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Swordfish Grill serves up breakfast, gifts and activities for those less fortunate. More on Page 20.

Mayor seeks equal distribution of county funds The county’s surplus beach concession revenue fund had a $1.14 million balance as of Sept. 30. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

BRADENTON BEACH – Mayor John Chappie supports the city of Anna Maria’s request to use $333,000 of surplus beach concession revenues for the replacement of the City Pier, but he wants a fair share of the county-controlled funds for his city, too. “I have no problem with the projects the other cities have. Where I’m having some heartburn is the equity in the distribution of the funds,” Chappie said during the City Commission’s Dec. 7

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meeting. Chappie said he recognizes the Island-wide value of the Anna Maria City Pier. “I don’t have a problem with the City Pier in Anna Maria. Hopefully this commission will support their request, but I’m looking at it as a third, a third and a third so we know where we stand over the next several years,” he said regarding his desire for the county funds to be shared equally by the three Island cities. County Resolution 14-119 guides the beach concession funding request process and requires a joint letter of support signed by all three mayors, even if the project is specific to one city.

HOLMES BEACH – Just in time for the holidays, the doors have officially opened at Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen in Holmes Beach. The new restaurant is located in the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club which opened its doors in late November. It features a casual dining atmosphere with a rustic décor and an open kitchen, allowing guests to observe Executive Chef James Baselici and his staff at work. The menu features local seafood selections and Southern favorites, including dishes inspired by the

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Right of way work begins City rights of way are being reclaimed for public projects. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amsun.com

BRADENTON BEACH – Residents are beginning to feel the impact of city rights of way and alleys being reclaimed for water, sewer and drainage projects initiated by the city and the county. “Manatee County notified us that their infrastructure has come to the end of its useful life, and they needed to replace that infrastructure,” City Engineer Lynn Burnett said during the Wednesday, Dec. 13, City Commission work meeting. Regarding county projects now underway, Burnett said, “The project, for Bradenton Beach purposes, extends from Cortez Road all the way up to north part of city. It runs right down Avenue C. They are replacing water mains, force mains and sewer gravity lines. The whole right of way is being torn up to put new utilities in.” At the city level, right, of way in the alleys at the north end of town have been or will be reclaimed for the storm-

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Work crews are making their way down the Avenue C rights of way while making utilities improvements for Manatee County. water and drainage improvements. Plans are also being formulated to eventually install a local bike path down Avenue C to address bicyclist and pedestrian safety concerns along Gulf Drive. The city’s local bike path will connect with Holmes Beach’s local bike path and may one day compliment the Florida SUN Trail if that comes to fruition on the Island. During the recent work meeting, resi-

dent Anthony Rycerz commented on the work now underway on Avenue C. “I came home from work and found my front yard was dug up and I wasn’t too pleased about that. We also heard there’s going to be a bike path put in our front yard as well. We have pavers there that are going to be tore up, and there’s no plan to put them back,” he said. Burnett said she sympathizes with impacted residents, but there’s more to

come: “There are several critical pieces of Avenue C and that part of our city that need to be addressed over the next several years.” She believes it makes more sense for the city to do its stormwater, drainage and bike path projects on the heels of the county projects rather than tearing up county-restored rights of way to do city projects. “That would be continually ripping the Band-Aid off the wound. We rebuild it once from the ground up and do it right,” she said. Burnett said population projections are motivating infrastructure improvements. The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) is predicting Manatee County’s population will double over the next 20 years, rising to an estimated 511,800 people in 2040. “Those numbers will have an impact on us,” she said.

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Local radio station owner dies The man who promoted local original music on the air and in podcasts has died. Robert Herman passed away Tuesday, Dec 19. Herman opened a low-powered radio station six years ago, promising to air local musicians and local news and events. Herman He experienced problems with the broadcasting equipment and expanded operations to a website. An obituary was unavailable at press time, according to his partner, Casey Hoffman, but there are plans for a celebration of his life on Sunday, Dec. 31, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 2417 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach. Musicians are urged to bring an instrument to play for a tribute to him. There will be a PA system. Parking will be available at Herb Dolan Park, behind the house. Martha Kelley | Submitted

New Year holiday closures City offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach will be closed for the New Year holiday on Monday, Jan. 1, reopening Tuesday, Jan. 2 with normal hours of operation. The Island Branch Library and Tingley Memorial Library will both be closed Jan. 1. The Center of Anna Maria Island remains closed 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 New Year 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.

Citizen of the Year ceremony Anna Maria resident, reporter and historian Pat Copeland will receive the city of Anna Maria’s 2017 Citizen of the Year award after a reception taking place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Dr.

Steube proposes time change Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) has filed legislation that could eliminate the need for Floridians to switch between daylight saving (March to November) and standard time during the rest of the year. Steube filed Senate Bill 858 last month and he recently sent his constituents an email expressing his belief that seasonal time changes are detrimental to school children. Another of his emails included an online survey seeking insight on which time observation people preferred. More than twice as many respondents preferred permanent daylight saving to the permanent standard time observed during winter months. Steube’s proposed legislation has been referred to the Senate’s Community Affairs, Rules and Commerce and Tourism committees for further consideration.

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Privateers party for a Christmas cause The Privateers raised enough money to adopt two Christmas families this year. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

BRADENTON BEACH – The Anna Maria Island Privateers and the Drift In joined forces and raised slightly more than $2,000 to assist two Privateers-adopted Christmas families. The funds raised will also assist the Privateers’ ongoing efforts to provide scholarships to local students. The fund-raising activities took place at the Drift In in Bradenton Beach on Saturday, Dec. 16. Fundraising activities included raffling off a lotto board filled with $200 worth of scratch off lottery tickets and a $100 bill. Drift In regulars and Michigan snowbirds Terry and Gary Reinhart won the lotto board. A booze basket also was raffled off and won by Privateer Jim Elder. Privateer Missy Miller won the 50-50 drawing. A potluck dinner contributed to the fundraising efforts and several attendees brought Christmas gifts for the Privateers’ Christmas families. “It was a good event,” said Privateer and event organizer Linda Sullivan.

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From left, Privateer Jim Elder won the booze basket. Gary and Terry Reinhart were the lucky winners of the Privateer’s lotto board. “It was awesome, and we want to thank everybody, especially the Drift In,” said Privateers’ President Cindy Meeks. The Privateers’ next fund-raising events will be the Thieves Markets

at Coquina Beach the second Saturdays of January, February and March and the Colony Cove Pub Crawl on Feb. 3.


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Planning for sea level rise Check valves, enhanced natural shorelines and knee walls were discussed as planned or potential means of addressing rising tides. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

BRADENTON BEACH – City Engineer Lynn Burnett believes now is the time to start planning for the anticipated impacts of sea level rising predicted in the decades to come. Burnett addressed these concerns during the City Commission and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) work meetings on Dec. 13. During the commission work meeting, Burnett mentioned the vulnerability of the Bradenton Beach’s coastal areas, particularly on the north end of the city. In addition to the Public Works Department installing additional WaStop check valves to prevent tidal waters from backflowing into stormwater drainage pipes, Burnett believes there’s also a need for enhanced natural shorelines and other improvements

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The city engineer suggests installing a knee wall along Bay Day South to address tidal flooding. that would help hold the Gulf and bay waters back. “We have to be looking what we can do over the next 10-20 years. If we wait 20 years, you hit a tipping point where it becomes astronomical to go back and retrofit and fix. Because the county’s

already coming in with their utilities, now is the time where we can really start to put some of this in play,” she told the city commissioners. The city recently reclaimed some alley right of ways on the north end of town in order to install vertical infiltra-

tion trenches that join the drainage improvements installed elsewhere in the city. During the CRA work meeting that preceded the commission work meeting, Burnett presented a map of the city based on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) projection for the year 2060. “We’ve experienced eight inches since 1984,” she said, noting that her planning is based on that sea level rise trend continuing. Addressing a potential worst-case scenario, Burnett said, “We experienced it October with our King Tide. Bay Drive was completely underwater. What we experienced as that King Tide anomaly becomes the norm for our high tides 20, 30, 40 years from now.” Referencing the NOAA map, she mentioned future potential problem areas along Bay Drive, Second Street and Third, Fourth and Fifth streets south, with stormwater pipes and at-grade shorelines as the vulnerable points. She said Bay Drive South was the highest priority area in her opinion and see plan, page 35


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EDITORIAL Thanks and have a happy New Year

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he staff of The Sun wishes to thank all of our readers and advertisers for their support and encouragement over these past 12 months and for enabling us to make 2017 one our best year's ever. When we incorporated back in 1999, we had no idea where the road ahead would lead us or how long our journey would last. Once we launched our first edition in 2000, we hoped we would make it to the five year mark and garner some measure of success along the way. Well, five years turned into 10, and 10 into 15. Now, we are heading into our 18th year of publishing and looking forward to celebrating our 20th, which will be here before we know it. Thank you all for helping our voice be heard and for letting us provide a platform for you to have your say. A happy and blessed New Year to you from all of us here at The Sun.

Your thoughts? Got an opinion, a complaint or a compliment? Is there something you need to get off your chest? Send us a letter to the editor and have your say. There are a couple of ways to do it. The easiest and most direct is to e-mail The Sun at news@amisun.com. Remember to put Letter to the Editor in the subject field. Or you can snail-mail a letter to us at The Anna Maria Island Sun, Island Sun Plaza, P.O. Box 1189, Anna Maria, FL 34216. Or you can hand-deliver a letter to our office in Island Sun Plaza, 9801 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. Letters should be kept to 300 words or less and must contain your name and the city in which you reside. Personal attacks and obscene language will not be printed. The Sun reserves the right to edit letters for length or content.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Positive reporting It was nice to see positive reporting from the Island media regarding the Anna Maria Community Center. I am there frequently watching my family play soccer, basketball, wrestling and many other structured activities for kids. Adults play tennis, pickleball and many other activities. The Center has worked very hard getting control of expenses when revenue has gone down. Community centers throughout the county are having difficulty

raising funds to keep the doors open and ours is no different. I want to thank The Center board and the executive director for working hard to present a clean audit from an outside firm last week and a good audit this year from a volunteer that agreed to review the financials. Now it's time for those of us that care about our kids and our community gathering place to raise funds like all other community centers in this county are doing.

Currently there are three Island residents who will match contributions up to $30,000 and are asking those who love our kids to contribute. The Center is working hard to increase revenues by fundraising, which the audits said needs to take place. My family contributes what we can, please consider doing the same. Carol Whitmore Holmes Beach

comments on the sun facebook page These are comments made about the approval by the Manatee County Commission of the proposed Hunter's Point development near Cortez. Susan Curry: Really bad idea. It reeks of greed and lack of honesty. Glorified trailer hotel. This does nothing positive for our community.

Don Reideler: These are gonna become rentals. You can bet on it. I think we all know how this is gonna end up. Karla Streeter: It's all about money. Traffic is going to be horrendous. Laura Miller: Sad that money can ruin such a nice environment. Kym Erickson-Sparks: Why not call it thieves point ...

John Midyette: It will be under water in 20 years from now anyway. Melody Bentley: Goodbye historic beautiful Cortez. What a shame.


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PREVIOUS QUESTION: Do you favor or oppose the planned Hunters Point waterfront development north of Cortez?

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Anna Maria 10005 Gulf Drive.

I am in favor of the project.

Dec. 28: 5:30 p.m., Citizen of the Year reception. Dec. 28: 6 p.m., City Commission meeting. Jan. 1: Offices closed. For information, call 7086130.

Bradenton Beach 107 Gulf Drive N.

Jan. 1: Offices closed. Jan. 3: 11 a.m., Pier Team meeting.

Jan. 3: 3 p.m., Scenic WAVES meeting. Jan. 4: 6 p.m., City Commission meeting. For information, call 7781005.

Holmes Beach 5801 Marina Drive.

Jan. 1: Offices closed. Jan. 3: 10 a.m., Parks and Beautification meeting. Jan. 3: 6 p.m., Planning Commission meeting. For information, call 7085800.

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I am opposed to the project.

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I have no opinion on the project.

The sun survey is not a scientific poll and is used for entertainment purposes only.

THIS WEEK’S SURVEY What are your New Year's resolutions, if any?

• Finally clean out the garage. • Hit the gym and get in better

shape. • Contribute more to the local watering hole economy. • Be friendlier to tourists. • I don't do New Year's resolutions.

To vote, go to www.amisun.com or scan this code to vote by smartphone. LIKE us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnnaMariaIslandSun View The Sun’s online edition at www.issuu.com/AnnaMariaIslandSun

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.

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The Anna Maria Island Sun staff Publishers Mike Field Maggie Field 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/Social Media Editor Cindy Lane Accounting John Reitz

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. 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 maryannbrady@ theparadisecenter.org or 941-383-6493. Lunchtime nature bathing,

Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, noon. Reserve to melissa.nell@ mymanatee.org. 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 sjbrill@aol.com.

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Naturalist guided wagon tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., 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 maryannbrady@ theparadisecenter.org or 941-383-6493. Naturalist guided wagon tour, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., 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. N.W., Bradenton, 1 to 4 p.m. Reserve to 941742-5923, ext. 6039. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

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Kayaking for first timers, Robinson Preserve 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon. Reserve to 941-7425923, ext. 6039. SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 8


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From Page 7 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 amy.may@ mymanatee.org 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 941216-9600 or sjbrill@aol.com.

Sunday

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.

Monday January 1

Cancy’s Shamrock Shiver, Seventh Avenue South Beach, noon. Participants should arrive by 11:15 a.m.

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 941216-9600 or sjbrill@aol.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. OneBlood donation opportunity, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 12:45 p.m. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon.

Thursday January 4

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@theparadisecenter.org or 941-383-6493. Mad Science: Superhero Science, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 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 941216-9600 or sjbrill@aol.com. Feed the Pig: Thinking Money, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Friday January 5

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, 941-538-0945.

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“They’ll be removed,” Burnett said, noting that the large tree in front of the Annie Silver Community Center is one such tree. “Is there room for adjusting some of these models to accommodate these treasured trees?” Commissioner Randy White asked. Commissioner Jake Spooner asked if some trees could be relocated onto private property. Regarding county projects, Burnett said, “Their restoration costs do not include relocating stuff in the public right of way

to private property. There’s a whole host of liability issues.” Burnett said if the city starts picking and choosing which property owners to accommodate that opens the city up to potential challenges. When trees are removed, she stresses the importance of the city replacing them with the right trees and the right soil so they can be properly maintained and their roots don’t do future damage to sidewalks and streets. Pavers and other items placed in rights of way will also be removed and will not be replaced. Mailboxes will be relocated.

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Canal ownership presents unique situation The proposed site for the Hunters Point Resort and Marina is surrounded by a canal owned by the developer but used by many others. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

CORTEZ – What impact does the revelation that Hunters Point Resort and Marina developer Marshall Gobuty owns the inland canal that borders his proposed development site have on neighboring property owners? The Sun posed this question to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) after this fact was made public during the Manatee County Planning Commission’s Dec. 14 review of the Hunters Point development plans. Representatives of the two state agencies were asked if Gobuty’s ownership of the canal allows him to restrict navigation on the heavily used canal that begins at the Bradenton Boat Club and connects with the Intracoastal Waterway near the Seafood Shack restaurant. Several homes along the canal have docks and boat lifts and the canal also connects with H&H Marina and the Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort. FDEP Public Information Manager Shannon Herbon referred The Sun to Swiftmud Public Information Officer Susanna Martinez Tarokh, who provided the following response: “Our regulation staff tells me typically the title holder doesn’t own the water, only the bottom lands, and he could restrict someone building something on the bottom lands he owns. Unless his

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Several Cortez homeowners own docks and boat lifts along the canal owned by developer Marshall Gobuty. ownership documents say something else, he really cannot control the use of the canal.” Tarokh’s response supports county staff member Dorothy Rainey’s statement that canal-side homeowners need Gobuty’s permission to build a dock or install a boatlift that has supports extending downward to the submerged lands below. Tarokh’s response contrasts Rainey’s statement that these property rights are granted to Gobuty by a state-issued submerged land lease. “According to our regulatory staff, this project does not have a Sovereign Submerged Lands located within the project area issued by the District,” Tarokh’s email said. Tarokh attached a copy of a 2007 title search associated with the property before Gobuty acquired it in 2016. The title search was requested by Hunters

Hill Inc. Vice President Christopher Ayre, a business associate of Peter and Eva Thurell, the property owners at that time. “Our records indicate the canal was dredged/altered, and there is insufficient information to determine the location of the mean high-water line at this site prior to alterations. Therefore, we recommend the proprietary requirements normally applied to state owned lands not apply to this activity,” the title search document states.

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During the Planning Commission meeting, Margaret Tusing, the county’s principal planner, addressed the canal ownership when discussing Gobuty’s request to reduce the waterfront structure setbacks to create more room for his development. “This is an unusual situation. When

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you look at the waterfront setback requirements it has a provision that talks about if you own the canal or you own the waterway you do not have to meet the 30-foot setback. Marshall does own this waterway, however at some point in time the individual property owners aren’t going to own the water anymore; the homeowner’s association is probably going to own it. That’s why we’re using an abundance of caution, coming forward with this specific approval to allow it to be reduced to the 15 feet,” Tusing said. There are no known documents that ensure neighboring property owners the continued use of their existing docks, but Gobuty’s attorney, Caleb Grimes, told the Planning Commission and the public that his client has no issues with the existing docks and no intent to limit the historic use of the canal for navigational purposes. Barring an easement or some other written agreement, neighboring property owners will be left reliant on the developers’ word and/or the homeowner’s association’s future decisions regarding any potential restrictions or fees imposed upon new or existing docks; and if Gobuty sells the property before it’s developed, ownership of the canal would transfer with it. County Commissioners will be asked to approve the Hunters Point Resort and Marina development plans on Thursday, Jan. 11. The public hearing will allow for public comment on all matters pertaining to the proposed project.

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Commissioners prepare for state legislative session Holmes Beach lobbyist Cari Roth expects vacation rental regulations to be a hot topic in Tallahassee during the upcoming 2018 legislative session. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | kswain@amisun.com

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HOLMES BEACH - Lobbyist Cari Roth is heading back to Tallahassee to fight for municipalities right to govern vacation rentals during the upcoming state legislative session. Roth visited Holmes Beach city hall to meet one on one with city leaders and present her plans to fight against state removal of home rule over vacation rental properties on the city's behalf. Her goals for the upcoming legislative session, she said, are to continue collaborative efforts with the Florida League of Cities and pursue vacation rental legislation that allows for a grandfathering of "reasonable" existing municipality regulations. Roth said that after review, she feels the city's vacation rental ordinance, requiring owners of short-term rentals to undergo an inspection and licensing procedure, qualifies as reasonable regulation. In preparing for the January start to the 2018 legislative session, Roth is compiling data from both city code enforcement and the Holmes Beach Police Department on issues found in vacation rentals and officer response to resident complaints. Other allies Roth hopes to

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Lobbyist Cari Roth gives Holmes Beach city leaders an update of what to expect in the coming state legislative session, beginning Jan. 9. work with to combat local deregulation of vacation rentals are the lobbyists representing the hotel industry. While Airbnb has put $1 million in a PAC fund to remove local regulations, Roth said the hotel industry is helping to fund the movement to "level the playing field" and create regulations that treat vacation rentals as businesses, forcing them to adhere to the same regulations and tax payments hotel owners face. Last year's vacation rental bill, which passed a state House of Representatives vote by a narrow margin at 63 to 56 votes, has been refiled for consideration during the 2018 legislative session by Rep. Mike La Rosa. With 2018 being an election year, Roth said she

expects the topic of vacation rental regulations to be a prominent item during the 60-day session. "There are a lot of extra politics in the mix this year," she said. Mayor Bob Johnson said he believes the key to success in Tallahassee will be having "representatives who communicate well within the legislature." He said by working with the feedback received from the previous session and keeping lines of communication open between Tallahassee and interested parties on the local level, he hopes the voices of municipal leaders will be heard by state leaders. The 2018 legislative session begins Jan. 9.


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Belkiss Delgado was the only person from Honduras in her citizenship ceremony.

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HOLMES BEACH – Belkiss Delgado can claim something she couldn’t a couple of weeks ago – she’s an American citizen. Delgado, who works in the Anna Maria Elementary School cafeteria, has lived in America with her husband, Emando, who was born in the United States to Honduran parents. “He was American, and we met in Honduras,” she said. “We got married in Honduras. He was in the Air Force.” When they moved back to the U.S., they started a family. She said she always wanted to become a citizen, but other things got in the way. She had three boys, one born in Honduras and two in the U.S. “We postponed it when we had kids, and we postponed because I worked.” she said, “Finally I said it was time.” How does she feel now that she has earned her citizenship? “I’m happy and proud,” she said. “I

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From left, Belkiss Delgado's mother, Delgado and her husband, Emando, at her citizenship ceremony feel more secure.” She said the political atmosphere is much more stable in the U.S. “This is a really good country made up of people from all over the world. There isn’t the corruption that we have in Honduras,” Delgado said.

HOLMES BEACH – Residents may soon see new small utility boxes located in public rights-ofway. To meet a new state-mandate allowing small wireless signal booster facilities to be installed in public rights-of-way, commissioners were required to begin ordinance talks before the state law takes effect Jan. 1. With a few minor changes, the Holmes Beach ordinance amending the city’s stance on right-of-way usage and regulations for wireless signal facilities goes to a first reading Jan. 9. City Attorney Patricia Petruff said the ordinance is required to be in place quickly and asked commissioners to consider the potential liability to the city with having the boxes located on publicly owned property. If one of the boxes malfunctioned and electro-

cuted someone, she said it could be a serious legal issue for the city even though the city isn’t installing the boxes. City Planner Bill Brisson said the installation and maintenance of the wireless devices has very little oversight from the state and won’t bring in a lot of revenue for the city. Out of concern for the liability to the city, Commissioner Jim Kihm recommended a change to the proposed ordinance, increasing the required liability insurance from $2 million to $5 million with an added requirement that the insurance be carried by the installing company for the lifetime of the project. His fellow commissioners agreed. Petruff said she had no issue with the suggested changes, particularly considering there’s no way of knowing just how many of the boxes could potentially be installed in the city, increasing the risk for liability issues to arise.


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Christmas fruitcakes BY SEAN MURPHY SPECIAL TO THE SUN

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Uncle George was the closest thing I had to a grandfather. He was the oldest son in my mother’s family of 10 children. He thought of my dad as a little brother. My dad had a printing company. As a side venture he sold advertising specialties – stuff that businesses gave away as marketing pieces – key chains, calendars, those plastic things to scrape snow off your windshield. Our Jewish friends called them schotskies.

At Christmas time a lot of businesses gave away Christmas fruitcakes under the silly misapprehension that people liked to eat fruitcakes, so then the recipient would think fondly of their business. Dad got a heck of a price on the fruitcakes because he sold so many of them, so dad gave all of our relatives fruitcakes for Christmas. We were Irish Catholics. There was a lot of “propagation of the faith” going on. My maternal grandmother had 10 kids, all married, and about 40 grandchildren. Then there was dad’s side. Ten more kids. Forty more grandchildren. That’s a boat load of fruitcakes. Dad would deliver fruitcakes to all the relatives. They would pretend to be grateful. Uncle George would then drive around and gather up all those fruitcakes. George would take them back to a big shed he kept out in back of his

house near his dock. The shed was a house of wonders that doubled as a boathouse and smuggling headquarters. He called it his office. Uncle George did most of his best and most diabolical work and all of his fruitcake operations in the office. George would open the cake tins, and then he would pour rum into the tins until the cake was almost completely submerged. After letting the cakes sit for a couple of days, George poured off most of the unabsorbed rum into jars and replaced the lids on the cake tins. Uncle George called the rum in the jars George’s Christmas Rum. Uncle George then delivered all the fruitcakes back to the relatives as his Christmas gifts. Everyone welcomed George in from the cold, shared a little nip of George’s Christmas Rum from the jars and thought the cakes vastly improved. One year he topped off the cakes

with 151 proof rum instead of his regular navy dark. He went out through the snow to the office to check on the cakes, lit a cigar, and blew himself out of the shed. The cakes were a little smoky that year. Everyone hailed it as a great innovation. I miss my Uncle George, especially this time of year. Maybe it’s the fruitcakes. So if someone gave you a Christmas fruitcake this year – take heart. Fix that cake up with a little rum – Uncle George style. Have a sip of Uncle George’s Rum and toast him for me. Stay away from the 151. Sean Murphy is an aging restaurateur who writes occasionally to embarrass his children. Sean gets to work with the wonderful people who run the Beach Bistro, Eat Here and the team’s new bar – The Doctors’ Office.

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Adult volleyball begins at Center Hit the sand at The Center of Anna Maria Island and join the new adult volleyball league. Players can create their own team of six or join individually to be placed on a team. Each team is required to have at least one female player on the floor at all times. Games will be played on Tuesdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 16. The cost is $10 for members and

$96 for non-members. The last day to register is Saturday, Jan. 6. Players can register in person at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, online at www.centerami.org, or by phone at 941-778-1908. To sponsor a team, contact Recreation Director Will Schenerlein at will@centerami.org or 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.

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Swordfish Grill delivers holiday joy BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

CORTEZ – On Sunday, Dec. 17, the folks at the Swordfish Grill in Cortez continued their holiday tradition of serving up gifts and a holiday breakfast for children and families who are trying to escape the specter of homelessness. This year’s gathering benefitted 83 children and family members affiliated with the local Blessing Bags Project. Filling in for Santa, General Manager Bob Slicker and elf/manager Greg Koeper arrived by boat aboard Cortez Deep Sea Fishing’s Eddy Lee Z. Each child received a bag of gifts and a special blanket. 20 bikes were given away, and the children were treated to face painting, balloon art, CocoJoes Italian Ice and a photo with Santa. After the event, Slicker said he was “humbled” by the experience. Learn more about The Blessing Bags Project at www.theblessingbagsproject.org.

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Santa and Greg the Elf receive a warm welcome after arriving by boat.

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Above, this happy youngster rode off with a new bike for Christmas. Below, Greg the Elf and Santa Slicker on the bow of the deep-sea fishing boat.

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Blessing Bags Project President Betsy Plante, center, huddles up with her crew of volunteer lady elves.

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Above,this family settled into a booth to do some arts and crafts.. Left, each child went home with gifts from Santa Claus and his helpers at the Swordfish Grill.


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Ehde steps in Ava Ehde was head librarian at the Island Branch Library before being promoted to head the entire department. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

BRADENTON – Ava Ehde, Manatee County's library services manager since 2011 and former head of the Island Branch Library, has been named interim director of Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department. The department includes probation, human, veterans, healthcare and neighborhood services divisions and the public library system. She takes over for Cheri Coryea, who was recently confirmed as a deputy county administrator by Manatee County Commissioners. Under Ehde’s leadership, the Manatee library system has expanded its

WMFR initiative wins county approval Manatee County Commissioners approved a certificate of public necessity and convenience application Nov. 28 from West Manatee Fire Rescue. The COPCN application to the county for the district’s proposed non-transport advanced life

educational and technological resources and programs at its six locations, with more than 1.9 million customers annually using resources. Library usage has soared 85 percent in 10 Ehde years. Ongoing technological training and computer assistance continue to reach residents, and more than 62,000 patrons attended informational and educational programs this year. Also under Ehde's management, Manatee County won the Florida Library Association’s 2013 Library Innovation Award and the 2016 Library of the Year. Ehde received the association’s Librarian of the Year for 2017. Ehde said she sees an opportunity to increase the county’s reach to residents and visitors. “I think we might expand and combine some programs,” she said.

“Although my appointment is interim, I want to explore those goals.” Ehde said she hopes to bring a unique perspective to her role in Neighborhood Services, leading to new inter-departmental opportunities that will expand community reach. “I think that my unique perspective, paired with past director Cheri Coryea’s knowledge of the Neighborhood Services Department’s role, will result in comprehensive interdepartmental programs,” said Ehde. “Community Services might be able to use the library’s research databases or book meeting room space to plan a program to build awareness about the opioid crisis, or Aging Services could promote awareness for the library’s Books by Mail program.” Ehde’s 21-year career began with Niagara Falls Public Library as a history librarian. She also supervised reference services in a college library

and served as an adjunct professor for SUNY Buffalo’s Library School. She moved to Florida in 2002, first serving as a reference librarian at Manatee County's Central Library. She was soon promoted to supervise the Island Branch Library. She became manager of the library system in 2011. According to a news release from Manatee County, Library Operations Manager Kevin Beach described Ehde’s influence on Manatee Libraries as transformational. “Ava has turned under-performing and outdated facilities into integral community centers by raising the awareness of the value of a modern library," Beach said. "She has energized the staff by engaging us in more outreach programs and partnerships and by adopting a proactive approach to helping identify the needs of the community."

support service puts the launch of the new initiative within reach for WMFR. The COPCN application, necessary for WMFR to apply for a state license and launch the program, was approved as a part of the commission’s consent agenda. The ALS service allows firefighters to give the same medical services as EMS without patient transport abilities.

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Planning for the new year Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS

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ew Year’s resolutions are a part of the story of the holidays. In my experience, this tradition has spawned more jokes than resolutions that are followed through. Still, it’s a good time and practice to look back on the past year with its successes and challenges and at least reflect on what worked, what you might have done differently and what fresh adventures can be planned for the New Year. Anglers can glean some valuable information and insight that will lead to positive fishing experiences in 2018. I’m not suggesting that we write down hard and fast resolutions that

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The waters of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge are just a few hours north of Anna Maria, but are a world apart. don’t give any wiggle room. Instead think back on even the small things that when done differently might have had a bigger impact than you ever imagined. An example might be remembering when you hooked a really nice fish only to lose it to a failed knot, that tell-tale squiggle on the end

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of your line where the hook use to be attached. This resolution might read “always remember to carefully tie my knots, inspecting and testing them before I start fishing.” If this scenario hasn’t happened to you, count your blessings and remember this suggestion. I’ll admit to experiencing that

pesky pigtail on the end of my line at least once this past year. The same applies to sharpening hooks, checking the drag and inspecting line for nicks and abrasions. Ideas like this can be the start of a general review of all your see reel time, page 23


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rigging, the state of your tackle and lures, even the condition of the line you have on your reels. Maybe it’s time to consider changing out a line that’s seen a realistic amount of service. Tackle and organization are certainly places to start, but extend that same thinking to other equipment like your boat and motor, waders, push pole, trolling motor and wading boots. As experience teaches us it’s the little things that we overlook that come back to haunt us. On the water consider thinking out of the proverbial box by altering your routine strategy. Many anglers go fishing with a plan and never deviate from it. They start at one spot and hit all the usual holes during the day. A different option? Try planning to fish only places you’ve never explored before. I’ve done this and been amazed at how many spots there are that have proved to be productive. Looking at the same place with new eyes can be revealing. Also consider trying a new place altogether. There are lots of beautiful and productive destinations within a few hours’ drive from Anna Maria, both north and south. Drive two hours north and you can explore the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge and just north of there Homosassa and Crystal rivers. Less than two hours south and you’re in Charlotte Harbor and adjacent to Pine Island Sound. Don’t want to go that far? Anyone with a boat can leave Anna Maria and be fishing in fresh water in about an hour. The Manatee River and the Braden River provide anglers with a variety of fish from tarpon to catfish, redfish to bass. Both rivers also have numerous launch sites for boats, kayaks and paddleboards. It might even prove useful to review how you approach fishing. If you’re a fly caster, look at ways you might improve your casting and consider learning how to cast with your non-dominant hand. Anglers who use conventional tackle might want to try artificial lures instead of always relying on live bait. No matter how long you’ve been fishing or what your level of competency, there’s always room for improvement. A general review of tackle, technique and the opportunities available to you can only improve your enjoyment of fishing moving into 2018. Happy New Year!

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BRADENTON BEACH – The future looks bright for boaters, but not dangerously bright for sea turtles at the newly-redesigned north Coquina Beach Bayside boat ramp. New turtle-friendly street lights meet with the approval of Manatee County Property Management Project Manager Angela Honts, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox, Manatee County Property Management Construction Coordinator Debra Leavenworth and Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Officer Gail Garneau, who worked on the project. With the installation of the street lights and the county’s continued maintenance of dunes and dune plants that block headlights from the beach, Coquina Beach is 100 percent sea turtle friendly, accord-

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Manatee County Property Management Project Manager Angela Honts, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox, Manatee County Property Management Construction Coordinator Debra Leavenworth and Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Officer Gail Garneau worked on the light project. ing to Fox. Lights can disorient nesting and hatchling sea turtles and lead to injury or death. The turtle-friendliest lights are

Artificial reef to be expanded Manatee County has been awarded a second $60,000 grant through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to expand a local artificial reef to improve recreational fishing and diving. Borden Reef is about 7 nautical miles southwest of Longboat Pass in the Gulf of Mexico at latitude 27° 24.473’ N and longitude 82° 47.842’ W in 35-50 feet of water. The limestone boulder reef was built this year with $60,000 from Manatee County and $60,000 from an FWC grant through the federal Dingell-Johnson Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, which provides federal aid to states to manage fisheries used in recreational fishing and diving. A 2010 economic impact study by the University of Florida shows that Manatee County’s 13 artificial reefs produce an annual economic impact of nearly $23 million and 234 full- or part-time jobs.

mounted as low to the ground as possible, with fully shielded fixtures lamped with amber LED light bulbs certified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Proposed state budget would cut local environmental funding Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed state budget for 2018-19 would cut environmental funding for a local preserve and for sea turtles, shorebirds and beach projects statewide. The proposed budget for Grant and Aids for Manatee County Robinson Preserve Habitat Restoration has been reduced to zero from $600,000 in the current 2017-18 budget. Projects for sea turtles and shorebirds impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill also have been defunded in two line items: Gulf Coast Restoration, Sea Turtle Disorientation Data Collection and Management, reduced to zero from $118,000 this fiscal year, and Gulf Coast Restoration, Florida Shorebird Conservation Initiative, reduced to zero from $696,669 this fiscal year. Statewide beach project funding is cut in half in the proposed budget, from $40 million to $20 million. The proposed budget includes more than $1.7 billion in funding for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, an overall $220 million increase.


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Setting the table for future generations Liza Kubik THE SEAFOOD SHACK

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eafood Shack set to open in two weeks” read the headline in the paper dated Thursday Oct. 12, 1972, declaring “Manatee County’s newest restaurant.” The Seafood Shack Marina had been built in 1971 on the sunny seaside of Cortez – a fishing village nicknamed “The Kitchen” by many residents for its wealth of fish, scallops and other delicious seafood. And with the marina’s success came the desire for a restaurant to highlight the area’s fresh local seafoods. The astounding customer response to the original Seafood Shack restaurant led to several expansions, resulting in today’s two-storey restaurant facility. Founded in 1880, Cortez is one of the last authentic fishing villages in Florida. Listed as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, today’s Cortez is still home to a working commercial fishing fleet that catches

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shrimp, snapper, grouper, and stone crab, among other fish and seafood species. Now a landmark on the coast of Cortez, the Seafood Shack Bar and Grill is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the town’s traditions and pays homage to those who came before by creating delectable dishes with sustainablysourced seafood. The Shack’s Executive Chef Gerard Jesse offers up an easy-going, yet sophisticated, locallyderived menu with a style that rings the Gulf from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Florida Keys. Guests of The Shack enjoy crabby nachos (house fried tortillas, pico de gallo, queso fresco, green onion and blue crab claw meat), Cortez cobb salad (with shrimp, crawfish, bacon, crispy fried onions, blue cheese, egg, tomato, avocado and cucumber), cioppino (with local fish, local Joe Island clams and Gulf shrimp) and New Orleans-style shrimp and grits that pair smoked gulf shrimp with white cheddar stone ground grits, bacon and andouille sausage. Local foodies say Chef Jesse pairs flavors that are exciting, concepts that are intriguing and dishes that are inventive. To Chef Jesse, the best way to honor 24 oz. crabmeat Salt, fresh ground pepper to taste 1/2 tsp. Tabasco 2 Tbs. dill Vegetable oil

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Serve crab cakes with avocado tartar sauce. the past is to protect the future. The Seafood Shack recently announced a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which means it is honored as an industry leader working to build awareness about ocean-friendly seafood choices. As a partner, it makes a commitment to serve only environmentally responsible seafood and is helping transform the marketplace in favor of more responsible fisheries and aquaculture opera-

Avocado Tartar Sauce:

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Directions

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1. Place the onions, peppers and oil in a saucepot and cook until the vegetables are tender. 2. Combine the yolks, mustard, salt, pepper, lemon

tions. By choosing to eat sustainable, guests to The Shack are helping to ensure an abundant supply for generations to come. Chef Jesse wants to change the way we think about food, not only from the sea, and is committed to use delicious, locally-grown, seasonally fresh and whole or minimally processed ingredients, which is good for us, for local farming communities and for the planet. This resolve is what sets The Shack apart from the average seafood restaurant and has helped earn the property acknowledgments including the Small Business of the Year Award from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for 2018. The Seafood Shack deserves more than recognition awards. It has earned bragging rights for being a culinary trailblazer in the area. But for the Seafood Shack, the best reward is contented guests who appreciate the humble beginnings and the continued fresh offerings from "the kitchen" for years to come. The Seafood Shack is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. Visit The Shack at 4110 127th St. W., Cortez, or www. seafoodshack.com juice and Worchestershire sauce in a large bowl. 3. Slowly whisk the oil and pepper mixture into the yolk mixture. The heat will cook the yolks and you should have a cooked mayonnaise when all of the oil is incorporated. 4. Cool down this mixture on ice. 5. Add the breadcrumbs and cleaned crabmeat; adjust the seasoning. 6. Shape into little cakes; roll in more breadcrumbs to coat the outside. 7. Pan fry in vegetable oil. 8. Serve right away with avocado tartar sauce


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Permit to be released for new soundstage BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | kswain@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – It’s been a long road for the owners of the Ugly Grouper from concept to execution with plans to expand and improve the restaurant. During the Dec. 12 city commission meeting, Holmes Beach Building Official Jim McGuinness said he had re-

Obituaries Dr. Howard Irving Kortis Dr. Howard Irving Kortis of Holmes Beach, Fla., passed away at his home on Dec. 18, 2017, at the age of 89. Howard is predeceased by his parents, Rose and David Kortis, of Brooklyn, New York; and his sisters, Doris Robbins and Carol Kortis. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Kortis, of 45 years; his sister, Lori Mudrick, of River Edge, N.J.; and his sons, Phillip, Bryan and Edward. Howard and Patricia were married on Feb. 25, 1972. in Plainfield, N. J. Howard was born in The Bronx, N. Yo., in 1928. He graduated from Midwood High School in only three years and went on to the University of Wisconsin where he was a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society graduate. As an Alpha Omega Alpha Honors graduate of SUNY DMC, Howard earned his medical degree and completed his internship as well as a three-year anesthesia residency at the Walter Reed Army Hospital. Howard served as the director of anesthesia at the following facilities: the US Army Hospital in Nurnberg, Germany; the Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, N. J.; and finally, the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N. J., for 25 years. In June 1956, Howard had the distinguished honor of receiving the highest security clearance as the anesthesiologist for President Dwight David Eisenhower’s surgery. He retired from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School while serving as professor of clinical anesthesia and clinical director. With a flavor for humor his wife Patty says, “Howard was hermetically sealed in the operating room and then turned his attentions toward golf, giving him a new zest for

ceived a permit request for a new stage at the Ugly Grouper, but was refraining from releasing the permit because he believes the modifications to the stage are part of a larger, overall plan to improve and expand the restaurant’s main building. City commissioners agreed that McGuinness should release the requested permit for the soundstage, regardless if any other plans for site plan alterations

life.” Local funeral services featuring a 21-gun salute will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota. A celebration of life service is to be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Key Royale Golf Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-3055. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to benefit anesthesiology students to the Alumni Association at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, on behalf of Howard Kortis, 450 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11203, or by clicking on the following link https://www.downstate.edu/alumni/ alumni-giving/index.html and donating online. A memorial website to share stories, express regrets and condolences for the family may be offered online at www.nevergone.com.

Mary Ann Schmidt Mary Ann Schmidt, 73, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 17, 2017. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Walter Henry Schmidt and her parents, Walter Clolinger and Mary Thompson. She is survived by her son, Walter J Schmidt (Anne), of Dallas; daughter, Kristine Lawson (Kenny), of Bradenton; daughter, Karen A. Bowes (Matt), of Bradenton; and grandchildren Jesse Lawson, Riley Lawson, Matthew W. Bowes, Elise N. Bowes, Thomas K. Bowes, Andrew Schmidt, and Caroline Schmidt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on behalf of Mary Ann Schmidt to the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (LRROF) by going online to:http://lrrof.org/donate/make-a-donation/make-an-in-memory-donation/ or hospice donation by going online to:https://hospicefoundation.org Condolences at www.GriffithCline.com

are submitted in the future. City attorney Patricia Petruff supported commissioners’ decision saying that it was up to the commission how to enforce the approved site plan changes, which were voted on by commissioners almost a year ago. She said it was up to commissioners whether or not to continue to allow outdoor music at the venue without a new stage being built.

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12/17, domestic battery, 100 block of 3rd Street North. A woman and her husband got into an argument and he butted her with his body. The officer arrested him.

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12/15, grand theft, Publix,, 3900 East Bay Drive. The defendant removed a handicap mobile cart from the store. The store manager called police, and the responding officer saw the suspect driving it. He stopped and asked what the subject was doing. He subject said he was looking for his van and his family. He was arrested. 12/17, theft, 5300 block of Gulf Drive. A bike was stolen. 12/18, criminal mischief, Kingfish Boat Ramp,

The proposed stage features a trapezoid design and is smaller than the existing structure. The new stage would push more sound toward the heart of the restaurant, keeping it away from surrounding residents. McGuinness agreed to release the requested stage permit and to speak with restaurant owners concerning future modifications.

752 Manatee Ave. The victim said he parked his new pickup truck in a boat parking area for two days, and when he returned, he found a note on his windshield about parking in that area and somebody had keyed his truck. 12/18, trespass after warning, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer found two men at the beach after hours. He checked their identities, and one had been issued a trespass warning earlier in the year. He was arrested. 12/18, violation of the construction ordinance, 200 block of Haverkos Court. The officer responded to a complaint and found a worker installing a screen door track in the back of the home. The worker stopped and went home. 12/19, possession of a controlled substance (Xanax), 3900 East Bay Drive. The officer conducted a computer check on the defendant’s car and determined the vehicle’s registration had expired. He pulled the driver over, and when he approached the car, he smelled burnt marijuana. He conducted a search and found 7 grams of pot and some pills not in a prescription bottle. He wrote a ticket and took possession of the drugs.

Shamrock Shiver to take dive for charity Jan. 1 There will be a lot of splashing on Jan. 1 at the beach near Seventh Avenue South when people take the dive for charity in the 10th Annual Clancy’s Irish Pub Shamrock Shiver and costume contest. The action begins at new and participants are urged to get there by 11:15 a.m. There will be an after-plunge party at Clancy’s. 6218 Cortez Road W, Bradenton, with door prizes, beverages, food and live music. Those who wear costumes will receive a free raffle ticket. They will be judged by crowd participa-

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tion, and the winner’s trophy will be awarded at the party. All of the proceeds benefit Caring for Children Charities, d/b/a Florida Winefest & Auction, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children

in Manatee and Sarasota counties. To plunge, pledge or make a donation, contact Jan Crudele, Caring for Children Charities/Florida Winefest, 941-952-1109 or Rayma Stowe at Clancy’s, 941-794-2489.


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School Choice begins soon Parents who would like to send their child to a school outside than the one to which they are assigned for the 2018-2019 school year need to apply during the School Choice Open Enrollment Period. The 2018 high school session runs from Monday, Jan. 8, to Friday, Jan. 19; the middle school session runs from Monday, Feb. 5, to Friday, Feb. 16; and the elementary school session runs from Monday, March 5, to Friday, March 16. The School Choice Open Enrollment Period is the only time during the year when parents can apply to request their child attend another school without a reason. School Choice applications are available during each school choice session at all school sites; the office of student assignment located at 1400 1st Ave. E., Palmetto; or online at www.manateeschools.net by clicking “School Choice” under the “Parents and Students” tab. It is important to note that students new to the School District of Manatee County school system will need to present a certified birth certificate and social security number at the time they apply for school choice. Choice applications must be completed and signed by the enrolling parent of record. Emailed submissions verified for enrolling parent by the email address entered in the Student Information System (Focus Parent Portal). In-person or postal submissions, require a notary. Choice options for elementary students are limited to schools within a specific geographical cluster and Choice options for middle school students are limited to specific geographical regions. Choice transportation may be provided within elementary clusters and middle school regions provided the student lives more than two miles from the Choice approved school. Students who are assigned to another school under a hardship classification will no longer be able to ride the buses. Choice transportation is not available at the high school level. High school students entering ninth and 10th grade can use School Choice to apply for any public high school, however, students entering 11th and 12th grade must apply through the hardship process to attend a school other than their assigned school. For further information on school choice options available through the School District of Manatee County, contact the Office of Student Assignment at 708-4971 or via email at Student Assignment@ManateeSchools.Net.

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Christmas in Cortez Members and friends of the Cortez Cultural Center held a Christmas get together on the lawn Saturday with turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Inside, people enjoyed videos of early Cortez family life and fishing and browsed local books and gifts. Part of the Cortez Village Historical Society, the Center is located between the Florida Maritime Museum and the F.I.S.H. Boatworks at 11655 Cortez Road W. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 941-705-4656.


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f you’re buying or selling a home during the busy winter season, your best friend or your worst enemy could be the home inspector. He/she can uncover and report a serious problem with a home to a potential buyer or make nervous buyers relaxed about the quality of the home they are considering. Either way, home inspectors are a necessary piece of the home buying process. With the exception of maybe some small condos, almost every real estate contract has a contingency with a specific time frame in which a buyer must complete a home inspection. On occasion, a buyer may waive a home inspection, removing that clause from the contract in an effort to make the offer more attractive, especially in a competitive market. This, of course, comes with a long list of risks and should only be considered in rare circumstances. Home inspector recommendations generally come from your real estate professional

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger and will likely give you three names. It will be up to you the buyer to vet these inspectors through either a telephone call or an internet search to determine which one you’re comfortable with. On the day of the inspection, it’s common, but not necessary, for both the buyer and the realtor to be there. The buyer frequently does not attend and relies on the written report after the inspection is completed. That said, a very good marketing tool for sellers to consider is having a home inspection prior to placing the property on the market. Having the ability to present to a potential buyer a written and current home inspection goes a

long way in instilling confidence. The purpose of the home inspector is to identify if the property has any defects, and usually starts with the core structure of the property, focusing on the foundation. The inspector will then move on to the major systems in the home, specifically heating and cooling, which are tested. Electrical wiring, electric panel, plumbing and gas lines are inspected as well as a fireplace to determine if it is in working order and properly vented. Next the inspector will go inside the home and start checking the walls and door frames, looking for a weakened infrastructure as well as the condition of ceilings. One of the big issues in Florida is dampness and mold and a good inspector will be aware of any odors that could indicate the presence of mold. They should be looking for stains from past or current leaks, dampness on the flooring and carpeting indicating the possibility of a pinhole leak in the copper plumbing, particularly in older properties. Finally,

the inspector will look at the roof, question its age and make a recommendation for a further inspection from a roofing specialist or report that it is in sound condition. In recent years, some homes in Florida were built with defective drywall which released airborne substances. An inspector should be aware of when the property was built and question the reliability of the drywall. Homes that have irrigation systems, pools and hot tubs, seawalls and docks should be separately inspected by specialists in that field. Likewise, a termite inspection will likely be required by the buyer’s lender performed by a certified exterminator. It all sounds a little intimidating, however, for a buyer it will be the best money you ever spent, and you may even make a new friend. For the seller and their agent, the inspector could make you run out of the house screaming, for attacking your baby. Trust me, everyone will get through it.


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Art Making something beautiful The Island Branch Library’s Quilting Club meets at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. It’s an opportunity to make something beautiful and possibly make new friends. Call 941778-6341 for more information.

Silk painting workshop The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach,presents a painting on silk workshop with Mark Mizener on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Mizener majored in theatre arts at University of Illinois and also at Columbia College in Chicago. The $60 includes art supplies. Spaces are limited. Scholarships may be available. Call the Art League at 941-778-2099 for more details. Pre-register by calling 941-778-2099 or at Anna Maria Island Art League on Mondays Wednesdays or Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call to artists The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will again hold an all-media, juried fine art show at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The show will

hang from Jan. 10 to Feb. 4. Entries will be received beginning Monday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon, and there will be a reception on Thursday, Jan.18, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, see the Artists' Guild website at www.amiartistsguildgallery.com or email artistsguildami@gmail.com with questions.

Learn art display techniques Start the new year off by learning display techniques for your artwork. The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island will host a panel discussion at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, on Monday, Jan. 8. Guild artists Cheryl Jorgensen, Maria Garafano, Kathy Sparks and Chris Collins will talk about matting, framing and how best to display work. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 pm and the program starts at 7. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, check the website at www.amiartistsguildgallery.com or call the Gallery at 941-7786694.

Watercolor workshop The Anna Maria Island Art League at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, is hosting an introduction to watercolors workshop, with instructor Lori Heintz on Saturday, Jan 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Lori has a bachelor of fine arts from Michigan State University,

a masters of arts from Western Michigan University and has been an art instructor for K-12 Schoolcraft Schools. The cost is $50 for non-members and $40 for members. Materials are included in class price. This three-hour workshop will teach multiple techniques including dry brush, wet on wet, resist, watercolor pencils and other painting methods. Pre-register by calling 941-778-2099 or at Anna Maria Island Art League on Mondays Wednesdays or Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Classes Introduction to fermentation The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum welcomes back Jillian Ross on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon to teach about lacto fermentation, a traditional way to preserve food for centuries. Fermented foods are full of probiotics and known to assist in healing digestive issues. In the basic fermentation class, Ross will go over the science and methods of how to properly ferment foods and beverages of all kinds. She will also discuss the tools that are used and how to source the products needed to use ferments in the home. Ross will bring items to show and share with the class so you can become more familiar. These include sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass, milk/water

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kefir, kombucha and various lacto-fermented pickles and vegetables. Everyone will get to sample different items. There is a registration fee of $20, and registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 18. Register by visiting FloridaFolkSchool.org.

Food and fashions at St. Bernard St Bernard's Women's Guild will host its annual fashion show and luncheon, "It's A Birthday Party," on Thursday, Feb. 1, at noon in the Activity Center at 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Ginny's & Jane E's will serve lunch. Irene's Resort Wear will supply the fashions. Many raffle and door prizes will be available. Proceeds benefit local area charities. A ticket donation is $25. A limited number of tickets will be sold with none at the door. For tickets and info call or text Justine at (410) 241-0481.

Games Doubleheader clubs Wednesday The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts the Coloring Club from noon to 1 p.m. and the Chess Club from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27. A chess master will be there to help players improve.


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Parking exception recommended A request for a parking exception produced principled debate among planning board members. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

BRADENTON BEACH – Pam and Robert Randelman cleared their first hurdle in their attempt to obtain a special use permit for a reduced parking requirement for their second home. The Randelmans presented their request to the Planning and Zoning Board on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The board voted 3-1 in favor of recommending the City Commission approve joe hendricks | SUN their renovation-related request Robert and Pam Randelman want to add on to their second home without adding two additional parking spaces. for three parking spaces instead of the five required by the According to the LDC, this inevitable expansion of this city 2003, when they bought a fishamended Land Development as a tourist destination. Vacaaddition would require five ing cottage built in 1949 that Code (LDC) adopted 2016. tion home rentals and busiparking spaces. Due to limited has since been renovated to its Board member Jim Lynch nesses have resulted in two malot space, the Randelmans are current state. voted against the request jor problems: tourist occupancy requesting three. after expressing his desire to For and against and traffic,” Lynch said. Robert said the home is ocmaintain the vacation rental Lynch, a former attorney, “The changes we proposed casionally offered as a vacainspired parking requirements stated his case for denial. to our code were attempts to tion rental for up to five guests now included in the LDC. “This special use permit is balance the growth with provithrough Island Vacation RentIf the City Commission folals and most of their rentals are very hard for me. We passed sions for traffic and parking. lows the board recommendato friends, and usually for more this change with the LDC as The vacation home ordinance tion and grants the request, it than 30 days. an attempt to keep the nature was also an attempt by the would be the first such request Pam said they have no desire of our city somewhat the same city to balance the inevitable granted under the current LDC. to turn the home into a big-box as it has been historically. This growth towards a tourist desWhen presenting their was based on the overwhelmtination with the possibility of rental, and the main reason request, the Tarpon Springs ing majority of the feelings of keeping it a location for resithey’re adding onto the home couple said they wanted to dents to continue to live here. is their daughter is getting mar- the residents who are still left add a bedroom, bathroom, in the city. “In this case, we have a reried and they foresee grand"This board has made several quest for a deviation from what office and half bath atop the children in their future. The the LDC has set forth, and if garage next to their two-story Randelmans have occupied the attempts to adjust living condiowner elects to rent it to a large cottage on 103 Highland Ave. home on a part-time basis since tions for residents with the

group of people, they’re going to bring cars with them and park them somewhere,” Lynch concluded. Board chair John Burns held a different view. “It’s fairly simple: this is C-1 (commercial zoning) it’s not R-1 (residential zoning). Utilizing as an R-1 use within the C-1 district is less intense than a commercial use. The city modified our code to help preserve the peace and tranquility and lifestyle out here. "Where the code is shown to be too restrictive, the city has safety valves: one’s through the variance process and the other’s through special use permit where you do have to jump through some hopes and show some justification for what you’re trying to do,” Burns said. Board member Ken McDonough sided with Burns. “I can respect where Jim’s coming from, and so would a lot of people on the Island. Looking at the applicants, I would rather see what they’re doing than see a restaurant or something else with a lot more activity. It’s going to be a maximum of six people and three parking spaces and it’s a C-1 environment,” McDonough said. Member Bill Morrow sided with Burns and McDonough. After the meeting, Robert said they have no intention of selling the house: “We’re here for the long haul.”


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These Island ladies are part of a group started in Bradenton to emphasize the positive side of life. The group is called BOA (Best of Attitude), and they wear boas when they meet.

BOA sends positive message BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

BRADENTON BEACH –Some local ladies had a luncheon recently wearing boas at the Gulf Drive Café and the Kokonut Hut. They are members of BOA, Best of Attitude, a club that emphasizes the positive things in life. Members who complain at their monthly luncheons or while wearing their boas have to pay a dollar, and the club spends those dollars on worthy causes, including gifts and financial help for a needy family during the holidays. The idea began at a party in Bradenton in 2003. Joan Brown overheard a woman complain there was not enough salt in the food. Brown shared the complaint with Eileen Busch, and they made

plans to talk with other women about starting a positive thinking sisterhood. They had their first meeting and wrote out some bi-laws. They decided on monthly meetings where attendees would wear black clothing with colorful boas. The idea caught on and there are now more than 20 chapters locally and they have received calls from women in Colorado, Georgia, Wisconsin Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri. There are chapters in Westfield, Mass., Bluffton, S. C. and Newport, R.I. There has been interest coming from England, Canada and Switzerland. BOA’s membership is limited but women may feel free to start their own chapter. BOA has a toast. It goes, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we’re having fun before we rust.”

Col. Elliott dies Island resident Susan Hatch reports Col. Robert Elliott passed away this week, just short of his 102nd birthday. The Colonel, as he was known, was a longtime member of Key Royale Club, golfing well into his 90s. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dc. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.


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Holiday dance Members of Ms. Paul’s third-grade class pose for a photo after attending the Nutcracker Ballet at Davis Auditorium. All of the third graders at Anna Maria Elementary School attended. TOM VAUGHT | SUN


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County commissioners then decide the fate of each request. The city of Anna Maria has not yet sent a letter to city officials in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach seeking their support for a pier funding request. Chappie, a former county commissioner, told his commission that he recently discussed the concession funds with Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy and Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson. “I don’t think they were all that happy about my concern about the distribution of the funds, but I think it’s something we can work out. I want to support their projects and I hope they support our projects,” he said. Surplus beach concession revenues are generated through the county’s lease agreements with the concessionaires at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach and Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Use of the surplus funds can be requested for one-time capital improvements projects that provide a benefit to the entire Island. According to Jan Brewer, Manatee County’s director of financial management, the beach concession reserve fund had a $1.14 million balance when the 2016-17 fiscal year ended on Sept. 30. The fund was created with a zero balance in fiscal year 2010 and produced a $76,087 reserve balance in fiscal year 2011. The reserve fund grew to $601,995 in fiscal year 2014. In 2016-17, the fund experienced its largest annual increase to date, $252,524. The $130,000 Island-wide Urban Land Institute study in 2015 was the first Island project funded by surplus concession revenues. Each year, the county maintains a $233,520 base fund to cover its annual anticipated needs. In past years, the county has used additional concession revenues to fund holiday trash pickup, restroom cleaning services and overtime and extended working hours for beach custodians. What

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Earlier this year, the three city commissions created project wish lists. The Bradenton Beach Commission’s first choice was to work with the other cities on an Island-wide bike path. Additional trolley shelters, a trolley pull-off lane and bike racks and other amenities for Gulf-side street ends made the commission’s city-specific list. Unrelated to that list, county commissioners approved Bradenton Beach’s request for the county to spend up to $15,000 to install countymaintained exercise equipment along the Coquina Beach trail. Chappie told the commission the project has encountered delays due to costs being higher than originally anticipated. Before the need arose for pier replacement funds, Anna Maria’s original $606,000 wish list included a bike path, park improvements, a water taxi feasibility study and a kayak launch. The Holmes Beach list included

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I’m having some heartburn is the equity in the distribution of the funds,” John Chappie, Mayor Grassy Point land acquisitions, a wetlands kayak launch area, skateboard park upgrades and Spring Lake Park improvements. Potential Island-wide projects included land acquisitions for open space preservation, bike trail maps and markings; bike racks and trolley service improvements. None of these wish list items has been presented to the county as a formal funding request.

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Carolina Lowcountry and traditional Creole fare. “Anna Maria Island has been a popular destination for generations of beach-goers, and we’re excited to add this one-of-a-kind resort and restaurant to the neighborhood,” Joe Collier, president of Mainsail

Lodging and Development, said in a press release. “I expect it will quickly become a favorite option for travelers and locals alike.” Eliza Ann’s is open for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. daily and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily breakfast and lunch services are expected to

be offered beginning in February 2018. Happy hour specials occur daily from 4 to 6 p.m. with a latenight happy hour from 10 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Waterline is located at 5325 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. For more information on Eliza Ann’s visit www.ElizaAnns.com.


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Teens take the gridiron at The Center BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With school out for the holidays and friends and family in town, week three of youth flag football on the Island experienced games postponed and missing players. But for two teams last Thursday night, 11 high school boys took the field for two halves of recreational flag football. Team Slim’s Place started on defense, undefeated so far in the season. Salty Printing, also undefeated going into the third game of the season, moved the football down the field on their first offensive possession. After gaining the first down, it looked like Salty would be the first to put points on the scoreboard, but after three snaps of the football, it came up short of the end zone. Slim’s Place started offensively with a nice catch by Parker Davis, which led to the first down play by Connor Ludwig. Taking advantage of the position past mid-field, quarterback Tuna McCracken hit David Daigle for the first touchdown of the game. Davis’ one point conversion gave Slim’s Place a 7-0 lead. Looking to tie up the ball game, Team Salty Printing started strong with receptions by Chance Hayward and Daniel Fritz. The third down snap went over the head of quarterback Rutger Langley to end Salty’s movement down the field. Davis started off Slim’s Place’s drive with good forward progress after a quick pitch. Giving McCracken the option, teammate Jackson Runo lined up behind the center next to the QB. Runo took the snap, and then quickly gave it to McCracken. Scoping out the field, McCracken saw the field wide open at least 15 yards as his offense drew the defense into the backfield. The agile QB showed his ability and speed, keeping the ball for a first down carry. On first down, McCracken threw a bomb down the field to Runo, who completed a beautiful over the shoulder catch to advance the score to 13-0. Down by 13 points, Salty Printing tried something new with Andrew Procter taking the snap. With Runo hot on his tail, Proctor managed to avoid the sack for several seconds. Runo finally nabbed a flag with Proctor in the end zone, causing the safety and giving Team Slim’s Place two points and the football.

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Slim’s Place’s Parker Davis rockets down the sideline under the pressure of Salty Printing defenders Roman Langley and Andrew Procter Thursday night. Completed passes from McCracken to Daigle moved the football just past mid-field. McCracken followed with yardage of his own, taking the football down to the Salty Printing 10-yard line. Second down saw the McCrackenDaigle connection one more time as the QB found his receiver sweeping across the end zone. Daigle completed the pass on his knees giving Slim’s Place a 21-point lead. The speedy moves by Fritz resulted in a sack on McCracken during the point after play. With 50 seconds on the clock, Salty Printing tried to complete some long passes. The first one was nearly intercepted by McCracken. The second went right into the hands of the Manatee High School freshman who played junior varsity football this past season. Slim’s Place called its first timeout with 33.7 seconds on the scoreboard clock. Another run by McCracken put him in the end zone for six points, only to be followed by the extra point by Runo, ending the half with the score of 28-0. The second half of play started with Slim’s Place on offense and Runo standing behind Daigle at center. Runo’s first pass of the half was picked

off by Procter who ran it back for Salty Printing’s first touchdown. Slim’s Place’s pass rusher, Runo could not put pressure on the QB with the no rush mercy rule in place. Salty Printing completed the two-point conversion with an unguarded Fritz reception at the front of the line of the end zone. With only a 20-point lead, the mercy rule was lifted, and Slim’s Place came out of the huddle making unforced mistakes. Trying to catch the Salty Printing pass rusher, Fritz, off-guard, McCracken went to a delayed snap. Fritz’s movement pulled the offense off the line twice, giving the ball back to Salty. Salty Printing played hard with the game’s momentum carrying it through the next series of downs, with Jonah Durst on the field. Langley gained seven yards before the Daigle flag pull. Hayward got past the first down line, with the touchdown save by Ludwig. Smart short plays moved the football down the field for Salty, ending in a touchdown for Procter in the corner of the end zone. The attempted point after pass was batted down by Ludwig, leav-

ing the score 28-14. The next two series of offensive runs left both teams empty handed with no first downs in sight. Salty Printing’s Roman Langley made the Slim’s Place offense work with his defensive flag pulls. With little time left on the game clock, McCracken took his time and patiently waited for his offense to break loose. The experienced QB spotted Ludwig, running down the sideline, beating his opponent and catching a beautiful long pass for another score for Slim’s Place. After scrambling and nearly falling down, McCracken hit Ludwig as he jumped up leaning back to make a beautiful reception in bounds with Procter playing tight defense. The touch down and point after all but sealed the deal for Team Slim’s Place with the score 35-14. Both teams played with energy for the Salty Printing last series of downs, which almost got it into scoring position. The game of the week takes the league into mid-season in 2018 with Blalock Waters and Signarama needing to makeup the game from Thursday night, each team looking for its first win of the season.

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Renegades come bearing gifts Continuing an annual tradition, the Bradenton chapter of the Renegades Motorcycle Club recently bestowed a bounty of Christmas gifts on a local family they selected to be beneficiaries of the club member’s holiday generosity. The Renegades held their gift-giving ceremony at the Drift In in Bradenton Beach on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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she recommends installing a wall approximately knee-high and landward of the existing natural shoreline. She believes this would help protect the Old Bridge Village condominiums on the west side of the street. She said the knee wall would be high enough to hold the high tides back but not so high that they block the view of the water. “Our natural shoreline consists of rip rap (loose stones used to form a foundation) and mangroves and DEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) is not inclined to let us construct a seawall along natural shoreline segments of our coast. They want to protect as much natural shoreline as possible,” Burnett said. She said stormwater pipes equipped with one-way check valves would pass through the wall and allow water to get out but not back in. During public comment, resident Reed Mapes suggested the knee wall extend along the shoreline along the Bridge Tender Inn’s Dockside Bar and further north as well. When contacted later, Burnett said she had not yet determined whether the knee wall could be extended through the bar area that is privately-owned property. She said her suggested improvements, if pursued, could be paid for using CRA funds because Bay Drive South is in the CRA district that extends from City of Bradenton Beach | Submitted Fifth Street South to Cortez Road. This NOAA map projects the areas in blue as the most likely to No formal action was taken on the wall Burnett be impacted by rising tides in 2060. recommends.


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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: NORMS TOWING gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 01/03/2018, 09:00 am at 1855 63RD AVENUE E. BRADENTON, FL 34203, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. NORMS TOWING reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1N6BA07AX6N560217 2006 NISSAN

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

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

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. www.690932nd.com. 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 941-773-0165. FOR SALE: 211 85th St. Two blocks to beach. 2BR/2BA, pool. Broker owner Brenda Boyd May. 941-730-8589. $539,000 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 www.bradentonriverdistrict.com

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REAL ESTATE: OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE NEW CONSTRUCTION! Saturday December 30 – 12:00-3:00. 420 Magnolia Ave, Anna Marie, Florida. $1,499,900 Beautiful 4BR/4.5BA home located on desirable Anna Maria Island. This home offers a spacious, open concept living area. Granite Countertops, Tiled Flooring and much more including 2 garages. In-ground pool with covered patio perfect for entertaining. Close to several beaches. Elevated home with hurricane impact doors and windows. For more information call 812-345-5577

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 www.teamduncan.com ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact junew@ islandreal.com – 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 941-7787200 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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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

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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. whitehousefla@gmail.com

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 Redekercondos.com 941-704-7525 or 941-7781915

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