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Shark dragging charges filed The charges filed last week were the result of a four-month investigation. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |


The above illustration represents an aerial view of Hunters Point.

Hunters Point plans revealed County Commissioners will review the Hunters Point development plans on Jan. 11. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

CORTEZ – Upon first review, Marshall Gobuty’s proposed Hunters Point Resort and Marina received praise for its green design, but raised concerns about traffic, the intended use of the cottages, canal navigability, dock access and mangrove preservation. The Manatee County Planning Commission reviewed Gobuty’s plans on Thursday, Dec. 14, and voted 7-0 in favor of recommending approval of the project county commissioners will review on Thursday, Jan. 11. The plans call for 86 single-story, cracker-style, cottage homes; 62 hotel rooms located in two-story lodges; a clubhouse, a restaurant, retail space, a 17slip marina, a 31-slip parallel docking facility, a boat ramp and a slip for an electric water taxi. None of the structures would be higher than 35 feet. The project is proposed for the 18.7-acre property

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The intended use of the 500 square foot cottages was a subject of discussion at the first public hearing. north of Cortez Road, between the Buttonwood Inlet RV Park and 127th Street West. An abandoned building sits along the road and there’s a small marina at the property’s southeastern edge. Gobuty wants to rezone 6.3 acres to Planned Development Mixed Use to create property-wide consissee hunter’s point, page 33

Former Sun

reporter Pat Copeland named Anna Maria’s Citizen of the Year. 3

Anna Maria Island, Florida

The Island’s award-winning weekly newspaper 

MANATEE COUNTY – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office have charged Manatee County residents Robert “Bo” Benac, Spencer Heintz and Michael Wenzel for alleged crimes connected with a shark dragging video. The charges were announced in a FWC press release on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Criminal report affidavits released by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office provided additional details. The charges stemmed from a four-month investigation. Benac, 28, of Bradenton, is charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggraBenac vated animal cruelty and one second-degree misdemeanor count of illegal method of taking a shark. He is the son of Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac. Wenzel, 21, of Palmetto, is charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one second-degree misdemeanor count of illegal method of Wenzel taking a shark. His father, Robert Wenzel, is planning section manager for Manatee County. Heintz, 23, of Palmetto, is charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. All three men turned themselves in and were released on bond. Nick Easterling Heintz was also on board the boat, but was not charged. Wenzel is a commercial fisherman and holds a commercial saltwater fishing license with a restricted species endorsement. Benac, Easterling and Heintz hold recreational fishing licenses. “It is our hope these charges will send a clear message to others that this kind of behavior involving our fish and wildlife will not be tolerated,” FWC Chairman Bo Rivard said in the press release.

Charges detailed

According to the state attorney’s report, FWC received multiple complaints on July 24 regarding a video observed on Instagram and Facebook that showed a blacktip shark being dragged at high speed. Search warrants then provided investigators with video and photographic evidence that included time and date stamps. see shark, page 27

Christmas on Bridge Street carries on Island yuletide spirit. 5 The center gets some good

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Copeland named Citizen of the Year Pat Copeland will receive her award on Thursday, Dec. 28. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – Longtime city resident and Anna Maria Island newspaper reporter Pat Copeland has been named the city of Anna Maria’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. Copeland will be presented with the award and honored with a reception on Thursday, Dec. 28. The ceremony and reception will take place at Anna Maria City Hall at 5:30 p.m. The biography included with Copeland’s nomination notes she earned her college degree in English and history. She and her husband, Doug Copeland, moved to the Island in 1974 and she later gave birth to their two daughters, Layla and Anna. In 1981, Copeland was

asked to write a weekly column for the Bradenton Herald’s Island Herald. That launched an Islandbased journalism career that eventually led Copeland to The Sun in 2000, where she worked as a reporter until she retired at the end of 2016. She continues to work one day a week as the Sun’s copy editor. Copeland and her friend, Carolyne Norwood, founded the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum 27 years ago and Copeland remains actively involved in preserving the history of the Island. She plans to work on a book that will serve as a follow-up to Norwood’s “Tales of the Three Cities,” which chronicled the Island’s history from 1940 to 1970.

Additional nominees

John Chambers and Ruth Uecker were also nominated,


Longtime Sun reporter Pat Copeland is the city of Anna Maria’s newest Citizen of the Year. as were Mayor Dan Murphy and the entire city staff. Chambers was nominated for the volunteer financial and investment advice he provided Murphy and the city this year and in past years. Earlier this year, Chambers conducted a comprehensive

review of The Center of Anna Maria Island’s financial records at the mayor’s request. His advice has significantly reduced the city’s interest payments on the City Pier Park property. Uecker was nominated for her work as a food pantry

volunteer and her volunteer work with Manatee County Animal Services and the annual Symphony on the Sand concert. Uecker spent six years as an organizer of the Food & Wine on Pine event. She also served on the city’s City Park Committee. This year she lobbied the state legislature as part of her tireless advocacy for Anna Maria’s home rule rights as they pertain to the local regulation of short-term rentals. City Commissioner Brian Seymour nominated Murphy and the entire city staff as his citizens of the year. “This year has been extremely challenging and the mayor and staff have risen above all expectations,” Seymour wrote on the nomination form. The volunteer members of the Citizen of the Year Committee determined this year’s winner.




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DECEMBER 20, 2017

in brief

Christmas holiday closures City offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 26, reopening Wednesday, Dec. 27 with normal hours of operation. The Island Branch Library and Tingley Memorial Library will both be closed Dec. 2526. The Center of Anna Maria Island will be closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, reopening Jan. 2. Residential trash and recycling pickup will follow the holiday schedule for both Waste Pro and Waste Management services. Because the Christmas holiday is on Monday, all residential customers will experience a one day delay in services. Commercial customers will have pick-up one day before and one day after the holiday.



DEP proceeding against net camp Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) lawyers are working to take Raymond Guthrie Jr. to court, according to DEP spokesperson Shannon Herbon. Guthrie, who build a net camp earlier this year in Sarasota Bay waters off A.P. Bell Fish Co. in Cortez on submerged land he says belongs to his family, did not remove the structure by Dec. 7, as ordered by DEP, she said. Karen Bell, manager of A.P. Bell Fish Co., said she is helping Guthrie collect photographs and affidavits from Cortez residents who remember historic net camps in the bay, such as the one Guthrie says his family owned. Bell said the Butler Act applies – the 1921 law awarded title of submerged lands to adjacent waterfront property owners who made permanent improvements on the submerged lands. The law was repealed in 1957, but continues to affect title to submerged lands improved prior to its repeal.

Construction resumes at Holmes Beach property After a five month delay, construction is resuming at 102 77th St. in Holmes Beach. Building Official Jim McGuinness removed the stop work order dating from early July once a dune replanting plan was received and approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP also came out to the site and staked out the areas where excavation is allowed to take place for the installation of a pool. McGuinness said he would be observing the project closely to make sure all revegetation requirements are met.

Three Holmes Beach ordinances approved Holmes Beach commissioners approved the second reading of three ordinances during their December meeting – one governs the building official’s administrative review powers, a second approves the city’s new capital improvements schedule and the third moves $50,000 into the parks and beautification fund for the dog park. All three ordinances passed second reading without discussion or public comment.

Sewage spill prompts water advisory BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – The Florida Department of Health’s Manatee County office has issued a No Skin Contact advisory for Palma Sola Bay due to a sewage spill on Monday, Dec. 11 at 66th Street West and Cortez Road. The advisory indicates that water contact, including swimming, fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding, may pose an increased risk of infectious diseases. The advisory will be in effect until testing ensures the water meets Environmental Protection Agency safety guidelines, DOH-Manatee

Communications Director Tom Iovino said. Palma Sola Bay water tested good on Dec. 11, however, pollutants could have spread to the bay since then, necessitating the precautionary warning, he said. Code Red calls were made to surrounding property owners beginning Friday, Dec. 15, Iovino said. Warning signs also have been placed along Palma Sola Boulevard and will remain until water sampling results indicate the water is safe, said Amy Pilson, the public affairs liaison for the Manatee County Utilities Department. Water samples are analyzed

for enteric bacteria (enterococci), which can cause human disease, infections or rashes. The force main break that caused the spill was repaired by Thursday morning, stopping the sewage overflow, Pilson said, adding that trucks began collecting the overflow and returning it back to the system Thursday. Crews are working to restore the intersection to normal use; a lane closure is in effect until then. For more information about the spill, call Manatee County Utilities at 941-792-8811, ext. 5268 or 5345, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Tree down The tree at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce lies in a heap of lights and ornaments Dec. 17 after a high winds pulled the lighted tree down the flagpole that ordinarily holds it up. Electricians are expected to visit the site this week to have the tree back up and shining brightly before the Christmas holiday. KRISTIN SWAIN | SUN

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Bridge Street celebrates yuletide season The spirit was high Saturday as Bradenton Beach celebrated Christmas on Bridge Street with a fundraiser for Turning Points, a group dedicated to the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless. Organizers had a silent auction for wreaths and gift baskets, and there were concessionaires selling food and drinks, toys and all manner of holiday items. Throughout the day, music filled the air as musicians and a variety of vocalists took to the stage. Then, about 5 p.m., Santa arrived to listen to all those Christmas wishes from some very excited children.


Above, Five-year-old Harper Misiewitzs tells Santa she’s been good all year long. Below, The Accidentals entertained the crowd with Christmas songs and jazz.

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Curly the poodle hangs out with this unidentified toddler, who was absolutely fascinated by the cuddly canine.

Bridge Tender Inn manager Shannon Dunnan takes a moment to give Santa her Christmas wish list.




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EDITORIAL A job well done


little holiday cheer came early this year for those of us here at The Sun newspaper. In a fairly well-kept secret, the city of Anna Maria named former Sun staff writer Pat Copeland as its 2017 Citizen of the Year. Not that we're biased or anything, but this honor, so long in the making, could not have gone to a more deserving recipient than Pat. An Island resident since 1974, Pat has spent the last 43 years quietly contributing so much to the fabric of our community. She and her husband, Doug, started their family here, putting down roots and raising their two daughters, Layla and Anna, just a stone's throw away from the waters of the Gulf and Tampa Bay.


t was in 1981, though, that Pat took a job as a weekly columnist for the Bradenton Herald's Island Herald, setting in motion a journalism career that would span the next 36 years of Island history. That history included signing on with a fledgling start-up weekly newspaper called The Sun back in 2000. She never looked back, much to the benefit of this organization and to the people of Anna Maria Island. Pat became a respected voice in the community and her reporting was known for its fairness and accuracy, right up to the day she retired in 2016. With a love of history, language and the printed page, Pat also co-founded the Anna Maria Island Historical Society with her good friend, Carolyne Norwood. That was 27 years ago and she remains active in that organization and in her passion for and preservation of Island history. Congratulations, Pat, for earning this much-deserved honor. Thank you, as well, for weaving such a rich tapestry of Island life into the pages of this humble publication. Mike Field

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Keep the internet open Since its incepiton, the "Internet" was a way to share information on an open and free platform. That "Open And FREE Platform is now being threatened by those that see it as a way to subvert and threaten our freedom in the name of profit. I currently already pay a premium to have access to the internet and the FCC threatens that access with the possibility I will not have that freedom in the future. Anything that threatens the flow of information is against the basic concepts on which this nation was founded. Our world has enjoyed an open exchange of information and we have just begun to taste what the freedom means to not

only the citizens of United States of America, but well beyond any borders and to the peoples of Earth. There are NO borders for the countries of the world when viewed from the International Space Station. When viewed from space there are no boundaries, there are no limits. The internet should not have borders, boundaries, or limits either. There are no limits to what a free and open, unrestricted internet can mean to the World. I appeal to your decency and your humanity to voice your opposition to this obvious ploy by those that provide the internet highway to make it into some kind of toll

road. The Eisenhower administration was responsible for building the one of the greatest highway systems in the world, where commerce and mobility became a central part of our lives. The internet offers that same opportunity if and only if it is allowed to remain network neutral. This is the people’s utility and, as such, should be regulated and restricted to remaining network neutrality for all Americans and for all the “world without borders.” Some things belong to everyone and the internet is one of those things. Please support net neutrality. Skip Speer

comments on the sun facebook page Regarding the story that charges have been filed against three men accused of dragging a shark to death behind their boat. Denise Chapdelaine: I pray that at least one of the three... are as disgusted with this barbaric act as most humans are. That they're able to feel remorse and regret. And, have since been made aware

of the fact that ALL living beings feel pain, especially "pain" endured from intense seconds, minutes, hours, days or years of torture. This, I pray. Rick Butler: Those smug %$#@ better get jail time! Pay attention and demand that the local courts actually administer justice to punish and to use that as a deterrent.

Terry Spetter: Hope they get their fishing licenses yanked at least. And the smirks knocked off. Poor little rich boys. Jessica Barhitte: These charges better stick and stay on their records, that way if they ever abuse animals again, there are dire consequences.

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on the agenda

the sun survey

PREVIOUS QUESTION: What do you think of FDOT's suggestion to charge for parking at Manatee County beaches as a way of reducing traffic congestion?


I like the park and ride service with centralized parking areas, preferably off the Island.

Anna Maria 10005 Gulf Drive.

Dec. 25: Offices closed. Dec. 26: Offices closed. Dec. 28: 5:30 p.m., Citizen of the Year reception. Dec. 28: 6 p.m., City Commission meeting For information, call 7086130.

Dec. 25: Offices closed. Dec. 26: All Day, Offices closed. For information, call 7781005.

Holmes Beach 5801 Marina Drive.

Dec. 25: Offices closed. Dec. 26: Offices closed. For information, call 7085800.

Bradenton Beach 107 Gulf Drive N.

Dec. 20: 1 p.m., Planning and Zoning Board meeting.

mark your calendar Note: Events are free unless indicated.


I'm opposed to the idea. It will just drive motorists into our neighborhoods to park.


Wednesday I support paid parking if it will help with traffic congestion. But I really don't see how it will do that.

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THIS WEEK’S SURVEY Do you favor or oppose the planned Hunters Point waterfront development north of Cortez?

• I am in favor of the project. • I am opposed to the project. • I have no opinion on the project.

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View The Sun’s online edition at The Anna Maria Island Sun staff

Editor/CEO Mike Field Layout Ricardo Fonseca Reporters Cindy Lane Tom Vaught Joe Hendricks

Kristin Swain Columnists Louise Bolger Outdoors editor Rusty Chinnis Ad director Chantelle Lewin Ad assistants Chris Boniberger Diane Martin

Classified ads Bob Alexander Graphics Elaine Stroili Ricardo Fonseca Digital director Cindy Lane Accounting John Reitz

Manatee Audubon Society birding tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 8 a.m. Reserve to manateeaudubon@gmail. com. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon.


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Distribution Bob Alexander Tony McNulty Connor Field Contributors Pat Copeland Steve Borggren Sean Murphy Monica Simpson

Veteran Services Information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. Book Club: "Somebody I Used to Know," Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10:15 a.m. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or Knit and crochet, Island

Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Lighted Labyrinth walking tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 5:30 p.m. Reserve to 941-742-5923, ext. 6039, or


December 22

Senior Adventures book sale and potluck, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reserve to Kaye Bell, 941538-0945. Intermediate bridge session, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday December 23

ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or


December 24

Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 941-518-4431. SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 8



mark your calendar From Page 7

Tuesday December 26

Yoga with Cheryl Kaiser, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $10. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Mahjong for beginners, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., $10, snacks are provided. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or

Wednesday December 27

Valentine House Open House, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Naturalist guided wagon tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,

9:30 a.m. Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431. Naturalist guided wagon tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 11 a.m. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon. Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Chess Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 4 p.m.

Thursday December 28

Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Quilting, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Lunchtime nature bathing, Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, noon. Reserve to melissa.nell@ ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or


December 29

Naturalist guided wagon tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, 9 a.m. Intermediate bridge session, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Naturalist guided wagon tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, 11 a.m. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Giving Back cleanup paddle, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, 1 to 4 p.m. Reserve to 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday December 30

Kayaking for first timers, Robinson Preserve 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon. Reserve to 941-742-5923 ext. 6039.

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Meditation, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. Meander through the mangroves, Leffis Key, 2351 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 1 to 3 p.m. Reserve to or 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or


December 31

Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431.

Tuesday January 2

Mahjong for beginners, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., $10, snacks are provided. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or

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Center hosts holiday kids camps Just in time for winter break, The Center of Anna Maria Island is hosting three different camps for children. Up first is the North Pole Day Camp where attendees will decorate a Christmas cookie, play games, participate in team relay games with prizes awarded, play Christmas bingo, and enjoy story time with snacks and a viewing of “The Santa

Clause.” Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, and costs $45. The Great Grinchmas Day Camp takes place 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22. Campers will be treated to a pancake and pajamas breakfast, followed by an opportunity to make ornaments and Grinch slime, a candy cane scavenger hunt, Grinch games, relay races, a story time

and a viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The cost is $45 for the day. The Center begins the New Year with a four day winter camp running 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2 to 5. Campers must sign up for the entire four days. Activities include winter science experiments, a bounce house, games and a trip to the beach to build a sandman. The

cost is $135 for all four days. Campers are required to register for all three camps by Wednesday, Dec. 20. All three camps require attendees bring a packed lunch. For more information or to register, contact the Center at 941-779-1908 or visit

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Road project almost done The interim safety fix on Cortez Road at 119th Street West is nearly complete, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Crews will be working on final punch list items and site clean

up this week. Motorists should expect lane closures during the daytime or nighttime hours; therefore, drivers should use caution while traveling in this area.


We’re an Original Since 1980, we have been proud owners of Euphemia Haye–an ‘original’ restaurant that offers exquisite meals in a charming, romantic environment. Each day it is our delight to serve up fresh, local flavor to discriminating diners. We hope that when you dine with us, you leave with great memories that will bring you back again for many more magical evenings. Chef Ray and D’Arcy Arpke, owners Euphemia Haye

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community. 15 South Ristorante • Amore Restaurant • Andrea’s • Anna Maria Oyster Bar • Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery • Beach House • The Bijou Café • Birdrock Taco Shack • Blase Café • Blu Island Bistro • Blue Marlin Seafood • Bridge Street Bistro • Café Baci • Café Gabbiano • Café Venice • Cassariano Italian Eatery • Cedar Reef Fish Camp • Chaz 51 Bistro • Ciao! Italia • The Crow’s Nest • Drunken Poet Café • Duval’s • enRich Bistro • Euphemia Haye • Fast N Fresh • Fins at Sharky’s • Gold Rush BBQ • Gulf Drive Café + Tiki • Harry’s Continental Kitchens • JPAN Restaurant • Lobster Pot • MADE Restaurant • Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub • Mattison’s Forty-One • Michael John’s • Michael’s On East • mi Pueblo • Miguel’s Restaurant • Oasis Café and Bakery • Ophelia’s On The Bay • Ortygia Restaurant • Pacific Rim • Paradise Grill • PIER 22 • Polo Grill & Bar • Primo! Ristorante • Riverhouse Reef & Grill • Roessler’s Restaurant • Salute! Restaurant • Sandbar Seafood & Spirits • Seafood Shack • Siesta Key Oyster Bar • State Street • Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse • Tsunami • Village Café • The Waterfront Restaurant on Anna Maria

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Merry Christmas from the beach The Sandbar restaurant entertained a group of kids and their parents Tuesday for the Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids program. It was named for the late Florida Governor whose son, Ed, owns the Sandbar, the Beach House in Bradenton Beach and the Mar Vista restaurant in Longboat Key. There were crafts and games for the kids, a bounce pirate’s ship on the beach and lots of cartoon characters for the kids to hug. After lunch, Santa arrived on a West Manatee Fire Rescue truck. He set up shop in a chair and handed out presents for each child. “This is a project for the kids,” said Ed Chiles. “I want to thank my staff, who worked tirelessly as they have done every year and the public for volunteering and contributing to make sure these kids have a merry Christmas.”


Above, Santa waves as he steps off the fire truck. Below, The bounce pirate ship was popular with the kids.


Above, Marlen Tepetate shows her crafts project. Right, Sponge Bob drew a lot of kids wanting to pose for pictures.

Happy Holidays Happy Hour

Enjoy Happy Hour Pricing all day until December 21st! $2 domestic bottled beer • $2 well drinks • $3.50 house wine Martini Monday • $2 off Tito’s Tuesday • 2 for 1 Wine Wednesday • $10 off bottles Tap Thursday • 2 for 1 draft

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New Year’s fireworks at Beach House Once again, the Beach House restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, will ring in 2018 with a fireworks show, weather permitting, at midnight. Instead of having a party with a special menu, this year’s Beach House guests will be seated on a first-come, firstserved basis with the regular menu. This year the remodeled Beach House will offer a new deck, outside bar and sunken lounge area for the enjoyment of customers. Longtime favorite musician and DJ Chuck Caudill, will play and take requests from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Complimentary valet parking is available for restaurant patrons. Of course there will be plenty of room on the beach to observe the fireworks. Remember, no personal fireworks, pets or alcohol will be allowed on the beach and police will beef up their presence for the safety of the crowds. Parking will be available at the public beaches. To avoid parking hassles, take

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The skies will light up when the Beach House welcomes 2018 with fireworks over the Gulf. the free island trolley or Monkey Bus. Manatee County Area Transit will run the trolley until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1. For more information call 941-7788718.




S U N DAY WO R S H I P 8:30 & 10:00 AM Jazz Combo & Choir

Jesus, What a Wonderful Child

C A N D L E L I G HT SERV ICES Christmas Carols Dr. Bob O’Keef will bring us the message of Good News! The services end with the singing of Silent Night and the Passing of the Light.

5:30 PM FAMILY SERVICE This service features a

Nativity Pageant in which all children are invited to participate. Special music by the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir. All children will receive a gift.

9:00 PM TRADITIONAL SERVICE Hear the beautiful sounds of Alicia Doudna playing the violin, Mary Deur playing the flute and the Chancel Choir singing.

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Work continues on Holmes Beach formula business regulations As commissioners seek a way to control the growth of formula businesses in Holmes Beach, one element is becoming more evident – regulations in one section of the city may be a lost cause. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |









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HOLMES BEACH – With heavy hearts, city commissioners are beginning to agree with City Attorney Patricia Petruff and City Planner Bill Brisson – there may be nothing they can do to save the Anna Maria Island Centre shopping plaza from formula businesses. Alex Stewart, a junior associate working with Petruff, presented commissioners with case law concerning the struggle between municipalities and formula, or chain, businesses. The case law indicated a fact commissioners have long feared, that any regulations in the area of the city on the west side of East Bay Drive won’t hold up in court. The area is home to Publix, CVS Pharmacy and two shopping plazas, most notably the Anna Maria Island Centre, also known as the Benderson Plaza. The area also is home to the majority of the formula businesses in the city as defined by the city. The only outlier is Dominos, located in the downtown corridor. Currently there are seven businesses in the city meeting the criteria of a formula business. Both Brisson and Petruff said with the city’s reasoning for the regulation of the number of formula businesses being to maintain the character of certain areas, the

Benderson plaza and surrounding area could be included in the regulations, but it would be difficult to justify in court. The reason is because while the downtown corridor can be qualified as old Florida and quirky, the area on the west side of East Bay Drive has no discernable character other than that of a common, modern shopping plaza. Stewart also pointed out that just because city leaders determine an area to have a character worth preserving, it doesn’t mean that a judge would agree if a challenge to local regulations made its way to court. Petruff said the research done by Stewart made her feel more strongly about not applying a ban or limitations on formula businesses to that area of the city. Commissioner Rick Hurst said he’d like to be able to keep the number of formula businesses in the city low to “save the character of the city” as a whole. “When we come here we want to go to unique businesses,” he said. “Then the question becomes how much of the taxpayers’ money you want to spend to try to uphold that belief,” Petruff said. To change the character of the area, she said city leaders would have to create an ordinance establishing a comprehensive neighborhood architectural character to be enforced as shopping centers redevelop or are remodeled. The approach would take time to develop and she said would have to be incentivized to make the shopping area more of a destination and less “like a strip mall.” Commissioner Jim Kihm said he’s concerned by the intent behind the proposed city ordinance. As he considers what regulations

I think if we lay off the 'got bucks' Benderson and protect the other areas we might be doing the best we can." Judy Titsworth City commissioner he would like to see, Kihm said he’s considering the public purpose the law will serve and how the regulations help meet that goal. Brisson said that while he can appear on the city’s behalf in court and argue for maintaining character in other areas of the city, he can’t do the same for the East Bay Drive area. He added that commissioners allowing a certain percentage of new formula businesses to open up shop in the area wouldn’t help save local mom and pop businesses from competition or change the character of the area. Though it’s a bitter pill to swallow, commissioners said they were beginning to agree. “I think if we lay off the ‘got bucks’ Benderson and protect the other areas, we might be doing the best we can,” Commissioner Judy Titsworth said. Discussions on the proposed ordinance will continue in a January work session.



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Confederate monument repairs estimated No determination has been made yet regarding a new location for the Confederate monument first erected in 1924.

Bonacci’s letter said. “Stainless steel threaded rod dowels will be used to connect pieces of the monument. Dowels will be bonded in drill holes into the stone with a structural anchoring epoxy. Mating surfaces of stone will be joined with a stone epoxy,” Bonacci wrote, noting that stone dust mixed into the stone epoxy would be used for color matching.


BRADENTON – It’s going to cost an estimated $41,500 to repair and relocate the Confederate monument damaged in August when it was removed from the grounds of the Manatee County Historic Courthouse in downtown Bradenton. On Nov. 30, John Bonacci, from the Karins Engineering Group (KEG), sent Manatee County Project Manager Michael DiPinto a letter detailing the repairs needed and the estimated repair costs: • Repair materials (stainless steel rod, epoxies, coloring agents) $1,500; • Repair shop fee $10,000; • Transport and reassembly fee $25,000; • Foundation construction $5,000. According to Bonacci’s letter, “KEG has conducted a survey and engineering analysis of the confederate monument which was damaged during an August relocation. Video of the relocation operation shows the spire tipping off of the monument base

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Erected in 1924, the Confederate monument used to stand in front of the Historic Courthouse in Bradenton. and impacting the ground, resulting in a through fracture of the 15-foot tall spire approximately five feet from the top.” KEG conducted a field survey of the monument on Oct. 26 at the monument’s current storage location. “The monument was in three separate pieces stored under a tarp. The pieces consisted of the monument base and the main spire, which broke into two pieces during the relocation. Several smaller localized

fractures were observed at the base of the spire, but these separated pieces were not present at the storage site and are assumed missing,” Bonacci’s letter said. “During the site visit, Ardaman and Associates performed non-destructive testing to determine whether additional cracks existed in the main spire. Ultrasonic pulse velocity scanning was done at regular intervals along the length of the spire and no signs of additional cracking were reported,”

The repairs will be made when the stored monument is relocated to a new public display site. Manatee County commissioners have not determined where the monument will be relocated. According to County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, Sen. Bill Galvano is assisting the county in the efforts to determine if the monument can be relocated to Gamble Mansion Historic State Park in Ellenton. Doing so would require permission from the state. In October, the Manatee County Veteran’s Council notified county officials that its members do not support the monument joining the war monuments and memorial displayed at Veterans Park in downtown Bradenton.



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Canine travel adventures BY SEAN MURPHY SPECIAL TO THE SUN


will eat almost anything. I have never eaten dog. I came close a couple of times. Once in Northern Viet Nam and another time in Bangkok’s Chinatown, where they called it barking deer on the menu. I considered it again recently while travelling with our family canine, Jazz. Jazz and I were returning from a family visit to Seattle. The first leg was Seattle to Vegas. I had learned on the trip west that Jazz was resistant to tranquilizers and hated airplanes. Jazz barked the whole way and tried to dig her way out of the carrier. It was a long six hours. For the return leg, the vet gave us a different tranquilizer. I was advised to use two tablets. I set my mind on four. At eight in the morning I gave Jazz a pill. At nine I gave Jazz another pill.

At 10:25 I was at the airport and Jazz was more alert than I was. Rather than put her in the carrier, I leashed her and walked her through the terminal. There was no sign the tranquilizers were working. She did not like the escalators, but she was nimble in her entrance, rise and exit. I walked her on leash through security to the gate. She barked at all the black people and tried to pee on all the food vendors. At the waiting area she barked incessantly at a poor skinny kid sitting next to us who appeared to be recovering from chemo. The kid looked decimated, weak and sad, and Jazz barked at him incessantly. The kid got up and left for another seat. I gave Jazz another pill. Jazz should have been dead by then, but I didn’t care. I am an old white guy. It has been my observation that old white guys that travel alone with little dogs appear silly. I was getting that look in the airport. “Oh, look at the old, white, silly guy with the little dog barking at the black people.” While waiting in the Southwest line, Jazz whined and barked and tried to get out of the carrier.

People were looking at me disapprovingly. “Look at the old, white, silly guy hurting the little dog.” We got on the plane. “No, you can’t sit in the exit row you have a dog. You are a silly old white guy with a little dog, and you would be no good in an emergency.” “No, you don’t get to put a bag with a book or computer under the seat because that’s where the dog goes.” I put the whining dog under the seat. I moved out of the aisle seat so a young black couple could get seated. Jazz barked at the guy because apparently Jazz always barks at black people. They look at me. “Great an old, white guy with a little dog that’s been trained to hate black people.” Throughout takeoff Jazz barked and whined. It was time for Plan B. Plan B involved a small dropper bottle of CBD oil developed for dogs with anxiety. I had scored some at a pot shop in Seattle. I also had a baggie of salami. The plan was to feed Jazz salami laced with CBD oil. I steadied Jazz between my knees, and dripped oil onto the salami and into Jazz. Jazz gobbled the salami.

People were staring. They smelled pot. “That silly old white guy is doing drugs with that dog.” The bottle top started leaking. The oil was on my fingers. It was on my clothes. I smelled like a freshman at a pizza and pot party. Jazz got the munchies from the oil. Jazz wants all that salami – NOW ! Jazz is snapping from the carrier – SALAMI! More SALAMI! She dives at the bag of salami. I drop the CBD bottle and it rolls dribbling into the aisle. Then it occurs to me. We are 35,000 miles in the air over Utah. We are not on the ground in Seattle, which has a liberal attitude to marijuana use. We are on an airplane – federal jurisdiction – where marijuana is still very illegal – and the feds take a very dim view of anyone messing around on a plane. I am going to jail with this dog. We survived. Jazz was pretty mellow by the time we landed in Vegas. She had done her weight in drugs. She staggered off the plane. Fear and loathing in Las Vegas. I have decided I would rather eat a small dog than travel with it on a plane.

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ENTERTAINMENT Thriller discussed The Island Branch Library Book Club meets at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Dec. 21, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. They will discuss “”Somebody I Used to Know,” a mystery by David Bell. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

Needlepoint for fun If you’re good with needles or want to be, there is a meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, for people about knitting and crocheting. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. Bring your latest project and enjoy. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

Books and lunch Friday Senior Adventures will hold its monthly book sale and potluck lunch



at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, on Friday, Dec. 22. It’s a chance to enjoy the company of others members for the year one more time. There will not be a gathering on Dec. 29.

Mahjong players meet The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts mahjong on Friday, Dec. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

Refocus Sheryl Spikes, a 25-year, fulltime Island resident, registered nurse with eight years of teaching experience will be at the Art League of Anna Maria Island, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Dec. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon. She will accept donations. Proceeds will benefit the Art League. For more information, cal 941778-2099 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Christmas puppies These seven Old English sheepdog puppies are ready to hit the road after squeezing into this vintage firetruck peddle car. The puppies, which are five weeks old, belong to Larry Foley and are for sale. He can be reached at 941-795-7775.



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Fishing: back to basics Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS


ishing means different things to different people. To some it’s the simple pleasure of being on the water, where catching is optional. To others it’s serious business, and the outcome can make or break a day on the water. Whatever fishing means to you it doesn’t have to be complicated. If fact, I’m convinced that the less complicated it is the better your chance of success. That might not be apparent when browsing the tackle department at your nearest sporting goods store or local shop. There is a plethora of gear lining the shelves meant to lure anglers more than fish. Even the basics like line and hooks come in many

shapes and colors, each promising the angler an advantage over the fish. Lures dazzle the eye with a rainbow of colors in mind- bending holographic patterns. In truth experience teaches there’s no special magic to finding the right gear for angling success. Instead, concentrating on a few basic time tested techniques will improve the luck of even the greenest angler. Most important is the essential outfit: rod, reel and line. Pick the best quality tackle you can afford, but avoid cheap poorly made products. I’m talking about choosing gear that is solidly made and able to survive the rigors of saltwater. Whether you’re using spinning tackle, fly tackle or bait casting gear, get an outfit that’s balanced and appropriate for the kind of fishing you’ll be doing. An appropriate outfit is one that is up to the task of catching the fish you’re targeting, but no heavier than necessary.  An 8- to 10-pound rig is perfect for snook, trout, redfish and other inshore species while a 20- to

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40-pound outfit would be better for anglers hunting kingfish and cobia along the beach or bottom fishing for grouper and amberjack over offshore ledges and wrecks. The line size should match the outfit you’re using and should fill the spool of the reel. The most common problem I see is reels with too little line that’s too heavy. This severely hampers the angler’s casting ability. When it comes to deciding whether to use live bait or artificial lures, I think artificial lures are a better choice, especially for beginning anglers. First and foremost they are a lot easier to deal with than live bait. Live bait takes time to acquire, must be kept healthy and usually stays close to where it’s cast.  Artificial lures by contrast don’t have to be changed often and can’t be killed or crippled by pests like pinfish. You can cover more water, testing different areas, water depths and retrieval speeds. My personal   favorite is a jig, and while I see REEL TIME, page 23


Captain Rick Grassett caught this speckled sea trout with a balanced 8-pound spinning outfit. The trout took a DOA Shrimp.

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Hogfish bite getting better Captain Dave White

Gag grouper season is drawing to close. The last day for these fish is the Dec. 31. The inshore gag nite has been phenomenal this year. With limits being caught without leaving the Intracoastal waterways. The com-

mon method that I use for these fish is trolling a large plug, like a Mann’s Stretch 25, and after hooking a fish, quickly circling around and marking the bottom on my GPS. Then, I’ll anchor up on whatever structure I’ve marked and free line large pinfish into the spot. If your pinfish doesn’t swim down to the bottom, it’s time to put another one on. As

they’ve probably seen something down there that they want to stay away from! The sheepshead fishing has been good the last week or so. The biggest one I’ve seen caught is around 6 pounds so far. Shrimp are the key to catching these tasty fish. As winter progresses, we’ll be targeting these more frequently. The hogfish bite has been getting better as well. Fishing offshore ledges with shrimp has been producing some pretty nice fish.

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Joey Rearden, of Atlanta, shows off a nice hogfish caught with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters.

REEL TIME: Back to basics FROM PAGE 22

now use mostly lead headed jigs with plastic bodies, the original lead head jigs with bucktail skirts are still a great choice. My second choice would be a top water plug. These lures require a bit of practice to master, but are recommended because they cover a lot of water, and they attract fish with their sound and surface disturbance.   Consult with your local tackle shop when choosing an outfit and places to fish. They know the area, have a wealth of experience and can be trusted to get you off to a good start. While big box stores and the internet might seem a good place to shop, you won’t get the professional advice and knowledge of a local shop. They can also lead you to one of the area’s many excellent guides. In my opinion a guide can be one of the most cost effective ways to learn how to fish area waters. Whether you fish with a guide, take a boat or fish from one of the many local piers, docks and bridges, you’ll find some relaxing and productive opportunities in local waters.



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Shanell Libardi ans Brian Kelly were married at the Sandbar restaurant on Oct. 29, 2017. Chuck Caudill provided the music. Molly Powers and Jim Harwood, of the Sandbar, coordinated the ceremony and reception. Shanell and Brian honeymooned on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Bradenton, Fla.

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Michelle Hale and Peter Morelli were married at the Sandbar restaurant on Nov. 2, 2017. Chuck Caudill provided the music for the ceremony and reception. Molly Powers and Jim Harwood, of the Sandbar, coordinated the ceremony and reception. Michelle and Peter honeymooned in Hawaii, before returning home to Palm Harbor, Fla.

Ashley Norman and Pat Osdras were married at the Beach House restaurant on Oct. 20, 2017. Chuck Caudill provided live music and DJ service for the ceremony and reception. Shawn Rhoton, event manager of the Beach House, coordinated the ceremony and reception. Accommodations were at Bridgewalk Resort. Ashley and Pat honeymooned in the Dominican Republic, before returning home to Fenton, Mich.


Dawn Jackson and George Sheridan got married on Dec. 1, 2017, at the Sunset Tiki Hut at the Gulf Drive Cafe. Stefanie Lawrence, event manager at the Gulf Drive Cafe, coordinated the wedding.

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Holmes Beach revises marijuana ordinance In the wake of the Florida legislature passing regulations, Holmes Beach commissioners have to revise the city’s medical marijuana ordinance. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – City commissioners agreed unanimously to move to first reading a new version of an ordinance governing medical marijuana in the city. At the beginning of the year, city leaders passed an ordinance banning the sale, growth, cultivation and processing of medical marijuana within Holmes Beach. The ordinance allowed for residents with a medical marijuana card to use the drug and grow two small plants for personal use. It was a move commissioners hoped would preempt state regulation in local municipalities. It didn’t work out that way. City attorney Patricia Petruff presented commissioners with the updated ordinance during a December work session. The new ordinance conforms to statemandated regulations, which limit the power of local municipalities to limit the sale of medical marijuana. All other medical marijuana regulations are overseen by the state. Petruff said the new state regulations do not affect law enforcement in marijuana possession cases. Commissioners were given two options regarding local medical marijuana regulation – to allow the sale of medical marijuana in any zone where a pharmacy is allowed or prohibit the sale of the drug all together. The option chosen was to outright ban the sale of medical marijuana, an echo of the previously approved ordinance. The new ordinance goes for a first reading and public hearing when commissioners reconvene after the holidays on Jan. 9.


Future Supreme Court justice? Holmes Beach resident Matthew Curry, 12, reflects for a moment while sitting in the chair of Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince in Tallahassee. Matthew was on a field trip with his class from Manatee School for the Arts.

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121/5, lost item, 804 S. Bay Blvd. The Waste Management trash can disappeared.

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12/2, possession of cocaine, 11200 block of Cortez Road W. The officer stopped the suspect and smelled marijuana coming from the car. He searched and found a pistol, pot, cocaine and paraphernalia. The driver was arrested. 12/4, theft, Runaway Bay, 1800 Gulf Drive North. Cash was stolen from a purse. 12/19, warrant arrest, 200 Gulf Drive South. The officer stopped the driver for an inoperative headlight. A computer check showed the driver had a warrant for his arrest. 12/9, domestic battery, 106 Bridge Street. A parking lot attendant observed a male hit a woman near the parking lot. He talked to the victim who said the defendant had a pistol. Police found the male and arrested him.


12/14, burglary, 10117 Cortez Road W., Newman’s Corner Apartments. The

suspect was evicted from his apartment and he broke into a storage shed and took items worth $350.

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12/8, suspicious circumstance, 200 block of 78th Street. A man called to say he left his intoxicated wife at a bus bench near their condo, and she did not come home. She called a few hours later and came home. 12/9, driving with a suspended license, 3500 6th St. The officer ran a computer check on the driver and found the registration was expired. The driver’s license was suspended as well. He was ticketed. 12/13, driving with no license, 6100 Marina Drive. The officer ran a computer check on the suspect and found he did not have a driver’s license. He was given a summons. 12/13, camping, possession of cannabis more than 20 grams, Grassy Point Preserve, 3017 Avenue C. The homeless defendant was in a tent inside the park when the officer found him. A female was also there. She owned the vehicle that was parked nearby. There was an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the tent, and the officer found a large amount of it. The suspects were arrested.



shark: Charges filed FROM PAGE 1

The report says Benac, Easterling, Heintz and Wenzel departed from Wenzel’s waterfront home in Palmetto on June 26 and traveled west toward the Gulf of Mexico in a 22-foot boat. “While fishing in state waters near Egmont Key, Benac shot a blacknose shark with a speargun,” the report says. “Heintz took a photo of Benac holding the speargun and Wenzel holding a gaffed blacknose shark with a spear completely through it. Wenzel video recorded Benac, Easterling and Heintz dancing on the bow of the boat. In the video, Benac is still in possession of the speargun.” Egmont Key is approximately two miles north of Anna Maria Island. “Less than two hours later, Benac caught a blacktip shark on hook and line near Egmont Key. Heintz recorded Benac retrieving the shark. Wenzel shoots the shark one time with a .38 revolver. Despite being shot, the shark takes an aggressive turn to retreat. After the shark is shot, all occupants are heard celebrating. Heintz recorded Benac continuing the fight with the shark. This video shows Wenzel shoot at the shark three times with a .38 revolver as it is pulled close to the vessel. “At 1714 hours (5:14 p.m.), the shark had been landed and Wenzel recorded it lying over the gunnel and tail roped. The occupants can be heard laughing while Easterling holds the rope. The next 10-second video recorded by Benac shows Wenzel operating the vessel. Benac records the shark as it’s dragged across the top of the water at high speed. As the

camera pans, Heintz can be seen recording the same incident. Heintz’ recording is 30 seconds long. During both videos, all occupants can be seen and heard laughing. At the end of Heintz’ recording, Wenzel states, ‘I think it’s dead.’”

Expert opinions

Dr. Robert Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Research for Mote Marine Laboratory, and two other shark experts independently reviewed the videos. “All three doctors described seeing movements of the shark that would indicate that it is alive while it is being dragged. Yet, the doctors could not state that within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty that the shark is alive while being dragged. However, Benac repeatedly engaged in chat-style conversations via Instagram and informed several Instagram users that the purpose of dragging the shark was to kill it. One person told Benac that, ‘You had no right to drag it alive.’ Benac replied, ‘I had every right,’” according to the report. The doctors agreed there is a high probability the shark was still alive and therefore exposed to excessive and unnecessary suffering that resulted in a cruel death. “At no time did any of the occupants of the vessel make any attempts to stop the activity. The events that took place involving the shark dragging constitute animal cruelty,” the report concludes. The report notes it is unlawful to use firearms to kill fish and unlawful to harvest a shark from state waters using anything other than hook and line.




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Tis the night before a new mortgage I

s your big Christmas gift this year a new mortgage? If it is, there’s a good chance you closed on it as a remote transaction. Gone or almost gone are the days where everyone convened in a conference room to sign reams of paper and walking out with a set of keys and a headache. Welcome to the world of no ink, no paper and no meeting rooms, and although we may not be fully there, you can bet it’s coming fast. E-mortgages have been around for a while, but were not fully digital. An on-site notary was still required, as were some documents that still required an ink signature as well or at least a tablet signature with a stylus. Now, however, with new softwear and a webcam, you can execute the entire transaction on line. Basically, all you need is a laptop, a kitchen table and your mortgage broker. Although lenders are moving slowly towards the new technology. It not only provides convenience to the borrowed, it also provides efficiency to the lender. Most lenders are anx-

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger ious to sell new mortgages on the secondary market and having a digitized loan makes that happen a lot faster in as little as one day, as opposed to one month – the current norm. Like all new technology, this is not for everyone and as previously stated, not for every lender. In addition, if you’re still not comfortable downloading your airline boarding pass to your smart phone or if indeed you don’t own a smart phone, better head for the conference room. And remember, even if you do have e-mortgages as an option, you will still be able to review all documents in advance and have your questions answered before booting up the laptop.

Now that you have the new mortgage, its time to start paying it off, and there are ways to accelerate that process without putting a major ding in your monthly expenses. Paying an extra $100 or $200 a month can cut down your loan term and reduce the amount of interest you pay. Even if you can’t do it every month, those extra payments help during the course of the year. Also, if you split your mortgage payment and make bi-weekly payments, you will actually be making one extra mortgage payment annually. Twenty-six bi-weekly payments total 13 monthly payments for the year. And if you find a gold box full of money under your Christmas tree or a hefty year-end bonus, resist the diamond ring and put it towards the mortgage. Your lender will never refuse extra money, and you will be surprised how fast it mounts up. One last thing that not every homeowner with a mortgage understands is his/her escrow account. Escrow is a separate account

that is funded by the borrower and used by the lender to make property tax, homeowners insurance and mortgage insurance payments, if necessary. If your lender requires that you fund these items, they will be itemized on your lender statements along with your outstanding mortgage balance and principal paid. Note that annually lenders recalculate the amount of escrow required to pay your expenses and could increase this amount or decrease it based on the cost of insurance and property taxes. Since lenders are required by law to only hold a certain percentage of your escrow money, if you end up the year with a substantial overage, you might even get a check. As far as the ceremonial key exchange after the conference room closing is concerned, that will be missed, since it was one of those nice moments. But the cramp in your signing hand and the paper cuts won’t be. I wish you and your new mortgage a very Merry Christmas!

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Day Dock slated for early 2018 arrival Dock access to the Historic Bridge Street Pier was lost in July. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The new $119,980 floating public day dock is now slated for installation alongside the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach in February. The new dock will replace the original floating dock that was removed in July due to damage sustained during Tropical Storm Emily. Previous damage sustained during Tropical Storm Colin in 2016 necessitated the removal of the damaged dock sections, which resulted in a shorter public dock. Prefabricated off-site, the new pilings and floating dock sections will be installed by North Palm Beach-based Technomarine Construction Inc. (TCI). On Monday, Dec. 11, Bra-

denton Beach Police Chief and Pier Team Facilitator Sam Speciale received an updated delivery and installation schedule from Technomarine Director of Operations Anna Bennett. The installation team will mobilize at the worksite on or around Jan. 29 and the dock sections will be delivered between Feb. 5 and 16. The installation of the pilings and floating dock sections is scheduled for Feb. 19 to March 9, with final inspections and the anticipated dock reopening on or around March 12. The email Speciale received from Bennett ended a brief period of uncertainty about the anticipated delivery date. During the Dec. 6 Pier Team meeting, Speciale said the last update he received from Technomarine came before Thanksgiving. On Oct. 27, Speciale received an email from Technomarine representative Ben Talbert that said, “The docks are in

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The walkway from the historic Bridge Street Pier still leads to open water pending the arrival of a new floating dock production and will ship in a few weeks.” Talbert’s subsequent transfer to Technomarine’s yachts division resulted in a temporary lapse in communications. On Thursday, Dec. 7, Speciale sent an email to Bennett seeking a project update. She wrote back that she was working on it and would get back to him the following morning.

On the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 8, Technomarine CEO Erik Sanderson responded by phone to an email inquiry The Sun sent to Bennett seeking a project update. “We checked with our plant and our subcontractors. Right now, the dock is in fabrication. It is scheduled to be delivered to the site toward the end of January and installed in Febru-

ary. I’ll make sure on Monday that they (the city) have a final construction schedule with hard dates in front of them,” Sanderson said. “Due to three hurricanes, the plants and suppliers in the marine industry are backed up. Now that this has been brought to my attention, the communication will be better, I can assure you,” Sanderson said. Speciale received an email from Bennett that afternoon that said, “Sorry for the delay. I will make sure we communicate with you often and give you updates going forward.” On Monday, Dec. 11, Speciale received the updated schedule as promised. The dock project is being funded and overseen by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The CRA is in the preliminary permitting process for a proposed second phase of dock consee dock, page 30



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Churches to celebrate Christmas Visitors are welcome to join the sevices in any of the Island’s churches. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

As Christmas nears, the Island’s six Christian churches have plans for those wanting to celebrate. Christmas comes on a Monday this year and some churches will incorporate the normal Sunday services into the holiday. Three churches CrossPointe Fellowship, Harvey Memorial Community Church and Roser Memorial Community Church – are non-denominational. Here are the plans for Christmas Eve and Day • CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-778-0719, Rev. Ed Moss: There will be a special Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. • Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-7781638, Rev. Matthew Grunfeld: on Sunday, Dec. 24, There will be a service of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m., Christmas carols at 4:30 with a service at 5 p.m., carols again at 10:30 p.m. and a service at 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, there will be a service at 9 a.m. • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-7781813, Rev. Rosemary Backer: there will be a Fourth Sunday of Advent service at 9:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve, and the office will be closed on Christmas Day. • Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church St., Bradenton Beach, 941-7791912, Rev. Stephen King: there will be the

normal Sunday service on Christmas Eve. • Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria, 941-778-0414, Rev. Dr. Bob O’Keef:. There will be four unique Christmas Eve Services on Sunday, Dec. 24. Regular Sunday services will be held at 8:30 and 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The service will feature the Roser Jazz Combo accompanying the singing of Christmas carols and the anthem, “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child.” The 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve family candlelight celebration featuring a nativity pageant in which all children are invited to participate. Pastor Neil and Rebekah Crowell will sing “Born to Die.” There will be carols, special music by the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir and the message of “Good News!” from Dr. Bob O’Keef. All children will receive a gift. The service will end with the singing of “Silent Night” and the Passing of the Light. The 9 p.m. traditional candlelight service featuring special music and carols. Alicia Doudna (violin) will play an extended prelude that includes “Meditation on the 1st Prelude of J.S. Bach,” “Gesu Bambino” and “Silent Night.” Mary Deur (flute) will play “Christmas Joy” and the Chancel Choir will sing “While By the Sheep We Watched”. Dr. Bob O’Keef will bring the message of “Good News!” The service will end with the singing of “Silent Night” and the Passing of the Light. • St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, 941778-4769, Father Michael Mullen: it will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent all day Christmas Eve as well as a Sunday morning Mass at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., a Christmas Vigil Mass at 4 and 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, there will be Mass at 8:30.

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struction that would entail finger docks extending south to provide additional public dockage. The CRA selected Technomarine as its preferred contractor last January and paid the deposit the formalized its dock order in August. The construction agreement with Technomarine states: “Time is of the essence in all respects under this contract. Services shall commence upon the full execution of this contract and all work shall be completed within six months. TCI shall not be considered in default if such failure arises out of causes reasonably beyond the control of TCI or its subcontractors. Such causes include, but are not limited

to: acts of God; natural or public health emergencies; labor disputes; freight embargoes and abnormally severe and unusual weather conditions.” According to City Treasurer Shayne Thompson, the city has paid Technomarine approximately $60,000 to date. Using resort tax revenues, Manatee County will reimburse the CRA for 50 percent of the project costs.

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Audit brings good news for the Center A gift of good news was given to Center board members when the nonprofit’s books passed the 2017 fiscal year independent audit with flying colors. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA - Just in time for the holidays, good news was delivered to board members at The Center of Anna Maria Island – the nonprofit passed its annual independent audit with an unmodified opinion result. The news was delivered by auditor Eric Troyer with the accounting firm of Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Troyer said the audit closing out the 2017 fiscal year, which ended June 30, was nearing completion and "went very well." The good news from the audit was in the program service fees received and 2017 expense breakdown. Troyer said received program fees were at an all-time high in the 2017 fiscal year at $384,000. One anomaly in the results is the difference between overall revenue for the 2016 fiscal year and 2017, a more than $800,000 reduction Troyer attributed to the mortgage payoff for

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Auditor Eric Troyer presents Center board members with the results of the 2017 fiscal year audit. the Center's building and funds received from the BP oil spill. Center Executive Director Kristen Lessig said the mortgage payoff resulted in about $800,000 in debt forgiveness while BP oil spill funds came in at around $260,000. The Center's asset value dropped from $4,386,643 in 2016 to $3,868,838 due to depreciation, of which building depreciation accounts for $184,000 annually. In cash received, the Center gained year over year from 2016 by more than $111,000 in 2017. Expenses in the 2017 fiscal year were "a little better than industry standards,"

Troyer said. The audit expense breakdown showed 88 percent of funds going to programming while 7 percent was spent on fundraising, followed by 5 percent on management. "Out of every dollar donated, 88 cents goes to program expenses," Board Chair David Zaccagnino said. Board Treasurer Jim Froeschle said one area where the Center can improve its expenditures is in fundraising, which hasn't brought in the numbers board members hoped for so far in the 2018 fiscal year. He said part of the reason the numbers aren't there could be that the Center isn't investing enough

in its fundraising efforts. Through November, fundraising revenue totaled $64,727 with $30,045 in expenses, including donations, grants, and government support. The Center's budget projected $219,877 in fundraising revenue with $46,415 in fundraising expenses through November, creating a variance of $155,150 in revenue. The Center also is beginning to close some financial gaps, most notably in general and administrative expenses where cost-cutting has resulted in $31,407 in savings over budget predictions. However, Froeschle's reports show the nonprofit ending November $126,811 in the red versus a budgeted positive income of $15,572. With the winter busy season beginning, a new partnership with Island Fitness up and running, and a $30,000 matching donation drive on through the end of December, both Lessig and Froeschle said they feel positive about the financial future of the Center. "Overnight the numbers could change if someone writes a check," Froeschle said, adding that the Center isn't giving up on obtaining government financial support and is redoubling efforts to win grant funds.



Happy 90th "Uncle" Bob Poudrier, of Bradenton Beach, blows out the candles on his birthday cake during a party for him at Tommy Knockers in Bradenton. Poudrier, who originally is from Illinois, celebrated his 90th birthday and is still going strong. Happy birthday, Uncle Bob! MAGGIE FIELD | SUN

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hunter's point: Plans revealed FROM PAGE 1

tency. He wants to reduce the waterfront setback from 30 feet to 15 feet, and he seeks County Commission approval of the preliminary site plan. The property is bordered on three sides by a canal Gobuty owns and surrounding property owners use. The canal intersects with the Intracoastal Waterway near the Seafood Shack and snakes around to the old marina on Gobuty’s property. The canal also extends east past six canal-side homes along 42nd Avenue Drive West before ending at the Bradenton Boat Club.

Canal access

The revelation that Gobuty owns the canal surprised some, including Jodi Boyatt. She and her husband live along the canal and had a county-permitted dock and boat lift installed in 2016. During public comment, Boyatt praised the Gobuty for his green design, but expressed concerns about 31-parallel slips impacting canal navigation and mangroves. In response, county staffer Dorothy Rainey said Gobuty owns the canal and has a submerged land lease that requires others to get his permission to build a dock. Gobuty’s attorney, Caleb Grimes, said, “We don’t believe anybody with a current

dock there has anything that is improper. These people have the right to use them as they have historically used them.” Grimes said the parallel slips would be built waterside of the mangroves, where there are already some access points. Rainey and county staffer Rob Knable said the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is the permitting agency for the new docks. Rainey said FDEP could allow small swaths to be cut through the mangroves for dock access. A check with FDEP on Friday revealed there is not a state-issued submerged land lease. The canal is simply part of the property Gobuty acquired in 2016.

Green homes

The cottages would have 484 to 525 square feet of air conditioned interior space, a 500-square foot rooftop deck and 1,200 square feet of lanai decking. The two-bedroom homes are designed to be energy efficient, solar compatible and Zero Energy Ready in terms of potentially producing as much energy as they use. The design incorporates Tesla solar technology and Panasonic smart community technology as part of Gobuty’s goal to create a residential resort community that is self-sustainable in terms of energy

I know there’s a lot of people that are upset, but I think this will work well for Cortez.” Karen Bell, Cortez resident. consumption. His Mirabella community in Bradenton received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating – the highest rating given. During public comment, Cortez resident and businesswoman Karen Bell said, “I love that it’s small scale. I love that it’s innovative with the energy-saving programs. I know there’s a lot of people that are upset, but I think this will work well for Cortez.”

Residence or rental?

Cortez resident Jane von Hahmann asked if the cottages would be used as residences or vacation rentals. Canal-side property owner Rex Taylor

questioned the need to increase density via the rezoning request. “A comfortable neighborhood is one thing, but putting people in there elbow to elbow gets ridiculous. It looks like a trailer park without wheels,” he said. Planning Commissioner Al Horrigan Jr. said, “I like what they’re talking about, but we have an obligation to be honest. Is this a hotel or a single-family subdivision?” Commissioner Paul Rutledge posed a similar question. “The residential units are designed to be sold to residents. We’re not going to restrict them if they want to rent,” Grimes said. “They are designed for those people who want something smaller to live in. They’re also designed for someone who wants to come and stay for a period of time.”


Commissioner Mike Rahm said, “I think this is a really cool project, but let’s talk about the 800-pound gorilla in the room: the traffic.” Representing Gobuty, Steve Henry estimated 600 cars would go in and out of the gated community daily.


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Team Truly Nolen plays hard for the win BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the second week of youth flag football action on Anna Maria Island, Coach Ray Gardner and Coach Tom Baugher guide and encourage what is arguably the best two teams in the eight- to 10-year-old youth flag football league. Fans, family and friends were not disappointed with the action packed 40 minutes of kids having fun on the field. Baugher’s Team Beach Bums started off the play with a run by Payton Hovda and a nice flag pull to stop offensive forward progress by Jayden Sparks. Hovda’s pass on second down was intercepted by Truly Nolen’s Mason Agnelli, giving Gardner’s team the football in scoring range. Agnelli, working in the quarterback position for most of the game for his team, threw the touchdown pass to Langdon Bell with the point after reception by Julian Lazzara, quickly giving Truly Nolen a seven-point lead. On offense, Andrew Patterson made a beautiful catch along the sideline for Team Beach Bums after a great defensive play by Quinton O’Connor. Ashton Hovda scored his first touchdown with

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Cale Rudacille makes a critical reception for Team Truly Nolen last Tuesday night. a speedy run to the corner of the end zone. Going for two points, P. Hovda got the call taking the score to 7-8. Down by one point, Agnelli settled in

behind the center, handing the ball off after the snap to O’Connor for a long rush to near mid-field. After a couple of snaps of the football, Agnelli handed the ball off to behind the line of scrim-

mage, giving him the change to sprint down to the end zone to make the touch down reception. On the two-point conversion, QB Agnelli worked patiently on the field finally finding Lazzara all alone in the corner of the end zone, advancing the score to 15-8. The strong battle between the teams continued with Beach Bums answering back with a touchdown of its own with less than 30 seconds on the clock. On the third down play, the delayed handoff by the quarterback moved the defense down the field, leaving A. Hovda open for the score. Agnelli batted down the football in the end zone, preventing the points after. Truly Nolen’s Cale Rudacille and Beach Bums’ Charlie Rogers and Jack Whiteside played strong offense and defense for their teams in the tough field battle. Starting on offense for the second half of play with the score15-14 and a onepoint lead, Truly Nolen came out onto the field with the football. Field advancement by O’Connor and Landon Snyder gave Gardner’s team the first down. see football, page 35


The Center’s youth wrestling program achieved one of its goals Saturday, under the leadership of Recreation Director, Will Schenerlein, participating in the Amateur Athletic Union wrestling meet at Manatee High School. With 26 elementary and middle school youth on the Island program’s roster, nearly a dozen boys took to the mat in their first competition. Over the past year, Schenerlein used his coaching and personal wrestling experience to provide solid skills to the little wrestlers at The Cen-

ter. Ethan Sackett led off the team’s efforts taking the mat with his first match of the day. Schenerlein coached William Pakbaz, with the assistance of Billy Hermenau, outside of the ring for the Island team’s first win since its re-establishment last October. Brothers Frankie and Michael Coleman, Liam Coleman, Max Higgins, Caden Quinby, Cale Rudacille, Dylan Sato, and Harrison Schenerlein all took the mat along with Pakbaz and Sackett gaining much valuable experience and priceless confidence that only

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Island wrestler Caden Quinby took on his first opponent Saturday at an AAU meet at Manatee High School Saturday. see wrestling, page 35

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football: Victory for Truly Nolen FROM PAGE 34

On the third snap of the half, O’Connor hit Agnelli, who ran the football from mid-field, using agility and skill to elude the flag pull for Truly Nolen’s third touchdown. The point after took the score to 22-14. After a nice run by Patterson, Agnelli nabbed the pass by Tommy Baugher for a touchdown. Down by 14 points, coach Baugher’s team did not back down. Strong runs by A. Hovda and Baugher put six more points on the scoreboard for Beach Bums. Beach Bums closed the scoring gap to six points with the two-point conversation with less than two minutes left in the game. With critical catches, first downs, and clock management, Team Truly Nolen was able to hold on to the lead as the last second ticked off the game clock, giving Coach Gardner’s team its second win of the season.

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comes with competition. Coach Schenerlein followed up each match with encouraging words and tips for the next time up on the mat. Schener-

lein shared his own early wrestling losses to help the young athletes feel better about losses and greenness in the sport. With their first meet under their belt, The Center team

members will go into the next practices knowing which skills and moves they need to hone and learn, preparing the wrestlers for their next competition.

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Above, Frankie Coleman took to the mat on Saturday at Manatee High School in his first wrestling match. Left, with his coaches after a win on Saturday, wrestler William Pakbaz celebrated with Coach Will Schenerlein and Assistant Coach Billy Hermenau.




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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


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 $190/ month. Models open daily. Contact us 941254-3330




REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SAL 113 BEACH AVE 3BR/3BA Pool Home. Great location West of Gulf Drive with Direct beach access! $1,055,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941228-6086 CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Bch - Key Royale GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, La Casa L’Plage, Waters Edge & MORE. Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216 SLIGHTLY OFF THE ISLAND. 3BR/2BA completely renovated lake house, five miles from the beach. No Condo/HOA Fees, No Deed Restrictions, No Traffic, Huge Boat/RV Storage Area, No Flood Insurance. $319,500. For Sale By Owner. 941-795-5225 PERICO BAY CLUB! Light & bright 2BR/2BA With high ceilings & updated kitchen! $212,000. Island Real Estate- Call Kathleen White 941-7730165. FOR SALE: 211 85th St. Two blocks to beach. 2BR/2BA, pool. Broker owner Brenda Boyd May. 941-730-8589. $539,000 GREAT CONDO $65,000 FURNISHED located in a 55+Community 2BR/1BA short distance to beaches, shopping, dinning and bus line. Erlene Fitzpatrick RE/ MAX Alliance Group 941224-6339 THE PORCH HOUSE. 2BR/2BA big porch overlooking newer pool ! Definite old Florida time warp! $499,000 . Brenda Boyd May Broker owner 941-730-8589 RIVER DISTRICT HOMES BRADENTON !! From $259,000. Walk to River ! Walk to shop walk to eat !!! 10 minute drive to Anna Maria !!! Brenda Boyd May 941-730-8589

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LARGE FENCED LOT SINGLE FAMILY HOME located at 2408 Avenue B Bradenton Beach, Furnished , 2BR/1BA close to beaches, shopping, and free trolley $450,000 Erlene Fitzpatrick Broker Associate RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-224-6339

REAL ESTATE: LOT FOR SALE BUILD ON LOT with view of Passage Key! Across from Anna Maria Park. $440,000 Brenda Boyd May broker 941-730-8589

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

ANNUAL RENTALS- Holmes Beach 2BR/1.5BA, carport, storage, W/D hookups $1,500/mo. Non-Smoking. Gulf view 1BR/1BA No pets, Nonsmoking $950/mo. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate for details 941-778-2307. ANNUAL RENTAL ANNA MARIA CITY, 2BR/1BA half duplex, unfurnished. NO PETS! $1,300/mo - 1st, last, and security req'd. Call Sato Real Estate, Inc. at 941-778-7200 or email monica@satorealestate. com 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with a 1 car garage at Palma Sola Trace. Available immediately. Call A Paradise at 941-778-4800 Coming soon a 3BR/2BA and a 1BR/1BA. Call for information BRADENTON WEST SIDE: Cute little 1BR/1BA House with fenced yard, 1 car garage, W/D hookup 723 35th St W. Available Now. $1100/mo. DUPLEX 3BR/1BA, car port, W/D hookup, all tile 4715-B 34th St W $1150/mo Available now. First, Last, one month security. Credit check required. One year lease. Call 941-809-2488

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HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, Car Port, lanai, W/D. Furnished or unfurnished. Alarm, water, trash included. $1800/mo First, Last, Security. Call 860922-3857 112 8TH ST. SOUTH. 1BR/1BA apartment half block to beach. Steps to fishing dock. Screen porch. Off-street parking. Cable, water, wifi included. $1,050/month. First/Last/ Security/References. ANNUAL RENTAL PERICO ISLAND: 2BR/2BA condo 1250 sq ft, new tile throughout, office/den, pool access, exercise room, carport, and small storage. $1400/mo. Small pet OK. First/Last/Sec. Water and Cable included. Gulf-Bay Realty 941-778-7244

RENTALS: SEASONAL & VACATION TIFFANY PLACE Gulf Front Condo for Rent Incredible views from living room and master bedroom. 2BR/2BA Green Real Estate Call 941-778-0455


ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$800/ wk 941-704-7525 or 941-7781915 2018 SEASONAL RENTALS Available: 2BR/1BA Gulf front from $3,850 per month, 2BR with sleeping loft from $3,850 per month. Three month minimum. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-778-0426 GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190 NW BRADENTON Open Living Room, Kitchen 1BR/1BA W/D in unit. No pets/Smoking. $450/ wk $1600/mo. Utilities included. Call 941-792-0258 HISTORICAL HOME RARELY AVAILABLE for rent. 3BR/2BA pool . Adults only three months. , 2 months or 1. Adorable!!! Brenda Boyd May. Broker / owner 941-730-8589

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



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