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VOL 18 No. 46

‘We’re still open’

August 29, 2018

The long table dinner on the beach was supplied by area restaurants, many of them Gulffront, that have lost customers to the red tide outbreak. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The beach behind the Sandbar restaurant was busier Sunday evening than it has been since the recent outbreak of red tide, with more than 160 people turning out for a dinner on the sand, courtesy of a group of local restaurants whose message is, “We’re still open.” The red tide has hit Island businesses hard, from food


The long table dinner on the beach was supplied by area restaurants, many of them Gulffront, that have lost customers to the red tide outbreak. service to vacation accommodations, as vacationers and mainlanders avoided the smell and sight of dead, rotting sea life and irrita-

tion from the single-cell organism known as Kerenia brevis. The weather cooperated Sunday as the diners moved

from the reception inside the Sandbar to the tables that sat near the shore. There was a storm in the distance, but the air was

fresh, the beach was clean, and the Gulf waters were clear. SEE TABLE, PAGE 35

‘Nets to Neighbors’ next phase of red tide cleanup APTIM’s services have been discontinued and a “Nets to Neighbors” campaign was launched. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON – After one week, Manatee County has ended its contracted canal and waterway cleanup efforts with APTIM and is transitioning to a voluntary “Nets to Neighbors” cleanup and maintenance campaign. The cleanup services provided by APTIM were costing the county


approximately $25,000 per day. This announcement was made a county press conference on Monday afternoon. “As of today, the contractor operations ended and the purpose of today’s meeting it to announce the county’s plans moving forward to a neighborhood and volunteerbased solution,” Commissioner Steve Jonsson said, noting that nearly 241 tons of red tide debris had been removed from county parks, beaches and canals. “We’re transitioning to a program where we will provide nets and buckets to the neighborhood sites that have dumpsters. You


Minnie’s records a video about red tide blues. 3

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and your neighbors can assist by picking up residual fish,” County Administrator Ed Hunzeker said. Hunzeker said 50 dumpsters have been or will be placed countywide as part of the red tide cleanup and maintenance efforts. Parks & Grounds Operations Manager Carmine DeMilio said most of the red tide debris dumpsters would be emptied daily and some would be emptied upon request. Hunzeker was asked what happens if the recently-cleaned canals become filled with dead fish again. “If that happens we’ll be pre-


These nets and buckets are now being used as part of the county’s red tide cleanup efforts.


ANNA MARIA readies for new pier construction proposals. 4 THE Bradenton Beach day dock

remains in limbo. 11 The Island’s award-winning weekly newspaper



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Minnie’s crew sings about red tide blues Minnie’s is a breakfast and lunch café located at 5360 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH ¬– The outbreak of red tide has cut into the profits of almost every business on the Island, and some are fighting back, offering discounts for their services. Some of the larger Island restaurants banded together to offer a “Save Our Shores” buffet Sunday and now one of the smaller eateries is fighting back with music. The staff got together to dance to the Blondie song “The Tide Is High,” sung by cook Mary Doub. Most of the waitresses danced to the music, and the video has been

seen by many people, including Maggie Plath, who came in Friday with her husband, John, to compliment them and collect a 10-percent discount for mentioning it. Kathy Smart said they rewrote the lyrics several times. “I wanted to sing, ‘The tide is red,’ but we stuck with the original words,” she said. “We went through it three times before we were satisfied.” “I thought it was very good,” said Maggie Plath. “After seeing it yesterday, I told my husband we would have to go here for breakfast.” Smart said they hope people are entertained and come in for a meal. “It was a lot of fun to make,” she said, “and it was a morale booster.”


Kathy Smart and Dawn Lee, above, were part of the video to bring more business to Minnie's. John and Maggie Plath saw the video and visited for breakfast.




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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 941-5380945.

Symphony on the Sand returns The Bradenton Beach City Commission has approved noise ordinance and open container waivers for the annual Symphony on the Sand concert and special event scheduled to take place at Coquina Beach on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has pledged a $30,000 reimbursement to the Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra & Chorus for the event being organized and coordinated again this year by Jeanie Pickwick.


The old Anna Maria City Pier was recently demolished and a new one will be built in its place.

Second pier construction RFP being issued The city has been informed that no construction can occur until FEMA approves the pier project. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

Farmer’s market opens Oct. 16

The city of Anna Maria’s weekly farmer’s market will return on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Taking place under the shade sail at City Pier Park, the market’s second season will feature modified hours. Tentative plans call for the Tuesday morning market to open at 8 a.m. and remain open until two or three in the afternoon. “It was such a success,” Murphy said of last year’s efforts led by Deputy Clerk Debbie Haynes, who will guide the market again this year. Interested vendors can contact Haynes at 941-7086130, ext. 141, or email her at

Correction Attorney Jorge Martinez recently said attorney Peter Mackey did not issue threats against the city of Anna Maria when speaking to the city attorney. A typo altered the intended meaning of that sentence.

ANNA MARIA – Mayor Dan Murphy expects a new request for proposals (RFP) for the construction of a new city pier to be issued by the end of this week. During the Aug. 23 City Commission meeting, Murphy said he expected to have those RFPS returned to the city by late September. The mayor, the contracted pier engineer and some city staff members will review and rank the pier construction proposals received, and Murphy will then present the highest ranked firm for commission consideration. When contacted later, Murphy his goal was to present his recommendation to the commission in early October. The commission can then direct Murphy to begin negotiations with the highest-ranked firm or it can reject all proposals received – as it did in late July regarding the two proposals received in response to the original construction RFP. Largo-based Speeler & Associates, the firm that demolished the pier, submitted a bid for $3.72 million and Tampa-based i+iconSOUTHEAST bid $4.13 million to build the new

pier platform. The original RFP did not seek bids for the construction of the restaurant and bait shop spaces at the T-end of the pier. Those items were to be addressed later in a separate bid. The mayor and commission unanimously agreed those bids were higher than anticipated or desired, and the decision was made to issue a new RFP based on modified construction specifications. Murphy said he had hoped the bids would be closer to $2.5 million for the construction of the pier platform. Murphy is optimistic the revised RFP will generate interest from marine construction firms. “We’ll get plenty of attention. This project is something that any company can put in their portfolio. It’s high-profile because of the age of the pier, the history of the pier and the importance of the pier to our community, our county and to the state for that matter. It’s a feather in anybody’s cap,” Murphy said.


Murphy also told the commission the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has informed the city that it cannot start construction of the new pier until FEMA has reviewed and authorized all the pier plans. Murphy said the city is not going to obtain any of the project funding requested from FEMA until FEMA approves the project. The building

and decking at the T-end of the pier were damaged last September during Hurricane Irma. “At this point, it’s around $1.8 million that we’ve requested,” Murphy said of the city’s funding request. Murphy said he and city staff have sought assistance from the offices of U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and he had meeting scheduled with Congressman Vern Buchanan this week. “It’s our understanding that when it comes to FEMA claims in the state of Florida we’re number one; we’re at the top of the list. Rubio’s staff guy called me and assured me that they were on top of it. They were putting on as much pressure as they can. The city clerk has spent a couple hours every day on the phone and using emails putting pressure on these people,” Murphy said. “I feel comfortable this FEMA thing will come to resolution just about in time with the reception of the bids and we can then get started,” Murphy said. He also said he hopes he and the commission don’t have to make a decision about proceeding with the pier project without FEMA funding. “We can get more money from other sources, but I would prefer we do this the right way and we keep going on a straight and narrow. We’re entitled to the FEMA dollars, so we’re going to go after those first,” Murphy said.

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Businesses team up for Turtle Watch Wednesday Adult and juvenile turtles are being impacted by red tide, but the hatchlings appear to be faring well. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

HOLMES BEACH – As part of their ongoing efforts to offset the economic challenges created by red tide, A Paradise Realty and Vacation Rentals and Hurricane Hank’s are partnering in their efforts to bring locals and visitors out to Anna Maria Island. A Paradise Realty and Hurricane Hank’s will host a Turtle Watch Wednesday fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5. The fundraiser will benefit the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring organization. “Red tide has severely affected our beloved sea life and people who rely on the tourism industry for their livelihood,” says a press release issued jointly by the two Island businesses. “We’ve had some bookings that have canceled, but we’re keeping positive by doing these kinds of events. If people aren’t coming to the Island it affects the other businesses and their staff members too, but we can pull together and support one another as businesses on the Island. We support and encour-


Turtles hatchlings appear to be faring OK so far regarding the red tide. The Turtle Watch Wednesday fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 5, will benefit the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring organization. age that and we know others are doing the same,” said A Paradise Marketing Director Sharon Hoatland. The first 75 guests to arrive at the Turtle Watch Wednesday event will be greeted by a member of the A Paradise Realty team who will hand them a ticket for a complimentary drink. Hurricane Hank’s will offer a 50 per-

cent discount on appetizers. For every food item and drink sold, Hurricane Hank’s will donate $1 to the Turtle Watch organization. The fundraiser efforts will include raffles. Hurricane Hank’s located at 5346 Gulf Dr. in Holmes Beach. For more information, call A Paradise Realty at 941-729-2381 or Hurricane Hank’s at 941-778-5788. Or visit Vista- or


On Monday, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring Executive Director Suzi Fox discussed the impact red SEE TURTLES, PAGE 29




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Red tides, lost summers By Katie Tripp, Ph.D. Director of Science & Conservation, Save the Manatee Club


artin County, located along Florida's southeast coast, adopted the term "Lost Summer" in 2013 to describe the disaster caused by discharges from Lake Okeechobee into coastal communities. Posted signs warned against swimming, fishing or otherwise coming in contact with the water that was covered in guacamole-thick algae. The moniker was unfortunately applicable again in 2016 and now again in 2018. On Florida's west coast, red tide has killed nearly 1,100 manatees over the last 23 years, and because blooms now occur so frequently, they are no longer characterized as unusual mortality events for these protected marine mammals. The organism that causes red tide is naturallyoccurring. The input of human-generated pollution into our coastal waters, which causes that organism to bloom and wreak havoc, is far from natural. The same is true for the various algae blooms that have occurred in the Indian River Lagoon in recent years, resulting in the deaths of manatees, dolphins, fish, and sea birds and the loss of tens of thousands of acres of vitally-important seagrass. Florida's waters are in crisis, and we need leaders who will protect our natural environment. Too many of our decisionmakers and residents continue to be in denial about our state's long-running addiction to growth at any cost and the toll it takes on our environment. Politicians have won election and re-election by campaigning on lower taxes and reduced oversight, but they have neglected the need to protect and invest in our natural environment. Too often, voters make decisions without having properly researched candidates, or they fail to vote at all. Until more citizens engage in their democracy and vote with the future in mind, Floridians can expect continued lost summers and lost opportunities to fix our ailing waterways. Dr. Tripp has been Save the Manatee Club’s Director of Science and Conservation since May of 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Florida, where she conducted research on manatee physiology.

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Phosphate mines polluting our water I am writing this letter to inform everyone about my point of view, on what’s happening with the red tide. I believe the phosphate mines are responsible for this horrific tragedy. I am told that Mote Marine is a supporter of Mosaic mining. Consequently, you can’t rely on Mote to find a solution. One of the largest fertilizer plants, Mosaic sits about six miles southwest of Polk County. This is where they turn phosphate rock into nearly four million tons of phosphorus every year. When this process happens, it produces a ton of waste, which is leaking into our rivers and oceans and eventually leading to the death of our marine life. If you take a drive through the Florida peninsula, you will see the mountains of waste, which are

called phosphogypsum. On top of each of these mountains you will find a pond of acidic waste water. Despite public opposition, the commissioners recently voted to let them expand their mining to Manatee County and won approval from our local government. These mines are now coming closer to Manatee and Sarasota counties, which over time are going to pollute our water supplies. I want to make everyone aware, that you cannot rely on Mote Marine, as they are a supporter of Mosaic. In closing I would like you all to take the information given in this letter and make your own decision on where you think this is coming from. I hope you all will support me and call your local commissioners to shut these mines down. J.Duzgun Longboat Key

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PREVIOUS QUESTION: Do you think water pollution contributes to red tide algae



For information, call 7086130 Aug. 31, 10 a.m. – City Commission special meeting, landscaping Sept. 3, all day – City offices closed for Labor Day

For information, call 7085800 Sept. 3, all day – City offices closed for Labor Day Sept. 5, 6 p.m. – Planning Commission meeting


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For information, call 7781005 Sept. 3, all day – City offices closed for Labor Day Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m. – CRA meeting Sept. 5, 11 a.m. – Pier Team meeting Sept. 5, 2 p.m. – Scenic WAVES meeting Sept. 6, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting



City offices, the Island Branch Library, Tingley Memorial Library and The Center of Anna Maria Island will be closed Sept. 3 in recognition of Labor Day. Trash, recycling and yard debris collection will be on the holiday schedule with no collection on Monday, Sept. 3. Collection will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with collection taking place one day later than usual.







• Yes, some canals still need it.

• Only if there is another huge fish kill. Should Manatee County continue cleaning up the dead • No, residents can take it from here. fish killed by red tide?

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Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon.


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. Seaside Quilters, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Yoga for Seniors, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $15. Reserve to maryannbrady@theparadisecenter. org 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@theparadisecenter. org or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


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


Preschool story time, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Yoga for Seniors, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $10. Reserve to maryannbrady@theparadisecenter. org or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Memory and lifestyle screening, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reserve to maryannbrady@theparadisecenter. org or 941-383-6493.





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LaPensee Bowling Tournament to benefit Center After skipping a year, the LaPensee Bowling Tournament, benefitting The Center of Anna Maria Island, returns to the AMF Lanes in Bradenton Sept. 8. BY KRISTIN SWAIN


Dust off your bowling shoes and come out to the AMF Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road in Bradenton, to support The Center of Anna Maria Island at the LaPensee Bowling Tournament. The tournament returns for the first time since 2016 and takes place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. This year’s event will include three games for participants, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and door prizes. Some of the items for the door prizes and auction include themed baskets, along with a $50 gift certificate and Yeti cooler donated for the event by Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware. Donated items are still being accepted for the door prizes and silent auction at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the bowling alley immediately following the tournament. Prizes will be awarded for the men’s and women’s highest and lowest score and the highest score for ages 12 and under. An award also will be given for the best team costume. As in years past, The Anna Maria Island Sun is once again a sponsor of the event. Though LaPensee Plumbing, Pools & Air is the title sponsor, lane sponsorships are open for businesses for $150


The members of the Tom Sanger Pools Team took top team honors at the 2016 LaPensee Bowling Tournament benefitting The Center of Anna Maria Island. and will come with the business logo displayed on the lane and at registration. Lane sponsorships at $200 also include play for up to five bowlers, shoe rentals, and a choice of pizza or chicken wings to munch on during the three game tournament. Individual bowlers also are welcome at $30 each, which includes three games, shoe rental, and a choice of pizza or wings. Children’s lanes with bumpers to help discourage gutter balls for the little ones also will be available for play. Participants are encouraged to register early to make sure they have a space reserved. Bowlers can register by calling the Center at 941-778-1908 or going online to For more information, or to sponsor a team or lane, call the Center or email

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Day dock in limbo Technomarine has missed its latest projected delivery date of Aug. 22. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – As of Monday, the composite decking and aluminum framing for Bradenton Beach’s new floating day dock remained in storage at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. According to a representative of Ronautica Marinas, the Spain-based company contracted by Technomarine to manufacture the dock components, the dock sections shipped by cargo vessel arrived at Port Everglades on Aug. 17 and a storage fee of approximately $550 per day began accruing on Aug. 21. The Ronautica representative told The Sun his company will not release the dock sections for ground transport to Bradenton Beach until it receives from Technomarine a payment of approximately $29,000, plus the additional storage fees. The Ronautica rep said the shipment does not include the floats, cleats and additional hardware that are to be provided by Technomarine or its installation subcontractor. Technomarine is the North Palm Beach-based company contracted by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in early 2017 to install a new floating dock next to the historic Bridge Street Pier at a cost of $119,980. As of Monday, Ronautica had not received payment from Technomarine, but the company was informed that payment could be forthcoming


These floating dock components, as shown when manufactured in Spain, remained stuck in a Fort Lauderdale storage facility as of late last week. within the next 48 to 72 hours. The Ronautica representative said his company would be willing to deal directly with the CRA if the situation with Technomarine remains unresolved. On Friday, Aug. 24, CRA chair Ralph Cole contacted the port directly. He was told the shipment from Ronautica destined for Bradenton Beach arrived in port on Aug. 16 and was currently being held in storage. On or around Tuesday, Aug. 21, Police Chief and Pier Team Facilitator Sam Speciale communicated with Technomarine CEO Erik Sanderson. According to Speciale, Sanderson

did not acknowledge the dock components had arrived in port. Speciale said he was told he’d receive a full update from Sanderson later in the week, but as of early Monday afternoon that had not happened. “I haven’t heard anything from them,” Speciale said.


According to City Treasurer Shayne Thompson, the CRA sent Technomarine a check for $29,961 on July 31, and the check was cashed on Aug. 2. The July payment met the CRA’s contractual obligations for the dock fabrication and shipping phases of the project.

According to Thompson, the next payment due to Technomarine would be the $13,500 due once the dock parts have arrived in Bradenton Beach and installation begins. An additional $13,500 would be owed to Technomarine 30 days after project completion, along with a $9,298 fabrication retainer. This would amount to $36,298 in remaining payments to Technomarine, if the dock project is completed. To date, the CRA has made three payments to Technomarine totaling $83,952. The CRA made an initial payment of $29,995 to Technomarine on April 11, 2017, and a second payment of $23,996 on Aug. 16, 2017. Per its matching funds agreement, Manatee County has already reimbursed the CRA for $26,995 for the first two payments made to Technomarine. Thompson said the CRA has not yet submitted a reimbursement request for the July payment. The most recently updated construction schedule provided by Technomarine was dated May 25. It stated the dock components would be delivered to Bradenton Beach by Aug 22. The construction schedule stated installation of the dock sections and support pilings would begin on Aug. 27, and the project would be completed by Sept. 12. In April, Technomarine President Jat Talton sent Speciale a revised construction schedule and an email that said, “Technomarine’s plan is to have the day dock open prior to this Fourth of July weekend.”

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A red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism). In the Gulf of Mexico, it is Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. At high concentrations, the organisms may discolor the water, sometimes red, light or dark green, brown or the water may appear clear.


A red tide bloom develops when biology (the organisms), chemistry (natural or man-made nutrients for growth) and physics (tides, winds, currents) work to produce the algal bloom. No one factor causes the development of a red tide bloom.


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Red Tide Current Status: and Mote Marine Laboratory:


No. Red tides were documented in the Gulf of Mexico as far back as the 1700s and

along Florida's Gulf Coast since the 1840s. While red tides and other algal blooms occur worldwide, K. brevis is found almost exclusively in the Gulf of Mexico but has been found on the east coast of Florida and off the coast of North Carolina.


Red tide blooms can last days, weeks or months and can also change daily due to wind conditions and ocean currents.


While people swim in red tide, some individuals may experience skin irritation and burning eyes. If your skin is easily irritated, avoid red tide water. If you experience irritation, get out of the ocean and thoroughly wash off with fresh water.


People in coastal areas near the shoreline may experience varying degrees of eye, nose, and throat irritation. When a person leaves an area with red tide, symptoms usually go away. If symptoms persist, please seek medical attention.


People with respiratory problems (like asthma, emphysema or bronchitis) should avoid red tide areas, especially when winds are blowing on shore. If you go to the beach and have one of these conditions, you should be very cautious. If you have symptoms, leave the beach and seek air conditioning (A/C). If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.


People usually get relief from respiratory symptoms by being in air-conditioned spaces. This is also true when driving: keep your car windows up and the A/C or heat on. For people without asthma or any other chronic respiratory problems, over-the-counter antihistamines may relieve symptoms. People with chronic lung ailments should be especially vigilant about taking prescribed medications daily. Always seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.


Just like people, pets may be affected by red tide. If you live close to the beach, consider bringing outdoor pets inside during a bloom to prevent respiratory irritation. If you are at the beach with your pets, do not allow them to play with dead fish or foam that may accumulate on the beach during or after a red tide. If your pet swims in the red tide, wash it off with fresh water as soon as possible.


Clams and oysters (mollusks) can contain red tide toxins that cause neurotoxic shellfish poisoning. Check local harvesting status before collecting at Finfish caught live and healthy can be eaten if filleted and rinsed thoroughly. Edible meat of crabs, shrimp and lobsters (shellfish) can be eaten (do not eat the tomalley—the green digestive gland—of shellfish). Do not eat distressed or animals found dead under any circumstances. Source: Florida Department of Health

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Red tide ‘flu’ nothing to sneeze at BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

Sore throats, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, headache, eye irritation, rashes – people on Anna Maria Island with some of these symptoms are complaining they have the red tide flu. There’s no such thing, according to Brad Dalton, deputy press secretary for the Florida Department of Health. “To our knowledge there are no medical conditions referred to as the red tide flu,” he said. But a growing body of scientific research proves that red tide has human health effects, and not just on people with respiratory problems. Studies show that red tide affects healthy lifeguards, increases emergency room admissions, can have lasting effects on some people for days after they leave the beach, and affects people up to four miles inland. One study also indicates a possible antidote for red tide.


The algae known as Karenia brevis, which began blooming in overabundance in the Gulf of Mexico and inland waters in Collier County last October, kills fish, marine mammals, sea turtles and shorebirds and makes shellfish unfit for consumption. It drifted north to Anna Maria Island on Aug. 3, and people have been suffering symptoms here ever since. The symptoms are triggered by a neurotoxin, called brevetoxin, that is stirred up by wave action and winds. When it becomes airborne, particularly blowing towards land, it can cause watery eyes, tickly throats and coughing, especially in people with respiratory issues such as asthma, emphysema or COPD, said Tom Larkin, environmental health director for the Manatee County Health Department. “The aerosolized product can cause asthma attacks to flare,” he said. “If you go to the beach and experience those


symptoms, leave and go to another beach because it can be at one beach and not another. If you live here, stay inside air conditioning and limit your outside exposure,” he said, adding that an N-95 mask, available at hardware stores, can help filter out red tide. Studies confirm that using a surgical mask decreases inhalation of brevetoxin by up to 45 percent. But inhaling the brevetoxin is not the only way you can be exposed to red tide, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Symptoms can follow ingesting red tide water by swallowing or even by breathing in tiny water particles in the air, eating contaminated shellfish or through skin contact while swimming or wading. “Marine Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) can cause a variety of illnesses in people,” both immediate and recurring, according to the CDC.


A promising recent development is a study on sheep that has identified brevenal, an antidote to brevetoxin, in Karenia brevis itself. Experiments showed that brevenal helps clear the lungs of mucus produced by inhaling

red tide. Researchers noted in “Pathophysiologic Airway Responses to Inhaled Red Tide Brevetoxin in Allergic Sheep” that it is the first documented case of a toxin-producing organism also producing its own antidote.


A study, “Inland Transport of Aerosolized Florida Red Tide Toxins,” shows that red tide can travel four miles inland from a red tide-affected beach. In addition, “People may still be exposed environmentally to the aerosolized brevetoxins even after they leave the beach,” according to the study. “Indeed, if people remain on a barrier island where no point is greater than 1.6 km (about 1 mile) from a coast, they will most likely be continuing their exposure in any outdoor setting and from all directions if the inland waters also contain K. brevis blooms.” Inland waters including the Manatee River, Palma Sola Bay and Sarasota Bay all have shown evidence of red tide this month. “Currently, the public health message in communities with onshore Karenia blooms has only recommended leaving SEE RED TIDE FLU, PAGE 29



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Form of government committee disbanded Commissioners voted 4-1 to disband the Holmes Beach Ad-Hoc Form of Government committee despite one commissioner’s reservations. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – It took some discussion by commissioners, but the vote ended in favor of disbanding the city’s ad-hoc committee researching form of government options. Commissioners voted 4-1, with Commissioner Jim Kihm dissenting, to disband the committee on Mayor Bob Johnson’s recommendation. The committee gave a presentation to commissioners earlier in the summer, recommending a city manager instead of a strong mayor for Holmes Beach. With their purpose accomplished, Johnson said it was time to allow the members to move on to other pursuits. Commissioners Carol Soustek and Judy Titsworth praised the committee and their service to their community. Kihm also thanked the committee mem-

bers but said he’s concerned that disbanding the committee before a form of government change is discussed among commissioners could lead to a loss of access to the committee members and their knowledge. “I’m not ready to let go,” he said. Commissioners voted 2-3, with Kihm and Soustek voting in favor, to not discuss a change in government at this time. Commissioner Rick Hurst said he voted against having the discussion because he feels a change in government should be up to the residents and a priority of the Charter Review Commission, whose five members will be elected in November by the voters. For a city manager to be installed, it would require a change to the city’s charter which can be recommended by the Charter Review Commission, placed on the ballot by referendum by commissioners or put on the ballot by the city’s voters through a petition process. With the Charter Review Commission’s work commencing after the election, Hurst said his concern is that if commissioners go ahead and discuss the issue and place the matter for voters on the ballot for the next election and the Charter Review Commission also puts the matter on the ballot, there might be two similar but contra-


The members of the Holmes Beach Ad-Hoc Form of Government Committee recommended changes at city hall. Now it will be up to the Charter Review Commission and ultimately the voters if that change ever takes place. dicting pieces of legislation on the ballot for voters. If the Charter Review Commission doesn’t elect to propose the matter of a city manager for voter review, Hurst said he’d then like the City Commission to take up the discussion. In a previous meeting, City Attorney Patricia Petruff recommended against city commissioners discussing the matter before the Charter Review Commission had a chance to review the ad-hoc committee’s suggestions and research. Titsworth said she voted against

discussing the matter of a city manager now based on Petruff’s advice and because she too felt the probability for two competing referendums on the ballot confusing voters is too high with a Charter Review Commission meeting in a few months. Kihm said he’s concerned with commissioners not having the conversation now because the Charter Review Commission members will be under no obligation to discuss a form of government change. Mayoral candidate Josh Linney took to the podium during public

comment to express his disappointment that commissioners voted against discussing a city manager at this time. He said he felt that if commissioners had voted to discuss the possibility of a city manager, it would save the Charter Review Commission time by not needing to have the conversation, and it would allow the measure to be placed on the November ballot for voter consideration. By voting against the conversation at this point, Linney said commissioners were taking away an opportunity for residents to either support or reject the idea of a city manager. “It’s unfortunate,” he said. The deadlines for the ballot to be placed on the November 2018 ballot either by resident petition or by commission referendum have already passed. Without holding a special election, the earliest the matter can be put before voters is November 2019. “The citizens do have a say in what goes on in the city,” Commissioner Pat Morton said, adding that he feels the residents deserve to have a clear choice to make when they go to the polls to determine the future form of government of their city, not run the risk of dividing the issue with competing legislation.

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Recycling is a feel good act, but if you’re not putting the right items in the bin, all of the items you’ve collected for recycling could end up in a landfill. Holmes Beach Commissioner Pat Morton said he’s received complaints from several residents who’ve observed Waste Pro employees dumping the contents of recycling bins into the trash collection truck without first looking at the bin’s contents. While Waste Pro and Waste Management, the two collection services working on the Island, have instructed employees to dispose of contaminated recycling materials with the trash, Morton said not looking into the recycling bins before disposing of their contents with the trash is unacceptable and being addressed by Waste Pro management. “It’s been an issue, but we’re on top of it,” Morton said. “We’re going


Decals like this one are placed on all recycling containers in Holmes Beach to help residents and visitors determine what should and shouldn’t be placed in the bin for recycling with Waste Pro. to keep an eye on it.” He encourages anyone who observes their recycling being tossed in with the trash without first being examined for contamination to report it immediately. Since all three Island cities participate in single stream recycling, it can

become difficult to know what can be recycled. Here’s a list of what can and cannot be placed in residential recycle bins with both Waste Pro and Waste Management. Keep in mind that all recyclables must be clean with all food residue removed or the items will be

• Aluminum cans and aluminum foil; • Cardboard boxes that are flattened and cut down to less than 4 feet square; • Clear and colored glass including beverage containers; • Drink boxes and juice cartons; • Magazines, mixed paper and newspapers including circulars, paper rolls, shoe boxes and shredded paper; • Plastics with recycle symbols, beverage, soap, shampoo and detergent bottles, and plastic milk jugs; • Steel and tin cans including empty aerosol cans; • Telephone books.


• Ceramics and porcelain; • Christmas lights and electric cords; • Coat hangers; • Computers, printers, electronics and office equipment; SEE RECYCLE, PAGE 32



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Honored The Manatee County Tourist Development Council presented former council member and developer David Teitelbaum an award for his service during the Aug. 20 meeting at The Center in Anna Maria.

Commissioners consider driveway repair Holmes Beach Commissioner Judy Titsworth is hoping the city can find some way to help property owners whose driveways have been or will be impacted by the Manatee County force main replacement project. During an Aug. 14 meeting, Titsworth said the commission would be addressing the issue soon to determine what can be done by the city to restore

driveways in a fair manner without impacting infiltration trenches. She said the issue is a complicated one because it involves the use of taxpayer funds, and each driveway is different, requiring different types of repairs. Titsworth said she encourages property owners to come forward with comments and ideas for consideration by commissioners in the discussion.

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Hodge takes new position After serving as the Chiles Restaurant Group marketing director for 13 years and being with the company for a collective 23 years, Caryn Hodge has accepted the position of marketing director for Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering. Her last day is Aug. 31. “It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as the marketing director for such a wonderful company for many years,” she said. “I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn all that I have and to have been a part of so

many exciting projects and important initiatives. I have met so many wonderful people and have formed many lifelong friendships. I will miss the wonderful staff and hard-working team members of the Chiles Group. I look forward to my new adventure and am excited to explore what the future has in store for me.” “Thank you to everyone who has made my journey and time with the Chiles Group such a wonderful experience.”



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WMFR commissioners approve first budget hearing BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget is on its way to final approval at a second public hearing and vote in September. With no public comment and no objection from commissioners, the proposed budget moves forward to a final public hearing before it’s officially adopted prior to the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year. Few changes were made to the budget since the spring workshop presentation, Administrative Battalion Chief Ben Rigney said. A $250,000 increase to the assigned fund balance was added to help the district save money for a new fire engine and decrease future debt servic-

es. The district’s debt service for the coming fiscal year also decreased due to a planned $269,000 pay off of a loan on WMFR’s fire engine 111. Funds from the anticipated closing of the sale of the administration building were not included because the sale has not yet been completed. Rigney said when funds from the sale are received, commissioners can expect to receive a budget amendment for approval. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, WMFR staff estimates $7,954,579 in total revenue with $7,924,079 in expenditures. Expenses for the year include the replacement of aging fire gear, replacement of the oxygen packs that firefighters use in structure fires and the launch of the district’s non-transport advanced life support service at

its other stations as firefighters graduate from paramedic training. The service is already available at the Holmes Beach station and is expected to launch at the Cortez Road station in October. WMFR representatives also are in contract negotiations with the firefighters union, leaving the district currently at a loss as to what the numbers for salary increases, if any, may be in the new fiscal year. One item on the table for negotiation is to align the negotiations with the district’s fiscal year planning so that actual numbers are present in the budget before approval is sought. The final budget hearing will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.



Sale of WMFR administration building moves forward






BRADENTON – The Oasis Middle School is moving forward with the purchase of its new campus. West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Tom Sousa told commissioners that the school has received funding for the purchase of the district’s administration building and, so far, the sale is on schedule to close by Dec. 4, though with the school principal’s plan to reopen at the 6417 Third Avenue West location after the holiday break in January 2019, he expects the sale

to close by mid-November to allow for minor renovations. Though Sousa was told verbally by the school’s real estate agent that funding has been received, Commissioner Al Robinson expressed concern that nothing has been received officially in writing from the school leadership or their bank. Robinson said his concern is more for the school than for the fire district, which has had other interest in the building. “I want them to have the financing,” he said. “I don’t want the banks screwing these people.” In the meantime, WMFR staff

continues the search for a new, permanent home for the district’s administrative staff, though temporary offices have been secured across the street at the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church campus. Sousa said the school, meanwhile, is moving forward with an application to Manatee County to change the use of the administration building to allow the school to be installed at the location. “I think it’s evident they’re committed to the purchase as much as they can be,” Commissioner George Harris said of the school administration.



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Local firefighter accepted to national training program One of West Manatee Fire Rescue’s own is about to start a four-year program with the National Fire Academy in Maryland.

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue Administrative Battalion Chief Ben Rigney is readying to travel to Maryland for the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, at least for two weeks. Chief Tom Sousa told commissioners during an August meeting that Rigney was accepted into the prestigious program, which gives advanced training and teaches leadership skills over the course of

four years. Students attend schooling for two weeks at a time onsite in Maryland before returning home to complete an applied research project related to the course matter. According to the United States Fire Administration’s website, the organization that oversees the program, each research project is an investigative piece that encourages students to reach conclusions and contribute to improving their home fire district. In addition to translating research into real-world applications, student research papers also are used as contributions to fire service literature used across the country. The training is geared toward senior fire officers and provides them with “a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services adminis-

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The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra (AMICCO) is looking for a volunteer to join its board to manage the financial affairs of the 25-year-old non-profit that has seen its concert attendance double in the past season. Accounting and bookkeeping skills are a must to manage program expenses to achieve its mission and goals. Knowledge of QuickBooks is preferred. For more information, contact or 941-727-9886.

The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has agreed to enter into a $38,300 contract with architectural designer Emily Anne Smith. Smith will provide the vision for the development of a CRA plan designed to ensure greater consistency of public design elements found within the CRA district that extends from Cortez Bridge to the northernmost property lines along Fifth Street South.


tration.” Sousa said that not only is the program’s administration selective in its student acceptance process, the program itself is rigorous. He likened it to working for four years towards a master's degree. “It’s a tough process,” Sousa said. He said the time that Rigney spends away from his duties with WMFR for program training are covered under the district’s approved training leave program. For his part, Rigney said he’s thrilled to be able to participate in the national program and can’t wait to get to work. His training is expected to start some time after the start of WMFR’s new fiscal year in October. “I’m very excited,” he said.

The scope of work included in Smith’s vision includes site plans, construction drawings, landscape plans, plant materials, ropes and bollards, public signage, enhanced street ends, trash receptacles, bike racks, new facades for participating businesses, a parking site plan, water lighting and a new bait shop for the pier and the development of an architectural design standards book. Smith has worked extensively with the city of Bradenton Beach and some of the Bridge Street business owners in the past.


West Manatee Fire Rescue Administrative Battalion Chief Ben Rigney is ready to begin his training in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program.

Fire department merger on hold A proposed merger between three local fire districts is on hold indefinitely unless West Manatee Fire Rescue Commissioner George Harris can generate interest in the project from commissioners at Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue. Harris said the process was

proving to be a long, slow one, though he said he has met with some of WMFR’s staff to discuss the possibility of a merger and how it would affect them. For now, the matter has been removed from WMFR’s meeting agenda.





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The good, the bad and the ugly T his past Sunday morning I launched my boat to check out the red tide situation and look for places to fish. In the process what I found both discouraged and encouraged me. The condition of local waters is deplorable, but we’re blessed with access to some healthy water and fish just to the north along the edges of Tampa Bay. I started on north Longboat and worked my way to Port Manatee in Tampa Bay. The boat ramp on Longboat was awash in dead sea grass that was thick with dead fish and horseshoe crabs. Longboat Pass and the bay had a few dead fish but very little signs of life. The same held true for Palma Sola Bay and north to the mouth of Tampa Bay. I explored Perico Bayou and began seeing sea birds, mullet and some baitfish. On the west side of the river on the Bulkhead I saw someone land a nice trout. Terra Ceia and Miguel bays looked normal with jumping mullet and diving terns. On

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RUSTY CHINNIS the east side of the Skyway near Joe Island the water was clear and full of life. I found similar conditions all the way to the port and in Clam Bar Bay and Bishop’s Harbor. That’s the good news. On the way back, I decided to run the beach from Bean Point to Longboat Pass. That was a mistake. The water in the Gulf started out bad and got worse the farther south I went. It was devoid of life, smelled terrible and you couldn’t see more than 6 inches deep. On my return to the bay, I noticed grass piled up all along the shoreline leading me to believe the red tide and anoxic conditions are killing sea grass too.

If you’re like me, you’re tired of and frustrated with the barrage of articles, newscasts and posts on the red tide bloom and would like to do something about it. While there are many things about a red tide bloom we have no control over, there is something we do have control over – how we respond. That response includes actions we can take like the following. Sarasota Bay Estuary Program has compiled a list of eight things people can do personally to help keep the harmful and red tide feeding nutrients out of the bay. 1. Reduce or eliminate fertilizer use; 2. Properly dispose of pet waste; 3. Keep leaves and grass clippings out of the bay – leave them on your yard as natural fertilizer; 4. Keep rainwater out of the bay. Direct downspouts into flower beds and the lawn; 5. Drive less to lower nitrogen and CO2 emissions, which ultimately get SEE REEL TIME, PAGE21


Piles of dead seagrass, fish and horseshoe crabs greet boaters on Sarasota Bay.

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into our waters; 6. Keep your septic system in tip top shape to avoid nutrient leaks; 7. Plant native trees and plants to reduce irrigation and help soak up stormwater; 8. Use a commercial car wash to reduce water use and manage wastewater disposal. Secondly, we can join an organization like Sarasota By Watch that is working to restore populations of scallops and clams that benefit the bay by filtering and cleaning the water column. Sarasota Bay Watch and other resource minded groups work to integrate youth outreach, experiences, education and leadership opportunities into their activities. This will help insure that tomorrow’s leaders learn how to love and care for Sarasota Bay and our environment. Thirdly we can educate ourselves and cast a vote for politicians that don’t put personal and corporate profits ahead of the health of the environment. If you do the research and keep an open mind, I believe the choice will be clear. Hopefully if there’s the proverbial “pony under here somewhere,” it’s that we will pay attention to our power at the polls and will once again institute reasonable safeguards to our air and water.


Contractor Craig Sabatino, of Philly, shows off a beautiful hogfish caught on Aug. 25 with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters.

Fishing in red tide CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

We’re still catching good fish despite the presence of a bit of red tide in the area. It’s different day to day, but there’s been bad areas in southwest Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. Luckily, the rain in the afternoons and good east winds should help us out. We here at Anna Maria Charters have been headed to the near-

shore ledges and reefs in search of hogfish, snapper and grunts. All of these are tasty and can be caught on live shrimp. We’re having no problems filling a cooler in a fourhour trip. Also offshore, but a bit farther, are red grouper, amberjack, cobia and bigger mangrove snapper. As we cool off a bit, we should start to see an influx of blackfin tuna.

Inshore, fishing is still great, if you find the clean water. We’re catching tons of snook, Jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel, juvenile tarpon and a few redfish here and there. Live shiners are th ticket when targeting inshore species. Hopefully this tide event subsides quickly, but until then, we’ll make it work.



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Predators dig into turtle nests Dogs, cats and raccoons are among the animals suspected of digging into three loggerhead sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island, according to Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. Volunteers spotted a dog on the beach near the Sandbar restaurant with two people who appeared to have camped overnight, which is against the law. Several sizes of dog paw prints were found at different nests, Fox said, indicating more than one dog on the beach. Local law prohibits dogs and cats on the beach.


Turtle rescued A Kemp's ridley turtle was rescued off Bean Point last week by Clayton Spencer, pictured, Spencer Blount and Mike McClain. If you see a turtle in distress please call 941-232-1405.

TURTLE TIPS During sea turtle season, May 1 – Oct. 31, please follow these tips: • Turn off lights visible from the beach and close blinds from sundown to sunrise; lights confuse nesting sea turtles and may cause them to go back to sea and drop their eggs in the water, where they won’t hatch. Light can also attract hatchlings away from the water. • Don’t use flashlights, lanterns or camera flashes on the beach at night. • Remove all objects from the sand from sundown to sunrise; they can deter sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. • Fill in the holes you dig in the sand before leaving the beach; they can trap nesting and hatching sea turtles, which cannot live long out of the water. • Don’t use wish lanterns or fire-

works; they litter the beach and Gulf. • Do not trim trees and plants that shield the beach from lights. • Never touch a sea turtle; it’s the law. If you see people disturbing turtles, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

NESTING NEWS Turtle nests laid: 527 (all-time AMI record) False crawls: 548 Nests hatched: 294 Not hatched: 36 Nests remaining: 197 Hatchlings hatched: 22,550 Nest disorientations: 33 Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring

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CNOBB fined for elections violation CNOBB has been fined for a campaign filing failure that occurred in 2017 BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Florida Elections Commission has fined the now-defunct Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach (CNOBB) political action committee $150 in connection with an alleged election violation contained in a complaint filed in 2017. Former CNOBB chairman Bill Vincent was recently notified by letter of the Election Commission’s consent order regarding CNOBB’s failure to timely file a statement of organization.

In mid-October, city resident Jack Clarke filed elections complaints against CNOBB as an organization. He also filed separate and similar complaints against several CNOBB members. The complaints against the individual CNOBB members were recently dismissed. Clarke’s complaints alleged CNOBB and its members failed to file the statement of organization form required by Florida Statute 106.03. State law says a political committee seeking the signatures of registered electors in support of an initiative shall file a statement of organization within 10 days after its organization. CNOBB held its first public meetings in July 2017 and soon thereafter initiated a petition drive that


The CNOBB political action committee formerly chaired by Bill Vincent was disbanded in November. resulted in three CNOBB-proposed charter amendment questions being placed on the 2017 city ballot. CNOBB did not file its statement

of organization as a political action committee until after Clarke filed his complaints. On Oct. 24, the city clerk’s office accepted CNOBB’s statement of organization and the accompanying forms that designated Vincent as the PAC’s registered agent and John Metz as its treasurer. The clerk’s office received CNOBB’s first campaign treasurer’s report on Oct. 30. CNOBB was dissolved on Nov. 28. According to Clarke, Vincent paid the Elections Commission fine with a cashier’s check. According to the written notification Clarke and Vincent received from the Elections Commission dated Aug. 20, the case is now considered closed.

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Locals race in international championships AMI Paddlers from Paradise Melinda Bradway, Laurie Burton Graham and Claudette Azevedo raced at the Eleventh IDBF Club Crew World Championships in July in Szeged, Hungary. More than 6,000 paddlers from 30 countries participated in this international championship competition. Their Dragonheart VT Senior C Women’s Team (60 years and up) finished sixth overall in the world and number one from the USA. AMI Dragon Boat Paddlers from Paradise resume their 2018 season with practices starting on Sept. 13. If interested in joining this fun sport, contact Melinda Bradway @ 941-462-2626.

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold their Semi-Formal Ball on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 10 p.m. at The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave. Anna Maria. It’s a fundraiser for the AMI Privateers’ mission of helping kids and community, and the admission price is $50 per person. The Privateer Ball is open to the public Come join the Anna Maria Island Privateers and travel back in time to when pirates sailed the open seas, when adventurers explored unknown territories looking for treasure and when the age of steam and machine working together were on the brink of discovery. Attendees are invited to dress in their favorite time period costume. Ladies could dress as Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Cleopatra, Wilma Flintstone, Greta Garbo, Scarlett O’Hara,or a Roaring 20’s flapper. Gentlemen could be adventurous and come as Al Capone, Dirty Harry, George Jetson, Fred Flintstone, Indiana Jones, Clark Gable or Blackbeard the Pirate. Photographer Jamie Blatt will be there to take souvenir pictures. Come early as the cocktail and social hour starts at five O’clock. A full liquor, wine and beer cash bar will be available. DJ Scott Kemp will be spinning favorites from the oldies to the 80s. The food will be catered by J & J Events featuring egg rolls, garbanzo hummus, ceviche, beef empanadas, cheese, fruit, vegetable kabobs, boneless buffalo bites, and topping it off is a delectable dessert bar formulated by our very own Terry “Cookie” Rapert, which is sure to delight even the sweetest of teeth. There be pirate booty to be had with a 50/50 raffle, a handmade Krewe quilt raffle, a silent auction with lots of baskets of goodies and a live auction. Renowned artist Don Maitz (the creator and artist of the Captain Morgan logo) has donated a signed piece of art, framed and matted as just one of the live auction items, and scuttlebutt is that Don and his wife will be there in attendance. Time travelers and adventurers are invite to gather up their friends, family, co-workers and Krewes and come eat, drink and be merry with the Pirates and Wenches from the Anna Maria Island Privateers. Tickets may be purchased on the AMI Privateers website or contact Kim “Syren” Boyd at 931-639-0986. A large portion of the proceeds will go toward the AMI Privateers Scholarship Fund.



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Manatee death toll climbs At least 103 manatees have died in the red tide bloom that has plagued southwest Florida for more than 10 months, and which reached Anna Maria Island on Aug. 3. As of Aug. 20, 29 dead manatees tested positive for red tide, and red tide is suspected in 74 other manatee deaths, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In July, 62 manatees died statewide; 554 manatees have died in state waters so far this year, compared to 527 in all of 2017.

FLIPPERS AND FEATHERS To avoid interfering with sea turtles as they mate in area waters during turtle season (May 1 – Oct. 31): • Wear polarized sunglasses to better spot sea turtles; • Stow trash and line when underway; if it blows overboard it can be eaten by or entangled around sea turtles; • Put your vessel’s engine in neutral when nearing sea turtles; • Don’t feed sea turtles; • Don’t chase, swim with or touch sea turtles; • Don’t encircle sea turtles with vessels. MANATEE COUNTY PARKS AND NATURAL RESOURCES | SUBMITTED

Red tide cleanup Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources sponsored a volunteer cleanup at the Palma Sola Causeway and Perico Preserve last week to clean up areas not reachable by machinery. Red tide continues to plague Manatee County in high concentrations at the Palma Sola Causeway and Anna Maria Island.


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Still ranking 11th in a field of 13, loggerhead sea turtle Bortie is lingering near the Florida Keys in the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s 11th Annual Tour de Turtles. Bortie has traveled 65 miles since the race began on Aug. 1. The event is part of the organization’s 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. Bortie’s nest hatched successfully this month, and was excavated by Turtle Watch volunteers.

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Planning and Zoning Board reconfigured The city of Anna Maria’s reconfigured Planning and Zoning Board now includes new appointees Jeff Rodencal and Dr. Jose Erbella, recently reappointed members Jim Conoly, Jonathan Crane and Margaret Jenkins and previously appointed members Monika Beard and Bob Carter. Three of the volunteer advisory board members can also be asked to serve as the city’s Construction Review Board if a quasi-judicial hearing is needed to review any alleged contractor violations.




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We’re Americans; we borrow A

mericans are very comfortable with debt, whether its household debt or government debt. And apparently rising interest rates aren’t making any difference in our enthusiasm for borrowing. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has reported in its quarterly statement that household debts rose by $82 billion in the second quarter of the year. Much of this is because of higher interest rates for mortgages, credit cards and auto loan balances. Household debt is now nearly 20 percent higher than five years ago and higher than before the financial crisis. Never-the-less the feds report delinquency rates have been stable for most categories of debt and actually falling for student loans presumably because of the improved labor market. In an effort to return interest rates to the levels before the financial crisis, the feds have been gradually raising rates since 2015. The average rate on a 30-year, fixedrate mortgage was 4.6 percent a few weeks ago, up from a low of 3.4 percent in 2013.

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER We can expect this to continue possibly influencing marginal buyers from qualifying. Buyers with lower credit scores may be seeing those scores increase if they had collection accounts removed from their credit reports. The three credit reporting firms have agreed to remove items like collections for gym memberships, library fines and traffic tickets from reports as well as medical debt collections that were ultimately paid by insurance companies. So how is any of this increased borrowing effecting our real estate markets? These are the statistics for Manatee County for July from the Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee.

There were 19.2 percent more singlefamily homes closed this July compared to last July. The median sale price was $309,500, which is 3.2 percenter higher than last year. The average sale price was $383,398, 2.4 percent higher. Median time to sell was 90 days compared to 92 from last year and the month’s supply dropped to 3.9 percent below the 4 months we’ve been carrying. Condo sales for July were also up compared to last July at 10.1 percent. The median sale price was $199,250, up 20.8 percent, and the average sale price was $231,836, up 10.3 percent. Median time to sell was 87 days compared to 105 days last year, and the month’s supply of properties was also 3.9 percent. Our market keeps improving in both number of sales and sales price and is apparently not slowing down because of the increased cost of borrowing. We’re also doing better than the state in all areas but one. Based on the July sales statistics pub-

lished by the Florida Realtors website under market data, the single-family median sales price was $255,000, up 6.3 percent and the average was $335,055, up 5.7 percent. The number of sales for single-family was also up 3.8 percent. The state of Florida condo sale median price was $180,000 in July, up 5.3 percent, and average was $247,413, up 1 percent. Number of closed sales were up 8.5 percent. The month’s supply of single-family properties for the state was 3.9 percent the same as Manatee County’s. However, the month’s supply of condos was 5.3 percent well over Manatee’s. If you’re going to have debit, mortgage debt is the easiest to justify. You have to live someplace, so a home of your own where you can build equity is always better than paying rent. Based on our sales statistics buying a property in Manatee County looks like a good investment, and we do love debit. It’s the American way.

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TURTLES: Businesses team up fROM PAGE 5

tide is having on the Island’s turtle and bird populations. “Red tide has certainly compromised the adults and the juvenile sea turtles because we’re getting one a day coming in either sick or dead, so we want to bring attention and awareness to that so people keep their eyes open for it,” Fox said. Fox asks those who encounter a sick or dead turtle to call her office at 941-778-5638. Fox said she and the Turtle Watch volunteers are often asked about how the red tide is impacting the baby sea turtles as leave the shore and head out to sea. “We still have over 200 nests on the beach right now. They’re born with food in their belly, and they’re not looking to eat. They’re looking to swim like crazy,” Fox said of the hatchlings initial efforts to swim to safer waters. “So far, we’re not seeing any dead hatchlings, so it’s more

important than ever for people to keep their lights off for the rest of the season so we can get these babies offshore quickly,” she said. When asked about the shorebirds, Fox said, “We did a shorebird count Friday. The birds seem to be hanging out up at Bean Point by the thousands. It’s phenomenal to watch, but we’ve seen some that didn’t look like they feel good up there. They looked a little sluggish, so we’re working with Wildlife Inc. to get them transported up there.” Headed by Gail and Ed Straight, Wildlife Inc. is headquartered in Bradenton Beach. When expressing her appreciation for the upcoming Turtle Watch Wednesday fundraiser, Fox said, “The volunteers are so tired right now, so anytime anyone can cheer them on, especially with any kind of gathering, I think it’s going to give them the boost they need to finish out our season. A special shout out and thanks to A Paradise and Hank’s for thinking about the wildlife on the Island.”



RED TIDE: 'Flu' nothing to sneeze at FROM PAGE 13

the beach area to avoid aerosol exposure; this message needs to be re-evaluated based on these new findings to take into account the possibility of inland environmental exposure to brevetoxins, particularly for persons with underlying lung diseases such as asthma,” the study concluded.


People with asthma experience “objectively measurable adverse changes in lung function from exposure to aerosolized Florida red tide toxins,” particularly among those requiring regular therapy with asthma medications, according to the study, “Aerosolized Red-Tide Toxins (Brevetoxins) and Asthma.” The study “Florida Red Tide Toxins (Brevetoxins) and Longitudinal Respiratory Effects in Asthmatics” found that only one hour of exposure to Florida red tide aerosols can cause increased symptoms and decreased respiratory function lasting for at least several days after exposure. “We recommend persons with underlying respiratory disease (and their healthcare providers, emergency medical facilities and public health officials) be aware of the onshore

activity of Florida red tide blooms, and avoid visiting coastal areas with strong onshore winds during onshore blooms. This appears to be particularly important for poorly controlled asthmatics, and those with relatively little regular brevetoxin exposure (for example, those who live inland or visitors).”


Studies show that red tide also affects people without underlying respiratory problems. In one study, “Occupational Exposure to Aerosolized Brevetoxins during Florida Red Tide Events: Effects on a Healthy Worker Population,” 28 healthy Florida lifeguards exposed to red tide toxins at work reported airway irritation including eye irritation, nasal congestion, cough and headaches. Island lifeguards are coping with red tide with masks and air-conditioned lifeguard stands, Manatee County Marine Rescue Chief Joe Westerman said. The beach flag system does not specifically address red tide, but if it is bad enough that swimming is not advisable, beaches will be closed with a double red flag, as they have been a few days this month, he said.




8/16, speeding, driving with a suspended license, 600 Key Royale Drive. The officer was running radar checks, and he clocked the defendant at 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, He stopped him and found out the driver’s license was sus-

OBITUARIES Rev. James M. Meena Rev. James “Jim” M. Meena, 89, died on Aug. 21, 2018, in South Carolina. A graduate of Bob Jones University, Jim went on to earn master’s and specialist degrees in educational administration from Eastern Michigan University. He was ordained as a minister in 1952. Jim was a public-school teacher for 29 years in Michigan,

pended. He ticketed the driver for speeding and gave him a notice to appear for the other violation. 8/16, sex offender registration violation, driving without a seatbelt, 700 Manatee Avenue. The officer stopped the driver for not wearing his seat belt. The officer found out there a was a warrant from Michigan for not registering as a sexual offender. There was no extradition order. The driver said a sheriff’s deputy told him he did

not have to register in Florida. He was ticketed for the seat belt. The officer found out the sexual offense charge had been dismissed, so he released the driver. 8/23, possession of a small amount of marijuana, 700 Manatee Avenue. The officer clocked the defendant at 50 mph in a 35 mph zone and stopped her. He smelled marijuana as he approached the vehicle searched the car, finding marijuana and a grinder.

was a music director at several different churches and a chaplain at Blake Medical Center and for the Key Royale Club on Anna Maria Island. He resided in Michigan from 1953 to 1986, Holmes Beach from 1986 to 2002 and northwest Bradenton from 2002 to 2018. Jim is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Cecelia; children, Roxanne (Bob) Fetterhoff of Wooster, Ohio, and Bill (Lynne) Meena of Fort Mill, S.C.; six grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held

at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill, S.C. Burial will be private at Rock Hill Memorial Gardens in Rock Hill, S.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s name to Grace Church, 4599A Burbank Road, Wooster, OH 44691 or Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church, 3326 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28210. Online condolences may be directed to: Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Rock Hill, S.C. (803-329-4141) is assisting.

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At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Thursday, Aug. 30, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help those with problems, 9 to 11 a.m.; Seaside Quilters, 10 a.m. to noon. • Friday, Aug, 31, Forty Carrots-Partners in Play, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjongg Club, 1 to 3 p.m. • Tuesday, Aug. 28, preschool story time, “All About Mo Williems,” 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjongg, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call the library at 941-778-6341 for more information.


Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, features musical acts during Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 10 a.m. in the historic chapel during September. Bluegrass Boomer Scott Stanton and Bob Gates will perform on Sept. 2 to perform “Shall We Gather at the River,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arm,” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” On Sept. 9, Phyllis O’Keef and Kristen Stanton will perform a piano/organ duet at 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel and the Roser

Chancel Choir will perform at 10 a.m. The Jazz combo Island Praise Quartet plays at 8:30 a.m. only on Sept 16, the Roser Ringers Handbell Quartet plays at both services on Sept. 23 and The Crowell Family performs both services on Sept. 30. For more information call the church office at 941-778-0414, email info@, go to or on Facebook @roserchurch.


The Cortez Cultural Center is holding a Picnic for everyone interested in the history of Cortez on Saturday, Sept. 1, beginning at noon. Everyone is invited to learn about the Cultural Center and enjoy some good. Bring friends, neighbors, see what keeps members busy. Pick a project to work on a few hours a week to enrich your life. The Center is closed for maintenance work during August and September creating new exhibits, expanding their research, doing woodwork projects and planning a new community garden. There is a need for all kinds of skills. Food, tea and water provided. Come on down. The Center is located east of the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W. Call Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945 for more information.



Joyful Noise, a free after-school community choir for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, begins practicing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria. Children will learn vocal technique, beginning sight-reading concepts and performance skills. Kristen Stanton, director of music ministries at Roser, is the director. Van transportation is provided from Anna Maria Elementary, and to the Community Center or the School for Constructive Play afterwards! Snacks are included. Performances are usually once a month and at various community events. Register online at www.roserchurch. com/joyful-noise, stop by the Roser Community Church office, call the office 941778-0414 or email the church at info@ and request a Joyful Noise Brochure.


Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E. (State Road 64) Bradenton, will host Scarecrow Workshops on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or noon to 1:30 p.m. Both sessions are identical. This is an ideal project for families and small groups of friends. Each group will be provided with the armature (frame), stuffing, material for a head covering, and an


instruction packet. Participants are asked to bring the clothing, shoes and decorations/ accessories for their scarecrow. They can be traditional or creative. This family-friendly event will also feature simple crafts for children. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the courtyard after they are finished. The cost of the workshop is $20 per scarecrow. For example, if a group of five people wanted to make one scarecrow together, they should register for one slot on the Sign-up Genius and the cost would be $20. Or if the group wanted to make two scarecrows, they should register for two slots on the sign-up, and the cost would be $40. The children’s crafts will be available and free to workshop participants. Tickets for the Scarecrow Workshop are on sale starting now (and will require an online service fee). They may be purchased using the Sign-up Genius link:https://www. The link will also be provided in the Facebook event (@ManateeVillage) and on Manatee Village’s website : www. Those who need to purchase tickets in person, Manatee Village will hold their over-the-phone reservation for two business days. These reservations may be made by calling 941-749-7165. All ticket sales are first come, first served.


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

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

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Mad scientist at work Claire Graham recently brought her “Mad Science” act to the Island Branch Library before school resumed recently and showed the the kids in the audience some chemical reactions and how sound travels. It appeared the youngsters were up on their science as they answered most of her questions correctly.

RECYCLE: Know the rules FROM PAGE 15

• Light bulbs; • Mirrors, windows and auto glass; • Plastic bags and plastics that are unnumbered or have no recycle symbol; • Styrofoam.


• Aluminum cans, aluminum foil and bakeware; • Steel and tin cans; • Corrugated cardboard; • Magazines, office paper, newspapers, circulars and telephone books; • Paperboard including cereal and shoe boxes; • Paper cardboard dairy and juice cartons; • Glass jars and drink containers; • Plastic bottles, jars and jugs;


• Ceramics; • Crystal; • Items contaminated with stones, dirt or food waste; • Heat-resistant, mirror or window glass; • Metal or plastic caps or lids; • Mixed colored broken glass; • Light bulbs; • Plastic grocery and produce bags; • Household batteries; • Electronics, televisions, computers, household appliances and office equipment. Certain electronics, including televisions and computers, and automotive batteries can be recycled through local programs but cannot be placed in single stream bins for collection. For more information, visit thinkgreen or

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Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon. Gulf Coast Writers Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 12:45 p.m.


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. Sunshine Stitchers knit and crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach CafĂŠ, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701

Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Intermediate bridge session, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 7 to 8:30 p.m.


NEST Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Origami Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. 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.


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


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




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Domination on the pitch: Sato Real Estate undefeated BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The outcome of each of the three adult co-ed soccer games on the Island field was lopsided to say the least. The three winners finished at least five goals over their opponents, but in the end Team Belgium, sponsored by Sato Real Estate, has proven to be the dominant team in the group of seven. Facing Moss Builders, a team to appear equally strong a couple of weeks ago, just could not find the net, and the Belgium scoring got out of hand. With Scott Bear and Olaf Krause in the goal for their teams, the game started out even and looked to be an exciting matchup. Moss Builders’ Team Brazil started on the scoreboard with the first goal by Matthew Castro only 90 seconds into the game. After back and forth movement of the soccer ball down the field, team captain Josh Sato hit the first of two goals with a rocket shot, tying the game. Both teams presented a strong defensive front in the first half of the game. Sato Real Estate’s Joe Jones sent the ball to Sato setting up for the second goal for the team, pushing it ahead 1-2. Second round pick Amy Ivin moved the ball skillfully around Moss Builders defenders, putting herself in striking position. Ivin’s goal at the 18th minute of the game gave Team Belgium a twopoint lead. Ivin was on the move again with Team Brazil’s Ray Gardener hot on her heels. Ivin’s shot was saved by team captain Ryan Moss now in the goalkeeper position. Looking to close the gap, Moss Builders’ Chris Scott took the free kick on the opposite end of the field. Scott’s shot went off the hands of Bear, presenting Team Brazil another scoring opportunity. Moss’ team could not take advantage of the scoring chance. To seal the deal on the first half of play, Sato moved the ball to Jones, who found Ivin in scoring position. With Moss out of position at the goal, Ivin shot her second goal of the game, despite efforts by Aaron Parkin to stop the ball. Up by three goals, Sato Real Estate


In the ready position, Moss Builders’ goal keeper Olaf Krause prepares to stop the shot of Amy Ivin, of Sato Real Estate, in case Ryan Moss’ defensive effort are not enough. made easy work of the field and game during the last 23 minutes of play. Sato’s Jones scored his solo goal of the game, giving his team a four point lead with the score 1-5. In the 37th minute of the game, Moss Builders managed to find the net for the last time with a goal by Castro. Sato Real Estate’s Zack Lieb nabbed goal of his own to late in the game. Ivin sealed the deal with the game-ending goal pushing the Team Belgium lead and the score to 2-7, making her team the clear leader of the pack as the regular season winds down.


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Moss Builders’ team captain Ryan Moss takes cover as Sato Real Estate’s Amy Ivin’s shot rockets his way Thursday night.


Ross Built Construction (Team Russia) (2-3)  Progressive Cabinetry (Team Croatia) (2-4) 

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Sato Real Estate (Team Belgium) (5-0)  Moss Builders (Team Brazil) (3-2)  Lancaster Design (Team England) (4-1)  Bins Be Clean (Team Sweden) (0-4-1) 

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TABLE: Still open FROM PAGE 1

At the reception, Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner John Horne praised the attendees. “This is a great crowd, and our message to diners is, ‘We’re still here, we’re still open.’” JoAnne Tressley, of Bradenton, wasn’t sure she could attend. “I have asthma, but we came out early and it didn’t annoy

me,” she said. Realtor Darcie Duncan said the real estate business is really slow. “I’m the chair of the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, and I want to run a series of public service announcements to promote business on the Island,” she said. Ashley Chiles, daughter of

Sandbar owner Ed Chiles, praised the local businesses that helped put on the dinner. “It’s another example of businesses coming together for the good of the community,” she said. Proceeds from the dinner and an auction will go toward Mote Marine and Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START).

CELANUP: Enters next phase FROM PAGE 1

to deal with it. We’ve been prepared to deal with everything that’s come our way so far,” he replied. When asked if a cleanup contract could be initiated again, Hunzeker said, “Perhaps.” On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the County Commission adopted a budget amendment that allocated $750,000 in county funds for red tide cleanup. The commission also authorized staff to apply for a $750,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. On Monday, Hunzeker said the grant application was made, and the county has received a funding commitment but no grant money was received yet. A press release issued after the press conference stated nets and buckets were taken to the Coral Shores, Wild Oak Bay and Trailer Estates neighborhoods and more would be available at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center on Wednesday.


Not everyone is satisfied with APTIM’s efforts. On Monday afternoon, Coral Shores resident Lindy Gallagher

said, “They came through my canal one time, and we never saw them again.” When asked if she was satisfied, Gallagher said, “Oh, hell no.” She also said she heard APTIM was fired. When contacted, Jonsson said he spoke with other Coral Shores residents who were pleased with the efforts, and he was not given the impression that APTIM was fired. A subsequent inquiry to the county produced email exchanges that occurred Saturday and began with County Commission Executive Assistant Sheri Smith emailing DeMilio about the contractor’s Friday evening update report. “The response crew was instructed that recovery activities were going to end at the close of the day, and at 4 p.m. the crews started to demobilize,” that report said. “Did the contractor quit? What am I supposed to tell these people when they call and ask when their canal is going to be cleaned?” Smith asked DeMilio. “They were let go, and we are looking at different strategies. Damon Moore can explain further,” DeMilio responded, noting the

county strategy would be readdressed Monday morning. Moore, the county’s environmental program manager, sent Smith an email that said, “By midday Friday they had worked through the existing large contiguous masses mostly within the areas of Coral Shores, Bowlees Creek and Trailer Estates. With the lack of accessible floating masses and fish rotting to the extent that they could not effectively be removed via the nets, I made the decision that this waterside approach was no longer an effective or wise use of funds at over $25k per day.” When contacted Monday afternoon, County Information Outreach Manager Nick Azzara said, “From the start of the contractor effort we tried to manage expectations and let residents know that not every fish would be captured. If residents weren’t satisfied with the contractor cleanup, and if they’re not interested in the nets campaign, they’re welcome to call one of the local fishermen searching for work,” he said. The county website contains a list of local fishermen and others who can be contracted for cleanup services.




Across 1 Potato chips source 5 __ bean 9 Rick's "Casablanca" love 13 "Aww!" 14 Spring bloom 15 Les __-Unis 16 Neighbor of Yemen 17 Large-scale departure 19 Island setting for Melville's "Omoo" 21 Court order to testify 22 Mindless memorization 24 Farm sound 25 Blue expanse, on a clear day 26 Cost of a car, in most family budgets 31 1860s White House nickname 32 Thought 33 Traffic light color 37 Gardener's bane 39 Quick taste 41 Produced 42 American flag feature 45 At hand 48 Buddhist school 49 Edmund Hillary's conquest 52 Fermented quaff 55 Slugger's stat 56 Get up 57 Removing from the text 60 1971 New York prison riot site 64 Region including Egypt, Israel, etc. 66 "__ be fine": "No prob" 67 Sad verse 68 Spell-checker discovery

69 Not virtual 70 __ a one 71 The "Y" in "YTD" 72 TV award, and a homophonic hint to the four longest puzzle answers Down 1 Loch Ness local 2 Adidas rival 3 Home of the NBA's Jazz 4 Robert of "Dirty Grandpa" 5 Restricted in number, as an edition 6 Nest egg acronym 7 Hit's opposite 8 Take for granted 9 "Was __ hard on you?" 10 Stows cargo 11 Caused some nosepinching 12 Evaluate, as metal 15 Bring to light 18 Traditional black piano key wood 20 Singer Amos 23 Old flames 26 Big mouths

Answers to 08-22-18 Crossword Puzzle.

27 Help rob the bank 28 Taunt from the bleachers 29 Emulate Degas 30 "Slippery" tree 34 Do nothing 35 Wordsworth works 36 Attended, with "to" 38 Reduce in brightness 40 __ pressure 43 Rotund 44 Jazzman Blake 46 Pilot 47 Take ten 50 Distance between bases, in feet 51 Go to bed 52 Commercial writers 53 Bizet opera priestess 54 Tribal leader 58 Avant-garde 59 Motown's Marvin 61 Receipt detail 62 Linguine seafood sauce morsel 63 One on your side 65 Daycation destination

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ANNOUNCEMENTS THE ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONCERT CHORUS & ORCHESTRA (AMICCO) Needs a Treasurer like you to join our Board to manage the financial affairs of a thriving, 25 year old non-profit that has seen a doubling of concert attendance this past season. In your volunteer role you can use your accounting and bookkeeping skills to manage program expenses and see this unique ensemble achieve its mission and goals. Your knowledge of QuickBooks will be of great help. For more information contact us at info@amicco. org or call 941-727-9886 FACE PAINTER/PORTRAIT ARTIST Island student artist, reasonable price for parties, events, and special portraits. Call/text Lillian 210-380-9691 FREE PANASONIC FAX Machine. Call 941-778-3986 THE BEST VOLUNTEER position on the island. The AMI Historical Museum needs docents and bread makers. Call Lynn at 813758-3234 or lbrennan47@ ROSER FOOD BANK needs donations of cash and non-perishable food. Donations boxes are located at the Church, Moose Club, and Walgreen’s.

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FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCY seeks Full-time Insurance Customer Service Representative with active 4-40 or 2-20 agent license. Team-oriented insurance professional, who excels in multi-tasking at a fast pace and delivers excellent customer service. Must have 3 years’ experience with independent insurance agency, proficiency working in carrier and agency management systems, current product knowledge, and ability to identify and fulfill clients’ insurance needs, properly placing them in the best position possible, while rounding out the agency’s growing book of business. Email resume and best contact information to brent.

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

FOR SALE NEW UNUSED ISLAND UMBRELLA “Freeport” model # NU6590. $450. Already assembled. Terra cotta/red color, 11’ diameter when opened fully, 9’ tall. Cantilever/ tilt also. Frame aluminum, fabric “Sunbrella”. Shape of canopy round. Base included. Sturdy and provides a lot of shade. Retails for $850 to $1000. Paperwork included. Pick up only. Call 941-724-2728. or 941-778-9818.

GARAGE, MOVING, RUMMAGE & YARD SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open 9:30am-2pm, Tuesday, Thursday. 10am-1pm Saturday Donations preferred 9am-11am Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Phone 941-779-2733 FUNDRAISER SALE. ANNA MARIA ISLAND ART LEAGUE 5312 Holmes Blvd. Lots of items selling from Artwork, Art Supplies, Kiln, Ticket Counting Machine and much more. Saturday, September 1. 10am - 3pm Donations Appreciated 941-7782099

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


TILE! TILE! TILE! All variations of tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship. Prompt, reliable, many Island references. Free estimates. Neil 941-726-3077 RENOVATION SPECALIST ALL carpentry repairs, Wash Family Construction, locally owned and operated CBC 1258250 Call 941-7250073.


KERN CONSTRUCTION NEW Homes & Remodel. Design/Build. Since 1968. License # CRC1327296. Call Jerry Kern 941-7781115 BATH ROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. Anna Maria Home Accents. 25 years experience. Call 786-318-8585 WALY PRECISION PAINTING: painting, drywall, stucco, and remodeling, commercial/residential, licensed & insured. Call 941-448-1928 or 941-4656324 DECKOUT MASTER CARPENTER Everything Patio & Dock Decking Work Repair, Replace, Maintenance Work, Cleaning, Treatments, New Decks. Also Handyman/Painting work to home or office. Call RICHARD Bespoke Service 941-448-3571 Island Resident. FENCING, CAN'T GET ANYBODY? Wood, Vinyl. New or Repair. Call Richard. Free Estimates. 941-448-3571 Bespoke Services. LIGHTHOUSE PROPERTY INNOVATIONS LLC State Certified General Contractor (Lic. #CGC 1515821) New Construction, Renovations & Additions. Call 941-266-7500

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

LANDSCAPING & LAWN CARE R. GAROFALO’S Interlocking brick pavers, driveways, patios, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed & Insured. Call Rafael 941-778-4823 or Veronik 941-526-7941 SHELL DELIVERED AND spread $55/yd. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770 STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in Old Florida Seashell driveways and scapes. Also Rock, Mulch, & Soil. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark 941-301-6067

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: NORMS TOWING gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 10/03/2018, 09:00 am at 1855 63RD AVENUE E. BRADENTON, FL 34203, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. NORMS TOWING reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1B3LC46B09N567718 2009 DODGE 1B7HF16Z81S783037 2001 DODGE 1FALP6240TH121957 1996 FORD 1FTRX12W25NB58408 2005 FORD 1G1ZC5ST1JF116897 2018 CHEVROLET 1GCCS19W428234862 2002 CHEVROLET 2A8HR64X98R646974 2008 CHRYSLER 2G1WH52KX49398773 2004 CHEVROLET 3MEHM07Z77R664896 2007 MERCURY 5XYPK4A58KG467755 2019 KIA JTHBK262272025129 2007 LEXUS ML32F3FJ0JHF12391 2018 MITSUBISHI WVWBR71K56W201275 2006 VOLKSWAGEN

LOST & FOUND LOST WHITE GOLD 18 carat wedding band on Anna Maria Island on beach near Sandbar Restaurant. Call 352-484-4040 if found.



LOST ON AMI near the curve at Bradenton beach in the gulf a small red ricoh underwater camera and a size 14 gold wedding band of 25 years. reward if found. Has very sentimental pictures that I cannot duplicate the camera had a half of a lanyard attached to it and on the clip of the lanyard was my wedding ring. Call 205-223-1548 LOST THICK STERLING Silver Ring between the Moose and Beach House Restaurant. Call 941-2431444

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

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




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

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

PROFESSIONAL PRESSURE & WINDOW WASHING AUTHORITY ONE CLEANING : Residential, Commercial, Construction and Vacation Rentals . Also available Power Washing, Roof Cleaning and Windows. Call 941-251-5948

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

Call us today! 941-778-3986

INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY!! 6BR canal home, approved for 14 guests, in Anna Maria’s quaint shopping area. Restaurants and island beaches just outside your front door! This extraordinary home is also the perfect family getaway and the fisherman’s dream. $2,495,000. Wagner Realty, Karen Day Fineout. 941518-3682 / 800-211-2323. INCREDIBLE NEW CONSTRUCTION Home on Pine Ave! Prime location to shops, restaurants, bay and beach! $2,400,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Beach - Key Royale GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, L’Plage, Vista Grande & MORE. Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216 INVESTOR'S DREAM only 4 houses from the beach, adorable 2BR/2BA cottage North End for $629,000. 2017 income=68K CASH FLOWS. Call Kathleen White Island Real Estate at 941-773-0165. INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! GROSSING OVER $90K/ YR – 5BR/4BA home with elevator only one block from the beach $1,395,000, Call Erin Heckler Island Real Estate at 941-448-5616 LOOKING FOR A 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

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. BRADENTON: HOUSE in WARE’S CREEK. 2216 8th Ave W. 2BR/2BA, adorable bungalow. Updated kitchen, hard wood floors. Nice private back yard $1495/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

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ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA Large back yard, huge shaded common area. First, Last & $1000 security deposit. No Dogs $1295/ mo. Call 941-705-7463 BUNGALOW WITH MINILOFT, washer/dryer. Water, Electric included. Pets considered. Steps to Bay & Beach. First, last & $500 deposit. $1295/mo. Call 941-741-1096. 1BR/1BA COTTAGE, Just steps across to the beach. available Sept. 1. Internet, Cable, water trash included. You pay Electric. Turn key furnished. 6 months or more. $1500/mo. Call 816729-5146

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

RENTAL WANTED OLDER, PROFESSIONAL COUPLE looking for dog friendly annual rental on the island. Please contact me at Thank you.

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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Anna Maria Island Sun August 29, 2018  
Anna Maria Island Sun August 29, 2018