VOL 15 No. 8
December 17, 2014
Recall efforts forge ahead A recall petition will be made available to city voters this week. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | email@example.com
BRADENTON BEACH – The efforts to initiate a special election to decide the fate of Mayor Bill Shearon took another step forward Friday morning. Former Bradenton Beach Commissioner Pete Barreda personally presented to the city clerk’s office a statement of organization of a political committee on behalf of Barreda the Committee to Recall William Shearon. “The issues have been well documented. Instead of all the back and forth, let’s have a recall vote. Let the citizens decide and then move forward one way or the other, and get back to normalcy” Barreda said, when discussing the matter Saturday afternoon. see recall, page 10
Residential parking plan taking shape Residents will be able to purchase passes for $10 allowing them to park on residential streets. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | firstname.lastname@example.org
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HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners put in gear a proposal to eliminate street and right of way parking in residential areas, but at least one resident wanted to put the brakes on it. “We’re losing our sense of hospitality. This is not a way to ease congestion. You’ll increase congestion because you will reduce the number of places people can park. More people will be driving around looking for places to park,” resident and restaurant owner Sean Murphy told the board. Jayne Christensen, the new chair of the Island Congestion Committee, presented the plan to commissioners, giving each one a binder that included the proposal, a resident parking permit application, examples of resident parking decals and prices and examples of ordinances from other beach commu-
Santa appeared to be a curiosity for 22-month-old Wyatt Chist, of Bradenton, at the Anna Maria Island Privateers’ gathering at Coquina Beach following their annual Christmas parade last Saturday. See more coverage of the Island’s festivities on Pages 42-45.
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ANNA MARIA – The air was filled with holiday spirit as crowds gathered along Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue to Bayview Plaza to celebrate the Holiday of Treasures on Friday night. Valerie Wilson, of the AMI Historical Society, which sponsored the event with The Sun, said, "The Historical Society would like to thank the participating businesses for their generous gifts which made the two prize tote bags so valuable. “We hope all the stores had the same wonderful turn out that we had at the museum. We thank that Roser children's choir for their great performance. The children sounded terrific despite the chill in the air." The event’s traditional opening was at the AMI Historical Museum with Roser’s Joyful Noise Children’s Choir singing holiday favorites. Carol Clements, who came to hear her granddaughter sing, said, “This is a really wonderful event.”
Nearby, Judy Hildman confided, “In October, I start looking forward to this event. It’s such a fun evening.” Meanwhile across Crescent Drive at Vinny and Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen revelers were making short work of a 225-square-foot margarita pizza that Vinny said took him about four hours to make. Although they missed the pizza, Sandee Pruett and Mark Kimball still declared the evening “magical,” and Sandee said, “Spectacular. The spirit is alive in Anna Maria. I wouldn’t miss it because we look forward to seeing all our friends.” At A Room with a Hue, AnnMarie and Ed Nichols were busy pouring wine, while Bob and Elaine Carley declared, “We come every year; we really like it.” At Shiny Fish Emporium people delighted in falling snow and at Pink and Navy, Jennifer Davey was signing bingo cards for customers while Jen Laney was wheeling 3-month-old Bryce, the evening’s littlest shopper, in his stroller. “It’s great,” Jen said. “It puts everyone in a holiday spirit,” and her mother Laura O’Donnell, added, “I’ve never seen it this busy.”
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Tilly Outhwaite, 6, of England, enjoys the snow at AMI Sun Plaza during Anna Maria's Holiday of Treasures. At Poppo’s Taqueria, Patrick Coleman was pouring a spiced pumpkin ale from Sarasota’s Big Top Brewery for happy visitors, and at The Studio, people were having their caricatures drawn by Michael Wory.
On the other side of Pine Avenue, Ava Harlan admired the headbands at Salon Salon while her mother, Morgan, said, “We came for the kids. Everything is so festive and everybody is so friendly.” At the Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost, Tom Aposporos was pouring Campari and the lines were out the door to sample Kelly Kary’s gourmet delights. Down the road, visitors also lined up at Beach Bums, but this time for tasty grilled hot dogs and burgers. On Gulf Drive, snow fell in The Sun Plaza parking lot while Santa listened to children’s wishes and dreams. Merchants there offered pulled pork sliders and rice and beans catered by Ezio Piccione, while Dips added ice cream and Lava Lava served pineapple upside down cake. The winners of the decorating contest were Olive Oil Outpost, first, and Duncan Real Estate, second. Lisa Boleen and Alesha Branden won totes filled with gifts donated by merchants.
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Watch for drainage and bridgework Two areas on the Island will be busy according to this week’s road report. The state will be working to improve drainage along Gulf Drive, from Coquina Beach to 13th Street. There could be lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday. Work continues on the Cortez Bridge. Crews will work on the bridge expansion bearings and joints, beams, fender wall, sidewalks and the electric system in the bridge tender house, including the generator. The Florida Department of Transportation urges motorists to exercise caution during the repair work. Motorists should note that driving across the bridge will feel bumpy due to the crews jacking the bridge to remove and replace the bridge expansion bearings. Crews will also work Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through December for concrete pouring, weather permitting. Friday night is a backup night in case of bad weather. Work on this project includes general maintenance and repairs to the bridge span, beams, piling, seawall, and bridge tender house.
Robinson Preserve weekend events Join the Salt Marsh Explorers on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Robinson Preserve for a hike in the salt marsh. Be the first to check out the new WCIND-funded Explorer’s Backpacks, stuffed full of tools and activities to get you fully outfitted for an expedition. Break out the binoculars and get a bird’s eye view of the preserve’s avian inhabitants. Put your navigation skills to the test with a compass challenge. Call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039 to register. On Sunday, Dec. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m., Master Gardener Sam Starrett will take walkers on a relaxing stroll to see Robinson’s resident plants undergoing a colorful transformation. Call the Master Gardener office for reservations at 941-722-4524.
Commissioner liaison named Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson has made the following liaison appointments: • Commissioner Judy Titsworth – roads, bridges, drainage, canals and erosion; code enforcement; alternate to Manatee County Emergency Operations; • Commissioner Jean Peelen – legislative; AMI Chamber of Commerce; Manatee County Council of Governments; Manasota League of Cities; • Commissioner Marvin Grossman – buildings and grounds; recreation, beautification and parks; alternate to the Manasota League of Cities; • Commissioner Pat Morton – recycling and solid waste; Manatee County Emergency Operations; police pension board; • Commissioner Carol Soustek– AMI Community Center and Island Congestion Committee.
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From left, Alyce Brady, Chantelle Lewin, Dee Brady, Pat Roberts and Karen MacKay celebrate Dee Brady’s boat, Voyager, winning the boat parade’s grand prize for best decorations
Boat parade sets sail The parade participants had a grand time and helped collect holiday toys for youngsters. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | firstname.lastname@example.org
BRADENTON BEACH – The 11th annual Cortez Yacht Club Holiday Lighted Boat Parade featured a brightly decorated, 12-vessel boat brigade that included power boats, sail boats, a trawler, a former Navy vessel, a well-known support boat, and a canoe piloted by Island visitors Jennifer Gosselin and Pierre Pépin. The group departed Moore’s Stone Crab restaurant around 6:30 p.m., after parade leader Randy Stewart, captain of the Karen Jane, gave the radio command to “light ‘em up.” Aboard the Bradenton Beach Police boat, Officers Eric Hill and Steve Masi accompanied the boaters along the Intracoastal Waterway, passing by the Historic Bridge Street Pier, underneath the Cortez Bridge lined with cheering spectators and over to the Seafood Shack in Cortez where the vessels circled offshore as judges aboard Ray Simmons’ yacht, Deep Cover, determined who had the best decorations. In addition to the fun and the beautiful display of lights, the real
purpose of the boat parade was to collect Toys for Tots to be distributed throughout Manatee County. Collection points were set up at Moore’s and at the Bridge Tender Inn, where the raucous after-party and awards ceremony took place. “We’ve been collecting the toys for a while now, and Annie’s Bait and Tackle, First Bank and the Bridge Tender have been among our biggest toy contributors,” said parade coordinator Laura Ritter. Members of the Marine Corps League Desoto Detachment #588 and the Desoto Unit of the Marine Corps League Ladies Auxiliary attended the ceremony and their presence prompted local musician Doug Bidwell and Bridge Tender Inn owner Fred Bartizal to lead the crowd in a heartfelt acappella rendition of “America the Beautiful” before the awards were handed out. The $500 grand prize and plaque went to Dee Brady and the crew of Voyager, whose traditional style decorations included a snow machine, a decorative kayak and a multitude of colored lights. Brady and Voyager gained local and international attention while accompanying swimmer Diana Nyad on her record-setting swim from Cuba to Florida. Cathy Cartier received a plaque and a $200 cash prize for the best decorated sail boat, Moonstruck.
Capt. Jeff Stephens and his mate, Lisa Bean, were awarded the same for the best decorated power boat, the Island Pearl, an old Navy vessel that now serves as a commercial party boat. The Island Pearl carried passengers in the parade and shuttled folks from the Seafood Shack to the Bridge Tender Inn afterwards. The canoers earned $50 for their efforts that included the use of a borrowed generator that powered borrowed holiday lights and decorations. Ritter presented yacht club member and Gulf Auto Clinic owner Pat Roberts with the first place sponsor’s plaque. The boat parade was organized by the Cortez Yacht Club and co-sponsored by the Bridge Street Merchants and The Sun. “We had a good parade, a good after-party; we collected a lot of toys and we thank Mother Nature for the weather. It’s a lot of work for the boaters, and it’s appreciated that they do this at their own time and expense; and it’s nice for the community too,” Ritter said afterwards.
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Tourism up, future favorable Resort tax funds pledged to AMI in 2014
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HOLMES BEACH – Tourism is up, and part of the reason is that visitors feel at home here, the county’s tourism consultant, Walter Klages, told the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) last week. “You still have this quaint type of old-time Florida, not overrun by high rises,” said Klages, who included high quality restaurants and agritourism among the reasons for the increase. In the fourth quarter of the county’s fiscal year 2013-14 – July through September – visitation was up 7.2 percent from the same period in 2012-13, and direct expenditures were up 11.7 percent, according to Klages. Occupancy was up 3.5 percent to 64.2 percent, while average room rates were up 5.9 percent to $141.10 a night from the same period in 2012-13. In October, Floridians comprised the largest group of tourists to the county, but Europeans were close behind, comprising almost 21 percent of the market, he said, adding that Dutch and Czech tourists are among the visitors for the first time. Klages said he expected 5 percent growth in tourism in the near future. “I think it all comes down to two things
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The new visitor information center at Manatee Public Beach is nearly complete and expected to open soon. that ought to be part of our message – this really is an authentic place and it’s sustainable,” TDC member and Island restaurant owner and developer Ed Chiles said. “I don’t think there’s another market I know of that’s preaching sustainability, and I think we ought to be talking more about it.” In other business: • A new Bradenton area visitor’s guide has been published with two different covers, one featuring Robinson Preserve aimed at prospective eco-tourists. They will be available free at chambers of commerce,
city halls and online at www.bradenton gulfislands.com. • The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau won three Adrian awards, two silvers and a bronze, for marketing efforts directed at sports tourism, summer tourism and “mancations” (men’s vacations, particularly for fishing). • Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore advised the TDC that marketing efforts should be made to educate visiting fishermen not to use sabiki rigs, which frequently hook pelicans.
• Bridge Street Pier (one-time expenditure) $1,000,000 • Beach renourishment $709,414 • Manatee Public Beach/Coquina Beach cleanup $100,000 • Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce $85,950 • Manatee Public Beach/Coquina Beach Bayfront Park changing stations (one-time expenditure) $50,000 • Manatee Public Beach visitor center (one-time expenditure) $45,000 • Manatee Public Beach restroom renovation (one-time expenditure) $45,000 • Symphony on the Sand event (one-time expenditure) $30,000 • Manatee Public Beach/Coquina Beach Bayfront Park bike racks (one-time expenditure) $25,000 • Manatee Public Beach sign replacement (one-time expenditure) $20,000 • SandBlast event (one-time expenditure) $6,000 • Manatee Public Beach visitor center operations (per year for 5 years) $5,000 _______________________________ TOTAL $2,121,364
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GUEST COLUMN Raise the Skullywag BY SUE NORMAND SPECIAL TO THE SUN
I just got home from a visit to family up north, and saw the news about the accident that all but destroyed the Skullywag - unbelievable! This is a "float" known to all Islanders for its participation in local parades, but even more so as a symbol of the Privateers - an organization that helps its community and members of our community whenever and wherever possible. The Privateers give scholarships to local students, donates to the Island Community Center and other local charities, and to individuals who need assistance, including me, when I was shot by an assailant several years ago. My heart goes out to the Privateers on the loss of the Skullywag and to Bob Dominas for suffering in the crash. Kudos to him for his concern for those that hit him - in true Privateer fashion. Wishing Bob a speedy recovery. Please let the community know how we can help with repair or replacement of your "ship" - it's our turn to show our gratitude for all the help the Privateers have given over the years. I am certain that everyone will want to help.
t press time, it was still unclear how extensive the damage is to the Skullywag. The vehicle was hit broadside on Saturday, Dec. 6 on U.S. 41 in Sarasota after appearing in the Sarasota Christmas parade. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident, but the Skullywag is not road-worthy at the moment and could not be used in the Privateers Christmas parade this past Saturday on the Island. The "ship" is built on the frame of an old school bus and the front end and motor come from an old Ford Econoline van. So it's not like the Privateers can just get a loaner replacement while the Skullywag is in the shop for repairs. Everyone is hoping the vehicle can be salvaged, and many Christmas wishes have been sent to Santa to either get the Skullywag back on the road or somehow come up with a different pirate ship. Who knows? Maybe St. Nick's reindeer are up for a little moonlighting.
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Too little, too late? This is the excuse Anna Maria city commissioners used to approve the conditional use permit for the proposed cell tower in Anna Maria. Note the word proposed - this means that there is still time to really look at what the city is about to allow in the center of the jewel, which is Anna Maria. No care or consideration was given to the actual negative aspects of the proposal. The 162-foot high cell tower, with its associated 33 feet x 90 feet metal platform, which is 25 feet high, is to be positioned at the South East corner of the City Hall Park, right on Spring Avenue. It may appear that I am the lone voice at the city meetings, trying to make the commission aware of how the typical citizen is going to perceive this juggernaut landing in
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the center of our village, but many people in close proximity to city hall and their very expensive real estate are going to be impacted for many years to come. If, as the commission claims, we have been talking about the cell tower in Anna Maria for 10 years, what is another six months delay, if, by using this time to relocate the tower and equipment platform means that some of the negative impacts of the installation can be minimized? Moving the tower platform location to the very center of the City Park will go a long way to shielding it behind the trees from surrounding streets and make it less intrusive to the owners and all our visitors who come here year after year, especially for our small village ambience. Alternatively, the tower could be placed on the newly purchased six lot site located by the city pier, as it is mostly
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commercial uses in that area and will minimally impact residential housing. One voice should be enough to make the commissioners pause in this case, as the ramifications of their action will be with us for a very long time. There are other silent home owners who have made their thoughts known to the city in writing over the last several months, but they have been ignored. It is not the case of having waited until the last minute to speak up. We have all been considered collateral damage for the greater good the city is doing, as one commissioner opined in her thoughts. The commission appears to be dazzled by the initial reported $350,000 payment from the cell tower company and salivating over the probable see LETTERS, page 7
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income to the city from the lease payments, in spite of and without regard to the visual pollution necessary to accomplish this. It is odd that they will take money from this developer and accept a massive eyesore, but are vehemently opposed to other devel-
opers building large residential dwellings in the city. In the next few years, the commissioners will move on, cell phone service technology will probably improve and change the need for actual cell towers, but our megalithic contraption will be with us forever. I am appealing to the residents
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of Anna Maria: please go and look at the similar cell tower platform being built in Bradenton Beach, then make your views known to the commission in the hope they will come to their collective senses and revisit this issue. Geoffrey Sugden Anna Maria
The Island Branch Library and the offices of city of Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and on Jan. 1. The offices of the city of Holmes Beach and the Island Community Center will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1. The Island Community Center will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31. The offices of the West Manatee Fire District will be closed Dec. 24 through 26 and Jan. 1. Tingley Memorial Library will close at noon on Dec. 24 and 31 and be closed Dec. 25 through 27 and Jan. 1. There will be no Waste Management or Waste Pro solid waste or recycling collection. All Waste Management residential collections will resume the next day. All Waste Pro residential collections will resume the next regularly scheduled collection day.
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Early Settler’s Bread for sale, AMI Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $5.
Thursday Dec. 18
Friend’s of the Island Library Book Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Successful Women Aligning Together, Bridge Street Bistro, 111Guf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Members, $12, guests, $17. RSVP to email@example.com Knitting/crochet group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.
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Tau Chi and Qigong class, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 9 to 10 a.m. Reserve to 941-742-5757, ext. 6.
Sneak peek shutter stroll, Perico Preserve, north side of Palma Sola Causeway, east of Harbour Isle development, 8 to 10 a.m. Reserve to 941-742-5757, ext. 9. Salt march explorers, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton. Register to 941-748-4501, ext. 6039, Holiday family movie/ craft, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m. Luminary Walk, De Soto National Memorial, end of 75th Street, Bradenton, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Master Gardener tour, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 9 to 11 a.m. Reserve to 941-7224524. Beach Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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AMI Centre holiday At left, visitors help themselves to pasta and meatballs made by financial advisor Stephen Tavano at Edward Jones. At right, Lightning Jack plays the steel drum at Holy Cow. Below, Barry Morrison gets a taste of homemade vegetable soup from Linda Loscalzo at Peachâ€™s.
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Man charged with trying to lure AMI children Police also charged him with drug and drug paraphernalia possession and driving on a suspended license.
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ANNA MARIA – The attorney hired to determine whether the city can control short-term rentals, faced the city commission at a work session last week, explaining his findings and making suggestions for the city to consider. David Levin said when the city’s ordinance defining single-family detached homes was drawn up, it did not include short-term rentals. That same ordinance, which was written in 1996, was in effect on June 1, 2001, when the state enacted statute took away a city’s right to control rentals unless the city had controls already in effect. He said not defining short-term rentals as single-family detached under that ordinance made them an illegal use. After explaining his findings, Levin said if the citizens want to effectuate what is written, they could enforce that prohibition through their elected officials. If the citizens want to move forward with rentals, he would want to see the city change the working of its ordinance. He said if commissioners allow
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ment from a judge as to the legality of the ban? Levin said no, because the owners could appeal in the second district court of appeal. “I’m not going to try to sugarcoat this, if someone with money fights it, they could make it expensive if the city wins because the city cannot regain its expenses if it wins,” Levin said. “The city could make what’s there non-conforming and stop the new ones.” When asked about the possible expense, Levin said he thought it could be $100,000 or more, but not much more. Levin said the city could make it
HOLMES BEACH – Police arrested a 22-year-old man from Ellenton and charged him with trying to entice three 10-year-old children into his vehicle in the 2800 block of Avenue at about 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Enrique Machuca was arrested, booked and released on bail totaling $9,620 later. He was charged with enticing a child under 12 years old three times, possession of methamphetamines and synthetic marijuana, possession of a prescription drug without Machuca a valid prescription and driving with a suspended license. Holmes Beach Police responded to the 2800 block of Avenue C on a report of a Hispanic man with a thin moustache driving a pearl colored sedan asking three children if they wanted a ride. An officer saw the suspect turning turn onto Gulf Drive from 3200 block of Sixth Avenue. He failed to stop on a red light before making a turn. The officer had to turn around to catch up with the suspect, who accelerated rapidly on Gulf Drive. The suspect stopped after seeing the officer’s red
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Attorney David Levin discusses the city's situation in regard to controlling rental properties with the city commission while Commissioner Nancy Yetter reads notes. rentals that already exist and make the owners get licenses, they should amend the code so that short-term rentals could be a use in residential neighborhoods. Levin said if the citizens want to effectuate what is written, they could enforce that prohibition through their elected officials. If the citizens want to move forward with rentals, he would want to see the city change the working of its ordinance. Levin said they could give owners time to stop renting their houses and he said he does not see any legal impediment to enforce the ban now. Commissioner Doug Copeland asked if they enforce the law now, would they need a declaratory judg-
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