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: July 1, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
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Islander to take
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Fourth brings parade, fireworks, market

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island will celebrate July 4
7 ing with a salute to broad stripes and bright stars
and with rockets' red glare.
'WS ... The holiday celebration will begin July
3 in Bradenton Beach, where the outdoor
nsail Bridge Street Market will be open from 4
Tidemark. p.m. to 9 p.m. for beachgoers to stock up on
fresh produce and snacks. Highway 41 will
perform at 6 p.m.
ies asked to With nightfall July 3, the BeachHouse
ley costs. Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach, will salute the holiday with fire-
works. Restaurant patrons will have a patio
view of the display. The BeachHouse, which
has hosted a fireworks display for 16 years,

is offering a VIP party package that includes
music, dancing and dinner.
Beachgoers for blocks also will see the
show, expected to begin at about 9:15 p.m.,
weather permitting.
Islanders are encouraged to walk or use the
no-fare trolley for transportation to the beach.
On July 4, the Bridge Street Market will
be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
will host a holiday picnic at 5 p.m.
The holiday also brings the Anna Maria
Island Privateers Independence Day Parade,
which will begin at about 10 a.m. at Coquina
Beach and travel north to Anna Maria's Bay-
front Park.
After the parade, AMIP will host a party

Bradenton Beach
OKs draft harbor
plan. Page 9

Anna Maria
approves amending
Page 12

First hatchlings due
this week. Page 13

Watering restrictions
extended. Page 17

Page 18

By Paul Roal
Oil, rigs and worries.
Page 20

\i.. i., trout and
redfish in bays.
Page 20

Beach volleyball
class. Page 21

Island readies for holiday:

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
As Anna Maria Island tourist accommo-
dation owners and managers look forward
to the July 4 weekend with many locations
already sold out or at near capacity, the
summer season could be even better than
last year.
"We're already booked solid for this
weekend," said David Teitelbaum, who
operates the Tortuga, Tradewinds and Sea-
side motels.
"And based upon what we had in June
and what we are expecting in July and
August, we are way ahead of last year, which
was a banner year," he said.
People waiting to the last minute to
plan a July 4 weekend on the Island perhaps
shouldn't wait so long.
Tom Buehler at Haley's Motel, Holmes

Beach, said he only has a few units left for
the holiday weekend, and expected those to
be taken quickly.
"We are filling up fast. It's been a good
summer and going to be a great weekend," he
Likewise at the White Sands Resort in
Holmes Beach, where Jeff Gerry said the
summer business has been "very good." He
is booked 100 percent for this coming week-
A few rooms for July 4 remained at the
Club Bamboo Resort in Bradenton Beach last
week, but were quickly taken by enterprising
visitors by the end of the week.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman said visitors
can check with the chamber if they can't find
a room.
"We have a few vacancies for this week-

at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, to
present more than $28,000 in scholarships to
college-bound Island youths.
The holiday festivities will end with a
fireworks display at about 9:15 p.m. at the
Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria, which will coincide with a fireworks
display near the MarVista and Moore's Stone
Crab restaurants on Longboat Key.
The Sandbar fireworks will be the fourth
hosted by the restaurant, which will also hold
a beach barbecue that evening.
The Longboat Key display is an inaugu-
ral show, co-sponsored by MarVista, Moore's,
the Longboat Observer and presented with the
assistance of the Longboat Key Village Asso-
ciation and Whitney Plaza merchants.

Stars and
stripes salute
Penny Frick of
Bradenton is this
week's winner in the
newspaper's six-
week-long Top Notch
contest, winning
front-page place-
ment of the photo
and an Islander
newspaper .\ I. ..
wrapper" T-shirt.
Frick's entry a
striking red, white
and blue-themed
photograph taken at
New Pass near Mote
Marine will go
into a pool of weekly
winners eligible for
the grand prize of
$100 from the news-
paper and a bevy of
gift certificates and
other prizes from
Islander advertisers.

y full house
end, but at the rate they are going, I wouldn't
wait until the last minute," she said.
At the Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau, marketing manager Jessica
Grace said it's good news to hear that the
Island is going to be full this weekend.
"Summer is when we traditionally market
to our drive-up market, people from Florida
with families looking for a vacation. So far,
it's been going very well," she said.

Need a room?
For information on available accom-
modations on Anna Maria Island for the
July 4 weekend, call the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce at 941-

2 0 JULY 1, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

Private fireworks face confiscation, ticket

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Individuals thinking about having their own fire-
works display this weekend on Anna Maria Island
should think twice.
As they did last year, Island law enforcement
will patrol the beach, confiscating illegal fireworks
and educating offenders. Tickets will be issued only
as a last resort, police said.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, a member of

Full house for Fourth on Island
The BACVB will continue to advertise in Florida
publications and media outlets, and Grace said she
expects August to be quite busy, particularly since
Florida public schools don't open until the last half
of August.
Between 2001 and 2007, the Florida Legislature
mandated that public schools open the first week in
August, but pressure from the Florida tourist industry
- which relies heavily on Florida residents vacation-
ing at the beach in August forced the Legislature
to move the opening dates back two weeks.
The results were significant for Anna Maria Island.
From an occupancy rate of 32 percent in August 2006,
Island occupancy climbed to 50.7 percent in August
2007, the first year since 2000 that Florida schools did
not reopen until the last week of August. Last August,
Island occupancy was 49.5 percent.
Based on the current occupancy for Island accom-
modations and from reports of owners and managers,
the BACVB summer advertising campaign is off to
a good start.
The BACVB reported occupancy at Island accom-
modations in May 2009 was 62.2 percent, up 3.7 per-
cent from the May 2008 figure of 58.5 percent, and 10
percent from the 52.2 percent recorded in May 2007.

the Island Fireworks Task Force, said the task force
has done considerable work educating owners and
managers of tourist accommodations to inform guests
that fireworks are illegal without a permit.
The task force has also issued a number of public
service messages and the portable signs on Cortez
Road and the Palma Sola Causeway leading to the
Island this weekend will announce that private fire-
works on the beach are illegal.
A Manatee County ordinance prohibits the use
of fireworks without a permit.
That doesn't mean the rockets red glare won't be
seen this weekend. Two licensed fireworks displays
are planned for the weekend on Anna Maria Island,
one on July 3 and one on July 4.
Barford urged the public to respect the law and
not shoot off any illegal fireworks.
Two years ago, a man watching the fireworks
show in Anna Maria suffered a hand injury when an

illegal firecracker exploded just inches from his hand.
That same year, a young boy was almost blinded by
an exploding firecracker.
After those two incidents, Barford, Island law
enforcement and West Manatee Fire Rescue offi-
cials formed the task force to educate the public and
enforce the law.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John
Kenney, then head of the Anna Maria substation, said
it would take 1,000 officers to stop all illegal activity,
but education and the presence of the walking patrols
last year drastically reduced the number of illegal
fireworks. Thousands of dollars worth of fireworks
were collected and disposed of properly during
the 2008 July 4 weekend by law enforcement.
"If you're coming to the Island this weekend, we
hope everyone has a happy Fourth of July weekend,"
said Barford. "Just be safe and don't bring illegal
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on July 4 and fireworks shows will take place in Bradenton Beach on July 3 and in Anna Maria July 4.

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PAR, Mainsail purchase Tidemark

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Tidemark projects in Holmes Beach were
sold last week to an investment group that includes
Anna Maria developer Pine Avenue Restoration
Joe Collier of Mainsail Development Group
LLC of Tampa said his group will be the managing
partner, while PAR is the majority limited partner.
Other individuals and groups also have invested in
the Tidemark projects, he said.
Collier said it was a chance meeting he had with
Ed Chiles of PAR as Mainsail was considering an
$8.25 million bid to Mercantile Bank to purchase the
Tidemark mortgage that lead to PAR's involvement.
Mercantile was in the process of foreclosing on the
"Ed talked about the Island and did quite a sales
job," Collier said. "We liked what we saw and Ed's
passion for doing things in keeping with the charm
and natural beauty of Anna Maria Island is the best
new start for this project."
The Tidemark purchase included the 12-unit
Tidemark Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico on 66th
Street and the Tidemark Lodge and Marina property
adjacent to Wachovia Bank on Marina Drive.
The Chiles' sales pitch was convincing.
"We fell in love with the old Florida charm and
quaintness, and the site plan for the hotel at the marina
location fits in with that charm," Collier said.
Chiles said he was "delighted to be able to bring
in a local component to this project. Joe Collier
has embraced our approach to Island development,
stressing green technologies, native landscaping and
architectural influences responsive to this very unique
Island on which we live."
New PAR partners Lizzie and Mike Thrasher of
Anna Maria were likewise pleased about the Tide-
mark purchase and their future involvement.
"We would like to see this [project] realize its
potential and make the marina/resort area a good
place to spend time, rather than the sad and sorry
place it is now," Lizzie Thrasher said.
She said she and her husband were also excited to
be part of PAR, noting that Anna Maria and the Island
"work in a very human way. We love it here. People
are friendly and care deeply about future develop-
ments and their community. And the natural resources
are just beautiful."

Moving forward
After nearly eight years of inactivity at the Tide-
mark Lodge and Marina site adjacent to the Wachovia
Bank in Holmes Beach, Collier said he is ready to

"rock and roll" as soon as possible.
"We hope to begin vertical construction within a
year. We really want to get this going," he said.
The "Tidemark" name will disappear at both proj-
ects, Collier said. The lodge and marina will become
the Mainsail Lodge and Marina at Anna Maria Island,
while the Tidemark Beach Club will be renamed the
Mainsail Beach Inn.
Before construction begins at the lodge project,
Collier said Mainsail will complete the marina por-
tion and get it fully operational.
At the same time, the beachfront resort will
convert to condominium sales, but remain as rentals
during the sale period. Collier said Mainsail has no
plans for fractional ownership at either the lodge or
the beach.
"We will continue to operate the beach resort as
rental property while selling the units," he said.

Reliance out
Lance McNeill of Reliance-Tidemark LLC, the
former owners, said he put together an investment
group that submitted a bid to the bank, but Mainsail
had the higher bid. That put McNeill and partner Ken
Dardis out of the picture.
"Reliance Partners is no longer involved with
Tidemark," McNeill said. Reliance was the group that
bailed original Tidemark developer Nick Easterling
out of bankruptcy in 2005.
"I regret I was not successful in our bid, but I'm
happy that a local group is involved. I wish them
nothing but good things. It's a great project for the
entire Island," McNeill said.

According to Mainsail's Web site, Collier has
been involved in the hotel and hospitality industry
for a number of years and formed Mainsail in 1998.
The company has developed a number of resort and
business properties in Florida and the Caribbean and
is currently developing a $200 million resort in the
British Virgin Islands.

Tidemark history
The Tidemark hotel-marina project received its
controversial site-plan approval from the Holmes
Beach City Commission in August 2001, but then
encountered a number of delays.
Although some infrastructure work on the 40-unit
hotel was completed, there has been no vertical
construction, despite several false starts and public
announcements that construction was imminent.
Easterling ran into financial difficulties and
placed the company in bankruptcy in 2003.

Musical setting
Movie-goers settle in to watch "High School Musical 3" at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The July 17feature movie will be "Lion King." Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

He and the bankruptcy court eventually reached
a financial agreement with Dardis that brought the
company out of bankruptcy. Easterling was subse-
quently dismissed from the new company, Reliance
Tidemark LLC.
But a downturn in the real estate market forced
McNeill and Dardis to reconsider the hotel-condo
project until real estate values stabilized.
Instead, they invested in the Tidemark Beach
Club project, which was planned as a fractional own-
ership complex.

Mainsail future
Holmes Beach superintendent of public works
director Joe Duennes said he has not received a build-
ing permit application for the lodge and marina, but
has talked to people from Mainsail about future
As long as there is no "major change" from the
original footprint, Duennes said, the new owners can
apply for a building permit when ready. If major and
substantial changes are incorporated in the permit
application, however, the developers will have to start
over with a new site-plan application and public hear-
ings, he said.

Anna Maria City
July 7, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
July 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
July 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
July 2, 1 p.m., city pier management team
July 2, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
July 16, 1 p.m., city commission regular
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
July 14, 7 p.m., city commission regular
July 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
July 23, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
July 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
July 28, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
July 16, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Independence Day is July 4, when govern-
ment offices are closed, as well as many business-
es, including The Islander. Government offices also
will be closed July 3.
July 8, 3:30 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic High-
way Corridor Management Entity quarterly meet-
ing, Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
July 15, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting at Anna Maria City Hall.
July 20, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization meeting at Holmes Beach City
Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting, Palma Sola Botani-
cal Park, Bradenton.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.

4 0 JULY 1, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

Island cities asked to share trolley costs

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Island's elected officials will be discussing
as early as this week whether to pledge funding to
the campaign to keep the trolley fare-free.
The county commission, as it deals with major
budget cuts, was asked to consider instituting a $1
daily fare for the trolley.
But a campaign introduced in mid-June by Island
businessman David Teitelbaum put the county on a
different route.
Teitelbaum, in a campaign called Save Our Trol-
ley, has proposed that the system continue to operate
partially subsidized by local governments, but also
with funds raised with an annual festival, a donation
box and the sale of naming rights and advertising.
"Lots of support is coming in," Teitelbaum said
last week.
For fiscal year 2010, which begins in October,
Teitelbaum proposed that each of the Island cities
contribute $8,000 to the trolley operation, the Man-
atee County Tourist Development Council would
contribute $26,000 and the county would provide
$50,000 in funding.
For fiscal year 2011, the Island cities each would
contribute $10,000, while the Manatee County Tour-
ist Development Council would provide $40,000 and
fundraising would contribute $50,000 toward the
$900,000 operation of the trolley to relieve county
taxpayers of some burden.
Teitelbaum said county administrator Ed Hun-
zeker and County Commissioner John Chappie, who
has said he does not support a fare on the trolley,
planned to talk with Island mayors this week about

Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
officials also are expected to address the trolley fund-
ing at meetings in the coming weeks.
On July 2, Bradenton Beach City Commission
is expected to discuss trolley funding, including an
application to the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization for funding assistance.
The trolley system, which operates from the city
pier in Anna Maria to Coquina Beach, provides ser-
vice to stops about every 20 minutes.
About 60 percent of the riders are local residents
and a primary purpose of the trolley was to reduce
traffic congestion, according to Manatee County Area
But from its start on March 18, 2002, the trolley

served as a tourist attraction, a no-hassle and free
- way for vacationers to see the Island from one end
to the other.
The trolley was to be free at least for the first
year, but county commissioners at the time had hopes
to pay for the trolley with grants and revenue from
advertisements to keep the trolley free at least
through 2003. The trolley has remained free to riders,
even after the county began facing major budget chal-
lenges two years ago.
Teitelbaum presented the SOT idea at a county
budget hearing in mid-June and found county com-
missioners and Hunzeker receptive.
"I know we can get enough money to pay for
this," said County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
who has said she is committed to a fare-free trolley.

County to seek proposals for beach concessions

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County is drafting a request to seek pro-
posals for its beach concessions despite objections
from the county commission's two Island residents.
The commission voted 5-2 on June 23 to request
proposals to operate the concessions at the Manatee
Public Beach in Holmes Beach and Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach. Commissioner John Chappie, who
represents the Island and lives in Bradenton Beach,
voted no, as did Commissioner Carol Whitmore, an
at-large board member who lives in Holmes Beach.
The issue had been listed on the commission's
consent agenda until Whitmore called for a discus-
sion on the proposal.

"I got so mad," Whitmore said later. "They were
just going to put it on consent, and just to do it. I said,
'No, no, no.'
PS. Beach Associates, which began oversight of
the concessions in 1992, operates the concessions,
but its license agreement with the county is up for
"We were going for our five-year renewal,"
said PS. Beach Associates' Dee Percifield-Schaefer.
"We were quite taken by surprise" when county staff
proposed surveying concessionaires for competitive
options rather than simply extending or renewing the
"Why, in this economy, would you change horses

'Top Notch' photo contest deadline Friday

If you've got a top notch snapshot, we've got a
contest you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest will begin pub-
lishing weekly winning photos on June 24. Six weekly win-
ning pictures will be featured on the cover of The Islander
and one photo will be a grand prize winner with $100 cash
prize from The Islander and other prizes and gift certifi-
cates from local merchants. Weekly winners will receive
a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the next deadline July 3.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pic-
tures that may include family, landscapes and scenics,
candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid
pics, sentimental moments and moments of personal
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.
org or on a disc.

Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper Top Notch Photo Contest
is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur photographers
are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2008, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any
format/media) or entered in any Islander or other competition
are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit-


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

(signature not required for e-mail entries)

Don Lee of Springfield, Mo., was a weekly winner
last year with his underwater photo of a sea turtle
and friends taken in Belize.

ted of negatives, prints or electronic photos; no composite pictures
or multiple print images will be accepted. Digital photos must be
submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or CD). Prints
from digital or film are accepted. Slide (transparency) photos are
not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be writ-
ten clearly on the contest label and affixed to the back of each print
submitted, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the
digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. E-mail
digital entries to topnotch@islander.org. Mail print entries to The
IslanderTop Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

(signature not required for e-mail entries)

Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching,
enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed on
digital or print photos.
And while digital entries are encouraged, you
may send or deliver your favorite prints weekly to Top
Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label
information in the e-mail text and the signature is
waived, one photo attachment per e-mail. There is no
limit to the number of weekly entries. Entries need not
be repeated weekly, as any photos preferred by the
judges but not selected are moved forward each week
of the contest.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional labels are available at the newspaper office
or they may be copied.

5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may
publish their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to
furnish the original negative or original digital image if requested
by the contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of
The Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islander and con-
test sponsors assume no responsibility for submitted negatives,
CDs or photo prints.
Entrant must know and submit the name and address
of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture. Names
must be enclosed/attached with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family
members are not eligible to enter the contest.


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

(signature not required for e-mail entries)

THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 1, 2009 0 5

Pipeline project may aid renourishment

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A local beach renourishment project may take
place several years ahead of schedule under a new
proposal for a natural gas pipeline.
The pipeline, which would run from the Gulf of
Mexico into Tampa Bay and reach the mainland at

Beach concession bids sought
in the middle of the stream," she added.
County administrator Ed Hunzeker stressed that
the recommendation did not stem from a problem
with PS. Beach.
"There is nothing wrong with the current vendors
and their operation," he said.
However, he added, no vendor "has a lock on the
public's business."
Whitmore disagreed and recommended renew-
ing the agreement with PS. Beach for another five
"We have not had one complaint since 1992,"
she said.
P.S. Beach runs a good operation that draws
crowds daily to the beaches, Whitmore said, singling
out the popular Cafe on the Beach and its all-you-can-
eat pancakes offering.
"It's about the character of the Island," Whitmore
said. "It's about the experience at the beach."
Cafe on the Beach patrons agreed.
"When I have visitors, this is where I bring them,"
said Hayley Bystrom of Bradenton Beach. "When I
lived in New York, I took guests to the Statue of Lib-
erty. On the Island, I take them to Cafe on the Beach
and the piers."
"I hope they don't mess with a good thing," said
Paul Bystrom, who dined last Friday morning on the
all-you-can-eat pancake special one serving of
sausage patties, two servings pancakes.
Percifield-Schaefer said PS. Beach will partici-
pate in the bidding process, and she hopes to continue
to operate the concessions for years to come.
"I love that place," she said. "And we've done
an absolute terrific job."

the Port of Manatee, has generated some concern that
white sand needed for beach renourishment would
be made off limits. Officials on Longboat Key were
the most vocal with concerns for the pipeline route,
which already was revised once to avoid another area
of beach-quality sand.
On June 23, during a Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, a possible solution to the
conflict was announced: Instead of relocating the
pipeline route to avoid submerged beach-quality
sand, the sand would be removed before construc-
tion of the pipeline.
"It's a win-win for all parties," Manatee County
natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker
Hunsicker said representatives with the county,
Longboat Key, the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection and Port Dolphin Enc.u i LLC are
working on the compromise strategy.
"We hope this will work," he said.
If an agreement can be reached and the sand
removed before Port Dolphin places its pipeline,
renourishment for Longboat Key and Anna Maria
Island might take place several years ahead of sched-
ule as early as 2011 and with some cost-sharing
on Port Dolphin's part.
Hunsicker said, "We've found a solution to bring
additional natural gas to the southwest coast of Flor-
ida through Port Manatee, at the same time protecting
our white beach sand and the living resources in the
Gulf of Mexico."
Port Dolphin maintains the pipeline will help
Florida utilities move away from a reliance on coal,
will supply clean-burning natural gas to meet 15
percent of the state's needs or a million homes a
The company also maintains the project will
generate $42 million in economic benefits during
construction, including the creation of 82 jobs, $1.5
million in local and state revenue taxes.
Over the life of the project about 20-30 years
- Port Dolphin estimates the economic benefits will
total more than $85 million, as well as spur competi-
tion that could reduce e ni i'\ costs for consumers.

In the pipeline
The Port Dolphin Eni.i'y. LLC proposal
A deepwater natural gas port about 28
miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island.
Ships carrying gas from other areas will
anchor next to buoys at the deepwater port in
the Gulf of Mexico to deliver natural gas.
Gas will be transported through a pipe-
line running from the deepwater port into
Tampa Bay to Port Manatee.
The pipeline will continue several miles
inland, where it will connect with other natural
gas pipelines.
The proposal is online at www.regula-
tions. gov. The docket number is USCG-2007-

Signal changed at

key intersection
Motorists on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach
should notice a change in the traffic light operation
at the intersection with Manatee Avenue.
The signal change took place early June 25, with a
Manatee County traffic crew on sight before morning
commuters crossed the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The change, requested by Holmes Beach Police
Chief Jay Romine and urged by residents of West-
bay Cove condominiums, involves a short delay for
motorists turning left from northbound East Bay
Drive onto Manatee Avenue.
The delay, said Romine, will keep the left-turning driv-
ers from cutting off motorists leaving Westbay Cove.
A sign at the intersection cautions the left-turning
East Bay motorists to yield, but residents complained
that too many drivers did not heed the caution.
'The timing has been changed.... It will take some
time for people to get used to it, but hopefully it will elimi-
nate the right-of-way confusion issues," Romine said.




Be careful what you wish for ...
Be careful when saying "Yes" quickly to "free sand"
because, as the saying goes, "you will surely get it."
And there may be more to this wish a downside.
In the case of a proposed deepwater natural gas port
some 28 miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island and the
accompanying pipeline to Port Manatee, the company that
is pushing the project obviously sees big dollars signs.
Our legislators, county and local Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key officials are touting the newest plan
that will provide free sand and move up the schedule of
beach renourishment if Port Dolphin Energy's preferred
path for the pipeline, through beach-rich sand northwest
of the northern tip of Anna Maria, is approved.
But be careful, because that white sand source will
forever be off limits after the pipeline is laid. It's a one-
time only offer.
And some caution is needed, because to date, only the
pipeline path has been challenged. We've heard no argu-
ment on the merits or detriments to our area of an offshore
gas port, where large tankers will hook up and unload gas,
or the pipeline in our front yard.
It seems the focus of discussion is directed or mis-
directed? to the pipeline path, and discussion about the
port-pipeline project has been blurred in the background.
According to Glenn Compton, chairman of the
respected environmental group ManaSota-88, "Relocat-
ing the sand for pipeline construction is a very temporary
solution with questionable results. It would be easier to
relocate the pipeline route than attempt to change the off-
shore forces of nature that produce the high quality sand
located there.
"Port Dolphin needs to continue to completely avoid
the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve and ... the high-quality
sand deposits located offshore."
And while no oil or natural gas processing is yet pro-
posed, as Sandscript columnist Paul Roat points out this
week, the possibility looms large in Congress.
Visit www.islander.org for a list of contacts, and let
your elected officials know your "wishes."
Our beaches and estuaries have value far beyond cor-
porate debauchery.

And keep it safe
It's that holiday that some Islanders -small pets,
marinelife and wildlife deplore and others adore, when
things really do go boom in the night.
Please, do not tolerate dangerous, illegal fireworks
that can cause personal injury and damage to our fragile
environment. Instead, report abusers to law enforcement
and have a safe and fun holiday at the parade and the legal
fireworks shows.
It's about our country's independence, not deca-
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Trolley fare fairness
Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker has
expressed a need for a rationale for transit riders on
the mainland in order to justify continuing the free
trolley on Anna Maria Island.
How's this for a rationale? Island property taxes
represent such a large percentage of the county tax
base that we Islanders already pay for countywide
transit and a lot more, so I think we can afford to keep
our little trolley free.
Or how about everybody coming from town gives
us a $1 at the bridge until we reach the $900,000
annually we need for our trolley.
That way you'll pay ours and we'll pay yours,
but you'll still be ahead.
Maybe we can think of some other ways to "even
things out." What a ridiculous statement: a rationale
for the in-town transit riders.
Give me a break.
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria

Thanks for pet story
My thanks go to Lisa Neff for her wonderful pro-
file on Julie Royal and Royal Pet Rescue in the June
24 edition of The Islander.
When I first moved to Anna Maria Island, there
were a number of stray and feral cats living near my
home. Royal was one of the generous people who
taught me about trap-neuter-release and helped me
spay and neuter those cats. I now have a wonderful
small family of cats in my care.
Her compassion and dedication knows no
bounds. She helps all the animals she can and also
works to mediate when people want strays extermi-
nated. Killing animals that live in the sparse habitat
left on the Island is ineffective other animals will
simply move into the area. TNR is a more balanced
and humane solution.
Instead of complaining to the mayor, code

enforcement officer or animal control, please, con-
sider TNR.
I hope everyone who reads Royal's story will
consider adopting one of her rescued animals or
donating to Royal Pet Rescue, even if it's only a
small amount. Shelters are full of animals whose
owners can no longer afford them, and Royal's
tireless work helps give those pets a chance for a
new home.
Stacie Suttles, Holmes Beach

Kudos for save the beach
Well done all who have fought for the rounour-
ishment of the beach in Anna Maria.
We come to Anna Maria Island for two months
every year and stay between Bean Point and the
Rod & Reel Pier/Motel and have been concerned
that the erosion is endangering the property and
Bean Point.
Norman Norfolk, Frinton, U.K.

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Holmes Beach honored for beautification

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach parks and beautification commit-
tee members spent months shopping for a sponsor to
improve the traffic islands on the city's highly com-
mercial East Bay Drive.
With no takers, the advisory group began last
winter to work on an in-house beautification project
with the mayor's office and the city public work's
Last week, the work on the islands at the intersec-
tion of Manatee Avenue earned the city a beautifica-
tion award from the Manatee River Garden Club.
Club members formally presented Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger with a plaque June 23 while standing on an
island with cars swooshing past in the right-turn lane.
L\ cly year we find a spot that has been beauti-

fled," said club member Lori Richie, adding that the
club's membership and interest is countywide.
"I think it's beautiful," said Barbara Null, another
club member.
Bohnenberger said a member of the club was
driving past the traffic islands and noticed their
improvement from months ago, when plantings were
spare and consisted, most noticeably, of wilting poin-
Last winter, parks and beautification committee
members created a plant list that included sunflowers,
gaillardia and gold lantana and helped public works
employees design the garden spots.
"We really appreciate this recognition," Bohnen-
berger said. "We have a committee that serves our
city well, and a public works department that does
so, too."

Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger holds
a plaque from the
Manatee River
Garden Club.
He was joined
by members of
the club and the
Holmes Beach
Parks and Beau-
tification Com-
mittee, as well
as public works
employees, to for-
mally accept the
plaque June 23.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

In the June 30, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection announced it had approved a $100,000
grant for Anna Maria to restore the city pier. Public
works director Phil Charnock said he hoped the
money would cover replacing the length of the
Three people were rescued by the U.S. Coast
Guard when the engine of their 45-foot cabin cruiser
overheated and caught fire about 10 miles west of
Anna Maria Island. A Coast Guard spokesperson said
it was the third boat fire in three months to require a
Coast Guard rescue.
Bradenton Beach got an unexpected bonus
when it received a check for $24,000 from the Fed-
eral Emergency Management Agency for reimburse-
ment of expenses incurred during the evacuation for
Hurricane Georges. City commissioners decided to
put the money into the general fund rather than pur-
chase new police radios, as requested by Police Chief
Sam Speciale.

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Formal charges pending against burglary suspects

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Formal charges are still pending against two men
accused of committing a series of local burglaries this
John O'Keefe and Patrick S. Banker, both 18 of
Sarasota, were arrested May 19 after Manatee County
Sheriff's Office Deputy Alan Judy observed signs of a
break-in at the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria.
Both men were arrested fleeing from the area.
Banker and O'Keefe were
subsequently accused of break-
ing into more than a dozen local
businesses, including in Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Bra-
denton Beach and on Longboat
But, as of The Islander
Banker press time, O'Keefe and Banker
had only formally been charged
in connection to one incident, a
May 1 burglary at the Waterfront
Until June 24, both men
had been held in the Manatee
County jail on $5,000 bond for
O'Keefe each charge.
Last week, attorneys for both
O'Keefe and Banker filed motions calling for the
release of uncharged defendants.
The motion in Banker's case references the
Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure, which states,
"The state shall file formal charges on defendants
in custody by information, or indictment ... within
30 days from the date on which the defendants are
arrested or from the date of the service of capiases
upon them."
The rule also requires that if a defendant remains
uncharged on the 30th day, the court shall order the
defendant's release on personal recognizance.
The motion was filed June 19, 31 days after
Banker's arrest.
The motion on O'Keefe's behalf made a similar
On June 24, Circuit Court Judge Diana Moreland
issued an order for O'Keefe to be released on his own

recognizance for most of the state accusations against
him. But, facing a formal charge for the Waterfront
burglary and awaiting bond, O'Keefe remained in jail

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Holmes Beach man faces a charge of sexual
battery involving a minor after his arrest for alleg-
edly fondling a girl.
Richard S. LeGore, 66, was
arrested at his home in the
2800 block of Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, at about 1:30
p.m. June 20.
A probable cause affidavit
filed in Manatee County Cir-
Legore cuit Court states that LeGore
molested a young girl with
whom he is related on June 18.
The child's mother and a representative with
a rape crisis center in Bradenton brought the girl
to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report
the incident.
The child was sitting on LeGore's lap and the

as of The Islander's press time.
Banker, however, was released from custody on

two were watching television when he committed
the sexual battery, according to the report.
After, LeGore allegedly told the child that
he should not be doing this and then put her to
The charge LeGore faces is a capital
Bail was set at $50,000.
LeGore, described in the police report as a
self-employed environmental consultant, posted
bail June 22.
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Gilbert
Smith set the conditions for the man's release
from the Manatee County jail. He can have no
contact with the alleged victim and must wear an
ankle bracelet.
A separate case in the courts was filed by a
victim's advocate requesting a temporary injunction
to prevent LeGore from coming within 500 feet of
the child.

Man charged with sex crime

against underage victim in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach police arrested William
E. Lindsay, 41, of San Fran-
cisco, June 25 on charges of
lewd or lascivious molesta-
tion of a victim 12-16 years
of age.
According to the report
by Holmes Beach Police
Officer Stanley R. House,
Lindsay Lindsay groped a juvenile

on the buttocks and attempted to kiss the victim
at about 2 a.m. June 24 while they were on the
beach in the 3800 block of the city.
The victim told HBPD that the defen-
dant was intoxicated at the time of the inci-
dent and it was a complete surprise to the
Lindsay admitted at the time of his arrest that
he was intoxicated when the incident occurred,
according to the report.

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Bradenton Beach commission OKs draft harbor plan

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners approved a
broad-stroke draft of a harbor management plan June
24, a week ahead of a deadline to submit the plan to
the state for a preliminary review.
Commissioners, as well as city project/program
manager Lisa Marie Phillips and city attorney Ricinda
Perry, stressed that much work remains on the plan
and the long-term effort to establish a mooring field
in Bradenton Beach.
"The draft plan itself does not need to be compre-
hensive," Perry said. "This is a draft harbor manage-
ment plan very different from a finalized plan."
"As exciting as it would be to have this be the
end all, it's just not," said Phillips, adding that even-
tually a feasibility study for the mooring field will be
The harbor plan is part of the city's broader rec-
reational boating master plan, which also contains
a proposal for a non-motorized boat launch at Herb
Dolan Park.
Phillips shipped a draft of the boating plan to the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
to meet a June 30 deadline, a requirement under a
grant to the city to hire a consultant to help with the
plan, as well as to get a preliminary review of the
"They will look at our draft and make sure we
are hitting the points," Perry said.
The draft plan focuses on environmental and
recreational issues, and not the finer details of how
mooring spaces in the harbor would be rented and
the rules boaters would be required to follow.
In a series of meetings this spring, an advisory
mooring field committee reviewed other harbor man-
agement plans and, using a St. Augustine plan as a
model, discussed in detail how a harbor would be
operated in Bradenton Beach.
Much of what the committee decided will be used
to draft a rental agreement for boaters in the mooring
field, Perry said.
"We have a road map of ultimately where we
want to go," the attorney told commissioners.
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reviewed a number of issues previously discussed by
the mooring field committee, including how boaters
would establish residency, the relationship between
a harbor master and city departments, the hours a
harbor master office would be open and how codes
and ordinances would apply to the mooring field.
"How is the mooring field going to interact with
our laws?" Perry said.
She offered an example of her concern. The city
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tainers of alcohol on public property, and the mooring
field is a public space.
"Would an open container on a vessel violate
our city ordinance?" Perry asked. "Are we in general
going to apply our land ordinances to our mooring
field? Or are we going to carve out exceptions?...
Understand how many different ordinances are going
to be tripped up."
Commissioners reached a consensus that the city
eventually will have to adopt exceptions to some cur-
rent provisions and adopt new ordinances to apply
solely to the mooring field.
Discussing the harbor master post, commission-
ers agreed that they want to contract for the work
rather than expand city staff.
Commissioners also agreed that the harbor master
would have some role in enforcement, but would not
act as a police or code enforcement officer.
Discussing harbor master hours, there was a con-
sensus that the office would not be staffed 24 hours
a day, but that the harbor master must work week-
"A person has got to be there on the weekends,"
said Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby. "They
have got to be there on the weekends because that is
when it is going to be the most chaotic."
Two members of the mooring field committee,
Bill Shearon and Michael Harrington, attended last
week's meeting.
Both raised concerns that the committee was
rushed to complete the draft plan, that the commit-
tee was not well informed of the process, and that the
committee wants to be more involved as the process
goes forward.
"I think if you are going to utilize the mooring
field committee, you need to create some direction
for them on what you want done," Shearon said.
Commissioner Bob Bartelt said the committee
will have more opportunities to work on the plan.
"What we are just doing is finding out if we can
get the permitting and what this is going to cost the
city," Bartelt said. "And then we will have a feasibil-
ity study.... This will be one of the smallest mooring
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Children attend a celebration in the chapel during Roser Memorial Community Church's vacation Bible
school, Crocodile Dock. The sessions took place at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, in early June,
with the chapel and church halls and classrooms decorated like a swamp.

Students in Roser's vacation Bible school program work on A student in Roser Memorial Community
crafts. Bible school director Kelley Tribble, along with about Church's vacation Bible school program
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Groups hosts non-profit forum
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Nonprofit Resource Center and the Association of
Fundraising Professionals will host a non-profit
forum July 10 in Anna Maria.
The 2009 Fundraisers
Forum: A Day on the Island will
take place at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The cost to attendrogram will be $50 and includes creature
fundraising expert Carol Weis-

Weismand lunch.
man as a keynote speaker and a
series of discussions on the subject.
The forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30
The cost to attend will be $50 and includes break-
fast and lunch.
For more information, call the Community Foun-
dation of Sarasota County at 941- 556-7106.
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesday, July 7, at the BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The guest speaker will be Nicholas Drizos of
SMART Riders Sarasota. He will talk about horse-
riding as therapy for challenged children.
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host personal trainer Bettina Bade leading a "Sculpt
and Strengthen Boot Camp."
The classes will take place Mondays at 6 a.m.
starting July 13 at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria.
Other classes include:
Baby and Beyond or After the Stork, also with
Bade, and for new mothers, meeting Saturdays at 10
a.m. starting July 18.
Group personal training with Bade, meeting
Monday at 6:30 p.m. beginning July 20.
For more information, including registration and
price details, call the Center at 941-778-1908.

White ends term on state
tourism board
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
executive director Larry White stepped down last
week after 25 years as a member of the board of
Visit Florida, the official state tourism agency.
"This change will allow me to focus my efforts on
gi", % ing llc Bradenton-area tourism product," said White,
who will continue as executive director of the BACVB.
BACVB marketing director Jessica Grace serves
on the Visit Florida public relations committee.




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Library announces July
The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host a family origami program
at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11.
Other programs include a book discussion group
meeting for adults at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, July 16,
and, for children, a yo-yo demonstration at 10 a.m.
Thursday, July 9 and a drum circle demonstration at
10 a.m. Thursday, July 30.
For teens, the library will host a talk on archae-
o'li.'Y at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8; instruction
on making beaded bag charms and bookmarks
at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16; a visit by the
Elmira Wildlife Sanctuary at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday,
July 22.
Also, the library will co-host a presentation by
Sarasota Jungle Gardens at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 16.

Library to host photo classes
The Island Branch Library will host James
Corwin Johnson teaching a series of digital photog-
raphy classes in July and August.
The Friends of the Island
Branch Library will present
the Adventures in Imaging and
Safari Ventures program at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The July classes will take
Johnsonplace from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
July 8, Travel and Adventure Photography.
July 15, Introduction to Digital Photography.
July 22, Portrait Photography and Lighting
July 29, Landscape and Nature Photography.
The August classes will take place from 5:30 p.m.
to 7:30 p.m. and include:
Aug. 5, Introduction to Digital Photography.
Aug. 12, Outdoor Lighting Techniques.
Aug. 19, Better Birding Photography.
During the summer, the library also will show-
case photographs by Johnson and his students.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-

Island eatery to host
working artists
Artists, all members of the Artists Guild of Anna
Maria Island, will be "working" at the Sun House
restaurant Mondays through Thursdays from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m., demonstrating their techniques and show-
ing their work.
The restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach, will showcase artists at work through Sep-
tember, and this month's lineup includes:
July 13-16: Barbara Hines demonstrating water-
color, silk painting and fiber art.
July 20-23: Joan Voyles demonstrating water-
color and mixed-media.
July 27-30: Karen deLeon Stuart demonstrating
oil, pastels and pottery.
Other artists in August and September include
Mariarosa and Roger Rockefeller, Ann Terhardt,
Karen Cunningham, Faye Rosechild-Nierman, Elayn
Leopold, Mary DuCharme "Hadje," Judy Strom and
Jo Anne Curtan.

Center to host writing workshop
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host a writer's
workshop July 27 and Aug. 3.
The two-session workshop will begin both days
at 6:30 p.m. The instructor is Ellen Jones.
The Center also is offering a crash course in
social networking on the Internet that Jones will teach
at 6:30 p.m. July 13-14.
A third class with Jones covers making video
legacies and ethical wills and will take place at 6:30
p.m. July 20-21.
For more information, including fees, call the
Center at 941-778-1908.

County to fill

seats on TDC
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners soon will be
making five appointments to the Tourist Develop-
ment Council.
The TDC, which generally meets the third
Monday of every other month, makes recommenda-
tions to the county commission concerning projects
in the tourist development plan and the uses for tour-
ist development tax revenue.
The TDC consists of one county commissioner,
two elected municipal officials, four owners or
operators of hotels, motels or other accommoda-
tions who are subject to the resort tax and two
people involved in the tourist industry who are not
subject to the resort tax.
The county commission will be appointing an
interested citizen to serve out the remainder of a term
that expires in June 2010.
Also, the four-year terms of the four people
involved with hotels, motels and other accommoda-
tions in the county are expiring.
Current TDC members Sean Murphy, David Teit-
elbaum, Barbara Rodocker all Island business-
people and Tom Jung with the Courtyard Marriott
in Bradenton have applied for reappointment to the
accommodations posts.
Additional applications for a seat on the TDC
board were received, as of June 9 from Islander pub-
lisher Bonner Joy, Bradenton resident Earl Morgan,
University Park resident Dianne Belk and Kim
Ibasfalean, who runs a charter boat operation out of
Application PDFs can be downloaded from www.
mymanatee.org and returned via e-mail to Shirley
Talley at shirley.talley@mymanatee.org or faxed to
Officials recommended that applicants also print
and mail a copy of the application, and follow up
if they do not get confirmation the application was
The mailing address is County Administrator's
Office, Advisory Board applications, PO Box 1000,
Bradenton FL 34206-1000.
Joy said her initial online application did not
reach the Manatee County administrator's office and
she had to send a second application.
Sato Real Estate owner Barbara Sato also said
her online application did not reach the county and
she planned to re-apply.

Evacuation re-entry tags

available in cities
The kits are packed.
The records are checked.
But is a re-entry tag in hand?
Anna Maria Island residents should make sure
they have obtained from their local government a
hang-tag a card that hangs from a vehicle's rear-
view mirror needed to re-enter the Island after an
emergency evacuation has ended.
And they should make sure they have the tag
stored in an accessible place.
Re-entry tags are available in Anna Maria at city
hall, 10005 Gulf Drive; in Holmes Beach at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive; and in Bradenton Beach at city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Islanders should bring proof of their residency and
photo identification cards when applying for a tag.

The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anni-
versaries, travels and other events. Please send notices
and photographs with detailed captions along with
complete contact information to news@islander.org
or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

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Anna Maria approves amending non-conformities

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Owners of non-conforming structures in Anna
Maria will now be allowed to enlarge their homes or
re-roof the house.
After months of discussion and work sessions
on the issue by both the city commission and plan-
ning and zoning board, the commission at its June
25 meeting approved an amendment that allows non-
conformities to be enlarged and re-roofed.
The problem began when the city inadvertently
created a number of non-conforming properties when
it lowered the density per acre to six units in the 2007
comprehensive plan.
According to city planner Alan Garrett, that made
a number of dwellings non-conforming because they
are situated within an acre of land containing more
than six units. The further problem was how to decide
which properties within that acre were conforming
and which were non-conforming.
The city's ordinance on non-conforming struc-
tures prohibits expansion or re-roofing.
But by removing the words "intensity and den-
sity" from the ordinance, owners of those proper-
ties can now legally remodel, expand or re-roof their
Commissioners noted the concern of the
P&Z board with how fair market value is deter-
mined in the event of a disaster that damages
or destroys a percentage of a non-conforming
But determining fair market value is the province
of the Federal Emergency Management Authority and
its flood plain regulations, not the city, said building
official Bob Welch.
FEMA determines fair market value through an
independent, licensed appraiser, he said. The only
other way to determine F\ IV is through the tax rolls,
Welch added.
Garrett did note that a non-conforming structure
that contains a non-conforming use still cannot be
re-roofed or expanded under the amendment.
The commission voted 4-1 to approve the
amendment, with Commissioner Dale Woodland

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in opposition.
In other business, commissioners unanimously
approved a change in sending notices to members of
the public about planning and zoning hearings.
Instead of requiring a return receipt, the city will
give the U.S. Post Office a mailing list and the post
office will certify to the city that each person on the
list received the city's first class letter.
The problem, observed Garrett, is that many
people have declined to come to the post office coun-
ter to sign for the registered letter.
He showed commissioners a stack of letters that
had been returned by the post office because the
addressee declined to pick up the city mail.
Although Garrett said there will always be a
small percentage of people who will claim they never
received a letter, city attorney Jim Dye said there
are many other ways in which a public meeting is
In other business, commissioners heard a pre-
sentation by Dye on a local agency program with
Manatee County that will allow the city to use county
resources for design and construction of projects
funded by a $385,000 transportation enhancement
grant due the city in 2010.
Commission Chairman John Quam was con-
cerned that there would be oversight by the city
with county agencies and staff working on the
"We have to know if we have to come up with
advance money and when we have to give it to the
county," he said. "We also don't want the county
making a change order without city approval."
He also wants to ensure there is not a cost
overrun by the county that will be billed to the
city. Quam suggested the city have someone
oversee the county work and liaison with the
Dye said it's best to do the oversight informally,
rather than establishing a number of legal "milestones
and guideposts."
Dye said he hoped to have all the LAP docu-
ments ready in time for the August commission meet-
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Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who wrote the
grant for the city, said the grant is not being issued
until fiscal year 2010-11.
The money will come from a federal grant, but
will be administered by the Florida Department of
DOT officials had recommended an LAP with
Manatee County as a cost-saving measure, saying
DOT costs would be significantly higher because the
DOT has to follow federal guidelines, which are more
expensive than those for the county.
Mattick, who is chairperson of the city's trans-
portation grant enhancement committee, said the
committee has proposed construction of a boardwalk
at the city pier along with landscaping a number of
areas on Pine Avenue.
The grant can only be used for enhancements of
the city's retail-office-residential district and only for
new projects, according to the DOT.
Commissioners also approved a resolution to
have Mayor Fran Barford sign a joint statement by
the Island Transportation and Planning Organization
that Manatee County be responsible for funding the
Island trolley.

Anna Maria resident and developer Mike Cole-
man asked this week to clarify the story in the June
24 Islander about his application to be a member of
the planning and zoning board.
The Islander reported that City Commissioner
Dale Woodland originally supported Coleman's
application, but later withdrew his support, and that
Coleman, a partner in Pine Avenue Restoration LLC,
indicated he would support Woodland's removal from
office during the next election.
Coleman has asked to be quoted as saying, "I
would certainly seek to replace him." And, in a subse-
quent e-mail, he added, "on my list of supporters."
Further said Coleman, "Dale and I are friends
who often disagree on policy. Dale and I have
stood by our early commitment to separate city
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First turtle hatchlings due July 1

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A due date has arrived.
The first hatchlings of the 2009 nesting season
were due to emerge from a nest this week on or
around July 1.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteer Fred
Mack identified the first nest of the season May 8
near the Martinique in Holmes Beach.
"We're watching the nest now," said AMITW
executive director Suzi Fox. "We're keeping an eye
on it."
Nesting sea turtle No. 2 arrived on the shore of
Anna Maria Island May 12, dropping its eggs just
feet from a chair left on the beach in the 800 block
of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach.
Incubation ranges from about 45 to 95 days,
depending on sand temperatures, but averages 55 to
60 days for most clutches in Florida.
With the first hatchlings due to arrive at about
the same time as crowds for the long July 4 holiday
weekend, officials in the Island cities and representa-
tives of AMITW are reminding people to avoid inter-
fering with night-time nesting activity.
"People should try to use common sense and
be as kind as they can when visiting the beaches at
night," Fox said. "Sharing the nesting beaches with
a fabulous endangered species is a gift and should be
celebrated as well as the birthday of our nation."
Fox, who weekly sends a report to code enforce-
ment officers in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach, said local enforcement officers are
aware of the potential for people vs. turtle conflicts.
AMITW's most recent report to the cities indi-
cates that nesting activity, as of June 26, is double
what it was last year. The report also identifies where
turtle nests are located, and when they are due to
hatch, assisting officers checking beaches for lighting

Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
93 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as
of June 26.
AMITW also reported 73 false crawls.
Three nests were reported washed out and 24
nests were washed over in recent high tides.
Nesting season continues through Oct. 31,
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beaches from sunset to sunrise because artificial light
can disorient the turtles, which are naturally drawn
to light.
Trash left on the beach and abandoned beach
chairs and other items also pose a threat to turtles, as
well as other animals, including nesting shorebirds.
Last year, on their July 4 walks, AMITW vol-
unteers found an abundance of furniture left over-
Also last July 4, the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment responded to callers reporting that someone
had driven a vehicle onto the beach and about 1,000
people had gathered for a party as two loggerheads
crawled from the Gulf of Mexico to nest.
"We had to have officers and volunteers form
a chain around a nesting mom last year and guide
her out," Fox said. The turtles "will crawl right into
crowds of people, so stay clear of a female that is
about to give birth."
Fireworks set off from the beach also can disturb
turtles, but especially nesting birds.
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Gertrude 'Schatzie' Mann
Gertrude "Schatzie" Mann, 68, of Holmes Beach,
died May 3.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday,
July 7, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, with a celebration of her life
to follow at the Roser Fellowship Hall.
She is survived by daughter Patricia L. White of
Holmes Beach; son Richard and wife Sharon of Las
Vegas, Nev.; sisters Hildegard and Louise, both of
Switzerland; brother Huntz Noller of Germany; and
grandson J.D. White of Holmes Beach.

Carla Barr Price
Carla Barr Price, 57, of Holmes Beach, died June
23 in Bradenton.
Mrs. Price was born in Owensboro, Ky., moved
to Bradenton in 1963 and became an Island resident in
1979. She was formerly married to the late RexA. Price
of Holmes Beach and was a real
estate professional for more than
25 years on Anna Maria Island.
She was most recently affiliated
with Bark & Company Realty of
Holmes Beach.
Funeral Mass will be held at
10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at
Carla Barr Price St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
She is survived by parents Ann and Charles Barr
of Bradenton; daughter Tiffany Price Cumberland of
Bradenton; siblings Pamela Murphy of Bradenton,
Steven Barr of Indiana, Samuel Barr of Bradenton
and Elizabeth Craig of Palmetto; and grandchildren
Logan and Leah Cumberland of Bradenton.

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach is working to earn some extra
credit points that could earn property owners a larger
discount on their flood insurance premiums.
The test for the city will come in September,
when the Federal Emergency Management Agency
conducts an audit of Holmes Beach's floodplain man-
agement program and determines whether the city
has accumulated enough points to improve its score
on the community rating system under the National
Flood Insurance Program.
The CRS is a national incentive program that
encourages communities to adopt floodplain man-
agement activities exceeding the minimum National
Flood Insurance Program requirements.
CRS has three goals:
Reduce flood losses.
Facilitate accurate insurance ratings.
Promote the awareness of flood insurance.
While the major government goal is to reduce
property damages in floods, property owners see
another positive result with improved CRS scores
- a reduction in flood insurance premiums.
The discounts are designed to reflect the reduced
flood risk to property owners resulting from the
community's floodplain management activities, and
the amount of the discount varies according to the
community's level of effort, according to a FEMA
All three Island cities participate in the national
On the CRS scale of 1-10, Anna Maria's rating is
5, with a 25 percent discount for properties in what
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Holmes Beach's current community rating or
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has made efforts to better its score, said public works
superintendent Joe Duennes.
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"There aren' t any signs that say, 'My mother eats
people,' the deputy acknowledged to the chuckle
of a number of kids and several adults attending her
crime safety seminar.
But there are other signs that can ward off the bad
guy or gal, Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy
Dawn Stroup advised during a safety program June
26 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Stroup, a member of the MCSO crime prevention
section, suggested to protect a home, that people post
signs warning "Beware of dog" or alerting people that
the home is wired with an alarm system even if it
isn' t.
She offered a number of other practical steps for
children and adults to take to protect their property
and themselves during the 40-minute program.
She emphasized that law enforcement officers
play a crucial role in keeping a community safe, but
that citizens also must be vigilant.
"You are the eyes and ears of your community,"
said Stroup, encouraging people to pay attention to
their neighbors and to get to know the faces in their
For example, she said, pay attention to whether a
neighbor's newspapers are piling up in the driveway
or to whether the smell of smoke is from a grill or a
house fire.
"Try," Stroup said, "to be aware of what's hap-

Flood audit flows

Flood damage reduction.
Flood preparedness.
"We' re making strides toward a 6," he said, and
with each lower point, premiums under the national
program go down 5 percentage points.
To improve its score, the city has made annual
improvements to its stormwater drainage system,
Duennes said.
He said the city also should earn credit with
FEMA for revising related ordinances, conducting
a public information campaign on flood insurance,
acquiring severe-repetitive loss property on Holmes
Boulevard for open space of, a mapping program and
his certification in floodplain management.
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Addressing the children in the audience of about 40
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To teenagers who might be walking alone, she
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"It really, really is important to walk against traf-
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And to all, she recommended, "If you are home,
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In other business, the board approved a resolution
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application to the federal government for stimulus
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16 0 JULY 1, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach plans

trash talks
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Waste Management's contract for hauling gar-
bage from Holmes Beach is set to expire next spring.
So city commissioners are preparing for trash talks
with the company.
Commissioners briefly discussed putting the job
out to bid, but have agreed to focus instead on nego-
tiations with Waste Management.
"It is going to cost upwards of $12,000 to go out
for bidding," said Commissioner Pat Morton, who is
the city's liaison to Waste Management. "There is a
whole process we have to go through."
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the city would
lose money in a bidding process.
"I think in this economy, it would be foolish to
waste money to go out to bid," he said. "There is no
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said perhaps
the Island cities could negotiate a single contract with
Waste Management.
However, while Waste Management also pro-
vides trash collection in Anna Maria, Bradenton
Beach employs its own sanitation workers and owns
its equipment.
The Waste Management contract with Holmes
Beach expires in May 2010, so negotiations on a new
contract likely will begin later this summer and be
completed by January 2010.
"I' ve been very happy with Waste Management,"
said Commissioner Pat Geyer. "They've done an
excellent job."
Waste Management consultant Rose Quin-Bare
said under the next contract the company might offer
enhancements to the city's recycling program.
Meanwhile, Waste Management is preparing to
introduce its neighborhood watch program in Holmes
The program is called Waste Watch, and it involves
drivers and collectors looking out for their customers
and their property. Waste Management drivers would
be trained to report suspicious activity.
"Those men know their homes," said Quin-Bare.
"They are very alert and conscious of what is going
on in the neighborhood."
Waste Watch is in place in other parts of the coun-
try, but not locally.
"We want to put that program in Holmes Beach,"
Quin-Bare said.

Visual aid
Artist Pam Forten-
berry studies images
as she begins work
on a marine-themed
mural sponsored
by the Friends of
the Island Library
volunteer group. The

AW / south wall in the
library is near the
/ children's section
and the DVD collec-
tion in the library,
5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

Marker improvements headed to Palma Sola Bay

Getting to and from the waters of Palma Sola Bay
will remain a murky for a while longer.
Manatee County commissioners were scheduled
to approve a plan for better waterway markings last
week. But the item was pulled on the advise of Keith
Bettcher, manager of the Resource Management
Division of the Manatee County Natural Resources
Department. The new signage was proposed to have
been funded through a grant by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission "to mark several
channels in Palma Sola Bay and south," he wrote in
an e-mail to commissioners and others.
"The privately maintained channel markers are
not consistent with ours and are out of compliance
with U.S. Coast Guard standards," he continued. "We
were awarded the grant to bring all identified channel
marking into compliance. However, the only channel
which is under a public permit is the main channel
from the Intracoastal Waterway through Palma Sola
Bay, ending at Palma Sola Causeway.
"Manatee County is not the permit holder for
the other channels identified for upgrade," Bettcher
said. "We would need the permit holders authoriza-
tion to do the upgrade or let Manatee County become
the permit holder. We had one year from the date of
execution to spend the grant money. We were also
apprehensive about adding private channel markers
to the public inventory."
Bettcher suggested to county officials that the
official channel markers be replaced with funds to

come from the West Coast Inland Navigation District.
He also suggested meetings with the private permits
holders to discuss upgrading signage to meet current
The upgrades and maintenance of the channel
markers in places such as San Remo Shores would
be the responsibility of the individual groups, with
possible funding from WCIND.
"Once complete and compliant, they would be
responsible for maintaining them and would retain
the permit to do so," Bettcher said. "In this way, we
can still provide safe waterways without taking on
more financial and maintenance responsibility."

Sand shifting
A work crew removes sand, part of a routine main-
tenance schedule, June 26 at the boat ramp on the
Palma Sola Causeway, according to Seth Kohn of
the city of Bradenton. The ramp and an adjacent
parking lot at the southeast end of the causeway
beach opened June 1. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 1, 2009 0 17

Watering restrictions extended

The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict governing board voted last week to continue
irrigation restrictions for Manatee County through
July 31.
"While the region is out of the immediate crisis,
we are still contending with the effects of the long-
term drought," said David Moore, Swiftmud execu-
tive director. "The May rainfall helped but the summer
rainy season hasn't begun. We're going to monitor
conditions closely over the next month before easing
any of the restrictions."
The region received above normal rainfall in
May and aquifer levels are in the low normal range,
lakes are still averaging between 2-5 feet below the
lowest normal readings. Lake Manatee levels have
held steady at 39 feet recently, about 3 feet above
historical averages for this time of year according to
John Zimmerman, Manatee County Deputy Director
of Utilities.
"The real importance of extending these restric-

tions is, we're all part of this regional system," Zim-
merman said. "Swiftmud wants to make sure the
Manatee County system will be strong when we come
out of the rainy season. We need the aquifer system
to recover also."
Under the restrictions, Manatee County is
required to fine property owners who use irrigation
systems during unauthorized days.
First-time violators could be subject to $110 in
fines and administrative fees. A second violation
could result in a $210 fine. A third violation could
cost $550 and a potential court appearance.
Most watering violations are related to irrigation
of lawns, but other restrictions are in effect and are
subject to fines, as well.
Under the restrictions:
Lawn watering remains limited to a once-per-
week schedule.
Irrigation is allowed on Mondays at addresses
ending in "0" or "1" and on Tuesdays at addresses

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Native plant sign project in Anna Maria

Anna Maria's environmental education and
enhancement committee recently completed an edu-
cational plant-identification sign project.
The signs include name, habitat and benefit
information to help residents and visitors incorporate
native plantings at their homes and businesses, EEEC
member Amy Bayard said.
The majority of the signs have been placed at
native vegetation sites around city hall and at the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society on Pine Avenue.
Additionally, the committee is purchasing three
large signs for installation on Gulf Boulevard, at the
historical society and at the city pier that will educate
visitors about coastal habitats, said Bayard.
These signs will be entitled "Share the Shore with
Wildlife" and provide information on shorebirds and
the manatees that inhabit the coastal waters.
Funding for all the signs was provided by a grant
from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
Bayard said the EEEC is focusing on improving

some of the city's beach access walkways and has
developed an "Adopt-A-Beach-Access" program that
will coordinate volunteer maintenance.

The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust with
support from the Pine Avenue Restoration partners
recently announced a capital campaign to save the
historic Angler's Lodge.
The lodge, built in 1914, faces the bay by the
entrance of Lake LaVista canal.
The lodge's location a few steps north of the Anna
Maria City Pier was no accident when the first Island
developers platted the northern end of Anna Maria
Island after it was opened for homesteading in the
early part of the 20th century. Since many of the
people visiting the Island arrived by steamers and
ferry, as the bridge from Cortez was not built until
1922, accommodations for stay over were important

Anyone with suggestions for the beach access
program, or interested in volunteering, should call
Anna Maria City Hall at 941-708-6130.

to "seal the deal" for anyone wishing to build on
this pristine stretch of land immediately south of the
Tampa Bay, according to one history.
The lodge is a two-story structure built of "rusti-
cated block" on its lower level- a precast concrete
stone made by Sears, Roebuck & Co. and other
materials of the time on the second floor. A small
porch overlooks the bay on the second floor with
another across the front.
The blocks, along with other building supplies
were shipped by barge to the Island, and used in much
of the construction of that period. Still in its original
footprint, the lodge and a small shed in the rear have
been relatively untouched for more than 95 years.

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A long, long parasail ride for Ohio visitors Ste etlife

In a scene reminiscent of the "Gilligan's Island"
refrain of a "three-hour tour," an Ohio man and his son
got an unexpected three-hour parasail trip last week.
A 15-minute ride for dad Mike Calacci and son
Alex stretched to more than three hours due to high
winds in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island
June 24.
"Sun N Fun Parasail would not elaborate on what
exactly caused the Calacci's to spend so much time
in the air," according to a report online at Sarasota
television's ABC-7 Web site, mysuncoast.com. "They
say this was extremely unusual. Florida storms can
move in quickly, and they blamed the parasail prob-
lem on the high winds. They say they were in contact
with the U.S. Coast Guard."
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Photo: Bonner Joy

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in. After more than three hours, Mike and Alex were
finally able to be pulled back to the boat, and soon the
entire family was happily back on solid ground."
The parasail incident last week was not the first
on the Island. Two teenage girls from Massachusetts
ended up tangled in a power line on Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach in December 2006, when the tow-
line snapped while parasailing with U-Fly Parasailing
of Cortez.
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near the BeachHouse Restaurant, dropping the two
girls to the pavement 30 feet below.
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Bradenton Beach
June 20, 2300 block Gulf Drive, felony theft. No
further information was available.
June 21, 100 block Gulf Drive South, beach,
resisting arrest without violence. The complainant
was arrested. No further information was available.

Holmes Beach
June 22, 73rd Street beach, theft. The complain-
ant said that someone took his beach cabana, valued
at $100, which he had left on the shore overnight.
June 22, 500 block 69th Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone took his $300 sunglasses
from his unlocked car.
June 22, 500 block 74th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a backpack containing
baby clothes from his car. The clothing was recov-
ered; the backpack, valued at $50, was not.
June 23, 500 block 72nd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took various electronic equip-
ment, valued at $1,450, from his house.
June 23, 500 block Key Royale Drive, theft.
The complainant said someone apparently took her
$90 trash can from her house within the last three
June 25, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's Island
Store, warrant. William "Billy" Lee Parker, 31, of
Holmes Beach, was arrested by federal marshals on
an outstanding warrant from Ohio.
June 26, 4100 block Gulf Drive, domestic.
Two sisters while visiting from out of town got
into an altercation. According to the report, one
had scratches on her face; the other sister said her
sibling "has kids but was hanging on different
guys while she was out. She said they got into a
fight and that her sister deserved it," according to
police. The sister who delivered the scratches was

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5:30 p.m. DIY T-Shirt Surgery teen program at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Friday, July 3
4 to 9p.m. Outdoor Bridge Street Farmer's Market, with Highway
41 performing at 6 p.m., at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
9:15 p.m. Fireworks show at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Saturday, July 4
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outdoor Bridge Street Farmer's Market at 107
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
10 a.m. Roadside revelers are invited to the Anna Maria Island
Privateers Fourth of July Parade, departing from Coquina Beach, traveling
north to Bayfront Park, Anna Maria.
Noon Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Party and
scholarship awards at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 p.m. Holiday picnic at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
9:15p.m. Fireworks show at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring
Ave., Anna Maria.
9:15 p.m. Fireworks show at the Mar Vista Restaurant, 760
Broadway, Longboat Key.
Wednesday, July 8
2 p.m. Travel and adventure photography presentation with
James Corwin Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:30 p.m. PB&J Archaeology teen program presented by the
Florida Public Archaeology Network at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
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.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
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2009.10 AME school calendar

Aug. 3, administration office reopens.
Aug. 18, noon, student-teacher classroom
assignments posted on the front entrance window
and cafeteria doors.
Thursday, Aug. 20,4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Back-
to-School night.
Monday, Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m., first day of the
2009-10 school year.
Monday, Aug. 24, 8:45 a.m., new parent
welcome in the cafeteria.
Monday, Sept. 14, 3:15, School Advisory
Committee meeting with board nominations in
the media center.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, family dinner night and
third-grade play.
Saturday, Oct. 31, Fall Festival.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, family dinner night and
second-grade play.
Dec. 5 and 6, AME student art exhibit at the
Anna Maria Island Art League Winter Arts and

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.
Coming Up:
July 9, yo-yo demonstration at the Island Branch Library.
July 9, "Think and Drink" film and music celebrating Elvis at South
Florida Museum.
July 10, skate night at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
July 11, family origami at the Island Branch Library.
July 15, digital photography presentation at the Island Branch
July 15, bead crafts for teens at the Island Branch Library.
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Saturday, Jan. 16, Dolphin Dash.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, family dinner night and
third-, fourth- and fifth-grade talent show.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, family dinner night and
kindergarten play.
Tuesday, March 23, Family dinner night
and kindergarten, first- and second-grade talent
Saturday, April 17 or 24, Spring Fling at St.
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Tuesday, April 27, Family dinner night at
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Tuesday, May 25, Family dinner night at
fifth-grade play.
For more information, call the school office
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July 18, Snooty the Manatee's 61st birthday party at the South
Florida Museum Parker Manatee Aquarium.
*Aug. 8, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 60th Anniversary
celebration at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Sept. 28, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at
Bradenton Country Club.
Oct. 9, Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG
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Are oil rigs coming to our offshore vista?

Could offshore drilling for oil and natural gas be
inching closer to Anna Maria Island's shores?
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Joe
Follick, "Drilling for oil and natural gas within 10 miles
of Florida's coast has suddenly become one of the chief
objectives for [state] Republican legislative leaders and
industry backers who see a rare convergence of political
opportunity and public sentiment."
However, the paper's Jeremy Wallace, on the
same day, said of offshore exploration in the eastern
Gulf of Mexico that's us -regarding congressio-
nal leaders, "The proposal, led by Democratic Sens.
Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman
of New Mexico, would allow drilling 45 miles from
most of the Gulf Coast, and as close as 13 miles in
the Panhandle. The surprise amendment passed the
Senate En i.' \. and Natural Resources Committee by
a 13-10 vote [June 16.]"
Huh? Yeah.
There is a 2006 law passed by Congress that
stops any drilling within 234 miles of Tampa Bay.
That limit has been nibbled at by lawmakers ever
since, with some proposals suggesting that 10 miles
would be a good distance from shore for offshore
According to the Herald-Tribune, "Floridians are
realizing that now more than ever it's time to make

this decision that's in Florida's best interest economi-
cally," said U.S. Rep. Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland,
regarding near-shore offshore drilling.
He's countered by environmentalist Mark Fer-
rulo of Progress Florida, who said, "We expect to
see an assault on our beaches from Big Oil the likes
of which we've never seen in the 25-year history of
this fight."
A key player to all this fuss is state Rep. Dean
Cannon, R-Winter Park, who is expected to become
Florida House of Representative speaker in 2010. He's
been pushing drilling in the Gulf for a year or so.
As the Herald-Tribune reported: Eric Draper,
a longtime lobbyist for Audubon of Florida who is
running as a Democrat for state agricultural com-
missioner next year, said the public does not want
expanded drilling. "I think the public is going to look
and say, 'Do we want Florida to be a state where we
protect our coastal beach economy which is worth

$50 billion or more for a gamble, a promise, a bet,
from Texas oil men?' If I have to choose between a
guy who owns the hotel on Clearwater Beach and the
guy who owns the oil rigs in Texas, I'm choosing the
guy in Clearwater Beach."
Or Anna Maria Island.

What's out there
Here's some numbers.
Florida's pro-drilling folks say oil and gas col-
lected offshore will reap the state between $7 billion
to $10 billion. Most of the revenue would come from
the Florida Panhandle in an area off Destin. Gas, that
is, natural gas.
Also from the Herald-Tribune comes this, prob-
ably the most telling of all the arguments:
"The Department of the Interior estimates that the
eastern Gulf could provide up to 3.88 billion barrels
of oil. The U.S. consumes more than 7.5 billion bar-
rels a year."
Huh? There's less than a half-year's worth of
U.S. oil out there, threatening a $50 billion annual
tourism asset to the state?

Sandscript factoid
The United States produces about 3 percent of
worldwide fuel, yet gobbles up about 25 percent of
global product.

Fish galore out there both in bays, Gulf

By Paul Roat
Jeez, what does it take to make fishing more
There's trout and redfish galore in the bays.
Mackerel and catch-and-release snook are in
the passes. Tarpon are still thick off the beaches and
around Tampa Bay, as well as mangrove snapper both
near shore and out in the Gulf of Mexico. There's also
some amberjack lurking around the artificial reefs in
the Gulf.
Two things: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council at its June meeting agreed to hold off on
taking final action on its proposed Reef Fish Amend-
ment 31, saying it needs more time to review the
data before making a decision. The decision regards
longline grouper fishing. A ban remains in effect until
the board action.
And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration Fisheries announced that the com-
mercial deep-water grouper fishery will close at
12:01 a.m. June 27. NOAA's National Marine Fish-
eries Service "has determined the 2009 commercial
quota of 1,020,000 pounds of deepwater grouper will
be reached by this date. During the closure period, no
person aboard a vessel for which a commercial permit
for reef fish has been issued may fish for or retain
misty grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper,

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of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Jan. 1, 2010. During the closure, vessels with com-
mercial quantities of reef fish on board are prohibited
from retaining a recreational bag limit.
Better be careful with your grouper catches.
And don't forget the 2009 Desoto Fishing Tour-
nament July 10-12. Captains meeting is 6:30 p.m.
July 10 at Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island
Road, Palmetto. Information is available at desotohg.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said it's "tarpon,
tarpon and tarpon" off the beaches and in the bays.
Silver king fishers are catching fish all along Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key, near Passage and
Egmont keys, as well as near the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge in Tampa Bay. Pass crabs seem to be working
best for bait, as well as redfin herring and mullet. The
inshore bite for trout is good, with most fishers saying
it's the best catch in years as far as size is concerned.
Almost all the fish are within or better than the slot
limit. There are also lots of redfish being caught,
mostly in northern Sarasota Bay. Look for mackerel
in the passes, plus bonito, especially in the shipping
channels in Tampa Bay. Offshore action includes lots


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At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Frank
Whitney said that mackerel are here in large num-
bers. Fishers are also catching mangrove snapper,
and there are "huge Goliath grouper under the dock,"
which keep getting caught and released, of course.
Rays are everywhere: "They're acting like New
York cab drivers," he said with a laugh, "and one
ray walked a guy down to Bean Point before he got
it ashore." There are also some tarpon hookups from
the dock.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Rocky Corby
reports good catches of mackerel and cobia.
Capt. Logan Bystrom says tarpon are still active
on the beaches and in the passes. "We've had sev-
eral hookups in spite of the windy weather," he said,
adding that tarpon fishers should "keep dippin' those
crabs for your bait in the passes and fish for the tarpon
on those strong outgoing tides."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said high winds early
last week kept Gulf fish within the bays. "At weeks
end, scorching hot weather broke, tides got back to
normal, and fishing improved," he said. Mangrove
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Beach volleyball training great workout, fun

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Some young volleyball enthusiasts are flock-
ing to the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach
on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to participate in
beach doubles volleyball training with St. Stephens
Episcopal School volleyball coach Nancy Cothron.
Some of the participants are simply looking to
improve their skills for the upcoming high school
volleyball season, while others are trying to improve
their beach game for summer tournaments.
Cothron, who played college volleyball at Florida
State University and professionally in Italy, Sweden
and on the beach here in the United States, really puts
the participants through a great workout.
Cothron starts them out with a nice run on the
beach before switching it up with some core training.
Then she incorporates volleyballs, but don't think this
portion of the training is easy. On one of the drills,
she has participants going line-to-line, d'iinll' out
volleyballs that she tosses to them. The second time
through, Cothron makes the players get dirty, having
to dive from sideline to sideline for every ball.
Another drill that works on conditioning and
court coverage is the four-corners drill in which
Cothron tosses balls to the front corner, back corner,
front corner, back corner, with the players having to
track down each ball and at least get a touch on the
ball. After going through that drill a few times, all of
the young women trainees are seriously winded.
As the training session progresses, Cothron
approximates actual match play more and more, with
practice on serving, setting, hitting, di.','inii' and strat-
egy. The training ends with some controlled scrim-
maging in games of "King of the Beach."
The beach volleyball training sessions are open
to anyone at a cost of $5 per session.
For more information on group and individual

Fishing is great!
last week, along with grouper, trout and ladyfish.
"After the windy weather pattern broke, we started
to pick up some snook, trout and a few redfish inshore
around North Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola Bay and Anna
Maria Sound," Capt. Zach said. "There have been
numerous sharks in and around the mouth of Tampa
Bay. As we progress into the dog days of summer,
large whitebait will become increasingly hard to find,
but finger mullet can often be found milling around
lighted docks just before dawn when they can easily
be netted. Chubs, or killifish, are another hardy bait
that can be found in extremely shallow backwater
areas." And don't forget pinfish.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said his he's been putting his charters onto
limit catches of red grouper, American red snapper,
gag grouper, mangrove snapper, scamp, amberjack,
triggerfish, plus lots of sharks and smoker kingfish.
"Best grouper action is out past 100 feet, and the
deeper you fish the larger they are," he said. "For
the guys that want monster fish, go deep. There are
also some big gag grouper in close and in the Tampa
shipping channel. We are catching lots of smoker
kings from close in to out to 35 miles using a variety
of live bait. On the calmer days, there are a lot of
tarpon along the beach, Egmont Key and around the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge area."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.

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Her-icane golf challenge on horizon
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer
team will host its fourth-annual fundraising golf tour-
nament at the Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Sat-
urday, Sept. 26. The team utilizes the money raised
for uniforms, warmup suits, soccer equipment and
tournament travel.
For a $100 donation, players can test their golf
skills in a four-person scramble on the challenging
layout at Bradenton's exclusive club course.
All players registered prior to the Aug. 1 deadline
will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a post-
tourney banquet and guaranteed fun throughout the
day. Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two
closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and tons
of prizes will be awarded. The field is limited to the
first 100 golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes also are looking for tournament
sponsors to help their cause. For $800, a business can
purchase the Hat Trick, a package for a foursome of
golf, banquet, tee or green sign on the course and
a banner that will be displayed at all Manatee Her-
icane home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship
includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the

course for $500, and a tee or green sign for the tour-
nament for $125.
To sign up, list four players and each player's
phone number and send the list and check payable
to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail it to me, Her-
icane Coach Kevin Cassidy, 2011 79th St. N.W., Bra-
denton FL 34209. For more information, call me at

AMICC to host golf outing
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
hosting a golf outing Oct. 9 at the IMG Academies
Golf and Country Club. The tourney will have a 12:30
p.m. shotgun start, and money raised will support the
Center's program and scholarship funds.
Cost for the golf outing is $175 per golfer or $600
per foursome for golf, carts and dinner. Non-golfers
are invited to join the after-play party for awards,
refreshments and dinner.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-

Stay in touch
Don't forget to e-mail me at kevin@islander.org or
call me at 941-807-1105 with your summer sports news.
And look online for more sports this week, including golf
and horseshoe reports.

Double the pleasure
Andrew Honaker, left, helps
his cousin, Alexander Nelson,
board his shark catch, a 3-foot-
long bonnethead, caught and
released off Bean Point. Alex-
ander then hooked up again,
and on reeling in the catch, they
realized it was the same shark
and they were able to remove
both hooks. The inset photo
shows the hook and line and the
second hook.

CG Licensed Captain Don Meilner
Prices start at just $15/hour per person!
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22 0 JULY 1, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

By Rick Catlin

Galati team member on
Manatee chamber board
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce recently
announced that Mike Eiffert of Galati Yacht Sales in
Anna Maria has been elected to the chamber's board of
directors. Eiffert is the chief financial officer at Galati.

Islanders grow up to
make great doctors
Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in
Bradenton was recently named 2009 Small Business
of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce,
and the medical facility said it couldn't have done it
Billy Staley, center,
owner of Feeling
Swell in Anna Maria, :
welcomes his "surfing
safari" guests from
the Anna Maria Island
( ,.,,,,.".. I of Com-
merce, including, left,
Mary Ann Brockman,
and, right, Mark Davis.
The crowd enjoyed
music by Chuck
Caudill, pictured
behind Staley, plenty
of boiled peanuts,
menu specialties and
refreshments at the new
eatery. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

without the help of two Islanders who are surgeons
on staff.
Dr. Daniel Lamar grew up on Anna Maria Island
and played football at Manatee High School and
Davidson University prior to medical school.
Dr. Arthur Valadie didn't grow up on the Island,
but he's now a resident of Holmes Beach and said
he can't imagine living anywhere better than Anna
Maria Island.
Both doctors are orthopedic surgeons with

Natural Sea here
Owners Jim and Annette
Rossi of the Natural
Sea health food store at
the Anna Maria Island
Centre shopping plaza on
t I" "East Bay Drive, Holmes
ri Beach, held a grand
S- w. opening Friday, June
1 26. The store is located
adjacent to Island Mail
and More and carries a
complete line of health
foods, vitamins and
natural products. Islander
Photo: Toni Lyon

Coastal, which has been in operation for 33 years. In
addition to orthopedic surgery, the facility offers pain
management, physical therapy, research and surgery
Prior to his return to the area, Lamar was a team
orthopedic physician with the University of Miami
Hurricanes football team.
Coastal is the team orthopedic physicians for
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Pirates, US
Soccer, USA Olympic teams, IMG Academies and a
number of area high schools.
Coastal Orthopedics is located at 6015 Pointe
West Blvd., Bradenton, with branch offices in Lake-
wood Ranch.
For more information, call 941-791-1404 or visit
Coastal's Web sites at www.coastalorthopedics.com
and www.coastalpainandrehab.com.
Island real estate
504 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,549 sfla/ 1,951
sfur 3bed/2bath/ cat canalfront home built in 1962 on
a 78x108 lot was sold 06/08/09, Elliott to Blackiston
for $410,000; list $445,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
e-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free
1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
KENMORE STOVE, WHITE, $99. 1920s vanity,
triple mirror, $99.1950s electric lift chair, modern
Danish, $99. 941-580-4358.
TUSCANY-STYLE LIVING room tables, lamps,
rug, decorator items. Gently used. Northwest
Bradenton. 941-465-6569.
KAYAK FOR ONE: 11-foot, 8-inch. $175. Holmes
Beach. 941-779-1081.
FOR SALE: THREE-wheel bike. Good shape, new
tires, large basket. $50. 941-778-6791.
WICKER FURNITURE: NINE pieces. Barbecue,
table, umbrella, TV, all for $100 or best offer. 941 -
779-1081. Holmes Beach.
LARGE DRESSER, FAUX marble top with blonde
wood finish, seven-drawers. 17x36x65. $100.
Ronnie Kay, 941-726-4929.
PLATE CHARGERS: new in boxes, silver colored,
stainless steel, $5 each. Call 941-761-1928.
LARGE GARDEN POTS: Beige decorated plastic,
four for $40. Wedding bows with flowing ribbons,
10 for $45. Call 941-761-1928.
NEED ICE? WE sell ice by 10-lb. bag, $1, or bulk.
Island located for quick delivery. 941-916-4629.
HEYWOOD WAKEFIELD 1948-52 dining table,
six chairs, buffet, headboard, dresser, mirror. 941 -


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0y Gulf-Bay Realty
Toll-Free 1-800-771-6043

Perico Bay Club 3BR/2BA bright end unit. Corian counter
tops, tile floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR condos.
Updated kitchen and baths. $328,000. Lease option.
Call Robert St. Jean at 941-730-1291
Call me for a full list of foreclosures on the Island.
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Useful tools and
links, fun stuff,
and important info...

QUEEN-SIZE BED: Complete, Sealy Posture-
pedic, $75. Sofa sleeper, bamboo, $65. Sofa,
leather $45. 941-779-0018.
FISHING RODS AND reels. Penn, Diawa, Mitch-
ell. Spinning and conventional. 20 new and used.
$20-$50. 941-713-4048.
BAIT CAST NET: 3/8, 5-foot, opens to 10 feet.
Excellent condition. $15. 941-713-4048.
BICYCLE: LADIES TRAIL bike. Excellent condi-
tion. Must see. $50. 941-713-4048.
CANNA PLANTS: orange. 10 clumps, $30. 941-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone, especially
models with sim cards and chargers. Deliver
to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
Call 941-487-7487.
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet, $350.
Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200. 941-778-
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

front studio suite condo. Ground-floor end unit
right on the beach. Summer vacation getaway
two-night special, $249. Reserve now, 941-779-

S GuqfBayofa y ofAnna Maria Inc.
Jesse risson BrokfrAssociate, jU
Q 941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Immaculate 2bed/2bath
condo with den. Built
in 2005 this like new
condo has peeks of the
j / gulf and a great rental
history. Being offered at
$389,000 and coming turnkey furnished,
it's a supreme value in today's market. This
property will not last long. $389,000
Call Jesse Brisson
941-713-4755. hl

The Islander

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR:Anna Maria Privateers
are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles
and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to chil-
dren. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Two
lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at The Islander or
call 941-518-4431 for more information.

FOURTH OF JULY antique and art fair: 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Whitney Beach Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Free admission, free park-
ing. Benefits the Longboat Key Turtle Watch. Infor-
mation, 941-383-1901.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.

SET OF KEYS on blue clip found by newspaper
racks near Skinny's restaurant, 3901 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
frames, oval lenses. Lost on Manatee Public
Beach Monday, June 15. Please, call 941-792-
4801 or 941-209-8585.

35 Years of Professional Service
CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to beach, 3BR/2BA. Large lot,
trees, room for pool. $165,900
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot short block to bay.
Well maintained. $199,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, ool, boatdock,
$2,900/mo. Season l
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Great building site for spacious duplex.
Remove small structure and have more
than 11,450 SF to build. Attractive
site in Bay Palms

"We ARE the Islandi!"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com

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Sandy' Established in 1983
awn Celebrating 25 Years of
wr ni Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
77841345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
l Replacement Doors and Windows
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

r : i:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.^:
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Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
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LOST: SWISS ARMY men's watch. Silver, link
band. Near 79th Street on beach. Sentimental
value. Call 941-778-6854.

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.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day.Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
WANTED: SAILBOAT, GOOD condition. 22-25
feet, centerboard or swing keel. 941-725 0872.

NURSES: WEEKEND CARE needed for active
quad, spinal injury. Stay overnight, assist with
bathing, meals next morning. Leave by 1 p.m.
Longboat Key, 941-383-6953.
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.

ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
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.


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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.
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.

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. 941-778-0944.

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.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-
3455, or cell 941-720-4152.

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

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free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,

SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.

AN HONEST AND dependable woman would like the
opportunity to clean your home. Call 941-746-3535.

dent looking for any odd jobs. Zach's back on
Anna Maria Island. 941-224-5854.

TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurricane
covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL
inserts. TDWSINC @msn.com. 941-730-1399.

HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE to stay in your home,
take care of pets, lawn, garden and plants. Local
references available. 941-448-9233.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good references,
happy customers! 941-539-6891.
HOME FOR SALE or rent? Potential buyers, rent-
ers evaluate your home in less than 10 seconds.
Some never even go inside. We can help you
create the ambiance and curb appeal to bring
them in and love what they find. Home staging
by Beauty and the Beach can often be done in
just a few days at a price you can afford. Just
need some ideas? We do that, too. Consultations
are on us. Visit us at: www.beauty-andthe-beach.
com or call 941-778-2181 PEST CONTROL: IF
you have a pest control company and still have
ants then you need to call Southern Greens to
get the ants out. 941-747-6677.

PEST CONTROL: WANT your house to be a pest-
free environment? Call the pros at 941-755-8126,
Verland Certified Service.

COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.

and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty @
juno.com. 941-792-1000.

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.

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ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA: Short-term lease, flex-
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ANNUAL RENTAL: DUPLEX, ground-level,
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Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-

Unfurnished, all utilities included except phone.
Pets welcome. $900/month. Annual. 941-224-
5664 or 941-224-7326.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA: Renovated, 1,200 sf, fan-
tastic views of bay. Unit 5, $1,300/month, unit
4, $1,100/month. Large porch overlooking pool,
laundry. 201 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Reggie,

2BR/2BA: WATER, SEWER, cable TV, electric,
garbage, all utilities included. Washer, dryer on
premises. $950/month. 415 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Frank, 941-778-7062.

RENTAL WANTED: ANNUAL. Two or three bed-
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ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA:Waterfront, ground level, quiet,
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ANNUAL: HALF DUPLEX on Holmes Beach.
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looking lake. New flooring, window treatments,
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space. No pets. $975/month. 941-524-9940.

CORTEZ ANNUAL: 1BR, washer, dryer, near
marina. $635/month plus $350 security. 941-545-

$1,200/month. Flexible lease. Realtor, 941- 356-

3BR/2BA furnished home. Five minutes to Island.
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$600/week and 3BR/2BA, $900/week. Fourth of
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
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MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
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on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
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"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
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Father-son MLB players to be honored

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Former Major Leaguer Milt May of Bradenton
will be honored July 3-4 in Laconia, Ind., when a
baseball field there is named May Field.
The ballpark will be dedicated both to May and
his late father, Merrill "Pinky" May, who also played
in the big leagues.
"I'm honored both for my dad and for me," Milt
said a week before the ceremony. "It's a pretty nice
thing that's happening."
Milt is a familiar figure on the Island. He and
his wife, real estate agent Brenda Boyd May, own a
cottage in Anna Maria. And he and son Scott, another
former Major League ballplayer, operate Catchers
Marina in Holmes Beach.
"We get out there, golly, most of the year on a
daily basis and of course we lived there last year
full-time," Milt said of the Island. "And we've
always stayed out there summers.... We don't take
cross-country trips in the summer. We just go to the
Pinky May also lived in Holmes Beach for sev-
eral years in the 1970s.
"I think some of the people that have been there
a long time probably remember," Milt said.
Milt was born in Gary, Ind., in 1950 and lived
on the family farm in small-town Laconia until the
fourth-grade, when his family moved to Florida.
The Pittsburgh Pirates picked Milt up in the 11th
round of the amateur draft in 1968 and he debuted

May Field
A crew moves a
galvanized steel
archway that will
greet fans at May o.
Field, dedicated to
baseball players
Milt May and his 205
father, Merrill
"Pinky," in Laco-
nia, Ind. Islander
Photos: Courtesy 1
Teresa Sutton .

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach resident Saowalux
"May" Karpthip will experience the
magic of the Magic Kingdom and
Independence Day on July 3.
And, on July 4, Karpthip, who
works at the BeachHouse Restaurant
in Bradenton Beach, will celebrate her
first July 4 as a U.S. citizen.
"I'm on top in my life, now,"
Karpthip said. "I'm on top."
Karpthip, who was born in Thai-

Irada Karpthip
with proud
mom, Saow-
alux .\1..'"
Karpthip, who
lives in Holmes
Beach and
works at the
Restaurant, -
will take her
citizenship oath
July 3 at Walt
Disney World.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff



One of the large tribute
plaques that will be
erected at May Field.



A plaque honors base-
ball player Milt May of

in the big leagues in September 1970. The catcher's
career included time with the Pirates, Detroit Tigers,
Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and Hous-
ton Astros.
Milt was with Pittsburgh in 1971, and, during his first
World Series, drove in the winning run of Game 4.
Another highlight in his career came in 1975,
when he hit a three-run homer that sent teammate
Bob Watson across the plate to score the millionth
run in MLB history.

brings citiz
land, will take her citizenship oath
July 3 during the Dreams Come True
ceremony at Walt Disney World in
Annually, about 700,000 people are
naturalized, but only about 1,000 each
year get to say, "I'm going to Disney
World" for a citizenship swearing-in
ceremony jointly hosted by the U.S.
Karpthip moved to the United
States in early 2001. She had been
looking for work in Thailand when she

won about $20,000 on a game show
and was encouraged by others in her
homeland to make plans to secure a
passport and go to the United States.
"I hit a jackpot," said Karpthip.
"I spent all my money to go to Hong
Kong and to China for a passport."
After living in several different
locations in the United States, Karpthip
settled on Anna Maria Island in the
spring of 2005.
"I like it here," she said of the
Island one morning before her shift at

From his father, Milt learned his baseball funda-
"Just being around it so much with him, you can't help
but learn as a young fella," Milt said. "Dad threw me a lot
of batting practice and taught me fundamentals."
Pinky, a member of the Indiana Baseball Hall of
Fame, was born in Laconia in 1911.
\ly dad was raised there and lived over 60
years of his life there," Milt said. "And he played
Pinky's Major League debut was with Philadel-
phia in April 1939. His last game was with Philadel-
phia in October 1943, just before he enlisted in the
U.S. Navy.
"He got his nickname because he had reddish
hair," said Teresa Sutton, a member of the Harrison
County, Ind., parks and recreation board who led the
effort to name the ballpark for the Mays. "And, when
he got fired up, his face would turn a reddish pink."
Pinky played baseball while in the Navy and
then, after his service, went on to manage in the
minor leagues for more than 30 years.
In 1959, the May family moved to Florida, where
Milt graduated from high school and where Pinky
managed the Tampa Tarpons.
Laconia's celebration will begin July 3, with Milt
serving as the grand marshal of the holiday parade.
On July 4, the baseball field and complex in
Laconia's South Harrison Park, with a galvanized
steel archway, will be dedicated as May Field and
then serve as the site of a local Babe Ruth youth
league tournament.
"Milt, he is the nicest man I've ever met," Sutton
She said the events, part of the community's July
4 Spirit Days celebration, will honor two local heroes
but also inspire future heroes.
"Children will know that they can be Major
Leaguers too," she said.
"I think that's very true," Milt said. "In a rural
area, a small town, sometimes the Major Leagues
might as well be on the moon. But the idea that a
couple of guys who lived right down the road made,
shows that it is accessible, gives kids hope that those
things can happen."
That, Milt added, "is a good thing."

Dreams do come true
Walt Disney World will welcome
more than 1,000 immigrants -
including a Holmes Beach resident
- for its annual Dreams Come True
citizenship celebration July 3.
the restaurant. "It has the beach and
nice people and it isn't crowded."
Karpthip has worked for the past
three years a server at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, where customers and co-
workers say she is a cheerful, playful
person who always wears a smile.
While living on the Island, she
began studying for her citizenship test,
which she recently passed without a
Karpthip gives a lot of credit for
her success on the test to BeachHouse
manager Mike Shannon, who helped
her study.
"That's why I passed," she said.
"He was my professor."
After the ceremony July 3, Disney
will host Karpthip and her daughter,
Irada, 6, as guests in its park.
The Chiles Restaurant Group,
which owns the BeachHouse, is spon-
soring Karpthip and her daughter for a
two-night hotel stay in Orlando.
"It's really, really \ ilitin." said
Karpthip. "We're going to Disney

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