Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)

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Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Registration open for primary election. 4 On the government calendar. 4 State case continues against builder of stilt house in bay. 5 The Islander editorial, reader letters. 6 From the archives. 7 Make plans, save a date. 10 Community announcements, activities. 11-12 An Inspector Calls on Anna Maria stage. 13 Unloved lovebugs back on AMI. 15 Island rescue shares a tale of 2 cranes. 15 Community center hires executive director. 17 Obituaries. 20 Prosecutor: Bradenton in shooting. 22 Streetlife. 22 Bradenton Beach, county consider beach transit. 24 Mothers nature. 25 Soccer continues to spike. 26 ing weather. 27 Activi ties at AME. 28 30 CLASSIFIEDS. 32 Meetings Op-Ed Happenings ISL BIZ 10-20 YEARS AGO Make plans, save a Mothers nature. 25 Bridge disaster recalled. 8 AnnaMaria dances. 18 PLEASE SEE SHARK PAGE 3 VOLUME 26, NO. 28 Happy Mothers day MAY 9, 2018 FREE On beach patrol. 14 Happy Mothers day Happy Mothers day Happy Mothers day Happy Mothers day The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.orgAsTheWorldTerns await Mothers Day. 6 PLEASE SEE BRIDGE PAGE 2 Mary Riley Wood embraces her grandchildren, Bella and Jack Love, daughter Karen Riley Loves children, in 2018. Woods eldest daughter, Karens younger sister, Kristin, died in 1985, killed by a drunken driver. See Marys story, page 21. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-LoveState drops 1 of 3 men from shark drag caseBy Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter One man is off the hook. Thirteenth Circuit State Attorney Andrew Warren dropped the case against Spencer Heintz, 23, of Palmetto, at a May 1 hearing in Tampa after additional analysis. Heintz was one of four men on a speedboat used to drag a blacktip shark in the water near Egmont Key in June 2017. After months of public outrage that Hillsborough County prosecutor brought two counts of aggravated animal cruelty against Heintz, Robert Benac III of Sarasota, 29, and Celebrating Mothers Day, May 13In this archival photo looking east toward Cortez, construction is nearly complete on the Cortez Bridge. It opened in 1957, replacing the 1921-built wooden bridge. Islander Photo: Courtesy Manatee County Public Library Special to The Islander In 1989, it seemed a done deal. The Cortez Bridge would be replaced with a Commuters today might note the seemingly done deal proposed by the Florida Department of Transportation never came to fruition. The DOT proposal announced April 23 is the latest development in a decades-old debate over the 17.5-foot clearance bascule bridge constructed in 1957. The cyclical Cortez Bridge: Battle fatigue or new resolve? What have bridge battles wrought?nature of the bridge debate cant be ignored: Its the same proposal, the same communities impacted and community action groups still stand as guardians on both sides of the bridge landings. Although this time around, some of the guardians are battle fatigued. Many showing up at the 2017 DOT public hearings were the same community members, only 30 years older. And some who led the charge against Ive lost two good friends that fought tooth and nail, said Katie Pierola, a former Bradenton Beach mayor who now resides in Tampa. People really cared back then. People dont care anymore. How long can Im old. Pierola, 85, was mayor in 1989 and advocated for the island leaders to have a


2 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER In 2007, Katie Pierola donated a collection of scrapbooks detailing the battles fought by Save Anna Maria Inc. against the Florida Department of Transportation over megabridges to Anna Maria Island. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy Unique Pet PortraitsComposited images printed to stretched canvas Sunsets PRINTS FROM BRIDGE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 voice in transportation planning. The Island Transportation Planning Organization was born to give input to the Metropolitan Planning Organization. led a victorious legal dispute, which resulted in denial over environmental concerns by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection of the permit needed to build the Anna Maria Island Bridge. Former islander Melody Kramer formed SAM, alongside Billie Martini and Jim Kissick, who have since died. Others who fought also have died, including Bob Van Wagoner, mayor of Holmes Beach 199698, and Ann Shaw. Others have disappeared from the remaining people with SAM, most prominently Nancy Deal and Ursula Stemm, stepped down. disbanded in October 2017. While SAM aimed to temper ambitious infrastructure projects dubbed megabridges, residents in Cortez were organizing to save their community from more than the DOTs plans. Reeling from an economic depression spawned by the 1994 gill net ban that put ford Green and Linda Molto worked to put Cortez on the National Register of Historic Places. They won that designation in 1995 and it helped stave off the Cortez Bridge proposal. But residents of these communities voiced opposition to infrastructure plans well before the bridge debates. The widening of Cortez Road in the early 1980s preceded the 1989 high-bridge proposal and the 1994 net ban. Baby boomers who grew up in Cortez remember dirt roads before a paved two-lane road. When the DOT began widening Cortez Road, many voiced opposition to the four lanes that carry travelers to the island today. Many who fought the past bridge battles the hardest are weary. It feels like weve been beating our heads against the wall, said Jane von Hahmann, Cortez resident. Its almost like they do it on purpose to beat you down. For people like Pierola and von Hahmann, a former county commissioner, its not about resisting ence continuous growing pains. Its about maintaining the character of their communities. On the east end, in Cortez, the project would literally divide the community in half, north from south. Pierola thinks the bridge will destroy the village. Let them go ahead and build the big bridge and see what happens, said Pierola. Bridge Battles of the battles over the bridges, the economic forces that have impacted the communities on both sides and why bridge size matters. AMI Bridge crash damages vehicles, snarls traf cA three-vehicle pileup on the Anna Maria Island Bridge at about 10:15 a.m. May 5 results in damaged vehicles and up ing to a Holmes Beach police report. The HBPD reports a truck pulling a boat struck an SUV, which struck another vehicle, and hit the bridge railing. about 12:15 p.m. Islander Photo: HBPD


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4 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLAANDER 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 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 Send notices to and registration open for 2018 primary Election 11-06-18Bradenton Beach ofcials address Cortez Bridge concerns A sailboat sits anchored near the open span of the Cortez Bridge, which connects Cortez and Bradenton Beach across the Intracoastal Waterway. A proposed 65-footbridge is being proposed by the DOT to replace the drawbridge by 2025. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes CorrectionBradenton Beach adopts Sunshine law resolution   Metz Chappie


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 5 34th Ave. W75th St. WManatee Ave. W Palma Sola Blvd. Cortez Rd. WTo BeachesTo BeachesPalma Sola Bay A.P. Bell sues DEP for title to stilt house land in bayA house built in Sarasota Bay rests on pilings about 350 feet from the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks in Cortez. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter The battle in the 12th Circuit Court over the Cortez waterfront is widening. Claiming ownership of the Guthrie Fish Camp, Department of Environmental Protection and Govername and stop the state from pursuing the structures destruction. The new complaint attacks the DEPs enforcement action against Raymond Guthrie Jr., also in the 12th Circuit Court, as based on the incorrect and mistaken assumptions that Guthrie owns and constructed the The 1,211-square-foot house was built without DEP permits on stilts in Sarasota Bay in early 2017 about 350 feet from the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks. According to the A.P. Bell complaint, a Butler Act disclaimer, which grandfathers private ownership of certain structures built before 1951, and the companys adjoining submerged lands should protect the Guthrie structure. The complaint points to Bells 2004 Butler Act disclaimer for contiguous land in Sarasota Bay. Meanwhile, Guthrie answered the DEP case against him April 27, denying he constructed an unauthorized enclosed docking structure in Sarasota Bay. The enforcement action seeks an immediate mandatory injunction to force Guthrie to abide by prior DEP orders to remove and properly dispose of up to $10,000 a day for failing to abide by the agencys In May 2017, Guthrie told The Islander hed built The agency conducted an inspection and investigathe structure was on sovereign submerged lands. was responsible for the construction and this is the third time that he has built the structure. A DEP report concluded there was no evidence of a structure between 1994-98, although a structure became evident in 2002 and a dilapidated structure appeared in 2016. In subsequent letters and meetings and in a Nov. ance to state environmental laws to no avail. As in the A.P. Bell suit, Guthries defenders say the DEP should grandfather the structure under a Butler Act disclaimer because a net camp structures used Manatee County commissioners, prompted by A.P. Bell.-Star Fish Company owner Karen Bell, wrote the DEP a letter in April supporting the structure as a replica of an historic net house. But others maintain Guthries house has amenities that do not resemble a net house. 1935-net house renovated by the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage after a 1995 hurricane. The biggest difference between the two structures is that Mr. Guthries structure has a much larger footprint than the historical version, while the other structure appears to have been maintained to its original Herbon wrote in an April email. Herbon said the DEP and its attorneys are reviewas of May 7, the state has not been served with the A.P. Bell complaint.Final hearing set on AM nuisance ordinance In Anna Maria, digging and abandoning large holes on the beach, as well as operating ultralight vehicles, soon may be banned. Commissioners held a first hearing April 12 for an ordinance banning ultralight vehicles from a congested area. Ultralight vehicles already are ing to Federal Aviation Administration regulations. At that meeting, Mayor Dan Murphy said another issue had been brought to him by Manatee general safety hazard to people and wildlife. Both digging holes and operating ultralight commissioners heard April 26 in a city commission meeting. Thursday, May 10, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Bianca Bened


6 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our MAY 9, 2018 MAY 9, 2018 MAY 9, 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 Nowhere near the brink In response to the article Holmes Beach recovers would like to provide the following response. In 2012, Lori Hill replaced Rick Ashley as our city treasurer. Historically the mayor and commission did not want to raise the mileage rate. The new mayor also where he felt appropriate. Our unrestricted reserves in 2011 were at $2.7 million and since that time never below $1 million and, in 2014, they were $1.3 million. In 2011, our restricted reserves were $2 million and have grown every year with interest and, in 2014, we had a total of $2.4 million. Since 2011, we have had $3 million available if needed in an emergency. Although our current restricted and unrestricted reserves are greater then in 2014, they were never considered underfunded and a far cry from a brink of bankruptcy. In fact, we had and continue to receive have been noted in our audits. I credit our city treasurer with bringing her recommendation of a mileage increase in 2014 to the attention of current Mayor Bob Johnson. I credit our mayor for listening and working with her in bringing a recommended mileage increase and budget to the commission for consideration to meet our infrastructure, staff and operating needs. The mayor and our city treasurer also worked together in breaking out the building department from public works, verifying just how much of an increase in permit fees were necessary to make this department self-funding. This recommendation was brought before the commission for consideration and solidly implemented. My concern with the headline is we would have had to continue operating for many years at the estabHolmes Beach Commission Chair Judy Holmes TitsworthThe key to the bridge The Florida Department of Transportation has Cortez while ignoring the damage it will cause to that Just replacing the current bridge wont address one getting cars on and off Longboat Key without having them travel on Gulf Drive through Bradenton Beach and to the current bridge. The idea of a third bridge has never caught on with the Longboat Key folks, but why is the DOT not Scott Ricci, Holmes BeachA united Korea The arbitrary line at the 38th Parallel that separated Korea is gone. That line was drawn after World War II, when Russia, as a co-victor, demanded territory. The line separated a communist side in the north from a free side in the south. The north invaded the south in 1950. The United States fought a war to help the south, a war that did not end only an armistice was signed. Along with many other young U.S. Marines, I saw Korean families torn apart by the horrors of war. I and farms were being destroyed. After 67 years, those Korean families are reuniting. Their country is being made whole again. The couldnt be any happier for them. Congratulations, Korea welcome to freedom. Gene Ciliberti, Anna MariaAnna Maria, I love you Quick, dont read this until you go to page 19 and read the original 1956 story by Wyatt Blassingame. Ive read it more than a few times myself. Although I didnt know Wyatt, I met his daughter Peg and I was lucky enough to call her and husband Bill Diamant friend. I also got to know their daughter, Kathi. We party and private luncheon for Kathi and her book, Kafkas Last Love, in 2003 on Anna Maria Island. on AMI. I recall her enthusiasm while selling Mums for Mom in front of Anna Maria Elementary a fundraiser for the Manatee High School Sugar Canes a dance-cheer group. But its Wyatts story that brings me back to why and how I came to love Anna Maria. It was a photo sent to me in 1972 from Bradenton by my mother, Joyce. She was new to Manatee County but she had already scouted a spot at the Manatee Public Beach. She took the photo looking toward the landmark and she wrote on the side: My beach. Thankfully, I had that photo for a treasure map. My mother died shortly after sending it, and I came to came to love in her short time in Florida. We my mom and I had our roots in Virginia and Virginia Beach. It was where I dreamed Id go to live some day, but once here long story I found Wyatt proclaims. I came to love Anna Maria. Clearly, whatever brings us here, many of you touched the sand in 1936, 1972 or 2018. Theres so Its palm trees clacking in the breeze, dolphins wildlife, sea turtles and manatees and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets screaming with color. Its that warm, long look across the blue water and lapping waves to the horizon. Anna Maria brings love to our hearts. It has a certain, undeniable charm. And that may linking the island to Cortez. The character of Bradenton Beach and Cortez, as well as Holmes Beach and Anna Maria, may depend on keeping the pause button that greets motorists with the occasional passing boat. After all, its how we came to love Anna Maria. Happy Mothers Day, yall. Bonner Joy


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 7 Opinion Your 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. 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.ORG 10&20 years agoIn the headlines: May 6, 1998 Palma Sola Causeway by the city of Bradenton. The Perico Bay Club on the south side had been by environmentalists. Maria beachfront property owners sign an easement establishing a coastal construction control process of renourishing the citys beaches. posed creating an island art and cultural center and also established building and endowment accounts for the campaign.In the headlines: May 7, 2008 rededicated the baseball stadium at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, as Scanio-Hutchinson Memorial Field in memory of Benji Scanio, an island boy who died at the age of 6 in 1959, and Fred Hutchinson, a major league ballplayer and coach who died in 1964. questions than the Florida Department of Transportation had answers during a meeting to discuss the possible replacement of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue. ing a state grant to create a park in the 1400 block of North Gulf Drive. The weekly archives for The Islander can be be found online at Before the drawbridgeOn the old wooden Cortez Bridge, circa 1921, are D.U. Richards, back, left, Jewel Floyd, Mattie Lou Richards, Catherine Haley, Clementine Watson and Arabelle Vaughn; Clyde Skene, middle left, Wade Harrison and Slater Cox; and Nettie Mae Courtney, front, left, Islander Photo: Courtesy Manatee County Public Library YOUR COMPLETE CASUAL FURNITURE STORE VISIT OUR 8,000+ SF SHOWROOM6807 14TH ST. W., BRADENTON (across from Alex Karras Lincoln)We offer Rattan and Wicker tropical-style indoor and outdoor furniture, for island and coastal looks. $100-$500 Holding back the conquistadors The Florida Department of Transportations megabridge dissecting the Cortez village will destroy the historic community. more folks with the tease of saved time. The bridge threatens travelers during high-wind events and hurricane evacuation and will be a physically challenging deterrent to bikers and walkers and will put an end to cast-netting from the bridge. The bridge will damage ecological systems during construction and, most tragically, will alter forever the aesthetic character and the quality of life of Anna Maria Island and Cortez village. Consider the proposed touchdown point on the island. It appears to be beyond the current point, which means the turn lanes will be shortened, which means feet, above the water 65 feet for boat clearance plus at least 7-10 feet of road bed. A DOT chart shows an average of 3 minutes saved in travel time on both megabridges. Do you vote for or support sincere community as conquistadors people who regard the land as the source of private wealth, a place where you can get rich quick, the sort of game where whoever dies with Nancy Deal, Holmes Beach


8 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER Eyes on the road T he F lorida D epartment of T ransportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of May 7: ing force mains. Installation of a 6-inch water main is underway along A venue C from 24th to 26th streets north. C rews are installing water services across A venue C. Intermediate road closures will take place. T he route from A venue C southbound onto G ulf D rive is temporarily closed. T he roadway is open northbound to 22nd Street North. C ontinuing through June 29, directional drilling and open-cut installation of a force main is underway. T rafactivities. For more information about the project, go online to M artinique D rive to 107th C ourt West: C rews 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. F lorida Safety C ontractors I nc. is the tent east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10. F or the latest road watch information, go online RoadwatchIts 38 years since fateful day the Sunshine Skyway went downBy Gene Page III Special to The Islander I remember waking up M ay 10, 1980, to the noise of strong wind from the west beating the rain, horizontally, onto our windows where we lived on 77th Street in Holmes Beach. P robably 10 minutes afterward, I got the phone call from my Coast Guard friend. The Skyway Bridge had been struck by a ship and one span was in the water. A May Day call immediately went out. I then called C harlie G erdes, who lived two blocks west of me and told him I had to get to the scene. N o problem for C harlie, who had previously spent 20 years in the U .S. C oast G uard before moving to Holmes Beach and getting into the marina business. M eeting me at the marina, he already had one of his T he huge, deep-V boat had twin 488-cubic-inch engines and a beam of 12 feet, the latter telling you how stable it would be in heavy weather which it was. Thank goodness! We quickly got going and about the time we made the Intracoastal Waterway I got a call on my walkietalkie from Sarasota Herald-T ribune managing editor E d P ierce screaming about hearing something about the bridge being hit by some boat, and did I know anyI was en route to the scene by boat, he really started screaming! O f course, youd have to have known Pierce to fully appreciate him and his ways. P assing four C oast G uard boats from C ortez and bouncing around a bit, it still only took about 30 minutes for us to get there. With the Summit Venture still in the process of backing off slowly from both the bridge and the debris to a safe distance, E ckerd C ollege had two rescue boats on scene with divers already in the water. especially those in the bus, were still down. I shot what I could, trying not to miss anything as boats from St. P etersburg began to appear. T hey paid us Then, as the Cortez boats arrived, they backed us out and established a 600-foot perimeter. I switched to a longer lens and kept shooting, mostly of folk being dragged aboard the C oast G uard boats. E d P ierce called back and wanted to know where I thought staff photographer Phil Skinner should go. I suggested Bayboro because thats where the C oast G uard was already ferrying bodies. Also, I had Skinner meet us near the shore on the south side so I could throw him several car. We stayed on the scene about two hours and then went to Bayboro to take the place of Skinner, who was now shooting from the bridge. What impressed me most of all through the entire ordeal was the eerie quietness about the scene once the weather calmed down. E veryone there just went about or talk between boats. A ctually, the very same solitude prevailed days later when we were all back out there for the raising of the bus, various cars and additional bodies that had been trapped inside the bus. I left C harlies boat and went ashore to return to and then on down to Sarasota to talk to a reporter for a sidebar story on my trip to the scene. M uch later in the day I went out on the northbound span with Florida Highway Patrol T rooper Mike Rushing so he could stop his car long enough for me to take the shot I sent T he I slander showing the remains of the southbound span silhouetted against the late day sun. That shot later became the cover for our book. Editors note: Paul Roat, then employed by the former Islander newspaper under publisher Don Moore, raced truly worked the phones, notifying other newspaper to the scene. Roat shot from the bridge. Page shot the The Islander on the 25-year anniversary in 2005. Bonner Joy The Summit Venture sits anchored with Skyway roadbed on the bow. Islander Photo: Gene Page III Gene Page III shot this photo of the dangling southbound Skyway Bridge span silhouetted against the afternoon sun from the northbound span after the crash was cleared. He was accompanied by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Rushing, who stopped his car long enough for Page to take the shot for The Islander. RIGHT and BELOW: The late Paul Roat, then work ing for the former Islander newspaper, raced to the scene of the damaged Skyway Bridge and captured the photos. He was shooting from the northbound span, where he and other media representatives watched, reported and shot photos, as the recovery process took place. Roat later served as editor for this Islander newspaper.


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12 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER AN INSPECTOR CALLSMAY 3-13 By J. B. Priestly Directed by Heiko Knipfelberg Co-Produced by Off-Stage Ladies In 1912 England, a well-to-do family, eminently respected in their community, is subjected to what seems to be routine inquiry in connection with the death of a young woman from the seedier side of town. When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the Birling family home, their peaceful engagement dinner party is shattered by his investigation. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.DOWNTON ABBEY MEETS MISS MARPLE A GRIPPING YARN MILLION PEOPLE CANT BE WRONG SPEAKS TO THE MOMENTTICKETS: $20Box of ce opens 1 hour before each performance 10009 Gulf Drive & Pine Avenue, Anna Maria 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 LEFT: Islanders stake a claim on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton at the annual DeSoto Grand Parade. The event draws tens of thousands of people along the route from Manatee High School to downtown Bradenton. HBPD rolls into town for grand paradeHolmes Beach Police pulls beads to toss from the police patrol boat April 28 at the annual DeSoto Grand Parade in Bradenton. HBPD and guests, wife, Thea, rode in the trailered boat the full 2.4 miles of the parade route. Islander Photos: Sandy Ambrogi Anna Maria Island leap with excitement at the April 28 DeSoto Grand Parade in Bradenton with only one thought grab as many beads and as much swag as possible. Beading at De Soto paradeStudio hosts AME art exhibit T he Studio at G ulf and P ine in A nna M aria will host an artist reception T hursday, M ay 17, for an T he Sharing O ur Stories display, which will open Wednesday, M ay 9, and continue through M ay 26, will feature the work of more than 100 students instructed in photography by Lou Newman, water color journaling by Lucinda Hathaway and painting by Marie Garafano. The reception will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. talk about the environment and offer learning activities. A lso, the studio is selling notecards bearing images T he Studio at G ulf and P ine is at 10101 G ulf Drive. F or more information, call 941-778-1906 or go online to Adventures offers lunch with day trip Senior A dventures, a group of older adults that meets most Fridays for a day trip to points of interest, will venture by van Friday, May 11, to enjoy lunch at Yoders Amish Village in Sarasota. Also on the calendar in May are a lunch-andlearn program at the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach Friday, May 18. A representative from the A merican R ed C ross will talk about hurricane preparedness. F rom 10 a.m.-1 p.m. F riday, M ay 25, the group will host a book sale and potluck lunch at the center, 103 23rd St. N. For more information or to RSVP call Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945. Sharing Our Stories, work by AME students, will open Wednesday, May 9, at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. Click! The Islander welcomes news of the milestones in readers lives weddings, anniversaries, births, travels and other events. Send notices and photographs with org. 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 conAlso, visit us on Facebook and join the 11,300-plus friends who like The Islander and share their social news.


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 13 Visit for the best news on AMI. $10 OFF ANY PURCHASE OF $50 OR MORE. Mister RobertsLadies and Mens Resortwear S&S Plaza, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4505 Good now thru May 17. One coupon per person. Not valid on previous purchases. (excludes )MUST PRESENT COUPON.FROM ALL OF US AT MISTER ROBERTS An Inspector Calls on Anna Maria onstage nowFood drive conducted by USPS employees Letter carriers will be collecting special deliveries May 12. Their collection Saturday morning from islandof Letter Carriers annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The drive is the largest one-day food collection in the nation and the biggest community serOn Anna Maria Island, those who receive mail delivery at their homes or businesses can leave pickup. People also can drop off nonperishable food Bay Blvd., and Bradenton Beach, 116 Bridge St., Needed food items include cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, as well Organizers request that people not donate items in glass jars or that are prepared at home. The union settled on the second Saturday of May for the drive because donations to food banks tend to wane after the winter holidays. This decline is particularly troublesome since the hunger problem is usually at its most critical during the summer, when school may not be in session and students lack access to breakfast and lunch programs. pantries. For more information, inquire at a local post Daniel Coppinger as Arthur Birling, Heiko Knipfelberg as Inspector Goole, Sylvia Marnie as Sheila Birling, Colin Brady as Gerald Croft and Caroline Cox as Sybil Birling stare pensively as they contemplate a question during An Inspector Calls at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Island Players By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter Its an intertwined, pivoting tale on the stage at Island Players this month. And before its over, it gets a bit creepy. Be prepared for Daniel Coppinger and director Heiko Knipfelberg, who are rarely offstage throughout the three-act J.B. Priestly play. With Coppingers booming outbursts and Knipfelbergs calm, almost monotoned inquiries, the seasoned IP actors carry the production as Arthur Birling and Inspector Goole. In a cast reunion, the men join the women of An Inspector Calls Sylvia Marnie as Birlings with whom they also shared the stage in this seasons Beyond a Joke. The four work well together, giving us a glimpse of life with privilege a hundred years ago in an English town. There is wealth, brought about by Arthur Birlings factories. There are philanthropic endeavors championed by his wife, and a son, Eric, still seeking his way, played by Lucas Piety. Daughter Shelia is newly engaged to well-to-do suitor Gerald Croft. whose family Birling feels may not deem her worthy enough to marry into their wealth. Croft is played by Colin Brady, performing with portrayal of Croft seemed in keeping with the storyline but theatrical emotion was lacking. Piety is returning to the Island Players theater stage. His Eric is quick, bold and emphatic. His movements the constant brushing back of his hair, pacing about, never staying seated well translated the troubled young mans energy onstage. Marnies stage presence is never questionable. In An Inspector Calls, she becomes the moral compass, be it as it may. She is at home in the turn-of-the-century dinner gown as she is offstage in 21st century high When the mysterious Inspector Goole arrives at the Birlings home during the engagement party, the Birlings lives are shifted. News of a young womans suicide seems to have nothing to do with them, until the inspector begins an They soon realize, they were all involved and rather directly in the suicide of the woman they at In a departure from the Island Players penchant for comedies, An Inspector Calls hits the nail on the drama head for life today, not just in a parlor drama set a hundred years ago. There are a few laughable moments, but mostly we listen and maybe question falls. The themes of poverty, truth, morality, wealth, responsibility and compassion for one another are woven through An Inspector Calls. So is surprise but no spoilers here. An Inspector Calls is directed by Knipfelberg and co-produced by Off Stage Ladies. Set designer Jan Van Wart created the elegant drawing room that serves as the set for the play. Pamela Hopkins and makeup, respectively. Last but not least, a shoutout to Diane Phinney, IP Island Players production since 2014. Her curtsy was perfect. An Inspector Calls is playing 8 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 13. The theater is dark Mondays. The theater is at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. at 941-778-5755 or visit the website at theislandplayperformances.


14 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER Turtle watch runs ahead of concerns early in nesting season Waterfront renters and owners should walk out said. If you can see a light, please make sure it has an Last year, Bradenton Beach enacted a fee schedthe beach and lighting violations. Holmes Beach also recently included sea turtle ordinance violations on its notice of violation form. The city also includes a compliance check as part of its vacation rental inspections. April 26 for a nuisance ordinance to include holes that create a hazard to other beach-users or wildlife. A second hearing is scheduled for May 10, after press time for The Islander. lighting problems are compliant this year. Garneau said most properties in the city are compliant for nesting season, but some areas could still use improvements. Some of the businesses in the Bridge Street district still need to switch to FWC compliant bulbs, Garneau said May 1. We are working on getting everyone up to speed. approach. If your lights are turtle-friendly and you pull your chairs off the beach at night, you are all set for turtle tors to the island the wildlife. For more information on nesting season, contact Turtles and Lights or Wildlife Friendly Lighting for more information on keeping beaches safe for sea turtles. To report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles or shorebirds contact the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Longboat Key collided with a chair on its crawl up the beach. We dont want that to happen here, Anna Maria sea turtle nesting season on Anna Maria Island. The mama turtles will be here any day now, ready A record-breaking 488 sea turtle nests were documented on the island in 2017. increased public awareness through AMITW informational Turtle Talks, printed materials and volunteer presence on the beach. Planning for nesting season also includes working denton Beach and Holmes Beach to ensure the beaches are turtle-friendly. This means spreading the word, telling people on the beach to pick up equipment at the end of the day. Female sea turtles only come ashore to nest, so any objects in their path can distract them and lead to a failed nesting attempt a false crawl. The sea turtle on Longboat Key still nested, a turtle trying to nest that bumped into beach furniture. In a worst-case scenario, a sea turtle can become entangled in beach chairs or canopies, which can be deadly. Lighting also is an important issue for sea turtles. Sea turtles mostly loggerheads on AMI use tion of the moon and stars on the surface of the water The hatchlings follow the same instincts when they emerge from the 12to 18-inch deep clutch to the sandy surface, for their trek to the water. Bright lights close to the shoreline can distract sea turtles away from the water, increasing the likelihood Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. off or remove bulbs, which could be unsafe. Rather, she is ensuring that owners and renters have FWCused to determine if lighting is sea turtle-friendly at beachfront properties on Gulf Drive and Bridge Street. According to Garneau, some properties in the area arent using turtle-friendly bulbs. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers Joe and Cindy Richmond prepare educational packets April 30 with guidelines on sea turtle nesting season for distribution to Photo: Courtesy AMITW


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 15 Looking for the perfect outing? Look no further INSHORE/OFFSHORE GUIDED 4-6-8 HOUR TRIPS... PLUS, 2-HOUR FAMILY-FUN FISHING ISLAND BUSTER FISHING CHARTERS Wildlife rehab center shares a tale of 2 cranes Ed Straight, president of the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton Beach, feeds a rescued sandhill crane April 24. The crane was found with a broken beak and rescued by Wildlife Inc. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Wildlife E ducation and R ehabilitation C enter recently rescued two sandhill cranes with two very different stories. E d Straight, Wildlife I nc. president, said its the Beach facility that he can remember housing two adult sandhill cranes back-to-back at the facility. O ne crane had a damaged beak, likely due to natural causes, while the other was the victim of a violence. Straight said Wildlife Inc. received a call April 16 from a mobile home park near Rubonia where people said a crane appeared to have an injured beak. Straight said when he arrived, the people who called Wildlife I nc. were afraid this would be the last goodbye and the bird would be euthanized because it could no longer eat. However, Straight said he thought the team at P alma Sola A nimal C linic in Bradenton could help, and staff there performed surgery. T hen it was back to Wildlife I nc. for a week of rehabilitation. Straight fed the bird pellets in a bucket of water, so it could slurp the food. He returned the crane to the mobile home park April 24 with plenty of food and instructions during its recovery. T hey were overjoyed to have it back and are com mitted to feeding it until it is healed, Straight said. Straight said the vet did not know what caused the injury, but he suspected it was a dietary issue. He said people feeding wild birds bread and other food can syndrome, and, in this case, a brittle beak. Birds that rely on handouts from humans are not getting the nutrients they need to survive, Straight said. They need to forage for insects and greens. Within hours of releasing the R ubonia crane, SPRING FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY Straight said a call came to rescue a sandhill crane near Myakka City. T he crane was shot with an arrow and had been wandering the area, eluding would-be rescuers, for several months. Straight said the second crane also was taken to the P alma Sola A nimal C linic, where the arrow was removed. T he arrow missed the birds organs or it would have died the day it was shot, according to Straight. As of April 26, the Myakka crane was recuperat make a full recovery. rescue and kept the arrow as evidence, but likely will not investigate unless someone comes forward with information, Straight said. Sandhill cranes are protected under the U .S. Migratory Bird Act and violence against them carries Straight said hes seen other violence against wildlife in his line of work. He said he has seen raccoons, ducks and vultures shot by arrows and a vulture dipped in red paint. I really dont understand why anyone would do this, Straight said. This was not hunting. This was a violent act by someone acting irresponsibly and people need to know this is not OK. F or more information or to report a sick or injured animal, call Wildlife Inc. at 941-778-6324. Lovebugs gather May 4 on the garage wall facing the Gulf of Mexico at Martinique South condo miniums, 5200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Terry OConnorAimless, shameless lovebugs back in force on AMI By T erry OConnor Islander Reporter Lovebugs are active again on Anna Maria Island, Lovebugs live less than a week and spend most of it mating. T he nonstop fornication is designed to block other males from getting in on the action, said one University of Florida scientist UF entomologist M ark Hostetler said the airborne public displays of affection are much more about selfpreservation than lovemaking. T echnically they are not copulating all that time, Hostetler said. Its more like: Hey, thats my sperm in there and no one else is getting in there. Hundreds of millions of lovebugs reside in F lorida, Hostetler said, adding that contrary to some optimistic reports, the population is not in decline. Hostetlers UF colleague, entomologist N orman Leppla, wrote a book on lovebugs, Living With Lovebugs. He said he disagrees with Hostetler. Every year they seem to be getting less abundant, Leppla said. T en years ago, I would get a dozen calls in a season and now I dont get any calls at all. Kathy O liver, who monitors lovebugs on A nna outbreak will be light. I ts been dry, O liver said. T hat might hold it down. Hostetler said F lorida lovebugs rode on vehicles Central America in the early 1940s. T wice a year, the invasive insects can be seen loopLovebug larvae are much more useful during 120 days of summer incubation and during winter months, he said. The larvae feed on decomposing matter. O nce lovebugs come to life from A pril through May and August to September, they get busy. Making more babies. Can you get rid of these constantly coupling pests T he website offers the following advice: C lean your vehicle frequently with warm, makes it harder for them to stick to the surface. Eliminate standing water inside and out. N atural sprays with essential oils, such as pepper mint, will repel some lovebugs sometimes. Yard debris attracts breeding females, so clean it up. Lighter colors also draw lovebugs, as do vibrations A squashed lovebug spills its acidic innards and will damage painted surfaces if not removed. Movement doesnt repel a lovebug. T hey actually prefer to swarm a speeding vehicle. The insects are lovers, not biters or stingers. Hostetler said they were once seen as a plague. T hey went hog wild for a while, he said. I n the initial shock, everyone thought they were a real pest. Hostetler said people now view them as part the landscape. They are here to stay.


16 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER to incubate in the warm sand. As the mother turtle leaves, she is guided by her instincts to the Gulf of Mexico by the natural sparkle moon and stars. The darker the beach and the surroundings, the better. The same is true for the hatchlings. You can take part in this phenomenon, help sea turtles and discover what islanders already know about the magic of island life. But you must be stealth. You must be silent and on sea turtles. And, please, keep lights visible from the shoreline out or shielded by blinds or curtains. Be safe on the beach and resist temptation. LIGHTS OUT for SEA TURTLES!Sponsored by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.You came to Anna Maria Island to escape, to discover the beaches, the warm breezes and a slower pace, and maybe you fell in love with sea turtles! Anna Maria Island is sea turtle friendly in nesting season, May through October. We invite you to experience everythe thrill of seeing nature in action. Mother turtles lay their nests on our beaches at night, leaving their eggs Bradenton Beach seeks charter review volunteers Bradenton Beach is seeking residents to review the city charter. In response to several citizen-initiated proposals to amend the charter in 2018, commissioners motioned April 19 to form a charter review committee. The committee will review the charter for consistency with the 2017 amendments and possibly make recommendations for additional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. CRC members cannot be on another city board, such as planning and zoning or Scenic Waves Partnership Committee. T he committee must complete the review before the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections August submission deadline for the general election. A s of M ay 3, the city had received just one application from former planning and zoning board member John M etz. However, city staff determined M etz is ineligible due to pending law suits he has with the city. The city will accept applications for the CRC up to the noon meeting Thursday, May 17, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. ChrisAnn Silver EsformesCode enforcement key to Holmes Beach noise control effort By T erry OConnor Islander Reporter One persons music is another persons noise. High spirits rarely are in short supply around Holmes Beach, where the police motto is Protecting Paradise, yet highball-fueled high jinks and rambunctious pool parties sometimes draw complaints. When sound spills over property lines, many times from short-term rentals, it can irk neighbors, who then call the cops. I n the past three years, noise complaint numbers have been trending higher. Police logged 243 noise complaints and issued 21 citations in 2016. Noise complaints rose in 2017 to 297 with 35 tickets issued. T hrough M ay 3 this year, 110 noise complaints tained, could result in 326 complaints for the year. After police handle an initial noise complaint, the two-man code enforcement team of J T T homas and N ate Brown make follow-up inspections to ensure compliance. T homas said he and Brown work to keep the peace rather than aggressively issue tickets. C ode enforcement is always compliance driven, Thomas said. Were not trying to say gotcha. P olice C hief Bill T okajer launched an outreach program in M arch to turn down the volume from party houses. He said hes not surprised the program is working. thought once we educated the public, they would understand the rules of our community and be respectful. A fter generating a number of complaints, 10 rental ask tenants to keep noise at levels suitable to a resi dential neighborhood. O n M ay 1, the morning after his birthday, T homas, ers and signs such as Old as Dirt, made more than a dozen site inspections. T hree rental properties in the 200 block of 65th Street were added to the watch list after complaints made at the A pril 24 city commission meeting. A s T homas checked the properties a week later, he dragged a trash can back from the curb to where it belonged. T hese properties are on our radar for the noise and waste cans, Thomas said. He could have written a citation. Were not trying to say gotcha, T homas repeated. Something as ephemeral as noise is not easy to adjudicate because its hard to document. Holmes locations when answering complaints. Sounds measuring more than 65 decibels are ille gal under the city noise ordinance. Kentucky Kim R ash and a group of residents, many of whom are neighbors on Holmes Boulevard, complain regularly to the commission, claiming police enforcement of noise laws is soft. program appears effective: No noise complaints were registered the weekend of April 27-29. T hey are starting to see we are consistent, Thomas said. The city commission soon will consider whether to tighten noise laws, and C ommissioner Jim Kihm deterrent. Legal counsel Jim D ye suggests nuisance-property enforcement might be a better approach than issuing noise citations. T homas said the best deterrent is education coupled with common courtesy. He always thanks the people he comes in contact with through the course of a day. Because were going to see them again, he said. They need to believe you are fair. You never back a T he city commission was to meet M ay 8, at city hall, 5801 M arina D rive, after T he I slanders press time. Beach waves in equipment operator Mike Smith of Coastal Construction of Manasota to address a potential parking violation May 1. Islander Photo: Terry OConnor


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 17 Giving for CortezKris Martinez of the non Center now in its third villages history helps donors Eileen and Jack Stanley of Daytona Beach make their Giving Challenge contribution May 1 at the The restaurant sponsored the during which 65 people donated $3,075, an amount doubled by the Patterson Foundation. Islander Photo: Kathy PrucnellCenter earns $18k in online Giving Challenge The 24-hour online Giving Challenge is over, and the C enter of A nna M aria I sland earned $18,750 more for its coffers. F rom noon to noon M ay 1-2, 109 people made gifts to the center as part of the fundraising challenge hosted by the C ommunity F oundation of Sarasota County. The donors contributed $10,925 in funding, with $7,825 in donations matched by the Patterson Foundation of Sarasota, which doubled unique donations of $25-$100. June 30. Bianca BenedCenter operations director named new executive directorFormer Gov. Lawton Chiles greets Chris Culhane at the Beach House Restaurant in 1993. Islander Photo: Courtesy CofAMI/Chris Culhane By Bianca Bened and Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter tive director, and it looks like the solution was close to home. Chris Culhane, a lifelong islander who has served as the centers operations director since 2015, will succeed interim director Carl Weeks as the leader of the T he center board issued a statement M ay 4 announcing the hire. announced in January she was leaving for a position at the Sarasota YMCA. Human resources consultant M argaret Beck was employed to lead a hiring committee. More than 170 people applied for the position, which took nearly three I n a statement, board chair D avid Zaccagnino said C ulhane emerged as a top choice in the selection process, citing his work in recent months to keep the center running during the search. He is a natural, and has stepped into the leader ship position with purpose, Zaccagnino wrote. C ulhane also issued a statement thanking the center board for selecting him. phase of history, he wrote. Culhane said he spent his childhood at the community center, participating in sports, volunteering at the concession stand or simply having fun. He said in the past four decades, he has spent his time contributing to the center through coaching, volunteering and as a member. ing vacant staff positions, preparing for the sum Center leader, sovereign citizen? Run-ins with the law for drivers license violations and forgeries point to Chris Culhanes belief in a sovereign citizenry. C ulhane, 43, was arrested in 2012 and 2013 for driving with a suspended license and, the following year, he was arrested for forging court documents. A pre-trial diversion contract was the end of the road for C ulhane on two counts of forgery brought domestic relations action that resulted in divorce. T welfth C ircuit Judge R obert F arrance dismissed his 2012 arrest for driving with a suspended or revoked license in Bradenton. F arrance withheld adjudication in C ulhanes 2013 case for driving in Holmes Beach with a suspended license. A withhold means theres no hane as a pro-se litigant. A M arch 2013 probable cause affidavit from some light: T he defendant has previously informed the Holmes Beach P olice D epartment as well as the M anaereign citizen and is not subject to state laws. A ccording to the HB PD report, C ulhane was uncooperative and told the HB PD he did not require a drivers license because he held an international license. A ccording to Wikipedia, sovereign citizens see themselves as answerable only to their particular inter pretation of the common law not subject to any government statute s or proceedings. Culhane did not respond May 7 before press time to a phone call for comment. Zaccagnino said M ay 7 the board was aware of the charges and also unconcerned. He claimed the charges were related to a foreclosure on property C ulhane owned.Tennis court osprey relocatesAn osprey sits May 2 atop a new nesting platform in a city park about 100 feet from the tennis courts in Holmes Beach, 6200 Flotilla Drive. The 30-foothigh pole and platform were installed in March fol lowing complaints from tennis players that ospreys on the courts. Nearby resident Janet Aubry, who submitted the photo, wrote, This is my formerly displaced osprey sitting atop his new home overlook ing Centre Court in Holmes Beach. HB parks committee nalizes dog park proposalsBy T erry OConnor Islander Reporter meeting May 2 got off to a rough start. Linney dropped the gavel to convene the meet ing nearly 20 minutes late after confusion was sorted over where in city hall it would be held. A lternate A llyson G illies, committee member Susan Anderson and Linney barely made a quorum as chair Zan F uller, committee member D ennis G roh and alternate Sarah Meaker were absent. Linney, however, quickly settled in and heard from nine people during public comment. T he emphasis was on harmony. Sue Kelly opened by describing how important the dog park is in attracting residents. I dont know if I would have moved here without the dog park, Kelly said. G ail T utewiler, a local real estate sales agent, echoed Kellys comments. of the dog park, T utewiler said. T he people here are a family. Claudia Carlson urged the committee to look at the big picture as it ponders needs for the dog and skate parks. C arlson suggested a larger combined venue with more shade. T he committees priciest proposal involves a $32,000 fence with security access. M aintenance gates are planned for the largeand small-dog areas M ary M iller applauded the $1,200 in the proposed budget for protective netting to prevent injuries from balls launched from the adjoining ballpark. F or safetys sake, we need a shield from the ballpark, Miller said. She also contends money could be saved by fur new fencing. She said rust is not yet at unacceptable levels. I think we could wait, Miller said. When the parks committee reconvenes in O ctober, members say they will focus on reducing sign pollution, cleaning beach accesses, installing a boardwalk and kayak launch at G rassy P oint, encouraging recycling, reviewing trees and landscaping, inventorying park needs, instituting educational programs and identifying areas in need of dog-waste stations. recommendations to city commissioners at the M ay 8 meeting, which was after The Islanders press time. A nderson, who joined the committee in O ctober, was sometimes marked by contentious discussions. I knew it was going to be a war, A nderson said. But we got through it. The committee will break until October.


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Four generations later, the Blassingame family tree has branches far and wide, but a great-granddaughter of those intrepid island inhabitants will never forget the home they settled 82 years ago. Its her name. AnnaMaria Diamant loves only one thing more than the beaches of Anna Maria Island dance. Yep. My mom named me after the island, Diamant said by telephone from New York City, where she lives and works as choreographer. She moved to the island with her mother, Trudi Diamant, in 1998 after living in San Diego, and then, in Huntsville, Alabama, near her grandparents. We summered every year at Anna Maria Island. It was our vacation place. Then my grandparents retired and moved back to the island from Alabama. We went, too, Diamant recalled. She was aware of her familys ties to the island even as a little girl. I knew when I started at Anna Maria Elementary mother had all gone to AME, she said. Diamant said listening to her mother and her aunts and uncles taught her the family history in Anna Maria. That and an author in the family: Wyatt Blassingame, who often wove Anna Maria Island into his tales. They would pull the clippings out from articles written by my great-grandfather. They would talk about them and reminisce about living on Anna Maria. It shaped my perception as a child, she said. I discovered my great-grandfather was a writer. I learned a lot because my grandmother and grandfather, Peggy and William Diamant, volunteered at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society when they came back. My grandmother lived as a small child in the house that is now the Waterfront Restaurant on Bay said. Maria Island, but only for a while. She performed with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and presented her work in the Tampa Bay area. Like her grandmother Peggy, who left the island and moved to New York City in 1949, Diamant was eager to trade the sandy beaches of AMI for the crowded concrete of the city. In 2017, she made her debut in New York as a choreographer and currently teaches at the Williamsburg Movement and Arts in Brooklyn. She also is working on a graduate degree in arts administration. And thoughts of her namesake in the bustle of her When I think about Anna Maria, it reminds me of my family and our close relationships and what a said. When I get back to Anna Maria, I am really, really happy. I ride my bike, I go to the beach all day. To me, running around the island is freedom. Thats it, its just total freedom. Diamant wont be back on Anna Maria Island anytime soon, but her dance steps will be in Sarasota. Her choreography is included in the Sarasota Contem10-13 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets or information, go to or call 941-359-0099. The Sarasota Contemporary Dance is a great little gem in our area that a lot of islanders just dont know about. They have new facilities, adult classes and they are always doing new things, Diamant said. AnnaMaria Diamant dances on the streets in New islander, Diamant traded in the sandy beaches of her namesake for city concrete. Islander Courtesy Photo This photo of AnnaMaria Diamant published in 2006 in The Islander along with a high school graduation announcement.


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 19 Tiki & Kittys Adventures in Shopping Antiques, Art-Tiques and Chic Boutiques!signment 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 an added in Manatee County at Kingberry. And, be sure to check out Scavengers Marketplace every third Friday of the month, from 4-7 p.m., Kill Animal Rescue. Wine, hors d oeuvre and savings. Please, be sure to tell our friends in the shops, The Islander sent me. 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 Lets go shopping! Tiki and Kitty are busy shopping for great values in their favorite shops. And the spring-like weather is the perfect time to make the rounds. 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 con2 LOCATIONS: Historic Bridge Street Pier & BradentonJewelryTide and Moon HUGE SELECTION OF HANDMADE JEWELRYCheck this out for Mom! 50% OFF STARFISH Necklace or Earrings by Dune Jewelry While supplies last! Shop, Save & Support Moonracer Animal Rescue If you cannot find it here, it probably doesnt exist. Moonracer Animal Rescue Anna Maria, I Love You retreat from the tides, going back and forth with a sound of them. Then one day in sheer desperation she picked up one, put it on a fishhook, and caught a 2-pound sheepshead. After that you couldnt have got her away from here with dynamite. Which is one of the strange things about this island. People love it and I mean the word as something beyond mere liking or they cant abide it at all. Usually it takes only a short time to learn which. But there is no way of knowing ahead of time how the individual will react. There was a time when most of us who lived here people who really loved this island had at least one thing in common: we were all a little cracked. We claimed this happily and pointed with pride to some of our better The lady who would hold her dog up to the telephone so it could bark for a faith-healer in Boston; the dog had a cold and the lady didnt trust Florida veterinarians. And the old lady with arthritis who swam in a bathing suit; if the tide carried her down the beach placidly that no one could possibly take offense since we all understood the situation. We did. Everyone knew I wrote for a living, but no one paid tion of one story. In the opening paragraph of this one was the statement that: If you unscrew a screwball anywhere in the United States, blindfold him, turn him around twice and turn him loose, hell wind up in Anna Maria. Within two days after the magazine came out everybody on the island had read that story and most of them had mailed copies to their northern friends. After the war, change caught up with us. New bridges are going up now to connect us to the mainland and to Longboat Key to the south. Bulldozers are doing away with the mangroves; dredge lines are changing By Wyatt Blassingame Special to The Islander Twenty years ago my wife and I came to Anna Maria to spend the winter. We are still here. In that time the island has changed considerably; but then, I suppose, so have we. Twenty years is apt to change most things. We came down on the train. Friends met us in Bradenton and drove us out. There was, and still is, a long rickety bridge that swayed like a swing as the car went across it. At the island end of the bridge was a small cluster of houses. Then for 5 miles the road twisted, for no apparent reason, between jungle on the right and one great white sweeping beach on the left with the Gulf blue and green beyond it. Where a sign said City of Anna Maria, with a city, three pheasants ran across the road. I thought: Some city! Later I learned the pheasants belonged to Harry Ditmas who drove the mail truck. He hoped to populate the island with them, but they never prospered. I suppose raccoons ate the eggs. This island always has been a paradise for raccoons. We rented a house on the bay, with no nearby neighbors. It had two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, kitchen, bath, three mice, several giant Florida spiders, a chameleon, and a blacksnake. swim, the blacksnake, which was basking on the front step, went with me. Gertie, my wife, watched from the window. When I got back she was packing. She was, she told me, on her way back to New York. She didnt go. Before the end of the month something had happened to Gertie, who never before had seen an island in fact she had seen hardly anything smaller than Philadelphia. between people and places If there be any such thing as racial memory, the consciousness of land and water must lie deeper in the core of us than any knowledge of our fellow beings And along with that deep knowledge of the earth is a preference of each of us for certain kinds of it. As a result we have more people, fewer fiddler crabs, fewer mosquitoes. No one person any longer knows every other person on the island. And most of our or prefer to keep them cautiously hidden. But it is still a good island. There is still the water, and the gulls, and the great white sweep of beach. There are still a few bits of jungle where a man can walk and not what it used to be no old timer anywhere in the world will admit that it is but I can still walk out my front yard into the Gulf and catch whiting and trout and rod and swim. And here a man can have as much privacy as he wants, or he can have companions to whoop it up all night long. Even better, he can have as much of each as he wants when he wants it. For I have never known a place so free of groupmade social restrictions. The individual can make restrictions for himself, of course; but he is also free to make his friends among any and all the people he wishes. And we have them here from almost every profession and every walk of life. The big difference between this island and a city is that here you can know any of them you want to know the new and the old, the cracked and the uncracked. I love it. According to Wyatt Blassingames daughter, Peggy Diamant, pictured with husband Bill, her father wrote this story around 1956 for Ford Motor Co.s Ford Times. Blassingame and the elder Diamants have since passed.


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THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 21 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 By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter T o freelance photographer and AMI Wedding A ssociation founder Karen R iley-Love, 33 years seems almost like an instant. T ears well in her eyes only a few seconds after saying it, . I n 1985, R iley-Loves older sister and M ary R iley Woods eldest daughter died, killed by a drunken motorist driving the wrong way on an I nterstate 275 off-ramp near T ampa. A college freshman, 18-year old Kristin survived the initial impact for one day before dying from her injuries. Her passengers fellow Eckerd College students were killed instantly. T he trio had been on the way to the T ampa International Airport. The 19-yearold who hit them had been drinking in a bar that day and had a history of DUI arrests. R iley-Love was 18 months younger than her sister. Kristin also left behind a 7-year-old brother, Stephen, and devasted parents. Suddenly, they were missing a member, and the family was transformed. Wood, who lives now in east Bradenton, channeled her loss and became an advocate for change. She was really just propelled into the spotlight, R iley-Love said in an interview. She became a voice. A court-appointed advocate guided the family through the legal proceeding against M ark D aniel Winkler, who was charged with homicide and manslaughter, convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison the longest such sentence imposed at the time by a Florida court for DUI deaths. Someone from MADD M others A gainst D runk Driving contacted Wood after the crash. Wood became involved with MADD in 1985, not many years after its founding in 1980 by a Californiawoman whose 13-year old daughter was killed by a drunken driver. The Rileys lived in Bradenton where there was a local MADD chapter and it wasnt long before Wood found herself front and center in the fight against drunken driving. Suddenly, she was all over the place. She went to national conferences and worked a lot with state representatives for MADD , R iley-Love said of her mother. Soon, Wood was immersed in the West C entral F lorida C hapter of MADD appearing on television, being interviewed by newspapers and magazines, and attending hearings. She had always been pretty quiet and shy, RileyLove said of her mom. Suddenly, she was this outspoken woman showing up everywhere. M y friends would say I saw your mom on TV last night, Riley-Love said. M y moms a really wonderful person, she added. the pain she had and save other families from going through what our family did. Woods focus was changing the language from drunken driving accidents to drunk driving crashes. She believed the incidents were not accidents because quence of a criminal action. My mom worked so hard with MADD. She felt she had to stop this from happening, R iley-Love said. It was what drove her. Wood worked with victim impact statements and panels, locally and nationally. She worked to lower drunk driving fatalities and, years later, the numbers continue to decrease through activism and education by organizations such as MADD and mothers like Wood. the U nited States were alcohol-related. By 2013, the driving deaths. N ow Karen R iley-Love is the mother of teenage daughter and preteen son. Bella will be getting her learners permit and will be able to drive soon. Thats very scary for me, she said. And then sighed. Meanwhile Wood, who is 76, is back to an old passion literacy. She volunteers with schools to teach kids to read. I ve tried to parent what I saw, R iley-Love said. I had a mom who read books to us, sewed Barbie clothes for us, spent time with us. She added, I didnt realize how strong she was until I had kids of my own. She also showed me that there is happiness after a tragedy. I dont think she sees it. I dont think she sees what she got done. Editors Note: Karen Riley-Love is a freelance photographer for The Islander. Kristin Riley was a college freshman when she died in a drunken driving crash in 1985 near Tampa. Islander Photo: The Riley Family Annunciation to host music concert T he E piscopal C hurch of the A nnunciations annual F riends in M usic concert will feature students with the Emma E. Booker Elementary Chorus. T he concert will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, M ay 12, at church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. students will be directed by F rancesca Veglia, choirmaster of the church and music instructor at Booker. The public is invited to attend this free event. programs at the school. For more information, call the church at 941778-1638. Karen Riley-Love Mary Riley Wood hugs grandchildren Bella and Jack Love in 2018. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love


22 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER By Kathy Prucnell Streetlife PROUD RECIPIENT OF THESMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD-LARGE CATEGORYA LANDMARK ONGULF COAST! LOBSTER GRILLED CHEESE SEAFOOD Live Music Friday & Saturday121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737 Island police blotterAnna Maria April 24, 100 block of Willow Avenue, information. An owner called the Manatee County Sheriffs asserting property ownership, but the subject left. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach April 25, Historic Bridge Street Pier, 200 Bridge St., drugs. Dispatched to a man and woman passed out on a pier swing, Bradenton Beach police found a couple asleep and their belongings strewn across Prosecutor: Bradenton Beach of cer justi ed in shootingmarijuana protruding from the mans pocket. In police grams of crystal meth in his pockets and, in a backpack the man had been using as a pillow, prescription drugs and a pipe. The man claimed the pills were not his and that he was holding them for someone in a homeless camp. Police arrested and transported the man to the Manatee County jail. Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD. Cortez of a golf cart owned by a third-party and destroyed a stereo. Both men and the third party signed waivers of prosecution. theft. A Bradenton Beach man reported a Massachusetts tag stolen from his boat trailer. Cortez is policed by MCSO. Holmes Beach April 28, 5600 block of Guava Street, domestic battery. Holmes Beach police arrived at 10:10 a.m. to her earlier that morning, causing her head to bleed and injuries to her foot. She also reported the man choked By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter honored. involved shooting in Anna Maria. Chief Assistant State Attorney Heather Doyle sent the decision in a May 1 letter to BBPD Chief Sam Speciale, saying shed made a thorough and complete review of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. The letter came about a week after the departthe Year, an annual Manatee County 100 Club award, for his courageous and professional response to the incident. cers with a military-style knife and survivalist hatchet in a parking lot at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. Manatee County Sheriffs Deputy Amy Leach simultaneously I knew there was not a lot to worry about, Hill said May 3, but that he was relieved the investigation was no longer over my head. The shooting occurred at 8:08 p.m. but earlier in Palmetto man was headed to the island to kill himself. Hill and MCSO deputies Leach and Tim Eason Gulf Drive. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer and scene. denton Beach police report. about Hills selection for the award nomination. Hill and others were afraid for their lives, he added. People and vehicles out and about near Bortells Lounge and the intersection the New Years Eve weekend night, some watching the incident unfold. His professional and training possibly saved the lives of innocent people in the area, Speciale said. The FDLE investigation, including 339 pages and a video taken from a MCSO helicopter, concluded the and there was no wrongdoing on Hills part. Similar preliminary reports were released from FDLE investigators in January. in Bradenton after the shooting, has recovered, according to police. MCSO has asked the 12th Circuit State Attorneys vated assault. However, no charging decision had been made as of May 3, according to Payton Thompson, the assistant state attorney handling the case. kill him. Honestly this is the last thing I wanted to do, but I really wanted to make sure nobody around got hurt, he said, adding he positioned himself so no bullet could strike anyone else. Its the third time Hill has been nominated for the annual award from the Manatee 100 Club, a group supporting local law enforcement and their families. Its humbling because I was just doing my job, Hill said. Its nice to be recognized, but Ive never been one to say look at me. cer from their departments. Other island nominations his outstanding police work, including arrests involvThe winner will be announced May 17 at a dinner event at the Courtyard Marriott in Bradenton. Anna Maria, go online to www.islander.or g. April 4 near the anchorage he patrols. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell PLEASE SEE STREETLIFE, PAGE 23


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 23 STREETLIFE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22Sex predator visits Cortez T he F lorida D epartment of Law E nforcement 11500 block of Cortez Road West. I n a M ay 3 FD L E email, the agency reports a tery and lewd or lascivious molestation to a child in M anatee C ounty in July 2008 is living on the north side of Cortez Road. manent, temporary addresses and, if transient, their whereabouts, unless otherwise ordered by the court. ing temporarily in the 300 block of C lark D rive in Holmes Beach. A n A pril 24 FD L E report states the 36-year-old Moving up in ranksides March 1 over the ceremony promoting HBPD alongside his wife, Meredith. Pierce has been servwill be a great addition to our leadership team. Islander Photo: Terry OConnorMore gas pump tampering uncovered at Citgoher. T he man denied pushing or injuring the woman arrested the man and transported him to the Manatee County jail. April 28, 6200 block of Flotilla Drive, suspicious circumstances. D ispatched for a residential burglary, officers met with a man who had gone to sleep at his front door ajar. He told police nothing inside the residence was disturbed or missing but he found an unknown key on the ground in front of the door. P olice placed the key into an evidence locker. April 29, 100 block of 51st Street, battery. An argument between a couple turned physical and a woman was arrested after police interviewed witnesses and believed the mans story. The man told police the woman had A nother witness said she smashed items in the house. T he woman said the man came home and was disre spectful. Police transported the woman to jail. April 29, 100 block of 39th Street and the beach, makeshift camp on the beach, including glass bottles and trash in the dunes, and found a man and woman sleeping. P olice woke them up and they appeared had warrants out of Georgia. They were arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail. Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO. closely April 28 at the Citgo pumps known for skimming problems and found another one. While conducting an after-hours business check at security tag on pump 5 at 12:37 a.m., according to an HBPD report. The report said Walker put on gloves, opened the pump and looked for a credit card skimmer. He gathAli Ghasemi. T ogether, according to the report, they attempted but did not locate a skimming device in the machine. Skimming devices collect personal data from magnetic strips on credit and debit cards, which thieves sell or use to make counterfeit cards and fraudulent purchases. Ghasemi told Walker someone broke the lock and gained entry to the pump and he would review the sta tion video of the incident. T he owner also reported skimming A pril 14 and and 5. Similar incidents were reported in May 2016. A nyone with information is encouraged to call anonymous tip, Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS. Kathy Prucnell in January 2001. The FDLE registry also indicates April 24 the folA 56-year-old male offender in the 4200 block of the 129th Street West in Cortez. A 58-year-old transient male offender in the Anna Maria area. A 53-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Crescent A venue in Anna Maria. A 59-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach.


24 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER Falcione All Moms receive.. Carnation and a Mimosa OR cup of soup CORTEZ ELLENTON *BRIDGE ST. PIER LANDSIDERaffle prize is $150 AMOB gift card with an AMOB swag pack basket Bradenton Beach, county consider transportation partnershipBB raises Cortez Beach parking concerns By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Weve been talking about this for three years, Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency member Ed Chiles said regarding a possible multimodal transportation partnership with Manatee County. It will be green and it will be a promenade where people will bike and the little jitney will roll by. The Bradenton Beach CRA and Manatee County are considering a partnership to shuttle people between the parking at Coquina Beach the biggest island parking lot and Bridge Street where there is very little parking and a great deal of demand by businesses. The CRA board consists of the city commission and two restaurateurs, John Horne of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, and Chiles, owner of the Sandbar and Beach House restaurants on Anna Maria Island and the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant on Longboat Key. ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, gave a presentation May 2 to the CRA regarding the proposed project. Falcione said, I cant preface enough that no decisions have been made at the county administrator level at this time, adding that the tourist development council and board of county commissioners do not have a proposal before them. Beach parking lot, although it soon will undergo stormwater improvements and resurfacing. While the county is putting that plan into action, there also are concerns about connectivity to the Coquina parking lot. We talk about the importance of multimodal transportation, Falcione said. Enough with talking about it; lets take advantage and show it. He said the county is considering additional multimodal trails and its time to bring a partnership discussion to the Bradenton Beach CRA, where there is interest in moving people to and from the district. CRA chair Ralph Cole asked Falcione what the CRA needs to do to move forward. Falcione said the project might qualify for tourist There is nothing better to be able to use tourism dollars, Falcione said. It not only serves the visitors, it serves the residents as well. He said he would convey the CRAs interest to county administrator Ed Hunzeker. County staff could begin working with city staff on a conceptual plan. The plan would go to the CRA and the county for review, then the county would develop a project budget. are budgeted by the tourist development council with approval from the board of county commissioners. Mayor John Chappie complimented the county on improvements to area parks, including Coquina, but said he also wants the county to help with policing costs if the transportation project moves forward. Were going to have to have more partnering on that, especially if were drawing more people to that area, Chappie said. Additionally, Chappie said he doesnt want Cortez Beach, between Coquina Beach and Bridge Street, to He said there are safety concerns with the parking layout at Cortez Beach the county should address as part of the project. Falcione said it would be a big project with several phases. City engineer Lynn Burnett was appointed liaison to the county to move forward on the concept. Heres the opportunity to get something done thats fabulous and really speaks to the important issues in this city, Chiles said. Its a no-brainer. Hallelujah. The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment senger electric shuttle, to move people between Coquina Beach and Bridge Street. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Chiles, Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency member and restaurateur, expresses his thoughts May 2 during a CRA meeting at city hall. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes With 1,600 parking spaces, Coquina Beach has one of the largest parking lots in Manatee County people in a loop of the beach and Bridge Street. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Parking. A never-ending problem it seems on Anna Maria Island. As part of its mission to promote safety, the Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES Partnership Committee in 2017 addressed the need for alternative parking at Cortez Beach, between Fourth and Ninth streets south. Cortez Beach is sandwiched between Gulf Drive and the Gulf of ing facing the beach. Unlike Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach does not have an established over the sidewalk to pull up to the parking spots and either back out on Gulf SEE CORTEZ BEACH, PAGE 25


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 25 Anna Maria Oyster Bar Pier on the Waterfron Dinin a Open Daily 8am-9pm Breakfast 8am-11am Weekend Brunch 11am-2pm 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, FL T ableside service with a bayside view on the Bridge Street Pier! T ableside service with a bayside view on the Bridge Street Pier! Call (941) 778-AMOB (2662) for Beach-to-Pier Shuttle! 941.778.1320 3246 E. Bay Drive, Holmes BeachSpecial: Beer-Cheese, Potato Soup. German Gourmet Reuben ~ Corned Beef and Sauerkraut in Swiss Cheese Cream Sauce, Sptzle and side salad. HAXEN FRI-SAT NIGHTS (reserve ahead) Dinner Monday-Saturday 5-9Mothers nature I walked out to the mound at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach to remember. I was playing hardball by age 5. kindergarten with a cut, fat lip after getting whacked in the face with a bat during an end-of-summer pickup game. I wandered home, dripping blood along the way, and my mom get stitches, followed by chocolate shakes for both of us to soothe the pain. Such is my mothers nature. Three years later, I was playing organized baseball in the Ponytail League, a girls hardball association sponsored by the park district in Waukegan, Illinois. I assumed then that girls baseball leagues Neff By Lisa Neffwhen I reached 14 and aged out of the league. With no place to turn but a boys team or playing softball, I donated my spikes to the Salvation Army. My mom had served as president of the Ponytail League, raising enough money with candy sales catchers had masks and chest protectors. Such is my moms nature. And through most of my baseball days, my mom coached my teams. We practiced often and we played to win, but were coached to always have a good time. Such is my moms nature. We were the Cardinals and sponsored by a boring old bank for a couple of years. And then we were the Green Machine and sponsored by Baskin-Robbins, which gave us free ice cream after every game and rewarded home-run hitters with hot fudge sundaes. I ate my share on glorious spring and summer nights after Green Machine triumphs. When I went to the ballpark in Holmes Beach recently, I wanted to remember those practice days and game nights long ago. Out there, on the mound, I thought about my mothers nature and Mother Nature. My mom coached and ran the Ponytail League because she knew how her daughter loved the game Traditional French dining experience featuring entrees of mussels, shrimp, grouper, duck, pasta carbonara, chicken, beef and a slow-cooked duck casserole. 103 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach 941.779.1930The soul of France in the heart of Bradenton Beach Traditional French dining experience featuring entrees The soul of France in the heart of Bradenton Beach French Table Truly Homemade Ice Cream(yes, we really make it ourselves) Voted Best Ice Cream Open 7 Days a Weekwww.tylersicecream.comSERVING GOURMET ICE CREAM SINCE 1984 Manatee Ave & 59th 941-243-3841 Cortez & 119th 941-794-5333 Longboat Center Shops 941-383-6935 SERVING GOURMET ICE CREAM SINCE 1984 OM A PIZZA& ITALIAN RESTAURANT Makers of the Worlds Largest Pizza $100 OFFAny Size PizzaFREE DELIVERY! Makers of the Worlds Largest Pizza and she wanted to make sure girls had an equal opportunity to compete. Such is her nature. Shes also always said kids need to be outdoors, enjoying a breeze in their hair and sunlight on their faces, feeling dirt or clay under their spikes and diving across the grass to make a catch. Baseball is a game meant to be played outdoors. and think about the baseball environment, about baseball ecology. I stood on the mound and remembered back to a Green Machine game in early spring, maybe 1977. alive, look alive, a dad hollered from the sidelines. But my friend remained in left, looking beyond the foul line toward a tree. My mom called time and robins nest. Such is my mothers nature. So, happy Mothers Day to my mom, and all the moms who coach their kids well. The Green Machine, a girls hardball team circa 1977, coached by Mary Neff, back row, right. Islander writer Lisa Neff is kneeling, center. The team was part of the Ponytail League in Waukegan, Illinois. Islander Courtesy Photo Drive or turn their vehicle around. so motorists would not have to back out onto Gulf Drive, endangering themselves, pedestrians and other motorists. tion to the county, but no further action was taken. Mayor John Chappie raised the Cortez Beach parking issue during a May 2 presentation concerning muldirector of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Falcione suggested a future parking and trails partnership between the city and Manatee County. ChrisAnn Silver Esformes CORTEZ BEACH CONTINUED FROM 24


26 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER LIGHT T YFull / Half Day T www arrenFishin g Char tersCapt. W arren GirleINSHORE sh OFFSHORE GC Capt. W arren Girle R E O Fishing Charters Wet Slips Fuel Dock Full Service Marine Mechanic Tackle Shop and Water Sports TideWatchRed tide not found in Manatee Karenia brevis, the F lorida red tide organism, was not detected in M anatee C ounty the week ending M ay 4. Red tide was detected elsewhere in the region. F or more information about red tide in F lorida, go 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 May 9 9:33a 1.7 8:00p 1.7 2:05a 0.2 2:33p 1.2 May 10 9:54a 1.8 9:21p 1.7 2:53a 0.3 3:33p 0.9 May 11 10:14a 1.9 10:26p 1.7 3:34a 0.4 4:20p 0.6 May 12 10:35a 2.0 11:23p 1.7 4:11a 0.5 5:03p 0.3 May 13 10:57a 2.2 4:43a 0.7 5:45p 0.1 May 14 12:18a 1.7 11:21a 2.4 5:12a 0.8 6:28p -0.2 May 15 1:12a 1.6 11:50a 2.6 5:39a 1.0 7:14p -0.4 New May 16 2:10a 1.6 12:23p 2.7 6:04a 1.1 8:03p -0.5By Kevin P Cassidy Islander Reporter A fter another week of youth soccer at the C enter of A nna M aria Island, theres one unbeaten team remaining, but Signarama had a bye so its 2-0 record wasnt challenged. Bins Be C lean moved into first place thanks to a tie that moved them to 2-1-1 in the standings. P lanet Stone and P rogressive C abinetry are tied for third place with matching 1-1-1 records, while Salty P rinting holds down the cellar with an 0-3-1 record. Soccer action M ay 1 saw P lanet Stone edge Salty P rinting 4-3 behind two goals each from A iden T empleton and Nick Yatros and three saves from Evan T alucci. Salty printing was led by a pair of goals from Jack Mattick and a goal from Caden Quimby in the loss. Bins Be Clean and Progressive Cabinetry battled to a 1-1 tie in the second game of the evening with Bins Be C lean getting a goal from J M F eeney and three saves from Victor Albrecht. Progressive was led by G regory Jordans goal and two saves from Liam Coleman. Legler & Flynn top adult soccer action A fter five weeks of adult soccer action at the F lynn Law, which improved to a 5-0 record. Lancaster D esign remains on their heels with a 4-1 record and 3-2 Sato R eal E state is another game back in third place. Slims Place continued its ascent with another victory to improve its standing to 2-1-2 after starting Cassidythe season with a pair of ties. Ross Built is 2-3 ahead of 1-3-1 M oss Builders, 1-4 A cqua A veda and 0-4-1 Lancaster Design opened the May 3 action with a 4-2 victory over Acqua A veda behind two goals from Sumiko Chipman and single goals from Daniel Ander son and G reg D e M euse. M ichael Lewis chipped in to help preserve the victory. the loss. the night. Jeremias G ramajo led the way with a goal and an assist, while D iego F elipe, A my I vin and Steve Oelfke each notched a goal. Chris Le Clainche added an assist, while Sean F lynn and F elipe combined on Mike Brusso scored on an assist from Erin Felipe from Kris Yavalar and three saves from Yuri P eriera in the loss. T he third match of the triple-header saw Slims P lace roll to a 4-1 victory over Sato R eal E state behind three goals and an assist from A ndre Lewis. N ate Welch added a goal for Slims, which also received seven saves from PJ Smargisso in the win. The last match of the night saw Ross Built roll to a 7-0 shutout over M oss Builders behind two goals from G reg R oss and single goals from Ben Sato, C hris Klotz, James Lynch and R yan Hogan. G oalie R obb Marshall wasnt challenged much, making two saves in the victory. Key Royale news T he men opened up the week of golf action at Stableford-system match. John E stok and Larry P ippel shared clubhouse bragging rights with matching plus4s. T he women took the course M ay 1 for a nine-hole, a stroke. D ebi Wohlers was alone in third place with an even-par 32. Sharon T aras and Sue Christenson battled to a tie 31. A fter a card off comparing scores on the hardest handicap holes until the tie is broken T arras was declared the Flight B winner. F light C also was a barn burner, with C arol D uncan the card off, D uncan was declared F light C winner. Jana Samuels was alone in third place with a 1-underpar 31. Susan Van O rsdel was the outright winner in F light D with a 3-under-par 29 to earn a two-shot victory at 1-under-par 31. M arkie Ksiazek, Joy Kaiser, A nn Hitchen and T erry Westby all had chipins on the day while Lowry and Wohlers both had birdies on their rounds. Horseshoe news T wo teams emerged from pool play and battled for the days supremacy during M ay 2 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Steve Doyle and Dom Livedoti cooled off the walker, G ary Howcroft, with a convincing 23-11 victory to earn the days bragging rights. T wo teams also advanced to the knockout stage during C inco de M ayo action with 3-0 pool-play records. I n a wire-to-wire game, the team of Sam Samuels and R od Bussey edged Howcroft and N eil Hennessey 21-20 to earn a trip to the winners circle. P lay gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the A nna M aria C ity Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. T here is no charge to play and everyone is wel come. Register now for Magic soccer level are invited to register for tryouts for the 2018-19 competitive M anatee M agic soccer league. T ryouts for the junior age group players with birth years of 2005-10 are set for 6-8 p.m. M ay 14-15, with check-in starting at 5:30 p.m. T he junior season runs midO ctoberA pril, depending on the success and desire of the teams. Senior group tryouts are 6-8 p.m. M ay 16-17, with check-in at 5:30 p.m. T he season for high school soccer. I t runs A ugustO ctober and resumes midto late-January. D epending on success and the team, the league plays through A pril. 5502 33rd A ve. Drive W., Bradenton. T here is no cost for the tryouts, but interested players must register online at T he cost for the season is $600, including two uniforms, backpack, training and one tournament entry. Members of the Bins Be Clean 8-12-year-old soccer team a competitor in the Center of Anna Maria Island youth soccer league scrimmage May 3 Ambrogi


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 27 By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter Fishing around Anna Maria Island is consistently good for another week mild air temperatures and water temps still hovering in the mid-70s. Spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook are responding positively to the conditions, which makes the perfect recipe for a day on the water with a rod in your hand. as reports roll in of numerous catches and permit. Aside from some breezy days, waters have remained smooth to a light chop splendid conditions for an offshore adventure. hard most days to return to the dock after the charter is done. The waters of Sarasota Bay are pristine this time of year. A calm emerald green, the waters are so clear you can see the bottom. It can be quite hypnotizing when looking through polarized sunglasses. Being able to see dolphins, manatees and sea Im seeing plenty of slot and over-slot trout reeled to the boat during my morning charters. These trout are a welcome sight as they provide good action for the anglers and make good table fare, too. This is even more apparent now that snook season is closed. Speaking of snook, catch-and-release action ration for their trek to the beaches of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island to begin their spawn. Lastly, Im seeing greater numbers of Spanish mackerel making a showing, especially around the vicinity of the passes on a longshank hook is a great way to catch these highwhite or pink jigs will work just as well. That way you can save your shiners to target snook and trout. Capt. Jason Stock is taking clients offshore to hunt 70-100 feet of water. Casting large live shiners, threadIn shallower offshore waters depths of 40-60 feet permit are being caught with regularity. Live Goliath grouper are being caught on large baits, such as jack crevalle. Capt. Aaron Lowman is targeting catch-andrelease snook during the full moon outgoing tides. You can read it all online at Southernaire Fishing Charters 941.465.8932AnnaMariaFishing Guide.comDOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACKCAPT. AARON LOWMAN DOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACK CAPT. AARON LOWMAN Stasny Casting live shiners to these linesiders is resulting in sights during the full moon tides. Slower periods of the tide, according to Lowman, Moving out of the bays and into the Gulf of variety of migratory species. Hes putting clients on shiners. Casting around reefs is proving to be most productive. large catch-and-release snook being reeled up. Patient 40-inch range. while targeting snook. Fishers wishing to catch somebaits with live shrimp and cast under the pier is bringing success. Also, casting jigs or silver spoons from the pier is attracting Spanish mackerel to bite, which provides great action on light tackle as well as some nice table fare depending on your palate. Capt. Warren Girle is working nearshore structure for mangrove snapper. Whether its ledges, reefs or wrecks, Girle is putting clients on keeper-size snapper, and many juvenile grouper. Free-lining the shiners snook for his clients. Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters is running charters offshore for a variety of species. Fishing around offshore wrecks in depths of 70-100 feet over hard bottom and ledges in the same depths is also proving to be good for red grouper and American red snapper. Moving into shallower water with depths of 40 feet is producing good action on mangrove snapper, espeon catch-and-release snook as well as spotted seatrout and large jack crevalle. to 941-323-7892 THE ORIGINAL BAIT BOAT IS BACK !LIVE Whitebait & CrabsOn the water at the Kingfish Boat Ramp David Henriquez of Crystal River shows off a nice red grouper landed April 29 on a dead sardine while on a charter with Capt. David White. They found the bite in 100 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Kids shing tourney set for May 12 The Jerry Hill 32nd Annual Kids Free Fishing Tournament will be Saturday, May 12, on the Green Bridge Fishing Pier spanning the Manatee River between Palmetto and Bradenton. The tournament will be 8-10 a.m., with registration 7-8 a.m. A free lunch will be served 10-10:45 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony. An announcement said with the tournament, the sponsors the North Manatee Kiwanis and Manatee Fish and Game Association strive to wholesome activities. For more information about the tournament, call 941-723-4570.


28 MAY 9, 2018 THE ISLANDER AME calendar By Bianca Bened, EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY Lifes short Buy the Beach House Live Here, Vacation Here or Invest HereCurrently used as a vacation rental with an Impressive NET income of $150K++. 4 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths Elevator One Floor Living 4 Car Garages Waterfront Offered at $2,200,000. Shellie Young P.A. Master Certified Negotiation Specialist, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Voted Best in Customer Satisfaction Sarasota magazine since 2015 5-Star Zillow Premier Agent CELL 941.713.5458 Premier Sothebys International Realty AME PTO offers supply deal The Anna Maria Elementary Parent-Teacher Orgaschool year now, and its offering a special deal for early orders. With the school code ANN941, school packs customized for AME students can be purchased online at The packs range in price, from $46.16 for a fourthgrade supply set to $75.47 for a kindergarten supply cils, school glue, pencils, tape, tissues, notebooks and other items. Packs ordered by June 24 will be delivered to the school before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, which is set for Monday, Aug. 13. Scholarship winner Destiny Summerville displays her digital art, Together Forever, which depicts a memorial for fallen women soldiers. Islander Courtesy PhotoOn to RinglingArtists Guild of Anna Maria Island president Polly Tetrault, right, and past president Wendell Graham, left, present Destiny Summerville with a scholarship award April 30, during an awards ceremony at Braden River High School. Edana Davis, scholarship/education chairperson, also represented AGAMI at the ceremony. Summerville, who plans to attend Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota and study illustration, received a $1,000 award from AGAMI. Her Braden River art teacher is William Ferrell, a Ringling college graduate. Achievements: It is the time of year for graduations, honors, scholarships. Please send us AME takes lessons in public speaking to an audience tary showed off their performance chops May 4 in the school auditorium. Students wrote, practiced and perfected speeches in the weeks before the competition, with subjects ranging from womens rights to family vacations. Three judges former AME principals Tom Levengood and Jim Kronus, along with Manatee School Mike Rio judged the students performances on originality, eloquence and delivery. At the end of the day, the following winners were announced: fourth-grader Ava Harlan received third place, fourth-grader Ashton Hovda received second The winners will participate Saturday, May 19, in the Tropicana 4H Public Speaking Contest for Manatee County at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmett o. ame speech contest 050918 bb ame speech contest 050918 bb women Fourth-grader Hayden Dolan stands on a milk crate May 4 to deliver her speech on the history of the U.S. womens rights movement. Ame speech contest 050918 bb castle Ava Harlan, fourth-grader, tells her classmates about the childrens book Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon in her speech. Ava earned third place in the AME competition. Fourth-grader Ashton Hovda delivers a speech May 4 on the history leading up to the end of the Ringling Bros. Circus. He was honored with second place in the AME competition. Islander Photos: Bianca Bened ment math. Sound. and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Sound. Sound. Anna Maria Elementary is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the school at 941-708-5525.


THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 29 By Bianca Bened, CrossPointe Fellowship youth and music minister Bryan Shanks escorts daughter Rowan to the Anna Maria Elementary Princess Ball April 26 in the school auditorium. The father-daughter dance featured a The girls shake and groove on the Anna Maria Elementary Princess Ball April 26 in the school auditorium, which was transformed into a dance club, disco ball and all. Islander Photos: Sandy Ambrogi Dad Jon Niedzwick kneels to put a corsage on daughter Maggies wrist before entering the Princess Ball April 26 at AME. A kindergartner in Bridget Querrads class, the party was EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY Lifes short Buy the Beach House! Live Here, Vacation Here or Invest Here3 Bedrooms 4 Baths Rooftop Deck Room for a Pool Oversized 2-Car Garage Waterfront with Boatlift and Dock. Offered at $849,000 Shellie Young P.A. Master Certified Negotiation Specialist, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Voted Best in Customer Satisfaction Sarasota magazine since 2015 5-Star Zillow Premier Agent CELL 941.713.5458 Premier Sothebys International Realty More than 200 beautiful hand-selected properties to choose from. Stop by our of ces or visit our web-site to book your next vacation in paradise! 941-779-0733 Playing before performingFirst-graders participating in AMEs FRIENDS: The Musical release energy on the playground before their evening performance April 24 at Anna Maria Elementary. Islander Photo: Courtesy Erin StruzzieriAchievements: It is the time of year for graduations, honors, scholarships.


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THE ISLANDER MAY 9, 2018 31 BizCalBy Sandy Ambrogi Chamber springs forward with events Its heating up in paradise but thats not stopping island chambers from minding their business. Attention golfers: The 19th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce tourney will be Friday, May 18, at the IMG Golf Academy, Bradenton. See the chamber website for details and costs. will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Hancock Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests. For more information about chamber events or to is at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 60 years promoting Longboat, Lido and St. Armands keys and information for visitors. For information about the Longboat chamber, Learning to leadCathy Pizzo, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce administrator, shows off her Leadership Manatee Manatee Chamber of Commerce program equips enrollees for leadership roles. The 2017-18 program had more than three dozen participants. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi David Miller, Cannons Marina owner, left, past chair of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and host for the chambers 60th anniversary celebration, and Harry Christensen, owner of Harrys Continental Kitchens, Longboat Key, visit May 3 during the celebration at Cannons, 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Christensen and other local restaurateurs provided appetizers and beverages for the event. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce president Gail Loefgren, left, stands with Marnie Matarese May 3 in the crowd at the 60th anniversary celebration for the Longboat chamber. LBK chamber in 1993.Toasting Longboat ChamberGuests gather around the buffet tables for a plethora of appetizer choices at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce 60th anniversary celebration May 3 at Cannons Marina. Live music, libations and than $1,400 worth of prizes kept the crowds coming. Islander Photos: Sandy Ambrogi


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