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FDOH proposes medical marijuana rules All three Island cities have adopted, or are in the process of adopting, ordinances that would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |



FLORIDA – The Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative approved by Florida voters in November took effect Jan. 3, and state health officials and lawmakers have until July 3 to develop the state laws and regulations to govern the new medical marijuana program. On Jan, 17, The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) released a report containing its initial proposed rules for the production, distribution and acquisition of medical marijuana. The proposed rules mirror some of what is already contained Florida State Statute 381.986, which currently applies to low THC marijuana prescribed for patients with seizures or advanced stages of cancer. see FDOH, page 40

Bradenton Beach says no to dispensaries Bradenton Beach’s elected officials do not want marijuana dispensaries operating in their city. PHOTO | Submitted

Standing up in D.C. Anna Maria Copeland, pictured at right in the bottom photo, who grew up on the Island and now lives in Rockville, Md., attended the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on Saturday along with millions of people worldwide to stand up for human rights. She said, “The march was totally uplifting. It was inspiring to see how many people were willing to come out to stand up for the rights of women and various marginalized populations. I hope the scale of the demonstrations sends a strong message to the current administration that people will fight to protect each other’s rights and will fight policies that erode those rights.” INSIDE NEWS OPINION Sun survey business outdoors Arts sports  real estate

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BRADENTON BEACH – Barring a state mandate or court order, there will be no medical marijuana dispensaries in Bradenton Beach. Last Thursday, city commissioners unanimously adopted on second and final reading Ordinance 17478, which prohibits growing, cultivating, processing, dispensing and selling medical marijuana within the city limits. As a precaution, City Attorney Ricinda Perry included in the ordinance a provision she feels would allow the city to enact a temporary moratorium on see dispensaries, page 42



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BIEO talks alternative Island transportation By Kristin Swain SUN STAFF WRITER |

An Island water taxi may be docking on Anna Maria Island as early as February. During the Jan. 18 Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting, Holmes Beach Commissioner Carol Soustek said the city was in negotiations with a private vendor to operate a water taxi service from Fort De Soto Park, south of St. Petersburg, to Keyes Marina. “Holmes Beach is very happy that someone wants to help take cars off the road,” Soustek said. She said the service may start as early as mid-February with a 40-person capacity boat. Longboat Key Town Manager Dave Bullock said the city is in talks with a company considering offering a restaurant shuttle service by boat from waterfront restaurants on Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Another consideration is a third provider considering offering water taxi service from Sarasota to Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. “We’ll see if people embrace the service in reality as well as they have in theory,” Bullock said.

Soustek said issues with the service include facilities at docking areas and reliable public transportation to ferry passengers from the dock to area attractions. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said his vision is to have a terminal in each city with a waiting area and facilities that also will serve as a public transportation hub. Shearon said the Island mayors are working with Manatee County Area Transit to study the Island trolley schedule. Soustek said the idea would be to split the Anna Maria Island trolley at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach, instituting a north and south route with two trolleys on each route. The plan would require a fourth trolley, which Shearon said would cost $450,000 to purchase, not including maintenance and staffing. “We only need it when the weather is nice and on weekends,” he said of the extra trolley. “You have to have continuation from one city to another for this to work,” Soustek said. Longboat Key mayor Terry Gans and Shearon agreed to continue the discussion when Johnson and Murphy could be present.


Waterline progressing Construction of the Waterline development in Holmes Beach is progressing. Mainsail Vice President of Development Brian Check said they are hoping to finish the job this fall. The development will feature hotel suites and a marina, and it is located close to the downtown area of Anna Maria Island's largest city.




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Coast Guard auxiliaries to merge After nearly 25 years of service, US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 85, of Palmetto, will merge with Flotilla 81, of Bradenton. The move is to improve the resources for their mission to promote recreational boating safety, provide trained crews and facilities to augment the Coast Guard and support Coast Guard operational, administrative and logistical requirements. The combined unit will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Flotilla 81’s building in GT Bray Park in Bradenton.

Weather spotter training set Manatee County will host the National Weather Service’s SkyWarn Weather Spotter class on Wednesday, Feb 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Manatee County Public Safety Center, 2101 47th Terrace E., Bradenton. SkyWarn is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. The class is free and open to the public. Students and community organizations are encouraged to attend. For more information about the SkyWarn program, visit skywarn.

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Try local honey for allergies


Are you dreading pollen season because of your allergies? Eating honey produced by bees that visit local plants may help, according to local beekeeper Alex Ionita, of Pure Florida Apiary in Bradenton. His local honey is available at Island Mail and More in the Anna Maria Island Shops, 3230 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach in several flavors, depending on the plants - orange blossom, saw palmetto, Brazilian pepper, wildflower and mangrove. To make sure the bees are gathering nectar from those plants, he waits until the preferred plants are blooming, then sets the bees and their hives there. About 85-95 percent of each flavor of honey is from that variety of plant, he said, accounting for the bees’ occasional wandering. The honey also is raw, meaning that it is not pasteurized, only filtered. “It comes right out of the hive,” said Ionita, who has been in the commercial beekeeping business

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February, March and April are the peak pollen season for bees and for allergies. for seven years. His mother and sister run a honey shop on Main Street in Bradenton and sell the gooey goody at the Bradenton Farmer’s Market every Saturday. February, March and April are the peak pollen season for bees, and for allergies, although something is blooming all year long in Florida. “Since I’ve been in beekeeping, I’ve had no allergies,” Ionita said, adding that he takes one spoonful of honey a day year around, besides

taste testing his products, he said. Ionita works with local orange growers to produce the most popular orange blossom honey. The bees benefit the growers, too, pollenating the trees. Other favorite spots are Robinson Preserve and, until it is developed in the near future, Long Bar Pointe, both well within the 50-mile radius recommended for allergy sufferers. He no longer keeps bees on the Island because “everything is getting too developed,” Ionita said.

Valentine arts and craft show A two-day outdoor arts and crafts show is scheduled at the Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This might be the place to find a unique gift and/or a decadent dessert for a valentine. The show also benefits the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Shop for jewelry, glass, photography, apparel, food and more. Area favorite Patchouli will provide acoustic music on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair, chill out and enjoy their performance. Admission and parking are free. Contact Terri at 352-344-0657 or visit for more information.

Correction The vacation rental bill, SB 188, filed by State Sen. Greg Steube, would render null and void any local vacation rentals regulations adopted after June 2011. A story in last week’s Sun gave an incorrect date or time frame.


Ernie Casali honored Joined by the rest of the City Commission, Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon, right, presented Anna Maria Island Moose lodge administrator Ernie Casali, left, with a proclamation from the city last week in honor of his recent designation as a Moose Pilgrim, the highest designation bestowed upon Moose members.

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HBPD officer says farewell to community

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Center honors The Sun The Center of Anna Maria Island, with the help of its flag football teams, unveiled a new scoreboard design Jan. 21 featuring the Anna Maria Island Sun as a thank you for the newspaper’s continued support of the center’s programs.

After nearly a decade with the Holmes Beach Police Department, Officer T-Rex Ogle is bidding both the department and the community adieu. “I’ve really enjoyed it here,” he said. Ogle and his wife are returning to his hometown in Blount County, Tennessee, where he plans to work for the local sheriff’s department. He said the move would allow him to be closer to his family. Ogle retired from the HBPD effective Jan. 19. “T-Rex was a wonderful employee,” Chief Bill Tokajer said. “He will leave a void in the agency in institutional knowledge and skill.” Tokajer said a new officer would be joining the HBPD. As for Ogle, Tokajer said the entire department would miss him. “We wish him luck in his new endeavors,” he said.

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Holmes Beach Police Officer T-Rex Ogle relaxes Jan. 18 outside of city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Ogle retired from the HBPD Jan. 19.




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GUEST COLUMN Open carry bill misguided


he thought of guns being openly carried on college campuses and in government meetings, schools, airport passenger terminals and career centers sends a chill up my spine and makes me both stunned and sad. I am stunned that there are those who think the flagrant display of guns is somehow a deterrent or would make them safer and sad that our world has come to this. I am urging readers to express their opposition to Sen. Greg Steube’s open carry bill. I find it difficult to believe that open carry in any situation or in any setting is a wise choice or any more of a deterrent to gun violence. Currently, people have the right to carry concealed weapons, and I fail to understand how openly carrying guns offers any more protection for them. Imagine if someone was shooting in an airport, school or college classroom or government meeting and open carry enthusiasts also began shooting. How would anyone be able to identify the bad guy? More guns would make these situations more dangerous, not less dangerous. Please urge Sen. Steube to withdraw his support of this bill. Contact him at 722 Apex Road, Unit A, Sarasota, FL 34240 or 941-3429162.

Pat Copeland

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The only bridge approach The Jan 8/ letter entitled “A different bridge approach” by Mike D’Amico really got my attention. After I retired from being an unusually qualified USN pilot and several civilian flying jobs, I returned home as a fifth generation Manatee County resident in 1971. My great grandfather, James Greene Williams, in 1855, had led the formation of Manatee County. My parents had moved in 1945 from Terra Ceia to Bradenton Beach, which ultimately was to become my residential home. However, for some seven years, I resided aboard a 37-foot boat. Ultimately, I came ashore and felt the need to become a member of city administration living adjacent to SR-789. In the late 1980s, I entered warfare over the seasonal bumper-to-bumper crawling traffic in front of my house. Following my political period I joined SAM (Save Anna Maria) for knowing a lot about bridges and with a college major in meteorology, including extensive data about hurricanes and typhoons. I owned my great boat and flew my personal aircraft, and one for Mote Marine. By the time Katie Pierola was our mayor, I had the answer. From the circle at the end of 53 Avenue, extend it across the open field and cross the road to Tidy Island with a low overpass some 200 feet north of the gatehouse. From there, similar to the west end of Manatee Avenue, through the middle of the mangrove swamp to the edge of open water. From that point a 5 1/2 degree slow

left turn to come ashore some 400 feet north of Longboat Pass Bridge with outboard lanes filling into SR789 and inboard lanes into Coquina Beach. It would pass some 1,800 feet from the nearest Tidy Island residence and cross the bay at its second narrowest point, where minimum sea grass exists. James Kissick Bradenton Beach

Withdraw the bill, Senator Island residents who value their lifestyle must come together to oppose Sen. Greg Steube’s bill regarding vacation rentals. The island cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach were devastated when the Florida Legislature removed the right to regulate vacation rentals. Once these rentals were offered by homeowners who, when they weren’t using the home for their own vacation, hoped to make some money until they could afford to retire and move to the Island permanently. However, when all regulations were removed, these rentals became lucrative investments, leading to smaller homes being demolished and replaced with large rental units holding large numbers of partying vacationers. Short-term rentals began taking over the residential neighborhoods creating issues with noise, vehicle traffic, garbage and the like, and disgusted residents began moving out. The state’s cities lobbied and were given the right to regulate health and safety aspects of the

Take The Sun Survey on Page 7. rentals. The cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach spent the past year working diligently with the rental agencies to craft ordinances to do so. This bill would negate all these protections the cities have worked so hard to develop. Contact Sen. Steube at 722 Apex Road, Unit A, Sarasota, FL 34240 or 941-3429162 and urge him to withdraw his proposed bill. Pat Copeland Anna Maria

Steube's bill is wrong As a lifelong Republican, I am appalled at Senator Greg Steube’s introduction of SB 188. Having personal experience as a publicly elected official, I know first-hand the importance of introducing legislation that is in the best interest of one’s constituency. I have some insight into public policy and respect for the voters who elect their officials. I question Sen. Steube’s judgment in this area.The fabric of Anna Maria’s three communities hangs in the balance of these competing pieces of legislation, SB 188 and HB 6003. Why would any politician risk his or her political career by alienating the voters. Vacationers have a perfect right to visit and enjoy what our local officials have worked to create, but “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” and don’t alienate the permanent residents. I would hope that the senator realizes the SEE letters, PAGE 7

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THIS WEEK’S SURVEY What do you think of state • I like the idea. It is our Sen. Greg Steube's bill to allow the open carrying of guns at elementary and secondary public schools, public university and college campuses, local government and legislative meetings, and career centers.

Constitutional right and it could save lives. • I am opposed to it. In fact, I think the whole idea is insane.

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impact his legislation would have on those that elected him, along with these three Island communities. If he does not, this could well be his first and last time in public office. Gilbert Wayne Patterson Anna Maria

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Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10

classes, $100. Zumba for beginners, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 to 10:45 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Quilting, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. American contract bridge league, open pairs duplicate bridge games, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 4 p.m., $11 per game with snacks included. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941383-6493. Bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase.

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Movement, muscles and more, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 8 to 9 a.m., $8 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise. org or 941-383-6493. Four Elements Earthwalk: Water, Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Suitable for ages 16 and up. Reserve to 941-742-5923, ext. 6039. Forty carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Bridge beginners/refresher class, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 8



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Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 9:30 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to or 941-3836493. Preschool story time, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 10 to 11 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Duplicate bridge, Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 12:30 p.m. Enhancing Your Living Environment seminar with Cindy Tanner and Larry Hale, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 3 p.m., $10 with coffee and cookies provided. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise. org or 941-383-6493. Irish Ceili and set dancing, Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 2601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 1 to 3 p.m. Collection taken for musicians. American contract bridge league, open pairs duplicate bridge games, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 4 p.m., $10 per game with snacks included. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Living with Alzheimer’s, presented by Sue Fox, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

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Tree house owners ‘not giving up’ The two-story tree house is still standing in Holmes Beach — for now. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

It’s back to the drawing board for tree house owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen. Holmes Beach building official Jim McGuinness denied the couple’s request Jan. 18 for an after the fact building permit for the two-story tree house structure on their property at the Angelino’s Sea Lodge, 103 29th St. In a letter to the couple, McGuinness cites several reasons for the application denial, including elevation, foundation concerns, stability of the structure, building material concerns and issues with the location of the structure. The tree house was partially constructed in an existing Australian pine tree on the beach side of the couple’s property with wooden pilings making up the remainder of structure’s foundation. Part of the tree house is lo-

cated beyond the erosion control line, requiring Tran and Hazen to obtain a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection before the city can issue a permit. Tran plans to address the engineering concerns raised by McGuinness, particularly the pilings providing the foundation for the tree house and the ability of the building materials to weather a storm and flying debris. “I wasn’t surprised,” Tran said of the permit denial. She said the couple’s plan now is to consult engineers to determine how best to address the issues raised by McGuinness. “I’m going to try my best and exhaust any possibilities,” Tran said. “Just because they denied the permit doesn’t mean we have to take it down right now.” Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson had a different view. “We denied the permit,” he said. “They need to apply for a demolition permit to take it down.” The tree house, built in 2011 for $20,000, has been a point of conten-

Just because they denied the permit doesn’t mean we have to take it down right now.” Lynn Tran Tree house owner tion between Hazen and Tran and the city for several years with the case transitioning in and out of civil court several times. With the denial of the permit, Johnson said he hoped the case would finally come to a close. Tran said she has no intention of throwing in the towel just yet. She hopes to address the city commission once a new plan has been developed to address the city’s concerns. “I’m not giving up,” Tran said. “I don’t want to lose the tree house.”


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Commissioners question mayor’s response to attorney The city commission has requested information pertaining to the potential pursuit of a court ruling as to whether the city’s comp plan allows vacation rentals in residential zones. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – Last week, Vice Mayor John Chappie and Commissioner Jake Spooner defended City Attorney Ricinda Perry in response to criticism she received from Mayor Bill Shearon regarding a public records request she made on the city’s behalf. During the Jan. 10 workshop discussion on vacation rental regulations, the commission, including Shearon, reached unanimous consensus in directing Perry to assess the feasibility of pursuing a court ruling as to whether the city’s comprehensive plan and land use regulations allow commerciallyoperated vacation rentals in the city’s residential zones. Perry was asked to research the cost and viability of pursuing a declaratory judgement similar to what was previ-

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Vice Mayor John Chappie, left, comments on an e-mail sent by Mayor Bill Shearon, right. ously discussed but never fully pursued by the Anna Maria Commission in 2015. At that time, two of the three attorneys the Anna Maria Commission consulted with felt a judge would not rule in the city’s favor. Those opinions were further supported by court rulings issued in two other Florida cities. After the Jan. 10 workshop, Perry sent a public records request to Anna Maria City Clerk LeAnne Addy, and she copied Mayor Dan Murphy and City Treasurer Maggie Martinez. “I apologize in advance for the

volume of this request,” her request stated. She asked for copies of all ordinances passed or repealed pertaining to building moratoriums, vacation rental regulations and any rental-related land use regulations. She asked for a list of Bert Harris claims and lawsuits filed against the city and inquired about the costs the city of Anna Maria incurred for legal and professional services related to writing and defending the city’s vacation rental and land use regulations.

“Please take as long as needed to collect the relevant data. Also, given the nature of this request, the city of Bradenton Beach would pay for any costs associated with the public records that are not available electronically,” Perry wrote. During the Thursday, Jan. 19 commission meeting, Perry told the commission the request had not yet been fulfilled, thus she did not expect to provide the commission with an opinion on the pursuit of a declaratory judgement within the requested one-month timeframe. Chappie then brought up the e-mail Shearon sent Perry on Jan. 12. “Disappointed I was not given a copy of the extensive records request to a neighboring city. I was blindsided when Mayor Murphy advised myself and Mayor Johnson of your request and the need to discuss it. We discussed the value of this approach that all Mayors researched/confirmed was a waste of time and resources months ago,” Shearon’s e-mail said. Perry responded with an e-mail to Shearon that said, “The request is presee records, page 12

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cisely what the commission and you told me to do that day. How can you be disappointed with me following directives?” Murphy said later that he was not upset by Perry’s extensive but legitimate request. Chappie addressed Shearon’s e-mail during last week’s meeting. “I was a little surprised at the email that was sent out, and I just want to make clear to the public that it was clearly under the direction, with a consensus, to move forward with this,” Chappie said, noting later that he was disappointed with Shearon’s e-mail. “I’m in total agreement. That’s information we need,” Commissioner Jake Spooner said. “I was not aware it was an extensive

request,” Shearon said. “I offered to talk to Mayor Murphy, then we might be able to get a Reader’s Digest version of what they went through and the costs that they had. Then maybe we could make a decision without waiting a month. Anna Maria had three different attorneys on it, and they found that it didn’t go that way.” In response, Chappie said, “I’m not so sure that I really want just a Reader’s Digest version. The devil’s in the details, especially if we’re going to go to court on something.” Chappie said it still needs to be determined if Bradenton Beach’s comp plan includes language that would give the city a stronger legal position than Anna Maria had.

New pickleball court gets support The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency agreed last week to move forward with plans to install a pickleball court in the Lou Barola Park, near the police department and public works department buildings. Public Works Director Tom Woodard and Capital Improvements Projects facilitator Lt. John Cosby will now research the cost differences between an asphalt playing surface and

a concrete playing surface, with the intent of eventually spending approximately $10,000 to install the new court requested by several city residents, some of whom currently play pickleball at Herb Dolan Park. The new court would be part of the $25,000 in CRA funds budgeted for the renovation of the park, which recently received new fencing.

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City planner resigns The planner’s resignation precluded a reorganization of the building and planning department hierarchy. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – City Planner Bruce McLaughlin’s letter of resignation was submitted to the city of Anna Maria Monday morning, Jan. 23. On Thursday, Jan. 19, McLaughlin sent his resignation letter to Michael Causely at the M.T. Causley consulting engineering firm for whom McLaughlin served as a subcontractor in his role as city planner. “Please accept this letter, to be forwarded to the city of Anna Maria as my resignation, and that of Bruce McLaughlin Consulting Services, from the position of city planner for the city of Anna Maria. It is with a great

deal of reluctance that I resign from this position, but various personal reasons, including the onerous commute, necessitate this action.” The office McLaughlin uses for his self-operated consult- McLaughlin ing firm is located in Indian Rocks Beach. McLaughlin was out of the office Monday and unavailable for comment. Last week, he told commission Chair Doug Copeland that he was going to resign and that he tentatively planned to serve through the Thursday, Jan. 26, commission meeting. “I will be available to respond to any inquiries from the city with respect to ongoing projects,” his resignation letter said. McLaughlin became Anna Maria’s city planner in February 2016, when then-planner Alan Garrett committed full-time to the city of Bradenton Beach. Mayor Dan Murphy was on vacation and









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unavailable for comment. Planning and Zoning Board chair Jon Crane e-mailed Copeland last week after he learned that McLaughlin planned to resign. “In my capacity as chairman of the P&Z, I was very disappointed and distressed to hear about the unfortunate and avoidable resignation of the current city planner,” Crane wrote. After expressing his respect for McLaughlin, Crane noted the planner and the board members have spent the past year working on potential amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan and that work is not yet finished. Crane’s e-mail also referenced the pending reorganization of the planning and building departments.

Recent developments

Last fall, the city advertised an opening for a newly-created position called the Planning and Building Department Manager.

This person was to direct and supervise the Planning and Building Department that included McLaughlin, Building Official Jimmy Strickland and administrative assistant Kristine Dittmann. McLaughlin expressed interest in the position that was later eliminated before being filled. A staff reorganization plan created by Murphy was included as a late addition to the Jan. 12 commission meeting packet and it was approved without any commission discussion. The plan states the reorganization will take effect Feb. 1. Code Enforcement Manager Pamela Gibbs will assume the new role of Code and Building Department Manager, reporting directly to the mayor. Had McLaughlin remained with the city, he would have reported to Gibbs. Public Works Director George McKay will serve as the Building Department Coordinator, reporting to Gibbs, and the city will need to hire or subcontract a new city planner. During the Jan. 12 commission meeting, McLaughlin recommended the commission deny a request to divide and replat a property at 826A South Bay Boulevard. The property owner, Randy Houlas, wants to tear down the existing house and build two new houses, one of which he intends to live in and the other he intends to sell. McLaughlin objected to the replat request because the design plans for the two homes created a zig-zagged property line between the two structures, while still maintaining the required setbacks. City Attorney Becky Vose disagreed with McLaughlin’s position, and she told the commission there is nothing in the comp plan that prohibits zig-zagged lot lines. The commission then voted 4-1 in favor of approving the replat request.




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A clean start The Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Chambers of Commerce celebrated the newly renovated Optimus Car Wash and Detail Center at 5150 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton on Tuesday, Jan. 17, with a ribbon cutting. Pictured are Longboat Chamber Ambassador Penelope Mabry, car wash owners Marko and Nadia Zivkovic and Anna Maria Chamber board of director members David Berube and Dan Alderson.




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Hometown Desserts opens second location BY LOUISE BOLGER SUN STAFF WRITER


he holidays are over, and you’re really trying to fulfil those New Year’s resolutions, but I’m here to tell you that you don’t have a chance since one of the best bakeries in Manatee County opened a second location. You may have visited Hometown Desserts on Pine Avenue located in one of Anna Maria City’s Green Village shops and fell in love with the variety of baked goods that come out of that little space. Well now you don’t have to fight the winter beach traffic out to the Island and pray for a parking spot. If you’re craving one of Cindy Tutterow’s coconut cakes, you just have to run up Manatee Avenue to 51st Street and park in front of the second Hometown Desserts' location. Tutterow has been baking since she was a little girl in North Carolina. After a career as a Manatee County school teacher, she had a seven-year home based baking business, which grew into her first location on Anna Maria. After four years on the Island, it was time to expand to be more convenient to non-Island visitors and residents. In July of last year, a shop that was formerly The Cupcake Bakery became available, and Tutterow snapped it up right along with the staff and the cupcake sign on the wall. Some of Hometown Desserts’ menu includes cakes, pies, cupcakes, scones, cookies, brownies and wedding cakes. However, the star of Hometown Desserts are Tutterow’s coconut cakes from her grandmoth-


From left: Lori Howard, Cindy Tutterow and Gretchen VonCloedt are ready to serve you at Hometown Desserts. er’s secret recipe in your choice of chocolate, lemon, red velvet, strawberry and everyone’s absolute favorite, key lime. Everything that is offered at the Pine Avenue location is also available on Manatee Avenue, and she will gladly import from or to the Island as needed. You can also select from other layer cakes which are available in 6-, 8- and 9-inch sizes including carrot, chocolate fudge, chocolate mousse, red velvet and more.

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From left: Bradenton Beach Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz and officer John Tsakaris were among the six law enforcement officers from Anna Maria Island who helped keep the peace at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Local officers back from inauguration Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz said he was amazed at the number of law enforcement officers that were at the ceremony, the parade and the protests. TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON BEACH – Monday was just another day for Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz. It was the start of the new week, and he had to get caught up from the weekend only this time, there was something special to talk about. He would be telling everyone about his two days in Washington, D.C., as part of the huge security detail consisting of law enforcement officers from around the nation. Diaz and officer John Tsakaris represented Bradenton Beach. Four officers from Holmes Beach – Sgt. Vern McGowin and patrolmen Joel Pierce, Mike Walker and Tom Fraser – also went. Diaz said Tsakaris were stationed about two blocks

before the president’s limousine was to turn off the parade route for the White House. Diaz said they did not have to deal with protesters. “There were no protesters where we were, although we walked past some people with signs,” he said. “We could hear protesters a block away.” Diaz said they were on their feet for14 hours and they got a 30-minute break to eat. They had to use restrooms where they could find them. “It is amazing how seriously they take security,” He said. “There were officers from 3,500 agencies and we met a lot of law enforcement officers from Florida.” Diaz said he’ll always remember being a part of the inauguration security and so will his family. “They were relieved when I texted ‘I’m coming home,’” he said. “I would definitely do it again. It makes me proud to be a law enforcement officer.” His chief, Sam Speciale, was proud of his officers. "It made me proud seeing two of our city police officers representing or city at one of the most important, if not the most important, event of this country," he said.

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A new culinary adventure is under way at the Center of Anna Maria Island. EmpaCurious, the meal service setting up shop in the cafe at The Center, launched a brunch service Jan. 21 to coincide with Saturday morning sporting events. The brunch service runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on days when there are flag football games. EmpaCurious owner Alfonso Abreu said the brunch menu will change weekly and feature an egg basket, quiche, pastries and soup. Abreu said the varying menu will include breakfast empanadas and coffee drinks. Customers can expect to see items including hearty chicken and vegetable soup, quince preserve and goat cheese empanadas, chicken with vegetable and cheese quiche and stuffed cheese bread. “We’re trying to find a continuous way to connect with our


EmpaCurious partners Alfonso Abreu and Sylvia Noguera plate their beef empanadas and yucca fries Jan. 21 for fans at The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. audience,” Abreu said. “We have a micro audience at the center. We want to provide service when the audience is there.” If the trial run for the brunch service goes well, Abreu said he is open to continuing it after the sport season concludes. “If the audience is there, we will continue the brunch service,” he said. “People are not accustomed to the center being a food destination. We’re trying to change that.” EmpaCurious shares the

cafe space with the Travelling Gourmet, another catering and delivery-based food service. Abreu gets his inspiration for menu items from global influences and destinations including the Sahara, Chinese dragons and dances including the tarantella and flamenco. Select menu items will be available for local delivery during brunch hours and can be ordered through the restaurant’s website and app. The restaurant also offers online ordering and delivery during dinner service 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Abreu said a meal box service for delivery only will launch in February. The new service will be available nationwide and allows for customization and easy preparation of gourmet meals. Though it’s located in the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, Abreu said the restaurant is open to both members and the public. “Anyone can come,” he said. For more information, visit The EmpaCurious app is available for download on Apple and Android platforms or by texting “EmpaCurious” to 33733.



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Uncle George – farm to church Farm to table is a fable for which time has passed. My Uncle George made farm to church much more interesting. BY SEAN MURPHY SPECIAL TO THE SUN


ncle George was the closest thing I had to a grandfather. He was my favorite uncle by far. After the Bistro was open only a couple of years, George decided he should drive the old motor home down from Nova Scotia and hang out and make sure I was running everything right. That New Year’s Eve George worked the Caesar salad station. He made over a hundred Caesar salads. He was 92 at the time. My best time with Uncle George was the summer after first grade. Uncle George made me his partner in the farm.

The farm was a thinly disguised scheme to drive his suburban neighbors to madness. He took his normal house with a normal front lawn – grass, shrubs and flower beds – and covered it all with horse poop and planted it with rows of blueberry bushes. The blueberries became Uncle George’s infamous blueberry wine - a dark tale for another day. George swore by horse poop for blueberries. Everyone agreed that it gave a distinctive terroir character to the wine. After tearing up the yard and planting the farm, George erected a big satellite dish in the middle of the blueberries. The dish was 10 feet across and was attached to a 40-foot radio antenna. This was the late '50s and the cold war was raging, and George decided he should to talk to the Russians on his radio. This was before Trump. Back then hardly anyone was talking to the Russians. Being George’s partner in the farm was my first job. The work seemed a lot like what I had heretofore called play.

In the morning, we would rake horse poop for a while, and then George would decide we should take a 7up break. Uncle George owned the 7up distributorship. We kids thought he owned 7up. We drank a boat load of 7up. Uncle George’s 7up was generally more of an amber color. Once we stopped for the first 7up break, that was pretty much it for the workday. Uncle George would decide we needed to get a bunch of lobsters or talk to the Russians or go see a guy about a boat and we were off. Sunday morning Mass was special. We were Catholics. Us Catholic kids had to go church every Sunday morning. I asked Uncle George why we Catholics always had to go to church every Sunday. He said it was one of“the Six Miserable Mysteries. He claimed that the other five were his sisters. Sunday mornings defined Uncle George for me. After 7up breakfast and shoveling

a little poop, we would get ready for church. George owned a dozen tailor made suits from London and New York that I never saw outside of his closet. George always wore his farming clothes to church – the same work pants, sweatshirt and knee high rubber boots that he wore shoveling horse poop. The Church near our cove was very small. We always arrived for Mass a few minutes late. George would kalump into the little church in his big rubber boots. He would kalump to the very front pew, take a measured look around at his relatives and neighbors, glare back at the priest and then sit, cross his legs and snap open his newspaper. Later he got up, folded his paper and kalumped up and down the aisles and took collection. I don’t go to church as often as I should. It is not as much fun without Uncle George.



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Beautiful beaches one flower at a time BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman has a plan to help beautify Island beaches and lessen erosion. Grossman wants to plant native flowers and grasses along beach access paths and, where appropriate, along the beachfront for passersby to enjoy. “The idea is to make it look natural and native,” he said. Grossman tried to plant some beach flowers himself last year, but underestimated the amount of water it would take to get the plants established. After seeing the dunes constructed and planted with native flowers and natural grasses at the end of 35th Street, Grossman decided to try again, this time with the help of the community. “I need a few volunteers to help me water the plants,” he said. Once established, Grossman said the plants will flourish on their own. However, to get them established it will take three to six months of daily watering. Grossman’s willing to provide the plants if beachfront property owners are willing to provide the water to help the plants thrive. His plan is to tap into an existing water supply or irrigation system to set up a drip watering system. While most of the system would be buried, drip sprinkler heads would be above ground to provide consis-


Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman hopes to plant flowers similar to those used in this newly created dune system near 35th Street along the beach access and use a drip water system to help the plants get established. tent, small amounts of water to the plants. “We only need a little water to help beautify our beaches,” he said. As a test area, Grossman will soon be planting native flowers along the 72nd Street beach access with the help of the Nautilus Condominiums and manager Fritz Dahlquist, who has agreed to allow the drip system to connect to the property’s irrigation system for up to one year. “I’d like to try as many plants as possible,” Grossman said. If the experiment site at 72nd Street is successful, he hopes to gain additional volunteers for more

sites. “I would like to see the beaches as a showcase for our native flowers and plants,” he said. “One of the treasurers of Anna Maria Island is that we have protected the native plants along our beaches and beach entrances. "Instead of concrete or asphalt we have native growth the first settlers would recognize. The buildings might scare them, but I think they might recognize some of the plants.” For more information on the project, contact Grossman at 941284-1300.

Board firm on smaller home sizes Aimed primarily at reducing vacation rental occupancy, the planning board is recommending regulations that would also apply to permanent residences. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) has forwarded three recommendations to the city commission that if adopted would result in the construction of smaller homes with fewer bedrooms. During the board’s Wednesday, Jan. 18, meeting, the members voted 5-1 in favor of forwarding to the commission a recommended Land Development Code (LDC) amendment that would limit a structure’s total Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to 2,000 square feet. FAR is the

ratio of the total habitable space as it relates to the size of the lot a structure or structures are built upon. The proposed FAR would apply to single-family dwelling and duplexes, and would be measured from a structure’s exterior dimensions. The 2,000 square foot limit equates to 40 percent of a 5,000 square foot lot. “In no case shall the total FAR exceed 2,000 square feet,” City Planner Alan Garrett wrote in a memo sent to the mayor and commissioners as a summary of the board’s actions. Larger lots and multiple lots combined into one would still be limited to 2,000 square feet of habitable living area. P&Z chair John Burns was the only member to oppose the proposed amendment. P&Z recommended by the same 5-1 vote that newly-created residential lots be subjected to a new 5,000 square foot maximum lot size and a reduced 5,000

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Back to the basics

The French poet Léon-Paul Fargue said eating an oyster was “like kissing the sea on the lips.” There’s nothing better than a freshly-shucked oyster eaten as is, but if you prefer, here are some of my most favorite sauces to serve with these briny beauties.

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umility, a word that I have known all along, but have just recently understood in my life. As a young chef working in high-end, fine-dining establishments, I was full of piss and vinegar as they say. No one could tell me anything and I knew it all. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. I should have listened to mom. Life is funny that way isn’t it? I was once told by another chef, “Don’t let the business run you.” I never entirely understood what it meant. Now, at the helm of this beloved, iconic restaurant, after years of doing what I thought was right (and some grey hairs later), I know what he was saying – slow down. Assess the situation. React based on what is most necessary at the given time. It is integral to take the moment to listen and obtain a basic understanding of what is going on around you. And while delegating tasks has always been a challenge, I now realize what a team effort cooking really is.

Why reinvent the wheel when the wheel is already turning?

Over the years, trends in the culinary world continue to ebb and flow. Current trends include: Fermenting, pickling, sustainable seafood, restaurant gardens, molecular gastronomy, tasting menus, food trucks and sous vide, to name a few. They each have


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Try fresh-shucked oysters with one of the three sauces featured here. earned their place in the professional kitchen, but in the end, it all comes back to the basics. I have come to realize that pure ingredients, passion and desire drive great food. For example, the skill of cooking a piece of meat to its proper temperature or cutting mirepoix to uniform exactness seriously outweighs making caviar spheres out of strawberry juice. Food is meant to be enjoyed without the confusion of what utensil to use. Now I understand the basic, yet vital, importance that wholesome, local food plays in a community. Food helps develop relationships and nurture friendships, making you feel good about what you eat. I also believe strongly in the therapeutic properties of food and its vital role in our health. And sourcing local products supports the community in which my staff and my family work and live.

At the Seafood Shack, we use locally-grown, certified organic produce from Geraldson Community Farm, Greenway Farm Stone Ground Organic Grits grown and milled in Florida, fresh fish from local fisherman and honey produced from bees rescued from our own property. We strive to teach the Shack staff the importance of knowing and respecting the product. And understanding the work it took to produce that radish or to raise that pig sizzling in the pan is key to becoming a great cook. When you look at the big picture, the culinary trends mimic my life. Keep trying something different to reach success, just to turn around and go back to the basics that everyone knows and loves. If culinary trends were a real human being I would have one tip for them – listen to your mom.

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¼ c. ketchup ½ tsp. hot pepper sauce 2 Tbs. grated fresh horseradish ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice Stir all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Taste and season with more pepper as needed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

Asian dipping sauce Ingredients: 1 Tbs. finely minced fresh ginger 1 Tbs. finely minced scallions 1½ tsp. light soy sauce 4 Tbs. rice vinegar Combine all ingredients and allow to marinate for 1 hour.




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arasota is the birthplace of a new concept in local seawall design called living seawalls, and Sarasota Bay Watch and President Larry Stults can be credited with getting them acceptance. In all started in April of 2015, when the Gulf Coast Community Foundation announced its $500,000 Innovation Challenge to promote new ideas and businesses in our coastal Blue Economy. Stults sprang into action to form the Living Shoreline team to compete for top honors. The team consisted of Sarasota Bay Watch, Reef Ball Foundation, Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and Marie Selby Gardens. The team’s goal was to use the prize money to spearhead a workshop among coastal engineers and marine contractors to come. Traditional seawalls, which have hardened the majority of our waterfront property, are a poor substitute for the natural, mangrove rich shorelines the Gulf Coast once enjoyed. We have seawalls for a reason. They protect

land and structures from erosion and storm impacts. Sarasota Bay Watch and Stults was particularly interested in the innovation of eco-friendly seawalls because they felt there was tremendous opportunity to build new technology that satisfied both the environment and the community. The Living Shorelines team finished sixth in the Innovation Challenge without any prize money. What they did have, however, was worth much more. The team sparked the interest of local media and was featured in a number of local news stories. The media exposure caught the attention of city of Palmetto Mayor Shirley Bryant, who was searching for a way to make Palmetto’s new bulwark, which was recently installed around the foot of the Green Bridge on the Manatee River, more environmentally friendly. She contacted Living Shoreline member Todd Barber, president of Reef Ball Foundation to learn more about living seawalls. And in short order Reef Ball Foundation and Sarasota Bay Watch were putting their heads together, along with marine manufacturer Reef Innovations, to develop nature-based modules that would create abundant marine habitat around Palmetto’s seawall. The modules also reduce or eliminate wave

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Finding action in Sarasota Bay Captain Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on flies on CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week. Very clear water and calm conditions made fish spooky and tougher to catch early in the week. Dick Striano, from Massachusetts, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We worked deep grass flats on the west side of the bay, where he had some action with trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Carl Thomas, from Kentucky, and Dave Saturley, from Sarasota, fished the same areas with me on Wednesday and had some action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and CAL jigs with had tails. Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island, and Gary Marple, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. We worked deep grass flats on the west side of the bay, where they had some action with trout and blues on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Dave Wahl, from Lakewood Ranch, and Dennis Dombrowski, from Reno, Nev., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Saturday. Despite a strong ap-

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Dennis Dombrowski, from Reno, Nev., caught and released this trout, his first saltwater fish on a fly, while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett. proaching front, fishing was challenging. However, they caught and released a few trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies, including Dennis’s first saltwater fish on a fly. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more should continue to be a good option on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release night snook fishing around

lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should also be good. Also look for snook in shallow water along with larger trout and reds when conditions are good. There may be some action in the coastal Gulf with false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail depending on sea conditions.

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reflection, keeping wave energy from re-radiating back out into the bay to disturb other shorelines and intercept wave energy before it can impact the seawall behind. Living seawalls are built with special cement the pH of which is adjusted to be compatible with the marine environment, and they incorporate fiberglass reinforcement to provide a strong, long lived structure. The absence of steel rebar avoids rusting and spalling of the metal, a common source of seawall failure. The modules are anchored into the sediment to lock them in place and prevent any movement during storms and hurricanes. In less than two years’ time, the spark of an idea has roared to life, with the city of Sarasota also plan-

ning its own living seawall pilot project at O’Leary’s. Not only will this create abundant marine habitat along a new erosion control seawall being install there, but it will become demonstration site for the all the visitors to Island Park and potentially the beginning of a series of projects to help soften Sarasota hardened shores. This is the start of an exciting new era in next-generation seawalls and the birth of a whole new industry within our Blue Economy. Sarasota is the epicenter for this new movement, and at ground zero, you’ll find Sarasota Bay Watch. Note: Thanks to Larry Stults president of Sarasota Bay Watch for the information in this article.



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2016 Anna Maria Island Sun Readers’ Choice Business


People, Places, Food & Entertainment

1 Resort

40 Women’s Apparel

78 Electrician

2 Souvenir Shop

41 Real Estate Co.

79 Architect

3 Clothing Store

42 Real Estate Assoc. (include location)

80 architectual Design

4 Marina

43 Rental Co.

81 Personal Trainer (include location)

5 Hotel/Motel

44 Painter (include location)

82 Yoga Instructor (include location)

6 Bait & Tackle Shop

45 Window Repair

83 Pet Grooming

7 Boating Store

46 Pack & Ship

84 Restaurant (overall)

8 Convenience Store

47 Sign Maker (include location)

85 Art Gallery

9 Antique/Collectible Store

48 Service Station

86 View

10 Auto Service

49 Bike Rental

87 Grouper Sandwich

11 Car Wash

50 Fitness

12 Car Dealer

51 Tattoo

13 Carpet Cleaner

52 Outdoor Sports Store

14 Commercial Print Store

53 Sports Memorabilia

15 Canvas & Upholstery (include location)

People & Places

16 Dry Cleaner (include location)

88 Burger 89 Bagel Shop 90 Bar & Grill 91 Breakfast 92 Night Spot 93 Barbecue

54 Beach

17 Bank (include location)

94 Ice Cream Place

55 Pier

18 Floor Coverings

95 Deli

56 Golf Course

19 Florist

96 Sub/Sandwich

57 School

20 Frame Shop

97 Health Food Store

58 School Principal

21 Gift Shop

98 Pizza

59 School Teacher (include location)

22 Grocery Store

99 Live Theater

60 Veterinarian (include location)

100 Band

61 Veterinary Clinic

101 New Restaurant

62 Doctor

102 Most Romantic

63 Charity

103 Takeout

64 Spa

104 Festival

65 Hearing Aid Specialist

105 Seafood Restaurant

66 Attorney

106 Mexican Restaurant

67 Place to see a Sunset

107 Italian Restaurant

68 Boat Captain (include location)

108 Chinese Restaurant

69 Massage Therapy

109 German Restaurant

70 Mortgage Co.

110 Favorite Waiter/Waitress (include location)

71 Service Org.

111 Favorite Bartender

72 Eye Care

112 Favorite Candy Store

73 Financial Planner

113 Favorite Bakery

74 Business Person

114 Favorite Café

37 Pool Contractor

75 Retirement Center

115 Favorite Interior Design

38 Shopping Center

76 Dentist

116 Chef (include location)

39 Travel Agency

77 Chiropractor

117 Caterer (include location)

23 Hair Salon 24 Heat & Air 25 Home Builder 26 Jewelry Store 27 Landscape/Garden Shop 28 Liquor Store 29 Manicurist (include location) 30 Men’s Apparel 31 Pest Control 32 Pet Store 33 Pharmacy 34 Pharmacist (include location) 35 Plumber 36 Pool Cleaner (include location)

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118 Specialty Gourmet


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concert will feature two young artists from Lakewood Ranch, violinist Gabrielle Ferra performing Bruch’s “Concerto for Violin” and clarinetist Michael Miller performing Weber’s “Concertino.” In addition, 13-year-old cellist Andrew Bailey, of Sarasota, will perform Haydn’s “Cello Concerto in C Major.” AMICCO’s Chorus & Orchestra will open with Brahms’ “Nanie” and close with Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” for chorus and orchestra. This program will be repeated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton. The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island partners with AMICCO each year giving competition winners scholarships to continue their education. For information and tickets go to www.

The Fourteenth Annual Jazz Fest will be held at the Sandbar Restaurant events pavilion on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Sandbar, the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra and The Anna Maria Island Sun, this popular performance features contemporary jazz numbers as well as tunes throughout jazz history, going all the way back to the 1920s. Members of Gulf Drive, featuring Judy Lynn on vocals and Bil Bowdish on flute, sax and vocals, will provide the music.


Bil Bowdish and Judy Lynn will provide the music. Special guest star will be Island and area favorite Koko Ray Hansen. A master of many instruments, he also plays two saxophones at the same time – harmony on one and melody on the other. Jazz Fest and the Old-

ART on the island A call to artists The Anna Maria Island Art League is currently accepting submissions for the 23rd annual James Pay Exhibit, in honor of an Art League founder. The opening reception is on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and art work will continue to be shown through Feb 29. The James Pay Exhibit is a juried multimedia exhibition open to all area artists. All media are encouraged – painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry and both film and digital photography. Entries may be no larger than 22 by 34 inches. To enter, bring submissions to the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. The deadline is Feb 5. The entry fee is $20 per piece for Art League members and $30 per piece for nonmembers. There is a limit of three entries per artist. For any questions regarding submissions, contact Fran Sansbury, gallery assistant, at 941-778-2099 or visit Anna Maria Island the Art League.

Artists featured at Guild Gallery There will be a reception for painters Anne Terhardt and Sandy Staley on Friday, Feb. 10, as part of the Holmes Beach Art District Art Walk, and their work will be displayed in the window of the Anna Maria Island Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, all month. Meet the artists and talk with them about their work from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery. Having finally found the opportunity to focus on her work, Sandra Staley


Jazz Fest music for grownups

AMICCO Young Artist Solo Competition’s Eleventh Year It has been 11 years since the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) launched its highly successful Young Artist Solo Competition. With the help and encouragement of Jim Cliff, former administrator of the Florida West Coast Symphony Youth Competition at the time, now with the Sarasota Orchestra Youth Program, they shared the vision of providing greater performance opportunities for highly talented youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties. From the beginning of the program, winners and outstanding competitors have performed as soloists with AMICCO and, in many cases, have joined the string and wind sections of the orchestra. At 7 p.m. on Feb. 11, three recent competitors will be featured in AMICCO’s first concert in Sarasota County, at Northminster Presbyterian Church. The



Above, Sandy Staley's work. Below, that of Ann Terhardt. Above, a work by artist Roger Rockefeller. 10101 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. This event is free, and the public is invited.

Art demos at CrossPointe uses watercolor and acrylic paints. She derives some of her subject matter from her world travels as well as the sights and scenes found closer to home. Ann Terhardt paints in oil and watercolor, particularly enjoying Florida birds and flowers and still-lifes as her subjects. She has taught and shown her work in the area for 25 years. For more information, call the Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the website at

Reception at The Studio The reception and awards ceremony for “New Beginnings,” the eighth annual art exhibition presented by the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Studio at Gulf and Pine,

In the annual collaboration between Keeton's Office and Art Supply and the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, Keeton's will bring the art supplies and Guild members will show what can be done with them. The event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Life drawing, pastels, acrylics, collage, watercolors and Yupo are among the mediums available, and there will be demonstrations under the mirror of watercolor, acrylic and oil painting. This event is free and open to all. For more information call 941-778-6694 or see the website , www.amiartistsguildgallery. com

Bennington at IGW Candace Bennington will present oil and pastel paintings of local scenes and

ies Beach Dance are the only time all these great artists perform together. Tickets to Jazz Fest are on a first-come basis and are available at the Anna Maria Island Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and on Sundays at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach from Nancy Ambrose. Tickets also may be purchased by calling Ambrose at 941-518-4431 and are $10 per person in advance (before noon Feb. 7) and $15 at the door, if available. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

favorite locations on Anna Maria Island at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, in her March Featured Artist Exhibit, “On The Island” throughout the month. Beach scenes that conjure up special memories are among Bennington’s favorite subjects. Her work SUBMITTED is represented in galleries in Ohio, North Carolina and in Florida at Island Gallery West. A highlight of the month will be the public gallery reception on Friday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., as part of the annual Holmes Beach Art District monthly Art Walk. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Visit www., Facebook or call 941-778-6648 for gallery updates.

Artists’ Guild classes The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island holds classes February through April at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. The cost of each 4-week session is $75 for Artists' Guild members and $90 for nonmembers. Classes include watercolor painting, pen and ink drawing, photoshop elements and acrylic painting. Supplies lists are at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive For more information, call 941778-6694 or see the website at www.




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Fun in the sun on the gridiron BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Rejuvenating the sense of community at the Island’s core is the goal of The Center this spring. In an attempt to reignite the spirit fun in the sun with flag football, all of the youth flag football games have been scheduled on Saturdays. From morning to late afternoon, kids of all ages can be found on the gridiron running and catching the football. With the friends and family cheering them on, children from 5 to 18 years old are pulling the flags of their classmates and life long friends. Starting the day off, nearly 40 players take the field in the 11- to 13-year-old league. The seven teams play their hearts out representing area businesses Planet Stone and Progressive Cabinetry, as well as long-time community supporters Miller Electric, Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Tyler’s Ice Cream. After three weeks of play, the middle school age group finds Team Miller Electric, coached by David Johnston, at the top of the ranks with an undefeated record and two wins. Coach Ray Gardner took his team, Planet Stone, to a 2-1 record this week, sharing post-game positive accolades with team members, building their character and strengthening the team. Currently tied for third with 1-1 records, Tyler’s Ice Cream, coached by Tyler’s owner and father of two players Rob Alderson, and Progressive Cabinetry, coached by Larry Pearson, go into week three looking for their second win. Team Anna Maria Oyster Bar (AMOB), led by coach Zac Yost, works hard to gain its first win. The statistics of this age group is amazing. Quarterback Elijah Newman had over 200 passing yards for Team Progressive Cabinetry. Evan Christenson had his own high yardage game with 185 yards as the QB for Team Planet Stone. Team Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s Wesley Choate finished his game with 110 throwing yards as the man behind the center. Turnovers can make the difference in a game. Travis Bates snagged an interception for Team AMOB. Interceptions by Tyler’s Ice Cream’s Devin Calderone and Blake Balais for Team Planet Stone made the stat list this week. Ginger Muro and Balais had the hot hands offensively with 130 and 120 receiving yards, respectively. On defense,

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Ashton Hovda, for Bark Real Estate, raced down the field beating the defenders Saturday against Slim's Place to take the win. Pearson’s entire team showed its ability to pull the flag with defensive credits for all of its team members. Balais showed his ability on both sides of the football with eight flag pulls making Coach Gardner proud. Calderone and Bates both had six pulls for their teams. The 11- to 13-year-old flag football division is perhaps the most exciting to watch with players' skills developed and a competitive attitude on the field. The eight- to 10-year-old division with more than 50 players making up the seven teams play the late morning time slots. Having holdover fans from the previous games, the spectators fill the air with the highest level of energy each Saturday. Business sponsors Slim’s Place, Bark and Company, Lancaster Design, Salty Printing, Cloud Pest Control, Beach to Bay and Truly Nolen are represented each week by enthusiastic ballers. Team Truly Nolen, coached by Rick Hurst, holds the top seat in the rankings three games into the season. The other six teams have similar records with one win, one loss, and some with one tie – proving parity in the league. As we watch the season progress, it

will not be the standout players that will make the difference. The developing player, who grows over the season, will be the key to the championship. In many cases, it is the enthusiastic girl on the field, the unexpected athlete. Layla Yavalar and Ava Harlan on Team Lancaster Design come by their athleticism naturally, and their football skills have grown over the last couple of seasons. Tori Hurst, for Team Truly Nolen, works hard each game to make the difference. Team Beach to Bay’s Lilly Kawahata showed her defensive ability this week. Salty Printing has the Culhane sisters, Marley and Mikaela, each contributing to their teams’ efforts. For Slim’s Place, the Johnston sisters make their presence known on the field. As the starting quarterback for her team, Kendall Johnston, lead her team to near-victory this week. Jayden Sparks and Jocelyn Raines give it their all of their team, Bark Real Estate. Cloud Pest Control has its own female powerhouses in Brielle Fitzsimmons and Brenna Heckler. The oldest age division, the 14- to 17-year-olds, with four teams and 30 players, play to a slim cheering section. Having the last time slots of the

day, the concessions are closing, the snow cone truck has left, there are no straggling fans from previous games to cheer them on – only the devoted parents, friends and family members. These veteran players pound the turf for fun and, to be honest, for a chance to cut up a little and forget the pressures of high school. Even the referees are done for the day before these games start, but the fun still goes on. Lucen Lubore, for Team Intechgrate Systems, topped the week with 280 passing yards. His team dominated the field with Lane Burnett charging down the field with 135 passing yards, only to be seconded by Nate Hyman capturing 100 yards with great receptions. Joe Peery and Javier Rivera supported their team on both sides of the ball. Rutger Langley aired up 145 passing yards for Team Air & Energy, getting the ball to Silas Banyas, Roman Langley, Chance Hayward and Morgan Horesh. In their victory over Duncan Real Estate, Team Sign-A-Rama the wellrounded team, lead by Tuna McCracken with 120 passing yards in the game, proved the rusher can make the differsee sports, page 34

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TOWN CRIER Island waste collection Saturday The annual Hazardous Household Waste and E-Scrap Collection for Island residents will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coquina Beachside parking lot. Island residents can bring in those items that fall under the definition to that location for collection. Businesses wanting to participate in the collection are urged to call 941-7986761 for specific instructions.

Call for volunteers The Center of AMI is in full swing and needs volunteers to help during this busy season. Their activities include Murder Mystery Evenings, a Rat Pack Crooner and the annual Tour of Homes. Ccontact Volunteer Director Robyn Kinkopf at 778-1908, ext. 204, or robyn@centerami. org if you would like to volunteer, come to the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at noon or 6 p.m. for a group orientation.

Fun and fashion The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is hosting a High Tea and Fashion Show from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Enjoy scones with strawberry jam, savory and sweet food selections, tea and door prizes along with the fashion show. Tickets are $20, and they go quickly. To reserve tickets, call the church at 942778-1638.

Wisconsinites to gather The 60th Annual Wisconsin Day celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, with a potluck luncheon buffet. Doors open at 10 a.m. for registration, and past events have drawn 300 Wisconsin refugees, residents, vacationers and cheeseheads of all types. Attendees are urged to bring a luncheon dish to generously feed eight to 10 adults. Crockpots and slow cookers are popular, and those bringing one should put an ID on the heating vessel and its lid. Bring your own table setting; baked beans, coffee and hot water for tea will be provided. There will be live polka music for dancing and listening, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and many door prizes. The fee is $5 per person. For more information, call Denny at 941-907-6646 or Larry at 941-243-3747.

Shop near the shore Now there are two times for shopping at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach at

2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, at the trolley stop and concession stand area on Wednesday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wednesday market runs through April 19. The Sunday market continues through July excluding Easter, Mother’s Day and Memorial weekend. Browse the vendors’ tents offering work by local artists and crafters, clothing, plants, fresh produce collectables, health and beauty items and souvenirs of your stay in paradise. The Anna Maria Island String Band will be performing throughout the Beach Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ride the free trolley to the market or park in the free parking lot.  Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. Contact Nancy for more information at 941-518-4431.

Library fun on Wednesday Have fun sitting down at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Wednesday, Jan. 25. First, the Coloring Club is a good way for kids and adults to relax from noon to 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the Chess Club meets. There will be a chess master to help beginners learn and experienced players get better. It’s fun for all ages. Call 778-6341 for more information.

Card games at church The Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, in Holmes Beach, hosts duplicate bridge starting at noon on Tuesdays. Everybody is welcome.

Bingo fun

Feel the environment The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department is initiating a new, ongoing monthly series to help participants relax, de-stress and reconnect with nature with the first session, Four Elements Earthwalk: Water, on Friday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave. W Participants will explore the element of water, discovering fluidity as they walk near Perico’s newly created tidal lake and the bayou. The walk for this month will emulate the flow of water, and participants will discover how to move with both grace and power. They will practice basic mindfulness techniques as they learn how to apply nature’s teachings and elements to their own experience. This is suitable for ages 16 and up, and reservations are required. Call 941-7425923, ext. 6039.

Program for kids and parents The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will host Forty Carrots, a parenting program based in Sarasota, on Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. This is a program where kids from mobile babies to five years old and their parents experience new activities, join in circle time fun, spend time with other families and get valuable parenting information. The program is free, and tickets are available at the library desk. Space is limited to 12 families. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Learn the iPad

Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach, runs each Thursday evening in January, February and March from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be drinks and cake available and door prizes.

If you got a new iPad and you’re afraid to turn it on, the Island Branch Library, at 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, is offering a free class on the pioneer tablet on Friday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your iPad. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Quilting companionship

Rhythm on the beach

The Island Branch Library at 5701 Marina Drive, in Holmes Beach hosts quilting on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your equipment and make a solo quilt or a teamwork quilt. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Enjoy the rhythm of drums keeping the beat at the Sunset Drum Circle at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.

Music on the beach

Andi Watson, Development Director of Just For Girls discusses “From Poverty to Prosperity” on Friday, Jan. 28, at 8:30 a.m. at the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting at the Manatee Beach Café at 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach. Breakfast is available before the meeting, and Kiwanis Club members from out of town are welcome

Enjoy Jam in the Sand on Thursdays at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s free, and it’s fun. Enjoy dinner while you listen.

Help with weight control Overeaters Anonymous meets at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, each Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 813-494-6518.

Success stories

Breakfast and fellowship Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, hosts a pan-



cake breakfast on Saturday, Jan, 28, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For $6 enjoy pancakes, sausage, syrup and/ or melted butter, applesauce, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea. There is no charge for children under 5. The Roser Thrift Shop will be open across the street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for your shopping pleasure

Learn CPR West Manatee Fire Rescue is holding a CPR class at the Island Branch Library, at 5701 Marina Drive, in Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must pre-register for this class by coming to the library or calling 941-7786341.

Cribbage at Ducks D Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, is hosting cribbage games on Sundays at 11 a.m. It’s free, and no reservations are required. Just show up.

Feathered friends tour Take the Perico Preserve to Neal Preserve Manatee Audubon Society Birding Tour on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Search the skies for Florida’s fliers. Birder Lucette will lead participants on a tour through two of Manatee County’s newest preserves. Check out the “locals” as well as the migratory birds that are wintering here. The program is sponsored by the Manatee County Audubon Society. Reservations are required. Call 941-748-4501, ext. 6039.

Ragtime, boogie woogie at Roser Pianist Bob Milne plays ragtime and boogie woogie in concert on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. at the Roser Community Church Sanctuary. Doors will be open at 3 p.m., and the church requests a free-will offering to offset costs for these concerts. Milne will accompany the music with historical narratives. He is likely to insert anything else, such as light classical or country-western. For more information call the church office at 941-778-0414, e-mail, go to www.roserchurch. com or on Facebook at www.facebook/ roserchurch.

Preschool fun time Preschoolers are invited to the Island Branch Library, at 5701 Marina Drive, in Holmes Beach, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 10 to 11 a.m. where children’s librarian Trudy Bell will read stories, play music, and have some crafts for the kids. Parents are also invited. For more information, call 941-778-6341.



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sports: Fun in the sun FROM PAGE 32

ence in the game. Getting in to the head of the opposing team’s quarterback is key, and Cooper Hardy and Chelsea Brashear accomplished this Saturday. Both players, forcing quarterback Mac May to scramble and throw the ball, also had critical sacks, one by Hardy for a safety. Receptions and ground yardage by Tyler Brewer, David Daigle and Connor Ludwig paved the way for two touchdowns by Hardy. Despite the loss, Duncan Real Estate had standout plays by Jackson Hayes, Marcus Boyles, John McCauley, Bryce Higgins and Chris Snyder. On the other end of the age spectrum, the 5- to 7-year-old division is truly working this season as a developmental division. The 12 players meet each week to go head-to-head with their friends with Moss Builders as the division sponsor. In the seasons to come, these little ones will be the ones to watch.

Sun Scoreboard Thursday, Jan. 19 – Semi-Final Playoff Games Adult Co-Ed Soccer #1 Mason Martin 3 #4 Wash Family Construction 2

Key Royale men tie in contest There was a tie for first in the best ball of partners contest on Monday morning, Jan. 16 at Key Royale Club between partners George Barford and Jim Thornton and Dave Kruger and Al Pollock with a score of 23. Second place went to Bob Reid and Bill Martin with a score of 25. There was a tie Monday afternoon in the singles competition of the modified Stapleford between Gary Alvord, Dan Richardson and Dennis Schavey with a score of +4. Dale Hudson, John Koloveski, Larry Pippel and Dennis Schavey won the team competition with a score of +4. Thursday, Jan. 16, 53 golfers played a nine-hole scramble. Jim Auch, Bob Blazer, Marty Hicks and Dan Richardson took first place with a score of 28, 4 under par. There was a three-way tie for second place between the teams of John Estok, Wayne Patterson, Larry Solberg and Bob Soos; Bill Koche, Scott Mitchell, Joe Muscatello and Steve Pfiel; and Bruce Allen, Dave Richardson and Terry Tarass with a score of 29, 3 under par.

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Saturday, Jan. 21 Youth Flag Football: 8-10-Year-Old League Lancaster Design 6 Truly Nolen 34 Beach to Bay 15 Salty Printing 20 Slim’s Place 12 Bark Real Estate 16

Key Royale Women’s President’s Cup

Youth Flag Football: 11-13-Year-Old League

The first round of the Women's President's Cup was played at Key Royale Club on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Net scores will be combined with the next week's round to determine the winner. Forty-six women competed in a low individual net contest. Winners in flights were:

Anna Maria Oyster Bar 0 Tyler’s Ice Cream 22 Planet Stone 26 Progressive Cabinetry 7

Youth Flag Football: 14-17-Year-Old League

Flight A 1st* Margrit Layh  30 2nd* Sue Little  30 3rd* Lori Waggoner  33

Flight C 1st Roxanne Koche  25 2nd Connie Livanos  30 3rd* Susan VanOrsdel  32

Janet Razze had a chip-in on #5; Terry Westby on #8 and Joyce Lathrop on #7.

Air & Energy 7 Intechgrate Systems 20

Flight B 1st Penny Williams  26 2nd Tootie Wagner  29 3rd Gloria LaDue  30

Flight D 1st Terry Westby  27 2nd* Vicki Anderson  32 3rd* Anne Klein  32

Penny Williams posted the low gross score of 40.

Duncan Real Estate 6 Sign-A-Rama 14

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in brief Bert Harris lawsuit updates on Thursday agenda

The agenda for the Thursday Jan. 26 Anna Maria City Commission includes an update on Bert Harris claims from the city attorney; discussion on the potential hiring of a lobbyist to combat State Sen. Greg Steube’s proposed vacation rental bill, SB 188; and the authorization of a contract with a firm that would assist the city in potentially enacting special assessment fees on vacation rentals. The full agenda and meeting packets are available at www.

Pines paving approved The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) reached consensus last week to move forward with plans to spend $9,486 in CRA funds leftover from a recent paving project to resurface the portion of Bay Drive North that is owned by the city and passes through the Pines Trailer Park, from Bridge Street


to Second Street North. The other privately owned streets in the park will not be resurfaced at the city’s expense. City Engineer Lynn Burnett said the street resurfacing project could likely be completed within 90 days. It was noted that no trailers would be moved to accommodate a project designed to eliminate standing water and street flooding caused by existing dips and low spots in the road.

Author meet and greet set The Friends of the Island Library will host an Island Author Meet & Greet at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. The following local authors will be available to sell and sign their books. • Judy Allen, winner of the 2015 Florida National League of American Pen Women Award for “Around the Bend with Lou.” Her latest book is “On Briland Time.” • Robert Bachner, author of “Last Clear Chance.” • Sam Black, author of several books including “Fatal Serum” and “Until.” • Marie Corbett, author of “January: A Woman Judge’s Season of


Disillusion.” • Susan Klaus, 2014 winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for “Flight of the Golden Harpy” and her book “Secretariat Reborn’’ won FAPA Silver Presidential Award for Best Adult Florida Fiction in 2013. • Iris Litt , author of several books of poetry. Her latest book is “Snowbird.” • Helaine Mario, 2016 winner of the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award for “Lost Concerto.” • Vicki Mickelson, author of several books of poetry including “Island Attitudes,” “Under the Crumbling Stars” and “Dearest Liberty.” • Alice Moerk, prolific composer and author who has published several books and received the Eudora Welty Award for “Ain’s Song.” • Linda Ress, author of novel “Crying Days.” • Charlie Shook, author of “Hiding Behind The Pulpit: Confessions of a ‘Barely’ Called Preacher.” Nancy Nau Sullivan, journalist and author of “The Last Cadillac: a Memoir.” For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.




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Target: mortgage interest deduction T

his is the time of year that you will be receiving the annual statement from your mortgage lender itemizing the interest paid on your mortgage for tax purposes. This year, however, the statement could contain a big fat target right in the middle. Steven Mnuchin, who is president-elect Trump’s nominee for the treasury secretary position, indicated that the administration’s plan would “cap mortgage interest but allow some deductibility.” Statements like this is like waving a red cape in front of a furious bull. The furious bull in this case is the National Association of Realtors and its 1.2 million members against the tax reform. Their position is that capping the deduction would hurt every homeowner, even those whose interest payments fall below the cap, because housing is all one cohesive market. Economist Richard McKenzie has estimated that the value of every home in America would decline by 10 percent to

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger 15 percent the day after the deduction is capped. The home mortgage tax deduction, which some say is simply a government subsidy for homeowners, is available to all who pay United States taxes and who itemize their taxes. They can deduct mortgage interest, which is attributable to a primary residence and a second-home residence up to $1 million, and interest paid on home equity debt up to $100,000. According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 60 percent of the families who claim the mortgage interest deduction have household incomes between $60,000 and $200,000, which contradicts

that it primarily helps the wealthy. Also, they contend that the mortgage interest deduction helps middle-income families who already pay nearly all U.S. income taxes. Of course, the major reason the association is against capping the deduction is its effect on the health of the real estate market. Generations of Americans have relied on these deductions in making enormously consequential financial and cultural decisions dictating where they live and where they raise their families. Those in government and elsewhere, who think eliminating the mortgage tax deduction is good for the economy, point to the additional source of revenue that would be available to the government to put towards budget deficits and federal projects. Perhaps readjusting the mortgage tax deductions over a period of years would have some merit, but a major change like this, which would affect almost every citizen in some way, whether they own or rent housing, must be phased in and approached in a

very limited fashion. If I heard that the mortgage tax deduction was in jeopardy before the election, I sure don’t remember. With interest rates going up and probably hitting 4.5 percent by the end of this year, the housing market can’t afford another hit. Just the discussion of the possibility of losing this tax deduction could result in potential homeowners reconsidering the benefit of owing their own home. Also, included on the end of year mortgage interest statement are usually the property taxes and insurance payments, if your lender is responsible for paying these items. This year, two of the three, mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible on your tax return, but watch out for next year when that target may actually appear on the end of year statement. Personally, I don’t think it will ever happen, and if it does, I’m not only selling my property, but I’ll be looking for a new job.

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WMFR presents 2016-17 awards BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

It was a festive evening Jan. 19 at West Manatee Fire Rescue’s administration building as the district awarded 12 honors to 20 firefighters. Receiving recognition for 30 years with the district was Capt. Chris Sheppard. Capt. Chris Kiernan and Lt. Jeff Lonzo were recognized for 25 years on the job. Lt. Darren Vollmer received recognition for 20 years with WMFR. Lt. Paul Hopkins and firefighter Dan Tackett both were honored for 15 years with the district. Chief Tom Sousa, along with firefighters John Balzer, Jay Johnson, Andrew Lauricella and Bernard Oszust were recognized for 10 years of service with the district. Firefighters Josh Adkins, Robert Haygood and Tyler MacDonald received recognition for 5 years, while firefighters Jacob Dillard, Cody Gregory, Garret Kurtz, Jacob Thiele and Spence Van Buskirk were recognized for completing their first year with WMFR.


More than two dozen first responders with West Manatee Fire Rescue celebrate Jan. 19 after the district’s annual awards at the administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The Phoenix Award, a quarterly recognition for firefighters who successfully rescue a cardiac arrest patient, was given to Lt. Nate Bergbom and firefighters Chris O’Kelly and Cameron Fraiser. O’Kelly also received one of the evening’s top honors, Firefighter of the Year. He was joined by Capt. Ben Rigney who received the Officer of the Year award.

Meritorious service awards were given to firefighters Jeff Phillips, MacDonald, James Leigh, Lonzo and Lt. John Stump. The district also recognized Commissioner Randy Cooper, who will be taking over the post of commission chair in 2017. Battalion Chief Rick Losek presided over the awards in the place of Sousa, who was absent from the

awards and following commission meeting. Losek also recognized three firefighter/paramedics recently hired by the district, Andrew Powers, Alex Flores and Frank Agresta. The three join two other firefighters cross-trained as paramedics. Eight additional firefighters are expected to graduate paramedic school by the end of 2017. WMFR is supporting firefighters seeking to cross-train as paramedics in the hopes it soon will be able to begin offering advanced life support service. ALS service would see fire engines equipped with additional medical gear and at least one paramedic per shift, allowing firefighters to provide the same care as Manatee County EMS without patient transport capabilities. An update on the district’s application to the county for support is expected in the next several weeks.



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HOUSES: Board pushes size limits FROM PAGE 22

limit. A new lot is created when a large property, like a single lot that contains a resort, is reconfigured to allow for multiple homes or duplexes. New lots can also be created by combining several lots and replatting them as a new subdivision. The proposed lot size limits would not apply to existing lots, even if the current structures are demolished. The board is now reconsidering a previously reached consensus calling for a residential structure’s upper living level (the top floor) to be no more than 60 percent of the first living level. It was also noted last week that the existing 35 percent lot coverage limit that applies to impervious

surfaces and stormwater drainage would prevent the construction of a 2,000 square foot single level home built above ground level parking. Board member Reed Mapes, a retired contractor, said when he tried to apply the various requirements to the theoretical design of a home he could not make the numbers work. It was agreed the board would continue those discussions at its Wednesday, Jan. 25 meeting. Taking up a matter previously discussed but not voted on, the board members reached 5-1 consensus in favor of a recommended LDC amendment that would limit single-family homes and duplexes to no more than four bedrooms. For duplexes, this would equate to two bedrooms in each unit or three

bedrooms in one unit and one in the other. The board’s intent is to lower the occupancy of vacation rental homes while discouraging the construction of large box-like structures, but the recommended amendments would also apply to new homes built for permanent, part-time and seasonal residents. Burns voted against all three of the recommended amendments because he felt they would reduce property values, which could subject the city to Bert Harris claims, and further restrict property owners’ ability to develop their properties in the manner they desire. P&Z recommendations are subject to future city commission approval, modification or denial.



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FDOH: Medical marijuana rules proposed FROM PAGE 1

THC is the agent in marijuana that produces the euphoric high and the low THC strain prevents or limits that effect. The FDOH report recommends the following medical conditions would qualify a person to be prescribed full-strength medical marijuana: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiples sclerosis and other comparable debilitating medical conditions, as determined by the Florida Board of Medicine. Patients would have to first obtain a state-issued Compassionate Use Registry Identification Card. “A physical certification may only be provided after the physician has conducted a physical examination and a full assessment of the medical history of a patient,” the report states, noting that patients under 21 would need the consent of a parent or legal guardian. The FDOH report recommends a 45-day supply of medicinal marijuana prescribed by a state-certified physician and provided by a certified caregiver (dispensary owner or employee) who is at least 21 and has

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passed a level 1 background screening. In 2015, five Florida nurseries were selected to serve as authorized growers of low THC marijuana. Since then, two more nurseries have been approved. The grower closest to the Island is in Polk County and the nearest existing dispensary for low THC marijuana is in Tampa. It is not yet known if additional growers will be permitted, but the AltMed company in Sarasota is among those interesting in becoming part of Florida’ medical marijuana industry. When asked about the FDOH report, AltMed Marketing Director Todd Beckwith said, “Until the House and Senate establish the rules it would be premature to comment. We are confident Florida legislators will establish a robust medical cannabis program to meet the needs of Florida patients and comply with the intent of Constitutional Amendment 2.” As part of this process, FDOH will host public hearings throughout the state, including one in Tampa on Feb. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at FDOH’s Tampa Branch Laboratory, 3602 Spectrum Blvd. Public comment can also be provided


online at comment-form/index.html

Local prohibition

Last week, the city of Bradenton Beach adopted an ordinance that prohibits the cultivation, processing, dispensing and sale of marijuana. That ordinance was based in part on the ordinance the Anna Maria Commission adopted before the November elections. The Holmes Beach Commission is now working on its ordinance. Elected officials in all three cities decided to prohibit medical marijuana dispensa-

ries even though more than 70 percent of the Island’s residents who participated in the November election supported the initiative. Voter support was 68 percent in Anna Maria, 73 percent in Holmes Beach, 79 percent in Bradenton Beach and 69 percent countywide. The local prohibitions mean those prescribed medical marijuana will have to leave the Island to fill their prescriptions. It’s possible the prohibitions based on federal law that deems marijuana illegal may face legal challenges based on the new state laws enacted later this year. In October, the Manatee County Commission adopted a temporary 180-day moratorium that provides the county six-months to create county regulations to work in in unison with state laws and regulations. It was stated then that the county’s intent was not to enact an outright prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries, but to determine where in unincorporated Manatee County they could be located, similar to a bar, liquor store or adult entertainment business.

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Island Players to preview 'Play On'




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The Island Players will host a benefit preview performance of “Play On� to help raise awareness of and funds for the fight against cancer. The performance will be presented on Tuesday, March 7, at 8 p.m. at the

Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Tickets to the general admission performance are a $20 donation. Tickets are available at the Anna Maria Island Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,

and at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach on Sundays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or from Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431. Tickets are not available at the Island Players box office.



dispensaries: Bradenton Beach just says no FROM PAGE 1

dispensaries if the state or the courts rule that local prohibitions are not consistent with the state laws regulations currently being developed. Before the commissioners voted, Perry provided them with an alternative type of ordinance to consider. It was sent to her by Margaret Good, an attorney in Sarasota who represents a lobbying and marijuana advocacy firm in south Florida. “I write to request that you table the second reading of the medical marijuana ban/moratorium until I am able to present you with an alternative. I am working with Igniting Florida, who is working with local governments throughout the state to ensure smart regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries. I am concerned because an outright ban on medical marijuana would likely not stand up to a constitutional challenge, which could leave Bradenton Beach without any regulation of dispensaries,” Good’s e-mail said. “I have attached a proposed ordinance that I would like you to consider. In that ordinance, the number of dispensaries authorized in a community is linked to the population. Given Bradenton Beach’s size, this would allow for only one dispensary. The ordinance also allows for a competitive process to select the state licensed dispensary that would be allowed to open in your community,” Good wrote. Good’s e-mail included copies of Igniting Floridasupported ordinances adopted in Sumter, Glade and

Osceola counties. “I would request that Bradenton Beach consider this proposed ordinance as a simple way to limit medical marijuana dispensaries without the hassle that potential challenges to an outright ban could cause,” Good’s e-mail concluded. Vice Mayor John Chappie was the first to comment on the proposed alternative. “Since this came in at a late hour, I’m hesitant to stop solely based on the name on the e-mail, Igniting Florida. I don’t know who she represents. We could delay it and do some research, but my first blush at this is she’s not representing what we want to do.” Commissioner Jake Spooner wondered aloud if Good represented a group that hoped to have the one dispensary allowed should the Igniting Floridasupported ordinance be adopted. Mayor Bill Shearon said, “We’ve gone this far with it. We need to get it done. We need to get something on the books before somebody does put in an application. Do we even really need a dispensary? We don’t even have a drug store here. If someone needs medical marijuana, it’s a short trip to someplace else.” Commissioner Ralph Cole noted the ordinance could be amended if it is determined later local prohibitions will not be allowed according to the new state laws developed for the implementation of the medicinal marijuana program supported by the majority of Florida’s voters in November.

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Parks plan input deadline extended Nearly 500 people have given input on the future of Manatee Parks as part of the Manatee County Parks Master Plan and project planners extending the effort to gather more as they assemble a 15-year blueprint for the county to develop and maximize recreation areas and open spaces. Much of the feedback has come from a series of workshops to get peoples’ ideas on what they like and how they want the recreational spaces to be like in the future. The final workshop was held on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Palmetto Library, and the county added another opportunity for feedback at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Ave., Bradenton, between noon and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. Many others have participated in the Master Plan by taking an online survey at The deadline to participate in the survey has been extended to Thursday, Jan. 26. Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Director, has said the public meetings are about getting “a wide diversity of comments and for people to tell us in their own words what their expectations are for what a quality parks system looks like.”

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Island cities help feed the hungry BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

The island mayors want to help those in need with food donations. Representatives of the Mayors Feed the Hungry program addressed members of the Barrier Island Elected Officials Jan. 18 at Longboat Key Town Hall, asking for the four island mayors’ support of the annual food drives. The program collects food and monetary donations for grocery gift cards to distribute to needy families in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The all-volunteer program concentrates on providing food during the holiday season, beginning two weeks before Thanksgiving. During its 30 year history, program chair Joel Swallow said the organization has given away $3.5 million in food gift cards and over 600 tons of food. “Over 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to the program,” Swallow said. “We provide more than just food,” program representative Shirley Pearson said.

In addition to its annual food drives, the organization also organizes community meal opportunities, public awareness promotions, fund raisers and food gift card distributions. Pearson said she had spoken with Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson and Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, who were absent from the meeting, about the program. She said both mayors, who have done small holiday food drives for the organization in the past, are supportive of the program. She asked Longboat Key Mayor Terry Gans and Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon also to consider supporting the program. “We’ll pursue it,” Shearon said. “The program gives the community the opportunity to come together with city mayors, commissioners and law enforcement to build community relations,” Pearson said. For more information on the Mayors Feed the Hungry program, visit www.


1/13, found property, 10005 Gulf Drive. A cell phone was turned into the District Five Substation. 1/14, found property, 9800 block of Gulf Drive. A purse was turned in to a deputy. Efforts to notify the owner were unsuccessful so it was put in a secure place.

Bradenton Beach

1/17, petit theft, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bridge Street Bistro. The owner of the Bistro caught the defendant with a bottle of rum that he took from the bar area. He also took a bottle of whiskey and stashed it in the bathroom. The owner stopped the defendant from leaving the scene. He was arrested. 11/9, warrant arrest, 100 Fourth Street North. The officer stopped the driver for a traffic offense and found out he had a warrant for his arrest. 1/12, battery, spousal abuse, 200 Bay Drive N. The complainant said her livein boyfriend hit her during an argument. He was arrested. 1/12, property damage, 100 block of Gulf Drive South. A street sign was knocked down.


1/15, animal bite, 10104 Cortez Road W., Clam Factory. The victim was exiting the restaurant when a brown dog jumped out of a parked car and bit him on the stomach. The dog’s owner left the scene before EMS personnel arrived.

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Schooner down, again

On Dec. 28, the 66-foot wooden schooner San Francesco was raised after it sank while docked in front of the Seafood Shack restaurant in Cortez. The schooner’s time afloat proved to be short-lived. On Jan. 5, she began taking on water and her leaking patchwork hull is once again sitting on the bottom of the waterway. Having raised the schooner twice now at that location, owner Rick Stewart said he was trying to arrange for the use of a large trailer that would allow him to transport the schooner by land to the nearby F.I.S.H. Boatworks so the wooden hull could be replaced, but as of now the ship’s fate remains unknown.

1/12, possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license, 2800 block of Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the defendant for failure to dim his headlights with traffic coming. He found the defendant’s license was suspended for not attending traffic school, and he handcuffed the defendant. The officer searched the automobile and found marijuana. He placed the defendant under arrest. 1/13, driving with a suspended license, 200 block of North Harbor Drive. The officer stopped the driver for running a stop sign. She handed him a Mexican driver’s license, but he found out she had a Florida license that had been suspended three times. She was ticketed. 1/13, criminal mischief, 5000 block of Gulf Drive. The complainant’s passengerside windshield wiper was missing and the arm was bent so it would have to be replaced. She said there is a subject whom she and her husband have been having trouble, and he was seen walking past their home recently. 1/14, violation of alcohol law, trespass warning, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach. The officer spotted the subject



drinking beer at the beach. He issued a notice to appear and trespassed him from that location. 1/4, Baker Act, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach. Two officers were dispatched to the beach to do a welfare check on the subject after a witness said she was consuming prescription medication and alcohol and said she wanted to harm herself, They found her crying hysterically and in possession of some medications. She resisted when they tried to take her away under a Baker Act, and she kicked an officer in the stomach. She was finally subdued and taken to a medical facility. 1/14, noise violation, 302 55th Street. The officer was dispatched to the vacation rental due to a noise complaint. He found the noise emanating from the house. He knocked on the door and asked them to be quiet. He said he explained the noise ordinance to the renter and his “defiant friends.” 1/16, theft from a building, 7300 Gulf Drive, La Casa Costiera. The complainant said a battery backup was taken from a shelf in the garage. 1/16, driving without a valid driver’s license or registration, 300 block of 56th Street. While attending to a power line down, the officers blocked the road with their patrol cars. The defendant drove around them, going off the street. She was stopped and produced an expired license and registration. The officer ticketed her, seized her tag and had her vehicle towed. 1/16, alcohol violation, 5000 Gulf Drive on the beach. The police got a call of six males in a pickup driving recklessly and throwing beer cans out the windows. He found them on the beach. He observed them drinking and approached them. He had them empty their beers in the sand and explained the alcohol law. They were all juveniles from out of the county. The officer said they were respectful to him, so he did not ticket them for traffic offenses. He issued citations for having beer on the beach and released them to their parents. 1/18, resisting a law enforcement officer, disorderly intoxication, 5503 Marina Drive, Keyes Marina. The officer observed the defendant drive in two lanes and run over the curb while making a right turn. He asked for a driver’s license and registration, which the driver had trouble finding. The passenger was argumentative and the officer smelled alcohol on both of them. He asked the driver to step outside his truck to perform a field sobriety test, and he refused. Both of his passengers argued with him. He tried to arrest the driver and ordered his two passengers to leave the area as they were interfering with his attempt to arrest the driver. He and a backup officer finally detained the driver and arrested one of the passengers.




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67 Singer Bruni married to Nicolas Sarkozy 68 Morning cuppa 69 Amounts to Down 1 Leaves in a bag 2 Prankster 3 "Pillow Talk" actress 4 Lots 5 Provide with for a time 6 Montague lad 7 Blow away 8 With 18-Across, Southwestern cuisine 9 Museum pieces 10 Lucy and Ethel and Thelma and Louise 11 "Indeed!" 12 Oust, in a way 13 Church choral works 21 "Eww!" 22 Tibetan title 23 "Angie Tribeca" channel 24 Weak cry 26 Brand of blended seasonings 27 Itsy-__ 30 Inventor Howe 31 Population information Answers to 01-18-17 Crossword Puzzle.

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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE NORMS TOWING gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 1/25/2017 9:00am at 1855 63rd Ave E Bradenton FL 34203 pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. NORMS TOWING reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids

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FOUND CAT grey and white friendly cat found on 63rd street Holmes Beach, near boat ramp. Dec 4. Call 813-546-3982 LOST MY GRANDMOTHER'S gold wedding band (initials inside and date) at Coquina Beach area. Reward. Call 407-579-1621 LOST TENNIS BRACELET Gold with Diamonds around. Near Dog Park or Publix. REWARD! Call 941778-2494 LOST MAN’S SILVER Wedding Ring, silver with stones mounted. Lost at Coquina Beach near restrooms. Please Call 813413-3373

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 941794-0455 BAYSIDE COMMERCIAL PAINTING. David Padyani Call 941-565-9446 or Larry Zimmer 941-2248123 Licensed & Insured PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES. Prompt & Reliable. Meticulous, Thorough, Quality Workmanship. Interior/Exterior. Wall paper removal.. Also minor repairs & carpentry. Free written detailed estimates. Bill Witaszek 941-307-9315


PETS ARE YOU WANTING to vacation and not worry if your pet is lonely. I will overnight in your home, so your animal can stay in his own environment. Home Sitting is also available. Great References. Call Mary 941-405-2496

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

REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE STARTING FROM THE UPPER 200’s. Only minutes from the beach, this new active adult community is perfectly located just south of Manatee Ave, off Village Green Pkwy. Perfectly designed, open 2BR or 3BR/2BA plus den & 2CG floor plans. Luxurious amenities, pool, spa, gym, pickle ball and fenced-in dog park. HOA only $190/month. Models open daily. Contact us 941-254-3330 106 WILLOW RENOVATED Cottage. 1 in from Beach, beautiful pool/spa. Lush landscaping $1,197,000. Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 FIND REAL ESTATE at Call Sandra Glantz 941-7999229 Licensed Real Estate Professional with Wagner Realty. Call for free market analysis. BAY FRONT HOME Palma Sola W. Bradenton 4000sq.ft. 4BR/3.5BA 4 car garage. Stunning cathedral ceilings. No Island traffic! Island Real Estate Ask AL Galletto 941-232-2216




REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE BRIGHT & AIRY WITH Open Water Views - 2 bed/2 bath! One of the lowest priced in Perico! $194,900 Call Kathleen White, Realtor! 941-7730163 FOR SALE BY OWNER Large 2BR/2BA condo in Palma Sola Harbor. 1296sf Waterfront Home with dock, gated community with amenities. 2 miles from beaches. 2 pets allowed $290,000 Call 972351-2834

RENTALS: ANNUAL 1BR/1BA IN TRIPLEX near St. Stevens / Manatee High. Water, Sewer, Trash, electric & Gas incl. $850/mo, $850 security. Credit & Background required . Available immediately. Ask for Ed. DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 www. ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/3BA Upstairs Apt. on Pine Ave. $1,850/month. Call Sato Real Estate, Inc. at 941-778-7200 or email monica@satorealestate. com

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WEST BRADENTON San Remo 4011 Plumosa Terrace 2BR/2BA/1CG on Salt Water Canal. W/D hookups, Large lanai & yard plus dock Bring your boat! $1600/mo unfurnished. First, & Security. Credit check. Lease option possible. Call JoAnn 941809-2488 ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact junew@ – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. 2BR/2BA FURNISHED BAYFRONT Condo at Shellpoint $1750-Annual lease. Longboat Key Studios $975 month to month lease only. Call A Paradise 941778-4800 HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Pool view & partial bay view from this 2nd floor, 2BR/2BA condo in W. Bay Pt. Moorings. Spacious 1377 sq. ft. light & bright unit with new paint and bedroom floors. Ready January 1st. $1800/mo. Call Island Real Estate 941-778-6066

CHARMING 2BA/1BA HOME w/lanai & large yard. Washer/dryer 1100 sq. ft. on quiet cul-de-sac. Home West of 26th Street next to St. Joseph’s Church Bradenton. Annual lease $1400/mo plus utilities, first/last and $500 security, credit/background check, lawn & pest provided by landlord. Call Scott 941-779-3313

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WILLKOMMEN AUF AMI! Besuchen Sie Island Real Estate in einem unserer Inselbüros (6101 Marina Drive oder 419 Pine Ave) mit unserem deutschsprachigen Reservierungsservice und erhalten ein freies Island Real Estate Baseball Cap! Wir geben Ihnen gerne mehr Auskunft über unsere 250 ausgewählte Feriendomizile für Ihren nächsten Urlaub!

ANNUAL RENTAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA with office, shared deck & washer/dryer. Storage room. Steps to beach. $1700/mo small & medium pets accepted. Call 941-704-4591

VACATION RENTALS Winter 2017 – weekly / monthly available Jan, Feb, Mar. Contact Fran Maxon Real Estate 941778-2307.


SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE: January, February, March & April. HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA ground level. Block to Gulf. ANNA MARIA (monthly minimum): 2BR/2BA & 2BR/1BA Both ground level and Close to Beach. 2BR/1BA Gulf Front. Second story. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-7780426 kringco@tampabay.

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 941704-7525 or 941-778-1915

GREAT ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1BR/1BA Remodeled Home. 55+ Community across from beach. $2,200 for April, $2,000 for May, $1,800 for June thru November. Call Kevin @ 309-716-4015

WEST COAST TREASURE 3BR/2BA fully furnished home. Available now! NW Bradenton (Palma Sola). 4 miles from Beach. Nightly/Weekly/ Monthly. Reasonable Rental Rates. Call 941201-2190 GULF DRIVE BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/1BA full kitchen ground floor. Direct TV, porch 75 steps from beach. Beautiful. Available March – May. 90 day minimum Call 813-917-5270

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport: Tampa $85, Sarasota $35, Clearwater $75, Fort Meyers $150, Orlando $150. Call 800-301-4816., www.


ANYTIME TRANSPORTATION to all airports, appointments, casino, cruises, etc. Tampa $60. Sarasota $30. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095 ADMIRAL TOWN CAR Professional chauffeur, taxi prices! Airports (1@ $75, 10 $150 to Tampa), Appointments anywhere. Credit cards accepted. Phil 941-320-1120, Licensed & Insured ROGER'S AIRPORT SERVICE. Tampa, St. Pete/ Clearwater, Sarasota/ Bradenton. Call Roger 941773-1469

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