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Serving DeSoto County since 1887 ARCADIANThursday, October 30, 2014 32 pages / 75 centsPINE LEVEL LANDMARKThe Historical Society celebrates Pine Levels historic designation.PAGE 24 A section of the Sun Arcadian 75 Editorial ...............4 Calendar ..............6 Family Album ..........7 Police Beat ............8 Obituaries .............9 Religion ..............10 Politics ...............14 Sports ...............19 PRCA RODEO: Wild action Saturday and Sunday in Arcadia .............................................. 2 SENTENCED: Karl Burnham sentenced for murder of father .............................................. 8 MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Unlikely allies promote Amendment 2 ............................................. 29 INSIDE Over 4,500 followers! Like us on Facebook In a marathon meeting that was standing room only, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously tabled a proposed Planned Unit Development rezoning for Sonoma Preserve. Concerned residents from the Deep Creek and Lake Suzy communities lled the boards chamber room, expressing their reservations with a proposed housing development that would allow up to 999 mixed residential units on 515 acres of land just south of the Charlotte County border. Of the 515 acres, however, nearly half would be unusable wetland property. Neighboring residents complained the developers PUD doesnt comply with community standards, will cause trafc nightmares on Kings Highway due to only one exit/entry way and provides inadequate buffers from light and noise pollution.County holds off on Sonoma decisionBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR PHOTO BY STEVE BAUERLake Suzy and Deep Creek residents lled the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners chamber room Tuesday night to voice their displeasure over a proposed housing development in the Sonoma Preserve.COUNTY | 17 Arcadia residents had the chance to hear rst-hand from all city council and marshal candidates on their visions for the citys future during a forum last Thursday. The event, hosted by the Arcadian, featured questions from the newspaper and audience members, with topics ranging from the new city administrator search to major crime concerns and xing the citys roads and infrastructure. DeSoto Memorial Hospital CEO Vince Sica also explained why residents should vote for the proposed 1/2-per cent sales tax that will go toward paying off the hospitals mortgage.Marshal candidatesDuring the marshal portion of the forum, each candidate made his case for being elected. Current marshal Matt Anderson said his leadership skills have shone through while dealing with the arrest and prosecution of former marshal Charles Lee. Through the Lee incident, my leadership skills were test ed right away and Ive proven myself, he said. Ive reduced the departments budget by $250,000, increased the non-paid auxiliary department and secured grants for things such as in-car laptops in the squad cars. This is just the beginning, Im a proven leader who is certied and Im proud to put on my uniform and badge and serve this community daily. Candidate Cliff Brown said he didnt see himself as running a race, but rather his campaign was more like a job interview with city residents. Ill be working for you, not the other way around, he said. I bring 34 years of experience as a certied law ofcer, and I will be bringing a lot of cost-cutting ideas into ofce with me. There must be more communication between the city and the county. Right now there is none, and that needs to be improved immediately. The bad guys dont just commit crimes in one area or the other. During his opening statement, candidate Lorenzo Dixon noted his experience with law enforcement starting with his time as an auxiliary explorer. He also said under his administration, citizens will feel protected unlike during past administrations. This department is in need of a leader and administrator. Two major issues addressed during the conversation were the Arcadia Police Departments budget, and whether the marshal should be a certied law ofcer. Anderson said he had done a good job in cutting the departments budget during the past two years, and said the current budget is justied when compared to the national average and neighboring cities such as Wauchula. Brown said cutting wasteful spending would help the departments budget become even leaner, and said any monies the APD has needs to be spent wisely. Dixon argued that Anderson really hadnt cut the APD budget, saying, I dont call it cutting the budget when you take money from one fund and move it to another. He added he would be in favor of cutting the budget, starting with reducing his own paycheck as marshal by $10,000-$15,000. As to the marshal needing to be a certied ofcer, Brown said, This department is too small for a gurehead who only shufes papers. He added it is important for the department to be headed by a marshal who has the experience and credentials of a law enforcement ofcer. Dixon, who is not certied, said it takes a short amount of time to earn a certication, and he would enroll in the police academy shortly after being elected to ofce. The President of the United States is the Commander-inChief of our armed forces, but yet they arent required to be certied in any specic area, he said. I think the same applies here, this department needs an administrator in place, not another ofcer. Anderson disagreed, saying the mar shal needs to be certied. The marshal has to be in the eld to teach his men, and that comes from experience, he said. I have achieved ranks, leadership and experience during my time as an ofcer and those are all a must for this position.Council candidatesThe eight city council candidates each provided their visions for the city if they are elected to council.Forum focuses on marshal, council racesBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANThursdays political forum, held at the Margaret Way Building, drew a crowd of prospective voters wanting to learn more about candidates for public oce. DeSoto Memorial Hospital CEO VInce Sica explained that Medicare and Medicaid payments constitute a signicant portion of the hospitals income. DMH had an oppor tunity to tell voters at Thurdays forum why the hospital hopes the half-percent sales tax referendum will be approved. FORUM | 18


Arcadian | Page 2 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Costume clean-up Friday at Lake Katherine Come to Lake Katherine Friday afternoon to help the Health Department clean up the lake and wear your costume! The DeSoto County Health Department is looking for local citizens to help pick up some of the papers and trash around the lake to make it more attractive. Wear your costume and compete in the Best Costume Ever contest. The weather is expected to be great, and this is a fun way to help your community. Cowboys and cowgirls, saddle up the family wagon and head on down to the Arcadia Rodeo Arena this weekend for some high-flying professional rodeo action. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association riders mount up this weekend for a wild afternoon of entertainment, laughs and excitement. The Arcadia Rodeo Arena All Florida Championship hits the dirt Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 11 a.m. and rodeo action starts at 2 p.m. both days. Youll see team roping, tie down roping, Womens Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bareback riding, mutton bustin and calf scramble for the kids, and everyones favorite bull riding. And all through the afternoon, youll enjoy the music and patter of the announcer and bullghters as they entertain the audience with quick comebacks. Tickets are available in advance for $14 per person today and tomorrow ($15 if purchased Saturday or Sunday) and can be bought at the Rodeo Office, 124 Heard Street, Arcadia, or call 800749-7633 or 863-494-2014. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis and there are no refunds. The event goes on rain or shine, but youll be sitting in a covered grandstand. Visit www. for more information. While youre in town, you might browse among the vendors for Arcadias Olde Town Market in downtown Arcadia, with a Farmers Market at the Tree of Knowledge Park on West Oak Street. There youll find antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted items, baked goods, sauces and unique condiments and much more. Theres nothing more American than a good old-fashioned rodeo, testing the skills and endurance of professional cowboys. Catch some of the action on a fine fall afternoon at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena.Lorrum ipsant et Lasso up some pro rodeo actionBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITOR ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANBullriding is the highlight of every PRCA rodeo, and there will be plenty of bullriding action this weekend at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena. During Tuesdays school board meeting, superintendent Dr. Karyn Gary reported that DeSoto County High School Principal Nelson Stephenson had submitted a letter of resignation, because he had an offer to head another school district outside of DeSoto. She said Stephenson will probably remain on board through December. She will recommend Assistant Principal Tod Baldwin take his place, and another AP hired to ll Baldwins current slot. Several fourth and fth grade students from West Elementary School demonstrated the things they are learning in their Leader in Me program. Teacher Wil Brunty introduced the program, saying that teachers and staff had been visiting other school districts where the program is being applied or had gone to seminars to learn more about it. The Leader in Me program includes Seven Habits through which students are developing life skills and strong characters. Each student had prepared a display of their chosen habit with examples and illustrations. Alex explained how her habit was be proactive. She was inspired by an aunt with cancer to start a fundraiser in her school. She gave a speech in each classroom in the school to encourage staff and students to donate to the American Cancer Society, and was able to raise $241. Natalya chose win-win because, she said, I like feeling I can win and someone else can, too. When I practice this habit I remember to do nice things for others. Taylor seeks rst to understand, then to be understood by others. This helps her to listen and pay attention to something someone else tells her, because it is probably important to that other person. Michaels habit was the sharpening saw which means keeping your body, mind and spirit sharp and healthy. Gary said was impressed when visiting West last week. A line of students High school principal resigns to take out-of-district positionBy SUSAN E. HOFFMANARCADIAN EDITORPRINCIPAL | 31 50475843 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE 2014 TAX ROLL IS OPEN FOR COLLECTION The tax roll has been delivered by the Property Appraiser to the Tax Collector for collection. During the month of November 2014 a 4% discount applies, 3% discount in December 2014, 2% discount in January 2015, 1% discount in February 2015. The net amount in March 2015. Penalty and advertising are added April 1, 2015, as per Florida Statute 197.322. The Board of County Commissioners of DeSoto County Florida, will consider the adoption or an ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, in the County Commission Meeting Room 103, Administration Building 201 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida as follows. AN ORDINANCE OF THE DESOTO COUNTY FLORIDA, BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE ISSUANCE OF LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPTS FOR THE OPERATION OF PAIN CLINICS AND PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS FOR ONE YEAR; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A complete copy of the draft ordinance may be inspected and copied at the Office of the County Administrator in Suite 201 of the above-stated address between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday, through Friday. Members of the public are advised that if any person decided to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at a board meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceeding, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record included the testimony and evidence upon which, the appeal is made. If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrators Office by calling 863-993-4800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. Notice of Public Hearing 50475853


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VIEWPOINT DeSoto The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Arcadian | Page 4Derek Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group Chairman David Dunn-Rankin Suncoast Media Group President Joe Gallimore Arcadian PublisherSusan E. Homan Arcadian Editor E-mail letters to | OUR VIEW Vote yes on Amendment 2If Amendment 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot receives 60 percent of the vote, mar ijuana would be legalized for medical purposes in Florida, which would join 23 other states and the District of Columbia where medical pot is legal. Faced with polls showing widespread support for medical marijuana among Florida voters, opponents of the amendment, led by the Florida Sheriffs Association, have unleashed what can only be called a scare campaign reminiscent of the 1930s propaganda movie Reefer Madness. The anti-medical marijuana crusaders paint ctional scenarios of pot shops on every street corner, criminal caregivers as the new pushers and legions of stoned young zombies lurching through neighbor hoods that bear no relationship to the veriable data, studies and experiences from states that previously legalized it. Under the pretense they are providing facts about the amendment to voters, anti-medical marijuana advocates, such as FSA President Grady Judd, Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell and Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, have invented loopholes that would unleash their imagined outcomes. Prummell convinced the Charlotte County Commission to pass a resolution urging residents to vote against the amendment. DeSoto County Sheriff Will Wise has echoed Prummells sentiments when asked his opinion on the legalization of medical marijuana. That 23 states have managed to avoid the pitfalls amendment foes present as sure things should tell you all you need to know about their arguments. That such misinformation and outright fabrications of fact are coming mainly from law enforcement ofcials is outrageous. For a county that prides itself on agricultural roots and one so desperate for economic growth, there is an argument to be made if the amendment passes that DeSoto should welcome the marijuana growing industry and rake in the nancial windfall that would come with it. We have heard, in fact, that at least one local business has applied for a growers permit. Claims that the amendment would make anyone with the most minor ailment eligible for medical marijuana are specious, as is the argument that the Florida amendment language is so vague it constitutes a loophole that would de facto legalize recreational marijuana. The Florida amendment language is nearly identical to referendums passed in other states, including the types of diseases and conditions that are explicitly identied and the leeway physicians have to recommend it for other conditions. Claims that shady pot docs would hand out marijuana recommendations like candy on Halloween are just as ludicrous. If the amendment passes, the Florida Legislature will determine the procedures, qualications, conditions and other aspects of implementing the new law. A committee of lawmakers, law enforcement and health ofcials has already been meeting to explore those issues. The pro argument for Amendment 2 requires no distortion or scare tactics, simply compassion and common sense. | LETTERS TO THE EDITORMake illegals earn citizenshipEditor:I am a Korean War combat veteran. I spent 18 months on the front lines in Korea. I was born in this country and joined the United States Marines to ght for it. If our president needs troops to send to the Middle East to ght and destroy the evil murdering ISIS devils, I know where he can get millions of them. If all these illegal immigrants from Mexico and South America or wherever want to live and enjoy the freedom we treasure in this country so much, let them spend four years in the military like I did and earn their right to be an American citizen. Take all these illegals, male or female, and give them a choice. Spend four years in the military and earn citizenship, or go back where they came from. They did not ght for the right to be free in their own country but they want to come here and enjoy the freedom that I and every other veteran of the U.S. military fought and died for. You want to be a U.S. citizen? Earn it.S/SGT. Thomas Godbout, USMC (Ret.) ArcadiaVote no on half-cent taxEditor:Next Tuesday the people of DeSoto County will decide their future as they vote on the sales tax increase generated by DeSoto Memorial Hospital. If this sales tax increase passes, everyone is looking at: 1. All taxable items will cost more. 2. All large items, such as homes and automobiles, will see a hefty increase. 3. Ination is increasing at more than 2 percent every year. This will increase your cost of every purchase. 4. A recession, such as 2008, will disrupt the payoff parameters of the loan and extend the payout beyond 2036. 5. The hospital in the future could borrow against this tax and further extend the payout date. 6. If a major emergency should occur, DeSoto County would be unable to use any of this tax to offset such emergency. 7. All children born in DeSoto County through 2017 would grow to adults and begin paying this tax. Yes, it will still be around. During the past few weeks DeSoto Memorial Hospital administration stated publicly in the local media that the proposed sales tax increase will be to pay off the existing hospital mortgage and that all taxes will be used for that purpose only. On the actual voting ballot wording it states County-wide indigent care one-half cent sales sur tax for payment of DeSoto Memorial Hospital indebtedness. The way this is worded it appears part of this tax will go to future indigent care costs. This is borne out by the stated word Indebtedness and not Mortgage. The DeSoto County economy is struggling, and this tax will further depress any chance at county development. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, I encourage everyone to vote NO on this proposed tax increase that is wrong for the people of DeSoto County.Donald McCormick ArcadiaHospital urges yes vote on taxEditor:As the campaign for the penny sales tax is coming to an end, we have just a few more words to say: Please make no mistake, we want you to vote YES. But, whether you are voting YES or NO, our goal was to make sure the community was educated on the facts and the reasons for the -penny sales tax. There have been several persistent questions we have tried to answer denitively. The hospital is owned by the DeSoto County Hospital District. The District is a state agency created by an act of the State Legislature in 1965. Pursuant to state law the district board members are appointed by the Governor to serve four-year terms. If the hospital were to be sold, the law requires that the net sale proceeds be given to the Board of County Commissioners. Fifty percent would be set aside to provide for indigent care and 50 percent would be deposited in a fund for health care economic development. Lets be clear: all taxable items will cost more. How much more? If you made a $2 purchase today, the total cost would be $2.14. If this ordinance passes, that same $2 purchase in January would be $2.15. Dont forget, theres a cap tax is not paid on anything over $5,000 of your large purchases. So, if you bought a car for $30,000 the additional tax would $25 (you only are paying additional tax on the rst $5,000). If you nanced that car for ve years, it would cost you 42 more per month. Real estate transactions are not subject to tax. The sales tax money will only be used to pay the current hospital mortgage payment. Although the short title of the amendment indicates the tax is related to indigent care, the actual text LETTERS | 29OUR VIEW: Its time to legalize medical marijuana and let our ag community benet, tooFor sufferers of AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, seizures, paralysis, Hepatitis C and chronic pain caused by illnesses such as lupus and neuropathy, medical marijuana offers relief from symptoms. All of these illnesses and conditions are currently treated with drugs only doctors can prescribe. Why would medical marijuana deployed under the same conditions be banned? Why would anyone else, including politicians and law enforcement ofcers, have a say in how a doctor and his or her patient treat a disease or condition? We encourage you to read the amendment language (, research the issue and exercise your right to vote on this important policy issue. The Arcadian recommends a yes vote on Amendment 2.


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 5 | Arcadian WE BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex age or disability. WE BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economi c growth and prosperity. WE BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn. WE BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that canno t be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least. WE BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to people. WE BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to me et the challenges of changing times. WE BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world. FINALLY We believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government. Amendment 1 This amendment removes 33% of state Doc Stamp Funds to purchase more land for the state of Florida. The civilians of Florida DO NOT need to have removal of more land from private ownership and place it under government control. Amendment 2 Florida does not need to become the 1st southern state to legalize marijuana Licensed Florida phys icians help expand the Pill Mill Trade Increased cost to state and local government will rise and it will require additional regula tion and enforcement activities This is only the first step VOTE NO TODAY! V OTE NO Why You Should ELECT Rick Scott Charie is in a sweat and needs to cool off because of Governor Scotts record. Charlie should buy a fan for the 832,000 Floridians who lost their jobs while he was governor. The Real Record GOVERNOR SCOTTS PERSONAL STORY Governor Scott grew up in public housing and his parents struggled to make ends meet. He served our country in the Navy then obtained an education that allowed him to build businesses and create jobs. Governor Scott has lived the American dream and is focused on providing all Florida families the o pportunity to succeed. He is a husband (married at age 19), father of two married daughters, and grandfather to three boy s. ECONOMY/JOBS ACTIONS: Governor Scott has paid down $3.6 billion of the states debt, and paid back $3.5 billion Florida owed to the federal government for unemployment insurance. Governor Scott eliminated the tax on manufacturing equipment and machines, making Florida companie s more competitive with other states and other nations. Governor Scott has cut over 2,800 regulations, cut property & business taxes, and streamlined the permitting process. Governor Scott cut taxes five times in three legislative sessions for families & job creators. Governor Scott recently announced plans to cut $500 million in taxes and fees for Floridas famili es this next fiscal year. Under Charlie Crist, Florida lost 832,000 jobs, increased state debt by $5 billion, and had double -digit unemployment. RESULTS: Under Governor Scotts leadership, Florida seconomy has turned around. Since taking office Govern or Scott has created over 446,300 private-sector jobs and the unemployment rate has dropped 4.7% thats the second largest u nemployment drop in in the nation since December 2010. Floridas unemployment rate has dropped year-over-year for 37 consecutive months. The current rate is 6 4%, below the national average for the 9th consecutive month. Because of Governor Scotts fiscal stewardship, Florida now has a $1.5 billion rainy day fund. Companies from across the country are moving to Florida because Governor Scott has created a clima te that is attractive for businesses. Hertz announced it will be relocating to Florida from New Jersey, adding at least 700 jo bs. Other companies creating jobs in Florida include: DuvaSawka (Volusia), ATR North America (Miami Springs). Global Business So lutions (Pensacola), Darden Restaurants (Miami-Dade), Executive Wings (Brevard) Fort Walton Machining (Okaloosa),Vectorwo rks Marine (Brevard), Widewaters Bradenton (Manatee), 2G Manufacturing (St. Johns), Office Depot (Boca Raton). VerizonWir eless (Lake Mary), Northrop Grumman (Melbourne) and USAA (Hillsborough) The housing market has made a strong comeback and home sales continue to increase. Median home sal e prices are increasing. The momentum in the market means more sellers are listing property. Tourism is stronger than ever, with 91 million tourists coming to Florida in 2012. In the3rd quart er of 2013 22.9 million visited-the largest third quarter for visitation in the states history. Every 85 tourists is another job. EDUCATION ACTIONS: On education, Governor Scott has implemented record state-basedI K-12 funding & merit based pay fo r teachers, ended teacher tenure, and increased the standards of excellence in education for Florida students. Under Governor Scotts leadership, Floridas students are the real winners. Governor Scott, along with the House and Senate, agreed to implement $480 million in teacher pay r aises. Florida Education Association President Andy Ford applauded Governor Scott and the House and Senate for their leadership on education. Governor Scott gave teachers a year-round, tax-free debit card with $250 for school supplies. Some Florida state colleges offer degrees for $10,000 so it is affordable for Florida families. RESULTS: According to The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, Floridas 4th grade students rank 2nd in the world for reading. According to Education Week, Floridas 4th & 8th graders have had better student achievement gains than any of the other la rge states. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, for two years running, Florida has the best teachers in the country. According to Education Week, Florida is 6th overall for K-12 education. Florida state colleges have degrees for $10,000 so it is affordable for Florida families. Governor Scott has held the line on tuition just because tuition in Florida is low is not a reas on to increase it. 50475851 Paid for and Approved by DeSoto County Republican Executive Committee


Arcadian | Page 6 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 If you have a problem with home delivery, please call our office at 863-494-2434 before 10 a.m. so we can correct it for you.Arcadian Publisher .............................. Joe Gallimore .........................................863-494-2434 Arcadian Editor / Art Director ............. Susan E. Hoffman .................................863-494-0300 Assistant Editor .................................... Steve Bauer ............................................863-494-0300 Office Manager / Advertising ........... Tami Jewell ...........................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Customer Service ..... Jackie Bierman ......................................863-494-2434 Graphic Artist / Page Designer .......... Kyle Gallimore .......................................863-494-0300 SUN NEWSPAPERSMember of the Audit Bureau of Circulation DESOTO CIRCULATIONCustomer jbierman@sun-herald.com108 S. Polk Ave., Arcadia FL 34266 DISPLAY ADVERTISINGDeSoto .............................863-494-2434 Joe Gallimore Susan Hoffman Steve Bauer Tami Jewell Jackie Bierman Kyle Gallimore DEADLINESEditorial: Monday Noon Classified & Legal Ads: Wednesday 11 a.m. Display Ads: Friday 5 p.m. (or Noon Monday for camera-ready ads only) CLASSIFIED & LEGAL ADVERTISING 863-494-2434Fax: 863-494-3533 ONLINE Like The Arcadian on Facebook ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANThe Lemur Conservation Foundation is holding its annual Open House 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Myakka City. See these cute, endan gered animals up close. The event is free although donations are gratefully accepted. It is open to the public. COme see how adorable -and endangered -these cute little furry primates are and learn about the work of the Lemur Conservation Foundation, right up the road in Myakka City. For more details and to RSVP, email nhendrickson@ or call 941-322-8494. Visit for more information on the facility.Myakka Lemur refuge holds open house NOTE: All phone numbers are in Area Code 863 unless stated otherwise. TODAY The Bulldogs Varsity Football team plays Hardee tonight in the oldest high school football rivalry in the state! Its also Senior Night come on out and support our team in this special Thursday night game! DeSoto Public Library will hold a preschool nature walk at Morgan Park, 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, Meet at the picnic shelter. DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and by appointment. The John Morgan Ingraham House is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, except the second Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Relaxation Yoga Class every Thursday, 5 p.m. Sign-in 4:50 p.m. Health Dept. conference room, 34 S. Baldwin Ave. Drop-in $7/class, 8-class package $40 ($5 per class). Bring your own mat. For more information, call Christine at 244-1925. DeSoto County Library story time is at 3 p.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. FRIDAY Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is holding its Community Fall Festival from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 304 W. Myrtle St. The DeSoto County Health Department is hosting a Costume Clean-up starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday. They ask everyone to come out to Lake Katherine in their best costume and help clean up the lake, and also enter the best costume ever contest. On Friday, DeSoto Public Library will host a discussion of the proposed Constitutional Amendments at 10 a.m. Learn the pros and cons for each measure. The Turner Center will host Trick or Treat for kids from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission and parking are free. DeSoto Youth Football is selling BBQ plates for the 12U teams on Oct. 31, at 1023 S.W. Golden Ave. $10 chicken plates or $12 rib plates, include baked beans, mac n cheese and potato salad. Call Tim White at 263-8233 or J.C. Mansfield at 231-2033. Proceeds will help fund the teams to play in the regional tournament. Arcadia Quilt Club meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Palace Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, Arcadia. iPads and eBooks Instruction and assistance with questions about using your digital devices at 3 p.m. every Friday at the DeSoto Public Library. Walk & Talk: gentle exercise and conversation at 4 p.m. every Friday at the DeSoto Public Library. Square Dancing classes are held at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle, from 7-9 p.m. every Friday. Robert at 813-601-1834 or Mary at 941-380-5336 494-2749 for information. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted. Sabbath service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Oneg Shabbat follows. SATURDAY The Tater Hill BBQ Bunch and DeSoto County Veterans Services will hold All 4 the Wall, a benefit to bring the traveling Vietnam Wall to DeSoto County, at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at Veterans Park. BBQ plates (ribs or chicken) are $7. Drinks, pies and swamp cabbage, too. Bring your own chairs. For details, call Steve Boggess at 941-6285871 or Ronny Allen at 244-7906. Strolling 4 A Cure will be held Nov. 1 at The Bluffs Community. Call Janet Preston at 303-2690 for details. North Hillsborough Baptist Church will hold its Fall Festival from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 1. Free food, drinks, games, bounce house, face painting, balloons, sand art, clown, cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, animal petting booth, haystack candy hunt. Friendly costumes only (no scary ones). Bike giveaway at 4 p.m., Gospel Sing at 4:45 p.m. 253 N. Hillsborough Ave. Arcadia Rodeo Nov. 1-2, $15 admission ($14 in advance). Kids 10 and under free. Visit or call 800-7497633 or 863-494-2014. DeSoto Memorial Hospital Foundation is holding its 15th annual Golf Tournament on Nov. 1 at The Bluffs Golf Course. 8 a.m. Shotgun start/4-man scramble. $65 entry fee includes 18 holes, cart, beverages, door prizes, continental breakfast and BBQ lunch. For information call 494-6599 or 494-8402. The Week of the Family takes place Nov. 1-8. The sixth annual Free Family Fun Fair will be held Nov. 8. Groups, businesses and individuals who want to have displays about the services they offer are welcome to participate, and are encouraged to have some kind of game or other kid-friendly activity, and some freebies to hand out. For details, call Cindy Siegel at 990-0387. The Olde Town Market and Main Street Farmers Market are held the first Saturday every month in downtown Arcadia from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh produce,pickled products, jams, jellies, homemade granola bars, baked goods, fresh and dried herbs, arts, crafts, woodworking, quilts, sewing, plants and other goodies. For vendor info call the Arcadia Main Street office at 494-2020. DeSoto County Library has Book Buddies, when children read to dogs, on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m., 125 N. Hillsborough Ave.Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 993-4851 for more information. Boaters Get-Together meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at Nav-A-Gator Grill, 9700 S.W. Riverview Circle (off Kings Hwy/C.R. 769). For more information, call 941-627-3474. The Palace Promenaders meet for square and round dance from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday at the Palace Square Dance Hall, 1627 N.E. Floridian Circle. Art Miller, caller, and Jennie Martin, cueing. Call Jennie at 494-2749 or Mary at 941-380-5336 for information. Sabbath service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 3840 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port. Kiddush will follow. SUNDAY Volunteers needed for new Friendship Center open Monday through Friday, 9 .am. 4 p.m. Call 494-5965 if you have 4 hrs/week to share. Positions available for receptionists (morning or afternoon), help serving meals, help with activities, special talents, and more. MONDAY 4-H county council, leaders and volunteers meet at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the DeSoto County Turner Center extension office. The Arcadia Garden Club meets at noon on the first Monday of each month Oct. through June at its office, 1005 W. Magnolia St. Bring a covered dish to share. Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St. Activities daily from 9:00 am 12:00 pm. Watch for special programs coming soon. Lunch program available for those 60+ with a 48-hr. advance reservation. 863-494-5965 TUESDAY Election Day 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Please VOTE! Peace River Audubon Society will hold a walkabout on Nov. 4 at Audubon Pennington Nature Park, in Port Charlotte. Free and open to the public. Arcadia City Council meets at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Way Building, 23 N. Polk Ave., Arcadia. S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elderly) has office hours every Tuesday at the Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St., from 12:30-3:30 pm. Phone 239-470-5350 to make an appointment. Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Every Tuesday night, line dance class at the Palace Dance Hall (17N). Beginners welcome. $3 donation. For more info, call Jennie Martin at 494-2749. Faith Mission provides free lunches for anyone in need, at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St. Donations gratefully accepted. DeSoto County Library holds story time at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Call 993-4851 for more information. The Peace River Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, starting Nov. 12, at the Speer Center, U.S. Highway 17 North, Arcadia. For information, contact Bill or Mary Morse at 207-418-4687. WEDNESDAY DeSoto County Homeless Coalition Mobile Pantry is on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Smith Brown Gym starting at 9 a.m. until the food is gone. The only requirement is to be a DeSoto County resident. Sponsored by the All Faiths Food bank of Sarasota. The Arcadia Writers Group meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Arcadia Village in the Cantina Clubhouse, in the small dining room. For more information, call Sarah Hollenhorst at 244-1663. The Retired Law Enforcement Association of Southwest Florida meets first Wednesday monthly at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 23300 Harper Ave., Port Charlotte. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.; meeting is at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 941-423-0902. Hour of Power Prayer time is held at noon at Freedom Fellowship Christian Ministries, 1528 N.E. Turner Ave. Art for Kids is at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Librarys childrens wing. This program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children. THURSDAY The All Faiths Food Bank will deliver free food to those in need at the DeSoto Homeless Center, 1425 MLK Jr. St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. Thursday, Nov. 6 is the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at the Turner Agri-Civic Center. Reception and cash bar 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. Cornerstone Award presentation, installation of 2015 officers. $35/person, $60/couple. Call 494-4033 or email The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council Board of directors meets on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at The Arcadian, 108 S. Polk. DeSoto Cares, a community group dedicated to searching out homelessness needs and solutions, meets on the first and third Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Arcadia Housing Authority Conference Room. For details, call Rev. Ted Hanus at 993-3435. Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast is at 8 a.m. the first Thursday monthly. Each months location will be announced. DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and by appointment. DeSoto County Library has story time for children at 3 p.m. every Thursday. 5 0475839 A RCADIA M AIN S TREET M ARKET Saturday, November 1 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Arcadia at the Tree of Knowledge For more information call: 863-990-2340 Baked Goods Fresh Produce Salsa & Jams Honey Canned Goods Crafts Wood Working Photography 50475681


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 7 | Arcadian Family Album FAMILY ALBUM PHOTOSSend us a photo to celebrate a birth, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, etc. The Arcadian will run it free. We must have it no later than noon on Monday. Bring your photo to the office or e-mail to Tillie Brown will be celebrating her 107th birthday on Nov. 4! In this photo, she is seen celebrating her 106th birthday last year with family and friends gathered around to wish her a beautiful day. Best wishes to Tillie Brown for a wonderful birthday celebration.Happy 107th birthday!PHOTO PROVIDED PHOTO PROVIDEDHappy 8th birthday to the love of my life, my MaMa Janaisa Arya Arnold I love U more than words can say. Love, Nana Elaine, PaPa Eugene, your daddy Lucky Uncle Reese and granddad Mayo.Happy birthdayStarted 11 years ago by two concerned mothers in Orange County who met with their mayor to discuss strengthening families in their community, Week of the Family is celebrating its sixth year here in DeSoto County, and it continues to grow. The committee this year includes representatives from Catholic Charities, Guardian ad Litem, Healthy Families, Hand of Angels, Redlands Christian Migrant Association, DeSoto County Homeless Coalition, the County Library, SPARCC and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, among others, and these members and their organizations are dedi cated to strengthening family relationships through education, wholesome activities, tness and community service.Family Fun Fair wraps Week of the Family on Nov. 8By CYNTHIA L. SIEGEL DESOTO WEEK OF THE FAMILYFAIR | 10


Arcadian | Page 8 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 The DeSoto County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Lamar Lee Alvarez, 34, 1300 Oak Trail Apts., Arcadia. Charge: petty theft, third or subsequent offense. Bond: $1,000. Kelly Marie Carcamo, 36, 1900 block of S.E. West Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. Steven Mark Clark, 58, 12500 block of S.W. Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy. Charge: misuse of 911. Bond: $2,000. Ruben Lynn Connell, 22, 2300 block of S.W. U.S. Hwy. 17, Arcadia. Charge: DUI alcohol or drugs. Bond: $500. Ashley Nicole Slemons, 22, 1200 block of E Cypress St., Arcadia. Charge: assault. Bond: none. Harold Jonathan Fisher, 49, North Fort Myers. Charge: driving while license is suspended, third or subsequent offense. Bond: $1,500. Jose Valdez Jr., 29, first block of Walnut St., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support child or spouse. Purge: $250. Tyler Ray Carlan, 22, 3000 block of County Road 760, Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended. Bond: $120. James Alexander Davis, 26, Stonegate Apts., Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $240. Ricardo Tetlanco Garcia, 31, 2000 block of S.W. Robin Road, Arcadia. Charges: contempt (violation of domestic protective injunction), driving without a valid license and violation of probation. Bond: none. Malcom Keith Lattimore, 41, 1900 block of Hendry St., Arcadia. Charge: driving while license is suspended. Bond: $500. Patrick Lee Oneal, 28, 11200 block of S.W. Crenshaw Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $900. Jonathan Henry Robinson, 19, 700 block of W. Pine St., Arcadia. Charges: grand theft between $300-$5,000 and giving false ownership statement to second-hand dealer, under $300. Bond: $2,000. Carl Anthony Stewart, 36, 300 block of N. 17th Ave., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and one count each of possession or use of drug equipment, fleeing to elude officer, hit and run/leaving accident scene involving property damage, driving without a valid license, driving while license is suspended and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. Bond: $12,370. David James Stroman, 52, 100 block of Golden Drive, Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $240. Maria de la Cruz Hinojosa, 38, 1100 block of S.E. 8th St., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120. Ruben Pioquinto Sanchez, 19, 4500 block of S.E. Apache Drive, Arcadia. Charges: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Bond: $240. John Matthew Parrish, 37, 1400 block of N.W. 2nd Ave., Arcadia. Charge: failure to support spouse or child. Purge: $1,000. Michael David Harris, 42, 5500 block of S.W. Shores Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: none. James Mercer, 48, 5200 block of Norris Road, Ona. Charge: battery. Bond: none. Elizabeth Rode Tschetter, 23, no address, Arcadia. Charges: two counts of failure to appear. Bond: none. The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrests: Patrick Lee Oneal, 28, 11200 block of S.W. Crenshaw Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: $900. Heather Thomas Holland, 23, 1800 block of Los Anos Drive, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation or community control. Bond: $600. Michael Anthony Harris, 18, 7100 block of S.W. Albritton St., Arcadia. Charge: petty theft. Bond: $1,000. The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office reported the following arrest: Heather Holland, 23, 1800 block of S.W. Los Pinos Drive, Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: $600. Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman |POLICE BEATThe information for Police Beat is gathered from police, sheriffs office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records. Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system. Karl Edward Burnham will spend the rest of his life in state prison for murder ing his father and attempting to murder his mother. On Tuesday, appearing before Judge James Parker, Burnham entered a plea of no contest in DeSoto County court on the murder and attempted murder charges, along with a count of grand theft auto. Burnham, 50, was ar rested on March 29 in the Orlando area after his sister came to the N.W. Owens Avenue home where he lived with his parents, George and JoAnn Burnham, and found both bleeding. Sheriff Ofce records indicate George had been beaten with a blunt object, and died at the scene. JoAnn also had been badly injured but she recovered after extensive treatment. Karl Burnham stole the couples car and was eventually stopped in the Orlando area, where he was arrested and returned to DeSoto County. His health has been failing during the time he was in DeSoto County jail. Burnham had several previous run-ins with the law, including charges of forgery and grand theft dating back to 1985, a second degree murder charge in 1988 (for which he served 15 years in state prison), and other theft, rearms and substance abuse charges. George and JoAnn Burnham were well known in the community; George had recently retired at the rank of major from the DeSoto Road Prison, and the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year.Report: woman stole watch, phone at nursing homeThe DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce reported the arrest of Celina Younda Davis, 25, of the 8700 block of County Road 661, on charges of exploitation of an elderly person and petty theft of an item valued between $100 and $300. According to the arrest report, a woman who works at the assisted living facility where Davis worked reported her Michael Kors watch missing from her purse in June. Several months later, she happened to see Daviss photo on Facebook, and she was wear ing a watch like the one which had been missing. Further review showed photos of Davis wearing the watch just nine days after the watch rst went missing. The woman reported her nding to DCSO. When questioned, Davis at rst denied having any knowledge of the watch. But when a detective confronted her with photos showing her wearing it, she then said she found it by a freezer at work and kept it. She said the stem was broken and she thought no one wanted it so she never reported it missing.Burnham sentenced to life in prison KARL BURNHAM DAVISREPORT | 12 50475900 FIRST PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE FFY2014 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT The city of Arcadia is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) for one or more Small Cities Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars (700,000) or more. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes: 1. To benefit low and moderate income persons; or 2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or 3. To meet other community development needs of recent origin having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. The categories of activities for which these grant funds may be used are in the areas of housing, neighborhood revitalizaton, commercial revitalization or economic development and include such improvment activities as acquisition of real property, loans to private-for-profit business, purchase or machinery and equipment construction or infrastructure, rehabilitation of houses and commercial buildings, and energy conservation. Additional information regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be provided at the public hearing. For all Florida CDBG activities that are proposed, at least fifty-one (51%) of the funds must benefit low and moderate income persons. In developing an application for submission to FDEO, the City of Arcadia must plan to minimize displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG activities. In addition, the City or Arcadia is required to develop a plan to assist displaced persons. The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the communitys economic and community development needs will be held at the City of Arcadias City Council Chambers located at 23 N. Polk Avenue, Arcadia, FL on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. For information concerning the public hearing contact Ms. Shelley Peacock at phone: (863) 494-4114 or email: The public hearing is being conducted in a disability accessible location. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing or any disabled person requiring special accommodations or an interpreter for the hearing or visually impaired should contact Ms. Shelley Peacock by phone: (863) 494-4114 or email: at least five (5) calendar days prior to the meeting and accomodations will be privided. To access a Telecommunications Deviece for Deaf Persons (TDD), please call (863) 494-9441. City of Arcadia City Council By Shelley Peacock Fair Housing/Disability Access Jurisdiction and Equal Opportinity Employer 50475739


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 9 | Arcadian | OBITUARIESRobert W. BradtRobert W. Bradt, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Homes.Orlando Ismael CapiroOrlando Ismael Orr Capiro, 63, of Tampa, Fla., transitioned Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, of natural causes. He was a real estate broker-salesman for over 40 years. He enjoyed boating, cooking and gardening. Orr is survived by his sisters, Rose M. Capiro of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Maria (Jerry) White of Arcadia, Fla.; brother, Dr. Jose (Shannon) Capiro of Lewes, Del.; sons, Daniel (Jonnie) Capiro of Del Mar, Calif., and Joseph Capiro of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; daughter, Elizabeth Capiro of St. Augustine, Fla.; grandson, Jasyn of Cocoa Beach; granddaughters, Jasmine of Cocoa Beach, and Stella of Del Mar; four nieces; three great-nephews; one great-niece; numerous relatives through marriage; and numerous old-time and recent friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Orlando H. and Rosa J. Capiro. He will be cremated, and a private celebration of life will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Arcadia.Margaret Banks HuddlestonMargaret Banks (Woolley) Huddleston passed away Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, from Lewy-Body dementia while living in San Diego, Calif. She was born an identical twin on Dec. 21, 1925, in Dry Valley, Ala., (Chilton County). In 1940, her family moved to Arcadia, Fla., where she participated in basketball and cheer leading before graduating from DeSoto High School in 1944. Margaret and Frank Williams Huddleston Jr. (a fella she had barely known in high school but then became more acquainted with after she moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1945, and accidentally ran into while he was stationed there in the Navy) were married there Oct. 25,1946. Margaret and Frank had ve children, three boys and two girls. She then went on to work at J.C. Penney and The Pottery Shack in Laguna Beach, Calif., Smith Printers in Tustin, Calif., and nally Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles, Calif., as lead in the bindery/shipping department. She retired from there in 1992, and relocated to Arcadia to be closer to her twin sister, Mary, and brother-in-law, Murl Coker. While in Arcadia, Margaret volunteered for the Arcadia Center for the Needy and as head of the After School Child Care Program run by the First Baptist Church of Arcadia. She returned to California in 2005, following the loss of her mobile home to Hurricane Charley in 2004. She resided with her son, Richard, for four years. In September 2009, she went to live with her grandson, Gary, and his family in Las Vegas, Nev., where she watched her three great-grandsons participate in a variety of sports. In May 2010, while still quite independent, she moved to San Diego, to be closer to her daughter, LuAnn. In November 2010, a major decline in her cognitive abilities forced a move into an assisted living facility for those with dementia, St Pauls Villa Memory Care Program. She remained in San Diego until her passing. Margaret and her family were also greatly supported by Apreva Hospice of San Diego. Survivors include her twin sister, Mary Banks (Murl) Coker of Arcadia; sons, Richard of Santa Ana, Calif., and Frank (Cathie) of Moreno Valley, Calif.; daughters, LuAnn (Richard) Benton of San Diego, and Paula (Roger) Bassemier of Kingman, Ariz.; grandchildren, Laura (Chris) Tetzlaff of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Gary (Tara) Edwards II of Golden Valley, Ariz., Andrew and Ryan Huddleston of Valley Village, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Tristen and Tobey Edwards of Golden Valley. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Kevin of California, in 1983; her sister, Gladys Sanders of California; brothers, Lewis David Woolley of Florida, and Henry (Betty) Woolley of California. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. A celebration of Margarets life will begin at 2 p.m. and ofciated by Paul Bennett. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Arcadia. Online condolences may be made at www.pongerkaysgrady. com. In lieu of owers please consider a donation to further the research of Lewy-Body dementia through the Mayo Clinic in Florida, www.mayoclinic. org or through the Emory University Alzheimers Disease Research Center, Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady funeral home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.Kay Laurel KellyKay Laurel Kelly, 93, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Arcadia. She was born July 22, 1921, in the Owens Community of DeSoto County, to Charlie and Leona Coulter. Kay married Patrick (Pat) Kelly in 1942. She worked for years with family at the Arcadia State Livestock Market. Kays husband, Pat Kelly, would become the manager with Kay running the ofce. At the time of Pats death in 1981, Kay became the rst woman to manage a livestock market. She worked tirelessly serving the cattle industry until her retirement in 1993. During this time, Kay was a member of the Florida Association of Livestock Markets and also served a two-year term as their president. She was a member of the Florida Cattlemens Association in DeSoto County. Kay enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She had a passion for gardening and could spend hours in her yard tending to her beautiful plants. Some of her best times were spent in the kitchen, cooking for family gatherings or pot luck dinners at the church. Her church was an important part of her life. She served as a deacon and an elder. Upon retirement, Kay enjoyed spending Mondays at the church with her Monday Morning Ladies Group. Being of service to her church in any capacity was very important to her. Survivors are her daughter, Kathy (Frank) Tanner, Arcadia; daughterin-law, Judy Kelly, Sarasota, Fla.; three grandchildren, Heather (Corey) Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., Justin (Kelly) Tanner, Arcadia, and Jennifer Kelly, Sarasota; seven great-grandchildren, Mark Johnson, Kayla Tanner, Kyle Tanner, Trey Tanner, Kaitlyn Armstrong, Leigh Armstrong, and Robbi Lyn Armstrong; and one greatgreat-grandchild, Colton Armstrong. Kay is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Leona Coulter; her beloved husband, Patrick D. Pat Kelly; one son, Richard Dick Kelly; two brothers, Burl and Ion Coulter; and two sisters, Barbara Ann Roberson and Delores Burke. Arrangements are by Ponger-KaysGrady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.DEATHS | 31 May the Lord fill your heart with love. Celebrative Worship Challenging Bible Study Connection With People Sunday School/Life Groups 9:30 AM 10:30 AM Family Contemporary Worship 10:45 AM Noon 863-494-4345 DeSoto DeSoto Church Church Directory Directory ... And Make Your Choice from our Church Directory 50475846 See Your Church in this spot For Only$ 8 0 0 $8.00 a week! Call Tami at 4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. First Baptist Church of Arcadia 1006 N. Brevard Ave. Loving God, Connecting with People, Expanding His Kingdom 9:30 Sunday School 10:45 Morning Worship 6:00 Evening Worship Wednesdays 6:00 AWANA & YOUTH 863-494-3622 See Your Church in this spot For Only $ 8 0 0 a week! $8.00 Call Tami at4 9 4 7 6 0 0 494-7600 for more details. Grace Lutheran Church 1004 W. Oak Street Rev. Mark Steinke Interim Pastor Adult Sunday School 8:45 AM Sunday Worship 10:00 AM All Welcome! Pastor Ellis Cross 863-494-3455 Worship 11:00 AM Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday 6:30pm Thursday Youth Group 6pm North Hillsborough Baptist Church (253 N. Hillsborough Ave.) 5104 NW Oak Hill Ave. 863-494-6224 Pastor Dr. Howell Upchurch Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:45 am and 6:00 pm Wednesday 6:30 pm for Prayer Group, Youth & Children Sunday Morning Worship Starting at 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Sun. 4:30 p.m. UMYF Wed. 6:30 pm Bible Study Nursery Available Pastor Jim Wade View Service at: Trinity United Methodist Churc h To know Christ and to make Him know n 304 W. Oak Street 494-2543 St. Edmunds Episcopal Church 327 W. Hickory St. (70 W at Manatee) 863-494-0485 HOLY EUCHARIST Sunday 8 & 10 am Misa en espanol Dom 6pm PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHRIST CENTERED, CHRIST LED. 9596 Pine Level St., Arcadia 863494-0044 9am Children Church 9am Contemporary Service 10am Sunday School 11am Traditional Service Wednesday Adult, Youth & Childrens Programs 7 PM Nursery Always Available Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church 2865 SW Co. Rd 661 863-993-5568 Sunday Prayer Time 9:20am Sunday School/Bible Study 9:45am Morning Worship 11:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wed. Fellowship Meal 5:45pm Prayer Meeting 6:30pm West on SR 70, left on SR 72, left on CR 661, 3.5 miles on right Office Phone: (863) 494-0307 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 209 W est Hickory Street Mission: Take Jesus with you wherever you go Worship: 9:45am Sunday School 11:00am Traditional Worship Casual, Family Oriented Arcadia, Florida Nocatee United Methodist Church Spanish English Class Tuesday Friday 7amNoon info 863-494-3881 First Christian Church 34 El Verano Ave. (863) 558-0982 Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:00am Evening Worship 6:00pm Wednesday Prayer Mtg. 6:00pm Where the Bible is preached & Christ is King! Fort Ogden United Methodist Church 6923 SW River St. 863.494.3881 Adult Sunday School 9:00am Sunday Worship 10:00am (Nursery Childrens Church Provided) Mondays A.A. & Al-Anon 7:30pm Wednesday Youth & Children Ministry 5:30pm 7pm & Bible Study 6:30pm


Arcadian | Page 10 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Former Governor Charlie Crist signed proclamations in 2009 and 2010 declaring the rst week of November as Family Week, and Governor Scott has signed similar proclamations. In the rst ve years, the DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners also declared the week as DeSoto County Week of the Family, as have the City of Arcadia and the DeSoto County School Board, and are expected to issue proclamations again in 2014. The committee has suggested what families might do to get to know one another better, to strengthen, support, encourage one another, and to just have fun together. E ach year the Free Family Fun Fairs wrap up the week. Each fair was free to participants and attendees alike, and was held in a different city park. Each was a huge success. Among other things, this years Family Fun Fair on Nov. 8 will coincide with the DeSoto County Historical Societys annual Yard Sale, as well as the DeSoto County Librarys annual Book Sale. There have been three Marches Against Hunger for which folks donated a non-perishable food item to help Fill the F-150 With Food for Needy Families while they learned about hunger and ways in which we work together to eradicate it, and all of it went to local food banks. School groups entertained, along with athletes and other performers. The event has grown from 12 participating non-prots, health and governmental groups, service and support groups, churches and civic organizations in the rst year, each displaying their services and opportunities for the families of Desoto County and providing a game or activity, to almost 50 groups last year. Most provided some freebie everyone loves free stuff! This year, there will be more participating organizations and entertainers than ever before, and many events are happening throughout the county this week. The free Family Fun Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the DeSoto County Fairgrounds (on Heard Street, adjacent to the rodeo arena). And dont forget to bring your whole family!FAIRFROM PAGE 7 PHOTO PROVIDED BY SKIP WESTDuring the free Family Fun Fair last year, families had a lot of activities to choose from, including games to play with their children. This years Year of the Family will culminate in the biggest Family Fun Fair ever, at the DeSoto County Fairgrounds. When a rural church invited me to be the speaker for a four-day conference it was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its founding. The church had begun with three families holding services in a rented hall and, ve years later, had grown enough to purchase a small church building, a parsonage and some acreage on a picturesque country corner. Upon my arrival, however, I found the congregation had outgrown their purchased building and were now again meeting in a rented hall. I quickly recognized this as a caring congregation. An atmosphere of love could be sensed in every service and their effective ministry to the community was evident by the number of children and teens attending. The banquet hall, seating about 150, was lled with enthusiastic worshipers. Sunday School classes were being held in curtained-off areas along the side of the hall, requiring some teachers to compete with others to be heard. Noise and confusion reigned. Later, the pastor shared his concerns with me about these limited, temporary facilities. He said he knew something had to be done about their crowded conditions and nomadic existence, but admitted he didnt know what to do. Word from the owners of the hall that their rent would soon be raised (perhaps a poorly disguised ploy to pressure them into buying the hall) added to the urgency of the problem. But what could they do? The church still owed a sizable amount on the building they had outgrown and the leaders were understandably reluctant to plunge the congregation more deeply into debt. Following the nal service of my fourday series, the pastor asked me to meet with him and his board to pray and talk about their need of nding a way to properly house their present congregation and allow for future growth. In that service, I had challenged the members to think big and expect God to increase their outreach, saying this would require vision, faith and hard work, the ingredients of growth in any church. Months later, I received a letter from the pastor of this church that had seemed to be nancially trapped. They had decided to accept my challenge, expecting God to respond to their faith. From that moment on they were in the mountain-moving business. Plans were drawn for an attractive and adequate addition to their country church. A local bank offered to nance the project with reasonable interest rates and payments they believed they could afford. There were on their way. But that was only the beginning. Once the building was started, donations of labor, equipment and money began pouring in from those in the congregation and others. People in the community were moved by what was happening and offered to help. Now for the rest of the story: the miracle. The pastors letter reported that the construction loan he and the church leaders had feared to face was paid off exactly one week after it was signed. The church dared to act in faith and God came through for them. In his book, Paths to Power, A.W. Tozer wrote: In every denomination, missionary society, local church or individual Christian this law operates. God works as long as His people live daringly. He ceases when they no longer need His aid. Our Lord identied faith as the key to both eternal and abundant life (John 10:10). God does wonderful things for those who dare to trust Him. Do we dare?Faith enables us to live daringly Roger Campbell PHOTO PROVIDEDDeSoto Memorial Hospital honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month by dressing in PINK on Oct. 24. The employees also celebrated by having pink pancakes, selling pink carnations with the Auxiliary, decorating pink cookies to benet the Employee Relief Fund, and drew employee names for pink prizes. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the phar maceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs. The aim of NBCAM at the start was to promote mammog raphy as the most eective weapon against breast cancer. DeSoto Memorial Radiology hosted Mammo Days this week to promote the importance of Mammogram Screening. Special pricing and prizes were given to all patients.Pinkalicious celebration for breast cancer awareness 50475856


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 11 | Arcadian PHOTO PROVIDED BY DALE WOLGASTWhen Hurricane Charlie decimated Arcadia a decade ago, students from Pine View School in Sarasota adopted Memorial Elementary and provided a multitude of supplies, clothes, and countless other badly needed materials that helped the children, families, and sta of MES recover. The partnership lasted for over four years before it began to slow down and eventually come to a halt ... almost. Last year, Anajali Sharma, a freshman at Pine View, decided she was not going to let such a wonderful partnership and relationship between the two schools die, and began a campaign to collect books for the MES library. In late May she made the trip to DeSoto County and delivered over 100 books for every age child imaginable to the library and vowed she was going to do it again. This year, Anjali, now a tenth grader, her mother, Rene Sharma, and her sister, Sunny, spearheaded the eort, and with support from the Pine View School and their wonderful sta and students, collected another huge stack of books to further enrich our library. Pictured, from left, are Rene Sharma, Anja lis mother Anjali Sharma; Assistant Principal Tracey White; Sunny Sharma, Anjalis sister; and Coach Mitchell Johnson who graciously accepted the donation to Memorials media center.Pine View helps Memorial school again Memorial Elementary School named the Students of the Month for the month of September. These students demonstrated outstanding academic work and citizenship.Memorial names students of the monthSUBMITTED B y DALE WOLGASTMEMORIAL ELEM. SCHOOL PHOTOS PROVIDEDKindergarten and rst grade students of the month are, front row, from left: Emmeralda Tepetlanco-Cruz, Gerardo Politron, Julian Stainbrook, Taylor Evans, Adriana Lopez, Trenton Alley, Daniel Rubio, Ahmir Gains; second row: Saria Saunders, Victor Parocua, Aron Mage, Jose Contreras, Dulce Sarimentor-Mercado, Eliza beth Ramirez-Brazo, Michelle Garcia, Ava Fabila, Julian Gayton. Not pictured:Drema-leigh Mendoza. Fourth and fth graders named as students of the month are, front Row, from left: Nicolas Agui lar-Mendez, Caleb Hilgeman, Miranda Silos, Krisha Patel, Daniela Rivera-Ordena. Second row: Michael Flowers, Margarita Chavez, Roberto Ibarra, Mariela Vargas, Shane Smith. Second and third grade students of the month: Front row, from left: Yahir Velazques, Nyasya Furlow, Ricky Bartee, Anette Zamora, Darwin Vazquez. Middle row: Vanessa Villafuerte, Manuel Herrera, Brittney Lounsbery, Lashaniqua Young, Daniela Arellano. Third row: Keren Sampson, Joy Zhang, Patricia Marroquin, Lindsay Stuart, Nancy Martinez, Kalye Perez-Canseco. Not pictured: Harlee Munn. 5643 Clark Rd., Sarasota Next to Dunkin Donuts @ I-75, exit 205 487193 CROWNS BRIDGES EXTRACTIONS IMPLANTS *Extractions not included. First consultation no charge. May change based on complexity of case. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment, that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. General Dentist Lic#14423 Were the stimulus package for your dental needs. FREE! Consultation X-Rays & Exam D0150, D0330 Must Present Coupon Single Denture $249 D5110, D5210 single. Must Present Coupon Crowns $475 D2751 Must Present Coupon Deluxe Denture Complete Set $750 (Reg. $1500) D5110, D5210 Must Present Coupon 941-822-0048 F R E E *FREE S E C O N D SECOND O P I N I O N OPINION Arcadia


Arcadian | Page 12 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JUDY VENTRELLAThe GFWC Womans Club of Arcadia recently witnessed the installation of their memorial bench in honor of veterans at Memorial Park.The bench was purchased during the 2012 2014 club presidency of Sherry Miraldi. From left: Sue Mealey, Joyce Sanguedulce, past president Sherry Miraldi, Lois Towne, and President Jannett Hawley. For more information about the club or to become a member call Babs Ames at 494-2457.The club is reverent, but not religious; patriotic, but not political.Womans Club funds bench at Vets Park Saturday marks the fth annual Strolling 4 A Cure cancer walk at the Brookside Bluff Community. Strolling was started by Janet Preston in memory of her sister, Susan, who passed away almost six years ago due to cancer. Preston has since lost her father to the disease and will freely say, I cant bring back my loved ones, but we can help a lot of people hopefully not hear the dreaded words You have cancer. Strolling 4 A Cure is a walk that helps people of DeSoto and Hardee counties, who are either uninsured or under-insured, with cancer screenings and related assistance. To date Strolling has been able to help with biopsies, mammograms, gas cards to get to treatments, and other related items, because of the communitys support and generosity. Join the walkers on Saturday at Brookside Bluff and support this wonderful cause. The Bluffs is on U.S. Highway 17 in Hardee County just north of th DeSoto/Hardee county line. For more information please call Janet at 863-303-1690.Strolling 4 A Cure is on SaturdayBy JANET PRESTONSTROLLING 4 A CURE Mitzie McGavic, walking her dog Striker, laughs with Missy Moxley and Megan Jensen as they leave the picnic area along the beautiful Peace River. They took part in Stroll 4 A Cure in 2013 to help raise $2,600 for cancer screenings for area residents.ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, Around the same time, the report states, a woman reported that the cell phone she had bought her 90-year-old mother, who lived in the ALF, was missing. The daughter discovered someone had ordered a new SIM card for the phone in the name of Celina Davis. Davis was one of the elderly womans caretakers. When a detective confronted Davis, she denied knowing anything about the phone and offered to take a lie detector test. But when told about an envelope delivered in her name containing the SIM card, she changed her story, claiming someone else gave her the phone and she only later realized it had been stolen. She told deputies where she had hidden the phone at the ALF. She said she took it, according to the report, because she needed an 863 number to call her boyfriend, Reece Sturgis, currently being held without bond in the DeSoto County jail on two counts of rst degree murder and three counts of attempted rst degree murder in connection with the drive-by shooting death of teenager Melvin Hearns. Davis was charged with petty theft and exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. Bond was set at $10,120.Two teens nabbed after escapeThe DeSoto County Sheriffs Office responded to a report of two teens Richard Joseph Allocco, 18, and a juvenile escaping Thursday evening from the Spring Lake Youth Academy, off Kings Highway. The arrest report states Charlotte County Deputy S. Franko and his K9 Azor also helped with the search. The younger escapee was caught. Eventually, the trail led them to a residence off County Road 761, and Franko and Azor came upon Allocco attempting to get free. Franko released Azor, and when the man tried to elbow Franko, the dog bit Allocco on the head. Allocco kicked at the dog and hit him in the muzzle. Azor grabbed Allocco on his right arm, at which point the man gave up. Allocco was transported to DeSoto Memorial Hospital for treatment of the dog bite, then to the DeSoto County Jail. Both boys were charged with escape, and Allocco was additionally charged with battery on a law officer as well as battery on a police dog. Allocco was held without bond.REPORTFROM PAGE 8 ALLOCCA The Florida Highway Patrol reported one man was critically i8njured in a single-car accident that occurred Saturday night at 11:50 p.m. According to FHPs press release, Matthew D. Messer Jr., 21, of Arcadia, was eastbound on Roan Street at Sugar Babe Road, when the driver ran off the roadway to the left, over-corrected and then went left. His vehicle left the roadway and into the ditch on the north side of Roan. Messer was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition. FHP had not determined whether alcohol was related. Any charges are pending further investigation.Wreck sends two to hospitalA three-vehicle collision Saturday afternoon on Kings Highway (County Road 769) sent one man to the hospital and tied up trafc on the busy roadway. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a car driven by Gerardo R. Silva, 37, was heading northeast on Kings Highway. The driver failed to notice a car driven by Scott Jones, 46, stopped in the same lane waiting to turn left onto Kingsway Circle. Silvas car collided with the rear of Jones vehicle. The impact caused debris form both cars to strike the windshield of Jose Ramos Moreno, 46, who was southbound on Kings Highway. There were no tire marks on the roadway suggesting Silva tried to stop before the impact. Silva was cited for careless driving. Jones and his passenger were taken to Bayfront hospital for treatment.Arcadian man hurt in one-car wreck Saturday No truck or trailer tricksThe DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce reminds readers that no one is permitted by law to ride on public roads in the back of a pickup truck or in a trailer being towed by a vehicle. Not only is the practice unsafe, but citations may be issued. Be safe this Halloween and obey the law.


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 13 | Arcadian 50475850 Page Two of both City & County Ballots City Voters County Voters Early Voting Schedule at Supervisor of Elections Office 201 E. Oak St., Suite 104 October 20th-Nov. 1st Monday Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Saturday & Sunday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM General Election November 4th, 2014 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at your Polling Place To request an absentee Ballot be mailed to you, call the Elections Office (863) 993-4871 DeSOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA VOTING PRECINCTS NAME 1.South County Annex (Fire station) 2. Owens Community 661 Center / School Thigpen Ave. 3. Pine Level United Methodist Church 5. The House of God Church (Fellowship Hall) 6. The House of God Church (Fellowship Hall) 7. Family Service Center (Annex) 8.Oak Hill Baptist Church 9. Bethel Assembly of God Church 10. Rodeo Grounds Ticket Office 11. Trinity United Methodist Church 13. Nocatee United Methodist Church 14. Ft. Ogden United Methodist Church 15. First Baptist Church Christian Life Center 16. McSwain Building 17. First Baptist Church LOCATION 8789 SW CR 761 (Corner of Hwy 761 and Kings 5586 Owens School Street S.W. / CR. (Corner of Owens School Street 9596 N.W. Pine Level St. (Pine Level United Methodist Church) 200 South Alabama Ave. (Corner of S. Alabama and Gordon St.) 200 South Alabama Ave. (Comer of S. Alabama and Gordon 310 West Whidden Street ( Corner of N. Orange and Effie St. ) 5104 Oak Hill Ave. (Turn off CR 661A onto Oak Hill Ave.) 7538 NE Cubitis Ave (Old Hwy 17) 124 Heard Street (Turn left off Hwy 17 S. onto Heard) 304 West Oak Street (West on Oak Street) 4502 SW Welles Ave (Turn left off Hwy 17 S. onto Welles Ave.) 6923 SW River St. (Right off of Hwy 17S.) 1006 North Brevard Avenue (Hwy 17 North) Chamber of Commerce Office (16 South Volusia Avenue) 1006 North Brevard Avenue (Hwy 17 North) Please remember that state law requires you to present a form of photo/signature identification such as a Florida Driver License, when voting on Election Day.


Arcadian | Page 14 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 In an effort to help you, the voter, decide whom to choose in local elections, the Arcadian submitted questionnaires to the candidates running for local ofces in contested races (City Council, City Marshal). Each candidate was asked to provide answer to one or more of four questions posed. (The questions were the same for all candidates in the same race). They were asked to answer in no more than 150 words per question. The questions appear below. On the following pages, we have printed the candidates/ answer as they were submitted to us. It is our hope that the answers reprinted below will help you decide which candidates you want to choose in the Nov. 4 general election.A final look at the candidatesBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR1. I have successfully owned and operated my own business since 1985, at this point I own 100 percent of two businesses, and am in a partnership for 50 percent of another. I did all the paperwork to start up two Christianbased 501(C)3 non-prot ministries. I presided over one as president for over two years and the other for approximately four years. I believe all of this has been extremely valuable to me, in that I have learned how to run a business and how run a board of directors meeting (much like the mayor runs a City Council meeting.) I have always been blessed with a numbers mind, which helps in budgeting and scrutinizing the books. I like to listen; to me listening is the key to making people happy, if you listen, you know what people think and what makes them tick. I can get along with anybody, unless that person just doesnt want to get along, I feel I am whats called a people person. 2. There are so many that it is hard to pick just one but by listening to the people in and around Arcadia, Id say the people would say the two that tie for the top are the roads and the theft that plagued our city. So rst, accountability. I think the checks and balances system works, have three of the top in each department personally responsible for any and all expenditures, this will mean if one person isnt honest, one of the other should know about it right away. Another option would be to make the administrator be the only check writer, but require one or even two others to sign off on each check, possibly even a designated council member. Second, I believe we can, through a comprehensive audit of the citys finances, find enough money to get started on a roads project, but we will need help to fix all that has been neglected for so long. So, Id like to see a position created for a grant finder and writer. This person would make a minimal salary set up as a draw that would be supplemented by a percentage of the grants awarded to Arcadia. 3. I will not vote for anyone unless all possible due diligence has been done rst; background checks, both criminal and ethical. The right person should have the education, training and show the ability to guide our city in a forward path, have a 5to 10-year vision for Arcadias future with a realistic plan to help restore the beauty, grandeur and dignity of Arcadias past while consistently moving Arcadia into its future. Someone who can guide and help our new grant writer to help ensure we have the necessary help until such a time as we have built Arcadia into a City that can self-sustain herself. 4. No response submitted by candidate. 1. What traits that you possess make you the most qualied candidate to be elected the city council? 2. What do you feel is the top issue facing the city, and if elected to the city council how would you address it? Please list specic solution(s). 3. The new city council will be tasked with hiring an administrator in December. In your opinion, what traits must the new administrator possess, and what will you do to ensure the city does not repeat the mistakes made during the hiring process of the previous administrator. 4. Is there anything you would like to say directly to the Arcadian readers and residents of the city regarding your candidacy for ofce? 1. If you are elected marshal, what do you think is the top issue that needs to be addressed in the city? Please be specic on your plans to resolve the issue. 2. What traits do you possess that qualify you as the best candidate for the position of marshal? 3. Name specic ideas you have that would help improve the Arcadia Police Departments visibility in the community, and ways to help foster better rela tions with city residents.Questions to City Council candidates: Questions to City Marshal candidates: City Council candidates William B. Bailey 1. I am accountable, action oriented, approachable, can think outside the box, diplomatic, forward thinking, friendly, hard working, honest, inquisitive, practical, a problem solver and professional As a previous business owner I possess a strong business mind while being very budget conscious. It is important to me how every dollar is accounted for. We must function in the most efcient way possible, while nding a solution to the issues we face. Im a problem solver. I will exhaust every avenue for solutions to the citys problems. I will listen respectfully while weighing the good and bad of each decision to be made. I have and will devote the time needed to be a good representative of the city. I have no agenda. I will seek what is best for the community, because I care about the community and its people. I play well with others. 2. Arcadia does not just have one top issue. Arcadia has morale problems, road problems, budget issues and not enough money. All these are top concerns. It is going to take some time and lots of effort and teamwork to get Arcadia back in good shape. We must start somewhere and soon. I believe morale will improve when we start seeing something positive happening with our tax dollars. We need money to x the roads. Lots of money. We can start small with the money that is budgeted for roads and start xing some of the more important roads around our hospital, schools, police and sheriffs departments. We must search for road grants and FDOT monies to help x our roads. It is time for Arcadia and DeSoto County to start working together and sharing sources and resources where possible. We are all in this together and what affects one does affect the other. We have to revisit the budget to make sure that no dollars are being wasted. It starts with me. 3. A city administrator must be honest, hard working, approachable, accountable, forward thinking, a problem solver, multi-tasker, respectful, professional and action oriented. The position is one of authority and significant responsibility. They must have a degree in Public Administration, and should possess extensive knowledge of public works and urban politics. They need excellent communication skills and must have budget experience. They should be current in personal taxes and bills. They must be an effective leader and provide motivation, while being able to supervise and delegate. They should be a critical thinker with strong financial and math skills, and must treat all people with the same respect and fairness. This person must be a leader. They should also be a registered voter and able to stay objective. Other important traits include having a knack for business and experience with the computer software programs that are used in the office. We need to take our time in hiring the new person. More than one interview to get a feel for the person. A thorough background check. Find someone who fits with our small town and understands our needs. All cities are different. One shoe does not fit all. Ask questions, lots of questions. 4. Your job as a voter in this election is to get to know the candidates and make an informed decision. Please get out and vote. BAILEY Susan Coker 1. I make sound, fact based, common sense decisions to do what is best for the City of Arcadia. I feel my most important traits are honesty, integrity and accountability. I have great communication skills and a high standard of ethics. 2. There are many issues facing the city of Arcadia. Roads, infrastructure, low tax base, police and fire fighter pension funding, many abandoned properties, unattractive gateways into the city, inequitable funding for public safety, lack of good paying jobs and on and on. No single council person can address these issues individually. It is imperative that the new council work together to choose the most qualified candidate for City Administrator and then work together to tackle the many issues. We know where we are we need to determine where we want to go and how to get there. The lesson learned from serving on the council is that without majority support, COKER (No prole answers provided) Richard Dick Fazzone FAZZONE Keith Keene KEENEKEENE | 15


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 15 | Arcadian your individual ideas go nowhere. I desire to serve on a council that respects each other, considers all the options and then make the best decision. I pledge to work with the new council to better the City of Arcadia. 3. The council must select an administrator that can hit the ground running. The new administrator must have a proven track record that demonstrates the experience to take direction from the council and implement its polices. The best indicator of future performance is past performance. Traits I feel are most important are honesty, integrity, accountability and the emotional intelligence to lead staff, work with the council and stakeholders and develop a positive working relationship with the County Commission. The most recent selection process was not flawed. The selection committee did a commendable job of choosing the top candidates. The issue was the councils inability to collectively choose the most qualified candidate. Three sitting council members ignored the best candidates and used their majority to select their favorite. The selection is made by a majority vote of council. I will strongly advocate for the candidate with the most experience, whose past action and behaviors are responsible and sound. We must choose the most qualified candidate. 4. I pledge to tackle all issues with an open mind, seek clarity and use common sense. I look forward to the opportunity to working with a council that is focused on issues and doing what is best for the City of Arcadia. My goal is to make Arcadia a better place to live, work and play. KEENEFROM PAGE 141. God has blessed me with skills in working with people, team building, listening, long range planning and goal setting. Ive worked in various Churches as Director of Christian Education for all ages. I have been called to serve a variety of churches, beginning in Arcadia, and moving on to serve large, suburban, small town churches and lastly as Program Coordinator for about 40 churches from Palmetto to Naples. Ive worked with a variety of people and ideas to achieve our goals. I have experience with Habitat for Humanity, soup/feeding programs and homeless shelters. My experience, skills in listening, team building and planning skills, combined with my love and passion for the people of this city, make me a qualified candidate. 2. There are many critical issues facing this city; road repair, leader ship turnover, financial transparency, economic growth, city/county issues, activities for our youths, etc. I believe that while all of these are important issues, we need to learn to work together toward our common goals, respect each other and listen to the needs of our community. I would propose periodic town hall listening opportunities/meetings to listen, build consensus and give the citizens an opportunity to be part of the solutions. Until we begin to work together with respect for each other we cannot move forward. 3. Traits that I would be looking for in the new administrator are honesty, integrity, proven skills and work experience that matches our job description needs; preferably someone who will live among us as they work, play and worship. The new council takes office in December so I would hope that they could take their time and not rush into hiring someone. A thorough background check on many levels is a must for me. 4. I am someone who fell in love with the people of Arcadia over 40 years ago when I moved here to serve the First Presbyterian Church of Arcadia, beginning in 1974. I left in 1981 to answer Gods call to serve various other churches. Through the years I have returned to Arcadia frequently to vacation and to spend holidays with dear friends who are family. I returned in 2003 and retired in 2008 after my job was phased out. I have been concerned in recent years about the amount of discord in the city government and the high turnover in staff. I am not a politician and I do not have all the answers but I do know that until we learn to work together, respect each other and find common ground we can not move forward. I would greatly appreciate your vote. Candice Reid City Council candidates REID Best Prices in Town! We take time to help our customers and provide our service your way! 50475792 DeSoto Pharmacy / 863-491-7415 301 N. Brevard Ave., Ste.-E, Arcadia, FL 34266 Monday Friday 9AM 7PM Saturday 9AM 2PM


Arcadian | Page 16 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 1. I possess leadership and experience. Im a problem solver, work well with others and am a leader with a vision for Arcadia. 2. Money: The city needs to find ways to en hance the tax base. Make use of grants for roads and beautifi cation projects and develop ways to attract businesses to the city. 3. He or she should have the education and background experience to hold the position. They must have the knowledge and experience in preparing a budget, must have the requisite skills to manage people and must be able to submit to an in-depth background check. The City Council should devote time to all the resumes and interviews submitted for the position, followed by an in-depth background check. After sufficient time is given to all resumes and interviews, the council should all agree on the final selection. 4. If I am blessed enough to win this election, I will be myself, I will be that problem solver, I will be that critical thinker who will ask questions and solve todays problems for a brighter future. And I promise I will always try to be a leader that you, John Q. Public, will always be proud of. Judy Wertz Strickland 1. One of trait that I have is my experience in dealing with the citizens needs. I spent over 20 years in law enforcement and during that time I gained knowledgeable information from the citizens of Arcadia in this community needs and desires. I heard the complaints from the citizens during my time as a community resource ofcer (bicycle ofcer) and throughout my career. Many of these situations werent law enforcement related but I did my best to help the citizen. This trait (previously community familiarity with key issues) as a council member will give me more authority to make a change to those citizens that I was elected to serve. 2. The top issues facing the city are the current nancial situation. Improving the Citys nancial status will give the council the ability to improve our streets (a lot are in dire need of repair), lower water/sewage rates, and increase services to the City. I will research cost effective grants that can help offset the cost of these improvements. The City needs a better source of cash ow to improve its nancial woes. This could be done by attracting more businesses to the City. As a council member I will be creative in attracting businesses and this in return will strengthen our general fund for improvements like roads, public safety, and other services that the citizens can enjoy. 3. If I am elected to the city council some of the traits that I will be looking for from the new administrator are strong leadership skills, creativity, commitment, and experience. I wouldnt considered the past city council selections of the administrators as a mistake because they selected the best person that they felt was right for the position; could things have been done differently, yes but nothing is not foolproof. In today age most experience public administrators is not without fault, somewhere down the line in their career they have made a mistake or created controversy; it comes with the job. This being said I will make a prudent decision when it is time to select our city administrator. My nal decision will be based on an extensive background selected administrator, which will shed light on that person. 4. The city of Arcadia is dealing with key issues that will affect every citizen directly. Some of these issues are hiring a new administrator, nancial difculties, rising water/sewage rates, road an underground infrastructure repair, and services that the city provide to it citizens. Important decisions will have to be made in dealing with these issues from both the city council and from the new city administrator. This election is very important for us as citizens to get Arcadia on the right path to prosperity. If you want a council member that is always available to hear your complaint, help provide assistance to you, committed to the betterment of Arcadia, and changing the public perception of the council; I asked for you to vote for S. Delshay Turner. STRICKLAND S. Delshay Turner TURNER 1. I am a hard worker and am willing to do my very best for you (the citizens of Arcadia). Do I have all the answers? No, I dont, but Im willing to work with the other city council members and all government of DeSoto County to help nd solutions to our programs through hard work and dedication. 2. Our top issue is the budget (look for ways to increase revenue). Im also thinking of you, the disabled and elderly, who are on xed incomes and have to make decisions as to being able to afford either food or medications, Mitchell Watson WATSON City marshal candidates1. Internally, it has to be trying to keep the budget of the Arcadia Police Department under control, without risking the safety and protection of our community and the ofcers who are sworn to protect you. To prove this I have been able to reduce the Budget by over $250,000 over the past two years. In terms of crime, we must continue what I am leading our department in doing, which is Community Oriented Policing. This will help with visibility, and build better relations with our citizens. Then in turn, we will be able to better address the concerns each community neighborhood may have, to better serve their needs. This will aid us in combating the criminal element, which in turn will make our city safer for all our residents. 2. I have been with the Arcadia Police Department for over the past 25 years as a full-time police ofcer. I have worked in every capacity, and achieved every rank possible inside our department. These leadership skills that I have learned over these years of supervising will aid me in continuing to lead our department for the next four years. Along with over 2,000 hours of specialized training that include such courses as Management Training, Internal Affairs and Violent Crime Investigation. 3. Since I have been Marshal we have already started Community Oriented 1. How can we pick one issue? As a city we are faced with several problems. The reputation of the ofce of City Marshal, budget concerns, and the crime rate all need to be addressed. The budget and reputation concerns have already been addressed. So lets look at the crime rate. According to the Uniform Crime report, which is a publication from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement of the crimes reported by the Arcadia Police Department, they have a current clearance rate of only 26.8 percent. This number is about 12 percent lower than the DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce and the state average. As you can see, this is another problem area. So, how do we correct this issue? A change is needed in the basic way the APD is run. If we take it from a reactive patrol and make it proactive we add in the human factor. Patrol needs to be placed back into the neighborhoods. 2. I have been a fully certied law enforcement ofcer in Desoto County for well over 34 years. I have devoted my entire working life to the citizens of Desoto. I have over 3,000 hours of training. I am certied to teach in the Academy as well as college level courses. I have made no promises during this campaign. I have not paid anyone. I was the one who knocked on the doors. I have not misled anyone with false statements on experience. What does all this mean? I have nothing to hide. I bring honesty and integrity to the ofce. I have not changed. I have always been honest and open. I did not have to change. To sum it all up, I have walked the walk and talked the talk for over 34 years with no write-ups, problems or issues. How many others can say the same thing? 3. We need to foster the idea that the Arcadia Police Department works for the citizens. I would like to see meetings with church and civic groups throughout the year. Neighborhood meetings in the parks, activities with the youth, and just the basic concept of stopping and talking with citizens on the street go a long way. When I was a patrol ofcer, I found that I was able to obtain a lot of information just by saying hi. People skills training is highly needed at the APD. I know the APD has a Facebook account. This is not enough. We must add a website which will explain and offer information about the department. The Sheriffs Ofce has a site that has had well over 2 million hits so far. Not bad for a small agency. The Marshal must have an open door policy and be available when needed or asked for. 4. I will not waste your time in listing out all my certications and credentials. You have already seen most of them. I am well qualied to hold the ofce of City Marshal. I am more than able to run the Arcadia Police Department and to take it to the next and proper level. I will bring back honor, honesty, and integrity to the department. Everyone knows the issues. People do not change. Respect is earned over time, not just in the months prior to an election, but over your entire lifetime. I know that by now, most of you have already decided who to vote for. Now is the time to act. I have always been amazed at the low voter turnout at each election. Please get out and vote. Please vote your heart and make the right choice for the City of Arcadia. I thank the staff of the Arcadian for allowing me the chance to speak my mind. 1. To build a closer relationship with the public and restore the trust and condence of the people, assuring them that law enforcement is there to serve and protect them. 2. Im an honest and especially as water bills in the city continue to rise. 3. The new administrator must possess strong people skills, be and grant writer and have administrative experience/be better informed. 4. I am not a politician, for I have found out politicians have a tendency to bend the truth and tell people what they think they want to hear. But its my promise to work hard, do my best at all times and listen to you, the citizens. Cliff Brown BROWN Matt Anderson ANDERSON Lorenzo Dixon DIXON Policing practice. This style of policing consists of us walking our neighborhoods, inside businesses and around the shopping centers, and walking around inside our schools. This has aided us in better visibility and community contact with our residents and business owners and managers. This style of policing will aid our department with better communica tion with our citizens that we are sworn to protect. This will also help build trust with our community, when the citizens start seeing and talking to our ofcers while theyre conducting this practice. 4. Over the Past 25 years with the Arcadia Police Department, I have proudly served and protected the citizens of Arcadia with great honor and integrity. To this very day I take great pride putting on my uniform and badge to serve you, the citizens of Arcadia. Over the next four years as your City Marshal I will continue my dedication to our community. The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 17 | Arcadian proven people person. 3. Community patroling on bicycles ofcers walking through the community periodically. I also want to remove the dark tint off the cops cars so that people can see their friendly ofcers. I also plan to have citizen patrol vehicles. I also plan to cut $15,000 from my own pay and invest it back into the community (Guardian Ad Litem program, Smith-Brown Gym Foundation). 4. Im humbly asking you, the voters, to please for for Dixon as your Arcadia City Marshal. I pledge to do all within my powers to not disappoint or embarrass the people of our city and to always keep the door open to take care of your concerns/complaints, never forgetting that its the people who put me into this ofce.DIXONFROM PAGE 16 Staff recommends PUDDeSoto County Planning Manager Thomas Cookingham said staff recommended approving the PUD, noting it was consistent with the comp plan, compatible with surrounding land development and would not impact level of service standards for DeSoto County infrastructure. Staff also agreed the PUD would not adversely inuence living conditions or pose a detriment to the development of adjacent properties by increased trafc counts, adversely changing property values or proposing out of scale development. Is a residential rezone detrimental to a residential district? No, its not, he said. Several commissioners questioned Cookingham over the number of proposed units in a relatively small area, with Commissioner Jim Selph pointing out small lot widths that in some cases are only 40-feet wide. Some of these minimum lot widths really bother me, he said. I have real reservations on anything only 40 feet wide. Several residents questioned Cookingham on whether increased light pollution from heavier trafc would be addressed, if the buffers proposed would be sufcient and how the development would affect DeSotos school population and bus routes. Im very concerned with the additional amount of headlights that are going to be shining through my windows, said Lake Suzy resident Theodore Nickerson. How do you plan to prevent that from happening, how do we know exactly what the buffer zones will be? Attorney Neale Montgomery spoke on behalf of Sonoma Preserve at the meeting, and brought several experts along to justify the board voting in favor of going forward with the PUD. Among them were land use, civil engineer and transportation planning experts. After explanations from Montgomery on how the PUD guidelines would be implemented, the commission wondered if they were being asked to approve more than just a rezoning request. So when can we tell you whether things like buffers are too much or too little? Commissioner Gabriel Quave asked. Well, I would think youd want to do it now, Montgomery responded. I think theres a lot of people in this room who are hearing its a rezoning, when the truth is its a lot more than just that, Quave said to a round of applause from the audience. Cookingham interjected that with a PUD, a concept plan is also being approved as part of the process. Im as guilty as anyone regarding the confusion over rezoning, he said. But with the PUDs you have a concept plan, and this is the time for the board to make any changes to that plan.Traffic headachesCommissioner Bob Miller said his biggest concern was the lack of adequate outlets in the concept plan. So you want us to approve this with only one exit and one entrance? he asked. Considering how many cars you would have in a development with nearly 1,000 dwellings, my rough estimates equate to around 5,000 trips in an out of there each day. I see that as a major problem. Montgomery said there was another exit road that was categorized for use only in an emergency, but added if the board stipulated it be changed to a primary entry/exit road, that could be changed in the concept plan. Miller responded he wasnt satised with that solution. We need to have an alternative that will satisfy the trafc ow for up to 999 units, he said. Commissioner Buddy Manseld was concerned how residents in the back of the development could exit the area in case of emergency or evacuation. How long would it take for someone to get from the back of the development to the main exit? he asked. There are no other ways out that is a major concern for me. Quave agreed with Manseld and Miller, adding, Until more things can be dened, you just dont know what the end result will be, he said. If Kings Highway was possibly widened to four lanes by the time development starts, then you might only need one exit, but Im with Commissioner Miller on this one. You cant just have one entry and exit. Chairman Elton Langford also questioned how the county would be able to handle the additional burden on its EMS/police departments, and was concerned the additional costs would be passed on to taxpayers. I also want the trafc issues solved, and I dont want existing taxpayers to have to eat the costs of additional items such as a new re station or police substation, he said. Yes, I want to see DeSoto do something good, but I want to make sure its going to be an asset for this county and not a detriment. After nearly a dozen citizens spoke in opposition to the PUD, echoing concerns about trafc impacts and negative impacts on property values, Montgomery requested the board table the agenda item until her staff could work to x complaints brought forward from both residents and commissioners. In light of the issues brought before us tonight, I would ask the board table its decision and allow us a chance to revisit some of the items in the concept plan, she said. The board then voted unanimously to approve Montgomerys request, and Miller commended the audience on voicing their concerns in an educated and civilized manner. I have always thought highly of Lake Suzy residents, and tonight you have exemplied that, he said. You did your homework and presented it in an orderly and informative fashion, and I want to thank all of you for attending tonights meeting. There is no timetable on when Sonoma Preserve will return to the board with it revised PUD rezoning request.Land development regulations given final OKThe board also voted unanimously to approve nal revisions to the countys land development regulations. County Attorney Donald Conn presented ve amendments to the board for formal approval, including the following: Exemption from rightof-way permitting for certain driveway maintenance activities; development plan review and approval by the board; retail winery sales in Agriculture-10 and Agriculture-5 zoned lots; denition of a commercial vehicle; and parking of commercial vehicles, including in A-10 and A-5 zones. The board unanimously approved each amendment separately, and then voted 5-0 to formally accept all revised changes to the countys LDRs. The board also voted 4-1 to approve two license agreements with Seminole Gulf Railway L.P. for water and wastewater lines at the crossing on Liverpool Road. The move will allow county utilities to connect to the Thorton Creek Motor Coach Resort that is currently under construction. Langford cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he has been in opposition to the resort since it was rst brought before the board, and could not support any projects related to it. The board also approved two special conditions for the resort, voting 3-2 to allow individuals with signed contracts to utilize lots in a try before you buy method that allows them to test out lots before they are ofcially platted. The board voted 5-0 to require a concrete wall as a buffer between the resort and surrounding communities, rebuking the resorts request to build an opaque vinyl wall instead. COUNTYFROM PAGE 1 PHOTO BY STEVE BAUERA standing-room only crowd gathered to hear the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners discussion of a proposed housing development bordering the Lake Suzy and Deep Creek neigh borhoods. The BOCC voted to table the matter to give the developer more time to make changes to its plans. Check your mirrors, adjust your seat, and click in your seatbelt, as you commit yourself to safety, with thousands of other drivers across America. On Oct. 22, students from DeSoto County High School joined their peers around the nation as they participated in the second Celebrate My Drive, a safe-driving initiative powered by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Agency. Along with local law enforcement ofcers (DeSoto County Sheriffs Ofce and Arcadia Police Department), Blake Medical Center, Collier County Sheriffs and Florida Highway Patrolmen; State Farm Agents hosted a number of driving simulations that allowed students to safely experience the dangers of driving, earn rewards for making safe choices and even the consequences of not following the rules of the road. The celebration began from the moment students drove into their designated parking lot for the day; all students found wearing their seatbelts were given a dollar to demonstrate that making a good decision pays off. Students were then asked to pledge themselves to continue making safe driver choices by following the practice of two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel. Students who pledged were then eligible to win different prizes ranging from sunglasses to USB charging adapters for their vehicle. After students made their pledges, they interacted with a number of demonstrations. One device simulated High school students take part in Celebrate My DriveBy DEVIN LACAVADESOTO CO. SCHOOL DISTRICT ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACKLexi Williams takes a ride on the convincer which simulates a car crash. Her screams were heard loud and clear by all her schoolmates.DRIVE | 18


Arcadian | Page 18 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Bill Bailey said, One promise for you is that I will listen. We need to come up with solutions to our roads, jobs, things to do for families and a system of checks and balances to prevent thefts like weve experienced with Lee and Tom Slaughter. Susan Coker said the city has been strongest in the face of difcult times. This city has always survived the great re, Hurricane Donna and Hurricane Charley when it has been tested to its limits, she said. Im outraged by what I read in the paper, and if youre not then you arent paying attention. We need someone on the council with common sense, a business mind and a strong work ethic, and I believe I can be that person for you. Dick Fazzone said he is running for a council seat because the city needs more leadership. We all have a responsibility to become a meaningful part of our community, and my past experience as a council member and my business background gives me a unique perspective on several issues. The lone incumbent running for re-election, Keith Keene, noted his experience on the council and said the city needs to spend its money more efciently and forge a stronger bond with the county on several issues such as rebuilding the citys infrastructure and providing more recreational opportunities for families. Neglect brought us to where we are now, and the only way we can solve many of our problems is through partnerships with organizations beyond just the county, he said. He referenced the councils recent partnership with the Smith-Brown Gym Foundation to help restore the former building and surrounding property. Candy Reid stressed the importance of everyone in the community working together, saying Arcadia is the best small town Ive ever lived in. Reid added that her inexperience in politics is an asset when it comes to bringing new ideas to the city. I bring new ideas and a fresh face, she said. We really need to work together with the county, and one of the rst things I would propose is for the city to have a county liaison similar to how Commissioner Bob Miller is the liaison to the city. Another newcomer, Judy Wertz Strickland, said there is no challenge too great for the city to overcome. Every challenge has a solution, she said. This city needs leadership. You either lead, follow or get out of the way. Leaders accomplish things, and they have a vision. For example, they should have an idea of where this city should be in 10-20 years. I promise you I will be myself, and I have always been a problem solver. S. Delshay Turner, a retired Arcadia Police Department veteran, noted his experience with the APD and told the crowd he wanted nothing but the best for the city. Ive been to a few council meetings are there are denitely things I see going on there that are wrong, he said. I want to be on the council so I can help get this city moving in the right direction. Mitchell Watson agreed with Turner, and added he had seen enough with the current council constantly bickering and not focusing on issues facing the city. I want to work with the council, not against it, which is what we are seeing more often from our current elected ofcials, he said. He also stressed the importance of getting the citys children more involved in the community and giving them places to go. We need to step up and lead the way for them, so they can have positive mentors to look up to and follow. FORUMFROM PAGE 1 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANAll eight candidates for city council participated in the Forum Thursday sponsored by The Arca dian: from left, Mitchell Watson Sr., Delshay Turner, Judy Wertz Strickland, Candy Reid, Keith Keene, Dick Fazzone, Susie Coker and Bill Bailey. a driving collision at speeds from seven to 14 miles per hour by launching students forward with their seatbelts fastened, and then abruptly stopping their propulsion. Collier County deputies said the simulation lets new drivers feel what their rst crash may be like, and allows them to learn from personal reactions to the experience. They also noted that drivers involved in their rst crash often close their eyes and throw their hands from the wheel, instead of attempting to remain in control if at all possible. Another device demonstrated what may happen to two unbuckled passengers in a vehicle that rolls over during an accident. A simulated truck spun at 20 mph, and each time the passengers were ung from the vehicle; in some cases they were thrown free, in others, the passenger dummies ended up trapped beneath the truck. Lt. Gregory S. Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol noted that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for high school students. Sponsor Don Knoche of the local State Farm Agency said, This event is a good learning experience; if we can save even a few lives through a little education, thats why were here. Students even had a chance to learn what its like to drive while wearing vision-altering goggles to mimic intoxication. With law enforcement super vision, students attempted to navigate a golf cart through a gure-eight trafc cone course. They were then asked to wear the same goggles and walk a straight line for eight steps, ensuring their heel struck the line before their toes. To culminate the drunk driving scenario, students also experienced being handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle by an ofcer for a few moments to think about the consequences of breaking driving laws. Superintendent of schools Karyn Gary recounted her own accident experience and thanked the ofcers for staging this educational event for the students. She said she hopes it will encourage student drivers to make safe choices when behind the wheel.DRIVEFROM PAGE 17 ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACKDeSoto County Fire Rescue impressed the students with the jaws of life and the door jamb shears, explaining how they save lives. Humberto Lugo, Omar Garcia, Canobia Montoya, Mary Pinon, Luke Womack Mary Teresa, Lani Caraballo, Alma Hernandez, Maxwell McKettrick, Miguel Romo all were very impressed with the demonstration by reghters Lt. Boggess and Chris Armiger. SAVE LIVES. 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SPORTS DeSotoEXTRA The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Arcadian | Page 19 POP QUIZ! PAGE 20How well do you think you know Bulldog football? Take the quiz on page 19 to find out how much you know about your 2014 district champs. A few lucky readers could even win Bulldog apparel! What looked like a promising year all went at for the Lady Bulldogs varsity volleyball team this season. After the rst three games of district play the Bulldogs were 3-0 and looked well on their way to another district title. During the second half of the season, however, the girls only managed a 1-2 record, and it took a hard fought ve-set victory at home against Hardee to get the lone win. Injuries plagued the Bulldogs in the second half of the season. Outside hitter and setter Bethany Bonville went down with an injured foot. Middle blocker Kaitlin Steyer went down with a sprained ankle. Right side hitter Cassidy Fur was nursing strained obliques. Down to eight on the roster, freshman standout Malyssa Jeter was brought up and did a more than admirable job of setting for the Bulldogs.Lady Bulldogs fall flat in playoffsBy DAVE BREMERARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER Coach Laura White takes a timeout to talk to her team during a district semi-nal match against Lemon Bay. The Buldogs lost the match 3-1 to end their season. Josie Deriso puts up a strong block against a Lemon Bay attacker in district play. The Bulldogs lost the match 3-1 to end their season. Front row players Datasia Wallace, Josie Deriso and Kacey Steyer all look to see if a ball hit is in or out. The way the night was going, it was probably in as DeSoto lost the match 3-1.LADY BULLDOGS | 23 50475520 I s u p p o r t t h e 1 / 2 p e n n y s a l e s t a x b e c a u s e . DeSoto Memorial Hospital saved my life. Look for the 1/2 penny sales tax on the back of your voting ballot. I encourage every voting citizen of DeSoto County to help keep our hospital in our community with appropriate funding by passing the 1/2 penny sales tax! Rev. Dr. Sharon Goodman PUBLIC NOTICE TO CITY OF ARCADIA WATER CUSTOMERS On Monday, November 3, 2014, the city of Arcadia Water Treatment Plant will switch from Chloramines to Free Chlorine Disinfection. This change is a routine maintenance to optimize water quality in the distri bution system. The City of Arcadia Water Treatment Plant will switch back to chloramines on Nov. 17, 2014. Users of kidney dialysis machines and owners of aquatic life are urged to contact their respective indus tries for more information about water testing and treatment that may be appropriate for Chloramines rather than Free Chlorine. For more information, please contact City of Arcadia Water Treatment Plant 863-494-1626 or A. J. Berndt 863-558-2091. 50475782


Arcadian | Page 20 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 The rst three people to bring this paper to Steve Big Daddy Knapp in the press box during the Hardee game October 30 with at least 12 questions right will win a t-shirt that is only available to those players who have been chosen player of the week. All of the answers have been either written in the game stories or heard on the WFLN radio broadcast of the games. Good luck!! Circle the correct answer (Middle school team level questions) 1. What were the middle school sports teams known as before this year? A. Panthers B. Wildcats C. Bulldogs D. Hush Puppies 2. Which school is our longest running rival in football? A. Hardee B. Charlotte C. Lake Placid D. School of hard knocks 3. Who is considered the fastest man on the varsity team? A. Tajahs Jackson B. Tony Lee C. Nirion Speedy Washington D. RayShawn Stroman 4. Who gave the Bulldogs their rst loss of the regular season? A. Frostproof B. Port Charlotte C. Booker D. Coach Egloffs 5th hour gym class 5. What are the call letters for the radio station that broadcasts every Bulldog football game? A. WFLN B. WKRP C. WOLD D. WHO (Junior varsity team level questions) 6. How many weeks was the Bulldog team ranked in the top 10 in the state? A. All six weeks of the season B. One week C. Two weeks D. Never in top 10 7. Angel Gaitan and Julio Gaitan are on the varsity team. They are: A. Brothers B. Cousins C. Father and son D. Not related 8. What is the most popular high school team mascot? A. Bulldogs B. Eagles C .Wildcats D. Lions 9. In 1920 Gallaudet University invented the huddle. They were a school of deaf players and used it so opponents couldnt see their signs. Which Bulldog has a hearing loss? A. Moe Howard B. Quay Fudge C. Earnest Robinson D. The guy in front of the tuba player in the band 10. Which player is known as Pooh? A. Zack Beeles B. DaWayne Hearns C. Oscar Alfonso D. Winnie the ... (Varsity team level questions) 11. Who is the only player to catch a touchdown pass and run a touchdown in the same game this season? A. Tony Lee B. Tajahs Jackson C. Nirion Washington D. Kionte Akins 12. We have four new coaches on the varsity team. Which pair is correct? A. Smith and Jackson B. Nicklow and Lee C. Jones and Johnson D. Barnes and Noble 13. Which quarterback threw our only interception this season? A. Reggie Jones B. Tajahs Jackson C. Nirion Washington D. Tony Lee 14. If you add Emmanuel Wesleys uniform number with Caleb Blackwood and Alfredrick Tysons numbers, then subtracted Cesar Barajas number, what would it be? A. 0 B. -4 C. 12 D. 14 15 Earnest Robinson has a brother and father with the same rst name. What is it? A. Swiss Family B. Franklin C. Earnest D. EdgarSo you think you know DeSoto football?By STEVE KNAPPARCADIAN SPORTS WRITER ARCADIAN PHOTO BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.comYou could be the lucky winner of a Bulldog Football shirt if you can correctly answer at least 12 questions on Steve Knapps football quiz. Eye Exams Medical Eye Care Surgery Full Optical Boutique Contact Lenses863.491.7777 2442 NE Highway 70, Arcadia (across from Walgreens) Dr. Ronald O. Sevigny Dr. Mark D. SevignyRonald O. Sevigny, O.D. Mark D. Sevigny, O.D. Robyn Russell, O.D. Daniel Welch, M.D.Hablamos Espaol(24 hour emergency eye care)We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and all major medical plans BlinkyOur Board Certified physicians are committed to not just meeting your expectations but exceeding them! 50475679


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 21 | Arcadian The always positive Coach Richard Koonce kept telling his young junior var sity football squad to play hard and keep their heads up during the game against the Hardee Wildcats. Were very young with only 18 players, said Assistant Coach Darrel Nicklow. We have mostly freshman and a few sophomores out here. The coaching staff constantly gave instructions and coached the team during the last game of the season, and the Bulldogs listened and played hard. Too many second half turnovers cost the Dogs scoring opportunities, however, and they fell to Hardee 13-0. There was no scoring in the rst quarter, but Hardee had established its running game, netting ve rst downs. The Bulldogs went three-and-out on their rst possession, taking some time to get their instructions and get settled in their offense to start the game. On the rst play of the second quarter the Wildcats scored on the ground and made the extra point to go up 7-0. The Bulldogs then got a rst down at their 32-yard-line, but soon found themselves in a fourth-and-25, forcing another punt. With Hardee starting at their own 48-yard-line, they immediately found themselves going in the wrong direction with a holding penalty. After two incomplete passes, the Bulldogs helped Hardee get 10 yards back on an encroachment penalty. Hardee then went to the air for a rst down, and immediately followed with another pass play for a touchdown. The extra point failed, but Hardee found itself up 13-0. The Bulldogs threatened late in the half thanks to a long pass play from Malcom Smith to Shawn Campbell. A couple of running plays by Smith and Elijah Arthur brought the ball down to ve-yard-line, but the Bulldogs ran out of time as Hardee managed to keep the next running play in bounds. Second half turnoversTurnovers were frequent for the Bulldogs in the second half. DeSoto received the kickoff and promptly fumbled the ball back to Hardee on the Hardee 46. Three plays later Hardee returned the favor on a fumble recovery by Walker. The Bulldogs started to move the ball with rst downs thanks to some key runs by Smith. A costly interception, however, stopped the momentum and Hardee had the ball back on their 30-yard line. Hardee moved the ball on three rst downs, but the Bulldog defense tightened up and forced Hardee to punt. Once again, the Bulldogs shot themselves in the foot with a fumble on the punt return, giving the ball right back to Hardee on the DeSoto 37. Hardee managed to keep the ball and run time off the clock without gaining yardage thanks to long runs and holding penalties. With 8:19 remaining Hardee nally gave the ball back to the Bulldogs. A nice pass play to Campbell moved the Bulldogs to the Hardee 31, but a dropped lateral was picked up by Hardee for another Bulldog turnover. With a little over seven minutes left in the game, Hardee simply ran time off the clock with three rst downs, until nally giving the ball back to the Bulldogs on their own 10-yard-line and three minutes left in the game. Backed up to their own ve-yard-line after a penalty, DeSoto threw up another intercepted pass, and Hardee was able to run out the clock for a 13-0 victory over the Dogs. Im proud of you each and every one of you, Koonce said after the game. Im also confused. Im confused because were 1-6 yet (if we had played all year) the way we played tonight would we be 1-6? And why did we play so hard tonight? The players answer was because it was Hardee. And Koonces response was, Well, then we now always need to play every game like its Hardee. This seemed to take some of the hurt out of the players after the loss. Koonce then emphasized to the freshman the importance of keeping their grades up and staying out of trouble, so they could continue to be a Bulldog in the future. 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Arcadian | Page 22 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 DMS football loses 31-13 to Avon Park PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMERAssistant coach Al Blackwood gives instructions to his players before the game against Avon Park. Arnold Mele, Shaka Gilchrist and Shane Kersey look ready to take on the Avon Park Devils in a recent football game. The look wasnt enough as the Bulldogs lost 30-13. The line is set and quarterback Alex Muse calls the play in a recent game against Avon Park. DeSoto lost to the Avon Park Devils 30-13. Rudy Delgado kicks o after a DeSoto Middle School score in a game against Avon Park. The Bulldogs lost 30-13. Receiver Arnold Mele closes in on the goal line as Avon Park players are in hot pursuit. Mele made it to the line to give the Bulldogs their rst score and the lead. The lead wouldnt hold as DeSoto fell 30-13. LaQuan Grien puts a block on an Avon Park player for ball carrier Alex Muse. Yards were gained, but the Dogs lost 30-13. Christian, husband, father, and grandfather DeSoto County Agricultural Agent in DeSoto County for 30+ years Married for 46 years to Cindy Selph Graduate of the University of Florida, Bachelors and Masters Degrees Combat Veteran in Viet Nam War United States Army, Commissioned Officer, 1969-1971 Actively involved in our community for 35 years President, DeSoto/Charlotte Farm Bureau past 5 years Vice Chair, Florida Cattlemens Associations Research & Education Committee Workforce Development School Advisory Committee for 20 years Co-owner of a small business (a lakeside mobile home park) Public school teacher for 8 years Director, Florida Heartland Regional Economic Development Initiative Vice-Chair, Executive Board, Career Source Heartland Director, Florida Association of Counties Certified County Commissioner and Advanced County Commissioner Vote Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Jim Selph, Democrat for County Commissioner, Distri ct 2 JIM SELPH For DeSoto County Commissioner District 2 A Record of Proven Leadership 50475845 Re-Elect Jim Selph The Best Choice 50475898 ONE PERSON ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE CITY OF ARCADIA 3,151 registered voters As of Monday morning 270 voted in early voting 11 city candidates thats less than 25 voters per candidated Candidates, get your friends and supporters out to vote With such low voter count YES


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 23 | Arcadian Hope heading into tourneyBut things started looking up for the Bulldogs heading into the rst round of district playoffs against Lemon Bay. Theyd defeated North Port in the nal game of the season on Senior Night. Furs strained obliques seemed healed. Bonvilles foot, though not really tested would be good for at least some back row play, and possibly front. Although Steyer was in a cast, new position Jayla Cowell was lling in the middle blocker roll very well, so it looked like the Bulldogs might be able to ght through it. The game started fairly well for the Bulldogs. They jumped to a 10-6 lead due mainly to Lemon Bay service er rors. Midway through the set, however, the Bulldogs could not control the ball to attack, and Lemon Bay cut down on their errors and became more condent and consistent. As a result, the Manta Rays easily pulled away with a 25-18 rst set victory. The second set was close throughout. DeSoto built a small 14-11 lead before Lemon Bay came back to tie. The Bulldogs again pulled ahead by three before Lemon Bay tied the set. From there the game stayed within one point for each team until Senior Michaela Roberts broke a 22-22 tie with a kill and a block to give the Bulldogs a 25-22 victory. DeSoto looked flat and deflated in the next two sets. Poor passing was their biggest nemesis. Setters were having a hard time to set an attack and Lemon Bay was given more than enough opportunities to attack, especially their two outside hitters Caitlin Montgomery and Maureen Ryan, who gained more confidence as the match went on. If falling behind 18-9 in the third set wasnt bad enough, falling behind 20-7 in the fourth set was even worse. Lemon Bay did some frequent substitutions in the sets to help make the score a bit more respectable, but a final 25-20, 25-16 respective losses for the Bulldogs left them feeling pretty dejected about the night. We just looked dead out there, Coach Laura White said. Our passes were way off target, our sets were off and our blocks didnt penetrate. I dont know how many easy balls we gave for them to set off, but it was a bunch. We went through a lot of lineup changes and adjustments the last couple of LADY BULLDOGSFROM PAGE 19 Michaela Roberts goes down low and keeps a bead on the ball during a season ending match against Lemon Bay. DeSoto lost the match 3-1. Lucero Perez has to reach high to keep a ball in action against Lemon Bay. The Bulldogs lost the district match 3-1 and were eliminated from the playos.PHOTOS BY DAVE BREMER 50475825 We now stock KIA oil filters and can handle all your maintenance needs in town! Save the drive and maintain your warranty TRUSTED AUTO REPAIR & SERVICE Weve built our reputation helping friends and neighbors like you stay safe on the road with honest and reliable automotive service. Joe Spicer Service Advisor Service Advisor Quick Lane at DeSoto Dodge Chrysler For and Jeep 3039 S.E. Highway 70 | Arcadia, FL 34266 Monday Friday 7:30AM 6:00PM, Saturday 7:30AM 4:00PM 863-494-4848 | 800-880-3099 Voted best Automotive Service Facility 50475514 DESOTO BULLDOGS FOOTBALL Exclusively on Arcadias only radio station! Tune in each Friday Night as Joe Gallimore and Steve Big Daddy Knapp bring you all the action LIVE! Americas Morning News Laura Ingraham Rush Limbaugh Sean Hannity Alan Colmes Dr. Joy Brown Arcadia Morning Monday Thursday 9:06 AM Veterans Corner Fridays 9:06 AM


Arcadian | Page 24 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 History celebrated at Pine Level ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANVisitors at the Pine Level Art and Archaeology Day tour the grounds of Pine Level United Meth odist Church. The church building includes the former schoolhouse from the days when Pine Level was the county seat. Research has revealed interesting artifacts found on nearby properties, evidence of the people who formerly lived here. Vernon Keen poses next to a scale model of a home that one might have seen in Pine Level in the 1800s. He also submitted several pen and ink drawings for the contest, open to adults and children, to create art representing what Pine Level might have looked like. A new monument, placed at the base of the current historical marker, indicates the Pine Level Town Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places this year. Kassie Kemp and Je Moates of the Florida Public Archaeology Network had a variety of displays and games for children to experience hands-on the kids of activities that archaeolo gists do. Kassandra Haakman, left, and her sister Sophia test out a stereopticon, a device for viewing two images to make them appear three-dimensional. Trevor Duke of the Florida Public Archae ology Network invited children to try piecing together the shards of a broke ceramic plate, to give them an idea of the kinds of activities an archaeologist might do. Karen Smoke looks over an authentic quilt hand-made by one of her ancestors. She talked to visitors about how to preserve old family quilts to minimize wear and fading. A close-up of some of the authentic fabrics from the late 1800s reveals one made about the time of the centennial: note how this fabric is printed with -1876 as part of the pattern. 50472483 I take care of your needs in the office and in the hospital providing continuity of care. NEW PATIENTS WELCOME! Most insurances accepted Cardiac & Hospital Care Echocardiography Critical Cardiac Care Nuclear Medicine Cardiac Catheterizations Pacemaker/Defribillator 50475831 Arcadia-DeSoto Habitat For Humanity Presents The 1st Annual Habitat T u r k e y T r o t 5 K Turkey Trot 5K Saturday, November 15th Morgan Park Arcadia, Florida 8 am 11 am Registration 7:30 am Registration Nov. 11 Day of Event Fees: $25 per person t-shirt while supplies last Pre-Registration Fees: Now thru Tuesday, Nov. 11th at 4:30 pm $20 per person includes t-shirt $10 K-12/includes t-shirt For more information please call 863-494-4118


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Arcadian | Page 26 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 On Oct. 20, 30 DeSoto County High School students spent their Records Day in orientation for Links2Success College & Career Prep Academy. Students were selected for the program based on their GPAs, community involvement and desire to plan for life after high school graduation. Orientation included a leadership experience through the Falls Adventure, an overview of the college application process by College Counseling, and more. The College & Career Prep Academy is a comprehensive college, career and leadership prep program. The program relies on collaboration with educational and non-prot organizations, the business community and more. Partners such as South Florida State College, Suncoast Credit Union, the DeSoto County Education Foundation, Florida Department of Education and others provide students with guidance for post-secondary education and career plans. Students participate in monthly workshops designed to provide assistance with college applications, resumes, ACT/SAT test prep, nancial aid, and more. Each year, students organize a spring break college tour and community service project. Students are currently fundraising for next years trip to visit the University of Florida, Florida State University, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. They are also planning a visit to the Florida capital. They are seeking donations and sponsorships through an online fundraiser at http:// links-spring-break-college-tour. Students in the program are called Student Ambassadors because part of their commitment in the program is to share what they are learning in the Academy with their peers. The goal is to reach as many DeSoto County students as possible to help them successfully prepare for life after high school graduation. On Jan. 28, Links2Success will host its second College & Career Prep Bonanza at the Turner Center. This event is free and open to all juniors and seniors enrolled at DeSoto County High School. The event includes games, prizes, food and college prep workshops. The Academy is provided at no cost to participants. The program is made possible through the generous support of the following organizations: Peace River Citrus Products, George W. and Ethel B. Hoeer Fund at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Jerome and Mildred Paddock Foundation, Mosaic, Correct Care (Formerly GEO Care), South Florida State College Foundation, DeSoto County Education Foundation, First State Bank, Hackney & Ames, Suncoast Credit Union, Sun Bulb, Tremron, FPL, Rep. Ben Albritton, Rotary, The Mason G. Smoak Foundation, United Way, Walmart Super Center, and Walmart Distribution. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.links2success. org or contact Ashley Coone at 863-990-0527. Links2Success kicks off AcademyBy ASHLEY COONE LINKS2SUCCESS PHOTO PROVIDEDLinks2Success College and Career Prep Academy is designed to give DeSoto County High School juniors and seniors guidance and experience to prepare for college and beyond. Friends toast Marty Dow on his retirement A few dozen friends gathered Saturday at DeSoto Memorial Park to honor Marty Dow, who is well known for assisting almost every charitable cause in the county. Luke Wilson gives a wry smile for Marty Dows retirement party.ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY SUSAN E. HOFFMANMarty Dow hosted his own retirement party Saturday with a barbecue cookout at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park. Dow is a well known gure in DeSoto, being involved in many chari table functions. Recently he served as grillmaster for The Arcadians meet-the-candidates barbecue. 50475760 Enjoy life at any age! We are dedicated to helping older adults with depression, anxiety and other life difficulties... Senior Life Improvement Program Outpatient Geriatric Counseling 863-993-7787


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The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 29 | Arcadian Grits & Pieces Luke Wilson trubador55@embarqmail.comWell, here it is Halloween again. Sure, Im reminded of a great many trick-or-treat adventures and some classic homemade costumes, but mostly what comes to mind today is the most important part the candy! That got me to thinking back through the years, about so many craving-inducing, cavity-causing culprits that found their way home with me, generally in a plain old paper grocery bag. Remember those? Im proud to say we never begged for candy with plastic Walmart bags, because it was the good old days, before the big box stores came along and started killing off all the little mom and pop ones. Lets talk candy. Remember Chick-O-Stick? It looked like something resembling a long dowel made of pressed wood. Kinda has the same consistency, but at least it tasted sweet. And remember how you had to pick your teeth after eating one? How about those Charleston Chews? They were long and chocolate covered, and lled with something that certainly personied their name you could chew on that sucker till the cows came home and your jaw would be so sore that youd feel like youd been doing push-ups with your chin! How old is that candy bar? Well, it came out in 1922 and was named for the dance that was popular at that time. Tasteful trivia, for sure. I have a sneaky suspicion that the Sugar Daddy candy we enjoyed back in the day was a plot by dentists. Not only was it real sweet, but if you ever got your teeth sunk into one, it could extract your llings and sometimes a tooth as well! Do you remember that there was a companion candy that came out years later called Sugar Mama? Of course you did. But I bet you didnt know that Sugar Daddys original name was Papa Sucker. Yes, by all means Google that. Like all kids, from the dawn of candy til today, my cousins and I loved the sweet stuff. At our grannys house at Nocatee there was an alcove in the wall that served as her pantry, covered by a curtain. One day we were digging around in there and discovered a block of baking chocolate. Oh yes. It was like nding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The heavens parted, the angels sang, magic was in the air, and we made our getaway out the back door to the old tree fort our dads had built for us in an Australian Pine out back. After scurrying up the ladder and through the trap door, we hastily divided it and gobbled it as fast as we could. We discovered that it wasnt sweet, but hey, it was chocolate, right? Not a morsel survived. And what we discovered not long afterwards was that one bathroom just aint enough for several cousins suffering from a case of the galloping epizootics, also called the backdoor quick steps. I think theres even a technical name for it something like diarrhea. Anyhow, Halloween reminds me of good old candy, and better simpler times. Oh, yeah, it also reminds me of an unsweet memory and a lesson learned you dont want to go messing with Grannys cooking stuff!Some memories are sweet, some not so much clearly states The proceeds of the sales surtax shall be used to service existing indebtedness ... the proceeds shall not be used to pay the salaries of the hospital staff or the day-today operating expenses of the hospital. The predicted amount of sales tax money doesnt cover the whole mortgage payment so DMH will continue to pay the rest. If more money is collected through this tax than the mortgage payment, those funds will be applied to the principle. The ordinance states that this sales tax will end in June 2036 or sooner if the Board of County Commissioners decides it should end. The hospital can not extend this date and cannot borrow the money against the sales tax. The hospital will not be using this money to pay for the uninsured, under-insured, or the indigent population. Again, it will be used only to pay the hospital mortgage. Employees at DeSoto Memorial Hospital will not be receiving a pay increase just because the sales tax passes. Right now, all DMH employees take voluntary furlough or are using their Personal Time Off when the hospital is not at full or near capacity. That includes all of administration as well. Everyone here is sharing the load. (Vince Sica is happy to explain the concept of our labor metric to anyone interested in knowing how we calculate this.) We are very grateful for the community groups that hosted us to state the facts about the -penny sales tax: Rotary, Womans Club, Garden Club, Democratic Party, Republican Party, DeSoto County Library, The Arcadian Meet the Candidates forum, and the numerous RV Parks. We also thank the host sites for the Community Conversations: The Turner Center, Kingsway Country Club, Fort Ogden Baptist Church, Pine Level United Methodist Church, and the DMH Cookout with the Board of Directors.Kristen Spahr DeSoto Memorial HospitalLETTERSFROM PAGE 4 Editors note: The names in this story have been changed to protect those mentioned. Ray sits on a rocking chair in his lanai, awkwardly adjusting back and forth as he tries to nd relief from the obvious pain hes in. Today has not been a good one, he said, referring to the extreme pain from a cancerous colorectal tumor that doctors can only treat with chemotherapy and radiation. Despite being prescribed numerous prescriptions for painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, Ray has found comfort from an unexpected source: marijuana. Im in my 70s and I have been completely anti-drug my entire life, he said as he carefully places pinches of marijuana into a small pipe. I never would have imagined Id be here smoking pot on my back porch, or supporting an amendment to legalize medical marijuana. The amendment hes referring to is The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, commonly known as Amendment 2. Voters will either approve or deny the initiative as an initiated constitutional amendment on Nov. 4. The measure, upon voter approval, would legalize medical marijuana. Specically, it would guarantee the following: That medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or personal caregiver is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under state law. That a licensed physician is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions for issuing medical marijuana to a person diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition under state law. That registered medical mar ijuana treatment centers are not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under state law. The measure denes a debilitating medical condition as cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, ALS, Crohns disease, Parkinsons disease or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient. The Florida Department of Health would be responsible for regulating medical marijuana. The department would issue and regulate patient identication cards and personal caregiver identication cards, develop procedures related to medical marijuana treatment centers and institute regulations dening reasonable amounts of marijuana for medical use. The department would be required to protect the condentiality of all patients. The initiative is not without its opposition, however, including the Florida Sheriffs Association and other civil organizations. Despite medical marijuana being legal in 23 states already, those opposed to Amendment 2 argue the drug is too dangerous to use, lacks FDA-approval, and that var ious legal drugs make marijuana use unnecessary. They also claim marijuana is addictive, leads to harder drug use, interferes with fertility, impairs driving ability, and is a front for drug legalization and recreational use.Unlikely resourcesRay was rst introduced to the drug through, of all things, friends in the senior-living park he resides in. These are people Ive played cards with every week for years, and I never had any idea they were using marijuana for their medical issues, he said. A few months back I was having a really bad pain day, and one of my shing buddies told me he could help me with marijuana if I ever wanted it. At rst Ray scoffed at the idea, but as the pain continued to worsen he researched the benets of medical marijuana and nally built up the courage to ask his oncologist for the OK to try it. After receiving his doctors approval, Ray then sheepishly approached his friends for help. That day they showed him how to use the drug, and he says its made a world of difference in his quality of life. Rays story isnt much different from what were hearing from older voters and the electorate as a whole, said Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United For Care, which helped bring the issue to the ballot. For the most part, its not a controversial topic for them. If their doctor recommends a particular treatment plan, whether its a medication regimen, a new diet, exercise, yoga or medical marijuana, they should be able to follow their doctors orders without being treated like a criminal, he said. Ray agrees that it should be his choice on how to best attack his cancer. I have stage 4 cancer, with a tumor that cant be operated on, he said. When you get a diagnosis like that, it tears your world apart. I spent days just crying, asking why the cancer had to target me and wondering what I could have done different to prevent it, he said. Your world is suddenly full of worry and despair, theres no escape. If marijuana can help me cope with that, then no one should have a right to tell me I cant follow that route. It seems Ray isnt the only Florida senior who feels that way. In a Quinnipiac University poll released in May, Florida seniors were overwhelmingly in favor of medical marijuana 84 percent in favor to 13 percent against.Crushed by chemoDespite the pain, Ray says the tri-weekly chemotherapy sessions he goes through left him as a shell of himself. In the span of a month hed lost more than 25 pounds, barely able to keep down chicken broth despite powerful anti-nausea and vomiting medications provided both intravenously and in pill form. Since he began smoking, Rays wife, Candice, says his appetite has come back to levels it was before treatment, and theres been a marked improvement in his mood. The aftermath of chemo is devastating, she said. It chews you up and spits you out, and you have no time to recover from it. The rst time he smoked, he went to the store and lled the cart with all his favorite foods. I was truly afraid the chemo by itself was going to kill him; he wasnt eating and was in a constant state of depression. The marijuana has really made a difference. Ive been astounded to be honest. Candice says although she was also raised to think of marijuana in a negative light, shes found herself suggesting Ray have a smoke if he is in particular pain or having a bad time dealing with the grim prognosis for his disease. One of Rays friends, Brian, has been using marijuana for years to treat his muscular dystrophy, and says he will often stop by to smoke with Ray to ease any anxiety he has about using the drug. At rst he would only smoke it in his back bedroom, treating it like this very taboo thing he was doing, Brian said. I told him that it was OK, he wasnt alone in his struggles, and that if the sheriff has nothing better to do than arrest old men smoking pot, then so be it. It tells me how backwards our society is. Ray said he was hesitant to tell his family about his marijuana use, but was surprised by how supportive they were. My children didnt bat an eye when I told them, he said. They told me that if it was helping me cope with my cancer, then by all means use it if it improves my quality of life. And thats the key, in my opinion. I want to maintain a certain quality of life and this drug allows me to do that.Medical marijuana on the ropesWith less than a week until the general election, it looks unlikely Amendment 2 will receive the 60 percent vote needed for it to become a state constitutional amendment. Various polls have the initiative passing, but by only 50 percent, not enough for it to become law. Ray is disappointed in the numbers, but says its just a matter of time before another law is passed that will help critically ill patients like him. I dont know if Ill be around long enough to see this become a law in Florida, but my gut tells me its going to happen sooner rather than later, he said. I would like someone who voted no on this issue to come look me in the eyes and tell me why, or to take my place for a day and then see if their attitude changes. He adds that if you plan on voting Nov. 4, keep those suffering in mind when you head to the ballot. Im not the only one in this ght, and if I could do more Id be on the sidewalk waving a banner in the air supporting this amendment, he said. There are truly great medical uses for this drug, and I hope people take the time to educate themselves on the truths and not the myths. Im glad I did. An unlikely allyBy STEVE BAUERARCADIAN ASSISTANT EDITOR


Arcadian | Page 30 The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Arcadia Village dedicates memorial for veterans ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY JOHN BLACKArcadia Village recently installed a special memorial for all veterans, including engraved pavers and ags representing each branch of the armed services. On hand Saturday to ocially dedicate the memorial are, from left, Lee Gallagher, Tim Martin, Char lene Martin, Harlan Wilson, Deb Wilson, John Whitaker, and Robert Bailey Sr., representing the Vietnam Brotherhood. Brian Seavey, Jerry Seavey and Mitch Dollmeyer, all veterans of the U.S. Army, led fundraising eorts and secured permission from Arcadia Village to install a memorial to honor all the veterans in the park. On Saturday, they joined in the dedication ceremonies, starting with 137 engraved pavers to commemo rate veterans who live in the park. The DeSoto Veterans Color Guard presents the Flag during the ceremony dedicating the Veterans Memo rial at Arcadia Village. A crowd gathered for the dedication of the Veterans Memorial at Arcadia Village, featuring engraved pavers and ags representing the branches of the service. Ron Freeman, his mother Pat, and his father Ron examine the engraved paversplaced to commemorate Freeman family members at the new Veterans Memorial in Arcadia Village. The DeSoto Middle School Band plays the Star Spangled Banner during the ceremony dedicating the Arcadia Village Veterans Memorial on Saturday. Arcadia Village residents had a strong turnout for the dedication of the military memorial on Saturday. Mitch Dollmeyer presents a check to Christie Cooley for the DeSoto Middle School band as a thank you for their participa tion in the dedication ceremony.


The Sun / Thursday, October 30, 2014 Page 31 | Arcadian Coleman C. ReavesThe Rev. Dr. Coleman C. Reaves departed this life Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, while residing at Peace River Convalescent Home in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Rev. Reaves was born May 23, 1917 in Webster, Fla., to Coleman and Stella Reaves. Coleman graduated from Mills High School in Webster, then entered the U.S. Army where he served for four years. Rev. Reaves attended Florida Bible College of Lakeland, Fla., earning a diploma in Theology. He also studied at Edward Walters College, Florida Theological Seminary, and earned a Doctorate Degree from the Florida Bible College and Seminary. Rev. Reaves frequently stated that The only degree I did not earn is the B.A.G.C.P. Born Again God Called Preacher. Rev. Reaves began his pastoral ministry April 15, 1968, as the pastor of Browns Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Miami. He also served at Peace Missionary Baptist, Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, First Baptist Church and Galilee Baptist Church. He was a member and Associate Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Pierce, Fla. On Jan. 9, 1990, the Rev. Reaves married Vivian Coleman. They enjoyed attending church, shing and gardening together until his health began to fail. He is survived by his wife; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother; two god-sons; special great-niece; two god-daughters; ve sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; the Johnson and Thomas families; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation was held Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014., followed by the funeral ser vices at the St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church in Punta Gorda. Arrangements are by Hickson Funeral Home.Daniel Elmo SangareeDaniel Elmo Dan Sangaree, 102, passed away at his home, surrounded by family and friends, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, the oldest living veteran of World War II in Franklin County, Fla. He was born June 20, 1912, in Fort Myers, Fla. His father was Veto Sangaree of Apalachicola, Fla., and his mother was Josephine Daniel Sangaree of Fort Myers. Many of Dans adolescent and teen years were spent with his uncle and aunt, adoptive parents, William E. and Imogene Daniel, in Arcadia, Fla. Following World War II, he enjoyed a career of more than 25 years in the motion picture industry. He is survived by his half-sister, Adrienne Sangaree Elliott; nephews, Kenny, Jimmy and Mark Elliott, and Ernest Woody Dean; and nieces, Charlyn Dean Luster and Lisa Dean Hooker. At his request, no funeral services will be held. Dan will be interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia.Nettie Irene SummerallsNettie Irene (Baxter) Summeralls, 67, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla. Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes.DEATHSFROM PAGE 9 OBITUARY POLICY Obituaries are accepted from funeral homes only. Theres no charge for publishing an abbreviated death notice. Full obituaries and repeat death notices will be subject to an advertising charge. Obituaries must be submitted to the Charlotte Sun; call 941-206-1000 for details. Please send e-mails to The American ag accompanying and obituary indicates a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. For more Words of Comfort, go to greeted her, shook her hand and welcome her. In other business, School Board attorney Bucky Waldron said it was premature to address any pressure a proposed Sonoma development might place on the school system, because it was just coming up for rezoning by the County. If it is ultimately approved, the district can examine the impacts at a later point. Waldron also said the county/ school district agreement regarding the payments from the water author ity had been nalized and payments should start coming soon. Gary said redistricting would be reviewed starting next year. It is to be done in odd-numbered years. The district will work with Supervisor of Elections Mark Negley on this. She also noted several public records requests have come in from a Draper and Thomas Paine. She could not verify who these people were but noted Paine was said to be an inspiration for Franklin D. Roosevelt, and a man named George Draper was FDRs physician. Former school superintendent Adrian Cline is known to be an expert on FDR.PRINCIPALFROM PAGE 2 Visit the following businesses and shop local for quality service and customer service. LAWN EQUIPMENT BOWLING GREEN SMALL ENGINE SERVICE, INC. LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT (863) 375-4056 PO Box 309 (863) 375-4057 4702 U.S. Hwy 17 N. Mon.-Fri. 8-5:30 Bowling Green, FL 33834 Sat. 8-12 AUTOMOTIVE Performance Automotive Total Car & Light Truck ServiceF R E E F r o n t E n d I n s p e c t i o n FREE Front-End Inspection 505 S. Brevard Ave., Arcadia 863-491-8500 WE OFFER 4-WHEEL FRONT-END ALIGNMENT AND WE WONT STEER YOU WRONG! 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TABLE OF CONTENTS A paddlers paradise in the mangrove swamps of Gasparilla Sound was lost and found, and then almost lost again. Rediscover the Woolverton Trails Angling 101 ROBERT LUGIEWICZ Who said red tide? ......................................................................................... Page 8 SLACK TIDES ............................................................................................. Page 9 A Life on the Water CAPT. VAN HUBBARD Its on ........................................................................................................... Page 11 Around Charlotte Harbor CAPT. RALPH ALLEN Wheres the 41 bridge? ............................................................................... Page 13 Angling 201 CAPT. MIKE MYERS Flat-out scary ............................................................................................... Page 15 Peace River Wildlife Center ROBIN JENKINS, DVM When duty calls ................................................................................... Page 23 Tournament Bassin GREG BARTZ Still looking for the right rod ........................................................................ Page 24 SUP Fun NICOLE MIERS-PANDOLFI Page 10 BULLETIN BOARD | Page 3 TIDE CHARTS | Page 4 MAP OF LOCAL WATERS | Page 5 FISH FINDER | Page 6 FISHING REGULATIONS | Page 7 SEAFOOD RECIPES | Page 22 READER PHOTOS | Pages 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 BOATING CLASSES | Page 21 SOLUNAR TABLES | Page 22 REGULAR FEATURES BoatingAnd WaterLineMagazine23170 Harborview Road Port Charlotte, FL 33980PUBLISHERJOSH OLIVE941-276-9657Publisher@WaterLineWeekly.comCUSTOMER SERVICE & SUBSCRIPTIONS941-206-1300MARKETINGAdvertising Director Leslee Peth 941-205-6400 Advertising Manager Mike Ruiz 941-205-6402 Advertising Sales Erick Sykes 941-205-6405Sales@WaterLineWeekly.comBoaters Bargains 941-429-3110CONTRIBUTORSCapt. Ralph Allen Paige Bakhaus Abbie Banks Greg Bartz Jared Brimer Billy Carl Capt. Josh Greer Bill Hempel Capt. Van Hubbard Ryan Ingle Robin Jenkins, DVM Jeff Kincaid Mark & Leigh Ann Long Robert Lugiewicz Nicole Miers-Pandolfi Capt. Mike Myers Betty Staugler Matt Stevens Tony Towns Capt. Cayle WillsProduced & printed by Sun Coast Media GroupSome of WaterLines subject matter consists of the writers opinions. We do our best to be accurate in matters of fact in this publication, but matters of opinion are left to each individual author. ON THE COVERWaterLine photo by Matt StevensZombie Shrimp dares you to try using him for bait. Happy Halloween! WEEKLY MAGAZINE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR JOSH: Drive into Bridgepoint Condos to the circle at the end by the canal and look in the water. It looks like theres some kind of soapy bubbles in the canal. Ive been here in same condo for four years now and have never seen this before. For the rst two years this canal was good shing for snook and even a few tarpon, plus mangrove snapper and sheepshead. Not so much the last two years. It is most evident at low tide. Could it be soap from a community car wash or some sort of pesticide residue? Richard Ibsen RICHARD: Although I didnt see anything when I went for a peek, Id be willing to hazard a guess that youre seeing ordinary sea foam. In the rich waters of the Harbor, theres a lot of plant matter and natural materials that can form sea foam. All it takes is for the wind or waves to whip up, which is why we dont see it too much inshore. Tidal edges often form a scum line which is really sea foam thats just not very foamy because theres less air in it. The presence of sea foam shouldnt have a negative eect on the shing. Alternatively, your neighbors may be dumping laundry detergent into the canal. More than likely, youre just noticing the normal ups and downs of any spot. Josh Olive, WaterLine Publisher JOSH: Who does the restaurant reviews? Ive been reading for years and never see a name. To me, they have lost all credibility as there is never a bad review. Everywhere they go the food is incredible. Each dish is perfect. Ive eaten at lots of restaurants, and there are some that just are not that good. Lou Hockel LOU: The reviews are sta-produced. We dont announce that a reviewer is coming and we actually do eat what youve seen photographed. However, there have certainly been some less-than-stellar meals, and those have resulted in the restaurant not being reviewed. The policy weve adopted in this instance is if you cant say something nice, dont say anything at all. As far as what is written, its our honest opinion. Product reviews, which I hope to start running again within the next month or so, are done the same way. If a product performs poorly, we simply dont talk about it. Josh Olive, WaterLine Publisher JOSH: I noted that there have not been any reader photos shown in the WaterLine the past two weeks. Has display of sh photos been discontinued? Jack Assunto JACK: Nope. Weve just been a bit short on space, and Ive had to choose between printing columns or printing photos. Were printing a bunch of them this week, starting on page 16. Keep those photos coming, people! Josh Olive, WaterLine PublisherIf you have a comment or question for WaterLine, email us at are welcome on any outdoor-related subject, but we do have some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters may be edited for length as well as grammar and spelling. All letters must be signed with full name not initials. Slanderous or libelous material will not be published. The Letters to the Editor section is designed as a public forum for community discourse. The opinions and statements made in letters are solely those of the individual writers. WaterLine and Sun Coast Media Group take no responsibility for the content of these letters. Publishers note: Im giving up my space this week in order to run this news (not opinion) piece about last weeks Gulf Council meeting. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Reef Fish Amend ment 40, a move in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to divide the annual recreational red snapper quota in the Gulfs vast federal waters between private anglers and for-hire charter boat operations, passed by a 10-7 vote in the nal hours of the councils quar terly meeting last week in Mobile, Ala. The approval of the controversial plan that could carve as much as 47 percent of the annual recreational red snapper take for charter boat operators came despite the appeal of the gover nors from the ve Gulf states, a plea from the 300-member Congressional Sportsmens Caucus and widespread pleas from recreational shermen to turn down the move. Recreational shermen operated under a plan that gave them 49 percent of the 11 millionpound total allowable catch of red snapper. Commercial shing gets 51 percent of that total, the breakdown grants recreational shermen 5.39 million pounds annually, and passing Amendment 40 is certain to reduce the nine-day season federal sheries managers allowed recre ational anglers this year. Although that 47 percent gure is still up for debate, it was the preferred alternative mentioned in GMFMC presentations when the amendment was proposed earlier this year. The bottom line is it passed, said Camp Matens, Louisianas recreational representative on the 17-member council. There remains lots of questions about who gets what and when they will get it. On Jan. 1, the total allowable catch begins for next year and now that we have states that are noncompliant, any (red) snapper caught between then and when the feds will allow the recreational season to begin, that catch from the noncompliant states will have to come o the top of that allowable catch. The term noncompliant refers to states that allow recreational shermen to take red snapper in its state waters outside the federally declared recreational red snapper season in federal waters. Late additions to the amendment included a three-year sunset limit on this plan that picked up the label sector separation, because it divided the recreational sectors catch, and a plan that restricts for-hire operations from purchasing quota from commercial shing interests. For Matens, those additions mean, Were going to have a lot of pushing and shoving on this issue when the council meetings in Point Clear (Alabama) in January. It also means somebody is going to have to gure out how to divide the new quota among the charter boats, he said. There appears to be 1,300 charter boat operations (in the ve Gulf States) if divided equally, thats about 300 sh per (charter) boat. Matens said a move to push forward with Reef Fish Amendment 39, a plan to push red snapper and possibly other species into a regional management program could resolve any and all problems. The regional management concept would mean each of the ve states would develop their individual plans for taking red snapper under federal quota guidelines. Florida has its own unique (red-snapper catch) problems to solve, and Louisiana has problems to solve, too. Both have dierent sets of problems, and both would have dierent solutions, Matens said. 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Page 4 October 30, 2014 THURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W VENICE INLET 27.1117 N, 82.4633 W PUNTA GORDA 26.9283 N, 82.0650 W ADD 32 MINUTES TO TIMES FOR EL JOBEAN TIDES PLACIDA, GASPARILLA SOUND 26.8333 N, 82.2667 W ADD 28 MINUTES TO TIMES FOR LEMON BAY TIDES 04:26 1.98 MATLACHA PASS BASCULE BRIDGE 26.6333 N, 82.0667 W MHHW 1.962, MHW 1.703, MTL1.076, MSL 1.070, MLW 0.449, MLLW 0.000 MHHW 1.407, MHW 1.175, MSL 0.784, MTL 0.768, MLW 0.358, MLLW 0.000 MHHW N/A, MHW N/A, MSL N/A, MTL N/A, MLW N/A, MLLW 0.000 MHHW 2.201, MHW 1.932, MSL 1.172, MTL 1.152, MLW 0.371, MLLW 0.000 All measurements in feet; for more info see TIDE CHARTSTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY THURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY THURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY Thursday 04:26 1.98 feet H 12:43 0.14 feet L 20:17 1.44 feet H 00:36 1.32 feet L Friday 05:48 1.79 feet H 13:51 0.26 feet L 20:58 1.54 feet H Saturday 02:28 1.10 feet L 07:27 1.64 feet H 14:52 0.39 feet L 21:29 1.65 feet H Sunday 02:43 0.80 feet L 08:10 1.56 feet H 14:46 0.55 feet L 20:58 1.78 feet H Monday 03:41 0.48 feet L 09:40 1.54 feet H 15:32 0.73 feet L 21:26 1.91 feet H Tuesday 04:32 0.19 feet L 10:55 1.53 feet H 16:10 0.90 feet L 21:54 2.04 feet H Wednesday 05:18 -0.03 feet L 12:01 1.51 feet H 16:43 1.05 feet L 22:22 2.15 feet H Thursday 01:45 1.21 feet L 07:26 1.92 feet H 15:52 0.17 feet L 22:47 1.40 feet H Friday 03:28 1.17 feet L 08:49 1.78 feet H 16:57 0.27 feet L 23:38 1.48 feet H Saturday 05:06 1.01 feet L 10:25 1.66 feet H 17:57 0.38 feet L Sunday 00:19 1.59 feet H 05:26 0.76 feet L 11:03 1.60 feet H 17:49 0.51 feet L 23:53 1.72 feet H Monday 06:31 0.48 feet L 12:26 1.58 feet H 18:34 0.64 feet L Tuesday 00:24 1.85 feet H 07:26 0.21 feet L 13:33 1.57 feet H 19:12 0.77 feet L Wednesday 00:53 1.98 feet H 8:15 -0.00 feet L 14:31 1.53 feet H 19:46 0.89 feet L Thursday 04:43 1.66 feet H 13:28 0.15 feet L 20:31 1.19 feet H Friday 00:52 1.05 feet L 06:13 1.52 feet H 14:35 0.23 feet L 21:15 1.27 feet H Saturday 02:42 0.91 feet L 08:01 1.43 feet H 15:34 0.31 feet L 21:50 1.36 feet H Sunday 03:05 0.69 feet L 08:38 1.40 feet H 15:25 0.42 feet L 21:21 1.47 feet H Monday 04:08 0.44 feet L 09:56 1.39 feet H 16:09 0.54 feet L 21:50 1.58 feet H Tuesday 05:01 0.21 feet L 11:02 1.37 feet H 16:46 0.66 feet L 22:18 1.69 feet H Wednesday 05:49 0.03 feet L 12:00 1.33 feet H 17:18 0.77 feet L 22:46 1.78 feet H Thursday 01:24 1.27 feet L 06:53 1.97 feet H 15:55 0.18 feet L 22:41 1.41 feet H Friday 03:19 1.24 feet L 08:23 1.81 feet H 17:02 0.27 feet L 23:25 1.50 feet H Saturday 05:09 1.08 feet L 10:11 1.70 feet H 18:01 0.37 feet L Sunday 00:00 1.61 feet H 05:32 0.82 feet L 10:48 1.66 feet H 17:52 0.50 feet L Monday 23:31 1.74 feet H 06:35 0.52 feet L 12:06 1.65 feet H 18:36 0.64 feet L Tuesday 00:00 1.87 feet H 07:28 0.25 feet L 13:12 1.62 feet H 19:13 0.78 feet L Wednesday 00:28 2.00 feet H 08:16 0.04 feet L 14:10 1.58 feet H 19:45 0.91 feet LVENICE INLET PUNTA GORDA PLACIDA MATLACHA PASS As a busy working charter captain, my boat has to be available and ready to go when I need it. Here at Gasparilla Marina, I have everything I need to make sure that happens. My boat is securely stored on a lift, but I have easy access to it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can get fuel, bait and supplies at competitive prices right here. I love not having to trailer it anywhere to have work done; the marinas service department takes care of everything. Plus I have quick access to the areas best shing spots. I cant imagine keeping my boat anywhere else. Capt. 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Page 6 October 30, 2014 LOCAL FISHING REPORTS FROM VENICE TO PINE ISLAND INSHORE & FRESHWATER GULF & OFFSHORE BEST BETAnglers at the Venice Pier are reporting cobia and kingsh. There are good numbers of at the jetties, but most are just under slot size. Trout are picking up, but youll have to work to nd keepers. The inshore mangrove snapper bite has slowed a bit but is still decent. Fish to 14 inches have been taking live shrimp around dock pilings. Red grouper are closed in federal waters but still open inside of 9 miles, and there have been some keepers taken in state waters at about 50 feet. While youre out there, youll probably pull up decent numbers of lane snapper and grunts, and you can use smaller baits for tasty squirrelsh. The cuda and kingsh have been good at 12 miles. The ats of Lemon Bay have been a great spot for redsh at low tide. Theyll be happy to eat root beer MirrOlure Lil Johns and other dark soft plastic baits. Keeper trout in the 15to 18-inch range are picking up; they like plastic jerkbaits. Spanish mackerel are along the ICW and up to a few miles o the beaches. Scattered redsh are coming from the backcountry of Catsh and Whidden creek. Snook are still biting, but slot sh are getting hard to come by. Reports of sheepshead and ounder are continuing to get better, but only a few small pompano have been caught. The kingsh bite is turning on nicely, with the best bite along Gasparilla Island in 30 feet of water. Troll lipped plugs or anchor up with a chum bag and bring them to you. Gulf anglers are also nding plenty of drag-testing bonita to tangle with. Gags, yellowtails and mangrove snapper are biting hard at 50 miles. The cobia bite has gone o in 40 to 60 feet of water. Theyll come right up to your boat if you anchor near structure. Be ready to drop a sardine or pinsh over for them. The Manasota Key and Venice beaches are producing lots of ounder on shrimp. Just walk the beach and cast. The south end of the west wall has been giving up snook and trout on freelined shrimp. Bluesh are eating curlytail jigs on the grassats; there are also trout hitting root beer soft plastics or shrimp. Anglers on the Venice Pier are getting kingsh on cut or whole sh. Troll lipped plugs or big spoons for king mackerel from just o the beach to 6 miles out. Blackn tuna have been reported 10 to 15 miles o the beaches and just 6 miles out of Boca Grande Pass. Bonita are hitting jigs a couple miles oshore. A sailsh was rumored to have been caught at 10 miles. Look for dams or moving water in the North Port canals and pitch in a live shiner for big bass. Some really good sh are being caught right now, and the numbers are also impressive. FISHING TIP OF THE WEEK: Deep-running lipped plugs are hot right now for both king mackerel and gag grouper, but mastering their use is not quite as simple as just tossing them out the back of the boat and hitting the throttle. Each lure model has a speed range at which its action will be best, so be sure to carefully study the instructions on the packaging. In general, you can make a lure dive deeper by running it farther behind the boat or by using thinner-diameter line. This is important for gag, which will come a surprising way off the bottom to hit the lure but are usually more willing if you can get the bait within 10 or 15 feet of the bottom. Kings are more than happy to whack a plug near the surface, so dont ignore the shallow-running lure models. If you can, run one shallow and one deep. The more of the water column you can cover, the more likely to are to find where the fish are. Once you get a couple on one lure, you can switch out the losing bait to match the winner. F ISH F INDER ROGERFINE BAIT & TACKLE North Port 941-240-5981 JIMFISHERMANS EDGE Grove City 941-697-7595 MALCOLMCOOKS SPORTLAND Venice 941-493-0025The bigger canals are holding eating-size black drum and a few whoppers. Small tarpon are roaming the back canals. The canal and river mouths are producing a good snook bite. The abundance of bait in the Placida area has the redsh and snook red up on the nearby ats and oyster bars. If it warms up, look under the mangroves. Sheepshead will slow as the water heats up a bit. A bit of ounder action is going on in the passes. Bonita are blitzing bait a few miles o the beaches. Cobia are turning up, but only a handful are keepers. The bait is also drawing tarpon to run the beaches. A few hogsh have been hooked on the reefs, along with a lot of small red and gag grouper. A few keeper grouper are coming in from Sarasota and Venice. Fish the reef edges for ounder. King and Spanish mackerel are running close to shore along the beaches with all the available bait. Spoons and lipped plugs are good. Troll, cast from shore or the Venice jetties, or drift. A bit of wire is a good idea. The east wall is producing redsh from Ponce Inlet south, and there are over-slots o Cape Haze. Look to the trees at high tide and the bars at low tide. Snook are still in Bull Bay but are pushing up the Harbor. Trout are on the bars in 3 to 4 feet of water from Alligator Creek south; mostly shorts. Pompano reports keep getting better; sh the channel edges and bars. Gags and small Goliaths are eating Manns Stretch plugs around Gator Creek Reef. Kingsh are getting thicker within a mile of the beach; troll around the Spanish mackerel schools. Dont be surprised if a few bonita show up. Mangrove and lane snapper are biting well at 5 miles and farther. Some really nice gags have been caught by anglers trolling in 45 feet; those sh should move in closer with the next cold front. Tarpon are drawing to a close for the year. If we get a good cold snap next week, theyll head south. For now, sh live ladysh, Hogys or DOA Bait Busters from the south end of Gator Creek Reef into the Harbors deep holes. The catsh are eating everything that moves, so expect some as bycatch no matter what you do. Tarpon are scattered across the center of the Harbor and into the river mouths. Snook are abandoning the beaches for the back county. Redsh are scattered all around the bars and ats, with a few venturing farther up the east and west walls. Lots of little trout (and a handful of keepers) are appearing on the ats. Snapper are biting on the inshore reefs. If you really want mangrove and lane snapper, look 3 to 15 miles out over hard bottom. There are loads of tasty grunts out there too. A few more gag grouper are hitting the docks; most of the successful anglers are trolling deep-running plugs. And speaking of trolling plugs, thats a great way to catch king mackerel. Theyre 1 to 10 miles out. Stick to 25 to 30 feet of water for big ones. Lures swimming 3 to 20 feet below the surface will get attention. Juvenile tarpon are under the mangroves hitting top waters. Top choice is a Bomber Badonk-A-Donk, silver with a black back and orange throat. Snook of all sizes and a few redsh are also being caught the same way. To target reds, sh a gold spoon on the ats. Spanish mackerel are o the Sanibel beach; theyll hit spoons and really like the chartreuse Huntington Drone. Kingsh are taking trolled spoons 10 to 15 miles out. Lots of gags are being caught on trolled deep-running plugs and also by bottom shermen. Some patches of red tide have been reported 20 miles oshore, but its not a big deal so far. Get that topwater plug working the surface bite is on re right now. ROBERTFISHIN FRANKS Charlotte Harbor 941-625-3888 JEFFCAPT. 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Trout are picking up, but youll have to work to nd keepers. The inshore mangrove snapper bite has slowed a bit but is still decent. Fish to 14 inches have been taking live shrimp around dock pilings. Red grouper are closed in federal waters but still open inside of 9 miles, and there have been some keepers taken in state wa ters at about 50 feet. While youre out there, youll probably pull up decent numbers of lane snapper and grunts and you can use smaller baits for tasty squirrelsh The cuda and kingsh have been good at 12 miles. The ats of Lemon Bay have been a great spot for redsh at low tide. Theyll be happy to eat root beer MirrOlure Lil Johns and other dark soft plastic baits. Keeper trout in the 15to 18-inch range are picking up; they like plastic jerkbaits. Spanish mackerel are along the ICW and up to a few miles o the beaches. Scattered redsh are coming from the backcountry of Catsh and Whidden creek. Snook are still biting, but slot sh are Snook are still biting, but slot sh are Snook getting hard to come by. Reports of sheepshead and ounder are continuing to get better, but only a few small pompano have been caught. The kingsh bite is turning on nicely, with the best bite along Gasparilla Island in 30 feet of water. Troll lipped plugs or anchor up with a chum bag and bring them to you. Gulf anglers are also nding plenty of drag-testing bonita to tangle with. Gags yellowtails and mangrove snapper are biting hard at 50 miles. The cobia bite has gone o in 40 to 60 feet of water. Theyll come right up to your boat if you anchor near structure. Be ready to drop a sardine or pinsh over for them. The Manasota Key and Venice beaches are producing lots of ounder on shrimp. Just walk the beach and ounder on shrimp. Just walk the beach and ounder cast. The south end of the west wall has been giving up snook and snook and snook trout on freelined shrimp. Bluesh are eating curlytail jigs on the grassats; there are also trout hitting root beer soft plastics or shrimp. Anglers on the Venice Pier are getting kingsh on cut or whole sh. Troll lipped plugs or big spoons for king mackerel from just o the beach to 6 miles out. Blackn tuna have been reported 10 to 15 miles o the beaches and just 6 miles out of Boca Grande Pass. Bonita are hitting jigs a couple miles oshore. A sailsh was rumored to have been caught at 10 miles. Look for dams or moving wa ter in the North Port canals and pitch in a live shiner for big bass Some really good sh are being caught right now, and the numbers are also impressive. FISHING TIP OF THE WEEK: Deep-running lipped plugs are hot right now for both king mackerel and gag grouper, but mastering their use is not quite as simple as just tossing them out the back of the boat and hitting the throttle. Each lure model has a speed range at which its action will be best, so be sure to carefully study the instructions on the packaging. In general, you can make a lure dive deeper by running it farther behind the boat or by using thinner-diameter line. This is important for gag, which will come a surprising way off the bottom to hit the lure but are usually more willing if you can get the bait within 10 or 15 feet of the bottom. Kings are more than happy to whack a plug near the surface, so dont ignore the shallow-running lure models. If you can, run one shallow and one deep. The more of the water column you can cover, the more likely to are to find where the fish are. Once you get a couple on one lure, you can switch out the losing bait to match the winner. F F F F F F F ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH ISH F F F F F F INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER INDER ROGER ROGER ROGER FINE BAIT & TACKLE North Port 941-240-5981 JIM JIM JIM JIM FISHERMANS EDGE Grove City 941-697-7595 MALCOLM MALCOLM MALCOLM MALCOLM MALCOLM MALCOLM COOKS SPORTLAND Venice 941-493-0025 The bigger canals are holding eating-size black drum and a few whoppers. Small tarpon are roaming the back canals. The canal and river mouths are producing a good snook bite. The abundance of bait in the Placida area has snook bite. The abundance of bait in the Placida area has snook the redsh and snook red up on the nearby ats and oyster bars. If it warms up, look under the mangroves. Sheepshead will slow as the water heats up a bit. A bit of ounder action is going on in the passes. ounder action is going on in the passes. ounder Bonita are blitzing bait a few miles o the beaches. Cobia are turning up, but only a handful are keepers. The bait is also drawing tarpon to run the beaches. A few hogsh have been hooked on the reefs, along with a lot of small red and gag grouper A few keeper grouper are coming in from Sarasota and Venice. Fish the reef edges for ounder King and Spanish macker el are running close to shore along the beaches with all the available bait. Spoons and lipped plugs are good. Troll, cast from shore or the Venice jetties, or drift. A bit of wire is a good idea. The east wall is producing redsh from Ponce Inlet south, and there are over-slots o Cape Haze. Look to the trees at high tide and the bars at low tide. Snook are still in Bull Snook are still in Bull Snook Bay but are pushing up the Harbor. Trout are on the bars in 3 to 4 feet of water from Alligator Creek south; mostly shorts. Pompano reports keep getting better; sh the channel edges and bars. Gags and small Goliaths are eating Manns Stretch plugs around Gator Creek Reef. Kingsh are getting thicker within a mile of the beach; troll around the Spanish mackerel schools. Dont be surprised if a few bonita show up. Mangrove and lane snapper are snapper are snapper biting well at 5 miles and farther. Some really nice gags have been caught by anglers trolling in 45 feet; those sh should move in closer with the next cold front. Tarpon are drawing to a close for the year. If we get a good cold snap next week, theyll head south. For now, sh live ladysh, Hogys or DOA Bait Busters from the south end of Gator Creek Reef into the Harbors deep holes. The catsh are eating everything that moves, so expect some as bycatch no matter what you do. Tarpon are scattered across the center of the Harbor and into the river mouths. Snook are abandoning the beaches for the back Snook are abandoning the beaches for the back Snook county. Redsh are scattered all around the bars and ats, with a few venturing farther up the east and west walls. Lots of little trout (and a handful of keepers) are appearing trout (and a handful of keepers) are appearing trout on the ats. Snapper are biting on the inshore reefs. Snapper are biting on the inshore reefs. Snapper If you really want mangrove and lane snapper look 3 to 15 miles out over hard bottom. There are loads of tasty grunts out there too. A few more gag grouper are hit ting the docks; most of the successful anglers are trolling deep-running plugs. And speaking of trolling plugs, thats a great way to catch king mackerel Theyre 1 to 10 miles out. Stick to 25 to 30 feet of water for big ones. Lures swim ming 3 to 20 feet below the surface will get attention. Juvenile tarpon are under the mangroves hitting top waters. Top choice is a Bomber Badonk-A-Donk, silver with a black back and orange throat. Snook of all sizes and a few redsh are also being caught the same way. To target reds sh a gold spoon on the ats. Spanish mackerel are o the Sanibel beach; theyll hit spoons and really like the chartreuse Huntington Drone. Kingsh are taking trolled spoons 10 to 15 miles out. Lots of gags are being caught on trolled deep-running plugs and also by bottom shermen. Some patches of red tide have been reported 20 miles oshore, but its not a big deal so far. Get that topwater plug working the surface bite is on re right now. ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT ROBERT FISHIN FRANKS Charlotte Harbor 941-625-3888 JEFF JEFF JEFF JEFF JEFF CAPT. 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Page 7 October 30, 2014 State and federal regulations for Southwest Florida waters as of Sept. 14, 2014. All bag limits are per harvester per day. Other limits may apply. This chart does not include every rule an angler needs to know; for most current rules visit and LICENSES Resident saltwater or freshwater: Annual $17, 5-year $79. If you sh from shore only, a license is required but is free. Resident license for both freshwater and saltwater shing: $32.50 annually. Nonresident saltwater or freshwater: 3 days $17, 7 days $30, annual $47. Free shore shing license not available for nonresidents. Annual shing permits: Snook $10, lobster $5, not required when no license requiredSALTWATER FISH Almaco Jack Bag limit 100 pounds in state waters; notes: 9,11 Amberjack, Greater 30 min. size; bag limit 1; season closed June 1-July 31 in state waters, closed until Jan. 1 in federal waters; notes: 1,3,4,5,9 Amberjack, Lesser & Banded Ruddersh Slot 14 to 22; aggregate bag limit 5; notes: 1,4,5,9 Black Drum Slot 14 to 24 (may possess one over 24); bag limit 5; notes: 5,7,8 Black Sea Bass 10 min. size; bag limit 100 pounds; notes: 2,4,5,9 Bluesh 12 min. size; bag limit 10; notes: 1,5 Blue runner Bag limit 100 Bonesh Harvest prohibited. Cobia 33 min. size; bag limit in state waters, 1 per harvester or 6 per vessel, whichever is less; limit in federal waters, 2; notes: 1,5 Dolphin (Mahi mahi) Bag limit 10 per harvester or 60 per vessel, whichever is less; notes: 5 Flounder, all species 12 min. size; bag limit 10; harvest by gig or spear OK; notes: 2,5,8 Grouper, Black 22 min. size; bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Gag 22 min. size; bag limit 2; season open July 1 Dec. 3 in state waters; in federal waters, open July 1 until quota met; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10 Grouper, Goliath Harvest prohibited. Legal to target for catch and release in state but not federal waters Grouper, Red 20 min. size; bag limit 4 in state waters or 3 in federal waters; season closed in federal waters Oct. 4 to Jan. 1; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Scamp 16 min. size; bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Snowy & Yellowedge Bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10Grouper, Warsaw & Speckled HindBag limit 1 per vessel; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10Grouper, Yellown & Yellowmouth20 min. size; bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Grouper, Coney, Graysby, Red Hind, Rock Hind & Tiger Bag limit 4; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 Hogsh 12 min. size; bag limit 5; notes: 1,4,5,9 Mackerel, King (kingsh) 24 min. size; bag limit 2 (reduced to 1 in some state waters if federal waters are closed to harvest; see for current regulations); notes: 1,5 Mackerel, Spanish 12 min. size; bag limit 15; transfer of Spanish mackerel to other vessels at sea prohibited; notes: 1,5 Mullet, Striped & Silver Bag limit, Feb 1-Aug. 31, aggregate 50 per harvester or 100 per vessel, whichever is less; Sept. 1-Jan. 31, aggregate 50 per harvester or per vessel; bag limit also applies to mullet used as bait; harvest or possession of striped mullet prohibited in Punta Gorda between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1-Feb. 29. See Permit Slot 11 to 20 (may possess one over 20; maximum of 2 over 20 per vessel); bag limit 2; hook and line gear only in state waters; spearing legal in federal waters; notes: 1,5,7 Pompano, Florida 11 min. size; bag limit 6; notes: 1,5,7 Pompano, African 24 min. size; bag limit 2 per harvester or per vessel; spear shing prohibited; notes: 1,5,7 Porgy, Red Bag limit 100 pounds; notes: 4,5,9 Redsh Slot 18 to 27; bag limit 1 per harvester or 8 per vessel, whichever is less; transport limit 6 per person; gigging, spearing or snatching prohibited; illegal to harvest or possess in federal water; notes: 2,5,7 Sailsh 63 min. size from tip of lower jaw to center of fork; bag limit 1 any billsh (sailsh and marlin); Highly Migratory Species permit required to harvest in federal waters and all harvested sh must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours; notes: 5 Sea Trout, Spotted Slot 15 to 20 (may possess one over 20); bag limit 4; notes: 2,5,7 Shark, all species 54 min. size except Atlantic sharpnose, blacknose, blacktip, bonnethead, netooth and smooth dogsh (only exceptions to 54 min. in federal waters are Atlantic sharpnose and bonnethead; bag limit in state waters 1 per harvester or 2 per vessel, whichever is less; bag limit in federal waters, 1 per vessel; may be harvested by hook and line only; Highly Migratory Species permit required to harvest in federal waters; lemon and hammerhead sharks prohibited; notes: 1,5,7 Sheepshead 12 min. size; bag limit 15; notes: 2,5,7 Snapper, Cubera Slot 12 to 30 (may possess 2 over 30 per harvester or per vessel); bag limit 10 if under 30; sh over 30 not included in aggregate limit; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Gray (Mangrove) 10 min. size in state waters; 12 min. in federal waters; bag limit 5; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Lane 8 min. size; bag limit 100 pounds in state waters; not included in aggregate limit; notes: 2,4,5,9,11 Snapper, Mutton 16 min. size; bag limit 10; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Red 16 min. size; bag limit 2; season to be determined in state waters; in federal waters, open June 1 June 12; notes: 2,3,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Schoolmaster 10 min. size; bag limit 10; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snapper, Vermilion (beeliner) 10 min. size; bag limit 10; notes: 2,4,5,9,11 Snapper, Blackn, Dog, Queen, Mahogany, Silk & Yellowtail 12 min. size; limit 10 per harvester; notes: 2,4,5,9,13 Snook Slot 28 to 33; bag limit 1; season closed Dec. 1-Feb. 29 & May 1-Aug. 31; $10 snook permit required to harvest when license is required, including free resident shore shing license; state regulations apply in federal waters; notes: 2,5,6,7,8 Tarpon Bag limit 1 per harvester per year; $51.50 tarpon tag required to harvest or possess, which is legal only in pursuit of an IGFA record; for seasonal Boca Grande Pass rules, see http://; notes: 6,8 Triggersh, Gray 14 min. size in state waters; 12 min. size in federal waters); bag limit 2; season closed June 1-July 31 in state waters; closed until Jan. 1 in federal waters; notes: 1,4,5,11 Tripletail 15 min. size; bag limit 2; may be harvested by hook and line only; notes: 2,5,7,8 Wahoo Bag limit 2; notes: 1,5 lionsh Invasive exotic; kill all specimens on sight. Fins have venomous spines. NO-HARVEST SPECIES Zero bag limit for bonesh, Goliath grouper (jewsh), Nassau grouper, sawsh, spotted eagle rays, lemon sharks, hammerhead sharks. Go to the website listed below for a full list of no-harvest species. Visit for full rules. NOTES1. Measured fork length. Fork length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the center of the tail. 2. Measured total length. Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the sh is lying on its side. 3. Bag limit zero for captain and crew of for-hire vessels on a paid trip. 4. Reef sh gear rules apply. Anglers must use non-stainless steel circle hooks when using natural baits, and must possess a dehooking device. 5. Must remain in whole condition (head and tail intact) until landed ashore. Removal of gills and internal organs OK. 6. Harvest by spearshing prohibited. 7. Use of multiple or treble hooks in conjunction with natural bait prohibited. 8. Harvest by snatching prohibited. 9. Except for sand perch and dwarf sand perch, sh designated as reef sh are illegal to use as bait in federal waters or aboard a vessel with a federal reef sh permit. In state waters, legal-size reef sh may be used as bait but must remain in whole condition and must be counted against bag limit. 10. Included in aggregate grouper bag limit of 4 sh. 11. Included in 20-sh reef sh aggregate bag in federal waters (vermilion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, grey triggersh, all tileshes). 12. Closed Feb. 1-March 31 ONLY in federal waters outside 20-fathom break. 13: Included in aggregate snapper bag limit of 10 sh.FRESHWATER FISHLargemouth Bass South of State Road 80; max. size 14, bag limit 5 (may possess one over 14) North of State Road 80; slot 14-22, bag limit 5 (may possess one over 22)Sunsh(excluding crappie) Aggregate limit 50Crappie Limit 25 Buttery peacock bass Max. size 17, limit 2 (may possess one over 17) Grass carp Must be released immediately Other exotic shes Please keep and eat or otherwise destroy; do not use as live bait. Unregulated species No bag or size limits on gar (except alligator gar; possession of this species is illegal), bown, pickerel and all catsh. Visit for full rules, including special management areas. F ISHING R ULES Scientists with the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) are asking snook anglers to save their lleted carcasses and take them to a participating bait and tackle store in their area. These carcasses provide information on the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. This program allows anglers to participate in the collection of data regarding Floridas premier inshore game sh. FWRI conducts applied research and provides scientic information used to manage Floridas marine resources. GUIDELINES FOR DONATING SNOOK CARCASSES All regulations apply. Donate only legal snook during open snook season. Donate all sizes that you harvest. (Donating only large sh will bias the data.) Donate as many sh and as often as you can; however, do not harvest sh for the program. Keep only those snook you would normally keep. Donate both tagged and untagged sh. If a snook is tagged, please report tag information to the Angler Tag Return Hotline at 800-367-4461. When lleting, please leave all internal organs intact. CARCASS DROPOFF LOCATIONS CHARLOTTE COUNTY Stump Pass Marina, 260 Maryland Ave, Englewood Gasparilla Marina, 15001 Gasparilla Rd, Placida Captain Teds Tackle, 1189 Tamiami Tr, Port Charlotte King Fisher Fleet at Fishermens Village Marina, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda LEE COUNTY Seven Seas Bait & Tackle, 4270 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha Lehrs Economy Tackle, 1366 N. Tamiami Tr, North Fort Myers The Bait Box, 1041 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach SARASOTA COUNTY New Pass Grill & Bait Shop, 1505 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota CBs Saltwater Outtters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key Hey, snook Hey. snookfishermen!111l?? 1Fv1


Page 8 October 30, 2014 FWC graphicIn the last week or so, you may have heard something about red tide showing up in our area. Its true: Theres a red tide bloom lurking o the coast of Lee County. The FWC puts out full reports each Friday. According to the latest one, the bloom starts a few miles o Boca Grande Pass and extends south to just past the Collier County line. It may actually extend farther, but cloud cover blocked some of the satellite picture. Most of the bloom consists of low concentrations, but there are small areas of greater intensity. So its probably time to panic, right? Well, not just yet. This is not exactly unexpected. Pretty much every year we get a red tide bloom right about the tail end of the rainy season. Researchers seem to think it doesnt have anything to do with freshwater outow, but it sure seems like an interesting coincidence. Red tide can be devastating, killing huge numbers of sh and other marine organisms, leaving behind a nearly barren wasteland. Or it can be no big deal, causing a few sh deaths but sparing the majority. What are we going to see from this bloom? Time will tell. In the meantime, its important to not freak out. Its pretty rare for high concentrations of red tide to turn up in the Harbor. I already know with this report that were going to be answering the same question a lot this week: No, the red color of the Harbor water isnt red tide. Its just tannins in the water. If you are in an area where theres a high enough concentration of red tide to discolor the water, there will be other signs. There wont be anything alive in the water, and youll probably be suering from what appears to be an allergy attack. Theres a lot of interesting science that surrounds red tide, but Im going to leave that to the scientists (I dont want to be the guy who steers you wrong). Instead, Id rather focus on the practical aspects. Unless theres a strong prevailing west wind and a strong incoming tide, theres not much chance of red tide showing up in the upper Harbor. The organism that causes red tide (Karenia brevis) cant live in fresh water, and doesnt thrive in low-salt brackish water. Ive seen red tide at the U.S. 41 bridges only once in 15 years, and that lasted only until the tide turned to go back out. In Gasparilla Sound, it may linger for days; on the beaches it some times sticks around for weeks at a time. Unless you have asthma or COPD, airborne red tide should probably not be a major problem for you. Most people will feel a little tickle in the back of the throat. Some will cough or have weepy eyes. Its not pleasant but hardly life-threatening. Again, easy solution move. The relatively few with respiratory problems who might have a serious issue are better o staying home, but for the 90 percent, youll be just ne. Dont let reports of red tide keep you o the water. Red tide is usually very patchy. Even if youre in an area of low concentrations, you might never know it. Fish will often still feed in these conditions, and unless youre very sensitive, you probably wont be irritated by it. If you happen to drift through an area where you notice dead or dying sh, or you have a coughing attack, just move a half-mile or so and youll probably be ne. Its the same if you go to the beach. Chances are you can nd an area where youll have no issues. A lot of anglers get concerned about eating their catch during red tide outbreaks. Red tide kills sh by suocation. The poison it produces, called brevetoxin, is nasty stu. If ingested, it causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms. You do not want to eat lterfeeding shellsh clams, oysters, coquinas, etc. from an area impacted by red tide. But sh, shrimp and crabs are safe to eat, provided theyre alive when you catch them and assuming you eat only the meat. In theory, even sh that are freshly killed by red tide would be safe to eat if they hadnt started to spoil. I wouldnt go that far, and I wouldnt suggest that you should either, but as long as a sh is still moving, theres no health reason why you couldnt harvest it for the table (remember, bag and size limits still count). Be sure to throw the organs and gills in the trash. If pelicans or raccoons eat them, theyll probably suer some ill eects. Red tide sucks, plain and simple. But its hardly a zombie apocalypse. If you take a common-sense approach and avoid unneces sary panic, its usually not as bad a thing as it seems.Robert Lugiewicz is the manager of Fishin Franks Bait & Tackle, located at 4425-D Tamiami Trail in Charlotte Harbor. Call 941-625-3888 for more information about the shop or for local shing info, or visit them online at Who said red tide? 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Page 9 October 30, 2014 WHATS A TUNICORN?During a recent shing trip with his brother and nephew, Kim Haskell and his group was left stunned after he reeled in what he thought was a mythical sea creature, now jokingly referred to as the Tunicorn. After struggling to reel in the huge dogtooth tuna on the outer reef outside of Cooktown, Queensland, in Australia, the group noticed a giant horn sticking out of the shs head. At rst glance, the image is truly surreal. It seems that the tuna somehow got a billsh spike pierced right through the middle of its head. It was totally healed so must have been in it for a while. We were wondering if the spike entered through the mouth because the thin bit was at the end, Haskells brother, Jamie, wrote in an online post. Looked almost too perfectly [centered] and would not have believed it if we hadnt caught it ourselves, he added. Probably the strangest thing I have ever found inside a sh. Has anyone else seen such a thing? Haskell speculated that the spike may have gotten lodged in the shs head during a feeding frenzy. My guess is that there was a bait ball, and the sailsh must have speared the tuna by mistake and the bill snapped o, he said. The shermen removed the bill and released the tuna back into the water. While it was a well-intentioned gesture, the shs blood immediately attracted nearby sharks, which killed and ate it.ABANDON BOAT, GO TO JAILA 69-year-old Florida man was briey jailed over an abandoned boat in the Florida Keys the day after he told authorities that he would make payments to them if they could remove the boat for him. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ocers said the man failed to remove his boat from a Florida Keys channel after it got stuck on July 29. Since July, FWC ocers have posted a derelict notice on the boat, sent a certied letter to the owner and kept tabs on the vessel, according to The Key West Citizen. Cody Middleswart, 69, of Marathon said he bought Galaxy on July 14 and tried to navigate it to the Boot Key Towers, according to FWC spokesman Bobby Dube. The boat took on water and Middleswart said he got it to shallow water to avoid a sinking. The vessel keeled over after it became grounded in the channel. On Oct. 21, he told the FWC that he could make payments to the FWC if it could remove Galaxy. FWC ocers arrested Middleswart the next day on suspicion of the misdemeanor charge. Middleswart was released from jail about an hour later after posting $328 bond. DO FISH PLAY?Its only natural to assume small-brained animals like sh would care about little outside of the quest for food and mates, but according to a new study by researchers at the University of Tennessee, some of them like to play. Of course, scientists cant ask a sh if it is having fun; they must develop a denition of fun that works in the context of the animal kingdom. Thats what Gordon Burghardt, an evolutionary biolo gist at Tennessee, has done, allowing him to identify such organisms as wasps, reptiles and invertebrates as capable of play of having fun. Play is repeated behavior that is incompletely functional in the context or at the age in which it is performed and is initiated voluntarily when the animal or person is in a relaxed or low-stress setting, said Burghardt. While studying three cichlid sh over the course of two years, Burghardt and his colleagues observed a behavior that ts his denition of play. The three sh would periodically strike at a bottom-weighted thermometer, and would do so regardless of the presence or absence of food or other sh. The researchers believe the sh, like other animals, are drawn to the righting motion that happens when the thermometer is pushed down and then returns to its original position. Burghardt says its important for scientists to readjust their understanding of play and see unexplained behaviors as part of an animals evolutionary development not random. Play is an integral part of life and may make a life worth living, Burghardt concluded.HAWAII CORALS IN TROUBLEHONOLULU (AP) Large sections of coral reef on windward Oahu and parts of Kauai are continuing to suer from high ocean temperatures, raising the risk that they will die, scientists said last week. Corals stressed by warm waters continue to expel algae, which the coral rely on for survival. These conditions are expected to continue for another four weeks. The more resilient corals will likely bounce back but the more sensitive ones will die, said Amy Apprill, an assistant scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts who is visiting Hawaii to study the bleaching. Youre going to have this sort of phase shift in the coral species distribution. Were not sure right now what these events are going to look like, she said. Coral reefs provide habitat for shrimp, crab, sh and other species. They support the states biggest industry, tourism, as many visitors snorkel and dive to see the coral and the sh that live among them. Anne Rosinski, a marine resources specialist at the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, said the current bleaching event is more serious than the last one to occur in Hawaii, in 1996. Scientists who witnessed that one say this current event is both more severe and covers a larger area, she said. The most serious bleaching is currently at Kaneohe Bay o Oahu, where 75 percent of the dominant coral species surveyed has started to lose color or has turned completely white.PUFFER LUNCH POISONS 11Eleven people fell seriously ill in southeast Brazil after eating a deadly puer sh for lunch, reports say. The group of neighbors, including four children, were hospitalized after they made a mistake while preparing the sh one of the deadliest in the world. Within minutes all had become violently sick, according to Brazils RJ TV news. Five have since left the hospital. The neighbors met for lunch last week in Duque de Caxias, a city on the southeast coast of Brazil. Quoting a hospital doctor, RJ TV news reported that the group were eating at one of their homes and had known they were being served a puer. The creatures, which contain a poison called tetrodotoxin which is more lethal than cyanide, must be expertly prepared to avoid poisoning.ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE SAIDBuster died, so Susan went to the local paper to put a notice in the obituaries. The gentleman at the counter, after oering his condolences, asked Susan what she would like to say about Buster. Susan replied, Just write, Buster died. The gentleman, somewhat perplexed, said, Thats it? Just Buster died? 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Page 10 October 30, 2014 WaterLine photo by Nicole Miers-PandolA stand-up paddleboard is ideal for exploring the winding Woolverton Trails.The coastal waterways of Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve are lled with wildlife and support more than 100 species of native and migratory birds. Dolphins, manatees and hundreds of sh species can also be sighted when paddling in this coastal environment. One of my favorite places to launch from is located in Placida under the bridge by the Fishery Restaurant. From here, a paddler can explore Coral Creek, Catsh Creek and Gaspar illa Sound. This area is rich with history and features of one the best paddling destinations in the area: The Woolverton Trails. Years ago, Ed Woolverton discovered miles of canopy mangrove trails located in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve. The trails comprise more than 6.5 miles of canopy mangrove trails and have a rich history. They were created many years ago as a means of mosquito control. Creating a tidal ow through the dense mangrove forests disrupted the mosquito breeding area, decreasing their population and preventing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. The paths were dredged through the mangroves at enough depth to prevent the regrowth of the mangrove trees. Woolverton found the trails, which had been untraveled for years, while searching Gasparilla Sound for a shing spot. He had paddled upon Charlotte Countys best-kept secret. Woolverton reached out to Capt. Marian Schneider, owner of the former Grande Tours, to share his discovery. Capt. Marian was the pioneer of Charlotte Countys paddlesports industry, and the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve was her home and paddling backyard. She named the trails after Ed Woolverton in dedication of his discovery. She made signs at the entrance of the trails and numbered the paddling routes, then began to guide paddling trips through the trails and publicized this location as a premiere paddle destination. The trails did not disappoint and provided memorable experi ences to the thousands of people who paddled with Grande Tours. Though the trails were created years ago, you can still paddle through them today. But sadly to many in the area, Grande Tours is no longer open and the trails have not been traveled much. Some of the signs in the trails are missing, and most paddlers seem to have forgotten that the trails exist. It would be a shame to lose them again, so I have put together an eort to restore the trails to the way they were when Grande Tours was open. I recently hosted a waterway cleanup with my paddling companies, SUP Engle wood and Seashore Eco Tours. The cleanup of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve and Woolverton Trails was a success. Ed Woolverton recently celebrated his 98th birthday and wished us luck with the restoration project. I will be making signs to restore the ones that have fallen and encourage paddlers to explore this area. Grande Tours once provided paddling maps. My goal is to keep the numbers active for anyone following the map that was created years ago, as this is a rich piece of paddling history in Charlotte County. Although you can explore the area on your own, the maze of trails can be confusing. If youd rather go with a guide, we are oering paddling trips through Woolverton Trail four days a week. Tours feature local history, a trip through parts of the Woolverton Trail, and encounters with the wildlife that surround this area.Nicole Miers-Pandol is owner of SUP Engle wood, a touring paddleboard company servicing Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Explore our Gulf Coast islands with SUP Englewood. Call 941-234-4311 or visit for paddleboard rental and tour reservations. Rediscover the Woolverton Trails SUP FUN NICOLE MIERS-PANDOLFI Photo providedThese fascinating mangrove tunnels were almost lost once. It would be a shame for it to happen again. 4"


Page 11 October 30, 2014 Photo providedThe rst of several waves of migrating kingsh is just o our Gulf beaches right now.Last week everything came together as predicted: Baitsh congregations appeared and big sh followed. We caught king mackerel up to 30 pounds, plus Spanish mackerel up to at least 4 pounds (and those are ne eating). We caught too many sharks and lost a few bigger than we wanted. There are plenty of sharks of all sizes to play with. We hooked one tarpon and encountered schools of huge redsh in the 40-pound range. The sh will came as expected, because they basically have to follow their food. Fish move with weather, but also because they can. West winds will stir the water and send sh south. These sh showed up scat tered on last Wednesday, but minnow schools were thick. Thursday and Friday oered good action, with bait schools highly concentrated by feeding sh activity. By Saturday, the bait had thinned out and most predatory sh had moved on. With northwest winds forecast for Saturday afternoon, we headed north towards home port rather than ght back into head seas. We did enjoy catching a few barracuda on the nearshore reefs while looking for kings. There will be plenty more waves of mackerel and kings moving through until the waters get too cold (below 69 degrees). Im hopeful we will still have sh when I return around Thanksgiving, but everything depends upon how fast winter rolls in and chills our waters. My favorite action is around the bait concen trations. I enjoy watching a minnow going crazy as a big mack eyeballs it. A kingsh of 30 pounds going airborne as it skyrockets on your bait will ignite an adrenalin rush. Then the line sizzling through the water, actually creating a cloud of moisture, lets you know you are in for a serious test of tackle and skill. Then add the fact that if you play too long your trophy will become shark food. We had numerous large kings stolen by Jaws wannabes. In one case, we pulled up half a king that still weighed 20 pounds. The sharks are fun if you like to bend a rod. We didnt really want to fool with the redsh, so we just enjoyed their brief visit. It is nice to see these massive schools of breeder sh move through our area. If you want to catch them, try trolling around natural live bottom with large lipped lures like the Deep 25 MirrOlures. Id suggest a wire leader because of the kings and sharks, which are likely bycatch. This is also a great way to nd gag grouper. If you have a plotter, use your chart trail option and plot grids as you explore. Mark any bites so you can follow your path and come back for more. Back on land, we have many places where we like to eat. Its the same in the sea. Find the popular sh-feeding restaurants and youll enjoy good action. I see from press releases that the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges are so out of touch with reality that they cannot understand that E15 fuel will cause anyone harm. Apparently your gas-powered engine block blowing up because of the EPAs stupid E15 mandate is not important to these D.C. judges. E10 is junk that already hurts. Many engines not made for ethanol, which acts as a solvent. Ethanol also soaks up atmospheric moisture like a sponge, contaminating our fuel tanks. E15 will be even worse. They force us to buy gas that gets worse mileage and is made from corn which jacks up food costs, and now the EPA insist on more inecient and engine-harming ethanol. But what do expect from Washington? They dont grasp reality. They dont depend upon the fruits of their labor to pay bills and stay employed. Thats what we live with. The federal government has it made, pilfering our tax dollars for their fat checks and pensions. Check out their retirement packages and educate yourself before you vote. Sorry about the rant. Im just not very patient with government stupidity, and it is abundant these days. Thank you all for putting up with me. Enjoy life and be thankful we live in America where we can talk about things we like and dislike. Then do something about it; please educate yourself and vote (even if we dont actually have many good choices). Look forward to good action until the cold weather sends the minnows and sh south. Ive been very busy and am ready to take o up north for a couple of weeks to explore the north woods and try my hand at crossbow hunting. Capt. Van Hubbard is a highly respected outdoor writer and shing guide. He has been a professional USCG-licensed year-round guide since 1976, and has been shing the South west Florida coast since 1981. Contact him at 941-740-4665 or A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. VAN HUBBARD A LIFE ON THE WATER CAPT. 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Page 12 October 30, 2014 Page 13 October 30, 2014 This tale will interest those who are familiar with navigating on Charlotte Harbor. One afternoon last week, I was in the entrance channel to Pirate Harbor when I was approached by a couple in a center console of about 25 feet in length. They motored to within 50 feet and the gentleman at the helm shouted over to me: We need some help. Can you tell us where to nd the 41 bridge? They probably thought theyd asked the wrong person for advice, because it took me a few moments to formulate an answer for them. Since we were nearly 10 boating miles from the U.S. 41 bridges, and the course would require that they skirt the shoals all the way up the east side of the Harbor and around Punta Gordas fat point, I gured that there was no way to really ensure their safe arrival without a lengthy charting conversation. I guessed they wouldnt know how to read a chart, anyway. I thought about trying to give them a detailed set of directions, but nally just pointed vaguely north and said Its about 10 miles that way. Watch out for shallow water. They thanked me, promptly motored outside of the Pirate Harbor channel and went aground, then raised the motor, idled out of the channel and headed north. How would you have answered them? After many years of encountering similar situa tions, it still amazes me how many people are running around (and running aground) on the water with so little idea of what theyre doing. And I really dont understand how more of them dont come to grief.SIGNS OF THE SEASONFall is in the air as evidenced by lower temperatures, lower humidity, and the changing patterns of sh and other wildlife. On a jaunt through the woods last weekend, I saw my rst pair of snipe, probably earlyarriving birds from this years fall migration from the north. Floridas snipe hunting season opens Saturday. Yes, snipe are really game birds and people really do hunt them, in spite of all the funny stories youve heard about taking neophytes into the woods at night on phony snipe-hunting expeditions. It turns out that the Webb/Babcock Wildlife Management Area usually outproduces all the other WMAs in Florida for snipe, dove and quail. FIRE IN THE WATERI was shing at night in the Harbor last week during the new moon and was lucky enough to witness one of natures most beau tiful spectacles. On that particular evening, the re in the water, or bioluminescence, was the most intense that Ive ever seen. Every sh that swam past created a blazing underwater trail of agitated algae. When we spooked a school of mullet, the resulting splashes and wakes were marked by unbelievable under water ashes and streaks. We could easily see the illuminated curve of our shing lines beneath the surface, and every time we tossed a bait, the splashdown looked like a miniature reworks geyser had erupted skyward. When we were underway, the boats wake and the prop wash trailed astern with an incredibly bright greenish glow. Of course there was a price to pay for the captivating show: As often seems the case when the re in the water is bright, the shing was only mediocre, though we did manage to fool some snook and trout, and the ladysh seemed unfazed by the light show.RED TIDEThe massive bloom of red tide which hung in oshore waters of the Gulf north of Tampa has mostly broken up. The bloom was very strong and very long-lasting, and it caused signicant sh kills which included grouper and other reef sh. Its good news that it seems to be mostly gone from that area, but not all the red tide news is good. In recent weeks, there have been scattered patches of low and moderate level red tide reported in the Gulf waters of Southwest Florida, including some along the beach at Sanibel. There have been no sh kills reported near us thus far, but since the fall season is the time of year that red tide outbreaks seem most common, we always get nervous in autumn when there is any red tide activity. Stay tuned for further developments. Lets go shing!Capt. Ralph Allen runs the King Fisher Fleet of sightseeing and shing charter boats located at Fishermens Village Marina in Punta Gorda. He is an award-winning outdoor writer and photographer and is a past president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. Call him at 941-639-2628 or email Captain@ Photo providedThe U.S. 41 bridges over the mouth of the Peace River are well-known landmarks for most area boaters. AROUND CHARLOTTE HARBOR CAPT. RALPH ALLEN Wheres the 41 bridge? Don, Fix My Trailer! 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Page 14 October 30, 2014 HAUNTED WALKIn celebration of Halloween, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium (3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers) presents Freaks of Nature Haunted Walk. Times are 7:30 to 10 p.m. through Oct. 31. The Haunted Walk is the centers biggest fundraiser of the year, and has been thrilling residents for many years. Be prepared to be scared not recommended for anyone under 16 years of age. Costumes expected! $10 per person. Call 239-275-3435 for more info.FAMILY NATURE HIKECome join CREW for a fun family walk on the CREW Marsh Trails (4600 Corkscrew Road, Immokalee) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1. More than just a hike, this event is complete with games and activities that will get you dirty, inspire you, and engage all your senses. This is an active walk for the whole family to get involved and enjoy nature at its best. Call 239-657-2253 for more info.BIRD ROOKERY SWAMP WALKSJoin the volunteer sta at CREW Bird Rookery Swamp Trails (1295 Shady Hollow Blvd. W, Naples) for a free entertaining and informative 2.5-hour guided walk. Learn the history, see wildlife and enjoy the views. Walks are scheduled for 1:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1 and April 5. Call 239-657-2253 for more info.VOLUNTEER AT CEDAR POINT PARKMeet with like-minded CHEC volunteers at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Cedar Point Environmental Park (2300 Placida Road, Englewood). Hear about new and upcoming CHEC programs and events and how to volunteer to help. Call 941-475-0769 for more info.HOME SCHOOL NATURE PROGRAMBring your home-schooled kids to Rotary Park Environmental Center (5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral), where they can learn all about nature and the environment. Make a related craft in some programs. Please wear shoes and clothes appropriate for hiking and outdoor exploration. Upcoming programs (10 to 11:30 a.m.): Surviving the Wild, Nov. 3; Nature Giving, Dec. 8. Cost is $8 per student. Call 239-549-4606 to register or for more info.AUDUBON WALKABOUTJoin the Peace River Audubon Society at 8 a.m. Nov. 4 for a walkabout at 8-acre Audubon Pennington Nature Park (1153 Alton Road, Port Charlotte). This peninsula-shaped parcel of land is a jewel of nature supporting oak hammock, pine atwoods, and cypress swamp, the park surrounded on two sides by canals. The dierent seasons provide an ever-changing landscape of wildowers, stately oaks, red maples, bald cypress, buttonbush, a variety of vines, fungi, butteries, ferns, mosses, water inhabitants such as turtles, and, of course, songbirds and water birds. For more info, contact Larry Behrens at 941-204-1708.FAKAHATCHEE MOONLIT TRAM View Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park under the illumination of a full moon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 or Dec. 6. The two-hour tours start as the sun is setting, prime time for spotting some of the mammal residents of the Strand as well as birds settling in for the evening. An experienced naturalist leads each tram tour and will demonstrate commu nication with denizens of the night, including reies, bats and owls. The 24-passenger tram is wheelchair accessible and some seats face backwards. The tour leaves from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, o Janes Scenic Drive. To register, go to AFTER DARK See the Big Cypress Bend boardwalk (Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, 17.1 miles east of the intersection of CR 951 along U.S. 41) in a whole new light from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 or Dec. 5. The 2,300-foot boardwalk is sheltered by bald cypress trees. The walk ends at a gator pond, where the tour leader will check for the gleaming eyes of frogs and larger inhabitants. Along the way, the group may hear the cry of owls or the scurrying of raccoons and other nocturnal residents. To register, go to BAY HOSTS TOURNEYThe Friends of Rookery Bay and CCA Florida will jointly host the Guardian Anglers all-release charity shing tournament Nov. 7 and 8. This fundraiser will engage local anglers in an all-release challenge with proceeds beneting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate; entry fee is $100 for a team of two to four anglers. The two-day event begins Friday evening at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center (300 Tower Road, Naples) with the captains meeting and reception for all anglers and includes cocktail party. Call 239-530-5940 for more info.BONEFISH & TARPON SYMPOSIUMJoin the Bonesh & Tarpon Trust Nov. 7 and 8 in Dania Beach, Fla., for two full days of fascinating presentations by the worlds top tarpon, bonesh and permit biologists mixed with enjoyable shing and casting clinics taught by some of the worlds top anglers and instructors including Joan Wul and Andy Mill. Other guests include Stu Apte, Bill Curtis, Will Benson, Ralph Delph, Steve Hu, Sandy Moret, Rick Ruo and Mark Sosin. An all-access event pass, which includes the banquet and silent auction, Friday and Saturday day sessions, and lm and art festival and cocktail hour, costs $150. For more info or to register, visit BIRD TOURThrough a partnership with Hendry-Glades Audubon, the South Florida Water Management District will oer escorted birding trips to Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5), located 27 miles south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County. Trips are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 & 22, and Dec. 13 & 27. No charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. Limited to 60 participants per trip; call 863-674-0695 to reserve.TASTE OF THE ISLANDSSanibels most popular festival is back for its 33rd year to celebrate three Sanibel signatures community, cuisine and CROW all in one fell swoop. Set to the tune of live bands, local restaurants will descend to The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club (949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 with their most decadent delicacies and duke it out to earn top honors for their dish from our esteemed judges and the crowd. This annual fundraiser raises awareness and nancial support for Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), a 501(c)(3) organization that relies 100 percent on the philanthropic support of individu als, corporations and foundations. $5 for adults; children 12 and under admitted free. Call 239-472-3644 for more info.FISHING CLUB MEETSThe Englewood Fishing Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Lemon Bay Park Environmental Center (570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood). Capt. Jay Withers of Silver Lining Charters will be speaking on winter shing with soft plastics. Admission is free and open to the public. For more info, go to SCULPTING COMPETITIONSiesta Key Public Beach (948 Beach Road, Sarasota) will host the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition Nov. 14-18. Two dozen master sand sculptors from around the world will compete. The ve-day art event will include all-day viewing Friday through Tuesday; more than 50 vendors Friday through Monday; live entertainment noon Friday through Sunday; and an amateur sand sculptor contest on Saturday. Siesta Santa will be on his sand throne again this year, making a great photo op for next years Christmas cards. $6 per person; proceeds benet Mote Marine Laboratorys sea turtle research and conservation programs. Also, Taste of Siesta will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15, featuring more than 15 local restaurants, an open bar and live music by Alli & the Venturas. Advance tickets will be $40. CHARLOTTE HARBOR NATURE FESTIVALThis years festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at Charlotte Sports Park (2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte). Free admission for all. Explore and learn about the natural environment of Southwest Florida through activities and exhibits for all ages, including more than 50 nature exhibits, Mote Mobile Exhibit and a Childrens Discovery Zone. Guided walks through Tippecanoe Environmental Park will be conducted by trained CHEC volunteers at 10:30 am, noon and 1:30 pm. To learn more, visit TO FLY FISHCBs Saltwater Outfitters (1249 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota) will hold an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing school from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22. Instructor Capt. Rick Grassett will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line, the roll cast, leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. Cost is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Call 941-349-4400 for more info or to reserve a spot.MOMS & TOTS IN NATUREBring the wee ones (ages 3 to 5) to Cedar Point Environmental Park (2300 Placida Road, Englewood) for a play day in nature. This free one-hour program allows moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers a chance to experience the natural world of Florida with guided walks, puppets, crafts, stories, songs and more. Scheduled OUTDOOR NEWS BULLETIN BOARD If you have a meeting, tournament, festival or other event you want included in the Outdoor News Bulletin Board, email it to Editor@WaterLineWeekly.comBULLETIN BOARD | 21 CHARLOTTE HARBOR SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS All outings are free of charge and the public is welcome to attend. Voluntary donations to the Charlotte Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Trips are from 8:30 to 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Call the listed number with any questions. MORGAN PARK: Ancient oaks and other hardwoods line the trail along the Peace River in Arcadias Morgan Park. Join Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy Nov. 11 as we enjoy the birds and ora along this beautiful trail. Call 941-637-8284. PADDLE LETTUCE LAKE: Explore the wooded maze of channels from the lake out into the Peace River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 or Dec. 17. Our guide, Rick Fried, is an experienced master naturalist and knows this tricky area well. Once we reach the Peace River, we will stop and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Nav-A-Gator Restaurant. Participants must provide their own watercraft, bring money for lunch and know how to swim. Call 941-637-8805. STUMP PASS BEACH WALK: Join popular biologist Dr. Bill Dunson from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 on this beach walk from Stump Pass State Park to the Pass and back. This will be about 2.5 miles round trip. We will investigate the beach lagoon and learn about barrier island plants and animals. Bring water, lunch and a shady hat. Call 941-423-2713. KAYAK MYRTLE CREEK: Paddle with us from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 or Dec. 13 as we go upstream into an ever-narrowing freshwater jungle. We will return backstream, out into a grassy maze of brackish water channels where Myrtle Creek meets with lower Shell Creek. Our guide will be Master Naturalist Jim Story. We will visit the only waterfall in this area, the Punta Gorda Dam, which contains the citys water supply. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. Call 941-505-8904. SHELL CREEK BELOW THE DAM: Paddle Shell Creek below the dam Nov. 20, led by Florida Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. Call 941-637-8284. HIKE PRAIRIE CREEK PRESERVE: Join us Nov. 25 for a nature hike led by Florida Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy. They will identify and explain the plants and wildlife of this preserved area of pine atwoods, scrub and riparian habitats. Call 941-637-8284. KAYAK SHELL CREEK: Paddle the longer route of Shell Creek, up to the shallows and the Cypress Knee Garden, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 or Dec. 29. Our guide will be Master Naturalist Rick Fried, who knows this creek intimately. Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim. Call 941-637-8805. HIKE SHELL CREEK PRESERVE: Join us Dec. 4 for a guided nature walk in this protected preserve of pine atwoods and scrub habitats. Florida Naster Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy will identify and explain the plants and animal life as we walk along. Call 941-637-8284. KAYAK AND NATURE WALK: Want a little something more than just paddling a kayak? How about paddling over to a barrier island and enjoying a nature walk with an expert? We will launch at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 from the new Buck Creek launch site on Placida Road and go over to the south side of Stump Pass, about 4 miles round-trip. Our guide will be the popular biologist Dr. Bill Dunson. 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Page 15 October 30, 2014 So, tomorrow is Halloween, promoted all around the world as the scariest day of the year. Now Im not one whos easily scared, but for some strange reason Im drawn to scary things. I love to watch scary movies with my wife and kids (I feel safer with them nearby) and I truly enjoy scary rides like roller coasters and parasailing. Heck, I even look forward to haunted houses like Haunting on the Harbor, the one Jerry Cle hosts each year in Punta Gorda. You can bet your bottom dollar Ill be at that party Halloween night. Its pretty much a good old-fashioned shindig that just happens to have one heck of a scary haunted house not that Id get scared or anything, but Ill bring my wife and daughter just in case. Considering my passion for putting folks on monster sh like tarpon, Goliath grouper and sharks, you wouldnt think there was much out there in our local waters that would make me quiver but there is. Even though Im very cautious with catsh, stingrays and toothy critters like mackerel, Im not actually scared of them (I am scared of bluesh, but thats a story for another day). The one sh that pretty much always makes me think thats creepy is a well-known at sh that has a violent set of chompers, a bad disposition, stalks its prey by blending in to its environ ment, and most disturbing of all has both eyes on one side of its head. Im pretty sure youve already gured out what sh Im talking about, but just in case you havent, its the tasty ounder. Flounder are not usually a target species for most people, but rather a very welcomed surprise catch. Over the last ve years or so, Ive noticed that ounder have become more abundant in our local waters, especially in the spring and fall. It has gotten to the point now that they can be patterned and targeted with a pretty good success rate. The biggest tricks to bagging your fair share of atties are knowing where to look for them, knowing what they like to eat, and knowing how to present your bait to make it irresistible. Flounder can be a very aggressive sh at times but they can also be very reluctant to take bait thats not presented right. Just always remember, ounder are ambush feeders that like to hide in plain sight, so present your bait like its not worried about getting eaten. So, where do ounder like to lurk? Flounder like sandy areas with some kind of structure nearby, be it a reef or a grassat, that will make baitsh want to hang around. For you anglers who like to stay inside the Harbor, try tossing baits in and around the potholes in Turtle and Bull bays and sh the outside bars along Whorehouse Point and the east wall. Work your baits as close to the bottom as possible, even dragging them across the sand if you can. For those of you who dont mind meandering out into the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, try working the sandy areas around your favorite oshore hangouts. If you dont have any good GPS numbers of your own, go pick yourself up a Hotspots map at any of our local tackle shops. These maps show ledges, reefs and hard bottom areas that tend to stay shy, so theyll get you started on the right track for sure. Again, sh the sandy areas around the structures out there. Flounder will not be hiding behind a rock or under a ledge. They will bury them selves in the sand around these areas, waiting for an unsuspecting baitsh to wander away from it. Then WHAM! no more baitsh. Flat-out scary, right? Flounder will take an array of dierent baits, but as with all sh they have their favorites. As far as articials go, you really cant beat soft plastic baits. A 3-inch DOA paddletail on a jighead has shown to be deadly at catching ounder. I have found that brighter colors (pink, white and char treuse) seem to get the most bites, but theyll take the darker color baits as well. When it comes to natural baits, nothing beats a live minnow. Greenbacks and small pinsh will do, but mud minnows are your best bet if you can get them. Shrimp and cutbait will get bites, but ounder are sh-eaters by nature. Go catch yourself some live bait and then go tear em up. Tight lines.Capt. Mike Myers, owner and operator of Reelshark Charters, is a full-time Charlotte Harbor guide. Having shed the waters all along the Southwest Florida coast for more than 35 years, he has the experience to put anglers on the sh they want. His specialties are sharks, tarpon and Goliath grouper. For more info, visit or call Capt. Mike at 941-416-8047. Flat-out scary ANGLING 201 CAPT. MIKE MYERS Photos providedThis is a mud minnow, and its ounder candy. Flounder may not be the prettiest sh in the sea, but they sure are great on the table. 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Page 16 October 30, 2014 Page 16 October 30, 2014 R EADER P HOTOS WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS!Heres how it works: Take pictures of your outdoor adventures. Send your high-quality digital photos to, or send prints by snail mail to WaterLine, 23170 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33980, ATTN: Lee Anderson Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your prints returned to you. DO NOT send us photos of oversized or other release-only fish being poorly handled. Photos of such fish being gaffed, held by the lower jaw only or obviously damaged or dead WILL NOT be published, no matter how big the fish or how proud the angler may be. Ethel Croce caught her redsh on a greenback and then let it go. Megan Gillman had fun catching and releasing this bonnethead shark near the Boca Grande trestle. 50475396 Please read the owners manual before operating your Honda Power Equipment. (c) 2010 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Connection of a generator to house power requires a transfer device to avoid possible injury to power company pers onnel. Consult a qualified electrician. (c) 2010 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Not all dealers carry all products. Consult your local Yello w Pages. Reliability is Standard Abels Marine 7341 Sawyer Cir. Port Charlotte, FL 33981 941-698-4006 Super Quiet 53 to 59 dB(A) Lightweight (less than 47 lbs.) Eco-Throttle Runs Up to 15 Hours on 1 gal. of Fuel Power for Microwave, Refrigerators, Hair Dryers and Small AC Units IN STOCK NOW Powerful Easy Start Honda Mini 4-Stroke Pump 37 gal./min. Capacity Uses Regular Gasoline No Mixing of Oils and Gas! Lightweight Aluminum Pump Weighs Only 13.4 lbs. IN STOCK NOW Power for When & Where you need it. 2011 Best of Englewood in Boat Repair Best of Englewood for Marine Supplies 2012 2013 2014 Call 4i-429ml, ---? I yto list your boat todayFL3.,cdG?I ?? ? ?.?liNlF 70-11rrt ?,;si_ FL6Y92HA ???Sib-.....,....... ? ??-err ? ??fL8fQ91Y ? ?? ? ?Miss the game?Check out your Sun Sportssection for thescore! ?? -mom_ ,?:? ? ??I?. rlrr.: o,?.f ?::? ?:


Page 17 October 30, 2014 Page 17 October 30, 2014 Kallie Williams of Warren, Pa., landed this small nurse shark o Englewood Beach on a good day of shing. Bryan Gillman caught and released this pepperspeckled bonnethead shark. Tom Hickeys cuda ate a live bait trolled o Gasparilla. YOLO 941-504-1699 Located at Cape Haze Marina Authorized Dealer 6950 Placida Rd. Rentals Tours Lessons Sales Stand Up Paddle Boards & Kayaks Charlotte County s #1 Paddle Sports Destination! 50475405 T?c n-t-?Call 941-429-311:to list your boat todav.D ? p D ? pD O DgpATE S r_? AGE r.. astr -'77' 17 1Ow9i-1 J-A-PI --owlM E,


Page 18 October 30, 2014 Page 18 October 30, 2014 R EADER P HOTOS Don Ross of Punta Gorda with a king he caught while trolling a live bait o Gasparilla. Dotty Kern caught and released this big whiting at Middle Beach. Jim Crawley caught and released this 37-inch Charlotte Harbor snook. rf rrntbbbf COASTAL FISHING COASTAL COASTAL FISHING COASTAL LAKE FISHING CHARTS LAKE FISHING CHARTS STANDARD NAVIGATION CHARTS STANDARD NAVIGATION CHARTS INSHORE FISHING CHARTS INSHORE FISHING CHARTS LARGE PRINT CHARTS LARGE PRINT CHARTS 50475036 Call 941-429-ii ,to list your boat todayD ? D D ? DD O q D44AdoOF1O W NUlf?,?nr?!???? ?ryr?every Thursday,Only in the J`-THE ORIGINAL-WATERPROOF CHARTSINSHOREFISHINGCUSTOM mooCHARTFRAMINGa ,?aMme' 1.


Page 19 October 30, 2014 Page 19 October 30, 2014 Tthis 27-inch snook was a nice birthday surprise for Riley Hollingsworth of Gettysburg, Pa., even though he had to release it. Ryan Jones of Atlanta caught his rst red grouper back in August. Although a shark took a nibble as he was reeling it in, the 28-inch sh still yielded some good llets. Andy Syruws caught this hogsh in 70 feet of water o Stump Pass on his second day in Southwest Florida. WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS!Heres how it works: Take pictures of your outdoor adventures. Send your high-quality digital photos to Editor@, or send prints by snail mail to WaterLine, 23170 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33980, ATTN: Lee Anderson. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your prints returned to you. DO NOT send us photos of oversized or other releaseonly fish being poorly handled. Photos of such fish being gaffed, held by the lower jaw only or obviously damaged or dead WILL NOT be published, no matter how big the fish or how proud the angler may be 50475041 Ecologically Friendly Tank Cleaning Gas or Diesel Fuel Tank Cleaning Fuel Filtration & Purifying Mobile Service 24 941.815.6631 John Ward, Owner We have changed our name! Formerly USA Fuel Clean & Go Fuel Service, LLC 1 _-INeCall list your boat today:Amommok.?-0& 3N/LIBar r a ? ? i:?`i ?.rrM'ka: Moronna,s -'rr?. 16AIL-aleGot a boat to sell?Call 941-429-3110


Page 20 October 30, 2014 Page 20 October 30, 2014 R EADER P HOTOS After trying for two years, Mary Lathrope nally got a slot snook for the dinner table. Chrissy Marie and Jamie Rae with a river redsh. 8-year-old Frank Planer caught and released this beautiful Charlotte Harbor redsh. 50475447 Fiberglass & Gelcoat Repair Professional Detailing Convenient Location with Deepwater Access Competitive Pricing and Shorter Downtime Engine Maintenance and Repair by Experienced Technicians Surveys Get Free Dockage the night before and night of survey. Must present ad for savings. Expires 10/31/14 Marina Service Center Gasparilla Marina Service Center Located at Gasparilla Marina 15001 Gasparilla Rd., Placida, FL 33946 941-698-1750 SAVE 10%* Bottom Painting & Hull Repairs Materials and Haul Out Excludes labor Call941-429-3110<

Page 21 October 30, 2014 Page 21 October 30, 2014 for Nov. 24 and Dec. 29. Registration required; call 941-475-0769. Sponsored by Mosaic Company Foundation.CAPE CORAL SAILING CLUB MEETSSail and power boaters are invited to join the Cape Coral Sailing Club at their meetings. Get to know them and their events, from cruises in the waters of Southwest Florida to luncheons at boat-friendly restaurants in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Meetings will be held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club (5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. Call 508-667-7677 for more info.FREE WILDLIFE SEMINARSAre you interested in learning about the native and exotic species found in Cape Coral and Southwest Florida? Enjoy free seminars from 1 to 2 p.m. at Rotary Park Environmental Center (5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral). Burrowing owls, Dec. 4; snakes, Dec. 15. RSVP in advance at 239-549-4606. BULLETIN BOARDFROM PAGE 14 Want to be in the Bulletin Board? Send your event to ONGOING EVENTSVOLUNTEER AT SHAMROCK PARK: Shamrock Park Nature Center (3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice) holds its monthly volunteer work mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. on the third Friday of each month. As abilities and interests allow, volunteer tasks may include trash collection along trails and within vegetated areas of the park, light trimming along paved multiuse trail, organization of storage areas, exotic plant removal and other maintenance tasks. Long pants, closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and plenty of drinking water are recommended. Park sta will provide trash collection buckets/bags, pickers, gloves, and other tools as necessary. Meet at the Shamrock Park Environmental Center. For more information, call Jennifer Rogers at 941-861-5000 or email her at FISHING CLUB MEETINGS: The Gulf Cove Fishing Club meets on the second Monday of the month October through May at the Hope Lutheran Church in Gulf Cove (14200 Hopewell Ave., Port Charlotte) at 7 p.m. At each meeting, a speaker will talk on a timely topic. In addition to the meetings, the club holds a monthly shing tournament and a monthly picnic. For more info, call 941-698-8607. FREE SAFETY CHECKS IN VENICE: The Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts free vessel safety checks every Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Venice boat ramp (200 N. Seaboard Ave., Venice). Theyll make sure the safety equipment mandated by federal and state regulations is on board. If an inspected vessel is found to be safe, a Seal of Safety is axed to it. For more info or to schedule an appointment, call Patrick Wheeler at 941-412-1026. CHARLOTTE HARBOR MULTIHULL ASSOCIATION: Members of this club for multihull owners, sailors or those who are interested in the exchange of ideas about equipping and sailing boats, share information about anchorages and cruising destinations, hold informal races that help to improve their sailing ability, and have local raft-ups. No dues. The club meets at the Celtic Ray (145 E Marion Ave., Punta Gorda) on the rst Monday of each month at 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-876-6667. KORESHAN STATE HISTORIC SITE STROLL: Walk or bike the historic site (3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero). Park fee is $2 for walk or bike; $4 for single-occupant vehicle; $5 for two to eight occupants vehicle and $2 for each additional person over eight per vehicle. Call 239-992-0311 for more information. SARASOTA FITNESS WALKS: Join Sarasota County Parks sta each Friday for a tness walk through Rothenbach Park (8650 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota) from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The pace will be geared toward tness, aiming for a 20-minute-mile pace. The walk will cover approximately three miles in one hour of brisk walking. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife, but keep up the pace. Wear appropriate workout clothing, including good walking shoes, and bring your water bottle. Meet in the pavilion near the playground. Call 941-861-5000. WHATS THAT BIRD?: Volunteer bird interpreters share their expertise on ID and behavior of raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl and other avian visitors at Myakka River State Park (13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota). Volunteers set up scopes and help people identify birds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day of the week. NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETS: The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers). Meetings are free and the public is welcome. For more info, call 239-275-3435. HANG OUT WITH SCRUB JAYS: Spend the morning with the scrub jays at Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. This unique Central Florida experience includes a nature walk to see the parks diverse ecosystems, native ora and fauna. Call 941-483-5956 for more info. SIX MILE CYPRESS SLOUGH PRESERVE: Take a leisurely stroll on our fully accessible boardwalk trail anytime dawn to dusk (7791 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers). Visit our Interpretive Center to learn more about the plants and animals that live in the Slough or just talk to a friendly volunteer. The center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is $1 per hour per vehicle. Reservations not required. No groups of eight or more. For more info call 239-533-7550 or visit BIRD WALK AT LAKES PARK: A bird patrol guide will lead an easy walk along clear paths of Lakes Regional Park (7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers) at 8:30 a.m. on the rst Saturday of each month. This free nature walk oers an opportunity to see birds in natural vegetation as your guide points out the many species in what is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Arrive at 8 a.m. at Shelter A7 for a brief intro and sign-in. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for outdoors. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars and camera. Call 239-533-7580 for more info. BOTTOM TIME DIVE CLUB: This Punta Gorda-based SCUBA club meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Call 941-740-4245 or visit BIRD WALK: Search for Florida scrub jays, eastern towhees, brown thrashers, and other pine atwoods species with the Venice Area Audubon Society every Thursday at Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey). Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Nature Center. Two miles walking on sand trails. For more info, call Joyce Leary at 508-737-8954. 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Page 22 October 30, 2014 Page 22 October 30, 2014 THURSDAY Sunrise: 07:37 Sunset: 18:47 Moonrise: 13:37 Moonset: 00:01 Moon Phase First quarter Major Times 06:51 08:51 19:19 21:19 Minor Times 00:01 01:01 13:37 14:37 Prediction: Average FRIDAY Sunrise: 07:38 Sunset: 18:46 Moonrise: 14:23 Moonset: 01:02 Moon Phase 56% waxing gibbous Major Times 07:46 09:46 20:13 22:13 Minor Times 01:02 02:02 14:23 15:23 Prediction: Average SATURDAY Sunrise: 07:38 Sunset: 18:45 Moonrise: 15:08 Moonset: 02:04 Moon Phase 67% waxing gibbous Major Times 08:39 10:39 21:06 23:06 Minor Times 02:04 03:04 15:08 16:08 Prediction: Average SUNDAY Sunrise: 06:38 Sunset: 17:44 Moonrise: 14:51 Moonset: 02:06 Moon Phase 78% waxing gibbous Major Times 08:32 10:32 20:58 22:58 Minor Times 02:06 03:06 14:51 15:51 Prediction: Average MONDAY Sunrise: 06:39 Sunset: 17:44 Moonrise: 15:34 Moonset: 03:09 Moon Phase 87% waxing gibbous Major Times 09:25 11:25 21:51 23:51 Minor Times 03:09 04:09 15:34 16:34 Prediction: Average TUESDAY Sunrise: 06:40 Sunset: 17:43 Moonrise: 16:16 Moonset: 04:11 Moon Phase 94% waxing gibbous Major Times 10:17 12:17 22:44 00:44 Minor Times 04:11 05:11 16:16 17:16 Prediction: Good WEDNESDAY Sunrise: 06:40 Sunset: 17:42 Moonrise: 17:00 Moonset: 05:14 Moon Phase 98% waxing gibbous Major Times 11:10 13:10 23:37 01:37 Minor Times 05:14 06:14 17:00 18:00 Prediction: Better SOLUNAR TABLES What is a solunar table? The sun and moon, even when they are out of sight, exert forces wild creatures can feel. These forces aect when sh and other animals feed. Weather and tide also play a role, but expect sh to be more active during the major and minor solunar times. 4 kingfish steaks, about 6 ounces each 1/4 pint apple cider 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 2 tomatoes, ripe, skinned, and chopped Juice and rind of 1 orange Handful fresh parsley, chopped Half handful fresh basil leaves, bruised Place the kingfish steaks in an ovenproof dish and top with the other ingredients. Leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 375F and bake kingfish covered for about 20 minutes. Serves 4.A clip-n-save seafood recipe provided by KINGFISH IN CIDER Recipe adapted from R EADER P HOTOS Rock Gilbert caught and released this 4.5-foot Goliath grouper while shing with GSW Charters. The sh took 45 minutes to beat and broke an unbreakable rod in the process. Darienne Marotta caught and released this huge redsh unharmed while visiting from Tampa. 74 ?Call 941-42 31to list your boat tody1Mow.Nor7aIlkOCEAN _?


Page 23 October 30, 2014 Trick, or treat? That is the question that runs through my mind every time my phone rings. Especially on those rare occasions when I am not at work at Peace River Wildlife Center. Sometimes it is a relatively benign question from one of the rehabbers like, Where do we order crane chow from? We are completely out of it. (They never say, Were running low it always has to be a scramble!) Inevitably the next phone call will be, What can we feed the cranes until the crane chow comes in? And, yes, crane chow is a thing a specially formulated pelleted food that we feed our resident sandhill cranes. The answer, by the way, is Crossties Farm and Garden in Punta Gorda. They have been supplying PRWC with not only crane chow, but bird seed, hay and numerous other staples for more than 10 years. And they usually dont even snicker anymore when we call them with questions like, Is crane chow more like Dog Chow or Kitten Chow? Or Cheerios? Those are the questions I look forward to. Many times the rst question from the disem bodied voice on the other end of the phone is, Are you busy? That never ends well. A recent phone call that started with that inquiry was a doozy. I knew I was in for trouble when the rehabber on duty wasnt even the one calling, but had somehow talked the volunteer in the oce into calling me. That poor guy. Appar ently there was a baby raccoon stuck on the roof at Lowes in Port Charlotte. Was I busy? I have been advised by the editor that I cannot report on the exact nature of my response. Suce it to say that I threw some rescue equipment in the car and headed OTB (over the bridge) anyway. Luckily for me, unluckily for him, my husband was trying to nap on the sofa in front of a bad football game. None of our favorite teams are having exactly stellar seasons this year, so they are almost all bad games lately. When we arrived at Lowes, my favorite Charlotte County Animal Control ocer, Ronelle Moore, was already on scene. It turns out there were ve baby raccoons and a mother on the roof. One had fallen into the garden department earlier and had climbed up the chain link fence in the far corner of the store and seemed to be stuck there, not knowing how to get down or back to where mom and the siblings were. Ronelle had been successful in getting one other baby o the roof, into a net, and trans ferred to a carrier. Raccoons being as smart as they are, that was not going to work a second time. The mother was there splitting her time between the three babies still on the roof and the one in the carrier directly below. The baby in the far corner at the top of the fence was seem ingly not on her radar at the moment, so that is where we headed next. An extension ladder was provided and I shimmied up, grabbed that baby, and handed it down to Ronelle. Sounds simple, right? It was not. First I had to convince Lowes safety ocer that I knew what I was doing, wouldnt fall, and wouldnt sue them if I did. Then I had to convince myself of the rst two things. Have I mentioned lately that I suer from acrophobia an irrational fear of heights? Although in my own defense, I dont really see how being leery of climbing a rickety ladder to wrestle with a wild animal could be considered irrational. The Lowes employees and well-in tentioned bystanders were not vaccinated against rabies, so they couldnt handle the raccoon. Even though babies this young are not really at risk of the disease, raccoons are Floridas top rabies vector species and should always be handled as such. After tripping over some crazy rope that was intertwined with the ladder rungs and the sales label that was attached halfway up the ladder, I made it up to the baby. That was when everyone started yelling that the mother raccoon was headed my way. The baby had a remarkably strong grip on the fence and was just out of reach, but I nally pried him loose and gently tossed him into Ronelles waiting net below. Meanwhile the chorus of Here she comes! was getting ever louder. I couldnt look up I surely didnt want to stare a mad mama coon in the face. And I couldnt look down never look down! I just picked my way back down through the impediments as quickly as I could and listened to Cat Stevens serenade me in my mind with Oh, baby, baby, its a wild world. We placed the two captured babies in the woods at the edge of the parking lot and mama followed, leading them away from the store. That is when Casey McVey from Assurance Wildlife Trapping showed up. We moved the ladder next to the area where the remaining three babies were hunkered down, and he weaved his way through the overhanging tarps to grab them and hand them down to us. He made it look so easy. Of course, the little tykes were tired out by then (probably from laughing at our antics.) The last of the babies were reunited with mom and the family lived happily ever after. Or not. All I know is that they did not end up back on Lowes roof the next night. And dont think for a minute that I wasnt worried about that happening. Kudos to Ronelle and all the CCAC ocers for helping with wildlife emergencies, even though their job is to provide service to companion animals and protect people. A big thanks to Casey, who obviously knows his way around a ladder and isnt afraid to use it. Most importantly, I want to point out that Lowes closed down a large portion of their garden center for a couple hours while we orches trated the removal of the raccoon family. Its so gratifying when the whole community works together. What a treat! Which reminds me, stop by PRWC in costume during our normal business hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Halloween for a special treat.Peace River Wildlife Center is a nonprot organization, dedicated to the care, preservation and protection of Charlotte Countys native wildlife since 1978. They are open seven days a week year-round, including holidays. Tours are oered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PRWC receives no government funding and relies entirely on private donations. For more info, or if you would like to volunteer or make a donation (including aluminum cans), visit PeaceRiverWildlifeCenter. com, email or call 941-637-3830. When duty calls PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTER ROBIN JENKINS, DVM I couldnt look up I didnt want to stare a mad coon in the face. And I couldnt look down never look down! 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Page 24 October 30, 2014 Three months ago I broke a rod in a shing tournament. I still have not found a suitable replacement to put my reel on. While the reel is sitting collecting dust and spiders on a workbench in the garage, I continue my hunt for the best worm rod I can nd. I have always been a huge fan of the Daiwa rods. I used them for years and very seldom did I ever break one. When I did, they were awesome about replacing it. I know Bass Pro Shops carries many dierent rod brands, including Daiwa but for some reason, I simply have not been able to pull the trigger on selecting one. I think I have gotten to the point that Ive held every rod in my hand, and theyve started to all feel the same. There are also new rod manufacturers on the market today that I have never heard of, and that makes it harder to choose. I would love to take my favorite ones from the store to the lake, cast them all and catch a sh on each of them just to see how they feel. But we know no one is going to allow me to do that. I have a specic length and action Im looking for, coupled with a price that makes sense. Those requirements, along with some indecision on my part, have made it tough to commit to buying one. I have my nal tournament of the year coming up in November, when we go down to Okeechobee to sh our classic tournament. Lets be real here I have not torn up the club by any stretch of the imagination this season. As a matter of fact, I have caught fewer sh this year than any other year since I have been tournament shing. Not only has my quantity been down, but outside of one or two bass that topped 5 pounds, I have not put a dent in the quality of bass either. So purchasing this rod is almost my way of saying, This is going to x my productivity. We all know that a shing rod itself does not catch sh, no matter how great it is. The angler, or in my case the idiot holding the rod, has a great inuence on what is happening. I guess Im hoping that some newer equipment will give me a sense of something, and that it will help me put more and bigger sh in the boat. OK, call me whatever youd like, but when I have some new shing equipment in my hand it makes me more condent. Based on that logic, I should have been buying things months ago to help me out of my slump, right? Call it a mindset. Everyone has that one thing that makes them more condent. Actually, if I really wanted condence, I would trade the truck and the boat in and buy brand new ones. That might lead to divorce, though, so that option is out. The rod is a known item that needs to be replaced, so I can do that without getting in trouble, Hopefully, that will put me in a place mentally that gives me my edge back. Right now, my edge is somewhat dull. So back to my selection process. I think its time I stick with my initial instincts, bite the bullet on price and get what I want in a Daiwa rod. They have long been my favorite, they have everything I want in a rod, and they stand behind their equipment. The only reason they didnt replace this one is because I had it so long that they stopped making it years ago. In fact, since I bought that rod, two other models have held the same spot in their lineup. Did I mention I hardly ever get rid of anything? Usually I use it until it breaks. Thats just how I am. I get comfortable with some thing and hold onto it. My next trip to Bass Pro Shops will lead to a new rod. Maybe I just needed to vent my shopping frustrations. Maybe I need to stop being so picky and do what needs to be done. Wow no oense, ladies, but I sound like a woman picking out shoes to go with a dress. After raising three stepdaughters, I can say that. Maybe I am just getting fussy now that Ive crossed the great ve-oh mark in age. One way or another, I will have a new rod before the next week is out.Greg Bartz is a tournament bass sherman based in Lakeland. 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