint of 56 decibels and reported loud laughing, talking and screaming coming from the rear of the residence. A cited a renter with a noise violation. March 27, 500 block of 77th Street, noise. Police issued a 29-year-old St. Louis woman a noise citacer reported knocking on doors and windows for 30 minutes. T hey entered the house for a welfare check and found the woman lying in bed. She told police she was dog sitting and had left the dogs outside. Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO. charged. T hat is the reason the 12th C ircuit state attorney declined to prosecute M alkijah U nderwood, 19, of ander Hurt arrested him D ec. 2, 2017, for allegedly possessing 12 bags of cocaine. Underwood was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by BBPD on Cortez Road in Cortez. decision in a memo, saying the state must show the defendant knowingly possessed the controlled substance by exercising dominion and control over the substance. Here, the defendant made no admissions about the substance and was not the sole occupant of the vehicle, the memo continued. T he memo concluded the state declined the case because it could not prove the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Pedestrian struck, glare to blameA Pennsylvania man was struck by a van at 8:33 a.m. March 28 as he crossed the parking lot at the shopping center at 3200 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Police report the man, carrying two large packages, was OK. He was checked by EMS. No tickets were issued. The packages four plastic bottles of vodka also survived the tumble. The van driver whose vision was obscured by the sun, also was shaken by the incident. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 23 Bert Harris complaint holds up against HB dismissal motionTwelfth Circuit Judge Lon Arend listens to plaintiffs attorney Randy Smith March 28 in AMI Breeze LLC v. City of Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter A nother Bert Harris complaint has survived a city motion for dismissal as litigation continues to swirl against Holmes Beach. After an hourlong hearing March 27, Judge Gilbert A Smith Jr. ruled against dismissing trustee R C arlile R oberts complaint, but granted another city plaintiff to amend the complaint to crystalize the facts. T he next day, in a separate Bert Harris suit, Judge Lon A rend delayed ruling on Holmes Beach motions to dismiss AMI Breeze LL C s claim and strike an accompanying appraisal. He said he would rule after further review. T he motions were similar to others lost by the city in July, A ugust and September brought by plaintiffs Bob and E llen Mc Caffrey, Swackhamer VI Invest ments LLC, Bmeehan VI Investments LLC, Kmmeham V I I nvestments LL C and F lorida G ulf C oast Vacation Homes under the Bert J. Harris Jr. P rivate Property Rights Protection Act. The recent spate of Bert Harris litigation is rooted in the city commission adopting vacation rental ordi nances to address residents who, at a number of meetings complained about party-house problems, including noise, parking and changing character. A lleged fair market value losses resulting from ordinances 15-12 and 16-02 occupancy regulations limiting resort housing to a maximum of two persons per bedroom or six guests, whichever is greater is at the heart of many of the lawsuits, including the AMI Breeze and Roberts cases. The AMI Breeze case includes an appraisal tagging damages at $690,000 due to an eight-bedroom home at 209 54th St., previously advertised for 20 occupants, being restricted to 16. T he R oberts suit is based on a $380,000 claim for a three-bedroom unit at 6422 G ulf D rive, which prior to the VROs was advertised for eight persons. A rguments in court the final week of M arch focused on three dates: September 2015, when its M ay 1, 2016, effective date, as well as O ct. 1, 2017, when the city sent impacted property owners notice of the vacation rental ordinances. T he city notice advised rental owners they had a year to bring a Bert Harris claim under the new ordinances. T he Bert Harris A ct requires plaintiffs to allege the dates of enactment, notice and when a governowners property, according to Randy Mora, representing the city insurer through the F lorida League of Cities. M ora, of the C learwater law firm of T rask D aigneault LLP argued the R oberts complaint failed to allege the O ctober 2017 notice date and should be dismissed or, at least, made more clear. P laintiffs attorney A aron T homas, of N ajmy T hompson P L, countered the city cant sit on its hands and not provide timely notices to the disadvantage of potential plaintiffs. T he R oberts and AMI Breeze cases are two of 15 pending lawsuits against the city. Some $6 million in damages is alleged in the cumulative litigation. M ore lawsuits are anticipated because some 54 Like the R oberts and Breeze cases, most allege occupancy rules violated the owners property rights, although some cases attack ordinances adopted 201316 for inordinately restricting building footprints, living areas, setbacks, parking and pools and simi larly devalued their properties. Looking forward, the plaintiffs attorneys told the judges to watch for similar arguments in other cases. same arguments, T homas told the judge in the Roberts case. T he arguments are expected in response to city motions to dismiss complaints brought by C oral Escape of Holmes Beach, R obert and M ichele C arl, 307 66th LL C M ojito Splash, 302 LL C and Shawn Kaleta, as the owner of 204 72nd St. M ora reminded the court each case should be tried on its own merits. At the end of the Roberts hearing, the judge allotcity is expected to respond to the amended complaint by April 20. A fter the hearing, Smith, of the N ajmy team, responded to a question from M ora about whether they wanted to discuss anything. T he only thing I d like to discuss with you is that we dont want to hear the same argument 30 more times. Thats all. When you have the same motions, the same nition of insanity, he added.


24 APRIL 4, 2018 THE ISLANDER T-Shirts $10 @ The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, HB. $1 OFFDRAFT BEERS CORTEZ ELLENTON BRIDGE ST. PIER LANDSIDE *Pier Beer not available at Cortez. APRIL 7 AME calendar third-grade Florida State Assessment for English Language Arts Reading. fourth-grade Florida Student Assessment for ELAR. release. fourth-grade Florida Student Assessment for ELA math. grade Florida Student Assessment for ELAR. shine State Standards Assessment. Anna Maria Elementary is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the school at 941-708-5525. By Bianca Bened, Ed Straight, president of Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach, a rescue and rehab facility, presents E.T., a barred owl, March 20, to fourththe Kiwanis K-Club at H.S. Moody Elementary School in Bradenton. The owl, though rehabilitated, cannot be released into the wild and is a permanent resident at the rehab facility. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Kellece Perren, left, Kiwanis K-Club president, and Hailey Van Metre, vice president, both fourth-graders at H.S. Moody Elementary, present a $686.65 donation to Ed Straight, president of Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach. The club hosted a fundraiser in which students donated $2 or more to the organization in exchange for a casual, uniform-free day. Ed Straight, president of Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach, March 20 shows E.T., a barred owl, K-Club at H.S. Moody Elementary School in Bradenton. Tacos Burgers Seafood Island Players accepting scholarship applications The Island Players theater group in Anna Maria is accepting applications for college scholarships. The group addressed an announcement to graduating seniors in Manatee County who have demonstrated excellence in drama, music, band or art and are attending college in the fall. These students can apply for one of seven $2,000 scholarships from the Dolores Harrell Scholarship Fund. The deadline to apply is May 1. Students should contact their school guidance counselor or principal for help applying. For more information, go online to VOTED BEST GERMAN RESTAURANT HOURS MondaySaturday 11 am:30 pm 4625 Cortez Road W. [next to Publix] GERMAN & MEDITERRANEAN CUISINEBEER & WINE | BEER GARDEN th @LuckyFrogRestaurantCome in, have a delicious authentic German meal cooked by Master Chef Uwe from Bavaria and sing, dance and have fun.Best 10 Restaurant out of 600


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THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 27 By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter Fishing around Anna Maria Island is producing action for anglers despite numerous windy days. And I do mean numerous. proving productive. Using live shiners as bait is attracting attention from snook and trout, especially later in the day, when the water has warmed. they are not as abundant as snook and trout. The sheepshead have spawned the reefs and wrecks and at the Rod & Reel Pier. On my Southernaire charters, Im taking some extra time to scout out sheltered areas that protect anglers from the wind. Mangrove shorelines, oyster Casting around mangrove shorelines is resulting in some slot-size snook, as well as many snook in the 20to 24-inch range. to bite is a challenge. While targeting reds in clear, shallow water, patience is a virtue. ing a few sheepshead for my anglers. This will be the last week to catch sheepies in numbers, as they have Bay. To start, Girle is targeting spotted seatrout. Hes 5-6 feet of water, which is resulting in limits of these taking the hook as a bycatch. Using live shiners as Capt. Aaron Lowman is targeting snook on shalers along mangrove shorelines is producing action on linesiders in the 20to 24-inch range. Casting live shiners along channel edges in slightly deeper water Fishing deep grass flats with shiners as bait is of 15-20 inches are the norm. Finally, Lowman says Southernaire Fishing Charters 941.465.8932AnnaMariaFishing Guide.comDOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACKCAPT. AARON LOWMAN DOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACK CAPT. AARON LOWMAN Stasny offshore. Patrolling the wrecks for permit is proving also are present in these areas. Casting free-lined live baits is working well for the kings. As for the gags, a ducing nicely. Flounder are in the mix while bottom and trout are the go-to species. Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is still seeing shrimp as bait. While targeting sheepshead, the baited spoons or jigs, Spanish mackerel are being reeled to runners. 941-323-7892 THE ORIGINAL BAIT BOAT IS BACK !LIVE Whitebait & CrabsOn the water at the Kingfish Boat Ramp Philip Powell, 8, and family, visiting Anna Maria the bay waters, where he landed this nice trout on a live pilchard. The group was guided by Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters. Eight-year-old Charley Klein jumped off the plane from Los Angeles and onto the boat March 29 with Capt. Warren Girle. Within an hour, he caught this 32-inch snook on a shiner along the mangrove Andrea Sasman of Wausau, Wisconsin, shows off the 31-inch snook she caught March with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.


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THE ISLANDER APRIL 4, 2018 29 islbizBY SANDY AMBROGI Host Frank Williams peeks between M. L. Lesnick and Bev Lesnick of the Island Coffee Haus at the business card exchange March 28 held at the Williams SteamDesigns Studio in Holmes Beach. Winning night at SteamDesignsFrank and Melissa Williams share a chuckle with their guests at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce mixer held March 28 at their SteamDesigns Giclee Studio, 5343 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Guests were treated to an elaborate Tex-Mex buffet and Melissa Williams Seventh-Inning Stretch signature libation. Islander Photos: Sandy Ambrogi Jen Bowman of Keller Williams on the Water in Holmes Beach and John Campora of Edward Jones, also in Holmes Beach, converse March 28 at SteamDesigns Studio. Joe Cools, a guest at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card mixer, beams March 28 as he holds his door prize local honey and discounts at Island Mail and More. Cools represents Leadership Business Consulting.Anna Maria farmers market produces a win-win for vendors, customersBy Bianca Bened Islander Reporter On Tuesdays through May, people can meander through City Pier Park in Anna Maria and shop. There, at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay participating in a farmers market. Produce, herbs, spices and sauces are displayed on tables where customers can take their time examining goods. At the second farmers market March 27, twice as many vendors attended as the previous week. With two produce vendors, and herb, fruit, sauces and a spice vendors, there was plenty of variety for meal planners. Cindy Thompson, owner of Paradise Spice, said the second week had a greater turnout than March 20. Theyve had lines meeting in the middle all morning, she said of the two produce vendors at the market. Thompson said she sold out at the first week and she loaded up with more product for the second market. Im grateful that this is here, said Thompson, who created her unique spice blends. Amber Petricca, Lakewood Ranch resident, said she was on the island to visit her mother and stopped by the market at her behest. Her mom, Diane Cirillo, said she read about the event in the newspaper. Its really nice, and I love the tent, she said, referring to the sail shade installed in 2017. Anna Maria Commissioner Brian Seymour, owner of the Anna Maria General Store at 503 Pine Ave., said Tuesdays with the market open. Kelly McClintock buys tomatoes March 27 from Tony Martinez of Milagros Produce at Anna Marias farmers market at City Pier Park. Islander Photos: Bianca Bened Seymour said although his overall March sales will be 8 percent below March 2017, when the city pier was open, his sales returned to 2017 levels in the second half of March, when the market began. I think its great for the community and visitors alike, Seymour said. The market was proposed by Mayor Dan Murphy Maria City Pier is closed. Another City Pier Park event is planned for May Judy Thomas of Tillman Thomas Produce sells onions, tomatoes and limes to Holly Lackey at the farmers market. 28, a patriotic salute to Memorial Day. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra will be accompanied by the Manatee County Debbie Haynes, who as deputy clerk for Anna Maria is overseeing the market, said a few more vendors have expressed interest in the market. The six vendors who attended March 27 reported a steady stream of customers. Haynes also said the city is rejecting applications to sell non-food items, such as clothing. Haynes said shed received positive feedback from some Pine Avenue business people, but none of the local brick-and-mortar shops requested market space.


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