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VOLUME 20, NO. 42
AUG. 22. 2012 FREE
fresh seaweed. Page 6
FISH squabbles con-
tinue. Page 3
state statute on rent-
als. Page 5
Holmes Beach build-
ing official has plans
of his own. Page 9
Island police blotter,
arrests. Pages 12-13
No surprise, tourism
numbers rise. Page 14
I he lop Notch photo contest winnerfor thefourth week, Penny Frick of tSradenton, is the top
winner in the six-week contest with her photo of a searing sunset captured in May at Siesta
Key Beach. Frick a past winner as well will receive the 2012 grand prize, $100 from The
Islander, framing of the winning photo by Carly Carlson Framing and gift certificates from Duffy's
Tavern, Harry's Continental Kitchens, The Feast, Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grill, Bridge Street
Bistro and Mister Robert's Resortwear. Weekly winners receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper"
Islander T-shirt. Next week: Honorable mentions.
Osborn to BB:
'I'm not giving up'
By Mark Young
Friends and relatives of the late Sheena
Morris, who died in 2009, picketed Braden-
ton Beach City Hall Aug. 16 demanding law
enforcement do more to find out what happened
to the 25-year-old woman.
Morris' death was initially ruled a suicide,
but the cause of death was changed in 2011 to
undetermined after forensic experts, hired by
Morris' family, said the crime scene could have
Kelly Osborn, Morris' mother, has launched
a public campaign demanding the case be inves-
tigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI said the case is not in their jurisdiction,
and has declined to investigate it.
The Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment has agreed to review the case and ordered
the case file sealed last week. A 15-member
FDLE board is being assembled to review the
case in Sebring, but Osborn says that's not good
PLEASE SEE OSBORN, PAGE 2
BB wants dollarsfo
dock. Page 16
Holmes Beach hikes
biz fees, trolley
adjusts for fender-
bender. Page 17
Lunch menu, Rotar'
recognition. Page 1
soccer finals. Page
showing at piers.
s g Biz
turtle nests, 336 falt
crawls, 23 hatched
nests and 1,280
hatchlings to the
sea as of Aug. 17.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners and Mayor
Mike Selby appear headed for a showdown
with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
about the duties of deputies assigned to the
I MCSO-Anna Maria substation.
y At the commission's Aug. 14 budget work
9 session, Commissioner SueLynn said it was
time to discuss the $675,000
contract the city has with the
20 tS, a. t MCSO for law enforcement
I' services. She's not sure if the
city is receiving a fair value
for its dollar, particularly
SueLynn in light of an Aug. 14 letter
from Sgt. Dave Turner, head
of the substation, suggesting
deputies will not perform
code enforcement duties.
Turner did not attend the
Webb The letter apparently
surprised commissioners, including Commis-
sion Chair Chuck Webb, who said the city has
a contract providing that "the Manatee County
L Sheriff's Office is supposed to uphold our
Webb said city codes are city laws and the
contract says MCSO deputies will enforce city
se Turner states in the letter that deputies
are not code enforcement officers, while also
claiming they have gone beyond their duty to
assist the city's code enforcement officer.
PLEASE SEE MCSO, PAGE 8
Cries of crisis,
denials in HB
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen
read a report she wrote into the record Aug. 14
before a packed city hall chambers, targeting
builder Shawn Kaleta for invading the city eight
years ago and transforming it into an out-of-state
investor-driven rental market.
Peelen's report, titled "Crisis in Holmes
Beach," also blamed a lax
Iland development code, and
bad contractors as well as
the mayor, building depart-
.ment and city commission
"with the clear exception of
Peelen Commissioner (Pat) Morton"
for allowing the problems
The report also blames the crisis on bla-
tant violations of rental agents and owners, who
advertise online finished ground-level game
rooms and homes for less than seven days in
violation of city zoning codes.
The five-page report, with 16 pages of
attachments, including residents' accounts of
construction worker- and renter-related noise,
trash and parking problems, was met with sus-
tained applause from the crowd and strong deni-
als from Kaleta's attorney.
Commissioner John Monetti also pointed
to the "six to eight months" the commission
has spent on such issues, and read an anony-
mous letter into the record questioning the city's
crackdown on ground-level living spaces for
ping-pong tables in garages and air condition-
PLEASE SEE PEELEN, PAGE 4
Local polls see
light primary vote
By Mark Young
Voter turnout for the Aug. 14 primary elec-
tion was higher than in 2008, but lower than the
Voter turnout in 2008 was 16.25 percent,
while 24 percent of voters turned out in 2010,
according to Nancy Bignell, Manatee County
assistant supervisor of elections. A little more
than 21 percent of voter turnout was recorded
for the 2012 primary.
"We always prepare and expect a bigger
turnout, but you never can predict these things,"
said Bignell. "It usually depends on who is on
the ballot, but we thought we had some elections
on this ballot that would bring voters out."
Some primary elections were to determine
who would advance to the Nov. 6 general elec-
tion, but others, such as the Manatee County
sheriff race, decided the officeholder.
Incumbent Brad Steube was up against
Republican Bill Waldron. With no Democrat in
the race, the primary decided Manatee County's
sheriff for the next four years.
Steube defeated Waldron, a former homi-
cide detective, with 78.33 percent of the vote.
According to the official tally, Steube received
32,442 votes to Waldron's 8,972.
Steube soundly defeated Waldron across
PLEASE SEE PRIMARY, PAGE 5
2 0 AUG. 22, 2012 0 THE ISLANDER
Kelly Osborn, mother of sih,, ,,i Morris whose 2009
death was initially ruled a suicide, pickets Aug. 16
outside Bradenton Beach City Hall. Osborn resumed
her callfor an investigation into her daughter's death.
Islander Photo: Mark Young
OSBORN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"They are reviewing the case, not investigating the
case," she said to reporters outside city hall.
Osborn said Mayor John Shaughnessy has done noth-
ing to help the case get reopened and expressed frustra-
tion over the lack of communication from the city.
"They are putting their hands over their eyes and
covering their ears," she said. "I'm on a journey, and it's
been a long journey. It's absurd for a family to have to
go through this. I want them to know that I'm not giving
Police Chief Sam Speciale has expressed sympathy
for what Osborn is going through, but insists his depart-
ment did a thorough investigation. He said he would
reopen the case if there was any credible evidence to sug-
gest foul play. Special previously said he stands behind
the suicide ruling.
Osborn has said that she has evidence, but she has
never presented it. Outside city hall, Osborn said the
police already have all the evidence they need.
"When the sheriff's office processed the crime scene
they took clippings of Sheena's fingernails," she said.
"That evidence is rotting away in a non-environment con-
trolled room at the Bradenton Beach Police Department.
They have done nothing with it."
Osborn said BBPD is trying to cover up its mistakes
in the investigation of Morris' death.
"There's a lot going on in this town," she said. "There
is a lot of cover up and I'm going to get to the bottom of
Osborn points out past BBPD problems
Osborn said past reports and letters of reprimand on
a BBPD officer support her claim that BBPD is inept to
handle what she calls a murder investigation.
A month after her daughter's death, the same offi-
cer who responded to the initial disturbance call at the
BridgeWalk Resort where Morris was later found dead,
was reprimanded for not following procedure in another
Officer Mike Bazzell was reprimanded for "not fol-
lowing procedures and good judgment" in the death of a
49-year-old woman who was found in a bathtub by her
fiance. Bazzell's investigation consisted of an "extensive
visual assessment of the body," in classifying it as a natu-
ral death, and failed to contact his supervisors.
Osborn said it's that type of police work that went
into investigating her daughter's death.
"I'm angry," she told commissioners at an Aug. 6 city
commission meeting. "This is absurd. These mistakes
made by this department are just not about my daughter.
Osborn called for Shaughnessy to start showing some
"I'm not responding to this," said Shaughnessy. "I
have nothing to say. It's under investigation by FDLE.
Until that is done, I have nothing to say. When I get all
the facts, I will respond and that will be fair to everyone
Further BBPD issues raised by locals
Osborn wasn't the only one at the Aug. 16 commis-
sion meeting to raise concerns over BBPD's work.
Patrick Shomo said he saw some reports of burglaries
next to his Bradenton Beach vacation home and when he
went to check, "I found someone sleeping there while I
Shomo said the homeless man is known to police,
and when he called BBPD, "I had a rather odd 15-minute
conversation where I was told the police would not take
complaints over the phone."
Shomo said the conversation took a bizarre twist
when he was told the only way he would get police
assistance was if, "I was home at the same time as the
lawbreaker, and if he would sign a waiver saying he's not
supposed to be there."
Resident Jo Ann Meilner also said she had a prob-
lem with BBPD. Meilner told commissioners a boat had
washed up to her dock and a BBPD officer told her there
was nothing he could do.
"I looked all over town for a police officer and
couldn't find one," said Meilner. "I finally went to the
police department and was told if nobody comes by in a
couple of days, then I could get rid of it."
Meilner said she then called the county, "and within a
half hour they had responded, got the registration number
and contacted the owner. I'd say that's a bit of a lack of
police work on the part of Bradenton Beach. Seems like
a pattern is developing."
Shaughnessy pledged to look into both incidents.
Friends and relatives of the late i,, i ,11 Morris protest
Aug. 16 outside Bradenton Beach City Hall, before a
city commission meeting. The protest drew sporadic
honks of support from passing motorists. Islander
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Former FISH member fires back: president knew of fence work
By Mark Young
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage president
Kim McVey denied knowing at an Aug. 6 meeting that
former board member Bob Landry had begun fence work
on the FISH preserve.
Landry began installing fence posts in late July. A
couple of days later, another board member allegedly
knocked the posts to the ground.
Both Landry's actions and the alleged member's van-
dalism led to a contentious and accusatory meeting of the
nonprofit board, which also resulted in the resignation of
board secretary Joe Kane. Landry resigned his board seat
and his position of facilities chair before the meeting.
Board members who questioned Landry's work and
McVey's involvement learned that Landry was paid by
FISH for the work.
FISH is responsible for maintaining its 95-acre pre-
serve and has an ongoing mission to protect the coastline
McVey has denied any knowledge that Landry had
begun the work, but Landry said that isn't true.
"The day before the vandalism happened, I took Kim
out to show her what we had already done and where
we plan on installing the fence," said Landry. "Kim said
Landry said McVey called him later that afternoon,
asking him to stop work on the fence.
"And I did," said Landry. "This needs to be told
because I didn't take the law into my hands. As chair of
the FISH facilities committee at that time, I was asked
A story about the Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th
St., Holmes Beach, tree house in the Aug. 15 edition
of The Islander contained a reporter error related to the
date of the letter sent to the property owner. The story
should have said an Aug. 6 letter from James Martinello
of the Florida Department of Environment Protection,
the regulator of coastal construction, gives notice of the
DEP findings to Angelinos owner, Richard Hazen.
to install a fence, which I did."
Board members at the Aug. 6 meeting complained
about Landry moving forward with the project when
the board had yet to decide where the fence would be
Landry said that's also not true.
"FISH board members were aware weeks ago where
the fence was planned to be installed," he said. "Once the
budget was approved, I started on the fencing. This was
only one of many projects approved at the facilities com-
mittee meeting, and was done with continued dialogue
McVey did not return a request for comment by The
Islander press time.
Michael Gardner, a diesel mechanic who donates
time and equipment to FISH, complained McVey is not
involved in the community "because she's too busy run-
ning a restaurant or she doesn't care."
Gardner attended the Aug. 6 meeting and said his
time as a volunteer is ending if a change isn't made in
"It's been this way for too long," he said. "Ever since
Kim McVey and Jane von Hahmann took over, people
have quit left and right."
Gardner said McVey never returns his phone calls,
"and it's to the point where I'm not going to help FISH
anymore until all this fighting and backstabbing ends."
Gardner said it was never this bad when former presi-
dent Karen Bell ran FISH, "because she went out of her
way to get people involved. It seems to me that Kim and
Jane don't want anyone to get involved because they have
their own agendas.
"What they tell you on the side is completely differ-
ent than what they say at the meetings," he added. "They
will tell you one thing and turn right around at a meeting,
look you in the eye and deny they ever said it."
Like other Cortez residents and FISH volunteers,
Gardner wants a solution to the ongoing fighting.
"I think a start would be for Kim to resign," he said.
"Someone, and I don't know who, needs to step in and
pull it all back together, because right now, it's only going
to get worse."
Just afew yards
away from a pris-
tine scene in the
FISH Preserve in
SCortez is the stark
contrast of litter
that spoils the view
of the clear upland
'waters. FISH plans
to fence some
areas to prevent
in the preserve.
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PEELEN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ers in storage spaces.
Louis Najmy, attorney of Najmy Thompson of Bra-
denton, took the podium, saying he represents Kaleta,
Joseph Varner and an Anna Maria Island coalition of
property owners, and that he also owns property in
Najmy labeled Peelen's comments mostly "directed
at one individual" as "libelous and slanderous," and asked
that she retract the statements, cease from making such
statements and disclose public records maintained in her
personal email account.
In the past several months, Kaleta, who is a principal
in several contracting and development companies, has
been referenced at city meetings about short-term rental
problems blamed on the increased number of multi-story
Recently asked why he's not been involved with the
city process, Kaleta said he's been focusing on achieving
a .30 floor-area ratio for his future home designs.
Peelen's report alleges Kaleta has built at least 64
houses in the R-2 zone, and estimates a total of 100
homes since 2004, many in violation of the city's com-
prehensive plan and land-development code.
"I think the commission, building department and
most of the people who've had approval authority over
the projects feel otherwise," said Najmy.
Peelen wrote in the report, "I believe the city of Holmes
Beach is in a crisis. It is a crisis that has been building for
the last eight years but only recently noticed.
"I believe that while the city has not been legally
complicit in creating the crisis, they have, at the very
least, been unconcerned and allowed the developer to
have his way," she said.
Peelen's report also claims some instances of utility
City attorney Patricia Petruff said people should call
the police if they witness anyone pl]u,'. 'i iI' in appliances
or hooking up to water when they're "confident the owner
didn't give permission."
Najmy denied the theft of utilities, saying there was
only "one charge of violation." He called Peelen's refer-
ence to contractors' employees working illegal hours both
inaccurate and unsubstantiated.
Peelen's report also pointed to a rental website, Anna
Maria Vacations, currently under investigation by code
enforcement officer David Forbes, for offering rentals of
less than the seven-day minimum permitted in the city's
"That is simply not true," Najmy said.
The Peelen report also compares some rental homes,
those that accommodate an average of 16 people, to a
"weekly invasion of 32 new people," equivalent to a
"7-11 opening next door to your home."
As far as the report's criticism of large homes being
commercial uses, Najmy said vacation rentals are permit-
ted under the city's code.
"It's something that every property owner and person
who lives in Holmes Beach needs to, and must, accept,"
"Tonight's reading was at our objection," Najmy
said, "because of the harm to the individual" and "prop-
erty owner who has enhanced and contributed to our com-
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Welcome back wave
Contractor Rick Brannock, hired by the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria, repairs the welcome sign in Holmes
Beach Aug. 14. The manatee's right fin was found
broken earlier this month. The sign, constructed of
plastic foam, was likely damaged by people climbing
on it, Brannock said. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Petruff declined to advise Peelen against making her
Peelen's report claimed "the pace of the commission
has been without urgency" and called for decisive action
by the city on the following:
Require a floor-area ratio of .30 for the R-2 zoned
Deny or place on hold R-2 building applications
that exceed a .30 FAR.
Inspect job sites to ensure nuisance-free neighbor-
hoods, with the issuance of stop-work orders or citations
Cite rental agencies for repeated noise complaints
at managed rental properties.
Require remedial action to correct ground-floor
room violations, including removal of doors, finished
flooring and illegal walls.
Issue a warning to Kaleta to halt the design or build-
ing of houses with finished rooms on the ground floor.
Issue violations, not warnings, to the owners of
every property in the R-2 zone advertising stays of less
than a week on www.annamaria.com.
Issue a violation to Anna Maria Vacations for adver-
tising rentals for less than a week.
Hire an additional, experienced code enforcement
Consider the termination or demotion of the current
Others addressing the commission included residents
Diana McManaway, who said the FAR limitations would
not necessarily encourage residential homes over rent-
Frank Leggio spoke in favor of large homes that
comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency
standards and the city's regulations.
Varner, one of the owners of Anna Maria Vacations,
told of recent renters complaining about the treatment
received while visiting in the city.
Varner read a letter from a Lakeland resident, who
said she'd vacationed for 40 years on the island, but
would not return because of how her party in a six-bed-
room rental was treated July 4 by Holmes Beach police
officers. She alleged they threatened jail and scared chil-
dren in their response to a neighbor's noise complaint.
"That's the type of response we're getting on a
regular basis from guests coming to our island," Varner
Morton took exception to the letter's allegations,
saying he knew every police officer, and did not believe
such an account.
City planner recommends more study
City planner Bill Brisson attended the Aug. 14
Holmes Beach commission meeting to address some of
the proposed changes to ordinances in response to the
He recommended additional study on proposed land-
development code changes, including floor-area ratio
limits, to ensure compliance with the comprehensive plan
and avert legal challenges.
"Unfortunately, it takes a lot of time," Brisson said,
adding he would report alternatives to the commission
at its Aug. 28 meeting.
Floor-area ratios and increased setbacks will not cure
the city's problems of overcrowding, amassing garbage
and noise, Brisson said.
He viewed these problems as indicative of too many
bedrooms, acknowledging a need to change the definition
of bedrooms to "sleeping rooms."
While Brisson said the study would make recommen-
dations for all residential districts, he proposed a limit of
Chs,,, C, Kaleta'
talks to others
who attended the
packed Aug. 14
report, "Crisis in
Holmes Beach "
rrelating to Kale-
three bedrooms for a duplex unit.
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino and Peelen
disagreed on limiting bedrooms, and pointed out that
additional people come with larger houses.
"If you have a 4,000 square foot house, you're highly
likely not to put 15 people in there," Zaccagnino said.
"There's lots of ways to play with bedrooms," Peelen
Commissioner Jean Peelen said a focus group "ended
up after three months of study, recommending FAR as
the only effective means" to control the short-term rental
Commissioners also described the problem as one
of large homes that are out-of-character in their sur-
Zaccagnino told Brisson the commission voted 3-2
on a .30 FAR. Brisson said he could "almost guarantee"
a .30 wouldn't hold up in a study.
Other proposed regulations being reviewed include
requirements for noise-baffling for pool equipment, at
least one parking space per bedroom, and a 5-foot mini-
mum pool and deck setback with no pool in any front
yard or facing a street.
Anna Maria City
Aug. 23, 6 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 5, 11 a.m., citizen recognition committee.
Sept. 11, 6 p.m., budget public hearing.
Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
and education committee.
Sept. 13, 6 p.m., commission work session.
Sept 17, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Sept. 19, 6 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 27, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Aug. 28, 9 a.m., land-development code commis-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Aug. 28, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
Sept. 11, 7 p.m., city commission.
Sept. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
Sept. 11, 9 a.m., county commission.
Sept. 25, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W, Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
Sept. 20, 6 p.m., district commission.
Administrative office, 6417 ThirdAve. W, Bradenton,
Sept. 3, Labor Day. Most government offices and
The Islander office will be closed.
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PRIMARY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the island, as well. He took Anna Maria 239-84. Holmes
Beach recorded a Steube victory of 276-69 in Precinct
92 and 276-74 in Precinct 93.
The sheriff claimed Bradenton Beach with a 101-29
Von Hahmann loses supervisor of elections race
Cortez resident Jane von Hahmann, the former county
commissioner representing the island, finished third out
of four Republican candidates vying to compete against
Democrat Charles Williams in November for the Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections office being vacated by
Bob Sweat, who is retiring.
State Senator Michael Bennett, who has termed out
of office, won the GOP nod with 36.75 percent of the
vote, or 9,163 votes. Von Hahmann claimed 26.77 percent
of the votes, or 6,697 votes.
Anna Maria supported von Hahmann with 83 votes
to Bennett's 44. Bradenton Beach also supported von
Hahmann with a narrow victory of 27 votes to Bennett's
26. She finished third in both of the Holmes Beach pre-
In other local interest races, Betsy Benac defeated
Joe McClash in the District 7 at-large Manatee County
commissioner race in what proved to be the tightest race
of all. Benac received 12,872 votes to McClash's 12,378
Bob Gause defeated Linda Schaich in the District 4
Manatee County School Board race with 22,332 votes to
Schaich's 17,324 votes. Gause's district includes Anna
Maria Elementary School.
And Dave \\lik lt.hg" Miner, a member of the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island, defeated three can-
didates in the District 2 Manatee County School Board
race, collecting 19,217 votes. The closest competitor was
Robert Moates with 12,235 votes.
Voter registration for the Nov. 6 general election runs
through Oct. 9.
For complete primary election results and informa-
tion, visit www.votemanatee.com or www.islander.org.
THE ISLANDER E AUG. 22, 2012 5 5
Island cities, county to discuss rental regs
By Rick Catlin
Claiming the Florida Legislature has taken away con-
trol of the vacation rental industry from municipalities,
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen called for a
joint meeting of Manatee County Board of Commission-
ers and island elected officials to look for a solution.
Speaking to members of the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce board of directors Aug. 15,
Peelen said she supports tourism but, she claimed, the
state is killing the island.
"I am not against tourism at all. It's what keeps us
going," Peelen said. However, she added, a statute limit-
ing restrictions on vacation rentals is "endangering the
ambiance and old Florida atmosphere of our island.
"In Holmes Beach, we have a continued issue of
multi-bedroom home rentals," Peelen said.
Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn agreed that the
very thing that attracts people to the island the old-
Florida atmosphere is being destroyed by mega-size
The state law is "just killing us. We have no control
over vacation rentals," she said.
The Florida Legislature passed a law in 2011, prohib-
iting cities from passing further restrictions on vacation
rentals. The law requires all housing be treated equally,
rental or residential.
SueLynn said her concern is that as more people
book stays in homes, more late-night disturbances will
occur, more vehicles will be parked in the street or at a
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neighboring property, more complaints will come to the
city from residents and visitors who just want peace and
quiet, and soon old Florida will be gone.
"Visitors come here for the quality of life, for the
way we are," SueLynn said. "If we can't maintain that
quality, everybody is going to lose. We've got to try to
do something about this law."
Karen LaPensee, chair of the chamber's board of
directors, called for a "unified front against the prob-
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore agreed.
L\ .i) island city is having the same problem, and it
seems to be just this one builder. I've been here 43 years
and I've never seen any problem like this. It's people
who are able to get around the rules," said Whitmore, a
former Holmes Beach mayor.
County Commissioner John Chappie, a former Bra-
denton Beach mayor, agreed with Whitmore's sugges-
He asked elected officials at the meeting to get their
respective commissions to pass a resolution as soon as
possible and he would bring it to the county board.
"We don't want it to look like we are jumping in
where we are not invited," he said.
In other business, Manatee County administrator Ed
Hunzeker said the county has received more income from
the concession at Manatee Public Beach and Coquina
Beach than anticipated. As a result, the over-budget fund-
ing is being set aside in a separate fund for an undeter-
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Know the problem
My first take on the so-called Holmes Beach crisis,
as Commissioner Jean Peelen would have us believe, is
that her report is exaggerated, libelous, and inflamma-
tory and it is rife with errors.
My second take is that Peelen got the reaction she
sought on behalf of her constituents.
As the focus groups considered the problems ema-
nating from the growth of vacation homes, it seems
they had a good start on solutions, but follow \ -liuughlh
is slow to come.
Among their solutions: Floor-area ratio. Limiting
the size of a home based on lot size is a good start, but
it doesn't address the big picture.
The city can't solve problems as long as Peelen is
nit-picking on small difficulties and business practices.
As an attorney, she should know the city can't regu-
late rental websites or advertising.
And blaming buildings for human behavior is
What we're dealing with is the result of a changing
economy, the real estate market, FEMA regulations that
encourage eliminating ground-level buildings in favor
of elevated living spaces, and an evolution in tourism
from snowbirds to one-week "group" stays.
Four areas of focus: Economy, market, FEMA and
We won't solve any of these root problems with
accusations of utility theft, illegal work hours, game
tables which are not prohibited by FEMA or limits
on swimming pools.
How did Peelen come to blame one builder/devel-
oper for the city's woes? Can you name another builder
who could multiply the number of homes built in a year
by 100 without a few problems? It's as if she's damning
Do the homes violate the land-development code,
building codes or any other code? Is the city the victim
of relaxed enforcement? Peelen wants you to think so.
Her solutions include issuing violations for prac-
tices that are not regulated by any code.
We tu',_-'l the city could better serve its citizens
by rolling up sleeves and sitting around a table in a
daylong workshop with staff, the city attorney and some
key people, dealing with policies and identifying real
problems such as allowing lot splits in the residential
The city is on the defensive because it has no
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I believe it was inappropriate for Holmes Beach
Commissioner Jean Peelen to distribute and read her
crisis report at the city commission meeting when it is
filled with inaccuracies.
It appears to be a witch hunt against one developer,
although many developers in the past five years have
built and remodeled houses on this island.
This childish assault is no way to resolve the rental
issues, be it noise, parking violations or whatever.
Peelen should know the commissioners need to
work as a team, and insults to the mayor, other com-
missioners, and city staff are not the way to do that.
I su''l. I Commissioner Peelen put aside her preju-
dices and start working in a more respectful way. Rather
than "recognizing the economic benefit from tourist
trade," Goal 1 of the city's comprehensive plan, she
would rather eliminate it.
She is not promoting tourism and, sadly, is begin-
ning to pit one neighbor against another in Holmes
Beach. This is certainly not how I envision the character
of Holmes Beach.
Kudos to all of the Holmes Beach citizens who
spoke up at the meeting and expressed a desire for ratio-
nal and respectful behavior.
There may be rental issues to be solved, but we
need to look at the rules, validate how they need to be
modified and then communicate them to renters and
Pam Hineline, Holmes Beach
I have been coming to Anna Maria for close to 40
years. My family vacationed there the week of July 4
and had a very unfortunate experience.
We had relatives fly in from Ohio and we rented a
six-bedroom house for nearly $7,000 for the week. The
evening of June 30, we had a 50th birthday party for a
cousin at our pool.
We were swimming and having a great time when,
at 10:20 p.m., three Holmes Beach police officers
charged through our back gate without warning.
One of the policemen was threatening and scream-
ing. Someone from the pool asked what was going on
and this policeman threatened to take them to jail. They
terrified our 3- and 5-year-old kids.
I asked for this officer's business card and he threat-
ened to take me to jail for asking. We truly had no idea
what was going on.
Apparently there is a noise ordinance that we were
unaware of no noise, splashing, swimming past 10
p.m., even on a weekend night?
It seems someone called the police at 10:01 p.m.
First, let me say this whole thing could have been
handled better. It appears to us the resident next door is
stalking the house waiting for any noise.
We could have been notified of the ordinance by the
rental agency and we would have gone to another
Lastly, the police could have knocked on the front
door and announced they received a complaint. The
way the police handled it threatening to take people
to jail was unnecessary.
It was one complaint.
Rachel I, ,r, Lakeland
Over the past two years, many Holmes Beach resi-
dents have been asking to be allowed the quiet enjoy-
ment of their homes.
Their problem is not with our tourists or rentals, as
most of us came here as visitors. But, if you put 20-32
people in a duplex, you have the formula for creating
Holmes Beach has interpreted our building codes
to allow large, out-of-scale resort rentals throughout the
Residential 2 zone.
There's a growing feeling that the building depart-
ment, under the supervision of our mayor, has refused
or ignored the vision that most of our citizens see for
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Here are some comments from a 2005 edition
of The Islander: "protect Holmes Beach from over-
development and preserve the city for future genera-
tions," "ensure building density and building height
are not increased, and that the city works to keep our
small-town atmosphere," "commissioners need to be
more involved in controlling development."
Some officials have blamed outspoken citizens
of trying to take away investors' rights. But it's citi-
zens who have the right to guide development in their
Some of us are asking our concerns about noise,
trash, overcrowding, parking and drainage be addressed
and, for the most part, I believe we do not need new
regulations, but better adherence to existing codes.
Marvin Grossman, Holmes Beach
What is happening to this island? It would appear
a group of people would like to stop future building
and rentals by establishing a new set of rules that make
it undesirable to invest or even to visit the island.
I have a problem understanding the problem with
progress. For the past few years, in most of the coun-
try, including my former hometown in upstate New
York, the economy has been in the tank, while Holmes
Beach has flourished.
I first came here as a tourist, like so many who call
themselves "locals," and settled here permanently. So
it is hard for me to understand why some people now
want to stop new tourists from vacationing or invest-
ing on the island.
I urge the city to move slowly in considering
strict regulatory changes. I feel, like many others, that
some of these changes may have a serious negative
My suggestion is not to reinvent the wheel, but to
review and revise our regulations where needed, and
then make sure they are clearly understood.
The island is a tourist area. Let's be careful not
to implement changes that will prevent people from
coming here. We must keep in mind that tourism pays
our bills and keeps our economy strong.
Jack Hineline, Holmes Beach
Time will tell
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen's
report on the "Crisis in Holmes Beach" at the Aug.
16 city meeting received mixed reviews. Applause
was followed by individuals who threw barbs at her
Included in the negative response was developer
Shawn Kaleta's attorney and others, all supportive of
his business prowess. Another speaker said Kaleta has
done a lot of good for the island.
Time will tell the story and the facts will come
out regarding Peelen's report. I believe she demon-
strates that infractions of regulations and codes have
Although the speakers for Kaleta seemed genuine,
I believe they were emotional in nature and not rel-
evant to whether any laws have been broken. Neither
Kaleta nor any other builder/contractor is above the
Our elected officials need to work together on the
various options that are being evaluated for minimiz-
ing run-away growth. In the meantime accountability
must be put in place.
A situation reported at the meeting of a visitor
claiming abuse by the police regarding our noise regu-
lations could have been avoided if a responsible agent
provided the regulations to the renter.
As a candidate for mayor in November, I believe
the city is a business and needs to be run like one, with
accountability and responsibility. You cannot have one
without the other.
Carmel Monti, Holmes Beach
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MCSO CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The main issue appears to be the MCSO's response
to noise and nuisance calls. Turner's letter states his depu-
ties are responding when possible, but they will not issue
Hold on a second, Webb said.
Codes are laws, but the deputies apparently don't
want to enforce some codes because "that's not their
vision of law enforcement," he said.
Regardless, Webb continued, "They have contracted
to enforce our laws."
Webb said Turner's reference to Manatee County's
noise ordinance has nothing to do with Anna Maria.
"Our codes are our laws and they are no different
than 90 percent of other cities," Webb said.
"I've never seen anything like this before," he
Selby said city attorney Jim Dye would meet with
Michelle Hall, the MCSO attorney, to hopefully iron out
the issue. Selby said Dye, who was not at the work ses-
sion, believes the MCSO contract requires deputies to
enforce city laws and Dye has state statutes to back up
the city's position.
Webb said he also would attend the meeting and
Selby and other commissioners agreed.
"We need to establish a chain of command, of who
is in charge," Webb added.
"We didn't have any confusion with our last super-
visor, so the current issue is how is the contract being
carried out," said Webb.
Commissioner John Quam said the city should not
sign its MCSO contract for law enforcement for 2012-
13 until the issue of who is in charge and what laws are
enforced is resolved.
"They can't pick and choose what they are going to
enforce," Selby said.
But, Webb added, if there is a new MCSO policy in
Anna Maria, the city might want to change or amend the
2012-13 contract with the sheriff.
"It may cost us some money" but the city needs to
know what to expect from the MCSO, Webb said.
Commissioners agreed to hold the $675,000 con-
tract out of the proposed $2.3 million budget until Dye
and Webb report back to commissioners at their Aug. 21
"There's something strange going on here," said
Webb, a former county attorney for Broward and Char-
lotte counties before moving to Anna Maria and estab-
lishing a private law practice.
After the meeting, Selby told The Islander that Dye
and Hall met Aug. 15 to iron out the issues, and Dye
would have a full report for commissioners at the Aug.
23 city meeting.
MCSO to city: 'We are not code enforcement'
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dave Turner,
head of the MCSO-Anna Maria substation, has responded
to Mayor Mike Selby's request for help with enforcing
noise and disturbance problems by saying, "We are not
code enforcement officers."
Turner wrote Selby and MCSO deputies stationed
in Anna Maria Aug. 14 stating the subject has been dis-
cussed with his supervisors, and he has informed the
mayor of the MCSO position.
"Once again I am referring you to the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office Legal Division regarding depu-
ties going outside the normal parameters of their required
duties under the MCSO contract and the agency's direc-
tives and general orders," wrote Turner.
"I am also referring you to my direct supervisors.
'We are not code enforcement officers.' The city has a
part-time code officer and I think she is doing a good job.
I think that my supervisors will have a problem if we start
walking down the code enforcement path."
He reiterated to the mayor that deputies enforce many
code issues, but the city's noise regulations are not the
same as the county noise ordinance.
Selby made his request for more MCSO help at the
Aug. 9 commission meeting when discussion turned to
enforcement of noise regulations and violations.
Commissioners want MCSO deputies who respond
to a noise complaint or disturbance at a vacation rental to
contact the owner or manager and deal with the problem,
including issuing a citation.
Deputies, however, already are working to determine
if properties are licensed by the Florida Department of
Business and Professional Regulation, Turner said. And
deputies are "writing reports on all violations," he empha-
One of his deputies has been working with Commis-
sioner SueLynn in compiling a directory of rental homes
and agents, and determining if properties are registered
with county and state agencies, he said.
"This is well outside their normal contracted duties,"
Turner maintained, particularly if the deputy has to wait
at the scene for the property manager/owner to arrive.
Deputies are not ignoring problems, but there is only
one deputy on duty from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Each noise
complaint ties up a deputy for 30-45 minutes, Turner
This decreases patrol time to prevent crimes such as
burglaries, which have increased recently in Anna Maria,
Turner said that "any more enforcement, like writing
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erty managers while en-route or making arrests outside
of violations of the law, would need to be approved by
legal and by my supervisors," said Turner.
He also noted that commissioners have previously
said they were happy with the MCSO service, but "it
appears when a deputy does not attend the city meetings"
deputies and their duties "become an ongoing target."
Selby said city attorney Jim Dye and Commission
Chair Chuck Webb will meet with Turner, Sheriff Brad
Steube and the MCSO attorney to clarify the MCSO
duties under the city's contract for law enforcement.
Selby said Dye will present a report of the meeting
at the Aug. 23 commission meeting.
Buchanan rep visits Anna Maria
Gary Tibbetts, special assistant to U.S. Representa-
tive Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, talks with
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby Aug. 16 while at city
hall to hear constituent problems and answer ques-
tions related to the federal government. The mayor
requested Buchanan support federalfunding for an
island beach renourishment project slated for 2014-15.
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HB building official's property plan approval delayed
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer went
to the podium Aug. 14 as the owner of commercial prop-
erty looking to build offices and a warehouse on Avenue
C, but city attorney Patricia Petruff directed a new pro-
According to Petruff, a public hearing must be held,
and it must be properly noticed.
City clerk Stacey Johnston said Shaffer's request will
be as an applicant. Shaffer will follow an application pro-
cedure in which he publishes notice and sends letters by
certified mail to neighboring property owners, she said.
Shaffer and Luigi Libischino of New Jersey are part-
ners in Bode LLC, which owns vacant property in the
Commercial-3 zone at 3004 Avenue C. They propose a
two-story, 7,000-square-foot building.
Petruff said public works superintendent Joe Duennes
should present the application and site plan and advise the
commission as to its compliance to the land-development
code, including the parking, landscaping and setbacks.
Proposed is a project by FHM Construction in
conjunction with professional engineer/designer Tony
Petruff said an ethical wall needs to be created to
avoid a potential conflict of interest due to Shaffer's posi-
tion as building inspector.
HB commissioner hosts
coffee for discussion
Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen will be
host her next Coffee with the Commissioner to discuss
her recent report, ""The Crisis in Holmes Beach," at 10
a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 23, at Paradise Cafe, 3210 East
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
As at past coffees, she welcomes residents to share
coffee and chat about their concerns, ideas and experi-
ences on any city-related issue.
For more information, call Peelen at 941-896-
In other business, the commission unanimously
A resolution authorizing Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.,
to honor checks when signed by the mayor or deputy
mayor and countersigned by the city clerk or city trea-
surer. It also authorized the new city treasurer Lori Hill
as a signer.
*A $66,640 low-bid contract with Gator Grading
& Paving LLC for the city's 2012 resurfacing project,
including 14 locations and 200 tons of asphalt.
At the work session, commissioners heard a request
from Eric Craig of Waterway Boat Liftcovers to allow
canopies for boat lifts.
Craig proposed the city consider amending its code to
allow for canopies designed to protect boats from damage
by the sun and weather.
According to Commission Chair David Zaccagnino,
the city had considered boat canopies but commissioners
rejected them due to the "skinny canals." The mayor also
noted hurricane-wind concerns.
Craig said height limits and aluminum could be
incorporated into the lift designs to address such issues.
Zaccagnino said the city would look into Craig's
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Seaweed removal slow,
hampered by laws
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Parks and Recreation Director
Cindy Turner told members of the Manatee County
Tourism Development Council at tlli, ii \ u. 20 meeting
that she's never seen any buildup of seaweed on Anna
Maria Island like the current onslaught.
"We're doing \ .,) iilin we can to remove it, but
remember, we have to get state permits, can't rake the
turtle nesting areas and can only rake from the mean
high-water line," she said.
Turner said she's received a multitude of complaints
about the seaweed, but many people don't understand
the difficulty in raking private property. She said crews
are doing their best under difficult conditions and some
are working around the clock to clear seaweed.
Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie
Hunsicker called it a natural occurring phenomenon. It
doesn't happen often, and the seaweed is not dangerous
to people, but for the county to remove the seaweed
took some special Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection permits, approval of Anna Maria Island
Turtlewatch director Suzi Fox, and help from some pri-
vate property owners.
Hunsicker said the seaweed situation on the Atlantic
coast is even worse.
"They are having to dig through parking lots of sea-
weed to get a path to the beach," he said.
The cleanup effort on Anna Maria Island will con-
tinue where permitted, Turner said, but there is no time
frame for when the seaweed will recede.
"It's always out there in the Gulf of Mexico and,
every once in awhile, Mother Nature decides to push it
ashore," Hunsicker said.
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A new supply of used books is ready for sale.
The book sale will be held at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Free coffee will be offered.
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Manatee Players holds
auditions, seeks volunteers
Manatee Players will hold August auditions for the
casts of "Pumpboys and Dinettes" and "Plaid Tidings."
Directors will be looking for actors who play musi-
cal instruments for "Pumpboys," and four men in their
late-teens or 20s who can sing close harmonies for "Plaid
Auditions are at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, and Monday,
"Pumpboys and Dinettes" opens Oct. 25 and runs
through Nov. 11. Preston Boyd will direct, with musical
director Rodd Dyer.
"Plaid Tidings" opens Nov. 29 and runs through Dec.
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Those auditioning need to prepare a song in their key
and be ready for movement.
Volunteers are needed for the tech crew, set building
and painting. For tech crew opportunities, call Kristin
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For information on auditions, call Rick Kerby at 941-
Auditions will be held at the Manatee Players Riv-
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Thursday, Aug. 23
10 a.m.-noon Coffee with Holmes Beach Commissioner
Jean Peelen, Paradise Cafe, 3210 East Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.
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Saturday, Aug. 25
6:30 p.m., Manatee County Gator Club Scholarship Fund
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Monday, Aug. 27
7p.m., Auditions for "Pumpboys and Dinettes" and "Plaid
Tidings," Manatee Players Theater, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
Through Aug. 31, Maro Lorimer's abstract acrylic exhibit,
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Through Sept. 2, "Legally Blonde, Manatee Players, River-
front Theater, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Fee applies. Informa-
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meet-
ings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 7 a.m., weather permitting,
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Mana-
Luminaria offered to raise
Anna Maria Island cancer survivor Nancy Ambrose
is looking locally to boost a national event.
On Sept. 14, supporters in Congress and others are
invited to fight cancer at the Lights of Hope Ceremony
at Union Square Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington,
The event will include a ceremony of cancer survi-
vors from across the United States, speakers and lumi-
naria bags. The lighted bags will be placed around the
pool with a message aimed at raising cancer awareness.
"It was awesome you won't ever forget this
moment. To see them and walk around the reflecting pool
and read the bags," said Ambrose. "It really is emotional,
and shows everyone in Washington, D.C., how important
the fight against cancer is and how we need to continue
working together to win this battle."
Ambrose is appealing to the public to join her in pur-
chasing bags "in honor of someone that has won the fight
against cancer or in memory of those who have not."
Luminaria are available for a $10 donation from
Ambrose at Creations by L, 5500 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. She planned to be at the shop Aug. 21, to assist
with purchases and decorating bags in support of the
For more information, call Ambrose at 941-799-2181
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
discounted Rays tickets
It's time to go out to the ball game at a discount.
Tampa Bay Rays home game tickets at Tropicana
Field in section 141, row CC, for three games are
available for purchase at the Anna Maria Island Chamber,
5313 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach.
The cost of the two tickets is $40-$45, according to
the chamber. At Islander press time, tickets for the fol-
lowing games are available:
Saturday, Aug. 25, vs. Oakland Athletics;
Saturday, Sept. 8, vs. Texas Rangers;
Saturday, Sept. 22, vs. Toronto Blue Jays;
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
tee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge
Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-
Friday, SeniorAdventures, low-cost field trips from Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to ben-
efit Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and
boutiques. 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-
Aug. 31-Sept.3, Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish Tour-
nament. Fee applies. Galati Yacht's Basin, 900 South Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0755.
Sept. 2, Allegro Music Academy, free instrumental concert
and lecture, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-
Sept. 3, Picnic and Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social, Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Save the Date
Sept. 24,13th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Lucky 13 Golf Outing for Scholarships, Bradenton Country
Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information:
941-224-1337 or 941-284-2523.
Nov. 3, Nautical and Landlubber Treasure Show, Anna
Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bra-
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Burgess kids serve Holmes Beach
By Kathy Prucnell
Andrew Burgess, 9, and Katie Burgess, 7, won the
honorary titles of Holmes Beach mayor- and police-
chief-of-the-day when their family won a silent auc-
tion at the Anna Maria Elementary School Spring Fling
fundraiser in April.
Andrew and Katie held their titles Aug. 14, when
the red carpet was rolled out for them throughout
the city offices of Holmes Beach. The Anna Maria
Elementary school students spent the day on the job,
learning about city government and their job respon-
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger welcomed the Burgess
siblings into his office and Katie Burgess took the may-
or's chair. The students received recognition for their
experience, including notebooks, pens and a backpack
with the city's emblem.
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino took the new
city "officials" to the city commission dais and talked
about how city commissioners work for their residents,
including what it takes to establish a dog park.
The Burgesses met other city officials and
employees, and toured city hall and the public works
While the honorary city officials mostly looked
approvingly at the city officials hosting the tour, one
issue was raised by adolescent police chief Andrew
Burgess with public works director Gary Blunden.
"Are there a lot of people who get hurt there?"
Burgess asked as they toured past the city skate park.
Blunden said he hadn't heard of too many injuries,
adding the skaters are required to use gear and pads
designed to protect them.
Following a tour of the public works building, the
group met HBPD Chief Jay Romine outside the dis-
patch office. Romine introduced his staff and explained
the various video monitoring screens and other police
After lunch, the police chief and mayor for the day
were all smiles as they boarded the city's marine-patrol
boat for a tour of the city's canals.
Holmes Beach annually donates the opportunity to
be mayor- and police chief-of-the-day to the bevy of
auction items offered at the annual AME Parent Teacher
Organization Spring Fling fundraiser, according to city
This year, the Burgess kids were the winners.
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Aug. 8, 600 block of North Shore Drive, crimi-
nal mischief. A woman complainant reported someone
poured an unknown substance over the front of her vehi-
cle, damaging her chrome grill. The woman told a Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office deputy that she suspected her
granddaughter's ex-boyfriend, as he has access to pool
Aug. 8,300 block of Bay Boulevard, criminal mis-
chief. A MCSO deputy responded to a possible burglary
call where he observed a broken glass panel on the front
door. The deputy reported he suspected some type of
projectile broke the glass because it is hurricane-proof
glass. After a search of the area, however, the deputy did
not find anything suspicious. The deputy determined no
entry to the house was made, and the report was changed
from burglary to criminal mischief.
*Aug. 2, Lakeview Place, vehicle bur .nii ) ; llfl of a
firearm. An unknown suspect entered the vehicle of the
complainant. Reported stolen were several items, includ-
ing a 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun with 25 rounds of
Aug. 10, 200 block of Oak Avenue, grand theft/
burglary. An unknown suspect entered the complainant's
home and stole $4,000 in currency and about $5,000 in
Aug. 7, 700 block of Gladiolus Street, vehicle bur-
glary. A complainant reported someone had entered his
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unit valued at $500 and several park passes.
Aug. 14, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, vehi-
cle burglary. While parked at the Anna Maria City Pier
parking lot, a complainant reported someone entered his
vehicle through a partially open window. The items stolen
were valued at $285.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Aug. 12, 2000 block of Gulf Drive South, disor-
derly intoxication. A 43-year-old Longboat Key man
was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly intoxication at
Coquina Park. A police officer responded to the call regard-
ing a disturbance. According to a probable cause affidavit,
the suspect approached a family and began playing with
three children. The father told the man to leave, but he
sat a nearby picnic table and began cursing. When police
arrived, they observed the man fall repeatedly and curse.
Police placed the man in handcuffs, but he struggled to get
free. Despite several warnings, officers used pepper spray
to subdue him. He was booked into the Manatee County
jail on $120 bond.
Aug. 14, 200 block of Bridge Street, domestic bat-
tery. A 35-year-old man, reportedly living on the Dragon
boat in the anchorage near the Historic Bridge Street Pier,
was arrested following anAug. 15 report by a woman who
lived with him. The woman told police her boyfriend got
mad the night before, and punched her in the head, neck
and face after a scuffle on the boat, including a head-butt-
ing incident in which she reportedly pushed him into the
water. Police arrested the boyfriend at the pier a few hours
later for misdemeanor domestic battery and booked him
into the Manatee County jail. He was released Aug. 17 on
$1,000 bond and supervised release, which includes stay-
ing at least 500 feet from the alleged victim.
Aug. 16, 2400 block of Gulf Drive North, property
damage. A fire hydrant, a Bradenton Beach welcome sign
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and landscaping were damaged following a report from
a store clerk at the Circle K who heard a car crash at
approximately 1:30 a.m. Responding to the scene, police
observed damage to stones and plants and a missing fire
hydrant. It learned from a witness that a white sedan
may have been responsible. On further investigation,
they found the fire hydrant lying on the sidewalk near
25th Street, about 75 yards north of its original location.
Police advised Manatee County of the broken hydrant,
and began to search for the responsible motorist and vehi-
cle. While no such vehicle was found, police observed the
city's welcome sign at Gulf Drive and Cortez Road also
had been hit and knocked down. Police estimate $800 in
damage to the hydrant, sign and landscaping.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
Aug. 11,300 block of 61st Street, battery. A woman
complainant alleges her boss inappropriately touched her
while performing her cleaning duties. According to the
report, the man came to the house she was cleaning and
asked her what she was wearing under her tank top. The
man allegedly pushed her to the ground, laid on top of
her and then pulled her up by her arms, at which time
he allegedly touched her breasts. Holmes Beach Police
Department officers made contact with the man, who said
he only touched the woman's shoulder to tell her she was
doing a good job. Police charged the man with misde-
Aug. 8, 400 block of 80th Street, vehicle burglary.
A complainant reported someone entered his unlocked
vehicle and stole an XM radio, Bluetooth device and
change purse, all valued at $178.
Aug. 9, 200 block of 65th Street, vehicle burglary.
A woman reported she left her wallet in an unlocked
vehicle for about an hour. When she returned, the wallet
and $273 were missing.
Aug. 13, 6200 Flotilla Drive, vehicle burglary.
A man reported someone entered his boat while it was
docked and stole an anchor, two dock lines and a knife,
all valued at $230.
Aug. 10, 300 block of 61st Street, disturbance. An
ex-boyfriend and girlfriend were arguing about the man's
drinking problem. The woman reported she is pregnant
with the man's child, so they remain in contact. The man
became upset during the argument, punched a hole in the
wall and broke a table. He informed HBPD officers he
was leaving for the night. No further action was taken.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
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Holmes Beach man arrested
on burglary charge
After following a trail of stolen jewelry, the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office arrested William Wilson IV, 19,
of the 400 block of 75th Street, Holmes Beach.
An MCSO detective discovered jewelry at a Sarasota
GoldMax store Aug. 12 that had come from an Anna Maria
burglary, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Wilson allegedly presented his
brother's driver's license when selling
S the jewelry, but also provided a thumb-
Sprint to complete the sale.
The detective, with assistance from
the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office,
Wilson obtained a copy of the driver's license
photo and issued a warrant for Wilson's brother.
MCSO made contact Aug. 15 with the brother, who
told the detective that the man in the photo ID with his
name on it is Wilson.
A fingerprint analysis was made from the one used
at the Sarasota store to a prior arrest record, which ended
in a match with Wilson.
The detective made contact with Wilson, who agreed
to meet with the deputy at his Holmes Beach residence.
Wilson was taken into custody and, according to the
report, admitted he took his brother's license and com-
mitted the Anna Maria burglary.
Wilson faces charges of burglary, possession of a
stolen driver's license, as well as charges pending in Sara-
sota for allegedly selling stolen merchandise.
As of press time, Wilson remained in custody at the
Manatee County jail on a bond of $8,500.
15-year-old MHS student
arrested for Facebook threat
Manatee County Schools Superintendant Tim
McGonegal said he appreciated the cooperation of law
enforcement in helping to keep Manatee High School stu-
dents safe, following the arrest of a 15-year-old Holmes
Beach boy after he allegedly threatened violence against
the school on Facebook.
Ajoint investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office and Holmes Beach Police Department led to the
arrest of the MHS student. Detectives reported there was
no evidence leading them to believe the juvenile had the
means to carry out the threat.
The juvenile has been removed from his enrollment
status at MHS and his future in county schools remains
undetermined until the investigation is complete.
Meanwhile, school officials enacted added safety
measures at the school.
McGonegal said the safety of students is the district's
No. 1 priority.
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Holmes Beach man arrested on cocaine charge
By Mark Young The deputy initiated a traffic stop and asked Stein to
Islander Reporter show him his driver's license. According to the report,
After making an attempt to elude police following
an Aug. 11 traffic stop, Alan Scooter Stein, 38, of the
300 block of 61st Street, Holmes Beach was arrested for
felony possession of cocaine.
According to the probable cause
i affidavit, a Manatee County Sheriff's
SOffice deputy observed Stein making
a U-turn in the 6900 block of Cortez
Road, allegedly impeding traffic and
Stein almost causing an accident.
Bradenton man attacks
2 men in Holmes Beach
By Mark Young
A 21-year-old Bradenton man allegedly attacked two
men walking from the beach Aug. 11.
According to the police report, Cody Jolly followed
a 62-year-old man and a friend back to his Holmes Beach
residence after the men watched the sunset at the beach.
Jolly is alleged to have approached the men, placing his
arm around one of them, which triggered a physical alter-
When the second man tried to inter-
vene, Jolly alli ,.dll) tlhiin a punch, but
missed. The victim tried to run, but Jolly
is reported to have run him down and
took him to the ground. The two men
were able to separate from Jolly, who
Jolly then landed a punch to the face of one
of the victims.
The two men ran to the Holmes Beach residence with
Jolly following close behind. Two Holmes Beach Police
Department officers arrived to find Jolly in the backyard
trying to break a fence
One of the officers tried to call him over to talk, at
which time Jolly is alleged to have lunged at the officer,
hitting him in the chest and knocking him back.
A struggle ensued between the officers and Jolly,
according to the report. After several warnings, officers
used a stun gun to subdue the 21-year-old.
Jolly faces charges of felony battery on a law enforce-
ment officer and felony resisting arrest and two counts of
Arraignment and bond information was not avail-
able as of Islander press time. According to the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office website, Jolly was able to post
bail the day of his arrest.
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from the scene "at a high rate of speed."
The deputy caught up to Stein's vehicle in the 4500
block of 68th Street, but Stein was not in sight. A MCSO
K-9 unit was called and the dog tracked Stein to some
nearby bushes where he was taken into custody without
During a search of his person, deputies allegedly
found a small amount of cocaine.
According to the report, when asked by the deputy
why he fled, Stein said, "I didn't want to go to jail."
Stein was booked into the Manatee County jail on
felony possession and misdemeanor obstruction charges.
A search of his driving record revealed Stein also has
eight driver license suspensions dating back to 1992.
He also was charged with felony driving while
In all, Stein was held on $2,250 bond. He is sched-
uled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the
Manatee Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
Anna Maria arrested at church
A 25-year-old Anna Maria man was arrested at Cross-
Pointe Fellowship following the Sunday morning service
According to the probable cause affidavit, a Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputy and Holmes Beach police
officers awaited Trevor Nathaniel Francis Coleman, 311
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and arrested him
as he exited with family from the Sunday
wa- service at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, after his former girlfriend
told police she and her boyfriend were
threatened by Coleman.
Coleman Coleman was arrested on charges
of felony burglary of a structure with
assault and misdemeanor domestic assault, simple battery
and simple assault and was was booked into the Manatee
County jail on more than $10,000 in bond.
At press time, The Islander learned Lelana Bright, the
ex-girlfriend, signed an affidavit requesting the charges
be dropped and that Coleman not be prosecuted.
He is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Sept. 7,
at the Manatee Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W.,
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June tourism, tax numbers follow upward trend
By Rick Catlin
If resort tax collections are any indication and
they have been for the past 16 months area tourism in
June took a big jump from June 2011.
The Manatee County Tax Collector's resort tax
division reported collections in July the tax is col-
lected one month in arrears of $739,150, a 28 percent
increase from the $577,624 collected for the same month
The resort tax often called the bed tax is
officially known as the Manatee County tourism devel-
opment tax and is the 5 percent charged on any rental
accommodation of six months or less.
For 15 of the past 16 months, area tourism has
increased from 5 percent to 15 percent monthly, while
resort tax collections have risen more than 20 percent for
the same period.
June collections brought the total resort tax collected
for fiscal year 2011-12 to $6.933 million. With three more
months of collections remaining in the fiscal year, it's a
sure bet collections will surpass the previous record of
$7.1 million set in fiscal year 2010-11.
The collections have steadily increased since the
resort tax collections division became pro-active in
searching for owners or managers of vacation rent-
als who were not paying the resort tax, did not have a
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county license and/or were not registered with the Florida
Department of Business Regulation.
Sue Sinquefield of the resort tax collections division
said people who tried to beat the system found they not
only must pay the past due amount when caught, but the
cost of a county license and a Florida registration certifi-
Agents from the office routinely target known or
suspected areas where property owners or accommoda-
tion managers may not be collecting the tax, or collect-
ing taxes and not reporting to the tax office, Sinquefield
"I think the word is getting out that offenders will be
caught. Of course, it's also helped collections that tourism
has been increasing the past two years," she said.
Sinquefield said her office also reports homeowners
who rent their property in spite of receiving a homestead
exemption to the Manatee County Property Appraiser's
Office for action.
Sinquefield praised code enforcement officers and
anonymous tipsters for providing information on poten-
Holmes Beach led both unincorporated Manatee
County and other municipalities in June collections with
$265,900. Manatee County brought in $200,000, Long-
boat Key collected $98,250, Anna Maria had $79,800
and Bradenton Beach collected $70,000 in resort taxes
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Gulf Drive, "lost only about a week in delays."
Gilbert said construction at the beachside restau-
rant is expected to be completed in late October or early
The restaurant plans call for the addition of a gift
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Gilbert said the restaurant began the long process of
permitting the work in 2008.
"It took time to get through all the regulatory stuff
they had to go through, and there have been changes in
some of those regulations with Florida Department of
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The restaurant and chickee hut have remained open
throughout the construction.
Several attempts to contact Gulf Drive Cafe owners
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Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key combined to
bring in 69 percent of the resort tax collections in June
2012. On average, the barrier islands collect about 60
percent of the resort tax for the county.
The resort tax is used to fund the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau, the convention center,
the Crosley Mansion and the county's share of beach
renourishment projects, among other projects and attrac-
At the Manatee County Tourist Development Council
meeting Aug. 20, Research Data Services Inc. of Tampa
reported tourism occupancy to the area rose 7.5 percent
in June 2012 as compared to June 2011 figures.
TDC study confirms
tourism in upward climb
By Rick Catlin
As expected by the report of increased resort tax col-
lections, a tourism study shows visitors to the Bradenton
area rose 7.5 percent in June 2012 compared with the
same month last year.
The findings were reported at the Aug. 20 Mana-
tee County Tourism Development Council meeting at
Holmes Beach City Hall by Walter Klages of Research
Data Services, the company hired by the BradentonArea
Convention and Visitors Bureau to gather information
and report to the TDC and BACVB on a monthly basis.
In the same report, Klages said tourism for the second
quarter of 2012 jumped 9.4 percent from the second quar-
ter of 2011.
The RDS profile of Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key
tourism reported 132,900 visitors to the barrier islands
in the second quarter of 2012. These visitors had a total
economic impact of $128.6 million, Klages said.
At the same time, room rates for the barrier islands
rose only 3.2 percent from second-quarter 2011 to second
quarter 2012, RDS reported.
With three months remaining in the 2011-12 fiscal
year, the BACVB has spent $1.425 million on direct mar-
keting of the area from its budget of $2.8 million.
While the increasing tourism numbers were impres-
sive, some TDC members expressed concern that
the wrong type of tourists are finding their way to the
New TDC member and Holmes Beach Commissioner
Jean Peelen said the BACVB is doing a great job bringing
visitors to the area and the barrier islands. However, she
said, she doesn't want Anna Maria Island to "become
another Daytona Beach."
Peelen was referring to the recent proliferation of
large vacation homes that accommodate several families
at one time. A few people who become too rowdy and
loud can ruin the island vacation experience for others,
Manatee County Commissioner and TDC Chair Carol
Whitmore agreed the county and the barrier island cities
need to meet to discuss how to maintain the old Florida
charm of the islands.
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County renews push for beer, wine sales at Coquina concession
By Mark Young
The Coquina Beach concession stand reopened May
23 after months of renovations kept the facility closed,
but it reopened as a dry cafe to the disappointment of
Despite the celebration, featuring a who's who of
county officials, beer and wine sales at the snack bar
remained a goal for the concessionaire.
But it's the city of Bradenton Beach that has author-
ity to determine whether alcoholic beverages are sold.
Coquina Beach is within Bradenton Beach city limits, but
operates under a management contract with the county.
Before the doors reopened in May, Manatee County
Parks and Recreation director Cindy Turner and County
Commissioner Carol Whitmore expressed support for
beer and wine sales at the concession stand, but city
commissioners shot down that request at a commission
meeting in March.
Turner and Mark Enoch, of United Park Services Inc.,
the contract operator of the concession stand, pledged to
try again. They did so Aug. 13 at Bradenton Beach City
Hall during a special meeting.
Only Mayor John Shaughnessy and Commissioner
Ric Gatehouse attended the meeting, so a quorum for
official business did not occur, but Shaughnessy said the
meeting was only for discussion and would not require
Commissioners previously rejected the request to sell
beer and wine at Coquina Beach based on Police Chief
Sam Speciale's concerns about enforcing potential bad
behavior due to alcohol consumption at the beach.
"I trust my department heads and value their input,"
Shaughnessy said to Turner, as to why the commissioners
turned down the request. "If there was indeed a problem,
it would be awhile before we could get an officer down
there, especially at night."
The city and BBPD have a contract with the Mana-
As sunset approaches at
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cession stand, the busi-
ness is closed and there
is no one on the deck to
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Beer and wine sales at the Coquina Beach concession
stand could become reality. Representatives of United
Parks Service Inc., Manatee County Parks and Recre-
ation Department and Bradenton Beach met Aug. 13 to
work out a solution to move forward with the proposal.
Islander Photo: Mark Young
tee County Sheriff's Office to patrol Coquina Beach, but
Special said he would need MCSO assistance if alcohol
would be sold at the concession stand.
Coquina Beach did not always have the reputation it
enjoys now. It used to be a problem area for Bradenton
Beach law enforcement, and Speciale said he does not
want a return to that kind of atmosphere.
Gatehouse said his reasoning was along those lines,
as well, and also said serving alcohol in an open area does
not allow for adequate supervision.
"Clearly underage drinking on the beach becomes
a possibility," said Gatehouse. "It also brings to mind
the tragic incident in Siesta Key of having someone cut
people off. Those guys got hammered and one of them
got in a car and ran down a woman and killed her."
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Turner said she respects the city's points of view,
but has been working with Speciale to address his con-
cerns and wants to work with Gatehouse to address his
"The Siesta Key incident is tragic, but unfortunately
people are going to drink, whether it's at Coquina Beach
or the BeachHouse," said Turner. "What our studies
have shown is that when you are serving it in a con-
trolled environment, it prohibits people from bringing
their own alcohol."
Turner said it's no secret that people bring their own
alcohol to the beach.
"They sneak it on the beach and drink it," she said.
"We've had a number of people ask us why we can't just
sell it. I look at it as more controlled by selling it than
having people sneak in their own."
Turner said she can promise additional law enforce-
ment to alleviate Speciale's concerns, and would work on
a list of policies with Gatehouse to address his points.
Shaughnessy wanted to know why the county was
pushing so hard for the sale of beer and wine at Coquina
"What does the county get out of this?" he asked.
"Do you get a percentage of the gross sales, because
Bradenton Beach isn't getting an) Illilln out of it?"
Turner said the county does receive a percentage
from the contractor, but it wasn't about the money and
disagreed that Bradenton Beach wasn't benefitting.
"You are getting an enhanced environment," she said.
"Manatee County isn't in it because of percentages. We
support it because we believe in it and think it's the best
thing we can do for our community."
Turner said she is trying to look at the bigger picture
to enhance the Coquina Beach experience as part of the
county's commitment to its Blue Wave certification.
"You have to follow strict environmental guidelines
to get that certification, and that's something we are proud
of and worked really hard at," said Turner, who added
that Blue Wave is all about enhancing the community.
"The beer and wine sales is another enhancement to
our visitors and residents," she said. "It's not the dollar
value. It's what people are asking for."
Special said the county has addressed his concerns
and he would no longer object to the proposal.
"I can't speak for my commission," said Shaugh-
nessy. "If my chief of police is comfortable with it, then
I'm comfortable with it, too. If I can't trust my depart-
ment heads, then they wouldn't be there."
Turner said she would work on a business plan that
will include law enforcement involvement and a list of
policies for the serving of alcohol. Turner said the request
would be submitted at a yet-to-be-determined commis-
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Bradenton Beach puts 90-day time limit on dock payment
By Mark Young
Bradenton Beach commissioners Aug. 16 approved
the repair of the Eighth Street South dock, but gave the
residents who have agreed to pay for the project 90 days
to come up with the money.
The dock is owned by the city, but when budget con-
straints led to consideration from the city to have the dock
removed, citizens on Eighth Street came forward with a
proposal to pay for the project.
Building official Steve Gilbert said bids had been
received and he wanted a motion to authorize staff to
begin work to obtain Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection permits.
Commissioners were hesitant to move forward with
a motion authorizing a project that they had not yet been
shown could be funded by the citizens.
City clerk Nora Idso said the dock, in its current state,
"is a liability. I'm really glad we are helping these people,
because we've been trying to help them since 2009."
Idso said the city already faces two unrelated law-
suits, "but my question to you is do you want another
one? Because that's exactly what's going to happen. We
are the ones who have liability with that dock."
Commissioners unanimously approved the project
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fund the work.
"In 90 days, it's either getting repaired or removed,"
said Mayor John Shaughnessy.
In other matters, city attorney Ricinda Perry cleared
up some confusion on a signed land lease between the city
and a cellular communications company last month.
Residents cried foul that the commission had moved
forward with a contract without holding public hearings,
as is required in the city's ordinance.
Comments were exchanged between Shaughnessy and
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"We fully intend to execute the ordinances of this
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HB code hearing canceled,
By Kathy Prucnell
The owner and contractor red-tagged for illegal deck
construction at 712 Key Royale Drive have complied
with the Holmes Beach land-development code, causing
the city to cancel an Aug. 16 code board hearing on the
The city of Holmes Beach had ordered deck work
stopped July 20 at the Key Royale Drive residence. It
issued notices of violations to both the contractor, M&E
Construction of Bradenton and property owners John and
Loretta Bonini of Cincinnati, for constructing a paver
deck without a permit.
Code enforcement officer David Forbes said the Key
Royale owner "took the corrective measures." According
to Forbes, a permit and engineer's affidavit to relieve
the city of liability in the event the deck fails were
Another matter set to go before the code board Aug.
16 in which the city alleged Agnelli Pools & Construc-
tion of Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, built a pool at 5311
Sunrise Lane without a permit was postponed to 10
a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.
Last week, Forbes said he met Agnelli's attorney,
Scott Rudacille, and advised him of what is needed to
achieve code compliance and avoid the hearing.
Forbes said permits are needed for the pool and a
masonry wall that was built too low. Also needed are an
engineer's report to relieve the city from liability and a
pool safety fence, he said.
Frank Agnelli was out of town for the Aug. 16 hear-
ing, and his attorney also was unable to attend.
Agnelli and his attorney disagree with the code viola-
tion, saying a former building official signed off on the
pool permit and the pool was completed at the time of
the final inspection.
Agnelli also has a receipt from the city showing he
paid for the pool permit along with other permits "in one
lump sum" before the certificate of occupancy was issued
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By Kathy Prucnell
The cost of business is going up in Holmes Beach.
City commissioners approved a 5 percent increase in
the city's tax on all businesses including merchants,
financial institutions, professionals, residential rentals,
hotels and motels, restaurants and others at its Aug.
The levy has not been increased since 2001, while
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens noted that a few new
business categories were added.
Florida statutes authorize a maximum 5 percent
increase every two years in the business tax receipts.
"We thought it was time to probably go ahead and
increase the fees by the 5 percent," Commission Chair
David Zaccagnino said. "They're not exorbitant fees and
actually have been very good prices over the years."
The tax is levied on each person with a permanent
business location or branch office within the city, man-
ages any business or profession or occupation within the
city limits, or transacts any business or engages in any
occupation or profession, unless prohibited by federal
The new law also raises the administrative fee to
process business receipts from $15 to $25.
The new law amends the code to clarify a section
on professionals to provide the fee is applicable to all
state-licensed professionals, unless he or she is a salaried
employee. Bohnenberger said the business tax receipt is
applicable to home businesses.
Depending on the type of business, the new fees
range from $16.54 to $165.38, with the higher fees for
restaurants that seat more than 51 and motels with more
than seven units.
Zaccagnino gave examples of the new fees, includ-
ing: boat dealers $82.69, coin operated services, $16.54,
general contractors $82.69, merchants with stock valued
at over $10,000, such as Publix, $110.25.
Those who rent residential properties will pay $27.56
per unit, but rental management companies will pay
$110.25 for all rental units, according to the new ordi-
Boat charter or personal watercraft rental businesses
will pay $55.13 per boat or watercraft, and golf cart rental
business pay $110.25 per golf cart.
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Anna Maria City Pier trolley stop widened for safety
By Rick Catlin
Following a minor accident involving an island trol-
ley at the trolley stop at the Anna Maria City Pier, city
officials along with Manatee County Area Transit man-
ager Carl Hunsinger met at the pier recently and solved
the issue in 15 minutes.
"It was the easiest solution I've ever gotten from city
officials," Hunsinger said.
Anna Maria public works supervisor George McKay
suggested moving a tree and a sign at the trolley stop.
The loading zone at the Anna Maria City Pier parking
lot for the fare-free island trolley has been widened
by about 3 feet with the removal of a tree and a sign.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Earlier this year, Florida legislators proposed bills
that failed to eliminate local business taxes. The state and
house bills died in separate committees in March.
As of the end of June, the city collects from approxi-
mately 370 business and 1,500 rentals, according to John-
ston. The tax is due Sept. 30.
For the past two years, the city received about
$80,000 annually from the business tax. In addition to
the revenue stream, the receipts also help the city monitor
businesses and their locations.
The final reading of the new ordinance saw it
approved by unanimous vote of the commissioners.
That gave the trolley about 3 feet more in the driveway
to maneuver and allows more room to lower the on-off
ramp for handicapped passengers.
"Problem solved," said Hunsinger.
He said the accident, which occurred about a month
ago, was nothing more than a fender-bender. No citation
Hunsinger said the driver was attempting to back a
passenger vehicle out of the first angled parking space
in the lot with the trolley parked at the stop. One fender
of the vehicle scraped the trolley, he said.
MCSO-Anna Maria deputies responded and deter-
mined there was no violation, he added.
Hunsinger, however, said he learned of the incident
from the trolley driver and went to Anna Maria seeking a
solution to what might pose more problems in the future
- either too small an area for the trolley to maneuver
or not enough area for vehicles in the first few angled
parking spots to safely back out alongside a trolley.
"We have to stop at the ramp because of the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities requirements," he said. "And it was
a tight squeeze with someone backing out."
By moving the tree and sign, Hunsinger believes
there is now more than enough room for the trolley to
park at the stop and a vehicle to back out of a nearby
"We watched a vehicle back out and there was plenty
of room between the vehicle and trolley," he said.
"I really want to thank Anna Maria's officials," he
said, adding it was the fastest solution he's seen.
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WMFR board approves budget, promotes firefighters
By Kathy Prucnell
A $5.5 million budget, reflecting a $6,500 decrease
in revenue from a tentative budget presented last month,
was approved Aug. 16 by the West Manatee Fire Rescue
District Board of Commissioners.
In presenting the budget, WMFR Chief Andy Price
said an adjustment was needed to reflect "a slight reduc-
tion of income."
Price also told commissioners he expects an earlier
payment of taxes this year because of the discount offered
to taxpayers for early payment.
Following the public hearing at the administration
office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, which opened and
closed with no comments made, commissioners voted
unanimously to approve the 2012-13 WMFR budget.
WMFR commissioners adopted a resolution that sets
a total operating budget of $5,520,945 for the fiscal year
beginning Oct. 1.
Several minor adjustments to the budget were made,
including a $7,300 reduction in the health insurance line
With the adjusted numbers, the operating budget
New West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters, Corry Hii
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is $97,849, or 1.8 percent, higher than the 2011-12
Jumps in workers compensation and health insurance
rates were blamed for the slightly higher spending.
Built into this year's budget is $1.5 million to replace
bunker protective gear and update accountability devices
used for the safety of firefighters, as well as other equip-
ment, according to Price.
Also in the budget for employees is a 2 percent
cost-of- living raise and some salary adjustments which,
according to Price, will ensure competitiveness among
fire service agencies.
To fund the 2012-13 budget, West Manatee Fire Dis-
trict commissioners increased the district's assessment at
a May 17 public hearing roughly $4 per household.
The hike represented a 2.5 percent increase, below
this year's 3.16 percent assessment cap, as determined
by Florida's personal income growth factor.
In other business:
West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighter Andrew Lauri-
cella is pinned by his mother, Donna Mastenbrook,
signifying his promotion to first-class firefighter at the
Aug. 16 meeting of the WMFR board of commissioners.
Price introduced two new firefighters, Corry Hill
and Tyler MacDonald, and promoted firefighter Andrew
Lauricella, Lt. Ben Rigney and Battalion Chief Rich
SA letter from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat
Key, was read into the record, recognizing Capt. Tom
Sousa for being awarded the 13th District Congressional
Fire and Rescue/EMS Career Award.
Price also reported he's been "dealing with ven-
dors" on computer repair and replacement issues. He said
a new computer is expected to address difficulties at Sta-
tion 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
West Manatee Fire Rescue Lt. Ben Rigney, left, Battalion
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Island Rotary Club earns acclaim for its AME programs
By Kathy Prucnell
The Manatee County Chamber of Commerce recog-
nized the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island and Anna
Maria Elementary at a recent awards breakfast for their
school literacy and respect-building programs.
At Freedom Village in Bradenton on Aug. 8, the
chamber recognized the partnership of the AMI Rotary
and AME as one of seven finalists for the Civic Partner
of the Year category and one of 28 organizations in the
Good Things Come in Big Packages, Too, category.
"We're just happy to be nominated," said Jim Dunne,
education and literacy chair of the AMI Rotary Club. "It's
quite an honor."
Cindi Harrison, AME guidance counselor, said the
initiatives have "enhanced literacy, promoted good-
decision making and encourage respect, tolerance and
peace-building in our students."
Rotary members contributed to the AME programs
with funding, prizes and volunteer hours. The programs
include the Peace Pole Project, Rotary Reader Patch, the
4-Way Test Essay Contest, the Service Above Self Award
and Million Dollar Machine.
The Peace Pole project is ongoing at AME since
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around the Peace Pole as part of International Peace Day.
Activities include the teachings of such worldwide peace-
makers, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
The Rotary Reader Patch program gives each kin-
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Cindi Harrison, Anna Maria Elementary School guid-
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chair of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, meet
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PTO seeks volunteers
The Parent Teacher Organization of Anna Maria Ele-
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fun-filled year of activities.
To encourage volunteers and promote the PTO's
events, a Volunteer Reception will be held 6-8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 24, at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The sign-up sheets will be out, and PTO members
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rewards a student who exemplifies the Rotary motto. The
award is the top honor among fifth-graders.
The Million Dollar Machine program, now in its
third year, aims at building character and self esteem
with assertiveness skills among second-graders.
As a chapter of Rotary International, the mission of
the island Rotary Club is to strengthen the lives of chil-
dren, assist people in crisis and improve the quality of
life of people with special needs.
The local rotary meets weekly for a noon luncheon
and program at the Beach House, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
For more information, call Jim Dunne at 941-778-
4060 or Barry Gould at 941-448-5500.
Monday, Aug. 27
Lunch: Corn Dogs, Pulled Barbecue Pork Sandwich, Mandarin
Oranges, Potato Smiles, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce,
Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Tuesday, Aug. 28
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet and Biscuit.
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Shrimp Poppers, Warm Roll, Apple-
sauce, Carrot Coins, Mini Romaine Salad, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Bagel or Sausage Patty and Toast.
Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Hot Ham and Cheese, Peach Cup,
Mixed Veggies, Cucumber Coins with Dip, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Thursday, Aug. 30
Breakfast: Biscuit Sandwich.
Lunch: Tacos, Pizza Bagels, Strawberry and Banana Cut,
Refried Beans, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Friday, Aug. 31
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick.
Lunch: Pizza Choice, Fish Sandwich, Sliced Pears, Frozen
Fruit Slushie, Corn, Sweet Potato Fries, Assorted Fresh Fruit.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
20 E AUG. 22, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
Lobstahs 'claws' way to volleyball championship
By Kevin P. Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center coed
adult volleyball league's season came to an end Aug.
14 with Lobstahs Restaurant completing an undefeated
season with a win in the finals over The Feast Restaurant
Unlike some adult sports at the center, the volleyball
league fosters a kinder, gentler attitude, one in which
experienced players encourage and help teach new play-
ers the nuances of the game.
The overall attitude of volleyball players is definitely
more laid back. They don't blame the referee for blowing
the game. They come out, play the game and have fun.
Leading the way for Lobstahs was Mike Rigo, who
finished with eight kills and a plethora of service winners.
Troy Shonk added four aces, while both Rainia Lardas
and Meagan Dolan finished with four kills in the victory.
Andrea Leone completed the scoring for Lobstahs with
three kills and seven service winners.
Dave Norris and John Coleman paced The Feast with
three kills each, while JT Goode and Lindsey Weaver
each added two kills. Michelle Laade added seven service
winners for The Feast in the loss.
Indoor soccer winds down
The center summer indoor soccer league also came to
an end last week with championship games played Aug.
15 andAug. 17.
The 8-10 division championship game Aug. 17 saw
Lapensee Plumbing take on Beach Bums. The Bums
took the title with a 5-3 victory behind two goals each
from Luke Marvin and Ryan Joseph and a single goal
from Ozzie Lonzo. Other members of Beach Bums are
Didier Avila, Andres Rincon, Tori Coover and Madelyn
Tyler Brewer scored two goals and Giana Sparks
added one goal to lead Lapensee Plumbing in the loss.
Other members of Lapensee Plumbing are Ashton Pennel,
Sean O'Reilly, Chris Snyder, Charlotte Pardue, Preston
Plambeck and Mary Grace Cucci.
Eat Here edged Waterfront Restaurant 4-3 in the
11-13 division championship game Aug. 15. The game
was a tense, back-and-forth affair that saw Waterfront
take an early 1-0 lead on a Ryan Fellowes goal, only to
see Shelby Morrow tie it up on a nice shot off a cross
from Dylan Joseph. The game was tight until late in the
play when Morrow pounded in a failed clearing attempt
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to give Eat Here a 4-2 lead. Fellowes scored with just
under a minute to play to close the gap before time ran
out for the Waterfront.
Morrow's two goals led the way for Eat Here, which
also received a goal each from Joseph and Nika Ukhurgu-
nahsvili in the victory. Other team members are Brooke
Capparelli, Daniel Sentman, Danielle Capparelli, Willow
Cooper and goalie Joe Rogers.
Flag football super bowl match up set
A summer of coed adult flag football action is down
to one contest for Duffy's Tavern Raiders and Agnelli
Pool and Spa Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 23. Two nights of
playoff action last week whittled the field down to what
were the top two teams throughout the season.
Aside from the fifth-seed Sato Real Estate Browns
defeating fourth-seed Miller Electric Chargers, there were
no upset victories in the playoffs. Sato defeated Miller
35-32, Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings rolled over Jessie's
Island Store Jets and Duffy's Tavern Raiders defeated
Beach to Bay Construction Saints 42-34 in quarter-final
action Aug. 15.
The semifinal match up between Duffy's and Tyler's
was a 35-34 barn burner that came down to an uncon-
verted extra point by Tyler's. Raider quarterback Chris
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five touchdown passes. Mike Gillum was his favorite
target, catching 12 passes for 126 yards, including three
touchdowns and two extra points. Tyler Redmond added
three catches for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns in
the Raider victory, while Dustin Swain added two extra-
point catches and Jay Hoffmeister added one extra point.
Swain with four flag pulls and Hoffmeister with three
pulls paced the Raider defense, which also received an
interception from Redmond.
Ryan Moss paced the Viking offense with 217 pass-
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Galati to host billfish tourney
Labor Day weekend may bring out the burgers
in some places, but on Anna Maria Island it brings
out fish, fishers and boats at the Fourth Annual Galati
Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish Tournament.
The schedule of events includes:
6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, captain's meeting, Galati
6 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, fishing begins.
8:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, fishing ends.
Noon-1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3, weigh in.
Species and Points include:
Photo or video release.
Blue Marlin 501 points.
White Marlin 250 points.
Sailfish 100 points.
Spearfish 100 points.
Swordfish 50 points (2 maximum).
The fish weigh-in will include catches of dolphin,
wahoo and tuna and is open to the public.
Free dockage and fuel discounts are available for
participating tournament boats through Galati Yacht
Sales, 900 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
There is a $1,500 entry fee, plus tax, per boat, with
additional $500 for tuna, dolphin and wahoo.
A $1,000 entry fee is required for tuna, dolphin,
A $2,000 entry fee applies to the billfish division.
Tax is added to all boats entry fees.
The tournament is limited to 20 entries.
For more information, call Chris Galati at 941-
778-0755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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School's in for mangrove snapper at local piers
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Good news for anglers: Mangrove snapper are start-
ing to school up around local piers.
A No. 4 hook baited with a fresh-cut or live shiner
or shrimp and a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader and a split
shot will produce a good snapper bite. Try chumming
with either a frozen chum block or fresh-cut shiners to
help locate the fish or get them in the feeding mood.
Sometimes a little added scent in the water is enough to
get some of the snapper fired up.
Reports coming from the Rod & Reel and Sunshine
Skyway Piers have most of the snapper averaging 12
Remember to have the right equipment for reef spe-
cies aboard if you're fishing from a boat. Circle hooks, a
venting tool and a dehooker are required to be legal.
If you're looking to see some big offshore species,
head to the fourth annual Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day
Tournament weigh-in event at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept.
3. There is no charge and the public is welcome at the
marina, 900 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says decent numbers
of Spanish mackerel are being reeled up at the pier. Pier
fishers opting to arrive at sunrise are catching macks in the
15- to 18-inch range. Small white crappie jigs, speck rigs
and silver spoons are producing. Live baits such as shiners
or threadfin herring, also are a good option. Just remember
to use a long shank hook connected to at least a 30-pound
fluorocarbon leader to be successful at landing fish.
Mangrove snapper are congregating in the shade
under the pier, feeding on small shrimp and shiners. Try
using a No. 4 live bait hook with 20-pound fluorocarbon
to get these little snapper to bite. Add a small split shot to
get your bait to the bottom and cast far under the pier.
Other catches to expect include ladyfish, jack cre-
valle and small sharks, including bonnetheads and sharp
nose. For the jacks and the ladies, use the same gear as
for macks. For the sharks, bottom fish with small cut bait,
like mullet or squid.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of
good action around both the Anna Maria City and Rod &
Reel piers for Spanish mackerel. Pier fishers using white
crappie jigs or a Clark spoon combined with a popping
cork are catching keeper-size fish. Early morning and
evening are producing action as long as the bait schools
On the flats of Anna Maria Sound, trout fishing is
proving prosperous during the afternoon outgoing tides.
Find grass flats with good tidal flow to find the fish.
Expect to see jack crevalle, macks and bonnethead sharks
in the same areas as the trout. Most of the spotted seatrout
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are running 12-14 inches although keeper-size fish are
being caught, too.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore this past week
between rainstorms for gag grouper and mangrove snap-
per. Girle is using live shiners to get this bite. Gag grou-
per up to 28 inches with a few juveniles mixed in were the
norm. For the snapper, 16 inches is a good size, although
bigger ones are being caught.
On the nearshore reefs, Girle is catching Spanish
mackerel, blue runners and a variety of sharks. For the
macks and blue runners, Girle is free-lining live shiners
behind the boat. Once the sharks arrive, Girle switches
to heavier tackle and pitches small chunks of mackerel
behind the boat. By sight casting, Girle is encountering
bull, blacktip and small silky sharks.
Moving inshore, Girle is targeting redfish, spotted
seatrout and catch-and-release snook. For all three spe-
cies, Girle is live-bait fishing with free-lined shiners. For
the trout, Girle is fishing grass flats with a depth of 3-5
feet of water. Trout up to 20 inches are being caught daily.
For the reds and catch-and-release snook, try depths of 3
feet on lush grass flats adjacent to mangrove shorelines.
Keith Tarents at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says schools of Spanish mack-
erel are still ravaging bait pods on the strong moving tides.
Pier fishers using artificial such as Gotcha plugs or silver
spoons are reeling in the macks. Live shiners or threadfins
fished under a cork are also producing. Fish averaging 18-20
inches with bigger fish in the mix are the norm.
While targeting Spanish mackerel, expect to see jack
crevalle, blue runners and ladyfish. Although there is no
food value for these species, they do offer a great fight
and can be excellent shark bait, too.
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Numerous bull, blacktip and nurse sharks are being
caught, especially at night, using chunk baits such as
jack crevalle, mullet, legal-size mackerel or bonito.
Finally, if you're looking for something for dinner,
try snapper fishing. Mangrove snapper up to 15 inches
are being caught on live shrimp or fresh-cut greenbacks.
Drop your bait by any structure or around the piling of
the pier to find the fish.
Send fishing reports to email@example.com.
FWC surveying anglers
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission wants to reel in some information.
The FWC is calling for anglers to participate in a
new online program called the Florida Saltwater Fishing
Panel members will be asked to complete a web-
based survey once a month for a year, including questions
about the angler's most recent saltwater fishing trip, opin-
ions on current or proposed regulations, licenses, conser-
vation of fish stocks and management effectiveness.
The surveys are expected to take 10-15 minutes to
The FWC is attempting through the surveys to mea-
sure the economic impact of saltwater fishing, hatcher-
ies and catch rates to improve management and policy-
To qualify as a participant, one must hold either a
Florida license for saltwater fishing or hunting and fish-
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22 E AUG. 22, 2012 U THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
The grill for the gourmet
Scott St. Blanc has spent more than 30 years in the
restaurant industry, both as a chef and in management.
When he retired to Anna Maria Island a few years
ago, he figured life was great.
Then he started to miss the restaurant business.
He recently opened the Island Gourmet Grill, 5910
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, formerly known as Island
Gourmet, and plans a number of changes.
"We're going to be very family oriented and feature
some new-age Italian pasta, grilled seafood, chicken and
steaks, along with many of the old favorites," he said.
"We'll still have our hand-rolled pizzas, which are
the best pizzas on the island," he said.
The new "Gourmet" chef is Ezio Piccione, who has
worked at several island restaurants and has a strong
reputation for great food, Le Blanc said.
"We're going to offer a well-rounded and affordable
menu in a family atmosphere," he said.
Some renovations already are under way, St. Blanc said,
but "none of our plans interfere with dinner service."
Le Blanc plans a grand opening party, possibly in
November, to celebrate the occasion.
Restaurant hours remain 5-10 p.m. \ lfionida) IlIughl
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O'Shucks replaces Pete's
Jimmy and Sandy Galanis recently purchased Peli-
can Pete's restaurant, 12012 Cortez Road W., from Al
and Sylvia Marnie of Anna Maria and have renamed the
Jimmy Galanis said he's remodeling the restaurant,
which is closed now for a few weeks. He asked patrons to
watch for an announcement of the grand opening, which
he said would be "worth the short wait."
"We're going to have a raw bar with oysters and
clams, and shrimp dishes, too, along with a lot of other
stuff, but we're still in the remodeling stage and have
a ways to go before we're ready. We'll make a big
announcement when we're set to go," he said.
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
accepting nominations for its 2012-13 board of direc-
Forms are available on the chamber website at www.
annamariaislandchamber.org or by visiting the chamber
office at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The deadline for nominations is Sept. 14.
The theme for the August networking event of the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is "A Night
in White," a chamber press release said.
The event, including refreshments and appetizers,
will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Hancock Bank,
5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and attendees are
encouraged to wear white or blue clothing.
Cost of the event is $5 and members are urged
to bring guests. Reservations are not required for the
For chamber information, call 941-778-1541.
Stop that stutter
Bill Sommer of Palma Sola has developed the Stut-
terStopper, a non-invasive device that helps people over-
come many stuttering problems.
While similar products are placed in the ear of a stut-
terer, StutterStopper is a battery-run device that is worn
on a belt. When someone who stutters gets to a difficult
word, the StutterStopper sends an impulse to the correct
side of the brain, "directing" it to form the right combina-
tion of sounds, Sommer said.
He recently began selling the devices on the Internet
and already has about six dozen users.
For more information, email stutterstopper@earth-
link.com or go to the website at www.stutterstopper.
Got a new business opening on Anna Maria Island
or Longboat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola, or west Braden-
ton? How about a new product, service, anniversary, new
hire, new owners, or an award-winning staff member?
Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, send afax to 866-362-
9821, or e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
207 70th St. Holmes Beach, a 1,820 sfla / 3,140 sfur
4bed/4bath duplex with pool built in 1966 on a 90x102
lot was sold 07/27/12, 207 70th St LLC to Bettinger for
$800,000; list $849,000.
108 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,839 sfla / 2,431
sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1953 on a 68x80 lot
was sold 07/27/12, Jasko to FLM Inc. for $529,000; list
109 75th St., Unit C, Gulfside Village, Holmes
Beach, a 1,819 sfla / 2,658 sfur 3bed/22bath/2car condo
built in 2000 was sold 07/25/12, Teeter to Winegrad for
$525,000; list $569,900.
516 Kumquat Drive, Anna Maria, a vacant 75x142
canalfront lot was sold 07/27/12, Stella to Haddox for
6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 46, Westbay Point & Moor-
ings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 08 06 12,
Knight to Bartschke for $310,000; list $349,000.
1000 Gulf Drive S., Unit 1, Sunset Villas, Bradenton
Beach, a 896 sfla / 1,008 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
WKWPrferson day of the Expo
the .AMI Chamber at 941-7-8-1541
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 22, 2012 0 23
Paul Adamec, 77, died Aug. 12.
He was a machinist and also worked at Publix Super
Market in Holmes Beach.
Private services will be held at a later date. Arrange-
ments were by Covell Funeral Home.
Mr. Adamec is survived by daughters Susan Adamec
and Sharon Swanick; three grandchildren; and former
wife Roseann Holzheimer.
Nancy J. Grimme
Nancy J. Grimme, 80, Holmes Beach, diedAug. 13.
She was born March 15, 1932, in Knoxville, Tenn. She
married Richard Grimme Sept. 12, 1953.
Mrs. Grimme was a homemaker, avid golfer and
loved working in her yard. She also loved taking care of
her two cats, Kelley and Katie. She was a member of the
Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.
A memorial Mass was celebrated Aug. 17 at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, followed by
a celebration of life at the Key Royale Club. Donations
may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home was in charge
She is survived by husband Dick; sons Tom and wife
Cindy of Bradenton and Greg and wife Karen of Ket-
tering, Ohio; and grandchildren Brad, Jackie and Chris-
Frank Charles Zacchero
Frank Charles Zacchero, 80, of Bradenton, diedAug.
19. He was born March 31, 1922, in Clairton, Pa.
He was married May 2, 1953, to Rose Frances
Ferraro at St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. He
received a bachelor's degree in English and a masters in
art education at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.
Mr. Zacchero was a member of the
nation's Greatest Generation, having
Served his country in the U.S. Army
\ : 95th Infantry Division in World War
II under General Patton. He was a
member of the American Legion.
Following the military and a brief
Zacchero career in teaching, Frank served
nearly 30 years as a claim settlement
agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania before
retiring to Bradenton. The Zaccheros were among the
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original residents of Country Village condominium in
West Bradenton, and were active members of Ss. Peter
and Paul Parish.
He was an ardent fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and
Pittsburgh Pirates, and volunteered as Pirate Booster for
more than decade.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sat-
urday, Aug. 25, at Ss. Peter & Paul the Apostles Church,
2850 75th St. W., Bradenton. A reception will be held fol-
lowing Mass at the Country Village clubhouse. Memorial
donations may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Church.
Mr. Zacchero is survived by his wife of 59 years,
Rose Frances; son Charles Francis; daughter Mary Jo
and husband Brian Martin Smith; godfather to Anthony
(Rocky) Zacchero and Carol Zacchero Soska; step-grand-
father of Brian Martin Smith Jr., Quinn Marie Smith, and
Sidnie Lynne Smith; step-great-grandfather of Dominic
Brian Smith; nieces and nephews Rocky, Mary Ellen,
Linda, Sandy, Sharon, Kathy, Carol, Mark, Debbie, Tony,
Lorrie, Diane, Annette, Dennis, Anita, Carol Ann, Jimmy,
Linda, John and Alexis; and brother-in-law of John and
Terry DaPra, Joan and Francis Shine and Ray Ferraro.
Note: Obituaries are provided as a free service
in The Islander newspaper to residents and family of
residents, both past and present. Paid obituaries are
available by calling 941-778-7978.
with one touchdown reception in the loss. Caleb Roberts
led all players with seven flag pulls and Jonathan Moss
added four pulls to lead the Viking defense.
The second semifinal game saw Agnelli defeat Sato
31-20. Tim Shaugnessy threw for 115 yards and three
touchdown passes, while also adding 20 yards rushing,
including a 10-yard scamper for a touchdown. Sean Sand-
ers led the Agnelli receivers with three catches for 75
yards and a touchdown, while Pat Calvary added five
catches for 51 yards, including a touchdown and an extra
point. Jesse Brisson completed the Agnelli scoring with
a five-yard touchdown reception.
Tim Shaughnessy led the defense with five flag pulls,
while Calvary added an interception return for a touch-
down on defense.
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horse-
shoe pits continued the recent trend of outright winners
Aug. 15. Sam Samuels and Tim Sofran posted the only
REAL ESTATE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
1982 was sold 07/27/12, Girard to Kiene for $275,000;
2216 Avenue A, Bradenton Beach, a vacant 50x100
lot was sold 07/31/12, SL Invest LLC to Grover for
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 507, Martinique South, Holmes
Beach, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1970 was sold 07/27/12, Niebrugge
to Rochon for $190,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
3-0 pool-play record and won the day's bl._'ini' rights.
Aug. 18 horseshoe action was rained out.
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 the Key Royale Club braved hot and
humid weather to play an individual-low-net golf match
Aug. 14. Meredith Slavin grabbed the top spot in Flight A
with a 1-under-par 31 for a one-shot victory over Chris-
tina Mason, Fran Barford and Joyce Brown, who finished
in a three-way tie for second place.
Ginny Upshaw fired a 4-under-par 28 to win Flight
B by three shots over Liz Lang, who was alone in second
place with a 1-under 31.
Center announces soccer league registration
The community center announced coed youth soccer
registration for its fall season of outdoor soccer in five
age divisions is ongoing through Friday Aug. 24.
Cost for the season is $75 for member players and
$105 for non-members. A $15 late fee will be added for
signup at tryouts.
Tryouts Monday, Aug. 27, are for ages 4-5 at 6 p.m.;
ages 6-7 at 7 p.m.; and ages 11-13 tryout at 8 p.m. On
Aug. 28, ages 8-10 tryout at 6 p.m. and ages 14-17 tryout
at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Troy Shonk at the
center at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205, or email Troy@
Manatee County Marine Rescue lifeguards Curtis
McFee and Josh Velarde display two of the many sand
dollars they collect at the Manatee Public Beach to
give away to children who visit the beach. The shells
and sand dollars collected are not live. Islander Photo:
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at Heron's Watch, Bradenton.
We speak English, German,
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$349,000. Fabulous, newly painted, 3BR/2BA, lake-
front, pool home in Perico Isles. Only minutes from
Floridas 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.
$375,000. If you're dreaming of a beautiful home, you'll
enjoy Florida living at its finest in Palma Sola Sound,
offering 3BR/2BA in an easy flowing floor plan. Relax
and appreciate the tranquil view from the backyard.
Solar and pool heating system, travertine pool deck.
This elegant turnkey home is ready for your family's
full enjoyment. Located close to Robinson Preserve,
Palma Sola Harbor, near private A-rated schools, and
only minutes from the beautiful white sandy beaches on
Anna Maria Island. Call today, 941-447-1506.
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
J Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
SCarpentry Flooring Painting
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S* References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc.
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WICKER SWIVEL CHAIRS, nice, $45 each,
recliner $35, white bamboo coffee table $30.
WOLF CORVETTE CAR cover: Like new, fits 1995
and up, $50 or best offer. Holmes Beach. 304-
STURDY 6-FOOT beach umbrella $25. Wooden
ribs and pole. Navy sailcloth. Top condition. 941 -
FAX MACHINE PLUS extra ink, $35. Circular saw
7 1/4 blade, $20, both good condition. 941-778-
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, col-
lectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three
items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email
email@example.com, fax toll-free 1-866-362-
9821. (limited time offer)
WE'RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious
as to how much your home could be worth? Call
us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn
at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boat-
ers. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buck-
ets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Closed in August, but
accepting donations 9 -11 a.m. Wednesday.
Store reopens in September, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Sat-
urdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 25.
Furniture, TV, linens, kitchen items. 209 Archer
Way, Anna Maria.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
6832 Pine St. Near the Longboat Key art center
at north end of Longboat Key. Drexel Heritage
mahogany dining room table with two leaves,
English mahogany sideboard, Pamaro queen
white bed set, two king beds, leather sofa/ chair,
end tables, Empire 1840s dresser, flat-top desk,
mahogany dresser, Waterford stemware, set of
Worcester china, other nice china and glass, three
oriental rugs, silver, oak 1900s chair and table,
maple dresser and chest, two bar chairs, wicker
table, chair, pair of chairs, sofa, end tables, chair
and ottoman, patio set, patio sofa with match-
ing two chairs and ottoman, two outdoor chairs,
king and queen linens, accessories, Vectra nine-
station gym, and a few yard tools. Sale by Julie
McClure. Pix: www.appraisals4u.biz & www.
LOST! LADIES DELICATE silver band with small
sapphires and diamonds. Reward. 864-907-
FOUND: DUFFEL BAG with fishing equipment,
Sunday, Aug. 12 at Rod & Reel Motel, call to
LOST: SILVER WEDDING ring and band while
fishing on Holmes Beach. Please, call 941-201-
5515, if found!
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.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs are look-
ing for great new homes or fosters. Larger dogs.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
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2008 EZ GO golf cart, new batteries only one-
year-old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
BOATS & BOATING
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941 -
BOAT DOCK FOR rent: 85th Street and Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. $150/month, available
immediately. Call 941-243-0432.
CORTEZ DIVING COMPANY: Underwater boat
maintenance, power or sail. Barnacles removed,
monthly contracts, local. 941-792-7595.
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,
CAREGIVERS WANTED: CNA licensed preferred.
Care for an active paraplegic women. Also need
to help in the housekeeping. Must like little dogs.
Both day and night shifts available. Fingerprinting
and background checks will be required. Please,
call 941-795-1603 or 248-755-3657.
JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street.
Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins
and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Bathe, cook, shop,
appointments, four hours minimum. References,
28 years experience. Diana, 941-545-7114.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5
hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30
p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island
resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
AFFORDABLE HURRICANE PROTECTION:
Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs
easily on inside, see-through, leave-up. Free esti-
mate. Registered and insured. Island discount.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-
ISLAND SEDAN TOWNCAR Service: August,
September summer rates. Tampa and St.Pete,
$70, Sarasota, $30, local on-Island, $15 flat rate.
Mike, The Island Guy, 941-730-8803.
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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-:, 1 .i ,,i i 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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rN: i:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.:
Call Dan, 941-713-3108
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, f '
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup -
Call Junior, 807-1015
rP HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesph LaBrecaue *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
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, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
and LONGBOAT KEY
Real Estate Professionals
301 Manatee Ave W Holmes Beach FL 34217
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ONE OF THE OLDEST BUSINESSES on Anna
Maria Island and in Manatee County. Rare opportunity,
business and real estate. Just 100 feet to the Gulf.
Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
TIM'S LAWN Care: Light hauling, most lawns,
$25. Call 941-807-2537.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
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this light and bright beauty
is move in ready. Very rental
investor friendly complex. Fabulous island location, so close
to everything. Enjoy nature's most beautiful lightshow every
evening. Very easy to see. Priced right at $519,000. Call
Lori Guerin, 941-773-3415 or Carmen Pedota, 941-284-
Pretty Gulf views from light,
bright, updated 2BR/2BA
condo. Turnkey furnished,
priced to sell at $289,000.
Call Nicole Skaggs, Broker,
6BR/4BA, boat lift dock,
Call Lori Guerin, 941-773-
3415, or Carmen Pedota,
PERICO BAYFRONT RARE PERICO VILLA
Bayfront 3/2 with beautiful 2BR/2BA with a den and
updates. Easy to see. garage priced to sell $269,900.
$317,000. Call Josh Petitt, Call Josh Petitt, Realtor, 231-
Realtor, 231-330-2083. 330-2083.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
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37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
GULFFRONT Vacation/Seasonal 5/4 Home.
GULFFRONT Luxury Villas 2/2 and 1/1.5 Vacation/Seasonal
CHARMING 1BR Cottage. Steps to beach. $1,200/month
BOOKING NOW FOR 2013 SEASONAL/VACATION RENTALS
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
Jesse Bii94 r so 800- 60ciate43,
ISLAND CONDO FOR SALE: 2bed/2bath
turnkey condo with good rental history. Pool,
tennis, covered parking, bay access, water
views, elevator, future bookings, and new
A/C and new roof are just some of the fea-
tures of this condo. Just bring your flip-flops
and enjoy. Offered at $259,000. Call Jesse
Brisson for more info @ 941.713.4755.
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SA D A S I DS
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. 941-778-2924.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1 BR/1 BA over-
looking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo.
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi,
tennis. Boat dock available. $1,795/month,
yearly, $3,400/month seasonal. Call 818-620-
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, washer and
dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-
AUGUST SPECIAL: 2BR canalfront with boat
slip, turnkey furnished with utilities, $499/
LATE SUMMER SPECIAL: Labor Day weekend,
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. One room,
modestly furnished efficiency near tennis courts
and boat dock. Sleeps 2-4, small kitchen, bath-
room, screened porch. $300. Call 352-328-4550
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA north end, one block to
beach, screened porch, washer and dryer hook-
ups, quiet pet considered. Available now! $1,050/
month plus security. 941-778-4837, leave mes-
ROOM FOR RENT: Cable TV, furnished. Holmes
2BR MOBILE HOME, Tropical Palms senior park,
gated, no pets. Pool, 15 minutes to beach. $750/
month, deposit. 863-688-3524, 863-608-1833.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 1 BR/1 BA with loft with pool. Walk
to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1 BA mobile com-
pletely remodeled with share, beach and bay
access. Call 941-224-1652 for more informa-
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate.
Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call
941-592-8373, email: gregburkesr@hotmail.
FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1 BR/1 BA,
extra bonus room. Across the street from Bra-
denton Beach private fishing pier. Beach and
bay access, adjacent parking. Call 813-458-
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FOR SALE: BEACH trailer. 55-plus Bradenton
Beach. Updated, completely furnished, 1BR/1 BA.
$37,000. Intracoastal boat docking, $55/yearly,
land fees, $402/month. patriciamurphy4@com-
cast.net. View anytime. NH-603-508-6377.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach.
Excellent investment income. $259,000. By owner,
FOR SALE BY owner: Canal home in Bay Palms
community, Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA, 1,818
sf, well, garage, new seawall and cap, large lot
(almost 11,000 sf). $525,000. 519 72nd St. 863-
FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/2BA, beautiful canal
condo in Runaway Bay provides the peace, quiet
and serenity desired for "Island time." Tastefully
furnished, totally updated. Pool, tennis court,
fishing pier, steps to beach, $289,000. 847-308-
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.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
House for sale by owner. 3BR, 1,700 sf, private
and spacious yard. 165 Crescent Drive, near
city pier, steps to the bay, walk to shops on Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria. $449,000. 941-321-5454.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal home for sale by
owner. 3BR/2BA, garage, 1,818 sf, well, new sea-
wall and cap. Very large lot. 519 72nd St., Holmes
Beach. $525.000. 863-660-8366.
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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58 Furry feller?
61 Spree stops
63 "Of course this car
68 Go by
69 IHOP order
70 Hold up one's end?
72 Field authority
75 Wood nymph
76 Drink name suffix
77 Saintly quality
78 Peabody Essex
80 Old Testament
83 Slow and steady
85 Lucky charms
88 "This tippy
Christmas tree is
driving me crazy"
91 "Stop dillydallying
and use your
95 Old school
96 Mechanical engineer
97 Grotesque giant
98 Practices wearing
103 Underside of a ship
104 "How dare you
climb a barbed
wire fence wearing
my sweaters "
106 "I'm in a hurry to
see that bug
110 "Yeah, I'm asking
impression of this
inkblot -so9 "
111 Annual Academy
112 "Catch "
113 U-Haul driver's
114 Abbr for an
115 They take stock
117 Rooting area
118 [How shameful]
1 Gelatin made from
2 Conversation opener?
3 Rwandan people
4 Truffle coating
5 Boat tip
6 Pilot who makes
7 Most snarky
8 In good shape
9 Kuwaiti ruler
10 Ready to go through
11 Slatted windows
12 Kicks in one's share
13 Barometer reading
14 1951 Baseball Hall
of Fame inductee
15 Kia subcompact
16 Bearded beast
17 Partake of
21 "Great" guy
23 "Maisie" star
24 Honored a king,
27 Peace disrupter
30 It means "farmer" in
31 Binary star in Cetus
32 Bullet points
33 First circle of hell
34 Work in a bakery
35 Castaway's message
36 Hip-hop's Run
37 Shirley who sang
38 Eisner's successor
as Disney chief
39 Marisa of "The
40 Really economize
42 Approximately one
out of every two
43 Sea gull nesting
47 Gave out
48 Fighting spirit
51 Handles badly?
52 Besieged city during
the Spanish Civil
54 Pinkish red
55 Single-sex house,
73 "Speed-the Plow"
74 Demotion victim of
77 Palmtop, e g in
79 North Carolina
81 Muckraker Jacob
82 Vegas attraction
86 Kid aged 10-12
89 Renders invalid
90 Dainty desserts
93 Stable supply
97 John who wrote
98 Didn't get involved
99 Skilled hand
100 Until now
101 Joins the mob
102 Unable to leave
104 Quaker pronoun
105 Coup d'
106 NBC offering,
108 Alt-rock genre
109 Animal trap
110 It's asked for a
58 Symbol on
60 55-Down letter
62 Like Tarzan's
65 D-Day code name
67 The Teflon Don
71 Opposite of "da"