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An Irish Island afternoon KRISTIN SWAIN | SUN

Bagpipers lend a festive and distinctly Irish feel to the annual parade in Holmes Beach.

The luck of the Irish graces the Island’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade with skies that cleared and huge crowds lining the route. Page 13.


The DeSoto crewe of conquistadors aboard the San Cristobal delight parade goers.


Above, a St. Paddy puppy.

County commissioners tour pier construction site Manatee County is contributing more than $1.8 million to the $4.8 million pier replacement project. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – Manatee County Commissioners Betsy Benac, Steve Jonsson and Carol Whitmore took a boat tour of the Anna Maria City Pier construction site Friday afternoon. Using tourist tax and surplus beach concession revenues, the county is contributing more than $1.8 million in


county commission-approved funds for the $4.8 million pier replacement project. “I invited them because they are funding a good portion of this project and I wanted them to be in the know as to what’s going on with the pier construction effort,” Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said before the commissioners arrived at city hall. Murphy and Public Works Manager Dean Jones then provided the commissioners with a brief overview of the pier project. Seventy spun concrete pilings, 14 inches in diameter, have already been driven. Those pilings will

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These pilings will support the decking, restaurant, bait shop and restrooms at the new pier’s T-end. They also make nice resting spots for the local seabirds.

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City rejects Sunshine lawsuit counteroffer BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – Bradenton Beach commissioners have rejected the settlement counteroffer proposed by the six defendants in the 2017 Sunshine Law lawsuit. The defendants had until midnight Monday night to accept the city commission’s March 1 settlement offer. As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, the defendants had not accepted the city’s offer. On March 12, the commission voted 4-1 to reject the defendants’ counteroffer prepared by attorney Thomas Shults. Shults represents John Metz; the counteroffer was also approved by co-defendants Reed Mapes, Tjet Martin, Patty Shay, Bill Vincent and Rose Vincent, and included a March 15 deadline. The commission majority opted instead to stick with the settlement offer the commission unanimously authorized on Feb. 28. That city’s offer required the defendants to acknowledge that “errors were made as it relates to the Sunshine Law.” The defendants’ counteroffer said, “errors may have been made,” and that was deemed unacceptable by Mayor

John Chappie and commissioners Ralph Cole, Marilyn Maro and Jake Spooner. The city’s offer proposed that the defendants pay the city $500 each or $3,000 collectively. City Attorney Ricinda Perry said that amount was in accordance with Florida Statutes. Regarding public meeting meetings and public records, F.S. §286.011 says, “Any public officer who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a noncriminal infraction, punishable by fine not exceeding $500.” The defendants’ counteroffer proposed that they collectively donate $10,000 to the Annie Silver Community Center and encouraged the city to do likewise. The civil lawsuit filed by the city and co-plaintiff Jack Clarke seeks a judge’s ruling as to whether the six defendants – all of whom were commission-appointed city advisory board members at the time – violated the Florida Sunshine Law by discussing their official city business outside of properly noticed public meetings. Those 2017 discussions occurred during Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach (CNOBB) meetings at the Annie Silver Community Center, the Pines

Trailer Park and through private email exchanges. Those email exchanges and recordings of the CNOBB meetings were later obtained by the city’s legal team.


During the work meeting, Perry said Shults and Mapes’ attorney, Jim Dye, asked her to ask the commission if the “acknowledgment of errors” language was negotiable. “I think we’ve been very consistent with our settlement offer with regards to acknowledging errors were made. Nothing’s changed,” Chappie said. Participating from afar by cell phone, Commissioner Randy White expressed support for the counteroffer. “Let’s just break bread. I think we should just close this out,” White said. “We’ve been consistent from the very beginning,” Chappie said, adding that the commission is concerned about openness and transparency in government. “I just can’t back away from that.” “We didn’t ask them to have meetings outside of city hall. We didn’t ask them to do any of the stuff they allegedly did,” Cole said. “I do think they do need to acknowl-

edge they made mistakes. ‘May’ is not there, it’s a way to put a spin on it,” Cole added. “It’s just the stubbornness of a couple of the defendants,” Spooner said. “It’s all about that word ‘may’ even though every deposition that goes by more comes out and makes it more apparent that it’s obvious that mistakes were made. That’s why we’re still here today.” Maro said she thought the city’s offer and the request for an admission of errors was fair. “This is our best offer. It’s not going to get any better,” Spooner said before the votes were cast. “I think it’s pretty clear, our motion stands as is,” Chappie added. After the meeting, Perry emailed Shults and Dye and informed them the commission was unwilling to negotiate further. “The offer given to your clients was the ‘best and final’ and the ‘may’ provision is not up for debate,” Perry wrote. “Absent some concession by the defendants as to the mistakes made, my client is absolutely committed to seeing this out to the end.”





One Particular Harbour wins awards The Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association 2019 Parade of Homes awards were handed out Feb. 28 and One Particular Harbour at Harbour Isle on Perico Island took home 12 awards. The community earned the Best Overall, Best Entranceway and Best Amenities award in the Development/Communities category one. The One Particular Harbour Margaritaville model homes also took home awards with the Mariner model winning Best Overall, Best Curb Appeal and Best Kitchen in the multi-family more than four units, category two. The Oceana model won Best Overall, Best Curb Appeal, Best Kitchen, Best Master Suite, Best Floorplan and Best Architectural Detail in the multi-family more than four units, category three. The One Particular Harbour Margaritaville community is being developed by Minto Communities with Margaritaville Holdings.

Resort seeks approval to sell alcohol Holmes Beach city leaders are holding a special magistrate hearing at 11 a.m. on March 20 to discuss the possibility of granting the Cedar Cove Resort permission to sell alcoholic beverages to registered guests. The 19-unit resort is a legally nonconforming use in the R-4 residential district. The resort’s owners are seeking an expansion/extension to the property’s nonconforming status by way of selling alcoholic beverages in the resort’s snack bar area to registered guests only. Concerned members of the public are encouraged to attend the special magistrate hearing at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tree house goes back to court The beach side tree house at Angelinos Sea Lodge will have its day in court, or rather, three of them. Following a March 5 case management conference, Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas set three dates to hear motions from both representatives for the city of Holmes Beach and owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen. Hearings are set on April 29 at 9 a.m., May 9 at 3:30 p.m. and June 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton.

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Tour of Homes wows attendees

This year’s Tour of Homes brought hundreds out to view four beautiful Island homes and help raise funds for the Center. BY KRISTIN SWAIN Sun Staff Writer |

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – The 26th Annual Tour of Homes was so popular that attendees sometimes found themselves waiting for up to 10 minutes to enter one of the four beautiful Island homes featured on this year’s tour. Attendees were graciously greeted in each home by volunteers who had stories to tell, highlighting the unique aspects of each area of the homes. At the Willow House, the talk centered on the home’s unique paint colors, many of which attendees were marking down for redecoration of their own homes. The Willow House is the only one on the tour that was not inhabited. The four-bedroom home was designed by Beacon Home Designs, built last year by Moss Builders and is for sale through Gulf Bay Realty. A favorite home on the tour was the Horne Home in Holmes Beach. The house, previously owned by Ann Horne to whom this year’s tour was dedicated, was opened by the family especially for the event. The beachfront cottage features woodgrain ceramic floors with no thresholds between rooms, handmade oyster shell wall sconces created from shells collected at


French countryside elegance abounds in the Fangmeyer kitchen, from the one of a kind mantle piece above the range to the white washed pendant lights and butcher block countertops. Left, owner Belle Fangmeyer welcomes visitors to her Holmes Beach beachfront home during the Tour of Homes.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar, owned by Ann’s son John, and nautical touches throughout. “That’s my favorite one,” one attendee said as she exited the property. The beachfront Fangmeyer Home in Holmes Beach also was a favorite, featuring beautiful Gulf of Mexico views from almost every

room. The 14-year-old house was painstakingly decorated under the discerning eye of owner Belle Fangmeyer. European touches lend an understated elegance to each room in muted colors and beautifully carved furniture and décor pieces. The smell of fresh flowers followed attendees through each of the three bedrooms, floating through open windows on the sea breeze. Dan and Belle Fangmeyer purchased the home in 2017. One of the homes that attendees said they were most excited to see SEE TOUR OF HOMES, PAGE 5

Water bill scam revealed Last week, Manatee County issued a press release warning that a local water bill scam is being perpetrated by phone. “Customers need to be aware that Manatee County Utilities does not accept payments over the phone, so no one from the county will ask for banking or credit card information,” Utilities Public Affairs Liaison Amy Pilson said. “Any customer who receives a call and wishes to verify the status of their account may call 941-792-8811.” The press release asks Manatee County utility customers who receive calls seeking their account information to report those calls to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, which has opened an investigation. To report a suspicious call, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 and reference case number 2019006809.


The design of the Horne kitchen melds modern amenities with traditional cottage touches, incorporating white wicker barstools and miniature cleats used as cabinet pulls with solid surface countertops and a glittering pearl backsplash. The open floorplan of the Horne Home’s living area overlooks a beautiful water view of the adjacent canal.

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TOUR OF HOMES: Wows attendees FROM PAGE 4

was the Kerschner Home on Key Royale. Owner Kathy Kerschner said the home was “a labor of love” for herself and husband Dan. The couple carefully created the home with the help of local architect Gene Aubry and Shoreline Builders to reflect their personal style and showcase the work of local artists, including their latest acquisition, an original by painter Robert Johnson. Gorgeous views of the bay greeted visitors on one side of the house where the owners can view the sunrise. On the other side of the home, balconies adorn each room to allow for views of the sunset each evening. One of a kind light fixtures and chandeliers featuring glass artwork from Israel twinkle throughout the house. Handcrafted woodwork also is displayed throughout the first floor including the dining table created from a 100-year-old piece of sinker cypress and the Camphour wood countertop in the powder room created by Greg. The final stop on the tour was The Center of Anna Maria Island’s Bazaar and the Tropical Treasures Boutique, sponsored by Duncan Real Estate. At the Center, attendees were treated to refreshments by Cupcake Delights and The Traveling Gourmet, local artwork in the silent auction and for sale in the Boutique, and items available from local vendors in the Bazaar. The quilt, created by the Eyeland Needlers for the event, also was on display with raffle tickets available for purchase. This year’s quilt was sponsored by Green Real Estate. The Ugly Grouper was the music sponsor for the Tour of Homes.


Clockwise above, the bright white kitchen of the Willow House brings the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico’s water indoors with a shimmering teal, silver and blue backsplash and contrasting teal cabinets on the kitchen island. Owner Greg Kerschner shows off one of his favorite pieces, a dining table created from the trunk of a single sunken cypress that sat underwater for over 100 years before being salvaged and turned into a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art. Handmade wall sconces adorn the entryway of the Horne Home, created from oyster shells collected by Ann Horne from her son John’s Anna Maria Oyster Bar.




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A weekend to remember


he temperatures dropped over the weekend, which drew vacationers off the beach, but there was still plenty to do here on Anna Maria Island. Cortez and AMI both were busy with festivals of the season, including the 26th Annual Tour of Homes, Cortez Heritage Day and a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Tour of Homes, to benefit The Center, was an opportunity to daydream about living in paradise in luxurious homes just a walk from the beach. From the Island décor to the beauty of the landscaping, we bet a number of visitors were dreaming what they would do if they bought the “big winner” in the lottery.


ver in Cortez, Mary Fulford Green, a Cortez native and local historian and author, portrayed her grandmother, Sally Adams Fulford, the first bride in the fishing village. In a moving rendition, Dr. Green told visitors of the trials and tribulations faced by villagers through the years and of efforts to preserve the character of the community. Then there was the Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Day Parade that made everybody Irish for a day. Kudos to parade cofounder and Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy for putting together a great event once again. Just another weekend in paradise? Not really. It was a very special two days for vacationers and locals alike. And everyone can, of course, continue to read all about it in The Anna Maria Island Sun.


More crosswalks needed On St. Paddy’s Day, a pedestrian was hit on Marina Drive near the Ugly Grouper, while jaywalking. As the one who fought to get the crosswalk by the skate park, I am suggesting the Grouper use this incident to lobby for a crosswalk or urge customers to use the one just north or south. To get the ball rolling, one needs to start by writing a letter to the Police Chief Bill Tokajer, copied to DOT (because it’s a state road,) the city commission, mayor, and city clerk. I am ALL for additional crosswalks on Marina ... and for issuing jaywalking tickets to teach folks to use them. (It's why you

don't jaywalk in Georgetown!) In Florida pedestrians DO NOT have the right of way outside of a marked crosswalk, and can actually be charged "at fault" if they cause an accident by jaywalking. Only a blind pedestrian who holds a white cane has any right of way outside a marked crosswalk. Unfortunately, too many folks seem to think this is California, where pedestrians always have the right of way. In Florida, traffic does not need to stop for those who do not cross safely. Laurel Nevans Holmes Beach

Drop us a line Got an opinion, a complaint or a compliment? Is there something you need to get off your chest? Send us a letter to the editor and have your say. There are a couple of ways to do it. The easiest and most direct is to email The Sun at news@amisun. com. Remember to put Letter to the Editor in the subject field. Or you can snail-mail a letter to us at The Anna Maria Island Sun, P.O. Box 1189, Anna Maria, FL 34216. Letters should be kept to 300 words or less and must contain your name and the city in which you reside. Personal attacks and obscene language will not be printed. The Sun reserves the right to edit letters for length or content.

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Manatee Audubon Society birding tour, Robinson Preserve, expansion parking lot, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 8 a.m. Kayaking for first timers, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Reserve to 941-7425757 ext. 7. Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memoir writing, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $38. Ringling College Lifelong Learning – Why Ancient History Matters, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Learn how to download audiobooks, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 4 p.m.


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Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Read, Read, Read!, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 4 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. Bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, 6:30 p.m.


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PIER: Commissioners tour construction site FROM PAGE 1

support the T-end decking, restaurant, bait shop and restrooms – and all but five had been trimmed to their final height as of Friday afternoon. Murphy said the next 15 pilings that were driven will support the section of pier walkway that will connect to the T-end platform and provide limited space for boats to dock along the southeast side of the pier. The final 126 walkway pilings will be driven beginning near the shore and working outward. The piling diagram Murphy referenced listed April 26 as the anticipated pile driving completion date. Concrete support platforms and wooden support bents will be placed atop the pilings and topped with Ipe wood planking. Murphy also explained the anticipated, but not finalized, $500,000 contribution that pier tenant Mario Schoenfelder has been asked to make toward the interior buildout of the cityowned pier buildings. Those

buildings will be handled as a separate bidding and construction phase. The new pier is expected to open to the public by the end of 2019.


Departing from the dock at the nearby Historical Park, the commissioners rode aboard the i+iconSoutheast work boat piloted by Project Engineer Kurt Johnson, with Project Director Paul Johnson serving as tour guide. The commissioners got a close look at the pilings driven approximately 30 feet into the ground using jet pumps and a diesel hammer. Kurt Johnson said the water at the T-end of the pier was about 10 feet deep. Before returning to shore, the commissioners commented on what they saw. “I’m impressed. They’ve got a good team and the city did a good job so far. It looks great,” Whitmore said. “I think it’s great to finally see it coming to fruition. I look forward


Manatee County Commissioners Carol Whitmore, Steve Jonsson and Betsy Benac at the construction site on Friday. to seeing the finished product,” Benac said. “It’s going to be great for Anna Maria and Manatee County when it’s finished,” Jonsson said. “We all kind of grew up around here coming out to the pier with our kids, and now our grandkids, to

show them the beauty of Anna Maria, the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.” Whitmore said the pier has historically been Manatee County’s number one tourist attraction and images of the pier are featured in the marketing materials the

county distributes worldwide. “It’s part of the history of the county and Anna Maria Island. This is where the original visitors to Anna Maria Island used to arrive on a steamship,” Whitmore said of the original pier built in 1911 and 1912. “It’s great that it’s being built to all the new design standards. We’re having more storms, so it’s great to have this level of improvement that will hopefully withstand those storms,” Benac said. The pier funding is a collective effort involving the county, the city, the state Legislature and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “It’s a great tourist attraction. We collect that TDC money (the county’s 5 percent tourist tax) from everybody out here and it’s a way of giving it back,” Jonsson said of the county’s contributions. “It’s a partnership. It couldn’t all be built by one entity, but if we all chip in we can get it done,” Benac said.

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Cortez celebrates Heritage Day BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

CORTEZ – Cortez may be the last fishing village in the state, and was certainly one of the first, settled in the 1880s by fishermen from Carteret County, North Carolina, Cortez native Allen Garner told a tour group on Saturday on Cortez Heritage Day. About 15 people toured the village by bus, starting at the community’s second-oldest 1912 schoolhouse – now the Florida Maritime Museum – with stops including the old Cortez jail (now a homeowner’s laundry room), a home that was once the Cortez post office, a home with a foundation that was a former loading dock for an icehouse, and the village’s oldest 1890 schoolhouse, also a home. The area, formerly known as Hunters Point, was misnamed “Cortez” by “someone who didn’t know their history,” said Garner, whose family has a long history in the village, beginning in 1902 (he holds Cortez P.O. Box 2). The name was intended to reflect the nearby landing of 16th-century Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in Bradenton, but 16th-century Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez accidentally wound up as the village’s namesake, he said. Garner recounted how the Albion Inn, a hotel and store relocated to the Florida Maritime Museum property, was the only building in Cortez besides the museum that survived the hurricane of 1921, before storms were named. Cortez native and local historian and author Dr. Mary Fulford Green, 93, dressed as her grandmother, Sally Adams Fulford, the first bride in Cortez, told visitors at the Cortez Cultural Center about other difficulties villagers have faced, such as keeping boatbuilder Chris Craft and condo developers from building in Cortez, and saving the


Mary Fulford Green dressed as her grandmother, Sally Adams Fulford, the first bride in Cortez. Cortez native Allen Garner (right) led a group of 15 people through the historic fishing village of Cortez on Saturday to celebrate Cortez Heritage Day. Cortez Trailer Park from redevelopment. She recounted Cortezians’ successful efforts in 1995 to fight a new, higher Cortez Bridge, using the argument that federal funds cannot be used to build a bridge if it will impact a federal historic district; Green was instrumental in getting federal historic district status for Cortez. However, the bridge fight was lost last year when a new, 65-foot-tall bridge was approved by the state Department of Transportation. 1995 was a tough year in Cortez, not just because of the bridge battle, but because Floridians voted for a statewide ban on gill nets used by Cortez mullet fishermen, Garner said. Voters were misled into thinking the nets created “bycatch” – unintended catch of dolphins, sea turtles and other species – by recreational fishermen who had launched the effort to ban the nets, he said, adding that the gill nets actually targeted

mature mullet effectively, letting juvenile fish swim through. Partly as a result of such regulations, local fish are more costly than those processed in other countries, Garner said. “Regulations cause us more problems than red tide,” he said. Fishermen use purse seine nets now, he said, and traps to catch blue crab and stone crab, pointing out a historic net camp preserved in Sarasota Bay by villagers and once used to dry and store cotton and linen nets. Visitors saw the Cortez Fishermen’s Memorial, commemorating the village’s veterans in U.S. wars, including 67 who served in World War II, and local fishermen lost at sea, including Cortez crew members of the Andrea Gail, whose story was told in the film, “The Perfect Storm.” They also watched as people forged

metal knife blades by hand, one of the Folk School classes offered by the Florida Maritime Museum. After the tour, the Cortez Village Historical Society welcomed everyone for an early St. Patrick's Day celebration with corned beef and cabbage with live, local music by Cortez fisherman Soupy Davis and his band to close Heritage Day 2019.




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AMI goes green for St. Paddy parade BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – If you were green with envy on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s only because you weren’t at the Island’s annual Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade stretched from the intersection of Gulf and Marina Drives to Palm Drive. The festivities brought out hundreds of people who crowded in along the sidewalks to get a glimpse of this year’s participants, ranging from pirates and conquistadors to locals dressed in their leprechaun green best and a few live animals trotting down the parade route. A lone bagpiper kicked off the parade along with Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer who led the parade with flashing lights and tossing beads to the crowd. Several local bands participated, including the marching bands from Southeast High School, Rowlett Middle Academy and Lee Magnet Middle School. A New Orleans-style jazz band greeted with cheers along with a team of bagpipers, though the star was a little drummer boy playing along with the Lion Rampant Pipe and Drum. The biggest roars from the crowd undoubtedly came when the area’s pirate crewes came on the scene. The Anna Maria Island Privateers led the pirate charge into the parade aboard the SkullyWag landbound pirate ship followed by the DeSoto crew of conquistadors from the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, who closed out the parade on the San Cristobal landbound ship. As usual, the parade was put on and sponsored by local restauranteur Sean Murphy.


The Privateers toss beads to the enthusiastic crowd.


A lone piper kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


There were no camels this year, but there were two alpacas, a donkey and a miniature horse in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Above, a little drummer boy joins the Lion Rampant Pipe and Drum players for the parade. Left, the marching band from Rowlett Middle Academy thrills onlookers.








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Ground breaks on new Margaritaville hotel BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

PERICO ISLAND – You’ll soon be able to waste away in Margaritaville in a new way at One Particular Harbour. The first ever Compass hotel is coming to the newly opened marina at One Particular Harbour. Representatives from Floridays Development Company, Minto Communities, Margaritaville Holdings and Compass came together at the site March 15 for a groundbreaking ceremony complete with stilt walkers, a steel drum player and gold shovels. The sixstory, 123-room hotel is planned to open in early 2020 and feature a free-standing Floridays Restaurant and Grill that will be open to the public. “This is a watershed day for us at Margaritaville, it really is. We couldn’t be more excited about launching the Compass brand. If you want to know what Margaritaville really all is about, all you have to do it turn around and look, so that’s a perfect place for our first Compass,” said John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville Holdings. Rooms are planned to feature modern, nature-inspired designs with Margaritaville’s signature bedding,


It’s fins up for the new Margaritaville-themed hotel coming soon to Perico Island. Right, a stilt walker and steel drum player welcome guests at the groundbreaking ceremony. oversized bathrooms with rainfall showers, smart television and luxury onsite amenities. While staying at the hotel, guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet, cocktail happy hour, highspeed wi-fi and an outdoor pool area overlooking the marina. One Particular Harbour is a condominium development and deepwater marina located within the Harbour Isle

development on the northwest side of Manatee Avenue on Perico Island. The development features waterfront homes overlooking Anna Maria Sound. For more information, visit the sales center located at the front of the development at 12300 Manatee Ave. W. or go online to florida/Anna-Maria-Island-new-homes/ One-Particular-Harbour/main.html.





Nina and Pinta off Anna Maria If you saw what looked like two 15th-century wooden sailing ships in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island on Monday, it was the Nina and the Pinta leaving Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto for their next port of call in Venice. The wooden replicas of two of the three ships that Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain to the New World in 1492 are built by hand; the Nina was created with no power tools, and the Pinta is 80 percent handmade. The caravels were built by eighth-generation Portuguese shipwrights in Valencia, Brazil. The replica of the third member of the exploration party, the Santa Maria, is touring separately.

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Shark bite Joe Watson of Spring Hill snagged this bonnethead shark on Saturday in Holmes Beach, then released it back into the Gulf of Mexico.



Red roofs proposed for pier, other city structures It was learned later that applying new roof coatings atop the aluminum roofs would void those roof warranties.

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BRADENTON BEACH – Should the roofs of the Bridge Street Pier buildings and other public structures be covered with a red coating? Should the pier railings and other city structures be painted white? These are questions the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) members are trying to answer. The city’s contracted architectural designer, Emily Anne Smith, presented the proposed red and white color scheme on March 6. Smith’s proposal led to lengthy discussion on the pros and cons of applying a red coating atop the pier buildings, the clock tower and the city-owned buildings leased or subleased to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Paradise Boat Tours, Tide & Moon Jewelry and A Room with a Hue. CRA members expressed preliminary support for the proposed color scheme, but questions were raised about voiding the warranties on the aluminum roofs and whether the white paint would chip when pressure washed. No fi-


Concerns were expressed about voiding the warranties on the aluminum roofs atop the clock tower and city-owned restaurant and retail buildings. nal decisions were made and additional discussion is expected. Smith envisions using the red roof/white structure color scheme on public structures throughout the CRA district, and eventually throughout the entire city. She mentioned trolley stops and covered trail stops as additional potential applications. Other applications could include park structures, bike racks, trash can holders and more. The CRA taxing district extends from the Cortez Bridge to the southernmost property lines along Fifth Street South. State law requires CRA revenues to be spent on projects or services that directly benefit the CRA district. The March 6 meeting packet included Smith’s correspondence with Trey Barry at Advanced Coating Services. Included was a redacted price estimate to coat the metal and shingle pier-area roofs, but that blacked-out figure – between $15,000

and $20,000 – remained visible. Mayor and CRA member John Chappie supports a return to the previously-used color scheme. “The white structures and the red roofs are part of the look we’ve had in the past,” he said, noting the city commission began veering away from that look around eight years ago. The new Bridge Street Pier built in 2014 and 2015 does not feature a red and white color scheme. The composite Trex decking is gray and the railings are made of unpainted wood. The covered pier structures feature unpainted wood and gray-shingled roofs. The city-owned restaurant and retail spaces at the foot of the pier are painted various colors and feature unpainted galvanized aluminum roofs that were installed in 2008. The clock tower is white, with an aluminum roof that was installed in or around 2012. SEE ROOFS, PAGE 19

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BRADENTON – Manatee County commissioners have approved three projects that will be awarded more than $945,000 in RESTORE Act funds allocated to the county earlier this winter. The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act provides funds to the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The spill killed 11 people and created the largest oil spill disaster in U.S. history. Companies responsible for the spill

provide the RESTORE Act funding as reparation. “This happened through tragedy, but its outcome can be very worthwhile,” Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, told commissioners last week as he outlined the projects. The Gulf Shellfish Institute Sea Farm to Table project will receive $100,000 to conduct research that increases the reproduction of sustainably produced, locally grown, high quality shellfish, including clams, oysters and scallops. The program recently planted more than 200,000 clams in Sarasota Bay to restock waters off Bradenton Beach.

The county-operated Florida Maritime Museum will receive $225,000 to improve facilities for its Folk School classes, including boatbuilding, netmaking and other skills. Classes will be housed at the historic Burton/Bratton Store behind the museum and at a new dock that will be built for cast netting classes. The Coastal Watershed Management Program will receive $620,390 to address flooding and drainage problems, including nutrients in local waters that cause red tide. The funds are part of Manatee County’s allocation of $6.3 million in RESTORE Act funds over 15 years.

ROOFS: Could be red FROM PAGE 18


Public Works Director Tom Woodard expressed concerns about a colored roof coating voiding the remaining 12-15 years left on the roof warranties and he was asked to research that. He also expressed concerns about the white paint peeling when pressure washed. On Friday, March 8, Woodard received an email from Aaron Vento at Sutter Roofing Company – the firm that installed the aluminum roofs. Vento’s

email said the aluminum roof panels have a Kynar finish and those warranties would be 100 percent voided if another roof coating is applied. Speciale told the CRA members that previous city officials decided against painted decking, railings and structures for the new pier because of the cost and labor required to maintain and regularly repaint them. He said the increased visibility of bird droppings was another factor. He also said he would now be concerned about painters getting white paint on

the gray pier decking. New CRA member David Bell said red is a very bold color and asked why that was proposed. Smith said it was to draw attention to the pier. CRA chair Ralph Cole said he liked the color scheme but doesn’t want to void the roof warranties. The discussion ended with Chappie making a motion directing Smith to bring back three bids for future consideration. The vote was 5-2, with Bell and Ed Chiles voting in opposition.


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Innovators: Architects of modern saltwater fly tackle (part 2) Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS


any of us take the tackle we fish with for granted, but it wasn’t long ago that anglers didn’t have the choices we have today. In the early days of saltwater fly fishing there were no premade rods available, anglers had wrapping machines and would build their own rods from blanks made by US Fiberglass. Lefty Kreh and Flip Pallot remember how they would take a blank, wrap the guides, glue the individual cork rings, turn and sand them on lathes and head to the street to try them out. It was a common practice to make a few casts, find the rod too whippy, or a guide that trapped line and immediately break them apart and rebuild them. By constantly experimenting with different guides, blanks, and other components, they essentially advanced the technology

of rod building. Many of the spin and plug casting rods they also built gave them ideas that they incorporated into fly rods. Companies like Shakespeare and Fenwick were aware of these pioneering anglers (who competed 12 months of the year) and had representatives like Ben Hardesty work closely with them, making the new innovations in rod design available to a larger angling public. Fly reels were also very basic and required constant refinements to handle the rigors of the salt. The Pflueger Medalist, Taurus, Hardy, Zenith and Rogue reels of the day required anglers to modify the inadequate drags and spools to fight and land the big fish they encountered. Some had metal drags (Rogue), while others used clickers (Hardy) and had drag adjustments in the handles (Taurus and Rogue). One of the solutions they discovered was to use greases with different viscosities on the center post of a reel in order to defeat the friction and subsequent heat developed when fighting big fish. Never Seize (used on the shafts of a ship’s propeller) was one of the products Kreh remembers using.


In the early days there were no pre-made rods. Pallot recalls the automotive product STP having the perfect viscosity (with the addition of a few drops of gasoline). Time and time again it would be an angler from one of the fly clubs (fishing for a MET record)

that would come up with an innovation that would advance the sport. One of the fishermen’s favorite gathering places, where many of the new ideas was discussed, was Mel Shapiro’s fly shop on Bird Road in South Miami. Fly lines of the day had advanced from the days when they were spun by hand from horsehair in a Cortland factory. The invention of nylon created stronger tapered lines that were coated with PVC. By 1954, Leon Martuch (Scientific Anglers) had patented a device to vary the coating on level fly line cores and followed with the addition of micro-balloons in the early 60s which allowed the line to float. A big problem for fly anglers was finding a fly line to match to their rods and reels. At the time, lines were not standardized. Fly anglers had to own many different lines for the various species they targeted. Cortland, Shakespeare, and Sunset all made lines the anglers used but in those days, there was no rhyme or reason to the weights and tapers. Myron Gregory, a leading tournaSEE REEL TIME, PAGE 23

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Warmer temps bring out the fish CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

The warmer temperatures in Florida have the fishing around our little island going crazy. The warm water has the fish all fired up! Inshore, the Snook, Trout, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel and Spotted Seatrout are being caught with regularity. Especially the Snook. Although they are out of season, they are a blast to catch on light tackle. Readily eating Pilchards and even flies. The shallow grass flats, mangroves and even the beaches are holding these fish. Seatrout are starting to show up pretty good as well. They have to be over 15 inches and under 20 inches. So be sure to measure them before they hit the cooler. Offshore, the Blackfin Tuna seem to have hit the area pretty well. These tasty critters are phenomenal fighters. So are Kingfish. They have been showing up pretty good as well. Red

Grouper and Mangrove Snapper have been filling the coolers out there as well. I can only assume that fishing will get better the closer we get to April. Good luck out there!


Finally graced with some outstanding weather here on Anna Maria Island, and the fishing is right there with it. Mike Marshall and Ben had a great trip this week, We started the morning off chasing Snook around the mangroves and boy did they have there fill. We boated around 50 fish between the crew and ranging in size from 20-30 inches. The rise in water temperature really has the Snook excited, our best bite seems to be coming on live Pilchards hooked on 1/0 Owner Mutu Circle hook with a 5 foot leader of 20lb fluorocarbon. After the boys had thier fill of Snook we headed to a grass flat to try our

luck with the Speckled Sea Trout. The first bait that hit the water was not a trout, but a 20 lb Jack Crevalle that Mike had the pleasure of battling to the boat, "an unbelievable fight" Mike said. After the mayham the Jack put us through and everyones nerves calmed , we finally put together a nice 2 man limit of Sea Trout ranging from 15-18 inches. The trout see to be grouped up by size and on the shallower grass, 3-4ft in depth. We did well putting live Pilchards behind a popping cork with around 3 ft of 20lb fluorocarbon leader. The fishing is only going to keep getting better, from inshore to the nearshore reefs. If you are here on springbreak and are interested in getting in on the action now is the time. Come check us out at Island Discount Tackle to book a fishing charter or just gear up on all you fishing and marine needs. Catch em' up!

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ment fly caster from San Francisco, was responsible for suggesting a standardized system. He recommended using numbers to determine line size instead of the confusing line lettering system that was in use at the time. Lefty remembers the long passionate letters Gregory would write to him, Pallot, Ted Trueblood, Al McLane and others, extolling the virtues of a line system. He also marshaled the outdoor writers of the time to pressure the line and rod manufacturers to adopt the system. Gregory was a true pioneer, and one of the first anglers Lefty remembers who used a shooting head. At the time, fly anglers could never just

take a fly line from the package and fish with it. Every line available had to be modified to the particular use for which it was intended. Anglers would make the heads and tapers longer or shorter, and splice in different size running lines. Pallot remembers that at the time, all running lines (despite the fly line size), were standardized. In order to create the line he preferred, he would splice a product called “Amnesia” to the line. At that time all monofilament line, according to Lefty, was as kinky as a coil spring. “Amnesia,” which had less memory, could be stretched and straightened into an effective running line. In the early 60s, Pallot and his friends


would fish for tarpon off the bridges in the Keys. In those days, as today, the fish would lie in the shadow lines and wait for food to be swept to them by the tide. The big difference was that it wasn’t uncommon for a tarpon to swim 20 feet to inhale one of the “chicken feather” creations the anglers cast. Because they lost so many fly lines to the bridge fenders, Pallot and his angling buddies would create their own lines. They would stretch 500 pound monofilament line beside a G2AF fly line and sand in the taper with Emory cloth. At the time they didn’t realize that it was the weight of the line as well as the taper that really mattered. As always, they innovated with the materials they had on hand. While technology played a big role in the advancement of fly tackle and techniques from the 1950s to the present, it was the often-unheralded competitive anglers that spurred the creation of the tackle we enjoy today. Modern saltwater fly anglers owe a debt of gratitude to Kreh, Pallot and the men and women who continue to add to our collective knowledge. The next time you make a successful cast to a school of tarpon you’ll have a new appreciation for the line that effortlessly unrolls into the twenty knot wind, the silky smooth drag and the bend of the rod as the line roostertails to the horizon.

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Jeff and Becky Miller were married at the Sandbar restaurant on January 19, 2019. Chuck Caudill provided the music.  Molly Powers and Jim Harwood of the Sandbar coordinated the ceremony and reception.  Jeff and Becky honeymooned on Anna Maria Island before returning home.


Francel Rogers and Jeff Scott were married at the Sandbar restaurant on March 10, 2019. Their daugher, Isabella, was the flower girl. Chuck Caudill played ukulele and sang for the ceremony, and was DJ for the reception.  Molly Powers and Jim Harwood, of the Sandbar, coordinated the ceremony and reception. Francel, Jeff and Isabella honeymooned on Anna Maria Island with family and friends, before returning home to Port Charlotte, Florida.





OBITUARIES Raymond Lee Paysour Raymond Lee Paysour, 92, of Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Atlanta, GA died Feb. 1, 2019. He was born and raised in Gaston County, NC to Russell and Bertie (Huffstetler) Paysour. He grew up on a farm. He became one of the ‘’Greatest Generation’’ when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps for World War II at the age of 17. He flew air, sea and rescue and served as the company radioman. Before leaving for his assignment to the Philippines, he married his high school love, Laura ‘’Lolly’’ Frances Brown. Thanks to the GI Bill, he earned a college degree. He worked in the trucking industry specializing in logistics. He transferred his family to Atlanta, where he was office manager and the terminal manager. His hobbies were woodworking in the evenings and boating on the weekends with the first of his three boats, Lollypop I, II, and III. He was the happiest when on the water. Raymond and Lolly owned a vacation condo on Anna Maria Island for 20 years and decided to retire to the Island. They bought a house on a canal and lived there full time for more than 15 years. He joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary and volunteered many hours planning the logistics for members patrolling the Bay and the Gulf. He spent many years patrolling with his crew around Skyway Bridge and Port

Manatee for Homeland Security. He rose to the rank of Captain in the auxiliary and was much respected. By the age of 88 he reluctantly sold his boat and house and Raymond and Lolly moved to Freedom Village where they were happy with old friends and many new ones. Raymond is survived by his daughters, Mary Adelene (Thomas) Moore and Kathryn Elaine (Brooks) Mull; sisters, Loreen Grigg and Bonnie Johnson; nieces and nephews, Patsy, David, and Mark and many great-nieces. Raymond you are missed by so many. There was a memorial service planned for Tuesday, March 19, 2019 with a Celebration of Life to follow afterward at Freedom Village. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral. com. 

Laura Frances Paysour Laura Frances Paysour, 91, of Bradenton, FL, Anna Maria Island and Atlanta, GA passed away Jan. 31, 2019. She was born and raised in Gaston, County, N.C to Mary Adelene and Marshal Brown. She lost her parents early and helped raise her two younger brothers. She played basketball in High School. After graduating she married her sweetheart, Raymond just before he left for WWII, stationed in the Philippines during his stay, Laura had their first daughter, Mary Adelene and soon after Ray’s return they welcomed daughter, Kathryn Elaine. Laura loved to work and spent most of her life before retirement in Bookkeeping. She had many talents and hobbies. She was an excellent seamstress, loved to bake and she had a green thumb with her

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garden. Her canning, freezing and pickling were enjoyed by family and friends. Laura and Raymond were Lutheran and while in Atlanta helped establish two Mission Churches. When the church doors were open, they were there. Gloria Dei Lutheran on Anna Maria was their home church. Laura was a true people person. She utilized her love of baking to manage the church kitchen for many social and spiritual events. She is survived by one brother, Philip. Her brother, Samuel is deceased. Her daughters, Mary Adelene (Thomas) Moore and Kathryn Elaine (Brooks) Mull provided her with grandchildren, Thomas (Jennifer), Michael (Deanne) Moore and Pat and Rachael Brooks. She has many nephews, grand nephews and nieces. She was a grandmother, a great grandmother, a great-great grandmother and she was friend to so many people. Laura and Raymond were under the care of Tidewell Hospice at Blake Medical Center. Their daughters wanted them together. Raymond was moved to her room where she soon passed away at 6 p.m. Raymond passed the next day at 6:30 p.m. 24 hours apart. They didn’t like to be separated and went to the Lord together. Sounds like a love story. They were cremated and will be interred at Sarasota National Cemetery. A memorial service and Celebration of Life were planned for March 19, 2019 at Freedom Village Nursing Home Auditorium with a Reception to follow. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to: www.brownandsonsfuneral. com 



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January 2019 tourist tax collections compared to January 2018

Anna Maria  Bradenton Beach  Holmes Beach  Manatee County Total* 

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*(Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, unincorporated Manatee County, Palmetto) Manatee County’s 5 percent resort tax, or tourist tax, is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their renters, in most cases, tourists. About 50 percent of the tax proceeds are allocated to Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau tourism marketing efforts, with 20 percent allocated to beach renourishment. Resort tax increases reflect both increased visitation and improved tax collection efforts. Amounts shown were collected in January and paid to the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office in February. Manatee County numbers include Anna Maria Island cities, Bradenton, the portion of Longboat Key within Manatee County, unincorporated Manatee County and Palmetto. To anonymously report a rental owner who may not be paying the tax, call 941-741-4809 or visit Source: Manatee County Tax Collector


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Super achievers A team of five Anna Maria Elementary (AME) fifthgraders earned first place in the Manatee County School District’s countywide “Battle of the Books” competition on Friday, March 15, at State College of Florida. The AME team had read all 15 books that are Sunshine State Readers for this school year. The school earned a trophy that will stay at AME until the battle next year. Each member of the team received their own personal trophy and a medal. Battle of the Books is a reading competition that Anna Maria Elementary has been doing every year for the last seven years. This was the first year that the county had a district competition.

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t’s been a while since we had positive news about how the national real estate market was trending. The little black cloud hanging over the head of the market has included shortage of inventory, first-time buyers being priced out of the market and raising interest rates. Well, we may be seeing the black cloud starting to turn a little grey. A couple of weeks ago, the U.S. Census Bureau released homeownership figures for the fourth quarter of 2018. The level of homeownership increased to the highest level in five years from 64.2 percent to 64.8 percent. This may not seem like a significant change, but it is a positive indicator of the real estate market shifting back to ownership from renting. The U.S. Census Bureau further states that the U.S. added about 1.7 million owner households in 2018 and lost 167,000 renter households. Economists are interpreting this as a small but positive movement in the market, in conjunction with lower interest rates and a

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER slight leveling off of listing prices. This may be just the thing some younger and firsttime buyers need to put them on the path to homeownership. And what about interest rates, are they really a lot better? Well it depends what you’re comparing them to. Taking a look at 2017 and 2018, it appears the low point was December 2017 when a 30-year fixed rate mortgage could be obtained for as little as 3.93 percent. After that the rates started climbing during 2018 when in November of 2018, they reached 4.94 percent. Then rates started declining to pretty much where we are now in Florida of between 4.36 and 4.40

percent. It’s important to understand that all of the rates we’ve been experiencing during the past three years are all good and all staying below 5 percent, a number that some of us would have envied in past years. Another interesting thing about interest rates is that all states are not created equal. Three things that have a big influence on the mortgage rates offered in individual states is the cost of doing business in the state, the amount of competition among local mortgage lenders and foreclosure regulations. A state that requires a longer and more expensive foreclosure process will surely have higher interest rates built in by lenders. And in case you’re interested, New York state currently has the highest mortgage rates and believe it or not, California has the lowest. However, none of these issues have as much influence on the mortgage rates offered as an individual’s credit score. The lowest rates always go to the applicants with

the highest credit scores, so keeping your bills current is especially important if you’re thinking of applying for a mortgage or a refinance. And for first-time mortgage holders, don’t be surprised if your mortgage is turned over to a “servicer” to administer the mortgage - that is, collect your escrow and pay your property taxes and possibly insurance premium on a schedule that benefits you. Also, it’s always a good idea to verify that these two payments are paid on time by the lender or the servicer before you get a notice from the county or insurance company. For a while, homeownership was somewhat out of style, particularly after the housing bubble burst. Not only did younger buyers lose faith in homeownership, they couldn’t afford it and decided the homeownership lifestyle was maybe not for them. But apparently, the American Dream is alive and well. I think it just took a little nap.

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At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Wednesday, March 20, Ringling College Lifelong Learning, “Why Ancient History Matters,” 1 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; How to download Audiobooks, 4 to 5 p.m. • Thursday, March 21, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help vets with needs, 9 to 11 a.m.; Book club, “The Other Einstein,” by Marie Benedict, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.; Friends Lecture and Travel Series “New World Rainforests,” with Joe Arena, 2 to 3 p.m.; “Read, Read Read!” 4 to 4:45 p.m. • Friday, March 22, Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Sunshine Stitchers Knit and Crochet, 4 p.m. • Saturday, March 23, CPR Training, pre-registration needed, 9 a.m. to noon. • Tuesday, March 26, Preschool story time, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tech Help, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the library at 942-778-6341.


There will be a travel talk, coffee and snacks at Annie Silver Community

Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, on Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. The subject is to be announced.


Enjoy a nature night out at the Mosaic NEST, 10299 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton, on Friday, March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources for an evening of science and discovery as they reveal the results of their citizen science project - the tea bag extravaganza. In honor of National Estuaries Week 2018, the team of volunteer citizen scientists traveled to sites throughout the county to “plant” tea bags. The results of this project, which aims to understand soil carbon storage in ecosystems around the world, will be shared by the scientists and stakeholders who made it possible. This program is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and New College of Florida. It is suitable for ages 16 and older. Reservations are required by emailing sarah.denison@mymanatee. org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044.


Experience five centuries of Florida history on Saturday, March 23, at De Soto National Memorial from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Muskets will sound off as period reenactors portray Floridians

from the past. It’s a walk through time and a chance to explore Florida’s history. Poke around a Civil War encampment, or have coffee with GI’s from the Sunshine State. Meet Spanish conquistadors, 19th Century artisans, and Gulf Coast Pirates. There will be a special time traveler’s passport where kids can earn the De Soto Junior Ranger badge. Kids are invited to come out in their own costumes from their favorite time-periods. De Soto National Memorial is offering free shuttle service provided by Siesta Trolley. Parking for the event and trolleys is at Martha B. King Middle School, 600 75th St. N.W. The free trolley will run at regular intervals from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be no parking at De Soto National Memorial for the day. All traffic will be redirected to King Middle School. Admission and all activities are free. Demonstration times and events will be posted on the day of the event. All activities are subject to change due to weather. For more information, call 941-792-0458, visit or receive up to the minute updates by liking them on Facebook.


Visit this 19th century house turned Robinson Preserve Visitor’s Center at 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday,



March 23. Learn about the history of the Palma Sola area and see photographs of the historic Palmetto house on its river journey to the current location in Robinson Preserve. Explore natural history exhibits regarding the local flora and fauna and see the winners of the annual Photography Challenge. All visitors are welcome, no reservations needed.


The brand-new Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology at 10299 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton open its doors for a day of exploration on Thursday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. This month, let your visit to Robinson Preserve inspire your creativity and compose an original poem. Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources personnel will be collecting nature-inspired poems from NEST visitors to be displayed on their Poetree. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views, and make an exciting exit from the building via a slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve. No reservations required, please visit any time during open house hours. For more information, call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039.



MARCH 20, 2019

More crosswalks coming to Pine Avenue BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The 200 and 300 blocks of Pine Avenue will soon be getting new crosswalks, repainted crosswalks, a designated unloading and loading zone for delivery trucks and a few new parking spaces. Public Works Manager Dean Jones presented his suggested safety improvements to Anna Maria commissioners on Thursday, March 14. Mayor Dan Murphy said the intent was not to develop a final, long-term plan for Pine Avenue at this time. The intent is to implement safety improvements that can be done within the confines of the current 2018-19 fiscal year budget using some of the contingency fund set aside for non-budgeted expenditures. Jones has been observing the behavior of pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers along Pine Avenue and his presentation included photos of families crossing the streets in a haphazard fashion. “It is chaos out there this time of year,” he said. “They’re on vacation. They don’t understand this is still a roadway that we use.” One of his concerns is people darting between parked cars and out into traffic. “It’s a very dangerous situation,” he said.


Jones’ presentation focused on the 200 and 300 blocks of Pine Avenue. Future discussions will take place regarding the rest of Pine Avenue and the adjacent eastern block of South Bay Boulevard. On the 200 block, Jones recommends painting a high intensity crosswalk on Pine Avenue near the trolley stop on the city hall side of the street, across from Poppo’s Taqueria and The Donut Experiment. A high intensity crosswalk includes diagonal lines painted inside the double lines that create the crossing lane. Jones recommends creating a designated loading and unloading zone for delivery trucks along the city hall side of Pine Avenue in that same general area, but west of the city hall exit onto Pine Avenue. The delivery zone will be 63 feet long, 8.5 feet wide and designated by red paint. Commissioner Doug Copeland suggested the delivery zone be reserved until noon or 1 p.m. and then be used as three additional street-side parking spaces the rest of the day. Commissioner Brian Seymour agreed and suggested at least two or three more parking spots could be created along the 200 and 300 blocks of Pine Avenue. Copeland suggested that someone contact

It is chaos out there this time of year.” Dean Jones, Public Works Manager management at Poppo’s and The Donut Experiment and ask them to tell their employees not to park in the city hall parking lot, which would free up more parking spots for Pine Avenue visitors. At the North Shore Drive intersection, Jones recommends a high intensity crosswalk across Pine Avenue, near Bella by the Sea. He also recommends a double-line crosswalk on North Shore Drive, northwest of the intersection. There’s already a doubleline crosswalk on the other side of North Shore Drive and a high intensity crosswalk on the other side of Pine Avenue. Commissioner Carol Carter suggested the existing crosswalks be repainted and Jones agreed. On the 300 block, Jones recommends a double-line crosswalk on Los Cedros Drive. He does not recommend a Pine Avenue crosswalk in that location. Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested the plants at

that corner be trimmed lower to improve visibility. At the Crescent Drive intersection, Jones recommends a high intensity crosswalk across the south side of Pine Avenue and a double-line crosswalk across Crescent Drive, near the AMI Historical Society Museum. There’s already a high intensity crosswalk on Pine Avenue in front of the museum.


Copeland asked Sgt. Mike Jones what can be done to encourage people to use the crosswalks. Jones suggested an informational campaign and issuing tickets if need be. Seymour suggested the city host a series of public safety days and Carter suggested they include commissioners and other volunteers standing out there encouraging people to use the crosswalks. Copeland suggested adding to the city’s vacation rental ordinance a requirement that this public safety information also be included in the information packets given to rental guests. The commissioners supported Jones’ suggestions and Murphy said he would finalize the plan and bring it back at the next meeting with some cost figures included

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Reinstated commission ward boundaries created The old Ward 4 is the new Ward 3 and the old Ward 3 is the new Ward 4. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The boundaries for the reinstated city commission wards have been created. With one minor geographical change, the boundaries for the commission wards reinstated by city voters in 2018 will closely resemble the wards eliminated by city voters in 2017. Reinstating wards means city commissioner candidates will again have to run for the ward seat that represents the ward they live in. The mayor’s seat remains a citywide, at-large seat. All registered Bradenton Beach voters will continue to be allowed to vote in all mayoral and city commission races. There is one significant change being made to the wards: On March 7, the city commission unanimously agreed to renumber two of the four wards. The area formerly known as Ward 4 will now be Ward 3. The area formerly known as Ward 3 will now be Ward 4. The northern boundary for the new Ward

3 will be the southern edge of Cortez Road – the old Ward 4 stopped blocks south of the Cortez Bridge, Second Street North. The new Ward 3 will continue south to the southern city limits. The new Ward 4 will extend from the north side of Cortez Road to 17th Street North. Ward 2 will continue to extend from 17th Street North to 24th Street North, with the exception of Canasta Drive and the easternmost portion of 23rd Street North. Commissioner Marilyn Maro lives in the area again known as Ward 2. The Ward 1 boundaries will continue to extend from 24th Street North to the northern city limits. Ward 1 will continue to include Canasta Drive and the easternmost portion of 23rd Street North. Vice Mayor Jake Spooner lives in the area again known as Ward 1.


The unanimously supported renumbering of wards 3 and 4 was proposed so Commissioner Randy White is not prevented from seeking reelection this fall. According to the voter-supported charter amendment that reinstated commission wards last fall, the mayor and the Ward 1 and Ward 3 commissioners are to be


City Attorney Ricinda Perry guided the commission though the ward reinstatement process. elected in 2019. The Ward 2 and Ward 4 commissioners are to be elected in 2020. When elected in 2017, White won the Ward 4 commission seat, but wards were eliminated during that same election by a voter-supported charter amendment successfully pursued by the Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach. If the wards are not renumbered, White cannot run in 2019. He would have to wait until 2020. “That’s very considerate. I appreciate that,” White said while participating in the commission meeting by cell phone, which he has done frequently in recent weeks. Changing the ward numbers also ensures that Commissioner Ralph Cole is given the

same opportunity to run for the Ward 4 seat when his current at-large term expires in 2020. City Attorney Ricinda Perry guided the commission through ward reinstatement process using data and recommendations obtained from the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office. The commission’s goal was to make the new wards as even as possible in terms of how many registered voters are in each. This does not impact vote totals but does impact the number of potential candidates in each ward. The commission also wanted to keep neighborhoods as intact and consistent as possible in terms of the types of residential units present – i.e. single-family homes, multi-family homes, mobile home parks and condominiums. This desire also played a role in the decision to include everything south of Cortez Road in the new Ward 3. Bradenton Beach Marina President Mike Bazzy told the commission he agreed with that decision. He said it made sense to include those Third and Fourth Street homes in the same ward as their neighbors. The ward reinstatement ordinance is scheduled for second and final reading at the Thursday, March 21 meeting that starts at noon.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR CPR Trxaining, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m.


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


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


Farmer’s Market, City Pier Park, 100 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 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. Dyeing with plant-based dyes, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $38.

Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. Tech help, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Preserve Ambassadors: Undiscovered County, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 2 p.m. Reserve to 941-748-4501 ext. 6039.


Robinson Preserve Paddle, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Reserve to 941-7425757 ext. 7. Flying wild educator workshop, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Edible plant walk, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 11 a.m., $20. Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Spring Break Escape Room, Island Branch Library,

5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2:30 p.m.


Veterans 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. Seaside Quilters, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Painting Cortez: The Net

Camp, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $38. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach CafĂŠ, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. Bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, 6:30 p.m.


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Historic Valentine House open, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seafood 101, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $20. Beginning meditation, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m.

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MARCH 20, 2019

Freckled Fin takes the win in three games over ACE Hardware BY MOINCA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With the close of youth flag football, all focus is on adult flag football and adult volleyball. The hard court saw week five regular season action with team Freckled Fin paired up against team ACE Hardware. Freckled Fin dominated the first game with a strong service game by Sean McCarthy and perfect sets by John Coleman and Colleen McCarthy. Teammate Nate Talucci shut down long rallies with perfect placement over the net time and time again. Mackenzie Kosfeld showed her volleyball talents along with Jenna Duvall for ACE Hardware. Finding their groove in the first game, after some long strikes and mishits, team ACE fought the good fight in the second game, leading most of the battle to take the win. To start the second game, Duvall was in the service area and immediately put four points on the scoreboard with her serving prowess. The scoring stayed tight the entire game where mistakes made the difference. Another mishit by ACE Hardware gave Freckled Fin’s Oskar Coba the scoring opportunity taking the score to 20-16. In turn, the perfect serve by Kosfeld resulted in a long return by Coba.


Above, Freckled Fin’s John Coleman put a nice finishing touch on the volleyball during last week’s game against ACE Hardware. Right, Mackenzie Kosfeld, for ACE Hardware, prepares for the set during last Tuesday’s adult volleyball game against Freckled Fin. To end the second game of the night, ACE’s perfect serve could not be returned by Coleman, taking the match to the third and final game. Rally scoring in the league lends itself to lots of volleyball action on Tuesday nights at The Center. In the tiebreaking game, first to 15 win. The final game was close with great play on both sides of the net. Freckled Fin’s Mike Kaleta and Susie Quinby provided much needed team support and strong hits. The ACE Hardware team just got a little too far behind to make

the comeback they needed to take the match, losing by five points. The playoff and championship games are scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 staring at 6:30 p.m.


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OBITUARIES Zita Zinbo Zita Zinbo, 81, of Anna Maria, Florida, passed away on March 13, 2019. Zita was born in Panemunelis, Lithuania on April 27, 1937. She graduated with a B.S. in microbiology from the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy in Kaunas, Lithuania. She emigrated from Lithuania (then part of the Soviet Union) to the United States on August 28, 1960 with her brother, Eugene and grandmother, Ona, in order to be reunited with her father, Anthony Celkis in Alaska. Mr. Celkis had traveled to the U.S. to attend the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and was unable to return during World War II. He remained in the U.S. and became a locomotive engineer for the Alaska Railroad. He had petitioned Secretary of the Interior Fred A. Seaton to secure the release of his family from behind the Iron Curtain. After Zita’s arrival in the U.S., she spent time in Healy, Alaska, and Chicago, Illinois, and then moved to Syracuse, NY to work at the State University of New York in the


3/2, spousal abuse, 200 block of Bay Drive. The couple got into an argument about who drank the last beer and she says he hit her. He went to jail. 3/9, recovered stolen property, 100 block of 15th Street North. Two bicycles were returned to their owners. 3/15, battery, Circle K, 193Gukf Drive South. The victim said the subject attacked him without provocation and fled.

research lab. She met Mikio Zinbo at a Christmas party for international students in Syracuse, NY and they were married on May 27, 1967. Zita worked as a homemaker raising her children and as a part-time nanny in Canton, Michigan, where she resided for 30 years. The family began vacationing on Anna Maria Island in 1973 and regularly stayed at the Resort 66. Zita moved to Anna Maria Island, Florida in 1999. She enjoyed gardening and Tai Chi classes at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. She was a member of the Anna Maria Island Garden Club and the St. Bernard Catholic Church Women’s Guild. Zita was committed to lifelong learning and took classes throughout her life. She was known for her positive attitude, kindness and compassion for all living things, and was a frequent pet sitter for friends on the island. She volunteered for many years with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Manatee County, a nationwide grassroots advocacy group, representing people affected by mental illness in the United States. NAMI educates, supports, and advocates for people living with mental illnesses and their families. She is survived by her two daughters, Asta M. Zinbo and Marie A. Neid; one grandchild, Kyle G. Neid and two


3/7, credit card fraud, 600 of Dundee Lane. The victim found two of his credit cards had been compromised. 3/5, trespass warning, Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive. Two people parked their car in the club parking lot and went on to the golf course to fish. 3/7, possession of marijuana and drug equipment, 700 Manatee Ave. The officer stopped the driver for drifting out of his lane and spotted marijuana on the driver’s lap. He searched the car and found paraphernalia. 3/8, credit card fraud, 58021 Marina Drive. The victim’s identity had been compromised.


nephews. Zita is preceded in death by her brother Eugene Celkis. The Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2019 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida 34217. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Condolences may be made to www. 

Mikio Zinbo Mikio Zinbo, 83, passed away on March 13, 2019 in Anna Maria, Florida. Mr. Zinbo was born in Japanese-occupied North Korea on Sept. 20, 1935. He graduated from the University of Osaka in Japan in 1959 with a B.S. in biophysical chemistry and worked at the Hashimoto Chemical Company in Osaka, Japan and the University of Shimane, Japan. He came to the United States in 1963 and completed a PhD in organic chemistry from the State University of New York in Syracuse, NY in 1967. Following two

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years as a post-doctoral fellow teaching at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan as a senior research scientist for 30 years (1969-1999). He retired and moved to Anna Maria Island, Florida in 1999. Mikio Zinbo was married to Zita Zinbo on May 27, 1967, they were married for nearly 52 years. Mikio was a stalwart provider and caretaker for his family, and he lovingly cared for his wife until her last day. He had a dry sense of humor, and enjoyed reading, baseball, and political talk shows. He is survived by his two daughters, Asta M. Zinbo and Marie A. Neid and one grandchild, Kyle G. Neid. Mikio is preceded in death by his brothers, Masao Zinbo and Takao Zinbo who resided in Japan. The Funeral Service will be held at 1:00PM Monday, March 25, 2019 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida 34217. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Condolences may be made to www.

parked in a handicapped spot without a sticker when the driver came up and yelled at him. The passenger also threatened him, Finally, backup arrived and a computer check showed the vehicle’s owner was wanted on a warrant from Hillsborough County and was arrested. 3/10, noise complaint, 216 68th St. The officer arrived to the rental house and saw teenagers on the roof and in the pool. There was beer and the person in charge of the rental said 12 teens were spending the night. The officer found out the house was permitted to sleep eight. A rental agent came and evicted the renters.




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

HOME SERVICES HOME REPAIR. Anna Maria Home Accents. 25 years experience. Call 786-318-8585 THE HARDWOOD STOP Flooring installation services; Laminate, hardwood, vinyl and tile. Bathroom and shower. Virtually dustless FLOOR REMOVAL License and insured FREE ESTIMATES 941-227-0041 www.thehardwoodstop. com BAYSIDE PAINTING Residential & Commercial. “More than just a Painter!” Drywall, pressure washing, handyman services and hauling. Call David 941-565-9446 Carroll 941773-4777


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

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

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

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

HOME IMPROVEMENT Michigan General Contractor 30+ yrs. experience. Large or small projects. Budget minded knowledgeable tradesman will complete your project start to finish: On Time/On Budget. Call Mike 616-204-8822.

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

LOST & FOUND LOST ON HOLMES AVE. small green pouch with credit cards. If found call 941-264-4980 REWARD!

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


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

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

COLE'S TROPICAL POOL SERVICE Call Cole Bowers for all your pool maintenance needs! Affordable and Dependable!! 941-7131893



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

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

“WIZARD OF WALLS” Established 1980 Prompt quality service. Paperhanging/removal Faux finishes. Interior painting. Mary Bell Winegarden 941-794-0455 PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES. Prompt & Reliable. Island Resident. Quality Workmanship. Interior/Exterior. Also minor repairs & carpentry. Free written detailed estimates. Bill Witaszek 941-307-9315 DONALD PERKINS PAINTING LLC fully insured. 30 years experience. Many Island references. Call 941-7057096

PERSONAL SERVICES MULTI SERVICES PROVIDER personal assistant, home administration, housekeeping, small dog care, ironing, sewing, Care giver. Call/ text Judy 941-726-5760

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


FROM THE LOW $300’s. Only minutes from the beach, this new active adult community is perfectly located just south of Manatee Ave, off Village Green Pkwy. Perfectly designed, open 2BR or 3BR/2BA plus den & 2CG floor plans. Luxurious amenities, pool, spa, gym, pickle ball and fenced-in dog park. HOA only $209/ month. Models open daily. Contact us 941254-3330





FED UP WITH AMI TRAFFIC??? Move to a beautiful 4BR home in NW Bradenton on private pond! Open plan. Spectacular outdoor living area. Pool. Large sun deck. 4 car garage. Convenient location. $617K. Karen Day Fineout. Wagner Realty. 941-518-3682

CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Beach – GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, L’Plage, Vista Grande, SPW, 5400 – DUPLEXES & MORE Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941232-2216 DIRECT WATERFRONT on AMI! ONLY $599,000 Boat slip, garage & panoramic Skyway views! Call Kathleen White at 941-7730165 Island Real Estate KWhite35@tampabay. INCREDIBLE NEW CONSTRUCTION Home 407 Pine Ave! Prime location to shops, restaurants, bay and beach! $2,295,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 PERICO BAY CLUB! 2 miles from AMI! Largest floor plan available 1866sf. 640 Estuary NOW only $319,000! Call Erin Leathem at 941448-5616 Island Real Estate IslandEJ@gmail. com SNOWBIRDS GET YOUR Housing lined up for Next Year. For Sale by Owner. 2BR/2BA remodeled in Beautiful Cortez Co-Op Park. Water View. For Personal Showing call 740-398-9846 3BR/3BA POOL COTTAGE North Bay Blvd Anna Maria. $799,000 House on duplex lot. Getting rare! Brenda Boyd May. Broker Boyd Realty. 941-730-8589 LOOKING FOR A highly motivated real estate broker to buy or sell your next home? Darcie Duncan, Broker Duncan Real Estate a lifelong island resident bringing success to her customers for 28 years. Proven track record brings you results! 941-725-1589 GULF VIEW, FIRST Floor Cottage. 2BR/1BA + 1BR/1BA lock off. 1595 s.f living space. Use all or rent part. Great back yard with patios & tropical setting. $545,000 price before listing with realtor. Appraised over $600,000. Need new roof. Call 816-729-5146.

Call us today! 941-778-3986

VILLAGE GREEN CONDO 2BR/2BA + Office. Ground floor. Reduced to $200,000, Community pool, trails with many amenities. Boyd Realty, Call Elizabeth Newgard 941348-5289

RENTALS: ANNUAL SAN REMO SHORES Large 2BR/2BA canal front pool home, 1600 sq ft. Bring your boat! Great outdoor entertaining area. Close to Anna Maria Island. $2,700/ mo. Call Paige. 513-3821992. DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304

ANNUAL RENTALS- HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1.5BA duplex $1,750/mo, NW BRADENTON 2BR/1.5BA Furnished Condo w/ Pool/Clubhouse $1,400/ mo incl. all utilities. Fran Maxon Real Estate 941778-2307.

ANNUAL RENTAL BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA storage and covered parking. 2 blocks to the beach $1700/mo. Call 925-5960785 ANNA MARIA CITY, 2BR/1BA half duplex, unfurnished. NO PETS! $1,200/mo - 1st, last, and security req'd. Call Sato Real Estate, Inc. at 941-778-7200 or email monica@satorealestate. com BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA remodeled $2,000/mo. April 1 short or long term available April 1 Call 551-427-0248 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

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

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$800/ wk 941-704-7525 GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190 HOLMES BEACH: BEAUTIFUL Westbay Point & Moorings-Dancing Dolphin, 2BR/2BA condo. Gorgeous bay views. See #1106. 207-944-6097. ANNA MARIA 20192020 SEASON. Beautiful 2BR/2BA ground level home with carport. 1 1/2 blocks to Gulf. Updated 2010, new kitchen w/granite counter tops, patio w/ outdoor furniture, plantation shutters, Flat screen TV's in every room. Call 941-5652373 1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR CONDO for Seasonal rental. Heated pool, tennis court steps to Publix, CVS, public beach. #428578 Call 1-877-818-1013 CANCELLATION 2BR/2BA remodeled baths, new kitchen. Bradenton Beach available April 1 Renting for 2019-2020 season Call 551-427-0248 View of Bay

2BR/1BA FIRST FLOOR Cottage. All utilities paid except electric, includes cable & internet. Beautifully turn key furnished. Large living room, full eat in kitchen. Master bedroom opens onto courtyard and nice back yard. Outdoor seating & dining. Bedroom 2 has a quality Murphy bed to double as an office area when not in use. 6 months min. or annual. Call 816729-5146 BEACH VIEW 1BR/1BA All utilities paid except electric, including cable & internet. Ground floor, steps to beach. Beautifully furnished. Bedroom opens on to your patio & nice back yard. Min 6 months or Annual $1600/mo. Call 816-729-5146

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport: Tampa $95, Sarasota $40, Clearwater $85, Orlando $165. Call 800-301-4816., ANYTIME TRANSPORTATION to all airports, appointments, casino, cruises, etc. Tampa $65. Sarasota $30. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095

ADMIRAL TOWN CAR Professional chauffeur, taxi prices! Airports (1@ $75, 10 $150 to Tampa), Appointments anywhere. Credit cards accepted. Phil 941-320-1120, Licensed & Insured

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