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On the Island pitch! MONICA SIMPSON | SUN

World Cup excitement remains as the Island’s summer soccer season kicks off at The Center. Page 34.

Pier demolition ahead of schedule The demolition of the Anna Maria City Pier is expected to be finished this week.

The vandalized pier banners were valued at $3,682 and had not yet been replaced as of Friday.

BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – A visit to the Anna Maria City Pier late Friday afternoon indicated the demolition process is proceeding at a rapid pace and is ahead of schedule. Only a short section of pier remained and when contacted that day Mayor Dan Murphy said he anticipated the pier demolition to be completed this week – well ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline specified in the contract with Speeler & Associates. “The pier demolition should be done by Tuesday barring any unplanned events. I’m pleased with the progress,” Murphy said. Speeler & Associates began its demolition work on Monday, July 9 and two days later demolished

Pier banner vandalism suspect arrested

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Only a short section of the main pier walkway remained by the end of Speeler & Associates second week of demolition work. the T-end buildings and began removing the decking. The demolition team has now removed most of the remaining pier walkway and pulled most of the wooden pilings.

ANNA MARIA – Holmes Beach resident Michael Lee Brown was arrested on Thursday, July 19, on a third-degree felony charge of criminal mischief ($1,000 or more) in connection with two Anna Maria City Pier restoration project banners that were vandalized on Sunday, July 15. Brown Anna Maria Public Works Manager Dean Jones and Mayor Dan Murphy learned of

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Santa returns A brief rainstorm put a damper on the Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Christmas in July celebration at the Drift In on Bridge Street on Saturday, July 21. Fifteen-month-old Alexandra Selvog, of Bradenton, met with Santa before the storm, but she was a little scared. Her mom, Jessica, wasn’t worried. She knows her daughter will be anxious to meet him again in due time.

Rumbling drums There was a lot of noise in the Island Branch Library recently, but none of the librarians were shushing anybody. It was Ron Collins performing his Tampa Taiko Drumming with a lot of help from the kids and their parents attending. Collins gave the kids some history of this Japanese art form as well as a chance to be heard.


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Fisherman with deflating raft rescued An unidentified fisherman was rescued near Bean Point in Anna Maria Thursday afternoon by members of Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)Marine Unit and a member of Manatee County Marine Rescue. On Friday, MCSO Marine Unit leader Sgt. Russell Schnering described what happened. “He was fishing in a 7-10-foot inflatable raft with no motor, and his raft starting leaking air. My guys took one of Marine Rescue’s employees, and they went out and found him and brought him into the Rod & Reel Pier. “Marine Rescue doesn’t have a boat as big as ours so sometimes they’ll get on our boat with us, and that’s what we did in this case. He was a 34-year-old white male, and there was no paperwork done on it,” Schnering said. Public information officer Dave Bristow said the man was fishing about two miles off Bean Point.

It’s sooner than you think Preparations are underway for the 18th Annual Bayfest on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and sponsors. To sign up, or for more information, contact the AMI Chamber at 941-778-1541 or info@amichamber.org.

Chair pullers wanted Wanted: someone who likes sunsets and sea turtles and is looking for an easy summer job. Some resorts on Anna Maria Island pay people to pull chairs off the beach at sunset to keep baby turtles from running into them and getting disoriented after they hatch. It also protects mother turtles trying to lay their nests. Smugglers Cove needs a chair puller, according to Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle watch and Shorebird Monitoring; others also may be hiring. Contact Fox at 941-778-5638.

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JULY 25, 2018

‘Good manners’ a grand performance

Island Players actress and costume designer Pamela Hopkins directed the play as part of The Center’s summer drama camp. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – The stage was set, literally, for the climax to The Center’s drama camp over the summer vacation on Friday, July 20, and 12 youngsters got to experience the fun of acting on a stage as they performed “Good Manners. Director Pamela Hopkins proudly introduced the cast and told the audience of mostly family members that the cast had only eight full rehearsals before the 1 p.m. performance. The cast performed again at 7 p.m. Hopkins was busy the before the performances, as she didn’t assign cast members to the characters until a few says before, and she had to make costumes to fit the performers. Set in the Middle Ages, the play revolves around a kingdom where a wicked spell has been cast so that good manners have suddenly disappeared. Sir Gwendolyn and Sir Dancelot are charged with bringing them back. The two are new to quests and don’t know what to do, but they get help from characters to help them to rediscover good manners.

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The set was light, and the costumes ranged from dressy, above, to religious, below.

The play went well with few gaffs or delays in the action and several kids sang solo during this musical. It was an uplifting performance

that was a great first experience for those who might aspire for the bright lights and grease paint of the stage. The audience liked it too.

Ward discussion continues The Bradenton Beach City Commission supports the Charter Review Committee’s (CRC) recommendation to return to a geographically based ward system for electing commissioners but opposes the CRC recommendation for a north and south ward system that would only allow voters in each specific to vote in their specific ward races. The commission wants all city voters to have a vote in all commission races. This matter will be further discussed at the Wednesday, July 25, CRC meeting that begins at 9 a.m. TOM VAUGHT | SUN

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Merman makes return visit Merman Storm’s new tail was made by the Florida company whose clients include the world-famous mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

BECOMING MERMAN

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BRADENTON BEACH – The mythical merman has returned to Bradenton Beach. Last year, the mysterious male mermaid was photographed near the BeachHouse restaurant, and his picture ran in The Sun, but it was not known who he was or where he came from. On Friday, July 20, the merman contacted The Sun and shared his tale. Merman Storm, aka Bart Hibbs, is an aeronautical engineer from California who vacations in Bradenton Beach with his non-mermaid wife. “I swam all the way here. If you hide under the ships, they can’t see you when you swim through the Panama Canal,” he joked. Hibbs enjoys Florida’s thunderstorms and sunsets. “That’s why Storm is my merman name,” he said.

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Merman Storm, aka Bart Hibbs, was spotted in Bradenton Beach on Friday. His appearances here often at sunset, when he hopes to see the optical phenomenon known as the green flash. “I’ve been doing this for about three years now. I got into it when I saw a Mertailor video on TV,” Hibbs said. Mertailor is the Crystal River based company that makes tails for adults and kids. The list of clients at TheMer-

tailor.com, includes Lady Gaga, Disney and the world-famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Hibbs recently bought a new silicone tail from Mertailor for $1,200. He said more expensive tails start at $3,000 and go as high as $10,000 to $20,000.

“I graduated from Caltech, and I’m interested in flow dynamics. The company I work for, AeroVironment, was founded by Paul MacCready, the father of human-powered flight. I used to talk to him about human-powered things that move through the air and water. I also like to build things like models and pedal-powered boats, and I’m interested in fantasy and science fiction, so those four things converged on me being a merman,” Hibbs explained. Hibbs was asked about the reactions he gets as a merman. “A lot of people just ignore the whole thing, they don’t know what to do with it. A lot of kids ask me if I’m a real merman. I say of course I am. Adults normally want to know if they can take a picture of me and where I got the tail.” His wife has never donned a mermaid’s tail. “She’s afraid she’ll drown,” Hibbs said. “I’m not all that great of a swimmer to tell the truth, but it turns out the monofin built into the tails is really SEE MERMAN, PAGE 23


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EDITORIAL Valuing civility

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lection season is upon us, and already the gloves are coming off between candidates and between some candidates and the public. The first ballot is months away from being cast, but the first punches have certainly been thrown. In some races already votes of confidence are coming down to where candidates stand on certain issues. Out of consideration is whether or not the candidates, if elected, would have any influence over those issues. Neighbors are pitting themselves against neighbors, and the political divides are becoming painfully obvious. Everyone should stand up for what they believe in. Everyone should help create the change they want to see in their community. The trick is to make a positive change in the community in a positive way, without resorting to backstabbing and dirty politics. At this point, all of the current candidates in all three cities are staying in the game for the long haul. It’s now up to everyone else to do their part. Get out there and do your homework before you vote. Research your community’s candidates, what they stand for, what their track records are and what their background is. At the end of the day, campaign promises often are just ploys to encourage voters to come to a candidate’s side, unless that candidate has the intent and ability to follow through if elected. Part of responsible voting is knowing what you’re endorsing before you go to the polls. While it’s tempting to vote for your friends or vote for someone who makes grand promises, it may not be the best decision for your community and how you want it to be two years from now. In the meantime, remember that we’re still a community. No matter who ends up in office in any of the three cities, we’re all living on the same seven-mile stretch of sand. Every candidate is a friend, neighbor or a welcoming face that you likely see every day. If elected, they will be less politicians and more public servants who receive precious little compensation for their time and effort. As we gear up for the election, let’s not forget the real focus: our Island community. It’s still a long road to November. Let’s all try to stay friends and reject the incivility that seems to be spreading throughout this land.

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Let's not waste our city As a five-year resident of Anna Maria, I may be considered new to the Island compared to those who have experienced more time here. But in the five years of my permanent residency I feel I have become accustomed with and accepted what the Island experience is all about. Isn’t that the reason most of us moved here? We move here to live in paradise, and that’s also why the tourists come to visit. My backyard is the Gulf of Mexico. Can I ask for much more? Well, yes, I can always ask for a little more. As a dog owner, I’m obligated to walk my little Sydney every day. That’s the responsibility you take on when you decide to add

a dog to your family. I like to live a clean life. I don’t like trash on the beach, I don’t like trash on the street, and I don’t like trash on the Island. Every day I walk Sydney and notice dog waste everywhere, and I pick it up with my own bags – not because I want to, but to be a Samaritan of my community. Every day I walk Sydney, I notice trash next to and across the street from my house and pick it up. I don’t care if it’s locals or it’s tourists, but I just don’t understand the non-use of the trash receptacles beside every beach access point and trolley stop on the north end of the Island. I’m tired of picking up after other people. Trash may be one thing, but my main qualm is the negligence or laziness of pet owners that disrespectfully do

not pick up after their animals. Leftover animal waste can cause bacteria that can be harmful to humans and pets alike. Add that with the red tide that occurs, and the health risks could be terrible. I’ve experienced the symptoms personally. I would like to purpose to the city commission or whoever is in charge of this type of situation that we have dog waste bag access stands near or at trolley stops and beach access points so we can keep our city clean. If I’m not mistaken, I think I have already seen one by the Anna Maria City Pier? If it takes a little more money out of our pockets to live in paradise, are you willing to make the sacrifice? I am. Let’s not let our city go to “poop.” Carl (Charlie) Trygg Anna Maria

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PREVIOUS QUESTION: Should anything be done about the recent rash of coyote

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43%

Yes. Trap and remove them to east Manatee County.

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40%

No. Not unless they start eating our pets like they did in Cortez.

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THIS WEEK’S SURVEY Should the use of plastic straws be discontinued?

• Probably, but straws should still be available on request. • Only if it makes economic sense for

• Yes it will benefit marine life and the

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WEDNESDAY JULY 25

Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon. Coloring club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce July business card exchange, The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per member or $10 per prospective member. Reserve to 941-778-1541 or info@ amichamber.org.

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Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key,10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@ theparadisecenter.org or 941-383-6493. Out of My Hands, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Seaside Quilters, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

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Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Intermediate bridge session, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@theparadisecenter. org or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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NEST Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. CPR Training, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. to noon. Reserve to 941-7786341. Healing meditation, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. End of Summer Bash and library photo scavenger hunt, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

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Proof of pending dock shipment received Technomarine’s installation of a new public day dock next to the Bridge Street Pier has encountered numerous delays since the contract was signed in early 2017. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

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BRADENTON BEACH – On Monday, July 23, Technomarine Chief Operating Officer Ryan Miller emailed city officials a draft version of a "bill of lading" for the shipment of the premanufactured floating dock sections to be installed alongside the Bridge Street Pier. Miller’s email was sent to pier team facilitator and Police Chief Sam Speciale, City Treasurer Shayne Thompson and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) member John Horne. “Attached you will find the bill of lading for the Trans-Atlantic shipping of the city docks. We anticipate 4 weeks travel time to Florida and will update you if anything happens to change. Please provide payment in accordance with the CRA's document and let me know when the check will either be mailed to our offices or can be picked up at city hall,” Miller’s email said. The bill of lading from the Worldwide Container Line is supposed to serve as proof that the

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As of Monday, city officials were still awaiting a signed bill of lading as proof that the dock sections have been shipped from Spain. dock sections have been shipped by cargo ship from the manufacturer in Spain, but in red letters the word “draft” appears on the document sent by Miller. The date of issue listed on the bill of lading is July 28 and the “shipped on board” date is also listed as July 28. This appears to indicate the dock sections are scheduled to be shipped but had not yet been shipped. This prompted an email from Thompson to Miller that said, “Is this ‘bill of lading’ a preview of the one coming? If not the concerns with this one are: • It is marked as DRAFT; • It is dated for a time in the future, July 28, 2018; • It is NOT signed.” Within minutes, Thompson re-

ceived a response from Technomarine representative Anna Bennett that said, “The original bill of ladings get mailed to us international express at the office once they have completed loading/shipped. I always get a copy marked draft until shipment has been completed. This shows the ship, container numbers etc.” When contacted, Thompson said he still needed input and authorization from the CRA members before he could issue a check to Technomarine. Thompson said he forwarded the draft bill of lading and the email exchanges with Technomarine representatives to CRA chair Ralph Cole. On June 28, Miller sent city officials an email that said, “The SEE DOCK, PAGE 18


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Baby manatee sighting Paradise Boat Tours’ passenger Brandy Graff recently photographed this baby manatee and its mother near the Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. General Manager Sherman Baldwin said one of his employees witnessed the manatee’s birth earlier this month.

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Island loses two more residents The Island’s loss will be The Villages’ gain.

married us on the beach at Willow Avenue,” Youngs said, noting he’s aware of only one other married gay couple in Anna Maria. “We are loved and accepted. Never did we feel discriminated against, and we very much felt a part of the community,” Youngs said. “I never felt any discrimination or attitude toward us,” Solomon said. “The Villages has quite a large and active gay community. There’s a Friday morning coffee group and several other events. There’s none of that on the Island or in Manatee County,” Youngs said.

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ANNA MARIA – David Youngs and Nate Solomon are the latest permanent residents to leave Anna Maria Island. Last week, the married couple closed on their new home in The Villages in Central Florida. Tuesday, July 24, was their last day as Anna Maria residents. On Friday, they celebrated their new adventure with friends at D Coy Ducks in Holmes Beach. “It’s really good to see everybody, and we appreciate it. We love the Island, and we’ll be back. We’ve already rented a place for next summer. We’re not leaving forever, and we’re only two hours away,” Youngs said. “I feel loved, and I tend to think of it not as goodbye, but just until the next time,” Solomon said. Anna Maria resident Jeff Hummel will miss his friends. “Two great guys. They’re fun to be around, and they’re my best friends on the Island. They would do anything for you. They’re going to be missed, but they’re going to enjoy where they’re going, and we’re all going to go visit them,” Hummel said. “I’ve known them since I moved here about five years ago, and they were some of the first people I met. We’ve always had a great time together,” said Anna Maria resident Charlie Trygg. “We’re gonna miss them, and they’re welcome back anytime,” Paul Quinn said. “These guys are the best. I’m really going to miss them,” said Holmes Beach resident Anita Dotterweich.

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“The Island is expensive and has become a tourist destination instead of a community. It’s a fun place to visit, but not to live,” Youngs

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Nathan Solomon and David Youngs, back left, celebrated with friends at D Coy Ducks on Friday. said when speaking by phone from their new home last week before returning to the Island. “We found a place that we like for a lot of the same reasons we like the Island: People are friendly, it’s pretty in a different way and there’s a lot to do.” Youngs said their home on Willow Avenue was only on the market for two days. “The Harllees, our neighbors down the street, bought it. This allows us to take a step toward being able to retire eventually because The Villages are more reasonably-priced, and now we can float into retirement when we want with no debt,” Youngs said. Youngs and Solomon own and operate DYNS Services, an information technology company they’ll continue operating from their new location while working toward retirement. “We’re going to miss our friends. Darcie Duncan’s a great friend. Jeff Hummel is a great friend. Jana Samuels, our neighbor, saved my life when I almost drowned off Egmont Key. We’ve got a lot of friends, and

we’ve had people in tears. I didn’t expect that,” Youngs said. Solomon said he’d miss “the people, the views of the Gulf and the drinking.” When asked what they’ll miss the least, they both said, “Tourists,” noting the proliferation of vacation rental homes factored heavily in their decision to move. “We had one right next door. It was tiresome having different visitors every week,” Solomon said. Youngs agreed and said vacation rentals are more restricted in The Villages, but still present. “It’s hard to control. It’s an issue there like it is everywhere in Florida,” he said. “They primarily have issues with rentals in the villas that are more compacted together than where we will be living,” Solomon said.

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Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy recently told city commissioners Youngs was resigning from the Planning and Zoning Board. “I want to thank David for his contributions to the city over the two and half years that he served,” Murphy said. Youngs said he learned much about the city while serving as a board member. “We spent two years reviewing the comprehensive plan, and I learned how important it is in being able to preserve the Island. The comp plan gives you a way to freeze in place a lot of the general oversight, including height restrictions,” Youngs said. “I learned that with such a small voter base, it’s important to vote and be involved in local issues,” Solomon added. Youngs said the family that founded The Villages 30 years ago still maintains a great deal of control, so there aren’t a lot of internal politics in those communities. But with a fast-growing population of more than 100,000 residents, The Villages constitutes a significant voting block that prompts frequent campaign stops from local, state and national politicians. “We’re going to be involved in that,” Youngs said. “The Villages are going through a transition, and it’s not as Republican as it used to be. I looked at the voter rolls, and almost half are either Democratic or Independent.”

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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce has scheduled networking opportunities for members and prospective members through August. To RSVP, contact the AMI Chamber at 941-778-1541 or info@amichamber.org On Wednesday, July 25, the Center, of AMI, at 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria, will host the Chamber business card exchange from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for prospective members. The Feast, located at 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will host the Chamber August networking luncheon on Wednesday, Aug, 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost to attend is $15 for members and $10 for prospective members. RSVP is mandatory. The Anna Maria Island Privateers are hosting the Wednesday, Aug. 22, business card exchange at the Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, from 5 to 7 p.m. They will bring their parade ship, Skullywag. The cost to attend is $5 for member and $10 for prospective members.

The Anna Maria Island membership drive is ending July 31, and new members will get some perks if they join by then. There also incentives for Chamber members who sign new members, As of Wednesday, July 18, 17 new members had been signed, according to Chamber Vice President Terri Kinder. Ten of those joined in the preceding month. Kinder said the total membership is 571. For more information or to join, call the Chamber at 941-778-1541.

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HOLMES BEACH – The owners of the West Coast Surf Shop at 3902 Gulf Drive, just south of the Manatee Public Beach, are amazed at the way the community responded to their plight after a fire damaged their store on April 15. “The response was phenomenal,” Jim Brady said as he set up shop next to the store outside under tents Monday. “We appreciate the outpouring of the community.” Jim and Ronee Brady have been selling their inventory since the fire hit that night. There were customers in the store, and the staff got everybody out with no injuries. Jim Brady said earlier they had to bring in some income to make ends meet, and local surfers still come out for supplies. They are anxious to get started rebuilding the shop, but their insurance company hasn’t released the money due them from their claim. Jim Brady said they hope to be able to start repairs

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Jim and Ronee Brady are hopefull they get some insurance money so they can start work on fixing West Coast Surf Shop. soon. “The city already got us a demolition permit, and we’ll go for a permit to rebuild when the insurance company pays off,” he said. “We’re getting tired of sitting outside in the heat,” Ronee Brady said. “We drink lots of water every day, but we can’t do anything about the humidity.” Plans for the shop call for rebuilding

what was there. “We’ll renovate, but it will pretty much be more of the same,” said Jim Brady. Meanwhile, they plan on spending more of their time next to the building, selling their merchandise until they have to make room for reconstruction. And they hope that comes soon.

Adams releases CD Local singer-songwriter Brandi Adams held a CD release party at the Ugly Grouper in Holmes Beach on Thursday, July 12. Backed by guitarist Trevor Bystrom, bassist Kristie Armas and drummer James Hershey, Adams performed songs from her debut CD, “Be Youtiful Life” in front of friends, family members and Ugly Grouper patrons. Adams hosted a second release party the following night at the nearby Freckled Fin. JOE HENDRICKS | SUN


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Setbacks continue for WMFR building sale BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | kswain@amisun.com

BRADENTON – Leaders at Oasis Middle School have just under a month to meet the new deadline for providing proof of financing for the $1.675 million purchase of West Manatee Fire Rescue’s (WMFR) administration building for its new school campus. Attorney Paul Blucher appeared along with school founder and Director Edna Bailey during the July 17 WMFR commission meeting to ask for an additional 30-day extension from the meeting date to provide proof of financing. The previous financial contingency expired July 5. Though Blucher asked for a 30 day extension, he asked for it to be extended from 30 days from the board meeting. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the new end date for the financial contingency, now expiring Aug. 17 and prior to the district’s next meeting. Blucher assured commissioners that his “client is not interested in backing away from this” purchase, partially because of the amount

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Attorney Paul Blucher makes the case for West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners to extend the finance contingency for the purchase of the district’s administration building by Oasis Middle School. of money already invested in the project. After receiving requests for additional paperwork before financing can be approved, Blucher said the school has engaged the services of a second and third bank in a bid to quickly secure funding for the project. “We anticipate that everything should be fine and hope to have approval in 30 days,” he said. In addition to securing financing for the project, the

school also is in the middle of a permitting process with Manatee County to renovate the interior and change the use of the building from a government building to a charter school. In order to change the use, school leaders also need approval from the surrounding residential community which is the next step in the process. Bailey said the initial meeting with the county was “very positive and very encouraging.” Thus far, WMFR has spent an estimated $5,000 on legal fees related to the sale of the building. This is the second time Bailey and Blucher have appeared before commissioners to request an extension. Previously, Bailey requested a 180-day extension for the due diligence period past its June 4 expiration. Commissioners also voted to approve that request. “There will be a point where it doesn’t work for either of us,” Commissioner David Bishop said, reminding Bailey and Blucher that the district is expending taxpayer money in an effort to get the building sold. “I believe you want to get this done.”

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Firefighters pull kitten from Anna Maria Sound West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters had a surprise waiting for them when they responded to a July 16 call for public assistance. At around 5:13 p.m. firefighters arrived at the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue aboard the Marine 1 boat response vehicle where they found a kitten hanging onto one of the supports un-

der the bridge. A woman, who called for the assist, said she saw the kitten go over the side of the bridge but didn’t see it come back out from underneath the bridge. Firefighters were able to pull the kitten from Anna Maria Sound and bring it back safely to land where it was greeted by Battalion 1 and pronounced in good health. A kitten was pulled from Anna Maria Sound after falling off the Anna Maria Island Bridge. Firefighter Jimmy Leigh cuddles the kitten after its rescue aboard West Manatee Fire Rescue’s marine response boat. BEN RIGNEY | SUBMITTED


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WMFR merger just talk for now Without leadership at the Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue district in agreement, a feasibility study to determine if a proposed merger between that district, West Manatee Fire Rescue and South Manatee Fire Rescue can’t move forward. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | kswain@amisun.com

BRADENTON – There have been discussions recently about a proposed merger between West Manatee, Southern Manatee and Cedar Hammock fire districts, but until Cedar Hammock’s leadership commits to a feasibility study it’s all just talk. During the July 16 WMFR commission meeting, Commissioner George Harris, who first brought up the idea of a merger, said that without Cedar Hammock in agreement, the idea is done. The reason that Cedar Hammock is the lynch pin for the deal is that fire districts can only merge with districts they share a contiguous border with, according to the state statutes governing special districts.

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On this map of Manatee County fire districts, WMFR’s district, noted in orange, is nearly split down the middle by the City of Bradenton district, marked in white. WMFR shares an eastern border with Cedar Hammock, marked in light blue, the district which separates WMFR from Southern Manatee fire district. While WMFR does share a border with Cedar Hammock, out of the two only Cedar Hammock shares a border with Southern Manatee. Harris said that he’d spoken with the

board chairman at Cedar Hammock, who agreed to consider the proposal. “I found him to be an enlightened individual, who is quite apparently an out-ofthe-box thinking commissioner,” Harris

said. “He committed to looking at it.” In addition to speaking with the chairman, Harris said he was encouraged to speak with other Cedar Hammock commissioners. His intent, he said, is to meet with all of the commissioners and their challengers to discuss the idea of a merger. Before a merger can become reality, all three districts must agree to consider the possibility and financially commit to a feasibility study conducted by an independent organization. If a feasibility study is conducted and finds that the merger would be beneficial to all three districts and their residents, it would eventually fall to the voters in each district to decide if a merger happens. If at any point in the process one of the districts’ leadership determines the merger is not in their district’s best interests, the merger would fall apart. While his fellow WMFR commissioners are willing to entertain the idea of a merger with the impending sale of the district’s administration building and the end of Fire Chief Tom Sousa’s contract in three years, they have not voted to commit any resources to the project. “I’ve high hopes we will be able to make continuous progress,” Harris said.


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Historic cottage gets facelift The Belle Haven Cottage, located on the Historical Society Museum Complex, has gotten a fresh look, thanks to the money raised from this year’s Giving Challenge. The cottage, which once sat on the Anna Maria City Pier, is a focal point of the complex because it shows how people lived during the early years of the Island’s settlement. The Anna Maria island Historical Society raised $5,450 in donations and funds matches in May. Belle Haven was originally built in 1920 at the end of the first city pier. Because the pier’s pilings were not maintained, the building fell into the bay in 1926. After the storm took the cottage off the weakened pilings and into the water, Lyman Christy was quick to buy

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Belle Haven has been repaired and repainted, thanks to funds raised during this year’s Giving Challenge. the floating home for $125. He hired a crew to salvage and move it by barge to his property on Palmetto Avenue. Belle Haven served as the Christy family home for more than 50 years and a rental cottage for another 25. Over time a sleeping porch, kitchen

and bathroom with plumbing were added to the home. In 2000, the cottage was planned for demolition. The Anna Maria Island Historical Society saw this as an opportunity to add a historic cottage to their park on Pine Avenue. Working with the

three cities of Anna Maria Island, AMIHS received permission and help to relocate the home next to the museum. Residents then donated antiques and family treasures to reconstruct what an early settler’s cottage would have looked like. It was opened to visitors in 2006. Over the years the Cottage suffered from weather related exposure. Over a period of several weeks, the Cottage has been pressured washed, the rotted wood around the door frames and windows has been replaced and new railings for the stairs and ramp were built. Finally a new coat of paint has the Cottage looking like new. John Nye, Carpentry of At Your Door Company and Ken Garner Painting did the work on the facelift.

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Back yard wildlife focus of library program BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources naturalist Amy May visited the Island Branch Library, in Holmes Beach, on Thursday, July 5, to stir their interest in the wildlife in their own back yards. Attendance was light, but that could be attributed to the Fourth of July fireworks the day before. Since most kids’ back yards consist mainly of grass and landscaping, their chances of finding anything big crawling around are small, May said. She focused her presentation on insects, squirrels, rabbits, snakes and lizards. May read three books that showed different types of animals found around houses.

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Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources naturalist Amy May leads kids in animal yoga, movement that imitates animals featured in some of the books that are available at the library. Between books she had the kids stretch their legs by instructing them in animal yoga", where they imitated some of the animals featured in the books. The kids ranged in age from very young to grade school, and May’s

delivery and patience in answering their questions kept their attention. After the lecture, each child was invited to plant a seed in a locking plastic bag and then draw some pictures about critters. This was one of a se-

ries of free lectures and demonstrations to keep the youngsters in a learning mode over summer vacation, sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library.


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Multi-use trail Construction is underway on a paved multi-use trail that will sit atop 57 stone-covered vertical infiltration trenches as part of the stormwater and drainage improvements being made along Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. Located along the northern edge of Gulf Drive, the paved multi-use trail will extend from the entrance to the city to Willow Avenue, where bicyclists and pedestrians can use Willow to connect with North Shore Drive to avoid the vehicular traffic and limited space along Gulf Drive. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said he expects the project to be completed before October.

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will leave Spain on July 7th, I expect to receive the bill of lading by the 12th.” Ryan had been previously informed that the CRA would not make the requested $29,691 installment payment to Technomarine until a bill of lading was received as proof that the pre-manufactured dock sections were en route to Bradenton Beach. The CRA entered into the $119,980 contact with Technomarine in early 2017 and the project once anticipated for a possible September 2017 completion has encountered several delays. Manatee County is reimbursing the CRA for 50 percent of the project costs.

Dated May 25, the most recent project schedule received from Technomarine said the dock shipment would occur between July 16 and Aug. 10; work site mobilization and delivery of the dock would take place Aug.13 to Aug 22; installation of the dock sections and support pilings would take place from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7 and project completion and final inspection would occur by Sept. 12. If the dock sections take four weeks to ship, as stated by Miller, they would arrive in Bradenton Beach on or around Aug. 25 and it is not yet known if the projected timelines can still be met.


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AT&T being added to cell tower Safety concerns regarding high winds and potentially loose exterior panels were raised on Monday. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

BRADENTON BEACH – Work crews affiliated with AT&T spent time last week on the cell tower installing six new antennas and other equipment that is expected to soon provide better cell phone and smart phone reception to AT&T customers. AT&T’s presence on the privately-owned cell tower that sits on land leased from the city of Bradenton Beach will also produce additional cell tower revenues for the city. The tower is located next to the public works building on Highland Avenue. On Friday, Bradenton Beach Marina president Mike Bazzy noticed that some of cell tower’s exterior panels appeared to be

loose and he warned his employees to stay clear of the area. On Monday morning, July 23, Bazzy shared his safety concerns with Public Works Director Tom Woodard and asked that he relay those concerns to Mayor John Chappie. Bazzy told The Sun it appeared as though high winds on Sunday and Monday caused some of the exterior panels to come loose. “It’s worse than what it was on Friday. I don’t want anybody to get hurt,” he said. There have been past instances when the panels came loose during storms or high winds and one loose panel landed on and damaged a boat stored at the nearby marina. “These guys might have this under control, but it makes me nervous,” Bazzy said on Monday, noting the winds were blowing between 15-20 mph according to his wind gauge. “The wind was kicking pretty good, and it’s caused some damage to the panels around it. The

wind kind of popped them open so they’re up there rattling around and making noise,” Woodard said, noting that the work crew had not yet gone up in the crane bucket due to the high winds. At 1:08 p.m., Woodard emailed tower representative Ray Bryant. “Attached are some pictures and a short video of the cell tower. We have experienced high winds this weekend and are concerned about the damage that has occurred to the tower. The commission and citizens are concerned about falling debris, the damage that could occur and the injuries it could cause. Please let us know what can be done and when it will happen,” Woodard’s email said. As of 2 p.m., Woodard had not received a response from Bryant. “I’m assuming it’s wind damage; maybe they’re just blown open because of the wind. It looks like a possible problem, but nothing’s happened yet,” Woodard said.

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Red snapper season closes CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

American red snapper season has come to a close. It ended on midnight of July 20. So my week has been spent offshore quite a bit. I enjoy fishing the depths from 130-160 feet. We can make it there in a timely manner and have plenty of bottom time in an 8-hour trip. Live pinfish are my bait of choice. It eliminates the smaller lane and vermilion snapper from taking time away from the big red grouper and American red snapper. Sometimes, when fish aren’t in a feeding mode, it’s necessary to use a dead bait, and twist the tail off to get the smell out there. So far, I’m pleased with the results. Inshore, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and seatrout are my targets. The morning and the evening bite is where it’s at. Water temperatures are about 90º

in the afternoon. This isn’t conducive to good fishing. A bit too hot, but we make it work. Sharks are everywhere right now. These guys are always fun to play around with. Fun fights as always. Good luck and tight lines.

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Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, trout and a juvenile tarpon on dock lights before daylight and trout to 4-1/2 lbs, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a cobia on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay on flies, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. Jerry Poslusny and Bill Nesbitt, both from Rochester, N.Y., fished several days with me early in the week. We had multiple shots at tarpon with a fly before the blow

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Gabe and Gerald Jarzynka hoist an American red snapper and a beast red grouper caught with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters. on Monday, but on Tuesday we saw very few tarpon. The wind turned west on Wednesday and the coastal Gulf was unfishable for tarpon. We fished Sarasota Bay where they had good action with trout and a cobia on Ultra

Hair Clouser flies, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. My brother, Kirk Grassett from Middletown, Del., fished with me later in the week. With the wind still in a westerly pattern, we

fished dock lights before dawn and had good action with snook, trout to 20 inches and a 10-pound juvenile tarpon on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We worked deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay after dawn and had good action with trout to 4 1/2 pounds, bluefish and a Spanish mackerel on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and DOA Deadly Combos. There should still be some tarpon fishing in the coastal Gulf when conditions improve. There may be fewer fish, but late season tarpon have already spawned and are more aggressive. There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Please limit your kill; don’t kill your limit.


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powerful when you’re out there swimming around. The silicone tail you’ll see today has a monofin designed mainly for looks. I have a feeling it doesn’t have much propulsion, which is why I’m not going into the choppy water for my first swim in it,” Hibbs said. In California, Storm sometimes swims at Harbor Cove Beach in Ventura. “It’s behind the breakwaters and the waves are minor. Then there’s the local community pool. A few days before coming here we had a gathering called Tails and Scales at a pool in southern California – and by the way, many community pools don’t allow tail swimming,” Hibbs said. “I do it because I enjoy it. If

anyone wants to know why a straight, married man would put on a tail and go swimming, the answer is the majority of people who do it are women,” Hibbs said of a hobby that results in time spent with mermaids. “However, we do have a problem with a group of people known as merverts. As soon as you put on one of these tails, some people think you are public property. The only time I’ve been subjected to sexual harassment was when I was wearing the tail. It’s not fun, and it really makes you understand what women have to put up with.”

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Merman Storm was on the beach at the end of Bridge Street Friday evening. Using coconut oil for lubrication, it took him about 10 minutes to squeeze

into the tight silicone tail that includes internal ankle straps. Another challenge is covering the short distance between the dry sand and the water. “You can’t walk, but one way to get there is crab walking: you lift yourself up, support your weight on your heels and arms and move your butt forward as you inch your way to the water,” Hibbs said. Hibbs received some curious looks when putting on his tail, but once he transformed into Mermaid Storm several women approached him and took his picture – and Staci Santiago, an attractive blonde from Kentucky, jokingly straddled him as he laid in the surf. Merman Storm will swim home on Thursday, July 26, and you can follow his travels on Facebook.

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few weeks ago, I went on a cross-country road trip to help a friend move. After driving for four days straight, we finally made it to California. It was a beautiful drive full of incredible adventures, and I highly recommend never doing it. We did everything we were supposed to do along the way – had beignets in New Orleans, tacos in small-town Texas, Arizona iced tea in Arizona. Then we spent our first night in Long Beach as any inspired vagabonds would, sitting on the apartment floor eating Lunchables we got from 7-11. We reveled in the humor of finally arriving to a new place with endless possibilities and immediately reverting to the safety and convenience of a childhood favorite. We sipped our juice boxes as we tried to remember the last time we had eaten a Lunchable, and it hit me. We eat Lunchables all the time as adults. They’re rebranded as charcuterie boards and they usually cost $20 more. Go to a nice restaurant with friends? Become the immediate crowd favorite by confidently ordering a charcuterie board for the table. Having a group over for a dinner party? Slice up some stinky cheese, roll up some fatty meats, slap down some crackers, then raise a glass because there’s a new Great Gatsby in town. Too busy to make yourself a real meal, so you sneakily eat one of your kid’s in-case-ofemergency Lunchables while standing in the kitchen full of shame? You monster. Growing up, Lunchables (along with other childhood delicacies like Kid Cuisine or Hot Pockets) weren’t a frequent occurrence in my household. To my young disdain, my parents were good cooks. Plus, we were three active

• 1 oz. pepper Jack cheese • 1 oz. sharp cheddar cheese • 3 slices Genoa salami • 5 slices pepperoni • 2 mini gherkin • 7 red grapes • 4 slices bagel chips • 3 slices white baguette bread • 3 pretzel chips • 1 strawberry • Twig of rosemerry from a pot out the back door kids and Lunchables were a couple dollars a pop! We had Y2K to save up for! But now, sure, we’ll pay a restaurant top-dollar to take deli items out of their fridge and place it on a wood slab so we can play an internal game of “Which of these cheeses do I actually like?” In college, a group of my friends and I would have weekly potlucks. Everyone would act non-chalant about it but would secretly pour for hours over different recipes each week. I always brought the same thing: meat, cheese, fruit and crackers that I had picked up on my way there. I’d arrange it on a platter, watch it disappear, and bask in the glory of beating the system. Whoever does marketing for these fancy cheese and meat plates is a genius. It takes the simplicity of a great snack, pairs it with actually quality products and gives it a fancy French name so we can feel good about ourselves. Sure, it lacks the perfectly circular rubbery cold cuts and the candy treat that comes with it, but we carry on. It’s part of adulthood. Charcuterie boards are adult Lunchables, and now we can all be the cool kid in the lunchroom.

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Turtle Tips During sea turtle season, May 1 – Oct. 31, please follow these tips: • Turn off lights visible from the beach and close blinds from sundown to sunrise; lights confuse nesting sea turtles and may cause them to go back to sea and drop their eggs in the water, where they won’t hatch. Light can also attract hatchlings away from the water. • Don’t use flashlights, lanterns or camera flashes on the beach at night. • Remove all objects from the sand from sundown to sunrise; they can deter sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. • Fill in the holes you dig in the sand before leaving the beach; they can trap nesting and hatching sea turtles, which cannot live long out of the water. • Don’t use wish lanterns or fireworks; they litter the beach and Gulf. • Do not trim trees and plants that shield the beach from lights. • Never touch a sea turtle; it’s the law. If you see people disturbing turtles, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).


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our beautiful perfectly updated and decorated Island house is on the market. You have a pool, walking distance to the beach and it’s priced competitively, so why isn’t it selling? You may be surprised what turns off potential buyers, and sometimes it has nothing to do with the house. I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep on saying it, first impressions count more than most people realize. Everything from the neighbors barking dog to the color of the front door will be remembered by buyers as soon as they step out of the car. And believe it or not, your own family could be the kiss of death for a transaction. Teenagers who don’t want to move and elderly parents who also don’t want to upend their life could easily suggest flaws in the house or in the area. “Wow did you hear that air conditioner turn on? It really makes a loud noise all the time.” or “These stairs are so steep I can hardly make I to the first landing.” In addition, be careful with home health aides, cleaning people and landscapers who may

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER be afraid of losing their job if you sell. But by far the biggest influence on a buyer is a tenant, and that can work as a positive or a negative thing. A tenant is in the best position to let out little secrets about the property that may be unhelpful simply because they don’t want to move. On the other hand, a happy tenant can be a real source of information, since they live in the house. The best advice is before you allow your house to be shown, make sure it’s vacant of tenants, teenagers and grandma. In the meantime, let’s see what’s happening as far as sales and listings over $1 million in Cortez and the three cities of Anna Maria, this analysis will be for April, May and June.

Closed properties are from the Manatee County Property Appraisers Office and the properties on the market are from realtor. com website. These properties are either single-family homes, condos or vacant land. Cortez did not have any properties closing at $1 million or more. The previous three months there was one sale. Anna Maria city had nine sales at $1 million or more, ranging from $2,400,000 to $1,004,000. For the previous three months, there were 11 sales. The combined cities of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach had 19 sales, ranging from $2,424,000 to $1,000,000. For the previous three months, there were eight sales. Properties on the market as of this writing are: Cortez has four properties $1 million or over ranging from $1,500,000 to $1,135,000. Last time there also were four properties in this price range. The city of Anna Maria has 64 properties $1 million or more, ranging from $4,899,000 to $1,099,500. There was one property at $4

million or more, six properties at $3 million or more and 13 properties at $2 million or more. Last time, there were 56 properties. The combined cities of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach had 77 properties at $1 million or more, ranging from $9,500,000 (Gulffront land) to $1,000,000. There was one $5 million or over, not including the $9 million land, three over $4 million, one over $3 million and 15 over $2 million. Last time, there were seven in these price ranges. Getting back to deal killers, the home inspector has always been the terror of real estate professionals and sellers. The good ones can present simple or even substantial defects in such a way that they do not seem insurmountable, but the bad ones will send buyers down the street. And if you have a buyer who wants to get an OK from his/her Feng Shui advisor before moving on, best not to count your pennies just yet. Always remember selling is a process the best you can do is remove any obstacles that may trip you up.


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hen Capt. Bill Brooker takes the Noam Chomsky out on Sarasota Bay for a lesson or a charter, he watches the clouds for rain. He watches the sails for wind. And he watches the water for trash, particularly plastic trash. It may take an extra tack or two, but going after plastic bottles, straws and other flotsam and jetsam is all part of being a good sailor, according to the sailing instructor and former psychologist, who sails out of Sara-Bay Sailing School and Charter, 4134 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Brooker is joining the American Sailing Association (ASA) in launching Operation Plastic Pollution Purge to encourage boaters to clean up trash from waterways. The public service campaign aims to raise awareness of plastic pollution to encourage people to recycle and properly dispose of plastic. All summer, the association is asking boaters to bring a trash bag onboard and pick up any garbage they see, whether it’s on the water’s edge or in the water. Boaters can post photos of themselves and their crews picking up trash

Cindy Lane on the ASA Facebook page, Facebook. com/AmericanSailingAssoc. “Plastic pollution is not an ocean, river, lake or stream problem, it’s a people problem,” said Lenny Shabes, CEO and founder of the ASA, the world’s largest sailing organization and America’s sail education authority. “We must do our part to discourage everyone from trashing our waterways with plastic bottles, bags, cups, utensils and plates,” he said. “If we all do our part, we can make a difference by raising awareness to help stop this tidal wave of plastic threatening all of us.” Plastic fishing line is one of the biggest sources of plastic pollution and wildlife entanglement and strangulation, Brooker said, despite recycling stations stationed at several area piers and boat ramps.

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Capt. Bill Brooker, of Sara-Bay Sailing School and Charter, Longboat Key, is participating in Operation Plastic Pollution Purge this summer. Monofilament fishing line can stay in the water for 600 years, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which suggests that anglers can make their own onboard fishing line storage bins by cutting an “X” in the lid of a tennis ball container or coffee can to keep it from blowing overboard.

But most plastic trash in the water comes from land, not boats, Brooker said, such as plastic bags that people take to the breezy beach and which sea turtles mistake for yummy jellyfish. According to a University of Georgia study, 18 billion pounds of plastic SEE COAST LINES, PAGE 31


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ARREST: jump hed here FROM PAGE 1

the vandalism that morning and surveillance camera photographs of the suspect were then circulated to local media outlets. Located near the foot of the Anna Maria City Pier that is currently being demolished, the damaged banners contained renderings of the new pier and pier buildings slated for completion in late 2019. According to the arrest affidavit, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Amy Leach arrested Brown at his Holmes Beach residence at 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning. According to an affidavit, Brown lives at 6401 Marina Drive, Apt. B, in Holmes Beach. “On 7/15, at approximately 0303 hours (3:03 a.m.), according to sworn statements and video evidence, the defendant did violate Florida State Statute by arming himself with a bladed weapon and slashed the city of Anna Maria’s new pier banners. The defendant

was located at his residence after being identified by several citizens of the Island of Anna Maria. The defendant, postMiranda, stated that’s been his picture in the paper all week,” the affidavit says. “According to video evidence, the defendant rode his bicycle to the entrance of the City Pier at approximately 0303 hours on 07/15, which is under construction and is posted in several places. The defendant then walked up to the banner, stepped up on the bench, and with a bladed weapon he pulled from his pocket he slashed the banner in a crisscross direction. After he slashes both banners, he gets back on his bike and rides away. The value of the banners is $3,682,” the affidavit says. “I am happy that a suspect is in custody and hope we can discover who or what might have influenced him to commit to such an act,” Murphy said on Friday, noting the banners had not yet been replaced.

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This Anna Maria City Pier restoration banner was one of two banners recently vandalized.

PAST CONVICTIONS

Manatee County court records indicate Brown has been arrested, cited, fined and/or convicted on several previous occasions. On July 7, 2014, Brown was arrested by the Holmes Beach Police Department and later

convicted on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of trespassing after notice on property other than a structure or conveyance. On March 11, 2014, Holmes Beach Code Enforcement issued Brown a citation and fined him for drinking in a

prohibited area. On Jan. 1, 2014, Brown was issued a Moving Marine Resource Boating Violation citation and later fined for speeding in a restricted area. On Oct. 18, 2009, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brown on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, which later resulted in a conviction. On Oct. 1, 2009, Brown was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and later convicted on a drug paraphernalia charge. The arrest affidavit mentioned Brown “having a crack pipe in his left front pocket,” and “he appeared to be high on some type of drug,” while sitting in his disabled vehicle near the intersection of Cortez Road and 75th Street West. On June 15, 2008, the Holmes Beach Police Department arrested Brown in connection with a burglary in Holmes Beach that later resulted in a conviction.


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COAST LINES: Imagine no plastic FROM PAGE 29

waste blows into the ocean each year, the equivalent of five grocery bags of plastic trash sitting on every foot of coastline around the world, according to the ASA. It’s one of several reason the campaign was launched, including these: • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, one of five plastic islands worldwide, has grown to twice the size of Texas. • One million seabirds die annually from getting tangled in and/or eating plastic. • One hundred marine mammals die annually from getting tangled in and/or eating plastic.

• U.S. residents use almost one plastic bag each, every day, compared to Denmark residents, who each use an average of four plastic bags a year. • Americans each throw out an average of 10 plastic bags every week. • The plastic problem is growing at such a rapid pace it’s the equivalent of dumping one New York City garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute of every day. For more information about ASA, visit https://asa.com. Contact Capt. Brooker at 941-9145132 or visit www.sarabaysailing.com. And please take the time to pick up plastic trash.

NESTING NEWS Turtle nests laid: 466 False crawls: 537 Nests hatched: 27 Not hatched: 2 Nests remaining: 437 Hatchlings hatched: 1,599 Nest disorientations: 7 Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring


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PIER: demo ahead of schedule FROM PAGE 1

As part of the demolition project, the remaining unclaimed engraved pier planks were removed by a crew from Agnelli Pools & Construction. The unclaimed engraved planks will be used later to build memorial walls across the street at City Pier Park and outside the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum on Pine Avenue. The City Commission’s next order of pier-related business will be to accept or reject the two bids recently received for the construction of a new pier. Speeler & Associates bid $3.72 million to build

a new pier and Tampa-based ICON bid $4.13 million. Murphy will present the commission with the bid rankings and the commission will decide if the mayor is to begin negotiating potential contract terms with the highest-ranked firm. If the commission rejects both bids, a new request for proposals would be issued. The construction bids will be discussed at the commission’s Thursday, July 26 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

PIER PLANKS RETRIEVED

According to Murphy, more than 145

engraved planks had been picked up at city hall as of Friday, July 20. The deadline to retrieve a pre-claimed engraved plank is Tuesday, July 31. “We’ve gotten lot of positive feedback from individuals who are very happy and very pleased to be able to get these planks,” Deputy City Clerk Debbie Haynes said during the July 12 commission meeting. Holmes Beach resident and local charter fishing captain Scott Moore recently retrieved the engraved pier plank bearing his name. He said his family members wanted him to keep it. “I thought it was very graceful of the

city of Anna Maria to go out of the way to make sure the residents and others got their planks. I’d like to thank the city and it will be great to see the new pier rise again when it’s built,” Moore said. “I’ve traveled all over the United States and when I tell people I live on Anna Maria Island they immediately say that it’s a beautiful island with a beautiful pier at the end of it. I grew up fishing on the Rod & Reel Pier and the City Pier as a kid and I was very fortunate to have those experiences as part of my childhood,” Moore said.

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

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Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Preschool storytime, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, HB 11:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY AUG. 1

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon, The Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $15 for members or $10 for prospective members. Reserve to 941-778-1541 or info@amichamber.org. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon.

“The folks at Coastal Cottages are very agreeable and do all they can to meet your needs. We thank them for the part they play in making our stay such a positive experience! Til next year!”

THURSDAY AUG. 2

Veteran Services Information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@theparadisecenter.org or 941-383-6493. Sunshine Stitchers knit and crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. Fermented condiments, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 6:30 p.m., $38.

FRIDAY AUG. 3

Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Yoga for Seniors, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $15. Reserve to maryannbrady@ theparadisecenter.org or 941-383-6493. Intermediate bridge session, The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@theparadisecenter.org or 941-383-6493. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

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At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Wednesday, July 25, Coloring Club, noon to 1 p.m. • Thursday, July 26, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help those with problems, 9 to 11 a.m.; children's program “Out of My Hands,” 10 to 11 a.m.; Seaside Quilters, 2 to 4 p.m. • Friday, July 27, Forty Carrots-Partners in Play, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjongg, 1 to 3 p.m. • Saturday, July 28, CPR Training, you must pre-register; End of Summer Bash with a library scavenger hunt, 2 to 3:30 p.m. • Tuesday, July 31, preschool story time, “All Shapes and Sizes,” 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjongg, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. p.m. Call the library at 941-778-6341 for more information.

GET WATER WISE

ART LIQUID ART AT THE GALLERY

The Artists’ Guild Gallery at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach features “It’s All About Water” on display in its window for the month of August. The Gallery window has a new look allowing greater space to show the jewelry, glass pottery and stained glass, as well as the paintings and photographs. This year the Gallery will remain open Mondays in August and September. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Follow them on Facebook at https://facebook. com/ArtistsGuildofAMI or the website at www.amiartistsguildgallery.com .

Manatee County residents are invited to attend the 2018 water school to learn all about the county's most precious natural resource. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Manatee County will host the school on Thursday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the extension office, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. "Water school features a variety of dynamic speakers and a bus tour visiting a local water-wise community and farming operations," said Crystal Snodgrass, director of the University's extension office in Manatee County. "For the first time this year, the tour includes a pontoon boat tour of the Manatee River." Participants will learn about water supply, quality and water conservation in both urban and rural areas around Manatee County. Other topics include development with water in mind, working waterfronts and seafood, agricultural best management practices and more. Registration is $60 per person and includes includes two lunches and snacks, the bus trip, boat tour and educational materials. Participants can register online at https://manateewaterschool2018.eventbrite.com For more information, call Crystal Snodgrass at 941-722-4524, ext. 1812.

EXPLORE THE NEST

Manatee County’s newest Parks and Natural Resources Department project, The NEST at Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Ave. N.W., will be open for inspection on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. This learning tool includes a freestanding, elevated building with room

for displays inside and a nice view of the Reasoner property acquired by the county. Dress casually and enjoy the slide from the top floor. It’s free, and no reservations are needed. For more information, call 941-7425923, ext. 6039.

GREEK COMMUNITIES EXHIBIT OPENS

The Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, will host a traveling exhibit from Tarpon Springs. The opening reception for "Greek Communities of Tarpon Springs and the Bahamas: An Intertwined History," will be held on Friday, Aug, 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with light refreshments courtesy of the Florida Maritime Museum. The sponge industry in Florida and the Caribbean has been a prosperous international endeavor since the 19th century. With the exception of Key West, by the early 20th-century sponge businesses throughout the Americas were controlled by Dodecanese Greeks, and their communities became important to the cultural fabric of the host countries. Funded by the Florida Humanities Council through the city of Tarpon Springs and curated by Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, this exhibition explores historical, familial, and cultural connections between the closely related Bahamian and Tarpon Springs communities RSVP is appreciated at 941-708-6121 or fmminfo@manateeclerk.com

MARINE EXPLORERS DAY CAMP

Kids age 8 to 12 can learn about the water around us at Marine Explorers Day Camp at Emerson Point on Friday, Aug. 10. Marine Explorers Day Camp was created by two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents. “There is so much more to the ocean than what you can see on the surface,” said Angela Collins, a UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County agent and co-

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organizer of the camp. She and fellow Manatee County UF/ IFAS Extension agent, Michelle Atkinson, will introduce attendees to the diversity of marine life that may be less familiar than dolphins or sea turtles. “We plan to have a lot of hands-on activities for the kids this year,” Atkinson said. “We will be discovering how plastics and other debris pollute our oceans, dip netting and conducting a virtual underwater fish survey”. Students will become official Manatee Marine Explorers as they are introduced to the marine environment through expert demonstrations, underwater videos, games, crafts and hands-on activities. These young scientists will also discover the otolith, a tiny bone in the fish’s head that can tell a scientist how old the fish is. Just as a tree gets more tree rings as it ages, the otolith likewise develops rings as a fish grows older. Both Collins and Atkinson want to encourage curiosity and show how fun science can be. With the camp being held at Emerson Point this year, campers will be dip netting to see what lives in our sea grasses. Campers will also participate in a coastal cleanup at Emerson Point to reinforce this year’s camp theme, “Look for Solutions for Our Pollution.” Registration is capped at 25 participants and will close Aug. 3. The camp fee is $20. For registration and more information, go to https://www.eventbrite. com/e/manatee-marine-explorers- daycamp-tickets-47225477675. For further questions, contact Angela Collins, marine extension agent, or Michelle Atkinson, environmental horticulture extension agent at 941-722-4524.


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The spirit of the World Cup on the Island BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On the heels of the excitement of World Cup action, the Island soccer community came together Thursday night to start another season. Representing the countries that made their way to the semi-final round of the sport’s big show, more than 50 adults took to the pitch for a summer season of fun on the field. Seven teams make up league for the last minute added soccer season, as summer adult flag football did not come to fruition for the first time in the league’s history. This shift in interest came at the perfect time, allowing Team Brazil, sponsored by Moss Builders, and Team Croatia, sponsored by Progressive Cabinetry, to set the tone for the night in the first game of the season. With the co-ed rule of one female player on the field lifted, Erin Felipe represented for the limited girl power this season. Felipe plays on Team Croatia with Damir Glavan, who proudly represents his home country that made it to the finals of the World Cup. Utilizing other portions of the field at The Center, the slightly wider but shorter field allowed more open play with five and a goalie for each team manning the field. Progressive Cabinetry’s Ryan Hogan hit the first of his three goals early in the game with the assist by Hakan Toka. Third round pick Toka proved to be a player to watch with his performance week one. In the fourth minute of play, last season’s sleeper Chris Scott showed why he has to be picked in the first round in the last two drafts with a solid shot after making the moves against Croatia team captain Kris Yavalar. Aaron Parkin returned to Island soccer this season with a goal of his own less than three minutes later to put Moss Builders up by a goal in what looked to be a close game. Hogan struck back quick to tie the game against goalkeeper Olaf Krause. Krause guarded the house until the 12th minute of play. Team captain Ryan Moss put on the goalie jersey just in time to stop a ground shot by Glavan. Moss could not stop the Yavalar-Hogan combination moves, as Hogan solidly placed the ball in the net for a hat trick giving Progressive Cabinetry’s Team Croatia the lead once again. As the scoreboard showed the score 3-2, Moss made a beautiful throw to Parkin, taking advantage of the shorter field.

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Erin Felipe, for Progressive Cabinetry’s Team Croatia, challenges Aaron Parkin for Team Brazil sponsored by Moss Builders. Right, Croatian Damir Glavan gets into position for Team Croatia, sponsored by Progressive Cabinetry, to stop Moss Builders’ Team Brazil’s Aaron Parkin as he dribbles down the field. Parkin found Ed Moss in perfect position near the Croatia goal. E. Moss’ shot went wide right. The scoreboard clock showed a little more than two minutes left in the first half of the game when Brazil’s Scott took a shot that was finished by Raymond Gardner, tying the game 3-3. Toka scored his second goal of the game to put Progressive Cabinetry up again to finish the first half of play. Less than two minutes into the next half, Parkin and Scott made easy work of the field taking the score to 4-4. Nearing the 30th minute of play, E. Moss scored his last goal before his 60th birthday on a play made possible by the long pass of now goalkeeper Gardner, giving Moss Builders’ Team Brazil the lead. Yuri Pereira and Krause score goals of their own, putting the Moss team up by three goals. In the 40th minute of the game, R. Moss found himself in the goal in a one-on-one situation against Toka. Toka’s strike could not be defended, giving Team Croatia a

glimmer of hope with plenty of time on the game clock. Toka narrowed the gap to a one-point lead with another on target shot before Parkin and Gardner tag teamed goalie Will Case, putting the shot through his legs. Unselfish play by Parkin gave the soccer ball to Pereira who found Scott open for yet another point on the board. As the clock ticked down, with four seconds left in regulation play, Scott sealed the deal with a goal ending the game with the score 7-10 and giving Moss Builders’ Team Brazil the first win of the summer season.

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7/5, shoplifting, Island Cabana, 403 Pine Ave. The suspect tried on thee outfits but did not return all of them. When confronted by the clerk, the suspect refused to let the clerk search for the missing items and left. Deputies were called but they could not find the suspect. 7/10, found item, 100 Spring Avenue. A male subject found a gold ring at the beach near the Sandbar restaurant. 7/14, Traffic violations, Magnolia Avenue and Gulf Drive. The deputy stopped the subject for speeding, having blue lights on his motorcycle and having a license plate bent so it is illegible. The driver had a valid license, a license plate and proof of insurance. When asked why his plate was bent, he said he was told he would not be charged for toll roads if his license was not visible, only there were no toll roads from Polk County, where he lives. He said he did not know blue lights on the front of a motorcycle were illegal, except on a police motorcycle. He was ticketed.

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7/15, disorderly conduct, Drift In, 120 Bridge St. An intoxicated man was told to leave, but returned and when police tried to make him leave, he became aggressive until he was subdued with pepper spray. Before he went to jail, he kicked an officer in the groin, but was not charged for that offense. 7/17, possession of a controlled substance, 100 5th Street South. The officer stopped the defendant for speeding and smelled burnt marijuana inside the car. He found n a small amount and seized it before writing a notice to appear in court. 7/17, trespass warning, Blue Marlin, 121 Bridge St. The officer found the subject intoxicated and asleep

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7/10, driving without a valid license, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the defendant because he failed to stop at a four-way, red light-flashing intersection. The driver said he had no license as he was having trouble passing the test. He was ticketed for the traffic violations and a criminal citation for driving without a license. A passenger with a license drove the car home. 7/10, violation of probation, warrant arrest, driving with a revoked license with knowledge, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and drug paraphernalia, 3300 Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the defendant because he failed to stop at a four-way, red light-flashing intersection. After pulling over, he noticed quick movements inside the vehicle, the driver crawled to the rear right seat and the right front passenger crawled to the driver seat. The officer requested backup and observed three occupants inside. He commanded all occupants to put their hands on the ceiling of the vehicle. He identified the current person in the driver seat by her Florida driver’s license. She stated the vehicle was a rental and attempted to give him proof of purchase. She did not attempt to give him the rental agreement. When asked why they had switched seats, she stated his license was suspended.

He was identified as the passenger in the rear left seat, behind the driver seat. He requested the officer get his identification out of his wallet in the rear passenger door because he was nervous. The officer opened the rear passenger door and smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The person sitting in the rear right passenger seat stated he did not have any identification on him. Two other deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrived. The first officer asked the subjects about the smell of marijuana from inside the vehicle, and they stated they smoked earlier, and there would not be any marijuana inside the vehicle. An officer conducted a search of the vehicle and found some marijuana and paraphernalia. While searching the vehicle, dispatch advised the officers that one subject had an active warrant out of Bradenton for burglary. The subject was placed in the back of an officer’s patrol vehicle and later arrested. 7/13, traffic violation, driving with no license, seat belt violation, Manatee Public Beach. The officer stopped the driver for not stopping at the flashing four red lights at the intersection of Manatee Avenue, Gulf Drive and the entrance to the beach parking lot. He found all the occupants were minors, the driver did not have a license and two passengers were not wearing seat belts. They were ticketed and their parents were called to take them home. 7/15, driving with a suspended license, habitual offender, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the suspect for failing to keep the car inside its lane. She became agitated because all of the police officers were white and she was black. She was allowed to talk with an aunt during the stop. A computer check showed her license was revoked, and she had four violations of driving with a revoked license, She was arrested and taken to jail.

She is survived by her daughters, Anna and Abi (Spencer); her fiancé, Stephen Mapes and his family Reed, Mary, and Sara Mapes; her siblings, Paula Dean (Lisa Johnson), Jerry Dean (Diana) and Jason Dean (Katie); her two grandchildren, Liam and Harper, and many dear friends. She is predeceased by her father, Gerald; mother, Joan; and Scott Van Ostenbridge. Susan was full of life, love, and laughter. She loved to sing, dance, cook and spend time with her fam-

ily and friends. She made friends everywhere she went, made everyone smile, and always wanted to help others. She owned the Hair Cottage in Holmes Beach. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Roser Memorial Community Church with a reception to follow. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. 

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7/8, criminal mischief, 4628 119th Sr. W. The complainant said she brought her boat in to have the fuel filter cleaned, and when she picked it up it stalled. She said when she removed it again, it was full of sand. She suspects somebody poured sand into the fuel tank.

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Across 1 Swampy spots 5 Hopeless case 10 Zoo structure 14 Pinza of "South Pacific" 15 Verdi aria translating to "It was you" 16 Gem from Australia 17 "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" singer 20 Flying nocturnal predator 21 Good, in Grenoble 22 "Makes sense to me" 23 Decide not to use 25 David Bowie genre 29 Israeli port 31 Sneezer's need 32 Bourbon-making process 35 Charlemagne's realm: Abbr. 36 Pampered 37 Part of EDT 41 Juillet's season 42 Electromagnetic radiation unit 44 Online financial site 48 Cuba __: rum drink 49 Cost per night, in hotels 51 "The party's been canceled" 55 Cocktail party spread 56 Seagoing pronoun 57 Extinct emu-like bird 58 Using coercion, as shown in this puzzle's circles 63 Northern neighbor of Chile 64 "This I Promise You" band



65 First chip in 66 Escalator part 67 Storied granter of wishes 68 Neither winning nor losing Down 1 Charlie Parker jazz genre 2 Longtime Boston Symphony conductor 3 Brownies, e.g. 4 Weep loudly 5 Apache chief 6 Algerian port 7 Matchstick-removing game 8 Internet sales, collectively 9 Rushes toward 10 Apple pie-making gadgets 11 Wild way to go 12 Four qts. 13 Building add-on 18 On the ferry 19 Moore of "Ghost" 24 Actress Elisabeth 25 Grill fuel 26 Irish actor Milo

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GUITAR LESSONS NEEDED for 11 year old boy that wants to learn to play guitar. Call 941-706-4809

TOTAL HOME SERVICE CLEANING : Residential, Commercial & Rentals. Professional and Reliable. Call 941-756-4570

TWO SCOOPS – Anna Maria Island’s Favorite… is now hiring part-time associates. Varied shifts available – must be able to work nights and weekends. A great place to work and have a little fun…looking for a few friendly people. Food prep. or server experience preferred. Great pay! Apply today…Two Scoops 101 S. Bay Blvd. Unit A-2, Anna Maria

BEACH YOGA ON Saturdays & Sundays at 8:30am at the end of Pine Ave by the Sandbar Restaurant by donation. www. thriveyogafit.com FACE PAINTER/PORTRAIT ARTIST Island student artist, reasonable price for parties, events, and special portraits. Call/text Lillian 210-380-9691 FREE PANASONIC FAX Machine. Call 941-778-3986 THE BEST VOLUNTEER position on the island. The AMI Historical Museum needs docents and bread makers. Call Lynn at 813758-3234 or lbrennan47@ gmail.com ROSER FOOD BANK needs donations of cash and non-perishable food. Donations boxes are located at the Church, Moose Club, and Walgreen’s.

AUTOMOBILE SALES & SERVICE 2006 TOYOTA CAMRY Excellent condition, leather interior, everything works. Very low mileage (42,800 miles). Located on Anna Maria Island. $6500. Call Bob at 813-679-4306 or 941778-3986

BOATS: SALES & RENTALS ISLAND BOAT SALES No Listing Contracts, No Time Constraints, No Hassle. “Business On A Hand Shake” We Also Buy Boats. Dave 941-228-3489

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

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THOMPSON CLEANING SERVICE CommercialResidential-Marine. Island Based Company. Seasonal Deep Cleaning-Weekly-Occasional. Call for Free Estimate. 317-908-9483 AUTHORITY ONE SERVICES. Residential/Commercial/Vacation Rentals & Construction Cleaning. Also Power Washing, Windows, Paver Sealing & Roof Cleaning. Ask about your Senior Citizens Discount Call 941-251-5948 or 941565-3931 PIERLY MAID CLEANING SERVICE – Two former city pier employees will make your residence, rental, vacation home or business purely shine. Free Estimates. 941-447-2565 or 941-565-0312

COMMERCIAL SALES

WAREHOUSE: 9300 sq ft possible Machine Shop with Heavy Duty Elect. Or Car Storage, So many Possibilities. Near SRQ Airport. $629,000 RESORT: 13 UNITS $4,999,000 Bradenton Beach. Island Real Estate Alan Galletto 941-232-2216 TWO COMMERCIAL SPACES for Lease. Great Visibilityon Very Busy Street in Holmes Beach. Lots of parking. First space 1045sf at $3050/ mo. Second space 1357sf at $3950/mo. 5702 Marina Dr. Call Today! 812-679-6507. Won't Last Long!

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

LICENSED REAL ESTATE Agent needed. Likes working, mid-size Island office. Send resume to P.O. Box 352 Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

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

GARAGE, MOVING, RUMMAGE & YARD SALES ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open 9:30am-2pm, Tuesday, Thursday. 10am-1pm Saturday Donations preferred 9am-11am Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Phone 941-779-2733

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WALY PRECISION PAINTING: painting, drywall, stucco, and remodeling, commercial/residential, licensed & insured. Call 941-448-1928 or 941-4656324 www.WalyPrecisionPainting.us DECKOUT MASTER CARPENTER Everything Patio & Dock Decking Work Repair, Replace, Maintenance Work, Cleaning, Treatments, New Decks. Also Handyman/Painting work to home or office. Call RICHARD Bespoke Service 941-448-3571 Island Resident. FENCING, CAN'T GET ANYBODY? Wood, Vinyl. New or Repair. Call Richard. Free Estimates. 941-448-3571 Bespoke Services. BATH ROOM REMODELING. Anna Maria Home Accents. 25 years experience. Call 786-318-8585 LIGHTHOUSE PROPERTY INNOVATIONS LLC State Certified General Contractor (Lic. #CGC 1515821) New Construction, Renovations & Additions. Call 941-266-7500

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

HOME REPAIR. Anna Maria Home Accents. 25 years experience. Call 786-318-8585

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TILE! TILE! TILE! All variations of tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship. Prompt, reliable, many Island references. Free estimates. Neil 941-726-3077 RENOVATION SPECALIST ALL carpentry repairs, Wash Family Construction, locally owned and operated CBC 1258250 Call 941-725-0073. KERN CONSTRUCTION NEW Homes & Remodel. Design/ Build. Since 1968. License # CRC1327296. Call Jerry Kern 941-778-1115 www. kernconstructioninc.com GET’R DONE DRYWALL, INC Specializing in Remodels & Repairs. Island Resident for 18 years. Call Neil Cell 941-962-1194

GK HOME & PERSONAL SERVICES *Homewatch Service *Handyman Service *Landscaping & Irrigation Work *Pre and Post Tenant Cleanouts *Storm Board Up's ANYTHING you need help with give me a call! Local, Reliable and Professional 508-221-7486 THE HARDWOOD STOP Flooring installation services; Laminate, hardwood, vinyl and tile. Bathroom and shower. Virtually dustless FLOOR REMOVAL License and insured FREE ESTIMATES 941-227-0041 www.thehardwoodstop. com

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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread $55/yd. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770 STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in Old Florida Seashell driveways and scapes. Also Rock, Mulch, & Soil. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark 941-301-6067

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: NORMS TOWING gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 08/29/2018, 09:00 am at 1855 63RD AVENUE E. BRADENTON, FL 34203, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. NORMS TOWING reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1B3HB48B88D702695 2008 DODGE 1FALP62W9SH191666 1995 FORD 1FTWW31P47EA27463 2007 FORD 1G2WP12K72F289635 2002 PONTIAC 1G6KS54Y7XU926367 1999 CADILLAC 1G8ZV57B09F146528 2009 SATURN 1GNDT13SX52263997 2005 CHEVROLET 2T1BURHE6GC530801 2016 TOYOTA 3C4FY48B64T242669 2004 CHRYSLER 3GNCJMSB6GL172201 2016 CHEVROLET 4T1BE46K87U553939 2007 TOYOTA 5NPEC4AC1CH386898 2012 HYUNDAI JTDBT923171105937 2007 TOYOTA KM8SC13D36U059285 2006 HYUNDAI WBAVA33508KX85340 2008 BMW

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LOST THICK STERLING Silver Ring between the Moose and Beach House Restaurant. Call 941-2431444

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. twomen.com Call 941-3591904. We sell boxes!

PAINTING & WALLCOVERING PAINT! PAINT! AND MORE 28 years of experienced interior/exterior custom painting. Pressure cleaning, drywall repairs and texture finishes. Many Island references. Please call Neil for free estimates. 941-812-0507 “WIZARD OF WALLS” Established 1980 Prompt quality service. Paperhanging/removal Faux finishes. Interior painting. Mary Bell Winegarden 941-794-0455 PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES. Prompt & Reliable. Island Resident. Quality Workmanship. Interior/Exterior. Also minor repairs & carpentry. Free written detailed estimates. Bill Witaszek 941-307-9315 BAYSIDE COMMERCIAL PAINTING. David Padyani Call 941-565-9446 or Larry Zimmer 941-2248123 Licensed & Insured DONALD PERKINS PAINTING LLC fully insured. 30 years experience. Many Island references. Call 941-7057096

LOST WHITE GOLD 18 carat wedding band on Anna Maria Island on beach near Sandbar Restaurant. Call 352-484-4040 if found.

PERSONAL SERVICES

LOST ON AMI near the curve at Bradenton beach in the gulf a small red ricoh underwater camera and a size 14 gold wedding band of 25 years. reward if found. Has very sentimental pictures that I cannot duplicate the camera had a half of a lanyard attached to it and on the clip of the lanyard was my wedding ring. Call 205-223-1548

CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER 10+ years experience. Specializing in balance improvement, strength training before/ after hip/knee replacement. Workout in your home or train with me at “The Center” of Anna Maria Island. Contact Stephanie Belill at (941) 302-1797 or stephbelill@gmail.com


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CNA LOOKING FOR a live-in and/or 12 hr day. Available August 27. 33 yrs experience. Reliable, dependable, caring, respectful and honest. Excellent references/reside in Bradenton. Work for myself not thru a company. Contact me at 941-705-6197 or carrieherrald@gmail.com

PETS NO NEED FOR Doggie Daycare. I can walk your dog, exercise, Pet taxi to Vet or Groomer. Loving attention. Lots of cuddling. Mary Walsh 941-405-2496

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

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

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

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REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE

FROM THE LOW $300’s. Only minutes from the beach, this new active adult community is perfectly located just south of Manatee Ave, off Village Green Pkwy. Perfectly designed, open 2BR or 3BR/2BA plus den & 2CG floor plans. Luxurious amenities, pool, spa, gym, pickle ball and fenced-in dog park. HOA only $209/ month. Models open daily. Contact us 941254-3330 www.MirabellaFlorida.com INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY!! 6BR canal home, approved for 14 guests, in Anna Maria’s quaint shopping area. Restaurants and island beaches just outside your front door! This extraordinary home is also the perfect family getaway and the fisherman’s dream. $2,495,000. Wagner Realty, Karen Day Fineout. 941518-3682 / 800-211-2323. karenfineday@aol.com INCREDIBLE NEW CONSTRUCTION Home on Pine Ave! Prime location to shops, restaurants, bay and beach! $2,400,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Beach - Key Royale GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, L’Plage, Vista Grande & MORE. Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216

PERICO ISLAND 2BR/2BA Condo. Great WATER VIEWS New Floors! $279,900. Screened Porch and a Patio. Call Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-330-5054 PERICO ISLAND NEW LISTING Townhouse 3BR/3BA Renovated All New everything. Gorgeous Model Condition. Walk in Closets. Call Today for Showing. Priced to Sell! $310,000. Call Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-330-5054 INVESTOR'S DREAM only 4 houses from the beach, adorable 2BR/2BA cottage North End for $629,000. 2017 income=68K CASH FLOWS. Call Kathleen White Island Real Estate at 941-773-0165. AnnaMariaSales.com INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! GROSSING OVER $90K/ YR – 5BR/4BA home with elevator only one block from the beach $1,395,000, Call Erin Heckler Island Real Estate at 941-448-5616 AnnaMariaSales.com LOOKING FOR A SECOND HOME? GULF FRONT 1BR/1BA well maintained ground floor unit with 2 heated pools $354,000. Call Jason Hrnak Island Real Estate at 941-7736572 AnnaMariaSales.com

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CHARMING COASTAL COTTAGE FSBO in Holmes Beach 3BR/2BA, garage, coastal inspired renovation in 2016, private fenced yard with pool, start living your island dream! $779,000. 570-242-1922

RENTALS: ANNUAL ANNUAL RENTALS WANTED! We have well qualified tenants for beach and mainland annual rentals, Full management or Finders fee. Call today for details. Ask for Ed DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 www.teamduncan.com ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact junew@ islandreal.com – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. NW BRADENTON CATALINA Subdivision. 3BR/2BA/2CG Split plan on Lagoon. Available July 15. $1800/ mo. First, Last & Security Deposit. Credit check. Call 941-809-2488 for Appointment 2BR/2BA GROUND LEVEL in the UTC area. $1500. 1st, last, sec dep. 1BR/1BA GROUND LEVEL in Bradenton Beach. $1200 1st, last, sec dep. No Pets. Call A Paradise Realty. 941-7784800

ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA Large back yard, huge shaded common area. First, Last & $1000 security deposit. No Dogs $1295/ mo. Call 941-705-7463 KEY ROYALE CANAL HOME Monthly or Seasonal Rental. 4BR/3BA recently upgraded. Large Master Suite, 2nd ensuite, pool, spa and pool bath. 2 Car garage. $3500/mo includes utilities. Call Gregg AMI beaches Real Estate 941799-9096 ROOM FOR RENT, Holmes Beach. Monthly includes cable TV and utilities. Call 941-565-2403

RENTALS: SEASONAL & VACA TION TIFFANY PLACE Gulf Front Condo for Rent Incredible views from living room and master bedroom. 2BR/2BA Green Real Estate Call 941-778-0455 ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$800/ wk Redekercondos.com 941-704-7525 SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE: Spring, Summer and Fall. CITY OF ANNA MARIA 2BR/2BA Bay Front. HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA 400’ to Gulf Bay. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-778-0426 kringco@ tampabay.rr.com

GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190 HOLMES BEACH 1.5 BLOCKS to Beach. Completely updated 2BR/2BA. Available December 2018 thru April 1, 2019. $4500/ mo Nelson & Associates Real Estate. Call 863-6401864 HOLMES BEACH GULF FRONT – Five 1BR/1BA units including Island original beach cottage. Spectacular, spacious beachfront wildflower meadow and shady patio area. Summer rates from $1,250/week plus taxes & cleaning. Alice: 813-230-4577.

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport: Tampa $95, Sarasota $40, Clearwater $85, Orlando $165. Call 800-301-4816. amitaxi4u@gmail.com, www.amitaxi.com ANYTIME TRANSPORTATION to all airports, appointments, casino, cruises, etc. Tampa $65. Sarasota $30. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095 ADMIRAL TOWN CAR Professional chauffeur, taxi prices! Airports (1@ $75, 10 $150 to Tampa), Appointments anywhere. Credit cards accepted. Phil 941-320-1120 admiraltowncar@gmail.com, Licensed & Insured


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