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MAY 29. 2013 FREE

AM commission chair shocks city with resignation

AsTheWorld Terns
check out a surfing'
bird. Page 6

Historic Bridge Street
Pier renovation on
schedule. Page 2

Town meeting planned
on tax referendum.
Page 4

The government cal-
endar. Page 4

The Islander editorial,
reader letters. Page 6

Anna Maria commis-
sioners to revise liquor
ordinance. Page 8

Community announce-
ments, events. Pages

Goings on around
AMI. Page 12

Island police reports.
Pages 16-17

Island Biz

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Sports: Center basket-
ball playoffs begin-
ning. Page 20

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Commission Chair John
Quam dealt a shock to his fellow commis-
sioners and the large gallery of concerned
citizens attending the May 23 city meeting at
city hall.
Quam circulated a memo just before the
meeting, stating he was resigning his seat
effective June 1.
While commissioners had a number of
issues on the agenda to address, perhaps their
bi .. 'I consideration became finding someone
to serve in Quam's place, not only as chair, but
to fill his seat on the commission.
An 11-year veteran of the commission,
Quam said he had promised his wife he would

not seek re-election in Novem-
ber and they would move this
year to the mainland. The
house they wanted became

quickly to secure a deal.
Quam "It's been a privilege and
an honor to serve the city of
Anna Maria for the past 11 years," wrote Quam
in his resignation letter.
'Thanks to the city staff for their excellent
support," he added.
Quam received a standing ovation from
commissioners and the public at the end of the
meeting, upon handing the gavel to Commission
Vice Chair Chuck Webb.
"Thank you all," Quam said, noting he

began on the commission in 2002 with Webb
and, the following year, Commissioner Dale
Woodland was first elected.
"I've enjoyed every year. Thank you, and
it's time to move forward," Quam said.
SueLynn said Quam would be missed, espe-
cially for his quiet leadership.
"I am sorry to see him leave. He was here
when I was first elected mayor in 2002, and still
here when I became mayor in 2012. He has been
a great help and I've enjoyed our discussions
about the direction of the city. He and his fellow
commissioners accomplished a lot in the past 11
Woodland, who served with Quam for
nearly 10 years, said he was surprised to read

Active 2013 hurricane season predicted

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration May 23 released its 2013
Atlantic Basin hurricane season predictions.
The 2013 hurricane season begins June 1
and ends Nov. 30.
NOAA is predicting another active season,
reporting a 70-percent likelihood of 13 to 20
named storms. A storm receives a name when
winds reach a sustained level of 39 mph or

Islander graphic courtesy accuweather.com

NOAA predicts seven to 11 storms will
reach hurricane strength with sustained winds
of 74 mph or higher and three to six major hur-
ricanes. NOAA classifies a major storm as a
category 3 or higher or a storm with sustained
winds of 111 mph or higher.
The season average is 12 named storms, six
hurricanes and three major storms.
NOAA reports three climate factors that
maintain control over Atlantic hurricane activ-
ity are expected to come together to produce
an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane
According to the NOAA website, a strong
west African monsoon season will continue its
activity that has produced higher-than-average
hurricane seasons since 1995.
Warmer-than-average water temperatures
and a lack of El Nino, which helps to suppress
hurricane formation are all factors in NOAA's
NOAA reports improvements to local

Holmes Beach man convicted of fraud

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A 39-year-old former Holmes Beach resi-
dent faces 87 months in prison, plus fines and
a large restitution amount for health care fraud
and filing a false tax return.
In December 2012, agents from the Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation seized sports cars
and a luxury boat from 5311 Sunrise Lane,
Holmes Beach.
The vehicles belonged to Jason Syrek.
The seizure stemmed from a complaint filed
against Syrek with the FBI on Oct. 3 in the
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michi-
According to a press release issued by
the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, Syrek
pleaded guilty to health care fraud and filing
a false tax return May 15.
According to court records, Syrek engaged
in health care fraud from May 2008 to Decem-

ber 2010 while operating CAS Resources of
Adrian, Mich.
The company provided human resources
outsourcing, such as payroll, taxes and employee
CAS collected $1.75 million in premiums
from clients in the latter part of 2010. The pre-
miums were due to Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Michigan, but Syrek admitted diverting the
funds for personal use.
Syrek filed a tax return for the third quarter
of 2010 claiming CAS paid more than $1.8 mil-
lion in payroll taxes, knowing he had diverted
the bulk of those funds to himself, and had actu-
ally only paid $633,332.
According to the Internal Revenue Service,
which assisted in the investigation, Syrek owes
taxes in excess of $13.4 million.
U.S. Attorney Barbra McQuade said Syrek's
crimes may have been sophisticated in nature,

A "Closed For Now" sign on what used to be
the entry to Rotten Ralph's Restaurant on the
Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier
signals an end for one business and the pos-
sible beginning for another. Islander Photo:
Mark Young

BB plans for new

pier restaurant bids
By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach officials have acknowl-
edged the possibility that a poorly written lease
agreement and a lack of oversight played a part
in ending Rotten Ralph's Restaurant five-year
run on the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
While concessionaire Dave Russell main-
tains it was the terms of his lease with the city
that made it impossible to maintain a long-term
relationship, all parties also agree that Russell
signed the lease.
Russell fell behind in his $9,000-a-month
rent following the June 2012 arrival of Tropical
Storm Debby, which temporarily shut down the
pier, but more importantly caused a long-term
closure of the adjacent floating dock used by
boaters bringing passengers to the pier.
Rotten Ralph's began to recover a few
months later but, according to Russell, who said
he tried to make his monthly payment after a
couple of months, the city could not accept par-
tial payments under the terms of the lease.
The debt spiraled to more than $65,000 and,
according to city attorney Ricinda Perry, late



2 0 MAY 29, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Historic Bridge Street Pier renovation project on schedule

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
According to a ZNS Engineering timeline for the
Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier renovation
project, it appears a construction schedule for mid-June
remains intact.
The project includes replacing 151 pilings and the
wood deck from west of the now vacant restaurant to the
T-end of the pier.
The pier is expected to be closed during construction,
which is scheduled to last about 60 days.
Building official Steve Gilbert said May 21 that the
city received a letter from ZNS informing him that the
design and construction plans are complete and the pro-
cess to obtain permits from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection had begun.
The ZNS timetable allows up to 45 days for the per-
mitting process and, in the meantime, bidding for the
project could begin after the commission reviews and
approves the scope of work that will determine the yet-
to-be-announced project costs.
Once the scope of work and project costs have been
approved, the city will issue a request for proposal to
begin the bidding process, which is expected to take
about 30 days.

Floating dock done
Duncan Seawall completed repairs May 22 to the
floating dock adjacent to the pier, which has been closed
for more than a year.
The dock initially was shut down due to safety issues
of sections separating from wave action due to a faulty
hinge design.
As city staff considered options to fix the dock,
Tropical Storm Debby arrived in June 2012 ensuring the
dock's long-term closure.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
determined the dock's damage was storm related, which
opened the door for the city to pursue federal funding. It
was a long and tedious, but successful process.
Modifications to the dock's design were made

through the process, which includes the removal of four
dock sections that were deemed to be beyond repair.
Public works director Tom Woodard said his staff
recycled the four sections, breaking down the floats, con-
crete and aluminum.
Woodard said the concrete and floats were taken by
various companies and the aluminum was recycled for
"We spent about $2,000 in rental equipment, so we
made about $1,300 for the city," he said.

Eighth Street South dock repairs underway
In a continued spirit of all good things come to those
who wait, the newly repaired floating dock next to the
pier signaled the beginning of repairs to the Eighth Street
South dock.
The dock was condemned and closed by the city

-Open for
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SI I 4iI Bradenton Beach
Mayor John cy iaegeh-
nessy cuts the cau-
tion tape that has
warned people to
stay off the floating
dock adjacent to
h the Historic Bridge
.- Street Pier for more
than a year. City
officials and Duncan
H v DSeawall employees
S officially reopened
Sthe dock May 24.
Islander Photo:
Mark Young

more than two years ago with a promise to rebuild it,
but budget constraints continued to put the project on the
back burner.
In early 2012, residents of Eighth Street South stepped
forward to pay for a new city dock. The city accepted the
offer, but the permitting process was less than smooth
when DEP informed the city it no longer reviewed per-
mits for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The separation of that process left city staff with
having to go through both state and federal agencies and
a series of miscommunications and misunderstandings
on the part of the corps delayed the project further.
However, Duncan Seawall motored its construction
barge from the floating dock at the pier to the Eighth
Street South dock May 22. Woodard said the repairs
to the Eighth Street South dock should "take about a

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Leaving home
Islander photogra-
pher Edna Tiemann's
keen eye May 18
observed fledglings
leaving their nest atop
Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

forecast models and data gathering capability this year.
In July, NOAA will bring online a new supercomputer
capable of providing significantly enhanced depiction of
storm structure and improved storm intensity forecast
NOAA reminds the public that May 26 began Hur-
ricane Preparedness week.
As part of the focus, it is important to remember a
storm of any strength can be dangerous, as proven by
Superstorm Sandy in the northeast and Tropical Storm
Debby, which hit the island during the 2012 hurricane
NOAA advises completing necessary preparations
before a storm is forecasted and heed all warnings from
emergency management personnel.
With an active season beginning this week, L\ .)-
one at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving fore-
casts in the face of these storms and ensuring Americans
are prepared and ready ahead of time," wrote Kathryn
Sullivan, NOAA acting administrator on the NOAA web-
For more information, visit www.noaa.gov.

"but they are nothing more than stealing. This defendant
robbed health care programs and taxpayers for his per-
sonal benefit."
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Syrek faces
up to 87 months in prison, a fine up to $250,000 and will
pay restitution in excess of $15 million.
According to Florida and Manatee County records,
Syrek was the registered agent of the AMI Beach Inn
LLC at the Sunrise address raided by the FBI. The prop-
erty was under a government protective order, as well as
Unit 5 of the Mainsail Beach Inn, 101 66th St., Holmes
Beach, both co-owned with Suzanne Burrow.
Earlier this year, a company in Atlanta made inquiries
into Syrek based on The Islander newspaper's report-
ing, telling staff Syrek was soliciting HR services from
an office in Holmes Beach. He also was observed last
week in Holmes Beach, driving a new, white convertible
Porsche Turbo.
He is scheduled for sentencing in August.
According to the complaint, the health care scheme
began in 2007-08 while Syrek was jailed for more than
$800,000 in bank fraud at Morgantown Federal Cor-

Former chief announces
retirement party
Former Holmes Beach Police interim Chief
Dale Stephenson, who resigned in May rather than
be forced to step down as the department's chief after
serving the city for 26 years, is hosting a retirement
party, "A Job Very Well Done."
The event is RSVP only, but Stephenson said he'd
like to give any residents and business owners who
would like to attend those he wasn't able to contact
previously an opportunity to celebrate his retire-
ment by calling his wife, Kelly.
The festivities at Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will include appetizers and a cash
bar. Stephenson remarked that he was appreciative
that Eat Here owner Sean Murphy was a supporter of
his bid to become chief, and graciously consented to
host the private party on what would otherwise be a
busy night for his restaurant.
The Stephenson retirement party will be 5:30-
8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, and reservations may be
made with Kelly Stephenson at 941-705-0201.

rectional Facility in West Virginia while operating an
employee services company, One Source Management
of Maumee, Ohio. According to an April 17, 2007, article
in the Toledo Blade, he repaid the client.
According to the Manatee County clerk's office, an
Internal Revenue Service notice of $11,030,158 in federal
tax liens was recorded against Syrek.
In 2012, another IRS notice of $5,831,664 in tax liens
was recorded against AMI Beach Inn LLC.
In the current scheme, according to the complaint in
U.S. District Court, Syrek, through his ex-wife, Kristie
Kneuve, allegedly submitted a group enrollment form to
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 2008 to secure
group coverage for 10 employees of CAS, including
Syrek, Kneuve and eight fictitious employees, and then
added their clients' employees.
Also according to the complaint, Syrek admitted to
taking the premiums for personal use, including the pur-
chase of beachfront properties, cars, a boat and millions
of dollars worth of other investments and purchases.

4 0 MAY 29, 2013 0 THE ISLANDER

Manatee County voters to consider tax changes June 18

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
The Manatee County Commission needs a few good
The board opted to hold a referendum June 18 to
allow voters to approve a budget decision that includes
property tax relief and a sales tax increase.
Voters now must consider a half-cent sales tax that
will generate $23 million to pay local indigent health care
costs, paid now by both property taxes and a designated
fund that's set to run out in 2015.
The proposed half-cent sales tax is expected to cover
the expiring fund and much of the property tax relief.
According to county administrator Ed Hunzeker, the sales
tax could reduce property taxes by about $10 million.
If approved by a majority of county voters, the half-
cent sales tax would apply to only the first $5,000 of a
taxable purchase.
In the second part of the ballot, referred to by the
county as the 26/13 Plan for property tax relief, the
county administration says a "yes" vote will:
Diversify revenue sources to fund county govern-
ment across a broader base of payers.
Encourage economic development.
Improve the county's financial position for bond
Transition from property tax-based government to
user-based funding.
Redirect health care funding from emergency care
to less expensive clinic care.
Realign costs of the sheriff's patrol budget to areas

that primarily benefit from the service.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office patrol costs
are currently $28 million per year and are paid equally
by city and county residents.
If approved, the sheriff's patrol costs would shift
from a countywide property tax to unincorporated area
property owners, reducing the tax for city property owners
who already pay municipal police patrol costs such as
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.
Also on the referendum ballot will be a tax abatement
issue that, if approved, would allow county property tax
relief to qualified companies that invest or create new
jobs locally.
Another aspect of the referendum enacts a county
franchise fee for electricity with other utilities to be
added for use of the county's rights of way.
Franchise fees paid by utility companies are passed
on to all users, not only property owners, and the cities
in Manatee County already charge a utility franchise fee
and/or tax for utilities.
The net result of these proposed changes, according
to Hunzeker, will be a property tax decrease of up to 26
percent for property owners within a municipality and
a property tax decrease of up to 13 percent for property
owners in unincorporated areas.
For more information, go online to www.mymanatee.
org or call 941-748-4501. You can also follow the tax

Voters offered preview meeting
Manatee County will hold a town hall meeting to
inform voters about the June 18 referendum to increase


fees, maintenance fees and utility payments pushed the
debt to more than $250,000.
Russell also revealed that the lease required him to
pay the city about 40 percent of the pier's maintenance
costs. Under those terms, Rotten Ralph's would have
been required to pay for 40 percent of the upcoming pier
renovation project to replace 151 pilings and the wood
Perry later confirmed that obligation, but said she
could not recall the exact percentage.
After weeks of negotiations, the city and Russell offi-
cially parted ways May 18 with a settlement agreement
for Russell to pay up to date his utility bills, a $14,000
Waste Pro bill and a $15,000 settlement fee to the city.
In exchange, Russell agreed to amicably accept the
termination of his lease and close the doors to Rotten
At a May 21 department head meeting, Ric Gate-
house, the only commissioner to support the city working
with Russell to keep Ralph's open, asked city clerk Nora
Idso how the restaurant's overdue fees went unnoticed
for so long.
Idso, who has been battling health problems, took
"I take full responsibility as the city's chief financial
officer," she said. "In the future, someone is going to be
designated to monitor that."
However, Idso said it was a previous commission and
city attorney who drafted and approved the lease and she
urged commissioners to pursue a more workable lease for
a new tenant.
"This commission needs to see what they charge and
how they charge," she said. "I'm not making excuses on
my end, but when it comes to you, I urge you to look
closely at a new agreement and make sure we aren't leav-
ing am1dhinfg out."
Idso said there has been a lot of interest in the vacated
restaurant and said the city will issue a request for pro-
posal to see what interested parties "can offer the city."
Idso said sending out an RFP enhances competi-
A lot of discussion then focused on how to get the
word out to potential new tenants to bid for the pier res-
taurant lease.
Idso listened to several ideas from commissioners
before u''l.-in,'i a workshop with a single focus on
drawing business interest to the pier.
Police Chief Sam Speciale said the final N alklin>i ughi
of the restaurant with Russell went well and that the facil-
ity, for the most part, is in good shape.
"There are no major construction issues," he said.
"There are some minor things to address. Someone is
going to have to clean the kitchen and grease hood profes-
sionally. The carpeting is trash, and there are some things
in the attic that looks like junk."

The air conditioner also needs some attention, but
Special said as far as the carpet and painting goes, "It
will be up to the new tenant because we have no idea
what kind of motif they will want."
The bait kiosk next to the restaurant's front door also
was run by Rotten Ralph's and is closed.
Special has previously said water taxi businesses are
interested in using the pier now that the adjacent floating
dock is repaired.
Repairs to the floating dock were completed May 22
and commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May
24 to celebrate the reopening after more than a year of
the dock being closed.
Special said one of the water taxi companies has
expressed interest in leasing the bait kiosk.
Russell has closed the doors of Rotten Ralph's on the
pier and a chapter of his life, but will open new doors and
a new chapter soon.
He said he has secured a new location at 34th Street
West and 59th Avenue in Bradenton in what used to be
Beef 'O' Brady's restaurant.
Russell said he likes the location and his overhead
costs will be a third of what they were on the pier.
"All of the equipment is moved, "he said. "Consider-
ing how upset I was and feel the city did not and would
not negotiate in good faith with me, it couldn't have
turned out better."
Russell said he has retained all of his Rotten Ralph's
employees and it's back to business.
"We are right back at things without the politics," he

County announces

budget schedule
Manatee County begins its process of drafting and
approving a 2013-14 fiscal budget in late May. The pro-
cess concludes in the fall, for the fiscal year beginning
Oct. 1.
The county budget meetings will take place at the
administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
The first meeting a presentation of the proposed
budget will be at 1:30 p.m. May 30.
The schedule continues with reviews of:
Decision units, 1:30 p.m. June 5, 9 a.m. June 10
and 9 a.m. June 11.
A fund summary, 1:30 p.m. June 11.
The capital improvements plan, 9 a.m. June 13.
A budget hearing will take place at 6 p.m. June 13,
followed by presentations of the constitutional officers'
budgets at 1:30 p.m. June 20.
The county commission will adopt a tentative mill-
age rate at a meeting Aug. 1, followed by two public
hearings at dates to be determined.

the county sales tax rate from 6.5 cents on the dollar to
7 cents.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday,
June 5, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A concentrated effort is under way to gain voter
support for the tax increase, but officials have expressed
concern the message behind the increase is not getting
to voters.
It's rare when one tax increase lowers another tax,
but that is what is behind the push for the half-cent sales
tax, according to advocates and Manatee County admin-
istrator, Ed Hunzeker, who devised the plan.
In March, Manatee County commissioners voted
4-3 to send the proposed tax increase to voters. The tax
is expected to generate $23 million to fund community
health care costs, or indigent medical care.
Manatee County uses both property taxes and a com-
munity health care fund to pay for indigent medical care,
but the fund is expected to run out in 2015.
The half-cent tax increase is expected to replenish
that fund, as well as eliminate the need to use $10 million
in property taxes annually.

M eetngs
Anna Maria City
June 4, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
June 12, 6:30 p.m., EEEC.
June 13, 6 p.m., city commission work session.
June 21, 6 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
June 6, 1 p.m., pier team.
June 6, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP.
June 6, 7 p.m., city commission.
June 12, 10 a.m., special master.
June 20, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
May 30, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
June 11, 7 p.m., city commission.
June 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
June 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
June 25, 7 p.m., city commission. CANCELED
June 27, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Manatee County
May 30, 1:30 p.m., budget presentation.
May 31, 9 a.m., county commission on how the
county will grow.
June 4, 9 a.m., county commission.
June 10, 9 a.m., county budget presentation.
June 11, 9 a.m., county budget presentation.
June 13, 9 a.m., county budget presentation.
June 13, 6 p.m., county budget hearing.
June 18, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
None scheduled.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W., Braden-
ton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.

Of Interest
June 5,7 p.m., town hall meeting on June 18 ballot
referendum, Holmes Beach City Hall.
June 17, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
June 18, Manatee County ballot referendum on
sales tax and tax incentives.
June 19, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials. TBD
June 24, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropoli-
tan Planning Organization, University of South Florida-
Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 29, 2013 U 5

HB code officer seeks reconsideration for leaving

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David
Forbes has written Mayor Carmel Monti and city com-
missioners saying he has a "desire to regain employment
with the city of Holmes Beach upon timely completion
of my family-related obligations."
Forbes submitted his resignation two weeks ago,
stating he had family matters to take care of in Ohio,
saying he needs more than the 30-day leave of absence
allowed by the city to take care of his grandmother and
His last workday is May 31.

Proponents for the sales tax increase say it is a fair
way to share the burden of indigent health care without
targeting only property owners. At the same time, prop-
erty owners in the county should see a significant reduc-
tion in property taxes.
The so-called 26-13 Plan will reduce property taxes
by 26 percent within the county and by 13 percent in
areas of unincorporated Manatee County, according to
According to Internal Revenue Service estimates, the
sales tax increase will cost the average family about $64
a year and, if it passes, will begin Jan. 1. Sales tax will
be applied only to purchases under $5,000.
Opponents of the tax increase say commissioners
have neither outlined a detailed plan of how the $23 mil-
lion will be spent, nor has the county outlined an adequate
plan to address indigent health care.
Island residents and County Commissioners John
Chappie and Carol Whitmore support the tax increase
and have been lobbying Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
and Anna Maria city commissions for support and have
received it.
Representatives from the county and island cities
are expected to attend the June 5 town hall meeting in
Holmes Beach to discuss the benefits of the proposed tax
increase and to answer any questions from the public
Islander staff contributed to this story.

Forbes is now asking for consideration upon his
return to regain employment.
However, city human resources specialist Mary
Buonagura wrote city clerk Stacey Johnson that the city
would hire a new code enforcement officer.

the resignation letter.
"He will be missed. He's done a lot for the com-
munity. We didn't always agree on issues, but he was a
great compromiser and his chief concern was the quality
of life in Anna Maria. I'll miss him as a commissioner
and friend," Woodland said.
Before adjournment, SueLynn raised the question of
filling Quam's seat.
The charter calls for the four remaining commis-
sioners to elect a city resident to serve the remainder of
Quam's term, which expires this November.
Webb said the process should be the same as Sue-
Lynn's replacement in November 2012, and commission-
ers agreed.
Anyone interested in serving out Quam's term should

If Forbes is hired upon his return, he would be treated
as a "new employee," Buonagura wrote.
Forbes said he understood the city's position and was
not asking that his job remain available while he's away,
just that he be given a chance to apply for a position with
the city.
"I very much appreciate the fact that the administra-
tion believes in what I'm doing to assist my family in
their time of need, as well as the offer to rehire me if a
position is available," Forbes said.
Buonagura was hired by Monti in March as an inde-
pendent contractor for human resources. She receives
$2,500 per month plus travel expenses when she uses
her personal vehicle on city business, according to her
A review of the Holmes Beach charter found no pro-
vision for a human resource specialist, although there is
a section that allows the city to hire consultants. The city
commission approved the hire.
Code enforcement officer David Forbes looks over the
defunct Mainsail Lodge development at Marina and
Gulf drives in Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo

submit his or her name, along with the signatures of 10
residents supporting his or her candidacy, a short biog-
raphy and reasons for seeking the post, Webb said.
The deadline to apply to be a candidate is June 10.
The commission will select a new commissioner as
the first item of business at the June 13 meeting.
Already, public works employee and environmental
education and enhancement committee chair Bill Malfese
has announced he wants to be considered for the seat.
Planning and zoning board member Carol Carter also
plans to put her name in the hat.
For a candidate to be elected, he or she will need a
minimum of three of the four votes on the commission.
The new commissioner will serve until Nov. 5, the
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your front burner
We make light of what is commonly referred to now
as the spaghetti forecast this week see this week's
special section Storm Avenger cover but if you can't
laugh at yourself, what then?
We've stared at the weather maps, on TV, on the
internet and on apps, and we've all seen the lines drawn
where model computers predict hurricanes will track, as
well as the cone of uncertainty that surrounds them.
We' ve had our share of close calls on Anna Maria
Island, and if you've been here for one or 10 "brushes"
from a Category 1-3 storm passing 300 miles out in the
Gulf of Mexico, you know what it can mean. Flooded
streets. Some flooded homes. Trees down. Electricity
outages up to five days and no water, no cable,
no TV, no internet.
As some folks would say, "It ain't pretty."
As we move from a record-busy winter-spring
tourist season to summer season, it's important to be
prepared for the worst season storm season.
Don't forget hurricane season, beginning June 1,
and with the waters of the Gulf of Mexico already at
82 degrees and rampant predictions of above-average
storms this year by forecasters, and start your prep work
now. Don't think you can get all you need at the last
If you ever needed a better example of what we fic-
tiously call Hurricane Brillo the big one that scours
the area you need look no further than Superstorm
Sandy's path of destruction. At the very least, we can
be thankful we have a few days to prep when a hurri-
cane is barreling toward us, unlike Oklahoma's tornado
Now is the time to dust off insurance policies and
look over content coverage, check storm provisions,
and generally give things a good going-over.
Now's the time to invest in protecting yourself and
your home while you still have time.
Check supplies such as water, batteries, canned foods
and other necessities of storm season that you may have
tapped or removed from your storm kit. Stock up.
And the best advise of all is to invite your mainland
friends, the ones that live high and dry in a nice house
far from any waterways, to the beach for a weekend or
a cookout. Enjoy some warm, lazy days on the Island
with them now.
The chances of their returning the favor when you
need a safe haven in the face of an approaching storm
are sure to improve.
It's another form of hurricane insurance.
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We'll be back
We moved to beautiful Anna Maria Island last year
traveling 1,500 miles south from Wisconsin. It has been
a paradise that we cherish everyday.
We are now moving to Sarasota, but Anna Maria
will always have a special place in our hearts. We've
made good friends who even help you move and
Anna Maria Elementary has been a wonderful school.
We'll be back sooner rather than later to visit, eat at
Skinny's Place and watch the sunset on the 68th Street
beach. Stay just the way you are.
Craig, Jen and Evelyn Kroeger, Holmes Beach

Au revoir
I want to thank you the city of Holmes Beach,
its residents and business community with whom I have
established many great working relationships.
I didn't anticipate the reaction when I announced I
will leave my job May 31.
The city made a significant investment in training
me, and we all know that this has been an extraordinary
couple of years. I hate thinking that I'm leaving the city
in a critical time of need.
Mayor Carmel Monti and my co-workers have been
great. They understand the importance for me to be with
my family, and have gone to great lengths to make me
comfortable with my decision.
This is my first time dealing with such a situation.
I'm ashamed to think of how much my grandmother
sacrificed for my well being, no matter the circum-
stances, and continued loving me unconditionally.
At this point in my life, I know I haven't properly
repaid her, and having been more than 1,000 miles away
for 19 years, the opportunities for me to do so have been
few and far between.
About four weeks ago, I received word she had
been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I drove to Ohio a
few days later, and prepared myself for the worst.
My grandmother, "Bookie," responded to me the
second day of visit, the first time she realized that "her

boy" was there. It was then I shed myself of any appre-
hension of taking a prominent role in her care-taking.
Each visit became better than the last. I got her to
start eating again she absolutely destroys a box of
cookies and I got her up and around, played some
of her favorite music and read to her.
My aunt remarked that I did more for Bookie in
the two weeks I was there than any medicine could
possibly do. She had been the sole person caring for
my grandmother for the past seven years, and she was
showing the burden of day-to-day care, maintaining two
properties and handling my grandmother's affairs, as
well as her own.
Since my grandfather died, the properties had fallen
into disrepair, they were targeted by thieves and van-
dals, hired less than professional help, and both houses
bear 50 years worth of living and collecting.
My aunt is disabled and has health problems of her
own, and her finances are limited.
My choice quickly became a no-brainer.
I chose to take care of these much-loved family
members. Sadly, a family rift keeps my father at a dis-
tance. It has to be me and it has to be now.
It was a decision that didn't come lightly. I'm leav-
ing my wife and son and, fortunately, my wife under-
stands what I have to do.
I've been told by the mayor and the chief of police
that I will be welcomed back to the city staff on my
I look forward to a day I'm back on the streets
of Holmes Beach and working again with these great
Before I wrap this up, I'd like to leave you with
these thoughts: Holmes Beach is a great little city. I've
always felt blessed to be able to come out to this island
to work every day. We've seen much conflict amongst
residents, businesses, tourists, civic entities and elected
officials in recent times.
I've found tolerance in short supply here, and the
idea of being a good neighbor, which is a two-sided

street, is definitely a challenge.
It confuses me because there are not many people
here I've dealt with that I didn't walk away feeling
like they were good people. There has to be room here
for residents and the tourists. There has to be room for
each business to enhance the next. Most notably, there
has to be room for compromise.
I've always worked for everyone's rights, without
bias, and I believe in being part of the solution, not the
problem. I also believe in leading by example.
If I'm lucky enough to come back to the code
enforcement position, I plan on coming back better,
strengthening bonds between the city and those it
serves, and taking and even more proactive, hands-on
approach and to help this city achieve the title of the
greatest city in Florida to live and work.
And just to be perfectly clear, my family, not poli-
tics, is the only reason I'm leaving.
For now, I'm putting you in my rearview mirror, as
I have much to accomplish on the road ahead. I hope
that you pray with me for my family.
Thank you all, and I hope to see you soon.
David Forbes, Holmes Beach code enforcement
Teacher layoffs are wrong
Pidge Taylor is my daughter's fourth-grade teacher
at Anna Maria Elementary School.
I'd like to tell you about Mrs. Taylor by the num-
The fourth-grade FCAT writing scores for Anna
Maria Elementary were 97 percent in 2010 and 2011,
and 92 percent in 2012.
Several of her students had perfect scores in
Anna Maria has been an "A" rated school for 14
Here is the most troubling number- 182. Mrs. Taylor
is one of 182 teachers in Manatee County whose job has
been eliminated.

But those years don't count. Due to her hire date as
a classroom teacher, her job has been eliminated in the
upcoming budget.
Now let me tell you about Mrs. Taylor not by the
numbers the teacher.
I requested Mrs. Taylor for my daughter, not because
of her students' test scores, but her global outreach proj-
ects. Her students complete community service projects
that help prepare them for the world outside their class-
room walls. This year's students worked on a project to
benefit an orphanage in Haiti.
I need my child to understand the global commu-
nity, and how important it is to be a good citizen of the
This year my child is a straight-A student. She is,
however, shy in classroom groups, and this is where
Mrs. Taylor helped my child the most. These results
don't show up on any tests.
Mrs. Taylor's greatest attribute is her ability to teach
each child in her classroom the gift every other child has
to offer.
She ensures each child in her class shines, and my
child is learning, working hard, participating in groups
and is joyful about school.
I do not want the greatest lesson that my child learns
this year to be that teachers are not important. I don't
want her lessons to include that great teachers can be
I want Bella to learn that if you pour all of your
time, love and experience into a job, then you won't be
pushed aside, you will be rewarded.
I hope the school board members and Superinten-
dent Rick Mills will tell me a plan that allows them to
rehire this highly effective teacher.
As Mrs. Taylor expects the best from her students,
I also expect the best from our district leaders.
Karen Riley-Love, Cortez

Editor's note: Karen Riley-Love is a frequent contributor
of event photographs and school news to the Islander.
Related story, page 18.

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Headlines from the May 28,
2003, issue of The Islander
Holmes Beach police called Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox to report
that beachgoers had left a tent, beer cans and other
items on the shore that could impede a nesting sea
turtle. Fox said volunteers had found a false crawl
nearby and noted it was illegal to leave items on the
beach during turtle nesting season.
The Florida Department of Transportation began
a $7.2 million rehabilitation of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge that was expected to give the bridge another
10 years of service. Lane closures were to expected,
and most of the initial work was to replace 19 pile
jackets. Electrical and mechanical work would be
done afterward.
Tidemark Resort developer Nick Easterling
said work on the marina, condominium and restau-
rant project at the Holmes Beach basin by Marina
Drive would begin by mid-June. Easterling, however,
acknowledged his company owed $30,000 in back
property taxes and had only one week to pay the
money to the Manatee County Tax Collector.

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May 20 68 ,89 0
May 21 67 86 0.11
May 22f" 68 86 0
May 23 71 86 0
May 24, 70 90 0
May 25 71 94 0
Average area Gulf water temperature 82
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading daily at approximately 5 p.m.

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Beach renourishment planned to begin in late September

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Natural Resources Department
director Charlie Hunsicker held a beach and dune res-
toration update May 20 at Holmes Beach City Hall, but
only about 10 people attended to learn about the projects
and what they can do to prevent sand erosion and promote
dune growth. About half the attendees were elected or
appointed city officials.
Hunsicker said renourishment projects are set to
begin in September.
The first phase is what Hunsicker called the central
zone, which extends from the Anna Maria city limit to
Coquina Beach. Bids for the project are expected by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this summer, Hunsicker
Phase 2 will come immediately after Phase 1 and
involve renourishing Coquina Beach.
By ]i.ppiakini.' the projects, Manatee County, the
state of Florida and the federal government will save
about $2 million in mobilization costs, Hunsicker said.
Phase 2 was not scheduled to begin until 2014-15,
but Hunsicker convinced the Corps it made sense to save

Mostly officials and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
representatives attend the May 20 meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall to learn about the upcoming beach
renourishment project.

Manatee County Natural Resources director Char-
lie Hunsicker, left, and marine engineer Tom Pierro
of Coastal Planning and Engineering discuss beach
renourishment projects at a May 20 meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin

money and do both phases consecutively.
Tom Pierro of Coastal Planning and Engineering also
spoke at the meeting about beach erosion, outlining how
the island's last major beach renourishment was planned
to last 10 years. That was in 2002 and it's now 2012,
Pierro said, so major beach renourishment is right on
Marine biologist Lauren Floyd, also from Coastal
P&E, discussed the beach ecosystem and how beach sand
protects and promotes the natural habitat of many birds
and animals found along Anna Maria Island shores.
Also on the agenda was Don Ross of Earth Balance
Inc. His company plants vegetation along beaches to pro-
mote the growth of dunes and keep sand from blowing
away. About 85 percent of people ask for sea oats to be
planted, he said.
The sea oats grow quickly and in one six-month
growing season can be several feet high and protecting
the dunes and animal habitat, Ross said.

The company will be working with beachfront hom-
eowners to assist in planting sea oats and other beach
vegetation after renourishment, and will have a Florida
Department of Environmental Protection agent on-hand
to issue an on-site permit for plantings. Interested parties
can contact Ross through the natural resources depart-
ment at 941-742-5980.
Hunsicker said he wanted to spread the word that
Ross and his company are available to private property
owners and municipal governments interested in planting
sea oats or other beach vegetation.
"Maybe we can get 10-15 beachfront property
owners in a row to combine and have sea oats planted.
This makes the process easier and gives a wider area of
dunes and habitat," Hunsicker said.
Hunsicker will be returning to the island in late
summer to give another update, before renourishment
'This show will go on the road and be presented
again," he said.
Hunsicker hopes for more attendance at the next
meetings and for beachfront owners to bind together for
planting beach vegetation, considering the importance of
renourishment, dunes and the beach environment.

Renourishment funding
Funding for Phase 1 of the upcoming Anna Maria
Island beach renourishment project comes from $16 mil-
lion in federal funds available to beaches damaged by
Tropical Storm Debby in 2011, plus $5.4 million shared
equally by the state and Manatee County. Total cost of
the first phase is estimated at about $21.4 million.
The second phase, estimated to cost $6.4 million,
is funded equally by Manatee County and the state of
Florida for $3.2 million each. Manatee County's costs for
beach renourishment come from the resort tax, the 5 per-
cent collected on accommodation rentals of six months
or less.
Federal funds for beach renourishment were approved
in the 2012 budget.

Commissioners agree to revise Anna Maria's liquor ordinance

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria commissioners agreed May 23 to change
the city liquor ordinance, which presently prohibits res-
taurants that opened after 1987 from selling mixed drinks
and alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine.
Waterfront Restaurant owner Jason Suzor proposed
that restaurants allowed to only serve beer and wine be
given a five-year probationary period to sell liquor.
Suzor suggested that restaurants be required to main-
tain a minimum of 60 percent of sales from food and no
more than 40 percent from liquor.
Suzor, who has owned the Waterfront since 2002,
said the city presently only allows restaurants with
the exception of the Sandbar to serve beer and wine.
He said many of his customers have expressed a desire to
have a mixed drink, such as martinis and margaritas, but
his restaurant is limited by the city as to what it serves.
The state, not the city, regulates liquor licenses. A
special SRX license allows restaurants with 150 seats and
meeting a number of other provisions, including deriving
51 percent of its revenue from food and non-alcoholic
beverages, to qualify for a license.
Other restaurants obtain a quota license, which are
limited in quantity according to county population, and
are bought and sold much like real estate.
The city further limits the locations and hours of
liquor service.
Commissioners agreed that changes are needed and
they will discuss Suzor's ideas in a workshop with the
goal to allow city attorney Jim Dye and city planner Alan
Garrett to draft an ordinance.
Dye said it likely would be a long process to reach
a final ordinance, but Suzor said anm hling is better than
the present situation.
Neighbors of the Waterfront expressed concern that
Suzor might sell liquor until midnight, creating a noise
issue. But Suzor said the restaurant closes at 9 p.m. week-
days and 10 p.m. on weekends and he has no plans to
change his hours.
Commissioner Chuck Webb suggested a three-strike
rule if the city receives three complaints about loud
noise or rowdy behavior on the premises, the restaurant
could lose the right to sell liquor.

Jason Suzor,
owner of the
100 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna
arrives at
Anna Maria
City Hall
with his
May 23, pre-
pared to pro-
pose changes
to the city's
Photo: Rick

Even if the city adopts a new ordinance, Suzor said
the cost of a quota liquor license in Manatee County is
now about $150,000.
"I'm pleased the city is moving forward on this, and
I look forward to providing input," Suzor said. "I don't
think it's something that can be done in a short time, but
the ordinance would be for all restaurants that qualify
to apply for a liquor license. I'm not just talking for the
Waterfront," Suzor said.
A number of people spoke in support of Suzor's
request, referring to him a responsible business owner.
Resident Doug Copeland, who served in 1987 on
the planning and zoning board, said the city adopted the
ordinance to halt a proliferation of bars and restaurants
that were more interested in loud music than food. Only
the Sandbar Restaurant remains grandfathered as other
locations have since closed.
Copeland agreed that Suzor would be a responsible
restaurant owner if allowed to have a liquor license.
In other business, commissioners:

Denied a four-part variance request from Ed and
Becky Kobel of North Shore Drive.
Continued the second reading of the historic pres-
ervation ordinance to 6 p.m. June 13.
Adopted an ordinance establishing the living-area
ratio-to-lot-size. Passage of the LAR ordinance ended the
building moratorium in the city.
The ordinance states that living area is defined as that
area under air conditioning, and is the total living space
of all habitable floors, Garrett said.
Under the LAR ordinance, new homes on lots of
5,000-square-feet to 10,000 square feet could have the
first floor of living space 40 percent building coverage,
with the second habitable floor under air at 33 percent of
the 40 percent total.
The building coverage in the ordinance declines as
the size of the lot increases.
The ordinance was clarified to define total living area
as the sum of the habitable floors under air condition-
Dye also included a variance process for anyone who
wants to build under the previous building code or wants
an exception to the ordinance. He said this would super-
sede anyone claiming the city was taking away property
values under the 1995 Bert Harris Jr. property rights act
adopted by the Florida Legislature.
In another matter, commissioners agreed with Mayor
SueLynn and building official Bob Welch that the city
must issue citations to business sign owners whose signs
don't comply with city code.
Welch said real estate signs are the bi t _.I problem,
and he will contact real estate agents about coming into
Commissioners also agreed to discuss sign limits.
Regarding Pine Avenue, Commissioner Gene Aubry
presented a view of how the street might look if the
commission put the rulebook away. Aubry would have
landscaping and crosswalks at every intersection and
90-degree parking.
He said his plan could make Anna Maria the green-
est city in Florida, and promised more tweaks if a work
session took place.
The next commission meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday,
June 13, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 29, 2013 0 9

Treehouse owners await Holmes Beach code hearing

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran, owners of Angeli-
nos Sea Lodge in Holmes Beach, are waiting for a code
board hearing to have the facts about their treehouse on
the Gulf of Mexico made public, and to address alleged
code violations.
Tran said she and her husband have done enough
talking and will let their attorney represent them at the
hearing when it takes place.
She previously has denied allegations made in an
April 15 notice of violation prepared by building official
Tom O'Brien and signed by code enforcement officer
David Forbes.
Tran also said she believed the treehouse issue was
settled in November 2011.
Forbes said he was directed by O'Brien to send the
letter to Tran and Hazen.
The notice asks the couple if they furnished the proper
information for former building official Bob Shaffer, who
Tran and Hazen claim authorized the treehouse, although
no plans were submitted, the couple confirmed.
"Did you provide misleading information to Mr.
Shaffer to cause him to form that opinion?" the notice
states. "Did you deliberately mislead Mr. Shaffer to elicit
the response you desired?"
The notice states the city was lacking a formal site
plan, construction plans and an application for a permit.
Therefore, the "entire issue is irrelevant," the notice

A treehouse at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 2818 Ave. E.,
Holmes Beach, is the subject of a Holmes Beach code
hearing June 20. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

"To be frankly blunt, if you did not receive a written
response to a detailed submittal then no approval can be
inferred from a casual conversation," the notice states.
The notice refers to the treehouse as a "three-story
assembly structure "and is a "clear and present hazard to
the safety of the general public."
O'Brien's notice concluded that the code enforce-
ment board can levy a fine of up to $250 per day for a first
time violation, or $500 per day for a repeat violation.
The notice gave Tran and Hazen 30 days until May
15 to bring the treehouse into "full compliance" with
city code.
The notice did not specify what city codes were vio-
lated, but said the property was not eligible for a vari-

ance because "the practical difficulties or hardships do
not result from actions of the applicant. "The notice also
alleged the trees that supported the treehouse are "dead,"
an allegation Tran has denied.
Tran noted that the dunes in front of the treehouse
were washed away by Tropical Storm Debbie in 2011,
and subsequent storms also drew beach sand and the
remaining dunes away from the area.
The dunes are returning after she and her husband
planted vegetation along the dune line to protect their
property and the remaining sand.
Tran said the couple's attorney, David Levin of the
Sarasota law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen
& Ginsberg, P.A., would respond to the allegations at the
code board meeting. She declined further comment.
"I've already said enough," she said.
But the treehouse story has draw media from sources
as far as Australia.
Tran also said she's received email and letters of
support from around the world.
She and Hazen have a petition at the website cool-
treehouse.com that allows treehouse supporters to sign.
Efforts to reach Levin for comment were unsuccess-
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board hearing
is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
City clerk Stacey Johnson said the meeting is tenta-
tive because Mayor Carmel Monti first needs to appoint
someone to the board to ensure a quorum.

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val in November. Islander Photo: Courtesy SBEP

Water festival seeking teams for dragon boat races

High Five Dragon Boat is seeking local teams from
Sarasota and Manatee counties to compete in the dragon
boat races during the Sarasota Bay Water Festival.
The festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, at City
Island's Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota.
High Five provides registered teams with boats,
paddles, life vests, a steerperson and training before race
Training includes practicing proper paddling tech-
niques and racing etiquette.
Each dragon boat is 42-feet in length and coed teams
consist of 20 paddlers, with a minimum of eight being
Participants must be at least 14 years old.
The races involve three race heats during the day on

Manatee Players auditioning
Auditions for the Manatee Players' productions of
"Les Miserables," "Grease" and "Always Patsy Cline"
will take place June 9-10 at 7 p.m. at the Manatee Per-
forming Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Rick Kerby is directing "Les Miserables," which runs
Aug. 3-25, and features adult and teen roles.
Jared Walker is directing "Grease," which runs Sept.
12-29 and has a variety of teen and adult roles.
Preston Boyd is directing "Always Patsy Cline,"
which has two roles for adult women who "must be
comfortable with country music. "The musical runs Sept.
19-Oct. 6.
Actors should prepare a song in their key.
For more information about auditions, call Kerby at
For information about volunteering backstage on the
tech crew, call Kristin Ribble at 941-748-0111 or to help
build the set, call Bill Booth at 941-748-0111.

a 350-meter course.
"This is a great way for local businesses and other
organizations to encourage team-building while promot-
ing their brand," said Christine Canevari ilh I High Five.
"We already have teams committed from the Tampa Bay
area and our goal is to add additional new teams from
Sarasota and Manatee County."
The festival also will include live music, vendors,
workshop, food trucks, vintage boats and exhibits pro-
moting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle board sports,
scuba diving, cycling, birding and other activities.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is the presenting
sponsor and HDR Inc. is the host sponsor.
To register for the dragon boat races, go online to

King Tide photo exhibit to
open in Sarasota
The Sarasota and Tampa bay estuary programs
are displaying "Chasing the Waves: King Tide Photo
Exhibit" during a reception 5:30-7 p.m. June 6, at the
federal building, 111 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota.
The photos taken in the United States, Australia
and the South Pacific will remain on display in the
building through July.
Eventually the photos will be displayed in other
venues in Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas
The goal is to raise awareness about future rises in
sea level.
The local estuary programs also encourage area resi-
dents to take photographs at king tides.
For more information, go online to sarasotabay.org
or call the Sarasota Estuary Bay Program at 941-955-

Sign of support
Local authors helped celebrate
the first anniversary of the
bookstore at Manatee County
Central Library by joining in a
book signing session May 18.
Participants in the celebration
included Kevin Beach, left,
operations supervisor; Pam
Gibson, Eaton Room librarian;
author and island historian
Carolyne Norwood; Beverly
Brooks, president of the Friends
of the Central Library; and
Judy Wetter, book store coordi-
nator. Islander Photo: Courtesy
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Bridge Street night markets begin June 1
The Bridge Street Merchants will host weekly night jewelry, household goods, food vendors and live music.
markets beginning Saturday, June 1, and continuing Those interested in being vendors can email market
through July. manager Melissa Enders at melissaenders76@gmail.
The markets will take place Saturdays 5-9 p.m. on com or complete an application at www.bridgestreet-
Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. merchants.com/marketapp.
The markets will feature arts and crafts, apparel and For more, call Enders at 215-906-0668.

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Snooty the Manatee
celebrates his 65th
birthday in July at the
South Florida Museum,
where he's lived since
1949. Islander Photo:
Courtesy South Florida

South Florida Museum celebrating Snooty's 65th birthday

The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Braden-
ton, will celebrate Snooty the Manatee's 65th birthday
with a bash 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
Snooty is the world's oldest known manatee and the
first manatee born in an aquarium. Snooty's birthdate is
July 21, 1948, and he was born on the Prinz Valdemar, a
Danish warship that had been converted into a floating
restaurant and aquarium in Miami.
Snooty has resided at the South Florida Museum
since June 20, 1949, and is one of Bradenton's most
famous names, as well as Manatee County's official
"Snooty is a one-of-a-kind animal. Not only does he

Art league hosts author
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host author
Leita Kaldi reading from her memoir, "Roller Skating in
the Desert."
Kaldi has worked at the United Nations in New York,
UNESCO in Paris and the Fletcher School of Law. She
became the administrator of Hospital Albert Schweitzer
in 1993 and retired in 2002.
An announcement from AMIAL said of the book:
"Kaldi delves into the mysteries of Voodoo and learns
first hand of the terror that drives rural Haitians. Kaldi is
inspired by the Haitians with whom she works. Doctors,
nurses, agronomist and others teach her surprising lessons
in dignity, faith, and forgiveness."
The reading will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at
AMIAL, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. A donation
of $10 is requested. So are reservations.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-

Sierra goes paddling
The Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club will go paddling
at Shell Key Preserve at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 2. The pre-
serve about 180 acres of snd and mangroves is
located north of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Manatee
The club will ask for a $5 donation.
For information and to reserve a place, call Don
Kirkley at 941-493-3085.

Library hosts crafts in June
The Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, will host the Mana-Tween Craft Program at 6
p.m. Wednesday, June 19.
Participants space is limited to 15 children will
work with marbled paper crafts.
For more information or reservations, call the library
at 941-778-6341.

make history every day as the oldest-known manatee in
the world, but he also provides valuable insight into the
health and life cycle of all manatees," SFM executive
director Brynne Anne Besio said in a news release.
The birthday party will take place outdoors, on the
museum's plaza and along 10th Street.
Admission is free.
That day, SFM also will offer a discounted price for
admission to the museum.
For more information, go online to www.southflori-
damuseum.org, which also features the "Snooty Cam."
For more information about the birthday party or the
museum, call 941-746-4131.

Kiwanis to meet at beach cafe
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Anna Maria Island
Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Neil Spirtas, Manatee Chamber of Commerce vice
president of public policy and small business, will talk
about the proposed half-cent increase in the sales tax. A
referendum on the increase in the sales tax is set for June
For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at

On the march
Islanders Lee Butts, Linda Butts, Kristine Butler and
Suki Janisch perform in the Second Time Around-
ers Marching Band, which traveled to Key West for
the Conch Republic Festival this April. The national
alumni band featuring former members of high
school, college or military bands is based in St.
Petersburg. For more information about the band,
go online to www.secondtimearounders.org. Islander
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Wednesday, May 29
8:20 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, May 30
8:21 p.m. Official sunset time.

Friday, May 31
8:21 p.m. Official sunset time.

Saturday, June 1
Today is the first day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Are you
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The speaker is Neil Spirtas of the
Manatee Chamber of Commerce talking about the proposed half-
cent increase in the sales tax. Information: 941-778-1383.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Island Blood Drive, St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 800-682-5663.
2 p.m. Leita Kaldi reads from her memoir, Anna Maria Island
Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Donation requested.
Information: 941-778-2099.

Sunday, June 2
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Island Blood Drive, St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 800-682-5663.

Monday, June 3
8:23 p.m. Official sunset time.

Tuesday, June 4
8:23 p.m. Official sunset time.

Wednesday, June 5
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6 p.m. Mana-Tweens book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Friday, May 31
6 p.m. Outer space flick, "The Blob," South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-

Saturday through July, Bridge Street Merchants night mar-
kets, 5-9 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-
Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders baseball, McKechnie
Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-

Paws to meet
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island members Claudette
Welch, left, and Robyn Kinkopf f
meet Manatee County 1,'-
iff's Deputy Sue Brown, unit
manager CID/Victim Advocate
Unit, and her canine co-worker
GeeBee of "Paws for the Law."
Brown introduced Kiwanis
members May 18 to a new
program coordinated by MCSO
that gives recognition to pets
for their devotion to the pro-
tection and security of their
owners. Featured pets receive
a medal and certificate from B
Si, ,tf Brad Steube for their
duty. For information, e-mail

Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
First Wednesdays and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book
and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night,
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce networking meeting. Location varies. Fee applies.
Information: 941-778-1541.
Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group, Island Library,
5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
Friday through June 28, 6 p.m., They Came From Outer
Space spring film series, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami, Island Library, 5701
Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
*Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto
National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.
Monday, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meets, Fisherman's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W, Cortez. Informa-
tion: 941-254-4972.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-794-8044.

Coming up
June 7, last day of the 2012-13 school year for Manatee
County public school students.
June 14, Flag Day.
June 16, Father's Day.
Save the date
July 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day
Parade from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Park, and Scholarships
Awards Party at Manatee Public Beach.
Sept. 2 is Labor Day.

Calendar announcements
Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for
submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-
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Island blood drive June 1-2
The 13th annual Island Blood Drive benefiting local
nonprofits and building the blood supply will take place
June 1-2 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Hours will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The first 250 donors will receive a T-shirt.
An anonymous donor will give $100 for each blood
donor, who can either chose their favorite nonprofit
from a list of four or chose to divide the $100 among all
The participating island-based nonprofits are:
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Anna Maria Island Privateers.
West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary.
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.
Donors must be at least 16 and weigh at least 110
pounds. They cannot have had hepatitis after an llth
birthday or had a transfusion within the last year.
For more donor requirements or to schedule an
appointment for the blood drive, go online to www.
The event code is MTFFO.
Potential donors also can call 800-682-5663.

Center hosts boat show
The Onshore Offshore Boat Show will dock June
21-23 at the newly renovated BradentonArea Convention
Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Attendees will find new boats and accessories, fish-
ing gear, and more.
Expert speakers will be appearing on two stages
throughout the weekend, discussing boating, fishing and
outdoor adventures.
Admission will be $5 for adults.
Show hours will be 1-8 p.m. Friday, June 21; 10
a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday,
June 23.
For more information, call the Onshore Offshore
Boat Show at 727-421-7722.

Social notes welcome...
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings,
anniversaries, births, graduations, awards, travels
and other events.
Please send notices and photographs with
detailed captions along with complete contact
information to news@islander.org or 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Donors line up at a past Island Blood Drive. This
year's drive will take place June 1-2 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Islander file photo

Blues fest plans return
Organizers are preparing for the 2013 Bradenton
Blues Festival, which will take place on the Riverwalk,
Saturday, Dec. 7.
The 2013 lineup includes Shemekia Copeland, Eddie
Shaw & the Wolfgang, musical siblings Danielle, Kris
and Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot, Anthony
Gomes, John Nemeth, Johnny Rawls, the Doug Deming
and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling Band and
Albert Castiglia.
Realize Bradenton is organizing the event.
Tickets for the event are on sale at www.bradenton-
bluesfestival.org for $30 per adult.

AGAMI sponsors monthly
window displays
The Guild Gallery operated by the Artists' Guild of
Anna Maria Island at the Island Shopping Center is spon-
soring window themes throughout the summer.
The first, in May, was "People Around the Island."
In June, the theme will be "water sports."
The gallery is at 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


Mote hosts ocean fest
The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, will host the World Oceans
Day Family Festival 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
The Dr. Seuss-themed event will involve Longboat
Key Turtle Watch, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Sara-
sota Bay Watch, Manatee County Natural Resources
Department, the Sarasota YMCA, Stow It-Don't Throw
It, Mote's High School Alumni Program, Mote's Educa-
tion Division and Tampa Bay Watch.
World Oceans Day, celebrated annually on June 8,
was created in 1982 at the Earth Summit and declared a
holiday by the United Nations in 2009.
Admission to the aquarium is $19 for adults, $14 for
children ages 4-12.
For more information, go online to mote.org/world-
oceansday or call 941-338-4441.

Healthy happy hour
offered at public beach
Health coach Linda Hoffman and Dr. Craig Hoffman
will host "healthy happy hour" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June
2, at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
An announcement said, "Are you or do you know
someone liP.lin,; with diabetes, high blood pressure,
high cholesterol and other lifestyle related diseases? Find
out why you are gaining weight and what you can do
about it!"
For more information, call Linda Hoffman at 941-
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John P. 'Jack' Clark
John P. "Jack" Clark, 85, of Bradenton, died May 16.
He was born in Scranton, Pa., and moved to Bradenton
in 1987 from Clark Summit, Pa.
Mr. Clark was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War
II. He retired as a salesman for Endicott Johnson Shoe
Company of Endicott, N.Y. He was a member of Trinity
United Methodist Church of Bradenton; Masonic Union
Lodge and Shriners of Scranton, Pa.; American Legion
Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Bradenton; Moose Lodge of
Bradenton Beach; and former member of Scranton Canoe
Club; Pinebrook Golf Club; and Elks Lodge 1511 of Bra-
A memorial service was held May 26 at the Iron-
wood Recreation Hall No. 2 in Bradenton. Memorial
contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice or Trin-
ity United Methodist Church. Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge
of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at
Mr. Clark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ruth;
daughter Gail J. of Scranton, Pa.; brother Gilbert and wife
Ann of Afton, N.Y.; and sister DeEtta and husband Bill
Edwards of Bradenton.

John Melvin 'Mel' Dietrich
John Melvin "Mel" Dietrich, died May 22. He was
bornAug. 4, 1926, in State College, Pa. He came to Key
Royale in Holmes Beach in 1991 from St. Lucia, West
Indies, before moving to Freedom Village in Bradenton
in July 2011.
Mr. Dietrich retired as a sales manager from Borg
Warner Chemicals in Chicago. After graduating from
Pennsylvania State University, he served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II and was recalled during the Korean
War. He was an active member of the Anna Maria Island
Power Squadron, serving as treasurer 2001-10.
He was a Presbyterian.
Memorial donations may be made to the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron Memorial Fund in care of Cliff
Root, treasurer, at 578 El Pentro, Longboat Key FL
34226, or Memorial Scholarship Fund of Freedom Vil-
lage in care of Glenn Vergason at 6501 17th Ave. W., Apt.
I 106, Bradenton FL 34209.

James N. Finn
James N. Finn, 88, of Bradenton, and formerly of
Holmes Beach, Erie, Pa., and Findley Lake, N.Y., died
May 16. He was born March 11, 1925, in Findley Lake,
N.Y., to the late Dr. James J. and Katie Bowlin Finn.
He graduated from Clymer Central School, Clymer,
N.Y., in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the U. S.

Marine Corps. He participated in the World War II inva-
sion of Tarawa, Saipan and Okinawa. At the end of the
war, he served with the occupation forces in Japan.
Mr. Finn was most proud of serving his country and
was pleased to be a part of an Honor
Flight, sponsored by the Rotary Club in
June 2012 to see the WWII Memorial
in Washington, D.C. He was a featured
member of the Greatest Generation
column in The Islander.
Finn He retired in 1987 after 24 years
with Altman-Hall Associates, where he
was a partner, production manager and secretary-trea-
surer. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
and Key Royale Club, both in Holmes Beach, Olive
Lodge No. 575 and the Zem Zem Shrine. He enjoyed
many years serving the Legion of Honor and the Royal
Order of Jesters Court 58 in Erie.
He enjoyed reading, was an avid golfer and had a
life-long love of the water.
A service was held May 23 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran
Church, Erie, Pa. Memorial donations may be made to
the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1644 W. Eighth St.,
Erie PA 16505, or to the charity of one's choice. Brugger
Funeral Homes & Crematory of Erie, Pa., was in charge
of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at
Mr. Finn is survived by daughter Barbara J. and
husband Donald Proctor of Erie; granddaughter Susan
and husband Nick Martino of Knoxville, Tenn.; grand-
son Michael and wife Gretchen Proctor of Falls Church,
Va.; great granddaughters Julia and Giana Martino; and
several nieces and nephews.

William E. 'Bill' Jackson
William "Bill" E. Jackson, 94, of Sarasota, died May
18. He was born Jan. 9, 1919, in Pleasant Plains, Ill., and
came to Sarasota in 1956 from Waverly, Ill.
Mr. Jackson was a submarine veteran of the U. S.
Navy, having served in World War II. He was a successful
businessman, owning numerous mobile home commu-
nities in the Central Florida region, including the Pines
Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach.
He was married 65 years to the late Audrey Ber-
A service was held May 23 at Toale Brothers Funeral
Home, Sarasota. Interment was at Palms Memorial Park
in Sarasota.
He is survived by sons Richard S. of Bradenton
and William "Bill" A. and wife Melinda of Sarasota;
grandchildren Richard "Rick" M. and wife Christie of
Charleston, S.C., and Jamie and husband Nick Santello

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of Charleston, S.C., and Brittany and Nick Santello
of Sarasota.

Marion Marx Osborn
Marion Marx Osborn, 93, of Holmes Beach and
Shelby, Mich., and formerly of Wilmette, Ill., died Tues-
day, May 21. She was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Chicago to
Jeanette Griese and Walter Blume. She was the adopted
daughter of August R. Marx. She was preceded in death
by her husband, H. Larkin Osborn.
She graduated in 1937 from Shelby
High School in Michigan and North-
western University in 1941, where she
was a member of the Kappa Delta Soror-
ity. She was a member of the North-
western Associate Alumnae Board and
Osborn was awarded the Northwestern Alumni
Association Service Award in 1969. She
was also a longtime member of the University Guild.
She was active in several groups in Wilmette, includ-
ing PTA, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and the Wilmette
Women's Club. She was a member of the First Presby-
terian Church of Evanston where she served on the Altar
She was employed at Northwestern University as an
assistant to the director of student affairs and the Waa-Mu
program and, later, was assistant manager of the athletic
ticket office.
No services will be held. Memorial donations may be
made to the Neurology Center, Northwestern University,
Feinberg School of Medicine, 320 E. Superior, Chicago
IL 60611 or Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. WestemAve., Suite
400, Muskegon MI 49441. Condolences may be made
online at www.harrisfhome.com. Arrangements were by
Harris Funeral Home in Shelby, Mich.
Mrs. Osborn is survived by children Rochelle and
husband Louis Cain, David and wife Linda, and Robert
and wife Jacqueline; grandchildren Christopher, Lauren
Cain and Kristin; and two great-grandchildren Taylor and

Obituaries are provided as a free service in The
Islander newspaper to residents and family of residents,
both past and present, and to those people with ties to
Anna Maria Island. Content is edited for style and length.
Photos are welcome. Paid obituaries are available by
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BB commission-department heads talk over issues

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
It's that time of year when local municipalities turn
an eye toward fiscal matters for the upcoming budget
year, which begins Oct. 1.
At a May 21 Bradenton Beach department head
meeting, city clerk Nora Idso said initial budget talks
with commissioners and department heads "traditionally
begins in late May."
Idso said the city is a little behind, but anticipates
gathering information to be ready for budget meetings
to begin around the third week of June.
"It should be an easy process this year," said Idso.
"We don't have any money. Last year, we had raises and
capital projects to contend with. There are no raises this
year, so it should be a fairly easy process."

Honor flight takes off
The Honor Flight Association of West Central
Florida will host a welcome home party at 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4, at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater
International Airport in Pinellas County. Veterans, or
anyone who wishes to honor World War II veterans,
are invited.
Honor Flight is a national organization that raises
money for World War II veterans to take a day trip to
Washington, D.C., to visit memorials to United States
servicemen and women, in particular the WWII mon-
Other sites on the trip include the Iwo Jima
Memorial, the Korean War Veterans memorial, the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.
A press release from the West Central chapter
said a the June 4 trip includes 80 WWII veterans and
The flights give the country's WWII and Korean
War veterans, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s,
one final memory of their service and remind them
the nation has not forgotten their service, Howard said
in a press release.
Most WWII veterans are accompanied by an
attendant to assist the veteran. Honor flight provides
bus service and meals on the tour.
Holmes Beach WWII veteran Jim Finn, who died
recently, was sponsored by the Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club for his June 2012 honor flight.
For more information on an honor flight, call Bar-
bara Howard at 727-343-1272 or 727-512-4914.

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In other matters, building official Steve Gilbert said
the city's land development code rewrite, due to the state
by the end of August, still needs to address the flood plain
management portion.
Gilbert said planning and zoning public hearings
should be scheduled by late June, but the board is having
difficulty maintaining a quorum for meetings.
"We are looking to add people to planning and
zoning," he said.
In April 2012, a rift between P&Z and the commis-
sion occurred over a dune and parking lot at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.
Following some contentious meetings and four res-
ignations from P&Z, commissioners voted to reduce the
board from seven members to five but, Gilbert said, that
doesn't appear to be helping.
The city also discussed implementing new software
for the building department that was purchased two years
ago, but has yet to be implemented.
City clerk Nora Idso said the city has been paying
for the software for two years and questioned Gilbert at
the May 21 meeting about implementing the program.
Gilbert said the software is not ready for use and his
department has not had time to get it ready.
Despite the two-year delay in implementing the soft-
ware, Gilbert reported the number of permits processed
this year is 15 percent more than what was reported at
this time in 2012.
Gilbert said permit fees are up by 10 percent.
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse noted the software was
supposed to streamline the department's process, adding
"I recommend we do something to get it organized."
Gatehouse said it's an important aspect of what the
building department does and he sought a consensus from
commissioners to authorize Gilbert overtime to focus on
implementing the software.
That consensus was provided by Gatehouse, Vice
Mayor Ed Straight and Commissioners Jan Vosburgh and
Gay Breuler. Mayor John Shaughnessy was absent.
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at the site May 20.
Vosburgh wanted additional speed-limit signs with
flashing lights installed at the location, but DOT informed
the city the existing lights would have to be removed
because they are no longer allowed.
Special said the city can consider more signage,
such as pedestrian and caution signs.
"DOT evaluated the site and didn't see a real issue
with it," said Speciale.
Some residents have complained to the city in the
past about tourists crossing the street in an area blind to
motorists as they navigate the S curve.
Special said the speed limit from the Gulf Drive
and Cortez Road intersection all the way to the S curve
reduces in speed to 25 mph at the curve, but complaints
of speeding continue.
Special posts a police cruiser near the S curve
during tourist season, but Vosburgh maintains the area
is a tragedy waiting to happen, and pledged to continue
her campaign with the DOT to make it safer.
Special said the DOT also has relaxed its rules on
crosswalks in recent months and he discussed moving
a crosswalk near Fifth Street South more in line with a
pedestrian walkway and bike path.
Finally, Gilbert was questioned as to the status of an
ordinance passed in 2012 regarding modular newspaper
A complex process was initiated that involved area
publishers and city staff determining the best locations for
newspaper racks, while tightening regulations for free-
standing racks to make them less intrusive.
Commissioners passed the ordinance establishing
locations and regulations almost a year ago, but nothing
has been done.
Gilbert said the process requires the city to install
concrete slabs at the selected locations where the news-
papers then install the modular racks, "but we don't have
any money to do that."

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MCSO arrests 2 in morning theft

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Quick action by the crew of a Waste Management
truck making its morning rounds in Anna Maria May 23
resulted in the arrest of two suspects on charges of grand
theft and violation of parole.
Sgt. Paul Davis, the officer in charge of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substation, said the
incident was a perfect example of the "Waste Watch"
program in action. WMI crews now are trained to observe
and report suspicious activity to police.
Davis said that around 9:50 a.m. May 23, a WMI
trash hauler was on Kumquat Lane in Anna Maria when
a crewmember saw a man and woman in a late-model
Chrysler pull up behind a lawn maintenance truck with
an open trailer of equipment. The man exited the car, took
some of the equipment from the trailer to the car, and then
the driver sped away, heading out of Anna Maria.
'The WMI crew observed suspicious activity and
contacted law enforcement, which put out a bulletin to be
on the lookout for a late-model, black, four-door Chrysler
300," Davis said.
'That's how the Waste Watch program is supposed to
work and this is a perfect example," Davis said, because
HBPD, acting on the BOLO, turned up a man and woman
in a vehicle matching the description a short time later.
When HBPD caught up with the suspects at Kingfish
Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue west of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge, they had run out of gas as they attempted
to leave the island.
MCSO Deputy Matt Kiernan made the arrest. .
Davis said the identities of the suspects are being
withheld while the investigation continues.
"I can tell you that a 28-year-old male and a 27-year-
old female were arrested. Both gave addresses in Seffner,
Fla., but the investigation has moved beyond just grand
theft and parole violation," Davis said.

'This shows what can happen when people call us
to report suspicious activity. We'll check it out, even if
the report comes to nothing," Davis said.
Davis praised the cooperation among the island law
enforcement agencies and the WMI crew.
Two weeks ago, an Anna Maria resident heard strange
noises coming from a neighbor's house in the evening.
She did not call police, Davis said, and the following
day, MCSO deputies responded to a burglary call at that
"Please, call us. It benefits the community when
people let us know what's going on that doesn't look
right," Davis said.
The direct line for calls to MCSO in Anna Maria is
In an emergency, people should call 911, Davis

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The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is reminding
residents not to use fertilizers containing nitrogen and
phosphorus June 1-Sept. 30.
The SBEP stressed that rainwater washes excess fer-
tilizer into storm drains, which results in nitrogen and
phosphorus being transported into Sarasota Bay tributar-
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which smothers natural vegetation and feeds invasive
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away from the edge of any water body.
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By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy responded
May 15 to the 7-Eleven, 5460 14th St., Bradenton, in
response to a man who had been previously trespassed
from the property.
The suspect was gone by the time
the deputy arrived, but two hours later
the sheriff's office received a call that
the suspect was back on the property
asking patrons for money.
The deputy made contact with
Lippert Robert Lippert, 55, of 4412 123rd St.
W., Cortez.
Upon confirming that Lippert had been previously
issued a trespass warning, the man was arrested for tres-
pass after warning.
During a search of Lippert, the deputy allegedly
found half a Xanax pill. Lippert was then charged with
felony possession of a controlled substance.
Lippert was booked into the Manatee County jail on
$2,000 bond. According to jail records, he was already
out on bond for third-degree petit theft.
His bond was increased to $5,000. As of Islander
press time, Lippert remained in custody.
He was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday,
June 7, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
May 18, corner of 123rd Street Court West and
45th Avenue West, domestic. A female complainant said
she was walking her dog when her boyfriend came up
behind her and threw her to the ground. She said he began
slapping her in the head because she refused to give him
money. She was able to get away, but she said he caught
her and threw her to the ground again, when she screamed
and the man fled.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Holmes Beach
May 17, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
battery. While on routine patrol, a Holmes Beach police
officer heard two men arguing. The complainant said the
other man jumped on his back. He told police he knows
the man, but he wanted to press charges as the suspect
has done the same thing in the past.
May 5, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
trespass after warning. A 47-year-old Bradenton man was
arrested for trespass after warning. Police responded to a
call about a man at the beach with knives placed around
him. Police made contact with the man, who said the 11
knives were for his protection. Police observed the man
had been drinking. A check revealed the man was previ-
ously trespassed from the beach in 2008. The man said he
was aware of the prior trespass warning, but assumed it

was no longer in effect. He was arrested, but complained
of chest pains and was taken to the hospital.
May 6, 2710 Gulf Drive, Cedar Cove Resort & Cot-
tages, trespass. Police responded to a possible assault and
learned that the motel manager had observed a man look-
ing into vehicles in the motel parking lot. The manager
asked what the man was doing, but instead of respond-
ing, the man walked into the motel office. The manager
grabbed the suspect by the arm, at which time the suspect
elbowed the manager and left the scene. Police made
contact with the suspect, but no charges were filed. Police
told the manager that since he did not identify himself as
the motel manager, the suspect was within his rights to
defend himself. The suspect was issued a trespass warn-
May 7, 500 block of Bayview Drive, vehicle bur-
glar. A complainant reported someone gained entry into
his unlocked vehicle and stole about $10 in loose change.
However, the suspect left behind a black glove and GPS
unit that the complainant said did not belong to him.
May 7, 5400 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A president
of the condominium homeowner's association reported
the theft of a sign designed to keep traffic from using
a private parking lot. The complainant said the theft is
likely related to a civil dispute between the HOA and
people in the neighborhood.
May 8, 400 block of 72nd Street, vehicle burglary.
A complainant reported someone entered an unlocked
vehicle and stole a backpack containing an X-Box 360
gaming system, a game and controller, all valued at
May 8, 5400 Marina Drive, Sand-N-Sudz Coin
Laundry, suspicious person. A complainant reported
video surveillance showed a man entering the business
at 4 a.m. The video allegedly shows the man urinating
in a garbage can and then climbing into a dryer to sleep.

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Six dogs trapped inside a burning home in
the 1100 block of Palma Sola Boulevard May 17,
were saved by firefighters from West Manatee Fire
Rescue when they arrived, entered the home and
pulled all the animals to safety.
A press release from WMFR said roofers at a
nearby home saw smoke coming from the dwelling
and called 911. The release said the roofers' quick
action and a similar quick response from a nearby
WMFR station likely saved the dogs and prevented
further damage to the home.
The owners were not home when the fire
WMFR firefighters used oxygen masks made
for dogs to help the animals out of the fire. One dog
suffered severe smoke inhalation and was treated at
the scene.
Bradenton also sent firefighters and EMS per-
sonnel responded.
WMFR Deputy Fire Marshall Jim Davis said
the house had about $120,000 in damages.
The cause of the fire is under investigation,
although Davis said he believed it might have
started in the kitchen.

The complainant said the activity had been occurring for
several weeks.
May 9, 100 block of 49th Street, burglary. A com-
plainant reported someone gained entry into his residence
through an unlocked window and stole a gaming system,
two laptops and cash, all valued at $1,500.
May 10, 100 block of 66th Street, theft. A complain-
ant reported he parked his $1,200 bike on his patio and it
was stolen overnight. The man said there was a lock on
the bike, but it had not been used that night.
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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Sea turtle season 'average' thus far

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
In just about any other sea turtle nesting season, seven
nests and 18 false crawls in the first three weeks of May
would generate excitement, but coming off a record 2012
season, the opening month of nesting season is looking
fairly average.
According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring data, there were 37 nests and 40
false crawls at this point in 2012.
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said the year
appears to be an average one, "but ani thiin can happen
when we move into the wild month of June."
Fox was on patrol in Bradenton Beach on the morn-
ing of May 24 and came across a definite crawl, but was
unable to confirm if the turtle had nested.
The crawl led up to a point next to the dune north of
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N. The turtle
began to nest, leaving a deep crater, but then abandoned
her efforts. She crawled further to the west, circled and
returned to the water.
"I've been doing this for three decades and I don't
remember ani thing like this," said Fox. I tuall) when
they reach this point to where the hole is dug, she is going
to nest and nothing is going to stop her."
But something or someone did.
Fox said it's an area of the beach that typically has a
lot of activity at night, but isn't blaming anyone for the
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"We definitely expected a busier season than what
we've seen so far, but average is better than below aver-
age," she said. "It's been a funny start with the weather
getting hot and cold, and we have a long way to go yet."
Fox said the good news of the year so far is that she
and AMITW volunteers are reporting far less equipment,
such as chairs and tents, left on the beach.
Items left that can potentially block a turtle's path at
night can be detrimental to a nesting turtle, Fox said.
'I think the combination of code enforcement being
more involved and our education efforts are paying off,"
she said.
The more nests before mid-July the better, Fox said.
Beach renourishment is expected to start in September.
Nests laid from Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach
in Bradenton Beach before mid-July will have time to
hatch. Fox said if the later part of summer gets busy, her
volunteers will relocate nests north of the beach renour-
ishment area.
Two of the seven confirmed nests are in the Rod &
Reel Pier to Pine Avenue section and four are in the Pine
Avenue to 66th Street section.
Anna Maria, just off Seagrape Lane, also is the site
of a new program with AMITW and Manatee Audubon.
Through the Memorial Day weekend, AMITW and
Audubon volunteers manned spotting sights with scopes
around black skimmer nesting sites.
The shorebird nesting season is going good, accord-
ing to Fox, who reported as many as 300 skimmer nests.
Fox said the birds are "mating like crazy" and eggs
should become visible any day.

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teacher, budget cuts
Karen Riley-Love started an online petition, which
has collected more than 1,000 signatures since it was
posted on Facebook May 22.
She and another parent also launched a Facebook
page titled Manatee County Schools: Teacher Elimina-
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on other outcomes that will help the community, such as
home ownership and retirement savings.
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solution to its financial problems.
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Mills plans to speak on "Building Leadership Capac-
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Chamber announces events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
hold its monthly networking luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5, at the Stonewood Grill and Tavern,
7110 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Cost of the event is
$15 and reservations are requested.
The monthly sunrise breakfast is 7:45-9 a.m.
Wednesday, June 12, at the Sign of the Mermaid, 9707
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Cost of the breakfast is $8 and
reservations are required.
For more information or to make reservations, call

Aluna Wellness celebrates
The Aluna Wellness Center, 2219 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach, is celebrating its fifth anniversary June
1-10 with a number of specials, including half-price acu-
puncture treatments for first-time customers. Returning
customers will receive a 20 percent discount.
Owner Tricia Graziano also is offering 20 percent
off facials and massages and will serve herbal iced tea.
The anniversary days will highlight the store's reno-
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For more information, call 941-778-8400.

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Italian dining advisors find Anna Maria

Vinny & Cheryl's Italian Kitchen, a deli and restau-
rant at 314 Pine Ave., is the place to go in Anna Maria
for Italian food, according to the website TripAdvisor.
The restaurant recently received the TripAdvisor
2013 Certificate of Excellence, and co-owner Vinny
Esposito said he was surprised and pleased.
"I didn't know an) illng about the award. They told
us customers have to send in reviews and we were rated
excellent in those reviews. We're really thankful to our
loyal customers and those who took time to write they
like our food," he said.
Esposito moved with Cheryl to Anna Maria several
years ago to retire. That lasted about four weeks, Esposito
He spent about a month walking the beach and trying
to relax before realizing he couldn't get his 45 profes-
sional years of Italian cooking out of his system.
"I had been cooking since I was 5 years old when
my grandma had me make a frittata, which is an Italian
egg omelet," he said. "I was hooked after that."
He and his wife opened Vinny and Cheryl's Kitchen,
and the business just took off, he said.
"We had a great season and this award is just fantas-
tic," added Cheryl Esposito.
The restaurant features homemade Italian entrees,
pizza, baked breads, numerous Italian desserts just
about anm illng Italian, she added.
Vinny & Cheryl's has a couple of outdoor tables

for dining, but the vast majority of business is take out,
Cheryl Esposito said.
"We also do catering and special events," she said.
"I like to say we're a gourmet Italian take-out res-
taurant. If it's Italian, we can make it," Vinny Esposito
said with a smile.
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
began conducting a new coastal flood hazard study
for Anna Maria Island May 28, a FEMA press release
According to the release, the study is being done
by Risk Assessment, Mapping and Planning Partners
of Atlanta.
Field reconnaissance also is taking place while
agents map flood hazard areas, the release said.
FEMA will use the data, including GPS coordi-
nates, to create a "more accurate assessment of coastal
flood risk" for Anna Maria Island and other parts of
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official Bob Welch, and other island city officials.
The agents make every effort to remain on public
property, but may occasionally have to walk on private
property. L\ .i) attempt possible to contact the hom-
eowner in advance" will be made, the release said.
Upon request, agents will identify themselves with
a driver's license and a FEMA letter of introduction.
Welch said he did not know if a new flood hazard
map would lead to changes in property owners' flood
insurance premiums.
The release did not say when the new flood hazard
map would be made public.
The mapping project is expected to end June 6,
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Center sends basketball, soccer seasons into playoffs

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The regular season of the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center's youth basketball season is over and playoffs
start June 3. Beach Bistro and Beach Bums finished with
matching 5-3 records in the 8-10 division with Bistro win-
ning the tiebreaker to earn top seed for the playoffs. Beach
Bums will take on Manatee Cancer Center in a semifinal
matchup June 4, with the winner taking on Beach Bistro
in the championship game June 6.
Beach Bistro closed out its regular season in the 8-10
division May 23 with a 20-9 victory over Manatee Cancer
Center. Sean Rodriguez led the way with 10 points and
six rebounds, while David Daigle and Cameron Gish
added four points each. Thomas Heckler closed out the
victory with 2 points.
Cancer Center received 8 points from Jack Groves,
1 point from Silas Banyas and eight rebounds from Josh
Calhoun in the loss.
Beach Bums also finished on a high note, defeating
Cancer Center 16-12 in the second game of the evening.
Ava Zink led the way, pouring in 12 points and grabbing
four rebounds. Daniel Sentman completed the scoring
with 4 points, while also grabbing 11 rebounds in the
Silas Banyas, Jack Groves and Josh Calhoun each
scored 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Manatee
Cancer Center in the loss.
In what could be a preview of the division champion-
ships, Bistro edged Bums 14-12 May 22. Sean Rodriguez
and David Daigle scored 6 points each to lead Bistro,
which also received 2 points and five rebounds from
Thomas Heckler in the victory.
Daniel Sentman's 6 points and 4 points from Ava
Zink led the Bums in the loss. Tuna McCracken com-
pleted the scoring with 2 points, while also grabbing a
team high nine rebounds.
Ross Built and Walter & Associates were the class of
the 11-13 division with matching 7-1 records, including
a 1-1 head-to-head record. The next tiebreaker is total
points, which was to be decided May 29. Whichever team
earns the second seed will be in action against No. 3 seed
Sand Dollar June 3. The top seed plays June 5 against the
winner of the June 3 game between fifth-seeded Duncan
Real Estate and fourth-seeded Southern Greens.
Sand Dollar closed out its season May 22 with a
37-26 victory over Duncan Real Estate behind a game-
high 22 points from Joey Stewart. Corey Jacques added
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plete the Sand Dollar scoring.
Leo Rose scored 12 points and pulled down 12
rebounds and Leo Tilelli scored 6 points and grabbed
a game-high 22 rebounds to lead Duncan Real Estate.
Brooke Capparelli and Joey Theil completed the scoring
with 4 points each in the loss.
Walter & Associates comfortably won the Premier
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Feast June 3, while No. 2 seed Heritage Paper Company
takes on third-seed Eat Here June 5.
Eat Here ended its season with a 57-38 restaurant vs.
restaurant victory over The Feast May 23. Connor Field
poured in 23 points and grabbed 21 rebounds and team-
mate Garrett Ware added 17 points to lead Eat Here. Joey
Carder finished with 12 points and three assists, while
Pearce Hogan chipped in 4 points and nine rebounds in
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Ryan Gilman's 13 points and 11 points from Alex
Gilman paced The Feast, which also received 7 points
and 14 rebounds from Lee Bergeron and 5 points and 15
rebounds from George Lardas in the loss.
Walter & Associates closed out on May 21 with a
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Phil Rottes scored 16 points and Colin Rottes added 10
points to lead Walter, which also received 9 points and six
rebounds from Neil Carper. Eric Crawford added 6 points
and pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds in the victory.
Austin Miller scored 17 points and Burke Hill added
16 points to lead Heritage. Sam Cuva scored 9 points and
grabbed six rebounds to round out Heritage Co.'s scoring
in the loss.

Adult basketball continues
The adult coed basketball regular season is in its final
week and, as of press time for The Islander, seedings were
up in the air.
The Sun and Bowes Imaging Center were tied for
first with matching 5-2 records. Bowes takes on third-
place Island Real Estate while the Sun battles fourth-
place Southern Greens and first place is on the line.
The final Gator Man Pools and Duncan Real Estate
match May 28 will decide the bottom of the standings.
In adult roundball action May 21, Bowes edged
Southern Greens 54-52 behind 25 points, five rebounds
and five assists from Brandon Kern. Matt Ray added 12
points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Mickan finished with
7 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the victory.

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Jordan Demers scored 25 points and grabbed seven
rebounds, while Ryan Moss added 13 points and 10
rebounds to lead Southern Greens in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw Island Real
Estate roll past Gator Man Pools 65-47 behind 21 points
and 16 rebounds from Dylan Bower and 20 points and 12
rebounds from Teegan Purtill. Jim Lynch and Kyle Stopa
each finished with 10 points in the victory.
Aaron Dudukes scored 22 points and grabbed 9
rebounds to lead Gator Man Pools, which also received
14 points from Joe Combs and 6 points and 14 rebounds
from Matt Dwyer in the loss.
The Sun kept pace with Bowes May 21 in a 54-50,
overtime victory over Duncan Real Estate in the final
game of the evening. Sun outscored Duncan 6-2 in the
overtime period behind 4 points from Eric Gledhilll and
a pair of free throws from Andrew Terman, who finished
with a team-high 24 points in the victory. Gledhill fin-
ished with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Chad Woods
added 12 points.
Todd Keiser's 14 points and 14 rebounds along with
13 points and eight rebounds from Mike Haines paced
Duncan Real Estate, which also received 12 points and
six rebounds from Justin Jones in the loss.

Soccer also heads to playoffs
The adult coed soccer league at AMICC has one
week of season remaining. Island Pest Control is locked
on top seed, but there's a lot of shuffling to come as the
remainder of the teams are packed tightly. Stay tuned.
Playoffs get started June 6 and continue through to
June 14 and the Island Cup.
In soccer action May 23, 1st USA Plumbing defeated
Discount Signs & Wraps 4-2 behind three goals from
Rico Beissert and one goal from Matt Kretzman. Chris
Circharo scored for Discount Signs & Wraps.
The second game of the evening saw Wash Family
Construction kick past Slim's Place by a 5-1 margin.
Scott Hertrick scored two goals and Aaron Parkin added
a goal and two assists. Kris Yavalar and Darrin Wash
completed the Wash Family Construction scoring with
a goal each in the win. Nick LeDuc scored the lone goal
for Slim's Place in the loss.
Sato Real Estate tied Beach to Bay Construction 3-3
in the night's final match. Brent Moss notched all three
goals for Beach to Bay while Josh Sato scored two goals
to lead his team, which also received one goal from Josh
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Anna Maria anglers catch tarpon fever

By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
As I settle down to reread "The Tarpon Book" by
Frank Sargent after a 12-hour day of tarpon fishing, I
find myself flipping to the same pages I do every year.
The pages about fishing tarpon in Tampa Bay and along
the area beaches.
There's something about reading about tarpon fish-
ing in our area that makes me warm and fuzzy inside.
Especially after a successful day on the water. Plus, no
matter how many times you read Sargent's book, you
always end up having one of those fishing epiphanies
that keeps you awake all night.
Ah, the allure of tarpon fishing always a learning
experience, and potentially an obsession. Side effects
include numerous hours catching bait, spending vast
amounts of money on a boat and equipment, dehydration
and sunburn due to extensive hours on the water, moder-
ate to heavy fatigue from fighting a stubborn 150-pound
fish for more than an hour and, finally for some, arriving
home after dark only to pass out from exhaustion before
dinner. Oh, and, what's for dinner? Certainly not tarpon,
there is no food value to the silver king.
I bet you can't wait to get out there and get hooked.
It'll hit you when the boat is surrounded by tarpon that
are blasting chummers you just tossed out. You may even
shake a little as your bait gets nervous and you anticipate
the bite. Then, when, a silver torpedo comes skyrocketing
out of the water not 20 yards from your boat, it's all over
for you. Just admit it, you're hooked.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is
fishing the backcountry for spotted seatrout, redfish and
catch-and-release snook. Gross is using live shiners to
target these species. By free-lining baits behind the boat,
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ing charter with Capt. Warren Girle. The tarpon was
quickly released and the hunt resumed for the anglers.

big catch-and-release snook.
Gross is finding the big snook in shady potholes and
around mangrove islands amid shallow grass flats. Snook
up to 40-inches are being caught with a lot of slot-sized
fish in the mix. "If you're a snook fisherman," says Gross,
"Now is the time. There are some big fish on the flats."
Gross also is seizing the tarpon moments with his
clients. Whether fishing the passes or the beaches, Gross'
anglers are putting their strength and determination to the
test while tangling with these silver bombers. He's seeing
an average of a few hookups per trip, and expects the bite
to get better in the next few weeks. Average size this week
is 80-100 pounds with a few fish up to 150 pounds.
Capt. Warren Girle is experiencing a severe case
of silver king. Girle is fishing from sunrise to sunset in
search of the much sought-after game fish. By carrying an
assortment of baits, including crab, threadfin herring and
shiners, Girle is producing multiple hookups and getting
a respectable number of fish to the boat, too.
His average-size tarpon this past week was 90-120
pounds with some fish exceeding 150 pounds.
Amid the tarpon craze, Girle is still working the
inshore species with good results. On the flats, Girle is
catching trout, redfish and catch-and-release snook. For
bait, he's using live shiners free-lined behind the boat. He
suggests fishing afternoon outgoing tides for good action
on catch-and-release snook around the mangrove roots
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steadily, also the predators. Come to the pier equipped
with small white jigs or Gotcha plugs to get in on the
action. Remember, getting to the pier early is key.
For those not willing to go the distance in the morn-
ing, night fishing is picking up at the pier for catch-and-
release snook or shark. For the snook, try dangling a fat
pinfish or ladyfish under the pier. Heavy gear is necessary
to get big snook out from under the pier once it's hooked.
If you don't have the gear, don't even try, Sork says.
For the shark, try casting a chunk of ladyfish or
mackerel away from the pier and wait for a bite. Again,
heavy gear is a good idea. You could catch a 3-foot bon-
nethead or an 8-foot bull shark you just never know.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel says mackerel action
on the early morning high tides is becoming productive.
Pier anglers using small white speck rigs are capitalizing
on the bite. Gotcha plugs are producing, too.
Pier fishers using live shrimp, are finding sheepshead,
black drum and some oversized redfish meandering under
the pier waiting for a tasty morsel to be placed in front
of their noses. For the reds you can also try a palm-sized
pinfish or a half of a blue crab to get a bite.
Finally, spectators at the pier are watching the tarpon
rodeo just to the west. If you're wondering what those
30 boats are doing out there, you'll realize once you see
a bright silver flash of a tarpon, flying 6 feet above the
water, shaking violently, trying to spit the hook.
Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle is hear-
ing daily reports of tarpon being caught from both the
beaches and the passes. Obsessed tarpon fishers are roam-
ing the tackle shop isles in search of bulk-pack circle
hooks, heavy fluorocarbon leaders and tarpon corks. Not
only that, but some are equipping themselves with over-
sized spinning outfits spooled with hundreds of yards of
heavy braided line worthy of withstanding the power of
the silver king. Mattay says fish up to 175 pounds are
being reported.
On the beaches Mattay is hearing of good action
on migratory fish, including mackerel and shark. Large
schools of bait are arriving along the shorelines, which
in turn brings the fish. Barracuda also are being spotted
along the beaches, and Mattay suggests using a tube lure
to get hooked up with one of these toothy predators.
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End-of-year creeps up in K-play 'Bugz'
Jackson Hirter, portraying an Army ant in the "Bugz"
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Superintendent, citizens to
meet over lunch
Manatee County School District Superintendent Rick
Mills is inviting citizens to join him for a light lunch and
conversation at his second "Soup with the Supe: Food for
Thought!" Wednesday, May 29, at Renaissance on 9th,
located at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
The program will begin at noon.
Mills, according to a news release, plans to speak
on how building "leadership capacity" is essential for
organizations to succeed and flourish.
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AME calendar
Thursday, May 30, fourth-grade awards.
9 a.m. Friday, May 31, fifth-grade awards and DARE
graduation. Early release at 12:30 p.m.
June 6 and June 7, early release.
June 7, last day of school for AME students.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The office
number is 941-708-5529.

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College grad takes prize
Benjamin Murphy, a graduate of Connecticut Col-
lege, received the Robert W. Jordan Prize for excellence
in philosophy offered by Jane B. Jordan and the philoso-
phy department in memory of Robert W. Jordan, former
professor of philosophy.
Murphy, a former Anna Maria Elementary student
and a 2009 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's School in
Faribault, Minn., received the award at the annual Honors
& Awards ceremony at Connecticut College May 8.
He graduated from Connecticut College magna cum
laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and distinction in
the major field of government and philosophy.
He is the son of Susan Timmins and Sean Murphy
of Holmes Beach.
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Tuesday, June 4
Breakfast: School Favorite
Lunch: Chicken Tenders with Warm Roll or
School Favorite with Applesauce, Carrot Coins,
Mini Romaine Salad, Assorted Fresh Fruit
Wednesday, June 5
Breakfast: School Favorite
Lunch: Mac and Cheese or School Favorite
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Thursday, June 6
Breakfast: School Favorite
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken with Warm Roll or
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Friday, June 7
Breakfast: School Favorite
Lunch: Pizza Choice or School Favorite with
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Island real estate sales
789 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,718 sfla / 2,829 sfur
3bed/ 12bath/lcar Gulffront home built in 1983 on a 50x125 lot
was sold 05/01/13, Brown to Rysal Enterprises LLC for $1,750,000;
list $1,899,000.
509 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,898 sfla / 4,525 sfur
5bed/3bath/3car pool home built in 1991 on a 74x100 lot was
sold 05/03/13, Linton to AMI Retreat LLC for $755,000; list
238 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,959 sfla / 2,873 sfur
3bed/2bath bayfront pool home built in 1957 on a 41x78 lot was
sold 05/06/13, AMI Breeze LLC to Cebert Properties LLC for
306 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a 2,324 sfla / 3,433 sfur
4bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1992 on a 75x115
lot was sold 04/26/13, Romans to Bolton for $710,000; list
514 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,668 sfla / 3,746
sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1973 on a
100x105 lot was sold 04/30/13, Cantrall to Hurst for $700,000;
list $699,900.
308 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,392 sfla / 1,716 sfur
2bed/2bath/lcar bayfront home built in 1968 on a 60x85 lot was
sold 04/30/13, Christiana to Ritz for $626,000; list $799,000.
3014 Ave. E, Holmes Beach, a vacant 50x100 lot was sold
05/08/13, Gulf View Retreat LLC to Gracyn LLC for $600,000.
502 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 3,570 sfla / 4,933 sfur
3bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1958 on a 100x128 lot
was sold 05/09/13, Davis to Moore for $590,100.
5803 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,398 sfla / 2,126

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sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1961 on a 92x94
lot was sold 04/26/13, SJJL LLC to Angelino for $559,000; list
107 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 728 sfla /1,148 sfur 2bed/l bath
home built in 1955 on a 50x110 lot was sold 05/03/13, Carlson to
Island Girl Properties LLC for $550,000; list $599,000.
3 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,923 sfla / 2,621
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1997 on a 80x100 lot was sold
04/30/13, Treni to Fox KB Enterprises LLC for $484,000; list
505 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,488 sfla / 1,852 sfur
3bed/212bath/lcar pool home built in 1962 on a 95x100 lot was sold
05/10/13, Pinwheel Investments LLC to Parkinson for $548,750;
list $599,000.
7002 Marina Drive, Unit B, Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a
1,528 sfla3bed/2bath/lcar land condo with pool built in 2013 was
sold 05/03/13, Marina 7002 LLC to McCauley for $520,000; list
709 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,165 sfla / 1,857 sfur
2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1983 on a 65x100 lot was sold
04/30/13, Havlik to Pleshek for $365,000; list $399,000.
5800 De Palmas Ave., Holmes Beach, a 964 sfla / 1,344 sfur
2bed/lbath home built in 1968 on a 55x101 lot was sold 04/30/13,
Loveless to 5800 De Palmas LLC for $340,000.
305 61st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,008 sfla / 1,298 sfur
2bed/2bath duplex built in 1969 on a 90x101 lot was sold 04/30/13,
Wells Fargo Bank to Ippolito for $335,000.
5605 Carissa St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 117x76 lot was
sold 05/01/13, TCG Partnership to Carissa Bungalows LLC for

on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

HUGE SALE! Furniture, antiques, unique items,
artwork, office furniture. The Islander office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.

Sandbar Restaurant. Call George 941-201-5327.

LOST PHONE ON trolley. Please, call 941-704-
4452, if found.

tens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters.
Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941 -

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life-long
memories, call 941 -518-3868 or see boatflorida.

Turn the page for more classifieds....

503 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,072 sfla / 1,640 sfur
2bed/lbath home built n 1960 on a 75x120 lot was sold 04/26/13,
Gray to Nesci for $275,000; list $290,000.
3601 E. Bay Drive, Unit 209, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach,
a 1,004 sfla / 1,074 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built
in 1994 was sold 04/30/13, Czerep to Anna Maria Sunrise LLC
for $225,000; list $234,900.
3601 E. Bay Drive, Unit 113, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach,
a 931 sfla / 1,019 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built
in 1994 was sold 04/23/13, Edington to Lydon for $208,900; list
Compiled by Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, 941-778-7244.

37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 furnished condo, htd pool, tennis. $117,000.
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
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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at Heron's Watch, Bradenton.

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French and Hungarian

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CLUB: Gulffront
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This unit has it all:
amazing, sweeping
views of the Gulf of
Mexico, elevator,
pool and spa, covered parking, storage and great
rental history. $749,000. Call Jesse Brisson for more
info @ 941.713.4755.

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandys Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
SFull service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
7781345 Hauling tree trimming
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Full; Replacement Doors and Windows
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
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SMALL AMI BEACH resort seeking experienced
full-time property manager with mandatory
Quickbooks, accounting and advanced computer
skills. Email resume to: mail@annamariabeach-
cottages.com. No phone calls, please!

PERSONAL CARE AND companionship needed
for elderly woman evenings, in facility private
care at The Towers. Medical background either
nursing assistant or nursing required. Need work
hours to start approx 3-4 p.m. Please email your
contact information with a summary of back-
ground to reid3444@sbcglobal.net.

PART OR FULL-time customer service rep for
real estate office. Experience with Microsoft
Word, Internet, marketing, social media. Call AMI
Beaches Real Estate, 941-799-9096.

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-

BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy,
reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own
transportation. 941-447-9658.

NICOLE AND HALLIE'S babysitting, pet sitting
and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with
animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-

AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Eve-
nings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certified, cur-
rently enrolled in child development courses,
honor student volunteering at Blake Hospital. AMI
or N.W. Bradenton. Brittany, 941-465-6748.

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: Light duties around
home, appointments, hygiene care, experience in
all phases. References, 30 years experience. Call
between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.

CARE AT HOME: Confidential and professional.
Home aid, companionship, basic nursing. Call
Alexandra Keller, 941-524-9900.

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.

resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC.
We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry
and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your
list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and
emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Air-
port runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free esti-
mates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim
Weaver, 813-727-1959.

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

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

cial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn
services, also. 941-565-3935.

resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-

trustworthy and honest with reasonable non-
hourly rate. 813-295-5000 please, leave mes-

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic clean-
ing products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-

COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup,
system upgrade. Hardware, software and net-
work repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell
phone repair, support. Replace broken camera,
screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-

ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-

Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County
and the Island since 1987. For dependable,
honest and personalized service, call William
Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

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

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.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and instal-
lations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff,

Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -

old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free
estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-

"Movers Who Care,"

professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
www.amitaxi.com amitaxi4u@gmail.com
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining

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

carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,

man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
wood flooring. Insured and licensed, 941-748-

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

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

tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941 -
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo,
office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom
prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors
for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum,
steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates.
941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.
builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable,
timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-
RANDY'S PAINT AND Drywall: Carpentry,
screens and all your household maintenance.
THE ISLANDER will be closed in observance of
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Classified ads
for the May 29 edition of the newspaper are due
at the office by 2 p.m. Friday, May 24. Please,
have a safe and happy holiday, and remember
those military service women and men who sac-
rificed for your freedoms.

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

near boat ramp, many other area amenities,
cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-
June. 407-927-1304. dvanworm@earthlink.net.
from Gulf. 2BR/1 large bath. Seasonal rental,
three-day minimum. Call for further information,
863-660-3509 or email: mememersh@aol.com.
1 BR/1 BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo,
heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month,
$1,1 00/month annual. 813-393-6002.

Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 500 sf. next
to Jose's Real Cuban Food, 8799 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. Call 1-800-952-1206.

slip. Palma Sola Bay. Pool, patio, cable, washer
and dryer. No pets. Six months plus. $950/month,
furnished, $1,050/month, unfurnished. Call 941-
3BR/2BA private home with a heated pool and
fenced backyard. Tile and carpet, granite counter
tops, two-car garage, covered patio, lake views,
washer/dryer hookups. Lawn and pool care pro-
vided. Small dog considered. Close to Robinson
Preserve. $1,600/month. First, last, security. Gulf
Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
PERICO ISLAND MONTHLY vacation rental:
3BR/3BA private pool, community facilities. 941 -
795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis,
boat dock. Seasonal, November. Call 818-620-
CLIMATE-CONTROLLED AND non-climate units
available starting at $65/month. For additional
information, call Anna Maria Storage, 941-779-
near beaches and shopping, 2BR/2BA, Jacuzzi,
marble floors throughout, $900/month. 941-720-
west of Gulf Drive. $2,400/month. 107 Beach
Ave., Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
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New Construction Remodeling
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778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holv-:, I':h ii i Sat.

Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
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WINTER 2013-14: 2BR/2BA ground level with
carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious,
updated, must see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA on canal. Boat
dock, community pool. $3,000/month. Furnished
or unfurnished. Sato Real Estate Inc., 941-778-
7200 or email: rentals@satorealestate.com.
SIX-MONTH RENTAL on the north end of Anna
Maria Island. 2BR/2BA, available July 1, 2013, to
Jan. 1, 2014. Call for more information. An Island
Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
ANNUAL 2BR2BA CONDO with water, garbage,
cable included. Washer/dryer, small pet OK.
$950/month. Call Big Fish Real Estate, Inc., 941-

ANNUAL RENTAL 2BR/1BA: 4413 99th St. W.
(at Cortez Road). Quiet neighborhood next to
Mt.Vernon 55-plus community. Washer/dryer,
tile floors, security doors, yard maintenance pro-
vided. Utilities not included. $850/month/$850
deposit. No pets. Call 941-896-2909 to view.

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
site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.
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2BR/1 BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views.
$395,000, by owner. 941-779-0101.
PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in sell-
ing. I am looking to purchase a home close to
the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No
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.
FLAMINGO CAY IN Waterbird Way. On canal
with boat and lift. One level, 2BR/2BA, pool
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I I Actress Ha) worth
15 Elian Championship
19 Fundamental truth
20 "Coffee ___?"
21 Give (y)ank)
22 Some bookmarks.
for short
23 Ana Ivanosic and
Novak Djokovic?
25 Hyperbolically large
27 Like steppes
28 Tour guide's
comment at the
primate house?
30 Done, in Verdun
31 Twiggy's look in
'60s fashion
32 Wintry temps
33 Sign for tourists
visiting the
40 Construction
42 Swimming pool
43 M.I.T.'s School
of Management
44 Operator
45 Cry before "Open

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51 Tropical paradise
for Barbie and
55 '60s White House
56 Smear
58 The Indians. on
59 Dickens's Uriah ___
60 Common potluck
62 On the button
64 Pops
65 Let Justin take care
of e erythi ng?
70 Hands out hands
73 Some horns
74 Like Nasser's vision
78 Prefix with phobia
79 Vientiane nati ve
80 Response to "Look
over there!"
83 What often follows
84 Passed security at
the troubadours'
89 Like "South Park"
vis-a- is "The
91 Mortar trough
92 NASA spacewalks,
in brief
93 One of three
aboriginal groups
95 German article
96 Detroit pioneer
97 Prepare to go

101 Place for a
104 Ghostbuster
106 Seniors' org.
107 Stadium binge?
I 11 Displayed an "Oh.
my God" reaction
115 Judge
116 Fortunctellers'
protest demand?
118 Fields
119 Banned orchard
120 Close call
121 Sweet, once
122 Wood strip
123 Lunch counter
124 Something
125 Park

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5 One of the Dionne
6 Tongue taggers
7 Steams
8 Paper size: Abbr.
9 It's indicated in red
10 Band for a "Miss"
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12 "Who goes there?"
13 Salad ingredient

14 Wide-eyed and
open -mouthed
15 Trudge (along)
16 Certain NASA
17 Binding elementary
18 They often have
organs: Abbr.
24 E-mail folder
26 Slowing down,
musically: Abbr.
29 Plant bristle
33 Ho-hum
34 Jordanian port
35 Plucked instruments
36 Go a's "The
Duchess of
37 Go hither and yon
38 Leafy green
39 Ristorante menu
41 Comb filler
44 Early development
45 Ran
46 Ran
47 Children's game
with letters
49 Noses
50 Soap actress Sofer
52 ___ Rios, Jamaica
53 Workout target
54 "B tterfield 8"
57 Kind of bean
61 Let happen
62 Urban grid: Abbr.
63 Jos6. to friends

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77 Top of the military?
80 Logical beginning?
81 In
82 Cut a column, say
85 Fish trap
86 Rental item
87 Game of tag?

90 Google hit units
94 Up-and-coming
96 Getting up there
97 Doomed ones
98 Wrap up
99 Locks
100 Rosal robe trim
101 Definitely will
102 Chick of jazz
103 Up. in 87-Down

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Get ready, get set, get gone

Now, before the first storm forms out there:
Recheck your supply of boards, tools, batteries,
non-perishable foods and other equipment needed to
secure your property.
Prepare or update your survival kit, including
medicines, special dietary foods, blankets, pillows,
sleeping bags, flashlight, lots of batteries, a portable
radio, clothing, lightweight folding chairs, cots, per-
sonal items, quiet games and toys, important papers
and snacks. If you have a pet, include its needs as
Develop a plan for where you'll go if you need
to leave home. Friends on the mainland or hurricane
shelter locations should be identified and routes to
safe shelters considered.
When advisories list Southwest Florida as a
threatened region, pay attention to weather broad-
casts and:
Fill your vehicle with gasoline and be sure to
check the oil, tires and wiper blades.
Collect your hurricane survival kit.
Moor your boat securely or evacuate it to a safe
Be prepared to board windows or protect them
with tape or storm shutters. Remember, damage to
small windows is mostly caused by wind-driven
debris; damage to larger windows may come from
debris, as well as wind pressure.
Bring indoors patio furniture, potted plants,
lawn ornaments and anything that can be moved.
Secure outdoor objects that can't be moved.
Stock up on drinking water. Bathtubs, jugs,
bottles or pots can be used, or buy bottled water.

Some may not recognize
the Sandbar Restaurant
before the remodel-
ing boarded up for .-..-... --- -...--- -.. ..
protection against a _
past storm. Storms L
can take sand from the .-
beach and uncover rock

Just a few miles from Anna Maria
Island, in an outlying area in
Manatee County near Arcadia,
fallen trees covered what remained
of a home after Hurricane Charley.
Islanders evacuated because Char-
ley was predicted to make landfall
at the northern tip of Anna Maria
Island. Instead, the hurricane went
ashore at Captiva Island and Port

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Remember, water service may be disrupted for days
or weeks after a hurricane. You should have a gallon
of water per person per day, and you should have at
least a seven-day supply.
Stock up on non-perishable food. Remember
that electricity may be off for days or weeks, so make
plans to prepare food or have food that can be eaten
cold. Check to make sure you have a manual can
Check all battery-powered equipment. Hurri-
cane experts caution against candles due to the threat
of fire.
Stock up on cleanup materials: mops, buckets,
towels, cleansers and the like.
Make arrangements for boarding your pet. Pet-
friendly shelters will open in Manatee County, but the
animal must have all its shots and paperwork and be
in a carrier.
If hurricane advisories list Southwest Florida as

a possible landfall for a hurricane:
Board all windows.
Be prepared to leave. Remember, traffic leaving
the island will be worse than you can imagine. Hur-
ricane authorities predict it will take 12-17 hours to
evacuate the Island.
Watch or listen to local news broadcasts for
shelter openings.
If officials order an evacuation:
Leave your swimming pool filled and super
chlorinate. If possible, remove the pump, otherwise
cover the pool.
Turn off electricity and water to the property.
Turn off gas valves at the appliance, not at the
main valve.
Let your friends and relatives know where
you're going.
Check with neighbors to make sure they have
a safe, timely ride out of the area.
After the hurricane passes:
Be patient. Access to damaged areas will be
limited and you may not be able to return to your
home immediately. Roads may be blocked by trees
and live power lines, and emergency crews will need
time to make the area safe.
Expect security checkpoints, so make sure you
have valid identification showing your proper local
Do not drive unless you must, and don't sight-
see. Roads should remain clear for emergency vehi-
Avoid downed or damaged electrical wires.
Beware of snakes, insects and animals that may
have sought higher ground to avoid flood waters.
Re-enter your home with caution. Open win-
dows and doors to let air circulate and dry out the
Be cautious with fire until you have checked
the area thoroughly for gas fumes.
Assess and photograph damage to structures
and contents to hasten insurance claims.
As soon as feasible, report any broken power,
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County emergency management officials encour- 4
age residents to consider options other than public
shelter, including hotels or other lodging or stays with
family or friends out of the evacuation zone.
Turn to local media for public shelter openings, ,d
including which shelter will serve as a pet-friendly
location and which shelter will serve people with '
special needs. The designated special needs shel-
ter opens in advance of others, but the location can
change depending on storm predictions.
Manatee County's shelter roster:
Bayshore Elementary School, 6120 26th St. W.,
Braden River Middle School, 6215 River Club
Blvd., Bradenton.
Braden River High School, 6545 State Road 70
E., Bradenton.8964
Buffalo Creek Middle School, 7320 69th St. E.,
Daughtrey Elementary School, 515 63rd Ave. 5 i
E., Bradenton.
Freedom Elementary School, 9515 State Road
64 E., Bradenton.
Gullett Elementary School, 12125 44thAve. E., In an evacuation, emergency management officials encourage people to seek shelter with friends or family,
Bradenton. but public shelters also are opened on an as needed basis. Islander File Photo
Haile Middle School, 9501 State Road 64 E.,
Bradenton. Mills Elementary School, 7200 69th St. E., Pal- Bradenton.
Johnson Middle School, 2121 26th Ave. E., metto. Tillman Elementary School, 1415 29th St. E.,
Bradenton. Myakka City Elementary School, 37205 Mana- Palmetto.
Kinnan Elementary School, 3415 Tallevast tee Ave., Myakka City. Williams Elementary School, 3404 Fort Hamer
Road, Sarasota. Oneco Elementary School, 5214 22nd St. Court Road, Parrish.
Lee Middle School, 4000 53rd Ave. W., Bra- E., Bradenton. Willis Elementary School, 14705 The Masters
denton. Prine Elementary School, 3801 Southern Park- Ave., Bradenton.
Manatee High School, 1000 32nd St. W., Bra- way, Bradenton. Witt Elementary School, 200 Rye Road, Bra-
denton. Rodgers Garden Elementary School, 515 13th denton.
McNeal Elementary School, 6325 Lorraine Ave. W., Bradenton. Source: mymanatee.org.
Road, Bradenton. Rowlett Elementary School, 3500 Ninth St. E.,
Miller Elementary School, 4201 Manatee Ave. Bradenton.20 3c-ex U Ui
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Stormy weather

Tropical cyclones are low-pressure systems that
have thunderstorm activity and rotate counterclock-
A tropical cyclone that has winds of 38 mph or
less is termed a tropical depression.
When the tropical cyclone's winds reach 39-73
mph, it is upgraded to a tropical storm.
When winds exceed 74 mph, the storm is con-
sidered a hurricane. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane
Scale defines hurricane strength by categories, but
the category of the storm does not necessarily relate
directly to the damage it can inflict.
Lower category storms and even tropical storms
can cause substantial damage depending on what
other weather features they interact with, where they
strike and how slow they move.
Typical hurricanes are about 300 miles wide,
although they can vary considerably in size. The eye
at a hurricane's center is a relatively calm, clear area
about 20-40 miles across.
The eye wall surrounding the eye is composed
of dense clouds that contain the highest winds in the
A storm's outer rain bands often with hur-
ricane or tropical storm-force winds are made up
of dense bands of thunderstorms ranging from a few
miles to tens of miles wide and 50-300 miles long.
Hurricane-force winds can extend outward to
about 25 miles in a small hurricane and to more than
150 miles for a large one. Tropical storm-force winds
can stretch out as far as 300 miles from the center of

a large hurricane.
Frequently, the right side of a hurricane is the
most dangerous in terms of storm surge, winds and
A hurricane's speed and path depend on com-
plex ocean and atmospheric interactions, including
the presence or absence of other weather patterns.

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Do not focus on the eye or the track hurri-
canes are immense systems that can move in complex
patterns that are difficult to predict. Be prepared for
changes in size, intensity, speed and direction.
Think of it as a huge tornado.

Get news alerts at www.islander.org.

Boaters: brace against wind, waves

Some tips and cautions for boaters in hurricane
If an anchorage/mooring plan calls for moving
vessels and there is sufficient notice, a boater should
relocate at least 48-72 hours before a storm is forecast
to strike.
Make sure fuel tanks are full, fuel filters are
clean, batteries are charged, bilges are clean, cockpit
drains are clear, fire-fighting equipment is working
and lifesaving equipment is in good condition.
Remove or secure deck gear, portable gear, radio
antennas, outriggers, fighting chairs, deck boxes, tops
and side canvas/curtains, sails, boom, extra halyards,
canister rafts and dinghies. Make sure hatches, ports,
doors, lazarettes and sailboat rudder are secure.
If a vessel is moored at a dock or a canal, in a
river or in a marina near the Gulf, it is possible that
with an additional 5-10 feet or greater storm surge,
the vessel pound against the dock or crash into pil-
The best offshore mooring to ride out a storm
is in the center of a canal or narrow river where at
least doubled mooring lines can be secured to both
shores, port and starboard, fore and aft.
Do not raft vessels together at moorings or
docks, especially if larger and smaller vessels are
involved. The probability of damage to the vessels

is greater than if they are moored singly.
If the vessel must remain dockside at a private
dock or marina, heavy-duty fender boards should be
used on a bare-wood center piling. Lines should be
doubled and even tripled in length where necessary
to hold a vessel in the center of a berth or off seawall

A boat stranded
by Hurricane
Wilma on Key
West. Islander
File Photo: Joc-
elyn Augustino/

or dock pilings.
Do not stay aboard a vessel during a storm.
Sources: National Hurricane Center, Florida
Division of Emergency Management, American
Boating Association.
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the path of the
2011 hur-
ricanes. The
first named
storm of 2012
was Alberto,
a weak tropi-
cal storm that
formed May
19 and never
made land-
fall. Islander
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ricane Center


Storm names: Short, distinctive

The first named storm of
2013 will be Andrea.
The other reserved names
for the season are: Barry,
Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fer-
nand, Gabrielle, Humberto,
Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo,
Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo,
Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya,
Van, Wendy.
The use of short, distinc-
tive, assigned names is quicker
and less subject to error than

use of latitude-longitude iden-
tification methods for storms.
These advantages are
especially important in
exchanging detailed storm
information between hundreds
of widely scattered stations,
coastal bases and ships at sea,
according to the National Hur-
ricane Center.
Since 1953, Atlantic tropi-
cal storms have been named
from lists originated by the

The first lists featured
only women's names. Then,
in 1979, men's names were
introduced. They alternate
on the list with the women's
The only time there is a
change in the pre-set list is if
a storm is so deadly or costly
that the future use of its name
would be inappropriate and

In the event the number
of named tropical cyclones
occurring in the Atlantic basin
in a season exceeds 21 storms,
additional storm names will be
taken from the Greek alpha-
bet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma,
Delta, and so on.

Use the map on pages 6-7
to track the 2013 season.

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damage and
disaster as far
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Any disaster that threatens humans also threatens
animals. So making arrangements for pets among
the most vulnerable in a storm must be part of any
household disaster planning.
Some recommendations:
Make sure your pet has current immuniza-
If planning to go to a motel, determine in
advance whether pets are welcome and what rules
apply. A good resource is www.petswelcome.com.
If planning to board a pet, check whether the
veterinarian will be boarding in an emergency. There's
a chance the local vet's office will be evacuating.
Friends or relatives in a safe area are the best
choice for sheltering you and your pet.
Pack a pet survival kit that includes an ID collar
and rabies license tag, leashes, water and food bowls,
medications, food to last about two weeks, newspa-
pers/plastic bags for waste disposal, toys and comfort
items. And treats!
Pets should have secure carriers or collapsible
cages. Carriers should be large enough for pets to
stand comfortably and turn around. Familiarize pets
with the carrier ahead of time, because the carrier
should be a comforting refuge if the animal is required
to live in it for days or weeks after the storm. Pets
evacuated to a designated county pet-friendly shelter
are required to remain in the owner's kennel.
Throughout an evacuation, your pet will need
calm and reassurance. Keep as close to a pet's normal
routine as possible and speak to the animal regularly
in a calm voice.
After the storm passes, take precautions if allow-
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Storm damage
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severe problem.
Not only are boats
damaged, but sea-
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NASA is a twitter. So too is the National Hur-
ricane Center, NOAA and the National Weather Ser-
The 2013 storm season is at hand, and govern-
ment agencies are using social media tools to keep
populations informed.
NASA Hurricane is sending regular tweets, as is
the NHC.
NOAA also is getting "likes" on Facebook, as is
the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the
popular Weather Underground.

Web resources
Manatee County Emergency Management:
Florida Division of Emergency Management:
NOAA hurricane hunters: www.aoc.noaa.gov.
National Climatic Data Center: www.ncdc.noaa.
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FEMA: www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/.
National Flood Insurance Program: www.
National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.
U.S. Coast Guard storm center: www.uscg.mil/
Tropical Meteorological Project: tropical.atmos.
Weather Underground: www.wunderground.
The Islander: www.islander.org.

Print resources
The Islander has contingency plans to continue
publishing through a storm, as do local daily news-
papers, including the Bradenton Herald and Sarasota
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Categorizing 'canes

The United States measures hurricanes using
the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, which provides
examples of the type of damage and impacts asso-
ciated with winds of certain intensities. In general,
damage rises by a factor of four for every category

Category 1
Wind: 74-95 mph.
Surge: 4-5 feet.
Effects: No real damage to building structures.
Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes,
shrubbery and trees. Also, some coastal flooding and
minor pier damage.

Category 2
Wind: 96-110 mph.
Surge: 6-8 feet.
Effects: Some roofing material, door and window
damage. Considerable damage to vegetation, mobile
homes, etc. Flooding damages piers and small craft
in unprotected moorings may break its moorings.

Category 3
Wind: 111-130 mph.
Surge: 9-12 feet.
Effects: Some structural damage to small resi-
dences and utility buildings, with a minor amount of
curtain-wall failures. Mobile homes are destroyed.
Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures
with larger structures damaged by floating debris.
Terrain may be flooded well inland.

Category 4
Wind: 131-155 mph.
Surge: 13-18 feet.
Effects: More extensive curtain-wall failures with

some complete roof-structure failure on small resi-
dences. Major erosion of beach areas. Terrain may
be flooded well inland.

Category 5
Wind: 155 mph and more.
Surge: 18 feet and more.
Effects: Complete roof failure on many resi-
dences and industrial buildings. Some complete
building failures with small utility buildings blown
over or away. Flooding causes major damage to lower
floors of all structures near the shoreline. Massive
evacuation of residential areas may be required.
Source: National Hurricane Center

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ricane Charley.
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Anna Maria
Island, but
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the south near
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Forecasters predict an. active Atlantic season.

Multiple institutions offer predictions for the
storm season. Some of the most respected include the
forecast from the National Hurricane Center, which is
issued in late May; the annual forecast from Tropical
N k.tc .i-l 1 the forecast from the department of statistics at North
Carolina State University.
The NCSU and the CSU say there's a good chance
the 2013 season will be more active than normal.
The NCSU predicts:
13-17 tropical cyclones tropical storms and
hurricanes will develop in the Atlantic Basin. The
average for 1950-2012 is 10.8.
Seven-10 hurricanes developing in the Atlantic
basin. The average for 1950-2012 is 6.3.
Three-six major hurricanes developing in the
Atlantic basin. The average for 1950-2012 is 2.7.
Two-three hurricanes in the Caribbean Sea. The
average is 1.4.
One-two major hurricanes in the Caribbean
Sean. The average is 0.8.
Three-five tropical cyclones in the Gulf of
Mexico. The average is 3.1.
One-two hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. The
average is 1.6.
Zero-one major hurricanes in the Gulf of
Mexico. The average is 0.7.
At CSU, researchers Philip J. Klotzbach and
William M. Gray predict, "The tropical Atlantic has
anomalously warmed over the past several months,
and it appears that the chances of an El Nifio event
this summer and fall are unlikely. We anticipate
an above-average probability for major hurricanes
making landfall along the U.S. coastline and in the
The researchers, as they have in prior years,
emphasize that regardless of the number of storms
forecast it takes one storm to severely impact a
coastal community.
At the beginning of their April forecast, Klotz-

bach and Gray say, "Coastal residents are reminded
that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to
make it an active season for them, and they need to
prepare the same for every season, regardless of how
much or how little activity is predicted."
Their predictions include:
18 named storms this season.
95 named storm days.
Nine hurricanes.
Four major hurricanes.
72 percent probability a major hurricane will
make landfall in the United States.
48 percent probability a major hurricane will
make landfall on the East Coast.
47 percent probability a major hurricane will
make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
In their paper, the researchers say they issue the
"forecasts to satisfy the curiosity of the general public
and to bring attention to the hurricane problem. There

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is a general interest in knowing what the odds are for
an active or inactive season."
They also say, "One must remember that our
forecasts are based on the premise that those global
oceanic and atmospheric conditions which preceded
comparatively active or inactive hurricane seasons in
the past provide meaningful information about simi-
lar trends in future seasons. This is not always true
for individual seasons.

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Did you know?
There were 28 tropical storms and 15 hur-
ricanes in 2005, making that year the busiest
storm season on record. The highest number
of major hurricanes was in 1950 with eight
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Deciphering storm. terminology TIME TO CHANGE THE SIGNS

What exactly is the forecaster tell-
ing you when he or she says we have a
"coastal flood watch" in effect?
What does that text message about
the PIO announcing the opening of the
EOC mean?
Here's a helpful look at some of
the terms used hopefully not too
often during the Atlantic hurricane
Closest point of approach or CPA:
The point where the hurricane eye
comes closest to shore without making
Coastal flood warning: A warn-
ing that significant wind-forced flood-
ing is expected along low-lying coastal
Coastal flood watch: An alert
that significant wind-forced flooding
is expected along low-lying coastal
County Division of Emergency
Management: The local government
agency created to discharge emergency
management responsibilities and func-
tions of the county.
County Emergency Operations
Center or EOC: The county facility that
serves as a central location for the coor-
dination and control of all emergency
preparedness and response activities.
Emergency Alert System or EAS:
A system designed to permit govern-
ment officials to issue up-to-date and
continuous emergency information and
instructions to the public. This system
replaced the Emergency Broadcast
Emergency public shelter: Gener-
ally, a public school or other such struc-
ture designated by county officials as a
place of refuge.
Evacuation time: The lead time
that a populated coastal jurisdiction
must have to safely relocate all residents
of vulnerable areas from an approach-
ing hurricane.
Flood warning: Indicates the
expected severity of flooding, as well
as where and when the flooding will
Forward Speed: The rate of move-

ment of the hurricane eye is stated in
miles per hour or knots.
Gale warning: Is defined as sus-
tained winds within the range 39-54
miles an hour (34-47 knots), either
predicted or occurring. Gale warnings
are not normally issued during tropical
cyclone situations.
Hurricane: The term is used when
winds reach constant speed of 74 mph
or more. These winds blow in a large
spiral around a relatively calm center
of extremely low pressure known as the
eye of the hurricane.
Around the rim of the storm's eye,
winds may gust to more than 200 mph.
The entire storm dominates the ocean
and/or Gulf of Mexico surface and
lower atmosphere over tens of thou-
sands of square miles.
Hurricane advisories Notices
numbered consecutively for each storm,
describing the present and forecast
position and intensity of the storm.
Hurricane eye: The relatively
calm area near the center of the storm.
In this area, winds are light and the sky
is often partly covered by clouds.
Hurricane eye landfall: The point
in time when the eye, or physical center
of the hurricane, reaches the coastline
from the hurricane's approach over
Hurricane path or track: Line of

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SHurricane warning -Isl An alert
Nahurricane conditions are expectedional
Hur-within 24 hours.

Hurricane watchrning An alert

added to a hurricane advisory cover
ing a specified area and duration. A
hurricane watch means that hurricane
conditions are a real possibility; it does
not mean they are imminent.
Public Information Officer or PIO:
An individual appointed by the EOC to
be responsible for the formulating and
coordinating of the dissemination of
emergency public information.
SLOSH or sea, lake and overland
surges from hurricanes: A computer-
ized model which is able to estimate
the overland tidal surge heights and
winds that result from hypothetical hur-
ricanes with selected characteristics in
pressure, size, forward speed, track and
Squall: A storm with a sudden
increase of wind speed by at least 18
mph (16 knots) and rising to 25 mph
(22 knots) or more and lasting for at
least one minute.
Storm surge: The high and force-
ful dome of wind-driven waters sweep-
ing along the coastline near where the
eye makes landfall or passes close to
the coast.




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With the arrival of the 2013 Atlantic
hurricane season, officials are reminding
residents that they need re-entry tags to
return to Anna Maria Island following
an evacuation.
The hang-tags are distributed at each
of the three city halls.
One hang-tag is issued per residence
to applicants with photo identification
and proof of residency. Residents who
already have hang-tags do not need
a new tag. And residents who have
changed vehicles since registering for
re-entry need not obtain a new tag.
Anna Maria residents seeking addi-
tional information can call city hall at
In Holmes Beach, call the police
department at 941-708-5807.
In Bradenton Beach, call city hall at

Yes, there is an app for that.
More than a dozen apps exist for
tracking hurricanes and other severe
weather for smartphones and other
mobile devices.
A number of apps can be down-
loaded for free, including:
The Weather Channel, which fea-
tures radar maps and severe weather
Hurricane Track, which offers
radar animations, projected paths and
tropical weather summaries.
iHurricane, a popular hurricane
tracking app with alert push notifica-
tions and interactive maps.
Hurricane Hub, with eyewit-
ness reports, breaking news, volunteer
opportunities and storm histories.


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Top-ranked for-sale apps include
Kitty Code's Hurricane, EZ Apps
Hurricane Tracker and CaneCast Hur-

Storm factoid: Did you. know
The Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is
the only military unit that flies into storms, and has been doing so since
1944, gathering essential weather data. The Hurricane Hunters fly a
Lockheed-Martin WC-130J aircraft and are based in Biloxi, Miss.

Islanders are fond of telling new-
comers and vacationers that for what-
ever reason karma, geography or luck
- Anna Maria Island has not suffered a
direct hurricane strike.
Islanders cannot say the same about
flooding. On a barrier island, flooded
streets and sometimes flooded homes
- can come with a simple occurrence
of a fast, hard rain event at high tide.
Driving through flooded streets can
damage vehicles, as well as threaten
health and safety of people.
Floods are the most common haz-
ards in the United States.
Floods can be local impacting
a neighborhood or community as can
be the case of thunderstorm-associated
floods; or they can impact an entire
region, as can be the case in a hurri-
Most cars will float and can be
swept away in 18-24 inches of moving
Trucks and SUVs do not fare much
better, with only 6-12 more inches of

Flooded road bottoms can wash
away, making the water much deeper
than it appears.
If you drive through high water,
you should quickly wash the car and its
Keep any vehicle well-maintained
and outfitted with emergency supplies.
In a ground-floor home on the
island, consider raising expensive furni-
ture, appliances and electronics, as well
as the indoor AC air handler indoors and
the outside condenser.
Look around a property to keep
drains clear and remove any vegetation
that might clog the stormwater drainage

Did you. iknow?
Hurricane Katrina, which made
landfall along the Louisiana coast
Aug. 29, 2005, killed 1,833 people
in the United States and cost an
estimated $125 billion. Katrina was
the costliest tropical cyclone in U.S.

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Stocking up for storms

Is that rust around the rim of the Spam can?
Are those batteries leaking?
With a new storm season comes reason to
review, repack and replenish supplies in the disas-
ter kit.
Emergency management experts recommend
storm kits contain five days worth of supplies,
Water bottled H20 for drinking and gallon
containers of water for cleaning up.
Non-perishable foods, especially ready-to-eat
Disposable utensils and plates.
Cash, including a roll of quarters and small
bills for vending machines. Many vendors may
not be able to accept credit or ATM cards after a
Important papers, such as birth certificates,
passports, wills, address books, insurance docu-
ments, prescriptions.
Cooking pan.
First-aid kit.
Small tools.

* Pocket k
* Flashligi
* Candles.
* Matches
* Clothing
* Bedding

Disaster kit
should include

cash, because
systems to
process credit
cards or to dis-
pense cash may
be inoperable
during and
after a storm,
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Trash bags.
Lawn chairs.
Games and toys.
Battery-powered radio and earphones.
Cleaning supplies.
Rubber gloves.
Florida road map.
Pet kennel, medications and supplies.
Reading materials, including The Islander
storm-planning guide.