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$1M matchup: Bradenton Beach meets TDC

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Bravo TV host Patti Stanger matches
single millionaires with their true love for a
lifetime partnership on "Millionaire Match-
maker." Stanger might like the local angle of
two government entities finding their way to
a similar matchup.
A long-delayed project to restore the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier will now get a big
million-dollar boost from the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaugh-

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The Islander's elec-
tion recommendations,
reader letters. Page 6

Real estate transactions.
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Privateers plan invasion
of Anna Maria Island.
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Island police blotter.
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'This pier is a symbol
of our city. It's the
first thing people see
coming over the bridge.
It's important to all
of us.' Mayor John

nessy approached the TDC in early September
for assistance after it became apparent that, due
to financial constraints, the city would have to
eliminate features from the pier.
The city devoted about a $1 million to the
project, but did so about two years ago. Since
then, delays in the project due to storms, priori-
ties and other factors piled up, while construc-
tion prices have risen to the point of having to
simplify the design, ultimately changing the
pier design.
Some changes being considered were
reducing the number of copulas, using less
expensive materials that have a shorter life
span and, at one point, the city struggled with
retaining the T-end of the pier what some

HB shade meeting

sparks Sunshine

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
You might say a controversial tree house
cast an ominous shadow at Holmes Beach City
Hall. Or the sun don't shine under that tree. Or
more trouble grows .... But you get it.
David Levin, a Sarasota attorney rep-
resenting Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran in
the Holmes Beach matter of a tree house on
the beachfront of Angelino's Sea Lodge, has
alleged a Sunshine Law violation against the
city of Holmes Beach.
The state attorney's office has assigned
the case to the Bradenton Police Department
following a recusal by Holmes Beach Police
Chief Bill Tokajer, an employee of the city
undergoing scrutiny.
Levin contacted the state attorney's office
in early September following an Aug. 29 shade
meeting called by city attorney Patricia Petruff
to discuss litigation strategy related to the tree
house, which has since been found to be in
violation of city, state and federal codes.
Levin is appealing the city's code enforce-
ment decision in the 12th Judicial District.
Hazen and Tran also are pursuing their right
to file a petition demanding either approval of
the tree house by the commission or a special
election to have Holmes Beach voters decide
its fate.
However, the city has filed legal action
asking for a declaratory judgment on statute
language that defines a building order before
proceeding with any action. The statute states

might consider the most important feature for
fishing and long walks over the water.
Shaughnessy said the goal of the project
was never to enhance the look of the pier,
rather to maintain the charm and appearance
of a historical symbol of the city.
Meanwhile, the mayor began meeting
with members of the TDC and other Mana-
tee County government officials. At an Oct.
21 meeting of the TDC, Shaughnessy was
informed that the city would receive match-
ing funds of up to $1 million.
"I was flabbergasted," said Shaughnessy.
"We had $1 million to do the pier and with
rising costs, I wasn't sure if we could do a
true restoration of the pier. We started cutting
things here and there, but now we don't have
Shaughnessy said it's a win-win for the
city and the TDC.
"We both have $1 million available for
this project, but with the partnership in place,
it won't cost us that much. Say the city puts
in $650,000 and the TDC does the same. We
both will have money left over."
The TDC has strict guidelines in allocat-

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poll voters

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Islander's annual Popcorn and Poli-
tics event for candidates and voters from each
island city drew a good crowd Oct. 25, to the
newspaper's new offices at 5406B Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Also attending were members of the Man-
atee County branch of the League of Women
Voters. Rosalie Schaffer, Kathleen Dodge and
Lesley Jacobs, offering attendees straw poll
ballots for each of the island's three municipal
The straw poll appeared to attract a large
volume of voters at the onset, possibly because
some interested parties solicited a voting bloc
to tip the scales. Of note were two Holmes
Beach elected officials Mayor Carmel
Monti and Commissioner Marvin Grossman
- and others who voted and left the event
without hearing introductions or speeches from
the candidates.
The only candidates not present were
Commissioner Ric Gatehouse, andAnna Maria
commission candidate Carol Carter. Carter
said she was hosting a family event that was

Concrete supports at the Historic Bridge
Street Pier are cracked and show the wear of
saltwater. Islander Photo: Mark Young

AM commission

reverses, rejects

filing court action
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Vacation property owners and managers
in Anna Maria can call off their attack dogs.
There won't be a legal battle over vacation
rentals after all.
In a 3-2 vote at the Oct. 24 meeting, com-
missioners reversed a September decision to
file a court action for declaratory relief to
determine if the city's hotel/motel ordinance
could be applied to single-family home vaca-
tion rentals.
In September, commis-
sioners voted 4-1 to proceed
with declaratory relief, but
city attorney Jim Dye said
the city would need specific
U l examples of code violations
Webb to pursue the owners of those
properties as defendants in a
declaratory reliefjudgment.
Commission Chair
Chuck Webb, who brought
the concept to the dais, said
he researched the city's
Woodland database of code violations
for examples of two or more
complaints against a vacation home in the past
Locations that fit that criteria were 111
Gulf Drive, 780 Jacaranda St., 804 N. Shore
Drive, and 314, 505, 509 and 514 Magnolia
Ave., Webb said.
Webb said he found a few other properties

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Big thanks
Anna Maria
celebrates the I
90th birthday -
of planning
and zoning
board chair
Tom Turner at
the commis-
sion's Oct. 24
meeting. Turner
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two decades.
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Rick Catlin

with two or more violations written the past year, but the
owners were foreign nationals. It would be difficult to
proceed with a court case against them, he said.
Commissioner Dale Woodland, however, said he
was no longer in favor of "moving forward" with legal
He agreed there were some problems at a few vaca-
tion rental properties, particularly noise issues. But the
use of best practices by owners and managers of vacation
rentals seems to be working, Woodland said.
"I applaud the effort, but is this where we want to
go?" he asked of the legal action.
Attorney Scott Rudacille of the Bradenton law firm
of Blalock Walters P.A. said he represents the owners of
several properties identified by Webb as problem rent-
But, Rudacille said, all of the complaints were settled
amicably and no violation letters were sent from the city
to owners about the complaints, which were made against
tenants at the properties.
Seeking judicial relief is "just wrong," he said, and
a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Additionally, if the city were to obtain a favorable
declaratory relief, it would only be against the specific
property owners named as defendants. Each time the city
wanted to enforce the hotel/motel code against an owner,
it would have to file another declaratory relief action.
Rudacille also said the commission voted in January
to encourage use by property owners and managers of the
best practices rules and those seem to be working well.
Commissioner Doug Copeland, who originally
wanted to postpone any vote while he had a chance
to study the issue, said he was against pursuing court
"I'm torn," he said. "I'm just not sure it's the right
approach to the problem."
Commissioner Gene Aubry, who voted against the
measure when it was presented in September, remained
But Commissioner Nancy Yetter disagreed.
"We have to protect what we have. Let's stand firm
and do it," she said.
Resident Larry Albert, who owns a vacation rental,
called the issue an enforcement problem, noting that one
rental unit had amassed half the complaints on Webb's

Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration, a resi-
dent and vacation property owner, suggested it's the
approach threatening a lawsuit to the problem of
noisy vacation renters that appears wrong.
Webb said the city has been "kicking this can down
the road" for a long time. "We're just not enforcing our
own codes."
Following the 3-2 vote not to proceed, Woodland
wanted to make another motion about vacation rentals,
but Webb said, "It's a dead issue."
The commission then moved on to other matters.
Commissioners unanimously adopted a master plan
prepared for Gulf Front Park by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
With adoption of the plan, Copeland said he will
pursue a $30,000 matching grant to clean out invasive
plant species in the park. He also said there are some
private donors who might assist the city. However,
Copeland emphasized, no mature Australian pines will
be removed.
Mayor SueLynn then honored planning and zoning
board chair Tom Turner on the occasion of his 90th birth-
day with a proclamation and plaque. She named Oct. 25
as "Tom Turner Day" in the city.
The city staff also prepared a banner in Turner's
honor. Turner first bought property in Anna Maria in
1968 and has been on the P&Z board for more than 20
City officials also honored Aubry with a standing
ovation, as this was his final meeting as commissioner.
Aubry, whose term is up, is not seeking re-election.
SueLynn thanked him for all the volunteer archi-
tecture work he's done for the city. He promised to stay
involved with the development of the city park at the east
end of Pine Avenue.
Commissioners then continued the second reading
of the off-street parking ordinance and the stormwater
management ordinance amendment to 6 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 14.
The November meeting will be preceded by the
newly elected commission's swearing into office and an
organizational meeting, following the results of the Nov.
5 municipal election.

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ing tourist development tax funds the 5 percent tax
on accommodations of six months or less. State statutes
limit the TDC to investing tax funds
fgpiein tourist-related projects, of which the
pier qualifies.
Once the TDC determined it could
_assist the city, the process was quick.
"I was surprised that this was put
\liili, .... on such a fast track," said Shaugh-
nessy. "I know how government works
and thought this would take awhile, but the TDC was on
board with this right away and I'm thankful for that."
The city can now pursue its original construction
plans, and use composite materials that will give the pier
a longer life span. The project includes the replacement of
151 pilings, replacing the wooden deck and implementing
solar lighting.
More importantly, Shaughnessy said, even though
better materials are being used, the "look of the pier isn't
going to change at all. This pier is a symbol of our city.
It's the first thing people see coming over the bridge. It's
important to all of us."
The city had been frustrated over long delays in a
proposed timeline that now is two months past the pier's
projected completion, which was by mid-August.
I %\ .fil i ii ng happens for a reason," said Shaughnessy.
"If we didn't have those delays, we would probably have
a different looking pier. You can't imagine how excited I
am about this."
The city has been working on a request for proposal
based on the possibility that there would be some design
changes. Shaughnessy said it won't take long to adjust
the RFP. "We'll have it out soon," he said.

that a referendum cannot be held on a matter under the
definition of a building order and the city maintains a
required building permit is a building order.
The tree house matter has gone in almost as many
directions as the branches of the Australian pine tree that
supports it and, while the city can hold a closed meeting
to discuss litigation, how the meeting is noticed to the
public also matters.

Levin points out that the city met under the auspice
of "litigation strategy," according to its public notice.
The Sunshine Law provides that public officials can
meet in closed session to discuss "litigation expendi-
Levin is arguing litigation strategy is not a valid
reason for the city's shade meeting.
This is the third such Sunshine Law issue that has
surfaced in recent weeks for Mayor Carmel Monti's
One violation is alleged to have occurred at the onset
of meetings by an advisory committee formed to address
improvements around the intersection of Marina and Gulf
drives. The committee met July 8 without public notice.
Monti was informed by city staff prior to the July
meeting that it was required to be public, but the group
and Monti proceeded to hold the meeting. They have
since been properly noticed.
Another Sunshine Law issue occurred during an
Oct. 8 city commission meeting when Islander publisher

Tall oaks
arrive to
shade Pine
Avenue cor-
ner park
Anna Maria
landscape consul-
tant Mike Miller,
right, supervises
the planting of the
first group of oak
trees that will sur-
round the city park
at the east end of
Pine Avenue. The
'improvements were
paper and designed by Com-
missioner Gene
The n ots Aubry and paid
Wtfor with donations
from resident Rex
LI i ..- Hagen. Islander
Joyv,. s a i o Photo. Rick Catlin
Bonner Joy challenged a potential illegal communication
between Monti and Commissioner Judy Titsworth.
Joy addressed the commission during public com-
ment at the end of the agenda items, and said the public
witnessed a note being passed from Monti to Titsworth.
Monti said nothing, while Titsworth adamantly denied
the existence of a note.
But Titsworth later apologized in a letter to the news-
paper and the public, saying she was reminded by the
mayor that he had, in fact, shown her a note at the meet-
The note stated, L 13i1),1,d) is being nice tonight.
What's up with that?"
Joy stated a public records request at the meeting,
and again the following day to the city clerk, after which
Monti produced the note.
Joy maintains whispers among commissioners and
the mayor and passed notes are improper at public meet-
ings where the citizens in the gallery are entitled to know
what is being said or shared in notes.


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Signs, signs, very few political signs sprout in Anna Maria

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria residents can't complain there are too
many political signs in the city as candidates gear up for
the Nov. 5 election.
While there are four citizens vying for three seats
on the city commission, unlike previous years' elections
with few candidates, there are few political campaign
signs along Anna Maria city streets. Only candidate Carol
Carter appears to be advertising her campaign on signs.
A drive through a mix of city streets last week failed
to turn up any signs advertising candidates Doug Cope-
land, Michael Jaworski or Dale Woodland. There are,
however, some properties in Anna Maria with signs for
David Zaccagnino and C. Melissa Williams. Both are
Holmes Beach candidates.
Neither Copeland nor Jaworski have raised any
campaign funds, and both received hardship waivers by
deputy supervisor of elections Scott Farrington for the
$48 fee to file as a commission candidate.
Farrington said the waiver remains in effect as long
as the candidate does not spend money on their campaign
or accept a contribution.
Copeland, a serving commissioner, said he can't
spend any money because of his waiver. Jaworski also
is in the same position.
Woodland, who is seeking his sixth term, has raised
$900 for his campaign through a loan from himself to his
treasury. He's spent $354 on media advertising and $48
on his filing fee. He said he has a campaign sign at his
residence, but that's his only sign.
Carter has raised the most money of all four candi-
dates with $1,100 in her treasury. She's spent $882.84

on postcards, filing fees, yard signs and media advertise-
The treasury collection and spending amounts for the
candidates were as of Oct. 11, according to the elections
office. Candidates must file a closing campaign report
after the election, even if they didn't collect or spend
money, the elections office said.
Anna Maria commissioners are paid $400 per month
and serve for two years.
As of the Oct. 7 registration deadline for the Nov. 5
election, the city had 1,302 eligible registered voters.
The elections office considers a registered voter turn-
out of 30-35 percent during an odd-numbered year to be
a good number of voters to show up at the polls.

Meet the Anna Maria municipal election candidates

Anna Maria has four candidates for three seats on
the commission in the Nov. 5 municipal election.
Carol Carter was born in Pennsylvania and raised
on a dairy farm in Maryland. She has a pre-med degree
from McDaniel College and a master's degree from the
University of Maryland.
After marrying her husband, Bob, in 1983, she
worked for various non-profit organizations, such as
The Pittsburgh Foundation, the national Feeding America
organization, the Alzheimer's Associa-
tion and was chief fundraiser for Car-
negie Mellon University. She was a
vice-chancellor at the University of
Pittsburgh. Carter currently works for
Bob Carter Companies Inc., a company
Carter her husband owns that advises nonprofit
She and her husband bought a home on Willow
Avenue in 2001. Carter has not previously sought public
office. She is a member of the city's planning and zoning
The Carters have two sons, who both live in Naples,
and two grandchildren.
Doug Copeland first came to Anna Maria on a vaca-
tion trip in 1961.
He is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and graduated

Charter amendment
question also on
Anna Maria ballot
Along with electing three Anna Maria city com-
missioners Nov. 5, city voters will consider a char-
ter amendment that defines how vacancies are filled
on the commission. The amendment also re-defines
how the commission chair is replaced when the chair
becomes the mayor.
The city's charter review committee proposed
the amendment following a debacle in November
2012 when no stepped up to run for the open office
of mayor.
SueLynn, then a commissioner and former
mayor, became mayor. She was elected commission
chair, which, in the absence of a mayor, required she
assume that office. Her commission seat was then
filled by a vote of the remaining four commission-
The amendment re-defines the procedure to
appoint a mayor and also how a replacement com-
missioner is selected after another commissioner
becomes mayor.

from DePauw University.
BHe was married in 1972 at his par-
ents' home on North Shore Drive. He
and wife Pat moved to Anna Maria in
P1974. He is currently an independent
woodworker and has a part-time job
tending bar.
Copeland Copeland is a former chair of the
planning and zoning board.
He was appointed to the commission in June following
the resignation of Commissioner John Quam.
Copeland has two grown children and one grandchild.
Michael Jaworski was born in Michigan and
received a degree in math from Olivet College.
He first came to Anna Maria on his honeymoon in
Jaworski worked for Ford Motor Company for 20
Years as an electrician before returning
to college and earning his degree.
On graduating, he returned to Ford
and worked another 20 years as an engi-
__ He and wife Frieda were married
Jaworski in 1971 and moved to Anna Maria in
2007. They have four grown children
and six grandchildren.
Jaworski works part-time for both Island Real Estate
in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria's public works depart-
He has not previously sought public office.
Dale Woodland moved with his family to Anna
Maria Island in 1953 when he was 5 years old. He
attended Anna Maria Elementary School and Manatee
PHigh School.
He graduated from the University
of Florida with a degree in mathematics
and was a computer systems developer
in Sarasota and Manatee counties until
retiring in 1996.
Woodland Woodland now owns a pool clean-
ing and supply business.
He is a former member of the planning and zoning
board and is seeking his sixth term as a commissioner.
He has two children and five grandchildren.

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:1 -Of the four Anna
Maria candidates
seeking a commis-
sion seat in the Nov.
5 election, only Carol
-" Carter has posted
Selection signs in the
S" city. At this Magno-
lia Avenue-Crescent
Sp Drive intersection,
another sign pro-
moted C. Melissa
SWilliams, a candidate
for office in Holmes
Beach. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

The municipal election for commissioner, as well as
a charter amendment, will be the only items polled on the
In Anna Maria, the polling station is again at the
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.
Voting hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m.


Anna Maria City
Nov. 5, 6 p.m., planning and zoning.
Nov. 13,6 p.m., EEEC.
Nov. 14, 6 p.m., swearing in ceremony.
Nov. 21, 6 p.m., city commission. TENTATIVE.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 7, 1 p.m., pier team.
Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m., CRA/CIP.
Nov. 7, 7 p.m., city commission.
Nov. 12, 9 a.m., parking workshop.
Nov. 13, 3 p.m., planning and zoning.
Nov. 18, 1 p.m., swearing in ceremony.
Nov. 21, noon, pier team.
Nov. 21, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-

Holmes Beach
Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m., police retirement board.
Nov. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification.
Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m., traffic committee.
Nov. 12, 7 p.m., city commission. CANCELED
Nov. 14, 7 p.m., city commission. CANCELED
Nov. 18,9 a.m., city commission swearing in. TEN-
Nov. 19, 11 a.m., city center committee. TENTA-
Nov. 19, 7 p.m., city commission.
Nov. 21, 7 p.m., city commission.
Nov. 25, 9:30 a.m., traffic committee.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-

Manatee County
Nov. 5, 9 a.m., county commission.
Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m., commission work session,
"How Will We Grow" implementation.
Nov. 19, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W, Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501,

West Manatee Fire Rescue
No meetings scheduled.
Administrative office, 6417 Third Ave. W, Bradenton,

Of Interest
Nov. 3, daylight saving time ends.
Nov. 5, general election.
Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
Nov. 20, 2 p.m. Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Nov. 28, Thanksgiving. Government offices gener-
ally will be closed Nov. 28-29.
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election 2013

Campaign calendar
The deadline to request an absentee ballot from
the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office is
Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The deadline to file an absentee ballot at the elec-
tions office is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. Precincts are not
allowed to accept absentee ballots, according to the
supervisor's office.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, when polls will
be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Voters in Anna Maria will cast ballots at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave. Voters in
Holmes Beach will cast ballots at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive. Voters in Bradenton Beach
will cast ballots at a new-but-familiar location this year,
Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N.

planned ahead of Popcorn & Politics.
Each candidate presented his or her views and gave
a brief description of their background.
John Shaughnessy is seeking re-election as Braden-
ton Beach mayor. He said he wants to continue the work
his administration and the current commission have ongo-
ing. That includes procuring up to $1 million in funding
from the Manatee County Tourist Development Council
to fully repair and reopen the city pier.
Also seeking the mayoral post is former Bradenton
Beach Commissioner Bill Shearon. He noted the city
failed to collect 11 months of payments from the former
city pier restaurant and, not only was the public not
informed, the city was unaware of the arrears. He wants
to focus on the budget and lowering taxes, responsible
spending and improved department planning.
Running against Gatehouse for Bradenton Beach
commissioner is Janie Robertson. She previously served
as a commissioner for six years before being termed out
of office. She spent two years on the sidelines and is
now seeking a return to the commission. Robertson said
people know how straightforward she is. She also wants

more public input and comments on decisions of the
She said Gatehouse has done a good job, but she
wants more for the city.
Holmes Beach has five candidates for three two-year
commission seats in its municipal election.
Incumbent Jean Peelen said she enjoys public ser-
vice, but not the politics involved. She said she wants to
keep the commission energized, much as it has been the
past year.
Political newcomer C. Melissa Williams said she
wants to return harmony to Holmes Beach between visi-
tors and residents and the business community and city
She said her established record of public service to
a variety of nonprofits, including the island chamber of
commerce, Rotary club and historical society are positive
proof of her commitment to the community.
A second political newcomer, Carol Soustek, said
she wants to join the team presently serving the city. She
wants to see affordable housing for people who work on
the island. She said she would not give in to the develop-
ers who are taking away the community.
Commissioner Pat Morton is seeking his sixth term
as Holmes Beach commissioner.
He said people know him and know they can always
talk to him about problems. He wants to stop the lawsuits
against the city and said he is seeking another term on
behalf of the residents. He said he is here for the city, the
citizens and the community.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino also is seeking re-
election in Holmes Beach.
He said he is the voice of reason on the commis-
sion. He said some current commissioners want him out
because he speaks the truth. He said the attitude of "my
way or the highway" should not be used by the adminis-
tration or other commissioners. He said he gives balance
and fairness to the commission, and he is "not under the
thumb of the mayor."
Anna Maria has four candidates for three commis-
sion seats.
Doug Copeland, who was appointed to the commis-
sion in June, said he originally thought he would not seek
election but, after four months of service and seeing some

of the good work he and the commission have accom-
plished, he wants another two years. He said he obtained
a master plan for Gulf Front Park and is applying for a
grant to improve the park. He served on the planning and
zoning board for more than 20 years.
Commissioner Dale Woodland is seeking his sixth
term. He said he loves the job of helping the city improve
itself. He said he is always upfront with people and does
not let disagreements bother him. There are many issues
common to all three island cities, but the solutions are
going to be different in each city.
Political newcomer Michael Jaworski said he is
running for office because he was "embarrassed" after
nobody ran for mayor in 2012. He said he wants to keep
the "family-friendly atmosphere" of Anna Maria with
planned growth, such as the city has experienced on Pine
For more on Popcorn & Politics, including results
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Anna Maria voters face a tough decision: Four good
candidates are seeking to serve the city and there are only
three seats to fill.
Commissioner Dale Woodland has served the city
well, and while it may seem he comes to a point from a
long distance, he eventually gets there.
Newly appointed Commissioner Doug Copeland was
at first reluctant to step onto the dais, but it seems he's
found a comfort zone. His longtime public service on vol-
unteer boards is admirable and it should continue.
Carol Carter also put her name in the ring for the
appointed seat, but stepped aside. Now she wants to serve,
and her past experience in management and fundraising
could be a great asset to the commission and to the city.
And along comes political newcomer Michael Jawor-
ski, also ready to serve and give back to the city he loves.
He brings a refreshing sense of logic and street smarts that
would serve the city well.
The voters can't go wrong, but we like the combi-
nation of strengths offered by Woodland, Carter and
Bradenton Beach doesn't have such easy choices. Of
two candidates for one seat on the commission, and two
for mayor, all have served the city.
And all have served well.
It seems former Commissioner Janie Robertson is
frustrated from being on the outside at city hall, and she
now realizes, so is the public. For too many years, the city
has quashed public opinion and charged through issues by
relying on staff and its attorney.
That's where former Commissioner Bill Shearon
comes in. He promises to bring city government back to
the people, and to administer the government.
While we're pleased that Mayor John Shaughnessy
has had great success with obtaining pier repair funds in
the past week, it's been business as usual for too long.
It's time both the city and its staff had a manager.
Incumbent Commissioner Ric Gatehouse was
appointed to fill Robertson's seat almost two years ago
when no one stepped up to run for office from Ward 3.
He's made a positive impression with logical ideas and
progress on some issues, but we think he erred on the cell
tower. The former ordinance and the contract crafted by
one of the country's leading cellular communication com-
panies went shamefully by the wayside largely because
Gatehouse misconstrued and criticized the terms.
We recommend a vote for Robertson and Shearon
in Bradenton Beach.
The Islander recommends Holmes Beach voters
choose three fair, deserving, honest people: David Zac-
cagnino, Pat Morton and C. Melissa Williams.
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Thanks for being there
On Oct. 18, my husband was driving from Holmes
Beach to work off-island when a piece of metal flew
off a truck two vehicles ahead of his on the Anna Maria
Island Bridge. It caused damage to the truck in front of
him and then his car. Both damaged vehicles were stuck
on the bridge until tow trucks could arrive.
Because the bridge is not in the Holmes Beach juris-
diction, requiring everyone to wait for another agency to
arrive, the traffic situation could have been far worse.
I want to thank the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment officers and dispatchers who stepped in to help,
directing traffic and expediting the tow truck. They were
of great assistance to my husband who, being from Eng-
land, had never dealt with this type of situation in the
United States.
That being said, I would like to point out to those
people who screamed obscenities, gave us a one-finger
wave and called the police to complain of the traffic
backup, that this may happen to you some day. It is
the worst possible place to break down and stressful
The incident wasn't planned, but we live on an
island and accept that these things happen.
I pray in the future people will have more patience
and be thankful that we islanders have a great police
department, one that goes above and beyond the call of
Patricia Duck, Holmes Beach

Let's vote
Washington politicians have run amok and so has
Bradenton Beach.
Almost $21,000 has been spent by the city to defend
against a lawsuit over a parking lot development on the
beach, yet it has not been to court.
There is an offer to enter into binding arbitration
to end the dispute, but the city says "no thank you."
Interestingly, the reason given by the city officials
against arbitration was, "if we lose, we give up the right

to appeal." So they don't mind spending even more of
the taxpayers' money toward an appeal.
The commissioners say we just can't trust the arbi-
tration judge to act within the law. The citizens can't
trust the commissioners to follow the law, that's why
there is a lawsuit.
If the politicians won't try to save the city money,
then we need new politicians.
There's an ordinance against driving on the beach
but parking is being ignored by the city. There should
be no commercial use of renourished soil, also ignored
by the city. The beach is designated "preservation" with
very limited use, ignored by city. Changing the use of
city property from a park and beach access to parking
requires an ordinance or referendum by the citizens,
ignored by the city.
Most citizens are required to follow the laws and
codes of the city.
If this commission wants to throw money away,
then we need to throw out the commission.
I say, get out and vote.
Don Meilner, Bradenton Beach
Editor's note:Meilner's wife, Jo Ann Meilner, is a
complainant in the referenced development lawsuit.

Good stay
I wanted to share our amazing experience at an
island accommodation Oct. 17-21 and our sentiments
to the owner. We won the "stay" at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce wedding festival and we
checked in a day early and stayed a day later.
This was by far the most memorable, amazing
few days in our lives, aside from the birth of our two
We hosted out-of-state relatives, who came for our
wedding. The time was magical, beautiful and amazing,
as was the weather.
I'm a working man, 9-to-5, \ h ndi\ hllhiluiuLi;h Friday.
I never could have afforded such a magnificent place
and I am sincerely grateful for the donation from Anna
Maria Vacations owner Joe Varner, and for his generos-

ity, extending an extra night. I can only wish I could
buy the home where we stayed.
Normally, my wife and I are the "unwanted day-
trippers" to the island. We live in Gillette and go to
the beach nearly every weekend for at least one day,
weather permitting. We love it there and view it as
We've been to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Punta
Cana yet nothing compares to what we have in our
I am sincerely grateful for the privilege that you
gave us and for your kindness to strangers.
My wife and will never forget our time at The Bay
Joseph and Jillian Price, Gillette

Do the math
Any city plan that includes the words "growth" or
"controlled growth" can clearly be shown to include
temporary and incomplete solutions.
Jump forward 15 years to where we've had "con-
trolled growth" the whole time. At the end of 15 years,
though growth was slower, we're still overcrowded
with inadequate infrastructure.
At that point, people will say "We want NO
GROWTH because the 'controlled growth' still
is destroying our standard of living, just more
Any closed system (such as an island) cannot sup-
port any level of i> \\ lih indefinitely, simply because
it is a finite environment.
I'd like to put forth the idea that it isn't 15 years
in the future, but now that we reach the point at which
our standard of living is being severely impacted. I'd
like people to think about the "no growth" stance, not
as radical or extremist, but rather as the inevitable
The only question to answer is what level of deg-
radation is necessary to motivate more people to speak
up and say "enough is enough."

My vote will go to the bold commission candidate
who declares support for a "steady-state" plan that
promotes "renewal" of businesses, replacing older
non-functional spaces with new ones, while holding
the line on "growth" or any increased population or
visitor densities.
Bill Van Homrne, Holmes Beach

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Have a safe and happy Hal-
loween. We hope to see you
on the trail of treats Oct. 31
at The Feast Restaurant in
the Island s1 '.pp'wg Center,
Holmes Beach, where The
Islander's annual critter
costume contest will be held.
-Bonner Joy

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Headlines from Oct. 29, 2003
The Manatee County Planning Department pro-
posed an impact fee on new construction within any
local municipality. The fee would go directly to the
county. Carol Clark of the MCPD said the fee was for
new homes, additions or remodels. Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn opposed the idea, particularly since none of
the fee would return to the city. Mayors John Chappie
of Bradenton Beach and Carol Whitmore of Holmes
Beach also rejected the proposal.
Holmes Beach planning and zoning commission-
ers agreed Patrick Kabris of 101 75th St. had a unique
piece of property partly zoned for recreation, and the
remainder medium-density-residential (R-2). But the
commission rejected a request by Kabris to recommend
the city commission make all the property R-2. Kabris
sought a rezone to build duplexes and maintained a
lower height was necessary.
Voters in the three island cities headed to the polls
Nov. 4 to fill vacant city commission seats and a may-
or's slot. Anna Maria had five candidates seeking three
vacancies. Holmes Beach had four candidates pursuing
three seats. Bradenton Beach had nine candidates from
three wards seeking election three seats on the commis-
sion and the mayoral post.

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Oct. 25 60 82 0
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Bradenton Beach cooks up final pier restaurant lease

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Ordering! Perhaps by January, workers will be hired
by new operators and pier diners will be ordering from a
new menu on Bradenton Beach's historic pier.
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted 4-0 at an Oct.
24 special city commission meeting to pass the first read-
ing of an ordinance accepting a lease agreement between
the city and a new tenant for the city pier restaurant.
Vice Mayor Ed Straight was absent for the vote.
Negotiations between the city and Cast and Cage
restaurant operators have been ongoing with some minor
changes occurring at the meeting in preparation for a
Nov. 7 final reading.
After two meetings of working
"' out lease concerns on both sides of
the table, restaurant operator Roland
v Pena had few issues to address before
commissioners moved on with the first
_reading of the ordinance. He did, how-
li,,ll .. ever, bring up a negotiation point that
was not clarified for commissioners.
SPena said that during negotiations,
it was agreed that if the restaurant was
damaged and closed due to influences
outside of his control, such as storms,
the city would consider abating monthly
Perry rent fees.
Further, he said, should the restaurant
be granted an abatement and later default on the lease,
it would be required to pay the back rent for the time it
was abated.
"It says we have to go back and pay the whole thing,"
said Pena.
Mayor John Shaughnessy said if an abatement should
be granted, then the renter should not be required to pay
for that period of time.
"An abatement is an abatement," the mayor said. "If
the roof flies off and you need six months and default a
year later, the fact remains that we agreed to the abate-
ment. I don't see why you would have to pay that back.
What's the point of giving an abatement if, in the end,
you have to pay it back?"
Commissioners Gay Breuler and Ric Gatehouse
agreed, but city attorney Ricinda Perry said such a pro-
vision is allowable under state law.
"The way I viewed it is we negotiated to abate in
good faith, but if they default for some (other) reason then
it becomes a bad tenant situation," said Perry. "Then the
city should come back and say, 'We negotiated in good
faith and now you aren't operating in good faith.'"
Perry allowed, however, that it was a policy decision
for the commissioners to make.

Gatehouse said it should be stricken from the lease.
"In a sense of fair play, if there is a legitimate reason
to give them an abatement and a year a later they default
for some other reason, I lliink making them pay that back
is piling on," he said. "We make a deal and we should
stand up to our end of the bargain."
Perry said she would strike it from the lease before
the final reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, city com-
mission meeting.
Highlights of the agreement include a two-year term
for the lease with the right to renew at two years, three
years and five years a total of 12 years.
The tenants agree to pay a base rent of $5,500 a
month through the first two years, $5,665 for the second
two years and $5,835 a month for the remaining peri-
The restaurant also will pay 12 percent of gross rev-
enue above the base rent and an undetermined mainte-
nance fee.
Pena said he hopes to have the restaurant open by
mid-January, but his group is shooting for an earlier
Rusty Roberts, who will operate the bait shop, said
the kiosk, as well as the harbor master's office, should
be open within 30 days of the lease being signed. The
harbor master's office is being subleased to a charter boat
company that will launch tours from the pier.
Perry said negotiations with Pena went well.

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"I have done a lot of negotiations that have been dif-
ficult and highly unsuccessful," said Perry. "I just want
to say that I found him to be very responsive and easy to
negotiate with. He never waited to the last minute and
always came prepared for a clarification he needed."
Pena said he knows the first year will be rough, but
is excited that the island community is showing strong
support for his plans.
He said his cousin is a graduate of a New York culi-
nary school and owns two restaurants.
"He's going to come to work with our chefs for the
first 90 days to help get the menu going," said Pena. "The
amazing thing is that everyone from the island is reaching
out to my family.
"We have a lot of support. Everyone wants to see
Bridge Street succeed again and so do we."

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Barbara Nally, owner of a vacation rental at 110
Spring Ave., Anna Maria, is asking the city to pay for
a privacy fence between the home and a yet-to-be-com-
pleted walkway carrying pedestrians to the Sandbar Res-
taurant and a public beach access.
Attorney Leah Ellington, representing Nally, said
work has begun on a drainage ditch along the west side of
the Nally property where the walkway is proposed, even
though the site plan has not received final approval.
Ellington stated, "If the site plan is not approved,
even if work has already commenced, the easement will
be moved back to its prior location. This plan is presump-
tuous, inefficient and a waste of taxpayer dollars."
However, Ellington said Nally would "cease fighting
the conversion of the ditch into a pedestrian walkway" if
the city "pays for a privacy fence between her house and

By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
4807 Second Ave., Unit A, 2nd Avenue and 49th St.,
Holmes Beach, a 2,416 sfla / 3,315 sfur 4bed/22bath/2car
land condo with pool built in 2009 was sold 10/03/13,
Krause to Charbonneau for $835,000; list $895,000.
5606 Carissa St., Unit A, Carissa Street Bungalows,
Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla / 2,200 sfur 3bed/2bath/l car
land condo with pool built in 2013 was sold 09/30/13,
Carissa Bungalows LLC to 231 Paradise Village LLC for
$650,000; list, $719,000.
215 66th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla /1,390 sfur
3bed/2bath/l car pool home built in 1977 on a 54x105
lot was sold 09/30/13, 215 66th LLC to Slember for
$552,500; list $579,000.
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 401, Martinique Condominium
Apartments South, Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169
sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1970 was
sold 10/08/13, Else to Flor for $445,000; list $474,800.
102 First St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 2,447 sfla / 2,703
sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1925 on a 50x106 lot was
sold 10/07/13, Us Bank to Chin for $280,000.

the ditch, subject to her approval, and 6 feet high, and
maintained by the city for as a long as Mrs. Nally owns
the house."
Mayor SueLynn said she would bring the matter to
the attention of the city commission. She also planned to
ask city attorney Jim Dye for an opinion.
The mayor said she was "unaware" the city had
stirred up another fight with Nally.
The Sandbar which is paying for the project
- is providing for an improved pedestrian-only path-
way to the restaurant and a public beach access from
its parking lot, culminating on the north side of the
restaurant. The restaurant has agreed to maintain the
walkway and stormwater drainage swale at its expense,
even though the swale is city property.
Nally opposed the pedestrian walkway when first
presented the proposal by the Sandbar. The project must
pass a final site-plan review by city commissioners.

1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 220, Tortuga, Bradenton
Beach, a 476 sfla lbed/l bath condo with shared pool built
in 1976 was sold 10/10/13, Christiana Trust to 2361410
Ontario Inc for $220,000.
Corrected sale: 103 49th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,431
sfla / 3,024 sfur 3bed/22bath/2car Gulffront pool home
built in 1998 on a 133x150 lot was sold 09 26/13, Arado
and four other owners to Macbriz LLC for $2,170,000;
list $2,499,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
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The DOT is in the midst of a PD&E study for the
bridge, which will be followed by a recommendation on
the future of the bridge.
ManaSota-88 president Glenn Compton said the
group is not ready to take a position on what the DOT
may propose until it sees the PD&E study. Compton said
DOT officials indicated the study should be ready by
January 2014.
"We will definitely want to study the environmental
impact of the project and compare the PD&E to what the
DOT will recommend," Compton said.
The PD&E will give views on a high-rise, mid-level,
low-level and no-build options, Compton said.
ly guess is they will recommend the mid-level
bridge, but we'll have to wait and see."
Compton said DOT officials told him the DOT would
hold a public meeting in February to announce its find-
ings from the PD&E.
ManaSota-88 will have its position ready for the Feb-
ruary public meeting, Compton said.
The DOT is still taking opinion surveys on what should
be done about the Cortez Bridge, said Tony Sherrard of the
DOT District 1 office in Bartow. The survey is available
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The annual Trail of Treats will begin with a costume
contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce office.
The chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
coordinates the event with local businesses and business
Costume judging will be for children from infants to
age 12 years old and in a variety of categories.
At the chamber, children will receive a map show-
ing where goodies can be found on the Trail of Treats,
including in commercial centers in Holmes Beach, Anna
Maria and Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call the chamber at 941-778-
At one stop on the trail, The Feast, 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, there will be treats for kids and
canines. The Feast and The Islander newspaper will host
the Crazy, Creepy, Crawly Critter Corral and Costume
Contest at 5 p.m.
Judging will take place for canines wearing the scari-
est, most original and silliest costumes, as well as pet-
owner lookalikes. Perks 4 Pets of Bradenton will provide
the prizes.
For more, call the newspaper at 941-778-7978.
Also, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church again will host its
popular Trunk 'n' Treat event 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
31. Children will find vehicles lined up in the parking lot
at the church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and
motorists will provide the goodies to trick-or-treaters.
The first annual Hardball Halloween Parade will

Art league offers painting,
photography classes
The Anna Maria Island Art League is hosting pho-
tography and painting classes.
Spencer Pullen will teach the course in camera basics,
discussing the use of point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras
Tuesday at 4 p.m. Nov. 5-Nov. 26.
Enrollment is $100.
Janet Kingan is teaching the Just Wanna Paint! course,
which includes lessons in oil painting, at 10:30 a.m. Mon-
days, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 and possibly in December.
Registration is $30 per class.
Rolando Rodriguez is the instructor for a drawing to
paint class that began Oct. 30 and takes place on Wednes-
days at 4 p.m. through Dec. 4. Students will study draw-
ing for two weeks and then oil and watercolor painting.
Registration is $150.
Abby Flanigan will teach 2D Art Beginning Class
at 10 a.m. Saturday beginning Nov. 2. Students will
learn about drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and
Registration is $75.
Sheryl Spikes will teach the art of mediation in a
class that takes place on the fourth Saturdays of the month
at 11 a.m. Donations are welcomed.
The art league is at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
To register or for more information, call 941-778-

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Halloween fun
take place Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m., beginning at the
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Off the island, Halloween enthusiasts will find:
a Dia de los Muertos- Festival of the Skeletons-
will take place in Bradenton's Village of the Arts 6-9:30
p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
2. The art walk is the largest annual event in the village
and will feature a shrine to Frida Kahlo, a Frida Kahlo
lookalike contest, gallery openings and face-painting.
The village is located around 12th Street West and 12th
Avenue West. For more information, call 941- 747-8056
or go online to
Halloween Masquerade at the Powell Crosley
Estate, with dinner, music and a dramatic performance
of Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher." The
event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the
estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more infor
mation, call 941-722-3244.
p Fright Night on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota,
offering children an opportunity to collect treats or play
tricks around the circle. The event will be 6-8 p.m. Thurs-
day, Oct. 31. For more information, go online to

Center hosts mystery dinner
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host
a whodunit dinner Saturday, Nov. 2.
The murder-mystery dinner will take place at 6:30
p.m. in the center gym, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Mafia,
with Lee Roy Selmon's Restaurant catering the affair.
With the event taking place during the Pirate Invasion
weekend presented by the Anna Maria Island Privateers,
diners are encouraged to "dress accordingly."
Tickets are $30.
An after-dinner party also is planned, with DJ Chris
For more information, call the center at 941-778-

Writing session at library
November is National Novel Writing Month and the
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will
host a program to encourage procrastinating writers to
plow through a first draft.
The library will host "Goal Setting for Writers" at
2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, the day participants commit to
writing 50,000 words about 175 pages by 11:59:59
p.m. Nov. 30.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Island Library.
Non-members are welcome to the session, which
takes place in the conference room at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Writers will share their work and hear from reporter
Tom Vaught about Jack Fones, a former member.
For more information, call Sylvia Price at 941-778-
3209 or email

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Coquina site of
sandsculpting contest
Keep Manatee Beautiful and Team Sandtastic will
present Sandblast, the friendly competition that has local
teams racing to sculpt from sand.
The event will take place at Coquina Beach Oct.
30-Nov. 2 and in conjunction with the Anna Maria Island
Privateers' Pirate Invasion weekend.
At 5 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Team Sandtastic will
conduct a series of workshops on sandsculpting at
The competition Nov. 2 will feature 15-member
teams competing in school or open divisions. The contest
will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., when the sculptures
will be judged, with awards for best free form, holiday
or wildlife work.
KMB also will observe America Recycles Day during
For more information, call Keep Manatee Beautiful
at 941-795-8272 or go online to

Artists' Guild holds
monthly meeting
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will wel-
come representatives from Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton
Beach to its monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 4.
The group will gather at 6:30 p.m. for a reception,
followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Ed Straight, founder of Wildlife Inc. and a Bradenton
Beach city commissioner, will give a talk.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-

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sponsored by
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at Coquina
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The Florida
Museum will
present an
screening of
"The Black
Pirate" during
the Boatyard
Bash, which
will take place
Saturday, Nov.
9, in Cortez.
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Boatyard Bash
anchoring in Cortez
Cortez's Florida Maritime Museum will celebrate
boating and local boat-building traditions with the annual
Boatyard Bash.
The celebration will take place noon-8 p.m. Satur-
day, Nov. 9, on the museum grounds, 4415 119th St. W.,
A news release from the county-operated museum
promises live music, food and beverage vendors, edu-
cational booths, museum tours, paddleboard building
and an evening screening of a silent movie, "The Black
Pirate," with free popcorn.
For more information, call the museum at 941-708-

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Sarasota Bay fest benefits Vintage Paws Sanctuary

Organizers of the Sarasota Bay Water Festival
recently named Vintage Paws Sanctuary as this year's
nonprofit partner.
Proceeds from the sale of beer and wine at the event,
which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, on City Island in
Sarasota, will support Vintage Paws, which provides care
for displaced senior dogs.
The pet-friendly water festival features an outdoor
expo 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and live music noon-7 p.m. at Ken
Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., on Sara-
sota's City Island at the south end of Longboat Key.
Festival highlights include seven hours of live music
with performers such as Ben Hammond, Democracy,

Come Back Alice, Hymn for Her and Luke Andrews;
dragon boat racing; arts and crafts sales; food trucks; a
beer and wine garden; vintage and new boat displays;
panel discussions on bay-friendly living; the winning
submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest;
dip netting and nature walks for kids; and tent exhibits
promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboard sports,
scuba diving and more.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is the presenting
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Wednesday, Oct. 30
5 p.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast sand-
sculpting clinic, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-795-8272.
6:47 p.m. Official sunset time.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Today is Halloween.
3:30 p.m. -TheAnna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Trail of Treats costume contest, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
3:30-7 p.m. or beyond: Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce Trail of Treats, islandwide. Information: 941-
5 p.m. -The Islander-Feast Restaurant Crazy, Creepy,
Crawly Critter Corral and Costume Contest, The Feast,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
5 p.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast sand-
sculpting clinic, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-795-8272.
6-7:30 p.m. Trunk 'n' Treat, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Information:

Friday, Nov. 1
10 a.m. Senior Adventures program and potluck
lunch, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.
2 p.m. National Novel Writing Month orientation,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.
5 p.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast sand-
sculpting clinic, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-795-8272.
7 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Invasion Mas-
querade Ball, Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez.
Fee applies. Information: or 941-

Saturday, Nov. 2
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island break-
fast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 100,000 Healthy Meals/Feeding
Children Everywhere all-volunteer effort, city field, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-779-1809.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast
sand-sculpting competition and America Recycles Day,
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-795-

10 a.m.-8 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Inva-
sion, Coquina Beach. Information:
or 941-780-1668.
5-10 p.m. Bridge Street Capture, 107 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.
6:30 p.m. Fifth annual Murder Mystery Night, Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Fee apples. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 9203.

Sunday, Nov. 3
Daylight saving time ends.
10 a.m.-8 p.m.-Anna Maria Island Privateers Inva-
sion, Coquina Beach. Information:
or 941-780-1668.

Monday, Nov. 4
7 p.m. -Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island meet-
ing featuring a representative from Wildlife Inc., Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Today is Election Day.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets,
Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Information: 941-794-8044.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
1:15 p.m. -Gulf Coast Writers meeting featuring local
reporter Tom Vaught, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

Friday, Nov. 1
6 p.m. Music in the Park with Kettle of Fish on the
Riverwalk, 452 Third Avenue W., Bradenton. Information:
6-9:30 p.m. Village ofthe Arts ArtWalk and the eighth
annual Dia de los Muertos or Festival of the Skeletons, 12th

Spaghetti and song
The Magic of Manatee Sweet
Adeline Chorus is serving
up spaghetti and meatballs
and songs Saturday, Nov.
T P 9, at Bradenton Christian
Reformed Church, 4208 26th
St. W., Bradenton. Seating
will begin at 5cp.m. The eve-
ning will include dinner and
dessert and the harmonies
S provided by the chorus. Tick-
ets are $8. For more, call
941-779-1416 or go online

Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information:

Saturday, Nov. 2
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sarasota Bay Water Festival, Ken
Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy. On City Island,
Sarasota. Information: sarasotabaywaterfestival.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Village of the Arts ArtWalk and the
eighth annual Dia de los Muertos or Festival of the Skel-
etons, 12th Street West and 12thAvenue West, Bradenton.

Coming up
d Nov. 8-10, Cultural Connections ArtsHop, island-
Nov. 9, Florida Maritime Museum Boatyard Bash,
Nov. 11, The Islander Veterans Day Ceremony and
Tribute, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 13, Anna Maria Garden Club annual plant sale,
Anna Maria.

Save the date
Nov. 16, CrossPointe Fellowship Community Thanks-
giving, Holmes Beach.
Nov. 24, All Island Denominations Thanksgiving
service, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes
Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.

Calendar announcements
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brief description and a contact via email and phone. The
deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before

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Chicago has a great street: State Street. New York has Broad-
way. But Holmes Beach has the best street of all: 30th Street.
After 14 years of living on Anna Maria Island, making good
friends, these are my fond memories and some of the things I will
miss ...
THE CASERTAS. Having wine at sunset with Kathy and rag-
ging Vie on a Gator loss.
DEBBIE AND STEVE TAFF. Sunday night sunset wine
parties. Giving up their home on the beach when I had overflow
THE TOALES. Giving up their condo for family arriving for a
CHUCK AND DONNA. Chuck was always there when heavy
lifting was needed, and Donna made pumpkin pies for my con-
TOM AND LOIS HUNTINGTON. I will always remember
this giving family for their holiday celebrations, dinner invita-
tions, and helping me during rehab.
In conclusion, I will never forget the love and friendship this
band of neighbors provided me in the past 14 years. I will miss
each and every one and may God bless you all for taking in a
stranger from the north all those years ago.

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The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island's season of
classes and workshops begins in November.
The guild will offer classes in watercolor, graph-
ite, colored pencil, mixed-media collage and acrylics.
Classes will include Values in Watercolors with Cheryl
Jorgensen and the Beauty of Colored Pencil with Roger
Also offered are Collage: Paint a Picture with Paper
with Marie Garafano, Acrylics Island Style with Kathy
Sparks and, "Explorations in Graphite: The Basics" with
Margo Chick.
Workshops will include:
Friday, Jan. 31, Mark Polomchak's Sails in Para-
Friday, Feb. 7, Jim Ladd's Abstracts in Water-
Friday, March 14, Cheryl Jorgensen's Yupo and
Friday, March 21 April 11, Ellie Barber's Fun with
Paper Beads.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 15, Feb. 12 and
March 12, Kay Johnson's Weave Your Own Basket.
Most programs will take place at CrossPointe Fel-
lowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Classes will be offered in November, January, Febru-
ary, March and April. To register or for more information,
go online to or call the
gallery at 941-778-6694.

Through Nov. 10, "Young Frankenstein," Manatee Players,
Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee
applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
Oct. 31-Nov. 17, "Our Town," Manatee Players, Manatee Per-
forming Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies.
Information: 941-748-5875.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
*Wednesdays, through December, 11 a.m. Lifelong Learning
Academy, Einstein Circle Discussion Group, Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
First and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture
Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
First Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m., Gulf Coast Writers meeting,
Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night,
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
Most Third Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Garden Club
meets, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
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 meeting,

William 'Bill' Shearon
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valuable resource should not have been closed for more than
six months with no reopen date and lost revenue, depriving
residents and visitors of one of our most valuable assets.

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Call ahead: 941.243.3900
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A colored pencil drawing by Roger Rockefeller.

Wildlife Inc. holds garage sale
Wildlife Inc., the Bradenton Beach-based animal
rehabilitation and education program, will hold a "huge
garage sale" Nov. 22-23. The sale will take place 8 a.m.-4
p.m. at 508 65th St., Holmes Beach.
For more, call Claudia Wiseman at 248-982-5600.

Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street,
Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
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, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales' sunset drum circle, Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-0784.
Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented
by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
Saturday, through May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Downtown Bradenton
Farmers' Market, Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9440.
Saturday, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Except Nov. 2.
*Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breath-
ing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
Third Saturdays, through May, 9a.m., Manatee County Junior
Audubon meeting, FeltsAudubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Pal-
metto. Information: 941-376-0110.

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available for
the iPad from
iTunes, also
includes time-
lapse videos.

Photographer publishes
island iPad book
Photographer Rolf Bertram has published a collec-
tion of photographs in the 197-page "Anna Mafia Island"
The digital book is available for the iPad from the
iTunes store at $4.99 and includes video as well as pho-
Bertram is a 10-year resident of Holmes Beach.
The iTunes description for the book said, it "contains
the best of 10 years of Rolf Bertram's photography. From
infrared to panoramic, moonrise and moon set, the starry
sky to sunrise and sunset time-lapse videos, you'll find
plenty of candy for your eyes."
For more information, call Bertram at 941-779-3937
or go online to

Monday, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15
p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.
First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
board meeting, Fishermen's Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Infor-
mation: 941-254-4972.
*Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democrats meeting,
Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-779-0564.
Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81
meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T Bray Park, Bradenton.
Information: 941-779-4476.
Tuesday, basics of computing, Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting,
Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-794-8044.
*Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge, the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
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A pirate's life for AMI Privateers 1st woman president

By Jennifer Glenfield
Islander Reporter
Mary Ann "Maz" Zyla will go down in local pirate
history as the Anna Maria Island Privateers' first female
president. Elected for the 2013-14 term, Zyla has served
the Privateers for nearly four years.
"People who become president come and go, but
there will never be another first woman president. I'm
so happy the crew saw I was worthy," Zyla said.
The move is particularly historic for the organization,
which was founded in 1971 for men only. Today the non-
profit has more than 80 members. Zyla called the group
an unusual cross-section of people: men and women of
varying ages and backgrounds but all willing to commit
time, I n.i' i' and money to help the community.
Zyla joined the Privateers in April 2010 after being
formally inducted as a black shirt the status title and
attire for an official member.
Becoming a Privateer is not as simple as attending
meetings. A member in waiting must be sponsored by a
current member, undergo training and be voted in as an
official member.
After moving from Michigan to Manatee County
more than 30 years ago, Zyla initially wasn't aware of the
organization, despite her propensity to don pirate grab. A
friend who was involved brought her to a meeting, where
the Privateer mission to help children and the community
through pirate-themed events interested Zyla.
Member John "Big John" Swager, also known as
"Capt. Barbarosa," sponsored Zyla. He's a founding
member and has only sponsored one other person.
Zyla's gray shirt status, the step before becoming
a black shirt, began six months of learning about the
organization, working events and demonstrating her com-
mitment to the mission.
"There's a lot that goes into it. Dressing like a pirate
is just a bonus. Like any nonprofit it has to be run like a
business," Zyla said.
Zyla worked her way up the ranks, earning the posi-
tion of vice president for 2011-12. She also has focused
on increasing membership and sponsored four members

since her induction as a black shirt.
Helping those in need is not just a hobby for Zyla,
who earned a bachelor's degree from Oakland University
in Rochester, Mich., in human resources development.
She has worked in group homes and organizations for
adults with developmental disabilities throughout her
career. She served as the director for adult services with
the Easter Seals Southwest before becoming the adult day
training manager at United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest
Florida Inc.
Zyla incorporates her affinity for pirates into her posi-

Don Maitz has
authorized use of
his artwork, "Star-
board Gunner,"
for commemora-
tive T-shirts at the
Pirate Invasion.
Islander Image:
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tion with UCP She hosted a "talk like a pirate day" at the
I\ i3,,ii. had such a good time. Most of us dressed
like pirates. A lot of people know me for what I do, and
the administration here is really supportive," Zyla said.
Zyla also has made her pirate mark in her office and
around the facility, hanging seafaring decorations and
giving areas in the facility pirate-related names.
The Privateers are a self-proclaimed group of "par-
tying pirates with a cause" but, as Zyla explained, not
everyone knows how much they do for the community.
"Lots of people still don't know who we are. They don't
know about the scholarships we give out, the families
we adopt every Christmas or the fundraisers we do for
families with medical needs. I'd like us to be more vis-
ible," she said.
The Privateers may be best known for their part in
presenting the July 4 and Christmas holiday parades on
the island, as well as the thieves markets.
Nov. 1-3 the Privateers will hold an invasion that
includes events across the island.
And they hope to soon be known far and wide for
this major undertaking.
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Privateers to invade Anna Maria Island

What threat or thrill lurks out on the Gulf of
A faded message in a bottle recently washed ashore
in Bradenton Beach, containing details of a long-planned
campaign to lay siege to Anna Maria Island.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are on a mission
to recover the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte, remembered
as "The Terror of the Gulf," but called "The Corsair" by
the local privateers who share a mutual respect for a do-
gooder who sometimes did bad.
Lafitte, according to legend, stashed treasure on the
shore of Anna Maria Island.
The message in the bottle warned, L\ >.i) year when
the moon is at the fullest and shining the brightest along
our salty shore, a ghost ship arises out of Davy Jones'
Locker. This ship is steered by ol' Lafitte himself, and it
invades our beloved Anna Maria in an eternal quest to
recover the legendary treasure of the Prince of Pirates."
But where is the "X" that marks the treasure spot?
The Privateers will search the island from north to
south, Gulf to bay, seeking the treasure. And they're
not daytripping a three-day invasion is planned Nov.
Much of the invasion weekend will take place at
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, where the Privateers
will host merchants and craftspeople 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat-
urday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3, and beginning at noon
Friday, Nov. 1.
Musical guests will include Big Daddy, Kettle of
Fish, Lauren Mitchell Band, Steve Arvey Band, Who
Daddies, Wild Root, Patti B Band and Kim Betts and
the Gamble Creek Band.
"We may have a few surprises to add in and I don't
want anyone to miss a minute of fun by watching just
a schedule," said Bob "Stitch" Dominas, entertainment
chair for the invasion. "We are pirates mate, you always



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have to watch what we have up our flouncy sleeves.
"We are going to rock the island Privateer style,"
he added.
Children's activities will include a treasure hunt and
storytelling, sack races, a pirate costume contest and face-
The Grand Masquerade Ball, which looks to be a
sell-out, will take place 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Seafood
Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez.
Guests who don't want to walk the plank should dress
in pirate costumes or formal attire for the ball, which will
feature live music, storytelling, a live auction, "heavy
appetizers" and lots of grog.
On Nov. 2, the Privateers will board the Skullywag
and journey from Anna Maria to Bradenton Beach. The
"invasion skirmish" from Pine Avenue and North Bay
Boulevard to Coquina Beach is expected to last about
two hours.
"The times be estimates. Depends on how many
pirate crews we encounter along Gulf Drive," said Pri-
vateer Tim "Hammer" Thompson.

Tim "Hammer" Thompson of the
Anna Maria Island Privateers

E says be ready for the invasion.
Islander File Photo
The Privateers expect to depart from the Anna Mafia
City Pier at about 10 a.m. and are prepared for the first
skirmish with the crew of Hernando de Soto at
Rudy's Subs & More, 9906 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, at
about 10:10 a.m.
The second skirmish could take place at about 10:30
a.m. at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, and the third at Island Gourmet Grill,
5910 Marina Drive, at about 11:15 a.m.
The Privateers expect to reach the Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, at about 11:15
a.m. and then engage in a final battle at Bridge Street and
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach at 11:35 a.m.
Also, the Privateers will capture Bridge Street Nov.
2, with the siege set to take place 5-10 p.m. Organizers
described the event as an after-party, with food, bever-
ages, games and activities and live music at the Bridge
Street Market Lot, 107 Bridge St. Attendees also may get
caught up in a skirmish at about 6 p.m.
For more information, go online to pirateinvasion.
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Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov.
3, just as the clock is winding down on the Anna Maria
Island Privateers' inaugural pirate invasion a three-
day affair that starts Nov. 1.
For most of the United States, clocks will turn back
an hour for added sleep, more chores, longer playtime.
Here, it will likely be the last "Hazah" for late-night
crews taking part in pirate festivities.
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reduce ii,' \ use by extending daylight
hours in the spring. 1
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and November, adding to the time
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was diverted for about 90 minutes Oct. 18, after two
vehicles on the bridge were disabled at the same time.
Tokajer said the incident happened around 1:30 p.m.
when a 14-16 inch long piece of steel fell off a truck being
driven eastbound on the bridge.
Two vehicles trailing the truck ran over the metal
object, shredding the vehicles' tires, he said.
The driver of the truck that lost the steel did not
stop, the chief said. It's possible the driver was unaware
anm ihing had happened, the chief added.
HBPD officers halted traffic in both directions and
got motorists turned around and diverted along East Bay
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some vehicles kept the incident to a minimum.
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Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Oct. 19,800 block of South Bay Boulevard, crimi-
nal mischief. A man returned home to discover a broken
sliding glass door. He called the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office. A responding deputy found no evidence that
the home had been entered.
Oct. 19, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar Restaurant, dis-
orderly intoxication. An MCSO deputy responded to a
call of a man threatening other patrons with violence.
The suspect allegedly said he was a Navy Seal and a
member of Seal Team 6. A restaurant employee asked the
deputy to escort the man off the premises. While leaving,
the suspect allegedly told patrons they better be careful
because he's "a trained killer." The deputy watched the
man leave the restaurant toward the Pine Avenue beach
access. About 30 minutes later, the deputy received a call
about a man on the beach who was threatening beach-
goers. The deputy arrived to see the same 31-year-old
Bradenton man threatening people. The suspect allegedly
used a racial slur when threatening one beachgoer and
was arrested.
Oct. 21,300 block of North Shore Drive, battery. A
deputy responded to the listed address and made contact
with a woman, who reported she was struck in the head
by a man while at his house in the 500 block of Kumquat
Drive. The deputy made contact with the man and his
mother, who both said the man and woman were in a prior
relationship and that she has continued to cause problems
for him and his new girlfriend. The deputy returned to
the woman's home with the information, at which time
the woman declined to press charges.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach
Oct. 22, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, habitual traf-
fic offender. A 42-year-old Bradenton man was arrested
on a felony after being pulled over for a broken head-
light. According to the report, Peter Mirick was asked
for identification and said he did not have a driver's
license because it was suspended. He was booked into
the Manatee County jail and held on $1,500 bond. He is
scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at
the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton.
Oct. 21, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach
Cafe, petit theft. A woman reported that her driver's
license was stolen from her purse while it was on the
ground near her table.
Oct. 12 5346 Gulf Drive, Hurricane Hank's, stolen
vehicle. A man driving a "club car" golf cart went inside
to eat and when he left the bar, discovered his vehicle
was gone. HBPD radioed a description and a Bradenton
Beach Police Department officer responded by saying
he had just seen the vehicle in the 1300 block of Gulf
Drive. Officers arrived to find the vehicle abandoned. It
was returned to the owner.
Oct. 12, 700 block of Haverkos Court, burglary. A
woman reported she left $130 on her nightstand when she
went to bed and when she awoke, the money was missing.
She told police she suspected it was a family member,
who often enters the residence without permission. Also
missing was $5 from her purse and a bottle of Vodka from
the refrigerator.
Oct. 18, 500 block of 67th Street, drunk. Police
responded to a residence and found a female laying in
the front yard. The officer made contact with the wom-
an's mother, who said they had gone out that night. She
alleged that her adult daughter struck her three times in
the face, but declined to prosecute. The officer attempted
to help the suspect to her feet, at which time she tried
to run but stumbled and fell into the street. The woman
was placed into custody for safety reasons and EMS was
contacted. The woman was due to be transported to the
hospital but, as the officer left the scene, he observed the
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By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
A 53-year-old Cortez woman was arrested for felony
possession of a controlled substance after initially being
arrested for driving under the influence.
rAccording to a probable cause
S^ f affidavit, Annie Hughes was observed
SV swerving her vehicle in the 3300 block
of 75th Avenue in Bradenton by a
Manatee County Sheriff's Office patrol
deputy. The deputy then allegedly
Hughes observed Hughes accelerate to 60 mph
in a 45-mph zone, at which time he initi-
ated a traffic stop.
According to the report, the deputy observed an odor
of alcohol and asked if Hughes had been drinking. She
allegedly said she had two beers.
Hughes was asked to perform a field sobriety test and
the deputy determined she failed. She was arrested for
misdemeanor driving under the influence and transported
to the Manatee County jail.
While being processed at the jail, the deputy discov-
ered two pills in Hughes' purse, one of which was deter-
mined to be hydrocodone. She was additionally charged
with felony possession.
Hughes was held on $2,000 bond. According to
the jail website, she posted bond the same day and was
She is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday,
Nov. 8, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

to assist and observed the suspect physically resisting
the EMS crew. The mother arrived and the woman was
released to her custody.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County Sh'ii ,irf's Office.

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40-year repair shop must make way

At the Oct. 21 annual Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island dinner at the Key Royale
Club in Holmes Beach, officers installed by Lt. Gov. of Florida Terri Davis, second
from left, including vice president Robin Kinkopf left, president Dave Miner, outgo-
ing president Claudette Welch, treasurer Suzi Kruse and secretary Major Leckie.
Special guests included Bob Fowinkle of the Cortez club and past Florida district
governor; Gilbert Zitzelsberger, past Michigan KC governor and former chief oper-
ating officer of Kiwanis International and Bill Edwards, also a past district Florida
KC governor. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

Passing the gavel
Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island President
Claudette Welch passes
the gavel to new president
Dave Miner, as members
and guests met Oct. 21
for the club's 61st annual
dinner and installation of
officers at the Key Royale
Club in Holmes Beach.

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Barry Grooms says he has concerns
abut the volume of misinformation cir-
culating about his commercial property
in Holmes Beach and the termination of
his tenant's lease on Jan. 2.
He also says he "feels bad" that
Island Auto Repair will need to relo-
cate from 5608 Marina Drive, Holmes
"There is a lot of misinformation
being spread around about the lease.
Some of the stuff has been crazy,"
Grooms said.
A few months ago, he told Island
Auto Repair owners Judi and Aaron
Rickerson that their lease would not be
renewed. Grooms said he and his family
have been planning a new project at
their property for several years.
"I can definitely say it's not con-
dominiums. That's one of the crazier
things I've heard," he said.
He's also heard people blame him
for putting the shop out of business.
That's just not true, Grooms said.
Island Auto Repair can relocate. And he's
allowing them to take the large equip-
ment that was leased with the shop.
Judi Rickerson said the family
would like the business to stay on Anna
Maria Island, but it might not be pos-
sible if a location can't be found.
Rickerson first worked at the
Grooms' shop, then took over the space
when the Grooms' family retired its
business, Grooms Motors andAutomo-
Judi Rickerson said she offered to

pay Grooms twice the monthly rent to be
allowed to stay, but that Grooms told her
money was "not the issue."
"I feel like we're getting a raw deal,"
Rickerson said. She said Grooms came to
her in early October to tell her the lease
would not be renewed. She believes he
could have told her sooner.
"I'm sure he's known about the proj-
ect for some time," she said.
But she also told The Islander
recently she owes more than $10,000 in
back taxes, and was ,h L,,liii; to pay the
shop's bills.
She said she is thankful that so many
in the community have offered to help
her raise funds to relocate.
And it's not like Grooms just arrived
in Holmes Beach or just bought the prop-
"I do feel bad for them. My mom
rented them space years ago because
they were friends," he said.
The Grooms family operated at
the location from 1968 to 1998. Barry
Grooms' said after his parents retired,
they leased the entire shop to the Rick-
ersons, he said.
Another issue Grooms said is the
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection has found some contaminants
in the ground that must be removed.
It's not the first time he's had to pay
to have chemicals and other materials
cleared from the property.
"We have spent thousands of dollars
to mediate the issue with the DEP and are
continuing to spend for monitoring. We
have to remove the source of the con-
tamination, Grooms said.

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Jerrold 'Jerry' Brown
Jerrold "Jerry" Brown, 88, of Holmes Beach, died
Oct. 21, in Washington, D.C., due to an accidental fall.
He was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Monroe, Wis., the second
son of the late Lena Thomm and Elgar Brown.
He graduated with a bachelor's
of arts degree in journalism from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, and
held a master's degree in economics
from the University of Arizona-Tuscon.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Euro-
pean theater during World War II. He
Brown twice received the Bronze Star, and was
especially proud of his Combat Infan-
tryman Badge, representing the day-in and day-out slog-
ging of combat.
Mr. Brown married Joyce StauffacherAug. 22, 1948.
He was hired by the newly formed Foreign Broadcast
Information Service (a branch of the CIA), where he
served a long and illustrious career. During his career, he
lived overseas in Cyprus and, after a promotion to bureau
chief, in Austria, Germany, Panama, and Okinawa.
In 1964, he received the CIA Intelligence Medal of
Merit for work in Panama during that year's anti-Ameri-
can riots. He also received the CIA Distinguished Service
Medal and, after 30 years, the CIA Career Service Medal.
He retired in 1980as deputy director of FBIS.
He traveled extensively for business and on vacations
with his family.
After retirement, Jerry and Joyce moved to Holmes
Beach, where he played tennis and enjoyed a membership
in the Key Royale Club. The couple enjoyed camping,
hiking and travel of all kinds, as well as birdwatching. Both
were members of the Manatee County Audubon Society
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife Joyce, having
celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in August;
children Kathy and husband Rick Calvert of Adamstown,
Md., Susan Grove-Ka and husband Harry of Placentia,
Calif., and Dave Brown and wife Norma of Fairfax, Va.;
and grandchildren Casey, Laura and Claire Calvert and
Lyndsey, Ryan and Derek Grove.

Wee trip to Scotland
Donna and Ed Saxe of Anna Maria Island show off
their hometown news from the captain's seat aboard
the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh while on vaca-
tion in Scotland in October.

Jose Luis 'Joe' Villa
Jose Luis "Joe" Villa, 81, of Bradenton, died Aug. 11.
E He was born in 1932 in Cabafias, Cuba.
BHe moved to Bradenton in 1998.
He graduated from the University
of Havana with a degree in chemistry
and moved to the United States in 1954.

He earned 41 patents for his work in
chemistry throughout his successful


A memorial service will be held at
11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations
may be made to Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
Mr. Villa is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lilo;
son Raymond; daughter Elke; grandsons Max and Sebas-
tian; and sister Mercy.

,4 Celebrating
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Gareth and Mavis
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during the recent
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the celebration, welcoming more than 50 people. The
Gibbs provided the entertainment Mavis sang and
Gareth played piano. Islander Photo: Courtesy Nancy

Gregg W. Erickson
Gregg W. Erickson, 51, of Bradenton died Oct. 20.
A private memorial service is planned.
Mr. Erickson is survived by his wife Janice; parents
Terry and Jay Erickson of Holmes Beach; sisters Dawn
Erickson and husband Jim Springer of Kabul, Afghanistan;
Deborah and husband Dave Pate of Holmes Beach; brother
Jay II and wife Jennifer of Powell, Tenn; brother-in-law
Mike and wife Candy Suggs of Bradenton; and many aunts,
uncles, nieces, and nephews.

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.
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from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, ushered on
Gulf Drive by members of the Holmes Beach Police Department
to the elementary school.

Skylar Hendler and
Ella Coney-Jones-
zombie brides exit
the haunted house.
"It was awesome!"
Skylar said. "At the
end there's a scary
guy with a shovel,"
Ella said.

Gigi Ortwein paints
a pumpkin on
Anna Kornman at
the Fall Festival.
Face-painting and
other classroom-
sponsored booths
were set up
to raise funds at
the event.

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Fourth-graders Kennedy Bullard and Destin Gullamundi collect prizes
in the student costume contest that recognizes one boy and one girl
from each class.

Fifth-grader Sophia Belsito came
as "Flo" to AME's Fall Festival
costume contest. "I had no clue
what I wanted to be, but I was
watching TV and the commercial
came on. Everybody loves Flo!"
Sophia said.

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Two bouncehouses keep kids busy at the Oct. 26 Fall Festival.


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annual Fall Festival
fundraiser. Along
with the bake sale
was a silent auction
of items donated by
the community.


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Community center board hears director's new vision

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Community Center executive
director Dawn Stiles presented her board of directors
with an outline of her vision for the center's -i>_'\ith
Stiles' plan called for sustainable growth based
around community service, adding events and activities,
more publicity and an improved website, she said at the
board's Oct. 18 meeting.
I \ li lingii interlocks in the vision plan," Stiles
"It's all about our relationship with the community
and one another," she said.
"This is my philosophy. How do we grow, how do we
have sustainable growth with our staff and all the people?
We must provide high-quality excellence," she said.
Stiles said she's already delivered the first quarterly
performance report to staff and discussed with staff mem-
bers areas of improvement and quality of service.
For Stiles, it's all about credibility with the staff and
She said she is most proud of her career credibility
and ability to develop and improve staff. "I will never
put this organization in jeopardy and will always do due
diligence in staff relationships," she said.
Stiles encouraged board members to complete the
online surveys of what they like and don't like about the
operation of the center. The questionnaire also is avail-

Anna Maria Island Community Center executive
director Dawn Stiles discusses her plan for sustain-
able growth with the board of directors at their Oct. 18
meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

able to the public.
Stiles also has become involved with donors and
sponsors of the center. She said she planned to attend
a dinner Oct. 25 when she would meet many longtime
donors for the first time.
In other business, board members agreed to meet
quarterly rather than monthly, beginning in January.

BACVB, AMI chamber partner on upcom

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker told
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board mem-
bers that Symphony in the Sand, scheduled for Nov. 9 on
the beach, is sure to become an annual attraction.
Speaking at the board's Oct. 16 meeting, Hunzeker
said the hand-in-hand partnership between the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the chamber
to produce and promote the first Symphony on the Sand
is a good matchup.
"We want to bring in people from elsewhere with
money to spend in the community. Maybe this will
become a weeklong event centered on the symphony.
We want to attract more and more people, and people
who will come back again and again," he said.
The BACVB is promoting the event across the state
and overseas. While the first year or two of the symphony
may not draw large numbers of international visitors,

eventually it will, Hunzeker said.
"This is a huge event. ...Europeans love classical
music and would love to book a vacation with the sym-
phony as the focal point. This event will become a profit-
maker for the chamber and the community," he said.
Hunzeker also updated board members on the 2017
World Rowing Championships to be held on the lake at
Nathan Benderson Park on Honore Boulevard near the
Manatee-Sarasota county line.
"A lot of people don't understand the magnitude of
the event and the logistics involved. This will be the larg-
est world-class event ever held in Florida," he said.
More than 1,000 rowers from nearly 100 countries
will attend, along with team officials, trainers and a
worldwide base of fans. He expects the event to draw
more than 100,000 people for the 10-day event.
"And the logistics and number of volunteers needed
are staggering," he said.
For example, he learned at the 2013 World Champi-

Board member David Teitelbaum said when he tries
to solicit more people to become board members, he's
often told they are too busy to meet every month.
Board chair Scott Rudacille said the board can have
up to 19 members, so there are plenty of vacancies for
volunteers to fill. "I think we can get more people inter-
ested with quarterly meetings," he said. "With more
people, we'll get a lot more done."
Stiles and deputy executive director Scott Dell will
keep board members informed of activities by one-way
email. Rudacille noted any board member can ask for a
special meeting on an emergency topic.

Center survey results
expected in new year
Anna Maria Island Community Center Dawn
Stiles said she'll present the results of an online survey
for the community center in mid-January.
The survey asks about center programs, usage,
potential programs and staff, and Stiles plans to incor-
porate the responses into her visioning plan.
Stiles encouraged anyone who uses the center to
complete the online survey at www.islandcommuni-, or at the computer by the center's front
The center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.

ing major events
onships in Korea that hotel restaurants at the champion-
ships had to plan to serve 5,000 calories per day to each
rower staying at the hotel.
Additionally, the event will be shown on worldwide
"And we are promoting this as a regional event. We
want to make sure people at Tampa International Air-
port know where to send somebody who asks where the
rowing championships are," Hunzeker said.
The BACVB will send a team to the 2014 World
Championships in Australia and the 2015 championships
in France to learn how to plan for every contingency.
"Not only will we have more than 1,000 participants,
coaches and team officials, we'll have to deal with nearly
100 different languages, ensure hotel rooms and food
are adequate, arrange transportation to the venue and a
host of other things" required for a major sporting event,
Hunzeker said.


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Island sea turtle volunteers sing finale on high note

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
It's almost as if the sea turtle population in the Gulf
of Mexico is singing its finale for a long, successful con-
cert season.
While sea turtle nesting season doesn't officially end
until Oct. 31, the final recorded nest of the 2013 season
hatched and was excavated the morning of Oct. 22 fol-
lowing an Oct. 20 hatching.
The nest was located at the end of Oak Avenue in
Anna Maria and the turtle hatching marks the conclusion
of what Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird
Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox called "The big-
gest, best and busiest season in our history."
Virtually every record fell this year. In 2012, the
prior record was shattered with 362 nests, while AMITW
recorded 370 nests this year. More than 12,000 hatchlings
made it to the Gulf of Mexico during the 2012 season,
but Tropical Storm Debby is blamed for approximately
100 lost nests.
At an average of 80 eggs per nest, an estimated 8,000
hatchlings were subsequently lost to the storm.
Mother Nature gave the sea turtles good weather
this year and the result was a record-breaking number
of hatchlings with 23,234 sea turtles scampering to open
water, almost doubling last year's record.
AMITW also recorded a record number of false

The dates for the championships have not been set.
The BACVB requested the event be held in October,
when hotel rates and tourism demands are lower along
with temperatures and humidity.
In other chamber business, the board voted to give
All Island Denominations $3.000 toward the relief effort
for the employees of the Rod & Reel Pier who have been
out of work since the Sept. 30 fire at the pier.
Board president Karen LaPensee said she's heard
the restaurant will be closed for at least two months for
The board's next meeting is 5:15 p.m. Wednesday,
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crawls this year with 360.
The 2012 season caught AMITW and other turtle
watch groups across the coastal counties of Florida off
guard, but back-to-back booming seasons has set expecta-
tions high for sea turtle conservation.
Fox said it is too soon and not enough data available
to make any conclusions as to the increased number of
nesting turtles, but the consensus is that education, dark
beaches, public involvement and responsible fishing prac-
tices are key to the sea turtle success story.
A beach renourishment project is expected to take
place late this year from the Manatee Public Beach in
Holmes Beach south to Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach, but Fox said she isn't concerned about renourish-
ment having an impact on the 2014 season, which begins
May 1.
"We are still preparing for another busy year," she
said. I \ i) i,. says beach renourishment keeps nesting
down, but we saw a different story in 1997 when Coquina
Beach was renourished and we had more nests."
Fox said she is concerned about what renourishment
will do for disorientation events when hatchlings emerge
from the nest seeking the twinkle of stars and the reflec-
tion of the moon on the Gulf of Mexico for guidance to
the water.
"Sky glow is becoming an issue on the island," she
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to be wider and higher, and she is concerned that the sky
glow issue will become more prevalent.
She is bringing in an expert on the issue before next
season to review any potential problem and possibly
make a presentation to island officials.
While thoughts already turn to next season, this
season concluded on a high note.
Fox pulled 80 eggs from the hatched nest 56 of
them hatched, while 24 were deemed to be infertile.
She said it's not uncommon for the late nests to have
very few hatchlings. A recently excavated nest had noth-
ing but infertile eggs, Fox said.
She said the females need to purge their remaining
eggs, "so to have 56 hatchlings out of the last nest is
While AMITW will close the record books on 2013,
Fox said sea turtle season doesn't end until Oct. 31 and
cautions people to be wary of the possibility that one or
two more unrecorded nests may still be on the beach.
And, while sea turtle season ends, AMITW is gear-
ing up to bring its full attention on its other obligation:
shorebird monitoring.
Fox said the first round of shorebird nesting should
begin within a couple of weeks and monthly bird counts
will begin soon.
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like we do the turtles," said Fox. "We are using the same
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Not much agreement from city to HB-Mainsail agreement

By Mark Young
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commissioners reviewed a settlement
agreement during an Oct. 24 workshop drafted by Main-
sail attorney Robert Lincoln based on the terms agreed
to following two rounds of mediation with the city.
A good portion of the agreement survived the com-
mission review, but much of it was either amended or
struck from the document.
"Boiler plate" language was maintained, but commis-
sioners took issue with any references to deals struck by
a prior administration with Tidemark, the previous devel-
oper, although Mainsail retained many of those rights in
the purchase of the property.
Commissioners agreed to eliminate the entire first
part of the agreement, saying the language stemming
from the Bert J. Harris Jr. Act mediation should focus
on what the two sides agreed to and not mention previous
Key language addressing areas such as setbacks, time-
tables and satisfying concerns of residential neighbors to
the proposed development site near the Marina and Gulf
drives intersection were the focus of the meeting.
The agreement provided Mainsail with 45 days to
submit a site plan upon the approval, but even city offi-
cials and commissioners didn't believe that would be
enough time.
Commissioner Judy Titsworth said Lincoln was under
the impression a site plan would not have to undergo a
full review before going to the commission. She said
that it would first require a staff review and that Mainsail
needed more time.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said it was Lincoln's
timeframe, but agreed that a site-plan application "will
have substantial changes," and the process would include
a review. "There will be a review, staff reports, a public
hearing and then action," she said.
Mainsail architect Brian Check said if the city was
going to require a detailed site plan, "It will definitely
take more than 45 days."
Building official Tom O'Brien said a less-detailed
conceptual plan would take about 60 days, up to 120 days

for a preliminary site plan and possibly an additional 120
days for a final plan.
O'Brien advised that the commission focus solely on
the conceptual plan when establishing the 60-day time-
line, but Petruff said the land development code requires
a site plan application to be "slightly more than a con-
ceptual plan and less than a preliminary plan."
Commissioner Marvin Grossman said most of what
Mainsail would present in a conceptual plan is already
in place. He said 60 days should be enough, but Check
asked for 90 days due to the upcoming holiday season
and commissioners agreed.
Commissioners also required that detailed setbacks
be included within the conceptual plan a primary
reason for the vote that revoked the initial site plan.
One sticking point in the agreement is a 4-foot-tall
sound buffer around the pool, required on the existing site
plan, to help stem pool noise from bouncing across the
water and repercussing around the lodge into residential
Titsworth brought up the wall, and Check replied that
Mainsail never agreed to it.
Titsworth disagreed and referred to her mediation
notes, which she read. Her mediation notes included a
4-foot sound barrier around the pool and, if not, "I won't
be in agreement with a settlement."
Check said Mainsail would not have agreed to that
because a 4-foot wall does nothing to contain noise.
"In fact, I'm removing one right now at another
property," he said. "It doesn't stop noise. What it does is
prevent views. I'm happy to find a way to work around
the noise issue. We don't want to be a bad neighbor, but
don't want bad neighbors either."
Mayor Carmel Monti said spoke against requiring
a sound barrier, saying noise should be an enforcement
issue, especially as the city continues to tighten its noise
Commissioner Pat Morton said enforcement would
be a nightmare and was in favor of the wall.
"To stay to the point that the wall is part of the agree-
ment is negligible," Monti said. "If it doesn't work to stop
noise, it doesn't work."



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Everyone's welcome to The Islander-Feast Restaurant critter corral
5-6 p.m. on Halloween. Canines will be judged for scariest, most
original and silliest costumes, as well as pet-owner look-alikes. Con-
testants will gather at THE FEAST, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
with registration beginning at 5 p.m. and judging at 5:30 p.m. Prizes
are courtesy of Perks 4 Pets in Bradenton.

Trail of Treats begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
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He was opposed to the noise buffer, saying the city
doesn't protect other residents from noise.
Islander publisher Bonner Joy, who lives on 56th
Street across the canal from the development site said
there are a lot more than one or two citizens who are
concerned about the potential noise problems.
"Do you think people sitting around the pool during
the day aren't going to make noise? I don't think we
deserve to be pushed away because we are across the
canal," she said, noting there is no daytime noise limit.
Commissioner Marvin Grossman suggested Mainsail
include in its conceptual plan evidence from a noise spe-
cialist on whether the wall would be effective, or make
an alternative recommendation to limit noise.
Commissioners tentatively agreed that if evidence
shows a wall would be ineffective, they would not push
for it, but if it shows it would help, then they would insist
that the wall be included in the site plan.
They left it to Mainsail to provide evidence on the
sound barrier.
Titsworth said her vote to approve a site plan would
be dependent on keeping the wall.
The agreement will be sent back to Lincoln to con-
sider the city's input. The two sides will continue to work
out the language before it comes back to city commission
for approval.
Once the settlement agreement becomes official,
Mainsail will have 90 days to present a conceptual site-
plan application.

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Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, no school.
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and get your map of over 50 participating Businesses island wide.
Free Kid Photos at Walgreens photo booth at the AMI Chamber of Commerce located at
5313 Gulf Drive. Photos can be picked up at Walgreens in Holmes Beach. The AMI
Chamber will have a costume contest beginning at 3:30 pm with awards in 8 categories
within 4 age groups. Then children can trick or treat island-wide to participating local
businesses all over Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and City of Anna Maria.
In addition, The Islander Newspaper will host the Crazy, Creepy Crawly Critter Costume
Contest at The Feast Restaurant from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Prizes for pets will be awarded in
the scariest, most original and silliest costumes, as well as dressed to win an
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by Rick (Mtlin

Palma Sola man discovers
PT boats by accident
Bill Markell of Palma Sola says it was only an acci-
dent he didn't get into naval aviation as a young man.
His accident happened after he signed up for U.S.
Navy aviation training on Dec. 8, 1941, in Cleveland,
one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the
U.S. entered World War II.
But before he reported for active duty, while driving
his older brother's car, Markell smashed the vehicle into
a tree. The crash knocked out all his front teeth. When he
reported for active duty, the Navy told him he couldn't
fly without front teeth.
"So I went for PT boat service, instead," Markell
said. "I was really disappointed." The Navy did, however,
fit him with dentures for his front teeth.
On Dec. 8, 1941, Markell and a friend had wanted to
join the Marine Corps, but Markell's dad refused to sign
the papers for his underage son.
\y, buddy got in, but when I went to my dad, he said
I'd be nothing but cannon fodder in the Marines and he
wouldn't sign the papers. That's when I decided on the
Navy," Markell recalled.
After basic training, Markell went to PT boat school.
PT stands for patrol torpedo, Markell said. The Navy's
PT boats were the fastest boat on the water, able to obtain
speeds up to 60 knots with its twin-diesel engines. Fol-


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Palma Sola resident Bill Markell displays the U.S.
battle flag he took from his ship, PT-540, when he was
ordered to burn the boat at the end of World War II.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

lowing PT school, he trained as a naval quartermaster.
"It's a lot different than an Army quartermaster, who
just hands out the supplies," Markell said. "In the Navy,
the quartermaster does the navigation, keeps the ship's
records and is on the bridge at all times. It's quite a job."
After quartermaster school, Markell was assigned to
a new PT boat, PT-540.
"We only had two officers. As the quartermaster, I
was made chief of the boat, which is a pretty big job in
the Navy, even though we only had a crew of 12."
Markell, by now a petty officer third class, had to
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tors would be manning the boat's machine guns and anti-
aircraft weapons.
The Navy loaded PT-540 and the 11 other PT boats
in Squadron 37 aboard the Manhattan, one of the largest
fleet transports in the Navy. The ship sailed for the Pacific
via the Panama Canal.
"To get through the canal, the PT boats were off-
loaded and I got to steer our boat through the canal. That
was a big experience for me," Markell said.
The boats were reloaded and the Manhattan sailed
to San Francisco, then to Pearl Harbor.
At Pearl Harbor, where Markell knew his brother
Mike was stationed, his boat's crew was not given liberty
and Markell couldn't meet up with him.
In early 1943, the Manhattan sailed to Guadalcanal,
where the Marines were winning the battle, but the Japa-
nese were still fighting. PT-540 was off-loaded and sailed
to the island of Tulagi, about 20 miles off the northeast
coast of Guadalcanal.
"The canal area was still full of action, but luckily
we had a secure area to dock our boat."
The next day, PT-540 went to Guadalcanal, where
Markell saw two submarine tenders tied up at the dock.
He went to the Red Cross tent for a coffee and saw his
brother's name on the previous day's registry.
"I knew he was on a sub-tender, so I ran back to the
docks, but the tenders had already left. We missed each
other by just a few minutes."
Markell's PT boat patrolled "The Slot," as the waters
between Guadalcanal and Tulagi were called, but only at
"Daytime, a Jap Zero would see you and blow you
away. So we only patrolled at night and didn't use our
lights. It was scary, but the only way."
Markell recalled the first time the boat saw combat and
received fire from Japanese ships and shore batteries.
I \ ,. I)'IK, is afraid the first time, but you do your
job. You're afraid to let your buddies down. They were
the best friends I ever had," he said. After their first
combat, the crew gained experience and learned to trust
their buddies.
"You had to because your life depended upon the
other guy doing his job," Markell said.

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Although PT-540's skipper was first class, Markell
couldn't say the same about the executive officer. But
Markell has nothing but respect for the squadron's com-
mander, a guy named Faulkner.
"On our first firing mission, which was at night, we
had a brand new bomb site installed. Faulkner was on
board with a couple of admirals. When we got on station
to fire the torpedoes, the damn thing wouldn't work, so
I had to fire using a compass heading and my navigation
charts. It was dead reckoning and I lined up the fire for the
entire squadron. It must have worked because when we
got back, Faulkner came up to me and said 'Nice work,
Markell.' That was high praise from the top guy."
PT-540 patrolled the northwest coast of Guadalcanal,
often firing torpedoes at Japanese transport ships taking
troops off the island. By February 1943, the Japanese had
given up trying to drive the Marines off the island, and
Markell believes it was the first U.S. victory of WWII.
Markell's boat also was stationed on Vella LaVella
Island in the Solomon Islands. After the war, when
Markell saw the movie "PT-109" about the exploits of
John E Kennedy as a PT boat captain, he realized Ken-
nedy was stationed on Green island, just south of him.
"We saw plenty of action there, but there were some
tough and sad moments," Markell said.

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"One day we picked up an Aussie pilot out of the
water after his plane was shot down. He was in bad shape,
but we got him to the hospital. The next day, we learned
he didn't make it. That was a sad moment for us. It's
one of the things about war you just learn to live with,"
Markell said.
Promoted to quartermaster first class by mid-1943,
Markell's boat gradually moved its docking stations
through the Solomon Islands as U.S. Marines and Army
units invaded each Japanese-held island. He declined the
Navy's offer to send him to officer candidate school, tell-
ing Faulkner he was happy where he was, hurting the
Hurting the enemy was PT-540's job, but the boat
moved so often it never got accustomed to any single
docking station.
"We would set up shop for a week, patrol every
night, then get orders to move to another island," Markell
The crew lived and slept aboard the boat, and Markell
recalled that the man assigned as the cook was "absolutely
terrible" at cooking. Luckily, he said, the radio operator
came from a family-owned restaurant in New York.
"I put him in charge of the cooking and he made
some great Greek food. We didn't always know what it
was, but it tasted great and we ate well, probably the best
chow in the squadron."
PT-540 was in the invasion of Peleliu in September
1944, the pre-cursor to the October 1944 invasion of the
"I remember Gen. Douglas MacArthur said he left
the Philippines on a PT boat and he was going to return
to the Philippines on a PT boat. He did, but not on ours.
We were there at Leyte Gulf when he went ashore, but
there wasn't much action for us."
However, Markell's PT boat would see plenty of
action at the invasion of Okinawa April 1, 1945.
"It was the bloodiest battle of the war," Markell
recalled. "We were in support of the troops going ashore
at Yellow Beach. We got shelled by shore batteries, but
the biggest worry we had were the kamikaze planes. They
were everywhere, every day. Usually, they went after the
battleships and aircraft carriers, but they often went after
us. Luckily, we could maneuver rapidly and had great
speed, so they usually gave up."
Markell also remembers the typhoon that hit Oki-
nawa in late April. The big ships were pushed all over the
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"The harbor was a mess when it was over," he said.
By summer 1945, Markell had been in the Pacific
more than two years and never got shore leave or rest
and recreation.
In early August 1945, Markell and his crew heard
something about a big bomb being dropped on Japan.
But orders continued to come for PT-540.
Around mid-August, Markell remembers his PT was
sent to the north side of Okinawa to take on food and sup-
plies. The next day, instead of sailing, Markell remembers
the boat got orders to "stand down" and wait.
On Aug. 15, 1945, they heard the news the Japanese
had surrendered.
"We had one big celebration. I got out my Very
Pistol, which fires a flare, and shot one off into the sky.
A few hours later, the shore patrol boat came alongside
and asked who fired that pistol. I took the blame and our
captain said I might be in big trouble, but nothing ever
came of it. I got lucky because I had a good record with
the old man."
But Markell's luck did not hold when men began to
ship back stateside for discharge.
"I was the guy left behind. They selected me to
destroy our PT boats because we couldn't take them with
us. I went to our boat and took the battle ensign we flew
and the U.S. flag before I set fire to the boat. I still have
them today," Markell said proudly.
On Dec. 24, 1945, Markell boarded a troop ship
bound for the states. He reached Seattle in January and
went home to Cleveland on a 30-day leave. He returned
to Chicago and was discharged in mid-1946.
Markell went to work at the YMCA, which offered
him a work-study program at Fenn College.
He graduated with a degree in social services and
spent 45 years with the YMCA. He would eventually
be in charge of all YMCA operations in the greater New
York City and northern New Jersey area.
He retired in 1992 and moved to San Remo Shores,
then to Palma Sola. He and his second wife, Dorothy,
have seven children between them, 12 grandchildren and
one great-grandchild.
"I had a great experience and our squadron had no
combat fatalities. I was just an ordinary guy doing my
duty. I have no regrets, and I was certainly no hero. The
heroes are still over there," Markell said. "I would do it
all again if I had to, except this time I wouldn't bust up
my brother's car."
Bill Markell is a proud member of The Greatest Gen-
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Cooler weather comes with center soccer playoffs

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The dress rehearsal that is soccer's regular season for
kids soccer is nearly over.
With only one week remaining before playoffs in the
Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League,
the matchups are just about set. Beach Bistro and Island
Pest Control are still battling for the top spot in the 8-10
division, while American Marine, Tyler's Ice Cream and
LPAC follow, all with sub-.500 records.
It appears LPAC and Tyler's will open the playoffs
Nov. 5, with the winner taking on whoever ends up with
the top seed at 7 p.m. the following night.
The 11-13 division ends its regular season Nov. 1
with LPAC taking on Waterfront Restaurant and Jen
Crady Massage battling the top-seed, The Feast Restau-
rant. It is a preview of the playoffs, which gets started in
games scheduled for 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 5.
The two-team 14-17 division again play in a cham-
pionship game at 8 p.m. Nov. 6.
Island Pest Control showed it's in it to win it with a
resounding 7-1 victory Oct. 23 over LPAC.
Julius Petereit led the way with three goals, while
Joshy Calhoun and Javier Rivera notched two goals
each. Callen Achor scored the lone goal for LPAC in the
The second game of the evening saw Beach Bistro
remain undefeated with a 5-4 victory over American
Marine. Sean Rodriguez scored four goals to lead Beach
Bistro, which also received a goal from Tuna McCracken
in the victory. Tyler Brewer led American Marine with
three goals, while teammate Anthony Monetti added one
Beach Bistro put the icing on Tyler's Ice Cream 4-1
Oct. 22 behind a pair of goals from Giancarlo Padilla.
David Daigle and McCracken also scored for the Bistro.
Jeremiah Sculco scored for Tyler in the loss.
Island Pest Control outlasted American Marine 7-6

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Petereit scored four goals and Calhoun added three goals
to lead Island Pest Control. Brewer and Andrew Burgess
scored two goals each to lead American Marine, which
also received a goal from Anthony Monetti in the loss.

Standings tighten in adult roundball
Beach to Bay Construction holds a two-game lead
with two games to play in the regular season and is
looking to lock up top seed and a first-round by e in the
upcoming playoffs.
Sun, Bowes Imaging Center and Waterfront Res-
taurant are lurking two games back, waiting to secure a
playoff bye as well with a second-place finish.
Southern Greens and Gator Man Pools bring up the
rear with 2-4 records and are pinning their championship
hopes on putting up some heat in the playoffs.
Basketball action Oct 22 saw two double-digit vic-
tories sandwich a close game. Bowes Imaging Center
opened the evening's action with a 75-64 win over the
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Earhart paced the Sun in the loss.
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in the second game of the night. Brandon Kern posted
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Dwyer paced the winners. Brandon Hartwig scored 16
points and Brittany Hartwig added 14 points to lead
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Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play with 3-0 records
during Oct. 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall horseshoe pits. Bob Heiger and Norm Good were
too hot, rolling to a 23-5 victory over Adin Shank and
Karl Thomas.
Sam Samuels and Karl Thomas were the only team
to earn a 3-0 record during Oct. 26 pool play and were
the day's outright champs.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-

Key Royale golf news
The week that was at Key Royale Club saw some
action rained out, but the men did get in some golf. The
action started Oct. 19 with an 18-hole, individual low-net
match. Tom Lewis and Vince Mercadante both carded
5-under-par 59s to tie for first place, while Jim Mixon
was two shots back in second place.
The men played a morning individual low-net match
Oct. 21 that again saw Mercadante finish in a tie for first
place. This time he matched JimAuch with a 5-under-par
27, while Bob Schultz took second st 4-under.
Later in the day, the men played a nine-hole, modi-
fied-Stableford match. Jon Holcomb and Dick Mills were
both carded plus-5 to tie for first place. Holcomb was
also part of the team winners with John Cassese, Craig
Humphreys and Dan Richardson.
The women dominated a nine-hole, coed match Oct.
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Think you don't know jack? But maybe you do

By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
If you've been fishing around Anna Maria Island in
recent weeks, you probably know a lot about jack jack
crevalle, that is.
Schools of jack crevalle have invaded Tampa Bay,
Anna Maria Sound and south to Sarasota Bay, swarm-
ing schools of baitfish, leaving a trail of wreckage in
their wake. These voracious fish are ranging anywhere
from 1-10 pounds and will chew on just about anm iliiIg
that crosses their path. That being said, these fish can
be caught on a variety of baits, including jigs, spoons,
Gotcha plugs and even topwater baits.
The jack crevalle is native to Florida waters. The
common size is 1 to 5 pounds, although fish in the
20-pound range are not uncommon. The world record
for a jack crevalle is 58 pounds 6 ounces.
There is really no food value to these fish the meat
is dark and has a strong flavor. Although not good to eat,
they do make an excellent adversary on light spinning
tackle or fly tackle. Drag-screaming runs are followed
by d,_'in' at the rod, before the fish finally succumbs,
makes the jack crevalle a true competitor in the ranks of
strength per pound. For their size, the strength of these
fish will amaze the light-tackle angler.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says Spanish
macks, jacks and blue runners are abundant around the
pier in the morning hours around sunrise. Clark spoons
or crappie jigs in pink or white can get you connected.
Mangrove snapper, flounder and juvenile grouper
are being caught by bait fishers at the pier. Anglers using
live shrimp and shiners are catching decent numbers of
the trio of species, although keeper-size fish are hard to
come by.
Lastly, night fishers are catching the occasional snook
on live ballyhoo and shiners. Free-lining baits along the
shadow line the pier forms on the water is a great way
to hook up. Other species being caught at night include
stingrays, shark and the occasional spotted seatrout.
Capt. Warren Girle is targeting reef species on near-
shore structures in the Gulf of Mexico. By using live
shiners for bait, Girle is reeling up keeper gag grouper
and a few short reds. Also on the artificial reefs, Girle is
catching limits of 12-15 inch mangrove snapper.
By free-lining live shiners behind the boat, Girle is
catching dolphin also known as mahi mahi or dorado
- in 45 feet of water. Yes, I said dolphin and, yes, in
45 feet of water. It just goes to show you that you never
know what's going to happen in a day's fishing in our
local waters.
Moving inshore, Girle is still catching limits of red-
fish as well as a few keeper-size snook. Under-slot snook
are more frequent, especially along mangrove shorelines
with good water flow. Expect to catch a few spotted
seatrout in the mix, too.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says snook
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showing off slot-size reds before they are set on the fillet
table. For bait, most are using live shiners or pinfish to get
these copper-sided fish to bite. The same applies for snook,
too. Most snook being caught are in the 20- to 26-inch
range. Keeper fish are occasionally found in the mix.
Spanish mackerel and jack crevalle are feeding
throughout the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as off the
beaches. Oldham suggests Gotcha plugs or silver spoons
to tie into these toothy fish.
On a final note, Oldham adds the sheepshead are
starting to appear around docks and piers again. He sug-
gests a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader combined with a
small live bait hook and a split shot to rig for these buck-
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Anna Maria Island. Gross is anchoring and chumming
to catch these migratory fish. Once the fish are feeding,
Gross' clients cast into the frenzy, which is resulting in
multiple hookups.
While targeting the mack family, expect to see and
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Capt. Wayne Genthner, a charter guide for more
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decades, will teach the sessions on the newest lures
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Market seeks vendors
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Bridge Street Market organizers are seeking vendors
for the 2013-14 season, which opens in November and
continues through the spring.
The market takes place at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, beginning Nov. 10 and
ending April 27.
People interested in being vendors at the market can
download an application at www.bridgestreetmerchants.
The market has been operating for five years and has
been "extremely successful in bringing more business to
Bridge Street and increasing exposure for the participat-
ing vendors," said a news release.
Organizers hope to expand the market this year,
introducing new vendors "each week, keeping the items
fresh and interesting."
The nonprofit Bridge Street Merchants presents the
market, as well as raises money for local charities, boosts
business on Bridge Street and sponsors other events,
including the Real Florida Fest Beach to Bay Expo,

Business news
Does your business have achievements to cel-
ebrate? Maybe you've just opened a business or your
business has received an award or special recogni-
tion. If so, we'd like to hear from you. To be consid-
ered, email your "who, what, where, when and why"
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313 61st Street, Holmes Beach
Brand New Listing
3 story home is up to 2,374 sq.ft.
High-end finishes and wonderful
outdoor entertaining area and pool
with waterfall.
4 bed I 2/1 bath

Holy cow! Sharks

spotted in Holmes Beach
Ben Stewart has owned the Holy Cow Ice Cream
and Gifts, 3234 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, for four
When he did his annual closing in September for
renovations and cleanup, he decided to reopen in Octo-
ber with something interesting for customers to watch
while eating their ice cream. He wanted to put some
"pow" into Holy Cow.
But it's not just fun or interesting, it's educational,
he said.
Stewart installed a shark tank that contains two
varieties of sharks, the Australian horn shark and the
white spotted bamboo shark. Both species can grow to
about 3 feet long, he said, so the tank has to be fairly
He also has a Pacific Island eel and a number of
other small tropical fish in the tank.
"The sharks have been a hit with customers, espe-
cially the little kids. They can't believe how tiny the
sharks are. Most kids think sharks are these huge, scary
animals in the ocean," he said.
The white spotted bamboo shark is found in the
southeast Pacific, while the Australian horn shark lives

the Bridge Street Memorial Day Festival and an annual
Christmas on Bridge Street.
For more information about the merchants or the
market, go online to

Chamber plans November
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
monthly networking luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Harry's Continental Kitchen, 5600
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
For more information, call 941-778-1541.





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along the West Coast of North America.
Along with the aquarium and the variety of ice
cream treats, Stewart offers chocolate confections and
candy, pretzels and other new snacks and sweets.
For more information, call 941- 779- 0690.

In cooperation with the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau and as part of artsHOP, the chamber
is hosting Symphony on the Sand, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Satur-
day, Nov. 9, at Coquina Beach Gulfside. A ticket is $100
and includes food, wine and other beverages. Concert
only tickets with bring-your-own -seating are $35.
The chamber's monthly sunrise breakfast is 7:45-9
a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and members are encour-
aged to bring a guest or prospective members.
Reservations are required for the event.
For more information or to make a reservation for
chamber events, call 941-778-1541.


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Pop singer and soccer exec arrive to kickoff fashion

Marianne and Markus Siegler are a long way from
the days in their native Switzerland when Marianne,
known as Marianne Cathomen, was one of the top sing-
ers in Europe, while Markus Siegler was an executive
with FIFA, the world governing body of soccer.
The couple moved to Anna Maria Island last year
and recently opened the Beach Fashion Boutique, 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, in the former Anna Maria post
office plaza.
"I enjoyed my career as a singer," Marianne Siegler
said, "but I'm enjoying island life and running the bou-
tique. It's so much fun here."
As Cathomen, she wrote and produced eight albums
of original songs. She began her career while in college,
singing popular music with her father's band.
Performing her own songs has always been a special
thrill, she said.
"I always enjoyed doing my own music because that
was how I could express myself," she said.
As a singer, she performed at top nightspots in Swit-
zerland and throughout Europe.
It helps when one can sing a variety of languages,
she said. In addition to her native Swiss, she's published
songs in English, German, French and Italian.
She also was a regular guest and performer in Euro-
pean television shows and hosted several shows. And she

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found time to do fashion modeling.
In 2001, she won the International Gran Prix der
Volksmusik of Europe with her original song, "Hey Baby,
ktiss mich noch mal."
After marrying Markus and visiting Anna Maria
Island a few years ago, Marianne says they began to think
of doing other things in their lives, like living in a warmer
"We just fell in love with the island, the people and
the lifestyle," said Markus Siegler.
The couple moved to the island in November 2012
and became involved in several business ventures.
Markus Siegler quickly studied and obtained a Florida
real estate sales license.
"And we haven't been back to Switzerland," Mari-
anne Siegler said. "I don't miss the entertainment indus-
try. It's definitely not as relaxed as life on Anna Maria
Island, but I still love to sing."
She said she likes to sing softly as she works in the
boutique, arranging displays, checking orders and doing
other things.
The boutique carries stylish beachwear, island wear,
name-brand casual clothing, accessories and other items
and gifts for men and women.
For more information about the boutique, call 941-

Markus and Marianne Siegler recently opened the
Beach Fashion Boutique, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, in the old Anna Maria post office. Marianne
Siegler, singing as Marianne Cathomen, was popu-
lar in her native Switzerland and throughout Europe
before moving with her husband to Anna Maria Island.
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COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100,
above-ground pool, ladder, accessories, 15-18
foot, 1 year old, $100. 941-778-3920.

KENMORE 26 CUBIC foot side-by-side refrig-
erator, white, very good condition, $125. 941-

LIKE NEW SECTIONAL couch, camel color,

WROUGHT IRON DINETTE set: Table, fours
chairs, all painted white, $75. 941-778-7293.
ARMOIRE, $100. MATCHING king headboard,
natural maple, $100, 941-779-0883.

Individuals may place one free ad with up to
three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words
or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted
online. Email, fax toll-
free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
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THE HIVE: GIFTS & Arts at Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach. Local hand-made unique
jewelry including our very popular Mermaids
Range, Tibetan jewelry and goods, plus Pan-
dora-style charms and various gift items from
around the world. 941-730-1745.

from Anna Maria Island. Crosspointe Fellow-
ship wants to hear from you in order to wel-
come you to a Nov. 16 patriotic Thanksgiving
event. Call the Rev. Ed Moss at 941-778-0719
to provide your contact information.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but
working XBox, Wii units with games for Min-
istry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys.
941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

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

and The Islander are collecting new or used,
repairable fishing poles and reels. Donate your
gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Child-
safe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment. Pick up at The Islander office, 5604B
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat-
urday. Donations on Wednesdays, 9 -11 a.m.
Visit our $1 sale racks! 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. 941-779-2733.

sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops
on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

HUGE YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 1-2 Loads of really great stuff!
531 69th St., Holmes Beach.

PLANTS FOR SALE! 8 a.m.-? Saturday and
Sunday, Nov. 2-3. All size palms and assorted
tropical. Proceeds benefit Solve Pregnancy
Center. 28 Seaside Court, Holmes Beach.

FOUND: TWO MATCHING rings, found Colum-
bus Day on beach, near chair by water. Bra-
denton Beach. Claim at The Islander office,
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

YOUNG DOG NEEDS home: Bulldog mix,
male. Sweet, likes everyone! Neutered and has
shots/chip. 941-345-2441.

DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage.
Leave your pets with us for fun and pamper-
ing while you're out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819
Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long
memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boat-

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

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass
tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great
for fishing-stand on the side without tipping,
go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat
for anyone who wants to get on the water!
Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must
see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

ALL-AROUND HANDYMAN/garden caretaker
with good customer interface skills required
for prominent establishment selling indoor/out-
door home decor. Accepting resumes: The Sea
Hagg in Cortez between 10 a.m. and noon.
Deadline Nov. 9. 12304 Cortez Road.

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

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog
sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysit-
ter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-

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, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Anderson & Associates Insurance
Your Island Insurance Specialist

Need computer help? Chances R, I can help.
And if I don't have the answer, I know someone
who will. Start to finish hardware, software,
network setup and repair, printer help, continu-
ing support... Give me a call. If it's broke, I can
usually fix it. Cell phones, too.

C-S-d1 SIfltUtIU.S business network / computer solutions
Socko Pearson, 941-799-1169,

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and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
ing, 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.
Island resident, references. The Flying Dutch-
man LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior,
carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free
estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native
islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experi-
ence. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying
assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-

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

resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-
free music lesson, or 941-
NEW REAL ESTATE photography services for
the Bradenton and Sarasota area. Professional
photography and video at affordable rates. Call
For Real: 941-524-4656.
JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean
your home like our own. We offer organic
cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise,
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA.
Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-
airports and more. Tampa, $85, Sarasota, $35,
local. Details, 941-807-4046.
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus
cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, soft-
ware and network repair. FBI virus cleaned
and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Give
islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes
Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean.
38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! 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.

and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
installations, watering the island for 15 years.
Jeff, 941-778-2581.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
Call 941-807-1015.

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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard.
Hauling 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
commercial. For all your landscaping needs.

and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experi-
ence. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

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classified ads and subscribe online? Check it
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Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

Nrj: :b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.:.
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.

of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabi-
nets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed,

CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contrac-
tor. Free estimates and plans. New houses,
porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices.
Hire a Florida licensed contractor. Call 941-
795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792.

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

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.

mercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows,
lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.

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

condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971
or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.
com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

3BR/3BA, private pool, community pool gym,
tennis. 941-795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo:
Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi,
tennis, boat dock. Seasonal or yearly. Call

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SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BT end unit with lagoon view. Com-
plex offers two heated pools, tennis, elevator and covered
parking. $269,000

BEACHFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BT direct beach front.
Ground level, located next to pool, "turnkey" furnished. Fan-
tastic views of the Gulf. $547,500.

6 BEDROOM IN ANNA MARIA... Ground-level
duplex located west of Gulf Drive for easy beach access. 3
BR/2 BA each side. Completely renovated. 2,300 sq. ft.

Mike 800-367-1617
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boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria
Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.

2BR/2BA, two-car garage on lake. $1,550/
month. 941-356-1456.

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.

DISTRESS SALES/BANK foreclosures and fixer-
uppers. Go to: www.ManateeAreaForeclosures.
com for a free list of properties available now.

style country 2BR/2BA plus office or studio.
Steps to marina and pool. Private Gulf beach
access. Immediate occupancy. $279,500. Owner,

FREE! WHAT EVERY Real estate buyer or seller
needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.
com. 941-400-8735.

FOR SALE: 2BR/2BA Gulffront view, $379,000,
2BR/2BA condo, $239,000,1 BR/1 BA remodeled,
$144,900. Call Jen and Mark Bowman, Keller Wil-
liams Realty for your Anna Maria Real Estate.

2BR/2BA UNIT at Sunbow Bay: Tennis, two
heated pools, elevator, great location. Call Bar-
bara, Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or 941 -

$49,900. Call Anne, Realtor, 941-713-9835. Real
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