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Combustible flare closes portion of beach BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |


Firefighters dealt with exploding flames and thick smoke when they arrived on the scene at the surf shop fire.

Surf shop fire causes $250,000 in damages

ANNA MARIA - A naval flare that washed up on the beach on Wednesday, April 11, injuring a beachgoer, prompted city officials to close the beach between Cedar and Willow avenues until Friday. Beachgoers saw the Mark 58 naval flare on fire on the beach on Wednesday and pushed it back into the water, attempting to put the fire out. When it continued to burn, they called for help, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow said. A fire extinguisher was ineffective, but the fire went out when officials submerged the device in a garbage can full of water, he said. Early Thursday morning, a 26-year-old man found a fragment of the device and put it in his pocket, where it later ignited and burned him, Bristow said. He was treated at Blake Medical Center. The Manatee County HazMat team identified the device, which contains highly flammable phosphorus, Bristow said, adding that HazMat planned to turn the device over to the U.S. Department of Defense. HazMat personnel searched for fragments on the beach Thursday night – phosphorus glows in the dark – but found nothing, leading to the reopening of the beach on Friday morning. Fragments may still wash ashore, officials warn. If you see an object on the beach that you cannot identify, do not touch it, but call 911.

West Coast Surf Shop owners Jim and Ronee Brady vow to rebuild and reopen, possibly within 60 to 90 days. BY CINDY LANE AND JOE HENDRICKS SUN STAFF WRITERS |,

HOLMES BEACH – A fire caused an estimated quarter-million dollars in damage to the iconic West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, the afternoon of Sunday, April 15, but everyone got out safely with no injuries, according to fire officials. Three members of the sales staff on duty evacuated about 30 people from the store, West Manatee Fire Rescue Marshall Jim Davis said. “The employees did a good job of getting everyone out safely,” WMFR Battalion Chief Ben Rigney said. While early observers suggested that lightning was the cause, since the fire occurred during a thunderstorm, an investigation later in the day showed that the fire was electrical and involved a neon light near


Beachgoers watch from a safe distance as the fire dies down. a window at the front of the shop, he said. Jim and Ronee Brady, who have owned the store for nearly 55 years, were on Florida’s east coast with their grandson, Giorgio Gomez, who was compet-


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The naval flare as it burned on the beach in the city of Anna Maria.


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Resident calls on tourism officials to address safety

January, February and March. “It was rough. Very rough,” Whitmore said about the height of the season. “But to say the TDC does not want citizens to be here is 100 percent wrong. I still live here. The reason why people come here from all over the world is because of the residents. “I don’t want to lose the character of the Island. This is a big SEE TOURISM, PAGE 43




Tourism officials discussed the need for more safety measures like this lighted pedestrian crosswalk sign on Anna Maria Island. where bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles were at odds, she concluded, “AMI is not a brand. Manatee County is not a brand. We are a community of living things – plants, animals, human beings – with the right to safety, security and the opportunity to survive and thrive in peace.” Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) Chair Carol Whitmore acknowledged the problem, which is most evident during

Nancy Deal’s presentation to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council “A few weeks ago, an 80-year-old tourist was struck by a car and killed at the curve on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, which is at the end of our street. Around that same time, another tourist was struck by a car in Bradenton Beach and Deal was, fortunately, only injured. My husband and I have been yearround residents on AMI since 2001. We ride our bikes from tip to tip of AMI and from the Gulf to the Intracoastal. Last month, we witnessed the busiest season for bikers and pedestrians in our experience. We saw many, many large groups of families with children of all ages on bikes, in carriers and in bike strollers dragged behind mom or dad’s bike. It has not been unusual for us to see groups of 12 riding on Gulf Drive at the spot where the tourist was killed. As locals can tell you, visitors to the island are understandably self-absorbed in enjoying their vacation and seem to lose their sense of caution, common sense and knowledge of common rules of the road. It is harrowing to drive on the Island, sharing the very narrow streets with bikes, pedestrians, construction vehicles, landscaper trucks and trailers, pool company trucks, garbage trucks, segways, golf carts, utility trucks, dump trucks, bulldozers, 18-wheelers deliver-


HOLMES BEACH – Resident Nancy Deal challenged tourism officials on Monday to address pedestrian deaths and other safety issues created by thriving tourism on Anna Maria Island. Noting the recent death of a woman visitor and the injury of her husband while they were crossing the street in Holmes Beach in January, Deal said, “I challenge this council to create a safety task force made up of conscionable stakeholders who have some responsibility in marketing for and profiting from tourism and development. "If there are more accidents involving tourists – you want to get rid of us pesky locals, anyway, right? – what will that mean to the tourism industry on the island or in the county?” After relating several recent incidences that she witnessed





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Business ordinance amended Change is approved for the newly adopted Holmes Beach formula business ordinance. City commissioners unanimously voted in favor of a glitch ordinance amending the formula business ordinance on second reading with Chair Judy Titsworth recusing herself. The glitch ordinance amends the formula business ordinance to remove real estate offices from the formula business definition, clarify that the regulations only apply to businesses in the city’s downtown MXD commercial district and restricts the total amount of formula businesses allowed in that district to seven. While current formula businesses, like Domino’s Pizza, are grandfathered in under the ordinance, new formula businesses are allowed only by special exception in the downtown corridor.


Artist Charlotte Soren with her colorful work at Island Gallery West during the final Art Walk in Holmes Beach.

Turtle Talk on Tuesday Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will host a Turtle Talk on Tuesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at Waterline Marina Resort, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The 30-minute program will cover 35 years of surveying sea turtle nesting on Anna Maria Island beaches with photos, videos and stories. Free children’s activity books, temporary turtle tattoos and handouts will be available. For more information, call 941-778-5638.

Art Walk’s season finale Holmes Beach’s art colony opened its doors to the public for the last time this season Friday evening, and a sizeable crowd responded. Artists were present to talk and,

hopefully, sell some of their work. There were works in various media, from oils to watercolors and even some cigar box instruments. The art galleries and artists are

planning for next season’s walks to further interest in art and bring the community together to enjoy strolling the shopping centers on Friday evenings.

Cortez picnic Saturday The annual Cortez Community Picnic is set for Saturday, April 21, at noon on the FewMiller dock next to Star Fish Co., which will supply fried fish. Enjoy local live music from Soupy Davis and his gang and an art show and sale on the docks. The sponsor, Cortez Village Historical Society, will provide beverages. Bring a dish to share.

Celebrate Arbor Day on AMI National Arbor day is Friday, April 27 and the three Island cities are partnering with Keep Manatee Beautiful to celebrate the occasion. The first ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. at Spring Lake Park, 6807 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. A ceremony at City Pier Park, at the end of Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, will follow at 9 a.m. A third ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Bradenton Beach at Herb Dolan Park, located at the intersection of 26th Street North and Avenue A. For more information, contact Keep Manatee Beautiful at or 941-795-3490.


Clockwise from above left, artist Dieter Lau posed with his wife at Island Gallery West. They celebrated their anniversary the next day. Featured artist Jeff Sanchez with some of his work at Island Gallery West. Larry Wilhelm adds a nautical touch as he performs at the Artist’s Guild of Anna Maria Island. Cortez artist Anne Abgott with her daughters, May Murphy and Kelly Pelletier, who helped her celebrate her birthday.

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AMOB sign debate prolonged Mayor John Chappie continues to lobby for the Anna Maria Oyster Bar sign to be moved.


Business owners discuss sign saga Bridge Tender Inn owner Fred Bartizal has no issue with the Anna Maria Oyster Bar sign, but he does not want it moved closer to his own place of business.



BRADENTON BEACH – The debate about the Anna Maria Oyster Bar sign appeared to be settled, and then it wasn’t. The ongoing saga will continue due to Mayor John Chappie’s impromptu request on April 5 for the City Commission to reconsider previous sign decisions. On March 15, the commission unanimously accepted the Pier Team’s recommendation that AMOB lower its sign and pole at its own expense. The sign and pole were installed in early 2017 at a height that exceeded the allowed height. The commission also accepted the recommendation for the city pay for the sign to be modified using distressed wood, decorative ginger breading and a requested gooseneck light fixture. At that time, Chappie received no commission support to move the AMOB



On April 4, city commissioners were presented this proposed sign design while serving in their secondary roles as CRA members. sign to the right and reinstall the pelican-themed historic Bridge Pier Sign previously removed from that location. In March, the commission did support Commissioner Jake Spooner’s suggestion that Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) funds be used SEE DEBATE, PAGE 30


BRADENTON BEACH – Anna Maria Oyster Bar president John Horne did not attend the April 5 City Commission meetimg that resulted in commissioners reopening their discussion on the look and location of the existing restaurant sign. Nor was Horne notified that Mayor John Chappie planned to ask the commission to reconsider the sign decisions made in March and approved for Community Redevelopment Agency funding the previous day. The sign in question is located near the entrance to the boardwalk that leads to the clocktower, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and the historic Bridge Street Pier. Further discussion on the sign was included on the agenda for the com-

I am open to options, but I want to keep the sign where it is.” John Horne, Anna Maria Oyster Bar president. mission’s Thursday, April 19, meeting but Horne notified City Attorney Ricinda Perry last week that he could not attend because he would be traveling to Washington D.C. this week to accept the National Restaurant Association’s Good Neighbor Award. On behalf of Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s four Manatee County locations, including the one at the foot of the Bridge Street Pier, the award recognizes the restaurant company’s efforts to help local children avoid the summer learning loss known as ‘the summer slide.’ Championed by Horne and his wife, Amanda, these efforts SEE SIGN, PAGE 30




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Hope for the future


ommerce on Anna Maria Island has always been a risky business. Shops are here one day and gone the next, as if floating in and out with the tide. That is why it came as such a shock Sunday afternoon when one of the most iconic businesses in our community caught fire and appeared headed for destruction. West Coast Surf Shop, which has been in business on AMI for nearly 55 years, was saved by local firefighters, who responded quickly and were able to knock the blaze down before it engulfed the entire building. The structure, next to Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach, is still standing, though its east-facing wall is badly charred and blackened. Early estimates put the damage at roughly $250,000. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the blaze, as three young employees were able to shepherd about 30 customers out safely. Shop owners Jim and Ronee Brady were on the East Coast when the fire broke out, watching their grandson, world-class surfer Giorgio Gomez, compete in a contest. The Bradys have vowed to rebuild and reopen their surf shop and have set a target of 60-90 days to be back in business. That, simply put, is great news. We wish Jim and Ronee well in their efforts. There is no doubt the Island community will rally around them with the love and support they so richly deserve.


Thank you for celebrating Roe We would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the Celebration of Life event on April 12 for our beloved sister, Rosemarie Kontra. It was a wonderful tribute to a special person who will surely be missed. Thanks to all of Rosemarie's friends and acquaintances for their love and support over Rosemarie's 15 years as an Anna Maria Island resident. It will always be her home. MaryAlice Jansky, Joanne Pfitzenmayer, Madelyn Ortiz and Fran Jansky and families

Time for New Leadership? By all accounts, yesterday (April 14) was one of the worst travel days to, from, and around Anna Maria Island. Who do we thank for this debacle? Once again, our city leaders are deafening in their silence on solutions. What did we elect them for? More studies that end up in the trash bins of history. Three months ago, the Holmes Beach police chief was going to look into the light timings at Manatee Avenue. Well, at 5 a.m., I still sit there for two minutes waiting for beach traffic that is non-existent. Great Job!

Take The Sun Survey on Page 7. So, if our politicians and their appointees are so helpless in alleviating their constituents’ problems, isn't it time to find some people who can? Bob McCaffrey Holmes Beach

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PREVIOUS QUESTION: Are you satisfied with the choices of material for rebuilding the Anna Maria City Pier?




April 26, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting For information, call 7086130

April 19, 10:30 a.m. – Code Enforcement Community Forum April 24, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting April 26, 6 p.m. – City Commission work session For information, call 7085800


No. I'd rather the pier be rebuilt entirely of wood.


April 19, noon – City Commission meeting April 24, 1 p.m. – City Commission workshop April 25, 1 p.m. – Planning and Zoning Board meeting For information, call 7781005





Yes. The design plans and hardwood siding selection looks great.



As long as it doesn't fall down, I don't care what they use.



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Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Painting with a fish, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 9:30 a.m., $35. Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431. Smartphone basics workshop, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10:30 a.m. to noon, $10. Reserve to 941383-6493 or maryannbrady@ Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon. Diabetes glucose test and retina screening, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, noon. Reserve to 941383-6493 or maryannbrady@ Shanty Singers, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 2 to 4 p.m.


Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to or 941-383-6493.

Tree Tots: Light and Dark, Robinson Preserve NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 10 a.m. Reserve to coral. Book club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10:15 a.m. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or Knit and crochet learning group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Knit and crochet regular group, 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. Bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, 6 to 9 p.m.


Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Intermediate bridge session, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493.




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Windy, wet and wild races along the Causeway BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

Nine teams raced in the 2018 Bottle Boat Regatta Saturday on Palma Sola Causeway with wind and waves causing a lot of problems for the competitors. Time and time again, one team would get blown off course and not finish the race, while the competition crossed the finish line. The boats are made seaworthy by the buoyancy of 2-liter soda or milk bottles filled with air. Some were colorful, and some were not. One had a deck made of old plywood that probably left some splinters in some legs, but the teams all competed with minimal injuries, if any. The regatta is a fund-raiser for the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County This year, the Anna Maria Island Privateers built a boat under the leadership of “Captain One Eye” Jamie Van Deusen.” At the end of the races, they competed against the Conquistadores. According to Capt. One Eye, the Conquistadores cheated. “They got into the water and kept us from going,” he laughed. “We should have done the same thing. That’s what pirates do.” Better luck next time.


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Ron Herndon, aka Hernando DeSoto, blesses the waters of Palma Sola Causeway before the race.

Above, rough waves and high winds made it tough to keep on course for most of the homemade boats. Below, the Killer Anchovies of the Demetrio's Pizza team.



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Beach’n music, rides, food and shopping draw crowds Warm weather a day before an expected storm made the Beach’N Food Truck and Music Festival a popular end to the busy tourist season. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

COQUINA BEACH – With a cold front approaching the next day, a large crowd decided to enjoy the sunny Saturday at the beach with food, music, shopping and classic rides at the Beach’N Food Truck and Music Festival. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce was still tallying figures Sunday, but there was expectation of a high number of attendance and sales of food, drink and items from concession tents. Mike Sales emceed the music, and the Bill Mergens Memorial Classic Car Show had its own tunes. There were more than 100 classic, antique and modified performance cars. There was also a kids’ section with bounce houses and bungee cord rides. The combination bounce house and slide was popular with 2 1/2-year-old Emmy Ron. Her parents, from Holmes Beach, said they were happy to be able to enjoy a day at the beach with their daughter.


The Pasta Bowl was popular with the crowd.


Renegade sang rock hits from five decades.


Taste Time to Love Us proved popular with its cheesesteak sandwiches.


Former Holmes Beach Vice Mayor Don Howard owns this 1956 Chevrolet.


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Kids explore estuary Every year, the second graders at Anna Maria Elementary School wade into the bay waters to explore the sea life. This year, the school expanded it to all grades. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH –The students at Anna Maria Elementary School Learned firsthand about sea life last week when volunteers from Around the Bend Nature Tours held a class under a playground shelter, then took the students out with dip nets to capture critters and study them before returning them to the waters. In the past, second-graders got the experience, but this year school officials decided to expand the program to all the students, one grade at a time. Around the Bend Nature Tours was founded by naturalist Karen Willey, and she has expanded her tours and added classes for all age groups to educate them about the flora and fauna of our part of Florida. A number of students have been around the water if they live on the Island, but for those who haven’t been so fortunate, they find out there’s a lot of sea life just under the surface of the water. They also learned about the birds and larger animals of the area. Anna Maria Elementary is one of a very few public schools located next to the water, giving school staffers an excellent opportunity use it to their advantage.

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Property owners sue neighbors for complaining about noise It’s property owner against property owner in a lawsuit and injunction alleging stalking and tortious interference over noise complaints. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Neighbors of vacation rental homes in this Island city just saw one of their worst fears come to pass. Owners of two vacation rental properties recently filed a lawsuit and injunction against their neighbors over noise complaints those neighbors have made. When the city adopted a noise ordinance to help combat issues arising from neighboring noise interrupting the “peaceful enjoyment” of property, some property owners feared that calling in complaints to the police could result in some sort of retaliation. That retaliation occurres on April 6, when vacation rental owners Shawn and Jennifer Kaleta filed a lawsuit and injunction against neighboring property owners Richard and Marjorie Motzer. The suit alleges stalking and tortious interference based on a log of calls concerning noise complaints. In the lawsuit, the Kaletas attorney, Aaron Thomas claims the Motzers made 42 “unfounded” noise complaints to the HBPD concerning the Kaletas’ vacation rental property at 302 55th Street from April to December 2017. As


Left, a vacation rental home at 5501 Holmes Blvd. owned by Shawn and Jennifer Kaleta is the subject of several noise complaints though no violations have been recorded by the Holmes Beach Police Department. Right, a vacation rental home at 302 55th Street, owned by the Kaeltas, backs into the property of full-time residents Richard and Marjorie Motzer. a result of the calls, one guest of the property was given a citation from the police. While most of the calls were made anonymously to the police, the lawsuit contends that all of the calls were made by the Motzers. The suit also claims the Motzers are “aggressive” toward the Kaletas and guests at the property. The lawsuit states that due to an increased police presence at the property due to the noise complaints, the Motzers are stalking guests through harassment and requests a temporary injunction to prevent the Motzers from calling in noise complaints or approaching guests at the neighboring property. A count for tortious interference also is included in the lawsuit, alleging the Motzers knowingly sought to damage the Kaletas’

business endeavors at the property by making “unfounded noise complaints with the Holmes Beach Police Department knowing that the police department would send an officer to the property to make contact with the property owners or guests currently staying at the property to inform them of the city’s code/ordinances and provide guests with a brochure detailing the city’s code/ordinances, regardless of whether a noise violation was found to exist.” In this matter, the Kaletas are seeking an award of damages along with repayment of court costs and attorney’s fees. In the second petition for a temporary injunction against stalking and tortious interference, Thomas claims the Motzers have given the same treatment to another neighboring vacation rental prop-









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erty owned by the Kaletas, 5501 Holmes Blvd., calling in 24 noise complaints with no violations issued by HBPD officers. Again, the calls were primarily made anonymously, however, the injunction asserts that it was the Motzers who made calls to the HBPD to intentionally harass guests at the property and interfere in the Kaletas’ business relations. “At this time I don’t want to say anything because we’re looking at litigation,” Richard Motzer said when asked for comment. HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer said his officers would continue to respond to any complaints at the properties. “We will always respond to calls for service,” he said. “That’s our job, and we’ll continue to do so.”



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DeSoto celebrations bring conquistadors ashore in Bradenton



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Actors take turns recounting the tale of how DeSoto came to Florida and the impact his arrival had on native tribes. Right, As the 79th annual DeSoto landing re-enactment comes to a close, a blessing is given at the beach at DeSoto National Memorial Park.


Hundreds came out April 14 to witness Conquistador Hernando DeSoto and his expedition land on the beach at DeSoto National Memorial Park in west Bradenton. And for those who couldn’t make it to the first landing, the expedition members landed a second time in the afternoon. The annual re-enactment event celebrated its 79th year in 2018, marking the historical significance of Spanish Conquistador Hernando DeSoto landing near the park’s current location in 1539 and claiming La Florida for his home country. Festivities continue with the DeSoto Heritage Festival April 25-29 in Bradenton.

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Wing enters not guilty plea The defendant has requested her terms of probation be terminated or modified to allow her the freedom to travel. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

HOLMES BEACH – On Tuesday, April 10, two attorneys entered a plea of not guilty for Deborah Wing in respect to alleged third-degree child abuse charges stemming from her April 4 arrest by the city's police department. The police reports allege Wing repeatedly slapped a juvenile family member on the left arm and leg. “The defendant, by and through the undersigned attorneys, hereby enters a plea of not guilty and a waiver of formal arraignment in the above-styled

case. Further, defendant demands a jury trial of all offenses charged herein,” the written plea document filed by attorneys Brett McIntosh and Kevin Griffith says. The document also demands of a copy of the charging document, all discovery to which the defendant is entitled and a demand for the police reports to which the defendant is entitled. An accompanying motion to remove or modify the release condition of bond was also filed by the same attorneys on the same day. The motion to remove states Wing was released on bond and supervised pre-trial release. “The defendant has multiple plans for travel in the coming months, and it will be a hardship on the defendant to be on supervised release. In the alternative, the defendant requests permission to travel without prior order of the

court and be allowed to modify the reporting requirement to a non-reporting or only by telephone,” the motion says. The attorneys also filed a notice of hearing/order to appear addressed to the Office of the State Attorney in Bradenton. The document references a modification of probation hearing scheduled before Judge Edward Nicholas at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton on Wednesday, April 18. The notice lists as its subject a motion to terminate or modify the supervised release condition. According to court records, an arraignment hearing is scheduled before Judge Nicholas on May 4. Wing is a volunteer member of the Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES Committee. That appointment was made during her time as president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s board of

directors accepted Wing’s resignation in November.


Wing and others have shared some of their thoughts on the incident and the subsequent news report posted at The Sun’s Facebook page. On April 11, Wing wrote: “Not sure why this was posted on Facebook. Very sad. I called police to help find my daughter who ran away over an argument regarding a breakup with a boyfriend.” On April 15, Susan Curry wrote: “Being a mother is the hardest thing I ever, and I am still doing. Totally get it. Peace.” In response to Curry’s post, Wing wrote: “I completely with all my heart will be working to make this an experience we and I can grow from.”




Island Anchor Tom Rariden cuts the ribbon as friends, family and members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce celebrate the opening of Island Anchor Insurance, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. It specializes in personal lines and commercial coverage and life insurance, annuities, hybrid long-term care and Medicare supplemental coverage. For more information, call 941-244-4743.

Commissioners consider business tax increase After a presentation from staff, city commissioners are considering a five percent increase in business tax pricing. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Business owners may soon see an increase in the amount they pay annually for business tax receipts. At the recommendation of city clerk Stacey Johnston, commissioners agreed to move a discussion on raising the business tax amount by five percent to a first reading and vote at the April 24 meeting. If it passes first reading, the measure will go for a final reading May 8. Johnston said Florida state statute allows for a five percent raise in the

business tax amount every two years. In Holmes Beach, the amount has been raised every two years since 2012. She asked commissioners to consider approving the raise to help offset costs incurred by administrative staff to issue the business tax receipts, which are required for anyone doing business in the city, including vacation rental owners. If the measure passes, business tax receipt costs will increase an average of $4 depending on the category of the business. Contractors would see an increase from $91.16 to $95.72. Retail establishment owners would see an increase from the $60.77 to $121.55 range, depending on inventory value, to a range of $63.81 to $127.63. The new pricing would go into effect prior to the September 30 renewal date for all active business tax receipts in the city.

Code enforcement to host hands-on community forum Holmes Beach Code Enforcement officers are inviting the public to come out to city field at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19 for a forum where attendees will be able to reach out and touch some of the things being discussed. The forum will take place at the park pavilion and feature local beekeepers, Suzi

Fox with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, and representatives from Keep Manatee Beautiful and Synergy Lighting. “It’s going to be a little bit different,” Code Enforcement Officer James Thomas said. For information, contact Thomas at 941708-5800, ext. 247.

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Gone fishin' Steve and Marci Rosehelm, owners of Bortell’s Lounge in Anna Maria, aren’t just going fishin.’ According to the couple, the building received some damage from Hurricane Irma and a review of the structure revealed that many renovations were needed. Last week, they closed the bar to begin those renovations. “Keeping the original charm is our goal with the bar, paneling and a special place for the Jackalope,” Steve Rosehelm said. “It’s bittersweet to be closed for so long, but the girl needs a facelift. Watch our progress, hope to be finished in nine months. Cheers for now.”


I’m an Original Discover Blue Marlin Located on beautiful Anna Maria Island, in a quaint 1920’s cottage on historic Bridge Street with a cozy beer & wine bar & enchanting outdoor courtyard. We are dedicated to serving only the freshest, local seafood & hearty fare. Our commitment is to bring you the best product the Gulf Coast has to offer – it’s what makes us Original! Adam Ellis, owner, Blue Marlin Seafood

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community. 15 South Ristorante • Amore Restaurant • Andrea’s • Anna Maria Oyster Bar • Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery • Beach House • The Bijou Café • Birdrock Taco Shack • Blasé Café & Martini Bar • Blu’ Island Bistro • Blue Marlin Seafood • Bridge Street Bistro • Café Baci • Café Gabbiano • Café Venice • Cassariano Italian Eatery • Cedar Reef Fish Camp • Chaz 51 Bistro • Ciao! Italia • The Crow’s Nest • Drunken Poet Café • Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood. • enRich Bistro • Euphemia Haye • Fast N Fresh • Fins at Sharky’s • Gold Rush BBQ • Gulf Drive Café and Kokonut Hut • Harry’s Continental Kitchens • JPAN Restaurant • Lobster Pot • MADE Restaurant • Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub • Mattison’s Forty - One • mi Pueblo • Michael John’s • Michael’s On East • Miguel’s Restaurant • Oasis Café & Bakery • Ophelia’s On The Bay • Ortygia Restaurant • Pacific Rim • Paradise Grill • PIER 22 Restaurant • Pop’s Sunset Grill • Primo! Ristorante • Riverhouse Reef & Grill • Roessler’s Restaurant • Salute! Ristorante • Sandbar Seafood & Spirits • Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill • Siesta Key Oyster Bar • State Street Eating House • Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse • Tsunami • Village Cafe • The Waterfront Restaurant



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The Stanley Cup and poutine BY SEAN MURPHY SPECIAL TO THE SUN


anada's two greatest exports have a shared heritage. I am talking poutine and hockey. I was born in Canada and lived there a good chunk of

my life. That means that I can say outrageous things about Canada and Canadians and get away with it. It is like being Donald Trump. I can't be held accountable for what I say. Poutine is basically French fries and gravy. The curd part is a variation from rural Quebec, where they did not know how to get rid of curds. Nobody really likes curds. They may attract spiders. We all know what happened to little Miss Muffet. Fries and gravy were a Canadian staple. It was hot and cheap and could be prepared anywhere there was an oven and a hot plate. It was cold a lot, so we didn't even

need much in the way of refrigeration. We all know Canucks are crazy for hockey. As kids growing up we spent hours every day in hockey rinks. When we weren't playing on the ice we were playing in the corners of the rinks with pop cans and tennis balls. We lived in rinks. We smelled like rinks. Those rinks were nothing like the Lightning palaces that Americans attend to watch NHL games. Those rinks were just big frozen tin cans. Some had outside toilets. They didn't stink until the spring came. Every rink had a canteen. The canteen in the rink consisted of an old stove and a kettle. The kettle was for tea. Canadians love tea. The stove was for poutine. It generally had an oven and one or two working burners on top. The fries were dumped on a sheet tray and cooked in the oven. The gravy was generally Franco-American beef gravy from a can that was heated on top of the stove. One of the rink ladies scooped the oven fries into a paper cup and slopped some of

the gravy on top. Poutine was also a staple for high school kids. Across from my high school, St Patrick's High School, (sound Catlick?), there was a greasy spoon diner that sold a ton of friesn-gravy. Marie and Flo presided over the lunch counter. One day my buddy found a hair in his fries-and-gravy. He lifted the guilty tendril from his plate and announced to Flo that he had found a hair in his poutine. Flo plucked it from his fork, eyed it professionally and reported, "It ain't mine. Must be Marie’s." Sometimes I marvel that the poutine served to me in rinks and honored by Marie with selections from under her hair net has been treated with such reverence by foodies. Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful for fries and gravy. I am doubtful that I could have survived my misspent youth in rinks and high school without it. My gratitude shows in the gravitas that my chef staff has lent to the creation of our own versions of the Canadian opus at a time when all Canadians and most Americans have turned their eyes to the oldest

trophy and the fastest and most brutal and exciting sports tournament on the continent – the Stanley Cup. The Cup finals are on and islanders have more meat in the game than they may realize. John Cooper, the coach of the Lightning, and Peter Laviolette, the coach of the Predators, are our neighbors. Both families have homes on our Island. The two teams are favored to meet in the final. If one of the teams raises the cup, it will travel to our Island. We are polishing a wooden pedestal at the Doctor’s Office in hopes it will be blessed by the Holy Grail of hockey. Beach Bistro, Eat Here and the Doc Office are all polishing their poutine presentations and creating Cup Cocktails in anticipation of a cup visit. When the Cup comes to the Island we'll have another parade – with camels. There will be dancing in the streets and poutine. This article and some of Sean Murphy’s other articles can be found on the Beach Bistro website at They can also be found in the Sun’s archives.

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Traffic snarls at Gulf Drive construction zones Traffic woes along Gulf Drive are only beginning as the Force Main Five project snarls traffic and displaces pedestrians and bicyclists. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Along the Holmes Beach/Bradenton Beach border, residents and visitors alike are finding themselves stuck in something reminiscent of winter season traffic with added heavy construction equipment. The back up is due to work on the Manatee County Force Main Five project in two spots on Gulf Drive – at 28th Street and 26th Street. Construction in the area is expected to last through the end of April, resuming May 1 at Gulf Drive and Avenue C. With traffic patterns shifted to the west side of the street and sections of sidewalks used for vehicular traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians should be especially careful when moving through construction areas. While construction is ongoing during the day, flaggers are stationed at both ends of each construction area. These flaggers will stop vehicular traffic to allow bicyclists and pedestrians through the vehicular traffic lanes where sidewalks aren’t available. They also stop traffic to allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross Gulf Drive. Temporary crosswalks are located on both sides of each construction area. Cyclists and pedestrians should be very cautious when approaching the construction areas and remain to the side of vehicular traffic until instructed to move by flaggers. If a flagger is not available, pedestrians and cyclists should avoid the area or move through with extreme caution. Without a flagger’s assistance, pedestrians should not attempt to walk in vehicle lanes. Sidewalks on the west side of Gulf Drive remain open, except where vehicle lanes shift to the west. Motorists also will experience intermittent temporary lane closures where traffic is reduced for a short time to a single lane. Anyone driving through


Above, an overhead view shows northbound traffic on Gulf Drive slowed to a crawl as vehicles move between barricades and large pieces of equipment., Right, vehicles share the road with two bicyclists as they travel northbound on Gulf Drive through the Force Main Five work zone. Below, traffic backs up but remains moving in both directions through one of two construction sites on Gulf Drive.

the area should prepare to experience delays. Speed limits are reduced to 25 miles per hour in the construction zones. Because the Force Main Five project is a two-year project, construction will be ongoing on different sections of the Island’s primary roadways for the near future. Tina Allen, community outreach

specialist on the project said workers will try to get everyone through construction areas as quickly as possible. Due to the amount of work to be done, she said it’s impossible to plan work around seasonal traffic increases. “Inevitably, this project presents impacts to someone, somewhere on AMI related to daily construction activities,”

Allen said in an email to The Sun. “We understand the impact that a project of this magnitude presents to AMI property owners and visitors, and the project team is working to ensure that our contractors are sensitive and responsive to all expressed concerns, to the extent practical.”

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BRIEFS Oil drilling proposal will be on ballot

Four days before the eighth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) voted 33-3 to include a proposed Constitutional amendment to prohibit oil drilling in Florida’s coastal waters on the November 2018 General Election ballot. The commission, headed by local developer Carlos Beruff, also voted Monday to tack an anti-vaping proposal to the proposed amendment. The new proposition would “prohibit the drilling



for exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas in specified coastal waters” and “establish a general prohibition on the use of vapor-generating electronic devices in enclosed indoor workplaces.” Constitutional amendment propositions need at least 60 percent of the vote to become law.

Boater rescued under pier The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a call for help from an unidentified boater Sunday afternoon who was trying to return to his boat moored south of the Bridge Street Pier on a dinghy as a storm blew into the area. According to a Coast Guard report, the man got caught under the Bridge Street Pier and the Coast Guard sent a 29-foot response boat and crew. They threw him a rope and towed him to safety. He was not injured.

Tree settlement reached

Property owners John Lynch and Mary Lou Eckert Lynch have agreed to not contest a code enforcement action and to pay the maximum $5,000 fine recently levied by the city of Anna Maria for the unpermitted removal of a grand tree at their soon-to-be developed property at 62 North Shore Dr. The settlement agreement reached on April 10 states that related code enforcement action against Moss Builders and Jorge Luis Rios, the man who cut down the tree, will be dropped. In lieu of these developments, Anna Maria city commissioners want to strengthen the city’s tree ordinance. JOE HENDRICKS | SUN



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Doo-Shots head to Vegas One of the Island’s wellknown local bands has been invited to play the Viva Las Vegas musical festival. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Ted Stevens and the Doo-Shots’ next gig will be in Las Vegas at the 21st annual Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend. On Saturday, April 21, the well-known local band will play a 45-minute set at the Bailiwick Pub, inside The Orleans hotel and casino. The Orleans serves as ground zero for the four-day festival that features more than 100 bands from around the world playing on multiple indoor and outdoor stages. Making their first U.S. appearance in nearly a decade, The Stray Cats are headlining this year’s festival, preceded Saturday evening on the big outdoor stage by 82-year-old rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis. Viva Las Vegas features one of America’s biggest car shows, a bowling party, a guitar show, dance lessons, a pin-up girl competition and a tattoo lounge. And weddings can be arranged for those who want to tie the knot rockabilly-style.


The Vegas gig brings lead singer, guitarist and bandleader Ted Stevens back to a city he knows well.


Ted Stevens and the Doo-Shots are among more than 100 bands playing at this year’s Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend. As Ted Stevens and the Doo-Shots, bassist ‘Upright Butch’ Alan, drummer Joe Hendricks and singer and guitarist Ted Stevens have been playing on and around Anna Maria Island for several years. “I haven’t been to Vegas since I moved here almost 10 years ago. It’s a great city and a great place to be a musician. I was musical director for the Drifters, the Platters and the Coasters at the Sahara for almost seven years. The Sahara has been torn down since then and the city is constantly reinventing itself. It will be cool to see it again,” Stevens said. “Playing Viva is a nice reward for the band. We got there with our songs and our live show. We have four CDs out,


and it’s nice that our original music helped get us there.” Stevens’ debuted a new original song, “Back to Vegas,” Friday night at the Swordfish Grill in Cortez and his song “Baby I’m Yours” is track #21 on the Viva Las Vegas 21 compilation CD. “We have a lot of people flying to Vegas from Florida and other parts of the country just to see us. That’s pretty amazing – even more amazing than getting on the bill. Our friend Sven

Frackelton first told me about Viva and this is our fourth attempt to get in. I wasn’t even going to try this year, but our friend Heather Green sent me a Facebook post saying Viva was looking for submissions,” Stevens said. “We have a dedicated band, and the Doo-Shots give it everything they’ve got at every gig. We have a great niche working here in Florida, where people SEE DOO-SHOTS, PAGE 23


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love rockabilly music. People say they’re amazed at how much fun we have when we perform but it’s a two-way street because we’re only as good as the audience we play to,” Stevens said.


Bass player and backing vocalist ‘Upright Butch’ Alan is making his first trip to Vegas. “I’ve been wanting to go see Las Vegas, and I’m really looking forward to playing Ted’s original music in front of a crowd that’s hungry for rockabilly music. We can play loud and fast, with all the

intensity this music demands; and it will be nice to see bands from around the globe putting their spin on American music born in the 1950s,” he said. As the band’s drummer, and the author of this story, the Vegas gig for me will be a fantastic musical adventure that provides an opportunity to explore a city I’ve wanted to see since I read Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” many years ago. The band’s first post-Vegas gig will be at the Leesburg Bikefest on Sunday, April 29. On Saturday, May 5, the band will play the Rockabilly Ruckus at Skip-

per’s Smokehouse in Tampa. The band’s next Island gig will be at the Drift In on Friday, May 11. Known originally as the Ted Stevens Band, with Charles “The Big Kahuna” Nardone on bass, the band’s first Bradenton Beach gig was in early 2011 at the old Back Alley, now the Blue Marlin Grill. The band’s been playing at Island Time and the Swordfish Grill since those venues opened. Stevens also performs as a solo act at the Swordfish Grill, and he and Alan now perform as a duo at the Bridge Tender Inn.


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Get the most out of spring fishing

pring is definitely in the air. It’s one of my favorite times of the year and one of the most productive for all anglers, whether they fish with fly, artificial lures or live bait. This week and next I will share some tips on getting the most out of spring, something I like to think of as spring training. First and foremos,t anglers should realize that the major factors influencing fishing in April and early May will be weather and water temperature. Having said that here are some suggestions from my friend Captain Rick Grassett and me that we hope will lead to you maximizing the potential of spring. Grassett has specialized in night snook fishing for 30 years and suggests exploring lighted docks and bridges in the ICW at night. According to Grassett, night snook fishing should be productive with small white flies, like his Grassett Snook Minnow fly. He also recommends the flats, around sand and oyster bars, on points of islands and around docks and bridges close to passes in the

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS ICW. I would suggest looking for the underwater lights that have been sprouting up from Longboat Key to Anna Maria. The lighted bridge fenders at the passes would also be a good option. I suggest you also look for snook in potholes near the mouth of the Manatee River and on the flats in Terra Ceia, Miguel and Tampa Bay. Before rains cloud the water, explore the edges of the Manatee River from Tampa Bay to Bradenton. Grassett suggests trying lures like CAL jigs and a variety of plastic tails including the new 4-inch CAL Shad, DOA Baitbusters and Airheads or surface walking top water plugs. I like top water plugs and


Rusty Chinnis caught this trout on a top water plug near Longboat Pass. flies, including crease flies and gurglers, as well as old standbys like the Lefty’s Deceiver and the seaducer. Tarpon are a passion of both of us,

and Grassett says that, depending on the weather and water temperatures, tarpon will become more plentiful this month as resident fish make their way out of rivers and creeks and early arriving migratory fish begin to show along beaches. Water temperature in the Gulf is a key factor with 80 degrees being an optimum temperature. But that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter a tarpon before that so our advice is to be ready at all times. Grassett expects resident fish can be found rolling on deep grass flats, laid up on edges of shallow grass flats or along sand bars. Almost 10 years ago, Captain Randy Fowler showed me laid up tarpon on a deep grass edge in Anna Maria Sound, and I’ve found them there on numerous occasions in April. Reds and trout will also be more active as the water warms and baitfish become more plentiful. It might not be for everyone, but I occasionally like to SEE REEL TIME, PAGE 27

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Find success with kingfish and snook CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

Fishing around Anna Maria Island has been great, if you can pick your day accordingly. This weather has been hit or miss lately. With high winds prevalent, it’s been a bit difficult at times to find windows of opportunity to get offshore a bit. We here at Anna Maria Charters have been having good success along the beaches for kingfish and big snook. Trolling big baits at a slow speed is proving successful. Big red grouper, amberjack and various snapper species are filling the coolers out there. Inshore, the big trout night is ongoing. We are lucky to have such a healthy trout fishery in our backyard. The Spanish mackerel are starting to show up in the mix quite a bit as well. If you decide to hug the mangroves a bit, you’ll have success on snook and the occasional redfish as well. Live pilchards or white bait is the key to catching these inshore species. Hopefully, we can get into a nice consistent spring weather trend and stay on the good bite. Tight lines.


Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action on several trips


Brandt Walston and Kate Schwartz, of Hilton Head, show off a kingfish, caught with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters. recently in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout to 19 inches, a red and scattered Spanish mackerel and blues on a variety of flies. We mostly fished deep grass flats from 5 to 8 feet deep on both sides of the bay with Clouser and Grassett Deep Flats Bunny flies fished on clear intermediate sink tip

fly lines. A persistent wind made finding a place to fish tough and required heavier flies to get them down in the water column on the deep grass flats. Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, and Tony Merlis, from New Hampshire, had some action catching and releasing trout on flies on a trip with me in

Sarasota Bay. Nick also waded a bar and caught and released a red on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, had good action with trout to 19 inches on CAL jigs with jerk worms and DOA Deadly Combos while fishing Sarasota Bay on another trip with me. I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. Students received fly casting instruction and also learned leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. This was the last school for the spring season. Classes will resume in the fall. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at 941-349-4400 or for information on other classes and fly fishing events. There should be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging, although they should also be a good option now. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure. Please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit.

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target bonnet head sharks and houndfish on the fly. Both bonnet head sharks and houndfish are seasonal visitors to local waters and are best targeted on the sand bars and shoals from Egmont Key to Bean Point. Sight fish them using a small white baitfish pattern for the houndfish and a red and/or orange Clouser or seaducer for bonnet heads. Bend down your barbs (recommended

for all fish) so you can remove your hook without coming into contact with either species’ sharp teeth. Another species that provide anglers with some great action are Jack crevalle. Jacks aren’t good to eat and most anglers consider them a nuisance. Large Jacks can be a formidable adversary, and I’ve found top water plugs and flies to be the most effective. Most any species of bait from shiners to

small pinfish will be attacked by foraging Jacks. I like top water whether I’m fishing spin tackle or fly. The noise and commotion attracts and is effective on most every fish that swims local waters and the visual reward of an explosion on the surface is “priceless.” Grassett suggests looking for Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano in the local passes or on the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. The same applies

to the approaches to Tampa Bay. False albacore (little tunny), cobia and tripletail will all be present in the coastal Gulf this month from Egmont Key to Big Pass and beyond. The bottom line is that you should get out on the water whenever possible and enjoy the opportunities the season offers. Just think of it as spring training!



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Jessica and Corbin Bachmeier were married on a glorious clear afternoon Saturday, March 24, 2018. at The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café. They were surrounded by close friends and family as they said their "I do's" on our beautiful white sandy beach. Jessica and Corbin are local to the area and cafe staffers were thrilled to host their wedding.

Karissa Bonner and Jason Fall were married on Oct. 16, 2017, at the Sandbar restaurant. Chuck Caudill provided the music for the ceremony and reception. Molly Powers and Jim Harwood, of the Sandbar, coordinated the ceremony and reception. Karissa and Jason honeymooned on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Dover, N.H. Tawny Johnson and Alex Bowman were married at the Sandbar restaurant on Dec. 2, 2017. Chuck Caudill provided the music for the ceremony and reception. Molly Powers and Jim Harwood, of the Sandbar, coordinated the ceremony and reception. Tawny and Alex honeymooned on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Mound, Minn.


Katie and Chad were married on a brisk evening Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café. They were surrounded by family, with Katie's daughter by her side to partake in the ceremony while Katie and Chad said "I do." Katie and Chad spent the week on Anna Maria Island to celebrate their marriage under the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. DARA CAUDILL | WWW.ISLANDPHOTOGRAPHY.ORG




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DEBATE: Sign issue prolonged FROM PAGE 5

to reinstall the pier sign somewhere nearby. On April 4, the CRA members voted 4-1 to use CRA funds to modify the restaurant sign in the manner presented that day by Oyster Bar president John Horne. Chappie cast the lone opposition vote. The design illustration called for a back-lit vinyl sign modified to give the appearance of old wood. Horne said he did not plan to change the lighting or add ginger breading below the sign. The CRA funding approval did not include a request to move the sign. As a CRA member, Horne recused himself from the vote. The members also supported using CRA funds to install the old pier sign at a location to be determined by the City Commission.


With no advance notice at the April 5 commission meeting, Chappie asked the commission to reconsider previous

decisions made regarding the restaurant sign. “I just feel it’s a mistake,” he said of the recently proposed sign and its current location. Chappie said the sign modifications Horne presented to the CRA members did not include the distressed wood framing or some of the commission’s other requested features. Spooner said he was disappointed the sign was just going to be painted to look like wood. Commissioner Ralph Cole said he’s fine with the proposed design as long as the sign is lowered and made to look more historic. Commissioners Marilyn Maro and Randy White expressed support for moving the AMOB sign. They previously opposed the idea. Chappie acknowledged that he was a member of the commission that approved the current sign via the conditional use permit granted in late 2016. Perry cautioned the commission that it was taking a position potentially

What was up there before was a pelican, and now you get a dolphin.” Jim Hassett, Bradenton Beach resident adversarial to the city’s pier tenant. She said AMOB was given certain legal rights when the conditional use permit was issued. During public comment, resident Jim Hassett encouraged the commission to honor its previous approval. “The chief concern of the person who rents that building is to get people to come out to his place of business, and normally you do that with some type of signage,” he said. “What was up there before was a pelican, and now you get a dolphin.” Chappie suggested two motions be made and he made a motion for the AMOB sign to be relocated at the city or CRA’s expense to the south side of

the sidewalk. White seconded the motion and Maro cast the third vote of support. Spooner and Cole opposed moving the sign. Chappie made a second motion directing staff to prepare the appropriate notice regarding the modification to AMOB’s conditional use permit. “Your previous vote did not actually change the location,” Perry said. “You still have to go through the technical requirements of the code in order to do that. It basically raised the issue and it is directing staff to make sure that issue is properly noticed and the tenant is aware of the issue so that it comes forward to the commission in a formal setting as a formal agenda item.”

SIGN: Business owners weigh in FROM PAGE 5

include Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s Dive Into Reading summer program. Horne asked Perry to include him in any future AMOB sign discussions.


“We’re moving forward. I think it’s much ado about nothing,” Horne said last week. “There’s been a sign there for years. I don’t understand why they want to move my sign but put the other sign back,” he said of the efforts to displace and relocated his sign in favor of a previously used historic pier sign. “That makes no sense to me, but I’m working with the Pier Team and Ricinda and we’re trying to come up with a solution that will make 99.9 percent of the people happy,” Horne said. On Sept. 9, 2015, Horne and We’re Back Inc. signed a five-year lease with the city that provides the ownership group with an option for three five-year renewals if desired. At press time, it was not yet known if AMOB’s lease commenced on the signing date or when the restaurant opened that December. Horne said he respected the mayor’s right to initiate additional commission discussion without advance public notice, but he said he would’ve appreciated a heads-up regarding Chappie’s intent to revisit previous sign decisions.


The area at the foot of the Historic Bridge Street Pier, showing the new sign as it appears today. “A little communication goes a long way because we are business partners. My rent is predicated on volume. I am open to options, but I want to keep the sign where it is,” Horne said.


Fred Bartizal owns the Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar directly south of the pier and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar sign. Last week, he shared his thoughts

on the continued sign debate. “He’s got a permit. It was permitted and put up. Granted, it’s going to be shortened, and that’s fine, but that’s the only thing they have to do. "Is the sign keeping with historic Bridge Street? No, but they’re permitting everything else that is not keeping with historic Bridge Street too. I have no issue with it. I will have an issue if it’s going to be closer to my business,”

Bartizal said. Bartizal said he participated in a land exchange with the city several years ago that provides the city access to the public dock often referred to as the dinghy dock. “When I switched properties with the city, I said anything that goes on that property cannot impact my view or my business,” Bartizal said.

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Manatee County hosts Earth Day celebration A downtown Earth Day expo and Manatee Libraries' Recycled Fashion Show highlight environment-friendly activities this month hosted by Manatee County, Florida's first platinum-certified green county government. Most activities will take place in the days leading up to Earth Day, April 22. On Friday, April 20, the county will host an Earth Day expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W. Guest speakers, information booths and local sustainability experts will offer information and giveaways under the theme for Earth Day 2018, End Plastic Pollution. "The message around this year's Earth Day celebration is essentially ending one-time use plastics," said Michelle Powers, Manatee's Energy and Sustainability Coordinator. "It's mostly going to be about letting people know about the sustainable

options within our community, helping them understand the life cycle of waste and moving from a disposable mindset to one more focused on sustainability." The expo features speakers from the UF IFAS Extension Office and WastePro Recycling Services. The celebration will highlight many of the county's Green Team efforts on energy-efficient practices and projects that garnered Manatee County recognition as Florida's first platinum-certified green county government. Manatee County commissioners have adopted proclamations naming April as Water Conservation Month, and representatives from the County's Water Conservation team will attend the expo to offer information and goodies. In addition to the Earth Day expo, the following events are planned around Earth Day: • April 20 is also Manatee County Area Transit's annual Try

Transit Day, when MCAT will offer free rides from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., including Route 99 riders going into Sarasota. The promotion is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s campaign to get commuters to consider alternative transportation, especially for work commutes. • On April 21, Manatee County Public Libraries hosts the awardwinning Recycled Dreams Fashion Show, where teen contestants make original fashions using recycled or repurposed materials and present their creations on the runway. A panel of judges will select a winner based on creativity, presentation and use of recycled materials. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place, along with two honorable mentions. • Several Manatee County experts will serve as panelists during the 2018 Environmental Summit at New College of Florida from April 25-27.

Earth Day Culinary Celebration Sunday Enjoy fresh Florida shellfish and help preserve coastal waters at the Earth Day Culinary Celebration on Sunday, April 22, from 5-7 p.m. at The Studio on Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. The shells will be used to create shellfish habitat as part of START’s (Solutions To Avoid Red Tide) Gulf Coast Oyster Recycling and Renewal Program, which keeps used shells from participating restaurants out of landfills and uses them to start new oyster reefs at Perico Preserve and other estuary systems. Festivities will include seafood selections from The Sandbar, BeachHouse and Mar Vista restaurants, a door prize drawing and unique silent auction opportunities. Tickets are available at $30 at For more information, call 941-951-3400.


Petal on over to the Garden Club fashion show Roser Memorial Community Church, at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, hosts the Anna Maria Island Garden Club fashion show, luncheon and raffle from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. Irene’s Resort Wear will provide the fashions. Tickets are $20, and that price includes lunch and five raffle tickets. Tickets are available at

the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-1541. Proceeds go toward the club’s efforts to aid and protect native trees, birds and plants and to encourage civic planting and conservation. For more information, call Zan at 813-503-9364.




4/8, open or unlocked door, 10009 Gulf Drive, Island Players.

BRADENTON BEACH No new reports.


4/7, knowingly operating a vehicle with a suspended license, 10700 Cortez Road. The deputy stopped the driver for driving without headlights on. He was ticketed.


4/5, civil complaint, 200 block of 84th Street. A woman called police to say a neighbor was bothering her while she was walking her dog. The neighbor denied her accusation. 4/5, trespass warning, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer trespassed a man who was yelling and arguing at others. 4/5, possession of marijuana, 700 Manatee Ave. The officer stopped the suspect because a computer check showed his registration had expired. The officer

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smelled marijuana coming from the car and he found a small amount. He ticketed the driver, had the car towed and seized the pot. 4/6, driving with a suspended license, 700 Manatee Ave. The officer ran a computer check and found out the driver’s license was suspended. His car was towed, and he got a ticket. 4/6, warrant arrest, 3200 Sixth Avenue. The officer noticed a driver not wearing a seat belt and stopped him. He found out the driver had a warrant for his arrest. There were some clothes still with price tags in the car. The driver would not tell the officer where he got them. He was arrested. 4/9, driving with a suspended license, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer ran a computer check on the driver and found the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued a summons. 4/10, driving with no license, 4700 Gulf Drive. The officer ran a computer check and found the driver had no license. He stopped her and gave her a summons. 4/10, larceny, 400 block of 28th Street. An anchor box and some equipment were stolen from a boat in the back yard.


Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 11:30 a.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


NEST Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Green Explorers: Tree Time, Robinson Preserve NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 10 a.m. Reserve to Healing meditation, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 2 p.m.


Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431.


Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m.

Social bridge games, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, noon.


NEST Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Preschool storytime, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Salt scrub class, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $35. Farmer’s market, City Pier Park, 101 Bay Blvd. N., Anna Maria, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mahjong for beginners, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Mahjong for beginners, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., $10, snacks are provided. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or Tech help, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.


Prized permit Roger Hartz holds up a huge permit fish he caught while fishing with Captain Mac Gregory about 75 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island.

Live like a local Respect Wildlife


Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431.

Sand dollar

If I’m white and hard, you can take me home. If I’m brown and soft, please leave me alone!

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At the library

Toddlers welcome

The Island Branch Library at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, has a number of activities for young and old. This week’s listings include: • Thursday, April 19, a veteran services professional will be available to help those with problems, 9 to 11 a.m.; Friends Book Club, “Flight of the Sparrow," 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.; knit and crochet learning group, 1 to 2 p.m.; knit and crochet regular group, 2 to 4 p.m. • Friday, April 20, mahjongg, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Tuesday, April 24, preschool story time; 10 to 11 a.m.; mahjongg for beginners, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; technical help for portable devices, 2 to 4 p.m. Call the library at 941-778-6341 for information.

The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources division is starting a new hands-on class for children under two years old, and the first class will be Thursday, April 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. at The NEST, at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Tree Tots is the name and it’s an interactive activity for babies and young toddlers to become acquainted to the natural world. It’s suitable for newborns to 2-year-olds. Reservations are required by emailing or calling 941-742-5757, ext.4 .

Get your dinner tickets The Anna Maria Elementary School PTO will hold it’s family dinner on Tuesday, April 24, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the cafeteria followed by the firstgrade play, “Friends," at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Danny’s Pizzeria will host the meal and serve pizza or lasagna with garlic knots, salad and a drink. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. There will be desserts for a donation. Those who pre-order their dinner by 3 p.m. on Monday, April 23, will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Danny's.

Enjoy The NEST Manatee County’s NEST, at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, is open and the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources division invites everyone to enjoy NEST Nature Days from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 24. Sponsored by Mosaic, The NEST is open for visitors to walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow's nest, take in panorama views, and make an exit from the building via a slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve. This program is suitable for all ages. No reservations required. For more information, call 941-742-5923, ext. 6039.

Explore the preserve in comfort

Ride in style through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, on four wheels in the comfort of the county’s covered wagon with a guide, on Saturday, April 28, from 9 to 10 a.m. These special tours provide access to portions of the preserve that normally take 30-45 minutes to reach by foot. Your naturalist tour guide will interpret the land's history, habitat, wildlife and plants. The program is suitable for all ages. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Riders should arrive 15 minutes in advance. Meet at the wooden ramp near the screened in pavilion.

Kayaking for beginners The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department presents kayaking for beginners on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. If you'd like to try kayaking, come on out. No prior experience necessary. WayneAdventures will give a threehour class during which participants will explore the marshes and mangroves of Robinson Preserve. There will be plenty of time to try out kayaking and get some coaching, too. For those interested in learning how to load a kayak on your car, a demo will follow. This program is suitable for adults who can meet the county's minimum eligibility requirements. Ten kayaks and gear are available from the WCIND-funded fleet on a first-come first-served basis. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Call 941-742-5757, ext. 7.



SHOPPING A shopping spree Senior Adventure members will take the van at 10:30 a.m. from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, on Friday, April 20, for shopping and lunch at the Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945.

CRAFTS Make sea salt scrubs JoAnn Mancuso will teach a salt scrub class at The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, on Tuesday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. In this class students will make an exfoliating salt scrub for the body, a soothing bath salt for the tub and a sea salt hair spray that gives your hair body, texture and enhances your natural curl. The fee for this class is $35. Preregistration is required at

Cheesemaking class JoAnn Mancuso returns to The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez to teach the art of making cheese on Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Studentswill make mozzarella and ricotta cheeses from scratch to take home. There is a registration fee of $35. Preregistration is required by visiting




Go Lightning! Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, left, celebrates the Lightning winning the NHL’s Atlantic Division and making the Stanley Cup playoffs. The celebration took place recently at Time Saver Liquor Store in Holmes Beach. From left are: Cooper, his wife, Jessie, Tod Leweike, Al Galletto, Time Saver owner Mondher Kobrosly, Ben Hardin and Lynn Galletto. Congratulations Jon and GO BOLTS!

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For the vets From left, Vietnam veteran Tom Cares, left, visits with Jack Ruark, Manatee County veteran services counselor. Ruark is at the Island Branch Library, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays to speak with veterans. Call the library at 941-778-6341 for more information.




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Everybody thinks they’re a real estate pro


while ago a good friend of mine passed along a quote by Aristotle that I’ve been waiting for the right moment to use. So here it is, “There is a stupid corner of the brain of every wise person.” And when it comes to real estate, smart people frequently make not so smart decisions, and one of them is to try and sell their home on their own. Attempting to save the typical 6 percent commission a real estate professional would charge for marketing and finding a buyer for your home is very tempting. After all 6 percent of $300,000, which is currently the median price of single family homes in Manatee County, is $18,000 a starter car for your teenager or a decent African safari. But I’m here to tell you that it’s a bad idea and in the end will cost you money and time. There’s a reason the National Association of Realtors recent survey showed that only 8 percent of all home sales in 2017 were for sale by owner (FSBO). Most homeowners

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER don’t have the skills, time and patience to sell their own home. Nor do they have the ability to market the property so that it has the maximum exposure. The first thing FSBOs don’t know is what the property is worth, and they almost always think it’s worth more than it actually is. Yes, you can peruse properties on the market that appear to be comparable to yours and then track how much it sold for, but since you were never inside the property, you really can’t establish how it compares to your home. If you’re determined to try selling on your own, at least hire an appraiser to give you a base line of the value of properties in the

area. And don’t overprice it thinking you can negotiate or reduce the price later on. Houses quickly get stale and buyers don’t go back for a second look. Marketing anything is more of an art than a science, and in particular, marketing real estate frequently entails targeting the right potential buyers. What real estate professionals have that homeowners don’t is access to their local multiple listing service, which they pay considerably for. Yes, it’s true that now anyone can go online and see what’s listed on most multiple listing services, but a homeowner cannot list his/ her property, which is where the real value is. Multiple listing websites can be searched for specific price ranges, locations, number of rooms and even specific subdivisions. In addition, real estate professionals spend time and money on advertising in print publications, holding open houses and screening potential buyers. Specifically, a broker determines that a buyer is financially qualified before they waste their

time working with a buyer and presenting an offer. This is a skill that most homeowners don’t have when it comes to finances, including the difference between a preapproval and a prequalification. A preapproval, which means a prospective buyer’s credit, income and assets are verified, is always what you want. And in the event of a cash buyer, a FSBO needs to know to ask for bank statements and investment statements proving they have the assets necessary to go forward, which can be uncomfortable. Finally, one of the most important reasons to hire a real estate professional is to keep the emotions out of selling. No matter how unemotional you and your family may think they are about selling, there is always something that a buyer, appraiser or inspector says that will hurt your feelings. Let the professionals field all of this. So, watch out for that stupid corner of your brain; don’t let it take over the wise part of your brain. It’s the smart thing to do.

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Local pie maker claims two blue ribbons Andrea Spring has a long history of baking success. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON – Mermaid Pies & Produce owner Andrea Spring won two blue ribbons at the American Pie Council’s National Pie Championships. The 24th Annual American Pie Council (APC) National Pie Championships took place the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando on April 6 and 7. Amateur, professional and commercial bakers entered their favorite pies in various flavor categories, and hundreds of pies were sampled by more than 200 judges during the two-day competition. Spring won a first-place blue ribbon in the nut flavor category with her Cashew Butter Turtle Pie. “I did that because of all the new nut butters out now. I make my own cashew butter because it has a lot more flavor than the one you buy on the shelf. I wanted that full cashew


Andrea Spring proudly displays her Cashew Butter Turtle Pie and her two blue ribbons from the National Pie Championships. flavor and I made something like a pecan pie with some different things in it,” she said. Spring topped her pie with a traditional turtle topping made with caramel and chocolate and garnished it with whipped cream and cashews.

This year, there was also a savory pie category and Spring won a second blue ribbon for her Moroccan Chicken Pot Pie. “The second ribbon really surprised me,” she said. “I didn’t win best in show, but I’m

still happy that I won two blue ribbons,” Spring said. Spring said the contest offered only two prize levels: a blue ribbon or white honorable mention ribbon; no second or third place ribbons were awarded. “Only one person wins that category, so you’ve got 15 other people that don’t get anything,” she said. Best in Show this year went to Kathy Hanson, an Orlando resident whose banana cream pie, “I Love a Great Love Pie,” was deemed the top overall entry. Spring won best in show in 2007, 2010 and 2013 in the contest that was for many years sponsored by Crisco shortening. “I’m the only person that’s ever won two times. I was really hoping for a fourth, but I’m going back next year to see what I can do,” Spring said. Competing in the professional categories, Spring baked her pies in advance at her pie shop at 10115 Cortez Road, in the plaza across the street from the Cortez Clam Factory. She then topped them and garnished them in her hotel room

before bringing them to the competition. “It’s not a bake-off; it’s not that type of competition,” she said. Her new blue ribbons are on display at the pie shop, and the Cashew Butter Turtle Pie has been added to the menu. When asked for the secret to making good pie crusts, Spring laughed and said, “Crisco, because it really is the best shortening. Butter makes your crust hard and brittle; you’re not going to get a nice tender flaky crust. Off-brands of shortening do not get it either.” Spring will next compete in the Maple Leaf Farms’ Discover Duck Recipe Contest, where contestants are judged on their submitted duck recipes as prepared by culinary students. Before opening Mermaid Pies & Produce, Spring spent many years making pies as the previous coowner of the Sign of the Mermaid restaurant in Anna Maria. She also spent time working as a pastry chef at the Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria.



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Kathy Woodruff - Listing Al & Helen Pollock - Selling

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Kathy Caserta - Listing Chet Coleman - Selling



Lynn Zemmer - Listing & selling

John Damato - Listing Jason Sato - Selling



Stephanie Bell - Listing Brianna Shaughnessy - Selling

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Rollin’ down the river Tom Skoloda averaged 25 miles per day and used 20 locks on his river paddle. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

Former Anna Maria Commissioner Tom Skoloda got a very unusual gift from his wife, Alice Newlon, for his 75th birthday. It wasn’t anything to wear, eat or play with. Instead, she agreed to be his backup for a canoe paddle down the Ohio River. While he plotted out his route, she made sure he had a place to stay, whether a motel or a campground. Skoloda, who moved off the Island to a northwest Bradenton address after he served at city hall, has stayed active since the move. He and his wife bicycled cross country from May to August in 2010. While he had a lofty goal, he made sure he didn’t overdo it. He set a goal of five to seven hours and 25 miles per day. He began his paddle in Connellsville, Pa., on the Youghiogheny river and it took him 42 days to cover 1,043 miles, ending just short of the Mississippi River. Along the way, he saw a paddlewheel boat, the Queen of the Mississippi. “Most of the time, I was alone on the


Tom Skoloda sometimes camped out near the water. At right,he said he enjoyed the challenge and learned a lot about himself. river,” he said. “The big boats didn’t scare me; it was the small power boats that scared me. I wore glasses that had a rear view mirror.” Along the way, he made some interesting stops. He saw some casinos and a huge mural on a one-mile-long flood wall. He also visited Portsmouth, Ohio, where they celebrate television and movie cowboy star Roy Rogers. The trip was a learning experience. He made a list of 15 things he learned. • Twenty-five miles on moving water is faster than 25 miles on still water. • Not all locks are created equal. • It can take up to three hours to get through a lock, but most have been less

than 30 minutes. • Cloudy days are better than sunny days. • Pain comes in many forms and in many different places. • The term shuttle bunny has negative connotations, so Alice is my Adventure Scout. • I have gained weight while shedding inches. • Tug boats and barges are not a problem, pleasure power boaters are. • Not all boat ramps and launches are easy to find, even when you know where they are.

• A kayak can launch itself from a car parked on a steep incline. • Every good stopping place has a 100 or more Canada geese with all their poop. • I can actually paddle for seven hours without requiring hospitalization, that is if you don’t include psychiatric ones. • It’s good to have a rudder on a boat if you’re going to do a lot of distance paddling. • It’s an especially good idea to keep your Adventure Scout happy. • An old Gatorade bottle makes a good urinal.

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FIRE: Causes $250,000 in damages


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ing in a surf competition when they got the news. “It was a shock,” Jim Brady said. The rental apartment above the shop was vacant, Ronee Brady said, but the timing was especially bad – the store just got in its spring inventory and was fully stocked. Contents and structural damage is estimated at $250,000, Davis said, adding, “Everything they had in there is gone between the heat and smoke damage.” Holmes Beach Police Department officers responded quickly to the fire, but by the time they opened the door, the flames were already up to the ceiling, Davis said. The call came in to WMFR at 2:43 p.m. Four engine companies responded – three from West Manatee Fire Rescue and one from Longboat Key. “Engine #131 from the Holmes Beach station made a fantastic knock down of the fire because that whole place was ready to go,” he said. After the smoke cleared, Jim Brady said they’re ready to rebuild. He said most of the damage is to the store’s inventory, which will have to be replaced. Contractors were on site Monday morning to assess the structural damage and begin the process of rebuilding. “Time is the issue now,” he said. The Bradys hope to have the surf shop reopened within 60 to 90 days.

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The surf shop, next to Manatee beach, is an Island institution, rivaling Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach as the oldest surf shop in Florida. Ron Jon’s opened in 1963. Brady started his shop in 1964, he thinks – he was only 16 – near the former Pete Reynard’s restaurant and the current Waterline Marina Resort in Holmes Beach. While he was in class at Manatee High School, his grandmother, Aida Brady, and his aunt, Carol Stevens, filled in for him. When the surf was up, he’d hang a sign on the door saying, “Gone surfing.” He moved the shop to the present location in 1979, where the Brady’s grandchildren, Giorgio Gomez and Izzi Gomez, champion surfers and paddleboarders, learned their craft.


Outpourings of sympathy and good wishes appeared immediately on The Sun’s Facebook page as details became available Sunday afternoon. • “So sad... the community will come together and help them rebuild and recoup I'm sure. I’m just glad no one was hurt.” Tiffany An Parker • “Oh no... such an island treasure” Janet Bethart Maze • “Dreams and prayers up in smoke, such a shock for the owners… One never knows what may happen, but they will have the tight community support from this wonderful island. They will rise up.” Priscilla Rattray • “This is the best family and the best place. I am sooo sad to hear this. Prayers to the Bradys and their


Another view of the building blazing away.

amazing crew.” Heidi Erickson-Kubes • “Praying for Mr. and Mrs. Brady – hopefully everyone is ok.” Marion Young-Welles • “Nice shop and really nice people. Hope everyone is OK!” Cathy Robbins • “Praying for the whole family and their business, that is so awful!” LinVal Grant Price And on the Surf Shop’s Facebook page, the Bradys wrote, “We just want to say thank you for the overwhelming response of thoughts and prayers! We are so blessed that everyone is OK! Thanks to our heroes, Kaitlin, Anna and Benny for making sure our customers got out safe and sound! Not to mention the police and firefighters for their valiant efforts to save our livelihood! You don’t know how much it meant to come home to a parking lot full of amazing friends, family, customers and kind strangers waiting with open arms. It made such a traumatic experience so much more bearable.” Sun Staff Writer Kristin Swain contributed to this report.

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Beach access a concern in Anna Maria Legal opinions vary as to how much of a threat the new state law poses. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – City officials in Anna Maria are taking no chances when it comes to protecting customary beach uses that could be impacted by the new state law created by House Bill 631. The new law takes effect July 1, and there are concerns it may create conflicts between private property rights and the customary use of state-owned land located between the water and privately-owned beach properties. City Attorney Becky Vose discussed the new law with Anna Maria city commissioners on April 12. “They did something real sneaky in here, and I don’t know what a court would do with it. They talked about the mean high water line – you own up to mean high water line as defined in a particular statute. That particular statute defines what historically has been the mean high water line. When we have beach renourishment you substitute a new term – instead of a mean high water line, you talk about an erosion

control line, and that is what shows what the state boundary is. But they didn’t say the mean high water line or the erosion control line as applicable, which they should have. They just said the mean high water line. I think they thought about this a lot, so if we’re going to have a customary use ordinance, I think it needs to be for the entire city, on both sides,” Vose said. “I think a lot of the stuff that’s been in the paper has been backpedaling by people in the legislature who may have voted for something that’s really bad, and now they’re saying it’s really not bad,” Vose said. Vose suggested the commission and the city clerk start taking sworn testimony from residents and visitors regarding the customary use of the land between the water and private property lines. She believes this will help support the customary use ordinance she’s drafting. “We need to keep in mind the statute actually uses the term 'ancient,' so we need to try to go back. I remember things my grandparents used to tell me. They used to do such and such and go here and there, and people remember that. That sort of testimony is good to establish a customary use.” Commissioner Doug Copeland suggest-

ed using the Manatee County Historical Society, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and South Florida Museum as historical use resources. “Say we have this customary use ordinance in place. Will people who believe they own to the mean high water line still be able to put up signs?” Commissioner Carol Carter asked. “Unless people voluntarily take them down, we may have to actually use the procedure that’s in the state statute for filing a suit to establish the customary use. Before this, you used to be able to pass an ordinance,” Vose said.


During public input, County Commissioner Carol Whitmore read a memorandum written by attorneys Diana Ferguson and Rutledge Ecenia. The memo was originally sent to the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association. It was passed on to county commissioners by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker. A bolded section of the two-page memo says, “It should be noted that HB 631 does not affect the statewide beach management program or any beach restoration, nourishment or erosion control projects

that participate in the program. Title to all lands seaward of the ECL (erosion control line) is vested in the state as sovereign, and title to all lands landward of the ECL is vested in the riparian upland owner. Additionally, the program requires the provision of upland access to the beach,” the memo says. “If our information’s wrong and you find out something different, we all need to work together, but this is from the people that do the beach restoration all over the state,” Whitmore said. “I have seen that before and to me it’s not accurate,” Vose said. “I hope the erosion control line won’t be a problem, but I don’t think it was an accident that they put the mean high water line in the statute because those are of equal weight. There’s the statute that talks about the erosion control line and then this statute. This is a more recent statement by the legislature, which usually trumps on interpretation of statutes,” Vose said. “This law does not get rid of the customary use doctrine. This does not take away the right of people to use the beach. It just makes it very difficult and a lot more difficult for the city to recognize a customary use and enforce it,” Vose said.









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Moss Builders worked hard for the tie BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Week two of the adult co-ed soccer season started out with a game that showed why Team Legler Flynn Law is at the top of the leader board. The dominating win by team captain Sean Flynn’s squad was followed by an exciting come from behind game by Team Moss Builders. The tied ballgame gave Team Slim’s Place its second draw in the season after what looked like a game that would give it its first win. Moss Builders Jessica Williams’ goal eight minutes into the first half gave her team the early lead. In less than five minutes, Renee Rupp shot a goal of her own to tie the game for the first time. Slim’s Place’s Nate Welch gave the team a go ahead goal a couple of minutes later to be followed by another goal by Welch in a penalty kick. Welch was given the chance for the second goal after a handball in the box by Ivan Gaeta off a corner kick. The fourth goal for Team Slim’s Place came in the beginning of the second half by team captain PJ Smagisso advancing the score to 1-4. With less than eight minutes left in the game, Chris Scott found his groove for Moss Builders. Scoring his first goal with 7:40 on the clock, Scott hit the net again leaving five minutes on the scoreboard. Scott’s second goal came after a Moss Builders throw-in to Williams. Williams passed the ball to Gaeta in front of the net. Gaeta found Scott open for the third goal of the game for Moss Builders. Speedy Ray Gardner handled the soccer ball on the field, moving past Moss Builder’s Josh Bernet, who makes his return to the league this season. Gardner could not quite get in scoring position after taking the ball down the field. Team captain Ryan Moss held his position in the goal in the last minutes of the game, giving his teammates the opportunity to tie the game with less than two minutes left. A free kick call for Moss Builders put the ball to Williams’ feet in front of the goal. Williams found Scott for the eight goal of the game, tying the score 4-4. Zero seconds were on the scoreboard clock, leaving the official game time in the hands of the referees. Extra time was played in the game due to delays,


Above, Jessica Williams and Ray Gardner get tied up on the soccer field in a game that ended in a tie. Right, goalie and team captain PJ Smagisso stopped the Jessica Williams shot for Slim’s Place. giving Williams the chance to score. Shots desperately taken by both teams in the last 45 seconds of play failed to get in the goal, ending the game in a tie after 46 minutes of hard played soccer. Down players due to injuries and absences, Team Ross Built lost its second game to a dominating Sato Real Estate team. In a show of good sportsmanship, team captain Josh Sato played a man down matching the Ross team. The final game of the night gave Acqua Aveda its first win of the season while handing Team Mar/Kis Insurance its first loss. With six regular season games to go, the season is still too early to predict who will be at the top of the winner’s bracket for the Paul “Ace” Hayward Cup.


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TOURISM: Resident cites safety issues FROM PAGE 3

reason why pople comne to visit this destination,” she said. “I don’t know what we could do as a TDC to ensure that.” There is “a major need” for safe pedestrian and bike pathways, TDC member and Island restaurateur Ed Chiles said, adding, “We have to look at solutions.” Meanwhile, “When I’m at the end of Pine Avenue, I have to get myself in a completely different mindset,” Chiles said. “I just have to know I’m going 7 to 12 miles an hour.” “I change my itinerary in season,” he said. “If I’m going to Mar Vista on Longboat Key, I know there’s 45 minutes to daydream or make phone calls coming back up.” The good news, he said, is, “We’re in demand.” Locals know that “If you want to come out here in the morning, you have to be here by 9 o’clock, and if you want to come in the evening you come after 5 or 6,” TDC member Jack Rynerson said. It's not just a problem on the Island, but also in Bradenton, TDC member and Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston said, adding that it’s not just tourism creating the problem; the area also is attracting

more residents. “We have to be more patient than we are,” he suggested. “There’s no one silver bullet, but we are reclaiming some of our right of way,” Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy told the TDC. “Over the years, people have encroached onto the right of way. It’s a painful process, people buy a house and the right of way is already cultivated,” he said, adding that the city, after lengthy discussions with property owners, is taking back a little of the right of way at a time. Multimodal transportation would seem to be the answer, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Elliott Falcione said. The TDC has endorsed water ferries and recommended tourist tax money for Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach pier renovations, but Island cities “apparently aren’t sure if they want to do that or not,” he said. “They need to decide. There’s no need to spend dollars from the tourism coffer if cities don’t want it.” In other business: • The TDC heard a request from Beverly Lesnick, chair of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, to take into consideration the amount of tourist tax

produced by Anna Maria Island versus Longboat Key when allocating tourist tax proceeds to each chamber. • Whitmore noted that Holmes Beach tourism is down compared to the other two Island cities. Falcione responded that many factors could contribute, but that flat visitation is good when average daily rates are up. •Murphy thanked the TDC for recommending funding for the Anna Maria City Pier. He announced that construction should begin in August 2018 and be completed by December 2019. • The county’s tourism consultant, Walter Klages, said that 97.6 percent of the people who visit the Bradenton area are satisfied with the destination, that the European market is growing and that an Irish market is emerging. • The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted 25 travel writers in 2017, attended media events in the UK, Atlanta and Dallas and launched a new website. • The board acknowledged the resignation of board member David Teitelbaum and announced plans to honor him for his service at the next meeting in June.

DEAL: Makes presentation to TDC FROM PAGE 3

ing food and beer, and, of course, other cars. As Chief Tokajer can tell you, every week a new batch of thousands of visitors means another heroic effort to educate them about local ordinances and safety issues. Locals advise visitors about safe bike and walking routs as often as we can. Why, just last week, I was trying to direct a man pushing a baby in a stroller trying to cross busy Gulf Drive to a nearby crosswalk, and he told me to * myself. In essence, our city has to endlessly protect visitors from themselves and others while trying to mandate the day to day administrative duties that any city has. If the industries of tourism, real estate, rentals, hospitality and development continue to entice

more and more people to AMI and Manatee County, with the promise of paradise and bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets, and they profit from those people – those industries need to take a much more aggressive responsibility for the safety of everyone who comes here and lives here. Last week, we were driving around that curve on Gulf Drive and met an old woman walking just off the street. There are no sidewalks there, no crosswalks, no bike lanes, very little berm on either side of the road. Same day, on the way home, same spot, we passed an older man walking in the street with no way to be seen by oncoming traffic. I challenge this council to create a safety task force made up of conscionable stakeholders who have some responsibility in market-

ing for and profiting from tourism and development. If there are more accidents involving tourists (you want to get rid of us pesky locals, anyway, right?), what will that mean to the tourism industry on the Island or in the county? That said, there are many business folks on the Island who benefit from tourists who sincerely care about the hearts, souls and the safety of everyone in our community, and I am sure they would be interested. Finally, I want you to understand – AMI is not a brand. Manatee County is not a brand. We are a community of living things – plants, animals, human beings – with the right to safety, security and the opportunity to survive and thrive in peace.”




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