Page 1

- Named Best Florida Newspaper In Its Class -

VOL 20 No. 8

December 4, 2019

A request for proposals for the lease of the new pier buildings will be issued if the city commission rejects Mario Schoenfelder’s final offer. BY JOE HENDRICKS


ANNA MARIA – Mario Schoenfelder now has until Dec. 31 to submit his final offer for the lease of the restaurant and bait shop buildings being built on the new Anna Maria City Pier. During an emergency commission meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Anna Maria City Commission unanimously granted Schoenfelder’s written request for more time to prepare and submit his final lease offer, which was originally due Friday, Dec. 13. Mayor Dan Murphy told the commission Schoenfelder needs time to analyze the information he receives from his own contractor regarding the estimated cost for the interior build-outs for the cityowned buildings he hopes to lease. Murphy said Schoenfelder expects to have that information by Dec. 8 and he expects to submit his final offer by Dec. 30. Mason Martin Builders is building the exterior shells of the new restaurant and bait shop buildings but that firm’s con-

Deadline extended for final pier lease offer JOE HENDRICKS | SUN

The city-owned bait shop and restaurant buildings on the new City Pier will be leased to a restaurateur who has yet to be selected.

Raucus vacation rental guests evicted The vacation rental guests received three noise ordinance citations in a five-day span.


Noise updates head for a vote BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |


ANNA MARIA – The city of Anna Maria’s recently amended noise ordinance was put to the test last week and resulted in a group of vacation rental guests being evicted from a new vacation rental home at 241 Willow Ave. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies issued three noise ordinance violation citations to the rental guests between Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Saturday Nov. 30. At 5:22 a.m. on Saturday, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Todd Sellitto sent Anna Maria Code Enforcement Manager Debbie Haynes an email regarding the second noise ordinance violation at 241 Willow Ave. “Upon arrival, I could hear an abundance of music and yelling coming from inside the residence. I attempt-



Three noise ordinance citations were issued to the occupants of this vacation rental home at 241 Willow Ave. ed to make contact, knocked very loudly on the front door and rang the doorbell several times to no avail. I made contact with occupants by entering the rear patio

HOLMES BEACH – City commissioners met in a work session Nov. 19 to discuss a problem plaguing the city – noise in residential areas. City Attorney Patricia Petruff along with Police Chief Bill Tokajer and attorney Jim Dye came up with minor language changes to clarify the noise ordinance and make it easier to understand. None of the decibel limits or hours where commercial construction is allowed in residential areas were changed. Petruff did suggest, based on previous commission discussions, a sound level limit for loud noise in residential areas. The sound level limit would average the noise heard over a period of time to determine if there’s




PREVIEW AMI’s December holiday

Music Festival coming to Coquina Beach. 5

happenings. 3-15

Anna Maria Island, Florida

SEE the Island as it used to be

through historic post cards. 33 The Island’s award-winning weekly newspaper



DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019



Holiday Boat Parade setting sail soon Local boat owners are encouraged to enter their lit and decorated vessels in the Holiday Boat Parade. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – A fleet of delightfully lit and decorated boats will pass along the Bradenton Beach shoreline during the second annual Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Setting sail on Saturday, Dec. 14, the Holiday Boat Parade is hosted and organized by Bradenton Beach Marina and its president, Mike Bazzy. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. near the south end of Jewfish Key, travel past the Longboat Pass Bridge, head north through the Intracoastal Waterway and pass by the Bridge Street Pier before ending at the Bradenton Beach Marina. The boat parade is expected to last 60 to 90 minutes.


The Anna Maria Princess paddlewheeler will be part of the Holiday Boat Parade. Boat owners are invited and encouraged to display their holiday spirit by entering their decorated vessels. Entry is free and open to powerboats and sailboats. Cash

prizes will be awarded in multiple categories, including the category for best lighting and the category for most holiday spirit. Entry forms can be downloaded

from the boat parade website, www. The Holiday Boat Parade coincides with the Christmas on Bridge Street holiday event taking place on Bridge Street that afternoon and evening. The parade can best be viewed from the Bridge Street Pier from 7:30-8 p.m., or before then from the Longboat Pass Bridge as the parade gets started. Those without a boat can catch a ride aboard the Bradenton Beach Marina’s old-fashioned paddlewheeler, the Anna Maria Princess. Space is limited, so please call 941778-2288 to reserve your spot. The Holiday Boat Parade is sponsored by the Bradenton Beach Marina, the city of Bradenton Beach, the Bridge Street Bazaar, the Bridge Tender Inn, the BridgeWalk Resort, Paradise Boat Tours, Yolo Parasail and The Anna Maria Island Sun. For more information, visit www., call John or Mike at 941-778-2288 or email





AMICCO sings ‘Hallelujah’ The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra will present “A Glorious Hallelujah!” on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, featuring selections from “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi and “Messiah” by George F. Handel. Maestro Guerguan Tsenov, founder and music director of Tsenov Chamber Ensemble, will guest conduct. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase in advance at or the day of the performance at the door.

Anna Maria Holiday Lighting The city of Anna Maria still seeks entries in its inaugural “Bright Holiday Lights Contest.” Entry forms for the holiday lighting and decorating contest are still available at city hall and online at The contest features a competition category for residences and another for businesses. There’s no cost to enter the contest. Judging will take place on Monday, Dec. 9. Winners will be announced and presented with trophies at the Holiday Carols in the Park event taking place at City Pier Park on Friday, Dec. 13.

A Paradise Realty and others collecting Toys for Tots A Paradise Realty and Vacation Rentals is hosting its annual Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 6. from 5 to 7 p.m. The open house will benefit the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. The open house will feature tapas tasting, wine tasting, live music and a raffle. A Paradise Realty is located at 5201 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach and that office will serve as a toy collection location until Thursday, Dec. 12. For more information call Sharon Hoatland at 941-729-2381 or email Unwrapped toys can also be donated at the following locations: • The Anna Maria Island Sun, 3909 East Bay Drive, Suite 210, Holmes Beach; • Hurricane Hanks, 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; • Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; • Duffy’s Tavern, 5805 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; • The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria; • Anna Maria Post Office, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria; • Gulf Insurance, 5604 B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; • Holmes Beach Post Office, 5354 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Join Roser’s Bethlehem Walk Roser Community Church’s annual Bethlehem Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6:40 p.m. at the front of the church at 512 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria. The walk, which re-enacts the mystery and joy of Christmas Eve, is open to all ages. Participants will take the journey to Bethlehem (one block in Anna Maria) with Mary, Joseph and the animals (llamas, donkeys and goats) in search of shelter. While traveling from “inn” to “inn,” Christmas carols will be sung. Returning to the church, the birth of Jesus will be celebrated. Sandwiches, cookies and hot chocolate will be served afterwards. The event begins after the 5:30 p.m. SoulJourn music and teaching service concludes.

Visit our website, Scan this code with your smartphone to go there. DECEMBER 4, 2019

Holiday of Treasures Open House returns

Earlier in the day, the city of Anna Maria will host its annual Holiday Carols in the Park holiday event. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The annual Holiday of Treasures Open House will take place on and around Pine Avenue on Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. Participating businesses will offer free appetizers, light bites, beverages and musical entertainment for those strolling along Pine Avenue taking in the holiday sights and sounds. Refreshments and musical entertainment will also be provided at the AMI Historical Museum at 402 Pine Ave. The free family event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and the Anna Maria Island Sun. Earlier that day, the city of Anna Maria will host its annual Holiday


Folks lined up to get the free grilled burgers offered at Beach Bums during last year’s Holiday of Treasures Open House. Carols in the Park holiday event at City Pier Park from 4-6 p.m. The city-sponsored free holiday event will include musical performances by the Roser Memorial Community Church Cantata Choir, holiday sing-alongs, a visit from Santa Claus, goody bags for the young-

sters, free refreshments and more. The winners of the city’s inaugural “Bright Holiday Lights” Christmas lighting and decorating contest will also be announced and trophies will be presented to the winners of the residential and business categories.

Privateers’ Christmas Processional taking northbound route BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Christmas Processional will travel in the opposite direction this year due to a drainage project underway at Coquina Beach. The event will begin at the North Coquina Boat Ramp at approximately 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and begin traveling north on Gulf Drive at 10 a.m. The processional will travel through Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria and end at City Pier Park in Anna Maria around noon, where Santa Claus will give gifts to the kids and be available for photos. Anyone wishing to enter a float, vessel or vehicle in the processional can register for free at the Privateers’ website, All participants must be staged by 9:30 a.m. with applications already submitted.


The Privateer’s flagship float-boat, the Skullywag, is a highlight of the annual Christmas Processional. All entries must be approved by the Anna Maria Island Privateers. Participants’ floats or vehicles must be decorated in colors and style befitting the spirit of the holiday season. All units should have a sign or banner indicating who they represent. All units must be motorized or peddled; no marching or walking units can be

accommodated. The firing of black powder is allowed. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Privateers cannot allow any activities related to political advertising, solicitation, campaigning or endorsements. No person or organization may charge a fee or request a donation to participate.

DECEMBER 4, 2019



Seafood, music festival to hit Coquina Beach BRADENTON BEACH - The inaugural Coquina Beach Seafood and Music Festival will bring live music, food, and arts and crafts to Coquina Beach Dec. 13-15. Enjoy seafood dishes prepared fresh on site using sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast, or meat or vegetarian options with a variety of side dishes and desserts, with alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks. Live musical performances will include some of Florida’s top musical talents. On Friday, enjoy The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell (Americana, rock, variety), RJ Howson (R&B, blues, rock) and Big Night Out (dance, rock, alternative). On Saturday, the bands are Jack’d Up (rock, pop, dance), Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, reggae) the Dr. Dave Band (classic rock, country, bluegrass), Verge (classic rock 70s to present) and Fleet-

wood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band). On Sunday, listen to the West Coast Steel Pan Band (jazz, Caribbean), Billy Rice Band (country rock) and Black Honkeys (rock, soul). Festival hours are Friday, Dec. 13 from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals with special guest The Humane Society of Sarasota County, which will have their "Big Mac" mobile adoption center onsite during the event, where you can find a new life companion. Please call ahead at 727-542-3000 to confirm their hours onsite each day.


Clockwise from left, fresh seafood will be one of the stars of the Coquina Beach Seafood and Music Festival Dec. 13-15, along with the Dr. Dave Band and 10 other musical acts.




The Anna Maria Island Sun newspaper 3909 East Bay Drive, Suite 210, Holmes Beach, FL, 34217 Phone: (941) 778-3986 email: | |

Like us on our Facebook page at

DECEMBER 4, 2019

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 Advertising director Shona Otto Ad assistant Pamela Lee 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 Monica Simpson


City lucky to have Dan Murphy

To Mr. Lewis: Your letter in the Nov 27 issue of a local newspaper began by explaining your displeasure with the city of Anna Maria's decision to "destroy" the "real" Anna Maria City Pier. But it also seemed to contain disdain for Mayor Dan Murphy, as it inferred Mayor Murphy made this decision alone for the purpose of some form of legacy to his time in office. I'm fairly sure your target of disdain is misplaced. First, as mayor, Mr. Murphy (administrator) makes recommendations to the Anna Maria City Commissioners who collectively make decisions regarding how the city operates and, therefore, whether the pier structure damaged by Hurricane Irma would be replaced or repaired. Second, the "real" pier, as you referenced it, was anything but the historic "real" pier I think you mean at the time Hurricane Irma passed through. The "real" pier (the one that existed in September of

2017) didn't include one splinter of the original pier built and rebuilt many times. It is not the pier, per se, that was designated as historic to Anna Maria or the Island. It is the site beneath the pier, the land if you will, that represents a historic resource. Through many long days, weeks, and months, Mr. Murphy guided the city through the process of coordinating engineers, architects, builders, contractors, etc. to maintain the historic designation by being sure the “footprint” of the above water structure was the same as when it was originally built. Then he presented the facts and made his recommendations to the city commissioners who made their informed decision. You end your letter with what I took as a bit of sarcasm: "Then along came Murphy." You are right and we in Anna Maria are lucky to have Dan Murphy on the dais. Jack Brennan Anna Maria

DECEMBER 4, 2019




For information, call 941-7086130 Dec. 5, 6 p.m. – City Commission organizational meeting followed by regular meeting Dec. 10, 4 p.m. – Planning and Zoning Board meeting


For information, call 941-778-1005 Dec. 4, 9 a.m. – Capital Improvement Project meeting Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. – Community Redevelopment Agency meeting Dec. 5, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting

Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – City Commission work meeting Dec. 12, 1 p.m. – Department Head meeting Dec. 19, 11 a.m. – Pier Team meeting


For information, call 941-7085800 Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – Parks and Beautification Committee meeting Dec. 4, 6 p.m. – Planning Commission meeting Dec. 10, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting with work session to follow



Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Ukulele class for beginners, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 3 p.m.


St. N.W., Bradenton, 8 a.m. to noon. Ask a master gardener, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All-ages holiday craft program, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 10 a.m. to noon. Lester Family Fun Day, The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Seaside Quilters, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Sunshine Stitchers knit and crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.




Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Holmes Beach Holiday Open House, intersection of Gulf and Marina Drives, Holmes Beach, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting, AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 6 p.m.

Farmers Market, City Pier Park, 100 N. Bay Blvd. Anna Maria, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Preschool story time, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Duplicate bridge, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 12:15 p.m. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Tech help, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Seashell ornaments with Rachel, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

DEC. 6


Saturday at the NEST, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 840 99th

DEC. 8

Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rise and Shine Power Flow Yoga, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 840 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m., $10 cash only. Walk to Bethlehem, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 6:40 p.m. DEC. 10


Dark sunset A recent cold front brought rain at sunset to the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island.

Disease attacking palm trees Lethal bronzing disease has been affecting palm trees in Florida, including Manatee County, for more than 10 years, including the Florida state tree, the sabal palm, according to the University of Florida Extension Service. The bacteria that causes the disease is spread by an insect known as a treehopper. It is lethal to palms but not dangerous to people or animals. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA | SUBMITTED



DECEMBER 4, 2019

Lester Family Fun Day rings in holidays Bring the kids to the 18th Annual Lester Family Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave. in Anna Maria. Sponsored annually by Chuck and Joey Lester, the event will feature fun activities for the whole family, including performances by the Diane Partington Studio of Classic Ballet and the Manatee High School Drum Line, which will accompany Santa’s arrival at noon. Duffy’s burgers, hot dogs and sodas will be available at old-fashioned prices. Tickets to purchase food and play games are 25 cents each at the door. Activities include pony rides, balloon animals, a dunk tank, crafts, cookie decorating, a bounce house and more. Raffle tickets will be on sale to win either a turkey or a poinsettia plant, and golf balls for a 50/50 raffle golf ball drop will cost $50 each or $100 for three. The golf ball drop will take place at 1:45 p.m. and the closest ball to the hole will win half the


Santa will make an appearance at Lester Family Fun Day on Saturday. raffle pot with the other half going to benefit The Center. For more information, contact The Center at 941-778-1908 or visit www.

Art teachers receive grants The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Scholarship/Education Chairperson Donna Grossman, center, presented Bayshore Elementary School art teacher Julia DeJarnette, left, and Jessica Scott-Dunda, right, $300 each for continuing education and school projects at a recent Manatee Arts Education Council Leadership Breakfast.

DECEMBER 4, 2019

10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Lester "Old fashioned fun at old fashioned prices"


The Center: 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria 34216





DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019



Come celebrate Christmas on Bridge Street Christmas on Bridge Street is a family event that offers something for everyone. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Bradenton Beach Area Merchants will host the annual Christmas on Bridge Street holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 14. Christmas on Bridge Street will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on and along Bridge Street. Most of the street will be closed during the celebration and folks will be allowed to carry their adult beverages from one establishment to another during the event. There’s no cost of admission for the fun-filled family event that will include Christmas ornament-making activities for youngsters, using supplies donated by Bridge Street businesses. And Santa Claus will be on hand, arriving by sleigh. Musical coordinator Steve Arvey is still finalizing the musical lineup that will include Brigid’s Cross. Christmas on Bridge Street will also include a cornhole tournament. Christmas on Bridge Street is a good time to purchase the unique holiday gifts sold inside the retail shops and businesses along Bridge Street. Many Bridge Street restaurants and bars will be serving special drinks and offer drink specials, and some will offer limited food


Children can enjoy a variety of games and activities at the Annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids.

See Santa at Sandbar SUBMITTED

Enjoy the holiday season at Christmas on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Dec. 14. tastings too. Those who attend Christmas on Bridge Street are invited to wander down to the Bridge Street Pier between 7:30 and 8 p.m. to watch the Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade pass by the pier.

Santa will visit the Annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids event on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, at the Sandbar restaurant pavilion, 100 Spring Ave. in Anna Maria, is named after restaurant owner Ed Chiles’ late father, former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, who founded Head Start Healthy Families Manatee.

More than 100 kids from the program and the Children’s Academy will receive a present and a certificate for a free turkey with all the trimmings from Santa. Kids will also enjoy games and living cartoon characters at the event, which will provide lunch for attendees. To donate or for more information, call Kim Lemke at 941-778-1696 or email



DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019




Thanks-Living took place under the shade sail at City Pier Park in Anna Maria.

Thanks-Living makes successful debut The Thanks-Living organizers plan to do it again next year and make it an annual event. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

Custom Holiday Party Trays Order yours TODAY! Call Anthony Cucci or Adam Sears (941)798-2035


why give just a gift when you can give a memory too? purchase a $100 gift card, receive a free $10 card to be used at a later date! happy holidays from all of us at swordfish grill & tiki bar and flippin' mullet sports bar.

closed christmas day

waterfront tiki bar on sarasota bay 4628 119th St W Cortez (941)798-2035 Marker 49 by boat

ANNA MARIA – More than 150 people assembled under the shade sail at City Pier Park on Thanksgiving eve for the inaugural ThanksLiving community gathering. The Wednesday, Nov. 26 gathering was devised by the For the Love of Anna Maria Island community task force that consists of Anna Maria residents Carol Carter, Janet Kingan and Barbara Zdravecky and Holmes Beach resident Bruce Meyer. The gathering’s purpose was to celebrate Anna Maria Island’s sense of community and to make new friends while sharing the food and beverages people brought to share with one another.


Foreign visitors and Island residents enjoyed each other’s company during Thanks-Living. Several Anna Maria and Holmes Beach residents attended the gathering, as did many visitors and seasonal residents from Germany, Michigan, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Syracuse and various other locations. Performing as Sycamore Shade, Will Corr and Rusty Moore provid-

ed the evening’s Americana-styled acoustic music. Attendees were encouraged to spend time at the three-sided blackboard inscribing in chalk what they love about Anna Maria SEE THANKS-LIVING, PAGE 37




LIMITED RESIDENCES REMAINING! DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN AT ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR MARGARITAVILLE. 2- AND 3-BEDROOM RESIDENCES FROM THE MID $400s Florida’s last private island is selling out fast! Come enjoy the resort lifestyle any time you wish with exciting activities and all the amenities for a perfect vacation or year-round residence. The choice is yours! • • • • •

State-of-the-art marina Beach Club with poolside cabana bar Fully-equipped fitness center and yoga lawn Views of Anna Maria Sound Across the bridge from Anna Maria Island


• 6-story island-inspired Compass Hotel by Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts • Authentic Old Florida fish-house-style restaurant

When you’re not in town, you can hand over the keys and our seasoned hotelier will handle everything through our short-term rental program.

Visit to book your tour today! (941) 229-3860 | | 12340 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34209 Development plans, amenities, facilities, dimensions, specifications, prices and features depicted by artists’ renderings or otherwise described herein are approximate and subject to change without notice. © Minto Communities, LLC 2019. All rights reserved. Content may not be reproduced, copied, altered, distributed, stored or transferred in any form or by any means without express written permission. One Particular Harbour and the One Particular Harbour logo are trademarks of Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC and are used under license. Minto and the Minto logo are trademarks of Minto Communities, LLC and/or its affiliates. 2019. CGC 1519880.

DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019



Mayors feed the hungry


Members of the city of Holmes Beach’s staff strike a pose with the staff from the Mayors Feed the Hungry program after dropping off a donation of 250 turkeys and many bags of groceries. RIght, Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth, along with Police Chief Bill Tokajer and Code Compliance Officers Nate Brown and James Thomas, delivered 250 turkeys to donate to the Mayors Feed the Hungry program, helping less fortunate families have a happy holiday season. Left, The Mayors Feed the Hungry food drive ended Nov. 22 in Holmes Beach with city staff and residents donating multiple boxes of food to help feed families over the holidays. KRISTIN SWAIN | SUN




DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019



Monthly vacation rentals subject to VRC program Owners of monthly vacation rental properties in Holmes Beach will now have to register them through the city’s vacation rental certificate program. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Owners of long-term rentals, 30 days or more, are now subject to the same regulations as short-term rental owners. In a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Carol Soustek abstaining, city commissioners passed the second and final reading of a monthly vacation

rental ordinance that addresses the rental of residential properties with a 30-day minimum, such as those in the R-1 district. Soustek abstained due to the fact that she owns and operates a monthly rental property in Holmes Beach. The ordinance does not apply to transient rentals, such as motels or hotels. Under the new ordinance, the owners of residential rental properties with a 30-day minimum are required to register their property and submit to an inspection through the city’s Vacation Rental Certificate program (VRC). The initial application and inspection fee for the VRC program is $545 per

unit. Under the program, a rental certificate is good for two years before a renewal must be applied for. Long-term rental property owners have through March to apply for their VRC. Commissioners estimate that there are about 270 residential rental properties in the city with a minimum rental period of 30 days. Though she couldn’t vote on the issue, Soustek spoke out against charging the same amount of money for the long-term rentals as the short-term rentals of seven days or more. “I understand the necessity, checking on safety is very important,” she said, adding that the 30day minimum and annual residen-

tial rental properties are an asset to Holmes Beach. “They don’t bring the problems that short-term rentals do,” Soustek said. “I’m a little against this because I think we can nitpick people to death.” She added that she would be in favor of enacting a monthly VRC program if it could be done at a lower cost to owners. Commissioner Jim Kihm said that he also wished it could be done at a lower cost but that the city had to break even on the program without going into debt. He added that the amount charged to rental owners could be looked at again at budget time for a possible reduction in costs to property owners.



DECEMBER 4, 2019


This list details the holiday gifts needed and desired by two local families.

Donations needed for holiday families The Drift In and the Anna Maria Island Privateers are teaming up again this year to help two local families enjoy a more festive Christmas. The family members’ wish lists are posted at the Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Drift In manager Doreen Flynn already purchased a new set of dishes for one of the families to use for the holiday meal they’ll receive. New and unwrapped gifts and clothing items are sought for a 3-year-old girl, a 5-year-old girl, two 8-year-old girls, a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. Gift cards for food and gasoline are also sought for the mom and dad with five children and the mother with one child. For more information, stop by the Drift In or call Melissa at 863-677-7666.


& (CARD)


Purchase $100 in Gift Cards and receive a $20 BONUS CARD

DECEMBER 4, 2019




626 Key Royale comes down After years of disagreements between the city of Holmes Beach and property owner Leah Marie Enterprises LLC, the dilapidated home at 626 Key Royale Drive came tumbling down Nov. 25. The structure was ordered to be demolished following a Sept. 11 special magistrate hearing.



IN BRIEF Speed sign changes in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach drivers may soon notice a lack of speed limit signs in the city but that doesn’t mean that the speed limits are changing. As work is completed to mark the bicycle paths throughout the city, Police Chief Bill Tokajer is working with commissioners and contractors to help determine where standing speed limit signs can be removed to reduce sign pollution and be replaced with thermoplastic speed limit markings on city roadways. So, if you don’t see a speed limit sign in Holmes Beach, look down. It could be on the roadway in front of you. Speed limits throughout the city will remain continually enforced by HBPD officers.

Senior Adventure activities Dec. 6 - The AMI Center van will leave Annie Silver at 10 a.m. to attend a “Holiday Favorites” concert with singer Brian Gurl at Sunnyside. Lunch will be served after the concert in the Eicher Auditorium. Payment is required a week prior. The estimated price is $20 plus the $5 van fee. Dec. 13 - Annie Silver will have an early monthly book sale and holiday potluck. Maybe Santa will stop by! Dec. 20 - The AMI Center van will leave Annie Silver at 9 a.m. to tour the “Mosaic Backyard Universe” at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, Bradenton. The discounted group cost is $15, prepaid a week prior, plus the usual van fee. The other exhibits, manatee tank and planetarium are included. Lunch will be at “Mahana Fresh” south of Cortez Road on U.S. 41. For more information, Call Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945.

DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019






The "Cheers" of the Island Great >PUNZ

‹ Fabulous Food ‹ Friendly Staff ‹ Full Liquor ‹ Live Music (See web for schedule) ‹ Family Friendly



Best Reuben In Town


.\SM+YP]L‹:\P[L‹/VSTLZ)LHJO-3 941-251-3930 ^^^MYLJRSLKÄUJVT

DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019



County accepting TDC applications Manatee County is now accepting applications for a vacancy on the Tourist Development Council (TDC), a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations to county commissioners on the expenditures of tourist tax revenues. The nine-member board is seeking one member who is an elected municipal official in Manatee County. The remainder of the term expires June 30, 2020, at which time the appointee may re-apply to serve for a four-year term. All appli-

cants must be registered voters in Manatee County. Applications are due Dec. 20 and may be found online at https://www. boards/apply_for_an_advisory_board. The TDC meets on the third Monday of every other month at 9 a.m. at various locations throughout Manatee County. For more information, call Monica Luff at the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 941-729-9177 ext. 3944 or email her at

September 2019 tourist tax collections compared to September 2018

Anna Maria  Bradenton Beach  Holmes Beach  Manatee County Total* 

2% 10% 46% 20%

*(Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, unincorporated Manatee County, Palmetto) Manatee County’s 5 percent tourist tax is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their renters, in most cases, tourists. About 50 percent of the tax proceeds are allocated to Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau tourism marketing efforts, with 20 percent allocated to beach renourishment. Resort tax increases reflect both increased visitation and improved tax collection efforts. Amounts shown were collected in November and paid to the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office in December. To anonymously report a rental owner who may not be paying the tax, call 941-741-4809 or visit Source: Manatee County Tax Collector


DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019





DECEMBER 4, 2019

The price of inaction Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS


hey’re probably the two words that nobody on or near Florida’s west coast wants to hear. I can understand why, sort of. Someone who owns a resort hotel, has a restaurant on or near the beach or runs a business that takes people fishing or sightseeing depends on clean, healthy water for their livelihood. It’s easy for the average person to see that these businesses will be negatively affected by red tide or even the mere mention of it. What’s less obvious is that unhealthy water affects everyone from the fishing guide to the carpenter who drives nails building houses in Lakewood Ranch. Generally we tend to focus only

on the things that directly affect us and find it easier to push “problems” down the road. Unfortunately, that’s a big part of the problem. Case in point? The red tide of 201819 that devastated coastal waters from Naples to St. Petersburg and rendered Sarasota Bay a virtual wasteland. This event happened to coincide with an election where officials (who would be) tasked with protecting the public good spoke out on the need to protect Florida’s most valuable asset. In fact, some critical protections were addressed and some of the more egregious problems corrected. Unfortunately, it soon became clear that the will needed to address the root of the problem was not present and would lead many to question the real purpose of the grand pronouncements made by politicians hoping to be elected. There are many examples of the continued inaction and lack of “will” to address the


This father and daughter had a great day of fishing recently near Anna Maria. This redfish was one of several they landed along with big trout and a pompano. Working for clean water will help assure that her children and grandchildren have the same opportunities. “hard” issues but maybe none as telling as the inability of Florida’s Legislature to enact a bill brought forward by Bradenton’s Representative Will Robinson. That bill would have required that septic systems, a major source of nutrients thought to exacerbate red

tide, be inspected every five years for leaks and require the Department of Health to develop minimum standards and requirements for pumping out or repairing failing systems. SEE REEL TIME, PAGE 27

DECEMBER 4, 2019



Winter fishing season begins CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

We here at Anna Maria Charters hope everyone had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving week. We’ve been busy! The influx of visitors has kept us on the water. Inshore, we’re starting to see the change in seasons. Getting keeper mangrove snapper is becoming more of a challenge. They’re starting to vacate the area for winter. Replaced by sheepshead and black drum, we’ll be using more shrimp than pilchards

in the coming days. The snook and redfish bite still remains strong. Although I assume the snook will shut down a bit with the cold temperatures this week. Tripletail fishing was awesome this last week or so. Unfortunately, they’re pretty easy to spot and catch. Social media seems to have everyone running crab lines and thinning them out pretty quickly. Maybe after the next blow, we’ll see a fresh crop. Offshore, the hogfish, am-

berjack and tuna are starting to be a bit more prolific. The further into winter we get, the amberjack will move in on the closer wrecks. We’ve actually caught 60 pounders mixed in with jack crevalle on the 7 mile reef before. Red grouper fishing will remain good through the winter. This cool front will definitely change things a bit. We’re anxious to see how everything plays out. Good luck and tight lines!


Anna Maria resident Scott Toland and his nephew, Austin, show off a pair of redfish caught simultaneously with Captain David White of Anna Maria Charters over Thanksgiving break.

REEL TIME: Price of inaction FROM PAGE 26

Arguments against the bill ran the gamut from too much government intervention to claims that the real problem stemmed from agricultural

runoff and not failing septic systems. Others claimed that since they weren’t near the coast that they shouldn’t be “taxed” with this proposed regulation. What seems clear is that it all boils down to what’s right in front of people’s faces and an inability to see, or want to see the scope of inaction. Having lived and fished area waters for close to 40 years and followed efforts to protect water quality and the health of the local environment, I see this as a disturbing trend. How does one communicate the fact that although nature is tremendously resilient there is a steady trend to less habitat, degraded water quality and subse-

quently a less vibrant fishery? I’ve seen firsthand the decrease in water quality and the loss of a vibrant fishery but to anglers who are just starting out, this is the proverbial “new normal.” Is it possible that we might ever consider what we’re leaving for future generations instead of how it affects self interest in the here and now? This is not a new problem and I’m sure there were others saying the same thing when I first arrived here. If you want to see how officials we elect represent us in enacting rules and regulations to protect our natural resources, consult the League of Conservation Voters ( The LCV is non-partisan and tracks the voting records of members of Congress on environmental issues in its National Environmental Scorecard. This is a clear indication of how those tasked with representing our interests actually vote. Who we elect is critical to facing

this problem head on and this reflects how they really feel, separating what might be said to get elected from what course they will actually follow if we do elect them. Politics is more divisive now than I can remember but it’s critical to get involved if we’re going to elect politicians who represent our interests. The time to act is right now. Just yesterday Captain Scott Moore texted me a disturbing video he received from Captain Rhett Morris of Punta Gorda showing dead fish (killed by a current bloom of red tide) in Charlotte Harbor: https://www. posts/997557230598168?sfns=mo Red tide slowly crept this way in 2017. Hopefully we can avoid a recurrence now but until meaningful rules and regulations are enacted it’s not a matter of if but when. It won’t happen overnight but it’s critical we begin now.


Canyon 456 45’ Center Console

Handcrafted with exceptional detail and masterfully engineered for an entirely new level of elegance. The largest unsinkable boat of its kind. AVAILABLE ONLY AT

6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key 941-383-1311




The Cortez Cultural Center offers a historical perspective on the history of the fishing village of Cortez, with an emphasis on families and military service.

CVHS donates to Blessing Bags The Cortez Village Historical Society raised $500 for the Blessing Bags project on Oct. 26 at the Cortez Cultural Center yard sale. CVHS is a not-for-profit group with a mission to preserve the history of the founding families of the historic fishing village of Cortez, its war veterans and the way of life of commercial fishermen. Volunteers are needed at the Cortez

Cultural Center who have trade and landscaping skills, leadership, marketing and administrative experience and historical research experience. Donations of letters, photographs and artifacts about people in and around Cortez are always welcome. To volunteer or donate, call Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945.

Sea level rise expert speaking at The Center On Tuesday, Dec. 10, oceanographer, author and sea level rise expert John Englander will give two free presentations at The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Englander is the author of “High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis.” His 2 p.m. session will be tailored for government officials, city board members and public administrators. His 6 p.m. session will be tailored for the public and offer property owners information on sea level rise impact, solutions and mitigation. “The intent of his presentation is to explain sea level rise in practical terms, without bias and technical jargon, giving us access to the science of sea level rise as well as potential solutions,” Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said. Those who wish to attend are asked to contact Debbie Haynes (941-708-6130 ext. 141 or depclerk@cityofannamaria. com) or Jim McDaniel (jim@centerami. org) no later than Friday, Dec. 6.


The author of this book will be speaking at The Center on Dec. 10.

DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019


SUNDAY WORSHIP 8:30 AM in the Memorial Chapel 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary 5:30 PM soul ourn


Food & KidZone afterwards


941-778-0414 • • LIKE us on Facebook @RoserChurch



Commissioners consider underground electricity State funding may help bury some electric utility lines in Holmes Beach. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – City Engineer Lynn Burnett has proposed a new project to commissioners, burying the electric lines along the city’s evacuation routes, primarily Manatee Avenue and Gulf, Marina, Palm and East Bay drives. While speaking to commissioners about resiliency concerns Nov. 19, Burnett said that she’d learned that there is a resiliency grant available through the Florida state government with a $3 million cap annually to bury electric utility lines. If the funds are awarded, Burnett said the city can repeat the request annually twice more before the city would have exhausted its eligibility for funding through the program. Burnett said that the company burying the electricity on Longboat Key and through the community redevelopment district in Bradenton Beach estimates the project would cost $7,312,015 to complete, including a recommended

15% contingency. The funds do not require a match by the city. Burnett said that a request for $3 million in funding for the 2020-21 fiscal year had already been submitted to the state and she presented commissioners with a plan to ask for $1.72 million in the 2021-22 fiscal year and $2.6 million in fiscal year 2022-23. She added that a response to the initial request for funding is expected sometime in June 2020. If the city does receive funding for the project, she said that it would assist the city in other ways, such as relieving constrained rights of way, especially along old Gulf Drive, to make way for widened sidewalks, bicycle paths and infiltration trenches. If the city doesn’t receive the funds or commissioners decide to not go through with it, Burnett said the project could easily be abandoned as long as no funds are spent. “What have we got to lose?” Commissioner Terry Schaefer asked, agreeing to move forward with the request for funds. “It seems like a no-brainer.” Commissioners reached a consensus to move forward with the request for funding.


New city planner Chad Minor began his new role as the city of Anna Maria’s new full-time city planner on Monday, Dec. 2. Minor was introduced to the city commission on Thursday, Oct. 24, and replaces Robin Meyer, who previously held that position on a contracted basis.



DECEMBER 4, 2019

Micro mobility device restrictions pass first reading Holmes Beach city leaders are moving to restrict the kinds of mobility devices in the city and how they’re used. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Restrictions on micro mobility devices and their uses within Holmes Beach unanimously passed a first reading when commissioners met Nov. 19. The measure was tabled when commissioners met in October so that city leaders could determine if any existing businesses in the city actively rented any of the affected devices. It was determined that

none of the devices in question are currently rented in the city. The ordinance prohibits the rental of docked and dockless bicycles and motorized scooters along with scootcoups, the threewheeled mini cars that are rented in Anna Maria. The ordinance also prohibits the rental and use of mega cycles, a surrey enabling several people to pedal the device as they travel between restaurants or bars. Also prohibited by the ordinance is the use of scooters, scootcoups and other motorized devices on city sidewalks and in bicycle lanes. Motor-assisted bicycles are allowed to be used in the city, but they cannot be used on sidewalks. The new regulations, if they pass

a second and final reading by commissioners, do not affect the use of personal mobility devices, such as motorized wheelchairs. Police Chief Bill Tokajer said it would be his officers’ priority to educate people using micro mobility devices incorrectly before any tickets are issued. To help educate the public, he said the police department would be creating an informational flyer to distribute to Island businesses that rent mobility devices. Though commissioners opted to not completely ban the scootcoups from the city, Tokajer did recommend that the operation of those vehicles be limited to back roads with a speed limit of 25 miles per hour for safety reasons.

Floating dock expected to reopen this week The gangway repairs and revisions are slated to cost $69,717. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The floating day dock next to the Bridge Street Pier is expected to reopen this week. The repairs and revisions being made to the aluminum gangway that will again provide pedestrian access between the pier and the public dock are expected to be completed by Wednesday, Dec. 4. And the dock is expected to reopen to the public by Friday, Dec. 6, according to Public Works Director Tom Woodard. The Hecker Construction Company installed the premanufactured floating dock and several new pilings in July. The new floating dock opened to the


A crane and barge are being used to repair and revise the floating dock gangway. public on Aug. 2. On Oct. 4, Mayor John Chappie ordered the dock closed after it was determined the gangway’s connection points were coming loose and presented a public safety hazard. The repair proposal Duncan

Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift General Manager Steve Porter presented the city on Nov. 14 stated the gangway repairs would cost $69,717. The repairs include the SEE DAY DOCK, PAGE 35

DECEMBER 4, 2019



WMFR seeks construction manager WMFR commissioners agreed to release an RFP for a construction manager for the proposed new administration building. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue’s commissioners are moving forward with plans to construct a new administration building, though it remains to be seen when construction will start on the new space. When commissioners met Nov. 19, one of the items up for discussion was the status of the administration building project and a discussion on releasing a request for proposals, RFP, for a construction manager. First, commissioners voted 4-1, with Commissioner Al Robinson dissenting, to accept a contract with Hall Architects/Hall Darling Design Studio for design of the new building and parking lot. Chief Ben Rigney said that due to budget constraints and the need for a smaller space, the building is currently estimated to be built at





40% OFF!







1808 Cortez Road

Open 7 Days A Week


Parts, Services & Installation Available

3,800 square feet, slightly smaller than the previously planned 5,000 square feet. Rigney negotiated the contract with the architecture design firm for 8% of the cost to build, estimated at $882,500. WMFR’s budget for the entire project, including land acquisition, is $1.4 million. Robinson spoke out against relocating the district’s administrative offices from their current temporary headquarters at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church to a new building to be built on a lot the district acquired over the summer behind the Beall’s store at the Fountain Court Shopping Center. He said that he doesn’t feel that the board is doing their fiduciary responsibility to the residents and business owners of the district by committing such a large amount of funds to the administration building project. The district is using monies from the sale of their previous administration building on Third Avenue West to fund the building of a new administrative home. Commissioner George Harris said that by approving the contract the district is committing funds to the project but that it also is mov-

ing the design process forward. He did say that he agrees with Robinson on one count; he’s not convinced that now is the time to build considering the state of the current economy. “We already bought the property, now we’re investing dollars in it,” Commissioner David Bishop said. Robinson said he’d rather sell the property the district purchased for the administration building and wait for a pre-built property to come available in the district. Rigney recommended that since board members agreed to move forward with the contract that the district send out the RFP to secure a construction manager to work with the architecture firm on the project. The point in obtaining the services of a construction manager at this time, Bishop said, would be to get real world pricing on the construction of the building. Rigney suggested issuing the RFP immediately with a deadline for submissions of Jan. 7 for review by committee and having the top candidates present to the board at a 5 p.m. workshop on Jan. 21. Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of the RFP with Robinson dissenting.



DECEMBER 4, 2019

PIER: Deadline extended for final pier lease offer FROM PAGE 1

tract with the city does not include the interior build-outs to be completed by the pier tenant. “I would recommend that we give him this extension, but it is certainly up to each of you,” Murphy said to the commission regarding Schoenfelder’s request. Participating by phone, Commissioner Mark Short referenced the commission’s recent decision to authorize Murphy to prepare and have ready a request for proposals that would allow other restaurateurs to submit lease proposals if the commission rejects Schoenfelder’s final offer. Short asked if giving Schoenfelder more time would delay that RFP process. Murphy said it would not. Short asked if the RFP would be ready to present to the commission on Jan. 9, if needed. Murphy said it would. Murphy recommended the commission not make any final decisions regarding Schoenfelder’s final offer or the issuance of an RFP until a full commission is seated on Jan. 9. That’s when the commission will appoint someone to fill the commission seat Dale Woodland vacates on Dec. 5 due

to his failure to properly qualify for the 2019 city elections. Murphy said Schoenfelder will not return to the United States until March and would like to discuss his final offer with the commission. “March is too long to wait. We need to know, and he needs to know, where we stand on his final offer,” Murphy said of that timeline. Murphy said the commission discussion with Schoenfelder could take place in January via Skype, telephone or some other means of electronic communication, but the commission first needs to see his final offer.


Schoenfelder’s current pier lease expires on Dec. 15, 2020. In October, Schoenfelder rejected two lease options Murphy presented him. One option proposed a base rent of $21,600 per month with a 3% annual increase. The second option proposed a base rent of $18,900 per month, a $250,000 up-front payment and the same annual increase. In an email to Murphy, Schoenfelder

We need to know, and he needs to know, where we stand on his final offer.” Dan Murphy, Anna Maria Mayor noted his own previous offer was $12,000 per month. When the old pier closed in September 2017, Schoenfelder was paying $9,240 a month, according to his lease contract. His monthly rent was scheduled to increase to $10,080 in December 2018, but that increase never occurred because his lease payments were suspended after the pier was closed.


On Nov. 26, the commission also authorized Murphy to sign a grant agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the additional $285,000 the Florida Legislature approved for the pier project earlier this year. Murphy said the $285,000 includes

EVICTION: Noisy rental guests FROM PAGE 1

area. The persons I came into contact with were juveniles and I had them call the renter of the property. I made contact with Melissa Moran and issued her a noise violation citation for $200. I explained the ordinance to her and she advised that we would not have to come back a third time,” Sellitto’s email said. At 8:18 p.m. on Saturday, Haynes sent a follow-up email to Eric Jones at the AMI Locals property management company regarding a third violation. “There have been three separate noise violations at 241 Willow within the past week. All three have resulted in citations. The first one for $35, the second for $200 and today’s for $500. The first incident occurred on 11/26 and was issued due to loud yelling and profanity that continued after the deputy spoke with the individuals. Second incident occurred 11/29. This was issued due to loud music and yelling by juveniles. Third incident was issued today at 4:30 for a party with loud music and yelling. Please advise as soon as possible as to the outcome of this very serious situation,” Haynes’ email said. “To my knowledge, this is the first incident within the past five years where we’ve had three noise violations at the same property with the same occupants within a 12-month period,” Haynes said on Monday. At 7:20 a.m. Sunday morning, Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy sent City Attorney

Becky Vose an email that said, “Occupants were evicted last night by Realtor.” The escalating fines Haynes referenced are included in the amended noise ordinance that requires the city to notify the property owner and property manager of each noise violation. The notices give the city the ability to also hold these additional parties accountable for repeat noise violations.


When contacted Monday, Haynes said the first and third citations were issued to Carson Moran and the second was issued to Melissa Moran. “The owner, tenant, occupant, guest, property manager and agent at which the violation occurred shall be separately liable for any noise disturbance caused,” Haynes said, reading directly from the ordinance. “Basically, it’s the owner, the rental agent, and the registered agent if the property owner is a company, as well as the violators. They are all liable for any noise violations that occur. The citations are issued to the individual violator, but they are actually to the property,” Haynes said. When contacted Monday, Jones said, “We heard about each citation and contacted the guests immediately asking them to abide by the local ordinances and be respectful of not only the property but of the neighbors too. We didn’t wait until the third notice.

restrictions and auditing requirements that didn’t apply to the $750,000 state legislators approved for the pier project in 2018. The $285,000 can only be used for pier enhancements that include but are not limited to public restrooms, electrical wiring from the shore to the pier buildings, pedestrian lighting and pedestrian railings that extend from the pier entrance to the mean low tide level. The commission approved Murphy’s related request to expand the annual financial auditing services the CS&L accounting firm provides the city to also include audits of the federal and state funds received and spent on the pier project. The pier-related audit reports will also be shared with county officials in appreciation of the county’s financial support of the pier project.

Not only did they not comply with the local ordinances, they did not comply with us asking them to be respectful. On Saturday, we deemed they were no longer respecting the local ordinances, the property or the neighbors. They crossed the line, so they were asked to leave,” Jones said. City Commissioner Carol Carter and her husband, Bob, live next door. “I was pleased that the city and the Sheriff’s Office responded the way they did, and I was impressed with the quick action taken by the property management company after learning about what was going on next door,” Bob Carter said Monday morning. “I think it’s important to send a message that when renters come into residential neighborhoods and don’t respect the residents and the peaceful lives we enjoy they’ll find themselves no longer able to rent here,” he added.


The Anna Maria Building Department issued a certificate of occupancy for 241 Willow Ave. on Sept. 9. The property is owned by Willow Ave. LLC and the Florida Divisions of Corporations lists Sarasota attorney Ivo Travnicek as the LLC’s registered agent. According to the Coldwell Banker website, the home is listed for sale at $4.25 million and features seven-bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, an oversized pool with a swimup bar, a hot tub, a sunken fire pit, a wine closet, expansive terraces and a custom bunk room.

NOISE: Updates head for a vote FROM PAGE 1

a noise ordinance violation or not. Commissioner Kim Rash and Mayor Judy Titsworth both spoke against enacting a time limit to determine a noise violation. Rash said that he feels it’s unfair to residents to average the noise decibel level over a period of time to describe a loud, sharp noise. Titsworth said that she liked having officer discretion in the noise ordinance because “sometimes 10 seconds is too long” to subject residents to loud, high-pitched noises. Commissioners agreed to move the recommended language changes in the noise ordinance to a first reading during their Dec. 10 meeting, omitting the language pertaining to a sound level limit and average sound over a period of time.

DECEMBER 4, 2019

Keith Otzen, of Minnesota, brother of Karen Ellsworth of Anna Maria Island, collects historic postcards depicting the Island in days past. His collection includes the “new” Cortez Bridge, local celebrity Charlie the Pelican and the Anna Maria City Pier. For The Sun’s full postcard collection, visit and search “Wish You Were Here.”





OBITUARIES Donald L. Bailey Donald Bailey, 87, of Bradenton was born Nov. 14, 1932 in Brookville, PA, growing up in New Kensington, PA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Purks Bailey in San Jose, CA in 1994, and a son John Howard Bailey in 2014, and a granddaughter. He is survived by three sons: James Scott, Jeffrey Richard, and Joseph Kent, all of the San Jose, CA area; also three grandchildren and one great grandson, and his brother (Ray) of Sarasota. After moving to Florida, Don remarried in 2003 and is survived by his wife, Lavinia Eichorn-Bailey of Bradenton and her four children and their families, all of whom he loved very much. Don graduated from New Kensington High in 1950, Penn State University in 1957, and obtained an MBA from University of Pittsburgh in 1966. He also served 3 years in the U.S. Army’s Security Agency during the Korean War. Don began his career at Pittsburgh Plate Glass, moving on to Ohara Glass Works, in California. He retired in 1994 as V.P. of Marketing & Sales from Hoya Glass, Fremont, CA. He retired to Anna Maria Island in 1997. He was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Anna Maria Island, where he first met his wife, Lavinia. Don was also a member of the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orchestra. He enjoyed a full life with his family and friends. Before his death on Nov. 14, 2019. Thanks be to God! Memorial service will be at Gloria Dei, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. Condolences may be given at

Rita Maxine (Gratz) Braker Rita Maxine (Gratz) Braker, born July 1, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio, passed away peacefully in her sleep early in the morning on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 in Maumee, Ohio. Rita graduated from Waite High School in 1948 where she was a Majorette in the high school band. She was

a registered nurse, graduating from Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, and treasured her lifelong friendships with her fellow nursing friends. She worked for the late Dr. John B. Gibbs, MD. as an office nurse and continued to work for Family Practice of Toledo. She finished her career working for Dr. Richard Munk, MD., and enjoyed keeping in contact with these physicians, their families and the many colleagues she worked with over the years. Following her retirement, she volunteered for several years at ProMedica Toledo Hospital Information desk. Music was always an important part of Rita’s life. She served as a church organist for the former Salem U.C.C. Church in Toledo, followed by Faith Community Church in Maumee for more than 60 years, having started at the age of 15. Rita and her husband Ed spent many winters in Sanibel Island and Anna Maria Island, Florida. They also loved to travel, and their journeys took them to many locations in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, and other parts of Europe, creating many happy memories together. Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Hiram and Louena (Mahan) Gratz, and her sister Marian Brumet. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Edmund Braker; children, Barbara (John) Walters, Thomas Braker, and Mary (Brian) Duncan; and grandchildren, Megan Walters, Melissa (Gabriel) Bird, and Elizabeth, Allison, and Maggie Kirchner. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren. Visitation will take place Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. Services will be held on Monday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Toledo Memorial Park, Sylvania, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or Faith Community Church.

Gerald “Jerry” J. Elliott Gerald “Jerry” J. Elliott, 65, of Bra-


and took his keys. A few minutes later, they observed him driving, stopped him, tested him and arrested him.


No new reports.

11/21, found property, 704 Jacaranda Blvd., eight rounds of 9 mm ammunition were found by the property owner. He tried to mail them to the owner but the Post Office refused to take them.


11/24, DUI, 100 Bridge St., the officer observed the defendant stumble from a bar to his vehicle. Officers called him a cab



11/20, trespass warning, Walgreens, a manager reported a man loitering. An officer was dispatched and the man left the property. 11/20, warrant, CVS, a person was arrested on an active warrant after being identified by the license plate recognition system. After being arrested by an

DECEMBER 4, 2019

denton Beach, FL passed away on Nov. 7, 2019. Born in Cheboygan, MI and moved to Bradenton in 2013 from Lansing, MI, he graduated in 1972 from Sexton High School. Jerry worked at Emil’s Italian Restaurant in Lansing, MI for over 30 years and also worked at the Drift In Bar in Bradenton Beach as a parking lot manager where everyone loved Jerry. Was a proud Dad, fun Papa/ Grandpa and cool Uncle Jerry. He was an avid Michigan State Spartans fan as well as the Detroit Lions and Tigers. Loved by everyone in the Pines Trailer Park on his beautiful island of Anna Maria. He loved living in his paradise. He was the nicest guy you could ever meet. Preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Jacquelyn (Tallman) Elliott and three brothers, Allen, Michael and Mark. Survived by his wife of 16 years, Susan Rendel of Bradenton Beach, FL; his children, Gerald Elliott, Brandee (Ben) Case, Brittany (Rueben) Castillo, Breann Elliott; twin sister, Gin (Terry) Niblock; sisters, Becky (Dave) Florian and Cindi Elliott; brothers, Bruce Elliott, Bill (Wendy) Elliott and Chuck Elliott; sister in law, Julie Elliott; sisters/brothers in law, Lisa and Henry Kjentvet, Vicki and Tavo Arceo; grandchildren, Olivia and Lara Case, Jeremiha Elliott, Madison and Luka Castillo; goddaughter, Alice Niblock; mother in law, Shirley Fontana as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Services will be scheduled in Michigan at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W. Bradenton, FL 34209 in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to:

Barbara Lynn Harlan Long time Anna Maria Island resident, Barbara Lynn Harlan, passed suddenly Nov. 6, 2019 on the island she loved. Born in 1949, she was raised along with her brother, Bruce, in Southfield, Michigan by HBPD officer, the person was turned over to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for transport to jail. 11/21, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, after receiving a hit on the license plate reader system, an officer pulled over a driver who admitted to smoking marijuana and was in possession of four grams of marijuana without using medical marijuana or being registered in the medical marijuana database. The driver was issued a violation for possession and released. 11/23, noise violation, 211 84th St., an officer responded to a noise complaint of an air conditioner or pool pump that

parents Everett and Virginia Haehnel. It was in the early 80s she migrated to Florida with her late husband, Gordy, and three young children where they settled in Bradenton Beach. Barb treasured strolls along the beach with her husband, children, visiting family and friends. For many years she would venture to Guatemala volunteering to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Devotion to family filled her heart and days. She is survived by sons Greg (wife Brandy); Gary (wife Morgan); daughter Ginny; grandchildren Skyler, Angelina, Jeremiah, Ashton, Payton, Ava, Sean and Ethan; and great-grandchildren Sophia, Stella and Sailor. Family and friends will gather on her birthday, Feb. 9, 2020 at the beach for a sunset celebration of her wonderful life. She will be loved, missed and admired by many, forever.

Benjamin T. Langston Benjamin T. Langston, 65, formerly of Holmes Beach, FL, passed away Nov. 7, 2019 at his home in Franklin, NC. Ben was born Oct. 6, 1954 in Memphis, TN and was raised there. He moved to Holmes Beach in 1996 where he owned and operated Anna Maria Glass and Screen. He is survived by his former wife, Cynthia Langston; his son, William; his daughter, Olivia; and grandchildren Liam and Layla; all of Holmes Beach. He also leaves his sister, Lynda Garrett of Memphis, TN; brother, Leonard Langston of Glenwood Springs, CO; nephews, Jason Frix, Clayton Langston and Ben Garrett as well as many other friends and family. He will be truly missed and in our hearts forever. Go Aggies! Go Cowboys!

was broken. The officer observed a loud humming noise deemed in excess of the city’s noise ordinance. The property was vacant, so evidence was collected and turned over to code compliance for further investigation. 11/24, DUI, 700 Manatee Ave., a driver was observed by an officer traveling at 62 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The officer pulled the driver over and, after observing the smell of alcohol, conducted a field sobriety test and took the driver into custody. The driver was later transported to Manatee County jail.

DECEMBER 4, 2019



DAY DOCK: Set to reopen this week FROM PAGE 30

installation of four new support pilings for the gangway and the new wooden landing that will connect the pier and the top of the gangway. The repair proposal includes at no extra cost the future installation of 18 pile guides containing four nylon rollers each. The bracket-like pile guides will connect the floating dock to the wood pilings and replace the pile guides installed by Hecker Construction. According to Woodard, the 18

additional pile guides installed by Hecker were manufactured by AccuDock according to Hecker’s specifications. According to Woodard, six of those 18 pile guides failed and came loose as a result of wave action associated with the passing of Post Tropical Cyclone Nestor in mid-October, after the dock had already been closed. The original dock contractor, Technomarine Group, provided Hecker with eight pile guides designed, manufactured and recommended by Spain-based Ronautica Marinas – the com-

pany that manufactured the floating dock sections shipped to the United States. According to Woodard, the pile guides manufactured by Ronautica worked as designed and did not fail in the choppy waters. On Monday, Woodard said the additional pile guides have been ordered from Ronautica. The estimated cost for the new pile guides is $16,673, including shipping. A safety railing for the bottom of the gangway and two dock ladders are also being ordered from Ronautica.


The gangway revisions include a new wooden landing that will sit atop this framework and connect the pier and the top of the gangway.




DECEMBER 4, 2019

Big green monsters E

very real estate transaction has its monsters. Some are little tiny ones like broken windows or a rotting fence, both easily remedied. But then there are some that take the form of a beast and could jeopardize the sale, better known as the dreaded property lien. A lien is a right to keep possession of a person’s property until a debt is paid. Like blemishes on an otherwise shining report card, liens are one of the defects that show up on a property’s title search, which is essentially a background check into your legal claim over a piece of real estate. Title issues account for 11 percent of closing delays and if you have one or more liens against your title, you’ll have to address it before you can move forward with the sale. Likewise, buyers who enter into a contract of sale for a property that is later discovered to have a title lien have either a long wait for the seller to clear it up, or end the transac-

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER tion and start looking for another home. The real issue, however, is to not have liens against a property you may be considering selling or at the very least get them resolved before placing the property on the market. There are several types of liens: materialman lien or mechanics lien is filed on a property when the homeowner has not paid a contractor for services rendered. This is one of the easier liens to settle, just pay the contractor or negotiate with them if a job has not been done properly. A Department of Revenue Lien is for state taxes that are not paid. Since Florida does not have a state tax it’s

not relevant for Florida properties, but many Florida residents do own properties in other states and should be aware of this. Homeowner Association (HOA) liens are also very common especially in states like Florida where there are many condos and single-family associations that charge homeowner association fees. HOA liens not only involve non-payment of dues but could also be levied because of broken rules and the compensation required to repair the broken rule. Again, this is an easy one to resolve, just pay the outstanding fees and remove the lien. An IRS lien, however, is not so easy to settle and is by far the most serious lien since it involves the federal government and is for non-payment of federal taxes. IRS liens have a super priority over all other liens and are in first position, which means it must be paid first before any other liens on the property. If you

have an IRS lien on your property you will most likely need an attorney. The lien could be satisfied from the proceeds of the closing just like any outstanding mortgages, but if the proceeds of the sale will not cover it the property can’t be closed until it’s settled which could be a very long time. Good luck in finding a buyer who is willing to wait to close on your property while you’re negotiating with the federal government. Obviously, don’t get yourself in a position where you have liens on your property. When you purchase a new property, buy title insurance which will ensure that any overlooked liens on the title will be covered. Pay fees and taxes on time and be up front with your real estate broker and buyer. Selling a house with a lien isn’t impossible but it is stressful and time consuming. It’s also the biggest green monster in real estate - slay it before it eats you alive.

DECEMBER 4, 2019



THANKS-LIVING: Makes successful debut FROM PAGE 13

Island. In the nearby Kid’s Zone, youngsters used crayons to color sheets of paper containing the event logo Kingan created. When addressing the crowd, Meyer said, “Welcome to the first ThanksLiving, we hope there will be many more.” Meyer discussed the important role relationships play in creating a sense of community. “We want everybody tonight to start one more relationship. I want you all to participate in a new game which I call speed-friending,” he said. Meyer encouraged folks to support the Roser Food Pantry and the All Island Denominations collective of churches that assists islanders in need. He also thanked Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy for his support of the task force’s efforts. Murphy then noted the uncertainty that accompanies a first-time event. “You sit in anticipation wondering if anyone will show up. I look at this wonderful crowd and I thank all of you for being here today,” Murphy said.

Zdravecky shared a story about how the Anna Maria community came to her aid when the roof of her Anna Maria home was damaged by a small hurricane a few days after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. She also gave a shout out to her neighbor and friend, 95-year-old Bill Snow, who joined her at the gathering. Eleven-year-old Makena Corr read aloud remarks she prepared in advance. She noted she was born and raised on the Island and is now a fifthgrader in her final year at the Anna Maria Elementary School. “My favorite things to do on the Island are to go bike riding with my friends, go surfing, go to the beach, go out on a boat and doing yoga with my mom. I also love to go camping on what I call Gilligan’s Island with my dad and friends,” she said. Rev. Neil Crowell, from the Roser Memorial Community Church discussed the importance of supporting All Island Denominations and the Roser Food Pantry. Carter told The Sun she was thrilled with the turnout: “We’ve got residents, part-time residents and visitors. I think

“Our Name Says It All” SALES AND VACATION RENTALS TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS 941-778-4800 800-237-2252

HOLMES BEACH: 5201 Gulf Drive • ELLENTON: 945 25th Drive East, Suite 10


Eleven-year-old Makena Corr shared her love for Anna Maria Island.

we’ll get an even better turnout next year.” “I’m so thrilled to see everybody here talking and meeting each other,” Kingan said.

Anna Maria Commissioner Mark Short said, “I think this has been a truly amazing event. It just shows that Anna Maria – the city and the Island – is a great place to live.” Barbara Murphy, the mayor’s wife, said, “What’s wonderful is we’re mingling with a lot of our foreign visitors. We just visited with a table full of people from Germany.” One of those visitors, Heinz Tottmann, said of the Island: “We love it. It’s paradise.” His friend Regina Ruh said, “We love this Island and Thanks-Living is beautiful.” As the evening wound down, Meyer asked everyone to raise their glasses so he could propose a toast. “To friendships that began tonight and for the love of the community that’s going to follow,” he said. “Together we can make this the community that we want.” While packing up the leftover food to be delivered to the sheriff’s deputies at the Anna Maria Unit, Zdravecky said, “It was a glorious evening filled with laughter, friendship and sweetness.”



DECEMBER 4, 2019

Parking reduction recommended The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board recommends city commission approval of a parking reduction Mark and Lilana Arcidy are requesting for the new waterfront home they plan to have built as their family’s permanent residence at 120 Ninth St. N. Based on the home’s proposed square footage, city code requires 10 off-street parking spaces. The Arcidys requested that be reduced to four spaces but the planning board recommends five. Operating as the New Hampshire-based Itaro Group LLC, the Arcidys received front, side and waterfront setback reductions from the city commission in August 2018. In October 2018, the LLC filed a restrictive covenant with the Manatee County Clerk of the Court’s office that prohibits the new home, when built, from being used as short-term vacation rental or transient lodging establishment, as defined by state statute.


A restrictive covenant prohibits the new waterfront home to be built on this property from being used as a short-term vacation rental.

DECEMBER 4, 2019



Roser volunteers honored ANNA MARIA – Roser Memorial Community Church recognized its outstanding volunteers on Sunday, Nov. 17 with plaques presented by Chair of the Congregation Randy Zion. Jack and Lynn Brennan Both Jack and Lynn have been very involved with Missions at Roser. They have served on the Mission Committee and Lynn served as co-chair for four years. Jack chairs and runs the Roser Food Pantry program and is a board member of All Island Denominations (AID), coordinating with the five Island churches to find and serve those in need that live or work on the Island. Lynn volunteers with the Food Pantry, Our Daily Bread, and coordinates Roser’s monthly packing of beans and rice for the Beth-El Farm Workers Ministry. Lynn also serves as co-chair of the Hospitality Committee and assists with the Fellowship Sunday receptions, Terrific Tuesday dinners, and the luncheon for our annual meeting. They both serve as ushers, and their volunteering does not stop at the church doors - they actively serve organizations in our community. David and Susan Cheshire Susan and David Cheshire joined Roser in early 2012 after moving here from Baton Rouge. They first began singing in the Chancel Choir. Susan soon became active in the Women’s Guild serving as secretary, nominations chair, the Scholarship Committee, as a Thrift Shop worker, and now as president. Susan has also served on BREd (Board of Religious Education),

on the Associate Pastor Search Committee, Board of Deacons, and Tues@2:00 Ladies Study. David has served as financial secretary, on the Senior Pastor Search Committee, the Music Committee, and now is church treasurer. In addition, David enjoys hands-on activities and has been a member of our Disaster Relief Team including mission trips to Louisiana, North Carolina and Florida. He also is a frequent helper at our Tuesday Volunteer Work Days. Cass Robertson Cass is one of the people that seems to be at Roser all the time. As Clerk of Council she monthly takes exacting minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee and the Council and at the same time actively participates in the meeting discussions. As a long-serving member of the deacons, Cass is the weekly friendly face you see at the Welcome Desk at both the 10 a.m. service and the SoulJourn service. Cass is a co-facilitator of JOY (Just Older Youth) and she assists with the Tues@2 Ladies Study. Cass is a member of the Bylaws and Policy Review Committee that has spent well over 100 hours over the last three-plus years discussing and rewriting the Roser Bylaws and Policies. Roser Community Church is located at 512 Pine Ave. near the City Pier. For more information go to, call 941-778-0414, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook/roserchurch.


Top, Founders' Day Exceptional Volunteers from left, Jack and Lynn Brennan, Cass Robertson, David and Susan Cheshire. Above right, Cass Robertson. Above left, Susan and David Cheshire.


N O R T H L O N G B OAT K E Y 811 Jungle Queen Way Laurie M Mock & Brenda Price 941-232-3665 A4438987 $1,850,000

JEWFISH KEY 7140 La Lenaire Drive Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4426326 $1,390,000

ILEXHURST 2307 Avenue C Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4430021 $895,000

B AY I S L E S 3261 Bayou Road Sylvia Zimmerman & George Zimmerman 941-350-5022 A4448836 $848,500

B AY PA L M S 528 74th Street Victoria Sperounes 941-960-3773 A4446368 $2,700,000

T I DY I S L A N D 51 Tidy Island Boulevard Kathy Marshall 941-900-9777 A4440248 $599,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 304 29th Street A & B Jody Shinn 941-705-5704 A4435660 $525,000

SUMMER SANDS 1007 Gulf Drive N 111 Laura Rulon 941-896-2757 A4443268 $525,000

TA N G E R I N E B AY C LU B 350 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 219 Ian Addy, PA 941-961-8850 A4433894 $1,199,000

B AY PA L M S 523 67th Street Laura Rulon 941-896-2757 A4447854 $899,000

B AY PA L M S 515 72nd Street Mark Boehmig 941-807-6936 A4450873 $825,000

K E Y R OYA L E 602 Baronet Lane Hannah Hillyard 941-744-7358 A4447974 $779,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 5400 Gulf Drive 22 Jody Shinn 941-705-5704 A4440903 $325,000

PA L M A S O L A B AY C LU B 3431 79th Street Circle W 303 Janet Kromer 941-761-7349 A4447851 $750,000



HARBOUR LANDINGS 12522 Harbour Landings Drive Ralph & Megg Faillace 941-713-9142 A4434327 $495,000


8 8 8 . 552 . 52 2 8 L I C E N S E D R E A L E S TAT E B R O K E R




New pier decking This stack of Ipe hardwood decking awaited installation on the new Anna Maria City Pier walkway on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019



Land development code amendments recommended The planning board recommends eliminating the letter of no objection requirement for residential dock setbacks. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning board recommends city commission approval of four proposed Land Development Code (LDC) text amendments. On Nov. 20, the planning board unanimously recommended the elimination of an existing code provision that requires a property owner to get a letter of no objection from the neighboring property owner when seeking a permit to install a residential dock or boat lift that leaves less than a 25-foot setback between the proposed dock or boat lift and a neighbor’s riparian rights line. The board members discussed increasing the minimum setback to 15 feet, but decided against making that recommendation after hearing from waterfront homeowner Bob Talham. Talham said he wants to replace his current boat with a larger boat that will require a larger boat lift. Talham said

he would not be able to install a larger boat lift if the minimum setback was increased to 15 feet. Talham also encouraged the board to recommend eliminating the need for a letter of no objection. He said he doubts whether his neighbor would provide him with such a letter. City Planner Alan Garrett said he’s not aware of any other municipality that allows one property owner to hold hostage another property owners’ permitting efforts. If the proposed text amendment is approved by the city commission, the LDC would still require a 10-foot minimum setback on either side of a dock or boat lift.


The board supports Garrett’s recommendation to reduce the existing offstreet residential parking requirements that currently require two parking spaces for the first 1,000 square feet of habitable floor area, plus one additional parking space for each additional 500 square feet of floor area. The memo Garrett included in the meeting packet said the current parking regulations require seven to eight off-street parking spaces for a 3,500-square-foot dwelling built on a


The owner of the dock on the right wants to install a larger boat lift without a letter of no objection from the neighbor to the left. 5,000-square-foot lot. The memo notes the proposed change would require six off-street parking spaces, which could be accommodated by four parking spaces beneath the dwelling and two parking spaces in the driveway.

Garrett said city staff believes the current requirements call for more parking spaces than needed. The board supports similar parking requirement reductions Garrett SEE DOCKS, PAGE 43



ENTERTAINMENT • Veteran Services information, Thursday, Dec. 5 from 9-11 a.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-6341 for more information. • Mornings at The NEST, Robinson Preserve, 840 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology for a morning of exploration. Walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required. • Rise and Shine Power Flow Yoga, Sunday Dec. 8 from 10:3011:45 a.m., The NEST, Robinson Preserve, 840 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Power yoga class designed to blend awareness of breath,

physical movement and mindfulness to promote clarity of mind while developing physical strength and stamina. $10 fee, cash only. For more information, email aedan. • Ukulele for Beginners with Kathleen Reynolds, Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 3-4 p.m., at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-6341 for more information. • Adult Coloring Club, Wednesday, Dec. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-6341 for more information. • Rollasage, Thursday, Dec. 12 from 1-2 p.m., at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ages 18 and up; a foam-rolling class formatted to help a group of people massage themselves, rollasage promotes muscle recovery and increases circulation, thereby reducing pain. It is a low-intensity class which can be modified in many ways for those who can't perform certain movements. Please bring a mat or towel. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

DECEMBER 4, 2019


Jewelry at Artists Guild The Anna Maria Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will display the unique talents of member jewelry artists in the gallery window during December. The "Buy Your Sweetie Some Beautiful Jewelry" exhibit features artists Lois Manza (beading), Jinny Goggin (wire wrapped stones), Susanna Spann (silversmith), Kris Peterson (Venetian Murano glass) and Jodi Tshida (acrylic resin, Reiki handmade Mala Beach Bead necklaces – meditation beads). The guild is a non-profit organization with programs that support arts education by making donations to school programs, sponsoring student scholarships and hosting schoolchildren’s visits to the gallery and to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. Senior art students from local high schools are invited to exhibit monthly at the gallery.

Bourbon, Beats and Eats needs volunteers Bourbon, Beats and Eats may not be taking place until Kentucky Derby weekend in May, but the event is in need of volunteers to help former Holmes Beach Commissioner Rick Hurst put all the pieces together. Volunteers are needed now to help set up and maintain an event website, design a logo for the event, help locate sponsors and assist with general planning for the event. In May, volunteers also will be needed to help set up, staff and break down the event.

Bourbon, Beats and Eats is planned as a community event at Holmes Beach city field on May 2, 2020. Local bartenders will be serving up bourbon and mixed cocktails, including mint juleps, in honor of the Kentucky Derby, which will be viewable on a big screen. Beats will be provided by local musicians including Eric Von, The Dr. Dave Band and Trevor Bystrom, among others. Serving as DJ for the event will be Code Compliance Officer James Thomas.

Eats will be provided by local restaurants, including The Freckled Fin, Hurricane Hanks, The Feast, The Ugly Grouper, The Beach Bistro, The Doctor’s Office, Eat Here, Small Town Creamery and more. Sponsors are needed for the kid’s area that will include bounce houses, a 5K morning run and a cornhole tournament. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rick Hurst at

DECEMBER 4, 2019




Let the playoffs begin:

Fall adult sports near championship at The Center BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With the winter season quickly approaching, the adult basketball and soccer leagues are in the playoff series in the weeks ahead. Going into week one of playoffs this week, the undefeated Ugly Grouper squad and Gulfview Windows both have a bye week in the basketball league. Third ranked Moss Builders takes on Gnarly Mangrove, who finished last in the regular season play with a record of 1-5. In the middle of the pack and playing in the second playoff game

are Progressive Cabinetry and Beach Bums, ending the regular season also with a 1-5 record. Head-to-head match up records and point differentials went into play when determining the ranking of the teams with the same general record, resulting in the second playoff game match-up between Progressive and Beach Bums. The scoring race in the league finds J.J. Friszman at the top of the leader board with 118 points for the Beach Bums squad. Ugly Grouper’s Dominick Otteni concluded the regular season with 99 points and Jacob Kiester, for Moss Builders, put up 91 points to round out the top three league scorers.

Going into the last regular season week of soccer action, Blalock Walters tops the ranks with a 6-0-1 record, followed by Vintage Beach and Sato Real Estate. Vacasa and Lancaster Designs are still looking for their first win of the season, while the middle of the pack has Ross Built Construction, MuniPlan, and Flynn Law with four wins each. Moss Builders has a similar record of 3-4. Sitting on the bench with a bye week, MuniPlan, who finished the season with a .500 season, has to wait to see how the victories fall Thursday night, going into the first week of playoffs. The league’s scoring leaders going into week seven of play are Joseph

DOCK: Setback amendment recommended FROM PAGE 41

recommended for multi-family residential structures. The board also recommends amending the LDC to once again designate swimming pools and hot tubs as pervious surfaces when calculating a property’s allowed 40 percent lot coverage. In 2018, the city commission voted 3-2 in favor of designating

pools and hot tubs as impervious surfaces that do not allow for stormwater runoff and retention. The divided city commission hoped this change would produce smaller vacation rental homes by further restricting lot coverage. Garrett said this has not happened because developers simply starting placing a portion of the swimming pool under the structure, where it does not count as

additional lot coverage. Earlier this year, some commissioners expressed their continued concerns that the impervious designation actually prevents residents from adding pools to their existing homes, and there was informal consensus to revisit this topic after having it reviewed by the planning board.

Hutchinson with 20 goals, Amy Ivin and Murat Akay both scoring 13 points, and Kevin Roman, Chris Scott and Zach Lieb each with 12 goals. Tim Holly and Gerardo Urbiola top the charts with seven recorded assists. Goalkeeper Robb Marshall is currently the top in his position with 81 saves in the season. Luke Grady has 79 noted saves, with Mark Rudacille currently in third with 67 saves in the books. The championship hoops match is scheduled for on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:15 p.m. The Paul “Ace” Hayward Cup game will be played on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Key Royale golf results Monday, Nov. 25 - Modified Stapleford 1st Place - Mike Clements with a score of +4 2nd Place - tie between Hoyt Miller, Ken Nagengast, Bob Reid and Blake Ress with a score of +3 1st Place Team - Buddy Foy, Bob Reid, Earl Ritchie and Terry Schaefer with a score of +5 Tuesday, Nov. 26 - Low Net Score Flight A Joy Kaiser Helen Pollock Debi Wohlers


31 31


32 32 35

Flight C Penny Williams Fran Barford Barb Harrold


32 32 32

Flight D Terry Westby Susan Van Orsdel Janelle Clements Sally York

25 TIE 30 TIE 30 33

Flight B Beth Lindeman MaryLou Dreier Jana Samuels Meredith Slavin

Chip in - Sue Wheeler - Hole #1




Across 1 Meat shaped for a burger 6 Consider 10 Place to unwind 13 Sound before "Bless you" 14 Food brand for Fido 15 Visa competitor, briefly 16 Like a wet day 17 "Deal me a hand" 18 __ slaw 19 Nickname for Elvis Presley 22 One rotation of Earth on its axis 23 Up until now 24 "I'll pay any price!" 28 Nod off 31 Not hers 34 "We're having __!": retail come-on 35 Jupiter's wife 36 Marriott rival 37 Nickname for Ella Fitzgerald 40 Scarlett's plantation 41 Acme 42 "Nevermore!" bird 43 Boy in "Star Wars" prequel films 44 Currier and __: printmakers 45 Seth of "SNL" 46 Ring or stud site 48 He wrote "The 42-Across" 49 Nickname for James Brown 58 Funny Bombeck 59 A4 automaker 60 Scarlett's last name 61 Close by 62 Marvel Comics mutants

63 Post-op therapy 64 2,000 pounds 65 Ain't right? 66 Brutalizes Down 1 Place to spread a picnic blanket 2 Smoothie berry 3 Slender 4 Half a barbecuer's pair 5 Up-and-down weight loss effort 6 Grocery section with milk 7 Red Muppet 8 "Lawrence of Arabia," e.g. 9 2000s OCD-afflicted TV sleuth 10 Often sarcastic "Nice one!" 11 __-mell: disorderly 12 Ice skater's jump 15 Property measure 20 White part of beef 21 "Science Guy" Bill 24 1990s commerce pact acronym 25 Thai or Laotian

Answers to 11-27-19Crossword Puzzle.

26 He's not single 27 Film lioness 28 Fellas 29 Banded gemstone 30 Place to observe animals 32 __ circle: group of close advisers 33 Omens 35 Joke 36 "__, can you see ... " 38 Loo 39 Having an irregular design 44 "Roth" investment 45 Bovine sound 47 Not at all close by 48 Make a hard copy of 49 Fellow 50 Black-and-white treat 51 Uber alternative 52 Runs smoothly 53 Blissful Genesis place 54 New York stadium dismantled in 2009 55 Honolulu's island 56 Eurasia's __ Mountains 57 Chocolate dogs

DECEMBER 4, 2019

DECEMBER 4, 2019




BEACH YOGA ON Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 8:30am at the end of Pine Ave by the Sandbar Restaurant by donation. www.thriveyogafit. com

EMPIRE COMPUTER SERVICE Computer problems fixed in your home or office. The fastest friendliest service around. Serving the Island since 2004. Call 941-739-6424

FACE PAINTER/PORTRAIT ARTIST Island student artist, reasonable price for parties, events, and special portraits. Call/text Lillian 210-380-9691


THE BEST VOLUNTEER position on the island. The AMI Historical Museum needs docents and bread makers. Call Lynn at 813758-3234 or lbrennan47@ ROSER FOOD BANK needs donations of cash and non-perishable food. Donations boxes are located at the Church, Moose Club, and Walgreen’s. Join the team at the FLORIDA MARITIME MUSEUM to preserve Florida’s fishing and maritime heritage. Assist with collections, school tours and more! Contact 941-708-6120

CARPET CLEANING QUALITY COUNTS. CARPET cleaning. Upholstery cleaning. Tile & grout cleaning. Island's favorite cleaner. Manatee Chamber Member. Great price/free estimates. Call 941-7561082

CLEANING SERVICE THC CLEANING : Residential, Commercial & Rentals. Professional and Reliable. Call 941756-4570 KATHY’S CLEANING SERVICE: Professional, responsible, and friendly. I clean residential, and commercial homes, and offices. Please call me for a free estimate: 941-447-4660.

COMMERCIAL SALES, RENT & LEASE 13 UNIT RESORT: $3,999,900 Bradenton Beach on Gulf Dr. WAREHOUSE: 9300 sq ft possible Machine Shop w/ Heavy Duty Elect. Or Car Storage. So many Possibilities. Near SRQ Airport. $595,000. Island Real Estate call {Alan Galletto 941-232-2216}

Call us today! 941-778-3986

NAIL TECH NEEDED ASAP for AMI North End. No acrylics, no odor. License required Call 941-8962222


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

GARAGE, MOVING, RUMMAGE & YARD SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP & ANNEX open 9:30-2p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Donations preferred 9a.m.-11a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Phone 941-779-2733 WILDLIFE INC. ANNUAL GARAGE SALE! Dec. 6-7, 8:00-2:00, 508 65th St., Holmes Beach. Great stuff, great cause! Donations welcome. Claudia 248-982-5600

HOME IMPROVEMENTS TILE! TILE! TILE! All variations of tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship. Prompt, reliable, many Island references. Free estimates. Neil 941-726-3077

MASTER CARPENTER. Decks-Docks-FencingStairs & Railing. Free Estimates. Handyman Work. Call Richard 941448-3571 JSAN CORPORATION Renovations Construction & Handyman Services 941-243-0995 Lic# CRC1332505 jsancorporation@gmail. com Flooring, Drywall, Painting, Repairs, Kitchen and Bathrooms, Trim & Doors. Free Estimates. Credit Cards Accepted. HOME IMPROVEMENT Michigan General Contractor 30+ yrs. experience. Large or small projects. Budget minded knowledgeable tradesman will complete your project start to finish: On Time/On Budget. Call Mike 616-204-8822. HOME MAINTENANCE Kitchen and Bath Remodeling. Tile and Laminate installation. Popcorn ceiling removal, Drywall repair, texturing and painting. Call 941-725-9876

HOME SERVICES THE HARDWOOD STOP Flooring installation services; Laminate, hardwood, vinyl and tile. Bathroom and shower. Virtually dustless FLOOR REMOVAL License and insured FREE ESTIMATES 941-227-0041 www.thehardwoodstop. com


RENOVATION SPECALIST ALL carpentry repairs, Wash Family Construction, locally owned and operated CBC 1258250 Call 941-7250073.

R. GAROFALO’S Interlocking brick pavers, driveways, patios, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed & Insured. Call Rafael 941-778-4823 or Veronik 941-526-7941

KERN CONSTRUCTION NEW Homes & Remodel. Design/Build. Since 1968. License # CRC1327296. Call Jerry Kern 941-7781115

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in Old Florida Seashell driveways and scapes. Also Rock, Mulch, & Soil. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark 941-301-6067

LIGHTHOUSE PROPERTY INNOVATIONS LLC State Certified General Contractor (Lic. #CGC 1515821) New Construction, Renovations & Additions. Call 941-266-7500

LOST & FOUND FOUND KAYAK. FOUND near Key Royale Bridge Call or text 248 765-5207



LOST ON BEACH Beige Women’s Eye Glasses. $50 REWARD Call John 941705-6068 LOST DIAMOND STONE on Trolley or shops on Anna Maria Island. $500 REWARD. Call 314-324-5921

MOVING & STORAGE MARTIN’S MOVING YOUR Island movers! Offering dependable, competitive rates. No hidden costs. 941-809-5777.

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

POOL SERVICES FOUR SEASONS POOL SERVICE AND CHEMICAL SERVICES. Certified Pool Operator. 10 + Years Experience. Residential/commercial. Chemical Service Licensed & Insured. Call Dennis Clark 941-7375657

COLE'S TROPICAL POOL SERVICE Call Cole Bowers for all your pool maintenance needs! Affordable and Dependable!! 941-7131893


LOOKING FOR A highly motivated real estate broker to buy or sell your next home? Darcie Duncan, Broker Duncan Real Estate a lifelong island resident bringing success to her customers for 28 years. Proven track record brings you results! 941-725-1589

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


SHELL POINT CONDO 2BR/2BA located in a pet friendly community $299,000 close to beach dining shopping on the Island REMAX Alliance Group Erlene Fitzpatrick 941-224-6339

AUTHORITY ONE CLEANING : Residential, Commercial, Construction and Vacation Rentals . Also available Pressure Washing, Roof Cleaning, Paver Sealing and Windows. Call 941565-3931.

REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Beach – GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, L’Plage, Vista Grande, SPW, 5400 – DUPLEXES & MORE Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto} 941232-2216 IMMACULATE WATERFRONT HOME 520 Kumquat Dr. 4BD/5BA 3928sf Coastal Beauty! Prime location on AMI. $2,750,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086





RENTALS: ANNUAL BAY HOLLOW CONDO Beautiful 2BR/2BA canal front condo just off the Island with views of the water, boat dock can be available for use, updated gourmet kitchen. HOA approval required, $1950/mo. Call Paige 513-382-1992 Duncan Real Estate

ANNUAL LEASE: 1BR/1BA Holmes Beach Duplex--$1050 1st, last, sec. Available in December 2BR/1BA Bradenton Beach ground level condo-$1400 1st, last, sec. Available February 1. 2BR/2BA furnished gulf front $2650 Available March 1 $150 application fee. Call A Paradise 941778-4800

Call us today! 941-778-3986

ANNUAL RENTALHOLMES BEACH 2BR/1.5BA elevated duplex steps to beach, covered parking, W/D, Dish Washer. $1,850/ mo. Fran Maxon Real Estate 941-778-2307 LARGE EXECUTIVE HOME Perico, close to beach, 3BR/3BA, Available Now $2400/month 1st, last, and security deposit req'd.. Call Sato Real Estate, Inc at 941-778-7200 or email

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

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$800/ wk 941-704-7525 GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190 2BR/2BA BRADENTON BEACH remodeled Available January 1/1/20 and 4/4/20-12/31/20 call 551427-0248 GULF PLACE ON THE BEACH 2-3 bedrooms, pool/tennis, private/ quiet, $2000 wk/$5500 month, see pics on Call 941-720-1411

DECEMBER 4, 2019

MY HOME AVAILABLE in Anna Maria 20192020 Season. Beautiful 2BR/2BA ground level home with carport. 1 1/2 blocks to Gulf. Updated 2010, new kitchen w/granite counter tops, patio w/ outdoor furniture, plantation shutters, Flat screen TV's in every room. Call 941-5652373 VINTAGE PET FRIENDLY COTTAGE 2BR/1BA cottage steps to beach, quiet residential area, washer/dryer, unique rental, $1000 week/$3000 month. Call 941-720-1411

GULF PLACE Gulf Beach Front beautiful 3BR/2BA condo for rent weekly or monthly, fully equipped, gorgeous views, heated pool, tennis court. Call Gayle, Simpson South Realty, 941-812-6489. 600 FEET TO GULF Bradenton Beach Apartment 2BR/2BA. Canal front. Dead end street. Laundry room, New appliances. Close to Cortez. Call 941-580-5747

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport: Tampa $95, Sarasota $40, Clearwater $85, Orlando $165. Call 800-301-4816.,

ANYTIME TRANSPORTATION to all Airports, Casino, etc. Tampa $70. Sarasota $35. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095 AIRPORT RIDES- Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota. Reasonable rates! Call or text Anna 941-932-1600

DECEMBER 4, 2019





Call today to place your ad: 941-778-3986 PAINTING






DECEMBER 4, 2019

Vacation Rentals • Sales • Property Management • 941.779.0304

310 Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216

Profile for Anna Maria Island Sun

Anna Maria Island Sun December 4, 2019  

Anna Maria Island Sun December 4, 2019