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Aqua by the Bay has a new twist County commissioners want more information on the vaguely-proposed high rises.


BRADENTON – Carlos Beruff’s Aqua by the Bay development will face additional county scrutiny because he wants to include up to two dozen 12-story condo buildings in the project previously known as Long Bar Pointe. Beruff’s high-rise intentions were disclosed during the sixhour County Commission land use meeting on Thursday, May 4, but some of the estimated 300 attendees already knew about these plans via social networking. Commission Chair Betsy Benac

brought the matter to light when she questioned a county staff report that incorrectly stated the developers were seeking permission to build one 145-foot building and one 75-foot building as part of their plans to develop 2,894 residential units and 78,000 square feet of commercial space. The developers need County Commission approval to exceed the existing 35-foot height limit. “I find it hard to believe you could accommodate the density proposed and only have two buildings that exceed 35-feet,” Benac said. “I think it’s accurate that we have two building types. I’ve

not read it to be two buildings,” Beruff’s attorney Ed Vogler said. Stephanie Moreland, the county’s principal planner, acknowledged the mistake. “I think it was an error on staff’s behalf that we picked that up as being two buildings,” Moreland said of the report that expressed staff support for the project. In April, the Planning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend County Commission approval of the developers’ requests. County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino asked if planning commissioners see aqua, page 29

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Hunters Point development launched Hunters Point plans include hotels and small, high-end cottage-style homes with decks for outdoor living that can be used as vacation rentals. BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

CORTEZ – The developer of Mirabella in northwest Bradenton has launched the second major development in the past year and a half in Cortez, Hunters Point Resort and Marina. Marshall Gobuty purchased the property for $10 million in 2016 with his former business partner, Eric Grimes. Neither will discuss the dissolution of the Florida Land Enterprises partnership, but Grimes is no longer involved with the project. The largely vacant,17.8-acre property at 12444 Cortez Road W. includes canals on three sides that lead to the Intracoastal Waterway and has a working marina, which will be a focal point of the development. One canal borders the northeast edge of the proposed 1,800-home Peninsula Bay development planned by Manatee Fruit Co. President Whiting Preston, who had discussed connecting the canal to Palma Sola Bay through Peninsula Bay to provide for better water circulation, Grimes told The Sun last year. see hunters, page 26


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Hunters Point has “taken a fresh approach to traditional cracker cottage style architecture. We’ve blended the best of the old with the best of the new to give a nostalgic, yet refined, look and feel,” according to the website, www. The cottages are “designed to complement the village of Cortez, only newly constructed so that the homes meet all current regulations, including flood zone elevation.”



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Vacation rental bills fail The Island cities have retained their rights to regulate vacation rentals for at least another year.

Now is the time to look clearly at the lessons learned and to be prepared to take up the fight again.”


Ruth Uecker Anna Maria resident


TALLAHASSEE – It came down to the final hours of the final day of state legislature’s regularly-scheduled 60day session, but Sen. Greg Steube’s vacation rental bill, SB 188, died without a final vote Friday night. And Rep. Mike La Rosa’s House bill, HB 425, died with it. Earlier in the week, Steube got his bill amended so it resembled the La Rosa bill that would have mandated that any vacation rental regulations adopted after 2011 would have to be applied equally to all residential properties. This would have essentially prevented the cites of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach from enforcing their existing regulations. Preserving the legislative compromise reached in 2014 also means the Bradenton Beach Commission can continue its efforts to modify and activate


Freshman State Sen. Greg Steube from Sarasota was unsuccessful in getting his vacation rental bill adopted by his Senate peers. the dormant Quality of Life Ordinance adopted in 2015. All three Island cities hired lobbyists this year to fight the rental bills. Throughout the week, elected officials and Island residents tuned into the

Florida Senate website to see if the Senate bill would be amended and adopted to match the more restrictive House bill. On Friday afternoon, Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said, “Hopefully they’ll take the graceful way out and just let it die gracefully.” Shearon’s wish came true when the regular session ended later that night without a vote on SB 188. At 9:22 p.m., Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy sent out an e-mail that said, “Sen. Steube's vacation rental bill died of natural causes tonight. Now we can prepare ourselves for next year. We know who we can count on and who is against us. We’ve heard all their arguments; we know all their tactics.” On Saturday, Murphy said, “I’m

very pleased Sen. Steube’s attempt to destroy local home rule died on the Senate floor. I extend the city’s heartfelt thanks to all the residents who supported us; and a special thanks to Senator Bill Galvano and Jack Latvala for their efforts last week in preserving our home rule.” Anna Maria Commissioner Carol Carter said, “I believe the bill sponsors realized they would fail if it came to a vote given the groundswell of opposition generated by cities large and small, letters from the residents, the work of the lobbyists and” Anna Maria resident Ruth Uecker said, “I am so proud to have been part of the Island community that stood see billS, page 5




in brief

Memorial Day ceremony planned The city of Anna Maria will host a Memorial Day ceremony in the City Pier Park on Monday, May 29, at 10 a.m. The plans include a color guard from the Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office, a bag piper, a trumpeter from AMI Concert Chorus and Orchestra, a veterans’ recognition and a guest speaker from the U.S. Naval War College, Commander Michael J. Riordan, an active duty officer and a vet of Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pier design firm on Anna Maria agenda The Thursday, May 11, the Anna Maria City Commission meeting will include commission discussion on whether the city wishes to retain WGI as the design and permitting firm for the rehabilitation of the Anna Maria City Pier. Mayor Dan Murphy will provide what is expected to be his final lobbyist update, now that the state legislature’s regular session has ended. City Attorney Becky Vose will present any new Bert Harris claim settlement offers she has prepared, and the 6 p.m. meeting will begin with general public comment.

Health care costs increasing The Bradenton Beach Commission learned last week that the city’s health care costs obtained through United Healthcare are increasing by 5.5 percent, which equates to an increase of approximately $19,000. The increase will bring the annual cost of medical coverage provided to city employees up to approximately $363,000. “This is one fine benefit for employees. The employees pay 7.5 percent and the city pays 92 percent and change,” Mayor Bill Shearon said.

Corrections The young man who recently spoke in support of The Center at a Anna Maria Commission meeting was named Colton. His name was misspelled in last week’s Sun. The Florida Department of Transportation hearing on Cortez Road will be held on Tuesday, May 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cortez Road Baptist Church, 4411 100th St. W., in Bradenton. The day of the hearing was wrong in last week’s Sun.

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Walking toward the finish line

D Coy Ducks Bar is hosting a fundraiser on May 21 to help JD White. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH — One of Anna Maria Island’s most recognizable personalities needs your help to keep walking toward his goals. JD White, a Holmes Beach resident, is trying to raise funds to help pay for a device to keep him walking. To help White in his quest to raise the $10,000 to purchase two WalkAides, D Coy Ducks Bar is hosting a May 21 fundraiser party. The party from 2 to 5 p.m. includes live music, a 50-50 raffle, food and raffles. At press time for The Sun, $2,300 already had been raised using GoFundMe, an online fundraising site. The online fundraiser was begun by Buster Powers. The WalkAide works to stimulate leg muscles to help patients like JD who suffers from cerebral palsy, which can lead to drop foot, a condition where the front part of the foot and toes do not lift without assistance. The WalkAide device straps to the calf and uses functional electrical stimulation to help the muscles work better and return lost mobility to the foot. If White is able to get two of the devices, one for each leg, he said he would be able to walk with better posture, less pain and, most importantly, without the cumbersome metal braces he’s worn for most of his life. White has been working with physical therapist Jason Grabiak of On the Go Therapy Services for two weeks using a loaned device to judge its effectiveness. Grabiak said the device

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JD White hangs out on his bicycle May 4 with his physical therapist Jason Grabiak of On the Go Therapy Services, Inc. is helping to strengthen White’s leg muscles and assist with his posture which helps relieve some of the pressure on his knees. “I’m already a lot better,” White said. “It’s crucial to get the WalkAides now,” Grabiak said. Without the WalkAide devices, White will have to begin wearing the leg braces again, which don’t allow his feet to move

and would undo much of the progress made in his therapy sessions. Community members can help show their support for White by coming out to D Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, May 21 or by visiting his GoFundMe page at https://

Japanese fish painting class Brenda Alcorn is teaching a gyotaku workshop at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach, on Friday, May 19, from noon to 4 p.m. Gyotaku is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing dated from the mid 1800s. This form of nature printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own. A real fish is used in this technique with etching ink. After the fish is inked, it is printed onto fine Japanese paper. More than one print can be placed on the

paper. The process includes cleaning the fish, sealing up parts that may leak onto the paper and making a tampo, which is used to put the ink on the fish. Alcorn will supply all necessary supplies for the exception of an awl which possibly can be found in any hardware store. Class size is limited to eight students, and the cost is $45 per student. Scholarships may be available. Call the Art League at 941-778-2099 for more information. Students must pre-register by calling the League or in person, Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Bert Harris claims mount in Holmes Beach Holmes Beach receives 20 more Bert Harris claims. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

The number of Bert Harris claims in Holmes Beach is continuing to climb without an end in sight. Fourteen claims arrived May 3 at city hall with most citing occupancy as an issue. Three cite problems with the city’s ordinances governing construction limits for vacation rentals, including the living area ratio and maximum of four bedrooms per structure or two bedrooms per duplex unit as reason for filing. Combined, the 14 claims represent $13,434,000 in requests for compensation in lieu of relief. The city received six claims April 27, each citing the city’s occupancy limit as an issue. Occupancy in vacation rentals is limited to two people per bedroom or six people total, whichever is



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greater. The total amount of relief requested equals $2,435,000 in claims. The 20 new claims bring the total number of Bert Harris claims in the city to 53 as of press time for The Sun, representing more than $20 million in claims. Three of those claims have made it to court, ending in favor of the city. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson has received summons for two others to be heard by the Manatee County Circuit Court. Once a claim is received, the city has 150 days to respond. So far, city leaders have opted to respond in favor of established ordinances, refusing to offer a compromise or grant petitions for relief. Commissioners planned to discuss how to deal with the influx of Bert Harris claims in the city May 9 during a work session meeting.

opposed to Sen. Steube and Rep. La Rosa’s proposals to take away our home rule. We were fortunate to have our mayors and commissioners stand up and fight with us to keep what was and is our right to manage our cities in a way that benefits us all. "We cannot, however, stand still and simply think the fight is over. This issue of home rule will be challenged again. Now is the time to look clearly at the lessons learned and to be prepared to take up the fight again.” Bradenton Beach Commissioner Jake Spooner said, “Following and fighting this bill was a great learning experience. I’m glad we retained our ability to implement reasonable ordinances to address vacation rental annoyances and protect the quality of life for our residents.” Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor John Chappie said, “It’s great, but it’s unfortunate we had to go through this again, worrying about the state trying to tell local communities what they should

I couldn't be happier that the attempts to strip cities of their right to regulate vacation died a well-deserved death." Jean Peelen Holmes Beach commissioner

and shouldn’t do. My guess is this is going to come up again next year.” Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen said, “I couldn’t be happier that the attempts to strip cities of their right to regulate vacation rentals died a welldeserved death. I hope this death was particularly painful for Sen. Steube and Rep. Jim Boyd.”




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FEATURED LETTER Consider project's impact


attended my first Manatee County Board of Commissioners meeting on May 4 where Carlos Beruff's Aqua by the Bay team made their land use presentation. I was appalled when the board's staff made their recommendation to approve the request even though many questions were not answered. It seems that they lack any understanding of the history and economics connected to this part of Sarasota Bay and the commercial fishing Village of Cortez. The Beruff team described 145foot buildings, but the number of buildings was left undetermined as that would be "market driven", with their resulting landscapes of "spikes" creating an interesting landscape indeed. They described the project as a "thriving and unique community" where the use of area roads would actually decrease because the residents would stay within their gated confines with all the amenities they included. Their graphics of the "meandering tidal lagoon" purported to show how the mangrove growth would be disrupted (or not be disrupted.) Several times, a commissioner asked how their boats would get to Sarasota Bay or the Gulf of Mexico, but this question was left unanswered. It was said that this issue was not included in this request. Thankfully, the Manatee County commissioners have decided to refer the controversial Aqua by the Bay development back to the planning commission due to a miscommunication of the number of buildings proposed. My hope is that the commissioners and their staff seriously look at the impact that this proposed project will have on the overall quality of life in this unique coastal area of Florida. Carol Alt Bradenton

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Uphold moratorium

We were surprised and concerned to learn of a UPS store possibly leasing the location of the Contract Postal Station in Holmes Beach since that location will be closing as of June 30, 2017. Mayor Johnson approached Island Mail & More a few weeks ago to see if our pack and ship store would be able to take over the USPS contract. We were fully prepared to investigate taking over the contract but the USPS said they could not consider it unless we were willing to sever our contract with FedEx and UPS. Since there is very little profit in U.S. mail, it would not be a wise business decision to limit our shipping options for our customers. While Eric and I are saddened that the contract station is closing, there are other solutions for the post office boxes; move some to the Bridge Street Post Office, some to the Anna Maria Post Office, start home delivery for some or rent a mail box at Island Mail & More. From what we've learned, it seems that UPS would be able to come in and take over the contract, but that would not be approved, either, by the USPS and would not be a viable option to save the mail boxes. They would simply offer U.S. mail and mail boxes like we do. While we understand the need for S & S Plaza to rent that space, the leasing manager said he has had many inquiries for that location. We are confident there is another business that can move into that spot, which would not cannibalize our business. Island Mail & More has been in operation for almost 17 years and we have owned it almost four years. We are not afraid of competition but there is not enough business on the Island to support two pack and ship

stores. We chose to move from Baltimore and purchase a business on the Island due to the family feel and mom and pop business environment. We believe that since we already offer UPS as a service, a franchise store would be unnecessary and redundant. We are respectfully asking that the mayor and commissioners uphold the current moratorium on formula businesses and prevent a franchise UPS store from moving onto the Island. Thank you for speaking with us and listening to our concerns regarding this issue. We expect to be a part of the Island community for many years to come and look forward to a resolution to this matter. Rebecca and Eric St.Jean Island Mail & More Holmes Beach

Tour thank-yous Congratulations to the Tour of Homes Committee on the success of the 24th Annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes The Tour of Homes is a uniquely special event that opens the doors to some of the Island’s most beautiful homes for individuals from all over Florida. It welcomes them to enjoy a taste of coastal living and our beautiful Island lifestyle. It’s a community wide effort with leadership provided by this year’s amazing Tour of Homes organizing committee, which worked tirelessly alongside the dedicated volunteers to make the Tour so successful. Over the past 24 years, the Tour has raised much needed revenue to support the youth programs and scholarships offered at The Center of Anna Maria Island. On behalf of the board of directors, the

Take The Sun Survey on Page 7. staff, the families and the children we serve, a heartfelt “thank you” to the Tour of Homes Committee, the talented “Eyeland Needlers” who created the Island’s treasured “The Mermaid’s Journey” quilt and those volunteer bakers and crafters who donated countless hours to making the “Island Tropical Treasures Boutique” a great shopping experience for all. The Tour itself lasts just six hours but takes countless hours of planning and wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the following: Thanks to our wonderful sponsors: quilt sponsor - Green Real Estate and Boutique sponsor, Duncan Real Estate. Thanks to all five gracious homeowners on the Tour: Ute Shaw and Shane Beggs, Valerie Tilelli, Sharon and Allan Steinbock, Rick and Lyn Puskas, and the Preston family. Thanks to all of the Tour booklet advertisers. Thanks to The Anna Maria Island Sun for its outstanding coverage. Thanks to Tour photographer, Jack Elka and to all of the wonderful volunteers who were inside the homes working their friendly magic, as well as outside managing parking. Also, thanks to the shuttle drivers and to CrossPointe Fellowship for lending their parking lot for our shuttle buses. Also, a huge thanks to The Waterfront Restaurant, Traveling Gourmet, EmpaCurious, and Bill Gartman of An Island Place Realty for all of their delicious food and drink offerings during the day in support of The Center. It was another successful Tour of Homes…we are so grateful to have such a supportive community. Lindsay Sauls Tour of Homes chair Events coordinator for The Center of Anna Maria Island


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the sun survey

on the agenda

PREVIOUS QUESTION: Do you favor additional funding from the three AMI cities to support the Center of Anna Maria Island (formerly the Community Center)?

Anna Maria

Holmes Beach

5/11: City Commission special meeting, 6 p.m. 5/25: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. For information, call 7086130.

5/18: Public Works Community Forum, 6 p.m. 5/23: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. 5/25: City Commission work session, 6 p.m. For information, call 7085800.


Yes. The Center is a vital part of Island life, history and culture and deserves our support.

10005 Gulf Drive.

Bradenton Beach

5801 Marina Drive.

107 Gulf Drive N.

5/11: Department Head meeting, 1 p.m. 5/18: City Commission meeting, 12 p.m. 5/23: Special City Commission workshop, CRA plan, 9:30 a.m. 5/23: City Commission workshop, 1 p.m. For information, call 7781005.


5/17: Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall, 2 p.m. 5/18: West Manatee Fire Rescue Commission meeting, administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m.

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No, The Center should make it on its own without tax dollar subsidies.

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Wednesday May 10

Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Brain health forum, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd floor, Longboat Key, 10 a.m., $10. Lunch provided. Reserve to maryannbrady@ or 941383-6493. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon to 12:45 p.m. $12. Space limited. Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Chess Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 4 p.m.

Thursday May 11

Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Mat pilates for beginners, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 to 10:45 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise. org or 941-383-6493. Reiki II with Virginia Steagall, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat

Key, second floor, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., $50. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. 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, 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase.

Friday May 12

Forty carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Bridge refresher class, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise. org or 941-383-6493. Alzheimer’s caregiver support group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday May 13

Master gardener tour, Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, 9 a.m. Reserve to 941-722-4524. Sun spotting, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th Street NW, Bradenton, 9 a.m. SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 10



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Robinson, museum among BP spill beneficiaries BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

CORTEZ – Manatee County wants to hear from the public on five programs it hopes to get approved for $6.3 million in RESTORE Act funding from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. RESTORE (Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States) Act funds are part of BP’s legal settlement of the spill. The disaster killed 11 people and leaked oil into the Gulf of Mexico from April 20 to July 15, killing fish, dolphins, sea turtles and birds, putting commercial fishermen out of business in five states and closing some northern Gulf coast beaches. While no oil hit local shorelines, closures in the Gulf kept Cortez commercial fishermen at the docks, fishing tournaments were cancelled, Manatee County emergency managers devised a plan to protect sensitive local

waters from oil with booms, county scientists began testing water for later comparison in case oil arrived, Bradenton Beach wildlife rescuers prepared for rescue missions, and protestors twice lined Anna Mara Island’s beaches wearing black and holding hands. The county experienced decreased sales tax receipts and resort tax collections that likely would have been received had the spill not occurred, according to Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department. “We owe it to the memory of the 11 lives lost in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and the untold environmental damages which followed to commit to building a resilient Gulf and understand the connections between a healthy environment and a healthy economy,” Hunsicker says in a video on the county’s website. The programs are:

Robinson Preserve

$871,000 in RESTORE Act

$225,000 would be used to renovate the interior of the Burton/ Bratton store and to build a replica of the boatshop with classrooms for the new Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez. Classes include net mending, fermenting, soapmaking and other traditional crafts.

Gulf Shellfish Institute


Nathan Meschelle demonstrates traditional net mending, one of the classes at the Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez. funds and $162,600 from other sources would be used to restore and protect Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton, which is visited by 375,000 people a year.

Natural Resources workforce development

$210,000 a year for 15 years would be used to develop classroom training programs

and mentorship opportunities for prospective natural resource managers.

Coastal watershed program

$125,000 a year for 15 years would be used to evaluate and improve water quality, especially in older areas of Manatee County.

Florida Maritime Museum

$100,000 would be used to promote locally-grown shellfish, including clams at Port Manatee and the Sea Farm to Table program. Following the public input period, May 8 to June 21, the Manatee County Commission will vote on the plan. If approved, it will be submitted for approval to the U.S. Treasury Department, which administers the program, and projects would begin in December with the last one finished in 2025. To make a comment, visit and click on “Feedback.”

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Park improvements sought for Fido Pet owners are petitioning city leaders to improve the city’s dog park. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH — This park may already have gone to the dogs, but that doesn’t mean improvements aren’t needed. Seven pet owners appeared before members of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee May 3 to ask for their assistance in planning an improved dog park. Some of the issues cited with the park include lack of space in both the small and large dog areas, lack of grass in the area which results in muddy paws after rain showers and the need for at least one more pavilion to provide shade for owners to relax while their playful pups romp in the sunlight. Commissioner Marvin Grossman, liaison to the committee, said he felt the owners coming to the city for help was “a little premature.” He, along with members of the parks and beautification committee, suggested the pet own-


A furry greeter welcomes visitors May 4 to the Holmes Beach large dog park, located adjacent to city field on Flotilla Drive. Pet parents hang out with their dogs in the shade of the pavilion May 4 at the large dog side of the Holmes Beach Dog Park. ers get together and present a unified plan to improve both the small and large dog sections of the park. Committee members put a presentation from the dog park users on their

October agenda. Following the May meeting, the committee began a four month hiatus for the summer. Committee Chair Jerry West suggested the dog park users create an informal

committee to develop a plan and “speak as one voice” in the fall in front of the parks and beautification committee. see FIDO, page 10


mark your calendar From Page 7

Origami, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Tea Party and Craft, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street W., Cortez, 2 to 4 p.m.

Monday May 15

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

Tuesday May 16

Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Duplicate bridge, Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 12:30 p.m. American contract bridge league, open pairs duplicate bridge games, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 1 to 4 p.m., $11 per game with snacks included. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Learn to knit, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Reserve to 941778-6341.

Wednesday May 17

Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class,

Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Photo management on your smartphone or tablet, Aging in Paradise Resourse Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd floor, Longboat Key, 10 to 11:30 a.m. $10. Reserve to or 941-383-6493. Gentle chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, noon to 12:45 p.m. $12. Space limited. Art for kids, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday May 18

Boomer Boot camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100. Mat pilates for beginners, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 to 10:45 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to or 941-3836493. Book club, “West With The Night,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10:15 a.m. Successful Women Aligning Together, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Members, $12, guests, $17. Reserve to swatami@ Knit and crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Jam in the Sand, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

FIDO: Park improvements sought FROM PAGE 9

“Bring us a plan, or at least a looseknit plan, instead of a problem,” committee member Zan Fuller said. Grossman said he felt the park users would receive support from city commissioners if a plan was presented and received the parks and beautification committee stamp of approval. Committee members agreed that some changes were needed in the park, but were unsure of how to make the best use of the space and meet the needs of both the pets, who enjoy the park, and their owners. “They’re the ones using it,” Fuller said. “They need to determine what works best for them.” The dog park users agreed to research and come up with a plan along with a proposed cost for the improvements to present to the committee when members begin meeting again in the fall. Grossman committed to bring the park to the attention of his fellow commissioners and help find funding

Bring us a plan, or at least a loose-knit plan, instead of a problem." Zan Fuller Committee member

for improvements if necessary. “We’ll raise funds if necessary,” he said.

MAY 10, 2017

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Kids to get watercolor summer Local artist Cory Wright will host a Wet and Wild with Watercolors class for 7- to 11-year-olds at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, from 9 to 11 a.m., from Monday, June 5, to Thursday, June 8. Students will explore fun, new techniques for drawing and mixing colors that will tap into and enhance their natural creativity. Projects include fun and engaging ways to paint landscapes, self-portraits, still-lifes and animals. Space is limited to 10 kids, so sign up now to reserve your space. The camp is $175 and includes the art supplies. Call Cory Wright at 813-758-7057 or e-mail her at for more information or to register.



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Kids’ day coming up The Island’s first law enforcement officer’s love for the local children will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Anna Maria Island Privateers at Snooks Adams’ Kids’ Day at Bayfront Park, 316 North Bay Boulevard, in Anna Maria. In 1954 former Holmes Beach Police Chief Willis “Snooks” Adams started the annual Kids Day celebration with only a dozen or so kids and a couple of pounds of hot dogs. They went to the beach to celebrate school summer vacation. When he retired in 1980 he handed the tradition over to the Privateers and they will again provide the hot dogs, chips and sodas. Domino’s Pizza also will help feed the youngsters. The food is free for the kids, and parents can have some for a contribution. In addition to food, there will be a treasure hunt, rat toss and other

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Little pirates at last year’s Snooks Adams’ Kid’s Day line up on the Anna Maria Island Privateers’ parade ship Skullywag. pirate games, as well as water balloon tosses, water pistol fights and a scavenger hunt. Don’t forget the pirate costume contest aboard the Privateers’ parade ship “Skullywag.” Every school age child is welcome

with their parents. The Privateers is a 501 c3 non-profit organization whose mission statement is “Pirates for Kids & Community.” For more on the group, log onto

Planning commissioners set vision for the future Holmes Beach planning commissioners will seek public input before giving city commissioners a recommendation for the city’s new vision statement. Planning commissioners, tasked

with developing a new Holmes Beach vision statement, spent a May 3 meeting determining how to best move forward with their charge. The decision made was to create a list of items to be included

in the vision statement then seek public input before presenting city commissioners with a proposed draft. The city’s current vision statement was adopted in 2002.

The Perfect Way to Spend Mother’s Day! Treat Mom to her special day in an oh-so-special way! Toes-in-the-sand dining on fresh, local seafood and farm-to-fork produce with spectacular views of the Gulf is the perfect way to spend Mother’s Day! Celebrate all the moms in your life – from moms-to-be to great grandmothers. Join us for brunch at the Sandbar or lunch and dinner at any one of our three award winning waterfront restaurants. Mom will thank you.

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Cooper makes campaign stop Republicans James Buchanan and William Robinson Jr. have also entered the District 71 House race. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

HOLMES BEACH – Civil engineer and third-term West Manatee Fire District Commissioner Randy Cooper is running for Jim Boyd’s seat on the House of Representatives, and he made a campaign stop in Holmes Beach last week. The Tuesday, May 2, campaign event was organized by Anna Maria resident Ruth Uecker and Holmes Beach resident Renee Ferguson, and it took place at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. “I’m really frustrated with what’s going on with the state legislature right now. People are being elected to office who aren’t representing the voters. I will listen to the residents of Anna Maria Island, west Bradenton and Sarasota County,” Cooper said before he addressed the crowd of 25 potential supporters. Cooper, a Democrat, said, “Don’t base your decision on the letter behind my name. Listen to what I have to say and look at my involvement with the area.” Cooper is a former National Guardsman who has also spent time working for the Southwest Florida

Water Management District. Having spent a great deal of time lately successfully working in opposition to a pair of failed vacation rental bills filed by Republicans, Uecker thanked folks for coming and said, “This is so important for all of us.” She then turned the floor over to restaurant owner Sean Murphy, who also serves as a Democratic precinct coordinator. Murphy stressed the importance of electing more Democrats to the state legislature. He also took a couple shots at Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan and his son, James, who is one of two Republicans who have filed run on the Republican side of the ticket. William Robinson Jr. also filed as a Republican candidate in the District 71 race. Robinson is an attorney with the Blalock Walters law firm. He also serves as a special master for the city of Bradenton Beach. Cooper spent about 45 minutes addressing the attendees and fielding their questions. He was a little short on campaign platform details at this early stage in the race, but he said preserving home rule for the Island cities would be a top priority if elected. To date, Cooper is the only Democrat who has filed to run for the House seat Boyd will vacate in the fall of 2018.









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Campaign event organizers Renee Ferguson and Ruth Uecker chat with District 71 candidate Randy Cooper and Democratic precinct coordinator Sean Murphy, shown from left to right.

I will listen to the residents of Anna Maria Island, west Bradenton and Sarasota County." Randy C:ooper State House of Representatives candidate




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Finding a good book is Paradise Found BY LOUISE BOLGER SUN STAFF WRITER


here are few beach activities that surpass reading a good book in the shade of a striped umbrella with the aqua Gulf water tickling your toes and the soft breeze tickling you nose. It may sound corny, but you know I’m right, and whoever created the Anna Maria Island beaches had a book reader in mind. Now we’re lucky enough to have a book store which also has book readers in mind with real books. Paradise Found on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria is a book store, not an Island shop that happens to have books, but a real book store located in one of the most charming buildings in all of Anna Maria within the Historic Green Village. When’s the last time you saw a new book store on the Island or anywhere else? I’m thinking never, at least not in my memory. Kate Brenner and her mother, Genie Ford, opened Paradise Found on Nov. 6 last year, fulfilling a long time dream they both had. Ford previously owned a book store in northern Virginia, and when she relocated to Florida, where she has deep family roots, she immediately began her search for another location with the small

town feel similar to Virginia. Brenner attended college in Florida and returned to Bradenton a little over four years ago. At that time, she opened a rare and exotic plant nursery in Cortez that she still owns selling through word of mouth and online. Paradise Found carries all genre of books, best sellers, local Florida authors, cookbooks and poetry in addition to a very well stocked magazine section, something else you rarely see outside of drug and grocery stores. Books are priced at the publisher’s price; no premium is added. They also have a children’s section with mini chairs and a wall mural. In addition, subtlety scattered throughout the lovely wide open space of this historic home you’ll find the works of local artists – watercolors, textiles, oil paintings, sculptures, quilts and, of course, some of Brenner’s plant dish gardens, air plants, driftwood art, vertical gardens and more. Helping Ford and Brenner make their dream come true is Josh Aponte their manager. The shop also has a bargain area, and next season Brenner is considering initiating a buy back policy so vacationers can sell their vacation books back to Paradise Found and not have to carry them home.

PARADISE FOUND 505 Pine Avenue Anna Maria 941-213-9687 Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All major credit cards accepted


Owner Kate Brenner and store manager Josh Aponte invite you to come read a good book. Also in the future Brenner and Ford are working on a writer’s workshop event over a three-day period involving authors, book agents and the community, as well as other special book related events. They already have an author scheduled for February as one of their special event venues. Their mantra is to include and

give back to the community, something that is already happening just by virtue of opening a book store. What do you do when it rains at the beach? Brenner’s advice is to come and sit a spell next to the fireplace in one of her comfy chairs and browse the stacks. But when the sun comes out it’s time to leave the Kindle at home and get a real book that works on the beach. In the words of the illustrious Jerry Seinfeld; “A bookstore is one of the only pieces of physical evidence we have that people are still thinking,” and we’ve got a real live one in our backyard.

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Mothers and grandmothers BY SEAN MURPHY SPECIAL TO THE SUN


y mom had five children. I was the

eldest. By the time I was three, I already had a little brother and a little sister and mom was lost in a sea of socks

and underwear. By the time the fifth kid arrived, it was bedlam. As children we knew we were loved, but for food and brushing teeth and laundry it was pretty much every man for himself. Mom’s big rule was “Never, ever, play in the Railroad Cutting”. The Railroad Cutting was a wonder-filled canyon bracketed with hundred foot cliffs where the trains thundered along the railroad tracks like crazed mechanical monsters. The Railroad Cutting was the only place that was more dangerous than our house. The trains were fearsome and amazing. They could crush pennies and squash rats. The cutting was populated by interesting people you never found in the land above the

cutting’s cliffs. There were hobos and rummies and railroad cops. My favorites were the railroad cops. The railroad cops were charged with running us out of the cutting. The game of “railroad cops versus kids” was stacked. If they described it like ring announcers calling corners in a boxing match it would go like this: “In this corner at 65 pounds we have a wiry little Irish wharf rat who is mostly long legs in sneakers who can run forever without getting winded and can climb trees and scale vertical cliff walls like a spider monkey.” “And in this corner at 265 pounds we have a 60-year-old overweight railroad cop with bad knees and a bad back, carrying heavy guns he’s not allowed to use and walkie-talkies and hand-cuffs and a Billy club and wearing remedial footwear.” They never caught us. It was impossible for them to catch us. The railroad tracks were an infinite highway. Once you got to them, you could escape to Tierra del Fuego, and they could not catch you, and they could not find you. Once you hit the tracks, you were free. I ran away a lot.

I would bolt for the tracks and then follow them all through town and out by the ocean. I would then scramble out of the cutting near my grandmother’s cove. My grandmother was called Nana after the Irish fashion. And the cove was Nana’s Cove. Nana had 10 kids and about 40 grandkids. Almost all of them lived around the shores of Nana’s Cove. The cove was home plate. Once you hit the cove you were safe. The cove was a kind of commune. All the boats and fishing poles and dogs and lobster traps were owned in common. The grandchildren were owned in common as well. They were fed where they landed. My poor mom never had a chance to learn how to cook, but my grandmother could create miracles from ships’ stores of barrel beef and flour and pork scraps. Nana had grown up as a housemaid and then a cook to an English admiral. Nana often had a dozen grandchildren around her table. We feasted on shepherd’s pie and Irish stew and homemade jam and biscuits. As Nana drifted into her 90s, she began to miniaturize. She became tiny.

She moved through her garden like a little bird. Her doctor wanted to beef her up. He told her to drink a little wine before dinner. It would improve her appetite. Nana set an impeccable table with fine linens and silver and china. Then just before we sat to dinner Nana would step over to the sink, stoop, open the cupboard door under the sink, reach in next to the plunger and Plumber’s Helper, and grab a bottle of port. She called it “the doctors’ port.” Nana would pull out the cork, knock back a long swig, wipe her lips with the back of her hand, pop the cork back in the bottle and jam it back under the sink again. Then – like the perfect little lady that she was – she would sit and say grace. Mother's Day is the day I remember the love I have for both of my mothers – the port-swilling grandma who made the world’s best shepherd’s pie and the mom who could barely open a can. Sean Murphy is tolerated by the talented people who perform culinary and service wonders at the Beach Bistro and Eat Here and The Doctors’ Office. His occasional writings can be followed at the restaurants’ websites – most notably at



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Island Players keep the laughs coming ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ runs through May 14, and the box office phone number is 941778-5755. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The Island Players’ 68th season finale is “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a humorous mixture of people in a rut and people evolving. The names of the characters come from characters in plays authored by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). Christopher Durang wrote the play, and it won a 2013 Tony Award. Veteran Island Players director James Thaggard is a fan of Durang’s work. The play begins and ends in a Pennsylvania farmhouse with Vanya, played by Don Sleight, sitting in the porch enjoying a cup of coffee when his adopted sister, Sonia, played by Susan Belvo, comes in with a new cup of coffee. The two live together in the house where they grew up and took care of their parents as they aged, and they banter about the new cup of coffee. When he says he doesn’t need another cup, Vanya throws the cup to the floor. Sonia is tired of doing nothing and feels she has wasted her life while Vanya takes life as it comes. Their maid, Cassandra, played by Candace Artim, comes to work and is upset at having to clean the coffee cup mess. While the two family members leave the room, Artim goes on a rampage, waving her arms and predicting the future and telling the world to beware of this and beware of that and finally, “Beware of everything.” Artim’s performance was wonderfully animated and hilarious.


Left to right: Don Sleight as Vanya, Susan Belvo as Sonia, Pamela Hopkins as Masha, and Patrick Charles Mounce as Spike. As the morning progresses, the sister, Masha, played by Pamela Hopkins, arrives. She is a famous actress who pays all the bills to keep up the house, and she brings her latest boyfriend, Spike, played by Patrick Charles Mounce. Spike is much younger than Masha, and he loves the farmhouse. He decides to go swimming in a pond outside and starts shedding clothing, stopping at his underwear. Mounce is a tall guy with a body fat ratio of 1 percent and later in the play he made some beefcake poses that brought lots of laughter. While Spike is at the pond, he befriends a sweet young thing, Nina, played by Haley Hines, to the jealous dismay of Masha, who realizes the young lady is closer to Spike’s age. The group has been invited to a costume party, and Spike invites Nina to come along. Because Masha is a big star with a big ego, she has a Snow White costume that is identical to the character in the Disney cartoon. She also brought

costumes for her siblings and Vanya is happy to look like one of the seven dwarfs, but he wanted to be Doc, instead of Grumpy, as Masha wanted. Sonia was slated to be Dopey, but instead she went out and bought a gown and went as “Maggie Smith on her way to the Oscars," and her transformation to an outgoing personality worked and the next day, a man she met at the party asked her out on a date. Each character had his or her moments. Vanya had a stream of dialogue that had him remembering the good old days of Ed Sullivan and Davey Crockett hats Sonia rued her boring life, and Masha had many stressful moments, and she finally decides to sell the house because it is too expensive. Each of the cast was up to the part, and the action was well rehearsed. If you miss this play, you will be missing a lot of laughs and a happy ending.

Sarah's benefit a success The Saturday, April 22, benefit at the Drift In for Bradenton resident Sarah Fazioli raised $7,800. The proceeds will help keep Sarah and her family afloat while she recovers from her kidney removal surgery on May 9. Sarah’s dad, Bill Fazioli, is a Bradenton Beach resident. “The Open Door Band was awesome and thanks to owner Joe Cuervo and the gang at the Drift In. Thanks to the BeachHouse restaurant and chef Don White and all the participating businesses and services too,” he said.

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Oysters and beer – a unique marriage Barry Elwonger



ummertime is just around the corner, with plenty of sun, surf and seafood in its wake. While we certainly enjoy an abundance of all three here in Florida, Oyster Stouts are of rarer stock in our citrus-drenched state. While a dark, rich stout may not be the first beverage you reach to before the beach, it may be the perfect end-cap to a day spent shuffling through the sand. Oysters purportedly snuck their slippery selves into the boiling morass of the beer world for the first time somewhere in New Zealand. With a bushel of wild caught, Texas-bred oysters in hand, we’ve concocted our take on a brew often met by incredulous palates. Inquiring taste buds, however, will enjoy a delicious plunge into a glass bursting with complex flavors. With pitch-black complexion and a creamy, medium body, the stout's dry, dark malt character is flanked by a slight saltiness, courtesy of the raw oysters and dried seaweed added to the brew during the boil. This brightens the other flavors and evokes a definite briny, oceanic quality in both its aroma and taste, like a salty gust coming off the Gulf. If you’ve never experienced this unique marriage of seafood and beer, swing by the Motorworks


Oyster shooters offer the perfect end to a beach day. Brewing taproom on Friday, May 12, and try this specialty brew for yourself. Barring any seafood allergies – the results may just pleasantly surprise you! Join us for this taproom-exclusive release and enjoy a glass before the beach, or sip one afterwards as you kick back and relax out in the Beer Garden after a long, sun-soaked day. Our award-winning brews are available in cans at retailers throughout the state of Florida, plus cans and growler fills are offered seven days a week at the brewery located at 1014 9th St. W. , Bradenton.


Oyster Shooters Ingredients:

2 c. V Twin Vienna Lager, chilled 1¾ c. tomato juice, chilled 1 Tbs. horseradish 1 Tbs. Sriracha 1 tsp. Worcestershire 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice 2 Tbs. green onions, minced 1 tsp. kosher salt 2 dozen shucked raw oysters


• Combine the beer, tomato juice, horseradish, Sriracha, Worcestershire, lime juice, green onions and salt in a mixing bowl and stir well. • Place raw oyster in a shot glass. Pour ¼ cup of the beer/sauce mixture over the top. Serve cold. The V Twin’s malty sweetness nicely balances the spicy sauce mixture.





AME alum at MHS reunion The Manatee High School Class of 1977 enjoyed a breezy 40th reunion at the Gulf Drive CafĂŠ in Bradenton Beach and the Seafood Shack in Cortez last weekend. Among them, from left, were Anna Maria Elementary School alumni Cindy Shaw, Lisa Varano, Edrick vanBeuzekom, Scott Makar, Lisa Kipp, and Paul Winters.

The Sun at the Derby Longtime Islander Tommy Mineo and his daughter, Jess, enjoy their trip to the 2017 Kentucky Derby and bring along The Sun to remind them of home and the Island. submitted

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Bullies, pets popular speech subjects Other subjects included Hungary, Legos, Babe Ruth, Harry Potter, sugar and owning nice cars. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Three Anna Maria Elementary School students earned the right to compete against other fourth- and fifth-graders in the Manatee County school system after excelling Friday, May 5, in the school auditorium. The judges were former AME principals Jim Kronus, Tim Kolbe and Tom Levengood. Josie Alderson’s witty pet comparison, “Dogs Versus Cats,” took first place. She started her comparison saying, “Dogs are man’s best friend, while cats are nobody’s best friend.” Kylie Huffman talked about the problem of bullies in her second-place speech, “Bully-Free the Way to be.” She discussed why some people are bullies and how to deal with them. Zoey Smith took third place with her speech, “NoKill Shelters.” She spoke about Manatee County’s ambitious policy of trying to find homes for all the dogs and cats at the shelter. The three will compete for the big prize on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at the Manatee Agricultural Center in Palmetto. For more information, call the school at 941-708-5525,


These three students will compete in the school district speech contest May 20. From left to right: Josey Aldersion's speech was on the differences between cats and dogs, Kylie Huffman spoke about bullies and Zoey Smith spoke about Manatee County's ambitious attempt to institute a no-kill policy at the animal shelters.

Spring Gala this weekend The Anna Maria Elementary School PTO is using a Star Wars theme for its annual Spring Gala fundraiser on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the Neptune Room of the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W. The cost is $65 per person and it includes dinner and entertain-

ment. As always, there will be auctions of class art projects and merchandise from donors to raise money for the PTO’s mission to help teachers and staff improve the learning experience of the students.

Tickets are available at the school front office or online at Tables of six, eight and 10. For more information, call Amy Talucci at islandlifeinfo@ or 941-812-7253.



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CRA will cover AMOB repairs There was previous discussion about the CRA and the city splitting the costs. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will foot the bill to replace the dining room air conditioning units and the rooftop platforms atop the cityowned restaurant space leased to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar. The CRA members reached this decision last week with little debate, based on a legal opinion recently provided by City Attorney Ricinda Perry. At the previous CRA meeting, it was suggested the CRA and the city split the costs of AMOB repairs, with the city’s share coming from the $400,000 pier fund that accrues $8,000 a month from AMOB rent and revenue sharing payments. Perry advised against that because the work has already been approved as a CRA project. It was agreed a year ago that AMOB, as a first-year tenant, would not be asked to cover those costs. The repairs are expected to cost approximately $70,000. The work will include the installation of two five-ton air conditioning units that will replace the aging 10-ton unit that currently cools the indoor dining area. The new units will be placed on new platforms that will be

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Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner and CRA member John Horne celebrated his birthday last week. redesigned to prevent the rainwater leakage that currently occurs because the original design and construction features wooden support posts that extend through the roof. The posts soak up water that later drips into the attic area and sometimes into the restaurant. The kitchen air conditioning unit installed last year will also be placed on a redesigned platform. CRA member Ed Chiles still questions the use of CRA funds to pay for repairs to a structure that generates money for the city, and he requested a future conversation with Perry on the general use of CRA funds versus pier funds. “The city gets the rent and the CRA gets the bill. That’s why I want more discussion about this,” Chiles said.

The repair work is expected to take two weeks and is tentatively scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day. Acting as a separate body, the City Commission will determine later how much rent abatement and/or financial compensation AMOB receives from the pier fund to offset the income lost during the anticipated two-week closure. There also has been some discussion about closing the public fishing pier as needed while the repairs take place. AMOB owner John Horne sits on the CRA, but he abstains from voting on measures that directly impact his business interests. After the May 3 meeting, he carried on with his birthday celebration.

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Sunset reflections Another night, another beautiful sunset on Anna Maria Island.

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Hive makes way for Hynds The building that formerly housed Hive Creations on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach was demolished Monday to make way for Michael Hynds’ new development that will include 10 retail spaces and a second-story, open-air restaurant. Hynds says he hopes to open in January. Hive Creations still has a location in Holmes Beach and another on Cortez Road.

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Tarpon fishing should take off in May Captain Dave White

The name of the game has been hiding from the wind. These conditions have kept me tucked up against the mangroves in the local bays and estuaries looking for snook, redfish and seatrout. Live baiting shiners and chumming heavily has been the ticket. We're looking forward to getting started tarpon fishing. The wind looks like it lies down a bit this week. So offshore and nearshore conditions should really improve. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission just released the dates for American red snapper season. Recreational anglers get a meager three-day season this year, opening on June 1, while charter boats with federal reef permits get a 49-day season. On the bright side, gag grouper season also starts on June 1. So having these seasons running concurrently means greater odds of higher yields when

booking offshore charters with permitted captains. So gear up, and get ready for June; hopefully this wind will finally lay down.

Captain Rick Grassett

Tarpon fishing will take off during May as migratory fish arrive along our beaches. Also look for Spanish mackerel, tripletail, cobia and false albacore (little tunny) in the coastal Gulf. Snook will move into passes and the surf, and reds and trout should feed heavily on shallow flats as baitfish become more plentiful. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Resident tarpon are usually the first to show up as they make their way out of rivers and creeks. As migratory tarpon start to arrive this month, we should have schools of tarpon moving both north and south along our beaches. Early arriving tarpon may

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David Seagle, of Bradenton, shows off a beautiful gag grouper caught with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters. be more aggressive due to less fishing pressure early in the season. Set up in their line of travel, wait for tarpon schools to move past and cast a DOA Baitbuster, a 4� CAL Shad, a live crab

or pinfish to them. Once you’ve seen the first school of fish, you can concentrate your efforts in that lane, since see captains, page 25

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captains: Find reds along mangrove shorelines FROM PAGE 24

other schools should be following the same route. When they aren’t showing well on the surface, a live bait under a float in their travel lane may score. I’ve also done well blind casting a DOA Baitbuster or Swimming Mullet when there wasn’t much showing on the surface. Be quiet, using your electric trolling motor sparingly, especially in shallow water. Even though your fourstroke outboard sounds quiet, it is no substitute for an electric trolling motor. Fly anglers should do well with a variety of baitfish or crab fly patterns fished on floating or intermediate sink tip fly lines. Staking out or anchoring in shallow water on their travel route should result in some shots at fish. The best angle is a head on shot, followed by a quartering shot. A perpendicular shot may work if it’s timed perfectly, although casting too far beyond their line of travel will usually spook them. I use a push pole with an occasional assist from a trolling motor if I need to adjust my position to make a cast. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida this month. Since they will be spawning, use tackle heavy enough to catch and release them in a timely manner and handle them gently.

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Mike Perez, of Sarasota, battles a tarpon he hooked while fishing with Captain Rick Grassett. Larger snook will mostly be females and should always be supported horizontally rather than hung vertically by the jaw. You’ll find them in passes and in the surf. They will also stage around docks and bridges close to passes. Casting CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms or DOA shrimp around docks and bridges close to passes should be effective. Small white flies, like my Grassett Snook Minnow, work well at night. One of the most fun ways

to target snook is to walk the beach and cast CAL jigs, DOA shrimp or flies to them in the surf. Higher tides this month will mean that reds will spend more time feeding on shallow flats. Look for them along mangrove shorelines and around oyster bars when the tide is high and in potholes or along sandbars when the tide is low. When fishing shallow water for reds, be as quiet as possible. I prefer to use a push pole or wade.

Reds are one of the most challenging species to catch on a fly. Since they can be very spooky, I often wade for them when fly fishing to keep a lower profile. You’ll also find big trout in many of the same shallow areas that you find reds. The Terra Ceia Bay area, north Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound are all good areas for reds this month. Trout will be plentiful on deep grass see captains, page 26

tide chart for anna maria city pier-may 10-17 Day Date

A.M. High Time Feet

A.M. Low Time Feet

P.M. High Time Feet

P.M. Low Time Feet

Sun Rise Set

Day Date

Wed 5/10

12:17a 1.58

5:14a 0.94

11:03a 2.32

6:32p -0.00


Thu 5/11

12:59a 1.53

5:38a 1.04

11:26a 2.39

7:08p -0.07

Fri 5/12

1:43a 1.49

6:03a 1.12

11:53a 2.44

7:45p -0.11

Sat 5/13

2:30a 1.46

6:31a 1.18

12:25p 2.46

8:26p -0.11

6:44-8:10 6:43 -8:11 6:43-8:11

A.M. High Time Feet

A.M. Low Time Feet

P.M. High Time Feet

P.M. Low Time Feet

Sun Rise Set

Sun 5/14

3:21a 1.45

7:03a 1.24

1:01p 2.44

9:10p -0.09


Mon 5/15

4:15a 1.46

7:41a 1.29

1:44p 2.38

Tues 5/16

5:12a 1.48

8:30a 1.35

2:32p 2.29

10:50p 0.02

Wed 5/17

6:09a 1.53

9:41a 1.39

3:30 2.16

11:45p 0.10

9:58p -0.05

6:41-8:12 6:41-8:13 6:40-8:13



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captains: Trout plentiful on deep grass flats FROM PAGE 25

flats. I prefer to cast CAL jigs and flies on sink tip fly lines for trout. A DOA Deadly Combo also works very well. Drifting and casting ahead of the drift is usually the most productive method. Look for flats that have a good mix of grass and sand and good tidal flow. The Middleground and Radio Tower flats, Stephens Point and Bishops Point are all great trout areas in Sarasota Bay. You may find pompano, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on the same deep grass flats where trout are plentiful. They can be targeted in the same way as trout, but you may need to use wire or heavy fluorocarbon leader when toothy

fish are around. You may also find Spanish and king mackerel, little tunny, cobia and tripletail in the coastal Gulf. Keep your eyes open for surface activity, such as diving birds, breaking fish or baitfish being forced out of the water, which could indicate the presence of mackerel, blues or little tunny. Medium spinning tackle and 8 or 9-weight fly tackle should be heavy enough, although your tarpon spinning and fly tackle is not too heavy for cobia. Look for cobia either swimming on the surface or around navigational markers or buoys. I have also found cobia swimming with schools of tarpon before. Tripletail may be found around crab trap floats or buoys, where

they can be targeted with a DOA shrimp or CAL jig on spinning tackle. When fly fishing for tripletail, a floating line on an 8 or 9-weight fly rod with a shrimp or baitfish fly pattern, like my Grassett Flats Minnow, should get the job done. This is one of my favorite months of the year. If battling a big tarpon isn’t for you, you should have plenty to do on both shallow and deep grass flats or in the coastal Gulf. I’ll be spending my time targeting tarpon in the coastal Gulf unless conditions won’t allow it. There is something about casting a fly to a giant fish in shallow water.

hunters: Development launched FROM PAGE 1

Grimes’ plans for a high-end vacation motor home resort have been scrapped for Gobuty’s plans for 148 one-story elevated cottages, hotel rooms, a community center and 49 boat slips. The previous owner, Swedish businessman Peter Thurell, who bought the property in 2002 from Frank Cipriani, planned to build 36 two-story, single-family fishing village-style cottages and six townhouses atop 7,000 square feet of retail space. Gobuty said he is using the cottage idea from Thurell’s plan, as well as the name - Thurell called the property Hunter’s Hill, using part of the original name of Cortez, Hunter’s Point, and referencing a hill on the site that contains a nuclear bomb shelter. “I’ve been trying to create the most energy efficient home by reducing the size,” Gobuty said, citing the floor plan of 400 square feet, with 1,000 square feet of both rooftop and livinglevel deck, and a plan to build the units with LEEDS certification. The units can be vacation rentals or residences depending on the homeowners’ choice, Gobuty said, adding that they are designed so that “When renters are not there, there will be no cost for power.” Hotel rooms also will be built, but Gobuty did not specify the number or whether or how the


Hunters Point is designed to provide a “modern, environmentally respectful and energy efficient fishing village style community,” according to the website. frequency or number of vacation rentals might be limited. A garage fronting Cortez Road on the property will be demolished, and space will be left in case the Cortez Bridge is replaced with the largest of several choices, which could impinge on the property, he said. Unlike his former partner, Grimes, Gobuty has no roots in the Cortez fishing village and said he has not yet spoken to anyone in the designated historic preservation district across Cortez Road

from his property about his plans. “When you come into a community, it’s always negative, and you have to have mutual respect,” he said, citing community opposition to his ongoing Mirabella development, which is replacing a ninehole golf course. “The best part of Cortez is the authenticity,” Gobuty said. “There’s no more places like this left. You have to be right. It can’t just be about money.”

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Special blue film identifies turtle light issues BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

There’s an easy way to see whether you need better turtle-friendly lights, said Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. It’s a simple card containing blue film that shows whether lights are in compliance with turtle laws. The Turtle Safelight cards are free for beachfront property owners and rental management companies who want to take a proactive approach to make sure their properties are in compliance with local turtle lighting laws, which are in effect from May 1 until Oct. 31. People can stand out on the beach and aim the cards at their property, and if their lighting is out of compliance, they will see it through the blue film on the card as blue, green or purple lights.

Then they can make the necessary adjustments to their lighting to avoid disorientations to nesting and hatching sea turtles and thereby avoid being cited by code enforcement officers for lighting violations under the Sea Turtle Protection Act, according to Gail Garneau, code enforcement officer for the city of Bradenton Beach. The act states in part that “Artificial lighting from existing development must not directly or indirectly illuminate sea turtle habitat during nesting season.” That includes indoor lights that can be seen from outdoors through open blinds, Fox said. Lighting should be mounted low, directed downward, shielded and lamped with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved long wavelength light source, according to Turtle Watch. You can request cards from Turtle Watch at 941-778-5638.

This card shows whether your lights are turtle friendly or not.



Turtle nesting imminent Loggerhead sea turtles made two false crawls on May 4 on Anna Maria Island, according to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring; a false crawl is a failed nesting attempt. No nests have yet been laid this season on the Island.

Turtle Tips During sea turtle season, May 1 – Oct. 31, please follow these tips: • Turn off lights visible from the beach and close blinds from sundown to sunrise; lights confuse nesting sea turtles and may cause them to go back to sea and drop their eggs in the water, where they won’t hatch. Light can also attract hatchlings away from the water. • Don’t use flashlights, lanterns or camera flashes on the beach at night. • Remove all objects from the sand from sundown to sunrise; they can

deter sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. • Fill in the holes you dig in the sand before leaving the beach; they can trap nesting and hatching sea turtles, which cannot live long out of the water. • Don’t use sky lanterns or fireworks; they litter the beach and Gulf. • Do not trim trees and plants that shield the beach from lights. • Never touch a sea turtle; it’s the law. If you see people disturbing turtles, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404FWCC (3922).


Do not disturb Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring asks that if you see stakes like these near boardwalks and other areas in the city of Anna Maria, treat them like sea turtles and do not disturb. Volunteers will be using them to mark turtle nests. The project is a cooperative venture between Turtle Watch and the city of Anna Maria.



County wants you to Learn Your Level The Manatee County Department of Public Safety has released updated hurricane storm surge evacuation level maps before the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins June 1. Residents and visitors can learn about storm surge and hurricane evacuation levels on the county's website, www, They are instituting a campaign to Learn Your Level for Manatee residents and business owners to check the hurricane evacuation level of their properties when preparing disaster kits and supplies this spring. Manatee County Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris says knowing your evacuation level is crucial to knowing

when to evacuate in front of a tropical storm or hurricane. She said homes with a high risk of damage from strong winds such as mobile homes, manufactured homes and motor homes would be evacuated at Level A, with the first group to go. Anna Maria Island and most of the coastal region are classified at Leval A The new maps include better technology that more accurately depicts local elevations. The levels are based on a computerized numerical model called Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH). The model runs hypothetical storm scenarios including the storm’s atmospheric pressure, size, forward speed and track to determine potential

surge inundation. The SLOSH model also factors in rivers, water depths, bridges and physical coastline features. The National Weather Service (NWS) updates SLOSH models on a regular basis, as an area experiences natural changes in the shoreline or new structures are built structure, such as levees. Levels are classified using letters A through E, with areas not within a hurricane evacuation level being declared, outside of the evacuation area, or N/A. Storm surge inundation heights range from ground level up to 33 feet. Evacuation Level A is considered to be lower than Evacuation Level E.

Bird tips

• If you see people disturbing nesting birds, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

You do not need the license if: • you have a resident recreational saltwater fishing license. • you are fishing from a pier that has a blanket license. • you are fishing in your home county with a pole or line not equipped with a line retrieval device. • you are 65 or over and are a Florida resident. • you are under 16 from any state. • you are a Florida resident and a member of the U.S. Armed Forces not stationed in Florida and are here on leave for 30 days or less. • you are eligible for food stamps, temporary cash assistance or Medicaid. Please be kind to pelicans; recycle your fishing line in designated monofilament recycling bins at boat ramps, piers, marinas and bait shops.

During bird nesting season, March through August, please follow these tips: • Never touch a shorebird chick, even if it’s wandering outside a staked nesting area. • Teach kids not to chase birds – bird parents may abandon nests if they’re disturbed. • Don’t feed birds – it encourages them to fly at people aggressively and is not good for their health. • If birds are screeching and flying at you, you’re too close. • Avoid posted bird nesting areas and use designated walkways to the beach. • Keep pets away from bird nesting areas. • Keep the beach clean; food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows to the beach, and litter can entangle birds and other wildlife.

Nesting News Turtle nests laid: 0 False crawls: 2 Nests hatched: 0 Not hatched: 0 Nests remaining: 0 Hatchlings to Gulf: 0 Nest disorientations: 0 Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring

Lifelines Fishing facts

Fishing from the beach or wade fishing off the beach requires a saltwater shoreline fishing license for residents and non-residents.

Natives in bloom Mangroves, protected by state law, are a haven for juvenile fish, shorebirds and butterflies. This time of year, they produce flowers and seedlings. CINDY LANE | SUN

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Red tide app in the works A red tide smartphone app is being developed by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System that will allow trained beach observers with low-cost smart-phone microscopes to collect videos of water samples that can be uploaded to a cloud-based server for automated evaluation. This system would then provide a real-time response on the presence or absence of red tide and, if present, the level of red tide and whether it is enough to warrant a health concern. The HABscope, named for harmful algal blooms, is in its pilot stage. “The HABscope project will engage local residents by having them provide daily red tide samples – a critical gap in our ability to forecast the severity of the red tide toxic aerosols at a specific beach," said Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, the executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System. “This will allow beachgoers to make an informed decision about which beach they should go to when a red tide is onshore."

Live like a local Respect Wildlife

Sanderlings Please don’t chase us when we’re resting; For all you know, we might be nesting!

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Development's mitigation bank denied It remains to be seen what impact a second mitigation bank denial will have on the proposed Aqua by the Bay development. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

MANATEE COUNTY – Carlos Beruff’s Aqua by the Bay development team was notified last week that its second attempt to secure a mangrove mitigation bank has been rejected by the Army Corps of Engineers. The notification arrived in a May 5 letter that Donald Kinard, chief of the Jacksonville District’s Regulatory Division, sent to Beruff’s business associate Pete Logan. “The Corps has determined the project, as proposed, does not have the potential to provide sufficient compensatory mitigation to compensate for unavoidable impacts to waters of the United States,” the letter said. The developers sought a mitigation bank as an alternative means of constructing the navigation channel they reluctantly withdrew from their plans in 2014. In early 2016, Circuit Court Judge John Lakin is-

sued a ruling that supported the county’s comprehensive plan and denied Beruff the ability to build a marina or dredge a channel through coastal mangroves and into Sarasota Bay. Lakin’s ruling was upheld by the Second District Court of Appeals. The requested mitigation bank would have allowed for the destruction of mangrove wetlands along Sarasota Bay, west of the El Conquistador Parkway, along Long Bar Point. “We must have confidence that a proposed mitigation bank project has the potential to provide an additional environmental benefit over the existing condition. Additionally, we must ensure that a proposed mitigation bank will not cause adverse effects on the environment. We regret that the determination is unfavorable regarding utilization of the property as a mitigation bank, and your request has been withdrawn,” Kinard’s letter said. The developers’ recent request was identical to an unsuccessful request submitted in 2016. Regarding mangrove trimming, the letter said, “As previously stated in our 2016 letter, this proposed activity serves no clear eco-

logical purpose and is contradictory to the goals of a compensatory mitigation bank. The proposed activity would result in a loss of ecological function for the proposed mangrove trimming areas. The removal of the existing mangrove overstory would negatively impact the productivity and ecological functioning of the system.” Regarding seagrasses, it said, “The proposed mitigation bank does not meet all of the criteria, therefore, the consideration of this area for preservation is not appropriate for providing compensatory mitigation.” Kinard’s letter also addressed the developers’ proposed estuary enhancement area, which was discussed at last week’s County Commission land use meeting and more indepth at the Planning Commission’s April 13 meeting. “The development of an artificial lagoon immediately landward of the mangrove system has the potential to weaken the existing shore stability. The creation of a new waterbody behind the mangrove fringe, along with the proposed alteration of the mangrove system through trimming, could potentially weaken the shoreline’s ability to withstand storm events.

“This could be further exacerbated by an improved opening leading from Sarasota Bay to the proposed lagoon. Tidal influences could potentially widen and deepen the opening thereby further degrading the mangrove fringe, oyster beds and any seagrass meadows in that area. If the opening is enlarged and deepened, an increase in boat traffic would add to the adverse effects.” Regarding docks, piers and pilingsupported structures, the letter said, “Dock projects cannot be authorized when a project will adversely impact Essential Fish Habitats. The construction of docks and other water-dependent structures would impact Essential Fish Habitat areas.” The letter also addresses archeological sites. “Information provided by the Florida Division of Historical Resources indicates that two archeological sites within the footprint of the proposed mitigation bank and adjacent development may be impacted by project activities.” It remains to be seen what impact the latest mitigation bank denial will have on Beruff’s development plans.

aqua: By the Bay has a new twist were provided the incorrect report. Moreland said they were. “That makes a whole lot of difference,” DiSabatino said. DiSabatino questioned why she and others were not told about this before their meeting began. Benac said she only learned of it earlier that day. “When I did my briefing with staff, I left thinking it was only two buildings,” Commissioner Charles Smith added. He then asked how many high-rises were proposed. “It’s not that we’re not sure, it’s another level of approval and design that hasn’t occurred yet,” Vogler said. Vogler claimed those details were not required for a general development plan, but he noted the development plan also includes a chlorinated crystal lagoon and man-made beach. This would be in addition to a proposed estuary enhancement area and concrete retaining wall that would run parallel to the two and half mile Sarasota Bay shoreline and potentially threaten coastal mangroves. Private docks are listed as a possible ancillary use.

Plans clarified

More than 80 people signed up to speak, but only a handful did before the predetermined 7:30 p.m. stopping point. Former County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann produced conceptual

Andy Mele | Submitted.

Andy Mele presented commissioners with this illustrated projection of the Aqua by the Bay skyline. drawings the developers submitted to the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) as part of a separate permitting process. The drawings indicate 24 10-story, 80-unit condo buildings atop two-story parking decks. Von Hahmann implored the commission to invoke its right to demand more details.

“It seems like you just didn’t get enough information,” she said. “No developer is guaranteed maximum height or density; that decision is up to you.” Former County Commissioner Joe McClash also addressed the Swiftmud drawings and he encouraged commissioners to deny any elements that don’t comply with the comprehensive plan. Andy Mele produced a poster-sized

rendering that illustrated how the tall buildings would look from the bay. Three Tidy Island residents expressed concerns about the retaining wall funneling storm surge to the west and flooding their community. Charter captain Kathe Fannon suggested the entire project was better suited for Orlando. “This is not Aqua by the Bay; this is awkward by the bay,” she said. Assistant County Attorney Sarah Schenk refuted Vogler’s claim and told commissioners they had the legal authority to require more details on building heights and the number of buildings. She also said the county would be exposed to a potential legal challenge if the County Commission grants developers a more intense use than what’s presented to the Planning Commission. The commission voted 6-0 in favor of a second Planning Commission review based on more accurate information. Commissioner Carol Whitmore abstained because her son-in-law is on Beruff’s legal team. Commissioner Priscilla Whisenant Trace disclosed she recently had lunch with Beruff, but she said they did not discuss this development.




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monica simpson | SUN

Tournament ready, the AMI Center Select Team, with coaches Rick and Ted Hurst, represent the Island in state-wide U11 youth soccer tournaments this season.

Hayward’s dream come true: AMI Center Select Team takes it on the road BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For years, I had soulful conversations with Paul “Ace” Hayward about his dream of forming a youth island soccer team on Anna Maria Island. Fondly, he would reminisce about his experiences as a boy in Canada and hoped to someday form a team that could practice, play, travel and grow together, becoming brothers in the sport that Hayward lived and breathed. Hayward’s love of soccer is forever engrained on the Island with the friendships that he formed on the pitch, the kids that he coached and the legacy he left behind. His smiledeep spirit is memorialized at the Island’s community center with a iconic Hayward picture at the corner of the soccer field, thanks to dear friend Tim Tadesco. The dream of an Island youth soccer team has become a reality with the formation of the AMI Center Select Team. Although he never knew Hayward, Coach Rick Hurst shared Hayward’s vision and brought together 13 island area boys to form the traveling team, taking Center soccer to another level and creating stronger athletes at the competitive level. With the support of The Center, Hurst’s team practices multiple times a week and scrimmages against the

players in the 11- to 14-year-old league, preparing for tournament play. Ranging in age from seven to 10 years old, practicing and playing together for months now, the team has become a group of friends. All but four of the boys attend Anna Maria Elementary School. Assisted by his son Ted, Hurst is an E-licensed soccer coach with five years of experience coaching travel teams in Michigan. Returning from his junior year at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, where he plays soccer, Ted started to coach at The Center in the spring of 2016 with his father for his sister Tori’s team. The youngest player on the team, Ewen Cloutier, is joined by his brother, Kieren. Ewen plays the instrumental role of the emergency player during tournament play, being added as a substitute player if needed. Not initially on the roster starting at the age of six, Hurst quickly recognized Ewen’s ability on the field and saw his participation on the team as a win-win: additional skill on the team and more training for the young player. Playing in the first game, he proved he could play along with the bigger kids without missing a beat. Matt Cawte and Jack Mattick are the youngest members of the starting roster. Coming onto the team with travel

soccer experience, Matt is one of the more skilled players. Jack is noted by his coach as “ ... one of the most fearless (players).” Hurst’s concerns about his age were quickly extinguished, as Jack has quickly become the most improved player on the team. Just turning nine in April, Gregory Jordan loves soccer and is currently on three teams. Off of the assist of teammate Riley Lawson, Gregory scored a key goal in the team’s first win. Considering himself a pure defender, Kieren Cloutier holds down the left side of the field for the Select Team, often setting the defensive tone of the game. Mason Agnelli, who attends Bradenton Christian School, is seen as one of the most versatile players on the team. Playing many positions on the field, midfielder Mason helped his team to their first victory. Saint Stephen’s Falcon, Jackson Pakbaz is solid in every position, bringing something to the field that no other player does, according to Hurst. His strong defense play was critical in the Select Team’s first win. Rounding out the AMI Center Select Team, the 10-year olds bring size and experience to the field. Jackson Kruse, student at Stewart Elementary School, works hard for his team as a solid center back. Coach Hurst values Jackson’s

ability to play this position well as it solidifies his defense, and he is able to cleanup mistakes that might be made on the field. Hurst gives Riley Lawson accolades for being the fastest player on the team with great ball handling skills. It is anticipated that the Palma Sola Elementary student will help with the team scoring in tournament play. Coming onto the Select Team with travel ball experience, Eric McDonald brings his skills as an attacking midfielder to the pitch. Eric is a play maker and brings the level of play up on his team and is credited with the team’s first goal. Over the years, Islanders have watched Anthony Nyugen and Aiden Templeton grow into strong soccer players. With their natural athletic talents and experience, both players are an asset to the Select Team. Anthony is one of the top forwards on the team with a knack for picking up new skills quickly. Aiden is a midfielder who wins the ball and owns his position. Assuming the critical role of goalkeeper, Nick Yatros uses his long punt as a weapon. Along with big saves, Nick’s defensive strengths are an asset to his team. see sports, page 31

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Summer sports kick off at Center Wednesday nights are for sports fun this summer at The Center of Anna Maria Island. Youth summer sports at the Center include baseball, basketball and indoor soccer. Rather than playing on a specific team, each sport will be treated as a pick-up league with teams chosen each week before the games begin to allow players to experience the game with every other participant. Younger participants also can take advantage of short clinics for each sport. Baseball games will run May 17 to June 7 with May 13 as the last day to register. Basketball leagues begin June 14 and run to July 12 with June 10 as the last day to register. The last day to register for indoor soccer is July 15 with games running from July 19 to August 9. Players can participate in one sport for $40 or all three for $100. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register online at, by calling 941-778-1908 or by visiting the Center at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. For more information, or to volunteer to help coach a team, contact Will Schenerlein at or 941-778-1908.



Sports: Center team takes it on the road FROM PAGE 30

As a new team, the Bradenton Cup was the first tournament for the Select Team. Hurst anticipated that the first game might not be a victory on the scoreboard, but a win for the boys, the team, and the Island for having representation at the Lakewood Ranch tournament. Playing at a faster pace, the AMI Center Select Team was scored on in the first 20 seconds of the first tournament game. Losing the first game 12-0, good coaching came into play. Coach Hurst said he “… knew we just need to get that one over with and talk about it.” With position changes, players who were missing from the first game and a pep talk in between,

the Select Team stayed competitive, losing the second game 1-0. With a good night’s sleep and a little more tweaking, the Island team found victory with the third game winning it 4-1. The island’s Select Team is a mixed roster of experience levels and ages playing in the U11 Division. Most, if not all, of the players in this division were born in 2006. The Island team only has six players that are truly in that age group. Representing Anna Maria Island well, the team entered its second tournament, the Adidas Cup in Brandon, with a lot of optimism. The team finished second in its bracket tying its first game 2-2,

winning their second game 6-0, and finishing tired but accomplished in the third game with the score 2-5. As the AMI Center Select Team continues to train on the Island, Hayward looks down onto the field pleased to see the love of the sport of soccer continues through Rick and Ted Hurst and their band of boys. The spirit of the 11-man gang lives on through the boots of these 13 boys and the many recreational soccer players at The Center every week, the coaches, and their families and friends on the Island. “For the love of the game,” Hayward would say with an approving smile.

Key Royale Golf Scores Monday, May 1 – Modified Stapleford

1st place individual was Mark Kimball with a score of +5 2nd place individiual was Jack Connors with a score of +4 1st place team with a score of +11 was Mark Kimball, Jack Connors, John Purcell, Gary Silke

Wednesday , May 3 and Thursday, May 4 Spring Talbert Gold Outing

Twenty seven golfers from Key Royale Club traveled to Crystal River for the annual Spring Talbert Golf Outing and played the Champion Course at Plantation Inn.

Wednesday – Modified Stapleford

1st place individual was Larry Pippel with a score of +17 1st place team was Ron Buck, Art McMillan, Tom Nelson and Larry Pippel with a score of +21

Thursday – Scramble

1st place team was Bill Koche, Gary Razze and Quentin Talbert with a score of 66, 6 under par.

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Cajun fun Left: approximately 150 people enjoyed the taste of New Orleans at the crawfish boil at The Center Saturday. The Gumbo Boogie Band, above, provided entertainment, and there were raffles to help raise money for The Center. The even has its roots on the Island when resident Henry Hicks had a party at his home and set out tables to eat crawfish, shrimp, corn on the cob and other Cajun delicacies. When he died, his widow, Christine, and friends decided to bring the event to The Center as a fundraiser. She said it was for a worthy cause.



Rivera reels in biggest fish Javier Rivera, 14, took home the trophy Saturday for the largest fish caught in the Bradenton Beach Pier Kids Fishing Tournament. While fishing from the pier, Rivera hooked a 13 ½ inch flounder. The annual tournament was sponsored this year by the Bridge Street Merchants, Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Paradise Boat Tours. Laurie Jo Higgins | Submitted

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Hot buyer, cold feet

inary is a word that is a by product of the computer age. Computers use binary to store data by using the digits 0 and 1. Now, however, it has become a word used in all phases of life and is applied to anything that can be expressed in two digits or two words like yes or no or on or off, but when it comes to buying real estate few things are that definitive. Real estate buyers are anything but binary. They are an entire spectrum of grays, and just because they say yes, they may actually mean no or maybe. So, what happens when a hot buyer gets cold feet and wants out of the deal? Typically, a real estate contract of sale contains contingencies for both a mortgage and an inspection. Also, in Florida if you’re purchasing a condo, you will have three business days from the time you receive the condo documents to review them, as well as any other financial disclosures and rules and regulations. Anything you don’t like can be used as an

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger excuse to withdraw your offer. Inspections could include termite, radon, oil tank, asbestos inspections and more. Usually there is a time frame attached to these inspections, and if any one or more of them come back with problems, the buyer can choose to cancel the contract without jeopardizing his/her deposit money. What usually happens is the buyer and seller negotiate a way to keep the deal together if a problem arises, since it’s in both their best interests to go forward, unless the buyer develops a sudden case of cold feet. It’s not unusual for buyers to use

something minor in an inspection report as an excuse to terminate the contract, and there is nothing a seller can do. It’s harder for buyers to cancel a contract if their mortgage contingency is met, since once there is a mortgage in place and the inspections are good buyers are virtually locked into the purchase. That doesn’t mean, however, that buyers can still back out if they’re willing to forgo their deposit money, and plenty of buyers will take their cold feet and run. One way to help insure that your transaction is not subject to the whims of buyers is to insist on a larger down payment, giving a buyer less incentive to walk. Sometimes that doesn’t work either, especially in the high-end market where buyers are willing and financially able to take a loss. One little known issue that is sometimes overlooked when a real estate transaction falls apart after all contingencies are met, are the real estate brokers. Brokers earn their commission when

they bring a buyer ready, willing and able to go forward, and if either one of the parties terminates the contract after these conditions are met, frequently the broker still wants to be paid for his/her time and expertise. Brokers are typically paid by the seller, so it could be the seller who is on the hook for the broker commission even though his house is back on the market. If the listing agent and the selling agent are the same person, then it’s a lot easier to negotiate with the homeowner in the hopes of finding another buyer for the property. But if the buyer was brought to the table by a different broker, he/she has nothing to lose and may look to the seller for compensation. Few things in a real estate transaction are binary; everything is negotiable. Even a buyer who thinks he’s made a big mistake can be turned around if you add a little meat to the stew and then turn up the heat on his/her cold feet.

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Real estate transfers of March 2017 • Sponsored by Alan Galletto, Island Real Estate Source: Mid Florida Multiple Listing Service



List Price Selling Price

Property Address

SFUA/Lot Description

612 Rose St 1100 781 Jacaranda Rd 524 Bayview Pl 231 Chilson Ave 813 Jacaranda Rd 705 North Shore Dr 517 Villa Rosa Way 720 N North Shore Dr

50x100 2286 1072 1290 1890 2421 3100

2 Br/2 Ba SFR 3 Br/2 Ba SFR 2 Br/2.5 Ba SFR 2 Br/2B a SFR 3 Br/2 Ba SFR 60x85 4 Br/3.5 Ba SFR 3 Br/3.5x2 Ba SFR 60x85 SF Lot

770,000 236,000 372,000 630,000 482,500 465,000

204 2nd St N 312 Avenue C #7 111 10th St S #122 231 N 17th St ##231 2517 Avenue C #A 201 17th St

1736 651 828 1688 1682

4 Br/3 Ba SFR 2 Br/1 Ba Condo 2 Br/2 Ba Condo 3 Br/2.5 Ba Condo 50x100 Duplex SF Lot

400,000 870,000 90,000

4109 128thSt W 4216 Marina Ct #311 4303 W 123rd St

1462 2307

3 Br/2 Ba SFR 3 Br/2 Ba Condo

470,000 485,000 600,000

6327 Gulf Dr 306 74th St 207 84th St

1206 1402 1648

3 Br/2 Ba SFR 3 Br/2 Ba SFR 3 Br/2 Ba SFR

Anna Maria

2017-03-02 669,000 2017-03-31 749,000 2017-03-10 849,900 2017-03-30 869,000 2017-03-15 900,000 2017-03-24 1,749,900 2017-03-31 2,049,000 2017-03-28 459,000

640,000 650,000 785,000 836,000 900,000 1,685,000 1,900,000 397,700


Cortez 2017-03-10 430,000 2017-03-01 975,000 2017-03-16 95,000

Holmes Beach 2017-03-31 549,000 2017-03-24 524,900 2017-03-29 629,000

List Price Selling Price


Bradenton Beach 2017-03-21 774,000 2017-03-21 245,000 2017-03-03 389,900 2017-03-14 634,900 2017-03-14 499,000 2017-03-27 549,000


Property Address

SFUA/Lot Description

2017-03-27 619,900 2017-03-31 849,900 2017-03-03 850,000 2017-03-27 975,000

623,000 780,000 825,000 900,000

304 66th St 612 Baronet Ln 607 Ivanhoe Ln 623 Foxworth Ln

1428 2109 2095 2110

2 Br/2 Ba SFR 85 X 96 100x1153 Br/2 Ba SFR 3 Br/2 Ba SFR 4 Br/4 Ba SFR

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Library appreciation Great weather helped draw a lot of people to the Island Branch Library’s Patron Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 6. There was information on the library’s programs, live music, food and refreshments plus origami decorations, face painting and a photo booth.


Clockwise from above: Beverly Beaver showed Charlie Neri how to make origami figures. Joana Calzeron and her daughter, Karina Toranzo, 9, enjoyed chalk drawing on the ramp. One of two telescopes the library had available. Jon Perry provided live music in the library's Walker Swift Meeting Room.


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ANNA MARIA ISLAND 206 Spring Lane Nora Johnson 941-809-1700 A4157421 $2,849,000

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND 113 Los Cedros Drive Deborah Capobianco 941-704-2394 A4176324 $1,379,500

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 811 N Shore Drive Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4178184 $3,490,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 211 Elm Avenue A & B George Myers 941-224-6021 A4181524 $959,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 516 Loquat Drive Laurie M Mock 941-232-3665 A4176113 $895,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 511 56th Street Toni Lyon 941-928-8735 A4182652 $850,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 532 70th Street George Myers 941-224-6021 A4184561 $1,790,000

B R A D E N TO N 10018 46th Avenue W Peggy Horlander 941-932-7199 A4177398 $1,549,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 201 73rd Street Jody Shinn 941-705-5704 A4184962 $1,150,000

ANNA MARIA ISLAND 615 N Point Drive Kathy Valente 941-685-6767 A4173388 $1,050,000

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March resort tax collections $500,000

March 2017

March 2016






Anna Maria

Bradenton Beach

Holmes Beach

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 March and paid to the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office in April. To anonymously report a rental owner who may not be paying the tax, call 941-741-4809 or visit Source: Manatee County Tax Collector

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Building moratorium extended The building moratorium petitioners have left the city, but they returned last week to address the commission. BY JOE HENDRICKS



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BRADENTON BEACH – The city has extended it building moratorium for three more months. Enacted in November by way of a petition-initiated voter referendum, the moratorium was scheduled to expire in early May. Extended by city ordinance on May 4, the moratorium will now expire in early August, unless the commission extends it again. The moratorium prevents city staff from accepting, processing or reviewing building permits for residential structures in the R-1 and R-2 zoning districts that contain more than four bedrooms or rooms that could be used as sleeping areas. The city has not been hit with any moratorium-related Bert Harris claims. During last week’s City Commission meeting, Frank Harrison and Priscilla VonAhnen, the moratorium organizers, returned city hall to comment on the moratorium extension. Harrison is also a former member of the Planning and Zoning Board. After 43 years in their Bradenton Beach home, the couple recently became so fed up with the proliferation of rentals on 11th Street South that they moved across the bridge. “I moved to Longboat Key, but I still own the property here. I’m


Priscilla VonAhnen and Frank Harrison where the driving forces behind the building moratorium enacted last fall.

glad to hear about the possibility of the extension. It may give you the chance to do what I’m about to talk about,” Harrison said. Starting on a sarcastic note, Harrison said, “I’d like to congratulate everyone on this board for your inaction. Every house on my street, except Mrs. Pratt, is now a rental.” Harrison said he’s had five prospective buyers who loved his house and accepted his asking price, but then backed out. “I don’t practice deception I told them what the street was, and they listened. They stood in my living room, and I opened the windows: a 70-decibel pool circulation system comes through. People lost interest when they found out 120 weekly rental people come down that street. They fell in love with my back deck, but I had to honest

with them – you have to listen to a bunch of bands,” he said. He told one family not to buy his house because they had two kids. “I did have one buyer offer me $30,000 more than I was asking. He’s a developer and I turned him down,” he added. Harrison told the commission to throw out the recent planning board recommendations aimed at creating smaller houses with fewer bedrooms in an attempt reduce future rental occupancy. “You only need one thing: pick a number of people per building that you can live with. For me it would be eight – for somebody else it might be eight plus two” he said. Harrison said his time in LongSEE MORATORIUM, PAGE 44



TOWN CRIER Off Stage Ladies end season The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players hold their last meeting of the season on Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30 at IMG Academy Golf Club, 3450 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton. There will be a buffet lunch and a performance by the State College of Florida Presidential Quartet. Visitors arewelcome. Contact Nancy Ambrose at 941518-4431 for information.

Spring Ecumenical Service All Island Denominations, composed of representatives of all six of the Island’s churches, invites all to take part in their Spring Ecumenical Service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, at 6608 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Clergy and choirs of the Island congregations will take part in this service of praise and song. There will be an ice cream social, sponsored by Holy Cow Ice Cream in the fellowship hall.

Fermentation class at Folk School Jillian Ross teaches about lacto fermentation, a traditional way that food has been preserved for centuries, at The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. There is a registration fee of $20 with a deadline of Saturday, May 27, to pay by calling 941-708-6120 or visiting The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum. Fermented foods are full of probiotics and known to assist in healing digestive issues. In the Basic Fermentation Class, Ross will go over the science and methods of how to properly ferment foods and beverages of all kinds. She will also discuss the tools that are used and how to source the products needed to use ferments in the home. Ross will bring items to show and share with the class so you can become more familiar. These include sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass, milk/water kefir, kombucha and various lacto-fermented pickles and vegetables. Everyone will get to sample different items. This class will serve as a pre-requisite for further classes, so sign up today.

Parenting program The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts Forty Carrots, a parenting program based in Sarasota, on Friday, May 12, at 10 a.m. This is a program where kids from mobile babies to five years old and their parents experience new activities, join in circle time fun, spend time with

other families and get valuable parenting information. The program is free and tickets are available at the library desk. Space is limited to 12 families. For more information, call the library at 941-7786341.

class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn this ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The class is free. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Seafood for seniors

Basket weaving at Folk School

Senior Adventures, the group for active people to have fun and make friends, will meet on Friday, May 12, at The Center, 406 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, at 10 a.m. or Annie Silvers Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, at 10:15 a.m. for a van trip to Paradise Grille on Pass a Grille Beach in St. Petersburg. It’s located at the water, and the food is reasonably priced. To register, call Peg at 942-7783106.

Sue Fox, a representative of the Sarasota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a program for caregivers of people with memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, on Friday, May 12, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The program is free. Call 941-778-6341 for more information.

The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum at 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, welcomes D.G. Stern, author, basket weaver, and graduate of Harvard College, to host a lightship basket weaving demonstration on Saturday, May 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. This unique style of basket weaving originated more than 150 years ago by crews manning the lightships off the eastern U.S. coast near Nantucket Island, Mass. Lightships were not an uncommon sight off the coast of Florida, traveling as far south as the Keys. The crews used North American hardwoods (walnut and oak) and some exotic woods given to them by the whaling industry sailors as a thank you to the lightships for serving as guides. The resulting baskets are both strong and beautiful. The demonstration has a fee of $20 which is due by May 12. No supplies are necessary. To register, students should call 941-708-6120.

Get to the Pointe

Thank mom at tea party

Stroll through Riverview Pointe Preserve, 8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway to learn more about Florida’s native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat with a Master Gardener on Saturday, May 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. The hike begins in the parking area of Desoto National Memorial Park and enters into Riverview Pointe Preserve. The program is sponsored by the IFAS Extension Program/Florida Master Gardeners and is suitable for all ages. Call the Master Gardener Office at 941-722-4524 for reservations.

The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, presents an opportunity for kids to show how much they love their mothers the day before Mother’s Day at a tea party and craft session on Saturday, May 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Parents must accompany their kids, but they could always look the other way while their children work on a project. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Alzheimer’s caregivers meet

Peek at Sol See the sun as you have never seen it before on Saturday, May 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW, in Bradenton. Take a look through a Hydrogen Alpha solar telescope. See the sun in perfectly safe H Alpha light and observe solar granulation, filaments, sunspots, and even solar flares. Stop by the lawn of the Valentine House to take a look through the solar scope. This is guaranteed to be a unique viewing experience. No reservations are needed. For more information, call 941-748-4501, ext. 6039.

Paper folding at library Judy Pruitt presents her origami

Sign up for fun The Island Branch Library hosts knitting for kids 8 and older and adults on Tuesday, May 16, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. You must pre-register for this class. Call the library to 941-778-6341 to do so or for more information.

Art for kids The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, presents art for kids on Wednesday, May 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It’s a fun way to spend some time, and it might awaken some hidden talent in a child. For more information, call the library at 941-7786341.

Lose that stress Loren Batsell leads a Guided Relaxation Circle on the first Friday of every

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

Boomer workouts Roser Community Church offers exercise classes four times per week starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, as follows: Boomer Boot Camp every Tuesday and Thursday and Roser-Robics every Wednesday and Friday. Boomers N Motion founder Melissa Merkle is the coach. Boomers Boot Camp features fatburning aerobics, muscle pumping strength activities, fun balance challenges and nutrition coaching to help boomers reach their goals. High and low impact options are available. The costs are $15 per class, $65 for a fiveclass pass and $100 for a 10-class pass. Scholarships are available for those in need. Bring hand weights. Roser-Robics, Get Fit While You Sit features chair-based aerobic exercises designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. All ages and skill levels are welcome as variations are shown. Bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight to be used for class activities. These sessions are free For more information, call 941-7780414 or log onto www.roserchurch. com/boomerbootcamp or

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

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3/25, burglary to a vehicle, 400 block of Spring Avenue. A person or persons unknown broke into the victim’s vehicle and stole items worth $12. 4/27, burglary to a construction site, 200 block of Willow Avenue. A burglar broke into a construction trailer and stole $6,750 worth of tools. 4/30, trespass warning, Bayfront Park, N. Bay Blvd. The couple was seen sleeping in their car after hours and were issued a trespass warning. They went to the mainland to a motel. 4/30, found property, Bayfront Park, N. Bay Blvd. The deputy found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia in the park and turned it in for destruction. 5/1, found property, 10005 Gulf Drive. A found credit card was turned in to the Sheriff’s Office station. 5/4, theft, 200 block of Pine Avenue. A

piece of artwork was removed from the front of the residence.

He had apparently entered the property from the water.

Bradenton Beach

Holmes Beach

4/29, warrant arrest, Bridge Street Pier waterway, A boat resident was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay child support 4/28, warrant arrest, 1003 Gulf Drive S. The rental manager said he rented a unit to a man wanted in Sarasota County. Police took him into custody. 4/25, traffic hit and run, BeachHouse restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive S. A driver damaged a car in the parking lot and then fled the scene on foot with his passenger. A K9 unit arrived and located them in a back yard under a boat trailer. They were arrested.


4/30, trespass warning, U.S. Coast Guard Station, 4530 124th St. Ct. W. A Coast Guard officer issued a trespass warning to a man after he was found inside the fenced property, intoxicated and smoking a cigarette near a pyro-tech box marked flammable and hazardous.

4/27, no valid driver’s license, driving with an expired registration, 5800 Marina Drive. The officer stopped the driver after noticing he was not wearing a seatbelt. He admitted to having no license and gave a Mexican ID. The vehicle’s registration was expired. The driver was arrested. 4/29, Baker act, 3200 bock of Sixth Avenue. The police were called because the subject was threatening suicide, due to losing his job. He was taken to a mental health facility for evaluation. 4/29, DUI, 2700 Gulf Drive. The officer pulled over the subject because he pulled out onto the road in front of the officer. He noticed signs of intoxication by the driver and asked if he had been drinking. The defendant said he had been drinking, but had only consumed two beers. The driver agreed to take a field sobriety test and because he could not keep his balance, he agreed to end the test. He was arrested.

Ferry service looks to Sept. launch The plan no longer includes leasing a boat until a new boat is built.

4/30, aggravated battery, Manatee County Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer was dispatched to the beach on a report of a fight. He found nothing, but witnesses said the subjects had left. Later, Bradenton Beach police reported three victims of the fight were at Blake Medical Center. He interviewed them and took evidence. 5/2, suspicious person, 700 block of Key Royale Drive. The homeowner said a woman had tried to get into her house. She showed a security video showing a woman trying all the doors and when she found them locked, she went to a back porch and straightened all the furniture and then left. The cleaning lady advised it was not one of her workers. 5/3, sexual battery, D Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive. The victim said a stranger made sexual advances at the bar. Witnesses provided identity of the assailant’s vehicle, and police are working to find him.



BRADENTON BEACH – Paradise Boat Tours General Manager Sherman Baldwin said he has received most of the necessary permits he needs from the city of Sarasota, and he now plans to start his Sarasota to Bradenton Beach ferry service in September. Baldwin originally hoped to begin service in February, but the permitting process in Sarasota proved more challenging than originally anticipated. One of the challenges involved figuring out exactly where the Sarasota embarkation point would be. It will be along the seawall near the Coast Guard Auxiliary at the 10th Street Boat Basin. With its close proximity to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, this location provides more than enough parking spaces to satisfy the Sarasota Commission. Baldwin still needs a permit from the city of Sarasota to modify the seawall with cleats and other items needed to accommodate the ferry, and he is working with Steve Porter,

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Paradise Boat Tours General Manager Sherman Baldwin provided an update on his ferry service after last week’s Bradenton Beach Pier Team meeting. from Duncan Marine, to get that taken care of. The city of Bradenton Beach requires no permitting process for a ferry or water taxi to make a short stop at the day dock next to the Historic Bridge Street Pier – as long as no financial transactions take place on the city property. When he expected to begin service in February or March, Baldwin anticipated leasing a Gulfport 65 that was sitting idle in St. Thomas while he awaited the delivery of a new 65-foot, 149-passenger Jeddison Catamaran he and his daughter Sarah are having built. The lower portion of the boat is being built in Stuart and from the deck up the boat will be finished in Tarpon

Springs. Baldwin expects the new boat to be ready in late August or early September, and the Jeddison will be the flagship of what may become an expanded fleet that also provides ferry service to and from the Bradenton Riverwalk. Sarasota officials asked Baldwin to wait until after the July 4 boat races to begin service, so he figured he’d wait until September. Once he starts, Baldwin plans to make multiple daily trips between the Bradenton Beach pier and the Sarasota boat basin. He expects the trip across the bay to 31 minutes and the new boat will be equipped with 20 TV screens.

boat Key has taught him the benefits of pools being counted as impervious surfaces that don’t count toward stormwater drainage. “If you change that and make the pool non-pervious, it severely limits what the builder can do,” he said. “I thought I’d never move from here. But where I’m at now, guess what? The house I bought is not better than my house, but I have peace and quiet. I have neighbors like I did when I moved out here,” he concluded. VonAhnen said, “If you haven’t been down 11th Street South, I think you need to go down to the corner on the bay and take a look at what happened and why we left. It’s not Bradenton Beach, it’s a resort.” She suggested limiting rental occupancy for new construction to eight people and grandfathering existing structures to two people per bedroom or two per bedroom, plus two additional guests. “The number needs to stay small. It has to stay less than 12,” she said.

If you haven't been down 11th Street South, I think you need to go down to the corner on the bay and take a look at what happened and why we left. It's not Bradenton Beach, it's a resort." Pricilla VonAhnen Moratorium organizer

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ROSER FOOD BANK needs donations of cash and non-perishable food. Donations boxes are located at the Church, Moose Club, Walgreen's and The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper (corner of Gulf and Palm).

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POOL SERVICES FOUR SEASONS POOL SERVICE. AMI & West Bradenton. Certified Pool Operator. Residential/commercial. Chemical Service Licensed & Insured. Call Dennis Clark 941-737-5657

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PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES. Prompt & Reliable. Meticulous, Thorough, Quality Workmanship. Interior/Exterior. Wall paper removal.. Also minor repairs & carpentry. Free written detailed estimates. Bill Witaszek 941-307-9315

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LOST HEAVY GOLD CHAIN with Blue Stone near 47th Ave in Holmes Beach on December 26. REWARD! Call 908-963-1702

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

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BESPOKE SERVICES, MASTER CARPENTER for all home & office repairs. Also painting, decorating, decking & dock repairs,. Large or small works. Reasonable Rates! Island guy for Island work. Call RICHARD 941-448-3571

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

“WIZARD OF WALLS” Established 1980 Prompt quality service. Paperhanging/removal Faux finishes. Interior painting. Mary Bell 941794-0455

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

LOST MY GRANDMOTHER'S gold wedding band (initials inside and date) at Coquina Beach area. Reward. Call 407-579-1621


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

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


REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE FROM THE HIGH $200’s. Only minutes from the beach, this new active adult community is perfectly located just south of Manatee Ave, off Village Green Pkwy. Perfectly designed, open 2BR or 3BR/2BA plus den & 2CG floor plans. Luxurious amenities, pool, spa, gym, pickle ball and fenced-in dog park. HOA only $190/ month. Models open daily. Contact us 941254-3330 516 N. BAY New Construction. 4BR/4.5BA Incredible Gulf Bay Views. $1,725,000. Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 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 PERICO ISLAND FURNISHED 3BR/3BA townhouse very large floor plan, dining room, walk in closets, den, priced to sell $269,900. Sharon Hightower RE/ MAX Alliance Group 941330-5054

BAY FRONT HOME W. Bradenton Palma Sola 4000 sq.ft. 4 BR/3.5 BA 4 car garage. Stunning Cathedral ceilings. No Island traffic! Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941-232-2216 NEW LISTING BREATHTAKING Gulf Views LONG BOAT KEY 1BR/1BA WEEKLY RENTALS Great Income producing property. Sleeps 4 $439,900 Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-3305054 BRADENTON BEACH CLUB by Owner 2BR/2BA + Den. 1268sf. Pictures? homeaway. com/ 3676751. Interested? Call Owner 813454-7611 $465,000




REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE FANTASTIC WATER VIEWS: PERICO ISLAND Large ground level Villa 2BR/2BA, 2 car garage, den, vaulted ceilings in living room, dining room, sunroom. 11002 Perico Way Bradenton New Price $329,900. Sharon Hightower RE/ MAX Alliance Group 941330-5054 3BR/2.5 BA SINGLE FAMILY HOME. New Kitchen, Roof, New A/C. SPECTACULAR WATER VIEWS. 11433 Perico Island Circle, Bradenton $425,000 . Sharon Hightower RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-330-5054

REAL ESTATE: OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM DRASTICALLY REDUCED. PRICED TO SELL Beautiful Custom Home, 10 Minutes from AMI Beaches Completely renovated in 2016: new stainless/granite kitchen, NEW ROOF, skylight and hardwood floors. Open floor plan, split bedrooms, large lanai, 2210 sq ft under AC, 3BR/2BA/2CG. $329,900 5320 88th St. W., Bradenton Call 941580-0626

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. 1BR/1BA DUPLEX $1050/ mo. on island annual lease. Gulf front studio $1000 annual lease. 2BR/2BA furnished condo at West Bay Point $1850/mo. annual lease. Contact A Paradise 941-778-4800

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ANNUAL RENTAL- BEAUTIFUL, 3BR,/ 3BA canal front home perfect location on Oak Ave 1 block to beach 3 blocks to stores. Dock w/ lift. Spacious and light, granite counter tops and stainless appliances. Large garage, private yard. Available June 1. $2,800 month - 941-321-5454 BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA HOME in Heather Hills Estates. This large home has 960 sq. feet of living space and can be rented fully furnished, partly furnished or ready for your furnishings. The home is in a quiet and friendly 55+ community with access to an 18-hole golf course, shuffleboard court and expansive club house. Home has an open style living room/dining room and a separate den. Includes a carport, lovely front porch seating area and a laundry/utility shed with a washer and dryer. Close to restaurants, shopping and more. No pets/smoking. Just $975 a month. Rent includes water, trash, pest control, yard maintenance, home association fees and more. Drive by and you'll fall in love with its charm. Call 727-902-4005 for more information.

SMUGGLERS LANDING 2BR/2BA/2 Car Port. 40' boat slip. 2 pools, tennis courts. Unfurnished. $1800/mo. Call 770-8833561 ANNUAL RENTAL 3BR/3BA CANAL Home $2500/mo. No Smoking Contact Gina 941-779-9320. Available May 17. An Island Place Realty

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

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SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE: May & June. HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA ground level. Block to Gulf. ANNA MARIA (monthly minimum): 2BR/2BA & 2BR/1BA Both ground level and Close to Beach. 2BR/1BA Gulf Front. Second story. Horizon Realty of Anna Maria 941-7780426 kringco@tampabay. NORTH SHORE DRIVE, Anna Maria. 3BR/2BA Seasonal Rental across the street from Gulf. Heated Pool.

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

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