Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)

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The Islander editorial, reader letters. 6 From the archives. 7 On the government calendar. 8 trees, OKs removals. 9 Make plans, save a date. 10 Community announcements. 11 HB planners talk rising sea levels. 12 Obituaries. 15 BB discusses stormwater drainage. 16 Streetlife. 18 Defendant seeks reduced charges in shark-dragging case. 19 Red tide on Capitol Hill. 23 Adult soccer season ends. 24 Summertime pattern, Business roundup. 26-27 CLASSIFIEDS. 28 NYT Sunday crossword puzzle. 31 Meetings Op-Ed Happenings ISL BIZ 10-20 YEARS AGO Make plans, save a Red tide on Capitol Stylin 4 charity. 17 PLEASE SEE PIER PAGE 3 VOLUME 26, NO. 34 JUNE 20, 2018 FREE Happy place. 8 The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 www.islander.orgAsTheWorldTerns play the Name Game. 6 PLEASE SEE TRAFFIC PAGE 2 Qualifying continues. 4 A disoriented loggerhead was found early June 13 crossing North Shore Drive in Anna Maria. While female sea turtle apparently did not nest, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring shore and return to the water. For more sea turtle news, go to page 22. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW/Amy EvansAt loggerheads on Shore DrivePier demolition begins, 250 engraved planks removedBy Ryan Paice Islander Reporter It was a clear, blue morning and the Anna Maria City Pier was buzzing with activity. But not the kind you think. Workers were removing planks. The demolition of the pier began June 11 with the removal of some 250 requested planks from the 800-foot-long walkway. Early that day, Frank Agnelli, owner of Agnelli Pools & Construction, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria public works manager Dean Jones and their crews began removing and cataloging the later, the remainder. Almost 250 people, according to Mayor Dan Murphy, asked for planks from the 1,000 boards bought and installed during the pier centennial 2010-11. The remaining engraved planks will be stored for use in memorial fences at City Pier Park, 101 N. Bay Blvd., and the Anna Maria Historical Society park at 402 Pine Ave. Agnelli volunteered for the job. The requested planks are being held and distributed by the city, while Agnelli will store the other boards until the city is ready to install fences. Demolition of the superstructure is By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter on Anna Maria Island. Roundabouts planned in the barrier ment of Transportation have the hurricanenals. Police Chief Bill Tokajer questioned a DOT-proposed roundabout in Holmes Beach at the intersection of East Bay and Gulf drives. where but north-south, he said. Frank Domingo, DOT consultant project engineer, said if the East Bay-Gulf Drive the intersection would be the only lighted signal in Holmes Beach after the other planned roundabouts are built. Domingos point of view swayed Tokajer, who noted the power outage during Hurthe island. That is an improvement for that interengineer for District 1. Tokajer said. That way we would have no signalized lighting in Holmes Beach at all. Other Holmes Beach roundabouts proposed in the study include intersections at Palm/Marina-Key Royale drives, and Marina-Gulf drives. committee meeting June 8 at CrossPointe Fellowship in Holmes Beach where the DOT study. The BITS goal is to make operational improvements in the short term, develop alternatives to driving to the island and expected to be completed in September. The initial removal of planks was the walkway is needed to access the T-end. The city commission voted 4-1 June 6 to authorize Murphy to contract Speeler and Associates to bring down the pier. Commissioner Dale Woodland voted no. A drone view June 16 of the Anna Maria City Pier minus about 250 engraved planks reaches north on Pine Avenue from the T-end in Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. See more photos and video online. Islander Photo: Jack Elka RUSH-HOUR HEADACHESNo. 0610RELEASE DATE: 6/17/2018


2 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Unique Pet PortraitsComposited images printed to stretched canvas Sunsets PRINTS FROM make visitors and residents aware of all travel options, according to the DOT. All BITS recommendations have been vetted to ensure compatibility with major projects such as the new Anna Maria Island Bridge and work on the Cortez Bridge, according to the DOT. For example, the roundabout proposed for the intersection of East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach is tied to construction of the new Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue. So, the roundabouts in the study do not include that project. What we dont want to do is put something in that isnt compatible with a future improvement, said Domingo. of 72 proposals: an extended westbound right-turn lane from State Road 64/Manatee Avenue onto northbound Gulf Drive/SR 789 and an eastbound thru-lane and median on SR 64 from Gulf Drive to Sixth Avenue in Holmes Beach. Two proposed shared-parking projects with Roundabouts proposed for Bradenton Beach, Cortez, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key roads would improve island to the DOT barrier Islander Graphic: Courtesy DOT cials rejected the concept as incompatible with their needs. The DOT also condensed project zoning into north and south from three previous zones. We saw that a lot of concerns, issues and options could be grouped into two areas, said BITS project manager Bessie Reina of the DOT. The north zone ranges from Anna Maria to the southern tip of Bradenton Beach. The south zone ranges from Longboat Key to Lido Key. Short-term projects can be completed within one to three years, according to the DOT. Midto longrange projects will take years longer. Not everything on the list is going to be done, Kautz said. The DOT is seeking to address limited island will be prioritized in order of anticipated effectiveness, according to the DOT. We want to use options that will give us the most The study begins its third and final phase this fall when an operations plan will be devised showing adopted strategies, plans for implementation and locations of proposed improvements. The study will be completed in spring 2019, Reina said. My concern is: Dont take the slow road from there, said Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson. Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said his We all want to move forward in a positive way, he said. FDOT can only do so much and then the communities are going to have to step up and do their part. TRAFFIC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Jack Elka captures a birds eye view of the roundabout at Gulf Drive and Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach east to Sarasota Bay with his drone.


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4 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Qualifying ends June 22 for island races Qualifying for municipal elections, which takes place Nov. 6, continues through noon Friday, June 22, in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. Voter registration remains open until July 30 for the state primary, which will be Tuesday, Aug. 28. Registration for the general election will close Oct. 9. The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections 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 11-06-18 Cole Maro Marilyn Maro wins a card draw in 2016 for her seat on the Bradenton Beach Commission. Islander File Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Election 11-06-18Qualifying begins for candidates for BB commissionAnna Maria incumbents step up for re-election in NovemberBy Ryan Paice Islander Reporter Five days after qualifying opened June 11, only election on the Nov. 6 ballot in Anna Maria. The deadline for qualifying is Friday, June 22. As of June 15, only the incumbents had pursued qualifying for the election. Murphy, first elected mayor in 2014, was optimistic about a third term. This work is the most diverse and rewarding of any job I have ever had and I love a challenge. Two incumbent commissioners also will seed re-election. Commissioner Brian Seymour confirmed June 14 he will seek elected in November 2016. Commissioner Amy Tripp said June 6 she hopes to retain her seat. She was appointed by commissioners in February to complete Nancy Yetters term after Yetter resigned and moved to Tampa. the Manatee County Supervisor of a statement of candidacy, provide the candidate oath, a petition containing the signatures of 10 registered city voters. Candidates must either file an oath of undue burden or pay an election assessment fee of $196 for the mayors seat and $48 to run for commissioner. The mayor earns $19,400 a year, while commissioners are paid $4,800 a year. Anna Maria had 1,111 active voters in May 2018, only one more than recorded in April according to the SOE. The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 9. For more information, visit the SOE website at Murphy Seymour Tripp10 Holmes Beach candidates poised for fall electionChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter And, theyre off! Almost. Qualifying began at noon June 18 in Bradenton Beach and two incumbents and two former planning with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bradenton Beach has two commissioners whose terms are up, Ralph Cole and Marilyn Maro. Both have committed to seek re-election. They are being challenged on the November ballot by former P&Z members John Metz and Bill Vincent. Its a first run for Metz, while Vincent ran and lost in 2016 to nowMayor John Chappie. Qualifying ends at noon Friday, June 22. The top two vote-getters in the November balloting will take seats on the commission. Commissioner Ralph Cole will wrap-up his third his seat in 2017 but was appointed by the commission John Chappie, who was elected mayor. Commissioner Marilyn Maro also is running for re-election. She was among two candidates considered by commissioners for an appointed seat in 2016, and she won the seat after a tie vote and a card draw. Former P&Z member Bill Vincent in light of pending litigation with the city. Planning and zoning chair Jim Lynch picked up a packet at city hall, but said June 13 he decided not to run, citing his volunteer ombudsman work and time with family as priorities. Candidates must be registered voters who have lived in Bradenton Beach for a minimum 12 months as of the qualifying date. The qualifying fee for commission candidates is $48 and must be paid from a campaign bank account. Candidates must submit qualifying paperwork, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton. tion will be Nov. 6. Of 744 registered voters in Bradenton Beach, 387 people voted in the November 2017 municipal election. Bradenton Beach is the only city on Anna Maria Island with term limits, restricting commissioners and the mayor to three consecutive two-year terms. Metz Vincent By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Let the election begin. All three Holmes Beach races have competing candidates, said city clerk Stacey Johnston. Holmes Beach voters will choose a new mayor, missioners in the Nov. 6 municipal election. At least 10 candidates have picked up election qualifying packets from Johnston. Candidate qualifying opened June 18 and closes at noon Friday, June 22. Two candidates have stepped up in the hope of succeeding Mayor Bob Johnson, whose second twoyear term expires in November. He announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election. Commission Chair Judy Titsworth, a Holmes Beach native, will forfeit her seat as commissioner if elected mayor. Her campaign treasurer is her twin sister, Jean Bystrom. Holmes Beach native Joshua Linney, a member mittee, also will run for mayor. He is serving as his own treasurer. Its going to be a tough run, Linney said. If it was easy, it wouldnt be fun. Commissioner Pat Morton wants an eighth term, 2003. He will be his own treasurer. The mayor and city commissioners serve two-year terms. Before opening a campaign bank account or accepting or spending funds, candidates also must appoint a campaign treasurer and establish a bank account. Kim Rash also is a commission candidate. He has yet to raise any campaign funds, according to a report Supervisor of Elections by campaign treasurer Marjorie Motzer. Claudia Carlson, David Cheshire, Nancy Deal, Major Leckie, John Rigney and Edward F. Upshaw all are possible charter commission candidates. Neither Leckie nor Upshaw have raised funds or named a campaign treasurer, according to the Manatee County supervisor of elections website. They were the only qualified charter review candidates listed on the SOE website as of June 15. Charter review commissioners serve until the review is completed. Candidates for Holmes Beach tee 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. All candidates must collect 15 petition signatures Dive into breakfast, readingDive Into Reading participant Jaden Smith bites into an omelet June 13 at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, 6696 Cortez Road, Bradenton, before diving into reading. Jaden and a group of kids eat, work on social skills and table manners, listen to a book read aloud by a mentor, then pair off for reading of grade-level books. The Anna Maria Oyster Bar is taking the lead in the summer reading program a nationally recognized initiative by owners Amanda and John Horne to increase skills and prevent the summer slide in literacy. Islander Photos: Sandy Ambrogi Linney Morton Titsworth


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 5 34th Ave. W75th St. WManatee Ave. W Palma Sola Blvd. Cortez Rd. WTo BeachesTo BeachesPalma Sola Bay KORN responds to city challenge on charter amendmentsBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Not surprisingly, opinions are divided in Bradenton Beach. A petition drive to put amendments to the charter often referred to as the bible for municipalities on the November ballot appears to have a challenger. The city commission appointed a charter review the three 2017 charter amendments approved by the electorate, and address four new proposals proffered by the political action committee, Keep our Residential Neighborhoods. Reed Mapes and John Metz, former planning and zoning board members, registered KORN as a PAC and collected signatures in support of four initiatives for the November ballot that if approved would amend the city charter. However, the Mapes-Metz petitions hit a stumbling block at city hall. In a letter to Metz June 11, city clerk Terri Sanclemente disputes the effort by KORN, saying the city Additionally, she wrote none of the petitions in the presence of a committee member. Sanclemente returned KORNs signed petitions to Metz, although he refused to accept them. In an email response June 16 to the city, Mapes wrote that the petitions comply with state statutes, which supersede the city charter. He wrote it is the legal responsibility of the city to and, if not, KORN will litigate. Mapes and Metz encountered the same problem last year when the city tried to block the CNOBB petitions from reaching the SOE. However, the city the amendments went on the ballot and passed. The charter committee was formed by the city commission in response to the 2017 amendments and KORNs new charter amendments. The 2017 amendments replaced the citys fourward representative system with at-large representacials and prohibited changes to the city charter by a resolution of the commission. City Attorney Ricinda Perry said June 8 that by not correcting inconsistencies that resulted from the 2017 She noted the amendment removed the four-ward structure, but references to the wards still exist elsewhere in the charter. Thats her job, not ours, Mapes, who helped get CNOBBs amendments on the ballot, said June 14. We did what we needed to do to get votes. Now its the citys responsibility to clean it up. The charter committee is considering an amendment for the November ballot that would re-establish wards, citing concerns that candidates might come from one area of the city. Mapes said the reason CNOBB proposed the amendment removing wards was so more people In the last 10 years, 70 percent of people placed on the city commission either ran unopposed or were appointed because no one ran, Mapes said. We are looking for a way to get more people to run. He added that the other island municipalities do not have wards. The 2018 ballot questions on KORNs petitions would prohibit the construction of a multilevel parking tion; prevent construction within setbacks; and require According to Perry, language in the 2018 KORN amendments is leading and, if approved, the actions proposed might be detrimental to the city. They were written by my attorney, Bob Hendrickson, so the language is legally permissible, Mapes said June 14. At the June 8 CRC meeting, Perry told the members that the city runs well with the weak-mayor form of government; departments heads that wear many to fund a city manager. A city manager previously employed by Longboat Key touted a manager can more than make up for his/ her salary with grants, savings and other funding. And Holmes Beach also is considering a charter change from a strong-mayor to the city manager form of government. According to Mapes, the city is a $3 million business requiring an experienced city manager. Would a company with a $3 million budget hire an $800-a-month boss? Mapes asked, referring to the mayors monthly stipend. He added that the city touts an effective way to manage the city. Ive got nothing against him, but the chief of police should be doing that job, not negotiating contracts and maintaining the website, Mapes said. At the CRC meeting, Perry implied the city manties. However, Mapes said as CEO, the city manager would work for the city commission. he doesnt do his job correctly, Mapes said. He said the city may be small, but it faces big need to be managed by a professional. Metz said he will attend the next CRC meeting. Id be glad to speak to the issues so people understand our point of view, Metz said June 14. The CRC will continue reviewing the charter at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 21, while the KORN amendments are on the agenda for discussion at the noon commission meeting, both at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.


6 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our JUNE 20, 2018 JUNE 20, 2018 JUNE 20, 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 PLEASE SEE OPINION, NEXT PAGE The true truth In a recent letter to the editor concerning the Holmes Beach government committee, Commission Chair Judy Titsworth asserts as true that the chair and the majority of the committee members were predetermined to recommend a city manager. cerned citizens and of the ad hoc committee, what is true is a group of Holmes Beach citizens exercised their constitutional right to gather and assumed the responsibility assigned to them by the Declaration of Independence. Relative to government, it is our duty to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government Naturally, I refer not to the extremes of colonial times but to the duty of modern U.S. citizens to consider the effectiveness of their governments and, if deemed necessary, alter them. What is true is these volunteer citizens conducted extensive, objective investigations into Florida governments, exclusive of any initial opinions. Discusis insulting to these citizen volunteers to imply their Committee conclusions I would like to respond to the letter to the editor with regard to the current work done by the Holmes Beach ad hoc committee on the form of government. I found it offensive to imply this committee went into the process with preconceived ideas. We came to our conclusions from many different directions. The fact that we all determined our city needed a professional to manage it just proved that we did our homework. and vote to get our city the professional help it needs Renee Ferguson, Holmes Beach Titsworth has frequently voiced her predetermined opposition to a city manager, begging the question who should determine a form of government? One politician or many concerned, informed citizens? Nancy R. Deal, Holmes BeachFor the record I am writing in response to Holmes Beach Commission Chair Judy Titsworths letter (The Islander, June 13). I served on the original citizens committee formed following discussion of a city manager form of government by the commission and mayor. Following that discussion, 14 citizens expressed interest in pursuing the topic and volunteered to serve. We met in March 2017 and then regularly for three months, assessing issues, clarifying forms of government, researching data, conducting online interviews. Following considerable discussion and review, the ings to the commission. A draft dated June 15, 2017, was created and a presentation was made. The unanimous consensus of the committee was there was merit to a city manager form of government and further study of all forms of government should be conducted. in Titsworths letter, where she states, I am convinced the chair and majority of the committee members were predetermined to recommend a city manager. I am disappointed by her statement. The commission acted upon the committee recommendation, published a notice creating the committee to study forms of government. Nine individuals applied to serve, two of whom had not served on the original committee.Its all a game Did you ever feel like youre living in a TV game show? Lets Make a Deal, The Price is Right, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune or, my favorite as a kid, Concentration. And who didnt wish theyd been a guest on the Oprah Show when she gave all the audience members a VW Bug? elections, Im sure the wannabes would rather play Hollywood Squares everybody wins! for a seat at the dais. And wouldnt you like to play the Price is Right for the Anna Maria City Pier all the rights to repair the pier? Sell the planks? Reopen the restaurant? Its priceless. In Anna Maria, apparently you can play Lets Make a Deal to beat the odds and defy regulations. Pour your cash into buying door No. 3 and wait for it! a swimming pool appears as the curtains part. the gauntlet in American Ninja Warrior to beat the establishment and accomplish your goals. Or maybe youd like to perform on Americas Greatest Talent for the rights to happiest city in the country? No problem, just sparkle whilst you whistle the tune Bluebird of Happiness for the judges. If that doesnt work, stay under the radar, lower your standards, grab the family and compete for most underrated vacation on Family Feud. Next stop in Hollywood? Detour on Cash Cab. Wind your way to your destination on a series of On the $100,000 Pyramid, you could cleverly answer all the clues for naming rights to the next sea turtle that nests on Anna Maria Island. On the Dating Game, the lucky winning couple will walk away with a free destination wedding at their favorite underrated beach town. Theyre just no losing on Anna Maria Island. We can name that tune for a free trip to the seafood buffet. Tap dance or way to the top on the Gong Show. And put the politicians to test for a prize on To Tell the Truth. And Deal or No Deal. Just go for it. Were winners. If the prize is toes in the sand, you win. As for the Wheel of Fortune, if the proposed ners in the Gridlock game. Bonner Joy


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 7 Wed love to mail you the news! We mail The Islander weekly for a nominal $54 per year. We also offer online e-edition subscriptions a page-by-page view of the weekly news for only $36 per year, but you must sign up online. Its the best way to stay in touch with whats happening on Anna Maria Island. We bring you all the news about three city governments, community happenings, people features and special events even real estate transactions everything you need if your heart is on Anna Maria Island. If you dont live here year-round, use this form to subscribe by (snail) mail for yourself or someone else. (Sorry, we do not suspend mail subscriptions you get The Islander free while youre here!)BULK MAIL U.S. SUBSCRIPTION (allow 2 weeks for every weeks delivery) 1 year: $54 3-6 Months: $36 1-3 Months: $24U.S. FIRST CLASS AND CANADIAN MAIL SUBSCRIPTION 1 year: $160 3-6 Months: $98 1-3 Months: $54 Single Issue: $5 FIRST CLASS MAIL, U.S. ONLY, maximum four weeksMAIL TO: ______________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________ STATE __________ ZIP _________________ Credit card: d u No. ___________________________________________ Name shown on card: _____________________________ Exp. Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) E-MAIL 10&20 years ago OPINION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Write! The Islander welcomes your opinion letters. Submit your opinion along with name, address and a contact phone number to the headlines: June 17, 1998 of Perico Island despite objections from nearby residents, the three island cities and the Manatee County Commission. Bradenton Mayor Bill Evers on the north side had requested the annexation. city commission that juveniles were vandalizing homes, businesses and cars. Commissioner Robert McElheny said the Manatee County Sheriffs the Florida Department of Transportation build a bicycle path on Gulf Drive from Maple Avenue to Palm Avenue after learning the path would cost about $67,000. The city had $25,000 in its budget for the path.In the headlines: June 18, 2008 requested consideration of an alternative route for a proposed natural gas pipeline near Anna Maria Island. The request came as the U.S. Coast Guard began its review of dozens of documents raising concerns about the project. demolished the humpback bridge on 127th Street in Cortez at the start of a 90-120 period to repair called for reducing the hours of branch libraries from 63 hours a week to 40 hours a week and also reducing hours at the Central Library in Bradenton. 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 Were campaigning for a friendlier, kinder, gentler attitude toward guests, visitors, vacationers and all who come to love Anna Maria Island. Were Glad Youre Here originated in the 1980s with a restaurant trade group. We believe Anna Maria Island needs a new attitude one that makes everyone feel welcome. The IslanderLaying the foundationConstruction is underway on the Bradenton Beach City Hall. The image is not dated but the city website says the current city hall was built in the 1970s and the in the 1920s about three decades before the city was incorporated. Islander Photo: Courtesy Manatee County Public Library digital collection The committee was sworn in Sept. 20, 2017, met Holmes Beach and representing all available forms of government. These cities were assigned to the members for interviews. We spoke with elected officials to assess their answers to a questionnaire along with open dialog for additional comments. Their responses were vital in forming our ultimate opinions and consensus. The data results of our study will be presented to the commission June 26 at city hall. Terry W. Schaefer, Holmes Beach


8 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Anna Maria City Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941708-6130, Bradenton Beach tee. Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-778-1005, Holmes Beach CELED Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, West Manatee Fire Rescue WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, Manatee County Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, Of interest Isles Road, Longboat Key. will be closed. Send notices to and on the road The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of June 18: Martinique Drive to 107th Court West: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes and installing new signage and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not require lane closures. Florida Safety Contractors Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is fall 2018. Equipment has been mobilized and directional drilling and open-cut installation of a force main along Gulf Drive, between Avenue C and Cortez Road, is expected to continue through the month. To accommodate the work being performed, 10th Street will be closed at Gulf Drive. However, travelers can access 10th Street by taking 11th or 12th streets to Bay Drive North. Crews are working on installing an force main down the center of Avenue C. Intermittent road closures will be in place as work is performed along each segment. For more information about the pipeline project, go online to For the latest road watch information, go online to Roadwatch MeetingsHolmes Beach sets reworks limits ahead of holiday Police Chief Bill Tokajer issued an online reminder June 4 that exploding, projectile and sky lanterns and by authorities. Tokajer said. book page, Tokajer said. 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sparklers, smoke devices, party poppers, snappers and snakes are permitted by state law, according to at all times. The chiefs reminder includes two restrictions not possession of alcohol on public beaches is prohibited Terry OConnorCoastal Living: Anna Maria 6th happiest seaside town in U.S. Coastal Livings 10 happiest U.S. seaside towns 1. Ocean City, New Jersey. 2. Traverse City, Michigan. 3. Cape Charles, Virginia. 4. Vero Beach, Florida. 5. Bluffton, South Carolina. 6. Anna Maria, Florida. 7. Cambria, California. 8. Hampton/Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. 9. Bellport, New York. 10. Cannon Beach, Oregon. Lisa Carrier, left, and Cruce Shields, happily create sandcastles on the beach June 13. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice By Ryan Paice Islander Reporter Along with beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and nifty shops, Anna Maria residents might just have another reason to smile. On June 12, Coastal Living magazine released its 2018 rankings for the 10 happiest seaside towns in the United States, placing the city of Anna Maria at No. 6. on the magazines social media. an online popular vote, with Anna Maria having the Factors considered in the ranking were the percentage of clear and sunny days, wellness index, crime locals and coastal vibe, among other criteria. Anna Maria as an old-Florida dream of an island town, with a sweet little main street, community gardens and streets lined with candy-colored cottages. Were just very proud that weve been nominated and recognized for being a happy city, Mayor Dan Murphy said June 11 in a phone interview. Ive always felt that our residents are very happy. It kind of makes you happy to even visit our city, I think. Tra-la-la, Murphy emailed to The Islander. No. 1 underrated beach town Meanwhile, the three cities on Anna Maria Island Post story. Writer Jess Bolluyt states: Whether you love the ocean or prefer to spend your beach days at the lake, there are plenty of beaches and beach towns to explore across America. While some have gotten incredibly popular, others remain underrated, especially the most affordable ones. named Anna Maria Island as one of the most underrated beach towns in the United States. This 7-milelong island, located just across from St. Petersburg, retains its Old Florida feel. The island feels laid-back and less developed than the surrounding area. Anna Maria Island is No. 1 on the list of beach towns in the post to add to your bucket list. If you have a bucket list.Its pure magic at the library!Magician Elliott Smith holds the arms of his volunteer assistant, Nate Carter, at a magic show June 14 at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, as onlookers watch and wait for the magic. Nate was selected from the audience of children and parents who attended the summer show. Islander Photo: Nenita Daguinotas


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 9 Milestones The Islander welcomes stories about islanders and island life, as well as photographs and notices of the milestones in readers lives weddings, births, anniversaries, travels, obituaries and other events. Submit your announcements and photographs with captions for publication along with contact information to Also, visit us on Facebook and join the 11,300plus friends who like The Islander and share their social news. P O S T G A M E F I R E W O R K S p r e s e n t e d b y : J U L Y 3r d @ L E C O M P A R K G A T E S O P E N @ 5 : 0 0 P M T I C K E T T O T H E G A M E G E T S Y O U I N T O T H E F I R E W O R K S H O W Anna Maria redenes grand trees, approves 2 for removalBy Ryan Paice Islander Reporter It feels like Im playing Lets Make a Deal, Ronnie Leto told commissioners during the June 14 Anna Maria commission meeting. Leto, owner of residential property at 319 Hardin for replacement trees and a cash payout to the city in his appeal of a denial to remove a grand tree. He said the tree prevents him from adding a pool to his property and poses a threat to the foundation. appealing the public works departments decision denying his application to remove the tree. He went to the May 24 commission meeting, but a decision was delayed until June 14. Anna Maria can charge a maximum $5,000 for irreparable damage or removal of a grand tree without permission. Leto hired Lucas Davis, an arborist, to help make his appeal at the June 14 city meeting. Davis suggested Leto could add two buttonwood trees to replace the lost canopy of the cypress and two palm trees in the backyard, as well as contribute $2,500 to a city tree fund. Davis estimated the $2,500 contribution to the city tree fund would equate to the value of the lost canopy. Commissioner Doug Copeland asked Leto to make his offer and, based on the suggestions from Davis, the commission voted unanimously for the plan and to allow Leto to remove the cypress. Davis also suggested the commission alter the citys ordinance on grand trees to use caliper in tree measurements rather than diameter or circumfer ence. Commissioners relied on Daviss expertise and grand tree ordinance from a 24-inch diameter to an 8-inch or greater caliper to be measured 4.5 feet above ground level. Commissioners also voted unanimously to require the replacement tree species and size be agreed on by the commission after hearing from an arborist. Letos case set a precedent for the appeal by Robb Bauman, who had previously been denied a permit to remove a native southern red cedar from his backThe Anna Maria City Commission unanimously agreed June 15 to allow Rob Robb Bauman of 211 Oak Ave. to remove a problematic south ern red cedar in the center of his back yard in exchange for planting two new trees and a $2,500 payment toward a city tree fund. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice yard. Bauman owns a home at 211 Oak Ave., where he wants to demolish the existing home and build new. However, a grand tree prevents him from building a swimming pool. He said he would do whatever the commission required to make up for the trees removal, offering to plant a new southern red cedar in the frontyard, as well as a gumbo limbo tree on the canalfront. Davis recommended a 50-gallon red cedar to replace the lost canopy, as well as a 5-inch caliper gumbo limbo. Commissioner Amy Tripp noted the two canopy trees, as well as their installation, could cost about $2,500. The commission unanimously voted for Baumans plan to replace the grand tree with new red cedar and a gumbo limbo, as well as a contribution of $2,500 to the citys tree fund.


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The builder/developer of about 70 vacation homes in Holmes Beach since 2012, as well as numerous others on Anna Maria Island, Longboat and Siesta keys, was selected by the McCaffreys to testify at trial as an expert because of his knowledge of building practices, before and after the vacation rental ordinances at issue were adopted by the city. The attorney for the city subpoenaed Kaleta to a deposition and ordered him to bring documents, including closing documents from the last To be sure, Mr. Kaleta did not produce a single document in response to the 15 categories of documents sought in the subpoena none from the June 11 motion, wrote Jay Daignaeult for the city. He attorneys assigned by the citys insurer, Florida Insur ance Municipal Trust. Its a frivolous motion and it will be defended as such, wrote Najmy in a June 14 text response, adding Kaleta Holmes Beach mayor signs up for free FPL LED changeoverBy Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Mayor Bob Johnson said Holmes Beach will have new street lighting by the end of the year courtesy of Florida Power & Light. I have signed off on it, Johnson said June 13. We will be converting this year. All 433 city streetlights in Holmes Beach will receive new LED lighting at no charge in a deal presented to the city commission May 22 by Police Chief Bill Tokajer. I was told the streetlight installation is at no cost to us and it would save the city around $5,000 in FPL bills annually, Tokajer said. The contract Johnson OKd also was signed by FPLs Eric S. Culling. It shows Holmes Beach agrees to pay the amount of $0.00 for the installation. Theres zero cost to the community, Culling said. Its something our customer base has been asking for for years. From the business side, were cutting wattage anywhere from 40 to 50 percent. Culling said the new lights have smart nodes to communicate wirelessly with meter readers. If a streetlight goes out, the smart node will automatically notify FPL, generate a work order and schedule a repair. Its automating the process, which ultimately will keep the lights on more consistently, Culling said. Johnson said he believes the deal has value for Holmes Beach. You look at where you are, Johnson said. This is better all-around as far as were concerned. To me, its the right base system. The way the lights can be tilted is better than we have now. FPL will begin replacing 30 lights per week in September, Johnson said. McCaffrey fees. Kaleta and wife Jennifer Kaleta hold interests in various properties in Holmes Beach, where theyve trials against the city. There are 54 total Bert Harris claims against the city with $25 million in losses claimed for devalued investment property, including14 lawsuits alleging $6 million in losses. The McCaffreys represented by Fred Moore of Blalock Walters say the city destroyed their reasonable investment-back expectations and retirement savings with some of its vacation rental ordinances. Their case is set for Judge Lon Arends July 16 two-week trial docket but, according to the McCaf freys attorney Fred Moore of Blalock Walters, another continuance is expected.HB planners weigh rising sea-level consequences By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Rising sea levels imperil Holmes Beach. How taxpayer dollars should be spent to preserve as much land as possible was debated June 14 at the Holmes Beach Planning Commission meeting. Continuing to enhance drainage and strengthen seawalls will cost millions of dollars Holmes Beach living and carry no guarantees if a large storm strikes the island. Were nothing but a sandbar, said commissioner Barbara Hines. Its not going to take much for us to disappear. At the most recent meeting, planner Bill Brisson introduced a proposed coastal management and conservation amendment to the citys comprehensive plan. The planning commission reached consensus to rec ommend the city commission adopt the amendment. Brisson emphasized the amendment lacks the power of land development code mandates. It simply recommends what the commission could adopt in the land development code. The stormwater system already is being enhanced said city engineer Lynn Burnett. Within 20 years, however, island roadways, driveways and sidewalks will require elevation, she said. Property owners will need to work with city and county governments to preserve as much island property as possible, she said. Chair Charles Stealey said he agrees with the principles laid out by Brisson and Burnett. He expressed concern the stiff costs of fortifying city infrastructure would lead to a loss of homeownership. It just disturbs me to no end, Stealey said. Vice chair Scott Boyd said pursuit of best-management practices increases the cost of redevelopment, which tends to drive property taxes higher. A grant program could be devised to help homBurnett said. We should do what we can do that is reasonable and practical, said Stealey. A city stormwater utility assessment fee designed to defray costs is budgeted to raise $216,000 this year. And a Southwest Florida Water Management District grant matches Holmes Beach stormwater spending dollar for dollar. Doing nothing is not an option. Loss of land already is occurring, Hines said. She supported the middle-of-the-road strategy devised by Burnett. What she did was sound, Hines said. She is an expert. The planners will next meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Hines plans to retain seatTerms are expiring for Holmes Beach planning commissioners Barbara Hines and Jayne Christenson, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston. Hines has applied for reappointment, Johnston said. Christenson has yet to apply for another term. The Holmes Beach City Commission is expected at the June 26 meeting to consider reappointing Hines and Christenson or possibly new members to serve three-year terms starting July 1.


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 13 Tranquility knocks at your door Massage TherapyELENI ROMEO941.224.7506 INSHORE/OFFSHORE GUIDED 4-6-8 HOUR TRIPS... PLUS, 2-HOUR FAMILY-FUN FISHING ISLAND BUSTER FISHING CHARTERS Socializing The Islander has an active Facebook com munity of more than 11,300 likes. To join the conversation, become a fan of The Islander on Facebook. We provide a direct link to our fan page from The Islander also has an active Twitter feed where alert readers can comment.West Coast Surf Shop hosts surf camp, fundraiser SUMMER FUN SPECIAL 10% OFF ANY WE LIKE IslandernewspaperKaitlin Kee, an employee of the West Coast Surf Shop, cleans a board under the store June 7, as store owner Jim Brady hoses soot from a chair. Islander Photo: Bianca Bened By Bianca Bened Islander Reporter The West Coast Surf Shop is looking at four to six months to repair and reopen the store after an April 15 roof, leaving the building uninhabitable. In the meantime, Jim and Ronee Brady arent sitting around. The owners of the surf shop, which opened at a different location in 1964, are keeping some business going despite the closed storefront. stock boards, shoes and hats in a back room. Employee Kaitlyn Kee said June 7 the shop was giving away surfboard wax. However, theyre counting on an upcoming surf Kee said the annual camp for kids ages 4-12 will be held in one-week sessions starting Monday, June 25, and running through Friday, July 20. Kee, Brandi Brady and 10 other instructors will lead classes in how to surf in the Gulf of Mexico at the Manatee Public Beach. Camp is $205 per week, and those interested can call the shop at 941-778-1001. The surf shop team also will participate in a benAve., Anna Maria. At 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, the center will host a luau to raise money for surf shop repairs. The benefit will include live music, food and drinks and a silent auction. Organizers are looking for items to auction and talent to entertain at the event, Kee said. Those interested in donating can drop items at the surf shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Volunteers can call Kee at 941-920-2202 or Brandi Brady at 561267-0847. Kee said the surf shop team hopes to continue the funds for others in need. started for the Bradys by islander Janae Rudacille. She created a GoFundMe account April 16 to help the Bradys cover the cost of rebuilding. As of June 8, 100 people had donated $9,300 toward the $75,000 goal.Anna Maria holds off on center request for moneyBy Ryan Paice Islander Reporter Nothing trumps paperwork and details. At the Anna Maria City Commission meeting June 14, the city postponed a decision on the Center of Anna Maria Islands request for $18,000 for two programs Beyond the Classroom After School and summer camp. David Zaccagnino, chair for the centers board of directors, was told by Commission Chair Doug Cope land that its up to him to convince them to approve the center funding request. Zaccagnino said the center experienced a better to ensure sustainability by offsetting the losses of the typical downtime over summer with city funding. Zaccagnino said the center was $226,682.42 in $18,876.70 in the black by May 2018 a positive difruns from July 1 to June 30 and there are no fundraisers planned for June. Commissioner Carol Carter said she would like more information on the programs including projected income and expenses before agreeing to the request for funds. Copeland added that Zaccagnino must submit a written request for any funding greater than $2,500, including how the funds would be spent. Commissioner Brian Seymour said the center around, and should be in good standing with the city. He added that the citys center contribution is less than half of 1 percent of the 2017-18 budget. Still, the commission sought more information. Copeland assured Zaccagnino the city would likely grant the funding with a proper request. The next city commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Shop in Holmes Beach caused damage to the store, retail stock and residential units in the building. Islander File Photo: Courtesy HBPD


14 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Patience COMMUNITY CHURCH Nursery & Church School Adult Sunday School Adult Book StudySUMMER SPEAKER SERIES FEATURINGR D r LIFE AUTO HOME BOA T BUSINESS Pastor Stephen King9:30 Sunday Service rArt by Joan V oyles Roser to host Summer Speaker Series Roser Memorial Community Church will host a Summer Speaker Series featuring the Rev. Dr. William Willimon. The series will be in the fellowship hall at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, Sunday, June 24, through Tuesday, June 26. Willimon is the author of Why Jesus? He also is professor of the practice of Christian ministry at the divinity school at Duke University. He served eight years as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. For 20 years before the episcopacy, he was dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. In 1996, a survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. Willimons articles have appeared in many publications and his pulpit resource is used each week by thousands of pastors. The sessions will begin at 5 p.m. and meals will be served at 7 p.m. The menus are June 24, Italian night; June 25, chicken casserole; and June 26, pork loin and roasted veggies. Each dinner will include salad, bread, tea and dessert, as well as a vegetarian option. The cost to attend is $85 for three nights or $30 per night and includes the evening meal, speaker sessions and a copy of Willimons book. To register, go online to scholarships are available. The Rev. Dr. William Willimon and wife, Patsy. Willimon is the speaker during Roser Memorial Community Churchs Summer Speaker Series, which will be Sunday, June 24, through Tuesday, June 26, at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Courtesy Photos The Rev. Dr. William Willimon preaches.Island Players name scholarship winners The Island Players named four Manatee County graduating seniors as winners of the Dolores Harrell Scholarship Awards for 2018. School, will attend Howard University in the fall as a biology major with plans to become an orthopedic surgeon. She also plans to continue in musical theater at college. Her stage career began at age 8, and she has performed in 10 musicals. When offstage, Brown volunteers at Manatee Memorial Hospital. School graduate. He has been accepted to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, where he will major in art. His accomplishments include a mural at Fiorelli Winery, designing cards for the Humane Society of Manatee County and mentoring a new generation of young artists. has been accepted at Syracuse University, where she will major in lighting design. Meaker has volunteered backstage and as a stage manager for a childrens summer theater. School graduate. She will be attending Ringling College of Art and Design, with a major in illustration and a minor in business of art and design. She served as president of her school art organization and volunteered at local schools, businesses and shelters. The Island Players is at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. For more information, call 941-778-5755 or visit the website at Sandy Ambrogi Shoppers peruse tables baskets at the Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescues Jewelry to the Rescue party June 10, at the Blu Mangrove Grill in Palmetto. The event raised more than $3,500 for the rescue. The Islanders Williams, serves as president, and advertising director, Toni Lyon, is vice-president. Islander Photo: Courtesy Shellie Szeezil All this bling for fur babies! Supporters Susie Koch, left, and Judi Bjork along with Rhonda Poklemba of Moonracer, show logo bags June 10 at the Blu Mangrove Grill in Palmetto. Shoppers received the bags as a gift with purchase at the Jewelry to the Rescue fundraiser for Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, which raised more than $3,500. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 15 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 The Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents, both past and present, as well as to those people with ties to the island. Submit to Obituaries BEN AND KAREN COOPER PLEASE COME SEE US AT OUR NEW OFFICE NEXT TO THE REGIONS BANK BUILDING AT 4401 MANATEE A VE. W ., BRADENTON. 941-795-4878 Fax Robert E. Bob Dickinson Robert E. Bob Dickinson died June 6 in Holmes Beach. He was born in Pittsburgh Jan. 19, 1934, to Roy Ezra and Atta (Hogaboom). He graduated from Dormont High School in 1951, the University of Pittsburgh in 1955 and Suffolk Law School in Boston in 1972. After graduating from Pitt, he worked in the steel industry. In 1968, he moved to Boston and went to law school at night at Suffolk University. Upon graduation, he worked as director of labor relations for the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts until 1984, when he practiced law until his retirement. For many years, until fall 2008, he and his wife, Dorothy M. Dotty Dickinson, wintered in Holmes Beach and summered in East Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 2008, they became full-time residents of Flor ida. They were members of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach. For many years, they were members of Falmouth Newcomers and Encore clubs. He played golf for many years in East Falmouth and Sandwich. They enjoyed biking the Shrining Sea Bikeway from Falmouth to Woods Hole and having lunch in Swope Hall in Woods Hole on Ell Pond. They were longtime members of the Falmouth Free Wheelers bike group, active members of the Square Riggers Square Dance Club and attended many conventions and events. A celebration of life was held in Sandwich. A cel ebration of life also will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Shell Point clubhouse, 6300 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach. A luncheon reception will follow. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida, 1600 Southwest Archer Road, Gainesville FL 32603; and Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made to Mr. Dickinson is survived by his stepson, Thomas J. Curtin; grandchildren Elizabeth, Thomas Jr. and Michael; sister-in-law Helen Doherty; sister-in-law Gaye Carol Guinter; and many nieces and nephews. Julie Ann (Milks) Martin Julie Ann (Milks) Martin, of Petersburg, Michigan, and Bradenton Beach, died June 6. She was born Sept. 10, 1963, in Adrian, Michigan. She attended Spring Arbor as well as UT College. She graduated with honors with a doctorate in law and criminal justice. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September 2017. Scripture and writing to pass on to her loved ones. She was deeply loved and will be truly missed. A celebration of life will be held in Petersburg. Condolences may be made to Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton or Harvey Memorial Community Church in Bradenton Beach. Mrs. Martin is survived by her mother, Gloria Dickinson Milks-Mayfield of Bradenton Beach; sister Janet Milks-Puska of Iron River, Michigan; husband Charlie; son Raymond and his wife Heather of Toledo, Ohio; son Shawn; and grandchildren Maverick and Jayden of Petersburg. Martin Owners Tim Rariden and Heather Andrews9805 Gulf Drive Protect the things you love 941-244-4743 Island Anchor Insurance is NOW...Home Serving all your insurance needs! Holmes Beach honors partner, former Waste Pro liaisonBy Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Waste-collection workers tend to be noticed only if the garbage piles up. The late Bob Baublitz, former lead operations supervisor for Waste Pro in Manatee County and an adjunct Holmes Beach city employee, broke the mold. He used an outgoing personality seasoned with a great sense of humor to make a difference in Holmes Beach and beyond, according to Commissioner Pat Morton, who worked closely with Baublitz. He always tried to think positive about things, Morton said. His passing, its a really sad thing to lose a friend. Its sad but hes in a lot better place than he was down here. He was a good man. Born July 24, 1956, Robert E. Bob Baublitz, 61, of Bradenton, died June 8 after a short battle with cancer. Morton announced at a May 22 Holmes Beach City Commission meeting that Baublitz had taken an early medical retirement. A letter sent May 29 by Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson reflected the high regard Baublitz inspired at city hall. The city of Holmes Beach was deeply saddened to learn of your recent retirement, and it is important to us that you know just how much we appreciate you as a faithful and loyal member of our staff at the city of Holmes Beach, Johnson wrote. Baublitz and Morton are credited with expedit ing the Holmes Beach recovery from Hurricane Irma damages in September 2017. Morton said while some took issue with the speed of debris clearance, no one could have worked harder than Baublitz on behalf of residents. He was top-shelf with Irma, he said. We all had Holmes Beach totally in his heart on that. I know other companies wish they had a guy like him. Morton said Baublitz was an honest guy. He was here for the city like it was more per sonal than this is just another corporate job, Morton said. He was always Johnny on the spot for calling me back. Johnson wrote Baublitz was the key to making the city franchise agreement work with Waste Pro. Johnson also praised Baublitz for Irma perfor mance. We were the first to finish debris pickup in our region and the only company, Waste Pro, that submitted the proper documentation to FEMA securing our reimbursement, Johnson wrote. We remember countless selfless deeds you have fulfilled for Holmes Beach residents and visitors, Johnson wrote. We thank you for the times you have sponsored city events with your Baublitz was a member of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188 and Crime Stoppers. His hobbies included golf and grilling for family and friends. Bobby, you have made our city a better place to live and play, concludes Johnsons letter. You are honored and respected for all you have given us. A celebration of life was held June 16 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory Chapel, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Online condolences may be made at Mr. Baublitz is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jaye-Lynn; sons Scott and wife Kelly and Brent and wife Samantha McConville; daughter Heather; mother Mildred; brother Sam; sisters Debbi Ross and Patricia Brooks; and grandchildren Dillan, Aydan and Addelyn. Bob Baublitz vol unteers at the grill, cooking burgers and dogs for the Holmes Beach Night Out event held on the hall. Islander Photo: Courtesy Chief Bill TokajerRobert E. Bob Baublitz Robert E. Bob Baublitz, 61, of Bradenton, died June 8. He was born July 24, 1956. He moved to Bradenton from Maryland, he was a member of the Moose Lodge of Anna Maria Island and Crime Stoppers. He loved life to its fullest. He loved to golf. He also loved to cook for his family and friends. He was humorous, always telling a joke and making people laugh. He was a very generous man who loved his family and friends and would do any thing for anyone. He was a great father, grandfather, uncle and wonderful husband. A celebration of life was held June 16. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences may be made to Mr. Baublitz is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jaye-Lynn; his sons Scott and wife Kelly and Brent and wife Samantha McConville; daughter Heather; mother Mildred; brother Sam; sisters Debbi Ross and Patricia Brooks; grandchildren Dillan, Aydan and Addelyn.


16 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER No More Chemicals Inside your House! Goal 37 Years No More Mosquitos, No NoSeeums, No Fireants and many more insects that our Guarantee covers ONLY ORGANIC Products ONLY ORGANIC Products Smart Water Technology Controller using latest Technology FOR ONE LOW MONTHLY FEE Bradenton Beach considers audit review, future budget Bradenton Beach is starting budget preparations In planning for the new budget year, commissioners and staff met June 13 with auditors Randy Dillingham and Jeff Gerhard of CS&L CPAs of audit. position, with no material weakness or compliance issues. It was a clear and transparent process. He said one difference is the county has assumed collection of the city stormwater assessment fee. Homeowners pay an annual stormwater management fee to the city. For every $100 a property owner pays in stormwater assessment fees, $3 goes to the county. The fees were increased by 3 percent in 2016 to cover the additional cost. Several years ago, the city was in bad shape, Mayor John Chappie said. But, over the last four years we have stuck with a plan and the city is right where it needs to be and continuing to improve. after The Islanders press time at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. ChrisAnn Silver EsformesBradenton Beach discusses stormwater drainage, delays decision-making By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Bradenton Beach is considering its next phase of stormwater drainage and retention improvements. City engineer Lynn Burnett led a workshop at city hall June 12 to illicit feedback on what could be done sify and sea level rises. According to Burnett, the system she helped implement 2006-10 was a continuation of old drainage systems, which were not effective at removing pollutants before runoff was discharged into Sarasota Bay. the rights of way ditches covered with rock as a test project and determined it worked. In fall 2016, the first infiltration systems were approved and installed at Bay Drive North and Ninth, 10th and 12th streets north. She said a problem arose with stone used to cover the ditches that needs to be addressed before the next phase begins. She said stone becomes ground under vehicle tires and the wear creates dust, so alternate surfacing is being considered. Before that can happen, a grant request to the Southwest Florida Water Manalong avenues C and B must be submitted with design plans and a budget. Otherwise, the city will need to withdraw the request and wait a year to submit a grant application with new criteria. Alternatively, Burnett said, other city funds, such as the local gas tax, could be used to restore Avenue C, which is undergoing a Manatee County water and sewer main project. Burnett asked what materials the city wants to use to restore the surface within the rights of way. She said grasspave, geogrid and porous asphalt systems are options, but they are expensive and require more maintenance. Mayor John Chappie agreed, the city has decisions to make before the October deadline with Swiftmud. We all have concerns with 57-stone, Chappie said. Most of us dont like it. He said the commission has said it wants to restore the driveways that were torn up during the force main project on Avenue C, but they want it done right. Its not certain that we are going to use the same type of system we have been using the 57-stone, Chappie said. Im coming to the belief that we should consider the right system in the right place that also meets requirements. in the alleys on the north end of the city are working, but something different could be better for other parts of the city. However, if they need more time to determine what would be best for the next phase, it might be better to wait for the next funding cycle. Planning and zoning board vice chair John Burns suggested the city consider using the same size stone, but granite or a similar material that doesnt generate dust or turn to clay. Commissioner Ralph Cole said the 57-stone along his street 12th Street North which extends to the seawall on the bay, are clogged with sand and sediment outfall pipes along the seawall were closed when the up into peoples yards, and the pipes were re-opened. the road or into your house? Im all for cleaning the water up, but lets do it right. There was no consensus beyond agreement for the city to hold more stormwater workshops as the October deadline approaches. Contractors pour stone into a newly dug system in December 2017, in an alley at the north end of Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy John ChappieWaves aplenty from CinciAdrienne Robers, 15, Katee McBride, 15, Morgan McBride, 13, and Alyssa Robers, 13, of Cincinnati, wave to passersby in the 1300 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach. They said they counted 79 people waving back the afternoon of June 5 as they tooled around Anna Maria Island in a golf cart. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell


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18 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Cops & CourtBy Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter PLEASE SEE STREETLIFE, NEXT PAGE PROUD RECIPIENT OF THESMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD-LARGE CATEGORYA LANDMARK ONGULF COAST! Truly Homemade Ice Cream(yes, we really make it ourselves) Voted Best Ice Cream Open 7 Days a Weekwww.tylersicecream.comSERVING GOURMET ICE CREAM SINCE 1984 Manatee Ave & 59th 941-243-3841 Cortez & 119th 941-794-5333 Longboat Center Shops 941-383-6935 SERVING GOURMET ICE CREAM SINCE 1984 OM A PIZZA& ITALIAN RESTAURANT Makers of the Worlds Largest Pizza $100 OFFAny Size PizzaFREE DELIVERY! Makers of the Worlds Largest Pizza StreetlifeBy Kathy Prucnell SEAFOOD Fri. & Sat. Nights in the Trap Yard LIVE MUSIC, CHEAP STREET FOOD, OUTSIDE BAR121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737 Island police blotterAnna Maria June 7, 300 block of Pine Avenue, domestic disturbance. Manatee County sheriffs deputies responded after three 911 calls were abandoned and found a marmined it had been a verbal dispute. June 8, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, suspicious incident. A woman alerted authorities to a possible human bone she found near the shore. Deputies collected the bone for further examination. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach June 9, Coquina Park, 1600 Gulf Drive S., vehicle burglary. A Pennsylvania man reported his Jeep had Obstruction, trespass case ends with guilty verdict Charges against an Ohio man for his part in a Janucer held up after an all-day trial at the Manatee County courthouse. A jury found Joseph Darby, 39, of New Albany, Ohio, guilty June 5 of trespassing on a Keyes Marina violence two misdemeanor offenses. Judge Renee Inman sentenced Darby, 39, to 12 months probation and 50 hours of public service and, the next day, agreed to Darbys transfer request allowing him to serve his sentence in Ohio. He was Darbys case is connected to two others. two Holmes Beach men, James Leary, 41, and Joseph Cucculelli, 43, after observing them in a red pickup that was swerving through the 5300 block of Marina Drive. As Bores was attempting to arrest Cucculelli, who was suspected of driving impaired, passengers Leary HBPD, MCSO stop lost driver, charge DUI A Manatee County sheriffs deputy arrested a Treasure Island woman who said she was trying to Sarah Williams Nagel, 48, was arrested June 2 at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for driving under the influence. Holmes Beach Police Sgt. Joel Pierce detained her in the parking lot at 2:13 a.m. for swerving off the roadway and crossing the center line near the 600 block of Manatee Nagel told Pierce shed taken Adderall and was she might be impaired, Pierce called for an MCSO assist. Nagel told Deputy Carlo Montemagno she thought she was in Reddington Beach or Indian Rocks Beach, she was taken into custody and to the Manatee County jail, where she performed breath tests that measured 0.138 and 0.135 blood-alcohol content. The legal BAC for a motorist is 0.08. Police also determined Nagel was driving on a suspended license. She was released on $620 bond. Nagels arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 9, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Nagel been burglarized earlier in the day while at the beach. His credit card and $92 were stolen from the locked vehicle. When the man noticed the items were missing, he checked with his credit card issuer and determined someone made $1,283.99 and $748.99 in fraudulent pry marks on a door handle. Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD. Cortez No reports. Cortez is policed by the MCSO. Holmes Beach June 7, 300 block of 62nd Street, noise/party. Holmes Beach police responded to a noise complaint about a loud party just after midnight and observed vehicles lining the street and parked in the yard. More than 20 people were inside the residence, including underage drinkers. Other partygoers were in the street. stay overnight, but police advised that would violate the maximum occupancy for the property. Vacasa Renteviction notice. The partygoers left, mostly by Uber, contributing to the delinquency of minors. June 7, 300 block of 61st Street, battery. An argument turned physical when a female renter allegedly kicked a bedroom door and attempted to hit her male landlord. The renter denied the report, and said the issued a request to the state attorney to consider a battery charge against the renter. The landlord advised police hed be starting the eviction process. June 8, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Baker Act. Holmes Beach police were summoned by PLEASE SEE OBSTRUCTION, NEXT PAGE


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 19 STREETLIFE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 181 in shark drag case seeks to reduce chargeslifeguards about a woman on the beach with her dog. drugs and alcohol and needed medical assistance. EMS was called and the woman was transported to a medi cal facility. Police contacted a relative of the woman to pick up the dog. June 9, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, drug/ license/vehicle. A 34-year-old Bradenton man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and for possessing meth and driving with a suspended license as a operating a Dodge van with a cracked windshield, ran the tag and pulled him over when he determined the vehicle tag was registered to a Ford pickup and the man was wanted on a Sarasota County warrant in a Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter Nearly a year after a video of a fateful boat ride went viral, theres been another turn in court. An attorney for Michael Wenzel, 22, of Palmetto, in the shark drag case pending against his client in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. With the motion, Wenzels attorney, Charles M. Britt III, asks the court to throw out a misdemeanor count for spearing a black nose shark, saying a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission publica tion leads a reasonable person to believe spearing sharks is not illegal and alleging (Bo) Benac shot and killed with a speargun, while Wenzel drove the boat. on behalf of Benac and, at press time, no hearing was set for Wenzels motion, according to online records. The prosecutor will respond in writing to the Wenzel motion, according to 13th Judicial State Attor ney communications director Estella Gray. In addition to the misdemeanor count, Wenzel and Benac, 29, of Sarasota, face two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, one for shooting and one for trip near Egmont Key. Both men pleaded not guilty to all charges. The case began after a 10-second video of four men on a boat, shown dragging a shark at high speed, went viral on social media in the summer of 2017. Public outrage echoed worldwide, from animal Scott. The FWC began its investigation with the 12th Circuit-Manatee County The investigation later transferred to the 13th Circuit and, Dec. 11, 2017, borough County filed the animal cruelty cases against three Manatee County men. In May, the state dropped all charges against Spencer Heintz, 23, of Palmetto, saying he was largely a spectator. Heintz is cooperating with the prosecution. Nicholas Burns Easterling, 25, who grew up on Anna Maria Island, was in the boat but not charged. According to a courthouse news service report in May, he provided information and cooperated with the investigation. Heintz, Benac and Wenzel have prominent Mana tee County parents. Heintz is son of a personal injury attorney. Benacs mother is a county commissioner. Wenzels father is a county planning section manager. At a June 13 hearing, the cases against Wenzel and Benac were postponed to 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Criminal Court of Hillsborough County, 401 N. Jefferson St., Tampa. Benac Wenzel grand theft case. The man told police he was a meth user but didnt know about three bags of meth found by police in a hidden compartment near the center console. The vehicle was towed. The tag was seized. A passenger in the vehicle was arrested for possessing crack cocaine pipes. June 11, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, alcohol. A Tampa man sitting at picnic table was cited for possessing alcohol in a prohibited area. June 13, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary/criminal mischief. A rear window in a vehicle was smashed and a womans purse, containing $150, glasses and her drivers license, was stolen. Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO. and Darby argued, yelled and refused to leave the scene, interfering with the arrest, according to police reports. Darby later ran onto a boat at Keyes Marina. the prosecution and Darby and Leary for the defense, according to Assistant State Attorney Samara Sweet. The jury came in at 6:30 p.m. with its verdict, she said. In April 2017, Cucculelli pleaded no contest to an obstruction charge, and the state dropped a disor derly intoxication count. The judge withheld adjudica tion and sentenced him to six months probation and 10 hours of public service work. Fines of $789 were imposed, according to court records. The state also dismissed Cucculellis tickets for failure to drive in a single lane and no proof of insur ance. Leary, who allegedly pulled away and struggled on the ground with Bores as he attempted to place him in custody, was let off by the state in March 2017. The prosecutor dropped a resisting with violence could not prove a violent act. OBSTRUCTION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18


20 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Ann Mari Oyster Bar You'll feel like family! Visit us online for menu, specials, locations, & more at A nurses taleBy Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter Her face belies her age. There are plenty of wrinkles, but its the twinkle in Ruth Heckingers eye that draws a listener and keeps the person enthralled in 75-year-old tales of exotic lands and interesting people. These days, traveling to Anna Maria Island for breakfast at Paradise Cafe and Bagels is a good outing for Heckinger and her companion, Gus Podd. Weve been engaged for 11 years, thats a good one, uh? Heckinger says as she turns a ring on her Heckinger and Podd met years ago when they both lived on Perico Island in separate residences, she says. A relationship developed and, at some point, all the running back and forth between houses became tiring. So, they moved together to Freedom Village in Bradenton. But its the early part of Heckingers life she most cares to discuss the part about World War II. So few of the Greatest Generation are left to tell the tale 362 a day according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. one of 59,000 nurses in the U.S. Army Corp in World War II. She grew up in Queens, New York, and after graduating high school, she found her male friends in the neighborhood were signing up to go to war. Several years later, in the midst of nurses training at Columbia Universitys St. Lukes Hospital in New York City, Heckinger took the challenge, too. She found herself on the opposite side of the globe tending to sick and wounded soldiers in the China-Burma-India Theater. Karachi, Calcutta and Casablanca became commonplace. nickname for the route across the Himalayas to ferry wounded soldiers to China. in Northern Burma when one engine went out and the other started conking. But it wasnt until the door came off the plane that they said we would have to jump. Heckinger hesitated, but someone pushed her out. I landed in a tree, which was fortunate because they could see me. They came and cut me down. We made it. The pilot didnt. From 1944 to 1946, when the war ended, Heckwards of sick and injured soldiers. On the planes, there at a time, sometimes under quarantine, had to be constantly watched. I plowed around in my trousers and combat boots like the guys. No skirts for Army nurses. The only other women wearing pants at that time were Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, Heckinger quipped. Heckinger has held on to a treasure trove of memoirs from the war days, both in print and in memory. She credits a childhood friend named Walter from the Queens neighborhood for joining the Army. He said, We are all going and I said, Well, I will, too, Heckinger remarked. The same Walter, as it turned out, joined the Navy and was on the U.S.S. Arizona Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He and three other guys swam away, she said. It was truly amazing. I was so relieved when I found out he had survived. Letters and photographs boxed away from her days of service in the war tell of long hours, fascination with foreign lands and occasional moments of frivolity, such as buzzing the Taj Mahal in a B-24. and bringing POWs back from Iwo Jima, all viewed through the eyes of someone who was barely 21 years old. After the war, Heckinger returned to Queens and went home to sleep in my old bed. got married and had two sons. One son extensively traveled the world, like his mom, before perishing in a hang gliding accident in Australia. He was born with sand in his diapers, she said. Not everybody is. I probably was, too. Heckinger continues to speak at local gatherings from time to time about her experiences in World War II, but these days, she mostly hangs with Gus and the crowd at Freedom Village. Its an apt place for an Army nurse who helped secure our own freedom so long ago. Ruth Heckinger says she is looking forward to a party for her birthday June 19, when she turns 95. The nurse, who was 21 years old when she went into the U.S. Army in World War II, had simple advice for todays world: Everybody should just calm down. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi a smile while working served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp. in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. Islander Courtesy Photo


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 21 Anna Maria Oyster Bar Pier on the Waterfron Dinin a Open Daily 8am-9pm Breakfast 8am-11am Weekend Brunch 11am-2pm 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, FL T ableside service with a bayside view on the Bridge Street Pier! T ableside service with a bayside view on the Bridge Street Pier! Call (941) 778-AMOB (2662) for Beach-to-Pier Shuttle! 941.778.1320 3246 E. Bay Drive, Holmes BeachThis week: French Onion Soup and Szegediner Pork-Sauerkraut Goulash served with sptzle and side salad. HAXEN FRI-SAT NIGHTS (reserve ahead) Dinner Monday-Saturday 5-9 Traditional French dining experience featuring entrees of mussels, shrimp, grouper, duck, pasta carbonara, chicken, beef and a slow-cooked duck casserole. 103 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach 941.779.1930The soul of France in the heart of Bradenton Beach Traditional French dining experience featuring entrees The soul of France in the heart of Bradenton Beach French Table New technology helps nip island party noise in the bud By Terry OConnor Islander Reporter Noisy parties can bring police visits to unsuspecting vacationers, as well as property owner headaches What a party pooper. A new noise-detection device being tested in Holmes Beach promises to soften the scenario by eliminating the need for police intervention. an Anna Maria Island property management company in April to monitor noise at two of its short-term rental properties with bad reputations among neighbors and the police. Voila. No more house-party hangovers for property owners or guests unaware they were violating noise ordinances. Hopefully, no more lightning rod homes, those that attract complaints about loud noise from guests using the swimming pool. Its been very impressive, said Adam Mott, coowner of AMI Locals with wife Jennifer. Once we notify our guest, we can literally see the decibel levels adjust in real time as the guests lower their voices, turn down the music or just head inside, which lets us know that we have corrected the potential problem before it occurred. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer agrees. He said there were no noise-nuisance calls from neighbors during the month at an address police had been monitoring weekly. I think this is going to be a very good tool for our rental agents to use, Tokajer said. Looks like its good technology. I truly appreciate AMI Locals looking into this and I will share this information with other rental companies so they can vet it on their own. Jennifer Mott said the smart technology enhances vacation experiences. I had hoped this would allow our guests to have a more enjoyable time, she said. Were able to notify them personally rather than them getting a knock on the door from code enforcement. AMI Locals property manager Andrea Powell cant be at all 45 properties managed by the island company, so she loves the technology. It gives me visibility to whats happening on the property without me being there, Powell said. I like four weeks of testing indicating noise exceeded allowable levels for more than three minutes. She quickly called the guests. I told them, Hey, Im glad youre having fun on vacation, but you have to move the fun inside before somebody else does. AMI Locals sets the system below allowed decibel limits in order to notify guests before their noise becomes excessive, Mott said. The device cannot record conversations, sounds or video. It is not a tape recorder. lect decibel levels, as well as other factors with sound, said Christine Saba, Noise Awares head of marketing. It is only able to collect decibeland noise-level data. It is compliant to privacy standards. AMI Locals previously relied on police departAdam Mott said. We found some of our properties were in sensitive areas, he said. We wanted to try to reduce our impact. Smart-home sensors in living spaces and pool areas alert property managers when noise becomes excessive. If noise exceeds a set threshold, renters are Letting loose is to be expected for vacationing guests, but Noise Aware ensures the party hubbub doesnt spill over to the neighbors. We also hope that it will reduce the demand on our public resources to monitor noise prevention, as we will be doing that for them, said Adam Mott. Founded in 2015, Noise Aware can prevent costs related to improper guest activity, improve customer reputations in the community and defend against false complaints with historical data, according to Saba. NoiseAware charges $99 per sensor plus a $99 annual subscription fee. Im not sure if there will ever be a perfect solution, but we hope this is a proactive approach toward that, Adam Mott said. For more information, go online to or or call 941-757-8226. Adam and Jennifer Mott, co-owners of AMI Locals, left, with property manager Andrea Powell. Islander Photos: Terry OConnor Adam Mott inspects a decibel sensor at what once was a problem party house in Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said his department has not been called since the noise-alert device was installed. Adam and Jennifer Mott, co-owners of AMI Locals, left, demonstrate how they monitor a decibel reader with AMI Locals property manager Andrea Powell.


22 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Want to see what a sea turtle sees? One simple measure to determine if beachfront lighting is a problem is to walk after dusk to the waters edge, crouch low near the waterline and look landward. If you see lights, a sea turtle might also see the glow. When female sea turtles mostly logger heads on AMI come ashore, they have a steely glare and one purpose to lay their eggs in the sand. They typically arent looking around, but they the right texture and temperature in the sand for their deposit of eggs. Lights on land can distract the turtle from its goal and, if it nests, can cause the turtle to head towards the light on land rather than the twinkle of the moon and stars on the water. Keep in mind, this is the only time a sea turtle leaves the familiarity in the water. Males do not come ashore. And once on land, these female turtles are unaccustomed to immovable objects, such as lawn chairs and volleyball posts, canopy poles and benches. These items are obstructions that sea turtles are incapable of maneuvering. So now that you think like a sea turtle, have a little respect. Get busy and keep the beach dark and clear of obstructions. Mother Nature will thank you. AMI, LBK host sea turtle walks, talks Sea turtle season has begun and, with it, come precautions to protect the animals and their habitat. To learn guidelines and some interesting facts about nesting sea turtles, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring hosts a series of Turtle Talks at 10 a.m. Tuesdays in June and July at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The presentations, which last about 35 minutes, consist of video and photos, a question-and-answer session and interactive activities. Attendees receive promotional materials, such as stickers, door hangers, AMITW also will host Turtle Talks at 6 p.m. Thursdays June 21 and July 19 at the Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, contact AMITW executive director Suzi Fox at or 941-7785638. Additionally, Longboat Key Turtle Watch, in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory, is hosting turtle walks led by Mote-trained volunteers on sea turtle patrol. Volunteers will scout for signs of nesting, and share tips on wildlife history and habitats. The walks, which may be up to a mile and a half, begin at 6:45 a.m. Saturdays in June and July and depart from the public beach access at 4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Walks are rain or shine, but volunteers do not walk in thunderstorms. For more info on the LBK walks, visit turtle season in full swing on Anna Maria IslandBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Its game on for sea turtle nesting season on Anna Maria Island. As of June 13, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 187 loggerhead nests on island beaches the same number on the same date last year. By June 17, there were 223 nests and 238 false crawls. The 2017 season was a record-breaker on Anna Maria Island, with 488 reported nests by seasons end, Oct. 31. Sea turtles nest mostly at night on dark beaches, so increased efforts to keep the beach dark and smooth have helped AMITWs success. However, turtle watch executive director Suzi Fox have disoriented on island beaches due to either light ing issues or human interference. Early June 13, a female loggerhead was found on North Shore Drive across from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. AMITW volunteers discovered the loggerhead on their morning survey and were able to get the turtle turned around and headed back to the water. The disoriented turtle may have had an adventure, but she did not nest. Some of the disorientations appear to be due to people on the beach at night not keeping their distance, Fox said. She said AMITW also has seen an unusually high number of empty nests, which means the turtle dug a hole and started to nest, but returned to the water without laying its clutch. A false crawl is one thing, but to have someone mess with her after shes gotten that far, and return to the sea without nesting, is hard on a turtle, Fox said. a sea turtle on the beach is put down their cellphones. turtle, which only leaves the water to nest. She also said people should give the turtle at least 50 feet of distance if they choose to watch it nest. Just let the turtle do her job without interference from you and for goodness sakes, stop taking pictures of her, Fox warned. She added that unless there is a problem like the turtle found in the road there is no need to call turtle watch to report a sighting. Each morning during season, May-October, AMITW volunteers take turns conducting daily beach walks on one of nine 1-mile sections of beach to look for tracks indicating a sea turtle nest or, later in the season, tracks from tiny hatchlings headed to the Gulf of Mexico. Volunteers mark new nests with stakes and tape for protection and data collection. Beachfront lighting is another issue faced by nesting sea turtles. Exterior lights at beachfront properties visible from the shoreline must be low, shielded turtle-friendly lighting and indoor lights should be turned off or shielded by curtains or blinds after dark. Mature female sea turtles only leave the water to nest, so lights visible from the shoreline can distract nesting turtles away from the water. Fox works in advance of nesting season with code enforcement in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach to ensure any possible lighting violations come into compliance. During a June 14 nighttime inspection along the beach in Holmes Beach, Fox spotted several structures with intrusive lighting. AMITW used grant funds received as a result of businesses, resorts and residences with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved Fox said she has free turtle-friendly bulbs and can consult with people who may have questions about lighting. We are here to help, Fox said. She added that turtle watch does not want to be a killjoy for beachgoers. We want people to have fun on the beach this summer, Fox said. We just ask that people remem ber to respect the nesting environment and be good stewards of our beaches. For more information on nesting season, contact Fox at or 941-778-5638. Visit and click on Sea Tur tles and Lights or Wildlife Friendly Lighting for more information on helping sea turtles. To report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles or shorebirds contact the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitor ing executive director, helps Aiden Esformes, 6, of Bradenton, look on a card June 14. The to see lights like a sea turtle during a lighting inspection in Holmes Beach. Aiden is the son of Islander reporter/ photographer, Chris-Ann Silver Esformes. The house pictured with turtle-friendly exterior bulbs and porch lights on the house on the right are not turtle-friendly. Code enforcement in the three island municipalities address lighting issues by a notice to the property owner to come into compliance. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 23 Dos and donts for sea turtle nesting season, now through Oct. 31 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends people follow these guidelines for sea turtle safety: beachfront to prevent nesting sea turtles from becoming disoriented and moving toward the glow of light on land, instead of natural light lights should be turned off, with curtains closed after dark, and outdoor lighting should be turtleand shielded from view at the shoreline. the beach at night. They can distract nesting sea turtles and cause them to return to the water. Nesting female sea turtles can become trapped, confused or impeded by gear left on the beach at night. Remove items such as boats, tents, rafts castles before dusk. Holes trap turtles and can injure people. Call code enforcement to report unattended property or large holes on the beach. City of Anna Maria code enforcement 941-708-6130, ext. 139 or ext. 129. City of Bradenton Beach code enforcement 941-778-1005, ext. 280. City of Holmes Beach code enforcement 941-708-5800, ext. 247. Report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline, at 1-888-404-3922, #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone or text For more information on nesting season, contact Fox at or 941-7785638. Clip and save..... Neff By Lisa NeffRed tide on Capitol Hill Im three seasons into The Americans, that sexy, outlandish, thrilling FX network series about Soviet KGB illegals spying, romancing, conning and battling the FBI on U.S. soil during the Reagan years. Mind-warped from evenings of binge-watching on Amazon, a headline about red tide and Capitol Hill caught my attention and I thought KGB, not Karenia brevis, but not for long, because under the headline Isnt that Ed Chiles? I thought. And yes, on the left in the photograph is Chiles, the local businessman and environmentalist who has taken a keen interest in Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, and the sources of other harmful algal blooms. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Bill environmental and business communities. Thousands of species of algae can be found in fresh and salt waters and are vital, as the basis of the food web and a source of oxygen. Most types of algae are harmless. However, when some multiply, they can create harmful, toxic blooms that kill marine life, pose health risks to humans and doom businesses. Harmful algal blooms can have consequences for coastal communities from California to New England, Ohio to Florida, but the Sunshine State is especially vulnerable. With red tides, brown tides, cyanobacteria in lakes, the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System says Florida has more toxic algal blooms than any other state in the nation. including the Sandbar and Beach House on Anna Maria Island and the Mar Vista on Longboat Key, about the effects of red tide or harmful algal blooms on coastal businesses. You can see, were very exposed, Chiles said, referring to a slideshow depicting the waterfront businesses. Were on the edge here. yesteryears on the island, he spoke about the need for continued funding of research into red tide and mitigation, as well as the need to continue funding forecasts to the public. Theres real progress, Chiles said, but it must go forward. Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass also negative impact of Karenia brevis -fueled red tides that continue on the Gulf Coast, as well as the blue-green algae blooms on the Caloosahatchee River. Katherine Hubbard, on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, reviewed the monitorconsumption. Barbara Kirkpatrick, executive director of the GCOOS, said bloom forecasting has improved over the past 20 years. Still, she said, monitoring is needed at more beaches. Two others to testify were with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and they research, forecast and respond. Together, the panelists called for more federal support, including reauthorization of the Harmful Algal passed in 1998 to create funding for research, monitor blooms and ensure a safe seafood supply. They also stressed the need to generate forecasts for beaches rather than counties and asked for money to help impacted Florida communities respond to blooms. Chiles, with a screen overhead showing a blackand-white photograph of the Sandbar circa 1920, said, Were right there on the frontline at the coast. We are heavily affected by what goes on in coastal waters and what goes on with harmful algal blooms. He mentioned how business owners in the state must be prepared to deal with all kinds of threats, including hurricanes that can devastate. But as bad as hurricanes are, Chiles said, red tides can last so much longer and can knick at you on and on. Thats the menace of Karenia brevis. Congressional brie ng panel included Richard Stumpf, oceanographer with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administrations National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; Barbara Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System; Katherine Hubbard of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Cecil Pendergrass, a Lee County commissioner; and Steven Thur, director of NOAAs National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Islander Courtesy PhotoTurtle watch: Flashlights arent the problem Lights visible to sea turtles are a problem one thats potentially life-threatening for nesting and hatchling turtles. As nesting season peaks, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director the beach, just use good judgment. After nesting or hatching, adult sea turtles and their hatchlings are drawn by their instincts to the Gulf of waters surface. Disorientations can occur when lights visible from the shoreline attract turtles from the water, making them vulnerable to predators, exhaustion or dehydration. It can result in death. Fox said if people are planning to be on the beach that people never shine lights on wildlife and refrain enjoy the beach after dark this summer and be considerate of others, including wildlife and marine life. ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Bill Booher, right, AMITW volunteer, motions to a loggerhead sea turtle nest on the beach in Anna Maria and shares information about nesting season with a group of tagalongs. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes


24 JUNE 20, 2018 THE ISLANDER Open Mon-Fri 8-4, Saturday by Appointmen t 12044 Cortez Rd. W, (941) 792-7657 marinedocktor@msn.comMake one stop to shop for the Dock !marine dockto r s Re mote Controls Fishing Charters Wet Slips Fuel Dock Full Service Marine Mechanic Tackle Shop and Water Sports LIGHT T YFull / Half Day T www arrenFishin g Char tersCapt. W arren GirleINSHORE sh OFFSHORE GC Capt. W arren Girle R E O AM City Pier tides; Cortez high tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later Anna Maria Island Tides Date AM HIGH PM HIGH AM LOW PM LOW Moon June 20 7:28a 1.8 6:30p 1.8 12:15a 0.2 12:45p 1.1 1st June21 8:04a 1.9 8:12p 1.6 1:02a 0.5 2:15p 0.8 June22 8:40a 2.1 9:44p 1.5 1:47a 0.7 3:27p 0.5 June23 9:14a 2.3 11:03p 1.5 2:28a 0.9 4:25p 0.3 June24 9:47a 2.4 3:05a 1.1 5:13p 0.1 June25 12:10a 1.4 10:18a 2.5 3:38a 1.2 5:56p -0.1 June26 1:07a 1.4 10:48a 2.5 4:09a 1.3 6:33p -0.1 June27 1:55a 1.4 11:18a 2.6 4:37a 1.3 7:08p -0.2 Cassidy By Kevin P. Cassidy Islander Reporter decided in overtime, Lancaster Design handed Legler & at the Center of Anna Maria Island and won the Paul Ace Hayward championship trophy. The championship game, played June 14, saw Lancaster Design win despite being a player short due to Sumiko Chipmans absence. It didnt matter. Lancaster took the lead in the third minute when Danny Anderson hit a beautiful cross that Robert Armstrong headed past Legler goalie Sean Flynn for a 1-0 lead. when Greg DeMeuse passed ahead to Ricky Anderson, but his shot went just wide of the goal. And Lancaster nearly gifted Legler a goal in the ninth minute, when goalie Trey Hornes bad touch on a pass left the goal wide open. Horne somehow recovered the shot to preserve the 1-0 lead. Lancaster extended its lead a minute later when a long punt by Horne saw Diego Felipe and Daniel Ander son challenge for the ball. Anderson got a bit higher and of the goalie for a 2-0 lead. Legler & Flynn had a strong scoring chance in the 16th minute when Amy Ivin found some space and crossed the ball inside to Felipe, but his shot was saved by Horne. A couple of minutes later, Legler & Flynns Jer emias Gramajo found space up the middle and got off a strong shot. Horne made the save, but the ball popped out to Flynn. Horne somehow made a juggling save. minutes left in the half when Felipe found Ivin with a pass up the left side. She held the ball to draw the defender before passing back to Felipe, whose shot Lancaster lead. Thirty seconds later, an attempted long ball by Lancaster rolled to Flynn at the back of the Legler & Flynn defense. He launched a long ball all the way into the Lancaster penalty area, where John Coleman shanked his kick into the goal to tie the score at 2-2. The second half saw fewer scoring chances and more long balls from both teams. Lancaster capitalized on a long ball in the 35th minute as Daniel Anderson found Ricky Anderson up the left side. Ricky Anderson cut back and passed inside to Coleman, who atoned for Scoring chances were few until the 42nd minute ,when Yorvi Moreira took a shot off of a corner kick by defender and into the goal to tie the match at 3-3. The game ended 3-3, sending it to a 5-minute, sudden-death overtime. Shortly after the overtime was whistled to begin, Lancaster came through. Michael Lewis chipped the ball ahead to Ricky Anderson on the left side of the penalty area. He settled the ball with his chest and ripped a strong shot that Legler & Flynn goalie Steve Oelfke saved, but the ball went right back to Anderson, who blistered it into the goal to set off a celebration for Lancaster Design. Daniel and Ricky Anderson led the way for Lancaster Design with a goal and an assist each, while Armstrong and Coleman both notched single goals. Horne, saves. Moreira and Felipe scored a goal each to lead Legler & Flynn, which also received an assist from Gramajo and 10 combined saves from Flynn, Felipe and Oelfke in the loss. Key Royale news Summer heat has settled on the island, but that didnt keep the golfers from taking to the Key Royale course in Holmes Beach. The action got started June 11 with the mens mornearned clubhouse bragging rights for the day with a plus-5. The women took to the course June 12 for a nineDuncans 2-under-par 30 gave her a three-shot victory tie for second place. Jana Samuels ran away with Flight B with a 4-underPollock and Penny Williams both had chipins to highlight their rounds. For more championship photos and more sports, go online to Fishing tip! If you hook a bird, remember: Reel, remove and release! Legler & Flynns Jeremias Gramajo shields the ball from Lancaster Design player Daniel Anderson during the championship game of the adult soccer league at the center. Islander Photos: Kevin P. CassidyChamps Lancaster Design: Robert Armstrong, Michael Lewis, Greg DeMeuse, Trey Horne, John Coleman, Ricky Anderson and Daniel Anderson. Not pictured: Sumiko Chipman and Cody Crouch.


THE ISLANDER JUNE 20, 2018 25 By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter Falling into our typical summertime pattern of calm east breezes in the morning followed by a spattering of thunderstorms in the afternoon is providing seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Deep grass flats are holding many the passes and beaches. And speaking of the beaches, the tarpon are running getting good especially with the calm, clear water we have now. Look for schooling be ready to cast your bait at their noses. Moving offshore in the summer brings a variety of species mangrove snapper, American red snapper, gag grouper, cobia and permit. For the mangoes and gags, reefs and wrecks are proving to be good. Wrecks are holding the cobia and permit. If its red snapper you 100 feet or more. On my Southernaire charters, Im putting clients on plenty of catch-and-release snook. Most catches are 20-30 inches. Live shiners are the best bait to attract seatrout are keeping clients busy. A free-lined shiner with the addition of a small split shot cast over deep grass is quickly being eaten by hungry trout. A lot of small, under-slot trout are present in these areas, but a lot of trout to yield a limit. Spanish mackerel, small providing a nice variety for anglers. Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing a Islands northern-most pier. per. Casting shrimp under the pier is yielding the best and catch-and-release snook. Capt. Aaron Lowman is working both nearshore structure and hard bottom for a variety of species. permit are taking the hook. Due to the extremely clear can mask the bait on the hook by heavily chumming the waters with a mix of frozen and live chum. Moving inshore, Lowman is putting clients on 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 shorelines and around the passes. Early morning brings the best action, according to Lowman, because the water is slightly cooler than in the afternoon. Tarpon producing hookups with the silver king. Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is catch-and-release snook in good numbers around the passes. Fish ranging from 22-40 inches are taking live shiners on the hook. For the larger linesiders, palm-size Spotted seatrout are tops for Gross clients looking 3-6 feet of water, which is yielding many 16-18 inch and an occasional blacktip shark are being caught. 100-pound range running the norm for his anglers. Capt. Warren Girle is working inshore throughout for snook is going strong, especially during morning tides when the water is cooler. morning tides around oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. To round out the morning, Girle is targeting spotted seatrout on the deeper grass areas throughout Sarasota the beach to patrol for tarpon. Casting live crabs to the beaches of Anna Maria Island is resulting in acrobatic jumps, drag-screaming runs and happy anglers. Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters also is targeting tarpon along the beaches of Anna Maria Island and in Tampa Bay. With near-perfect conditions, the tarpon bite is following suit. Casting live ing in numerous hookups. Fish in the 80-pound class When he lets up on the tarpon, White is hunting mangrove snapper and mackerel over structure in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. This bite is occurring in depths of 20-50 feet of water. Moving out deeper to depths of 100 feet or more is proving good for American red snapper. Capt. Jason Stock is spending his days tracking tarpon from Egmont Key south to Longboat Key. ring. While cruising the beaches, Stock is encountering an occasional cobia, and he keeps his gear ready for a cast. Moving offshore, Stock is sight-casting to permit on wrecks and reefs in depths of 40-60 feet of water. ing gag grouper, American red snapper and mangrove snapper accommodating. On lucky days, while bottom ing the boat. Although not a regular occurrence in those waters, Stock said, it sure is welcome. Jeff Davis of Bradenton and David Green of Longboat Key each caught a permit offshore June 7 while using small blue crabs for bait. The sportsmen released their catch after the photo. They were guided by Capt. Warren Girle. Send your fishing, sports, event news and photos to Share the fun.


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