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VOLUME 18. NO. 46
SEPT. 22. 2010
Historic Anna Maria recall vote certified
By Rick Catlin
The first ever recall election in Manatee
County history ended at 9:28 a.m. Sept. 20,
when the Anna Maria canvassing board cer-
tified the Sept. 7 vote to recall Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus from office 362-331.
Certification came following a Sept. 16
order from Florida's 2nd District Court of
Appeal that lifted a stay of the certification
by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court.
Gene Aubry, who ran against Stoltzfus
in the recall election to fill the remaining
14 months of Stoltzfus' term, will be sworn
in as a commissioner at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 22, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Aubry received 363 votes to Stoltzfus'
333 votes in the election for commissioner,
which was on the same ballot as the recall
Prior to the DCA decision, Anna Maria
city clerk and canvassing board chair Alice
Baird said she had planned to certify the elec-
tion Sept. 20 to be in compliance with state
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter ASH
Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES mem- '
bers, faced with funding questions, are
working to prevent the city's doggie do-do
program from going bye-bye.
City commissioners said last week that
funding for the program, which launched
last year with a grant from the Sarasota Bay -
Estuary Program, is not in the city's newly
adopted budget for 2010-11.
There also is some question about how
much the program will cost the city esti-
mates range from $500 per year to $500 per
quarter for the purchase of biodegradable
The city's ScenicWAVES Partnership A pet-waste station in Bradenton Beach.
PLEASE SEE PET WASTE, PAGE 3 Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
left, 1h,. rry
city clerk Alice
at Anna Maria
City Hall Sept.
20 to sign and
Sept. 7 recall
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she
was relieved that the recall issue was over.
"This was the democratic process," she
said. "Now, the city can get back to doing its
PLEASE SEE RECALL, NEXT PAGE
Far left: Sofia
. Mongillo pre-
pares to dance
during a fiesta
Sept. 18 at the
nity Center in
Anna Maria. Left:
A player on Team
SDojo moves the
ball against Team
Sandbar in Spirit
Day action at the
d t. T Photos: Lisa Neff
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Environmental Health
Services officials last week removed the water
advisories warning swimmers for the south
side of the Palma Sola Causeway and at Bay-
front Park in Anna Maria about the high bac-
teria levels found in those waters.
EHS director Tom Larkin said marine
water bacterial level indicators at both loca-
tions had dropped below the maximum
allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protec-
A similar advisory for the north end of
Coquina Beach was lifted three weeks ago.
Larkin said tests were performed twice
at each location to ensure the bacteria levels
PLEASE SEE WATER, PAGE 3
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RECALL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
But the DCA also gave
M A Stoltzfus 20 days to respond to its
City attorney Jim Dye said it
would be a "fi'\y area" if Aubry
were sworn in to fill the remainder
Barford of Stoltzfus' term and makes deci-
sions, then Stoltzfus files his show cause motion and
the DCA orders he be returned as commissioner.
Dye said he did not know why the DCA did not
explain its decision in its order, but said the city was
now "free to certify the election."
In his opinion, certification is the final step in the
Efforts to reach Stoltzfus' attorney, Richard Har-
rison, were unsuccessful.
A week of motions
A flurry of motions and court orders last week
ended when the DCA issued its order late on the after-
noon of Sept. 16.
The week began when the DCA ordered Sept.
13 that the recall ballots be counted and the results
announced to the public. The votes had been sealed
under a court order by Circuit Court Judge Edward
Nicholas, who also ordered that certification be with-
At 4:30 p.m., the Anna Maria canvas board chair
Alice Baird announced at the elections office that 362
votes were cast for the recall of Stoltzfus, with 331
against. The voting for commissioner was 363 votes
for Aubry and 333 for Stoltzfus.
But the results were not certified as Nicholas at a
Sept. 3 hearing had ordered certification withheld until
Sept. 24, unless the 2nd DCA ordered differently.
However, attorney Andrea Flynn Mogensen of
Citizens for Sunshine Inc., found another flaw in
Florida election law requires an election be cer-
tified by the 12th day following an election or the
results become moot, she said.
Mogensen filed an emergency appeal with the
DCA Sept. 14 requesting the court "grant relief" and
Otherwise, she wrote, any certification after Sept.
20, including Nicholas' Sept. 24 deadline, would be
invalid. Mogensen asked the court to immediately
grant an order to certify the election.
The recall committee and the city filed responses
asking the election be certified. And the city also
asked and was granted a request to substitute the city
for Baird, the named defendant by Stoltzfus.
The DCA apparently recognized the time issue
and ordered Stoltzfus and his attorney to respond by
3 p.m. Sept. 15.
Stoltzfus and Harrison filed a response that essen-
tially claimed the recall petition and election were
illegal and in conflict with a Florida Supreme Court
decision in 1998 known as the Garvin case. Harrison
Overlooking Tampa Bay and The Gulf of Mexico
Gene Aubry will
for his artwork,
such as this one
last year at the
Studio at Gulf and
Pine, for a meet-
ing schedule after
he takes the oath
of office Wednes-
day morning for
his newly elected
post on the Anna
e FMaria City Conm-
Photo: Bonner Joy
also argued that to certify the election prior to a deci-
sion on the appeal would harm Stoltzfus.
But Mogensen noted that Florida revised its elec-
tion laws and certification procedures following the
2000 presidential election and the Garvin case no
On Sept. 16, just 24 hours after receiving Stoltz-
fus' reply, the DCA issued its order lifting the certifi-
cation stay and gave Stoltzfus 20 days to show cause
why the appeal already filed by Stoltzfus should not
Late on the afternoon of Sept. 17, Harrison was
apparently seeking an emergency hearing before
the Florida Supreme Court to stay the certification,
according to an attorney involved in the case.
For background on the recall process or to view
the 2ndDCA court order, visit www.islander.org and
click on this story's link to "full story" on the main
PET WASTE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Committee has promoted the use of the pet-waste
eradication program, which involves stocking 11
stations on the city's bayfront with bags to help dog-
walkers to clean up after their pups.
The city received a $2,000 grant from the Sara-
sota Bay Estuary Program to launch the program last
spring. The money went toward the purchase of the
doggie bag dispensers, as well as a supply of biode-
gradable bags made with cornstarch.
But in the new fiscal budget, the commission
eliminated the department that administered the pet-
waste program the project/program management
department and funding for the department proj-
So the new budget likely doesn't provide for the
continued purchase of pet-waste bags, which could
cost the city as much as $2,000 a year, said Commis-
sioner Janie Robertson.
However, ScenicWAVES chair Pat Gentry said a
year's supply should cost the city about $500 and that
grants might be available possibly from the local
estuary programs or anti-litter organizations to
operate the program.
"There are other resources," said Gentry. "We
can't just say we're not going to buy anymore."
Pet waste is a major cause of non-point source
pollution, according to the U.S. Environmental Pro-
The EPA warns that many pathogens found in
animal waste can infect humans, including some
organisms that can cause skin infections or chest
pains. E. coli has been the source of disease outbreaks
in the United States.
The EPA also warns of stormwater carrying waste
into water bodies, threatening marine life and water
Gentry estimated that more than 250 pounds of
pet waste is collected each year under the eradication
"If you made a pile of dog crap 250 pounds
worth it'd be pretty significant," she said.
WATER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"comply with those recommended by the EPA."
The waters at all 10 testing sites in Manatee
County are tested weekly for bacteria levels that
could cause harm to swimmers.
Generally, enteric bacteria levels rise because of
several factors, Larkin said, including human and animal
waste and stormwater runoff that brings fertilizer and
other waste products used on land into the waters.
The presence of high levels of bacteria in waters
pose a risk to swimmers and people susceptible to
disease, he said. Skin rashes and itching are not
uncommon when bathing in waters with high bac-
teria levels, and the risk of infection also increases,
Bacteria levels often increase after heavy rainfall
due to stormwater runoff, but pinpointing a specific
reason for the increase in enteric bacteria is "beyond
the reach of our testing equipment," he said.
The federal government has the type of test
equipment that can accurately determine where the
bacteria came from, but such tests are expensive and
lengthy, he explained.
Larkin said horses in the water on the north side
of the Palma Sola Causeway are not the cause of any
rise in bacteria levels.
However, many people allow their dogs to play
in the water on both sides of the causeway. They are
supposed to clean up after their dogs, but many people
don't, he suggested.
Water quality test-
Sing is funded by both fed-
S, ": eral and state funds.
Signs such as this one
were removed last week
after tests determined
the waters at Palma Sola
Bay and Bayfront Park
are again safe for swim-
9 mers. Islander Photo:
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Anna Maria City
Sept. 21, 6 p.m., budget hearing.
Sept. 23, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 27, 3 p.m., pier centennial committee
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Oct. 7, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Oct. 7, 1:30 p.m., website meeting.
Oct. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting and
Oct. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
Oct. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Oct. 21, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m., Manatee-Sarasota MPO
meeting, USF Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami
Oct. 4, voter registration deadline, votemanatee.
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Monetti seeks meeting, BP funds for AMI
By Nick Walter
Holmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti is
hoping he can help bring some extra BP Deepwater
Horizon oil spill money to the Island.
"I think there will be money to be had on Anna
Maria Island," Monetti said.
Monetti said the law firm involved in distributing
$20 billion in oil crisis money to the southeast has
committed to a commission meeting at 10 a.m., Tues-
day, Oct. 5, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive. Monetti said attorneys and commissioners will
discuss how the money will be distributed to areas
such as the Island, which has not had oil reach its
beaches, but has suffered impacts of the oil spill.
At a Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
state board meeting Sept. 14 in Orlando, Monetti, an
FRLA board member, said he told the attorneys suing
BP for money that he would like to hold a meeting
somewhere on, or near, the Island.
Monetti said he pushed to get
the meeting held at the 100-seat
Holmes Beach city chambers.
Monetti said he was surprised
4 Kenneth R. Feinberg, the man
tapped by the federal government to
Monetti figure out how to disperse some $20
billion in BP relief funds, made an
appearance during a 10-minute break. "That was big,"
Monetti said. "This was the go-to guy."
Monetti said Feinberg initially only thought it
appropriate to disperse the money to areas in which
oil had reached beaches. But Monetti said Feinberg
retracted that idea after considering overall effects
the oil spill might have on areas such as the Island,
which has not seen oil on its beaches.
Monetti is general manager at the Columbia
Restaurant on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. He
said that position, coupled with being a city com-
missioner on a Gulf coast island, made some BP
attorneys interested in working with him to set up a
meeting regarding the dispersing of BP relief money
throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.
The attorneys are from the law firm of Levin-
Proctor, based out of Pensacola. Monetti said the
firm claimed it has won more than 70 $1 million
"I told (Papantonio),' On our Island we have 900
single-family units and vacation rentals owned by
800 different people,'" Monetti said at a commission
Sept. 14 Holmes Beach City Commission meeting at
"They said they'd love to (have a meeting here),"
Monetti said. "I'm definitely going to work with them
and be right on top of it. I'm very interested in going
forward with this for our community."
Summer tourism finishes slightly higher
By Rick Catlin
Occupancy of Island accommodations rose 3.3
percent in August 2010 compared with the same
month last year, according to statistics released by the
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
But the increase in Island occupancy was offset
for the Bradenton area by a 16.7 percent decline
in occupancy of mainland accommodations. The
BACVB reported occupancy in that accommodation
category at 38.9 percent for August 2010, against a
46.7 percent occupancy rate for August 2009.
Overall occupancy of accommodation units in the
BACVB area was reported at 44.5 percent for August
2010. That was a drop of 4.1 percent from the 46.4
percent level in August 2009.
At the same time, the average daily rate of an
Island accommodation continued to decline. The
ADR for August 2010 was $114.89 compared with
$123.35 in August 2009, and $125.30 for the same
month in 2008.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said visitors in August were
primarily from Florida and southeastern states.
"This was a time when Florida families head
to the beach, and it was a very good August," she
August tourism dropped significantly in 2001
after the Florida Legislature mandated all public
schools had to finish the first semester by the Christ-
mas holiday period.
That forced schools to open as early as the first
week of August and prompted many Florida families
to cancel summer vacation plans at the beach, includ-
ing on Anna Maria Island.
Occupancy of Island accommodations fell to as
low as 36 percent in 2003.
But Florida tourism officials lobbied the Legis-
lature to change the law and beginning in 2007, the
opening of public schools was delayed two weeks.
In August 2007, the first year after the Legisla-
ture moved the school starting date back, occupancy
of Island accommodations rose from 40.2 percent to
50.7 percent, a 26.1 percent climb.
Longboat Key trolley stays on track
By Nick Walter
The Longboat Key Trolley has survived a pos-
sible budget cut to stay on track in Manatee and
At a Sept. 16 Manatee County budget hearing,
county administrator Ed Hunzeker announced a
proposal that will keep the trolley service running
through Dec. 31 but requiring a budget amendment
He said the transit department must come up
with alternative funding, which will be addressed
at the county's Sept. 28 meeting.
Many of Longboat Key's town officials attended
the county's Sept. 14 meeting as the county con-
sidered eliminating the two-year-old transit service
because commissioners decided the trolley did not
produce adequate ridership compared to how much
revenue it brought in.
"People are just starting to depend on the ser-
vice," Longboat Key Vice Mayor Jim Brown said
at the meeting.
Manatee County Commission Chair Donna
Hayes said she was most concerned with meeting
the 2010-11 fiscal budget, which begins Oct. 1.
"We don't ever want to reduce service in the
area," she said. "But we have a budget we need to
The commission wanted to save $146,000, or
one-third of the trolley's operational cost. Sarasota
County covers the remainder of the cost.
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore said
Longboat Key should consider having business
contribute money to the trolley, citing how the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce chips in by
selling advertising on its trolleys.
Brown pointed out that Longboat Key "contrib-
utes fairly heavily in taxes to Manatee County."
To which Hayes said, "The Lakewood Ranch
area contributes 12 percent of taxes," and later,
"Lakewood Ranch has 12,000 people employed
and 30,000 residents, and it doesn't have a transit.
There's a big need here and, by the way, in Lake-
wood Ranch they live here year-round."
BB budget gets final commission OK
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners focused on
numbers Sept. 14 several types of numbers.
The commission, with Janet Vosburgh absent,
unanimously adopted a resolution setting the tax rate
at 2.1539 mils, the same rate used to help fund the
2009-10 budget and the 2008-09 budget.
The commission unanimously adopted a resolu-
tion to set the 2010-11 budget at $2,667,114.40, that's
compared with $2,847,301 for 2009-10.
The commission unanimously passed an ordi-
nance to enact the $2.66 million spending plan for
2010-11, a fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
And, the commissioners noted, they did all that
in 8 minutes, setting a new meeting record for the
The first 2010-11 budget hearing, held Sept. 7,
lasted 13 minutes, but that's because Mayor Bob Bar-
telt had to read the entire budget ordinance, a proce-
dure not necessary at the second and final meeting.
He only was required to read the ordinance title,
shaving off minutes to set the record.
While the final budget meeting went quickly,
commissioners stressed that the budget-drafting pro-
cess was lengthier than in recent years.
Commissioner Janie Robertson, after the adop-
tion of the 2009-10 budget last September, had urged
a more intensive review of city finances before reach-
ing the final votes this month.
So, commissioners held numerous meetings with
city clerk Nora Idso and other city staff to discuss
general finances and budget details.
Last week, Robertson said the new process
resulted in improvements, and she'll ask for even
more review in the 2011-12 budget, especially a
heightened focus on capital improvements.
The new budget eliminated the city's project/
program management department, which had been
funded at $115,394. The new budget also eliminated
a management position in public works, as well as
decreased allocations for fuel costs, employee over-
time, professional fees and attorney services.
Added to the budget is a 5 percent pay increase
for city staff. Bartelt said staff hasn't received a raise
in three years.
The overall proposed budget does not call for
spending any of the city's reserves, which was
required this fiscal year.
The tax rate, 2.1539 mils per $1,000 of assessed
property value, is the same rate used in financing the
2009-10 and 2008-09 budgets.
The adopted millage rate is 13.39 percent less than
the roll-back rate, which, according to the Manatee
County Property Assessor's Office is 2.4868 mils.
Florida's Ti uth iii N lillig or TRIM law defines the
roll-back rate as the millage rate, which, when multi-
plied times the tax base exclusive of new construction
added to the tax roll would yield the same amount of
revenue for the taxing authority as was yielded by the
millage rate levied in the previous year.
Applying the 2.1539 millage rate, the Braden-
ton Beach tax on a $300,000 home, without taking
exemptions into account, would be $646.
Two residents commission candidate Michael
Harrington and Manatee County Commissioner John
Chappie attended the Sept. 14 budget meeting,
along with two reporters. There was no public com-
The budget year is from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30; the
tax year is from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
After sending off the city's adopted budget and
related paperwork to the Florida Revenue Department
for review, Idso said her office will begin a new pro-
cess working on the 2009-10 audit.
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Robinson escorted from fire district meeting
By Nick Walter
Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson has
been a mainstay at West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Commission meetings the past few months, consis-
tently blasting WMFR for alleged wasteful spend-
On Sept. 16, a Holmes
Beach Police Department offi-
cer escorted Robinson out of the
meeting after WMFR Commission
Chairman John Rigney told Rob-
inson he violated his 3 minutes of
Robinson WMFR Chief Andy Price
said the reason Robinson was
escorted out was because "he
ignored the 3-minute rule and got
louder, and kept going."
Robinson read from a letter
at the meeting, saying he was
insulted that he did not receive
Price an invitation to WMFR's Sept. 8
stakeholder's meeting. Robinson
said because of that, and his limited opportunities
to speak at WMFR meetings, he was submitting the
letter as a formal complaint against the fire district
for violations of his constitutional right to free speech
and assembly with other citizens and taxpayers.
Price would not comment about the letter, but
said the WMFR commissioners will investigate the
complaint. "If anybody makes a complaint we're not
just going to pass it off," Price said.
Price also issued a seven-page memorandum in
response to a 12-page letter Robinson previously sub-
mitted that also alleged wasteful spending.
Price said Robinson's numbers were inaccurate
and that he repeatedly made false statements. Price
wrote that Robinson's statement about the firefighters'
out-of-control retirement program are "blameless and
misleading. When making comments about actuarial
data you should have a reasonable understanding of
what the data means."
Price also rebutted Robinson's statement that his
job requires no formal education, such as a college
\ly position has required a college degree since I
was appointed fire chief in 1992," Price wrote. "Chief
officers have been required to have a college degree
since 1997, and all officers since 2001. (Robinson)
was provided the education requirements in April and
has been present at board meetings when the college
degree requirements have been discussed."
Price said Robinson's accusations have under-
Michael Selby resigned his position as an alter-
nate member of the Anna Maria Code Enforcement
Selby, a candidate for mayor in the Nov. 2 elec-
tion, wrote code enforcement officer Gerry Rath-
von that he would not serve his last year on the
"I have no relationship with anyone from PAR
and I'm not from Temple Terrace and, therefore, if
something came before me, my vote would prob-
ably be inconsistent with the vision the mayor has
for the city," Selby wrote in his resignation letter,
referring to Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and
Mayor Fran Barford.
Mayor Fran Barford appointed Selby to a three-
year term as an alternate to the board in 2008.
Selby's letter criticizing the mayor and PAR
mined the morale of firefighters.
"It has had a negative effect on our department,"
Price said. "It's one thing when you hear lies, and
when firefighters read the letter Robinson wrote,
even if it isn't true, they take it personally. They feel
like, 'Why is he attacking us? We haven't done any-
Finally at the meeting, Price announced a 6 p.m.,
Oct. 11 workshop at Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Price said he will present a draft of a strategic
plan to commissioners. Much of the plan, such as the
strengths and weaknesses of the department, was col-
lected from surveys filled out by citizens at WMFR's
comes on the heels of the loss of the election
ousting Harry Stoltzfus, whom Selby supported.
And it appears to contrast his offer to "bridge the
gap" in the upcoming Nov. 2 election.
According to code enforcement board minutes,
Selby replaced a member at the board's meeting
He voted to give Reginald and Sherry Flagg
of South Bay Boulevard additional time to obtain
turtle friendly lighting, and voted to allow Pedro
Fernandez of Harden Boulevard 30 days to
obtain a building permit for work at his house.
Both votes were unanimous by the board.
Rathvon said that since Selby was appointed,
she contacted him on a few other occasions to
be a replacement at a board meeting, but he was
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Keep your ticket stubs
By the time you read this newspaper, the election
to recall Harry Stoltzfus from the office of commis-
sioner of Anna Maria will be over and done. Legal.
And by Wednesday morning, Sept. 22, a new
commissioner, Gene Aubry, will have taken the oath
to serve the city of Anna Maria.
The recall election will go into the history books
for the city and county as a first, and a rare occa-
sion for the state and the law books. In fact, it's rare
enough that the limited case law on recall elections
was outdated by newer election laws.
Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeal order to
certify the election leaves little room for doubt, and
finalizes the election process. It does, however, offer
Stoltzfus until Oct. 6 to show the court why his appeal
should not be dismissed as moot.
Will Stoltzfus appeal higher, to the Florida
Maybe. Likely, given his past actions. But it's just
as likely he could admit his fight to retain his seat has
come to an end and allow the city to move on.
What we do know is that the process has been
We have Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford to
thank for recognizing the roll of this newspaper in
promoting open records, the Sunshine Law and fair
reporting, but more so for her appreciation of the part
the Sunshine Law has played in this recall process.
We place a strong value on your right to know,
your right to transparency in government, open meet-
ings and open records. And we place great worth on
those officials who appreciate the value of open gov-
ernment, the consequences of the alternative and the
great public trust that is given them.
Were it not for the diligence of the Citizens for
Sunshine, a nonprofit group working for transpar-
ency in government, intervening and working for
your right to know the results of the recall election,
and the right of the voters to see the election certified
and finalized, this chapter in Anna Maria's history
might have a different ending.
If it sounds like the finale is near, listen carefully
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I have had a private health practice in Bradenton
Beach for three years. I am a member of the Braden-
ton Beach mooring field committee, and I am also the
owner of the boat with the cats mentioned an article
in the Sept. 8 Islander about the mooring field.
I am a full-time cruiser, and I have lived aboard
boats for much of my adult life. I have logged well
over 10,000 sea miles. My cats have lived aboard
vessels much of their lives. I would like to clarify a mis-
perception held by some that "live aboard" are riff-raff,
low lifes, societal dregs, etc. or animal abusers.
Most folks in this community are just like every-
one else. They work or are retired, or more and more
often work, save, cruise, work, save, cruise in order
to enjoy the freedom and adventure of a unique and
There is, however, another group who has found
that living on a boat, while having its share of chal-
lenges, is a perfectly viable and affordable way to
live. These folks do not "cruise" or use their vessels
to travel or for recreation. Most of these people also
work or are retired. Yes, regrettably, there are a few
who are not the most upright citizens.
The captions accompanying the photographs in
the Sept. 8 article have a particular flavor I find a dis-
tasteful. It is subtle, but I detect a distinct "manufac-
turing of opinion" in the tone of the words. Perhaps
the dog photographed is waiting for his/her owner. He
may also be challenging intruders and defending his
territory (he looks vicious). "A dog waits... (dramatic
pause)... alone." "A cat waits... alone." The implica-
tion is that people living on boats couldn't possibly
properly care for pets.
In my years of cruising, I have encountered
countless cruisers with pets of every sort. I don't
recall seeing any situations that I felt were abusive
or warranted a call to the animal authorities. I do
recognize that not everyone is familiar with our com-
munity and so might have a concern for a situation
which could look a little alien to them. I have no
problem with that or with the authorities whose duty
it is to respond to citizen concerns.
I do, however, have a slight problem with yellow jour-
nalism and these captions seem just a little jaundiced.
People often fear or misunderstand the unfamiliar.
Bad apples spoil whole barrels of perfectly good apples.
People judge books by their covers. I have a notion that
if my or my neighbor's boats were bigger and/or shinier
that no one would ever think twice about cats or other
pets on a boat. That is just human nature, I suppose, but
it doesn't help when newspapers manufacture opinion
through cheesy emotional manipulation.
In conclusion, I would like to take this opportu-
nity to assure one and all that my little family is well
cared for and loved greatly just like your pets.
W.W. Waldrope, Bradenton Beach
As usual, I disagree with Manatee County Com-
missioner Carol Whitmore. Lifeguards are anyone
willing to protect or save our lives. In this case, one
who is in trouble in the water.
Some people take lessons in how best to assist a
person to shore or a floating or stationary structure.
These lessons include First Aid training.
When in high school, I took these classes and
passed. I received my certificate. In the eyes of the
American Red Cross, I, a 69 pound girl, was capable
of saving a person man, woman or child, in good
health or bad, weighing 1-200-plus pounds who
was in need, when in the water, rough or calm.
I feel sure that what Holmes Beach City Commis-
sioner Al Robinson would like someone to staff the
lifeguard platform to keep an eye on the swimmers.
If someone is in distress, the observer can come to
his or her assistance or alert others to the problem.
When you have a public beach advertised as so,
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the station should be staffed until the swimmers are
no longer visible.
Billie Martini, Holmes Beach
As a regular rider of the Longboat Key trolley,
I would like to express my dismay at plans being
considered for reduction or elimination of service.
I understand the need for savings, but am con-
cerned about what is being proposed. I am a resident
of Longboat Key and have been riding the trolley
regularly since I have been unable to drive. I have
constantly bragged about the wonderful service and
the fact that I can maintain my independence because
the trolley exists making it possible to live on Long-
boat Key and remain connected to Bradenton, Sara-
sota and Anna Maria.
As I understand it, the proposal under discussion
at present centers on eliminating the service from
Coquina Beach to the Hilton (or possibly to Bay
Isles). This would be disaster for workers who need
to reach the Sarasota portion of Longboat Key, St.
Armands Circle and locations in Sarasota.
It would be equally disastrous for those of us who
live on Longboat Key and are unable to drive. The
trolley enables us to reach doctor's offices, banks,
libraries, Publix, CVS, volunteer venues.
It provides independence and a way of life that
is not possible in many communities.
I am sure that the idea of cutting service by elimi-
nating the last one or two late night runs has been
considered, and I would like to point out that I have
been the lone passenger of these runs whenever I
have taken them.
Also I would like to suggest that the time between
trolleys could be changed to 60 minutes.
When you review options, I would appreciate it
if you would consider the serious consequences if
the trolley is discontinued or service curtailed on the
Manatee section of Longboat Key.
Freda Perrotta, Longboat Key
The votes have been counted and, thanks to all
of you, the positive has prevailed.
I'm proud and you can be, too, of the clean
campaign we ran with nothing negative written or
spoken to or about anyone. Honesty and accuracy
combined with your hard work enabled us to come
out with a successful result. We hope our conduct will
help set the tone for future politics in the city.
It is obvious that everyone gave this effort his
or her all and I can't thank you enough. It was a
great team effort and I believe, in the end, it's that
same team effort that will greatly benefit our city. I'm
looking forward to the next year, doing what I said
I would do, which is fostering a calming effect and
keeping an open mind.
We still have some legal hurdles ahead of us, but
we hope we will soon reach the end of them success-
fully and move ahead with the business of getting the
city back in good shape. The voters have spoken and I
will always do whatever is in my power to give them
what they have asked me for and represent all of the
people as equally and fairly as possible.
Janet and I are sitting in our cabin in front of the
fire, just starting to come out of the daze this whole
experience has put us in. We don't have a complete
list of everyone who helped, so if you see someone
who should be on the list, please, pass along this letter
to them with my deep and sincere thanks.
All my best.
Gene Aubry, Anna Maria
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In the Sept. 20, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Hurricane Gordon gave Anna Maria Island a
glancing blow as it headed north toward landfall
near Cedar Key, but the storm brought wind gusts
to the Island of 68 mph. The storm surge of 5 to
7 feet brought flooding to many areas of Braden-
ton Beach, but only minor flooding was reported
in other areas. The beach areas of Holmes Beach
suffered erosion, according to city superintendent
of public works Joe Duennes.
A man robbed the Circle K, 2513 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach, of $54, the first armed robbery in
the city in 14 years, Police Chief Sam Speciale said.
The man entered the store about 11:30 p.m., pulled a
small-caliber handgun and demanded the clerk hand
over all the money in the cash register. Police arrived
within two minutes of the incident, but were unable
to locate the suspect.
Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer
Gerry Rathvon resigned her position after three years
with the city, but gave no reason for her departure.
Mayor Gail Cole called her decision a surprise and
immediately began a search for a replacement.
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HB budget gets nod at first public hearing
By Nick Walter
Holmes Beach commissioners at their Sept. 14
meeting gave a nod of approval to the city's 2010-11
budget on their first reading.
The spending and revenue guide for the city has
no tax increase and includes a 9.64 percent reduction
in tax revenue to the city.
The final hearing on the budget will be at 6:30
p.m. Sept. 28, Tuesday, prior to the city's regular
meeting at 7 p.m.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said for third con-
Whitmore winning fundraiser race
By Lisa Neff
Democratic challenger Sundae Lynn Knight is
reporting less than $3,000 in donations while Repub-
lican incumbent Carol Whitmore has raised more
than $75,000 in contributions.
The two candidates are facing each other in
the Nov. 2 race for an at-large seat on the Manatee
County Board of Commissioners.
Knight's campaign finance reports, filed with the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office, show
as of Sept. 17 a few small loans from the candidate
to her campaign, as well as some in-kind contribu-
The reports also show a series of contributions
- $250 or less from individuals and a few orga-
nizations, such as the AFL-CIO. No donors listing
Island residences showed up on the financial disclo-
Knight's expenses totaling about $1,000 -
have mostly been for postage, printing, mailers, signs
and election fees.
Financial papers for Whitmore, who lives in
Holmes Beach and was that city's mayor, show con-
tributions of $75,635 and expenses of $46,570.77.
Like Knight, some of Whitmore's contributions
include candidate loans to the campaign, but mostly
they are donations of $500 or less from individuals
Island donors to Whitmore's campaign include
Hurricane Hanks, Charles Stealey, Miriam Goolsby,
Pierrette Kelly, Arthur Valadie, LaPensee Plumbing,
Scott Moore, Christine Rudacille, Anna Maria Island
Resorts, Marsh Bloom, Gary Hickerson, Janice Oaks,
Edward Upshaw, Paul Kelly, Hughes Rice, Ross Built,
Air & EnI i \, Darcie Duncan, Denise Johnson, Law-
rence Chatt, Alan Galletto, Frank Davis, Harrington
House, Bark and Company Realty, Barry Gould,
Jason Sato, Tina Rudek, John Cagnina, Rex Hagen,
George Jackson, WELD Inc., An Island Place Realty,
Janet Aubry, Kimball Construction, Mike Sales, Sissy
Quinn, Sandy Mattick, Anna Maria Mayor Fran Bar-
ford, Michael Coleman and County Commissioner
Whitmore, as of Sept. 16, reported several PAC
donations, including contributions from Beall's, Inno-
vate Florida, Floridians for a Sustainable Economy
and the Greater Florida Leadership Group.
On the expense side, most of Whitmore's cam-
paign costs have been for printing, postage, consult-
ing and for food and beverages at fundraisers.
secutive year city employees will not receive a pay
The city proposes total revenue and spending of
$8,413,450, up from $7,865,490 last year.
The city proposed to forgo the rollback rate of
1.9369 mils. The rollback rate is the millage rate
needed to generate the same tax dollars as fiscal year
Instead, the city decided to propose a millage
for the next budget year at 1.75 mils, a 9.64 percent
decrease from the current 1.7549 millage rate. That
9.64 percent reduction results in a $224,621 decrease
from last year in local tax dollars to the city.
Holmes Beach resident Andy Sheridan, who ran
unsuccessfully for city commission last year, was the
only citizen to speak at the hearing.
"I don't have any negative comments about the
budget this year," Sheridan said. "Since I was one of
the main people who were complaining about several
line items on the budget last year I wanted to come
forward and say, 'Job well done and keep up the good
If the city levies the proposed 1.75 millage rate,
the local tax on a $300,000 home, without taking any
exemptions into account, would be $525. A mil is $1
for every $1,000 of assessed value of property.
HB budget by the numbers
Millage: 1.7549 mils
Ad valorem taxes: $2,269,600
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Cottage may be demolished in favor of parking
By Lisa Neff
The board tasked with overseeing projects in Bra-
denton Beach's downtown district last week backed
tearing down a city-owned cottage to expand public
The Monroe Cottage, built circa 1950 and used
most recently for the now defunct city project/pro-
gram management department, is on property just
south of a public parking lot and the city public works
Earlier this year, the Bradenton Beach Commu-
nity Redevelopment Agency committee began look-
ing at ways to expand use of the parking lot, which
is between Church and Highland avenues.
Matt Morris of the Bradenton firm LTA Engineers
appeared before the CRA committee Sept. 14 to pres-
ent several ideas. The firm is under contract with the
city to work on the project.
Two of four concepts were immediately dis-
missed by the committee, which is made up of the
city commission and the mayor and business rep-
resentative Ed Chiles, who was absent. Those two
concepts involved changes or the elimination of the
small Lou Barola Park across the street from the park-
ing lot. The committee learned last week that such
actions would require a referendum under the city
"I'm glad we have to keep the park," said Com-
missioner Gay Breuler. "In the course of time, we
need to maintain some green areas."
One of the remaining options, exhibit one from
LTA, involves reconfiguring the existing parking area
with a row of angled parking spaces, as well as added
spaces adjacent to the park and on Church and High-
land avenues. The preliminary plan shows a total of
38 public spaces, as well as city spaces.
The other option, the one the committee favored,
is labeled exhibit three and involves the changes pro-
posed in exhibit one, as well as the demolition of the
Monroe Cottage and a shed and garage at the site at
304 Church Ave.
The plan shows a total of 47 public parking
spaces, as well as city staff spaces would be possible
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access requirements under the U.S. Americans with
Eventually, city officials agreed that renovation
was too expensive and that there was no good use
for the structure. There had been some discussion
about it becoming a welcome center, but there was
consensus on the CRA committee earlier this year
that the cottage is not close enough to Bridge Street
to serve that purpose.
"From what we' ve already concluded, it's a pretty
messy place," Breuler said. "And not very good for
The Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office
has assessed the value of the land at 304 Church
Ave. at $155,330 and the value of the structures at
City clerk Nora Idso said the property has not
been designated "historic" by the state, and that the
city "can do whatever we like with it."
The added public parking likely would be used
by people who work in the CRA, which consists of
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The CRA district was established about 18 years
ago to revitalize what was deemed a blighted area of
the city. The CRA is a tool to dedicate certain prop-
erty tax dollars for revitalization within the district.
During last week's meeting, resident Bill Shearon
urged the committee to keep in mind the city's regula-
tions as it designs the parking lot.
"I believe that any parking lot and parking plan
should meet the requirements of our land-devel-
opment code," Shearon said, emphasizing surface,
lighting and landscape rules. He said the city should
follow the same rules that exist for commercial enter-
Mayor Bob Bartelt said, "I really don't think any
project in this city is going to be built unless it goes
through the proper permitting process."
The committee wants the surface to be a 250 sand
mixture, which would allow for better drainage, and,
based on a reading of the LDC, would be allowed.
Exhibit one would cost the city about $41,000 in
CRA money, according to Morris. His preliminary
estimate for exhibit three was $55,000.
Bartelt said, "Obviously this isn't all final."
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11 a.m. Einstein Circle Discussion Group meets at the St
at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-3
Thursday, Sept. 23
5 to 7 p.m. Holmes Beach businessman Patrick McCor
launches the sale of his book "Government of Deceit" at TimeSa
convenience store, 5353 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informal
Saturday, Sept. 25
9:30 a.m. REAL Women of Crosspointe Fellowship gathers
Carolyn Overway's presentation on missionary work in Kenya at 8
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
Sunday, Sept. 26
10 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers' registration begins fo
third annual Shiprek Poker Run at Peggy's Corral, 4511 U.S. Highwa
N., Palmetto. Stops include Island locations. Information: 941-720-0
Monday, Sept. 27
11:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf ou
at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Infor
tion: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Sept. 28
4:30 p.m. Inquiring Minds, a cross-denominational study gr
meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Be
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Le
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public.
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Is
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
*Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoe
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Infor
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Luthe
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to var
locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island mee
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
10:30 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild meeting with guest Re
Carguill, soprano artist from Sarasota Opera, at the IMG Country Clu
El Conquistador, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. Informa
Thursday, Sept. 23
7:30 p.m. Opening night of "Sunday in the Park with George
Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Oct. 10. Infor
tion: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Rotary announces October
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at noon Tuesdays at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
The October program lineup includes:
Oct. 5, past club president Jim Dunne
leads a meeting.
Oct. 12, Jerry St. Germain of the Navy
League of the United States speaks.
Oct. 19, Barry Gould of the Rotary
Oct. 26, club president Judy Rup leads
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Shii .. i Rush Dean, an award-
winning acrylics and Braden-
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featured artist for October at
Island Gallery West, which is
Celebrating its 20th Anniver-
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and feature acrylic landscape
paintings. The exhibit will run
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SFriday, Sept. 24
5 to 9 p.m. -Friday Fest on the Bay featuring Big Night Out on the
Van Wezel lawn, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Saturday, Sept. 25
8 a.m. Birding tour of Robinson Preserve with the Manatee
County Audubon Society, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
941-729-2222. Fee applies.
9 to 11 a.m. Sneak peek of Neal Preserve departs by bicycle
udio from Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
359- 941-748-4501 ext. 4605. Reservations required.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children's Summit at the Manatee Convention
Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-749-3030.
nell Sunday, Sept. 26
aver 5:30 to 7p.m. -"Art After Dark" featuring cocktails and live art by
tion: S. Rush Dean, Jamie Friedli, Julie Hanson, Cecy Richardson and Carolyn
Ritter followed by "Sunday in the Park with George" at Manatee Players,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
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8605 Oct. 2, Kids Fair, Crosspointe Fellowship.
Oct. 2, GreenHome Wamalama Green Business Expo, Sarasota
Oct. 4, The History of Cortez lecture, Studio at Gulf and Pine.
r the Oct. 4, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting, Episcopal
y 41 Church of the Annunciation.
426. Oct. 6, Einstein Circle discussion group, Studio at Gulf and Pine.
Oct. 6, Gulf Coast Writers meet, Island Branch Library.
Oct. 7, "Ladies of the Camellias" opens, Island Players.
Oct. 7, "Roguetoberfest," Waterfront Restaurant.
outing Oct. 7, "Antigone Now" performance, South Florida Museum.
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Golf and Country Club.
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Oct. 15-16, Bayfest.
Oct. 16, ArtSlam, downtown Bradenton.
Nov. 6, Snooty's Gala.
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FISH to sponsor
By Nick Walter
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage will
sponsor a new youth sailing program, the Turner
Maritime Challenge Program, and hopes to give
Cortez youngsters a first crack at signing up.
The first in the series of classes, "Seas the
Day," for seventh- and eighth-grade students,
is free and could begin Sept. 27, depending on
Open house for the program and enrollment
was to be Sept. 21, at the Cortez Community
Center, 4523 123rd St. Court W. in Cortez.
FISH hired Jaime Canfield to organize the pro-
gram, which will give children an introduction to
Cortez's maritime heritage, the art of sailing, the
workings of the traditional boat-building shop,
as well as teach students boating safety, how to
paddle a canoe and kayak, row a boat and operate
The program was named for Jay K. Turner,
who bequeathed more than $300,000 from his
Turtles triumph in ArtsHop
Organizers of this year's ArtsHop are calling for
"loggerhead turtle-themed art."
This year's ArtsHop, organized by the Cultural
Connections coalition of cultural groups and a cel-
ebration of Gulf coast arts, will take place Nov. 12-14
at various venues on Anna Maria Island.
One of the ArtsHop events is an exhibit at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. The entry call announced, "Create an original
piece of art inspired by the 1l ', *. i lihd turtles of Anna
Maria Island. All media welcome."
Entries in the exhibit will be auctioned off the last
day of ArtsHop, with the artist and Cultural Connec-
tions to share the funds of sales.
Other ArtsHop events include:
A gallery walk.
One-act play performances at the Island Players
theater in Anna Maria.
An Anna Maria Island Chorus and Orchestra
concert performance of Richard Rodgers and Oscar
A book-signing Carolyne Norwood's "A Tale
of Three Cities" at the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Society in Anna Maria.
An outdoor sock hop at the AMIHS museum
ArtsHop organizers continue to plan for the
To get involved, call Joan Voyles at 941-778-
Inquiring Minds, the cross-denominational study
group, will resume meetings at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Sept. 28, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Biblical studies for the fall season will focus on
the less familiar books of the Old Testament.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com
or call Frank McGrath at 941-778-4579.
Time Saver hosts author
Holmes Beach author Patrick D. McConnell will
launch the sale of his book, "Government of Deceit,"
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Time
Saver convenience store, 5353 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Books will sell for $24.95.
For more information, call 941-778-7845.
estate to FISH to help establish the program.
Turner envisioned a youth maritime pro-
gram that would provide personal growth and self
awareness to its participants by exposing them to
conditions calling upon their inner strengths, self-
reliance, and interdependence.
Canfield, director of the FISH boat building
program, hopes the classes will begin Sept. 27.
"FISH hired me because I've been talking
about running this program for years," Canfield
"We want the Cortez kids to get the priority,"
FISH president Kim McVeigh said. "And eventu-
ally the program will be offered to all kids."
The classes will be after school from 4:30
p.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday outings will last 3-4
Those interested in classes can call Canfield
at 941-792-8200 or 941-704-7782.
FISH holds its board meetings at 7 p.m. on the
first Tuesday of each month at the Cortez Com-
Privateers plan poker run
Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to ride in the
Anna Maria Island Privateers' third annual Shiprek
Poker Run on Sunday, Sept. 26.
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 a.m.
From Peggy's, bikers will travel to Scalawags 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.
Save the Gulf concert planned
A three-day concert in Holmes Beach is being
planned for the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage and other groups tied to the Gulf of Mexico.
Organizers with the Sarasota-based Save the Gulf
group want to hold the concert Nov. 19-21 in the
field north of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
As they plan, they are seeking sponsors at four
levels from $100 to $1,000, as well as vendors.
A concert lineup was not available.
For more information, call organizer Loretta
James at 941-792-9525 or e-mail Loretta@loretta-
Crosspointe plans kids fair
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will hold a kids fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2, on the church grounds.
Plans include music and games, as well as visits
with representatives from West Manatee Fire Rescue
District, Manatee County Emergency Medical Ser-
vices and Holmes Beach Police Department's boating
safety and DARE officers.
The church's calendar also includes a fall festival
Oct. 30 and another kids fair Dec. 4.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
Crosspointe women to meet
Members of the REAL Women of Crosspointe Fel-
lowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a
morning coffee at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
The group will hear about Carolyn Overway's
missionary work in Kenya.
For more information, call 941-778-0719.
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AM eyes new preservation land use
By Rick Catlin
An Anna Maria City Commission public hearing
on a comprehensive plan amendment to alter the lan-
guage of the land-use portion of the plan was continued
from last week to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 after commissioners
agreed to eliminate the conservation land-use category
and replace it with preservation land-use.
The language in the preservation land-use cat-
egory would be similar to the language in the 1989
comp plan, city planner Alan Garrett said.
The city is in a quandary because the 2007 comp
plan created a conservation land-use category that
does not allow any construction or remodeling within
Unfortunately, when the commission approved
that portion of the comp plan, it did so based upon
erroneous information provided to the planning and
zoning board by facilitator and land-use planner Tony
Arrant, who guided the city through the four-year
comp plan revision process.
Arrant told the P&Z at a March 2005 meeting that
he had checked with the property appraiser and there
were no platted lots within the planned conservation
zone. The city owned all the property, he said.
City attorney Jim Dye discovered in 2009 that
Arrant had only checked legal plats, not metes
and bounds. Dye found numerous lots in the zone
accepted by the city under those conditions.
At the public hearing Sept. 16, building official
Bob Welch said that under the current comp plan
language, he cannot issue a building permit to a house
in the conservation land-use area to remodel a house,
repair a roof or fix a porch.
Welch said he found 16 structures within the
CLU area that are single-family homes, while a total
of 169 privately owned parcels are in the CLU.
Many of those 169 parcels, however, are under
water or otherwise unbuildable, Welch said.
The proposed comp-plan amendment also would
AM planners approve PAR project
with city planner Alan Garrett and building official
The analysis summarized the site plan, including
three stipulations: Designated parking for residential
use; enclosed retail trash receptacles; and the mainte-
nance of the two proposed structures, one residential
unit over an office/retail unit in each building, as a
Mattick inquired about sidewalk requirements,
and the discussion centered on postponing sidewalk
construction, which will be provided by the devel-
oper, until a city parking plan is finalized.
The board agreed that a bond would be provided
by the developer to allow the city to install the side-
walk on Pine Avenue required by the land-devel-
opment regulations at its discretion.
It may only be a recommendation to the city com-
mission, but Anna Maria planning and zoning board
members gave unanimous approval to the site plan
for Pine Avenue Restoration LLC's project for 308
Pine Ave. with an added stipulation to bond future
This site plan was new, but it was a second review
for 308 Pine Ave., which was denied a recommenda-
tion in May.
The plan was reviewed with board members by
Lynn Townsend of Lynn Townsend & Associates
LLC, civil engineers and land planners, represent-
ing the developer.
Board member Sandra Mattick, acting as chair
for Randall Stover, who was present but said to be
"under the weather," reviewed the site-plan analysis
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create two new land-use categories: an historic pier
area and a marine-use category.
But two sides on the land-use issue already have
sued the city.
Stephen Walker and the Walker Family Trust
have plans to build within the conservation land-use
area at the beach end of Park based upon information
provided by the city several years ago, which was in
turn based upon Arrant's report.
When the city declined to pass a lot-split within
the CLU requested by the trust, Walker filed a legal
action against the city.
At the same time, Dr. Richard Friday of 104 Park
St. filed a lawsuit against Walker's plans because
the comp plan language states "no construction" is
During the public hearing, attorney Steve Thomp-
son, representing Friday, argued against the amend-
ment, as did planner Jim Pharr.
The three commissioners at the hearing John
Quam, Dale Woodland and Jo Ann Mattick, agreed
to move forward with a comp plan amendment that
would add the preservation land-use area and include
language allowing structures already accepted by the
city within that land-use to be remodeled or rebuilt.
Development of an unused but accepted parcel
in the PLU category would be on a "case-by-case"
basis, Garrett suggested.
Commissioners also asked Garrett to write in the
two new land-use categories in the amendment.
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it must be forwarded to the Florida Department of
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Holmes Beach city commissioners decided at
their Sept. 14 meeting at city hall to deny a request
by the Mainsail Beach Inn to amend its lease pay-
ment for the boat basin from one annual payment to
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said that after Main-
sail requested quarterly payments, it defaulted on
its Aug. 9 annual payment of $12,000 for a roughly
2-foot wide strip of right of way that provides access
to the marina.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said the city's
options would be to demand the $12,000 payment
or tell Mainsail the city is willing to discuss quarterly
payments as long as Mainsail immediately sends a
portion of the payment due.
Commissioner John Monetti said the option of,
'"No, thank you, give us our $12,000,' sounds pretty
good to me."
A majority of commissioners agreed to keep the
portion of the lease that was established in August of
Mainsail partner Joe Collier, in a letter to city
treasurer Rick Ashley, said the reason for the request
is "the ownership of that marina is a small entity that
is designated to support an empty development site,
pay the taxes, insurance, etc. ... and is currently only
funded by a very small marina. This change to quar-
terly rather than yearly will help us with our monthly
burden and accruals."
But Holmes Beach commissioners wanted to
avoid paying for attorney fees to amend the lease.
Yet, commissioners said they want Mainsail to
thrive for its citizens.
Ashley said the solution is simple: "They should
be in default and we would simply prevent them from
using the dock. And I think it would be cheaper for
them to come up with the money rather than negotiate
for a lease amendment."
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In other business, the commission passed a
final reading of a turtle ordinance that requires
citizens to remove items or temporary structures,
such as unused or empty beach chairs, umbrellas,
cabanas and screen rooms that have the potential
for entrapment of nesting marine turtles and may
interfere with the use of the natural beach environ-
ment for nesting.
The items would have to be removed nightly by
the owner of the property on which the items are
located to avoid interference with marine turtles. The
items removed would be stored in a place that would
not interfere w ith IK-Ling. Failure to remove the items
could result in fines.
The commission also passed a solid-waste ordi-
nance that calls for trash collection days of Monday and
Friday. Ashley said Waste Management is now offering
rear-door pickup for an extra $3.25 a month.
Already on Aug. 3, garbage and recycling pickup
By Lisa Neff
Start making a list.
Bridge Street merchants already are planning
their invitation to Santa Claus and their annual
Bridge Street Merchants representative Caryn
Hodge asked for and received an OK Sept. 16 from
the Bradenton Beach City Commission to hold the
Dec. 18 holiday party and boat parade on Bridge
Street from Gulf Drive to the pier.
The commission approved the Saturday cel-
ebration from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Additionally, the commission approved a $500
donation from the city to the merchants for the
Hodge said the money will be used to advertise
the event. "It will help to offset advertising and
printing costs. Things like that," she said.
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changed to Monday, yard-waste pickup to Wednesday
and garbage-only pickup to Friday.
The ordinance states that curbside containers,
recycling bins and uncontained residential waste
shall not be placed at the curb for pickup earlier than
5 p.m. of the day prior to the designated collection
day. Also, all emptied containers shall be returned
to proper storage on the property no later than 10
a.m. the day following the designated collection day.
Finally, containers must be stored between collection
days on the property and not in the front yard.
Finally, the city acknowledged the receipt of a
$20,000 grant for the upcoming fiscal year. The city
will use the grant to purchase and install computers
in police vehicles.
The next city commission meeting will begin
with a final public hearing for the budget at 6:30
p.m., Tuesday Sept 28, followed by a 7 p.m. regular
meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
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The event, said Hodge, will feature musical
performances, including shows by the Island Rock-
ers and a Manatee High School choir. Also, stu-
dents from Anna Maria Island Elementary School
may stroll the street singing carols and participate
in a children's market.
Hodge said the merchants group wants to draw
Raffles, she added, will help the group raise
money to donate to the All Island Denominations
and Manatee County food banks.
Encouraging city support, Mayor Bob Bar-
telt said, "There's been a history of us making an
annual donation. I happen to be a big proponent of
the Bridge Street Merchants. They certainly do a
lot of wonderful PR work for us."
Commissioner Janet Vosburgh, the city's liai-
son to B, N1, added, "I just want to say ... how
talented they are."
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Anna Maria Elementary School collects box tops
to raise money for the school.
Box-top coupons are found on the packaging of
hundreds of household products.
This year AME is holding a competition to see
who can collect the most tops, and in an effort to use
geography, there will be a prize for the student who
collects box tops from the most locations.
The two winners will be the grand marshals of
the Fall Festival parade Saturday, Oct. 30.
Box tops will be collected throughout the year,
but the contest deadline is Friday, Oct. 22.
Students are asked to collect at least 10 box tops
to be in the contest. After collecting the tops, parents
should label an envelope with a student's name and
mail or deliver to AME in care of Karen Riley-Love,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Money raised from the box tops will be used to
fund field trips, books and supplies.
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As summer days fade away, fall weather settles
in on Anna Maria Island.
At Anna Maria Elementary, autumn is celebrated
with the Fall Festival Oct. 30.
The AME Parent Teacher Organization met Sept.
14 to plan for the annual event.
"The Fall Festival is a well-oiled machine. It kind
of runs itself," said PTO president Monica Simpson,
addressing about 20 AME parents.
Still, organizers say they need volunteers.
"We want new moms to shadow and work with
veteran moms before they move onto middle school.
We want to pass our legacy and hard work on," Simp-
The PTO needs help from volunteers to gather
raffle prizes, and to sell cookie coupons and tickets
for games and rides at the festival. Volunteers also
are needed to bake or donate pre-made goods for the
bake sale and to clean up after the fun.
"We really want to let everyone know anyone can
attend. There is even stuff for the itty bitty members
of the family to participate in," Simpson said.
The next PTO Fall Festival meeting is set for
Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 8:45 a.m.
For more information or to help, e-mail Simpson
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BP funds offered for sea turtle protection
By Lisa Neff
When millions of BP dollars were set aside for
fish and wildlife relief earlier this summer, light bulbs
went off for some dedicated to the protection of the
loggerhead sea turtles.
About $1.5 million of the BP wildlife recovery
fund is being directed through the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation to the Sea Turtle Conservancy
for a turtle protection program.
The money can't bring back dead turtles or
destroyed nests, but funds can be used to further
protect nesting habit for the threatened species.
And so Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is work-
ing with the STC on a massive effort to bring funding
to the Island to minimize artificial light, which can
disorientate both nesting females and hatchlings.
"If you have problem lighting that you think of
that causes disorientation, that could deter a nesting
female, money is available to fix that," said Karen
Shudes, the STC grant administrator who is traveling
the state to spread the word about the program.
"I want as much money as I can get here,"
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said. "I think
we can solve the bulk of our problems with this grant
From May through October, AMITW monitors
nesting from the Anna Maria bayfront around
Bean Point to the southern tip of the Island at Coquina
Some mornings, monitoring involves following
the tracks of a female loggerhead that aborted nest-
ing because she became disoriented or disturbed by
artificial lights. Sea turtles, as the AMITW mantra
goes, "dig the dark."
And some mornings, AMITW volunteers do
Karen 1,i...i. of the Sea Turtle Conservancy in
Gainesville shows off a newer-model turtle-friendly
lighting fixture during a meeting at a Cortez resi-
dence Sept. 14.
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or dead that lost their way to the Gulf because of
disorienting artificial lights.
AMITW has reported 19 disorientiations this
summer and the organization's Excel spreadsheet
lists dozens of locations along the shore where light-
ing improvements could be made.
Fox and Shudes began visiting some of those
properties earlier this month to talk about the lighting
grants. The two also asked code enforcement officers
to identify three properties in each Island city where
grant money could best be used.
Additionally, Fox and AMITW volunteers are
taking a letter door-to-door that explains the grant
process: "Floridians have really taken a hit this past
year, both humans and wildlife. Now, British Petro-
leum (BP) funds are making their way to recovery
and remediation efforts. Because of the devastating
loss of sea turtles due to the Gulf coast oil spill, BP
has dedicated some of that funding to help the turtle
populations all across the state."
Fox said property owners need to act quickly
- any improvements must be completed by Dec. 1
under the grant agreement.
"It's tight," she said. "Timing is a big thing."
The funding is available for private residential
or commercial property, but not public property,
such as the Anna Maria City Pier, which has some
Shudes described a variety of ways property
owners might make improvements to eliminate light-
ing on the beach or minimize overall sky-glow.
At beachfront properties that are in a rental pro-
gram and usually occupied by vacationers, window-
screening and glass-tinting might be appropriate, she
At single-family homes on the beachfront, hom-
eowners might receive money to plant seagrapes or
other landscaping or install shutters to keep the sand
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in the dark.
In parking garages along the beach, property
owners might receive money for new, downward
pointing lighting fixtures and turtle-friendly bulbs.
"An\t hi niig that will block out light," Shudes said.
"We'll work with property owners, ask what their
needs are. ... Some will be easy fixes. Some will be
More than a month remains in the 2010 nesting
season on the Island. Volunteers are monitoring 27
nests still to hatch less than a quarter of the total
nests made since mid-May.
Also, Fox emphasized, monitors on beaches to
the south of the Island and on the Atlantic coast are
continuing to document new nests, suggesting that
the season, which started late and slow, may run later
into the fall.
"We will keep w alkin. looking for nests for
another few weeks and then we will walk just to
spot-check the nests that are left on the beach," Fox
How to apply
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is working
with the Sea Turtle Conservancy to help Island
property owners secure grant money for turtle-
friendly lighting improvements.
The cost of improvements new fixtures,
installation, bulbs, landscaping and window-
screening or tinting can be 100 percent offset
with the grant.
For more information about the program,
contact AMITW at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call AMITW executive director Suzi Fox at
The deadline for installation of improve-
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 22, 2010 0 17
Coordinator sketches, records nesting details
By Lisa Neff ".1e'
Vincent van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway had
their Moleskine notebooks in which to make sketches
and record thoughts.
Debbie Basilius has her Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch logbook, a bound notebook containing her
neatly printed notes about turtle nests and somewhat
colorful ink-pen sketches of sea turtle tracks and nest
In her mind, the AMITW board member and
coordinator for AMITW's section 3 knows well the
location of each of the 33 nests laid this summer
between Pine Avenue in Anna Maria and 66th Street
in Holmes Beach.
And she has a vivid recollection of the details of
those nests, but the logbook is as much her compan-
ion on the beach as that little legendary Moleskine
notebook was to Hemingway on his adventures.
Basilius can turn to a page in the book her second
logbook of the season and find the time and date
for a nest, its GPS coordinates, a sketch showing its
proximity to a bench or a clump of sea oats or an
"I love the data, collecting the details," Basilius
says during a recent interview on the beach in section
But Basilius loves all elements of AMITW.
She's a veteran with the group, which monitors
nesting from May through October under permits
with the state. Basilius first walked for AMITW in
1998, her first year living on the Island, and a year
later she became a coordinator, responsible for over-
seeing walkers and data collection for her section.
AMITW section coordinators tend to be promot-
ers their walkers are the best, their sections are the
best, their numbers are the best or most interesting or
Basilius has reason to boast, but when she does,
she does so ever so subtly, with smiles and laugh-
Her section often has the highest number of nests,
including, probably, this year.
"We started with 33 nests," Basilius says. "We're
down to 10 left on the beach, so we have about a third
left to go."
Her section also often has the first nest of the
season, including this year's first, near Willow
Avenue in Anna Maria.
And Basilius' colleagues often praise her skill
and speed at verifying eggs in a nest.
"I have so many nests each season, I get a lot of
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Earlier this summer, Basilius won AMITW's
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Fox, presenting the award at Dandrea's Cafe in
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6 a.m., performs her AMITW duties, then "goes
to a regular job and after work she helps an ailing
Basilius came to know Anna Maria Island because
her mother lived on the Island before moving to Bra-
"I've always loved Florida," Basilius says.
She moved to the Island from Toledo, Ohio,
after retiring from teaching high school Spanish, and
now works in finance for Anna Maria Island Resorts,
which operates three resorts on AMI.
L\ c .ything is done on the beach by 9 a.m.,"
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work is completed by 9 a.m., Basilius often can be
seen on the beach at sunset or after.
"I like to come out to check on nests and for
lights," she says.
"And," she adds, "I just love my section. You can
get on the beach at one end and walk all the way up
and back. It's a nice one-hour walk and you see so
much. I love the shells, the birds, the manatees, the
dolphins, the turtles, and that the beach changes all
Some of those changes are documented, in
sketches or notes, in Basilius' logbook.
Nesting by the numbers
Nesting of Sept. 17, Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch reported:
Number of turtle nests: 137
Number of false crawls: 135
Number of disorientations: 19
Number of hatchlings to the sea: 5,529
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By Rick Catlin
Shawn Duytschaver is a third-
generation Islander who is fond of the
woody wagons that first became popular
with surfers in the 1950s and '60s.
Shawn, of Native Rentals in the
Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach,
has brought back the woody with his
eco-tour bus, complete with faux-wood
paneling and the surfing stylings of the
old surfing-safari vehicles.
About three months ago, he pur-
chased a 1986 school bus and renovated
it in his spare time into a woody bus that
he calls the "eco-tour bus."
The bus transports kayaks, people
and equipment to various tour starting
points such as the Robinson Preserve
and Palma Sola Causeway. Instead of
making several trips back and forth from
the site to the store, Shawn can take as
many as 50 kayaks on the bus.
Passengers can also be accommo-
dated, he said.
"We're really seeing a lot of requests
for kayak eco-tours, so this seemed like
a good idea to get everything to the site
on time, then back to the store quickly,"
The idea of repainting the bus
and adding the wood-look panels was
Shawn's idea to replicate the ambi-
ance of Anna Maria Island and eco-
Native Rentals is open from dawn to
dusk daily, he said, and also rents, sells
and repairs bicycles, stand-up paddle
boards and other eco-tour related equip-
For more information or to book a
tour, call 941-778-7757.
The Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce will hold its
monthly business card exchange from
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22,
at Regions Bank, 3900 Sixth Ave.,
Light refreshments and door prizes
will be available.
Cost of the event is $5 per person
and reservations are suggested. Mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests and
For information, call 941-778-1541.
Sponsorships and team spots are still
available for the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf
Tournament, which takes place at 12:30
p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at the Braden-
ton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W.,
Proceeds from the tournament will
benefit the chamber's scholarship fund
for area high school students.
To sign up, call 941-778-1541.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce will present its annual busi-
ness awards during a program Nov. 8.
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he refurbished for
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The chamber is accepting nomina-
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three categories small, medium and
Nominations may be submitted until
Friday, Oct. 1.
Nominees must be chamber mem-
bers, and nominations will only be
accepted from chamber members.
For more information, call the cham-
ber at 941-778-1541.
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AMI chamber seeks festival design votes
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
received 18 designs in its contest for the 10th anni-
versary Bayfest logo and T-shirt.
Earlier this month, a Bayfest committee selected
its three favorite designs to promote the event, set to
take place Oct. 15-16 on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria
and featuring live music, food and beverages, arts and
crafts and children's activities.
From those designs submitted by Anna Maria
Historic Green Village developer Mike Thrasher,
Islander cartoonist, graphic designer Joe Bird and
ADD Studio architectural designer Olga Martinez
- Islanders will vote for their favorite.
Organizers plan to announce a winner by the end
of month to provide time to attach the logo to post-
ers and other promotional items, as well as print the
Bayfest organizer and chamber board chair Cindy
Thompson said the committee had planned to make
a final decision, but decided that the designs were so
different that an Islandwide vote would be a good
To weigh in on a favorite, e-mail chamber orga-
nizers at email@example.com.
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Design one, by Mike Thrasher, Anna Maria Historic Green Village developer.
Above: Design two, original art by Joe Bird,
editorial cartoonist for The Islander.
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Island police blotter
Sept. 13, 400 block of Hibiscus Road, alarm. A
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to
a burglary alarm. When the deputy arrived, he found a
broken window, but nothing else had been disturbed.
The deputy reported the alarm, the deputy's response
and dogs possibly scared the culprits away.
Sept. 11, 1400 Gulf Drive S., theft. The com-
plainant said she left her wallet, cell phone and char-
ger at Coquina Beach and returned to find the items
Sept. 12, 100 Gulf Drive N., theft. A man
reported a past theft of a donation container from
Circle K. The suspect made a purchase and exited
the store. Video showed the man returned a few
minutes later to commit the theft of about $20. No
arrest was made.
Sept. 12, 100 Gulf Drive N., trespass warning. A
man was issued a trespass warning for trespassing at
Sept. 13, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary. The
complainant said she received a call from her pool
service company saying one of the properties she
is responsible for had smashed out windows. The
officers arrived at the property and the complainant
noticed a flat-screen television and iPod dock miss-
Sept. 13, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary. After
investigating a burglary to an adjoining property, an
officer noticed someone smashed a window at a resi-
dence. Nothing was missing, and the only damage
was done to the window.
Sept. 14, 200 block of 75th Street, burglary. An
officer met with complainants who said when they
returned to their home they noticed items out of place
and drawers ajar. A man said he was missing an iPod,
a gold chain, numerous silver dollar coins, $150 and
Sept. 15, Bayview Drive, burglary. A man
reported someone stole items from his garage, includ-
ing six rods and reels, a bucket of fishing tools and
supplies, a 5-gallon bucket and other fishing supplies.
The man said he left his garage door open.
Sept. 16, 500 block of 68th Street, burglary. An
officer spoke with a complainant who said someone
broke into her house and stole jewelry.
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laborate with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administra-
tion on the National Take-Back Initiative.
The initiative, according to an HBPD press
release, is focused on removing potentially danger-
ous substances from the nation's medicine cabinets.
People will be able to surrender expired, unwanted
or unused pharmaceutical and other medications to
law enforcement officers.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, the
HBPD will host a collection site at the police depart-
ment, 5801 Marina Drive. Products can be brought
to the HBPD and disposed of anonymously.
The program will help keep medications out of
the watershed. Pills typically are flushed down the
toilet and into the sewer system, and eventually wind
up in bays and estuaries.
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At the conclusion of the event, an HBPD officer
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Island real estate transactions
311 68th St., Unit B, Anna Maria Island Beachwalk,
Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla / 2,500 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
land condo with pool built in 2010 was sold 09/01/10, KPI
Holdings LLC to Krause for $485,000; list $495,000.
205 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,194 sfla
2,554 sfur 4bed/3bath canalfront pool home built in 1956
on a 62x121 lot was sold 09/01/10, KPI Holdings LLC
to Krause for $400,000.
205 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 520 sfla
ibed/lbath canalfront home built in 1956 on a 65x100
lot was sold 08/26/10, KPI Holdings LLC to Derr for
$325,000; list $379,000.
407 74th St., Unit A, Bay Breeze, Holmes Beach, a
2,098 sfla / 3,459 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car land condo built
in 2007 was sold 08/26/10, Liberty Savings Bank to Goes
for $375,000; list $385,000.
322 64th St., Unit B, Plum Tree Cottages, Holmes
Beach, a 1,000 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 2009 was
sold 09/13/10, Plum Tree Cottages LLC to Adsit for
$350,000; list $379,000.
3207 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,352 sfla /1,928
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 2000 on a 50x90 lot
was sold 09/03/10, Federal National Mortgage Associa-
tion to Calhoun for $260,100; list $259,900.
501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 103, Bridgeport, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,000 sfla / 1,075 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfview
condo with shared pool built; in 1982 was sold 08/26/10,
Overmyer to Korepta for $240,000; list $269,000.
2710 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, a 1,166 sfla /1,362 sfur
2bed/2bath home built in 1961 on a 50x100 lot was sold
08/31/10, Melson to Perceptive Real Estate Investments
LLC for $160,000; list $187,000.
2710 Ave. C, Holmes Beach, a 1,166 sfla / 1,362
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1961 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 09/02/10, Perceptive Real Estate Investments LLC
to Stephens for $175,000; list $187,000.
501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 305, Bridgeport, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,128 sfla / 1,198 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1982 was sold 09/02/10, Pugh to
Speers for $227,000.
2412 Gulf Drive, Unit 125, Club Bamboo South,
Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur Ibed/lbath condo
with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 08/26/10, Fricke
to Sweetlove LLC for $160,000.
2412 Gulf Drive, Unit 225, Club Bamboo South, Bra-
denton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur ibed/ bath condo with
shared pool built in 1945 was sold 08/31/10, Landmark
Bank of Florida to Burkley for $155,000; list $184,000.
1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 18, Tradewinds, Bradenton
Beach, a 540 sfla Ibed/lbath condo with shared pool built
in 1971 was sold 08/26/10, Rainbow Investors LLC to
McConnell for $150,000; list $150,000.
1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 19, Tradewinds, Bradenton
Beach, a 540 sfla Ibed/lbath condo with shared pool built
in 1971 was sold 08/26/10, Rainbow Investors LLC to
McConnell for $150,000; list $150,000.
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in Floral Park, Long Island, N.Y., and moved to Bra-
denton Beach in 1992 from Wantagh, Long Island.
She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach.
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nard Catholic Church. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes
& Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in
charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be
made to Suncoast Hospice Woodside, 6770 102nd
Ave. N., Pinellas Park FL 33782. Online condolences
may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
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wife Jere of South Pasadena, Fla., and Robert and
wife Suzanne of Nokomis, Fla.; daughters Laura and
husband Paul Jakob of Lake Mary, Fla., and Nancy
Burke of Islip Terrace, Long Island, N.Y.; 10 grand-
children; and five great-grandchildren.
Alexis M. Ruiz de Villa
Alexis M. Ruiz de Villa, 68, of Bradenton Beach,
died Sept. 11.
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Melissa Gonzales Estrada, in care of Christian
Foundation for Children & Aging, P.O. Box 805105,
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Buckyball anniversary celebrated
Webzines such as Geek Dad and GizmoMag cel-
ebrated the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the
buckyball Sept. 4.
So did Google, paying homage with a homepage
doodle to the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the
soccer-ball shaped molecule nicknamed for architect-
philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller.
What the 'zines and Google and the reference
to Wikipedia entries on the buckyball and its dis-
coverers didn't note is a connection to Anna Maria
Matthew Jerome Kinney
Matthew Jerome Kinney, 52, died Sept. 14.
Mr. Kinney was a native of Danville, Ill., and
came from there to Anna Maria Island with his family
in 1987. He relocated to Bradenton in the late 1990s.
He was a carpenter, roofer and handyman.
A memorial service was held Sept. 18 at Roser
Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.
Mr. Kinney is survived by his wife Cindy; daugh-
ters, Jodi and Misty; son Matthew; brother Mark; and
sisters Joyce, Jan, Jill and Julie.
JoAnn Wesner, formerly of Bradenton Beach,
died Sept. 9 in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was born Aug.
28, 1928, in Lanesville, Ind.
memorials may be made to New Haven/Adams
Township Park Dept., 1125 Hartzell St., New Haven
Mrs. Wesner is survived by a brother; four daugh-
ters, including Jan and husband Mark Childs of Fort
Riley, Kansas; eight grandchildren; and nine great
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Richard Smalley, Harold Kroto and Robert Curl
won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996 for the
discovery of the buckyball, a form of pure carbon.
Smalley, who died in 2005, occasionally visited
Anna Maria Island to visit step-mother Kate Smalley
and father Frank Smalley, who came to the Island in
the early 1960s and died in 1992.
Of AMI, the scientist told The Islander years ago,
"I love the beaches of Anna Maria. I go to Galves-
ton beaches to decompress. But I can tell you this,
Galveston ain't Anna Maria."
Of the discovery of the buckyball, Smalley told
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It must be fall, there's 'spirit' in the air
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall
recreational soccer season got kicked off with "Spirit"
Sept. 17-18 on the center's two soccer fields. Play-
ers and parents participated in Spirit Week, a dress
rehearsal in team colors for the upcoming season of
While the coaches were experimenting with
lineups and players' abilities, parents competed in
demonstrating which team has the best, most colorful
supporters. The spirit spills over to the kids, most of
whom couldn't pass up on a chance to spray neon
green or orange paint in their hair.
Most parents avoided spray-painting their own
hair, but they had no problem adorning themselves
in team colors and making lots of noise to cheer on
their kids and their team to victory.
Island Dental Spa captured the 4-5 age division
spirit award, while Dojo Athletics won in the 6-7 age
division. Fran Maxon Real Estate had the most spirit
in the 8-9 division, while Sparks Steel Art Tigers
demonstrated the most team spirit for the 10-11 divi-
sion. The Gathering Place in the 12-13 division and
Wash Family Construction in the 14-17 division also
were Spirit Week winners.
This season there are 24 youth teams in six age
divisions, with games being played Monday through
Friday after school and on Saturdays. The regular
season runs to the end of November, when cup-like
playoffs and a tournament are played. In addition to
all of that soccer action, there's a new adult soccer
league in the making, which soon will have games
on Thursday evenings. It's shaping up to be the best
season of soccer in a long, long time.
Check the schedules and team standings as they
become available online weekly at www.islander.
And we'll see you at the field.
Logan Imes, 4, and father George cheer on Team
Dojo during Soccer Spirit Day Sept. 18 at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center. The spirit day
coincided with a Spanish fiesta.
Two teams emerged from pool play with 3-0
records and were left to battle it out for the champion-
ship. In a back and forth tussle, Ron Pepka and Sam
Samuels outlasted Jeff Moore and Steve Grossman
by a 22-17 score.
Sept. 15 horseshoe action saw two teams contend
for bih,,in, rights. John Johnson and Sam Samuels
rolled past the team of Tim Sofran and Jerry Martinek
23-10 in the championship game.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
as winners of
II Spirit Week
at the Center.
Damir Glavan checks out his Sparks Steel Art attire
during Spirit Week exhibition games over the week-
end at the Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Key Royale news
The Key Royale Club men's 18-hole, two-best-
balls match Sept. 15 saw the team of Pieter Thom-
assen, Vince Mercadante, Carl Voyles and Bob Jor-
gensen combine to torch the course with a 14-under-
par 114 total.
The women played a nine-hole, individual low-
net game Sept. 14. Tootie Wagner took medalist
honors in Flight A with a 4-over-par 36, one shot
better than second-place finisher Penny Williamson.
Flight B winner was Sally Martin, who carded a
5-under-par 27. Second place went to Chris Land-
kammer with a 2-under 30, while Joyce Reith was
one shot back in third place.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-four-
some golf match Sept. 13. The team of Carl Voyles,
Pieter Thomassen, Earl Huntzinger and Jim McCa-
rtney combined to card a 7-under-par 25 to earn the
day's biL_','iniiL rights.
The women and the men teamed up for their
monthly mixed-scramble golf tournament Sept. 10.
The team of Terry Westby, Adam Ksaizek and Al
Guy took first place with a 16.7 score, while Jane
Winegarden, Lou Winegarden Matt Behan and Bob
Landgren took second place with a 21.9 average.
Pieter Thomassen won closest to the pin on number
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Redfish to begin spawn; beach action heats up
By Nick Walter
With this week's full moon, redfish, which have
already invaded the local bays in large numbers,
will begin to spawn. Many will head to the Gulf and
Already some large schools of redfish have
swarmed local bays, making them the primary target
of many inshore anglers.
Capt. Scott Moore said his anglers have been
catching lots of oversize redfish, trout, Spanish mack-
erel and a few snook. But don't forget about flounder.
"They're scattered, and the best place is probably in the
passes," Moore said. "And don't forget about docks.
There's always flounder lying around docks."
Moore said anglers should be careful when catch-
ing redfish because porpoises have been gobbling up
hooked reds. "Not much you can do about that but
move," he said.
Moore said there is Spanish mackerel in the
Gulf reefs, and anywhere there are bait pods in
the shipping channel and the passes. There are still
some tarpon around, and one reportedly was caught
around the Rod & Reel Pier. "All we need is a little
cooler air," he said. "Another week or two, hope-
fully it will cool down."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of Cortez Fishing Center said his off-
shore anglers are catching gag and red grouper, and
nice mangrove snapper, but anglers will have to head
to at least 130 of water depth. He added there also
Chantele Oaks of Casper, Wyo., holds an amberjack
she caught while on vacation to Anna Maria Island.
Oaks was fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire and used
a live pinfish in about 150 feet of water depth.
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have been some cobia, amberjack, sharks, and bar-
racudas in those areas. He said there are more cobia
showing up, which is typical in the fall because they
tend to migrate to the Panhandle to cool off when it's
extremely hot, then migrate south in the fall before
spending the winter where it is warmer. "Kind of like
kingfish," McGuire said.
Capt. Warren Girle said offshore there are
a lot of mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel.
Girle also reported a 31-pound barracuda. Inshore,
he reported a 32-inch snook, a few large schools of
redfish in north Sarasota Bay and lots of trout that are
especially hot in the morning on top-water plugs.
Capt. T.J. Stewart of Cast Away Charters said
there had been some tarpon one up to 150 pounds
- around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. He said in
addition to a phenomenal redfish bite, there had been a
lot of trout around 18 inches. He said there are a lot of
sharks and Spanish mackerel as well. The full moon will
move a lot of fish around, which he said will make locat-
ing some species tricky. I .nii though it's catch-and-
release, snook fishing at night might turn on," %L iall
said. "That's a good time to catch redfish on the flats
sometimes on the full moon. I've had some pretty wild
night out there redfishing ... and on trout, too."
Jonny Keyes from Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said inshore anglers have been
fishing off the beaches for a lot of ladyfish, jack cre-
valle, Spanish mackerel. He said if he's using artifi-
cial, he sticks with top-water MirrOlures, Yo-Zuris,
and Rapalas. "I've been getting a real good bite in
the morning off the high tide," he said. "That's better
than in the afternoon because the water's cooler."
In the bays, he reported the morning high tide also
is ideal with top-water lures. He said anglers are getting
some big redfish and trout. "Really you can target the
reds going into Sarasota Bay and target them with that
top-water stuff," he said. "There's a lot of ladyfish hang-
ing out with the reds. They seem to be the bycatch."
Offshore, Keyes received reports that around 1-
and 3-mile reefs there have been some nice mangrove
snapper, flounder, Spanish mackerel and keeper gag
grouper. He also had luck farther offshore, 20-80
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miles, and said any changes in the bottom can be
holding mangrove, red, hog and lane snapper, trig-
gerfish, amberjack, blackfin tuna, decent Mahi-Mahi
and a variety of grouper.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Char-
ters said the summer-to-fall transition has begun. He said
the water temperature is averaging 83 degrees, a drop from
89 degrees a few weeks ago. "Look for the water tempera-
ture to trend downward, which is fantastic for fishing,"
Howard said. "The bait schools are thick in Tampa Bay
and off the beaches. These actions are causing the fishing
in the Anna Maria area to really turn on."
Howard said on Sept. 16, fishing with Dustin Thomas
and Cindy McClure, his anglers fished off the beaches for
blacktip sharks, lemon sharks, big Spanish mackerel, blue-
fish and an 80-pound tarpon. He said the fishing off the
beaches of Anna Maria is starting to heat up.
"The pompano are schooling in our area and
readily taking shrimp, fiddler crabs, sand fleas and
artificial jigs," Howard said. "The trough just off the
surf line has been holding these tasty silver fish. I
also have been seeing them skip in my boat wake
as I traverse the deeper grass areas. Go to your local
tackle shop to get help in choosing the special style
of jigs used to catch pompano."
He said speckled trout and redfish are feeding
heavily on all the shiner schools. "I have been catch-
ing beautiful speckled trout and nice mixed-sized red-
fish from Miguel Bay down to Longbar in Sarasota,"
he said. "Set up in 2-8 feet of water and chum with
shiners to get the action going."
Capt. Steven Salgado said there has been a load
of mangrove snapper in the bay, but he suggests fish-
ing in the early morning for trout.
He said within 10 miles of the beaches, there
have been hogfish that have been caught on shrimp.
"We really caught quite a few," he said. "Not real
big, but 5-6 pounds."
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BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
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etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
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ESTATE SALE: 10 a.m.-3 pm. Friday, 10 a.m -1
p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24-25.449 E. Royal Fla-
mingo Drive, Bird Key, Sarasota, turn left at Bird
Key Country Club. Beautifully furnished and in
immaculate condition. Beautiful dining set, bed-
room sets, two queen and one king, four Lladros,
set of Lenox Rutledge pattern china, two very nice
sofas, two swivel microfiber sofas, other chairs,
mirrors, quilt racks, ivory figures, wine table, eight
pairs of lamps, leather and two other hassocks,
two sets of bar chairs, mahogany and granite bar,
bar cabinet, media cabinet, framed pictures, area
rugs, curio, silk plants and trees, set of Solaris
pattern pottery, TV, vacuum, floor cleaner, lad-
ders, gas blower, Reebok RB 310 exercise bike,
weight bench with weights and stands, dumbbell
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ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept.
24. Martinique condominiums, 5300 Gulf Drive,
unit 407, Holmes Beach. Numbers and access
to condo will be handled by Dave. Sofa, French
provincial dining room set, glass-top coffee table,
Lenox, sofabed, twin-bed set, prints, TVs, book-
cases, new home shopping items, desk, figurines,
recliner, kitchenware, vacuum, stuffed animals,
collectibles, etc. Sale conducted by Palma Sola
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Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday.
Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 25.
Nice, dark brown leather couch, $300. Other fur-
niture and miscellaneous kitchen stuff. 224 84th
St., Holmes Beach.
SALE: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Tools,
carpet cleaner, vacuum cleaner, pictures, bar
stools, lots of what-nots. Stair-stepper exerciser,
futon, too much to list. Priced to sell, come early
for best deals. Something for everyone. 503 77th
St., Holmes Beach.
SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Appli-
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8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA Near beaches
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FOR SALE: CANALFRONT LOT, holmes Beach $400,000
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KOKO RAY'S ISLAND studio: Back to school
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Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
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quality work. 941-720-2906.
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J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
HANDYMAN FOR HIRE: $15 per hour. No job too
small. One call does it all. Call Arthur, 941-301-
0624. Quality satisfaction guaranteed.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
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779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
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419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
gu f Bay eaafty ofAnna 9Maria Inc.
Jesse Brisson BrokerAssociate, WI
Deep Water Canal
This home sits on a lot & a half. Private dock
with no bridges to the bay! This home has a large
pool and plenty of space. $599,999
This community has tons to offer, beach access,
elevator, heated pools, spa, lanai, tons of storage,
bay dock and kayak launch. Peeks of the Gulf
from the bonus room! $369,000
Call Jesse Brisson
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WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two
blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home,
northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma
Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings,
all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331.
WATERFRONT, CANAL, BOAT slip: Annual
duplex in Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA. Living room,
kitchen, storage, washer and dryer hook ups. No
pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
WATERFRONT CONDO at Mariners Cove. Annual
rental with boat slip, 2BR/2BA. 2,000 square feet
with enclosed lanai. Two pools, tennis court,
washer/dryer. $1,900/month, water and standard
cable included. Call 941-920-3358.
MODEST 1BR TRAILER: 55-plus Paradise Bay,
rent $525/month or buy, $15,000 or best offer.
941-727-5210 or 941-735-1647.
WINTER MONTHS: UPGRADED mobile home.
1 BR. Carport, Paradise Bay. $975/month. Satellite
TV, utilities. Call 941-761-3341.
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA,
wireless Internet, non-smoker, no pets. beach-
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross
street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer.
Two screened-in decks, heated pool. $2,400/
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious
3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai,
completely furnished. One house from beach. Gulf
view. No pets or smoking. Two-month minimum.
813-689-0925 or HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
SPACIOUS LOWER 2BR/2BA plus garage
near pool. 55-plus community. 10 minutes to
beaches. Annual, $950/month plus utilities and
deposit. Seasonal, January- April, $1,850/month.
May-December, $1,650/month. Call 941-761-
ANNUAL: 2BR/1 BA, NORTH Anna Maria duplex.
$800/month plus utilities. 941-778-6088.
ANNUAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria, 200 feet to Rod
& Reel Pier. 2BR/1 BA ground level, washer, dryer,
refrigerator, unfurnished, newly remodeled, no
pets or smokers. $925/month plus utilities, avail-
able now, 941-387-8610.
FOR RENT: 2BR duplex near beach. No pets.
$800/month plus deposit, utilities. 941-538-
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA. Holmes Beach.
Walk to beach. $800/month plus utilities. First,
last, security deposit. 941-376-0541.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale! Buy, sell,
broker, referral. E2/EB5 Visa. Call James Adkins,
HAVING MORTGAGE TROUBLE? Want to buy
distressed properties? Call James Adkins, 941-
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA
great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg,
941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
SANDPIPER DOUBLEWIDE: 2BR/1.5BA across
from beach. Spacious, remodeled. 2601 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call Lynne, 941-744-
2BR/1.5BA TROPICAL PALM Mobile Home Park,
55-plus. Canalfront, 15 minutes to beach. Hot tub,
pool, remodeled, doublewide. $49,000, one third
down, includes lot. Finance. Rent, $695/month.
AN AMAZING PIECE of property located right
in the heart of paradise. Located by 1-275 north-
south and 1-75 north and south corridor. This
lot offers 570 feet of saltwater canalfront that
totals 1.09 acres and is a very rare find. 2215
Miguel Bay Drive, Terra Ceia, FL, 34250. Call
Ed DeLosh at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-730-
THIS LOT IS in the perfect location to get away
from the big city. From Tampa/St.Pete head south
over the Skyway Bridge. From the south US 19
or 1-75 is an easy off, easy on. Nestled in the
middle of Tillits Bayou, Miguel Bay, Terra Ceia Bay
and Tampa Bay. 2420 57th St. Ct., Terra Ceia, FL,
34250. Call Ed DeLosh at Edgewater Real Estate,
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park
under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-
BUY NORTH CAROINA MOUNTAIN land now!
Lowest prices ever. Bryson City, 2.5 acres,
spectacular views, paved road. High altitude.
Easily accessible, secluded. $45,000. Owner
financing. 800-810-1590. www.wildcatknob.
All real estate advertising herein is subject to
the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to
advertise any preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
make any such preference, limitation or discrimi-
nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
ingly accept any advertising for real estate which
is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this news-
paper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free
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Relax in your private pool and spa in either a 3BR/3.5BA or 2BR/2.5BA
new townhome. Each unit has fenced yard, elevator and garage.
$695,000 2BR & $795,000 3BR
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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Call Shawn Kaleta at 941-778-8660 for
your next custom home, remodel
or investment property.
DON'T MISS OUT.
Builder special. Great opportunity to choose the
final "fit and finish" on this unique Island property.
Priced to sell: $449,000.
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