Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: August 26, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
Coordinates: 27.530278 x -82.734444 ( Place of Publication )
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Floridians fill gap, European tourism down

Newbie at AME:
NO jitters. Page 28

the news ...

of 27.4 percent from 2008 figures.
Floridians accounted for 28.4 percent of
all Island visitors, the report said. Other U.S.
visitor markets showing gains were the South-
east, up 4.6 percent, and the Midwest, up 6
percent. The Canadian market grew by 2.6
On the down side, Research Data reported
the economic impact of tourism fell by 4.5
percent, or $5.15 million, during the reporting
The good news was that the average visi-
tor spending per day increased by 5.7 percent,
climbing from $71.54 for March-May 2008 to
$75.66 for the three months in 2009.

Bridge Street mer-
chants go nonprofit,
market to move.
Page 7

Key Royale dredge
work begins. Page 9

Beachgoers get
ashtrays for butts.
Page 11
Wedding fest gets
TDC money. Page 14
City elections taking
shape. Pages 15-16
Bradenton Beach
to harness sun for
lights. Page 16

Where to go, when to
go. Page 19

Island police reports.
Page 19
Sandscript: Deep
thoughts about
"deep." Page 20
Fishing: Snook
season begins
Sept. 1. Page 21
Sports: Islander runs
5K in Senior Games,
soccer camp kicks
off. Page 23

A crowd gathers near 10th Street South in Bradenton Beach Aug. 21 for the release of
about 50 loggerhead hatchlings, most of them rescued from a nest that had been raided
by raccoons. For more on turtles, see inside. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Expect traffic tie-ups on, off Island
It may be a good time to plan to stay off Street to Palma Sola Boulevard there is resur-
the roads on and near Anna Maria Island in facing and other work scheduled through
the next few days. Or weeks. Oct. 31, with some nighttime lane closures
Florida Department of Transportation expected while workers do milling, resurfac-

officials have announced that myriad road
projects could cause some travel delays on
the Island and roads leading to or from the
Island in the near future.
To the south, Gulf of Mexico Drive on
Longboat Key from the Longboat Bridge
to Broadway Street will have sidewalk and
turn-lane work going on through mid-Sep-
tember. Expect intermittent, one-lane, two-
way traffic with workers fl,,i.',inii' motorists
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Moving north, Gulf Drive between the
Longboat Bridge and Cortez Road in Bra-
denton Beach will have lane closures 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 27 for drain-
age work.
Overlaying all the above work is a proj-
ect on Gulf Drive from Manatee Avenue in
Holmes Beach to the Manatee-Sarasota county
lines on Longboat Key while tree trimming
efforts take place through Aug. 27.
And on Manatee Avenue from 39th

ing and some turn-lane extensions.

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Floridians are finding Anna Maria Island
an attractive vacation destination, according
to a just-released visitor profile study pre-
pared by Research Data Inc. of Tampa for
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
The study, which examined tourism in
the BACVB market from March to May,
reported 34,336 visitors on AMI from
Florida, up 3.2 percent from the same three
months in 2008.
Visitors from Europe, however, declined
by 5,248 during the reporting period, a drop

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On their mark
Students pile off
the bus at Anna
Maria Elemen-
tary School on
the first day of
school Aug. 24
and are greeted
by teacher Betsy
Kern, left, and a
parent volunteer,
who are apply-
ing marks with
pens to indicate
the students are
to be on the bus
to go home from
school. Islander
Photo: Kimberly

Going to the beaches on Anna Maria
Island remained the No. 1 activity among visi-
tors, according to the study, with 93.1 percent
naming that their most favorite activity.
Next was dining out, 84.4 percent; relax-
ing, 78.8 percent; and walking on the beach,
78.1 percent. Multiple responses were permit-
ted in the survey.

Anna Maria pier leads attractions
Visiting the Anna Maria City Pier
remained the No. 1 Island attraction for visi-

1,000 sign

petition for

beach cafe
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Manatee County administrator
stressed last week that a decision to seek bids
for concessions at two Island beaches is purely
There is an impression "that the request
for proposal process is being initiated because
Manatee County is unhappy with the perfor-
mance of Cafe on the Beach and its manage-
ment," administrator Ed Hunzeker wrote two
Island newspapers last week, as well as Island
officials. "This is not the case. The patrons of
Cafe on the Beach have made it quite clear
that they are more than satisfied with the food,
prices and service currently being proffered.
Hunzeker said PS. Beach Associates,
which holds a contract with the county for
concessions at Manatee Public and Coquina
beaches, subcontracted the operation of the
food concessions in November 2003 for
$650,000 a year, "a sum far greater than the
amount paid annually to Manatee County by
P. S. Beach Associates."

Anna Maria may
issue trash viola-
tions. Page 4
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, readers'
opinions. Page 6

VOLUME 17, NO. 42

AUG. 26. 2009


Tourism up from Floridian visits
tors, while the Historic Bridge Street Pier was No. 2
and the Rod & Reel Pier No. 3. A total of 30.4 percent
of visitors placed Anna Maria's city pier at the top of
their attractions list, up 3 percent from March-May
Overall, the most favored attraction was visiting
St. Armands Circle in Sarasota followed by shopping
at the Prime Outlet Mall in Ellenton.
The satisfaction level of visitors to Anna Maria
Island increased, as 77.2 percent of visitors said they
were "very satisfied" with their vacation, up from
68.7 percent in the 2008 study period. The total satis-
faction level was 93 percent, up from 92.7 percent in
2008, and 91.1 percent said they would recommend
the area to friends and relatives.
And many respondents plan a return visit. The
study reported that 83 percent said they would return
for another vacation, and 64.7 percent said they would
return within a year.

Internet pays Island dividends
Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed said the
Internet was their primary source for information
about Anna Maria Island and Manatee County.
Vacationers reported that magazine and newspa-
per articles were a combined 33.1 percent as the main
source of their Island information, while 18.7 per-
cent of those surveyed said travel and tourist guides
were their primary source of information. Multiple
responses were permitted.
When booking a reservation, 39.5 percent said
they used the Internet, compared with 29.6 percent
in the March-May 2008 period.

Island tourism up in July
The BACVB reported occupancy of Island
accommodation units was at 71.1 percent in July
2009, a 2.2 percent gain from the 68.9 percent
reported for the same month last year.

Occupancy of mainland accommodations, however,
fell from 56.9 percent in July 2008 to 48.4 percent in
July 2009. That put overall occupancy in the BACVB
reporting area at 60.5 percent for July 2009, down just .8
percent from the 61.3 percent reported in July 2008.
The BACVB surveys just 26 percent of the avail-
able accommodation units on Anna Maria Island and
uses the same properties every month in its survey.

Busy, busy week
Island accommodation owners and managers expect
August tourism to be at least as good as last year.
"It's been a good summer," said Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann
"I haven't heard of any complaints and August
is looking very good," she said.
Now that Florida public schools don't reopen
until the last week of August, Florida families are
once again taking that month as an opportunity for a
beach vacation, she said.
When Florida public schools opened in early
August 2006, Island occupancy fell to just 32.3 per-
cent that month.
In August 2007, after the Florida Legislature agreed
to push the opening date of public schools back a few
weeks following pressure from the Florida tourist indus-
try, occupancy of Island accommodations rose to 50.7
percent that month, a 59.7 percent jump.
At Island Real Estate, vacation rentals manager
Larry Chatt said he's above the number of rentals
for this month compared with August 2008, and the
entire summer has been above average.
Chatt agreed that the later start for public schools
has helped bring Floridians back to the Island. A large
number of rentals this month have been booked by
Florida residents, he said.
With Florida public schools set to reopen on Aug.
24 in most counties, and the Island about a two-hour
drive from central Florida, expect the Island to be
busy the rest of August, said David Teitelbaum of
the Tortuga Inn, Tradewinds and Seaside resorts.

"We've done remarkably well this summer. I
couldn't be more pleased. It's going to be a busy
week for the entire Island. We're getting a lot of
drive-in guests and a lot of people who come look-
ing for a room. We have the charm of old Florida and
we have value for money," he said.

Call chamber for
accommodation information
With more and more visitors to Anna Maria
Island arriving at the last minute and hoping to fund
a place to say, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce can be helpful to visitors.
The chamber maintains an up-to-date list of
available accommodations from among chamber
As this weekend is the final weekend before Flor-
ida public schools reopen, a large number of visitors
are expected to stay on the Island, many of them
making last-minute plans.
People who are having difficulty locating a rental
unit for this weekend, or any other time, should call
the chamber at 941-778-1541.

County issues advisory on
north Bayfront Park waters
Manatee County Health Department officials
on Aug. 20 issued a water quality advisory warn-
ing for the waters at the north portion of Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria.
The advisory was issued after tests revealed the level
of bacteria in the water is above the minimum level set
by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The waters were to be tested again on Aug.
Manatee County environmental manager
Tom Larkin said in the release that the advisory
will remain in effect until marine water bacterial
indicators are within guidelines.

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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 26, 2009 0 3

FLC Convention: few money sources for small cities

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The news from the Florida League of Cities about
state and federal funds for future projects of FLC
members is not good.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohenberger and
City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens attended
the annual FLC convention in Orlando Aug. 12-15
and came away with the news.
"State funding sources are bone dry," said Boh-
nenberger, who ended his term on the FLC board of
directors at the convention.
Along with little state money, a number of people
Bohnenberger spoke with at the convention were con-

Island police
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach will outfit patrol vehicles
with new computers and Anna Maria will put
new patrol machinery on the beach using funds
from a Justice Assistance Grant.
The Manatee County Board of Commis-
sioners Aug. 11 adopted a resolution authoring
the acceptance of an annual federal Edward
Byrne Memorial JAG.
The federal money a total of $180,737
- will flow through the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement to the county, which will
disperse the funds for various programs.
Holmes Beach Police Department will
receive $20,000 for computers in patrol vehi-
cles, according to the county.
Anna Maria, which is policed by the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office, will receive $5,000
for beach patrol equipment.
Additional allocations include $55,768 for

cerned about possible federal mandates to the states,
particularly Florida.
The mayor said he spoke with Florida Treasurer
Alex Sink, who said she is concerned that the federal
government is changing the rules on Medicaid.
He also learned that many legislators, including
both the Speaker of the House and Speaker of the
Senate, support off-shore drilling for oil in Florida
Bohnenberger said a lot of his convention time
was devoted to his board duties and he was unable
to attend several seminars.
"There are just too many of them and they over-
lap," he said.

Manatee County drug court, $3,614 for county
community services management training,
$30,000 for a police vehicle in Palmetto and
$66,355 for the MCSO to purchase a "flash
freeze" system for the storage of food donated
to the county jail.
The Manatee County Public Safety Coordi-
nating Council recommended the appropriations
in July.
The grant is for the 2009-10 budget year,
which begins Oct. 1.
The grant is a fraction of a much larger
federal package for local law enforcement in
the next year. Police and justice programs are
expecting an additional $1.3 million in funding
in the next year through another Justice Assis-
tance Grant and stimulus money.
The additional funding will provide the
Bradenton Beach Police Department with about
$76,000 for a new police vehicle and communi-
cations equipment.

Diners gather at the breakfast hour at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Cafe support numbers 1,000-plus
He said the county, in a move approved by the
board of commissioners, is shopping "the market" on
a contract up for renewal and seeking to "learn the
current value of that contract."
But patrons of Cafe on the Beach said last week
that they remain unconcerned with the rationale
behind the county decision to issue a request for
proposals for the concessions.
"I just don't care why they are doing it," said
Janice Taylor, a vacationer from Kalamazoo, Mich.
"I don't like that they are doing it. This is what we

come back here for."
Also, the number of signatures on a petition sup-
porting the continued operation of Cafe on the Beach
continue to grow.
By the middle of the week, more than 1,000
people, most of them from the Island, Bradenton,
East Manatee and Sarasota, had signed the petition.
"We have a good thing here," said Paul
Hostetler of Bradenton. "I come out here twice,
sometimes three times a week. If the county wants
to make more money, why not first just negotiate
with the Cafe on the Beach operators? Ask them to
pay more on a new contract. Isn't that what most
landlords do?"

Federal money assists

While not a lot of funding sources were found at
the convention, there were some freebies, he said.
Bohnenberger returned to Holmes Beach with a
stack of informational CDs on the Federal Emergency
Management Agency's flood plain regulations. The
CDs were provided to help the city prepare its flood
plain management report.
Haas-Martens had the opportunity to attend some
seminars on grants and learned, to her dismay, that
most of the grants are for water-related projects in
large cities.
"They are good for cities with their own water
supply, but not good for small cities such as Holmes
Beach," she said. "We're just too small for that kind
of money and project."
Haas-Martens also attended a seminar on ethics
and effective communication with state legislators
and viewed a workshop on gun control and another
on inter-governmental relations.
She said one of the most effective uses of the
convention is networking with other elected officials,
particularly legislators who can help with city proj-
ects or issues, possibly even to find funding for a

M t wings

Anna Maria City
Aug 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 10, 7 p.m., city commission work ses-
Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 3, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Sept. 3, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 14, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Sept. 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 9, 6 p.m., city commission budget hear-
Sept. 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
Sept. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 24, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Sept. 17, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Through Aug. 28, noon, qualifying period for
city commission candidates in Holmes Beach.
Sept. 1, noon-Sept. 15, noon, qualifying period
for city commission candidates in Anna Maria.
Sept. 2, 9 a.m., Communities For a Lifetime
Meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Sept. 7, Labor Day, with most government
offices and many businesses closed for the holiday.
Sept. 14, noon-Sept. 18, noon, qualifying period
for city commission candidates and mayoral candi-
dates in Bradenton Beach.
Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.

4 MAUG. 26, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

Citations may be needed to enforce trash rules

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria code enforcement officer Gerry
Rathvon has been dealing with a certain problem for
the past seven years, starting when she first took up
her position with the city.
Short-term renters and many absentee prop-
erty owners who come to their home on weekends
- are continually leaving garbage receptacles, yard
waste bags and recyclable containers on the curb of
the streets, days before a scheduled pickup.
"It's just getting ridiculous and ugly," said Rath-
'These containers sit there for days. They often
get blown over by storms, and I go out and pick up
the trash," she said.
Rathvon said renters usually just put out their
trash when they leave, regardless of what day it is.
But it's the responsibility of the agents and property
managers who rent the property to educate their ten-
ants, or take out the trash themselves on the appropri-
ate day, she said.
"All these trash containers sitting out there for
days are just making the city look bad, especially
when they spill out into the street," Rathvon said.
"Somebody's got to start doing some work about the
There is an easy solution, but it's one that appar-
ently many homeowners and property managers
choose to ignore, but it costs only about $2 or $3 per
Rathvon said Waste Management Inc., the city's
contracted waste and trash disposal company, has
back-door pickup service for about $2 a month. Trash
and yard waste can be left at the back door of a rental
unit any day and WMI will pick it up on the assigned
There is no back-door service for recyclables,
but Rathvon said rental agents or their maintenance

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crew should set out the recyclable bins on Monday
morning, the scheduled pickup day.
"Somebody is apparently very lazy," she said.
The rental agents can try to educate renters on the
proper pickup days, but ultimately it's the agent or the
property owner who is responsible, she indicated.
Rathvon has the same problem with weekend
owners people who own a home in Anna Maria
and only come on weekends and frequently do yard
'They put out their yard waste on Sunday night,
but it doesn't get picked up until Wednesday," Rath-
von said.
And the empty garbage and recyclable bins,
although picked up on Monday, sit on the curb the
entire week, longer if the owner doesn't return that
weekend, she noted.
As more single-family homes in Anna Maria
become rental units, Rathvon said the problem is

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growing accordingly. Rathvon estimated there are
at least 250 rental homes in the city and probably
"Many houses have become rentals lately and
we have more of a trash problem every month. I'm
spending way too much time putting up notices on the
trash bins and cleaning up trash. People are ignoring
the notices," she said.
But in the future, it might be a good idea for
property managers and owners to heed Rathvon's
warnings and posted notices.
The city is compiling a list of repeat offenders.
Beginning in January, Rathvon said violators
could be issued a citation to fix the problem or ulti-
mately appear before the city's code enforcement
If found guilty of a code violation by the board,
offenders could face a fine of up to $250 per day.

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This photo, taken by
Anna Maria code
enforcement officer
Gerry Rathvon,
shows some of the 26
trash bins, recycla-
ble containers and
yard waste bags that
were left on the side
of city streets Aug. 11
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 26, 2009 0 5

Anna Maria discusses traffic circulation revisions

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Sooner or later, all motorists in Anna Maria -
visitors and residents alike have to find a parking
space, or leave.
In a city where public parking has been a major
issue since the first Model-T Ford arrived across the
Trash talk continues
And that's a fine that can be enforced through the
Manatee County Circuit Court, said Rathvon.
"I hope it doesn't come to using the code board,
but that may be the only way we can stop this mess,"
she said.

Anna Maria trash days, times
Anna Maria has a problem with trash bins, recy-
clable containers and yard waste bags left curbside
before the allowed days for pickup and empty bins
remaining at the curb long after pickup.
City code states:
"Residential containers and garden trash shall be
placed out for collection no earlier than 5 p.m. of
the day prior to the scheduled collection and shall
be removed from curbside not later than 9 p.m. of
the day of collection. At all other times, residential
containers, garden trash and recycle containers shall
be on the owner's property."
Enforcement of the code could begin in January,
Rathvon said.

Pick-up days in Anna Maria
In Anna Maria, Waste Management Inc. has the
following pickup schedule:
Monday trash/garbage and recyclables.
Wednesday yard waste.
Thursday trash/garbage.

Cortez Bridge in 1922, finding a legal parking space
is not always easy.
The city's planning and zoning board met Aug.
18 in a work session to discuss possible revisions to
the internal traffic circulation element of the city's
parking ordinance. If the revisions are adopted by
the city commission, it would make it easier for busi-
nesses to add parking spaces for their customers.
City planner Alan Garrett said there are several
major points the board should discuss, most notably
a problem for locations with existing non-conforming
parking if they seek to expand.
Under the present requirements, a business with
non-conforming parking that seeks expansion must
bring all of its parking up to code, including what is
required by expansion.
Garrett said this requirement "worked fine" when
the Sandbar Restaurant expanded two years ago, but
it doesn't work so well with smaller businesses.
"Smaller businesses on Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive can't expand because they don't have the room
to bring all their parking up to code," he said.

He asked the board to consider allowing a busi-
ness looking to expand to provide parking just for the
amount of spaces required by the expansion, while
the non-conforming portion of the existing parking
would be grandfathered.
Examples of small businesses that had difficulty
in expanding because of the requirement to elimi-
nate the non-conforming parking are Rudy's Subs
and Betsy Hills Real Estate.
Board member Mike Yetter asked how many
small businesses do not meet parking requirements
under the present code. Garrett responded that most
of the city's businesses do not have parking that
meets the code.
Garrett said he would provide a definitive number for
the board at its September work session on parking.
Garrett also asked board members to consider
changes to the off-street loading and parking require-
ment to give "flexibility" to businesses; eliminate the
word "roads" in the ordinance and substitute "access,"
and discuss changes to the requirements for driveway
and off-street surfacing.

Swap meet
Nayya Bowers, 10, left, and her
mom, Kalena, ready clothes for
the AMI Clothes Swap at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Aug. 22. Kalena
founded People Helping People, a
Parrish-based group, and exchanged
some of her family's clothes for
other items to give to children in
need. The Center is hosting monthly
swaps the next will be Saturday,
Sept. 26. For more information,
call the Center at 941-778-1908.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

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Kids, safety, school
When it comes to kids and safety, we can't teach,
preach, show or exclaim enough. We want our chil-
dren safe from harm. This week, students on Anna
Maria Island returned to school, attending a variety of
public, private and charter schools in various grades
on the Island and around Manatee County.
School bus safety is paramount. But much of the
children's actions and their safety depends on adults
and adult drivers. Caution, caution, caution is required.
Slow down. Keep an eye out for kids near the roadway
- especially where we lack sidewalks.
Drive with the big picture of what's ahead of you,
especially the side roads where walkers and bikers
And parents and caretakers should be sure to
teach kids the difference between a fun ride on the
"big green trolley" and the serious nature of a trip to
and from school on the "big yellow bus."

Our Island school
As you observe stories and photos this week in The
Islander, kindergarten through fifth-grade students are
back in their classrooms at "our Island school."
The phrase "our Island school" was coined by an
Islander writer some 17 years ago. Joy Courtney cov-
ered the school and other matters when The Islander
started up, and her heart was at AME, where daughter
Lucinda attended classes.
In fact, editor Paul Roat, now 50-something
(sorry, Paul), attended AME. My own kids, now in
their 40s (sorry, kids), attended AME.
Annie Willams, now in high school, daughter of
Islander staffer Lisa Williams, is much loved and
appreciated at the newspaper office.
Cartoonist Jack Egan and wife Judy raised a
gaggle of girls who attended AME, as well as grand-
daughters McKenzie and Mallory Kosfeld. Kevin
Cassidy is an AME graduate, and Jack Elka's son
attended AME.
Now comes Kimberly Kuizon to report news and
events at AME. She came up at AME and recently
graduated from University of Florida, and although
she's hoping for a career in broadcast journalism,
she's embraced her new assignment with vigor and
And, from what we can tell, the school has again
embraced Kimberly.
We love AME our Island school.
And we love our Island kids. Young and old.
Please, watch out for them.
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Concession clarifications
I read with great interest the stories in both Island
newspapers and the responses from readers regarding
the concession contract at Cafe on the Beach. I would
like to clarify a few points.
The overwhelming impression left by newspaper
stories, reader comments, as well as e-mail I have
received, is that the request for proposal process is
being initiated because Manatee County is unhappy
with the performance of Cafe on the Beach and its
management. This is not the case. The patrons of
Cafe on the Beach have made it quite clear that they
are more than satisfied with the food, prices and ser-
vice currently being proffered. Wonderful!
It's worth noting, public records show Dee Per-
cifield-Schaefer of P. S. Beach Associates subcon-
tracted operations of Cafe on the Beach to another
entity in November 2003 for the sum of $650,000.
At present, she is operationally involved in only the
gift shop the Cafe and kitchen are run by another
company. This would indicate that six years ago, this
concession was worth $650,000, a sum far greater
than the amount paid annually to Manatee County
by P. S. Beach Associates.
As county administrator, I have a responsibil-
ity to the taxpayers of Manatee County to maximize
whatever revenue can be earned for the benefit of
county residents. It is not unusual for an entity hold-
ing a contract up for renewal to "shop the market"
and learn the current value of that contract. In addi-
tion, I am doing so on the direction of the Manatee
County commission, which voted in favor of the RFP
process at their June 23 commission meeting.
Your county staff takes great pride in being
good stewards of the people's assets and money. The
responsible thing to do in such a harsh economy is
to issue an RFP and see who may be interested and
what the concession contract is worth to them, for the
benefit of every county resident.

We encourage Percifield-Schaefer to submit a
response to the RFP with the confidence that every
submission will be reviewed and evaluated on the
service they will deliver and the economic benefit to
the residents of Manatee County.
I reiterate that I am happy to have received the
numerous letters and e-mail in support of the Cafe on
the Beach as it stands today. The county's decision
to seek requests for proposals for the concession at
Manatee and Coquina beaches is purely a business
decision. We ask for the support and patience of the
community while the RFP process runs its course.
Ed Hunzeker, Manatee County administrator

Reduce the rate
Why is Holmes Beach raising the millage rate by
almost 10 percent?
No other Island city is.
As reported by this newspaper, recent statements
by some elected city officials reveal a lax attitude on
controlling taxes.
We are experiencing a severe recession, one that
will continue well into 2010 possibly much longer.
Many people have been laid off or have had their
wages reduced.
Given these facts, all city officials should work
to reduce, not increase, our taxes.
Lisa Pierce, Holmes Beach

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6 HAUG. 26, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


Kids, safety, school
When it comes to kids and safety, we can't teach,
preach, show or exclaim enough. We want our chil-
dren safe from harm. This week, students on Anna
Maria Island returned to school, attending a variety of
public, private and charter schools in various grades
on the Island and around Manatee County.
School bus safety is paramount. But much of the
children's actions and their safety depends on adults
and adult drivers. Caution, caution, caution is required.
Slow down. Keep an eye out for kids near the roadway
- especially where we lack sidewalks.
Drive with the big picture of what's ahead of you,
especially the side roads where walkers and bikers
And parents and caretakers should be sure to
teach kids the difference between a fun ride on the
"big green trolley" and the serious nature of a trip to
and from school on the "big yellow bus."

Our Island school
As you observe stories and photos this week in The
Islander, kindergarten through fifth-grade students are
back in their classrooms at "our Island school."
The phrase "our Island school" was coined by an
Islander writer some 17 years ago. Joy Courtney cov-
ered the school and other matters when The Islander
started up, and her heart was at AME, where daughter
Lucinda attended classes.
In fact, editor Paul Roat, now 50-something
(sorry, Paul), attended AME. My own kids, now in
their 40s (sorry, kids), attended AME.
Annie Willams, now in high school, daughter of
Islander staffer Lisa Williams, is much loved and
appreciated at the newspaper office.
Cartoonist Jack Egan and wife Judy raised a
gaggle of girls who attended AME, as well as grand-
daughters McKenzie and Mallory Kosfeld. Kevin
Cassidy is an AME graduate, and Jack Elka's sons
attended AME.
Now comes Kimberly Kuizon to report news and
events at AME. She came up at AME and recently
graduated from University of Florida, and although
she's hoping for a career in broadcast journalism,
she's embraced her new assignment with vigor and
And, from what we can tell, the school has again
embraced Kimberly.
We love AME our Island school.
And we love our Island kids. Young and old.
Please, watch out for them.
Bonner Joy

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Concession clarifications
I read with great interest the stories in both Island
newspapers and the responses from readers regarding
the concession contract at Cafe on the Beach. I would
like to clarify a few points.
The overwhelming impression left by newspaper
stories, reader comments, as well as e-mail I have
received, is that the request for proposal process is
being initiated because Manatee County is unhappy
with the performance of Cafe on the Beach and its
management. This is not the case. The patrons of
Cafe on the Beach have made it quite clear that they
are more than satisfied with the food, prices and ser-
vice currently being proffered. Wonderful!
It's worth noting, public records show Dee Per-
cifield-Schaefer of P. S. Beach Associates subcon-
tracted operations of Cafe on the Beach to another
entity in November 2003 for the sum of $650,000.
At present, she is operationally involved in only the
gift shop the Cafe and kitchen are run by another
company. This would indicate that six years ago, this
concession was worth $650,000, a sum far greater
than the amount paid annually to Manatee County
by P. S. Beach Associates.
As county administrator, I have a responsibil-
ity to the taxpayers of Manatee County to maximize
whatever revenue can be earned for the benefit of
county residents. It is not unusual for an entity hold-
ing a contract up for renewal to "shop the market"
and learn the current value of that contract. In addi-
tion, I am doing so on the direction of the Manatee
County commission, which voted in favor of the RFP
process at their June 23 commission meeting.
Your county staff takes great pride in being
good stewards of the people's assets and money. The
responsible thing to do in such a harsh economy is
to issue an RFP and see who may be interested and
what the concession contract is worth to them, for the
benefit of every county resident.

We encourage Percifield-Schaefer to submit a
response to the RFP with the confidence that every
submission will be reviewed and evaluated on the
service they will deliver and the economic benefit to
the residents of Manatee County.
I reiterate that I am happy to have received the
numerous letters and e-mail in support of the Cafe on
the Beach as it stands today. The county's decision
to seek requests for proposals for the concession at
Manatee and Coquina beaches is purely a business
decision. We ask for the support and patience of the
community while the RFP process runs its course.
Ed Hunzeker, Manatee County administrator

Reduce the rate
Why is Holmes Beach raising the millage rate by
almost 10 percent?
No other Island city is.
As reported by this newspaper, recent statements
by some elected city officials reveal a lax attitude on
controlling taxes.
We are experiencing a severe recession, one that
will continue well into 2010 possibly much longer.
Many people have been laid off or have had their
wages reduced.
Given these facts, all city officials should work
to reduce, not increase, our taxes.
Lisa Pierce, Holmes Beach

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on topics, columns and editorials in The Islander.
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 26, 2009 0 7

Bridge Street group goes nonprofit

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bridge Street businesspeople still seek a profit,
but the group they formed to draw customers to
Bradenton Beach's commercial strip has gone non-
Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association
members celebrated the group's new, corporate 501c3
status Aug. 20 at the Bridge Walk Resort, 100 Bridge
"We are really excited about the possibilities,"
said Nancy Ambrose, who coordinates the Bridge
Street Market that takes place certain Saturdays and
draws a crowd for fresh produce, carry-out foods,
arts, crafts and other merchandise.
The group formed several years ago, paralleling
the city's effort to revitalize the central district.
Today the merchants association consists of 27
businesses that promote Bridge Street, historic dis-
trict programs and prosperity, Ambrose said.
"The group is excited about the new status so
that they can work with ScenicWAVES and the city
of Bradenton Beach to secure grants to improve the
city," she said. "The group also strives to help and

support nonprofits in the community."
In addition to securing nonprofit status, the mem-
bers have drafted a mission statement: A merchant
group dedicated to promoting Bridge Street, the Bra-
denton Beach community and its businesses.
Carrying out that mission, the association, in
partnership with the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce, made a splash on regional television
earlier this year when Bridge Street was featured on
My Fox Tampa Bay WTVT-13's morning program.
"It makes perfect sense for my business to be
positioned on one of the most interesting areas of
the entire Island," said association member Lynn
Zemmer of Waterside Lending. "I love being on
Bridge Street."
As association members prepare their businesses
for the 2009-10 tourist season, they also are planning
a series of Bridge Street events, including the return
of the Bridge Street Market and the Christmas holiday
celebration benefiting Tingley Memorial Library.
The market, however, will move locations this
fall to a yet-undetermined location. The lot previ-
ously used, owned by Jim Toomey, is no longer avail-
able for the market, which starts up in October.

Seasoning season
Historic Bridge Street
Merchants Association
members Jo Ann Meil-
ner, Kelley Burdette, Amy
Talucci, Caryn Hodge,
Nancy Ambrose, Lynn
Zemmer, Amanda Escobio,
Mary Ann Brockman, Tjet
Martin, Linda Haack and
Greg Burke gather for a
photograph Aug. 20 on
Bridge Street. Islander
--- Photo: Lisa Neff

In the Aug. 25, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The U.S. Postal Service said it would consider
two sites in Anna Maria for its new postal facility:
the recently constructed Bayview Plaza at the inter-
section of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard, and the
former Islander's Market on Gulf Drive.
The Holmes Beach City Commission gave motel
owner John Pace 30 days to come up with a plan to
bring the Aquarius Beach Resort in the 100 block of
39th Street into compliance with the resort's site plan
or face action by the code enforcement board. Pace
was using the owner's unit at the resort as a rental,
amounting to 11 rentals at the property. The site plan
only allowed 10 rental units.
A Holmes Beach resident with the telephone
number of 778-5800 said that after city hall recently
changed its number to 708-5800, he received a
number of calls from citizens with complaints or
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MCSO budget cut would halt 24/7 service

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If Anna Maria reduces the number
of Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputies assigned to the city, it would
likely lead to periods when no deputy
was on duty.
The possibility of reducing the
city's MCSO contract including
deputies was raised by City Com-
missioner Dale Woodland at the com-
mission's Aug. 6 budget workshop.
It's not the first time he's eyed a
cut in the MCSO contract as a means
to save city dollars.
During budget hearings in 2004,
Woodland made the same suggestion
to then-Mayor SueLynn.
But the suggestion did not sit
well at that time with commissioners,
particularly after a study prepared by
Sgt. John Kenney of the MCSO Anna
Maria substation was released to the
Kenney said then that the only
significant cut in costs would have to
come from reducing the number of
patrol deputies from seven to six.

And a six-deputy rotation would
mean that "the city would not have
a car patrolling" on a 24-7 basis, he
In 2000, the city had asked the
MCSO to increase the number of depu-
ties from six to seven.
The idea of cutting MCSO staff
was not appealing to the other com-
missioners, including Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick, at this year's budget
"I think the citizens have spoken
that they want 24/7 coverage, par-
ticularly in light of the recent rash
of burglaries. I don't see any support
for cutting the MCSO budget. Even
though we are a very peaceful city, I
believe we should have an officer on
duty every hour," Mattick said.
Commissioner Christine Tollette
said she has not seen any groundswell of
support for cutting the MCSO staff and
would vote to retain the present number
of deputies, lacking a public outpouring
to reduce the level of service.
Likewise, said Commission Chair-
man John Quam. He noted that every

time the issue of reducing law enforce-
ment service has arisen, residents
opposed a reduction in the number of
Woodland was quick to point
out that he had no problems with the
"I couldn't be more happy with
their level of service, but we are looking
at major loss of revenue," somewhere
around $200,000, he suggested.
"When you are looking for that
kind of money, you have to look at the
big ticket items, and the MCSO con-
tract is a big ticket item," Woodland
He was pleased that the mayor was
going to look into the 2010-11 MCSO
contract now rather than waiting until
next year.
"I'd just like to know of any avail-
able options. Maybe we can use retired
MCSO deputies on a part-time basis to
take up a full-time position," he said. "I
don't know what the answers are, but

In comparison to other Island
cities, Anna Maria spends the least
amount of money per year and per
resident for law enforcement ser-
With an estimated 1,800 resi-
dents according to recent U.S.
Department of Commerce Census
Bureau figures and a law
enforcement budget of $660,000,
Anna Maria will spend $366.66 per
resident for police protection in the
2009-10 fiscal year.
Bradenton Beach, with an
estimated population of 1,400,
has $889,000 in its 2009-10
budget for its 10-person police
department, or an average cost

at least we have to look at an oppor-
tunity to save money and the MCSO
contract is our biggest expense."
Mayor Fran Barford said the
MCSO delivers the "best bang for the
buck" among Island law enforcement
She negotiates the MCSO contract
every year and has pledged to begin
discussions with MCSO officials for
the 2010-11 contract as soon as pos-
But the MCSO drives a hard bar-
gain, she said.
"They are tough" in contract
negotiations and unless the commis-
sion wants to cut back on the number
of deputies in the city, there are not a
lot of areas in the contract where costs
can be significantly reduced, Barford
She said she would discuss alter-
nate ways to reduce the 2010-11 con-
tract during her negotiations with the

of $635 per resident.
Holmes Beach has $2 mil-
lion in its 2009-10 budget for its
police department, which has 21
staff members.
With an estimated population
of 5,000, Holmes Beach will spend
an average of $400 per resident for
law enforcement in the upcoming
fiscal year.
While Anna Maria's
$660,000 MCSO contract for
2009-10 is the lowest of the
three Island cities for law
enforcement services, the con-
tract accounts for 31.9 percent
of the city's operating budget
for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Key Roya
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The contractor dredging three canals on Key
Royale hopes to complete the labor by Labor Day.
The Key Royale dredging is the last of the work
in Holmes Beach this year for Miami-based Piedroba
Marine Construction, which won a $277,272.80 con-
tract from the city to dredge eight canals and the city
boat ramp.
"We hope to be done by the end of the month,"
said Piedroba project manager Eric Aiduck.
Piedroba began its work in June at the city boat
On Aug. 14, the crew and its equipment moved
to the west end of Hampshire Lane on Key Royale.
The company is not storing dredge spoil on the
Island. Two years ago, spoil stored near the public
works building at Flotilla Drive and 62nd Street gen-
erated citizen complaints and prompted the city to
install some fencing and landscaping for the staging
Required to haul away the dredge material, the
company is using machinery that separates spoil
and water, then pumps water back into the canal and
pumps dried spoil into sandbags that are loaded into
a truck and hauled away.
Aiduck said some of the spoil is being used in

Mike Galati, son of Chris Galati of Galati Marine
in Anna Maria, stands in the middle of the Bimini
Bay channel near a marker as the tide is about
halfway between low and high tide. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Chris Galati


le dredge work begins

other areas for shoreline renourishment and also for
road fill.
"They've done an excellent job," said Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger, adding with pride that Piedroba
purchased a new dredger for the project that has been
named for Holmes Beach. "They are right on sched-
While city officials praised the operation, some
complaints about noise went to city hall after the crew
arrived on Key Royale.
Bohnenberger said noise from such a project is
one of the facts of life," but, he added, Piedroba did
act to address the complaints.
"The first generator we swapped out for a quieter
one," Aiduck said.
The first canals in Holmes Beach were con-
structed in the 1950s, and city officials said they have
not been dredged until work began in recent years to
clean them out.
The dredging will allow for navigation of 99 per-
cent of vessels, even at low tide, said public works
superintendent Joe Duennes.

A dredge now
operating in the
canals sur-
rounding Key
Royale was
christened for
Holmes Beach.
The manager
of the dredge
project said
it is a tradi-
tion to name
a new piece of
equipment for
the location in
which it is first
used. Islander
Photo: Lisa

"But that doesn't finish up the dredging," said
Bohnenberger, adding that more dredge work is
planned in the proposed 2009-10 city budget.
The proposed budget, which commissioners will
act on next month, includes $225,000 for dredging
internal canals.
The mayor added that city officials want to secure
funding for the dredging of two interior canals off
Bimini Bay by working with the West Coast Inland
Navigation District and the county, as well as encour-
age funding for dredging the pass.
"Bimini Pass is in line for another dredge,"
Duennes said. "Historically Bimini Pass refills about
every 10 years."
Bohnenberger stressed that such work can not
be tagged onto the current dredging operation for
a number of reasons the permit is limited to the
canals Piedroba has completed and is now work-
ing on, there is no current funding appropriation for
Bimini Bay and such a project requires the participa-
tion of the county.

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Such dredging, the mayor said, should qualify
for WCIND funding.
Earlier this month, County Commissioner John
Chappie said a panel was preparing to review the
appropriation of $2,740,105 in WCIND money.
Bohnenberger said he hoped work in Bimini will
be considered.
Chris Galati of Galati Marine in Anna Maria has-
pushed the dredging of Bimini.
Last week he called the situation frustrating,
saying no jurisdiction seems to take responsibility
for dredging Bimini.
When he obtained permits several years ago to
dredge the leg of Bimini Bay leading to the marina,
Galati said all the agencies involved, including the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
thought the waters were in Anna Maria.
"I've e-mailed everybody I can think of to get
some action," Galati said.
Galati also sent a letter to Manatee County admin-
istrator Ed Hunzeker, along with a photograph of his
son in the channel at middle tide.
"The main channel coming into Bimini Bay on Anna
Maria Island is in need of some maintenance dredging,"
Galati said. "Shoaling in the channel has reduced the oper-
ating width to dangerously narrow levels.
"This is a public safety issue as vessels operating
in the channel have to navigate dangerously close to
each other," he continued.
Reporter Rick Catlin contributed to this report.

Board plans to

review navigation

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners recently
endorsed the development of a five-year plan
for improving local waterways.
Members of the county board reached the
decision with the approval of a request to redi-
rect about $1.2 million in unused West Coast
Inland Navigation District funds for the use in
future county-developed navigation projects.
The WCIND is a special taxing district
comprised of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte
and Lee counties that assists in the planning
and implementation of waterway projects that
promote safe navigation. Tax money raised in
one county must be spent in that county.
With the redirection of funds, a large por-
tion of which were saved from two Manatee
County projects completed under budget, the
county has an estimated $2,740,105 in unen-
cumbered funds for navigation improvements,
including boat ramps.
County commissioners, in addition to
directing staff to develop a five-year plan for
spending the money, also encouraged partici-
pation from city governments.
"The advisory board is made up of county
staff," said County Commissioner John Chappie,
D-3. "But I've been assured that the cities will
be at the table and involved with this plan."
Chappie, addressing the Holmes Beach
City Commission Aug. 11, said, "We all out
here ... have areas that need dredging that the
funds could be applied toward.... There are
funds available."
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he is
aware of navigation problems in two chan-
nels in Bimini Bay and a pass in Tampa Bay.
"We know exactly how much sand needs
to be taken out," he said.
Chappie said the mayor's comment high-
lighted the need for planners to include Island-
ers in the process.
"If it doesn't happen," Chappie said, "I' m
going to be there screaming, of course."

Mortgage help, strategy

session for homeowners

Thursday, Aug. 27
If you'd like to learn about how to survive and
keep your home safe in a struggling economy, we' ve
got a seminar for you.
"Take Control of Your Mortgage: There is Hope,"
a community workshop for homeowners will be held
at Holmes Beach City Hall with a welcome at 6:30
p.m. and the seminar starting at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Aug. 27.
The Sarasota-Bradenton Attorneys' Real Estate
Council has partnered with The Islander newspaper
to present a professional outreach program aimed at
educating homeowners on saving their homes.
Homeowners and real estate professionals are
welcome to attend and learn strategies for taking
control of home mortgages, and information on the
Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan offered
by the federal government.
Participants in the presentation will be Paul
Blucher, real estate attorney and event organizer;
Wendy Ross of ReMAX Realty and a TV weather
reporter for WWSB-ABC 7 of Sarasota; Ed Bruni-
cardi, bankruptcy attorney; Ken Chapman, real estate
attorney; and John Andrews, CPA, tax advisor.
"This will be a well rounded presentation with
excellent backup materials provided to attendees.
There will be a real estate professional to speak about
short sales, a bankruptcy attorney, and a tax accoun-
tant to discuss the implications of debt forgiveness
and other transactions," according to Blucher, who
has presented similar seminars in the two-county area
for several months.
Registration is not required. For more informa-
tion, call Blucher Law Group at 941-361-1145.

Red Cross partners with
Center on shelter plan
Manatee County residents know that when a
storm is coming, Anna Maria Island is one of the first
places to evacuate a fact of being in Evacuation
Zone A. But what happens after the storm?
There may be times that some houses have sus-
tained damage and are uninhabitable and residents
need time to fix what was damaged or to determine
their future living arrangements.
This month, the Anna Maria Island Community
Center signed a host sheltering agreement with the
American Red Cross Manatee County Chapter.
The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., will not serve as
a shelter during an evacuation for a storm, but rather
as a shelter after an evacuation order is lifted, when
the emergency shelters close.
A host shelter is a post-disaster place where
residents can have meals and a roof over their
heads, said Erin Craig, Red Cross emergency ser-
vices director.
"The Manatee County Chapter is proud to have
a partnership with the Anna Maria Island Community
Center," Craig said. "The community center's facility
is the perfect place to open a post-disaster shelter,
should one be needed after a storm or a small local
The agreement makes the Center the first Ameri-
can Red Cross post-disaster shelter on the Island.

Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Members will share their writings.
For more information, call Nancy Colcord at 941-
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings,
anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send
notices and photographs with detailed captions
- along with complete contact information to
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Smokers are used to paying ever higher prices
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habits dwindle.
Last week, 1,200 smokers on Anna Maria Island
beaches received gifts portable ashtrays for their
The giveaways are part of the Keep Manatee
Beautiful campaign to clean up the Island's beaches
by encouraging the proper disposal of cigarette butts.
To fund the campaign, the nonprofit organization
received three $1,500 grants from its parent organi-
zation, Keep America Beautiful.
On Aug. 17, volunteers Bob Goodwin, chair of
KMB, and Amanda DeSantis and David Pickup with
the county recycling program, handed out ashtrays
on Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach and addi-
tional volunteers worked in Bayfront Park in Anna
Goodwin returned to the beach Aug. 19 to dis-
tribute more ashtrays.
Most of the people he approached showed inter-
est in the campaign, said Goodwin, who addressed
adults who did not have their hands full of beach
equipment or were not accompanied by children.
"I try to size up the person," he said. "And one
thing we are not doing we are not walking the
beach. We don't want to bother people relaxing on
the beach."
On Aug. 18 and Aug. 21, volunteers handed out
ashtrays on Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
And on Aug. 22, volunteers Pat Gentry, Tjet
Martin and Connie Drescher handed out ashtrays on
Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Additionally, KMB volunteers delivered to some
Island businesses table-top display cards encouraging
smokers to "dispose of litter properly."
Last week's activities marked the third wave in
the month-long campaign, which, not coincidentally,

Keep Manatee Beautiful volunteer Bob Goodwin
holds one of 1,200 portable ashtrays distributed on
Anna Maria Island beaches last week.

Tracking trash
Keep Manatee Beautiful sponsors a series
of programs for volunteers seeking to clean up
litter and prevent pollution.
A number of organizations are involved
in KMB's adopt-a-road and adopt-a-beach
KMB, in partnership with the Manatee
County Sheriffs Office, also sponsors Trash
Trackers, a program in which citizens file
reports on alleged litterbugs. After participat-
ing in a training session, Trash Trackers file
reports on incidents of littering and dumping
that they witness.
Also, KMB sponsors coastal cleanup
efforts, including the Florida Coastal Cleanup
from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3.
For more information, call KMB at 941-
795-8272 or go online to www.manateebeauti-

is taking place during Cigarette Litter Prevention
In early August, volunteers picked up cigarette
butts from the beaches.
Also in early August, workers with the Manatee
County parks and recreation department installed 55
cigarette bins on the beaches near picnic tables, rest
rooms, pavilions, benches, concession stands and
beach access trails.
In September, KMB volunteers will return to the
beaches to pick up cigarette butts. The hope, said
KMB executive director Ingrid McClellan, is that
smokers will use the bins and volunteers will collect
far fewer butts.
The volunteers in early August collected 6,608
butts from Manatee Public Beach, 2,797 from
Coquina Beach, 889 from Cortez Beach and 3,431
from Bayfront Park.
Cigarette butts make up about 40 percent of the
litter collected during annual Coastal Cleanups in
Manatee County and 46 percent statewide.
KMB volunteers said their efforts are not simply
to reduce gross-outs for beachgoers who step on or
sit near a butt. The important factor, said Goodwin,
is to minimize pollution of land and water.
"A cigarette butt is a hazard," Goodwin said. "It's
Cigarette butts are made of long-lasting cellu-
lose acetate, a plastic that can take about 25 years to
decompose. If ingested by wildlife, the butts can kill
by starvation they can block the digestive tract or
fill the stomach, according to KMB.
Additionally, cigarette butts contain cadmium, lead
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Turtle disorientations occur by sea, too

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The call came at night.
A fisherman was concerned about a struggling
turtle drawn to his boat. Was it a loggerhead hatchling
in danger?
With the call coming in April, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox suspected the
fisherman had not encountered a 1 il.i id hatchling.
The nesting season generally begins in May.
The animal turned out to be a diamondback ter-
rapin, and while it was not a 1,,,.,l. i l.iLad. its nighttime
encounter with a boater illustrates why AMITW seeks
to educate boaters as well as beachgoers about turtle-
protection practices.
Advice for beachgoers and coastal residents is
abundant. With the nesting season under way for
sea turtles, people are cautioned not to illuminate
the beaches at night, whether from patio lights on
waterfront property or from a flashlight in a beach
stroller's hand.
"By following a few simple guidelines, residents
and visitors can ensure ... hatchlings will reach the
water safely and ensure the cycle will continue far
into the future," said Robbin Trindell of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Imper-
iled Species Management Program. "Both nesting
females and hatchlings have evolved to find the bright
horizon over the open ocean as they move across the
dark nighttime beach."
But hatchling disorientations also can occur in the
water, said AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.
Boaters on the water at night are required to run
their lights, which can draw hatchlings, which then
causes them to expend limited e n.i. 'v.
"What they've done is come around, looking for
light, mostly at night," Fox said.

Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
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of Aug. 21.
AMITW also reported 124 false crawls and
81 hatched nests. A reported 5,961 hatchlings
have crawled to the sea.
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She said boaters are more likely to come across
a stray hatchling in the bay or Intracoastal than the
Gulf of Mexico.
"It happens sometimes," she said. "They get
washed back from the beaches.... The commercial
guys, they know exactly what to do. But the private
fishermen, maybe not."
Fox said boaters who rescue a disoriented or
struggling hatchling from the bay or the Intracoastal
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call at night. And we call Mote and find out what they
have in their float tank."
Eventually a hatchling will be released at sea,
which involves finding an AMITW supporter with
an available boat.
Hatchlings recovered from seaweed that washes
ashore during rough weather also must be released
at sea, Fox said.
"That does happen," she said. "During storm
periods, when there is a lot of seaweed, we have
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 26, 2009 0 13

Planners ship waterfront policy to commission

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board
Aug. 18 shipped a series of waterfront-related poli-
cies to the city commission.
The board did so with assurances from city staff
that members will get another chance to review the
policies before they are finalized.
The meeting took place at city hall, 107 Gulf
Drive N., with city project/program manager Lisa
Marie Phillips and building official Steve Gilbert
reviewing a proposal, a series of waterfront-related
policies to be folded into the future land-use element
in the city's comprehensive plan.
The policies, if approved by commission, will be
sent to the Florida Department of Community Affairs
for review as part of the amendments in the city's
evaluation and appraisal report.
Later, Gilbert said, the planning board will delve
into rewriting passages of the land-development code
to implement the policies.
The proposal affirms that "waterfront lands
provide a link between land and water that is crit-
ical to sustaining a diverse and thriving coastal
Noting a decline in working waterfronts in the
state, the proposal continues, "Loss of commercial
and recreational waterfront to residential develop-
ment and the relative diminishing access to boat
launch facilities may have a long-term adverse
impact on the quality of life. In addition, escalating
prices for coastal property make it difficult for local
governments to purchase new access points to meet
this growing demand."
The proposal contains mission statements for the
city and the ScenicWAVES advisory committee that
helps chart a waterfronts vision.
The proposal also details a series of objectives
and policies to protect commercial and recreational
waterfronts, including:
Continuing to participate in the Waterfronts
Florida Partnership Program.
Partnering with Holmes Beach and Anna Maria
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14 MAUG. 26, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

2010 wedding festival gets TDC funding

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Wedding Festival started in 2008 as a small group of
Island businesses getting together to promote wed-
dings on the Island.
With only minimal advertising and promotion,
about 350 people attended that first event.
In 2009, however, the festival grew considerably
with some 760 people attendees.
There's nothing like success to draw support.
The Manatee County Tourist Development Coun-
cil, at its Aug. 17 meeting, pledged $9,800 to aid
with marketing and advertising the 2010 event. It's
the first time the TDC has provided support for the
Festival organizer Caryn Hodge of the Sandbar
Restaurant, who expects more than 1,000 people to
attend the Feb. 28, 2010, event, said some of the
money will be used to advertise the festival in mar-
kets such as Orlando and Tampa.
The festival also will be advertised in wedding
magazines and wedding Web sites, she said.
Support for the funding was unanimous among
TDC board members, while Bradenton Area Con-
vention and Visitors Bureau executive director Larry
White suggested that future festivals be two-day
"If we are trying to generate room nights, a two-
day event would commit a lot of people to stay two
nights, perhaps longer," he said.
White also would like the festival to develop
marketing statistics, such as where attendees come
from, their incomes, occupation and other data.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board
chairman Mark Davis said the data would include the
number of weddings held on the Island each year.
Hodge said about 800 weddings take place on
the Island every year, but that number is growing.

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development of an Olympic-class rowing facility near
University Parkway and Honore. The facility would
be called the Florida International Rowing and Aquat-
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There are four Olympic-class rowing facilities
in America, said Benderson's Paul Blacketter, who
made the presentation.
A rowing regatta held in April at the facility
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The presentation was not to solicit funding,
Blacketter said, but to inform TDC members of the
plans and the prospects for events that would fill
hotels in the Bradenton-Sarasota area.
Benderson plans to build a clubhouse and train-
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When completed, the facility could host inter-
collegiate rowing events, amateur championships,
Olympic qualifying rounds and serve as a training site
for rowing teams. Blacketter said such events draw
thousands of people for a two- or three-day stay, even
longer in some cases.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
who serves as chairperson of the TDC, supported
the concept because it will sell hotel rooms in the
Bradenton area.
"We have to look everywhere for rooms, not just
on Anna Maria Island," she said.
White said he would oppose the TDC supplying
any "capital dollars" for the facility, but the TDC can
help with marketing and advertising.
In return, White would like to see a link for the
facility's Web site directing people to the BACVB,
although a Web site for the facility has not yet been

Ringling art festival
The TDC approved $10,000 for an art festival at
the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota,
but White pointed out that the present advertising
does not mention Bradenton, only Sarasota.
"We support the arts," White said, "but we
expect to see some hotel sales in exchange for our

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Mike Kennedy of the Downtown Bradenton
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Holmes Beach property owner faces fines

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
Aug. 20 levied two fines against the owner of a tri-
plex on Marina Way.
And, as property owner David Sandoro prepared
to leave the city hall meeting room, the board chair
advised him that he got off easy.
"We don't want to see you here again," said chair
Don Schroder.
Sandoro appeared before the board on two cases
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In one case, which involved a violation for failure
to obtain a building permit, the board is requiring
Sandoro to pay the city $250 for costs associated with
the case, as well as a fine of $150 a day from July 6
until the violation is corrected.
In a second case, which involved a nuisance vio-
lation for overgrown grass and improperly disposed
of trash, the board ordered Sandoro to pay $200 in
city costs and a fine of $25 a day for 145 days.

During initial hearings last year, the code board
found that Sandoro violated city regulations for fail-
ing to obtain permits for plumbing, electrical and
window installations.
The board also found that Sandoro violated the
city's anti-nuisance code regarding weeds and debris
at the rental property.
The case originated Aug. 31, 2007, when Holmes
Beach code enforcement officer Nancy Hall received
a complaint that non-permitted work took place in
three apartments and a shed at the triplex.
Hall and city building inspector Bob Shaffer went
out to inspect the property with Sandoro. Hall said
there were no violations recorded in two apartments,
but there was a problem with a window in a third unit
and a concern with electrical and plumbing service
to a washer and dryer in the shed.
Both city employees said Sandoro told them he
had hired a handyman to replace the window, includ-
ing the glass and the frame. That work, according to
Hall, should have been done by a licensed contractor
and should have been permitted.
The concern with the electrical and plumbing ser-

vice in the shed was that a washer and dryer hookup
had been recently added, also without a permit.
Sandoro said he felt the complaint was the result
of a vindictive neighbor and that he also felt rail-
roaded by the city. Soon after the Holmes Beach hear-
ing, he appealed to the circuit court.
In the appeal, which he lost, Sandoro alleged that
he was denied due process due to a change in the
composition of the code enforcement board between
a December 2007 hearing and the reconvened hearing
in February 2008.
During last week's code hearing, an attorney for
Sandoro said he accepted the court decision but asked
for leniency a penalty of $250 in city costs and no
Barbara Hines proposed a daily fine of $250,
which during a discussion among board members,
was negotiated down to $150 per day, beginning
July 6.
The fine for the nuisance violation also was nego-
tiated among board members, who proposed $10-
$50 a day before settling on $25 a day for a 145-day

Political newcomer possible in Anna Maria election

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While all three incumbent Anna Maria city com-
missioners have indicated they plan to seek re-elec-
tion in November, they may face two challengers: a

Wondering how to become a candidate for one of
the non-partisan offices up for election this Novem-
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Another simple step is to browse the Web site for
the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office,
which is www.votemanatee.com. Visitors to the site
can download the Manatee County Candidate Quali-
fying Handbook.
To be a candidate for non-partisan elected office
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registered to vote in the district he or she is seeking to
run and an established resident of Manatee County.
Candidates may open campaign accounts at any
time prior to the election. They cannot accept contri-
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signatures of voters residing in the city, as well as
filing a candidate's residency affidavit. A candidate
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short of committing to qualifying for the election.
"Right now, I'm undecided," he said, indicating
he would make a decision by the end of the month.
Mark Alonso also has picked up an election packet.
Alonso previously sought election to the commis-
sion in November 2008 and garnered 284 votes in a
losing effort against Jo Ann Mattick with 627 votes
and Chuck Webb, who had 540 votes.
Incumbents Dale Woodland, Christine Tollette and
John Quam have all said they will seek re-election.
Quam has been a commissioner since 2002, while
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
By the end of the week, Holmes Beach voters
will know whether they will decide a competition
for three city commission terms.
The qualifying period for the Nov. 3 election in
Holmes Beach opened Aug. 24 and will close at noon
on Friday, Aug. 28. The qualifying periods do not
open until September in the other Island cities.
As of Islander press time, the three incumbents
for the two-year commission terms in Holmes Beach
had announced their plans to seek re-election, as well
as picked up the documents they needed to complete
to qualify for office.
The incumbents are Pat Geyer, Pat Morton and
David Zaccagnino.
Several other people also picked up qualification
packets, including Andy Sheridan, who lives on Key
Royale, and Jean Peelen.
Peelen had hoped to become a candidate, but has
not lived in the city long enough to meet the two-year
residency requirement.
Holmes Beach voters will face a commission
contest if more than three people qualify for office.
Last fall, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and Com-
missioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti
were returned to office with no opposition.
Bradenton Beach voters may also face a contest
- for mayor. Both the incumbent, Michael Pierce, and
former city commissioner Bill Shearon, who unsuccess-
fully ran for mayor two years ago, plan to run.
The qualifying dates for those seeking to run in
Bradenton Beach are from noon Sept. 14 to noon
Sept. 18.
In addition to the mayoral post, two commission
seats are open the Ward 3 seat held by Janie Rob-
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seat held by John Shaughnessy, who cannot run due
to the city-established term limit. Gay Breuler of the
2600 block of Gulf Drive is an active candidate in
Ward 1.
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prior to qualifying.
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners last week
approved a plan to harness sunshine for nightlights
on Bridge Street and along sections of Gulf Drive.
The commission, meeting Aug. 20, approved the
installation of 21 solar-powered decorative lights in
the city's central business district.
The lights, the fixtures and the installation, will
cost $127,470, according to Tom Woodard, public
works director.
The decorative lights would look similar to street
lights on the Historic Bridge Street Pier poles with
shepherd hooks or u-shaped curves at the top and
circular lampshades. But on the backs of the lights
would be solar panels and battery packs.
"These lights will be standalone, 100 percent
solar powered, with no FP&L recurring costs," Woo-
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in a parking lot off First Street, erecting the light
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Police pension board secures added benefit

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners recently
approved a supplemental benefit for future police
department retirees.
The proposed benefit would provide future

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as are waterproof and resistant to saltwater and salty
Commissioner Janie Robertson asked whether
the installation of the lights would interfere with
Gulf Drive improvements scheduled to take place
this fall.
Woodard said the lighting crews would not get in
the way of the contractor with the Florida Department
of Transportation.
He added that the lights could be on as early as
In other business, commissioners:
Approved payment of a $5,679 invoice from
M.T. Causley for building department services in
Approved an event application for a skimboard
contest near the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 4.
Approved an event application for a children's
fishing tournament from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 on
the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Jacob Spooner of the
Bridge Street Bazaar, who is working with represen-
tatives from Rotten Ralph's on the event, filed the
Proceeds from the tournament could help pur-
chase a light under the pier to attract game fish, said
Police Chief Sam Speciale, who oversees pier man-
The city's cost would be for electricity, which
might be as about $1 a month.
Approved an event application for a West Coast
Bike Rally Poker Run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11
on Bridge Street.
Approved a proposal for the city's Scenic-
WAVES committee to partner with the state to pres-
ent a business seminar on disaster preparedness. The
program would take place in late September.

normal as opposed to early retirees with a
supplemental $5 per month for each year of credited
The request, in ordinance form, was given a read-
ing by the commission July 28 and approval Aug.
A supplemental benefit is common, according to
Patrick Donian of Foster & Foster, a consulting firm
that helps oversee the Holmes Beach police pension
The Florida Retirement System, which covers
county and state employees and a number of employ-
ees with municipalities, provides the benefit, as does
the West Manatee Fire Rescue District, according to
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said
the Bradenton Police Department also provides the
benefit and "it's not something that is unusual for this
A "reason for its popularity is that it is one of the
least expensive improvements that a plan can make,"
Donian said.
Donian said the benefit would cost about $5,400
per year, about .8 percent of payroll.
And, he said, the benefit is fixed so that the
amount does not rise with increases in salary.

"The $5,400 annual cost will stay fairly stable
from year to year and will only increase significantly
if the size of the department is increased," Donian
Stephenson added that a contribution to the pen-
sion fund from the state should cover the cost of the
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, who is a liai-
son to the pension board as well as an employee with
the Morgan Stanley financial firm, endorsed the ben-
"The pension board has been very good in due
diligence," he said.
The city's ordinance on the police pension trust
fund sets the normal retirement date either at 55 with
the completion of 10 years of credited service or 25
years of credited service regardless of age.
The normal benefit is a monthly payment that is
3.25 percent of the average final compensation times
credited years of service, with 2 percent cost of living
increases after the first year. The AFC is the average
total compensation paid during the three best years
of a retiree's last 10 years.
Following the unanimous commission vote, Ste-
phenson said, "I'd like to thank you from the board
and from the members of the pension plan."

Coasting to Mixon
An Island-based band, soul R coaster, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Mixon Fruit
Farms, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. The performance is part of the continuing Concert in the Grove
series. Admission is free. And the band, featuring Islanders Tony Rizzo, Mike Poncelet and Karen Greenley,
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18 AUG. 26, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


James 'Jim' Corcoran
James "Jim" Corcoran, 79, of Bradenton, died
Aug. 20.
Born in Yonkers, N.Y., Mr. Corcoran moved to
Bradenton in 1985. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who
served in the Korean War. He was active in activities
at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, a
member of Holy Name Society at the church, and
was a member of the Elks Lodge.
Visitation and vigil service was Aug. 24. Memo-
rial Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217. Memorial donations may
made to St. Bernard Catholic Church or TideWell
Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
FL 34238. Arrangements were by Brown and Sons
Funeral Homes and Crematory. Online condolences
are welcome at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
He is survived by wife Katherine "Kay" of Bra-
denton; son James T. "Jay" of Bradenton; daugh-
ters Dianne M. Corcoran Cook and husband Bill
of Englewood; Suzanne C. of Sarasota, Mary Kate
Durett and husband Michael of Sarasota; in-laws Patt
Nagle, Jack Fehily, Mary Ann O'Connell, Thomas
Fehily and Michael Fehily; and grandchildren Liam
and Hanna Durett.

Roswell J. Hughto
Roswell J. Hughto, 83, of Holmes Beach, died
Aug. 14.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell
Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara-
sota FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home was in charge
of arrangements
He is survived by his wife Mabel; daughters
Debra Champion and Denise Burns; sons Kevin and
Kurt; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchil-
William Singer
William Singer, 83, of Holmes Beach, died Aug.
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ern Europe during World War II. After the war, he
graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers
University and developed a successful formal-wear
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Wednesday, Aug. 26
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Business
Card Exchange at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 914-778-1541. Fee applies.

Thursday, Aug. 27
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at Flemings, 2001 Siesta Drive,
Sarasota. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Concert in the Grove featuring Island band soul R
coaster, collection box for women's clothing and barrels of grapes to stomp
into juice at Mixon Fruit Farm, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information:
7 p.m. American Music Film Series "Mayor of the Sunset Strip"
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Friday, Aug. 28
9 a.m. Senior Adventurers meet at the Senior Enrichment Center
at Renaissance on Ninth, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
962-8835. Fee applies.

Saturday, Aug. 29
2 p.m. Divettes competition and fundraiser performance at the
Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-
5875. Fee applies.
5 to 9 p.m. O'Connor Bowling Challenge fundraiser at the AMF
Bowling Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-650-
5488. Fee applies.

Sunday, Aug. 30
4 p.m. Island's Got Talent final competition and award presenta-
tion at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information:

Wednesday, Sept. 2
1:15 p.m.- Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Encore Motorcars, 6000
S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-922-3667. Fee applies.

First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Tuesday, noon, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-794-8044.
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, 7 a.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch hosts turtle
nest tour and nesting discussion, assembling at Manatee Public Beach
near the picnic area.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
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Sept. 8, Bay Chorale community chorus meets in Bradenton.
Sept. 9, Joint chamber mixer at the BeachHouse.


Anna Maria City
Aug. 9, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier,
theft. The complainant said someone took his bicycle,
valued at $200, from the pier bike rack.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 3, 2100 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took between $300 and $5,000
of undisclosed items from his house. No further infor-
mation was provided.
Aug. 5, 800 block Gulf Drive South, Cortez
Beach, burglary of a vehicle. No further information
was provided.
Aug. 12, 400 block Gulf Drive South, warrant. A
Sarasota man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
No further information was provided.
Aug. 12, 100 block 11th Street South, grand theft.
The complainant said someone took between $300
and $5,000 of undisclosed items from his house. No
further information was provided.
Aug. 15, 100 block First Street North, domestic.
A man was arrested for striking his wife and charged
with domestic violence. No further information was
Aug. 15, 1500 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, grand
theft. The complainant said someone took between
$300 and $5,000 of undisclosed items from his house.
No further information was provided.

Holmes Beach
Aug. 15, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, theft.
The complainant said she left her purse on a table
when she when to the rest room and it was gone on
her return. The purse contained credit cards, $168
and keys.
Aug. 17, 5360 Gulf Drive, Minnie's, theft. The
complainant said a large, commercial freezer, valued
at $500, was taken from the back of the restaurant
overnight. She added that the freezer weighed at least
800 pounds and would have taken several people to
Aug. 17, 600 block Key Royale Drive, bur-
glary. The complainant said someone broke into his
home through a rear patio door. Taken was a safe

Save the date:
Sept. 19, The Manatee Players Ladies Day Out at IMG Academies
Golf and Country Club.
Sept. 27, Anna Maria Island Privateers "Shipreck Poker Run and
Bike Show."
Sept. 28, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at
Bradenton Country Club.
Oct. 2, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "Taste of Tuscany" classical
music concert.
Oct. 8, 61st season begins at Island Players.
Oct. 9, Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG
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Oct. 17, Anna Maria Island Bayfest.

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include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.

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containing jewelry, papers and prescription pills.
Also taken were digital cameras, a plasma TV and
other electronics.
Aug. 20,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. The complainant said someone took his skim-
board, valued at $450, from the beach. The victim
said he believed he knew the two teenage males who
took the board and provided police with their photo-
graphs from his digital camera.
Aug. 20, 3900 East Bay Drive, Publix, suspi-
cious. The complainant said he parked his car at
the grocery store and went across the street to the
bank. As he returned, he saw two men near his
vehicle. One opened his passenger door. The com-
plainant yelled at the men, who left the scene, but
not before he recorded the license plate number on
their vehicle. Officers issued a "be-on-the-lookout"
on the vehicle.

Top Notch collection
Chris Pate of Holmes Beach collects his grand
prize as winner of The Islander's annual Top Notch
contest. Chris won $100 from the newspaper, plus
gifts from Islander advertisers, including a $50
gift certificate from the ( h,/.. a $50 certificate for Hair's to You Salon, a $25
certificate from Mister Roberts Resortwear, a $10
certificate for Minnie's Beach Cafe and the fram-
ing of the winning photo by Karly Carlson Custom
Framing. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Dining feature correction
A story in The Islander Aug. 5 edition about an
article touting the Island by freelance writer Cindy
Price that had appeared in The New York Times incor-
rectly indicated that Price received free accommoda-
tions for her visit. The source for the information was
incorrect, and The Islander was able to verify that
Price paid $316.25 for her five-day accommodation,
including bed tax and cleaning fee.
However, it was correctly noted that most of the res-
taurants mentioned have listings on the Times Web site.


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Deep thoughts, from shallow waters to deep blue

"Deep" is a subjective and deep subject.
Consider water. Think deep in terms of a cooking
bowl and you're at several inches. Think deep with
a bathtub and you're at a couple of feet or so. Deep
in a swimming pool is lots of feet. Deep in the Gulf
of Mexico is 14,383 feet at the Sigsbee Deep in its
southwest section.
Here's some more "deep" news.

Deep rice
In the low-end deep news comes a report from
National Public Radio.
As part of an attempt to grow something called
super rice," some scientists have come up with strains
that can handle deeper water than most species.
NPR points out that rice is one of the most viable
food stocks on the planet, and scientists are scram-
bling to come up with rice that can accommodate the
needs of the estimated 9 billion people on Mother
Earth by the year 2050.
Rice is sort of like seaweed. It likes to grow in
lots of water, flooded fields that are generally ter-
raced. The problem for rice farmers, besides having
to work in knee-deep water all day, is either too much
or too little water to nurture the rice shoots.
Part of the push for averting problems to provide
the world with a succulent food source is to get plants
to produce more rice grains than stalk. It's an obvious
genetic goal: same size plant, more rice. Imagine a
single corn plant that could produce 10 bushels of
ears and you get the idea.
And scientists seem to have reached the goal,
with pretty much a doubled rice production in Asia.
More rice, less famine.
Then factor in the threats of sea-level rise, flood-
ing or other natural problems that inundate rice fields.
The solution? Rice snorkels.
"One study looks at so-called deep-water rice

Privateers plan poker run
Motorcyle enthusiasts are invited to ride in
the Anna Maria Island Privateers' third annual
Shiprek Poker Run on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The fundraiser also will include a bike
show at Peggy's Corral, 4511 U.S. Highway
41 N., Palmetto, where the poker run begins
and ends.
Poker run registration starts at 10:30 a.m.
and the first motorcycle rides out at 11:30
From Peggy's, bikers will travel to Scala-
wags of Bradenton, the Drift In in Bradenton
Beach, Old Main Pub in downtown Bradenton
and back to Peggy's.
The event is named for the late Greg
"Shiprek" Davidson, a longtime group member
who served as AMIP president and captain.
For more information about the event, call
Ron "Jewels" Luckerman at 941-720-0426.


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plants, which have evolved through several methods
to solve the problem of rising floodwaters," according
to NPR.
"One of the solutions is that the plant starts to
grow very fast in such a way that parts of the shoot
will be above the water level, so that that part can
function as a sort of snorkel," according to one
And taste?
Well, there's yet another study going on that deals
with what rice connoisseurs call "fragrance," or good
taste and, yes, they can take the snorkel plants and
genetically add better taste.
Yum. Let's snack on some snorkel rice tonight.

Deeper in the Gulf ...
Scientists discovered an anomaly in the Southeast
Gulf of Mexico in 2005: what is generally considered
the deepest coral reef off the United States.
Dubbed the Pulley Ridge, it appears to be a
328,000-foot-plus-long, 16,400-foot-wide reef in
almost 200 feet of water. It's about 155 miles west
of Cape Sable off the southern tip of Florida.
What's weird is that the reef has the usual assort-
ment of generally shallow-water corals and tropical
fish, all doing just fine in the deep blue.
And beside the tropicals are some commercial fish:
red grouper, scamp and hogfish, plus fish like deepwater
squirrelfish, spotfin hogfish and wrasse bass.
"The extent of algal cover and abundance of her-
bivores suggest benthic productivity is moderate to
high on parts of the ridge," according to one scientific
report. "Such productivity is unusual, if not unique at
this depth in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. "
So what's going on with this oddity, and why is
it there?
It appears that the Pulley Ridge is a former barrier
island, drowned when the last ice age ended maybe
10,000 years ago. It is also "fed" by the western edge
of our old friend, the Loop Current.
The Loop Current is the water that swoops into
the Gulf from the Caribbean Sea through the rela-
tively narrow passage between Cuba and the Yucatan
Peninsula. The water is crystal clear, warm and car-
ries all manner of good stuff for critters and coral.
And in a time when coral reefs through the Flor-
ida Keys are threatened and dying, this reef is thriv-
ing despite the fact that it's getting only 5 percent of
the light that more common reefs receive.
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The scientists who drafted the scientific report
postulate that Pulley Ridge could be the deepest coral
reef, but those wily scientists always have to have
"From a geologist's point of view, Pulley Ridge
corals appear to have built an accumulation at least
a few meters thick, although corals may not account
for the bulk of the topography," they said. "From that
of a biologist, the most abundant corals in the ridge
are hermatypic corals but they are lying, mostly unat-
tached, on the surface.
"Clearly a ship's captain could not run his vessel
aground on this reef, so mariners would not consider
this a reef. Nevertheless, from the scientific per-
spective of a structure built from hermatypic corals,
southern Pulley Ridge may well be the deepest coral
reef in the United States."

... and really wide, too
Some Gulf of Mexico factoids: The body of water
is about 1,000 miles wide running east-west and 500
miles north-south from the Mississippi Delta to the
tip of the Yucatan.
Total area of the Gulf is about 600,000 square
miles. About 38 percent of the water body is in less
than 66 feet deep. About 22 percent is in the 66- to
590-foot depths, which is basically the area bordered
by the Continental Shelf; 590-9,840 feet is comprised
of about 20 percent of the waters; and the "abysmal"
deep-sea basin of waters greater than 9,840 feet con-
stitutes 20 percent of the Gulf.
Going from Cape Sable, Fla., at the southern-
most part of Florida's Peninsula counterclockwise to
the eastern tip of the Yucatan stretches about 3,600
miles. With all the bays and other shores added in, it's
17,000 miles in the United States alone. The break
out is 1,533 miles of sandy beach, 1,370 miles of
barrier islands like Anna Maria Island, and the rest a
whole slew of mangroves and marshes.
The above numbers come from Robert H. Gore's
book, aptly called "The Gulf of Mexico," published
by Pineapple Press in Sarasota.

Sandscript factoid
Some scientists believe that a meteor -oh, you
know those scientists. Some say several meteors may
have struck the Earth somewhere around 65 million
years ago. WhitLu i1, h,'M L.Li many, it's generally/
somewhat believed that the impacts changed the cli-
mate and killed off the dinosaurs.
There is some consensus that one of those impacts
struck the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula,
creating a 110-mile crater along the shore and out
into the Gulf. The meteor strike is referred to as the
Chicxulub Crater, named after the town that is there
today. The impact was probably powerful enough to
have emptied the Gulf of its water.
Gee, could there be any correlation to the Sigsbee
Deep of the impact?

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Start gearing up for start of snook season Sept. 1

By Paul Roat
Snook season starts Tuesday, Sept. 1. Based on
the huge linesiders observed lurking under piers,
docks and roaming the passes give every hint that
this will be a banner year.
Don't forget that the Second Annual Ben Gullett
Mullet Invitational fishing tournament will be held
Sept. 11-12 in Cortez.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Flor-
ida Institute For Saltwater Heritage in Cortez. Star
Fish Company and The Islander newspaper are again
This tournament is quite a bit different than most
fishing events it's for castnetters.
"Only six mullet will be allowed for weigh-in,"
stated tournament directors Holli and Rick Gullett.
"Mullet may be caught between Ruskin and Sarasota
using only cast nets. And fish are to be iced down
prior to weigh-in."
There's also a "cast-iron slam" consisting of a
mullet, sheepshead and sand perch, excluding the
mullet at weigh-in.
Entry fee is $150 for a two-person team by Sept.
10, with a junior division for youth aged 5 to 17 at a
charge of $75.
Mandatory captain's meeting is 6 p.m. Sept. 10
at Star Fish, 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez. A benefit
dinner is slated for 6 p.m. Sept. 12, also at Star, with
mullet smoked or fried and all the fixings at $5
a plate.
Further information is available at 813-633-0442,
or 941-779-6693.
Entry forms may be downloaded from the Cortez
Village Historical Society Web site at www.cortezvil-
As to the fishing bite, look for lots of little trout in
the bays, some redfish in northern Sarasota Bay, not
in expected big schools, but enough to target. There
are also oversized reds being caught off the piers in
Anna Maria.
Bluefish are in big numbers in the passes, too,
plus a few snook.
Grouper and snapper continue to be a good bet
offshore, plus some lingering dolphin in the farther
waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Fishing
Charters said his inshore scene has turned on, with
some very nice catches of redfish and speckled trout.
He's catching redfish on crushed pinfish tossed into
potholes and around oyster bars, with catches up to 30
inches. He took Amanda Karge, AME fourth-grader,
and his niece out last week off "Sanddollar Beach"
for five keeper-size speckled trout and some shelling,
swimming and "a great time." Capt. Mark also is
catching sharks a nice mix of lemons, blacktips,

Kings still around
Steve Westervelt from Dallas, Texas, proved that kingfish are more than just a spring-fall run offshore with

a big king caught with Capt. Larry McGuire.
bulls and spinners in the bay.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's finding backwa-
ter action is a little off from the norm. Trout are on the
seagrass beds in the bays, but they seem to be running
on the small side. Redfish should be in big schools in
the backwater by this time of year, but he's not seeing
them in large numbers. There are some reports of big
reds in northern Sarasota Bay, and Danny suggested
using chum to get herd them to the boat. Snook have
started to move off the beaches to the passes and into
the canals in the bays. He took a scouting trip out one
night last week and counted at least 20 big linesiders
lurking under a light by a dock in Bimini Bay. And that's
good news for the upcoming snook season. Bluefish and
Spanish mackerel are in the passes. "Pull out your old
rusty spoons and cast into the bluefish," Danny said. The
2- to 3-pound fish make a great fight, although they're
not much of a dinner. Offshore, grouper and snapper are
still a good bet, and there are still some dolphin being
caught at the 40-mile range in the Gulf. Snapper are also
being caught by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Bob
Kilb said anglers there are catching lots of mackerel.
Redfish is the big deal there, with few being of legal
size they're all too big, from 27 inches to even 37
inches long. Fishers are also catching a few snapper,
and snook are everywhere. L\ c ybody that comes
out to fish goes home with fish," Kilb said.


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At the Anna Maria City Pier, Rocky Corby
said the action there includes mackerel and mangrove
snapper and even some tarpon are still being spotted
off the pier. His big news is a big Goliath grouper
that seems to like to hang out under the pier. There
have been some afternoon showers, but not enough
to keep anyone away from the water for very long.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said big new moon
tides have made fishing "interesting. At the top of the
tide, most of the backwater gamefish are going back
in the shade to feed on all the goodies there, then
drop off to the edges of the flats on the huge outgoing
tides to feed. Finding any hungry fish in between has
been a challenge." He took a charter out to Egmont
Key last week and fished the reef just southeast of
the key. "We got tore up with some big grouper and
caught some nice snapper and Spanish mackerel,"
he said. "Then we moved over to the deep seagrass
edge between the pilot boat docks and had some good
action with more mackerel, snapper and trout." He's
also catching lots of mangrove snapper in northern
Sarasota Bay, although they also tried and missed on
redfish. Capt. Zach suggests going out either early or
late in the day for best results. It's cooler then, too.
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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sla d Biz
By Rick Catlin

Retreat for

the body
Jen Crady and Georgene Adkins
have opened Longboat Body Retreat
in the Whitney Beach Plaza, 6824 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Longboat Body Retreat special-
izes in natural health care for the body,
including skin care, body massage and
yoga classes.
Both Jen and Georgene are
licensed estheticians, while Jen also
is a licensed massage therapist. Both
graduated from the Florida College of
Natural Health.
Estheticians are trained in skin care
therapy, including body wraps, facials,
waxing and microdermabrasion tech-
Hours of operation for Longboat
Body Retreat are from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information or an
appointment call 941-383-9692.

Fitting fitness

Kip Lalosh of AMI Fitness is hosting
a "grand opening" for his workout studio
and gym that is a celebration of his new
location in the S&S Plaza a reopening
of the workout facility that was formerly
in the building with the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce.
L\ c .ything is new," said Lalosh,
"and we're excited to have a bright,
new workout studio with new equip-
ment, to have a yoga center, weight
room and the same friendly people to
assist our clients, new and old."
The celebration will take place
Wednesday, Aug. 26, from opening at
6 a.m. with a breakfast buffet to a fine
finish starting at 5 p.m. with wine and
hors d'oeuvres.
Everyone is welcome. Lalosh said
he and the AMI Fitness staff have a
day of fun planned for guests, includ-
ing prizes and giveaways, as well as
membership and training specials.
AMI Fitness is located at 5364 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, and LaLosh can
be reached at 941-778-5446.

No more

As part of Mainsail Develop-
ment LLC's purchase of the Tidemark
properties in Holmes Beach, the beach
resort on 66th Street and the marina
and planned hotel on Marina Drive, the
Tidemark name has been eliminated,
said Joe Brown, a vice-president at
Mainsail in Tampa.
The new names are the Mainsail
Beach Inn for the 66th Street accommo-
dations and Mainsail Lodge and Marina
for the property on Marina Drive adjacent
to Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach.
Mainsail, which is based in Tampa,
has formed a development company for
the properties that includes Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC of Anna Maria.

Jen Crady, left,
and Georgene
Adkins recently
opened Longboat
Body Retreat in
the Whitney Beach
Plaza, 6824 Gulf
of Mexico Drive.
Islander Photo:
Toni Lyon

Janet Mixon, center, and son Rick
Permuy, left, along with Dean
Mixon, do some grape stomping at
Mixon Fruit Farms in east Braden-
ton to make homemade grape juice.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Mixon
Fruit Farms



concert Aug. 27
Mixon Fruit Farms at 2712 26th
Ave. E. in Bradenton will hold its next
"Concert in the Grove" from 5:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, and the
farm has added an unusual twist to the
summer program.
"We planted El Primo grapes
last year as a fence to keep people
from wandering into the grove,"
said Dean Mixon. "The grape vines
produced more grapes than anyone
could imagine."
As an added feature for those
attending the August concert, the grove
offers a free ice cream cone to anyone
who climbs into one of the three tubs
loaded with grapes and stomps the fruit
into grape juice, Mixon said.
There will be a 50-50 drawing at
the concert to benefit Learn to Fish, a
recovery home for women. There also
will be a collection box at the concert
for women's clothes and toiletries for
the home.
For more information, call Mixon's
at 941-748-5829.

Silvia is on

the move
Silvia Zadarosni of Silvia's
Flower Corner, formerly a vendor at
the Old IGA in Anna Maria, recently
moved to her own shop at 9801 Gulf
Drive, also in Anna Maria.
Along with providing flowers
for any occasion, Silvia is recog-
nized as one of the Island's leading
florists for special events such as
weddings, birthdays and anniver-
sary celebrations. Her particular
specialty is floral arrangements for
weddings, and she is a participating
vendor at the annual Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce Wed-
ding Festival.
For more information, call 941-
720-0424, or e-mail Silvia at flower-
corner @tampabay.rr.com.

Chamber biz card

The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce business card exchange
for August will be held from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Whit-
ney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The event is open to current and
prospective members and there is a $5
For more information, call 941-

Realty raves
Gayle Schulz has joined the sales
staff of Wagner Realty's Anna Maria
Island office at 2217 Gulf Drive, Bra-
denton Beach.
Gayle was formerly with Jim
Anderson Realty of Anna Maria Island,
and joined Wagner when Anderson
retired and closed his office.
To reach Gayle, call 941-812-
Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Palma

Silvia Zadarosni,
at right, of Silvia's
Flower Corner,
now at 9801 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria,
discusses floral
arrangements for a
May wedding with
bride-to-be Jessica
Dasenbrook and
fiance Jeffrey White.
Islander Photo:
Rebecca Barnett

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

Island real estate

216 Cypress Ave., Anna Maria, a
972 sfla / 1,284 sfur 2bed/ bath home
built in 1955 on a 100x120 lot was
sold 08/03/09, Alderman to Hiller for
307 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a
1,512 sfla / 3,828 sfur 2bed/2bath
canalfront pool home built in 1983 on
a 75xl 10 lot was sold 08/07/09, Ham-
ilton to O'Sullivan for $580,000; list
606 Hampshire Lane, Holmes
Beach, a 2,352 sfla / 2,936 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home
built in 1969 on a 95x105 lot was sold
08/03/09, Rocco to Greenfelder for
$529,000; list $529,000.
310 61st St., Unit A, Birds of Para-
dise, Holmes Beach, a 2,114 sfla / 2,867
sfla 3bed/2'12bath/2car land condo with
pool built in 2005 was sold 08/05/09,
Farino to Morrison for $475,000; list
806 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a
2,297 sfla / 4,338 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car
home built in 2002 on a 50x 100 lot was
sold 08/05/09, Colon to Berkery for
$43' i, list $497,500.
520 56th St., Holmes Beach, a
2,212 sfla / 2,732 sfur 4bed/3bath/Icar
canalfront home built in 1955 on a
82x82 lot was sold 08/07/09, Ingell to
Bauer for $43', list $499,900.
239 Gladiolus St., Anna
Maria, a 1,392 sfla / 1,848 sfur
3bed/2bath/ car canalfront home
built in 1982 on a 83x100 lot was
sold 08/03/09, Cominos to Oney for
$400,000; list $449,900.
211 Elm Ave., Unit A, Isles End,
Anna Maria, a 890 sfla 2bed/lbath
condo built in 1971 was sold 08/07/09,
Isles End LLC to Brunault for
$387,000; list $399,000.
2310 Gulf Drive, Unit 106, Shell
Cove, Bradenton Beach, a 651 sfla
2bed/ bath condo built in 1973 was
sold 08/06/09, Watkins to King for

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate
at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria,
can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-
778-7244. Current Island real estate
transactions may also be viewed
online at www.islander.org. Copy-
right 2009

THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 26, 2009 0 23

Islander runs 5K in National Senior Games

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach resident Erma McMullen com-
peted in the National Senior Games on Aug. 8 at
Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. McMullen
ran in the 5K road race in the 65-69 age group and
placed 15th with a time of 30:16 and 189th overall.
"It was not my best time, but it was an honor and
privilege to have competed," McMullen said.
McMullen was one of three women to represent
Florida in her age group in the National Games in
the 5K run. She qualified by placing third overall in
her group in the Florida Senior Games with a time
of 29:32:21 in Cape Coral in December. Her time
was good enough for her to place ninth overall for
McMullen, who is a retired nurse practitioner, has
been running for about 20 years. She was a member
of the Finger Lakes Runners Club in Ithaca, N.Y.,
for 10 years and is a 10-year member of the Braden-
ton Runners Club of which she is a board member.
All roads lead to surf
Anna Maria Island surfers looking to test their skills
should plan to enter the 24th Annual NKF PRO-AM
Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach next month.
The event is the brainchild of two young Anna
Maria Island kids who left home years ago, bound
for the east coast and surfing fame.
They are Rich and Phil Salick, founders of the
annual event, twins in their 50s now, and both associ-
ated with the National Kidney Foundation.
Sister Joanie Shymanski-Mills resides in Holmes
Beach, and brother Wilson is nearby. And Joanie and
husband Tony's young son, Brandon Mills, a student
at Anna Maria Elementary, has excelled on the east
coast, obviously taking advantage of the family surf-
ing connections and guidance.
The NKF Surf Festival is credited with being the
largest charitable surfing event in the world, having
raised more than $5 million for NKF of Florida, and
promoting 20 years of financial and emotional sup-
port for kidney patients across the country.
Rich and Phil should know. Phil donated a kidney
to Rich in 1977. And, against all odds, Rich came back

Runner Erma McMullen
McMullen, who has lived in Holmes Beach for 10
years, says she runs for fitness and fun.
Congratulations, Erma!
Calling all high school athletes
The 2009-10 school year is back in session, which

safari in Cocoa Beach
to surfing professionally. The awards and accolades for
these brothers is too long a list for this space.
The event will be held Sept. 4-7 and contest
information is available online at www.kidneyfla.
org. The e-mail for information is nkf@kidneyfla.
org, or call 800-927-9659.
The Surf Festival premier party and auction
attended each year by about 1,000 guests will include
a vacation package for Anna Maria Island.
The Anna Maria package includes three-night
guest accommodations at a home on the north end
of Anna Maria, the gift of Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC, a dining certificate valued at $100 for the Sand-
bar, BeachHouse and Mar Vista restaurants from the
Chiles Restaurant Group, and a $125 gift certificate
for dining at the Beach Bistro. The top bidder will
also receive a A Portrait by the Sea, a beach portrait
sitting with photographer Jack Elka, and a custom 11
by 14 inch print.
Any contributions to the array of Island fare will
be appreciated, and donors may call The Islander at
941-778-7978, or e-mail news@islander.org.

means another great year of high school sports. Fall
sports include girl's volleyball, cross country, golf,
swimming and diving for young women and men,
and, of course, the king of high school sports, foot-
Winter sports include basketball and soccer for
boys and girls in addition to girl's weightlifting and
boy's wrestling.
The sports seasons wrap up in the spring with
boy's weightlifting, track and field, tennis, softball
and baseball.
If you're an Islander and are participating in
sports at your school, public or private, please, give
us a call at 941-778-7978 or e-mail me at kevin@
islander.org so we can highlight your achievements.
Horseshoe news
Horseshoe action on Aug. 22 at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits saw only one team Tom Skoloda and
Debbie "Flop" Rhodes to win all three pool-play
games to be the day's outright champs.
There was an exciting battle for second place between
the team of Hank Huyghe and John Johnson and the team
of Sam Samuels and Steve Grossman. Huyghe-Johnson
jumped out to a commanding 17-2 lead only to watch as
Samuels-Grossman outscored them 19-1 to complete a
huge come-from-behind victory.
The Aug. 19 horseshoe games also saw an out-
right champ when John Johnson and Jeff Moore pro-
duced the only 3-0 pool play record.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Soccer camp this week
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
once again host a soccer camp for new and returning
players to kick off the season. Players will be put
through the paces to refresh already learned skills
and perhaps to learn some new ones. The camp runs
5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 26-28.
To register or for information, contact Andy
Jonatzke or Billy Malfese at the Center at 941-778-




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tise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15
words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver in person to
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, e-mail
classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821.
(limited time offer)
COMPUTER: DELL Pill 733 MHz. $75. 941-756-
ADIRONDACK CHAIRS: TWO, bright pink, footrest,
$50. Lattice, 2x8 feet, $6. Earth Box-size, $15. 941-
GREAT CONDITION! RECLINING sofa, recliner, table
and chairs, lamp, end table, cocktail table, queen mat-
tress and box spring. 941-704-1024.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Two season tickets, buy or
barter. $1,370. mlease@coair.com or 941-778-7544.
COMMODE: Three-in-one bath, shower, toilet. As
$20. 941-761-1415.
DESK: Z FRAME, 30x60, glass top. $40. 941-756-
FISHING ROD: SHAKESPEARE, 7foot, 6 inch, Shi-
mano 4000-FA reel, $30.Youth rod and reel, $10. 941-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone, especially models
with sim cards and chargers. Deliver to The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back chairs with
padded seats. Miscellaneous goods. Call 941-487-
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several 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. 941-778-1102.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and pur-
chase online: www.jackelka.com.

studio suite condo. Ground-floor end unit right on the
beach. Summer vacation getaway two-night special,
$249. Reserve now, 941-779-0101.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to
come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813
or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship
times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SAVE ON UTILITY Bills.com. The average homeowner
can save 50 percent or more on their home utility bills.
Find out how. 24-hour pre-recorded message, 941-
LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seeking employment
can market their skills with a FREE classified ad for
up to three weeks in The Islander. Submit 15 words or
less including a resume link, if desired. by e-mail to
classifieds@islander.org or deliver in person to 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The Islander will encour-
age employers to review the "work wanted" ads in The
Islander when seeking employees. And good luck find-
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TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market, market con-
nections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @ sothebysrealty.
com. Discoverannamaria.com.
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boaters
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 941-778-7978.
of items in Sarasota-Bradenton. Have something you
no longer use? Give it away. Barter, community events,
parent advice. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/amifree-
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Privateers are
collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and
reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children.
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 Conservation Com-
mission 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.

NIKI'S BLOWOUT SALE: All sterling jewelry, 50-70
percent off. Sale vintage purses, gloves, hats, jewelry,
all Christmas jewelry, 50-75 percent off. Coca-Cola
collectibles, 40 percent off. Select furniture, antiques,
gifts, glassware, two bakers racks, wicker, rattan, 40-80
percent off. Open seven days. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-? Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Aug. 28-30. Kenmore dryer, furniture, miscellaneous.
205 77th St., Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
t-shirts, treasures.

THREE ESTATES: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.
Numbers out at 8 a.m. 8252 W. University Pkwy, Air-
port Mall (Old US 301). South of Sarasota/Bradenton
Convention Center. Fine jewelry, including chocolate
diamond rings, unique decorative items from Holland,
lots of very nice furniture by Danish designers Aksel
Kjersbaard and Vejlestole, impressive teak dining set
from Thailand, living room furniture in native American
motif and other modern styles. Jade figurines, many
modern display TV console wall units (Robb and
Stuckey), premium oxblood-leather sofa bed, antique
buffet and side board, complete bedroom sets in light
modern, oriental, Danish styles, 1940s-era Grundig
stereo/shortwave radio, art by Thornton Utz, Tischler
and Goednest, two boxes of silver flatware, Franciscan
wild rose china, nice rugs, handcrafted wood items, etc.
www.sarasota-ymca.org for complete inventory. Sale by
Premium Estate Liquidators.

STOLEN: HONDA BOAT motor taken from boat, 63rd
Street, Holmes Beach. Reward for conviction. Serial
number: BABJ16037059. 941-526-6350.
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STOLEN: Red and black bike. KULANA and MAKA-
MAKA printed on frame. Beach Lane, Anna Maria. If
found, please, e-mail: alison@igsgroup.co.uk, or call
Liz, A Paradise Realty, 941-778-4800.

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies
and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All
food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.

SHARP, CLEAN, RED 2002 Ford Taurus. Loaded,
65,000 low miles. Will consider any reasonable offer.
$5,000 or best offer. Can be seen in Bradenton. Renee,

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up to 23
feet. $130/month. 941-778-2581.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in Braden-
ton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.

ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School junior Chris
Perez tutors elementary or middle school children. Call
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-jobs.
Red Cross certified in first aid and babysitting. 941-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross training,
seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632 or 941-
CALL GUSSI E 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-
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red Cross
certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call Katie, 941 -
778-1491 or 941-447-4057.

TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house cleaning
and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced. Call 941-538-
8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs any
day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after 11 a.m.
weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything you need
done after school and Saturdays. 941-773-3185.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at your
pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-795-4722.
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I can
walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or younger
child. CPR-certified, references, experienced. Brianna,
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.

Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confidentiality
agreement required. $95,000. Longview Realty, 941-

NURSES NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic. Five-hour
morning shifts and sleepover shifts are available, 9:30
p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates.
Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-

dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable. Free esti-
mates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.

solutions for business and home. Installation, repair,
upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services.
Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or
cell 216-509-1945.

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


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Serving the Island, LBK, Manatee & Sarasota CoLnii-: :in- .. 1' co
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service (
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrr,-: 1ii,,:I I.1pi Sat.'

Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
a u s s i _urm ni, In. Permitted/Licensed/Insured
SAirport Shuttle
Door-to-Door Shuttle
941-580-5777 Special Events
www.shuttleserviceami.com Most major credit cards are accepted

Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes *
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Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
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(941) 794-6504 cfideler@paverbrickstore.com

rN: 1:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima .:
Call Dan, 941-713-3108

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business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware,
cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair,
internet/wireless networking, custom system design.

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

BE PREPARED THIS hurricane season! Document
your home and valuables on video. Helps with insur-
ance! 941-538-8002. www.silvervideollc.com.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Free testing, children ages 5-17.
Reading, math, cognitive, speech, ADD, ADHD, dys-
lexia. 941-795-0303.

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

COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need wire-
less, network setup? Web site? Need help? Call JC,

happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-792-1000.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates
a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.
com. 941-778-2711.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years expe-
rience. References available. For a reasonable price,
call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.

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S is Immaculate 2bed/2bath
condo with den. Built
in 2005, this like-new
condo has peeks of the
Gulf and a great rental
history. Covered
parking, deeded beach
access, storage.
Turnkey furnished. A supreme value in today's market.
This property will not last long. $389,000.

Call Jesse Brisson

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay close
to home. We provide full house checking services -
when and what you need to ensure your house is
secure and cared for while you are away. Call 941-
928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@verizon.net for

UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30 years
experience. Gift boutique, nail products, handbags,
jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
services. 941-713-5244.

MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio open
now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and
piano. 941-778-8328, or evenings, 941-758-0395.315
58th St., Studio I, Holmes Beach.

CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your
complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988.
Chris, 941-778-2837.

ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resident.
Cell 941-951-1833.

$5-$95. Delivery and placement available. Summer
special, 25 percent off select boulders, limited quantity.
Also, we are a complete tree service offering trimming,
removals and stump grinding. Brad Frederick's LLC,
northwest Bradenton. 941-730-0001.

native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

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scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups,
power washing, tree trimming and more. Cell, 941-448-

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime. Cell

LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread. $45/
yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"

lawn maintenance, landscaping, fertilization. Insured
and reliable. 941-284-6411.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.

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

pentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean,
sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.

fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters.
Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman,
light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure wash-
ing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.

Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks, remodel,
repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-795-1947.

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

PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer supplies
paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing. Free esti-
mates. New phone number! 941-721-7521.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work.
Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small.
Deck repairs, etc. Call Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.

REMODEL, ADDITIONS, NEW construction: Free
estimates. Quality work. Fowler Group Inc., certified
general contractor. 941-650-3649

RON AMES: ISLAND handyman for 40 years. Small
jobs. 941-932-7165 or 941-761-9028.

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PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, lar e lot, short block to bay.
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, pool, boatdock,
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WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Life-
time warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-home
consultation. Island references, 15 years experience.
941-778-3526 or 730-0516.

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

HARBOR PINES: LARGE 2BR/2BA, ground floor with
screened porch. Washer and dryer connections, water,
cable, close to college, Bayshore High School, shop-
ping. $725/month, Half off first month's rent. Call 941-

EFFICIENCY AND TWO one-bedroom apartments.
$500/month. Application and $300 security deposit
required, water included. Brandt Bay at 3611 117th St.
W., Bradenton. Call Pat at Florida Real Estate Team,
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Sept. 1. 2BR/1 BA,
furnished, bay water-view, walk to beaches, carport,
No smoking/pets. $675/month. 941-545-8923.
SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSE in Bradenton Beach. One
block from beach. Two bedroom, living area plus lanai
(about 1,000 sf). For long-term rent. Call 617-943-
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex. All appliances,
two blocks to beach. $825/month. 941-745-0407.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Off-season special, $400/
month, Sept. 1 through Dec. 30. 1BR/1BA turnkey,
patio. Walk to beach or bay. Laundry, shuffleboard,
fishing. No pets or smoking. 941-778-5152.

Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor

LA CASA COSTIERA Luxury condo,
g B7320 Gulf Drive, #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown
molding, heated pool and spa.
$1,489,000. ML#A3899975.
e-mail: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com

ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR in Holmes Beach. $675/month
plus utilities. 941-778-6541 or 941-504-3844.

front with dock. Walk to beach. Double garage with
washer/dryer. No smoking, pets. Holmes Beach. $875/
month. 941-232-3704.
month, 2BR/1 BA, $800/month. 1 BR/1 BA, $600/month.
Pets OK.Yard with ocean view. Washer and dryer. 2204
Ave. C. 216-469-2857.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, tile floors, $725/month.
1BR/1BA, tile floors, close to beach, $700/month. No
pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA, new furnishings, tile,
painting, private pool, communal pool, tennis, club-
house. $3,200/month. 941-730-9815.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1 BR/1 BA
or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restau-
rants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.

MOBILE HOME: 1 BR/1 BA. One mile from Anna Maria
Island.You own the land. Not a co-op. No monthly fees.
Steps to water. Great condition. Free boat ramp access.
$74,900. 513-470-3851.

BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free brochure. Dis-
cover how easy it is to build wealth through short sales
and foreclosures. Adkins Florida Group, Wagner Realty.
Free@AdkinsFloridaGroup.com. 941-713-0635.

lanai, pool. $1,450,000. Brokers protected. 215 Chil-
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REAL ESTATE ONLINE auction: Waterfront home.
4BR/3BA, Anna Maria Island. Shown by appointment
only. Bid online at www.atkinsonrealtyandauction.com
ab1141. E-mail: arlis@atkinsononline.com. 500 Bay
Drive S., Bradenton Beach. 800-756-4098.
LARGE WATERFRONT LOT for sale by owner. Boat lift
and dock. Easy access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Ready
to build. $529,000. 527 74th St., Holmes Beach. Call
863-860-6085 or 941-779-0201.
garage. Over 3,000 sf. Chef-size kitchen with cooking
island, breakfast bar opens to family room, living room,
huge master bedroom with his and her walk-in closets,
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28 MAUG. 26, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


Madelyn Rogers finds her desk at the Par-
ent-Teacher Organization Back-to-School
Night Aug. 20 at Anna Maria Elementary.

Above, AME-PTO president Monica
Simpson, seated, collects money for
back-to-school supplies, and, left,
kindergartner Seth Radeback and sister,
Sofia, enjoy Back-to-School Night.

AME-PTO heads back to school, too

Members of the Parent-Teacher Organization
were busy over the summer planning a new year.
President Monica Simpson said this year's PTO
will focus on involving students and increasing parent
"Some parents can't give enough time this year
because of the economy.... We want to reach out
and let parents know any little bit of time counts,"

By Kimberly Kuizon
Islander Reporter
Some kids may get nervous the first day of
school, but for one first-time student the first day of
school was an experience he has been waiting for.
Thomas Heckler, 5, was just one of many stu-
dents who entered kindergarten Aug 24.
"I'm not nervous at all. I'm really, really, really
happy and I bet it will be really, really good," Thomas
said, just days before the start of school.
Thomas isn't a stranger to Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School. He has an older brother, Jack, and a
sister, Griffin, who both attend AME.
"The staff of AME have always made Thomas feel
at home," said his mom, Erin. "They all know who he
is and have been asking for a while, 'When is Thomas
coming to school?' That day has finally come."
The sight of Thomas playing with Legos in Mau-
reen Loveland's class brought back memories of not
too long ago for his mom. "It's unbelievable to me.

Back to school, with a hug
Thomas Heckler hugs his AME kindergarten
teacher, Maureen Loveland.

Simpson said. The PTO has about 20 committees that
parents can join.
"We want to get everyone involved.... We want
them to understand the PTO is not an exclusive club,"
she said.
Students can expect one noticeable change this
year. The PTO has decided to do away with the fall
sales fundraiser. Instead, Simpson said, the PTO will

I first brought him into Melanie Moran's class and
she would bring the Legos out special for Thomas to
play with. It's ironic now he's playing with the Legos
in his own classroom," Erin said.
Thomas was already practicing for school before
the first bell rang Aug. 24. He practiced lining up
for the bus stop, saying, "Hi my bus stop," and, "Hi
my school," whenever he would pass the stop or the
This year is the only year both Thomas and

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I ec-e plays with
Legos in his
.Anna Maria
School kin-
with brother
Jack, sister
Griffin and
momn Erin

brother and sister will go to AME.
"I'm excited for them all. He's so excited to be
with his brother and sister that it makes all his appre-
hension disappear," Erin said.
As for his teacher, Thomas said, "I thought she
was nice, and her classroom was much different in
a good way."

S h@.I

Kimberly Kuizon

put more effort into the fall festival.
"We are constantly asking people for money....
Because of the economy this year, we want to break
it up," Simpson said.
Another change is the make up of the PTO board.
For the first time in many years, two teachers are on
the board, as well as three moms. "This makes it a true
parent-teacher involved organization," Simpson said.
To reach Simpson, e-mail greenplanner@hot-
AME calendar
Sept. 1, 8:45 a.m., volunteer reception.
Sept. 14, 3:15 p.m., School Advisory Commit-
tee meeting with board nominations in the media
Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization
family dinner.
Sept. 22 to Sept. 29, Art to Remember.
Sept. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Girl Scout information
night in the cafeteria.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes

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