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March 7, 2018

Vacation rental bills fail again The three Island cities will retain their local vacation rental regulations for at least another year. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

Low plane flights cause buzz on Island CINDY LANE | SUN

A plane advertising itself online as a “bucket list” experience, including “several low passes, several water-skims and several splash-n-go’s,” flies over Bradenton Beach at sunset. BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

A small ultralight aircraft flying up and down the Gulf beaches of Anna Maria Island is attracting attention from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Holmes Beach police, Palma Sola Scenic Highway officials and beachgoers, some of whom duck when he flies overhead. The trike, which flies “low, slow, up close and personal” according to the Air Adventures website advertised on the aircraft,, frequents the Anna Maria Island Gulf beaches at sunset, typically a tranquil time that draws many to the water’s edge. Some have reported the low – and loud – flights to law enforcement authorities.


The FAA is investigating reports that the plane is flying too low. “We are taking a look to determine how this company is operating,” FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac told The Sun, citing regulations on minimum safe altitudes:



• §91.119, Minimum safe altitudes. Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes: (b) Over congested areas. Over any congested area of SEE PLANE, PAGE 40



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TALLAHASSEE – For the second year in a row, Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) and Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) failed in their efforts to restrict or eliminate local governments’ ability to regulate vacation rentals. Steube Steube’s Senate bill, CS/SB 1400, was not discussed in the Senate’s final Appropriations Committee meeting on Friday, March 2. When contacted via email Friday morning, Steube’s legislative Elizabeth Bolles said, “The Senate bill is currently in Appropriations and there are no more scheduled meetings for that committee, meaning La Rosa the bill wouldn’t be heard.” Steube’s bill sought to preempt all vacation rental regulation to the state. This would have rendered null and void the local vacation rental regulations in effect Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and soon to be in effect in Bradenton Beach. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Bradenton Beach City Attorney Ricinda Perry distributed to City Commissioners an email she received from Dave Ramba, the city’s contracted lobbyist. Ramba’s email included a link to a story published that day at In that story, Steube acknowledged his bill would not likely to be discussed at the final Appropriations Committee meeting. “I think it’s dead for this year. I think this is an issue this Legislature will see every year until it’s resolved,” Steube is quoted as saying in the News Service Florida story. Had it been supported in its third committee stop, Steube’s bill could have advanced to the Senate floor for a final vote. Steube’s comment implies that Florida cities’ home rule rights may come under attack again in 2019, but he doesn’t expect to be a part of those efforts because he’s now seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. The demise of Steube’s bill also signaled the demise of La Rosa’s House bill, HB 773. La

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Building moratorium expires this week The commission feels it has established the vacation rental regulations envisioned when the moratorium was enacted in late 2016. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – Despite an appeal from a city commissioner, Bradenton Beach’s voter-initiated building moratorium will expire on Wednesday, March 7. On behalf of some of her constituents, Commissioner Marilyn Maro requested the moratorium be extended for three more months, but the legal justification for doing so could not be made during the Thursday, March 1, City Commission meeting. Maro’s agenda request included a handwritten note from the People of Bradenton Beach seeking more regulations and additional adjustments to the land development code before lifting the moratorium. “We want to see an end to all party houses. We want our neighborhoods back,” the note said.


Mayor John Chappie and Vice Mayor Marilyn Maro discuss the extension or expiration of the voter-mandated building moratorium. In Nov. 2016, a voter referendum mandated the commission enact a sixmonth moratorium on the issuance of building permits for homes containing more than four bedrooms or potential sleeping rooms. The moratorium was extended several times to allow the commission more time to develop rental regulations and land development code amendments intended to lessen the impact vacation rentals have on residential neighborhoods. The possibility of another extension

prompted a letter from attorney Aaron Thomas and the Najmy-Thompson law firm on behalf of property owners the firm represents. City Attorney Ricinda Perry read the letter into the public record when last week’s discussion began. The letter states the Bert J. Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act addresses temporary impacts on development that last more than one year, and the moratorium took effect Nov. 8, 2016 “Should you elect to extend the mor-

atorium an additional three months the city will undoubtedly be subject to a number of Bert Harris claims for which a monetary settlement will be the only reasonable settlement for our clients. Given this, we urge the commission to vote against the three-month extension,” Thomas’ letter said. Perry agreed the city would likely be subjected to Bert Harris claims if the commission extended the moratorium again. Mayor John Chappie and Commissioner Ralph Cole both noted Bradenton Beach is the only Island city not to be named in a Bert Harris claim.


Maro referenced the residents’ requests for another extension and said, “They just don’t want party houses. They’d said there’s still too many people in these houses, we’re talking 20 to 30 people. There’s still a few things that need to be adjusted.” Since enacting the moratorium, the commission adopted a revised version of the original vacation rental regulations adopted in 2015, but never implemented. That registration program is SEE MORATORIUM, PAGE 19




Center welcomes interim executive director

Drainage plan to continue Holmes Beach commissioners voted unanimously to continue the city’s agreement with contractor Woodruff and Sons for another year of storm water drainage system improvements. The agreement marks the second year of an ongoing storm water drainage improvement plan in the city. Plans include replacement of aging and failing drainage pipes, cleaning of pipes, installation of infiltration trenches and the installation of WaStop valves in outflow pipes. Under the agreement, city commissioners agreed to a do not exceed amount of $410,500 for work to be completed by Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

Farmers market update on agenda The agenda for the Thursday, March 8, Anna Maria City Commission meeting includes City Commission liaison assignments and an update on the efforts to create a farmer’s market at City Pier Park. The consent agenda includes a special event permit and fee waiver for the Chiles Group’s Easter Egg Walk down Pine Avenue on Saturday, March 31. Thursday’s meeting will start at 6 p.m.

Toyota or Chevy? Bradenton Beach Public Works Director Tom Woodard will soon get a new truck to work replace the 1998 Ford Expedition he currently uses. Woodard and the City Commission are still determining whether the new truck will be the $20,814 Chevy Silverado Woodard originally requested at last week’s meeting or a Toyota Tundra that would likely cost at least $4,000 more. Commissioner Jack Spooner said he’s had a lot of trouble with the Chevy van he purchased for his business and he suggested a Toyota might be better long-term investment. Woodard was directed to bring back a detailed cost estimate for a new or used Tundra.

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Commissioners say ‘no’ to new beach pier


The Center of Anna Maria Island has a new executive director, at least temporarily. Stepping in as interim executive director is Carl Weeks, former President of the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County. With 45 years in non-profit Weeks work under his belt, Weeks said in a press release that “he would gladly keep the seat warm until a permanent executive director can be appointed.” In addition with his work at the Boys & Girls Club, Weeks also has worked with the Cabarrus County Boys Clubs and received awards for his non-profit work from the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, among others. The search for a permanent executive director to fill the void left by former director Kristen Lessig continues at The Center.

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Commissioners agreed not to pursue the installation of a new pier at the Manatee Public Beach. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – It didn’t take commissioners long to decide that a 15-foot tall pier isn’t something they want to see on the beach. Commissioner Judy Titsworth presented two options given to Mayor Bob Johnson by the Manatee County Board of Commissioners. One option was for a 300-foot long pier with a small T-shaped end which would be in about the same footprint as the pier that was torn down in late 2009. One major change – the pier would have to be elevated 15 feet above the North American Vertical Datum line to meet new Florida Department of Environmental Protection standards. The letter from county commissioners said because of the height requirement, a shorter pier would


A man stands on the old Manatee Public Beach Pier viewing the waves, circa 2005. The pier was torn down in 2009 due to safety concerns. look like “an upward elevated ramp.” The pier would be about eight feet taller than the previous structure. A 2013 cost estimate submitted to commissioners from the county puts construction at around $1,443,330. A second option is a 600foot long pier that would cost $2,432,120 to build according to the 2013 numbers. The letter

noted that since work would have to be done by heavy machinery in the Gulf of Mexico, commissioners should expect those estimates to significantly rise if new construction bids are sought. Titsworth said she hasn’t had any requests from residents to reconstruct a pier on the public SEE PIER, PAGE 33

Security comes first at AME The Holmes Beach Police Department has supplied a resource officer to Anna Maria Elementary School for years. BY TOM VAUGHT


HOLMES BEACH – The Manatee County School District is requiring armed officers to be present in each school during the school day in reaction to the killing of 17 students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 14. To that end, the School Board will hire 34 new resource officers following a meeting last week with representatives of local law enforcement. However, the push for a stronger police presence in county schools won’t change things much at Anna Maria Elementary. In fact, it is business as usual according to Holmes

Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer. “We already have our resource officer at Anna Maria Elementary,” he said. “High schools must have two resource officers, middle schools will have one and so will elementary schools.” The resource officer at AME is Josh Fleischer. Before him, Rob Velardi held the position until he died of cancer on Aug. 29, 2017. Velardi had replaced Brian Copeman, who took over when Pete Lannon passed away from cancer in 2007. “It’s good for us that we have Josh because he knows the school in and out,” said AME Principal Jackie Featherston. “He is fully trained to patrol the school.” When Fleischer is off duty, his commander, Sgt. Vern McGowan, takes over the duties. Featherston said she has gotten favorable reaction from the parents about the level of security at the school.

“I believe the parents have expressed their appreciation to the city commissioners and mayor,” she said. “We had a program with the parents after the Parkland shootings and a number of parents said they appreciated the police presence.” Former Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine hired the first resource officer after the city received a grant to cover the cost. When the grant money was spent, the city commission included the expense in the police budget. Tokajer said the police agencies on the Island get together regularly to go over plans for an emergency like the Parkland incident. Featherston said there is another advantage to having Holmes Beach Police for security. “Whenever we have a problem, their response time has been quick,” she said. “We’re lucky to have them.”

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WMFR commissioners seek legislative change Some district property owners, who’ve historically received an exemption from annual fire assessments, may find themselves with a bill in the wake of an opinion from the Florida attorney general. BY KRISTIN SWAIN


West Manatee Fire Rescue’s Administration Building.


BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners didn’t get quite what they bargained for when Attorney Jim Dye appeared before them to discuss the district’s practice of offering exemptions to assessments for some property owners. While the district has historically offered assessment exemptions to all persons and organizations allowed tax exemptions, Dye said an opinion from the Florida Attorney General to the North River Fire District on the matter says the fire districts don’t have the right to grant exemptions. Dye said his interpretation of the opinion given by the attorney general is that the only exemptions to assess-

ments allowed are those for government-used and government-owned properties that are used for government purposes which are not leased. Otherwise, the district could face legal action if some property owners are charged the fire assessment fee and others are not. Historically, the district has given an exemption to everyone who would be exempted from ad valorem taxes – churches and parsonages, public schools, parks and recreation areas, colleges, hospitals, the disabled and disabled veterans of the armed services. Chief Tom Sousa said the exemptions come in at about 200 affected properties in the district, amounting to

around $76,000 in assessments. And now that commissioners know there’s a problem, the practice of granting exemptions can’t continue without legislative change at the local and state levels. “The desire to do this is coming from a good place,” Dye said. “The risk is an audit if the district is found operating outside its scope of authority or ending in a lawsuit because someone gets a break they shouldn’t have and someone else feels they were unfairly assessed.” He added that it’s unlikely but possible that continuing the practice without legislative change could open commissioners up to personal liability since it’s on the record they received a legal

opinion on the matter. For someone who had the assessment exemption and lost it to take the district to court, Dye said would place the property owner in a legally indefensible position because of the attorney general’s opinion. He suggested sending a letter to all affected property owners explaining why the exemptions would no longer be granted. “We just need to fix it,” Commissioner David Bishop said. “I don’t want to be doing something that I feel is wrong. We need to fix it through the legislature, not just blindly send people a tax bill.” “It’s a legislative fix,” Dye said. He reminded commissioners that it’s the state legislature that created and governs special districts, including what powers their leaders have. To make the exemptions legal, district commissioners need to do two things. The first is to change the district’s enabling act, which currently states assessments are set by board resolution, but does not mention exemptions. A line would have to be added to allow for the exemptions even SEE WMFR, PAGE 16




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MARCH 7, 2018

EDITORIAL Rentals debate expands


he Florida Legislature’s debate on vacation rental regulations was wider-ranging and better informed this year than it was last year. And in the end, the existing status quo was maintained for another 12 months. Last year, state legislators displayed limited knowledge and a narrow understanding of the potential impacts vacation rentals can have in residential neighborhoods. That debate centered mainly around the property rights of vacation rental home owners. This year, equal consideration was given to the rights of permanent residents. There was more acceptance of the idea that vacation rental homes are businesses being legally operated in residential areas where other businesses are not allowed. In response to Sen. Greg Steube’s unsuccessful efforts to give all regulatory authority to the state, Sen. David Simmons suggested detached, single-family homes used as vacation rentals remain under the authority of local governments. In response to Rep. Mike La Rosa’s unsuccessful efforts to apply local rental regulations to non-rental residences too, representatives Carlos Guillermo Smith and Kristin Jacobs suggested local governments retain regulatory authority over nonhomesteaded residential properties. This year’s debate included hotel and motel owners questioning the fairness of vacation rental homes not being subjected to the same regulatory requirements, when the services provided are essentially the same. Legislators questioned whether some rental operators discriminate against renters because of race or sexual preference. They expressed concerns about sexual predators and offenders taking up guest residency in neighborhoods occupied by families and children. Lawmakers also exhibited increased awareness of the larger roles that Airbnb, HomeAway and other rental platforms now play in Florida’s thriving vacation rental industry. The local rental regulations and registration programs in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach may not be perfect, but for the most part they appear to be working – and Bradenton Beach’s new rental regulations take effect in mid-March. Kudos to state legislators for maintaining a status quo on Anna Maria Island that respects the rights of vacation rental owners while also trying to protect the rights of residents. If the $10,000 to $20,000 fines being levied on vacation rental owners in affluent areas like Miami continue to concern state legislators, they should simply cap those fines instead of eliminating local rental regulations. Regulating vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods remains a job better left to the locals.


Support appreciated at Annie Silver A big thank you to the community for its support of the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach. Through bingo and our community dinners we've been able to raise enough revenue to do many improvements to the building and grounds. We've updated the kitchen and two bathrooms, replaced windows and doors, replaced the floor, painted the building inside and out and updated the electrical. We've maintained a community vegetable garden and a butterfly garden. The Annie Silver Community Center was started more than 65 years ago and we look forward to many more years of serving the Island community. Again, thank you for your support. Linda Yarger, president Jim Hassett, vice president

SUN FACEBOOK COMMENTS On the expiration this month of Bradenton Beach's building moratorium. Janet Bethart Maze: Why was it so hard in a six-month time frame to get anything set in stone on common sense regulations to the “party house” situation? Twenty to 30 people staying in a home is ridiculous. A four-bedroom house should still be limited to eight people. One sleeper couch. So 10 max. Are there no fire codes? I don’t get this. Carole Flanders: I rent a cottage in a neighborhood that is rare in Bradenton Beach - all yearround residents. It is now destroyed by the huge, very ugly, future party house going up. It totally

blocks the view of the bay for the neighbors and is totally out of place. I can't imagine living next to this monstrosity when it is rented to 20-plus people. It is a very sad situation and just wrong that they have let this happen. Donna Goldbach: I agree. On the Outer Banks they patrol and count the number of cars in the driveways. It seems to work. On two Anna Maria employees being rehired after being fired for retrieving two engraved memorial planks from the now-closed city pier. Dawn Marie: All is good. The good folk will get their planks and the decent men will get their jobs back. Dilly dilly. Stephanie Brusco: They should be given back to the owners who bought them and the rest of the wood should be reused. Or sold to help pay for the pier. Paul Davis: Very good. Peter is a dedicated city employee who goes beyond every day. He is a good man with a huge heart. Glad he is back. Yvette Gagnier: Should have never happened in the first place. Marsha Wilson Allen: Common sense ultimately prevailed. Lisa Christine Gage: Great news. (The firing) was the wrong course of action.

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PREVIOUS QUESTION: Do you agree with commercial fishermen who say the ban on the use of gill nets should be lifted?


No. The ban has allowed fish stocks to return to healthy populations.


March 8, 6 p.m. – City Commission special meeting March 13, 4 p.m. – Planning and Zoning Board meeting For information, call 7086130


March 7, 9 a.m. – Pier Team meeting March 7, 9:30 a.m. – CRA meeting March 7, 1 p.m. – Scenic WAVES meeting March 8, 1 p.m. – Department Head meeting March 12, 10 a.m. – Variance hearing March 15, noon – City Commission meeting

For information, call 7781005


March 6, 11 a.m. – Holmes Beach ad-hoc form of government committee meeting March 7, 10 a.m. – Parks and Beautification Committee meeting March 7, 6 p.m. – Planning Commission meeting March 13, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting with work session to follow March 14, 10 a.m. – Parks and Beautification Committee dog park meeting For information, call 7085800




Yes. Lifting the net ban will revive the commercial fishing industry without hurting the environment.



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information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Ageless Grace with Gail Condrick, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 9 a.m., $10 per week. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941-383-6493. ACBL open pairs duplicate bridge, The Paradise Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 p.m., $11 per game with coffee and snacks provided. Reserve to 941-216-9600 or Meet the author with Bob Bachner and Marie Corbett, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Egmont Key, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. Bingo, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, 6 to 9 p.m.



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BRADENTON – Longboat Key and Manatee County officials plan to talk more frequently about issues affecting the islands on both sides of Longboat Pass since their joint work session last week. Shared challenges for Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key include beach erosion and renourishment, dredging, and what to do about Beer Can Island.


Longboat Key wants Manatee County to pitch in to clean up Beer Can Island, officially called Greer Island, and offer emergency medical and police services at the Manatee County-owned park. Shifting sands in Longboat Pass have caused Greer Island – actually a peninsula on the north end of Longboat Key – to spread under the Longboat Pass bridge and out the other side, making a popular shady spot under the bridge for boaters. But those boaters sometimes violate Manatee County ordinances prohibiting alcohol, littering and dogs on the beach, according to Longboat Key’s Assistant to the Town Manager, Susan Phillips. Residents of north Longboat Key, who also are Manatee County residents, and Longboat Key town staff have been cleaning the park, she said, with the town’s marine patrol responding to emergencies, she said. Manatee County’s marine patrol also has responded to emergencies, said Charlie Hunsicker, the county’s Parks and Natural Resources Department director. The county is deed restricted from adding trails, bathrooms or picnic shelters to the park, but can step up to help clean the park, he said.


Above, The terminal groin at the southern tip of Anna Maria Island on Longboat Pass will be replaced next year. Left, One of the erosion control groins in Cortez Beach known as Twin Piers attracts fishermen.

The erosion that is changing the shape of Beer Can Island also is threatening north Longboat Key homes, Phillips said. This is leading Longboat Key to call for Manatee County to help pay for groins to be built to protect the homes. Longboat Key already has installed erosion control devices on town property to help protect residents on North Shore Road and those on the Gulf of Mexico, she said. Hunsicker said he plans to meet with Longboat Key officials to address immediate erosion issues, which may or may not involve funding from Manatee County.


Some blame north Longboat Key’s erosion on work done to protect Anna Maria Island, such as the terminal erosion control groin built more than 50 years ago at the south end of Coquina Beach. “Any hardened feature like that has an impact on adjacent land in Long-


Longboat Key wants Manatee County’s help to patrol Beer Can Island, officially called Greer Island, on the north end of Longboat Key.

boat Key, but they need that groin,” just as Longboat Key needs similar groins to protect the north end of its island, Phillips said. The groin “keeps Anna Maria Island from going into the dredged channel,” Hunsicker said. However, the groin is crumbling, and next year, “We’re going to remove the rock of ages and re-rock it,” keeping it the same size, he said.


Three similarly-dilapidated structures to the north on Cortez Beach on Anna Maria Island were replaced in 2016 and are functioning well, as expected, he said. The three permeable, adjustable erosion control groins at Twin Piers (a third pier was added after the name stuck) protect Gulf Drive – a hurricane evacuation route – from stormwater erosion, he said. They are popular surfing and fishing spots. The $7.8 million structures did not affect erosion on north Longboat Key, he said, noting that dredging done by Long-

boat Key in 1992-94 could have caused some of the town’s erosion problems.


In between the terminal groin and Twin Piers are several rows of rock on Coquina Beach running perpendicular to the shoreline that were installed to curb erosion, but now are obstacles for lifeguards to get to beachgoers, Hunsicker said. “In the next year, we are looking at the feasibility of addressing the 50-year-old rock groins at Coquina Beach,” he said. Made of concrete walls containing rusting rebar and covered with rock buttresses, the structures are “a maintenance problem for us,” Hunsicker said. They could be replaced with shorter versions of the three groins on Cortez Beach that would “substantially improve the visuals of Coquina Beach,” or a series of short, rock breakwaters 5075 yards offshore, parallel to the beach and a foot above high tide. SEE BEACH, PAGE 22


Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker looks over the erosion control groins on Coquina Beach that he wants to remove and replace with different devices.



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Recycling woes plague Island city While recycling may be a feel good act, it might not be doing as much good as you think. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Recycling is one way people can feel like they’re doing their part to help save the Earth. Unfortunately, some of the things that are put in the recycling bin end up in the landfill. Waste Pro Regional Vice President Keith Banasiak addressed Holmes Beach commissioners’ concerns with the waste removal company’s recycling program, confirming some of their worst fears – a lot of what goes into the city’s recycling bins ends up at the landfill. With single stream recycling, various types of recyclable materials can go in one container, making it easier for consumers. Unfortunately, if one of those items is incorrectly placed in the bin or has food residue, Banasiak said the entire bin’s contents can be considered contaminated and must be disposed of with other garbage rather than going on to Waste Pro’s recycling center. If contaminated items are found at the recycling center, the company must pay


Decals like this one are placed on all recycling containers in Holmes Beach to help residents and visitors determine what should and shouldn’t be placed in the bin for recycling with Waste Pro. more to repackage and send them off to the landfill. Items that can contaminate recyclables include those with food particles, raw garbage placed in the container, and the inclusion of items that can’t be recycled, like plastic bags. Part of the issue, Banasiak said, is the labor cost and time to remove contaminated items at Waste Pro’s sorting facility and send them to the landfill.

Another issue is that many recyclables from the United States are sent to China to be repurposed. Because so many items are being sent, receivers in Asia can be pickier about the types and grades of materials they accept. With such a huge availability of materials, Banasiak said it drives down pricing and makes it so that some materials, even though they are recyclable, may not be financially feasible for the com-

pany to send off for repurposing. In the United States recycling is a $200 billion a year industry. In a 2016 economic study, the Environmental Protection Agency tied 757,000 jobs, $36.6 billion in paid wages and $6.7 billion in tax revenue to recycling efforts. According to the EPA, Americans in 2014 created more than 258 million tons of solid waste. Out of that, 89 million tons were recycled or composted, about 34 percent. Out of the remaining waste, 33 million tons were combusted with energy recovery and over 136 million tons ended up in landfills. The EPA estimates that 75 percent of waste created by Americans is recyclable. About 87 percent of the country’s population has access to curbside or drop-off recycling programs in their local areas. If recycling participation levels reached 75 percent, Recycle Across America estimates it would create 1.5 million new jobs and be the environmental equivalent of removing 55 million cars from the country’s roads. Locally in Holmes Beach, fewer materials are making their way to the recycling facility primarily because of raw garbage placed in the bins, Banasiak said. SEE RECYCLE, PAGE 31


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History comes to life at Heritage Day BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – Chilly Saturday morning temperatures didn’t keep anyone away from this year’s Heritage Day celebrations at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum. Attendees at this year’s event seemed most excited about two things – the loaves of Settler’s Bread available for purchase and the pirate invasion. Bravely manning the bake sale table, volunteer Barbara Murphy said the loaves of Settler’s Bread sold out quickly. Within an hour of sales opening, none of the bread was left and few baked goods were still available for purchase. Kids of all ages got into the spirit when members of the Anna Maria Island Privateers swept into the celebration with a yell and a swashbuckling sword fight. As more pirates arrived on the crewe’s landbound ship, the Skully Wag, rowdy pirate Bill “Sparkles” Rosencrantz was clapped in irons and put into the Island’s historic jail. He was joined by several little pirates in training who attempted to break him out and hold on to a bag full of treasure. Despite the crowd voting to keep him in jail, Sparkles and his comrades escaped. Many local craftspeople also were on-hand, helping visitors take a step back in time as they toured the museum’s grounds. Experts in everything from sustainably collecting local honey to bonnet making, spinning, quilting and candle making gave demonstrations in their craft, answered questions and offered their wares for sale. Visitors were invited to take a piece of history with them as they departed with items available ranging from historical books by local authors to antique implements and signs from long ago Island landmarks. Tickets also were available for purchase for the 25th Annual Tour of Homes taking place March 17 and the corresponding quilt raffle, sponsored by the Eyeland Needlers. Proceeds from the event benefit the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum.


Above, a group of little pirates in training breaks through the lines of the Anna Maria Island Privateers to help rescue imprisoned pirate Bill “Sparkles” Rosencrantz from the old Anna Maria City Jail. Below right, Members of the Anna Maria String Band have a laugh during an 80s music set list during Heritage Day festivities. Below left, volunteer Liz Hager strolls around showing off a sign for sale from long gone Island hot spot Fast Eddies.


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Privateer Bill “Sparkles” Rosencrantz takes a break from sword fighting to greet a few little pirates and share some of his loot.


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Coquina Beach parking improvements approved The county plans to install more than 47,000 square feet of pervious concrete to create better drainage in the Coquina Beach parking areas. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – Plans are taking shape for a $5 millionplus parking lot, drainage and water quality improvement project at Coquina Beach. According to County Engineer Sia Mollanazar, construction is slated to start in mid-2019. The project calls for the installation of 47,437 square yards of pervious concrete – a material that allows water to drain downward through it. The project will also require 1,098 square yards of impervious pavement that will not allow water to pass through it. Because the county-owned land is located in one of the city of Bradenton Beach’s Public Recreation Area zone districts, the county project requires City Commission approval regarding the proposed lot coverage. The commission granted its unanimous approval during its Thursday, March 1, meeting. When presenting the county’s request, City Planner Alan Garrett expressed his support for the parking and drainage improvements. He said the county was proposing to add only about 1,000 square feet of impervious surfaces to the 23-acre park. He explained that cars currently


Pervious concrete allows water to percolate through it. compact the existing soil, which then inhibits drainage. “I’m thrilled to see a pervious concrete system where the water percolates through it. I think this is wonderful to help with the drainage of the park,” Garrett told the commission. Garrett said City Engineer Lynn Burnett told him the county project would not jeopardize the city’s FEMA-affiliated Community Rating System credits that provide flood insurance discounts for Bradenton Beach property owners. Mayor John Chappie said the county used pervious concrete at Warner’s Bayou boat ramp in west Bradenton. “It was fantastic,” he said. City Attorney Ricinda Perry said she lives near the boat ramp and the pervious concrete installed there eliminated the flooding that used to occur in the parking area. Chappie noted the pervious con-

I’m thrilled to see a pervious concrete system where the water percolates through it.” Alan Garrett, City planner crete also eliminated the plumes of pollutants that used to run into the river and form clouds on the water. Chappie suggested Burnett look into impervious concrete for potential use along Bridge Street in place of the 57 stone that currently covers those rights of way.




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Hometown Desserts – a sweet spot BY LOUISE BOLGER SUN STAFF WRITER



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Whenever I drive along Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, I wonder if this street could get any better. Can it become any more attractive, can the shops become any more innovative and can the Old Florida vibe become any better expressed than it already is? Well, guess what – it can be. Cindy Tutterow, the owner of Hometown Desserts, appears to be on a consistent timetable for expanding her business. She opened the first Hometown Desserts in 2013 in Anna Maria, then she started a new shop on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton in 2016, and now she has expanded her original Anna Maria location at the beginning of this year. This soft spoken Southern lady has reinvented herself from teacher to stay at home mom to running a home-based

baking business to owning retail bake shops. And all of this started when she was growing up on a farm in North Carolina where her favorite place to be was in the kitchen. Tutterow brings that experience along with her family start from scratch recipes to her successful businesses. Hometown Desserts has just expanded its Pine Avenue location in early February into one of the available shops within the Historic Green Village, combining their original mini space with the new larger space. With this expansion, Tutterow says she has more baking area and more space for customers in the retail shop. She definitely needs more baking space, since she has a very active wedding cake business, as well as providing special cakes for individuals for birthdays, bridal and baby showers and other events. In addition, she supplies baked goods to about a dozen restau-

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Farmer’s market delayed The city seeks vendors to participate in a new farmer’s market. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

ANNA MARIA – The city’s efforts to start a weekly farmer’s market have been delayed for at least one week due to a lack of vendor participation. The new market was scheduled to make its debut in City Pier Park on Tuesday, March 6. Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Debbie Haynes is leading the city’s efforts to establish a farmer’s market to help attract more people to Pine Avenue business district in lieu of the Anna Maria City Pier being closed. “We are postponing the start of our farmer’s market as we do not have enough vendors on board for Tuesday. We are hoping to kick off the market the following Tuesday, March 13, but it is subject to commission and vendor approval regarding liability insurance coverage,” Haynes said in an email


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she sent out last week. Haynes recently told city commissioners that six vendors, including two produce vendors, expressed initial interest a weekly market that will focus on fresh produce, fruit and other natural products, with no prepared food or beverages sold for onsite consumption. The city plans to run

the market on a trial basis into early May. Vendors will not be charged a fee, but are required to fill out an application form and provide proof of liability insurance. Interested vendors can contact Haynes at 941-708-6130, ext. 121, or by email at

BRADENTON – Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino has announced that she is retiring from the commission when her second fouryear term expires in November. Her decision leaves Laurie Galle and Mark Black as the remaining District 4 candidates. SEE DISABATINO, PAGE 32



Sanitizer company targets hotels, flu BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

Flu is still in season, and so are tourists, who could benefit if local accommodations would sanitize rooms in between guests, according to Sonny Taylor, CEO of Bio-Sanitize USA. Flu season remains close to its highest levels around the country, according to, which compiles data from nearly a million doctors’ offices across the country. The severity level of the flu nationally is 9 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most severe, according to the service. Some of the highest incidences of flu are in areas where people live who vacation in Florida in the winter, including New York (9.5), New Jersey (9.5),

Washington, D.C. (9.5) and Boston (9.5) and Florida feeder markets, such as Orlando (9.5) and Tampa (6.5), according to Cape Coral-based Bio-Sanitize USA is targeting the hotel business and the flu virus with a hydrogen peroxidebased product and dispenser, the Saniswiss Automate aHP, that fills a room with aerosolized hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it in about half an hour, according to Taylor, adding that the dispenser, made by Saniswiss,™ a Geneva-based medical disinfectant company, can be easily wheeled between rooms. Hotels are one of several uses, including nursing homes, ambulances, physicians’ offices, daycare centers, schools, cruise ships, public transporta-

WMFR: Legislative change FROM PAGE 5

though exemptions are addressed in the assessment resolution. The second thing is to petition lawmakers in Tallahassee to change the legislation governing special districts to allow for exemptions. With deadlines looming for commissioners to set this year’s tax roll with the Manatee County Tax Assessor’s Office and set an assessment rate, some people who have never gotten a bill from the district for services may get one this year on their property tax statement. “I think our hands are tied this first

year,” Commissioner Randy Cooper said. Bishop said that while he understands the necessity of the situation, it still doesn’t feel right to him. “If we collected by ad valorem these people would be exempt,” he said. “We can’t put our heads in the sand. I think we have no choice now at this point than to assess these people.” Commissioners rallied around Dye’s suggestion of writing a letter to each affected property owner explaining the situation and how the district is attempting to fix it.


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“It needs to be a carefully worded letter to help them understand that we have no choice,” Commissioner George Harris said. Commissioners voted unanimously for Dye to come back to them with suggested language to change the district’s enabling act and to present for discussion to state legislative delegates. While the district cannot encourage affected property owners to lobby for change with the state legislature, Bishop and Harris both said they hope property owners will support the district in its move for legislative change. “This needs action,” Harris said.

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Tilton new cultural affairs director Seeking to maximize the exposure of the Bradenton Area’s rich arts and heritage traditions among tourists and residents, the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced the appointment of Judith Tilton to the newly-created role of director of cultural affairs. Tilton, a Florida native who calls Bradenton home, will work as a liaison between the arts and heritage community, CVB and county staff. After the county hosted multiple ArtVersations to hear directly from local arts and heritage organizations, the need for dedicated professional support to assist with sharing information, supporting collaborative efforts, providing resources and lending expertise to increase awareness about the array of cultural opportunities offered in the Bradenton Area was identified. As a direct result, the Mana-

education, performing arts and heritage celebrations, along with top-rated venues for events. The nonprofits, private galleries, area schools and businesses offer quality and diversity of opportunities year ‘round, attracting thousands of visitors and generating millions of dollars in economic impact on an annual basis. “The Bradenton Area is proud of the rich arts and heritage traditions that enhance the area and make it a terrific place to live and work and we are confident that – with Judith’s help – this message will reach more people than ever before,” added Falcione. Local organizations interested in more information about ways they can work with the CVB to enrich the area’s cultural footprint should contact Tilton at Judith.Tilton@ or call 941-729-9177 ext. 3986.

tee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) approved adding a marketing and outreach specialist to work directly with arts and heritage leaders, volunteers, gallery owners, the county’s Historical Commission, area nonprofits and businesses to help increase overall awareness and visitation. “Judith brings a diverse background of 30 years’ experience providing marketing and communications for nonprofits and corporations,” said Elliott Falcione, CVB executive director. “She served as executive director of a nonprofit, has deep budget, grant writing and grant making experience and has successfully created and leveraged multiple community partnerships to recognize increased revenue and resources.” The Bradenton Area is home to more than 100 different organizations providing special events,

December 2017 tourist tax collections

January 2018 tourist tax collections

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*(Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, unincorporated Manatee County, Palmetto)

Manatee County’s 5 percent 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. Tourist tax increases reflect both increased visitation and improved tax collection efforts. Amounts shown were collected in December and paid to the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office in January. To anonymously report a rental owner who may not be paying the tax, call 941-741-4809 or visit



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*(Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, unincorporated Manatee County, Palmetto)

Manatee County’s 5 percent 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. To anonymously report a rental owner who may not be paying the tax, call 941-741-4809 or visit

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MORATORIUM: Expires this week FROM PAGE 3

underway and the new rental regulations take effect March 19. Occupancy limits are established by the air conditioning load determined according to the Florida Building Code. According to Building Official Steve Gilbert, this basically equates to two people per bedroom plus two additional guests, and bedrooms must now be labeled on plans submitted with building permit applications. Side-yard trash pickup will be required of non-owner-occupied rentals, and parking requirements have been increased. Pool setbacks have been increased, and pools will now be counted as

impervious surfaces when calculating lot coverage allowances. “We’ve accomplished everything we’ve talked about and said we were going to do,” Chappie said. “We have completed our task,” City Planner Alan Garrett said of the efforts that involved staff, the commission and the Planning and Zoning Board. After taking no action on the moratorium, the commission unanimously supported Cole’s suggestion to pursue a historic preservation ordinance similar to the city of Anna Maria’s. The intent is to encourage property owners to preserve traditional cottages and bungalows rather than

demolish them and replace them with larger rental homes. A historic preservation program helps homeowners offset the FEMA 50 percent redevelopment threshold that often makes it more practical to build a new house than improve an old one. When asked about the commission not extending the moratorium, Thomas said, “We are pleased the city made this decision. It was only to their benefit to do so. Many of our clients who have investment property in Bradenton Beach are optimistic about the city’s leaders making fair and well-balanced decisions with respect to the vacation rental home market.”

HOMETOWN: A sweet spot FROM PAGE 14

and a long list of specialty coffees to supplement their fresh baked scones and muffins available all day. Some of the specialty coffee selections are espresso, latte, cappuccino, café mocha and café Americano. Hometown also has iced latte, coffee and tea and, of course, regular hot coffee and tea. Tutterow is also planning on expanding her by the slice selection of baked goods, continuing seasonal scones and adding party supplies as a convenience to customers.

But let’s not forget that it’s Tutterow’s incrediable cakes that has made Hometown Desserts so popular. Standing out in front are her coconut cakes in several flavors including my personal favorite, Key lime, but don’t overlook the carrot cake and rich chocolate choices like chocolate mousse and chocolate fudge. Hometown also prepares pies like pecan and Key lime as well as cookies, cupcakes and quiche. You can order anything and pick it up either on Pine Avenue or on Manatee Avenue. Tutterow has a staff of six on

Anna Maria, not including her husband, Kelly, who is always available to lend a hand. Hometown Desserts is no longer just a little boutique bakery on a special little island. It is now a fullscale baking business with comfortable seating for your morning coffee or afternoon pick me up, retail shops, and the ability to fill special orders for all kinds of events while still servicing commercial customers. Tutterow has come a long way from her family’s North Carolina kitchen – a journey that would make them proud.



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March madness and mayhem for May BY SEAN MURPHY SPECIAL TO THE SUN


t is March. It is madness. Everything is packed – streets, restaurants, Publix. Publix is the worst. I don’t go there to buy stuff in March. I just slip in from time to time to watch the show. Brits grumbling that the groceries are all labelled wrong. German people standing in the middle of the aisles trying to read English and find the sauerkraut. Skinny European kids sniffing the chocolate bars. Some time back I wrote about my antagonism for food bloggers and my enthusiasm for a new type of cuisine – stolen cuisine. I drew an image of chefs with scooters racing around the Publix parking lot hijacking food from tourists’ carts. I think it is a marvelous idea and should be revisited. We will, of course, have to schedule the chef’s theft rally for May because nothing can move in the Publix parking lot right now. The Stolen Cuisine Chef’s Rally – look for it in late May.

This article from last year is not only current, it means I get out of writing a whole new article in the middle of March madness.


The food writers and bloggers drive me crazy. It’s like the White House. They just make stuff up. They have been beating us with farm to table for a while now. Where was our food coming from before the writers thought of getting it at farms and bringing it to tables? It is a wonder we didn’t all starve. The writers tout "eat local" and area chefs write fictions at the bottoms of their menus about veggies bought from local farms – in Florida – in August. Florida grows two things in August – skin cancer and barnacles. It is too hot for everything else. By the end of April, all the tomato guys have left for Maryland and California. Veggie farmers are all drinking beer and fishing in the Keys. Food writers proclaim that the best restaurants in the world are now in Scandinavia. A safe bet. How would we know? They write that these "world-best" chefs in Denmark and Norway have moved beyond

buying or growing – they are now foraging for their food. Foraging. Going out to the woods and seashore and digging up tubers and grubs and finding fish that appear miraculously on the beach. I can see myself foraging for a Beach Bistro preparation. Strolling along the Island beaches praying for a snapper to jump out at my feet. But great news – there is another culinary breakthrough at the Bistro. We are developing an ingenius new food movement. Better than local and farm to table. Better than Scandinavian foraged cuisine. Stolen cuisine. Think about it. It’s local. It requires more brains and skill and speed than foraging. And everyone knows that stuff that is stolen tastes better. Think back to your misspent youth. What tasted better than fruit stolen from your neighbor’s yard or candy pilfered from the department store? The best thing I ever tasted was cherries that I stole from mean, old Mr McGillicuddy’s tree. And the excitement. The best thing about McGillicuddy’s cher-

ries was the thrill of being chased by Constable Kelly through alleys and over fences. Poor Kelly, chunky enough and encumbered with walkie-talkie, flashlight and pistol, was a long shot in neighborhood steeplechase – but he was not a quitter. I can still get lost in the sweet reverie of munching McGillicuddy’s cherries while hiding under Dad’s Chevy – spitting pits and watching Kelly’s flat feet wheeze by. Foraging for bugs in Northern woods can’t compete with the daring of sneaking into your neighbor's yard in the dead of night for oranges, grapefruits and kumquats. Envisage the action on the food channel. Chefs chasing chickens through yards and running down country roads with little pigs – farmers in hot pursuit. The TV can be local -– chefs careening around the Publix parking lot on scooters swiping stuff from tourists’ grocery carts. We will have a whole new litany of stolen cuisine menu items – filched foie gras, purloined pork loin, pilfered pot roast. The possibilities are endless. But, like every other great culinary idea I have ever had, someone will steal it. Stolen cuisine. You heard it here first. Look for it in May.

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BEACH: Issues bridge islands FROM PAGE 9

“Beaches sometimes grow out to them,” he said. Trying to find new ways to hold the beaches together, the county also has considered a system of undercurrent stabilizers, called geotubes, he said. The system, developed by Dick Holmberg, is an alternative to beach renourishment, which is criticized for causing damage to fisheries at sand mining and dredge sites, disrupting nearshore marine life when the sand is dumped on the beach and bulldozed into the water to create a larger beach, and changing sea bottom contours, affecting currents and waves. The smooth tubes, which are mostly buried in the sand perpendicular to the beach, extending into the water – similar to the placement of the rock groins on Cortez Beach – slow down the current like speed bumps, causing the current to drop the sand it is carrying,

and building the beach. It is designed as a one-time repair, as opposed to beach renourishment, which is a continual process. “We’ve looked at variations of that for more than 10 years,” Hunsicker said. “The system addresses small areas of erosion, called hot spots, on short distances of beach that are getting more erosion than adjacent areas due to underwater natural formations.” While the system is effective in those cases, it would not be as effective as beach renourishment is on long stretches of beach like Anna Maria Island has, which erodes at roughly the same rate. Manatee County does not have the resources to bring in large equipment to repair small areas of beach, he said. “By the time we are fully mobilized for a large project, it wouldn’t contribute to the overall effectiveness of the project,” Hunsicker said.


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his past Saturday morning dawned bright and clear, a perfect day for fishing or any number of other outdoor activities. On this particular morning, I had the pleasure of spending time with a group of committed community volunteers, including close to 60 high school students, who had chosen to spend this perfect day participating in Sarasota Bay Watch’s annual Skier’s Island clean up. The event, now in its seventh year, is made possible by SBW volunteers and board members, as well as students and teachers from Sarasota and Riverview High Schools. Participants from Riverview High School included 41 students from the school’s Marine Club, National Honor Society and Cornerstone Club. They were supervised by Katrin Rudge the school's biology teacher and head of the Marine Club. Eighteen students from Sarasota High school were led by Megan Ehlers the school's marine biology teacher.

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS All the participants met at Nora Patterson Park on Siesta Key, where they gathered the equipment for the cleanup as well as tools for removal of invasive species. A number of indigenous plants were also loaded for transportation to the island. Volunteers were transported to Skier’s Island aboard Sarasota High School’s floating classroom, the Carefree Learner, driven by Captain Randall Patterson. Other boats were captained by Sarasota Bay Watch CoPresident Captain Steve Martin and board members Pepper Deitz and Ross Windom. Also in attendance were SBW student board members Elizabeth Anderson and Delainey Deitz


Logan Track and Caryl Pyle spent the morning cleaning up Skier’s Island. The event, which was originally limited to the clean-up of plastics and other debris, has now evolved to include the removal of invasive species such

as carrotwood and Brazilian pepper and the planting of native sea grapes. SBW Administrator Ronda Ryan and her husband and SBW co-founder John Ryan assisted in this process by organizing the necessary equipment including pruners, chain saws, loppers, shovels and plastic bags. Once on the island the volunteers broke up into teams each with a specific mission. Several groups donned gloves and protective gear and began to thin groves of carrotwood and Brazilian peppers. Leader John Ryan manned the chain saw and monitored volunteers who operated the hand tools including loppers and hand saws. Once the trees were cut down, their stumps were treated with a glyphosate herbicide that was deployed in spray bottles. Other teams spread out on the island to pick up trash and recyclables. They separated items that were trash from other items that could be recycled. SEE REEL TIME, PAGE 27

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REEL TIME: Island Clean Up FROM PAGE 26

A third group concentrated on planting native seagrape trees. All the trees, potting soil, fertilizer and herbicide were sold to SBW at cost by Albritton’s Nursery. All other supplies were provided at cost by the Sarasota DG ACE Hardware Group. During the morning, it was estimated the work teams cleared three areas in excess of 6,500.00 square feet and planted 12 new plants. Sarasota Bay Watch President Larry Stults was extremely encouraged with what the volunteers accomplished and with the condition of the island. After seven years of events, the relative cleanliness of the island will let Sarasota Bay Watch reduce the number of people on trash patrol and let them shift the work load towards cutting and spraying invasive plants as well as planting native species. The group also will consider having a cookout and/ or provide box lunches for post-work appreciation and bonding. SBW now has the experience, tools, supplies, partners, volunteers, boats and leadership to expand to multiple events during the year.



Best snook action at night CAPTAIN DAVE WHITE

Snook season is upon us once again. These hearty fighters are the main targets for most anglers in our area at the moment. Season only lasts two short months, so the bays and coves have been pretty crowded with people trying to find their slot fish. This pressure, coupled with the cold front, may slow things down a hair on the catching side. But time will tell. Personally, I only keep one per season for the family to enjoy, but the anglers on my trips are allowed their limit of one per person per day. Kingfish are starting to also be a focus for us here at Anna Maria Charters. These fast fish are great to smoke and make seasonal fish dip. Exciting fighters, these make for a ton of fun on my near shore trips. Spanish mackerel also are caught along the way. These are good on light tackle and most enjoy eating these guys. Mangrove snapper are moving in as well. Although the early ones are a little smaller, the big boys shouldn’t be too far behind them. Hopefully everyone can enjoy this nice weather and hope it lasts. Tight lines.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night and trout in Sarasota Bay on flies and trout, redfish and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande during the past week. The best action was with snook at night. Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto, and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, fished the ICW with me on Wednesday night. They had good action catching and releasing numerous snook and a nice trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Snook season reopened on March 1 on the west coast,


Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing the ICW at night with Capt. Rick Grassett. although personally I will continue to ask clients to release them. Snook are a fantastic gamefish and too valuable of a resource to only catch once, in my opinion. Tom Sachs, from Longboat Key, and Jeff Holsworth, from Michigan, fished an instructional fly fishing trip in Sarasota Bay and had some action catching and releasing trout on deep grass flats on Ultra Hair Clouser flies with me on Thursday. They had some freshwater experience with trout on Michigan rivers, so we focused on saltwater fly fishing techniques including line management, hook setting and playing fish. Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, Ill., fished the backcountry of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Friday. With a big full moon and behind a front, fish weren’t too aggressive that day. However, he had good action with some nice trout and also caught a red and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails to complete his slam.




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It’s time for Springfest Springfest draws artists from around the country to the judged art show. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER tvaught@amisun.cpm

The 30th Annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts, sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League, will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall Field at 5901 Marina Drive. Admission and parking are free. Springfest features continuous live music on stage Saturday with Koko Ray and others and a large food court offering a variety of food and beverages. Community organizations that include various historical, and environmental groups will be there with information about their worthwhile causes. A highlight of the festival is a gala raffle of art work donated by festival exhibitors. Proceeds benefit the League’s scholarship fund, which

provides classes to children and adults. The raffle gives everyone a chance to collect great art for a small donation. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and winners need not be present to win. The art festivals Winterfest and Springfest, held the second weekend of December and March, are the major fund-raisers for the League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the arts on the Island. In addition to the classes, funds from the festivals underwrite daily operation of the art center, exhibits and a variety of programs for the community. Also, volunteers form the back bone of the Art League. The success of Winterfest and Springfest relies on a squad of volunteers to help with all sorts of tasks throughout the weekend of the festivals and daily operations. For further information or to volunteer, contact the Art League, 5312 Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., call 941-7782099 or email

An afternoon of fun A free musical show will be held at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, on Sunday, March 11, starting at 3:30 p.m. with a complimentary wine and cheese social. The show begins at 4 p.m. The audience will be taken on a rendezvous to the golden age of showboats when music filled the air on the river. Captain Craig, showboat master, will entertain with his wit, singing and larger than life presence. Enjoy listening or singing along with many favorite show tunes by Gershwin, Cohen, Stephen Foster and more that never grow old. You will hear about the remarkable American riverboats and their amazing place in American history. And there will be a big surprise with a local mystery guest. There is no charge for this event. There is limited seating. Get your free boarding pass (ticket) at Longboat Island Chapel office. A free-will offering will help support Resurrection House, Sarasota, and the Longboat Island Chapel. For information, contact the Longboat Island Chapel office at 941-383-6491 or jdanner@


Original paintings will be just one of the art forms featured at the 30th Annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts March 10 and 11.

AME gala goes to town The Anna Maria Elementary is holding its Spring Gala at a new location. With the theme “Under the Sea,” it will be held at the South Florida Museum at 201 10th St. W. in Bradenton on Friday, March 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be food, music, dancing, auctions and a photo booth. Students have been working on class projects to be auctioned. Local businesses and families are donating some of the auction items as well. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and some come with free tickets. Otherwise, tickets are $60 per person. Food and a complimentary bar come with the entry fee. The Spring Gala is a major fundraiser for the PTO. For more information, contact Emily Wettstein at 941-224-9781 or


Miss Paul‘s class painted two beach chairs for the Spring Gala on March 9. This year‘s event will be held at the South Florida Museum.

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Benefit exhibit for Wildlife, Inc.

Wild things are coming to The Studio at Gulf and Pine on Wednesday, March 7. This amazing benefit exhibition for Wildlife, Inc. presents Florida’s indigenous creatures in paintings and sculptures, as you have never seen them before. Members of Wildlife, Inc. will be here providing information about what they do and will have animals here for the public to view on Thursday, March 8, from noon to 2 p.m. and at the opening reception on Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show features the work of 14 area artists including Susan Curry, Joanne Brown, Charlotte Mansur, Evelyn Peters. Craig Rubadoux, Jean Blackburn, Linda Hunsaker, Joyce Eli Walker, Nancee Clark, Tim Jaeger, Ines Norman, Tom Hawkaas, Penelope Bowdry Sanders and Nancy Matthews. A portion of the sale of art works featured in the exhibit will be donated to Wildlife, Inc. Education & Rehabilitation Center, the largest wildlife rehabilitation and rescue center in Manatee County. Founded in 1987 and located in Bradenton Beach, this non-profit organization has treated more than 4,000 birds, mammals and reptiles annually from throughout the region, and the numbers continue to grow. Wildlife, Inc. is run by a volunteer staff of dedicated animal lovers, receives no public funding and relies on the support of donations and private grants to meet its $100,000 annual budget. For more information and to make a direct donation to Wildlife Inc. visit The Studio will be accepting donations for Wildlife, Inc. throughout the exhibit as well. The Studio at Gulf and Pine is located at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call 941-7781906 or visit for more information about all the upcoming artist workshops, exhibits and other cultural events.

Turtle talk in Sarasota The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club will hold a general meeting on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. Of the Arts. George L. Heinrich, of Heinrich Ecological Services, Florida Turtle Conservation Trust, a field biologist and environmental educator specializing in Florida reptiles, will speak about turtles playing significant ecological roles and are visible elements in many habitats. For information email Marsha

Fused glass fun Join instructor Cindy Fielding for an introductory fused glass workshop at The Studio at Gulf and Pine located at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on Thursday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students

will create a small fused glass suncatcher. Sample designs will be available for inspiration, but each student can create their own design. In this class, students will learn and use the basic glass tools and discuss the different types of glass and how they react with one another, as well as the four different types of firing. Pieces will be fired and returned to The Studio for pick up. Class fee is $42 per person and is limited to 12 students. No experience is necessary; all materials are provided. Wear closed toed shoes. Call 941-778-1906 or visit for more information about all the upcoming artist workshops, exhibits and other cultural events.

The works of Brandon Scott The Anna Maria Art league at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts a solo exhibit of new works by Brandon Scott. The exhibit titled “Under The Influence of Us” will run from Friday March 9, to Sunday, April 8, with an opening reception Friday, March 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wine,refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided by The Chop Shop. The exhibit will showcase the emotional influence of our everyday life and all that encumbers us. Scott’s work covers the good, the bad and the questionable. He feels there are no bad subjects to paint, from love to humor to our deepest pains. Scott likes to tackle controversial subjects like “Me Too,” the medical marijuana debate or anything that vexes the general public.

Meet the author Join local author Michael Jordan for an exclusive book signing of his debut thriller, “The Company of Demons,” on Friday, March 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mar Vista restaurant in Longboat Key. Admission is free, and Jordan will have copies of the book available for purchase.

Privateers hold sale The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host their Thieves Market at Coquina Beach on Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for clothing, furnishings, antiques, collectibles, lunch and more. The Privateers will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, corn on the cob and baked goods, Other vendors might be serving up food as well. Parking is free and plentiful at the largest parking lot on the Island. No dogs are allowed by the county. For more information, log onto www,

Clothing drive for women

There will be a clothing drive at Duffy's Tavern, 5808 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, on Saturday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, for the Women's Resource Center of Manatee. They are looking for new or gently worn women's clothing, shoes and accessories for their Career Closet and Resale Boutique for women looking for work. Donors will receive a little something from Duffy's towards a burger or beer.

IGW holds sale Island Gallery West at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, hosts an artist’s sale on Saturday, March 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bargains will be offered. In addition to local/regional original art pieces. There will be artists’ tool, frames and other materials to spark your own creativity. For more information, visit, Facebook or call 941-778-6648.

Roser offers Celtic concert The Roser Concert Series continues at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at Roser Community Church at 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, when the First Brass of Sarasota presents Celtic Fest. Brass, bagpipes, organ and Irish dancers will inspire with these instruments and dance to create an emotional celebration of Celtic heritage bringing smiles, tears and goose-bumps. The musicians gather before each rehearsal to share a meal. This and the participation of selecting music and other input creates a different attitude than most musical organizations. Happy musicians create heartfelt music that transmits to the listener. The excitement of brass music fills the room and lifts those in attendance off their seats, if only in the mind. For more information, go to www., call 941-778-0414 or on Facebook @roserchurch.

Bike the county’s western preserves The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club is hosting a bicycle tour of area preserves on Sunday, March 11. It will visit four western Manatee County preserves with a short walk. Attendees will need a hybrid or similar bike with tires for packed shell and bicycle helmet. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water, sunscreen, camera and a snack. A $5 donation is requested. Reservations are required. Email Marsha at

Conservation committee meets Join the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club on Monday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Central Library 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton, for an update and a dis-



cussion of issues the conservation committee is following. For more information , contact Marsha Wikle at

A salty display at IGW Judy Saltzman’s month-long March exhibit, "Sea Escapes: Celebration of the Sea and Sail," is a collection of vibrant and expressive watercolor paintings at Island Gallery West at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. Saltzman has a deep affinity for watercolor, both for its ability and its unpredictability. As an award-winning artist and Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and American Society of Marine Artists, Saltzman's work has been featured in international magazines. The public is invited to the reception on Friday, March 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the monthly Holmes Beach Art District monthly ArtWalks. Saltzman also will offer a demonstration, Just Add Water, at the gallery on Saturday, March 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit, Facebook or call 941-7786648 for updates about the art and 29 artists of the gallery.

St. Paddy’s Day pancake breakfast Roser Memorial Community Church at 512 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 17, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For $6 per person enjoy pancakes, sausage, syrup and/or melted butter, applesauce, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea. There is no charge for children under the age of 5. For more information go to, call 941-778-0414 or find them on Facebook @roserchurch.

Save the pollinators Learn how to create habitats for pollinators in your home garden at The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, on Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Karen Willey, education director for the local Florida Native Plant Society, will share insights and plant lists with participants. Students will also get to take home three starter plants for their home garden. The butterfly garden and pond planting at the Maritime Museum model what people can do in their homes. There is a registration fee of $35. Preregistration is required by visiting



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Commissioners consider concession fund projects Holmes Beach commissioners agreed to support projects from the other two Island cities when requesting concession funds from the county, but they also have a project list of their own. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners made a few changes to the list of projects approved by commissioners in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach requesting use of surplus concession funds from the county. Surplus concession funds are held by Manatee County and controlled by the county board of commissioners. However, the funds can be made available to the Island cities for one-time projects if commissioners from all three cities agree on the project and the project is something that will benefit the whole Island. While commissioners from Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach have already created and approved their lists and a

tentative list of projects for funding in Holmes Beach, commissioners in that city got a first look at the list during a March 1 work session. “This is a wish list,” Commissioner Carol Soustek said. “It’s not guaranteed money. The county has a right to turn us down for any reason.” City Engineer Lynn Burnett, who helped Mayor Bob Johnson create the city’s portion of the list, said it was a way to stretch the city’s dollars while supporting projects already in this year’s budget if a monetary match is required. Some of the items on the list include sidewalk installation and repairs, bike and pedestrian path improvements, repairs to the city’s skate and dog parks, and a kayak launch at Grassy Point Preserve. All in all, the city’s total request was for $292,290 of a total of $923,520 being requested. Another request posed by Bradenton Beach to help fund The Center of Anna Maria Island to assist with structural repairs and maintenance amounts to $100,000 with each city being asked to petition the county for a third of that

amount. At the end of 2017, the surplus concession funds account has $1,144,307 in it. Commissioner Judy Titsworth estimates the balance grows by about $200,000 each year. “There’s no advantage to saving this money,” Commissioner Rick Hurst said. “If the county approves everything on the list plus the Center, we’ll still have some money leftover with funds added in 2018.” Burnett said if each city commission agreed to fund the Center’s capital projects through the concession funds and the county agreed, it would be a way to help the nonprofit financially without affecting each city’s own funds. Commissioner Jim Kihm expressed some concern about using the funds for the Center. He said he’d like to have something on the list to help supplement the $10,000 a year the Holmes Beach Police Department receives for policing the county beach. Commissioners voted 3 to 2, with Kihm and Soustek dissenting, to support adding funding for the Center to the list. While commissioners were in favor

of asking for funding for the HBPD, Titsworth said it should be for a project, not for an ongoing expense like patrolling the beach. For that, she said commissioners need to be more resolute in their discussions with county commissioners about increasing the amount paid to the department for policing the public beach. For a project, Chief Bill Tokajer suggested the installation and set up of a license plate recognition camera system like that on Longboat Key. The system would monitor vehicles going on and off the Island and share it with local law enforcement. Cameras would be placed at each of the three entry points to the Island. Commissioners agreed to add a $50,000 line item for the HBPD to cover preliminary work on the acquisition and set up of the camera system, bringing the total ask up to $1,073,520 combined from the three cities. If the other two cities agree to the addition of funds for the police department, the list of requests will move forward to seek approval from county commissioners.

Formula business ordinance passes final vote BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |


Sea to Shore Alliance fundraiser The Sea to Shore Alliance will host its fifth annual “Fins, Flippers and Friends” fundraiser on Sunday April 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. Spend an evening sipping drinks and nibbling hors d’oeuvres while mingling with Sea to Shore Alliance scientists and friends at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W. in Bradenton. The silent auction will feature unique trips, prizes and other items. Executive Director Dr. James “Buddy” Powell will share stories of his time in the West African bush or working as a field guide for Jacques Cousteau in Crystal River as a teenager. Trevor Bystrom will provide the live music. Tickets are $75, and proceeds will benefit Sea to Shore Alliance’s efforts to protect manatees, North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles and their habitats.

HOLMES BEACH – The city’s formula business ordinance passed a second vote less than 24 hours after a moratorium banning formula businesses from opening in Holmes Beach expired. Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance after a minor revision adding a whereas clause to clarify the ordinance only applies to future formula businesses in the city’s MXD district downtown. Elsewhere in the city formula businesses are an allowable use in C-2 and C-3 districts. Following on the heels of the ordinance is a glitch ordinance addressing an issue raised by the owners of the former Region’s Bank building on Manatee Avenue. While the building is currently zoned C-1, where formula businesses and retail establishments are not allowable uses, attorney Matt Brockway, representing the owner, wants to see that changed. Though city attorney Patricia Petruff agreed to draft the glitch ordinance to address allowable uses in the C-1 district both in and out of the MXD district, she said no promises were otherwise made to the property owners. Commissioners voted 3-2 to include an addendum to the definition of a formula business allowing realty offices as an exemption. The glitch ordinance goes before planning commissioners March 7 before coming back to city commissioners for a vote.

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Petitioners want AMOB sign moved City Commissioners did not support the mayor’s recent suggestion that the AMOB sign be moved. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – During last week’s City Commission meeting, Pines Trailer Park resident and Scenic WAVES Committee member Fidencia Pla presented commissioners with a petition containing the signature of 66 people who would like to see the Anna Maria Oyster Bar sign moved. The petitioners want the illuminated AMOB sign at the foot of the pier moved to the right and replaced with the wooden, top-lit Historic Bridge Street Pier sign that has a more historic look and formerly stood in that spot. City commissioners recently discussed the sign with AMOB owner John Horne. Mayor John Chappie proposed the AMOB sign be moved to the right, but the other four commissioners did not support that move. Instead, they expressed a desire for the sign to be lowered, lit from the top instead of from within and be gingerbreaded, or surrounded with a wood frame to give it a more historic look. During that meeting, Horne expressed a willingness to make lower the sign and make some modifications, but he was opposed to moving his sign. When contacted, Horne said he did not wish to comment on the petition. The AMOB sign was scheduled for further discussion at the Wednesday, March 7, Pier Team meeting at 9 a.m.


Above, the sign petitioners would like to see this wooden sign standing where the AMOB sign, at right, currently stands. The AMOB sign that also provides advertising space for other businesses was the subject of a petition presented to city commissioners last week.


Fidencia Pla presents her sign petition to city commissioners.

RECYCLE: Woes plague Island city FROM PAGE 10

When workers find garbage and nonrecyclable materials in a recycle container, Banasiak said the bin is tagged for trash pick up. He’s finding that a lot of these tagged bins are located at short-term rental properties. “The problem is getting excessive,” he said. Commissioner Carol Soustek suggested not eliminating recycling at repeat offender properties but charging those clients more for their trash and recycling to compensate for the added expense to Waste Pro. For properties opting out of recycling, she suggested adding a fee to cover the cost of creating a new landfill. “The big issue is when you recycle you

don’t want it to go into a landfill,” she said. “If they decide they don’t want to recycle then we’ll decide the optimal fee to cover the landfill.” Commissioner Jim Kihm agreed though Banasiak was quick to say the company can’t charge property owners for not recycling or recycling incorrectly. The key to compliance, he said, would be education, hopefully through a stakeholder meeting geared toward owners and operators of short-term rentals. On the agenda for the stakeholder meeting will be to discuss what materials are and are not recyclable with Waste Pro. While the items are listed on a decal on each recycle bin, Banasiak said people may not see them or may not pay atten-

tion to how recyclable materials need to be handled to not end up treated as household garbage. Items that can be recycled include paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastics numbered one through seven. To be considered not contaminated, all items must be clean, with labels removed, and items made of two or more materials should be broken down. That means a soup can may be recycled, but it must be washed out with the paper label removed before it’s placed in the bin for pickup, even though that paper label may also be placed in the bin for recycling. Cardboard boxes are eligible for recycling if they’re flattened for pickup, but pizza boxes cannot be added to the recycle pile. Though items such as batteries and

some household appliances are considered recyclable by the EPA, they can’t be placed in a bin for Waste Pro pickup. These items must be taken to a facility accepting them and often a fee is charged to cover the special handling required to process the items for recycling. Items that will contaminate recycling bins include garbage, plastic bags, Styrofoam, unclean containers, food waste and yard waste. Commissioners agreed to readdress the issue after the stakeholder meeting is held. For more information on recycling or how to recycle materials, visit www. or www.



DISABATINO: Not seeking reelection FROM PAGE 15

“There were many factors and moving parts which led me to this very difficult decision. I vacillated back and forth, and this was a monumental choice I had to make. I was torn between my love and affection for all the residents of south Manatee County, who have twice elected me to serve them, and the love and devotion I have for my husband and my family and wanting to spend more time with them. "In addition, the recent passing of my mother has been a significant turning point in my life, whereas she wanted me to retire, relax, go sailing, travel and just enjoy what life has in store for me,” DiSabatino said. Looking back on her time as a commissioner, DiSabatino said, “I am most proud of being accessible to the public, meeting with homeowner groups, hearing and listening to residents’ concerns and trying

I think most people will remember me for my tenacity, determination and grit.” Robin DiSabatino, County Commissioner to come to meaningful solutions. I consider myself a champion of the people and will fight for them, give them a voice and let everyone know that they do matter and they are important. I think most people will remember me for my tenacity, determination and grit. “It has been an amazing journey to have been a new resident of Manatee County in 2004 – from Wilmington, Del. – and to have been elected District 4 Commissioner just six years later. I have always had a you-first approach, whereby I never hesitated to meet with citizens in their own homes to see firsthand

what concerns they may have had that upset them enough to seek out my assistance. "I am honored, privileged and blessed to have been able to hold my head up high and I say thank you for allowing me to serve you in any way possible that might have enhanced the quality of your life,” DiSabatino said. “The citizens of this county matter to me greatly, and I will always be a phone call away to answer your questions, direct you to the proper source and assist in any way I can,” she added.

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Holmes Beach infrastructure projects continue Residents can expect many more improvements coming to Holmes Beach streets over the next few years. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – There are numerous infrastructure projects going on in the city, from the installation of stormwater infiltration trenches to WaStop valves, pipe replacements and seawall repairs. And each project is expected to continue for at least the next several months, if not years. City Engineer Lynn Burnett gave commissioners a three-month update on all the ongoing improvement projects in the city. With a long list of projects, some awaiting funding, Bur-

nett said construction could continue for the next few years. One project is the installation of WaStop valves in outflow pipes throughout Holmes Beach. Burnett said she’s addressing critical outflow points first, then plans to install the valves, which allow water out but prevent tidal flows from backing up the city’s drainage pipes, in other areas as funding is available. Her goal is to install the valves in each outflow pipe in Holmes Beach. Before some valves can be installed, some failing drainage pipes must be replaced. Burnett said a big issue facing the city is the failure of pipes underneath Marina and Gulf Drives at city center. While she said the city isn’t in danger of losing the street or developing a sinkhole, the streets are cracking where the pipes are settling. To remedy the problem without dig-

ging up city streets, failing pipes are being cleaned out and slip lined with new pipes. The area between the old and new pipes is being filled in with cement. The same technique is being used all over the city and is planned for use in the failing pipes on Key Royale. Currently, residents may see workers clearing out pipes before slip lining begins. Installation of stormwater infiltration trenches is ongoing. One new plan is to shorten the merge lane from Gulf Drive onto Marina Drive along the east side of the street to allow for an infiltration trench there. Burnett is bringing a finalized version of the plan before city commissioners later in March for approval. Seawall repairs also are ongoing at 77th Street and the adjacent public boat ramp. Burnett said the seawall located across the street from Gloria Dei

Lutheran Church on Grand Canal at Marina Drive needs immediate attention. She said the seawall is buckling due to pressure from the root system of a nearby tree that needs to be removed so the wall can be repaired. Water and fish cleaning stations are planned to be installed at the city’s Tdocks between April and June. A street resurfacing project is continuing on Marina, Gulf, Palm and Flotilla drives. The project is currently in the design phase. Safety improvements including striping and signage also are planned as a part of the project. Requests for proposals to improve the city’s skate park also have been sent out. Burnett expects to have a contract to present to commissioners for approval and improvements to be completed over the summer for the park to open in the fall.

PIER: Commission just says no FROM PAGE 4

beach, also commenting that she thinks the new pier designs are unattractive. Commissioner Carol Soustek agreed, saying the cost is just too high for taxpayers with the county asking for a match

from the city to cover construction costs. “I’m totally against it,” Commissioner Rick Hurst said. The old pier was located on the sand extending to the Gulf in front of the concession area at the Manatee Public Beach. The concrete structure had

metal guard rails placed on it late in its life to prevent people from jumping off the structure. It was deemed structurally unsafe and closed to the public in February 2009. Demolition of the pier took place later that same year, surpassing estimates of $670,000 and costing

$1,441,130 to complete. Soustek said with no way to get the old pier back, there’s no reason to build a higher structure on the beach. “This is a want, not a need,” City Engineer Lynn Burnett said. “We’re at a critical point with monies that need to be

spent on infrastructure.” Commissioner Jim Kihm suggested if Manatee County Commissioners have funds they want to spend on a pier they should visit Anna Maria. “They have a pier that needs rebuilding,” he said.




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First time buyers – first know the rules


aveat emptor” can be applied to all aspects of a real estate buying transaction. And if you’re a first-time buyer in Florida working with a licensed real estate agent, it would behoove you to understand your relationship with your real estate agent. Millennials born between 1981 and 1997 are over 75 million strong, surpassing the baby boomers at just below 75 million. These are the largest home buying generation since the baby boomers and are starting to have a serious impact on the real estate market, pushing the homeownership rate to 64.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 from 63.7 percent a year earlier. For a long time, this generation sat on the sidelines because of a poor economy, stagnant wages and a lack of faith in the real estate market due to the bubble and subsequent crash. But now they’re getting at the age when they are starting families,

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER starting to see wage increases and are just plain tired of renting. But smart as they are, do they understand that their real estate agent may not be loyal to only them? In the state of Florida, there are basically two types of brokers, a transaction broker and a single agent broker. Buyers, sellers and agents can enter into other types of relationships or no relationship at all, but the majority of transactions are with either transaction brokers or single agent brokers. So, what’s the difference? The most common type of relationship, the transaction broker provides a limited

representation and confidentiality to a buyer, seller or both in a real estate transaction, but do not represent either in a fiduciary capacity. The real estate licensee must treat the parties fairly and not work for one party to the detriment of the other. There is no written disclosure form, and most brokerage agencies as well as all of their sales agents perform as transaction brokers. A single agent represents as a fiduciary either the buyer or the sell, but never both in the same transaction. A single agent’s customer is considered his/her principal, as opposed to a transaction broker, whose client is only a customer. In both types of relationships, the agents are required to deal honestly and fairly, account for all funds and use skill, care and diligence in the transaction. The reason most real estate agents and companies are not single agents is simple – there is a lot more liability and risk since

the representation responsibilities are stronger. For instance, if a single agent is party to some confidential information about what the seller will accept as an offer, they are free and expected to share that information with their principal whom they are loyal to. A transaction agent is never able to disclose that type of information with anyone and is legally obligated not to share the information. In real estate transactions, you don’t know what you don’t know until you get in the mix of it. I spoke to two smart firsttime buyers recently who thought that the broker’s commission was paid half by the buyer and half by the seller. They were confused when a property is listed by one real estate company and sold by another in which case the commission is shared between the two, paid by the seller. In any language, “Let the buyer beware” is a good life lesson. Get to know what you don’t know.

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HOLMES BEACH – It’s been five months since Hurricane Irma battered Anna Maria Island. Now Holmes Beach city leaders and Waste Pro management want to determine what they can do to improve clean up after future storms. Waste Pro Regional Vice President Keith Banasiak told city commissioners he thinks the key to having a more successful storm debris clean up in the future will be clear communication between his company, the city and property owners. “Irma was an epic storm,” Banasiak said. “We learned that more communication was needed with the residents.” For cleanup of future storm events, Banasiak and liaison Commissioner Pat Morton have a plan. The first part is to regularly update the Waste Pro website with where the cleanup crews are and where they’re going next, so residents and property owners can be prepared. Another part of that is to use solar-powered notice boards already owned by the city to direct the public to the Waste Pro website for updates. The second part of the plan, Morton said, is to move methodically through the

city in a logical pattern whenever possible. Banasiak said that due to some roads being partially or totally impassible, some moving around will probably be necessary again. “I was very proud of the job we did as a city,” Commissioner Judy Titsworth said. “Holmes Beach had a large amount of debris.” She said the only way she thought the debris could have possibly been moved off residential properties faster would have been to set up a staging area in Holmes Beach, which she doesn’t believe would appeal to residents. Both Morton and Commissioner Carol Soustek commended Banasiak and Waste Pro for a “job well done.” “People don’t realize how much debris we had out here,” Morton said. Soustek said she was impressed by how many workers she saw picking up debris to load into trucks by hand. Commissioner Jim Kihm said he also feels that increased communication with the public will be key during future cleanup events. “Success is a relative term,” he said. “I don’t think enough lessons learned have been incorporated into future cleanup planning.”


'The Curious Savage' The Island Players’ next presentation is John Patrick’s “The Curious Savage,” directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland, that premiers Thursday, March 8, and ends March 25. The plot deals with siblings looking for a large inheritance that belongs to Mrs. Savage. The siblings commit her to a sanatorium so she can come to her senses. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, call the ticket office at 941-778-5755. From left to right above are Joanie Anton, as Fairy May; John Andruzzi as Jeffrey; Candace Artim as Miss Wilie; and Jennifer Kwiatkowski as Lily Belle.



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Scenic highway management to stop illegal advertising Members of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity are prepared to crack down on merchants advertising and accepting payment for services while doing business on the road’s rights-ofway. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – For anyone who does business along the Palma Sola Scenic Highway, changes are on the way. Members of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Management Corridor are preparing to crack down on merchants doing business along the highway that aren’t adhering to rules set out by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Department of Scenic Highways and Byways. Co-chair Ingrid McClellan said no one is allowed to advertise a business along the stretch of Manatee Avenue from 75th Street to East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach. While merchants can conduct business along the sides of the


Merchants setting up shop along the Palma Sola Scenic Highway corridor may be in for a surprise when they learn they can’t advertise or accept payment along the side of the road. road, no money can exchange hands on the highway. That means if someone wants to rent a kayak from Surferbus, payment arrangements must be made in advance because no transactions can take place where kayaks are launched on the northeast side of Flamingo Cay, a practice the business’s owners and

operators employ. No advertising signs with pricing are allowed and no business ads can be bigger than a bumper sticker. Rather than contacting the police, members agreed to involve code enforcement officers from Bradenton, Manatee County and Holmes Beach

to help remedy the problem by fining merchants operating illegally. “Without active code enforcement, that area could turn into a carnival real fast,” Holmes Beach Building Official Jim McGuinness said. In another effort to remove advertising from the sides of the scenic highway, McClellan said she’s drafting a letter to Metro Benches, the company that has a contract to place nearly 25 advertising benches along the scenic corridor. With new county bus benches installed for transit riders, she said the benches are no longer necessary. According to FDOT standards, she said some of the benches are placed too close to the road and could also present a potential safety hazard. McClellan said the advertising benches “are too close to billboards, which aren’t allowed on scenic highways.” Advertising agreements for the benches are thought to sunset sometime in 2021 with the city of Bradenton and are not planned for renewal. Members agreed to give the letter asking for the early removal of the benches to Jim McClellen, once drafted, for presentation to Metro Benches and the city’s leaders.



Catch it early You could be alerted to possible stroke or other health problems by taking Prevention Plus Stroke and Vascular Screening offered on Wednesday, March 14, at The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The screenings are being offered at reduced prices. They include stroke/carotid ultrasound for $40, abdominal aortic aneurysm for $40, arterial disease test for $40, thyroid ultrasound for $40, abdominal ultrasound for $95 and heart scanechocardiogram for $95 or all six tests for only $179. Blood tests, liver, cholesterol, PSA and TSH tests are also available. To register, call 888-667-7587.

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More board oversight requested The mayor and commissioners want the city planner to provide more direction during Planning and Zoning Board meetings. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | JOE HENDRICKS | SUN

BRADENTON BEACH – The mayor and city commissioners want City Planner Alan Garrett to assert more control during Planning and Zoning Board meetings. And some planning board members want their meeting minutes to more accurately reflect comments made and the opinions held by individual board members. Mayor John Chappie initiated his request during the commission’s March 1 meeting. This was in response to a lengthy debate he witnessed at the Feb. 21 planning board meeting about what should be included in the meeting minutes and how those minutes can be updated after the fact. “They’re struggling as to how planning and zoning boards are managed through the different processes they have to go through,” Chappie said. Garrett always participates in the planning board meetings, but he allows the chair to run the meetings. “We need somebody to say we need to bring in an attorney or this is not the proper action,” Chappie said. He noted that Garrett’s contract addresses him managing the Planning and Zoning Board. “I would like to see some more interaction and direction from our planner, and I think he has the expertise to do it,” Chappie said.

Above, City Planner Alan Garrett is being asked to be more assertive during Planning and Zoning Board meetings. Right, shown here at a January meeting, Planning and Zoning Board chair Jim Lynch, left, and John Burns recently expressed differing opinions on how their meeting minutes are to be updated. City Attorney Ricinda Perry said she does not typically participate in planning board meetings because the attorney that represents the City Commission should not participate in board discussions that produce recommendations to the commission. Garrett was not present when this discussion took place. Chappie said he would communicate the commission’s desires to him, and Perry was asked to attend the board’s next meeting to address these concerns. “I’ll just tell them to listen to Alan,” Perry said.


The debate at the Feb. 21 planning board meeting primarily involved new chair Jim Lynch and former chair and current vice chair John Burns. The debate stemmed from Lynch’s desire for the meeting minutes prepared by the city clerk’s office to convey to city commissioners board members’ individual concerns and positions – even when they do not align with the majority

consensus noted in the minutes. Meeting minutes reflect board actions and discussions in a general manner, but they are not verbatim transcripts. Lynch wanted to add to the Jan. 10 meeting minutes 616 words of written remarks he prepared as a summary of the comments he made that day, which he felt should have been in the minutes. “The purpose is to pass onto the City Commission the rationale for an individual’s decision. Otherwise, I don’t know why you would even want to be up here because we don’t make decisions, we only make recommendations,” Lynch said. His written comments pertained to concerns he expressed in January regarding the Bridge Tender Inn being allowed to increase the number of seats permitted at its outdoor Dockside Bar to 120. The board voted 3-2 in favor of recommending approval of the request, with Lynch and Andrew Mincieli in opposition. The City Commission later approved the increased seating.

Lynch acknowledged that board members can convey their individual opinions directly to city commissioners during commission meetings, but he doesn’t think they should have to do that. Burns said board members should not be asked to vote on additional remarks being added to the minutes without first being reviewed by the clerk’s office to see if they accurately reflect what occurred. “I have no problem with what got stated in the meeting to be included in the minutes, but to take a recollection after the fact and ask that that be placed into the minutes? That’s one person’s recollection. I’d prefer, since we have audio, to let the city clerk’s office take it directly off the audio, ask her to include that item into the meeting minutes. Everybody remembers them differently,” Burns said. Board member Bill Morrow said he was surprised Lynch’s comments were not included in the minutes and they should have been.

He just wanted to sell grouper sandwiches Adam Ellis opened the Blue Marlin restaurant on Bridge Street seven years ago. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON BEACH – It began with a simple dream, and it grew to be a popular restaurant serving fresh seafood made from time-tested local recipes. Adam Ellis talked about his Blue Marlin restaurant on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Friends of the Island Library’s travel and lecture series. Ellis said feeding people runs in his family. His grandfather ran a diner, and his grandmother baked

Archway cookies. Ellis moved to Florida when he was 10, living with a number of different relatives. His father, who was a mechanic for a Chrysler dealer- Ellis ship, taught him how to use tools. As he got older, he got to know Marianne Norman, daughter of Holmes Beach Realtor Mike Norman. The Normans owned the property on Bridge Street where the Blue Marlin is currently located. “After I graduated from high school, I moved to Hawaii for a while,” he said. “I finally moved back to Florida and got reacquaint-

ed with Marianne.” They got married, and they each held down three jobs to make ends meet. They made some plans for the future. “I wanted a son, and we got one,” he said. “Marianne was making better money than I, so I took time off to raise my son.” He also worked on the buildings on the lot where his restaurant would be located. There was the main building and the shop. It was a welding shop and a coffee shop. “I just wanted to sell grouper sandwiches from my shop” he said. One hundred days after he signed the lease on the property, he

opened the Blue Marlin. As for the menu, he learned about the different kinds of fish from his brother-in-law, who is a commercial fisherman. The recipes and menu were put together from friends and relatives, and they opened Nov. 17, 2011. “We served 17 people that first night,” he said. “Now, the Blue Marlin is something we can be proud of.” Incidentally, the Blue Marlin was named after hi son, Marlin. Ellis keeps his eyes on what’s important in the food industry. “It’s all about the food and the people.”



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PLANE: Creates buzz on Island FROM PAGE 1


Coquina sunset The sun sets recently near a lifeguard station in Coquina Beach.

Future lacrosse players? Two youngsters play catch in the kids zone Saturday at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society's Heritage Day celebration.

a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft; (c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure. • §103.9, Hazardous operations. (a) No person may operate any ultralight vehicle in a manner that creates a hazard to other persons or property. • §103.15, Operations over congested areas. No person may operate an ultralight vehicle over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons.


The plane’s website shows photos and videos of the plane taking off and landing on the Palma Sola Causeway, a state road and right of way and a designated scenic highway, with regulations about advertising and commercial activity, said Ingrid McClellan, of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity. The organization is investigating Air Adventures, better known as 1-833-lets-fly. “You can’t do a walk-up business. If they are selling online, and it’s reserved and paid for online it’s allowed, but they can’t walk up and spend X amount of dollars for a ride,” she said, noting that the Surferbus and BeachHorses operating on the causeway do not violate the regulations. Scenic Highway officials are drafting a letter expressing concern to the Bradenton Police Department, which has jurisdiction over the causeway, McClellan said.


BILL: To eliminate vacation rental regs fails FROM PAGE 1

Rosa’s bill was already in peril because of two recently added amendments pertaining to sexual predators and offenders that would have placed significant notification and monitoring requirements on vacation rental owners and operators. La Rosa’s amended bill was not scheduled for discussion at the House’s Feb. 26 Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) and no more committee meetings have been scheduled for the 2018 legislative session that is scheduled to end Friday, March 9. As recently amended, La Rosa’s bill still did not match Steube’s bill regarding the state being given all regulatory responsibility for vacation

rentals. As it did in 2017, La Rosa’s original bill simply said, “A local law, ordinance or regulation may regulate activities that arise when a property is used as a vacation rental provided such regulation applies uniformly to all residential properties without regard to whether the property is used a vacation rental.” In order for legislation to become state law, matching bills must be adopted by the House and Senate and then signed by the Governor. According to Perry, Ramba was under the impression that Gov. Rick Scott did not support Steube’s legislation that would have subjected the state to additional regulatory responsibilities and staffing needs.

The plane has landed illegally on the Gulf beach, Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer told Holmes Beach commissioners last week. While the pilot and plane are both licensed, he said, police will be monitoring his flights and using decibel meters to determine whether he is violating the Holmes Beach noise ordinance. Tokajer said the pilot told him he plans to pick up passengers at the Kingfish Boat Ramp, instead of at the Palma Sola Causeway or the east side of the Manatee Avenue bridge at the northern kayak launch. Kingfish Boat Ramp is a Manatee County park leased from the Florida Department of Transportation, and while it is policed by the Holmes Beach Police Department, no specific city ordinances ban picking up passengers there, City Attorney Patricia Petruff told commissioners. Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach officials have not yet publicly discussed the issue. - Kristin Swain contributed to this report

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2/17, found property, trespass warning, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd. While on beach patrol, the deputy located subjects sleeping on the beach. She issued trespass warnings to each. She also found a bag of leafy green material that nobody claimed to own, and she confiscated it for disposal.


2/20, burglary, 2400 Avenue A. A television and fishing gear were stolen. 2/20, burglary to a vehicle, Coquina Reef, 205 Highland St. An unlocked truck was burglarized and the top to a convertible was sliced and burglarized. 2/20. Burglary, Tortuga Beach Resort, 1325 Gulf Drive N. A bike with accessories was stolen. 2/21, burglary to a vehicle, 1800 Gulf Drive N. A tool kit and the car’s Michigan registration were taken. 2/23, trespass warning, Circle K, 103 Gulf Drive S. The manager had the officer trespass a homeless man who was sleeping on a bench.

OBITUARIES Winifred 'Winnie' Dahlquist Winifred “Winnie” Dahlquist, age 92, passed away Feb. 22, 2018. She is predeceased by her husband and love of her life Henry “Hank” Dahlquist Sr. She is survived by her five children, Henry “Hank” Jr., Dianne Linsenman, David “Fritz”, Kristin Mead and Douglas “Doug”, along with 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Winnie grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with her parents and two sisters. She graduated from Denison University, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta and where she met her beloved Hank. They married in 1948 and began their life together in Birmingham, Mich. She was an active member in her community and in charitable organizations. She and Hank were founding members of their church, Nativity Episcopal Church. In 1970 she and Hank decided to “paint their wagon” and moved to Anna Maria Island, bringing along three of their five kids, with the other two


2/16, Baker Act, 4400 123rd Street West. The subject behaved erratically and was taken to Cornerstone for treatment. 2/16, petit theft, 12400 block of Cortez Road West. A license tag was stolen from a vehicle. 2/21, burglary to unoccupied conveyances, Holiday Cove RV Resort, 11900 Cortez Road W. Three boats in the water were burglarized.


2/16, soliciting, 3800 Gulf Drive beach. The officer responded to a report of an ultra-light aircraft landing in the water near beach goers. He interviewed the pilot, who was distributing brochures to people about riding in the ultra-light. The officer issued the pilot a written warning. 2/18, illegal use of fireworks, 4000 Gulf Drive, county beach access. The officer was called to the location on reports of gunshots. He saw a man holding fireworks. The officer told him to stop. The suspect said an unknown man had given him permission to shoot fireworks. The officer educated the man on the law and wrote him a summons to appear in court. 2/19, driving with a suspended license with knowledge, 700 Manatee Ave. The officer

soon to follow. Family was extremely important to her, and she was always so happy to have all of her children nearby. She was a person who never had a bad day, or at least never let it be shown when she did. Everyone who knew her remembers she always had a smile on her face. She was the first generation in her family to be a working mom and enjoyed careers in human resources at Palmetto Federal, public relations at Manatee Community Blood Bank, and administration at Manatee Diagnostic Center. She continued to work into her 80s, because she loved the interaction with the people with whom she worked. As an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, she was a participant and lay speaker for Cursillo Retreats, a participant in Marriage Encounter, and was a longtime Stephen’s minister. She was also involved in many study groups and outreach programs, and as she did in every church she ever attended, she sang in the choir. The family wants to express their deep appreciation to the staff of Freedom Village and Tidewell Hospice for their loving care of mom. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at Christ Episcopal Church,



clocked the suspect at 59 mph in a 25 mph zone. He gave the driver a summons. 2/19, larceny, theft, Sea Pirate, 3303 Gulf Drive. Two fishing rods, two bags and fishing gear were stolen from the condo front patio. 2/19, trespass warning, 2900 block of Avenue E. The property owner said he observed the subject walk through his yard after jumping a fence. The officer found the subject and gave him a trespass warning. 2/22, driving without a license, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer observed a car in the Manatee Public Beach parking lot after hours. As he approached the vehicle, the lights came on and the driver started to leave. The officer stopped him and he failed to produce a driver’s license, only an I.D. The subject said he was taking the passenger in the car home. He was arrested. 2/22, driving without a license, warrant arrest, 500 Manatee Ave, The officer ran a computer check on the driver, and it showed he had no licence. The officer also found out the subject was wanted on a warrant for attempted murder. He was arrested. 2/22, alcohol on the beach, 50th Street access. The officer was dispatched to the beach on a complaint of a loud party with alcohol. He fond the

individuals and issued citations. 2/23, camping, Kingfish Boat Ramp, 752 Manatee Ave. The officer found two males in hammocks in the trees. They said they were sailboaters who slept there while their boat was being repaired. They were ticketed and told to move on. 2/23, DUI, 5800 block of Maria Drive. The officer was dispatched to the area on a report of a careless driver. He spotted a man who was driving carelessly in a Mercury. The officer pulled him over and spotted signs of intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and refused to give a breath sample. He was arrested. 2/25, spousal battery, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia, 100 block of 50th Street. The officer was dispatched to the location on a report of two people yelling at each other. He found them in their driveway. Another officer joined the first, and they each interviewed one of the subjects. The female said they had been arguing all day and she wanted to leave, but the male would not give her the keys because she was intoxicated. While arguing, she slapped him. The male had some marijuana in a pipe in his pants and said he had a prescription for it in another state. Both parties were arrested and taken to jail.

4030 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to The Alzheimer’s Association or Tidewell Hospice. Condolences may be given online at www.

Bradenton Beach. He and his wife were snowbirds and have spent more than 20 years wintering in Bradenton. On Nov. 21, 1959, he married Betty A. Conner, who survives. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Kathleen Rupprecht (Charles), of Houston and Michele Senay (Stanley), of Washington; three grandchildren, Jessica Fletcher (Mike), Kaitlyn Rupprecht and William Christopher Senay; great-granddaughter, Audrey Fletcher; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are three brothers, Robert H. Jr., Walter T. and James T. McDowell and two sisters, Lois Mirisciotta and Marilyn Gideon. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, in McIlvaineSpeakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, with the Rev. Susan Petritis officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Gerald C. 'Jerry' McDowell Gerald C. “Jerry” McDowell, 79, of Washington, formerly of Houston, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, following a two-week illness. He was born Aug. 4, 1938, in Washington, a son of Robert H. and Catherine Marcella Kerrigan McDowell. Mr. McDowell was a 1958 graduate of Washington High School and was a graduate of Connelly Night School for plumbing in Pittsburgh. He worked for John Bruno Plumbing and retired from Chapman Corp. in Washington, where he had worked for more than 30 years. Mr. McDowell was a 50-year member of Plumbers Local 27 in Pittsburgh. His other memberships included Houston Independent Club, American Legion Post 175 in Washington and Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188 in




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A coin toss put Bins Be Clean on top Brianna Shaughnessy’s Lancaster Design has a roster built for victory. The record does not show how competitive the team has been all season, with many close losses. The semi-final games are set for Thursday, March 8, with Beach Bums playing Lancaster Design at 7:30 p.m. and Moss Builders challenging CABB Cleaning at 8:30 p.m. Bins Be Clean will play the winner of the quarterfinal battle between Beach Bums and Lancaster Design. The victor of the other early round playoff game putting Moss Builders against CABB Cleaning will play Beach House Real Estate in the semi-finals on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. The playoffs always set the stage for surprise winners. It is any team’s championship to win.


Team Bins Be Clean, led by captain Ray Gardner, finished the regular season of the adult co-ed flag football league at the top of the rankings with a flip of a coin. Don Purvis’ Beach House Real Estate team matched Bins Be Clean in the win-loss columns after eight games. Bins Be Clean’s forfeit against Beach House split the head-to-head match-up record, leading to a tied record for the two teams. After an eventful night of flag football, with close games between Moss Builders versus Beach House Real Estate and Lancaster Design versus Beach Bums, The Center’s Recreation Director Will Schenerlein’s coin flip decided league’s playoff bracket to finish the season. Bins Be Clean’s win was attributed to an amazing leaping onehanded catch by Chad Woods with two strong defenders on the long pass of Ray Gardner. Holly Belton’s own touchdown reception and extra point conversion contributed to her team’s victory. The team’s add-on Chris Culhane, replacing injured Adam Mott, used his speed to sack and rattle CABB Cleaning’s quarterback Jason Sato. KB Belton put important reception and throwing stats on the board for Bins Be Clean. Joey Carder’s snaps under center gave Gardner added flexibility on the field, allowing him to run or pass to winning yardage. Lexi Sato’s untimely injury took her out of the game for CABB before halftime. Her absence on


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the field was felt as her teammates worked hard to try to keep the game close with five men on the field. Beach House Real Estate maintained a lead and pulled out the win against Moss Builders with touchdowns by Jesse Griffin and Andrew Terman. Extra point conversion receptions by Terman and Leah Purvis put critical points on the scoreboard, causing Moss Builders to fight for every yard in hopes of

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getting into the end zone. Despite touchdowns and extra points by Moss Builders, including scoring receptions and runs after by Lane Burnett, Jacob Berger and a key reception by Emily Moss. The Ryan Moss-Jon Moss chemistry just could not make the difference for the Moss Builders team last Thursday night. In a nail biter, Beach Bums onepoint victory over Lancaster Design gave them five wins for the season.


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Learning together

The One Blood donation bus will be parked the Island Branch Library parking at 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Forty Carrots, a parenting program, will have a session at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, on Friday, March 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. Parents need to register for this class by calling 941778-6341.

Writers meet The Gulf Coast Writers will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 7, from 12:45 to 2:45 a.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-6341 for more information. SAM SAMUELS | SUBMITTED

AMI horseshoe pitcher medalists The Anna Maria Island horseshoe group won several medals in the Gulf Coast Games for Life held at Bray Park on Feb. 15. Front row, left to right, Sam Samuels (Gold), Dom Livedoti (Gold), John Crawford (Bronze), Bob Palmer (Gold). Back row, left to right, Neil Hennessey (Silver), Jay Disbrow (Bronze), Gene Bobeldyke (Gold), Gary Howcroft (Silver), Bob Rowley.

Horseshoe happenings On Feb. 28, four teams met in the knockout round after each went 3 and 0 during pool play. Gary Howcroft and Bob Lee took out Tom Farrington and Jerry Disbrow 24 to 8, while Tennessee Bob and Dan Belden edged out Steve Hooper and Steve Shue 21 to 17. In the final, Howcroft and Lee stayed hot winning 22 to 6 over Tennessee Bob and Belden to earn the days bragging rights. Three teams went 3 and 0 on March 3 and met in a playoff. Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe drew the bye. Myles Macleod and Dom Livedoti moved into the final with a 21 to 15 win over Tom Farrington and Steve Doyle. Macleod and Livedoti dominated the final with a 23 to 11 victory over Mason and Huyghe and earned a trip to the winner's circle.

Veterans’ help available

Help for helpers There will be a meeting of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group at the Island Branch Library, 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Call 941778-6341 for more information.

Paper fun

A representative from Veterans’ Services will be at the Island Branch Library, 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 8 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 8. Veterans with questions may talk with him. For more information, call 941-778-6341.

The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will host a free Origami Mini Convention with teacher Judy Pruett from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

Meet the authors

Story time at the library

Bob Bachner and Marie Corbett will be at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. They will discuss, sell and sign their books. For more information, call 941-778-6341.

Preschool story time is a favorite of kids and their parents at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Tuesday, March 13. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

Egmont Key discussion Members of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will discuss the history and future og Egmont Key, located in the mouth of Tampa Bay, on Thursday, March 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. The discussion is free. Call 941778-6341 for more information.

Tortoise talks The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will discuss gopher tortoises, that live underground on Tuesday, March 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. It’s free. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.




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BEACH YOGA ON Saturdays & Sundays at 8:30am at the end of Pine Ave by the Sandbar Restaurant by donation. www. THE BEST VOLUNTEER position on the island. The AMI Historical Museum needs docents and bread makers. Call Lynn at 813758-3234 or lbrennan47@ ROSER FOOD BANK needs donations of cash and non-perishable food. Donations boxes are located at the Church, Moose Club, and Walgreen’s.

BABY SITTER RED CROSS CERTIFIED baby sitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel 941-5457995

BOATS: SALES & RENTALS BOATS ARE SELLING Very Well. I Also Buy Boats. “Business On A Hand Shake”. Island Boat Sales. Dave/ Owner 941-228-3489 BOAT DOCK for RENT in Holmes Beach. 16,000 lb lift. Deep Water. Call 941-518-3682

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

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

THOMPSON CLEANING SERVICE CommercialResidential-Marine. Island Based Company. Seasonal Deep Cleaning-Weekly-Occasional. Call for Free Estimate. 317-908-9483

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AUTHORITY ONE SERVICES. Residential/Commercial/Vacation Rentals & Construction Cleaning. Also Power Washing, Windows, Paver Sealing & Roof Cleaning. Ask about your Senior Citizens Discount Call 941-251-5948 or 941565-3931

COMMERCIAL SALES ANNA MARIA ISLAND 4-sale Resorts Bradenton Bch *5 units $1,048,800 *13 units $4,999,000 *9300 Sq. Ft. Ware-house, Machine Shop heavy duty elect or Car Storage, So Many Possibilities. Near SRQ Airport $595,000 Island Real Estate Ask Alan Galletto 941-232-2216

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


HELP WANTED 3 POSITIONS AVAILABLE. Full time night cashier, part time nightcashier/cashier assistant. Part time Deli position. Please apply in person at Jessie's Island Store 5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. See Jimmy or April for more details. FULL TIME or PART TIME. Cook for PM shift. Experience preferred. Small family Sports Pub. Solo's Pizza. Call 941-962-4491 PART TIME RETAIL SALES Enjoy working in a Women’s Boutique on Anna Maria Island. We are looking for a mature individual with Retail Experience in Women’s Clothing. Experienced in opening and closing a store, great customer interaction, responsible for prepping displays, and operating Clover system not needed but will be willing to learn. Please have resume, and references available. Call Jo-Ann 941-896-4848

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


ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open 9:30am-2pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. 10am1pm Saturday Donations preferred 9am-11am Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Phone 941-779-2733 YARD SALE in CORTEZ PARK. Large Tent Saturday March 10. 8am-1pm. Old & New Treasures. Near the Cortez Bridge and Tide Tables.


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. FENCING, CAN'T GET ANYBODY? Wood, Vinyl. New or Repair. Call Richard. Free Estimates. 941-448-3571 Bespoke Services.



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

AMI VACANT HOME CHECK weekly visits to keep your vacant Island home secure! Report of each visit. I check all systems & building security. Founded in 2012. 20+ year Island resident 941-685-8999 amivacanthomecheck@


TILE! TILE! TILE! All variations of tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship. Prompt, reliable, many Island references. Free estimates. Neil 941-726-3077 RENOVATION SPECALIST ALL carpentry repairs, Wash Family Construction, locally owned and operated CBC 1258250 Call 941-7250073. KERN CONSTRUCTION NEW Homes & Remodel. Design/Build. Since 1968. License # CRC1327296. Call Jerry Kern 941-7781115 WALY PRECISION PAINTING: painting, drywall, stucco, and remodeling, commercial/residential, licensed & insured. Call 941-448-1928 or 941-4656324 DECKOUT MASTER CARPENTER Everything Patio & Dock Decking Work Repair, Replace, Maintenance Work, Cleaning, Treatments, New Decks. Also Handyman/Painting work to home or office. Call RICHARD Bespoke Service 941-448-3571 Island Resident.

ARTISAN DESIGN TILE and MARBLE. Quality craftsmanship since 1983. Bathrooms, Flooring, Backsplashes. Local on the island. Call Don at 941-9936567

LANDSCAPING & LAWN CARE R. GAROFALO’S Interlocking brick pavers, driveways, patios, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed & Insured. Call Rafael 941-778-4823 or Veronik 941-526-7941 SHELL DELIVERED AND spread $55/yd. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770 STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in Old Florida Seashell driveways and scapes. Also Rock, Mulch, & Soil. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark 941-301-6067

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: NORMS TOWING gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 04/11/2018, 09:00 am at 1855 63RD AVENUE E. BRADENTON, FL 34203, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. NORMS TOWING reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1G6KD52Y8TU242242 1996 CADILLAC 1GNDS13S332408796 2003 CHEVROLET 1HFSC1807TA003279 1996 HONDA 1J4GK58K52W232762 2002 JEEP 1ZVFT82H475240973 2007 FORD 2G4WS52M7X1632165 1999 BUICK 2MEFM74W0WX694610 1998 MERCURY 2MEFM75WX2X657833 2002 MERCURY 3GNFK16R5XG222014 1999 CHEVROLET 3GYFNCE3XDS650205 2013 CADILLAC 4T1BF18B1WU279085 1998 TOYOTA 5FNYF3H91FB017227 2015 HONDA JKAEXMJ198DA06607 2008 KAWASAKI JS1GR7JA252100384 2005 SUZUKI L9NTEACU5C1000949 2012 TAOI

LOST & FOUND FITBIT LOST THURSDAY February 22 on Bradenton Beach near Sandpiper heading south. Wristband is Plum color. Call 440901-8586. WATCH TURNED IN to the police department which was found on the beach. Turned in on Jan. 7th. Call Detective Brian Hall 941708-5800 ext 243. LOST 18" DIAMOND CHAIN NECKLACE with my grand mother's diamond in center – REWARD Call 267454-0725 FOUND WEDDING RING October 2 in Holmes Beach. To Rayburn with love Kathy. Call 941-900-8226 LOST ENGAGEMENT RING. Solitaire white gold. Lost on 10/22/2017. Call 770712-8819


LOST GOLD BRACELET with toggle clasp & charm with 50th anniversary engraved. Sentimental value. Lost in vicinity of Palm Ave. in Anna Maria. Call 407-8730078. LOST MY GRANDMOTHER'S gold wedding band (initials inside and date) at Coquina Beach area. Reward. Call 407-579-1621

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

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






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

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

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


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

INCREDIBLE NEW CONSTRUCTION Home on Pine Ave! Prime location to shops, restaurants, bay and beach! $1,995,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086


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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 LAST CHANCE! OWN Canal front home for less than $300K . Tropical Harbor, Ellenton. Call Robin Gulf Bay Realty 941-713-4515 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 26 years. Proven track record brings you results! 941-725-1589 AFFORDABLE WINTER RETREAT - $304,900 Furnished 2BR/1.5BA Condo. Just a short walk to Gulf, restaurants, bus stop, and AMI Elementary. No condo fee. Rental investment. Covered parking for 4 cars. Contact Jim Adamson, 941-920-0307, or Chrisi Adamson, 941-806-9562 Remax Alliance.


SPECTACULAR OVER SIZE Canal Front Corner Lot (canal on both sides) Access Tampa Bay with no bridges. Dock two boats, Seawalls of 80' and 108'. Build Dream Island Home exactly like you want or remodel existing building. Room for pool. $798,000. Call 860-922-3857.

REAL ESTATE: OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE WATERFRONT PROPERTY Saturday March 10. 1-4pm 8732 54th Ave W, Bradenton (Bay Hollow) individual boat docks, direct Gulf access from a private Marina, overlooking Tidy Island. 2BR/2BA second floor, cathedral ceiling, fireplace, walkin closets, large eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, extra storage room in attic, spacious screened and glass enclosed balcony/lanai, heated pool, covered parking, 10 min. to beach. 1 animal allowed, fully funded reserves. $299,000. Call 941-7271083 or 941-704-5967 or e-mail: Rikki.UW@

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OPEN HOUSE PERICO ISLAND 319 108th St. W. Bradenton. 34209 123pm Sunday March 11. MODEL home condition remodeled 2BR/2BA plantation blinds, new tile, new kitchen, new bathrooms Fantastic water views. $329,900. Call for showing today. Sharon Hightower RE/ MAX ALLIANCE GROUP 941-330-5054 OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY March 11, 123pm 11004 Perico Way. 3BR/2.5BA/2CG, master on the main, new kitchen, fireplace, high ceilings, patio, lanai, beautiful views of the water. Fish from your own yard. Lots of extra storage, $379,900. Sharon Hightower RE/ MAX ALLIANCE GROUP 941-330-5054

RENTALS: ANNUAL ANNUAL RENTALS WANTED! We have well qualified tenants for beach and mainland annual rentals, Full management or Finders fee. Call today for details. Ask for Ed DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304

ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact junew@ – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. ANNUAL AVAILABLE APRIL 1. 1BR/1BA Holmes Beach. $1000/mo. One block to Beach Call 847-769-6175

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 941704-7525 or 941-778-1915 2018 SEASONAL RENTALS Available: 2BR/1BA Gulf front from $3,850 per month, 2BR with sleeping loft from $3,850 per month. Three month minimum. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-778-0426 GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190

OLD FLORIDA AMI COTTAGE. N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria. 2BR/1BA monthly. Available October, November and December 2018. Call 201-704-8078 AVAILABLE WINTER SEASON 2018 and 2019; 2BR/2BA ground-level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Updated, flat-screen TV’s, must see! Anna Maria 941- 565-2373 VACATION RENTAL BOOK Now for January 2019. 2BR/2.5BA Condo. Heated pool & spa. Garage. AMI $1400/wk. January 5-26. Rent one, two or three weeks. Call 717-324-6695

RENTAL WANTED RENTAL WANTED ANNUALLY: Artists workspace Anna Maria Island or nearby w/sink/ water 917-545-0613 dehaanx2@tampabay. 917-843-1615

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

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