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January 17, 2018

Ambrose enters pre-trial intervention Nancy Ambrose was arrested in May on charges stemming from her oversight of the butterfly garden next to Holmes Beach City Hall. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

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Racers look at timing devices on their wrists as they start the 5K Dolphin Dash. More on Page 43.

HOLMES BEACH – Nancy Ambrose has entered into a pre-trial intervention contract which must be successfully completed for two thirddegree felony charges to be dismissed regarding her butterfly garden fund-raising activities. Ambrose was arrested in May and charged with three third-degree felonies: scheming to defraud; operating an unlicensed charity; and solicitation as a charity without authorization. The scheme to defraud charge was dismissed in August. The arrest warrant issued by the Holmes Beach Police Department alleged unauthorized expenditures for plants, fencing, insect killer, hose nozzles, trimmer line, a sprinkler timer, a toilet seat and other items that could not be attributed to the butterfly garden. The warrant also stated two Holmes Beach residents complained to the city in January 2017, about checks given to Ambrose that never resulted in memorial bricks being installed. SEE AMBROSE, PAGE 43

Center receives $130,000 donation The financial gift helped the Center meets its annual fundraising goal halfway through its fiscal year. BY JOE HENDRICKS


ANNA MARIA – The Community Center of Anna Maria Island has received a $130,000 contribution that will help support the programs and services it provides to the community. According to Center officials, the donation was made by a part-time resident who’s witnessed the Center’s positive impact on the Island community first-hand. “This donation is a vote of confidence in the hardworking leadership exempli-


fied by the Center’s board, volunteers, and staff,” said Kristen Lessig, the Center’s executive director. The donor has asked to remain anonymous. “At the heart of the Center lies the power to be a part of something special: our community. Whether it’s pickleball, book club, bingo, your children’s flag football games or a favorite group fitness class, the Center is excited to reinvest this money into the community’s gathering place,” Lessig said. Per the donor’s request, $30,000 of the donation will be designated to hire a development and marketing director to join the Center’s team.

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Spring returns to her winning ways Andrea Spring will return to the National Pie Contest in April. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

MANATEE COUNTY – After a threeyear absence, Andrea Spring returned to competitive baking last week and claimed four blue ribbons and a red ribbon at the Manatee County Fair. Spring owns and operates Mermaid Pies & Produce at 10115 Cortez Road in Bradenton. Competing for the first time, Spring’s apprentice, Brendon Prudhomme, debuted with two blue ribbons. The ribbons were awarded on Thursday, Jan. 12 – opening night for the county fair. Spring won blue ribbons for her Mango Monkey Jam, her White Chocolate Cheesecake with Banana Foster Sauce, and her Mango Bacon Potato Salad. She also won a blue ribbon for her non-edible gingerbread house. She was awarded a red ribbon for her Key Lime Coconut Cake. Prudhomme was awarded blue ribbons for his Mermaid Bread – an


Andrea Spring’s non-edible gingerbread house was a blue ribbon winner. Spring’s White Chocolate Cheesecake with Banana Foster Sauce was also a blue ribbon winner. Italian loaf served with anchovy garlic butter; and for his Bacon Brie and Spinach Quiche. The items entered in the fair his year are available at Spring’s store. The perishable entries were judged ahead of time, on Saturday, Jan. 6. “You have to wait a whole week to find out if you won anything, so it’s really nerve-racking,” Spring said on Friday.

“I’m so excited. I love do to competitions,” she added. Regarding Prudhomme’s blue ribbons, she said, “I wasn’t surprised. He’s an excellent cook and baker. He’s fantastic. He works really hard, and I can depend on him.” “It was exciting and fun. I completely enjoyed it,” said the 29-year-old Prudhomme. “I’ll probably have more entries next year.”

Spring will compete in the American Pie Council National Pie Contest in Orlando at the end of April. Prior to her three-year hiatus, Spring had a long history of competitive success. In 2014, she won best of show and three blue ribbons at the Manatee County Fair. SEE SPRING, PAGE 10




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Plans form for dog park improvements

State funds sought for pier replacement

Members of the city’s parks and beautification committee hope to move forward quickly with renovations at the dog park.

The city of Anna Maria’s request for $750,000 in state funds to help pay for the replacement of the Anna Maria City Pier was included on the agenda for the Florida House’s Tuesday, Jan. 16, Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee meeting. Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) filed the appropriations bill, HB 3107, on the city’s behalf.

Marijuana ordinance to second reading Holmes Beach commissioners unanimously approved the new version of the city’s medical marijuana ordinance on first reading. Now the ordinance goes to a second reading. The ordinance replaces an early 2017 city ordinance in order to comply with state requirements. State regulations allow for local regulation of the sale of medical marijuana only. All other aspects of medical marijuana regulation, including the cultivation, growth, and processing of the drug, remain with the state. The state regulations do not alter the authority of local law enforcement in marijuana possession cases.

Mangrove trimming agreement upheld After electing to reconsider an agreement between the city and management at Westbay Point and Moorings condominiums, commissioners agreed to allow Mayor Bob Johnson to sign off on the agreement without comment. The agreement is believed to be a first for the city, allowing a third party not employed by the city to maintain public property. According to the maintenance agreement, Westbay workers can trim approximately 20.54 feet of city-owned mangroves at the 63rd Street boat ramp to a height of six feet above the cap of the sea wall. If the mangroves are trimmed any shorter or if the Florida Department of Environmental Protection determines the trimming is in violation of state or federal regulations, the agreement will be considered void.

Soccer players wanted The Center of Anna Maria Island is looking for soccer players its Center Select Soccer Team. Coached by Rick Hurst, the team will play in the boys U12 division. Players must have be born in 2006 or later. Cost is $275 and includes uniforms, tournament, referee fees, a soccer ball and bag. Try-outs will be at The Center, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, on Friday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Players must attend try-outs to be considered. Center Select will play in four tournaments: St. Petersburg, Feb. 16-18; Bradenton April 14-15; Ft. Meyers April 28-29; and Brandon May 4-6. For more information, contact Will Schenerlein at or 941-778-1908.


HOLMES BEACH – Planning is underway for improvements at the city’s dog park. Members of the city’s Parks and Beautification Committee met Jan. 10 with interested residents to discuss the areas of the park being looked at for improvement, including fencing, gates, potable water supply, landscaping and screening. While a blueprint hasn’t been created for the improvements, committee members have identified the primary points of concern for dog park users. During the meeting, members agreed that the size of the park should not be extended further east, toward residential homes, than it currently is at its widest point. One item being considered is squaring off the park, removing the center curve to make the edges of the park equal width to the center. Another option is to extend the park to the sides. Committee member Zan Fuller said that while some options for expansion are under consideration, no decision has been reached to recommend to city commissioners. “At this time, we’re not getting into the details of what we want to do,” she said.


Resident Sheryl Smargisso said with her bedroom facing the dog park she’s concerned about noise if the park is expanded. In addition to considering replacing the current chain link fencing with either vinyl coated or galvanized chain link, committee member Dennis Groh said a part of the revitalization plan will be to plant shrubbery around the front and sides of the park outside the fence. The back part of the fence, which attaches to the city baseball field, will not have shrubbery. With shrubbery, Groh said he hopes the look of the park will be improved as well as a noise buffer provided for nearby


Members of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee take comments from the public concerning proposed improvements at the city’s dog park. residents. He plans to use coco palms, a short palm tree that can grow up to 10 feet wide, to provide the barrier.


Other landscaping plans include planting three or more dog-friendly trees on each side of the park to provide shade and exploring ground cover options. Both committee members and the public in attendance were able to agree that using grass isn’t effective due to the flooding and heavy traffic in the park. Committee member Joshua Linney suggested using a mulch called Woof Fibar. Linney said the mulch would be attractive in the park and is designed with furry friends in mind. It packs down the more it’s walked on, is safe for puppy paws, and resists bacteria growth, allowing it to be cleaned by the sprinklers that regularly water the park. Before committing to using the mulch as ground cover, committee members discussed the possibility of setting up a trial area of the park to see how the mulch performs in real-world conditions. Linney said he would get a quote on the ground cover mulch, different fencing options and for installing a push button gate to access both the small and large dog parks to eliminate the need for public works employees to unlock multiple gates per day. New gates also will provide a simpler locking mechanism for users,

some of whom said they struggle to open and close the current gates while holding on to their dogs’ leashes. “We know the fence and the gates need to be redone,” Linney said. “It’s not a safe or sanitary environment for pets or people.” Public Works Foreman Dave Benton said new signs are on the way to the dog park which warn users of prohibited activities and rules for the park. Placement of the signs at gates will allow city workers to open more access points to the park and reduce liability to the city. Signs are expected to be installed by the end of January.


Though planning is taking place, some dog park users are frustrated by a lack of action to implement plans. Resident Don Anthony said he’s been a part of the conversation between the city and residents to implement improvements in the park for more than three years but hasn’t seen any change take place. “There is complete apathy toward dog park people,” he said. Anthony worries that though plans are in the works, the actual improvements may not be done. Groh asked the members of the public to “trust the process.” Linney thanked attendees for their input, adding that committee members are committed to seeing the project through. “We’re only trying to do the best possible job for you,” he said.

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Water taxi plans on hold in Holmes Beach Commissioners may be in favor of a water taxi service coming in at the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club if the operators can find a way to negate parking concerns. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Lack of parking is proving to be a large hurdle to jump for the operators of a proposed water taxi service in Holmes Beach. The daughter and father team of Corey and Mark Hubbard, of Tampa Bay Ferry, want to bring a 49-person boat to transport guests from Holmes Beach to Fort DeSoto and Egmont Key. To do that, they need a place to dock for up to 15 minutes and, according to commissioners, spaces for guests to park their vehicles. Commissioners were receptive to the idea of a water taxi form of transportation with routes leaving from a centralized location. Unlike the Hubbards, commissioners didn’t believe ferry


Corey Hubbard presents her idea for a walk-up water taxi service to Holmes Beach commissioners. guests would leave their cars at home and take public transportation to the pick-up point. Commissioner Judy Titsworth said she’s afraid that ferry passengers parking “in the closest spot to get to your ferry” will disrupt local businesses, causing more traffic congestion. Corey Hubbard insisted that rather than a tour type operation, the ferry her company operates works more like a bus or a trolley with people walking up to use the boat, not driving to it. She

said that while the company can tell riders that it’s a walk-up only business and no parking will be available onsite, people choosing to use other businesses’ facilities to park is an issue that “exists in the world outside of our operation. If that’s what holds us up from serving the community, that would be a shame.” “We’re not looking for a base of operations, just a bus stop,” Mark Hubbard said, likening the water taxi to a trolley or public bus. He said the boat

would be housed at Fort DeSoto, where Tampa Bay Ferry has its primary hub of operations and would only idle at the dock for less than 15 minutes. Corey Hubbard said while she has spoken with management at Waterline about the potential to use one of the docks at the adjacent marina, hotel management was reluctant to enter into discussions without the city’s blessing. She said the project had already been discussed in Anna Maria, where it was turned down by the owner of the Rod and Reel Pier. Using Bradenton Beach as a drop-off point won’t work within the time constraints set by the current boat travel schedule, she said. Titsworth said the possibility of the water taxi being viewed as a tourist attraction, rather than a mode of transportation and requiring multiple parking spots, still worries her. “We can’t force people to take the trolley to the ferry,” she said. “We have to consider the neighboring properties and have respect for them.” Titsworth added that the city requires SEE TAXI, PAGE 10




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EDITORIAL ‘The Post’ as inspiration


t’s unlikely that The Anna Maria Island Sun, a family-owned newspaper like the 1971 Washington Post, will ever face an issue as important as several presidents lying about whether the U.S. could win the war in Vietnam for three decades. But however small the scale, newspapers share the same mission, and "The Post" is a reminder of it. In "The Post," publisher Katharine Graham faces the threat of the same criminal charges that The New York Times faces if she follows the Times’ expose of the Pentagon Papers. She knows she could blow the deal with investors as her company goes public on the American Stock Exchange while the crisis escalates. She fears losing high-level friends in government who could be ruined by the story. But she decides to publish anyway, placing freedom of the press and the people’s right to know about the deception of government officials above legal, business and personal concerns. While not on the level of The Times and The Post, The Sun has its competition, and the issues are the same. We all want to be first, be fair, be right and be readable. We all want to uncover the story that nobody else knows about. And while breaking stories with nationwide impact is not our ballgame, but we have a fair batting average in the minors. Is it harder for a small paper to make this kind of tough editorial decision? Maybe. Pockets to pay lawyers are not as deep, and losing friends on a small Island whose residents are already leaving like lemmings makes for smaller dinner parties. But putting a large staff and a large stock sale on the line arguably took Graham even more nerve. It’s amazing to think that weapons of typewriters and pay phones wielded such a victory for Graham, The Post, and a free press, a lesson that technology is not nearly as indispensable as courage. It’s a lesson to remember when stories get sticky and friends appear on the front page. “Let’s go,” she said. “Let’s publish.”

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Nice Shiver story I enjoyed your article on the New Year’s tradition of the Shamrock Shiver polar plunge (that I didn’t even know about) on the Island. I enjoyed the writing style – it made me laugh out loud (the girl dressed as Miss Alaska, who WAS Miss Alaska). Thanks for that! Laughing and lighthearted is always appreciated, R. Arendt Holmes Beach

Say no to state control I encourage all AMI residents and visitors to support efforts to prevent the legislation proposed by Sen. Gregt Stuebe (Senate Bill 574), which would give control of vacation rentals to the state thereby overriding local governments abilities to regulate and control these rentals within their cities. (See The Sun's Survey question on Page 7.) More importantly, I believe this is a prelude to the proposal of consolidation of the Island Cities into Manatee County: an idea that surfaces every few years. My family settled here in 1965, my father was Island tax accountant until his death here in 1994.

Our autonomy is part of our charm and has made this paradise the gold mine it has become for investors and government tourism revenue. ​More regulation means more expense for all. Please just say no. Marsha Lindsey Anna Maria

Keep local control of trees Editor's note: This letter is in response to to an op-ed piece written by Sen. Steube in the Orlando Sentinel. My name is Betty L. Rogers and I live on Anna Maria Island (Bradenton Beach.) My overall idea of government is think globally, but act locally. The tree canopy is an important part of our county, but we also have many protections in place (along with the state) to keep our shore canopy (mangrove forests) from being destroyed. They are the environments' filters and provide a much needed nursery for our fisheries. Trees are an important economic factor here. In other inland counties,

Take The Sun Survey on Page 7. other kinds of trees might need protections. Certainly they would be different than ours. We must keep local control over trees because we know what is best for our citizens. You cite some pretty outrageous examples in your letter but I would bet that there are many more examples that would negate those. And by the way, oaks take many years to grow. Pine trees grow quickly. There must be differentiation and that is why we should be able to regulate trees locally. Our local governments must balance the health and safety of our citizens, especially here where we have barrier islands. Mangroves are natural protection for coastal properties and adjacent locales. We must protect those trees that keep us safe by planting native or Florida-friendly trees and ridding the invasive species that many times thrive in our coastal soil. The diversity of our state should be considered when dealing with our tree canopies. Betty Rogers Bradenton Beach

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PREVIOUS QUESTION: What is your opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court's deci-



Jan. 25: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. For information, call 7086130.

Jan. 22: Ad-hoc form of government committee meeting, 1 p.m. Jan. 23: City Commission meeting with work session to follow, 6 p.m. For information, call 7085800.

sion not to hear the Holmes Beach tree house case?


I'm organizing the Keebler elves to protest any demolition.


I'm disappointed. The tree house is a wonderful, welcoming piece of Island folklore.



Jan. 18: City Commission meeting, noon. Jan. 23: City Commission special meeting, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24: Planning and Zoning Board meeting, 1 p.m. For information, call 7781005.




Jan. 19: Island Transportation Planning Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall, 1 p.m.




The court did the right thing. The tree house was built illegally and should come down.



THIS WEEK’S SURVEY Do you favor Florida Sen. Greg Steube's proposal to prevent local governments from regulating tree removal and

• No. This is just another attempt to scuttle cities' home rule powers. • Yes. Landowners should have the right to develop their property as they see fit.

trimming and giving that authority to the state?

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Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431. Memoir Writing, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $20. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon. Manatee River Pram Fleet lecture, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 3 p.m. Reserve to 941-708-6120 or fmminfo@


Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Exercise preview day, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 9:30 a.m. to noon, $10. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. Book Club: “Station Eleven,” Island Branch Library,

5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10:15 a.m. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or Meet the Author featuring Sieglinde Martin, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. The Prickly Topic – Politics, presented by Paul Ferber, 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. Dialogue of an Artist artists’ reception and awards, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 6 p.m. Bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, 6 to 9 p.m.



Reiki II, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $10 per class. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Senior Adventures trip to Sunnyside Village for a concert and brunch, leaving from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 8



MARK YOUR CALENDAR From Page 7 Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m., $5 van fee and $2 brunch fee. Reserve to Kaye Bell, 941-5380945. Intermediate bridge session, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Knit and crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


Sun spotting, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 to 11 a.m. Introduction to fermentation, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $20. Meditation, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or Introduction to Watercolor workshop, Anna

Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 1 to 4 p.m., $40 for league members or $50 for non-members. Reserve to 941-778-2099. Starry Night telescope exploration, Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 6 to 8 p.m. Reserve to 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Sunday January 21 Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431. Monday January 22 The Swiss Chocolate Diet with Mary Bray, 6-week program, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10:30 a.m. to noon, $100 for six sessions. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Social bridge games, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, noon. Create a Crafterpiece, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 12:30 p.m., $15. Reserve to or 941-383-6493.


Yoga with Cheryl Kaiser, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $10. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Storytelling, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $20. Preschool storytime: Cluck, Cluck, Cluck, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong for beginners, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., $10, snacks are provided. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or Tech help, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.


Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Beach Market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 941-518-4431.

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The New Tax Law: Possible Impacts seminar, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10:30 a.m. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon. Meet the Author with Cathy Slusser, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 12:30 p.m. When Science Fails Us, presented by Jim Vartuli, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Shanty Singers, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 2 to 4 p.m. Chess Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 4 p.m.


Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Painting with a fish, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 9:30 a.m., $35. Quilting, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to or 941-383-6493.

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For the animals Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Education Director David Sadkin and Director Ed Straight man the booth at last weekend’s art festival for their non-profit group. They said there was good turnout, and the cool weather didn’t scare away the vendors.



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Brendon Prudhomme’s Bacon Brie and Spinach Quiche earned a blue ribbon last week.

SPRING: Wins again FROM PAGE 3

At the 2013 Crisco National Pie Championship, she took first place in the peanut butter category and then Best of Show for her Peanut Butter Cracker Pie. For that, she won a beautiful trophy and $5,000. Spring also won the Crisco Innovative Award for her Coconut Cashew Apricot Pie, which earned her a special trophy and a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships in Las Vegas. In 2012, Spring took first place in the Crisco National Pie Championship’s fruit and berry category with her Peach Melba Pie with Almond Crust. During the 2010 Crisco National Pie Championship, Spring made history when she became the first person to win the championship twice – with her Chocolate Raisin Walnut Pie. In the 2008 Crisco National Pie Championship, Spring took first place



Andrea Spring has a long history of award winning pies, cakes and other culinary delights. in the citrus category with her Key West Crunch Pie. Spring claimed her first championship in 2007, with her Key Lime Pie.

TAXI: Plans on hold FROM PAGE 5

adequate parking for all commercial businesses. City attorney Patricia Petruff suggested the Hubbards contact the owners of nearby shopping centers to see if they could lease off-site parking for water taxi customers. At one space for every four passengers, Petruff estimates the water taxi would need 13 parking spaces. Corey Hubbard said her company would be better off to find another place to serve as a destination and pick-up for passengers rather than pay to lease parking spaces or for docking fees. To get around the parking issue, Commissioner Carol Soustek suggest-

ed the Hubbards speak to Waterline management about providing services exclusively for guests of the hotel. The Hubbards did not take commissioners ideas well, arguing that with proper enforcement, primarily by local law enforcement, the water taxi business would work as a walk-up only service. “It’s proven, it works, and all you have to do is decide if you want it in your community,” Mark Hubbard said. Titsworth said commissioners would take time to individually review the information presented, and if it’s something they’re interested in, the matter will be placed on a future work session agenda for continued discussion.

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

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Hunters Point approved No one expressed opposition to the development during last week’s public hearing.


During public comment, Cortez resident and businesswoman Karen Bell was among those who praised Gobuty and his project. New Jersey Realtor James Robinson said he plans to be among the first to purchase a Hunters Point home as a full-time residence. Nobody at Thursday’s hearing expressed opposition, and DiSabatino said that was a first during her seven years on the commission. Canal-side homeowner Rob Boyatt said he liked the project, but had lingering concerns about dock rights. When Grimes returned to the podium, he handed Boyatt a copy of the declaration.


CORTEZ – Developer Marshall Gobuty has the green light to proceed with his Hunters Point Resort and Marina. On Thursday, Jan. 11, Manatee County commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of the development plans and rezoning requests presented for a waterfront resort community on Cortez Road. Gobuty is approved for 86 single-story cottage homes; 62 two-story, lodge-style hotel rooms/residential units; a bistro and clubhouse, retail space, a 17-slip marina, 31 parallel boat docks, a private boat ramp and a slip for an electric water taxi. The commission approval includes canal-side setbacks reduced from 30 feet to 15 and none of the structures will exceed the 35foot height limit. The energy-efficient cottages will be connected to the traditional power grid, but built to Net Zero Energy standards that significantly reduce outside energy consumption when utilizing solar panels and power walls that store solar-generated electricity. Offering approximately 500 feet of airconditioned interior space and driveways long enough to also store a boat trailer, the cottages will be built to withstand hurricane forces winds and constructed a foot above FEMA’s base flood elevation.


Gobuty’s attorney, Caleb Grimes, was quick to address concerns about Gobuty’s ownership of the canal that surrounds the property on three sides. The canal is used by neighboring property owners, many of whom have canal-side docks that rest on Gobuty’s submerged land. The canal con-


Facing east, from the bridge at 127th Street West, the Hunters Point property sits to the right of the canal. nects with the Intracoastal Waterway near the Seafood Shack. Grimes said a previous property owner, Frank Cipriani, had the man-made canals dredged out of dry land and their ownership transferred to the current owners. Grimes said Gobuty has no objections to the existing docks. The day before the public hearing, Gobuty requested a declaration of intent and clarification of rights be filed with the Clerk of the Court’s Office reflecting this position. The declaration remains effective regardless of who owns or controls the development and protects neighboring dock owners, present and future. Commissioner Carol Whitmore asked Gobuty and Grimes to informally pledge not to trim the tops off the mangroves that line the canal because birds need them to nest in. Gobuty said he liked the mangroves and has no plans to remove them or trim them.


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Regarding the cottages being used as vacation rentals, Whitmore said the Cortez overlay zoning designation contains no rental restrictions, and state law doesn’t allow the county to prohibit them. Grimes said some cottages may be used as rentals, but they are intended as singlefamily homes. “These are not tiny houses. They are full houses designed for people who don’t want to have a big house and big yard and can be near their boat,” he said. Commissioners Betsy Benac and Robin DiSabatino were among the many who said they thought the small houses were “cool,” and they praised the developer’s emphasis on energy efficiency. There was little discussion about traffic, but during the Planning Commission’s preliminary review, it was estimated the resort community would generate 600 car trips per day.


Afterwards, Boyatt was asked if his concerns were satisfied. “Yes. It seems like we are covered,” he said. After receiving congratulations from his staff, friends and supporters, Gobuty said, “I’m ecstatic about the opportunity. I really believe it will be the future of home building because millennials think about sustainability. Fifty-five-year-olds? Up until now, not so much, but this is going to deliver to our community the ability to understand, appreciate and take advantage of the technology we have. I really believe this is the beginning of a revolution in home building.” When asked if it would be five or 10 years before construction began, Gobuty said, “Much sooner than that.” Regarding dock rights, he said, “That’s their home. Their docks across the water have no impact on us. We wouldn’t want them to impose upon us, so it’s not right for us to have leverage on them when it’s not necessary. The decision yesterday was to record it in advance of the hearing to put our money where our mouth is.”

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Artwalk draws crowds The lull between cold fronts brought art lovers out last Friday to the Holmes Beach Art District. There was music, art and snacks as the people walked around the area of Gulf Drive and Marina Drive.


Above, At the Anna Maria Island Artist’s Guild, photographer Wayne Johnson poses next to his photo of the Anna Maria City Pier. Above left, Drew Chapman wasn’t in artwalk but his highly customized Buick near the Anna Maria Island Artist’s Guild might qualify as art. Left, Evan Clarke, a tattoo artist, draws a Marilyn Monroe portrait


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Shark dragging defendants plead not guilty The next court hearing is scheduled for March. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Robert “Bo” Benac, Spencer Heintz and Michael Wenzel have pleaded not guilty to all charges stemming from a shark dragging incident caught on video last July. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the attorneys for the defendants entered the pleas before Judge Mark Wolfe in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, said Rena Frazier, chief of policy and communication for the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office. Benac is represented by attorney Justin Petredis. Heintz is represented by attorney Paul Sisco. Wenzel is represented by attorney Charles Britt. Frazier said the next hearing is scheduled for March.


Manatee County residents Robert "Bo" Benac, Spencer Heintz and Michael Wenzel have pled not guilty to the charges made in December. Benac, 28, of Bradenton, is charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one second-degree misdemeanor count of illegal method of taking a shark. Heintz, 23, of Palmetto, is charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Wenzel, 21, of Palmetto, is charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one second-degree misdemeanor count of illegal method of taking a shark.

Nick Easterling also was on the boat involved, but he was not charged. The self-shot shark dragging video that went viral worldwide in July led to an investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The results were then turned over to the State Attorney’s Office. “It is our hope these charges will send a clear message to others that this kind of behavior involving our fish and wildlife will not be tolerated,” FWC Chairman Bo Rivard said when the charges were announced in midDecember.


During the investigation, FWC investigators obtained several additional videos that helped them piece together what happened in the waters off Egmont Key on June 26. “Benac caught a blacktip shark on hook and line near Egmont Key. Heintz recorded Benac retrieving the shark. Wenzel shoots

the shark one time with a .38 revolver. Despite being shot, the shark takes an aggressive turn to retreat. After the shark is shot, all occupants are heard celebrating. Heintz recorded Benac continuing the fight with the shark. This video shows Wenzel shoot at the shark three times with a .38 revolver as it is pulled close to the vessel,” according to the FWC report. “At 1714 hours (5:14 p.m.), the shark had been landed and Wenzel recorded it lying over the gunnel and tail roped. The occupants can be heard laughing while Easterling holds the rope. The next 10-second video recorded by Benac shows Wenzel operating the vessel. Benac records the shark as it’s dragged across the top of the water at high speed. As the camera pans, Heintz can be seen recording the same incident. Heintz’ recording is 30 seconds long. During both videos, all occupants can be seen and heard laughing. At the end of Heintz’ recording, Wenzel states, ‘I think it’s dead,’” the report says.

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Tree regulations under attack Sen. Greg Steube’s proposed legislation would repeal local tree protections. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Florida Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) has proposed legislation that would prevent local governments from regulating tree removal and trimming and give that authority to the state. City officials in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach oppose the legislation and have asked their contracted lobbyists to lobby against it. Steube filed Senate Bill 574 in October. Rep. Katie Edwards-Wapole (D-Sunrise) and Rep. Jake Raburn (RValrico) co-filed HB 521 as its House companion in November. Steube’s bill proposes city and county governments may not prohibit or restrict a private landowner from trimming, removing or harvesting trees or timber located on private property; may not require replacement trees to be planted or fees to be paid to remove trees or timber; and may not prohibit


Above, Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES Committee member Betty Rogers opposes Greg Steube’s proposed legislation. Right, Anna Maria Commissioners would not allow this grand tree on North Shore Drive to be removed along with two others. trees, shrubs or other vegetative debris being buried on properties larger than 2.5 acres. State lawmakers’ 60-day legislative session began Tuesday, Jan. 9. Steube’s bill has been referred to three Senate committees for consideration.


Bradenton Beach code includes grand tree protections and tree replacement requirements. Steube’s bill was discussed at the

City Commission’s Jan. 4 meeting when Scenic WAVES Committee member Betty Rogers presented a letter the committee wanted to send to Steube. “We are writing to you to voice our opposition to SB 574 as drafted. We strongly encourage you to reach out to us and other constituents who are educated in the value of maintaining and enhancing tree canopy in our communities.

"Our local governments are best positioned to balance individual property rights with economic, ecological and social benefits of the trees in our community. Canopy coverage in the city of Bradenton Beach provides an annual value of $46,133 in air pollution removal and carbon removal/sequestration,” the letter says. SEE TREE, PAGE 17




The NEST will open next month at Robinson Preserve.


The NEST education center at Robinson Preserve will open on Friday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a family-friendly event sponsored by Manatee County’s Parks and Natural Resources Department. The event will include a ribbon cutting, guided tours of the NEST – short for “MOSAIC Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology,” nature-themed activities and sneak peek tours of the new expansion at Robinson Preserve. The new center, which will have classrooms for unique programs

beginning later this year, is nestled in a coastal hammock and elevated like a tree house. It is surrounded by 150 acres of the Robinson Preserve expansion. It will feature canoe and kayak launches, mangrove islands, a 5k track, a 1.6-mile jogging and walking trail that includes heartbreak hill, freshwater ponds for a sport fish nursery, restored wetlands and a connection to the existing preserve, according to Parks and Natural Resources Department officials. The 487-acre Robinson Preserve, bordered by Tampa Bay, the Manatee River and Perico Bayou, was purchased by the county from the Robinson family in 2002 for $10

million, in part with a $6 million grant from Florida Communities Trust. The Robinson family kept 200 acres bordering the land to develop a residential subdivision and an 18-hole golf course, but 150 acres was later purchased from the family with funds raised by the notfor-profit Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, which donated the land to the county. Robinson Preserve's gates open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Entrances are at the western end of 17th Avenue Northwest in Bradenton and on the south side of Manatee Avenue west of the Perico Island Bridge.

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TREE: Regulations under attack FROM PAGE 15

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“I don’t understand some of the things Sen. Steube does,” Mayor John Chappie said. “Yes, there are some things the state and federal government need to do, but telling us how we can trim our trees in little old Bradenton Beach is not one of them.” The commission authorized the letter and asked for a similar letter to be sent on its behalf.


“I wonder how, with a clear

conscience, he can sit in his gated community and decide that the state should regulate the tree canopy on Anna Maria Island,” Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said. Planning and Zoning Board chair Jon Crane agrees. “Municipalities understand why the preservation of some local trees is important to their constituents far better than Tallahassee does. The proposed bill will clearly lead to the indiscriminate removal of trees whenever it makes development cheaper and easier – and the environment be damned. And by way of observation, the untrammeled development in the senator’s district in Sarasota is creating a charmless, treeless concrete corridor,” Crane said.

In November, Anna Maria commissioners approved a request to remove two of the three grand trees located on an undeveloped lot on North Shore Drive. The commission insisted a third tree remain standing. Anna Maria’s tree ordinance designates grand trees to be at least 24 inches around when measured at 4½ feet high. Removal of a grand tree requires commission approval.


The city of Holmes Beach does not have a grand tree ordinance. Nor has its commission discussed Steube’s legislation. Commission Chair Judy Titsworth became aware of the bill on Friday, when she received a legislative update from the Sen. Steube. “It hasn’t come up at all, but we plan to workshop a proposed grand tree and native landscaping ordinance in March. We may have to move it up,” Titsworth said.


The update Steube distributed Friday featured his op-ed that was published in the Orlando Sentinel. “Many cities and counties in this state require you to obtain permission from them to cut down a tree, your tree, on your property. To me that flies in the face of your constitutional rights. My goal through this legislation is to stop the overreach of our counties and cities and return control back to the property owner pursuant to their inalienable rights provided in Florida’s Constitution,” Steube wrote.


The tree removal bill sponsors can be emailed at: • Steube.Greg@flsenate. gov; •; • Bradenton Sen. Bill Galvano and Bradenton Rep. Jim Boyd can be emailed at: • Galvano.Bill@flsenate. gov; •



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Devonshire foodies and short ribs BY SEAN MURPHY SPECIAL TO THE SUN


he Beach Bistro team is amazing to watch. I marvel at how they exceed the high expectations of patrons, night after night. The foodies are tough to please. They seem intent on proving something. Devonshire in Ontario has the worst foodies. Canadians have regional differences. Nova Scotians are particularly sensitive to slights from residents of Ontario whose ancestry is more British. Two hundred and forty years ago most Nova Scotians would have preferred to join their Fenian brothers in Boston in the uprising against the British. The Brits prevailed in the north, and Nova Scotians ended up Canadians. One Bistro evening a Devonshire foodie created a scene. We were serving braised short ribs. The uncooked rib is massive, with a thick layer of beef embedded in flavorful ribbons of fat. The rib is braised in port with shallots and herbs until all of the flavor leaves the fat and the bone and is absorbed by what becomes a lush, fork-tender cut of beef. We remove the fat and bone and serve the beef in a rich reduction of the braising juices crowned with a foie gras mousse over triplecream mashed potatoes and roasted oyster

mushrooms. It might be the best thing you have ever tasted. A Devonshire couple had been drinking. They had exasperated the wait staff. I approached the table. I rarely introduce myself as the owner. It is best to keep that gun in your pocket. Devonshire guy started, “My wife is a big foodie, and she knows food and this is not a rib.” She had not yet touched the plate. They had no idea how great it tasted. Foodie lady took over, “What is this, a McRib? There is no bone. This not a rib. This is a McRib. I am a foodie. I know food. I am from Devonshire, and I know food.” McRib. Comparing anything prepared by our incredibly talented chef staff to a MacDonald’s product should be punishable by death. I brought a massive uncooked short rib from the kitchen. “Ma’am this is what it looks like before it is cooked. The big boney part is the rib. It is removed after cooking.” By now she is totally absorbed in devouring the succulent dish and is oblivious to the world around her. Her husband has taken over. “My wife is a foodie. We are from Devonshire. We know

food.” I am thinking about what I would like to do with the huge bone. “Well she seems to be enjoying her dinner. That should complete our food lesson for this evening.” I walk away. Devonshire guy calls the waiter over. “Waiter that guy is an asshole. I want to talk to the owner.” The waiter, “Sir, that asshole is the owner.” The man is starting to irritate the other patrons. I come back to the table. Devonshire guy, “So you’re the owner. I heard about you. You’re from Nova Scotia. "Nova Scotians are ignorant fishermen. That explains everything.” The bonehead from Devonshire has just poked a stick in the eye of the Nova Scotian whose Irish forebears kicked the British into Boston harbor. I am tempted to do the famous table-clothfoldup. The table-cloth-foldup is where you grab the four corners of the table cloth and fold it up and over glasses, plates, food and everything and just walk away with it. There is breakage, but it can be incredibly satisfying. I think of Adam Ellis. Adam worked with us for years before opening The Blue Marlin down on Bridge Street. A long time ago I promised Adam I would never do the table-

cloth-foldup without him. The food is great at the Blue Marlin, and I knew they were busy that night. If I called Adam, it would take him at least 30 minutes to get to the Bistro. If I did it without him he would never forgive me. So, no foldup, but they are out. I removed the plates from the table. The foodie wife tried to hang on to her plate. It was like tearing a bone from a dog. I told them that they would not be charged, but that they were leaving. “This Nova Scotian prefers you dine elsewhere this evening.” Devonshire bonehead stood with fists clenched, facing off with the angry Nova Scotian. He became aware that he was surrounded by six waiters and four large chefs and had the eyes of an angry dining room upon him. He muttered obscenities during an ignominious retreat, his Devonshire foodie wife in tow. The room stood and applauded. I gave a quick curtsey and ordered champagne for everyone. The patrons loved the champagne and the short ribs. Adam was disappointed I didn’t call.

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City seeks state funds Bradenton Beach’s lobbying firm is working in support of two requests for state funds. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – City officials are awaiting word on $3.2 million in funding requests submitted to the State Legislature now in session. City officials seek state funds for alternative transportation projects and seagrass mitigation. Acting on a suggestion Commissioner Jake Spooner made in early 2017, the commission agreed later in the year to use its contracted lobbying firm, Ramba Consulting Group, to work in support of funding requests in addition to opposing proposed legislation deemed detrimental to the city. City Engineer Lynn Burnett and City Attorney Ricinda Perry recently prepared and submitted the funding applications to the State Legislature for consideration. Sponsored by Rep. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota) and presented to the Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee for first reading on Jan. 9, House Bill 2543 seeks $2.7 million for alternative transportation projects. “The project will implement sustainable alternative transportation modes that increase storm evacuation compliance, reduce the need for motorized vehicles and provide safer transportation alternatives to reduce emissions and pollutant loadings to Sarasota Bay. Measures will be installed along SR 789 (Gulf Drive) and the main bike/pedestrian routes through the CRA District, providing a connection to the water taxi hub and main commercial area in Bradenton Beach,” the city’s application says. The funding request was not included on the agendas for subcommittee’s Jan. 10 or Jan. 16 meetings.


City officials are pursuing state funds that would assist in dredging the shallow waters near Bay Drive South that lead to the county boat ramps. Also sponsored by Gruters and submitted for first reading to the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, HB 2657 seeks $500,000 for seagrass mitigation. Seagrass mitigation involves replacing seagrass damaged or removed in one location by planting new seagrass in another. Mitigation can also be accomplished by purchasing mitigation bank credits. “This project is to implement seagrass mitigation within Sarasota Bay. The mitigation will allow for the successful reestablishment of a navigable channel along the coast line of Bradenton Beach from the Manatee County boat ramp to the city pier. This channel will connect a missing and crucial piece of the waterway and will allow for water taxis and ferries to provide alternative mode of transportation to the cities on Anna Maria Island, a necessity for evacuation,” the application says. During recent Community Redevelopment Agency meetings, it was mentioned that dredging the shallow waters between the pier and the county boat docks would make it possible to install additional public docks west of the floating day dock. Seagrass mitigation would be required for this dredging to occur.

During the Jan. 4 Bradenton Beach Commission meeting, Perry passed along lobbyist Sue Mullins’ request for commissioners to email the subcommittee chairs and request their support. Spooner and Commissioner Ralph Cole did so, and Chappie called Gruter’s legislative aide. When asked about the funding requests not appearing on subcommittee agendas yet, Mullins said, via email, “The subcommittee process lasts well into session, so we have several more opportunities to have these budget request bills heard.” According to Mullins, more than 400 appropriation bills totaling more than $2.75 billion filed for this session. Those passed through subcommittee typically head to an appropriations committee. If supported there, they’re eligible for final votes on the House and Senate floors. Subcommittees typically stop hearing bills about two weeks before the close of the 60-day legislative session, which is March 9. “The city of Bradenton Beach may not know if its budget bills pass until the budget goes to print, usually around three days before the session concludes, since top lawmakers decide a number of spending items at the last minute,” Mullins wrote.

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Leave something positive behind

Bob Nash is a local legend in fishing circles. I remember him perched on the tower of his boat the Tacky Tub under a big straw hat as he chased schools of tarpon along the Gulf coast beaches. When he passed away in the summer of 2016, he left a legacy of tarpon fishing prowess, conservation, flies in different stages of production and piles of fly tying materials. Nash didn’t fly fish in saltwater, but he grew up fly fishing as a teenager in Ohio. Gradually his interest turned to conventional tackle. He loved to bait cast for muskies with buck tail lures he made and used in the Kawartha Lakes of Ontario. He came to Anna Maria in late middle age and started fishing for tarpon with his son Clark. Nash’s commitment to conservation garnered him the Manatee County Outdoorsman of the Year award in 1989 for his efforts to limit the killing of tarpon. Clark Nash vividly remembers those days. “Dad hated to see people kill

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS tarpon. I didn’t always agree with him on that, but I remember an aha moment that changed my mind. I had won the 1983 St. Petersburg Tarpon Tournament with a 180-pound fish, and when I learned it was 80 years old, something clicked. "The idea of a 30-year-old angler killing an 80-year-old tarpon for sport didn’t sit well. Dad wrote lots of letters and was instrumental in getting the state to require a $50 tag for anyone who wanted to kill a tarpon.” Local legend Captain Scott Moore, remembers his commitment. “He was a passionate fisherman and was one of the first anglers who started the movement to protect tarpon. I think he even inspired

the Boca Grande Guides Association to support the cause. I remember him as being a real champion for the tarpon’s cause.” In those days, the Nashs fished with a group they called the Anna Maria Anglers. Clark remembers that his dad was always first on the water and never wanted to leave until he caught a tarpon. “It was an ugly day if a fish wasn’t landed,” Clark said with a laugh. While only their dad was a fly tier, he instilled the love of fishing in all the boys. “Until dad’s eighty fifth birthday we would go to Lake Manatee and fish for crappie once a week. He also kept immaculate records and could tell me every day we fished and what we caught since I was five years old,” Nash tied his flies on a desk that had multiple leaves. His fly tying became a year-round hobby, and the desk and a dedicated table eventually took up a third SEE REEL TIME, PAGE 28


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Winter fishing heats up CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

Anna Maria Charters has been putting fish in the boat. We had a great little break in the winter weather last week. Although a little foggy, conditions were phenomenal. The Gulf was the flattest it’s been in quite awhile. With the recent drop in water temperatures, I was betting on the hogfish to have moved in onto the shallower ledges offshore. I start looking for these guys in anywhere from 40 to 60 feet of water. Live shrimp on a knocker rig will set you up for success. You have to get through quite a bit of porgy, grunts and undersized grouper to get to the hogfish. But once you get your first one, typically, the bite is on. The males have a black face and tail, while the females remain more orange or pinkish. Tripletail, pompano, sheepshead and big trout will also be prevalent in these colder conditions. Although they’re not the biggest fish in the sea, they taste great and are a great fight on light tackle equipment. With the forecast, it’s looking a bit windy. So we’ll be sticking in close and taking advantage of the winter time fishing. Tight lines.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on flies, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails and snook and blues on flies in the ICW at night during the past week. Sunny afternoons and calm winds allowed the water to warm back


Kost, from New York, with his first fish on a fly, both caught and released on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly on a a blustery day in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett. into the 60s following last week’s strong front and trout moved into shallow water. Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, Ga., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday afternoon. With water temperature in the high 50s, action was slow. We caught and released a few trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos on deep grass flats. The largest trout was caught on a CAL jig with a shad tail in less than 2 feet of water, which was also the warmest water. Keith McClintock and Victor Feldman, both from Ilinois, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. It was slow to start, but trout turned on in the afternoon as the sun warmed shallow water to as warm as 65 degrees in a couple of spots. Snook also moved onto the


Ann Evans, from Toronto, shows off a pair of nice hogfish caught with Captain David White of Anna Maria Charters. edges of bars to warm up. With water temperatures back in the 60s after several days of warming, Martin Marlowe, from New York, fished the ICW with me on Thursday night. He had good action catching and releasing snook and several blues around dock lights on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Fish were actively feeding and swimming away strong. Afternoons and evenings will usually have the warmest water of the day, as the sun warms shallow water that flushes out of bays with outgoing tides. Another front pushed through

on Friday, beginning a few days of below average temperatures. Steve Kost, from Lakewood Ranch, and his son Nick Kost, from New York, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Saturday. It was very windy, rough and tough to find any protected water to fish. Despite the tough conditions, they had some action with bluefish, trout and ladyfish on flies. I worked with Nick on his fly casting, and he scored his first fish on a fly, a ladyfish, in 25-mph wind. The toughest fishing this time of year is usually the day of a front or the day after, when the wind blows from the northwest and cold air comes rushing in, causing

water temperatures to fall. Water temperatures may drop back into the 50s next week, so temperature sensitive fish should be avoided at that time. Fish the windows of stable weather between fronts for the best action. Sunny afternoons with some protection from the wind should fish better this time of year due to warmer water. There should be good action with trout, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for larger trout and reds should also be a good option.



FWC monitoring sea turtles, manatees during cold weather As Florida’s residents and visitors manage the current coldweather conditions, the state’s unique and treasured fish and wildlife species may need some extra care as well. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is prepared and ready to prioritize this critical mission. “We are committed to conserving our natural resources and are staged and ready in strategic areas throughout the state,” said FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton. “Our team of FWC staff, partners and volunteers are monitoring the status of marine species affected most by the cold, and are prepared in case rescues are needed.” Sea turtles are one species that can be affected by cold weather. When the water temperatures drop, stunned sea turtles may float listlessly in the water on or near shore. Although these turtles may appear to be dead, they are often

still alive. It is important to report these turtles to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline as soon as possible. “Our staff, partners and permitted volunteers are already working to rescue sea turtles in northwest Florida. Nearly 100 turtles have been rescued so far. We are also monitoring the Mosquito Lagoon and other areas of the state to see if sea turtles are being impacted there,” said Kipp Frohlich, director of FWC’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation. The Florida manatee is another species that can be impacted by extreme cold weather. When water temperatures drop, manatees gather in warm-water habitats such as discharge canals at power plants and natural springs. The FWC asks that boaters be extra vigilant in watching for manatees in shallow waters near the coast, both inland and coastal, and obey all posted manatee speed zone signs.

“Boaters should avoid areas where large numbers of manatees are gathered,” said Gil McRae, head of FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. “Aggregated animals should not be disturbed, as this could cause them to leave the warm-water sites that help them cope with cold temperatures.” Extended periods of unusually cold weather can kill fish outright by cold stress or make fish more susceptible to disease. Warm-water species, including the popular game fish, snook, are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. Affected fish may appear lethargic and may be seen at the surface where the water may be warmer from the sun. Report dead and dying fish to the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511. All other distressed wildlife may be reported to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888404-FWCC (3922).

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of the family room. When she was considering what to do with the collection, Bob Nash’s wife Peggy spoke to Steve Traves of AMI Outfitters, who suggested they might donate the materials to the Boy Scouts. It could be used by boys working on a fly

tying merit badge. They all agreed that it was a great idea since Nash had given decades of service to the Boy Scouts when they were raising their four boys in Ohio. When they finished sorting through the collection, they were left with a nice tribute desk. I think Steve Traves summed

it up when he said, “ I believe it's about being a giver and not a taker, leaving something positive behind when you go.” The Manatee District of the Boy Scout’s Merit Badge Day is Saturday Feb. 3. For more information on scouting and fishing go to

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ART Art League presents silk painting The Anna Maria Island Art League at 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, hosts a Painting on Silk workshop with Mark Mizener on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mizener, spent his childhood in Downers Grove, Ill. He majored in theater arts at the University of Illinois and also at Columbia College in Chicago. The cost is $60 and it includes art supplies. Spaces are limited. Scholarships may be available. Call the Art League for more details. Pre-register by calling 941-778-2099 or at the Art League on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

CHURCHES Music at Roser Church The first in a series of musical performances at Roser Community church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will be held at Sunday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. featuring Songeaters, a voice and piano duo created by acclaimed pianist Eunmi Ko and Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo, offering a new look at art song. Songeaters produces programs that thread together diverse

repertoire based on story and text themes, pairing selected popular chestnuts with lesser known gems and newly composed responses that expand the world of classical song and deepen understanding. For this performance Lobo and Ko will present ‘Seasonscape,’ a program tracing the course of the year through a wide variety of eras and countries.

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

CLASSES Beach basket weaving Learn from Bonnie Eastwood how to weave baskets at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S, Bradenton Beach, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per basket – all materials in-


cluded and $10 for the class. Larger baskets are available. For more information, call 727-457-3285.

Fermenting lessons Jillian Ross returns to the Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon to teach about lacto fermentation, a traditional way that food has been preserved for centuries. Fermented foods are full of probiotics and known to assist in healing digestive issues. In the basic fermentation class, Ross will go over the science and methods of how to properly ferment foods and beverages of all kinds. She also will discuss the tools that are used and how to source the products needed to use ferments in the home. Ross will bring items to show and share with the class so they can become more familiar. These include sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass, milk/water kefir, kombucha, and various lacto-fermented pickles and vegetables. Everyone will get to sample different items. There is a registration fee of $20. Register by Thursday, Jan. 18, by visiting

Learn storytelling The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum hosts a class in storytelling on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. Students will be introduced to the different kinds


of stories common in three traditions of Florida folklore: African-American, Florida Cracker and Seminole. For example, some tales teach a lesson, others explain traditions, and many tales explain the origins of animals and plants or people. Students will learn the techniques of telling, such as using voice and mime to develop characters and build suspense. Students will have the opportunity to tell a story with the techniques they learned at the class. Students will need to bring a pen/pencil and paper/ notebook. The class fee is $20. Register by Tuesday, Jan, 16, by visiting For a complete class schedule for The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, visit Follow the Folk School on Facebook (https://www.

DANCE Irish Ceili and set dancing returns The Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers offer their winter dancing at the Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 2601 Gulf Drive, N., Bradenton Beach beginning Wednesday, January 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., and will continue every Wednesday through the end of March. All, including beginners, are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Judy at 941-779-1416, or Willie at 734-276-2242.

'Beyond a Joke' had plenty of them BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun

ANNA MARIA – If you’ve been to Island Players performances more than once lately, you will notice they generally start out the same way. The director gets up and talks about the play and at the end, he or she asks everyone to disarm their cell phones. They demonstrate where the exits are in case of fire or other perils, and then they suggest the cast could reconvene at Bortell’s Lounge, the sponsor for this performance, for a drink if the first responders have to be called in. In “Beyond a Joke,” by Derek Benfield, director James Thaggard lets Daniel Coppinger, who plays the Vicar, do that job in a holy way, saying,

“Blessed are those who shut off their cell phones; blessed are those who use the escape routes in times of peril,” and so on. Another surprise is the set for the play. Designer Jan Van Wart divided the stage in half with an interior on the left and an outdoors garden wall on the right. The interior is raised about a foot. As for the play, Thaggard had them ready, and the initial performance was flawless. This British farce was blessed by a cast that spoke with good, believable accents. In fact, the only cast member who normally speaks with an accent is Sylvia Marnie. This play is very funny. The home’s owners, Jane and Andrew, played by Marnie and Heiko Knipfelberg, and their


Jeffrey Steiger, as Geoff (center), appears to be confused about the safety of the refreshments being served as Sylvia Marnie, as Jane (left), pours for Peter Ruscoe, as Edgar, and Heiko Knipfelberg, as Andrew, pours coffee for daughter, Sally, played by an effervescent Sarah Klipper, know that six people have died accidentally in their house. It is something that they want to keep from Sally’s visiting boy-

friend, Geoff, played by Jeffrey Steiger. He plays his role as someone who tunes in and out of what’s occurring, somewhat like Dustin Hoffman in the 1988 movie “Rain Man.”

Andrew’s sister, Sarah, played by Caroline Cox, knows about the deaths and plays along until they find a body. Later, there is another death, and it leads to more mayhem when Geoff’s parents, Audrey, played by Judi King, and Edgar, played by Peter Ruscoe, show up. We won’t divulge any more of the play – you’ll have to see it for yourself. If you do, you’ll find it is well worth the $20 ticket. “Beyond a Joke” is a must see for fans of British humor or visitors from the United Kingdom. For the rest of us, it’s just plain funny. “Beyond a Joke” plays six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, through Jan. 28. Tickets are available by calling 941-778-5755.



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Phyllis and Don VanDemark celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their vows on the beautiful beach of Anna Maria Island. Chuck Caudill played ukulele for the ceremony, and was the DJ for their reception. Molly Powers and Jim Harwood, of the Sandbar restaurant, coordinated the reception. Phyllis and Don celebrated with family and friends, before returning home to Deland, Fla. Megan and Shawn Bartram celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Anna Maria Island with their daughters, Addison 6, and Olivia 2. They were also joined by Megan’s parents Dixie and Mike Billheimer. They were married on Dec. 28, 2007, at the Sandbar restaurant. Chuck Caudill provided the music for their day. The Bartram family currently resides in Milton, W. Va.


Brianna Johnson and Ryan Renzi were married at the St Mary Star of the Sea church on Longboat Key. Their reception was held at the Gulf Drive Café on Anna Maria Island. Chuck Caudill provided the music. Laura Snow, event manager of the Gulf Drive Café, coordinated the reception. Brianna and Ryan went on a Disney cruise for their honeymoon. They reside in Burke, Va. DARA CAUDILL | WWW.ISLANDPHOTOGRAPHY.ORG




Movie in the park debuts Wednesday BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The Smurfs are coming to City Pier Park in Anna Maria Wednesday night, Jan. 17, so bundle up and bring a blanket and some hot chocolate to help offset temperatures predicted to be in the mid-to-low 50s. The debut of the city-hosted movie in the park will feature a free outdoor screening of “Smurfs: The Lost Village” Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Starring the voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Julia Roberts, the animated family film released in 2017 tells the tale of a mysterious map that inspires Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty to go in search of a lost village and find it before their nemesis Gargamel does. City Pier Park is located across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs, blankets, snacks and drinks. The ongoing movie in the park screenings will be part of the of Anna Maria city officials’ ongoing efforts to better utilize the waterfront park. In 2017, the city added a shade sail structure to the park, preceded in 2016 by public restrooms. Memorial walls made of engraved wooden pier planks are expected to be added to the park this year.

Hurst seeks to form event committee Commissioner Rick Hurst is working on making one of his campaign promises a reality – forming an event committee to host more community gatherings. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioner Rick Hurst wants the city to host more community events, and he’s hoping the formation of a new event committee will help him achieve that goal. He broached the issue, which was discussed during his campaign, with his fellow commissioners to ask for advice. City attorney Patricia Petruff said it might be prudent to start with an informal community advisory committee before seeking approval to form an ad-hoc committee. Unless taxpayer dollars or staff time is involved in the endeavor, Petruff said an ad-hoc committee is unnecessary at this time. The catch is the committee cannot make any decisions or host events on the city’s behalf without commission approval, even with Hurst at the helm. Hurst said ideally no city funds would be used either with a committee or to put on events. He hopes to bring local businesses onboard to sponsor events with an Island nonprofit receiving any funds earned from the event. He suggested hosting one event per month on city field, varying the types of events so that attendees wouldn’t get bored with the idea. Without an in-house event coordinator at city hall, Petruff suggested Hurst create the informal committee to help him flesh out the idea and determine how the process of putting on the events would work, such as who would coordinate, how the money will be handled and determine how to handle any liability to the city. His fellow commissioners agreed. “We need more information on what it will be and how it works,” Commissioner Jim Kihm said.

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Body & Sol After 10 years, Body & Sol Spa & Wellness is changing hands. Owner Danielle Sewall sold the business to Jocelyn Greene (Green Girl Design and The Studio at Gulf and Pine) and Amanda Escobio Ryan (Sea-renity Beach Spa & Bou-tiki on Bridge Street.) earlier this month. The three Island businesswomen plan for a smooth transition, keeping the name and most all of the staff, along with refreshing the interior space. Body & Sol is located at 9805 Gulf Dr. above Ginny's and Jane E's. Body & Sol also will remain home to long-time AMI business Island Yoga Space. CHANTELLE LEWIN | SUN

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friend recently said she was in a weird kind of hell, referring to the end of the holidays combined with personal events. Well, I can guarantee her that her hell is going to get even weirder when she starts to read about the new tax laws making everything else seem like heaven. Whether you think the tax reform bill is good or bad, it really doesn’t matter because every single person in the county will be affected by it. If you are a homeowner, especially with a mortgage, the changes will probably have an even bigger impact on your financial position. One significant change is the capping of the mortgage interest tax deduction. The new law allows taxpayers with existing mortgages to continue to deduct interest on a total of $1 million of debt for the combined first and second home. However, for new buyers, the $1 million limit is now $750,000, again for the combined first and second home.

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Weird kind of taxes Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER This could be a significant change for homeowners with jumbo loans which are very popular in the higher end markets and generally above $424,100. These loans are not sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and banks usually keep them on their books. Time will tell if the high end and second home markets suffer because tax deductions are capped in the luxury market. Sometimes the psychological effect of losing a tax deduction is more real than the actual financial effect Another substantial change for homeowners is the loss of home equity loan tax deductions. Historically, borrowers could deduct home equity interest on

loans up to $100,000, but with the new tax law, that deduction is gone. Unlike the deduction for interest on mortgages, home equity deductions are disappearing for both new and existing borrowers. No one will be grandfathered, hitting middle class and retired homeowners harder than most. Another big change in the tax law is new limits on the deduction of state and local taxes called SALT. Starting for the 2018 tax year, the SALT deduction will be capped at $10,000 per return. The $10,000 deduction can be a combination of property taxes, as well as income taxes and sales taxes. Taxpayers in states with state income tax and high property taxes will feel this loss the most. There was a flurry of activity before the end of the year by homeowners around the country to pay their property and income taxes early. The new law specifically bars deductions for payments earmarked for 2018 state income taxes.

However, the IRS did say that property taxes that have already been assessed by the local government can be paid early and deducted on last year’s tax return. The IRS stated, “A prepayment of anticipated real property taxes that have not been assessed prior to 2018 are not deductible in 2017.” I only hope that homeowners who did pay property taxes early informed their mortgage lenders, who may have been paying these taxes though an escrow account, not to pay twice. Like a lot of things, when people react too quickly to a problem, the property tax prepayment frenzy could end up being a big mistake. The heaven part of the new tax bill is the doubling of the standard deduction to $24,000 for married couples or $12,000 for individuals. The hell part is still yet to be revealed. Heaven or hell, it’s all measured by our own weird perception.

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Finish line in sight for formula business ordinance New changes in the proposed formula business ordinance move commissioners closer to the finish line. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners are one step closer to having a finalized version of a proposed formula business regulation ordinance to be voted on before it can become law. “You have to put together the best ordinance you can to protect the quirky downtown area,” City Attorney Patricia Petruff said. She added the ordinance needs to be legally defensible if challenged, which removed from the equation the area on the west side of East Bay Drive, home to Publix, Walgreens, and the

Anna Maria Island Centre. Petruff suggested creating a vision plan for the city that includes how commissioners want the city to look in 25 years, then set about making it happen. That is done, she added, through ordinances and working with local shopping center owners to include their future plans for their properties. “We really want to try to save what we’ve got,” Commissioner Judy Titsworth said. “You’ve no idea how important it is to our residents.” Commissioners agreed to an idea brought up by City Planner Bill Brisson near the beginning of the process, splitting each commercial section of the city into a separate area within the ordinance with different rules. The downtown corridor of the city would be limited to adding formula or chain businesses

by special exception, grandfathering in the ones currently existing. On the south side of town, where two modern shopping centers now sit on the west side of East Bay Drive, commissioners reluctantly acknowledged there’s little they can do to stop more formula businesses from moving into the area if the property owner approves a lease. Part of the issue is that so many formula businesses already exist in the area. Another problem is that by architecturally being a modern, nondescript shopping center, it takes the argument of saving the character of the city out of commissioners’ arsenal. Since there is no vision plan for the city, Brisson said he believes the strongest recourse commissioners have to prevent the same type of development in other commercial areas is to base the ordinance

on preserving the quirky character of the areas where it still exists, primarily downtown. Previously, commissioners had agreed to allow some types of formula businesses including gas stations, real estate offices, pharmacies, grocery stores, and hardware stores, to be exempt from the ordinance. After much discussion, they agreed to change their definition of formula business to a more standard one which offers no exceptions. The exceptions to the proposed regulations include existing businesses which would be grandfathered and those begun in Sarasota or Manatee counties. The new draft of the ordinance will come back before commissioners at a future work session.

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Dockside Bar seating discussed The efforts to bring the Bridge Tender Inn’s Dockside Bar into full compliance began last summer. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – Established in 2012, the Bridge Tender Inn’s 120-seat Dockside Bar is one step closer to coming into full compliance with city code. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Planning and Zoning Board voted 6-0 to recommend approval of owner Fred Bartizal’s request for the small-scale comprehensive plan amendment that would bring the property’s zoning into full compliance. The divided board then voted 3-2 to recommend approval of the major development application needed to bring the Dockside Bar’s current seating into full compliance. There is no new development being requested. The major development application is a formality that must be addressed for the current seating to comply with city code. Bartizal’s requests will be forwarded to city commissioners for final approval. Last week’s public hearing was a continuation of a previous planning

board hearing that took place in June. The board’s new members listened to a recording of the June meeting before the hearing resumed. Located across the street from the Bridge Tender Inn’s primary structure at the intersection of Bridge Street and Bay Drive South, the waterfront Dockside Bar was opened in 2012 as an open-air extension of the then existing business operations. At the time, Bartizal received a city permit that allowed for a portable bar and picnic tables that created a total of approximately three dozen seats. Over time, additional tables and chairs were added to create the current seating of 114, and this necessitated the need for new permits. The entire establishment is licensed with the state for 274 seats and the updated city permits would allow for 252. During public input, former Mayor Bill Shearon asked the board to recommend denial of the requests, based on his concerns about pedestrian and bicyclist safety along Bay Drive South. Similar concerns were voiced by former planning board members John Metz and Reed Mapes in June. Shearon suggested Bartizal be required


Planning board members Jim Lynch and John Burns discuss the Dockside Bar’s seating capacity. to install a sidewalk along Bay Drive South. As she did in June, Bartizal’s planner, Deandra Marvin, said the installation of a sidewalk was the responsibility of the city, not the private property owner. At the request of City Engineer Lynn Burnett, Bartizal agreed to allow any cityrecommended tidal flooding prevention measures, including a knee wall, to be installed along the shoreline, between the seating area and Anna Maria Sound. Board members Jim Lynch and Anthony Mincieli voted against the major development application. Lynch and chair John Burns are the only remaining members of the board that first heard these

requests in June. Lynch spoke highly of Bartizal’s establishment, but he opposed the approval of the major development application. He questions City Attorney Ricinda Perry’s opinion that Bartizal’s unity of title adjoins the two properties and provides Bartizal the open-air dining allowances granted to businesses that operate adjacent to Bridge Street. The Bridge Tender Inn property physically abuts Bridge Street. The Dockside Bar property along Bay Drive South does not. Lynch is concerned that owners of other Bridge Street properties that extend to First Street North or Third Street South might use unity of title to expand their open-air dining allowances. Lynch requested City Commission clarification on this matter. He said he could not support Bartizal’s request without it. Lynch shared Shearon’s concerns about pedestrian and bicyclist safety, as did board member Bill Morrow, who joined Burns and Ken McDonough in supporting the major development application request. Bartizal, who is now a planning board member, recused himself from the quasijudicial hearing and participated only as the applicant.

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Frosty beach For 12 years the Bill and Sara Ryskamp family has built a snowman, or sandman for Florida, on the beach in front of the Martinique North Condominiums during the holidays. Many people stop by for their selfies and/or Kodak moments for family and sunset photos. SUBMITTED


Rod and Reel Resort The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the Rod and Reel Resort, next to the Rod and Reel Pier and restaurant, last Thursday, Jan. 11. The lodging was purchased and completely refurbished by Suzy and John Buchan to take advantage of its bayfront location. All rooms are located on ground level and the resort has a pool with an adjacent spa, areas for grilling and outside dining, a ping pong table, a rooftop deck and an outdoor bar. Call them at 941-778-270.




Seahorses return Above, Amanda Ryan Escobio and her husband, Dan Ryan, received 60 works of seahorse art last Wednesday afternoon from artists entering the artsHOP/Bridge Street Merchants public art show. Ar right is Elaine Stroili's entry, Seabiscuit. The completed works will first be displayed during an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The online auction and walkable public art show at participating Bridge Street businesses will then start Friday, Jan. 26 and end Sunday, Feb. 25.

Tuesday turtle talks return Tuesday Turtle Talks are back, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 10-11 a.m., poolside at Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club, 5325 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers will talk about the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35 years of nesting beach activities in a lively presentation

with pictures and stories about their work with nesting shorebirds and sea turtles. Hot chocolate, coffee and homemade cookies will be served. Upcoming talks are scheduled at Waterline for Tuesday, Feb. 20, Tuesday, March 20 and Tuesday, April 24 from 10-11 a.m. Turtle Watch shirts, caps and note cards are available for sale

in the dockmaster's office. Temporary turtle tattoos, Flippers and Feathers activity books, and official AMITW Wildlife Certificates will be available at the presentation for free. Attendees can also Adopt a Nest for the upcoming 2018 turtle nesting season. For more information, call 941-778-5638.

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND 529 69th Street Mark Boehmig 941-807-6936 A4198504 $779,000

BR ADENTON 330 Compass Point Drive 202 Susan Nemitz & Betsy Hagen 941-237-0045 A4200223 $750,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 529 Key Royale Drive George Myers 941-224-6021 A4184576 $1,955,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 101 66th Street 9 Ken Kavanaugh, Jr & Margo Story 941-799-1943 A4178549 $680,000

CORTEZ 4121 Osprey Harbour Loop Kathryn Sandberg 941-600-2672 A4199658 $529,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 600 Manatee Avenue 224 Susan Nemitz 941-237-0045 A4204610 $355,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 2307 Avenue C Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4205599 $989,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 727 Holly Road Barbara Dumbaugh 941-350-3743 A4193232 $950,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 2907 Avenue C Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4191229 $749,000

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Museums that teach a new idea The South Florida Museum is expanding to offer formal education to students. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – For centuries, museums have been considered as places that store and display historic materials such as documents, clothes and tools of civilizations past and dinosaur bones. But the South Florida Museum in downtown Bradenton is expanding its goals to include giving kids a formal education. South Florida Museum Provost and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Rodgers was the first speaker in the season’s Friends of the Island Library’s Lecture and Travel Series last Thursday and his message was staf members are reinventing the concept of museums. The privately-owned South Florida


The South Florida Museum will be expanding and changing the look of downtown Bradenton, according to provost and chief operating officer Jeff Rodgers. Museum was home to Snooty, Manatee County’s mascot that died at the age of 69, and Rodgers acknowledged they were changing Snooty’s former home as it transitions into a manatee rehabilitation home. Rodgers said the board of directors had been wondering what to do with an

empty lot, and they decided to install a “backyard learning universe” there where kids could learn and play in an outdoor location. He also said they are planning to change the front fascia of the building to an area called The Commons for meetings or gatherings where beer and wine would be served.

Along with the physical changes, they are changing their mission to include education. He said they would reinterpret some of their exhibitions to make them more relevant to how life adopts to change and how things interact. “We are thinking about the museum as a whole mosaic,” he said. “The new outdoor activity center will change the look of downtown.” Rodgers said last year, they worked with the Manatee County School System to form a class of grade school students to learn at the museum. “The kids turned the front lawn into an outdoor learning area,” he said. “The kids came from overcrowded schools, and a lot of their learning was hands-on.” Rodgers said the kids learned at a faster level than normal, and the museum staff is now considering educating more students at the school.

Holmes Beach commissioners accept new appointments


Working in a fog Working in the fog on Wednesday, Jan. 3, this barge was used to collect soil samples at the Anna Maria City Pier on last week. The soil samples will be used for the engineering and design of a new pier.

Salt therapy Cindy Thompson cuts the ribbon on her new business, Inhale Salt Spa, at Studio M Salon and Spa, at 4815 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. She has a Halotherapy enclosure where customers can enjoy the benefits of salt therapy. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce held the ribbon cutting to celebrate her opening. Call 942-900-6973 to make an appointment. TOM VAUGHT | SUN

HOLMES BEACH – Mayor Bob Johnson presented commissioners with his recommendations for 2018 liaison appointments, and they accepted with little comment. Each year, the mayor charges commissioners with the task of representing the city with various committees, community boards and businesses providing services to Holmes Beach. Commissioners are required to attend meetings, follow up on issues and report back during open city meetings. This year’s recommendations from Johnson place Commissioner Rick Hurst with Anna Maria Elementary School and The Center of Anna Maria Island. Commissioner Jim Kihm will serve as legislative liaison, as well as liaison to the Manatee County Council of Governments and the ManaSota League of Cities. Commissioner Carol Soustek will represent her fellow commissioners with city Code Enforcement, the Holmes Beach Planning Commission and the Parks and Beautification Committee. Vice-chair Pat Morton will remain as liaison for recycling and solid waste, along with serving as liaison to the police pension board and the Manatee County Emergency Operations Control Center. Chair Judy Titsworth continues as liaison to the ad-hoc form of government committee, buildings and grounds, and roads, bridges, drainage, canals, and erosion. She will be the alternate liaison for the EOCC.

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OBITUARIES George C. Douglas George C. Douglas, 86, of Bradenton, died Jan. 14, 2018. Born in Hoboken, N.J. he moved to Bradenton in 1996 from Hamburg, N.J. A veteran of the U.S. Navy during Korea, he was a volunteer fireman and for EMS, he was a member of Hudson County Carpenters Local #391, and he was a Catholic. He is survived by his sons, George (Gayle), of Pequannock, N.J., Robert (Peggy), of Holmes Beach and Brian (Susan), of Swedesboro, N.J.; daughter, Janet (Robert) Hatke, of Green Pond, N.J.; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. All services will be at M. John Scanlan Funeral Home in Pompton Plains, N.J. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to

Virginia 'Ginny' D. Eitman Virginia “Ginny” D.(Pugh) Eitman, 80, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away on Jan. 14, 2018, and was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Ft. Wayne, Ind. She graduated from South Side High School in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and the school of the arts and sciences, Indi-


12/30, DUI, 700 North Shore Drive. The deputy stopped a male on a motor scooter who appeared to have a problem controlling it. He called for assistance, and the deputies had the driver take a field sobriety test. They arrested him as a result. 1/4, confiscated property, 9700 Gulf Drive. The officer cited the driver and found unnamed contraband property. 12/29, retail theft, Island Charms, 501 Pine Ave. A shoplifter stole some merchandise.


1/4, trespassing, Circle K, 103 Gulf Drive S. The clerk said the male was making a scene, and she wanted the officer to issue him a trespass warning, which he did. 1/6, burglary, 100 Highland. Tools were taken. 1/7, found property, Sharkey’s Grill, 2519 Gulf Drive N. A customer found a green wallet, 1/8, trespass warning, Drift In, 120 Bridge St. The officer responded to a report of a man banging on the bar’s door. The bar employee asked the officer to issue


ana University, Bloomington, Ind.. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, Social Sorority and Omicron Nu, National Honor Society. Over the years she has held different positions in non-profit organizations including chairman, United Cerebral Palsy of Vanderburgh County, Ind.; third vice president UCP Indiana State Board of Directors; chairman of the Northfield Ohio Presbyterian Church Daycare Executive Board; chairman, Longwood YMCA Branch of the Summit County, Ohio YMCA; secretary of Trailer Estates Executive Board; Many positions in the Boy Scouts of America; vice president and later secretary of the Artist’s Guild of Anna Maria Island; and Ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church. As a member of the human resources departments, she retired first from Forest Corporation, Twinsburg, Ohio in 1999 and a second time from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla., in 2010. Most currently she was a member of the Trailer Estates Covenant Evangelical Church and Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island.  Ginny is survived by her husband, David F. Eitman, CLU, to whom she was married for 58 years; sons, Stephen and wife Elizabeth (Goldstein), of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Scott and wife Cheryl (Biales), of Beachwood, Ohio; Bruce and his wife Christine (Hettrick), of Akron, Ohio; and Christopher, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and her grandchildren, Blaise, Tanner, Saige, Jolie, Abigail, Liam, Tommy and Bobby Eit-

man. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Trailer Estates (small hall). Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207 in charge of arrangements. Condolences to: In memory of Virginia, memorial donations may be made to The David F. Eitman Youth High Adventure Endowment Fund, Northfield Presbyterian Church 7755 S. Boyden Rd., Northfield Center, OH 44067.

the man a trespass warning, which he did.

found drugs on his person. 1/6, DUI, 5200 Gulf Drive. The officer was conducting a radar speed check when he noticed the defendant going in and out of her lane. He stopped her, and when he asked for her license, registration and proof of insurance, she had a hard time finding them. The officer noticed signs of impairment. When asked how much she had to drink and she said, “Two beers.” She agreed to take a field sobriety test and based on the results, the officer placed her under arrest. 1/7, DUI, code violation, 700 Manatee Avenue. The dispatcher informed the officer there was a reckless driver headed west to the Island. The officer stopped him and immediately noticed signs of impairment. He agreed to a field sobriety test and was arrested based on the test results. He was also ticketed for having the wrong license tag on the car, and no proof of insurance. 1/7, DUI, refusing a blood test, 5400 Gulf Drive. The officer was dispatched to the scene of an accident with injuries. He saw that the driver had crashed into a carport, causing it to collapse. He found the driver slumped over the


1/1, trespass warning, Publix. The officer responded to a report o shoplifting and when he arrived, the manager and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jones were talking to the suspect. He had been caught eating chicken out of the box and hot soup out of the container. They gave him an opportunity to pay for the food. He refused, so they handcuffed him and placed him under arrest. When they took him outside, he changed his mind and said he had a credit card in his pocket. The manager agreed and had the officer trespass him from the store 1/5, possession of a controlled substance, 3900 East Bay Drive. The officer was dispatched to the scene on a report of a disturbance between the female suspect and her boyfriend. During the investigation, the officer asked permission to search the defendant and found a Xanax pill and a spoon with heroin residue on it, a syringe and other drugs. She was arrested. The boyfriend was also arrested when the officer

Holly Ann LaMarche Holly Ann LaMarche, 54, of Anna Maria, Fla., and most recently Vincennes, Ind., died on Jan. 11, 2018, with her family close by. She was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes on Oct. 21, 1963. Holly was a graduate of Lincoln High School and of Vincennes University with a degree in English. She was known among her friends and family for her love of unusual words and their meanings. She worked as a dental assistant for many years both in Indiana and Florida. She began training with Dr. Steve Mullins in Vincennes, and continued working in dental offices for several years after moving to Florida in 2003. She frequently assisted with dental surgery in hospitals and especially enjoyed working with young children and elderly patients.


Holly was an animal lover and was especially crazy about her beloved dog, Rascal, and her cows, Leapy, Cinco, and Ziggy, while residing in rural Florida. She was an avid sports fan and followed pro tennis, the Indy 500 and NASCAR. Holly always longed for the simple life in the country and was not always a fan of today’s technology. She was a hard worker, determined and very strong willed. Holly met and overcame many challenges throughout her life and had recently accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She will be sadly missed by family and her many friends and co-workers in Florida. She is survived by her parents August LaMarche and Millie Fisher; stepfather Dave Fisher; stepmother Elizabeth LaMarche; her loving sister and soul mate Sherri Lamb and her husband Danny; brothers Chris LaMarche, of Evansville, and Tim LaMarche and his wife Sandy, of Vincennes, nieces Leigh Ann Singleton, Katie Montcalm and Chloe LaMarche; and nephew Noah LaMarche. Reverend Steve Anderson, from First Baptist Church, will lead a private memorial service for Holly’s immediate family in the church chapel, with added remarks given by Rusty Thorne. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements were handled by Goodwin Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice. Online condolences may be made at wheel. EMS came and took her to Blake Medical Center. The officer went to see the driver at the hospital, and she showed signs of impairment. He read her her Miranda rights, and she refused to take a blood test. 1/7, obstruction, 3101 Gulf Drive. The officer was dispatched to the scene about a reckless driver who was passed out in his vehicle. The officer detected signs of impairment on the driver, who became uncooperative saying the officer was trying to get him to incriminate himself. He spoke to a witness who said he was behind the suspect who was stopped for the light at East Bay Drive. When the light turned green and he didn’t go, he got out of his car and saw the suspect asleep at the wheel. He said he banged on the window to awaken him and had him pull off the road. He grabbed the car key and the suspect’s wife called 911. He said the male was the sole driver of the car. When they tried to get the suspect to talk to them, he was on his cell phone. He refused to hang up and was arrested.




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Bins Be Clean speeds past Truly Nolen and Jayden Sparks, Truly Nolen just could not get back into the end zone before the end of 40 minutes of football. Truly Nolen’s loss leaves only two undefeated teams in the community center league. Three teams continue to seek their first wins. Moving into the back half of the season, the teams gelling on and off the field as the playoffs quickly approach. Any of the 15 teams can be name champions in February.


Without both coaches, the 8- to 10-year-olds on the Bins Be Clean and Truly Nolen teams came out ready to play as Will Schenerlein and Frank Agnelli led the players for two halves of flag football. The game started and ended with bursts of speed from Bins Be Clean’s Guy Daizell down the sidelines in double hand off plays behind the line of scrimmage. Daizell’s first get of the football on the first snap of the game was called back due to a screening penalty by Connor Samblis, but the six points were quickly put on the scoreboard on a repeat of the first play. Daizell’s speed took him all the way down the field for the first touchdown of the game. Bins Be Clean could not get the point after against a strong Truly Nolen defensive effort in the end zone leaving the score 6-0. After six snaps and a first down reception by Finnegan Bosner, Truly Nolen gave the ball back to Bins Be Clean without scoring. A bad snap, a dropped pass and a short run by Bins Be Clean end its scoring chance in the series. Truly Nolen went back on offense hoping to gain momentum. Quinton O’Connor took the handoff and ran for a first down. Quarterback Mason Agnelli’s next pass was intercepted by TJ Eckert. Eckert ran the ball past midfield after spinning past defenders. Quarterback Mikey Bowes solidly moved his team down with a pass to Torianne Hurst gaining an additional 10 yards before being stopped with a flag pull. Third and goal pass was smartly batted down by Langdon Bell to prevent the score and give the ball back to Truly Nolen. Playing with two minutes left on the scoreboard, short passes by Truly Nolen moved the team down the field gaining a first down with a pass by O’Connor and reception by M. Agnelli. Seconds quickly ticked off the game clock; Truly Nolen felt the pressure to score before halftime. O’Connor’s pass rocketed past traffic in and out of the hands of Bins Be Clean’s Eckert for the near


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Truly Nolen’s Mason Agnelli works hard for extra yardage after a focused reception. interception. Less than 20 seconds were left for either team to put points on the board. A high pass and false start for Truly Nolen gave the possession back to Bins Be Clean right before the end of the first half of the game. After nearly dropping the football, Bins Be Clean made a great recovery getting the football to Dalzell. Dalsell soared down the field for his second touchdown of the game advancing the score to 12-0. The next 20 minutes of the game started with Truly Nolen on offense. Three snaps of the ball by both teams lead to Truly Nolen’s next try with the football. Landon Snyder made a big run only to be stopped by Harrison Schenerlein. O’Connor got the ball to Snyder on the second snap for the first down.

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AMBROSE: Enters pre-trial contract FROM PAGE 1

Filed with the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court on Jan. 5, the pre-trial intervention contract gives Ambrose 30 days to pay the city of Holmes Beach $17,017 for the restoration of the butterfly garden. The payment will be made from the Ambrosecontrolled Manasota North American Butterfly Association (NABA) bank account that had a $44,243 balance in December 2016, according to the arrest warrant. The remaining funds are to be turned over to the North American Butterfly Association’s national organization in New Jersey. In 2008, Ambrose entered into an agreement with the city of Holmes Beach authorizing her to create and maintain a butterfly garden on the south end of the city hall property. Due to the lack of maintenance, the butterfly garden was abandoned in mid-2016 and converted to a memorial garden maintained by the city. City officials are aware of these recent developments, but have not yet discussed the potential restoration of the butterfly garden. Using her own money, Ambrose must pay the city $1,000 for the installation of the remaining memorial bricks and $200 to cover the cost of the police department investigation. She must also pay the State Attorney’s Office $100 for the cost of prosecution. The pre-trial diversion contract conditions include monthly reports to a probation officer and the 12-month contract can be terminated in six months if all conditions are met. The pre-trial intervention agreement is not accompanied by a plea of innocence or guilt, but does alleviate the need for a trial. When contacted Saturday, Ambrose said she had no comment on the case. She did, however, respond to a question about the Sabine MusilBuehler memorial formerly located in the butterfly garden. She said the memorial was moved to a friend’s home before she was arrested, and it’s up to city officials to determine if it will be returned to its former location.


Police Chief Bill Tokajer issued a press release on the day of Ambrose’s arrest. “The defendant repeatedly obtained money by holding fundraiser arts and craft fairs and selling bricks for the garden. The money raised was supposed to be for the care and upkeep of the butterfly garden. The defendant has also used some of the money obtained for personal gain, as documented in the bank records. A review of the bank records showed Ambrose would receive approximately $3,500 dollars a year in donations from arts and craft fairs held on the Island,” Tokajer’s press release said. “The defendant has been operating a charity using the NABA name and saying she is president of the Manasota chapter. It was found the Manasota chapter had been dissolved by the founder, Connie Hudson, in 2011,” the warrant said. The press release also said the Manasota chapter was never registered as a charity with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


The one-mile Fun Run starts with mostly youngsters, including Anna Maria Elementary students, running.

Runners hit the streets for AME PTO BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

The 2018 5K Dolphin Dash and one-mile Fun Run had more than 200 runners ranging from elementary school students to seniors. HOLMES BEACH – The weather was changing Saturday morning. A cold front was on its way, but the cold winds came later, and the 2018 Dolphin Dash runners enjoyed near perfect weather. The 5K run came first with more adults than children. The event, which was held at Anna Maria Elementary School with the running course along side streets in Holmes Beach. It was sanctioned by the Bradenton Runners Club. At press time, the results had not been posted to, the overall male winner was Mark Carver, from Nashville, Tenn., and the female winner was Jennifer Raleigh. The second race, the one-mile Fun Run, has more kids with students from all around the area, including students at AME, who trained before school.


Above: Hannah and Eva Kaleta got a tour of the race in a buggy their mother pushed. Left: Jennifer Raleigh and Mark Carver with their first place overall trophies.

CENTER: Receives $130,000 donation FROM PAGE 1

“The outpouring we have seen just in the last few months has us entering 2018 with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,” said former board member Ed Chiles. “Because of the Center’s supporters, significant accomplishments and shared discoveries are happening every day. These achievements move the Center forward, and in turn move our community forward.” Speaking by phone Monday

morning, Lessig said, “It helps us be in a much better position in 2018. It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve met our fund-raising goal halfway through our fiscal year. The funding allows us to keep reinvesting in the programs and services we’ve continued to offer despite the challenges.” The Center’s 2018 fund-raising efforts will continue with the 10th annual Murder Mystery dinner on Feb. 16 and 17. This year’s Las Vegas-themed production is called

“What happens on the Island ... stays on the Island.” Volunteers and planning committee members are still needed. The 25th annual Tour of Homes on March 17 will further assist the Center’s fund-raising efforts, as will the Giving Challenge on May 1 and 2. For more information on Center programs, volunteer opportunities and fund-raising events visit www. or call 941-7781908.




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LOST ENGAGEMENT RING. Solitaire white gold. Lost on 10/22/2017. Call 770712-8819 FOUND NECKLACE PENDANT near Anna Maria Post office. Call 941-7733182 LOST GOLD BRACELET with toggle clasp & charm with 50th anniversary engraved. Sentimental value. Lost in vicinity of Palm Ave. in Anna Maria. Call 407-8730078. LOST MY GRANDMOTHER'S gold wedding band (initials inside and date) at Coquina Beach area. Reward. Call 407-579-1621

MOVING & STORAGE MARTIN’S MOVING YOUR Island movers! Offering dependable, competitive rates. No hidden costs. 941-809-5777. TWO MEN and a TRUCK. Movers who care. Local and Long distance. www. Call 941-3591904. We sell boxes!

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. Meticulous, Thorough, Quality Workmanship. Interior/Exterior. Also minor repairs & carpentry. Free written detailed estimates. Bill Witaszek 941-307-9315 BAYSIDE COMMERCIAL PAINTING. David Padyani Call 941-565-9446 or Larry Zimmer 941-2248123 Licensed & Insured




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

POOL SERVICES FOUR SEASONS POOL SERVICE. AMI & West Bradenton. 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


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

Call us today! 941-778-3986

113 BEACH AVE 3BR/3BA Pool Home. Great location West of Gulf Drive with Direct beach access! $1,055,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941228-6086 CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Bch - Key Royale GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, La Casa L’Plage, Waters Edge & MORE. Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216 SLIGHTLY OFF THE ISLAND. 3BR/2BA completely renovated lake house, five miles from the beach. No Condo/HOA Fees, No Deed Restrictions, No Traffic, Huge Boat/RV Storage Area, No Flood Insurance. $319,500. For Sale By Owner. 941-795-5225 PERICO BAY CLUB! Light & bright 2BR/2BA With high ceilings & updated kitchen! $212,000. Island Real Estate- Call Kathleen White 941-7730165. FOR SALE ADORABLE half duplex Anna Maria. ! Walk to Beach eating shopping. . Brenda Boyd May Boyd Realty . 941-730-8589 $399,000 . INVESTOR ALERT or your piece of Paradise, this 2 bedroom 1 bath, may be rented 52 times per year. New fenced in back yard room for boat, RV, . Should you decide to rent you may always block off time for yourself. $450,000. 2408 Ave. B. A piece of Paradise Erlene Fitzpatrick RE/MAX ALLIANCE GROUP 941-224-6339 MOVE IN READY $65,000 CONDO Short distant from Island furnished and ready to move in offers heated Community Pool close to Beaches , Shopping ,Bus line. 2BR/1BA Erlene Fitzpatrick RE/ MAX Alliance Group 941223-6339

GREYHAWK LANDING LOCATED EAST OFF 64 Expansive Views of pool and lake. This 3BR/2BA/2CG, is perfect for relocation to Florida. It is located close to Sarasota and Bradenton ,as well as short distance to two airports. $399,000. Erlene Fitzpatrick RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-2246339 PERICO BAY CLUB GATED COMMUNITY From the minute you drive through the gate this pristine community offers you heated swimming pools, tennis, kayak , club house walking and biking paths . 2BR/2BA condo has a split plan , a must see view. $245,000. Erlene Fitzpatrick RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-2246330 $359,000 THE PERFECT HOUSE 3BR/2BA pool beautiful yard !!! Two blocks to the causeway! Bike to the island!! Great VRBO neighborhood! Call soon. Scott May 941-2388377 Boyd Realty

REAL ESTATE: LOT FOR SALE BAY VIEW LOT ! Across from Anna Maria Park. $440,000 Brenda Boyd May broker 941-730-8589

REAL ESTATE: OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE 3702 6th Avenue #4 – SATURDAY January 20 2pm-4pm Beautiful 2BR/2BA condo in rarely available BeachView of Manatee Covered tandem parking for 2 cars. 2 screened lanais. Beautifully furnished turnkey. Heated pool. Short walk to the beach, across from Publix, restaurants, shopping and trolley stop. Prime rental investment, full time or winter residence. 2nd floor. Owner/Realtor $398,500 407-2337059

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OPEN HOUSE NEW CONSTRUCTION! January 20 – 12:00-3:00. 420 Magnolia Ave, Anna Marie, Florida. $1,499,900 Beautiful 4BR/4.5BA home located on desirable Anna Maria Island. This home offers a spacious, open concept living area. Granite Countertops, Tiled Flooring and much more including 2 garages. In-ground pool with covered patio perfect for entertaining. Close to several beaches. Elevated home with hurricane impact doors and windows. For more information call 812-345-5577

RENTALS: ANNUAL ANNUAL RENTALS WANTED! We have well qualified tenants for beach and mainland annual rentals, Full management or Finders fee. Call today for details. Ask for Ed DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact junew@ – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. ANNUAL RENTALS- HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1.5BA, carport, storage, W/D hookups $1,500/mo, Non-Smoking. Fran Maxon Real Estate 941-778-2307 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with a 1 car garage at Palma Sola Trace. Available immediately. Call A Paradise at 941-778-4800 Coming soon a 3BR/2BA and a 1B NEW email R/1BA. Call for information BRADENTON WEST SIDE: DUPLEX 3BR/1BA, car port, W/D hookup, all tile 4715-B 34th St W $1050/ mo Available now. First, Last, one month security. Credit check required. One year lease. No dogs. Call 941-809-2488 ANNUAL RENTAL SMALL Unfurnished 1BR apartment. 451 62nd St, Holmes Beach. $900/mo first, last and damage deposited needed. Small pet OK with pet deposit. Utilities not included. Call 352-328-4550


HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 1BR/1BA. Walk to Beach. Hot water, trash included. Mature non-smoker preferred. $1100/mo Call 941-7780742

RENTALS: SEASONAL & VACATION TIFFANY PLACE Gulf Front Condo for Rent Incredible views from living room and master bedroom. 2BR/2BA Green Real Estate Call 941-778-0455 ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$800/ wk 941-704-7525 or 941-7781915 2018 SEASONAL RENTALS Available: 2BR/1BA Gulf front from $3,850 per month, 2BR with sleeping loft from $3,850 per month. Three month minimum. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-778-0426 GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190

MARCH 2018. 878 N Shore near Rod & Reel Pier. 3BR/2BA fully equipped. remodeled cottage. $4200/March + taxes & security. Call 863-4128198

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

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Anna Maria Island Sun January 17, 2018  
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