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An even start to turtle season BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |


Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox reported three turtle nests as of Sunday – one on each city’s beach. The first nest was discovered on May 1, the first day of the season, at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach and the next one on Thursday, May 2, on Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach and another nest later in the week at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. Fox reminds beach goers to avoid nests, which are marked with yellow tape and asks that people who see anything out of order to call her at 941-778-5638. Fox has been patrolling the

On Wednesday, May 1, the first day of turtle nesting season, the sun rose on the first nest at Manatee Public Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers Barbara Riskay and Kasey Gaylord-Opaleski record the location.

Unregistered Airbnb fined $250 per day Court records indicate the property at 302 North Shore Drive is currently the subject of foreclosure proceedings.


Magistrate rules in city’s favor on noise citation The son of an Anna Maria property owner was fined $500 and assessed an additional $150 administrative fee for a noise ordinance violation.



ANNA MARIA – With special magistrate Karla Owens presiding, Anna Maria City Hall served as a code enforcement court and court of appeals on Tuesday, April 30. One of Tuesday’s four hearings pertained to the operation of an Airbnb vacation rental at 302 North Shore Drive being advertised on Airbnb without being registered with the city in accordance with the city’s vacation rental ordinance. When issuing her ruling, Owens gave the property owner, DLVAMI 302 North Shore LLC, until the end of the day to pay $587 in registration fees, pay an additional $150 administrative fee to help cover the hearing costs and provide the city with all documents required to register as a vacation rental.


This duplex at 302 North Shore Drive in Anna Maria has been operating as an Airbnb but is not registered with the city as a vacation rental. Owens said if those conditions were not met by day’s end a $250 per day fine would begin accruing the following day and continue accruing until the matter is resolved. According to Mayor Dan Murphy the Airbnb remained unregistered at week’s end.


Owens ordered college student Conor Lynch to pay a $500 fine for the noise ordinance violation citation





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ANNA MARIA – In addition to her unregistered Airbnb ruling, Special Magistrate Karla Owens ruled in favor of the city Anna Maria on three additional cases addressed during the April 30 code enforcement and appeals hearings. One of the hearings held at city hall pertained to a noise ordinance violation and two pertained to parking violations.


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City prevails in preliminary Sunshine hearing Last week, Judge Nicholas heard preliminary arguments regarding the Sunshine Law lawsuit scheduled for trial in July. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON – Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas ruled in favor of the city of Bradenton Beach when denying three legal actions sought by Sunshine Law lawsuit defendant John Metz. Nicholas denied Metz’s request to disqualify City Attorney Ricinda Perry as the city’s co-counsel in this case. Nicholas denied Metz’s request to make public the transcript and audio recording of the city’s private attorney-client shade meeting in September 2017. Nicholas denied Metz’s request to be told what he said and heard during a Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach (CNOBB) meeting discussion about parking garages. Nicholas ruled in favor of the city’s proposed compromise regarding

Metz’s request to continue and complete Perry’s pre-trial deposition. Nicholas denied Metz’s requests to be awarded attorney fees for the individual legal actions he sought during the Friday, May 3, hearing at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton. Attorney Jodi Ruberg represented Metz at the hearing. His primary attorney, Thomas Shults, was on vacation. Attorney Robert Watrous represented the city and Perry and was assisted by paralegal Michael Barfield. The civil lawsuit filed in 2017 by the city and co-plaintiff Jack Clarke seeks a judge’s ruling as to whether Metz, Reed Mapes, Tjet Martin, Patty Shay, Bill Vincent and Rose Vincent violated the Florida Sunshine Law when discussing parking garage prohibitions and other city business during CNOBB meetings while serving as members of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board or Scenic WAVES Committee. The case is scheduled for a nonjury trial before Nicholas beginning July 15.




Shearon’s request for separate legal services denied Former Mayor Bill Shearon is set to be deposed by attorney Robert Watrous later this month.

A deposition is testimony given under oath in the presence of a court reporter who provides a verbatim written transcript for the judge and others to review. On March 20, Shults deposed Perry for more than five hours. He spent much of that asking Perry about her education, legal qualifications and another lawsuit filed against the city by the Keep Our Residential Neighbors political action committee formed by Mapes and Metz. When deposing Clarke in January, Shults alleged Clarke, Perry and the city acted in bad faith and filed the lawsuit because of Metz’s contentious history with the city and its officials. When deposing Perry, Shults did not pursue that line of questioning. “Ms. Perry’s testimony will also be utilized for a bad faith component of this suit,” Ruberg said during Friday’s hearing. Watrous said he originally objected to the deposition being continued but later offered to limit it to three additional hours.

BRADENTON BEACH – The City Commission rejected former Mayor Bill Shearon’s request for attorney Fred Moore to represent him at his upcoming deposition in the Sunshine Law lawsuit. Shearon submitted his request in writing and requested it be read into the public record at the Thursday, May 2, city commission, which he attended. Shearon was mayor in August 2017 when the commission voted 4-1 in favor of pursuing legal action against six city advisory board members who allegedly violated the Florida Sunshine Law. At that time, Shearon cast the only opposition vote to the commission decision that resulted in his life partner, Tjet Martin, being named as a defendant in the lawsuit. When addressing the commission last week, Shearon said he worked well with Moore when the Moore represented the city during his time as mayor. Mayor John Chappie said Shearon attorney Rob-








HBPD wants kids to take the Turtle Pledge Sea turtle nesting season is in full swing on Anna Maria Island and the Holmes Beach Code compliance staff wants to make sure both the turtles and the Island’s occupants have a great season. Children who do something to help the nesting sea turtles, such as fill in holes on the beach, tell their parents to turn out beachfront lights or remove possible obstructions from the beach, are invited to come visit code compliance officers at Holmes Beach City Hall and take the Turtle Pledge. Kids who tell the officers how they’re helping local sea turtles to have a safer nesting season will receive a free pair of sunglasses. For adults, code officers ask that everyone remember to turn off lights that can be seen from the beach at night or shade them so they can’t be seen, remove all umbrellas, chairs and tents from the beach and fill in any holes made during the day in the sand. If you’re unsure that your lights can be seen from the beach, call code compliance at 941-778-2677 or email for a free turtle light inspection of your property. Sea turtle nesting season continues through Oct. 31.

Waterline hosts hospitality job fair If you’re looking for a job, the Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club might have the position for you. The full-service resort is hosting a hospitality job fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in the Plimsoll Ballroom at the resort, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Available opportunities include full-time and part-time positions in roles such as food and beverage, recreation hosts, front desk, housekeeping and culinary staff. If you can’t make it to the job fair, you can still view available positions and submit an application at https://www. For more information, visit

Time capsule opening There will be a time capsule opening ceremony at Anna Maria Elementary School on Monday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. The capsule was buried 20 years ago. School officials are inviting alumni teachers and interested people to attend.

Know the score Prevention Plus is offering tests to show if you’re in danger of suffering a stroke or heart disease with tests and screenings at reduced prices on Thursday, May 16, at The Center on Anna Maria, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The screenings include stroke/carotid ultrasound for $40, abdominal aortic aneurysm for $40, arterial disease test for $40, thyroid ultrasound for $40, abdominal ultrasound for $95 and heart scan-echocardiogram for $95 or all six tests for only $179. Blood tests, liver, cholesterol, PSA and TSH tests are also available. To register, call 888-667-7587.

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Golf tournament honors a beloved friend

Nancy Franklin is missed by the many people who loved her and worked alongside her. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

CORTEZ – The life and legacy of Nancy Franklin will be celebrated with the inaugural Nancy Franklin Flippin’ Mullet Open Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 18. Franklin was the Swordfish Grill and Flippin’ Mullet Sports Bar bar manager when she passed away on April 15, 2018, after battling cancer. Proceeds from the tournament and after-party will benefit The Blessing Bags Project that provides bags filled with comfort items, quilts, supplies and more to homeless and housing-challenged youths.


“We’re doing this to keep alive Nancy’s joy of giving,” Swordfish Grill General Manager Bob Slicker said. “She did so many good things for our community, and it’s an honor to do this and make it something that will continue in Nancy’s honor. She was an important and loved member of our Cortez tribe.” Swordfish Grill Manager Katrina “Kat” Cox said, “Nancy Franklin was a special kind of person. She could always put a smile on my face no matter what else was going on. Whether we were at work, tailgating in the parking lot or heading to a Lightning game it was sure to end with a smile on your face and your sides hurting from laughing. “Her unique sense of humor was one of the things I loved most about her. She was a very caring person who would do anything she could to help a friend in need. “She is largely responsible for the success of the Flippin’ Mullet Sports Bar,” Cox added. “She organized bus trips, watch parties and other events – many of which raised money for her favorite local charity, The Blessing Bags Project. If there is one thing I learned from



Nancy, it’s to live life to the fullest and enjoy the most out of every day. As Nancy would say, ‘It would be rude not to!” Swordfish Grill manager Greg Koeper met Franklin nearly 30 years ago when she worked at the Lone Star Steakhouse in Bradenton. “We developed a life-long friendship, and she came to work for me when I opened Grego’s Almost to the Beach Tavern. She then ended up being our bar manager at the Swordfish Grill and she established the Flippin’ Mullet as a sports bar and watch party location for Lightning games. She’s dearly missed,” Koeper said. Franklin’s friend Rose Lipke said, “I am so happy to see Nancy being honored this way and happy that it will continue in her honor as an annual event. She made all the fundraisers and charity events we did an absolute joy to be a part of. I miss her spirit, her kind heart, her wicked sense of humor and her no-nonsense demeanor. She is so very missed by so many.” Franklin’s friend and former coworker Nora Davis’ fond memories of Franklin include tailgating after festival set-ups, hanging out in the parking lot after work, Sunday bubbles at the Bonefish Grill, bus trips to Lightning games and the Tom Petty concert they attended in 2017. “Any day with Nancy was a memory in the making filled with love, laughter, camaraderie and

This Tampa Bay Lighting jersey hangs in the Flippin’ Mullet Sport Bar in Nancy Franklin’s memory. Nancy Franklin passed away last year but her legacy lives on. shenanigans. No matter what you were going through or how bad you thought your day was going, she could always put a smile on your face. I learned a lot from her, and she touched my life in ways I could never explain. I miss her, and she will always be a part of me, which makes me blessed,” Davis said.


Teeing off at 8:30 a.m., the tournament will take place at the Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Club in Bradenton and include a longest drive contest, a closest to the pin contest and an opportunity to win a new car for shooting a hole in one. The entry fee for the two-person, best ball scramble is $80 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, cart fee, a goodies bag and lunch and an after-party at the Flippin’ Mullet. Nongolfers can attend the lunch and after-party for $25. The after-party will include fund-raising raffles and a silent auction. Hole sponsors and raffle and silent auction item donors are still being sought. To register for the tournament, sponsor a hole or donate items, email Cox at swordfishkat@gmail. com, call 941-525-0673 or stop by the Swordfish Grill at 4628 119th St. W. in Cortez. You can also contact Koeper in person or by phone at 941-447-5287. The Sun is the media sponsor for this event.

MAY 8, 2019



Anna Maria hosting annual Memorial Day salute The city of Anna Maria will host its third annual Memorial Day Patriotic Symphony Salute on Monday, May 27. The Memorial Day event will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. under the shade sail structure at City Pier Park in Anna Maria. The free symphony performance will feature members of the Anna Maria Island Concert Orchestra. The ceremonies will include a flag presentation by the United States Marine Corps, special recognition of veterans and their spouses or significant others and a wreath placement ceremony. Free refreshments will also be served.


Pier construction enters next phase JOE HENDRICKS | SUN

The city of Anna Maria will continue its Memorial Day tradition of honoring veterans and those who gave their lives in service to our country. City Pier Park is located at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay


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The support bents, timbers and concrete caps that will support the new Ipe wood decking for the Anna Maria City Pier have arrived and are now being installed. This phase of the pier replacement project began near shore on Friday morning and will continue until the construction of the pier walkway and T-end platform is complete. Bids are now being solicited for the construction of the T-end restaurant, bait shop and restrooms.




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Center finances hold steady The Center’s finances are still strong heading into the three months of the nonprofit’s fiscal year. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The end of the fiscal year is quickly approaching, and The Center of Anna Maria Island’s finances are still holding steady. “We’re still very strong,” Board Treasurer Christine Hicks said at the April 29 board meeting, presenting the financials from March. She added that while the nonprofit ended March with $154,849 in net ordinary income, part of that is due to low staffing levels and capital improvement expenses that haven’t come in yet. Executive Director Chris Culhane said the staff is working to get all of the planned capital

improvements, including remodeling of bathrooms, purchase of new fitness equipment and field maintenance, completed so they can apply for reimbursement from Manatee County commissioners. The Center was awarded $125,000 in 2018 from the county commissioners via the surplus concession fund for capital improvements. Culhane said that so far, The Center has spent about $90,000 in capital improvements but only received $25,000 back from the county. Program revenue for the month of March was up to $214,587 after direct costs, ending the month $43,336 over budget. Fund-raising revenue was also up for the month at $289,449 after direct costs. Culhane said the Center’s first-ever fashion show, held in April, will contribute about $4,300 to that month’s financials. Before the 2019 winter tourist season, Culhane said the board hopes

to bring on an event coordinator to help keep the nonprofit’s events running smoothly. In the coming season, he said The Center plans to continue with its annual events, including the Tour of Homes and Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, along with a second concert series, fashion show and a Dine on Pine event similar to the canceled Food and Wine on Pine. Fiscal year to date results for The Center have program revenue at $438,630 with program direct costs at $224,044, general and administrative expenses at $349,187 and fundraising revenue at $366,646 with direct costs at $77,197. After all income and expenses, The Center ended March with $89,188 in net income, $40,405 over budget. “We’re looking to end the year in a good place,” Culhane said. The Center’s fiscal year ends June 30.

Center hosts summer kickoff Summer’s almost here and The Center of Anna Maria Island’s staff is ready to party with the community. The Center’s Summer Kickoff Bash open house


New Director of Development Jim McDaniel joins Executive Director Chris Culhane and the team at The Center of Anna Maria Island. will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. Come on out to view The Center’s facilities, learn about summer camp programs and youth summer sports, and catch all of the action on the pitch during the youth soccer championships and awards.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and side dishes will be provided by The Freckled Fin Irish Pub. The event is free and open to the public. The Center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. For more information, contact The Center at 941-778-1908.




For information, call 7086130 May 9, 6 p.m. – City Commission special meeting May 14, 4 p.m. – Planning and Zoning Board meeting May 15, 5:30 p.m. – Special Magistrate hearing

For information, call 7085800 May 8, 10 a.m. – Charter Review Commission meeting May 14, 6 p.m. – City Commission meeting with work session to follow




May 9, 1 p.m. – Department Head meeting May 16, noon – City Commission meeting May 21, 10 a.m. – City Commission work meeting



May 21, 2 p.m. – Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall May 21, 6 p.m. – West Manatee Fire Rescue board meeting, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton



McDaniel joins Center team After months of searching, the team at The Center of Anna Maria Island has a new director of development. In a May 3 press release, Executive Director Chris Culhane announced that Jim McDaniel had been hired to fill the role, beating out about 190 other applicants for the position. Before joining The Center’s staff, McDaniel served for six years as director of development at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. As director of development at The Center, McDaniel will work to develop a strategic plan and oversee fundraising efforts for the nonprofit.


Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce April Breakfast, Olympic Café, 6408 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 7:30 a.m., $8 for members and $16 for prospective members. RSVP to info@ Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon. Island Time Book Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 6:30 p.m.


Veterans services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Treetots: Wondrous Water, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 10 a.m. Reserve to 941-742-5757 ext. 4. NEST Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 1 to 4 p.m. Hawaiian singer, 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. Joyce Falken Table Captain, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 5:30 p.m., $38.


Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. 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. Jazz night at the NEST, Robinson Preserve, Mosaic NEST, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Reserve to 941-742-5923 ext. 6036.


Nest Nature Days, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Origami Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Thrill of the Grill Cooking Demonstration, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $20. LEGO Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.




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Vickers sentencing set BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – David Vickers’ future will be announced on May 20 after a jury found him guilty of second degree murder and neglect of a child with great bodily harm in the death of 17-month-old Luca Sholey on Aug. 21, 2017 in Holmes Beach. Vickers The crimes carry a minimum sentence of life with a chance of prison release possible. The maximum is life without chance of release.

According to the police report, EMS responded to call of a child not breathing and unresponsive. He was taken to Blake Medical Center and then airlifted to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where he died. The cause of death was asphyxiation, according to the police report. There was indications that the child suffered respiratory distress plus broken ribs and laceration of the lips and mouth. Vickers was the babysitter for the child while the mother, Melissa Sholey, worked. The report said Vickers was often alone with the child. The prosecution is seeking the maximum sentence.

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Tree house case back in court BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – The beachfront tree house at Angelinos Sea Lodge is back in the city of Holmes Beach’s crosshairs as the case goes back to Manatee County Circuit Court to be heard by Judge Edward Nicholas. Both sides met in chambers April 29 to discuss the city’s motion for summary judgement and tree house owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen’s complaint for declaratory judgement and a more definitive statement from the city. The attorney for the owners, David Levin, told Nicholas that the complaint for declaratory judgement was filed on behalf of his clients in 2013 and was never heard. Now that the complaint is being heard, he asked for the opportunity to update the complaint to include all of the activity on the case in the past six years. Attorney Jim Dye, representing the city, did not object to the request and commended Levin for bringing the issue up before the court. Nicholas granted the request, giving


The fate of the beachfront tree house in Holmes Beach is still to be determined by Manatee County courts. Levin 20 days to submit the amended motion and the city 20 days after that to respond before the complaint is heard by the court. Also to be heard with that motion is

the city’s motion for summary judgement. The city’s motion, submitted by Dye, requests that the court rule in favor of the city without further delay, requiring Tran and Hazen to not only

remove the tree house from its Australian pine and wooden pole supported perch on the beach but to also pay the mounting code enforcement violation fines, which accrue daily for as long as the tree house remains aloft, along with other assessed fines and attorney fees. The code enforcement fines alone amount to over $65,000. If granted, the motion would also allow the city to forcibly remove the tree house if the owners refused to take down the structure. Levin said the owners’ complaint for declaratory judgement was filed prior to the code enforcement hearing in 2013. Nicholas said that he doesn’t believe it matters in what order the two cases are heard. He said that if the motion for summary judgement was heard first and he ruled in favor of the city that he would stay the ruling until the motion for dismissal could be heard. A date to hear both motions is planned to be scheduled for some time in the summer.

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Dock project costs become clearer According to the latest proposed timelines, the floating dock project should be completed at some point this summer. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The estimated cost to install a floating dock next to the Bridge Street Pier became a bit clearer last week. The latest cost estimates discussed at the Wednesday, May 1, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) include $52,400 for the Hecker Construction Company to attach the dock floats to the premanufactured dock sections, haul the floats to the dock site, drive and install 25 composite pilings and install the rollers that connect the floating deck sections to the pilings. During last week’s meeting, the CRA members approved the updated $52,400 estimate provided by Hecker and Hecker’s request for an additional $2,300 to rent a forklift for loading and unloading the dock sections currently stored at Hecker’s construction yard in Gibsonton. As a governmental agency, the CRA will purchase the composite pilings and the roller attachments directly to avoid paying the sales tax Hecker would pay if purchasing those materials. According to City Treasurer Shayne Thompson, purchasing the fiberglass pilings from the Decks & Docks Lumber Company will cost the CRA an additional $37,535. According to Thompson, purchasing the pilings from Decks & Docks will save the CRA about $10,000 compared to what it would have cost to purchase


The old floating dock was removed in mid-2016 and the dock space at the end of this gangplank has been vacant since.

the pilings from Creative Pultrusions, as previously proposed. Thompson said the pilings will be ordered once Hecker confirms the engineering requirements. Once ordered, the pilings are expected to be delivered in six to eight weeks. The rollers will cost $7,832 and that purchase is also waiting engineering confirmation. These latest figures bring the estimated installation costs to $100,067. In 2017, the CRA entered into a $119,980 contract with Technomarine to provide and install the dock materials. The CRA paid Technomarine Group $83,682 before cutting ties with it earlier this year due to their inability to complete the project in a timely manner. The total estimated cost of the dock

project is now $183,749. This is $63,769 more than originally budgeted in 2017. In 2017, Manatee County commissioners agreed to reimburse the CRA for up to $125,000 for a dock project not to exceed $250,000. According to Thompson, the county has already reimbursed the CRA for $41,841 for half of what the CRA paid Technomarine. The revised contract terms presented by City Attorney Ricinda Perry last week state, “time is of the essence,” and require Hecker to complete the dock project within six weeks of the pilings being delivered. The contract terms state Hecker would be penalized $500 per day should the dock project extend beyond the contracted completion date. Based on these projected timelines, and barring any more unforeseen

delays, the new floating dock should be open to the public at some point this summer.


During last week’s CRA meeting, Perry said she’s been assured that the updated submerged land lease required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be in place before the dock pilings arrive. Perry, Thompson and CRA chair Ralph Cole are now collectively taking the lead on the dock project formerly guided by Pier Team Facilitator and Police Chief Sam Speciale. Speciale recently voluntarily relinquished his dock project responsibilities. He still serves as the city’s pier team facilitator, a role he has filled for several years.




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SUNSHINE: City prevails in preliminary hearing FROM PAGE 3


Former mayor Bill Shearon listens to the city commission discuss his unsuccessful request for additional legal services.

SHEARON: Request denied FROM PAGE 3

ert Watrous and City Attorney Ricinda Perry are already providing the current city commission members with legal services in this case – and Shearon, as the former mayor, is afforded those same legal services free of charge. Watrous is scheduled to depose Shearon under oath on Friday, May 24. Defendant John Metz’s attorney, Thomas Shults, is scheduled to individually depose Chappie, the rest of the current commission members and some city staff members in May and June. “I’m going to be represented by the person deposing me,” Shearon told the commission. “I don’t think that’s right. That’s kind of like the fox watching the one chicken in the chicken coop. It’s unfair.” Chappie recommended Shearon contact Watrous to discuss his deposition. Chappie also told Shearon he was free to hire independent counsel at his own expense.

“The entire morning of deposition was spent on items not relevant to this case. Why didn’t Mr. Shults ask the appropriate questions at the first deposition?” Watrous said. “Mr. Shults is simply going to have to do the best that he can and focus his questions a bit more pointedly,” Nicholas said when issuing his ruling.


When seeking Perry’s disqualification as co-counsel, Ruberg cited case law and said, “Ms. Perry cannot be both an advocate and a witness.” Watrous said Perry will not act as a trial attorney and will simply assist him during the trial. As a witness for the city, Perry will provide fact-based testimony regarding the type of issues presented to the Planning and Zoning Board – and whether parking and parking garages are something that could foreseeably come before that board. “Reasonable foreseeability is the crux of the case,” Ruberg said. When issuing his ruling, Nicholas agreed it’s highly unusual for an attorney also to be called as a witness. He said if this was going to be a jury trial he would be inclined to agree with the defense that jurors might have difficulty determining whether Perry was stating facts or her legal opinion. Nicholas said he would not be confused as to which is which.

that meeting. “This an attempt by Mr. Metz to invade attorney-client privilege,” Watrous said. “The request for the transcript is not well-taken and is denied,” Nicholas said when issuing his ruling, noting this was not a close call for him to make.



Ruberg alleged compliance technicalities when arguing the shade meeting transcript and recording be made public. Watrous said the opening and closing portions of the shade meeting were conducted in public, the private session was conducted in compliance with state requirements and Metz and his attorneys already have the transcript for the public portions of


City Attorney Ricinda Perry, paralegal Michael Barfield and attorney Robert Watrous enjoyed a moment of levity before the hearing began. Judge Edward Nicholas issued his preliminary rulings last week. Later this year he will determine the guilt or innocence of the six defendants.

When contesting Metz’s request to be told exactly what he said and heard during the July 25 CNOBB meeting, Watrous said Metz has a copy of the meeting recording posted at the CNOBB website and the court reporter’s transcript. “We’re going to play the actual tapes at the trial,” Watrous said. During that July 25 meeting, Mapes proposed a charter amendment initia-

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tive seeking a prohibition on parking garages. Mapes asked CNOBB members if they shared his desire and whether such a prohibition would apply only to a city-owned paid parking garage and still allow a privatelyowned parking garage. In response to Mapes’ suggestion, Metz said, “I say that we do and that we put it more that no parking garage built for public paid parking or something like that. It doesn’t matter whether if it’s by the municipality or some huge corporation.” Regarding Friday’s hearing, Barfield said, “Mr. Metz’s actions wasted approximately $15,000 of attorney time and taxpayer funds and three hours of court time. The city continues to urge the defendants to give due consideration to the favorable settlement offers made.”


Charter review members ready for presentation BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – The members of the city’s Charter Review Commission are ready to wrap things up and present their recommendations to city commissioners. Three of the five charter review commissioners, Sean Murphy, Claudia Carlson and Ed Upshaw, attended the May 2 meeting where they went over a draft of the report to be presented to commissioners and discussed some topics that were not included in the recommendations. One of the topics discussed was a failed attempt to add the matter of city manager to the November ballot. The topic was discussed at length by charter review members, however, at a vote of 3 to 2, it failed to get the supermajority support needed to put it before voters. Both sides of the argument, those who voted against and in favor of the measure, will be recorded and placed

Charter Review Commissioners Sean Murphy, Ed Upshaw and Claudia Carlson discuss the report Upshaw plans to present to city commissioners later in May. KRISTIN SWAIN | SUN

in an addendum to the report to be presented to city commissioners. Other additions to the report include a list of typographical errors in the city charter to be reviewed by the city attorney, along with other charter review commission members and then placed in the charter review commission’s recommendations. Members of the group will meet for the final time at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8. The presentation of the group’s findings is planned for the Thursday, May 30, City Commission work session. After the work session, the recommendations will have a customary first reading by city commissioners, along with a second reading and public hearing, before being sent to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office to be placed on the Nov. 5 election ballot. Though city commissioners will vote on the recommendations, they cannot refuse or change the recommended changes to the city’s charter.

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Dog park users disappointed with lack of progress When City Engineer Lynn Burnett didn’t send updated sketches of the planned dog park facilities to the May Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee meeting, it left some dog park supporters frustrated. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Little visible movement has been made on the city’s plans to relocated and improve the dog park, and it’s leaving users feeling frustrated. During the May 1 Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee meeting, City Engineer Lynn Burnett was expected to uphold a commitment made during her second quarter capital improvement projects update to city commissioners, that she would present resurfacing, grading and drainage plans at the committee’s May meeting. Several dog park users showed up to hear about Burnett’s plans for the park,


The last available plans for the relocation of the dog park include this map featuring a proposed new location of the large dog park were presented to commissioners in October 2018. but Burnett herself was a no-show and her associate, Eron Wasserman, said that the had no plans for the dog park to present. Resident and dog park advocate Renee Ferguson said that she, along

with other park users, felt frustrated after helping to develop a plan for the dog park, being put on hold due to the renovation of the city field complex and then seeing no action being taken on the dog park

while plans are in action for the skate park and other facilities. “We seem to be put at the end of the agenda rather than the beginning of the agenda,” she said, adding that the dog park is one of, if not the most utilized park in the city. Dog park user Terry Green said that he has several concerns about previously presented plans for the park, including parking, access to entrances from parking areas and whether or not the existing dog park pavilions will be saved and reused in the new location. Parks and beautification committee Chair Zan Fuller said that she understands the frustration felt by dog park users. She said that committee members hadn’t seen updated or detailed plans for the new dog park facilities either and agreed to attempt to set up a meeting between the interested parties and Burnett for the week of May 8. As of press time for the Sun, no meeting had been announced.



New plans considered for Grassy Point A new trail for Grassy Point Preserve may be on the horizon, this one located along the waterfront. BY KRISTIN SWAIN


HOLMES BEACH – A new trail is in the preliminary design phase for Grassy Point Preserve that would start near 29th Street and move north to the existing preserve area. Eron Wasserman with LTA Engineers appeared at the May 1 Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification meeting on behalf of City Engineer Lynn Burnett to present preliminary plans for the walkway. Wasserman said that the surveys for the area are done and presented a copy of the findings to committee members. He also presented two preliminary designs for the walkway, one that would be a shell path along the waterway and another that would be a shell path with a small, wooden,


A passive waterfront walk similar to this design could be implemented at Grassy Point Preserve in Holmes Beach to add another entrance to the preserve at 29th Street. observation platform. “It’s in the very preliminary phase of design,” Wasserman said, adding that preliminary meetings have been scheduled with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, which would be overseeing the project, and with a marine life service director to discuss how best to improve the area at Grassy Point without negatively impacting the natural environment and helping to shore up the area against sea level rise. Grant opportunities to help

pay for any future improvements to Grassy Point also are being sought. Before any improvements or trails can be added at Grassy Point, the plans have to not only pass SWFMD approval but also gain the approval of city commissioners. Burnett is expected to present the minutes of the meeting with SWFMD along with her preliminary design plans for the trail to city commissioners during a May work session.

Holmes Beach parks committee seeks Adopt-A-Spot volunteers Volunteers are needed to adopt and maintain various green spaces throughout Holmes Beach. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – The city’s Parks and Beautification Committee is wrapping up its season with the relaunch of the Adopt-A-Spot program. Committee members met May 1 at city hall for their final meeting of the season. Member Susan Anderson announced that one project that’s been in the works since October is ready to be back up and running – the Adopt-ASpot program. Adopt-A-Spot allows business and community members to symbolically adopt a green space area in the city, whether that’s the side of a road or a pocket park. The person or business who adopts the spot is required to do regular clean up and maintenance at the site or hire a landscaper to oversee it.

Adopters are required to conduct at least four cleanups per year, participate in formal cleanup dates designated by the city, provide any needed cleanup supplies and conduct regular landscaping maintenance in accordance with city and state standards at the site. Previously, the Adopt-A-Spot program was a joint effort by the city, Manatee County and Keep Manatee Beautiful. Now a new program contract has been accepted by city commissioners that is just between the adopter and the city. The agreement is voluntary and is initially entered into for a period of one year, with an automatic renewal at the end of the period. The agreement can be terminated by either party with a 30-day written notice. For more information on the program, to sign up to be an Adopt-A-Spot sponsor or to learn what spots are available, contact Anderson at 407-415-2678. Parks and Beautification Committee members will resume meetings in October.

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Patricia Vanderstouw, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church office administrator, shows some of the pajamas collected.

Church collects sleepwear for foster kids After Beverly Ruis, a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran, in Holmes Beach, did some reading about youngsters in foster care in Manatee County, she came up with a idea for a “quick Social Ministry” project – collecting new pajamas for girls and boys, toddlers through teenagers. Ruis learned that many Manatee children and youth come into foster care with only the clothes on their back and knew this to also be true from her own work for the courts in Michigan. “Clothing allowances only stretch so far, and pajamas usually don’t make the cut,” she said. Ruis contacted Alicia Graf, Manatee resource development coordinator of the Safe Children Coalition, which serves about 1,600 children in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. “Absolutely, yes! Pajamas are always a hot item that we need for our children and they always go quickly,” Graf said. “We serve children from newborn to 18 years old in foster care, as well as a variety of other placements and living arrangements.” “ It may seem hard to believe, but some of these kids have never had a new pair of pajamas,” Ruis said The drive got under way in early March, with pajamas brought to the church for blessing at worship on April 6 and 7. At the end of March, three cardboard boxes were already packed with pajamas. The following week, they added three more. The final tally was 134 pairs of pajamas, including nightgowns. Ruis pronounced the project an amazing success. “It was an exciting process seeing so much support from our congregation and visitors,” Ruiz said. “The staff at Safe Children Coalition was very happy and excited too. Alicia Graf told me they are already passing them out.”

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CRA wants pier railings and gazebos painted The city’s public works director and the city’s pier team facilitator oppose the proposed painting project. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT |

BRADENTON BEACH – The city’s seven-member Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) unanimously and tentatively supports painting the railings and gazebos on Bridge Street Pier white, at an estimated cost of $9,400. If the proposed painting project comes to fruition, the pier’s gray composite TREX decking would not be painted. Nor would the top pier railings, which would instead be covered with plastic sheeting similar to the fish cutting areas currently located at various points along the top railings. The CRA members are still debating whether to cover the pier building roofs, including the clocktower and the city-owned Anna Maria Oyster Bar building, with a bright red roof coating. Working in unison with the


The unpainted Bridge Street Pier railings and gazebos may soon be painted white. CRA’s contracted architectural designer, Emily Anne Smith, Joanne Geltman, from PPG Paints/Porter Paints, presented the painting bids to the CRA members on Wednesday, May 1. The $9,400 estimate from L&T Brothers/Lowes Commercial Painting includes painting the pier railings – minus the top railings – the undersides and poles of the

pier gazebos and the clock tower. The clock tower is already painted white. The other areas to be painted are natural wood coated with a clear sealant. Concrete Painting and Restoration estimated $27,950 to clean, prep and paint the wood railings – minus the top railings – the clock SEE PIER, PAGE 29




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Reg changes coming CAPTAIN DAVID WHITE

Spring is definitely here. I think that our weekly cold fronts are behind us. This means a consistent trend in our fishing patterns and bait should remain plentiful. As of May 11, spotted seatrout, snook and redfish will all be closed for harvest of any kind until next year. I’m hearing mixed emotions on this. In my humble opinion, our inshore fishery is accessible to all anglers. From the weekender father taking his young family out on the flat to the wintertime retirement tourist that trailers his/her boat down from up North. This fishery is probably the most important in many aspects from tourism to the future of the fishing industry in general. Who knows if and when the inshore numbers will be back to pre-2018? But I’m happy to see conservation in action. A few fillets now is a small price to pay for the future of this resource. Inshore, the snook, redfish, Spanish mackerel, sharks and even a few tar-

pon are being caught with regularity. The rising sustained temperatures are helping the snapper move in as well. It’s getting really alive with baitfish. This always helps things. Offshore, red grouper, amberjack, blackfin tuna, permit, mangrove and yellowtail snapper are all really good right now. In a trip last week, my clients caught 27 yellowtail in one area alone. Tasty stuff. As we push further into May, I know we’ll be seeing much more tarpon showing up. Good luck and tight lines.


It wasa beautiful week here on Anna Maria, and the fishing was spectacular as well. Our charters experienced a wide variety of fish this week, everything from redfish and snook to trout and flounder. The FWC has announced some regulation changes come May 11, 2019, that will be in affect until May of 2020. SEE CAPTAINS, PAGE 21


Taylor Strout, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, shows off a fly caught juvenile tarpon with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters.

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Rob Shelley from Crystal Lake, Ill., with a nice redfish caught with Capt. Wes WIldman out of Island Discount Tackle.

CAPTAINS: Reg changes coming FROM PAGE 20

Included will be a complete closure of snook, redfish, and speckled sea trout. I believe this is a great move by our state to try and rehabilitate our ecosystem. Rob had a great trip with me this week. He told me he was leaving the next day and just wanted to bend a rod. So we set out to mess with some catch and release redfish and snook. He was able to land his personal best redfish coming in at 28 inches, along with a few slot size fish as well. After we had our fun with the reds, we went after the snook and we landed 30 or so in a hour. This has been par for course on our trips lately, so if catching a snook is on your list I would recommend going next week. Who knows? We may even get a shot a trophy class fish. Stop in at Keyes Marina to book your charter with me. Until next week, catch em' up.


Sister Keys Cleanup Another great Sister Keys Cleanup was conducted Saturday May 4. A sellout crowd of enthusiastic volunteers picked up close to 1,000 pounds of trash and recyclable items. The town of Longboat Key public works helped clear the trails and provided a trash truck and a marine officer to control boat traffic. The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub treated volunteers to an awesome complimentary lunch. Special thanks to Ed and Tina Chiles; Larry Beggs, of Reef Innovations; Officer Josh Conner and SBW's Wonder Woman, Ronda Ryan.




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Chimichurri sauce – a classic favorite Molly O'Connor

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s a personal chef, the number one question I get asked is, "What cuisine do you specialize in?" I basically love all foods and enjoy creating new dishes, so that's a tough question to answer. I received my BA in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. At CIA, I was immersed in cultures from all over the world and trained in cuisines originating from Asia, the Mediterranean and France, as well as Latin and North America. While fine dining has been a big part of my career, comfort food growing up has always had a Tex Mex flair, as my immediate and extended family lived in Arizona for years and years. Later, when we moved to northern New Hampshire, the farm-to-table aspect of food became a big influence in my life. I've embraced these contrasts and now utilize bold flavors, fresh herbs, fruit, spices, and salsas in my food preparation. One of my favorite sauces to marinate with or top on grilled foods is, chimichurri sauce. This classic Argentinian sauce is made with fresh parsley and oregano, but I like to kick up the flavor with cilantro and lime juice, which gives it a Mexican vibe. The sauce is very versatile and can go over skirt steak, chicken, fish, shrimp and even grilled vegetables. Because Anna Maria offers some of the freshest seafood around, I love to add this bright and bold sauce to many different surf meals. So if I was to answer, “What is your specialty?” I would have to say that some of my most popular offerings in my personal chef business are those that include sauces and salsas. The Traveling Gourmet is a personal chef service, catering for all types of events including, intimate dinners, parties, BBQ's and weekly home meal service. For more information, visit

2-3 cloves garlic ½ c. fresh lime juice ¼ c. red wine vinegar 1 tsp. salt (more to taste) 1 tsp. black pepper (more to taste) 2 bunches of cilantro

3 sprigs of oregano 3 sprigs parsley ¾ c. olive oil 1/2 fresh jalapeno (optional)


This recipe can be easily made in a food processor or blender (stems and all!) You can also finely chop the herbs and garlic

and mix together with other ingredients with a whisk. If you are using this for meat, pour the sauce over the selected protein and let it marinate for a couple of hours. Be sure to save a bit of sauce to pour over the grilled meat when done as a finishing touch. This sauce is also excellent to use for dipping at the table!

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‘Present Laughter’ leaves ‘em laughing The play wraps up the Island Players’ 70th season. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER|

ANNA MARIA – The Island Players production of Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” was brilliantly played with good timing and a beautiful art deco look to the set. Coward wrote the play in 1939 but delayed releasing it until 1942. It was set in the 1930s and the Island Players staff had that glib way of talking that was the rage on the stage. Director Mike Lusk had the cast ready to go on the second performance when this reviewer saw it. Heiko Knipfelberg played Garry Essendine, an actor who is reaping the rewards of fame in the bedroom with adoring fans. Knipfelberg did a great job of tying together the parts of the play. He hates to be awakened too early As the story begins, Daphne Stillington, played by Abby Deenik, comes out of the spare bedroom after a night of passion with Essendine. She’s got plans for them, although Essendine wants her to go home. The situation is replayed again with producer Hugo Lippiat’s (played by Peter Ruscoe) sexy wife, Joanna, played by Pamela Hopkins. It seems the women go after Essendine using the excuse that they


Clockwise from the front: Heiko Knipfelberg as Garry, Judy Glynn as Liz, Caroline Cox as Monica, James Thaggert as Morris and Pamela Hopkins as Joanna. forgot their keys, and he invites them to spend the night with him. Finally, the mad scramble to get Essendine’s attention comes to a climax when mentally imbalanced playwright Roland Maule, played exquisitely by Craig Moran, barges in and immediately gets in Essendine’s space. Finally, he has had enough and wanst to go away alone with his estranged wife Liz, played by Judy Glynn. The rest of the cast does a great job of keeping the story going in

this rather long play. Kudos to Daniel Coppinger as Essendine’s valet, Fred; Cathy Hansel-Edgerton as Miss Erickson, the chain-smoking cook; Caroline Cox, as Essendine’s secretary, Monica Reed; James Thaggard as director Morris Dixon; and Denise Handly as Lady Saltburn, an important visitor. “Present Laughter” is worth the time and money. Call the box office at 941-7785755 for tickets or more information.

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Approximately 200 people attended the Anna Maria Island PTO’s Spring Gala Saturday night at The Center. Organizer Janae Rudacille said it looked like the event would net around $28,000 for the PTO. The gala’s theme was “Color splash; A Night of Warhol.” The gymnasium had splashes of colorful plastic lamps and chairs and murals on the walls plus those attending and enjoyed food set out buffet style. and The music spanned several generations from the ‘70s to the present, and auctioneers Don Purvis and Bob Gardner kept up the pace as the bidders raised their hands. Rudacille said the event was awesome and many people helped make it happen.


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At the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach: • Wednesday, May 8, Coloring Club, noon; Island Time Book Club, 6:30 p.m. • Thursday, May 9, a veteran’s services professional will be available to help vets with needs, 9 a.m. to noon; Hawaiian singer, 2 p.m. • Friday, May 10, Forty Carrots - Partners in Play, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 2 to 4 p.m. • Saturday, May 11, Origami Club, 10 a.m.; LEGO Club, 2 to 3:30 p.m. • Tuesday, May 14, Preschool story time, 10 to 11 a.m.; Mahjong Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tech Help, 2 to 4 p.m.; Recycled Book Sculpture, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. For more information, call the library at 942-778-6341.


The Studio at Gulf and Pine at 10101 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria presents “Sharing our Shores” on Wednesday, May 8, with an artist’ reception on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For the past nine years, Anna Maria Elementary (AME) School third- through fifth-grade students have been creating watercolors of local wildlife alongside local artists as part of AME's hands-on environmental education program Throughout the year, AME students are involved with bird watching, growing herbs and vegetables, composting, butterfly gardening, learning about butterflies, turtles and shorebirds. The program will hopefully develop the studenta into leaders who understand the impact a healthy environment has on a community. This is the second year these creative paintings will be on display for the public to enjoy. The May 16 reception is a zero-waste event featuring light refreshments provided by the Sandbar restaurant. One of a kind note cards bearing images of children’s artwork will be available for purchase with 100 percent of the proceeds benefit to AME’s environmental programs. There will be a watercolor demo with island artist Cory Wright and a prize drawing for a basket of art supplies from Creative Art Supply, a sponsor of Sharing Our Shores. Marie Garafano, a local artist who taught all the children to paint, will have artwork on display. Call 941-778-1906 or visit for more information about all of The Studio at Gulf and Pine upcoming artist workshops, exhibits and other cultural events.


Everyone is invited to the Roser Community Church Fellowship Hall at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, for a farewell reception

for Melissa Merkle at 10:30 on Thursday, May 9. There will be a basket for cards-bring or mail cards to the church. Merkle developed Roser Robics and led a health and fitness ministry at Roser Community Church. Merkle came to Roser Church four years ago, when there was no program, but Roser Robics grew to affect 300 people over the years. Roser Robics will continue using videos of Melissa's classes. Roser Robics is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.. This chair-based exercise class is appropriate for older adults and those looking to lessen the impact on their joints. Participants are asked to bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight to be used for class activities. Cans may be donated to the Food Pantry. The cost is donation based. Merkle, co-founder of Boomers N Motion Health Coaching, developed a passion for fitness and nutrition when she was a young girl living in Akron, Ohio. She became certified as an AFAA Group Exercise Instructor while attending Kent State University in 2002, and she later earned her Personal Trainer and Health Coach certifications through ACE.


The Anna Maria Island Privateers wanted to hold a wine tasting, but they don’t drink wine so it’s a rum tasting on Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the. Doctor’s Office, 5312 Holmes Blvd. in Holmes Beach. The cost is $49.99 per ticket, and only 60 tickets are available. There will be 15 of the finest rums a pirate could hope to quaff. Look for their pirate ship Skullywag carrying pirates and wenches. Mail a check to AMI Privateers, P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach Fl 34218, to get on the guest list or contact Jennifer “Mermaid” Price at 585-645-8975 or Tim “Hammer” Thompson at 941-780-1668 for more information. All money raised will go towards the Privateers’ mission statement of “Pirates for Kids and Community.” Visit their Website at and don’t forget to like them on Facebook.


The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department has a learning program for 2-year-olds and younger, also known as treetots, and on Thursday, May 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. they will learn about water at the the NEST at Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Ave. N.W.. Bradenton. They will explore all of water’s states of matter – gas, liquid and solid. Through songs, movement, and hands-on play they will experience the wonders of water. Reservations are required by emailing coral.

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Come out to the NEST at Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Ave. N.W. on Thursday, May 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. to see this wondrous salute to nature and science. It’s free and no reservations are necessary. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve.


Everyone is welcome to listen to jazz Friday, May 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Mosaic NEST at Robinson Preserve, at 10299 9th Ave. N.W. Enjoy classical jazz performed by Dr. Pete Carney and the State College of Florida Jazz Combo, while taking in the preserve’s beautiful scenery. Register by emailing elena.burke@ or calling 941-742-5923, ext. 6036.


Take a walk on the beach at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria on Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. to search for seashells and learn to identify them. This program will explore what makes mollusks unique and bring you up to speed on the latest research in malacology. Learn about ethical seashell collecting methods while discovering a new appreciation for our beautiful shorelines. Reservations are required by calling 941-742-5923, ext. 6036, or e-mailing


The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will open the Mosaic NEST at Robinson Preserve, at 10299 9th Ave. N.W. on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. for exploration and to paint flower pots for Mother’s Day. For one day only, stop in for a flowerpot painting workshop complete with soil and a seed. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required, visit any time during open house hours. For more information, call 941-742-5923, ext. 6039. There is a $5 fee per flower pot, payable by cash only.


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OBITUARIES Donald Edward Munson Donald Edward Munson, age 96, was born in Warsaw, Ind., the eldest son of Donald James and Miriam Azwell Munson. He lived many years in Anderson, Ind., and Erwin, Tenn., before moving with his wife to their home on Anna Maria Island, Fla. After attending Indiana and Purdue Universities, he left college to join the Army Air Corps. He flew 45 combat missions with the 13th Air Force in the Southwest Pacific Theatre of Operations. As a first lieutenant he was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with battle star, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with three battle stars and the Unit Citation before honorable discharge. He was very proud of his military service and fighting for his and others’ freedoms in the US. He was a true example of the Greatest Generation.

Don owned his own business, TriPort Industrial Tools, Blountville, TN for 12 years after serving 20 years as Senior Vice President for Superior Home Corporation in Erwin, Tenn. He was a Masonic Lodge member in Anderson, Ind., and Erwin, Tenn. He was a high school basketball and track athlete. Retiring to Anna Maria, Fla., in 1987, he spent many fond hours at the Bradenton YMCA. Don is survived by his wife of 74 years, Suzanne Yount Munson; three children, Joelle Munson Stitsinger (husband, Glenn), Catherine Munson Bailey (husband, Gary), and Dr. Lizanne Munson Elliott (husband, Perry); son, Kirk Donald Munson, (deceased); grandchildren, Matthew Glenn Stitisinger (wife, Holly), Elizabeth Stitisinger Husketh (husband, Greg), Dr. Jennifer Suzanne Blues (husband, Johnny), and Andrew Christopher Bailey. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge. In lieu of flowers please make any memorial donations to: Bradenton Branch YMCA, 3805 59th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209 Condolences made to


4/26, trespass warning, General Store, 503 Pine Ave. A woman who was harassing customers was ordered to leave. 3/31, burglary to unoccupied dwelling, 100 block of Beach Ave.


4/10, grand theft, Coquina Beach, 1700 Gulf Drive S. Merchandise was stolen from a Beach Market vendor. 4/10, stolen vehicle, La Costa Condos, 1800 Gulf Drive N. An SUV was stolen from the parking area. A witness provided a description of the suspect, and the officer filed a report. Later, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the vehicle and gave chase. The suspect wrecked he SUV, and a K9 dog found him. 4/14, property damage, Imperial House, 700 Gulf Drive N. A driver ran into a fire hydrant. There was no water leakage.




4/25, warrant, 2910 Gulf Drive. Two officers were dispatched to the address on reports that two missing juveniles were there. As they checked out the house, they saw two juveniles jump over the back fence. They called for backup and both juveniles were captured. 4/25, theft, Harrington House, 5626 Gulf Drive. A bicycle was stolen. 4/25, illegal parking, A car that was blocking access to a street was towed. 4/27, criminal mischief, Restless Natives, 5416 Marina Drive. A store window was broken in. 4/27, warrant arrest, 3900 East Bay Drive. The officer spotted an intoxicated man at a trolley sop. His ID showed he was wanted by Manatee County, so he was arrested. 4/29, habitual driving with a suspended license, East Bay Drive. The officer stopped the driver for failure to use a seat belt. His license was suspended and he was arrested. 4/29, noise violation,118 50th St. The officer took reading and issued a complaint.



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AIRBNB: Fined $250 per day FROM PAGE 1

According to the Florida Division of Incorporations website (, Denise Valley has incorporated and dissolved four LLC’s at that address, including two that list 302 North Shore Drive Suite C as the address. According to the Airbnb listing, the Airbnb host is named Floyd and four of the five Airbnb reviews posted in April mention Floyd by first name only. The Airbnb listing addressed at Tuesday’s hearing lists a $97 per night rental rate and touts the property as the “best deal on the Island.” State records list Floyd Calhoun as the registered agent for three dissolved LLC’s using the 302 North Shore Drive address – including the dissolved Here Realty LLC that listed both Valley and Calhoun as registered agents. Neither Valley nor Calhoun attended Tuesday’s hearing.

When presenting the city’s case, City Clerk LeAnne Addy said the unregistered Airbnb was discovered on Oct. 23 by the city’s contracted screen scraping firm that conducts online searches for non-registered vacation rentals. A warning notice was sent to the LLC’s Anna Maria post office box on Oct. 24. A second warning was sent on Nov. 26 and a third on March 7. The last notice stated the alleged infractions would be addressed at the special magistrate hearing if not addressed within five days. “As of today, they’re still advertising on Airbnb and they’re not registered,” Addy said during the hearing. Addy said the property owner owes the city a $297 registration fee for 2018 and a $290 registration fee for 2019. The fees are based on the city’s eightperson maximum occupancy allowance for a three-bedroom vacation rental. City Attorney Becky Vose said the

As of today, they’re still advertising on Airbnb, and they’re not registered.” LeAnne Addy, City Clerk accruing fines would become a lien on the property if unpaid. Vose said if the lien is not addressed and continues to grow the city could eventually pursue foreclosure on the property. During Tuesday’s hearing, it was not known or noted that the property is already the subject of foreclosure proceedings initiated last July by HMC Assets. Manatee County court records list Valley, DLVAMI 302 North Shore LLC and Calhoun and additional unknown tenants as defendants in the ongoing foreclosure proceedings.

A visit to the property on Tuesday revealed a second address, 302 B, painted near one of the elevated duplex’s four garage doors. The Airbnb website includes a second listing for the property that mentions a pending full-scale remodeling effort and an anticipated total occupancy of 20-plus people. “There is room for the entire family plus the in-laws plus the cousins,” the second listing says, noting the Airbnb rental has perhaps the largest swimming pool on the Island, spas and enough room to play volleyball.

MAGISTRATE: Rules in city's favor FROM PAGE 1

he received on March 15 while staying at his parents’ second home at 60 North Shore Drive. The citation lists a Tampa address as Lynch’s primary residence. Owens also ordered Lynch to pay an additional $150 administrative fee to help cover the appeals hearing costs. Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office Deputies Matthew Kenyan and Robert Desch responded to the initial noise complaint at approximately 2 a.m. According to Kenyan, they witnessed people on the balcony screaming and talking loudly. Lynch was asked to quiet things down and warned that a repeat visit would result in a $500 citation. Approximately 45 minutes later, the deputies returned in response to a second complaint. When standing at various distances from the house the deputies could still hear loud talking and low-end bass sounds coming from inside the house. At this point, the citation was issued. Kenyan told Owens deputies responded to prior noise complaints and issued verbal warnings at that address in 2015 and 2017. Lynch’s father, Fred Lynch, attended the hearing. He said his son couldn’t attend because he was taking exams. Fred Lynch said he was not there to represent his son or challenge the citation, but he did

tem turned all the way up, but it was not relevant to the case being discussed.



A family member staying at this Anna Maria home was cited and fined for a noise ordinance violation.

want to express his concerns as a concerned citizen. An email Fred Lynch sent the city was included in the hearing packet. It expressed concerns about harassment by a neighbor and the way the deputies handled this situation. During the hearing, Lynch claimed the deputies used words that were “inappropriate.”

Using a tablet and a portable speaker, Lynch showed Owens a video he shot later that he felt disproved the deputies’ claims regarding the loud bass noises being audible at the stated distances. Owens said she would allow Lynch the courtesy of showing the video he recorded from various distances with the TV audio sys-

Owens ordered Bradenton resident Kathy Brooks-Rock to pay a $50 fine for parking her Volvo alongside Rose Street in the opposite direction of the traffic flow while visiting vacationing friends. The apologetic citation recipient told Owens this was her first traffic ticket, and she didn’t know Anna Maria and other Florida cities prohibit parking in the wrong direction. Owens ordered Bradenton resident Stephen Ierardi to pay a $50 fine and an additional $150 administrative fee for parking his BMW within 20 feet of the crosswalk at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Palm Avenue. Ierardi told Owens he not aware of this law, and there was no warning sign. In both parking cases, Owens said ignorance of the law is no excuse. It was also noted that a warning sign has now been placed where Ierardi received his ticket. Addy said Tuesday’s code enforcement hearings were the first scheduled during her time as city clerk and future hearings would be scheduled once a month as needed.

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One of our favorite topics

t doesn’t take long for a get together with friends and neighbors to morph into a conversation about real estate. One of the preferred topics among the dozens of available real estate topics is second homes, so here’s something that you can float during your next real estate conversation. Government backed mortgages obtained through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac frequently set higher standards for second home buyers. Second home mortgages are different from investment mortgages, which allow renting and always come with higher mortgage rates. But what if you want to rent out your second home but not classify it as an investment property? Second Home Riders which have been in force since 2001, are generally attached to the financing of a second home. The rider has always been interpreted by lenders as prohibiting second home owners with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac backed mortgages from renting the property. This has recently been clarified making rental

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER of a second home more broadly accepted. The new wording for the rider allows homeowners to rent a second home after one year of ownership, and it allows shortterm renting in the first year. The language was amended at the request of lenders looking for a clarification related to Airbnb rentals and other shortterm rental services. Of course, short-term rentals still must meet state and local vacation rental laws. As we know, currently in the Florida legislature there are two vacation rental bills, which as of this writing are going nowhere. If the State Senate and House can agree prior to the end of the legislative session and the bill passes, it would

preempt the regulation of short-term vacation rentals to the state and take the rental authority away from local municipalities. For now, let’s take a look at all sold properties for the month of March reported by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee: Single-family homes closed 8.4 percent more this March compared to last year. The median sale price (half above and half below) was $312,000, 9.5 percent higher than last March. You may recall that February’s median sale price took a dip below the $300,000 mark and was $298,500. The average sale price was $392,616, a 6.9 percent increase. The median days to sell were 58 days, an increase of 23.4 percent, and the month's supply of available properties was 4.2 months, down 8.7 percent. Condos closed 2.8 percent less this March compared to last March. The median sale price was $203,450, up 1 percent. February’s median sale price was $189,000. The average sale price was

$240,995, down 1.9 percent, median days to sell were 74 days minus 14.9 percent, and the month's supply of properties was 4.8 months, down 5.9 percent. Overall, we had a great month. Not only are sale prices up, but properties are selling faster. The flip side are the number of available properties, which is down for both single family and condos. It’s never good to have low inventory; can’t wait to see the April numbers. It’s quite a different story on a national level. According to the National Association of Realtors, March existing home sales declined by 4.9 percent from February and 5.4 percent from last March. Nationally, the month’s supply of properties is down to 3.9 months. Next week we’ll have a little more about Anna Maria’s favorite cocktail party conversation. In the meantime, enjoy your first home and your second home if you’re lucky enough to have one and be happy you live in Manatee County, Fla.

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PIER: Painting railings and gazebos FROM PAGE 19

tower and the gazebo rafters, posts and the decking facia. Artistry Painting estimated $51,890 to clean, prep and paint those same pier features. Smith and Mayor John Chappie are leading the efforts to return to a previously-utilized red and white color theme used on the pier buildings to create a signature thread of color consistency for the pier buildings and trolley stop shelters located in the CRA district that extends from the Cortez Bridge to Fifth Street South. The common color thread may also be one day expanded to include park gazebos and trolley stop shelters throughout the city. That would a require separate decision by the City Commission and use of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general funds instead of CRA funds. CRA members Ed Chiles and Jake Spooner support the pier features being painted white but expressed some concerns about the wide variations in the cost estimates. The proposed pier painting project is contingent on the L&T Brothers/ Lowes Commercial Painting con-

tractor meeting with Public Works Director Tom Woodard to review the project. The paint contractor is then to appear before the CRA members to ensure the accuracy of the cost estimate and the scope of work included. During previous CRA discussions, Woodard and Police Chief and Pier Team Facilitator Sam Speciale strongly objected to the railings and gazebos being painted white. Woodard expressed concerns about the ongoing cleaning and maintenance that would be required. He also expressed concerns about the white paint chipping off when pressure washed. Speciale told CRA members city officials decided against painting the decking, railings and structures when the new pier was to be built in 2014 and early 2015. Speciale said this was due to concerns about the cost and labor required to maintain and regularly repaint those pier features. Speciale also said concerns were expressed back then about white paint increasing the visibility of bird droppings.





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Veteran services information, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 9 a.m. Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. Tour the A.P. Bell Fish House, The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $28. Book Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10:15 a.m. Sunshine Stitchers knit and crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Read, Read, Read!, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 4 p.m.



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Congratulations Amy and Mike Longtime Bradenton Beach residents Amy Lawrence and Mike Cunningham were married on April 27 on Beer Can Island. After the ceremony they took a parade down Bridge Street followed by a celebration at the Bridge Street Bistro. SUBMITTED

Fate of funds now in governor's hands As of Monday afternoon, city officials were still awaiting Gov. Ron DeSantis’ final decisions and his signature on the Florida Legislature’s 2019-2020 fiscal year budget that includes a proposed $5.2 million dollars in state appropriations for the city of Bradenton Beach. If signed by DeSantis, the state appropriations would fund street improvement projects, flood prevention projects, sustainable and alternative transportation projects and seagrass mitigation for a long-desired dredging project. Anna Maria city officials were awaiting the governor’s final decision on a $285,000 appropriation request to further assist with the construction of the new Anna Maria City Pier.




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The third week of adult co-ed soccer play started off quick for Gulfview Windows and Doors with a goal one minute in by newcomer Keith Mahoney. In what would be the first of four points for Mahoney, Gulfview took the early 1-0 lead. Lexi Sato, of Flynn Law, took a shot of her own in the fifth minute of the game only to have it saved by Gulfview goalkeeper Jordan DeMers, who had a total of 13 saves in the game. Team captain Kevin Roman put the first point on the scoreboard for his Flynn Law squad after beating defender Ed Moss. DeMers got his hand on the soccer ball, but there was too much speed behind the strike. DeMers was ready for Roman’s next shot, preventing the go ahead goal. Gulfview’s Aaron Parkin, who went scoreless in the game, took his first shot in the 12th minute of the match. Parkin’s shot went hard off the back of Flynn Law’s Olaf Krause. The hot foot of Ashley Friszman, for Gulfview, could not find the next in this game. Going just left of the post, Friszman’s first shot showed why the defense could not dismiss the lone female on the field. Showing teamwork and an excellent passing game, Sato found Roman in the middle of the field just outside of the box. In perfect position, Roman shot quick and hard just pass DeMers, moving his team ahead 1-2. With the corner kick, Gulfview found the opportunity to tie the game. Perfect placement of the soccer ball and field position by Mahoney lead to the fourth goal of the game, tying it up 2-2. Looking to take the lead back, Parkin crossed to Moss, but the ball went off his foot wrong sending it in the wrong direction out of bounds, leading to the end of the first half of play. The second half started off slow, but the momentum, and action soon picked up with a hard low rocket shot by Roman that went through DeMer’s hands. This third and final goal for Roman and his team gave him the hat trick.


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In the 38th minute of the game, Mahoney got his own hat trick, once again taking the game to a tied score, 3-3. The scoreboard showed just under two minutes of time left in the game when Friszman took her second shot, putting the ball into the hands into Flynn Law goalie Mark Rudacille, who had 10 saves in the game. After a handball in the box by Flynn Law during a corner kick by Gulfview, Mahoney took the penalty

kick with no time on the scoreboard. Goalkeeper Rudacille got a hand on the ball, but could not keep it out of the net, giving Mahoney his fourth goal in the game and his team the win, with the score 4-3.


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Youngster raises money for turtles and shorebirds BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

Spencer Quinlivan is a 9 1/2-year-old animal lover from Pinellas County with a soft spot for sea turtles and shorebirds. He visits the Island regularly, staying in a house owned by his grandparents, and became aware of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. A few weeks ago, he decided to raise money as a school project by selling lemonade, bananas and cookies on Pinellas Trail. According to his father, Patrick Quinlivan, it was cool and windy, and not too many people needed to cool down. “Luckily, there was a busy police station with a lot of foot traffic,” Patrick Quinlivan said. “They all came by and if they weren’t thirsty, they just donated money. He ended up with $215.22.” The family visited the Island a couple of weeks ago and found Anna Maria

Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox, who was impressed with Spencer. She arranged a visit to the Manatee County Marine Rescue headquarters, on Sunday, April 28, thanks to rescue chief Joe Westerman, and Spencer got a Turtle Watch ATV ride down the beach in addition to the Marine Rescue ride personnel Morgan Bakulski and A.J. Nelson gave him. Fox took the money and applied it to AMITW’s education fund, and Spencer went home in with a box of promotional and educational items. “This is what is so right about our Manatee County,” Fox said. Spencer said he learned a lot about sea turtles. “I found out that the wrong lights at night are dangerous,” he said. “We have to use the right lights so the turtles don’t come to the shore instead of out to sea.”


Spencer, center, and parents Allison and Patrick Quinlivan on a tour of a lifeguard stand after raising funds for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.

TURTLES: Even start to the season FROM PAGE 1

beaches with city code enforcement officials at night, looking for lights that might attract hatchlings away from the Gulf and onto dry land where they would likely die. When they hatch, sea turtles head for the Gulf, drawn by the light of the stars and moon. If Gulffront buildings have lights that are visible to the turtles, they could go toward the lights and die from dehydration or be run over by cars. It is illegal to touch a hatchling, so if you spot one, Fox said, call Turtle Watch at 941-778-5638.


During sea turtle season, May 1 – Oct. 31, follow these tips:

• Turn off lights visible from the beach and close blinds from sundown to sunrise; lights confuse nesting sea turtles and may cause them to go back to sea and drop their eggs in the water, where they won’t hatch. Light can also attract hatchlings away from the water. • Don’t use flashlights, lanterns or camera flashes on the beach at night. • Remove all objects from the sand from sundown to sunrise; they can deter sea turtles from nesting and disorient hatchlings. • Fill in the holes you dig in the sand before leaving the beach; they can trap nesting and hatching sea turtles, which cannot live long out of the water. • Don’t use wish lanterns or fire-

works; 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).


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




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

KERN CONSTRUCTION NEW Homes & Remodel. Design/Build. Since 1968. License # CRC1327296. Call Jerry Kern 941-7781115 LIGHTHOUSE PROPERTY INNOVATIONS LLC State Certified General Contractor (Lic. #CGC 1515821) New Construction, Renovations & Additions. Call 941-266-7500 MASTER CARPENTER. Decks-Docks-FencingStairs & Railing. Free Estimates. Handyman Work. Call Richard 941448-3571

LOST & FOUND LOST DIAMOND STONE on Trolley or shops on Anna Maria Island. $500 REWARD. Call 314-324-5921 LOST EYE GLASSES April 19th. Dark men’s frame. Anthony Peoples Design. Call 269-344-7960 LOST WHITE GOLD 18 carat wedding band on Anna Maria Island on beach near Sandbar Restaurant. Call 352-484-4040 if found.

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

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

PAINTING & WALLCOVERING PAINT! PAINT! AND MORE 28 years of experienced interior/exterior custom painting. Pressure cleaning, drywall repairs and texture finishes. Many Island references. Please call Neil for free estimates. 941-812-0507 “WIZARD OF WALLS”. Established 1980 Prompt quality service. Paperhanging/removal Faux finishes. Interior painting. Mary Bell Winegarden 941-794-0455 PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES. Prompt & Reliable. Island Resident. Quality Workmanship. Interior/Exterior. Also minor repairs & carpentry. Free written detailed estimates. Bill Witaszek 941-307-9315

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

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


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

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

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


CANAL FRONT HOMES Holmes Beach – GULF FRONT CONDOS Gulf Place, L’Plage, Vista Grande, SPW, 5400 – DUPLEXES & MORE Island Real Estate ASK Alan Galletto 941232-2216 DIRECT WATERFRONT on AMI! ONLY $599,000 Boat slip, garage & panoramic Skyway views! Call Kathleen White at 941-7730165 Island Real Estate KWhite35@tampabay. INCREDIBLE NEW CONSTRUCTION Home 407 Pine Ave! Prime location to shops, restaurants, bay and beach! $2,295,000 Call Charles Buky Coldwell Banker 941-228-6086 PERICO BAY CLUB! 2 miles from AMI! Largest floor plan available 1866sf. 640 Estuary NOW only $319,000! Call Erin Leathem at 941-4485616 Island Real Estate




REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE SNOWBIRDS GET YOUR Housing lined up for Next Year. For Sale by Owner. 2BR/2BA remodeled in Beautiful Cortez Co-Op Park. Water View. For Personal Showing call 740-398-9846 3BR/3BA POOL COTTAGE North Bay Blvd Anna Maria. $799,000 House on duplex lot. Getting rare! 3BR/2BA Hillcrest Dr., Bradenton. Florida mid century house. NO FLOOD INSURANCE. $549,900. Brenda Boyd May, Broker. Boyd Realty. 941730-8589

RENTALS: ANNUAL ISLAND VILLAGE CONDO Great location across from Holmes Beach, Nice 2BR/2BA furnished second floor condo, 2 car garage, pool and tennis courts. Immediate occupancy after HOA approval. $1,900/mo. Call Paige. 513-382-1992. DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 www.

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ANNUAL RENTALS: 1BR/1BA annual in Holmes Beach available June 1. $1300/mo. 2BR/2BA furnished annual West Bradenton. $1300/ mo. First, last and security. $150 app/lease fee. Call Paradise Realty 941-7784800 AMI COTTAGE AVAILABLE JUNE 1 Spacious 2BR/3BA cottage w/sun room, close to beach, tropical yard, covered patio, and hammock. 3 parking spaces, outdoor shower, close to shops & restaurants. Call June @ Island Real Estate 941-7786066. ANNUAL RENTALS- Holmes Beach 2BR/1.5BA duplex $1,750/mo, NW Bradenton 2BR/1.5BA Furnished Condo, Pool/ Clubhouse $1,300/mo incl. all utilities. Fran Maxon Real Estate 941778-2307. ANNUAL RENTAL 1BR/1BA includes water, condo fees, internet, alarm & trash. Carport. Small dog considered. No smoking. First, last & security. $1450/mo. Call 860-922-3857

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL. Tropical unfurnished elevated 2BR/2BA duplex apartment balcony garage lanai clean private no smoking small pet ok. references $1500/mo Call 970-331-1042 1BR CONDO Semi or annual , big pool, small complex. One block to Beach. Water, Electric, Cable, Wifi included. Beautifully furnished $1550/mo. No pets. Call 941-447-3071 ANNUAL 4BR/3BA LUXURY RENTAL BAY VIEW Holmes Beach recently remodeled 5 minute walk to the beach furnished or unfurnished 2 decks looking at the bay 2600 sq ft. Heated pool, tennis, fishing pier, kayak launch and storage covered parking. Owner pays water, basic cable and trash. $3400/ mo. Call 352-875-6094

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

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$800/ wk 941-704-7525 GREAT RATES! Weekly, Monthly. 3BR/2BA NW Bradenton. Call Grace 941-201-2190 ANNA MARIA 20192020 SEASON. Beautiful 2BR/2BA ground level home with carport. 1 1/2 blocks to Gulf. Updated 2010, new kitchen w/granite counter tops, patio w/ outdoor furniture, plantation shutters, Flat screen TV's in every room. Call 941-5652373 1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR CONDO for Seasonal rental. Heated pool, tennis court steps to Publix, CVS, public beach. #428578 Call 1-877-818-1013

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport: Tampa $95, Sarasota $40, Clearwater $85, Orlando $165. Call 800-301-4816.,

ANYTIME TRANSPORTATION to all airports, appointments, casino, cruises, etc. Tampa $65. Sarasota $30. Pets welcome. Very dependable. Reasonable rates. Contact Jeanne. 941-779-5095 ROGER'S AIRPORT SERVICE. Tampa, St. Pete/ Clearwater, Sarasota/ Bradenton. Call Roger 941773-1469 AIRPORT RIDES- Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota. Reasonable rates! Call or text Anna 941-932-1600

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