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snooks would’ve been proud The Anna Maria Island Privateers had a fun Snooks Adams Kids’ Day celebration at Bayfront Park Saturday for about 35 children. There was a pirate costume contest, games, a treasure hunt and fun time with water pistols to celebrate summer vacation. Clockwise from above: The Privateers and the Skullywag; Lainie Schoteman was working hard on her bead collection at the treasure hunt; Luke Andersen shows off his face paint, which matches his pirate costume. TOM VAUGHT | SUN

Daquiri Deck on the horizon Property owner Jake Spooner anticipates a spring/ summer 2018 opening. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – If all goes according to plans, there will be a Daquiri Deck on Bridge Street around this time next year. The Daquiri Deck is expected to be part of a new development by Bridge Street Bazaar and Fish Hole adventure golf course owner Jake Spooner, who also serves as a member of the City Commission.

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The Daquiri Deck has been in the works for months now, but Spooner had not planned on going public with his intentions yet. That changed last week when the Daiquiri Deck ownership group member Russell Matthes mentioned to a Sarasota restaurant news publication that he and his partners Troy Syprett and Matthew Grover planned to open a fourth Daquiri Deck in Bradenton Beach. The trio will soon be opening a third location in south Siesta Key, which was preceded by the see daquiri deck, page 8

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Aqua by the Bay hearings scheduled The next Aqua by the Bay hearings are tentatively set for July 13 and Aug. 16. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

MANATEE COUNTY – Tentative meeting dates have been established for the Manatee County Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners to conduct follow-up reviews of the Aqua by the Bay development plans. The Planning Commission hearing is

tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 13, following by a County Commission hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Planning Coordinator Bobbi Roy confirmed these dates last week, but said they are not official until the meetings are advertised. The previous Planning Commission review in April and County Commission review in early May were both based on an inaccurate staff report and incomplete information provided by the developers in terms of how many high-rise buildings see acqua, page 32



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ANNA MARIA — Island resident JD White is moving around a lot better these days, thanks to the help of his community. “I can lift this leg for the first time in 23 years,” White said May 30, carefully maneuvering his left leg with the help of one of his two new WalkAide devices. The devices help White overcome dropfoot, a condition caused by cerebral palsy, which prevents him from lifting his toes to walk. The WalkAides, positioned on his calves, send electrical pulses to his muscles to increase function, helping him to lift his toes and walk more easily. Combined with twice weekly therapy, White said he’s on his way to increasing his flexibility, movement and quality of life. White said the progress he’s making wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of his community. Between an online Go Fund Me page and a May 21 fundraiser at D Coy Ducks in Holmes Beach, enough funds were raised to allow


JD White, bottom left, receives a check May 25 for the proceeds from a fundraiser held in his honor May 21 at D Coy Ducks in Holmes Beach. Right, JD White shows off his two new WalkAide devices May 30 in Anna Maria. White to purchase the two WalkAide devices needed to get him out of the leg braces he’s worn most of his 26 years. In addition to the WalkAide devices, White is now able to pay for the weekly diagnostic appointments, supplies and maintenance for the devices. He also can cover the costs of much-needed therapy and doctor appointments.

“This community I’ve lived in my whole life, I just feel very loved and very blessed to be here,” he said. “I thank everyone from near and far, the people who donated, who came to the benefit and who gave of their time and energy. It’s impossible to name everyone. I don’t want to forget anyone. I just want to thank them all.”





in brief

Sun nominated for statewide awards The Sun newspaper has earned 14 nominations for excellence in journalism in the Florida Press Association’s 2016 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. Eight different staff members received nominations in 13 categories, including General Excellence and Overall Graphic Design. The annual competition is between daily and weekly newspapers from throughout the state of Florida. The Sun competes in Division B, for newspapers with circulations of 7,000 to 15,000. The Sun was the only newspaper from Anna Maria Island to be nominated in the contest.

E-mail scam alert Manatee County Clerk of Court Angelina Colonneso warns Manatee County residents that there is an e-mail scam that may appear like it’s coming from the state’s EPortal system requesting for an attachment to be opened in order to view a summons to court. These e-mails will often include an attachment or link that may download a virus or attempt to steal your personal information. If someone has been summoned for jury duty or to appear in court, they will receive an official notice in the mail from the Manatee County Clerk of Courts, not an email.

Memorial Day parking violations According to Det. Sgt. Lenard Diaz, the Bradenton Beach Police Department issued between 300 and 350 parking tickets at and near Coquina Beach during the Memorial Day weekend. During last week’s City Commission meeting, Commissioner Jake Spooner said he was surprised to learn that about 1,300 parking spaces in that area were all filled, which then led to vehicles being parked illegally elsewhere in the parking lots and alongside Gulf Drive. Parking fines will be increased from $35 to $50 when a new automated ticketing system is implemented.

Surf camp signup West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach will sponsor its annual surf camps again this year. Taking place from 9 a.m. to noon, the week-long camps will start on Monday, July 3; Monday, July 10; and Monday, July 17. Enrollment is limited to 25 kids per week and additional water camp-related activities will be planned depending on the weather. For pricing and additional information, call 941778-1001.

Correction The Naval officer in the photo on Page 1 of The Sun last week is Commander Micheal J. Riordan. The commander’s last name was misspelled in a photo caption.

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Chief denounces resident HBPD complaint

HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer finds resident complaint against officers “false.” BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH — After reviewing a resident complaint against Holmes Beach Police Officers, Chief Bill Tokajer says the allegations are false. The complaint came in the form of a May 25 email from Alec Graham, the president of the Westbay Point and Moorings condominium board of directors. In the e-mail, Graham said he had spoken with property manager Bob McGlynn, who alleged officers had harassed workers trimming the mangroves May 19 at the 63rd Street boat ramp, located adjacent to the condominium property. The e-mail also noted issues with code enforcement officers over the mangrove maintenance. After investigating the incident, including reviewing a tape of a Westbay resident calling to report the mangrove trimming, a report filed by officers and receiving sworn testimony from the workers involved, Tokajer found the allegations to be unfounded. “I want the community to know that never happened, and my officers are all professionals,” Tokajer said. “They are dedicated to policing this

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Mangroves located at the 63rd Street boat ramp in Holmes Beach are in the center of not one, but two issues between residents and city leaders. community and doing the right thing all the time and they do. For someone to say that they do not is just a disservice to the community for them to make such an allegation.” By responding publicly to the allegations, he said he hopes to put the rumors to rest. The mangrove trimming has been a point of contention between the city and residents of the condominium complex since the late 2016 installation of two boat lifts and canopies for use of HBPD and West Manatee Fire Rescue watercrafts. In addition to testifying the encounter with officers

was not confrontational, workers also said they were instructed to trim mangroves that they had not previously cut closer to the boat ramp and possibly on the city’s property. The city and condominium residents both are awaiting the results of a riparian rights survey to determine who has what rights over the contested area. Due to concerns about the mangrove trimming, including the resident complaint, Tokajer said he’s forwarded his department’s reports to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for further review.

Kingfish refurbishment to align with bridge construction he Kingfish boat ramp on Manatee Avenue will close for construction, but Manatee County isn’t planning on restricting access to the popular boat ramp any time soon. Reconfiguring the boat ramp to allow for a fourth boat launch ramp and expanded parking on the eastern side is slated to take place in concert with construction on the new high-span fixed Anna Maria Island Bridge. A December 2016 county presentation projects the expected construction start date in or beyond 2021. Because construction at Kingfish corresponds with bridge construction, neither project will begin until funds are secured for the bridge. Funding for the Kingfish and other county boat ramp improvement projects is currently being provided by the West Coast Inland Navigation District and the Florida Boating Improvement Program.

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Vehicles and boat trailers begin filling up parking spaces June 4 at Kingfish boat ramp, located on the north side of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach. Future plans to expand the boat ramp’s facilities include the addition of more parking for patrons.

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Beach market in good standing Nancy Ambrose has met all requirements of her business agreement with Manatee County.

Nancy has remitted her


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BRADENTON BEACH – Despite her recent arrest, Nancy Ambrose remains in good standing with Manatee County officials regarding her operation of the seasonal markets at Coquina Beach. Ambrose was recently arrested and charged with three counts of fraud stemming from her oversight of a nowdefunct butterfly garden at Holmes Beach City Hall. On Tuesday, May 30, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department Director Charlie Hunsicker updated County Commissioners on Ambrose’s status regarding her market agreement with the county. “In light of unfortunate circumstances reported for the manager of the Sunday and Wednesday market operating under an agreement with Manatee County, I wanted to provide this update of our continuing and satisfactory contractual agreement. No changes or

provided additional back-up information when requested.” Debbie Voorhees Contracts manager joe hendricks | SUN

The beach markets take place on Wednesdays and Sundays through July 30. actions are recommended at this time,” Hunsicker wrote. His e-mail included one he received earlier that day from Contracts Manager Debbie Voorhees. “In light of the recent articles in the newspapers alleging fraud for Nancy Ambrose, I thought you’d like to know the current status of her contract with the county. Last fall, amendment #1

was executed, which added Wednesdays to her agreement. At that time, Frank Lambertson, Carrie Kelly and I reviewed the entire original agreement and updated it with some additional auditing and financial requirements. To date, Nancy has complied by providing these reports,” Voorhees wrote. “The compensation we receive is based on the number of days she holds

the market, regardless of the number of booths and vendors she has. One is not dependent upon the other. We receive $300 for each Sunday the market is held and $200 for each Wednesday the market is held. Nancy has remitted her funds promptly and provided additional back-up information when requested,” Vorhees wrote. Ambrose has pleaded not guilty to the fraud charges. Her arraignment hearling is scheduled for June 23.




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LETTERS to the EDITOR Hurricane section informative

Thank you Sun staff for your thorough and informative hurricane insert in your paper this week. (The Sun, May 31) Thanks also to the staff for years of positive impact on our communities. Margie Motzer Holmes Beach

Consider parking garage Concerning the traffic on Anna Maria Island at Holmes Beach, why not build a three- to five-story parking deck at the end of Manatee Avenue? The old restroom facility could be replaced, and it would help relieve some of the traffic concerns, especially with people parking all along Manatee Avenue and by businesses they aren't frequenting. Charge $5 a day which, surely, people would pay to be close to the beach and not wasting time driving back and forth looking for a spot. And it would be much safer for pedestrians, open up parking for the businesses, and Manatee Avenue would be safer. If built with certain codes it could possibly even be used as a storm shelter. Other beaches in Florida charge to park and, not that I am a huge fan of paying to park, but it is a better alternative to what the current parking/traffic situation is at Holmes Beach. The fees could go toward the original cost, upkeep and maintenance and any other bills. What is left over could be for AMI to use as it is needed. This

could be a valuable asset to the community, not only to thwart traffic and pedestrian concerns, but as a possible shelter if needed. Thanks for your consideration of a parking garage as a possibility. Robert A. Bach Bradenton

Center deserves support Editor's note: This letter originally was addressed to the Holmes Beach City Commission. True to its mission “The community’s gathering place,” The Center of Anna Maria Island is the arts, cultural, educational, health, recreational, and social center of AMI, serving an important role for its residents and visitors alike. We urge you to take the time to schedule a visit for a tour, closely examine the current program guide, and realize the value this facility gives to the livability and sense of community for our Island, for youth and adults of all ages. We appreciate the funding of $10,000 you have agreed to contribute. With an expectation of The Center to provide financial visibility to its contributors and due diligence with zero-based budgeting to justify its program and administrative expenses, we recommend that you increase the contribution to $45,000, which has been allocated to this year’s City budget. The Center has a new, talented management team and board with expe-

rienced leadership to professionally and successfully run this non-profit 501 C-3 organization for the benefit of our community. Check out their performance scorecard. Benchmark what they provide vs. what other cities budget and expense for successful community centers with similar operations. As residents of Holmes Beach and members of The Center, we believe the city’s financial contribution is a wise investment of taxpayer dollars and a great bargain for the community benefits. Let’s keep it. Let’s support our community center, The Center of AMI. David F. and Iris W. Julian Holmes Beach

Relief needed I am writing with concern for plans to the Cortez Road corridor. I have lived in Sunny Shores/Sagamore Estates that sits off Cortez Road at 115th Street West for 28 years. We are surrounded by the Manatee Fruit and Flower farm and the new proposed development, Peninsula Bay. We have 75 homes and duplexes and 20 apartments in Sagamore Estates. Sunny Shores has 177 units, five apartments and Parrot Cove Marina, with 36 boat slips and 10 live-aboards. One hundred and Fifteenth Street West is a very dangerous intersection. We have only 115th Street West to access our homes. We have lost several residents due to this intersection and

there have been too many accidents to count. We have asked for a traffic light numerous times. We need some type of relief. Some Sundays, even in the summer, it is backed up to Palma Sola Boulevard. Driving from beyond the fire station to 115th Street West can take 30 to 45 minutes after church. This is not acceptable. We need relief. All we have now is a sign saying the right lane ends in 1,500 feet, which is 119th Street West, not 115th Street West. We also have a sign that says to not block the intersection, which is completely ignored. Sharon France President of the Sunny Shores HOA

Wonderful event To all who participated in Anna Maria's Memorial Day event: Thank you. Special thanks to Mayor Murphy and city staff, veterans in attendance, and Mayor Murphy's nephew Commander Michael J. Riordan. What a testament! We were privileged to have our two grandchildren (ages 11 and 9) in attendance. We don't believe they knew much about the service’s meaning beforehand, but with the promise of ice cream afterwards and an hour plus Memorial Day discussion ensuing, we know they are now introduced to the true meaning behind Memorial Day. Lynn and Jack Brennan Anna Maria

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Anna Maria 10005 Gulf Drive.

Usual preparation: Buy supplies, secure the boat, watch the weather.

6/8: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. 6/13: Planning and Zoning Board meeting, 4 p.m. For information, call 7086130.

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6/7: Capital Improvement Plan, 9:30 a.m. 6/7: Community Redevelopment Agency, 10 a.m. 6/7: Pier Team, 11 a.m.

6/7: Scenic WAVES, 3 p.m. 6/15: City Commission meeting, noon. For information, call 7781005.

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6/7: Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m. 6/13: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. 6/15: City Commission work session, 6 p.m. For information, call 7085800.

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Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon to 12:45 p.m. $12. Space limited.



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Boomer Boot Camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Didgeridoo Down Under, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mat pilates for seniors, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 to 10:45 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise. org or 941-383-6493. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.


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Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

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Bridge refresher session, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise. org or 941-383-6493. Alzheimer’s caregiver support group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

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Origami, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. T-Shirt tote bag, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Sunday Beach Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday June 13

Boomer Boot Camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Preschool story time, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m.

Wednesday June 14

Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon to 12:45 p.m. $12. Space limited. Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Reiki II Share Session with Virginia Steagall, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1:45 to 4 p.m., $10. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941383-6493.



daquiri deck: On the horizon FROM PAGE 1

Daquiri Deck in St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota and the original location in the Siesta Key Village. “I was totally caught off guard,” Spooner said of the unexpected attention his development is now getting. A Facebook post initiated by Cortez resident Rose Lipke sparked a cordial online debate that that included support for a Daquiri Deck and concerns about bringing a “franchise” to Bridge Street. Unlike Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, the city of Bradenton Beach does not prohibit franchised business operations; and Spooner said he considers the Daquiri Deck to be more similar to the four Anna Maria Oyster Bars located in Manatee County than a business operation franchised to outside parties.

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This rendering created by designer Emily Anne Smith. The Daquiri Deck will be located on the second story of the building that will be erected in the vacant lot between The Fish Hole and Bill Herlihy’s Island Time Inn. The thirdstory will be used as a mostly open-aired deck for Daquiri Deck’s patrons. Spooner said he hopes the Daquiri Deck helps bring more families to Bridge Street because his businesses rely on the family clientele. Spooner anticipates submitting his building plans to the city in a month, beginning

construction later this summer and opening his business space and the restaurant space leased to Daquiri Deck owners in the spring or early summer of 2018. In addition to adult beverages, the existing Daquiri Decks offer full dining service that includes entrees, oysters and other raw bar items, appetizers, wraps and sandwiches and a kids menu. Spooner said the other Daquiri Decks typically utilize low-key acoustic acts rather than full bands, so he does not

envision noise ordinance compliance to be a major concern. Spooner, 38, plans to relocate the Bridge Street Bazaar he opened in 2001 into the new ground-level retail space and he does not yet know for sure what he’ll do with the space he currently uses. Before he took office as a city commissioner in 2015, Spooner’s development plans were approved by the previous city commission after being reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Board. At that time, Spooner was granted a parking exception that will require him to provide shuttle service to and from Cortez Beach, just south of Bridge Street, on a daily basis. The shuttle service will also be available to Bridge Street visitors patronizing other businesses and establishments.

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Few changes for next school year The number of classroom teachers is expected to remain at 14 for the six grades at the Island school. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |


HOLMES BEACH – The hallways and classrooms are quiet for the summer at Anna Maria Elementary School. Fifty-five fifth-graders graduated to middle school, and although the Island is losing permanent residents, enrollment is expected to be enough to support the 14 teachers that were on staff this past school year. Nobody is expected to leave. “We have no teachers retiring this year,” said Principal Jackie

Featherston. “We don’t expect we’ll need any more teachers.” Featherston said they expect to have two teachers per grade for kindergarten, and grades one, four and five. The second and third grades will have three classrooms each. District quotas regulate the number of children per classroom to prevent overcrowding. More than half of the students enrolled do not live on the Island, according to school records. Many of the mainland students’ parents work on the Island and bring their kids in with them every day. The school’s reputation for excellence draws parents to enroll their kids here. The school maintains an “A” rating from the school board. Featherston said parental in-

AME PTO Officers for 2017-18 President: Nicole Teich Vice president: Jessica Baugher Secretary: Emily Wettstein Treasurer: Mauri Zaccagnino Co-treasurer: Mandy Elmore Executive board advisor: Jackie Featherston Staff representatives: Kelly Crawford and Gary Wooten volvement and a strong PTO help pave the way for the kids to learn, and she expects it will remain that way next year.

Countdown It was a bittersweet last day of the school year at Anna Maria Elementary School as the fifth-graders who took victory laps down the hallways to the applause of fellow students, teachers, employees and parents. There were smiles, and there were tears from those who would move onto middle school on the mainland in August.




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Music, money for Mack The Swordfish Grill hosted a benefit for local musician Mack Doss and his wife Sunday afternoon. The Doss’s have battled various health issues and financial setbacks in the past year, and the money raised Sunday will assist with their medical bills and living expenses. Numerous local musicians donated their time and talents to the cause, including Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, Billy Rice, Tim Chandler, The Avis Brothers, Jason Haram, Mad Beach Mafia, Leo Binetti, Pedro Arevalo and more. The fundraising efforts included raffles and a live auction.

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An incoming tide on Anna Maria Island has brought with it an unusual assortment of sea life tangled in the seaweed. Clockwise from left , sea cucumber, related to starfish and sand dollars; cnidarian invertebrate, related to jellyfish and coral; colonial tunicate, known as sea pork; egg case of a tulip shell, a type of snail; egg case of a lightning whelk, a type of snail.



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Island bicycle trails, present and future BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | KSWAIN@AMISUN.COM

There are a lot of proposed and existing Island bicycle trails. Knowing which is which can help keep residents and visitors safe while on the road.

Anna Maria

In Anna Maria, a bicycle trail exists. Instead of dedicated bicycle lanes on each road, the city’s bicycle path is a mix of multi-use paths, shared with pedestrians, and unmarked sharrow roads. The path journeys north from Holmes Beach down Gulf Drive to Willow Avenue, where bicyclists can make a left to Gulf Front Park or right to continue north down Jacaranda Road or Cresent Drive. Cyclists on Cresent Road can continue to Bayfront Park, take a left at the fork onto Gladiolus Street or loop into Jacaranda Road and take a right to North Shore Drive to cruise past the Rod and Reel Pier. City engineer Lynn Burnett said future plans for Anna Maria include upgrades to Pine Avenue to include a multi-use path down the length of the major thoroughfare to allow for multi-modal transportation as part of the city’s 10-year capital improvement plan Burnett said shared roads would be marked with sharrow lane striping over the next few years. The east side of Gulf Drive is planned to have a new infiltration trench installed with a multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path erected afterwards.

Holmes Beach

Moving south to Holmes Beach, the planned path meanders from Gulf Drive east to 85th Street and down Marina Drive with a sharrow road along 83rd Street. Another sharrow road at 72nd Street is planned to connect the Marina Drive eastern path with a western route on Holmes Boulevard. Multi-modal sidewalks are planned on the west side of Holmes Boulevard. The path is planned to follow Marina Drive south with accesses to Gulf Drive and the beaches. A sharrow street is planned for 62nd Street to connect the trail to Flotilla Drive. A multi-modal path is planned for 56th Street to connect Marina to Gulf Drive and the beach. Rather than traversing the intersection at Marina and Gulf Drives, the path is planned to divert along a sharrow road west on 54th Street to Gulf Drive. From there, the path is planned to continue to 52nd Street and Second Avenue where it breaks into several branches around the Manatee Public Beach. Dual paths are planned down Gulf Drive and Sixth Avenue until they converge near the Bradenton Beach city line to continue south to Longboat Key. Some elements of the multi-modal path, an eight to 10-foot sidewalk along one or both sides of streets, depending on right of way allowances, are already budgeted through Holmes Beach. In the city’s current fiscal year budget are items such as restriping


A map shows the Anna Maria city bicycle trail. see trails, page 13

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trails: Present and future FROM PAGE 12

and signs marking sharrow roads. Other improvements on local city roads are planned over the next several years. Burnett said improvements to county or state roads will have to be approved and funded through those agencies. Some streets also may be eligible for federal funds assistance. Improvements along Gulf Drive are scheduled for construction in correlation with Manatee County’s planned force water main improvements. The sidewalks and bicycle lanes will not be constructed until that project is finished, potentially as early as mid to late 2019. The Holmes Beach local multi-modal path sections of the route were approved by city commissioners in March. No official bicycle path currently exists in Holmes Beach, though there are bicycle lanes in both directions along Gulf Drive.

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In Bradenton Beach, the multi-modal path is simpler. Rather than meandering through residential areas, the path predominantly tracks down Gulf Drive until it meets up with the Longboat Pass Bridge. The plan is to continue the multi-modal path across the bridge and into Longboat Key. If the SUN Trail western route and funding are approved by the state, this will be the route the trail takes through Bradenton Beach, across Longboat Key and into Sarasota via the Ringling Bridge. A secondary trail is planned to go through the community redevelopment segment of the city east of Gulf Drive on the east side of the street. All multi-modal paths on the Island are planned as eight-foot sidewalks to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. With the exception of paths through the CRA district, all Bradenton Beach bicycle and multi-modal path improvements will be paid by state funding when available. No official bicycle trail currently exists in Bradenton Beach, though there is an existing multi-modal path on the west side of Gulf Drive south to the underside of the Longboat Pass Bridge along Coquina Beach. The current path is not planned to be incorporated into the future bicycle and multi-modal paths according to Burnett.

The SUN Trail

The western leg of the SUN Trail, if approved, will travel to Anna Maria Island via the Green Bridge in downtown Bradenton, continuing either down Manatee Avenue or through adjacent residential areas to where Manatee Avenue begins crossing waterways that lead to Anna Maria Island. Funds for the SUN Trail have yet to be assigned. Burnett is hopeful funds will be allocated for the project by the end of the current Island transportation study. One part of the study is determining if roundabouts will be installed at the intersections of Gulf and Marina Drives, Mana-


The proposed SUN Trail would loop through the east side of Bradenton while also extending to Anna Maria Island before going through Longboat Key to Sarasota. tee Avenue and Gulf Drive and Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive. If the roundabouts are installed, it will reformat those sections of the SUN Trail to accommodate curving intersections. If the SUN Trail is implemented, it will feature two traffic lanes with two bicycle lanes and pedestrians sidewalks on each side. Burnett said SUN Trail lanes will incorporate any existing bicycle paths or sidewalks if the route is funded to reduce cost and inconvenience to Island residents and visitors. No existing bicycle paths or sidewalks are slated for removal as part of the Island-wide improvement project. For more information, contact Lynn Burnett, engineer to all three Island cities, at 941-756-9100.




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Island Charms – perfectly charming BY LOUISE BOLGER




orldwide travel opens the door for new experiences and knowledge. It’s always exciting to unpack the treasures you bought along the way among your favorite pair of jeans and dirty laundry. A new shop owner on the Island has taken the travel experience to new heights, learning about the things she loves from countries she’s visited. Lauren Collins opened Island Charms in January of this year in one of Pine Avenue’s historic homes within the Green Village. She wanted a shop that showcased everyday designer items that reflected what she liked to bring home from her travels. And indeed, the handpicked pieces she carries are beach casual, sophisticated and unique and artfully displayed in this bright open 1913 cottage with pale blue walls and rustic display tables. Collins is originally from Georgia, but she lived in a variety of cities as her husband’s job required. Residing for years in London and New York City exposed her to beautiful pottery and glassware, adding to her personal collection and educating her for a future shop. Whiling living in Tampa, the family started vacationing on Anna Maria Island and eventually purchased a second home on Pine Avenue. When the decision was made for Collins’ husband to semi-retire it didn’t take long for them and their three children to move permanently into their Anna Maria Home giving Collins the opportunity to finally open the shop she always wanted right across the street. Island Charms carries coastal pottery and hand blown glass in addition to designer and handcrafted jewelry. Collins has a background in selling jewelry, so adding

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Island Charms owner Lauren Collins and daughter Claire Collins. this element to her shop was a natural for her. Currently some of her beach jewelry comes from a designer in Connecticut she met while living there and a designer, Deepa Guranni, discovered by one of her daughters. She also continues to carry Kobel jewelry. The pottery pieces which Collins identifies as “affordable but elegant” have lovely coastal designs with

fish, turtles, lobsters, starfish and more. Two of the glass and pottery designers she carries are Vietra from Italy and Richard Bramble, whom she discovered in London. There are wonderful pieces perfect as a gift for your hosts’ beach house or to be shipped home before you leave the Island. You’ll also find scattered around Island Charms beach accessories like sunglasses, straw hats and bags and designer aprons. If you happen to be there on Thursday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., not only will you be offered a refreshment, but you can take advantage of their discount table. Helping Collins manage the shop is Jeanette Taft, who has a special touch with customers, and her two daughters, Claire and Meghan, when they’re home from school. Island Charms has had a great start, and Collins is planning on building her inventory always on the lookout for special items as well as adding some local artwork and photography. So, the next time you’re on a trip, follow Collins’ lead and take home more than just the dirty laundry. You never know where it might lead – Island Charms – perfectly charming.

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Puddle fun Emily Sackett and best bud Harmony Combs engage in some serious puddle fun on Magnolia Avenue Monday afternoon. More than two inches of rain fell on Anna Maria Island Monday and wet weather is forecast at least through midweek, according to the National Weather Service. MAGGIE FIELD | SUN


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Center board works on future strategies Center board members concentrate on ways to reach the organization’s community outreach and fundraising goals. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA — The Center of Anna Maria Island’s board is approaching the end of the organization’s fiscal year with an eye to the future. The group met May 30 to discuss the pending close of the current fiscal year and plans to make changes in the coming one. Center Treasurer Jim Froeschle was absent from the meeting, leaving it to Chair Bill Shuman to present the April end of month financials. The report showed a loss of $51,800, creating a fiscal year loss of $241,800 through the end of April. The report did not include an anticipated $28,000 in donations from the city governments of Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. The Center’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. As the end of the fiscal year approaches, Shuman said the Center’s leadership team

Take a trip with Senior Adventures The members of the Annie Silver Community Center’s Senior Adventures group are partnering with The Center of Anna Maria Island to continue their weekly adventures well into the summer. The group is open to seniors, inviting them on weekly lunch and learn opportunities. Upcoming trips include a June 9 tour of the 911 emergency center in Sarasota with lunch at Captain Brian’s Restaurant and Seafood Market and a trip June 16 to the St. Petersburg Holocaust Museum with lunch at Mazarro’s Italian Market. Local sea turtle guru Suzi Fox will speak to the group June 23 about the ongoing sea turtle nesting season. June 30 will see the group host a book sale and potluck lunch at the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach. A lunch and learn experience is scheduled for July 7 at the Center with Charlene Bell discussing her time traveling in Mongolia. Space for each adventure is limited, and participants are asked to pre-register with either Kaye Bell at 941-538-0945 or Peg Miller at 941-778-3106.

Adult basketball league The Center of Anna Maria Island is ready to make adult hoop dreams come true. Tip off on the Center’s adult basketball league is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, with games played every Tuesday night through

is hopeful that membership dollars, summer camp registration fees and donations will help lessen the financial gap. Also to be added are the funds raised from the May crawfish boil event. Board member Lindsay Sauls estimates the crawfish boil brought in $11,000 for the Center, including $9,000 in event sponsorships. Executive Director Kristen Lessig said the crawfish boil was “an added event that was a great success.” As the budget process begins for the 2017-18 fiscal year, Lessig said the nonprofit is attempting to improve its accounting practices to provide more consistently formatted financial reports. She said a goal for the coming year is to be “more strategic” about fundraising opportunities. When approaching events, Lessig said there should be a mix of community-centric and fundraising events. Part of that differentiation, she said, is to create experiences where people don’t feel pressured to donate every time. Some of the events planned for the coming see center, page 26

the summer. The final day to register is June 17. Participants can create their own teams or join individually to be assigned a team. Registration fees are $5 for members and $90 for nonmembers. For more information or to sponsor a team, contact Will Schenerlein at 941-7781908, ext. 9205. To register, go online to www.centerami. org, call 941-778-1908 or visit the Center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Teen adventure begins at Center It’s planned to be a summer of adventure for middle school teens at The Center of Anna Maria Island. The Center’s teen camp activities include archery lessons, batting practice and trips to Treeumph, Celebration Station, Escape Room Bradenton, local arcades and Rays baseball games. Camp runs two days per week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning June 13.The cost is $80 per week for members or family members of Center members and $95 for non-members. Registration costs include necessary tickets, transportation, breakfast and lunch. A full list of activities is available at www. Advance registration is required online, by calling, or visiting the Center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. For more information, contact Will Schenerlein at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205, or email

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Paws at the Beach Caryn Hodge poses with her dog, Hannah, for a funny photo Saturday at Paws at the Beach, an open house at Beach Veterinary Clinic in Cortez Saturday. Attendees had opportunities to win free pet vaccines and heartworm medicine. The clinic also offered dog adoptions from Sachel’s Last Resort, cat adoptions from Kitty Korner, a bite prevention seminar and raffles with all proceeds going to the shelters.



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Poutine and hockey – Canadian staples BY SEAN MURPHY SPECIAL TO THE SUN


anada's two greatest exports have a shared heritage. I am talking poutine and hockey. They both came from rinks. I was born in Canada and lived there a good chunk of my life. That means that I can say outrageous things about Canada and get away with it. It is like being Donald Trump. I can't be held accountable for what I say. Poutine is basically French fries and gravy. The curd part is a variation from rural Quebec, where they did not know how to get rid of curds. Fries-n-gravy was a Canadian staple. It was hot and cheap and could be prepared anywhere there was an old stove. It was cold a lot, so we didn't need much in the way of refrigeration.

We all know Canucks are crazy for hockey. As kids growing up we spent hours every day in hockey rinks. When we weren't playing on the ice, we were playing in the corners with pop cans and tennis balls. We lived in rinks. We smelled like rinks. Grownups called us rink rats. These rinks were nothing like the Lightning palaces that Americans attend to watch NHL games. These rinks were just big frozen tin cans. Some had outside toilets. They didn't stink until they thawed out in the spring. Every rink had a canteen. The canteen in the rink consisted of an old stove and a kettle. The kettle was for tea. Canadians love tea. They love drinking tea while watching hockey. The stove was for poutine. It generally had an oven and one or two working burners on top. The fries were dumped on a sheet tray and cooked in the oven. The gravy was generally FrancoAmerican Beef Gravy that was heated in a pot on top of the stove.

One of the rink ladies scooped the oven fries into a paper cup and slopped some of the gravy on top. And that was poutine. Fries-n-gravy was a big chunk of the menu for high school kids. Across from my high school, St Patrick's High School, (Catlick), there was a greasy spoon diner that sold a ton of fries-n-gravy. Marie and Flo presided over the lunch counter. One day my buddy found a hair in his fries-and-gravy. He lifted the guilty specimen from his plate and announced to Flo that he had found a hair in his fries. Flo plucked the gravied tendril from his fork, studied it, and proclaimed, "It ain't mine. Must be Marie’s." I used to marvel that the poutine served to me in rinks and honored by Marie with selections from under her hair net could be treated with such gravitas by foodies. I came to realize that I am grateful for fries-n-gravy. I could not have survived my misspent youth in rinks and high school without it.

My chef staff and I determined to express that gratitude by creating a helluva poutine for Eat Here. We needed a phenomenal gravy. Our favorite light bulb went on – foie gras. The best demis and gravies in New Orleans are called debris demis because they have bits of debris from the braising pan floating in the gravy. In our Eat Here version the debris is chunks of our pot roast and pieces of foie gras. Because nobody really likes curds, we garnish with an aged Parmesan. And that is how you make a helluva poutine. When I was a snotty-nosed kid clunking around the rink in my rubber boots – hockey stick in one hand and a cup of poutine in the other – I never woulda guessed. Sean Murphy is the head coach of the incredibly talented team that runs the Beach Bistro; its little sister, Eat Here; and its new craft cocktail bar, The Doctors Office. Some of his articles can be found on the Bistro’s web-site,


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Sarasota Bay Watch’s New Pass cleanup a hit


arasota Bay Watch (SBW) conducted an underwater cleanup of The New Pass public fishing piers on Saturday, June 3, with the help of 66 volunteers. The volunteers included Sarasota Bay Watch board members, 35 divers, eight kayakers, a couple of jet skis and 21 land based participants. Partnering with Sarasota Bay Watch were city of Sarasota- Sustainability, the Sarasota Police Department, Scuba Quest, the Sarasota Police Dive Team, NAUI Green Diver, the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Marina Jacks, Aqua Lung and Reelcycle. The event kicked off at 8 a.m. and lasted until noon. Sarasota Bay Watch provided coffee and snacks for the volunteers as well as gloves, scissors and knives to break down the debris. The combined effort of all volunteers netted 330 pounds of lead (net weight, sinkers), 47 cast nets and 18 fishing lures. Also recovered from the New Pass waters were a moving dolly, eight

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS fishing poles, three fishing reels, nine knives, a PVC pipe, a machete, a gas meter, a radio and a package of lead sinkers. One of the primary reasons for conducting these cleanups, besides the obvious benefit of clearing debris from the water, was to prevent the trapping and killing of marine life in the tangle of nets and other rubble. During the event volunteers collected and released over 70 crabs, lobster, sea stars, fish and octopus. While divers combed the bottom, volunteers on the water collected the debris and brought it to a floating dock that was donated by Marina Jacks. The


Volunteers gather for a group shot in front of debris collected during the fishing piers cleanup. dock provided a staging area that allowed the transfer of the collected items to top side volunteers. The majority of the debris was made up of cast nets in varying sizes. These nets were then stripped of their weights and both components were catalogued and weighed

to provide data on marine debris. The event was organized by the board of directors with SBW’s coordinator Ronda Ryan. The event would not have been possible without the help see reel time, page 26

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Find tarpon in the coastal Gulf Captain Rick Grassett

Tarpon should be plentiful in the coastal Gulf this month as big schools of fish migrate along our beaches. Also look for cobia, tripletail and false albacore (little tunny) in the coastal Gulf. Catch and release snook fishing should

also be good in and around passes and in the surf. Fishing for trout and reds should be good early and late in the day on shallow grass flats. Tarpon fishing should be strong this month as schools of fish increase in size and numbers. They will head off shore to spawn close to new and full moons. Set up in travel lanes along the beach at first light in the morning and cast live crabs, baitfish, DOA Baitbusters and Swimming Mullet to them. I travel well offshore along the beach in the morning to avoid disturbing schools of tarpon that may be traveling or laid up close to the beach. Once you’ve reached the area you intend to fish, ease into the beach with an electric trolling motor

and set up in your spot. You can anchor or drift, depending on conditions. Give other anglers as much room as possible. Since fish may be moving both north and south, setting up too close to another angler may negatively affect their fishing. Use tackle heavy enough to land them as quickly as possible. When spin fishing, I usually drift a couple of live baits under a float while we wait for tarpon schools to pass by. Blind casting with DOA Baitbusters or Swimming Mullet can also be productive when fish are moving past you but not showing well on the surface. The CAL 4-inch Shad Tail/Swimbait with a heavy weedless hook is also a good tarpon bait, especially when sight fishing. When fly fishing, I use 12-weight rods and large arbor reels capable of holding 300 yards or more of backing with a 25-pound tippet. I use a variety of baitfish, shrimp or crab fly patterns fished on floating or intermediate sink

tip fly lines. The shallower the water, the easier it is to get your fly in front of a fish when fly fishing. Stake out or anchor in travel lanes to get shots at them. Snook season remains closed this month, so also use tackle heavy enough to catch and release them quickly. You should find them in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges in the ICW near passes. You can walk the beach and sight fish them in the surf with fly or spinning tackle. Small baitfish fly patterns, CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms or DOA shrimp should all work well. The same lures and flies that work in the surf will also work well at night. Snook will congregate in passes around the new and full moons to spawn. They will usually be in deep channels in these areas. Bouncing a DOA TerrorEyz or Baitbuster in bridge channels or passes can be an effective technique in these areas.



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Shootout at The Center:

Truly Nolen takes the championship post-regulation play The minutes that followed were just as exciting as the many prior. The thrill of a kick off and the strategy that went behind each coach selecting the five players from each team to perfectly place the ball past the goalie ensued. Leading off for Progressive Cabinetry was Pakbaz, who had a picture perfect kick, placing the ball in the lower right corner. Truly Nolen’s Ueltschi took the next shot and placed it right over the reach of the goalie. Rogers and Yatros both made their shots, leaving the championship in a deadlock. K. Cloutier and Rylan Guerrero both missed the next shots for their teams leaving it to the last two players on the kick off lineup. McCarthy’s shot was saved, giving Truly Nolen a glimmer of hope to end the game in its favor. Mattick took his place on the field and precisely placed the ball in the lower left corner, sealing up the championship for Truly Nolen.


The youth soccer season finally came to an end last week at the Island’s community center, with a third place challenge between Slim’s Place and Wash Family Construction in the eight- to 10-year-old league, and the championship game between Truly Nolen and Progressive Cabinetry. Team Slim’s Place took the third place honors with four goals by Gregory Jordan and two by teammate Aiden Templeton. Keeping the game close, Riley Lawson and Jason McGee put the ball in the net ending the game the score 6-3. The consolation game was a warm up for the crowd, that was treated to the game of the week, which was a real nail biter. Both teams in the championship round were evenly matched, and both teams came off the benches ready to fight for the victory. In the blazing heat, Jackson Pakbaz came out of the gate to score the first of his four goals in the game, putting Progressive Cabinetry on the scoreboard quick. Truly Nolen’s Lincoln Sauls tied up the game with 16 minutes left in the first half of play. In the season, William Pakbaz and Ava Baugh supported their team where needed, leading up to the final game of the season. Victor Albrecht protected his goal for Truly Nolen and was awarded four saves in the game. Progressive Cabinetry’s Kieran Cloutier showed his field prowess by winning critical 50/50 shots for his team. Pakbaz slid by the Truly Nolen defense and took a shot against Albrecht, who just could not make the stop, putting his team up 2-1. Albrecht saved the following shot by Cloutier, giving the ball back to Truly Nolen. Offensive powerhouse Jack Mattick took his first shot only to meet the defensive strength of Ewen Cloutier, Madeline Lessig and Fiona McCarthy for Progressive Cabinetry. Truly Nolen showed its own defensive ability as Progressive Cabinetry made a run to the goal. Tori Hurst cleared the ball for her team, giving it a chance to score. Chris Ueltschi scored his first goal of the game, ty-

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Coached by Rick Hurst, Team Truly Nolen won the 8- to 10-year-old soccer league championship in an exciting shoot out. ing up the final game of the season. Ueltschi came back strong on defense, along with Liam Coleman, denying Pakbaz another goal shot. Left wide open, Pakbaz got his third goal of the game to end the scoring in the first half of the game. Down by a goal, Truly Nolen started the next 20 minutes of regulation play with an attack shot by Nick Yatros. After a clear out of bounds, Yatros took the throw in and following shot attempt only to have the goal saved by Charlie Rogers, who played goalkeeper for Progressive Cabinetry. Dynamo Jack McCarthy moved the soccer ball down the field with control only to meet Mattick near the goal. Mattick eluded defenders left and right, never quitting and ending his run with a score after eight minutes of play. Tied up once more, Lily Stringer made a critical defensive clear for Progressive Cabinetry. Taking the corner kick, Mattick got the ball to

the feet of a teammate. The shot hit the post after a long kick by Yatros. Rogers’ save of the shot by Mattick gave Pakbaz his chance with Yatros and Lily Kawahata putting on the pressure. Albrecht read the play well, saving another shot hitting the ball out of bounds. The corner kick by Pakbaz was stopped by the relentless Truly Nolen defense. Mattick made another offensive run before being called for a handball. K. Cloutier took the free kick, but Mattick won the ball back for his team. Shots by Sauls and long throw-ins by Yatros could not get the ball in the goal against Progressive Cabinetry. With players on the sidelines filled with anxiety and parents, friends and family biting their nails, using their energy to will the ball into the goal, the regular play came down to the final goals by Pakbaz and Mattick, which tied the ballgame after 40 minutes of play 4-4.

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reel time: Clean up a big hit FROM PAGE 22

and support of board member Al Jefferies, owner of Scuba Quest. Jefferies coordinated the divers, provided volunteers with a complementary tank of air and was on hand as a cheerleader for the event. Many of Scuba Quest’s employees were also on hand to help with the underwater operations. SBW was formed 10 years ago with an emphasis on scallop restoration, bay island clean ups and monofilament collection in bird rockeries. Over the years the mission of Sarasota Bay Watch has expanded to included underwater cleanups, clam restoration, removal of evasive species from bay islands, youth education and outreach, sustainable seawalls and much more. The organization has a dedicated board

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year include a fish fry, beach dinner, bowling tournament, Lester Family Fun Day and the return of the crawfish boil. Other planned events are the annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and the Tour of Homes. Another area board members are considering bringing chance to is the board itself. Shuman said he’d like board members to consider amending the organization’s bylaws in coming months to allow for additional members. As it sits, recent additions have brought the board’s numbers up to 15 with two additional members under consideration by the governance committee. If the two members are added, it would put the Center’s board at its 17 person maximum. Shuman would like to see that number expanded to 24 to give the board more flexibility in adding new members. Board members typically serve two year terms.

led by President Larry Stults. According to Stults, the reason SBW has been so successful and able to expand its outreach is the cadre of community volunteers that rally to support its mission and events. If you would like to join in the work to protect and preserve the bay, go to There you’ll find a listing of events both past, present and future.

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‘Rain’ debut More than 30 people came to the Blue Marlin restaurant on Bridge Street Saturday night for Island musician Trevor Bystrom’s release party for “Rain,” his third CD. Bystrom said he was edxcited because this CD involved 30 musicians and artists. The disc contains environmental messages with a Caribbean beat and an Island flavor. For more information or to order a copy, visit TOM VAUGHT | SUN





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Youth and real estate

hoever said youth is wasted on the young haven’t met the young people I have recently who are starting businesses on the Island. They have vision, energy and are not against a little hard work. This can only be good news for an island that has always been an attraction for retirees and tourists, but what does the real estate market have in store for this generation? Generally, around the country first time buyers are rushing to buy homes after a decade on the sidelines. The national home ownership rate is up to 63.5 percent from a low of 62.9 percent, and the number of new owner households was double the number of new renter households in the first quarter of this year. Per Trulia, it’s the first time in a decade there were more new buyers than renters. The millennial generation, those born between 1980 and 2000, are stepping into adulthood faster than their older siblings. Despite tough lending standards and student debt, this generation is exhibiting confidence in the

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger economy and in themselves to move out of their parent’s house and into one of their own. According to Fannie Mae, first time buyers have accounted for 42 percent of buyers so far this year, which is up from 31 percent at the lowest point in 2011. Because of this rapidly growing phenomenon, builders are starting to switch from the high-end market to building homes for first time buyers. All of this may sound great, but there are still tough mortgage qualifying regulations to overcome and the possibility of increased rates that may slow down the milennials and their Nikes. Also, nationwide there still is a shortage of

inventory, which is near 20-year lows per the National Association of Realtors. Never-the-less real estate sales go on and these are the April numbers for Manatee County from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee’s website: Single-family closed homes were up 1.5 percent from last April. The median sales price was also up 5.4 percent to $295,000, and the average sales price as well was up 2 percent to $362,553. The listing to sale price was virtually unchanged at 95.4 percent, active listings were up 3.6 percent but the month's supply of homes was still just over 4 percent. Although these aren’t blowout numbers, they show a steady increase across the board. However, the numbers for the condo market are not quite as good, indicating this market is a little soft. Closed sales were down 22 percent from last April, the median sale price was up 2.1 percent to $170,000, but the average sale price was down 31.8 percent to $213,022.

This appears to be an outlier number based on something that occurred in April of last year, so don’t put too much stock in it. List to sale price was 93.8 a little lower than last year, and the active listings are up 9.7 percent, the month’s supply is at 4.9 percent, a little higher than last year. Nationally, home sales declined in April by 2.3 percent from March of this year per the National Association of Realtors. “Demand is easily outstripping supply in most of the country and it’s stymieing many prospective buyers from finding a home to purchase,” according to the NAR’s chief economist. So, what does this mean to our young entrepreneurs? It means they need to keep up their work ethic with a goal to owning their own home, maybe not on Anna Maria with it’s million dollar properties, but around Manatee County you can still find affordable first-time buyer homes. With their vision, I have no doubt they will figure it out.

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Chamber awards scholarships Four students from Manatee County have received scholarships from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce to help them continue with their educations. The checks were awarded at two ceremonies as the scholars were hard to get together during preparation for their graduations. At the age of 2, Marc Brunot came to the United States with his father from Haiti, leaving his mother and brothers behind. With dual enrollment at Bayshore High School and State College of Florida, he earned 21 hours toward his associates of arts degree with a 4.27 GPA, placing him in the top 10 percent of his class, while serving more than 200 volunteer hours. He has has perfect attendance since the fourth grade and is the recipient of the Ronald McDonald Take Stock in Children scholarship. He also won the Rotary Club Leadership award and he started the first Rotary Interactive Club at Bayshore High School. He plans on attending Florida Gulf Coast University and majoring in accountiung

Brenda Garcia is the daughter of an immigrant family from Mexico, who earned straight A’s while attending Palmetto High School and perfect attendance though all 13 years of her education. She is also an Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma recipient and a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, she was a Golden Herald Award recipient, a yearbook editor and in her spare time has worked for the Manatee County Board of Education for the past year. Brenda has been getting a head start on her college courses over the past year by attending a local community college as a high school student, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. She will major in accounting from the University of Central Florida, Florida State or the University of Florida. Once she graduates she plans to return to the Bradenton area to be close to her family and work for a local accounting firm Christian Balos graduated from Lakewood Ranch High School with

a 4.17 GPA and will be seeking a computer engineering degree from Florida State University. He took several advanced placement and honors courses in nearly all subjects throughout his high school career. His honors and achievements include the National Honor Society, a Golden Herald nominee and varsity baseball. Jonathan Haynes graduated from Palmetto High School with a 4.7 GPA and plans to seek a degree in finance from the University of South Florida. He has taken numerous advanced placement and honors courses in government, macroeconomics, calculus and accounting. Jonathan is part of the National Honor Society and is a Palmetto High School AICE participant. His community service and extracurricular activities include working at the Rocky Bluff Public Library, The Palmetto High School varsity cross country, varsity track, YMCA youth basketball and the Palmetto High School academic team.


From left, Barbara Murphy, Wende Webb, Marc Brunot and Karen LaPensee.


From left, Wende Webb, Jonathan Haynes, Brenda Garcia, Christian Balos, Barbara Murphy and Michael Vejins.



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Two-year pipe project announced BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

AMI – The traffic along the backbone of the Island’s southern half will be busier as soon as Manatee County begins replacing the water and sewer pipes. The $7.4 million project is scheduled to begin this summer and end the summer of 2019. County staff, an engineer and the project manager for Westra Construction, the contractor, discussed the project at CrossPointe Fellowship Wednesday, May 31. Elected officials of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, the two cities where the project will take place also attended. Bill Gore, Westra’s project engineer, said the first stage would be less intrusive to the traffic pattern – taking video and still photos of the site and staging equipment on the mainland. He said the contractor would be working simultaneously in multiple areas when the replacement starts. “We will notify property owners by mail and door hangers when we will be working in their area,” Gore said. “We want to keep disruption at a minimum.” People will be able to keep track of the project on the internet at, he said. The majority of the construction will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be some temporary lane closures and detours as needed. Two methods of construction will be used during this project, Gore said. Most of it will be digging a hole and burying the pipe, and in some cases, workers will use the

horizontal directional drilling method. After the presentation, the crowd looked at renderings showing where the project will run and asked questions

of the project officials. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson were in attendance.






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they hoped to include in the development formerly known as Long Bar Pointe. County staff originally told Planning Commissioners and County Commissioners there would be one 75-foot building and one 145foot building as part of the 2,894 proposed residential units that would also include 510 single-family homes. But during the May 4 County Commission land use meeting plans submitted to a state agency and not shared with county staff revealed as many as two dozen 145-foot condominium buildings. The land use meeting ended with county commissioners remitting the developer’s requests back to the Planning Commission for further review based on more specific information to be provided by Carlos Beruff’s development team. On May 16, King Engineering Associates, released a height analysis report that provides more details on the developers’ plans. “The applicant proposes two mixed-use building product types which exceed 35 feet in height. Building type 1 is a maximum of 95 feet and building type 2 is a maximum of 145 feet. A maximum of four 145-foot tall structures are planned,” the report states. The report does not state how many 95foot structures are planned, and there was no mention of 95-foot Aqua by the Bay structures at previous meetings. The maximum height allowed in the property’s current zoning designation is 35-feet, and the developers need the County Commission’s permission to go higher. “Type 2 structures will be located in the central portion of the site and strategically placed in order to allow light and air to flow through the site in open vistas from El Conquistador (Parkway) to the bay. Placement of the tallest buildings in the central portion of the site mitigate potential external impacts to the surrounding properties,” the report claims, while noting the tallest buildings would be located at least 210 feet from the mean high water line.

Aqua by the Bay will be a catalyst to accelerating redevelopment in west Bradenton and the gentrification of nearby areas that are currently in a state of decline.” King Engineering Associates report “Aqua will have a similar luxurious feel of the high-end homes to the south and across the bay on Longboat Key. The architectural character will compliment the waterfront community and help west Bradenton to reestablish its identity. Aqua by the Bay will be a catalyst to accelerating redevelopment in west Bradenton and the gentrification of nearby areas that are currently in a state of decline,” the report states. In April, the Planning Commission voted 3-2 in favor of the plans proposed at that time being compliant with the county comp plan and land development code. In July, they will revisit that recommendation. The Planning Commission’s April meeting did not include any discussion on the man-made Chrystal Lagoon that revealed during the County Commission hearing. In May, the Army Corps of Engineers denied for a second time the developers’ request for a mangrove mitigation bank that would have allowed them to cut through environmentally sensitive coastal mangroves to make way for a marina and/or navigation channel that connects to Sarasota Bay.

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AMOB compensation worked out The AMOB restaurant at the Historic Bridge Street Pier will close for two weeks in September. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – City officials and Anna Maria Oyster Bar President John Horne have agreed to compensation terms for the two-week restaurant closure in early September. After more than an hour of negotiations during the Thursday, June 1, commission meeting, it was agreed AMOB will receive $10,750 in combined financial compensation and rent abatement. The city will pay AMOB $5,000 to cover lost income incurred by hourly employees and $4,000 to advertise the 14-day closing and grand reopening of the city-owned restaurant space at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. AMOB will also receive a $1,750 discount on itsSeptember rent and be relieved of the 2 percent revenue sharing requirement for September. If the work takes more than 28 days, the city will pay AMOB $1,000 per day for each additional day the restaurant is closed. The closure will begin on or around Tuesday, Sept. 5, and provide Southern Cross

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AMOB President John Horne and City Attorney Ricinda Perry were among those engaged in last week’s negotiations. two weeks to install two new air conditioning units. The new dining room units and the kitchen unit the city paid for last summer will be mounted on newly designed and constructed rooftop platforms that will replace the current platforms that sometimes allow water to seep through the roof. Horne originally sought a $3,000 per day penalty effective after 14 days and no revenue sharing for September, October and November, but the commission would not support those requests.

Mayor Bill Shearon said he would not support a daily penalty of $3,000, $1,500 or even $1000 after 14 or 21 days, and City Attorney Ricinda Perry agreed. Commissioner Ralph Cole said he could not support eliminating the revenue sharing for October and November, and the commission agreed. Perry said the city is not contractually obligated to compensate its pier tenant at all during a repair-related closure. She also noted that had the city not agreed to replace all the air conditioning units after the kitchen

unit failed last summer, AMOB would be paying for new air conditioning units and mounting platforms. Horne softened his stance when commissioners Jake Spooner and John Chappie suggested AMOB simply remain open during while the repairs take place. Horne conceded he does not want to do that and he and the commission then agreed on 28-day penalty free period. Everyone agreed that barring a hurricane or tropical storm, Southern Cross, as the only bidder on the job, would almost certainly complete the work in 14 days or less. According to Public Works Director Tom Woodard, it will cost the city about $70,000 to make the repairs, in addition to the $5,000 spent last summer. He said it would cost as much to keep the restaurant open as it would to close it because remaining open would require $5,000 to $10,000 for temporary air conditioning units and another $5,000 for scaffolding to protect customers and pier users. Woodard said the contractor has offered to work seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., if the commission approves working late and working on weekends. For the sake of public safety, the pier will be closed as needed during the repairs.

Telecommunications bill concerns commissioners Barring a veto, Florida cities will soon lose the ability to regulate cellular transmitters placed in municipal right of ways. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – City commissioners support the Florida League of Cities (FLC) efforts to get a telecommunications bill vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott. Adopted by state legislators in April, the final summary analysis of House Bill 687 says, “The bill creates the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act, which establishes a process by which wireless providers may place certain small wireless facilities on or adjacent to utility poles or wireless support structures within public rights-of-way that are under the jurisdiction and control of a county or municipality. The bill provides that an authority may not prohibit, regulate or charge for

the collocation of small wireless facilities except as specified in the bill.” The ensuing state law is scheduled to take effect July 1 and a copy of the veto request letter FLC Executive Director Michael Sittig sent to Scott was included in the commission’s June 2 meeting packet. “HB 687 preempts city control of taxpayer-owned rights of way for the place of ‘small’ or ‘micro’ wireless antennas and equipment, which can be the size of a refrigerator. It effectively preempts significant control to the wireless industry. This bill offers deep discounts to multibillion dollar telecommunication companies at the taxpayers’ expense. The bill sets an arbitrary cap on the cost to collocate wireless facilities on city-owned infrastructure in the right of way to $150 per attachment per year,” Sittig’s letter says, noting the total lost revenue to Florida cities could range from $50 million to $100 million annually. His letter notes the city of Fort Walton Beach was of-

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Florida cities will soon have less authority to regulate cellular transmitters placed in municipal rights of way, but FDOT rights of way, like those along Gulf Drive, would be exempt from new state law. fered $2,000 per attachment per year, and the Jacksonville Electric Association has an agreement for $1,200 per year. “The telecommunications industry offered these terms because they are in line with the market price,” Sittig’s letter says. “For reasons that seem both illogical and ultimately indefensible, the bill carves out both The Villages and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Why should

FDOT be allowed to monetize the infrastructure in its rights of way but cities not be able to receive fair market value for city-owned infrastructure that taxpayers have invested in,” Sittig wrote. Sittig’s letter notes the telecommunications industry will not be ready to deploy 5G technology until 2022, and he questions the need to undercut cities’ ability to regulate right of ways. “Florida should protect

the free market, which fully understands there is a difference in the value of property and of the use of rights of way, depending on the location and value of surrounding properties. Please contemplate these points when considering the Florida League of Cities request to veto HB 687,” Sittig said. “There’s a number of problems with this bill. It’s taken away our ability as a community to have say over our right of way. It’s just not a good deal for us. I hope the governor realizes how this is just another slap in the face to the municipalities,” Vice Mayor John Chappie said. Mayor Bill Shearon shared with the commission a modified letter placed on city letterhead, to be signed by him with the commission’s approval. Shearon said vetoing the bill would also benefit the Town of Longboat Key. “They’re burying all their utilities and that would mean they’d have this sitting where the utility was,” Shearon said.

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TOWN CRIER Cruise for memorial The Friends of the De Soto National Memorial are sponsoring a sunset cruise to benefit the memorial on Saturday, June 10. Passengers begin boarding at 7 p.m. from the Historic Bridge Street Pier, and they shove off at 7:30 p.m. The boat is provided by Paradise Boat Tours. A guide will provide interesting information during the 90-minute cruise. Tickets are $30 per person for paid Friends of De Soto members and $35 for monmembers, and they can be purchased online at All proceeds benefit the De Soto National Memorial through the Friends of the De Soto National Memorial, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Boating instruction for teens The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer America’s Boating Course for Teens, a special basic boating safety course this summer, over five sessions, June, 19-23, from 9 a.m. to noon. All classes will be held at the squadron’s building located at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Parents and family members are welcome to attend. Any person born after January 1, 1988, operating a vessel powered by a 10hp or more motor must possess a Florida Boating Safety Identification Card. Completion of the course and a successful written exam certifies the student to receive his/her state boating ID and state of Florida Boating Certification. The exam will be given and scored on Friday. One adult is requested to attend with the student on Friday from 11:45 a.m. to noon to process state safe boating ID

obituaries Warren E. 'Pete' Burton Warren E. “Pete” Burton, Bradenton, Fla., born April 26, 1943, in Dayton, Ohio, died May 26, 2017, at home. He was the son of C.J. and Hazel Burton. He was a loving and devoted husband and father to his wife, Beata R. Burton, sons, Cyprian and Eryk Burton. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Vollberg; two brothers, Jack and Glen Burton; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and so many friends. Pete grew up on Anna Maria Island and lived more than half of his life in Europe. He retired from the US Army and worked for both the German and American governments, returning his family to Bradenton in 1994 where he worked for A&A Auto Recycling.

paperwork. A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be provided to local teens to take the course. Scholarships will be awarded until the available funds are exhausted, and reservations taken on a first come-first served basis. A full scholarship requires a $10 non-refundable registration fee to hold the student’s place. A partial scholarship requires a $20 non-refundable registration fee. If no scholarship is requested and approved, the standard $55 non-refundable fee is required. A $30 manual is included in the cost and it will belong to the student. To register for the course or for more information contact Dr. Janet Razze at amispsbridge@, or call 941-792-0394. If you email, write “Teen Summer Course” in the subject line.

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

Help with weight control Overeaters Anonymous meets at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, each Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 813-4946518.

Rhythm on the beach Enjoy the rhythm of drums keeping the beat at the Sunset Drum Circle at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. There’s no charge to listen, and dinner is available at the café.

Attention businesswomen Anna Maria Island Successful Women Aligning Together (AMI SWAT) is looking for new members to become part of a growing group of dynamic women that want to support one another in business as well as in personal growth and development. It’s an opportunity to network and build relationships, meet other professional women, learn marketing techniques, make contacts and build your business. The AMI SWAT Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, go to and click on meetings then click on Anna Maria, or e-mail Lisa Brakefield, secretary, at

Lose that stress Loren Batsell leads a guided relaxation circle on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach. Donations are requested. A portion of the money will benefit the Art League. Batsell practiced wellness for more than 20 years, She is a nationally board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncture physician. Chairs will be provided or students may bring a mat. Attendees will be given verbal cues throughout the process to calm the body, mind, and spirit. Comfortable clothing is suggested. For more information, call 778-2099 or visit the Anna Maria Island Art League, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Boomer workouts Roser Community Church offers exer-

A celebration of life was held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th St. Chapel, 5624 26th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34207. Please make donations to any veteran’s crisis organizations in Pete’s memory. Condolences may be made to www.

Charles K. Price Charles K. "Spanky" Price, of Palmetto, passed May 30, 2017. He is survived by his loving father, Charles, and a host of many friends. Price was well known to Islanders as a manager at Trader Jack’s and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar. A celebration of life was held Saturday, June 3, at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside. Covell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


5/27, lost property, 100 block of Mangrove Avenue. The complainant said he put his trash can out for collection and the next day, it was gone. 5/28, missing and recovered juvenile, 100 Spring Avenue. The child got lost on the beach, and a woman found him and took him to the Sheriff’s Office substation where his father took him home. 5/29, lost property, Sheriff’s Office substation. A lost cell phone was turned in.

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5/30, home invasion, 100 block of 13th Street S. The defendant entered the victim’s house and demanded money and the keys to her car. The defendant broke into two other cars. Police found the suspect and the victim identified her.



cise classes four times per week starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, as follows: Boomer Boot Camp every Tuesday and Thursday and Roser-Robics every Wednesday and Friday. Boomers N Motion founder Melissa Merkle is the coach. Boomers Boot Camp features fat-burning aerobics, muscle pumping strength activities, fun balance challenges, and nutrition coaching to help boomers reach their goals. High and low impact options are available. The costs are $15 per class, $65 for a five-class pass and $100 for a 10-class pass. Scholarships are available for those in need. Bring hand weights. Roser-Robics, Get Fit While You Sit features chair-based aerobic exercises designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. All ages and skill levels are welcome as variations are shown. Bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight to be used for class activities. These sessions are free. For more information, call 941-778-0414 or log onto or

Reaching out to long-term patients Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has advocate positions available in Manatee County. Volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult-family care homes to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. Training and certification are provided and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments and complaint resolution in facilities. If you would like to become an ombudsman and make a difference in your community, visit, search on Face book or call 1-888-831-0404.


5/27, criminal mischief, 10117 Cortez Drive W., Newman’s Corer. A rock was thrown through an apartment window. There were no suspects.

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5/26, driving with an expired plate and a suspended license, 6600 Marine Drive. The officer saw the expired plate and learned of the driver’s expired license and ticketed him. 5/26, disorderly intoxication, lost property, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Beach Café. The officer responded to a call about an intoxicated man causing a problem because he said his belongings were stolen. He said he was drinking and met some men at the bar and they went to the beach. He said while he was swimming, the people he met stole his belongings. When questioned, he became rude, and the officer arrested him. 5/28, DUI, 600 Manatee Ave. The officer stopped the suspect for speeding. The officer smelled alcohol and administered a field sobriety test and arrested the driver




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

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


PAINTING & WALLCOVERING PAINT! PAINT! AND MORE 28 years of experienced interior/exterior custom painting. Pressure cleaning, drywall repairs and texture finishes. Many Island references. Please call Neil for free estimates. 941-812-0507 “WIZARD OF WALLS” Established 1980 Prompt quality service. Paperhanging/removal Faux finishes. Interior painting. Mary Bell 941794-0455 PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES. Prompt & Reliable. Meticulous, Thorough, Quality Workmanship. Interior/Exterior. Wall paper removal.. Also minor repairs & carpentry. Free written detailed estimates. Bill Witaszek 941-307-9315 DONALD PERKINS PAINTING LLC fully insured. 30 years experience. Many Island references. Call 941-7057096


FROM THE HIGH $200’s. Only minutes from the beach, this new active adult community is perfectly located just south of Manatee Ave, off Village Green Pkwy. Perfectly designed, open 2BR or 3BR/2BA plus den & 2CG floor plans. Luxurious amenities, pool, spa, gym, pickle ball and fenced-in dog park. HOA only $190/ month. Models open daily. Contact us 941254-3330


FOR SALE: THE PORCH HOUSE. 2BR/2BA, 2 blocks to beach! Boyd Realty. Scott May 941-238-8377 or Brenda Boyd May 941-7308589

RENTALS: ANNUAL HERE'S YOUR CHANCE to live on the beach, " Island Style " . This 3BR/2BA beach house is only 6 houses away from Holmes Beach. There is a free trolley stop just steps from your door. Almost 2200 sq. feet with a great room open floor plan. The master is set apart from the two guest bedrooms and each have a convenient bath. Washer & dryer. Bonus / game room with plenty of space for a game table and large TV and a balcony with a peak of the Gulf of Mexico. 2 car garage and room at the back to store your water toys. A security deposit, last month's rent & credit and background fee required for everyone 18 and older. Ask for Ed DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact junew@ – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc.

516 N. BAY New Construction. 4BR/4.5BA Incredible Gulf Bay Views. $1,725,000. Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086

2BR/2BA half duplex in Heritage Pines $995 annual lease. 2BR/2BA furnished in West Bay Cove $1600 annual lease. 1BR/1BA unfurnished duplex on island $1050 annual lease. 2BR/2BA furnished at West Bay Point Moorings $1850 annual lease Contact A Paradise 941-778-4800

CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Bch - Key Royale GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, La Casa L’Plage, Waters Edge & MORE. Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA DUPLEX includes water & garbage. $1140/mo. Available July 1. First, Last & one month security deposit. Application required. Call 941-809-2488

BAY FRONT HOME W. Bradenton Palma Sola 4000 sq.ft. 4 BR/3.5 BA 4 car garage. Stunning Cathedral ceilings. No Island traffic! Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216

ANNUAL BEACH RENTAL 2BR/1BA Bottom floor. No pets/ smoking/children. Block from beach & bay. Call 941-7054737




RENTALS: ANNUAL ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA Nice kitchen & yard. Block to Beach, Sunsets, Restaurants & Shops. $1688/mo. Call 203-2231119 BRADENTON: WARES CREEK Historic Area. 1916 Virginia Dr. Charming 3BR/2BA House on Wares Creek. $1650/ mo. ALSO CHARMING UPDATED 2BR/1BA Duplex. 2111B 6th Ave W. $1100/mo First, Last & Security Deposit plus Credit Check. Call 941809-2488

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VILLA, UNFURNISHED 1BR/1.5BA in Mt Vernon on Sarasota Bay (55+ community) 5 minutes from AMI beaches. Free boat dock and RV/boat/ kayak storage, plus many other recreational amenities. This is a bright end unit with bamboo floors, window coverings, breakfast bar, beautiful birch kitchen cabinets, kitchen appliances plus washer and dryer. Rent includes: cable TV, carport, water/ sewer, trash, landscape and exterior maintenance. Annual Lease at $900/ mo + electric, plus $900 security/damage deposit and HOA application fee of $100. Sorry, but no pets, pickups, motorcycles, or smokers. For an appointment call 727-479-4919 or 303-725-7160.

RENTALS: SEASONAL & VACATION TIFFANY PLACE Gulf Front Condo for Rent Incredible views from living room and master bedroom. 2BR/2BA Green Real Estate Call 941-778-0455 ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$800/ wk 941-704-7525 or 941-7781915 WILLKOMMEN AUF AMI! Besuchen Sie Island Real Estate in einem unserer Inselbüros (6101 Marina Drive oder 419 Pine Ave) mit unserem deutschsprachigen Reservierungsservice und erhalten ein freies Island Real Estate Baseball Cap! Wir geben Ihnen gerne mehr Auskunft über unsere 250 ausgewählte Feriendomizile für Ihren nächsten Urlaub!

JUNE 7, 2017

SUMMER WEEKLY RENTALS Available: 2BR/1BA Gulf front from $1,100 per week. 2BR with sleeping loft Bayfront from $1,100 per week, 4BR/3BA Bayside from $1,450 per week. No pools. 2018 SEASONAL RENTALS Available: 2BR/1BA Gulf front from $3,850 per month, 2BR with sleeping loft from $3,850 per month. Three month minimum. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-778-0426 kringco@ NORTH SHORE DRIVE, Anna Maria. 3BR/2BA Seasonal Rental across the street from Gulf. Heated Pool. RENTAL - 606 KEY ROYALE. 6 Month Rental - Available Now until January 10, 2018. 3BR/3BA, Pool, Canal, $3,500 per month. Utilities included. Call Bob 321-287-1779

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

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