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Standing against the tide TOM VAUGHT | SUN

More than 500 people went to Coquina Beach Sunday to participate in Hands Along the Water, a demonstration of support for Florida’s natural resources that are being imperiled by red tide along the Gulf and green algae in Lake Okeechobee. More on Page10.

County praised for cleanup but ... ... red tide persists Using multiple funding sources, Manatee County is footing the bill to clean up Island beaches impacted by the red tide. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – City officials on Anna Maria Island are praising Manatee County’s response to the red tide crisis, particularly in terms of cleaning up the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico shorelines. County crews and others, including some volunteers, have


been working seven days a week to keep the Island beaches as free of dead fish and deceased marine life as possible. Regarding the county response, Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said Monday morning, “They really rose to the occasion and are doing a great job. I have been impressed not only with their promptness, but their thoroughness and care as well. Our city owes them a debt of gratitude for ponying up when we needed them badly. Commissioner Carol Whitmore continues to play a pivotal part in coordinating the county efforts.”

On Sunday, Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said, “I was out there this morning, and they were working like crazy. They’re doing a great job cleaning our beaches, and I can’t give them enough praise for what they’re doing.” Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said, “The county’s doing a wonderful job, working very diligently to pick up all the fish that have died and come ashore. Waste Pro is working hand-inhand with the city, the county, code enforcement and public works to make sure that all the

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Scratchy throats, itchy eyes and coughs persist with the continuing red tide that showed up on Friday, Aug. 3 in Anna Maria Island waters, thanks to winds and currents carrying the long-lasting bloom from Southwest Florida. The Karenia brevis red tide organism is a type of algae that emits a neurotoxin when it blooms. Deadly to fish, sea turtles, marine mammals and shorebirds that feed on affected fish, red tide makes shellfish unfit to eat, and can cause respiratory irritation in people, especially those with asthma, COPD or other respiratory diseases. People with these conditions are advised by public health officials to stay away from the beach during red tide outbreaks.





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Sun showered with journalism awards ORLANDO – The Anna Maria Island Sun earned seven statewide awards for reporting and photography in print and online at at the Florida Press Association Weekly Newspaper Contest on Aug. 10.


• Staff writer Joe Hendricks, First Amendment Defense, for “Bradenton Beach Sunshine Violations.” Hendricks also won the statewide Jon A. Roosenraad award for First Amendment Defense. • Staff writer Cindy Lane, In-Depth Reporting, for “Bye Bye, Baby Snoots,” coverage of the accidental death of Manatee County’s beloved mascot due to inattention to aquarium maintenance.

• Columnist Sean Murphy, Humorous Column, for “Uncle George’s Zipper Parade.”


• Cartoonist Steve Borggren, Original Local Editorial Cartoon, for “To Die For,” depicting red tide victims. • Digital editor Cindy Lane/freelance videographer Bob Hite, Multimedia Storytelling, for “Vaught’s Vietnam,” a profile of Vietnam veteran Tom Vaught. • Staff writer Cindy Lane, Online Slideshow, for “Flippers and Feathers,” featuring photos and information about manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and shorebirds.


The Sun won three first-place awards in the categories of In-Depth Reporting, Humorous Column and First Amendment Defense.


• Staff writer Cindy Lane, Photo Series in One Issue, for “Surf’s Up,”

featuring West Coast Surf Shop summer surf campers.




Labor Day fireworks at Sandbar

Bayfest update The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Bayfest festival on Saturday, Oct. 20. Anna Maria City Commissioners approved the Chamber’s special event permit application during last week’s commission meeting. According to the meeting agenda, this will be the Chamber’s 18th annual Bayfest celebration. Look for additional details in coming weeks at the Chamber website,

Privateers Putt Putt Pub Crawl The Anna Maria Island Privateers are planning a pirate-style golf tournament for Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at noon. Nine Island businesses will be involved, and they will each create a putting hole with their theme. The Privateers will take the golfers from hole to hole in their pirate ship Skullywag. Each golfer will receive a complimentary tankard of pirate’s grog at the first hole. The first and second place finishers will receive prizes. The Privateers have room for 50 golfers at $49.99 each. That includes the putter and golf ball and a souvenir T-shirt. The participating sponsors are The Fish Hole, The Anchor, Waterline Resort, Slim’s Place, Harry’s Bar & Grill, Ugly Grouper, D Coy Ducks, Freckled Fin and the Drift-In. Contact Tim “Hammer” Thompson @ 941-780-1668 to sign up. Up to five Mulligans may be purchased for $5 each at the time of registration. Proceeds go to the Whitey Horton College Scholarship Fund.

Come to the Cortez picnic The Cortez Cultural Center invites everyone to a picnic at the center on Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon, where you can discover the history of Cortez commercial fishing after enjoying home cooked eats and maybe get interested in a volunteer project. The center is closed during August and September to create new exhibits, expand historical research, do woodwork projects and plan a new community garden. There is a place for all kinds of skills and for relaxing on the porch! The center is located just east of the Florida Maritime Museum at 11655 Cortez Road W. For more information, call Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945.

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Cortez fishermen assist with red tide cleanup


The Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria will host a Labor Day fireworks show on Monday, Sept. 3. When the Anna Maria City Commission approved the special event permit last week, Mayor Dan Murphy said the Labor Day fireworks show would serve as a follow-up to the July 4 fireworks show that encountered some unexpected technical glitches. The fireworks show will be free to the public, but the Sandbar restaurant will be offering additional amenities at an additional cost.

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With fishing slowed by red tide, two Cortez fishermen earned money by cleaning a beach BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The city of Anna Maria called upon Cortez fishermen Nathan Meschelle and Michael Dolan to help remove dead fish that littered a city shoreline because of red tide. Meschelle and Dolan spent Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 9, removing dead fish and seagrass from the public beach near the now-demolished Anna Maria City Pier from the Lake La Vista Inlet southeast to Magnolia Avenue. This mutually beneficial relationship sprang from a conversation Meschelle had with Island resident and Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore. “Nate contacted me and asked how he could help, so I called the local governments and told them they were available. It’s a privatepublic partnership, and we’re helping some fishermen get some work right now,” Whitmore said. “I reached out to Carol and told her that due to the conditions the fishermen are out of work, and we would like to do what we can to help the community. At the same time, maybe the cities or county can help us get through these hard times,” Meschelle said. Meschelle and Dolan arrived early Wednesday morning by boat aboard a custom Carolina skiff with a smaller flat skiff in tow. Using pitchforks, they tossed the natural debris into the smaller skiff and later transferred it to a dumpster to be hauled off by Waste Management. They also were asked to remove a section of temporary shoreline fencing installed to protect turtles during the recent pier demolition. The fencing was ensnaring dead fish and seagrass. “We’re trying to get what we can cleaned off the beach. If we do get another bad push of fish,


Cortez fishermen Michael Dolan and Nathan Meschelle began cleaning this stretch of Anna Maria beach Wednesday morning. On Sunday morning, the beach area near the Anna Maria City Pier remained clear of dead fish. we won’t have all this grass, and it’ll be easier for us to clean up,” Meschelle said, while noting that a shift in the wind direction could bring more dead fish ashore. Meschelle and Dolan said they saw gag grouper, trout, grunts, eels and more on the beach, but they also saw signs of improvement. “The water color’s better today. There’s baitfish along the beach too,” said Dolan, who was wearing a facemask and a protective sport hat that covered his head and neck. Meschelle and Dolan are both members of the Organized Fishermen of Florida, and Meschelle wore a hat bearing the organization’s logo. “There’s anchovies and sheepshead on the rocks right here,” Meschelle said, pointing to the jetty. “We thought it was complete wipeout, so this is a good sign,” Dolan added. “I traditionally bait fish offshore and the bait fish are virtually nonexistent. I think that’s where most of the red tide is lingering. I have friends that are still trying to bait fish, and they’re having to fish off Clearwater. Down this way, it’s


just a dead zone as soon as you get out there a mile and half and up to six miles out,” Meschelle said. “The offshore fisheries that include your grouper and snapper at 10 miles out plus are still good. The fishery was amazing right before this happened,” Dolan noted. Meschelle also contacted Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and offered their services and the services of additional Cortez fishermen if needed.


Public Works Manager Dean Jones stopped by Wednesday morning to assess the work underway. “There’s still fish out there that are going to keep floating up. I’m SEE CLEANUP, PAGE 10

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County funding shellfish to fight red tide BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – As red tide hit high levels last week in Anna Maria Island waters, Manatee County announced it is expanding a program that creates shellfish beds in local waters. “Oysters and clams eat red tide for lunch and come back for a midnight snack,� said Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department. Red tide is an abnormally high concentration of an algae, called a bloom, that emits a neurotoxin that kills fish, marine mammals and birds and causes respiratory problems in people, especially those with asthma and COPD. Red tide is thought to be made worse by fertilizer runoff from land. It arrived in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island on Friday, Aug. 3, the northern edge of a bloom that has lasted 10 months in southwest Florida, and has closed restaurants and caused fish kills and cancellations at local accommodations. Shellfish like clams and oysters filter the water they live in, Gulf Coast Oyster Recycling and Renewal Program

Executive Manager and START CEO Sandy Gilbert said. “One oyster can filter nine to 50 gallons of water every single day,� Gilbert said, adding that local clams “do eat red tide.� START (Solutions To Avoid Red Tide) is working with Sarasota Bay Watch on its clam seeding program in both the Manatee and Sarasota County portions of Sarasota Bay, and with the Chiles Group of restaurants, whose employees collect oyster shells in bins and take them to Perico Preserve, where they are cured, then made into oyster habitat at Robinson Preserve. “In one year, we have accumulated 26 tons of oyster shells that are not in the landfill,� Gilbert said. START was formed after a massive red tide bloom in 1995 devastated the local economy, and is a partnership among the Chiles Group, University of Florida IFAS Program, Gulf Coast Shellfish Institute, Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department and Waste Pro, the newest partner that will enable more restaurants to participate in the program, Gilbert said. The program is supported by funding from the RESTORE Act, created to

Toxic tide prompts Tallahassee trip Sherman Baldwin’s recent trip to Tallahassee didn’t produce much in the way of results but he intends to keep trying. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |


mitigate the devastation from the 2010 BP oil spill.

BRADENTON BEACH – Paradise Boat Tours General Manager Sherman Baldwin travelled to Tallahassee last week in search of answers as to what being done to address red tide on a long-term basis. “I’m getting in the car and going up there to see who’s really going to help,� Baldwin said after his Wednesday, Aug. 8 trip to the state capitol. The tour boat business Baldwin operates in partnership with his daughter, Sarah, leases space on the Bridge Street Pier. Their Tevatan LLC also operates the Hart’s Landing bait SEE TRIP, PAGE 29





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mid all of the bad news associated with the most recent red tide outbreak, a breath of fresh air managed to blow through Anna Maria Island over the weekend. Hundreds of people on AMI and thousands around the state turned out in an effort to raise awareness of and support for Florida's natural resources. That's our water and our wildlife, both of which seem to be under siege these days. The Hands Along the Water event occurred on beaches all over the Florida peninsula. Up and down the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, concerned people gathered to call attention to just how precious and fragile our environment is. With hands linked and breathing masks firmly in place, supporters here on the Island endeavored to rally the populace even as they stood among dead marine life washed up on the beach, killed by the toxic algae bloom. “I could not sleep when red tide came because of the smell and knowing what it was doing to the sea creatures,” local event organizer Elizabeth Shore said. “I learned about Hands Along the Water and wanted to hold an event on Anna Maria Island.”


hanks to the efforts of Shore and others, Hands Along the Water drew more than 500 people to Coquina Beach Sunday morning. It was an impressive show of unity and one that was refreshingly apolitical, welcoming everyone to join the environmental cause. Nobody knows how long this red tide outbreak will last. Those who lived here during the 20052006 bloom recall the roughly 13 months of devastation wrought by that disaster. It also is unknown exactly what causes this brand of red tide - there are several types - to erupt or how to combat it. Even scientists studying the phenomenon disagree over the trigger that sets these blooms off. Pollution from a variety of sources, including fertilizer runoff and other man-made nutrients pouring into our waterways, are believed to be contributors. Regardless, efforts to study red tide and ways to one day control it, and enforcement of our environmental regulations, need to be continued, if not redoubled. One trip to the beach, one whiff of the fouled air and it becomes obvious these efforts are critical. Let's hold our representatives accountable and find some solutions. We should accept nothing less.


Safe cycling needed I was so happy to read the dangers of a bike path in a recent letter to the editor. I had no idea of the horrors it could bring; mail box's being moved, unable to park their huge trucks in the driveway, no more parking in the right of way, and the worst, more crime! Those cyclist are a bunch of bad hombre's. Urbanize residential neighborhoods! More tourists! For those residents who haven't lived here long and complain of "more tourists," you are a bit too late. The island will never be the same one you saw when you moved here a couple of years ago. You were one of those "tourists" once. But back to the real issue - a bike path. If you don't think there are already lots of cyclists out here, you haven't looked out

your window. I am all for a safe place for all cyclists to ride. Let me introduce you to some of the real dangers of bike lanes here on the Island, by separating them into two categories. Things that DON"T belong in bike lanes: Cars, trucks, golf carts, pedestrians, joggers, Segway, scooters, holes. Things that belong in bike path's: Bicycles. We need safe places to ride here and fewer cars, bottom line. Last word, remember in Florida a motorist MUST give a cyclist three feet when passing. Rick Lewis Holmes Beach

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Yoga and meditation, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $10. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Social bridge games, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, noon.


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Visitors and businesses coping with red tide Tourists and locals did their best to adjust to the red tide conditions that impacted the Island last week.

was crazy. They had a huge dumpster that was labeled ‘Fish only,’” Clawson said. “We didn’t think it was that bad, but people running the stores said don’t go to the beach. I did have a strong histamine response this morning. I started feeling like I was having allergies,” Tredyew said.


ANNA MARIA – Louisville residents Don and Karen Focht didn’t let red tide ruin their beach wedding. On Thursday evening, the couple that’s been dating for more than five years were joined by family members on the recently-cleaned public beach along South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. After exchanging their vows, the small wedding party stood ankle-deep in Tampa Bay while posing for photos. The newlyweds said the conditions that night were better than what they saw earlier in the week and the red tide didn’t delay their nuptials. “This is the day we planned,” Don said. “I wanted to be barefoot in the sand. We scoured the beaches all week and decided on here. Our grandchildren could come at this time, and we needed them here,” Karen said.



Thursday evening’s beach wedding party included Gary Carrasco, Anita Carrasco, groom Don Focht, bride Karen (Armstrong) Focht, Zoey Carrasco, Alex Carrasco and Stephanie Williams.


Lying nearby on beach towels, Colorado visitors Hannah Tredyew and Shanti Clawson said they didn’t know about the red tide until they arrived Wednesday evening. “When we were checking out at Walgreen’s the lady told us to be careful

about the red tide,” Tredyew said. “We knew it was south of here, but I didn’t think it was here yet,” Clawson said. They started the day near the Bradenton Beach-Holmes Beach border. “We went to watch the sunrise this morning, and there was five feet of dead fish going down the coastline. It

On Friday, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce President Terri Kinder said, “We know that some of the businesses are being impacted. We also know that people planned their vacations, and they’re still coming. I think there are a number of different reactions, not only from the business owners, but also from the guests. “The beaches are what attract people, but there are other things to do here. We had a group of seven from Tennessee who arrived today. They’ve never been here. Their question was what kind of things are there for us to do? We loaded them up with information on what’s on the Island and the mainland, and they seemed fine,” Kinder said. SEE COPING, PAGE 34

Beach raker to the rescue Beach raker Mark Taylor has been at the forefront of the battle to keep the Island beaches free of red tide debris. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Manatee County equipment operator Mark Taylor has played a crucial role in the red tide cleanup efforts taking place on the Island’s Gulf-side beaches. Using a tractor to pull a piece of equipment known as a Barber beach rake, Taylor’s recently been working seven days a week, up to 12 hours a day, removing dead fish and other marine life from the beaches. Taylor has worked for the county for 18 years. His beach raking duties are usually limited to the public beaches, but those county-funded efforts were recently expanded to include the entire Gulf-side shoreline after dead fish killed by red tide began washing ashore in early August. “I’m typically the only beach rake operating. I have got a backup rig and we’ve got an operator in Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach (in Bradenton Beach) that’s been working down there,” Taylor said after his workday ended on Friday. Pulled behind a tractor, the beach raker


County employee Mark Taylor has been working seven days cleaning up the Island beaches impacted by red tide. This Barber beach raker gathers up dead fish and seagrass and deposits them into the built-in hopper. gathers up dead fish and seagrass and drops it into a hopper that’s later emptied into a dumpster or the front-end loader recently put into service. “Basically, I’ve been taking care of Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. It’s a lot of beach to cover and sometimes you have to make multiple passes because the fish are too thick to make a single line. If they’re spread out you’ve got to make two or three or four pass-


es to get them all. When you’ve got this many fish it’s more like damage control. Instead of trying to get the last one up and make it perfect, you’re trying to get 85-90 percent of them off the beach because it’s coming back with the next tide,” Taylor explained. He said the heaviest concentration of dead fish has typically been between Longboat

Pass in Bradenton Beach and the Martinique condominiums in Holmes Beach. Taylor works in an enclosed cab, and he’s been wearing a facemask and a scarf over his face, but he still feels the burn of the red tide-tainted air. SEE RAKER, PAGE 34



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Hundreds send positive message about the environment Organizer Elizabeth Shore expected 250 people would participate in Hands Along the Water at Coquina Beach, but that number turned into 500. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

The Gulf of Mexico was churning up more dead sea life and caustic smell Sunday morning, the result of the latest red tide outbreak. But that didn't stop about 500 people who turned out at Coquina Beach not to protest but to show support for Florida’s fragile environment by participating in the Hands Along the Water event. “I could not sleep when red tide came because of the smell and knowing what it was doing to the sea creatures,” event organizer Elizabeth Shore said. “I learned about Hands Along the Water and wanted to hold an event on Anna Maria Island.” Shore, who owns Bunny and the Pirate Bazaar on Cortez Road West, said she didn’t want to protest anything, just show positive support for the environment. Shore is a fifth-generation native of Manatee County and the daughter of the late R.B. “Chips” Shore, former Clerk of the Circuit Court.


Red tide is an algae that emits a neurotoxin when it blooms. The toxin can kill sea life and seabirds that feed on them and sea turtles. The Island has had outbreaks in the past but not in such an abundance, according to long-time residents. Hands Along the Water also


Above, more than 500 people, many wearing masks, stand next to each other and holding hands to show unity. After the line broke up, many people rushed to get away from the red tide smell. At right, Tracy Powers and Teri Lennon pause for a selfie before departing. TERI LENNON | SUBMITTED

shows support for ending the algae that fills rivers and canals around Lake Okeechobee in the southern part of Florida. A group of visitors from southern Florida said they learned about Hands Along the Water from facebook and are shocked at the way the green algae kills everything in the canals and rivers. They said they would support politicians who would want to protect the environment and improve the condition of Florida’s waterways and shores.

CLEANUP: Cortez fishermen help with red tide FROM PAGE 4

going to monitor the beach, and when I think there’s another day’s worth of work, they can come back and clean the beach again. It’s an ongoing thing, and we’ve got a long-term plan that I feel very good about,” Jones said. “I’ve also got to give kudos to the county. They helped clean up Bayfront Park, and Mark Taylor has been

running his tractor up and down the beach. As far as I know, he’s been going from Coquina Beach all the way to Bean Point. There’s been really good coordination between the cities and the county, and there’s a lot of players making this work,” Jones said. During Thursday night’s City Commission meeting, Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy praised the cleanup efforts.

“Commissioner Carol Whitmore was coordinating cleanup efforts in her role as TDC (Tourist Development Council) chair. She made the suggestion that we find these Cortez fishermen who are out of work because of red tide. These guys really did a commendable job. They charged us $1,000, which I think is a more than reasonable rate,” Murphy said. “It’s a symbiotic story: they needed

work and we needed fish picked up. They had a boat and the equipment to do it, and we didn’t have the workforce to do it. It really worked out nice,” Murphy said. On Sunday morning, Jones paid another visit to the recently cleaned beach area. “It still looks good,” he said.

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Red tide won't affect released hatchlings BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

Hatchling sea turtles that are disoriented and rescued will continue to be released into the Gulf of Mexico despite the red tide, under instructions from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Hatchlings were released on Coquina Beach on Monday evening pursuant to the determination that it was safe, according to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox. “Many of you may wonder whether hatchlings are being impacted by the current red tide event,” the FWC’s Dr. Simona A. Ceriani, Research Scientist with the Marine Turtle Program, wrote Fox in an email. “The FWC has never documented any apparent adverse effects of red tide on hatchling sea turtles. They are probably not affected because they quickly move offshore, then live at the surface of oceanic areas for at least several years. They likely do not spend much time in any areas with high concentrations of Karenia brevis (red tide) they may

encounter because they are constantly moving (or being moved). Additionally, the primary route of lethal exposure to brevetoxin for sea turtles is through ingestion of food containing brevetoxin. Hatchling sea turtles subsist on internalized yolk for at least a week or so before they begin feeding. By the time they begin feeding, they are well away from nearshore areas where red tide blooms often persist. Hatchlings could be exposed to brevotoxin in aerosols and may experience some irritation to their respiratory tract but, at present, we do not have any indication that this causes mortality or noticeably affects behavior,” she wrote. “Please continue to release any stragglers or hatchlings recovered during disorientation as you would normally – do not transport them to other beaches to release.” Turtle Watch also will continue staking new nests, an important safety measure to avoid heavy machinery operators cleaning up dead fish on the beach from accidentally crushing unmarked turtle nests.


Above, a loggerhead sea turtle hatchling hits the Gulf of Mexico swimming. The red tide outbreak should not affect hatchlings such as this, marine officials say. However, adult sea turtles, left, aren't as fortunate. Last week, three loggerhead turtle carcasses washed up on Anna Maria Island, all without their heads, according to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox. She called the finds “disturbing” and “a first” and said the deaths could be related to red tide. ANNA MARIA ISLAND TURTLE WATCH AND SHOREBIRD MONITORING | SUBMITTED

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Mayoral candidate plagued by inconsistencies Holmes Beach mayoral candidate Josh Linney is running on a platform of openness and honesty. But inconsistencies in his self-told biography are bringing him under intense scrutiny. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Mayoral candidate Josh Linney is facing a lot of heat for the number of inconsistencies in his self-told background. Despite his open and honest platform, misinformation and changing biographies are causing the public to question Linney and what he stands for. Though Linney can’t be disqualified for misrepresenting himself or altering the information in his self-written biography on the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website, the inconsistencies are consistently placing him and his background in the public spotlight.


Updates to Linney’s online candidate biography have been noted by The Sun on July 4, July 23, July 27 and Aug. 4, the latest as of press time. In each incarnation, new details have emerged and some have changed or disappeared. In the first version of his biography, Linney made several claims including declining ROTC scholarships and admission to West Point in favor of guaranteed airborne and Army Ranger training. He noted that he finished second in his Army Advanced Infantry Training class. His biography also said he was deployed for a year to Iraq and suffered a traumatic brain injury from a one-story fall from a building. The July 23 biography lists Linney as a Gulf War veteran and changes his deployment location to the Middle East. The detail about the fall from a building was omitted. The July 25 biography said at recruitment he was guaranteed assignment in the Army’s airborne division and admission to the Ranger Indoctrination Program. It also said he graduated from AIT second in his class from U. S. Army Quartermaster School in

is listed as a Gulf War veteran who participated in Operation Vigilant Warrior.



Holmes Beach mayoral candidate Josh Linney feels he’s ready to take the reins at city hall. 1994 and spent nearly a year traveling through the Middle East before returning stateside in 1995 and being diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome along with other medical issues. A July 27 change took his status from Gulf War veteran to a veteran of the Gulf War period. In his Aug. 4 biography, Linney

His military records state that Linney entered the Army on Sept. 15, 1993, and served as a private first class before receiving an honorable discharge for medical reasons Aug. 6, 1996, followed by disability. In addition to passing basic training, he completed three weeks of basic airborne training, one week of combat lifesaver training and one week of driver training. Linney never completed any infantry training. In an Aug. 5 interview, Linney said the claim of attending Advanced Infantry Training was an error he made after seeking help from an advisor on the biography with the full name of the training he knew as AIT. The Army website lists AIT as Advanced Individual Training. Both airborne division soldiers and Army Rangers are listed as specialty schools and training disciplines on the Army’s official website. His military record shows his only specialty as food service. SEE LINNEY, PAGE 17

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Changes possible for Manatee County EMS Rumors of a Manatee County pilot program to remove ambulances from service during overnight hours might not be correct , but they’re also not unfounded. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

MANATEE COUNTY – Rumors of a pilot program launching in October to reduce the number of ambulances available to Manatee County residents during overnight hours is a long way from correct according to Public Safety Director Robert Smith. Smith said the issue has arisen out of budget discussions, however, the reason that ambulances may be reduced isn’t due to budgetary concerns but worries over the health of emergency medical services personnel. Currently, EMS workers rotate through a schedule of 24 hours on and 48 hours off the clock. The reasonable expectation, Smith said, is that workers will have some downtime to sleep or rest during the 24 work period. With increases in call volume, he said


Ambulances are lined up to show four units purchased in previous fiscal years by Manatee County. workers at some high volume stations are working for 24 hours straight and with mandatory overtime requirements, some workers are going 48 hours without sleep and yet are still expected to provide medical care to Manatee County residents and visitors. All of the wear and tear on employees is leading to the public safety department seeking creative ways to reduce the stress on workers without adversely affecting the quality of care to residents and visitors. One of the options under consideration is

to reduce the number of ambulance units on the road during some overnight hours. During the day, Manatee County has a maximum of 19 ambulances on the road at any given time. At night, that number drops to a maximum of 18. Smith said while some ambulances run 10 to 15 calls or more at night, other units only run two or three. He said department leaders are looking at the number of calls each unit runs at night to determine if call volumes are low enough to take two to four ambulances offline for a few

hours and shift the remaining units around the county to cover those areas. Smith said the project is just in the beginning stages, and there’s a lot more data to look at before any decision is made, however, he said he’d be surprised if four ambulances could be taken offline at once. In the event that an ambulance is removed from the area serviced by West Manatee Fire Rescue, Commissioner Randy Cooper said residents and visitors would be well covered by non-transport advanced life support services from EMS trained firefighters. Chief Tom Sousa said that because of the county discussions, the district’s Cortez Road Station 2 will most likely be the second of the district’s stations to come online with non-transport ALS service, hopefully as soon as October. The service is now offered at WMFR’s Holmes Beach station. Another option Smith said the county is looking at is to remove EMS workers from a 24-hour shift, placing them on 12-hour shifts instead. In the proposed fiscal year 2018-19 county budget that conversion is estimated at $636,234 and is listed as unfunded.

Center ends fiscal year on high note The Center of Anna Maria Island closed its books for the 2017/18 fiscal year June 30 with a positive net income of $15,804. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The Center of Anna Maria Island’s leadership has closed the books on another fiscal year. This time, the financial news was positive as the nonprofit ended the year June 30 with $15,804 in net income. For the 2018/19 fiscal year, which began July 1, the Center’s board is planning to see that number increase to $23,833. In the 2016/17 fiscal year, the Center ended with -$282,749. Board treasurer Christine Hicks said the

2017/18 fiscal year had its financial challenges for the nonprofit including a 15.4 percent drop in fundraising income from the previous fiscal year to $364,556, 19.2 percent below budget for the year. However, with the reduction in fundraising income also came a reduction in direct fundraising costs, saving the Center $36,752 from budgeted expenses. In the new fiscal year, Hicks said the Center is planning to hire a development director to focus on fundraising, donor relations, monitoring and management of expenses, grow membership numbers and overseeing capital improvements. In the 2017/18 fiscal year, the Center ended with $542,263 in total program revenue with $368,229 in direct program costs, leaving the nonprofit with $174,035. General and administrative expenses were $522,787,

which brought the Center’s income from operations down to -$348,752. Total fundraising came out to $456,399 with $91,843 in direct costs, ending at $364,556 to bring the Center’s overall number to $15,804 to close out the year. The 2018/19 fiscal year budget plans for total program revenue to stay steady at $545,738 with expenses lowering by 8.7 percent to $336,087 to end the year with program income at $209,650, a $35,616 improvement over the previous fiscal year. General and administrative expenses also are projected to remain steady, coming in at $519,991 for the year, leaving the Center with a projected end balance of -$310,340 in operations income. Fundraising is expected to increase 37.5 percent over the previous year to $627,715,

including $83,120 in August that includes the proceeds from an estate where the Center is a beneficiary. Center Executive Director Chris Culhane said while the proceeds from the estate were budgeted for August, they may not manifest until September or later. Fundraising direct costs are expected to increase 219.6 percent to $293,542 in the 2018/19 fiscal year and now include the nonprofit’s capital expenses, the salary for the development director and event coordination costs. After expenses, the Center’s budget ends the year with $334,173 in total fundraising income, 8.3 percent less than the previous fiscal year. Overall, the Center’s board plans to end the 2018/19 fiscal year June 30, 2019, with $23,833 in net income.



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Another school season starts at AME Police presence will be evident as Holmes Beach officer Josh Fleischer returns to teach anti-drug program and patrol the hallways. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH ¬– Motorists got a bright reminder that another school year had begun Monday morning from emergency lights on a patrol car and Police Chief Bill Tokajer’s vehicle in front of Anna Maria Elementary School. As a bus pulled up, Tokajer greeted the kids as they stepped off. Inside, AME School Resource Officer Josh Fleischer was watching the TOM VAUGHT | SUN parents and their children. With the Clockwise from above: parents and kids wait to get into the school Monday morning. Lauren advent of new security steps, visitors to Sato hugs her son, Dylan, as he leaves for his first day of kindergarten. Karaline Berzowski wears the school won’t be admitted without a bright belt as she helps with parent dropoff and pickup. some identification, and they will be required to wear a visitor’s pass as long as they are inside the school. there were some tears on the parents’ For now, all doors are locked and cheeks and worried looks on the kids’ those who want in will have to use a faces, but everybody was greeted by call box on the entryway wall. A staffer the teachers and many of the parents will then come to the door and let the headed for the auditorium to attend an visitor in. AME tradition: the “Boo hoo Break“We’re getting a buzzer soon, so they fast.” can let the visitor in without having One concern is the presence of red to go to the door,” said AME Principal tide in the Gulf of Mexico three blocks Jackie Featherston. away and possibly in the bay. Will they Lauren Sato and her husband, Jason, keep students inside? dropped off their son, Dylan, in the “If we can smell it, we’ll limit their outcrowded hallway. side access,” said Featherston. “The stu“He’s a little worried, but he’ll be dents will have gym in the auditorium.” okay,” she said. This year, the parThere was no smell Monday and no ents of kindergartners dropped their dead fish were visible in the bay behind children off at their classrooms and the school.


Students, parents meet the staff Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Querrard shows incoming student Mazzy Casic where her school supplies will be stored. Thursday was Back to School day at Manatee County Schools, including Anna Maria Elementary School. It was a chance for kids and their parents to meet the teachers and staff that will be a part of. Their lives during the school year and for incoming kindergartners, an exposure to a brand new experience.

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New hotel approved for Margaritaville site Bradenton City Council members voted unanimously Aug. 8 to approve construction of a two-building hotel where restaurants and retail spaces were previously planned at the One Particular Harbour marina. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – Changes are approved and a two-building hotel is coming to One Particular Harbour on Perico Island with construction planned to begin in early 2019. Representatives from owner Minto Communities appeared before members of the Bradenton City Council Aug. 8 to ask for approval to reduce retail space from 17,600 square feet to 1,520 square feet, the size of the ship’s store already under construction near the dry dock space, and reduce the number of restaurants planned for the site from two at 17,400 square feet to one at 7,500 square feet with 305 seats. The reason for these requested reductions is to convert the space to a hotel


An artist's rendering of the front view of the planned hotel.

covering two buildings on the marina with a combined 131 rooms. The building facing Manatee Avenue is planned as the primary building with 101 rooms over five stories. The secondary building, located directly in front of the marina, will have 30 rooms over

three stories. With the updated site plan receiving unanimous support from both the Bradenton Planning Commission and City Council, Minto plans to break ground in early 2019 on the first COMPASS by Margaritaville Hotels and Resorts.

COMPASS is a new brand underneath the Margaritaville umbrella. It’s being developed by Sarasota-based Floridays Development Company and is planned as an “upscale boutique select-service hotel brand” according to an Aug. 8 press release. Myra Schwarz, the city’s planning and development coordinator said the site plan amendment was found compatible with the Bradenton Comprehensive Plan and is compatible with the surrounding area. The project was approved July 18 in a unanimous vote by city planning commissioners. Schwarz said the reduction in retail space and addition of the two hotel buildings increases the floor area ratio of the project by more than 20 percent, requiring it to come before city council members for approval. The floor area is increasing from about 64,000 square feet to 122,120 square feet. She said the demand on city services, such as water and sewer, will more than double with the updated project plan, however she also said the city is able to meet the demand. Planner Darenda Marvin, representing Minto, said that while the floor area of the commercial segment of the SEE MARGARITAVILLE, PAGE 31



Beyond the Classroom starts at the Center The Center of Anna Maria Island is bringing back its Beyond the Classroom program just in time for the start of the school year. Beginning Aug. 13, students in kindergarten through fifth grade can attend the after school program, which runs from the end of the school day to 6 p.m. at the Center’s campus at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Activities included in the program include art classes, sports, homework time, youth meditation and yoga, fitness and specialty programming. Seasonal offer-

ings include wrestling, karate and CrossFit kids. These programs are available as a part of Beyond the Classroom and incur no extra charges. Three packages are available to both Center members and nonmembers. A full week package is $75 for members or $80 for non-members per child. A threeday package covering Monday, Wednesday and Friday is $60 and a two day package for Tuesday and Thursday only is $40 per child. All day specialty camps for school holidays are $45 per child.

Early release days are included in packages. Parents who do not book a package, or if the early release day falls on a day not included in the package, will have to pay an additional $25 fee. Financial assistance is available for qualified families. All students must be registered for the program on the Thursday prior to attendance. Parents can register their students online at or in person at the Center’s campus. For more information, contact Will Schenerlein at 941-788-1908 or

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LINNEY: Plagued by inconsistencies FROM PAGE 12

At the time Linney was in the Army, soldiers were evaluated in a three-week Ranger Indoctrination Program before qualifying for Ranger program training. At enlistment, soldiers can volunteer for airborne training if they meet the criteria, but cannot be accepted to the Ranger training program without first being enlisted and completing the required pretraining and passing the screening process. Completion of basic airborne training does not qualify a soldier for acceptance into a specialized airborne division, according to the official Army website.


Linney said he was invited to attend West Point by school representatives in a letter after scoring in the top 1 percentile on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. School representatives would not confirm or deny Linney’s acceptance. The school’s website says admission to West Point requires prospective students pass each step of the rigorous acceptance process, including receiving at least one nomination from Congressional

representatives, the vice president of the United States, the Puerto Rican governor or resident commissioner, the secretary of the Army or a military official. Linney said he had no nominations.


In a previous interview with The Sun, Linney stated his traumatic brain injury was caused by the fall from a building, but in an Aug. 5 interview said it was caused by a fall from a truck during a training exercise in California in preparation for going overseas. After he recovered from the fall, Linney said he went back to training and was deployed as scheduled with the other members of his unit. When he was discharged, Linney said he was diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. The illness is defined by the Department of Veterans Affairs as “a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms” ranging from headaches to PTSD. Because of the widespread physical and mental symptoms documented in soldiers who served in Southwest Asia, it’s assumed that certain chronic, unexplained symptoms that persist or get worse over a six-

I don't have anything to hide." Josh Linney Mayoral candidate month period are related to the syndrome. Soldiers can apply for benefits due to the syndrome if they served on active duty in the region prior to the end of 2021. Linney served in Southwest Asia for 43 days, his only recorded deployment. The dates of his deployment line up with those from Operation Vigilant Warrior, a mission to dispel an Iraqi threat on the Kuwait border. Linney said he was a cook in the dining facility of an armored division attached to the third brigade infantry division verified to have participated in the operation. Though he did not serve during the Gulf War, Linney qualifies as a Gulf War veteran according to the VA along with any other soldier serving on active

duty from Aug. 2, 1990 to present. Despite inconsistencies in biographies, articles or social media posts, Linney’s name is still on the November ballot for Holmes Beach voters. Though inconsistencies can’t disqualify him, voters will be left to assess a candidate with a past record in dispute who is running on an honesty platform. Linney has had several run-ins with the law, more than a dozen with the Holmes Beach Police Department whose budget he would oversee as mayor, been convicted of two driving under the influence charges and also faced drug-related and theft charges. These days, Linney says he lives his life free from alcohol and drugs other than those prescribed by a doctor and medical marijuana, of which he is an advocate. He says he hopes voters will not judge him based on the issues of his past, though he denies issues in his present, saying that he wants to be as “open and transparent as possible.” In the weeks leading up to Nov. 6, he invites anyone with questions to contact him directly by visiting his website, “I don’t have anything to hide,” he said.

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND – With dead fish on the beach and the stench of red tide in the air, there’s a ray of good news for everyone living along the coast – it’s likely we will see fewer storms this season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has lowered its probabilities of severe tropical storms, including hurricanes for the season that ends Nov. 30, but don’t put away your emergency supplies yet because it only takes one storm to ruin your hurricane season. Seasonal forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center have increased the likelihood of a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 60 percent (up from 25 percent in May). The likelihood of a near-normal season is now at 30 percent, and the chance of an above-normal season has dropped from 35 percent to 10 percent. There have already been two hurricanes so far this season, Beryl and Chris, and two other named storms, Subtropical Storm

Alberto and Tropical Storm Debby. A typical season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. NOAA is predicting a total of 9-13 named storms, 4-7 hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes, which are Category 3 or stronger storms. Forecasters are now expecting an additional 5-9 named storms, with 2-5 becoming hurricanes and 0-2 of those becoming major hurricanes. Those numbers are down from NOAA's initial outlook issued in May, which had predicted 10-16 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 1-4 major hurricanes. Colorado State University (CSU) lowered its forecast for this season on Aug. 2 as well, based on the changes in the El Nino winds. Their prediction for 14 named storms was lowered to 12, hurricanes from 7 to 5 and major hurricanes from 2 to 1. CSU pioneered the science of long-term storm prediction using temperature readings on the surface of oceans and wind conditions in strategic locations.

Parking garages, charter amendments, vacation rentals on agenda The Bradenton Beach City Commission has a heavy agenda for its Thursday, Aug. 16 meeting. Amended several times last week, the final agenda for the noon meeting includes a proclamation for Red Ribbon Week, followed by the presentation of the Charter Review Committee report that includes the committee’s recommended charter amendments to be placed before city voters. A presentation on a proposed Historic Bradenton Beach city tour brochure will also be given. Under old business, the commission will engage in further discussion on owneroccupied vacation rentals being required to obtain city-issued TPLE licenses and the annual licensing fees will also be discussed. Off-street parking requirements for one and two-family residential structures will be discussed, as will the commission’s recent decision to count swimming pools as imper-

vious surfaces when calculating lot coverage allowances. The commission will hold its second and final hearing on the adoption of two ordinances that will prohibit multi-level parking garages citywide. Under new business, the commission will discuss the annual Symphony on the Sand concert; conduct a quasi-judicial public hearing for a variance request at 120 Ninth St. N. and discuss a $30,000 streets and roads budget request. Listed under attorney business is a report on the Charter Review process finding, additional discussion on the ordinances required to advance the commission-supported charter amendment questions to city voters and there will also be discussion on rezoning Katie Pierola Park.

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Metz seeking legal fees No trial date has been set yet for the Sunshine lawsuit filed last summer and the pre-trial discovery process continues. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON – City Commission candidate John Metz is trying to recoup from the city some of the legal fees he’s incurred as one of six defendants in a Sunshine Law lawsuit filed last summer. During a Wednesday, Aug. 8, court hearing in front of Circuit Court Judge Lon Arend, Metz’s attorney, Thomas Shults, claimed the Sunshine Lawsuit filed against Metz and five co-defendants in August 2017 was filed in “bad faith” because of Metz’s acrimonious relationship with the city’s co-plaintiff, Jack Clarke.


In 2015, Metz filed a lawsuit against Clarke in attempt to keep him off the ballot in the recall election that resulted in Mayor Bill Shearon being removed from of-

fice and replaced by Clarke. In 2017, Clarke filed Florida Elections Commission complaints against several member of the now-disbanded Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach (CNOBB) political action committee for which Metz served as treasurer. Most of those complaints were recently dismissed, but there are still unresolved complaints pending against former CNOBB chairman Bill Vincent. In 2016, Metz filed a lawsuit against the city and Building Official Steve Gilbert that remains unresolved, even though a contracted city master has ruled in the city’s favor on the matter. And Metz and City Attorney Ricinda Perry have frequently clashed at City Commission meetings during the past four years. In conjunction with the allegations that the Sunshine lawsuit was filed in bad faith, Metz requested that he be reimbursed for some of his legal fees. The judge did not grant Metz’s wish, and he said he would put off making any decisions regarding attorney fees at this time. When the lawsuit was filed, the

complaint noted the city would seek reimbursement from the defendants if the court determined Sunshine violations occurred. Clarke and Metz attended last week’s hearing, as did former Mayor Bill Shearon, City Commission candidate Tjet Martin and former City Commissioner Janie Robertson. The lawsuit alleges four Planning and Zoning Board members and two Scenic WAVES Committee members violated the Sunshine Law when discussing parking prohibitions at a Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach (CNOBB) meeting in July 2017. The Sunshine Law requires elected and appointed city officials to conduct their official business at properly-noticed public meetings. The Sunshine Law also prohibits elected and appointed city officials from discussing their official business via private emails, which has also been alleged in this case. After the alleged Sunshine violations became known last year, Metz and the other five soon-tobe-named defendants/CNOBB SEE METZ, PAGE 43


BRADENTON BEACH – Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Randy White was supposed to be deposed as a witness in the Sunshine Law lawsuit on Wednesday, Aug. 15, but his pre-trial testimony has been delayed until Sept. 18. Attorney Robert Watrous is representing the city in the White lawsuit filed last summer. He requested White’s on-the-record deposition after obtaining notes White used during a recent City Commission meeting when expressing his continued objections to the lawsuit filed before he

took office. Watrous also requested copies of any and all email correspondence White had with Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach (CNOBB) members between August 2017 and July 2018. White is not a defendant in the lawsuit. According to paralegal Michael Barfield, White has hired attorney Hunter Norton to represent him at the deposition. During a recent City Commission meeting, White said he doesn’t remember if he was a CNOBB member, but according to CNOBB’s 2017 financial reports he did pay $20 in membership fees. He was not however present when six city advisory board members discussed parking garage prohibitions at the July 25 CNOBB meeting that led to the Sunshine violation allegations.

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Christiana and Thad Headly celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on Anna Maria Island with their children. They were married on June 21, 2009, on the beach of the Beach House restaurant, and also honeymooned on Anna Maria Island. Christiana and Thad reside in Rock Island, Ill.


Jen and Brian Sekel celebrated their one year anniversary. They were married on the beautiful beach of Anna Maria Island on June 27, 2017. Chuck Caudill played ukulele and sang for the ceremony. Jen and Brian honeymooned in Puerto Rico before returning home to Ellenton, Fla.


Pidge Kelley Taylor and Mark Barreda celebrated their one year anniversary. They were married on Anna Maria Island on July 14, 2017. Chuck Caudill sang and played ukulele for their ceremony. Pidge and Mark honeymooned in San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Yosemite before returning home to Anna Maria Island.




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Go north to beat the red tide CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

Fishing is still good despite the red tide in parts of our area. We here at Anna Maria Charters are focusing our efforts north. The areas of Tampa Bay, Tierra Ceia, Miguel Bay, Critical Bayou, and countless other areas still have good, clean water. Offshore, the red tide remnants dissipate several miles offshore. So these areas that hold red grouper, mangrove snapper, amberjack and other species are totally unaffected. Inshore, I’m having success with snook, trout, redfish, Jack crevalle and mangrove snapper. Using live pilchards, either freelined, or under a cork is key. Chumming heavily to get fish feeding helps immensely. The tides have been very high and very low with our recent new moon. These large fluctuations of water really get fish feeding. Mangrove snapper are found around rock piles, mangrove overhangs and most docks.

A split shot and a freshly cut pilchard is a good bait for these guys. They will also take shrimp readily. But be prepared, they can be finicky. Light leader material is key. My advice is to stay north and hope this thing passes quickly. Get information on what political candidates are going to work for a solution to the terrible water management issues Florida is facing, and vote in the upcoming elections. We need regulations on who puts what into our water. It affects us all. That’s the bottom line. Good luck and tight lines.


Tarpon will move to inside waters of Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay this month. You may also find juvenile tarpon in creeks, canals and turning basins. Reds will school on shallow flats and big trout will prowl SEE CAPTAINS, PAGE 27


Garrett Back, of Tampa, shows off a slot redfish caught on Aug. 11, with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters.

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CAPTAINS: Look for trout and reds FROM PAGE 26

the same waters at dawn. Also look for trout on deep grass flats mixed with blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Catch and release snook fishing should be good around lighted docks at night or in the surf. Look for false albacore (little tunny) to show up in the coastal Gulf later in the month. Tarpon addicts will still be able to get their fix this month. You should still find a few tarpon in the coastal Gulf early in the month. Drifting live baits or casting flies, DOA Baitbusters, DOA Shrimp, DOA Airheads and 4-inch CAL shad tail should all work. As tarpon thin out along beaches, they will move to inside waters where you may find them schooling around bridges or rolling on deep grass flats. They also will feed in schools of ladyfish that are feeding on the surface. You also should find juvenile tarpon from 10 to 30 pounds in creeks, canals and turning basins. Your snook tackle will work fine for smaller tarpon, although you’ll need a leader of 40 to 60 pounds to keep them from going through it. Fly anglers should score with 8- or 9-weight fly rods, sinking lines and scaled down tarpon flies. Snook season remains closed this month so handle them gently and use tackle heavy enough to catch and release them quickly. You’ll find them around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW and in the surf. Small white flies, like my Grassett Snook Minnow, DOA Shrimp or CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms should all work well. The same lures and flies will work at night and in the surf, although you should be observant of what size baits are in those areas. Reds should school up this month, although their numbers have been thin for the past couple of years. You should find them on shallow flats of north Sarasota Bay, lower Tampa Bay and Gasparilla Sound. They’ll be easier to find in shallow water when the tide is low. Look for nervous water when it is slick calm or a slick patch of water when there is a ripple on the water. They may push a wake that looks like a boat wake. I try to be as quiet as possible in shallow water, poling to locate them.


There should be good action on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay in August. Raul Ortiz, from Longboat Key, caught and released this trout on a DOA Deadly Combo and tripletail on a DOA Shrimp while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett in a previous August. Once you’ve located a school of reds, try to get ahead of them to intercept them, much like tarpon fishing. If you work around the edges of the school, you may be able to catch a few of them before they spook. We often also find big Jacks, blues and other predators in the mix along with reds. Top water plugs and fly poppers or Gurglers may draw some big bites. The DOA Airhead and 4-inch CAL shad tail should both work well on schooling reds. Trout fishing should be good this month. You may find a big trout in skinny water at first light. Focus on mullet or bait schools to find them. Top water plugs, fly poppers or Gurglers should be very effective at that time of day. I always release big trout over 20 inches, since they are usually females that may be full of roe. I like the same areas for big trout that I like for reds. After it gets bright and starts to warm up, drop out to deeper grass flats (4 to 8 feet) for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more. I like to drift and cast ahead of my drift with CAL jigs and shad tails or jerk worms or an Ultra Hair Clouser fly fished on a sink tip fly line. I make a series of drifts to locate fish and then shorten the drift or anchor depending on conditions. Ladyfish may feed in glass minnow schools, and if they stay up long enough, it will attract trout, blues, mackerel, tarpon or sharks. Wide profile plastic baits or flies fished slowly around the edges of breaking

fish will help keep ladyfish off your lure or fly and give you a chance to catch a tarpon. When blues, Spanish mackerel or sharks are in the mix add 6 inches of wire or heavy fluorocarbon. Also look for tripletail around crab trap floats, buoys or channel markers in inshore waters this month. A CAL shad tail or DOA shrimp rigged weedless or my Grassett Flats Minnow fly with a weed guard should get the job done. You might find false albacore (little tunny) or Spanish mackerel in the coastal Gulf this month. Look for baitfish to find them. The Tampa Bay ship channel from the Skyway Bridge to Egmont Key is often one of the first areas where I find them this time of year. Small white flies, like my Grassett Snook Minnow, poppers or Crease flies should all work well. Spin anglers should score with CAL jigs and shad tails. You’ll need to add wire or heavy fluorocarbon when toothy fish are around. Even though it is one of the hottest months of the year, there are lots of options this month. I usually tarpon fish as long as I can either in the coastal Gulf or in inside waters. An early start for snook or tarpon around lighted docks or bridges and then on the flats for reds, trout and more is a good option. Whatever you choose to do, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!



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Coach Jackson passes away at 93

OBITUARIES Gerald S. Jackson Gerald S. Jackson "Jerry," resident of Anna Maria Island, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the age of 93. Jerry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Patricia Scott Jackson; his parents; and two brothers, Raymond Jackson and Robert Jackson. Coach, as he was affectionately called, is survived by his seven children, Mary Pat (Joe) Lavandera, Jerry Jackson (Lisa), Tim Jackson (Carol), David Jackson (Janet), Ann Geiger (Dave), Jane Charles (Ricky), Kenneth Jackson; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Jerry graduated from Hillsborough High School before he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. After serving in WW II he attended the University of Tampa, where he played football and was nicknamed “Speedy Spartan.” He is in the UT Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame for football. Jerry served in the public school system for 35 years and was the head football coach at Brandon High School from 1951–1963. In 1957, Jackson’s


8/1, burglary, 700 block of North Shore Drive. A fishing reel was stolen.


8/3, Trespass warning, Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W. A man who caused a disturbance a few days earlier at the dock was given a warning to stay away from the property.


8/3, driving with a tag registered to another vehicle, 500 Manatee Ave. The officer ran a computer check on the suspect’s vehicle license and found the tag

Eagles put it all together. The defense allowed but 3.3 points a game and shut out the opponent six times during a 10-0 season. A Tampa Bay Conference championship was the result. More than wins and losses, Coach remembered how his players helped construct Brandon’s new stadium in 1960. He stated that his players didn’t have to lift weights when they were lifting bags of cement every afternoon. Later he served as a coach and athletic director at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Fla., before returning to Brandon High School where he retired as a guidance counselor. Jerry was born in Oneco, Fla., and lived on AMI for 30 years, where he enjoyed walking the beach, working in his yard, smoking cigars and drinking manhattans. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by Mass at 10:30, Thursday, August 16, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donate to the Sisters of the Holy Name Retirement Fund, 1061 New Scotland Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12208, in memory of Patricia Jackson. Condolences may be made to

belonged to another vehicle. He was ticketed. 8/4, larceny, Island Bazaar, 3304 East Bay Drive. The shop ,owner said a female juvenile employee at her store was seen by another employee stealing stickers and money from a wildlife donation jar. The juvenile employee’s grandfather said he found other items from the store as well. The employee’s grandfather signed for and took custody of her. 8/4, code violation, Kingfish Boat Ramp, 752 Manatee Ave. The officer found a boat trailer abandoned with one wheel missing. The trailer was owned by a Sarasota fishing guide. The owner was given a code enforcement complaint 8/5, Petit theft, Time Saver, 5353 Gulf Drive. The suspect put a bottle of rum and a bottle of vodka in a bag and



Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon. Coloring club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Anna Maria Island Chamber August Business Card Exchange, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 7 p.m., $5 per member $10 per prospective member. Reserve to 941-7781541 or


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 or 941-383-6493. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


Coach on his beach walk.

exited the store while a surveillance camera recorded him. The store clerk called police, and they caught him at a trolley stop and arrested him. 8/7, driving with a suspended license, speeding, 700 Manatee Ave. The officer stopped the driver for speeding (58 mph in a 35 mph zone. He found out the driver’s license was suspended due to lack of financial responsibility and had a seize tag order. The driver said he paid the ticket and was now a Lyft driver. He said Lyft would have notified him if they had found out. He called Lyft for a ride hom and his vehicle was towed. 8/7, theft of vehicle, 3000 block of Avenue E. The complainant said he bought a motor bike for $1,200 the previous da and now it was gone. He said he did not get the title but was able to supply


Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Yoga for Seniors, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $15. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. 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@ or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Public Beach,

the vehicle identification number and that showed the bike was stolen. The police were able to identify the seller. They are investigating. 8/8, possession of marijuana, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer found a dark vehicle parked after hours in the beach parking lot. Occupants were trying to conceal some beer, and when asked, they said only one person was of legal age. The officer got backup assistance and asked if there any weapons in the car. The driver said there was a 9 mm pistol inside. The owner and pistol were checked out and were found to be legal., They also found a baggie of what turned out to be marijuana. The driver was given a ticket and the others were released.

4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 25 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. Healing meditation, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. LEGO club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

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FAMILY FUN At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Thursday, Aug. 16, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help those with problems, 9 to 11 a.m.; 10 to 11 a.m.; Book Club, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.; Sunshine Stitchers, 2 to 4 p.m. • Friday, Aug, 17, Mahjongg, 1 to 3 p.m. ,

• Tuesday, Aug. 21, preschool story time, “Transportation,” 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjongg, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Wednesday, Aug. 22, Coloring Club, noon to 1 p.m.; Call the library at 941-778-6341 for more information.


Members of the public are invited to send in photos of Old Florida for a chance to be featured in the 2019 FAC Calendar.

The Florida Association of Counties turns 90 next year and to celebrate the milestone the association wants to highlight Florida's rich and diverse history. The theme for the 2019 calendar, "Old Florida," will encompass favorite historic photos of Florida or a photo of a favorite historic site from the public. Now in it's sixth year, the FAC calendar photo contest has been a huge success. There were nearly 700 photos submitted for 2018's “Bodies of Water” theme and gave counties an opportuni-



ty to showcase all the things that make Florida one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is no limit to the amount of photos one may submit, however, in order to be considered for publication, photos must be at least 3000 pixels / 300 DPI. The deadline to submit photos is Friday, Sept. 7. The 2019 FAC calendar counties will be announced at the 2019 FAC Legislative Conference in November in Hillsborough County.

TRIP: Prompted by red tide FROM PAGE 5

and tackle store in Sarasota, occupying waterfront space leased from the city of Sarasota. And Baldwin lives in Siesta Key, so his perspective on the recent outbreak of red tide extends beyond Anna Maria Island. Before driving to Tallahassee, Baldwin submitting a written request to meet with Gov. Rick Scott and/or anyone else who could provide insight on what’s being done about red tide. “What I want is a reasonable plan on how to address this; that’s what I was there for,” Baldwin said. He wound up meeting with a Scott aide who said it might be possible to meet with the governor at a later date and possibly show him around the Island if Scott makes a campaign swing through the area. Baldwin was then directed to the office of Frank Collins, Scott’s deputy chief of staff. “This guy’s a former lobbyist, so it kind of seems like a conflict of interest,” Baldwin said. “They said they’re looking into it and trying to find a cause, but in fact they were very closelipped about who’s to blame for letting

water out of Lake Okeechobee and all of that.” Baldwin was then directed to Commissioner of Agriculture and Gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam’s office. “I met with Michael Joyner, another former lobbyist. He was also being tight-lipped and at first it was like they weren’t aware of it in Sarasota and Manatee counties. That’s what surprised me,” Baldwin said. “At the end of the day, did I get anywhere? I don’t know. Will it amount to something? Maybe, it’s a campaign year for Putnam and Scott. It’s amazing to me that they’re not more involved in this issue,” he added. “They’ve got be aware of the interruptions in revenue down here. A friend of mine plays in a band at Gilligan’s in Siesta Key and there were four people there on Saturday afternoon. And Siesta Beach looked apocalyptic, no one was around,” he added. Baldwin said his tour boat business probably experienced an 85 percent drop in revenues last week because of the red tide that made its way to Anna Maria Island. While making his rounds in Tallahassee, Baldwin carried a sign that said,


Sherman Baldwin carried this sign with him during his recent trip to Tallahassee. “Red Tide Is Killing Florida.” The sign included a photograph of a dead manatee floating in the water. “People looked at me like I had a third eye because Tallahassee’s like a world away up there in the Panhandle. I was asked by campus police if I had a marching permit, and I said ‘No, I’m just walking from office to the next and I won’t be marching around hollering.’”

As for the impact his visit had, Baldwin said, “I can’t say that I expected much, and it fell on deaf ears, but I’ll continue to follow up and try to bring us help.” Baldwin said he may also reach out to local representatives like Sen. Bill Galvano and Rep. Joe Gruters.



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Nesting still underway Turtles are hatching all over Anna Maria Island, but nesting is not over yet. A Turtle Watch volunteer captured these images of a loggerhead sea turtle laying a nest Sunday morning near the Gulf Drive Café in Bradenton Beach.

Where’s Bortie?


Parkland turtles hatch Paul and Ellen Devine adopted a loggerhead sea turtle nest on Anna Maria Island in memory of the 17 students and teachers who lost their lives in a mass shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Loggerhead sea turtle Bortie is headed for the Keys, and has dropped from 7th to 4th place in the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s 11th Annual Tour de Turtles. She has traveled 28 miles since the race began 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 was satellite tagged and released on Coquina Beach on June 19, and 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. SEA TURTLE CONSERVANCY | SUBMITTED

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Clockwise from above: An artist's rendering of the new Floridays restaurant; an aerial view of the project with Manatee Avenue at the bottom of the photo; the technical drawing of the projecyt.

MARGARITAVILLE: Proposed new hotel approved by city FROM PAGE 15

project is increasing, the plan isn’t to increase the footprint of the planned buildings much but to build up instead. Marvin said that after retail and restaurant tenants for the site didn’t come to fruition, Minto and Margaritaville decided to go in a slightly different direction with the project. “This is the kind of project I like to see in the city,” Bradenton City Councilman Bemis Smith said, adding that it’s “innovative.” Smith did question if a hotel is allowed in the marina’s planned development project zoning

and if a hotel could be placed at the site if the marina was not there. Under the city’s definition for a marina, it allows for lodging for vessel owners, crews and guests. Marvin said she expects the primary visitors to the hotel to be boat owners and guests to the marina. Once constructed, the hotel at One Particular Harbour will be one of only two full-service hotels west of downtown Bradenton. The other is the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club hotel on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. In approving the project, council

members also approved a reduction in side setbacks allowed for each of the hotel buildings, though it does not affect the setbacks from Manatee Avenue. For the primary hotel building, Marvin said the planned setback from Manatee Avenue is 150 feet from the right of way. All of the commercial buildings are located at least 300 feet away from any of the development’s residential buildings. “That’s a beautiful view going over that bridge and seeing that development,” Councilman Gene Gallo said, adding that he doesn’t see the proposed

changes to One Particular Harbour as an issue visually or for the traffic travelling along Manatee Avenue. “The traffic on Manatee Avenue is by far not the fault of that development,” he said. Smith said he thinks the Minto marina is a better fit for the area than the old one that was at the Perico Island site along with a 7/11 store and a Leverocks restaurant. “I think this is a step up,” he said. “I think it’s a great move.”



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Local singer sets sights on Nashville With the release of her first single, Montana Modderman is ready to reach for the stars as a country music artist. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

Local musician Montana Modderman’s first single, “Didn’t Mean To” is out now and the 21-year-old is ready to take her singer/songwriter style of country music all the way to Nashville. “I’m super proud of it,” she said of the single, which she describes as “an unexpected love song.” The song is a delicate, almost melancholy piece with soaring refrains chronicling a story of how love is sometimes found in unexpected places, and featuring Modderman on both vocals and guitar. With her single now available for purchase on iTunes and to stream on Spotify, Modderman has set her sights on a bigger goal – moving to Nashville and recording an entire album. Once in Nashville, she hopes to collaborate with other artists and hopefully land a


Singer Montana Modderman hangs out at Coquina Beach enjoying the sun in the weeks before her first single “Didn’t Mean To” is released. record deal to help make her dreams of becoming a country music star a reality. “I’m so excited to be up there, to be in

Music City,” she said. “It’s a big move.” Modderman said she’s always known that she wants to be a singer. She’s been playing guitar since she was 13 and

songwriting since the age of 7. Born in Grand Rapids, her family moved to Bradenton Beach when she was in elementary school. Though she’s now settled in Bradenton, Island residents may know her from her work at local sweet spot Cupcake Delights. Modderman also had small parts in the films “Click Clack Jack” and “Growing Conscience” in 2008 and 2009, respectively. When she’s not working on her music, Modderman said she loves to come to the Island’s beaches, spend time with her family and friends, work on her writing and travel the globe. After her senior year of high school, she said the opportunity arose for her to travel to Paris for three weeks which she described as a “wonderful experience” that encouraged her to want to travel abroad more. Right now though, her focus is on promoting her music and making the move to Tennessee. “Even if I move, the Island will always have a special place in my heart,” she said. Fans can follow Modderman and her music on social media at

AMI Rotary funds youth swim program The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island recently celebrated another successful Learn to Swim program. 2018 was the club’s third year of coordinating with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County and the Bradenton YMCA to provide swimming lessons for at risk children in Manatee County who have little or no water safety knowledge. A certified YMCA instructor taught small groups of four to five children aged five to 10 years old basic safety skills such as moving in the water face down, using kicks and strokes, the roll over technique of floating on your back to breathe and how to make their way to the sides of the pool. These skills were taught along with the safety rules of “never swim alone” and “always ask permission to go into the water.”

Plenty of fun was thrown in to the learning experience with kicking contests, blowing bubbles, diving for rings and wearing goggles and flippers on their feet. “Because we are an Island community, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island feels a special responsibility to keep kids safe in the water and our program really exemplified that this year,” the Rotary Club press release said. The program ran through the month of July, with the goal of serving 100 local youths. The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island hosts an annual golf tournament each spring to raise funds for the Learn to Swim program. The club also applied for and received grants from Rotary District 6960 and The Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club.


The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island’s Learn to Swim program teaches swimming and water safety to at risk youths.

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Seeing red, singing the blues As we go into another week, or month, of this latest red tide outbreak, the beach, canal and bayfront scenes become all too familiar. Here we present a collage of images from around Anna Maria Island these past few days.


Thursday’s sunset, above, in Bradenton Beach was tempered by the sight of deceased marine life. Left, This dumpster at the North Coquina Beach Boat Ramp was full on Friday afternoon.


Business was slow on the BeachHouse restaurant’s beachfront patio , top, as happy hour neared Friday afternoon. Above, In Cortez, Tide Tables’ employees Josh Wilkinson and Dustin Freno spent part of their workday Friday cleaning the boat ramp next to the restaurant. STACI STERN | SUBMITTED


The red tide didn’t discourage these folks, above, from swimming at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach Thursday evening. Right, This beachgoer waded into the Gulf near Elm Avenue in Anna Maria Sunday morning. CHANTELLE LEWIN | SUN

This fish and eel on Coquina Beach perished in the red tide.



COPING: With red tide FROM PAGE 9

“Our Facebook page has about 14,400 followers, and we’ve been doing social media posts since it started. We’re being realistic about the conditions: we don’t want people to believe that it’s gloom and doom and horrible out here, and we also want them to know that we are being impacted,” Kinder said. The Chamber is also directing folks to Mote Marine’s website – a website that provides daily updates on beach conditions, including red tide.


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cie Duncan said rental owners and management companies are using their discretion regarding cancellations and guest relations. “We have people canceling, we have people moving dates, and we have some staying and getting a discount. We’re all over the board. I’ve got people calling and trying to cancel six weeks ahead of time, and we’re not allowing that. Our biggest battle is giving them the proper information because they think this is going to be here forever and is not going away. It could be gone next week or next month,” Duncan said on Friday. Regarding the guests that are already here, Duncan said, “They’re making the best of it. I haven’t heard anything too negative. Peo-

ple come here to go to the beach, but there’s other stuff to do.” Like Kinder, Duncan also encourages folks to visit the Mote Marine website for red tide updates. Property manager Danny Canniff said the Anna Maria Island Inn in Bradenton Beach had 15 recent cancellations because of the red tide. “The majority of guests coming in the next two weeks are hanging in the balance to see what’s going to happen with this red tide. Hopefully it leaves soon. I spoke to several guests this morning, and they are happy. Today is the nicest day since it showed up,” Canniff said Sunday morning.

RAKER: To the rescue FROM PAGE 9

“It burns my eyes through the day. When you’re out there 12 hours a day breathing that stuff it’s hard on you,” he said. Taylor was asked if he’s seen red tide this bad before. “I have. I’ve been here all my life,” the 68-year-old Cortez native said. As for what he’s seeing on the beaches, Taylor said, “We’ve gotten a turtle or two, some tarpon, a tremendous amount of snook, a few grouper and a few jewfish. Most of the volume is grunts, pinfish, catfish, horseshoe crabs and eels – the most eels I’ve ever seen.”

Taylor said he saw less dead fish on Saturday, but the air felt more toxic. He said he saw beached redfish for the first time and also a good-sized dead turtle. Taylor said the dead fish were light on Sunday as he worked he way from Manatee Public Beach to Bean Point and back. “Everything looks much better today,” he said that day. Taylor said conditions were a little better overall Monday morning, but heavier in some places. “Seems to be worse on the south end of the Island, back to the pass. Lots of horseshoe crabs today,” he said via

text, noting that he hadn’t yet headed north yet. Taylor said the beach cleanup continues to be a group effort. “I’m just one of many out here. There are a lot of people in various departments working on this,” he said.


County Commissioner and Holmes Beach resident Carol Whitmore shared her praise for Taylor and others. “Mark has led the efforts to clean our beach parks. We can’t thank Mark and the county staff enough for working very long hours to keep up with the red tide fish

kill. Carmine DeMilio (Parks Operation Manager) has stepped up and let Mark do what he does best,” Whitmore said. Anna Maria Public Works Manager Dean Jones also praised Taylor. “Mark has been working 12-13-hour days on the beaches. His family is one of the original families that settled Cortez. His roots run deep in this community, and he is one of the many stewards of the local environment. He is one of the nicest and kindest guys you will ever meet, and I am proud to know him,” Jones said.

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Parties await ruling in sewer easement dispute Several arguments were presented last week in favor of and in opposition to a developer being granted building permits to install waterfront swimming pools. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON – Circuit Court Judge Lon Arend is considering Manatee County’s request for a summary judgement that would spell victory for the county in a sewer easement and pool permitting dispute involving developer Shawn Kaleta. Attorney Jason Gaskill represented Kaleta at the Thursday, Aug. 9, hearing that Kaleta did not attend. Assistant County Attorney Geoffrey Nichols represented the county, with additional assistance provide by Assistant County Attorney Anne Morris. Working in unison with Gaskill, attorney Fred Moore represented the city. Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie also attended the hearing. Kaleta and the city were named as co-defendants in the lawsuit filed by the county last summer. The lawsuit pertains to whether Kaleta’s BB Bayfront LLC should be given the city-issued building permits that would allow him to install swimming pools on three waterfront properties he’s developed or is still developing on 11th Street South. A 40-year-old, clay sewer pipe


From left, attorney Jason Gaskill argued on behalf of developer Shawn Kaleta while attorney Geoffrey Nichols argued on the county’s behalf during last week’s court hearing. installed, maintained and used by the county runs through the three properties located along the Sarasota Bay waterfront. Kaleta has offered several alternatives that would accommodate both parties’ needs, but the county insists there be a 10-foot clearance on both sides of the pipe. The county seeks a court order that would prevent the construction of the pools and pool decks to protect its ability to protect, operate and maintain its sewer line. As part of a franchise agreement entered into in 1971, the county provides city residents with sewer service. The city does not provide sewer service. The 30-year franchise agreement expired in May 2001. Soon after that agreement expired, and before it was

renewed in early 2002, the City Commission vacated the city-owned rights of way that ran parallel to the bayside shoreline from Fifth Street South to 14th Street South. That commission action gave ownership of those rights of way to the private property owners who property abutted them. Nichols contended the property vacations granted by city resolution in 2001 were conditional upon the county retaining its sewer easements. Gaskill contended the easement rights were not conditional, and, therefore, the private property owners are not bound by them. Nichols contended the backdated franchise agreement renewed in 2002 maintained the county’s easements rights even though they had techni-

cally expired. Gaskill contended the city land was vacated during the gap between those franchise agreements, and, therefore, the county had and has continuing easement rights. Nichols said a ruling that maintained the county’s easement rights would not impact any other property owners because the sewer line in question doesn’t run through them. Gaskill contended a ruling in favor of the county would subject all property owners in that area to similar permitting and easement restrictions. In support of Gaskill’s position, Moore said the county was trying to use “a sledge hammer instead of a chisel” to resolve the permitting dispute, SEE EASEMENT, PAGE 38





y least favorite topic to talk about and write about is homeowners' insurance. I’m not much for burying my head in the sand, but when it comes to insurance, I accept on blind faith whatever my broker tells me, something that I would advise not to do. So even though we’re already well into hurricane season, it can’t hurt to review a few basics. The first big basic and to my mind the most confusing, is the 80 percent rule and replacement value. The 80 percent refers to the fact that most insurance companies will not fully cover the cost of damage to a house unless the homeowner has purchased insurance coverage equal to at least 80 percent of the house’s total replacement value. In the event that a homeowner has purchased an amount of coverage less than the minimum 80 percent, the insurance company will only reimburse the homeowner a proportionate amount of the required minimum coverage that should have been purchased.

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Underinsured? Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER

For example, the replacement value of your home is $500,000, the insurance purchased is $395,000, a hurricane blows in and does $250,000 of damage. However, because you did not purchase the full 80 percent of replacement value, which should have been $400,000, you will not be fully reimbursed, and there is a specific calculation to determine this figure. This 80 percent rule is one reason why insurance policies should be reviewed by you and your insurance broker and company to adjust for improvements and escalating replacement costs. Also, in Florida and other states that are under the threat of hurricanes,

homeowners' policies are written with an annual hurricane deductible. For most policies this deductible is 2 percent. This, of course, is in addition to your normal homeowner’s deductible. The other big factor affecting our area is flood insurance. If you don’t have it, get it, even if you are not mandated by a mortgage lender. Flood insurance is purchased from the National Flood Insurance Program through approved brokers and is subsidized by the federal government. The maximin amount of coverage is $250,000 for damages and $100,000 for contents. The federal flood insurance program has been in flux for several years. Even though the government is in a loss position for this program, it is still trying to find a way to increase rates without devastating homeowners' and property values. Finally, as I discovered last year after Irma, condos have an item in their homeowners' policies called loss sssess-

ment coverage, usually on the back of the declaration page. Loss assessment covers an assessment your condo association levies on homeowners to cover damage to the common areas of the association, which may be within the 2 percent hurricane deductible range of the association’s insurance. The caveat with loss assessment coverage is the maximum coverage is $2,000, as mandated by the state of Florida, generally with a $250 deductible. Since usually the worst months for hurricanes are September and October when the Gulf waters really heat up, you still have time to make some changes. Remember if there is a named storm that’s being tracked, you can’t purchase insurance or make changes until that storm has passed. Bottom line is don’t follow my lead. Get your head out of the sand and read over your homeowner’s policy as tortuous as it is.

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CLEANUP: County praised


Our city owes them a debt of gratitude for ponying up when we


dumpsters are emptied as quickly as possible so there is no lingering smell. It’s been a team effort. Everybody’s pulled their weight and done a great job, and it’s much appreciated.”


On Monday morning, Whitmore forwarded to the three Island mayors a 7:45 a.m. red tide update distributed by Parks Operation Manager Carmine DeMilio and Executive Assistant Marianne Lopata. “Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach have light amounts of fish. Cortez Beach north to Bean Point has light amounts of fish. We are running one beach rake from Bean Point southward. We are running one beach rake from the Coquina Pass northward,” the update said. “Bayfront Park is being cleaned by staff. Coquina North Boat Ramp is very light with fish and will be okay shortly. Coquina South Boat Ramp is very light with fish and will be okay shortly. Coquina Bayside is very light with fish and will be okay shortly. Air quality is okay but some minor irritation and coughing. Smell is okay in the county-maintained areas,” the update said.


Elliott Falcione serves as executive director of the county-funded Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) that works in unison with the

county’s Tourist Development Council (TDC). “With the recommendation of the TDC, the Board of County Commissioners made the decision to use tourist dollars for this kind of situation,” Falcione said Monday morning. A significant portion of the county’s resort tax revenues are generated on Anna Maria Island. Falcione encourages vacation rental companies and owners to work with impacted customers in a cooperative manner that encourages the repeat business that’s a staple of the county’s tourism industry. He said the CVB is monitoring the red tide impacts on a daily basis and providing red tide information to the public at the website. “The best thing we can do for our customers is to be totally honest with them. If there’s red tide, we’ll share that. If it’s modest, we’ll share that. If it’s bad, we’ll share that. And if it’s gone, we’ll share that. You have to share the news good and bad, and we urge people to share the good news when it comes,” Falcione said. Whitmore, who serves as the TDC chair, said the red tide cleanup occurring at Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach and Bayfront Park in Anna Maria is being funded using state-restricted, countycontrolled, TDC-recommended resort tax funds. She said the additional shoreline cleanup is being paid for using the county’s general fund.

needed them badly.” Dan Murphy, Anna Maria Mayor

They’re doing a great job cleaning our beaches, and I can’t give them enough praise for what they’re doing.” John Chappie, Bradenton Beach Mayor

The county’s doing a wonderful job, working very diligently to pick up all the fish that have died and come ashore.” Bill Tokajer, Holmes Beach Police Chief




EASEMENT: Parties await ruling FROM PAGE 35

and he agreed that ruling in favor of the county would negatively impact the property rights of others. Gaskill said Kaleta would not have purchased the properties had he known he’d be prevented from installing swimming pools and questioned why the county waited so long to file a lawsuit regarding the vacations granted in 2001. Nichols said there was no previous need to file suit, and the county acted as soon as it learned of Kaleta’s intentions to install a pool at 112 11th St. S. While the county sought a summary judgement to preserve its utility easements, Gaskill sought a continua-

tion of the pre-trial deposition process. Gaskill said the deposition testimony previously provided by Manatee County Utilities Manager Mike Gore did not provide the sufficient historic details needed to fully address the issues raised in the lawsuit. Gaskill wants to depose Manatee County Utilities Manager Jeffery Goodwin, whom he feels has a better understanding of the issues in dispute. Nichols said the additional deposition wasn’t necessary for Arend to rule on the county’s request for summary judgement. As of Monday afternoon, Arend has not issued any rulings on the case.

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NESTING NEWS Turtle nests laid: 513 False crawls: 556 Nests hatched: 199 Not hatched: 22 Nests remaining: 292 Hatchlings hatched: 15,133 Nest disorientations: 28 Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring

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.

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND 529 Key Royale Drive Hannah Hillyard 941.744.7358 A4184576 $1,955,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 3708 Gulf Drive 1 Hannah Hillyard 941-744-7358 A4209523 $1,250,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 2509 Avenue C A Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4208163 $594,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 2509 Avenue C B Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4208192 $584,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 2500 Gulf Drive N Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4201859 $2,995,000

PA L M E T T O 2715 Terra Ceia Bay Boulevard 704 Toni Lyon 941-928-8735 A4212862 $329,000

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

BR ADENTON 1802 26th Street W Hannah Hillyard 941-744-7358 A4402735 $239,900

BR ADENTON 9818 18th Drive NW Pam Blalock 941-737-9376 A4400774 $749,900

BR ADENTON 8139 37th Avenue Circle W Cheryl Roberts 941-266-1450 A4404272 $625,000

BR ADENTON 7411 20th Avenue NW Debbie Vogler 941-705-3328 A4212644 $575,000

BR ADENTON 5604 52nd Avenue W Leah Secondo 941-545-4430 A4409102 $349,000



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For months, Florida communities south of Anna Maria Island have been experiencing effects from red tide, which has persisted in the Gulf of Mexico since November 2017, impacting the commercial fishing industry and tourism-related businesses like vacation rentals, restaurants and fishing charters. Toxins from the current bloom have caused large-scale fish kills and sickened or killed marine mammals, including manatees, an imperiled species, and at least one whale shark. Studies on red tide have linked blooms to fertilizer runoff; fertilizer application is prohibited locally by law in summer months. No effective method of eliminating red tide, a natural phenomenon, has been discovered, however, Mote Marine Laboratory is experimenting on several possibilities: • Ozonation to be used to destroy red tide algae and their toxins in limited areas of water such as canals and small embayments in Boca Grande. • Living dock structures covered with filterfeeding animals that remove red tide from limited areas of water such as canals and small embayments.

• Concentrating naturally produced compounds from certain macro-algae (seaweeds) to be used to fight red tide blooms in the wild, considering that these compounds can kill red tide in the lab. • Use of algae in the Amoebophrya genus to serve as a natural control parasite for Karenia brevis red tide blooms. Methods of predicting where red tide is and where it will go also are being developed. • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides forecasts of potential respiratory irritation at http://tidesandcurrents. • Mote is developing a new, improved version of its red tide detection instrument originally created more than a decade ago. The new Programmable Hyperspectral Seawater Scanner (PHYSS) detects red tide in seawater with higher resolution than ever before. • Mote research is currently developing handheld sensors for local shellfish growers to use to document state and federal health agencies whether their cultivation waters and/or shellfish product contain red tide toxins. This would help to lessen the negative economic impact to these growers if there is red tide in the general vicinity

but no toxin in their shellfish. • Mote’s smartphone app, CSIC (Citizen Science Information Collaboration), www.motecsic. org, allows people along the Gulf of Mexico coast to report dead fish, respiratory irritation and discolored water: all potential impacts of red tide. With reports from beachgoers, the app helps to fill gaps in the existing beach monitoring programs and give the public a better idea of which beach to choose on a given day. • Mote scientists are exploring how to advance aerial monitoring of red tides using drones carrying hyperspectral cameras for finer-scale data collection than satellite images can provide. Unlike satellites, drones will be less impeded by cloud cover. Updated information on red tide is available at: • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which issues red tide status reports Wednesdays and Fridays at • Mote Marine Laboratory’s Beach Conditions Reporting System provides shoreline observations as often as twice daily at More red tide information: • To report fish kills, contact the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit a report online at • Red tide background information from Mote and FWC, respectively (including FAQs) are at www. and • Red tide and human health information and rack cards from Florida Department of Health are at www. • FWC’s red tide offshore monitoring program is a way for volunteers to help, at research/redtide/monitoring/current/offshore-monitoring/. • FWC-Mote Facebook page, Florida Red Tide and Other Harmful Algal Blooms are at www.facebook. com/flhabs.




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Brazil and Belgium undefeated: Island soccer’s unbeatable BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Four weeks into the adult soccer season, two teams are atop the leader’s board with three wins and no losses. Josh Sato’s Team Belgium, sponsored by Sato Real Estate, and Ryan Moss’ Team Brazil, sponsored by Moss Builders, so far this summer season cannot be beat. The two teams not only have 3-0 records, but the scores of their victories show they are easily the most dominant teams so far. After seasons of struggling to put together a strong roster on the pitch, Moss may have a championship team. Sato always has shown his mastery in the draft room by picking teams that not only look good on paper, but that also perform on the field. Team Brazil faced Team Sweden, sponsored by Bins Be Clean. Team captain Nate Welch was sidelined with a back injury and could not take the field for Bins Be Clean. The squad representing World Cup quarter finalist Sweden also played without key players Ricky Anderson who went in the second round of the draft and league newbie Brayan Felipe. With no players on the bench in the heat of the 6:30 p.m. game, Bins Be Clean just could not hold its own on the Island’s pitch against a speedy and organized Moss Builders. The stats sheets for Team Brazil clearly show the diversity of the squad; with all but one player scoring goals, Moss’ team may just be the team to beat on the way to the championship.


The speedy feet of Moss Builders’ Ray Gardner raced to the soccer ball trying to beat Bins Be Clean ‘s Brayan Felipe Thursday night. Team Belgium will not let Brazil maintain the top position without a fight. Sato is no stranger to the top of the heap. With a strong goalie, two former college level female soccer players and undeniable strength on the field by the remaining teammates, Sato Real Estate is likely to be one of the top teams at the end of the regular season. At the mid-point in the season in a league in which all of the squads made the first round of the playoffs, it is still

anyone’s championship. Injuries, game suspensions due to misconduct on the field, the heat of the summer games, and absences because of vacations can make the difference for any of the seven teams. Only time will tell.


Ugly Grouper – White Team  Ugly Grouper – Red Team 

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Bins Be Clean (Team Sweden) Moss Builders (Team Brazil) 

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MAR/KIS Insurance (Team Uruguay) 3 Ross Built Const. (Team Russia)  4 Sato Real Estate (Team Belgium)  9 Progressive Cabinetry (Team Croatia)0

Golfers keep eyes on the skies Golfers at Key Royale Club had to battle heat and rain as they welcomed August. On Monday, Aug. 6, Gerry Dahl and Gary Razze tied for first with scores of +5 in the Modified Stapleford contest and Tuesday’s

low net score net contest was rained out. Warren Boin, Tom McDonnell, Art McMillan and Bill Shuman tied with the team of Mike Gillie, Fred Millerand Peter Murley with a score of 29, 3 under par, in Thursday’s scramble.

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METZ: Seeking legal fees FROM PAGE 20

members resigned from their advisory board positions.


During last week’s hearing, Arend also rejected the Metz and Shults argument that the city and Clarke lost their attorney-client privileges regarding the defendants’ records requests for lawsuitrelated emails with attorney Robert Watrous and paralegal Michael Barfield. This unsuccessful argument was based on Watrous not filing a privilege log that lists but does not provide details about documents and correspondence not provided to the defendants during the pre-trial discovery process because they are considered privileged information. Arend ordered Watrous to file a privilege log within 20 days. Arend also ruled that Metz and Shults could request copies of email correspondence and other communications that occurred between Clarke, Perry, other city representatives and Watrous before the potential Sunshine allegations were first made public in late July 2017. But Watrous said he had no communications with Clarke or anyone else at the city before the alleged Sunshine violations surfaced. Metz is one of three defendants who has not yet given pre-trial deposition testimony to Watrous. His deposition was scheduled for late May but was cancelled at the request of Watrous. Vincent and his wife, Rose, also have not been deposed.


Top: City Commission candidate John Metz is one of six defendants named in a Sunshine Law lawsuit filed last summer. Above: Attorney Robert Watrous is representing the city of Bradenton Beach and co-plaintiff Jack Clarke in the case




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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! $759,000. 570-242-1922 LOOKING FOR A highly motivated real estate broker to buy or sell your next home? Darcie Duncan, Broker Duncan Real Estate a lifelong island resident bringing success to her customers for 26 years. Proven track record brings you results! 941-725-1589 INCOME PRODUCING WITH DIRECT GULF ACCESS Rare opportunity to own a duplex each unit is a 2BR/2BA on Anna Maria Island Step outside on your balcony and listen to the surf or watch the sun set. $995,000 Erlene Fitzpatrick RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-224-6339

RENTALS: ANNUAL 2BR/2BA CONDO with den, many amenities including pool, clubhouse and covered parking. 2nd floor with golf course view near 43rd St. Some utilities included. &1500/ mo. Last mo. & security required. NO PETS ARE ALLOWED! Condo application required w/ $100 fee. Available 8/15. Contact Ed DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-737-6320 www. 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.

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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 HOLMES BEACH, large room for rent; furnished/ TV, utilities/cable included. Call 941-993-8352 after 5 pm 1BR/1BA COTTAGE, Just steps across to the beach. available Sept. 1. Internet, Cable, water trash included. You pay Electric. Turn key furnished now. 6 months or more. $1500/ mo. Call 816-729-5146 ELEVATED 2BR/1BA at 2411 Avenue B. Available for rent immediately, $1800/mo. Pet friendly with deposit. Does not include utilities. Beach House Real Estate 941216-3794

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

VERY COOL HISTORICAL HOME with pool. Close to Beach and Bay. Adults Only 3BR/2BA. Cute, cute, cute, clean, clean, clean. Brenda Boyd May Broker/Owner. Five-Six months $3,500/ mo. Three-Four months $4,000/mo Call 941-7308589 STUDIO FOR RENT on beautiful Anna Maria Island. Had cancellation for 2018/2019 winter season. Very private, walk to beach. Available monthly from December 15 thru April 15. $1700/mo. Sorry no pets. Call 908-914-1182. Pictures available.

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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