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HB-BB border dispute
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The star of local music sensation Jake Castro, 10, of Anna Maria Island, shines Jan. 13 with the Allstar Goodtime Band, including Jeff Cook, a
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Sterling Anvil jewelry store at 5508
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach is probably the
Island's oldest jewelry store, having opened its
doors in 1971. It's also quite likely that during
the past 40 years, owners Mary Norman and
Roxanne Reid sold thousands of customers
their custom-crafted jewelry items.
But the doors of the Sterling Anvil will
close for good May 1.
Norman and Reid have decided to retire
and close the store.
In a joint statement, Norman and Reid
said, "As much as we will miss working with
our customers and making our handcrafted
jewelry, we feel it is time to enjoy retire-
They also noted that in recent years, "The
price of silver and gold has risen to historical
heights, which has negatively influenced our
usual reasonable prices of jewelry."
Reid and Norman said they were making
the announcement now to halt speculation
about the store that has circulated on Anna
Maria Island in recent weeks. They also want
customers to know they should use any gift
cards by May 1.
There will be no clearance sale or good-
bye party, Reid said.
The statement said they are "deeply grate-
ful to our loyal customers who have supported
our efforts for the past 40 years and have made
our venture a success."
Reid said she and Norman also have

decided not to give interviews.
"We want to keep this as low key as pos-
sible," Reid said.
Norman opened the Sterling Anvil in a shop
on Gulf Drive, and a few years later, Reid joined
her as co-owner.
They made the move from the original store
to Marina Drive in 2008, when their longtime
landlord Earl Mowry sold the property.
Dennis Christie of Christie's Plumbing, who
owns the Marina Drive building where Sterling
Anvil is located, said he was "surprised and
shocked" when Reid and Norman gave him
notice they were closing the store.
He is advertising for a new tenant.

The exterior of the Sterling Anvil jewelry
store, 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, has
a small notice posted on the front door stating
it will cease doing business May 1. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

Gatehouse gets

BB Ward 3 seat
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach commission is now
a full, five-member board, following a 3-1 vote
to appoint Richard Gatehouse as the Ward 3
commissioner at the Jan. 19 city commission
Gatehouse's nomination
stalled at the Jan. 12 commis-
Ssion meeting when legal con-
cerns arose over whether or
Snot Gatehouse could be both
a commissioner and the city's
Gatehouse contracted webmaster. The
issue was raised during public
comment by Jo Ann Meilner, who cited a state
statute on conflict of interest.
However, city attorney Ricinda Perry said
Jan. 19 she had reviewed the statutes, consulted
similar Florida attorney general opinions and
found precedence to determine that Gatehouse
could be legally appointed as commissioner.
Perry said there were other cases where city
employees were able to take office.
As long as Gatehouse recuses himself from
any votes pertaining to the city's website, Mayor
John Shaughnessy said Gatehouse could per-
form commissioner duties.
John Tillison, a second applicant for the
Ward 3 seat, appeared slighted at the Jan. 12
meeting when the Ward 3 seat was first sched-
uled to be filled. He received no acknowledge-
ment from the commission.
Before the Jan. 19 meeting, Tillison sup-

Landmark Anvil to close

doors 'for good' May 1

2 0 JAN, 25, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

Attorneys seek closure in HB-BB border conflict

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach looked for
ways to end the stalemate in the 27th Street border dis-
pute Jan. 18, an issue that has pitted city commissions
and attorneys against one another since August.
Because neither city had a decision-making quorum
at the 6 p.m. joint meeting, a consensus was reached
to continue the meeting to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.
The joint meeting prescribed under a conflict resolution
statute was invoked by Holmes Beach in October.
Despite lacking a quorum last week, there was dis-
cussion by the city attorneys, Ricinda Perry for Braden-
ton Beach and Patricia Petruff for Holmes Beach. Each
discussed ways to resolve the conflict.
One of the options was to "step away from the pro-
cess," according to Petruff, with a possible cancellation
of the joint meeting.
I \ i. paying a mediator for the two sides might
not resolve it," she said.

Bradenton Beach position
Perry announced, due to "some information that had
come to light," Bradenton Beach "will not be seeking

The disputed border fence between Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

"Cadence Bank will not relinquish the
collateral without court order," Bradenton
Beach attorney Ricinda Perry said of the
bank holding the 27th Street right-of-way
property as security for the mortgage on
Sandpiper Co-op's 2008 improvements.

"If true, we can meet until the cows come
home," said Holmes Beach attorney Patri-
cia Petruff, and not resolve the dispute.

a settlement from Sandpiper" Resort Co-op Inc. to
which the city quitclaimed the 50-foot-wide property
known as 27th Street in 2008 as proposed by Holmes
Beach in a Dec. 16 letter.
To settle the matter, the letter asked Bradenton
Beach to request Sandpiper quitclaim 30 feet of the
50-foot right of way to the city of Bradenton Beach;
dismantle gates; and remove signs to restore public
New information, Perry said, came to the city from
an attorney for Cadence Bank, the first mortgage holder
on the Sandpiper's 2008 improvement financing. Sand-
piper had requested the 27th Street quitclaim deed from
Bradenton Beach to resolve encroachment issues as part
of the transaction.
"Cadence Bank will not relinquish the collateral
without court order," Perry said. Asked whether the col-
lateral includes all the property in dispute, she replied
she "believed" so.
Perry said the bank would not consider a "partial
quitclaim" of the property to Bradenton Beach, and such
an action could require FDIC involvement.
The bank's attorney, according to Perry, suggested
this matter also would involve the mortgage's title
Perry said that since the previous conflict resolution

meeting with Holmes Beach Dec. 7, she had met with
Sandpiper Co-op members, and they put her in touch
with the bank's attorney.
"The city (of Bradenton Beach) does not have the
ability to effectuate a settlement," Perry said.

Holmes Beach position
"It's become too unwieldy," Petruff said. "It's no
longer something that can be resolved by the two parties
of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach."
The interested parties have expanded to include
Cadence Bank, its title company and Sandpiper
Even if the parties settled the matter, Holmes Beach
Commissioner Jean Peelen asked if the dispute could
grow even larger. "How can we assure against hom-
eowners" suing the city for whatever action the cities
take, she asked.
Petruff explained that anyone who has a "sub-
stantial interest" in any particular dispute, for exam-
ple a homeowner in a dispute involving his or her
subdivision, would have standing as determined by
a court on a "case-to-case basis" to litigate against
the cities.
Perry picked up on Peelen's comment, saying she
"raised an interesting point.
"I'm thinking about an easement" that would be
"less drastic" than a full conveyance, Perry said. She
said this solution could be further explored, presumably
to include the new stakeholders and to protect against
future litigation.
Holmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti sug-
gested Petruff review the bank's letter "before we say,
'Let's stop this process.'"
In response, Petruff said she trusted Perry's infor-
mation, presuming the bank's collateral property has the
same legal boundaries as the property in dispute, "and
in all probability it does.
"If true, we can meet until the cows come home,"
but won't be able to resolve the dispute if a mortgage
holder ties their hands, said Petruff.

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At the Jan. 17 Holmes Beach meeting, former
Holmes Beach mayor, Manatee County Commissioner
Carol Whitmore asked the current city commissioners
to "work it out.
"I'm a 42-year resident of Holmes Beach and I
haven't seen this much conflict in many years," she
Also at the Holmes Beach meeting, Peelen asked
Petruff to separate her firm's billing for the 27th Street
issue. Peelen said she understood Holmes Beach has
spent $3,000 in attorney's fees up to Oct. 1, and she
asked for an updated cost for the conflict.
"Here's my problem with it," Peelen said. "We have
hundreds of residents" concerned with the rental issues,
but "some 30 residents" concerned about the 27th Street
Monetti disagreed with Peelen about the number of
people affected by the issue. He said "it's a public road
they just conveyed away," and about 40 Holmes Beach
households, plus the public at large, lost a path to the
beach and bay.
Petruff said legal expenses would be incurred in
separating the bills for the 27th Street issue.
Bohnenberger asked if there was a limit to what the
city should spend to protect citizen's rights. "I'd like to
know that number," he said.
But, Peelen said, the amount spent on the issue
might not be worthwhile.

The 27th Street dispute surrounds a dedicated,
approximately 1,000-foot-long strip of land at the
border of the two cities. Holmes Beach claims it was
improperly quitclaimed to the Sandpiper, and Bradenton
Beach claims Holmes Beach does not have legal stand-
ing to dispute their action.
Although the property is within the jurisdiction of
Bradenton Beach, Petruff argues Holmes Beach has

porters spoke up on his behalf.
"Last meeting, I spoke in support of Mr. Tillison
and was disappointed with what happened here," said
Meilner. "I thought he was treated like he was invis-
Meilner submitted a petition of signatures that
included the names of 127 Bradenton Beach residents
and business owners, expressing support for Tillison's
"I think what happened at the last meeting was a
disgrace," she said.
Michael Cunningham, a resident of Ward 3, also
spoke in favor of Tillison.
"I came to show my support of Mr. Tillison," he
said. "What I don't support is political cronyism."
Shaughnessy thanked all the public speakers and
said it would all be taken into consideration. In the inter-
est of fairness, he said, both applicants were allowed
to express their reasons for seeking the vacant Ward 3
"I also want to thank Jo Ann for bringing this issue
forward, so we could address it and put it behind us,"
said Shaughnessy. "It seems to be a sticky subject, so
I'd like to clear some things up, as I am not an ogre, nor
am I trying to railroad anyone, which is why the fair
thing to do is to give each applicant time to speak."
Tillison was the first to speak. He thanked the com-
missioners for considering him as an applicant.
"I have a lot of time on my hands, and I love this
little island," said Tillison. "I believe I can be of service
and that's all I really have to say. I have come to know
(Gatehouse) and he's a nice gentleman. I don't have
animosity toward anyone. I just wanted to volunteer
my services. That's all I'm trying to do, is be of the best
help I can."
Gatehouse cited his volunteer work on city advisory
boards as giving him an existing understanding of the
government process.
"I also have been retired from a job that has taken
me out of town a lot and am here now on a permanent
basis and would like to give back to my community,"
he said. "I love this town, and I saw a need and decided
to step up and volunteer my help."
Commissioner Gay Breuler made a motion to nomi-
nate Gatehouse as the Ward 3 commissioner, which was
seconded by Commissioner Ed Straight. Following a
brief discussion, Straight was the only commissioner
to vote no, but the motion passed 3-1 with Breuler,
Shaughnessy and Commissioner Jan Vosburgh voting

standing to dispute the issue due to shared utilities on
the property, including stormwater, water, sewer, elec-
tric and telephone.
"A dedicated public street is held in trust for the
public," according to Petruff.
The dispute had its roots in 2008. Petruff was
Holmes Beach's attorney when Bradenton Beach first
considered the quitclaim of 27th Street to the Sand-
piper. At the direction of the commission, she wrote a
letter of objections to Bradenton Beach Dec. 3, 2008,
contending the quitclaim by Bradenton Beach was
illegal, that only a vacation process would be proper.
Regardless of the objections, the city transferred the
property by quitclaim deed Dec. 9, 2008.
On the same day of the transfer, Holmes Beach
city commissioners backed off the issue, agreeing not
to spend additional city dollars pursuing the matter.
But the matter resurfaced in August 2011, after a
fence, gates and no trespassing signs were posted along
the 27th Street boundary.
Monetti, who owns residential property abutting
the fence, maintained that area residents want to use
the 27th Street access to reach Gulf Drive.
In December, the two cities participated in the first
of multiple meetings prescribed under a state conflict
resolution statute, a process to be followed before one
governmental entity files suit against another.
Because the towns failed to resolve the dispute at
their Dec. 7 meeting, the statute required a joint public
If no agreement is reached at the joint meeting,
now continued to Feb. 7, or the process is not otherwise
terminated by the parties, mediation is required. The
costs of mediation are to be equally divided between
the cities under the conflict resolution statute.
This border dispute and the continued joint meet-
ing are expected to be discussed Jan. 31 at the Holmes
Beach commission meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina

Gatehouse fills a seat that has been vacant since the
November election when Commissioner Janie Robert-
son term-limited out of office and no one ran for the
vacant seat.
With the Ward 3 appointment, Bradenton Beach
established a quorum to deal with the border dispute
with Holmes Beach. The commission has been unable to
act on the dispute, due to both Shaughnessy and Breuler
having to recuse themselves. Both are residents of Sand-
piper Resort, which is key to the dispute.
Perry reported to the commission that no resolution
or "substantive discussion on the fence issue," arose
at the Jan. 18 conflict resolution meeting between the
two cities. Perry previously had said that much would
depend on the lending agency's willingness to allow
the Sandpiper Resort to quitclaim part of the disputed
property to move forward with a proposed settlement
from Holmes Beach.
"That was the gist of last week's solution proposal,"
said Perry. "And (the lenders) are not willing to do
The bank's refusal to release the Sandpiper prop-
erty could bring the matter back to square one for both
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.
Breuler said the dispute has already cost the city
more than $3,000 in taxpayer money.
"I wanted to bring that up because I wanted people
to know how bad this situation is getting," she said.
Shaughnessy was more optimistic, since the com-
mission would have a quorum to vote on any proposals
to resolve the dispute.
"I thought this was going to be a tough meeting
today and I didn't sleep much over it," said Shaugh-
nessy. "I'd like to thank the commission for giving us
a commissioner. It's been a long time and it's a lot more
complicated than you think. Thank God we are on our
way, and one of these problems has been solved."
Vosburgh acknowledged that the commission did
not handle the nomination process well at the Jan. 12
"I do feel bad about (Tillison)," she said. "I thought
we were rude to him and ignored him."
Straight agreed, saying it was nothing personal.
"I didn't know the applicants until their names
were presented, and I don't really know either gentle-
man well," Straight said. "I'm glad (the mayor) gave
each of them an opportunity to speak. That was the right
thing to do."

Bob Landry, board member of the Florida Institute
for Saltwater Heritage, points to a tree damaged
by fire Jan. 14 in the 90-plus acre Cortez Preserve.
Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Fires damage preserve
WMFR firefighters responded to multiple fire calls
earlier this month in the Cortez Preserve, which is main-
tained by the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
alongside the Florida Maritime Museum on the site,
4415 119th St. W.
The state fire marshal was called to investigate the
suspicious nature of the fires, according to fire officials.
Firefighters constructed fire lines around the scat-
tered burn areas Jan. 14, according to WMFR reports
of the incident.
Fires, covering about 300 square feet, were still
smoldering Jan. 17-18, according to FISH board
member Bob Landry. Firefighters were again called to
the scene and extinguished the fires, according to fire
Karen Riley-Love, FISH board member and Cortez
Preserve site manager, reported that unknown persons
had removed a concrete barricade, and apparently
crossed a bridge in the preserve to gain entry to the
area where the fires were set.


Anna Maria City
Jan. 26, 6 p.m., city commission regular meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 26, board of adjustment, TBD.
Jan. 31, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 1, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Feb. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. CAN-
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Jan. 26, 9 a.m., pension board meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Manatee County
Jan. 31, 9 a.m., BCC work session.
Feb. 2, 9 a.m., land-use meeting.
Feb. 7, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, mymanatee.org.

Of Interest
Feb. 1,4 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic Highway Commit-
tee meeting, Manatee County Administrative Center.
Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage meeting, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 124th St. W.,
Feb. 15, barrier Islander elected official meeting,
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4 0 JAN, 25, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

Center board moves forward on cell tower contract

By Thomas Aposporos II
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center board
agreed at its Jan. 16 meeting it is ready to move forward
on a cell tower for the center. Board members voted to
execute a contract, with a so-far-undisclosed developer,
and hope to gain city approval this week.
Board treasurer Randy Langley, who told the Anna
Maria City Commission in December that the Center was
interested in pursuing a tower, said at the board meeting
that he knows of two other locations that would like to
have a tower.
"The only way to get the ball rolling is to roll it. If
we just let the matter sit, someone else will submit an
application for a tower and we will lose our opportunity,"
Langley said.
Langley sees the tower as a benefit to the center and
the community, and not only due to improved cell recep-
tion. He said the money derived from a tower should go
to the center.
"Revenue gained from the tower can go toward
paying off the center's mortgage," Langley said. Money
for the center helps meet the center purpose to serve the
The board requested the contract be reviewed by the
center attorney and its cell tower committee when the
city suggested the cell tower could be located on center
property. Board members want to be ensured of a way
out of the tower contract, if needed.
In other board business, Langley reviewed the cen-
ter's financial situation, presenting the board with a
breakdown of expense vs. revenue.
The center is continuing to pay $15,000 toward the
mortgage each month, more than $6,000 above the prin-
cipal payment. The board hopes to continue making pay-
ments at that level, and more if possible.

"We've introduced a number of new sports programs,
all of which are affordable and offer good introductions
to the center for new members, but they are, by and large,
not major fundraisers," said executive director Pierrette
"We've had a big increase in the sports department
... $3,800, which is not major revenue production," said
board chair Greg Ross.
One drawback in sports is that not all programs are
taught by staff, but rather by outside contractors.
According to a report by staff member Scott Dell,
however, the center's programs, including sports, are well
utilized by the community.
Dell reported there are nearly 300 members, includ-
ing 5-year-olds to adults in the flag football program.
Also, the West Edge After-school program includes just
under 200 kids, from elementary to teens. The Lester
Family Fun Day, held at the beginning of December, drew
an estimated crowd of 300 adults and children.
"The center is obviously having a very positive effect
on many families and individuals in the area, which is
why I say that any funds generated to help pay off debt
and support programs is really money which benefits
the entire community," said Langley following Dell's
There are many plans and prospects to generate fund-
ing in 2012, said Kelly.
"We've had an above average number of small dona-
tions, but it seems that many organizations are afraid of
making big commitments. Even so, we had a good turn
in from United Way and Manatee County during the first
six months of the fiscal year, and hopes are high that some
big ones will come in March," said Kelly.
Some upcoming income-generating events include,
"Sinatra Sings," Jan. 28, offering an evening of Vegas-
Style entertainment.

Tearing it up in Holmes Beach
Work on the Holmes Beach stormwater project progresses at 61st and Marina Drive last week. The project is
designed to bring relief to homeowners in flood prone areas between 61st and 63rd streets, and is expected to be
completed in March, according to public works superintendent Joe Duennes. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

On March 17, the center will host its 19th annual
Tour of Homes, during which a number of unique Island
properties will be open to ticket holders.
"Right now, we have only three homes for the tour.
Our goal is to get at least six," Kelly said.
The largest prospect is the March 31 Affaire to
Remember event, an evening of dining, dancing, enter-
tainment and auctions.
This year's event will include a sit-down dinner.
"It will be a bit more formal than prior years. We're
pushing for black tie if possible," event chair Trudy Moon
Unique auction items are currently being sought for
the auction.
"We're looking for personal trips, to a home ideally.
A good ski-trip destination would be outstanding," Moon
The theme of this year's Affaire is "Once in a Blue
Moon," alluding to a surprise. So far, few know the secret
and her intention is to keep it that way, Moon said.
"We've had a full house the last few years, but this
year we don't think anyone will be leaving early. Nothing
like this has ever been done on the west coast of Florida.
It's a big secret," Moon said.
"This event has huge potential for monetary gains.
The auction has raised nearly $4 million over the years.
The Affaire and the Tour of Homes are vital," Kelly
Board members also discussed the completing a child
protection policy, with the only unresolved issue still
being the age when a child can be released from center
custody without parental consent. The board arrived at a
general agreement that "elementary-school age" should
be the cut-off point for consent, rather than a specific
The issue of age will again be addressed by board
member Scott Rudacille and the policy will likely be
approved at the board meeting Feb. 27.
Members were uniformly pleased with changes in
language made to the policy since the board's previous
"I gave my stamp of approval to the policy before
changes were made, but now we have something even
better. There's less room for confusion over wording.
It's more succinct and clear," said board member David
The board also discussed the possible implementa-
tion of a three-strikes policy for trouble-making kids,
which would result in a parent conference on the third
"We need to reach out and try to help these kids,
that's what the Center is here to do. A policy like that
wouldn't be about banning anyone from the establish-
ment, but about trying to help troubled kids," Dell said.
The Rev. Ed Moss of Crosspointe Fellowship in
Anna Maria attended the meeting to promote the film
"Courageous," which deals with issues of how to be a
good husband and father.
The film will be screened in the Center's gym at 7
p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, followed by a four-part discussion
series on how the movie's themes can be applied in life.
Specifics on the discussion series will be announced at a
later date.
Moss also volunteered church assistance to monitor
future center sporting events, if needed.



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Gulf Drive Cafe's market denied permit, future

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The chambers of Bradenton Beach City Hall were
packed for the Jan. 19 meeting, with the majority of
people attending waiting to learn the fate of the Gulf
Drive Market permit extension, which was denied.
Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive, was granted
a special exception permit to operate the market 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 29.
The original request was to operate the market for
six months through the end of April, but the commission
took caution in November to allow the market to operate
on Sunday over a 60-day trial period, to assess potential
traffic and safety issues.
Prior to granting the special exception, public con-
cerns over traffic issues on Gulf Drive already were being
Commissioners agreed, however, to allow the market
provided two police officers were present at the expense
of the market. Police were directed to assist with traffic
and prevent patrons of the cafe from carrying alcoholic
beverages off the property.
It was not a successful venture, according to several
people who spoke at the Jan. 19 meeting.
Barbara Hug, a resident across the street from the
Gulf Drive Cafe, spoke against allowing the market to
continue through April.
"We had a tremendous problem with our residents
getting in and out of our complex," said Hug. "We've
had people walking through our complex we've never

seen before, more traffic, more parking in the back of our
place and we now have strangers coming onto our dock
and our walkway."
Hug said she couldn't prove if it was related to the
market, but also cited some potential criminal activity.
"We saw some teenagers coming around and testing
our car doors to see if they were open, and there were
three young girls who were turning doorknobs (on resi-
dences)," she said. "It's been a nightmare for us. We've
never had anything like that happen before and I believe
the market is attracting an element that is not friendly to
our atmosphere."
Several people cited serious traffic concerns and
safety issues for pedestrians in the area. Caryn Hodge
said she spoke to the police directing traffic.
"The police said it was a cluster, accidents waiting
to happen, and they didn't like it either," she said. "But
I believe that the market is hurting businesses in general
because people don't want to deal with that traffic."
A representative from Gathering Place restaurant and
other business owners in the vicinity of the Gulf Drive
Market expressed concerns over marketgoers using their
parking lots, which in turn, was driving away their cus-
There was an equal amount of support for the
market, but that support primarily came from vendors
and employees of the Gulf Drive Cafe and the market.
Summer Kraneck, an employee at the cafe, said the
market has been beneficial to business and didn't under-
stand the traffic complaints.

"The whole traffic thing I don't understand," she
said. "It will be here by next month anyway and it won't
be just a Sunday thing, it will be an everyday thing."
Eileen Suhre said the atmosphere at the Gulf Drive
Market was wonderful, and offered a proposal to those
who were complaining.
"I get a very positive feeling there," she said. "I
would happily exchange our Bridge Street drunks for
anyone who is bothered by the market. You have prob-
lems with teens? You can exchange these teens for our
Bridge Street drunks."
Mayor John Shaughnessy thanked each speaker for
their input before calling for a motion to either approve
or deny the extension request.
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh moved to deny the exten-
sion, which was seconded by Commissioner Ed Straight.
No discussion took place before the vote. Straight and
Vosburgh voted to deny the request, while Commissioner
Gay Breuler and the mayor voted to approve it.
Breuler then offered a second motion to approve the
extension, but the motion died for lack of second.
The Gulf Drive Market now will operate for one final
Sunday, Jan. 29.

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Blow the whistle
Who knew there was a referee who had the power
all along to blow the whistle on what might be the worst
of problems dealing with short-term rentals.
Apparently, Mike Brinson of AMI Accommoda-
tions knew.
He enlightened Anna Maria city commissioners at a
recent meeting, and Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby took
the message to the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting last week.
The topic of short-term rental issues was on the
BIEO agenda at the request of Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner David Zaccagnino.
Although no one attended the BIEO meeting from
Holmes Beach, where rental problems first surfaced in
abundance, officials there will surely get the message.
What Brinson brought to light is the written agree-
ment that he and many other accommodation agents
use between their company and the renter to seal the
deal. It apparently includes restrictions on loud noise
and inappropriate behavior that have proven difficult
to deal with by law enforcement.
Noise ordinances are difficult to enforce. Too many
times the cases don't make it to court, or decibal read-
ings are difficult to obtain.
And rowdy behavior often ceases when law enforce-
ment pays offenders a visit, only to resume shortly after
deputies or patrol officers leave.
Brinson and Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Resora-
tion, which also rents accommodations, say their con-
tracts allow them to evict a tenant in violation of the
their contract. They apparently can put on their big boots
and immediately kick bad renters out of their managed
properties and use law enforcement to back it up.
Sounds like a pretty darn good solution for the
majority of the grievances we've heard about the ten-
ants of short-term rentals.
It may not solve trash left curbside too long or too
early for pickup, and parking problems but, hey, they
can address those issues in the future.
All the cities need is a database of rental property
owners and rental managers, so law enforcement can
call the appropriate agent, who then can put some wind
in the whistle and improve the peace and quiet in the
residential neighborhoods where rental homes are pre-
And maybe those lists can be cross-matched with
the Manatee County Tax Collector's Office to ensure the
resort tax is paid and there's no homestead exemption
allowed on the rental properties.
Win, win, win.
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Who do we represent?
Who do the commissioners of Bradenton Beach
represent? Certainly not the people.
John "Scooter" Tillison threw his hat in the ring to
fill the empty Ward 3 commission seat. Yet, at the Jan.
5 commission meeting, where commissioners were to
nominate a replacement, he was simply ignored, and
the commission postponed its vote when a conflict of
interest was brought up about the other candidate.
At the Jan. 19 commission meeting to choose a
commissioner, a petition with 127 signatures of the
citizens and the business community supporting John
Tillison was presented to Mayor John Shaughnessy.
The petition was set aside, ignored. Not one com-
missioner looked at it, not one asked about it, not one
commented, but it sure seemed like a lot of signatures
in favor of Scooter.
So the final score was 127-3, and the three city
officials won. Only one commissioner stood up
Thanks (Commissioner) Ed Straight, but Scooter
was again the invisible candidate. The commission
voted in the other guy.
So exactly who do these commissioners repre-
Certainly not the people. One-hundred-twenty-
seven people join Scooter in the invisible pile.
And I ask, who do the 127 represent?
Jo Ann Meilner, Bradenton Beach
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An aerial photo of Manatee Public Beach by Islander photographer Jack Elka shows the full beach and
remnants of the pier during the final phase of removal.

Manatee Public Beach pier status

A storm event with large waves late last year
has made it difficult to determine the absence of the
Manatee County Public Beach pier and is making an
impact on erosion there.
According to a pair of surveys done both prior to
the pier's removal and after, spaced two years apart,
Manatee Public Beach has lost over 12,700 cubic
yards of sand.
Because of the large wave event, according to
Richard Spadoni, executive director of Coastal Plan-
ning and Engineering, "it could not be definitively
determined if the removal of the pier or the wave
event was the primary cause for the loss of sand,"

he wrote in a Jan. 16 letter to the Natural Resources
A new survey is to be conducted this spring, but
in the meantime it is being recommended that Mana-
tee County file an extension to the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers permit, which federally authorizes the
county to proceed with replacing the pier. The fed-
eral permit expires in March, however, around the
time the new survey is expected to begin.
There remains some consideration as to whether
to approve reconstructing the replacement pier at
312 feet with the existing permit, and to seek fund-
ing the pier construction.

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Headline news from the Jan. 23,
2002, issue of The Islander
The beach renourishment project for the shore of
the three Island cities was delayed from its start date
of Jan. 30 to the end of February or early March due
to scheduling conflicts with Great Lakes Dredge and
Dock, the company contracted to do the job. The delay
caused concern for sea turtle advocates and local busi-
ness owners, as chances of the work cutting into both
turtle and tourist seasons increased.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center board
contemplated a name change. S uI'.' I.oliin, included
removing Anna Maria, and Island Community Center
was one example. Board members believed a name
change might be appropriate after new construction was
completed. Other members advised caution, saying such
an action was a "big decision."
After receiving criticism from Island city offi-
cials, Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash
agreed to compromise his proposed plan for a county
charter. McClash took the first step, cutting from his
plan a countywide comprehensive plan that would have
taken precedence over city plans in some circumstances.
Island cities responded to McClash, saying the county
should first hear from the public on the charter issues.

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8 0 JAN, 25, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

BSM agrees to sponsor HB concert after the fact

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
The first in what is planned as monthly festivals at
the Holmes Beach city field will likely be sponsored by
a Bradenton Beach merchants group after all.
As of press time, the Jan. 27 event is pending a state
liquor license and contract for an off-duty police officer
at the event, according to the city clerk's office. The 5
p.m.-10 p.m. event is expected to feature bands, vendors,
food, beer and a G-rated movie in the city's open field in
the 5800-5900 block of Flotilla Drive.
Jo Ann Meilner, president of Bridge Street Mer-
chants, said the BSM voted last week to enter into a
contract with Island Festivals Inc. to sponsor the event.
"There is a permit process that has not been final-
ized," Mayor Rich Bohnenberger told the city commis-
sion at its Jan. 17 meeting. The city requires the state
liquor license approval, in addition to approvals from
the mayor, police, fire district and public works depart-
Meilner said Jan. 21 the BSM spoke to the state liquor
licensing department, and its permit is in the works.
At the city commission meeting, she said the BSM
agreed to supply the organization's name for a liquor
permit, and, in turn, receive profits from the beer sales,
but otherwise had no affiliation with the event and no
knowledge of who or what entity would be profiting.
On Jan. 21, however, she said she learned sponsor-
ship of the liquor permit and the rest of the event could
not be separated.
"For our special event license, the nonprofit has to

Arbor Day t
in Anna Maria ?
Anna Maria and Keep Manatee
Beautiful celebrated Arbor Day ,
Jan. 20 with a tree-planting cer- .
emony. From left are Dan Stephens, .
National Park Service; Candie
Pedersen, Manatee County govern-
ment; Anna Maria public works |-
director George McKay; Mike
Miller of Anna Maria; Ed Flow-
ers, Florida Forest Service; Billy
Malfese of the city's beautification
committee; Anna Maria staff Gary
Thorpe; Anna Maria Mayor Mike -
Selby; Mike Bridges, Keep Manatee
Beautiful, and Anna Maria staff
Peter Piir. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Keep Manatee Beautiful _

apply for and hold the license for the event," according to
Sandi Copes Poreda, director of communications, Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
In addition, state law requires a "bona fide nonprofit
civic organization" sell alcoholic beverages, and that "all
net profits from sales of alcoholic beverages" resulting
from the permit be retained by the nonprofit civic orga-
nization. It also limits civic organizations to three such
permits per calendar year.
Although sponsoring the entire Holmes Beach event
was not what the Bradenton Beach merchants group ini-
tially agreed to do, Meilner said Jan. 21, "It's too late to
pull the plug."
The event is being advertised by Island Festivals Inc.,
a for-profit corporation, according to the website of the
Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations.
It lists Cynthia and Douglas Thompson as officers, both
of 18th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton.
Advertisements indicate the concerts will include
bands, vendors, food and a beer truck.
Thompson, who signed the city's temporary use
permit application on behalf of the Bridge Street Mer-
chants, said her "goal is to help the businesses, tourists,
residents and nonprofits."
Thompson submitted her city application Jan. 10, but
had already announced Dec. 27 that the concerts were
planned for the last Friday of every month.
While the city field and gazebo will be used for the
concert events, the mayor told commissioners Jan. 17
that the city "will not be sponsoring" the concerts.
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consensus for free concerts in the park. Under the may-
or's report, Bohnenberger said he had "found someone
who is willing to organize a series, perhaps a monthly
concert in the park at no cost to the city. These will not
be major events, just simply bring your blanket or chair
and enjoy the entertainment, bluegrass, jazz, rock, oldies,
etc. If the commission is interested, I will pursue."
Commissioner Jean Peelen said she asked for the Jan.
17 review because she didn't remember any discussion
of food vendors and a beer truck.
She also wondered about the similarity of this appli-
cation to one submitted and rejected last year by Nancy
Ambrose. It was pointed out that Ambrose sought a
permit for a market on private property and the location
presented safety concerns.
At the commission meeting, Bohnenberger said the
city has no choice but to grant the Bridge Street Mer-
chants' request for the event. The mayor said it is manda-
tory for the city to issue the permit to nonprofit organiza-
tions. The city code states as follows:
"Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is the policy of the
city of Holmes Beach to provide for and encourage the
noncommercial use of the city-owned property adjacent
to the city hall complex ... solely for the benefit of the
citizens of Holmes Beach.
"Accordingly, in addition to other requirements for
temporary use permits, the following shall be required:
"Temporary use permits for the city field shall be
issued to organizations which are active not-for-profit
"As a condition of permit issuance, the applicant
shall be required to post one or more signs at the event.
These signs shall state the percentage or amount of rev-
enue the applicant is receiving from the event."
Meilner said that although the BSM board gave
approval for the liquor license for the event in exchange
for profits, she only learned a contract between BSM
and Island Festivals for the event had been signed Jan.
18 by vice president Caryn Hodge at the merchants Jan.
19 meeting.
BSM also learned that the organization is required
by Island Festivals to manage and provide volunteers to
run any booth selling alcoholic beverages and the beer
BSM also will receive any profit resulting from the
event after all expenses are paid, including 20 percent of
the event profit to Island Festivals.
While the state regulations require all net profits from
sales of alcoholic beverages be retained by the nonprofit
organization, the contract between the BSM and Island
Festivals is ambiguous as to who may be responsible for
costs if the event is not profitable.

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Bradenton Beach celebrates Florida Arbor Day

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Arbor Day will be 140 years old when it is celebrated
nationally April 27, but communities across the country
celebrate the day at different times of the year.
Jan. 20 was Florida Arbor Day and Anna Maria
Island communities celebrated by planting trees in vari-
ous areas of each city. In Bradenton Beach, the ceremony
took place on Bridge Street, where two Spanish Stopper
trees and two Simpson Stopper trees were planted.
Florida Forest Service spokesman Ed Flowers said
the first Arbor Day celebration was celebrated with a few
hundred children parading through their small town and
the planting of new trees.
"I think it's important to keep in mind that first cel-
ebration,' said Flowers. "Since then, Arbor Day celebra-
tions are done in every state and even in other coun-
Flowers thanked Bradenton Beach for becoming a
member of the Tree City USA family last year.
"There's a lot of work that goes into becoming a Tree
City USA," he said. "Bradenton Beach worked really
hard at getting that designation."
Bradenton Beach's designation means the only com-
munity in Manatee County that is not recognized by Tree
City USA is Longboat Key.
Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid
McClellan said she hopes to return next year's Arbor Day
celebration back to its roots by including school kids in
the event.

KMB volunteer and biologist Tammy Kovar said the
spirit of Arbor Day is "one tree at a time. We all enjoy plant-
ing trees, whether it's in our yard or in our community."
Florida Power and Light spokesman Jim Black
reminded attendees of the importance of planning where
trees are being planted, and to take into account nearby
power lines.
"Remember, right tree, right location," Black said.
"Trees provide beauty, shade and freshen the air and help

Bradenton Beach,
Florida Forest
Service and Keep
Manatee Beautiful
officials, as well
as local business
owners help plant
a pair of Spanish
Stoppers outside
of the U.S. Post
Office on Bridge
Street. The trees
were planted to
celebrate Florida
Arbor Day.
Islander Photo:
Mark Young

to support community pride. When people enter a Tree
City USA, they know you care about trees."
Mayor John Shaughnessy read a proclamation declar-
ing Jan. 20 as Arbor Day and urged all citizens "to sup-
port efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and to
support our city's urban forestry program."
Shaughnessy said citizen participation and planting
trees will "promote the wellbeing of present and future
generations," while enhancing the community.



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10 l JAN, 25, 2012 U THE ISLANDER

HB fisher serves jail time, appeals conviction

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
John L. Yates, 60, a Holmes Beach commercial
fisherman working out of Cortez, was released from
jail Jan. 4.
Yates served 30 days following a federal jury trial,
judgment and sentencing on charges that he destroyed
fish in an effort to obstruct an investigation into what the
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration claimed
were under-sized red grouper on Yates' boat.
He was convicted on two of three counts in August,
four years after a government agent boarded his boat to
search for illegal fish. Yates was found guilty of one count
of disposing under-sized fish to prevent the government's
seizure, and a second count of destroying fish to obstruct
an investigation of under-sized red grouper.
The jury acquitted him on a third count of lying to a
federal agent.
Even now, after serving the sentence, Yates believes
his case is not close to over. His attorney filed a notice to
appeal Dec. 16, and the appeal is expected to last another
two years.
Asked why Yates is appealing, there's a simple
answer, "Because I didn't do it."
"We've lost three years of income. He's lost his slot
of captain on a boat," said his wife, Sandy Yates.
"He's had to do odd jobs, jump on crab boats (to
crew). Not to mention the mental stress.
L\ .i) time he'd get pulled over, he'd have to pull
out a card," she said, adding a federal conviction stays
with someone for life.
"It was just nasty," John Yates said of time in jail in
Lee and Charlotte counties.
"I've got three more years on paper," he added, refer-
ring to his three years of supervised release. During his
probation period, he is required to cooperate with DNA
collection, drug testing, financial information requests
and other conditions of supervision.
"I can't leave the middle district of Florida," he
John and Sandy Yates also said people are afraid
to get involved with him due to the serious nature of a
federal case.
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fishermen, talk at Star Fish Company next to the dock
at A.P. Bell Fish House in Cortez, about the case that
has led Yates from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico to a
federal courtroom. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

and time with our grandkids," said Sandy Yates, adding
she is planning a civil suit against the government if they
win the appeal.
In a recent interview near the docks he's fished from
in Cortez for more than 13 years before the 2007 cita-
tion, John Yates noted the irony of being found innocent
of lying to a federal agent about the alleged disposal of
fish, but being found guilty on the underlying issues of
disposing and destroying fish.
He estimated he was carrying about 3,000 grouper
the day the agent of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission, deputized by NOAA, boarded his
boat and ordered him to empty his catch onto the deck of
the boat.
Four hours into the agent's search and measurements
on a rocky sea, John Yates said the agent had him pull
out 72 fish and put them on ice, however, the agent did
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A day later, government agents met Yates atA.R. Bell
Fish House in Cortez, where they counted and measured
the selected fish again, only to find 69 shrunken fish, he
Yates said.
Three days later, according to the Yates, the citation
was issued after the two of the crew were interviewed.
Sandy Yates said one crew member told investiga-
tors "the captain made me throw the fish overboard. The
crew member came out of the interview, saying, 'They
told me I was going to jail. I can't go to jail."'
"I just think there were always 69 (select fish)," she
said. \ II-l ingI- is not the same offshore as onshore.
"John told them, 'you're smashing the faces of the
fishes' during NOAA's onshore measurement." Sandy
Yates said she's certain it was her husband's questioning
of the agents that led to government's charges.
John Yates said, the mouth of a grouper has an under-
bite, and should be measured at full length, not by smash-
ing the face against a board.
"We challenged their methodology how they mea-
sured the fish," said John Yates.

NOAA's statement
After the trial, the U.S. attorney's office of the Middle
District of Florida published a press release, touting the
government's case.
"According to testimony and evidence presented at
trial, deputized officers of NOAA's National Marine Fish-
eries Service boarded the fishing vessel, Miss Katie, in
federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico and discovered 72
under-sized red grouper.
"The officers instructed the captain, John L. Yates,
to leave the fish onboard the Miss Katie, and report back
to Cortez, in order for agents of the National Marine
Fisheries Service to seize the fish. Instead of reporting
as instructed, Yates caused his crew to throw the fish
"Protecting our environment and natural resources
should be of prime concern to all Americans," said U.S.
Attorney Robert O'Neill in the press release. "Our office
will continue to make the enforcement of environmental
laws a priority."

Other issues
Less than one year after issuing Yates' citation, which
alleged fish under the 20-inch minimum length, the law
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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Jan. 10, 400 block of Pine Avenue, information.
A complainant asked deputies to evict a person from a
duplex. The woman residing at the unit claimed she was
there at the invitation of the property owner.

Also, Sandy Yates pointed out, the fish seized after
the onshore measurement were eventually sold to con-
sumers by the federal government.
What has them "fired up" now, she said, is the "little
guys" in commercial fishing across the country who are
facing similar charges and being unfairly prosecuted as
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and U.S. Sen. John Kerry
have raised concerns about over aggressive and poorly
managed commercial fishing enforcement operations in
Gloucester, Mass.
Under the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation
and Management Act, Sandy Yates said, "If you come up
short, it's supposed to be a civil matter. So when he got
the citation, he thought, 'pay a fine and it was over.'"
Going on more than five years in the federal court
system, however, John Yates apparently does not regret
his decisions in this matter, including his decision not to
plea bargain with the U.S. attorney. He said the prosecu-
tion offered only one choice other than going to trial on
the indictment, to plead to the charge of "forcibly and
physically opposing a federal officer."
"What is that?" John Yates said.
His wife added the government expected him to
"plead out" because 95 percent of those charged do.
However, no admission was made.
"If you didn't do something they're saying you did,
what would you do?" John Yates asked.
"We've had to forfeit hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars in income for a minor infraction," said Sandy Yates.
"There should be a point where common sense takes over.
We're talking about three missing fish."

Jan. 16, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, information.
Three men were ordered to stop door-to-door solicitation
in residential areas. Deputies escorted the men out of the
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
Jan. 12, 2600 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A bicycle
was removed from the front of a Sandpiper Resort mobile
home. The beach cruiser with a bell, mirror and fat tires
was valued at $50.
Jan. 14, 1900 block of Gulf Drive, grand theft. A
vendor who had left her wares under a tent in Coquina
Park following an arts and crafts show reported at approx-
imately 8:30 p.m. that unknown persons had entered her
tent. She said approximately $450 worth of jewelry was
missing. Wood and glass display cabinets were forcibly
entered, and storage bins had been rummaged. Police
obtained fingerprint evidence.
Jan. 17, 2600 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. A complainant reported his car was broken into Jan.
15 and the driver's side door and dash were damaged.
Damage was estimated at $500.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Holmes Beach
Jan. 15, 500 block of 69th Street, vehicle burglary. A
man reported $180 cash, a global positioning system and
a brown bag containing numerous house keys were stolen
from his unlocked vehicle. He told police he believed
the burglary occurred Jan. 13 when he first noticed his
wallet missing. He did not realize his vehicle had been
burglarized until he discovered the other items missing.
The complainant said the brown bag contained keys
for homes he routinely checks for absentee owners. He
advised police he would contact the property owners
about the incident, and t'I_'l.'I the two owners with
addresses on their key chains to have their locks changed.
Police examined the vehicle and obtained fingerprint evi-
Jan. 15, 3900 E. Bay Drive, theft. A woman reported
leaving her purse behind after loading her car at Publix.
She returned to the store, but did not find her purse, which

she said contained $200, credit and debit cards, her Flor-
ida driver's license and Social Security card.
Jan. 15, 3900 E. Bay Drive, theft. A man reported
leaving his wallet on a ledge next to the scale at Publix
on his way out of the store. He told police it contained
$500, credit cards, his Massachusetts driver's license, a
builder license and his Social Security card.
Jan. 17, 6500 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man
reported a silver-gray Diamondback bicycle valued at
$100 stolen.
Jan. 16, 100 block of 77th Street, burglary. An
aqua Jansport backpack, containing an Apple i-Pad and
school books, was reported stolen from a vehicle parked
in a driveway. The burglary is believed to have occurred
sometime between Jan. 13 and Jan. 15. The complain-
ant said the vehicle had been unlocked and other items,
including a purse were not taken.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and the Manatee County S/,i f's Office.

Island roadwatch
A Florida Department of Transportation restriction
on over-size vehicles using the Longboat Pass Bridge/
State Road 789 remains in effect.
DOT officials expect the ban to last for several
months, due to a reduced travel lane width during ongo-
ing construction on the bridge.
Any necessary lane closures will occur between 10
p.m. and 6 a.m., the DOT said. A fla.-ini operation will
be present to direct traffic during any closures. There
will be no lane closures from 6 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m.
Motorists are advised to use caution and obey the
speed limit, which has been reduced to 35 mph for the
duration of construction.
The draw remains available to boaters on demand.
The bridge project is expected to finish in April or
early May, according to the DOT.
The sidewalk project in Holmes Beach along East
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The Island churches will hold an ecumenical service
of worship in celebration of Christian unity at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29, at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The ecumenical service, held each year in conjunc-
tion with the worldwide Week of Prayer for Christian
Unity, is sponsored by All Island Denominations. Clergy,
laity, and choir members from all the Island churches will
The worship service symbolizes that all Christians
are united in Jesus Christ, in their call to mission and
ministry as his disciples.
All are welcome to attend the service and reception.
Donations will be accepted to help support the emergency
financial assistance fund for Island residents maintained
by AID. The fund is AID's major outreach project.
For more information, call the Rev. Gary Batey at
Roser Church, 941-778-0414.

Gulf Coast Writers
meet, share work
Members of the Gulf Coast Writers will meet and
share their work at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Anyone interested in creative writing is welcome to
For more information, call 941-778-7631.

IGW-Denson offer
watercolor demo
Terry Denson will demonstrate the use of watercolors
on aqua board 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event is free and open to the public.
Seating is available on a first-come first-serve
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-

Pillowcase dresses to go
Twelve women from the Episcopal Church of Annun-
ciation in Holmes Beach are traveling this week to San
Pedro Sula, Hondurus on a mission trip to visit Our
Little Roses Ministries for girls. The girls have been
rescued from poverty, abandonment, abuse, disease,
hunger and illiteracy. The travelers, including Carol
Carter, left, Mary Jo Bopp, the Rev. Dee Ann Montmol-
lin, and Judy Bennett, are planning a project to deco-
rate pillow dresses. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Author speaks, signs new novel
H. Terrell Griffin of Longboat Key, award-winning
novelist and former trial lawyer, autographs a book for
Pat Carr of Holmes Beach, following a Jan. 18 discus-
sion on the evolution of Florida mysteries at the second
in the Alice Taylor Reed's Lecture and Travel series at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Roser offers thrifty
buys, pancake breakfast
Roser Memorial Community Church will welcome
all-comers to a pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
28, in the church fellowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
The breakfast, organized by the Roser Men's Club,
will consist of pancakes, syrup, sausage, biscuits, gravy
and coffee.
The cost for breakfast is $5.
Also the women's guild will host a yard sale 9 a.m.-
noon across the street from the chapel at the Roser Guild
Thrift Store, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call the church office at 941-
778-0414, or call a thrift-store volunteer at 941-779-

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their Islander to the football fans at the Green Bay
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Artists' guild hosts watercolor workshop

Artist Mark Polomchek, above, at a recent workshop,
will teach a two-day watercolor workshop for the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island in February.

The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will host a
two-day art workshop with watercolorist Mark Polom-
chek 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 at CrossPointe
Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Participants will complete a painting each day and
may choose to attend one or both days. Class size is
limited to 25 students.
The cost to attend is $90 per day and lunch is

Appalachian adventures
topic of library lecture
The Friends of the Island Library's Alice Taylor Reed
Lecture and Travel Series continues at 2 p.m. Wednes-
day, Jan. 28, with a presentation by Vickie and Tim
The couple will lecture about an Appalachian travel
The friends speaker series is held at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-6341.

McWilliams-Dailey wedding
Jenessa Sculla McWilliams and Geoffry Dailey were
married Oct. 23 at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in
Revere, Mass. The bride is the daughter of Larry and
Jan McWilliams of Revere. The McWilliams family has
owned property on Anna Maria Island since 1979, and
the bride spent summers on AMI while growing up. The
groom is the son of Vincent and Susan Dailey of Wilton,
Conn. The bride is a school counselor at Revere High
School and the groom is a portfolio manager in the
financial district of Boston. The newlyweds reside in
Lynnfield, Mass., with their two Chihuahuas. A Febru-
ary honeymoon to St. Lucia is planned.

Examples of Mark Polomchek's watercolors.

To reserve space in the class or for more informa-
tion, call Sandi Nowicki at 941-761-4695.

AMICCO to perform
'mostly Mozart'
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orches-
tra will perform "Mostly Mozart" 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday,
Jan. 29, at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key..
Tickets for the concert are $20 each.
For more information and reservations, call the center
at 941-383-8811.

AAUW to host fundraiser
The Manatee County branch of the American Asso-
ciation of University Women is hosting its annual schol-
arship fundraiser at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
The event has a mardi gras theme, including lunch,
silent auction and fashion show. A card party will
Proceeds will fund academic scholarships for out-
standing high school seniors as well as older women
transitioning to college.
Reservations are requested by Jan. 29, and the fee to
attend is $30.
The event will be at the Bradenton Country Club,
4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
For more information, call Sylvia Price at 941-778-

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Vets take flight
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island president Melissa
Williams presents more than $2,500 to Rotary district
governor Denise Hearn. The donation will allow four
World War II veterans to take part in the Honor Flight
project, which brings WWII vets to Washington, D.C.,
to visit the National WWII Memorial and other sites.
Any interested vets may apply by contacting Williams
at 941-779-9108. Islander Photo: Courtesy Williams

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Friday, Jan. 27
5-10 p.m. Music festival to benefit Bridge Street Mer-
chants at Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-536-4257.

Saturday, Jan. 28
8-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
778-0414. Fee applies.
8 a.m.-noon Yard sale at Roser Thrift Shop, 511 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-2733.
10 a.m.-noon Terry Denson demonstrates watercolor
painting on aqua board at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
2 p.m. Vickie and Tim Edwards lecture on Appalachian
travel at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6 p.m. "Sinatra Sings" dinner theater at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Feb. 1
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-

Saturday through March 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Anna Maria
Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

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catered by Talk of
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aAve., Anna Maria.

First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the
Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199
meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.
Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge
Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Third Thursdays through March, Bingo at Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23 St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to
various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by
Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-

Wednesday, Jan. 25
6 p.m. Second annual Taste Magazine Chef's Competi-
tion to benefit the Women's Resource Center at Freedom Village,
6406 21st Ave. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-366-7950. Fee
6:30-8 p.m. -Starry night walkthrough Robinson Preserve,
1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.

Thursday, Jan. 26
9 a.m. -Wagon tour of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St.
N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.
5:30-8:30 p.m. Taste of the Keys and Fashion Show at
the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S.,
Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345. Fee applies.

Saturday, Jan. 28
10 a.m.-noon Citizen Science Academy: Beneath the
Waves program for ages 9 and older at Robinson Preserve, 1704
99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunset shutter stroll at Robinson Preserve,
1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.

Sunday, Jan. 29
2 p.m. Bradenton Opera Guild presents "Stars of Tomor-
row" at Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-358-5660. Fee applies.
3-4:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra presents "Mostly Mozart" at the Longboat Key Edu-
cation Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Informa-
tion: 941-383-8811. Fee applies.

Coming Up:
Feb. 4, colored pencil drawing demonstration, Island Gal-
lery West.
Feb. 6, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting, Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation.

Save the Date:
Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club Big Band Dance,
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Feb. 14, Islander Promise Day, AMI Beach Cafe.
Send calendar announcements to news@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

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Gary A. Batey, Pastor
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Celebrating 100 Years of Service in 2013
Sunday 9 & 11 AM ~ Traditional Worship
10 AM Adult Sunday School
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Island Players paint 'Art of Murder'

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
"Art for art sake. Money for god's sake."
These lyrics from 10CC's "Art for Art Sake" song
immediately came to mind following a near-perfect open-
ing performance of the "Art of Murder" by Joe Pietro
Jan. 19 at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Director James Thaggard succeeds with a delightful,
fast-paced comedy-thriller that takes numerous twists and
turns, navigating through an art world driven by deceit
and greed.
Mark Shoemaker plays artist Jack Brooks. Judy
Glynn is Brooks' wife, Annie. Mary Jo Johnson plays
their maid, Kate. Walter Price appears as Vincent, the
Brooks' art dealer. Price appears on the Players' stage
after what he said was a "brief 30-year absence."
The play opens with Annie nervously painting. She
is besieged by husband Jack Brooks, who is revered as
one of most accomplished painters of his generation.
Brooks is loud, demanding and demeaning, as he paces,
impatiently awaiting his art dealer, Vincent. And when
Vincent finally arrives, Brooks demands the art dealer
sell his newest painting for $1 million and sets a trap to
guarantee his efforts.
Shoemaker deftly plays the obnoxious, demented
artist who is enamored with his own fame.
Glynn portrays a soul-searching yet diabolical wife
of a philandering husband, and gives a solid performance,
considering her character's struggle for identity, the play's
back story.
More than once Glynn's character lives up to her
proclamation, "There's a monster in all of us."
The wild card is Kate, entering scenes sporadically,
creating curiosity about the nature of her involvement in
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ethnicity while knowing the stage is set in the Brooks'
home in the woods of Connecticut.
Undoubtedly the most comedic element of the show
is Vincent, the flamboyant art dealer. Price's portrayal of
an upbeat, yet beaten-down conduit between Jack and
Annie Brooks and the world of commercial art makes
for a lovable, cheeky character who shines brightly on
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The play takes the audience through a labyrinth of
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Beach artist Carolyn Campeau, and is both modem and
Joe Pietro's play writing is quick and connected,
recognized by the 2000 Edgar Award given annually in
the name of Edgar Allen Poe by the Mystery Writers of
In his introduction, Thaggard boasts "no director
minds a full house opening night" and applauds his "won-
derful cast" and the community theater's 63rd season.
Performances of "Art of Murder" at the Island Play-
ers theater runs through Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. A matinee begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.
For more information or tickets, visit the box office
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and one hour
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Rowdy renters may get boot in Anna Maria

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Rental property managers and owners in Anna Maria
are banding together with the city and law enforcement
to find solutions to the problems renters may cause, par-
ticularly disturbing the highly valued peace and quiet.
But many commissioners were surprised to learn
there might be a better and quicker solution than calling
law enforcement.
Apparently, agents who rent the properties can give
rowdy tenants an immediate boot if they break the lease
Commissioners at their Jan. 12 meeting also learned
that Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substa-
tion deputies can respond to a complaint of loud noise,
but the city's noise ordinance is almost impossible to
enforce, and deputies can't order a renter to leave.
Agents, however, have no such restriction, according
to Michael Brinson of AMI Accommodations.
The terms of almost every rental agreement includes
being good neighbors and observing the 10 p.m. noise
curfew, he said.
"We can show up and take their keys away and
remove them from the property," and use law enforce-
ment as backup, Brinson said.
Brinson presented a list of "best practices" that his
company follows and suggested it's a good start for con-
sideration by all rental agents, vacation property owners
and the city. The "practices" include providing a list of
telephone numbers for the MCSO to call if renters con-
tinue to be a problem after a warning.
Commissioner SueLynn said the city doesn't want to
keep visitors out, "But we don't want frat parties either.
This is a place where people come for peace and quiet.
We need to work on a first line of defense."

She agreed to conformity so that everyone is on the
same page and understands what can and can't be done.
"Count me in," said owner Larry Chatt of Island Real

Michael Brinson of AMI Accommodations speaks to
Anna Maria commissioners regarding vacation rental
issues at their Jan. 12 meeting, saying property agents
and owners can get rid of noisy renters easier than law
enforcement. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Estate. He believes in being pro-active and wants to "be
part of the solution."
Developer/accommodation owner Mike Coleman
suggested a committee of rental agents, property owners,
law enforcement and the city be formed to list the best
practices for adoption by the private sector, including
absentee owners.
City attorney Jim Dye said having rental agents and
property owners handle rowdy renters is easier than the
city passing ordinances to solve the issue.
Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon said there
are a number of absentee owners of vacation rentals who
are hard to locate, such as one where quite a few "frat par-
ties" have been held. Notices to the owners about solving
the issue before a code violation occurs have remained
unclaimed at the post office for two months.
Commissioners discussed a tougher noise ordinance
and a system of fines, but eventually agreed a committee
to address solutions appeared the best action.
SueLynn volunteered to be the liaison to the com-
mittee. She said she would immediately start drafting
common practices for rental properties.
The practices used by AMI Accommodations include
providing information on trash collection dates, asking
guests if they need any special accommodations, giving
the MCSO a list of people to call when problems arise
at a rental, encouraging new and current owners to meet
their neighbors and provide AMI Accommodations with
a complete contact list.
Mayor Mike Selby said it's great that rental agents
are getting involved in the solutions, but the city also
needs a database of accommodation owners or represen-
tatives to contact when a problem arises.
Commissioners agreed to continue discussion of
rental issues at their Feb. 9 work session.

Coalition officials discuss shared rental housing issues

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials met
Jan. 18 at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
to discuss ongoing issues regarding rental properties.
Those issues include excess noise from short-term
renters and trash left curbside long before it's picked up
by haulers. But the meeting was absent the primary pre-
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino
requested the agenda item for January's CBIEO meet-
ing, which rotates between cities each month. But Zac-
cagnino did not attend, saying he assumed the meet-
ing was canceled when he did not receive a confirma-
Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria officials were in
attendance and carried on the discussion without repre-
sentation from Holmes Beach and Longboat Key.
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby inquired if Braden-
ton Beach was having similar issues to Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach with renters.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy said
it was not as much a problem in his city as in other
"Our main concern is more noise from existing
establishments, more so than from private people," said

Shaughnessy. "We don't have an issue of people buying
up residences to use as rentals yet. The bipx.I thing
about this issue is there is no personal responsibility."
Shaughnessy said renters of any kind should act
accordingly when it comes to short-term or long-term
"Is there a background check done? Is there a credit
check done? Also, there should be posted rules and regu-
lations that say this is what you can do and this is what
you can't do," he said.
Shaughnessy said he realizes that people go on vaca-
tion to get away from everything, "but it's still about
personal responsibility on the property owner's part, too.
If you want them to come, then don't complain, but it
should be up to the owner's responsibility when they rent
out these places."
Shaughnessy said property owners should require a
checklist of rules and policies for renters.
"It's a shame when government has to tell people to
live like that," he said. "It's the owner's responsibility to
have their people do that."
Selby said Anna Maria already has addressed the
trash issue by negotiating a deal with Waste Manage-
ment. Selby explained that for all non-homesteaders, it
will cost an additional $4.50 a month for rear-door trash
pickup, which will alleviate trash left curbside when a

renter leaves the property.
The second issue facing Holmes Beach and Anna
Maria is the excess noise created when renters in resi-
dential areas have parties.
"Noise ordinances are being thrown out of court left
and right," said Selby, who noted that pursuing offenses
such as disturbing the peace or public nuisance is a better
route. "And I recognize that 90 percent of people are
responsible, but we have to deal with that 10 percent who
are not."
Shaughnessy said that's why laws are made.
"They aren't made for the majority of people, they
are made for the minority," said Shaughnessy. "But
people don't need more government in their lives. Again,
it comes down to personal responsibility and property
Selby said that is the focus of the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office in Anna Maria.
"The sheriff's office is concentrating on confront-
ing the property owners, more so than the crowd," said
Selby. "It's about creating a database. We should have
that in place to know who the owners are and have a
contact number so a sheriff's deputy knows who is
renting that particular place when a problem arises."
No further discussion on the issue took place and the
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BB open-air dining ordinance passes first hurdle

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
With only public support for the city's proposed
amendment to the open-air dining ordinance being pro-
vided to the Bradenton Beach city commission during
the Jan. 19 meeting, commissioners made short work of
passing the first reading.
Two speakers expressed support for the city's plans
to allow open-air dining by applying for special exception
The only concerns raised were from Bradenton Beach
building official Steve Gilbert.
"We've had some citizen input on this," he said,
(relating to the potential of loud music). "The issue came
up in planning and zoning, but they felt it was more of a
noise ordinance issue than a planning issue."
Gilbert said if the commission moved forward with
implementing changes to the ordinance, noise issues
would need to be addressed at some point to alleviate
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Commissioner Gay Breuler motioned to approve the
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Mayor John Shaughnessy said it was "a long time
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18 0 JAN, 25, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER

Resident takes on HB permit, inspection process

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
Mary E. Buonagura, a longtime Holmes Beach resi-
dent concerned with the proliferation of short-term rental
construction made an extensive public records request at
the city commission Jan. 17 work session.
"I know what I'm going after," she said, "You said
it yourself it's enforcement.
"I'm concerned with the ones being built right now.
I haven't seen any inspections that have gone on.
"There's a joke among the builders going around,"
she said, about drive-by inspections.
Buonagura is seeking "all applications for building
permits for new construction; all documents that per-
tain to utilities code and subsequent inspections during
construction; all documents that establish completion
of new construction up to and including the issuance of
certificates of occupancy," and "all written complaints
to the city of Holmes Beach regarding land use and new
construction" between 2006 and 2012.
"Oh man," Commissioner John Monetti said after she
read her request into the record. "That's going to take a
person on staff a million hours."
The city attorney and commissioners then encour-
aged Buonagura to rescind her request and tailor it to
a more limited time frame to allow staff to provide the
records sought at lesser expense.
After discussion, Buonagura agreed to narrow her
initial request.
"For the record, I would like to work with the city,"
Buonagura said, adding that by the end of the week she
would provide the city "a list of addresses." After the
meeting, when asked whether she would be w illdult ing.
her document request, Buonagura answered "no," just
amending it.
Bob Shaffer, Holmes Beach building inspector, when
contacted after the meeting about city inspections, said,
"I would consider the source of that information, where
it came from, and not pay any attention to it.
"I've many years of experience, and have not had
any complaints about doing my job professionally," he
The commissioners also heard u'i'' lioni, from
residents, and reached a consensus to strictly enforce the

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The question of what a 30-day rental entails arose for
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said staff has been running into owners renting for one
week but not the rest of the month, or for 45 days and not
until the end of the second month.
The code states: "No dwelling or parcel shall be
leased, subleased or rented for a term of less than 30
consecutive days and such occupancy shall be by the
same individual or family.
"No timeshare interval associated with any dwelling
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consecutive days and such occupancy shall be by the
same individual or family.
"Thirty days is 30 days," Zaccagnino said, summing
up the commissioners' comments. He added that the rule
would apply regardless of whether a rental contract was
with a family member. To avoid a violation, an owner
would have to contract for the whole month.
Zaccagnino then proposed "working groups" to take
on the myriad of multi-unit rental problems, including
noise, trash, parking and other code violations.
The following committees were assigned:
Building code, chair Commissioner Jean Peelen.
Rental agents/contracts/best practices, chair Com-
missioner Pat Morton.
Code enforcement, chair Commissioner Sandy
Haas Martin.
Zoning/permitting, chair Monetti.
Licensing/administrative fee protocol, chair Zac-
Zaccagnino suggested that concerned professionals
and residents should be recruited as additional members,
and make recommendations to the commission.
He said the meeting only addressed the "tip of the
iceberg of this huge, huge issue," and was just the begin-
ning of six months of work.
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Barbara Marcheck of 66th Street also addressed com-
missioners, saying she was unable to attend the meeting
when the rental issue and solutions were discussed. She
called for a moratorium while the city worked on the
duplex issues.
Chair Zaccagnino advised that the commission was
not ready to take on the moratorium issue. He said any
moratorium had to apply to all duplex construction, even
that which they may consider desirable.
"These are barns with bedrooms," said Marcheck.
"I question the sanity of the developers. There is not a
parking space for every bedroom. This is not for family
use. These places are like small motels. These are for
parties, for reunions."
Also discussed by members was what constitutes
a bedroom, and Petruff advised she has been "drafting
away" on ordinances that regulate "sleeping rooms."
Such a designation could resolve the loophole that allows
rooms without closets, which are not considered bed-
rooms. The builder then is able to avoid the one-bedroom,
one-parking space rule.
Having advised the commission that new rental-
related restrictions are preempted by state law, Petruff
cautioned commissioners that working groups "can't
fiddle with districts," but can make recommendations
relating to schedules of fines, parking, classes of viola-
tions, and definitions of terms, such as noise.
The issues surrounding multi-unit rentals turned
toward a solutions-oriented process at a November meet-
ing attended by more than 100 residents. Approximately
20 property managers, real estate agents, builders, busi-
ness owners and others spoke before a packed chambers
with h'in'.iliin, aimed at resolving the enforcement
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Holmes Beach hears bark, bark, bark of dog owners

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
He claimed he was a lawyer from out of state, and
he had come to practice baseball with his son at Birdie
Tebbetts Field. He told some 30 people with animals at
the field to leave. And they left.
Holmes Beach resident and dog park user Forrest
L, >ng, ; nlth Jr. and other dog park proponents told Holmes
Beach commissioners this tale and more at a Jan. 17 com-
mission work session. The dog park users said they want
a change in signage at the field.
The signs posted at the field say: "No dogs permitted
during ball playing activities," and "This field is baseball/
softball use only. All other activities use soccer field."
They also sent a message that city officials should
look down the road to even more dog-friendly changes.
"I don't have a dog in this fight," said publisher of The
Islander, Holmes Beach resident Bonner Joy, "my dogs
don't play well with other dogs, and we don't go there.
"I really feel the ball park is obsolete," she said,
explaining how she had seen the ball park develop from
a rocky, shell field to a Junior League baseball field.
It became a Junior League field where 14-16-year-
olds played organized ball, and The Islander proudly
sponsored the team, Joy said. However, interest dwindled
in the field as interest in Little League declined.
Anna Maria Island Little League was a chartered
organization, not part of the community center, although
AMILL partnered with the center for use of its baseball
stadium. She said they haven't organized or produced
teams suitable for use of the Holmes Beach field in three
years, and she didn't see that changing in the future.
"There are 30 to 50 dog owners there on a daily
basis," Joy said. "If you're thinking about serving the
most people, the highest and best use may be for dogs."
Joy added that she spoke to three of the four Tebbetts'
children. They are not holding onto a hope that someday
the field will be more popular, she said. "Whatever is best
for Holmes Beach" is what they want. "They'd be happy
to see it used."
Barbara Parkman of 67th Street said, "We have a lot
of animal lovers here. There are a few that mess up. So
we clean up. She requested that "if it's not going to be
baseball, cover up the gosh darn orange sand." She said
it clings to the dogs paws and fur, stains everything it
comes in contact with, and is hard to remove.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a
former mayor of Holmes Beach and resident, said she
agreed with Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, who had intro-
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baseball field, she said. It was built with county funding
along with private donations.
Whitmore said the county was instrumental in level-
ing the grade and putting the grass in, and that Rex Hagen
donated $50,000-60,000.
Whitmore said she favored giving everyone who
contributed money input into any future use.
She also pointed out that the comprehensive plan
includes the field as "recreation," and a dog park falls into
that use category. "There was an agreement. If it were a
catch game or not, they could share the field. We have to
find a way to play nice in the sandbox."
Another resident suggested finding a compromise,
using it as a dog park when baseball is not in season. And
in the spring, when it's played, allowing use as a dog park
until 4 p.m.
Joy added sunset occurs around 5:30 and a game
can't take place after dusk. She also suggested commis-
sioners give thought to how much money they want to
invest for clay, fertilizers, pesticides and manpower to
maintain the field, considering its limited use as a ball
Commissioner John Monetti asked whether the base-
ball field could be divided to allow for a regulation-sized
soccer field. The fence on the south side of the baseball
field is removable, allowing for a larger open field.
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"We still have to have the blessing of Mr. Hagen,"
Zaccagnino said.
"I don't know," said Monetti of this idea. "Dogs are
using it 95 percent of the time. Should we provide this if
we don't know there's going to be enough people show-
ing up. There's too much emphasis on ball park."
Renee Ferguson of 77th Street said "all the ideas are
great. "Let's say if in the next year if we haven't had any
(ballpark) use, we stop putting money into fertilizer."
She said even when dog owners let the kids play,
she hasn't seen any problems.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the signs were posted
because there were dogs that chased some kids.
Dog park users responded they had not seen that
And, the mayor said, more people are policing that
field than ever, which is "a good thing."
Debate about the use of Birdie Tebbetts Field began
when the field parking lot became a staging area for a
stormwater project. The lot also has been used for previ-
ous dredging projects.
However, there's been objection to the loss of park-
ing, perhaps because no organized sports have been
scheduled there in more than two years.
Scott Dell of the Anna Maria Island Community
Center confirmed the center hasn't scheduled the field
for sports in two to three years.
Apparently an informal coed softball league used
the field in the summer, but, beyond that, the field is only
used by people allowing their dogs a fenced-in place to
The center's declining interest in the field is attrib-
uted to a national decline in baseball as a children's sport,
according to Dell.
Birdie Tebbetts Field is the city's only baseball field.
It was dedicated in March 2001 to honor the late George
Robert (Birdie) Tebbetts, a Holmes Beach resident. Teb-
betts was known as a defensive-minded catcher for the
Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians
between the late 1930s and the early 1950s and as the best
catcher in the American League in the 1940s.
He worked in baseball following his playing years as
a manager and executive, ending his career as a master
scout for the Marlins when the team formed in 1991.
He settled on Anna Maria Island in the 1950s and
supported the Anna Maria Island Little League.
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Forgus said the name change will be complete once
the new sign arrives. He'll announce the date for the
grand opening at that time, and said he plans to serve his
best appetizers and smoked foods. Live entertainment
also is planned, he said.
Forgus also is celebrating his new partners, Holmes
Beach residents Denise and Craig Robson.
Denise Robson will assist with menu planning and
some cooking, Forgus said.
The menu will retain his signature gourmet shrimp
and grits, along with an array of fresh seafood.
"We buy our fish daily in Cortez and it's the fresh-
est you can get on the Island," Forgus said. He also
takes pride in preparing i \ ingii on the menu from
Along with fresh fish, Forgus will offer chicken
cordon bleu, steaks and pork on the Kozy Kitchen
"We are expanding our menu and basically re-launch-
ing the restaurant with a new name. We're really looking
forward to the grand opening and a new start," he said.
Kozy Kitchen/Fusion is located directly under the
Holmes Beach cell tower. It is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday through Friday, and 5-10 p.m. daily.
For more information, call 941-896-4880.

C(ij. ,,i r Tristan Forgus is planning a celebration
in February for the opening of Kozy Kitchen, 5904
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Forgus said Holmes
Beach residents Denise and Craig Robson are his new
restaurant partners. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Islanders get 'done' deal
Consider it Done is new to Anna Maria Island, con-
ceived by owner Steve Sweney to help Island residents
and visitors who really need help to "get things done."
Steve's errand and personal assistance company
offers such services as shopping, transportation, party
and event planning, deliveries, computer training, prop-
erty management, accompaniment/companionship and
much more.
Sweney said he realizes many Islanders and winter
visitors have difficulty accomplishing some of their tasks.
He also provides home monitoring and management and
organizing a client's home, among other services.
"I wanted to help, to offer them something that could
make a real difference in their life," he said.
"We do what people have a hard time doing, or don't
have the time, or just don't want to anymore."
Consider it Done is available 24/7 to its patrons.
For more information, call 941-896-4089 or visit the
company website, www.ConsiderltDoneAMI.com.

Business networks
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
January networking event will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday,

Jan. 25, at the Village Cafe at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, with Relish Vintage/Artisan Boutique as
Appetizers will be served and raffle prizes will be
offered to some lucky winners.
Cost of the event is $5 and members are encouraged
to bring a guest. Reservations are requested.
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Go gourmet for lunch
Island Gourmet, 5910 Marina Drive, is now open for
lunch and is serving single slices of its gourmet, hand-
made pizza, said chef Steve Sanchez.
He'll also be cooking daily luncheon specials, includ-
ing zuppa di peche, a stew of five different fishes, and
specialty Italian sandwiches. Another menu favorite
offered at lunch is his lobster ravioli, said Sanchez.
Island Gourmet offers free delivery on Anna Mafia
Island 5-10 p.m. \ f>ondi\i) tihiiugh Saturday, and take-out
is available.
Island Gourmet's new hours are 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Monday through Saturday.
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several years ago, it gave them even more reason to visit
the Island.
"We kept talking about how much we enjoyed coming
here to see P.J. and the laid-back, friendly atmosphere,"
said Chris Smargisso.
"We kind of talked about moving here, but not real
seriously until we heard through the grapevine the Banana
Cabana was for sale," he said.
The couple did some checking and found that the
restaurant had an excellent reputation for Jamaican and
Caribbean-style cuisine, and had been owned and oper-
ated by Mike Rappaport for more than a decade.
When actor Denzel Washington was in Cortez film-
ing the movie "Out of Time," Rappaport said he ate at
the restaurant several times and boasted about the quality
of the cuisine.
"We knew that Mike obviously had done a great job
with the restaurant, so we started talking to him about
buying the place. One thing led to another and we bought
the restaurant in December," Chris Smargisso said.
He and his wife also bought a house in Holmes Beach
and left New Jersey's harsh winters behind.
But without the talents of P.J., he and his wife would
never have considered buying a restaurant, Chris Smar-
gisso said.
"I'd been in management and Sheryl was in sales.
Now, we're learning how to run a restaurant. But P.J.
trained in cooking Florida-style food and it was no prob-
lem for him to pick the Jamaican way," Chris Smargisso
Being Italian, the family has added a few of their
favorite items to the menu, along with lots of seafood.
"We're going to have fresh grouper done with an
Italian-Caribbean flavor, and use the same technique on
some other dishes, but only a few."
Long-time patrons need not worry about their favor-
ite jerk chicken and pork.
"Those are our main attractions on the menu, as are
the other Caribbean dishes," Chris Smargisso said.
Banana Cabana will have live entertainment four or
five nights a week, and Jamaica's famed Red Stripe beer,
as well as 24 other imported brands and national beers.
"It's like a dream come true for us," said Sheryl

Walgreens staff members were stocking shelves last
week at the new Walgreens at the Anna Maria Island
Center, 3100 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. The new
Walgreens is scheduled to open Jan. 23, while the old
Walgreens in the same shopping center will close Jan.
22. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Smargisso. "This is more like fun than work, and we get
to meet a lot of great people. We'd like to invite everyone
to come in and say hello," she said.
Banana Cabana is open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday
through Sunday, and 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday.
For more information, call 941-779-1930.

Members of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber
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M r, and restaurant represen-
tatives cut the ribbon for
the grand opening of the
La Petit Cafe restaurant
located at the Tortuga
Inn Beach Resort, 1325
n ut Gulf Drive N, Bradenton
Beach. The ceremony
took place Jan. 19 for the
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NEMO continues quest
Members of the North End Merchants Organization
agreed at their Jan. 17 meeting the NEMO mission state-
ment to promote cooperation and build harmony between
residents and businesses will continue.
Sissy Quinn reported new banners are now displayed
on utility poles along Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive, with
one banner at the city entrance by CrossePointe Fellow-
ship all courtesy of NEMO.
The new banners promote Anna Maria and do not
mention NEMO or any business, Quinn said.
Janae Rudacille suggested NEMO could help the
Roser Church food pantry by delivering food.
Another tuhm'i, n was made to volunteer rides to
the polling place on election days.
John Ganfield of Feeling Swell restaurant reminded
fellow members he had entered a NEMO team in the
March 31 Relay for Life, and he needs team members.
He will host a team party 5-7 p.m. Feb. 14, Val-
entine's Day, at Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna
Joan Carter of J&J Graphics concluded the meeting,
saying maps showing NEMO member locations await
member listing approval before going to print.
NEMO will next meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Studio
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Child prodigy paints perfection

By Kathy Prucnell
Islander Reporter
It's the "Perfect Place." There's a beaming sun, a
flowing waterfall, sandy beach, swaying palm trees, a
small house with a thatched roof and an offbeat totem
Holmes Beach artist Rolf Henrik Brusso lives a life
and paints like no other 13-year-old.
A seventh-grader at King Middle School, he is taking
on the allure of a "beachy" Salvador Dali, or a young
Drew Brophy, designer of surf and skate boards, two
artists he credits as major influences on his style.
His popularity on the Island as an artist has soared
in the past year. His mom, Else Brusso, describes it as
After entering a show she called "the Kid's Market,"
an Art Center event in Bradenton a year ago, and attend-
ing several art festivals and competitions throughout
2011, the demand for his work has skyrocketed. He's
being regularly commissioned for paintings, and his
family is having trouble keeping art on their walls.
He sold about 15 originals before Christmas, along
with some 50 prints, T-shirts, and paintings on recycled
wood. He has "10 on the go right now," according to
his mom, who emphasized, "he's also working hard at
He goes by Henrik in school, he said, otherwise "kids
would make fun of it, and say 'your name is like a dog
bark.'" But he prefers Rolf for an th ing to do with his
art. Rolf is his grandfather's name, and besides, he said,
"I like Rolf."
Rolf has been painting since second-grade and, from
these early days, his family has kept and framed his snow-
men paintings.
Fast forward five short years, a colorful, cartoon-
like style of his own has emerged, and his subjects have
taken a definite "beachy" turn, with lots of waves, fish
and beach in his artwork.
\ ly favorite theme is waves. I surf, it's my dream,"
he said.
Introducing his family, Rolf begins with his mother, a
Norwegian citizen and a legal alien in the United States.
"She is my first inspiration, a painter and photographer,"
he said.
Rolf's father, Michael Brusso, is "a great dad" and an
investment management consultant and financial advisor
at Morgan Stanley in Bradenton.
One of Rolf's stenciled works features his 16-year-
old brother, William, alongside Einstein. Rolf hinted at
the message, "he's really smart."
Yet it's not a typical Island lifestyle for the Brusso
children. Not only do they attend public school in Mana-
tee County, they also reside and attend school in Norway
five months of the year.
Rolf described the differences between the schooling

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Rolf Henrik Brusso, 13, of Holmes Beach and Narvik,
Norway, touches up his stencil painting of the many
faces of Salvador Dali. He credits Dali among others
as influences on his artwork. Islander Photos: Kathy

he's receiving in two countries.
"School here is very strict. It teaches me a lot -
science, math and language," he said. N\oi % a) is more
about critical thinking. It has us think about how we pack
our back packs when we go out on a hiking trip. And
there's even a hockey rink at the school yard.
"I love it here and there."
In the past couple years, the Brussos have traveled
to Mexico, France, and, of course, Norway. Some of
their travels are the result of a five-week-a-year man-
dated vacation from school or work by the government
in Norway.
Last summer they visited Paris, where Rolf said
he "had a blast painting by the Seine." He also set up
an easel in the art district at the Montmartre, where
his mom said "he's had thousands of people watching
"I didn't tell my mom at the time," Rolf added, "But
I was shaking. I'm surprised I didn't come back with a
painting named "Shaky."
The inspiration for his work, the "Perfect Place,"
which Rolf's calls his "best work," came to him while on
a family hiking trip in the Norwegian mountains. Along
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"We left him with an incredible view of the moun-
tains in Norway," Else Brusso explained, "and when we
returned, we couldn't believe it. Palm trees, beaches,
rivers, waves is what he's painting. It's definitely coming
from inside his brain."
The money he makes from his art, his mom said, will
go toward his education and special trips he's saving
to visit the Dali Museum in Barcelona, Spain.

Local support
Beyond his family, Rolf credits several Islanders
with support and direction, including Amy Tallucci, "who
helped me get into my first art show;" Cheetah Chad, an
Island beach-theme modem artist, "who says I have all
the time in the world;" and Melissa Enders of the Bridge
Street Market where he performs "live art" on Sundays
through April.
"It's a small island," he said, adding "everyone is
very supportive."
Rolf competed with a group, "Art Deco," on a graf-
fiti piece at Art Slam 2011 in Bradenton, and they won.
He recalled a busy day, painting skate board ramps and
creating and selling his own work.
He said Keeton Office & Art Supply store of Bra-
denton has sponsored him for his art show entries.
"It's hard doing art and having school on the side,"
Rolf said of his busy life. \ ly friends are dying to hang
out with me. But art, it's my job. It's what I want to do
- to make things look cool. It's fun and I love it."
Someday he wants to attend the Ringling School of
Art, he said, "because it's close to the beach where I first
got inspired."
"I'm very Salvador Dali-inspired," Rolf added,
pointing out the elongated shapes in his work. "I get
inspired by my music. I listen to Reggae. I paint what I
see there."
He paints on canvas, mostly with acrylics and uni-
Posca pens and tape, but also works with recycled wood.
He takes photographs to produce his prints and spray
paints his T-shirts.
Asked about his favorite painting, Rolf points to one
with a globe falling down a large waterfall. He said he
likes it because it is the "most meaningful" and he has
"two stories" of interpretation.
"One is that the Vikings used to think the world is
flat," and, he says, in a metaphorical way, "maybe it really
"The other is in today's world the economy and pol-
lution are such problems. Maybe we're falling off of a
cliff, and maybe there's a way to turn it around to go back
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Rolf Henrik Brusso paints in Montmartre, France, a village of artisans frequentedby tourists. Islander Photo: Else

Else Brusso, a photographer and painter on sabbati-
cal from her art, and her son, Rolf are pictured here
with her Christmas gift from Rolf. Else had asked her
son for one of his paintings, and received a "make it
yourself" sign, canvas and art supplies.

Rolf's influence
"He's teaching me now," said Else, once a photog-
rapher and painter, who stopped after spending a year in
hospitals and much time sick at home.
This led to Rolf and his mother becoming close -
"we've always been a close-knit family, but we got even
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The illness also took her away from her art for some
"And then for Christmas this year, my mom really
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Knowing she'd put her art aside and that "she totally got
out of it" because of her illness, Rolf had developed a
"He surprised me," Else said, "with art supplies -
acrylics, canvasses tons of it."
After teaching her a lesson in acrylics, Rolf began
thinking of a teaching career. "I've started to wonder if
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Hole-in-one for Holcomb, flag football continues

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
It was a busy week at the Key Royale Club with the
regular weekly golf matches and the ongoing matches
leading to the men's championship.
The club celebrated Jon Holcomb's hole-in-one on
the eighth hole Jan. 20. And while it it was Holcomb's
first hole-in-one at KRC, it was his fourth such accom-
plishment in his lifetime of golf.
The feat was witnessed by Tim Freisen, and, honor-
ing tradition, Holcomb bought drinks in the clubhouse.
He used a hybrid 9-iron on the hole. "I knew it had
a chance as soon as it left the club," Holcomb said.
On the same day, members got together for a nine-
hole, coed scramble. The team of Tom Warda, Eunice
Warda, Paul Kamerlin and Pam Alvord combined on a
5-under-par 27 to take first place for the day. Three teams
finished in a tie for second place.
The 18-hole, non-handicap matches to determine the
2012 Key Royale Club men's championship field started
at 42 and has now whittled down to 16 players. Past
champions still in the field include John Estok, Mark
Mixon, Jim Mixon, Greg Shorten, Merritt Fineout and
Dale Hudson. The tournament will continue over the next
three weeks.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match
Jan. 18. Bob Elliott, Joe Dickenson and Jim Sheppard
finished in a three-way tie for first place with matching
3-under-par 61s. One shot back in second place was the
trio of Bob Landgren, Al Hibbs and Dick Rouse.
Lex Halakan rode an eagle on hole six to a plus-6
score and first place in the Jan. 17 modified-Stableford
match. The foursome of Fred Miller, Ken Rickett, Bill
Koche and Mike Morse took the team title at plus-4.
The women played a nine-hole, low-net-in-flight
match Jan. 17. Judy Crowe's 3-under-par 29 gave her
first place in Flight A by two shots over Sue Little.
Donna Soos carded a 4-under-par 28 to take first
place in Flight B by one shot over Sue Hookem and
Christina Mason, who tied for second.
Maryanne Kaemmerlen took first place in Flight
C with a 3-under-par 29. Sally Keyes and Joyce Reith
carded 2-under-par 30 to tie for second place.
Eunice Warda turned in a 3-under-par 29 to take first
place in Flight D by one shot over Markie Ksiazek. -
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Pat Rice, Pam Alvord and Rose Slomba.
Fifty men turned out to play a nine-hole, individual-
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NFL plays on at AMICC
It was another week of mild weather and flag football
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The game
of the week saw the 10-12 division LPAC Cardinals put
on an offensive display, rolling past a determined Sand
Dollar Steeler team Jan. 17 by a 49-29 score.
The Cardinals jumped out on top early thanks to its
defense. Zach Fernandes intercepted two passes to set up
a pair of Jared Richardson touchdowns and a 13-7 lead.
The Cardinals extended its lead when Richardson
handed off to Tyler Pearson for what appeared to be a
reverse, but Pearson stopped, turned and tossed a little
screen pass to Richardson, who avoided a flag pull to
score from 12 yards out. Richardson then hit Pearson for
a two-point conversion and a 21-7 lead.
The Cardinal defense forced the Steelers to turn the
ball over on downs and, after a couple of short gains, the
Cardinals pulled off a double reverse pass. Richardson
handed off to Pearson, who handed off to Fernandes.
Fernandes threw a 22-yard pass to Richardson in the right
comer of the end zone to give the Cardinals a 27-7 lead
as the first half came to a close.
The Cardinals picked up where they left off in the
second half. After a couple of short gains, Pearson made
an over-the-shoulder grab of a 25-yard touchdown pass
from Richardson to give the Cards a 33-7 lead.
The Steelers showed some life on its next offensive
possession when Joey Stewart threw a 20-yard touchdown
pass to Truman Carlson to cut the lead to 33-13. Stewart
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Richardson finished with four touchdowns, five flag
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Balto led the Steelers with a pair of touchdowns and a
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Julius Petereit. Quarterback David Daigle added 26 pass-
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yards and an extra point.
The Vikings were led by quarterback Nathan Hyman's
131 passing and rushing yards, including one touchdown.
Morgan Horesh added 39 receiving yards, including a
touchdown and a two-point conversion to complete the
Viking scoring. Hyman also added a pair of interceptions
and three flag pulls to lead the Viking defense.
The 13-16 division game of the week Jan. 21saw
Walter & Associates Bears defeat First American Bank
Ravens 33-26. Seth Walter completed 25-of-33 passes
for 305 yards and five touchdown passes. Two touch-
down passes went to Keegan Murphy, who finished with
55 receiving yards, while Derek Polch also caught two
touchdown passes to finish with 77 receiving yards and
42 rushing yards. Max Miller added a touchdown and an
extra point, while Jack Walter finished with 82 receiving
yards in the victory. Miller led the defense with three flag
pulls, while Jacob Tallucci added a quarterback sack.
The Ravens were led by quarterback Jack Shinn, who
completed 16-of-23 passes for 140 yards and three touch-
down passes while scoring one touchdown. Pierce Hogan
finished with 89 receiving yards, including a touchdown
and an extra point, while Chris Johnson added 51 receiv-
ing yards with a touchdown and an extra point. Burke Hill
chipped in with 51 rushing yards, 24 receiving yards and
a touchdown to complete the scoring.
Austin Morrow and Pierce led the Ravens with five
flag pulls, while Hill and Johnson each added an intercep-
tion in the loss.
Scores, standings, schedules and more photos can
be viewed at www.islander.org.

Horseshoe news
Winners of the Jan. 21 horseshoe matches at the Anna
Maria City Hall horseshoe pits were Paul Sheatler and
Dave Lansaw.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.

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Mild winter weather produces top-notch fishing

By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island remains
consistent due to mild cold fronts and light winds.
Flats fishers are catching good numbers of spotted
seatrout in water 3-5 feet in depth. Redfish are congre-
gating around rocks and docks, creating opportunities
for fishers to cash in on some rod-bending action. Red-
fish also are following schools of mullet across shallow
grass flats on higher tides. Find the mullet schools and
try working a soft plastic on a jig head to hook up with
the reds while in transit.
Sheepshead are gathering for their winter spawn
around local piers and bridges. Try using live crabs, sand
fleas or shrimp to get the bite going.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says more sheep-
shead are arriving daily around the pilings under the pier.
Pier fishers targeting sheepies are using an assortment of
live baits, but mostly oyster or fiddler crabs, sand fleas,
tube worms and live shrimp. "The sheepshead are biting
pretty good," says Kilb, "but we're still waiting for real
numbers of fish to appear around the pier."
Black drum are being caught on a daily basis, mostly
as bycatch by pier fishers targeting sheepshead. Black
drum, like sheepshead, will eat an assortment of baits,
including shrimp and other crustaceans.
To target both of these species, make sure to use a
small, stout hook. Try to match the size of the bait you're
using when selecting a hook, too. And 20-pound fluoro-
carbon leader should be sufficient, although 30-pound
leader is slightly more resistant to barnacles on the pil-
ings. Finally, add some weight to your line to stay near
the sandy bottom around the pilings.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says sheepshead fishing is
on the top of the hit parade this past week. Sheepshead
in the 2- to 3-pound range are being caught daily with
some anglers taking home their daily limit of 15 fish.
Most Skyway fishers targeting sheepies are using fiddler
crabs or sand fleas, but those willing to do a little di''in_'
are using tubeworms.
The next best bite around the pier has to be bonito.
With late-season schools of greenbacks still gathering
around the pier, bonito are cashing in on the abundance
of available food. To target these high-speed torpedoes,
fishers are using Gotcha plugs, silver spoons or live
greenbacks under a popping cork.
Fishers opting to bait up with live shrimp are catch-
ing a mix of both mangrove snapper and flounder under
the pier. A small hook tied to 20-pound fluorocarbon is
the ticket to target either of these fish. Don't forget to
add the right amount of weight to your line based on the
current flow. If you can't keep your bait on the bottom,
you won't get bit, especially when it comes to flounder.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend charters is fishing off-
shore with good action on a variety of species. Kimball
is carrying an assortment of live and frozen bait to catch
multiple types of offshore species.
In his bait well, Kimball usually has live shrimp,
shiners and pinfish. In the freezer, Kimball likes to stock
sardines and squid.

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Joe Turk of (iCh. g.' caught this black drum while fish-
ing with Capt. Warren Girle on a recent cold day.

Greater amberjack are on the top of the chart this past
week for Kimball's charters. He likes to use live pinfish
or large shiners to get these fighters to bite the hook. With
amberjack of 30 pounds or more being caught, you can
get away with using fairly large bait, which Kimball likes
to do.
In water depths starting at 100 feet, Kimball is catch-
ing keeper-size red grouper up to 15 pounds, and keeper
scamp are hooking up in the same areas. For these fish,
Kimball is using frozen sardines or squid to get the
Last but not least, Kimball is moving to slightly shal-
low water and fishing wrecks and ledges for mangrove
snapper. Although the snapper will hit frozen baits, Kim-
ball likes to use live shiners and shrimp to get the bite.
Mangrove snapper in the 2- to 6-pound range are the
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the deeper flats of Sara-
sota Bay targeting pompano. Girle is consistently catch-
ing at least a half-dozen pompano per day by drifting
over grass flats and working a small pompano jig tipped
with fresh-cut shrimp. "The fish aren't concentrated in
one area," says Girle, "so we're drifting over the flat to
cover more area."
The average size of the pompano encounters is
between 2 and 3 pounds, exceeding 33 inches in length.
While drifting in search of pompano, Girle reminds us that
it's non-stop action while working a jig. "We're catching
bluefish, jacks, ladyfish and a few Spanish mackerel in
the same areas as the pompano," says Girle.
Moving to shallower grass flats, Girle is catching
redfish among schools of mullet. By using an Exude Dart
in the golden bream color on a 1/4-ounce jig head, Girle
is hooking up both keeper and over-sized reds on the
shallow flats of Sarasota Bay. Spotted seatrout also are
being caught using this same method.


Backwater/Offshore Fish & Golf Packages
Call Capt. Mark "Marko" Johnston
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Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing
about sheepshead action in the canals of Bimini Bay and
around the local piers. An assortment of baits are produc-
ing catches, although it depends on what the sheepies are
biting by day. Fiddler crabs, sand fleas, shrimp and tube-
worms for bait can produce a sheepshead for dinner.
On the grass flats of Anna Maria Sound, especially
out on the Key Royale flat, fishers are catching good
numbers of spotted seatrout, although most are under-
sized. Try using soft plastics on a red 1/4-ounce jig head
to target these yellow-mouthed flats predators. The best
way to find concentrations of trout is to drift over the flat
and cast in multiple directions, toward sandy potholes
and depth changes. Once you catch a couple of fish, drop
anchor and thli>'ighl work the areas with your jig.
On a final note, redfish, black drum and sheepshead
are gathering under local docks to spend the winter.
Try using live shrimp on a small circle hook and a little
weight to get your bait to the bottom.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is
catching good numbers of spotted seatrout in both the
Intracoastal Waterway and in north Sarasota Bay. "There
are good numbers of trout out there," says Johnston. "But
you have to catch 10 before you get a keeper."
Around canals and docks, Johnston is catching good
numbers of redfish and a few black drum. Johnston is
using live shrimp to get the bite. "If the fish are biting
really good," says Johnston, "you can even try using half
of a live shrimp."
Keeper-size reds and black drum are coming to the
boat daily, he says.
Johnston's charters are catching flounder by work-
ing a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head around struc-
ture in Sarasota Bay. Again, Johnston says you have
to catch a few before you get one that's big enough to
keep, but there are keeper-size fish out there for the
Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Smallest sea turtle in top
10 most endangered
The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, the smallest of the sea
turtle species, has been named as one of the top 10 most
endangered species by the Endangered Species Coali-
The Kemp's Ridley primarily nests on the shores of
the Texas panhandle, but there have been two instances of
the rare sea turtle nesting on Anna Maria Island, including
one last year.
Environmentalists blame increased gas and oil devel-
opment in the Gulf of Mexico, combined with the Deep
Horizon oil well disaster in 2009, as primary reasons for
the listing. More than 600 of the sea turtles are said to
have been killed as a direct result of the oil spill.
In 1943, as many as 43,000 Kemp's Ridley sea turtles
could be seen nesting at one time. Fewer than 5,500 nest-
ing females are said to exist today.

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James Arthur Coleman
James Arthur Coleman of Bradenton died Jan. 13. He
was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and lived in Massachu-
setts, Missouri and Michigan. He was a winter resident
of Anna Maria Island.
Mr. Coleman was in engineering and sales for more
than 40 years with the Norton Co. of Worchester, Mass.
He belonged to Roser Memorial Community Church. Jim
was an avid golfer and belonged Terra Ceia Golf Course
and Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville, Mich.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memo-
rial donations may be sent to Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mr. Coleman is survived by wife Theresa Staal; chil-
dren James Jr. and wife Pat Longstreet of Ada, Mich.,
Richard and wife Karen of Mexico, Diane Streelman and
husband William of Jenison, Mich., and Susan Coleman
of Bogard, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and several great grand-

F. Paul Sankey
F. Paul Sankey, 76, of Oakmont, Penn., and a sea-
sonal visitor to Anna Maria Island, died Dec. 26.
Mr. Sankey served in the U.S. Army during peace-
time. He was a member of Riverside Community Church,
and was active in Boy Scouts, Monroeville Rotary Inter-
national, and the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce.
He retired in sales with Turner Dairy Farms of Pennsyl-
A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday,

Jan. 28 on the Gulf of Mexico at 77th Street, Holmes
Memorial donations may be made to Rotary Inter-
national Foundation, One Rotary Center 1560 Sherman
Ave. Evanston IL 60201; Boy Scouts or America; or
Riverside Community Church.
Mr. Sankey is survived by his wife of 53 years, Becky
A.; son Jeffery R. and wife Suzette; daughter Suzette
Keefer, sisters Roberta and husband Larry Short, Ginger
Boyer and Marian and husband Jim Grande; and grand-
children Keith Robert, Colton and Brodyn Keefer.

W Arbor Day
plantings in
Holmes Beach
Dan Stephens, of National Park
Service, (left), Lise West, Ingrid
McClellan and Mike Bridges,
^of the county's Keep Manatee
Beautiful, Jerry West, chair
of the Holmes Beach Parks &
Beautification Committee, Ruth
de Haan, Mayor Rich Boh-
nenger, Commissioner David
L Zaccagnino, Mellssa Snyder,
4-- and Ed Flowers of the Florida
Forest Service, and Carole and
Dennis Grah, plant a tree com-
memorating Arbor Day near
a comfort station in the city
- park area, 5801 Marina Drive,
,.:., Holmes Beach. Photo Curtsey
_; ._--._.-_ Keep Manatee Beautiful
Joseph Thomas Tunnell
Joseph Thomas Tunnell, 72, of Anna Maria, died Jan.
13. He was born April 4, 1940.
Mr. Tunnell was originally from New York, but trav-
eled and lived in France, Key West and Milan, where he
did art restoration.
He was an artist and wood sculptor who loved colors,
music, the sea and fishing.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice,
26th St., Bradenton FL 34205.
Mr. Tunnell is survived by his wife, Patricia A.

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LEATHER LOVE SEAT recliner. Dark green, great
condition. $50. 941-792-9523.

cleaner. Vacuums, scrubs, dries. Manual. Excel-
lent condition. $75. Christina, 941-896-5303.

FILE CABINET: LATERAL file, two-drawer, wood.
30x30, $50. 715-529-8965.

LUGGAGE: VERDI, NEVER used. Black on roll-
ers, 21x13, expandable to 23x13, $25, originally
$79.95. 941-761-1415.

ture coffee table 18x28x52. White-washed with
maple top, $100. 810-931-6390.

THREE-PIECE DINING room set: Complete, you
haul. Four-drawer chest, king-size bed, night-
stand, good condition, $65. 941-778-7601.

ROLLING BOOM BOX, $20, square coffee table,
$50, recliner, $50, two new floral pillows, $12.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collect-
ibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com

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office, if needed. Spacious kitchen, dining
area, living area and 2 bedrooms, I bath
would remain. Another option is the addition
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FLORIDIANA FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 29:
Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. Vintage Florida
souvenirs, Highwaymen Artists. www.hulahula.
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COMING FEB 14: The Islander Promise Day,
Valentine's Day vow renewals, champagne toast,
wedding cake on the beach at 5 p.m. Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach. $10
includes ceremony and certificate. Pre-register:
Promise@ islander.org.

HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence is
preparing a large shipment destined in about two
weeks for Port-au-Prince and needs to be filled
include: peanut butter, canned foods and meat,
pasta, rice and beans, and cleaning supplies such
as Pine, and bleach. Drop off to The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

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WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
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CORTEZ FISHING VILLAGE: Larger Cracker Cottage
with 2BR/2BA. Big family room with fireplace. Nice
fenced yard, view of the bay and situated at the quiet
end of a dead-end street. $175,000


CANALFRONT. Totally renovated 3BR/2BA home
located on a mangrove canal. Renovations include tile
floors, new kitchen with granite counters, stainless
appliances. $529,900.

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features a large, heated lap pool, boat lift, 2 car garage
and great view out front. $555,000.

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
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FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.

NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at
Roser Thrift Shop. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria.
a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28.
Hardcover novels and books. Fiction and non-
fiction, biography, gardening, pets. Sheldon, Pat-
terson, Cross, Roberts, Grisham and many more.
Over several hundred volumes, most nearly new.
Some paperbacks and children's series. Browse
indoors. 2003 81st St., N.W., Bradenton.

a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28.
Ladies clothing and shoes, M-L-XL and sizes
10-16. Slacks, jackets, tops, T-shirts, denim.
Shoes sizes 8-10. Some onyx. Many items slightly
used or never worn. Browse indoors. 2003 81st
St., N.W., Bradenton.
TREASURES ON TARAWITT Drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28. Four-home sale,
bargains galore! Near 5600 area Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.

YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.
Clothes, furniture, books and more. 308 57th St.,
Holmes Beach.
CORAL SHORES EAST community garage sale.
8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. New, used furniture from
Island Girl Interiors, clothing, designer purses,
tools, vintage heirlooms, shoes, lots more. Man-
grove Pt. Road, Bradenton.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
18 Seaside Court, 63rd and Seaside Gardens,
Holmes Beach.

LOST: REALTORS KEYPAD. Somewhere on the
Island. Please, call Robin, 941-713-4515.
Lost on Island. 813-892-5983.

KAYAK PADDLE fished out of canal. You identify,
it's yours, free. 941-778-6766.

BEAUTIFUL CAT FOR adoption! Long-hair,
microchip, two years, friendly. Nice carry-crate
included. 941-778-0330 or 812-219-2184.
LOST COCKATIEL: 'TWEETY' lost Jan. 1, Bra-
denton Beach. 941-896-5256.

LOOKING FOR RETIRED person to adopt
extremely affectionate female miniature oodle/Shi
tzu mix. Seven years old, white, 12-13 pounds.
Owner has new job, cannot spend enough time
with her. 941-405-4217 for interview.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADORABLE PUPPIES FOR adoption! Three pit
mixes, gorgeous, sweet! Two male, one female.
Fixed, chipped, shots. 941-896-6701.

DOCK FOR RENT: MEDIUM boat. 452 63rd St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-1893.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941 -

21-FOOT BOAT: Rigged to fish, 50-hp, down-
rigger, trolling motor, rod cab, two live wells, ice
box, top on lift, Good condition. $6,800. 941-778-
Will work trade. Air conditioning, electric, water,
cleaning table. Bimini Bayou canal. $300/month.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot
cat-type hull. Very stable boat. Great for kid's Xmas
or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp
Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great
boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST and part-time house-
keeper for local area motel. 941-778-2780.
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
779-6638. Leave message.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10
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ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.
GIVE THE GIFT of organization: Home, office
and small business. Professional organizer,
Shauna Steglich. 208-284-5727.
Prompt, affordable, guaranteed. I do it all. Island
local. Free estimates. 941-720-0067.
GET ORGANIZED: LET me help you de-clutter
your home or office. Eight years experience as a
professional organizer and NAPO member. Call
Lorraine Berry at 941-795-7617.
Island resident, references. The Flying Dutch-
man LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior,
carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
MARIA'S SERVICES INC: 15 years in business
offering top quality maid service, carpet and tile
cleaning. Call 941-756-5735.
WE BUY GOLD jewelry, watches, class rings,
sterling silverware, tea sets, etc., and pay a fair
price. My wife and I come to you and pay cash.
Call Bill, 610-308-6493.
watch, handyman, lawn, yard and pool mainte-
nance. Call us for any of your household needs.
Licensed and Insured. Ron 941-773-7937 or ron.

problems solved at your home or office. Wire-
less networking, virus/spyware prevention and
removal, repairs, software upgrades, advice and
training. Travis, 941-301-4726.

INCOME TAX SERVICE: We do individuals,
small businesses and all states. We have been
in business over thirty years. Call Pat at Kenney
Tax Service, 941-761-8156.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom.
Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting.
Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
Rick, 941-224-4977.

ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Orga-
nizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941 -
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
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your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today
for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
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Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
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$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-
A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"

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

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-

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within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

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units available for office/commercial spaces from
750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage
units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf
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vate pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA
private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA.
Call Karen, 813-377-6864.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1 BR/1 BA over-
looking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.

WATERFRONT ON CANAL, boat slip up to
26-feet. 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer hookup,
utility room. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

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DEEPWATER HOME within walking distance
to the beach. This split-plan home has a caged
pool, 70-foot dock with lift and 200 feet on sail-
boat water with no bridges. $659,000.
CHILSON AVENUE: Wonderful deep-water
canalfront home on a lot and a half. Private dock
with no bridges to the bay! This home has a large
pool. Beach within walking distance. Could be
converted to a 3BR/2BA. $549,900.

37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Bayfront Villa 3/3 Sunny well maintained,, wood & tile firs, furnished.
$308,000 or lease at $2,800/mo.
Village Green 2,500 sq. ft. 3/2, htd. pool, furnished. $249,000.
10 Min. to beach. 3/2 Lakefront home too perfect to describe.
Bamboo firs, Extra cabinetry, Lush landscape/pool/ake views. $349,000.
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
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CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
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SEASONAL FIVE-MONTH rental: November
2012-March 2013. Open house all of January.
2BR/1 BA, upstairs apartment west of Gulf Drive.
$1,350/month plus tax. 941-778-4499.
EFFICIENCY, ONE AND two bedroom apart-
ments. Unfurnished, $550 to $750 monthly with
annual lease and turnkey 1 BR/1 BA at 3611 117th
St. W. Call Pat, 941-920-6637 with Florida Real
Estate Team.
Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-
washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier.
Call 941-720-2418.
ANNUALS: LARGE 3BR/2BA Perico Bay Club
condo, gated community, $1,350/month. Perico
Island: 2BR/2BA condo 1,250 sf, new tile through-
out, office/den, exercise room, sauna, carport,
and storage, $1,000/month. Pool, tennis, water,
cable, trash included. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay
Realty, 941-778-7244.
1BR/1BA, beach, $1,500/month. Anna Maria
2BR/2BA, pool/beach, $2,600/month. Northwest
home, pet friendly, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
$2,300/month. Townhouse, 2BR/2BA, boat slip,
pool, $2,600/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real
Estate Mart.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Annual rental, 55-plus,
2,200 sf, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, panoramic
lake view, community pool, updated. Minutes
to beach. $1,550/month, cable, water included.
Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.
PRIME RETAIL SPACE available: Holmes Beach
location. 5508 Marine Drive. 941-809-2824.

blewide. $1,000/month, sell, $35,000. 2314 14th
St., Bradenton. Tropical Palms. 863-688-3524,
863-608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.net.
close to beach, remodeled. 941-778-7933.114
and 116 Oak Ave, Anna Maria.
condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, walk to beach, trol-
ley, all services and Catholic church. Call Sharon,
941-713-9096, Old Florida Real Estate.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX: Carport, deck,
laundry, wood floors. Non-smoking, small pet OK.
$850/month plus. 941-779-9470.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1 BA, ground level, Anna
Maria, $900/month with trash. Available Feb. 15.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach,
annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financ-
ing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at
Palma Sola Trace.
HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks
to sandy beaches. Price reduced to $499,000!
Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour www.

AUCTIONS! JAN. 14 and Jan. 21. Key Royale
waterfront, estimated opening bid, $275,000.
Palma Sola Park four-car garage home, esti-
mated opening bid, $150,000. Call James Adkins,
Adkins Florida Group, Keller Williams Realty. 941-
713-0635. Happy bidding!
property, great price. 1,200 sf, 3BR/2BA, 273
sf covered deck, full view of Anna Maria Island
Sound, water views from living, dining and one
bedroom. Covered parking, ceramic tile both
baths, kitchen and utility room. Pergo floors living,
dining and bedrooms. Fully furnished, generates
$14,000 in rental income yearly, includes mem-
bership certificate (co-op share) with voting rights.
$239,900. 704-965-4986.
FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more informa-
ATTENTION! WANTED: We have a qualified buyer
looking to purchase Gulffront condo. Please call
Carol Spiegel at 941-323-6365, or Frauke Eng-
strom, 941-447-0738, Wagner Realty.
PERICO BAY CLUB villa: Pet-friendly, kayak
storage and launch in your backyard. Turnkey
furnished, 2BR/2BA, garage, heated community
pool and spa, minutes to beach. $799,900. Real-
tor, Fred Flis, 941-356-1456.
IRONWOOD CONDO: $62,000.1 BR/1.5BA. Many
upgrades. 55-plus community. Overlooks golf
course. Clubhouse, exercise room, heated pool.
Six miles to Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.

Spacious 2BR/2BA waterfront home in Key Royale
with a wall of glass overlooking your pool and
private dock on the bay. $669,000
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1 DNA testing might
reopen one
9 Uses a 13-Across
13 "Star Trek"
19 Person who's a
20 What will the
French think of
21 Troop group
22 Dream setting
24 After-dinner
25 PC key
26 Some online
for short
27 QB Tebow
28 Therese de
Lisieux, for one
30 :D, e.g.
33 Battle-ax
37 Grp. that
E.T.A. and
40 Letter-shaped
42 Basis of a
43 "By ___!"
44 Slip-on
46 Places for rings,
48 Humble response
to praise
50 Organ repair
sites, briefly
51 Polished

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52 B. Driftwood
("A Night at the
Opera" role)
53 Org. that may
assess violence
54 PBS flagship
55 Part of a
pinochle round
56 Former U.N.
secretary general
58 Get ready to
59 x, y and z
60 Scot's "not"
61 Ousted from the
ring, for short
62 TV station, e.g.
64 Cicely or
66 Weather comment
visually by this
puzzle's circled
72 Major artery
through San
73 Plant tissue
74 Hunted
75 TV tavern keeper
76 Bud
78 Feel (for)
80 The
has a warm one
82 Shade of a
swan's bill in a
Keats poem
83 Kindergarten
84 Gravitate
85 Not cheating
86 Many wonks
88 Scat syllable

89 One of the Everly
90 Fate
91 Fictional Simon
92 Esteem
94 Rolling ___
96 Kaput
98 Overseas Mr.
99 Austrian
physician who
lent his name to
an English word
ending in "-ize"
100 Propose
102 "True Colors"
singer, 1986
104 Roam
105 Letters on some
N.Y.C. luggage
108 Actress Tyler
111 Subject of a
114 Artificial plot
118 "The
Conqueror," e.g.
119 "___ it"
120 Some bills have
121 Dolls
122 Brit's teapot
123 Like some

1 Chewed stimulant
2 Precious girl's
3 In the event that
4 2000 title role for
Richard Gere
5 LL Cool J's
"Going Back to

6 "Lemme ___!"
7 "That is quite
8 Directional suffix
9 "Shut your trap!"
10 Nudists
11 Nascar Hall of
Fame architect
12 Part of a security
13 It's lowered to
hear music
14 Taft's partner in
a 1947 act
15 Light reflection
16 R.S.V.P.
facilitator: Abbr.
17 Tolkien creature
18 Pharmacies fill
them, in brief
21 Fourth letter
after 49-Down
23 Leaf pores
29 You probably
raise your
armfor this
31 It's north of the
32 Stock page
listings: Abbr.
34 Big Apple team
35 Side (with)
36 Heroic deeds
37 ___ Hall (site on
many a campus)
38 Attacked
39 Shows that can
be racier than
their network
40 Nest maker
41 Cheating
45 Angry Birds, e.g.
47 Manipulate to
one's advantage
49 Fourth letter
before 21-Down
53 Track

70 Yokel
71 Martial-arts
76 Lady
77 Villa, e.g.
79 Portuguese king
81 Tart drink
82 Doc's reading
85 Battle wear
87 Bond
89 Tediously

90 North Korean
leader or his
93 White Rabbit's
95 Certain skiing
97 California beach
town with a
101 Vicious
103 Doll
106 Player of golf
107 Climax

108 The euro
replaced it
109 Signs
110 One with a neck
and a lip
111 "I can't get
excited about it"
112 Bit of investors'
news, for short
113 Tin Tin
115 I, to Tiberius
116 Struck
117 Laugh syllable

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57 Security Council
58 Mine transport
61 kwon do
63 Put away
65 Big name in
frozen desserts
67 72-Across and
others: Abbr.
68 "Cagney &
Lacey" org.
69 Bazooka, e.g.

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