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Faux cell tower birds fly into controversy
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the hatchlings make
their journey. Page 6
Anna Maria takes
baby step to building
moratorium. Page 2
Center director search
continues. Page 3
Holmes Beach hikes
business fees. Page 8
Courts and police
blotter. Pages 12-13
BB department budget
scrutiny. Pages 14,
HBPD gives cart
warning. Page 18
AM moves forward
on park plan, Aubry
seat. Page 20
No call, no surprise:
Soccer, football, golf
horseshoes and more.
Wade fishing. Page 25
As of July 13, Anna
Maria Island Turtle
Watch was report-
ing 285 documented
turtle nests, 275
false crawls, and two
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission is investigating the installa-
tion of a faux bird on the Holmes Beach cell
tower July 11.
Workers for Crown Castle Inc., the owner/
operator of the cell tower, install faux birds -
fake birds on tower beams to scare off other
Atop the Holmes Beach tower is an osprey
nest, reportedly containing several fledgling
One fake bird hangs with feathers flapping
upside down by its foot from a dangling wire
attached to an extension pole at the top tier of
the cell tower opposite the nest.
The problem with that, said Gary Morris
of the FWC, is that it's illegal to interfere
with nesting birds, and a permit is required if
a company is working on a cell tower where
birds are nesting.
Morris said he and FWC Capt. Dave
Adams will fly over the cell tower in the
FWC's helicopter and observe any nesting
a, li\ il loii> ug1ih binoculars and a video record-
ing. Morris said the helicopter would be high
above any nest and would not interfere with
any chicks, birds or mating.
Morris did not know when the flyover
would take place, or if Crown Castle had a
permit for the work.
He said a permit would be needed to erect
fake birds designed to scare off other birds,
and the permit would have to ensure no nest-
ing birds or chicks were disturbed.
A series of phone calls to Crown Castle
Inc. went from Sarasota to Illinois to Pennsyl-
vania, where efforts to reach a spokesperson
A neighbor to the cell tower said she's heard
workers on the structure overnight on several
occasions, but not recently.
"The chicks would become so excited they
would wake me, and I could hear the men talk-
ing on the tower," she said of work sometimes
performed overnight. The morning after the fake
bird was hung on the tower, she was awakened
again. "This time was at 3 a.m.," said Tondra
Lopossa of 59th Street in Holmes Beach.
She notified Holmes Beach police of the
John van Zandt of Holmes Beach said he
observed the men on the tower July 11. At first,
he thought they were trying to rescue a bird
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caught on the tower. He later realized they had
installed an imitation dead bird hanging by a
wire from a tower beam.
"I thought it was strange they were even up
there. A storm was coming in quickly and they
could have been easily electrocuted," he said.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson
said a maintenance representative from Crown
Castle visited the department July 13, saying
his company will cooperate with HBPD and
Morris said he would report on what he and
Adams observe soon after the tower flyover.
See tower bird photos, page 3.
Looks like Kansas
Megan Donnelson Jensen of Perico Island
spotted and photographed this waterspout
S around 5:15 p.m. July 14 in the Gulf of
Mexico offshore of Bradenton Beach while
for on the beach with her husband. "It was
es pretty cool," she said. "We're originally from
goes Kansas tornado alley so we love to
watch a good storm.
2 E JULY 18, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria puts hold on older home teardowns
By Rick Catlin
Developers thinking of turning a quick buck by tear-
ing down one of Anna Maria's older, ground-level homes
to build a lucrative vacation rental might want to recon-
Anna Maria commissioners at their July 12 meeting
agreed to have building official Bob Welch halt admin-
istrative approval of permits to tear down homes built
before 1968 while city attorney Jim Dye prepares a mora-
Commission Chair Chuck Webb said he raised the
issue of the administrative moratorium to avoid problems
for the city until a moratorium is approved. The first read-
ing of the moratorium is planned for the commission's
July 26 meeting.
Webb said that when developers learn of the planned
moratorium, they will "hit the city running with applica-
tions" for teardowns.
It will be up to Welch to either approve or deny the
applications until a moratorium is in place.
The city is in the process of establishing criteria for
homes to be designated as historically significant. Such a
designation would allow a property owner some leeway
in complying with Federal Emergency Management
Agency regulations for ground-floor homes.
Sissy Quinn is head of a committee preparing recom-
mended requirements for historical designation.
"We'll work on getting something to you as quickly
as possible," Quinn told the commission.
"You guys need to hurry," Webb said. "We don't
want outside investors flooding the city. Those are the
very people we are worried about."
Commissioners voted 3-0 to declare the late Warren
Spahn's house at 203 Spruce St. to be of historic signifi-
cance, with Webb abstaining because he represents the
But he urged Quinn to get the committee moving on
definitions of what is of historic value in the city.
In other matters:
A request by Waterfront Restaurant owner Jason
Suzor for the commission to discuss amending the alco-
holic beverage ordinance to allow service of all alcoholic
beverages at establishments where now only beer and
wine are sold ended in a 2-2 vote, with Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick absent, and was deemed rejected by
The proposed change would affect six restaurants in
the city, Suzor said, including the Waterfront.
Commissioners agreed to join a class-action lawsuit
against BP Oil for the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon
oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Dye said he reviewed the agreement with the Bra-
denton law firm of Heintz & Becker, PA., and found no
irregularities. He said he had language clarified to note
Jason Suzor of Anna Maria's Waterfront Restaurant
failed in his plea July 12 to the city commission to dis-
cuss amending the city's alcoholic beverage ordinance
to allow full service liquor at current beer and wine-
only establishments. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
that the maximum recovery fee of attorneys and experts is
20 percent, while the plaintiffs would split the 80 percent
settlement on a pro-rated basis.
BP already agreed to liability and the attorneys in the
Florida case against BP, which is headed by a Pensacola
firm, agreed that if they lose no city would be charged
Commissioners passed the final reading of the dock
and residential parking ordinance after making various
changes the past several months at public hearings.
The ordinance does not state a requirement for side-
walks to be of concrete or any other substance, but they
must be of permeable material.
The riparian line for canals and docks is defined as
the shortest line from the shoreline to the center of the
Additionally, a dock owner can rent space to only
one other boat owner, and docks are permitted just one
Other modifications include that sidewalks will
be 4 feet wide on Gulf Drive and 5 feet wide on Pine
Commissioners passed the first reading of a new cell
tower ordinance to replace the one approved in 2003.
The new ordinance allows either the planning and
zoning board or commission to attach conditions, includ-
ing locations where towers are allowed.
Dye recommended the first choice for a tower loca-
tion be on public property or existing publicly used facili-
ties that do not need a height increase, but an antenna can
be added for extra length.
Adding antennas to already existing poles is less
objectionable to people than building a new tower, Dye
The most unlikely location for a tower is in a resi-
dential neighborhood, according to the ordinance.
Additionally, the ordinance would provide for four
carriers and economics for the tower location cannot be
part of the commission's decision on location.
Also, any cell phone carrier must demonstrate it
cannot use the Holmes Beach cell tower to provide ser-
vice in Anna Maria.
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THE ISLANDER U JULY 18, 2012 E 3
Center board rejects director cc
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of
directors recently met in a private session and interviewed
and rejected three finalists from the search committee's
short-list of applicants for executive director.
The search committee, chaired by West Manatee Fire
Rescue Chief Andy Price, began with 46 applications
before short-listing to the final three.
Board president Greg Ross said the board could not
agree on any one candidate to replace Pierrette Kelly and
will now repeat the process.
In the interim, Ross said he would advertise the posi-
Kelly, who has been director of the center for 22
years, submitted her resignation April 23, effective June
30, but has agreed to remain until a suitable applicant is
hired and trained.
Ross declined to name the three finalists from the
short-list, as did Price.
When the board was unable to select a replacement,
Kelly agreed again to stay on as director until a replace-
ment is named. She said she hoped a replacement could
have been found in the first group of applicants, but will
"do what's best for the center" and remain on the job.
"I would not want to leave until a replacement is
hired and trained and I feel the center is in good hands,"
Ross said Kelly will remain at her salary in the
The next scheduled board meeting is in September
and no decision is expected before that meeting.
Help wanted, experience required
The hanging fake
bird on the cell
tower in Holmes
Beach is clearly
a fake bird when
St viewed with bin-
d. oculars, but some
: observant people
S found it distaste-
S ful and cruel.
Birder John van
Zandt thought the
fake bird would
harass and scare
the fledglings in
the nearby nest
and called The
Islander for help.
Anyone who applies for the job of executive director
of the Anna Maria Island Community Center will need
plenty of experience in a variety of areas.
The center board of directors plans to advertise the
executive director position in various media, on websites
and with professional search companies.
The board requires the candidate have a bachelor's
degree, a minimum 10-15 years executive experience, the
ability to supervise staff, manage grants and a proven record
of fiscal management, among other qualifications.
While an ad submitted to The Islander states the
salary is "commensurate with experience," the center
paid Kelly $92,489 and about $10,800 in benefits for
fiscal year 2011-12. The board offers a retirement plan,
simple IRA and health care among its benefits.
Only online applications will be considered.
The website is www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
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4 E JULY 18, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach 'beats' builders on FEMA 50 percent rule
By Kathy Prucnell
As an update to the recent crackdown in Holmes
Beach on policing residential remodels that exceed the
50 percent Federal Emergency Management Agency rule,
the city has succeeded in reigning in two demolitions.
According to Mayor Rich Bohnenberger July 10, the
city has been combating fraud in applications to remodel
The single-story homes are referred to as pre-firm
homes by FEMA, having been built prior to the 1975
regulations that required newly built homes be elevated
above flood levels.
Finding discrepancies in two recent permit applica-
tions for remodeling from two separate contractors, the
city denied the permits, Bohnenberger told the city com-
Bohnenberger previously warned that the FEMA
violations could jeopardize the city's insurance rating.
"Their permits were denied and (the applicants) came
back with modified permits," and they weren't allowed to
demolish as much of the structure as originally planned,
"We beat them," said Bohnenberger.
FEMA requires the city monitor construction projects
so that homes are built with safeguards against hazards
due to flooding.
The mayor issued a memorandum June 26 about the
violations of the FEMA rule, including a permit applica-
tion for substantial improvements at 303 68th St., which
A second permit application for a demolition and
remodel at 111 49th St. also was denied, according to
building inspector Bob Shaffer.
FEMA guidelines and the city's ordinance limit the
cost of pre-firm remodeling projects to 50 percent of a
structure's appraised value.
Replacement is permitted under the rules if a home is
rebuilt with all living areas elevated above the base-flood
City permits for the remodeling work are issued
based on appraisals in addition to owner and licensed
contractor affidavits attesting that the cost will not exceed
50 percent of the structure's value.
In the recent cases where the city challenged the
applicants, the city hired an independent appraiser and
cost estimator to review the permit packages.
"We've been 'ih u.I.linii' to find a strong legal basis to
turn these down," said Bohnenberger. He said the problem
started years ago after FEMA recommended the appraisal
and affidavit ordinance. It "just wasn't working."
A mostly demolished
house at 531 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes
Beach, pictured March
7, illustrates the
problem city building
officials have enforcing
the Federal Emergency
50 percent rule.
With the independent review, he said, "now we have
enough documentation to support it," he added.
To prevent future remodeling violations, the city
will be using a FEMA consultant, requiring a demoli-
tion permit and implementing a new rule prohibiting
contractors from demolishing more than 50 percent of
a residential structure as part of ground-floor remodel-
HB plans crackdown on first-floor game rooms
By Kathy Prucnell
At a Holmes Beach meeting July 10, the homes of
one builder were singled out as having first-floor living
space violations. One rental agent was singled out as mar-
But there are others.
To address the issue, Commission Chair David Zac-
cagnino directed a letter from the city be sent to warn those
who market homes with illegal ground-floor rooms.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, referring to builder
Shawn Kaleta, said, L\ ci.) Kaleta house has them."
And, the mayor said, online marketing of ground-
level living space in elevated homes amounts to "adver-
tising illegal activities."
Homes built after 1975 are required to have elevated
living space by the Federal Emergency Management
Sea turtles nests
begin hatching cycle
By Mark Young
According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch &
Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox,
sea turtle nests have begun to hatch amidst a busy -
continuing nesting season.
One nest in the section between Pine Avenue,
Anna Maria, and 66th Street, Holmes Beach, and
another nest in the section between 52nd Street and
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach produced 55
hatchlings to the sea.
As of July 13, AMITW is reporting a total of
285 nests, shattering the previous record of 248, with
anticipation running high that nesting is not over.
AMITW volunteer Pete Gross, who compiles the
nesting data, said there have been 106 new nests in
the three weeks since Tropical Storm Debby.
"You can see the rate of new nests is not yet taper-
ing off, as would be expected near the end of nesting
season," said Gross. "So there are almost assuredly
more to come this year."
Last year there were 145 documented nests, which
produced 7,800 hatchlings to the sea. The average
nesting season since 1997 produced 155 nests, making
this an incredible nesting season onAnna Maria Island
Thirteen nests were documented June 27 as TS
Debby left the area. Between six to 10 nests have been
recorded daily, with a dozen nests documented July 3
and July 10.
Commissioner Jean Peelen, at the June 12 city meet-
ing, had pointed out the marketing of game rooms at
properties such as a Kaleta-built duplex on 69th Street.
She said July 10 that sales agents and owners use the
rooms as a "come-on."
According to a July 5 memo from public works
superintendent Joe Duennes: "Fully enclosed areas below
the lowest living floor shall be used for parking vehicles,
storage and building access. Such space shall not be fin-
ished or partitioned into multiple rooms."
Peelen said the actual flood-plain ordinance states
the first floor is "solely" for parking vehicles, storage and
"The storage area may be climate controlled so long
as the equipment required is not located below base-flood
elevation," Duennes' memo further states.
L\ cil) once in a while FEMA does a sweep of all
units," said city attorney Patricia Petruff, pointing out it's
not a problem limited to rentals.
"They knock on doors of homes with FEMA flood
insurance," and owners are required to remove pool
tables, sofas and the like, she said.
Structural improvements also could be ordered
Bohnenberger agreed it doesn't only happen with
properties in the Residential 2 zoning district.
Zaccagnino directed Petruff to work with code
enforcement officer David Forbes to draft a letter to alert
owners and rental agents about rules for ground-floor
space in elevated properties.
Kaleta, a principal in Beach to Bay Construction Inc.,
says he's built and sold more than 100 homes some
250 units on Anna Maria Island since 2000.
"We don't manage rentals," Kaleta said. "We use
Island Real Estate, Sato Real Estate and Anna Maria
Accommodations and Anna Maria Vacations for our
Larry Chatt, broker at Island Real Estate and rental
agent for the targeted 69th Street property, said the
home recently was inspected by the city and found to be
He described the ground level as having open vents,
not air conditioning.
"It's essentially a garage with a ping-pong table," he
"We've modified our description" because the mar-
keting as "a game room" was a problem for the city, he
Chatt was a member of the city focus groups work-
ing on recommendations to remedy problems relating to
Work progresses in June at 531 Key Royale Drive.
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week. Six weekly winning pictures will be featured on the
cover of The Islander, and one photo will be a grand prize
winner of $100 from The Islander and other prizes including
framing by Carly Carlson Framing and gift certificates from
Duffy's Tavern, Harry's Continental Kitchens, The Feast,
Hurricane Hanks, Bridge Street Bistro and Mister Robert's
Resortwear. Weekly winners receive a "More Than a Mullet
Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest, with the next deadline July 20.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pictures
that may include family, landscapes and scenics, candid
snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal pictures.
Nothing is overlooked, including kid pics, sentimental
moments and moments of personal triumph. This year
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Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching,
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It's hammer time
For the three cities on Anna Maria Island, it's
Crunch time. Time to assess and review spending
and revenues, particularly ad valorem tax revenue.
It's property values that drive municipal and county
budgets. Other revenue, such as gas and sales taxes,
come into the mix, of course, but what the property
appraiser's value is paramount to city government.
So look at your property value as the answer to
what you pay in taxes, and what the taxing bodies
spend. Those taxing by millage, $1 of every $1,000 of
property value, set the rate to produce income.
The city, county and school board make up the larg-
est chunk of your ad valorem tax bill.
That is, of course, less any exemptions, such as the
But comparing millage rates is not an apple to apple
proposition. One city, for example, may include taxes
for services not offered by another city.
Most often, governments use the past year's spend-
ing as a watermark. So if costs went up in the past fiscal
year, typically, budget numbers go up. Cuts and reduc-
tions to keep taxes at the same level as the previous year
are often needed.
In Bradenton Beach, for example, it appears long-
term planning is needed to address infrastructure and
capital needs, police cars, and other large expenses. No
longer is it about a crumbling garbage truck.
It's you, the citizens and taxpayers, and your over-
sight that keeps the spenders from "going rogue.
Still, we see governments taking credit and pride in
not increasing taxes for its citizens, and we want you to
know that tax increases are not measured by millage.
The state says a property tax increase is based on
the rollback rate.
Keeping millage the same can be either a tax
increase or a tax decrease.
Florida defines the rollback rate as the millage rate
that provides the same total property tax revenue, exclud-
ing new construction, as was levied the previous year.
Elected officials need to talk about the rollback rate,
because if that rate goes up, it's officially deemed a tax
Some politicians either don't understand or don't
know the difference or don't want you to know.
But you need to know and agree, after all, you
elected them when revenue and spending increase
Sometimes, evidently, it's due to poor planning.
It's time to hammer out the budgets.
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Reminder: Lights OUT on the beach for sea turtle season ...
My wife and I are Holmes Beach residents as of
June. We found this great island about 10 years ago
through friends. We initially bought rental properties,
a condominium and a house in the R-2 zone.
We then moved to the R-1 area once we retired here
and, after much research, we bought a new home in a
great neighborhood in Holmes Beach. We love our new
home and neighbors.
We take offense when homes like ours are pejo-
ratively referred to as big box or McMansions. The
elevated house is a product of FEMA regulations to
prevent more costly flood-prone ground-level homes.
There needs to be some tightening up to prevent the
abuses in how some properties are rented. A great deal
can be done by aggressively enforcing parking regula-
tions, as well as responding to reported code violations.
Strict enforcement should cause faster change than the
obtuse step of implementing floor-area ratios.
The other problem with moving too quickly on the
FAR is the inevitable reduction of undeveloped property
values by more than 30 percent.
I can say with confidence that we would not be
full-time residents of Holmes Beach if we had to build
our house at a .30 FAR. It is too little house relative to
the land value.
The other item that should be reviewed is the impact
on Holmes Beach tax base.
I strongly recommend a go slow policy on regula-
Frank Leggio, Holmes Beach
Access never denied
Overlooked in the ongoing concerns voiced over
the Sandpiper Resort's 27th Street gate is the fact that
no Holmes Beach resident is now, nor has ever been
denied access to that section of the street.
The sole purpose of the gate and accompanying
sign is to serve as a reminder to nearby residents and
their renters that the park is privately owned.
The how and why of the single incident of the gate
appearing to be locked remains a mystery to all, espe-
cially since the gate was not truly locked.
The street went gateless for years, but the growing
use by the public, golf carts, bicyclists and unknown
pedestrians venturing into the park, as opposed to head-
ing to Gulf Drive, became a safety issue for our elderly
Strangers trespass on our private streets, sit on our
private benches and use our private dock for fishing.
Such activity is tantamount to you looking out a window
and seeing a stranger trespassing in your yard.
I'm sure you, too, might find such activity intrusive
and alarming. At the risk of being accused of making a
personal attack, it should be noted that a Holmes Beach
commissioner continues to be seen driving or walking
through our private streets, and was recently observed
wading by our dock in the aftermath of Tropical Storm
The assertion at a recent Holmes Beach com-
mission meeting, that absent a lawsuit, the situation
could "conceivably lead to physical altercations
needing police intervention," brought a chuckle to
our residents, most of whom would be blown over
by a strong wind.
To our many Holmes Beach friends, please be
assured, you continue, as always, to be welcome at our
Barbara A. McCormack, Bradenton Beach (Sand-
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Former Privateer files
It seems ownership of Santa's sleigh, the one used
by the Anna Maria Island Privateers in the Christmas
parade and other holiday events, is in dispute.
Rumors that circulated among Privateer members
for some time suggested former Privateer Rick Maddox,
a longtime resident of Cortez and former Holmes Beach
chief of police, was seeking possession of the trailer that
is has been used for many years by the Privateers as its
holiday sleigh ride for Santa Claus.
Maddox filed suit July 11, claiming he purchased a
boat trailer that was modified for use as a "float or ride at
parades, festivals and community functions." He claims
he performed the modifications.
The complaint says Maddox lent the trailer to
Christmas in July, not so merry
With the summer version of the winter holiday just a
week away, the nonprofit Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers, sponsors of the annual Christmas parade and
party for kids among other events, got news July 11 of
a lawsuit filed in county court by former member Rick
Maddox. Islander File Photo
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claim to Santa's sleigh T"
events, individuals and organizations on a temporary I ler
He further claims he lent the trailer to the Privateers
for "use at a particular function or event," and allowed
the group to store the trailer "for a short time," but the
group failed to return his property.
Privateers president Dennis Poteet told The Islander
he had no comment on the lawsuit due to the pending
Maddox was a longtime member of the Privateers,
but has not been part of the crew for about six years.
And while wife Annette Stahl Maddox is a member,
she is allegedly under suspension while the litigation
is pending, according to a crew member.
The Privateers made renovations to the sleigh
before Christmas last year, improving and updating the
holiday decorations and lighting.
The matter and the necessity to hire an attorney
- come at a time when the nonprofit is fundraising
to perform needed mechanical repairs and renovations
to its boat/float, and a short time after announcing the
July 4 scholarship awards to area youths amounting to
The membership is scheduled to meet July 18 to
elect its new slate of officers for the 2012-13 year and,
apparently, to discuss what action it may take to defend
The suit alleges the trailer Santa's sleigh is
valued at $4,500, and the Privateers either failed or
refused to return it.
Maddox is seeking the return of the trailer and its
title, as well as damages, fees, costs and "equitable
relief." The complaint asks for three times the value
of the trailer, costs, attorneys fees and whatever other
relief "to which the court deems he is entitled."
The civil matter was assigned to the 12th Judicial
Circuit Court Judge Marc Singer.
Rick Maddox was the subject of controversy when
he was dismissed in 1993 from his job as Holmes Beach
chief of police by then Mayor Pat Geyer.
He was a Privateer member at the time, and Geyer
was an honorary member.
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Anna Maria commissioners reluctantly
approved a preliminary site plan for the Villa Rosa
subdivision on South Bay Boulevard after attor-
neys for owners GSR Development LLC threatened
the city with litigation if the commission failed to
approve the project plans. Commissioners discov-
ered the city had no site-plan review procedures in
place for major projects such as the 15-unit gated
community planned by GSR.
MGM publicist Deborah Simmrin said the start
of filming for the Denzel Washington movie "Out
of Time" in Cortez was delayed because of rainy
weather. Other scenes to be filmed in Boca Grande
also were on hold because of daily rain, she said.
Cortez boat captain Kim Ibasfalean was hired as a
consultant for the movie.
Former Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ber-
neitta Kays was the only person to apply for the com-
mission seat vacated by Ross Benjamin, who resigned
after seven months in office. Kays served as commis-
sioner from 1997 to 2001, but decided not to seek
re-election to the Ward 3 post won by Benjamin in
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Holmes Beach to hike business fees 5 percent
By Kathy Prucnell
The Holmes Beach business tax receipt fee appears
to be on its way up in price.
On first reading July 12, city commissioners approved
an ordinance to increase the tax on all businesses, includ-
ing merchants, financial institutions, professionals,
residential rentals, hotels and motels, restaurants and
The measure is expected to pass a second reading in
If it does, the city will increase the fees 5 percent and
also increase the administrative fee to process the receipts
from $15 to $25.
The new schedule for the fees ranges from $16.54
to $165.38, with the higher fees for restaurants that seat
more than 51 people, and motels with more than seven
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino called the
business tax receipts "minimal fees" to keep track of
He said most businesses will see a $26.25 tax receipt
increase to $27.56 or a $78.75 fee increase to $82.69.
Florida statutes authorize a maximum 5 percent
annual increase. According to Zaccagnino, the city has
not increased its fees since 2001.
For a second consecutive year in 2012, state legisla-
tors proposed bills aimed at eliminating local business
The city commission opposed such a move by resolu-
tion in January. The state senate and house bills died in
separate committees in March.
The tax brought about $80,000 to the city in each
of the last two fiscal years, and protects citizens from
potentially unscrupulous businesses, according to Zac-
"The ordinance serves two purposes," said Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger after the meeting. "It serves the pur-
pose of a revenue stream and allows the city to monitor
businesses and make sure they're in the right zoning dis-
The proposed ordinance also would amend the code
to clarify a section on professionals. It requires a fee
from all state-licensed professionals, unless he or she is
a salaried employee.
The code provides that the fee is collected from every
person who maintains a permanent business location or
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Kaleta homes defended by buyer, builder
By Kathy Prucnell
For the many months, he's been referred to at Holmes
Beach meetings as the "one builder" whose construction
practices defy the intent of the city's comprehensive plan
that seeks to maintain and protect the city's residential
and family character.
He's been blamed for skirting building codes with
He's been the target of criticism for building "party
houses," Easter egg-colored mega-sized rental homes,
many of them advertised to sleep 16-18 people that
tower over the cracker-style beach homes that remain.
He's also been singled out by year-round residents
critical of renters as well as the noise, garbage and
parking problems that come with them.
He's Shawn Kaleta, principal in Beach to Bay Invest-
Holmes Beach commissioner
invites citizen input
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen hopes to
hear ideas about floor area ratio limits from the public
and any other concerns constituents may have at
her next Coffee with the Commissioner event 10 a.m.-
noon Thursday, July 26, at Paradise Cafe, 3210 East
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
FAR is being considered by the city commission
to regulate new construction based on lot size relative
to the square footage of a residential structure.
Peelen welcomes everyone to join her for coffee
or other refreshments.
For more information, call Peelen at 941-896-
ments, Construction and Properties, and other entities.
While Kaleta hasn't been to a city meeting to defend
his business practices, one of his buyers, Frank Leggio,
attended the July 10 commission meeting.
Leggio said, "I bought two houses from Kaleta,"
and recently moved to Holmes Beach permanently from
upper New York.
Leggio told commissioners, "We all want to find a
But he urged the commission to "go slow," be "fair,
firm and disciplined" and pick the "low-hanging fruit,"
suggesting the city target conspicuous violations in its
stepped-up code enforcement efforts.
The FARs being considered by commissioners won't
solve the problems tied to the existing housing, he said.
In an interview last month, Kaleta said he isn't the
only contractor who builds multi-story rental homes.
Next year, he predicted, "we'll do 60 units on the
Kaleta said he's a "good friend" of Commission
Chair David Zaccagnino, but he wasn't involved in the
city focus groups that scrutinized the rental and construc-
In an email, he said, "We have focused upon reno-
vating small duplexes and keeping them under .30 FAR.
This seems like what the community is looking to achieve
and we agree.
"We have focused on purchasing ground-level cot-
tages and bring them back to life with modern improve-
ments," he said.
However, Kaleta said he was afraid his cottage plans
might run afoul of some requirements.
While he builds for some individual owners, he said
he "designs for investors."
With 20 employees, and "many, many" subcontrac-
tors, Kaleta says he's now "built over 100 homes/250
units, counting duplexes" on the island since 2000.
FAR considered for R-2 only
"R-l, R-3, R-4, they're off the table for now,"
Holmes Beach Commission Chair Zaccagnino said
July 12 when commissioners agreed only R-2 and
no other zoned area in the city would be considered
for floor area ratio limits.
But what is the alphabet soup of "R-l, R-2, R-3
The city has various zoned areas for residen-
tial development. "R" stands for residential, and 1
through 4 identifies different types of residential use
R-1 and R-1AA are the lowest density residential
at 0-5.8 dwellings per gross acre. R-2, R-3 and R-4
are medium density residential at 0-10 dwelling units
per gross acre.
FAR will restrict how large a new home can be
built based on lot size. For instance, on a lot of 5,000
square feet, a 1,500 square-foot home would score a
Commissioners voted in June for an overlay of
.30 FAR for future residences in the R-2.
Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John
Monetti oppose any FAR.
Commissioner Pat Morton has recently said
that while he voted "to look into FAR" in June, he's
recently been looking at other ways to solve the city's
rental problems without FAR.
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Holmes Beach candidates, residents, speak to issues
By Kathy Prucnell
Mayoral and commission candidates in Holmes
Beach were among those who spoke out last week on
the city's controversial land-development code issues.
Two of the three challengers in the November elec-
tion voiced concerns at the July 10 commission work ses-
sion attended by more than 50 in the city hall chambers.
And a third challenger released a YouTube video about
the changing housing stock in the city.
The candidates and other residents commented during
the commission discussion on short-term rentals.
Resident Mary Buonagura attempted to clarify the
direction the commission is taking on pools, slides and
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino indicated the
commission previously reached a consensus to prohibit
slides and diving boards.
Buonagura said that if the sales agents and builders
can find ways to get around the rules, why can't the city
be smart enough to stop them?
Zaccagnino asked Petruff to begin drafting an ordi-
nance to include code changes agreed upon by the com-
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branch office within the city, manages any business or
profession or occupation within the city limits or trans-
acts any business or engages in any occupation or profes-
sion when such tax is not prohibited by federal law.
It was not made clear if the fee applies to people who
work from home.
Commissioners voted 4-0, with Commissioner John
Monetti absent, to approve the first reading of the fee
In other matters, commissioners approved the may-
or's recommendations to reappoint Michael Klotz to the
code enforcement board until April 2015 and to reappoint
Gary Hickerson to the planning commission until July
Commissioner Jean Peelen said that while she voted
for the reappointments and others in the past, the city
should advertise any open committee positions when
The city is "very fortunate" to have people who con-
tinue to serve on committees, as well as people on waiting
lists, said Zaccagnino.
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Buonagura also shared with commissioners some
of her research on the Residential-2 zone. With the
assistance of the building department, she learned
Shawn Kaleta or one of his companies built 67 homes
in the R-2 district and, she said, "a lot of them" have
An 11-year resident, Tom Sabow, said, "What I find
appalling is that one builder is turning us upside down."
He said he had counted 14 cars parked in front of one
rental home July 4.
"At 8:25 in the evening," he said, it became apparent
"they weren't visiting for the day, they were spending the
"And we're dealing with having only one code
enforcement person," he said.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, running for his fifth term
in November, said city police officers can write code cita-
tions. He also announced that another code enforcement
officer would be hired in October.
"What alarms me is you're looking to add code
enforcement when the laws are very unclear," said may-
oral candidate Carmel Monti.
Bohnenberger also said he's looked into possible
U.S. Americans with Disability Act regulations for rental
properties, but he received no assistance from his federal
inquiries at the ADA.
Commissioner Jean Peelen said the ADA need not
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Enforcement issues from a builder's perspective
came from commissioner candidate Judy Titsworth. She
is co-owner with husband Steve Titsworth of Shoreline
Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman are running
to unseat commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John
Monetti, whose terms expire in November. Monetti was
absent from last week's meeting.
Titsworth said she'd been trying to obtain as-built
surveys showing pools, pavers, walks and driveways on
problem houses from the city building department since
While she's seen surveys on some, "we don't require
the survey on others," she said,
She continued, "If we're not requiring them, how do
we check" for compliance?
Titsworth pointed to 307 66th St., where a survey
shows parking for cars in the city right of way.
She suggested requiring an as-built survey and storm
retention plans before the city issues a certificate of occu-
Grossman, an alternate member of the code enforce-
ment board, did not speak at the July 10 meeting. But
earlier in the week, he announced he had posted a cam-
paign ad on YouTube, a video critical of the multi-story,
multi-unit housing that he blames for the noise, garbage
and parking problems in the city.
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Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend, and
discovers her knowledge of the law can help others in a
"Evita," Sept. 20-Oct. 7, a story that follows the life
and sainthood of Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentina,
until her death in 1952. The story tells of the enormous
wealth and power she gained and the means by which
she became beloved.
"Pumpboys and Dinettes," Oct. 25-Nov. 11, a musi-
cal about four men who work at a gas station and two
waitresses who work at a diner in North Carolina. The
music is mostly country rock/pop, and is performed with
guitars, piano, bass and kitchen utensils.
"Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings," Nov. 29-Dec. 23,
a continuation of the story about a young singing group
whose lives were lost in a bus accident while en route
to "The Ed Sullivan Show." Encouraged by a heavenly
phone call, the high-spirited teens are transported from
the ethereal cosmos to stage a nostalgic holiday extrava-
ganza for world-weary mortals on Earth, including such
"Plaid-erized" Christmas standards as "Mr. Santa," "Let It
Snow" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
"An\ hling Goes," Jan. 17-Feb. 3, an age-old tale
of boy-meets-girl and their complicated relationship in
a musical featuring Cole Porter's magical scores.
"A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the
Forum," Feb. 21-March 17, a story inspired by the farces
of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus. The musical
tells the story of a slave and his attempts to win his
freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next
Tickets are $26 for adults, $15 for teachers and $13
for students, and can be purchased by calling the box
office at 941-748-5875 or online at www.manateeplayers.
The box office is at 102 Old Main St., Bradenton,
and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and
one hour before each performance.
Friday, July 20
11 a.m., SeniorAdventures, "Cracker Cowboy Poet" storyteller
Hank Mattson, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N.,
Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, July 21
3:30-8 p.m., Art in the Courtyard, local artists' indoor-outdoor
sale to benefit Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
Saturday, July 21
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wildlife Awareness Festival, Snooty's 64th
Birthday, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 941-729-9177, ext. 243.
2-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 17-July 31, haircuts to benefit Anna
Maria Island Art League, Head Quarters Salon, 5376 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2586.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 7 a.m., weather permitting,
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 248-
*Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Folk poet to perform at Annie Silver
Hank Mattson, a self-described "Cracker Cowboy
Poet" and 2011 winner of the Laura Rider Award for
Florida Folk Poetry, works with cattle. He has per-
formed at cowboy poetry gatherings from Florida to
Utah, chronicling the life and times of cattle ranchers.
Mattson will entertain with panache at 11 a.m. Friday,
July 20, at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103
23rd St., Bradenton Beach. The cost is $5, and the
event is open to the public. Islander Courtesy Photo
Art League hosts artists' sale
A great work of art at a bargain price may be a court-
The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach will feature local artists at "Art in
the Courtyard" 3:30-8 p.m. July 21. Art will be offered
at affordable prices both indoors and outside under the
canopy of the large tree in the courtyard.
A raffle, auction refreshments and live music also are
Any artists interested in participating in the sale
should call 941-778-2099, or email McGeary at sun-
Also at the art league studio/gallery on Holmes Bou-
levard, free lectures designed to enhance participant's
photography skills will be headed by James Corwin John-
son 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, and Thursday, Aug. 2.
The first lecture will be Introduction to Digital Pho-
tography, and the second lecture will be Outdoor Adven-
ture Photography. If interested, email Johnson at james @
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street
Merchants, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.
Friday, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit
Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and bou-
tiques. Information: 941-896-3132.
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. Information: 941-761-8834.
Save the Date
*Aug. 11, Operation American Pride Inc., HonorA Vet Bowling
Bash, AMF Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
*Aug. 19, Island Players Open House, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-704-2153.
*Aug. 25, Manatee County Gator Club Scholarship Fund Kick-
Off Social/Casino Night. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-3319.
Sept. 2, Allegro Music Academy, free instrumental concert and
lecture, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-8511.
Sept. 24, 13th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
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Maria, for people interested in becoming involved in
community theater, whether it be on stage, set design,
construction, backstage or technical production.
Island Players board members and staff will give
tours and explain volunteer opportunities.
At 3 p.m., directors James Thaggard, Kelly Wynn
Woodland, Phyllis Elfenbein and Mike Lusk will discuss
the community theater's next season.
Refreshments will be served.
For reservations and more information, call Island
Players president Herb Stump at 941-704-2153.
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orches-
tra announced its 2012-13 board of directors and artistic
The board consists of James Stoltie, president; Robert
Notari, first vice president; Leonard Murphy, second vice
president and orchestra librarian; James Bennington, trea-
surer; and Laura Septic, secretary and database coordina-
Other members and their responsibilities include
Jeanie Pickwick, manager contracts/compensation
executive director; Joy Bennington, chorus coordinator
and librarian; Nancy Ambrose, director of publicity and
public relations; Joy Leitner, director of fund raising and
chorus development/recruitment; Steve Gorman, direc-
tor of publications; and Donna Misner, ticket manager.
Dantia Gould, Jon Magendanz, Shawn Snider Gregg
Voorhees and Megan Schmidt are at-large members.
The artistic staff includes director and principal con-
ductor Alfred Gershfeld, assistant conductor Jon Magen-
danz, executive director Jeanie Pickwick, chorus master
Robert Parrish, rehearsal chorus master pianist Don Bryn,
strings coordinator James Lienhard, winds and percus-
sion coordinator Lita Tyler and chorus coordinator Joy
For information on the Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus & Orchestra, call Pickwick at 941-795-2370.
Snooty the Manatee, the oldest sea cow in captiv-
ity, turns 64 this year.
To mark his birthday, Snooty will host the Wildlife
Awareness Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 21,
in the Spanish Plaza at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton.
Admission to the festival is free and tickets to the
museum will be half price. The festival includes exclu-
sive aquarium exhibits and wildlife presentations on
endangered species to promote awareness of Florida's
Guests will enjoy free refreshments, games, art
activities, and a birthday card-making competition.
Visitors around the globe can join the celebration
From 11:55 a.m.-12:10 p.m., there will be a live
webcast of the event at www.livestream.com/south-
flmuseum. At noon, museum staff, volunteers and
other attendees will sing "Happy Birthday to You" to
Bradenton's South Florida Museum is a natural and
cultural history museum, featuring galleries and exhibi-
tions about Florida's history, marine life and archaic
Kiwanis announces speaker
The next Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting
will feature Jane von Hahmann, a candidate for Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections.
The breakfast meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday,
July 21, at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Von Hahmann, of Cortez, is trea-
surer of the Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage and a former Manatee
County commissioner. She is running
in the Aug. 14 primary against a field
of Republican candidates, including
Von Hahmann Edward A. Bailey, Richard G. Bedford,
Michael S. Bennett. Rodney Smokey
Smithley is on the ballot as an independent and Charles
N. Williams Jr. is on the ballot as a Democrat.
Current supervisor Bob Sweat announced his retire-
ment earlier this year after 28 years in office.
For more information, call Kiwanis organizer Sandy
Haas-Martens at 941-778-7888.
Relay rewards relayers
The Anna Maria Island Relay For Life held its
wrap party June 12 at Coquina Beach, where organizers
thanked sponsors and recognized participants who helped
raise $36,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Relay staff partner Aly Kerwin and Relay event chair
Russ Winterbottom who also chairs 2013 recog-
nized the contributions of 29 teams and presented the
Laps For Lil Top Fundraising Team.
J.A.G. "All In The Family"
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Trophies were awarded to Team Divine, Laps For
Lil, top individual fundraiser Tony Gomez, and winners
of the Youth Ambassador award, Casey Crosby, Maribel
Gomez and Amber Winterbottom.
Organizers also thanked sponsors, including Beach
Bums, LaPensee Plumbing, Miller Electric, Blake Medi-
cal Center and Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
tribes, the Parker Manatee Aquarium Snooty's
home and the Bishop Planetarium.
Snooty was born in captivity in 1948, and was
brought to the South Florida Museum as part of the
1949 DeSoto heritage celebration.
For more information on the Wildlife Awareness
Festival and Snooty's 64th Birthday Bash, call Tara
Poulton at 941-729-9177, ext. 243, or e-mail her at
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Prosecutor: trial depends on public defender
By Kathy Prucnell
Ronald Littlehale, 64, of Holmes Beach alleged
to have solicited minors and possess and transmit child
porn has been held in the DeSoto County jail since
his November 2011 arrest.
The prosecutor assigned said July
11 she is awaiting word from the Lit-
tlehale's attorney, a public defender,
to determine whether Littlehale will
Stand trial or attempt to negotiate a plea
Littlehale "Right now, I have no indication
whether he'll be going to trial or if he
wants to negotiate a plea," said assistant state attorney
Rebekah Bragg of the DeSoto office of the State Attorney
of the 12th Judicial Circuit. "Obviously with Mr. Little-
hale, he's facing charges that dictate prison time.
"I don't know if the public defender is very busy,"
Bragg said, adding that her disclosure of documents to
the defense is complete and "the ball is in his court."
Littlehale is charged with 13 counts relating to unlaw-
ful solicitation of minors and transmission of pornogra-
phy in DeSoto County. He was arrested Nov. 9, 2011, at
his residence in the 7600 block of Gulf Drive on warrants
from DeSoto County.
At his Jan. 10 arraignment, Littlehale pleaded not
guilty to 10 counts of transmission of harmful material
to minors by an electronic device, two counts of obscene
communication/soliciting a child for any unlawful sexual
conduct by computer and one count of electronic trans-
mission of pornography.
Nineteen additional counts of possession of child
pornography were recommended Jan. 26 by the Holmes
Beach Police Department, the result of an executed search
warrant at Littlehale's home.
The new charges allege unlawful possession with the
intent to promote 16 still images and three video images
of child pornography. These charges came after HBPD
seized Littlehale's computer and cell phone, which then
were examined at a crime laboratory in Tampa, according
to Detective Sgt. Brian Hall.
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The HBPD charges have not yet been filed by the
A sting operation by the DeSoto County Sheriff's
Office, together with a central Florida task force on Inter-
net-related crimes, led to the charges. A DeSoto County
resident reported suspicious activity involving Littlehale
on her Facebook account, according to law enforcement
Littlehale's next appearance before Judge James S.
Parker will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the DeSoto
County Courthouse, 115 E. Oak St., Arcadia.
Holly Connelly, 30, found guilty May 11 of charges
she schemed to defraud more than $50,000 from the Key
Royale Club, will be in court for sentencing at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, July 27.
A Holmes Beach police investigation last year into
embezzlement at the club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
Beach, led to Connelly's arrest.
Connelly surrendered to authori-
ties in July 2011. She was arrested for
scheming to defraud the private club of
S $387,181.77 and detained at the Mana-
tee County jail. She eventually was able
to obtain supervised release.
Connelly She faces a maximum sentence of
30 years in prison on the first-degree
felony of defrauding her former employer. She was the
bookkeeper for the club June 2008-April 2011.
Connelly pleaded not guilty in August 2011 and
originally demanded a jury trial.
The State Attorney's Office of the 12th Judicial Cir-
cuit Court said Connelly pleaded no contest in May and
the court adjudicated the embezzlement charges with a
finding of guilt.
Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug will preside over
the sentencing at the Manatee County Courthouse, Room
6A, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
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Bradenton Beach porn case
By Kathy Prucnell
A motion to declare a Bradenton Beach man legally
incompetent for trial has been filed by his attorney.
Joseph Edmund Chiquet has spent the past two
years in jail awaiting trial on charges of having sex with
a minor, child pornography and witness tampering.
The defendant's physicians now
are questioning his fitness to stand trial
based on reports filed June 27.
According to the motion, two phy-
sicians consulted with the defendant in
custody at the Manatee County jail, and
Chiquet both found him to be incompetent.
Chiquet, 37, was arrested in 2009
after police learned of his alleged sexual relationship with
a teenager, and that he took sexual photographs of her in
his Bradenton Beach apartment. Search warrants alleg-
edly yielded additional child pornography from Chiquet's
While out on bond in 2010, Chiquet was charged
with offering a $10,000 bribe to a former girlfriend to
tell police she was depicted in the photographs and not,
as prosecutors allege, the 15-year-old girl.
The court then revoked Chiquet's bond, and he since
has remained in custody.
Two appeals, one by the defense and one by the pros-
ecution regarding the discovery of evidence, also have
prolonged the case.
A Nov. 14 docket sounding and November trial were
set July 11, postponing a previously scheduled July trial.
A competency hearing before Judge Thomas Krug at
the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton, however, is expected to take place before
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Island police blotter
July 4, 301 N. Bay Blvd., information. While
patrolling Bayfront Park, a Manatee County Sheriff's
Deputy came across smoldering embers next to a large
tree. The deputy extinguished the embers and ques-
tioned parkgoers for information. Witnesses described
two Hispanic males who had been in the area, but no
suspects were located.
July 1, 100 ElmAve., theft. A complainant reported
she was at the beach when someone stole her beach bag
containing personal items valued at $300.
July 6, 204 Palmetto Ave., theft. A male complain-
ant reported that someone stole a bicycle valued at $300
while he was inside Slim's Place.
July 9, 100 Spring Ave., petit theft. A complainant
reported that while inside the Sandbar Restaurant, some-
one stole his bicycle valued at $200 from the bike rack.
July 7, 100 S. Bay Blvd., theft. A group of com-
plainants were fishing at the Anna Maria City Pier and left
their bicycles in a nearby bike rack. When they returned
to the bike rack, the bicycles, valued between $300 and
$500, were missing.
July 6,400 block ofAlamanda Road, reckless driv-
ing. A 49-year-old Anna Maria man was arrested for reck-
less driving, which subsequently violated his probation.
According to Manatee County court records, the man had
multiple traffic violations, including reckless driving and
DUI. He was held at the Manatee County jail on $1,000
bond, which he posted July 7.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
900 Gulf Drive N., obstruction. While responding
to a burglar alarm, a Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment officer observed a group of subjects become
involved in a "violent disturbance" with a motor
vehicle driver, who had to stop suddenly to avoid hit-
ting the group. The officer escorted the subjects to a
nearby trolley station, at which time four more sub-
jects approached. A woman also approached the offi-
cer, claiming the group had been breaking beer bottles
nearby on her property. While interviewing the prop-
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"verbally abusive" to the officer, who warned her sev-
eral times to sit down. The woman said, "I know my
rights, I'm in the police academy." After more warn-
ings to stop interfering, the officer went to arrest the
woman, at which time a male subject tried to block the
officer, who then proceeded to arrest the male. Accord-
ing to the report, the male pulled away from the officer,
at which time the officer used pepper spray to subdue
him. Both the male and female subjects were arrested
for misdemeanor obstruction.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
12300 block of 46th Avenue, aggravated battery.
Two employees of a fishing company were engaged in
a verbal dispute. One employee told the other to leave,
at which time he was struck in the neck with a hammer.
The victim fought back and the suspect fled the area. As
of press time, law enforcement was still searching for the
A father and his adult daughter became engaged in
a verbal argument when the father refused his daughter's
request to give her a ride somewhere. According to the
report, the female approached her father in a threatening
manner and took a swing at him. The male blocked the
first attempt, but a second punch connected to the father's
nose, causing a visible injury. The female claimed her
actions were in self defense, alleging her father had
grabbed her by the throat and was choking her. MCSO
deputies did not observe any injuries to the daughter and
arrested her on a misdemeanor battery charge.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
July 11, 3900 E. Bay Drive, retail theft. Employees
at Publix observed a man stealing a four-pack of beer, a
beach hat and beach mat. Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment was contacted and the suspect was arrested.
July 5, 100 block of White Avenue, theft. A com-
plainant reported he rode his light blue bicycle to a nearby
beach access to watch the July 4 fireworks. When he
returned, the bike, valued at $300, was missing.
July 6, 3300 block of East Bay Drive, suspicious
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By Mark Young
A 24-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested on
a felony child abuse charge following a physical alterca-
tion with a girl.
A group of men and women,
including Sara Strain, were at a motel
S July 9 in the 3200 block of 14th Street
West in Bradenton. A Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputy was on routine
patrol when he observed Strain leave the
Strain Michiani Motel with a swollen eye.
The deputy stopped Strain, who
said she had been in a fight with a girl at the motel. The
officer interviewed the rest of the group, who said Strain
had returned to the motel room for her phone charger and,
for no apparent reason, attacked the 17-year-old girl.
According to the arrest report, the girl suffered a
swollen face and cut lip. She fought back after being
Strain told the officer the juvenile was the aggressor,
but witnesses signed affidavits saying Strain had attacked
Strain was arrested and taken to the Manatee County
jail on $1,500 bond, which she posted the same day and
Strain is scheduled for a first appearance at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 1, at which time the court also will hear
a protection order filed against her.
at work from someone claiming to be her son. The caller
said he had been gambling online and owed $6,000 to
someone who was "going to hurt me if I don't pay up,"
according to the report. The employee called her husband,
who said their son was safe and sound in bed. A customer
overheard the conversation and reported to police that
a similar call had been made to an employee at another
Anna Maria business.
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Chief kicks off Bradenton Beach budget talks
The Bradenton Beach Police Department's pro-
posed 2012-13 budget represents the lion's share of the
city's estimated $2.3 million budget.
With a proposed budget of $959,732, it is the largest
spending amount for the bi .',_, It department.
Police Chief Sam Speciale addressed commission-
ers July 9, outlining the department's proposed budget,
which is about $59,000 more than what was budgeted
"Basically what this is, is the mayor asked to put
a 3 percent increase in for salaries, so that's what the
numbers reflect," said Speciale. "When we discuss the
budget, I have to tell you, when the salaries change,
all of the numbers that have to do with benefits go up,
Police department salaries totaled $499,132 in this
year's budget and are being proposed at $543,912 for
the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Retirement contributions will rise by almost $2,000,
while insurance costs will grow by $4,200.
Additional costs in the department include telecom-
munications, which increased from $4,200 to $8,400.
Special said the department's communications
system was upgraded, as mandated by the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
"We went from a radio-based computer system
to an air-based computer system," he said. "All of the
computers in the patrol cars now have a Sprint card
in them, and we have to pay for them. That's dictated
by the sheriff's office because our communications are
with the sheriff's office."
Special said with the proposed salary raise, his
total budget increase will be about 5 percent for the
coming fiscal year.
"The salaries reflect 3 percent and that doesn't
include some other things," he said. "But we have low-
The first rounds of Bradenton Beach budget talks
ended July 11 with commissioners settling on a salary
raise of 3 percent for city employees.
Department heads presented preliminary budgets
July 9-11, with the raise of 3 percent included in the
figures, but Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said he
would prefer to lower it to 2.5 percent.
"I apologize for bringing this up so late, but I
was not aware we were looking at 3 percent until it
was mentioned during the police department budget,"
said Gatehouse. "Having had time to reflect on that,
I mentioned I wasn't entirely comfortable with that
Gatehouse proposed a more consistent plan for
pay raises, offering city employees 2.5 percent in
fiscal 2012-13, and to plan for smaller raises each
year going forward.
Gatehouse said, "I want to do something that is
more sustainable," than what previous commissions
have done with employee raises.
Gatehouse suggested 2.5 percent this year and
1.5 percent every year after and "incorporate a merit-
based raise of an additional 1 percent. That way you
are creating something that is sustainable and not a
huge impact on the budget every year."
Vice Mayor Ed Straight said he would prefer to
go with 3 percent.
"I'd also like to go on record against any merit
increase," he said. "I dealt with that with the county,
and my experience is that it's more trouble than it's
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh wanted to lower the
proposed raise to 2 percent.
"I was the bad guy last year, and I will probably
be the bad guy this year," she said. "I was thinking
2 percent. City employees got a raise last year, and
they get an excellent benefit package. When working
in the free enterprise system, it's completely different.
You only got a raise if you deserve a raise."
Mayor John Shaughnessy said Gatehouse's idea
was a good one, "but there's no guarantee the next
commission will give them that 1.5 percent and could
shoot down the merit raises, too. If you don't go for it
now, you don't know what will happen next year."
City clerk Nora Idso said she needed a consensus
because the proposed budget already reflects a raise
of 3 percent. She said she would need time to redo
the budget if the commissioners wished to change the
ered some other items. Some of the ones we don't have
control over went up, like insurance and gas costs."
The department was asked to cut 2 percent from its
budget this year, but Speciale has said his department
has not purchased a new vehicle in years.
The purchase of a new vehicle is budgeted for
"We have been asked to cut down so much with
things, that I can't plan ahead," said Speciale. "We basi-
cally got into an attitude in the city of run it until it
breaks. I don't have any reserve cars. I can't afford to
have a vehicle break down and not have a policeman
on the road."
Special said years ago the department would
budget for a new vehicle a year, but that policy changed
in recent years.
"What ended up happening is we got into a situation
of not buying cars, and literally what was happening
was we have been putting more money into them than
they are worth," he said. "We are trying to get back into
the rotation again to get one more car a year."
Commissioners agreed that public safety is para-
"When it comes to public safety, I don't ,.1. aI) lling,
wrong with this budget," said Mayor John Shaughnessy.
"I know in the last few years we've received cars from
the county for free, but by the time we get them, they
belong in the junkyard."
Shaughnessy said Bradenton Beach police officers
and citizens deserve better.
"This is Bradenton Beach," he said. "We are sup-
posed to be the star of the island, and we have the chief
of police driving around in a car he's afraid to wash
because the paint is falling off."
Special said it isn't the upper echelon of the depart-
ment he is concerned about.
on 3 percent staff raise
Commissioner Gay Breuler, Shaughnessy,
Straight and, after some discussion, Gatehouse agreed
to the 3 percent raise. Vosburgh said she was willing
to go to 2.5 percent.
Public works director
asks to undo 'injustice'
Two years ago, Bradenton Beach public works
director Tom Woodard was suspended without pay
for a month by former Mayor Michael Pierce.
Pierce said Woodard violated city procedures,
including the handling of another employee's drug
Pierce later resigned from office and Bob Bartelt
gave up his commission seat to become mayor.
As the city haggled over the budget, Bartelt and
the commissioners approved a 5 percent raise for city
employees all but Woodard. He was singled out
as the lone employee not to receive the raise, which
Woodard called an "injustice."
Woodard said the 2010 pay raise was an "across
the board" raise for city staff, and not a raise based on
"I was suspended for a month without pay and
did the punishment," said Woodard. "I feel like I was
Woodard said he wants what is fair, and he is
asking that the 2010 pay increase he was denied be
included with this year's proposed 3 percent pay raise.
His raise would total 8 percent if approved.
Commissioner Gay Breuler, who was in office
at the time of Bartelt's decision, said she assumed
Woodard had received the raise because it was
voted as an "across the board raise. "I only just
found out that you did not receive it about three
Woodard said his argument to the former mayor
was that if it was a merit raise, "everyone would have
had an evaluation and no one I talked to had one."
Woodard said Bartelt told him it was not an across
the board raise.
"I was there," said Breuler, "and that's a lie."
Mayor John Shaughnessy asked Woodard to
resubmit his budget numbers to commissioners to
reflect an 8 percent pay raise for himself, and they
would take the matter under review.
"That's all I'm asking for," said Woodard.
"I'm embarrassed to drive my truck, but I can't have
one of my officers driving around in an old piece of junk
because they are the guys out on the streets doing the
job," he said. "I've been here long enough to know we
will do everything we can to save the city money but,
right now, the most important thing is having our patrol-
men on the road in good equipment."
Shaughnessy said the city starts the budget process
in a $104,000 deficit, but the police budget is reason-
able. The mayor said the city would need to find a way
out of the financial hole while still paying for essen-
"Where is that money going to come from? Are we
going to have a bake sale? I think the police department
has come up with a reasonable budget. I'm not going
to go hog wild here. I just want to get the city back to
where it was," he said.
Commissioners have several rounds of budget talks
scheduled and will set the tentative millage rate July 25.
The millage rate is what is used to determine how much
is paid in property taxes.
Of the city's $2.27 million budget this year,
$853,085 was collected in ad valorem taxes. Braden-
ton Beach property owners have not had a city tax
increase since 2002, and the millage rate was lowered
Commissioners have suggested a millage rate
increase is possible for the new fiscal year.
New issues arise during
BB budget talks
As Bradenton Beach commissioners continued their
budget discussions, public works director Tom Woodard
brought forth some issues needing to be addressed that
are not in the proposed budget.
Woodard said due to previous budget cutbacks,
scheduled hardening of city buildings has been
neglected, and the city is required to do that work.
Woodard also said storm shutters for city hall would
not hold up to a major storm.
Commissioners have discussed developing a pri-
ority list in budget talks with the department heads,
"We are going to need to rely on you to let us know
what is necessary by priority," Commissioner Ric Gate-
house told Woodard.
Woodard said two of his top priority items, which
have not been budgeted, include the installation of a
backup generator at the police department the city pur-
chased two years ago. The generator was purchased to
replace the World War II-era generator the city relies
on to keep operating during a storm, but funding was
never approved for the installation due to budget cuts.
"And now it's just been sitting in my garage," said
Woodard. "It runs on propane or natural gas, but I have
Woodard said it would cost $20,000 to run a natural
gas line, but for an estimated $10,000 he could install
the generator and add an underground propane tank.
The generator would supply enough power to keep
the police department and public works buildings run-
ning through a storm. City hall employees would move
to the police department to continue city operations, as
there is no generator for city hall.
Woodard said the U.S. Department of Defense still
owns the city's old generator and is trying to eliminate
it from inventory.
"The second thing is that every year I have to do a
report for the state for street sweeping and keep track of
how much we pick up," he said. "Before, I had a stor-
age yard and it wasn't an issue. Now I don't. I've only
found one sweeping company that would haul it away.
Every other company requires a place to dump it, but
we are looking at an annual $14,000 contract."
Woodard said he expects to get grief from the state.
"I haven't (had the streets swept) in six months because
I have no place to store it. And the other problem is that
it used to cost $300, and now it is significantly more."
Woodard said if something isn't done soon the city
could be pulled from the county's permit. He said if the
city doesn't use the permit, it will lose the permit.
City clerk Nora Idso said she would try to address
the need for the $10,000 generator.
"This is about health, safety and welfare," said Idso.
I \ .11 if there is money in the reserves to get some of
these necessary things up and running, we need to do
THE ISLANDER U JULY 18, 2012 0 15
Commissioners eye infrastructure needs, costs
With budget talks resuming July 9 at Bradenton
Beach City Hall, commissioners turned their focus
to infrastructure issues. Implications continue that a
tax hike might be required to address neglected city
Commissioners have not said taxes will rise, but
they made repeated statements that taxes have not been
increased since 2002.
During a budget talk July 9, Police Chief Sam Spe-
ciale said department heads have drifted away from pre-
ventative maintenance to save money.
"Starting years ago, all the departments had the feel-
ing slowly but surely that we got away from the
preventative maintenance thing," said Speciale. "What's
happening now is the infrastructure of this city is start-
ing to get old and it's starting to crumble. We can't let
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said, "The sorry state
of maintenance in the city really came home July 4,
when the city couldn't muster something to represent
ourselves proudly in the parade because the boat trailer
is so rusted out, it won't hold the boat."
Special said no one in the city is looking to have
the best, "but just give us the tools to do what we have
Mayor John Shaughnessy said the city cannot con-
tinue to just get by, and Tropical Storm Debby was an
example of a bad situation making things worse.
"Things come up that we have to have money for,"
he said. L\ i) ,dy) is cutting back, but there are certain
things you can't live without."
Vice Mayor Ed Straight said the public supports
decisions to maintain services, and is willing to pay for
As commissioners move forward with the budget
process, Straight said, "I think we need to keep that in
mind. The support is there to keep the services there."
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said she understands
the need to maintain essential services, but called for
due diligence as the budget process continues.
"I' just looking out for the citizens of Bradenton
Beach," she said. "I've walked around the city, and I
don't think I've ever seen the city look better. I have
a neighbor who is going to have to move because she
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler said
during a July 9 public works budget discussion that "our
infrastructure ... is looking shoddier and shoddier and
I think that's an insult" to city staff.
Infrastructure became a primary topic in budget
talks. Commissioners will set the tentative millage rate
July 25, which determines how much the city receives
in property taxes.
Public works director Tom Woodard submitted
proposed budgets for the Historic Bridge Street Pier,
streets and roads, facilities management and stormwater
With the pier to undergo reconstruction sometime
after the budget is finalized with Community Redevel-
opment Agency funds, the proposed 2012-2013 pier
budget is $1,700 more than last year's $32,600 budget.
The pier budget does not include the CRA expenditures
for the reconstruction.
But contracts for the project are in the pier
With contracts needed for the construction project,
attorney fees in the pier budget doubled from $500 to
$1,000, while the bi .',. I increase was utilities bud-
geted at $7,000 last year up $2,000 to $9,000 in the
The proposed streets and roads budget increased
from $180,016 to $191,401. The stormwater man-
agement budget proposal increased from $200,058
to $203,080 and the facilities management budget
increased from $124,507 to $133,599.
The bi_','il increase in the stormwater management
budget reflects a proposed pay raise of 3 percent for city
staff in salary, insurance and retirement contributions.
The facilities management budget includes a $5,000
increase from $10,000 to $15,000 for building repair,
and reflects new carpet for city hall offices.
The largest increase proposed in the streets and
roads budget is for operating expenses. Woodard has
increased this budget from $9,000 to $15,000.
"Operating expenses have raised because infra-
structure is requiring more maintenance," said Woodard,
Water pools along Second Street in Bradenton Beach
near city hall and the Tingley Memorial Library,
causing asphalt to crack and crumble. The city is
focusing the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget on infra-
structure, which department heads agree has been
neglected. Islander Photo: Mark Young
can't afford the taxes here."
Shaughnessy reminded commissioners that the city
has not raised its taxes since 2002. He said the city
lowered its tax rate last year.
"It's the fire department getting an increase and the
sheriff's office looking for an increase, and the county
giving their employees a raise," said Shaughnessy.
"Those are the taxes we are paying, so where are we?"
As budget talks shifted to capital improvements
and stormwater issues, what to do to protect the city's
infrastructure became the focus.
Commissioners debated their options with city
"I wonder if we shouldn't start now, and each year
put a little more aside for infrastructure," said Commis-
sioner Gay Breuler.
Gatehouse said the development of one- and five-
year maintenance plans is essential for the city to pri-
oritize projects and budget for the future.
works budget plan: Be pre
who was asked to compile a priority list for roadwork,
as commissioners eye infrastructure improvements with
an emphasis on roads.
"And put a timetable on them in which we can
approach" the street repairs said Commissioner Ric
Commissioner Jan Vosburgh noted Woodard previ-
ously budgeted more than he used for some items, and
asked if the director could find any reductions.
"I'm comfortable with what I've submitted,"
said Woodard. "It's at the commission's discretion, of
course, but I need that cushion for when things come
up. Examples are the seawall that broke apart at the end
of llth Street and we got into an issue with an under-
ground water pipe we had to fix on Church Street."
Woodard said it's better to budget the money to
address emergencies than to ask commissioners to pull
money from the general fund.
Vosburgh had the same issue in the facilities man-
How many work
How many city workers does it take to change a
It's a joke city employees across the country likely
hear, and there can be an appearance sometimes of too
many workers at any given job site, according to Woo-
Woodard was asked by Commissioner Ric Gate-
house, saying he received complaints from citizens
about seeing city workers where it always seems "two
guys are working in a hole and one is standing around
Gatehouse brought up the issue during budget dis-
cussions concerning the public works department.
"It's true that not every job requires two or more
workers, but there are a number that do," said Woodard.
"These are also examples of where I will assign more
than one in the interest of safety and to complete the
job in a timely manner."
Woodard said he understands that recent economic
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BRADENTON BEACH BUDGET STORIES BY MARK YOUNG, ISLANDER REPORTER
"If we do nothing, we will be scrambling" every
time a new issue arises, he said.
Janie Robertson, a former commissioner, attended
the July 9 budget talks and said she also believes tax-
payers would support higher taxes for infrastructure
"If taxpayers know an increase in tax is going to be
spent on infrastructure, and not to the benefit of anyone
else, I don't think you'll have a problem," she said.
"Citizens will say absolutely yes, let's get this city back
Shaughnessy pointed out several projects over the
past year that unexpectedly cost the city money, includ-
ing a sewer line collapse, hiring a contractor to build
trolley shelters and addressing Tropical Storm Debby
Now or never
City clerk Nora Idso said she appreciated the con-
cept of trying to save money for future projects in a
budget item fund, "but you guys are a revolving door.
We are at your mercy. Two years from now, you aren't
here, and we get a brand new commission and they
decide that's not what they want to do."
Idso said putting away money is worthless, because
a future commission could decide to take the savings
and put it into the general fund.
"Get the project done right away," she said. "Name
a project and get it done within a couple of years. You
can't put it in the budget unless you are going to spend
Gatehouse said that is what he's asking for in
having department heads develop one- and five-year
plans. He also said priorities and clear timelines must
"While beautification is nice, and streets and sewers
aren't sexy, that's what makes the city livable," he said.
"You can't live here without working sewers, drivable
roads and walkable sidewalks. We should do the right
things now, and if someone else comes along later that
wants to do the wrong thing, then that's on them."
Breuler asked department heads to submit a priority
list before commissioners cast their votes July 25 to set
the maximum millage rate for the next budget.
agement budget, where she felt the building repair line
item might be "padded quite a bit."
Woodard said, "It goes back to infrastructure and
covers city hall, the police department, public works,
the library and the rest rooms and showers at the pier.
You see $15,000 there, but if we had another issue like
this year, where we have to replace two air conditioners,
that's going to be most of that $15,000."
Mayor John Shaughnessy said there was a lot in the
current budget that was out of the city's control.
"Things like the repair of equipment and the cost
of fuel, which affects %i. \ Ihinii ." he said. "You have
to budget it over a period of a year, and nobody knows
what gas is going to cost next month."
Shaughnessy said the commissioners are stewards
of the city and it is the citizens' right to complain.
"But I'd rather have them complain about the
budget than complain about why their streets are never
being repaired," he said.
rs does it take?
times have been tough for everyone, and that every
department is not without staffing problems.
"I currently have a good crew of workers who care
about their jobs and the city," he said. "I have not had
a single complaint and, if I had, I would have investi-
gated it. Citizens and staff can contact me any time with
concerns and questions."
Woodard's department was recently recognized at a
city commission meeting in regards to two letters from
citizens, who complimented his staff.
It's a staff that is much smaller than it used to be.
"When I started in 2004 we had 10 employees," he
said. "Now there are six."
Gatehouse also complimented Woodard's depart-
ment, saying he was just doing his job for his constitu-
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HBPD plans golf cart law enforcement
By Kathy Prucnell
While some golf cart travel is legal in Holmes
Beach, it's not without restrictions. And for the safety
of everyone on city streets, the Holmes Beach Police
Department will be writing tickets.
"We will enforce the ordinance, or we will write
them a ticket under state statute, just as we would
enforce bicycles that operate on the wrong side of the
road," said HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson. "Golf carts are
By Kathy Prucnell
Bronchitis. There's the acute type, typically from a
cold or other illness, and then there's chronic bronchitis,
a more serious condition listed by the Mayo Clinic on its
website as a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
"I'm almost grateful for Debby," said Holmes
Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen. "It's helped to make
the connection between water and mold and my recur-
There was "black mold in my living room," Peelen
wrote in her July 8 newsletter of her residence in the
2700 block of Gulf Drive.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen is back
home after a short stay at Sandpiper Resort in
Bradenton Beach. Tropical Storm Debby flooded her
home in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
and she found mold that exacerbated her recurring
bronchitis. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
City commissioners unanimously approved an
updated golf cart ordinance in December 2011.
The city's ordinance specifies golf carts are prohib-
State Road 64/Manatee Avenue.
State Road 789/Gulf Drive.
Gulf Drive, north of State Road 64.
Marina Drive, from Gulf Drive to Palm Drive.
The city has had an ordinance that has allowed golf
carts on certain streets since 2000.
"I was all set to have the professionals come in
to get the mold out," Peelen said July 9, and then she
visited a pulmonologist. She says he told her that he
didn't know of a Florida home without it.
So she's now set out with a longtime friend, who
previously "successfully and permanently" eradicated
mold from other homes, to rid and protect her house
from the "sea of mold."
Peelen said she plans to add a concrete base around
her house, make some structural changes, install French
drains and attempting to seal out water with a new kind
of roofing tar, she said. She also plans to relocate her
landscaping away from the structure.
Inside the house, she will clean with bleach. She
plans to install a sump pump, and high-efficiency par-
ticulate air filters to create a dry, clean and ventilated
area and to prevent mold.
Although her home has flooded before, she's never
filed a claim with her insurance or the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency. After Debby, though, she
says, she will decide whether if it's worthwhile.
Long term, she doesn't know whether she'll be sell-
ing and moving elsewhere in Holmes Beach, or going
with another option.
"It's serious," she said about wanting to protect her
health. \ 1y lungs matter. My doctor saw changes in my
lungs he didn't like."
After the flood she said, "The cost of living on this
island is nature. But it's also so glorious. It's fantas-
And after the mold issue, she says, "I love my
house, and it would pain me to leave it for the more
sterile environment of a condo or something, you know?
So I can't give up on it so easily."
But she is back at home in Holmes Beach.
She's still watching her health closely, still unsure of
what's next with regard to mold issues in her home.
But city commissioners are required to be residents
of Holmes Beach, and how long is permitted for any
temporary relocation is uncertain.
As of Islander presstime, city attorney Patricia
Petruff had not replied with a comment on the residency
The most recent ordinance prohibits golf carts on
streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or higher.
The local ordinance requires golf cart operators to
hold a valid driver's license.
Carts may only cross state roads at signal inter-
sections approved as golf cart crossings by the Florida
Department of Transportation, pursuant to both Florida
statutes and the city's ordinance.
State law prohibits golf carts on all state or local
roads unless cities enact laws permitting them in their
Since Holmes Beach has such an ordinance, state
law further limits golf cart operation between sunrise
and sunset, requires efficient brakes, reliable steering
apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror and back and
However, there is no applicable state or local law
for child safety restraints in golf carts.
According to Stephenson, there is "no proper way
to fasten a child seat to a golf cart."
An HBPD officer issued a warning to a golf cart
operator with a young child July 11 for operating on a
prohibited street, Stephenson said.
"We would hope that adults and parents would
understand the danger involved," he said. A golf cart
has open sides and no seat belts. There is a danger of
ejection and head injuries.
Stephenson encouraged people to use common
sense and travel only on the city's back roads.
In the past, golf carts were primarily used as "a
way to get to the beach and around on a golf course,
but they' re now being used to go to the grocery store
and post office," said Stephenson.
He also said some of the city's vacation homes are
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A Holmes Beach police officer stops a golf cart driver
at the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives for a
safety talk. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Holmes Beach dog run named for canine prowess
By Kathy Prucnell
Canines are said to have a sensitive, powerful sense
Thus, Scentral Park is a fitting name for the dog
run behind the outfield fence at Birdie Tebbetts Field.
Holmes Beach commissioners July 10 voted
to approve the name at the recommendation of Bar-
bara Parkman 4-0, with commissioner John Monetti
Parkman said Scentral Park was chosen by "the
doggers," the roster of dog park users, in a naming con-
test, and she asked that the commissioners approve it
with "HB" preceding it.
"The doggers and the dogs are w .'ini' ." she told
Audra Lanzaro and Valerie Trew suggested the
same name, she said.
Parkman also said she consulted two Bradenton vet-
erinarians, Dr. Walter Kallenbach and Luke Berglund,
about published reports on the toxicity of holly plants.
They told her the hollies and dogs "are not a prob-
lem," she said.
A ficus tree, crape myrtles, hollies and Sansevieria
snake plants were planted this spring after the dog run
was created on the perimeter of the baseball park at
62nd and Flotilla Drive.
The city commission spent about $8,300 to add a
fence and carve out the dog run from the baseball field
due to liability concerns in allowing dogs and their
owners to share the field with ballplayers.
The city also has installed a shelter in the dog
Approximately $1,800 in proceeds from a dog park
yard sale and cash donations have funded the purchase
of a double gate and landscaping. Sign and benches
have been donated, and volunteers have assisted with
some construction and planting activities.
Since the fence was installed, conflicts between
dog park users and ballplayers have erupted over some
home run balls hit into the dog run and questions have
surfaced about the toxicity of some of the dog run land-
A horticultural expert from the University of Flor-
ida and the medical director of the American Society
for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal Control
Center agreed that holly berries and Sansevieria snake
plants are toxic poisonous to canines.
Patricia Porchey, horticultural education agent of
the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricul-
tural Services, further warned eating crape myrtle can
cause diarrhea and that touching ficus tree sap on leaves
and stems can cause burning, blistering and itching of
Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director at the ASPCA
Animal Control Center, said the toxic hollies may not
be attractive or palatable to dogs, but of the Sansevieria,
she said, "due to their tall nature, these may be more
likely to be chewed on."
As of July 13, some but not all of the Sansevieria,
also known as snake plants, had been removed.
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A shelter provides shade for dog owners at Scen-
tral Park at 62nd Street and Flotilla Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Mold moves HB commish
to BB temporarily
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 18, 2012 19
Bradenton Beach commissioners need to overcome shortfall
By Mark Young
Most Bradenton Beach department heads have sub-
mitted proposed budgets that exceed this year's budgets,
and commissioners already face a $104,000 shortfall in
The shortfall was originally calculated to be
$117,000, but an updated report from the Manatee
County Property Appraiser's Office shows increased
property values, which decreases the shortfall at the
present millage rate.
Still, a shortfall remains and commissioners have
indicated that an increase in city property taxes is on
the way to fill the deficit and pay for a larger 2012-
13 budget that includes increased salaries and attorney
City clerk Nora Idso presented the administration
and planning budgets to commissioners July 11 at Bra-
GOLF CARTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
being rented with golf carts provided for tenant use, and
people using them are unfamiliar with the laws.
"We've been very fortunate not to have had any bad
accidents involving golf carts," said Stephenson.
Holmes Beach is the only city on Anna Maria Island
to permit golf carts on its roads.
Golf carts and utility vehicles are exempt from
vehicle registration and license plate laws.
Anna Maria City Clerk Alice Baird said while low-
speed vehicles, with license plates and proper equip-
ment are permitted on the streets in Anna Maria, the
city has no "golf cart" ordinance.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy said he
did not know if his city has a golf cart ordinance but, he
said, golf carts from Holmes Beach "come over here all
Low-speed vehicles similar to golf carts in
style must be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps,
turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, parking
brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and
possess vehicle identification numbers.
State law limits the operation of the low-speed
vehicles to roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.
denton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., to close
out the first round of department-by-department budget
The proposed administrative budget is up more than
$10,000 from this year's budget, which is $358,617 com-
pared to the proposed 2012-13 budget of $368,858.
An anticipated increase in fees for city attorney
Ricinda Perry is expected due to a pair of lawsuits
against Bradenton Beach. Attorney fees account for
a $4,000 increase in the administration budget and an
additional $2,000 in the planning budget, with a total
of $45,000 planned for Perry's services.
Idso is not confident that amount will be enough,
saying there is no way to anticipate legal fees.
The proposed planning department budget increased
by more than $12,000, and operating expenses increased
from $1,400 this year to $4,500 next year. This year's
budget for the planning department was $340,057, while
next year's proposed budget is $352,741.
Idso said building official Steve Gilbert would
explain the operating expense increase to commission-
ers at an upcoming work session, but she also said the
state is now requiring cities pay it a percentage of per-
"Depending on the size of the project, it will be
from $150 to $700," said Idso. "There's just no other
place to put that money other than in a line item. It's
just one more thing to get our money."
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse addressed the fees
for Perry and Gilbert, who bill the city for their hours
as contracted employees.
"We have engaged (Alan) Garrett to take care of
the planning side of things, which should significantly
lower (Gilbert's) workload," said Gatehouse. "Now that
we have two individuals, I would like to see significant
cost reductions for Mr. Gilbert."
Gatehouse continued, "I realize we've been put into
a position where we have no choice but to spend the
money, but I wonder if (Perry) has to be at every meet-
ing. There are a lot of meetings that are not controversial
that I think we could stumble our way through without
an attorney present."
Idso said Perry has attended 11 meetings since
November for a total of $1,870 based on a rate of $170
"If she wasn't giving us a government rate, it would
be more like $230 an hour," said Idso. "But you are
right. Out of those 11 meetings, it was only necessary
to have an attorney there for six of them."
"She doesn't charge us ani\ liiln for a lot of things
she does," Mayor John Shaughnessy said. "We are very
fortunate for that."
Idso said if commissioners want to cut hours from
contracted employees, the easiest route would be to trim
"Mr. Gilbert comes to more night meetings, and
that usually costs more," said Idso. "I've looked at that
compared to the attorney, and my concern is that we
never know what exactly will come up, not only for
you, but from the audience."
Idso said Gilbert could only attend day meetings,
which "could cut down considerably on his bill."
Gatehouse said the same could be done for Perry.
"We can direct the attorney that her services won't
be required that night, and we can also table the issue
until another date (if something does come up) and call
her in on it," he said.
Idso said Perry's fees are not as much of a concern
as the litigator commissioners agreed to pay for the two
"We'll be paying the piper on that," she said. "We'll
be paying full price and I think that will be a very size-
Commissioners will review the budget through July
18 and set the tentative millage rate July 25. The budget
will not be voted on until September.
Idso said once commissioners set the millage, "that's
not set in stone. You can change it right up until Septem-
ber. Once you set it though, you can only come back and
lower it. You can't raise it, so keep that in mind."
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AM opts for park on Bay-Pine lots
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners settled on a preliminary
park design for the city-owned lots at the east end of Pine
Avenue that former Commissioner Gene Aubry presented
several months ago.
The issue, as it always seems to be in Anna Maria,
Commissioners July 12 agreed native trees and plants
should surround the lots, with open space in the middle.
There also should be walking space and benches.
But they were divided on whether to allow parking
along North Bay Boulevard.
They agreed to restrict parking on the Pine Avenue
frontage, but Commissioner John Quam said the city needs
the existing 11 parking spaces on Bay Boulevard.
While Commissioner SueLynn sought to eliminate
parking on Bay Boulevard, Commission Chair Chuck
Webb said the existing spaces are in the right of way, not
on the vacant lots.
"I see the problem, but I'm not ready to cut (the park-
ing spaces) off. If the rest of the commission says remove
Bay Boulevard parking, I'm OK with that," said Webb.
Commissioners agreed to close the parking lot,
although it was allowed throughout the winter-spring
Commissioners were against rest rooms on the lots,
but may consider a gazebo or open-air pavilion.
City attorney Jim Dye said he would write a resolu-
tion for the commission in consultation with Aubry.
Commissioners agreed, but left out any decision on
Pine Avenue parking.
"The next step is to come up with cost estimates,"
said Webb, who is plans to ask the Manatee County Tour-
ism Development Council for funding for improvements
on the six lots from resort tax money.
Efforts to use resort tax funds for such purposes have
consistently been denied by the county legal staff because
the funds are for dedicated purposes, not general tour-
Dye reminded commissioners the lots are zoned
retail-office-residential. The city will need a comp-plan
amendment to change the zoning to public, semi-public
in order to create a park.
By Rick Catlin
Former Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry has
expressed interest in being appointed to a commission
vacancy that will exist following the city election in
The vacancy will be created when the new commis-
sion elects a chair.
According to the city charter, the commission chair
becomes mayor if no candidates qualified to run for
mayor, which is the case in this year's election.
When the chair is elected by the members of the
commission at the first meeting after the Nov. 6 elec-
tion, the remaining four commissioners will then be
required to appoint a resident to fill the vacant com-
Aubry, who chose not to seek re-election last Novem-
ber following 14 months as a commissioner, said he made
his decision with much thought and after conferring with
Mayor Mike Selby.
"Mike has done a great job, and I told him I did not
want to be in competition with him if he was interested
in the appointment," Aubry said. "Mike said he has no
interest in the position and wished me well."
By Rick Catlin
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC principal Mike Cole-
man said attorney Jeremy Anderson, who represents
Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue, is months late with his
letter threatening legal action over settlement of a Nally
lawsuit against the city.
In his June 22 letter to the city, the attorney with
Lobeck & Hanson, PA., of Sarasota, claims the medi-
ated settlement in the April 2011 lawsuit between his
client, the city of Anna Maria and PAR requires con-
crete sidewalks at all PAR properties. PAR has installed
a sand and shale filter mix, saying that furthers the
city's green space and water management objectives.
Anderson, in the letter, gave the city 10 days to
provide him with written notice that it will "commit
to installing permeable concrete sidewalks at all PAR-
owned or controlled properties on Pine Avenue."
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The Scarpa family of Lakeland arrives by bicycle to
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Ashley Scarpa said she pre-
fers the new sidewalks. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Selby has chosen not to seek re-election as mayor at
the completion of his term in November.
Aubry, who was commissioner from September 2010
to November 2011, said he was stating his interest now
"because I love Anna Maria and have a concern where
the city is going. The next few years are going to be
extremely important for the city."
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird said city attorney
Jim Dye would give the commission instructions on how
citizens can express interest in the appointment. Dye also
will discuss some charter issues.
One issue the new commission must grapple with is
the length of term for the appointed commissioner, which
is not specified in the charter.
Selby said a charter review by a committee is required
every five years and he has begun the process to appoint
and establish the committee. Former Commissioner Tom
Aposporos has chaired the past two such committees.
Aubry was elected to the commission in September
2010 in a special court-ordered election that also was the
recall vote for then-Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Stoltzfus was recalled from office 362-333, while
Aubry defeated Stoltzfus 363-333 for the commission
seat on the same ballot.
The commitment to install concrete sidewalks
should be completed "within 30 days," Anderson
wrote, or his clients "will file the appropriate court
action to enforce the terms of the mediated settlement
Coleman is asking why Anderson sent the letter in
late June rather than months earlier.
When the city decided to test the "native pathway"
concept suggested by walkable communities expert Dan
Burden, Coleman said he sought to ensure the idea com-
plied with the mediation agreement.
"The benefits of aesthetically pleasing, drainage
enhancing and water cleansing pathways sounded all the
right environmental notes," Coleman said.
He said he asked city attorney Jim Dye some months
ago if use of the filter mix for the sidewalks would comply
with the mediation settlement.
In September 2011, said Coleman, Dye wrote Ander-
son a letter offering the opportunity to object. Thirty days
later, after no objection came from Anderson, Coleman
proceeded with the plan for filter-mix sidewalks.
The sidewalks were placed in front of parked vehi-
cles, as required in the parking plan adopted by the city
in April 2011.
When Coleman saw the June 22 letter from Ander-
son, he said he was "curious," but "not surprised."
"In my opinion, this is simply a continuation of the
petty harassment tactics we have come to expect from
certain quarters," he said. "The idea that a resident of
Lakeland can dictate policy to our city is curious, to put
Efforts to reach Anderson for comment were unsuc-
Coleman said PAR, which has standing in the law-
suit, would not attend a 5:30 p.m. July 12 shade meeting
of the city commission called by Dye to discuss Ander-
Turner returns to
chair AM P&Z
By Rick Catlin
Tom Turner was elected to chair the Anna Maria
Planning and Zoning Board at its monthly meeting July
Turner occupied the chairmanship from the early
1990s until 2000, when he resigned in 2000 for personal
reasons. He was reappointed to the board in June 2010
by then-Mayor Fran Barford and elected vice chair under
chair Sandy Mattick. Mattick resigned earlier this year,
and Turner again took the helm.
Before he was elected, Turner told board members
he didn't mind if someone else wanted the chair because
he's had plenty of public service. The members present
elected him 5-0.
In other business, P&Z member Nancy Yetter -
soon-to-be city commissioner suggested the P&Z
recommend a policy to the commission on the removal
of trees, shrubs and bushes from city property.
Member Lou Ellen Wilson agreed with the sugges-
tion, noting many cities have a "Grand Tree Ordinance"
that says no tree, shrub or plant can be removed without
a permit, even those on private property.
City planner Alan Garrett agreed that many local
governments around the country have such ordi-
Yetter wants a measure that says the city can only
remove a plant from city property or rights of way if it
has allocated funds to replace the plants with approved,
Garrett said the idea sounds great, but the city has
to establish what is public land, what is right of way and
what is private property. The distinction is not always
clear, he said.
Yetter said the policy would prevent the "indiscrimi-
nate removal of trees," such as occurred on Park Avenue
last year. She said that removal was just the "whim" of
"I know (the pines) are not native, but they do serve
a purpose. Let's have a reason to remove things, not just
someone's u tI'._'.li>'n." Yetter said.
The board asked Garrett to prepare a memo for
commissioners asking them to consider in the beach
access ordinance under review adding a requirement
for a permit for plant, tree and shrub removal from
rights of way.
Wilson suggested even private property owners
should be required to get a permit to remove a tree and
replace it with a native species.
Member Mike Pescitelli wondered if that was "open-
ing Pandora's Box," but Wilson suggested the board
should first review the Florida landscaping law and dis-
cuss the permit process to remove a tree, even if it's on
Garrett said he would research the statute and provide
copies for members in August.
The board's regular meetings are at 6 p.m. the first
Tuesday of every month, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive. The next meeting is Aug. 7.
Shade meeting discussions are not made public until
commissioners agree to settle any lawsuit, or take action
resulting from the suit.
The current lawsuit is the fifth legal action either
Barbara Nally, or with husband William Nally, has filed
against either the city or WELD Inc., owners of the Sand-
bar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. The Nallys,
who reside in Lakeland, own a rental house adjacent to
This lawsuit brought by Barbara Nally claimed the
city used methods to calculate density in the retail-office-
residential district that were inconsistent with the 2007
comprehensive plan. She alleged the comp plan limited
density to six units per acre, and that PAR properties
exceeded this limit.
As an adjacent landowner, Nally claimed she was
an "aggrieved or adversely affected" party because of
PAR projects built that were inconsistent with the comp
The specific PAR property named in the lawsuit is
the property at 210 Pine Ave., which is still under con-
struction. The complex is PAR's final project for Pine
The other four Nally suits either were dismissed by
a judge or voluntarily withdrawn by Nally. The firm of
Lobeck & Hanson has represented the Nallys or Barbara
Nally individually in those previous lawsuits.
Aubry interested in AM commission appointment
PAR claims sidewalk objection too late
THE ISLANDER U JULY 18, 2012 E 21
Illegal July 4 fireworks light up beach
By Kathy Prucnell
Thousands who made the trip to the beach for fire-
works on July 4 were treated to two professional-look-
ing displays. But, only one was permitted and staged by
And it's probably no surprise that the police weren't
called about the unauthorized pyrotechnic show that filled
the skies over the Gulf of Mexico. After all, it was the
Fourth of July.
The unauthorized fireworks rose to similar heights
as the permitted show at the Sandbar Restaurant, and it
began before and lasted longer than Sandbar's display.
The fireworks appeared to originate on the beach near the
border of Holmes Beach and Anna Maria.
"No one called us about it," said HBPD Lt. Dale
Stephenson, who said the city of Holmes Beach did not
authorize a display.
He estimated some 13,000 to 15,000 people lined
the beaches to watch the fireworks show presented by
the Sandbar, a traditional celebration that began at night-
"When it comes to those kinds of unauthorized dis-
plays, we can't say we look the other way," Stephenson
said. "If someone would have called, we would've con-
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office polices Anna
Maria, and MCSO-substation supervisor Sgt. Dave
Turner said, "the only permitted" fireworks display in
the city was at the Sandbar.
"We got a bunch of calls" for illegal fireworks at
numerous locations inAnna Maria, he said. "It was physi-
cally impossible to write up all the complaints."
MCSO had 18 deputies on shifts on July 4, including
beach patrols and bomb disposal agents, Turner added.
Ten pounds of illegal fireworks were seized by beach
patrols, he said.
Fireworks, with the exception of sparklers and
devices that do not explode or fly, are illegal in Florida
without permits. If arrested, violators face a first-degree
misdemeanor that carries a $1,000 penalty.
Stephenson said the HBPD has done "a good job" of
enforcing the pre-July 4 displays which, in prior years,
"would begin June 28 and last until the Fourth of July."
"We try to do the best we can to educate (people)
about the dangers," he added.
Even though they are illegal and dangerous, he said,
"On the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve, we have this
idea this is how we celebrate in this country."
With 25 years on the department, Stephenson recalls
only one year, "years and years ago," that Holmes Beach
authorized an outdoor fireworks display. And that year,
he said, a storm defused any danger from the pyrotech-
While the HBPD did not receive a call about the large
display of fireworks, Stephenson said officers did respond
to a report of a garbage can fire at the 3400 block of Gulf
Drive. West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters were called,
he said, and the fire melted the can and burned some sea
The fire department also was called to the 100 block
of 30th Street in Holmes Beach July 3 after a sky lantern
- a floating firework careened into an Australian pine,
according to witnesses. No damages were reported.
Anna Maria busy July 4, but few fireworks confiscated
By Rick Catlin have been in previous years.
Islander Reporter In some instances, deputies would observe illegal
Sgt. Dave Turner, head of the Manatee County Sher- fireworks going off but, when they arrived to the scene
iff's Office-Anna Maria substation, said deputies were the people had left or were no longer setting off fire
busy July 4 and a number of illegal fireworks were con- works.
fiscated. "We responded to about two dozen fireworks com
But considering the thousands of people on the
island, many with illegal fireworks, the evening "went
well" for deputies, he said.
Six deputies from the tactical team and three other
deputies patrolled Anna Maria beaches and county parks
2-10 p.m., Turner said.
MCSO deputies also assisted the Bradenton Beach
Police Department with a horse patrol on Coquina
There were reports of illegal fireworks, customary for
July 4, but it's just impossible to confiscate all of them,
There were no reports of serious injuries, as there
plaints and one subject was issued an ordinance viola-
tion," Turner said.
More than 40 illegal parking tickets were issued,
along with 36 citations for seat-belt violations.
"Deputies did confiscate a small amount of fireworks,
consisting mostly of bottle rockets and roman candles,"
Deputies from the MCSO hazardous materials sec-
tion arrived on Anna Maria Island around 2 a.m. July 5 to
collect the confiscated fireworks, which were destroyed
in bunkers at Port Manatee.
"The festivities went well, and crowds were gener-
ally orderly and well-behaved," Turner said.
and packaging are
disposed of July 5 at
cans at the beach end
in Holmes Beach.
Similar trash and
evidence of illegal
fireworks were found
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Events upcoming for
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
monthly sunrise breakfast will be 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m.
Wednesday, July 18, at the Anna Maria Island Beach
Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Breakfast is $8 and members are encouraged to bring
guests. Reservations are required.
On Wednesday, July 25, the chamber will hold its
monthly business card networking event at the Feast Res-
taurant, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the event is $5 and members are welcome
to bring a guest. Beer, wine and a cash bar will be avail-
Reservations are requested, but not required.
For more information or to make a reservation, call
941-778-1541 or go to www.annamariaislandchamber.
Chamber business expo
coming in August
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
planning its 2012 Small Business Development Expo 9
a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at CrossePointe Fellow-
ship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Advance reservations are requested. Tickets are $25
in advance or $30 at the door.
LaPensee Plumbing and Pools and RE/MAX Alli-
ance Group are the corporate sponsors. The food sponsor
is the Feast restaurant. The media sponsor is The Islander
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Keynote speakers include Barry Grooms on using
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on funding to start or grow your business.
Along with food and beverages, door prizes will be
Chamber vice president Deb Wing said booths for
vendors are available, but filling up fast. Vendors do not
have to be chamber members to host a space at the expo,
To make a reservation or for more information, call
941-778-1541 or email email@example.com.
Bypass road to IMG opens
Golfers and clubhouse guests fromAnna Maria Island
and west Bradenton heading to the IMG Academies Golf
Ihe Anna Maria General Store & Deli, SO/ Fine Ave.,
has been sold to general manager Brian Seymore, who
has operated the city's only general store since hired
by previous owners Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher in
2009. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
and Country Club on 34th Street South in Bradenton have
a shorter and easier drive with the opening of the El Con-
quistador Parkway at the 75th Street South/53rd Avenue
The opening of the parkway allows motorists to
bypass the previous route to the club on 53rd Avenue
West and drive directly to the club, which is owned by
IMG Academies, 5500 34th St. W., Bradenton.
IMG Golf and Country Club is offering a number of
summer golf and dining specials.
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Out and about ...
Olive Palmer-Boyes, 5, of Waco, Texas, says she likes orange soda, barbecue-flavor
chips and cheeseburgers on her visit with "Grammy" Pam Ferrara and friends,
Charlie's Barbie Angels, to Duffy's Tavern in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
Jo Ann Meilner of Bradenton Beach is delighted July 6 to take home a copy of Ted
Stephens and the Doo \Ii, '\ new CD from Island Time Bar & Grill, Bradenton
Beach. The band, pictured in the background, debuted their new CD and offered
copies for a donation while performing for the evening crowd in the former
garage parking area at Bridge Street Bistro. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Kelly retirement party draws warm reception
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A sign at the Anna Maria Island Community Center July 12 greets attendees to a
retirement party to say farewell to outgoing executive director Pierrette Kelly, even
though she is staying beyond her June 30 retirement until a replacement is hired.
right, with Charles
and Jo Ann Lester
who arrived from
their summer home .
in Wisconsin at
Kelly s retirement.
party at the center
July 12. The Lesters i .
have been generous '
donors for many
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Pierrette Kelly, left, talks with Rhea Chiles and Anne Chiles at Kelly's June
12 retirement party. About 175 people attended.
By Rick Catlin
The farewell party for retiring Anna Maria Island Community Center execu-
tive director Pierrette Kelly went ahead as planned July 12, even though Kelly
is staying on until the board of directors hires her successor.
Kelly announced her retirement April 23, and said in her letter to the board
of directors that she wanted her last day to be June 30.
But the board's first call for applicants failed to find a candidate that a
majority of board members could agree to hire. Kelly, a 22-year veteran of the
center, agreed to remain as director until the board hires a replacement.
About 175 people attended the farewell, including Chuck and Jo Ann Lester,
who flew in from Wisconsin for the event. The Lesters, in cooperation with
The Islander newspaper, annually sponsor the Lester Challenge, in which the
Lesters match the funds donated to the center by the community up to $50,000.
They were integral in establishing a center foundation for future funding.
Kelly received a number of farewell gifts and cards at the event, along with
praise for her 22 years of service to the center.
Dell and wife
dent Greg Ross
at the retire-
ment party July
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24 E JULY 18, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Indoor soccer action stays cool in center gym
Kevin P. Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's summer
indoor soccer league completed a second week of action
with some spirited games.
Eat Here grabbed control of the league's 11-13 age
division with a 3-0 record with the Waterfront Restaurant
second on a 1-1 record, followed by Air & Energy, which
is still looking for its first win.
The 8-10 age division appears to be a little tighter,
as Lapensee Plumbing posted a 1-0 record after a July 11
game had to be rescheduled. The plumbers are followed
by Beach Bistro with a 1-1-1 record and Gettel Toyota,
which sits in third place at 1-1. Beach Bums are looking
for a first win on a 0-1-1 record.
Beach Bistro recorded an easy 8-3 win over Gettel
July 11 behind four goals from Jayse Berzowski and
three from Julius Petereit. Andrew Burgess completed
the Bistro scoring with one goal. Gettel Toyota received
single goals from Sam Bowers, Ava Zink and Lilah
Bowers in the loss.
Beach Bistro earlier battled Beach Bums to a 7-7 tie
in 8-10 division action July 9. Thomas Fellowes scored
to give Bistro a 7-6 lead with just under three minutes to
play, but Ryan Joseph notched the equalizer a minute later.
Berzowski led Bistro with three goals, while Petereit and
Fellowes each finished with two goals.
Ozzie Lonzo notched four goals to lead Beach Bums,
which also received a goal each from Luke Marvin,
Joseph and Didier Avila in the tie.
Waterfront Restaurant recorded a 6-4 victory over
Air & Energy in 11-13 division action July 9. Ryan
and Robbie Fellowes each scored two goals to lead the
Waterfront, which also received single goals from Brooke
McIntosh and Morgan Burns.
James Whyte scored two goals to lead Air & Energy,
which also received a goal each from Stephen Whyte and
Nicole Sewall in the loss.
Eat Here edged Air & Energy 5-3 in an 11-13 divi-
sion game July 11 behind two goals apiece from Brooke
Capparelli and Dylan Joseph. Nika Ukhurgunasvilli
added one goal in the victory, while goalie Joe Rogers
played a strong game between the pipes.
Stephen Whyte scored two goals and Daniel Fritz
added one goal to lead Air & Energy in the loss.
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Raiders and Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins, which both
sport 2-0 records and both rolled to easy victories during
action July 11.
The Vikings, Chargers, Browns and Jets all follow
in the standings with 1-1 records, while the Titans and
Saints are searching for a first victory.
The Dolphins opened July 11 with a 33-20 victory
over Miller Electric Chargers behind 149 passing yards and
four touchdown passes from Tim Shaughnessy, as Duffy' s
Tavern Raiders closed the evening with an easier 35-7 win
over Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings behind 252 passing yards
and five touchdown passes from Chris Gillum.
Matt Piermarini threw for 293 yards and seven touch-
down passes to lead Jessie's Island Store Jets to an easy
47-27 win over Slim's Place Titans, but the flag football
game of the week was the Sato Real Estate Browns earn-
ing a 33-32 come-from-behind overtime victory over the
Beach to Bay Construction Saints.
Browns receiver Troy Shonk sent the game to over-
time on his catch of a 5-yard touchdown pass from quar-
terback Jason Sato. In overtime, J.T. Goode's 12-yard
touchdown run pulled the Browns to within a point, while
Shonk's 2-point conversion reception from Sato provided
the winning margin for the Browns.
Sato completed 12 of 26 passes for 150 yards and
three touchdown passes to lead the Browns offense. Scott
Rudacille caught six passes for 50 yards and an extra
point, while Brent Laudicina had a 20-yard touchdown
run, a 45-yard touchdown reception and added an extra
point. Goode finished with 35 yards rushing and a touch-
down, while adding a 15-yard touchdown reception.
Laudicina paced the Browns defensive effort with
two interceptions and two flag pulls, while Rudacille
finished with three flag pulls and Jason Sato and Lexi
Braxton finished with two pulls apiece.
Beach to Bay Saints were led by Jason Mickan, who
ran for 22 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a
game-high 10 passes for 130 yards, including a pair of
touchdown receptions and an extra point. Larry Berkery
completed seven passes for 121 yards and a pair of touch-
downs, while Don Purvis completed five passes for 32
yards. Scott Eason completed the Saints scoring with a
15-yard touchdown reception in the loss.
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Leah Purvis and Mickan.
Two teams advanced from pool play during July 14
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits. The team of Norm Good and Jerry Disbrow defeated
Sam Samuels and Jeff Moore 21-13 in the finals to earn
bu .-'in i' rights for the week.
Good and Disbrow also captured the July 11 games,
easily defeating Samuels and Hank Huyghe 24-5 in the
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole,
individual-low-net golf match July 10.
Luanne Collins carded the round of the day with a
4-under-par 28. Joyce Brown finished three shots back
in second place with a 1-under 31, while Liz Lang took
third place with a 1-over-par 33. Joyce Lathrop chipped
in on No. 1.
AMICC to host ultimate Frisbee camp
The community center will host an ultimate Frisbee
camp 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6-8.
Ultimate is non-stop competition between two teams,
involving running while throwing and catching a Fris-
Ultimate, also known as Frisbee football, is one of
the fastest growing sports in the United States.
Camp will train participants in the fundamentals of
the game under the direction of David Greene, a local
resident with more than 20 years of competitive experi-
Greene has competed in nationals on nine occa-
sions with one championship among the credits on his
For more information, call the center at 941-778-
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Instead of waiting, try wading to get a bite
By Capt. Danny Stasny
We're approaching a new moon July 23, which will
provide exaggerated low tides in the evenings. It will be
the optimum time to fish the outgoing tides in the back-
water for catch-and-release snook, redfish and spotted
During the evening low tides, your best bet is to get
out of the boat and wade. It is cooler, and enables you
to sneak up on fish that you typically spook with a boat.
Areas such as Palma Sola Bay, Sarasota Bay and the
Intracoastal Waterway provide excellent opportunities
to do this.
For bait, try using artificial like the Top Dog Jr. by
MirrOlure or Berkeley Gulp shrimp on a jig head. Live
bait will work, too, but you' 11 have to drag a bait bucket
along behind you. Fishing artificial is easier because
carrying a couple of lures is effortless. And it can be just
as productive as live-bait fishing, since you cover more
area by making multiple casts.
If you're wondering where to wade, try looking for
lush grass flats that contain sandy potholes or where
water dumps into deep channels or ditches. During low
tides, predators use this deeper water as ambush points
to catch their prey. Good water flow is also key. If you
can combine these two conditions, you can target a fish
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says, "This
week's report is easy- jacks and macks."
Pier fishers using small white jigs, silver spoons or
Gotcha plugs are getting good action at sunrise on jack
crevalle and Spanish mackerel.
If you opt to use live bait, shiners are the bait of
choice. Remember, when live baiting for mackerel, you
want to use a long shank hook. Also, since the shiners are
small, try using a size 2 or 4 long shank. This smaller size
hook will not only be less visible, but it will allow these
small baits to swim naturally, resulting in more bites.
If shark is your target, try taking a fresh-caught
mackerel or jack and cast it out on a heavy rod.
Recent catches at the pier include an 8-foot bull shark
and numerous nurse sharks. Remember, we're close to
spawning season for shark, so handle with care, and let
them go quickly.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says mangrove
snapper are beginning to appear although most fish being
caught are undersize. Pier fishers catching keeper-size
fish are getting results on either live shrimp or shiners.
"People can buy the shrimp here," says Malfese. "But
for the shiners, you need either a cast net or a Sabiki
Malfese also warns that most of the shiners are very
small, you need to use a cast net with a 1/4-inch mesh.
While targeting mangrove snapper, pier fishers are
catching flounder, small gag and red grouper and a few
black drum. All of these species are being caught on
either shrimp or shiners. "You can tell when someone
hooks a grouper," says Malfese, "because they usually
get broken off under the pier. You need heavy tackle to
stand a chance at landing a decent-size grouper."
Lastly, pier fishers are still catching moderate num-
bers of Spanish mackerel. Try using small pink or white
jigs to get the bite. Remember to use at least a 30-pound
fluorocarbon leader when targeting macks. This will give
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you an added advantage against the mack's sharp teeth.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of
good action offshore for gag grouper and mangrove and
red snapper. For the gags and the mangoes, offshore fish-
ers are starting out around depths of 50-60 feet. Live baits
such as shiners and pinfish are getting the bite, although
frozen sardines and squid are working, too. Pushing out
past depths of 100 feet, offshore fishers are catching limits
of red snapper in the 10- to 15-pound range. Again, both
live and frozen baits are getting results. For live bait, a
fat pinfish is a good bet. If you're using frozen, you can't
beat a sardine paired on the hook with a strip of squid to
get the bite.
Inshore, fishing around Anna Maria Sound is produc-
ing good numbers of spotted seatrout. Keyes suggests
using artificial baits, such as the MirrOlure MirrOdine
or a DOA Cal jig, cast over deep grass flats to get in on
Beach and pier fishing are proving prosperous for
fishers targeting shark. Reports of bull, black tip and nurse
sharks are coming in daily. Best baits for these fighters
are chunk baits, such as mackerel, bonito or mullet.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters
reports an excellent inshore bite during the moving water
phases of the tide. Redfish have been active in the pot-
holes along mangrove shorelines. Howard suggests using
a popping cork with a live shiner or pinfish tossed into the
shade of the mangroves for good results on the copper-
Catch-and-release snook are active around the passes
with some explosive action in just a few feet of water
against the beach shoreline. They are gathering in big
schools around mangrove shorelines for the upcoming
Shiners have recently spawned, so there is a lot of
small-sized fry in the bay. Howard has downsized hooks
from an Owner 2/0 to a 1/0 or size 1 hook. "Put two small
shiners on a hook for a more appealing bait," Howard
says, and "don't forget to try dead bait" as the water
heats up, the fish get lazy.
Looking forward, Howard predicts the tides will
be high midday with a huge drop in the evening, which
will result in moving water that triggers excellent fishing
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says Gross. "A few of them were big enough to pull us
right into the rocks and that was with our drags locked
Along with gag grouper, Gross is finding success
with mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and Spanish
mackerel. "It's kind of like a one stop shop," he says
On his inshore expeditions, Gross is targeting spotted
seatrout, redfish and catch and-release snook, on man
grove edges with good tidal flow. By casting live shiners
up under the bushes, Gross is pulling out respectable sizes
of both species. For the trout, Gross is fishing deep grass
flats with live shiners or DOA shrimp under a popping
cork to get the bite. Average size of the trout this past
week was 18 inches.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore for migratory
and reef species i l. By free-lining live shiners behind the
boat, Girle's clients are hooking into king mackerel in the
30-inch range. Spanish mackerel are in the mix, average
ing 20 inches to the fork of the tail.
While bottom fishing, Girle is catching gag grouper
in the 24-inch range as well as numerous juvenile red
grouper For both species, Girle is using live shiners or
While fishing offshore, Girle is encountering small
sharks working his chum slick. By casting live shiners
behind the boat, Girle's clients are bending rods on both
silky and lemon sharks.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
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Bobby Dancy Jr.
Bobby Dancy Jr., 73, of Anna Maria, died July 6.
He was born in Epes, Ala., and moved to Anna Maria in
1993 from Chicago. He was a Christian.
There will be no service.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd
Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences
may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.
Mr. Dancy is survived by his companion of 22 years,
Joan Zak, of Anna Maria; sister Liz Dancy of Illinois;
four nephews; and a niece.
Frederick W. 'Fred' Heil Jr.
Frederick W. "Fred" Heil Jr., 69, died June 29. He
was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Sunbury, Pa., and grew up
in Pompton Plains, N.J.
He graduated from Rutgers University with a bach-
elor's degree in economics. He was a member of Alpha
Chi Rho fraternity and Air Force ROTC. After graduation
in 1964, he entered the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Heil served as a vice presi-
dent of First National Bank, co-founded
"- I architectural wood manufacturer SR
Wood Inc. and co-founded a vinyl
manufacturing company, Industrial
SEnterprises. He most recently served
Heil Jr. as president of Pinehurst Properties,
building and leasing industrial space.
He served multiple terms on the board of Playa
Encantada condominiums in Holmes Beach.
A funeral service was held in Louisville, Ky. Memo-
rial donations may be made to the March of Dimes or the
Crusade for Children.
Mr. Heil is survived by wife Dona Westray; son Brian
Frederick; daughter Lisa and husband Daniel Bache; four
grandchildren, Julia Elisabeth, Catherine Elise, Laura
Westray, and William Franklin Bache; sisters Joan Kjell-
man and Barbara.
Jean Gleason Marsicano
Jean Gleason Marsicano, 86, a resident of Tampa
and Holmes Beach since 1945, died July 12. She was
born in Iron Mountain, Mich., where she met and married
Charles Marsicano in 1945 while he was stationed with
the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mrs. Marsicano was a dedicated homemaker with a
gift for quilting, knitting and sewing and she was an avid
bridge player. She was Catholic and a member of Christ
the King Catholic Church in Tampa, and St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. She was a member
of the Christ the King Guild and Women's Club and a
member and volunteer of the Tampa Historical Soci-
ety. She also volunteered for many years with Meals on
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 14 at Christ the
King Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to
the attention of Holly Lisle, USF Byrd Alzheimer's Institute,
4001 E. FletcherAve., Tampa FL33613. Condolences may
be made online at SouthernFuneralCare.com.
Mrs. Marsicano is survived by daughters Pat and
Eileen; sons John, Gary and Charles Jr.; nine grandchil-
dren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews
and dear friends.
Raymond K. 'Mac' McDannold
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Raymond K. "Mac"
McDannold of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach,
died July 9.
Mr. McDannold enlisted in the Navy from Green-
ville, S.C. in November 1940 and retired to Florida in
October 1966. He served as a boatswain mate, deck offi-
cer and a fighter pilot. He graduated from the University
of South Carolina NROT with a bachelor's degree in
naval science in 1947.
He was a member of the Retired Officers Association,
Naval Air Museum, Naval Museum, VFW, Naval Small
Craft Association and the Mach Busters Club. He taught
fourth-grade at Anna Maria Elementary School. Mr. Mac-
Dannold loved living in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria
Island and enjoyed the people and the community.
Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Mr. McDannold is survived by sister-in-law Bertie;
nephews James M. Jr. and Raymond S. and wife Jill;
three nephews and a niece.
Tammy Sylvia O'Neal
Tammy Sylvia O'Neal, 53, of Bradenton, died July 7.
There will be no service. Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel was in charge
of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to a
charity of one's choice. Condolences may be given online
Mrs. O'Neal is survived by her husband of eight
years, William, of Bradenton; son Richard A. Friedei III
of Atlanta; brother Mark S. Howard of Holmes Beach;
sister Cindy McClure of Cortez; two grandchildren; and
Robert B.N. Peck
Robert B.N. Peck, 94, longtime Holmes Beach resi-
dent, died June 23. He was born a U.S. citizen Dec. 14,
1917, in London.
Mr. Peck spent his early childhood in France and
England. His family relocated to the United States when
he was a young boy, and he received his bachelor of
arts degree in history from the University of Arizona at
Tempe, and later a master's degree in education from
Colorado College in Colorado.
He served during World War II as an intelligence officer
with the U.S. Air Force in North Africa and Italy. He joined
the Air Force reserves and retired a lieutenant colonel.
Mr. Peck married his wife of 62 years, Miriam N.,
in Evanston, Ill., where he worked in the family busi-
ness, Bowman Dairy. He then enjoyed three distinct and
diverse careers: first as an entrepreneur with his own
hardware and nursery businesses in Colorado, then in
the insurance industry, and finally as a high school history
teacher in Colorado Springs.
He retired to Florida more than 32 years ago and
lived in Holmes Beach, where he was an active member
and officer in the local Power Boat Squadron. He enjoyed
a lifetime passion for travel, reading, tennis, bridge and
walking. He was especially proud to be recognized as a
Son of the American Revolution.
A memorial service was held July 2 at Freedom Vil-
lage, Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mr. Peck is survived by wife Miriam; daughters
Barbara, Joanne and husband John Healy, Nancy and
husband Richard and their son Ronald; and grandsons
Christopher and Zachary.
Edwin Reinhard van Beuzekom
Edwin Reinhard van Beuzekom, 85, of Orlando and
formerly of Perico Island and Holmes Beach, died July
8. He was bor Sept. 14, 1926, in Batavia (now Jakarta),
Batavia was then a Dutch colony
S and his father was a civil engineer
working for the Dutch government.
When the Japanese invaded Indonesia,
his family was under house arrest. After
the war, he traveled to the Netherlands
Van Beuzekom by boat where he settled in Amsterdam,
completed his education and started a
He met wife Judy, in 1954 and in 1957 they immi-
grated to the United States. After some months of getting
their feet on the ground, they moved to Painted Post, N.Y.,
where Edwin was as a controller for Ingersoll Rand.
In October 1968, smack in the middle of Hurricane
Gladys, he moved the family to Anna Maria Island, where
he took over an accounting practice.
He was active in the community for 43 years. He was
a member of Kiwanis, served on the Anna Maria Island
Community Center board, and volunteered for numerous
community organizations. For 21 years, he was the trea-
surer of Palma Sola Presbyterian Church in Bradenton.
He was an avid tennis player, playing until he was 82.
Private services were held in Orlando. Memorial
donations may be made to the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mr. van Beuzekom is survived by his wife, E. Judith
of Orlando; sister Estella Cadet of Indiana; children
Erica Harzewski of Seattle, Wash., Mike of Houston,
Edrick of Cambridge, Mass., and Roderic of Orlando;
12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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Special to The Islander
3109 Avenue F, Unit B, Beach View, Holmes Beach, a
34,64 sfla 3bed/3bath condo with shared pool built in 2010
was sold 06/11/12, Robinson to Mehlinger for $780,000;
2600 Gulf Drive, Unit 27, Anna Maria Island Club, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront
condo with shared pool built in 1984 was sold 06/19/12,
Gulf Beach Management Inc. to J. Telander Holdings for
$632,000; list $675,000.
608 Fern St., Anna Maria, a 1,676 sfla / 2,322 sfur
3bed/2bath/3car pool home built in 1994 on a 50x 114 lot was
sold 06/13/12, Selby to Rice for $570,000; list $599,900.
403 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,651 sfla / 1,886 sfur
3bed/3bath canalfront home built in 1968 on a 73x105 lot
was sold 06/18/12, Westerman Investment LLC to Hayes
for $530,000; list $540,000.
117 Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,980 sfla / 3,670
sfur 4bed/4bath duplex with pool built in 1984 on a 58x114
lot was sold 06/15/12, Phillips to Uada Corporation fro
$500,000; list $545,000.
312 61st St., Unit A, Palm Place, Holmes Beach, a
2,212 sfla / 3,087 sfur 3bed/212bath/2car land condo with
pool built in 2006 was sold 06/22/12, Island Restoration IV
LLC to Hjelte for $470,000; list $524,900.
5608 Holmes Blvd., Unit B, Barefoot Bungalows,
Holmes Beach, a 1,260 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool
built in 2012 was sold 06/22/12, Barefoot Bungalows LLC
FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25
are dominating the bite for yet another week. Pier fish-
ers using live shiners or shrimp are catching mangoes
exceeding 16 inches in length. "That's almost offshore
quality," Medley says with a chuckle, "and they're catch-
ing limits of them, too."
When targeting mangrove snapper at the south pier, it's
in your favor to be stealthy with) ll ii,,.ini I uiI."tPl 17-
or 20-pound fluorocarbon for a leader. Try using 6-8 feet of
it to be on the safe side. Next, tie on a No. 2 circle hook and
pinch a small split shot about 18 inches above your hook.
Your split-shot size will be determined by how fast the tide
is flowing. If it's barely moving choose a small split, and
when the tide picks up, add more weight. Stab a live shiner
or shrimp on your hook and pitch your bait under the pier.
Macks are making a good showing at the south pier.
Both live bait and artificial are producing the bite. For
live bait, shiners or threadfins are the ticket. If you choose
artificial, you can't beat a small white jig or Gotcha plug.
Average size of the macks this week is 16 inches.
Finally, shark fishing for night fishers at the south
pier is resulting in bent rods. In recent nights, pier fishers
are catching decent numbers of bull and nurse sharks.
Cut bait such as Spanish mackerel, bonito and mullet are
getting the bite.
Send fishing reports to fish @islander.org.
to Matthias for $445,000; list $474,500.
212 Coconut Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,653 sfla/ 2,910 sfur
3bed/3bath home built in 1978 on a 53x100 lot was sold
06/28/12, Hale to Geller for $440,000.
2306 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,768 sfla / 2,364
sfur 51kd 3' Ihli duplex built in 1947 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 06/18/12, Safran to De Motmollin for $409,000. List
709 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 873 sfla / 1,460 sfur
2bed/2bathl car home built in 1958 on a 50x100 lot was sold
06/22/12, Smith to Joseph for $390,000; list $420,000.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 103, La Costa, Bradenton
Beach, a 960 sfla / 1,096 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1979 was sold 06/21/12, Chalkias Brothers
Company to Folkens for $375,000; list $375,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 160, Tortuga Inn, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 2006 was sold 06/13/12, BCD Tortuga
LLC to Nixa for $350,000; list $375,000.
211 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,568 sfla/ 1,864 sfur
3bed/ 11bath home built in 1964 on a 53x145 lot was sold
06/21/12, Glaser to Kaloust for $340,500; list $339,900.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 108, La Costa, Bradenton
Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1979 was sold 06/27/12, Cadence Bank to Fitch
408 Clark Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,929 sfla / 2,193 sfur
3bed/3bath duplex built in 1971 on a 140x149 lot was sold
06/25/12, Glanz to Ulanch for $265,000; list $299,900.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 152, Westbay Point & Moor-
ings, Holmes Beach, a 1,066 sfla / 1,458 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 06/15/12,
Quigley to Christensen for $200,000; list $209,900.
2601 Gulf Drive, Unit 325, Sandpiper Resort Co-Op,
Bradenton Beach, a 960 sfla 2bed/2bath mobile home built
in 2004 was sold 06/26/12 with share, McKillop to Brous-
sard for $168,000; list $175,000.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 118, Club Bamboo South,
Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur Ibed/lbath condo
with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 06/21 12, PFG LLC
to By The C LLC for $152,000.
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Beach. Please claim at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie
Keyes, certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand
dry, (no cage drying). Personal service for
you and your loved ones. Free pick up and
delivery. Call anytime for appointments, 941-
778-1202. Holmes Beach.
ALL MAKES & MODELS
Call the experts: 941-565-2580
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old
enough for adoption. All food and medical
provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
L'IL LULU! RESCUED AND available for
adoption. Senior Pekinese mix, adorable,
cuddly, needs a good home. She is blind,
does well! 941-896-6701.
2008 EZ GO golf cart, new batteries only
one-year-old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing-stand on the side without tipping,
go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for
anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001
25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor
with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni,
MUSICIAN NEEDED TO play 9:30 a.m. ser-
vices for Harvey Memorial Church for six
weeks starting Aug. 5. Pat Whitacre, 941-
NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and
boutique on Bridge Street. Turning appoint-
ments down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experi-
enced real estate licensee for busy Island
office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-
DOG WALKING SERVICE: $10. Call Jewel,
NICOLE AND JENNA'S kid and pet ser-
vices. Babysitting, dog sitting and walking.
Call Jenna, 863-529-2304, Nicole, 941-320-
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can
place classified ads and subscribe online?
Check it out at www.islander.org.
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
CAREGIVER FOR THE ELDERLY: Bathe,
cook, shop, appointments, light cleaning.
Four hours or more. Top references, 28 years
experience. Have family that can also help.
Call Diana, 941-545-7114.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your
home and business specialist. On-site ser-
vice, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup,
upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/
wireless networking, custom system design.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Pro-
fessional, friendly cleaning service since
1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small.
Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Ser-
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experi-
ence. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying
assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on
your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to
dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window
Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in
Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows spar-
kling clean. 941-920-3840.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. 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.
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CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum $12 for up to 15 WORDS. 16-30 words: $20. 31-45 words: $40.
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn-:, :.:I I.p'' Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, f->
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup
Call Junior, 807-1015
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience
of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia,
more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island.
Call today for an appointment, 941-518-
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
TIM'S TOTAL LAWN Care and handyman.
Light hauling, most lawns, $25. Also pres-
sure washing. Call 941-807-2537.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
Call 941 807 1015.
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links, fun stuff, and important info... Short
story: "The Bay is Full of Rum" by Wyatt
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5351 Gull Drive No. 4. Holmes Beach
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell
installed $45/yard at true specifications.
Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-
7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape special-
ist. Residential and commercial. 30 years
experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and
commercial. For all your landscaping needs.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpa-
per. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic
tile supplied and installed. Quality workman-
ship, prompt, reliable, many Island refer-
ences. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases
of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Resi-
dential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood,
access control. Contractors you can depend
on. Call 941-748-2700.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free esti-
mate. 23-year Island resident, references,
HANDYMAN ETC. COMPLETE residen-
tial and commercial, remodeling, repairs
and maintenance. 25 years experience,
WWW.ISLANDER.ORG: Useful tools and
links, fun stuff, and important info... Islander
store, Web services, subscriptions for news
alterts and breaking news.
esse oBrisson& -BoerAssociate,
Oversized home on double lot. Spacious home with
2 masters, big closets, a bonus room that could be
4th bedroom. Storage, laundry room and pantry.
Large yard leaves plenty of room for a pool. Walk-
ing distance to the beach,bay and trolley. Offered
turnkey furnished. $319,000.
1 BLOCK TO THE BEACH
A2bed/2bath charming Florida home designed and
built by Ruth Richmond in Holmes Beach. This
updated home offers a 1-car garage, open plan,
circular driveway, large deck, trellis and greenhouse,
and sits on a large tropical lots with many mature
plants. Room for a pool. Short Sale. $389,000.
SFLORIDA DREAMS REALTY
5358 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,FL 34217
$359,000. Fabulous, newly painted, 3BR/2BA, lake-
front, pool home in Perico Isles. Only minutes from
Florida's most beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island.
Many upgrades in March 2012, new pool heater,, new
pool cage, new hardwood floors, new washer-dryer, 5
new TVs, new ceiling fans and new dishes in kitchen,
all included. Maintenance-free community offers gym,
tennis courts, pool and clubhouse. Enjoy nearby Rob-
inson Preserve, walking, biking trails, fishing and kayak-
ing. Call today, 941-447-1506.
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SA D A S I DS
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/AN N UAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental
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 Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool
homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo,
1 BR/1 BA overlooking golf course. Call 941 -
794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
WATERFRONT TWO BEDROOM townhouse
with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated
pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease
six months plus. $925/month plus utili-
ties. No pets. Call 941-538-8622.
BEAUTIFUL, TROPICAL, KEY Royale
unfurnished annual rental. 2BR/2BA with
den, pool, boat lift, two-car garage. Don't
miss this gem! $2,500/month. Credit check
required. Available Sept. 1. 941-730-1086.
RENTAL: RESORT 66. Gulffront timeshare,
sleeps four. Holmes Beach. One week only,
July 14-21. 30 percent off. 309-642-7370.
1 BR/I BA ANNUAL RENTAL: No pets, avail-
able now. Call Jessica, 941-778-7500. Dolo-
res M. Baker Real Estate.
SEASONAL: ADORABLE STUDIO apart-
ment in Holmes Beach. Available January-
April. $1,200/month. Will email photos. 908-
ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED: $200 bonus for
information leading to successful rental. 2BR
apartment near beach. Single, non-smoker,
references. Realtors welcome. July, August,
Sept. 1 occupancy. 941-778-7975.
ANNUAL: WATERFRONT, POOL, dock, short
walk to beach. 2BR/2BA, 1 BR/1BA. Call 941-
779-9074 or 703-587-4675. Email: bayrest@
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rent-
als. 1 BR/1 BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool.
Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-
3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.
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
FOR SALE BY owner: 1 BR/ BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more infor-
UPSCALE ANNA MARIA! 215 Chilson Ave.
Virtual tour, pop-up floor plan and facts at
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real
Estate. Need listings, all inventory sold or
pending. Call 941-592-8373, email: greg-
LOT: Commercial and/or residential. Zoned
ROR. In the heart of Anna Maria short walk
to Gulf or bay. Dock included. $ 399,000,
without dock, $349,000. 407 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Owner/agent. 813-340-4420.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Braden-
ton Beach. Excellent investment income.
$269,000. By owner, 941-962-8220. www.
BEACHFRONT 2BR/1BA HOME with spec-
tacular Gulf and bay views. $699,000. 865
North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 941-778-
UNIQUE BEAUTIFUL PRISTINE 3BR/2BR,
two-car garage on Perico Island. Commu-
nity pool, tennis, fitness. For sale by owner,
REDUCED IRONWOOD CONDO! $49,999.
1BR/1.5BA. Many upgrades. 55-plus com-
munity. Overlooks golf course. HOA fee,
$233/month. Pet-friendly building, six miles
to Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.
DESIRABLE NORTH END
ELEVATED 2BR/2BA HOME
PRICED TO SELL!
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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MAKE THE CHANGE By Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz
I Hose shape
5 Building blocks
11 "The Office" woman
14 QB feats
17 Years in old Rome
18 Capital city
the Iron Curtain
19 Nephew of Cain
21 "Let's Get Lost"
22 So happy you can't
25 Where to enter the
26 Where "it's fun to
stay" in a 1978 hit
28 Deserving praise
30 "Sk8er ,"2002
top 10 hit
34 Argument about a
fork tailed bird?
39 Spend the night
40 Arizona senator Jon
41 It represents a 0 or
42 Trendy antioxidant
43 "Yeah, right"
45 Org full of big
47 Calpurnia's dream
in "Julius Caesar"
49 Bear's cry
50 Circle above the
55 Manager with four
World Series titles
57 Very clumsy person,
58 Subject of the 19th,
24th and 26th
62 Willing to do
65 TWA competitor
67 See 77-Across
69 Optima maker
70 Making one's way
down the corporate
76 [This ticks me off]
77 With 67-Across,
"That's not true"
78 Relative of a
79 Not flat, say
80 One of two for four
82 Slalom obstacle
88 Breed hatred in?
91 It's seen on many
95 When the witches in
toll and trouble"
98 "Sure thing"
101 Canterbury can
102 Org trying to clear
105 Ed Wood player in
108 Squad cars
110 Woman who's the
very best at saying
114 Part of TBS Abbr
115 Pal of Pooh
117 Like the verbs
"come" and "go"
119 "Baseball Tonight"
122 Really enjoy
128 Alexander Graham
Bell, by birth
129 Get ready for a
130 Corona garnish
131 Require (of)
132 "Your point being
133 Some closeups
134 Take too much of,
1 It might be caught in
4 Nickname for the
6 Arranged, as the hair
7 Partners of scepters
8 Indiana political
9 Gives support to
10 Spotted in the
11 Eastern Canadian
12 White, informally
13 Hair line?
14 Old Yankee
15 Given a hand
16 Some are mean
20 Home office site
23 Painter portrayed by
Adrlen Brody in
"Midnight in Paris"
24 Stanford of Stanford
29 Actor Alain
32 Marsh bird
33 It's a first
35 Zither cousins
37 "Get Low" rapper
38 Orange sign
44 Organ holder
46 Ancient royal
48 Network with an
51 German women
53 Not wavy, say
54 Basso Pinza
56 Hardly an exercise
59 "I get your point
60 Pitchfork part
62 Fashionable boots
63 Read carefully
64 Like some offers
66 Van Gogh's "Starry
Night Over the
68 David Cameron's
72 Red Scare grp
73 Mild oaths
74 "I won't bore you
with the rest"
90 Words heard at a
92 Like pro athletes,
93 Jump accompanied?
95 War on terror target
97 Part of an ice skate
104 One of the five
106 Filled turnovers
107 "Steel Magnolias"
112 English county
113 "Traffic Crossing
118 Hit Fox show
120 W W II battle city
124 Word before rip or
125 Infielder feats
126 "Dancing With the
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81 Sam Cooke's
I 'm Movin' On"
83 "Know enemy"
84 Bit of music at a
86 Old Russian line
87 One to consult for
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