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Noise ordinance requires further review A date has not been set yet for a City Commission workshop discussion about the Bradenton Beach noise ordinance. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

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FISH Boatworks runs aground

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) is shutting down its Boatworks operation due to the resignation of manager Rick Stewart. According to FISH board member Jane von Hahmann, the stand-alone space along Cortez Road will eventually be converted into a museum that will house and display the small wooden boats Stewart and the Boatworks volunteers built or restored over the years. Von Hahmann expressed appreciation and gratitude for the work Stewart did since he began managing the volunteer operation approximately five years ago. Von Hahmann said the FISH board would consider reactivating the Boatworks program if another volunteer manager emerges.

BRADENTON BEACH – The City Commission agrees that a commission workshop is needed to review and discuss the noise ordinance adopted in 2014. City Attorney Ricinda Perry proposed the workshop before noise-related public comments were made at the commission’s Thursday, April 20, meeting. She said public input was welcomed, but the commission were not prepared to take action that day. “As we work through things, there may be little areas that could be tweaked,” she said of the ordinance. The commission members unanimously agreed to review the ordinance at a future date. After noting there are more open-air music venues operating now, Mayor Bill Shearon said he hoped the workshop provides “a clear understanding of the rules, so everybody can play in the sandbox nice.” see noise, page 37

Cortez rises again against Beruff BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

CORTEZ – The last time Cortezians took on Carlos Beruff, they lined up a 90-year-old woman, several seniors in wheelchairs, grandchildren, babes in their mothers’ arms and a disabled commercial fisherman along Cortez Road waving signs reading, “We are the little fish.” For months, they filled hearing rooms with Cortez residents packed as tight as mullet in a cooler. They beat the developer’s 2007 bid to buy the Cortez Trailer Park for $10.8 million, demolish it, displace the residents and turn it into a marina. This time, Cortez-based FISH, the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, has linked arms with Suncoast Waterkeeper and former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash to fight Beruff’s Aqua by the Bay project, formerly Long Bar Pointe. The 529-acre residential/commercial project will have 2,384 residential multi-family units and 510 sin-

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gle-family lots, including a five-story building and a 13-story building, according to a county staff report, which states that the buildings are not expected to create any adverse impacts on surrounding developments - Legends Bay to the south, Tidy Island to the north and the planned Lake Flores to the east. The Manatee County Commission is scheduled to decide on Thursday, May 4, the fate of two miles of pristine, state-protected mangrove fringe on Sarasota Bay, known to Cortezians as the kitchen, where juvenile fish, crabs and other marine life has long been protected by nature. The county Planning Commission recommended approval of the project 3-2 on April 13. Beruff and partner Larry Lieberman lost their bid in 2013 to build a marina and channel at Long Bar Pointe when a judge ruled against his constitutional challenge to Manatee County’s comprehensive plan. see cortez, page 33

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The area outlined in red is Aqua by the Bay’s proposed mitigation area off Long Bar Pointe in Sarasota Bay.



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Fitness trail fiasco continues The project has been slowed by bureaucratic delays. BY JOE HENDRICKS


BRADENTON BEACH – City Commissioners will take a third crack at completing the preliminary paperwork needed to submit a fitness trail funding request to the Manatee County Commission. On April 17, the commission reluctantly directed City Attorney Ricinda Perry to draft a revised city resolution and a revised letter of joint support, both of which are to include a not-toexceed project cost of $15,000. It is the commission’s hope that Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy and Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson will join Mayor Bill Shearon in signing a joint letter deemed acceptable by all parties involved. Murphy and Johnson would not sign the previous letter they received because it did not contain a not-to-exceed amount. The county requires a letter of support from the

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With Commissioner Ralph Cole at this side, Vice Mayor John Chappie, left, expresses his displeasure with the delays incurred when trying to submit a funding request to county officials. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon, far right, contributed to the delays that slowed the city’s efforts to get fitness equipment installed along the Coquina Beach fitness trail. three mayors for the proposed use of country-controlled excess beach concessions funds. During last week’s commission discussion, Perry noted the cost estimate to install exercise equipment along the Coquina Beach fitness trail at the

county’s expense was removed from the previous resolution and letter of support at Shearon’s request. Vice Mayor John Chappie noted the first attempt to forward this project to county commissioners involved Shearon signing and presenting to the

other mayor’s a letter that was never approved by the Bradenton Beach Commission. Chappie said he was disappointed the mayors made it so challenging to get a relatively simple project funded.




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Day dock ordered The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has authorized a $29,995 down payment to Technomarine for the construction and installation of a new public day dock alongside the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The down payment constitutes the city placing an order for a floating dock system that will be built off-site and delivered to the pier for installation. Police Chief and Pier Team Facilitator Sam Speciale is now awaiting a construction and installation timetable.

Park gazebo on Thursday agenda The agenda for the Thursday, April 27, Anna Maria Commission meeting includes an AMI Community Center proposal presented by Kristen Lessig; a City Pier Park gazebo discussion prompted by Nancy Ambrose; a second visit from Jean Bystrom regarding her vacation rental at 604 N. Shore Dr.; a discussion on pull over lanes requested by Chair Doug Copeland; a resolution proposing a lien research services fee presented by City Attorney Becky Vose; a city pier RFP update from Mayor Dan Murphy and a lobbyist report from the mayor. The meeting will take place at city hall, 10005 Gulf Dr., at 6 p.m.

Celebrating cancer survivors and caregivers Join Relay For Life of Bradenton and the Beaches May 12 to celebrate cancer survivors and those who’ve helped them on their journey. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton. The event kicks off the opening ceremonies for the Relay For Life with the Survivor’s Victory Lap, followed by a second ceremonial lap with caregivers joining in. Golf carts will be available for those who cannot walk but want to participate in the ceremonial laps. After the lap, participants will be treated to a meal provided by Blake Medical Center with desserts by Freedom Village, Publix and Manatee Hospital. Survivors will be gifted a t-shirt and goodie bag on arrival. Entertainment and prizes also will be provided. Cancer survivors wishing to attend can sign up at For more information, contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.


Guests at the April 19 grand re-opening of Grassy Point Preserve in Holmes Beach pause to look for starfish in the tidal pools below and to the side of the new boardwalk pathway leading to Anna Maria Sound.

Grassy Point reopens to the public Guests are once again welcome to tour the natural environment at Grassy Point Preserve. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH — The gates of Grassy Point Preserve are officially open, at least for the hours between dawn and dusk. City leaders and more than 30 guests gathered April 19 for a ribbon cutting and first look at the newly expanded park. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson called the event a thank you to everyone who contributed to the purchase, maintenance, planting, expansion and support of the park. “You are very special people to have done so much for so long,” he said. “I just want to say thank you to all of you.” Holmes Beach resident Nancy Deal stepped in for longtime Grassy Point supporter Billie Martini who could not attend the ribbon cutting ceremony. In a letter which Deal read aloud, Martini thanked the people and organizations who helped create the park. “Thank you for coming to Grassy Point today,” she said in the letter. “It is one of a very few locations remaining that is Anna Maria Island as nature intended it — no concrete in sight.” The preserve reopened to the public immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony and first tour of the expanded path and boardwalk additions. The park was closed for several months to extend the existing pathway through trees and across tidal ponds to view Anna Maria Sound. “This is a very special little place,” Holmes Beach Commissioner Carol Soustek said. Grassy Point is located at the northern end of Avenue C in Holmes Beach.


Above, Jay Leverone, of Sarasota Bay Estuary, pauses on the boardwalk at Grassy Point to enjoy the sunlight streaming in along the path. Left, Holmes Beach Commissioner Carol Soutek enjoys the bay view through the mangroves

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Rental regulations get a push City commissioners want to know the cost of activating the Quality of Life Ordinance. BY JOE HENDRICKS

Some of the members said


BRADENTON BEACH – The Quality of Life Ordinance adopted in 2015, but never implemented, appears poised for a comeback. A discussion initiated by Commissioner Ralph Cole at the April 17 meeting resulted in city’s department heads again being directed to provide cost estimates for the implementation, administration and enforcement of vacation rental regulations and a registration program. The commission wants this information for its June 1 meeting. The recommended fees will then be included in a fee resolution drafted by City Attorney Ricinda Perry. By resolution, the commission must also repeal a resolution adopted in March that formally suspended the enforcement of the Quality of Life Ordinance that was never enforced. The ordinance was adopted during

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Commissioner Ralph Cole, right, expresses his desire to get rental regulations in place. Mayor Jack Clarke’s final meeting in November 2015. The ordinance never took effect because the next two commissions led by Mayor Bill Shearon failed to adopt the fee schedule that would revive the dormant ordinance or pave the way for an amended ordinance that incorporates planning board recommendations supported by the commission. The commission’s renewed sense of urgency took shape last week after

Cole said it seemed less likely the state legislature would hinder local governments’ ability to regulate rentals. Cole wants rental regulations in place before the soon to be extended building moratorium expires in August. Shearon suggested more commission workshops, but got no support for further delaying the process. Cole addressed one of the original ordinance’s most challenging elements: inspecting rental units during the reg-

Ordinance.” Jake Spooner Commissioner

istration process. He suggested rentals only be inspected after violations occur – something the planning board previously recommended. Cole, Perry, Vice Mayor John Chappie and Commissioner Jake Spooner see regulations, page 13




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have noticed a significant increase in bike traffic on the Island this summer. This doesn’t surprise me because it is a wonderful mode of transportation. What does surprise me is the number of people who seem to be unaware of the rules that go along with choosing this mode of transportation. This became glaringly apparent to me the other day when I was standing outside the gallery that I work at on Pine Avenue. Two teenage boys were riding their bikes side by side in the middle of the street, and there were about four cars behind them. One car beeped its horn. In response, one of the boys shouted an expletive and said that they had the right of way. I thought to myself “Well, that can’t be right.” So I did some research. What I found out initially as outlined by The Florida Bicycle Association (www.floridabicycle. org). “In Florida the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the drivers of other vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.” So, although useful information it did not clearly answer if the boys “rights to the roadway” covered going significantly under the speed limit and slowing traffic. So, I continued my research and found exactly what I was looking for on Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat’s website ( • As a bicyclist, it is important to obey traffic signs and laws always. • Using proper hand signals is important for your safety and those who you share the road with. Drivers may not see you due to low visibility with the sun light and possible blind spots so it’s best to assume they don’t see you. • Ride with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road. • Bicyclists must yield right of way to pedestrians when riding on crosswalks or sidewalks. • Bicycles should be equipped with brakes that allow them to stop within 25 feet when going 10 mph on dry clean pavement. • Using headphones may be a safety hazard and bicyclists should avoid using them while riding. • You must ride with a regular fixed seat. • If bicycling with children it is the parents or guardian’s responsibility to ensure proper safety measures are taken including wearing a helmet if they are 16 or younger. SEE GUEST COLUMN, PAGE 7

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Consider a third bridge I would like to commend Anna Cockerham, Cortez, on her excellent letter to the Florida Department of Transportation, published in the April 19 issue of the Anna Maria Island Sun. Ms. Cockerham is exactly correct. A third bridge from the mainland to the north end of Long Boat Key would resolve all of the current traffic issues through the towns of Cortez and Bradenton Beach and assist greatly toward facilitating the traffic as it grows when the flower farm property along Cortez Road is developed into a residential community. The late Bradenton Beach resident Jim Kissick has been advocating this solution for years with several (maybe more) letters appearing in The Sun newspaper. Why the Department of Transportation has not taken this recommendation into consideration is beyond me. I hope they now do. Eric Wilson Cortez

Don't let land be pillaged Because of the traffic snarl on Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, I have seen the re-transformation of “Aqua by the Bay”. There used to be attractive fields, crops, trees, birds, cows and countless other living creatures. Pres-

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ently, it is a dirt wasteland with no vegetation for an ecosystem to thrive on. Now, in the far west section, there is a small area fenced off where the visible animals are confined. The tomatoes are plowed under each season and the cows are only there to acquire an agriculture status for property taxes. If this is how developers take care of land vegetation and living animals that can be seen, just imagine how they will care and take care of sea vegetation and animals we cannot see. I have witnessed Hillsborough County's land be raped and pillaged by developers for their own benefit; that is why I moved to Manatee County years ago. I am hoping this can be prevented. The fragile ecosystem of Manatee County is already threatened. Skip St. John Bradenton Beach

Trolleys need GPS My family loves the Anna Maria Island trolley. However, the trolley system needs GPS tracking capability, which includes a smart phone app that will allow riders to track the location of the trolley at all times. The Anna Maria Island Sun

newspapers recently reported Barrier Island Elected Officials (BIEO) are exploring adding an additional trolley to the system. The Sun also reported the cost of the trolley at $450,000 not including maintenance and staffing. Implementing GPS tracking capability for trolley users is a much less expensive option that solves the issue. Heavy traffic causes huge delays for the trolley and currently riders are forced to wait at a stop with no idea how long the wait will be. If there was an app whereby riders could track the status of the trolley, they could continue shopping or eating until the trolley was close, rather than spending that time waiting at a trolley stop. John M. Wright Holmes Beach

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PREVIOUS QUESTION: Which option do you favor for a Cortez Bridge Neither. Replace the old replacement?

Anna Maria

Holmes Beach

4/27: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. 5/9: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. 5/11: City Commission special meeting, 6 p.m. For information, call 7086130.

4/27: Police retirement board, 11:30 a.m. 4/27: City Commission work session, 6 p.m. 5/3: Parks and Beautification Committee, 10 a.m. 5/9: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. 5/11: City Commission work session, 6 p.m. For information, call 7085800.



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THIS WEEK’S SURVEY What should the County Commission do with the proposed Aqua by the Bay (Long Bar Pointe) project?

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• Approve it if all required permits are obtained. • Reject it because of the environmental damage it will do. • Carefully read the entire staff report on it, listen to critics and supporters, then decide. • Ask Carl Hiaasen to write a book about it.

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• It is best to ride with the amount of people intended for the build of the bicycle. • It is required by law to provide your bicycle with the right safety equipment. Bicyclists must have a lamp on the front and a red reflector and a lamp on the

back between sunrise and sunset. The rear lamp should be visible from 600 feet and the front lamp should be visible from 500 feet. Looks like the boys were mistaken in their assumption. Not to mention the language that was used was completely unnecessary. I decided to share the information that I found in hopes that

it would be helpful to bicyclists that are not following the rules. Maybe now they will realize that they exist, and are in place for a reason. Understanding and respecting that may also give them an opportunity to be a part of what keeps Anna Maria the beautiful laid back island that we all love.

Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Einstein’s Circle discussions, The Center of AMI, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, 11 a.m. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon to 12:45 p.m. $12. Space limited. Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Chess Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 4 p.m.

Thursday April 27

Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Quilting, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Zumba for beginners, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 to 10:45 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise. org or 941-383-6493. American contract bridge league, open pairs duplicate bridge games, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 4 p.m., $11 per game with snacks included.

Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941383-6493. 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, 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase.

Friday April 28

Four Elements Earthwalk: Wind, Neal Preserve, 12301 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Reserve to 941-7425757, ext. 6. Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Bridge refresher class, Aging in Paradise Resource 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@aginginparadise. org or 941-383-6493. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday April 29

CPR training, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Pre-registration required. Reserve to Courtney DeSear at 941-778-6341. American contract bridge league, open pairs duplicate bridge games, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 4 p.m., $11 per game SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 8



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Sunday April 30

Beach Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday May 1

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

Tuesday May 2

Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Preschool story time, Florida Creature Feature, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Duplicate bridge, Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 12:30 p.m. American contract bridge league, open pairs duplicate bridge games, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 4 p.m., $11 per game with snacks included. Reserve to or 941-

383-6493. Memory screening with Sue Fox, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 2 to 4 p.m. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493.

Wednesday May 3

Kayaking for first timers, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th Street N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon. Reserve to 941-742-5757, ext. 7. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Einstein’s Circle discussions, The Center of AMI, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, 11 a.m. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon to 12:45 p.m. $12. Space limited. Gulf Coast Writers, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 12:45 p.m.

Thursday May 4

Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Zumba for beginners, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 to 10:45 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493.

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American contract bridge league, open pairs duplicate bridge games, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 4 p.m., $11 per game with snacks included. Reserve to or 941383-6493. Reiki II with Virginia Steagall, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., $50. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. Knit and crochet, 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, 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase.

Friday May 5

Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Bridge refresher class, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

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Saturday May 6

Oyster Extravaganza habitat restoration, Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon. Register at www. American contract bridge league, open pairs duplicate bridge games, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 4 p.m., $11 per game with snacks included. Reserve to or 941383-6493. Patron Appreciation Day, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 to 4 p.m.

Sunday May 7

Beach Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday May 8

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

Tuesday May 9

Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Musical motion, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m.

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Metz appeal costs climbing The special master’s ruling is expected in early June. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – John Metz’s appeal of a 2015 permitting decision made by Building Official Steve Gilbert has already cost Bradenton Beach taxpayers $11,447 in attorney fees. On Monday, April 17, City Treasurer Shayne Thompson e-mailed the mayor and city commissioners a detailed summary of the mounting legal costs associated with Metz’s attempts to have a neighboring property owned by Wendy and George Kokolis declared abandoned in terms of its continued use as a vacation rental. Thompson’s cost summary did not include legal fees incurred after the March 13 special master hearing, when the testimony and cross-examinations began. The hearing resumed on the same morning Thompson distributed the

e-mail that anticipated an additional $3,000 for legal services that day and beyond. The Metz-requested hearing featured nearly five hours of testimony in March and four hours and 45 minutes of additional testimony last week. Thompson’s cost summary did not include the $65 per hour paid to both Gilbert and City Planner Alan Garrett for their combined 18 hours of hearing attendance.

The case at hand

Metz serves on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. He and his attorney, Nelon Kirkland, contend the Kokolis’ structure was not occupied for more than 18 months during the recent renovations and, therefore, should lose its historic use as a vacation rental. The argument is based on Land Development Code (LDC) language that applies to properties the traditional use of which no longer complies with updated building codes or zoning restrictions. This is referred to as a non-conforming use, which means the original use

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Planning board member John Metz, right, huddles with his attorney, Nelon Kirkland, during the April 17 special master hearing. is allowed as long as the existing structure is not demolished and replaced. The Kokolis’ bought the twostory structure at 308 Gulf Dr. in 2014 and Gilbert issued the first renovation-related building permit in June 2015. Metz had 30 days to challenge the permit, but did not do so until nearly a year later. As stated in his 2016 e-mail to Metz, Gilbert testified the city does not consider an existing allowed use to be vacated during renovations.

He also said the 30-day time limit on permit appeals protects property owners from challenges presented after the work is completed. When testifying, Garrett supported Gilbert’s positions. He said if a similar claim was applied to an existing condominium unit that had been maintained by not occupied for 18 months, the entire building would have to be shut down. Garrett also questioned whether the swimming pool Metz had installed at his own house – half of

which is used as a vacation rental – was code-compliant for a structure that also maintains a historic, nonconforming use. Kirkland claimed the original cost appraisal provided to Gilbert in 2015 was not an accurate representation of the project’s anticipated costs. The appraisal is used to determine whether the estimated renovations would exceed the 50 percent cost threshold and thus be considered new construction and result in the loss of the existing non-conforming use. Gilbert and the Kokolis’ attorney, Robert Lincoln, claimed the appraisal was accurate and was properly modified to account for additional costs. When the testimony ended, it was agreed that Kirkland had 20 days to submit his written closing arguments and requested legal order. Once those are received, Perry and Lincoln have seven days to review them and file their closing arguments and requested orders. Special Master Lisa Gonzalez Moore then has 15 days to issue her ruling.



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Anchorage patrols begin

Schooner gets company

As part of a recently-approved, CRA-funded innovative policing program, the Bradenton Beach Police Department is now conducting marine patrols of the unmanaged anchorage and navigable waters south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The first patrols took place Easter weekend and resulted in one citation and several warnings being issued to live-aboard boaters. That patrol marked the first time the trailered police boat was temporarily left in the water at a wet slip provided by the Bradenton Beach Marina. The police boat was out again last weekend documenting the boats currently anchored near the pier. Earlier this month, the Community Redevelopment Agency authorized CRA funds to be used to pay off-duty officers $35 to patrol the anchorage 10 hours a week or a maximum of 40 hours a month.

The recently raised schooner San Francesco, left, is still afloat and its long-term fate has not yet been determined. Last week, the Seafood Shack restaurant and marina welcomed the arrival of a newly- acquired deep sea fishing/party boat, right, that will further enhance the Hook to Platter dining option. Chief Operating Officer Jed Lippincott said the schooner is still taking on a little water, and they are considering applying foam insulation to the inner hull to plug the remaining leaks. The long-term plan is for the new fishing boat to dock where the schooner is, but that service is not expected to begin for 60 to 90 days. Currently, there are no other available slips at the marina for the schooner, and a permanent home is still being sought.

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Bert Harris settlements continue ... The city has closed out at least 48 of the 112 Bert Harris claims received. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The most recent group of Bert Harris settlement claim offers approved by the Anna Maria City Commission includes an offer to purchase a vacation rental home at 801 North Shore Dr. for $2.27 million. The city previously offered property owners James and Jeanette DePorre a maximum guest occupancy of 10, but the owners requested 14, plus additional infants and children, based on the property’s history of rentals to large families. The commission authorized the purchase offer on April 4. As of Sunday, City Attorney Beck Vose had not heard back from the property owners’ attorney, Kevin Hennessy. The recent settlement offers also included an American Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation for a vacant lot at 501 South Bay Blvd. owned by Rick and Kristina Kellar. The ADA accommodation will allow for elevators, wider doors and bigger bathrooms than the current building code allows. The city amended its

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The city of Anna Maria is offering to buy this vacation rental property at 801 North Shore Dr. code in a more restrictive manner after the original construction plans were submitted in 2014, and the agreement stipulates the home built cannot be used as a short-term vacation rental for its first five years. The settlement offer made to the Kellars is the only one of the 112 claims received that did not seek occupancy allowances greater than the eight-person limit established by the vacation rental ordinance adopted in 2015. The latest round of settlement offers provided two-plus-two occupancy allowances for eight other existing vacation rental

properties or properties slated for development as short-term rentals. According to the city website, 48 of the 112 claims received have been closed out to the satisfaction of the city and the property owners. Settlement agreements are also anticipated for dozens of other offers made by the city in recent months. Once a claim is filed, the city and the property owner have 120 days to reach an out of court agreement. To date, none of Anna Maria’s unsettled claims have made their way to the circuit court in Bradenton.


... while claims still plague Holmes Beach Another Holmes Beach Bert Harris claim is going before a judge. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson received summons April 20 on behalf of the city concerning a complaint lodged against the city for 104 75th Street, owned by the Hutchinson family. The complaints are against the city’s living area ratio, restricting residential living area lot coverage to 34 percent, setback requirements for pools or decks and a restriction prohibiting the construction of duplexes connected only by a foundation. The plaintiffs also argue against the size of pools allowable on duplex lots, driveway restrictions, and restrictions limiting new duplex construction to two bedrooms per unit and occupancy at two per bedroom for vacation rental properties. The city has 20 days from the date of the summons to file a defense with the court. The case makes four Bert Harris claims that have made their way to the Manatee County Circuit Court. Of the three that have been heard, all of them have ended in favor of the city. Holmes Beach city leaders are standing behind their ordinances, refusing to allow variances in the face of Bert Harris claims. As of April 21, the city received 38 Bert Harris claims.

Chamber party and deadline The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly business card exchange on Wednesday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the AMI Historical Museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. There will be food, entertainment and networking. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for prospective members. The Chamber also reminds those seeking a scholarship from the Chamber that the deadline for signing up is Friday, April 28. For more information, call the Chamber at 941-778-1541.



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Center Cajun Fest honors Island resident Come out to The Center of Anna Maria Island May 6 for some authentic low county cooking. In memory of Anna Maria resident Henry Hicks, the Center is hosting a Cajun Fest and crawfish boil featuring food straight from Louisiana. Fresh crawfish are being flown in from the Louisiana bayou for the event, with additional catering provided by Bayou Catering. The menu features boiled crawfish, jambalaya, red beans and rice, bourbon bread pudding and additional options for those who prefer land instead of seafood fare. The Kentucky Derby will be on screens outdoors, while family-friendly films will be shown for kids.

Live music will be provided by The Gumbo Boogie Band. The event marks three years since the unexpected passing of Hicks, who held an annual crawfish boil at his Island home for his friends and neighbors. This year’s boil is sponsored by Hicks’ family with the proceeds benefiting the Center’s youth programs. Tickets for the event are $40 for adults and $10 for children aged 11 and under. For more information, contact event coordinator Lindsay Sauls at or call 941778-1908. Tickets can be purchased at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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Vacation rental bills on collision course? The two vacation rental bills passing through the state legislature remained drastically different as of Monday afternoon. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

TALLAHASSEE – On Monday, the Florida House of Representatives’ Commerce Committee ruled favorably on the vacation rental bill known as House Bill 425. The Commerce Committee was the final committee stop for the bill filed by Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud); and the committee did not amend the House bill to resemble the significant amendments made to Greg Steube’s Senate bill, SB 188, on April 17. SB 188 was scheduled for a final hearing by the Senate Rules Committee Tuesday afternoon and the result of that meeting were not known at press time. Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) is a member of the Rules Committee. If the Senate bill remained as recently amended by the Community Affairs Committee, there could be two drastically different vacation rental bills arriving on the

House and Senate floors for final votes by their respective members. As of Monday, the Senate Bill no longer contained language that would prevent local governments from enacting new vacation rental regulations or enforcing those already on the books. The bill simply calls for existing local rental regulations to be made less restrictive without losing any grandfathering provisions, and it lessens regulatory burdens on active military personnel and disabled veterans. The House bill still contains language that says any local rental regulation adopted after June 2011 must apply equally to all residential properties whether they are used as short-term rentals, long-term rentals, vacation homes or permanent residences. The House bill would essentially wipe out the vacation rental ordinances adopted in recent years in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, and prevent the city of Bradenton Beach from adopting new regulations or reviving the suspended Quality of Life ordinance adopted in 2015. If the amended Senate Bill passed through the Senate Rules Committee Tuesday as presented, the contrasting bills would need to be reconciled in a similar | Submitted

Rep. Mike La Rosa presented his vacation rental bill to the House Commerce Committee Monday. manner If not, both bills would die, and the status quo would be maintained. Last week, Anna Maria’s lobbyist, Chip Case, provided Mayor Dan Murphy some possible scenarios as to what might happen next. Case correctly predicted the House bill would not be amended to match the Senate bill. “SB 188 will probably pass as it is now and go to the Senate floor because it is a non-controversial bill which leaves our rights intact,” Case wrote.

“Once the two bills arrive on the floor it then becomes a matter of procedures between the House and the Senate. Potential outcomes are: • It could go to a conference committee for resolution; • It could be dropped because there are more important issues such as the budget and/or lack of floor time; • It could become the topic of last minute compromise and amending.” When sharing Case’s e-mail, Murphy wrote, “Chip does not feel it will go to a conference committee. It is not the type of issue traditionally taken up by them. He thinks the second outcome is a possibility. However, the third outcome – making it the subject of last minute negotiating – is the one we do not want to have happen.” On Monday afternoon, Murphy said he was not surprised HB 425 passed through the Commerce Committee unscathed. “It just reinforces my belief that the situation is not over. We need to be vigilant as the two bills move to the floor. Now is not the time to become complacent,” he said. The 2017 legislative session is scheduled to end Friday, May 5.

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agreed that the planning board recommendations submitted after six months of discussion differed little from the original ordinance the board members wanted to repeal and replace. “We asked them to make them to make the tweaks and then they decided to just throw it out and start new,” Commissioner Spooner said. “Some of the members said at our joint meeting that they didn’t even

bother to read our Quality of Life Ordinance.” At that joint planning board/ city commission meeting in February, Perry and City Planner Alan Garrett said it made more sense to modify the 2015 ordinance than it did to write a new one. Staff was asked then to provide implementation cost estimates, but that information never materialized. In October, the planning board submitted a bulletpoint list of rental regulation









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recommendations that called for side yard trash pickup; smaller; less-conspicuous, exterior owner/agent information signs; an interior placard that lists occupancy and parking allowances; a false advertising ordinance; and escalating penalties for properties that produce multiple ordinance or code violations. The 2015 ordinance’s only occupancy restrictions were tied to the air-conditioning load specified in the certifi-

cate of occupancy issued by the building department after construction is completed. The planning board originally recommended an occupancy limit of two persons per bedroom, plus two additional guests per unit. In November, the board majority changed course and recommended an eight-person occupancy limit with no grandfathering provisions for existing rentals. When it was noted at the joint meeting that

an eight-person limit would likely provoke Bert Harris claims, board members Reed Mapes, John Metz and Patty Shay expressed a willingness to expose the city to that risk. City commissioners have not yet engaged in formative discussion on occupancy limits, but that could be debated if the commission decides to amend the existing Quality of Life Ordinance before it’s rolled out.



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City engineer fights for equal rights City Engineer Lynn Burnett is now a part of the Holmes Beach residential site plan review process. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH — City Engineer Lynn Burnett wants to review residential construction drainage plans before permits can be released. During the April 11 commission meeting, Burnett reviewed the city’s drainage requirements with commissioners, bringing their attention to

a growing issue — many residential lots are not meeting the drainage requirement of eight inches of storm water during a 25-year, 24-hour storm. Instead, the lots are only meeting the minimum one-inch storm water drainage and treatment requirement. The disconnect comes from Building Official Jim McGuinness and Burnett interpreting the city’s codes governing storm water drainage requirements in different ways. McGuinness said he viewed the eight-inch requirement as unnecessary for single family and duplex construction. Burnett said not adhering to the eight-inch requirement is causing

issues the city must address, including the need to use capital improvement funds to install drainage trench systems along private property lines to prevent runoff to neighboring properties, a project costing $4,000 to $6,000 per lot. To help prevent future issues, Burnett successfully petitioned commissioners to be allowed to review residential storm water drainage plans before building permits are issued. Though the reviews would add more work to her schedule, Burnett said addressing the plans “takes less time than reviewing drainage complaints from property owners.”

Commissioner Carol Soustek agreed with Burnett saying she prefers to “do things upfront” and create consistency for builders. Though commissioners agreed with Burnett’s interpretation of the codes, McGuinness disagreed, asking city leaders to provide written policy he could show to builders detailing their interpretation of the code. Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a motion from Commissioner Marvin Grossman directing Mayor Bob Johnson to draft a directive memo to clarify interpretation of the code and include Burnett in the residential site plan approval and inspection process.

Hearing set on Cortez traffic plans The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 9, at the Cortez Road Baptist Church, 4411 100th St. W., Bradenton, to discuss the Cortez Road safety improvements project The hearing will begin as an open house

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proposing several options to improve safety at the intersection of Cortez Road (SR 684) and 119 Street West. The safety improvements will also include a median from the West Manatee Fire Rescue Station to Royal Palm Drive West to reduce vehicular conflict points.

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Fair weather and great music drew crowds to the music celebration in Bradenton Beach Saturday. Clockwise from above, singer Rebecca Bird takes center stage with the Steve Arvey Band. Other special guests joining the band on stage during the two-hour set were Kellie Rucker and English Johnny. Staff members from Anna Maria Oyster Bar man the grill April 22 during the Blues, Brews and BBQ festivities on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The third annual festival, sponsored in part by the Anna Maria Island Sun, benefitted the All Island Denominations Food Pantry. Music lovers take their seats as the Steve Arvey Band prepares to take the stage. The selfproclaimed Blues Brothers enjoy a brew and the stylings of the Memphis Rub Band. The staff from Island Time Bar and Grill take a moment to strike a pose in between serving heaping plates of BBQ to festivalgoers.

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Love for Earth Day Volunteers turned out county wide for the Great American cleanup on Earth Day on Saturday. Above, volunteers pose in front of a sign on Longboat Key. To the right, an unidentified volunteer from the West Bradenton Rotary Club points to a sign warning drivers of heavy roadside work along the roadside. The cleanup concentrated along the shores and roadways.

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House candidate hosts meet and greet Florida House of Representatives District 71 candidate Randy Cooper will host a meet the candidate event Tuesday, May 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Cooper 6608 Marina Dr. in Holmes

Beach. Cooper, a Democrat, and a third-term West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commissioner, is among the candidates seeking the House seat to be vacated by Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) in 2018. For more information, call 941201-6158.

Commissioner preaches CRC involvement Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland is encouraging citizens and elected officials to participate in the Constitution Revision Committee’s (CRC) efforts to amend the State Constitution. Woodland acknowledges the CRC is stacked with Republicans appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, but he feels the review process that takes place every 20 years still provides a grass roots

opportunity for Floridians to return home rule to local governments. For the first time ever, the 2017-18 review will allow public input to be posted online at Proposed constitutional amendments supported by the CRC will be placed on the ballots given to Florida voters during the 2018 state elections.



Celebrating 90 years young BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA — Mary Seine is officially 90 years young. It was standing room only April 22 in the Roser Memorial Community Church fellowship hall as Seine celebrated her 90th birthday with lots of ice cream for her and cake for everyone else. Festivities began with a potluck luncheon followed by a proclamation from Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy and Commissioner Dale Woodland declaring April 22 Mary Louise Seine Day. Murphy congratulated Seine on her big day, thanking her for her contributions to the community, labeling her as “the Island’s role model” for her civic participation and commitment to lessening traffic by riding her bicycle instead of driving a car. “She really is a very special lady,” Murphy said. For her part, Seine was surprised by the overwhelming community response she received. “I didn’t expect all of this,” Seine said after receiving a standing ovation after a rous-

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Mary Seine forgoes cutting her birthday cake in favor of her favorite treat, ice cream. Right, Mary Seine receives a hug from Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy along with a plaque naming April 22, 2017, as Mary Louise Seine Day in Anna Maria during her birthday party festivities at Roser Memorial Community Church. ing rendition of “Happy Birthday” was sung by nearly 100 guests. “I just asked to have my birthday party here. This is wonderful.”

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offering to Persephone, the goddess of spring. Tourists love Peggy's Cove . They go there by the busload. George's brothers drove the buses. Uncle Clary and uncle Ed would bring by bus loads of tourists and unload them in front of George’s souvenir shop. We called it uncle George’s tourist trap. George sold “authentic” lobster buoys that he imported from Taiwan. He sold "locally crafted" knitted goods and souvenir scarves that were purloined from my aunts' closets and clotheslines. He sold old rocks and shells and pieces of wood he got us kids to pick up off the beach. And he sold gazillions of his cookbooks, "Nova Scotian Cuisine." Until he wrote that cookbook Nova Scotians didn't even know they had a cuisine. Uncle George was blessed with neither culinary training nor culinary talent, but it would never occur to him that this might be an obstacle to writing a cookbook. My dad owned a printing company. George would write the book.

Dad would print the books. George would sell them. Selling the books was easy. Uncle George was an astute student of human behavior. He noticed that tourists never really tried to read cookbooks before they bought them. They just picked them up and checked them for heft. George maintained that tourists bought their cookbooks by the pound. The contents were irrelevant. George’s basic recipes read something like this: Get a piece of fish – scallops, oysters, shrimp, lobster Put it in a pan. Add butter Add a little salt. Cook it. Add more butter. The cook book was a great financial success. George sold literally bus loads of them out of the tourist trap and never paid my father a farthing for the printing. It is doubtful anyone ever actually opened that cookbook – it was finally just a hefty memory of a visit to rocky Peggy’s Cove.

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'Chip' Frappier hangs ‘em up Born and raised in Manatee County, Henry "Chip" Frappier started his career at the Palmetto Police Department. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – After more than 20 years on the job, Henry “Chip” Frappier’s has served his last shift as a policeman. Frappier, who started his career at the Palmetto Police Department, is retiring and taking on new challenges in his life. Frappier was born and raised in Manatee County, and he quit Palmetto when it made changes to its benefits that would have required him to work more years before retiring. After quitting, he got a call from then-police chief Jay Romine. “He was looking for an officer who was good with computers and one who could supervise,” Frappier said. “I was qualified for both positions.” Frappier was familiar with the Island. “I remember the toll booth at the bridge, the Rexall drug store on the Island and fishing from the Anna Maria Pier,” he said. When he first began in Holmes Beach, he had to take a pay cut from his previous job, so he took a posi-


"Chip" Frappier poses with his patrol car on his last day on the job. He says he will miss the people of the Island and dealing with the problems on the street. tion delivering pizzas for the Island Domino’s. He gave up the extra position when his pay rose. Frappier was asked if he enjoyed working as an Island policeman. “Immensely,” he responded. “I love the people out here as I got to know them. I love the residents and the snowbirds who came every winter. There aren’t as many now as the Island goes more toward vacation rentals.” Frappier said he had his own way of dealing with people who have broken the law or who might be thinking of doing so. “I try to get them to comply and make them feel it was their idea,” he said. “I tried to be the peace-maker.”

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He recalled when a resident’s decorative concrete alligator disappeared. "I found a young man with Florida Gators tattoos and asked if he knew where the alligator might be. He said he knew who might have taken it and he said it got broken. “I talked with the owner and asked if he got it back and it was fixed, would he consider not having the young man arrested,” he said. “The owner agreed because all he really wanted was to get it back.” Frappier will have to get used to not responding to calls and turn his attention to his future and living at a slower pace. He said he was willing to try, but he will miss the people on Anna Maria Island.

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A musical light dims “Guitar Steve” has gone to the big jam session in the sky. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – Anna Maria Island lost a colorful character last week with the unexpected passing of Stephen McCarter. Better known as “Guitar Steve,” McCarter, 62, was discovered deceased aboard the boat he called home on Monday, April 17. The boat was anchored near the Historic Bridge Street Pier. McCarter was a familiar figure to many on the Island. “The Island lost a legend on Sunday night. Stephen, an expert at living life to the fullest, a musician who lived on a sailboat and a true Positive Vibe Warrior,” local artist Rolf Hellem wrote on his Facebook page. “He’d walk the Island with his guitar, hop on the trolley and jam out wherever he wanted. Spreading peace and sharing good times with the community of AMI,” Hellem added. On Tuesday night, April 18, Hellem set up his easel and did a live painting session in honor of McCarter at Slim’s Place in Anna

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Help your local sea turtles Sea turtles will be crawling up on Anna Maria Island’s beaches to nest any day now, and beachgoers can do several things to help them nest successfully. “Anyone spending time on Florida’s beaches can do something to help save Florida’s threatened and endangered sea turtles. People’s actions on the beach can have a positive impact on whether our loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles nest successfully,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sea turtle management program. For example, leave the beach as natural as possible by removing beach furniture and other obstacles before sunset each day. “Whether you are a resident or a visitor, remember to take beach furniture, boats and canopies off Florida’s sandy beaches at night so these items won’t block sea turtles attempting to nest,” Trindell said. “When departing at the end of the day, beach visitors should fill any holes dug in the sand so nesting and hatchling turtles don’t become trapped. Please be careful not to disturb nesting sea turtles by getting too close, shining lights on them or taking flash photos.” At this time of year, FWC-authorized marine turtle permit holders and

volunteers begin their annual ritual of walking beaches each morning to look for crawls resembling tire tracks. Crawls indicate that a sea turtle has landed and nested on a beach the previous night. Nests are marked with yellow stakes and plastic tape, since sea turtles and their eggs are protected by law. The monitoring continues through Oct. 31, the official end of sea turtle nesting season. Exactly when sea turtle nesting season starts depends on where you are in Florida. While it begins in March on the Atlantic coast, it starts later in the spring, in late April or May, along the Gulf coast. In Bradenton Beach, lighting inspections will begin the first week of May, according to Gail Garneau, code enforcement officer for the city of Bradenton Beach. “The city advises property owners or its agents to take a proactive approach to monitor their properties for compliance during the nesting sea turtle season,” she said. “If literature is needed to provide to lodgers, please let us know.” All property owners must turn off or shield lights (including rope lighting) from sunset to sunrise that are visible from the beach as direct point sources of light. In addition, all beach furniture and related beach items must be pulled

back behind the frontal dune line to avoid nesting sea turtles from becoming entangled in furniture, she said. To qualify for beach renourishment, Anna Maria Island cities must make a serious and cooperative effort to protect endangered species such as the sea turtles and shorebirds. In the 2016 sea turtle nesting season, more than 120,000 loggerhead nests, more than 5,000 green turtle nests and more than 1,000 leatherback nests were documented by the FWC. With Florida hosting nearly 90 percent of loggerhead nests within this species’ northern Atlantic Ocean population, the state plays an important role in its conservation. You can help sea turtles by reporting those that are sick, injured, entangled or dead to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone, or text Tip@ Purchase of a Helping Sea Turtles Survive Florida license plate at www. contributes to sea turtle research, rescue and conservation efforts. People also can donate $5 and receive an FWC sea turtle decal. Go to for information on Florida’s sea turtles and how to get decals, and click on “Research,” then “Nesting” for more data on sea turtle nesting.

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Turtle Tips During sea turtle season, May 1 – Oct. 31, please follow these tips: • Turn off lights visible from the beach and close blinds from sundown to sunrise; lights confuse nesting sea turtles and may cause them to go back to sea and drop their eggs in the water, where they won’t hatch. Light can also attract hatchlings away from the water. • Don’t use flashlights, lanterns or camera flashes on the beach at night. • Remove all objects from the sand from sundown to sunrise; they can deter sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. • Fill in the holes you dig in the sand before leaving the beach; they can trap nesting and hatching sea turtles, which cannot live long out of the water. • Don’t use sky lanterns or fireworks; they litter the beach and Gulf. • Do not trim trees and plants that shield the beach from lights. • Never touch a sea turtle; it’s the law. If you see people disturbing turtles, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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Chicks on the beach One of three snowy plover chicks that have hatched on Anna Maria Island was spotted wandering around the inside of the roped-off nesting area with its siblings and parents on April 20, according to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. At the sight of a nearby single male, the parents herded the chicks toward the water and headed north. The single male tried to join them, but the dad charged him, and they fought briefly until the interloper ran off toward the dunes.

During bird nesting season, March through August, please follow these tips: • Never touch a shorebird chick, even if it’s wandering outside a staked nesting area. • Teach kids not to chase birds – bird parents may abandon nests if they’re disturbed. • Don’t feed birds – it encourages them to fly at people aggressively and is not good for their health. • If birds are screeching and flying at you, you’re too close. • Avoid posted bird nesting areas and use designated walkways to the beach. • Keep pets away from bird nesting areas. • Keep the beach clean; food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows to the beach, and litter can entangle birds and other wildlife. • If you see people disturbing nesting birds, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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Flavors of NOLA found in Cortez Liza Kubik THE SEAFOOD SHACK


y husband and I love visiting New Orleans. Once we land and check-in to the hotel, we hit the streets. Some of our favorite places include Johnny White's on Bourbon, a small corner bar where the locals hang out. Lafitte's, also on Bourbon, was built in the early 1700s and reports to being the oldest bar in the USA. Pat O'Brien's respectfully deserves a visit. Hermes Bar is a casual and welcoming alternative to its more formal sister, Antoine's, especially during their happy hour. "And great jazz can always be found at Tipitina’s. On one visit to The Crescent City, we found a place that served tequila from frozen taps. But we have never been able to find that place again. Go figure. Don't forget to check out Preservation Hall, Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo, Central Grocery, The Rodrigue Gallery and the Brass Monkey, with the largest selection of limoges boxes I have ever seen. While we seldom wander far from the French Quarter, we always eat at Coop's Place, Cafe du Monde, Mother's, Mr. B's Bistro and Acme Oyster House. One day we ate at Acme three times. Yes, that seems kinda sad, but the food is consistently good and they have these char-grilled oysters

that are simply amazing. When I’m missing Mardi Gras City, I turn to my Chef at The Seafood Shack. Executive Chef Gerard Jesse, who was hired shortly after the new owner took over in fall of 2014 and over the last two years has breathed delicious life back into the iconic restaurant, has infused some of his Big Easy background into the Gulf Coastal menu. Born in Hamburg, Germany, originally, Chef Jesse studied at the

CIA in Hyde Park, N.Y. and continued his studies working in Nawlins at Stella! restaurant and The RitzCarlton on Canal. A few of The Shack’s bright and zesty dishes reflecting his time there include the bayou fish sandwich (grilled, blackened or fried Louisiana redfish), Shack shrimp & grits (smoked Gulf shrimp, white cheddar stone ground grits, bacon, andouille sausage, holy trinity and thyme), fried green tomatoes with Cajun remoulade and our

chargrilled oysters with garlic butter, blackening spices, Worcestershire and lemon. To my knowledge, Acme has never published the recipe for those famous oysters. For a taste of Les Bon Temps, Chef Jesse offers up his oyster roast recipe:

Seafood Shack Oyster Roast Ingredients:

8 fresh shucked oysters on the half shell 1/2 c. andouille sausage, diced 1/2 c. diced bacon 1 Tbs. garlic, minced 2 Tbs. butter 1/2 c. diced onion 1/4 c. celery diced 1/4 c. red and green bell peppers, diced 1 Tbs. creole seasoning 1/2 c. crushed Ritz crackers 1/4 green onion Tabasco 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese



Try this tasty oyster roast.

Render bacon and sausage together; add garlic and brown. Add butter and holy trinity (celery, onion, green pepper) and cook for about 20 minutes. Set mixture aside and allow to cool. Add Ritz crackers, green onions and season to taste with two dashes of tabasco. Mound mixture evenly on top of oysters and then top each with 1 Tbs. of Parmesan cheese. Bake in 350º oven until you have a nice crusty, brown top. Enjoy!




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Flats around AMI holding trout, snook Captain Dave White

Despite the windy conditions, fishing around Anna Maria Island has been great. We at Anna Maria Charters are seeing extremely large spotted sea trout in particular. These fish are found on all grass flats, but the deeper ones seem to be a bit more productive. The pockets in the shallower flats are holding snook and redfish as well, with the occasional flounder to keep things interesting. Offshore, we're seeing more blackfin tuna due to increased water temperatures and gag grouper, red grouper, larger mangrove, lane and yellowtail snapper as well. Kingfish are getting much closer as the water temperatures are in the 75 degree range. I've been doing a lot of fly charters lately. We've had a lot of anglers from Colorado this month. They seem to gravitate towards the fly angle of our sport. Checking new species off the list is always a good goal when visiting a foreign area. The most common pattern being thrown is the Clouser – Green and White with a bit of Crystal Flash tied in is mimicking our pilchards in the area. I'm enjoying watching an angler hook his/her first Spanish mackerel or snook on fly. The bursts of power these animals display are a thrill for all anglers. Sea trout are a fun and easy way to capitalize right now. Jack crevalle, ladyfish and bluefish are a nice fight on an 8-weight as well! Not just trash fish when it's on the fly rod.

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Mike Wright, of Crested Butte, Colo., shows off a 29-inch snook caught on a Clouser Minnow with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters.

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Vintage Paws


Blackfin boated

The Bridge Tender Inn presents the Vintage Paws organization with a check for more than $9,000. Shown from left to right are Bridge Tender owner Fred Bartizal, Vintage Paws President Jennifer Hummel with Gizmo, Cam McCarthy, Vintage Paws board member Doris Seiders, Peggy Baker with Frank Sinatra, and Shannon Dunnan. The money raised during the recent two-weekend event will assist Vintage Paws’ mission to provide older and terminally-ill dogs with a loving home where they can live out their remaining days, months or years. To adopt a senior dog or learn more about Vintage Paws, visit www. or call 941-921-4355.

Matt Danziger caught this 18-pound blackfin tuna on live white bait 35 miles off of Holmes Beach in 130 feet of water while fishing with Hayley Reck.

tide chart for anna maria city pier-april 26-may 3 Day Date

A.M. High Time Feet

A.M. Low Time Feet

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Wed 4/26

12:03a 1.81

5:37a 0.74

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6:42p -0.30


Thu 4/27

1:03a 1.70

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Fri 4/28

2:08a 1.57

6:35a 1.07

12:31p 2.62

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Sat 4/29

3:20a 1.46

7:05a 1.18

1:14p 2.64

9:24p -0.44

6:54-8:02 6:53 -8:02 6:53-8:03

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Sun 4/30

4:40a 1.38

7:35a 1.27

2:03p 2.57

Mon 5/1

6:09a 1.37

8:15a 1.34

3:01p 2.42

Tues 5/2

7:37a 1.43

9:39a 1.41

4:10p 2.21

Wed 5/3

8:27a 1.53

12:40a -0.07

5:35p 1.99

P.M. Low Time Feet 10:27p -0.34 11:33p -0.21

Sun Rise Set 6:52-8:04 6:51-8:04 6:50-8:05

11:51a 1.39




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Center summer camp signup begins ANNA MARIA — The temperature’s warming up, school’s almost over and it’s time to start thinking about summer camp plans. The Center of Anna Maria Island released its summer camp schedule April 20, announcing the return of Summer My Way camp and four specialty camps. Summer My Way runs June 5 to August 4, with no camps on July 3 and 4. There are two camp tracks to choose from, one which focuses on sports and fitness and the discovery track which focuses on arts and creativity. Camps are available for children entering kindergarten through those entering 6th grade.

Campers arrive at 8:30 a.m., with daily camps ending at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $125 per week for Center members, $150 per week for non-members or $40 daily. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and a field trip. This year’s specialty camp offerings include a two-week drama camp with the Island Players, sailing and kayak camps in conjunction with Bimini Bay Sailing and fishing camp. Drama camp runs 8:50 a.m. to noon June 19 through 30. Participants will have two performances at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 30 at the Island Players Theater. Two sessions are available for sailing camp which runs 8:50 a.m.

to noon June 12-15 and July 24-27. Kayak camp runs 8:50 a.m. to noon July 10-13. Both camps are suitable for children age 8 through 14. Fishing camp runs 8:50 a.m. to noon July 17-20 at the Anna Maria City Pier. Camp after specialty camps is available at the Center for an additional $100 weekly or $25 daily charge from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Center Youth Director Stephanie Rycerz at stephanie@centerami. org or 941-778-1908. Participants can register online at Registration must be completed the Thursday prior to the start of camp.


Before and after Members of the Anna Maria Public Works Department were able to remove most of the red, spray-painted graffiti that defaced the wooden benches and boardwalk near the Anna Maria City Pier on the night of Saturday, April 15. The remnants of the paint can still be seen in some places, but it should fade with time.

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Thanks Waterfront First-grade students held their play, “A Tribute to Disney,� at the Anna Maria Elementary School on Tuesday, April 19. The play followed the PTO Family Dinner, sponsored by The Waterfront restaurant of Anna Maria. Matt Shafer, Chef Justin Hibberts and his wife, Ali, served spaghetti and meatballs, salad and chicken tenders. The restaurant donated 100 percent of the proceeds to the PTO.

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Best wishes, Patti Longtime Sandbar restaurant wedding event planner Patti McKee was honored with a retirement party Sunday in the beach pavillion where she hosted wedding receptions for years. Many happy memories of McKee's 20-plus years with the restaurant were shared by her friends and co-workers past and present. McKee will be moving back to Illinois to enjoy her family, including three children, four grandkids and her mom, who is 97. Good luck, Patti, from all your friends at The Sun.




3/24, burglary, 400 block of North Bay Boulevard. A pistol worth$450 was stolen from a vehicle. 4/11, lost property, 400 block of North Bay Boulevard. The victim said he lost his zipper wallet while at the beach. 4/12, criminal mischief, 100 block of Crescent Drive. A swastika was chemically made on freshly poured cement at the residence. 4/14, theft, Bayfront Park, North Bay Boulevard. Unsecured items were stolen from a picnic table. 4/15, trespass warning, Bayfront Park, North Bay Boulevard A male was spotted sleeping on the beach and received a trespass warning.

Bradenton Beach No new reports.


4/10, defrauding an innkeeper, Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W. A boater parked his vessel at the dock and left the next morning without paying. 4/14, driving without a valid license, 4400 119th St. W. The deputy observed the driver of a truck make an illegal right turn. He ran a computer check on the vehicle’s tag and found it was issued for a trailer. When he stopped the driver, he said he had no driver’s license. He was arrested.

Obituaries Duane R. Benedict Duane R. Benedict, 82, Holmes Beach, died April 21, 2017. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Holmes Beach in 1997 from Gahanna, Ohio. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was active in the Boy Scouts in his youth and was a member of Lance’s Cruizin to the Hops. He was predeceased by his parents, Wayne A. and Sylvia K. (Frohnauer) Benedict; survived by wife of 55 years, Janet, of Holmes Beach; son, Richard Todd Benedict, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; daughter, Michele (Marc) McMurphy, of Henniker, N.H.; sister, Beverly Reed, of Bradenton; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Inc. Condolences may be made to

Edward Lawrence Mihm Edward Lawrence Mihm, 96, of Bradenton Beach, Fla., died April 20, 2017. Ed was born in Philadelphia, Penn. on Nov. 28, 1920. During World War II, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ashtabula as a ship fitter. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. After the war, Ed worked for the U.S. Navy as a civilian until his retirement in 1976, when he moved to Bradenton Beach.  During his retirement years, he and his wife loved

4/17, found property, 4200 block of 127th Street West. A manual for a 2017 Nissan Versa and a license plate mount were found near the roadway. 4/17, found property, 4200 block of 124th Street West. A bicycle was found.

Holmes Beach

4/13, driving with a suspended license, 100 block of 50th Street. The officer ran a random computer check on the driver and found his license had been suspended for lack of insurance. He provided the officer with a note from his insurance company saying his insurance had been reinstated, but he failed to take it to the driver’s license bureau to get his license reinstated. He was issued a summons. 4/13, driving with a suspended license, 700 block of Manatee Avenue. The stopped the driver for driving in the bike lane and she admitted she had no license. She was issued a summons and tickets for driving in a bike lane and no insurance. Her vehicle was impounded. 4/14, code violation, camping, 3200 E. Bay Drive. The officer saw the suspect sleeping in front of the Walgreen’s store on a bench. He was issued a notice to appear. 4/14, consuming alcohol in a public place, 600 Manatee Avenue. As the officer turned onto Sixth Avenue, he saw the subject in “mid-swig with a bottle of beer." The subject tried to conceal it, but was given a city ordinance ticket. 4/15, driving with a suspended license, attached tag not assigned, 800 Manatee Avenue. The officer stopped the driver for speeding and found his license had been suspended in 2007. The tag was from another vehicle. He was ticketed. 4/16, driving with an expired tag, 400 block of 36th Street. to travel and spent their summers in Chama, N. M. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elaine Hoover Mihm; son, Edward Mihm, of Lewes, Del.; and son, William Mihm, of Palmetto, Fla. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Sarasota National Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

Amy Ulla Young Amy Ulla Young, 86, of Bradenton, passed away on March 18, 2017, at Tidewell Hospice. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she moved to Anna Maria Island in 1962, where she first stayed at her uncle’s Rod and Reel Pier, then she moved to Bradenton. Amy worked as the head bookkeeper at Ellis Bank before becoming office manager at Jim Boast Dodge where she retired in 1977. This was right after she married George Young. Amy had always loved to travel, and while living in Denmark she spent every summer travelling through Europe, especially Italy. Amy and George spent their summers in Vermont and the winters on Holmes Beach while still managing to travel all the continents until George passed away in 1992. Amy continued to travel the world with her sister and brother-in-law, best friend Bessie Sands and niece Delinda, while enjoying sailing and boating with her many friends from Bradenton Yacht Club, which she joined as the first single female member in 1972. She also enjoyed playing golf at the Key Royale with her golf friends every week. Amy was always on the go, but still managed to get together with her many friends to play a mean game of rummy on Sunday afternoon. She was an avid theater goer and enjoyed both the Manatee Players, Island Players and

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The officer ran a random computer check on the vehicle and found the plate was expired, and the driver had no driver’s license and had limited knowledge of English. There was a seize order on the tag. He was ticketed, his truck was towed and he walked to the beach. 4/16, alcohol violation, Manatee County Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The subject had beer and a grill on the beach. He had to pour out the beer and was warned to not use the grill. 4/16, alcohol violation, 4900 Gulf Drive on the beach. Two officers spotted three subjects consuming beer on the beach. They were ticketed. 4/16, alcohol violation, 5100 Gulf Drive on the beach. The officers spotted two men drinking beer and issued them tickets. 4/17, possession of drug paraphernalia, Manatee County Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer observed a male and female asleep in a car with the engine running. He awakened them, noticed the female had a pipe in her hand with leafy substance in it and placed her under arrest. She later told him the pipe contained “spice.” He asked the driver to step out of the vehicle for a field sobriety test and he noticed marks on his arms. The driver gave him permission to search the car and the officer found eight hypodermic needles, a pipe and a bag of white powder in the trunk and arrested the driver. 4/17, possession of drugs and paraphernalia, Manatee County Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer found a female with marijuana in her SUV. She was ticketed, and the evidence was seized. 4/18, noise violation, 200 block of 72nd Street. The officer answered a complaint of noise and issued a ticket. Asolo Theater, as well as going to the symphony. Amy was the master of entertaining and a great cook, and the people lucky enough to get invited to her house, especially one of her three annual Christmas parties, can attest to that. Everyone she encountered enjoyed her company. Amy was a gem, and she will be sorely missed. Amy is predeceased by her beloved husband, George, and her wonderful dog Georgee Boy. She is survived by her sister, Birgitte Runge-Goings (Jonathan); her grandsons, Adam, Alex and Jesse (Kate) Young; as well as stepson Michael Young. Amy is also survived by her cousin, Pat Higinbotham (Dale), her special niece, Delinda Crampton; and Holly Pascarella. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Tidewell Hospice or The National Kidney Foundation . A special thanks to her physician, Dr. Robert Koser, her friends at Fresenius Dialysis Center, Dr. Ram and all her neighbors who so lovingly looked out for Amy. A celebration of Amy’s life was held on Sunday, April 23, at the Bradenton Yacht Club, where Amy spent the last 45 years hanging out Friday evenings with friends and family. Online condolences may be made to

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is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. Contact Nancy for more information at 941-518-4431.

Learn about enhanced 911

Island Players season set

A representative of Manatee County’s 911 system will explain all about the enhanced 911 system on Wednesday, April 26, at 11 a.m. at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. This is also known as the GPS enabled Phase II for cell phones. This system finds out where 911 callers are located if they are using a cell phone. Bring a brown bag lunch and join them in the fellowship hall. Beverages and dessert provided.

The Island Players Theater has released the plays selected for the 20172018 season. They are as follows; “Happy Birthday,” by Marc Camoletti, runs Sept. 21 to Oct, 10, 2017 (auditions Aug. 13); “The Games A Foot,” by Ken Ludwig, runs Nov. 9 – 19, 2017 (auditions Sept. 24); “Beyond a Joke,” by Derek Benfield, runs Jan. 11 – 28, 2018 (auditions Nov. 12, 2017); “Curious Savage” by John Patrick, runs March 8 – 25, 2018 (auditions Jan. 14, 2018); “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley, runs May 3 -13, 2018 (auditions March 11, 2018). The Island Players board of directors, actors, and volunteers thank everyone in the community who attended their plays and/or supported them in other ways to help make their 68th Season another great success. For more information about the theater, check out their website at www. or call the box office at 941 778-5755.

Health to you Ana Guillermo-Santiago, H2U program manager for Blake Hospital, addresses the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at its regular Friday meeting on April 29 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Manatee County Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. H2U stand for Health to You, and members who sign up get health information in the form of classes, a quarterly magazine and on-line portals. The meeting is open to local Kiwanis members and out of town Kiwanis visitors.

Health screening offered You could be alerted to possible stroke or other health problems by taking Prevention Plus Stroke and Vascular Screening offered on Tuesday, May 2, at The Center, 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria. The screenings are being offered at reduced prices. They include stroke/carotid ultrasound for $40, abdominal aortic aneurysm for $40, arterial disease test for $40, thyroid ultrasound for $40, abdominal ultrasound for $95 and heart scan-echocardiogram for $95 or all six tests for only $179. Blood tests, liver, cholesterol, PSA and TSH tests are also available. To register, call 888667-7587.

Shopping by the shore Enjoy outdoor shopping at the Beach Market on Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This popular market, which is held on Sundays only during the of-season, offers arts and crafts, great souvenirs and jewelry plus clothing and fresh produce. Enjoy the beautiful, white, sand beach and relax with eats and drinks on the deck overlooking the Gulf at Coquina Café. The Beach Market is at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, at the trolley stop, concession stand area. Ride the free trolley to the market or park in the free parking lot. Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in Coquina Park. The market

Sunset cruise for a cause The Friends of De Soto National Memorial Park invite supporters to ride the water in a 90-minute sunset cruise of Sarasota Bay on Saturday, May 15. Boarding will commence at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and include complimentary sandwiches and snacks. A cash bar will also be available. For reservations, go to https://squareup. com/store/friends-of-desoto-nationalmemorial-inc/item/may-sunset-cruise. All proceeds benefit the De Soto National Memorial through the Friends of De Soto, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Card games at church The Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, in Holmes Beach, hosts duplicate bridge starting at noon on Tuesdays. Everybody is welcome

Music on the beach Enjoy Jam in the Sand on Thursdays at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s free, and it’s fun. Enjoy dinner while you listen.

Help with weight control Overeaters Anonymous meets at the

Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, each Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 813494-6518.



Lose that stress

D Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, is hosting cribbage games on Sundays at 11 a.m. It’s free, and no reservations are required; just show up.

Loren Batsell leads a guided relaxation circle on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach. Donations are requested. A portion of the money will benefit the Art League. Batsell practiced wellness for more than 20 years, She is a nationally board certified doctor of oriental medicine and licensed acupuncture physician. Chairs will be provided or students may bring a mat. Attendees will be given verbal cues throughout the process to calm the body, mind, and spirit. Comfortable clothing is suggested. For more information, call 778-2099 or visit the Anna Maria Island Art League, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Yoga at the museum

Reaching long-term patients

Sharon Meier teaches yoga at the Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Classes will last for an hour. Meier’s classes are suitable for beginners. Students will need to bring a yoga mat, water and a block and straps, if available. This class is donation based and attendees are asked to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure a prompt start. Reservations are not necessary but space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Kristin Sweeting at 941-708-6120.

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has advocate positions available in Manatee County. Volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult-family care homes to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities. If you would like to become an ombudsman and make a difference in your community, visit ombudsman., search on Facebook or call 1-888-831-0404.

Rhythm on the beach Enjoy the rhythm of drums keeping the beat at the Sunset Drum Circle at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. There’s no charge to listen, and dinner is available at the café.

Cribbage at Ducks

Exercise at Roser Roser Community Church offers exercise classes four times per week starting at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall, as follows: Boomer Boot Camp every Tuesday and Thursday and RoserRobics every Wednesday and Friday. Boomers N Motion founder Melissa Merkle is the coach. Boomers Boot Camp features fatburning aerobics, muscle pumping strength activities, fun balance challenges and nutrition coaching to help boomers reach their goals. High and low impact options are available. The costs are $15 per class, $65 for a fiveclass pass and $100 for a 10-class pass. Scholarships are available for those in need. Bring hand weights. Roser-Robics – Get Fit While You Sit features chair-based aerobic exercises designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. All ages and skill levels are welcome as variations are shown. Bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight to be used for class activities. These sessions are free. For more information, call 941-7780414 or log onto www.roserchurch. com/boomerbootcamp or

Attention businesswomen Anna Maria Island Successful Women Aligning Together (AMI SWAT) is looking for new members to become part of a growing group of dynamic women that want to support one another in business as well as in personal growth and development. It’s an opportunity to network and build relationships, meet other professional women, learn marketing techniques, make contacts and build your business. The AMI SWAT Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, go to and click on meetings then click on Anna Maria, or e-mail Lisa Brakefield, secretary, at

Seniors hold monthly sale Senior Adventures will gather at the Annie Silver Community Center on Friday, April 28th for their monthly book sale and potluck lunch. There are boxes of shells and glue for crafts. Bring something to decorate. For more information, call Peg at 941-778-3106.




Little boots take the pitch at The Center BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

What does it look like when 50 kids under the age of eight take to the soccer field at the Island’s community center? It looks like fun in the sun with friends and family learning the international game known to most around the world as football. Each week as the area's youth tie up their cleats, to some known as boots, players as young as three years old learn the basics each Saturday at The Center. Under the key instruction of coach Tony Shard, former head coach for the McNeese State University women's soccer team and former operational director of the Disney Soccer Academy, the Island kids have the opportunity to learn basic skills and play the game in instructional games each Saturday. Sponsored by Bin There Dumped That, the three- to five-year-old players take the fields first. While the tendency is for these youngsters to get distracted and disinterested, the clinic format keeps the little feet moving and learning while having fun. Blalock Walters provided the sponsorship for the six- to seven-year-old instructional league. With the volunteer parent support of Steve Perry, Scott Rudacille and Dave Larson, 20 elementary school kids learn about the diamond formation used in the five-on-five scrimmage. Each week, new teams are picked and new skills are learned. In only the second week of the soccer season, spectators can already see the players’ abilities increase. With the newly surfaced baseball diamond, two small fields are in play at the same time. On the original small field, Savanna Coba, Livia Sauls, Victoria Perry, Ethan Guerrero, Cale Rudacille, Keegan Shard and other little soccer players played hard to each goal. In a game where the score is not recorded for the newpapers, at this age, the players definitely know how many goals have been scored. Taking corner kick, working on throwins and passing down field are just some of the basics that coach Shard reinforces during the hour of fun in the sun. The level of skill varies among players, with talented standouts already showing their natural soccer abilities. The beauty of The Center youth recreational soccer league is that all levels learn and play together even in the oldest of age groups. The oldest of the little ballers will take these skills learned to the big field in the next season and for years to come.

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Ethan Guerrero dribbles the ball downfield with teammate Cale Rudacile working to move into position. Right, Rudacille uses his ball handling skills to work past the defender on The Center's small field after Saturday's soccer clinic.

Sun Scoreboard Thursday, April 20 Adult Co-Ed Flag Football – Quarter Final Playoff Games #3 Beach to Bay  #5 Mason Martin 

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#2 Tyler’s Ice Cream  #7 Progressive Cabinetry 

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#4 Moss Builders  #6 Smoothie King 

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Friday, April 21 Youth Soccer: 8- to 10-Year-Old League Slim’s Place  Truly Nolen 

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Progressive Cabinetry  Wash Family Construction 

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Saturday, April 22 Youth Soccer: 11- to 14-Year-Old League Signarama  Salty Printing 

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The pristine mangrove fringe now intricately connected with the shoreline at Long Bar Pointe would be separated from the land by a dredged lagoon and a seawall if developers succeed in their proposal. submitted

Islander completes first Boston Marathon On April 17, Jessica Pate, from Holmes Beach and a track alumni from Manatee High School (‘09) and Furman University (’13), qualified for and completed her first Boston Marathon. She completed the famed course in a time of three hours and 34 minutes. Jessica said the race was “pretty hilly but a lot of fun” and was the culmination of 6 months of training. “The amount of city spirit and volunteers involved in putting the race on was absolutely amazing and a tribute to the residents of the Greater Boston area,” said Pate. She cited the inspiration of her Manatee High School track Coach Rae Ann Darling Reed who also competed in the marathon. (her 7th Boston Marathon.) Way to go Jessica!

Key Royale golf scores Monday, April 17th - Modified Stapleford

1st Place (4-way tie) – Ron Buck, Mike Gillie, Lex Halakan, Quentin Talbert with a score of +4; 1st Team – Lex, Halakan, Diane Miller, Larry Pippel, Blake Ress with a score of +6.

Wednesday, April 19th - Annual Spring Stag Day- 43 Golfers

Low Gross Score – Dave Richardson with a score of 34; Low Net Score – (tie) Chet Hutton & Paul Phillips with a net score of 28; Low Team Net Score – John Kolojeski, Paul Phillips, Gino Di Clemente, Vince Mercadante with a score of 124; Closest to the Pin on Hole # 8 - Ron Vandeman at 16.'

Thursday, April 20th - Scramble

1st Place Team – (3-way tie with a score of 29, 3 under par) – Dale Hudson, Peter Lund, Joe Tynan, Jack Lowery Jim Watt, Quentin Talbert, Dave Richardson, Dennis Schavey Fred Miller, Jon Holcomb, Joe Muscatello, Dan Hazewski.

cortez: Rises against Beruff FROM PAGE 1

His new plan is to dredge out a 4.6acre lagoon, or Estuary Enhancement Area, parallel to the shoreline and bordered by a proposed seawall on one side and the existing mangrove fringe on the other, with a break leading from the bay toward the project where the prohibited channel was located. The construction of the lagoon will more than mitigate negative impacts to the 13 acres of wetlands in the project, and is “designed to create shallow vegetated wetland areas with deeper water refuges which are likely to create additional habitat for fish and wildlife,” the report states. Many Cortezians, including Capt. Kathe Fannon, a former commercial fisherman who leads boat tours of Sarasota Bay, say it will do the opposite. “People don’t come here to see high rises,” she said. “They come here to see that eagle’s nest (on the Long Bar Pointe property), and the manatees and dolphins in the bay.” The staff report states that the enhancement area ultimately will reduce sediment transfer and damaging scour, or tidal action on mangroves. “They claim this will keep sediments from mangroves that would degrade them, but our experts say the opposite is true; mangroves need sediments to stabilize themselves, otherwise they get scoured by the tides,” said Stuart Smith, of the Manatee-Sarasota Group of the Sierra Club and Suncoast Waterkeeper. Seawalls have not been in favor since the 1970s in Florida partly because they cause erosion rather than prevent it, and “to bring them back now is ludicrous,” he said. “It’s a death sentence for the mangroves. “This is the last intact coastal envi-

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The sign advertising single-family homes for sale. ronment on Sarasota Bay, the best fishery on the bay, the only place you can go on the bay and not see a building,” he said. “This design is not appropriate for this place.” “FISH wants this area protected; we here in Cortez need it protected as it plays such an important role in the very livelihood of so many who reside here in the village and make their living from the bay and coastal waters,” FISH Vice President and former Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann wrote FISH members in a call to action. “If you can, please attend the Board of County Commission meeting on May 4th; we need hundreds if not 1,000 citizens to once again show up and make it known our shorelines are of the utmost importance to us. They make Manatee County the incredible place it is.”



Family unified Holmes Beach residents Amanda Escobio and Dan Ryan were married in a beach wedding on Sunday, April 9. The ceremony also celebrated the finalization of their efforts to adopt two children. The wedding attire came from Bridge Street businesses. Keller Williams on the Water Realty and Duncan Real Estate provided additional assistance. “It truly was an Island experience,� the bride said. Submitted

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Don’t be square – know your square feet R

eal estate transactions have a lot of aspects to be considered. Some are easy, some are difficult and some are just confusing. It doesn’t sound like it should be complicated, but determining the square footage of your home can be less definitive than you may think. The first thing you should start with is what defines square footage. At the risk of insulting my readers, the square footage of a room is determined by multiplying the length of the room by the width; if a room is 10 feet by 12 feet the square footage is 120 feet. For the faint of heart who think arithmetic is a dead language, there are on line calculators that can do the math for you. Easy, right? Not so fast. First you need to determine what room or space you should be measuring. Since there is no national standard when calculating square footage, every real estate professional approaches it from a different point of view, as well as communities that have their own culture that can exclude or

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger include certain areas of a home. For instance, when I sold real estate on Long Island, N. Y., it was rare to see any notation on a listing of the total square footage of a property. Homes were identified with the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, garages, finished basements, and the property size was indicated in acreage rather than square feet, i.e. quarter acre, half acre, etc. When I moved to Florida, every listing calculated square footage, which, given my lack of training in this area, left me totally brain dead as to whether 1,200 square feet was a decent size home or a tiny one. It didn’t take long for me to break through the square

footage maze only to be further perplexed by the under air factor. I’m sure that Florida isn’t the only warm weather state that counts semi-outdoor rooms as living space, if they’re air conditioned. For example, a glassed-in air conditioned lanai is counted as living space, and its square footage should be included in the total square footage of the property. If the lanai is just screened and exposed to the elements its, square footage should be noted as such and not added into the total overall square footage of the property. So, who do you believe when looking at a potential property to purchase? Do you believe county records, original floor plans from builders or the listing agent, who, by the way, is not required in most states to verify square footage that has been provided to them? You could start by simply asking if terraces, lanais, garage space and basements are included in the square footage and go from there. If having the exact square footage number is important to you for furniture

placement and flooring, you might just have to measure individual rooms yourself, with the help and permission of the homeowner, and come up with an exact total. The key is to be transparent when selling a property, providing the best square footage number available to you, and being diligent when buying by asking the right questions. And, per The Wall Street Journal, if you live in a New York City condo, you’ll find out that units are measured from the exterior side of the exterior wall to the centerline of a partition that separates one unit from another. This means that the thickness of the wall is counted as square footage even though it’s technically not living space. My advice – if your grandmother’s antique bed and your daughter’s playhouse fits, don’t get tied up in knots coming up with a precise square footage number. Life’s too confusing already. Throw away the tape measure.

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noise: Ordinance requires further review FROM PAGE 1

The noise ordinance took center stage when Freckled Fin owner Scott Lubore was arrested for a noise violation on April 5, after he received multiple warnings and citations. The Bradenton Beach Police Department then implemented a zero-tolerance policy that subjects venue owners and managers to possible arrest for a single noise violation.

Public input

“Some of us have been dealt with a little differently than others,” Lubore told the commission. He said people who come to island destinations expect live music. “All we’re trying to do is provide a service they want.” After noting that most bands play from 6 to 10 p.m., Lubore referenced the noise ordinance that allows 85 decibels in the commercial district until 7 p.m. “At 7 p.m. it drops to 75 decibels. I’d love to see how somebody can play an instrument and not be above 75 decibels with the crowd noise, wind and everything else,” he said. Freckled Fin general manager Steve Shannon said, “I think the decibel level

needs to be looked at.” Decibel readings are supposed to be taken from where the aggrieved party is impacted by the music, but a complaint made on a cell phone while standing at the venue’s property line could result in a reading taken there. The same applies when an officer acts without a complaint. Island Time owner Bill Herlihy said, “I think that measurement should be from the complainant’s property line or from 100 feet of the source of the music. Remember, we are in a commercial district.” Local musician Koko Ray Hansen said, “It is very difficult for a five-piece band to stay under 75 db. and put on an effective show. We do this as a living. It’s a hardship to put a leash on an entertainer.” Like Herlihy, Hansen suggested decibel readings be taken at the actual point of complaint. Singer Melanie Massell wants to keep performing at the Freckled Fin. “With the low 75 decibels, it’s a challenge. We just played there. We had our own meter; it was not easy. It affects our show. We can’t give that energy. We have no one-on-one contact and

Weekend update


The Freckled Fin now uses a Yacker Tracker like this to monitor their bands’ volume. that affects our tip jar. I don’t have to scream at 100 decibels, but 75 is totally unreasonable,” she said.

Friday night, Stacy Jo and Brad Conner performed at the Freckled Fin as Blue Mason Barter, a duo with no bass or drums. While on break, Stacy Jo pointed to the Yacker Tracker sound meter that looks like a traffic light and now faces the band. The green light signifies an acceptable volume. The yellow light serves as a warning and the red light means it’s too loud. Conner said keeping a constant eye on the device was stressful and impacted her performance. “It’s a good guide for the bands, but it can’t be used an enforcement tool because it’s not calibrated like our decibel meters are,” Special said of the device. Speciale was not aware of any musicrelated noise complaints last weekend. This included Island Time, which last week received a commission-approved extension that allowed their live music to continue until midnight after the Bridge Street Merchants’ Blue, Brews and Barbeque ended at 9.

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Nature art Acrylics artist Maria Sine will be the featured artist at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, during the month of June with Florida flora and fauna in an exhibit entitled "The Shape of Things to Come." Above is "Homeward Bound" and to the right, Sine poses next to "Flamingo Fantasy." After a 35-year career as an art teacher in Pennsylvania and Florida, Sine enjoys learning various art media as she captures nature in her work. For more information, call 941-778-6648 or visit


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CRA plan moving forward City officials are optimistic that one of two proposed CRA bill is now on its last legs. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Florida Senate’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) bill, SB 1770, was ruled unfavorable last week and that bodes well for the Bradenton Beach CRA. On Tuesday, April 18, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development voted 2-5 in opposition to the bill that was previously amended by the Community Affairs Committee chaired by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon). When presenting the bill to the Appropriations Subcommittee, Lee said his primary purpose was to ensure that CRAs continue to serve their original intent, which dates back to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s: creating affordable housing in blighted and impoverished areas. Lee’s concern is that some of the most successful CRAs are now funding “pet projects” in areas that are no longer blighted. He also sought more accountability and transparency in CRA accounting and spending practices. Lee’s bill was described during public comment as the one that does not contain the “nuclear option” found in the House bill, HB 13, which seeks to eliminate existing CRAs and prevent new CRAs from being created.


CRA Chair Ralph Cole recently suggested finger docks be installed along the southwest end of the Historic Bridge Street Pier using CRA funds. The legislature’s efforts to eliminate or restrict CRAs is motivated in part by a Miami Dade Grand Jury report that identified the misuse of public funds. see cra, page 42


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cra: plan moving forward FROM PAGE 41

Additional examples of questionable CRA expenditures provided during recent committee meetings included the current construction of a swimming pool atop a Tallahassee hotel, and CRA funds continually spent on the most prosperous areas of Palm Beach and Delray Beach. Those who expressed support for CRAs cited the positive aspects of the affordable housing created and the additional benefits of the parks, recreational facilities, sidewalks, street lights and other amenities provided to impoverished areas. SB 1170 is now listed as “pending reconsideration,” but City Attorney Ricinda Perry expressed hope last week that the bill was essentially dead, which means the more threatening House bill would likely die with it.

Local CRA

Bradenton Beach is the only city on the Island with a CRA. Long ago, that CRA helped redevelop Bridge Street, which in the 1980s and 1990s was actually blighted. The current CRA board includes all five city commission members and appointed members John Horne and Ed Chiles. Perry serves as the contracted CRA consultant for the current efforts to update and extend the CRA plan that was created in 1992 and scheduled to expire in 2022. The updated CRA plan will soon be sent to the various local taxing authorities that fund it, and taxing authority representatives will be given the opportunity to express any concerns they have about the plan being extended for another 20 years. The Bradenton Beach CRA received approximately $330,000 during its most recent annual funding cycle. The available fund balance is approximately $1.6 million, some of which will be used to pay for a new public day dock alongside the pier and a pickleball court at Lou Barola Park. The CRA is also funding marine patrols of the anchorage and additional policing on Bridge Street. The CRA district extends from Cortez Road to Fifth Street South. CRA funds are supposed to be spent within the CRA district, but exceptions can be made if a significant benefit to the district can be established. Smaller CRA projects proposed in the updated CRA plan include landscaping, benches and park improvements. The more ambitious potential projects include finger docks along the south side of the pier, from the day dock to the dinghy dock; a managed mooring field; or a band shell at Coquina Beach.

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Comedy at Players The Island Players, Manatee County’s oldest community theatre, at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, ends the 2016-17 season with “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” by Christopher Durang, from Thursday, May 4, through Saturday, May 14. This wildly funny play won the Tony Award in 2013 plus many other distinguished awards. Named after Chekhov characters by theatre-loving parents, middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a family home in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania until their movie star sister, Masha, arrives with her new boy toy Spike, and threatens to sell the house. The Island welcomes back three actors familiar to our audiences; Sue Belvo, who plays Sonia; Pamela Hopkins, who plays Masha; and Haley Hine,s who

plays Nina. Newcomers to the Island stage are Don Sleight, playing Vanya; Candace Artim, playing Cassandra; and Patrick Charles Mounce, playing Spike. James Thaggard is the director. Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. On performance nights, the box office opens at 7 p.m. and for Sunday matinees, it opens at 1 p.m. Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted. For reservations or information, call the box office at 941 778-5755 or go to the website,

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Answers to 04-19-17 Crossword Puzzle.

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LONGBOAT KEY CONDO 1BR/1BA Canal Front, boat dock great water views, Furnished, new kitchen, wood floors, sleeps 6. Mint condition move in ready, beach to bay community with 4 pools, gated. NEW PRICE $219,900. Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-330-5054 FANTASTIC WATER VIEWS: PERICO ISLAND Large ground level Villa 2BR/2BA, 2 car garage, den, vaulted ceilings in living room, dining room, sunroom, 11002 Perico Way. New Price $329,900. Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-330-5054 OWNER MUST SELL! Family illness. Harbour Isles Development adjoining Anna Maria Island. 3+BR/3BA, 11 room coach home. Beautiful Water and Park View. Built 2014, 2960sf. Lots of amenities, minutes to Beach. Owner financing available. Furnishing separate agreement. Reduced $104,000 to $795,000. Tremendous Value. Call 941-383-5244 PERICO ISLES 3BR/2BA Single Family Home. 2 car garage. New Kitchen, Big lanai, Vaulted ceilings. Spectacular Water Views. $425,000 . Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-3305054

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RENTALS: ANNUAL ANNUAL RENTALS WANTED ! We have well qualified tenants for beach and mainland annual rentals, Full management or Finders fee. Call today for details. Ask for Ed DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact junew@ – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc.

ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH Small but Cute! Unfurnished 1BR/1BA Available May 15. $900/mo. First, last, security deposit. Credit check. Call JoAnne 941809-2488 1BR/1BA DUPLEX $1050/ mo. on island annual lease. Gulf front studio $1000 annual lease. 2BR/2BA furnished condo at West Bay Point $1850/mo. annual lease. Contact A Paradise 941-778-4800 PERICO ISLAND VILLA: 2BR/2BA ground floor villa w/attach garage, water view from most rooms including screen patio. Comm. pool & tennis. $1750/mo. includes water and basic cable. First, last, & Sec. Dep. Island Real Estate 941-345-1295 BEACH VIEW GREAT LOCATION. 2BR/1BA 6 to 8 months. You pay only electric. Great outdoor space with gas grill $1650/mo. or $1800/mo Annual. Call Betty 816-729-5146 ANNUAL RENTAL BRADENTON BEACH. Share a 2BR/2BA condo with senior male. All utilities included (electric, water, cable TV, WIFI) with pool. Asking $900/mo First & last. Call 941-704-4591.

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RENTALS: SEASONAL & VACATION TIFFANY PLACE Gulf Front Condo for Rent Incredible views from living room and master bedroom. 2BR/2BA Green Real Estate Call 941-778-0455 ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$800/ wk 941-704-7525 or 941-7781915 WILLKOMMEN AUF AMI! Besuchen Sie Island Real Estate in einem unserer Inselbüros (6101 Marina Drive oder 419 Pine Ave) mit unserem deutschsprachigen Reservierungsservice und erhalten ein freies Island Real Estate Baseball Cap! Wir geben Ihnen gerne mehr Auskunft über unsere 250 ausgewählte Feriendomizile für Ihren nächsten Urlaub!

SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE: April, May & June. HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA ground level. Block to Gulf. ANNA MARIA (monthly minimum): 2BR/2BA & 2BR/1BA Both ground level and Close to Beach. 2BR/1BA Gulf Front. Second story. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-7780426 kringco@tampabay. HOLMES BEACH FURNISHED 2BR/1BA Rental open for 2017 & 2018 Season October -May. One block to Beach. W/D, dishwasher, patio. Ground level Duplex. Call to see now. 941778-2891 NORTH SHORE DRIVE, Anna Maria. 3BR/2BA Seasonal Rental across the street from Gulf. Heated Pool. 2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH furnished block to beach. Dishwasher, microwave, washer/ dryer. POOL, central A/C, lanai. $1200/mo plus utilities. June 1 thru Jan 1, 2016 Call 847-7696175

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport: Tampa $95, Sarasota $40, Clearwater $85, Orlando $165. Call 800-301-4816., ANYTIME TRANSPORTATION to all airports, appointments, casino, cruises, etc. Tampa $60. Sarasota $30. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095

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