Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)

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DOT faces challenges to remove Cortez drawbridge. 2 County funds island wish list. 4 Center falls back into red. 5 The Islander editorial, reader letters. 6 Looking back. 7 BB planners back ban on parking garages. 8 On the government calendar. 8 AM FEMA rate hike, ratings measured up. 9 Save a date. 10 Community announcements, activities. 11 Environmentalist appeals Long Bar mitigation permit. 12 AM holds hearing on tree removals. 14 Streetmap. Getting around AMI. 16-17 All together for AID service. 20 Obituaries. 21 Streetlife. 22 Nesting news. 24 Irma forced into retirement. Maria, too. 25 Center soccer champs decided. 26 inconsistent weather. 27 Biz news. 30 CLASSIFIEDS. 32 Meetings Op-Ed Happenings 10-20 YEARS AGO Save a date. 10 Irma forced into retireChamber leadership set. 31 PLEASE SEE CHILES PAGE 5 VOLUME 26, NO. 31 MAY 30, 2018 FREE Pajama Party at AME. 28 The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.orgAsTheWorldTerns send Alberto packing. 6 PLEASE SEE BB DOCK PAGE 3 Special section inside: Storm AvengersFirst ladys life work opens door to Hall of FameBy Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter Her name is synonymous with Florida, sion for painting landscapes and scenery. Rhea Chiles died in 2015, but her legacy continues to be alive and well in the Sunshine State and, on Anna Maria Island, where she spent much of her senior years. Chiles has been named the 2018 inductee into the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame by the Visit Florida board of directors. Joey Bell of Visit Florida made the announcement in an email May 24. Chiles ians Walt Disney, Henry Flagler, John Ringling and others in the hall of fame. She was nominated for the honor by local pion of Florida tourism during this time, emphasizing state hospitality. That mission had begun years earlier in Washington, D.C., when Chiles opened the Florida House. Friends Vincent Gollamudi, 5, Stone Smith, 6, Amelia Thiessen, 6, Fox Smith, 8, and Tobias Thiessen, 8, squeal as their sand volcano erupts on the shoreline in Holmes Beach. The kids created the volcano with some help from parents after a recent early afternoon release from Anna Maria Elementary. The lava is spewing from a warm, shaken bottle of soda, according to Nenita Daguinatos, parent-photographer, who noted the beach was restored before the group headed home. Science experiment erupts on the beachRhea Chiles, who died in 2015, poses in her home studio in Holmes Beach. Chiles is being inducted into the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame by Visit Florida. She was nominated by Karen Riley-Love. Islander Photo: Bonner JoyBradenton Beach dock contractor again delays install date to SeptemberBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Boaters and businesses that rely on a pier now have a new goal on the horizon. September. After four schedule changes over the course of a year, the floating dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier, contracted in March 2017 between the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and Technomarine Construction Inc. of North Palm Beach, now is pushed to September. John Horne, owner of the Anna Maria ited the Technomarine facility in North Palm Beach May 24 to check on the status of the on dock materials and a timeline. The schedule provided by Technomarine to the city in April provided for completion When the May 11 permitting deadline came and went without notice from the contractor without explanation for yet another delay Horne suggested it was time for action. Horne said May 26 that when he visited Technomarine, he met with Ryan Miller, work there two months earlier. Miller said Technomarine had been using a supplier in


2 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER Unique Pet PortraitsComposited images printed to stretched canvas Sunsets PRINTS FROM Science may prevail for Cortez Bridge opponentsBy Terry OConnor Islander Reporter The Florida Department of Transportation faces at bascule bridge can be removed to make way for a new span despite public opposition. Funding must be earmarked and dedicated to build the new bridge, which will cost roughly $72 million and last at least 75 years, according to the DOT. The plan also must qualify under the National environmental laws passed in the United States in lahassee. better alternatives and public opposition, while doing irreparable harm in choosing the big bridge. Oh, yes. Oh, theres no question the DOT is ignoring us, said Linda Molto, a Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage board member. nents are working on stopping the proposal from being implemented as has been done before. Were going at it again, Molto said. the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Cortez Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. Critics say leverage could be provided by NEPA, which requires the DOT to perform environmental impact statements and assessments and is enforced by the Presidents Council on Environmental Quality. able ammunition in the debate, according to Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines, a planning commission bridge on Manatee Avenue, but this is different. There was little, if any, disruption to the environment. ronment, including seagrass and a historic village. Seagrass is a major environmental issue for the Cortez Bridge because past attempts to restore seagrass elsewhere have been unsuccessful, Hines said. Can the new bridge meet NEPA standards? Not even the DOT knows. The DOT is evaluating the bridge proposal for NEPA compliance, according to spokesman Zachary Burch. approved through the NEPA process, Burch wrote in a May 18 email to The Islander. Another key DOT study will be released in full in July, Burch said. The DOT project development and environment study required by state and federal regulations will help determine if the big bridge goes forward, according to Burch. existing drawbridge. determine whether the DOT overstepped in choosing the existing drawbridge, according to Hines. sion. anticipated as a result of the proposed replacement of the Cortez Bridge, Burch wrote in his email. The study also determined no archaeological or historic resources will be affected. Same goes for noise The Cortez Bridge and the tenders station looking west across the Intracoastal Waterway to Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Terry OConnor PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE


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4 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER Voter registration open, qualifying dates set Voter registration is open for the states primary, which will be Tuesday, Aug. 28. Registration will close July 30. Registration for the general election, which will Qualifying for municipal elections, which take place Nov. 6, will be in June noon June 18 to noon June 22 in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. Anna end at noon June 22. tered Republican voters, 72,134 registered Democratic voters and 62,556 other voters for a total of 237,237 registered voters. For more information, go online to votemanatee. Election 11-06-182 candidates eye Holmes Beach mayors seat Holmes Beach upcoming election at a glance son, who said he will not run. Commission seats ter commission seats. June 18, to noon Friday, June 22. Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive; and Precinct 305, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. ston. By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter The race to succeed Mayor Bob Johnson in Holmes Beach grew more interesting May 22 with two lifelong city residents saying they are ready to run. Commission Chair Judy Titsworth, a Holmes February story in The Islander. A mayoral run is looking likely, Titsworth said with a wide smile prior to gaveling open a commission meeting/work session. Holmes Beach native Joshua Linney, sitting in the gallery, said he, too, is mulling a mayoral challenge. Im very much considering it, Linney said. Linney, a member of the Holmes Beach Parks and ture and frequent contributor at city commission and planning commission meetings. down as he speaks at the podium. I know Ill have to learn to slow down when I talk, Linney said. Titsworth said in February candidates should sit on Ive always thought in order to be a good mayor The learning curve is huge. former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger in 2012, before Carmel Monti stepped up to run for and won the seat. Commissioner Pat Morton also intends to run for Yes, Morton said when asked if he will run again. Morton is the most experienced commissioner, commission in 2003. Titsworths run for mayor will open a commission seat to a possible newcomer. Seven candidates have picked up registration packets from city clerk Stacey Johnston, including Kim Rash, a possible candidate for a commission seat or for mayor; and possible charter commission candidates David Cheshire, Major Leckie and Terry Schaefer. Linney, Morton and Titsworth also picked up packets. sibly picked up the candidate packet for wife Pam Leckie, Johnston said. Pam Leckie serves on the ommending a form of government along with Schaefer and Cheshire. In the nonpartisan Nov. 6 municipal election, Holmes Beach voters will elect a mayor and two city review commission members, who will serve until amendments or revisions to the charter, if any, are sion for placement on the ballot for the next election. missioners earn $6,000. citizens, registered voters in Manatee County and a city resident for two years before qualifying. The candidate election assessment fee is $240 for mayor, $60 for commissioner and free for the charter commission, which is a volunteer position. they cannot afford or do not want to pay the fees. All candidates must collect 15 petition signatures Before opening a campaign bank account or accepting or spending funds, candidates also must appoint a campaign treasurer and establish a campaign depository. May 23. Candidate qualifying will open at noon Monday, June 18, and close at noon Friday, June 22.Manatee County ful lls island funding wish listAnna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, left, and Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson applaud as the Manatee County Board of Commissioners allocated nearly $1 million from the beach concession fund May 22 to the island cities. Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie, left, and Holmes Beach Commissioner Jim Kihm, right, are partially obscured by Johnson. Islander Photo: Terry OConnor By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter The island mayors made it look easy. In reality, it took seven months of negotiations. beach concession fund, which made an impression on county commissioners. So much so, the joint request for $1,020,520 from a $1.144 million surplus in the fund was granted quickly at the May 22 county commission meeting in Bradenton. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson characterized portive. Its a good example of things coming together the way they are supposed to come together, Johnson said. Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a resident of Holmes Beach and former commissioner and mayor, credited mayors Dan Murphy since guidelines for the use of surplus concession revenues were established in 2014. You came to us with a plan, said Whitmore, an Its really refreshing to see you all working together, said Commissioner Steve Jonsson, who represents the island. Surplus concession revenues can only fund projects serving all Anna Maria Island residents and requests must be approved by the three city commissions before submission to the county. able to agree on a funding request, said Commissioner Betsy Benac. ing $400,615 for a bike path, $330,000 to rebuild the ricane Irma in 2017 and $100,000 for infrastructure nolia Ave., Anna Maria. United Park Services Inc., which operates concessions at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes denton Beach. There are strings attached. Manatee County requires island cities provide 50 percent matching funds on most project requests. Chair Judy Titsworth took a moment later in the night at the Holmes Beach Commission meeting to credit Whitmore for her encouragement and direction in gaining the funding. Carol Whitmore was really a champion on this one, Titsworth said. sioner Jean Peelen was smiling. One of her last acts as commissioner in 2017, having chosen not to run for for not acting to access the available funds. money in the countys coffers. Whats wrong with you? she asked. Theres $1 million sitting in the Holmes Beach concession fund. We have not asked for it. They have now. Whitmore


THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 5 34th Ave. W75th St. WManatee Ave. W Palma Sola Blvd. Cortez Rd. WTo BeachesTo BeachesPalma Sola Bay CHILES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 As the story goes, Chiles was passing embassy row with her children in tow when one asked where the Florida house was located. The question set Chiles on a mission to create such a space. She found a house in a blighted Washington neighborhood, purchased it tors to see the Florida House to reality. welcoming visitors with a glass of real Florida orange juice, teaching state history and showcasing Florida business, arts, culture and tourism. Visitors may also see some of Chiles art collection in the Florida House. Chiles creation is the only state house in the national capital. Chiles spent her retirement years on Anna Maria Island, concentrating on community arts and cultural issues. She founded the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Today the studio serves as an educational center, hosting everything from meetings of local organizations to art shows and fundraisers. On Chiles death in 2015, Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement, reading in part, Rhea leaves behind a profound legacy of service and commitment to her family, community and state. May she always be remembered for the tremendous impact she made on so many Floridians. The Florida Tourism Hall of Fame began in 2001. It acknowledges whose vision, creativity and drive Florida as a desirable visitor destination. Chiles is the third woman to win the singular award an individual or couple is chosen each year. Chiles also was nominated for the honor last year. of the Manatee County Tourist Development Councils tor. She said she felt Chiles had affected not only our island, but Florida as a whole. Chiles induction will take place during the Florida Governors Conference at Champions Gate in Orlando Center back in red, amid spring-summer slowdownBy Bianca Bened Islander Reporter The seasonal slowdown in tourism across Anna day also arrived at the Center of Anna Maria Island, year. Board members met May 21 to evaluate Aprils Board treasurer Christine Hicks said the centers said the center experienced a net loss of $25,000 in April, although total expenses remain 8 percent under budget for the month. Board members blamed a drop in donor activity for the revenue gap. Executive director Chris Culhane, appointed to the position May 4, said at this point last year, the center had received contributions from the three island cities. pal funding. year, which ends June 30, with a net income of $330. Not mentioned, $100,000 from Manatee County ture improvements, including roof repairs. gram, with new families from the northwest Bradenton area signing up to attend. In other business, board chair David Zaccagnino said several new board members would be considered at the June meeting. There are currently seven board members, although guidelines recommend a minimum of 11. Zaccagnino said Emma String resigned from the board in May, citing a time commitment issue. Also, board member Mike Thrasher proposed changing the centers facade. He said his research concluded the face of the building is uninviting. He announced a variance was requested from the city of Anna Maria to construct awnings for the front wall at the main entry to the building to create a shaded gathering area. Thrasher said an installation similar to the sail shades in City Pier Park could provide shade and an event location for the entry. ners at their meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, and on the city commission agenda for consideration at the 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14, meeting. Finally, board member Karen Harllee reviewed In addition to the annual murder mystery dinner, golf tournament and tour of homes, Harllee said the center would plan a fashion show. She said the planned range of events is more varied ing the possible addition of a running club. The next board meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Riley-LoveCorrection A photo caption in the May 1 issue of The Islander with the story Anna Maria rewards boy for saving tured.


6 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our MAY 30, 2018 MAY 30, 2018 MAY 30, 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 Building a destination Anna Maria Island has an opportunity to put in place a truly amazing waterfront structure that can add the island and those who visit. An opportunity exists to do something really important to that most important piece of waterfront that belongs to all the people of the island and, to a lesser extent, the people like me who live nearby and love the island, visit the island and spend money on the island. Please take your time in the rebuilding and how you develop this property. what they could bring to that site. Can you build something like the Sydney Opera House? I think not, but use that kind of structure as an see the views, enjoy the breeze, have lunch and dinner and to shop in an environment like no other. But dont duplicate what was there. Build a destination for people to come and enjoy. Money? Of course, it will cost money. But get the vision first, get the input from the people. It can be done and it does not have to cost AMI anything it will generate tax revenues. George Knutson, BradentonOn litter patrol I was delighted to meet Holmes Beach code We talked about the amazing beauty of the island and the issue of litter and other rubbish, especially plastics, that litter our shores. I showed him my bag of litter that we had just collected on our beach walk and he asked if wed like to be deputized as litter pickers. So heres a picture of rubbish picked up while in my kayak a bucketful in just 20 minutes, all from the bay. Thank you, James Thomas, for encouraging us to look after our island, and you can see I love my new uniform. If any of your readers or local groups would like to help clear beaches and waterways, please contact him at the Holmes Beach Police Department. Leigh Terrafranca, London, England, and Holmes Beach Have your say The Islander accepts original letters of up to 250 words and reserves the right to edit for grammar and length. Letters must include name, Anonymous letters will not be printed. Bye-bye, Alberto I bet you never thought wed have a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico in May before hurricane season even gets underway. Think again. And while Alberto was but a whimper, the storm passing northward 165 miles east of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico is a whopper of a reminder to Pack up the necessities, like Vienna sausages, bottled water and duck tape. And check our special plies you will need for an evacuation. Theres more to Dont let hurricane season surprise you. You need to make a promise to yourself and your family to get ready and do it. Just get a couple of plastic tubs and start loading. Copy your prescriptions and other essential documents, ance. Mark it with the companys phone number. Get the car ready. Try to keep the gas tank topped or nearly full. Prepare the boat as if a storm is coming every time you store it. And keep your pets needs and a kennel ready to go out the door. will result in forgotten items. I highly recommend picking up a couple of LED rechargeable USB camp lights and a fan. You wont be sorry if the power is out for more than a couple of hours. While youre adding supplies, get a battery backup to charge your phone and the USB devices. Or prepare for slow charging in your vehicle. suffering without air conditioning requires rewards. The snack and cookie kind. You might want to add a small charcoal grill to tric stoves without power. And if you crave coffee in the morning, have a French press on hand and a way to heat water. Ah. Storm season. Its a real pain to pack up and go, but there may come a time you must. And you must be prepared. If youre new to hurricane season, rely on our expertise. Get storm ready, now. Bonner Joy


THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 7 Wed love to mail you the news! We mail The Islander weekly for a nominal $54 per year. We also offer only $36 per year, but you must sign up online. Its the best way to stay in touch with whats happening on Anna Maria Island. penings, people features and special events even real estate transactions everything you need if your heart is on Anna Maria Island. for yourself or someone else. (Sorry, we do not suspend mail subscriptions you get The Islander free while youre here!)BULK MAIL U.S. SUBSCRIPTION (allow 2 weeks for every weeks delivery) 1 year: $54 3-6 Months: $36 1-3 Months: $24U.S. FIRST CLASS AND CANADIAN MAIL SUBSCRIPTION 1 year: $160 3-6 Months: $98 1-3 Months: $54 Single Issue: $5 FIRST CLASS MAIL, U.S. ONLY, maximum four weeksMAIL TO: ______________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________ STATE __________ ZIP _________________ Credit card: d u No. ___________________________________________ Name shown on card: _____________________________ Exp. Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) E-MAIL 10&20 years agoIn the headlines: May 27, 1998 the Holmes Beach public works department for former Island Foods store. to take a homeowner on 73rd Street to court commission decided it needed to go to court to Emergency Management Agency. ommended to the city commission that it allow nonconformities to be rebuilt or continue to exist trary to the city comprehensive plan, which said nonconformities destroyed in a disaster would need to be built according to modern standards.In the headlines: May 28, 2008 that a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico and leading into Tampa Bay would threaten efforts to pipe sand to renourish local beaches. held a meeting for islanders to discuss plans to close the Anna Maria Island Bridge for 45 days for repairs to the structure. approval of a major expansion of the Gulf Drive Cafe and predicted chickee huts would become the Gulf of Mexico off Longboat Key, apparently after becoming caught in riptides. YOUR COMPLETE CASUAL FURNITURE STORE VISIT OUR 8,000+ SF SHOWROOM6807 14TH ST. W., BRADENTON (across from Alex Karras Lincoln)We offer Rattan and Wicker tropical-style indoor and outdoor furniture, for island and coastal looks. $100-$500 Anna Maria salutes fallen military heroesA crowd sits under the sail shades May 28 for Anna Marias Memorial Day Salute at City Pier Park as Mayor Dan Murphy delivers his remarks. The event was threatened by a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, but the city carried out its plans. Islander Photos: Bianca Bened Members of the Manatee County Sheriffs City Pier Park for Anna Marias Memorial Day Salute to fallen veterans. The program, which began at 10 a.m., included an invocation by the Rev. Ed Moss of CrossPointe Fellowship in Holmes Beach, a welcome from Mayor Dan Murphy and the presentation of colors. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson and Anna Maria resident George Barford, both veterans, placed memorial wreaths in the park and other veterans and spouses were recognized. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra entertained with patriotic music.


8 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER MeetingsAnna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941708-6130, Bradenton Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-778-1005, Holmes Beach committee. Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, West Manatee Fire Rescue ing). WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, Manatee County Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, Of interest Organization, Anna Maria City Hall. will be closed. Send notices to and P&Z recommends parking reduction, parking garage prohibitionBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Bradenton Beach is synonymous with parking headaches. However, the planning and zoning board is work and keeping the character of the city. approved a request for a parking reduction from the required six parking spaces to three spaces for a A dditionally, board members unanimously approved recommendations for two ordinances amending the comprehensive plan and land devel opment code to prohibit multilevel parking garages throughout the city. T anya and Herman F ernandez, owners of the property at 108 Second St. N ., attended the M ay 23 hearing to seek a reduction in required parking at their home, required following changes to the L DC in March 2016, after the Fernandezes began renova tions. P rior to M arch 2016, the L DC requirement would home. F ollowing the change, the owners are required to provide two parking spaces for the first 1,000 square feet and one space per additional, or portion of, 500 square feet. Herman F ernandez said he is a native F loridian who has lived in T ampa his whole life, and frequently visited Anna Maria Island before he and T anya pur chased their home in 2010. They purchased the neigh boring parcel in 2015, and demolished the existing home on that lot and expanded their home to become their permanent residence. F ernandez said he and his wife have spent about 30 weekends of each year at their home, have never rented it and do not intend for it to become a vacation rental. He said he recently retired, they have listed their home in T ampa and plan to move to Bradenton Beach in several weeks, when their home addition is com pleted. Fernandez said since he and his wife share a vehi cle, parking has not been an issue on Second Street N orth even when the other house still stood and they would prefer to put in landscaping in place of parking spaces. Rules are important I understand that, Fer nandez said. I m not a big party house advocate. T his just seems excessive and our intention is to make our city look great. Vice chair John Burns asked city planner A lan with an approval recommendation. G arrett said the board can make stipulations, but whether they are appropriate is a legal question he cannot answer. Burns asked G arrett, if the parking reduction was approved without stipulations, would it run with the land, forever. G arrett said, yes, T his is a use that runs with the land regardless of owner. Burns suggested a stipulation that if the Fer nandezes or a future property owner applies for a transient public lodging establishment vacation rental license, the parking reduction is void and the Fernandez said he agreed to the stipulation. I think it makes sense from your standpoint, Fernandez said. A motion to recommend a special use permit for the reduction of parking spaces for the property with the stipulation passed unanimously. two ordinances amending the comprehensive plan and LDC to prohibit multilevel parking garages through out the city. A ccording to the comp plan, parking garages are zone, but there are other zoning districts where a parking garage could be allowed. unanimously passed a motion directing G arrett to L DC and draft prohibitions for garages throughout the city. wants to ensure that boat storage, including at the Bradenton Beach Marina, is not included in the pro hibition. I want to make sure that our commercial marina, next to the C ortez Bridge, or the parking or storing of boats in dry storage, does not constitute a multilevel said. I t wouldnt be prudent to create that large of a nonconformity if it does. G arrett agreed and said he could amend language in the LDC to ensure that boat storage is not a pro hibited facility, before the ordinance is presented to the city commission. A motion to recommend approval of the ordi nance amending the comp plan and another motion both passed unanimously. T he parking space reduction for 108 Second St. N and the two ordinances prohibiting multilevel parking garages will next be considered by the city commission. Owners of the home at 108 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach, are requesting a reduction in the required parking spaces for their property. Tanya and Herman Fer nandez, property owners in Bradenton Beach, listen May 23 to discussion during a planning and zoning board meeting. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver EsformesHolmes Beach commission saddened by Waste Pro newsCommissioner Pat Morton announced at the May 22 Holmes Beach City Commission meeting that Bob Baublitz of Waste P ro collection services took an early medical retirement. Hes done a lot of good service for us here, Morton said. Thats very sad to hear, said T itsworth. Baublitz, who was lead operations supervisor for Waste Pro in Manatee County, is credited with help ing A nna M aria I sland recover from Hurricane I rma damages in September 2017. He also initiated Waste Pros involvement in com munity events in Holmes Beach, including the police departments annual Night Out, an event in which he eagerly participated, providing a grill, food and water cooking at the event. Waste P ro division manager Sean Jennings has been working alongside Baublitz in Holmes Beach and will now take over the job, Morton said. Terry OConnor Bob Baublitz volunteers at the grill, cooking burgers and dogs for the Holmes Beach Night Out event. Islander Photo: Courtesy Chief Bill Tokajer


THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 9 Anna Marias FEMA rate hike, ratings measured upBy Bianca Bened Islander Reporter insurance rates go up 10 percent Oct. 1. I n M arch, the F ederal E mergency M anagement to a C lass 7, according to FEMA s C ommunity R ating T he rating drop means A nna M arias citywide percent to 15 percent. I n O ctober 2017, FEMA CR S coordinator C raig Carpenter informed Mayor Dan Murphy that the city vide necessary documentation. scrambled to turn in the documents necessary to save the FEMA discount. M urphy said M ay 25 that all options are on the table regarding the possibility of action against M.T Causley Inc. of Homestead Stricklands employer vices to Anna Maria. C arpenters M arch response included a work sheet onstrating where the citys rating had changed. T he citys points increased in three categories from 2012 to December 2016. Anna Maria received 158 points in 2012, but 212 points in 2016, based on open space preservation. Pres ervation efforts expanded from 66 acres for the special ing to Carpenter. T he city also was awarded a point increase from C redit was provided for a local mitigation strategy adopted by Manatee County in 2015. warning program, from 85 to 266, as the city was clas Weather Service. I n the remaining categories, A nna M aria lost points, although differences were not noted in all cat egories were points where deducted. A nna M aria received 76 points in 2012, but 35 points in 2016, for elevation certificates. T he city cates on the community website. C redit for map information services dropped from in the services provided. T he citys credit for outreach projects fell from 151 to 50. I n 2012, CR S coordinator C larence Welch said the citys outreach included a brochure mailed annually information on display at public buildings and other outreach projects. In 2016, the city received credit for informational material, general outreach projects and contact with I n 2012, the city received 66 points for hazard disclosure efforts, including local real estate agents disclosing hazards and providing informational bro chures about insurance, but in 2016, the city received only 10 points for meeting state regulations requiring T he city received 66 points in 2012 for flood protection assistance, including annually publicizing its ability to offer technical advice and assistance for property protection, but 55 points in 2016. Credit for publicizing the service is not noted in 2016. 2016. T he city received 30 points in 2012 for mapping T he city lost credit in meeting higher regulatory enforcement of freeboard regulations for a variety of constructions. Freeboard is a factor of safety measur ing how many feet above water something should be By 2016, however, A nna M aria dropped to 360 and reducing enforcement of freeboard regulations. Anna Maria dropped from 284 points to 85 points 2016 for maintaining benchmarks or copies of certain C redit for stormwater management decreased from 336 points to 255 points with no differences in effort noted. A nna M aria did not receive credit in 2016 for maintaining records for drainage system maintenance, dropping from 330 to 225. why he failed to comply with FEMA requirements. Islander Photo: Bianca Bened


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12 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER Fish house challenges DEP over house built in Sarasota BayA house built on pilings in Sarasota Bay in 2017 sits about 350 feet south of the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks in Cortez. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter A.P Bell Fish Co. doubled down on 12th Cir cuit C ourt pleadings in M ay, challenging the F lorida Department of Environmental Protection in two cases over a house built on stilts in Sarasota Bay. to intervene was based on unsubstantiated claims. Represented by attorney Joseph Beasley of Coral establish the company as the true owner of the land beneath the G uthrie F ish C amp and to halt the DEP s enforcement action against R aymond G uthrie Jr., who said he built the house with T om Mora. about 350 feet from A.P Bell docks without a permit from the state environmental regulator. In fact, no per mits were obtained for the house. A day after filing the complaint, the company moved to intervene in the DEP s enforcement action against Guthrie. The DEP inspected the site in June 2017, deter mined the states ownership and sought compliance from G uthrie to reduce the footprint or remove the structure. Guthrie failed to heed DEPs notice of violation, so in F ebruary, the DEP sought the courts help to assessments not to exceed $10,000 per day. I n both the complaint and motion to intervene, Beasley argues on Bells behalf that the DEP action is based on incorrect and mistaken assumptions that G uthrie owns and constructed the structure. He also contends the DEP is incorrect in claiming the state owns the land in Sarasota Bay and wrong for not apply ing a Butler Act disclaimer to protect the structure. The DEP disagrees. A P Bell seeks to impermissibly expand the scope of this proceeding, wrote Marianna Sarkisyan, DEPs senior assistant general counsel, in response to Beasleys motion. ongoing DEP suit, she wrote, because the agencys action isnt about who owns the structure or submerged land, but whether G uthrie complied with the final order. Guthries defenders claim a Butler Act disclaimer should grandfather the house because, according to G uthrie and his representative Joanne Semmer of O stego Bay F oundation of F ort M yers Beach, a net camp previously existed at the location. The DEP allows private ownership of certain improvements N et camps were structures used by commercial nets and the net houses were destroyed over the years by storms. A s far as the Butler A ct disclaimer, Sarkisyan under the Butler Act. As A.P Bells complaint makes clear, the struc ture is not the original house; it is a newly constructed replica, she added. She also noted the structure is nearly three times the size of an historical net house. And even if the structure was constructed on pri vate land, Sarkisyan wrote in the response, it would have required a permit. Should the court grant the companys motion to intervene, she asked the court to limit the issues to DEPs entitlement to relief. No hearing has been set in the matter. A DEP response to the Bell complaint is expected in the next month. Judge Lon Arend is assigned to both cases.Environmentalist appeals Long Bar-DEP mitigation permitFormer Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash Bay from the bow of his boat Aug. 21 near the site of a proposed 260.8acre mitigation bank on the shore of Sarasota Bay southeast of Cortez. Islander File Photo: Kathy Prucnell By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter Joe McClash is taking on the state environmental regulator to hold it accountable for protecting Sarasota Bay. notice of appeal in the 1st District Court of Appeal in a mitigation bank permit. The F lorida D epartment of Environmental P rotec tion issued the permit A pril 27 for 260.8 acres along 2 miles of coastline fronting on Sarasota Bay to Long Bar Pointe developers, Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieber man. Sarasota Bay has been designated as Outstanding F lorida Waters, one of some 40 waterbodies in the state afforded special protection because of its natural attributes. With the appeal, M c C lash challenges the permit signed by the DEP Secretary N oah Valenstein that adopted an order from Department of Administrative Hearings Judge D R A lexander recommending the developers be allowed to operate the bank with 18.01 credits. McClash said May 23 he decided to appeal after reviewing the ALJ decision, which fails to protect an parcels, cuts half of the mangroves and allows buoys to be placed where they will attract boaters to ruin seagrass. I still feel strongly the administrative law judge erroneously applied facts not supported by the evi dence, he added. T he permit approved restoration and enhancement activities in the bank, allocating 7.38 credits for activi in salt marsh, 7.07 credits in mangrove swamps, 0.68 credits for trimmed mangrove hedge and 2.65 credits for coastal freshwater marsh. M itigation banks are financed by the sale of seed to mitigate destruction of wetlands. the F lorida I nstitute for Saltwater Heritage, with an attorney and experts, challenged the Long Bar Pointe in December 2017. In his March 6 decision, Alexander concluded the DEP and the developer proved a substantial likeli hood the project will be successfully implemented, dismissing the arguments of McClash and the non A lexander also ruled the challengers failed to prove legal standing to bring the case that M c C lashs concern for the regional ecosystem was impacted residents. M c C lash said he made a record about how improperly assigned wetland mitigation credits will impact the region, adding there is legal precedent for FI SH and Suncoast Waterkeeper dropped out of the proceedings because of cost and legal issues. It would be too risky, said McClash, a Suncoast board member. I ts the way it is in this state, the rules favor the developer. M c C lash and other environmentalists have fought Conquistador Parkway and the coastline. changed plans at the last minute to withdraw a pro posed controversial lagoon and seawall, and M anatee condominium buildings and an unknown number of A lthough the DEP has granted its permission to operate the mitigation bank adjacent to the develop ment, the U .S. A rmy C orps of E ngineers also must sign off. said M ay 23 theres been no request submitted by similar plan in May 2017. McClash plans to litigate the appeal pro se.


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14 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER Holmes Beach accepts terms of free FPL turtle-friendly lightingBy T erry OConnor Islander Reporter Police Chief Bill T okajer wants Holmes Beach res idents and visitors to see the city in a different light. Literally. change out all 433 city streetlights to T he chief charged into the M ay 22 Holmes Beach Commission meet ing to ask for approval to accept the FP L offer hed received earlier the same day. T okajer pegged cost savings in FP L bills to the city from the new lighting at $5,000 annually. There is no fee for the installation. C ommissioner Jim Kihm said he supported the concept, but wanted time to research the lights. I m all for good turtle lighting, Kihm said. I m also concerned about people safety as well. on dark Holmes Beach streets. He advised waiting until a demonstration of lighting effectiveness could be arranged. T okajer said the new lights would enable FPL to discontinue its practice of dimming or turning street Tokajer FP L turns off hundreds of lights every season, T okajer said, but not in the future. The police chief also said time was of the essence as other cities, such as A nna M aria and Bradenton Beach, are considering the changeover, too, and waiting line for installation. C ommissioner C arol Soustek assured Kihm shes seen how effective the lights are and he will be pleased. I dont want to hold off, Soustek said. We should do it. Commissioner Pat Morton agreed. Its awesome as can be, Morton said. I nstallation is free, but the agreement obligates Holmes Beach to buy all electricity to operate the lights from FPL. A lso, if Holmes Beach asks to have the lights pole and conductor as well as removal costs. M ayor Bob Johnson was authorized to sign the the minority. C ommissioner R ick Hurst was absent from the meeting. FP L could begin replacing 30 lights per week beginning in September. indicates a warning tag on an FPL post stating the light will be turned off during sea turtle nesting season. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver EsformesAnna Maria holds hearing to amend tree ordinance and hears 2 requests for grand tree removalsBy Bianca Bened Islander Reporter amendment to its grand tree ordinance, but more vote. T he current ordinance defines a grand tree as 24 inches in diameter at breast height, 4.5 feet from the ground, and stipulates that no one may cut down a grand tree unless the commission agrees a lot is unbuildable without removing the tree. The proposed amendment would give the commis sion the authority to require property owners to replace a fallen grand tree with trees that can provide similar canopy within a year. T he change would allow commissioners to require a property owner pay into a tree fund. I n addition, the proposed amendment increases the penalties commissioners can put on property owners who violate the ordinance. By state statute, the city of A nna M aria can charge such as removal of a grand tree. The proposed ordinance amendment would allow a special magistrate to also require a violator to pay for the replacement of destroyed canopy. guideline as well. C ity attorney Becky Vose said a typographical a grand tree as 24 inches in circumference, then pro ceeds to recommend the measurement be taken by diameter at breast height. eter, not circumference, should be used for measuring. However, Commissioner Doug Copeland pointed than 6 feet around. serves if the city grants permission to remove a healthy tree to build a pool. Leto said he would be willing to plant multiple trees, as well as pay into a city tree fund. C opeland asked Leto to continue the hearing to the June 14 city commission meeting, when the commission will hold a second hearing for an amendment to its grand tree ordinance. He said Vose could add language that allows the city to grant a property owner the ability to replace tree canopy when existing trees prevent the property owner from developing their property as they like. Leto agreed to the delay. Many large trees would fall through the cracks by that standard, Copeland said. nition of a grand tree to those larger than 24 inches in diameter leaves many large trees vulnerable. We could turn into Daytona Beach, he said. I nstead, Seymour suggested the city consider circumference of more than 4 feet, he said. C ommissioner A my T ripp disagreed, saying she C opeland said the commission could settle on a scheduled to held during the next commission meeting at 6 p.m. T hursday, June 14, at city hall, 10005 G ulf Drive. T wo property owners requested permission M ay 24 from the A nna M aria C ity C ommission to remove grand trees. F or one, the commission granted permission to remove the tree and replace it with a gumbo limbo. However, the commission agreed to delay a deci sion on the second request until the second hearing of an amendment to the citys grand tree ordinance can be held. inches or greater in diameter approximately 4.5 feet high and property owners are prohibited from removing a grand tree without permission from commission. A damaged cedar will come down C ommissioners granted building contractor R yan M oss permission to remove a cedar tree at 222 Willow A ve. P ublic works manager D ean Jones said he had denied the request because it violated both the grand tree and native tree ordinances. M oss argued the tree, pressing up against the north side of the house and showing signs of damage and disease, poses a safety hazard. He cited a letter written by Luke D avis, an employee concluded the tree is going to continue to decline and struggle in its current location. M oss also included photos in his presentation, showing the proximity of the tree to the house. C ommissioners A my T ripp and Brian Seymour had visited the property to examine the tree and said at the meeting they agreed that the tree appears in poor health. Seymour asked whether the damage to the tree was caused during construction. I n response, M oss provided photos of the tree before construction, indicating it already had suffered damage. T he commission unanimously authorized M oss to gumbo limbo replacement elsewhere on the property. Grand tree tradeoff offered for a pool A second appeal to remove a grand tree was delayed to the June 14 commission meeting. wrote a letter to the commission M ay 7 appealing the decision to deny him a permit to remove a cyprus tree from his property. Leto wrote that the tree prevents him from adding a pool or other accessories to his home and that it poses a hazard to the homes foundation. A t the hearing, Leto said he would be willing to plant whatever trees the commission deemed reasonable to replace the canopy lost by removal of the cyprus. However, commissioners questioned whether Letos inability to construct a pool due to the presence of the tree counted as rendering the lot unbuildable, per the terms of the current ordinance. C ity attorney Becky Vose said if a building exists on the property, it is not considered unbuildable, according to the language in the ordinance. C ommissioner D ale Woodland said the tree also blocks the propertys view of the canal behind the house. I know that wouldnt sit real well with me if I had waterfront property, he said. T ripp asked what purpose the grand tree ordinance A cedar tree at 222 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, presses against the side of the house. Islander Photo: Bianca Bened


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THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 17 INSHORE/OFFSHORE GUIDED 4-6-8 HOUR TRIPS... PLUS, 2-HOUR FAMILY-FUN FISHING ISLAND BUSTER FISHING CHARTERS West Manatee Fire Rescue West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief T om Sousa said the district was prepared for Hurricane I rma. However, ers, including the need for improved communication district. event response. with calls regarding downed lines and some medi cal emergencies from people who had been clearing debris. W MFR will look for solutions to assist the said. WMFR sent an engine strike team after the hur search missions, tree removal, supply delivery, aid sta tion setup and tarp distribution. Sousa said the experi the future. Bianca Benedi Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Before I rma hit, more than 80 rescued animals were evacuated from the Wildlife Education and R eha bilitation Center in Bradenton Beach to the mainland, according to Wildlife Inc. president Ed Straight. The wildlife menagerie which included squir rels, raccoons, three tortoises, a skunk and birds was loaded into 30 carriers and transported with the help of volunteers to several residences in west Bradenton, where evacuation was not mandatory. Storm damages to the facility were minimal, with mostly cleanup required. However, for several days following Irma, Wildlife Inc. was without electricity. Straight said they ran three generators to keep food from spoiling. A dditionally, without power, they could not receive rescue calls. Straight said people were bringing ani mals to the facility in spite of the downed lines. He said if a storm hits this year and takes out power and phone lines, people can bring animals to their facility. Were gonna be here as soon as we can get back, Straight said. People can bring us animals even if we cant be reached by phone. ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring There was a time when I would go out onto the beach and try to rescue eggs rolling in the surf, Suzi F ox, A nna M aria I sland T urtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director said following Hurri cane I rma. N ow I know we need to be safe and let nature take its course. nests and 37 nests remaining to hatch on the island. Fox said 22 nests were lost during the storm. used to mark nests deeper into the sand, then wait for the storm to pass before returning to the nesting beaches. Volunteers do not check nests until the beaches are cleared for people, Fox said. We secure the nests, then say a little prayer to the sea turtle goddess that it goes as well as possible, F ox said. ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Personal accounts Hurricane I rma was supposed to go right over Duette. I t was not as bad as expected, but we were without electricity for seven days. O ur news came from the radio in our cars and we were afraid to run them too often since we had no idea if could obtain more fuel. O ur D uette F ire Station opened up after a few days for showers, hot meals and had supplies of other kinds, if needed. house. T hey had to no phones or computers were working. G ov. R ick Scott visited the area to check out the damage and boost morale. T he F ederal E mergency M anagement A gency helped those who applied with about $1,000 to replace food and help with other problems caused by I rma. T he population in D uette is about 1,450. We got to know some of our neighbors through this storm. People were helping each other as best they could. It was not a pleasant experience, but it could have been so much worse. Like most homeowners in Florida in the days lead ing up to Hurricane I rma, I along with my friends and neighbors, teamed up to board up our houses in preparation for the storm. I didnt really expect to need the boarded up win dows, but as the saying goes, better safe than sorry. I live in northwest Bradenton near D esoto N ational M emorial and just a few houses from the M anatee River. I m not sure why I wasnt too worried. M aybe 47 years of living in the area has given way to com placency, or the fact that my house is on really high ground, despite the nearness to the river. P robably a combination of both. my daughter Gillian, son Conal and our somewhat psy chotic golden retriever D aisy. She took them to ride out the storm with family in Lakewood R anch. I joined them late morning Sept. 10 with my hurricane survival kit, consisting of a cooler of beer and water, a giant can of Buschs best baked beans and a few lanterns, After the storm passed, the drive home was dicey but we made it home safely. Along the way, there were downed trees, includ snapped off at the base of the trunk in my neighbor hood. I deduced that a waterspout came right up the canal from the river, jumped the road and hit my neighbors house across the lake from me, causing damage. I n retrospect, my initial feeling that my house was safe for Irma was correct, but seeing others who Kevin P. Cassidy I moved two years ago from a bayfront cottage in Holmes Beach to a home on Flamingo Cay that backs up to a large conservation zone. So instead of worrying about the integrity of my seawall, I was looking at the tallest tree and calculating where it might fall. I decided to stay home until the very last minute, when a staff member called and asked, How will you I hastily packed an overnight bag for myself, my laptop and my big i Mac, my chargers and recharge able devices, including fans and camp lights and all the things necessary for a few nights away for my two cairn terriers. T urns out, their needs exceed my own. bottles and grabbed the ice cream and a few groceries and away I went, almost a mile or so to the reporters condo in Pine Bay Forest at 78th Street. She the same person who begged me to leave and her cat had left a day or so earlier. A nother staffer and her partner were already ensconced, but they kindly made way for me, Baby and Sharpie. A s it turned out, we alternately relaxed, read, cooked, dined, walked and enjoyed the peaceful, but stormy time together. We slept through the peak of the storm. All the while, we were able to monitor Facebook and contribute meaningful posts to keep people in AMI and the aftermath. Bonner Joy


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20 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER WE TWEET TOO @ami_islander @ami_islander Founded 1956ALL ARE WELCOME Sunday 10 a.m. Worship Service6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key 941-383-6491 The Lords Warehouse Thrift ShopThe Rev. Bill Friederich Senior MinisterHours 9-noon, Monday, Wednesday, SaturdayOpen Arms, Loving Hearts, Accepting Minds LIFE AUTO HOME BOA T BUSINESS 4408 Gulf Drive ~ Holmes Beach941-778-1638 ~ All are welcome All are welcome Episcopal Church of the AnnunciationThe Rev. Matthew Grunfeld Rector9 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist with Music 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Eucharist and Healing SUNDAY WORSHIP8:30 AM IN THE CHAPEL10:00 AM IN THE SANCTUARY Church School8:45 AM A dult Bible Study9:30 AM A dult Book Study COMMUNITY CHURCH A NON DENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:00 AM CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY Dinner included! Register at Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner All together for AID serviceMembers of the island churches gather May 20 to celebrate Pentecost during a worship service presented by All Island Denominations. The service took place at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Courtesy Peggy Nash The Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church accepts a serving of ice cream at the social that followed the worship service at Roser Memorial Community Church. Backer, during the service, read from the Old Testament. Holy Cow Ice Cream owners Sandy and Chet Zarzycki served ice cream after the May 8 service at Roser. Roser history lessonFran Barford, chair of the deacon board at Roser Memorial Community Church and a former mayor of Anna Maria, talks about the history of the church chapel May 8 during a visit from members of the Longboat Key Garden Club. Islander Courtesy Photos Islander Sissy Quinn, in period costume, sits in a pew in the chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church during a program attended by members of the Longboat Key Garden Club. The club also Shipwrecked on AMI at RoserRoser Memorial Community Church will host Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School June 4-8. Kids from which will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. and include dinner. The church has arranged for transportation from the Center of Anna Maria Island and the Anna Maria School for Constructive Play. To register, go online at or call the church


THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 21 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 ser vice in T he I slander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present, as well as to those people with ties to the island. Submit to Milestone Images of America: Anna Maria Island, a pictorial history of the island by Islander publisher/owner Bonner Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Obituaries protect the things you love Protect the things you love 941-244-4743 Sunset celebrationChristine Rhoder and Benjamin Rothberg married May 12 at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. The couple then celebrated at a reception with more than 100 guests at Zota Beach Resort on Longboat Key. The brides parents are John and Carol Rhoder of Longboat Key. The grooms mother, Jeanette Rothberg, lives in Anna Maria. The couple reside in Bradenton. Islander Courtesy Photo The Rev. Neil Crowell introduces Coral the sea horse, one of the creatures kids will encounter at vacation Bible school at Roser Memorial Commu nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Courtesy PhotosMarion Hanna Roberts Marion Hanna R oberts ( NEE Layton, Lichten many, to Lucie (Munzer) and Kurt Lichtenstein. She was a New Yorker at heart. Raised her family in Warren, M ichigan, and found her ray of sunshine in Holmes Beach, where she was a snowbird from about A graduate of I thaca C ollege, she dedicated her career to helping children, serving for many years as a school psychologist in Warren. A lover of life and full of energy, she completed skated into her 80s and had a golf drive straight enough to be the envy of pros. She never knew a stranger, making friends wher ever she went. M emorial donations may be made to G irls G olf Roberts. She is survived by her daughter C indy and husband A ndy of Washington, D C .; son R ick and wife Sondra; grandchildren Brooke and A lison of C olleyville, T exas; and her caregiver Phalese. Barbara Voorman Perdue Barbara Voorman Perdue, 86, of Ramsey/ Ridge wood, New Jersey, and Anna Maria, died May 18. She was born in P assaic, N ew Jersey, and attended C ollegiate School before moving to R idgewood, where she graduated from Ridgewood High School. T here she met her husband of more than 50 years, Walter E. Perdue. She attended Lasell Junior C ollege in N ewton, Massachusetts. goods store in R idgewood. She was an avid tennis player for more than 40 years and loved singing in many different choirs. For the past 20 years, she and her husband loved their second home in Anna Maria. N o service is planned. M emorial donations may be made to West Side P resbyterian C hurch, 6 S. Monroe St., Ridgewood NJ 07450, or Roser Memo rial C ommunity C hurch, P O Box 247, A nna M aria She is survived by her son, M itchell, daughter Beth C harles and M axwell Sontag, as well as many adoring nieces and nephews. The audience for a Just Older Youth meeting May 23 at Roser Memorial Community Church. Those who attended learned about researching family history and dined on their brown-bag lunches. The church provided beverages and desserts. The club usually meets the second and fourth Wednesdays at the church. Discussing DNAAnna Maria Island resident Peggy Jude, a Manatee Genea logical Society board member, talks about family history and research during a meeting of the JOY/ Just Older Youth group May 23 at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Courtesy Photos: Peggy Nash


22 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER And the winner is Manatee 100 Club chose Manatee County Deputy at an award dinner in Bradenton. Nine agencies serving Manatee County sent their recognizes local law enforcement. Finklea was nominated for exemplary service Aug. 8, 2017, according to an MCSO news release. Off duty, Finklea saved two people trapped in a vehicle on Moccasin Wallow Road, east of Interstate 75, after seeing smoke billow from the car. He called vehicle. From police departments on Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach Officer Joel Pierce and Bradenton Hill was nominated for his professionalism while responding to a man who had threatened suicide and Hill shot the man, who wielded a knife and hatchet at law enforcement. The man has since recovered. BBPD Chief Sam Speciale commended Hill for his tion. felon and making a burglary arrest. a safer place to live and visit due to his outstanding police work and proactive patrolling, HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer said. Kathy Prucnell Cops & CourtBy Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter Island watch To report information on island crime, call PLEASE SEE STREETLIFE, PAGE 23 StreetlifeBy Kathy PrucnellSarasota woman gets probation, nes for DUI A Sarasota woman pleaded no contest to driving impaired in Holmes Beach and was sentenced in the 12th Circuit to 12 months probation. The judge ordered probation, requiring Rosploch panel and perform 50 hours of public service. Holmes Beach police arrested Rosploch in January road in the 5200 block of Gulf Drive. In addition to drive in a single lane and driving without her vehicle registration. The judge also suspended Rosplochs drivers license for six months, impounded her vehicle for 10 in her vehicle for six months. Citations for failing to display registration and travel in a single lane were dismissed by the court. according to the court website.Anna Maria moped driver gets probation, modi cation An Anna Maria man who pleaded no contest to tence in 12th Circuit Court. and 50 hours of community work. Judge Mark Singer also suspended his drivers license for six months. However, Trygg caught another judges ear for a a $450 payment for 45 hours of community service. Justifying the adjustment, an order approved by opportunities to perform community service on Anna Maria Island and the situation would create a hardship because of his inability to drive. He has presently the island, the order stated, adding the center seldom had work for him to do. Trygg was arrested Dec. 30, 2017, by a Manatee County sheriffs deputy as he drove a moped on North Shore Drive in Anna Maria. 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34210 Rewarding Golf at Every LevelJoin us in the Grille Room on Wednesday nights for our Two for One Dinner Deals and Saturday Night Specials! Book Your Tee Time: Online: Golf Shop: 941-758-1464 Island police blotterAnna Maria mation. Deputies from the Manatee County Sheriffs on the boat were OK and the boat was pulled to shore and towed. 100 block of Tern Drive, runaway. A runaway juvenile on probation went missing and was found. May 16, 100 block of Crescent Drive, burglary. A resident reported her home was burglarized. Jewelry, tic disturbance. A deputy responded to an argument between a couple but found no signs of violence. turbance. Vacationers argued about whether to take their children to the pool or the beach. The couple reported the argument was verbal and a sheriffs deputy found no evidence of violence. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach May 18, 200 block of Gulf Drive North and the ing children in the water. A wing collapsed and the glider spun out of control after he lifted off the beach at Coquina Gulfside Park. A Bradenton Beach police not permitted. Paramedics determined the man was in good health and he walked away a bit shaken. man, who struck another man in the face was arrested nal mischief. A resort manager reported damage to a one tried to pry it open. tion violation. Police responded to a report of a verbal disturbance and found a man who said hed been The woman had found him on Bridge Street. She denied the altercation to police, but then said it did happen that she was mad because the man wouldnt retrieve his belongings from her house and hed spent his paycheck. BBPD determined the woman violated a and violating the injunction. Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD. Cortez May 16, tic. A sheriffs deputy responded to a call about a domestic battery but found no one injured. Cortez is policed by MCSO. Holmes Beach WE TWEET TO0@ami_islander Manatee 100 of the Year for 2017 Manatee County Sheriffs Deputy Willie Finklea, left, poses with Sheriff Rick Wells at the Manatee 100 dinner awards. Islander Courtesy Photos Bradenton Beach Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz, left, congratulates Hill, Bradenton Beach nominee, May 17 at the Manatee 100 Club award dinner. Holmes Beach Joel Pierce, left, the HBPD nominee for the Manatee 100 of the Year 2017 award, is congratulated by Zack Kallis, president of the Manatee 100 Club.


THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 23 STREETLIFE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22Community work upped for Bradenton man in DUI A Bradenton man who pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 12 months probation for driving under the tence April 25 to allow for more community service. E rnesto Vidal, 64, was sentenced in F ebruary by Judge D ouglas Henderson and with approval from the state attorney in A pril, the 12th C ircuit C ourt upped his community service to 143 hours, in lieu of $1,426 Vidals probation includes DUI school and a vic Henderson also suspended Vidals drivers license both for six months. I n addition to the DUI Vidal pleaded no contest to charges of public urination and attaching a tag not assigned. Holmes Beach police arrested Vidal Jan. 7 at the cer observed sparks coming from Vidals car on the Anna Maria Island Bridge. He also was ticketed for failing to provide insur ance, expired registration and failing to maintain a single lane. respectively. HBPD arrests Bradenton couple for shop burglaryoperating a vehicle without a license, proof of insur for inoperable tag lights. T he tag was seized and the vehicle was towed. A friend picked him up. turtle lighting. Police were dispatched for lights shin By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter From this weeks police reports comes something He came into a Holmes Beach rental shop looking to sell his skateboard and grabbed $166 from the register. Come on! Come on! Which led her to drive into the parking lot of the rental shop. He then threw his skateboard and the money into the getaway vehicle and she hit the gas. But he was left standing in the lot. R onald Wronowski, 35, and his getaway driver, Kristi Kovaleski, 34, were arrested M ay 21 by Holmes and Jason Higgins. at Just4Fun, 5358 Gulf Drive. Just as the shop clerk was walk ing to the front of the store, she heard the money drawer click shut. T he clerk confronted Wronowski, who asked about selling his skateboard. When the clerk declined, he exited the shop. The clerk then realized the cash was missing. Walker arrived in the store parking lot two minutes throw a skateboard and cash into a white car. Walker then saw the car, with Kovaleski behind the wheel, speed off south on G ulf D rive, leaving Wronowski stranded. Walker arrested Wronowski without a struggle and charged him with a felony burglary. A few minutes later, Higgins found Kovaleski in a stopped her for driving on a suspended license with a tag that didnt belong to the vehicle. The $166 in cash from the store was found in the center console, where a couple of bills were observed hanging from the compartment. HB PD believes Kovaleski was trying to conceal the crime, according to the report, which also states a box cutter and rubber gloves were found in the vehicle. charge against Kovaleski. She also was arrested for a felony DWSL charge and a tag not assigned, a misde meanor. Both suspects were booked at the M anatee C ounty jail and released after posting bonds Wronowski 22, in the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Man atee A ve. W., Bradenton. Wronowski Kovaleski referred the case to code enforcement. M ay 21, G rassy P oint P reserve, 3000 A venue C generator, propane tanks, food and a cellphone. P olice reported a suspicious vehicle at the same location 11 days earlier. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva tion Commission was contacted. May 21, 7600 block of Palm A venue, license/tag. A motorist from Venice was arrested for driving on a vehicle with one headlight out. His license and vehicle picked him up. M ay 22, 3000 block of G ulf D rive, license/tag. P olice ran a vehicle tag and determined it was not assigned and the driver had numerous license suspen sions. The driver was cited and the vehicle was towed. Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra tives from the BBPD, 7600 HBPD and MCSO.


24 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER Ann Mari Oyster Bar You'll feel like family! Visit us online for menu, specials, locations, & more at Tacos Burgers Seafood WE TWEET TOO @ami_islander @ami_islander Sea turtle collision on land cause for concern Mikayla Woodard, AMITW intern, stakes a loggerhead nest on the beach May 23 next to a bench at 67th Street in Holmes Beach, while AMITW executive director Suzi Fox, right, and turtle watch volunteers, observe. According to Fox, the sea turtle collided with the bench when it nested. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter A bench on the beach can provide a respite for weary walkers. In the path of a sea turtle, it can mean disaster. Beach benches can be a hazard for female sea turtles, which only leave the Gulf of Mexico to crawl ashore and lay their nests, then return to the water. roundings on land and objects in their path are known to detract them from nesting. They also can become entangled and struggle to return to the water. On their morning survey May 23, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers spotted a nest laid the night before adjacent to a bench on the beach near 67th Street in Holmes Beach. We are lucky she still nested, Suzi Fox, AMITW executive director, said. The turtles tracks indicate it nested under the bench. In 2017, six turtles collided with benches during nesting attempts, resulting mostly in false crawls, although one nest was found under a bench. A false crawl occurs when a nesting female comes ashore and retreats without nesting. As of May 28, 47 sea turtle nests were laid on Anna Maria Island beaches this nesting season and 82 false crawls have been spotted. According to Fox, benches on the beach violate niture or equipment on the beach overnight. Thats illegal on this beach, according to their own law, Fox said. They should contact the people who donated the benches and let them know they will be moved, then move them higher, Fox said. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said May 23 that public works moved several benches in 2017 for sea turtle safety. He said he would inspect the placement of benches near 67th Street, where several are clustered at the beach access, to see if they can be moved further landward. For more information on nesting season, contact Turtle watch presents weekly Turtle Talks attended a Turtle Talk with a friend, new AMITW volunteer Barbara Riskay said May 22. Then, I was hooked. I learn something new each time. In June and July, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring is hosting educational Turtle Talks at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The presentation, which lasts about 35 minutes, ees receive promotional materials, such as stickers, For more information, call AMITW executive 3 snowy plover chicks arrive on Holmes Beach shoreA female snowy plover sits next to one of her chicks May 21 on the shore in Holmes Beach. The chick is one of three that hatched May 20. The mature male and female and their chicks were spotted moving north on the beach May 21. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring watches over the small, sand-colored birds. designated threatened by the state. AMITW volunteer Pete Gross wrote, The chicks feed themselves, generally, with the adults nearby, on the small creatures in the sand and vegetation til they have about 30 days after hatching. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW/ Pete Gross


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THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 27 By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter remains excellent. Despite numerous afternoon rain showers, the season is improving, although the large numbers of tangle with the silver king are able to hook up with persistence in Tampa Bay. Patrolling the Gulf beaches, as well as the passes both north and south, also is a good bet. the most dominant bite. Most of the youd better be determined. Some days catching 20 jack and snapper are present. Remember to get your tackle in order, as gag grouper season opens June 1. days of stronger tides especially the outgoing ones. water as shallow as 2 feet. Most everything else is on Tampa Bay is seeing a variety of species being interested in the shrimp offerings. orable catches. Capt. Aaron Lowman is working the nearshore Southernaire Fishing Charters 941.465.8932AnnaMariaFishing Guide.comDOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACKCAPT. AARON LOWMAN DOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACK CAPT. AARON LOWMAN Stasny 941-323-7892 THE ORIGINAL BAIT BOAT IS BACK !LIVE Whitebait & CrabsOn the water at the Kingfish Boat Ramp Inconsistent weather results in consistent fishing actionstructures in the Gulf of Mexico. Due to slower tides occurring during the half moon phase, Lowman is grove snapper, cobia, sharks and permit. On days when the tides are moving well, Lowman the tide is moving. Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is targeting tarpon in the passes of Egmont Key, Bean Point and Longboat Key. Early morning excursions are producing the best bite for Gross, especially just herring as bait is resulting in hookups for his clients. dance of spotted seatrout in the area. Although much of the catch is falling just short of 15 inches, Gross is proving good for Gross clients, especially on outgoing and mangrove edges is resulting in numerous bites. oyster bars and mangrove shorelines key factors to getting hooked up. Capt. Warren Girle is working for tarpon along the Gulf beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. numerous hook ups for his clients. Most catches are bite for his anglers. Slot trout are common, while most Capt. Jason Stock is catching and tagging tarpon along the Gulf beaches. As part of a species tagging ging his tarpon hookups so they can be tracked and studied. Moving offshore, Stock is targeting permit over reefs and wrecks with good success. Casting live crabs in these areas is resulting in permit up to 25 pounds. Other catches occurring offshore include of goliath grouper before being released. Skip Tubbs, visiting Anna Maria Island from Montana, caught May 12 in Sarasota Bay using shiners for bait on trip guided by Capt. Warren Girle. William Stonelake of Philadelphia poses with his herring at the north tip of Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Christina Stonelake


28 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER By Bianca Bened, bianca@islander.orgKindergartners host Pajama Party Anna Maria Elementary teacher Mary Miller and principal Jackie Feathergraders Brenna Heckler, Lincoln Sauls, Payton Harlan, Mikey Bowes, Quinton OConnor and Phynona Smelt May 24 for receiving straight As for the 2017-18 school year. The students were recoggrade awards ceremony in the school auditorium. Islander Photos: Bianca Bened read line-by-line, sending Rollins on to for her upcoming retirement. Sauls with the Rotary Award for Service May 24 at AMEs Fifth-graders receive end-of-year awardsAnna Maria Elementarys kindergarten class takes the auditorium stage May 22 to entertain family and friends with their end-of-year performance, a musical version of Pajama Party! Islander Photos: Bianca Bened AME kindergartners sing about the trials and tribulations of life May 22 with a performance of Its A Hard Knock Life from the musical Annie during their performance of the class play, Pajama Party! AME kinder kids perform, Pajama Party! Islander Photo: Nenita Daquinotas


THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 29 islbizBY SANDY AMBROGI Minto sends newly built OPH marina to sale block The large machinery is still rumbling around on Particular Harbour. While construction is underway, parent company Minto Communities announced Colliers International marina. The sale of the One Particular Harbour Marina plan for One Particular Harbour at Harbour Isle, Minto president Mike Belmont said in a news release May 24. The latest announcement is one more chapter in the story of the property, which is west of Anna Maria Island on Anna Maria Sound. ing with Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville Holdings to create One Particular Harbour within the Harbour Isle development. The resulting 132 condo residences themes are in various stages of completion and dences and Edgewater Walk with 147 residences and a clubhouse. In April, Minto announced plans to construct a water. A ships shore, retail shops and entertainment space are planned for the area adjacent to the marina. A birds-eye view of the Minto Harbour Isle development on Perico Island looking northwest toward Anna Maria Island. The square, man-made harbor, with a boat storage-facility, is middle left. Island Courtesy Photo: Minto the hotel construction was announced. The marina property, which is approximately 6 Mexico. Minto touted the marina as an exciting addition to the marina world, located in a spectacular setting on Anna Maria Sound. Colliers wasted no time beginning to market the price was not available at press time on the company website. marina in a popular boating community in Florida, Matt Putnam, of Colliers said, in a news release. We expect the Margaritaville brand, combined with a healthy marina market, to foster a successful marina business for the long term, Putnam stated. Colliers has a workforce of more than 12,000 For more information on One Particular Harbour For more information on One Particular Harbor and Minto Communities, visit Biz News continues on page 30. New chamber members Jennifer Strohl, middle, and Sandra Okada, right, react to chamber vicepresident Cathy Pizzo as she enters their information on a tablet at the May AMI chamber mixer. Stohl and Okada own Coastal Life Design & Marketplace, 8615 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Island bank hosts May mixerNancy Wells, left, business center manager for Whitney Bank formerly Hancock Bank at 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, presents Katy Demick with the grand prize May 23 at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce mixer. The bank, which changed names May 25, hosted the event and furnished the prizes. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi Cortni Wash of Small Town Creamery in Holmes Beach serves ice cream to a line of hungry soccer players May 23 at the Center of Anna Maria Islands end-of-school bash. Center kicks off summer with celebrationLexa Fulwider, 7, takes a burger May 23 at the Center of Anna Maria Islands end-of-school bash. Food for the event was donated by Slims Place in Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Bianca Bened TravelerAME alum greets kids at Disney Sauls and Mikey Bowes pose May 22 with Disney native and former student of Anna Maria Elementary. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lindsay Sauls


30 MAY 30, 2018 THE ISLANDER islbizBY SANDY AMBROGI Islander archive 24/7 Some years ago, The Islander was invited to take part in a digital newspaper pilot project with the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. After submitting electronic digital paper, we donated our collection of printed newspapers covering from the first edition era of 2005. It took a few years, but its all on the UofF digital library site now, all searchable by key word, name or date. Its simple, easy and available 24/7. Theres 25 years, 52 weeks a year, the complete $10 each @ The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, HB. Einzige deutsch sprachige Immobilien-Agentur auf Anna Maria Island sh Florida Dreams Realty of AMI 3340 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach KAUF VERKAUF VERMIETUNGWir beraten Sie umfassend und kompetent in Ihrer Sprache! Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Anruf oder Ihren Besuch bei uns im Bro.Markus Siegler, Broker sh www.Edgewaterrealestateami.com104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach941-778-8104 Toll Free 877-778-0099 Real Estate Sales Vacation Rentals Annual Rentals Property Management Concierge Service We re Serious about our Customer Servi ce Your full service Real Estate Agency providing exceptional customer service for all your short or long term goals. Whether staying a few d ays or a lifetime, we will help you find your perfect accommodation. One stop shop We can pro vide everything you might need rent and finance your piece of paradise. 103 Gull Avenue, Anna Maria $1,200,000 PARADISE FOUND! Local high school graduates earn chamber scholarships At the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce bers of the chamber scholarship committee and scholarship winners. Pictured are committee chair Karen LaPensee, left, of LaPensee Plumbing, Pools and Air, scholars Sarah Glaser and Haley Beyerlein, Mike Southwick of AAA Payroll, Wende Webb of Gulf Coast Property Watch, scholars Mingote and Barbara Murphy of Travel Now. Islander Photo: Courtesy Cathy Pizzo Four local high school seniors on their way to college were named scholarship winners by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce May 21 at the Each recipient is receiving $1,000 toward expenses at college. All attended high school in Manatee County. The winners, selected by a committee of chamber members chaired by Karen LaPensee and including Barbara Murphy, Mike Southwick, Michael Vejins and Wende Webb. Haley Beyerlein is a graduate of Braden River High ida. She was captain of the school color guard team. She will attend the University of Central Florida. Sarah Glaser is graduating from St. Stephens Episcopal School, where she took part in the Japanese exchange program, Model United Nations and Model ing. She will attend Davidson College, majoring in business administration and political science. School, where she served as the student government association president. She coached TOP Youth Soccer, munity. She plans to major in telecommunications and minor in business at the University of Florida. tian School in the top 5 percent of her class, with a long list of leadership awards and community service. nessee, to study business with a plan to achieve an Island abuzz with changesWaterline loses Zinck Pulling through several years of delays and reschedules, Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club general manager Sandy Zinck is now calling it quits with the Anna Maria Island hotel. Zinck announced to employees May 18 that she would be leaving the property, its parent company Mainsail Lodging and Development of Tampa, and the United States to return home to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Zincks husband received a transfer back to the Halifax area, where the couple has many relatives and friends. Zinck will remain at Waterline until June 30 while a search for her replacement is ongoing. Its a very emotional time for me, Zinck said about her departure. I love this property, I love this island and I love working for Mainsail. Its not easy to leave. The individual who gets this job will be very lucky, Zinck said. Sandy Zinck stands in the entry to Eliza Anns Coastal Kitchen at the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Zinck will step down from her position as general manager June 30 and return to Nova Scotia with her family. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi Mr. Horne goes to Washington Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner John Horne went to Washington, D.C., May 23 to testify on Capitol Hill. Horne appeared before U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanans Tax Policy Subcommittee to speak on his impacts from the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Small businesses can get their staffs and their customers involved locally like no other business can, Horne said before the committee. The four AMOB restaurants in the local area employee more than 300 people. Horne said the tax cut allowed him to purchase new equipment and give bonuses to workers.


THE ISLANDER MAY 30, 2018 31 BizCalBy Sandy Ambrogi Business news ments? Maybe youve just opened the doors, received mation to heat brings chamber meets Wednesday, June 6, at Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. boat Key. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Siesta Key chambers come together for the event. RSVP to the AMI chamber by Friday, June 1. For more information about chamber events or to center are at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. junction with the town of Longboat Key will hold the p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Harbourside Ballroom at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, 3000 Harbourside Drive, Longboat Key. the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Florida, to the island. Admission is free, but you must register with the LBK chamber. Space is limited. The Longboat Key chambers Networking@Noon for guests. To register for events, or for information Bob Ford, Lyn Hulin and Mark Adams from Fidelity Bank hold their prizes for the putting contest May 18 at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf tournament at IMG Academy Golf Club in Bradenton. Adams also was the only participant to make a hole-in-one on the putting green. Islander Courtesy Photo: AMI chamber of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce May 22 following a 90-day probation period. Cathy Pizzo, right, is now vice president of the AMI chamber. She previously served as chamber administrator. Islander Photo: Sandy AmbrogiChamber names executives The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce period, named Terri Kinder as president of the island business organization. Executive board chair Bev Lesnick made the Kinder has been interim president since January, when she was temporarily named to the post until the board could decide a replacement for Deb Wing, who resigned in December 2017. The board of directors and Kinder later agreed ber since 2011. She has done a tremendous job, Lesnick said of Kinder. She took the reins and ran with them. Kelley DeForest announced her departure after only three months. She has taken a position with the alumni association at the University of South Florida.


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2 2018 STORM PLANNER THE ISLANDER Storm Avengers of the hurricane season This is The Islanders annual Storm Avengers Readiness Guide for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which is June 1-Nov. 30. As the new season opened, the Federal Emer gency Management Agency was still issuing payments for damages caused by hurricanes and tropical storms in 2017. And those who suffered the most severe damage last year, were still recovering, rebuilding, repairing. But disaster relief officials emphasized that residents in the Atlantic hurricane zone must look ahead and prepare by reviewing emergency plans and restocking supplies. Last year, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Nate proved again that the entire Gulf Coast is at risk from storms and that several hurricanes can strike in a single season, said Ken Graham, director of NOAAs National Hurricane Center. Dont wait for a hurricane to be on your doorstep to make a prepared ness plan, by then it may be too late. Take the time now to get prepared for the season ahead.Get ready nonperishable foods and other equipment needed to secure your property. special dietary foods, blankets, pillows, sleeping clothing, lightweight folding chairs, cots, personal items, quiet games and toys, important papers and snacks. If you have a pet, include its needs as well. to leave home. Friends on the mainland or hurricane safe shelters considered.Get set When advisories list Southwest Florida as a threatened region, pay attention to weather broadcasts and: check the oil, tires and wiper blades. with tape or storm shutters. Remember, damage to small windows is mostly caused by wind-driven debris. Damage to larger windows may come from debris, as well as wind pressure. lawn ornaments and anything that can be moved. Secure outdoor objects that cant be moved. coolers, bottles or pots can be used, or buy bottled water. Remember, water service may be disrupted for days or weeks after a hurricane. You should have a gallon of water per person per day, and you should that electricity may be off for days or weeks, so make plans for alternatives to prepare food or have food that can be eaten cold. Check to make sure you have a manual can opener. cane experts caution against candles due to the threat towels, cleansers, protective gloves and the like. friendly shelters will open in Manatee County, but the animal must have all its shots and paperwork and be maintained in a carrier or kennel. If hurricane advisories list Southwest Florida as a possible landfall for a hurricane: home will be worse than you can imagine. Hurricane authorities predict it will take 12-17 hours to evacuate the island. shelter openings. Get gone chlorinate. If possible, remove the pump, otherwise cover the pool. main valve. youre going. a safe, timely ride out of the area. Get back limited and you may not be able to return to your home immediately. Roads may be blocked by trees and live power lines and emergency crews will need time to make the area safe. you have valid identification showing your local address. Roads and bridges should remain clear for emergency vehicles. protective gloves and boots. dows and doors to let air circulate and dry out the house. area thoroughly for gas fumes and take care to use a generator only as directed in the instructions. and contents to hasten insurance claims. water, sewer or gas lines to authorities. Ed Straight, president of Wildlife Inc., shares the walkway at his home Sept. 12, 2017, with some of the 30 carriers used to evacuate wildlife Sept. 9 ahead of Hurricane Irma. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Vehicles cue up in line at Citgo, 3015 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach, their tanks with gas the afternoon of Sept. 7, 2017. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell Matthew and Deb Myers of Bridge Street Interiors/Mermaid Haven help their business neighbors board windows Sept. 7, 2017, in advance of Hurricane Irma in Bradenton Beach. Owners Gayden Shell and Amanda Escobio look on. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell Tom Rulon of Holmes Beach shovels sand into a garbage bag held Sept. 7, 2017, by his nephew,


THE ISLANDER 2018 STORM PLANNER 3 Stormy weather The critical number: 74. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach 74 mph. Typical hurricanes are about 300 miles wide, although they vary considerably in size. The eye at a hurricanes center is relatively calm, a clear area about 20-40 miles across. The wall surrounding the eye is composed of dense clouds that contain the highest winds in the storm. A storms outer rain bands often with hur ricane or tropical storm-force winds are made up of bands of dense thunderstorms ranging from a few miles to tens of miles wide and 50-300 miles long. Hurricane-force winds can extend outward to about 25 miles in a small hurricane and out to more than 150 miles for a large hurricane. Tropical stormforce winds can stretch as far as 300 miles from the center of a large hurricane. Frequently, the right side of a hurricane is the most dangerous in terms of storm surge, winds and tornadoes. A hurricanes speed and path depend on com plex ocean and atmospheric interactions, including the presence or absence of other weather patterns. Experts say do not focus on the eye or the track because hurricanes are immense systems that can Be prepared for changes in size, intensity, speed and direction.Buildup to the big storm Tropical cyclones are low-pressure systems that include thunderstorms and rotate counterclockwise. A tropical cyclone with winds of 38 mph or less is a tropical depression. When the tropical cyclones winds reach 39-73 mph, it is upgraded to a tropical storm. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale defines hurricane strength by categories, but the category of the storm does not necessarily relate directly to the Lower category storms and even tropical storms can cause substantial damage depending on what other weather features they interact with, where they strike and the speed at which they move.From breeze to blasts In wind speeds of: water. break on the water. wires whistle and umbrellas pull away. water, theres high waves and rolling sea. land. And on water, waves reach more than 14 meters Pet-friendly planner The loss resulting from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 was catastrophic. Among the casualties and tragedies: An estimated 600,000 animals were either stranded or killed. In the wake of Katrina, emergency management planners stress that any disaster threatening humans also threatens animals. Today, making arrangements for pets among the most vulnerable in a storm is part of any household disaster planning. Animal advocates even encourage the petless to plan to help neighbors cope with canine and feline companions. Some recommendations from the specialists at animal welfare organizations: a microchip. choice for sheltering you and your pet. advance whether pets are welcome and what rules apply. A good resource is veterinarian will be boarding during the emergency. ing. and rabies license tag, leashes, water and food bowls, medications, food to last about two weeks, newspapers/plastic bags for waste disposal, toys and comfort items. And treats! kennels. Carriers should be large enough for pets to stand comfortably and turn around. Familiarize pets with the carrier ahead of time, because the carrier should be a comforting refuge if the animal must live Dogs must remain kenneled while at a public shelter for displaced pets following Hurri cane Ike in September 2008. Islander Photo: Jocelyn Augustino/ FEMA ated to a county-designated, pet-friendly shelter are required to remain in their kennel. Kennels are not provided. calm and reassurance. Keep as close to a pets normal routine as possible and speak to the animal regularly in a calm voice. ing a pet outdoors. Familiar scents and sights may be altered or gone, disorienting the animal. Additionally, debris, insects, wildlife and water may present hazards. Get your hurricane on .... The Islander more-than-a-mullet-wrapper tie-die shirt is the closest thing on AMI to a hurricane -except for the cocktail of the same name. AMI CENTRE, 3218 E. BAY DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH WWW.ISLANDER.ORG S-XL = $12, XXL = $15 Baby Joy is prepared for a storm with a soft kennel and a blanket.


4 2018 STORM PLANNER THE ISLANDER Categorizing canes: 74 mph and beyondcane Scale for categorizing hurricanes. In general, damage rises by a factor of four for every category increase. But even the smallest of storms can cause catastrophe.Category 1 Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, minor pier damage.Category 2 window damage. Considerable damage to vegetation, mobile homes. Flooding damages piers and small craft in unprotected moorings may break its moorings.Category 3 dences and utility buildings, with a minor amount of curtain-wall failures. Mobile homes are destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures Category 4 with some complete roof-structure failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach areas. Terrain may Category 5 ings. Some complete building failures. Flooding near the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas may be required. Atlantic forecast: 10-16 named storms The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration says theres a 75 percent chance the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be nearor above-normal. Federal forecasters predict a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season for the upcoming hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to Nov. 30. With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms harms way is unprecedented, Secretary of Com merce Wilbur Ross said in a statement released with the forecast. Ross also said, The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts. NOAAs forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, with winds of 39 mph or higher. Five to nine of those storms could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 mph or higher, including one to four major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. Earlier this year, forecasters at Colorado State University released their spring prediction, stating in the summary, We anticipate a slightly above-aver age probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean. M. Bell predicted: 14 named storms, 70 named storm days, seven hurricanes, 30 hurricane days, three major hurricanes and seven major hurricane days. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. In 2017, there were 17 named storms, 10 hur ricanes, six major hurricanes. The possibility of a weak El Nino developing, along with near-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, are two of the factors driving NOAAs outlook. Those factors are set upon a backdrop of atmospheric and oceanic conditions conducive to hurricane development and have been producing stronger Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995. ity of all levels of government, the private sector and the public, said acting FEMA deputy Administrator Daniel Kaniewski. Kaniewski added, It only takes one storm to devastate a community so now is the time to prepare. Do ance? Does your family have a communication and evacuation plan? Stay tuned to your local news and download the FEMA app to get alerts, and make sure In addition to the Atlantic hurricane outlook, NOAA also issued seasonal hurricane outlooks for chance of a nearor above-normal season is predicted for both regions. probability of 14 to 20 named storms, of which seven to 12 are expected to become hurricanes, including three to seven major hurricanes. probability of three to six tropical cyclones, which includes tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. NOAA will update its Atlantic seasonal outlook in early August, just before the peak of the season. Colorado State University also is expected to update its outlook in late summer. A typical hurricane is about 300 miles wide, but storms vary in size. The eye at the center of the hurricane is relatively calm about 20-40 miles wide. Islander File Photo An image of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic, provided by hurricane hunters with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Islander Courtesy Photo Florida Power and replace a power pole Sept. 13, 2017, on South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. The previ ous pole, left, had been snapped Sept. 10 by high winds from Hur ricane Irma. Islander Photo: Bianca Bened


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8 2018 STORM PLANNER THE ISLANDER Storm Avengers Storm Avengers Storm Avengers Boaters: brace against wind, wavesa pile up. storage during a storm. is in the center of a canal or narrow river where at least double the number of mooring lines can be secured to both shores, port and starboard, fore and aft. docks, especially if larger and smaller vessels are involved. The probability of damage to the vessels is greater than if they are moored singly. dock or marina, heavy-duty fender boards should be used on a bare-wood center piling. Lines should be doubled and even tripled in length where necessary to hold a vessel in the center of a berth or off a seawall or dock pilings. bridges are locked down. Sources: National Hurricane Center, Florida Division of Emergency Management, American Boating Association. When a tropical storm or hurricane affects the state, Floridas boat owners and operators have more to be concerned about than just their homes and families. Some tips and cautions for boaters in hurricane season: relocate at least 48-72 hours before a storm is forecast to strike. two storm anchors, with extra long nylon line and chain. four-hole cleats backed with aluminum, stainless steel or marine plywood plates. clean, batteries are charged, bilges are clean, cockpit and lifesaving equipment is in good condition. radio antennas, outriggers, chairs, benches, deck boxes, bimini tops and canvas/curtains, sails, boom, extra halyards, canister rafts and dinghies. Make sure hatches, ports, doors, lazarettes and the sailboat rudder are secure. river or in a marina near the Gulf, it is possible that with an additional 5-10 feet or greater storm surge, the vessel can pound against the dock or crash into pilings. boat in a storm. However, using east-west canals can bring disaster when a hurricane approaches across the Gulf of Mexico traveling east to the mainland. If a boat breaks loose, a domino effect can result in Caution: No wake Longtime islanders are fond of saying that for whatever reason Anna Maria Island has not suffered a direct hurricane strike. And theyre still saying so after September 2017, when forecasts put the island in the path of Hurricane Irma but the storm made landfall to the south and weakened as it moved north. But our old-timers cannot say the same about flooding, which can occur during routine rainstorms. Driving through flooded streets can damage vehicles, as well as threaten the health and safety of people, pets and wildlife. Consider: United States. hood or community as can be the case of thunderregion, as can be the case in a hurricane. Get tagged to return Before the seasons first tropical depression develops, check to see that the hang tag is still hanging out in the glovebox. Island residents need to register and obtain reentry tags in order to be readmitted after an evacuation. And the arrival of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is a good time to make sure the tag is handy and hasnt been tossed out at the car wash, appropriated for a bookmark or kicked under the car seat. The tags are distributed at each of the three city halls. One tag is issued per residence to applicants with Anna Maria residents seeking information about tags can call city hall at 941-708-6130. In Holmes Beach, call the police department at 941-708-5807. In Bradenton Beach, call city hall at 941-7781005. Get CodeRed Bobby Farmer, Tom Polch and Andy VanHook of N.E. Taylor Boatworks raise a sailboat at the 119th Street docks in Cortez in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell 18-24 inches of moving water. only 6-12 more inches of clearance. much deeper than it appears. the vehicle and its undercarriage. with emergency supplies. raising expensive furniture, appliances and electronics, as well as the AC air handler and condenser. remove any vegetation that might clog the stormwater drainage system. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer, right, coordinates re-entry at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2017, with a Brations for weather emergencies, as well as hazardous road conditions, boil-water advisories and AMBER alerts. by providing a street address, telephone number and email address. other tools for getting information local news sites, including The Islander, social media, television and radio and, of course, the islands coconut telegraph.


THE ISLANDER 2018 STORM PLANNER 9 Smartphones, storm central Hey, Alexa, what are the coordinates for Tropical Storm Chris? Hey, Siri, where is Hurricane Oscar? Hey, Cortana, when is TS Sara due to make landfall? If Oscar or Sara or Chris materialize, the knowledge navigator built into smartphones and other devices will know the whirling storms track. exist for tracking hurricanes and other severe weather for smartphones and other mobile devices. Some apps are available for free, including: forecasts that include wind speeds, wind quadrants and predicted paths, as well as NOAA alerts. ground, with radar, satellite, current conditions and forecasts from more than 33,000 personal weather stations. which contains storm tracking and alerts, but also step-by-step instructions to prepare and respond. tures radar maps and severe weather alerts. Top-ranked for-sale apps include ricane Tracker, which outlasts many with overlay maps and seven-day forecasts. And, during quiet periods this storm season, we suggest trying, Hey, Alexa, tell me a joke. A number of apps available for free or a few bucks track storms, deliver forecasts and offer advice. Islander Photo: Screenshot iTunes Store imagery from NOAA radar stations, along with weather conditions and forecasts for multiple locations. Islander Photo: ScreenshotHashtag for hurricanes Just before the Atlantic hurricane abuzz over #Alberto, which formed May 25 in the northwestern Caribbean and was threatening to drench Memorial Day weekend Social media has become one of the most effective ways to follow weather news, track storms and get emergency updates. The simplest ways of staying up to date are to search for hashtags #hurricane or to follow the National Hurricane Center at @NWSNHC or @ NHC_Atlantic. NASA uses @NASAHurricane while NOAA dispatches info via @ NOAA_HurrHunter and the National Weather Service informs via @NWS and @NWSTampaBay. NOAA also is on Facebook, as is the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the popular Weather Underground.Additional resources agement: severeweather/hurricanes.html. Print resources The Islander has contingency plans to continue publishing through a storm, as do local daily newspapers, including the Bradenton Herald and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Especially in the event of widespread and lengthy power outages, newspapers may be the most reliable form of communicating information.TV resources Local television will report breaking news and updates in the event of a storm and Bay News 9 provides 24-hour news. Keep in mind, however, cable networks may not be available in a storm event. Social media can be an effective way to track storm news, as well as share storm news. Islander Photo: Pixabay


10 2018 STORM PLANNER THE ISLANDER Translating storm terminologyIRMA TAKING ITS TIME MOVING AWAY FROM CUBA. LIFETHREATENING STORM SURGE AND THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA ... The National Weather Service issued the bulletin at 11 p.m. Sept. 9, 2017. Clear. Concise. And conveying the message uniformly and quickly is the objective of those tasked with monitoring storms, reporting the weather and coordinating emergency responses. A look at some of the terms used during the hurricane season: Closest point of approach or CPA : The point where the hurricane eye comes closest to shore without making landfall. : A warning expected along low-lying coastal areas. : An alert expected along low-lying coastal areas. : The local government agency created to discharge emergency management responsibilities and functions of the county. : The county facility that serves as a central location for the coordination and control of all emergency preparedness and response activities. : Generally, a public school or other such structure designated by county : The lead-time that a populated coastal jurisdiction must have to safely relocate all residents of vulnerable areas from an approaching hurricane. : Indicates the occur. : The rate of movement of the hurricane eye is stated in miles per hour or knots. tained winds within the range of 39-54 miles an hour (34-47 knots), either predicted or occurring. Gale warnings are not normally issued during tropical cyclone situations. : The term is used when winds reach constant speed of 74 mph or more. These winds blow in a large spiral around a relatively calm center of extremely low pressure known as the eye of the hurricane. : A notice describing the present and forecast position and intensity of the storm. : The relatively calm area near the center of the storm. In this area, winds are light and the sky is often partly covered by clouds. : The point in time when the eye, or physical center of the hurricane, reaches the Tree aid after a storm In the aftermath of a major storm, the initial impulse is generally along the lines of lets get this mess cleaned up. But a hasty decision can result in removing trees that could have been saved. Doing the right things after trees have been damaged can make the difference between giving your trees a good chance of survival and unnecessarily losing them. The Arbor Day Foundation urges home and property owners to follow a few simple rules in administering tree large limbs are broken or hanging, or if high climbing or overhead chainsaw work is needed, its a job for a professional arborist. up and look down. Be on the alert for downed power lines and dangerous hanging branches that look like theyre ready to fall. utility lines, low-voltage telephone or cable lines and even fence wires that can become electrically charged when there are fallen or broken electrical lines nearby. are hanging or caught in other branches overhead. And, unless you really know how to use one, leave chainsaw work to the professionals. attached to the tree. Removing the jagged remains of smaller broken limbs is one common repair that people can make after a storm. If done properly, it will minimize the risk of decay agents entering the wound. Smaller branches should be pruned at the point where they join larger ones. Large branches that are broken should be cut back to the trunk or a main limb by an arborist. the trees appearance and eliminate hiding places for insects, carefully use a chisel or sharp knife to smooth the coastline from the hurricanes approach over water. : Line of movement of the eye through an area. : An alert added to a hurricane advisory when hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours. : An alert added to a hurricane advisory covering a specified area and duration. A hurricane watch means that hurricane not mean they are imminent. : An individual appointed by the EOC to be responsible for the formulating and coordinating of the dissemination of emergency public information. : A computerized model which is able to estimate the overland tidal surge heights and winds that result from hypothetical hurricanes with selected characteristics in pressure, size, forward speed, track and winds. : A storm with a sudden increase of wind speed by at least 18 mph (16 knots) and rising to 25 mph (22 knots) or more and lasting for at least one minute. : The high and forceful dome of wind-driven waters sweeping along the coastline near where the eye makes landfall or passes close to the coast. Source: University of Florida ragged edges of wounds where bark has been torn away. Try not to expose any more of the cambium (greenish inner bark) than is necessary, as these fragile layers contain the trees food and water lifelines between roots and leaves. worry if the trees appearance isnt perfect. With branches gone, your trees may look unbalanced or naked. Youll be surprised at how fast they will heal, grow new foliage and return to their natural beauty. individuals may urge you to cut back all of the branches, on the mistaken assumption that reducing the length of branches will help avoid breakage in future storms. While storm damage may not always allow for ideal pruning cuts, professional arborists say that topping, cutting main branches back to stubs, is one of the worst things you can do for your trees. Stubs will tend to grow back a lot of weakly-attached branches that are even more likely to break when a storm strikes. Also, the tree will need all its resources to recover from the stress of storm damage. A topped tree that has already sustained major storm damage is more likely to die than repair itself. Piles reach to the sky Sept. 30, 2017, as workers transfer a massive number of downed trees, limbs and branches into chippers at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. The post-Hurricane Irma debris was collected the last week of September by contracted workers in Manatee County, including Anna Maria Island. Islander Photos: Kathy and debris from Irma await pick up in front of the Cortez Church of Christ at 12111 45th Ave. W., Cortez.


THE ISLANDER 2018 STORM PLANNER 11 Stocking up for storms Heres a checklist for shopping, packing and stockpiling for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season: Water in smaller bottles for drinking. Water in gallon containers for cleaning up. Bottled beverages. Non-perishable foods, especially ready-to-eat or easy to prepare items and comfort foods. Can opener. Cooking pan. Disposable utensils and plates. Grill. Grill tools. Self-starting charcoal. Sterno. Candles. Matches. Aluminum foil. Medicines, including aspirin. Sunscreen. Vitamins. Toiletries. Toilet paper. Adhesive bandages. Germicidal handwipes. Tweezers. Thermometer. Latex gloves. Scissors. Clothing. Sunglasses. Mosquito repellent. Sleeping bag or bedding. Cash, including a roll of quarters and small bills. Do not rely on credit, for that matter. Wills. Insurance documents. Water-tight box for records, papers. Small tools, including wrench, hammer and pliers. Assorted nails. Dust mask. Flashlights. Outdoor extension cords. Hatchet. Work gloves. Trash bags. Tarp. Lawn chairs. Games. Toys. Battery-powered radio. Earbuds. Batteries. Fire extinguisher. Whistle. Cleaning supplies, including disinfectant and chlorine bleach. Medicine dropper. Florida road map. Litter box. Reading materials. Duct tape, duct tape and, just in case, get more duct tape.Evacuating from home to shelter Got a friend with a mainland condo outside the big points on the hotel rewards card? If theres an evacuation ordered on Anna Maria Island, you might want to accept a friendly offer of the sleeper sofa or take a hurricane holiday to a motel or inn. dents to consider options other than the public shelter, including hotels or stays with family or friends out of the evacuation zone. In the event the public shelter is the only option, turn to local media for openings, including which shelter will serve as a pet-friendly location and which shelter will serve people with special needs. The designated special needs shelter opens in advance of others, but the site can change depending on storm predictions and other factors. Manatee Countys shelter roster is updated as needed at It includes: Bradenton. Blvd., Bradenton. E., Bradenton. 64 E., Bradenton. Bradenton. Bradenton. Bradenton. Road, Sarasota. denton. Road, Bradenton. W., Bradenton. tee Ave., Myakka City. E., Bradenton. way, Bradenton. Ave. W., Bradenton. Bradenton. W., Bradenton. Ave., Bradenton. denton. Also, the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is a designated a post-storm emergency shelter, serving as a shelter during reentry after an island evacuation.


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