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Aerial Artistry


Take a photographic voyage over Anna Maria Island. Pages 24-25

Dude, where’s our pier?

Anna Maria tackles residental rental issue



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HOLMES BEACH – The pier at Manatee Public Beach, demolished for safety reasons in 2009, is missed by visitors and residents and needs to be replaced, Manatee County Commission Chair Carol Whitmore says. The commission voted in 2009 to replace the structure, which still appears in tourism ads, and helped keep the beach from


In the 1960s, the pier at Manatee Public Beach was SEE PIER, PAGE 32 a popular gathering place for families.


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ANNA MARIA – The rental business is booming here in this small city just like it is all over Anna Maria Island. And, just as in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach, problems with noise and overcrowding have some permanent residents wishing business wasn’t quite so good. Last week, city commissioners got an earful from residents, property managers and the Sheriff’s Office about some of those

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Different, but still the same Readers may notice something a little different about this week's edition of The Sun. After nearly five months of planning, worrying and banging of heads against the nearest wall, the latest redesign of the newspaper is finished, in place and ready for approval (we hope) or criticism (inevitable) from you, the reader. Most of the changes are cosmetic in nature, involving the way the stories and photos appear on the page. Different headline and text typefaces are a big part of the makeover, designed to make the paper more attractive and easier to read. The goal is to create a print product that is consistent in presentation and compelling in content. Photos also figure prominently in the game plan for the new Sun, as do graphics and charts, both of which we hope to put to good use. Today's center spread featuring aerial shots of Anna Maria Island by Sun contributor Troy Morgan is a good example of our rededication to excellence in news and feature photography. Page 1 also offers a new look, with a redesigned logo, the above-mentioned emphasis on photos and a new line of teasers to inside

stories across the bottom of the page. To help readers quickly find the content they're interested in, we've added an index in the lower left corner. A glance at that listing, however, reveals that the nature of the stories inside the paper has not changed. Local news, sports, arts, business and education coverage remains just the same. In fact, that has always been our mission at The Sun - to report on life on the Island and to stay intensely local in our focus. We want to profile all those little aspects of our existence that the dailies either can't or won't include on their pages. Community covereage, with news from your street, your neighborhood, your organization. We hope the new packaging is appealing and that reading The Sun remains a fun and informative experience. And we want to hear from you about the redesign. Send us an e-mail at, post your reaction in the comments section on our website at or just give us a call at 941-778-3986. We want to know what you think.



Center hopes to force cell tower issue BY PAT COPELAND Sun Staff Writer |

ANNA MARIA – Island Community Center board members on Monday voted to execute a contract with a cell tower developer in hopes that the city commission would act on it. Treasurer Randy Langley said at the November board meeting, he had suggested moving forward to force the city to address the issue. He said last week he learned that there are two other groups that hope to have a tower on their property. "Over the Internet I contacted the (cell tower)committee, and we negotiated a contract with the developer," he said. "I want to execute a contract with the developer by the end of the week." He said there would be caveats in the contract to allow the Center to get out of it if necesary. He would not disclose the

developer's name or the amount of the contract. Langley said if the cell tower is at the Center, the money should go to the Center because "the entire communty benefits from it." The board asked their attorney and cell tower committee members to review the contract before submitting it to the developer. In March, the board formed the ad hoc committee to study a city request to allow a cell tower to be built at the Center. In September, the board authorized the committee to negotiate a contract with a provider. However, Mayor Mike Selby advised them to get approval from the city to change their lease before proceeding because it is not a permitted use in their lease. In December, Langley came before the city and offered the Center's cooperation on a cell tower.




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in brief West Manatee Fire District’s Citizen Fire Academy seeks applicants The West Manatee Fire Rescue District will be holding its first Citizen Fire Academy, starting Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Academy is for residents who want to learn more about their fire district and how they handle emergencies. The Academy is a series of six sessions including fire prevention, fire administration, fire suppression and emergency medical service delivery. Demonstrations include fire extinguisher operation, arson dog demonstrations, mock fire and emergency medical incidents, fire equipment operations and displays. Participants will tour West Manatee Fire Rescue facilities and the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center. The academy is free, but registration is required. Sessions will meet weekly, starting at 6:30 p.m. Class size is limited. Log on to the fire district website at www. and click on Citizen Fire Academy tab to learn more and fill out an application. For more information, call Sherry Vetter at 941-761-1555.

Florida Arbor Day is Friday The three Island cities will celebrate Florida Arbor Day on Friday, Jan. 20. The following plantings are planned: •10 a.m. The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee and Keep Manatee Beautiful will plant a black olive tree near Comfort Station #2 at 5801 Marina Drive. Holmes Beach has been a Tree City USA since 2011, •11 a.m. The Anna Maria Environmental Enhancement and Education Committee will plant three Spanish stoppers donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful in partnership with Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department at Bayfront Park on the south side of the public restrooms. Anna Maria has been a Tree City USA since 2010. •12 p.m. The Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES will plant native street trees donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful on Bridge Street. Bradenton Beach will become a Tree City USA this year.

Sunshine meeting in Anna Maria to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24 Anna Maria City Attorney Jim Dye will present the 2012 Sunshine Meeting regarding public records including e-mails on Tuesday Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. All elected officials, appointed boards, committees and staff are encouraged to attend.


Dead mullet littered Beer Can Island on Longboat Pass earlier this month.

Making use of unwanted mullet a Catch-22 How hard can it be to give away a free fish? BY CINDY LANE Sun Staff Writer |

Try to find a way to keep discarded mullet from washing up on local shorelines and get it into the hands of the hungry, and you’re likely to wind up in a catch-22. As reported in The Sun on Jan. 4, a plentiful harvest of mullet over the past few weeks filled Cortez fish house freezers to capacity, causing them to buy only female mullet, which carry high-dollar red roe, an Asian delicacy. As a result, fishermen tossed males with less valuable white roe overboard. If it’s done right, at sea, some survive, but in a race to get to the fish house first, some fishermen waited until they docked to separate the fish, when the fish were already dead, then took the male carcasses offshore and dumped them. The dead fish washed up on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Gulf beaches and in canals along the Intracoastal Waterway, accord-

I would love to have them, but I don't have the ability to clean them and cook them.” Penny Goethe Our Daily Bread

ing to the county’s beach raker and elected officials who received a boatload of complaints from residents and tourists. The logical question is: Why can’t the unwanted mullet go to a food bank instead?


The answer is complicated, and, like many things, boils down to money. The Salvation Army in Bradenton is short on volunteers and does not have the staff – or even fillet knives – to clean and fillet the fish,

but they would cook it up and serve it if it was cleaned and filleted, a cook said. All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota is a warehouse with no kitchen, and, therefore, has no place to clean the fish, and there is no room in the warehouse to store fish, spokesman Jim Swinford said. “Mullet has to be gutted and cleaned right away, and we don’t do processing here,” said Cindy Sloan, of the Food Bank of Manatee. Roser Pantry in Anna Maria does not accept fresh food, only nonperishables. “I would love to have them, but I don’t have the ability to clean them and cook them,” said Penny Goethe of Our Daily Bread in Bradenton. Even if a food bank was willing to take the fish, there are problems on the supply side. The fish have to be continuously kept on ice, and ice costs money. Kim McVey, of Cortez Bait and Seafood, said the fish house was buying ice daily during the mullet run. Freezer space at the fish house was at a premium, reserved for female mullet. SEE MULLET, PAGE 9

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From tree trunk to tiki funk This palm tree in the parking lot of Sun Plaza, home of The Island Sun, was going to be removed when tree artist Jeff Chouinard saw it and contacted Sun Plaza owner Igor Davidovich and told him he could make it a piece of art. Chouinard was featured in a Sun story last October as he worked on dead trees at the BeachHouse restaurant. From left to right: workers level the tree and place what they cut in this trailer. Chouinard cuts off the bark of the tree above. Chouinard poses in front of his new tiki, which resembles the moai heads on Easter Island. Chouinard can be reached at

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Sun photo exhibit at library “Postcards from the Sun,� an exhibit featuring photographs by Cindy Lane published in The Anna Maria Island Sun, will be on display at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, from Feb 1-29. The library is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 778-6341.




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editorial Blink and it's gone T

he problem with discovering a great place like Anna Maria Island to vacation in is that paradise found for some can be paradise lost for others. Residents in both Holmes Beach and Anna Maria have become painfully aware of that in the past few years, as more and bigger residential rental properties are built new or converted from singlefamily homes. Complaints about noise, trash and overcrowded parking have become commonplace in both cities, a result of the recent redevelopment boom, many more tourists in rentals and the Island's growing reputation as a wedding destination. Residents who have lived in the same homes and neighborhoods for years suddenly find themselves next door to rental houses, some of which contain up to six bedrooms and can accommodate 15 to 20 people at a time. Anna Maria officials last week followed the lead of their Holmes Beach counterparts and heard from residents, law enforcement officers and property managers seeking solutions to the problems. Good ideas came out of both meetings, especially from property managers who have banded together to develop a set of best practices designed to govern renters. These include: requiring rear door trash pickup at their properties; more trash cans for houses with four or more bedrooms; spelling out in writing for tourists the noise, trash, parking and other regulations; and giving law enforcement a list of rental addresses and phone numbers so managers can be called when complaints come in. These suggestions are only a start and are only part of any solutions. But these property managers, who are trying to act responsibly, remain the first and best line of defense regardless of what broader measures are eventually adopted.


Family of late Jackie Webb says thank you for Island's support

We want to thank everyone for honoring our mother at the paddle out and the memorial service. What a turnout! We especially want to thank Cindy Lane and The Sun newspaper for the great article they did in honor of our mother. She lived on this Island for the last 57 years and saw many changes and still loved living here and in the house that she raised all her children and grandchildren. We were a very lucky family to have had her in our life for so long. She will be sorely missed by her family, extended family and friends. The Webb family

Increasingly heavy traffic prompts Islander to consider selling I have owned property and lived on the Island for 15 years and every winter the traffic gets worse. It takes me a half hour to leave the Island and up to an hour to return. As soon as the market improves, I am gone. Donald LaTorree Holmes Beach

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Island fortunate to have Rhea Chiles and The Studio As a member of the local committee of the Lifelong Learning Academy, bringing the Einstein discussion groups

along with Lectures and courses to Anna Maria Island, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Rhea Chiles who has graciously opened The Studio to us for the past four years. The ambience of this lovely venue is a testament to her love of the arts and her belief in giving back to her community. I believe that Rhea has always cared for the less fortunate and her stint as the First Lady of Florida during the terms of Gov. Lawton Chiles enabled her to push the envelope for the causes she and the governor believed in. One need only to Google Rhea to find out the many philanthropic efforts both she and her family have been involved in over the years. We are indeed fortunate that her love of our Island community brought her back after the loss of her husband to start a new venture with The Studio. Rhea has been a beacon to all who know her, and her wish that The Studio would enrich the community has certainly been fulfilled for those of us who have been involved with the Lifelong Learning Academy here on Anna Maria

The Sun Staff Ricardo Fonseca, layout; Pat Copeland, Cindy Lane, Tom Vaught, reporters; Louise Bolger, columnist; Rusty Chinnis, Outdoors editor; Chantelle Lewin, advertising director; Bob Alexander, classified advertising; Elaine Stroili, Jocelyn V. Greene, Ricardo Fonseca, graphics; John Reitz, accounting; Bob Alexander, Keith Isner, distribution.


Contributors Laurie Krosney, Sean Murphy, Jack Fones, Steve Borggren, Tom Breiter, Scott Dell, Ellen Jaffe Jones

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the sun survey

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LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Is Anna Maria Island being too heavily marketed by tourism officials?

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No Anna Maria is not being too heavily marketd by tourism officials

Yes, Anna Maria is being too heavily marketd by tourism officials

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: How often do you ride the Anna Maria Island free trolley?

• All the time, life would be meaningless without it. Plus it's free. • Frequently – it beats driving with the tourists. • Sometimes – especially

when I want to bar hop. • Rarely – only when my golf cart batteries die. • Never – I'd rather drive my own car. Except when I get behind the trolley.

To vote, go to or scan this code to vote by smartphone. But don't just vote - let us know what else you think. Send your comments about this week's topic to or post them in the comments section of our website.

Results and your comments are printed on this page every week in the Anna Maria Island Sun.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Six-mile preserve paddle, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your own canoe or kayak and safety gear. Children age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 941-742-5757 ext. 7 to reserve. Anna Maria Garden Club meeting and program on floral arranging, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, noon. H. Terrell Griffin lecture on Florida-based mysteries, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Gal pal party with treats, drinks and a special sale, Relish Vintage and Artisan Boutique, 505 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday Jan. 19

Friends of the Island Library Book Club to discuss “When Everything Changed,” by Gail Collins, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. to noon. Coffee with Holmes Beach City Commissioner Jean Peelen, Holmes Beach City Commissioner, Paradise Cafe, 3220 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. to noon.

Friday, Jan. 20


Skyway blue

Anna Maria Island Senior Adventures Group, Annie Silver Community Center, 102 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Call Pat at 941-962-8835 for a schedule. Over 50 Club, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Third Friday festivities at The Studio at Gulf and Pine,


10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 5 to 7 p.m. Drum circle, Manatee County Public Beach, 7 p.m. Bring drums and instruments to bang on.

Saturday Jan 21

2011 Tax Returns – Changes and Updates with David Weber, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Concert series with pianist and composer Dick Hyman, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Jan. 22

Master Gardener tour, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 9 to 11 a.m. Call 941-722-4524 to reserve. Beach Market, Gulf Drive Café and Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bridge Street Market, Bradenton Beach,10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday Jan. 24

Tuesday Night Jazz Club, The Village Café at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 8 to 10 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 at door, optional buffet $15. Reserve to 941-896-8890.

Wednesday Jan. 25

Gal pal party with treats, drinks and a special sale, Relish Vintage and Artisan Boutique, 505 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Starry night walk, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 941-742-5757, ext. 8, to reserve.

on the agenda

The Skyway Bridge from the air is just as impressive a sight as it is from the water.

Anna Maria

Holmes Beach


1/24: Sunshine meeting, 5:30 p.m. 1/26: Commission meeting, 6 p.m. For information, call 708-6130.

1/19: Employee Appreciation Day, office closes at noon. 1/26: Board of Adjustment, tentative. For information, call 708-5800.

Bradenton Beach

Island Wide


Island. Thank you so very much, Rhea! Sissy Quinn For The Lifelong Learning Academy of Anna Maria

Big money discovers paradise and that's not good Was Harry Stoltzfus our Paul Revere, and we did not realize it at the time? I think we now

have the clearest example of people finding our paradise and changing it. Unfortunately, these people have money, big money, and they are changing our little town. The flags lining Pine Avenue, in my opinion, are a form of pollution. If you agree, call city hall today, and have these banners removed. P.S. Beware of the tour buses, they may be on the way. Janice Bergbom Anna Maria

10005 Gulf Drive

107 Gulf Drive N.

1/18: Community Redevelopment Agency, 1 p.m. 1/18: Capital Improvement Advisory Committee, 1:30 p.m. 1/19: Commission meeting, 1 p.m. For information, call 778-1005.

5801 Marina Drive

1/18: Coalition of Barrier Island Elected officials, Bradenton Beach City Hall, 2 p.m. 1/19: West Manatee Fire Commission, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m. 1/23: Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sudakoff Center, USF campus, Sarasota, 9:30 a.m.



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Birdie Tebbetts Field safe By Cindy Lane sun staff writer |

HOLMES BEACH – The city can’t allow Birdie Tebbetts Field to go completely to the dogs, despite requests from citizens, according to Mayor Rich Bohnenberger. The field is listed in the city’s comprehensive plan as part of its “recreational” element, he said, adding that private donors and the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department contributed funds for the field with the agreement that people would always be able to play baseball there. The ball field, named for the late George “Birdie” Tebbetts, who was a resident of Anna Maria Island and a professional baseball player, manager and scout, is designated for baseball and softball use, but if no one is playing ball, dogs are allowed to play there. Holmes Beach resident Jeannie Hudkins wrote the city commission recently asking the city to designate the field as a dog park. “If you've never been at the ball park at around 5:00, please go and visit; there is so much community

If you've never been at the ball park at around 5:00, please go and visit; there is so much community socialization and interaction.” Jeannie Hudkins Holmes Beach resident Cindy Lane | sun

Aspen, a Holmes Beach Labrador, enjoys Birdie Tebbetts Field. Dogs are allowed to play on the field when no one is playing ball. socialization and interaction. And that is what we want for our Island: a friendly, laid back, Island atmosphere that allows time to smell the flowers, get to know our neighbors, and run our dogs,” she wrote. “That field is used by more people (and their dogs)

every day than it ever could have been if left exclusively as a ball park. At least 100 people (and their dogs) use that field every single day for exercise and interaction.” If the field was exclusively designated as a dog park, city maintenance

costs could be reduced by not using expensive pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer treatments, she wrote. Chemical applications prompted the city to install gates in the openings on the fenced field, so they could be locked to keep people and dogs off the chemicals, Bohnenberger said, adding that many people think the gates were installed to keep dogs in.

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MULLET: How difficult can it be to give away a bunch of free fish? But mullet also can be ground up as fish meal and used as food in aquaculture, he said. Aquaculture farms operate north and south of Cortez, in Ruskin in Hillsborough County and at Mote Marine Laboratory’s farm in Sarasota County. SeaShare had to obtain special federal permits to allow fishermen in the Bering Sea to keep unwanted bycatch for charitable donations, as federal law requires them to discard bycatch. In Florida, there’s no such red tape. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) – not the federal government – has jurisdiction over the mullet fishery, said the FWC’s Aaron Podey, and it does not prohibit donating bycatch to food banks as long as the fish are landed at a licensed dealer and a trip ticket is reported for each load.


Fishermen wait all year for the uncertain and often short window of opportunity when mullet roe is plentiful to sell the high-dollar catch. They aren’t likely to take valuable time in the busy season to handle lowvalue fish, said Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish Co. And even if they were willing, Bell Fish was too busy to transport the unwanted fish elsewhere, she said, adding that they ran at full capacity for weeks and even had to cut off the purchase of red mullet.

How they do it up north

The problem isn’t just in Cortez. A study by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization states that discarding fish is a worldwide “waste of fishery resources and potential food.” A study by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on donating bycatch to food banks suggests “creating more interest and opportunity for expanded donation programs involving fish species that currently are not retained due to market or other economic considerations.” Alaska has figured out a solution, with a "bycatch to food bank" program. Boats fishing in the Bering Sea donate their unwanted bycatch to Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based SeaShare, a branch of the Feeding America food bank network. SeaShare has organized a not-for-profit group of fishermen, fish houses, processors, packagers, and storage and transportation companies who donate their services. To offset the rest of the cost to get the fish to the hungry, SeaShare obtains financial donations.

Dumping illegal


Mullet are a staple in Cortez. The group has served more than 150 million meals since 1994, said SeaShare director Jim Harmon, who vacationed on Anna Maria Island in the 1960s with his parents. At the request of The Sun, the Tampa Bay branch of Feeding America is looking into whether the program could work locally. In places without a solid fishing industry infrastructure, getting whole fish to food banks may not work, Harmon said.

The FWC is approaching the problem from another angle - law enforcement. In response to numerous complaints about discarded mullet, the FWC recently asked its legal staff to clarify the fisheries regulations for its law enforcement officers, who earlier this month told The Sun that the dumping was not illegal. A Florida statute and a provision in the Florida Administrative Code prohibit dumping dead fish, Podey said. “If you use any part of it, such as the roe, you have to land it (at the dock) in whole condition,” he said. “If you’re not going to use any of it, you must return it to the water immediately, alive and unharmed.” Fishermen who throw out dead male mullet violate the regulation, he said, adding that throwing out female carcasses after the roe is removed probably is not a violation. Wildlife officers use their discretion, he said, which is particularly wide on mullet, because it has no commercial limit. The last stock assessment of the species in 2008 showed they were exceeding management goals, Podey said, adding, “This is a fishery in good shape.”

A sin and a shame

Too good, this year. Dead fish generated so many complaints, including from tourists afraid that red tide had killed the fish, that Manatee County Commission Chair Carol Whitmore and Holmes Beach Commission Chair David Zaccagnino formed an informal committee to investigate ways to use the excess fish. Besides looking into food banks, they hope to work with prisons, which may have the capacity, equipment and staff to handle the fish. If nothing else, a landscaping company might use the mullet as fertilizer for trees and bushes, as the early settlers of Cortez did. Meanwhile, there’s good news for coastal residents and beachgoers who are sick of smelling dead fish, although it’s bad news for fishermen – the mullet run has slowed to a walk. With more mullet this roe season than anyone can remember seeing in their lifetime, a run like this is unlikely to happen again anytime soon, Bell said. Still, any dead fish thrown overboard is, as one Cortez fisherman said, “a sin and a shame.” Anyone with ideas or dollars to help get surplus seafood to hungry people, hungry fish or hungry plants, contact Whitmore at 941-748-4501 or carol.



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Gate talks continue this week By Cindy Lane sun staff writer |

HOLMES BEACH – Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach officials and attorneys plan to continue negotiating a property dispute over the 27th Street border between the cities on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall. The Holmes Beach City Commission also is expected to discuss the matter Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at its regular meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Some Holmes Beach officials object to a new gate installed by Sandpiper Resort in Bradenton Beach in a fence along 27th Street. While Sandpiper owners say the gate was meant to keep wheeled vehicles out, Holmes Beach officials argue that it impedes access by Holmes Beach residents and say that the city of Bradenton Beach had no authority to quitclaim the strip of property to the mobile home park in 2008. After the initial conflict resolution meeting between the cities last month,

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This gate in a fence at Sandpiper Resort has two cities in a conflict resolution proceeding that continues this week. Holmes Beach officials requested that Sandpiper quitclaim the northern 30

feet of the 50-foot right of way on 27th Street back to Bradenton Beach

and remove no trespassing signs and the new and old gates. The proposal would make Sandpiper’s private grass parking area open to public parking. Sandpiper directors have not publicly responded to the request. The Bradenton Beach Commission is unable to take any action because two of its five voting commissioners, Mayor John Shaughnessy and Commissioner Gay Breuler, cannot vote because they own property in Sandpiper, and one board seat is empty, leaving the commission without a quorum to do business. Two members of the Holmes Beach Commission also abstain from voting on the issue, Commissioner Jean Peelen, who owns property at Sandpiper, and Commissioner John Monetti, who owns property adjacent to the fence. Monetti first raised the public access issue last year. The Holmes Beach Commission voted in October to initiate the dispute resolution proceeding against Bradenton Beach.

7th annual Jazz Fest set for Feb. 9 at the Sandbar The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO), Gulf Drive Band, Sandbar restaurant and The Anna Maria Island Sun present the Seventh Annual Jazz Fest to be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sandbar pavilion, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. After ex-

penses, proceeds from Jazz Fest go directly to AMICCO to ensure future concerts will be held for the community. Jazz Fest will feature the Gulf Drive Band with Ted Young, from Pittsburgh, on piano and Bil Bowdish, from Boston, on flute, sax and vocals. Selections go back

to the 1920s and span seven decades. While the band performs in various styles at numerous locations in the area, this presentation will focus on pieces with a jazz flavor. Special guest star will be Island and area favorite Koko Ra, who plays two saxophones at the same

time – harmony on one and melody on the other. Tickets to Jazz Fest are on a first come basis at, by calling 778-8585 or at the Anna Maria Island Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets are $8 per person in advance (before noon Feb.

9) and $10 at the door. The Sandbar will provide refreshments at an additional charge. AMICCO will have tickets on sale for its Feb. 12 operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and CDs from previous concerts.

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Record crowd braves the chill By Tom Vaught SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – A record 280 runners braved temperatures in the high 30s to low 40s last Saturday to run in the Anna Maria Elementary School’s Dolphin Dash, co-sponsored and sanctioned by the Bradenton Runners Club. The runners ranged from youngsters, including AME students, up to one man more than 75 years old. There appeared to be no serious injuries, although a spectator with a son in the race passed out and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Olivia Ortiz, a Lakewood Ranch High School student, won first place overall for women in the 5K race with a time of 17 minutes, 25 seconds. Dominique Kohlenberger, from King Middle School, won the Masters trophy with a time of 23:10, Lynda Botzenhart was the Grand Masters winner running the course in 24:51, Arlene Jarzab was the Senior Grand Masters winner with a 25:17 and Erma McMullen was the Veteran Grand Master with a 33:55. Canaan Meestra-Kitterman, a Bayshore High School student, took first place in the men’s division with a time of 16:46, Mark Doyle was the Masters winner with a 20:12, Rob Hetterich was the Grand Masters winner with a 20:56, Frank Davis won the Senior Grand Masters trophy with a 22:34 and Tom Conlin was the Veteran Grand Master running the course in 22:51. For race organizer Becky Walter, this was a bittersweet year for the Dolphin Dash. With her twin daughters, Annie and Torri, graduating this year, she is turning the reigns over to a new person. “Jessie Bryson will be taking over,” she said at the race. “All I wanted to do was get kids interested in running,” she added. “So far, we’ve been able to increase attendance every year.” She promised to come back to participate or watch her kids run.

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Kids take off during the start of the one-mile race, which was most popular with the younger runners.

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Above: Dolphin Dash organizer Becky Walter (center) with her children, (from left to right) Seth, Torri, Annie and Jack. At right: Canaan MeesterKitterman and Olivia Ortiz with their overall winner trophies from the 5k race.



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Artists’ Guild holds awards ceremony The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island held its awards ceremony and reception for the Third Annual All Media Art Exhibit at the Studio at Gulf and Pine on Saturday. Three hundred people attended the show featuring 110 pieces with the theme “Paradise on Parade.” Mary Clark, daughter of the Guild’s founding president Gen Alban, presented the highest award, the Gen Alban Memorial Award for Art Excellence, to Bill Darrah for his acrylic painting “Along the Walk.” Midge Pippel, Guild copresident, presented the following awards: First Place, Patricia Curtis; Second Place, Deborah Webster; Third Place, Cecy Richardson; equal merit awards, Joanne Taylor Brown and Pauline Peiler; Honorable Mention, Ann Abgott, Gregg Stecker, Cheryl Jorgensen, and Sue Lynn Cotton. Don and Connie Sheda cochaired the juried show, which will be on display until Jan. 28. Keeton’s Office and Art Supplies donated a gift basket valued at over $250 for a raffle that was won by Paula Byrd.


First Place winner Patricia Curtis with "Going for It."

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Equal merit winner Joanne Taylor Brown with “Tide Pool.”

Second Place winner Deborah Webster with “Shimmer.”

Porch party at The Studio at Gulf and Pine The public is invited to a porch party at The Studio at Gulf and Pine on Friday, Jan 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring Maro Lorimer’s new paintings and art demos by Cheryl Jorgenson in watercolor, and Kathleen Masur in painting on silk. Refreshments will be available. Regarding her new work, Lorimer said, “I paint from my memory and imagination, a natural world with which I interact joyfully and with which I experiment freely. “But the starting point is the good feeling I have as a resident of this Island, surrounded by natural beauty. From there, I explore and these new paintings are where those explorations have taken me to this point.” Masur is both a watercolorist and silk painter whose paintings reflect a wide range of interest in nature and wildlife with authentic colorful detail. She exhibits, teaches and is an active member of the local art community, including the Artists’ Guild of AMI. Jorgenson was born in Trinidad and began to pursue her passion for art after moving to Denmark in 1981, painting in oils. Then after moving to Florida in 1988, she began painting in watercolor. In addition to shows in the U.S, she has shows in Trinidad and Barbados and teaches watercolor. The Studio is located at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.


Maro Lorimer with two paintings in her new series, “In the Park ,” at left, and “Unknown Territory,” at right.

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Irish tenor to sing Andy Cooney brings his “Forever Irish” show to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. Cooney, who has appeared in two sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall, has been named Irish America’s Favorite Son by the New York Times. Well known comedian Noel V. Ginnity will appear with Cooney.

Ginnity is the star of Doyle’s Irish Cabaret, along with the Andy Cooney Cooney Band. Funds raised go toward new pews and kneelers for the church. Tickets are available at the church office at 778-4769 or by calling Mary Jane McSparran at 792-5983.




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Goin' to the dogs at AMI Beach Doggies By Louise Bolger


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In 1958, when Bobby Darin wrote and recorded his great hit, “Splish Splash” I doubt he thought his signature song would ever be used to promote a pet grooming boutique. But when you call AMI Beach Doggies to make an appointment for your furry friend that’s what you’re likely to hear. When TariLyn Anderson opened AMI Beach Doggies in July of last year, she was determined to create an environment that was less industrial and more like home in an effort to relax both her clients and their owners. To say that she has achieved her goal would be an understatement, what Anderson built in her cozy shop is the designer showcase of pet grooming. The reception area as well as the work area is outfitted with high end wood cabinets and granite countertops accented with artistic aluminum gates to keep the four legged ones from getting out. Crown molding, stainless steel appliances, travertine marble floor and a dog shower topped off with a little classical music and TV

Located in the Island Plaza 2501 Gulf Drive North Suite 103 Bradenton Beach 941-782-8339 Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. till we’re done Monday and Saturday: Louise bolger | sun

TariLyn Anderson, Oscar Rivera, Jenn Morris and Jules Sellers are ready to serve you. time will make your dog feeling like it's at the Ritz Carlton. Texas native TariLyn Anderson has been a dog groomer since 1973 and has the national designation of Master Groomer, along with years of experience in the show ring. AMI Beach Doggies is her eighth shop. Helping Anderson are Oscar Rivera the shop’s

manager, Julie (Jules) Sellers a groomer and Jenn Morris the bather. Jules Sellers recently relocated to Florida from Albany, New York where she had her own shop for 17 years. Anderson says that pricing is based on the condition of the dog’s coat, but they offer full grooming services as well as a bath and a brush service .

By appointment Walk-ins welcome MasterCard and Visa accepted Whichever you choose, their teeth are always brushed, ears cleaned and nails ground. Some products are available SEE DOGGIES, PAGE 15

Real estate one-stop shop opens soon By Cindy Lane sun staff writER |

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Shawn Kaleta, of Beach to Bay Construction, has renovated the former DaGiorgio Ristorante into the Anna Maria Island Real Estate Center.

HOLMES BEACH – Developer Shawn Kaleta plans to open the Anna Maria Island Real Estate Center in the former DaGiorgio Ristorante, 5702 Marina Drive, by the first of February. The one-stop shop for real estate will offer architectural design, construction services, pool construction, title searches, mortgage closings, interior decorating services and rental and sales services, he said.

Participating businesses are Kaleta’s Beach to Bay Construction, A.M.I. Beaches Real Estate, Elite Coastal Rentals, Phipps Design, Island Interiors, Agnelli Pools and Spas and the Najmy Thompson law firm. Kaleta said restaurateur Sean Murphy has abandoned plans to open a restaurant in the building. Kaleta remodeled Murphy’s new Eat Here eatery in Sarasota. Kaleta’s construction plans on Anna Maria Island include building new single family homes, including

three of the five lots at the vacant former GSR property known as Rosa del Mar in the 2500 block of Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. He also plans to focus on remodeling older one-story homes, such as the home at 9405 Gulf Drive at the canal end. Beach to Bay has downsized its new homes, building three-bedroom homes and smaller for the past two years, called Coastal Cottages, Kaleta said, adding that he plans to work with an informal committee in Holmes Beach addressing rental problems in the city.

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for purchase including brushes, combs, toys and Anderson’s own Delicious Wicked conditioner which they also use in the shop. Dogs of all sizes are welcome at AMI Beach Doggies, and they all leave with a gift scarf after their two- to three-hour session. The AMI Beach Doggies staff is especially proud of their $5 nail trims. The proceeds from the nail trims, plus a matching amount from Anderson every month, are contributed to a designated animal cause. Underdog Rescue of Florida and Wildlife, Inc. are just two of the organizations benefiting from AMI Beach Doggies’ contributions typically in the amount of $100 a month.

For Island residents who have a transportation or scheduling problem, Jules Sellers will pickup and deliver your pet for a nominal fee, or if you want to catch a few rays while your pet is having its spa appointment, AMI Beach Doggies will loan you a beach chair, umbrella and towel. And just in case you miss “Splish Splash” on the other end of the phone, TariLyn Anderson keeps a toy duck that will sing it just for you and your pup. AMI beach Doggies will have your best friend a splishing and a splashing in Bradenton Beach’s only pet grooming boutique where the top dogs are seen.

Accounting services offered Consider It Done is offering experienced, professional accounting services to local businesses at reasonable prices. Visit their website at for a list of accounting services. Additional services include errands,

transportation, grocery shopping, supervise maintenance, deliveries, home/ business organizing, home preparation, property monitoring, party/event planning and companionship. For information call Steve and Kim at 941-896-4089 or cell 989-274-4672



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Alicia Clark and Marty Davis were married on June 25, 2011, at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki. Music was provided by Chuck Caudill. Alicia and Marty honeymooned on Anna Maria Island and currently reside in Riverview, Fla.

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Lindsey Van Mourik and Justin Brennen were married on Anna Maria Island on June 8, 2011. Music was provided by Chuck Caudill. Flowers were by Silvia's Flower Corner. Hair and makeup was by Acqua Aveda. They honeymooned on Anna Maria Island and currently reside in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Michelle Kramer and Alex Bardakh were married on April 29, 2011, at the Sandbar restaurant. Music was by Chuck Caudill. Flowers were by Sarasota Flower Girls. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and currently reside in Halethorpe, Md.

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Linsey Kreft and Nick Antoni were married at the Sandbar restaurant on June 16, 2011. Music was provided by Chuck Caudill. Flowers were by Silvia's Flower Corner. Patti McKee, of the Sandbar, was the coordinator. Linsey and Nick honeymooned on Anna Maria Island, and they currently reside in Tippecanoe, Ind.

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Island Photography & DJ a family affair Anna Maria Island residents Dara and Chuck Caudill have combined their creative talents to offer wedding photography and entertainment under one banner, Island Photography & DJ. Together, they will coordinate the photography and music for your special day. Dara is a professionally trained photographer who combines the latest in digital technology along with an artistic and creative flair. She blends photojournalistic with traditional styles of photography. “A little fantasy mixed with a little reality,” she says. “It’s important for the photos to be beautiful!” Chuck is a professional musician and DJ. He has been a featured performer at the Sandbar and BeachHouse restaurants for over 20 years. Chuck offers live music, DJ services or a combination of both. Dara and Chuck are true island residents, so they specialize in beach weddings. The two know how important it is to have the right professionals for your day, especially you are having a destination wedding. They were married in Kauai, and the people they hired made it a special day. They want to create that same memorable island experience for you. Both are fully insured, and belong to many professional organizations. Please check out their websites – www.islandphotography. org and – to see what they have to offer. For more information, e-mail or call 941-778-5676.





Go native at Gulf Drive Café In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a huge shack on the beach in Bradenton Beach, just north of Cortez Road at 900 Gulf Drive N., where people are going native. The large chickee hut on the beach is the perfect place to hold a wedding reception, as well as the wedding if the weather doesn’t cooperate. A chickee hut is a Native American designed structure that was popular in Florida years before non-natives appeared here. It is a simple, but large structure, often mistaken for a tiki hut. In addition, the Gulf Drive Café, a popular local eatery for years on the Island, is able to provide catering to your event with delicious servings plus bar service. Imagine saying, “I do” on the beach and then heading for the chickee hut where the Gulf breezes cool things in the summer as the bride and groom pop the top off a bottle of bubbly. Imagine taking your first dance together as husband and wife while the sounds of the surf make a perfect backdrop to your music. The hut has already become a top wedding site and the finale of the Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival will be held there this year on May 6. You wanted a beach wedding and you’ll get it and more when you go native at the Gulf Drive Café, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Call 778-1919 and ask for the wedding coordinator or log onto the newly redesigned website at

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Bethany Field and Robert Lang were married at the Sandbar restaurant on July 3, 2011. Patti McKee, of the Sandbar, officated. Bethany and Robert honeymooned on Anna Maria Island and currently reside in High Point, N.C.

Veronica Rodriquez and Ryan Gomez were married at the Sandbar restaurant on May 30, 2011. Accommodations were by the Tortuga Inn. The couple reside in Mahwah, N. J.



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Author speaks at library H. Terrell Griffin, Longboat Key author of several Florida-based mysteries, will speak at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations will be taken. The Friends of the Island Branch Library sponsor this free program. For more information, call 778-6341.

Floral arrangement demo Several Anna Maria Garden Club members will demonstrate floral arrangement when the club meets at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 312 Pine, Anna Maria. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Memories of Prague Jan Skalny will speak on the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, at a lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. This lecture is free and is sponsored by the Lifelong Learning Academy of Anna Maria Island.

Women helping women Dining for Women, a women’s giving circle, will meet for a potluck supper Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6, at the Sandpiper Resort Co-op Clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive.  Come, bring a dish, and drop in a basket what you  would have spent

to go out for dinner. Contributions this month will  go to the Nepal Youth Foundation to eradicate the custom of  selling young girls from impoverished families into bonded servitude.  For information or to attend, call Jean Peelen 941-896-5827.

Bingo back in BB Smoke-free bingo returns to Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach on Thursday, Jan. 19, and every Thursday through season. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and play starts at 7 p.m. There will be fun and prizes. For more information, call 778-1915.

Book club meets The Friends of the Island Library Book Club meets from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. They will discuss “When Everything Changed,” by Gail Collins. For more information, call 778-6341.

Church hosts health screening CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is hosting a Life Line Screening to help residents identify their risk of stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis on Friday, Jan. 20. The event offers several screenings, each at a cost. They include carotid artery screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, peripheral arterial disease screening, osteoporosis screen-


ing and atrial fibrillation screening. To register or for more information, call 1-888-653-6441 or visit,

Jazz great to appear at Roser American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer Dick Hyman takes center stage at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The concert marks the first in a series of three, freewill offering performances produced by the church. Immediately following the concert, attendees are invited across the street to the Village Café at Rosedale for a Meet the Artist event. Cost is $5. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served. For more information about the concert series, call 778-0414 or visit

Auditions for Island Players The Island Players are holding auditions on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, for “Solid Gold Cadillac,” by Howard Teichmann and George S. Kaufmann, directed by Mike Lusk. The play runs March 5 through April 1. The cast is large. Scripts are usually available to perfuse at the Island Branch Library. No preparation is necessary. The director will have those auditioning read scenes from the script. For more information, log onto


Learn more about the estuary Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is sponsoring eight free kayak tours of the waters around the barrier islands through April as part of its Bay Wise Kayak Program. The first tours are to Leffis and Jewfish Keys on Jan. 21, Lido Mangrove Tunnels Feb. 2 and 18, Blind Pass March 3 and 17 and Lyons and Blackburn Bay April 7 and 21. Log onto to register or for more information.

Enjoy jazz on Pine Ave The Village Café at Rosedale, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, is hosting a Tuesday Night Jazz Club with live music from Diane Linscott on vocals, Michael Royal on the keyboard, Mark Neuenschwander on bass and Johnny Moore on drums from 8 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 24. Advance tickets are $10 per person and $12 at the door. A glass of wine is complimentary for ticket holders. There will be an optional buffet with wine and beer for $15. Reservations may be made at the café or by calling 941-896-8890.

Three authors sign books The local authors of the award-winning book, “Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives After 50,” Jean Peelen and Joyce Kramer will be joined by their co-author Renee Fisher to chat and sign books at Ginny’s & Jane E’s on Tuesday, Jan, 24, from 1 to 4 p.m.


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Anna Maria Island, our place in paradise. From the ground it’s beautiful, of course. But from the air, it's breathtaking, with hues of impossibly blue water fading into sugar-white sand. Take a photographic voyage with aerial photographer Troy Morgan, of Photos From The Air, and enjoy the views he shares with the seabirds.

Looking northwest from Bean Point, lower right, the constantly shifting Passage Key can be seen in the center, with Egmont Key visible in the upper left.

The Longboat Pass Bridge connects the souther tip of Anna Maria with the northern tip of Longboat Key. Beer Can Island is the curved ring of sand at right.

The view of Anna Maria Island looking roughly north to south.

The Anna Maria City Pier and the Rod and Reel Pier jut out into Tampa Bay, with Passage Key and Egmont Key in the background in this panorama photo.

Perfectly positioned on the Gulf in Bradenton Beach is the BeachHouse restaurant.

Looking east, the village of Cortez looks rounded using this fish-eye lens. The historic old fishing village is visible to the right, and the newer development can be seen in the middle and left foreground.

Coquina Beach stretches out along the Gulf of Mexico. The view is looking east. Leffis Key can be seen to the left and Jewfish Key to the upper right.




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Tailor angling plan to suit your surroundings


t's good to have a plan, but anglers have to be careful not to get hooked to it when fishing. When heading for a destination to "work" a plan, it is important you are not so caught up with where you're going that you miss opportunities that might be passing you. Being present and aware with each moment can yield some unexpected results. I'm sure everyone has experienced that in one form or another. As you run an edge, the subtle flash up on the flat catches your eye and, upon inspection, you find a school of fish that may be in a totally different area than you expected. On many occasions over the years I've had a plan in mind and never gotten to it because something better shows up along the way. The same holds true when you start fishing a "planned" area. While poling, drifting or using a trolling motor to cover promising water you have to be aware of what is right in front of you while simultaneously scanning the water with your pe-

ripheral vision. Being focused on the area where you can make a targeted cast while searching the water in front and in back takes practice. I now know to occasionally glance where I've been as well as where

I'm going. Many times a fish like a tarpon, snook or redfish will appear behind the boat instead of in the path you've taken. Sometimes being "in the moment" allows serendipitous events to unfold. One day in the fall I was fishing with Captain Rick Grassett near Longboat Pass. Before going red fishing on the flats on the east side of Sarasota Bay we decided to take a look out Longboat Pass to see if there were any Spanish mackerel or little tunny (bonita) around. It was still early in the season and we knew that these two species would soon be invading the coastal waters. We ran to the Longboat Pass marker, shut down the motor and scanned the water for about fifteen minutes. Not seeing any action we elected to go back

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This little tunny (bonita) fell for Captain Rick Grassett's top water fly on a day when being “In the moment� paid dividends.

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS into the bay. Just as I was about to start the engine Grassett's phone rang so I stood back up and scanned the water until he was finished. After he hung up, we paused for a few moments before heading back inshore. As I scanned the pass one more time, I saw a boil near the boat and made a cast towards it. Two strips later I was tight to a little tunny that quickly had me into my backing. After landing the fish we decided to spend a few more minutes in the Gulf and a half hour later we were surrounded by schools of fish. That morning gradually turned into one of the best we had ever had off the beaches. Before the action ended, we caught numerous Spanish mackerel, little tunny and even a small kingfish. Taking that extra moment and not being tied to our plan made the difference. Being "in the moment" can mean that you notice a bird diving on bait; take the time to investigate and find trout feeding there as well. That subtle push you see when you pause to scan the surrounding water before moving to another spot can lead you to a school of redfish. By not getting too far ahead of yourself with the plan you will often find better fishing, new places to fish and a new enjoyment in the sport.

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Warmer water in canals yields trout Captain Tom Chaya

Trout were the main target over the last few weeks. Cooler and fluctuating water temperatures make catching a lot harder. A lot of the gator trout were in very shallow water. Very difficult to set up on with a bigger boat. Wade fishing or a kayak is the way to go in these areas. Our best trout fishing came in canal sytems in Longboat Key. Water stays warmer in these protected areas. Rod Gillis and crew from Tampa had success while catching their limits of trout in the 15-18 inch range. Best baits were artificial soft plastic jigs worked slowly near the bottom. A few big pompano were caught each day on free lined shrimp. We are also catching a few sheepshead around pilings. There numbers will increase over the next month. A few black drum, reds, and flounder rounded out this weeks catch.

Captain Mark Howard

With the water temperature's steady decline and passing cold fronts, the winter

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Captain Larry McGuire with a firetruck red grouper caught in about 125 ft offshore using a live pinfish. time fishing pattern has arrived in full force. The redfish bite has been steady for the past week with many scrappy redfish holding underneath the docks. A live shrimp rigged on a 2/0 circle hook, tied to a 30 lb. fluoro-

tide chart for anna maria city pier Day Date Wed 1/18 Thu 1/19 Fri 1/20 Sat 1/21

A.M. High Time Feet

11:44a 1.2 12:01p 1.2

A.M. Low Time Feet 1:45a -0.5 2:54a -0.7 3:49a -0.8 4:35a -0.9

P.M. High Time Feet 6:05p 2.2 7:10p 2.3 8:11p 2.3 9:05p 2.3

P.M. Low Time Feet

1:46p 1.1 2:57p 1.0

carbon leader, with a #5 splitshot tossed in the shadows of the dock"s pilings and deck will entice the copper colored predators to chew. Keep the slack out of your line and wait for the thump of the bite before reeling

tight. Do not be afraid to muscle the over slot fish out of the pilings and into open water to increase your chances of landing the big one. On my recent charters, we have been landing 20 fish of varying sizes from 12" "rat" reds to 30" "stumps". Sheep head have been gathering in their winter time spots around structure feeding on fiddler crabs and live shrimp. These white fleshed fish are some of the finest tasting fillets in the ocean. Make sure to have a sharp hook to be able to penetrate the sheep heads hard mouth . Docks, bridges, oyster bars, and artificial reefs hold many nice fish. Looking forward, the coming cold weather will only solidify the winter fishing pattern. Time to fish tight to docks and structure. Use live shrimp instead of shiners and slow down the artificial baits to a slow crawl. Changing your fishing patterns to match the season will maximize your success on the water. Remember to keep the slack out of the line .

JAN 18-25 Sun Rise Set 7:22 - 6:00 7:21 - 6:01 7:21 - 6:01 7:21 - 6:02

Day Date Sun 1/22 Mon 1/23 Tue 1/24 Wed 1/25

A.M. High Time Feet 12:20p 1.2 12:38p 1.2 12:56p 1.3 1:13p 1.4

A.M. Low Time Feet 5:14a -0.8 5:47p -0.7 6:17a -0.6 6:45a -0.4

P.M. High Time Feet 9:53p 2.3 10:39p 2.1 11:34p 2.0

P.M. Low Time Feet 5:42a 2.4 5:42a 2.4 5:42a 2.4 5:42a 2.4

Sun Rise Set 7:21 - 6:03 7:21 - 6:04 7:20 - 6:05 7:20 - 6:06



obituaries Loretta W. Lease Loretta W. Lease, born May 12, 1924, passed away on Jan. 2, 2012. Mrs. Lease was a homemaker, mother of 11, grandma to nine and friend to countless others. She was a selfless volunteer to the community and youth

beach beat Anna Maria

1/4, 11:18 p.m., domestic battery, 100 block of Cedar Avenue. The defendant got into an argument with his wife and pushed her out of bed, causing old wounds to bleed. He was arrested. 1/6, 4:27 a.m., driving while license is suspended, possession of cannabis, 200 block of Lakeview Drive. The deputy stopped the driver for an infraction, and the driver had no license. A computer check showed it was suspended. While checking the vehicle, the officer found some marijuana and arrested the driver. 1/6, 1:20 a.m., suspicious circumstance, 400 block of Pine Avenue. The complainant said she found her rear bedroom door unlocked. She said she knows it was locked before her shower. The deputy checked the house and

of Anna Maria Island and Manatee County. She spent her life loving and caring for kids, all kids. "Mom, you are in our hearts and thoughts forever. Because we love you," The Tribe. A memorial service will be held Jan. 22, 2012, at Palma Sola Botanical Gardens from noon to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice or The Disabled American Veterans.

found nothing indicating the house had been burglarized. 1/8. 11:59 p.m., petit theft of an auto part, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard. The complainant said somebody stole a hubcap from her car.

Bradenton Beach

1/8, 7 p.m., theft, 100 block of Seventh Street. Somebody stole a battery from the owner’s boat that was on a lift. 1/10, 6:30 p.m., burglary to a structure, 2201 Gulf Drive, the Beach Club. The officer was dispatched to a fire alarm. The complainant said he didn’t know what to do since the office was closed, and his unit had been burglarized. His wallet was stolen while he was at a hot tub.

Holmes Beach

1/7, 12:12 a.m., driving with a suspended license, habitual, 3900 East Bay Drive. The officer stopped the defendant for having an expired tag. As

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Loretta Lease a Community Center pioneer By Tom Vaught SUN STAFF WRITER l

One of the early advocates of an Anna Maria Island Community Center passed away. Loretta Lease, who raised 11 children after her husband died at a young age, died Jan. 2. “She was instrumental in building the new Community Center in 1983,” said Rose Quin-Barre former Community Center Board Chair, now with Waste Management. “We were restoring an old dilapidated school, and nobody wanted to give us a lot of money but at the end of 1983, we have a quarter of a million dollars.” Quin-Bare said all the money came from the Island since the Center was a United Way agency and was banned from collecting money on the mainland, which is serviced by other community centers. “We raised money with chicken din-

the officer approached the defendant’s car, he smelled marijuana. A computer check showed the driver was a habitual traffic violator since 1999. The officer found a small pipe with marijuana residue in it. He arrested the driver. 1/9, 12:47 p.m., no valid driver’s

ners, but a lot of the stuff we needed was donated by Island businesses,” she said. “The bathrooms, for instance, were installed free of charge by Christie Plumbing and when it was all finished, we didn’t owe a penny.” Lease got interested in the Center because of her children. In the March 8, 1989, issue of the Islander Press, not affiliated with any existing publication, Mrs. Lease was quoted as saying she appreciated what the Center had done for her children and returned the favor by volunteering. In that article, she said the worst time they had building the new Center was when they had to operate out of a trailer and the best time was the day they opened the new facility. “I am saddened by her loss,” QuinBare said. “I know she’s in a better place." A memorial will be held at Palma Sola Botanical Gardens from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22.

license, 2900 Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the driver because he was pulling a trailer with an expired tag. The truck’s tag was also expired. The driver was unable to produce a license, and he was arrested.

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County official addresses water pressure The county is planning to install a loop system from South Bay Boulevard to Key Royale. By Pat Copeland SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – Commissioners approved water and sewer franchise agreements after hearing from a Manatee County Utilities Department employee about water pressure in the city. Mark Simpson, water division manager, said the extensive flushing of water hydrants in the city last year was done in order to maintain water quality in the system. “Anna Maria is 25 miles, as the crow flies, from Lake Manatee, and the water has to flow 35 miles before it gets here,” he explained. “The longer the water stays in the pipeline, the more chance the chlorine residuals that protect it from bacterial growth will react with other things in the water. To make

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Mark Simpson, water division manager for Manatee County Utilities Department, shows Anna Maria commissioners a map of the potable water distribution system while Anna Maria Public Works Supervisor George McKay looks on. sure that chlorine residual is in the water at the end of the lines, we have to flush.” He said there was a lower

demand for water last summer and to make sure it didn’t stay in the pipes too long, before it got here, the department had

to flush the lines and bring in fresh water. “When you’re flushing the line, you don’t have much pressure,” he pointed out. “That’s understandable. Other than that, the pressure has been good here since we put in our northwest county booster station about 2001.” He said an issue for the city is the dead end line at the end of South Bay Boulevard, and the department is planning to install a loop system from there to Key Royale. “It will increase the flow capabilities on South Bay Boulevard, plus it will be an additional feed to the Island in case something happens to the main line,” he said. “It is in our capital improvement program. We’re looking at working with the landowners to get access for easements, and we hope to have it completed by the summer of 2013.” He said any residents who have problems with water pressure should call the department at 792-8811.

The longer the water stays in the pipeline, the more chance the chlorine residuals that protect it from bacterial growth will react with other things in the water. To make sure that chlorine residual is in the water at the end of the lines, we have to flush.” Mark Simpson Water division manager, Manatee County Utilities Department



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Board approves revised site plan for Green Village The building official is asked to help resolve parking issues at the site. By Pat Copeland sun staff writer |

ANNA MARIA – Commissioners approved a revised site plan for the Historic Green Village, 503/507 Pine Ave., after a controversial portion was removed. The portion was the addition of a second story residential unit on Building F, which was planned in front of the Pillsbury building at 503. On Nov. 1, the planning and zoning board had recommended approval of the site plan. At the Nov. 17 work session, Commissioner Dale Woodland had asked why two residential buildings were being allowed on 503 and said the code allows only one residential unit per lot or per structure. Engineer Lynn Townsend Burnett said it is allowed because it is being developed as a unified site plan. Woodland asked why it is called a unified site plan, and Burnett replied, “It is to be considered one site and not on a lot by lot basis.” Other portions of the site plan were: • A special exception to use a combination of Chapters 90 and 91 for parking; • A reduction in the square footage of Angler’s Lodge of 657 square feet by removing the addition. Carol Ann Magill questioned the P&Z’s recommendation and said, “The parking overflow that goes into the residential is an intrusion, and there’s non stop construction with all sorts of trucks. Now we’ll have another retail building. “Just say no. More is never enough. It’s time to look at what you’re doing to our city. Instead of giving back to their community they are taking away.” Micheal Coleman pointed out that the Thrashers, who developed the Green Village, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars

The parking overflow that goes into the residential is an intrusion, and there’s non stop construction with all sorts of trucks. Now we’ll have another retail building.” Carol Ann Magil Resident saving two historic homes and noted, “To have them be characterized as wanting more and more when in fact they’ve done way less than the code allows.” Woodland added, “The overflow in residential areas is a reality, but it’s not what we’re voting on. One resident asked what are the consequences if the agreement for an overflow parking area at Roser Church is dissolved. City Attorney Jim Dye said the Green Village would fall out of compliance, and it would become a code issue. Chair Chuck Webb asked what are the parking changes, and Burnett said the required parking is being reduced from 41 to 38 spaces and with the withdrawal, it is being reduced another two spaces. Webb asked Building Official Bob Welch to talk to the contractors, and ask the Thrashers to install signs directing drivers to the overflow parking area at the church.

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Blowin’ in the wind Anna Maria Public Works employee Gary Thorpe hangs one of the new banners purchased by the North End Merchants’ Association.

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Planning board approves code changes The board will review a different section of the recommended code changes each month. By Pat Copeland Sun Staff Writer |

ANNA MARIA – Planning and Zoning Board members on Jan. 10 began a review of a series of changes to the city’s codes as recommended by an advisory committee that met for several months last year. “The committee spent several months going through the zoning districts,” City Planner Alan Garrett explained. “We are coming before you with suggested changes, and we felt we’d start with the residential district.” Garrett said the first change in Section Two was from 35 to 30 percent for maximum lot coverage and 5 to 10 percent for impervious surface coverage. Garrett pointed out that currently if the building covers 35 percent of the lot, there’s only 5 percent left for sidewalks and driveways. He said if people want to add to their houses, they have to remove driveways and sidewalks in order to meet the code. “It contributes to the characteris-

tics of the neighborhood,” Building Official Bob Welch. “Instead of having an oversized house, it limits you on a 5,000-square-foot lot to about a 1,500-square-foot footprint, plus a second level, so you’re at 3,000 square feet.” Resident Micheal Coleman said he is concerned about forcing elevation and said, “If someone wants one living level, give them the minimum coverage needed to do it. What we want is lower profile houses. We want to keep the little cottages.” Garrett suggested 35 percent building coverage and 5 percent impervious surface coverage for homes less than 27 feet in height and 30 percent building coverage and 10 for percent impervious surface coverage for homes more that 27 feet in height. Section Three stated that swimming pools, caged or uncaged, and pool equipment must meet setbacks, and the setback for uncaged swimming pools on through lots was changed from 10 to five feet.

Two habitable floors

Section Four stated, “No lot or parcel shall allow more that a total of two habitable floors for all structures combined whether structures are con-

If someone wants one living level, give them the minimum coverage needed to do it. What we want is lower profile houses. We want to keep the little cottages.” Micheal Coleman Resident nected or separated.” Garrett said currently someone could put two stories on top of a ground level home and have three stories, but the comprehensive plan state that homes can be no more that two stories. ‘We’re saying if you have structure on the side, you have to accept that as part of the one unit, and you could only have one other elevated unit,” Garrett explained. Section Five requires property owners to provide stormwater retention on

their lots, and Garrett added, “We’re putting people on notice and that you now have stormwater requirements for each lot, and you need to meet those either through retention area, swale or something of that nature.” Section Six provides unity of title and states, “When one lot is utilized to satisfy setbacks, building coverage or lot coverage, unit of title shall be recorded. The unity of title shall state that said lots shall be considered as one parcel of land and no portion of said parcel of land shall be sold, transferred, devised or assigned separately except in its entirety as one parcel of land.” Garret said this came about after a property owner with two lots used the second lot to meet the side yard setback to build a house on the first lot. He then sold the second lot, making the house on the first lot illegal. “Now he has to tear down part of the house,” Garrett explained. “This is very common, and we’re finding this to not be a one-case incident. We’re simply saying that if you use two lots, you have to bring them together as one parcel.” Chair Sandy Mattick said many older homes in the city are close to the lot SEE CODE, PAGE 43



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PIER: Commissioner Whitmore asks: Where's our pier? FROM PAGE 1

eroding, Whitmore said at a recent county commission meeting. The county can’t afford the $2 million price, and a new pier wouldn’t be the same, even if was affordable, according to Charlie Hunsicker, director of Manatee County’s Natural Resources department. “Everybody wants the old pier back,” he said, but if the beach is eroding, as Whitmore believes, a new pier

would be permitted as an erosion control structure with no railings like those at Twin Piers in Bradenton Beach, not a recreational pier. If a recreational pier were permitted, it would have to be much higher than the old pier due to federal and state laws, he said. The county has been monitoring erosion at Manatee County Public Beach and there is not much effect since the pier was demolished, Hunsicker said, adding that the monitoring will continue.

Resort tax funds could possibly be used to build an erosion control structure, but only if the county can prove to the state Department of Environmental Protection that erosion is occurring

Resort tax funds could possibly be used to build an erosion control structure, but

only if the county can prove to the state Department of Environmental Protection

that erosion is occurring, he said. He added that the necessary scientific model of how much the beach might be eroding due to the absence of the pier would cost $100,000. Manatee County’s 5 percent resort tax is collected from owners of accommodations rented for less than six months. The tax funds beach renourishment and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s tourism marketing efforts.

RENTALS: Another Island city tackes residential rental problems FROM PAGE 1

problems and agreed that something needs to be done, but that more discussion is needed to determine just what the answer is. Mayor Mike Selby said he and City Attorney Jim Dye attended a meeting on the issue held by the Holmes Beach City Commission and said, “Property managers came to the forefront in Holmes Beach. They want to see things happen for the good of the residents. We all know the problems. We need solutions.” Commissioner SueLynn, who spoke about the issue during her campaign, suggested that renters sign a form approved by the city that lists the number of people and cars with consequences for violators. She said the city could limit the number of cars to two. However, Dye pointed to state legislation that “told local governments that they could not single out vacation rentals for regulation.” He gave an example of the commission’s recent decision to require nonhomesteaded properties to have rear door garbage pick up, which is aimed at vacation rentals, but does not single them out. Dye also said that limiting the number of people in a rental house is difficult to enforce.

Noise enforcement

Commissioner John Quam said noise is a major issue with vacation rentals, and Commissioner Dale Woodland asked about citing people for disturbing the peace. Sgt. Dave Turner, who is in charge of the Sheriff’s Office substation in the city, explained, “We do have a noise ordinance. Right now we’re in transition mode with it. We’re going back to

the decimeter and have been told how to deal with it by our people.” Dye said the city’s noise ordinance contains decibel levels, so it is enforceable. Turner said disturbing the peace requires affidavits by two complainants and noted, “It has to be way out there. We have never approached anywhere near there. Noise is not disturbing the peace. It’s a civil enforcement issue done by a complaint through code enforcement.” Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick asked if deputies turn over complaints to the code enforcement officer, and Turner said they currently do that. “When a deputy responds to a noise complaint, he has the option of clearing the complaint, resolving the situation there and writing a report or stepping it up,” Turner explained. “The deputies will usually go there and there will be compliance. Sometimes there’s not, and we’re going to have to work on that and see what we want to do. “He needs another tool,” Chair Chuck Webb said. “It’s just a citation process and right now we don’t have that.” Woodland said if the problem continues after a deputy has responded, he would expect the deputy to contact the property manager or owner.

Rental agents speak

Mike Brinson, of AMI Accommodations, said , “We’re providing lists to the police dispatch so they can contact us. If people don’t quiet down, we can take their keys away and remove them from the property. No refunds. No questions asked.” Selby asked what happens if the people refuse to leave, and Brinson said the Sheriff’s Office would back them up.

If people don't quiet down, we can take their keys away and remove them from the property. No refunds. No questions asked." Mike Brinson AMI Accommodations

Brinson said since the issue arose in Holmes Beach, property managers have compiled a list of best practices that include requirements such as rear door trash pick up, additional trash cans for additional bedrooms and checking on parking maximums. He said they give renters a handout with advice on following city ordinances and being a neighbor-friendly guest. They are encouraging all property managers to ask renters the number of people and vehicles that will be at the rental. He said all property managers have 24-hour emergency lines for people to call if there are problems. “A few are ruining it for everybody,” he pointed out. “We don’t want them in the houses.” Larry Chatt, of Island Real Estate, added, “We want to be part of the solution. Call on me anytime. We have the power. My owners would be very upset

if I didn’t handle those issues.” Brinson asked people to contact him or Chatt for adding to the guidelines.

Other ideas

Resident Penelope Naylor, who has an issue with swimming pool noise from a neighboring property, said there are other ways to control problems such as health department and fire codes. “These properties seem to be hybrids because they are single-family residential properties, but they operate the same as hotels,” she pointed out. “Hotels have their guests sign a contract before they come and it spells out what the behavioral limitations are and what’s expected. If they violate them, they’re thrown out.” Resident Micheal Coleman suggested appointing a commissioner to be a liaison to the property managers and help them develop standards. SueLynn offered to be the liaison and asked, “If you’re using your residence to make money, why isn’t that considered commercial?” “The state defines it as a resort dwelling, and it’s allowed,” Building Official Bob Welch responded. “It still has the designation of single- or two-family dwelling, but it’s not a prohibited use in the neighborhood.” Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Rathvon said another problem is the homes that are rented privately, and when there are problems, it is often difficult to contact the owners. Resident Richard Penn thanked commissioners for taking the issue seriously and said, “It’s a serious problem. We want to make our neighborhood livable again.” Another resident said he has a party house next door and has considered moving out of the city.

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Attorney says Gatehouse can serve By Tom Vaught SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON BEACH – The city may be close to filling a vacant commission seat following a memorandum from City Attorney Ricinda Perry. In Perry’s legal opinion, there is no conflict of interest or ethical violation since Gatehouse is working for the city under a pre-existing arrangement, but when his con-

tract expires, the city will need to advertise to other vendors, as well as Gatehouse, to fill the position. She said if that occurs, Gatehouse should not be allow to vote or look at other submittals while he is in office. The Ward 3 post, formerly held by Janie Robertson, was vacated when she was unable to run for re-election due to term limits. Nobody stepped up before the November election last year, so it was up to the mayor

and city commission to fill it. Two men, Rick Gatehouse and Johnny Tillison, came forward two weeks ago and said they would like to be considered for the position, and at the Jan. 5 commission meeting, Mayor John Shaughnessy asked for a motion to make Gatehouse the new commissioner. After the motion, businesswoman and planning and zoning board member JoAnn Meilner said she preferred Tillison because he is a popular figure

around Bridge Street and always willing to help. She said Gatehouse, who is the city’s webmaster, could not serve because of a state statute that prohibits anybody employed by the city from serving in an elected position. After that, the commission did not vote in Gatehouse, but it also did not vote in Tillison since a motion to install him died for a lack of a second.

Jitney goes once around the table The jitneys would bring people to and from their vehicles parked in a lot south of the city to free parking spaces on Bridge Street for shoppers. By Tom Vaught SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Scenic WAVES Partnership, a hybrid of two groups that played parts in determining the needs of the city, met for the first time since

Oct. 3, 2011 on Monday, Jan. 9. The group, which was almost disbanded last year, had been working on problems in the city such as traffic and lack of parking. They addressed the parking issue again at the Jan. 9 meeting. When the committee slowed its work, due mainly to a lack of funds for capital improvements, discussion centered on having employees who work on or near Bridge Street park in a lot that the city would provide south of the city near the northern Coquina Park boat ramp. Employees could catch a ride from there to work on free trolleys or jitneys, which have yet to be provided. In late August, officials from an electric cart company called Lighting Bugz, brought two vehicles to city hall to demonstrate to

committee members what they looked like and how they rode. They also mapped out a path the vehicle could take, which would run along Gulf Drive from Bridge Street to the parking lot. At the Jan. 9 meeting, Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said City Commissioner Gay Breuler and Lt. John Cosby met the operator of a jitney in Siesta Key when they visited Custom Carts in Sarasota. He came up here and I pointed out where we wanted them to run,” Speciale said. “He was interested in renting to vehicles from Lighting Bugz to start. I talked with him today and he’s still interested.” Speciale said the man also found a retiree who wanted to drive. He said he told the man the city would not have any money to finance this.

Committee Member Bona Wortman asked if the riders would have to pay, and Brueler thought that would be a bad idea since the trolleys are free. Bridge Street Merchants Association President JoAnn Meilner said she had been pushing the merchants to get the jitney and pay for its operation. “It’s vital that we do something,” she said. “I suggested the driver gets paid with tips.” Committee Chair Pat Whitesel suggested using some of the proceeds from the Bridge Street Market to pay for the vehicles. Breuler said the man they spoke to suggested they run the jitneys from noon to 10 p.m. or as late as midnight on weekends. They also discussed where the carts could be recharged and parked overnight, and the most popular suggestion was the police department. The group will discuss this further in future meetings.



City leaders briefed on cell tower plan If the city approves a cell tower, company officials say it would be about a year before they could get it built and into operation.

What we think is the

By Tom Vaught

best solution in terms of


BRADENTON BEACH – Two cell phone installers made a presentation to the city commission on a cell tower last week and the elected officials appeared open to the installers’ recommendations. James Eatrides, CEO of Alpha-Omega Communications, made a presentation on the mechanics and growth in popularity of cell phones, types of towers and where the city fits into the scheme of things, and Kevin Barile, president of Ridan Industries, gave the commission his choice for the type of tower and location at a work session on Jan. 12. “What we think is the best solution in terms of aesthetics and property values, from economic viability is a 150

aesthetics and property values, from economic viability is a 150 foot stealth unipole.” James Eatrides CEO of Alpha-Omega Communications foot stealth unipole,” Barile said. “If need be, we could put a flag on it, but flags could be noisy. A number of times when we installed a flag, we had to come back because neighbors complained about the noise. “What we’re proposing it at the SEE TOWER, PAGE 35

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tower: cell tower plan presented from page 34

Bradenton Beach Public Works,” he added. “From the location point of view, that’s a very optimal place to put it.” Barile was talking about a map showing current and future cell towers, and he said a tower at public works would be in the middle of where there is no strong service. Barile said the tower would blend in with the area. It would be painted gray and would look like a sailboat mast like those at Bradenton Beach Marina, nearby. Barile showed simulated photos of a tower at that location from different directions, and it did look like a boat mast, only taller, in the photos. The tower would be located where the city recently made parking spaces. Barile said the tower would be elevated and they could use the space under it for a parking space. Commissioner Jan Vosburgh asked how prone the tower is to becoming obsolete, and Eatrides said they have a provision in their lease that if it does go out of date, they will take it down for free. “We provide a removal bond, and if we’re no longer here in 20 years as an entity, you would be able to tap the bond and have enough funds to remove the tower,” Barile said. “In terms of those removal bonds, they are not real expensive,” Eatrides said. “The reason they are not real expensive is the bond companies know that it isn’t likely to disappear, otherwise they would want to charge and arm and a leg for it.” As for the fear of radiation from the towers, they said that when a cell tower is nearby, your cell phone emits less radio waves and when the tower is far, it radiates more, so it is better to be closer to one. Barile said the FCC saturation limit for cell phones is 1.7 watts per kilogram of tissue. “Typically, the max(imum) exposure you’re going to have from a handset pressed to your head is in the range of 1.75 watts,” Barile said. “It’s well below the standard.” After answering questions from the commissioners, Barile and Eatrides ended their presentation. When asked, they said that under their proposal, they would pay the city $350,000 up front and up to $2,500 per month from rent collected from the providers that lease space on the tower.





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Smart money finding investments in rentals

y generation had it beaten into our heads that owning your own home was the only sensible choice both financially and socially. I can still hear my parent’s voice in my head “paying rent is throwing money away,” but financial times have changed drastically during the past five years and what was once a given is now only a luxury. If home prices and mortgage rates have fallen to the point that the monthly cost of owning a home is more affordable than at any point in the past 15 years, why are rental units with higher monthly rates in demand? Interestingly, one of the by-products of the housing crisis is the growing demand for rentals. Much of this demand is from previous homeowners who either found themselves caught up in a foreclosure or a short sale and will not be able to get back into homeownership for years or first-time buyers without enough of a down payment to buy as

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger well as being subjected to tight lending conditions. According to the Wall Street Journal, there are 10 key markets around the country where the average monthly mortgage payment is currently less than rent. In Atlanta, which has the most favorable values for owning versus renting, the average monthly mortgage is $539 and the average asking rent is $840. Three of the 10 cities noted were in Florida. Jacksonville’s average monthly mortgage is $711 and its monthly rent is $779; Miami’s average monthly mortgage is $977 and the rent is $1,071; and Orlando’s average monthly mortgage is $695 and the rent is $851. These numbers are based on a 20

percent down payment and a 4.5 percent 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage including insurance and taxes. Even though low mortgage rates are making homeownership more affordable they still aren’t spurring sales. Potential homeowners who do have the ability to purchase and are able to meet the mortgage qualifications are in no particular hurry, since the perception in many parts of the country is that the bottom hasn’t been reached yet and that the mortgage rates are not going up any time soon. So what’s a savvy real estate investor to do with the cash burning a hole in his pocket? It doesn’t take Warren Buffett to figure out that if the demand is in rental units that’s where you invest. Home building has been experiencing an upturn but much of the increase that was reported at the end of November came from the construction of apartments, town houses and other multifamily developments in order to meet that demand. Right here in Manatee and Sarasota

counties, at Lakewood Ranch, developers who built 7,000 homes during the housing boom are now turning to building rental units. There is currently a project being built for a 277-unit apartment building with expectations that it will fill up very rapidly. Economists are predicting that the next residential housing boom will be in multifamily, rather than single family, products. However, most families still want to live in single family homes, even families who have been foreclosed on or don’t have the ability to buy. Because of this life style choice, smart investors large and small are buying homes in foreclosure, or which are about to be auctioned, and instead of flipping them for a quick profit are holding them as rentals. This is just another piece of the fallout from the housing market, and like all financial markets the smart money will always find a way to profit. If my parents were around today they would probably be telling me to buy the foreclosure down the street and rent it out, and they would

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And now for something different

hey used to introduce one of those wacky “Monte Python’s Flying Circus” British comedies occasionally with “And now for something a little different.” Remember? So, since today’s homily is a little wacky, too, I borrow the Brits’ ingratiating intro. Thanks, chaps! Let’s have some fun with some words nonsense that’s been cruising around in my craw all day, OK? What I’ll do is ask simple questions and then answer them with (mostly) one-word silly answers, some of which don’t look right, but sound right when you speak ‘em. For instance, Q: What time is the banquet? A: Ate. (Get it? He said, “8,” didn’t he? And ate is what he did there.) Cabisch? So away we go! Q: So your family came down with the flu – how many of you were ill? A: Sicks. (Are you lovin’ it?) Q: Which bills in your wallet make you nervous? A: Tens. Q: How many times did you have to warn the golfers up ahead of you? A: Fore!

Senior Prom

Q: Who was that young lady who sang those beautiful holiday songs? A: Carol. Q: What’s the worst time of year to do this? A: Fall.

JACK FONES Q. Hey, kid, how did you finish in the Soap Box derby? A: One. (Won – came in #1)

Q. What did Daffy Duck call his incompetent veterinarian? A: Quack.

Q: What do you call a hypochondriac who tries to make you think he’s ill? A: InVALid Invalid.

Q: Who are the female photographers who pursue celebrities? A: Mamarazzi (Paparazzi wives).

Q: What did the terrific chef at one of those steak barbecues hear a lot? A: Well done!

Q: When one of those big birds gets sick, whadda you call it? A: Illegal.

Q: What was the name of that guy who opened the fitness center? A: Gym. (Get it, folks?)

Q: What do you call the guy in a hospital bed who keeps ringing for a nurse? A: Impatient patient.

Q: What kind of mother are you? A: Grand.

Q: When do you go to the Chinese dentist? A: 2:30.

Q: What was the first name of that lady who took you to court? A: Sue. Q: So you’re off to the garden store ato buy a fence – how will you choose the best one? A: Picket.”

Q: What kind of coffee should abort a pregnant cow? A: Decaf. Q: What does that Red Sox pitcher do that makes him a great bowler? A: Strikes.

You deareaders can prolly think of a lot more of these before supper. After a few rounds at your next cocktail party, drag these out, ask your guests the questions and see who answers correctly to win the big prize (?). You’ll have more fun than a barrel of Q: what? A: Monkeys. Jack gets his wacky thoughts like this while napping at The Woodward, 202 Court St., Keene, N.H. 03431; 603-352-7675.



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Tough to lose in good humor


really, really try to be a good loser. Mama taught me that. I play Words With Friends (the #1 app on smart phones that’s an abbreviated scrabble game) and beat everyone most of the time. I play other cookbook authors around the country. You can chat with opponents, too, and we authors chat about how we see words in our head and are just, well, a little “different.” That’s why we are authors. That’s why we write. We love words and we love to put them together. I look at a scrabble board and see all kinds of words. You can use “Words With Friends Cheat,” which defeats the point of playing. I’ve looked at it, and it’s way more complicated and timeconsuming than just playing the game. It’s like, what’s the point of cheating? No challenge there. It’s not like I have to beat everyone. Seriously! Back to fitness. Every year since the Dolphin Dash 5K at Anna Maria Island Elementary School started years ago, I’ve won or placed in my age group. Twice, including last year, I got first place. I’ve even PR’d (personal record). This year I didn’t

Feasting on Fitness Ellen Jaffe Jones even place. I got 5th in my usually very competitive 55-59 age group. Here are my excellent excuses in order of strong feelings (I can already feel you crying me a river): 1. I have been sitting in the computer chair too long. Writing my book that came out last year got me there. I knew that I would be promoting it on social media. The CEO of my publishing company calls what I’ve done on Facebook amazing. He’s asked me to tutor others. So I’m in the chair doing that. Just to give you an idea, one day this week, my book began the day ranked 31,000 on all books sold on Amazon. They sell millions. My publisher is delighted with anything below 100,000. Many books never get below 200,000. I got crabby about my ranking, so I posted the video of Mitt Romney’s Fox News interview about the dog he put in

an airtight container on the roof of his car. A must-see, if you haven’t. Suffice it to say, this is something anyone who cares about pets is interested in watching. At the end of the day, my ranking had gone down, improving to 10,000! A significant change. But it takes time in the chair. 2) Sitting in chairs means quick meals and too many Larabars. Not enough time devoted to fixing those recipes I put in my book. Can you say, “Shoemaker’s Daughter” syndrome? I need a chef. 3) At the starting line of the race, I’m standing next to two women in glow-in-the-dark iridescent bright green jackets - you know, the kind you can see from 5 miles away? Of course, they are in my age group and are here on vacation. “I read about it and it looked like a nice race.” “Do you race much?” I asked. “I can’t remember the last time I did a 5K. I’m used to doing marathons with an 11-minute mile pace,” she answered. “I’m cooked,” I thought. “You’ll get 1st place,” I told her. She did. 4) Can’t wait 'till I turn 60 in November, when I’ll jump to the next

age group. I’m the oldest in my age group and the youngsters typically beat the oldsters. 5) The weather! Omg, my hubby said the wind clocked at 24 mph. It never let up. It felt like a wall. As the woman next to me at the starting line who beat me said, “We’re just here to donate a little money to the school and have fun, right?” Right. I am trying to remember that is right, even though the reason she may have come to the race is because I blabbed it all over Facebook. Some people at AMI elementary came up and thanked me for that. It’s about the kids. It’s about finishing without injury. That old goal I used to have before I started winning my age group. Another woman in my age group who finished seconds ahead of me said, “You know, you always beat me.” “Congratulations,” I said. “Nice job.” Time for a stress-relieving warm bath. Ellen Jaffe Jones is a certified personal trainer, running coach and the author of “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day.” She can be found at

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PTO seeks to redefine expenditures By Tom Vaught SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – The Anna Maria Elementary School PTO Board met Tuesday, Jan. 10, to discuss plans for its largest fund raiser, the Spring Fling, to be held at the Anna Maria Island Community Center on Saturday, April 28. The PTO takes requests for funding from staff and teachers before the event. With budget cuts and a tight economy, the requests have been more for things that are no longer funded, such as study books, but PTO President Monica Simpson wants to make sure they are getting the biggest bang for their bucks. “In the past, we had requests for things like a refrigerator or a microwave oven for staff,” she said. “We want to make sure the requests are more education oriented.” Simpson said requests would be graded for relevancy to the education process. “It should touch all the children,” she said. “Maybe it should be for bigger projects.” Simpson asked AMW Principal David Marshall about books for different curricula. “In the past, when we adopted new learning series, such as math or English, we would have to buy the books from our budget, but that budget has been cut,” he said. “Books for new series take up 50-percent or more of our budget.” Marshall said some of the books that come with the curricula have tear-out pages making them good for only one use. “What would happen if the PTO refused to purchase one-use books,” Simpson asked. Marshall said they make purchases for what is in the budget, so that would

In the past, we had requests for things like a refrigerator or a microwave oven for staff. We want to make sure the requests are more education oriented." Monica Simpson PTO president limit them. He said that there are several curricula available for each subject, plus each subject has a core curriculum with books that can be used more than once. “We don’t want to tell the teachers what kind of books to purchase,” Simpson said, “but we need to make our money go farther, and if you use tear out books, you have a recurring expense to replace them.” PTO Vice President Kyra Valadie asked if they might consider Kindles, like iPads only they display books, which are loaded into them. Marshall said in the past, the PTO purchased computers for classrooms, but they are required now, and he wants the school district to supply them, but he thought the PTO could purchase other technology like Kindles and possibly iPads for the teachers and staff. Other expenditures included running electricity and possible water to the outdoor classroom the PTO purchased a couple of years ago. Simpson said she would like SEE PTO, PAGE 43




JANUARY 18, 2012

Ravens roll Raiders

BY Scott Dell

Flag Football Standings

Special to the sun

The Sun Sports game of the week was an AFC divisional adult flag football contest, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, featuring the Coastal Orthopedic Raiders vs. Duffy’s Tavern Ravens. The Coastal Orthopedic Raiders started the game on defense and on the very first play recorded a safety giving them a 2-0 lead and the ball to their offense. On the Raider’s third offense play, quarterback Kevin Austin threw a 45 yard bomb to Eric Gledhill for the touchdown. The extra point was no good, 8-0 Raiders. After the Raven’s found themselves in a hole, after just four plays, their offense started to roll. It only took four plays of their own before quarterback Matt Piermarini threw a 12-yard TD pass to Adam Mott. The extra point pass was good to Jeff Conley, score 8-7 Raiders. The Raven’s defense recorded their own safety the next play and did not let the Raiders score for the rest of the first half. The Raven’s offense continued to roll though. Piermarini threw a TD pass to Bobby Reynolds and another to Adam Mott plus an extra point to Conley and Mott before the first half ended and made the score 23-8 at halftime. The Raiders started with the ball in the second half and on first and goal Danny Murphy, of the Ravens, intercepted a pass and went end zone to end zone for the pick-six touchdown. The extra point was no good when Chrissie McCracken sacked the QB, score 29-8 Ravens. The Raiders pulled out some trickery when Shandi Austin passed to husband Kevin Austin, which helped them move the ball down field and into position for another TD pass by Kevin Austin to Gledhill. The two-point conversion pass was good to Chuck McCracken, score 29-16 Ravens. With nine minutes left in the game, the Ravens offense scored again on a Piermarini 27-yard TD pass to Ryan Hogan. The extra point pass was good to Conley, score 36-16 Ravens. On the next series, Austin threw a 45-yard bomb to a wide open Chuck McCracken for the TD. The extra point was no good, score 36-22 Ravens. With only 90 seconds left, Chuck McCracken intercepted a pass for the Raiders defense. But with time running out, the Ravens defense held strong and secured their second victory of the season, final score 36-22.

Div III (8-9 yr) Waterfront Restaurant Raiders  Beach Bistro Vikings  Southern Greens Jets  Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys  Gettel Toyota Texans  Beach Bums Steelers  Div II (10-12 yr) West LPAC Cardinals  Ross Built Broncos  Sandbar Falcons  Air & Energy Chargers 

Scott dell | submitted

Jeremiah Sculco, of Island Dental Spa Broncos, runs to the outside edge in Center Instructional Flag Football.

Division III (8-9 year-olds) Results:

Adult Co-Ed Flag Football League Results:

Beach Bums Steelers  Waterfront Restaurant Raiders 

0 12

Gettel Toyota Texans  Pink & Navy Boutique Cowboys 

18 22

Beach Bistro Vikings  Southern Greens Jets  Division II (10-12 year-olds) Results: Ross Built Broncos  Sand Dollar Steelers 

22 20

Mr. Bones Colts  Sandbar Falcons 

34 0

LPAC Cardinals  Air & Energy Chargers 

37 8

Eat Here Bears  Cedars Tennis Resort Seahawks 

24 8

Tyler’s Ice Cream  Best Buy  (First game of best 2 out of 3)

31 29

Galati Yacht Sales Texans  Walter & Associates Bears 

46 24

25 11

Integrity Sound Redskins  First American Bank Ravens  Mar Vista Restaurant Raiders  Jessie’s Island Store Steelers 

33 27

Tyler’s Ice Cream  Best Buy  (Second game of best 2 out of 3) Best Buy  Slim’s Place  (First game of best 2 out of 3)

17 25

Best Buy  Slim’s Place  (Second game of best 2 out of 3)

6 25

Division I (13-16 year-olds) Results:

42 7

12 20

Waterfront Restaurant Bills  Edgewater Realty Broncos 

27 25

Agnelli Pool & Spa Packers  Banana Cabana Bengals 

31 6

Galati Yacht Sales Chargers  Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings 

31 14

Fins Bar Bears  The Feast Falcons 

28 42

Sato Real Estate Browns  Slim’s Place Dolphins 

6 40

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League Results:

East Mr. Bones Colts  Eat Here Bears  Sand Dollar Steelers  Cedars Tennis Resort Seahawks  Div I (13-16 yr) Integrity Sound Redskins  Mar Vista Raiders  Galati Yacht Sales Texans  First American Bank Ravens  Jessie's Island Store Steelers  Walter & Associates Bears 

2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2

2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2

2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1

2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2

Adult Co-Ed Flag Football Standings AFC Division Duffy's Tavern Ravens  Agnelli Pool & Spas Packers  Galati Yacht Sales Chargers  Tyler's Ice Cream Vikings  The Feast Falcons  Fins Bar Bears  Coastal Orthopedic Raiders  NFC Division Florida Discount Signs 49Ers  Slim's Place Dolphins  Beach To Bay Construction Texans Waterfront Restaurant Bills  Banana Cabana Bengals  Sato Real Estate Browns  Edgewater Realty Broncos 

2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-1

2-0 1-0 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-2 0-2

Volleyball Standings Slim's Place  Best Buy  Tylers Ice Cream 

2-0 1-2 1-2

JANUARY 18, 2012



Get ready for the ‘Psychedelic Sixties’ The PTO needs donations of money or items for its silent auction at the Spring Fling. By Tom Vaught SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – The Anna Maria Elementary PTO has decided to get retro and go hippie for their Spring Fling dinner, auctions and dance to be held on Saturday, April 28, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Called the “Psychedelic Sixties,” those who attend will have to look for bell bottoms, moccasins and beads to look the part. Enjoy watching your white clothes glow in the black lights and dig looking at the groovy waves in the Lava Lamps. The PTO called for volunteers and around 15 people showed up for the first

The ticket price is expected to stay at $35 per person. That buys hors d’oeuvres and dinner from a number of food outlets in the area, music from Island DJ Chris Grumley and silent auctions for art and basket projects from each classroom and items donated by individuals and the business community. planning meeting of the group’s most lucrative fund raiser. New parents were surprised to find out it is an adult event with affordable childcare provided by the School for Constructive Play. The ticket price is expected to stay at $35 per person. That buys hors d’oeuvres and dinner from a number of food outlets in the area, music from

Island DJ Chris Grumley and silent auctions for art and basket projects from each classroom and items donated by individuals and the business community. The group considered other themes such as a dressy casino affair called “Vive la Spring,” a Kentucky Derby theme, a tacky prom and a 20s flapper, but they decided to revisit the 60s.

This year’s date conflicts with the DeSoto Day parade in Bradenton. “This time of year there’s something going on every weekend,” PTO President Monica Simpson told the moms. “We just hope those who attend the parade will be able to join us that evening.” Jennifer Rogers will be in charge of the food, Lisa Woodard and Simpson will be in charge of the silent auction and Heather Edwards will coordinate getting the auction items and other donations from businesses. Those interested in giving early can reach Heather at 813-241-7900 or by e-mail to The next organizational meeting will be at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the school auditorium.

CODE: P&Z approves changes in city codes from page 31

lines, and the owners shouldn’t be penalized for something they didn’t create. “They would not be encumbered by this, but if they sell the lot off, they would have to bring the structure into compliance,” Garrett replied, but added that it only would have to meet the setbacks at the time it was built, which could have been less than today’s setbacks. Section Seven said that pergolas, arbors and trellises are exempt from fence

Sweep Thomas Heckler, of Island Real Estate Colts, runs around an Island Dental Spa Broncos defender in Center Instructional Flag Football. Scott dell | submitted

height limits, but cannot exceed 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide and require a building permit. Mike Pescitelli made the motion to recommend the code changes with the addition of Garrett’s suggested change regarding coverage, and the board approved it with Tom Turner and Lou Ellen Wilson dissenting. On Jan. 12, the city commission agreed with the coverage changes, asked for a few wording clarifications and plan to hold a public hearing on the ordinance on Jan. 26.

PTO: PTO takes requests from page 41

Scott dell | submitted

Touchdown! Ava Zink, of Gettel Toyota Texans, runs 30 yards down the sideline for the TD in Center Division III Flag Football.

teachers and staff to make requests to the PTO by Feb. 3, so they could discuss them at the next scheduled meeting on Feb. 7. In other news, the PTO Treasurer Lisa Woodard reported they made a couple of thousand dollars more from the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough sales, although not all of the expenses had been paid. “We greatly appreciate the people who partici-

pated in the Otis Spunkmeyer sales,” Simpson said. The PTO already has the money to pay for new playground equipment. Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. sent an estimate of more than $15,000 for the equipment, with possible additional expenses for providing footers for some items. Marshall said he would look for additional supplies on premises and from other schools in the district to save money.






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RENTALS: SEASONAL & VACATION TIFFANY PLACE Gulf Front Condo for Rent Incredible views from living room and master bedroom. 2BR/2BA Green Real Estate Call 941-778-0455 ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$750/ wk 941-778-1915

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VACATION RENTAL ROOSTERFISH is a fabulous 2BR/2BA pool home on Anna Maria Island and is available Jan 2nd to Feb 4th and Feb 11th to Mar 10th. It’s located in a fantastic location that is walking distance to the beach, bay, pier & more. $1500/ wk or $5100/mo. Sleeps 8. DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 VACATION ONLY PROPERTIES for rent, private pool homes: 3BR/3BA, 3BR/2/ BA, 1BR/1BA. Call 941794-1515 LBK GULF SIDE CONDOS 1BR & 3BR/3.5BA, heated pool. $1000/weekly. Outrigger. Call Betty 941-3833844

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BRADENTON BEACH CONDO. Bi-weekly, monthly. Direct Gulf view 2BR/2.5BA. Turnkey, spotless, Gulf to Bay. Gorgeous pool area. Day dock, elevator, security. Non-smoking. No Pets. Call 941-778-1132 (answering machine).

JANUARY thru APRIL rentals still available: Anna Maria. Charming old Florida style cottage, 2BR/1.5BA available at North end of Anna Maria Island (steps to Gulf & piers) seasonally $2100/mo. or $700/ wk Horizon Realty of Anna Maria Call 941-778-0426

PRESTIGIOUS NORTH END AMI property available 1/1/12-4/12. Sweeping gulf views include Egmont Key from all rooms. 3BR/2.5BA, large balconies, private beach access. 823 N Shore Blvd. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria Call 941-778-0426

SEASONAL 5 MONTH RENTAL November 2012 March 2013. Open house all of January. 2BR/1BA up stairs apartment. West of Gulf Dr. $1350/mo plus tax Call 941-778-4499.

LAZY PALM COTTAGE Spacious 3BR/2BA cottage with private heated pool. One house to beach access. Call 941-778-6696. VACATION RENTAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA. Boat slip, trolley stop on corner. Fully furnished. washer/ dryer, outdoor shower, enclosed patio, covered parking. Desirable location. $800-$1000/week + tax. No pets. No smoking. Call 941-713-6466


VACATION RENTALS- JANUARY openings weekly or monthly. Prices start at $725/wk or $1900/mo. Jan thru March available $2,500/mo. Fran Maxon Real Estate 941-778-2307. www.franmaxonrealestate. com.

LONG TERM RENTAL Full Gulf Front Only Senior Couple seeking 6 month vacation rental Between September and April Call 347-410-9079 or email:

REAL ESTATE: OUT OF AREA 20 ACRES-LIVE ON Land now!! Only $99/mo. $0 Down, Owner Financing, No credit checks! Near El Paso, Texas, Beautiful Mountain Views! Free Color Brochure. 800-755-8953

MID WINTER LAND Sale! Sat, Jan 21st 6+ AC w/ waterfront only $34,900 Gorgeous wooded setting with dockable lake frontage out your back door! Paved rds, power, phone, Boat, ski, fish, camp/RV, more. Excellent financing. Won't last, call now 866952-5302, x 116 MOBILE HOME WITH land, ready to move in, great value. Approx 1500 sq ft, 3BR/2BA serious offers only, no renters. Call 850308-6473

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport services: Tampa $80, Sarasota $30, Clearwater $70, Fort Meyers $150, Orlando $150. Call 800-301-4816.,

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