Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)

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8 Obituaries. Streetlife. CLASSIFIEDS. PropertyWatch. Happenings ISL BIZ 10-20 YEARS AGO budget talks Wildlife support. 22Astheworldterns watch the weather. 6 Op-Ed Wildlife support. 22 Wildlife support. 22 VOLUME 26, NO. 46 SEPT. 12, 2018 FREE The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992 Labor Day wrapup. 19 Post-Irma work. 4 PLEASE SEE FOUL LAKE PAGE 2Lake residents cry foul about pollution, await answers By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter Theres a small spring-saltwater fed lake in Holmes Beach that many people pass by and never notice. The neighborhood lake with a pocket park on Holmes Boulevard lies between 68th and 70th streets in Holmes Beach. But those whose homes surround it say problems continue to impact the health of the once pristine waters of Spring Lake. Answers may soon come. After nearly three years of complaints, the city of Holmes Beach again is testing Spring Lake to determine the health of the lake waters. Residents Melissa and Frank Williams say the smell is horrible some days, just like under their backyard dock and the birds and other wildlife that frequented the lake have disappeared. They are concerned for the environmenHAB moves slightly offshore, onshore conditions improve By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter Easterly winds and Tropical Storm Gordon chugging northward in the Gulf of Mexico may have helped lessen the impact of a harmful algal bloom in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island in September. Many islanders had their hopes up, buoyed by fresh air and turquoise waters. Beach chairs and umbrellas returned to the The midweek report Sept. 5, compiled by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, showed the red tide bloom decreased slightly in size, down to 120 miles in length from 145 miles on the southwest Florida coastline. High concentrations were offshore in southern counties and Hillsborough, but the concentration of red tide dropped Sept. 5 offshore of Manatee and Sarasota counties. Very low concentrations on the Manatee coast less than 1,000-10,000 cells per liter of water appeared arrived in island waters just after Aug. 1. But numbers released by the FWC Sept. 7 showed a slight reversal in the clearing trend, with the toxin climbing 5-25 percent higher than mid-week readings. The highest concentration remained about 5 miles offshore. Tropical Storm Gordon would move red tide west, away from Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key beaches. However, surface waters pushed the HAB slightly northwest, with fish kills becoming prevalent Sept. 8 on the beaches at Clearwater, Treasure Island and Madeira Beach. Some preceding weeks had readings exceeding 1,000,000 parts per liter, resulting tory issues for some people. The damage from red tide continued to take a toll on Florida wildlife. The FWC reported 127 manatee dead from red tide through Aug. 31. Many have been necropsied and others were awaiting examinations. Forty-one dolphins died in August in the The 10 carcasses examined as of Aug. 26 all showed high levels of red tide toxin. Help continues for island workers PLEASE SEE RED TIDE PAGE 3


2 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER Unique Pet PortraitsComposited images printed to stretched canvas Sunsets PRINTS FROM FOUL LAKE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1tal health of the lake and its marine and wildlife. Bob McCaffrey, who has lived on Spring Lake for 28 years, agrees, calling the lake murky and cruddy in July. The lakefront residents are looking for the same thing: Answers. ground pipes connected to the canals that terminate on Marina Drive, experienced a major sewage spill in October 2015, when a county sewer force main broke near the intersection of Clark and Palm drives. The county public works department estimated 22,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into the lake, county report said a stormdrain structure placed atop the force main proved too heavy and crushed the lower pipeline, resulting in the spill. State and local authorities cleared the lake in less than two weeks following the 2015 spill, saying that and sewage contamination levels had returned to background levels. However, those who live in the area say the water quality never returned to normal. County officials acknowledged in an email to historical levels to compare against. The county has maintained the lake had problems just prior to, not after, the sewer main break. Complicating the issue: A local contractor was found to be discharging water into the lake during construction of a swimming pool. Building debris also found its way into the lake during a subsequent storm and again, later, during Hurricane Irma. All kinds of material blew into the lake last year, Melissa Williams said Sept. 5. Im sure it just sank and its probably still in there. Lake when a worker with the current Manatee County Force Main Project hit a wastewater line. A pump and generator were added near a storm occurred in the recent damage. They were just doing their work. It was human error. (The county is) required by law to report any sewage spillage. There were no sewage issues this time. There might have been a smell, but there were no sewage issues, Amy Pilson, liaison to Manatee County Utilities Public Works, told The Islander Sept. 6. Now there is movement in decoding the source of Spring Lakes poor conditions, which residents have been requesting for more than two years. The water in Spring Lake is again being tested, this time by Aquatic Systems Lake and Wetlands Sercials. Code enforcement offer JT Thomas, called to the lake by the residents complaints on more than one occasion, understands their frustrations. Thomas, along with HBPD Sgt. Vern McGowin, looked at the lake again Sept. 6 after having checked out the bladder system that was put in place several visit, said Thomas, who was struck by the stillness of the lake. There was no movement, no ripples. It was just so still. Nothing, Thomas said. He was pleased to learn of the new round of water quality testing by the private company, which will send We can complain and keep asking, Thomas said. Like the lakefront residents, Thomas indicated the city wants to see Spring Lake thrive again.


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4 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER 1 year later, post-Irma work continues at Cayman CayBy Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter next year. Thats the word from a Cayman Cay Villas contractor about an estimated completion date on 10 condos in Holmes Beach a year after Hurricane Irma ripped off the roof and rendered the south building uninhabitable. T he north building of the two-building complex was not impacted. I rmas winds barreled through F lorida and created $50 million in damage statewide. The storm hit Anna Maria Island Sept. 10, 2017. A nd, at C ayman C ay, after the roof came off, the 10 units were drenched in rain before a temporary roof cover was installed. Also, the power was out. Mold set in. T o do the work, the villas condo association hired A ccutech R estoration and R emodeling of Sarasota and, in April, project manager Rob Wilkes came to the job at 4307 Gulf Drive. A ccording to Wilkes, when a microburst hit the south building, it unearthed a storm of problems involving insurance, termite damage and F ederal E mergency M anagement A gency questions, as well as challenges to bring the buildings 1970s construction up to code. G etting inspections, estimates and permits became challenging. A blame game ensued between the city, property manager PMI Holmes Beach P roperty M anagement of west Bradenton and Accutech about why work didnt begin until January. A ccutech has since gutted the building and installed a new roof. And now, there are more delays. Because so much construction is going on across the area, Wilkes said, trades people are sparse and city inspections are hard to come by. C ondo owner and association board member T om Knarr spoke to The Islander Sept. 6 about the owners frustration with the process. Were at a year. Basically, right now, one of our problems is the city, he said. ing and electrical inspections, Knarr said, adding the picky on others. T hey say Joe is just so busy and he doesnt have time for it. When I asked if theyre going to hire anybody else, I m told no, he said, referring to Joe Aukstikalnis, Holmes Beach senior plans examiner. the insurer, but not the city, due to inspection delays. Hes also criticized the building department for delaying a decision on a FEMA 50-percent rule. their jobs, in my opinion, he added. Jim McGuinness returned Sept. 6-7 calls for comment. P eople are losing money. T ens of thousands of dollars especially those that rent. I dont rent my place. But I still have the quarterly dues, taxes and no use of the building at all, Knarr said. T he condo-owner/board member acknowledged a due to the buildings disrepair that lowered his condo unit value from $218,000 to $90,000 for 2018. Most recently, a faulty lift pump Sept. 6 plagued the project, creating drainage and plumbing backups and uncertainty about who was responsible for the failure and the repairs. Nonetheless, the project manager took it in stride, hopeful for progress with the plumbing, electrical and HV AC inspections. I m much more optimistic today than I was a few days ago, Wilkes said. Holmes Beach tipped to potential FEMA fraud Same thing, different city. Holmes Beach city attorney P atricia P etruff about a letter she received accusing a contractor of exceeding the Federal Emergency M anagement A genD arrin Wash of Wash F amily C onstruction said Sept. 6 the remodel work at 502 74th St., Holmes Beach, is external, adding it could appear more extensive to someone passing by the residence, but it does not include interior remodeling. Anna Maria is investigating allegations of FEMA substantial improvement fraud against Wash F amily Construction on 27 renovation projects in the city. Wash defended his work on the Anna Maria projects, saying permitted work not included in the FEMA 50 percent rule contributed to costs that exceeded the original permit. FEMA regulates remodels of ground-level homes, mostly built before the regulation went into effect in 1975, to 50 percent of the structures value. A dditionally, work on the pool, driveways and ment rule, he said. I can see how somebody could drive by and look at the size of the project and think it was over the 50 percent, Wash said. But, as I mentioned, we are only remodeling the outside of the structure. In her email, Petruff recommended the city for ward the letter to FEMA for review, as well as review inspection. Mayor Bob Johnson declined to comment. Redevelopment work in Holmes Beach red-tagged


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6 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER Opinion Our SEPT. 12, 2018 SEPT. 12, 2018 SEPT. 12, 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 YourPier amenities, pier revenues Regarding the Anna Maria City Pier: Yes, its much missed. Yes, the cost of replacement is higher than original projections. So lets stop and rethink this: Whats missing? The pier or the restaurant? ing without the restaurant? If money is an issue, build the end of the pier large enough for food carts, a beer wagon, seating, even a pagoda for cover. There are restrooms across the street from the entry for use. A simple water line and electrical line is all that would be required. Doesnt this move the project forward in a sensible way? Celebrating home rule This year marks the 50th anniversary of municipal home rule in the Florida Constitution. The ManaSota and Florida Leagues of Cities are promoting education about the state constitution, municipal government and home rule in this anniversary year. As a member of both organizations, I am writing to provide some information on home rule and why it is important to protect it in Florida. Before the 1968 constitutional revisions, the law in Florida severely restricted a citys ability to exercise the powers of local self-governance. The Legislatures control over municipalities was plenary. Municipalities could possess and exercise only those powers expressly granted by the Legislature. As Floridas population grew, this top-down governance became ever more cumbersome. As the number of local bills increased, the limited time available during the legislative session was severely impacted. equal access to all counties and cities in the major amendment. Home rule is the ability of a county or municipality to act without state legislative authorization. Eliminating the profusion of local bills allows the Legislature The most precious powers a city has are its home rule powers. The ability to establish its form of government through its charter, and to then enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval is a tremendous authority. To further be able to enforce them at home and tion of the trust that citizens have in their respective city leaders. Unquestionably, the greatest intrusion on municipal home rule authority has come from the Legislature. In recent years, it has considered several bills that would strip counties and municipalities of their ability to govern themselves. Tallahassee has been steadily shrinking that sphere of local autonomy. In the past few years, Florida has passed laws that punish local governments that adopt gun restrictions, limit the ability of municipalities to regulate vacation rentals, businesses and building and land use, and other issues. Please tell your legislative representatives not to diminish our rights. Support home rule! Ready, ready, ready? Its time to prepare for hurricane season. And not a week to spare. Youve just enough time to beat the masses to the store to round out the supplies in your hurricane kit. Or, as cartoonist Joe Bird likes to say, the bug-out bag. BOB. According to Wikipedia, other names for such a to-go bag are a grab bag, battle box, personal emergency relocation kit or PERK, go bag, GOOD bag, aka Get out of Dodge, an INCH bag, as in Im never coming home, and QRB, quick-run bag. The focus for us is on evacuation, but other uses for a bug-out-bag go back to a military practice during the Korean War, when soldiers quickly took up alternative defensive positions. The bug-out bag is distinguished from a survival kit, popular in the survivalism subculture. But many of the recommendations for a hurricane kit include survival needs like duck tape and Spam. Whatever goes in your kit last year during Irmas power outages, cellphone power chargers and LED rechargeable lamps and small fans were the handiest items its time to compile and replenish the kit and polish up your evacuation skills. Check off any medical needs for yourself and your of medications. And dont forget to do the same planning for your pets. Vaccination papers, food, treats and pickup bags. Finally, prepare your house, any evacuation vehicle and, if necessary, your boat. The Atlantic storm season is quickly heating up. And the tropics are ripe for action, as the warm water, high temps and humidity are a recipe for quick-forming storms. The weatherman, or woman, should be your new best friend. Be ready to take action. Make sure you look online at The Islander storm survival guide and check off any items you need to complete your BOB. Also download an array of weather apps from the guide. You wont be sorry. Then make a round of calls or texts and see if anyone in your circle needs help, supplies or a friend to weather the storm if we face one. Just saying. Be ready. Bug out.


THE ISLANDER SEPT. 12, 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. BULK MAIL U.S. SUBSCRIPTION (allow 2 weeks for every weeks delivery) 1 year: $54 3-6 Months: $36 1-3 Months: $24U.S. FIRST CLASS AND CANADIAN MAIL SUBSCRIPTION 1 year: $160 3-6 Months: $98 1-3 Months: $54 Single Issue: $5 FIRST CLASS MAIL, U.S. ONLY, maximum four weeksMAIL TO: ______________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _____________________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________ STATE __________ ZIP _________________ Credit card: d u No. ___________________________________________ Name shown on card: _____________________________ Exp. Date ___________ Credit card billing address: ______________________________________________ MAIL START DATE: _____________________________________________________ THE BEST NEWS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND SINCE 1992CHARGE BY PHONE 941.778.7978 ONLINE (secure server) E-MAIL 10&20 years agoIn the headlines: Sept. 9, 1998 Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch director Suzi Fox said about 25 turtle nests were washed out when Hurricane Earl moved through the Gulf of Mexico offshore of the island, but the remaining 25 nests appeared healthy. While Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard said he supported the concept of a curfew for teenagers, Bradenton Beach Mayor Connie Drescher and Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said they were opposed to any islandwide curfew. The prospects of Holmes Beach purchasing the Grassy Point area of the city brightened after Holmes Beach city treasurer Rich Ashley said the Florida Communities Trust indicated it was sending a draft agreement for a $715,350 grant to purchase the 37-acre site.In the headlines: Sept. 10, 2008 Shells seafood restaurant in the Anna Maria Island Centre in Holmes Beach abruptly closed its doors Sept. 3. At the same time, the restaurant tions. Waves associated with Hurricane Gustav took a toll on sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch representatives estimated the high tide and heavy surf associated with the storm damaged 41 loggerhead nests. VISIT OUR 8,000+ SF SHOWROOM6807 14TH ST. W., BRADENTON (across from Alex Karras Lincoln)SPECIAL ISLANDER OFFER! $50 OFF any purchase of $500 or more $100 OFF any purchase of $1,000 or more We offer Rattan and Wicker tropical-style indoor and outdoor furniture, for island and coastal looks. YOUR COMPLETE CASUAL FURNITURE STORE Before the hurricane Kayakers see sea life


8 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER Anna Maria City Sept. 13, 6 p.m., commission. Sept. 27, 6 p.m., commission. Oct. 9, 4 p.m., planning and zoning. Oct. 11, 6 p.m., commission. Oct. 25, 6 p.m., commission. Nov. 8, 6 p.m., commission. Nov. 13, 4 p.m., planning and zoning. Bradenton Beach Sept. 13, 1 p.m., department heads. Sept. 13, 4 p.m., community redevelopment agency. Sept. 19, 5:05 p.m., CRA, budget hearing. Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m., commission, budget hear ing. Sept. 19, 1 p.m., planning and zoning. Sept. 20, noon, commission. Sept. 25, 10 a.m., commission. Holmes Beach Sept. 12, 10 a.m., code enforcement magistrate. Sept. 13, 6 p.m., commission. Sept. 25, 6 p.m., commission. Sept. 27, 6 p.m., commission. West Manatee Fire Rescue Sept. 18, 6 p.m., commission. Manatee County Sept. 18, 9 a.m., commission. Sept. 18, 6 p.m., commission, budget hearing. Sept. 27, 9 a.m., county commission (land use). Of interest Sept. 24, 8:15 a.m., MPO Public T ransportation T ask Force, 7631 15th St. E., Sarasota. Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m., MPO board, Holiday I nn, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota. Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Council of Governments, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Oct. 22, 2 p.m., Island T ransportation Planning Organization, Anna Maria City Hall. N ov. 6 is E lection D ay, polls open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. N ov. 12 is Veterans D ay, most government N ov. 22 is T hanksgiving, most government day and Nov. 23. Meetings budget talks Anna Maria budget numbers balloon with pier project dollarsHB spending plan tops $15M, up for approval Holmes Beachs proposed 2018-19 budget including a tax increase is ready for public consumption. The millage rate is proposed at 2.25 mills. T he millage is a percentage that determines how much a property owner pays in taxes based on their propertys appraised value. T he rate will be the same as last year, but it adds up to a tax increase for property owners. T reasurer Lori Hill has said 2.25 mills is a 6.83 percent increase over the rollback rate of 2.1062 the rate that would generate the same amount of propyear. Property tax revenue is expected to top $4 million, a 7.8 percent increase from the current year. T he city commission is considering a $15,450,809 spending plan that would begin O ct. 1 if approved. T he proposed budget includes just over $2 million more than the current budget. The additional spending is for three new staffers, a license plate recognition system for the police maintained by the Florida League of cities. The budget, in the form of an ordinance, will have T he public hearings for the budget ordinance are set for 6 p.m. T hursday, Sept. 13, and 6 p.m. T uesday, By R yan Paice Islander Reporter Anna Marias 2018-19 proposed budget increase is an anomaly. D ue to the planned construction of a new A nna public hearing on the budget Sept. 13 is shouldering T he contributions toward the cost of construction for the pier will spike up the citys revenues and, in the same vein, it increases the citys spending plan. T otal revenue is projected to rise from $6,365,747.08 in 2017-18 to $10,836,547.70 in 2018-19 an increase of $4,470,800.62. T he revenue projection includes $3,828,865.80 for the pier, including an unsecured $1,370,000 from the F ederal E mergency M anagement A gency and $500,000 in funding from the pier tenant. E xpenses in 2018-19 are budgeted at $11,068,557.50, an increase of $4,457,453.68. Of the expenses, $3,703,865.80 is for the pier. Besides the pier, A nna M aria proposes several other budget changes. Anna Maria budgeted $791,665 in intergovernmental revenue, an increase of 46 percent over this year due to a half-cent added M anatee C ounty sales tax that renewed in 2016. T he money from the tax will be used on roads, parks and other infrastructure. and forfeitures, an increase of 31 percent from the cur rent year. M ayor D an M urphy based the estimate on the addition of two sheriffs deputies, who have been effective Wages for commissioners and the mayor remain the same in the proposed budget, but some city employees will receive raises. A dministrative salaries and wages will increase from $271,548.12 to $281,337.98 to pay for a new part-time position and raises of 3 percent. P ublic works personnel will receive a 5 percent raise, from $376,904.81 to $393,866.44. C ode enforcement revenue will decrease from $566,861.38 in 2017-18 to $512,810 in 2018-19. The city budgeted an increase of $123,186 in vacation registration fees to $306,186 for 2018-19, but also budgeted a decrease of $179,212.38 in revenues from other departments to code enforcement, from $383,336.38 to $204,124. C ode enforcement expenses will increase by 17 percent, from $411,808.91 in 2017-18 to $479,900 in 2018-19. T he differential is due to an increase of 33 percent in wages the mayor said would be used to cor losses in last years code enforcement expenditures, the increase is only about $5,000 more than what was budgeted last year, or an increase of 3 percent. Building department expenses will increase by 18 percent, largely due to a new contingency fund of $92,410, accessible to both code enforcement and the building department. The 2017-18 expenses were $643,128.23. T he 2018-19 expenses are budgeted at $760,410. Building department revenues are projected to rise by $27,900, including small increases in building permit and planning fee revenues. C ode enforcement and the building department geted to make $32,910 in net revenue and the building department is budgeted to lose $32,910. Stormwater expenditures will increase by 44 per cent, from $588,731 in 2017-18 to $845,050 in 201819. M urphy said the money will be used to improve stormwater drainage. T he city budgeted an increase of $119,199 in stormwater revenue, added $75,000 to stormwater reserves and carried over $97,877 into 2018-19. E xpenses for city roads will increase by 49 per cent, partly due to $150,000 to repair the N orth Bay Boulevard and Crescent A venue bridges and $61,807 for equipment, such as a new truck. T he city expects to bring $129,078 in carryover for city roads into the new year, as well as $100,000 more in reserves. Stormwater revenues and expenses break even at $845,050. Road revenues and expenses break even at $643,145. T he contingency fund will increase by 97 percent, from $422,002.98 to $830,103.76. T he tentative millage rate of 2.05 for the 2018owners. T he current ad valorem rate of 2.05 yielded ers keep the millage rate the same, at 2.05 for 2018-19, estimates project a $2,245,437 yield a $207,639 increase that will be paid by property owners. Murphy said if there are excess funds going into proposed rollback rate of 1.8911. T he rollback rate would yield ad valorum revenues of $2,071,388. T o avoid raising property taxes, the city would need to adopt the rollback rate, the millage needed to produce the same revenue as the current budget year. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 of property value used to calculate property taxes. T he owner of a property appraised at $400,000 with a 2.05 millage rate would pay $820 in property taxes. T he owner of a property appraised at $400,000 with a 1.8911 rollback rate would pay $756.44 in property taxes. T he total appraised taxable value of A nna M aria properties is $1,094,718,024, with $19,008,031 in new construction. will be at 5:30 p.m. T hursday, Sept. 13, at A nna M aria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Thursday, Sept. 27, also at city hall.General election registration closes Oct. 9 E ligible citizens in F lorida have until O ct. 9 to register for the November general election. M ail-in-ballots to military and overseas voters will go out Sept. 21. M ail-in-ballots to domestic voters will go out Oct. 2. I n-person early voting for the general election will begin Oct. 24. T he election will be T uesday, N ov. 6, with polling 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, go online to votemanatee. Election 11-06-18


THE ISLANDER SEPT. 12, 2018 9 FOR ONLY $1,219/mo !! LISA MORRISON What if.. could OWN your DREAM HOME ONLY 15 LEFT Bradenton Beach, CRA hold back-to-back budget hearingsAnna Maria adjusts 2nd RFP for city pier constructionBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Bradenton Beach commissioners and the community redevelopment agency held public hearings and CRA members Ed Chiles and John Horne were absent with excuse. Based on the revenue and spending plan approved by the commission, the city will be enacting an 8.10 percent tax increase, as compared to an 8.97 increase for tax year 2017-18. At a meeting in July, the commission voted unanimously to approve a tentative millage of 2.3392 for The millage is the same rate as the current year. Millage is $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. At 2.33 mills, the ad valorem tax on a property valued at $600,000 will be $1,398. At the meeting Sept. 6, a unanimous city commission vote approved a repeat in the millage from the current year. The CRA vote also was unanimous. To avoid raising property taxes, the city would need to adopt the rollback rate. The rollback rate of 2.1581 is the millage needed to produce the same revenue as the current budget year. There are several proposed spending increases in the proposed city budget. The city previously voted to approve: ees. annually for employment of more than 10 years. Police department expenditures will rise from $538,905 in the current year to $1,143,188 for 2018Administration expenditures mostly staff raises will increase from $324,591 in 2017-18 to $599,872 for 2018-19, a proposed increase of 85 percent. City planning expenditures will rise from $194,497 in 2017-18 to $384,312 for 2018-19. This represents an increase of 98 percent. Additionally, professional planning services will increase 161 percent, from $30,820 in 2017-18 to 80,500, if the 2018-19 budget ordinance is adopted. The city commission voted Sept. 6 for a joint resolution of CRA funds and city funds. The vote carried unanimously. City budgets are assimilated in an ordinance and require two public hearings and two votes. for the 2018-19 CRA and city budgets will be at 5:05 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at city hall. By Ryan Paice Islander Reporter The decking on the new Anna Maria City Pier might look familiar when its done. It originally was planned to be a concrete walkway with wood overlay, but commissioners chose a wood composite, Kebony. The city of Anna Maria released its second request for proposals for the construction of the pier Sept. 5. While concrete pilings and caps will be used, the walkway will no longer be a concrete walkway with a Murphy said using less concrete and laying a wood walkway and deck would lower the cost. use of barges to transport materials such as concrete pilings needed for the construction of the pier. Murphy was opposed to a parade of trucks bringing construction materials and equipment to the pier Contractors able to barge supplies would be favored in the mayors recommendations to the city commission. To save money, Murphy said the city replaced stainless-steel rebar with chromium rebar in the concrete structure. He said tariffs increased the price of stainless steel, which was a factor in the decision. Additionally, Murphy said the RFP allows contractors to use water jetting to set some pier pilings into for jetting. The city will accept bids until 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. the proposals and make a recommendation to city commissioners. Commissioners will decide whether the city will pursue negotiations with a contractor or reject proposals a second time. that demolished the pier, submitted a $3.72 million bid $4.13 million bid for the project. Both bids were higher than the $2.5 million estimate city engineer Ayres Associates prepared for the project. City commissioners voted to reject the bids July 26 on Murphys recommendation.


10 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. LOOKING AHEAD OFF AMI Oct. 20, Mote Marine Aquariums Night of Fish Fun and Fright, Sarasota. Nov. 4, Friends of De Soto National Memorial train ride at Florida Railroad Museum, Parrish.GAMES, SPORTS & OUTDOORSONGOING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND Wednesdays, AMI Dragon Boat Fun and Fitness Club, time depends on tides, 417 63rd St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941462-2626. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-7086130. Most Fridays, 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. (call for times) mahjong games, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. CANCELED Sept. 14. Mondays, noon, bridge, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. Most Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., mahjong games and instruction for beginners, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.ONGOING OFF AMI First and third Wednesdays usually, Roser Memorial Commuquistador Parkway, Bradenton. Fee applies. Info: 941-778-0414.CLUBS & COMMUNITYON ANNA MARIA ISLANDWednesday, Sept. 12 Noon Adult coloring club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Friday, Sept. 14 2 p.m. Alzheimers Caregiver Support Group, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. CANCELED. Saturday, Sept. 15 11 a.m. Meditation session, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Sunday, Sept. 16 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Roser Memorial Community Church musical performance during worship, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. 4 p.m. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Medicare workshop, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813. Wednesday, Sept. 19 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. OneBlood blood drive, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 2 p.m. Tour the Digital Library program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.ONGOING ON AMI Second and fourth Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Just Older Youth/JOY Brown Bag Lunch Series, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941778-0414. Thursdays, 9-11 a.m., veterans services assistance, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 941-778-6341. Third Thursdays, 11:45 a.m., Successful Women Aligning Together meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-345-5135. Fridays, Senior Adventures usually meets to carpool on an adventure or for an activity, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-538-0945. Second Fridays, 6 p.m., AMI Resident Community Connections, Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383. Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941518-1965.LOOKING AHEAD ON AMI Dec. 8, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Holly Berry 3612 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, 941.778.0400 313 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, 941.778.0500. Acupuncture ~ Body Treatments AMI Chamber of Commerce 2017 Best Business of the Year T ERRAS $2 $2 The Islander Calendar ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTONGOING ON AMI Through September, Island Gallery West exhibits Innovations, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648. Through September, Artists Guild Gallery exhibits Plants, Flowers and Gardens, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.LOOKING AHEAD ON AMI Sept. 20, Island Players 7th season opens with The Unexpected Guest, Anna Maria. Sept. 29, Anna Maria Island Privateers semi-formal time machine ball, Anna Maria. Sept. 29, 14th annual Great Paint Out, Anna Maria. Oct. 20, 18th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest, Anna Maria. Nov. 9, ArtsHOP gallery walk, Holmes Beach. Nov. 10, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestras sixth annual Symphony on the Sand, Bradenton Beach. Dec. 9, AMICCO An Island Christmas concert, Holmes Beach. exhibition, The Space Between, Anna Maria. Feb. 12, 2019, AMICCOs Jazz Fest, Anna Maria.ONGOING OFF AMI Sept. 15-Feb. 3, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts Watercolors from the Permanent Collection, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-359-5700. Sept. 17-Oct. 31, Moments of Color and Light by James GrifInformation: 941941-365-5118. Through Nov. 1, First 5 Years of Art of Our Time, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-359-5700. Through Dec. 2, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts French Art from the Horvitz Collection, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-359-5700. Through Feb. 2, 2019, The Greek Communities of Tarpon Springs and the Bahamas, Florida Maritime Museum, 4419 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120. Second Wednesdays, Think + Drink (science), South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m., Shanty Singers, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120. First Fridays, 6-9 p.m. ArtWalk in the Village of the Arts, around 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, BraInformation: Second Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.LOOKING AHEAD OFF AMI Sept. 22, various venues, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day with free admission. Feb. 16-17, 2019, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez. Feb. 17, 2019, AMICCOs opera concert, Bradenton. Feb. 22, 2019, U.S. Coast Guard exhibit at Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez. March 31, 2019, AMICCOs Diva Wars concert, Bradenton.KIDS & FAMILYON ANNA MARIA ISLANDFriday, Sept. 14 10 a.m. Forty Carrots Partners in Play, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7786341. CANCELED. Tuesday, Sept. 18 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.ONGOING OFF AMI First Saturdays, Family Night at the Museum, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. Fourth Wednesdays, Stelliferous Live star talk, South Florida Bring in your items to be personalized!Pineapple Junction! 425 Pine Ave., Anna Maria941-705-4603info@yptapparel.comCall or email for embroidery! WE MOVED! Accepting resumes at salon MOUNT VERNON PLAZA 9516 CORTEZ RD. W., MM34454941-795-5227 Accepting resumes at salon MOUNT VERNON PLAZA 9516 CORTEZ RD. 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12 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER Local guides, FWC: Fishing excels offshore despite red tide By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter Red tide? What red tide? Recreational fishing guide Capt. Taylor Rahn cies. by Longboat Key. Fished from Cortez Bridge all the way to the Skyway, wrote Rahn of Holmes Beach in a Sept. 6 text message. The sixth-generation Anna ing Adventures. Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters, also working AMI charters, said red tide has spared much of south Tampa Bay, Terra Ceia and Miguel bays. The One worry to dispel is what can be caught and eaten in the throws of a toxic red tide bloom. to eat. ously if it looks half dead, its an obvious bad sign. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission weighed in on its website at redtide: during a red tide? is never a good idea to eat dead or distressed animals, especially in a red tide area, because the reason for the animals strange behavior or death cannot be absolutely known. Florida red tide toxin? FWC answer: No, cooking or freezing does not destroy the red tide toxin. Furthermore, the toxin cannot be seen or tasted. Another wrinkle is the FWC temporary catch-andend of Anna Maria Island south to Gordon Pass in Collier County. White said the closures were due to the drastic red tide. said. Snook populations, however, seem to be swelling, he said. Remember the take 2 rule for live shells By Ryan Paice Islander Reporter At least one local guide to the waterways is complaining of people taking too many live shells. And Capt. Katie Scarlett Tupin has a point. Two counties in Florida limit the collection of live shells from local waters and the shoreline. Manatee County is one. Lee County is the other. In 1994, then-Anna Maria Mayor Dorothy McChesney lobbied Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Palmetto to pass resolutions along with Anna Maria banning the collection of sand dollars from the beaches. After years of pushing for a countywide ban, McChesney in 1996 went to the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission to request a ban on the collection of sand dollars from beaches in Manatee County. Almost 50 people showed up to a hearing on the issue, with 18 people speaking in support of the ban and four speaking against the proposal. The state compromised, and banned the harvest or possession of more than two shells per day containing living organisms including echinoderms such as The rule did not restrict collection of hard clams, oysters, sunray venus clams and coquinas. However, clams, oysters and mussels only can be harvested from designated or conditionally approved areas as determined by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Also, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a recreational saltwater taining a living organism, even when harvesting from shore. Despite McChesneys victory, Tupin said she often sees people breaking the rule. She is a charter boat captain who runs environmental tours on the waterways from Star Fish Co. in Cortez. I see people taking just about anything you can imagine, Tupin said Sept. 6. The biggest thing people take are the sand dollars, because everyone thinks they are the No.1 go-to souvenir. Ive seen them take hundreds of them at a time, with 5-gallon buckets full of live sand dollars. Tupin thinks people are uninformed. Its roughly 50 percent people who know things are alive and dont care, and the other 50 percent are people who just dont know, Tupin said. Enforcement of the rule is a challenge, according to Manatee County Sheriffs Sgt. Mike Jones. Tourists, unfamiliar with county rules, may collect shells of all kinds on the beaches, while some collect live shells from the shallow waters around Anna Maria Island. In Anna Maria, signs near the beaches refer to the take two rule, and Jones said live shell collection hasnt been an issue. collection of live shells. The deputies are cognizant of the wildlife and protected species, Jones said. We try to educate. If we see someone with dozens of sand dollars, for example, (the deputies) know that the rule is around two or three, and theyll say Hey, just so you know or refer them to the FWC. Tupin said neither the FWC nor the county appear to have the resources to enforce the rule. Additionally, if someone makes a call and alerts law enforcement, she said, by the time they arrive the offender usually is gone. If you see someone with buckets full of live creatures, just say something, Tupin said. Just tell them you have to put them back, because thats basically all we can do. If everyone does their part and does the right thing, thats all we can do. 1 reason sand dollars die: red tide toxin Scientists say red tide is one of many reasons sand dollars die off in vast numbers. Sand dollars, invertebrates similar to sea urchins Maria Island. Death can be blamed on the toxicity of harmful algal blooms and the oxygen depletion they cause, according to William J. Mitsch, Florida Gulf Coast University, in a July 16 article by reporter Andrea Stetson in the Naples Daily News. Other reasons include the natural cycle and overpopulation, say Bruce Neill, executive director of the Sanibel Sea School, and Rebecca Mensch, marine biologist with the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum of Sanibel, in the July article. They said mass die-offs of sand dollars disproportionately impact the young of the species. And mortality in young animals goes beyond sand dollars, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The FWC links the survival of bivalves, including clams, mussels, oysters and scallops to maturity. Larvae are more susceptible to environmental stressors, such as red tide, salinity and


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Avenue C in Bradenton Beach: Road work continues on Avenue C between Gulf Drive and 26th Street North and on 26th Street North from Avenue C to Gulf Drive. Palm Drive in Holmes Beach: Pipe installation continues at Palm Drive and 82nd Street, moving northward on Palm Boulevard. For more information about the pipeline project, go online to For the latest road watch information, go online Eyes on the road The Florida Department of Transportation and RoadwatchHBPD shoots, shares, creates uproar with shark video By Kathy Prucnell Islander Reporter Facebook has its followers. Sharks have a mystique. The two combined in a video post on The Islanders Facebook page showing a shark pivoting through the surf in Holmes Beach. Posted Aug. 30, the video attracted more than 400 comments, 900-plus shares and more than 72,000 views as of Sept. 10. video at 8:28 a.m. Aug. 30, while patrolling on an allterrain vehicle near the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. They werent chasing anything I could see, Fraser said, adding they were aggressively swimming the shoreline. After about two blocks, two of the three sharks swam away from the shoreline. Ive never seen anything like Holmes Beach and two years on Longboat Key, Fraser said. So he pulled out his camera and while driving the ATV and scooting away waders in the shallow surf ahead of him he shot a video of the shark. He followed it about 10 blocks, to 30th Street, before it swam away. The species of shark hotly debated in Facebook comments is a blacktip, say experts at Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The shark in the video may just be following the shoreline during what appears to be relatively calm times invertebrates, FWC spokeswoman Melody Kilburn wrote in a Sept. 5 email. Fish and Wildlife Research Institute public information specialist Michelle Kerr echoed Kilburns conclusion, saying the shark in the video appeared to be swimming normally. Comments on Facebook ran the gamut, with viewers guessing the type of shark and the reason for its shoreline jaunt. In the wake of a 10-month harmful algal bloom in southwest Florida, one post jokingly announced a new breed, The Red Tide Shark. Lisa Varano of Bradenton wrote: Im sure its looking for food of any kind. Poor sharks food sources have been all but depleted. On the other hand, Im glad he or she is there. That brings hope. Rudy Kronauge of Naples posted: Blacktips hunt the surf to trap them in shallow water and against dry land. A few people mused it was a nurse shark a species that seldom bites people. As far as the impact of red tide on the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, Kerr said the FWC has been tracking it in Manatee County since last fall when it began showing up in background concentrations. She stressed the importance of sharks on the ecosystem as apex predators a species that has no natural predators and, if threatened, can impact the food chain. Like other sea life, she said sharks can be affected by high concentrations of and by consuming red tide-infected prey. Red tide can cause sharks to lose their equilibrium, twist, struggle and become paralyzed, Kerr added. Blacktip sharks are edible and, according to the FWC, grow up to about 6.5 feet in length, have no minimum size limit and are one of the most common sharks in Floridas coastal waters. The FWC encourages the public to report shark or Send your social news, weddings, anniversaries, births, travel photos, fishing, sports and event news and photos to SHARE THE FUN.


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16 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER Tiki & Kittys Adventures in Shopping Antiques, Art-Tiques and Chic Boutiques!signment bargains, including books and collectibles. Kingberry Estate Finds in Palmetto offers home furnishings and decor, emphasizing quality, comfort and style at affordable prices. The estate inventory includes items for inside and outside your home. As an added in Manatee County at Kingberry. And, be sure to check out Scavengers Marketplace every third Friday of the month, from 4-7 p.m., Kill Animal Rescue. Wine, hors d oeuvre and savings. How can you lose? Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Community Thrift ShopBradentons Original Thrift and Consignment Shop5704 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton Large selection of Home Decor, Furniture, Collectibles, Fine Jewelry, Clothes for the whole family! Books and more! Accepting quality consignments. Call 792-2253Readers Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store Mon-Sat 10-4 Lets go shopping! Tiki and Kitty are busy shopping for great values in their favorite spots. September should be cooling off, but the deals are hot at these shops. Tide & Moon on the Historic Bridge Street Pier has a great selection of handmade jewelry by silversmith Laura Shely. Also, check out the downtown Bradenton location at 1209 Third Ave. W., where you can learn to make jewelry, too. Be sure to stop often for the changing array of home decor, furnishings, jewelry, shoes and clothing for the entire family at Community Thrift Shop on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton. Its the spot for conJewelry2 LOCATIONS: Historic Bridge Street Pier & BradentonTide and Moon Huge Selection of Handmade JewelryExclusive Tide and Moon Island Pearl Pendant & LongitudeLatitude Ring!Custom designed by owner Laura Shely Shop, Save & Support Moonracer Animal Rescue If you cannot find it here, it probably doesnt exist. Moonracer Animal Rescue Island labor languishes during slow holiday By Sandy Ambrogi Islander Reporter Between patchy rain and lingering red tide, Anna Maria Island workers saw a long, slow weekend in place of a usually bustling end-of-summer holiday. Though restaurants and lodgings rebounded somewhat from the slowdown of prior weeks, Labor Day numbers were far from traditional highs. We have a line. We have people on the patio. We have people on the beach, a busy worker reported as the weekend got underway early afternoon Sept. 1. at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For weeks, the public beach seemed deserted, with an empty parking lot and no one on the shore. But through the Labor Day weekend, the beach showed signs of life when patchy thunderstorms were not running beachgoers for indoor cover and to their cars. Island, with lodgings experiencing lower occupancies and incidental travelers enjoying their pick of rooms or rental houses. Elliot Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Center, said in a phone interview Sept. 6 that island business owners informed him they were slow over the holiday weekend. One lodging reported a 10 percent occupancy, Falcione said. Barbara Baker of Anna Maria Island Resorts said the weekend was more like a regular summertime weekend. The four properties Tortuga, Tropic Isle, Tradewinds and Sea Side had some cancellations Baker said, but others kept their reservations, enjoying the pool and island activities. Bungalow Beach Resort, on the Gulf in Bradenton Beach, reported an occupancy of 100 percent Sept. 1 and an occupancy of 86 percent Sept. 2, according to owner Gayle Luper. Falcione said the BACVB would launch a campaign to lure visitors to the island as soon as the area has consistent clearing of red tide. He said the BACVB would cast a 100-mile net across central Florida, hoping to bring day-trippers and overnighters to AMI. We are evaluating the conditions every day, he said. We will use television and social media, but we have to be loyal to our customers and be sure its clear before we act. In the meantime, Falcione asked locals to act like tourists and frequent restaurants and attractions. Some say locals played a major role in keeping island and Cortez eateries busy over the holiday weekend. The Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, had 100 reservations on its books for Sept. 2, The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, reported steady customers all weekend, perhaps encouraged by a Labor Day special of 25 percent off the check. Max Burke-Phillips said the Labor Day weekend at Blue Marlin Grill, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, was strong, but still down about a quarter from the traditional Labor Day numbers. We are getting great support from our locals, Burke-Phillips said on the phone Sept. 3. At Hurricane Hanks, 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anne Marie Brennie reported a good Labor Day weekend. Hanks carried the holiday bump into the week, hosting a Sept. 5 fundraiser that was coIsland Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. Falcione emphasized, September is traditionally our slowest month of the year for tourism. Weve had the biggest slowdown in a very, very long time. But we have plans. We must turn this negative into a positive. We just have to get through this. The plan is to keep moving forward.


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18 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER COMMUNITY CHURCH Call for a ride to the 10:00 AM Worship Service IN THE CHAPEL or IN THE SANCTUARY Nursery & Church School Adult Sunday School Adult Book Study Send your social news, weddings, anniversaries, births, travel photos, fishing, sports and event news and photos to SHARE THE FUN. Pastor Stephen King9:30 Sunday Service rArt by Joan V oyles simple cremations$740simple burials$1,195SoundChoiceCremation.comOnline arrangements availableSarasota (941) 312-6371 | Manatee (941) 213-9234 Click! The Islander welcomes news of the milestones in readers lives weddings, anniversaries, travels and other events. Send notices and photographs with detailed captions along with complete contact information to Dont forget You can read it all online at www.islander.orgParadise Center observes Jewish holidays The Paradise Resource Center on Longboat Key will observe Jewish holidays Sept. 18, Sept. 19, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. The center will close the afternoon of Sept. 18 and all day on the other dates. Ongoing classes at the center include yoga for seniors Tuesdays, Zumba and Pilates combo for seniors Thursdays and intermediate bridge Fridays. The center will offer free memory and lifestyle screenings 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, and host a Medicare Made Clear workshop at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. The suggested donation for the workshop is $10. The center is at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, at Temple Beth Israel. For more, call the center at 941-383-6493.AME alumnae, island originals gather Hello Hayes Gloria Dei plans Medicare forum Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will host a presentation on Medicare at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in the fellowship hall. Devin Johnson of Insurance Consultants of Florida will describe what Medicare is and what it is not and explore the differences between supplemental and advantage coverage plans. He is a local insurance broker with more than 10 years of experience in the health insurance market, Gloria Dei pastor, the Rev. Rosemary Wheeler Backer, said in a news release. She added, He will not be here to sell insurance but will provide information to help people make informed decisions about coverage. The forum is the second in a series of local information-sharing programs at Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more, call Backer at 941-778-1813. GoodFriends BeginningsNice wins award


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A property manager found a .40 caliber G lock left in a rental unit and turned it into the Manatee County Sher tions before returning the handgun to the owner. A ug. 26, Bayfront P ark, 316 N Bay Blvd., lost person. While on patrol, a M anatee C ounty sheriffs deputy encountered a man who said he was lost. The deputy helped the man recall his residence by driving around the city and he was reunited with his family. A ug.28, 500 block of Kumquat D rive, domestic. A couple argued about one person not having a job and not paying attention to the other. P olice determined the argument did not turn physical. Bradenton Beach A ug. 13, Via R oma condominiums, 2408 G ulf D rive N ., theft. R ings in a heart-shaped tin were reported stolen. T he owner of the jewelry told Bra denton Beach police she forgot them in a unit during her stay in July. She took the rings on vacation, fearing they might be stolen from her T ampa home. Cortez Sept. 1, 3600 block of 117th Street West, domestic. A deputy responded to a disturbance involving a couple ties and determined the argument was verbal. Holmes Beach Sept. 1, Jessies Island Store, trespass. A 28-yearold woman from New York went into the store asking to use the clerks cellphone. When the clerk told her no, the woman yelled and refused to leave. T he woman was warned for trespass and a Holmes Beach police Sept. 1, A nna M aria I sland Beach C afe, 4000 G ulf D rive, suspicious circumstances. HB PD was called to Blake M edical C enter in Bradenton after a 21-year-old woman, who was found collapsed on the P alma Sola C auseway, reported shed been at a beach cafe. P olice later learned from her father she may have taken prescription drugs while drinking a Long Island ice tea. Sept. 1, F reckled F in, 5337 G ulf D rive, public urion a sculpture at the entrance of the bar/restaurant. T he man told police he was relieving himself in public because he didnt want to leave his girlfriend to use the restroom. Sept. 3, 5300 block of G ulf D rive, warrants. Holmes Beach police arrested a 25-year-old motorist on three warrants out of Hillsborough C ounty after pulling him over for speeding. He was transported to the Manatee County jail. old man reported a 25-year-old woman hit him in the face. T he man said hed thrown a pair of pants at a roommate, who was making out with the woman, to block of Holmes Boulevard. She told police she fought with someone, but had no idea why. T he woman had a swollen lip. T he man sustained cuts. A ll parties refused medical treatment. The man declined to press charges. Sept. 3, 200 block of 72nd Street, construction on holiday. P olice responded to an anonymous report of a Eason Builders Group employee about the ordinance and the work stopped. T he report was referred to code enforcement. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO. THE FRESHEST SEAFOOD ON AMI SEAFOOD Live Music Friday & Saturday121 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737 Holmes Beach police arrest Indiana man for DUI Holmes Beach police arrested a motorist in the early morning Aug. 28 for driving erratically and allegJoshua Vondersaar, 42, was arrested at 1:06 a.m. in the 400 block of 73rd Street after he drove off the road in the 5300 block of Gulf Drive and again in the 7300 block of Palm Drive. Vondersaar told police he had consumed a minimal amount of beer with friends at a bar and was on his way home. Police reported the man lost his balance and performed poorly County jail, where he refused to provide breath samples. Vondersaar was assigned a $500 bond, which he posted, and he was released from jail. Attorney Brett McIntosh entered a not guilty plea Aug. 29 for Vondersaar.Sex offender visits Holmes Beach A 72-year-old male sex offender registered a temporary address in Holmes Beach Aug. 30. C onvicted of sexual offenses in P olk C ounty in 1995, the offender reported he was visiting the 100 block of 30th Street, according to a Sept. 4 email from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. T he FD L E registry indicates other sex offenders in the area Sept. 5: A 49-year-old male offender in the 2900 block of A venue C in Holmes Beach. A 56-year-old male offender in the 4200 block of the 129th Street West in Cortez. A 54-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Crescent A venue in Anna Maria. A 60-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach. Sex offenders must register permanent and temporary addresses unless otherwise ordered by the court.


THE ISLANDER SEPT. 12, 2018 21 Island watch In the event of an emergency, call 911. To report information on island crime, call the MCSO Anna Maria substation, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police, 941-778-6311; or Holmes Beach police, 941-708-5804.Holmes Beach hosts Night Out Hug a neighbor. Eat, drink, be merry. Take a chance, win a prize. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to attend. Everything, food and fun, is free on Night Out in Holmes Beach. The local observance of National Night Out will Drive, Holmes Beach. National Night Out is an islandwide opportunity for police and members of the community to informally discuss community concerns and strengthen our partnerships, HBPD Chief William Tojaker said in a news release. The chief said the event will feature childrens activities, games with prizes, bounce houses, a dunk tank and, plenty of bicycle giveaways, music, food and beverages. Waste Pro will be grilling hot dogs and other food will be provided by local restaurants. Thousands of U.S. and Canadian communities annually observe National Night Out. The majority but some communities, including Holmes Beach, Observances also take place on U.S. military bases worldwide. For more information, contact HBPD Sgt. Vern McGowin at or 941708-5804. Join the Holmes Beach Police Department For City of Holmes Beach City Field (beside City Hall)October 3rd, 2017 4 PM to 8 PM Kids Activities (bounce house, slides, dunk tank & more), free food & bicycle give a ways! For more info contact Sgt. McGowin or Officer Josh Fleischer at (941) 708 5804 To sponsor a kid activity contact Obie s Party Rental 941 720 0371 or website Join the Holmes Beach Police Department For City of Holmes Beach City Field (beside City Hall)October 3rd, 2017 4 PM to 8 PM Kids Activities (bounce house, slides, dunk tank & more), free food & bicycle give a ways! For more info contact Sgt. McGowin or Officer Josh Fleischer at (941) 708 5804 To sponsor a kid activity contact Obie s Party Rental 941 720 0371 or website The Holmes Beach Police Department and The Islander invite you to NIGHT OUT! Join the Holmes Beach Police Department For City of Holmes Beach City Field (beside City Hall)October 3rd, 2017 4 PM to 8 PM Kids Activities (bounce house, slides, dunk tank & more), free food & bicycle give a ways! For more info contact Sgt. McGowin or Officer Josh Fleischer at (941) 708 5804 To sponsor a kid activity contact Obie s Party Rental 941 720 0371 or website Advertising sponsored as a public service by The Islander BRING THE FAMILY! City of Holmes Beach City Field(adjacent to city hall)4-8 PM ~ TUESDAY ~ OCT 2 Kids Activities: Bounce House, Slides, Dunk Tank and more! Bicycle Safety Course! Bicycle and Prize Give-a-Ways Hot Dogs and Refreshments.For info: Contact Sgt. Vern McGowin 941.708.5804 or Special thanks to Waste Pro, WMFR & Odies Party Rentals Join the Holmes Beach Police Department For City of Holmes Beach City Field (beside City Hall)October 3rd, 2017 4 PM to 8 PM Kids Activities (bounce house, slides, dunk tank & more), free food & bicycle give a ways! For more info contact Sgt. McGowin or Officer Josh Fleischer at (941) 708 5804 To sponsor a kid activity contact Obie s Party Rental 941 720 0371 or website Dems to meet Sept. 17 The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 17, at the IMG Clubhouse, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. The guest speaker will be journalist Ernest Hooper, a columnist and editor for the Tampa Bay Times and host of the public affairs show Thats All Im Saying on WEDU. A buffet lunch will be served. The cost will be $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. For more information, contact Harry Kamberis at 941-779-0564.


22 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER T-Shirts $10 @ The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, HB. AMITW sea turtle stats as of Sept. 9: 530 nests, 546 false crawls, 375 hatched nests and approximately 30,013 hatchlings to the sea. ALL UNDER $10! Weeken Brunc ON THE PI ER Islanders rise to red tide challenge, support wildlifeBy ChrisAnn Silver Esformes Islander Reporter Red tide levels dropped and Anna Maria Island of September. However, island businesses and organizations dependent upon the health of the Gulf of Mexico suffered in the wake of the recent red tide crisis, as did wildlife. A Paradise Realty and Hurricane Hanks restaurant, both in Holmes Beach, pooled together on a fundraiser to support Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, according to A Paradise marketing and public relations director Sharon Hoatland. We sat down together to decide what was being hurt most by the red tide and that was our wildlife, our under-the-sea friends, Hoatland said. We thought of turtle watch and contacted them to see if we could help. sors, a silent auction and food and libation donations from Hurricane Hanks, more than $2,300 was raised for AMITW. A Paradise sales manager Kathy Nunnally won the Bless her heart, AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said, adding, I couldnt be more thrilled with the support we received from this event. According to Fox, the money will help repair an ATV used for beach patrols during nesting season. She said the vehicle was used more frequently in August, during the red tide event. Fox said funds beyond what is needed for the ATV repairs would go to outreach in schools. She also said the event was so successful that it was dubbed First Annual Turtle Watch Wednesday and Hurricane Hanks and A Paradise will team up again Sept. 4, 2019, for the event. Meanwhile, in another effort to combat the impact of red tide on the areas economy, Bradenton Beach offered its support to John Banyas, owner of N.E. Taylor Boat Works, Cortez Bait and Seafood and At a Sept. 6 city commission meeting, Banyas said he is applying for a special activity license through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission mullet with gill nets within a 5-mile radius of a red tide Banyas said the license requires the support of a municipal or state government. He said he went to Bradenton Beach because its his hometown and the This idea would help ensure mullet are harvested killed by red tide and washing onto public beaches and residential waterways and canals, Banyas said. He offered to allow FWC representatives to accompany VOTED BEST GERMAN RESTAURANT HOURS MondaySaturday 11 am:30 pm 4625 Cortez Road W. [next to Publix] GERMAN & MEDITERRANEAN CUISINEBEER & WINE | BEER GARDEN@LuckyFrogRestaurantBest 5 Restaurant out of 600 COME FOR LUNCH AND GET 1 FREE NON-ALC BEVERAGE HAPPY HOUR 2 for 1 Tue, Wed, Thur 4-7 pm PLEASE SEE TURTLES, NEXT PAGE


THE ISLANDER SEPT. 12, 2018 23 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: German Gourmet Reuben.Were on vacation: Sept. 9-23. You can call for reservations, and we will con rm! Haxen Fri-Sat Nights (reserve ahead) Dinner Monday-Saturday 5-9 By Lisa NeffShark! Squirrel? When The Islander recently posted a shark video to its Facebook page, views skyrocketed within a few days to more than 75,000 and hundreds liked and shared the post. To summarize the response to the video: Wow! When The Islander posted a squirrel video to its Facebook page, not many hit like. After a week, the video scored just two shares, seven likes and less than 1,600 impressions. To summarize the response to the video: Meh. Yet, the second video told the story of the fox squirrel, an animal unique to Florida and Georgia that nests in Spanish moss and is protected in the state due mostly to habitat loss. I saw a fox squirrel a couple of years ago on a trip to a state park near Ocala, and spent the rest of the afternoon in the woods, hoping to get just one more glimpse. It was an extraordinary experience, but Ive collected memorable observations of common gray squirrels as well, including in my backyard in Anna Maria, where they performed acrobatic feats on fences and a squirrel-proof bird feeder. I think people forget squirrels are wildlife even those the neighbor has trained to accept peanuts and orange slices. Squirrels and similar blogs and pages. Have you ever heard people say I hate manatees and proceed to describe the lengths theyd go to keep the animal from their territory? Yet, I knew a man who called a pair of coveralls his squirrel suit, which he stepped into whenever he went out to set poison or shoot pellets at squirrels. One November many years ago, the man set out poison and the next April, after a winter thaw in IlliWE TWEET TOO @ami_islander @ami_islander Neff nois, the carcasses of about a dozen squirrels were found on the parkway in my neighborhood. Thinking about this makes me wonder about human reaction to or interaction with animals, as Im certain that if the spring thaw had revealed the remains of a dozen bobcats, the man would have been prosecuted. Some people seem to have great regard for all animals. Others have no regard. But most people seem to be on a scale, thinking of pets differently than that poor group of animals known as livestock. As for wildlife, people love some species and loathe others. People demand protections for some animals and endorse or dismiss the culling or loss of others. Consider responses to the recent outbreak of red tide in the region. The deaths of dolphins and manatees were counted and brought outcry, protest, displays of grief. Fish deaths were measured by tons and produced complaints about odor and concerns about damage to the local economy. With this on my mind, Im reading Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why Its So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, a book by psychologist Hal Herzog. Herzog is an anthrozoologist, a scientist who studies human-animal interactions. In Some We Love, he writes about why humans like, love and loathe creatures and explores what seems contradictory behavior Presently, Im learning about Freudian projection and, when Im done with the book, I hope to better understand why squirrels get so little respect. observed. He said he received letters of support from the Manatee County Board of Commissioners and U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key. After a legal review by city attorney Ricinda Perry, the mayor and commissioners unanimously agreed to support Banyas. Bradenton Beach has always had a close relationMayor John Chappie said. Were like brother and sister out here. Weve been connected since the beginning. During public comment, Bradenton Beach resident Jim Hassett said, This sounds like a wonderful thing; for the good of mankind and cleaning up the red tide. TURTLES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22


24 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER Fishing tip! If you hook a bird, remember: Reel, remove and release! 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 Sept 12 1:55a 2.2 2:42p 2.3 8:07a 0.6 8:26p 1.0 Sept 13 2:22a 2.3 3:36p 2.1 8:59a 0.6 8:53p 1.2 Sept 14 2:53a 2.4 4:41p 1.9 9:56a 0.6 9:20p 1.4 Sept 15 3:29a 2.4 6:09p 1.7 11:02a 0.6 9:51p 1.5 Sept 16 4:13a 2.4 8:16p 1.7 12:17p 0.6 10:34p 1.6 1st Sept 17 5:10a 2.3 9:58p 1.8 1:35p 0.6 Sept 18 6:28a 2.3 10:43p 1.8 12:02a 1.7 2:46p 0.5 Sept 19 7:59a 2.3 11:12p 1.9 1:50a 1.7 3:43p 0.5 By Kevin P Cassidy Islander Reporter Long-time islanders who know Ive spent many years and logged hundreds of hours coaching young soccer players at the community center in A nna M aria, whether recreational leagues or for the once 400-member strong Island Futball Club. I m still coaching, although I m now putting my energy into the Bradenton G.T Bray Park-based Manatee Magic soccer club. I recently had the pleasure of leading a new team of 10 and 11 year old boys, a group that includes former Anna Maria Elementary stumatches. The team played the T ampa Bay Labor Day tourney at Premier Sports Campus in east Bradenton. I entered the team to help them cut their competi tive teeth, so to speak, and prepare for the upcoming United Soccer Association season, which kicks off in October. I cautioned the parents to be patient and not to judge the boys on wins and losses. All the boys did was go out and win every game C lub was a bit shaky. T he boys fell behind 1-0, but that over the goalies head to tie the score at 1-1. E than Yurkovich notched the game winner when he hit a hard-angle shot from the right side that found the back of the net to give the Magic a 2-1 victory. The boys went on to record a 5-2 victory in their Sept. 2 match over the West Florida Flames and fol lowed with a 4-1 victory over O ldsmar in the afternoon. The boys put an exclamation point on their weekend when they rolled to a 4-0 victory over the host Lake completing the weekend with a 4-0 record. The boys played stronger as the tournament progressed, also learning their positional responsibilites on R amirez, who paced the M agic with seven goals in the tourney. O wen Jones scored three goals, Jordan Frankie Vitori each chipped in goals. T he M agic 10-11 boys are looking forward to their regular season on the pitch, though their expectations may have improved a bit. Horseshoe news T here was no need for playoffs during last weeks horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits as both days produced outright winners during pool play. The Sept. 5 games saw Gary Howcroft overcome the only 3-0 pool-play record, winning the days proceedings. The Sept. 8 games saw the team of Hank Huyghe and Dom Livedoti earn the days bragging rights with the lone 3-0 record during pool play. P lay gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the A nna M aria C ity Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. T here is no charge to play and everyone is wel come. Key Royale golf news Heavy afternoon rains shut down all golf activities at the Key Royale Club last week. Regular action will resume when the course dries out. Time to roll


THE ISLANDER SEPT. 12, 2018 25 You can catch it all online at 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 AMI CENTRE, 3218 E. BAY DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH WWW.ISLANDER.ORG Southernaire Fishing Charters 941.465.8932AnnaMariaFishing Guide.comDOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACKCAPT. AARON LOWMAN DOCKED AT SEAFOOD SHACK CAPT. AARON LOWMAN By Capt. Danny Stasny Islander Reporter Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistently good to the north. Fishing Tampa Bay and the of them readily taking the bait offered. Some likely Speaking of red tide, I am hearing that things are clearing up. Areas around Longboat Pass and Coquina Beach are showing signs of life again. As the red tide bloom diminishes, we should see things return to normal in the weeks to come. Thanks to Gordon for a big blow encouraging. Im also hearing about snook in the surf at Coquina and Whitney beaches. mangrove snapper are taking the hook in good numbers, especially around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. crevalle in these areas as well. Ceia and Miguel bays is proving to be good. Snook being are being fairly cooperative. Spotted seatrout are taking the hook, too, but in the deeper grass areas. You can count on catching mangrove snapper on the deep grass, too. Capt. Jason Stock is working charters inshore While targeting reds, Stock is hooking into bay deep grass or over structure is resulting in Moving offshore, Stock is hooking into large permit around reefs and wrecks in the Gulf of Mexico. especially where large schools of glass minnows exist. Free-lining live shiners or adding a split shot to the rig is proving to be successful. producing Spanish mackerel for his anglers. resulting in some over-slot snook. Finally, Spanish mackerel are being caught on small silver spoons or white jigs. Capt. Warren Girle is working inshore with good results. Fishing structure in Tampa Bay is yielding Spanish mackerel and mangrove snapper, which are being taken with live shiners as bait. Fishing deep grass areas in Tampa Bay is produc


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After selling her building at the end of June at 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, to Mike and Debbie Hynds, Skaggs has moved to 3909 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach in a building shared with other proSkaggs said she purchased the upstairs suite about the same time she sold to Hynds. Skaggs said the expanded space would allow the sales team to better serve clients and her property management program, which she hopes to expand. We have introduced new technology to the program, and owners are getting a better value than ever nies should be rethinking the old business models, Skaggs said. For more information about Big Fish, call 941779-2289. Sept. 1 saw SunCoast Real Estate leave Anna Maria Island and consolidate at a location near Cortez Julie Royal, president of the company, said after 20 years on the island, rents just got too high and the company needed something more affordable. St. W., Bradenton, two years ago and will operate at 5402 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. We are still working on the island, of course, For more information on Suncoast Real Estate, call 941-779-0202. The storefront vacated in the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach isnt staying empty. style business in Palmetto, is opening a second location on Anna Maria Island in the Holmes Beach spot vacated by SunCoast Real Estate at 5402 Marina Drive. Scavengers features local artists, antique and vintage items and one-of-a-kind decor, as well as consignments. No word yet on an opening date. Scavengers donates booth space at its Palmetto operated by Islander newspaper employees Lisa Williams and Toni Lyon. Maybe an island location is in their future, too. The Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria is not with less than an hours notice. The Labor Day failure was better. The Sandbar works show planned for this evening. We are sorry about this, as we were looking forward to a great show as well, but safety is number one, the post stated. Maybe a third attempt will be the charm. Lots of restaurants are closed in September some for weeks or some for a couple of days for sprucing-up. vacation through Sept.16. The enRich Bistro, 5629 Manatee Avenue, Bradenton is on break and will reopen for dinner Thursday, Sept. 20, and lunch will begin again Tuesday, Sept. 25. Island Ocean Star, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, closed for two weeks beginning Sept. 8. Cupcake Delights, 3324 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, is taking a break from baking and will reopen Tuesday Sept. 26. Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar shut down for several days after Labor Day for some clean up and reopened Sept. 7. Blue Marlin Grill in Bradenton Beach usually takes a break in September, but opted instead to close for a break in December. The Feast Restaurant in Holmes Beach also opted to stay open through September this year. Businesses say a drop in August revenues played a role in skipping the normal fall hiatus and keeping doors open. 1997. To celebrate the restaurant chains anniversary, on Saturday Sept. 15, prices at AMOBs will be rolled chips, $2.10 margaritas how can a party not be far behind? Continuing owner John Hornes push for local business, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar at the Pier will feature some $5 specials through September. Its the perfect time to sit on the deck overlooking Stay busy islanders!


THE ISLANDER SEPT. 12, 2018 27 Biz news: Does your business have an announcement to share? Submit your information to news@ BizCal BY SANDY AMBROGI Visit us:Florida Dreams Realty of AMI Inc.3340 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217 Of ce 941-462-4016 Cell 941-779-5700 Email: info@ www. Download our FREE APPRENTAL HOME OWNERSWhy pay more than 15% commission for great quality and outstanding service? Bene t from our state-of-the art tools: Responsive website, online booking, travel insurance, safe credit card processing, 24/7 inquiry responder, keyless, every day check-in. Family owned and managed: Enjoy the personal touch be treated as a VIP and not like a number. Get in touch with us. Let us detail our favorable conditions for renting and managing your rental. We also serve you in German, French, Italian and Spanish. More than 200 beautiful hand-selected properties to choose from. Stop by our of ces or visit our web-site to book your next vacation in paradise! 941-779-0733 AMI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-Wednesday, Sept. 26 5 p.m. Business Card Exchange, Wagner Realty, 2217 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Members $5, guests $10. Call: 941-7781541. Email: Ongoing 2019 Small Business of the Year award. Call: 941-778-1541. Email: seminars, the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. $10, RSVP required. Call: 941-778-1541. Upcoming Oct. 20, Bayfest, Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. LBK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Wednesday, Sept. 12 11:30 a.m. Networking@Noon, The Lazy Lobster, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Tracy Fanara of Mote Marine Laboratory will speak. $25 guests, $30 chamber walk-ins, $35 guests. Rescheduled event. Call: 941-387-9000 Thursday, Sept. 13 5:45 p.m. BAH/Business after Hours, Anna Maria Princess, 402 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach. $15 members advance, $20 members at dock, $25 guests. Call: 941 387-9000. Thursday, Sept. 20 4:30-7 p.m. East Meets West Regional Business Expo, Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call: 941-3879000. Monday, Oct.15Thursday. Oct. 19. Small Business Week 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Business After Hours and Chamber Showcase, and 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon, both at Zota Beach Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Call: 941-387-9000. 800-367-1617 941-778-6696INCMike N orman Realty31O1 GULF DR HOLMES MIKE NORMAN REALTY EST. 1978 Meet Our Newest Sales Associate, Austin MorrowAn AMI local, born and raised here. He grew up working in the local Sand Dollar Gift Shop, owned and operated by his mother for more than 20 years. Austin graduated from Manatee High School in 2017 and jumped straight into a career in real estate. Whether youre buying, selling or trying to establish an investment portfolio, call Austin today! 941-448-8390, One Particular Harbour-Minto reel in awards Inspired by the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle, One Par ticular Harbour on Perico Island gathered a beach bag full of awards at the Southeast Building Council conference. Winners were announced in August at the organizations Orlando convention. The contest drew 400 entries in 70 categories from 12 states. O ne P articular Harbour by M argaritaville in M intos Harbour I sle collected four Silver A urora awards for best multifamily housing community and a Grand Aurora award for multifamily residential housing community of the year. T he S E B C presents A urora A wards annually for community planning, product design and interior mer chandising. Minto Communities is working with Margaritaville Holdings to develop O ne P articular Harbour, including 132 luxury residences and a marina, with 55 wet slips, 128 dry slips and a ships store. T he neighborhood features island-inspired designs with views of A nna M aria Sound. P riced from the high $400,000s, residences range up to 1,650-square feet with two or three bedrooms. T he developers announced plans in A ugust for a 101 guest rooms and a three-story companion building with 30 guest rooms, at 12300 Manatee A ve. W., Bradenton. Minto Communities, based in Florida since 1978, has developed 48 communities. For more information, go online to www.mintousa. com, or call 888-827-3061. Business, education partners to be honored It takes a village, including the villages busi nesses, to raise a child. T he M anatee C hamber of C ommerce and the School D istrict of M anatee C ounty will name the winners of the 28th A nnual Business and E ducation P artnerships A wards at 7:45 a.m. F riday, Sept. 21, at M anatee T echnical C ollege, 6305 State R oad 70 E ., Bradenton. A ttending the breakfast is free. Businesses with island ties nominated for awards include Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Bowes Imaging Center. T hirty-eight business partners are nominated for the awards. N ominations were submitted by staff at the school district and reviewed by a panel of representa tives at the chamber. team with M anatee schools throughout the year to enhance education, as chamber businesses and schools are linked to create opportunities for students. Partner businesses enhance their image, promote goods and services and encourage volunteerism. P artner schools expose students and staff to the world of work. Staffs have an opportunity for professional development and schools receive donations of equipment, scholarships, internships and have guest speakers.


28 SEPT. 12, 2018 THE ISLANDER ANNOUNCEMENTS Continued WANTED: YOUR OLD cellphone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander of ce, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Dont be sorry, be safe. PETS YOU CAN HELP! Fosters, volunteers, retailtype help needed for Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue. Please email: TRANSPORTATION BMW CLASSIC 1994 318ic convertible, white with black top. Great Island car! New top and tires in 2016. Needs work. $1,000. 941-685-8999. BOATS & BOATING BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sun sh, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400. PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-778-2121 or see 2004 SAILFISH 2100 Bay boat, Anna Maria. F150 engine, 500 hours, ProFish package, two 160-quart sh boxes, raw water wash down, remote fill (four-stroke), dual battery switch, Bimini top, etc. Maintained and clean. $16,000 (price reduced due to no trailer). Mary Ann, 908-339-2058. HELP WANTED SATURDAY HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED for beach resort (7 a.m.-2 p.m.) per unit pay. Please, call 941-778-6667 for details. POSITION: FAMILY OWNED and operated independent insurance agency seeks fulltime insurance customer service representative with active 4-40 or 2-20 agent license. Job description and skill requirements: team-oriented insurance professional, who excels in multi-tasking at a fast pace and delivers excellent customer service. Must have three years experience with independent insurance agency, pro ciency working in carrier and agency management systems, current product knowledge, and ability to identify and ful ll clients insurance needs, properly placing them in the best position possible, while rounding out the agencys growing book of business. To apply, email resume and best contact information to: brent.moss@great REPORTER WANTED: Fullto part-time. Print media, newspaper experience required. Apply via email with letter of interest to KIDS FOR HIRE KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander of ce, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. LOOKING FOR AN EARLY BIRD? You can read Wednesdays classi eds on Tuesday at And its FREE! Sandys Lawn Service Inc.Established in 1983 Residential and Commercial Full service lawn maintenance Landscaping Clean-up Hauling tree trimming Licensed & Insured Paradise Improvements 941.792.5600Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist Replacement Doors and Windows Andrew ChennaultFULLY LICENSED AND INSURED Island References Lic#CBC056755 I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S Residential & Condo Renovations vice RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.CBC 1253471 Bed: A bargain! King, Queen, Full & Tw in, pre-owned from $30 new/used. 941-922-5271 AdoptA-Pet April is 3 years old, 17 pounds and gets along with cats, dogs and people! Mixed breed. Apply to adopt April at Call Lisa Williams at 941-345-2441 or visit The Islander next to Paradise Cafe in Holmes Beach for more SPONSORED BY WE LIKE LIKES f Islandernewspaper ITEMS FOR SALE TWO TWIN BEDS with beachy bedding, desk and color printer/copier for sale. 804338-9692. CHINA SET: NORITAKE Anticipation, $100 for all pieces. 941-302-2285. DELL COMPUTER WITH monitor, refurbished, $100. 941-756-6728. DINING TABLE AND chairs, twin headboards, dresser/mirror, desk/chair, nightstand, side table Remodeling sale. 901-488-6183. VACUUM CLEANERS, EXCELLENT condition, $29-39 each. Hospital bed, as new, $100. 941-778-5542. MEDLINE TRANSPORT Wheelchair with travel bag. $100. Motorcycle half helmets $25, Thule Skii Rack $50 941-778-7003 FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email classi eds@islander. or g, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer) ANNOUNCEMENTS WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. ST AN DP AW NSBE D N ER F AR MO R UHHUH EC OS OL AR SU ESE HT MI NO TA UR TW IC E SE NT IT EM OI RA MB OW SE R TR OT S S TO OD SP HERE LO IR EW IN NO WI SE NO TL IM A HBURR RO DR BI SCHS LI MB OE DR EL EA SE AAA CE LT ID RI SO WN ER LT CO LE KU LD AR TH VA DE R OR KS UN EN OY ES YP OO NSRE DB ARON PR IN T DR AK EH AZ EL LA OS OA R SA TI AT EU NI DE AL OC TA TH EY AK DI VA DG OL IA TH CA PS ID DR YH OL LY AS SU ME LA MB S S MA LL NA MT AB JO KE RA TT AA LG A GL IT ZE TO XI UQ WI ND MI LL ES TE ED OT BRU IN UP SE T LA HR IN AE LA TE OS TE O ANSWERS TO SEPT. 12 PUZZLEIsland real estate sales2515 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,584 sfla 4bed/3bath duplex with pool built in 1970 on a 5,000 sq ft lot was sold 08/16/18, Morris to Rosenfeld for $735,000. / 4,090 sfur 4bed/4bath /2car pool home built in 1970 on a 23,392 sq ft lot was sold 08/08/18, Hartman to Conte for $725,000; list $749,000. sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1987 on a 6,198 sq ft lot was sold 08/07/18, Cardinal to VVC Rentals LLC for $650,000; list $719,000 sfur 3bed/3bath duplex built in 1968 on a 9,374 sq ft lt was sold 08/15/18, Bellagina Properties LLC to Raulerson for $643,000. 2903 Ave. B, Holmes Beach, a 1,464 sfla 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1971 on a 5,000 sq ft lot was sold 08/08/18, Gibbs to Peretz for $460,000. 1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 242, Runaway Bay, Bracondo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 08/17/18, Eckleman to Fricke for $332,000. 4909 Gulf Drive, Unit 3B, Holmes Beach, a 8,66 2,516 sq ft lot was sold 08/15/18, Bishop to Thoopthing for $260,000. 2313 Ave. C, Unit 13, Jack of Hardts Lay Z Liv shared pool built in 1979 was sold 08/10/18, Douville to Suazo for $258,000; list $259,900. 1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 5, Tradewinds, Bradenpool built in 1971 was sold 08/10/18, Roof to Garcia for $210,000; list $221,900. Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244. PropertyWatchBY JESSE BRISSON


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