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Meetings Op-Ed Happenings ISL BIZ 10-20 YEARS AGO Timeline for pier project. 4 Marine research at AME. 24 PLEASE SEE JAILED PAGE 3 VOLUME 26, NO. 24 APRIL 11, 2018 FREE Demolished, forgotten. 8 The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 PLEASE SEE BEACH PAGE 2 Autopsy awaited in anchorage death. 3 On the government calendar. 4 The Islander editorial, reader letters. 6 From the archives. 7 Community announcements, activities. 10-11 Make plans, save a date. 12-13 FISH leadership remains intact. 15 KMB calls for crackdown on causeway. 16 Holmes Beach committee preps dog park presentation. 18 Two cities tango with FPL. 19 Holmes Beach planners share vision. 21 Streetlife. 22 Farewell feathered friends. 25 Key Royale mens golf champ crowned. 26 Inconsistent weather proves consistent on water. 27 PropertyWatch. 28 From rebranding to retirement. 30 CLASSIFIEDS. 32 AsTheWorldTerns get crabby on the beach. 6New line in sand alters little for AMI beachgoers Beachfront properties stretch up the coastline on Anna Maria Island, where a mix of public accesses and private paths lead to the waterfront. After July 1, some property owners will be able to prohibit people from their beachfront, landward of the mean tide line. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law March 30. Islander Photo: Jack Elka By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter Careful where you put the blanket on the sand after July 1, you might be trespassing. HB631 probably doesnt mean much to many people, but its consequences may. Its the number of the bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law March 30. The Possession of Real Property Act becomes effective July 1. The law states that beachfront property owners may declare as private the portion of their property on the sand to the mean high-tide line. But it may not signal the end for most beachgoers on Anna Maria Island. Charlie Hunsicker, director of Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources, says the law changes very little on the island. Erosion Control Lines ECLs will control where the new law is enforced. In 1992, the three island jurisdictions established a permanent ECL. The island ECL does not meander with the tide, it runs with the land for beach improvements. According to Hunsicker, this law established that anywhere beach renourishment has occurred on the island, the beach becomes public domain. It supersedes the Possession of Real Property Act. A challenge in 2010 led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that if taxpayer money is used to maintain sand on a beach, that sand is public. Where renourishment has occurred, the beach is public domain. The law does not apply, thats it, Hunsicker said in a phone interview April 6. Thats a lot of Anna Maria Island. In the places where it hasnt been done, the jury is still out on where those property rights fall, Hunsicker continued. On the beach Robert Smith, a visitor from California, didnt know about the new law as he tied up a hammock at a beachfront rental at 2905 Former AMI chamber president jailedBy Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter Holmes Beach police arrested a former president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for alleged child abuse. Deb Wing, 53, of Holmes Beach, was arrested at 11:56 p.m. April 4 following an argument in which shed slapped a family member in the arm and leg so much that Wing had to be restrained by another person, according to the reports A witness told police the argument took place while the family member was in bed at the Harrington House Bed and Breakfast Inn, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Police suggested a third-degree felony charge of child abuse, although formal Wing BB dock contractor pushes job to JuneBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Theres a big boating holiday on the horizon. But people planning to berth their boats Memorial Day weekend at the Historic Bridge Street Pier may be disappointed. The new floating dock at the pier, a replacement for a storm-damaged dock, was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March 2017 but a year has passed and the dock is still awaited. The floating dock allows boaters to easily unload passengers no matter the tide high or low to access the tall deck of the pier. The latest schedule provided by contractor Technomarine of West Palm Beach to the city April 5 provides for completion of the dock June 29. This is the fourth schedule provided by Technomarine since the March 2017 approval. Additionally, the contractor submitted photos of boxes with shipping labels indicating they are dock parts sent from Ronautica Marinas of Spain. The foreign manufacturer A photograph provided April 5 by Technomarine to the CRA shows boxes the company alleges contain parts from a manufacPLEASE SEE BB DOCK PAGE 5


2 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER Unique Pet PortraitsComposited images printed to stretched canvas Sunsets PRINTS FROM BEACH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Ave. F in Holmes Beach. On the street side of the property, beachgoers already were not welcome to walk through the property to the sand. A no beach access sign was propped up against a tree and appeared to be an old addition to the yard. property and a ladder laid sideways blocked access on the other side of the home. The homeowners already had taken matters into their own hands to keep people from trespassing to get to the Gulf of Mexico. I wasnt aware of the law, Smith said, after hanging the hammock. Will that work? At Smiths rental on Avenue F, the beach was renourished and the sandy shoreline is public domain. But theres no reason for the owner to give access to the beach on his property. Like others in so many beachfront rentals on AMI, Smith will come and go in a week or so. Owners of some beachfront rental homes may not step foot often on the beach at their properties. So will renters even care who lounges on the sand in front of the home? Will rental managers make trips to see anyone has intruded on the sand? Scott, according to news reports, said the law would protect landowners but give people access to enjoy the sun and sand. The way the bill works is, youre going to continue to have access to the beach, but were also going to protect property rights, Scott said in a signing statement. The state of Florida estimates that 60 percent of the states beach property is privately owned. Sandy Zinck, general manager at the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club, said April 3 the Waterlines beach area at Mainsail Beach Inn, 101 66th St., Holmes Beach, is currently not privatized. It also is a renourished beach that is accessible at the terminus of 66th Street. Weve had no discussions at this time about making it private. The law has huge implications. It could change Anna Maria Island, Zinck suggested. What other local condominiums and motel properties will do with beach areas remains to be seen. At the Rod and Reel Resort on the north end in Anna Maria, owner Suzette Buchan said she uses moveable stanchions to mark their beach and kayak area. Our property extends 30 feet into the water and we offer guests private beach space with our chairs, umbrellas and gear, while allowing walking privileges and respecting ordinances designed to protect native wildlife and fauna, Buchan said April 3. Hunsicker also addressed the matter of customary use the publics historical use of dry, sandy areas of the beach and the publics right to continue the practice. He said public beach access points would remain public unaltered by the new law. For courtesys sake, you should always set up from a vegetative line forward, Hunsicker said of picking a spot on the beach. Nesting season For owners considering staking their territory on the beach: Dont even consider it during the May 1-Oct. 31 turtle nesting season. On Anna Maria Island, the beach must remain clear of obstacles at night. This includes keeping the beachfront free of No trespassing signs, stakes in the sand and ropes and bollards. A beachfront rental property at 2905 Ave. F in Holmes Beach is roped off and barricaded, as well as marked with a no beach access sign April 2. Islander Photos: Sandy Ambrogi The beachfront at 77th Street in Holmes Beach is fenced-off and posted private. It includes a beach pavilion, reserved for private use only and, although Holmes Sr., father of Commissioner Judy Titsworth. The property was used in years past by a loosely organized cabana club, a group of neighbors who were allowed to park and access the beach.


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4 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER MeetingsAnna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941708-6130, Bradenton Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-778-1005, Holmes Beach Department community forum and tour. mittee. forum. Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, West Manatee Fire Rescue WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, Manatee County Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, Of interest ment Council, Holmes Beach City Hall. ropolitan Planning Organization, Holiday Inn15th St. E., Sarasota. Send notices to and Maria reviews pier rebuild, permit scheduleBy Bianca Bened Islander Reporter Work on the Anna Maria City Pier should begin in May. In a commission meeting April 3, Jay Saxena, vice charge of rebuilding the pier, delivered details of a timeline for the project. The planks should be removed on or about May 15. The timeline anticipates demolition to begin in early May and to be complete by early September. Ayres received its demolition permit from the U .S. Army Corps of Engineers March 7 and expects to receive a construction permit by July 31. Work on the platform is expected to begin in late August and work on the restaurant is set to begin in April 2019. A seagrass study requested by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is set to start at the beginning of May, and is required before construction. Saxena said NOAA is working with Ayres to move the date to May 11 instead of June, when it would normally be scheduled, to coincide with the season for seagrasses to be most fully in bloom. Ayres has scheduled when it will issue requests for proposals for crews to perform the work. A demolition RFP will be issued April 20. A platform construction RFP will go out June 1 and a restaurant construction RFP is scheduled for Aug. 1. and receive materials for construction. All work should be completed by December 2019, according to Ayres. Commissioner Brian Seymour asked Saxena April 3 how sure he was the pier could go back up if they tore it down. Theres no reason they wouldnt let us do it, Saxena said, pointing out the existing pier poses a public safety hazard. Saxena said the Army Corps is thankful that the city is going through the permitting process to repair the pier, noting that the pier had previously been constructed and repaired without permits or studies. We would really have to do some toe dancing with the Army Corps to be able to keep it, Mayor Dan Murphy said. Commission chooses pier siding Its Kebony, again. In a split vote, Anna Maria commissioners decided April 3 to proceed with Kebony for the future siding on the buildings at the T-end of the city pier. form like mahogany or teak, tropical hardwoods that last longer. Commissioners Brian Seymour and Doug Copeland voted against Kebony. Commissioners Carol Carter, Amy Tripp and Dale Woodland voted in favor. The commission voted in March to use Kebony for the piers decking as well. The material comes with a 30-year warranty. Material costs for 5,000 square feet are $42,500. Jay Saxena of Ayres Associates, the engineering presented Kebony and other options April 3 in a meetOther options cost less than Kebony. HardiePlank, at $1.25 per square foot, was the least expensive option. Schimberg said the material should be painted unless ordered in a preferred color, but it is durable. Beveled cedar costs $2.50 a square foot and cypress select runs $6.30 per square foot. Schimberg said cedar and cypress do not come with warranties, but they are durable materials that weather well. However, Commissioner Doug Copeland said he did not think cypress or cedar would be as durable as HardiePlank. He said he built window shutters for his home 20 years ago with cypress select and Har diePlank. The (HardiePlank) board looks like the day I put it up, Copeland said. He also brought a sample of decayed cypress from his shutters. Most of the cypress he used is still in good shape, he said, but some is rotting. He advocated for the use of HardiePlank, point ing out it is cheaper than Kebony and still provides durability. Schimberg said the aesthetics of HardiePlank will Selecting siding for the restaurant and bait buildmake on construction materials, Saxena said. Mayor Dan Murphy asked commissioners if they wanted to add railings to the design. People seem to be divided on it, he said. Sissy Quinn, a resident of Anna Maria and head of a preservation group, said she preferred no railing, adding most people would feel it would less resemble the old pier. Commissioners voted 5-0 against railing, but asked Murphy to look into raising the curb toe boards on the edge of the walkway and T-end. Input provided by pier tenant Some changes were made to the floor plan to accommodate requests by pier tenant Mario Schoenfelder, Schimberg said. In a March meeting, Schimberg proposed opening up the restaurant by installing sliding-glass doors and windows along the back wall, so the restaurant could be opened for a breeze. However, Schimberg said Schoenfelder retained only a sliding-glass door on the inside wall, for servers to go in and out. He also requested clear plastic curtains along inclement weather so customers could remain seated outside. The bait shop would be redesigned to include sliding-glass windows, as well as boundaries redrawn to provide more storage space. The kitchen also would be expanded for more prep space. Schimberg said he was meeting with Schoenfelder April 9 to go over more design options, including alter ing the ceiling to improve acoustics. Anna Maria Commissioners Carol Carter and Brian Seymour April 3 examine samples of the Kebony and HardiePlank wood considered for the buildings on the city pier. Islander Photo: Bianca Bened The Anna Maria City Pier bait shop lost its roof in September 2017 to Hurricane Irma, among other damages. The restaurant fared well, but the facility now awaits demolition in May. Islander File Photo: Jack Elka A rendering of the proposed design for the Anna Maria City Pier look ing landward shows a slightly altered storage inside the bait shop and restaurant. Islander Courtesy Photo: The Schimberg Group


THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 2018 5 34th Ave. W75th St. WManatee Ave. W Palma Sola Blvd. Cortez Rd. WTo BeachesTo BeachesPalma Sola Bay BB DOCK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 was never discussed between the CRA or the city and Technomarine. Initially, Technomarine representatives said onsite work on the dock would begin in September 2017. The company received the citys deposit of $29,995 in April 2017 and another payment of $23,996 in August 2017. In October 2017, then-Technomarine employee Ben Talbert wrote in an email to pier committee chair Police Chief Sam Speciale that the docks were in production and would ship in a few weeks. Then, in December 2017, Technomarine director of operations Anna Bennett cited a ripple effect in the industry caused by a busy hurricane season as cause for the delay. Another schedule was provided in February specifying Technomarine would mobilize into site by March 23 with completion by April 30. At the April 4 Bradenton Beach pier team meeting, Speciale said he received calls from other contractors interested in building the dock, but he said he wont speak with them while under contract with Technomarine. He said he is frustrated with the delays and lack of communication, but if the CRA the agency with oversight in the historic district opts to have the city attorney draft a letter to Technomarine, the company likely will cease communication with the city and stop work on the dock. If we lawyer up, they wont talk to us anymore, Speciale said April 4. Sherman Baldwin, owner of Paradise Boat Tours, which operates on the pier per a lease with Anna Maria boat tours. He is planning to launch a 149-passenger water taxi between Bradenton Beach and downtown Bradenton and Sarasota locations, which is dependent on the new dock. According to Baldwin, the boat is ready to launch, but will not be released by lenders until the dock locations are cleared for use by all three cities, and Bradenton Beach is the stumbling block. ules, he is skeptical the dock will be ready by the end of June. And, he said, he stands to lose the venture he has been working on for more than two years. If my bank and investors dont believe I can be running for the 2019 season, they will pull out, Baldwin said. Baldwin said, pending commission approval, he plans to hire and pay a contractor to determine if he can run his water taxi from the gangplank that connects The gangplank is still in place on the south side of the pier. At a CRA meeting following the April 4 pier team meeting, the board voted to direct Cole, with the attorneys assistance, to write a letter to Technomarine president Jat Talton regarding the companys progress. Hopefully we can just get a dock without a legal battle, Cole said. In the letter to Talton April 5, Cole said the dock is part of a long-term plan to expand the pier facilities for boaters and bring more tourism to the area a project for which Technomarine could submit a bid. Additionally, Cole requested the deadline be moved to June 1 to avoid hurricane season. In January 2017, we anticipated that the project would have been completed last year, but understandably the 2017 hurricane season caused delays all around the state and we would like to avoid those problems this year, Cole wrote. I want to think this is a legitimate company that just got behind because of matters out of their control, Cole said April 5. Id rather go the high road and encourage them to come through for us. At this point, its all we can do. The gangplank at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach formerly served as a bridge between the pier and was removed following Tropical Storm Emily in July 2017. Paradise Boat Tours owner Sherman Baldwin is considering a move to load and unload his passengers at the gangplank. Islander File Photo Click! The Islander welcomes news of the milestones in readers lives weddings, anniversaries, travels and other events. Send notices and photographs with detailed captions along with complete contact information to


6 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our APRIL 11, 2018 APRIL 11, 2018 APRIL 11, 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 Platform welcome The new nesting platform installed at the tennis courts on Flotilla Drive at 62nd Street in Holmes Beach is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I received a lot of calls and notes in support of my recent letter to the editor supporting our feathered friends and bemoaning the loss of their habitat by human hands. On behalf of the many people who love the ospreys, Id like to say thank you to The Islander and Manatee County for caring enough to bring it to our attention and make things right. Janet Aubry, Holmes BeachRiding along on AMI I had to make a hardware store purchase recently. To make the trip, I chose my bike instead of the car. question because left turns are just not practical during the season. I rode via Holmes Boulevard, on the nice new pavement. Pedestrians pushing strollers said hello. I waved at a few dog walkers. I rang my bicycle bell in courtesy to golf carts. Yes, I even waved at a few cars. The scenario was idyllic. I continued southbound via Second Avenue to shop at Publix. The state of Maine does not have the only right to the slogan, The way life should be. Anna Maria Island has changed dramatically from 30 years ago. Yes, the weather is still the same, but the purpose is different. It then was a community of residents with weekenders from inland getting away from their daily jobs. Today the people you see and talk to are pretty much short-term vacationers enjoying what should be enjoyed. The island is better better infrastructure, nice shiny residences, mostly rentals though, nice places to eat and relax and perhaps it is safer. There is a potential here to make the island even better. The island trolley is awesome. The Monkey Bus opportunity that should not be missed for the sake of Who will pay for this? Meanwhile, folks in a hurry want to skip the line of Boulevard, Second Avenue, through parking lots. As you see it, you dodge it. The bike-walk proposals will preserve the island character that makes Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria what they are today. Bart Bartelsman, Holmes BeachSeat at city hall Being a longtime Holmes Beach resident, I have often voiced my concerns about the various problems My efforts usually have fallen on deaf ears, particcontrol over transients and a new pier. deserved for so many years. My neighbor and friend Kim Rash has been tireless in his efforts to restore a sense of community to Holmes Beach. To those of us on Holmes Boulevard, he is a hero. He walks and talks with the residents daily and takes their concerns directly to city hall on a regular basis. Is there anyone else looking out for us? He has hosted many, many breakfasts with the local politicians, where locals can hear and exchange ideas for the betterment of Holmes Beach. Maybe its time for him to get a different seat at that table. Ill surely vote for him if he wants to pursue a city government position. Bob McCaffrey, Holmes Beach Visit for the best news on AMI.Whose beach is it? If you spend any time on the beaches, youve heard the question. Who owns the beach? What is public and what is private? How do we access the public portion of the beach? going into effect in July, I hope we can get the answers and get them right. From what seems like many thousand years ago, I recall an example. In the mid-1970s, I resided on 10th Street North in Bradenton Beach with two small kids, where a friend came with her child to visit the beach. We had plans to let the kids romp in the water and build sandcastles while we soaked up the sun. We accessed the beach at a street end that was marked for public access. We sat on the waterline where the waves lapped at our white bed sheet on the sand. The kids were having fun in the water when a us in no uncertain terms and with one hand resting on his gun and the other resting on other gear in his massive belt to get off the beach. Its private. The very brief discussion between us and the cop ended when he asked if wed like to surrender the kids, Well, maybe yes, but she was pregnant and the outcome was not promising for anyone under his terms. So maybe you can see by this 40-year-old example, that misunderstandings of private vs. public beach can lead to bad outcomes. We should have been left to enjoy the beach but ignorance of private beach is worthwhile. For me, the beach should be accessible. I dont think anyone wants to join a backyard barbecue without an invitation, but a seat in the sand and a walk on the shore should be free and open to all. No bollards, no hokey ropes, no pillars and no signs. Just a beautiful, seemingly never-ending beach. The rules may be changing, but I hope, at least on Anna Maria Island, we can agree to share the beach. Because here, the erosion control line is not arbiLets play nice in the sand. Bonner Joy


THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 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 happenings, people features and special events even real estate transactions everything 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 WWW.ISLANDER.ORGIn the headlines: April 8, 1998 Communities Trust to buy a former schoolhouse and surrounding property in Cortez. change the citys method of determining how many parking spaces were needed for restaurants. The owner of Marina Bay restaurant sought the change. tion of decorative streetlights along Bridge Street, part of a $500,000 streetscape improvement project funded four years earlier.In the headlines: April 9, 2008 signs going up. Bradenton Beachs city pier team celebrated the arrival of a new sign now referred to as an old and historic sign at the renovated Historic Bridge Street Pier and prepared for the installation of a second sign. marked Founders Day in the city with the unveilPark on Marina Drive. Lannon, who died in 2007, Elementary. not to pursue a proposed merger with a larger require a vote. SAMs president raised the topic at a meeting, asked about pursuing it and, when no one responded, moved to the next agenda item. The issue archives for The Islander can be found online at 10&20 years ago 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 more We offer Rattan and Wicker tropical-style indoor and outdoor furniture, for island and coastal looks. YOUR COMPLETE CASUAL FURNITURE STORE You can peruse The Islander newspaper archive, dating back to its launch in November 1992, at 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.Dance classAnna Maria Elementary principal Jim Kronus celebrates island living and learning at a school luau in 1979. Kronus retired in 1998. He was The Islander of the year in 1998. This photo and many other historical images can be found in Images of America: Anna Maria Island by Islander publisher Bonner Joy. Islander Courtesy Photo Holmes Beach Police Dept. schedules night forumThe day shift has had its turn. The night shift is up next. The Holmes Beach Police Department scheduled a community forum for 6 p.m. Friday, April Police Chief Bill Tokajer invited residents, Hot dogs, burgers and refreshments will be offered courtesy of The Islander and the Chiefs Grill Team at the conclusion of the event, which includes a tour of the HBPD facilities. Topics will include crime response, arrest data, active shooters, the Neighborhood Watch program, golf carts versus low-speed vehicles, residential security and all HBPD community outreach programs. The HBPD scheduled the night forum after conducting a similar daytime program in March. Terry OConnor


8 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER Eyes on the road The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following notices for the week of April 9: crews are replacing force mains. Through April 30, directional drilling and installation of a force main will be underway along Gulf Drive between 26th Street to the west on Gulf Drive to allow for construction activities. Also, installation of a 6-inch water main is underway along Avenue C from 24th Street North to 26th Street North. Crews will be installing services across Avenue C, working from west to east and northward from Gulf Drive to 26th Street North. Intermediate road closures will be in place. The southbound exit from Avenue C onto Gulf Drive is temporarily closed open only in between Gulf Drive and 22nd Street North. 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 For the latest road watch information, go online RoadwatchHolmes Beach falters on new pier at Manatee Public Beach By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter The demolished Manatee Public Beach pier has gone from beloved landmark to historical question mark. It is gone, probably forever, according to city and Mayor Bob Johnson said he isnt sure why the structure lost its cache with the Holmes Beach Commission, which voted unanimously March 1 not to resurrect the 300-foot-long pier on the Gulf of Mexico at the Manatee Public Beach. Theres been a shift in demographics, Johnson said. You have fewer people living here regularly and more people living here daily and weekly than there used to be. In voting down the pier, commissioners said they werent interested in building such a large structure on the beach, the mayor said. The nature of the old pier was a low groin, Johnson said. Thats another issue. Resident Beverly Neville pleaded March 27 for commissioners to ask the public whether the structure should be rebuilt. Neville said few people in Holmes Beach, if any, knew city commissioners would reject rebuilding the pier. The pier is on a county-maintained beach, not a city beach, Neville reminded the commission. Holmes Beach Commission Chair Judy Titsworth said she would have no problem with a survey of island residents on the issue. But support is scant, she added. I dont know why, Titsworth said. Its not going to be the same pier weve always loved. It would have to be huge under todays rules. The city commission vote was spurred by a query from Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a former Holmes Beach mayor and commissioner who asked if her hometown wanted help with funding to rebuild the pier. Whitmore said she was following through on a promise made by the county to the city and citizens to rebuild the pier. I have only had a very few people who live there now that want it, Whitmore said. Most of the support is from old-timers who dont live there anymore. Whitmore said she believed it appropriate to solicit a policy decision from the Holmes Beach commissioners regarding the pier. She was saddened and surprised by the negative response, she said. Whitmore once sought to have the pier named for a popular lifeguard at the beach, Mike Miller. Whitmores request was unexpected, Titsworth said. Its a county thing, Titsworth said. Im surprised she approached a seated city commission. The once-popular Holmes Beach pier was closed for good after an engineers report deemed it unsafe in February 2009. Manatee County commissioners unanimously approved a proposal March 3, 2009, by county natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker to replace the failing structure with a new pier jutting farther into the Gulf and taller. The closing was unpopular but not unprecedented. Tourists and residents complained about losing an ideal spot for walking beyond the shoreline over the water, Gulf of Mexico, but the pier had been closed before and rebuilding it seemed a foregone conclusion. The pier also was closed to pedestrians in fall 2006 out of concern for eroding structural supports. 2007, but the area under and around the pier remained closed to swimming. After the pier was closed again two years later, plans to rebuild were devised. According to The Islanders archives, the county commission at the time fully intended to replace the pier. The city commission and public support ran in favor of a new pier. Reconstruction costs were estimated by Hunsicker at $1.5 million to $2.5 million plus $100,000 in planning and permitting fees. He said it would take about for construction. Hunsicker projected at the time the new pier could be ready by January 2010. Whitmore, chair of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council, said at the time the TDC could provide $1.4 million and county revenues would cover the rest. It didnt work out that way. The county commissioners voted to replace the pier, but a 2010 county permit to rebuild expired without action in 2015. Nearly a decade after the pier was closed, all reconstruction plans have failed. The pier remains a memory unlikely to be reassembled after the latest rejection by the city commission. It just seems as if all the support to rebuild the pier has gone away, Titsworth said. Whitmore Titsworth The Manatee Public Beach pier on the Gulf of Mexico undergoes demolition in 2009. It was built as an erosion control groin in the 1960s and was popuCrashA 2006 Honda SUV collided with a truck from Wentzels Heating and Air of Sarasota at 5 p.m. April 2 on 76th Street at Palm Drive in Holmes Beach. The motorist in the Honda allegedly ran a stop sign, striking the truck. EMS responded and transported both drivers to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where they were treated for their injuries and released. Islander Courtesy Photo: HBPD WMFR arranges sale of administrative building After a year on the market, West Manatee Fire Rescues administrative building is being sold to a local charter school. Commissioners unanimously authorized a $1.675 million contract April 4 to sell the building at 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, to Oasis Middle School Inc. Closing costs remain to be negotiated. WMFR will transfer ownership of the building by May 31, according to the contract, and will 6510 Third Ave. W, Bradenton. The current administrative building has more than 11,000 square feet of space, of which WMFR used approximately 4,000 square feet. Edna Fields-Bailey, the school founder and director, addressed commissioners April 4. Were excited about this opportunity, she said, adding that the school currently operates at the Unity Church in the Woods at 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Fields-Bailey said her school serves about 120 students in sixthto eighth-grades. She said parents would describe the school as strict and orderly, with an emphasis on a small learning environment and discipline. Commissioner Randy Cooper said the administrative building had served WMFRs purpose, lasting through station remodels and reorganization. Its time to pass it on, he said. note on the building. The district will have no more debt after the note is paid, Commissioner George Harris noted. Harris thanked Commissioner Al Robinson for advocating for the sale, noting it leaves the district The next commission meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Bianca Bened Fields-Bailey said her school serves about 120 students in sixthto eighth-grades. She said parents would describe the school as strict and orderly, with an emphasis on a small learning environment and discipline. Commissioner Randy Cooper said the administrative building had served WMFRs purpose, lasting through station remodels and reorganization. Its time to pass it on, he


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12 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER The Islander Calendar ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTON ANNA MARIA ISLANDThursday, April 12 6-8 p.m. Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Transparent Show reception, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906. Friday, April 13 5:30-7:30 p.m. ArtWalk, various venues in downtown Holmes Beach, around Gulf and Marina drives. Information: 941778-6648. Wednesday, April 18 Noon-2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Garden Club Fashion Show, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-6758.ONGOING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941778-6648. Beach. Information: 941-778-6694. parent Show, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.LOOKING AHEAD ON AMI April 22, START Earth Day Culinary Celebration, Anna Maria. OFF ANNA MARIA ISLANDFriday, April 13 6-8 p.m. Music in the Park, Mosaic Amphitheater on the Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-621-6471. Saturday, April 14 2-4 p.m. Music on the Porch jam, Florida Maritime Museum, Wednesday, April 18 ONGOING OFF AMI Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441. Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Also, Saturdays LOOKING AHEAD OFF AMI April 28, De Soto Grand Parade, Bradenton. May 15, Florida Maritime Museum boat tour, Bradenton Beach.KIDS & FAMILYON ANNA MARIA ISLANDFriday, April 13 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Saturday, April 14 Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Beach N Food Truck and Music Festival, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Tuesday, April 17 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 2 p.m. Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.ONGOING ON AMI Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7780719. Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. Marina Resort and Beach Club, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5638. Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.OFF ANNA MARIA ISLANDSaturday, April 14 0458.ONGOING OFF AMI Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.GAMES, SPORTS & OUTDOORSON ANNA MARIA ISLANDWednesday, April 11 4 p.m. Chess club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.ONGOING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Information: 941-778-1908. 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. mation: 941-778-6341. of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-779-0881.ONGOING OFF ANNA MARIA ISLAND at LECOM Park, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-9442. quistador Parkway, Bradenton. Fee applies. Info: 941-778-0414. LOOKING AHEAD OFF AMI May 18, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 19th annual Golf Tournament, Bradenton. For more information, golf signup and sponsor opportunities, call Toni Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue Massage Therapy | Acupuncture | Yoga2219 Gulf Drive N | Bradenton Beach 941.778.8400 | Holistic wellness center and spa 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


THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 2018 13 CLUBS & COMMUNITYON ANNA MARIA ISLANDWednesday, April 11 Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Friday, April 13 S ilver Community Center in Bradenton Beach for a tour of the Fee applies. Information: 941-538-0945. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 6 p.m. Holmes Beach Police Department community forum and tour, Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina D rive, Holmes Information: 941-708-5804. Wednesday, April 18 N oon-3 p.m. Anna Maria I sland Garden Club Fashion S how, R oser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-6758.ONGOING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7786341. Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-345-5135. adventure or for an activity, Annie S ilver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-538-0945. Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 941-778-1383. ers Market, City Pier Park at Pine Avenue and N orth Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130. S treet Bistro, 111 Gulf D rive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941518-1965. Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.OFF ANNA MARIA ISLANDWednesday, April 11 way, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-932-2798. Information: 941-387-0202. Saturday, April 14 Walk a Mile in Their S hoes fundraiser, L ECOM Park, 1619 N inth S t. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-383-1731.ONGOING OFF ANNA MARIA ISLAND2798. Street, downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-621-6471. GET LISTED publication date. Please include the date, time, location and description of the event, as well as a phone number for publication.GOOD DEEDS ishable food. The pantry is administered by Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. I nformation: 941-7780414. forever homes for rescued animals. Information: 941-345-2441. name and phone number. presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota with support INSHORE/OFFSHORE GUIDED 4-6-8 HOUR TRIPS... PLUS, 2-HOUR FAMILY-FUN FISHING ISLAND BUSTER FISHING CHARTERS Presenting Pip the PelicanThe Florida Maritime Museums new mascot is Pip the Pelican, a brown pelican designed by Danielle Dankenbring, the museums visitor services coordibutions to the museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, during the area Giving Challenge set for May 1-2. Islander Courtesy Image At the studioKathy Simon MacDonalds Early Morning in Jackson Square is on display in the Florida Suncoast Water color Societys Transparent Exhibit at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The exhibit continues through May 5. A reception will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12. During the celebration, cash awards and ribbons will be presented and viewers will vote for the Peoples Choice. Islander Courtesy Photo


14 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER Click! The Islander welcomes news of the milestones in readers lives weddings, anniversaries, travels and other events. Send notices and photographs with detailed captions along with complete contact information to City of Holmes Beach 5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217 WHAT SHOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR? WHAT DO I DO NEXT? HAVE YOU SEEN ANYTHING UNUSUAL DISCHARGING INTO THE STORMWATER SYSTEM? 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 MCSO questions Bradenton Beach mooring ordinanceBradenton Beach lobbyist checks in at city hallBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Bradenton Beach is taking a proactive stance on derelict and abandoned vessels. And Manatee County is questioning its role. An updated ordinance that unanimously passed a regulations for derelict or abandoned vessels in city waters, including the anchorage area in Sarasota Bay at the east end of Bridge Street. The ordinance replaces an analogous one enacted last March, which had supplanted a marine mooring anchorage area in Sarasota Bay on the south side of the Historic Bridge Street Pier, the commission in extending 500 feet into Sarasota Bay. Since the city has yet to establish the mooring the police departments ability to regulate behavioral issues among boaters near shore. The new ordinance includes the previous stipula tions and adds provisions for vessel removal and an appeal process, which gives the owners 21 days to request a hearing with a city special master or 45 days to remove the boat. During public comment, Manatee County sheriffs Sgt. Russell Schnering said he assumed responsibility of the MCSO marine unit several months ago, promptpolicing the jurisdictional boundaries. Bradenton Beach has jurisdiction from their northern boundary to their southern boundary and 500 feet out into the Gulf (of Mexico) and out to the Intracoastal Waterway, correct. Schnering said, while also He added that the county offers assistance within the citys jurisdiction, but does not assume responsibility for derelict and abandoned vessels within those boundaries. Perry said the issue is coordinating law enforce ment for abandoned and derelict vessels between the two entities. Schnering said articles in local newspapers folto question what role the county is expected to take when marine issues arise. Perry said Bradenton Beach initially requested the special act for enforcement 500 feet out into the Gulf because the city needed more power to police issues with live-aboard boaters in the anchorage and wanted concurrent regulatory rights to the county, which did ters. She said the board of county commissioners eventually agreed that so long as the city doesnt have sole jurisdiction over those waters, the city could enforce county and city ordinances. Schnering said he was concerned the city would no longer have a marine unit and rely solely on the county. But Perry said Bradenton Beach is strengthening its marine unit presence, and city wishes to continue joint jurisdiction enforcement with the county. Schnering thanked Perry and the commission for with the MCSO. It was a simple misunderstanding. So we just wanted to come in and listen to what the new reading was, Schnering said. Well take it back and explain to the sheriff what the jurisdictional boundaries are and that theres really nothing changing. The Claire Sea recently washed up at the end of Ninth Street South in Bradenton Beach. According to Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby, it is one of about 10 derelict boats in the citys jurisdiction. By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Beach can breathe a sigh of relief. ended March 11, Bradenton Beach rehired lobbyist Dave Ramba, who represented the city in Tallahassee Beach used a professional lobbyist. Ramba presented the results of the missioners April 5 during a meeting at city hall. He began by saying, This was an odd session. He said the fewest bills passed this year than in the past 21 years. He said this likely was due to the Feb. 14 shooting at Parklands Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The shooting occurred about halfway through session, priorities shifted and $400 million was re-budgeted just before the session ended. rule, monitoring about 60 bills that could affect the city, and also promoted two bills to fund projects to stimulate tourism in the citys historic district. Neither of the two Bradenton Beach appropriations bills passed, but neither did the vacation rental bill that for a second year threatened home rule. Ramba said this years primary focus for BradenGreg Steube, R-Sarasota. Similar to a bill put forth by vacation rental regulations to the state, including regulations through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We just kept putting obstacles up, Ramba said, adding he found a good ally in the hotel and formalized overnight-stay industry, as those entities also were Ramba said since Steube is running for Congress, he doesnt see any other senator who would be as forward as Steube was on the vacation rental issue, though that could change. He said Rep. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, is running for Steubes seat and he has helped support local govGruters sponsored the Bradenton Beach appropria Beach might have been shut down because they existed within the community redevelopment district. If it helped CRAs, the House wasnt interested in trying to help fund it, Ramba said, citing issues with abuse of CRA funds in Miami-Dade as a source of concern for the representatives. He said CRAs are under fire for transparency issues, which doesnt help support a great CRA like Bradenton Beach, where it has been a successful tool for growth. Ramba closed the presentation and Mayor John Chappie thanked him for his services, saying, We really appreciate the work you and your staff do for our city. The city will consider rehiring Ramba when budget Ramba


THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 2018 15 attendance fell an estimated 23.5 percent from 17,000 in 2017 to 13,000 this year. will require a dip into reserves. festival revenues, which might net $40,000 compared Its a big drop for us. Next year were going to have to do a very good job and be very careful, NorthSeeking to trim the shortfall, the board will focus on raising money during the 24-hour online Giving Challenge put on by the Community Foundation of Sarasota. The challenge runs online-only noon May 1 to noon May 2, when donations up to $100 will be matched. Its a great way to leverage your money, von Hahmann said. a little of that gap. We need to cover that loss. Miller said FISH must maximize donations. Believe me, thats how the big operations do it. They structure it so every penny is getting matched, said Miller. In other action: Board member Karen Bell, owner of Star Fish Co. Market & Restaurant and A.P. Bell Fish Co., reported Founded in 1991, FISH supports a 95-acre pre@ The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. $2 stickers $10 mugs @ The Islander, $2 stickers $10 mugs i.w edJEWELR Y Bridge Street Jewelers The island s full-service jewelry store. 129 Bridge St., Bradenton Beac h 941.896.7800 PHOTOGRAPHY Jack Elka PhotoGraphics The nest wedding photography since 1980. Studio: 315 58th St., Holmes Beach. Preview weddings: www 1 Island Photography Beautiful and creative photography to treasure for a lifetime. 6 islandphotography .org ACCOMMODA TIONS T ortuga Inn Beach & T radewinds Resorts 90 well-appointed rooms, apts., suites with kitchens, wi, pools, beach, more! www m 941.778.661 1 www Bungalow Beach Resort DIRECT LY ON THE BEACH! Classic 1930s island-style resort. 800.779.3601 m www m The Islander Wedding Directory TO BE INCLUDED IN IWED, CONT ACT TONI L YON, 941-928-8735, OR toni@islander .orgMUSIC/ENTER T AINMENT Gulf Drive Band The Best! Classic Danceable T unes Musical Entertainment DJ for W eddings, Receptions. Call: 941.778.0173. email: m WEDDING PLANNER AMI Beach We ddings Destination Beach W edding Experts. AMIBeachW For information, call Zan Fuller813.503.9364 FISH leadership remains intact, faces funding challengeFISH of cers at a glance unopposed in the annual Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board election held April 9, after The Islander press time. Kaye Bell: A Cortez homeowner since 1977, activities include seats on the FISH board and the Annie Silver Community Center board. She also is president of the Cortez Village Historical Society. Kim McVey: A Cortez native, McVey is serving her fourth term as FISH president. She is employed at Cortez Bait & Seafood. Janet Miller: The newest member of the FISH board with less than a years tenure, Miller has worked for Fidelity Bank in the Mount Vernon branch for 11 years. Plum Taylor: A Cortez resident since 1953, Taylor took her husband Alcees seat when his health failed. She has 36 years service on the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Committee, which directs the annual FISH fundraiser. Jane von Hahmann: A 43-year village resident with husband Rocky, she joined the FISH board in 2009, served as treasurer 2010-14 and is FISH vice president. By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter With no new candidates emerging to contest the annual Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board 9. Any FISH member who paid the $10 memberresults were unavailable until after The Islanders press time. Candidates whose terms were expiring include president Kim McVey, vice president Jane von Hahmann and board members Kaye Bell, Plum Taylor and Janet Miller. All ran uncontested for three-year terms. I do it to keep informed and know whats going on, Bell said. My husband was interested, and I guess it rubbed off. Taylor said she continues to remain involved because the position requires someone who cares to be effective. They cant just sit on the board, Taylor said. Miller served six months after pired term but said it was enough to make a lasting impression. Im just amazed by all the important work they do, Miller said. The board priority will be to reenergize the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Despite good weather, Taylor Miller McVey von Hahmann Bell serve and boat-building and repair programs. FISH also works against land developments that threaten FISH was to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Fishermens Hall, 4511 124th St. W., after The Islanders press time.Utility re closes road 1 hourFire engulfs a transformer at about 5 p.m. April 3 in the 1200 block of Gulf Drive North, requiring Bradenton Beach police to close the road for about an hour. Florida Power and Light spokesman Richard Beltran said the utility was called at 5:46 p.m., determined it was a malfunction in an underground cable and made temporary repairs. Twelve customers were without service for about two hours, he added. Island Courtesy Photo: BBPD


16 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER PLEASE SEE SCENIC, NEXT PAGE KMB calls for Palma Sola Scenic Highway crackdown Ingrid McClellan, Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director emeritus, seated next to Volker Reiss of Bra denton, calls for a crackdown on sales and adver tising at a joint scenic highway committee meeting April 4. Islander Photo: Terry OConnor By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter A call for halting illegal transactions and removing unapproved advertising consumed much of the April 4 joint meeting of scenic highway committees in Sarasota. The Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity, along with scenic highway counter parts in Bradenton Beach and the Tamiami Trail, called for a crackdown on illegal bench advertising and vendors improperly accepting payments at locations on the trail. Advertising has been regulated since 1971, according to Ingrid McClellan, Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director emeritus. She said benches with ads should be removed from the 4.5-mile Palma Sola Scenic Highway from 75th Street West to the drawbridge to Holmes Beach. Advertising is not banned, but it is limited along state scenic highways, according to McClellan. A letter from McClellan requesting enforcement was approved at the joint session to be sent to Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan. Palma Sola Scenic Highway is on a beautiful city waterfront, according to the letter. The CME believes these benches are not located to the public The letter also asks for vendors people and companies selling goods and services to be cited for illegally accepting payments along the rights of way on the Palma Sola Scenic Highway. Its uncertain what effect the letter will have. Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston weighed in on the proliferation of advertising benches on city rights of way between 75th Street, Bradenton, and the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Perico Island, the gateway to Holmes Beach. mayor locked the city into a contract with the adver tising company. Mayor Bill Evers signed a contract with the bench company that is forever, Poston wrote in an email to The Islander. I have been trying to break the contract for 10 years or so and havent been able to win. We have included state legislative lawyers and they say we are out of luck. As to the vendor transactions, they can legally accept payments through online transactions, but not on the rights of way, McClellans letter explained. McClellan told The Islander she would continue looking into advertising prohibitions in the state legislation for scenic highways. In other action: serve parking improvements is bogged down while waiting for the estate of the late Billie Martini to complete a promised bequest. In addition to parking, improvements include a kayak trail to the water, signage and a nature walk extension, McGuinness said. Martini spearheaded development of the 34-acre G rassy Point Preserve in Holmes Beach, which FOR FREE HOME DELIVERY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND* CALL 941-778-7978 or email info@islander.orgSorry, we cannot deliver single copies to condominium units or mobile homes. THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992Surferbus owner Shawn Duytschaver parks daily on the Palma Sola Causeway, where he supplies kayaks and paddleboards to customers who reserve and pay online. Islander File Photo: Sandy Ambrogi


THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 2018 17 Tiki & Kittys Adventures in Shopping Antiques, Art-Tiques and Chic Boutiques!bargains, including books and collectibles. Kingberry Estate Finds in Palmetto offers home furnishings and decor, emphasizing quality, comfort and style at affordable prices. The estate inventory includes items for inside and outside your home. As exclusively in Manatee County at Kingberry. And, be sure to check out Scavengers Marketplace every third Friday of the month, from 4-7 p.m., come to the Sip & Shop event to help Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue. Wine, hors d oeuvre and savings. How can you lose? Please, be sure to tell our friends in the shops, The Islander sent me. items are going fast! Swing by today while you still Tide & Moon on the Historic Bridge Street Pier has a great selection of handmade jewelry by silversmith Laura Shely. Also, check out the downtown Bradenton location at 1209 Third Ave. W., where you can learn to make jewelry, too. Be sure to stop often for the changing array of home decor, furnishings, jewelry, shoes and clothing for the entire family at Community Thrift Shop on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton. Its the spot for consignment Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Thrift ShopBradentons Original Thrift and Consignment Shop5704 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton Large selection of Home Decor, Furniture, Collectibles, Fine Jewelry, Clothes for the whole family! Books and more! Accepting quality consignments. Call 792-2253Readers Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store Mon-Sat 10-4 Historic East Manatee Antiques District Vintage Clothes for All Occasions Antiques and Accessories Lets go shopping! Tiki and Kitty are busy shopping for great values in their favorite shops, especially the blowout sale at Retro Rosies. The days are drawing to a close at Retro Rosies! Select jewelry is now buy-one, get-one and clothing prices start at just $2! Dishes, linen, sewing and other household goods are 20-50 percent off. Hurry, Jewelry2 LOCATIONS: Historic Bridge Street Pier & BradentonTide and Moon Huge Selection of Handmade JewelryExclusive Tide and Moon Island Pearl Pendant & LongitudeLatitude Ring!Custom designed by owner Laura Shely Shop, Save & Support Moonracer Animal Rescue If you cannot find it here, it probably doesnt exist. Moonracer Animal Rescue Bradenton Beach approves Arbor Day plansreopened April 19, 2017. For those of you who havent been there yet, I strongly recommend you come visit it, McGuinness said. Wait until after spring break. Also, McGuinness said the 1.5-mile Palma Sola CME corridor extension through Holmes Beach will soon go before the city commission. The Palma Sola CME wants the state to extend Holmes Beach to the Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway. The Palma Sola Scenic Highway now encomEast Bay Drive in Holmes Beach to 75th Street West in Bradenton. The scenic highway extension would run from the boat ramp to East Bay Drive, where it would run south to the merger with Gulf Drive at 27th Street North. The Palma Sola Scenic Highway CME will next Works, 114 Ninth St. W. SCENIC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 Whereas, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal, reads a portion of the proclamation for National Arbor Day approved by the Bradenton Beach City Commission April 5. The city commission also approved the Scenic WAVES partnership committee recommendation to plant three desert cassia trees at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Herb Dolan Park on 26th Street North and Avenue A, for National The approved cost for the planting, which also includes trimming an overThe desert cassias are very drought resistant trees when established, Ingrid McClellen, WAVES chairperson emeritus, said April 5. McClellan also said the trees will grow to about 12 feet, so they wont block the line of sight to the water from nearby homes. A motion to approve the cost for the planting, to be funded as a miscellaneous line item, was unanimously approved by the commission. ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Members of Scenic WAVES Partnership Committee, including Binky Rodgers, left, chair Jennifer Hoffman, executive director of Keep Manatee Beautiful, Commissioner Marilyn Maro, WAVES/commission liaison, secretary Connie Morrow, Fidencia Pla, vice chair Gayden Shell and Darryl Richard, Florida Department of Transportation liaison to WAVES, gather Jan. 3 outside city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The Bradenton Beach commission voted April 5 to allow trimming this tree in Herb Dolan Park near 26th Street North and Avenue A in Bradenton Beach. Three desert cassia trees will be planted in the park April 27 for National Arbor Day. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes


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THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 2018 19 Visit for the best news on AMI. BEN AND KAREN COOPER PLEASE COME SEE US AT OUR NEW OFFICE NEXT TO THE REGIONS BANK BUILDING AT 4401 MANATEE A VE. W ., BRADENTON. 941-795-4878 Fax Protect the things you love 941-244-4743 Bradenton Beach pursues underground utilities in historic districtBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is considering ways to preserve the historic district while keeping up with technology. During an April 4 meeting, Mark Porter, a project manager with CDM Smith engineering and construcmanage the underground conversion of utilities including electric, telecommunications and cable along Bridge Street and throughout the CRA district. to oversee the municipalitys switch to underground utilities a project approved by voter referendum in November 2015 at a cost of $25.25 million. in March, at which time the CRA requested he assemble the scope of services. Upon reviewing the proposal April 4, the agency voted 6-0 for city attorney Ricinda Perry to investigate piggybacking on Longboats Keys contract with CDM Smith for the CRA district and to draft a contract for the project. The CRA board consists of the city commission and two other members, restaurateurs John Horne and Ed Chiles. Chiles was absent with excuse. The scope of services for two city projects are contractor investigates the site and provides cost estimates from utilities contractors for the project. The second initiation phase includes surveys, engineer ing deposits to the utility providers and design. The third phase is construction. For the underground utility project on Bridge Street, phase one of CDM Smiths work would cost project total. To ground utilities in the entire CRA district, cost $49,951.66 and phase three would amount to CRA chair Ralph Cole said he had hoped to see a breakdown of total costs and Porter said the total cost estimates are provided during phase one. Amelia Davies, client service leader with CDM, told the CRA that the contractor fees are on a not-toexceed basis, which allows the city to back out with no further commitment. money, we could pull the plug, Cole said. Public works director Tom Woodard said Porters estimate to ground Bridge Street utilities would be about $750,000 total. Davies said that was a conservative estimate. Commissioner Jake Spooner noted the percentage of cost for CDM Smiths services is high, but drops as the scope of project increases. He had concerns the Bridge Street project is too small for this sort of project management. He asked if the primary contractor Florida Power and Light could manage the project. Porter said the cost likely wouldnt decrease if the city opted not to use CDM Smiths services, but the contractors would still require submitting all the moving parts, including surveys, for the plans. I dont think you will find that the task will change, its just how you want to defer it, Porter said. Youll inherit the costs one way or the other. If you do the entire CRA, you get a little more, as the scope doesnt change. Woodard recommended hiring CDM Smith because the project requires expertise to coordinate with FPL and the other contractors. Additionally, Woodard said if no one supervises and coordinates with FPL and other contractors, those entities would work on their own schedule, which could cause problems during busier times of year. Commissioner Randy White asked what would be the advantage of piggybacking on Longboat Keys contract. Horne said piggybacking removes the state requirement to seek three bidders for the project. He said if Bradenton Beach can prove the contractor was vetted by Longboat Key, the city is spared the RFP time and expense. The agency voted to direct Perry to consult with CDM Smith and the town of Longboat Key regarding piggybacking the contract and, if the city can join the contract without a bid process, to draft a contract to ground utilities in the CRA district. A utility pole sullies the view along Bridge Street in the historic district of Bradenton Beach. The com munity redevelopment agency is considering grounding utilities on the street. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver EsformesAnna Maria mayor tangles with FPL over utility poles Apparently, poles arent pretty. Florida Power and Light wants to replace some utility poles in Anna Maria. And it will be allowed to replace the old utility poles with new ones but not until it has a clear timeline for removing old poles in Anna Maria. Thats what Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy asserted March 29 in an email to FPL area manager Rae Dowling. In a March 29 email from FPL project manager Brett Washmuth to public works manager Dean Jones, Washmuth requested permission and permits to begin work hardening the Palma Sola Feeder. Washmuth said FPL would work with Spectrum and Frontier to create a timeline for transfer ring equipment and removing the poles as soon as possible. However, Murphy responded by pointing out he has complained to FPL that there are abandoned poles in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. These abandoned poles left in the right of way along with cable and drops hanging down do not make for a safe or sightly environment, Murphy wrote. Murphy suggested FPL work with the Florida Public Service Commission, which regulates utili ties, to establish a timeline with Frontier and Spectrum to remove utility poles. The mayor said he would gladly intervene per sonally with the PSC on behalf of FPL in order to get the poles removed. Bianca Bened


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Information may be submitted to news@ Pastor Stephen King8:30 and 10:15 am Sunday Services rArt by Joan V oyles Telling the Easter Story: Community and Compassion 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 JOY to gather JOY/Just Older Youth will gather at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, for fellowship, a brown-bag lunch and a musical program entertainment and exploration of the For more information, 941-778-0414.Island Library to mark National Library Week National Library Week takes place through April 14 under the banner Libraries Lead. At the Island Library, a celebration will be 2-3 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Patrons are invited to the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to meet local leaders, including special guest Carol Whitmore, a Manatee County commissioner and former Holmes Beach mayor and city commissioner. Plans include crafts for children, a photo booth and the serving of cookies and punch. This year is the 60th anniversary of the first National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association as a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Library Week. For more information, call the Island Library at 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 11,000-plus friends who like The Islander and share their social news.Retired engineer draws attention to global povertyBy Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter light switch. They have never seen a refrigerator or water heater. They are the global poor, according to Manny Medeiros, who spoke to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island Feb. 20 about global poverty and how it is woven into worldwide environmental and energy issues. The Rotarian is retired from his career as a nuclear power engineer in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. He frequently speaks on environmental issues, energy use and production and how it ties into standards of living. Medeiros is a seasonal resident of Anna Maria Island, and addresses audiences in Bradenton and Sarasota as well. He holds the viewpoint environmental and energy issues cannot be addressed without developing an understanding for the millions of people trying to escape poverty. Around the world, estimates say more than a billion people live without adequate housing, food, clean water and luxuries others take for granted, like electricity and refrigeration. Medeiros says affordable, reliable and plentiful energy is needed to aid people and break them out of the poverty cycle. After spending 30 years as a nuclear engineer, he said he embarked on his next 30-year career energy awareness and its ties to global poverty. I dont think a day goes by that I dont write, talk or think about climate change, energy production and the issues, he said. commissions and published papers on these issues. At his message. Energy sources, production and use are the keys to everything we do in our country involving our econManny Medeiros, a retired nuclear power engineer and seasonal resident, spoke Feb. 20 to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island about global poverty. The island club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Rotary Club AMI omy, our health and our standard of living, he told the lunch group gathered at the Bridge Street Bistro in Bradenton Beach. Medeiros advocates coal and nuclear power for emerging countries with large amounts of poverty. Both have fallen out of favor with many environmentalists, who promote renewables such as solar and wind power. Medeiros said, Such entities are effectively saying that embracing unreliable and extremely expensive wind and solar electricity generation is more important than alleviating poverty in developing nations, malnutrition and disease. Medeiros told his audience, The poor that live unsanitary water and spending their evenings in the dark need affordable energy. The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets Tuesdays at noon at Bridge Street Bistro located at 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach and residents and visitors are welcome. The next meeting is set for April 17. the website at


THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 2018 21 941.357.2675 | | TH SENIOR LIVING FREE LUNCHWITH TOUR 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 South for spring breakLocals Margy and Tim Finley and Pat and Dave Moynihan vacation in South America, taking along their favorite newspaper for holiday reading. Islander Courtesy PhotoHolmes Beach vision of future de ned in 55 wordsHolmes Beach vision statementThe Holmes Beach Planning Commission will propose the following vision statement: Holmes Beach is an irreplaceable, authentic Florida coastal community providing a peaceful, safe small-town environment with a balance of fulland part-time residents and visitors. We are an environmentally sensitive community with clean pedestrianand bicycle-friendly streets, effective transportation and infrastructure systems with primarily owner-operated businesses in centrally located commercial centers. By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Let the parsing begin. After a year of debate, research and soul-searching, the Holmes Beach Planning Commission crafted a two-sentence, 55-word vision statement for the city commission to consider. said planning chair Chuck Stealey. The merit of each word in the vision statement was debated, he said. Addressing the issue of chain stores versus local businesses was the hardest component to cover, he said. said. The planners presented a draft of a proposed vision statement to city commissioners at the March 27 meeting and incorporated suggestions from the city commissioners. The planners polished the draft during their April 4 meeting. An effective vision statement projects the big picture of what a city is going to be in the next decade, Stealey told commissioners. We had a good meeting with the city commission. I thought they were receptive and understanding, Stealey said. City commissioners suggested some edits, including trimming the term: quiet enjoyment. City commission Chair Judy Titsworth suggested the word peaceful be included in place of quiet enjoyment and planners agreed. I think its important for all of our residents, Titsworth said. Titsworth also requested the word coastal be Unless we disappear under a flood, we will remain a coastal community, said Commissioner Carol Soustek. Crafting a vision statement, last done in Holmes comprehensive plan, Stealey said. To do this, the words were very carefully chosen and reviewed, discussed and debated, Stealey said. Planner Bill Brisson was credited with keeping the planning commission on track during its work. Without Bill Brisson, we wouldnt have gotten anything done, Stealey said. The vision statement includes public input generated from a November meeting at Gloria Dei Lutheran the meeting, which led City Commissioner Jim Kihm to question the level of public involvement in the visioning process. Soustek, liaison to the planning commission, defended its efforts to involve the public. I dont think they could have done any more, said Soustek, who attended all visioning meetings throughout the process. We cant force people to come to these meetings, Titsworth said. The final draft of the vision statement will be placed on an agenda for the city commission. The planners will next meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Planner Bill Brisson, and planning committee member Barbara Hines at the April 4 meeting, is credited with keeping the vision-statement process on track. Islander Photo: Terry OConnor GoodFriendsAchievements: Send us your student news. Share scholastic honors, achievements at


22 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER PLEASE SEE STREETLIFE, NEXT PAGE Cops & CourtBy Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter By Kathy Prucnell Streetlife PROUD RECIPIENT OF THESMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD-LARGE CATEGORYA LANDMARK ONGULF COAST! THE FRESHEST SEAFOOD ON AMI SEAFOOD Live Music Friday & Saturday121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737 Fort Myers man gets DUI probation No-contest pleas in 12th Circuit Court ended a drivers license violation. Alexander Dorrian, 23, of Fort Myers, pleaded no contest Feb. 26 to the DUI, as well as driving with an invalid license, after a Holmes Beach arrest in November 2017. sentenced Dorrian to 12 months probation, including completing a DUI course, victim-impact panel and 50 hours of public service. Dorrians drivers license was suspended for six months and his vehicle impounded for 10 days. Inman also ordered an alcohol-detection ignition device installed in Dorrians vehicle for six months. Dorrian was stopped Nov. 7, 2017, by HBPD the vehicle traveling at a high speed and swerving across the road in the 7600 block of Palm Drive. of which $1,506 was paid, according to court records.Island police blotterAnna Maria March 24, Gulf Drive and Magnolia Avenue, marijuana. Two bags of marijuana and a roach, weighing a sheriffs deputies during the arrest of a 24-year-old Bradenton man driving a black truck in an erratic manner. A deputy observed the motorist failing to maintain a single lane, swerving into a bike lane and running a stop sign. His wife was called to retrieve the truck. March 26, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, bicycle theft. A bike was stolen after a renter left it overnight in a driveway. Attached to the bicycle was a pink sticker, stating, #HI.Check fraud ends without loss to KRC The Key Royale Club is out no money after BB&T recognized a fraud involving the clubs checking account. report March 7 with Holmes Beach police, leading to a bank reimbursement for about $9,000 in fraudulent checks. They were not Key Royales checks but they were made to look like them, Richardson said April 6 in a phone interview. A computer program was apparently used to replicate KRC checks and three such checks hit different banks on the same day, she said. Unfortunately, its not that unusual, Richardson said about the fraud, adding tellers typically catch improper drafts.HBPDs detective work leads to fraud arrest The stars aligned for Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hall when he connected a suspect in a Manatee County case to the fraudulent use of a credit card at the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach. Tanya Renee Davis, 45, was arrested March 27 on a warrant for the Feb. 19 crime. The credit card owner had reported the card stolen to the HBPD after learning it was used multiple times in Holmes Beach and Bradenton. Video from a Publix surveillance camera was proled three deputies to identify Davis as a suspect in Anna Maria Island and Cortez burglaries, according She was involved with those people arrested. She was outside in a vehicle, Hall said. A rash of burglaries Feb. 19-20 led MCSO to arrest block of 116th near Cortez. Nearby deputies found a stolen car loaded with items reported stolen from Anna Maria Island and the Cortez area, including electronics, tools, clothing and a large amount of mail connected to four burglaries in Bradenton Beach. As of press time, no burglary charges were pending against the alleged trespassers. But, according to Hall, MCSO found Davis in the same vicinity that night. It just so happened they were committing crimes added. After her warrant arrest, Davis posted $500 bond and was released from the Manatee County jail. at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. ognized when presented, she said, but a teller caught the third check and a suspect was arrested. A suspected fraudster was arrested out of town and the bank is investigating, according to Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hall. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach Marchman Act. While on beach patrol, a Bradenton determining the man could not take care of himself. March 31, 100 block of Fourth Street North and 19-year-old males were arrested for possessing about 53 motorist, noticed a strong odor of cannabis and searched the car. After police read their Miranda rights, both men said the drug was theirs. Cortez No reports. Cortez is policed by MCSO. Holmes Beach Gulf Drive, trespass. The manager trespassed three men after they allegedly harassed some female patrons and carried alcoholic beverages into the cafe. Police reported the men were listed on a law enforcement database as violent sexual predators. One man told a Holmes Beach observed adjusting her bikini top. March 29, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, vehicle burglaries. Two break-ins were reported in the parking lot, where car windows were broken and purses and money were taken. One purse was found in the 100 block of 33rd Street and returned to the owner. 52-year-old Alabama man was found sleeping. He gathered his belongings and left after police cited him for violating the ordinance against camping on the beach. p.m., police were dispatched for a loud, large party. Due to the excessive noise, no one answered when police


THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 2018 23 STREETLIFE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Island watch: To report information on island crime, call the MCSO Anna Maria substation, 941DUI two-timer sentenced Mitchell Egan, 21, pleaded no contest Feb. 15 to the two cases in Judge Robert A. Farrances court room. Farrance found Egan guilty and sentenced him to 12 months concurrent probation and $3,947 in cumu2017 and in Bradenton three weeks earlier. Egans troubles with the law in Holmes Beach began when police observed him swerving in the 2900 block of G ulf Drive and, in Bradenton, after Bradenton police stopped him speeding in the 2200 block of 26th Street West, according to police reports. Egan was assessed $1,631 and $2,316 for the Holmes Beach and Bradenton cases, respectively, according to court records. Farrance credited Egan for jail time and ordered he complete a DUI program, victim-impact panel and 50 hours of public service. Egans license was suspended for a year, with a business exception. An alcohol-detection ignition device was ordered for his vehicle for six months. Concerning a separate license charge, Farrance found Egan guilty and ordered a six-month concur rent probation.Bradenton man pays for DUI HB marijuana bust ops in court Two men arrested with more than 136 grams of marijuana in Holmes Beach were sentenced to probation in court. Alberto Lara, 23, of Bradenton, and Anthony Calfelony possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Twelfth Circuit Judge Brian Iten withheld adjudication on all charges, ordering Lara to 12 months A withhold is a non-conviction court disposition Manatee County court records show no prior convictions for Calhoun, but indicate Lara was found a Bradenton Hooters patron and threats to Manatee County deputies. In addition to probation for the Holmes Beach charges, both men were ordered to 50 hours of public service. Early termination of the probation is available to Lara. Calhouns probation can terminate if he completes its terms within nine months. Both men were arrested in November 2017 after a block of Chilson Avenue for seat belt violations. After smelling marijuana coming from the vehicle, a police search found large quantities of the drug. Lara scale belonged to him. Calhoun allegedly claimed About half of a Bradenton mans dues are paid in 2017. Michael Flotow Jr., 50, pleaded no contest Nov. ber 2017 arrest in Holmes Beach. Twelfth Circuit Judge Robert A. Farrance sentenced Flotow to 12 months probation, with orders to complete a DUI program, victim-impact panel, 50 hours of public service, and to pay $2,371 in costs and Farrances order includes an automatic early ter mination date upon completion of the terms. The judge also suspended Flotow drivers license for six months, impounded his vehicle for 10 days and ordered an alcohol-detection device installed in his vehicle for six months. Holmes Beach police initially stopped Flotow for driving in the dark without a headlight in the 2900 block of Gulf Drive. In addition to the D U I, HBPD cited him with an equipment violation, for which he paid $116, accord ing to court records. self as the homeowner. He told police the party was a wedding reception. The homeowner advised hed bring everyone inside. Police issued him a citation. April 1, 2900 block of Avenue E, theft. A 21-speed bicycle left unsecured in the front yard was stolen sometime during a mans 30-minute trip to the beach to watch the sunset. The bike was valued at $500. ered person. Holmes Beach police received a report from a Bradenton man, who told authorities his son called for a ride from CVS, but when the man arrived, the son had left. HBPD issued an alert to other agencies about the missing person and contacted Verizon to locate the sons cellphone. After several hours, Manatee County sheriffs deputies found him walking on El Conquistador Parkway in Bradenton and a family member was called to take him home. April 3, 200 block of 66th Street, battery. A Holmes bor throwing an aluminum chair at a woman. No injuries were observed and the woman declined medical treatment. A request was sent to the state attorney to review the case for possible charges. Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.


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26 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER Fishing Charters Wet Slips Fuel Dock Full Service Marine Mechanic Tackle Shop and Water Sports AMI CENTRE, 3218 E. BAY DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH WWW.ISLANDER.ORG AM City Pier tides; Cortez high tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later Anna Maria Island Tides Date AM HIGH PM HIGH AM LOW PM LOW Moon April 11 11:08a 1.6 9:52p 1.8 3:55a 0.0 4:01p 1.0 April 12 11:22a 1.7 10:47p 1.8 4:34a 0.1 4:44p 0.8 April 13 11:36a 1.8 11:34p 1.9 5:07a 0.2 5:22p 0.5 April 14 11:51a 1.9 5:37a 0.3 5:59p 0.3 April 15 12:19a 1.8 12:09p 2.0 6:03a 0.5 6:37p 0.1 April 16 1:04a 1.8 12:31p 2.2 6:29a 0.6 7:18p -0.1 New April 17 1:52a 1.7 12:57p 2.3 6:53a 0.8 8:04p -0.3 April 18 2:46a 1.6 1:29p 2.5 7:17a 0.9 8:56p -0.3By Kevin P. Cassidy Islander Reporter play. Thirty-two golfers began the tourney and, in the holes left to play. Regular golf action at KRC began April 2 with the men playing a ninehole modified-Stableford system match. G ary Risner earned clubhouse bragging rights with a score of plus-7. Larry Pippel took second with a plus6, and Jack Connors took third place with a plus-5. The women played a nine-hole individual-low-net Sue Christenson dominated Flight B with a Flight C was more competitive as Jan Turner ahead of Sue Wheeler. Jana Samuels was alone in third place at 1-under-par 31. Susan Van Orsdel topped Flight D with a 3-underpar 29. The mens golf action April 5 saw a nine-hole shamble. The team of Tim Friessen, John Kolojeski, Stephen Morley and Bob OBrien combined on a 5-under-par 27 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. One stroke back was the team of Tom McDonnell, Larry Pippel and Bill Shuman. On center court Youth basketball action continued last week at the Center of Anna Maria Island, starting with a pair of games April 3. behind 17 points from Cole Carter and 11 points from Anthony Nguyen. Jackson Hayes scored 9 points and Ben Barreda added 6 points for Blue Lagoon. The second game of the evening saw Beach Bums outlast Slims Place 51-46 in overtime, only to lose the game by forfeit due to a non-rostered player. Tyler Brewer led Slims with 20 points, Tuna McCracken Brock Soletti led Beach Bums with 20 points, while Evan Christenson added 11 points in the loss. Action continued April 4 with Beach Bums roll ing to a 54-21 victory over Bins Be Clean behind 20 points from Brock Soletti and 17 points from Connor for Beach Bums. Cole Carters 10 points paced Bins Be Clean, which received 3 points each from Nguyen Cassidyand Cash Carter in the loss. Slims Place rolled to a 46-14 victory over Blue Lagoon behind 13 points from Brewer, 12 from Shane Solettie and 10 from Daigle. Jackson Hayes scored 3 points and Ben Barreda added 2 points in the loss. Adult soccer kicks off season Adult soccer kicked off at the center April 5 with four games played. The action got started when Sato Real Estate rolled to a 6-2 victory over Acqua Aveda behind 5 goals from Damir G lavan and a goal from Jose Caseras. Josh Sato added two assists and Nate Talucci chipped in one, while Jordan Demers helped preserve the victory with Eric Pullen paced Acqua Aveda with a goal and an assist. Jeff Walker notched the other goal, while Jason Sato made six saves in the loss. Legler Flynn Law outscored Moss Builders 5-2 in the second match of the evening behind two goals each from Jeremias Gramajo and Amy Ivin. Chris Le Clainche added a goal and an assist, while Steve Oelfke Chris Scott had a goal and an assist to lead Moss, which also received a goal from Stephen Adair and three saves from Ivan Gaeta in the loss. Lancaster Design held on for a 5-3 victory over Ross Built in the third match of the night, getting two goals each from Sumiko Chipman and Robert Armstrong. G reg DeMeuse added a goal and Trey Horne Ross Built was led by two goals from James Lynch and a goal from Ben Sato, while Chris Klotz and Omar Polar came through with assists. ance and Slims Place battle to a 2-2 tie. Joel Sanchez from Mario Prino in the draw. Rico Beissert and Andre Lewis had a goal each and PJ Smarjisso had an assist and a pair of saves to lead Slims Place to the tie. Action continues with four games starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Horseshoe news Three teams emerged from pool play and battled it out for the days supremacy during April 4 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. watched as Neil Hennessey and John Crawford blew out Tom Skoloda and Jerry Disbrow by a 23-4 score. The April 7 games saw six teams go 2-1 creating a large and convoluted playoff. Round one saw Dom Livedoti and Donnie G oodwin roll to a 25-3 victory over Sofran and Hennessey while Crawford and Steve Doyle moved on with a 22-12 victory over Disbrow and Steve Hooper. Myles Macleod and Skoloda closed out round one action with a 23-4 victory over Norm Langeland and Al Booker. and watched as Livedoti and G oodwin easily defeated Crawford and Doyle 26-7. Livedoti and G oodwin stayed hot and earned a comfortable 22-9 victory over Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome. Register now for Magic soccer Players interested in taking their game to the next competitive Manatee Magic soccer league. Tryouts for the junior age group players with 14-15, with checkin starting at 5:30 p.m. The junior season runs mid-October to April, depending on the success and desire of the teams. with checkin at 5:30 p.m. The season for high school soccer. It runs August to October, then resumes midto late-January and, depending on success and the team, continues through April. Tryouts are held at the G .T. Bray Park soccer There is no cost for the tryouts, but interested players must register online at The cost for the season is $600, including two uniforms, backpack, training and one tournament entry. For more information, email 941-323-7892 THE ORIGINAL BAIT BOAT IS BACK !LIVE Whitebait & CrabsOn the water at the Kingfish Boat Ramp Art McMillan, left, receives a congratulatory hand shake from Chuck Patrick on McMillans 5-and-3 mens handicap match-play tournament March 28. Islander Photo: Courtesy KRC


THE ISLANDER APRIL 11, 2018 27 By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistently inconsistent. cially in the bays and Intracoastal Waterway. is sporadic. There are too few places up water. So, the warm calm days are where its at for anglers. Fishing Tampa and Sarasota bays for spotted seatrout and snook is keepwith shiners is producing the best action on either the volume of the snook and trout. Jack crevalle have moved into the shallows, terrorizing everything in their paths. Most jacks being caught are 4-6 pounds quite a battle when hooked. Anglers jigging around catching pompano. Dont forget to tip those jigs with shrimp for an advantage. Moving offshore, reports of permit, cobia, kingdays wisely, as we are experiencing windy conditions on a regular basis. Mangrove snapper and grouper On my own Southernaire Charters, Im patrolling Sound. Snook and spotted seatrout are on the menu. as 30 snook are being reeled to the boat. The same them on deeper grass away from the shorelines. My Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier continues to see sheepshead hanging around the pilings under the pier. Live shrimp is working as bait for these with shrimp are catching an occasional pompano as mackerel are being caught on silver spoons or small pink jigs. Capt. Aaron Lowman is spending his days inating the action, especially on calm days. Freelining shiners under a cork is producing numerous Southernaire Fishing Charters LIGHT T YFull / Half Day T www arrenFishin g Char tersCapt. W arren GirleINSHORE sh OFFSHORE GC Capt. W arren Girle R E O 941.465.8932AnnaMariaFishing Guide.comDOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACKCAPT. AARON LOWMAN DOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACK CAPT. AARON LOWMAN Inconsistent weather remains consistent on the water StasnyNo red tide reported locallyKarenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in Manatee County the week ending April 6. Red tide was detected elsewhere in the region. For more information about red tide in Florida, go Lowman while working in the bay. Many 20-26 inch smarter than their smaller counterparts, are occasionally being tricked by Lowman to take the bait. during high tides. dines is producing consistent action on spotted seatrout depths of 4-6 feet. Casting bait into sandy potholes or grass edges is proving to work best. ents. Again, live shiners are the bait of choice. Girle or less. Oyster bars and or mangroves make up the terrain. Lastly, moving his clients offshore, Girle is putting juvenile grouper in depths of 4050 feet. Ledges, reefs and wrecks are producing the bite. Capt. Jason Stock is doing what he does best and thats catching permit. Casting live crabs around reefs and wrecks is resulting in permit exceeding 20 pounds. Other species being hooked while offshore with Stock With unpredictable wind on the Gulf, Capt. David inshore. Spotted seatrout are in abundance and White is catching his share. Using live shiners for bait over well as some keepers. Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is host to both Spanish and king mackerel. This bite is occurring around nearshore structure within 7 miles of shore, according to White. Bob Zaagman of Michigan shows off the 22-inch Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters. Mike Cope of Atlanta shows off the results of his April 2 offshore charter with Capt. Warren Girle. Girle said a calm Gulf of Mexico allowed Cope to hook up with several nice mangrove snappers and some under-size red grouper using shiners for bait.


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30 APRIL 11, 2018 THE ISLANDER Business news Does your business celebrate achievements? Maybe you received an award or staff deserves kudos. Submit your information to islbizBY SANDY AMBROGI Transformations this week on the business sceneMotel remade with love in mind Its not quite a Sandals Resort on a Caribbean island, but it may be the closest thing we have to one on Anna Maria Island. After a year of remodeling, Tom Buehler has announced the rebranding of his Haleys Motel into a couples retreat. Rooms, studios and one-bedroom cottages at Haleys are clustered around the pool. Also, a table for two is situated among the tropical landscaping at each front door. Several units offer private backdoor gardens, as well. For those traveling in a group, Haleys has accommodations for up to three couples. Buehler also is offering Is This Your Room?, a program for returning guests who may be looking to rebook the same room. Beach. For more information, contact Buehler at 941Local real estate agents to expand their horizons Lets face it. Its all about location, location, location in real estate, especially on a 7-mile long island. Jen and Mark Bowman have known this for a while, operating their Keller Williams Realty Bowman Now the pair is expanding twofold, with a presence Portfolio Vacations, which will deal in short-term and annual rentals on the island. open later in the year. The Holmes Beach location at For more information, call the Bowmans at 941com. Best wishes For many years, David Teitelbaum has been the face of Anna Maria Island Resorts. The developer, builder, sales agent and AMI Resorts owner has received numerous accolades over the years, including 2013 Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Partner of the Year and 2010 Anna Maria Island Business Person of the Year. He has been a huge supporter of local businesses and active in all manner of community charities, events and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. He having tendered his resignation by letter at the March 21 chamber board of directors meeting. He also served on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council, the Center of Anna Maria Island and Visit Florida! boards. Teitelbaum helped develop the advertising program, in conjunction with Manatee County, that supports the free trolley service on the island. Teitelbaums business partner, Barbara Baker, announced his retirement from AMI Resorts April 4, during the chamber lunch at IMG Academy Golf Club in Bradenton. Ill be the one Katy is taking around now, Baker said, referring to assistant general manager Katy Demick, who frequently networked at chamber events alongside Teitlebaum. Best wishes to David. Well done. Barbara Baker, left, a longtime partner with David Teitelbaum in Anna Maria Island Resorts, and Katy Demick, AMI Resorts assistant general manager, announced Teitelbaums retirement from daily operations of the company April 4 during an Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce event. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi David Teitelbaum proudly displays his award on being named Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island Business Person of the Year 2009. Islander File Photo


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