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A new pier rising The first pilings in the new Anna Maria City Pier are driven into the ground, above, marking the beginning of construction for the eagerly awaited replacement. At left, I+iconSoutheast superintendent Roberto Matos uses a level to ensure the piling is going in straight. See the complete story on Page 7. JOE HENDRICKS | SUN

City hall building replacement discussed The commission and building official want to assess the potential sales value of the city properties as these discussions continue. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – City officials are trying to figure out whether it makes more sense to floodproof and hurricane-harden city hall or to build a new city hall complex. These ongoing discussions also involve the adjacent, city-owned Tingley Memorial Library and the police


department and public works buildings around the corner on Highland Avenue. No final decisions have been made regarding any of the city buildings. These previously-discussed matters were discussed in greater detail at the Jan. 22 City Commission work meeting. In the wake of those discussions, Mayor John Chappie wants folks to know there are no plans to eliminate the Tingley Memorial Library, although it could be relocated. “Any talk of getting rid of the Tingley Memorial Library, our historic library, is just not true. In my view, the library has to be part of any final decisions we SEE CITY HALL, PAGE 35


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County proposes duck hunting solution BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

Manatee County officials are considering establishing a no motorboating zone in Perico Bayou, addressing complaints from neighboring residents about duck hunting near Perico Preserve. The move would further protect seagrasses from prop scarring while discouraging duck hunters from taking motorized boats into the bayou, Charlie Hunsicker, director of the county’s Parks and Natural Resources Department, told county commissioners on Jan. 29. Residents bordering Perico Preserve on Perico Bayou and Neal Preserve on the Intracoastal Waterway are among those who have recently complained to commissioners that shotgun blasts wake them at dawn, upset


Waterfowl, including several species of ducks, frequent the ponds at Perico Preserve. people who have seen dead ducks fall from the sky and disturb their quiet enjoyment of sunsets. At Perico Preserve, built to attract birds, the boardwalks end at the bayou where hunters are hunting, Hunsicker said, placing hunters and preserve visitors too close to each other. SEE DUCKS, PAGE 35

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County plans to pursue Airbnb users for taxes BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – Manatee County commissioners have unanimously voted to find another way to collect tourist taxes from vacation rental owners using Airbnb to rent their properties, rather than wait for a lawsuit to conclude. A county ordinance requires the Manatee County tax collector to collect the 5 percent tourist tax from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their renters, in most cases, tourists. With no practical way to identify rental owners using Airbnb to offer rental lodging on websites and mobile apps, Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton Jr. sued Airbnb in April 2017 to enforce collections.

Tourist tax scenarios • If you rent out any accommodations for six months or less, the total rental amount is subject to the tourist tax. • If you rent out an accommodation for longer than six months and can provide evidence of a written, longterm lease, you may be exempt from collecting and remitting tourist tax. “Our lawsuit is moving at a snail’s pace,” Manatee County Attorney Mitchell Palmer told commissioners on Jan. 29. Airbnb successfully moved the case from circuit court to federal court, but a federal judge sent it back to circuit court, he said, adding that very little has happened in the case since then. Commissioners voted to have the county attorney’s office investigate

• If you rent out an accommodation for longer than six months and do not have a written, long-term lease, the total rental amount is subject to tourist tax for the first six months of continuous occupancy. - Manatee County Tax Collector

options to make sure the county gets its tourist tax proceeds from the anonymous Airbnb users, who are on the honor system to report and pay their tourist taxes. “Other communities have successfully entered into agreements with Airbnb to collect taxes, so why can’t we?” Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac asked. “It seems to me we’re missing out by

not working with them.” At least 20 other Florida counties have made agreements with Airbnb to collect tourist taxes through the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR), Palmer said, noting that Manatee and Collier counties chose lawsuits instead. The county attorney’s office prepared an ordinance last year that would have taken the collections responsibility away from the Manatee County tax collector and transferred it to the DOR, but commissioners did not act on it, Palmer said, telling commissioners his office will investigate and report on the commission’s options. “If the board transferred the responsibility to DOR, that would probably moot the tax collector’s lawsuit,” Palmer said.





Spooner named vice mayor City Commissioner Jake Spooner is Bradenton Beach’s new vice mayor. In January, Mayor John Chappie asked Spooner to serve in this role when discussing the mayor’s annual commission liaison appointments. Spooner is midway through his second term as a commissioner and Spooner he succeeds Commissioner Marilyn Maro as vice mayor. “In the physical absence or temporary inability of the mayor to serve and fulfill the foregoing responsibilities, the vice mayor shall act in the place of the mayor and exercise the above powers while so serving,” the city charter says of the vice mayor’s duties.

February’s Classic Movies in the Park The city of Anna Maria’s Wednesday, Feb. 6, Classic Movies in the Park free film screening will be the animated film, “Ice Age.” The movie starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Pier Park, at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard. The Feb. 13 movie will be “Sleepless in Seattle,” followed by “October Sky” on Feb. 20 and “Despicable Me” on Feb. 27. Free snacks are provided. You can also bring your own beverages and snacks and are encouraged to bring your own blankets and chairs. The movie screenings are done on a weather permitting basis. For weather-related updates, call 941-708-6130, ext. 121, or visit

Hb bike lane restriping Holmes Beach bicycle lanes are getting a fresh coat of paint and new symbols marking the lanes for bicycle use. In a unanimous vote, commissioners approved a contract with AKCA, Inc., of Plant City, to complete the lane restriping at 22,628 linear feet with a do not exceed amount of $11,314. Symbols marking the lanes for bicycle use will be placed at regular intervals. Striping work will start at the southern border of Holmes Beach on Gulf Drive and continue along the city’s main corridor to the Anna Maria city border in the north on Palm Drive. The project is expected to be completed by June 30.

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Anna Maria’s street-side parking switches sides


ANNA MARIA – Make sure you park on the proper side of the street in the city limits of Anna Maria, at the north end of Anna Maria Island – the city annually switches which side of the street can be parked on. There are 14 streets in Anna Maria subject to this annual switch, and the parking signs along those streets have now been moved to the proper side for 2019. This means you’ll be issued a $35 citation if a member of the city’s parking enforcement department sees you’ve parked on the wrong side of the street. The parking fine increases to $50 if not paid within seven days. The impacted streets are Gladiolus Street, Fern Street, Newtown Lane, Fir Avenue, Coconut Avenue, Sycamore Avenue, Elm Avenue, Magnolia Avenue, Palm Avenue, Palmetto Avenue, Jacaranda Road, Maple Avenue, Beach Avenue and Peppertree Lane. The alternating street-side parking took effect on Dec. 1, 2005. Current City Commissioner Dale Woodland was a member of the commission that adopted those parking provisions, and last week he shared his thoughts on that decisionmaking process. He said the commission’s intent was to provide at least some relief, on an annual basis, for the property owners who live along those streets that are heavily used by beachgoers and other visitors. “The council was pretty much divided. We had one group of people that didn’t want anybody parking on their street, and we had another group of people that thought they ought to be able to park on both sides. We compromised to where you can park on one side one year and the other side the other year. It took a lot of debate and it wasn’t a quick fix,” Woodland said, noting that he doesn’t hear much debate about it anymore.


Above, parking is allowed on the north side of Palm Avenue, while (below) parking is not allowed on the south side of Palm Avenue in 2019.

“They’re pretty much used to it. I’ve had a couple of complaints over the years when they get switched and somebody forgets and gets a ticket,” Woodland said. Sgt. Mike Jones, of the Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office, reminds drivers that when parking in the city of Anna Maria, all four tires must be off the pavement, and you must park in the proper direction of the flow of traffic.


Street-side parking regulations vary from city to city on Anna Maria Island. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer cautions drivers not to park in front of a sign that says, No Parking, not to park in front of a fire hydrant

and to be courteous and not park in front of someone’s mailbox. “You have to have to park with the flow of traffic and facing the proper direction. If you’ve parked on a road, make sure you’ve left room for other vehicles to drive around you – including ambulances, fire trucks and trash trucks. Nothing in our rules say you have to have all your wheels off the road,” Tokajer said. But when parking street-side in Bradenton Beach, Police Chief Sam Speciale cautions drivers that all four tires must be off the pavement, like in Anna Maria. Vehicles must also be parked in the direction of the flow of traffic.

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Fire district merger talks off the table – for now At a Manatee County Council of Governments meeting talks of merging the area’s fire districts into one fizzled but sparked declarations to increase communication between the districts and county leadership. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore said the crowd assembled for the Council of Governments meeting was the largest she’s ever seen. The reason for that crowd was one agenda item, the possibility of merging all the county’s fire districts into one, an item brought to the table by Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac. “I have no pre-determined agenda,” Benac said, opening the conversation. With the population and construction growth over the past few years and with what’s expected to come in the future, Benac said she wants to make sure the fire districts still feel that individually they’re up to the task of meeting the safety needs of residents, visitors and


Representatives from eight Manatee County fire districts appeared at the Jan. 29 Council of Governments meeting to discuss the possibility of a county-wide merger. businesses. Representatives from eight of the county’s 10 fire districts were on-hand for the discussion – North River, Parrish, Cedar Hammock, Southern Manatee, East Manatee, West Manatee, Myakka City and Trailer Estates Fire Control District. Bradenton Fire Department and Longboat Key Fire Rescue also are located in Manatee County. “We’re a very popular place for people to come,” Benac said. “The number one priority in the county is public safety.”

She added that in talks with representatives from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and EMS workers she’s gotten the impression that keeping up with the growth is becoming an issue and a strain on resources, including creating a quality of life issue for rescue workers who regularly work 24-hour shifts. Benac said she wanted to hear from the fire district representatives if there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Though taxpayer monies go to fund the fire districts, she said the districts

are possibly the part of government that people know the least about; they just expect rescue workers to arrive onscene quickly when needed. One of her goals with the discussion, Benac said, is that she wants to increase communication between the county and the fire districts and increase the communication from the fire districts to the public. Fire districts often work together through memorandums of understanding and mutual aid agreements, some of which will be before county commissioners during their first February meeting for informational purposes.


Though a merger was on the agenda, county leadership cannot force the fire districts to merge, and Benac said she has no plans to add fire department administration to the already difficult task of county officials. She cited two feasibility studies, one from 1980 and another from 1992, that both discussed the possibility of a Manatee Countyhelmed single fire district. The benefit of a single district, she said, would be standardization of training, service and SEE MERGER, PAGE 27




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hen the sun rises over Anna Maria Island this morning it will illuminate something not seen in quite some time - the Anna Maria City Pier. No, not the completed structure. No deck, no restaurant, no bait shop. In fact, taking in the view from beneath the iconic Anna Maria City Pier sign and out into Tampa Bay, visitors will see what looks like an incomplete skeleton, rib bones poking into the sky. But it is a beginning. Each day that passes will see the new pier slowly taking shape, piling by piling, bolt by bolt. By the end of summer, if projections hold true, a roughly 730-foot deck should be finished and stretching out from the shore, another milestone on the road for the new pier. Then, according to the plan put forth by the city, the finished product, including a restaurant and bait shop, should be up and running. That is, to be sure, an ambitious timetable given the nature and scope of this construction job. Any number of delays for any number of reasons are possible and some might say inevitable. Stuff happens, after all. But Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, backed by the City Commission and city employees, already has shown he should not be underestimated when it comes to this project. The new pier will be completed. The ribbon will be cut. And the most popular man-made attraction in Manatee County will be open for business once again. And that will be a bright new day for Anna Maria Island.


About coyotes My cousin has been a wildlife biologist in Virginia for the last 30 years. He has considerable experience in studying coyotes and is one of the state's go-to guys when there are coyote issues in urban areas. He believes Anna Maria is in the second of three stages of coyote behavior before a human is attacked. The first stage was when the coyotes came across the bridge or swam across the bay. The second stage is when they get more familiar with their territory and start hunting for food. The third stage is when a human, usually a small child, is bitten. My cousin has seen this happen in urban neighborhoods in Virginia. With coyotes not having any natural predators on the Island, except humans, they will keep multiplying into larger packs. Female coyotes give birth to six to eight pups on average. Do the math and see how much of the Island they will occupy over time. There is not enough land mass on the Island for us to co-exist. Many municipalities contract with professional exterminators. Unfortunately, with the politics of today, shooting coyotes is the least desirable option, but still the most effective. However, once the coyotes lose their fear of humans there is a good chance they'll enter a trap containing food. If killing or trapping them is not an option, we should at least ban the feeding or watering of feral

cats and birds. Implementing this one ordinance would be a major contributor in getting the coyotes to leave the Island on their own due to lack of easy food. I believe it is just a matter of time before someone is bitten by a coyote. I would not want to be the person who decides we can coexist with coyotes and then have to live with the consequences of an attack on a human. Scott T. Knisely Anna Maria

More light, please Can someone please explain to me why the street lights on all of Anna Marie Island are of such a low wattage? On many occasions, I have seen many near accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists because of the dim street lights and the cyclists wearing dark clothing. To rectify this dangerous situation would take a little time and money. Will the mayors and councils of all three cities consider taking care of this matter before lives are lost or people are severely injured? Ed Saxe Bradenton Beach

Coverage appreciated Thank you for the recent coverage about the Center finances and activities. I personally want to make sure readers are truly aware of just how well The Center is performing financially. The Center’s

net operating income before capital expenses is $100,000 for this fiscal year to date, July to Dec. 2018. This is 94 percent higher than prior years' net operating income of $6,000 and 67 percent above the $33,000 budget. The impact of recent capital expenses on net income will soon be completely offset with funding earmarked by Manatee County for The Center. Revenue from programs (excludes fundraising) is 6 percent over budget and 19 percent ahead of the prior year. Overall revenue including fundraising is down by only 9 percent from budget despite timing delays in receiving planned donations. We fully anticipate receiving these donations and look forward to hiring a development director to meet fundraising goals. On the flip side, expenses are 23 percent below budget largely due to the open job positions we are actively seeking to fill. Though The Center’s financial news is good, the driving forces of this good news are equally worthy of attention. The energizing community support from the Island businesses, residents, our growing member base, and short- and long-term visitors along with the excellent and hard work of the Center employees, instructors and volunteers, are the reasons why The Center is thriving. Christine Major Hicks Center board treasurer

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For information, call 7086130 Feb. 6, 10 a.m. – City Commission and Charter Review Commission joint meeting Feb. 12, 4 p.m. – Planning and Zoning Board meeting Feb. 13, 10 a.m. – Charter Review Commission meeting Feb. 14, 6 p.m. – City Commission special meeting



Spectators gather to watch as the first pilings are driven into the ground at the new city pier.

Pier pilings being driven The construction of the new Anna Maria City Pier is underway and expected to be finished by the end of the year. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The first pilings for the new city pier were set in place and partially driven on Saturday. The pilings are being driven at the far end of the pier that will eventually support a restaurant, bait shop and public restrooms. On Monday, i+iconSoutheast Construction Superintendent Larry Thornton and Project Director Paul Johnson took Mayor Dan Murphy and City Commissioners Brian Seymour and Carol Carter on separate tours of the worksite, accompanied by various media members. Thornton said the pier project will require 202, 50-foot concrete pilings. The pierhead (also known as the T-end) decking and buildings will sit atop 14-inch diameter pilings. The primary pier walkway will sit atop 12-inch diameter pilings. Starting in water about 10 feet deep at the far end of the pier, all pilings will be driven at least 30 feet into the sand and clay below. The pilings are first lowered into a steel template. Once a piling is set in place, a jet pump is turned on and the water pumped through those pipes forces the sand out and creates space for

the piling. A crane-mounted diesel hammer is then used to drive the pilings the rest of the way through the harder clay below. As the water gets shallower, the pilings will be driven deeper. The concrete pilings will be trimmed at the top to create the level surface for the precast, concrete platform that will serve as the base for the Ipe hardwood decking. The pilings must be precisely located within 2 inches of their predetermined locations so they line up with the precast platform sections. Johnson said the first pilings were delivered by barge from Port Manatee. The rest are expected to be delivered in a similar manner, and no concrete pilings are expected to pass through the city on a tractor trailer. “We are trying to minimize the amount of the material that comes in through the city,” Johnson said. “I think that’s a great decision,” Carter added. Johnson said the hardwood decking will be trucked to the on-shore staging area near the foot of the pier. According to Murphy, those deliveries are supposed to take place from 2 to 5 a.m., whenever possible to minimize any impact on daytime traffic. Thornton commended city officials for choosing concrete pilings over wood pilings, because they resist the waterborne worms that feed on wood. After returning from his Monday afternoon boat tour, Murphy

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I’m pleased with the progress.” Dan Murphy, Anna Maria Mayor. said, “It’s looking good. I’m pleased with the progress. On a good day, they can drive at least seven or eight pilings per day, so we’re making progress and that’s good news.” He said he spotted 14 pilings in the water during his boat tour. Murphy recently predicted the pier construction site would become a point of interest for visitors and residents, and that’s coming to fruition. “I was down there Saturday and Sunday. It’s attracting people, and that’s good. I think the more piles we drive, the more people it’s going to attract,” he said. The city of Anna Maria’s contract with i+iconSoutheast states that the pier platform and decking must be completed by Aug. 26. The city will issue a separate request for proposals seeking bids for the construction of the city-owned restaurant, bait shop and restroom spaces at the pier’s T-end. The pier and pier buildings are expected to be opened to the public by year’s end.


For information, call 7085800 Feb. 6, 10 a.m. – Parks and Beautification Committee meeting Feb. 6, 6 p.m. – Planning Commission meeting Feb. 7, 1 p.m. – Charter Review Commission meeting Feb. 12, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting with work session to follow Feb. 14, 10 a.m. – Charter Review Commission meeting


It’s looking good.

Feb. 7, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting Feb. 12, 10 a.m. – City Commission work meeting Feb. 14, 1 p.m. – Department Head meeting

Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memoir writing, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $38. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce February luncheon, IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton, 11:30 a.m., $15 for members or $25 for prospective members. Reserve to info@ Gulf Coast Writers, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Movies in the Park, "Ice Age," City Pier Park, 100 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, 6:30 p.m.


Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Treetots: Counting Nature, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 10 a.m. Reserve to coral.bass@mymanatee. org. Painting Cortez, The Folk School at Florida Maritime

Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $38. NEST Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 1-4 p.m. Friends Lecture and Travel Series: The Dolphins of Sarasota with Dr. Katherine McHugh, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. Bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, 6:30 p.m.


Coastal climate walk – mangrove mitigation, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9:30 a.m., $25. Reserve online at www. Ship in a bottle demonstration, The Folk School at The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $10. 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. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 30



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FEB. 16 & 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission $4

Proceeds benefit F.I.S.H. Preserve

Kids 12 & under FREE The festival is located at the East end of town adjacent to the Florida Maritime Museum on 119th St W to the Bay. Off site FREE parking is available at: • G.T. Bray Park (with $3.00 round trip shuttle e to Cortez) 5502 33rd Ave Dr W, 34209 -- turn east off 59th St onto 33rd Ave Dr tle • Coquina Beach (with $3.00 round trip shuttle to Cortez) • One block east of the village, off Cortez Road (5-minute walk) SATURDAY ONLY a Park and Ride will be available from the Cortez Baptist church 4411 100th St W. on Cortez Road a mile and 1/2 east of the Festival. The Monkey Bus will provide a roundtrip ride from the Church to the Festival for $2.00 ($1.00 each way).



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CORTEZ - The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival will feature eight musical acts the weekend of Feb. 16-17, including homegrown Cortezians Eric Von and Soupy Davis, and a motley band of sea shanty singers based in Cortez. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, kicking off with the blessing of the Cortez fishing fleet at the docks on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., followed by two days of live music, nautical arts and crafts, Dock Talks about different types of fishing vessels, a marine touch tank and, of course, fresh seafood. The main admission gate is at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W. with another gate at the FISH Preserve parking lot east of 119th Street West. Shuttles are available from G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton) and the Coquina Beach parking lot in Bradenton Beach ($1.50 one way, $3 round trip), and paid parking for various prices is available on private property in the fishing village. The cost is $4, with kids under 12 free, with proceeds going to enlarge and restore the 95-acre FISH (Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage) Preserve east of the fishing village. For music samples, visit https://www.

Also; See accompanying story on Page 19 THE PROGRAM SATURDAY, FEB. 16

10-11 a.m.  Shanty Singers 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Doug Deming 1-1:30 p.m. Awards and introductions 2-4 p.m.  Eric Von Band 4:30-6 p.m.  Koko Ray Show

What: The 37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, featuring fresh seafood, live music, arts and crafts and Dock Talks When: Saturday, Feb. 16, & Sunday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Main admission gate at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez


Doug Deming and Eric Von


10:30 a.m.-noon  Soupy Davis  and his band 12:30-2 p.m. Ted Stevens  & the Doo Shots 1-5 p.m.  Eric Von  (on the Bratton Store Porch) 2:30-4 p.m.  Jason Haram 4:30-6 p.m. Karen and Jimmy Band


Doug Deming is an American blues and roots guitarist and vocalist living on Florida’s Gulf coast and playing traditional blues, West Coast and Texas swing, and early 50s roots rock. The 2013 recipient of the Blues Blast Music Awards’ Sean Costello Rising Star Award, Deming draws his influence from greats like T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian.

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Deming’s traditional taste and style are evident in his original music, with three recordings of primarily original tunes to his credit throughout his 20+ year career. Deming toured and recorded with many top blues artists, including Kim Wilson, Gary Primich, Lazy Lester, Alberta Adams, AC Reed and Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones to name a few.


Born and raised in Cortez, Eric Von is a singer and songwriter, infusing country tunes with an island flair. A performer since age 14, he has opened for Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Aaron Tippin, Casey James and John Anderson. Von lives in Orlando and Nashville and plays regularly at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal City Walk and Nashville’s Broadway locations.

Park at the FISH Preserve parking lot east of 119th Street West in Cortez; shuttles from G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton) and the Coquina Beach parking lot in Bradenton Beach ($1.50 one way, $3 round trip); paid parking on private property in the fishing village Cost: $4 (kids under 12 free); benefits the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage FISH Preserve Theme: Changing Tides

In 2007, he was named the Colgate Country Showdown Winner for the state of Florida. In 2008, he was named the winner of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest for the Tampa area.


Jason Haram moved to Anna Maria Island at the age of 5 and started plucking on the guitar around the age of eight. He was exposed to lots of roots SEE FESTIVAL, PAGE 22

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The design for the Holmes Beach skate park, complete with a bowl, is now estimated to cost $250,000, not including the landscaping planned to surround the park in lieu of a fence.

Skate park contract up for conversation With the estimate to build the Holmes Beach Skate Park at $250,000, not including drainage work or landscaping installation, commissioners agreed to continue the conversation to their next meeting rather than approve a contract. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners will have a lot to talk about during their Feb. 12 meeting and workshop. One topic expected to be on the agenda is a continuation of the discussion regarding a contract between the city and American Ramp Company for the design and construction of a new skate park. The contract, presented by City Engineer Lynn Burnett during the Jan. 22 commission meeting, gave the city two options: one including the planned skate park

and a skate bowl for $250,000 or one for just the promenade style skate park along Marina Drive for $150,000. The contract requires that directions to add the bowl must reach the contractor before construction begins on the skate park. Estimated construction dates put the start of construction around May 20 with an outside completion date of March 31, 2020. Before construction on the skate park can begin, Burnett said drainage would have to be established at the project site by the city. Improving drainage along Marina Drive is a part of the city’s master drainage plan. Another additional cost for the city will be the landscaping barrier planned for the length of the park. Though it won’t hide the park from view, Burnett said the barrier will help to provide a sound barrier, screen some of the park from the road and catch any wayward skateboards before they can harm passersby. Burnett estimates that a total

of $80,000 for the skate park will come out of matching concession funds approved by Manatee County commissioners in 2017 along with an additional $120,000 from the half-cent sales tax funds allotted to parks and recreation. Commissioner Rick Hurst said he wanted it made clear to residents that funds for the skate park are not coming from the tax dollars they pay to the city. Both Mayor Judy Titsworth and Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer assured commissioners that the skate park is a well-used, well-loved park by both residents and visitors. Commissioners, though, wanted more time to mull over the contract before committing that amount of city funds to the construction of the skate park. They voted unanimously to move continued discussion to another meeting rather than approve the contract.



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One Particular Harbour marina opens to the public The new marina at One Particular Harbour Margaritaville will have a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. The opening of the deep-water marina will include a number of festivities, including live bands, aerial artists, a water ski show, hors d’oeuvres and stilt walkers. Attendees also will be invited to tour the marina, model homes and the Harbour Isle Beach Club. Boats from Cannons Marina, Erickson Marina, Galati Yacht Sales and MarineMax will be on display. The new marina features a Ship’s Store, 55 wet slips for boats up to 45 feet and an enclosed dry dock facility capable of holding 128 vessels up to 42 feet. Additionally, the marina has a floating fuel dock, detailing services, dockside water and electricity, air-conditioned restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. The marina is adjacent to the

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Janis Ian charms the Island The Thursday afternoon lecture and musical performance was visible at three sites. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Grammy Award winning singer, composer and author Janis Ian shared her wit and musical talent with three groups of listeners, estimated at more than 200 people, last week in an appearance in the Friends of the Island Branch Library’s Travel and Lecture Series. Organizers said it was the mostwatched event in the history of the series. Ian, whose two top-40 songs, “At Seventeen,” and “Society’s Child,” were part of the fabric of the politically-conscious side of the folk-rock music scene, was right at home sitting in the front of the audience at Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club’s banquet room. When series organizers realized that a large crowd likely would want to see her free appearance, they got help from the resort, which is near the library. Ian appeared live in the banquet room, and the show was streamed to large-screen


The line for tickets, left, stretched across Waterline's parking lot. Janis Ian appeared to be right at home as she sang, read poetry, told stories and talked about her foundation. televisions at Cobb’s Corner, a covered structure by the resort’s pool and also back to the Walker-Swift meeting room at the library. To get in, people had to come to Waterline earlier in the day to get tickets, which resulted in a long line reminiscent of a rock concert of earlier years. In fact, Terry Krafchik got there at 8 a.m., three and a half hours before the tickets were handed out. “I remember doing this for a Bruce Springsteen concert, she said.


Ian broke into the popular music scene at the age of 16 with the ballad “Society’s Child,” a song about interracial dating. She followed up in the 1970s with “At Seventeen,” a Grammy Award-winning song about how young girls were made to think their looks were their most important virtue. She started the concert with “Society’s Child” and later said that while singing on stage in the South, mem-

bers of the audience started chanting “n***** lover” to the point where she left the stage, crying. “My manager came up to me asked me what I was doing,” she said. Her manager convinced he if she didn’t return to the stage, the racist hecklers would have won. “I started singing again, and they started heckling me and my manager had them kicked out,” she said. She shared a funny song she wrote after somebody told her she should write an autobiography about when she was 16. She also told the crowd she dropped out of school at 16 because she was already making a living. She said she got her GED later to please her mother. Ian spoke of the Pearl Foundation, an organization that helps women turn their lives around through education. She sold merchandise after the lecture and donated proceeds to the Pearl Foundation and the Friends. The Friends raised approximately $1,100, according to the library. After her lecture, she spent time signing merchandise and posing for photos and selfies.



Sunshine invoices on the agenda The Bradenton Beach City Commission has a light agenda for its Thursday, Feb. 7, meeting. The commission will be asked to approve three invoices submitted by City Engineer Lynn Burnett seeking payment of $21,802. Burnett is also requesting a $7,800 line-item budget transfer. The consent agenda includes two invoices from Sunshine lawsuit attorney Robert Watrous totaling $29,987. The consent agenda also includes invoices submitted by the city attorney and the building official. Thursday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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State budget includes $26 million to combat toxic algae BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

Gov. Ron DeSantis released a $91.3 billion state budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20 on Friday, Feb. 1, including $26 million “to improve water quality and combat the effects and impacts of harmful algal blooms, including blue-green algae and red tide.” $10.8 million is recommended to increase water quality monitoring, support the Blue-Green Algae Task Force and to develop a water quality public information portal providing monitoring data for all of Florida’s outstanding springs and key waterbodies. It also will allow the public to track the investment in projects and progress in attaining water quality goals.


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$10 million is recommended for innovative technologies and short-term solutions to address the impacts of algae blooms, including the continuation of the Department of Environmental Protection’s emergency red tide grant program, and may also address water quality treatment technologies surrounding Lake Okeechobee. $4.2 million is recommended to establish the Center for Red Tide Research within the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and to support the Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force and partnerships for mitigation and technology development with a renewed focus on red tide. $1 million is recommended for the Department of Health to conduct a study on the long-term health impacts of red tide and blue-green algae.

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Registration opens for twilight race Runners get ready because registration is now open for the 11th Annual Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K and 10K run. The age bracketed kids dashes for ages 12 and under start at 5:30 p.m. followed by runners and walkers hitting the trail at 6:30 p.m. for the 5K and 10K race as the sun sets over the preserve. After the race, all participants are invited to an after-race party with food and drinks. The evening concludes with an awards ceremony where each participant receives a finisher’s medal and race T-shirt. Registration is required by March 15 to guarantee the

shirt size. Registration per runner for the 5K race is $40 before March 22 and $45 afterwards with registration ending March 28. Registration for 10K runners is $45 through March 22 with the price increasing to $50 until March 28. Kids dash racers can register for $15 through March 28. All runners register online at events/2019/20543/robinsonpreserve-twilight-5k-10krun. Race spectators can purchase food and beverage wrist bands, along with event T-shirts for $10 each. Robinson Preserve is at 1704 99th St. N.W. in Bradenton.

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Murder, mystery and the rockin’ 80s at The Center Pull out your fingerless gloves, legwarmers, parachute pants and best Members Only jacket and come out to The Center of Anna Maria Island for this year’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater “1988 What a Difference 10 Years Makes.” Join the class of 1978 as it celebrates its 10year reunion with fun, memories and murder. This year’s who-dun-it stars Don and Leah Purvis, Ray Gardner, Monica Simpson, Jilliam Cacchiotti, Mike Shaughnessy, Chris Scott, and Clay Spangler. Director Brianna Roberts also makes an appearance as part of the cast, as well as serves as co-writer along with Beth and Mike Shaughnessy. This year’s Murder Mystery takes place Feb. 22 and 23. Come in your best 80s gear and enjoy a VIP mingle with the cast at 6:15 p.m. or just come for the fun with doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show starting at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or $360 for a table of eight with an extra $15 for the VIP mingle session. Dinner is included, and there will be a cash bar and raffles nightly. Though the Murder Mystery show is always a good time, it’s only recommended for adults. Sponsorships also are available for the annual

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Sponge talk absorbing BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

CORTEZ – John Stevely holds up a two-toned, blue kitchen pot scrubber. “This is not a sponge,” he declares. The manmade commercial product is not as absorbent, durable or sustainable as the real thing, the retired Florida Sea Grant marine biologist told listeners at the Florida Maritime Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Stevely, a board member of FISH (the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage), will give short Dock Talks on marine-related subjects at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival the weekend of Feb. 16-17. His talk on sponges was the highlight of the museum’s recent display of sponges from Tarpon Springs, the epicenter of sponge diving in Florida. The reason natural sponges work better than artificial ones is that they are built to force water into and out of themselves – that’s how they feed, Stevely said. A sponge could fill a residential swimming pool in a day with the amount of water it pumps, all to get about one ounce of nourishment.


The Florida Maritime Museum displays fruits of the Tarpon Springs sponge diving industry. Natural sponges can be broken off without killing the whole animal, much like stone crabs can survive having a leg removed. It doesn’t get more renewable than that, he said. Sponges are the skeletons of animals, Stevely said, and also are a place where other animals live.

Gold-brown when dead, living sponges have vivid colors, including purple, orange and yellow, and give the water its color variations, he said. Natural sponges are the preferred tool for window washers, horse groomers and ceramics makers, who use them to shape the wet clay, he

said, noting that they also are better bath sponges than anything else. Before World War II, sponges were the most productive fishery in Florida, Stevely said, with nearly 600,000 pounds of sponges produced in 1906 (think about how light a sponge is to picture that, he said). But a sponge disease devastated the crop in Florida in 1938, followed by a red tide in 1947. Then, synthetic sponges began taking over. In the 1990s, blue-green algae killed many Florida sponges. Today, both blue-green algae and red tide, both harmful algal blooms, continue to threaten the sponge population, even more than hurricanes, he said. Sponges take years to rebound from these events, he said, naming water quality as their primary threat. Few sponges live in local waters, but they flourish in west central Florida waters around Tarpon Springs and in southern waters off the Florida Keys. Sponge harvesting is now prohibited in the Keys.

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type music while growing up on the Island and has always been drawn towards blues and roots music, which shows in his style of guitar playing, singing and songwriting. His band consists mostly of a power trio with the occasional addition of a harmonica or keyboard player. The Jason Haram group’s style of music is based around blues, funk, rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit of country picking thrown in. The band has played with many blues and rock ‘n’ roll greats.


The Karen and Jimmy Band is a merging of two bandleaders with a distinctive sound of classic rock, Southern rock, R&B and country. The band features the guitar styling and vocals of the husband and wife team, Jimmy and Karen Lally, and each band member (Donald John, keyboard; Chuck Purro, drums; Paul Justice, bass) has an exceptional voice. Karen was trained in classical music at the University of Michigan, then

fishermen since 1938, plays fiddle and mandolin and often sits in at the Florida Maritime Museum’s Music on the Porch series from 2-4 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. Soupy and the village of Cortez are featured in “Diamonds Along the Highway” on PBS.

went on to leading gospel music, during which time she was nominated three times for a Dove award. Jimmy, who hails from the Washington D.C. area, has performed locally, regionally and nationally and recorded for years in Nashville, traveling extensively with heavy hitters such as Lee Greenwood and Daryl and Don Ellis. Jimmy was recently inducted into the Maryland Entertainer’s Hall of Fame.



Koko Ray Hansen is a multi-instrumentalist, playing flute, saxophone, guitar, keyboard, percussion and vocals. A bandleader, music producer, radio podcaster, visual artist and teacher, Koko Ray plays acoustic, jazz, reggae and rock ‘n’ roll. He lives on the Gulf coast of Florida and works with several local acts as well as touring and recording.


The Main Hatch Motley Shanty Singers were founded in 2005 in the fishing


Soupy Davis village of Cortez and meet weekly at the Florida Maritime Museum. They perform sea shanties throughout the community at schools, churches and folk festivals.


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Ted Stevens creates music that combines rockabilly, roots rock and surf with a reverb-drenched guitar and a twangy vocal line. The Doo-Shots deliver a hard driving, instantly danceable blend of home grown rockabilly with tunes by rock pioneers like Johnny Cash, Elvis and Buddy Holly. Formed in January 2011, Ted Stevens and The Doo-Shots play more than 150 shows per year and have sold thousands of CDs worldwide. Their recently released CD, “Hits, Misses and Close Calls," features 16 live tracks. Stevens has worked with some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll, including the Temptations, Percy Sledge, the Drifters, Platters, Coasters and dozens of other pop, blues, soul, and rock and roll artists.

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Cornhole champs Island residents "Boston" Rick Burnes, left, and Dennis Goehler, celebrate their first-place finish in the 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday at the Manatee Public Beach. The tournament was sponsored by Cigar City Brewing of Ybor City. With Burnes and Goehler are two unidentified visitors who also participated in the contest.










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Pulitzer Prize-winning author to speak


here has never been a more important time for residents of our Gulf coast region to understand the importance of the resource that brought us to the area and that fuels both our passion and our economy. This March, we’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history of our coast, the forces that shaped it and the threats that have transformed it from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Jack Davis’ new novel, “Gulf, The Making of An American Sea” is the grand, sweeping history of the whole Gulf of Mexico that can give an insight into the need to protect the natural bounty we are surrounded by. Davis, a history professor at the University of Florida won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2018 and will be on hand at the Seafood Shack on Thursday March 14, at 6 p.m. for a Fishing for Our Future fund-raising event for the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez. The dinner and author talk are a tremendous opportunity to learn from and ask questions of one of the most engag-

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS ing authors I’ve read in many years. As I mentioned in a book review in a prior column, I have been captivated with the beauty and the fish that surround us and reading "Gulf" has expanded my vision of the coastal resources we are blessed with and given me the insight to see it with new eyes. For me reading “Gulf” shined a brighter light on what we have, what we’ve lost and the importance of protecting it. From the geological beginnings to the present day, we learn the history of the nearly eight million acres and the native Americans that first inhabited it, followed by the Spanish explorers the French, British and Cubans. The descriptions of the vast schools of fish and flocks of birds

that would blacken the sky” hint at the incredible diversity and density of marine life and wildlife that once inhabited the Gulf and its estuaries. Davis recounts how the tarpon, not warm weather and white sand beaches, brought the first tourists to Florida. The great silver fish was the impetus that introduced wealthy adventurers, artists and, indirectly, a wave tourist to the Gulf coast. The influx of humans into the Gulf region in the 1800s began a period of intense exploitation that continues to this day. Davis recounts records of armed passengers tourists” on the Ocklawaha River that shot birds and wildlife indiscriminately for sport. At the same time the plume trade was responsible for the killing of huge numbers of birds gulf wide. During this same period, the harvesting of eggs from seabird nests exacerbated the decline of the once vast flocks of birds. Davis paints a picture with words SEE REEL TIME, PAGE 25


Participants at the Seafood Shack fund-raising event will get a chance to meet the Pulitzer Prize-winning author while supporting the Cortez Maritime Museum.

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that makes it hard to overstate the effects of this dark period. Fortunately, the resulting outcry from conservationists and birders resulted in the creation of 51 bird sanctuaries and the founding of the National Audubon Society. Passage Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay was one of those sanctuaries. As the history of the Gulf unfolded, the exploitation moved from birds to oil and then chemicals that devastated the coastal estuaries of Louisiana and Mississippi. Davis recounts the effects of pulp mills, oil spills and hurricanes before the rush of development that resulted in massive dredge and fill operations. “Gulf” serves as a cautionary tale of the importance of protecting, preserving and enhancing the place we call home and the opportunity to meet Davis in person is one not to be missed. For sponsorship and ticket information, go to Ticket prices start at $45 and all proceeds up to $34,000 will be matched.



Weather makes for a tough bite CAPTAIN DAVID WHITE

It looks like we’re finally due for a good bout of weather here on our little island. It’s been so windy lately that I’m quite happy to get offshore a bit more. Inshore, the sheepshead, redfish and black drum are taking shrimp around docks, seawalls and the local reefs with good consistency. Using a jighead or a knocker rig is what I typically use to get my clients hooked up. The pompano are also showing up pretty well. On a few recent fly trips, we’ve gotten quite a few. Along with bluefish and Spanish mackerel. A heavy fly, bounced along the bottom will catch them pretty good. Offshore, red grouper, amberjack, mangrove snapper and hogfish are being caught. We love hogfish. These tasty critters are a delicacy, and we’re always happy to get them.


Well, the weather this week made it for a super tough bite around Anna Maria island. Cold and windy days dropped the water temps well into the 50s and never really got any warmer. Our charters this week got the true meaning of tough conditions and a even tougher bite. That being said, we still managed productive trips catching sheepshead, black drum, redfish and Jack crevalle. The tides this week during our morning trips were pretty much nonexistent. That mixed with cold water temps meant we really had to slow down. Once the sun burned the low clouds off, the bite seemed to turn on. Our charters really had to downsize our tackle, dropping down to 15-pound flurocarbon with a #2 VMC bait hook, and the lightest split shot possible. Rigging just pieces of fresh shrimp, enough to cover the hook seemed to work best. The only benefit of our afternoon


Andre Valentine and Gilles St. Laurent, of Quebec, happily show off a pair of hogfish caught with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters. charters was experiencing a stronger tide because it surely never warmed up. Even though it was still a grind and we really had to work for it, our guest did very well filling the cooler for fish tacos. Looking forward to next week, the forecast looks absolutely phenomenal with temperatures getting back into the mid 70s. We are expecting a pretty productive week on the water, so come by Island Discount Tackle to book a trip or just stock up on all your fishing needs.


Trout and redfish should be good shallow water options in Sarasota Bay this month. You may also find trout along with blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and flounder on deep grass flats. Look for sheepshead, flounder, reds and more around docks. Catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks in the ICW may be a good option if it’s not too cold, and Spanish and king mackerel and cobia may show up in the coastal Gulf by the end of the

month. Snook and reds remain closed on the west coast of Florida. The Florida FWC has enacted a temporary modification of regulations for reds and snook in the areas affected by the recent red tide. The area extends from Pasco County, south to the south bank of Gordon Pass in Collier County. Reds and snook are catch and release only in that zone until May 10, 2019. Full details including exact boundaries can be found at http:// september/26/comm-red-tide/. February can be a tough month to fish. With frequent fronts and cool water, fish aren’t always in an eating mood. If you’re able to pick good tides combined with favorable weather conditions, you should be successful. If you don’t have that luxury, you might do better by sleeping in and fishing later in the day when it’s warmer. Whatever you choose to do, please limit your kill; don’t kill your limit.


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Surf shop moves closer to reopening HOLMES BEACH – The owners of the West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, are restocking and preparing to reopen after a fire heavily damaged the business on April 15, 2018. Owner Jim Brady was notified last Tuesday that the shop’s certificate of occupancy had been approved by the Holmes Beach Building Department. “We just got the word,” Brady said. “We’ll take down the fence and move the dumpsters and call our suppliers. We expect we’ll restock and reopen our doors within seven days to two weeks. Then we’ll have a soft opening soon after that.” After the fire, Brady and his wife, Ronee, salvaged some merchandise that was in the store and held sales outside, under the fire-damaged facade. They braved high summer temperatures under tents to keep the income flowing. Friends of the Brady family held a fund-raiser at The Center of Anna Maria Island in early July to help them get through the wait as the insurance company settled the claim and reconstruction began. During the fund-raiser, longtime Island resident Joe Hutchinson said, “We decided to have a good old-fashioned fundraiser, just like many we’ve held so many times in the past. Through all those events, the Bradys were there contributing items to sell and helping with the work it takes to put on these things. They were at every one of them.” West Coast Surf Shop was established in 1964 and is one of the oldest in the state of Florida.

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communication, something she feels the individual districts have accomplished on their own. Each of Manatee County’s fire districts is an independent district. Residents of each district pay a tax or assessment, depending on the district and its policies, that appears on trim notices received in the fall. Districts are responsible for their own oversight, management and the services they provide to residents. Each fire district was created using enabling legislation from the Florida state government, and, in order to merge, the districts would have to share a border, they both must agree, pay for an independent feasibility study and get the approval of the majority of residents in each affected district before a merge can happen. The topic of a merger came up in 2018 when WMFR Commissioner George Harris broached the subject during that board’s meeting. With Chief Tom Sousa retiring in October and the district in the process of selling its administration building, Harris said he felt it was the perfect time to consider merging with the neighboring Cedar Hammock Fire District and Southern Manatee Fire District, which shares a border with Cedar Hammock but not WMFR. Southern Manatee commissioners stated during a meeting that they were not inclined to consider a merger at that time. Talks between WMFR and Cedar Hammock leadership fizzled out at the point of obtaining the feasibility study. After the Jan. 29 meeting, WMFR Commissioner Randy Cooper said the district’s leadership is still open to discussing a merger.

some representatives from the Manatee County fire districts present during the meeting expressed their intent to keep county leadership and the public more informed in the future. East Manatee Fire Commissioner Garry Lawson agreed that he wants better communication, suggesting a monthly meeting between the districts and a county representative or a regular newsletter to keep all parties informed about the district’s activities. Chief Brian Gorski, from Southern Manatee, said the communication between districts is happening, but he feels the weakness might be in getting the information out to the public. Chief Stacey Bailey, of the Parrish Fire District, said he feels the fire districts “represent Manatee County in an efficient manner. Our services are second to none.” Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh applauded the fire district representatives and the work done to keep the public safe. She said in her experience the fire districts all work well together and support each other’s efforts. About a merger, she said, “The fire districts should decide. It’s up to them. Each fire district knows their district better than the others, better than the commission.” “The bottom line is our top priority is public safety. These districts have figured it out,” she added. “I think we need to leave well enough alone. If one thing in our government is working, it’s our fire districts. Baugh encouraged her fellow commissioners to visit the fire departments in their districts, take a tour of the facilities and remain engaged to get a better understanding of how the fire service works. “I’m very proud of the fire districts,” she said. “You guys just rock.”

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Selling your home – it should show like a model


very year around this time I try and remind homeowners what potential buyers are looking for. Even though our market remains brisk, we are on the brink of the busy selling season, which will get in full swing as more and more visitors return to the Island with an eye to purchasing their paradise home. Let’s start with the old chestnuts of getting your house ready for sale. Since cleanliness is next to, you know what, every inch of your house needs to be spotless. On an island where there is more sand and salt than the average Northerner sees in a lifetime, its always a challenge to get it out of our homes and off our windows. But out it must go; not a speck of sand on the floors and not a grain of salt on any of the glass. Island living also means that mold grows on any damp surface faster than Mc Donald’s cranks out Big Macs.

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER Scrutinize every inch of bathrooms, kitchens, grout and outdoor furniture looking for mold or the beginning of mold. Remember mold and dampness smell, you don’t want your home smelling like a high school locker room. Clear off countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, especially if you have really nice hard surface ones. Organize and declutter closets, the kid’s toys and the laundry room. If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, clean it out to make room for an actual vehicle not just bikes, lawnmowers and old paint cans. You also might consider storing away any collectibles you may have on dis-

play, including family photos that could become a distraction to buyers touring your home. The object is to make everything look larger than it might really be and keeping the buyer’s eye on the ball, not your daughter’s wedding. Make sure all systems like heat and air conditioning and appliances are in working order and there is no peeling paint. When buyers pull up to your home, they want a reason to get out of the car, so give them one. Nice landscaping, weeds pulled and cleared walkways. How about another old chestnut, painting the front door a jazzy color. They say red is good luck. You can’t totally remake your property before sale, but you can keep it as neutral as possible. A little paint goes a long way, so consider painting some of the walls where needed in a light gray color, which is very much in vogue right now. Even removing some heavy dark furniture will

give a feeling of more space, as well as a lighter more open impression. You may not be able to create high ceilings overnight, but you can make sure the ceilings don’t have any cobwebs dangling from them. And in a hurricane prone area like ours, owning a generator that can be passed on to a new owner could be just the right touch. Finally, anything just a little off about your property could raise a red flag to buyers who may already be guarded during their house hunting experience. Don’t make them think that you’re not a responsible homeowner because you missed something as minor as a cracked bathroom tile or broken doorknob. If you’re putting your property on the market this season, good luck. Everything is pointing to the Island being busy and the real estate market being equally busy. Let the sun shine through those windows.

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Manatee waters clear of red tide BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Local waters remained free of red tide last week, according to the most recent Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) report. No trace of the toxic algae was found in water samples at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria or at the Palma Sola Bay Bridge in Bradenton on Jan. 28, and only background concentrations were found at the Longboat Pass Boat Ramp in Bradenton Beach. However, respiratory irritation was reported on Jan. 24-25 and Jan. 28-29 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach and on Jan. 23-24 and Jan. 26 at Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach, according to the report. Blooms of Florida red tide can be patchy, with varying concentrations of the toxin it produces causing effects to be noticeable on one beach but not on a nearby beach. Red tide also can be carried by winds to areas where the water is clear of the algae. One red tide-related fish kill was



(respiratory irritation, shellfish harvesting closures, fish kills, water discoloration)


(probable respiratory irritation, shellfish harvesting closures, fish kills)


Very low

(possible respiratory irritation)

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(no red tide present)

(possible respiratory irritation, shellfish harvesting closures, fish kills) Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported 30 miles off Longboat Pass on Jan. 30. The bloom began in southwest Florida in October 2017 and arrived in Anna Maria Island waters on Aug. 3. Florida red tide, or Karenia brevis, is a type of microalgae that emits a neurotoxin when it blooms. Deadly to marine life, red tide also can make shellfish unfit to eat and can cause respiratory irritation in people. Scientists say that salinity, currents, temperature and light play a part in

the formation of blooms, as do nutrients from these sources: • Florida’s natural phosphate deposits; • The Loop Current, which brings Caribbean seawater to Florida’s west coast; • The Mississippi River; • Saharan dust blown across the Atlantic Ocean to Florida’s waters; • Fertilizers and animal waste.


Go behind the scenes at Island Players The Island Players Theater is hosting an open house for volunteers on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s an opportunity for the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the Island’s theater. All who have dreamed of acting on stage, building sets, operating lights, taking tickets at a playhouse or just exploring their theatrical side are welcome. Island Players actors will lead back stage tours, and volunteers from the Off Stage Ladies and the board of directors will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served, and visitors can sign up to audition for a play if they wish or just come to learn about the many other available volunteer opportunities. For more information, call the box office at 941 778-5755 or visit the website at www.




Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Holmes Beach Art Walk featuring Diane Remington, Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Holmes Beach Art Walk featuring Sharon Lennox Woelfling, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Holmes Beach Art Walk, Waterline Marina Resort, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


NEST Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Origami Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Feel the beat drumming class, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $28. LEGO Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.



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Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yoga, Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton, 10 a.m.


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


Farmer’s Market, City Pier Park, 100 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Kayak Anna Maria to Passage Key, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, 9 a.m. Reserve to 941-7425757 ext. 7. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Preschool story time, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m.

Know the score You could be alerted to possible stroke or other health problems by taking Prevention Plus Stroke and Vascular Screening offered on Thursday, Feb. 14, at The Center, 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria. The screenings are being offered at reduced prices. They include stroke/carotid ultrasound for $40, abdominal aortic aneurysm for $40, arterial disease test for $40, thyroid ultrasound for $40,

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abdominal ultrasound for $95 and heart scan-echocardiogram for $95 or all six tests for only $179. Blood tests, liver, cholesterol, PSA and TSH tests are also available. To register, call 888-667-7587.

'Red tide raptor' expresses environmental concerns Those who attended Gov. Ron DeSantis’ water quality initiative press conference at Mote Marine last month in Sarasota were greeted upon exit by local artist David Skaggs’ “Red Tide Raptor” sculpture. The owner of Dave’s World Art created the sculpture using two-part epoxy,

fish bones, fish heads, horseshoe crab shells, baby eel remains and other marine life that washed ashore along Siesta Beach after perishing in the red tide. The raptor’s spinal cord came from a dead seven-foot tarpon Skaggs found on the beach. “I put the pieces in to show how horrible red tide is and the effect it has on people making a living, because nobody came to the beach,” he said. When asked what message he hopes this work of art conveys, Skaggs said, “We need to pay attention to our environment. Once you lose it, you can’t get it back.”

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At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Wednesday, Feb. 6, Gulf Coast Writers meet, 1 p.m. • Thursday, Feb. 7, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help vets with needs, Friends Lecture and Travel Series, The Dolphins of Sarasota Bay with Dr. Katherine McHugh, 2 p.m. • Friday, Feb. 8, Forty Carrots – Partners in Play, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjongg Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Alzheimer’s caregivers support group, 2 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 9, Origami Club, 10 a.m.; Lego Club, 2 to 3:30 p.m.. • Tuesday, Feb. 12, Preschool story time, 10 to 11 a.m.; Majongg Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Sailors Valentine Craft with Rachel Suntop, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.


The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold their Thieves Market at the Coquina Beach parking lot south of Bradenton Beach on Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 8 a.m. There will be crafts, vendors, antiques, jewelry, clothing and food for sale. The Privateers will fire up the grill to make hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and cheese, walking tacos and buck-near roasted corn on the cob.


Senior Adventures members will tour Char-O-Lot Horse Farm and possibly the Myakka Lemur Preserve early starting at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Reservations are needed by phoning Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945.


Annie Silvers Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, holds a chicken dinner beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. The cost is $8 cash.


The Friends of the Island Branch Library will hold their annual book sale at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, on Thursday, Feb. 14, with a Friends of the Island Branch Library membership only sale from 10 to noon, then from noon to 3 for the public. The sale continues on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the public. Friends memberships may be purchased at the door on Thursday. This is a major fund-raiser for the Friends, a group that supports the library through donations and fundraisers. For more information, call the library at 778-6341


The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes

Beach, will host its annual white elephant sale on Friday, Feb.8, from 3 to 5 p.m., with a $5 per person fee, and Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will offer punch and appetizers for sale plus housewares, linens, jewelry, books, collectibles and clothing. The church's famous pickles will be available as well. Purchase raffle tickets for a quilt or one of two gift baskets. For more information, call the church at 941-778-1638.


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A native Floridian, Thomas was born in Tampa and grew up outside of Plant City before making Anna Maria Island his home in the early 1980s. Richard and his wife, Susan, opened a small bookstore in the old Anna Maria post office building on Gulf Drive, naming it Sarah’s Gulfside Bookstore, after their daughter. Richard’s work can be found in art collections nationwide. Call 941-778-1906 or visit for more information about upcoming events.

The Studio at Gulf and Pine, at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria hosts Richard Thomas’ “Drawn to Line and Color” exhibit from Feb. 13 to March 2 with an artist’s reception on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. “Drawn to Line and Color” is a collection of 50 clothed figurative paintings including small to medium sized pieces in as many poses, some humorous in nature. Richard’s artwork is created using a variety of mediums including watercolor, gouache, acrylic and mixed media. His drawings have been described as “self-composed without being remote” and “unself-conscious” by Mark Ormond, a highly respected independent curator, previously the senior curator at the Ringling Museum of Art and now a professor at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

JazzFest coming to Island next week The 16th Annual Jazz Fest will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sandbar restaurant, 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria. Jazz Fest features the Gulf Drive Duo, with Bil Bowdish on flute, sax and vocals; Karen Jones on vocals; and guest artists Mark “Guitar” Miller and Koko Ray Hansen. While the duo performs in various styles at numerous locations in the area, this presentation will focus on pieces with a jazz flavor. Special guest star Miller is known as a guitar-player’s guitar player and one of the best blues artists around. He is scheduled to perform during the first set, followed by local Island favorite Hansen, who comes out during the second set and plays two saxophones at the same time – harmony on one

and melody on the other. Sponsors are The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO), Gulf Drive Duo, Sandbar restaurant and The Anna Maria Island Sun. After expenses, all proceeds from Jazz Fest go directly to AMICCO to ensure future concerts for the community. Tickets to Jazz Fest are on a firstcome, first-served basis and are available for purchase at the Anna Maria Island Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, or online at Tickets are $10 per person before noon Feb. 12 and $15 at the door, if there are any available. The Sandbar will provide refreshments at an additional charge.


Performers for the jazz fest include Bil Bowdish, left; Karen Jones, inset; and local favorite Koko Ray. Mark “Guitar” Miller, not pictured, also will perform.

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1/10, Information, 10005 Gulf Drive. The speed indicator sign at on Crescent Drive was struck and rendered useless. 1/19 Information, Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore. The complainant’s car was scratched.


1/27, Baker Act, 200 block of 76th St. The officer was dispatched to the scene on

OBITUARIES Henry 'Hank' Amey Henry “Hank” Amey, 94, of The Villages, Fla., passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, with his wife by his side. Hank was born July 12, 1924, in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was a son of the late John Amey and Mary Ruth Amey. Raised and educated in Mattawan. Hank proudly served his country three years in the Army during WWII in General Patton’s Third Army during five major battles: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rineland and Central Europe. Hank was a Kalamazoo policeman for three years. He then worked for 37 years with the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company as lead operator in fine chemicals. After retiring from Upjohn he worked for Key Income Tax for 15 years on Anna Maria Island and also did volunteer service for 15 years with AARP doing taxes for the elderly. Hank was a golfer and an avid bowler. He was proud of his 210 triplicate and winning the major disease clinic bowling sweeper in 1981 and also winning several league championships. He met the love of his life, Henrietta Kloosterman, in 1976 at Airway Lanes. They were united in marriage in 1983. Prior to living in Kalamazoo Hank and Henrietta resided on Anna Maria Island in the winter and South Haven in the summer for 23 years. In 2006, they moved to The Villages and have a condo on Anna Maria Island they visited often. He was a life member of The VFW Post 1527 in Kalamazoo, the Elks in Three Rivers, American Legion and Moose in South Haven, Mich. Hank is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Henrietta (Kloosterman) Amey; his children, Sharon (Bruce) Rosema, Jess (Nancy) Amey, Bob (Mary) Amey; granddaughter, Jessica Amey, many Kloosterman in-laws, sev-


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reports of a male with a knife making suicidal threats. He talked with three men at the scene and one of them had dried blood on his body. The officer handcuffed the man and put him in his cruiser. The man said he cut himself to a make point to his family. He was taken to Blake Medical Center, 1/28, battery, Old Hamburg restaurant, 3246 E. Bay Drive. A family entered the restaurant and saw an empty table. A juvenile son grabbed the silverware, and an employee grabbed the boy by his hand. The boy said the employee hurt him, but a security tape was inconclusive. No charges were filed.

eral nieces and nephews. His son Hank Jr. preceded him in death in 1983, as did his brother, John Amey, and sisters, Winnifred Nedervelt and Mary Ruth Melli. Hank lived his life with a kind heart, honest, truthful, compassionate, caring and love for his country and always flying the American flag. May he rest in peace. Visitation was held on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.  A graveside service with military honors  immediately followed at Florida National Cemetery. A celebration of life will also be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan at a later date this summer.

Harold Gustav Bergstrom Harold Gustav Bergstrom, age 97, passed away on Jan. 21, 2019, at Freedom Village in Bradenton. He was survived by beloved wife of over 75 years, Nell; daughter, Nancy (Dave) Rudberg; son, John (Kris) Bergstrom; granddaughter, Anne (Tom) LeRoy, Theresa (Tom) Pearson, Kathy Nistler, Janet Haen, Katy (Mike) Canetta and Megan Manley; greatgrandchildren, Matt and Nick LeRoy, Emily and Eric Pearson, Abby, Erin and Audrey Nistler, and McKenna and Bria Haen; and his brother, Donald (Mae Britt). He was preceded in death by son Richard, daughter Janice, and brother Glenn. Harold proudly served in the Army 26th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. Upon his return, he built his very successful career as owner of Bergstrom Jewelers in Minneapolis. He split his retirement years between Plymouth, Minnesota and Holmes Beach. Harold was an accomplished concert violinist. He was a charter member of the Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra & Chorus and also played first violin with the Zuhrah Shrine Orchestra. He played often at his home to the delight of his friends and family. He was also a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Sahib


Chef Warren Caterson gave a cooking demonstration Friday at the Island Branch Library. He called himself a frugal chef and gave tips on saving money and making food tastier without adding salt. He also gives cooking demonstrations all over the country and his website is at TOM VAUGHT | SUN

and Zuhrah Shrine. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria, FL 34216. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Roser Community Church, or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Sandra-Lee Blake Parent Sandra-Lee Blake Parent, of Bradenton, succumbed to complications of an illness at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Jan. 28, 2019. Sandy, the wife of J. Elmer Parent, loving mother of Lt. Col Christopher Parent, USAF (Ret), and step-grandmother of Santiago Alzate Castro, was born in Salem, Mass. on July 23 1940. She was the daughter of Frances Foss and Merritt Blake of Peabody, Mass., graduated from Gordon College in 1961 and earned a master of social work from Boston University in 1979. Sandy served over 20 years as the director of social work at the former Hunt Memorial Hospital in Danvers, Mass., and later served as the director at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, and Hahnemann Hospital in Brighton, Mass. El and Sandy lived in Danvers and Lynnfield, Mass., for over 30 years, eventually retiring in Hampton, N.H. and Bradenton, Fla. Like her mother, Sandy loved chorale music, which she began singing in college. She sang in the Newburyport Choral Society, and after moving to Florida, in the Anna Maria Island Chorus and Orchestra and Sarasota’s Key Chorale. She loved the vision of the current Artistic Director, Maestro Joe Caulkins, especially the inclusion of youth training, Cirque Des Voix and the Off-Key Chorale. Sandy was a humanist beyond her work, as well as an animal lover. Over the years, she assisted at Southeast Guide Dogs as a volunteer scheduler, conducted assessments of adult family care homes under the long-term care ombudsman program and visited hospice patients

with her special cat, Bello. A service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. Donations to the Sarasota Key Chorale are preferred in lieu of flowers. http:// Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Your Traditions Cremation and Funeral Chapel. www.

Kathleen Kramer Kathleen Kramer, 81, of Bradenton, formerly of Klamath Falls, Ore., passed away Jan. 18, 2019. Celebration of life services will be held Thursday Jan. 31, 2019 at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, at 1 p.m. Online condolences

Alice Marie Ulanch March 16, 1945 – Feb. 1, 2019 Alice was a beautiful and gracious woman, inside and out, and loved life no matter where it brought her. Dennis and Alice moved from Norton Shores Michigan to the beautiful island of Anna Maria in 2000, where she enjoyed family visits, new friends and travel. More times than not she could be fo und in her pottery shed, introducing neighbors to her favorite hobby, until Alzheimer’s took too much away. She is survived by her husband Dennis; her children, Terry Ulanch and his wife Penny, Michelle LeKites, Brigitte Farrell and her husband Kevin and Christian Ulanch; as well as by nine grandchildren. Alice was loved by everyone. She will be missed but not forgotten. We will have a celebration of life on the island and one in Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Tidewell Hospice (




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Island Charms takes the win BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Heading into the second half of the youth flag football season, the four teams in the 11- to 14-year-old league took to the field at The Center. In the first game of the night, Coach Jim Collins lead his Island Charms team to a big win last Wednesday night against Groom’s Automotive, coached by Tom Baugher. The battle on the football field was a good one, with the two teams each making key plays and keeping the opponent on their toes. Island Charms started on defense with a strong stand against the Groom’s Automotive offense. Three snaps and out, along with an impressive flag pull by Jackson Pakbaz, gave the football to Island Charms. Isaiah Mondon started the play for Island Charms, taking the football just short of the midfield line. Payton Harlan was the team’s QB’s next target. Harlan moved the ball to the Groom’s three-yard line. Despite the march down the field, Island Charms could not cross the goal line, leaving the score 0-0. On the second possession, Kieran Cloutier gained 15 yards before the flag pull by Evan Talucci. Groom’s continued to gain critical yardage on the second down, with a touchdown pass on the third snap of the possession. Nicholas Yatros caught the extra point pass giving Groom’s a seven-point lead. On the fourth play of the series, Island Charms scored its first touchdown, shrinking the Groom’s lead with the score 7-6. With six seconds left on the scoreboard for the first half of the game, Groom’s began work on offense, but could not make it to midfield. Mondon ended the possession with a near interception. Mondon, on offense, made a first down play for Island Charms on the first snap. Teammate Julian Lazzara followed up with a nice run taking the game to the oneminute warning. Island Charms’ late penalty and short run by Mondon ended the half without putting points on the board. Looking to increase its lead, Island Charms started the final half of the game with a nice play by Talucci that took the football just short of the first down line. After gaining the first down, Yatros’ flag pull stopped the play before his opponent entered the end zone. At the quarterback position, Harlan showed great patience allowing Mondon to break away from the defense with a beautiful reception at the back of the field for the touchdown, pushing the score to 7-12. Brilliantly reading the play, Island Charms’ Harrison Schenerlein nabbed the pass by Yatros for a pick six, scoring the final points of the game. Despite strong efforts by both teams, neither team could find its way into the end zone, ending the game with the score of 7-18 and a victory for Island Charms.


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Above, Kieran Cloutier, for Groom’s Automotive, evaded the Island Charms defense last Wednesday night at The Center. Left, Groom’s Automotive’s Nicholas Yatros makes a sky high leap to make a reception in the end zone against Island Charms.


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Bins Be Clean  Ugly Grouper 

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL 11- TO 13-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE Grooms Automotive  Island Charms 

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Tyler’s Ice Cream  CABB Cleaning 

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Cloud Pest Control  Island Fitness 

14 21

Gulfview Windows Progressive Cabinetry 

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Hashmark Sports  Lancaster Design 

(1-2) 13 (2-1) 26

Ugly Gouper  Beach House Real Estate 

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Progressive Cabinetry  Planet Stone 

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YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL 11- TO 13-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE Tyler’s Ice Cream  Beach House Real Estate  


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Blue Lagoon  Ace Hardware 

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CITY HALL: Replacement options FROM PAGE 1

make,” Chappie said on Thursday, Jan. 31. During the work meeting, Building Official Steve Gilbert provided insight on floodproofing and windproofing the existing city buildings and the possibility of building a new city hall complex. A memo from Gilbert included in the work meeting packet notes the current city hall was built around 1970-71, before the creation of the Florida Building Code. It is located below the current flood plain, and it is not known if the exterior walls, slab and foundation would resist floodwaters or wave action. The memo states the current city hall could be floodproofed by installing exterior flood barriers that would also require new foundations to anchor them and the Public Works Department would need to maintain the barriers and erect and dismantle them before and after storms. Gilbert’s memo notes the elevated library building is above the flood plain, will likely need a new roof, ramp and stairs within the next few years and could be storm-hardened by installing hurricane-rated doors and windows. Gilbert told the commission the groundlevel public works building, built in the early 1970s, and the partially-elevated, two-story police station, thought to have

been built in the 1980s, would be easier to floodproof than city hall. He noted these discussions are driven by increasing flood insurance premiums. According to City Treasurer Shayne Thompson, it will cost $18,334 to insure city hall during the 2018-19 fiscal year, and those premiums will increase as FEMA’s flood insurance subsidies are eliminated. Gilbert guessed it might cost between $150,000 and $350,000 to install flood shields at city hall and make additional windproofing improvements to the roof, but the actual windproofing costs remain an unknown. He said floodproofing city hall for flood insurance purposes would not guarantee the building would still be standing or usable after a major storm. Vice Mayor Jake Spooner said he wasn’t convinced that flood shields were a viable solution for city hall. From public safety, response and resilience perspectives, Gilbert suggested a new city hall complex could be built to withstand Category 4 and 5 hurricane-force winds and be located next to the police station. “Integrate everything in one complex that’s next to the bridge, where we can get back to work as soon as the storm has passed,” he said. When contacted later, Gilbert said a new city hall complex could possibly consist


The current Bradenton Beach City Hall was built in the early 1970s and predates the Florida Building Code. of two levels located over parking and connected to the second floor of the police department. He said the existing public works building could be upgraded for floodproofing and windproofing purposes to help keep it viable during and after a storm event. Public Works Director Tom Woodard said the metal guard rails between Cortez Road and the police department parking lot can be removed to provide direct access to the bridge if needed. During the work meeting, Gilbert guessed it might cost $2 to $2.5 million to construct the new city hall complex, which could potentially be funded by selling the current city hall and library properties. Spooner suggested taking out a loan to

build a new city hall, keeping those city properties and converting them into a metered, ground-level city parking lot. He said a 100-space parking lot charging $5 a day could generate approximately $182,000 per year. Those revenues could be used to make the loan payments and would continue after the loan was paid off. Chappie said he wasn’t sure he could support a parking lot being built on properties located right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. He leans more toward selling one or both of those properties to pay for a new building – a building he later reiterated should include space for the city library. Commissioner Ralph Cole said he was open to discussing all options and everyone agreed the values and potential sales values of the properties being discussed needs to be assessed as these discussions continue.

like the Serengeti,” he told commissioners. “It’s just a beautiful, beautiful scene” until duck hunters appear, he said. “We need a more appropriate way to balance the interests,” like limiting hunting to within a respectable distance of homes, he suggested. No hunters addressed commissioners at the meeting. “We share the residents’ concerns,” Hunsicker said. “Unfortunately, our solutions available to us at Perico are not necessarily available to the Sarasota Bay shore.”

The city of Bradenton has an ordinance in effect prohibiting the discharge of firearms in the city limits, which gives some protection to city residents, he said. It is a misdemeanor under Florida Statute §790.15 to discharge a firearm in the vicinity of or over residentially zoned property, defined as one dwelling per acre or more, Palmer said, adding that residents should report the activity to law enforcement. “There is no hunting allowed in Florida state parks,” Hunsicker said, suggesting that the county preserves of Perico, Neal and Robinson “should be treated in the same fashion.” Duck hunting season ended on Jan. 27; hunting season for wood ducks resumes on Sept. 22.


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“It’s important for local governments to set limits,” he told commissioners. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) allows hunters in or on state waters to shoot ducks on the wing in season with the appropriate equipment and training. Although the FWC has the sole authority to regulate the state’s wildlife, Florida law allows local governments to regulate boating activity on navigable waterways subject to FWC approval, Manatee County At-

torney Mitchell Palmer told commissioners, citing a Jan. 18 memo by Assistant County Attorney Anne Morris. Restricting motorized vessels would still allow johnboats, kayaks, canoes and rowboats in Perico Bayou, Hunsicker said, adding that the plan requires a public hearing.


The hunting issue is not restricted to west Bradenton’s preserves. The bird life in Doug Richards’ neighborhood near Wild Oak Bay on Sarasota Bay “is almost




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23 Arabian Peninsula veil 25 "Hello" singer 28 City in central Switzerland 30 Alive 32 LeBron's birth city 33 Turn away 34 Schwinn component 35 Redwood City locale 36 Door-to-door offerings 39 First to fall in most strikes 41 Elizabeth who plays the Scarlet Witch in Marvel movies 42 Legal orders 44 Wrest 46 "Meh" 48 Concerning 50 Turndowns from the tartan-clad 52 Iberian land, to the IOC 53 Batter of balls?

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BEACH YOGA ON Saturdays & Sundays at 8:30am at the end of Pine Ave by the Sandbar Restaurant by donation. FACE PAINTER/PORTRAIT ARTIST Island student artist, reasonable price for parties, events, and special portraits. Call/text Lillian 210-380-9691

TOTAL HOME SERVICE CLEANING : Residential, Commercial & Rentals. Professional and Reliable. Call 941-756-4570 THOMPSON CLEANING SERVICE CommercialResidential-Marine. Island Based Company. Seasonal Deep Cleaning-Weekly-Occasional. Call for Free Estimate. 317-908-9483

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.

BOATS: SALES & RENTALS BOATS ARE SELLING VERY WELL. Season is here and Buyers are too. Keeping the process simple with “Business On A Hand Shake” We Also Buy Boats. Island Boat Sales Dave-941-2283489 2008 MAKO 204cc 150 Suzuki 450 hours T-Top. EZ Load Trailer. Lift Kept, One Owner $23,000 Call 941-7268414 KEY WEST 2007 176 SPORTSMAN Center Console, Yamaha 4-stroke 115 horsepower with only 208 engine-hours, recent tune-up and 2 new batteries. Trim tabs for added stability. Lowrance GPS. Bimini top. On local marina lift. No trailer. $12,700. Call 757-635-3219.

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

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AUTHORITY ONE SERVICES. Residential/Commercial/Vacation Rentals & Construction Cleaning. Also Power Washing, Windows, Paver Sealing & Roof Cleaning. Ask about your Senior Citizens Discount Call 941-251-5948 or 941565-3931


WAREHOUSE: 9300 sq ft possible Machine Shop with Heavy Duty Elect. Or Car Storage, So many Possibilities. Near SRQ Airport. $629,000 RESORT: 13 UNITS $4,999,000 Bradenton Beach. Island Real Estate Alan Galletto 941-232-2216

COMPUTER SERVICES 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


RETAIL SALES POSITIONGreen Turtle. Looking for a personable, reliable, energetic person with excellent customer service skills. Must work well with others. Position includes cash register usage, stocking merchandises, light cleaning. Call Manager 813-409-7540 JESSIE'S ISLAND STORE 5424 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach Now hiring night shift cashier. 3-4 nights available. See Jimmy or April for details. 941-7786903

TWO SCOOPS – Anna Maria Island’s Favorite Ice-Cream... is now hiring part-time associates. Varied shifts available must be able to work nights and weekends. A great place to work and have a little fun…looking for a few friendly people. Food prep. or server experience preferred. Great pay! Apply today…Two Scoops 101 S. Bay Blvd. Unit A-2, Anna Maria TWO SIDES OF NATURE – Anna Maria Island’s Largest Little Beach Shoppes... is now hiring part-time associates. Varied shifts available must be able to work nights and weekends. Retail Experience Preferred. Apply today Two Sides of Nature 101 S. Bay Blvd. Unit A-1, Anna Maria. NOW HIRING Bins Be Clean truck driver Excellent opportunity to work with a growing, family owned, local company in a booming industry. Full job description on - search Bins Be Clean and fill out application or call 941-778-0020.

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

FOR SALE 16,000lb CAPACITY BOAT LIFT Good condition. $3500. Local on AMI. Call Bailey Williams 941-7781356


GARAGE SALE: FRIDAY/ SATURDAY February 8 & 9. 216 84th St, Holmes Beach. 9am-4pm. Men’s & women’s clothes, tools, garage items, household goods. All like new. HOLMES BEACH KEY ROYALE NEIGHBORHOOD: 8th ANNUAL GARAGE sale event! Saturday February 9th, 9 AM-1 PM - Follow Key Royale Drive to multiple canal homes with top notch goods!

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

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 RENOVATION SPECALIST ALL carpentry repairs, Wash Family Construction, locally owned and operated CBC 1258250 Call 941-7250073. KERN CONSTRUCTION NEW Homes & Remodel. Design/Build. Since 1968. License # CRC1327296. Call Jerry Kern 941-7781115

VARIDESK CUBE CORNER 36, two tier design and keyboard deck. Heavyweight base for stability. Color black. Also Varidesk sitting/ standing chair and floor mat. All perfect condition. All pieces new $805. Asking $250. Call Steve 941-724-2728.

GET’R DONE DRYWALL, INC Specializing in Remodels & Repairs. Island Resident for 18 years. Call Neil Cell 941-962-1194


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

ROSER THRIFT SHOP & ANNEX Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30a.m2pm. Saturday 10a.m.1p.m Donations preferred Wednesdays 9am-11a,m, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Phone 941-779-2733

BATH ROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. Anna Maria Home Accents. 25 years experience. Call 786-318-8585

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. MASTER CARPENTER. Decks-Docks-FencingStairs & Railing. Free Estimates. Handyman Work. Call Richard 941448-3571 JSAN CORPORATION Renovations and Handyman Services 941-2430995 jsancorporation@gmail. com Flooring, Drywall, Painting, Repairs, Kitchen and Bathrooms, Trim & Doors. Credit Cards Accepted.

HOME SERVICES HOME REPAIR. Anna Maria Home Accents. 25 years experience. Call 786-318-8585 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. BAYSIDE PAINTING Residential & Commercial. “More than just a Painter!” Drywall, pressure washing, handyman services and hauling. Call David 941-565-9446 Carroll 941773-4777


R. GAROFALO’S Interlocking brick pavers, driveways, patios, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed & Insured. Call Rafael 941-778-4823 or Veronik 941-526-7941 SHELL DELIVERED AND spread $55/yd. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770


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

LOST & FOUND LOST ON HOLMES AVE. small green pouch with credit cards. If found call 941-264-4980 REWARD! LOST WHITE GOLD 18 carat wedding band on Anna Maria Island on beach near Sandbar Restaurant. Call 352-484-4040 if found. LOST ON AMI near the curve at Bradenton beach in the gulf a small red ricoh underwater camera and a size 14 gold wedding band of 25 years. reward if found. Has very sentimental pictures that I cannot duplicate the camera had a half of a lanyard attached to it and on the clip of the lanyard was my wedding ring. Call 205-223-1548

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 DONALD PERKINS PAINTING LLC fully insured. 30 years experience. Many Island references. Call 941-7057096





YOU LEAVE EM, I LOVE EM! Experienced professional will stay in your home and love on your precious fur babies while you’re away. References supplied. Call 423-483-8059 NO NEED FOR Doggie Daycare. I can walk your dog, exercise, Pet taxi to Vet or Groomer. Loving attention. Lots of cuddling. Mary Walsh 941-405-2496

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

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

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

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FROM THE LOW $300’s. Only minutes from the beach, this new active adult community is perfectly located just south of Manatee Ave, off Village Green Pkwy. Perfectly designed, open 2BR or 3BR/2BA plus den & 2CG floor plans. Luxurious amenities, pool, spa, gym, pickle ball and fenced-in dog park. HOA only $209/ month. Models open daily. Contact us 941254-3330 CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Beach - Key Royale GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, L’Plage, Vista Grande & MORE. Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216 PERICO BAY CLUB: gated community 2 miles from AMI 504 Woodstork $279,000. 830 Audubon $244,900 Call Kathleen White at 941-773-0165 Island Real Estate INCREDIBLE NEW CONSTRUCTION Home 407 Pine Ave! Prime location to shops, restaurants, bay and beach! $2,295,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 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 PERICO BAY CLUB!1215 Edgewater $398,000. 640 Estuary $335,000. Call Erin Leathem 941-448-5616 Island Real Estate MOBILE HOME FOR SALE Fully-furnished trailer located in local mobile home park (55+ community) Bradenton Beach (AMI). 50 steps from beach, pool, laundry facility, docks, clubhouse and more. $75,000 (no land share). Call 813-679-3561

WEST BAY POINT & MOORINGS, AMI. Million dollar view! First floor 2BR/2BA Updated. Boat slip $455,000 Rosiekov@ 941-7781264 or 570-704-8486 SNOWBIRDS GET YOUR Housing lined up for Next Year. For Sale by Owner. 2BR/2BA remodeled in Beautiful Cortez Co-Op Park. Water View. For Personal Showing call 740-398-9846 MIRABELLA at VILLAGE GREEN. Enjoy relaxed style in maintenance free Villa. 2BR/2BA, Den, great room, extended lanai, 2 car garage, indoor utility room. Great room incorporates space on lanai for best indoor - outdoor living. Lovely villa is open and spacious, living room and dining area offers extended space for entertaining. Kitchen has 42 inch upper cabinets with LED lights under cabinets. Mirabella is an active living community with club house, heated pool, club house, fitness center, Pickle ball court, fenced dog park. Minutes from beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island. $359,900. Call Zee Catanese 941-742-0148 All Brokers Realty HISTORICAL COTTAGE FOR SALE Bradenton Fogartyville ! One block to river. Close to everything ! $300,000! Very cool interior and fun colors owned by artist and historian. Boyd Realty. Brenda Boyd May. 941-730-8589 ADORABLE 3BR/3BA POOL. North Bay Bungalow . Newly remodeled . Great view of bay going out to gulf! Anna Maria. Historical Passage Key $749,000. Boyd Realty. Brenda Boyd May 941-730-8589 FLORIDA MID CENTURY MODERN HOUSE on the Bayou with boat dock. Direct access to Manatee River. $549,000. Boyd Realty. No Flood Insurance! Brenda Boyd May. 941730-8589. FABULOUS FAMILY ESTATE on 5+acres NW Bradenton. Access for kayaks or jet skis to Palma sola bay. Perfect for rental income or family living. Call Brenda Boyd May Boyd Realty to connect to virtual tour. This property amazing! 941730-8589

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REAL ESTATE: OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE: 6200 Flotilla Dr # 294. Sunday February 10. 1-3pm. 2BR/2BA. A Paradise Realty. Marcia Griffith 518-810-9417

RENTALS: ANNUAL ANNUAL RENTALS WANTED! We have well qualified tenants for beach and mainland annual rentals, Full management or Finders fee. Call today for details. Ask for Paige DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-7790304 www.teamduncan. com

ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact junew@ – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. 2BR/2BA GROUND LEVEL in the UTC area. $1500. 1st, last, sec dep. 1BR/1BA GROUND LEVEL in Bradenton Beach. $1200 1st, last, sec dep. No Pets. Call A Paradise Realty. 941-7784800 ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH . Steps to Beach & Shops.2BR/2BA walk in shower. Updated kitchen with granite. Must See! No pets, no smoking. $1785/ mo. First, last & security deposit. Call 860-922-3857 HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL Adorable unfurnished 2BR/2BA garage lanai balcony nice quiet area no pets/smoking $1500/mo. Call 970-331-1042

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

HOLMES BEACH 1.5 BLOCKS to Beach. Completely updated 2BR/2BA. Available thru April 1, 2019. $4500/mo Nelson & Associates Real Estate. Call 863-6401864 WINTER CANCELLATION. Bradenton Beach. 1BR/1BA half block to beach. Steps to fishing dock. Pet friendly. 3 month minimum. $2495/mo plus tax. Hosting happy snowbirds for 25 years! 941-720-3670 MARCH STILL AVAILABLE, 2BR/2BA waterfront on Bimini Bay, fantastic view. Now taking 2020 reservations. Reasonable, pet friendly, by owner. 941795-0504. http://goff-club. com/510A/ HOLMES BEACH BEAUTIFUL West Bay Point Moorings 2BR/2BA Condo. Gorgeous bay views, WIFI, TV, W/D, community pool, hot tub, tennis. March $4000, April thru October $3000/mo. No pets, pickups or smoking. Call 207-944-6097

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport: Tampa $95, Sarasota $40, Clearwater $85, Orlando $165. Call 800-301-4816., ANYTIME TRANSPORTATION to all airports, appointments, casino, cruises, etc. Tampa $65. Sarasota $30. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095 ADMIRAL TOWN CAR Professional chauffeur, taxi prices! Airports (1@ $75, 10 $150 to Tampa), Appointments anywhere. Credit cards accepted. Phil 941-320-1120, Licensed & Insured B-SAFE-RIDES, Peggy R.N. I live on Anna Maria Island. Airport (seats 1-6) & Personal rides, errands etc. Don’t Risk It. Call Now 727-902-7784

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