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New floating dock now open to the public The long-delayed floating day dock project was completed last week. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The new floating public dock next to the historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach is now open and in use by boaters. The Hecker Construction Company completed the dock installation earlier this week and City Commissioner and Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Chairman Ralph Cole led a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Aug. 2. Before cutting the ribbon, Cole thanked Manatee County officials for partnering with the CRA on the dock project.

Friday morning's attendees included CRA and City Commission members John Chappie and Jake Spooner, County Commissioners Betsy Benac, Steve Jonsson and Carol Whitmore, Deputy County Administrator John Osborne, Manatee County Tourist Development Council member Eric Cairns, congressional aide Gary Tibbetts, Anna Maria Oyster Bar president and pier tenant John Horne, Anna Maria Oyster Bar managing partner Lynn Horne, Bridge Street Merchants association vice president, Paradise Boat Tours’ general manager and pier sub-tenant Sherman Baldwin, City Attorney Ricinda Perry, City Treasurer Shayne Thompson and several others. Before Cole cut the ribbon, John Horne, produced a tray of Bloody Marys and proposed a toast. JOE HENDRICKS | SUN


Community Redevelopment Agency chairman Ralph Cole cut the ceremonial ribbon last Friday morning.

Aubry files ADA complaint about pier railings The former commissioner’s complaint about the lack of pier railings is not expected to impact the construction currently in progress. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORREPSONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – Former City Commissioner Eugene “Gene” Aubry has filed a complaint with the United States Justice Department regarding the commission’s 2018 decision to not install handrails on the new city pier currently under construction.


The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division received Aubry’s American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint on July 29. Atop the copy of the completed complaint form sent to Mayor Dan Murphy is a handwritten note that says, “Mayor – For your info,” followed by Aubry’s initials. The complaint lists Aubry’s Palmetto address. In his handwritten response to the question asking who’s being discriminated against, Aubry wrote, “All future visitors.” In response to who has discriminated, Aubry wrote, “The mayor and entire city council.”

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Above, shown after Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, the old pier’s T-end platform did not have railings then. Right, shown in 2016, the Anna Maria City Pier did not have railings during its final decades of existence. As for when the alleged discrimination occurred, Aubry wrote, “Present. Under construction.” He described the discrimina-

tory act as: “Refusal to install handrails on pier.” Chapter 6.4 of the United States Access Board’s ADA Accessibility Guidelines

(ADAAG) says, “Most fishing piers and platforms are fixed structures and must comply SEE RAILINGS, PAGE 32

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Mayor proposes maintaining current millage rate BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – Mayor Dan Murphy proposes maintaining the longstanding 2.05 millage rate for the 2019-2020 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. When discussing the budget with city commissioners on July 25, Murphy noted Anna Maria has consistently had the lowest millage rate of the three Island cities. If the millage rate is adopted as proposed, property owners will pay $2.05 for every $1,000 of their property’s assessed value after applying any homestead exemptions and/or other tax exemptions. Due to increased property values, maintaining the current millage rate will result in ad valorem property tax increases for many property owners, but Homestead exemptions applied to permanent fulltime residences limit to 3 percent (or the annual change in the Consumer Price Index) the annual increase that can be

applied to a Homesteaded property’s assessed taxable value. The city anticipates collecting approximately $2.46 million in ad valorem taxes in the 2019-2020 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. City Treasurer LeAnne Addy said maintaining the current millage rate would provide the city with approximately $214,000 in additional ad valorem tax revenues compared to the current fiscal year. The city also anticipates collecting $300,503 in vacation rental licensing fees in the coming fiscal year. The 2019-20 budget remains a work in progress and is scheduled for discussion again at commission’s Thursday, Aug. 8, budget meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m. Anna Maria’s 2019-2020 fiscal year budget will be presented for final adoption during two public hearings in September.


Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy recently proposed maintaining the city’s current millage when discussing the next fiscal year budget with city commissioners on July 25.





Island population growth City 2010 2018 Difference Anna Maria 1,503 1,749 up 16 percent Bradenton Beach 1,171 1,278 up 9 percent Holmes Beach 3,836 4,295 up 12 percent Island total 6,510 7,322 up 12 percent Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Citizens Insurance rates to increase Rates for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. customers will be increasing Dec. 1, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Both personal and commercial rates are slated to increase from .8 percent for mobile home multi-peril insurance and 2.6 percent for homeowners’ multi-peril insurance to as much as 10 percent for wind insurance for non-residential commercial property and 10.5 percent for wind insurance for residential commercial property (for example, vacation rentals).

Rolling down the bay The August Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card exchange will be on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. aboard the Anna Maria Princess. Meet at the Bradenton Beach Marina, located at 402 Church Ave. in Bradenton Beach. This is a special combined event with the Longboat Key Chamber and the Princess will depart at 6:30 p.m. sharp for a sunset and networking cruise. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for future members. There will be a cash bar. Space is limited, RSVPs are a must. Contact the AMI Chamber at 941-778-1541 or to RSVP.

Learn to expand business Jen Carlisle from VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, presents “Growing Your Business with VISIT FLORIDA” on Thursday, Aug. 15, at noon during the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn. Carlisle will teach business leaders how to capture the attention of Florida-bound travelers. The cost to attend is $10, which includes lunch. To RSVP, call the AMI Chamber at 941-778-1541 or email by Aug. 13.

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Pier progressing as planned

Construction of the new pier buildings is expected to begin in early September. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The construction of the new city pier remains on schedule, and the city has identified $74,000 in anticipated savings regarding the construction of the pier-based restaurant and bait shop buildings. On Aug. 1, Mayor Dan Murphy sent a pier status update to Monica Luff. Luff is the executive assistant to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The CVB is affiliated with the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) that makes funding recommendations to the Manatee County Commission regarding the use of the county’s 5 percent tourist tax revenues. In 2018, the TDC and the County Commission supported the city’s request for $1.5 million in tourist tax revenues for the estimated $5 million pier project. The county commission also approved an additional $333,000 in surplus beach concession revenues. The city now seeks an additional $435,000 in tourist tax revenues and that request will be heard by county commissioners on Aug. 20. The city seeks the additional county funds to help offset the funding shortfall created when Federal Emergency Management Agency reduced the federal funding the city was to receive due to damage the old pier sustained during Hurricane Irma in 2017.


“Below is the status of the pier as of today,” Murphy wrote the following in his most recent status update: • The bent frames (piles, supports and stringers) for the pier walkway are complete and covered temporarily with plywood so that workers have access to the T-end; • The concrete top platform base for the T-end is complete; • The conduits carrying the utilities are partially in place, and a portion are being rearranged to meet code;


The construction of the new Anna Maria City Pier remains on schedule. • The electrical lines for the lighting are being installed this week and will be complete next week; • Light post installation on the walkway will begin. “Beginning Aug. 12, and through the rest of August the following steps are scheduled, weather permitting,” Murphy wrote the following: • The small boat landing will be framed; • The Ipe decking will be placed on the walkway; • The Ipe fascia around the T-end will be installed; • The open issue of the fire line to be resolved. “The pier platform is on schedule for substantial completion by the first week of September. Construction of the restaurant and bait shop is scheduled to begin Sept. 1. We remain on schedule for substantial completion of the restaurant and bait shop building shell by late December,” Murphy’s update concluded.


On July 25, Murphy and the City Commission discussed the cost savings for the construction of the pier buildings. Murphy said Frank Agnelli’s original bid for his Mason Martin Builders to construct the new pier buildings was $1,041,000. The contract approved by the commission later that night is for $967,000 Murphy noted the commission recently supported Agnelli’s recommendation to use HardiePlank siding instead of Kebony siding on

the new buildings, which saves the city $18,000. Murphy said subsequent discussions with Agnelli and representatives from the i+iconSoutheast construction firm that is building the main pier structure and walkway produced $56,000 in additional savings. Murphy said the bulk of that $56,000 is the result of change in Agnelli’s construction deployment plan that originally called for him to rent a barge for a significant period of time. Instead, Murphy and Agnelli worked out an arrangement to transport the construction materials on a barge provided by i+iconSoutheast. Murphy said that $56,000 also includes savings produced by the sales tax exemption the city receives when purchasing its construction materials directly. “We’re comfortable with the price. Mr. Agnelli’s comfortable with it,” Murphy said of the contract he sought commission authorization to sign. “We have a good agreement here,” he added. Commission Chair Brian Seymour said he appreciated the mayor’s efforts to reduce the Mason Martin Builders’ contract by 7 percent. “Great job,” Seymour said. Participating by phone, Commissioner Amy Tripp agreed and she too thanked Murphy. The commission then unanimously authorized Murphy to enter into contract with Mason Martin Builders.

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Palma Sola Boat Ramp remains closed BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

PALMETTO – The Palma Sola Boat Ramp remains closed as Manatee County officials seek funding to make necessary repairs. The issue of the closed boat ramp was broached by Bradenton Ward One Councilman Gene Gallo during a Manatee County Council of Governments meeting. Gallo said he’d received several complaints about the ramp being closed and questioned why no work had been done on the boat ramp since it was taken over by Manatee County officials earlier in the year. There are several issues with the small boat ramp, typically used for smaller watercrafts such as Jet Skis and small recreational boats. Gallo said one issue is the ramp’s location, located in the southwest corner of the Causeway next to a condominium complex on Flamingo Cay.

Due to the location of the ramp, it’s hard for a sailboat to get any wind to launch at the site. Sand also washes into the boat ramp, making it difficult to launch any watercraft. Gallo suggested moving the boat ramp to the east side of the parking lot and digging a small channel to the ramp to allow for the easier launch of watercrafts. “If we’re going to do it, we need to do it right,” he said. Charlie Hunsicker, director of Parks and Natural Resources, said that to move the boat ramp would potentially require extensive seagrass mitigation, making a move cost prohibitive for the county. During an Aug. 13 work session on county boat ramps, he said a presentation is scheduled to give a comprehensive report on the project, including immediate plans to make repairs to the boat ramp, lower the docks to ADA standards and reopen the boat ramp as soon as possible.


The Palma Sola Boat Ramp on the south end of the Causeway will remain closed until repairs are funded and can be made.




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Thanks, Officer Pierce I would like to publicly thank Officer Joel Pierce for his more than 13 years of service to the city of Holmes Beach. He was hired by former Chief Jay Romine and as mayor of Holmes Beach, I was honored to swear in Sgt. Pierce. He recently called me and Chief Romine to thank us for taking a chance in hiring him many years ago. A two time Officer of the Year, a Juris Masters in Law and in the process of working on his Ph.D in public policy has given Joel opportunities that he will be pursuing in the near future. Sgt. Pierce has been a good public servant to our great city and I know we thank him. Carol Whitmore Holmes Beach

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DOCK: Now open to the public



For information, call 941708-6130 Aug. 8, 6 p.m. – City Commission special meeting Aug. 13, 4 p.m. – Planning and Zoning Board meeting


The new dock replaces the storm-damaged floating dock removed from that location in 2016. The new floating dock is 10 feet wide, approximately 256-feet long and once again provides recreational boaters with free short-term dockage. It also provides limited short-term dockage for tour boats, water taxis and other commercial vessels to load and unload passengers. Fishing and overnight docking are prohibited on the new dock. After the ribbon cutting, attendees walked down the gangplank and onto the new dock. “It took a while, but it looks awesome. This was a team effort that included all our department heads and especially our police chief, Sam Speciale,” Cole said. Cole also mentioned the public discussions and strategic efforts CRA members and city staff engaged in during the past two and half years that ultimately resulted in the long-delayed dock project being completed without any lawsuits filed. “The process was frustrating at times, but thanks to our CRA board, our city attorney and our city staff we now have one of the best publicly-owned docking sites on the west coast of Florida,” Spooner said. “It’s been a long time coming, and we’re glad the county was able to work with the city to get this floating dock. It’s another example of everybody working together toward the common good of Anna Maria Island,” Whitmore said. “This is fabulous. It’s going to be phenomenal to see the boats back out here again this weekend. It’s going to bring people to Bridge Street. People enjoy going places by water and this will help get some cars off the road,” John Horne said. “This is a big day for all of Bridge Street. This is even better than I expected,” Baldwin said. As a boater, Baldwin said he appreciates the rubber rub rail running along the outer edge of the dock that will help



For information, call 941778-1005 Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m. – Commu-

nity Redevelopment Agency meeting Aug. 8, 1 p.m. – Department Head meeting Aug. 15, 11 a.m. – Pier Team meeting Aug. 15, noon – City Commission meeting


For information, call 941708-5800 Aug. 7, 6 p.m. – Planning Commission meeting



AMI Chamber August luncheon, Solos Pizza, 3244 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, noon, $18 per member or $30 per prospective member.


These boats tied up to the new dock Saturday morning. prevent docked boats from getting scuffed up. “This connects the Island to Tampa, St. Pete., Clearwater and other places you can come from by boat. There’s great shopping and restaurants here, and they can even go to the Moose lodge,” charter fishing captain Scott Moore said. “It’s another great day for the city,” Perry said. “This is a great example of what working as a team can accomplish,” Thompson added. “I’m glad to see that this project finally came to a longoverdue completion,” Speciale said later in the day. During the previous night’s City Commission meeting, Chappie thanked Cole for his efforts. “It’s been a long struggle. I know it’s a team effort, but you have to have a leader. Great job,” Chappie said.


The CRA and Manatee County co-funded the dock project. According to Thompson, the final cost is $191,524. That is $71,544 more than the

$119,980 originally contracted with the North Palm Beachbased Technomarine Group in early 2017. In 2017, county commissioners agreed to reimburse the CRA for half of a dock project’s total cost, not to exceed $250,000. That agreement, which was later renewed, means the CRA and the county are each contributing $95,762 to the project. The county’s contribution comes from the 5 percent tourist tax levied countywide on hotels, motels and vacation rentals. Earlier this year, the CRA discontinued its contractual relationship with Technomarine due to the prolonged and ongoing delays. The CRA then turned to the Gibsonton-based Hecker Construction Group to install the dock decking sections previously premanufactured by Spain-based Ronautica Marinas and shipped to Florida in mid-2018. As the city’s Pier Team facilitator, Speciale served as the primary project liaison until mid-April. Cole, Perry, Thompson and Building Official Steve Gilbert then guided the project to its completion.

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. Folk and Shanty Music Workshop, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 2 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. Twining workshop, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 5:30 p.m., $30.


Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 7:30 p.m.


Summer Saturday at the NEST, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 10299 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton, 8 a.m. to noon. Painting with a Fish, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 9:30 a.m., $38.

Origami Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. LEGO Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Astronomy, Robinson Preserve, expansion parking area, 10299 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton, 8 p.m.


Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Preschool story time, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Tech help, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Sunset Tai Chi, Mosaic NEST, Robinson Preserve, 10299 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton, 6 p.m., $5 cash only.


Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Island Time Book Club: Nine Perfect Strangers, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 6:30 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. Book Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10:15 a.m.



Center ends year on a high note The Center of Anna Maria Island ended its fiscal year June 30 with $91,479.35 in net income. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The Center of Anna Maria Island’s fiscal year ended with cause for celebration. After years of financial struggles, the nonprofit ended another year in the black with $91,479.35 in the bank. The Center’s fiscal year ended June 30. The end of year financials show net ordinary income from programs and fundraising at $166,222 before $99,743 in capital expenses and $25,000 in capital income from the surplus concession stand fund overseen by Manatee County commissioners, ending the year with $91,479. For the entire fiscal year, July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, the financials show $1,057,445 in total revenue and $965,965 in total expenses. Program revenue, before $293,844 in direct expenses, ended the year with $600,938, coming in at 10 percent over budget. Included in this category are membership fees, Island Fitness member-

ship fees, registration fees, sponsorship donations, merchandise sales and donations from the three Island cities. Program income, including income from camps, personal training, CrossFit and other specialty programming came in at $307,094. Fundraising revenue ended the year at $431,507 with $110,817 in direct costs to end the year with $320,690 in income. Changes to the fundraising category for the 2018-19 fiscal year include moving the funds received from the three Island cities, budgeted at $46,000, from the fundraising column to the programs that the cities designated the funds for. Also noted are $130,000 in donations that were budgeted for and not received. Fundraising revenue came in at 14.2 percent less than the $502,715 budgeted.

The Center’s board of directors hopes to increase fundraising revenue in the 2019-20 fiscal year with the addition of new Director of Development Jim McDaniel. The board is expected to confirm the hiring of a new operations director and event coordinator. Though the fiscal year ended more than a month ago, the end of year financial statements and a new budget have yet to be reviewed and confirmed by board members. Due to the summer months, the board has not met in two months because a quorum could not be reached. The budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which began July 1, and the 2018-19 end of year financials are expected to be discussed at an August board meeting. To view The Center’s financials, visit www.

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After school program starts at The Center Just in time for back to school, The Center of Anna Maria Island’s after school care program, Beyond the Classroom, is kicking off Aug. 12. The program is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Students are picked up from Anna Maria Elementary School by Center staff and given a safe environment to play, make friends and get help with their homework. The Center provides a snack for participating children. The cost is two days per week at $40 per child, three days per week at $60 per child and four days or a full week at $80 per child. A $5 discount is offered to Center family members. A one-time registration fee is charged for all students. All day camps are offered for children in the program at an additional cost. The registration deadline is the Thursday the week before the child is to attend the program. For more information, or to register, contact The Center at 941-7781908, visit, email Youth Program Manager Ashley Friszman at, or visit The Center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

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Where have all the channels gone? serves the same market as the broadcaster to carry its signal, called must-carry. But if a broadcast station asserts its must-carry rights, the broadcaster cannot demand compensation from the satellite or cable operator. Fees for the more popular retransmission consent option have increased from about $200,000 in 2006 to $10.1 billion in 2018, an increase of 4,950%, according to AT&T.


More than 6 million customers of DirecTV nationwide are estimated to be without Nexstar Media Group stations and some CBS stations since July 4, and the end is not in sight. On Anna Maria Island, news, sports and science fans are the hardest hit, with Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA (News Channel 8), St. Petersburg My-Network affiliate WTTA (Channel 38), which runs WFLA news programs, CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian Channel remaining dark, among others. A DirecTV message on each dark channel’s screen blames Nexstar – which owns some of the channels, including WFLA – for raising prices and removing the channels and indicates that negotiations are continuing between DirecTV parent AT&T and Nexstar. “Our goal is simple,” AT&T tells customers on its website, “To deliver the content our customers want at a value that also makes sense to them. We continue to fight for that here and appreciate our customers’ patience.” However, Nexstar claims on its website,, that AT&T is running a misinformation campaign and that Nexstar did not remove the channels, but instead offered an extension that would have allowed DirecTV customers to keep their channels through Thursday, Aug. 8, while negotiations continue.


“We pay programmers for the right to provide the channels you watch. Regrettably, many will threaten to remove their content from your lineup to try and collect



This screen appears on the channels that DirecTV customers are missing. more money for the same programs … CBS and Nexstar are withholding them from your lineup until they each get a huge fee increase,” according to AT&T. A message on the AT&T website for ZIP codes 34216 and 34217 on Anna Maria Island reads, in part, “Nexstar recently pulled WFLA-NBC and WTTA-MNT from our customers’ homes after demanding the largest increase AT&T has ever seen proposed by any content provider … We had hoped to avoid any unnecessary interruption to WTOG-CW, WFLA-NBC and WTTAMNT or national channels that some of our customers care about. But CBS and Nexstar each refused.” “Contrary to AT&T’s public statements, Nexstar in no way pulled its stations or asked for their removal,” Nexstar claims on its website. “Nexstar wants nothing more than to bring its programming back to viewers by completing a new fair market agreement with AT&T and continues to negotiate

in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with DirecTV,” the company states, adding that Nexstar has offered the same rates to AT&T that other companies have agreed to this year.


The dispute may give rise to violations of the federal Communications Act, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but the FCC will not act unless a “bad faith” claim is filed against one of the parties, an FCC spokeswoman said Friday. The Communications Act prohibits satellite and cable operators from retransmitting commercial broadcast TV signals like WFLA’s without first obtaining the broadcaster's consent, according to the FCC. Retransmission consent typically requires a satellite or cable company to pay the broadcaster for the use of its signal. Alternately, local broadcast TV stations may require a satellite or cable operator that

Customers can still view the blacked-out channels with alternate methods, according to AT&T. “You can watch the same shows for free over the air on channels 44, 8 and 38 (with a tabletop antennae). You can typically stream them at the WTOG-CW, WFLA-NBC and WTTA-MNT websites and often at cwtv. com and or using the CW and NBC mobile apps, according to the site,” according to AT&T. Some customers can turn off their set-top receivers and tune their digital TV sets to channels 44, 8 and 38, the company advises. “You can also qualify for an innovative AT&T product called Local Channel Connector that can put WTOG-CW, WFLA-NBC and WTTA-MNT into the program guides of many DIRECTV customers with Genie receivers.” AT&T also offers an alternative means for watching CBS channels using the CBS All Access service for $5.99 a month with a free trial. Another option is to change providers, but DirecTV warns that some other providers are experiencing the same problems. Customers choosing to stay with DirecTV can request a price adjustment on their bill for the missing channels.



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Former Islander sets paddleboarding record


Hurricane Michael makes landfall at Mexico Beach, Fla., last year as a massive Category 5 storm.

Tropical storm prediction stays essentially unchanged The hurricane predictors at Colorado State University continue to predict a near-average Atlantic hurricane season, citing near-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic and a weakening El Niño event in the tropical Pacific as the primary reasons for the nearaverage prediction. El Niño tends to increase upper-level westerly winds across the Caribbean into the tropical Atlantic, shearing the tops off hurricanes as they try to form. While El Niño has weakened over the past several months, they feel that lingering warming in the central tropical Pacific should be a slight inhibiting factor for the remainder of the hurricane season. The tropical Atlantic currently has nearaverage sea surface temperatures. A warmer tropical Atlantic provides more fuel for developing tropical cyclones. Increased tropical Atlantic warmth is also associated with moister air and a more unstable atmosphere, both of which foster organized thunderstorm activity necessary for hurricane development. Vertical wind shear was slightly stronger than

normal across the Caribbean in July. This tends to be associated with quieter Atlantic hurricane seasons. The CSU team is predicting a total of 12 additional named storms to form after Aug. 1. Of those, researchers expect six to become hurricanes and two to reach major hurricane strength (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater. These forecast numbers do not include Subtropical Storm Andrea and Hurricane Barry, which formed prior to Aug. 1. The team predicts that 2019 hurricane activity will be about 100 percent of the average season. By comparison, 2018’s hurricane activity was about 125 percent of the average season. The 2018 season was most notable for Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which devastated the Carolinas and portions of the Florida Panhandle, respectively. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release its storm prediction on Thursday, Aug. 8.

Former Anna Maria Island resident Josh Riccio has broken a world record in long distance stand up paddleboarding (SUP) in Hawaii, paddling more than 30 miles from Molokai to Oahu in 4 hours and 12 minutes. He posted to his fans on Facebook: “After six years of committing my paddling life to this event, learning and progressing a little bit each year, pulling together the little resources I have to make it happen, I’m beyond stoked to share that not only did I win the SUP stock class for the 3rd year in a row, but I set the new SUP stock course record for @molokai2oahu, finishing at 4:12:08, beating the old record by 10 minutes set by this generation’s best waterman @kai_lenny in 2012 (4:22:14). "Huge thanks to everyone who helped me out along the way, there really is too many people to mention and tag everyone but I really do appreciate all the love and support from everyone.” Riccio grew up on Anna Maria Island, participating in local skimboard contests, said Ronee Brady, of the West Coast Surf Shop, adding that he still visits from time to time.




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Turtle Watch, resort working to improve lighting BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Outdoor lighting at the Anna Maria Beach Resort is expected to become more turtle-friendly and safer for people after discussions following a code compliance hearing last week. Lights from the former Blue Water Beach Resort, 6306 Gulf Drive, were among those that disoriented a loggerhead sea turtle nest during Fourth of July festivities, with some hatchlings dying and Holmes Beach police rescuing about 40, said Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. Holmes Beach code officers brought the resort to task before a special magistrate on July 31. The city’s turtle lighting ordinance is designed to keep nesting and hatching turtles from seeing any lights from the beach to prevent them from being temporarily blinded as they seek the Gulf of Mexico. City Code Compliance Supervisor James Thomas reported that the resort had been notified that its lighting was out of compliance with the city code on May 31. The resort changed to turtle-friendly bulbs just two days before the hearing, bringing the property into compliance with city law, he said.


Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring has made turtle-friendly lighting information available to residents and businesses at Holmes Beach City Hall. But Fox remained concerned about the resort’s stairwell lighting, which she said could disorient hatchlings in another 16 nests on the beach – containing up to 100 turtle hatchlings each – including a nest laid by Bortie Too, satellite-tagged in June

by the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Resort attorney Aaron Thomas said that resort owners are concerned with significant life safety issues such as accidents or crime if all lighting on the beach-facing side of the property is dimmed.

After discussions following the hearing with resort representatives, the resort “is willing to go the extra mile” to keep turtles and people safe, even though it is officially in compliance with city code, Fox said. “We are going to work with them to get better lighting in the stairways to keep people safe and keep turtles happy.” Turtle Watch will contact the Sea Turtle Conservancy for help to obtain more turtle-friendly light bulbs that also provide adequate lighting for people, Fox said. Turtle Watch already has donated 18 turtle-friendly bulbs to the city for free distribution, one to a customer, with additional bulbs available at cost for $22 each from Turtle Watch. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved bulbs also are available at retailers. Amber bulbs made for turtle beach applications are preferable to red bulbs, she said, because they give out more light while remaining turtle friendly; however, bug bulbs painted amber do not work. Downward-facing fixtures are preferred to keep light from being visible on the beach. Beachfront property owners anywhere on the Island with questions about getting turtle-friendly bulbs may call Fox at 941778-5638.

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Where’s Bortie One? Loggerhead sea turtle Bortie One still has her satellite tag and is hanging out in the Florida Keys. She finished the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s 11th Annual Tour de Turtles last year in 10th place out of 13 contestants, traveling 351 miles. She was satellite tagged after nesting and released on Coquina Beach on June 21.

Author R.T. Wolfe will sign copies of her new book, “Island Pursuit” at the Island Coffee Wolfe Haus, 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sequel to “Island Secrets,” “Island Pursuit” is a romance/suspense story revolving around an unsolved murder and a treasure hunt. Wolfe has offered to donate 20 percent of the proceeds from sales to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Director Suzi Fox said. The donation will pay for upgraded, turtle-friendly lighting on the Island.



Where’s Bortie Too?


Bortie Too is off to a turtle-slow start in the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s 12th Annual Tour de Turtles, which began Aug. 1. Running 10th in a field of 12, the loggerhead sea turtle is participating in the race to raise awareness of light pollution, which can disorient nesting and hatching turtles. She was tagged and released after nesting on Coquina Beach on June 21 and nested a second time on the Island before beginning the race. The annual event is part of the Conservancy’s research project tracking satellite-tagged turtles to determine where and how far they migrate. The group uses satellite telemetry to track turtles released from beaches in Florida, Costa Rica, Panama and Nevis. Bortie Too 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.

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


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



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Anchorage enforcement remains a work in progress State and federal laws limit the city’s enforcement capabilities. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENCE |

BRADENTON BEACH – City officials continue their quest for more effective enforcement of the unmanaged navigable waters near the Bridge Street Pier. Those unmanaged waters and the liveaboard boaters were discussed at the Wednesday, July 31, city commission work meeting. The discussion began with public comment from neighboring resident Mary Bell. “The anchorage and the mooring area is a big part of our community. I’ve lived here four years and I’d have to say it is a deteriorating part of our community. That particular area is the sore thumb in the midst of very positive progress going on all around it,” Bell said. Her concerns include vessels being rented to other liveaboards, raw sewage being discharged into the bay, anchored boats serving as floating billboards, noise and more. “You can get some really rowdy behavior out there, especially at night – lots of fighting, lots of drug traffic too,” Bell said. Lt. John Cosby and Officer Eric Hill lead


Officer Eric Hill and Lt. John Cosby lead the city’s efforts to bring liveaboard boaters into compliance with boating laws and regulations. The unmanaged waters near the Bridge Street Pier are home to compliant and non-compliant boaters alike. the Bradenton Beach Police Department’s marine enforcement efforts. A special act of the Florida Legislature in 2006 gives the city jurisdiction of the bay waters within 1,500 feet of the shoreline from Eighth Street South to the south side of the Cortez Bridge. Cosby, Police Chief Sam Speciale and City Attorney Ricinda Perry have been discussing possible tweaks to the city’s marine anchorage and mooring ordinance and they were further discussed at last week’s meeting.


Cosby addressed Bell’s concerns and provided the commission with an honest assessment of the city’s enforcement capabilities and limitations. Cosby said sewage discharge is governed by state and federal agencies and enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard. He said the Coast Guard recently inspected three boats anchored near the pier. Citations were issued and the judge levied fines, but the court does not order boat owners to correct problems

they’re cited for. Cosby said this creates a repetitive enforcement scenario that often results in new citations being issued for the same offenses after 30 days have passed. Cosby said only five empty or abandoned boats remain in those city-patrolled waters. He said three of those were tagged for potential removal last week, and two more will be tagged this week. Cosby expects at SEE ANCHORAGE, PAGE 29


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KORN initiatives pending elections office review Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett and his staff will determine if the charter amendment questions are placed on the fall ballot. JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORREPSONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – A city resolution pertaining to four petitioninitiated charter amendment questions first proposed in 2018 is being submitted to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office this week. Proposed by the Keep Our Residential Neighborhoods (KORN) political action committee led by Reed Mapes and John Metz, the proposed charter amendments seek to: • Prohibit via the city charter the construction of multi-level or standalone parking garages anywhere in the city; • Prohibit the city commission from filling vacant commission seats by commission appointment; • Prohibit the construction of everything except driveways, fences

and stormwater drainage elements in property line setbacks; • Require the city to hire a full-time city manager. Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett and his staff will now determine whether any or all of the proposed charter amendment will be placed before Bradenton Beach’s registered voters in the fall. The Bradenton Beach City Commission approved a ballot enabling resolution on Thursday, Aug. 1. Before the resolution was adopted, City Attorney Ricinda Perry told the commission she met with Bennett earlier in the week to discuss the proposed initiatives. “I wanted to make sure he understood the historical background and the backdrop. I did express to him my legal position as to what I thought of this work product. They exceed the word limit, they contain language that’s totally inappropriate and some of them don’t even ask a question,” Perry said. State law limits ballot summaries to 75 words and ballot titles to 15 words. The ballot summaries for two KORN

amendments exceed 75 words and all four ballot titles exceed 15 words. The word “outrageous” appears in the parking garage question ballot summary and the word “cronyism” appears in the commission vacancies question ballot summary. State laws requires ballot language to be as politically neutral as possible. The parking and setback questions pertain to land use matters. Perry and City Engineer Lynn Burnett have previously stated that state law no longer allows land-use issues to be decided by voter referendum. These are all matters to be reviewed by Bennett and his staff. Perry told the commission Bennett is not entirely certain he can place the proposed ballot initiatives on the ballot if they are determined to be non-compliant with state law. Perry said the enabling resolution will be submitted to the supervisor of elections office this week, but Bennett will be out of town for two weeks, so it may be a few weeks before he reviews these matters. Mapes no longer lives in Bradenton Beach, and he did not attend last

week’s commission meeting, nor did Metz.


Due to the legal and administrative concerns about the legality of the KORN initiatives, the City Commission refused to submit the signed petitions to Bennett’s office in 2018. KORN chairman Reed Mapes then filed a lawsuit against the city. Earlier this year, Circuit Court Judge Lon Arend ordered the city to submit the petition signatures to Bennett’s office to determine whether the valid signatures of 10 percent of the city’s registered voters were collected. Arend’s ruling also stated that if enough valid signatures were obtained, the city must submit an enabling resolution or ordinance to the elections office and request the supervisor of elections to place the charter amendment questions on a future ballot. The parking garage, commission vacancies and setbacks questions received enough verified signatures to be placed on the ballot. The city manager initiative did not.



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Stormwater, road construction continue BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – New and continuing construction is coming to Holmes Beach roads with work expected to begin by September. One project is the final phase of a cooperative funding agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District on stormwater and drainage work in the city. The final phase will cover from the Manatee Public Beach south along

Gulf Drive to the intersection with East Bay Drive, along Sixth Avenue behind Benderson shopping plaza, at city field in the new locations for the dog park and skate park and at cross streets that experience frequent flooding issues. Some of the cross streets are located along 36th Street, 39th Street and Avenue E. City Engineer Lynn Burnett said the cost for this final phase is not to exceed $60,000. Work will be done by Woodruff and Sons. Staging is expected to take place at the site of the old skate park at

city field or near the street ends at 35th or 36th Street. A second project is planned to widen and resurface Palm Drive from 66th Street north to the city limit at the border with Anna Maria. Burnett said the plan is to place a top layer of two inches of asphalt on top of the existing road, expand the bicycle path along the east side of the street to a full 5 feet and put down temporary striping before permanent striping is placed 30 days later after the asphalt has time to fully cure. The bicycle lane on

the west side of the street is planned to be widened and restriped after the Manatee County force main replacement project moves through the area. Work is to be done by Superior Asphalt and has a not to exceed amount of $127,000. Full bicycle lane restriping and marking throughout the city also is expected to begin before the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year as a part of another already approved project.




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Grant boosts SBW clam restoration effort


n Monday Aug. 5, Sarasota Bay Watch received an award letter and grant agreement from the Sarasota based Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. The $106,000.00 grant will support SBW’s efforts to continue restoring water cleaning southern hard-shell clams to Sarasota Bay. The population of these clams, traditional residents of the bay ecosystem, are at historic lows. The restoration’s goal is to help create a selfsustaining population into the future. The grant provides funds for SBW to acquire 1,000,000 clam seeds (4 mm size/ 3 months old) from the Bay Shellfish Company shellfish hatchery, hire a professional clam farmer’s services to grow the clam seed for about two- and one-half months before flipping them into larger grow out gear before executing approximately 25 harvests. Each batch will consist of about 150 bushels weighing about 14,000 pounds (approximately 30,000 clams/harvest). The grant also covers the costs to transport clam harvests to Sarasota Bay from Pine Island. Expenses include truck rental, ice, and gasoline. Clam growing equipment including mesh bags, cover nets, stakes and underwater equipment needed for local clam grow out is also covered as well as web master services, social media, community education, outreach, engagement and marine stewardship and conservation awareness that supports the program. Sarasota Bay Watch also received funds as part of the grant to hire a professional clam farmer as a consultant and project leader to seek a submerged lease from the state of Florida so Sarasota Bay Watch can grow clams locally. This would significantly lower costs and improve efficiency.

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS Sarasota Bay Watch Past President Larry Stults, who headed the grant request for SBW, clearly sees the connection between the grant funds and a healthy bay. “Clams live up to 30 years and can filter up to 24 gallons of water a day," says Stults. "Do the math and you can clearly see the connection. That’s over a quarter of a million gallons of water over one clam’s lifetime.” Sarasota Bay Watch began its clam restoration in 2016 by collecting adult native southern hard-shell clams for the spawn it needed to launch the effort. Once plentiful in local waters the clams proved difficult to locate and that’s one of the reasons the program was launched. Sarasota Bay Watch had entered into a partnership with Bay Shellfish Company, a commercial shellfish hatchery in Terra Ceia Bay on the southern shore of Tampa Bay, in 2008. Bay Shellfish owner Curt Hemmel had developed a method to grow algae allowing him to spawn and condition bivalves, including the scallops that Sarasota Bay Watch had been seeding into Sarasota Bay for the past decade. Sarasota Bay Watch added Southern hard-shell clams to its restoration efforts in 2016 for several reasons. Like scallops their numbers are critically low from historical averages. Unlike scallops that live only 1.5 years, clams can thrive for up to three decades. In addition, clams are more resistant to red tide and can actually


Sarasota Bay Watch members and volunteers celebrate one of their 2018 clam releases. eat low levels of the harmful algae. Sarasota Bay Watch began its clam restoration project on March 1, 2017, when it purchased 330,000 seed clams from Bay Shellfish, each about the size of a little fingernail. Aaron Welch, a commercial Tampa Bay clam farmer was hired to do the first round of what is called grow out – in fine mesh bags anchored to sea grass beds. After 70 days they were transferred to larger mesh bags on the bay bottom and overlaid with a protective cover net. Sarasota Bay Watch has partnered with Mote Marine Laboratory Senior Scientist and Benthic Ecology Program Manager Jim Culter to create a series of experimental plots alongside SBW’s clam release areas to test a range of variables. (hand planting the clams vs. dropping them on the bottom without planting, cover netting vs. none, soft sand bottom vs.

hard packed sediment, grassy vs. sandy bottoms, etc.) From these experiments the partners hope to learn how to make future restoration cycles more successful. With the help of the Barancik Foundation Grant, Sarasota Bay Watch can now scale up the operation and advance plans to introduce clams to Manatee County and Sarasota County waters in 2020 and beyond. Ultimately, it is Sarasota Bay Watch’s hope that the program can become self-sustaining and self-funding. In the end Stults can clearly see the link between the clam restoration effort and a vibrant Sarasota Bay. Check out Sarasota Bay Watch’s website for videos of the clam releases at Learn about the good works the Barancik Foundation does in Sarasota and beyond at www.

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Fishing the lights at night CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

We’ve had a busy week here at Anna Maria Charters. From inshore to fly and offshore, we’ve been running the gamut out there. Snook, trout, jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel and the occasional redfish are comprising the inshore fly trips lately. With dock lights always being a go to for us, these fish congregate in the lights to feed, so it eliminates looking for fish that may or may not be eating. Also, it makes for an easier approach for the less experienced caster. You can get much closer to a snook at night

than in the daytime. Inshore meat trips are consisting of snapper and Spanish mackerel right now. We are finding the snapper over local reefs, and the mackerel are normally in the same areas. Lastly, we just finished our American red snapper season. Now, amberjack is open, so we’ll switch tactics a bit and hit the offshore structures. We're also getting red grouper, yellowtail and mangrove snapper and, my favorite, African pompano. Hopefully, it stays flat and we can charge it again this week. Tight lines.

Pete Wehr, of Parrish, shows of a beautiful African pompano caught last week with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters. CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE | SUBMITTED


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‘SoulJourn’ shakes up Roser services Roser is launching a new, contemporary service, “SoulJourn”, beginning Oct. 6. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The pastoral staff at Roser Memorial Community Church is shaking things up, first with the addition of new Praise and Worship Leader Derrick Williams and second with the addition of a new contemporary service on Sunday evenings beginning Oct. 6. SoulJourn, a casual contemporary service, will be held Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 6, though a preview of the new service will be held in place of the regular 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Sept. 15. “We’re very excited,” Rev. Neil Crowell said of the new worship service. “This is something that we’ve worked on for two and a

half years. I think it’s just a blessing to have Derrick here.” Williams joins Roser parttime. In addition to his new position, he’s also the host, creative director and musical director of the weekly music television show, “The Gospel Voice,” on The Christian Television Network and performs on Sunday’s Soulful Supper. He currently holds the title of Best of the Bay winner for best vocalist, pianist, singer/songwriter and jazz ensemble. Williams, who lives in Brandon with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Jordan, said that of all the opportunities offered to him, he felt led through prayer by the Lord to come to Roser and help lead the new worship service. “I prayed a lot about this,” he said, adding that his wife helped him explore the option of working at Roser and supports his decision. “I’ve learned to listen to my wife.”


Derrick Williams, center, joins Rev. Neil Crowell, left, and Rev. Dr. Bob O’Keef, right, as the new praise and worship leader at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. “I come from the Baptist south where there was a church on every block,” he said, adding that as a preacher’s son he was brought up both in the church and surrounded by musicians. After joining the military, he said he returned and

became a family man. Previously, he’s also been a teacher at a Catholic school, award-winning musician and performer. Williams said he’s been entertaining audiences for more than 30 years. One of his favorite SEE ROSER, PAGE 27

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HOLMES BEACH – There were eight cases on the docket for a code compliance special magistrate hearing July 31. Six cases were granted a continuance to a Sept. 11 hearing. The continuance requested for the additional two cases was denied and the two were heard and ruled on by Special Magistrate Michael Connolly. The two cases that were heard both concerned properties owned by Anthony Properties Inc. The allegations against the properties, 302 28th St. and 402 28th St., included advertising for a length of stay less than 30 days and renting the properties for less than 30 days at a time. Both properties are in the R-1 zone which is only allowed to have rentals of 30 days or more. Neither property has a vacation rental certificate issued by the city. Speaking for the property owner, who was absent from the hearing, was executive assistant Stacey Dorsey, who asked for a continuance for both cases due to her employer’s absence on a family trip. Connolly denied the request, saying that with a notice of hearing mailed, posted at city hall and posted on the residence on July 4, the property owner had more than enough time


Attorney Michael Connolly serves as the city of Holmes Beach’s special magistrate during a July 31 code compliance hearing. to request a continuance prior to his trip. The request for continuance was received by code compliance officers July 26. In the case against the property owner at 302 28th St., Code Compliance Officer Nate Brown said that online the property is advertised as a minimum of three-night rental and that he was able to book the property for three nights. He said that booking for the property of three nights was disabled the day prior to the hearing. Code Compliance Officer James Thomas also testified that he had observed at least two times where the property was rented for less than 30 days. The first notice of violation was placed at the property on May 23. The case against Anthony Properties at 402 28th St. contained much of the same information with officers providing photographic evidence that the property has been

rented for less than 30 days at a time and that online advertising has been identified advertising the property for rent for a minimum of three-night rentals. Brown said that he was able to secure a reservation for the property for the three-night minimum online though that function was disabled on the advertisement the day prior to the hearing. He said that the advertisements for both properties stated a three-night minimum stay. In both cases Connolly ruled that the property owner has until Aug. 7 to correct the issues at the properties or a $250 per day fine per property will begin on Aug. 8 and continue until the issues are corrected. In both cases the property owner was instructed to pay the $127.24 administrative fees for each case. Both cases were placed on the Sept. 11 special magistrate hearing docket for an update.



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Noise complaint may go to trial Both the Motzers and city leaders are awaiting a ruling from Judge Charles Sniffen to determine if the residents’ case continues or if the city’s motion to dismiss the complaint is granted. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – Attorneys for the city of Holmes Beach and Holmes Beach residents Richard and Margie Motzer faced off Aug. 1 in Judge Charles Sniffen’s chambers at the Manatee County Judicial Center. Both parties are still awaiting a ruling. The Motzers filed a complaint for a writ of mandamus in June 2018, asking that a judge require city leaders to enforce the city’s noise ordinance as written. A hearing was held Jan. 24 where the city’s attorney asked that the residents’ complaint be dismissed. A ruling from Sniffen recorded a motion to dismiss the complaint and request for a writ of mandamus without prejudice. The Motzers filed an amended complaint April 22. The Aug. 1 hearing was the first on the revised complaint. Attorney Tom Thanus, representing the city, said that his client’s position has not changed and requested that the amended complaint be dismissed with prejudice. He said that the enforcement of the city’s code is discretionary by the responding officer and that sworn officers need to have that discretion to effectively do their jobs. If the judge rules in favor of the Motzers, he said it would open the door for every code and every law to be taken literally by officers, creating a duty and more work for officers, who would have to constantly monitor and ticket drivers who speed and run red lights,


Judge Charles Sniffen hears a statement from Anthony Manganiello, attorney for the Motzers in their claim against the city of Holmes Beach. among other issues. He suggested the Motzers seek to have any properties causing noise issues declared nuisance properties. Attorney Anthony Manganiello, representing the Motzers, said that having the vacation rental properties backing into the Motzers’ property declared a nuisance wouldn’t give them the relief they need from noise problems. The Motzers’ complaint states that the couple has suffered from blood pressure issues and hearing loss as a result of the noise from surrounding vacation rental properties. After seeking relief through enforcement of the city’s noise ordinance by law enforcement, which they allege was not correctly enforced, the Motzers’ complaint was filed. Manganiello said that his clients want no more and no less than a writ of mandamus directing city officials, including code compliance and police officers, to enforce the nondiscretionary portions of the noise ordinance. If Sniffen rules in the Motzers’ favor, Manganiello said the next step, in his opinion, would be to determine which portions of the noise ordinance are nondiscretionary and require enforcement. He added that his clients are not seeking to interfere with the discretionary powers of the police but that

every law and city code cannot be declared discretionary for enforcement purposes. If the ordinance is examined by a judge and everything in it is declared discretionary for enforcement purposes, then he said his clients understand that there will be no relief given. Thanus argued that the judge is not in a position to determine what is and isn’t discretionary. “Enforcing a law is discretionary,” he said. The only question that Sniffen asked of Manganiello is how his clients would seek to enforce noise when it involves children playing in a pool. Manganiello said he felt that was putting the cart before the horse but that if that noise violated the city’s noise ordinance, officers shouldn’t have discretion to simply ignore it because of the source. He added that violation of the noise ordinance is considered a misdemeanor and officers should have the same discretion with the enforcement of the noise ordinance as they do with any other misdemeanor offense. Sniffen agreed to review the complaint and response from the city more carefully before giving a ruling. A ruling on the case is expected within the next several weeks.

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ROSER: Launches new service FROM PAGE 24

ways ti teach and entertain is through his love of music and his talent of playing the piano, something he hopes to bring to the new Roser service with the help of some talented vocalists and musicians in the community. The music for the service will be led by Williams, while the teachings will be done by Rev. Dr. Bob O’Keef and Associate Pastor Crowell. “Roser has done a spectacular job through the years of celebrating traditional worship, and we do a really good job of it and it’s a ministry that reaches a lot of people, but we’re aware that a contemporary style of worship would attract a whole ‘nother group of people that we’re not reaching. And so, we wanted to offer that new style at the same time that we’re keeping what has worked so well for us,” O’Keef said. “A lot of churches have made the mistake of abandoning their traditional and going all contemporary. We don’t want to do that. We want to do both. We want to offer both, and we want to celebrate both styles. The new style of worship will certainly be dramatically different. One of the things, of course, is the style of music. That’s one of the major differences.”


In addition to well-known hymns, Williams said people can also expect to hear gospel, funk, acoustic, jazz, rock and other types of music. He’s really hoping for horn players to join the musicians at Roser. He said he’s really looking for local musicians who want to come share their gifts with the community. “I think what we can promise folks who come is a really powerful music experience and a really powerful biblical experience,” O’Keef said. “We’re not going to make the mistake that some churches have made of dumbing down the faith. We want our service to be very biblical and one that is also very contemporary in terms of how we experience God’s presence. I think that’ll be really good stuff.” Roser is looking for volunteers for the new service including musicians, vocalists and anyone willing to work behind the scenes, such as a stage manager. In a talk with The Sun, Williams said he’s open to anyone who wants to share their gifts with the community, including actors, dancers and other individuals. For more information, call 941778-0414, email or visit Roser is at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

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ou may not want to do a kitchen renovation in August, but August is the perfect time to start planning one. Sitting on the patio with your iPad or on the beach with a home decorating magazine is an easy way to start planning that new kitchen. Add a cool coconut drink, and you’ll soon forget that it’s 95 degrees. Kitchen trends change almost as fast as fashion trends. What’s in now will undoubtedly be out in three years. It’s impossible to keep up, and most of us don’t even try, but if you’re one of those who must have the latest, here’s where you should be looking: In spite of the fact that we’re told white kitchen cabinets are out, according to Houzz, it’s still the most popular color at 43 percent of remodels. Second place is wood cabinets at 25 percent, followed by gray at 11 percent. The trendy colors are now bold – deep blue, red and, ready for this, black. Now over 30 years ago when my sister-in-law was choosing kitchen cabinets for their new home, she picked black. She was always a

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER trendy gal, but at the time I never saw black kitchen cabinets before and was definitely taken aback. Little did I know she was decades ahead of her time. Today’s black is designed to provide a quiet soulful balance in the kitchen, combining cabinets, matte black appliances and black backsplashes. Completely the opposite of black that is also new and trending is mint green. Certainly, in my opinion, a better choice for beach living if you must give up white. Finally, two-tone cabinets, different color uppers and lowers are so in; I expect they’ll be out soon. Never-the-less it is a nice look; if you can’t bear to give up your white cabinets, you can make them trendy with dark lower

cabinets. As far as countertops, stone is and probably always will be the choice of most homeowners. Granite lost its first-place position a long time ago replaced by quartz, but the trend now is to use concrete counters and natural stone. Black splashes are also being invaded by natural stone with edges. Wonder how you keep that clean, installed right up to the ceiling? The most popular cabinet style, according to Houzz, is holding with the ubiquitous shaker cabinets chosen by 57 percent of homeowners. Open shelving instead of all upper cabinets are also trending. They create a more uncluttered feeling, especially with an interesting back splash. But if you do have upper cabinets, they must go to the ceiling. And high tech is all over new kitchens – appliances that talk to you and your iPhone and charging stations are a must as are hoodless ventilation systems. Thankfully rose color hardware and appliances are gone after their 15 minutes of fame.

So is doing an expensive kitchen renovation worth it in dollars? Maybe or maybe not depending on what you do. Eighty percent of buyers place a nice kitchen in their list of the top three most important spaces in a home. Nationally, the average cost of a kitchen renovation is $35,000, but you could spend three times that. Most kitchen renovations do add value to a home, but most will also not be fully reimbursed in actual dollars. The benefit of a nice kitchen, however, will be in reduced selling time, which is generally reflected in actual dollar savings. Don’t forget, if you're renovating before putting your home on the market, minor renovations can make a huge difference in appearance and get you the bigger bang for your buck. It’s easy to dream about your dream kitchen during a hazy summer afternoon, just don’t let the heat and coconut drink give you delusions of grandeur, especially if you’re thinking black cabinets.

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ANCHORAGE: A work in progress FROM PAGE 14

least one of the tagged boats to be temporarily relocated to Palmetto. “Once they’re out of our jurisdiction, I can’t do anything to them. If they come back, I have to start this process all over again,” Cosby said. “Everybody else is liveaboard. I have no way to remove these people off the boat in order to take the boat. All I can do is continue to cite them and go through the court system. We’re putting as much pressure as we can put on. I don’t know what else we can do. Our hands are really tied.” Cosby said. Cosby said the enforcement challenges are partially the result of state legislators’ reluctance to take on Florida’s powerful boating lobby and enact stronger laws and regulations regarding non-compliant vessels. Cosby said 38 derelict vessels have been removed in the past three years while working within the current limitations, “We have some good boaters out there; they’re not all bad,” Cosby noted. But he said one couple owns six of the more-problematic boats, and they live on

one and rent out the others. Cosby later identified the couple as Jeremy Thomas and May Galloway. Cosby said Thomas and Galloway been cited on multiple occasions for non-criminal boating infractions, and Manatee County court records support that statement. According to Manatee County court records, Thomas and Galloway were also both adjudicated guilty to second-degree felony charges for the sale of a controlled substance, Oxycodone, in 2012.


During last week’s meeting, Cosby requested an amendment to the city ordinance that would follow current state law and reduce from 45 days to 21 days the time the owner of a boat tagged as abandoned or derelict is given to request a hearing or bring the boat into compliance to prevent it from being removed. Cosby and the commission requested ordinance language that prohibits more than three powered or non-powered vessels being tethered together. Cosby and the commission requested language that prohibits attaching or tethering floating platforms to a vessel. They


The unmanaged waters near the Bridge Street Pier are home to compliant and non-compliant boaters alike. also requested language would allow for the removal of dinghies beached on public rights of way. Mayor John Chappie said the city of Palmetto is dealing with similar issues.

He suggested working with the city’s lobbyist, the ManaSota League of Cities and the Florida League of Cities to encourage state legislators to enact laws that better address derelict vessels.



Charter amendment questions move forward Anna Maria’s registered voters will decide the fate of three proposed amendments to the city charter. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – On Thursday evening, city commissioners are expected to adopt on second and final reading a city ordinance that allows three charter amendment questions to be placed on fall ballot. The volunteer Charter Review Commission proposed the charter amendments as result of its extensive review of the city charter earlier this year. The City Commission then unanimously supported each of the three proposed ballot questions and directed City Attorney Becky Vose to bring back an ordinance that allows the ballot questions to be presented to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office for inclusion on the fall ballot. Vose presented Ordinance 2019-850 to the Anna Maria Commission on July 25. She said her son Wade Vose, who is also attorney that assists the city, drafted the ballot language. Mayor Dan Murphy praised the clarity of those efforts and asked the city attorney to relay the commission’s compliments to her son. Anna Maria’s voters will be asked to vote yes or no one each of the following charter amendment questions.


“Shall the Anna Maria city charter be amended to provide that any city commission member or the mayor shall forfeit such office if he or she is found by the Florida Commission on Ethics to have violated any portion of the Code of Ethics for public officials and employees found in Chapter 112, Florida Statutes?”


“Shall the Anna Maria city charter be amended to provide that the mayor’s appointment of a city treasurer shall be subject to the approval of the city commission?”


The third charter amendment question simply seeks to correct and clean up errors identified in the existing charter language. “Shall the Anna Maria city charter be amended to make technical, corrective and conforming changes to the charter to correct scrivener's and grammatical errors, conform city investment activity, the enactment of emergency ordinances, and certain referendum requirements to current state law, and add clarifications to make the charter easier to read and understand?” Vote by mail ballots will be sent out in October and the city elections will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 5. City voters will also determine who fills three of the five city commission seats.

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At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Thursday, Aug. 8, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help vets with needs, 9 a.m. to noon. • Friday, Aug. 9, Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Saturday, Aug. 10, Origami Club, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Lego Club, 2 to 3:30 p.m. • Tuesday Aug. 13, Preschool story time, “Sharing, ” 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tech help, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341


Come on out to the new Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology (NEST), at 10299 9th Ave. N.W., Bradenton, for a morning of exploration from 8 to 11 a.m. on, Aug. 10. Walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world. This event is suitable for all ages. No reservations are required. For more information, email


The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, in partnership with the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will offer

an evening of observing the planets at the Robinson Preserve Expansion Area, 10299 9th Ave. N.W., Bradenton, on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8 to 11 p.m.,to view the two largest planets in our solar system all evening long. A nearly-full moon will interfere with this summer's Perseid meteor shower,which reaches its peak just a couple of nights later. Like all of these events, this is weather-permitting. Be sure to check the local conditions before heading out


Island Gallery West, at 5368 Gulf Drive, in Holmes Beach, will be open for a special Art Walk with the theme "Red Hot Summer” on Friday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Help IGW support Anna Maria Elementary School’s art programs, which improve children's development. Artists will donate a percentage of their proceeds from the exhibit to the school. Pieces on display are all 12 inches x12 inches and will represent the heat of summer, and art lovers are invited to cool down in IGW’s air-conditioned gallery and enjoy the exhibit, which will run throughout August. The diverse talent of their member artists means each piece will have a different interpretation, and it will be an opportunity to take home an original and unique artwork to enjoy all year round

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New county call center in the works Manatee County is readying a non-emergency information resource for residents and visitors, a 311 call center that can be accessed by phone, text or online. Implementation is expected to begin in October with a full launch taking place within a year.

The new service will be for non-emergency information, such as road closures, beach conditions, questions about Manatee County government, complaints and reporting issues such as missing signs or potholes to county officials. Operators will not be able to locate callers using the

service. All emergency calls will still need to go to 911. Once implemented, the service will be placed under the public safety department and is expected to take 700 or more calls a day that are currently going to the Manatee County government services switchboard

and the citizens action committee number. The funding for the project will be provided by combining the budgets for the two phone services the 311 service will be replacing. More information is expected to be released by Manatee County officials in the coming months.

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RAILINGS: Complaint filed FROM PAGE 1

with the accessible route requirements in ADAAG. Railings are not required. However, where railings are provided, at least 25 percent of the railings must be 34 inches maximum above the ground or deck surface in order not to interfere with fishing by individuals with disabilities.” The original pier built in 1911 had railings that were removed decades ago. Aubry served as a commissioner from 2010 to 2013. During that time, the pier did not have railings. When demolished in 2018, the pier did not have railings. Instead, it had wooden toe rail curbing that ran the length of the pier walkway and T-end platform. The design for the new pier calls for higher toe rail curbing. In his complaint, Aubry checked “yes” as to whether efforts were made to resolve this complaint through an internal grievance procedure. As for the grievance status, Aubry wrote: “Was presented to city council by E. Aubry with no response.” As to whether the complainant intends to file with another agency or court. Aubry checked “Yes” and wrote, “If ADA does not respond.” In the additional answers space, Aubry wrote: “At the end of the pier, the city will be constructing a restaurant, bait shop, retail and bathrooms – all to be accessed over pier that has no handrails over the water. Where the handicapped is concerned, especially the blind, this is a major problem and should not be allowed.” Aubry’s complaint ends with his suggestion that the engraved planks removed from the old pier be used to build railings on the new pier.


In February, Aubry made his pitch for pier railings. He told the commission he’s been an architect for 60-plus years, and he referenced the ADA but did not claim the new pier would be non-compliant without handrails. “The original pier had railings on it. The fact that we’re not building handrails is personally beyond my imagination. It has to do with safety and liability,” he said then. In March 2018, Mayor Dan Murphy and the City Commission discussed whether to include railings on the new pier. Murphy told the commission he received several emails on that topic and public


Former City Commissioner Gene Aubry filed an ADA complaint in objection to the new pier not having handrails. opinion was evenly divided. City resident and Anna Maria Preservation Trust founder Sissy Quinn told the commission she preferred no railings because that maintains the look pier visitors have become accustomed to over the past 30 years. The commission voted 5-0 to not include railings. The commission felt the increased height of the toe rail curbing would provide adequate protection for those using strollers, wheelchairs and walkers.


When asked about the complaint, Murphy said he does not expect it to impact the construction of the new pier as planned. He noted the new pier is designed to maintain its historic use as a place where boats can be docked and said, “Boat docks don’t have to have railings.” When contacted, Aubry said he never expressed concerns about pier railings while in office because there was no talk then of repairing or replacing the pier. Aubry said city code requires a railing around a deck that’s more than 18 inches off the ground, and he questions why that same standard isn’t applied to a structure built over the water. Aubry could not cite a specific state or federal law or regulation that requires pier railings, but he fears the commission’s decision exposes the city to potential liability and litigation. “A toe rail will not keep you from falling off the pier,” Aubry said. “It’s like Disney World out there, and adults today do not take control of their kids.” The ADA website notes that it cannot investigate or litigate every complaint, and it can take three months to complete a review.

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Dock expansion begins Work is underway on the Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar’s dock expansion project that will extend the existing 110-foot dock by 44 feet and create six more slips for restaurant patrons.




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Cloud Pest Control overshadows Solid Rock Construction BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The first playoff game of the youth indoor soccer season was last Thursday night, with the winner of the game going on to the semifinal round. The Long-Roadman family team, along with Emma Raulerson, fought the good fight against Cloud Pest Control on the indoor arena at The Center for the final playoff spot. Solid Rock had a strong defensive force well into the first six minutes of play with Stella Long and cousin Eli Roadman on the court. Cyrus Ryan proved to be a force to be reckoned with on offense for Cloud Pest Control, scoring his first goal near the seventh minute of the game. With the score 1-0, Long tried to tie up the game 12 minutes into the match-up only to have her shot go just right of the post. Isabella Roadman took her own shot for Solid Rock Construction. Ryan made the block to prevent the score. Isabella made another beautiful scoring attempt that went off the post, as players and spectators gasped in anticipation and disappointment. Cyrus’ sister, Calla, scored the second goal for Cloud with less than four minutes in the first half, advancing the score to 2-0. Three minutes into the second half of play, Braelyn Curtis took a hard shot that went off of the foot of a Solid Rock player for an own goal giving Team Cloud Pest Control a three-point lead. The three line penalty against Cloud Pest Control gave the soccer ball to Solid Rock , which showed great passing on the hard indoor pitch. C. Ryan made a shot that went just wide in the 26th minute of play. Cloud’s free kick a few minutes later was met by a wall of Solid Rock players to prevent their opponent’s fourth goal.


Youth indoor soccer team Solid Rock Construction fought hard against Cloud Pest Control last Thursday night at The Center. All alone right in front of the net was C. Ryan, who received a beautiful pass from his teammate, giving Cloud Pest Control a 4-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the game. Isaac Roadman played a fierce second half in front of the goal. Another great stop by Isaac Roadman was followed by a fantastic goal by Cloud’s Brady Thompson to finish the scoring for his team with a total of five goals. The Cloud Pest Control crew, including Josiah Hunsader, Riley Koehler and Owen Purcell solidly won their place in the next round of play. All of the Solid Rock Construc-

tion cousins, including Carson Long, finished the season playing strong, learning new skills, and having fun at The Center.

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parking enforced Be careful when parking at the Bradenton Beach Post Office. In recent weeks, cars have been towed for parking there during the day for nonpost office-related activities and for parking there after hours.

Teachers and staff are getting ready to welcome students to Anna Maria Elementary School for a new year of learning next Monday. The classrooms are clean and ready for students on Monday, Aug. 12, which will be hectic as teachers and personnel get the kids to their classrooms and inform them where to go when the last bell rings to catch a ride on a bus or with parents, ride a bike or walk home. On Thursday, Aug. 8, there will be a Back to School Night at 4:30 p.m. for kindergarten through second grade and 5:15 p.m. for third- through fifth-graders. For answers to more questions, call the school at 941-708-5525.


Revisiting the wizard Island Players actress and costume designer Pamela Hopkins directed another successful Drama Camp performance for kids from The Center. The play was a revisit of “The Wizard of Oz” with bright costumes and sets. After the show, Island Players President Sylvia Marnie gave The Center's Executive Director Chris Culhane a donation and said any of the actors who participated in the play would be welcome try out for a role in a play in the future.

Noise ordinance on agenda Potential revisions to the city of Anna Maria’s noise ordinance will be discussed at the city commission’s Thursday, Aug. 8, meeting. The commission is also expected to adopt on second and final reading the city ordinance that contains the ballot language for three proposed amendments to the city charter. Thursday’s commission meeting will commence at the conclusion of the commission budget meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m.

Anna Maria 7/28, near drowning, 11101 Gulf Drive, The deputy was dispatched to the address and found the father of a threeyear-old holding his son, who was coughing and crying. The deputy heard the boy might be at risk of dry drowning. He was rushed to the baseball field


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behind the fire station and airlifted with his mother to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.


7/21,battery, Gulf Drive Café, 900 Gulf Drive N. Police were called to the scene of a fight. Nobody wanted to press charges, so the police left. 7/21, possession of drugs, 100 4th St. S. the driver was stopped for a traffic violation and found drugs. The driver was arrested.


7/27, driving with a suspended license, 600 Marina Drive. The officer received a license plate reader notification about a driver with a suspended license. He was pulled over, ticketed and his license plate seized. 7/27, driving with a suspended license, 4000 Gulf Drive7/2. The officer received a license plate reader notification about a driver with a suspended license. She was pulled over and ticketed.

7/27, driving with no proof of insurance, 700 Manatee Ave. The officer received a license plate reader notification about a driver with a suspended license for no insurance. She was ticketed 7/28, driving with a suspended license, 600 Manatee Ave. The officer received a license plate reader notification about a driver with a suspended license. He pulled her over snd ticketed her. 7/30, theft, 200 block of N Harbor Drive. Fishing equipment was stolen from a boat.




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Answers to 07-31-19 Crossword Puzzle.

27 Spicy Indian dish 28 Excited about, with "on" 30 Vampire tooth 32 __ voce: softly 33 Southern New Mexico county 34 Prefix with sphere 36 Woodland grazer 38 Atmosphere, as of a restaurant 39 French existential dramatist 40 "__ chic!" 43 Many a microbrew 45 Excites 46 "Doggone it!" 47 Enjoying the bistro, say 50 Needing a chill pill 52 Muscat native 53 Strong point 54 Widely known 56 Hägar's daughter 58 Adorns with Angel Soft, briefly 59 Freshly painted 60 Hothead's emotion 61 MD for women 62 Took it easy

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ROSER THRIFT SHOP open Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am-2pm,Saturday 10am-1pm, Annex till 12pm. Donations preferred Wednesdays 9am -11am 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Phone 941-779-2733

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REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Beach – GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, L’Plage, Vista Grande, SPW, 5400 – DUPLEXES & MORE Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941232-2216 DIRECT WATERFRONT on AMI! ONLY $599,000 Boat slip, garage & panoramic Skyway views! Call Kathleen White at 941-7730165 Island Real Estate KWhite35@tampabay.

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IMMACULATE WATERFRONT HOME 520 Kumquat Dr. 4BD/5BA 3928sf Coastal Beauty! Prime location on AMI. $2,750,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 PERICO BAY CLUB! 2 miles from AMI! Largest floor plan available 1866sf. 640 Estuary NOW only $319,000! Call Erin Leathem at 941-4485616 Island Real Estate 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 28 years. Proven track record brings you results! 941-725-1589 4BR BLUE HERON LANE. Boating perfection ! Close to Galati Marina. Character and charm. Pool. Scott May or Brenda Boyd May Boyd Realty 941-238-8377


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SABAL PALMS GARDENS, Close to Anna Maria Island nice 2BR/2BA first floor condo, pool, clubhouse, one small pet allowed, HOA approval required.$1,200/ mo. HOLMES BEACH, Great 3BR/2BA Island Style home home, open floor plan close to the beach with large bonus room, 2 car garage. Pets allowed $2,750/mo. Call Paige 513-382-1992 Duncan Real Estate

ANNUAL RENTAL AT VILLAGE GREEN Oversized Villa with 2 car garage, premium lake view, 2BR/2BA, fully applianced, unfurnished, very clean. Recent updates include plantation shutters, AC, new paint and large heated pool. First, last plus security. $100 HOA fee. Tenant pays electric/water. Trash and cable included in rent. REDUCED to $1800/ mo. Available NOW. Please Call (owner) Jim 781-603-2861 jimreilly@

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Furnished, Gulf Front-LBK $2500/mo. 1BR/1BA Duplex-Holmes Beach $1250. 2BR/2BA Furnished-West Bradenton $1200/mo. 2BR/2BA Village Green $1550/mo. Call A Paradise Realty 941-7784800

LARGE EXECUTIVE HOME Perico, close to beach, 3BR/3BA, available August 1st. $3,000/month - 1st, last, and security deposit req'd. Call Sato Real Estate, Inc at 941-778-7200 or email

ANNUAL RENTALS- Anna Maria 1BR/1BA steps to beach, on-site laundry. No pets. $1,400/mo. 2BR/1.5BA w/carport, storage, washer/dryer hook ups. $1,700/mo. Fran Maxon Real Estate 941-778-2307.

HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA + bonus room & car port. Near dog park & tennis courts. Includes W/D, water, internet, alarm system, trash. Consider small dog. No smoking. First, last & security. $1400/mo. Call 860-922-3857 BUNGALOW WITH MINILOFT. Utilities included, Washer/Dryer. Steps to Beach. Pets considered. $1395/mo. First, Last, $500 security deposit. Call 941741-1096

ANNUAL RENTAL, BRADENTON BEACH, 1 bedroom, bay in back, gulf in front, walk or take trolley, 9/1/19 occupancy, no smoking, no pets, application required, $1,250/month Call 603969-6840

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 GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190

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, Casino, etc. Tampa $70. Sarasota $35. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095

AIRPORT RIDES- Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota. Reasonable rates! Call or text Anna 941-932-1600 ADMIRAL TOWN CAR Professional chauffeur, taxi prices! Airports (1@ $75, 10 $150 to Tampa), Appointments anywhere. Credit cards accepted. Phil 941-320-1120, Licensed & Insured

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