Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: January 20, 2010
Copyright Date: 2010
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VOLUME 18. NO.11

Islanders offer
prayers, aid to Haiti.
Page 32

the news ...

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FDOT, AM reps
discuss boardwalk at
pier. Page 2
Pine Avenue Res-
toration sells Cozy
Corner. Page 3
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, readers'
opinions. Page 6

Cold-shocked turtles
rescued. Fish killed
in cold snap. Page 8
Community happen-
ings. Pages 8-9

Cortez readies for
fishing festival.
Page 14
Planning board OKs
marine rescue HQ.
Page 15

S ho@li
AME students meet
DARE challenge.
Page 18

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AMI happenings.
Pages 22-23
Sports: Soccer, foot-
ball and horseshoes.
Page 24

Fishing: State
extends snook do-

By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Terry Fannon prepared his 52-foot
Broadfire commercial fishing boat Jan. 14
outside the A.P. Bell Fish Co. for a planned
20 days at sea.
More than ever, Fannon and the other
offshore fishers in Cortez need grouper.
"Hopefully, we catch them," Fannon
There's very little fresh grouper to be
had at large markets, only frozen.
"We don't have any fresh grouper right
now," said Karen Bell, office manager at
A.P. Bell Fish Co. and owner of Star Fish
Co. Restaurant and Market. "We' re not har-
vesting nearly what we can sell."
Despite the lack of fresh grouper,
Fannon is optimistic about the coming
year's catch.
Last May, long-line gear, composed of
up to 7 miles of cable with around 1,400
hooks, was banned because of an excessive
bycatch of loggerhead sea turtles. The sea
turtles are protected under the Endangered
Species Act. About 90 percent of them in
the United States nest on Florida beaches.

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Confirming the opinion of many accom-
modation owners and rental agents on Anna
Maria Island, tourism to the Island was up
nearly 20 percent in December, compared
with the same month in 2008.
According to figures just released by
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau, occupancy of Island accommoda-
tions in December 2009 was at 47.2 percent
of units surveyed, compared with 39.6 per-
cent occupancy for December 2008.
Occupancy of accommodations in the
entire BACVB reporting area also rose,
climbing from 47.2 percent in December
2008 to 50.4 percent in December 2009, an
8 percent rise.
The increase was not unexpected, said
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman.
"We knew it was a great holiday time
for members. No one was complaining and
there was a lot of traffic and people walking
about," Brockman said.
"And it hasn' t slowed down as much as
expected. Tourism usually drops the first two
weeks of January, but not much this year.
It's been gangbusters and I' m confident the
trend will continue through the season."
It should, according to some accommo-

sure. Page 25 dation rental agents.
I d. Bizi "I'm up 20 percent for advance book-
Sings for February and March compared
with last year," said Stephanie Bell of Fran
Maxon Real Estate in Anna Maria.
Business and real Likewise for Jason Sato at Sato Real
estate news. Page 26 Est

Many commercial fishers have resorted to
buoy fishing, which is like fishing with large
bobbers. Fannon said he's probably in the
minority, but he prefers buoy fishing.
"It's just as good as long-lining, if not
better," he said. "I like the challenge."
Fannon said that with the new gear, he
hasn't noticed any small sea turtles being

"Reservations for the season are look-
ing good. We're way ahead of last year," he
David Teitelbaum, owner of three resorts
in Bradenton Beach and a member of the
Manatee County Tourist Development Coun-
cil, predicted a strong season for the tourism
"We' ve had some extremely good public-
ity about our Island recently. We' ve been dis-
covered and people can get value for money
when they come here," he said.
Teitelbaum agreed that the winter season
should be outstanding for the Island.
"Advance reservations are way ahead of
last year. I think we' re looking at an unprec-
edented season, possibly the best ever. I'm
extremely optimistic, especially if we have
our normal weather."
The BACVB news wasn't all rosy, how-
ever. Overall occupancy of accommodations
surveyed ended 2009 at 56.7 percent, a 1.5
percent drop from the December 2008 figure
of 57.6 percent.
Anna Maria Island, however, ended 2009
with a 57.4 percent occupancy level, up 2
percent from the 55.7 percent reported for
The BACVB surveys only 26 percent of
the accommodations on the Island. Some tour-
ist industry officials have indicated the tour-
ism occupancy figures could be skewered by
the low number of units considered in the
The BACVB surveys 33 percent of avail-
able rooms on the mainland, 27 percent of
Longboat Key rooms and 30 percent county-

the 52-foot
Karen J.
Belle Broad-
fire commer-
cial boat for
a planned
20-day trip
outside the
A.P. Bell
Fish Co. in
Jan 14.
Nick Walter
Rules imposed last August cut the number
of long-line boats with reef fish permits in
half, from about 120 to 60, and requires fishers
to work outside of 35 fathoms in the summer.
The rules apply to large operation long-liners
whose annual landings average 40,000 pounds

A Braaenron neacn committee wants to
replace delineators along Gulf Drive north
ofCortez Road, possibly with native plants.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

City seeks

to improve

Gulf Drive
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Bradenton Beach advisory committee
wants to replace a series of pickets and reflec-
tive delineators along Gulf Drive, possibly
with plants.
ScenicWaves, a volunteer advisory com-
mittee that recommends improvements along
the Gulf Drive scenic highway in Bradenton
Beach, discussed removing the delineators
during a meeting Jan. 11.
Committee members agreed that the
delineators do not help to beautify the drive,
but they also were in agreement that the mark-
ers help prevent motorists from parking along
the roadside north of Cortez Road.
"We all like the idea that those pickets
go away," said committee member Sissy

Cortez fisheries run short on grouper

Island tourism up

20 percent in December

JAN. 20, 2010 C

2 E JAN. 20, 2010 U THE ISLANDER

FDOT discusses pier boardwalk construction

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Florida Department of Transportation representa-
tives were to meet with Anna Maria's transportation
enhancement grant committee Jan. 19 at the city pier
to discuss specific designs for the boardwalk at the

between 1999 and 2007.
Bell said that after the long-line ban, boats that
had been bringing in 5,000 pounds of grouper per trip
were pulling in just 1,000 pounds as they adjusted to
the new gear.
She said some boats are now coming back with
about 3,000 pounds, but not enough to meet demand.
At least a few customers have noticed.
"Five years ago, restaurants used to have a lot of
grouper," said Tom Buursma of Holland, Mich., who
last week stopped by the Star Fish Co. Restaurant in
Cortez. "Now there's a lot less. You go to places and
ask if there's grouper, and they say, 'No, but we have
fish sandwiches.'"
On Jan. 1, an Individual Fishing Quota system
went into effect. The IFQ allocated the grouper
catch based on each boat's historical landings
between 1999 and 2004. It also created a year-
round commercial fishing season that allows fish-
ers to do their jobs during ideal market and weather
As far as the long-line gear goes, Bell said she
thinks "a hook is a hook," and the means by which
fishers catch their quota is mostly beside the point.
"All gear is going to have some impact," she
said, "but it's probably true that there's something to
be said for not soaking this gear nearly as long as a
long line. With 1I ,ng lines, you' re soaking the gear for
two or three hours, but with the new gear you pull it
almost within 45 minutes. And that's probably been
better for the turtles and the environment."

pier and accompanying amenities.
City Commissioner/TEG chairperson Jo Ann
Mattick said the meeting was to get concepts on paper
for the DOT to begin drafting designs.
The committee had planned to obtain a local
area planning agreement with Manatee County to
design the project, but that effort ran into difficulty,
Mattick said.
When the committee's grant fund was raised
from $358,000 to $959,624, with the addition of fed-
eral stimulus money, the committee opted to bring
the DOT into the design process and drop Manatee
The additional funding allows the committee to
use the services of DOT.
Mattick said the committee anticipates comple-
tion of the boardwalk before the city pier centennial
celebration planned for April 2012.
She also believes that construction bids will be
lower than estimates made by the DOT when the

committee was formed in 2008.
"I think because of the economy, bids should
come in much lower than the DOT estimate," Mat-
tick said.
At the TEG committee's Jan. 12 meeting, com-
mittee member Mary Selby discussed whether the
committee should spend all of the grant, or return any
unused portion to the DOT. A decision will be made
after selection of a contractor.
In addition to a boardwalk, the committee also
plans a covered trolley shelter at the pier, an improved
trolley turn-around and landscaping.
The additional grant money came through the
efforts of DOT community representative Manon
Lavoie, who discovered the funds available in the
$750 billion federal stimulus program.
According to the DOT, the grant can only be used
for new projects in the city's retail-office-residential
area, not to maintain or renovate an existing facility.
The $959,624 is in the DOT's 2010-11 budget.
Keep Manatee Beauti-
ful chairman Patrick
Gallagher, left, Holmes
Beach Commissioner
a Pat Morton, Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger, state for-
ester Ed Flowers, and city
parks committee members
John Molyneaux and Fred
Heger plant one of two
Jamaican dogwood trees
Jan. 15 at 38th Street
and Fifth Avenue. The
trees were donated by
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PAR sells Cozy Corner project

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC has sold its Cozy
Corner project at 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, to
Topazfish LLC, registered in Florida as a limited
liability company with owners in England.
PAR's project site plan was approved, but Mike
Coleman of PAR said it may have expired. The plan
called for a retail-office-residential complex resulting

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale and
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion representative Bob Herrington cautioned against
asking the Florida Department of Transportation to
remove the delineators without another method to
prevent parking along Gulf Drive.
"If you take the delineators out prior, I can guar-
antee that everyone will park there," Speciale said.
"I like what the chief is saying," Herrington
added. "Before you take step No. 1, you have to have
a step No. 2."
Committee members discussed a variety of
options, including using bollards and ropes.
Committee member Ed Chiles suggested using
"We' ve talked about this concept of using native
landscaping," he said. "That's a great piece of linear
property.... I think it's a great opportunity."
Special responded, "That's the best idea I've
He said a problem with bollards is that they are
not "breakaway," a priority for the DOT.
Herrington added, "You can't just throw up a
brick wall."
Eventually the committee passed a motion indi-
cating to FDOT its interest in seeing the Gulf Drive
delineators north of Cortez replaced, possibly with
native landscaping.

in six retail units and three residences built around an
existing single-family residence.
The PAR plan called for that home, built in 1925, to
be preserved.
According to Jesse Brisson's report in the Jan.
13 Islander, the sale price was $1,335,000.
Topazfish LLC is owned by Lizzie and Mike
Thrasher and is headquartered at the Saxon Centre,
11 Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, U.K.
The Thrashers also are partners in PAR, and own
several other Island properties, including the Beach
Bum' s building on Pine Avenue and numerous vaca-
tion rental homes.
Coleman said his company is no longer involved
in the construction or management of the property.
PAR already has completed its ROR project that
encompasses 315 and 317 Pine Ave., and has submit-
ted site plans for future ROR projects at 210, 216 and
308 Pine Ave.
In addition to its Anna Maria projects, PAR also

Pine Avenue Restoration's future project site known
as Cozy Corner, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, has
been sold. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson

is a principal in Mainsail LLC, owners of the vacant
Tidemark property in Holmes Beach adjacent to
Wachovia Bank and the Mainsail Beach Inn on the
Gulf of Mexico at 66th Street in Holmes Beach.

Anna Maria City
Jan. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 20, 9 a.m., special master meeting.
Jan. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Jan. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Jan. 21, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Jan. 20, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropoli-
tan Planning Organization board meeting, New Col-
lege of Florida, Sudakoff Center, 5700 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.

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BB to begin charter

review process

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners will soon
appoint a five-member committee to review the
city's charter and possibly propose amendments for
the November ballot.
Applications to serve on the committee are avail-
able at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Applications must be submitted by Feb. 10.
The city charter was proposed by an ordinance
adopted Nov. 21, 1996, and approved in a referendum
Dec. 3, 1996. The charter became effective Jan. 1,
The document states, "The citizens of Bradenton
Beach adopt this Home Rule Charter in order to provide
honorable self government, accountable to the people,
dedicated to improving the quality of life for all."
The charter then sets forth the city's boundaries,

Visitors to the artist's recep-
tion Jan. 15 at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine in Anna r.
Maria study the work of
Maro Lorimer, whose exhibit
"Beach Paths" is on display
until Jan. 30. The Studio is at
10101 Gulf Drive Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

municipal powers and responsibilities, election rules
and procedures, and the establishment of a charter
review committee.
Regarding the review, the charter states, "The
City Commission ... shall appoint by Resolution a
Charter Review Committee ... for the purpose of
reviewing and making recommendations regarding
amending the City Charter as needed, but at least
every five years from the date of appointment of the
previous CRC."
The committee, according to the charter, must
consist of five registered voters in the city, as well as
a commission liaison.
"The CRC shall commence review within thirty
days of appointment and shall make its report con-
cerning any Charter amendments to the Commis-
sion no later than one hundred eighty days after the
appointment," the charter states.

Turner to head AM
capital committee
Former Anna Maria planning and zoning board
chairman Tom Turner was elected to head the city's
capital improvements advisory committee Jan. 11 at
the committee's inaugural meeting of 2010.
Long-serving CIAC member Bill Snow was
elected vice president.
The CIAC manages the city's long-range capital
improvements plan that includes sewer, drainage and
road projects.

Heritage event seeks vendors
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society is seek-
ing vendors for its annual heritage festival, scheduled
to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 at the
museum grounds, 402 Pine Ave. Anna Maria.
The cost to rent a tent space is $35, and table
spaces cost $25.
The festival, with proceeds benefiting AMIHS,
will feature music by the Gulf Drive and Friends
Band, as well as museum tours.
For more information, contact AMIHS board
member Melissa Williams at 941-779-9108 or

Studio sets winter dates
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, is hosting "Beach Paths," an exhibit of
artist Maro Lorimer's work through Jan. 30.
The Studio's calendar this winter also includes:
Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., a recep-
tion for Michigan artist and Island winter visitor
- Hank Cornille.
Friday, Feb. 12, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., a recep-
tion for watercolorist Anne Abgott and potter Karen
Sunday, Feb. 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., a recep-
tion for Jean Blackburn's "Live Water."
For more information, call the Studio at Gulf and
Pine at 941-778-1906.

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Worker burned at

marine shop
A man suffered first-degree burns while
working in the shop at Wolfgang Schultz
Marine Engine in Holmes Beach Jan. 15.
The man suffered burns on about 18 per-
cent of his body, according to Capt. Larry
Leinhauser of the Manatee County Emergency
Medical Services, which responded to the inci-
dent in the 500 block of 56th Street at about
12:20 p..m.
"It appears to be a fuel bilge issue," Lein-
hauser said.
The man was taken by Bayflite medical
helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St.
West Manatee Fire Rescue and Holmes
Beach Police Department personnel also
responded to the incident.

Buchanan to hold
town hall meeting
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan will hold a town hall
meeting on jobs, the economy and healthcare on
Longboat Key on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Buchanan, who represents Anna Maria Island in
Congress, said in a news release, "We need to create
jobs and restore economic growth. We also need to
make health care more affordable without raising
taxes or expanding government control. I want to
listen to the people and get their ideas and sugges-
The town meeting is the first in a series the Buch-
anan office is planning.
Buchanan, who will face re-election in Novem-
ber, will open the meeting at 11 a.m. at the Longboat
Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
For more information, call 941-951-6643.

THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 20, 2010 5 5

Court freezes Brnes' $1.6 million

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee Angela Welch
Esposito in Tampa apparently never believed that
former Anna Maria Island real estate kingpin Robert
Byrne was broke.
Byrne at one time displayed a personal financial
statement claiming he was worth $40 million. After
declaring personal bankruptcy in December 2008,
however, Byrne later told the bankruptcy court he had
only $500 to his name and no money in any checking
or savings account. He also told the court he had no
overseas assets or bank accounts.
But according to an Isle of Man court record of
Dec. 29, 2009, Byrne has not just assets in the British
Crown Colony off west Scotland, but a bit more than
$500. It's more like $1,628,978.
On Dec. 29, the court granted lawyers repre-
senting Esposito and the Tampa bankruptcy court an
injunction that the $1.63 million assets of Robert and
Arlene Byrne known to be in the Isle of Man were to
be frozen pending the outcome of the U.S. govern-
ment's case in the Isle of Man against Byrne.
The Isle of Man court ordered the injunction pro-
hibiting the disposal of assets and required Byrne to
give full disclosure information to the court.
The same court gave Byrne an opportunity to
respond in a Jan. 11 court session. The proceedings in
court that day have not yet been made public, accord-
ing to an Isle of Man court Web site.
At the Dec. 29 court proceedings, attorneys for
the Isle of Man legal firm of Cains Advocates Ltd.,
on behalf of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa,
claimed, according to the court documents, that
Byrne had previously "testified under oath [to the
Tampa court] that he did not have any functioning
bank accounts, had no remaining cash assets, that he
had never set up any offshore bank accounts and that
no person or entity was holding any property in his

Lawyers further alleged that Byrne and his former
wife Arlene transferred $3 million to a bank in the
Isle of Man as "proceeds from the sale of fraudulently
transferred property within one year to the date" of
Robert Byrnes' bankruptcy filing.
From his Isle of Man account, Byrne allegedly
transferred money to the FBME Bank in Tanzania in the
name of "Nautica," and to other accounts in the name of
Roxeperin LLC and Roxeperin Red Sea Management
LLC. Nautica LLC is located in San Jose, Costa Rica,
according to the Isle of Man court.
The Tanzania account held $860,570 on July 30,
2009, a date more than one year after Byrne told
the court he had no undeclared assets and the U.S.
Court had frozen his assets pending completion of
his bankruptcy case.
The shares of the Roxeperin companies are
owned by Sodol Trust, with the trustee as Southpac
Trust Ltd., Rarotonga, Cook Islands, of which Byrne
is the settler, according to the court report.
Arlene Byrne, through her company Cheracol,
received $697,000 as her share of the $3 million.
In addition, Byrne moved a portion of the $3
million to Friends Provident International Ltd., Royal
Court, Castletown, Isle of Man.
Cains lawyers alleged that Byrne has "lied under
oath in the U.S. Bankruptcy case and related mat-
ters and proceedings and claimed these accounts and
assets did not exist."
Attorneys concluded their argument by claiming
that Byrne "deliberately removed and transferred" the
assets, in violation of his sworn statements and U.S. law.
Efforts to reach either Robert or Arlene Byrne for
comment were unsuccessful. Efforts to reach attorney
Richard Lee in Tampa, the last known legal counsel
for Byrne, also were unsuccessful.
For more on Byrne and GSR, go online to www.

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Haiti calls

I didn't know anyone in New York at the time of
the Sept. 11 tragedy. And I didn't know anyone in New
Orleans when Katrina struck.
I was lucky in that sense.
Now the crisis the catastrophe is in Haiti, and
I have friends there. Dear friends. Good friends. Like
family to me.
The earthquake has been devastating for them.
After my trip there in May, I couldn't have imag-
ined any place that was more destitute, more needy,
more deserving of aid.
I once compared it to hell, but that wasn't fair. It
seemed hot as hell. But in Haiti, there are beautiful
people, loving souls, and so many young people, so
undeserving of their fate.
And that was then.
My friend, Haitian-born Jean Ronald Joseph, a man
who struggled to rise above poverty in Haiti to join
family in Canada and the United States and became a
citizen and a priest, was my reason for going to Haiti.
He built a nonprofit ministry to meet some of the needs
in Haiti, and I sought to learn first-hand hellish prob-
lems he faced in order to be of some help establishing
a business there that would benefit the ministry. And
to meet and know the children and people he loves.
He's there now, helping in every possible way, and
as I like to say, turning nickels into dollars. He does so
much with so little. The ministry guesthouse is minutes
from the Port-au-Prince airport and he's on the ground
providing aid.
My friend Barbara Sato was in Haiti with me, and
she thinks this could be a blessing this devastating
And she's right in thinking there will finally be
enough focus and attention to Haiti's problems, that
the relief they need will at last come.
But don't let anyone fool you into believing the
political spin that we can help Haiti rebuild.
Haiti needs to build anew. A fresh start. To finally
have an honest government, an electric company to
serve the communities, wells and plants to produce
potable water that is delivered to every home along
with a sewer and sanitation system. They need medi-
cal services to meet the needs of a population that is
already vastly infected with HIV.
Haiti needs more people like Father Ron and
Please, give somewhere to aid Haiti, and if you
wish to help my friend, give to the Ministry of Presence
in care of The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
These are our friends in need.

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Lifeguard tribute sought
Dedicate the new Manatee Public Beach pier to
Dave Miller. Let the man go down in history as being
one of the greatest lifeguards on the west coast of
I started surfing at the Manatee Public Beach in
1963. I was 8 years old. Back then it was Bill and
Noel Mullis, Tuffy Johnson, Dave Miller, Rocky
von Hahmann and a few others who guarded county
In the early 1960s, the locals called Manatee
Public Beach the "PB" for public beach.
Omar and Tossie Bernard ran the concession
back then, followed by Herman and Teresa Polsma.
And during those years, the master of ceremonies
was Dave Miller, soon to become head lifeguard of
all the county beaches.
Back in those days we were allowed to jump off
the end of the pier to surf during hurricane season,
when large ground swells would arrive on Anna
Maria Island. Southerly swells would generate very
strong lateral currents out of the south. There were
many times beachgoers, surfers and experienced
swimmers would try to swim or paddle out at the
south end of the county beach. They would be swept
northward toward the pier. Currents would sometimes
reach 5-10 mph. Once these people would get within
60 feet of the pier, the current would turn and head
offshore and push these people toward the end of the
It would be 5-6 feet of whitewater washing
through the pier. Lots of barnacles and oysters. There
were many times I watched Dave Miller dive in on
the southside of the pier into the current and meet
these unfortunate people. Most of the time, the cur-
rent was too strong to get them around the end of the
pier. So Miller would grab hold of them and prepare
them for the ride through the pier. We called it the
"meat grinder."

Dave Miller was out on the pier risking his life
for these people. And, if Dave Miller were alive
today, he would still be telling us about those days.
Please contact your commissioner, mayor or life-
guard and put in a request for Miller to be memorial-
ized at the new Manatee Public Beach pier.
Capt. Joe Webb, Anna Maria

Got to run
What a wonderful surprise to be recognized as
the sports story of the year.
Thank you so much for the honor. Most of us
runners don't run for any special recognition. We just
enjoy the run itself.
However, I must admit that the added encourage-
ment I receive from your readers does give this old
gal a boost.
Thanks again. Gotta run.
Sandy Meneley, Holmes Beach

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners recently added
a monthly meeting to the city's calendar.
On the first Thursday of each month, department
heads will meet to discuss updates to the city's Web
site at www.cityofbradentonbeach.com.
The commissioners reached the decision Jan. 12
during a 90-minute discussion on how to improve the
look and maintenance of the site.
For more than a year commissioners, in con-
cert with members of the ScenicWAVES advisory
committee, have been discussing improvements
to the site, created and maintained by Richard
Gatehouse of Design 1 Studio and hosted by
The site contains a variety of information, from
a history of the city to trash pickup schedules, from
building permit applications to a database of meeting
agendas and meeting minutes.
Commissioners Janie Robertson and Bob Bar-
telt have raised questions about how the city tracks

the costs associated with updating the site, wl
maintained with funds from each of the city d
Robertson said it is difficult to quickly dete
how much the site maintenance costs the city
ally and how much a single task such as up
a photograph costs.
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site, also focused on the site's appearance an(
tent, especially on how best to keep the site ci
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mended a monthly meeting for department he
discuss needed changes.
"I see the pier managed very well," said B
referring to the Historic Bridge Street Pier a
monthly pier team meetings with department
involved with maintaining the pier.
He suggested a similar meeting to discus
site updates would help prevent "stuff falling th
the cracks."
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Worst fish kill in decades hits state, AMI

By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
A prolonged period with low temperatures below
30 degrees has led to what could be the worst fish kill
in decades.
On Anna Maria Island, charter captains and vari-
ous anglers are reporting canals filled with dead fish.
Many anglers are concerned about Florida's No. 1
game fish, snook, which is particularly fragile when
it comes to frigid weather.
"This is why we have snook regulations so strict,"
Capt. Scott Moore said. "We have to keep the stocks
up in case it freezes."
But snook wasn't the only species to take a hit from
the Arctic cold fronts. Pompano, ladyfish, grouper, snap-
per, pinfish, as well as sea turtles and even alligators,
reportedly died from the extreme low water tempera-
tures. That's just the top of the list.
"If it swims in water, it's been affected," said
Rick Roberts, director of the Snook Foundation.
The 2010 prolonged cold spell could go down
as the worst in recent history. Roberts predicted that
between 500,000 and 2 million fish died statewide
since last week's freeze. That's more than the 1977
freeze that Roberts said took out an estimated 500,000
Roberts said that in 1977, the populations
rebounded thanks in part to relatively undeveloped
habitat. He doesn't expect such rebounds this time.

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Days after the cold snap, dead fish wash up on the
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"In 2010, we have approximately one half the
nursery habitat that's still is in existence," he said.
"The rest has been developed into parking lots, roads,
condos, et cetera."
Roberts called the fish kill a "teachable
"Fishermen and people who live around the water
take populations of fish for granted," Roberts said.

"The environment is fragile."
Snook spawn in passes, and larval fish eventu-
ally reach mangroves. Once the snook are about 2-3
inches in length, they head up rivers until they reach
about one foot in length, before moving into bays and
onto grass flats.
Thousands of these 2-3-inch fish are reportedly
dead. Roberts said he received a report from Capt.
Joel Bradenberg that there were thousands of dead
juvenile snook in the Little Manatee River.
"That means we've lost 3-5 years of a popula-
tion," Roberts said.
Roberts also said he received a report from an
angler who said in Jacksonville's St. John's River,
there were more than 500 dead snook, as well as dead
tarpon and other species. The fish kill reportedly hit
as far south as Islamorada in the Keys.
Locally, hundreds of dead fish are afloat or lying
on bottoms in almost every canal. Captains suggested
that anglers leave the fish alone in case they aren't
dead and can revive in warmer temperatures. Snook
are out of season anyway, and cannot be snagged or
"I'm upset about it," said Capt. Zach Zacharias,
who charters out of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez.
"But we've been through this before. I've seen a
number of these in my lifetime. And the snook always
come back. It's just sad because there's nothing you
can do about it."

Cold turtles rescued on AMI, statewide

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Soon after dawn, with the tide low, John Young
hiked west along the Manatee River, searching in the
Randy West and Max Dersch hiked east along the
river in Robinson Preserve. They too were searching
in the mangroves.
All three men were looking for stranded sea tur-
tles Jan. 14, the day after West, a ranger with Manatee
County's natural resources department, found a cold-
shocked green turtle on the shore in the northwest
Bradenton preserve.
West had been out on the river trail collecting
litter. He said he reached for a piece of plastic, noticed
a slight movement on the ground and the green turtle
that became known as Robinson was saved.
Statewide, thousands of sea turtles were saved
during the cold spell, many of them in situations
much like Robinson.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission reported that a large-scale team of gov-
ernment employees and wildlife rescue volunteers
assisted in the rescue effort, which resulted in more
than 750 sea turtles being taken for triage to Mer-
ritt Island National Refuge near the Kennedy Space
Center and more than 70 turtles on Honeymoon
Island near Dunedin.
"The work being done for sea turtles has required
a tremendous collaborative effort with other agencies,
businesses and rehab facilities," said FWC chair-
man Rodney Barreto. "We thank everyone who has
provided us with assistance to ensure sea turtles get
through this unprecedented period of cold."
Locally, the team included waterfront hom-
eowners, fishers and representatives from Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch, Manatee County Natural
Resources Department and Mote Marine Labora-
AMITW's first response was to a call of a
stranded turtle on the Island's north end. AMITW
executive director Suzi Fox said the green turtle had
perished, probably from cold-shock.
AMITW next responded to a call Jan. 11 from
a fisherman in Bradenton Beach, who found a
green turtle near the bayside on the south end of the
Fox said that turtle, nicknamed Brady, was
wrapped in a blanket and taken to Mote Marine in
Sarasota, where other turtles suffering cold-shock
were being treated, many of them from the east

"We' re going into overdrive to care for these ani-
mals," said Mote veterinarian Andy Stamper.
Two blasts of Arctic air kept Floridians bundled
up and vacationers from frolicking in the water for
much of the first 14 days of January.
The temperatures two weeks of nights below
40 degrees in Manatee County proved more severe
for wildlife, with experts reporting the largest fish
kill in years, the rescue of several manatees and the
massive rescue of sea turtles, which suffer cold shock
when water temperatures plummet. The turtles may
float listlessly in the water or wash onto shore.
After rescuing Brady, AMITW responded to addi-
tional calls of turtle strandings, including the rescue
of a 150-pound loggerhead in west Bradenton and
the green turtle Randy West found on the riverbank
in Robinson Preserve.
The lo 'c . i h.ad. nicknamed Kate, was taken to
Mote, where, on Jan. 14, Fox reported the turtle was
"eating and doing well."
Robinson also was taken to Mote.
"I would' t have seen him if I hadn't reached for
the plastic," said West.
So early Jan. 14, just in case there were more like
Robinson, West hiked the river's edge to make sure
there were no more stranded turtles in the preserve.
Dersch and Young also made the trek that morning,
with the temperature about 42 degrees and a sharp
wind out of the northeast.
They hiked separately, collecting litter as they

"If there is an\ thine., we' re going to see it a little
bit better at low tide," Young said.
He walked on the tidal flats toward Perico Bayou,
a trail he's familiar with from bird-watching out-
"This is beautiful," Young said as he watched
several herons hunt in the shallow water of the river.
"This is awesome."
Young saw numerous birds, including herons,
osprey, wood storks and vultures, as well as many
dead fish, and he collected a bag of litter. But he
found no turtles. Neither did the rangers.
Young described the trek as doing "due dili-
gence." He and Fox also scoured the Island beaches
for stranded turtles last week.
FWC reported more than 3,000 turtles and
the number was still climbing as the Islander went
to press were affected by the cold, most of them
green turtles, but also loggerheads, Kemp's Ridley
and hawksbill turtles.
Rescuers found stranded turtles in Sarasota,
Brevard, St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, Monroe,
Bay, Gulf, Pinellas and Charlotte counties, as well
as Manatee.
"I am extremely proud of everyone who has
pulled together to make sure these very special ani-
mals can survive one of the worst cold spells our state
has ever seen," Barreto said. "It just shows what can
be accomplished when folks pull together."

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AM Pier celebration set for April 2011

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After setting and resetting the dates for the Anna
Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration several times,
the committee charged with organizing the festival
set April 14-17, 2011, as the celebration days.
The committee selected the dates at its Jan. 11
meeting in order to reserve Bayfront Park well in
advance of the celebration.
But the committee still faces a potential conflict
with the Anna Maria Island Real Florida Festival,
which will have its inaugural celebration in April and
plans call for it to be an annual event.
"I can't see two big events back to back," said
committee chairperson Sissy Quinn.
Committee member SueLynn was not discour-
aged, however. She said the Real Florida festival
will host many of its events in Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach and sje predicted that "people will be
out here if the weather is good."
Quinn said she would resolve any possible date
conflicts with Real Florida festival organizer David
The committee got an economic boost from the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society when Susan
Anderson confirmed the society would provide $2,000
in seed money to jump start ordering of pendants,
T-shirts, coffee mugs and other memorabilia that will
be sold in advance and during the celebration.
The committee got another boost from amateur
photographer and Anna Maria resident Tom Toilette,
who presented the committee with an enlarged photo
printed on canvas of the city pier.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said the pic-
ture will be perfect for the centennial celebration's
Web site when that is up and running.
"It can easily be used to advertise the pier centen-
nial. It's very recognizable as the pier," she said.
"You can use it however you want," said Tol-

The committee can sell copies of the photo and
a large canvas-backed original could be auctioned,
suggested Quinn.
The committee plans to begin sales of items in
February 2011 and will begin advertising the event
before that month, Quinn said.
Jeweler Wendy Thurlow showed committee
members a pendant she designed that depicts the pier
and could be sold at Island locations.
Mattick said she would contact Island retail shops
to sell the pendant and suggested that order forms for


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the city pier
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pendants could be placed in local newspapers.
Thurlow said the price for a bronze pendant
would be around $10 to $12, while a sterling silver
pendant would be $18 to $20.
The committee also discussed banners, advertis-
ing, music and publicity for the event.
SueLynn said the committee agreed they need to
create a focus on people coming to Anna Maria for
the centennial celebration.
The committee's next meeting is scheduled for
3 p.m. Feb. 8 at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive. The meeting is open to the public.

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The Island Communities for a Lifetime commit-
tee will hold an informational expo at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.
The committee, consisting of representatives
from Island groups and the Island cities, was formed
as part of a statewide initiative to improve communi-
ties for all ages.
The event will feature informational booths, as
well as the CarFit program, at which people can get
advice on how to adjust their vehicles for improved
safety and comfort.
At the event, attendees also can complete a Com-
munities for a Lifetime survey of Island life.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-

Star Fish hosts celebration
The Star Fish Company Market & Restaurant in
Cortez will host the January Jubilee celebration for
the local American Cancer Society chapter.
The celebration, a rally for the Relay for Life on
Anna Maria Island, will take place Monday, Jan. 25,
from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the restaurant, 12306 46th
Ave. W., Cortez.
The relay will take place at Coquina Beach May
For more information, call the ACS at 941-745-
1214, ext. 5804.

Facebook seminar rescheduled
An Anna Maria Island Community Center sem-
inar on using Facebook was postponed from Dec.
10 to Jan. 28 due to a lack of pre-registered partici-
The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., will host the
re-scheduled session on social networking with
a focus on helping organizations and businesses
develop a presence on Facebook from 9 a.m. to
11 a.m.
Admission is $20-$25.
For more information or to register, call the
Center at 941-778-1908.

Library to hold book sale
The Friends of the Library will hold its annual
book sale Feb. 5-6 at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Feb. 5 sale, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is for
Friends of the Library members. People can pur-
chase memberships the day of the preview sale at
the library.
The Feb. 6 sale, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to
the public.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-

Support sought for

storytelling club
Part-time Islander Glen Milne likes a good
And he's looking for others interested in telling
and listening to stories, as well as promoting the art
of storytelling.
Milne, a Canadian snowbird who lives on the
Island about three months of the year, is proposing
the creation of a storytelling club that would meet
perhaps two evenings a month for about two hours.
During that period, there would be a half-dozen
stories shared, including a "feature presentation"
story of about 20 minutes.
Milne participated in storytelling events in
"It seems to me that our community here is full
of folks who could tell very interesting stories from
their life and literature, and many who would enjoy
a regular evening to hear them," he said.
Milne, as of last week, had discussed his idea
with about a dozen people on Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key and found "enthusiasm for this proj-
Milne is seeking to hear from people interesting
in storytelling. E-mail him at ggdm@istar.ca or call

Center to hold
volunteer orientation
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will hold a volunteer
orientation program at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22.
For more information or to register, call the
Center at 941-778-1908, ext. 9211.

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Celebrating 90 years
Clara Franks celebrates her 90th birthday Jan. 3
at Melinda's Cafe in Holmes. Franks moved to the
area in 1953 and has been a member of St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach since the
founding of the church. She helped start the church
rummage sales and is a past president of the CCW.

Name that quilt contest begins
The Eyeland Needlers are inviting people to
enter the 10th annual contest to name the quilt -.--
created to benefit the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Tour of Homes.
The quilt, displayed at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, will be raffled
during the tour, scheduled to take place Satur-
day, March 20, on the Island.
The winner of the naming contest will
receive 50 chances in the raffle.
Quilters include Judy Bennett, Jane Cole-
man, Mary Jo Gaspari, Dolores Harrell, Anna
Horne, Joan Pettigrew, Marcia Powers, Penny
Reinholz and Betsy Smith.
For more information about the tour, call the
Center at 941-778-1908.
The Eyeland Needlers quilt, created for
the Anna Maria Island Community Center
Tour of Homes, is at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

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Players to stage 'Self Help'

The Island Players will stage the third play of the
61st season at their Anna Maria theater Jan. 21-Feb.
Performances of Norm Foster's "Self Help," an
adult comedy, will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater, 10001
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, is dark on Mondays.
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon-
days through Saturdays, as well as an hour before
curtain time.
The cast includes Laurie and Fred Zimmerman,
Laura Morales, Mary Jo Johnson, Herb Stump and

Lecture series continues
The Friends of the Island Library's lecture series
continues at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, with a travel
lecture by Tim Oldread on the Galapagos Islands.
Other programs include:
2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, a
lecture by former Washington correspondent James
McCartney on America and the Middle East.
10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, a lecture by Ron
McCarty of the Ringling Museum.
2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, a lecture by author
Tim Berra on Charles Darwin.
2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, a travel lecture by
Shelley Massey on Costa Rica.
10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 11, a lecture by
biologist Kim Bassos-Hull on dolphin research.
Admission to the lectures is free.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Bingo is back
Bingo is back at the Annie Silver Community
Center beginning Thursday, Jan. 21.
The center, 103 23rd St. at Avenue C in Braden-
ton Beach, will host games at 7 p.m. on Thursdays
through the season.
Dale and Dave Redeker will serve as the call-
For more information, call Kit Redeker at 941-
St. Bernard to prepare for Lent
The Rev. Andy O'Reilly will preach during St.
Bernard Catholic Church's parish mission at 7 p.m.
Feb. 1-3 at the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
The program prepares the congregation for the
season of Lent.
O' Reilly is with the order of the Society of the
Precious Blood. He has a master's in divinity from
the Weston Jesuit School of Tlc v ,1, s' in Cambridge,
Mass., and studied at the Graduate Theological Union
in Berkeley, Calif.
"He is a popular preacher with experience as a
seminary formation director and nearly 25 years as a
pastor of parishes throughout the country," according
to a news release from the church.
For more information, call the church office at

James Prince.
Kelly Wynn Woodland is directing the play,
with Patrick Johnson as co-director and Mike Lusk
as stage manager.
The next performance on the calendar is "Catch
Me If You Can," to be staged March 18-April 4.
Auditions will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at
the theater.
For more information about tickets, call the box
office at 941-778-5755.
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is taking registration
now for a dog-obedience course.
The instructor is Cheryl Brown of The Last Paw
Dog Training. She will teach "Puppy Kindergarten,"
which will take place from Feb. 20-March 6 at the
The course is for dogs 8-16 weeks old.
The course fee is $55.
The Center also will hold a basic dog-obedience
class from Feb. 20-March 27.
The fee is $105.
To register and for more information, call the
Center at 941-778-1908.

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Crosspointe Fellowship will host a women's
Bible study group, 7 Leaps of Faith, this winter at
the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The group will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26,
as well as Tuesdays in February and March.
Bible teacher Patty Allen will lead the group.
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AM commission to review most site plans

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The way it used to be in Anna Maria is the way
it will be in Anna Maria.
The Anna Maria City Commission will soon be
back in its original role of granting final approval for
most site plans.
At a joint city commission-planning and zoning
board meeting Jan. 14, the majority of commission-
ers and board members voted informally to have the
commission grant final approval for site plans that
may change the intensity or use of a property. That' s
the way it was when the commission first adopted
site-plan review procedures in 2003.
But that changed in 2007 when the commission
agreed unanimously to give the P&Z board authority
to grant final site-plan approval, including for retail-
office-residential developments on Pine Avenue.
Last week's vote, however, was not unanimous.
P&Z board members Mike Yetter, Bob Barlow
and Sandy Mattick voted to keep final approval with
P&Z. Randall Stover, Frank Pytel, Margaret Jenkins
and Jim Conoly opted for a return to the original site-
plan procedure.
Commissioners were not nearly as divided, with
John Quam, Dale Woodland and Harry Stoltzfus
voting to bring back the old system. Jo Ann Mattick
wanted no change and Commissioner Chuck Webb
reluctantly voted for amending the site-plan proce-
dures to involve the commission in final approval.
Webb had wanted the commission to study the
issue further before making any change.
The issue surfaced during the recent election
cycle, said Quam.
He said many voters told him during the cam-
paign that they believed the commission should give
final authority for site plans, not the P&Z board.
Stoltzfus, who made it no secret that he wanted
the commission to approve site plans, particularly

those on Pine Avenue, said any project in the ROR
district should be approved by the commission.
He has publicly opposed three recent site plans
submitted by Pine Avenue Restoration LLC for ROR
projects on Pine Avenue, and said the city should not
have granted PAR its already approved plans.
Under current site-plan procedures, city staff
can approve minor site plans, while the P&Z board
approves those with an impact on the city, such as
developments in the ROR. The city commission
approves sub-division site plans.
Woodland also said he heard from many voters
during the campaign, and the majority wanted the
commission to grant final site-plan approval.
"For me, it's a concern that we should do what
the citizens want us to do. It's not political. People
told me elected officials should be responsible for
approving the majority of site plans, and we have to
consider the residents," he said.
Commissioner Mattick opposed any change on
the grounds that the procedures were working fine.
Woodland noted also that the site-plan review
procedures are relatively new, and when first adopted
in 2003, commissioners had foreseen the day when
changes would be made.
"It's all part of the growing process. We knew all
along we might have to change the procedures, and we
might have to change again in the future," he said.
Additionally, he said that when the commission
transferred approval authority to the P&Z board,
there was not as much development activity on Pine
Avenue as there is now.
P&Z board member Sandy Mattick said she
didn't understand why site plans become an issue.
"Not one of you has ever said you disagreed with
what we did," she said.
But Pytel presented several reasons to change the
system back to its previous method.
P&Z board members are appointed, not elected,

he said. If the voters are unhappy with a P&Z deci-
sion, board members can't be voted out of office like
In addition, if the board denies a site plan, the
applicant can appeal to the city commission. If it
approves a site plan opposed by neighbors, those
neighbors have to incur the expense of filing a legal
action in court.
In his opinion, the P&Z board should remain
advisory and the commission should have final
Woodland, Quam and Stoltzfus agreed that
elected officials should be the ones who grant final
Yet to be decided, however, is what constitutes
a site plan of such impact that it increases intensity
and should go to the commission.
Webb argued that the commission should not
confine its approval authority to just ROR projects.
At the same time, however, many site plans should
not go to the commission, he said.
Another problem in amending the site-plan pro-
cedures to return approval to the commission is the
time and cost to get a site plan approved.
Woodland said he wanted to review options to
streamline the process and reduce costs.
Presently, it costs $3,000 for a site plan applica-
tion and takes several months for approval, including
a public hearing before P&Z.
Mike Coleman of PAR said he was pleased with
the discussions.
"I'm encouraged that we are clarifying the lan-
guage and everyone will get equal treatment," he
Quam, as commission chairperson, set another
joint meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 11 to discuss changes to
Chapter 90 and hear a preliminary ordinance amend-
ment prepared by staff to return site-plan approval to
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 20, 2010 0 13

Non-permitted construction needs permit

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's code enforcement board at its Jan.
11 meeting extended a lenient hand to Pedro Fernan-
dez of 209 Harden Blvd.
In July 2009, code enforcement officer Gerry
Rathvon found Fernandez was building a stairway
and railing at the property without a permit and the
construction did not meet city code.
Her efforts to resolve the issue with Fernandez
were unsuccessful, and he was brought before the
board for violating city ordinance. The board could
have fined him up to $250 per day for any infrac-
But the board noted that Fernandez had halted
construction when advised by Rathvon on July 28.

Although efforts by Rathvon to meet with Fer-
nandez to resolve the issue prior to Jan. 11 were
unsuccessful, the board granted him 30 days to obtain
a building permit and come into compliance with city
In a separate case, the board agreed to extend the
deadline for Reginald and Sherry Flagg of 201 S. Bay
Blvd. to obtain turtle friendly lighting.
Rathvon said she talked to the contractor who will
install the lights and was told they were ordered, but
had not arrived. Rathvon originally gave the Flaggs
until Dec. 31, 2009, to come into compliance with
the code.
"As we are not in the turtle season, I don't have a
problem with an extension," Rathvon told CEB chair-
man Bill Iseman.

"But technically, they are outside the compliance
period," Iseman noted for the record.
Rather than citing the Flaggs for a code violation,
the board unanimously approved a motion to give
the Flaggs until 5 p.m., Feb. 5 to install the lights for
compliance with the code.
The board's next meeting is at 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

PAR site plan

before P&Z
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria' s planning and zoning board at a Jan.
19 public hearing was scheduled to review a site-plan
application by Pine Avenue Restoration LLC.
The site plan is for 216 Pine Ave., where PAR
proposes to develop a two-story retail-office-residen-
tial complex.
PAR' s site-plan application was made before the
city commission and P&Z board discussed having
development applications for the ROR district go
to the city commission for approval, not the P&Z
The commission will have to meet and vote on
any amendments to the site-plan procedures before
the proposed change is implemented.
The P&Z board generally does not grant final
approval at the first site-plan hearing, but continues
the public hearing to a date and time certain to gather
more information and have questions to staff and the
applicant answered.
City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus is already on
record as opposing the project. Stoltzfus made his
comments on a blog site and in a letter to the city

The Florida Department of Transportation has
advised motorists of the following construction
projects on Anna Maria Island from Dec. 21-25
that may affect driving.

Anna Maria:
Pine Avenue from Gulf Drive to Bay
Boulevard. The DOT project involves resur-
facing and milling of Pine Avenue. No lane
closures are expected, but motorists can expect
daytime delays and are advised to use caution
while in the area.
Gulf Drive: Willow Avenue to Pine Avenue.
The project involves resurfacing and milling and
some sidewalk construction along Gulf Drive.
No lane closures are anticipated, but motorists
are advised to use caution while in the area and
expect delays.

Bradenton Beach:
State Road 789 from Fifth Street South to
Cortez Road. There are no planned lane closures,
but motorists are advised to expect daytime delays
while work crews repair sidewalks and install
landscaping. This DOT said the completion date
is some time in February.

Anna Maria
road closure
The Manatee County Sewer Department is
repairing a lift station in Anna Maria between
Jan. 18 and Feb. 12 and has advised motorists to
expect intermittent weekday delays on Magnolia
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White boots ready for fishing festival

By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
When the fishing boots aren't covered with mud,
slime and blood, something's wrong in Cortez.
Linda Molto had been noticing that with all the
added fishing regulations and a slumping economy,
the fishermen needed work.
Those boots needed action.
"I just thought, 'Everybody's got their white
boots and they're ready to work," said Molto, a
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage volunteer.
The situation gave Molto the idea for the theme
of the Feb. 20-21 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi-
val: "White boots ready."
Quite a difference compared to the past two
years, in which the themes were edible crabs and
mullet, and such.
The FISH T-shirts are designed, featuring a color-
ful pelican wearing giant white boots.
FISH asked art students in Manatee County
middle and high schools, as well as those at the State
College of Florida, for a T-shirt design based on the
Justin Garrison, a student at SCF, designed this
year's winner. Molto said he will win $100 and some
The other contestants' art will be displayed at the
For the second year, the Florida Maritime
Museum will be open during the festival.
A 1912-foot Compac boat that was donated to the
museum, and is on museum property at Cortez Road
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day of the two-day celebration in the historic fishing
The Islander is sponsoring the event, at which
chefs novices and pros in separate contests will
serve a panel of judges their best mullet dishes.
There is no entry fee for novices, but restaurants
must pay a $25 fee.
Also, there is no limit on the number of entries
from one person. So, a contestant might arrive to
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mullet, blackened mullet, barbecued mullet, grilled
mullet, baked mullet, maybe even ceviche mullet.
Restaurant winners receive bi''in' rights for
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Individuals will compete for a "Best Mullet
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$25 and the winner of the "Most Original Recipe"
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 20, 2010 0 15

County marine rescue HQ gets city review

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A long-planned marine rescue headquarters got
the planning and zoning board treatment and OK
- in Bradenton Beach Jan. 14.
The board met at city hall to review Manatee
County's plan for the headquarters on the bayside of
Coquina Beach just south of Leffis Key.
In late 2009, county commissioners approved a
$1.1 million contract for Zirkelbach Construction Inc.
of Palmetto to build the headquarters south of Leffis
The headquarters will provide work space for
marine rescue personnel, storage space for gear and
vehicles, a conference and lecture room, computer
center, training facilities for lifeguards and lockers
for their personal effects.
The building, said county project manager Darin
Cushing, would be for county operations, and is not
intended as a public-meeting facility.
Originally that was part of the concept, Cushing
said, but because the land is zoned for parks and rec-
reation, the facility cannot serve as a public meeting
The headquarters also would contain work and
storage space for the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office's marine deputy branch, currently stationed
at Regatta Point in Palmetto.
Because the project is a "major development"
under Bradenton Beach regulations, the planning
board held the Jan. 14 hearing.
Cushing reviewed the proposal at the start of the
"This has been probably in the works for about
10 years now," he said.
Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert
reviewed the city staff position on the project that
it meets the goals in the city's comprehensive plan,
parking is adequate, the land use is appropriate and
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cer Gail Garneau, acting as the meeting clerk, read
several letters into the record, including two from
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Al Robinson, who
signed his letters as Al "Lower Taxes" Robinson.
Robinson complained about the proposed
expense. "We have done without this until now,"
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suggesting it better resemble "ageless 'Key West'
classic revival style."
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lifeguards in wheelchairs? Robinson asked.
Cushing responded, because that's the law and
the requirement of the Florida building code.
Forty-five minutes into the hearing, the planning
board began its discussion of the proposed project.
Board members asked about hours, staffing and the
character of the building, which was designed to
withstand 150-mph winds.
"I like the look of the building," planning board
member Jo Ann Meilner said. "I don't think it needs
to have spires."
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voted unanimously to recommend the city commis-
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AME studei
Holmes Beach Police Officer Brian Copeman
enters Anne Kinnan's fifth-grade classroom and asks,
"What time is it?"
The class responds with a resounding boom,
Copeman, Anna Maria Elementary school's
resource officer, has been working with the school's
fifth-graders and the Drug Abuse Resistance Educa-
tion program for three years.
"Unlike most police work, I get to talk to kids and
do preventative work. I teach kids to say 'no' during
bad situations," Copeman says.
In the past, DARE was taught to fifth-grade
students during the last semester of school. But,
this year, Copeman decided to move DARE to the
beginning of the year. By teaching DARE early in
the school year, Copeman was able to help students
develop their resistance sooner.
"We' re so pleased that Officer Copeman was
able to give his time to DARE early on. After all,
it's all about prevention. We are very fortunate to
have Officer Copeman," AME guidance counselor
Cindi Harrison says.
As soon as Copeman enters the room, students
pay attention and sit up in their seats. On this par-
ticular day, Copeman is running a few minutes late
because he had responded to a car accident. Students
soon begin to ask questions about his day as a patrol
officer and what his job entails.
As the DARE program starts, Copeman questions
students about what they have learned. As he calls on
each student by name, they light up as they proudly
state what they know.
"What is the DARE decision-making model?"
he asks. Almost all the hands in the room shoot up.
"Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate," one
young boy responds.
DARE teaches students preventative measures
through bookwork, stories and real life experi-
Copeman puts students into groups to act out
ways to say no to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. In
today's scenario, three students pretend to have a
pillow fight at a sleepover, while one girl asks if the
other two would like to have an alcoholic drink.
Two of the students respond, "No, I'd rather not
lose my brain cells."
Copeman approves, and tells students this way
they not only said, "no," but also gave a good reason
why they don't want to do drugs or alcohol.
"Fifth-grade is a transition year. These students
are now king of the castle at AME, and next year
in middle school, they will be the low man on the
pole again, but this gives us a way to help install
morals and values in them at a young age," Cope-

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C The Manatee County School District is partner-
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a countywide effort to raise relief funds for Haiti.
District employees and students can contribute
to this effort through, Feb. 1. All donations will go
directly to the American Red Cross Haiti Disaster
Relief Fund.
Donation checks should be payable to the Ameri-
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and mailed to Manatee Public Schools Community
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County, PO. Box 9069, Bradenton FL 34206
Donations can also be dropped off at the School
Support Center at 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
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Student broadcast: Good morning AME

When you think of television news, NBC, ABC,
FOX and CNN come to mind, but tucked away in a
part of the media center at Anna Maria Elementary
School sits a small studio where students serve as
news reporters, producers and t.- hl ,i ,,_.'y experts.
"The morning news is important because it gives
the student body needed information and also teaches
the students involved how to develop speeches, learn
to work as a team and teaches them if one student
is absent, the others have to pick up the slack," said
AME media specialist Lynne McDonough.
Each day fifth-grade students tape the morning
news for the following morning's broadcast. The
program has been so popular that that McDonough
has had to limit participation to fifth- graders. Every
student participates in each aspect of the show.
"I' ve been waiting to do this since kindergarten,"
said camera-operator Brianna Connelly.
In the studio, students are given control of graph-
ics, audio, camera operation and switching to name
a few of the jobs.
News anchors Anthony Cucci and Jack Coleman
look forward to finding out what news they are going
to report to the AME student body.
"I love to see myself in the morning and laugh at
myself," said Cucci. "Seriously, if there wasn't morning
news, kids wouldn't know what is important and what
is going to happen during the week," remarked Cucci.
The morning news is so popular with students
that some, like Coleman, opt to give up recess to
volunteer in the studio.
"This is way more fun than recess," Coleman
The morning news consists of daily news, lunch,
weather and special reports of what is going on

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At the end of the taping, McDonough and her
technology-savvy students review the show to deter-
mine what could have been done differently and to
note what went smoothly.
"I wish I had this when I was younger. It
really gives students a chance to work together
and learn skills they will need later on in life," said
Many students who have participated in the AME
morning news will continue to study television pro-
duction in middle, high school and sometimes go on
to receive a communications degree in college.
Soon, you may flip on the nightly news and see
one of AME's own graduates reporting the news.
Editor's note: Kimberly Kuizon, a product of
AME, is a 2009 graduate in telecommunications from
the University of Florida.

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Elizabeth Ann Caudill
April 30, 1933 January 10, 2010
away at Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond B each, FL
on January 10, 2010. Ann was born at home in Rockwell,
NC on April 30, 1933, the youngest of five siblings.
Ann was married to John Thomas Caudill in August
1948. From 1950to 1964AnnlivedinNorthCarolina and
Florida where she gave birth to seven children, six sons
and one daughter. Ann and her family moved to Virginia
in 1964. Ann will always be remembered as a devoted
homemaker and mother to her children and husband.
During her time in Virginia, Ann was tireless in her support of her children
as the consummate "Soccer Mom". Because of her kids love for sports, she
became a #1 Redskins Fan to enjoy and share the things they loved with them.
In the neighborhood, her house was the one where the kids congregated; and
parents always knew their children were safe when Ann was watching over.
In her last years in Virginia, Ann worked for Everhart Jewelers and sought to
become a certified gemologist.
Ann retired to Florida in 1980 and lived there until moving out West to
Palm Springs, CAin 1997 and onto Lake Havasu City, AZ in 1999. Ann lived
in Lake Havasu from 1999 until 2005 when she returned to Florida to live out
her life with her daughter Vickie.
Ann completed her high school and college education training in Florida.
She was an avid lover of birds and could be found most mornings sitting by
the window watching for her favorite Cardinals and enjoying a "hot" cup of
coffee. A woman steadfast in her faith and belief in God and Jesus Christ,
she was always the first to pray for a friend or family member in need. She
was selfless throughout her life, always the first to give all she had to friends,
family and charity.
Ann overcame many medical struggles in her life that would have kept
many down. She did it with her spirit, her determination and always with a
beautiful smile on her face. She was truly an inspiration to that "never give
up" attitude. Tough as they come, but soft and loving through and through,
everyone she met simply "loved" Mom. It's no wonder we all became instant
friends. She will be sincerely missed by her many friends and family members,
who cared dearly for her.
A memorial service to celebrate Ann's life will be held Saturday, January
16, 2010 at 1:00 pm at the Celebration Christian Church, 1011 W. International
Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
In lieu of flowers and other remembrances, the family suggests that donations
be made to the National Audubon Society.
Ann was preceded in passing by her daughter Vickie; and her brothers:
Craig & LT. Ann is survived by her husband, Tom; six sons and their spouses:
Tommy and his wife Karen, Mike and his wife Peggy, Chuck and his wife Dara,
Don and his wife Barbara, Joey and his friend Debby and Brad and his friend
Mandy; two sisters and their families: Frances andherhusband Frank and Betty;
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Dolphin Dash: A running success

By: Kimberly Kuizon
Islander Reporter
Runners of all ages woke up early Jan. 16 to par-
ticipate in the fourth annual Dolphin Dash 5k race
and 1-mile fun run.
"I really think after the fourth year this race is
catching on. We' ve had more students from Anna
Maria Elementary School and others participate this
year," said race organizer Becky Walter.
The overcast weather along with breezy condi-
tions, was at least warmer than the prior two weeks,
and didn't stop anyone from running, j ''in, or
At 8 a.m. runners took off from the AME parking
lot and made their way to Holmes Boulevard and the
turn-around point at 75th Street, then ran back to the
finish line at AME.
For those who didn't want to run the 5k race, a
1-mile fun run started off at 9 a.m.
More than 130 people pre-registered for the event
and some 40 additional runners registered the day of
the race.
"Last night I kept getting text messages until late
at night from people telling me they wanted to sign
up for the race," Walters said.
"I really am proud of everyone and of the turn out
we' ve had, but we couldn't do it without the Holmes
Beach Police Department, the Bradenton Runners
Club or all of our great sponsors," Walter said.
And for AME students who are interested in pur-
suing their running pastime, Walter will hold tryouts
for the school track team later during this month for
third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.
For more information on the AME track team,
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Science fair info night Jan. 28
A science fair information meeting will be held
from 6 p.m to 7 p.m Jan. 28, for parents of fourth-
and fifth-graders. The one-hour meeting will focus
on project planning.
Science fair poster boards will be sold at a reduced
price of $4 at the meeting. Supplies and materials for
projects also will be offered.
A presentation will outline the steps of the scien-
tific method to parents, and sample projects will be
displayed for students and parents to view.
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Elizabeth Ann Caudill
Elizabeth Ann Caudill, 76, of Palm Coast, Fla.,
died Jan. 10.
Mrs. Caudill was born in Rockwell, N.C., the
youngest of five siblings. She married John Thomas
Caudill inAugust 1948. From 1950 to 1964, the family
lived in North Carolina and Florida and they moved
to Virginia in 1964. Ann was a devoted homemaker,
mother and wife. She was tireless in her support of
her children as the consummate
"Soccer Mom." She was an avid
Washington Redskins fan. Ann
completed her high school and
college education training in
Florida. She worked for Everhart
Jewelers in Virginia and sought
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Caudill gist. She retired to Florida in
1980, moved to Palm Springs,
Calif., in 1997 and then Lake Havasu City, Ariz.., in
1999 where she lived until 2005 when she returned
to Florida to live with daughter Vickie.
A memorial service to celebrate Ann's life was
held Jan. 16 at Celebration Christian Church, 1011 W.
International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. The
family suggests donations be made to the National
Audubon Society.
Mrs. Caudill is survived by husband Tom; six
sons and their spouses: Tommy and wife Karen, Mike
and wife Peggy, Sarah and Mickey, Chuck and wife
Dara, Don and wife Barbara, Joey and friend Debby
and Brad and his friend, Mandy; two sisters and their
families: Frances and husband Frank and Betty; five
grandchildren and spouses: Sarah and husband Josh,
Ali and fiance Jesse, Mickey, Emily and Liam; and
one great-grandchild, Zoe. Ann is also survived by
many loving relatives and their families, including
aunts, uncles, cousins and the families and friends
of her nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Kathleen J. Newman
Kathleen J. Newman, 61, of Bradenton, died Jan. 9.
Born in Siren, Wis., Mrs. Newman moved to Bra-
denton in 1969 from Minneapolis. She was owner and
operator of Newman's Daycare in Bradenton for 20
years and served clients from Anna Maria Island.
A service was held Jan. 13 at Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Arrangements
were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Stanley
Newman; sons Steven Quinehan and Brian Quine-
han; daughters Collette Quinehan, Koltier Ryan and
Kolleen Young; brothers Tommy Townsend and
Johnny Townsend; and five grandchildren.

Thomas Dent Thomas
Thomas "Tommy" Dent Thomas, 78, of Fort
Worth, Texas, and Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 13.
Mr. Thomas, also known as "TD," was born in
Brownsville, Texas. He graduated from H.B. Plant
High School, Tampa, where he met his wife, Gay
Gutierrez. He was a loving husband to Gay for 54
years. Together they raised two children, Cindy and
Jimmy, the light of their lives.
Mr. Thomas lived and worked on the family
ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., where he was involved in
local rodeos as a bull rider. He was a member of the
National Guard in Tampa, participated in Boy Scout
activities and was awarded the Honorary Order of
the Arrow. He was a journeyman electrician, a home-
builder and a pilot. He retired in 1999 from Wichita
Falls En.'.y Company.
A funeral was held Jan. 23 in Greenwood, Texas.
Greenwood Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church,
48 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Survivors include wife Gay; daughter Cindy
Griffin and husband Greg; three grandchildren, Allen,
Jim and Christina; brother Robert L. Thomas; and
numerous nieces and nephews.

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Donald W. Record
Donald W. Record, 86, Holmes Beach, died Jan.
Mr. Record was born in Walpole, N.H. He was
raised in Brattleboro, Vt., and was a 1940 graduate
of Brattleboro High School. He served as a subma-
riner, chief yeoman and radar man with the U.S.
Navy during World War II in the
S-. Panama Canal Zone and in the
Pacific Ocean. He served on the
U.S.S. S-17 and the U.S.S. Bat-
fish submarines and several sur-
face ships. He was awarded the
Asiatic Pacific Medal, Subma-
rine Combat Insignia with one
star, the WWII Victory Medal,
European African Middle Eastern Medal, and many
other medals and citations.
Mr. Record worked with the Brattleboro Reformer
as a linotype operator. He worked most of his life in
Brattleboro where he started out raising chickens,.
He built and owned three mobile home parks. He
also was the owner of the former Hillwinds Farm in
Brattleboro, a well known horse farm. While living in
the York, Maine, area, he was known for converting
a former church into the York Village Craft. Mem-
berships included the Submarine Veterans of WWII,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Elks,
and the York Beach Historical Society. He had homes
in York, Honolulu, Brattleboro and Holmes Beach,
where he lived for the past 20 years.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Brattleboro Rescue Inc.,
P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro VT 05302. Condolences
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Information: 941-359-4296.
Noon Anna Maria Island Garden Club meets to discuss caring
for houseplants at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Noon Fashion show and sing-a-long in the St. Bernard Catholic
Church activity center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-4769. Fee applies.
1 to 4p.m. -AARP Safe Drive Course at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-776-1158. Fee
8 p.m. "Self Help" opens at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755.
8 p.m. Original Octogenarian New Orleans Jazz Orchestra per-
forms at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
LBK. Information: Stan Levine, 941-778-4333.

Saturday, Jan. 23
10 a.m. to noon--Art demonstration by Paul Achre at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
10 a.m. to 2 pm. The Island Communities for a Lifetime informa-
tion expo at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
2 p.m. Travel lecture by Tim Oldread on the Galapagos at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

Sunday, Jan. 24
8 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Fee applies.

Monday, Jan. 25
5:30 to 7 p.m. Relay for Life January Jubilee celebration at the
Star Fish Company, Market and Restaurant, 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez.
Information: 941-745-1214.

Tuesday, Jan. 26
10 a.m. Women's Bible Study Group, 7 Leaps of Faith, meets


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at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

Wednesday, Jan. 27
2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Former Washington correspondent James
McCartney discusses America and the Middle East at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business
card exchange at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.

First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with instruc-

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Appreciating the
arts in Cortez
Guests enjoy the all-
media Old Florida-
themed art exhibit
that opened Jan.
15 at the Florida
Maritime Museum of
Cortez and will run
through Feb. 6. First
place was awarded
to Mariarose Rock-
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to Sue Lynn Cotton
and third place went
to Donna Bednarz.
The museum is at
4415 119th St. W.,
Cortez. Islander
Photo: Nick Walter

tion atthe Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton.
Information: 941-778-2416. Partners not required.
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 PineAve.,
Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Through Jan. 24, "Sugar Babies" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies. Information:
941-722-1639 or www.manateecountyfair.com. Fee applies.
Through Jan. 24, Manatee County Fair, 1303 17th St. W., Pal-
Through January, nature photography exhibit by Joe Fletcher at
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Through Jan. 30, "Beach Paths" exhibit at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.

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Jo Anne Curtan at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Homes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Through January, "James Pay" all-media exhibit at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Through Feb. 6, "Old Florida" themed exhibit at the Florida Maritime
Museum of Cortez, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-794-
Through Feb. 28, American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual
Traveling Exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-2862. Fee applies.

Thursday, Jan. 21
7p.m. Extraordinarily Human Film Series: How to Draw a Bunny
at South Florida Museum 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
746-4131. Fee applies.

Friday, Jan. 22
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Home show at the Sarasota Bradenton Inter-
national Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 941-
355-9161. Fee applies.

Saturday, Jan. 23
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Home show at the Sarasota Bradenton Inter-
national Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 941-
355-9161. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Cruizin to the Hop" car show in the parking lot
of the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Information: 941-355-6228.
2 p.m. -An afternoon with actor Kurt Sutton as Mark Twain at the
Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-
5875. Fee applies.

Sunday, Jan. 24
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Home show at the Sarasota Bradenton Inter-
national Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 941-
355-9161. Fee applies.

Coming Up:
Jan. 28, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: The Endurance, South
Florida Museum.
Jan. 29, Miccosukee Art and Craft exhibit opens, South Florida
Jan. 30, E-scrap collection at Coquina Beach.
Jan. 30, Full moon wagon tour, Robinson Preserve.
Jan. 31, Ecumenical service, CrossPointe Fellowship.

Save the date:
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal Affair.
Feb. 10, Save Our Seabirds "Valentine Love Birds Food and Wine
Feb. 11, Anna Maria Island Kiwanis "Sweetheart Dance."
Feb. 14, Islander Promise Day, Cafe on the Beach.
Feb. 13-14, Art and Craft Festival to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Garden.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.

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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 20, 2010 E 23

Moose vote bans indoor smoking

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Full members of the Moose's Anna Maria Island
Lodge No. 2188 voted Jan. 16 to ban smoking.
The vote was 165 to ban smoking, 52 to continue
to allow smoking, according to Patrick Kane, gover-
nor of the lodge.
"We are a non-smoking establishment," he
The vote proved controversial, but not because
the lodge went smoke-free at 8 a.m. Jan. 17.
Women members of the Bradenton Beach lodge
who have auxiliary status were not allowed to vote.


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach
Jan. 13, 110 12th St. S., grand theft. A man was
arrested on grand theft of $300 or more, but less than
$5,000. The felony was committed at Gulf to Bay
Moorings condos.
Jan. 15, 1600 Gulf Drive S., drugs. Juan Miguel
Bravo, 23, of Bradenton, was arrested for possession of a
controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
Holmes Beach
Jan. 9, 5400 Marina Drive, theft. An officer was
dispatched to the Sand & Suds laundromat. The co-
owner said video surveillance showed a man with tan
shorts, blue sweatshirt and white tennis shoes break-
ing into a vending machine on the wall.
Jan. 10, 505 74th St., burglary of a residence.
An officer was dispatched to the residence, where
the victim said she arrived Jan. 8 to find her house
had been burglarized. Missing items included change
from a tin can, a kitchen scale, and four syringes and
needles used to treat diabetes.
Jan. 14, 404 Clark Drive, theft. An officer spoke
with the victim, who said that her live-in boyfriend
had stolen her debit card and about $200 was missing
from her account Jan. 12.
The victim was concerned her boyfriend would
go to prison because of a prior fraud conviction. The
victim signed a waiver of prosecution regarding all
offenses. The victim's landlord planned to evict the
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said Moose member Olga Chupka, who, along with
a number of other women, went to the lodge planning
to vote Jan. 16.
She said a man inside the lodge told her and
others, "Ladies, you may as well walk outside. You
are not allowed to vote."
"We actually made a call to Moose International
to check," Kane later told The Islander. "And they
said, 'No, women are not members of the lodge."'
Kane said that the women who join become
members of the chapter, not the lodge.
Members at the lodge Jan. 16 said that distinc-
tion is spelled out in the membership application. But
Chupka said it's a distinction that is discriminatory.
"I truly will not be a member anymore. When it
comes to .Ic." ing. no way," she said.
For the record, Chupka said she would have
voted to ban smoking.
Florida public health law chapter 386 gen-
erally bans indoor smoking "to protect people from
the health hazards of secondhand tobacco smoke."
But there are exceptions to the law. Membership
associations such as the Moose also can be exempt.

Jan. 14, 3805 Gulf Drive, burglary of a vehicle.
An officer responded a burglary report. The victim
said he arrived at the Umbrella Resort Jan. 14 and,
10 minutes after entering an apartment, noticed his
vehicle door open. The victim said he had left the
doors unlocked. The missing property included a
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Islanders help Hurricanes to second seed in district

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Islanders Ally Titsworth and Erin Mulrine have
helped the Manatee High School Hurricanes girls
varsity soccer team to earn the No. 2 seed for the
Class 5A District 10 tournament. The Hurricanes will
kick off the semifinal game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.
20, against Naples Gulf Coast at MHS. A victory by
the Hurricanes would advance them to the district
final Friday, Jan. 22, against either Venice or Punta
Gorda Charlotte, both also playing Jan. 20. If Venice
wins, the Hurricanes would travel to Venice, but if
Charlotte pulls off what would be an upset, the Hur-
ricanes will host the championship game.
A semifinal victory also guarantees the Hurri-
canes a berth in the regional quarterfinals, putting
them five wins from a state title.
Titsworth and Mulrine are a big part of the Hur-
ricanes team, both having started every game they' ve
played this season. Titsworth is second on the team
with nine goals from her left midfield position. Mul-
rine starts at center mid and leads the team with 10
assists, while also chipping in five goals.
Leading scorer Cori Nolan who has 12 goals and
four assists also has Island connections as her mom
Trish Nolan grew up in Bradenton Beach.
Good luck girls!

Flag football action
The NFL Flag Football League is going strong
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. There
are games being played every night in four age divi-
sions including an adult coed league that plays Thurs-
day nights. The adults have six teams playing and
aside from a separated shoulder and a rolled ankle,
the older "youngsters" seem to be holding up. Right
now, the Raiders and Titans are on top of the adult
division with 2-0 records with the Chiefs and Bengals
right behind with a win and a loss each. The Lions
and Cowboys (oh my) are winless, but the season is
still young with lots of games left to play.
Mr. Bones Bengals and Ross Built Raiders are
undefeated in 10-12 division as are Tortilla Beach
Dolphins in the 8-9 division.
Speaking of the Dolphins, they frolicked past the
Sandbar Saints in 8-9 division action Jan. 15. Dolphin
quarterback Joey Stewart completed 5 of 7 passes
for 114 yards and accounted for three touchdowns.
Dylan Doyle had 111 receiving yards and a touch-
down, while Ethan Bertrand and Ryan Doyle also
crossed the goal line for the Fins.
The Saints were led by QB Andrew Proctor's 132
passing, running and receiving yards. Kurtin Green-
Zelina added 72 yards of offense, including the lone
touchdown for the Saints who also received 51 yards
of offense from Leo Tilelli in the loss.
The second game of the evening was a 10-12
division game between Ross Built Raiders and Walter
& Associates Titans. The Raiders pillaged the Titans
to a tune of 44-6 behind a solid performance from
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Jake Ross had 65 yards of total offense and scored
a pair of touchdowns, while teammate Tyler Yavalar
added 80 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the
victory. The Raider defense, which held the Titans
to six points, was led by Jack Shinn and Joey Cucci,
who each had an interception.
Offensively the Titans were led by QB Keegan
Murphy, who threw for 71 yards, while George
Lardas had 35 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Jacob Talucci, with 7 flag pulls, and Keegan Murphy
with six led the defense in the loss.
Mr. Bones Bengals edged Mike Norman Falcons
26-18 in the second 10-12 division game of the eve-
ning. Logan Reiber led the way with 212 yards rush-
ing and all four touchdowns. Chris Gunn and Ben
Connors each added an extra point in the victory.
Seth Walter passed for 113 yards and Jake Par-
sons added 69 yards of total offense including a
touchdown to lead the Falcons in the loss.
Sparks Steel Art Eagles flew past the Beach-
House Cardinals 36-24 during 8-9 division action
Jan. 13. Jack Mello ran for 130 yards and a touch-
down, while Dylan Joseph added 96 receiving yards
and a pair of touchdowns. Tori Walter chipped in with
53 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Eagles,
which also got a 7-yard touchdown reception from
Marlin Ellis. Joseph and Leo Rose both had strong
defensive games with four flag pulls and an intercep-
tion apiece.
The Cardinals received two touchdowns apiece
from Tyler Pearson and Giampaolo Nicosia. Pear-
son ran for 97 yards and added 27 receiving yards.
Nicosia ran for 56 yards for the Cardinals, which also
received 94 yards rushing from Masen Blandford in
the loss.
The second game of the evening was a 10-12
division battle of real estate offices with the Mike
Norman Falcons taking on Island Real Estate Ravens.
Norman came out on top with a narrow 7-0 victory
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lead the Falcons in victory. Seth Walter had a strong
defensive game with five flag pulls and an intercep-
tion, while Morgan Greig added six flag pulls in the
shutout victory.
Josh Zawistoski ran for 81 yards to lead the
Ravens, which also received 35 yards of offense from
Brandon Blandford in the loss.
The last game Wednesday evening was a 13-16
division game that saw Lapensee Plumbing Ravens
defeat the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers 27-15.
Tommy Price was 9-for-10 passing for 109 yards and
added 77 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns
and an extra point. Chris Pate added 37 passing yards,
50 rushing yards and 69 receiving yards to go along
with one touchdown. Hunter Parrish rounded out the
offensive outburst for the Ravens with 91 yards of
offense and a touchdown.
The Panthers were led by Jordan Grabski, who
totaled 113 yards of offense and scored a two-point
conversion while also contributing a pair of intercep-
tions, one that he returned for a touchdown. Nicho-
las Peters added 60 yards of offense that included a
touchdown and an extra point.
Flag football action Jan. 12 started with an 8-9
division barn-burner between Sparks Steel Art Fal-
cons and Sand Bar Saints. The Saints edged the
Eagles 20-19 on the strength of a two-point con-
version from Joe Joe Rogers, who finished with 47
receiving yards. Michael Latimer provided most of
the offense with 87 yards passing, 91 yards rushing
and three touchdowns. Andrew Proctor added 130
yards of total offense to the Saints offense. Latimer
also had a huge game on defense, finishing with nine
flag pulls in the victory.
The Eagles were led by Jack Mello, who ran for
164 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dylan Joseph
added 66 yards of offense and one touchdown, while
Marlin Ellis added an extra point in the loss. Leo
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Snook freeze, officials extend season closure

By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
State officials have extended the closed snook
season statewide until Aug. 31.
The recreational harvest of snook had been open
in April and March in the Gulf of Mexico, but the
recent fish kill that had a particularly devastating
effect on the local snook population prompted the
extended closure.
Locally, there were numerous reports of belly-up
snook in canals.
The FWC Jan. 15 also issued an executive order
that prohibits the harvest and possession of bonefish
and tarpon in all waters through March 31.
As water temperatures warm, many anglers are
looking for an explosion of bites this week.
Fish that were lethargic and slow to bite during
the freeze should feed heavily as they recover.
The best inshore species to target is sheepshead.
The prison fish can be found over inshore docks,
around bridge pilings and various rock piles. They
primarily feed on crustaceans. Some anglers are
known to scrape off barnacles from pilings and use
them for bait. Barnacles can act as chum and bring
sheepshead into a group.
Always use small hooks, around a No. 4, when
dealing with the small-mouth sheepshead.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said as soon as the bad weather
broke, with water temperatures barely breaking 50
degrees, fishing improved.
He reported redfish being particularly ready to
eat. The reds were going after live shrimp and grub-
tail jigs.
On Friday he said his charter could easily have
caught and released 50 redfish, but his anglers got a
little bored catching them and opted to leave. He said
the reds were running between 14 and 22 inches and
were bunched up under docks along with sheepshead,
flounder and black drum. He said one trip produced
some fat, sluggish trout that were found in deep
Zacharias reported the best action between 11
a.m. and 3 p.m. during a major solunar period with
good tides in various locations in north Sarasota Bay.
He said they had no luck getting pompano to coop-
erate, but did see some in 5-7 feet of water drifting
between Sister Keys and Tidy Island.

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"If we continue to experience milder weather, it
should' t take long for the pompano and trout to head
back to open water," Zacharias said. "The Gulf reefs
should start to give up good snapper, sheepshead,
gray trout and flounder when the water clears a little
more. There has always been a debate over why grou-
per show up fairly close to shore in the winter. Some
claim they move in closer from deeper gulf water
and others contend they are bay grouper that head
out to the nearshore reefs and wrecks. I am begin-
ning to be a believer in the latter scenario. Until the
water warms substantially, you would be best served
to sleep late and hit the water in the afternoon when
the sun has had a chance to warm things up a bit."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters said he recently went out 35 miles off-
shore of Anna Maria Island, fishing in 120-130 feet
of water for gag and red grouper, mangrove snapper
and amberjack.
He said he was baiting with sand perch, grunts
and big pinfish, and using j i _in. spoons for amber-
jack. "They seemed to hit those better than live bait,"
McGuire said. "Sometimes they' re finicky, sometimes
they're hot. Some days they won't hit anything."
McGuire said that in cold water temperatures, the
deeper an angler fishes the better. "And as it warms,"
he said, "start fishing in closer again."
Danny Stasny from Island Discount Tackle
at Catchers Marina said he's been hearing about
sheepshead along local docks and trout in deeper pot
holes. "And when you do find the trout," Stasny said,
"there will be a lot of them. What's kind of been the

deal is Berkley Gulps and live shrimp, working them
with a slow presentation."
Stasny said he saw a couple schools of redfish last
week, but he said the reds have been very spooky. "So
you' ve got to find where they are, or expect where
they' re going to be and sneak up on them," he said.
"Throw a bait like they're already there. The water
is very clear so you can see them from far away. Be
really slow and stealthy."
Stasny said offshore he's hearing about a good
grouper bite between 20 to 30 miles. Most of the
grouper he's hearing about are 25-30 inches long.
He added that there's a good porgy bite in the
same areas. "You've got to get through the porgies
before you can get to the gags," he said. "If you like
fish stew or chowder, you can load up on porgies,
which are great to eat."
Rocky Corby from Anna Maria City Pier said
there's been an occasional sheepshead caught, but not
much else. "There's nothing," Corby said. "I haven't
even seen any dead fish floating. Not even sharks
have been caught."
Tom Cassetty from Rod & Reel Pier said
anglers were catching mostly black drum on oyster
crabs and shrimp. A few sheepshead are around the
pier as well. Cassetty said he expects a swarm of
sheepshead around the pier by March, as well as
some redfish.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
also predicts the fish will turn on as they recover from
the freeze. He said to target redfish and sheepshead
in deep water. "That's what I'm concentrating on,"
he said.
Capt. Warren Girle said he has been seeing a
lot of dead pompano, snook and hundreds of dead
mullet in various Longboat Key canals. "I wonder if
someone netted them and threw them away," Girle
Girle reported catching redfish, black drum and
sheepshead, and he expects the fishing to be on fire
once the water warms.
"It's going to be a slow bite," Girle said. "So
you' ve got to crawl the bait right in front of their
Girle said he's seen a lot of snook just under the
water surface, barely alive, apparently trying to get
some sun. "A couple actually swam right up to the
boat," Girle said. "They were just curious."
Capt. Steven Salgado of the Compleat Angler
said if water temperatures rise, he expects the redfish
bite to improve. But don't expect fishing to improve
quickly, he said. "There's been so many days of
abnormal winter," Salgado said. "We had really,
really cold days for almost two weeks."
For sheepshead, Salgado recommends chumming
with piece of shrimp and baiting with small pieces
of shrimp on a No. 4 hook. He suggests looking for
areas where a dark, grass flat drops onto a ledge. Fish
the dark, shallow flat by the ledge, he said, "and wait
for a good tide when the sun is at its peak. "A good
current keeps the water at a steady temperature."
He said anglers should forget fishing at dusk and
dawn, and instead fish between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
when the water has had a chance to warm.
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No. 1 real estate agent on Anna Maria Island.
Hayes' success is centered on exceptional cus-
tomer service, said John van Zandt of Island Real
Estate, who has worked with Hayes on prior occa-
He said Hayes has always been a top agent, but
in 2009, "She has seen the fruits of her labor pay off
big time. Whenever we have a
transaction together, I know that
on an agent-to-agent basis, it will
be smooth and trouble-free."
Hayes credited her success
with being aware "of every detail
in the marketplace," and bring-
Sing a high level of enthusiasm,
Hayes dedication and hard work to her
She said she uses a comprehensive marketing
plan with specific and measurable targets to both
buyer and seller.
Hayes only takes listings that she knows will sell
within a six-month time frame, and makes sure her
initial listing price is within tight market ranges of
recently sold properties.
She also brings a high level of integrity to every
"I always try very hard to do the right thing and
take the high road," Hayes said.
To reach Terry Hayes, call 941-308-6495.

AMI Investor group
meets bi-monthly
The Anna Maria Island Investor's Support
Group is meeting twice every month during the
winter season.

flag pulls.
The second game of the night was a 10-12 divi-
sion game between Ross Built Raiders and Holy Cow
Cowboys. Ross Built punched holes in the Cowboy
defense, piling up 421 yards of offense in their
40-8 romp. Jake Ross ran for 74 yards and added
79 receiving yards and four touchdowns to lead the
Raiders who also received 136 yards of offense and
one touchdown from Jack Shinn. Emma Monuese
added 33 receiving yards and a touchdown to round
out the Raider offense. Tyler Yavalar had a pair of
interceptions to lead the Raider defense that also
received and interception and four flag pulls from
Andrew Ross and six flag pulls from Shinn.
Burke McCampbell-Hill ran for 80 yards and
added 73 receiving yards to go along with a touch-
down and a two-point conversion to lead the Cowboy
offense. QB Zach Stewart completed 9 of 15 passes
for 117 yards to round out the Cowboy offense in the
The last game Tuesday night was a 13-16 divi-
sion battle that saw Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers
edge Tapes Tennis Titans 37-34 behind QB Chris-
tian Hightower, who went 15-for-19 passing with 257
yards and five touchdowns. Jordan Grabski caught
two TD passes and totaled 147 receiving yards to lead
the passing parade that also saw Nicholas Peters add
72 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Richard
Almodovar added 76 receiving yards and one touch-
down in the victory.
Austin Ferrer passed for 193 yards, ran for 136
yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Titans,

The group brings together high net-worth Island-
ers, vacationers and winter residents to share ideas
about maximizing investments. Participants share
their investment experiences during the meeting.
Dr. Larry Craft, director of the group, said the
only requirement to attend is that no participant can
be employed by a financial services company that
markets stocks, bonds or funds.
The next meeting will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan.
For more information or to register for the next
meeting, call 941-778-0505.

IMG now owns golf club
IMG Academies in west Bradenton has acquired
full ownership of the Conquistador Golf Club on 34th
Street South in Bradenton and changed the name to IMG
Golf & Country Club, an IMG press release said.
IMG had a partial stake in Conquistador and
assumed full ownership on Dec. 31.
Some of the world's top golfers train at the semi-
private golf club, including Paula Creamer, Sean
O' Hair, Ty Tryon and Casey Wittenberg.
IMG Academies' chief financial officer Chip
McCarthy said that acquiring full ownership con-
firms IMG's commitment to the club's success.
"We plan to do \ c %i \ lhi ng we can to help keep the
club as one of the region's best," McCarthy said.
There will be no immediate changes in club rules
or policy, but IMG will improve the course and facili-
ties, he said.
For more information, call 941-751-1000.

Trolley advertising
negotiations continue
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman said the chamber' s
board of directors is still considering a proposal from
the Manatee County Area Transit for advertising and
rates on the Island trolley.
"They presented us with a contract, but we were
not entirely satisfied. Negotiations are continuing,"
Brockman said.
For more information on the advertising pro-
posal, call 941-778-1541.

New chef at Sun House
Harry Lovejoy has been named the new head
chef at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach.
For information, call 941-782-1122.

which also received 82 receiving yards and two
touchdowns from Max Miller. Kyle Parsons added
99 receiving yards that included one touchdown to
round out the Titan offense.
Jan. 11 action saw Tortilla Bay Dolphins grab an
8-9 division victory over BeachHouse Cardinals by
a 25-12 score. Ethan Bertrand had a nice all-around
day with 94 rushing yards, 24 receiving yards and a
touchdown on offense, while managing a team-high
four flag pulls on defense. Dylan Doyle, Ryan Doyle
and Trent Shackelford each added touchdowns, while
QB Joey Stewart threw for 74 yards to round out the
Dolphin offense.
The Cardinals received strong games from Masen
Blandford, who rushed for 118 yards and a touch-
down, while Tyler Pearson racked up 100 yards and
a touchdown in the loss.
Mr. Bones Bengals edged Island Real Estate
Ravens 26-24 in 10-12 division action Jan. 11. Both
teams managed four touchdowns, but the Bengals
received a two-point conversion from Chris Gunn
to provide the winning margin. Logan Reiber did
most of the damage for the Bengals, finishing with
97 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Jean-Paul
Russo added 80 yards on the ground and Ben Con-
nors scored a touchdown in the victory.
Josh Zawistoski had a huge day for the Ravens,
completing 7-for-11 passes for 42 yards and running
for another 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Ati
Dattoli added 40 yards of offense and a touchdown
and Harrison Franke came through with a short
touchdown reception in the loss.
The last game Jan. 11 was a 13-16 division

Realty raves
Island Real Estate at 6101 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, has named Gail Tutewiler as its top listing
agent for December, while Alan Galletto took the
top sales agent award for the month.
To reach Gail or Alan, call 941-778-6066.

Got a new business going up? How about a new
product or service, an anniversary, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call Island Biz at
941-778-7978, fax your news to 866-362-9821, or
e-mail us at news@islander.org.

Featured sale: This Palm Gables condo at 104 36th
St., Holmes Beach, sold in June 2006for $1.9 million
and in December 2009for $1.7 million, a decrease of
11 percent. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson

Island real estate transactions
104 36th St., Unit 2, Palm Gables, Holmes
Beach, a 1,819 sfla / 2,550 sfur 3bed/3/2bath/lcar
Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 2006 was
sold 12/31/09, Hunters Trace Investments Inc. to Clif-
ford for $1,700,000; list $1,997,000.
102 39th St., Units 2, 4, 6, & 7, The Villa, Holmes
Beach, four Ibed/1 bath units with shared pool built in
1950 were sold DNC Developments Inc. to Two Star
Properties LLC for $700,000. This sale is believed
to not be an arm's length transaction.
203 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria, a 1,857 sfla /
2,296 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1957 on a
85x125 lot was sold 12/30/09, Johnson to Anibal for
$330,000; list $399,000.
216 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,582 sfla / 2,002
sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home with deeded boat slip
was sold built in 1966 on a 81x100 lot was sold
12/31/09, Lambertson to De Haan for $320,000; list
4200 Gulf Drive, Unit 103, Gulfsands, Holmes
Beach, a 1,008 sfla / 1,104 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfview
condo with shard pool built in 1979 was sold 12/30/09,
Priola to Kuda for $315,000; list $415,000.

game between Galati Yacht Sales Texans and Lap-
ensee Plumbing Ravens. Both offenses managed
four touchdowns, but the Texans' defense made the
difference with three interceptions two that were
returned for touchdowns by Aaron Van Hook and
Denver Hardy. Van Hook also scored two touch-
downs on offense, while also running for 107 yards
and adding 72 receiving yards. Luke Shackelford
and Chris Galati each added touchdowns, while QB
Daniel Doyle threw for 151 yards in the victory.
Tommy Price threw for 133 yards and three TD
passes, while also adding a touchdown run to lead the
Ravens in the loss. Chris Pate caught two TD passes
to finish with 90 receiving yards and Alex Bernhard
caught a seven-yard TD pass.
Go to www.islander.org for football schedules
and standings.

Horseshoe news
The team of Bob Mason and Bruce Munro were
the only team to emerge from pool play with the pre-
requisite three victories and were outright champs
Jan. 9. Four teams then battled for the right to say
they were second best. Gene Bobeldyke and Bob Lee
cruised past Jay Disbrow and Wendell Alton 21-7 in
the first semifinal. The second semifinal game was
nip and tuck as Sam Samuels and Bruce Wagner
edged Rod Bussey and John Johnson 21-19. Second
place went to Bobeldyke and Lee as they cruised past
Samuels and Wagner 21-12.
The Jan. 6 games saw the duo of Norm Good and
Gene Bobeldyke grab the title outright with the only
3-0 pool-play record.

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RCA SIDE-BY-side refrigerator, $75. Kenmore
clothes washer, $40. 941-779-1081.
TV: APEX 32-INCH. Color, excellent condition.
$75 or best offer. 941-778-6871.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER: X360 36-volt scooter, 12
mph, 15 miles per charge, $100. Five-piece king
bedroom set, $100. 941-778-7908.
8-FOOT OVAL AREA rug, Wool, beige, color
border, $75. 941-778-6774.
FURNITURE: LOVESEAT, TWO recliners, dining
set: glass top, four chairs, matching etagere,
wicker etagere. 941-778-8243.
Essence of Time. 10015 Cortez Road W., Bra-
denton. 941-792-3545.
WHIRLPOOL WASHER, $30, Frigidaire dryer,
$30 or best offers. 941-778-2415.
GLASS-TOP CANE coffee table, $25. Glass-top
cane end table, $20. White rocking chair, $25.
blue, $450. Craftmatic twin power bed, new mat-
tress, $450. 941-778-7848.
Go' activity station. Like new. $30. Fisher Price
power wheels with charger, $30. 941-795-8359.
DIGI-TECH 2112, studio guitar system, like new,

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
THEY'RE BACK! EVERY Monday night all-you-
can-eat fish fry. $12. Live entertainment. Tiki bar
open. Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W.,
Cortez, end of road.



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THE ROTARY CLUB of Bradenton: Annual
Comedy Night features "MICHAEL JR." at Mat-
tison's Riverside, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. The tick-
ets are $35 and proceeds benefit local college
scholarships. Call 941-748-8087 for information
and tickets.
WANTED: BUCKETS. DONATE clean five-gallon
buckets with lid to ship to Haiti. Please drop at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles. Donate your gear at The Islander news-
paper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Free
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
TRASH-TO-TREASURE sale: 8 a.m.-noon Sat-
urday, Jan. 23. Coffee and donuts. 3710 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Gulf Shore Park.
ALL PROCEEDS TO HAITI quake victims: Garage
sale. 9 a. m. Sunday, Jan. 24. Everything from
furniture to collectibles, donated from Edison
Girl Scout and Brownie members. 210 Lakeview
Drive, Anna Maria.

LOST: LARGE KEY ring. Newport News Ship
Building, hull #1 Dorothy key tag. 941-778-

FOUND: GRAY BUNNY. Lop-eared, neutered
male. Friendly. Found Jan. 7, 5300 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Taken to Bishop Animal Shelter,
short hair, has thyroid and skin condition. 941-
LOST WEDDING RING, near Publix, East Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach. Reward. 941-778-7414.
LOST: WHITE, FEMALE Maltese, named Zoie.
Wednesday, Cedar Avenue, Anna Maria. Reward for
return. Please call Gary or Julie, 813-504-2022.

GOOFY SEEKS FAMILY: 1-year-old pomeranian,
mixed gray, white, gold. Needs a good family. Chi-
huahua pups, too. All shots. $100. 941-400-4815.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.

1995 PRO-HONDA SA-50 Elite motor scooter.
Professionally painted, excellent condition. Sac-
rifice, $800. Must see. 941-896-5353.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-

real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
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778-1345 and hardscape needs.
IrLicensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

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SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
gA References available 941-720-7519

Marble & Granite inc,
Counter tops, vanity tops,
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tez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

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It's a GREAT TIME to buy!

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MOWING: $15-$20/YARD. Landscape, hard-
scape. 20 years experience concrete, carpentry.
Call Joel, 941-720-1599.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND executive chef imported
from Italy! Private parties, cooking lessons, wed-
ding, event planning, consultant. Call 973-900-
SECRETARIAL: (law, real estate, professional)
work wanted. Complete home office. Extensive
experience. Call 941-778-0042.

CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ting. 941-778-5352
child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross
training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
Jennis, 941-778-1746.
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
School junior will tutor math, science, basic com-
puting skills. Patrick, 941-524-5686.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112.

MASSAGE THERAPY: In-home visits by appoint-
ment. Patricia Emslie, LMT 941-504-2030. Gift
certificates, too! Lic. # MA0023639.
NURSES NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic.
Weekend five-hour morning shifts and weekend
sleepover shifts are available, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.
Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-

computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
or 941-730-5693.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
deep, quality cleaning. References. 20 years
experience. Call 941-758-8680.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.

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Pawsitively Pets
& Property Services Inc.
761-7511 1.
Quality Pet Sitting Since 2001

Jun ior's La lnlsciape & 1I lintenaiiee
Lawn care PLUS native plants, .---
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
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since 1992. Call Venture Services, 941-809-
service. Excellent references, meticulous service.
Christian and Luciana. 941-799-0903. Lu.bubu@
offering math, language arts, science, social
studies tutoring. Specializing in ESE, grades 3-12.
Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
years of happy customers. Senior check, pet-
watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
UPSCALE NAILS: Nails on the Island. 30 years
experience. Call for an appointment. Now offering
in-home pedicure services. 941-713-5244.

MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.

Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -

landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured plus unbeatable
prices. Call Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.

fied arborist, free consults, local friendly service.
Call Jim at 941-799-0840.

$25-$40 per yard. Rock and gravel also avail-
able. Please call Cory with Macline Construction
& Hauling at 941-812-4178.
patio, fences, foot bridges, waterfalls, rock gar-
dens, maintenance. Free consultation, quote. Phil-
lip, 941-993-9963.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,


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JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.

V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!

GABBARD MASONRY INC.: Custom stone and
brick. Fireplaces, pools, Jacuzzis, fire pits, grills,
landscape, patios. Paver brick, stone, glass block.
Licensed and insured, free estimates. 941-792-

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

gan carpenter, cabinet maker. All phases of con-
struction. 30 years experience. No job too big or
too small. Quality work guaranteed at affordable
prices. Call Mike, 877-822-4326. kroon@triton.

G (ffBay *alty ofAnna Maria Inc.
S ]esse 941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Immaculate 2Ba/2BA
condo with den. This
like-new condo has
peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history.
Covered parking,
deeded beach access,
storage. Turnkey
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market. This property will not last
long. $369,000.

Call Jesse Brisson

PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.

sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.

Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.

ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $1,800/month, monthly or weekly rates
available. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants.

35 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
PERICO ISLAND PATIO HOME, 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, Large Greatroom, $275,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
MARTINIQUE Luxury 2/2/Garage. Direct Gulf view.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.

Furnished, remodeled, central heat, air condition-
ing, gated park. Pool, hot tub, activity center. 15
minutes to beach. $1,000/month, four-month spe-
cial. $695/month annual. Sale, $49,995, includes
share. $8,000 credit for first time home buyers.
Financing. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833. chick-
den, eat-in kitchen, washer and dryer, two-car
garage, great water view, security with gate, tennis
courts, clubhouse, pools, spas. Perfect condition.
$1,300/month. Owner, 941-962-6117.

BRADENTON CONDO: 2BR/2BA, five minutes
from Anna Maria Island. No smoking, no pets.
Monthly, $2,400. 716-867-9033.
HARBOR PINES. Large 2BR/2BA. Very nice,
ground floor, screened porch, tile floors, washer/
dryer connections, water, cable, close to MCC,
Bayshore High School IMG Academies, shopping.
Annual $650/month. Last month free! Call 941-

THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, Bayshore High School, IMG
Academies, shopping. Annual rental $600/month.
Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.

(941) 778-6066

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419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria

SPANISH PARK near Blake Hospital. 3BR/2BA,
2-car garage and huge family room. Fenced back yard.

VINTAGE COTTAGE located at north end of Island. 100' x
105' lot. Hardwood floors & fireplace. 213 Spruce Avenue,
Anna Maria. $699,000.

Mike 800"-37-1617
Norma 941-778-6696
Norman 3101 GULF DR
www, mikenormanrealty.com

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ADORABLE 3BR/2BA ANNA Maria vacation
rental. Steps to beach, restaurants and shopping.
All amenities included. Call for rates, 941-737-

SEASONAL RENTAL: Available Feb 1. $1,750/
month. North end Anna Maria Island. Efficiency
with boat dockage available. New kitchen, tile
floors, high wood ceilings. Call 941-713-3533.
ground level, spectacular views, seasonal/monthly
rental. $3,500/month. 941-778-8356.

PLAYA ENCANTADA: Sun-drenched balcony,
warm pool and hot spa. 2BR/2BA units available
for February, March and April 2010. Two-week
minimum. Call Clark at Superior Island Services,
PERICO ISLAND: Feb. 1 April 30. Townhouse
2BR/3BA. Lakeview, clubhouse, pool, tennis,
workout room. $2,500/month. 941-224-0555.

heated pool, tennis, walk to beach, trolley stop.
Available now through March or one month. Call
Sharon, Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
VACATION SHORT-TERM rentals. Let us know
your dates. Condos, houses. Realtor, 941-356-

2BR/2BA available until Feb. 27. Completely reno-
vated. Owner, 678-777-7105.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site

MOBILE HOME: SUNNY Shores Waterfront
Park. 1BR/1BA. You own the land. Not a co-op.
No monthly fees. Great condition. Free boat ramp
access. Reduced! Priced to sell! $69,900. 513-

BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
idaGroup.com. 941-713-0635.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
ANNA MARIA CANAL home: 2BR/2BA for sale.
Walk to beach, boat lift and dock, washer, dryer,
recently renovated. $550,000. Possible owner
finance 813-245-0428.

or Holmes Beach. Cash buyer, quick closing. For
own use. Send details to: canalfrontwanted@aol.
com or call 518-423-6078.

brush. South and west windows, view from every
room, step out front door to beach. 5400 GULF
DRIVE #36: $560,000. 941-779-1013.

SAVE MONEY: READY-to move into, newly
updated deep-water canal house. 514 71st St.,
Holmes Beach. $549,000. 941-779-1013.

LARGE WATERFRONT LOT for sale by owner. Boat
lift and dock. Easy access to Tampa Bay and Gulf.
Ready to build. $479,000. 527 74th St., Holmes
Beach. Call 941-779-0201 or 863-860-6085.

Vacation Rentals
Mike Norman Realty has offered the largest & best selection of vacation
rentals on Anna Maria Island for OVER 31 YEARS.

Don't leave the Island without
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BANK OWNED! 3BR/2BA Key West-style home
built in 2006. Gorgeous. $419,000. Cindy Migone,
Signature Sotheby's International Realty, 941-

two-car garage, lanai, patio. Updated, 2,000 sf.
$157,000. 1209 68th St. W., Bradenton. To see,

3BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, Key Royale. $470,000.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
garage villa, $159,000. Forty Three West upgraded
2BR/2BA one-car garage villa with private caged
courtyards. Heated pool, tennis, pet friendly. $147,000.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.

TIMBER COMPANY LAND SALE! 20-plus acres, only
$89,900, (was $169,900). Saturday Jan. 30 only! Beau-
tifully wooded acreage near Florida, Georgia border
just 90 minutes from Jacksonville. Great hunting, out-
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seller financing. Bonus: pay no closing costs! Perfect
for log cabin. Call now, 800-898-4409, ext.1500. www.
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32 E JAN. 20, 2010 U THE ISLANDER

Islanders offer prayers, donations to Haiti

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Rev. Jean Woady Louis' phone
rang every few minutes Jan. 14, but the
early-morning callers brought no news
of the priest's family in Haiti.
"No clues," said the priest at St.
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes
\ly dad, my brothers and sisters
and cousins, everyone is there," Louis
said that morning, two days after an
earthquake of 7.0 magnitude hit the
Caribbean island of Hispaniola. The
epicenter was about 10 miles southwest
of Port-au-Prince, home to an estimated
3 million people.
"I have tried all the means to reach
them. And no clues. It is very difficult,"
Louis said.
But later that day, he did receive
word from Haiti good news that his
relatives survived, though homes were
Still, Louis remained concerned for
the people of his homeland, which he
last visited in November.
"It's something we cannot imagine,"
said Louis, assigned to the Anna Maria
Island church about a year ago. "The
country is in ruin. And the lives of the
people. It is so very difficult.... "
While Louis worried about friends
and family in Haiti, a former St. Bernard
priest, the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph, was
in Haiti when the earthquake struck.
For two days, St. Bernard parishio-
ners and Joseph's friends on the Island
worried about Joseph, and those at the
Haitian orphanage he supports through
the nonprofit, Bradenton-based Ministry
of Presence.
Many Islanders called Islander
newspaper publisher Bonner Joy, a close
friend of Joseph, for news.
On Jan. 14, Joy received a one-min-
ute call from Joseph, who traveled about
two hours to telephone. The priest's mes-
sage was he's "OK."
But his native country is in ruins.
For those in Haiti, Louis and St. Ber-
nard parishioners gathered to pray Jan.
14. People also gathered at other Island

Money for disaster relief in Haiti is collected at the Bridge Street Market in
Bradenton Beach Jan. 16. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

"The churches are in prayer," said
Nancy Ambrose of All Island Denomi-
nations, the coalition of Island churches.
"That is a very powerful thing right there.
There are all kinds of prayers going up
from the Island churches."
In addition to the prayers, Islanders
rallied to send money and supplies to
Ambrose, who coordinates the His-
toric Bridge Street Merchants Associa-
tion's Bridge Street Market in Braden-
ton Beach, put out a collection jar for
donations to relief efforts at the Jan. 16
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Anna
Maria Island board committed an initial
$3,000 to relief efforts, including commit-
ting $1,000 for boxes from ShelterBox USA,
which is based in Lakewood Ranch.
Each box contains a tent, sleeping
mats, blankets, water-purification kits,
rope, netting, tools, a cooking stove,
eating utensils and ponchos.
"We're doing everything we can to
ensure immediate aid reaches the people
of Haiti," said ShelterBox general man-
ager Lasse Petersen. "The process of
getting our team on the ground is well

under way."
In addition to sending ShelterBoxes,
the Rotary club last week was collect-
ing donations for relief efforts at its Web
site, www.annamariarotary.org.
Local Girl Scouts members of
Troops 583 and 316 were collect-
ing supplies, including canned goods,
bottled water, blankets, clothes and toi-
"Even one can of food or a bag of
rice helps," said Girl Scout leader Laurie
Higgins, who can be reached at 941-778-
Additionally, the Teen Scene at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center
was collecting supplies, especially toi-
letries, as part of the People4thePeople
Youth also were helping at school.
The Manatee County School District,
which has about 660 students of Haitian
descent, started a Hope for Haiti cam-
paign, encouraging students and staff to
raise money for the International Red
Cross relief efforts.
The International Red Cross, as of
Jan. 14, had committed $10 million to
relief, and deployed disaster specialists
from Peru, Mexico and the United States

to Haiti.
The organization established a quick
method for people to donate to the cause,
allowing mobile donors to contribute
$10 by texting "Haiti" to 90999. Dona-
tions also were being collected at www.
"I encourage people to contribute to
the International Red Cross," Louis said.
"And to our Catholic Charities and also
the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince."
Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, the
archbishop of Port-au-Prince who died
in the quake, was Louis' professor of
philosophy. And, because Louis still
belongs to the diocese in Haiti, Miot also
was his bishop.
The Diocese of Venice, which
includes Catholic churches in Manatee
County, took up collections Jan. 16-17.
"Many people in the Diocese of
Venice are worried about the loss of both
family members and friends who are in
Haiti," Bishop Frank J. Dewane said in
a statement.
Businesses also mobilized to help
with the relief effort.
The Chiles Restaurant Group, which
has a dozen Haitian staff members, was
planning to send supplies to Haiti.
And The Islander, working with the
restaurant group, was planning a long-term
campaign to collect goods canned food,
rice and beans, powdered milk and juice
- and cash donations for relief, espe-
cially the Ministry of Presence.
The Islander, as well as the Girl
Scouts, hope to encourage a ipi,'i' -bank
campaign by individuals and businesses
putting out donation jars, including at
the newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, and people donating, like from
their pi!.'.' banks,i Joy said.
Moneyy" said Joy, "is most
"Father Ron," she added, "is there
[in Haiti], making a caldron of soup to
take to the hospital in Del Mar, where
they are treating people with most lim-
ited resources.... If you know of a man,
or priest, who can turn a nickel into a
dollar, and do the most with it, that man
is Father Ron."

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