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Anna Maria plans doover on pier demolition bids. 5 The Islander editorial, reader letters. 6 From the archives. 7 On the government calendar. 8 AM incumbents to run in November. 8 Make plans, save a date. 10 Community announcements, activities. 11 BB appoints charter review committee. 12 5,071 parking spaces on AMI. 14 Force main work Obituaries. 20 WMFR takes steps to increase assessments. 21 Streetlife. 23 Slow start to turtle season. 24 gos. 25 Sports roundup. 26 Rainy days damper Business briefs. 30 CLASSIFIEDS. 32 Meetings Op-Ed Happenings ISL BIZ 10-20 YEARS AGO Make plans, save a gos. 25 Sports roundup. 26 Rainy days damper Field day at AME. 28 PLEASE SEE BRIDGE PAGE 3 VOLUME 26, NO. 30 MAY 23, 2018 FREE Louies honors in D.C. 18 The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.orgAsTheWorldTerns mourn lost veterans. 6 PLEASE SEE TREEHOUSE PAGE 4 PLEASE SEE BATTLES PAGE 2Environmental group pushes for Cortez Bridge detailsA plaque announces the dedication by the Florida Legislature in 1965 of the Cortez Bridge eight years after it opened at the foot of the bridge in Cortez. Critics are saying the Florida Department of TransTerry OConnor By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter A Cortez Bridge study by the Florida Department of Transportation was a sham, according to ManaSota-88, a nonprofit devoted to public health and environmental issues. This is wrong on every level, said Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines, ManaSota-88 vice chair and a member of Holmes Beach Planning Commission. It appears they selected the most environmentally damaging and least popular alternative, said ManaSota-88 chairman Glenn Compton. The DOT announced results April 23 of its Cortez Bridge project development and environmental study, which formalized its span linking Cortez to Bradenton Beach. The repair alternative has the least impact on threatened and endangered species and environmental resources, Hines said. Why is this not the preferred DOT alternative? We cant keep destroying the environment. This is just wrong. Zachary Burch, DOT spokesman, did not provide a copy of the study, saying it would be released in July. The news release announcing the study results was two pages long. We have looked at this issue since the beginning, said Compton. Not having that study to review, we have a lot of questions. ManaSota-88 joins the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Cortez Village Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach in questioning the DOT study and its choice The Cortez Village Historical Society issued a statement May 17 noting nearly 90 structures by the National Register of Historic Places. Each one of these and the rest of the village structures will be affected by the bridge, according to the CVHS statement. How can the village remain historical with a huge bridge looming over it? The CVHS noted villagers have repeatThe statement calls for the DOT to consider a better alternative, building a new bridge linking the north end of Longboat Key with the mainland. from Cortez and allow the historic village to remain without the changes a 65-foot bridge would entail, according to the CVHS state-Bridge battles won, war lostJudge puts treehouse back into playBy Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter A stalled 2013 case brought to the Manatee County courthouse by the treehouse owners in Holmes Beach has survived a motion for dismissal. ary, sought to dismiss the case because it had not been pursued by the owners. However, a motion for summary judgattorney, David Levin of Icard Merrill, gave Arend a reason to keep the case active. Arend previously had noticed a May hearing for his dismissal motion, based on 10 months without action on the case. On May 14, 12th Circuit Judge Lon behalf of Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen met the legal standard of good cause, allowing the lawsuit to continue. Special to The Islander Motorists lined up on the Cortez Bridge in the early 1990s waiting for boats to pass through the open drawthem to save Anna Maria Island. Youve Found Paradise, one of the at the bottom, Youve just been handed the way to save it. residents to challenge island bridge proposals they felt could negatively impact their community. calls for others to join their cause. The papers asked for a membership fee and newsletter and to challenge to development. Incorporated in 1993, SAM was The Islander Feb. 4, 1998, announces the DOT decision to halt replacement plans for the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue and opt instead for repairs. Crab season ends. 17


2 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER Unique Pet PortraitsComposited images printed to stretched canvas Sunsets PRINTS FROM BATTLES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 motivated by Florida Department of Transportation proposals to replace the island bridges. In SAM documents archived at the Manatee Public Library, the group said it was formed because islanders felt disgusted by how the DOT handled the bridge replacement proposals without community consideration or input. Members demonstrated on weekends and even held a straw poll at island polling locations on Election Day 1992 a move some Holmes Beach commissioners found disruptive. Now, more than 20 years later, SAM is only a memory, but a well documented one. Members kept cials, meeting agendas and newspaper clippings and organized them in three-ring binders. Nancy Deal, a SAM member since 2001, took those binders to the Central Library in Bradenton, where theyre archived in the local history section. Among mundane details of building materials, ers chronicle how members of the community won battles over megabridges with the DOT. SAM membership grew rapidly after its inception with more than 70 members in the early days. With more members, came resources. The group was able to mount a legal challenge disputing the permit application to replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge over environmental concerns. In 1995, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recommended denial of the permit. Three years later, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Southwest Florida Water Management District denied the permit application in administrative hearings, brought forward by SAM. Around the same time, SAM helped earn the island governments a seat at the metropolitan planning organizations table, a body that deals with infrastructure plans. And while SAM was the driving force behind bridge replacement protests, it was not without help from the community in Cortez. We were a team because they were opposing it (the Cortez Bridge), and we were opposing it, said Linda Molto, Cortez resident. Molto said she spent many weekends on the bridge with SAM members. And when she wasnt demonstrating roadside, Molto was working with Mary Fulford Green to get Cortez on The National Register of Historic Places. Funded by the state of Florida, Green and Molto worked with city planners to earn the historic designation through the Waterfronts Florida Partnership Program in 1999. The process took three years and resulted in a comprehensive plan that acts as a guide for the future of the village. We decided what we wanted Cortez to look like in 100 years, and its how it looks now, said Molto. ing village and SAM members took to the courts, Sarasota County held hearings for what would become the Ringling Causeway Bridge a 65-foot, resistance but moved forward and, over the years, Sarasotas skyline grew into its tall bridge. For residents who have opposed the bridge proposals in Manatee County, the variables are different. Were two low-rise communities, Molto said of Cortez and Bradenton Beach. Cortez and Bradenton Beach have height restrictions of two-stories in Cortez and three-stories in Bradenton Beach above FEMA regulations. A 65-foot bridge would tower above other structures at that time on both sides of the waterway. One only has to go see the Ringling Bridge under construction and realize the awesome concrete structure is not what anyone wants, Katie Pierola wrote in a 2002, then SAM president and a Bradenton Beach resident. By 2002, instead of replacement, the DOT repaired the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The repair work, completed in 2008, closed the bridge for 45 days, down from the planned 75-day closure. But as the repairs were being completed, public notices went out on another DOT proposal to replace the bridge. Manatee County commissioners approved the proposal. DOT learned what they needed to do without getting caught in a trap, said Deal. The government agency held public meetings and addressed environmental concerns raised the ened. SAM membership numbers had dwindled by the late 2000s. We didnt have the resources. We didnt have the people, said Deal. People were less concerned about quality of life and more concerned with getting By 2006, SAM primarily held workshops and speaker series in place of its on-the-streets, at-thepolls activism of its early days. It dissolved in October 2017. Many original members of the group have since died or moved away. Deal, who stayed a SAM member until its dissolution, sat on the DOT sponsored aesthetics committee last year for the 65-foot Anna Maria Island Bridge SAM fought against. I wanted to honor those who had founded SAM, she said. lars, she said. We arent Rome. This is as old as we can get, Deal said. But there are things we can do to preserve our island. To be continued.... Deal Molto


THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 2018 3 Click! The Islander welcomes news of the milestones in readers lives weddings, anniversaries, travels and other events. Submit notices and photos with details to BRIDGE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 SUNSET CRUISESDOLPHIN TOURS DOLPHIN TOURS DOLPHIN TOURS DOLPHIN TOURS JOIN US on the ANNA MARIA EXPLORER for a romantic sunset cruise or educational dolphin tour! Experience our breathtaking SUNSET on a relaxing cruise. Sunset Tours are 90-minutes long and fun for the whole family TOURS LEAVE DAILY! 11 AM, 2 PM and SUNSET Adult: $30 Kids: $20 Seniors: $25PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLEGreat for all ages! GO2DOLPHINS.COM SUNSET TOURS on the ANNA MARIA EXPLORER $5 OFF Adults BEER AND WINE SERVED ABOARD CALL OR BOOK ONLINE TODAY! 941-778-2288 GO2 DOLPHINS.COM 402 CHURCH AVE., BRADENTON BEACH ment. Before the project can move forward, many questions about the DO T decision and the study must be addressed, according to ManaSota-88. Hines said. They had no intention of doing the (bridge repair). You cant say lets pretend. Burch said the DO T study assessed bridge and road alignment options over about a mile of C ortez R oad/State R oad 684. The new bridge would cross the Intracoastal Water way from G ulf D rive in Bradenton Beach to 123rd Street West in C ortez, replacing the 17.5-foot clearance drawbridge. ManaSota-88 needs the complete study to deter mine whether the DOT abused its discretion in choosand Hines. The DOT provided roughly a dozen formal oppor tunities for the public to participate in the planning ment and preference considered in choosing a bridge alternative? Linda M olto, F ISH board member, said it was not. They think we are all idiots, Molto said. DO T drawbridge inspections between 2008 and 2012 found it functionally obsolete and repairable. D esign on the new bridge is scheduled to begin this year. The right-of-way phase is funded beginning in 2020. hassee and funding for construction. Funding will always be the ultimate decision on what happens, Compton said. Theres still opportube there. environmentally damaging option and least disruptive to residents of C ortez and Bradenton Beach, according to Compton. M anaSota-88 also wants the DO T to answer the following questions: vened to help the DOT study proposed alternatives? neighborhoods, communities, archaeological and historical resources, noise pollution, navigation, hurricane denton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and M anatee C ounty analyzed to determine whether the new span would affect land use or community travel patterns? environmental effects? bridge result in more contaminants from stormwater runoff? impacts? ered regarding access to Cortez? The DOT has responsibilities under the National E nvironmental P olicy A ct for environmental review. Does the new bridge meet NEPA standards? You have to think of the people, Hines said. The folks in Cortez have fought very hard for a very long time to maintain their way of life and this would destroy that. Hines Compton The Cortez Bridge, bottom right, look ing east in January toward the village of Cortez, right, the waterfront ing from the bridge and the mainland via Cortez Road. Islander Jack Elka


4 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER Will business rhythms be disrupted by new bridge? By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter What a difference two blocks make. Florida Department of Transportation, its Bradenton Beach footprint changes little in terms of business on the west end. The nearly 1-mile span, however, would land about two blocks farther east in Cortez on the mainland, which means it would empty by the Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort at 12316 Cortez Road W., rather than where it does now at the Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina at 12507 Cortez Road W. The big question for Cortez businesses: Will Owner Bobby Woodson of Tide Tables said the You need a third bridge to solve the problem of Woodson said the aesthetics in historic Cortez will be harmed by the bridge, which would be more than three times as high as the present span. If the bridge is built, Tide Tables customers would he said. Theyre not going to have direct turn into Tide Tables anymore, he said. The DOT says mounting maintenance and bridge tender costs are two reasons a bridge is needed to replace the drawbridge built in 1956-57. nighttime access on the Cortez Bridge to one lane May 9-10 to paint steel girders. This maintenance work is part of a larger contract for routine maintenance and inspection of all of the state-owned bridges as well as inspections of localowned bridges in District 1, DOT spokesman Zachary Burch emailed The Islander May 8. The contract is Debbie Massey and daughter Alanna were on the workers prepped the site. They lamented the DOT bridge choice. Why not keep it like Cortez? said Debbie Massey. Its a monstrosity. Cortez will lose a lot of its charm. I dont think people come here for Siesta Key, part II. Alanna Massey agreed. I think they could make it less of an eyesore, she said. Across Cortez Road at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez resident Jacob Booth was cleaning his catch. He said its not right the DOT ignored public sentiment running 3-1 in its own polls against building the new bridge. Booth, however, seemed resigned to the decision. Itll be sad to see it go, Booth said squinting west into the afternoon sun at the bridge. Theres nothing you can do about it. The Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage is organizing a protest to stop the DOT project. My business is far enough up Cortez that I wont be impacted, said Janet Miller of Fidelity Bank, 2412 Cortez Road W., and a FISH board member. I still dont see the value of it, not to mention the aesthetics. Its going to destroy the whole feel and look of what weve strived so hard to keep here. For others, its time to get on with building a new span already. The bridge is old and tired, said Joe Rogers, general manager at Star Fish Company, 12306 46th Ave. W., on the northern edge of Sarasota Bay. Star Fish sells seafood wholesale, retail and through a small dockside restaurant. Im not too concerned for Star Fish. I think we will be OK. We wont be swallowed up by the bridge. Jan Holman, owner of the Sea Hagg Nautical Antiques and Curiosities store at 12304 Cortez Road since 1998, said business has been booming. She said she hopes it continues as the new span rises. Obviously, Im concerned about traffic not coming to the store during construction, Holman said. Eventually it goes up, and people will get used to it. Were just at the point where I think theres not a thing we can do about it. in Tallahassee. Rogers said he understands nostalgia, but believes the new span will soon gain acceptance. Woodson said it would be great if a lobbying effort, which already includes the three island commissions and the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, succeeds in reducing the size of the bridge. Then Id have my left turn in and right turn going out, he said. It would be a better solution for us. But hes keeping his hopes in check. There is no turning them back now, Woodson said. They are going to do it. Daughter Alanna, left, and mother Debbie Massey say the Florida Department of Transportation choice for a new bridge is wrong for Cortez. Islander Jan Holman, owner of the Sea Hagg Nautical Antiques and Curiosities in Cortez, said she hopes business wont fall off when a new bridge is built. The treehouse owners case claims the citys 50-foot setback from the states erosion control line In 2011, Tran and Hazen built the two-story structure in an Australian pine within a 50-foot city setback between the beach and their home at 103 29th St., where they also operate four short-term rental units known as Angelinos Sea Lodge. The couple built the treehouse without city or state permitshaving sought advice from a city building inspector who informally advised Hazen permits were not needed. No plans or description of the treehouse were submitted at that time. In Levins summary motion, he argues the citys setback ordinance is unconstitutional and asks it be declared null and void. other papers in May. Jim Dye of Dye Harrison, a principal in the same handled treehouse matters for the city, but another Dye 2014 decision by Judge Janette Dunnigan upholding the citys setback and code board decisions, as well as a list of 10 other treehouse cases, including appeals. The purpose of these documents would be to show that the issues raised in this case have been litigated or resolved, Kirkland wrote. Past court decisions have upheld city orders to TREEHOUSE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Bradenton Beach holds out hope for oating dock By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter A year is a long time to tap your nails on the table. Bradenton Beach has waited more than a year Street Pier. Now it appears they will continue to wait until June 30. At a special community redevelopment agency meeting May 21, members of the CRA voted for member John Horne, owner of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurants, including the one on the Bradenton Beach city pier, to write a letter to contractor Technomarine of West Palm Beach asking for and timeline. Horne said he will be delivering the letter in person to Technomarine representatives at their West Street Pier, a replacement for a storm-damaged dock, was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March 2017. More than a year has passed with only permitting and planning documents provided to the city for the project by Technomarine. The latest schedule provided April 5 by Technothe new dock June 29. This is the fourth schedule provided by Technomarine since the March 2017 approval. According to the most recent schedule, the deadSteve Gilbert said May 17 he had not received the documents and the contractor did not answer follow-up emails. Initially, Technomarine representatives said work on the dock would begin in September 2017. August 2017. At a May 17 commission meeting, Horne, whose enough, and suggested a special CRA meeting. Mayor John Chappie agreed with Horne. When does push come to shove? When do we do something? Chappie asked city attorney Ricinda Perry. We have nothing now. During the May 21 CRA meeting, chair Ralph Cole said Technomarine committed to the June 30 deadline when it provided the new schedule, so perhaps the city should wait to initiate legal proceedings to break a contract until after that date. During public comment, Bradenton Beach resident Dan Morehaus, a contractor, suggested the CRA send a representative to Technomarine to speak with someone in person. If we have paid for services, cant we visit and inspect to see progress to date? Morehaus asked. Additionally, he suggested writing a letter with materials shipped from Technomarines manufacturers and the citys desire to see the dock completed by the end of June. Horne volunteered to write the letter and send Technomarine. He also offered to hand-deliver the letter May A motion for Horne to write and deliver the letter passed unanimously. CRA meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.


THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 2018 5 34th Ave. W75th St. WManatee Ave. W Palma Sola Blvd. Cortez Rd. WTo BeachesTo BeachesPalma Sola Bay Anna Maria opts for do-over on pier demolition bidsBy Bianca Bened Islander Reporter The price to demo the Anna Maria City Pier came in high. Too high. request for proposals for demolition of the pier. During an emergency meeting, Mayor Dan Murphy asked commissioners to reject the submitted bids for the demolition contract and reissue a request for proposals, with a deadline of Friday, May 25. with a deadline of May 11 for permitting, demolition, cleanup, restoration, proper disposal and closeout of the demolition site. The RFP stipulated the project should be completed within 120 day beyond the deadline. The city received bids from Sullys Quality Projects and UnderConstruction Contractors, both Veniceates, based in St. Petersburg. The grading chart Murphy developed for the RFP put Speeler as the No. 1 bid, followed by Sullys and UnderConstruction. However, Murphy said the bids from Sullys and Speeler were too The overall pier project including construction told commissioners that in constructing a budget for the demolition phase, he was advised the cost could UnderConstruction is below the guestimate, but Murphy cautioned commissioners that UnderConstrucTwo more companies sent bids, Murphy said, but they arrived late and were returned unopened. Seven contractors attended an April 27 conference for the RFP, Murphy said, but two local companies did not bid. Commissioners voted 4-1 to authorize Murphy to reissue the RFP with a revised grading scale that emphasizes project cost and minimizes the need for a local contractor. Commissioner Dale Woodland voted against the decision to reissue an RFP. He said he was opposed dialogue with residents before pursuing construction of a new pier that could last for 100 years. that sent bids to reapply, as well as any other interested companies. He also said the city would update the pier timeline to anticipate the demolition process by Aug. 30. The new pier not including a restaurant, bait December 2019. The engraved city pier planks will be removed in early June and distributed later in the month, weather permitting, to some 200 people who requested their planks before the citys Jan. 26 deadline. Any remaining planks will be used to construct memorial fences in City Pier Park, at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard, and at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave. The Anna Maria damaged by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 remains closed May 14, its restaurant windows boarded up. Jack Elka Woodland MurphyClick! The Islander welcomes news of the milestones in readers lives weddings, anniversaries, births, deaths, travels and other events. Submit notices and photographs with detailed captions along with complete contact information to


6 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our MAY 23, 2018 MAY 23, 2018 MAY 23, 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 Centers fundraising works We can understand to some degree the reluctance of the Holmes Beach City Commission in providing budgeted funds to the Center of Anna Maria Island after what it has been through in the past insofar as However, Commissioner Carol Soustek demonstrated a lack of knowledge when she questioned why the center is doing so little fundraising. Perhaps she forgot that the center sponsored the tour of homes, a mystery-dinner theater, participated in a 24-hour giving challenge and issued a funding appeal at Christmas, as well as held bingo twice a month during the winter season. Couple all that activity with the wonderful Lester familys matching funds contribution and activities and we believe the centers efforts are outstanding. The center supports activities that probably many people really do not know about and we recommend they visit the center to acquaint themselves before criticism is made. Earl Ritchie, Holmes BeachNo pier at Manatee a pier at the Manatee Public Beach? The truth is, we dont need it. Removing the old pier greatly enhanced the beauty of the beach. sion. We like our beach just the way it is unobstructed. Congrats to center director Congratulations to Chris Culhane on being selected An encounter at 68th Street To the woman I encountered on her bike at 68th Street and Gulf Drive at about 3 p.m. May 15: I am sorry our encounter ended the way it did. I cant stop thinking about it. Clearly, we think differently about bike laws, and I wish wed been able to discuss our differences in more detail. Im not sure if you heard me, but I was pleading for a conversation with you as you rode off in the other direction, still screaming. Im also not sure if you heard me say that I do live full-time on the island. That was my buggy and my 18-month-old daughter strapped in behind me. While my two years here are dwarfed by your 34, I consider this to be my community and I care deeply about the safety of people. Im worried about the bike/ pedestrian/motorist situation and have recently begun getting interested in the solutions our government is considering. Having only been here for two years, and not knowing many of the people who have been here for so much longer, I am curious about the views of other locals. Would you please consider meeting me for coffee and to discuss your opinion? I will be at Island Coffee Haus in Holmes Beach 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through June 6. I hope you can make it there to chat. Rather Welch, Holmes Beach Island. It was a wise decision by the board of directors to choose a local person who has lived on Anna Maria Island and participated in center activities his whole life. Culhane is a capable young man, and we wish him Scott and Linda MacGregor, Anna MariaWe salute you Louie Stricklands love for life is over the top as Holmes Beach, where hes lent his time for 30 years. Theres few people who live and shop here that dont know and love Louie. His zest is contagious. You can see photos and read about his Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in this weeks pages. I have a feeling Louies visit to the capital was a special treat for the people he met along the way, from the airport to the memorials, tributes and museums. Im grateful to know him. And we have his military service to thank him for above all else. resolution to nuclear hysteria. We hope for the best. As U.S. Marine veteran Gene Ciliberti said in a recent letter to The Islander, Congratulations, Korea. Welcome to freedom. We hope the north and south bring about a resolution for their people, world politics aside. Meanwhile, we will celebrate Memorial Day with family picnics, grills blazing and kids running wild, romps in the surf and a new event. The city of Anna Maria and Mayor Dan Murphy, a military veteran, are inviting you to City Pier Park at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, for a ceremony and a symphony concert. You dont have to pack anything but a beach chair or blanket for seating. You can salute our friend Louie, the mayor and your familys military veterans and others, including Mayor Bob Johnson of Holmes Beach. There will be time for remembering. An honor present the colors. And, Im betting the city plans to follow tradition at this Memorial Day recognition. If so, the U.S. flag will be ceremoniously and briskly raised to the top of the staff and solemnly lowit will be raised to full-staff, where it will remain for the day. Its an island celebration to honor all those weve lost. And you shouldnt miss it. Bonner Joy


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8 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER MeetingsAnna Maria City Salute, City Pier Park, Pine Avenue at North Bay Boulevard. Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941708-6130, Bradenton Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-778-1005, Holmes Beach committee. Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, West Manatee Fire Rescue WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, Manatee County use). Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, Of interest will be closed. Organization, Anna Maria City Hall. will be closed. Send notices to and on Memorial Day May 28, for Memorial Day. The Islander also will observe the holiday. Trash collection scheduled for Mondays will be pushed back to Tuesday and collection for the remainder of the week will be pushed back a day. Longboat Key Mayor George Spoll, left, and town manager Tom Harmer, center, listen to Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie at the May 16 meeting of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected OConnorLBK-BB roundabout debate turns testy at BIEO meetingBy Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson, serving as chairman of the May 16 meeting of the Coalition of Barrier The discord arose over the roundabout at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach between Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and Longboat Key Mayor George Spoll. Spoll initiated the debate at the meeting, which was held at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. That roundabout is an abomination in the eyes of the town of Longboat Key and cannot be allowed to indicated. If there is one burning issue on Longboat Key, it is the need for us to be able to get off our island, Spoll said. We are looking for a cooperative attitude on the part of our neighbor, because it is intolerable as it is. Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie chided Spoll for his lack of tact. Ill be honest. Im a little taken aback at your attitude, Chappie said. Its unfortunate. Bradenton Beach wanted the roundabout, Chapdangerous intersection. We had several people killed over the years before the roundabout, Chappie said. Im sorry you dont understand that. Chappie said the roundabout has separated pedeshelped improve the health, safety and welfare of residents and the community. You need to understand, its not an abomination, Chappie said. We want to work with Longboat. But were not going to be pushed around. It doesnt work that way. We matter, too, in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Its not just about Longboat Key. Johnson refused to let Spoll respond and invoked the BIEO meeting pledge of conduct in vain while trying to restore order. When that failed, Johnson adjourned the 40-minute session. Spoll and Chappie continued to argue for a few minutes after the meeting concluded. Each accused the other of making personal attacks. In other action: Chappie said he has mounted a letter campaign the Florida Department of Transportation to replace the Cortez Road bascule bridge. The Cortez Bridge links Bradenton Beach to the mainland. Chappie said hes written to the DOT and elected Its just going to be, I believe, a campaign of trying to twist arms and hopefully we can get them to change their mind, Chappie said. During the mayors reports, Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said rebuilding the Anna Maria City Pier is the citys top priority. Before the discussion broke down, Spoll said theres a need for elevated pedestrian crosswalks. is almost unsolvable if you keep them in the same area, Spoll said. Spoll suggested building pedestrian overpasses equipped with escalators. He also suggested incorporating public transportation, such as Disney Worldstyle cable cars and monorails. The solution is removing the cars as much as possible from the barrier islands, Spoll said. Building more parking spaces is self-defeating. Youre just adding to the problem. The only agenda item involved Christine Olson, whose daughter Tiffiany was killed in 2005 by a To Inform Families First, a family emergency contact program. Olson appealed to the coalition to encourage registration among the citizenry. More than 13 million Floridians have registered in the free program, she said, which gives law enforcethat are registered on the persons drivers license. Olson encourages everyone to go online at or to register. The BIEO will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.Anna Maria of cials seek re-election in November Two Anna Maria commission seats and the mayoral post are up for election in November and voters may see some familiar names on the ballot. he will seek a third two-year term. Murphy was elected in 2014 with 57 percent of the vote, defeating incumbent Mayor SueLynn. Commissioner Amy Tripp said May 17 she intends to run for her seat. Tripp was appointed by commissioners in February to complete the two-year term of Nancy Yetter, who resigned and moved to Tampa. Commissioner Brian Seymour said he is tentatively planning on running for a second two-year term. Seymour was elected in November 2016. Monday, June 11, and continue through noon Friday, June 22. 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12 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER Paralegal taunts citys case against BB residentsBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter What began as a grass-roots political group in Braboard members claims the defendants violated Floridas G overnment-in-the-Sunshine Laws by discussing city matters at a meeting of the now-defunct grass-roots group Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach. A dditionally, the city alleges several of the defenbrought before them as board members. behalf of the city, called a news conference May 17 to address the lawsuit at Bradenton Beach City Hall. He was joined by M ayor John C happie and city attorney Ricinda Perry. advisory boards planned the creation of a shadow form of government called CNO BB, under the guise of a neighborhood association. cussions, steps were taken to ensure accountability, including bringing legal action against those responsible. The Islander asked P erry M ay 17 why the city did not choose to enact a resolution passed in August 2016 to suspend board members whose actions could endanger the city. She said the city considered suspension. However, enforcement complaints, actions against a commissioner that could have destroyed his livelihood. The citys choice not to enact the resolution shows that this is 100 percent political assassination. Mapes said recordings of CNOBB meetings were posted on CNOBBs website the day they took place to maintain an open dialogue from the start. Barfield said they only received two meeting baldfaced lie, Mapes said. The CNO BB meetings also were announced in The Islander, where the public was invited to attend. N o citizen wants its government to operate behind Barfield also referred to several emails sent between CNOBB/city board members, which he said indicates the members knew they were violating the law. member, is the ringleader of the suit, citing his efforts to challenge the constitutionality of the Sun shine Law. M ay 9, asking to sequester witnesses in the case. It was denied by 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Lon Arend. The city started on a process that they know is lay down and roll over, M etz said. They thought that they could shame these volunteers just by forcing them into some kind of lawsuit with Jack Clarke. revenge against people who opposed him when he was mayor some of whom are defendants. Its certainly there as a political prosecution to get some paybacks, M etz said. However, were quite D epositions for the lawsuit are set to begin M ay fall. A s of M ay 17, the lawsuit has cost the city Bradenton Beach charter review committee namedBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter serve as members of a charter review committee. The committee will review the charter for consistency with amendments approved in 2017 and can make recommendations for the Nov. 6 city ballot. The resolution for the CRC was on the May 3 commission agenda, but was tabled to M ay 17 to allow for applicants. CRC applicants A nnie Leister a commission approved in a 4-1 vote, with C ommissioner R andy White voting nay. on the committee. The only real requirement is being a resident, M ayor John C happie said. If youre a resident, youre CRC applicants M ary Bell, D an M orhaus and Randy Milton were approved unanimously. N one of the appointed committee members attended the May 17 meeting. The committee members will be required to take a Government-in-the-Sunshine class before meetings can be held. The mayor and commissioners opted to appoint Bell as temporary chair and Leister as vice chair positions that can be changed when the committee The committee was formed in response to several citizen-initiated referendums that changed the city charter in 2017 and some new proposals to amend the charter in 2018. Commissioner Jake Spooner mentioned there are citizen-initiated petitions to amend the charter cir culating in the city, and asked city attorney R icinda placed on the ballot and voters approve both. P erry said if two amendments contradict each other, neither would pass. stand, Perry said. The CRC will meet through July 18 to complete the review before the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections August submission deadline for the November ballot. The city will schedule meetings for the CRC to begin in early June at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.BB resident seeks variance to replace triplex with homeBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter The unusual shape of some lots in Bradenton Beach can be a challenge for builders. N inth St. N ., want a setback variance before they design a new single-family home for the property. The owners requested a 10-foot variance to the 25-foot front-yard setback, a 5-foot variance to the required 10-foot side-yard setback and a 5-foot variance to the required 25-foot setback from Sarasota Bay. Setbacks are stated in the land development code and changes require a special master hearing and approval by a supermajority of the city commission. At a May 14 hearing, special master Rob Eschenfelder, an attorney appointed by the city, heard testi mony from property owner Mark Arcidy, who said he and his wife plan to build their home on the property, which is zoned R3 residential, and houses three shortterm rental units. A rcidy said the odd, triangular lot shape creates a hardship for building a reasonable house. He said, according to zoning, he could build a three-family vacation rental within the same footprint and add another story, but that is not his intention. What we want most is our personal single-family residence, which would have a considerably smaller the rentals. Bradenton Beach, hoping to build a new singlefamily home, shows a photograph May 14 during his variance hearing at city hall. A rcidy said he understands a new structure will partially obstruct views of the water from the neighboring Bay View Terrace condominiums, on Seventh Street N orth, but what he plans to build would be less obtrusive than what could be built without variances. He said if he received the full variance, he would agree to make the structure a permanent single-family residence. He also said he would build a new seawall and, he added, his neighbors at the Terrace may want to address rebuilding their portion of the seawall at that time. Several owners from the Terrace condos, who submitted letters of opposition, attended the hearing. BVT resident John Livermore asked about the height of the new structure. Livermore said the new structure would block his views of the Intracoastal Waterway, negatively impacting his property value. Terrace resident Dan Morehaus agreed with Livermore, saying the view from his condo was appraised LDC regulations were in place when Arcidy pur chased the property in December 2016, so how could Arcidy claim hardship? asked Morehaus. A J Barnad, a designer with A rcidys contractor, M oss Builders of Holmes Beach, said the structure However, Barnad also said the current plans would mum allowable footprint in the LDC. Johanne Shoffstall, owner of two units at Bay View Terrace and a home on Ninth Street North, cited several concerns. mum allowable lot coverage, which she said is not a hardship. Shoffstall said without the variance, the house would be about 4,000 square feet, but with the variance, it could be as large as 6,000 square feet. It would look like a UFO landed there, Shoffstall said. C ity planner A lan G arrett said, according to the of the lot and cannot change with the variance. Shoffstall said granting the setback variance also would mean less room for people to turn around on N inth Street N orth a narrow, dead-end street creating a safety hazard. BVT owner A ntonio C olizza said he might have opposed the variance before getting all the facts, but he now is in favor of A rcidys request. P erhaps the I dont really see an issue, C olizza said. We could be friends, rather than be at each others throats. Eschenfelder closed the hearing, saying he would city and Arcidy within 15 calendar days, or May 29.


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Bessie Reina, DOT project manager for BITS, said parking will be discussed during an update at a June 8 meeting in Holmes Beach. As we move into phase III, the recommendation and solutions involving vehicles, parking, bicycles and pedestrians on the barrier islands from Anna Maria to Lido Key. Walkers recommendations were similar for Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Coquina Beach and Holmes bound motorists with parking options. To subsidize the cost of installing and maintaining parking lease agreements, Walker suggested the island cities charge a fee for public parking. The policy of charging a fee for public parking access will not only help fund the ongoing operations of these recommendations but, more importantly, will help establish a pricepoint, according to the report. Walkers Anna Maria analysis projects a peak parking demand of 1,138 spaces at 2 p.m. on a March weekend compared with a typical demand of 892 spaces around 6 p.m. in the same March time frame. We recommend the city engage in discussion with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for the lease of their 60 parking spaces during non-worship activity for the community to meet the overall demand needs during this peak hour, according to the report. Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina Drive, has declined in the past to lease parking spaces, saying it could complicate selling any of its property, but Walker advised persistence in its report. Other churches also resisted attempts in the past by goers. Otherwise, we can anticipate a shortfall of a similar amount equal to the church parking inventory, according to the report. Holmes Beach parking demand in the daytime typically peaks at 2,014 spaces by noon on a March weekend compared with a typical evening parking demand of 1,649 spaces at 6 p.m. in the same month. We recommend the city engage in discussion with the neighborhood worship centers for the lease of their cumulative 510 parking spaces during non-worship activity in order for the community to meet the overall demand needs during this peak hour, according to the report. Otherwise, we can anticipate a projected shortfall of 327 spaces. Walkers Bradenton Beach analysis projects a typical peak parking demand of 986 spaces around 6 p.m. on a weekend in March, which equates to a parking Walker said remote parking locations should be partnerships with landowners along Cortez Road. His Coquina Beach and Coquina Bayside South boat ramp parking inventory of 933 spaces leaves a in March. The study recommends charging to park, estabvices. dations are adopted as priority items by the Sarasota/ Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, which was created in the 1950s to provide a local voice for the state on transportation issues. sarasotamanateebarrier islands/. The site shows statistics on vehicle-turning movement, parking, pedestrian activity, land use, multimodal options, transit service and ridership and bottleneck locations. The DOT will update BITS at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 8, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Looking east in March, cars maneuver Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, where parking demands at on the right of way on the south side of the road. open-cut installation of a force main is underway. Trafactivities. For more information about the project, go online to Martinique Drive to 107th Court West: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes and installing new signage and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors Inc. is the For the latest road watch information, go online to


THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 2018 15 Perico Island trafc potential a developing concern Force Main 5 work expected to scramble island trafcBy Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Bradenton Beach M ayor John C happie doesnt mince words when discussing the summer outlook for motorists dodging roadwork along G ulf D rive/State Road 789. Its going to be a mess, C happie said at the M ay 16 meeting of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Drive. Especially at Cortez Road in front of Bridgeport Condominiums. Theres not a lot of room. There will be a welcome break the week of the busy July F ourth holiday, which falls on a Wednesday. Construction will be suspended the entire week of the holiday, Chappie said. M ain 5 project to replace 50-year-old water and sewer lines, modify lift-station pipelines and install 20,000 feet of pipelines between Manatee A venue and Cortez Road on Anna Maria Island. Temporary striping will indicate shifting trafC ortez R oad as the work progresses, according to Tina for the project. Tenth Street N orth at G ulf D rive in Bradenton Beach is closed through June 18, Allen said. A detour on 11th Street North will route travelers to Bay Drive North and back to Gulf Drive. Work through June 29 will constrict Gulf Drives already narrow roads and sidewalks, C happie said. lenging, he said. rigs to make that turn, he said. The main task is directional drilling and open-cut installation of a force main along G ulf D rive. F orce mains are pressurized pipelines that convey raw wastewater from a pump station to the treatment facility. Water mains are pressurized pipelines supplying potable drinking water. Project limits range from north of State Road 64/ M anatee A venue on State R oad 789/ G ulf D rive in Holmes Beach to State R oad 684/ C ortez R oad West in Bradenton Beach. and motorists in construction zones must reduce speed as well as yield to pedestrians, bicyclists, trucks and By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter top-shelf resort-hotel is tempered on A nna M aria Island When the name Jimmy Buffett is attached, antici Perico Island. Margaritaville Holdings and Minto Communities announced April 17 the Sarasota-based Floridays Manatee A ve., across the Intracoastal Waterway from Holmes Beach overlooking Anna Maria Sound. Bradenton gave M into C ommunities approval to build 686 homes in the Harbour Isle development on P erico Island and more than 200 have been constructed. Holmes Beach P olice C hief Bill Tokajer is monitoring the development. concerns, Tokajer said. That might be an area they want to look at for some type of signal or roundabout. the resort will generate and neither does the F lorida Department of Transportation. Im sure the DO T wont even begin a review until its all up and running, he said. Senior planner M arshall M c C rary of Bradenton planning and development services was unable to permits before The Islander press deadline. Its an older, multiple development just now coming to fruition, McCrary said. C onstruction on the hotel and restaurant will begin in 2019, according to a news release. Work on M intos residential projects is ongoing. A DO T spokesman said construction of the new Maria Island Bridge. We are aware of the development, but do not believe that it will have an adverse impact on the cur rent design of the bridge, said Zachary Burch, DOT government affairs and communications manager. Bridge construction is not yet funded in the DOT work program, he said, so construction schedules are unlikely to coincide. Bridge construction details are not yet available, he said. We update the work program every summer and present it to the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization in the fall, Burch said. the resort and elsewhere along the Manatee A venue/ State R oad 64 stretch between the mainland and A nna Maria Island. He suggested the DOT consider infrastructure solutions. It looks like a perfect place for a roundabout to me, Hutchinson said. Particular Harbour Margaritaville Marina and Resi dences at Harbour Isle will include a 130-room hotel and restaurant on 220 acres on Anna Maria Sound. The O ne P articular Harbour community also includes 132 residences and deepwater marina. The entrance for the resort-residential property named One is east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue. The Jimmy Buffett-inspired residences are near the gates to the Harbour Isle development, including a yet-to-open marina on Anna Maria Sound at 12300 Manatee Ave. stores and a resort hotel and restaurant also are Terry OConnor The Manatee County $7.4 million Force Main 5 between Cortez Road and Manatee Avenue on AMI Holmes Beach pier to remain a missed opportunity heavy equipment, according to Allen. The project started in June 2017 with anticipated completion in summer 2019. For more information, go to amipipereplacement. com. By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter M anatee C ounty could replicate a low-level pier in Holmes Beach. It wont. But it could. The pier at the county-maintained M anatee P ublic Beach was torn down after it was deemed unsafe by engineers in February 2009. Nearly a decade later, the time to rebuild the pier With so many other construction priorities on the immediate horizon, the inclusion of a recreational amenity pier at Manatee Beach is no longer a priority project, said Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County parks and natural resources department. R eplacing the 312-foot-long pier was originally according to a 2013 Manatee County report. million, while a 600-foot-long pier option was estiThose cost estimates are no longer valid, Hunsicker said. increase costs for either structure today, Hunsicker said. reauthorized through A pril 4, 2014, according to an email to The Islander. On the state level, the DEP issued a permit dated D ec. 8, 2010, to replace the M anatee C ounty public The permits authorized construction of a pier similar to the original structure. However, Manatee County commissioners unanimously approved a proposal dated March 3, 2009, by Hunsicker to build a new pier twice as long as the original structure and twice as high at 15 feet. The DEP then issued a permit. Shannon Herbon, DEP public information manager, said even today the pier can be rebuilt to its former size. The U .S. A rmy C orps of E ngineers joined the U .S. tion to double the height of the pier to 15 feet. M oney and aesthetics remain valid reasons for abandoning the pier rebuild, Hunsicker and Holmes Beach commissioners agree. Holmes Beach commissioners voted unanimously March 1 not to request funding from Manatee County for a pier replacement. C ommission C hair Judy Titsworth said the vote could have been different had commissioners known it could be rebuilt to its former dimensions. The city commission vote followed a request form County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, former Holmes Beach mayor and commissioner, who asked if her hometown wanted to rebuild the pier. Hunsicker said the city commissioners made a good decision. It should be noted that todays A mericans with D isabilities A ct access requirements would have the landside start of the pier itself beginning east of the current lifeguard tower, essentially dividing the current beach in half, Hunsicker said.


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Gravinese decided to test crabs for stress caused by Karenia brevis the red tide organism after a 2017 red tide. Gravinese monitored levels of stress to predict survival on 36 sublegal stone crabs young adults with claws too small to harvest by placing 12 crabs Karenia brevis like organism. The study showed the least stressed crabs were in the seawater tank. 43 percent less food, suggesting more stress, and they were 25 percent more likely to die. And in the tank with the highest level of the K. brevis vival rate dropped 42 percent compared to the control group, according to the results. Gravinese acknowledged the controlled setting didnt allow for the possibility of crabs crawling away to avoid a red tide bloom, but he concluded, it was unlikely the juvenile crabs would have migrated from the bloom, especially if its, say, 40 feet deep, several some 100 miles along Floridas Gulf coastline, 30 Red tides harmful algae blooms also are conBy Kathy Prucnell and Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporters was the worst in years. Terrible. Absolutely horrible, said Bob Slicker, Cortez, about the lack of stone crab claws coming from boats to the docks and eventually to the restaurant. John Banyas, who owns the Swordfish, which season would improve. However, it did not improve. It was a bust. The season for commercial and recreational stone crab claws in Florida closed May 16, with the last day of harvest May 15. It wont reopen until Oct. 15. annually during the peak spawning season to help conCommercially harvested claws already processed and placed in inventory before May 16 can be sold during the closed season, according to the FWC, but only by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer. Kim McVey, manager at the 119th Street fish house, said crabbers this year hauled their traps to shore early. Louis Apolinaro, dock manager, said May 16 they hardly caught nothing. Seafood Fish Market, 12110 Cortez Road West, said May 17, its been awful for four years. Its been aggravating, he said. His best seller, when he could get them, were the high compared to other seasons, he said. I couldnt get enough of what I wanted, Wyre said, adding his crabbers quit a month ago. for 40 or 50 pounds of crab claws, Its not any way to run a business, he said. Although stone crab harvesting only claws measuring at least 2 3/4 inches from the elbow to the immovable portion of the claw are legal to take hasnt been good for the Cortez market, Ryan Gandy, a researcher with FWCs Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said statewide the season was OK. There were regional shortages nearshore but offshore had a good catch of crabs throughout the state, he emailed May 18, adding Hurricane Irma drove crabs offshore and crabbers who went 20-50-plus miles out did well. he heard this seasons catch was down from previous years, crabs were caught consistently in deeper water and the price of the crab claws was good all season, offsetting for a low supply. Phil Gravinese, Mote Marine Laboratory stone ing overall since 2000. The Florida Keys crabbers reported a steadier stone crab season than other parts of the state, he noted. Statewide, the claw harvest has dropped about a third, from 3 1/2 million pounds-2 1/2 million pounds. Possible reasons for the decline include environarch enemy, Gravinese said. in humans. According to the FWC, the K. Brevis red tide mammals are not a new phenomenon and red tide is not caused by nutrient pollution. Red tides have been documented since the 1700s and develop 10-40 miles offshore, away from manmade sources, the FWC website states. However, Gravinese pointed to another school of thought, which connects fertilizer dumping and runoff with stimulating and perpetuating red tides. As far as the reason for modern red tides, he said, more research is needed. The FWCs Fish and Wildlife Research Institute worked collaboratively with Gravinese, according to institute researcher Ryan Gandy. understanding of the impact of red tide on the stone Bernardo Sosa of the Star Fish Company om Cortez weighs a catch of stone crabs Oct. 15 on the inaugural day of the 2017 stone crab season.


18 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER $2 $2 Mr. Louie goes to WashingtonBy Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter It was a whirlwind journey for an 88-year old veteran and Anna Maria Island icon. When Louie Stricklands daughter, Mary Chris Berra, of Bradenton, heard about an Honor Flight sponsored by Southwest Florida Hub 7 of the Honor Flight Network, she signed her dad up for the trip. I missed World War II. I was Korean War, Strickland said of his military service as he sat on a stool at the kitchen counter of his Holmes Beach home. I worked on tanks and trucks and ordinance in the Army, Strickland said. When I came out in 1953, I was a corporal. I served here in the states Maryland, New York, Virginia and was getting ready to go over there when the war ended. A lot of them boys I drafted with, they went over before that and they got killed. I was one of the lucky ones, I guessed youd say. He trailed off. Many people in Holmes Beach and around Anna Maria Island know Louie Strickland not for his service in the Army, but for his customer service at he never met a stranger and most people just call him I was a mailman in Dundalk, Maryland. I retired 21222, Strickland said, laughing. I remember that but not how to spell it. He and wife Mary settled in Holmes Beach 10 after. Mary passed away in December 2015 and now resides at the veterans cemetery over there, Strickland said. He pointed in the direction of the mainland and paused. Now lets talk about this trip! Yes, sireee that We went to the Fort Myers airport real early and they had doughnuts and breakfast sandwiches and juice. Then we got on the plane and they gave us a bag lunch and water. We had everything we needed, Strickland said. On the plane with Strickland were 75 veterans 17 from World War II, 23 from the Korean War and 23 from the Vietnam War as well as 13 veteran guardians. In addition, 51 escorts and nine staff took the nonstop to the U.S. capital. The group toured major sites by bus, stopping at war memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where they saw the changing of the guard, and Arlington National Cemetery. The vets also visited the Capitol Building and the White House. The White House has two fronts. Did you know that? The back front and the front front. They took us to the back front, Strickland said. We went to the different war memorials the World War II, Korean, the Vietnam Wall. On the black marble wall on the Vietnam Wall there were pictures of soldiers. They looked like a forest from far off, but up close, they were faces, Strickland said. I went to Washington 35-40 years ago. I saw what was there then. Not all this new stuff, he said. I saw Bob Dole and his wife. They were at the World War II Memorial. He was in a wheelchair. He years old! Strickland said Dole, who often visits memorials, shook hands with him and he patted Dole on the shoulder. Names were called and each vet was given a bag full of letters written to them by people all over America, including two packs of thank-you notes from elementary school students. Its part of the program coordinated through Honor Flight. Those letters from the kids are funny, Strickland said. They got dogs and cats and birds and all how kids are. One more surprise awaited the veterans and their escorts when they stepped off the Southwest plane at Fort Myers airport. They were met with a heros welcome. A band sentatives from the four branches of the military, as And everyday citizens showed the vets their appreciation. It made us feel so good. It really touched my heart. Eight and 10 year olds giving us a hug and waving. Military men saluting and some just shaking hands, Strickland said. I thought maybe more people from this area would have been there. Altogether, I bet 250 people were there. Strickland said he had no travel plans on his calendar. Im just keeping the house and taking my walking stick to the beach, he said. May 30 will mark 19 years of Stricklands cusor Wednesday morning, look for Louie and give him a salute and thank him for his service in the war and here on Anna Maria Island. Hell appreciate it. About Honor Flight In Southwest Florida, contact Ann Marie McEvoy at the Southwest Florida Hub 7 of the Honor Flight Network at 941-613-0919. For more information about the Honor Flight Network, go to National Mall during his Honor Flight trip May 5. The Washington Monument is at the far end of the mall. Louie Strickland shows off stacks of mail and a gift bag from his May 5 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., with the Southwest Florida Hub 7. Strickland, a resident of Holmes Beach, was accompanied by his daughter, Mary Chris Berra, of Bradenton. Sandy Ambrogi Louie Strickland gets smooches from World War II Army nurse re-enactors May 5 during his Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. They had one of those vehicles the doctors used for wounded soldiers and everything, he said of the nurses.


THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 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. How can you lose? 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 conJewelry2 LOCATIONS: Historic Bridge Street Pier & BradentonTide and Moon Huge Selection of Handmade JewelryExclusive Tide and Moon Island Pearl Pendant & LongitudeLatitude Ring!Custom designed by owner Laura Shely Shop, Save & Support Moonracer Animal Rescue If you cannot find it here, it probably doesnt exist. Moonracer Animal Rescue Typical AMI beach vacation grows costly with time By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter A rumor on the islands coconut telegraph just before the Easter holidays caused ears to perk up. Word was some hotel rooms on Anna Maria Island Memorial Day weekend ahead, prices will likely spike again. destination, depending on how and where one spends the night, week or month. The larger, more sophisticated hoteliers and some mom-and-pop rentals in the area use algorithms to determine demand and market price for their rooms. The higher the demand, the higher the charge. Computers are setting the rates. VRO managers also have hopped on the bandwagon, using algorithms for daily rentals where allowed, and also weekly and seasonal rates. Easter weekend, the Waterline Resort, Marina and Beach Club, 5325 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, was sold out and a repeat is in the works for Memorial Day. Well be full, Grant Hart, Waterline sales manager said May 16. Weve had lots of families and groups with our suites that sleep up to eight. Right night rate will apply. In Anna Maria, the Rod and Reel Resort also was completely sold out for the Easter holiday and, from a look at the bookings, things will stay that way. demand algorithms, which have been carefully analyzed, said Suzette Buchan, owner-manager of the Rod and Reel Resort. Buchan said holiday weeks command premium rates. A guest suite for two with a living room, dining room, chef kitchen, bedroom and private deck has a ods, she said. Its arguably the prime accommodation on the island in its class, Buchan said of her bayfront property. Her 2019 calendar is filling now, thanks to demand. Eric and Rebecca St. Jean, owners of Island Mail cottage at the Tradewinds Resort in Bradenton Beach, eight years ago. ago, we kept it for a rental, Rebecca St. Jean said. The cottage, snuggled between the Gulf of ends, and thats out of season for the cozy living room, kitchen and one bedroom. Prices increase in the winter and during the peak of summer, which has gained momentum in recent years. Its an average cost for older accommodations within steps of the beach. When travelers add food, beach toys, snacks, souvenirs, entry fees to local attractions, such as the South Florida Museum or Mote Marine, gas, airfare and incidentals, it doesnt take long for a weeks the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau the area when lodging, dining, shopping, attractions and incidentals were tallied. per person. tive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which tracks statistics for tourism. Its a positive that prices are climbing. The economy is strong, and we have been successful in bringFalcione said. Falcione said the area has been marketed as a higher-end destination and international spending is strong. Since 2009, prices have increased just over 28 percent for a stay in paradise, when it cost only incidentals. As for the rise in costs for tourists vacationing on Anna Maria Island and in the area, Falcione likened it to cars. same. They rise. On average, for a family of four, the cost amounts Island. Stay for the week in the sunshine and a wallet All this points to the fact that for people who come to visit this piece of the world whether they vacation for four is not what it once was: A sevennight frolic on a spit of white sand in a little motel on the beach with a 25-meter in-ground pool, a plastic bucket and shovel, and a generous food budget for A vacation on the island is more like a major investment today, requiring planning and budgeting. Whats the return on the dollar? Priceless memories of a beach vacation. Floats, noodles, buckets and shovels beckon from in Holmes Beach. Incidentals, including beach gear


20 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER simple cremations$740simple burials$1,195SoundChoiceCremation.comOnline arrangements availableSarasota (941) 312-6371 | Manatee (941) 213-9234 At your service Obituaries are provided as a community service in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present, as well as to those people with ties to the island. Submit to Obituary COMMUNITY CHURCH in the Chapel in the SanctuaryNursery & Church School Adult Sunday School Adult Book Study VBS June 4-8 4 yrs -5th Dinner included!5:30-8:30 Pastor Stephen King9:30 Sunday Service rArt by Joan V oyles Jean Lee Sears Jean Lee Sears, 83, of Holmes Beach, died May 8. She was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Boston and lived in Cohasset, Norwell, Scituate and Marshfield, Massachusetts, before moving to Florida in 1976. She was a resident of Holmes Beach and summered in Port Clyde, Maine, for many years. She was an honors graduate of the University of South Florida. Then a Realtor for more than 55 years in Scituate, Massachusetts, and on Anna Maria Island. She was an accomplished equestrian and former member of the Hanover Hunt Club, where she met her husband of 44 years, Harold Sprague Sears. No services are planned. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205 or Alzhiemers Association, 3277-A Fruitville Road, Sarasota FL 34237. The family kind for someone. She is survived by her son, Gregory Poole and wife Wendy of Scituate; daughters Amy Lee Fasciano and husband Mark, Sue Ann Tobias and Laura Beth; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Sears Churchs class actRoser Memorial Community Church member Margo Kingsley, left, helps Harold Medina, migrant coordinator for the Manatee School District, pick up school supplies donated by the Roser Womens Guild from the church parking lot in Anna Maria. Medina collected 50 bags of supplies. Timmins offers donors heartfelt thanks Susan Timmins covered 31 kilometers Feb. 14, during her walk to raise money for the Adult Congenital Heart Association, a cause close to her heart. Friends and associates boosted her along the way with donations. On May 18, Timmins and husband Sean Murphy, who are partners in Beach Bistro, Eat Here and the of her effort. Donors were treated to shrimp, tenderloin sliders, cheeses, sausages and fruit. Murphys staff whipped up some of his punch recipes and guests also enjoyed wine as they visited and dined under the large, lighted Timmins noted her daughter, now age 31, was born with a congenital heart defect and doctors were not optimistic. She and Sean celebrated each of their daughters birthday, thinking they might not see another. Now their daughter has reached adulthood, earned a doctorate degree and recently became engaged, and Timmins is active in ACHA education and fundraising. Timmins wants to make others aware of the disease and encourages research to improve life and longevity for those living with CHD. Newer medicine has improved the odds of surviving, and many more with CHD are seeing adulthood, but face the new challenges of living longer with the disease. Susan Timmins, right, addresses guests at a May 18 reception. Timmins and husband Sean Murphy hosted the event in appreciation of contributors to Timmins Valentines Day Adult Congenital Heart Association fundraiser. Guests were treated to a buffet and Bistro, as well as libations in the garden at the Doctors Holmes Beach. Ambrogi Sean Murphy, right, greets Aida Matic and her partner as they enter the garden May 18 at the Doctors wife Susan Timmins hosted the event as a followup thank you to a fundraiser Timmins held for the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Roser group to learn about genealogy Roser Memorial Community Churchs Just Older Youth/JOY group will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, for a program on genealogy. Peggy Jude, from the Manatee Genealogical Society will talk on Leaving a Family History Legacy. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. The church will provide dessert and beverages. The group will meet in the fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. For more information, call the church at 941-778-0414.


THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 2018 21 Milestones The Islander welcomes stories about islanders and island life, as well as photographs and notices of the milestones in readers lives weddings, births, anniversaries, travels, obituaries and other events. Submit your announcements and photographs with captions for publication along with contact information to Also, visit us on Facebook and join the 11,300-plus friends who like The Islander and share their social news. protect the things you love Protect the things you love 941-244-4743 LIFE AUTO HOME BOA T BUSINESS WMFR moves forward on 2-year assessment increasesWMFR reviews audit, plans move for administrative ofces commission meeting with his family Mea, 13, Harper, 1, Cory, 7, wife Niki Adkins and Jacob, 11. By Bianca Bened Islander Reporter P roperty owners in the West M anatee F ire D istrict likely will see their assessments rise 2 percent in the W MFR commissioners voted 3-2 M ay 15 to approve a proposed 2 percent assessment increase as part of a plan to raise rates 2 percent over each of the C ommissioners can vote to lower, but not increase, A final public hearing and vote on W MFR s day, Sept. 18. C ommissioners A l R obinson and G eorge Harris voted against the two-year 2 percent hike. C hief Tom Sousa told commissioners the rate hike is necessary to meet operating costs, which are rising 3 percent annually. Harris disagreed with collecting more money from property owners than the district needs. If we dont need this money this year, I dont agree with collect ing, he said. Robinson suggested the district rely on its reserve fund. We dont need to stuff more in our coffee can. If we have to take some (money) out, so be it. However, C ommissioner D avid Bishop cautioned Bishop said during discussions on assessment rates for 2016-17, he opposed raising rates on the basis that the district was likely to get a number of grants, but was outvoted. The grants didnt come through, and Bishop said he learned a lesson in assuming funds would be avail able when needed. Bishop said property owners will likely be O K to hear from anyone that the assessment is too high, he said. Slow and steady wins the race. Commissioner Randy Cooper also advocated for the two-year, 2 percent increases. He said the district cannot predict how much operating costs go up. be tight if the district waits and is limited by the state June 19, at the WMFR administrative building, 6417 Third A ve. W., Bradenton. By Bianca Bened Islander Reporter West M anatee F ire R escue commissioners are which will begin Oct. 1. The commission received an audit with an unmodduring the audit and he recommended minor year-end adjustments to the district numbers. The board unanimously voted to accept the audit, C ommissioners, meeting in Bradenton, also discussed their plan to sell the districts administrative building. In April, they approved a deal to sell the building at 6417 Third A ve. W., Bradenton, to O asis M iddle The board also moved forward on a lease for 3,100 Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third A ve. W,, across the street from the present administrative building. Commissioner Randy Cooper asked the commis sion to begin considering a permanent location for administration, pointing out that as long as W MFR rian Church, it is paying rent to an organization that is A facilities workshop to discuss whether the disscheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the WMFR administrative building. C hief Tom Sousa said the district is waiting for the churchs attorney to respond to a draft of a lease We dont have to enter into it right away, but if we did enter into it, it would become effective until the closing of this property, he said. However, C ommissioner G eorge Harris said the sale of the administrative building looming and the recent approval of another three-year contract for Sousa means the district is in the right position to when it comes to merging districts. With Sousas short three-year contract in place and the building poised to sale, Harris said the district should seriously consider the idea of merging districts before pursuing construction or acquisition of a new administrative building. In other news, Battalion C hief Ben R igney said for its advanced life support services. It was a very fun process, he said. Sousa said the state inspector was very supportive of W MFR s efforts to provide A LS services. A lso, he said the inspector informed the district that the A LS license entitles the district to apply to a state trust funds that match grants 50-50. day, June 19, at the W MFR administrative building, 6417 Third A ve. W., Bradenton.


22 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER PLEASE SEE GASTON, NEXT PAGE Cops & CourtBy Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter PROUD RECIPIENT OF THESMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD-LARGE CATEGORYA LANDMARK ONGULF COAST! Live music Friday & Saturday121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737 SHRIMP AJILLO SEARED IN GARLIC & OLIVE OIL WITH LIMES, CRUSHED RED PEPPER & ARUGULA SEAFOOD 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 Palmetto man charged with assault for police threatBBPD, MCSO arrest burglar, batterer Bradenton Beach police arrested a 27-year-old man for stealing a surfboard an open case since December 2017 the same day he was arrested for battery to a woman on a boat near Cortez. Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz arrested Joseph Gaston May 10 for the burglary and theft in Bradenton Beach. Gaston lives on a boat in Sarasota Bay near Longboat Key, Diaz said. The detective had been searching for a suspect since a man in the 100 block of Gulf Drive South reported an unknown person entered his garage and stole three surfboards. As coincidence would have it, at about the same time Diaz connected a pawn of one of the boards to Gaston collecting evidence at the pawn shop tee County sheriffs deputy with apprehending a suspect in a battery investigation. The U.S. Coast Guard and Masi assisted MCSO in bringing Gaston to the 12500 block of Cortez Road West, where Diaz arrested him for the theft. Gaston also is accused of pulling a woman by her St. W., and then shoving her in the boat while it was tied to a dock near the Coast Guard station in Cortez, according to MCSO reports. After BBPD gave Gaston his Miranda warnings, Gaston admitted to the surfboard theft and pawn, according to a police report. Diaz suggested the burglary as well as theft charges decision. As far as the two other surfboards, Diaz said one was found and another is missing. The recovered surfboards have been returned to the owner. Palmetto man who threatened police with survivaliststyle weapons in December 2017 in Anna Maria. State Attorney of the 12th Judicial Circuit. He was served with the court paper a week later. Dec. 30, 2017, by Bradenton Beach lot at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue after he held out a knife and a hatchet and shouted to police, asking if they wanted to die. Manatee County Sheriffs Deputy Amy Leach simultanesearch Anna Maria, according to a police report. Police say his relatives, including MCSO Deputy kill himself, and Eason helped Hill and Leach identify Drive. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer and HBPD arrived on scene. Medical Center in Bradenton. He underwent surgery and has recovered, according to police. matic stress disorder, is going through a divorce, according to police reports. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation cleared Hill of wrongdoing in the officerinvolved shooting. After being served with the aggravated assault Manatee County jail. at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Gaston Bradenton man gets house arrest for battery A Bradenton man was sentenced to 12 months of house arrest for attacking a former girlfriend in Holmes Beach. Dustan Swihart, 44, pleaded no contest May 11 in 12th Circuit Court to a felony count of battery after a prior conviction and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. Judge Edward Nicholas withheld Swiharts adjudication on the battery and ordered the house arrest, followed by 12 months of probation, including elecordered Swihart to have no contact with the victim and postponed a possible order of restitution. On the criminal mischief charge, Nicholas adjudicated Swihart guilty and sentenced him to credit for time served. Swiharts case stems from his June 2017 arrest by Holmes Beach police in the 300 block of 63rd Street, where he allegedly kicked in a door to a bathroom, grabbed a womans neck and threw her into a closet. Court records show Swihart was convicted and homa.


THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 2018 23 GASTON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Island watch In the event of an emergency, call 911. To report information on island crime, call the MC S O A nna M aria substation, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-6311; or Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5804.Island police blotterAnna Maria May 4, 200 block of Palm A venue, license. A M anatee C ounty sheriffs deputy stopped a motorist for speeding and determined he was driving on a susdisposal and issued the motorist a summons to appear in court. M ay 6, 400 block of M agnolia A venue, license. P ulled over for running a stop sign, a woman gave a deputy a deceased persons drivers license. She was arrested for driving on a suspended license. May 6, Newton Lane and Jacaranda Road, drugs. A deputy observed two men with a dog walk away from their belongings on the beach, leaving some dog items and two bags, one containing a bong. The deputy met the men with their belongings at an intersection, where one man gave permission to search a vehicle. was ticketed for parking within 30 feet of stop sign and charged with possessing cannabis and paraphernalia. Friends picked them up. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach M ay 12, C ircle K, 2513 G ulf D rive N ., trespass. Bradenton Beach police responded to a store manager who told police she wanted to trespass a man whod tried to steal beer earlier in the day. A fter taking the man enter the store and witnessed the manager warn him for trespassing. The man was transported to the Salvation Army in Bradenton. May 11, C ortez Beach, 1000 Gulf Drive S., bur and an iPad power cord stolen from her locked Jeep. Cortez No reports. Cortez is policed by MCSO. Holmes Beach M ay 11, A nna M aria Island C entre, 3200-3600 block E ast Bay D rive, trespass. A property manager her vehicle, but she refused. The manager trespassed the woman. May 11, 100 block of 38th Street, information. A funeral home in Nashville, Tennessee, was contacted, which resulted in the owner collecting the cremains at the Holmes Beach police station. May 11, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, alcohol ordinance. A male and female were observed with vodka on the beach in violation of a city ordinance. They poured out the alcohol. May 12, 500 block of 70th Street, vehicle bur glary. Items from a vehicle left unlocked at night were reported missing. May 12, 600 block of Emerald Lane, vehicle bur glary. A vehicle left unlocked overnight was found stolen. May 12, 400 block of 80th Street, noise. At 10:57 p.m., Holmes Beach police were dispatched to a comsive noise from a large group and spoke to a woman responsible for the lease, who became irate and argumentative. C ar alarms were activated and people called police multiple times. P olice contacted the rental agency for the property and the renter was evicted. M ay 13, West C oast Surf Shop, trespass. Three men and two women were arrested in the early morning hours for trespassing after police found them rummaging through a dumpster. The property is marked N o trespassing, construction site. The women told police they were collecting clothes for the home less. O ne woman threw a bag with a small amount of cocaine on the ground and she was charged with possessing an illegal drug. alcohol. O n patrol, an officer observed a man at a picnic table drinking a beer with several beers around violating the ordinance against alcoholic beverages in a public park. May 13, 100 block of Aqua Lane, theft. A sur veillance camera showed two people in a black SUV M ay 15, Small Island C reamery, 5404 M arina D rive, and D ominos, 5606 M arina D rive. A makeup bag containing needles, a Brillo pad and a spoon with residue were found in the Creamery bathroom. Later that night, a woman matching the Creamery employ ees description of the woman who used the bathroom was observed in front of Dominos. Police asked if the bag was hers and the woman said no, but she had one Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO. StreetlifeBy Kathy Prucnell G aston was transported to M anatee C ounty jail for the burglary and theft. G aston posted bond and was released. Gastons arraignment on the BBPD case is set for 9 a.m. F riday, June 8, and an appearance on the MC S O charge is set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12. C ourt proceedings are held at the M anatee C ounty Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee A ve. W., Bradenton.


24 MAY 23, 2018 THE ISLANDER CORTEZ ELLENTON BRIDGE ST. PIER LANDSIDE T-Shirts $10 @ The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, HB. Cooler temps set sea turtles off to slow start By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Timing is everything. Loggerheads have begun their nesting cycle on Anna Maria Island, but they appear to be off to a slow start. May-October, was documented May 12 on Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. As of May 21, 17 nests and 38 false crawls were By the same date in 2017, 26 nests and 36 false crawls were recorded. False crawls are up all over the island, not just one 16. And a lot of quick ins-and-outs, which implies the turtle is not ready to nest. She said the abundance of nesting attempts could be caused by cooler-than-usual temperatures leading to cooler sand. The turtles use their instincts to determine if the sand is warm enough to incubate the eggs they leave behind. A false crawl occurs when a sea turtle emerges from the water and crawls onto the beach but abandons the nesting attempt and returns to the Gulf of in the turtles path as it crawls up the beach, including chairs, canopies and deep holes. Other times, the answer is not clear. Last year, AMITW had a record-breaking season. By the end of October 2017, more nests 483 logon island beaches than any previous year. However, people should remember the success is due largely in-part to their behavior on nesting beaches, observe from afar. Any interruptions could lead to a false crawl. Additionally, she said some people have marked nests by doing such things as drawing a circle in the sand around a nest, or leaving notes written in seaweed She said while she understands people are trying to help, walkers are trained to spot nests and the tracks left by nesting turtles provide valuable data. I know they are trying to help, but by drawing notes in the sand and such, they are destroying the morning. beachfront lighting, but there have been some problems with people in condominiums in Bradenton Beach leaving beach chairs out overnight. Sea turtles only leave the water to nest, so any obstructions on the beach can lead to a false crawl or worse in 2016 a sea turtle nested under a beach chair then dragged it on its back into the water. The chair could have caused the turtle to drown. According to sea turtle regulations in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, beach furniture, including chairs and canopies, must be removed by the end of the day. Furniture left on the beach overnight will be tagged and stored by city code enforcement retrieve items. ment, turtle watch volunteers and the residents and visitors on the island contribute to clean, dark beaches, which means more nests. Overall, the beaches are looking great just a is right, our west coast girls will be back in force. For more information on nesting season, contact Visit and click on Sea 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. A sea turtle nest is spotted early May 18 with a note in the sand in Holmes Beach before AMITW volunteers arrived. Seaweed indicates the nest. Barbara Riskay, new AMITW volunteer, left, is congratulated May 16 by AMITW coordinator Anne ChrisAnn Silver Esformes VOTED BEST GERMAN RESTAURANT HOURS MondaySaturday 11 am:30 pm 4625 Cortez Road W. [next to Publix] GERMAN & MEDITERRANEAN CUISINEBEER & WINE | BEER GARDEN German Music PartiesSat., May 26th with Petra & Teresa Sat., June 2nd with Sepp Diepolder5 pm to 8 pm Happy Hour @LuckyFrogRestaurantCome in, have a delicious authentic German meal cooked by Master Chef Uwe from Bavaria and sing, dance and have fun.Best 10 Restaurant out of 600


THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 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: Chilled Cucumber Soup German Kassler Smoked Porkchop served with Sauerkraut and Side Salad HAXEN FRI-SAT NIGHTS (reserve ahead) Dinner Monday-Saturday 5-9Fantastic for amingos Bird-watchers Paul Waller and Suzanne Zuckerman, on a beach in Miami-Dade County, observed an They kept their distance as they photographed the bird strutting on the shore in the rain May 17. Then they posted the sighting on eBird, an online database created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Ebird contains only three other sightings of flamingos in Florida ing May 23, 1964, in Duval County. Yet, new research published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications reveals many more documented The research involved Zoo Miami, Audubon Florida Everglades Science Center, the National Park Service, Big Cypress National Preserve and Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve. The researchers collected data on 495 observa2015. Observations were unevenly distributed, with the highest number of sightings in Florida Bay and the Florida Keys, followed by the northern Everglades. The researchers reported 74 observations 85 and 2015. In addition to reviewing sightings, they studied mingos are native to the state. Neff By Lisa Neff gos in the 1800s. John James Audubon reported a noted seeing an adult bird and three juveniles north of Tampa in 1827. In 1880, an observer reported seeing tens of thouCurlew Bar south of Marco Island in Collier County. Other observations were recorded around the state, including in the Panhandle. Some of the naturalists were accompanying plume hunters, who were responsible for the species demise in the state. There is overwhelming evidence both from narrative accounts and from museum records that American strong hunting pressure by 1900, the researchers wrote. While it is not possible to estimate a populamonly ranged from 500 to 1,000 individuals. Florida after nearly vanishing in the early 1900s is 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 some birds escaped captivity. There also is direct and indirect evidence of natuFlorida. to Florida? Probably the most crucial reason involves To our knowledge, the researchers wrote, there species by state or federal wildlife agencies and no management attention directed toward the species. They ended their paper with the hope that their a lost Florida icon. Squadron sets spring boating class schedule The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadclasses and seminars. for a couple. Wednesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m. June 11. Students will learn the skills and knowledge to safely operate a boat, state and federal rules and regulations governing boating and also study nautical terms, anchoring, trailering, aids to navigation and VHF-radio operation. Any person born after Jan. 1, 1988, who is operating a vessel powered by a 10-horsepower or greater motor must possess a Florida Boating Safety Sessions will be in the squadron building, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton. To register, call 941-383-1269 or go online to gos. A recent study published in The an increase in the tion in Florida and the bird is a native species. Islander As reported in The Islander June 3, 2006: Several people reported to the newspaper their Anna Maria Island. According to Debbie Vaughn of the non-native species, the new Passage Key resident is most likely theirs. Only one of 15 birds is missing and only two weeks ago there was a sighting at Big normally live in colonies. Weve tried numerous times to capture it, Vaughn said. She said they prefer it to be left alone because they are highly stressed creatures and can die easily. Their hearts cant take it. Vaughn is very likely to be comfortable in its new surroundings.


26 MAY 23, 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 1 team in adult soccer league steps closer to perfectionBy Kevin P Cassidy Islander Reporter Law has done it in the adult soccer league at the C enter of A nna M aria Island. F lynn improved to 7-0 after soccer action M ay 17 and increased its lead to two games. Lancaster D esign, which fell to 5-2 with a loss last week to Sato R eal E state, held down second place. Sato improved to 4-3 and moved into third place. Slims P lace fell to 3-2-2 thanks to a blowout with a 3-4 record. Moss Builders holds lows at 1-5-1 and A cqua A veda has a hold on last place with its1-6 record. Sato opened the action with a 5-2 victory over Lancaster D esign behind two goals each from E liza F aillace and D amir G lavan. N ate Talucci completed the scoring victory. D aniel A nderson and G reg D e M euse notched a goal each and Ricky Anderson added an assist to lead Lancaster Design in the loss. R oss Built rolled to a 5-2 victory over A cqua A veda behind a hat trick from C hris Klotz and a goal and an assist from O mar P olar. G reg R oss added a goal and between the pipes. E ric P ullen and Scott E ason scored a goal each to lead A cqua A veda, which received an assist from Shea behind three goals each from Jeremias G ramajo and Steve O elfke and two goals each from Shay C oleman and Yorvi M oreira. Sean F lynn completed the scoring with a goal and Diego Felipe made four saves in goal. Cassidy the loss. M oss Builders doubled up on M ar/Kis Insurance 4-2 in the last match of the night. Stephen A dair led the way with two goals, while R yan M oss and Jessica Williams had a goal each. Kris Yavalar and M anoj Kumar P oudel each scored Insurance in the loss. No surprises in youth soccer playoffs P roving that the regular season does matter, the top May 16 in the youth soccer league at the center. Top seeded Bins Be C lean rolled past N o. 4 seed P lanet Stone by a 4-1 score behind four goals from Jackson Pakbaz and three saves from Victor Albrect. A iden Templeton notched the lone goal for P lanet Stone, which also received three saves from E van Talucci in the loss. The second match of the evening saw N o. 2 seed P rogressive C abinetry earn a 5-0 shutout victory over Signarama behind a hat trick from G regory Jordan and a goal each from Kieran Cloutier and Liam Coleman. Beckham F actor made two saves to lead Signarama in the loss. Bins Be C lean will square off against P rogressive C abinetry in the championship game at 7 p.m. M ay 23, after press time for The Islander. The third-place playoff is at 6 p.m., before the championship game. Key Royale golf news R ain put a damper on some of the past weeks golf action at the Key R oyale C lub, but the men did manage to get out a couple of times during the week, starting M ay 14. Barry Izzard grabbed clubhouse bragging rights Jack Lowery by a point. Izzard was big man on the links twice, helping teammates Blake R ess and D ave R ichardson to a 7-under-par 25 to win the May 17 scramble. Horseshoe news Two teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records and battled for the days supremacy during M ay 16 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Hank Huyghe and R od Bussey rolled to an easy 21-11 victory over Tim Sofran and Tom Skoloda to earn the days bragging rights. Huyghe was back in the winners circle M ay 19 as he walked his way to the only 3-0 record in pool play and was the days outright champ. 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. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome. A dult sports enthusiasts are encouraged to register The season kicks off June 21, with all games played Thursday nights. who registers after the June 9 deadline. P layer evaluations and a draft will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. A nyone interested in sponsoring a team or for more information, contact center recreation director, will@ centerami.or g 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 23 9:15a 1.8 8:19p 1.7 1:54a 0.2 2:33p 1.1 May 24 9:41a 1.9 9:46p 1.7 2:43a 0.4 3:43p 0.7 May 25 10:06a 2.1 10:57p 1.6 3:24a 0.6 4:38p 0.4 May 26 10:31a 2.2 11:58p 1.6 3:59a 0.8 5:24p 0.2 May 27 10:54a 2.4 4:29a 0.9 6:05p 0.0 May 28 12:51a 1.5 11:18a 2.5 4:54a 1.0 6:43p -0.1 May 29 1:40a 1.5 11:42a 2.5 5:16a 1.1 7:19p -0.2 Full May 30 2:26a 1.4 12:08p 2.6 5:38a 1.2 7:54p -0.3 Winners of the May 18 Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf tournament pose in the banquet room at the IMG Academy Golf way, Bradenton. First-place winners Lough, left, Mike Southwick, Randy winners are Cablish and Gentile team with Val Cablish and Jim Gen tile and third-place winners are the Fat Cat team, with Kenny Krickse, Angelle Duhaime hits off one of the tees during the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf tournament May 18 at IMG Academy Golf Club in Bradenton. The annual tournament raises funds for the chambers college scholarship awards. Islander


THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 2018 27 By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter When tarpon arrive, Anna Maria Island has just central Florida. However, with all the rain in the past week and break from the anglers. As soon as conditions improve, the tarpon will be back on the agenda. And its likely they will be here in greater numbers, having only recently arrived to the local waters. Meanwhile, the inshore bite is going strong for spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Other inshore species include Spanish mackerel, big jack crevalle and a few redOffshore, permit are still the highlight, although many other species are being caught, including snapare being caught with regularity, although most are 18-22 inches. Live, free-lined shiners are working best as bait. where swift moving tides are producing the greatest of these bites are occurring around oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. announce the arrival of Spanish mackerel to the norththe most popular catches for anglers at the pier. The early morning bite has been best, according to Fese, because large schools of bait have yet to arrive. Still, the macks are being caught as they pass the pier on arrive, the bite should improve and become more consistent, as the mackerel will not pass they will stay with the food. available. Capt. Aaron Lowman is starting to put anglers on tarpon along the beaches and in the passes. Casting live best times to target the silver king is early morning and late afternoon. Southernaire Fishing Charters 941.465.8932AnnaMariaFishing Guide.comDOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACKCAPT. AARON LOWMAN DOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACK CAPT. AARON LOWMAN Rainy conditions put damper on local tarpon fishing Stasny ing Lowmans clients busy. Casting free-lined shiners catches are 20-26 inches. Spotted seatrout also are shiners cast in 3-5 feet of water over lush grass are being blasted by hungry slot-size trout. Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters also is targeting catch-and-release snook his most consistent bite. Most catches are coming in at 20-26 inches, seatrout also are coming to the boat, although, due to recent rainstorms, Gross is targeting trout closer to the and mangrove edges. The bite is spotty at best, accordclients to cast cut bait and rest it on the bottom and wait. Capt. Warren Girle is on patrol along the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key in search of make a showing, smaller schools can be found with a little determination and patience. Once discovered, a quiet approach and a pass crab correctly placed in front grove snapper. Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters is tarchallenging, but especially so for tarpon. White speown, you know who to call. Many in the 100-pound class are being caught on tarpon bunnies combined results on permit, cobia and tripletail. For the permit always worth a look-see. Moving inshore, spotted seatrout and catch-andrelease snook are rounding out the bite. Free-lined shiners for either species are Stocks top bait. Hes also stalking tarpon inshore along the beaches large shiners is producing a silver king on the hook. 941-323-7892 THE ORIGINAL BAIT BOAT IS BACK !LIVE Whitebait & CrabsOn the water at the Kingfish Boat Ramp Michael Corbino of Longboat Key and Hawaii holds onto his tarpon for a trophy photo. The silver king, estimated to weigh about 100 pounds, was caught on a pass crab, according to Corbinos guide, Capt. Warren Girle. Marlin Ellis shows off a 19-inch spotted sea back bay waters.


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THE ISLANDER MAY 23, 2018 31 Local chambers plan to beat the heat The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce May 23, at the Hancock Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The chamber will present college scholarship winto the chamber. The AMI chamber networking luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Pier 22 Restaurant, The annual tri-chamber Business and BBQ on the Bay will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, 3000 Harbourside Drive, LongThis combined networking event with Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Siesta Key chambers will more. RSVP to the AMI chamber by Friday, June 1. at 941-778-1541, email or visit The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the town of Longboat Key will hold the 16th Annual Disaster Preparedness Seminar 3:15-6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Harbourside Ballroom at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, 3000 Harbourside Drive, Longboat Key. Admission is free, but people must register due ricane cocktail. Call the LBK chamber to register. To register for events and for information about owner of Tylers Homemade Ice Cream with a store at 11904 Cortez Road W., got into a discussion about village as a destination. We dont have a city hall here or a voice here. We dont have a police department. Everything is by mouth in Cortez. So, we thought, lets get together and have one voice. Lets be charitable when we do it, Slicker said. A lot of these businesses are mom and pop. We dont have a lot of money. We dont have a lot of time. Were working, Slicker said. We needed something Slicker and Alderson began throwing the passport idea around more than a year ago. Then they enlisted the help of Liza Kubik of the Seafood Shack Marina Bar and Grill. She was much more methodical. Thank goodness we got her, Slicker said. The trio set to work on a village tour concept and promoting FMM and its accompanying folk school, while rewarding travelers with a T-shirt. Last December, we started getting quotes for the passports. By late December 2017, this neighborhood initiative had grown from a 16-page passport to a 28-page passport, Kubik said. I couldnt be more proud about whats happened with this, she said. In addition to the museum and folk school, the following are participating in the program: AMI Dolphin Tours, Annies Bait and Tackle, Beachn Rides, Seafood, Cortez Cafe, Cortez Deep Sea Fishing, Cortez FlipinMullet Sports Bar at Swordfish Grill, King Raw Bar and Grill, Sea Hagg, Seafood Shack Marina Bar and Grill, Star Fish Company Market and RestauTide Tables Restaurant, Tylers Homemade Ice Cream, YOLO Adventures, WAVES Boat and Social Club and and the Cortez Cultural Center. Slicker said some smaller businesses didnt have a logo or website when the program organization got underway, but they showed up to the meetings and wanted to participate. They said we are in. We want to make it work. We are all from the same village, Slicker said. Kristen Sweeting, left, director of the Florida Maritime Museum, listens as Bob Slicker, general manager of the Hut, addresses the crowd during a media launch May 16. Dan Alderson of Tylers Homemade Ice Cream, and Liz Kubik, of the Seafood Shack listen, Sandy Ambrogi


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