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Fewer storms forecast, but it only takes one BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |


Blue Water Beach Club is letting guests know about sea turtle nesting season, asking them to bring beach chairs off the beach at night.

Turtle watch volunteers ready for season BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – As the first day of turtle nesting season approaches and shorebirds begin pairing up and making nests, volunteers with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring are making ready to protect them. The group’s volunteers need protecting too, Director Suzi Fox told them last week at CrossPointe Fellowship. Each volunteer walks the beach at least two miles at dawn once a week. Fox told her group that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking Turtle Watch to have each beach walker take two days instead of one beginning next season, and that anyone unable to walk that much without assistance


FORT COLLINS – The Colorado State University hurricane research team has issued its first prediction for the 2019 tropical storm season and it is good news, for now The forecast, authored by Dr. Phillip Klotzbach, predicts a total of 13 named storms turning into five hurricanes and two major (Category 3 or more) hurricanes. Last season, the region experienced 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and two major hurricanes. One of those major storms, Michael, was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the United States. It leveled buildings in Mexico Beach, Fla., and throughout the Florida Panhandle, with winds just shy of Category 5 strength.. On average, the Atlantic and Caribbean region gets 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. According to Klotzbach’s report, “During the past several months, El Niño conditions have developed in the Pacific Ocean, meaning that sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropics are warmer than normal. In general, El Niño conditions tend to suppress Atlantic hurricane formation, as a result of increases in upper-level winds that tear apart developing Atlantic hurricanes. “Predicting changes in El Niño is extremely difficult during the spring season, so although we know there’s an El Niño now, we don’t know whether it will continue through the rest of the year,” the report says. “Very small changes in wind conditions can cause big changes in the ocean circulation at this time of year. Consequently, the models that forecast El Niño tend to have less skill, which is the measure of the accuracy of the prediction versus what really happens. Nevertheless, these models do have modest ability to predict conditions for the next several months.” The CSU team will release updates to their predictions on June 4, July 2 and Aug. 6.


Suzi Fox, right, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, briefs volunteers last week about their tasks during the six-month turtle season that begins on May 1. should think about making way for new volunteers to participate. Other volunteer positions include staffing the Turtle Watch booth at festivals, giving Turtle Talks, fundraising and staffing school events. Turtle season begins on May 1 and lasts through Halloween, but


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turtles can start showing up any time now, Fox said. The organization’s volunteers already are making sweeps up and down Island beaches to check for nesting of turtles and shorebirds, which begin nesting earlier than turtles.



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Increased costs anticipated for Bradenton Beach dock project A special CRA meeting was scheduled for Wednesday April 10 for continued discussion on the unanticipated cost increases.

Hecker’s construction yard in Gibsonton since being delivered there in September. Technomarine then delivered the dock floats to Hecker on March 4. The float delivery fulfilled the contractual release agreement City Attorney Ricinda Perry and Technomarine attorney Julianne Frank negotiated in December. A few hours after the April 3 CRA meeting ended, Speciale received an email from Shaffer that said, “Per our phone conversation, the price of $27,000 that Techno gave the city was for us just to assemble floats and deliver them to the job site. Technomarine never spoke to us about the pilings or anything else to do with the project.”


BRADENTON BEACH – Bradenton Beach’s long-delayed $119,980 floating dock project may now cost an additional $45,302 to $69,456 to complete. On Wednesday, April 3, Police Chief and pier team facilitator Sam Speciale presented Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) members with two dock installation estimates he received from Hecker Construction Company Operations Manager Eric Shaffer on March 25. Hecker estimates $81,600 to install the previously-purchased floating dock components using yet-to-be-purchased wooden pilings, or $105,754 to complete the project using yet-to-be-purchased composite pilings. These estimates took CRA members by surprise and they requested a special follow-up meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10. The members asked Speciale to bring back a second opinion from another engineer regarding the number of pilings needed. Speciale was also asked to bring


What remained of the previous storm-damaged and shortened floating dock was removed in August 2017. back a second opinion from Duncan Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift regarding Hecker’s cost estimates. In 2015-16, Duncan built the Bridge Street Pier; the floating dock will be installed next to the pier. The original $119,980 contract the CRA and Technomarine agreed to in early 2017 included $27,000 for dock installation, pilings included. Earlier this year, the CRA released Technomarine of its remaining contractual obligations due to the lengthy delays incurred.

Technomarine had already contacted Hecker Construction about serving as a dock installation subcontractor. Until Wednesday’s meeting, CRA members assumed Hecker would install the floating dock for the $27,000 cited in the now-invalid Technomarine contract. The CRA does not currently have a new contract with Hecker or any other firm to finish the dock project. The aluminum-framed, composite dock decking sections have been sitting at


Hecker’s $81,600 estimate includes $37,000 to provide and install 36 PVCwrapped wooden pilings and an additional $17,800 to provide and install the additional hoop brackets and rollers needed to attach the dock sections to the wood pilings. Hecker’s $105,754 estimate includes $67,704 to provide and install 25 composite pilings and an additional $11,250 for the hoop brackets and rollers. Both Hecker estimates include $20,000 to attach the floats to the decking, $2,800 to SEE DOCK, PAGE 19





“Donate Life Month” on Anna Maria Island The cities of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach have proclaimed April 2019 as “Donate Life Month” in those respective cities. On March 21, Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie was joined at the podium by Donate Life Florida representative and local Realtor Rita Smith. Chappie read aloud a printed proclamation that said, “One of the most meaningful gifts that a human being can bestow up another is the gift of life.” According to the proclamation, more than 35,000 Americans receive lifesaving organ transplants each year. More than 113,000 men, women and children (including 5,700 in west and southwest Florida) are currently on the national waiting list for organ transplants, and an average of 22 people die each day awaiting an organ transplant. The proclamation notes one donor can save or enhance the lives of as many as 75 people. “Everyone is a potential organ, eye and tissue donor and can register to save lives through organ and tissue donation at www.DonateLifeFlorida or on their driver license,” the proclamation says. “Thank you so much, it’s a wonderful thing you do; and I know someone right now that’s on a waiting list,” Chappie told Smith. A similar proclamation was recently read in Holmes Beach.

Mote expands red tide studies Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) are partnering for five years to addresses impacts of red tide and other harmful algal blooms to Florida’s environment, economy and quality of life. “Working in partnership, Mote and FGCU will use science to develop innovative technologies to decrease the impacts of red tide and other harmful algal blooms,” Mote President and CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby said in a press release. “Our joint goal is to not just gain a greater understanding about the ecological forcing functions of red tide and other harmful algal blooms, but to actually do something to decrease the devastating impact of HABs to our environment, our economy and our quality of life.” Mote and FGCU will collaborate on: • Improved understanding of dynamics and forecasting of harmful algal blooms; • Developing effective and ecologicallysound mitigation technologies to decrease the adverse effects of harmful algal blooms; and • Joint appointments of instructional and research faculty for undergraduate and graduate courses, procurement of funding for research, and implementation of cooperative research projects.

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City manager amendment lacks super majority support

It takes at least four votes to forward a recommended charter amendment to the Holmes Beach City Commission and have it presented to the city’s registered voters. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

HOLMES BEACH – The quest to hire a city manager in Holmes Beach suffered a significant setback, but the matter has not yet been officially decided. Switching from a strong mayor to a city manager form of government would require a charter amendment recommended by the Holmes Beach Charter Review Commission (CRC) and supported by the city’s registered voters. The Holmes Beach mayor’s responsibilities are set forth in Article IV of the city charter. During the Thursday, April 4 CRC meeting, member Sean Murphy made a motion to leave Article IV as currently written. “There shall be a mayor who shall be the chief executive officer of the city. The mayor shall be responsible to the electorate for the administration of all city affairs placed in his/ her charge by or under this charter,” says Article IV, Sec, 4,01. “I recommend we make no changes to Article IV,” Murphy said when making his motion. David Zaccagnino supported Murphy’s motion. CRC chairman Ed Upshaw and members Claudia Carlson and Nancy Deal opposed it. Confusion then ensued as to what that 3-2 vote meant regarding the potential hiring of a city manager. According to Sec. 13.03 of the city charter, “Any proposed amendment or amendments to the charter adopted by a vote of a super majority of the charter commission shall be presented to the city commission which shall provide for its submission to the voters in the next city general election.” A super majority vote means at least four of the five CRC members must support a proposed charter amendment for it to move forward.


The Holmes Beach Charter Review Commission can continue to discuss the city manager question, so the issue is not completely dead. Filling in for City Attorney Patricia Petruff at Thursday’s meeting, attorney Thomas Thanus said, “There may be some confusion about the last vote. There were three no votes and two yes votes, which means the motion didn’t carry. The motion was to not make any changes to Article IV. That motion was defeated, which means that Article IV is still up for discussion. You’ve haven’t closed the door on any further discussion.” The CRC members can continue debating the city manager question, but Thanus said any proposed amendment that doesn’t have super majority support will not be included in the final recommendations presented to city commissioners. “You still have the option of revisiting some or all of your decisions, but you will get to a point where you will have a final vote. At that point, it would take four yes votes in order for something to be presented to the voters at a referendum,” Thanus said. “You’ve had other 3-2 votes, which means you have not achieved the supra majority,” Thanus said regarding previous votes taken on other potential amendments.

Budget amendment

During Thursday’s meeting, the CRC members voted 5-0 in favor of a proposed charter amendment that would allow the city commission and City Treasurer Lori Hill to amend the city budget using a city commission approved resolution instead of city commission approved ordinance. The CRC recommendation comes with a $100,000 limit. Hill requested the change because a budget amendment via resolution can be easily accomplished at one commission meeting. A budget amendment done by ordinance requires two public hearings, which must be advertised in a newspaper at the city taxpayers’ expense.


During Thursday’s meeting, CRC members shared their personal views on the city manager issue. “I think the process works. It is more democratic. Little towns like ours are the community garden of democracy and I think we need to do whatever we can to protect SEE MANAGER, PAGE 19

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Sandpiper residents request lighted crosswalk The Bradenton Beach City Commission supports the residents’ request for a lighted crosswalk. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – At the request of Sandpiper Resort Co-Op residents, city commissioners are committing up to $50,000 to install a lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Gulf Drive and 27th Street North. Manatee County will reimburse the city for half the crosswalk costs as part of a 2018 interlocal funding agreement that provides each Island city with up to $333,000 in matching surplus beach concession funds for public projects. The commission is also pursuing additional crossing, safety and lighting improvements along Gulf Drive near Katie Pierola Sunset Park and the Gulf Drive Cafe. On Thursday, April 4, the commission unanimously authorized a contract with MSB Services not to exceed $50,000 for the installation of the 27th Street/Gulf Drive crosswalk. The contract includes the original $31,490 MSB Services estimated to install the rapid flashing beacon crossing.

At the suggestion of Vice Mayor Jake Spooner, the contract also provides up to $18,510 in additional funds for the possible inclusion of an audio signaling component that would provide the blind and visually impaired with audio confirmation that the pushbutton crossing lights have been activated. The commission previously discussed a lighted crosswalk at the 26th Street North/ Gulf Drive intersection but agreed to move it down one block where an unlighted crosswalk already exists with trolley stops on both sides of Gulf Drive. “It’s makes a lot more sense to have it at 27th Street because of the trolley stops,” Spooner said. “It’s a really busy area. There’s also someone living in the park that has a disability.” Spooner submitted the crosswalk request after Sandpiper resident Doug LeFevre made him aware of the mobile home community’s safety concerns. Spooner said City Engineer Lynn Burnett recently told him it could take up to seven years for the Florida Department of Transportation to install the requested crossing on the state-owned road. Spooner said the new lighted crosswalk will resemble the crosswalk previously installed near the Runaway Bay condominiums.


A lighted crosswalk will be installed where this unlighted crosswalk currently exists at the intersection of Gulf Drive and 27th Street North.


Spooner asked Deputy Clerk Ruth Stief to read aloud a letter from the Sandpiper residents that was signed by Co-op President Ivan Harper. “We are a senior community located on the east side of Gulf Drive. We have 166 units within the Sandpiper. We have had numerous incidents reported from our residents about close calls or waiting long periods of time to cross the street to either access the beach or catch the trolley going southbound. We have a number of residents over the age of 70 as well as a visually-impaired resident. We are asking for the city to provide a flashing light at the crosswalk to ensure the safety of our residents,” the letter said.

Addressing the commission, Sandpiper resident Bob Gumson said, “I’m probably the visually-impaired person that was referred to. I’m totally blind. It’s a serious concern crossing that street. I’d like to be able to cross the street and take the trolley to the beach. The only way that’s going to happen is to get some kind of signaling light that stops traffic.” Gumson referenced the White Cane Law that requires vehicles to come to a full stop when a pedestrian is attempting to cross the street using a white cane or with the assistance of a guide dog. “I have stood there with my cane out and cars don’t stop. They just whiz by. You’re supposed to stop for a white cane,” Gumson said. “Mr. Gumson is probably the most active blind person I have ever been around. We love him dearly, but we have a lot of other folks who are not technically disabled but have difficulty navigating the street,” Harper added. After the meeting, Spooner said, “It’s always a pleasure when we can help resolve public concerns in our community, especially when it comes to safety. It was a refreshing reminder of the bright side of being a public servant.”




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t’s spring and the students are back in school. Easter is near and we got a taste of reality from Ft. Collins, Colorado last week - hurricane season is looming. It’s not likely we’ll see a storm with a name any time soon. But things can get tense as we move into summer and then the fall months, when hurricane production really ratchets up and the storms roll west

from Africa. The hurricane forecasters at Colorado State University are predicting a “gentle” season - IF - the El Nino winds continue to prevail. That outlook could change, however, as conditions are still forming into a summer pattern. If El Nino stays, we might end up watching powerful high altitude winds tear the tropical storms apart like they did a few years ago. But as we ponder the fact that hurricane season (June 1 to November 30) will come, now is a good time to stock up on bat-

teries, canned goods and water and spend some real money on a generator, window protection and garage door protection. Make a plan so that the family knows where to go. Also plan to notify friends and family up north on what’s happening. In other words, be prepared. The next update from CSU will come June 4, while the season is in its infancy, and we learn more about El Nino. Let’s hope he's a visitor that sticks around for a long time.

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Students learn about the bay beyond



For information, call 7086130 April 11, 6 p.m. – City Commission special meeting

For information, call 7085800 April 11, 10 a.m. – Charter Review Commission meeting April 16, 10 a.m. – Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing April 18, 10 a.m. – Charter Review Commission meeting



Anna Maria Elementary School is unique because of its location on Anna Maria Sound and every year teachers take advantage of that to further educate students about life in an estuary. Third graders took the tour Friday. Thanks to a grant, guides from Around the Bend Nature Tours were there to identify the critters that were netted, put in water filled containers, observed and returned to their habitat. Third grade teacher Karen Paul‘s class brought in some starfish, a tiny seahorse, some whelps and other shells. Many of the kids knew something about the creatures of the sea because of living near the beach both on the Island or the mainland nearby.


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Above, Payton Locke holds a baby starfish. Olivia Sauls, right, looks at some critters. KAREN PAUL | SUBMITTED

TURTLES: Volunteers prepare for season

Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Ukulele lessons, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 3 p.m. Island Time Book Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 6:30 p.m.





The first sea turtle of the 2019 season on Anna Maria Island has arrived! and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).


• Never touch a shorebird chick, even if it’s wandering outside a staked nesting area. • Teach kids not to chase birds – bird parents may abandon nests if they’re disturbed. • Don’t feed birds – it encourages them to fly at people aggressively and is not good for their health. • If birds are screeching and



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• Turn off lights visible from the beach and close blinds from sundown to sunrise; lights confuse nesting sea turtles and may cause them to go back to sea and drop their eggs in the water, where they won’t hatch. Light can also attract hatchlings away from the water. • Don’t use flashlights, lanterns or camera flashes on the beach at night. • Remove all objects from the sand from sundown to sunrise; they can deter sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. • Fill in the holes you dig in the sand before leaving the beach; they can trap nesting and hatching sea turtles, which cannot live long out of the water. • Don’t use wish lanterns or fireworks; they litter the beach and Gulf. • Do not trim trees and plants that shield the beach from lights. • Never touch a sea turtle; it’s the law. If you see people disturbing turtles, call the Florida Fish


flying at you, you’re too close. • Avoid posted bird nesting areas and use designated walkways to the beach. • Keep pets away from bird nesting areas. • Keep the beach clean; food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows to the beach, and litter can entangle birds and other wildlife. • If you see people disturbing nesting birds, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

Veterans services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Learn to Download Audio Books, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,

Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. ArtWalk featuring Jerry Patridge, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ArtWalk featuring Donna Grossman, Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Historic Valentine House open, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cast net mending, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 8:30 a.m., $43. Beachin’ Food Truck and Music Festival, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Origami Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. LEGO Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.


Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rise and Shine Power Flow Yoga, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m., $10 cash only. Reserve to 941-742-5923 or aedan.


Social bridge games, Roser SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 33




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Flood insurance rates changing BY CINDY LANE

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Flood insurance premiums soon will be changing for better or worse for Island property owners, depending on where their property is located. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), changing the base flood elevation for many properties in Manatee County, including the Island. Base flood elevation is an estimate of whether properties are in areas of high, moderate or low flood risk, and is the basis for elevation and flood insurance requirements - and for setting flood insurance premiums. The old maps were based on studies done 30 to 40 years ago, before new technology improved data collection, FEMA’s Mark Vieira said. The new, more accurate maps show elevations going up for some properties and down for others, with some staying the same, he said. For example, the base flood elevation decreased from 11 to 9 feet at

management/floodzone/flood_zone_information_tool Bradenton Beach City Hall and from 9 to 8 feet at The Sun office in Anna Maria, and remained at 8 feet at the fire station in Holmes Beach. Some flood zones also changed, from VE – the highest, most expensive flood rating - to AE, the second highest, less expensive rating, and vice versa. New maps take into account wave action, not just the height of floodwaters, Manatee County floodplain manager Sandy Tudor said. VE flood zones could have waves of 3 feet or higher, while AE flood zone waves are likely to be less than 3 feet. “They are both high risk,” she said. Even if elevations decrease and flood zones improve on properties, Island property owners still should buy flood insurance, Vieira said. “They’re on an island,” he said. “If you have a federally-backed mortgage, you have to have flood insurance, but even if you don’t, you still



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need insurance to be on the safe side.” The new maps are subject to a public comment period and subsequent adjustment before they go into effect. Property owners can report anything from incorrect addresses to elevation certificates that differ from the map during the public comment period. The process already has begun, with FEMA representatives and county officials holding two meetings last week to answer questions about the maps. When the comment period ends, local governments will decide whether to adopt the new maps. If they don’t adopt the maps, flood insurance will not available in the community, Vieira said.


This 2015 photo shows flooding in Bradenton Beach after a storm.

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Chiles Group offers an old-fashioned Easter for all The celebration includes the Easter Bunny, who will lead kids and their parents from The Sandbar Restaurant to Pine Avenue. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The Chiles Group wants to provide an old-fashioned Easter for kids and adults with three activities on Saturday, April 20. The events are sponsored by the Chiles Group, Pine Avenue Restoration and The Anna Maria Island Sun. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. in The Sandbar Gazebo, there will be breakfast snacks, coffee and juice for kids age 10 and under and their families who want to participate in the 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. for kids 10 and younger on the beach in front of the Sandbar Restaurant. Bring baskets or bags to hold the eggs the kids will collect from the beach. Parking is available in the Sandbar Restaurant parking lot, in adjacent lots on Gulf Drive and at Anna Maria City Hall. Folks are encouraged to ride the free Island trolley to the event from home or from CrossPointe Fellowship at 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. After the Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny will lead everyone down Pine Avenue to the 10th Annual Easter Egg Roll, featuring fun for the whole family from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kids can get their faces painted, play games and participate in egg-rolling races. Complimentary framed pictures with the Easter Bunny will be offered with pictures taken by Dara Caudill, owner


Clockwise from top: Kids march behind the Easter Bunny to fun activities on Pine Avenue last year. This young lady had a gigantic Easter bonnet. The three winning bonnets show a diversity of colors and design. of DJ Chuck Caudill will provide music. There will be free food and refreshments. Easter bonnet contest judging will be at 10:30 a.m. The prize for the first place adult bonnet is a two-night stay at an Anna Maria guest house located

on Pine Avenue. There will also be prizes for second and third place. The prize for the best kid’s bonnet is a Sandbar lunch for the winner and three of their friends, complete with hot fudge sundaes. There will also be prizes for second and third place. This

is the 17th year The Sun newspaper has been a sponsor for the Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt. For more information on the Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt and Pine Avenue Easter Egg Roll contact Ashley Chiles at



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Mainsail launches vacation rental business


A new vacation rental business is coming to Anna Maria Island. Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging and Development has announced the launch of Mainsail Vacation Rentals. The new company is expected to focus on Anna Maria Island residential vacation rentals. If the name sounds familiar, Mainsail owns the Mainsail Beach Inn and the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club in Holmes Beach.

According to an April 3 press release, the new vacation rental branch of the company plans to curate their collection of private vacation rentals to match the aesthetics, amenities and services found at their existing Anna Maria Island locations. Guests at the vacation rentals will have access to 24/7 support and the option for an inperson welcome at the property. Homeowners who choose to have their condominiums or

Holmes Beach responds to FEMA concerns After a FEMA audit ended with a warning to the city’s building official, city leaders agreed to put an end to permit-to-permit redevelopment of nonFEMA compliant homes. With a five-month moratorium in place, commissioners began discussion about permanent regulations during a March 12 work session. Rather than the three-year cumulative requirement tied to the moratorium, commissioners agreed on a one-year cumulative period. When voting on the final reading of the moratorium March 26, Commissioner Rick Hurst reiterated the need to not exceed a one-year cumulative period. Under the moratorium and regulations being discussed, homeowners who are doing large-scale renovations can apply for building permits for up to 49 percent of their home’s value, but once that 49 percent is reached, they cannot get another permit for a full year. Still under discussion is the start date for the one-year rule, whether it will start when the permit or the certificate of completion is issued. The rule, if it passes commission vote, only applies to non-FEMA compliant homes, ground level structures, and does not apply to necessary repairs due to a storm, fire or other involuntary repairs.


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homes managed by the new rental service will have a team to manage listings, take reservations, and handle bookings, guest support and maintenance. Shauna Ruby has been hired as the vacation rental company’s general manager. She is joined by Quinn Sabatini, serving as operations manager. For more information on Mainsail Vacation Rentals, visit www.

Suspects sought in credit card fraud cases Anyone with information is asked to call Holmes Beach Police Detective Brian Hall at 941-708-5803. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – There have been 19 cases of credit card fraud, most of them in Key Royale, over the past three months and Holmes Beach Police Detective Brian Hall is working to find the perpetrators. So far, the cases have been confined to Holmes Beach and Hall believes the criminals are getting the necessary personal information by stealing mail from the victims’ mailboxes. From that mail the criminals get the victim’s Social Security number and then open a new credit card account. “We think the guilty parties are members of a gang from the Miami area that swoops into an area,” Hall said. Hall made one arrest, a man named Samuel Casamayor Abreu, on March 1 and charged him with four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Abreu later was released after posting bond. Hall said installing more security measures, including cameras mounted on the home and doorbells with cameras, would be a smart move for homeowners. In the meantime, he said residents should call the police if they see strangers acting suspiciously around mailboxes in their neighborhood.



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Dock request uncovers issues for city A request from a resident to add 10 feet to his 85th Street canal boat dock uncovered a legal issue that could affect all 37 dock owners in that location. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – A request from 85th Street canal dock owner Edward Nazarro to extend his 25-footlong dock an extra 10 feet to allow for a boat lift opened a can of worms for the city and the other dock owners in the area. During a March 26 work session, City Planner Bill Brisson presented Nazarro’s request to city leaders. While Brisson said that according to the measurements he took from aerial photographs it appeared there would be enough room in the canal to allow for navigation and the dock extension, City Attorney Patricia Petruff said there were legal issues with allowing the extension. In his staff report, Brisson said his initial recommendations to allow the dock extension were based solely on


An aerial photograph shows the docks along the south side of the 85th Street canal. Though the docks are all 25 feet long, the people who own them actually may only own 15 feet of space into the canal. his measurements. He added that he didn’t measure the depth of the water on the north side of the canal or check into the city’s legal obligations in the 85th Street canal. Once he spoke with Petruff, Brisson said he could no longer recommend approval of the dock extension request.

Petruff, on the other hand, did check into the legal background of the canal and discovered something interesting that resulted in Nazarro’s request being denied by commissioners. While the 37 privately-owned docks along the north side of the canal are already 25 feet in length, the space to put those

docks legally ended at 15 feet from the seawall. According to Brisson’s measurements, the canal at 85th Street varies in width from about 75 feet to 90 feet wide in some places. Petruff found that the canal is a part of a platted lot that was created by some of Mayor Judy Titsworth’s ancestors in 1954. The plat records have language that specifies 75 feet of the canal space is dedicated to the perpetual use of the public. This leaves a 15-foot wide portion of the canal that can be used for dock space on the south side of the canal. A survey from June 1959 shows that there were 38 docks built along the south side of the canal. Each dock is 25 feet long. A 1963 survey shows that slip 38 is a public easement. Petruff said the then-owner of the boat slips deeded 25 feet of each slip to an individual owner, which includes 10 feet of what was dedicated to public use. While all 37 owners of the docks may think they have a good deed to a 25-foot boat slip, Petruff said that may not actually be the case, if the city wants to pursue the issue. SEE REQUEST, PAGE 26

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Beach’N Food Truck and Music Festival tries boat shuttle New boat and trolley shuttle programs will hopefully cut down on vehicle traffic on the Island during the event. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to attend the Fourth Annual Beach’N Food Truck and Music Festival on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Coquina Beach, south of the trolley turnaround. The festival features an array of vendors selling unique, one-of-akind items including jewelry, local artists' works, clothing, collectible items and more. Bring the kids because there will be a kids’ zone offering fun games, rides, a bungie trampoline and a rock wall for the young ones to climb. Local bands will be performing live music throughout the day and into the evening. Mike Sales will emcee the event as well as entertain with some of his tunes.

The music lineup for the event includes: Tropicool Duo from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Memphis Rub Band from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Whiskey Blind from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Karen & Jimmy Band from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and The Dr. Dave Band from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Last but not least, a variety of colorful food trucks will serve tasty eats and treats. Refreshing adult beverages will be available to purchase including wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer. Soft drinks, fresh-squeezed lemonade, freshly brewed teas and water also will be for sale. This is a family friendly, community event open to all; admission is free. Consider these pilot transportation programs to ease the hassle of traffic congestion:


New this year is a trolley shuttle to take advantage of parking spaces in Cortez Beach, the North Coquina Boat Ramp and south Bradenton Beach. People can park and then walk down


Live music, food, art and more hits Coquina Beach this Saturday. the tree-lined path along Gulf Drive and cross Gulf Drive using the pedestrian crosswalk at the North Coquina boat ramp. Ride the free shuttle down the bay side shuttle-only access road to avoid sitting in traffic on Gulf Drive. The shuttle will drop riders off at the south end of Coquina Beach, where there will be a police officer to assist crossing Gulf Drive to the festival field. When riders are ready, they can pick up the trolley at the southern end at the covered

pavilion by Leffis Key and ride it back up to the North Coquina boat ramp. The shuttle will run from noon to 8 p.m.


Weather permitting, boats will leave approximately every half hour beginning at 10 a.m. from Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. There is a maximum occupancy of 15 people per boat. The last shuttle to the festival

leaves at approximately 2:30 p.m. The boat shuttle return rides will be about every half hour beginning at 11 a.m. Boat shuttle tickets are $5 per person and are for a round trip. There will only be a total of 120 tickets sold for the day and tickets will be numbered. Ticket numbers 1 – 45 are guaranteed a seat on the 5 p.m. return shuttle, but riders are welcome to return prior to 5 p.m. Ticket numbers 46 – 75 are guaranteed a seat on the 6 p.m. return shuttle, but riders are welcome to return prior to 4 p.m. Ticket numbers 76 – 120 are guaranteed a seat on the 7 p.m. return shuttle, but riders are welcome to return prior to 4 p.m. For those who elect to stay at the festival later than their return ticket’s guaranteed seat, it is their responsibility to find an alternate method of transportation to return from the festival, such as the free trolley back to Waterline. Additional parking is permitted at Hancock Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach to take the boat shuttle from Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club.




Wild about Harry’s The ribbon flies after Harry’s Grill owner Mark LaBriola cut it to celebrate the remodeling of the popular eatery last Thursday. The celebration was held in the newly-created outside dining area behind the building at 9903 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. Chamber guests were treated to a pig roast.

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BRADENTON BEACH – The Leffis lizard mystery is solved. Reports of an iguana at Leffis Key concerned Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, and Michael Elswick, division manager of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department. Black spiny-tailed iguanas prey on sea turtle hatchlings and bird eggs, and shorebird nesting season and sea turtle nesting season are upon us, Fox said. The invasive species, Ctenosaura similis, is an omnivore that eats just about anything and can grow to more than 5 feet long, Elswick said. The lizards are established in five counties to the south, including Charlotte County, where tens of thousands have been trapped and removed, he said, adding that the black spiny-tail iguana is not a threat to humans or pets. Another lizard threat from Hillsborough County to the north is the black and white Argentine tegu


The Leffis Key iguana appears to be of the green variety, not the more menacing black spiny-tailed iguana. Green iguanas are probably not a problem at Leffis Key, but black spiny-tailed iguanas could prey on local birds and turtles. lizard, also an omnivore, he said. But the Leffis lizard appears to be a green iguana. Birders discovered the lizard in high tree branches at Leffis Key last Thursday. “We’re probably talking about an escaped pet that may persist for some time in the wild but which is ultimately not a threat,” he said, adding that green iguanas are herbivores, which eat plants. The county will still try to locate and trap the iguana, because its

chances for survival are slim if it is an escaped pet. If it is used to being fed, it may have trouble feeding itself, and predators like snakes and ospreys are abundant at the park. “It shouldn’t be too hard to find a home for a green iguana,” he said. Once they catch it, that is. If you see a black spiny-tailed iguana or Argentine tegu on the Island, email the photo with date and location to Michael.Elswick@

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DOCK: Costs spike higher FROM PAGE 3

remove the existing pilings, $2,000 for mobilization and demobilization and $2,000 to transport the floats to the pier job site. During the April 3 meeting, Speciale cited financial figures provided by City Treasurer Shayne Thompson. According to Thompson, the CRA paid Technomarine $83,682 of the $119,980 agreed to in 2017. This leaves $36,298 in remaining budgeted project funds. As part of its 50 percent cost-sharing agreement with Manatee County, the CRA has received $41,841 in county reimbursements. In March, the CRA and the county extended that interlocal funding agreement until year’s end. Speciale told CRA members the county originally agreed to contribute up to $125,000 for a project not to exceed $250,000. Perry questioned whether the

county is willing to reimburse the CRA for the additional costs now being discussed. She suggested asking the county’s engineer to review the engineering work Clarsen Consulting Engineering did on Hecker’s behalf. On Feb. 6, CRA members discussed but never formally approved a $9,200 estimate from Hecker Construction for engineering and permitting services. According to Thompson, the CRA has not yet been invoiced for those services. Speciale said if wood pilings are used, Hecker’s engineer calls for a piling every five feet. Speciale said Building Official Steve Gilbert questions whether Hecker’s engineer is “over-engineering” the number of pilings needed. Speciale said he was told the piling requirements increased after Hurricane Irma hit in September 2017, but he did not

Technomarine never spoke to us about the pilings or anything else to do with the project.” Eric Shaffer, Hecker Construction Company specify which agency or building code now requires more pilings than would have been required when the project was contracted in 2017. On Friday, Gilbert said he’s not aware of any changes to the Florida Building Code that would require more pilings. On Friday, Perry said she was not aware of any new engineering requirements imposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“This issue concerns me,” Perry said. The packet for the April 10 CRA meeting includes two proposed budget amendment requests. If approved, the proposed $45,302 CRA budget amendment would cover the additional cost to complete the dock project using wooden pilings. The proposed $69,456 budget amendment would cover the additional cost to complete the project using composite pilings.

MANAGER: amendment lacks super majority support FROM PAGE 4

that,” Murphy said of the city’s current form of government. “We have good strong department heads. I don’t think the chief of police needs another boss – and it’s expensive,” Murphy said of a city manager. Carlson suggested it was undemocratic to prevent city residents from determining which form of government they want. “The logic of that escapes me. The citizens have the right to make a choice,” Carlson said. Zaccagnino said hiring a city manager would add another layer of government and make it harder for citizens

to enact change through their elected officials. He also disputes the notion that a city manager can remain politically-neutral. Zaccagnino and Murphy both noted citizens can still initiate by petition a city referendum if they wish to continue the pursuit of a city manager. Upshaw said the CRC’s duty is not to set policy, but to present viable options to the public. “There is a section of our citizens who favor this. Are they the majority, I don’t know? But the question keeps coming up. I think it should go before the citizens,” Upshaw said. Upshaw said a citizen-initiated city

manager referendum that does not fully address all aspects of the proposed hiring could cause “chaos.”


Deal questioned Mayor Judy Titsworth’s recent hiring of Barney Salmon as the city’s new development services director – and whether Salmon serves as a department head whose hiring should have required city commission approval. “Some people think it was an endaround to avoid having a city manager,” Deal said. “As to adding another layer to the administration, isn’t that what the mayor just did?” The charter states the mayor needs

commission concurrence to appoint or remove a department head or charter official whose position is listed in the charter. The charter doesn’t reference a developmental services director. Human Resources Analyst Mary Buonagura defended the recent hiring. “Mr. Salmon is the director of five developmental services. He coordinates work, period. He reports to the mayor just like the rest of the departments do. Mr. Salmon is not going to be recommended to become a charter member of the city. It’s not necessary,” Buonagura said. Buonagura said she was told Titsworth consulted with all five commissioners before hiring Salmon.



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Worshippers welcome Easter as the sun rises From a sunrise celebration on the beach to an egg hunt to a bonnet contest, Easter is special on Anna Maria Island. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Easter comes early in the morning to members of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island on the holy day, Sunday, April 21, for the 55th Annual Sunrise Service held at Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive.

They will set up the stand where the Island’s ministers will deliver the All Island Denomination’s service starting around 6:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Beach Café opens at 6:30 a.m. to serve coffee. The parking lot fills quickly and the first trolleys arrive with worshippers bringing beach chairs or blankets. These services regularly draw from 1,200 to 2,000 people. As the sun lightens the eastern sky, the service begins. This year, Father Matthew Grunfeld of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will deliver the opening prayer. Rev. Edward Moss of CrossPointe




Fellowship and Rev. Douglas Kings of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will deliver scriptures. Rev. Dr. Bob O’Keefe of Roser Church will deliver the sermon. Matthew Nowicki, Director of Faith Formation of St. Bernard Catholic Church, will deliver the offering prayer. Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial will deliver the benediction. Easter music for singing will be provided. All are welcome to join in. The offertory collection will be divided among the participating churches and the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria for their SCF Key Club Scholarship program.

Bottle boats do battle On Saturday, April 20, the 41st Annual Bottle Boat Regatta brings wet and wild fun to the waters south of the Palma Sola Causeway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bottle Boat Regatta is part of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society’s celebration of the area’s history. The boats may be simple, or they may be fancy, but they share two things: buoyancy from empty plastic bottles and propulsion by oars. Teams of kids and adults build them for a sponsor and they share the joy of victory or the agony of defeat trying to keep the rudderless watercraft from going off-course. Hernando de Soto will be there to give the teams his blessing and his court will be there to cheer them on. It’s fun; it’s free and there will be food and liquid refreshments. Don’t forget to bring a beach chair and a cell phone or camera.


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Female empowerment takes runway The Passion for Fashion Show at The Center is showcasing more than just the hottest looks of the spring and summer seasons. BY KRISTIN SWAIN Sun Staff Writer |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Come out to The Center of Anna Maria Island on Thursday, April 11 to see the hottest new fashions for women, men and kids, and support a good cause. The first-ever Passion for Fashion Show will take center stage beginning at 11 a.m. The event will feature an elegant luncheon by culinary master A.J. Loft of The Loft 5, along with champagne and live steel drum music. Models will strut down the runway wearing the latest in spring and summer styles for women, men and children from Pine Avenue boutiques Bella By The Sea and Pink & Navy.

There also will be a silent auction and Barbara Zdravecky will give a talk about her passion for women in business and female empowerment. The event also serves as a way to honor local businessmen Ed Chiles and Mike Thrasher for their work to help revitalize Pine Avenue and The Center while also encouraging local businesses to “go green.” Pink & Navy owner Amy Fleece said the event has taken almost a year to come together. One of the things she’s most excited about, she said, is the opportunity to support The Center while also spotlighting some of the many female Island business owners and encouraging other women to pursue their passion and goals. “There are so many women business owners on Pine, which is really neat,” she said. Bella By The Sea owner Jo-Ann Lefner said that it’s very important for her and the other co-chairs of the event, SEE FASHION, PAGE 35





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Homosassa, river of fishes

he great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was enamored with Homosassa. Homer regularly traveled to Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba during the winter months and this wild, spring-fed coast was high on his list of destinations. The name itself is derived from a Seminole Indian name, “river of fishes.” Fortunately, the natural beauty that attracted his artistic talent and the fish that he pursued (another passion) can still be found there. In 1904, Homer painted at least 11 watercolors during a stay. In a letter to his brother Arthur, Homer described Homosassa as, “The best fishing in America as far as I can find.” More recently the area was known as a fly fishing mecca for anglers who found large numbers of trophy tarpon in the late 60s, 70s and 80s. While the tarpon fishing waned in the latter part of the 1900s (it’s on the rebound again) the region runs deep with redfish, trout, cobia, grouper and hundreds of other species. A quick look at a map makes it clear why this region has been and remains such a magnet for gamefish and the anglers that pursue them.

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS It’s still one of Florida’s most pristine areas with thousands of islands, clear spring fed rivers and a habitat rich in marine life. While the upland areas have not been spared the unavoidable development that is changing the face of large portions of Florida, the coastal habitat is protected by the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge comprises about 31,000 acres along the Gulf coast from the Homosassa River south to Raccoon Point, including the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River. Spanning 12 miles along the Gulf of Mexico, it was established in 1943 to protect waterfowl and migratory birds, as well as marine life including the West Indian manatee. While there are well-marked channels that access the Gulf, the flats that line the


Captain Jim Farrior holds a jack crevalle that attacked a top water popper. Captain Jimmy Long signals his feelings. Gulf of Mexico are not for the uninitiated or the faint of heart, being studded with limestone outcroppings that can break a motor in half or take the bottom out of a wayward boat. These same hard bottom flats

and ledges attract a plethora of gamefish including a surprisingly robust population of snook. SEE REEL TIME, PAGE 23

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Inshore, offshore fishing heats up CAPTAIN DAVID WHITE

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is downright insane right now. It really doesn’t matter what type you want to do, it’s all good. The warm weather is pushing us into spring and the fish know it. We here at Anna Maria Charters have been spreading ourselves thin and covering ground. Inshore, the snook, redfish, trout and Spanish mackerel are pretty easy to find right now. With live Pilchards as the staple bait, you’ll be sure to hook up. Freelining with 20 lb. test is our method for these. The type of hook depends on the species. The offshore fishing has been amazing. Since the full moon has passed and with the water temperatures bringing in big schools of bait, things are on fire.

Blackfin tuna are in depths of 60 to 120 feet and are eating cigar minnows and Spanish sardines. Kingfish are in depths from 30 feet out to 100 feet or so. Using light wire and anything shiny will get you hooked up. Red grouper and mangrove snapper are thick on the wrecks and ledges. Dead baits on the bottom will help you fill the cooler. As things progress, I assume the tarpon will be here thick unless another cold snap sets us back a bit. Good luck and tight lines.


The weather was beautiful here on Anna Maria Island this week with temperatures climbing into the 80s. With the warming trend came a fantastic inshore bite, we caught everything swimming in the bay. The

snook bite has been absolutely incredible with some trips boating 60 to 80 fish. While snook fishing we are also picking up a couple catch and release redfish that really give a good bend to the rod. After my crew decides they have had enough fun with the snook we head to the deeper grass flats to see if we can get a few fish for the cooler. The Spanish mackerel bite is getting into full swing, as I have been noticing large schools all throughout the bay and off the beach. These fish will eat practically anything, but that does not mean they are easy to catch. They have such sharp teeth and are extremely fast swimmers that they will cut through about any pound test leader. I recommend using a little shot of wire at the end of your leader and also a Eagle Claw 2x long


Stephanie Wallace, of Renton, Wash., shows off a healthy red grouper caught with David White of Anna Maria Charters. shank hook if you are live bait fishing them. I am a huge fan of Spanish mackerel sashimi. Bleed the fish as soon you catch them and directly to ice, fillet and remove all the blood line, slice it thin and serve it with soy sauce and a dab of wasabi. It is delicious.

REEL TIME: Homosassa, river of fishes FROM PAGE 22

On a recent trip I had the pleasure of fishing with two of the area’s top guides; Captain Jimmy Long whose family has been in the area for six generations, and Captain Jim Farrior a “relative” newcomer from Lakeland who has lived in the area since 1993 and fished and hunted the area since the late 70s. Both Farrior and Long are well-versed in the lore of the “Silver Mermaid.”

During my visit I stayed at McRae’s on the Homosassa River. Alex “Gator” McRae, my host’s father, was born on the property and the family still lives there in the home (former hotel) where Winslow Homer slept when he visited. McRae’s is the perfect accommodation for visiting anglers, situated right on the river with an adjacent public ramp, restaurant, tackle shop, dock space and downstream from the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. The

park is a mecca for cold stressed manatees as well as tourists, divers and sweat and salt drenched anglers who can enjoy a cool dip in the spring's constant 76-degree water year-round. On our first day we encountered large numbers of snook and small schools of redfish that refused to bite. Although the fishing was challenging the natural beauty of the area captivated this angler/photographer. It’s refreshing to find a place less than a threehour drive from home where you encounter few anglers and miles of natural coastline that’s changed little since Homer’s time. On our second day our fortunes changed. While the snook still

proved elusive the redfish and trout were eager to take a well-placed fly. During the afternoon we encountered large schools of 10-15-pound jack crevalle that viciously attacked our topwater poppers. The fishing was about as good as it gets as school after school of large jacks crisscrossed the flats. Making it even more exciting, the water was crystal clear allowing us to see and get positioned for the jacks well in advance. We had planned to fish a third day but the weather turned rainy and windy with an approaching front. The experience left me eager to return and further explore the region's bounty. The amenities and hospitality of McRae’s provided me with a “home port” for a return trip I’m planning this summer. If you want an experience of the timeless beauty of an area that’s aptly named the Nature Coast, Homosassa should be a top priority! Captain Jimmy Long can be reached at 352422-1303 or check out his website at www. Contact Captain Jim Farrior at 352-422-1992. Book your stay at McRae’s of Homosassa by calling 352-628-2602 and check out their website and their live river cam at It’s a trip that you’ll remember and will keep you coming back.



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Marshall Tucker Band rocks The Center The Center of Anna Maria Island hosted the final show of its concert series April 1 as The Marshall Tucker Band took the stage.

included other favorites such as "Can't You See" and "Heard it in a Love Song." The Southern rockers are currently on their "Through Hell & High Water... And Back" 2019 tour, which still has many upcoming U.S. stops remain-

ing, including several in Florida if you missed the show in Anna Maria. Formed in Spartanburg, S.C. in the early 1970s, The Marshall Tucker Band has been entertaining audiences for more than four decades. Now original

member Doug Gray, on lead vocals and tambourine, leads a talented group of musicians including B.B. Borden on drums, Tony Black on bass and vocals, Chris Hicks and Rick Willis, both on vocals and guitar, and Marcus James Henderson on keyboards, flute, saxophone and vocals. The Cabana Boys opened for The Marshall Tucker Band. The band played to an energetic, sold-out crowd of around 750 people in an intimate show on The Center's stage. The concert brought to a close the nonprofit's first-ever concert series, presented in conjunction with the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Manatee County Tourist Development Council, along with The Manatee Performing Arts Center, which provided volunteers and ticket sales for the concert series. Previous acts on the Center's stage included The Outlaws, Phil Vassar and BJ Thomas. Part of the ticket sales from the concert series will go to help fund The Center's programs.

outfits and a luncheon will be served. Tickets to the raffle baskets and cash prizes will be sold at the show. This is a major fundraiser for the garden club, which helps support many beautification projects.




ANNA MARIA - It wasn't an April Fool's joke - if you weren't at The Center on April 1, you missed The Marshall Tucker Band's stop on Anna Maria Island. Greeted by thunderous applause and shouts from the audience from the moment the members took the stage, the band played for nearly two hours. Many of the concert's sell-out crowd got to their feet and never sat down. Known for the wide variety of music they play, spanning from rock to country and gospel with a little of everything in between thrown in, fans were delighted to hear both classic and newer songs. The set kicked off with the hit, "Running Like the Wind" and


At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Wednesday, April 10, Coloring Club, noon to 1 p.m.; Ukulele Lessons, 3 to 4 p.m.; Island Time Book Club: “The Diplomat’s Daughter,” by Karin Tanabe, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • Thursday, April 11, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help vets with needs, 9 to 11 a.m.; Learn how to download Audiobooks, 2 to 3 p.m. • Friday, April 12, Forty Carrots Partners in Play, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 2 to 4 p.m. • Saturday, April 13, Origami Club, 10 a.m. to noon; LEGO Club, 2 to 3:30 p.m. • Tuesday, April 16, Preschool story time, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tech Help, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the library at 942-778-6341.


The Anna Maria Island Garden Club Fashion Show is being held on Wednesday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The cost is $20 per person. Tickets are available at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Irene's Sports Wear in Holmes Beach will provide the


The Marshall Tucker Band plays The Center of Anna Maria Island.


In celebration of Florida Gopher Tortoise Day on Wednesday, April 10, everyone is invited to Robinson Preserve’s Mosaic NEST at 10299 Ninth Ave. NW, Bradenton, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to visit Genbu, Manatee County’s gopher tortoise ambassador. Gopher tortoise burrows provide shelter for more than 350 other species, and visitors are invited to crawl through a human-size burrow to learn more about the incredible gopher tortoise. County naturalists will have activities, giveaways, and fun for the whole family. No reservations are required.


It’s a Treetots Bug Bonanza from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, at Robinson Preserve’s Mosaic NEST, 10299 Ninth Ave. NW, Bradenton, Parents, grab the youngest member of the house and join Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources for a buzzing bug-tastic adventure. They will flutter from one bug to another, exploring the different insects hiding in plain sight. This program is suitable for newborns to 2-year-olds. Reservations are required by e-mailing coral.bass@ or calling 941-742-5757 ext. 4.

The Cortez Cultural Center is offering a Monkey Bus tour of the village, a working fish processing plant, and several historic homes on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. Alan Garner, a native of Cortez, will tell the history of Cortez, the houses, and the fishing industry for a $10 donation. Meet at the parking lot of the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Call Kaye Bell for more information and reservations at 941-538-0945.


Artwalk returns this month on Friday, April 12, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Art galleries and outlets in the shopping centers at Gulf Drive and Marina Drive will be open for the public to browse and purchase the works of local artists. The Artists' Guild Gallery at 5414 Marina Drive will feature artist Donna Grossman, the artist of the month. The theme of Grossman’s window for the month of April is “Every Picture Tells a Story.” She will be on hand to share the backstories of these paintings and why they compelled her to put brush and paint to canvas. Grossman recently won third place at the Studio at Gulf and Pine under the theme "The Space Between." Her work will be on display in the window of the Artists' Guild Gallery for an artist's reception that night that will include beverages and hors d'oeuvres, starting at 5:30 p.m. For more on Grossman, visit https://www.

The Studio at Gulf and Pine at 10101 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, welcomes John and Margaret Bayalis with their “Complementary Creations” Exhibit April 10 to May 1 with an artists’ reception on Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. “Complementary Creations” is a collection of fine works by the husband and wife who reside in St. Petersburg. John Bayalis showed an interest in art early on being educated in the Northeastern area. He earned a BFA degree in art and an MFA in painting from the University of Delaware. Influenced by the works of Hopper and Wyeth, realism became the primary importance for Bayalis. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and his work graced the cover of American Artist magazine. He has most recently been featured in Watercolor Artist magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur. Margaret Bayalis began painting at an early age and was drawn to the human figure as a subject. She studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Delaware. Margaret continued her studio work throughout while exploring the use of various media, eventually settling on her preferred medium of oil paint. Noted for her rich palette and painterly style, Margaret has received awards and critical recognition for her paintings which have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the Northeast and Florida. For more information, call 941-778-1906 or visit SEE ENTERTAINMENT, PAGE 26

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The importance of whole fish Gerard Jesse SEAFOOD SHACK MARINA, BAR & GRILL


hen dining at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill there is nothing more impressive and show-stopping as fresh fish served whole on a platter. Although intimidating to most, this is by far the best way to enjoy the delicate flavors of fish. For centuries fish has always been cooked and served on the bone, and for good reason. The flesh is sandwiched between fatty skin and a gelatin rich back bone which drastically affects the flavor profile of the fish. Keeping the fish whole will keep the fish nice and moist and will be less likely to dry out. Unfortunately, the United States is the one country you will find the least amount of whole cooked fish. Our culture has taught us that if there is a bone in the fish, send it back to the kitchen and demand a refund or a discounted bill. I know this is a tough pill to swallow, but the rest of the world can’t be that wrong. From one animal to another, meat that is cooked on the bone will always be better. There are multiple reasons why some should buy and eat whole fish. First and foremost, cooking whole fish is less work. Secondly, when receiving whole fish, you will know exactly the quality of the fish. The gills, eyes and smell are usually a dead giveaway. The gills should always be bright red and intact. Eyes should be crystal clear. Any cloudiness in the eyes is a sign of age or that it has been stored improperly and ice has caused damage to the eyes. Always feel the body of your fish. If there is any “mushiness” that is a sign of age as well. One must remember, once a fish comes out of the water it rapidly “rots.” Fish must always be stored cold, in order to retain freshness. If your fish stinks like anything other than the ocean you should probably not eat it. Last but not least, a good rule of thumb is to recognize that when it comes to meats the body part that moves the most creates the most flavor. For


Preparing bone-in fish pays off in better flavor. example, the chicken breast typically does not move as much as the leg of a chicken. Thus, the chicken leg is the “dark” meat. Same goes for fish. Fish that have “forked” tails are usually fast swimmers. They produce a more prominent “fishy” flavor. Fish that have “flat” tails can be compared to the average “couch potato” in turn resulting in a more succulent softer fillet. All in all, do not let whole fish intimidate you. Remember fish have a simple two-dimensional bone structure. Much simpler than chicken. Three simple cuts and you are in your glory. First, make a vertical cut from the top of the head towards the belly. The second cut is a short stroke through the body of the fish down to the tail. The third cut is the one that goes right on the top ridge of the fish that connects the first two cuts. Now take a blunt edge knife and lift the fillet off! In order to get to the bottom fillet simply grab the tail of the fish and pull up. The bones will easily pull out of the fish and now you have a boneless fish fillet. For the future, if you find a bone in your fish…use it as a tooth pick and don’t send that beautiful piece of fish back. “Bone” appetit!

Whole baked snapper INGREDIENTS

• 1 large whole fish (snapper, sheepshead, grouper), scaled and gutted • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced • 1 lemon, halved • handful of fresh herbs (such as rosemary and thyme, dill) • sea salt (Fluer de Sel) freshlycracked black pepper


1. Heat oven to 450°F. Grease aluminum pan with oil or butter. 2. Rinse your fish once you’re ready to cook, then lightly pat it dry with paper

towels. Use a sharp knife to lightly score the top of the fish in diagonal lines about 1 inch apart. 3. Brush the fish generously on both sides with the oil. Then briefly brush the inner cavity with oil as well. 4. Slice half of the lemon into slices, and stuff those as well as the garlic and herbs into the cavity of the fish. 5. Season the outside of the fish generously with a few good pinches of sea salt, black pepper. 6. Roast for 18-20 minutes, or until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 145°F and flakes easily (cooking time will vary depending on the size of your fish.) 7. Remove from the oven, and squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon half evenly over the top of the fish. Season once more with flake sea salt. Serve immediately.



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Another issue is that 13 of the docks have boat lifts, Petruff said, noting that since the docks aren’t tied to any homes in the area, it could mean that there are electric and water meters in the city’s right of way. If that’s the case and the

city commissioners decide to continue allowing boat lifts at the docks, there could ultimately be 37 water meters and 37 electric meters dotting the city’s right of way. Also, because the docks are separately deeded, Petruff noted that the owners might live anywhere, not just in

Holmes Beach. She said that while Nazarro was a Holmes Beach resident, his 84th Street home was sold in February. She recommended the commissioners develop a common policy for how to deal with future requests for the owners of the docks.



There will be an astronomical extravaganza in the Robinson Preserve Expansion on Saturday, April 13, from 8 to 10 p.m. Dozens of local astronomers will be set up in the Robinson Preserve Expansion, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, with telescopes at the ready. It’s an opportunity to view the skies through high-powered telescopes. Learn how to identify these heavenly bodies, and how you can stargaze at home too. This program is in partnership with The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers. No reservations are required. For more information, email aedan.stockdale@


Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department is organizing a marine debris kayak task force for Earth Day, Saturday, April 13 from

9 a.m. to noon along the Palma Sola Causeway. Do your part to protect our species by spending your morning on the water and helping clean up marine debris along the southern shores of Robinson Preserve. They will be launching from the northwest side of the Palma Sola Causeway. This program is suitable for ages 16 and older who can meet the county's minimum eligibility requirements. For individuals that do not own boats, 10 kayaks and gear are available from our WCINDfunded fleet on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required by emailing sarah.denison@mymanatee. org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044.


Bring binoculars and bird books to Leffis Key, south of Bradenton Beach on the bayside on Tuesday, April 16, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. An Audubon guide will lead participants on a tour through Leffis Key’s coastal habitats.

Check out the “locals” as well as the migratory birds that are wintering here. This program is sponsored by the Manatee County Audubon Society. Reservations are required. Email to register.


The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, has classes available in April to educate people on the way people lived in the Cortez fishing village. The first is a tour of the A.P. Bell Co. Fish House on Thursday, April 18. It starts at the Florida Maritime Museum first, for a tour with staff of the museum and to learn about Cortez history, followed by a walking tour through the village to A.P. Bell where you will be guided by owner and fourth-generation Cortezian Karen Bell for a behind-thescenes tour of the fish house. For more information or to sign up call 941-708-6120.

Know the score - take the test Prevention Plus is offering to show if you’re in danger of suffering a stroke or heart disease with tests and screenings at reduced prices on Thursday, April 18, at The Center on Anna Maria, 407

Magnolia Ave. The screenings include stroke/carotid ultrasound for $40, abdominal aortic aneurysm for $40, arterial disease test for $40, thyroid ultrasound for $40, abdominal ultrasound

for $95 and heart scan-echocardiogram for $95 or all six tests for $179. Blood tests, liver, cholesterol, PSA and TSH tests are also available. To register, call 1-888-667-7587.

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Traffic, real estate sales up

f you want to know why you’re starting to analyze traffic patterns so you can plan your trips to the supermarket, doctor’s office and Trader Joe’s, here’s the reason. During 2018, Sarasota and Manatee counties had more closed sales, an increase in overall inventory and a rise in median prices compared to 2017. Sarasota single-family median home prices increased by 5 percent to $282,500, and Manatee single family median home prices increased by 1.9 percent to $300,475 from 2017. Sarasota median condo prices increased by 3.2 percent to $232,300, while Manatee median condos increased by 5.8 percent to $190,500. Meanwhile, the volume of single-family home sales in Manatee increased by 7 percent and in Sarasota the increase was 0.5 percent. Condo sales in both counties as reported by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, recorded the highest number of sales over the last 10 years. Sarasota increased by 8.1 percent and

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER Manatee increased by 11.1 percent. These are great numbers especially when you look at them compared to last year’s sales number as reported by the National Association of Realtors. Nationally, last year was the weakest for home sales since 2015 with buyers pulling back because of rising mortgage interest rates, a shortage of starter homes and a volatile stock market. However, the February home sales of previously owned homes nationally were up 11.8 percent, the largest monthly gain since 2015, obviously due to the lowering of mortgage interest down to 4.28 percent in March from 5 percent at the end of last year.

Let’s take a look at Manatee County’s February closed sales reported by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee: Closed single family sales were up 4.8 percent, median sale price was down slightly by 0.5 percent to $298,500 and the average sale price was up 2.6 percent to $389,119. Median time to sell was 97 days up a little from 93 last year and the month’s supply of available properties was 4.5 months - no real change. Condo sales were down, closed sales were down 14.9 percent, median sale price was down 11.4 percent to $189,000 and average sale price was also down by 10.9 percent to $227,849. Median time to sell was up to 101 days from 94 and month’s supply of available properties was up to five months. Keep in mind these types of statistics are a snapshot in time and there are a variety of things that can influence sale prices and sale numbers in any given month. It’s the overall picture for a sustained period of

time that really tells the story, and the year over year story for Manatee and Sarasota Counties is spectacular. The months of March and April traditionally experience the most closed sales, so I look forward to when those numbers are compiled before we head into our slower summer season. That said I may have to revise that statement down the road since there doesn’t ever seem to be a slow season any more. It goes without saying that Florida’s Gulf Coast is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. We have beaches, sun, culture, low taxes and great choices when it comes to purchasing a home. And what comes along with all that is more people, more cars and overbooked restaurants, even Sarasota Airport is reporting a 35 percent increase in traffic during February this year, but would you change anything? It just might take a little better planning.

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OBITUARIES George R. Ibasfalean George R. Ibasfalean, 89, of Bradenton, died March 29, 2019. Born in Monroe, MI he moved to Bradenton in the 1950s and he was a devoted Bible student. He was a member of many Bible study groups and he died anticipating the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is survived by his sons, Bryan (Jo) and Mark (Kim); his brother, Glen; his sisters, Mary and Edna; his four grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. There will be no local Services at this time. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.

Vivian G. Nystrom Vivian G. Nystrom, age 95, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2019. She was born in Chicago, IL to John and Eva Arbanas. Vivian attended elementary and high school in Chicago and was later employed at City Service Company of Chicago. In 1944, Vivian

met Roy while he was in the Navy. They were married in 1947 and moved to La Crosse, WI and later to Crystal Lake, IL where Roy was a teacher. As their children got older, Vivian went on to work at Harvey Hamper Company, which she always appreciated for the flexibility they offered her with summers off. When Roy retired, they moved to Holmes Beach and spent their summers in Hayward, WI. Vivian was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s athletic and school events. Vivian was very creative and enjoyed going to art shows and crafting holiday decorations. She was a talented seamstress; and her creations included holiday dresses, prom gowns and two daughters’ wedding gowns. Vivian loved tennis, as a spectator and a player. She loved the water, whether she was in it swimming or sitting on the deck and watching the activities of others on the Lac Court Oreilles in Wisconsin. Vivian was an active member of the Home Arts Guild and the P.E.O. Vivian loved to play cards and never turned down a card game. She taught many games to her children and grandchildren, but bridge was her real passion. She was an icon on Anna Maria Island, where she grew the bridge club at Roser Memorial Church from just a


couple of tables to full capacity! Vivian enjoyed regularly attending and worshiping with her friends and Pastor Jeter at RiverLife Church in Bradenton. Vivian is preceded in death by her parents, John and Eva, and her husband, Roy. She is survived by her four children, Ronniece (Jim) Brady, Linnea (Scott) Minter, Roy Jr. (Gwen) Nystrom, Noreen (Daryl) Williams; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and her brother Ronald Arbanas. The family would like to thank the staff at Windsor Oaks (Discovery Commons) of Bradenton for their loving care along with Tidewell Hospice. A Celebration of was scheduled for, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Riverlife Church,1012 57th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to

Rose Ryan Rose Ryan Rose Ryan, 71, of Bradenton, passed away March 29, 2019. Rose was born to Albert Henick and Fae Parsons Henick, September 15, 1947, in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Framingham (MA) High School in 1965 and received her Undergraduate Degree from Framingham State College and Graduate


Degree from Assumption College. Rose leaves as her legacy, her daughter, Karen Cavaca and her husband, Daryl Cavaca; her son, Burton Comfort and his fiance, Prida Wojtowicz. She also leaves her grandchildren, Bianca Bratkon of Delray Beach, FL, Alexandra ComfortWasnewsky and her husband, Cory Wasnweksy of Nashville, TN, Nicholas Bratkon of Boston, MA, Samuel Comfort of Providence, RI and Katie Cavaca of Dedham, MA. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Henick. Rose was a psychotherapist until she retired, and continued her quest for social justice, volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem. Rose also volunteered at many theaters in the Bradenton, Sarasota area and was a member of Friendship Knot, Manatee Patchworkers, Sarasota and Modern Quilt Guilds. Rose was very active in her condo association, including serving as president. She had a passion for travel, having visited dozens of countries, never fully quenching her thirst to experience new cultures. A Celebration of Life was held April 5, 2019, at Bayfront Park, Anna Maria Island. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Myositis Association in Rose’s memory, The family would also like to thank Bunny Montgomery, for her many years of friendship and support to Rose and her family.




This tree will be trimmed, not cut down.

Tree gets reprieve The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recently decided to treat and trim, rather than remove, this large Australian pine tree in the city right of way at the corner of Highland Avenue and First Street North. Based on input from an arborist, the CRA members agreed to spend $736 to treat the tree with fungicide and $1,260 to trim the tree and remove the branches that hang above the privately-owned residential structure below. The property owner requested the tree be removed due to concerns about falling branches. “We can save the tree and get it trimmed down and alleviate the resident’s concerns for about $2,000,” Public Works Director Tom Woodard told the CRA members.

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4/1, DUI, Gulf Drive and Archer Way. The deputy stopped the driver for various traffic violations. He developed probable cause and placed the driver under arrest.

3/30, warrant arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, Bayfront Park, 111 S. Bay Blvd. The deputy saw a vehicle parked in the lot after hours and made contact with two people inside. One had a warrant out of Hillsborough County for his arrest and the deputy found drug paraphernalia on him, He was arrested.


3/25, theft, 200 Bridge Street. The victims, who were homeless, got an offer from a boat owner south of the Bridge Street Pier to stay on his boat. They got their belongings and left them while they got more but when they returned, everything was gone.


3/26, warrant arrest, mooring area south of the Bridge Street Pier. While inspecting the boats moored there, police found a boat owner had a warrant and he was arrested; 3/30, domestic violence, 1000 block of Gulf Drive South. An argument over who should clean a bait bucket turned violent. 4/1, theft, 2300 block of Gulf Drive North. A bike was stolen and another bike was left in its place.


3/18, DUI, 4200 Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the driver on a traffic offense and noticed


signs of impairment. The driver agreed to a field sobriety test and the offifcer arrested him as a result. 3/28, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of marijuana, 3200 East Bay Drive. The officer conducted a traffic stop and smelled marijuana coming from the car’s interior. While searching the interior, he found a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun with an empty extended capacity magazine in it. All of the car’s occupants were separated by backup officers. The occupant seated in the passengers’ seat said the weapon was his. He said somebody tried to rob him so he got the gun. The officer also found bags of marijuana in the interior and the car’s trunk. The gun’s owner was taken to jail.


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K E Y R OYA L E 529 Key Royale Drive Hannah Hillyard 941.744.7358 A4184576 $1,899,000

H O L M E S B E AC H 5708 Holmes Boulevard Hannah Hillyard 941-744-7358 A4418675 $679,000

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IN BRIEF Short appointed to planning board Mark Short is the city of Anna Maria’s newest planning and zoning board member. Short will replace longtime

member Jim Conoly. Short is a member of the charter review committee that recently completed its review of the city charter. During a recent city commission meeting, Mayor Dan Murphy thanked Conoly for his multiple-terms of service to the city.

Island Democrats hear about solar energy Alice Newton, Vice President and Chair of the Natural Resource Committee, League of Women Voters of Manatee County, will speak on solar energy: public policy and practical solutions at the Anna Maria Island Democratic

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Club monthly meeting on Monday, April 15, at the IMG Clubhouse, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. A buffet lunch will be served. The cost is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. No prior reservation is necessary. All are welcome. For more information, contact Harry Kamberis at

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Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, noon.


Farmer’s Market, City Pier Park, 100 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Preschool storytime, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong, Island Branch

Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Tech help, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.


Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S.,

Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cheese making, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $38. Ukulele lessons, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 3 p.m.

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Progressive Cabinetry shuts the door on Lancaster Design BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Three months of adult co-ed flag football came to a close with the top two regular season finishers meeting once again on The Center main field. What was anticipated by many to be a blowout ended up being an actionfilled battle of speed and agility. In the first play of the game, Progressive Cabinetry brought out the big gun of quarterback Don Purvis. Purvis hit Connor Haughey wide open in the middle of the field who sped down the field for the first touchdown in the game. Purvis called on the steady hands of team captain Ray Gardner for the point after taking the score to 7-0 in the first minute of the game. Lancaster Design team captain Tim Shaughnessy, Purvis’ football protégé in high school, was not to be outdone. Shaughnessy took his first snap of the game in much the same way, finding Lane Burnett. Burnett turned on the burners and entered the end zone untouched. Caleb Roberts, brother-in-law of Shaughnessy, got the call for the extra point reception to tie the game 7-7. The Purvis-Gardner combination was once again successful on the field with a quick pitch to Gardner and stop by Lancaster Design’s Karri Stephens on the Progressive Cabinetry’s second game snap. On second down, Gardner took the football all the way down the field, giving his team a six-point lead after the missed point after attempt. Six minutes into the game Roberts gained four yards before Progressive Cabinetry’s stop with a Ben Sato flag pull. The Lancaster Design first down came courtesy of Roberts’ catch only to be stopped by Haughey. Tasting the touchdown, Shaughnessy tried to get the football to his deep receiver, but the throw was short and landed right in the hands of Haughey for the Progressive Cabinetry interception. The Progressive Cabinetry diverse roster flourished last Thursday night. Sato was Purvis’ next target with a nice catch and stop by Roberts. Gardner secured the first down after a quick pitch. In the end zone on second down, Progressive Cabinetry’s Jake Parsons and Haughey collided with a thud


Team Progressive Cabinetry finishes on top capturing the adult flag football championship at The Center. Pictured left to right: Raymond Gardner, Ben Sato, Lexi Sato, Connor Haughey, Zachary Holder and Don Purvis. that could be heard on the other end of the field ending the team’s offensive possession. Shaughnessy took advantage of an unsuccessful march down the field by Gardner’s team by connecting with Burnett on the first two plays taking the football past midfield for the first down. Progressive Cabinetry’s Lexi Sato, Ben Sato’s sister-in-law, stopped the TD with the flag pull. L. Sato’s stop only temporarily prevented the score. Stephens made a beautiful catch in the Progressive Cabinetry end zone, with the extra point by Burnett in the back left corner of the field to give Lancaster Design their first lead of the game 13-14. With veteran leadership, Purvis steadily moved his team into scoring position nearing half time. Gardner, who has played QB in previous seasons, gave Purvis options offensively. Gardner took the football from Purvis behind the line of scrimmage only to throw it back to Purvis who stepped out of bounds after the catch seven yards short of the first down. L. Sato quickly gained the first, with Parsons credited with the stop. Two incomplete passes by Progressive took the game clock down to one minute left in the half and a third and

goal situation. With Brianna Roberts covering L. Sato, Gardner trusted the capable hands, arguably the best female player in the league. After L. Sato’s touchdown catch, Zachary Holder scored the extra point, advancing the score to 20-14. The six-point deficit ignited the Lancaster Design team, bringing Mike Shaughnessy, father of Tim Shaughnessy and Brianna Roberts, to briefly take over as quarterback. The former Kent State QB threw the football to his son just short of the first down. B. Sato made the critical flag pull after Lancaster Design past midfield. T. Shaughnessy went under center and hit Burnett putting the ball on the Progressive Cabinetry 10-yard line. On third down and in scoring position, Purvis rushed T. Shaughnessy and got the sack to stop Lancaster from scoring. In the final play of the half, Gardner took the football more than half way down the field, weaving in and out of traffic, evading defenders to the cheers of the spectators finally to be stopped by Stephens. Taking advantage of half time to regroup his team and give words of praise and encouragement, T. Shaughnessy and Lancaster Design

came out fighting, scoring a touchdown in three plays, including a 10-yard gain by Parsons and the scoring reception by Burnett. Failing to convert, Progressive got the ball back with the score tied at 20 all. First play of the half for Progressive Cabinetry was to B. Sato who ran the football down the full length of the field after a short catch. Gardner’s pass to L. Sato was too tall going off her fingers, leaving the score at 26-20. Keeping the game close, catches by Stephens and B. Roberts, including a first down reception Stephens, and a run by Burnett put Lancaster Design in scoring position. C. Roberts pulled the football in for a touchdown and followed up with the extra point nab giving his team the lead once again by one point. With 12 minutes left on the game clock, Purvis found B. Sato for what looked to be a repeat of his early score. Parsons made the stop at the one-yard line. L. Sato sealed the deal with a solid TD catch. Going for two points, Purvis took the snap and hit Haughey pushing the score to 34-27. Lancaster Design could not make anything happen on their next possession, only to give Progressive Cabinetry another chance to score. In six solid plays, Purvis and Gardner marched the team down the field chipping away at the yardage. Defensively, Chris Culhane put the pressure on Gardner, sacking him in the Progressive backfield. A 10-yard gain by L. Sato, a first down catch by Haughey, and a long run by Gardner got Progressive to the Lancaster Design six-yard line. Gardner threw to L. Sato at the oneyard line. On third down, Haughey scored the TD and followed up with the point after to give his team a 14-point lead. The Progressive Cabinetry offense ate away at the clock leaving only one minute for Lancaster Design to score and hope to get the ball back before time ran out. Unable to make anything happen on offense, Lancaster Design lost the championship game to Progressive Cabinetry who called the game with 44.9 seconds left on the scoreboard, successfully ending another adult flag football season on the island, with the final score of 41-27.

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Rotary Club scores again with annual golf tournament This year’s tournament raised more than $12,000 for AMI Rotary Club programs. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON – The foursome sponsored by LaPensee Plumbing Pools & Air won the Fifth Annual Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island Charity Golf Tournament. More than 70 golfers participated in the Wednesday, April 3 fundraising tournament held again this year at the IMG Academy Golf Club in Bradenton. Greg LaPensee, Jason Ghromley, Bryan Meador and Brandon Johnson shot a combined low score of 54 in the best ball style of play tournament co-sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Sun. While standing in the buffet line at the after-tournament awards dinner, LaPensee Plumbing Pools and Air co-owner and Rotarian Mike LaPensee commented on his son’s team’s victory. “They did awesome. They have played this thing a few times and they were on the numbers today,” LaPensee said. LaPensee said the Rotary Club’s charitable efforts tie in nicely with their family businesses’ approach to community service. “The community supports us and we do


Shown here with the new cannon launch, Brandon Johnson, Greg LaPensee, Bryan Meador and Jason Ghromley won this year’s AMI Rotary Club Charity Golf Tournament. our best to support them,” LaPensee said. When asked about the win, Greg LaPensee said, “This is the second time we won – we won two years ago. This is a fantastic tournament. We support it as a company and the opportunity to give back to the Island is really important to me, especially having grown up on the Island.” The foursome of Bruce Abramson, Mark Caputo, Lee Anderson and Fred Carvin finished second with a combined score of 57.

“We should’ve played better on the other three holes, but we had a lot fun,” Carvin said. Carvin is a member of the Palmetto Rotary Club. “They send a team over to our tournament and we come over to theirs. We like to support other clubs,” Carvin said. Chris Staubo, from Norway, travelled the farthest to compete in this year’s tournament. Fourteen-year-old Brennan Decker,

from Indianapolis, was this year’s youngest contestant. Each foursome paid a $400 entry fee. The fundraising activities that continued during the awards dinner in the IMG banquet room included a silent auction and raffles that included Wheel Barrow of Cheer won by Paulie Caputo. Once again, nobody won the free car Bob Boast Volkswagen offered to the first golfer to score a hole in one on the designated par 3 hole. New this year was the addition of the airpowered cannon launch players used to tee off on the sixth hole. “I shot it and the ball went over 400 yards. I got within 15 feet of the green when I tested it,” Rotary Club President Dennis Schuermann said. On Monday, Schuermann said final numbers weren’t all in yet but this year’s tournament raised more than $12,000. The tournament proceeds will again support Rotary Club programs at the Anna Maria Elementary School, the AMI Rotary’s Learn to Swim Program and the $500 education grants given to the winners of annual Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Young Solo Artist Competition. “We’ve got about 20 programs we help every year,” Schuermann said.

FASHION: Center show this Thursday FROM PAGE 21

Fleece, Leigh Thrasher and Karen Harllee, to not only showcase the female-led businesses on the Island and Pine Avenue in particular, but also to shed light on the programs available to the community at The Center. In asking for silent auction items, Lefner said the goal was to create an “adventure” for the winners. Some of the items up for grabs include a party for 20 people at Bella By The Sea and

Pink & Navy, a wine and cheese pairing lesson at Olive Oil Outpost, a luncheon hosted at Shiny Fish Emporium and a makeover at Salon. “We didn’t just want to do gift certificates,” Lefner said. She added that when asked, local business owners jumped on board to help create the experiences for the silent auction items. The models taking the runway for Bella By The Sea will be showing off the latest in bold colors, particularly

yellows and mustards, which Lefner said are very popular this season. She said people can also expect to see great beach hats and bags. “You’re going to be seeing a full range from sportswear right up to dressy items,” she said. From Pink & Navy, Fleece said people can expect to see spring and summer styles, including beachwear, for women, children and men. Everything from swimsuits to casual wear

and more dressy clothes will be on display. Fleece said to expect lots of bold prints, florals and stripes. “I want everyone to know that there’s fashion out there to feel good about yourself in, no matter what your size, your age or anything,” she said. Each attendee will receive a swag bag full of goodies at the end of the show. All proceeds go to help fund The Center's programs.




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