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Help hatchlings; leave lights home The trending vacation activity of checking sea turtle nests with lights to get photos and videos may be killing hatchlings. BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |


The historic Anna Maria City Pier built in 1911-1912 is gone and a new pier is slated to reopen in late 2019.

Pier construction bids rejected The city will issue a second request for proposals in hopes of getting a lower price to build the new pier. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The city pier has been demolished, and the search continues for a construction firm to build the new pier. Last week, city commissioners unanimously supported Mayor Dan Murphy’s recommendation to reject the two bids recently received for the construction of the new city pier platform. The SEE PIER, PAGE 29



The pier demolition was completed on Thursday, July 26, and the area where the pier and the shoreline converged now looks like this.

It’s a trend that’s concerning state and local turtle officials – vacationers are increasingly taking the whole family out to the beach at night to check all the sea turtle nests with cell phone flashlights. A recent viral video by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce depicting turtle hatchlings scurrying to the Gulf of Mexico has sparked a rash of souvenirseekers illuminating nests with cell phone flashlights, which can be deadly for turtles, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox said. Lights from cell phones and other sources temporarily blind hatchlings trying to find the water, as well as mother turtles, which are still nesting for the next couple of weeks, and beachgoers, she said, adding that no one knows whether turtle vision is permanently impaired by artificial lights. No one would intentionally shine an LED flashlight in a newborn infant’s eyes, the equivalent of a turtle hatchling, Fox said. “Those few minutes going to the sea are precious to them,” Fox said, explaining that if they are disoriented by lights, they could crawl away from the water, where they can become dehydrated, be hit by cars or attacked by predators. At a nest that hatched one night last week, a large family surrounded it, shining cell phone lights at the hatchlings. While the hatchlings made it to the Gulf, their temporary blindness could have caused them to lose their bearings and come back ashore later, she said. “Did that nest get disoriented? We don’t know, it could have,” she said, adding that recent rains have obliterated hatchling tracks by the time Turtle Watch volunteers arrive at dawn to track them. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission paid a visit to the Island last week to check nests; sea turtles are protected by state and local laws. Loggerheads are threatened species, one step away from the endangered category. A turtle-friendly flashlight is available at, but it cannot be used continuously, Fox emphasized. “You have to click it on and click it off quickly,” she said. “It can’t be a constant light because hatchlings will follow it and it will disorient mothers.” Nests are expected to continue hatching through Oct. 31, the end of the turtle season, and possibly beyond.

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Holmes Beach passes maximum millage rate Though the maximum millage rate is staying the same, property owners may see a slight increase in their tax bills. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Property owners won’t receive a shock when they receive trim notices the third week in August, but they will see a slight increase in property taxes. Commissioners voted unanimously to keep the city’s maximum millage rate at 2.25 mills for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Though this is the same rate as last year, property value increases bring city taxes up 6.83 percent over the 2.1062 mills rollback rate, which would bring in the same amount in revenue for the city as last year. The increase brings up the city’s rev-

enue from ad valorem taxes from $3,946,331 in the current fiscal year to $4,255,843 in the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The millage rate is the amount charged to property owners per $1,000 of taxable property value. Forms submitted to the Manatee County Property Appraiser ’s Office show the city with an adjusted taxable value of $1,950,802,312. After adjustments were made following two public workshops on the budget, City Treasurer Lori Hill presented commissioners with a revised draft budget totaling $15,450,809 including more than $7 million in carryover and reserves. Two public hearings will be held to discuss and take a commission vote to approve the new fiscal year budget at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 25 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.


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Holmes Beach commissioners plan to discuss whether to approve new striping and signage for existing bike and pedestrian paths on Aug. 16. BY KRISTIN SWAIN JOE HENDRICKS | SUN

The Bridge Tender Inn’s Dockside Bar allows patrons to enjoy their food and beverages while sitting alongside Anna Maria Sound.

Dockside Bar seating allowance updated Established in 2012, the outdoor seating at the Bridge Tender Inn’s Dockside Bar has been brought into full compliance with the city’s comprehensive plan future land use map and other land use regulations. On July 19, the Bradenton Beach City Commission unanimously granted business owner Fred Bartizal the updated seating allowances he first sought last summer. The waterfront bar area is now officially approved for 120 seats.

Rodencal appointed to planning board Anna Maria commissioners have appointed Jeff Rodencal to replace David Youngs on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. Rodencal is the president of North Shore Consultants, a firm that provides consulting services to companies that manufacture building products and steel wire. Youngs recently moved to The Villages in Central Florida.

Millage rate won’t increase Anna Maria Commissioners plan to maintain the city’s current 2.05 millage rate for the coming 201819 fiscal year. On Thursday, July 26, the commission unanimously agreed that the final millage rate to be formally adopted in September will not be increased. Last week’s vote means the commission could still lower the millage rate but cannot increase it for the coming fiscal year. Commissioner Brian Seymour noted Anna Maria has the lowest millage rate of the three Island cities. A 2.05 millage rate means property owners will pay $2.05 of ad valorem property tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value. Although the millage rate is not increasing, property owners can expect to see their tax bills go up due to increased property values.

Correction An incorrect date for this year’s Bayfest celebration was listed in the July 25 edition of The Sun. The correct date is Oct. 20.


HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners are ready to discuss some bike and pedestrian path improvements at their Aug. 16 meeting, however, the discussion on where new and widened paths are going is still on hold. Residents of Marina Drive and 85th Street came to the July 23 commission meeting to discuss their concerns over a proposed multi-use path that would wind along the eastern and northern edges of their roads. The proposed path is 10-feet wide, about twice as wide as the existing sidewalk. If commissioners vote to agree to the plan, it may restrict access for residents to their homes, driveways, and boat docks. City Engineer Lynn Burnett said the proposed path isn’t something residents need to worry about right now. According to Burnett, putting in new facilities for a bike path in any area of the city is at least a few years away. Her plan suggests beginning installation of new multi-use paths in fiscal year 2020-21. The residential multi-use path plan is part of a larger plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths throughout the city. One use of the residential path would be to deviate walkers and cyclists during construction of the Anna Maria Island SUNTrail, a complete streets project planned to go along main thoroughfares including Gulf, Marina, Palm and East Bay drives, another aspect of the plan that local residents couldn’t get behind. Resident Maro Lorimer warned commissioners that they “will have some resistance from people whose property is directly affected” by the widened multi-use path. She said she would prefer to not have a wider concrete path in the area or more


The red line in this photo taken along Marina Drive shows where the proposed multi-use path would end if measurements are taken from the street side of the existing sidewalk. Right, On this section of Marina Drive, near 72nd Street, if a 10-foot wide multi-use path comes through, it could take up all of the area from the edge of the road to the outer edge of the existing sidewalk. signs along the residential streets. Another concern for Lorimer is the safety of private property, including leased dock space at the city-owned docks, if a multi-use path were to butt up against private properties and dock accesses. “The name of the street is Marina, and I think the marinas deserve priority,” she said. “Any community can have a bike path.” Resident Bob Robinson said if the multi-use path goes in, he will no longer be able to park his truck in his driveway because the end of the vehicle will protrude into the pathway. Robinson was one of several homeowners with a property built under previous setback rules close to the road whose access to their residence would be impeded by a wide bike path. He also expressed concern that United States postal workers would have to drive in and out of the multi-use path to deliver mail which could pose a safety hazard to those on the path and workers. “I’m just very, very concerned,” he said. “I hope you listen to the

residents of Marina Drive.” Resident Deb Sneddon said she’d looked into requirements for a path of that size and that she believes a large multi-use path should be a separate facility versus a street improvement. In her research, she said such a path should be separated from the street by at least five feet or have a 40-inch high barricade separating the path from the road, which she said would be an issue to place in people’s front yards and along their driveways. Commissioner Pat Morton, a recreational cyclist, said he agrees with much of what the residents had to say. Commissioner Carol Soustek said while the plan isn’t fully formulated yet, when Burnett is ready it will be presented to commissioners, and she hopes that residents will come to that meeting and lend their voices to the conversation. “It’s a big thing, it’s a costly thing, and I want people to be a part of the discussion,” she said.

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Pool calculations questioned In February, the divided City Commission decided swimming pools would be considered impervious surfaces in an attempt to limit the size of new homes being built. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – Developer Kevin McNamara is questioning the City Commission’s recent decision to count swimming pools as impervious surfaces when calculating the 40 percent lot coverage allowed by city code. An impervious surface is one that does not allow rain water to drain through it, and future City Commission discussion on this issue has been requested. McNamara owns the Tampa-based Bay Dock Enterprises construction company. On Thursday, July 19, he told the commission he built houses at 110 and 112 Seventh Street South and the land development code amendment adopted by 3-2 vote in February is preventing him from including pools on those properties. “When we built these homes, we


Developer Kevin McNamara says the amended land development code is preventing him from including swimming pools on two properties he developed. set them up so we could put swimming pools in, and now you guys have changed the rules. Calling a pool an impervious area is impacting those properties,” McNamara said. He said the code amendment has impacted his ability to sell the properties. He believes the pools can be de-

signed in a manner that retains rainwater during a heavy rain. “They can certainly handle the water load because the pool can be designed and elevated to a point where you can hold the water so it’s not considered a total impervious area,” McNamara said. “I spent put a lot of time and money

to put these together, and they were designed so I could put pools in,” he added. He said he discussed his projects with Building Official Steve Gilbert throughout the construction process. “What I’m asking is if you guys can consider changing this criteria so I don’t lose my rights to put the pools on these properties,” McNamara said. McNamara told The Sun his properties were developed as rental properties and he would consider filing a Bert Harris Claim against the city if need be. At the request of Mayor John Chappie, City Planner Alan Garrett shared his insight on the issue. “Mr. McNamara has no more square footage for his lot. We now have swimming pools count towards lot coverage. That’s the issue. He asked that we go back and not count them towards lot coverage or maybe they’re only counting towards 50 percent lot coverage,” Garrett said. “You cannot ask for a variance and there is no other provision. You may want to think about it as a special use permit and review them on a SEE POOL , PAGE 11




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Good luck, Doc Doctor John F. Norman D.D.S. is retiring. Who is Doc Norman? He has practiced dentistry on AMI for more than 40 years. He exhibited a caring and honest attitude towards his patients that is difficult to find in the medical profession today. There was many a time he worked pro bono, for fish, or stone crab claws. Aside from being a genuine human being, Doc Norman was also a Marine medi-vac pilot in Vietnam, a generous employer, and is a serious dog lover. So from all the healthy teeth on the Island, good luck Doc and thanks for making Anna Maria a little bit more special. Mark Claire Holmes Beach

Straw wars continue As a regular visitor to Anna Maria Island, I feel the need to write about my concern about the use of plastics on the Island, specifically one-use plastic straws. Roughly 500 million plastic straws are used everyday in the USA - enough to fill 46,400 school buses every year or enough straws to circumnavigate the planet two and a half times. Most of these straws end up in our oceans. They reach the ocean often by mistake - left on beaches globally or blown out of overfilled rubbish bins or out of boats. They are one of the top five most common items found on shores in coastal cleanups. Tragically, seabirds and other marine life, including turtles and dolphins, ingest these straws and other plastics and at least 50 percent of those will die as a result. In addition to this, it is horrific to think that the plastic that makes its way into the oceans breaks down very gradually, becoming smaller and smaller (microplastics), it is swallowed by fish and other marine life and then makes its way onto our own plates.

Paper straws were very popular in the 1960s but they were no longer fashionable by the mid-70s and now plastic straws represent 99 percent of the drinking straw market. They are made from polypropylene, which is a by-product of petrol. Most straws are too small to be recycled and either end up in landfills or reach our oceans. I have seen that there are some establishments on Anna Maria Island and nearby Cortez who are taking steps to stop using plastic straws and other plastic products. Is it necessary to use a plastic coffee stirrer instead of a wooden biodegradable one? Could we switch to biodegradable takeaway boxes instead of using polystyrene ones? How about one-use plastic bags? These often end up in the stomachs of seabirds, whales and other marine life. They eat them; their stomach fills up; they think they are 'full' so they stop eating and consequently they starve to death. I frequent Ginny's and Jane E's on Gulf Drive and I am constantly impressed by their ethos and their eco-friendly approach to running a restaurant/cafe. They provide paper straws; wooden coffee stirrers; biodegradable cups and takeaway boxes made our of sugarcane waste and it doesn't end there - the plastic takeaway silverware they presently use is soon to be exchanged for biodegradable wooden silverware. 'Paper straws aren't strong enough' I hear people say. Well, there are paper straws out there which are fairly robust and do not fall apart after a couple of sips (yes, really); if not, take more than one straw! Do we always need a straw? For some people, the answer is yes. However, if you don't really need a straw, request no straw or as Straw Wars states by only providing plastic straws when requested, we can significantly reduce the disposal of single use plastic. Such a simple action will not only save on overheads, it will have incredibly positive and far reaching effects on our planet. Plastic pollution is a global concern and everyone

has a responsibility to fight against what the human race is doing to our seas and oceans. If each one of us made the smallest change to try to reduce their plastic usage this would make a huge difference. I do not claim to lead a plastic-free life, but what do I do? I refuse one-use plastic bags in supermarkets and take my own bags (Publix provides paper bags); I don't put my fruit and vegetables in plastic bags, but have them loose in my cart; I don't use non-degradable wipes (they also end up in our oceans if flushed down the toilet) - the list goes on. And finally and importantly, I always say no to a plastic straw. Jean Parker-Miles Shoreham-by-Sea England, UK

Coyote control This is a perfect of example of our local Island governments being reactive to a situation; they will wait for something to happen. Now is the time to be proactive. Coyotes need a place to live but it is not on Anna Maria Island with families and tourists. Most of us have domestic pets. Coyotes easily jump fences and that does not protect your pet in its own yard. They should tranquilize and trap them, then take them out of Robinson Preserve. They need to go and they are not endangered. Florida law makes it legal to kill a coyote. So before someone is harmed or a family loses a pet get them out of here. Call Manatee County Animal Control. We are overcrowded with guests and there is no room for coyotes here and their food source will end quickly with squirrels, racoons and other critters. And then it will be our pets. Rose Mary Patterson Holmes Beach

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PREVIOUS QUESTION: Should businesses discontinue the use of plastic straws?




For information, call 7086130 July 26, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting Aug. 9, 6 p.m. – City Commission special meeting

Probably, but straws should still be available on request.


For information, call 7781005 July 25, 9 a.m. – CRC meeting July 26, 10 a.m. – City


Commission work meeting, stormwater/Ave. C July 30, 9 a.m. – City Commission/CRA joint work meeting July 31, 10 a.m. – CRA work meeting


For information, call 7085800 July 26, 11:30 a.m. – Police Retirement Board meeting Aug. 1, 6 p.m. – Planning Commission meeting



Yes, it will benefit marine life and the marine environment in general.



Only if it makes economic sense for the business.


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Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key,10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. Out of My Hands, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Seaside Quilters, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Intermediate bridge session, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@theparadisecenter. org or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 7 to 8:30 p.m.


NEST Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. CPR Training, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. to noon. Reserve to 941-7786341. Healing meditation, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. End of Summer Bash and library photo scavenger hunt, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.


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Charter Review Committee wraps up The City Commission will now decide which proposed charter amendment questions are placed on the fall ballot. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has completed its review of the city charter. The committee also reviewed four charter amendments proposed by the Keep Our Residential Neighborhoods (KORN) political action committee that are the subject of a lawsuit filed against the city of Bradenton Beach. Due to legal and administrative insufficiencies and concerns about compliance with the city charter and state law, the City Commission refused to place the KORN amendments on the fall ballot. Chaired by Mary Green, the City Commission-appointed committee also included Debra Cox, Anne Leister, Randy Milton and Dan Morhaus. City Attorney Ricinda Perry assisted the committee. The committee commenced its work in early June and concluded


The Charter Review Committee consisted of Anne Leister, Mary Green, Debra Cox, Randy Milton and Dan Morhaus, who participated by phone. on Wednesday, July 25. The committee’s final report and proposed charter amendment ballot questions will be presented to the City Commission on Thursday, Aug. 16, and for final reading at a special commission meeting Monday, Aug. 27. The city has until the Aug. 28 to submit its ballot questions to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office for inclusion on the fall ballot. The city charter serves as the city’s constitution and determines how the city is governed and structured. The

charter can only be changed by charter amendments approved by city voters.


The committee spent much time discussing a possible return to geographically-based City Commission wards. Last year, city voters eliminated commission wards by a 207 to 171 vote margin – supporting a charter amendment proposed by the Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach political action committee. Milton told the committee he talked

to several voters who did not understand what they were voting on last year and would vote differently if given another chance. Milton, Leister and Cox strongly supported a return to the four-ward system eliminated last year. As a compromise, the CRC members proposed to the City Commission a modified two-ward system with only voters in the two specific wards being allowed to vote for their ward representatives, with all voters still voting for an at-large mayor. The commission majority supported a return to a ward system but rejected the idea of dividing the city into two separate voting blocks. In response to the commission’s position, the CRC members propose a return to the four-ward system in which all voters retain the ability to vote in all commission races. If adopted by city voters, the new wards would be established using the latest voter location data provided by the elections office. The CRC proposes a charter amendment that would require commission and mayoral candidates to prove their city residency by providing at least SEE CHARTER, PAGE 30



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Planning and Zoning chair resigns Jim Lynch’s resignation leaves two vacant seats on the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board chairman Jim Lynch has resigned. Lynch submitted his written resignation via email sent to Mayor John Chappie, City Clerk Terri Sanclemente and City Planner Alan Garrett on Thursday, July 26. “Pursuant to our discussion this morning, please accept this email message as my resignation from the Planning and Zoning Board, effective immediately,” Lynch’s email said. “I would like to thank all those who have graciously helped me during my terms to perform my duties as a Planning & Zoning Board member and as its chair. After long

He shows great leadership on that board.” John Chappie, Bradenton Beach Mayor consideration and years of effort, I have concluded I can be more effective helping members of our community in ways other than as member of the Planning & Zoning Board. “I will be forever thankful that we were able to establish written Planning & Zoning Board procedures. These include allowing board members to document the reasons for their recommendations to the City Commission, including dissenting voices, which I recommend be seriously considered to arrive at the best decisions for the city. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Bradenton Beach,”


Jim Lynch has resigned as chairman of the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board. Lynch wrote. Lynch was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board in early 2015. He resigned later that year but returned to the board a few months later. In January, he was

reappointed to serve another term. “He’s done an amazing job. He shows great leadership on that board,” Mayor John Chappie said when the commission reappointed Lynch. Lynch’s peers then elected him to serve as the board chairman. Now retired, Lynch spent five years as the senior assistant county attorney for Hillsborough County after a 20-year career as an Army Military Attorney (JAG). Throughout his legal career, Lynch also served as an adjunct professor, teaching business, law and criminal justice classes. He also served as an ombudsman for Florida’s Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care Program. Former chair and current vice chair John Burns will serve as interim chair until the board elects a new chair. Lynch’s resignation leaves two open seats on the sevenmember board. Those interested in serving on the volunteer advisory board can contact the city clerk’s office at 941-778-1005.

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More paving work on Holmes Beach streets Paving and curbing work on some Holmes Beach streets is expected to be done by the end of the fiscal year. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – More curbing and street resurfacing projects are coming to Holmes Beach but the good news for residents is they’re expected to be com-

pleted by the end of September. Commissioners voted unanimously to amend a contract with Superior Asphalt for a to not exceed amount of $130,208.75. City Engineer Lynn Burnett said the reason for the amended contract is to keep prices for work at the amount from the previous fiscal year while completing work that the city didn’t have the money for in fiscal year 2016-17. The agreement covers repaving of Flotilla Drive, the public

works maintenance yard, 54th Street, 55th Street, 56th Street, 79th Street and 83rd Street. Preparation work for paving at the maintenance yard is not included in the agreement. Commissioners also unanimously agreed to amend a contract with Oneco Concrete and Asphalt to remove and replace the existing curbs on the south side of 70th Street with Miami style curbing. Other work being done includes some minor grading to push

storm water toward infiltration trenches and outflow drains. The contract is for an amount not to exceed $67,130. Work on the north side of the street has already been completed. Due to the complicated and expensive nature of the project which requires curbing, several feet of concrete and some asphalt to be removed then replaced, Burnett said she’s researching better options for future similar projects in the city.

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case by case basis, but at this point there’s no avenue he can explore,” Garrett said regarding McNamara’s current options. Chappie noted the commission was divided when the decision was made to count swimming pools as impervious surfaces. Commissioners Jake Spooner and Ralph Cole opposed that decision. “When you go changing all the rules, sometimes you come up with unintended consequences that you don’t foresee. I would be for having a discussion on it at our next meeting,” Commissioner Ralph Cole said. When the land development amendment was discussed in Febru-

ary, Chappie said, “It’s a lot of these little things that we do that help minimize the negative impact of the party houses and how it’s destroying our R-1 and R-2 neighborhoods. Pools are a big part of the noise that’s created because of these large party homes.” Chappie made similar comments when the commission increased the distance pools must be setback from property lines. During that February discussion, Garrett said Gilbert estimated counting pools as impervious surfaces could result in the loss of approximately 600 square feet of habitable space – which theoretically could result in smaller houses being built if a pool is desired. KRISTIN SWAIN | SUN

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Force main work continues on causeway Work to replace the failing force main pipes along the Palma Sola Causeway is planned to continue through August. Parking along sections of the Causeway will be closed intermittently while new pipes are installed in the Florida Department of Transportation right of way along the Manatee Avenue corridor, with most work taking place along the southern side of the causeway. During the project over 5,000 linear feet of force main is being replaced and will be connected to the existing force main structure at the east and west ends of the Causeway. The existing force main pipes will be grouted and abandoned in place. Work is not expected to interrupt the flow of traffic along Manatee Avenue other than to allow heavy equipment to enter or exit the work site. A staging area for the project is located at the southeast end of the Causeway park and is closed to the public.


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Lawsuit could impact Bay Drive property owners City officials want property owners to know they could be impacted by the lawsuit. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – City officials are concerned that a 2017 lawsuit filed by Manatee County could impact property owners along Bay Drive South. The lawsuit names developer Shawn Kaleta and the city as co-defendants. The lawsuit pertains to the city not issuing a building permit that would allow a pool to be built at a home Kaleta developed at 112 11th St. S. County officials asked the city to not issue the permit because there is a county sewer line in vicinity of the planned pool area along the Sarasota Bay shoreline. The dispute later expanded to include two neighboring Kaleta properties that were also being restricted by the presence of the sewer line. The sewer easement dispute dates back to a 2001 petition initiative undertaken by a group of private property owners. The property owners asked


Waterfront properties along Bay Drive South could be impacted by a county lawsuit pertaining to sewer line easements on private properties. the City Commission to vacate back to them the parcels of city-owned land east of Bay Drive South that lies between the road and water, from Fifth Street South to 14th Street South. According to Mayor John Chappie, who was mayor at the time, the commission reluctantly approved the vacation requests, in part because there was no community support for a multi-use boardwalk along the cityowned waterfront. It was noted last summer that Kaleta

played no role is those earlier actions, and he is simply trying to get the permits he needs to complete his development projects, and the city found itself caught in the middle of a dispute between the developer and the county. When the lawsuit was filed, Perry said the biggest concern was whether the 2001 vacations provided to private property owners were valid and enforceable – and if not, what does that mean for the city and the property owners. Around that same time, Building Of-

ficial Steve Gilbert said Kaleta submitted plans for five different pool locations and offered to build a structural wall on one side of the pipe that would allow 20 feet of access on the other, but the county’s sewer engineer insisted on at least 10 feet of space on either side of the pipe. During the recent July 19 City Commission meeting, Mayor John Chappie said the county submitted a large records request to the city clerk’s office. “The county has moved forward with motion for summary judgement on one of the counts and they provided a memorandum in support of it. Basically, they’re trying to get judge to go ahead and rule on the complaint,” Perry said. Because of the gravity of the situation, Perry does not expect anything significant to happen at the Aug. 9 hearing, but she does think this case is going to drag on for quite some time. “The potential seriousness of this whole issue is not just about a pool. The county is questioning the vacation of designated Bay Drive South and who was responsible for doing what. This SEE LAWSUIT, PAGE 31



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Stormwater projects reevaluated The City Commission is rethinking its approach to stormwater and drainage projects. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – When discussing pending stormwater projects for Avenue C and Avenue B, city commissioners decided they want Avenue C repaved as soon as possible. Avenue C and the driveways that connect to it have been torn up since Westra Construction began work earlier this year on that section of Manatee County’s force main replacement project. On Thursday, July 26, the commission unanimously decided to stick with the current plan for Westra to repave Avenue C when their work is done and partially restore the impacted city rights of way with 57 stone. The city will then come through and install vertical infiltration trenches that retain rainwater and filter out waterborne pollutants and sediments. Commissioner Ralph Cole emphasized the need to get Avenue C restored


At right, city commissioners want Avenue C repaved and restored as soon as possible. Above, this plastic honeycomb will be placed atop 57 stone and filled with grass, sod or small stones. as soon as possible to end the months of disruption Avenue C residents and property owners have endured as the force main project drags on due to unforeseen delays. The commission also wants to restore, at the city’s expense, the driveway connections impacted by the county project. After Avenue C is paved, the city will come through and install vertical infiltration trenches in the partially restored rights of way along both sides of the road. Similar to past projects, the Avenue C trenches will utilize the

57 stone as a filtration component, but unlike past projects, the 57 stone will not be the surface material. Instead, the trenches will be topped with honeycombed plastic permeable grid pavers that can be filled with sod, grass or smaller 89 stone – all of which allow rainwater to drain downward into the trenches. Designed by City Engineer Lynn Burnett, the existing drainage trenches

found throughout the city are meant to be driven on and parked on, but in some heavily-used areas the lime rock 57 stone gets crushed and/or compressed. This lessens its drainage capabilities and produces a fine white dust that gets tracked onto streets and into homes and businesses. The lime rock 57 stone has been the SEE STORMWATER, PAGE 17

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STORMWATER: Projects reevaluated Burnett said the pipe extends into the bay and is buried under the bay bottom and any work done on stateowned submerged lands would require state permitting. Burnett said it might be possible to shorten and elevate the 12-inch pipe, but that would require additional research.


subject of past discussions and during last week’s meeting, Mayor John Chappie said, “No one is happy with what was approved four years ago.” As he did at the previous stormwater meeting, Chappie said the commission is reviewing, reevaluating and rethinking the city’s one-size fits all approach to stormwater and drainage projects. The commission discussed asking the county to consider not paving Avenue C and instead give the city $71,000 to put toward a road surfaced with porous concrete or pervious pavers, with the drainage elements placed under the street instead of alongside it. Chappie said this might be more aesthetically pleasing but was also the “Cadillac” option in terms of price. The honeycomb grid has been used on a small scale at the entrance to the public parking lot on First Street North and the rear entrance to the post office.


For future projects, Cole suggested installing a drainage gutters down the center of streets designed to slope inward rather than outward toward the



The city is applying for a $390,000 grant to floodproof and harden city hall. edges of the road. The commission also expressed interest in reopening at least one outfall pipe that once drained into the bay but were capped off or became blocked by debris, oysters and sediments. The commission and Burnett dis-

cussed reopening the 12-inch outfall pipe at the end of Bridge Street and equipping it with a one-way WaStop check valve to prevent rising tides from flowing backwards into it during high tide.

The commission authorized Burnett to apply for two FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grants. The FEMA funds are being managed by the Manatee County Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group that has already pre-approved Bradenton Beach’s funding requests. The grant program reimburses the applicant for 75 percent of the cost of an approved flood mitigation project. The city expects to receive $337,500 for a $450,000 stormwater and drainage improvement project along Church and Highland Avenues. The commission also authorized Burnett to apply for and expects to be reimbursed for $390,000 of a $520,000 project to harden and floodproof city hall.


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7/22, petty theft, grand theft, 9800 block of Gulf Drive N. Two Apple iPhones and a wallet were reported stolen. 7/23, petty theft, 700 block of North Shore Drive. A woman reported that eight red LED turtle lights valued at $12 each were stolen from the back porch of a property that she rents out.


7/23, stolen bike, 2500 block of Gulf Drive N. A man reported that a bike valued at $600 was stolen from his house. 7/24, stolen bike, 500 block of Gulf Drive N. A woman reported that a bike valued at $350 was stolen from the garage of their rental condo while she and her family were at the beach.


7/21, suspicious incident, 12300 block of 46th Ave. W. A vehicle with an expired tag was observed to be parked for a week at the end of 123rd Street West. The tag was registered to one person while the vehicle was registered to another person who had sold it in June. The tag owner said he did not give anyone permission to use his


tag nor was he aware it had been removed from his trailer. Another tag was later attached to the vehicle but the owner could not be reached. The owner/property manager of the adjacent property, said the vehicle is partially on her property. She placed a note on the vehicle for it to be removed within 24 hours or she will be having it towed. 7/23, battery, 10200 block of Cortez Road W. The subject living on the property said he gave an acquaintance money to purchase a drink and cigarettes for him. The subject reported that the acquaintance later said he gave the money to someone else to purchase the items and hit him in the back of the head. 7/24, trespass warning, Tyler’s Ice Cream, 11904 Cortez Road W. The complainant reported a man repeatedly entered the store, asked people for money and asked the employees for free ice cream. The complainant observed the subject point “finger guns” at a customer.


7/20, grand theft, Dunkin Donuts, 3302 East Bay Drive. The complainant reported that the suspect failed to deposit the store’s money at the bank on July 5 after being recorded on camera counting the deposit and was seen taking more money, including tips. 7/21, trespass, 3352 East Bay Drive,

Ace Hardware. A man was being verbally abusive to an employee because he wouldn’t cut a lock off a bicycle he had. Police found a random key jammed in the lock and cited the man for trespass. 7/21, warrant, 3200 block of East Bay Drive. Police found that a driver had two out-of-county warrants for grand theft. 7/21, trespass, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach. Police issued a trespass warning to a man selling pound cakes without a permit. 7/21, theft, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach. A woman was robbed of her purse when she fell asleep on the beach after watching the sunset. 7/23, fraud, 6500 block of Gulf Drive. The complainant reported that the subject stopped payment on two checks, one for a past stay and one for a future stay. The subject said her checkbook was stolen, and she stopped payment on all checks. 7/23, found property, 4500 block of Gulf Drive. A weapon was found in a nightstand by a cleaning crew at a vacation rental. 7/24, larceny, 500 block of 77th Street. A resident reported two coolers were stolen from her back patio. 7/24, trespass, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach. An intoxicated man caused a disturbance. He gave police a debit card when asked for his driver license.

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Beat the summer heat

ate summer is always a challenging time for local anglers. The bizarre conditions the last two weeks have complicated things with oppressive heat and strong westerly winds. This morning the weather broke, and a new wave of optimism has me wanting to get back out and explore. Over the years I’ve learned some techniques for optimizing time on the water and increasing the odds of catching fish when the heat is on.


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The early morning hours provide two opportunities. First, the fish haven’t been pressured by fishermen or run over by boats for hours. In addition, the water is cooler, and it’s a time when fish feed more aggressively. I particularly like fishing top water in the morning when fish feed in shallow water. Fish can be spooky in the early hours, especially when you have calm conditions with little or no wind. Work top water plugs slowly and try flies

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS like sliders instead of noisy poppers. Keep an eye out for any movement or wakes on the surface. The wind can be light or non-existent early providing a clue to where fish might be cruising and feeding. While avoiding excess noise is always a good idea, it’s critical when fishing the early morning hours, particularly in shallow water.


Whether your early or late be as quiet as possible. Shoes shuffled on the deck, cooler lids slammed, push poles carelessly bumped into engines or the side of the boat and anchor chains will spook fish, alerting them to your presence. If you’re wading, move slowly,


Snook fishing can be hot at night. Fish flies near the shadow line around lighted docks. avoid pushing a wake and splashing through the water. If you’re fly fishing don’t rip” the line off the water. Make casts with long leaders and flies that land softly.


As the sun gets higher towards midmorning, target the edges of grass flats, SEE REEL TIME, PAGE 23

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Find Spanish mackerel inshore CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

It seems as though the winds have finally decided to lay down around here. The windy and rainy conditions made last week a bit tough to find good areas that hold fish, but we managed to get it done. Spotted seatrout were present on the deeper flats. Depths of 4-5 feet seemed to be a good target area. Mangrove snapper are under mangrove edges that are good and deep. Also any structure. My buddy Danny says, “Rocks and docks.” Live or cut shiners are the ticket to tossing these guys in the cooler. Spanish mackerel are a staple of inshore fishing this time of year as well. Long shanked hooks and live pilchards will get you on the other end of these fast moving critters. Just be ready to tie up another hook because you’ll go through them. Hopefully with the wind lying down, we’ll be able to add a bit more variety to our catches this week. Tight lines.


Burt Etchison, of Stewart, Ind., shows off a Spanish mackerel caught with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters.


Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action fly fishing for snook on dock lights before daylight.

John and DJ, from New York, fished several days with me last week. Our plan was to fly fish for tarpon in the coastal Gulf all week, but with the wind still in a westerly pattern, the coastal Gulf was unfishable for tarpon most of the time. Instead we fished dock lights in the evening and before dawn and had good action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. There should still be some tarpon fishing in the coastal Gulf when conditions improve. There may be fewer fish, but late season tarpon have already spawned and are more aggressive. There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure. Please limit your kill; don’t kill your limit.



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oyster bars and other structure. These transitions from shallow to deeper water are natural feeding lanes for fish that hunt prey pinned to the edges by the tide and the water depth. If possible, have your lure or fly move naturally into the tide. Try making a cast into the shallow water, working it over the edge and from the deeper water to the shallow edge. If you see fish feeding, try to make a measured cast that will come up a bit short of the action. Then make a presentation to the edge of the action, avoiding a cast that will line feeding fish and spook them.


Night time is a much more comfortable time of the day for anglers and the fish they pursue. Lighted docks and the lighted bridge fenders in passes attract baitfish, crustaceans and the gamefish that feed on them. When fishing the lights, it's critical to approach them slowly and quietly. Make a note of the tide and the direction of the wind before anchoring to make sure you’ll end up in casting range but not too close to the action. Make casts short and long of the lights themselves and work your way into the margins before casting in the light. Avoid big, heavy and bulky flies and lures and try to match the hatch usually baitfish and small shrimp.


Deeper water stays cooler than the surface that’s exposed to the sun’s rays. As the day heats up, try moving from the flats into deeper water. Look for moving water, and fish your offerings low and slow. Use a jig, and allow it to hit bottom before starting a slow retrieve. Try heavy flies like a Clouser fished on intermediate and sink tip lines. These sinking fly lines help keep your fly near the bottom. Strip slowly remembering that a strip raises the fly off the bottom. While the late summer definitely poses some challenges to anglers, it also provides some unique opportunities. By employing a few strategies to beat the heat you can open up some excellent fishing opportunities.



OBITUARIES Bobby Joe Bailey Bobby Joe Bailey, age 71, of Holmes Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018, at home. Bobby was a loving and caring husband, father, son, uncle, cousin and friend. Bobby was born to Herman and Jewel (Banes) Bailey on May 5, 1947, in Birmingham, Ala. He was a 1965 graduate of Southeast High School (Bradenton, Fla.). Bobby was united in marriage to Rita Dacus Bailey on Oct. 29, 2001, in Key West. He was a Navy veteran (1966 -1970), started his public service career at the Bradenton Police Department (1971-1976) and retired as a lieutenant of the Longboat Key Police Department after 23 years (1976-1999). He was a longtime member of the Blue Knights, Bradenton Elks Lodge #1511, Elks Riders Lodge #1511, Bradenton VFW Post #10141, Sons of the Confederacy and a Fellow of the Moose Lodge. He spent many years training in the style of Shorin Ryu, elevated to Sensei with a 2nd degree Black Belt and later became a student of Tai Chi Chih. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Jewel Bailey. He is survived by his wife, Rita Bai-

ley, of Holmes Beach; his son, Jeffrey Bailey (Misty), of Toano, Va., his brother, Billy Bailey, of Homosassa, Fla.; and sister, Delaine McFadden, of Deltona, Fla. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will take place on July 30, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Groover Funeral Home Ellenton, Fla., with the Rev Bill Pierson presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to one or both of the following: Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, Or Project Paws Alive, http://

Alliene 'Terry' Erickson Alliene 'Terry' Blanche Erickson died peacefully in Bradenton, Fla., at the age of 85. Terry is survived by her husband, Dr. Jay W. Erickson; her daughters, Dawn Erickson (James) and Deborah Pate (David); her son, Jay Erickson II (Jennifer); her brothers, Douglas Terry, Richard Terry and Frederick Terry; her sister, Jean Davis Cunningham; and eight grandchildren. She is preceded in death by son Gregg Erickson and brother David Terry. Alliene Blanche Terry was born on March 1, 1933, in Aquebogue, N. Y., to Richard C. Terry and

Sara Hill Terry. She graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a degree in elementary education. Terry met her husband Jay Erickson at SUNY Fredonia. During her early marriage, Terry taught elementary school in western New York. In 1966, she started travelling overseas with her family when Jay took a job teaching as a professor in Afghanistan. Later the family moved to Nigeria. In 1976, when Terry and Jay moved to Anna Maria Island, she joined AAUW and several bridge groups. Always active, she planned annual trips that included camping in the Smoky Mountains, cruising around the world and international travel. She always took the time to be available for her family and friends, especially for her grandchildren. She was always positive and celebrated the special events in the lives of those important to her. A memorial service is scheduled for Roser Church Chapel, 512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 5 p.m. Reverend William Wittcopp will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Terry Erickson’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Alzheimer Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter or the American Cancer Society.

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Where’s Bortie?

Left, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring section leader Kathy Doddridge and Turtle Watch volunteers Amy Waterbury, Konnor Oelfke and Jenny Oelfke prepare to excavate a hatched loggerhead sea turtle nest on Anna Maria Island on Friday. Below left, Konnor Oelfke digs into the nest, removing eggshell fragments, which are loosely assembled, counted and added to statistics on the number of hatchlings produced on the Island. Occasionally, a live turtle that didn’t make it out of the nest is found and later released, but they all made it out of this nest.


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 wish lanterns or fire-

Above, Turtle Watch volunteers Cynthia Henry, Jenny Oelfke and Konnor Oelfke at a nearby nest that Henry found on one of her daily turtle walks and excavated on Friday – her first experience inventorying a nest. The nest was adopted by Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox in memory of Island native Teddy Lane.


made the Island proud, taking first place in the 2017 race. Stay tuned to see how Bortie will do!

works; 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).

NESTING NEWS Turtle nests laid: 485 False crawls: 547 Nests hatched: 96 Not hatched: 7 Nests remaining: 382 Hatchlings hatched: 5,838 Nest disorientations: 8 Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring


Hatchling success


And they’re off! Following in Amie and Eliza Ann’s flipper tracks, female loggerhead sea turtle Bortie starts the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s 11th Annual Tour de Turtles on Aug. 1. The event is part of the organization’s ongoing research project tracking satellite-tagged turtles to determine where and how far they migrate. Bortie’s participation, which began when she was satellite tagged and released on Coquina Beach on June 19, is sponsored by the Conservancy, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Waterline Marina Resort in Holmes Beach and Bortell’s Lounge in Anna Maria, for which she is named. Since her release, she has traveled 140 miles at about a half-mile per hour, according to the Conservancy. Amie, named for Anna Maria Island and sponsor Anna Maria Elementary School, finished the 2015 race in last place, in true turtle style. Eliza Ann, named for sponsor Waterline Marina Resort’s restaurant,


FLIPPERS AND FEATHERS Two species of sea turtles nest on Anna Maria Island. The most common is the loggerhead, and occasionally, a green turtle nests here. Both are threatened species, one step down from endangered. The other sea turtle species that nest elsewhere are black, Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flatback and leatherback.

BIRD TIPS 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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Governor Rick Scott wants state-owned Florida beaches and shorelines, including those on Anna Maria Island, to remain open to public.

Governor issues beach access order Gov. Rick Scott is calling on local governments to help ensure continued beach access. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

TALLAHASSEE – On Friday, July 13, Gov. Rick Scott issued Executive Order 18-202 and urged Florida counties to protect public beach access. The executive order calls on counties to not limit access to beaches and directs the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to support these efforts. Earlier this year, Scott signed House Bill 631 – state legislation sponsored by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) and Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole (D-Sunrise) and adopted by the Florida Legislature. “Unfortunately, the legislation has now created considerable confusion, and some have even interpreted it as restricting beach access. I’m committed to keeping our beaches open to the public, and this executive order makes this commitment clear,” Scott said in a press release prepared by

his staff. “Today, I am ordering the Department of Environmental Protection to do everything in their power to advocate to keep our beaches open and public. I am putting a moratorium on any new state regulation that could inhibit public beach access and also urging local government officials to take similar steps to protect Floridians’ access to the beach,” Scott said. “Every Floridian and visitor has the right to fully enjoy our state’s natural resources. Florida beaches belong to all of us and people from across the world visit Florida because of them – and we are going to keep it that way,” Scott said.


The executive order imposes a moratorium on executive state agencies adopting any rule or restriction to inhibit the public’s access to Florida’s beaches unless there is a clear risk to public safety. The governor directs the DEP to serve as an advocate for the public’s right to public beach access. This includes establishing an online reporting tool so Floridians with concerns about

beach access can provide input. DEP will compile this input and submit a report to the Florida Legislature and the governor before the next legislative session. DEP will also serve as a liaison to local governments to ensure the public’s right to access the beach is protected. “The governor urges all local government entities to not adopt any rule or ordinance that would restrict or eliminate the public’s access to Florida’s beaches. He is calling on every county in Florida to not take any action that limits access to beaches. The governor urges state attorneys in Florida to protect Floridians’ constitutional right to access the beach,” the executive order says. It is not yet known what, if any, impact Scott’s executive order will have on the beaches and shorelines of Anna Maria Island, where all shoreline lands seaward of the mean high-water line or the erosion control line are state-owned public property. Scott will term-limit out of the governor’s office in November and he’s currently challenging longtime Democratic Senator Bill Nelson for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

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Christmas in July The Anna Maria Island Privateers and the Drift In partnered together on their annual Christmas in July fundraiser on Saturday, July 21. The event raised more than $2,000. The Privateers and the Drift In will use the money raised for their annual adoption of a Christmas family or families. Last year, the Privateers and the Drift In provided Christmas gifts and Christmas dinners for two families in need of assistance.


Holmes Beach resident Jerry Mardinek won the lottery board filled with scratch off tickets and some cash too.


Cell tower work continues DOREEN FLYNN | SUBMITTED

The Anna Maria Privateers hung out with Santa Claus (David Marshall) during Christmas in July.

Work continued last week and again this week on the Bradenton Beach cell tower. The work crew is adding AT&T antennas to the tower and making repairs to the exterior panels that were recently loosened by high winds.




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Management of condominium associations


o say that condominium and homeowner association living is a big part of the Florida lifestyle would be a massive understatement. Condo living offers the freedom that not only retirees are looking for but also couples who travel a great deal and may also have second homes. Most of the time it requires nothing more than to pay your association fees, lock your door and move on. However, these associations must be managed by someone, and the question becomes should they be managed by a professional management company or should they be self-managed? If you’re thinking about making a purchase of a condo or homeowner association property, one of the first questions you should ask is who is the manager. By Florida Statute, the Community Association Management Act, professional association managers must be licensed. A community association is defined as any association that has 10 or more units or has an annual budget greater than $100,000. Management companies work under the direction of the board of directors of the asso-

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER ciation and assess a fee based on services they are performing for the association. Typically, these services include recommending, hiring and reviewing contracts for outside vendors to performance maintenance work, landscaping and special projects for the association. Through a bank or other financial institution, they collect association fees and prepare monthly and annual financial statements and budgets in conjunction with the board of directors. They also can review applications from potential owners and tenants and advise on insurance. But perhaps the most important thing that professional mangers do is to explain the Florida condominium laws related to reserves, building codes and other obscure financial

and building issues. All of this relieves the board of directors and other residents from the time necessary to perform these duties. That said, many homeowner associations still want to self-manage and there are pros and cons for doing this. The obvious pro is financial savings, both for management fees and also for resident managers keeping a tighter control of the purse strings. Also, by having in house control and avoiding a middleman, it is possible to make decisions more expeditiously. However, these savings in money and time come with a price. Being a board member without a management company to assist you is a very time-consuming job. Even resident board members who have the best interest of the association at heart may lack the experience and industry contacts to do the job. In addition, the association has to deal with board turnover, part time residents and illness, which can interrupt a project and daily decision making. If self-management is still the association’s decision, it will require at least two dedicated

and available board members and could require as much as 30 hours a week. These board members should have accounting experience and, if possible, some building experience. Also, whether you are self-managed or hire a professional manager, all associations will need an attorney experienced in Florida condominium law. Finally, there are all kinds of personalities out there and a homeowner who is in charge of an association must have good written and verbal communication skills and a non-abrasive personality. I’ve personally lived in a condominium association for 20 years and have been fortunate to have a very competent and knowledgeable management company overseeing an equally competent and knowledge board for most of those years. But it’s easy for an assoiastion to come off the rails because of poor management and homeowner interference. Whatever your association’s decision is about self-management or professional management, stay involved and voice your opinion. It’s the only way to keep your freedom.

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PIER: Bids rejected FROM PAGE 1

commission’s Thursday, July 26, decision means a revised request for proposals (RFP) will be issued in hopes of getting a lower price. Largo-based Speeler & Associates completed the demolition of the pier on Thursday, July 26, at a contracted cost of $732,000 and finished well ahead of its Sept. 30 deadline. Speeler was one of two firms that responded to the pier construction RFP and their bid was $3.72 million. Tampa-based i+iconSOUTHEAST bid $4.13 million. Icon is currently the prime marine subcontractor for the construction of the new pier in St. Petersburg. Murphy hoped for something closer to $2.5 million for the initial phase of construction that will include the main pier platform, the T-end platform and all utility lines and pipes. The RFP did not include the construction of a new restaurant and bait shop at the pier’s T-end. Those elements will be addressed in a future RFP because negotiations with current pier tenant Mario Schoenfelder remain ongoing regarding his potential financial contributions and future role on the pier. The pier project is slated for a December 2019 completion date and Schoenfelder’s current lease expires in December 2020.

Schoenfelder has provided Murphy and the architect with preliminary insight on design elements he’d like to see included in the building plans, and those discussions continue. If Schoenfelder and the city cannot come to mutually agreeable terms a new pier tenant will be sought.


“Both companies have the credentials to do the work. The problem comes in the prices they gave us,” Murphy told the commission. “We felt pretty confident the numbers should come to $2.5 (million).” Murphy said that estimated figure was based on the construction materials specified in the RFP that included the concrete pilings,, and the Kebony hardwood decking and building siding selected by the City Commission. Additional pricing information was obtained from the Florida Department of Transportation and other governmental agencies. Murphy said new tariffs on imported steel and concrete have increased prices on construction materials, but not enough to drive the bids above $3.5 million. Murphy said the two bidders differed significantly in their projected costs for the concrete pilings. Those costs include the logistics of pre-casting the concrete pilings

Both companies have the credentials to do the work. The problem comes in the prices they gave us.” Dan Murphy, Anna Maria Mayor offsite and delivering them by barge or casting them onsite using wet concrete delivered by truck during peak tourist season when traffic is at its heaviest.


Murphy said the icon representative told him the construction specifications included in the original RFP were extremely high and would have produced “a Rolls Royce of a pier,” but those costs can be lowered while still building a pier with an estimated 75 to 100-year service life. “We’ve got time. We can redo some of the specs, get more input and then we can go back to not only Speeler and icon, but there were nine other people interested in bidding on this project. This is a high-profile project. I know we can do better,” Murphy said of the initial bids. “We’re going to tweak some of the specifications and see if we can’t come back in

with a number that we can live with; $2.5 (million) is the magic number. I still want high quality. Maybe not a Rolls Royce, but a Lexus instead,” Murphy said. Commissioner Brian Seymour asked how the issuance of a second RFP would impact the anticipated date for construction to begin. “It going to be late September instead of early September,” Murphy said. Murphy and the commission have been working under the assumption that the pier replacement project would cost approximately $4.5 million in its entirety. More than $2.5 million in state and county funds have already been secured. Murphy is hoping for at least another $1 million in FEMA funds the city is eligible for because of damage the pier sustained during Hurricane Irma in 2017. The old pier was built in 1911-1912 and repaired several times.



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three documents from a list that includes a county-issued voter registration card, a Florida driver license or state-issued ID, a property tax bill, a long-term rental agreement, a declaration of domicile, a bank statement or a federal tax return. The CRC proposes a charter amendment that would allow other candidates to seek a commission seat being vacated when a sitting commission member files resign to run paperwork when seeking a different elected office in or outside of the city. The CRC does not support KORN’s position that all other vacant commission seats be filled by special election rather than commission

appointment. The CRC supports the intent of a KORN amendment that proposes additional property line setback restrictions and another amendment that proposes a citywide ban on multi-level parking garages, but the members adhered to the advice given by the city attorney and the city engineer that the proper place to address these concerns is in the comprehensive plan and the land development code rather than the charter because state law no longer allows land use issues to be decided by voter referendum. The CRC recommends the commission address these concerns in the proper legislative manner. The CRC unanimously re-

jected KORN’s proposal to require the city to hire a fulltime city manager. Because these is still the possibility that a judge could order the KORN amendments to be placed on the ballot, the CRA recommends a charter amendment that would prevent a city manager from hiring or firing city department heads and employees, even if a city manager is ever hired. The CRC also proposes an amendment that would state in writing that city procedures that already apply to citizen-initiated efforts to adopt or amend city ordinances and resolutions also would apply to citizen-initiated charter amendments.

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Parking garage prohibitions The Bradenton Beach Commission has a light agenda for its Thursday, Aug. 2, meeting. The only two standalone items on the agenda are the first public hearing of an ordinance that would amend the city’s comprehensive plan in a manner that prohibits standalone or multi-level parking structures

or facilities citywide. There will also be a first public hearing on a related ordinance that would amend the Land Development Code in a manner that prohibits stand-alone or multi-level parking structures or facilities citywide. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

LAWSUIT: Could impact owners FROM PAGE 15

Chappie said. Perry asked if the city had notified potentially impact property owners of this lawsuit that could impact their properties. “Their property rights are at issue as well. I think it would be nice if they were put on notice in some capacity. I don’t want to put everybody in the community in a state of panic. I just want people to be informed this is going on,” Perry said. “They might want to join the suit with Kaleta,” Commissioner Jake Spooner

said. “They might want to intervene,” Perry agreed. “And that would strengthen our case,” Spooner said. Chappie asked the commission if was OK for him to send a memorandum to potentially impacted property owners, some of whom may not be aware of the lawsuit. The commission authorized him to do so. According to Chappie, the lawsuit had cost the city $39,285 as of July 19.


ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1710 Gulf Drive N E Hannah Hillyard 941-744-7358 A4215055 $1,955,000

ANNA MARIA 209 S Bay Boulevard Debbie Vogler 941-705-3328 A4402745 $1,925,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 200 S Harbor Drive 1 Ken Kavanaugh & Margo Love Story 941-799-1943 A4215175 $1,250,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 664 Key Royale Drive Hannah Hillyard 941-744-7358 A4404064 $1,000,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 528 72nd Street Mark Boehmig 941-807-6936 A4204971 $2,995,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 5300 Gulf Drive 306 Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4400024 $641,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 2509 Avenue C B Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4208192 $585,000

BR ADENTON 1317 Calle Grand Street Deborah Capobianco 941-704-2394 A4214765 $476,383

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 110 7th Street S Judy LaValliere 941-504-3792 A4210751 $1,800,000

BR ADENTON 2019 74th Street NW Debbie Vogler 941-705-3328 A4208067 $1,350,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 216 83rd Street Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4203519 $650,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 503 70th Street Laura Rulon 941-896-2757 A4406584 $649,000



ANNA MARIA ISLAND 3705 E Bay Drive 212 Deborah Capobianco 941-704-2394 A4408046 $310,000

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BR ADENTON 7840 34th Avenue W 302 Barb Eberhart 941-761-7349 A4191449 $548,000

RENTAL ANNA MARIA ISLAND 5806 Gulf Drive 201 2 Bed 2 Bath 1272 SqFt $1,375 Maria Kagin 941-779-4150 A4402329 L I C E N S E D R E A L E S TAT E B R O K E R



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Impact fees discussed The impact fees would help fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – With the City Commission’s blessings, Mayor Dan Murphy is working on an impact fee program that would help offset the impact new construction has on the city’s infrastructure resources. Last week, Murphy told the commission he received a $38,000 bid for consulting services to help implement the fees. The mayor said he would like to get two more bids before presenting a funding request for commission approval. Murphy said the consultant would

help establish the fees based on the actual impact a construction project is expected to have on city streets, parks, greenspace, drainage and stormwater improvements and more. He said the consultant’s fees would be recouped through the impact fee program and not through the use of ad valorem property tax revenues. Murphy said the average permanent residence in Anna Maria contains an average of 1.9 people per household, while a vacation rental home averages more than 8.5 occupants. Murphy said Anna Maria is now 60 percent vacation rentals and 40 percent single-family homes. He said the bigger the vacation rental house, the bigger the impact it has on the city’s infrastructure. “I think it’s long overdue,” Commissioner Amy Tripp said.

ISLAND REAL ESTATE AGENT PROFILES Elizabeth was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. She and Randy met at a wedding in Florida in 1991 (he was the “Best Man”) and they have been inseparable ever since. Shortly after, Elizabeth moved to Randy’s hometown of Rochester NY and attended college at the University of Buffalo where she graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Science. They have two sons, Brandon and Masen. In 2003, the Blandford’s moved to Anna Maria Island and have never looked back! They found that Anna Maria Island and the Bradenton area are the perfect place to live and raise a family. Since 2003 they have been top producing real estate agents. They feel happy and blessed to be able to help others live the dream. Their success extends across several aspects of this business – from resale and new build luxury residential to multi-million-dollar commercial

Elizabeth Blandford (941) 224-3304

investments. Elizabeth’s and Randy’s outgoing and down to earth sales approach have been an asset in their career. Their integrity and honesty are above approach and they pride themselves on customer service. Their engineering background gives them an edge with attention to details and creative problem solving. Get Team Blandford to work for you! Each deal is unique, and they look forward to new challenges.

6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Office: (941) 778-6066

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Coquina Beach exercise equipment expected soon The request to install exercise equipment along the Coquina Beach trail was made in 2017. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The city’s 2017 request to install exercise equipment along the Coquina Beach trail is expected to come to fruition soon. The equipment request was first proposed by then-Scenic WAVES chair Tjet Martin. The City Commission supported the request and asked Manatee County officials to spend up to

$15,000 in surplus beach concession revenues to install the equipment along the countyowned trail on the south end of Anna Maria Island. The funding request was slowed by delays in getting a required letter of support signed by the other two Island mayors. There were then some additional delays related to the county’s safety and equipment inspection requirements. On Wednesday, July 25, Martin, who is now a City Commission candidate, sent an email inquiry to Carmine DeMilio, parks operations manager and ADA compliance coordinator for Manatee County’s Property

Management Department. Martin asked if there was any movement on the project. “I just signed the final draft of the FDEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) Field Permit this morning. I should have it in my hands later today. The equipment is here at my office ready to be installed. I’m waiting for the vendor to contact me to pick up the equipment from my office,” DeMilio said in his same-day email response.” “Thank you so much for making this happen Carmine,” Martin wrote back.




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Moss Builders’ soccer clinics construct confidence BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The sponsorships by local businesses supporting the sports programs at The Center is an essential component of community unity and the growth and development of the Island area youth. To take it to the next level, over the many years, companies like Ross Built Construction, Mike Norman Realty, Wash Family Construction, just to name a few, have not only provided financial support through sponsorships, but the owners and operators have taken time out of their busy schedules to personally help mold the players through volunteer coaching. This tradition of selfless sacrifice continues with the next generation of parent coaches and sponsors such as Sean Flynn with Legler Flynn, the Anderson brothers Danny and Ricky with Jiffy Lube, Moss Builders’ Ryan and Emily Moss. From the football field to the Island pitch and even in the indoor soccer arena, Moss Builders consistently gives back to the Island community, both young and old. This summer ’s indoor soccer season is no exception. For the seven weeks of July and August, the Mosses are on the hard court at The Center with as many as 17 little individual indoor soccer players teaching them the basics of the fast paced game during the Moss Builders’ clinic for three-to eight-year old players. Stepping up to help, Chad Uhlinger, head referee for the adult co-ed soccer league and soccer coach at Braden River Middle School, is contributing some of his time off along with Casey Rygiel to help with the community’s future. With the bouncier and faster balls, different game rules and half walls to strategically use during game, the patience and guidance of the volunteer coaches are important to keep the clinic and scrimmage games fun. Volunteer coaches are the lifeblood of the youth sports program at The Center, and the business sponsors are what help make it possible for all kids to play sports on the Island.


Miles Moss enthusiastically struck the indoor soccer ball for a goal against the well positioned and ready Drew Buky during the Moss Builders’ Indoor Soccer Clinic at The Center.

SUN SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JULY 24 – YOUTH INDOOR SOCCER Ugly Grouper – Blue Team  Ugly Grouper – White Team 


Bins Be Clean (Team Sweden)  4 Progressive Cabinetry (Team Croatia) 9 Sato Real Estate (Team Belgium)  Ross Built Const. (Team Russia) 

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Lancaster Design (Team England)  8 MAR/KIS Insurance (Team Uruguay) 5

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At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Thursday, Aug. 2, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help those with problems, 9 to 11 a.m.; 10 to 11 a.m.; Sunshine Stitchers, 2 to 4 p.m. • Friday, Aug, 3, Forty Carrots-Partners in Play, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjongg, 1 to 3 p.m. , • Tuesday, Aug. 7, preschool story time, “Back to School,” 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjongg, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Wednesday, Aug. 8, Coloring Club, noon to 1 p.m.; Call the library at 941-778-6341 for more information.


Maria Sine will exhibit “Flora, Fins, Feathers and Flowers” acrylic paintings as the August featured artist at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. The exhibit includes paintings inspired by the natural beauty of Anna Maria Island and beyond. Sine has spent more than 35 years in public education as an art teacher, she has always tried to bring out the artist in her students. Now in her retirement, she is bringing out the artist in herself and creating vibrant, colorful watercolor and acrylic paintings. Her work reflects the tropical beauty found in the Florida landscape, florals, birds and animals. Island Gallery West is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit, Facebook or call 941-778-6648.




Across 1 Bullpen hero 7 Technical opening? 11 Juan or Jose lead-in 14 Mom's sis 15 Semi warning 16 Asian menu general 17 Horror film setting 19 Physicist with a law 20 Bird feeder cake 21 Common math base 22 Ocean dots 24 Rural "Out of the office" sign 27 Acting twins Mary-Kate and Ashley 30 Feel some pain 31 Send forth 32 Hotshot 33 Easy gait 37 Ammo for a starter pistol 41 Zingers 42 Vote, say 43 Title Kazakh in a 2006 spoof 44 Big heads? 46 Revolver? 48 One whose "chicks" have flown? 52 Color separator 53 __ Gang 54 Minimally 58 Many times, in poems 59 Explanation for an evolutionary transition 63 Pointillism unit 64 Stirring solo 65 Rio Grande city 66 George Strait's "All My __ Live in Texas" 67 Watch over 68 Bird hangouts

Down 1 LeBron et al., briefly 2 Waikiki party 3 Back in the day 4 Saves, for a 1-Across 5 Strauss' "__ Heldenleben" 6 1984 Olympics gymnastics standout 7 LG product 8 "That's so __!" 9 $200 Monopoly props. 10 Vague lunch date time 11 Skyy alternative, familiarly 12 Looking drained 13 Chinese menu promise 18 Coop residents 23 Jim's role on "The Big Bang Theory" 24 Best Buy "Squad" member 25 It's true 26 One piping frosting 27 Kon-Tiki Museum city 28 Hurdle for atty. wannabes 29 Stereotypical Westernending backdrops

Answers to 07-25-18 Crossword Puzzle.

31 Watson's company 32 National Gallery attraction 34 Meanie 35 Fuel used in some whisky production 36 Md. winter hours 38 Masked critter 39 Holy recess 40 Building girder 45 Floor exercise surface 46 Spitting sound 47 "My Fair Lady" lyricist 48 Lyric poem 49 "Fantastic" Dahl character 50 Pulitzer-winning columnist Leonard 51 "Alas!" 54 Lunch for Spot, maybe 55 Fairness obstacle 56 Brookings, e.g.: Abbr. 57 Boxing stats 60 Fury 61 Ignore a Commandment 62 Day-__

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FACE PAINTER/PORTRAIT ARTIST Island student artist, reasonable price for parties, events, and special portraits. Call/text Lillian 210-380-9691 FREE PANASONIC FAX Machine. Call 941-778-3986 THE BEST VOLUNTEER position on the island. The AMI Historical Museum needs docents and bread makers. Call Lynn at 813758-3234 or lbrennan47@ ROSER FOOD BANK needs donations of cash and non-perishable food. Donations boxes are located at the Church, Moose Club, and Walgreen’s.

BOATS: SALES & RENTALS ISLAND BOAT SALES No Listing Contracts, No Time Constraints, No Hassle. “Business On A Hand Shake” We Also Buy Boats. Dave 941-228-3489

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PIERLY MAID CLEANING SERVICE – Two former city pier employees will make your residence, rental, vacation home or business purely shine. Free Estimates. 941-447-2565 or 941-565-0312


WAREHOUSE: 9300 sq ft possible Machine Shop with Heavy Duty Elect. Or Car Storage, So many Possibilities. Near SRQ Airport. $629,000 RESORT: 13 UNITS $4,999,000 Bradenton Beach. Island Real Estate Alan Galletto 941-232-2216 TWO COMMERCIAL SPACES for Lease. Great Visibility on Very Busy Street in Holmes Beach. Lots of parking. First space 1045sf at $3050/ mo. Second space 1357sf at $3950/mo. 5702 Marina Dr. Call Today! 812-679-6507. Won't Last Long!

COMPUTER SERVICES EMPIRE COMPUTER SERVICE Computer problems fixed in your home or office. The fastest friendliest service around. Serving the Island since 2004. Call 941-739-6424


TWO SCOOPS – Anna Maria Island’s Favorite… is now hiring part-time associates. Varied shifts available – must be able to work nights and weekends. A great place to work and have a little fun…looking for a few friendly people. Food prep. or server experience preferred. Great pay! Apply today…Two Scoops 101 S. Bay Blvd. Unit A-2, Anna Maria LICENSED REAL ESTATE Agent needed. Likes working, mid-size Island office. Send resume to P.O. Box 352 Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 LOOKING FOR CASUAL Crew Member for Local Charter Sailboat Co. Call 941-893-9590

FISHING CHARTERS CAPT. MAC GREGORY Fishing Charters. Full Day, Half Day, Night, Inshore & Near Shore. 941-809-5783 U.S.C.G. Certified/Insured

GARAGE, MOVING, RUMMAGE & YARD SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open 9:30am-2pm, Tuesday, Thursday. 10am-1pm Saturday Donations preferred 9am-11am Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Phone 941-779-2733

HAULING SITE CLEAN-UP to trash outs we can handle it all. Call us for your dumpsters/ trash needs today 941-7538772


TILE! TILE! TILE! All variations of tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship. Prompt, reliable, many Island references. Free estimates. Neil 941-726-3077 RENOVATION SPECALIST ALL carpentry repairs, Wash Family Construction, locally owned and operated CBC 1258250 Call 941-7250073. KERN CONSTRUCTION NEW Homes & Remodel. Design/Build. Since 1968. License # CRC1327296. Call Jerry Kern 941-7781115


LIGHTHOUSE PROPERTY INNOVATIONS LLC State Certified General Contractor (Lic. #CGC 1515821) New Construction, Renovations & Additions. Call 941-266-7500

HOME SERVICES HOME REPAIR. Anna Maria Home Accents. 25 years experience. Call 786-318-8585 GK HOME & PERSONAL SERVICES *Homewatch Service *Handyman Service *Landscaping & Irrigation Work *Pre and Post Tenant Cleanouts *Storm Board Up's ANYTHING you need help with give me a call! Local, Reliable and Professional 508-221-7486 THE HARDWOOD STOP Flooring installation services; Laminate, hardwood, vinyl and tile. Bathroom and shower. Virtually dustless FLOOR REMOVAL License and insured FREE ESTIMATES 941-227-0041 www.thehardwoodstop. com


R. GAROFALO’S Interlocking brick pavers, driveways, patios, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed & Insured. Call Rafael 941-778-4823 or Veronik 941-526-7941

WALY PRECISION PAINTING: painting, drywall, stucco, and remodeling, commercial/residential, licensed & insured. Call 941-448-1928 or 941-4656324

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread $55/yd. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770

DECKOUT MASTER CARPENTER Everything Patio & Dock Decking Work Repair, Replace, Maintenance Work, Cleaning, Treatments, New Decks. Also Handyman/Painting work to home or office. Call RICHARD Bespoke Service 941-448-3571 Island Resident.

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in Old Florida Seashell driveways and scapes. Also Rock, Mulch, & Soil. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark 941-301-6067

FENCING, CAN'T GET ANYBODY? Wood, Vinyl. New or Repair. Call Richard. Free Estimates. 941-448-3571 Bespoke Services. BATH ROOM REMODELING. Anna Maria Home Accents. 25 years experience. Call 786-318-8585

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: NORMS TOWING gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 08/29/2018, 09:00 am at 1855 63RD AVENUE E. BRADENTON, FL 34203, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. NORMS TOWING reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1B3HB48B88D702695 2008 DODGE 1FALP62W9SH191666 1995 FORD 1FTWW31P47EA27463 2007 FORD 1G2WP12K72F289635 2002 PONTIAC 1G6KS54Y7XU926367 1999 CADILLAC 1G8ZV57B09F146528 2009 SATURN 1GNDT13SX52263997 2005 CHEVROLET 2T1BURHE6GC530801 2016 TOYOTA 3C4FY48B64T242669 2004 CHRYSLER 3GNCJMSB6GL172201 2016 CHEVROLET 4T1BE46K87U553939 2007 TOYOTA 5NPEC4AC1CH386898 2012 HYUNDAI JTDBT923171105937 2007 TOYOTA KM8SC13D36U059285 2006 HYUNDAI WBAVA33508KX85340 2008 BMW NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of ALMOST BEACH APARTMENTS intents to register the said name with the Department of State, Division of Corporations, Tallahassee, FL and/or Clerk of the Circuit Court of Manatee, FL. Almost Beach Apartments, 2303 Gulf Dr, Bradenton Beach, Fl

LOST & FOUND LOST WHITE GOLD 18 carat wedding band on Anna Maria Island on beach near Sandbar Restaurant. Call 352-484-4040 if found. LOST ON AMI near the curve at Bradenton beach in the gulf a small red ricoh underwater camera and a size 14 gold wedding band of 25 years. reward if found. Has very sentimental pictures that I cannot duplicate the camera had a half of a lanyard attached to it and on the clip of the lanyard was my wedding ring. Call 205-223-1548


LOST THICK STERLING Silver Ring between the Moose and Beach House Restaurant. Call 941-2431444

MOVING & STORAGE MARTIN’S MOVING YOUR Island movers! Offering dependable, competitive rates. No hidden costs. 941-809-5777. TWO MEN and a TRUCK. Movers who care. Local and Long distance. www. Call 941-3591904. We sell boxes!

PAINTING & WALLCOVERING PAINT! PAINT! AND MORE 28 years of experienced interior/exterior custom painting. Pressure cleaning, drywall repairs and texture finishes. Many Island references. Please call Neil for free estimates. 941-812-0507 “WIZARD OF WALLS” Established 1980 Prompt quality service. Paperhanging/removal Faux finishes. Interior painting. Mary Bell Winegarden 941-794-0455 PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES. Prompt & Reliable. Island Resident. Quality Workmanship. Interior/Exterior. Also minor repairs & carpentry. Free written detailed estimates. Bill Witaszek 941-307-9315 BAYSIDE COMMERCIAL PAINTING. David Padyani Call 941-565-9446 or Larry Zimmer 941-2248123 Licensed & Insured

PERSONAL SERVICES CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER 10+ years experience. Specializing in balance improvement, strength training before/ after hip/knee replacement. Workout in your home or train with me at “The Center” of Anna Maria Island. Contact Stephanie Belill at (941) 302-1797 or





POOL SERVICES FOUR SEASONS POOL SERVICE AND CHEMICAL SERVICES. Certified Pool Operator. Residential/commercial. Chemical Service Licensed & Insured. Call Dennis Clark 941-737-5657 COLE'S TROPICAL POOL SERVICE Call Cole Bowers for all your pool maintenance needs! Affordable and Dependable!! 941-7131893

PRINTING CUSTOM DIGITAL PRINTING "Your printing dream to reality" Specializing in Dye sublimation Printing. Graphic Design. Performance Active ware. Logo Design. Call Rhonda 330-550-4847

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FROM THE LOW $300’s. Only minutes from the beach, this new active adult community is perfectly located just south of Manatee Ave, off Village Green Pkwy. Perfectly designed, open 2BR or 3BR/2BA plus den & 2CG floor plans. Luxurious amenities, pool, spa, gym, pickle ball and fenced-in dog park. HOA only $209/ month. Models open daily. Contact us 941254-3330

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INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY!! 6BR canal home, approved for 14 guests, in Anna Maria’s quaint shopping area. Restaurants and island beaches just outside your front door! This extraordinary home is also the perfect family getaway and the fisherman’s dream. $2,495,000. Wagner Realty, Karen Day Fineout. 941518-3682 / 800-211-2323. INCREDIBLE NEW CONSTRUCTION Home on Pine Ave! Prime location to shops, restaurants, bay and beach! $2,400,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Beach - Key Royale GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, L’Plage, Vista Grande & MORE. Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216 PERICO ISLAND 2BR/2BA Condo. Great WATER VIEWS New Floors! $279,900. Screened Porch and a Patio. Call Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-330-5054 PERICO ISLAND NEW LISTING Townhouse 3BR/3BA Renovated All New everything. Gorgeous Model Condition. Walk in Closets. Call Today for Showing. Priced to Sell! $310,000. Call Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-330-5054

INVESTOR'S DREAM only 4 houses from the beach, adorable 2BR/2BA cottage North End for $629,000. 2017 income=68K CASH FLOWS. Call Kathleen White Island Real Estate at 941-773-0165. INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! GROSSING OVER $90K/ YR – 5BR/4BA home with elevator only one block from the beach $1,395,000, Call Erin Heckler Island Real Estate at 941-448-5616 LOOKING FOR A SECOND HOME? GULF FRONT 1BR/1BA well maintained ground floor unit with 2 heated pools $354,000. Call Jason Hrnak Island Real Estate at 941-773-6572 CHARMING COASTAL COTTAGE FSBO in Holmes Beach 3BR/2BA, garage, coastal inspired renovation in 2016, private fenced yard with pool, start living your island dream! $779,000. 570-242-1922

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REAL ESTATE: OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, August 5. 1-3pm WATERFRONT Home $599K 656 Hillcrest Dr. on Warner's Bayou, NW Bradenton. Marcus & Co. Realty. Jessica Adair 941-345-0178

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. NW BRADENTON CATALINA Subdivision. 3BR/2BA/2CG Split plan on Lagoon. Available July 15. $1800/ mo. First, Last & Security Deposit. Credit check. Call 941-809-2488 for Appointment 2BR/2BA GROUND LEVEL in the UTC area. $1500. 1st, last, sec dep. 1BR/1BA GROUND LEVEL in Bradenton Beach. $1200 1st, last, sec dep. No Pets. Call A Paradise Realty. 941-7784800

ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA Large back yard, huge shaded common area. First, Last & $1000 security deposit. No Dogs $1295/ mo. Call 941-705-7463 ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA steps to beach, shops & trolley. No smoking/no pets. $1350/mo. First, Last & Security. Call 860-922-3857

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 SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE: Spring, Summer and Fall. CITY OF ANNA MARIA 2BR/2BA Bay Front. HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA 400’ to Gulf Bay. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-778-0426 kringco@ GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190

HOLMES BEACH 1.5 BLOCKS to Beach. Completely updated 2BR/2BA. Available December 2018 thru April 1, 2019. $4500/mo Nelson & Associates Real Estate. Call 863-6401864 HOLMES BEACH GULF FRONT – Five 1BR/1BA units including Island original beach cottage. Spectacular, spacious beachfront wildflower meadow and shady patio area. Summer rates from $1,250/week plus taxes & cleaning. Alice: 813-230-4577.

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 $65. Sarasota $30. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095

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