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Turtle hatchlings break record on AMI BARBARA RISKAY | SUBMITTED

Baseball statisticians have nothing on Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, which counts everything from sea turtle nests to sea turtle hatchlings like this one - and even nests that were not laid.

Water taxi plans detailed Several potential water taxi funding sources have been identified. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

MANATEE COUNTY – The county’s chief tourism official briefed county commissioners on Sept. 13 on plans in the works for a water taxi between Anna Maria Island and Bradenton, including new funding sources. Revenues generated by the countycontrolled Coquina Beach Market will help fund the water taxi, said Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Revenues generated by the 5% tourist development tax levied on vacation rentals, resorts and other lodging establishments in Manatee County could also be used, as could surplus

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beach concession funds, he said. Falcione is working with Manatee County Public Works Director Chad Butzow and Transit Division Manager Jason Harris to develop the water taxi service under the direction of County Administrator Scott Hopes. In August, Falcione told the Anna Maria City Commission he hoped to present a formal contract proposal to county commissioners on Sept. 13, but he told county commissioners that day that some final details were still being worked out with the proposed water taxi company. Falcione said he and Hopes plan to present a formal contract proposal to the county commission on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and he plans to present the tourist development tax funding request to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) in October. SEE WATER TAXI, PAGE 23

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Sea turtle hatchlings have broken the Anna Maria Island record set by the 2018 crop of local loggerheads, with 35,850 hatchlings so far this year. The number, recorded last weekend by Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, exceeds the previous record of 35,788 hatchlings that made it to the Gulf of Mexico from the Island’s beaches in 2018, and there are more to come. “It will continue to grow as there are nests to still hatch,” Turtle Watch volunteer Barbara Riskay said. Turtle Watch breaks down nesting data into three geographical sections. The first, from the Longboat Key Bridge north to Manatee Beach, has had 17,167 hatchlings so far this year. The second, from Manatee Beach north to Bean Point, has had 17,805 hatchlings so far. The third, covering bayside beaches, has had 878 hatchlings so far this year. The last time turtles set a record on AMI was in 2019, when turtle moms laid a record number of nests - 544. This year’s nesting tally is approaching that record, at 531 nests. Turtle Watch also counts nests that were not laid, known as false crawls, identified by tracks left by nesting mothers that did not dig nests. Sea turtle nesting season ends on Oct. 31.

County, vendors face off on takeover of beach market BY LESLIE LAKE SUN CORRESPONDENT | leslielake@aol.com

BRADENTON BEACH - Manatee County commissioners debated the county’s takeover of the Coquina Beach Market last week as vendors defended ousted organizer Nancy Ambrose. The beach market saga began publicly on Aug. 2 when, in a press release, Manatee County Information Director Bill Logan announced that the county would take over the market from Ambrose. At an Aug. 18 county commission land use meeting, Commissioner Carol Whitmore voiced her opposition. “I think this needs to be decided by the board if we’re going to do this,” Whitmore said. “I don’t believe in the

board interfering with the private sector in this. I don’t want to run a market.” The issue arose again on Sept. 13 when Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) gave an update to the board. “For many months, the county administrator has been going through an optimization process organizationally allowing certain positions to gain more responsibility bandwidth,” Falcione said. “This additional bandwidth gives an expertise and oversight ability to operate the beach market at the county-owned park, allowing the proceeds to go to the community.” Falcione said one market objective is to provide tourists and residents SEE MARKET, PAGE 23

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Pine Avenue roundabout rejected A roundabout was considered as a potential turnaround area for delivery trucks. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – The city commission has rejected a proposed roundabout and delivery truck turnaround area at the Pine Avenue/South Bay Boulevard intersection near the City Pier. Representing the George F. Young engineering firm, Mark Adler presented the requested roundabout plans during a Sept. 12 special city commission meeting. The commission requested the roundabout plans as part of the ongoing Reimagining Pine Avenue safety improvement efforts. The idea of installing a delivery truck turnaround area near the trolley stop by the pier surfaced earlier this year during discussions that at the time included the possibility of transforming the avenue into a one-way street. The commission ultimately rejected the one-way concept, but the delivery truck turnaround remained a possibility as a means of discouraging oversized trucks from turning right on South Bay Boulevard and using Spring and

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The city commission explored the potential construction of a roundabout at the Pine Avenue/ South Bay Boulevard intersection. Magnolia avenues, which are residential streets, to leave the area. Mayor Dan Murphy noted the plans that Adler was presenting were based on the commission’s opposition to purchasing any additional land or securing any additional easements to accommodate a roundabout. Murphy said the city leaders also wanted to avoid impacting the city pier pavilions and the City Pier Park property. Adler said the roundabout designed according to the commissioners’ criteria would accommodate trucks up to 45.5 feet long but would not accommodate

18-wheelers. He said a garbage truck is typically 30 to 40 feet long. Commissioner Mark Short asked if the city could limit the size of the trucks that travel on Pine Avenue. Murphy said the city could impose a weight limit, but he doubted the city could impose a size limit on delivery trucks. He also noted that prohibiting 18-wheeled delivery trucks could negatively impact many Pine Avenue businesses. Commissioner Robert Kingan said he couldn’t support a roundabout project that only provides a partial solution to the delivery truck concerns.

“This is not going to fly with me,” he said. “Not as it stands right now.” Kingan said he wouldn’t support a larger roundabout either. Commissioner Deanie Sebring said she showed the plans to some of her friends and neighbors and they all opposed the proposed roundabout. In response to a question from Commissioner Jon Crane, Adler estimated the proposed roundabout would cost between $175,000 and $225,000. Commission Chair Carol Carter said she envisioned maneuverability problems and she didn’t think the roundabout would be a worthy expenditure of city funds. Participating by phone, Anna Maria resident Alan Ward said a roundabout in that location might produce additional safety concerns for pedestrians, which Adler acknowledged as a valid concern. Short said he was disappointed because the proposed roundabout would have allowed the city to recapture some of the city pier parking spaces previously lost to accommodate the trolley stop. He said he would have liked the city to do more research before abandoning the proposed roundabout, casting the only opposition vote to Kingan’s motion to reject the roundabout plan.


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City center roadwork begins

The long-planned city center intersection improvement project in Holmes Beach is officially under construction. Crews started setting up the week of Sept. 13 in the area in and around the Gulf and Marina drives intersection with construction officially beginning on Sept. 19. While Mayor Judy Titsworth promises that every effort will be made to provide as little disruption as possible, drivers can expect road closures to take place in the area throughout the project, with traffic diverted to residential streets, primarily along Holmes Boulevard, 52nd Street and the coastal section of Gulf Drive. Drivers through the area can expect increased traffic and delays. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year and includes the addition of lighted crosswalks, sidewalks and enhanced bicycle lanes through the intersection as well as lighting and landscaping upgrades.

Beach smoking ban on Anna Maria agenda The Anna Maria City Commission will hold its second and final budget adoption hearing on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. to vote on adopting the $11.4 million budget and the 2.05 millage rate for the 2022-23 fiscal year. At the subsequent regular meeting, the mayor will present the city’s legislative priorities for the Florida Legislature’s 2023 legislative session. The commission will then discuss on first reading an ordinance that proposes banning smoking on Anna Maria’s public beaches. Thursday’s meeting can also be accessed by phone by calling 1-929-205-6099 and entering the meeting ID, 85392000280.

Holmes Beach officials pass smoking ban Changes are now in effect for smokers in Holmes Beach. Commissioners voted on Sept. 15 to pass a ban on smoking in city parks, including on the beach, with a few caveats. No smoking of filtered cigarettes or other filtered smoking items is allowed in city parks, including the skate park and dog parks, and on beaches. The ordinance does not apply to Manatee Beach, which is regulated largely by Manatee County officials, or to city parking lots. Smokers using cigars or unfiltered cigarettes are not affected by the new ordinance. The commissioners’ goal is to reduce environmental pollution and danger to wildlife created by discarded cigarette butts.

Undergrounding funds reduced The city of Bradenton Beach now expects to receive $600,000 rather than $3 million in state funds for utility line undergrounding. During the Sept. 7 Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, City Attorney Ricinda Perry said the city’s contracted lobbying firm informed her the city would receive the $3 million state appropriation approved by the Florida Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year. During the Sept. 15 city commission meeting, Mayor John Chappie noted the state funding was reduced to $600,000. The commission planned to use the $3 million to underground power lines on the north side of the city. Perry said she will bring the commission some alternate undergrounding options for the use of the reduced state funds. Perry told The Sun she was given no explanation as to why the funds were reduced.

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City commission declines paid parking proposal

The city commission agreed to take more time to evaluate the pros and cons of paid parking. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT | jhendricks@amisun.com

BRADENTON BEACH – The city commission has rejected a paid parking proposal that city staff negotiated with Easy Parking Group owner Josh LaRose. After two and a half hours of discussion on Sept. 15, commissioners unanimously supported Commissioner Ralph Cole’s suggestion to schedule a future work meeting to continue the discussion and decisionmaking process that may include soliciting bids from additional operators. Public input from Bridge Street business owners and employees helped convince the city commission and staff to slow their efforts to implement a paid parking program. All parties involved agreed that it’s crucial to address employee parking as part of any paid parking plan. Thursday’s well-attended discussion began with City Attorney Ricinda Perry providing an overview of paid parking discussions to date. She said the goal is to provide more revenues for the city without placing that financial burden on taxpayers and permanent residents who already pay the highest millage rate on the Island. Perry said paid parking revenues would be used for three primary reasons – to increase funding for the police department; to replace, maintain or upgrade the aging city buildings, including city hall; and to improve the city’s existing parking areas.

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On Aug. 30, the commission discussed soliciting additional paid parking proposals but then authorized Perry and a team of city staff members to engage in direct negotiations with LaRose, whose Easy Parking Group

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The public parking lot along First Street North was included in the paid parking proposal. already operates the Community Redevelopment Agency-funded Old Town Tram program. The publicly noticed negotiations occurred at city hall on Sept. 6 and produced the proposal that Perry and LaRose presented on Sept. 15. Perry said paid parking in 56 city-owned spaces at $3.50 per hour would generate an estimated $744,902 in revenue with the city would receiving 63%, or $469,288, and the Easy Parking Group receiving 37%, or $275,614. The 56 parking spaces are located in the public parking lot along First Street North, behind the BridgeWalk resort, and near the police station, public works building and cell tower at the end of Highland and Church avenues. Public parking spaces along Bridge Street were not included in LaRose’s proposal and it was noted that not including them would result in those free parking spots being used by employees and beachgoers. LaRose said the city would incur no upfront or ongoing costs and his company would provide all the equipment and personnel needed to implement, support and enforce a paid parking operation that would require users to enter their license plate number and pay with a credit or debit card.

PUBLIC INPUT

During public input, Bradenton Beach Marina owner Mike Bazzy said he had some reservations

about paid parking and the unintended consequences that could include more visitors and employees parking in residential areas. “If you’re going to do paid parking, do it everywhere, not just in a few locations,” he suggested. Bridge Street Jewelers employee Brandt Clark presented a petition containing the signatures of 360 people who oppose paid parking. Clark asked where the employees would park and he noted those who begin working earlier in the day can’t park at Cortez Beach or Coquina Beach and ride the Old Town Tram because they don’t start running until 11 a.m. Clark said paid parking would take money out of the pockets of the employees the Bridge Street businesses depend on. Paradise Boat Tours General Manager Sherman Baldwin said the business owners he spoke with oppose Bradenton Beach becoming the first city on the Island to implement paid parking. He said paid parking would create additional revenues for the city but wouldn’t address the lack of parking. Mermaid Haven owner Deb Myers said the proposed plan wouldn’t resolve the issue of employees parking in spaces that could be used by customers. Commissioner Jake Spooner said paid parking would create turnover of the existing parking SEE PARKING, PAGE 23


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County leaders play blame game over Kingfish funding The cancellation of planned renovations at Kingfish Boat Ramp means that the shady picnic area will be saved. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | kswain@amisun.com

MANATEE COUNTY – A proposed project at Kingfish Boat Ramp won’t be happening and county leaders are placing the blame for it squarely on the shoulders of city officials in Holmes Beach. County staff members, with County Administrator Scott Hopes adding his voice to the group, said they are prepared to cancel grant funding of $4,500,000 from the Gulf Coast Consortium for planned renovations at the boat ramp, including paving, adding launch lanes, bathrooms, new dock facilities and other changes. Two of the proposed changes that garnered the most public attention were the planned removal of dozens of trees along with the removal of a popular treeshaded picnic area and the elimination of parking spaces to serve as a stormwater retention area until the Anna Maria Bridge is one day replaced. Though it’s designed, construction on a new bridge is not yet

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Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach will not be undergoing a planned expansion that was anticipated to include paving, the addition of a new launch lane, removal of a tree-shaded picnic area and changes in parking. funded through the Florida Department of Transportation. During a Sept. 13 county commission meeting, Hopes and other members of staff said that the reason the grant funding was being canceled is that a permit for construction from the city could not be obtained in time to complete construction before the November 2023 expiration of a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) permit. As that permit had already been granted multiple extensions by the department, staff members said it couldn’t be extended again. In addition to the outstanding

construction permit from the city, other permits also were mentioned as still needed for the project, including one from Manatee County. Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge said he would like to see if there’s some way to recoup the funds that the county has already spent on the project in staff time, engineering fees and other costs. He suggested suing the city, but was cautioned against that action by the county attorney, who stated that the permit application hadn’t been denied by city leaders. In an Aug. 25 email to Hopes, Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth said that

the permit application was progressing through the city’s approval process for site plan changes. She said she was told by city staff that the changes planned for the boat ramp required site plan approval by the city commission to comply with Manatee County codes under the annexation agreement for the boat ramp. Titsworth said that city staff notified the county’s representative for the project, Michael D’Angelo, of the site plan approval requirement on June 7 and 22. She added that building department staff was notified by the county’s project engineer on July 6 that the Kingfish project was put on hold. With no further communication from county representatives, Titsworth said she instructed city staff to continue with the internal site plan review, which was almost complete as of Aug. 25. She added that she believes some of the delay with the project was due to county leadership signing a lease for the Kingfish property with the Florida Department of Transportation instead of FDEP. In a Sept. 15 email to The Sun, Titsworth said that city leaders only had two points of contention concerning the Kingfish project, the removal of Australian pine trees

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Please visit www.holmesbeachfl. org or contact city hall for more information. Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – Code Compliance special magistrate hearing Sept. 27, 5 p.m. – City Commission meeting with work session to follow EVENTS

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Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon.

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Marine Heritage of Manatee County, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. Sunshine Stitchers knit and crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Thursdays in Paradise Stroll featuring local art, music and food, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 5-8 p.m. AMI Business Card Exchange, Beach House Waterfront Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, 5-7 p.m., $5 for members or $10 for members. Reserve to 941-778-1541. Teen yoga, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23

Forty Carrots, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Mahjong Club – Experienced Players, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

Robinson Runners, Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, 7 a.m. Saturday mornings at the NEST, Robinson Preserve Mosaic Nest, 840 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. to noon. Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 2-4 p.m.

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Preschool yoga, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Slicker’s Eatery, 12012 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, 11:30 a.m. Mahjong for Beginners, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. One-on-one tech help, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2-3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28

Aging Series: Disaster planning for older adults, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Turtle Watch Wednesday benefiting Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Hurricane Hanks, 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 4-6 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29

Seashell shore walk, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 9 a.m. Seaside Quilters, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Sunshine Stitchers Knit and Crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Thursdays in Paradise Stroll featuring local art, music and food, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 5-8 p.m.


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Hunters Point canal hearing concludes The multi-day Hunters Point environmental resource permit hearing has ended and the parties involved now await a recommended order from administrative law Judge Bruce Culpepper as to whether the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) properly issued the permit that allows for the construction of 49 residential docks along the Hunters Point-owned canal. The owners of the nearby Cortez Village Marina challenged the permit issued in 2021 and claimed the construction of the Hunters Point docks would impede navigation on the canal used by marina clients. The hearing concluded on Sept. 13 with the testimony and cross-examination of Florida Department of Environmental Protection

(FDEP) staff member Hannah Westervelt. Most of Westervelt’s testimony pertained to the Hunters Point ownership group’s allegations that the marina is operating in excess of its allowed storage capacity and without currently updated FDEP permits. Culpepper accepted Westervelt’s testimony but said FDEP’s ongoing investigation of the marina would have no bearing on his ruling as to whether SWFWMD properly issued the permit that would allow the docks to be built. Culpepper said he will issue his recommended order within 30 days of receiving the hearing transcripts. His recommended order will then be provided to the 13-member SWFWMD governing board that will issue a final ruling.

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BIEO members reject TDC funding change Her fellow island mayors shot down Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth’s idea to explore changing how tourist tax funds are allocated. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | kswain@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth hasn’t gained a lot of support from leadership in local barrier island cities for her idea to change how tourist development taxes are distributed in Manatee County. Titsworth brought up the topic during a Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting where she was joined by Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, Longboat Key Mayor Ken Schneier and Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer. She said that although vacation rentals bring in about 30% of the total Manatee County tourist development tax revenues, her city doesn’t see a lot of it returned. “Tourist development funding is hard for Holmes Beach to qualify for,” she said, noting that the city has only seen about $100,000 of the millions of dollars earned come back to help fund city projects. Titsworth said she’s expecting about $30,000 from the tax this year for Grassy Point Preserve improvements. The funds are assigned to projects by Manatee County commissioners with advice from the county’s Tourist Development Council. By state law, the funds can only be used for specified projects related to tourism. Titsworth said she’d like to see those

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Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy discusses his ideas for alternative infrastructure funding with Longboat Key Mayor Ken Schneier and Town Manager Tom Harmer. funds available for infrastructure improvements or redistributed to local municipalities based on the percentage of the total funds earned by that city. She also said she’d prefer it if the funds could be distributed without the requirement of county commission approval. In the current fiscal year, Titsworth requested funds for bicycle and sidewalk path improvements and reimbursement for seawall repairs necessary to prevent part of Marina Drive in the city’s commercial district from collapsing. While the project was approved by the members of the TDC, county commissioners voted it down, although they did approve the

funds for Grassy Point Preserve. Some county commissioners stated that they didn’t see how the paths and seawall repairs tied into tourism-related spending while others stated that they wouldn’t approve the project because of an ongoing clash between city and county leaders over beach parking in residential neighborhoods. During the BIEO meeting, Titsworth said she doesn’t appreciate how some county leaders are “weaponizing” funding in an attempt to force city officials to meet their demands. Though Murphy said he understands Titsworth’s predicament, he feels that his city has been getting its fair share of the tax funds. Rather than depend

on tourist development tax funds for infrastructure repairs, he suggested making an effort to get a larger cut of sales tax revenue, which is currently disbursed based on population. Harmer and Schneier agreed that they also don’t have an issue with the way the funding is currently distributed. Harmer said that their city’s tourist development tax dollars were primarily used for beach renourishment and maintenance. Unlike on Anna Maria Island, the small number of public beach accesses on Longboat Key means that beach renourishment and maintenance is funded by that city rather than through outside government funding.


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City leaders consider food truck regulations Like its neighbor, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach is working out how to regulate food truck businesses in the city. BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | kswain@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners are reacting to a recently passed Florida law allowing food trucks to operate within any municipality in the state by creating regulations for those doing business in the city. Planning and Zoning Administrator Chad Minor said that while city leaders cannot keep food trucks from operating in Holmes Beach, there are certain ways that they can regulate those operations, including limiting hours and where the food trucks can do business. Some of the rules being considered include limiting operating hours to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily and limiting food trucks to spending two days per week at a single location within the city. The hours would be adjusted for any food trucks taking part in a special event with a temporary use permit, such as a festival at the city field complex. If the proposed ordinance is approved by commissioners, food

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truck operations would only be able to take place in the C-2 and C-3 commercial districts and on finished surfaces outside of required parking for the primary business at the location and off of the right of way. By limiting which districts food trucks can operate in, commissioners prevent them from setting up in residential neighborhoods, at beach access points, at office buildings or at one of the closed bank properties in the city which are zoned C-1 for low intensity commercial endeavors. Operators also would have to meet all applicable fire codes and be open to allowing fire prevention or code compliance officers to inspect the food truck at any time. Oil, water and other waste would be required to be disposed of properly off site, not dumped in landscaping, on parking lots or in the city’s sewer system. The selling of items would be limited to food and beverages and operators would not be able to serve any items from a moving vehicle. Food truck employees would also be required to have access to a restroom facility at a nearby business or other facility. “You’ve buttoned this up very tight,” Commissioner Terry Schaefer said, applauding Minor’s work on the proposed ordinance.

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Turtle Watch Wednesday coming soon BY LESLIE LAKE SUN CORRESPONDENT | leslielake@aol.com

HOLMES BEACH – VIP packages are still available for the upcoming Fourth Annual Turtle Watch Wednesday. The fundraiser for the non-profit Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring organization will be on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at Hurricane Hanks, 5346 Gulf Drive.

TURTLE TIPS During sea turtle season, May 1 – Oct. 31, follow these tips to help turtles: • 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 beach chairs and other 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. To report large holes or other turtle obstacles, call: • City of Anna Maria code enforcement — 941-708-6130, ext. 111. • City of Bradenton Beach code enforcement — 941-778-1005, ext. 280.

The VIP package includes a reserved seat inside Hanks, a swag bag, a Turtle Watch T-shirt and a free drink ticket for $75 per person. The event will feature a silent auction, a live auction announced by Bob Slicker, owner of Slicker’s Eatery, and a 50/50 raffle. Auction items include golf cart rentals and resort rentals. A specially designed T-shirt will be available that evening for a $20 donation.

The funds raised from the event will provide gas for ATVs that volunteers drive to monitor sea turtle nests, and tape, paint and stakes to mark the nests, said Barbara Riskay, a volunteer with Turtle Watch, which has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline for more than 39 years. The group coordinates with county, state and federal officials to conserve sea turtles, particularly loggerheads,

and beach-nesting shorebirds. The fundraiser is free and open to the public. For VIP tickets, contact Riskay at 404-275-9422 or email her at snqqpy24@aol.com. Sponsors are A Paradise Realty and Vacation Rentals, The Anna Maria Island Sun, CabanUp, Florida Underwater Sports, Harbor Lane Court Vacation Rentals, Hurricane Hanks and Mike Sales Entertainment.

• City of Holmes Beach code enforcement — 941-778-0331, ext. 260. • Level sandcastles before leaving the beach; they can block hatchlings from the water. • Don’t use balloons, wish lanterns or fireworks; they litter the beach and Gulf, and turtles can ingest the debris. • 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 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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Turtle nests laid 531 (Record: 544 in 2019) False crawls 490 (Record: 831 in 2010) Nests hatched 439 (Record: 447 in 2018) Hatchlings 35,850 (Previous record 35,788 in 2018) Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring

Esther has packed on some miles in the past week, but she continues to slip down the Tour de Turtles leaderboard, currently falling to eighth place, just ahead of Megan Thee Turtle. Loggerhead sea turtle Esther, who was satellite-tagged on Coquina Beach on June 20 after nesting, refuses to leave the area off the coast of Englewood, where she has spent more than a month. Her nest successfully hatched last month. Mama Esther has traveled 357 miles since the start of the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s 13th Annual Tour de Turtles race on Aug. 1. She is one of 15 turtles competing in her division, with the title going to the turtle that travels the most distance between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, the end of turtle season. Esther is competing to raise awareness of light pollution, and is sponsored by Waterline Villas & Marinas and Mainsail Vacation Rentals.

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that provide shade and nesting habitats for birds along with the picnic area and the elimination of parking spaces on the east side of the boat ramp to turn that area into a stormwater retention area. “This in no way held up any permitting process as Florida statutes do not give us that authority,” she said. In a Sept. 14 email to city and county commissioners, Titsworth said, “Holmes Beach does not have the authority to withhold permitting. This had nothing to do with additional parking. The hold up

was that the planning administrator made the county aware that the annexation agreement required Holmes Beach to administer the permit using the county’s own rules which required site plan approval. I am disheartened by the continued misinformation and deviation from the truth. These improvements also required a new lease between the county and DEP as the original lease was done in error as the ownership of the land was not FDOT. Unfortunately, the county could not complete this in the time constraints of the grant. This is no fault of the city.”

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Volunteers are invited to the Love it Like a Local Beach Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. on Coquina Beach. After a safety briefing, volunteers will be shuttled to locations where they will clean up trash and debris. The cleanup is a partnership between The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Keep Manatee Beautiful. “We typically have great participation for our monthly cleanup events, but we’re expecting a tremendous turnout for the Love It Like a Local cleanup,” said Jennifer Hoffman, Keep Manatee Beautiful’s executive director. “It’s such a great opportunity for this community to come out, spend time together and care for the coastal areas that enrich the lives of the people who call this home.” The Love it Like a Local campaign began last year and encourages visitors to respect the community, providing helpful tips to keep beaches and waterways clean, conserve energy, protect wildlife, support local businesses and more. For more information, call 941-729-9177 or visit www. bradentongulfislands.com/contact.

Anna Maria Wedding Magazine wins two Flagler Awards VISIT FLORIDA announced the recipients of the 2022 Florida Flagler Awards during the annual Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism in Boca Raton on Sept. 1. Karen Riley-Love of the Anna Maria Island Wedding Association and Jocelyn Greene of Green Girl Designs were honored for their work on the Anna Maria Wedding Magazine, which won first prize for the Resource/ Promotional Material-Consumer category and a Best of Show award. The annual statewide competition recognizes outstanding Florida tourism marketing.

Hurricane preparedness information for visitors Despite a relatively calm first half of the 2022 hurricane season, there is no guarantee that storms will not threaten the Gulf coast. VISIT FLORIDA has assembled hurricane information that will allow visitors to make the most informed travel planning decisions possible, as well as assist residents. For more information, visit www. visitflorida.org/resources.

Bayfest needs volunteers The 21st Annual Bayfest is quickly approaching and volunteers are needed for various shifts and duties. Bayfest, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, is a day of food, drink, arts and crafts, a car show and live music. Those interested in volunteering should call the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 941-778-1541 or email info@amichamber.org.


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Holmes Beach commissioners are going back to the drawing board where a proposed plastic straw ban is concerned. Though the proposed ordinance was scheduled for a second and final reading during a Sept. 15 meeting, the decision was made to revamp the document before voting on it due to a wording issue. Planning and Zoning Administrator Chad Minor said that there is a new biodegradable polymer being used to make environmentally friendly straws. Mayor Judy Titsworth noted that the way the ordinance was written would exclude those straws from being used in the city, which wasn’t a goal of the proposed ordinance. Commissioners agreed to revisit the ordinance at an upcoming meeting after allowing city staff more time to investigate viable alternatives to plastic straws.

Commissioners unanimously approved the reallocation of $46,147 from the mayor/commission contingency fund to the parks fund in the 2021-22 fiscal year budget to purchase two residential lots adjacent to Grassy Point Preserve. Mayor Judy Titsworth said the purchase is expected to close before the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Commissioners also agreed to move forward with rezoning 10 city-owned properties, a total of 33.53 acres including the new purchase, from residential to recreation and conservation.

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FISH board works on festival theme The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival raises funds to restore the FISH Preserve, which encompasses about 100 acres of environmentally sensitive land. BY LESLIE LAKE SUN CORRESPONDENT | leslielake@aol.com

CORTEZ - With the 41st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival just five months away, Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) committee members are zeroing in on a pivotal aspect of the festival - its theme. FISH Treasurer Jane von Hahmann told board members at a Sept. 12 meeting that a theme must be chosen soon so that logos can be designed and printed. Several board members suggested opening up ideas to the public for submission, but von Hahmann reminded them that the clock is ticking and rejected the idea due to time constraints. “The School of Fine Arts develops the design and this all takes time,” she said. The board, which meets on the first Monday of each month, is expected to decide on a theme by the Oct.

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A new sign at the west end of the 100-acre FISH Preserve invites people to explore the habitat restoration project from sunrise to sunset. The annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival has raised the funds to purchase and restore the land piece by piece over several decades. 3 meeting. One of the possibilities includes focusing on the Cortez fishing community as a provider of an important source of food. The 2023 festival, which will raise funds to develop the FISH Preserve just east of the historic fishing village of Cortez, is scheduled for Saturday,

Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023. The festival features live music, food, beer, prize giveaways, arts and crafts and a chance to learn about Florida’s commercial fishing industry. Past festival themes and logos reflected pride in the Cortez fishing community.

In 2019, as the fishing industry took a hit from red tide and fish kills, the theme was “Changing Tides.” That year’s logo featured a picture of an octopus juggling issues of concern to the Cortez fishing community, including pollution, red tide, mangrove destruction, foreign seafood, the net ban, overpopulation and runaway development. In 2020 the logo - with the year 2010 crossed out – declared, “10 years later holding steady - Cortez is still white boot ready.” White boots refer to the chosen boot color of local fishermen. The 2021 festival was canceled due to COVID-19, but this year, with a picture of an anchor, crab trap, net and white boots, the theme was “Gearing Up.” In 1981, the first festival drew 500 people. Since then, the festival has grown from a one-day event to two days with an average attendance of 20,000. “Considering that the entire village is less than 10 blocks, that’s a lot of visitors for the community,” according to the FISH website. “There are very few places left in Florida like Cortez. As you turn off the main road into the village it is obvious that you are stepping back in time.”


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all is in the air. Most of our windows and doors are still closed and the AC is on, but the light and the cooling mornings hold the promise of change. This is a change ushered in by cooler temperatures, shorter days and arguably some of the best nearshore angling opportunities we have. As water temperatures drop, schools of bait should migrate inshore with pelagic species like kingfish, Spanish mackerel, false albacore (little tunny), cobia and tripletail hot on their trail. Now is a great time to prepare for the fall season, getting tackle in order at home and keeping an eye to the sky for

diving birds and the water for breaking fish when you’re on the water. All these species will take live bait, lures or flies and can be caught on spinning, bait casting or fly tackle. Except for larger king mackerel and cobia, most can be landed with light tackle, which adds to the challenge. Rigging will depend on the species you’re targeting. Since it’s possible to encounter so many different species in a single outing, multiple outfits are a good idea. Rigging options include wire, monofilament, long shanked hooks, or a combination. It’s possible to catch a kingfish or Spanish mackerel without wire, but your odds aren’t good. Most species shy away from wire, especially in clear water and when the sun is high. That’s when it's time to switch to a long shank hook or a heavy (60-pound) monofilament leader. Even then, it’s possible to get SEE REEL TIME, PAGE 17

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Stay tuned for stone crabs Cortez commercial fishermen are preparing stone crab traps for the start of the season. They can set commercial traps on Oct. 5 and harvest them on Oct. 15, when seafood lovers can get their first taste of the season. More than 1,000 traps will be placed in local waters this season, according to A.P. Bell Fish Co. owner Karen Bell. Above, stone crab traps await the next stage of preparation in the A.P. Bell Fish Co./Star Fish Co. parking lot in Cortez. Left, James Baker, of Cortez, scrubs stone crab pots before the start of the season.

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cut off but you’ll get more action. When using wire, an 8- to 12-inch trace can be tied to monofilament using an Albright special knot (best) or a swivel. If you use a swivel, use black as opposed to a silver one to prevent fish from mistaking it for forage. American Fishing Wire makes a product called Surflon Micro Supreme that is extremely flexible and kink resistant. This wire can be knotted to your lure, hook or fly like monofilament. It also provides greater flexibility and less stretch than monofilament. Umpqua makes a product that’s ideal for fly anglers. Their Re-Twistable Haywire Twist wire is reusable and will allow you to change flies in a snap. This is the quickest and most painless

system to rig wire for toothy fish. It’s safe to switch to wire under low light conditions like early morning, overcast days and late in the day. One of the most effective ways to find schooling fish in the fall is to look for surface action and diving birds in the inshore Gulf waters. But don’t assume fish aren’t present if there are no outward signs of them. Predators can often be found around structures, reefs and wrecks that attract bait. When you find feeding fish, you can approach them by trolling, drifting or with the use of a trolling motor. Whatever method you employ, never let your boat pass through or get too close to the action. With more and more boats and anglers pursuing feeding fish, they are likely to sound and move away. The

best bet is to stay outside the action but within casting distance. If trolling, make wide turns so only your lures pass through the action. Live bait anglers target schooling fish in several ways. By anchoring upcurrent from a likely area, they may deploy a chum bag and then toss wounded live baits to draw fish into casting range. This can be an extremely effective method. Those that prefer artificial lures find spoons particularly effective as well as jigs like the DOA CAL or the Berkley Gulp. One of the most exciting and effective types of lures are topwater models like the MirroLure Top Dog, the Heddon Zara Spook or Rapala Saltwater Skitter Pop. Not only is the strike visual and often explosive, but their action can attract target species.

Fly fishing is also an effective and exciting way to target fall species from cobia to tripletail, Spanish mackerel and even kingfish. The same rigging applies and topwater flies like the Crease fly or Garthside Gurgler can produce some memorable strikes. Clouser Deep Minnows are also a great choice for Spanish mackerel and false albacore. This is a good time of the year to have a 10- or 11-weight rod rigged with a big black fly should a migrating cobia make an appearance. Whatever your fishing style, take advantage of the great action you’ll find in area waters this fall. If you’re new to the game, consider hiring a guide. This is a great way to learn the ropes and a great value when shared with a friend. Good fishing!


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MARKET: County, vendors face off FROM PAGE 1

what he called a unique beach market experience that complements the current assets on Anna Maria Island. He also characterized the county-run market as a source of revenue for the proposed water taxi initiative. Falcione said the county-run market will begin on Nov. 1 and run through July 27, 2023 on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 3-8 p.m. He said there will be about 100 vendors, with a different set of vendors each of the two days. “We stand ready to move this forward,” he said. “We’re ready to roll.”

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Whitmore voiced her opposition to the idea of a county-run market. “I can’t believe this board would actually want to run a business and take it away from the private sector,” she said, adding, “We’re not in the world here to have a business.” Whitmore added, “This is probably going to get passed - it has been rammed through already.” Commission Chairman Kevin Van Ostenbridge voiced his support for the county-run market. “This is a taxpayer asset being monetized by someone else and the taxpayer is receiving very little in return,” Van Ostenbridge said. “We’re now using that asset to fund a water taxi to lower the number of cars by moving the same number of people hopefully out to the Island.” Commenting on the water taxis, Whitmore said, “We couldn’t get anybody to bid on it so I hear we’re buying the water taxis and we’ll pay ourselves back. Who gave that authority to do that?” Commissioner Misty Servia said she could have supported the county-run market, but the proper process was not followed. “This should have come to the board to ask the board what they

wanted to do before the administrator made all of these plans to run the market in a different way,” Servia said.

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Van Ostenbridge then opened the floor to citizen comments. Several Coquina Beach Market vendors who worked under Ambrose’s oversight of the market spoke about her in glowing terms. “Nancy worked around the clock to provide us a beautiful work environment,” said Amanda Champ, characterizing Ambrose as the vendors’ biggest advocate. “Nancy was the matriarch of this beach market,” Champ said. “There are many people that love her.” Vendor Victoria Dargan said, “I have been honored to have been part of the market for the last six years. It’s been run as the best market I’ve ever seen and to have it taken away from Nancy and this shift is very difficult for us to accept.” Dargan said that changing the days of the market and losing Sundays will negatively impact her livelihood, along with many others. “We don’t even know right now who’s going to be accepted (in the new market),” she said. Jean McDonald, a self-described small family business vendor, called the market a consistent safe space in which she generated income. “That woman has the highest integrity,” McDonald said of Ambrose. “The market is a community of hardworking individuals from all walks of life. Nancy played a huge role in the success of our business.” Ambrose is currently looking at other market venue options. A Facebook page, “Where is the Market?” has garnered 1,200 members - many of whom are vendors who have worked with Ambrose and are expressing loyalty and a willingness to follow her to a new venue.

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WATER TAXI: Plans detailed FROM PAGE 1

Falcione said the water taxis would travel from the day dock in downtown Bradenton to the Anna Maria City Pier, and then to the floating dock at the Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach and then to either the Coquina North or Coquina South boat ramp. The return trip would include stops at the Bridge Street Pier and the Anna Maria City Pier on the way to downtown Bradenton. The inclusion of a Coquina boat ramp destination, located across the street from Coquina Beach, triggers the ability to use tourist development tax proceeds for the water taxis, he said.

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Falcione said the water taxi program would feature two 49-passenger pontoon catamaran boats operating simultaneously between downtown Bradenton and Anna Maria Island. He anticipates the service beginning in February or March and initially operating from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Falcione repeatedly referenced a Clearwaterbased company that’s operated a water taxi service since 2015. Falcione did not mention the company’s name, but he later confirmed for The Sun that Clearwater Ferry is the company the county is negotiating with. Clearwater Ferry currently operates a water taxi service three days a week that includes stops in downtown Clearwater, the Clearwater Beach municipal marina, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, North Clearwater Beach and Dunedin, according to its website. Falcione said water taxi passengers would pay $8 for a one-way ride or $10 for an all-day pass, with discounts given for seniors and children. The no-cash operation will accept electronic payments only. Falcione mentioned the Anna Maria Commission’s request that the Island’s hospitality and service industry employees be allowed to ride the water taxis for free when commuting for work. “We’re looking at that. We think it’s palatable. There’s some pros and cons to that,” Falcione told county commissioners. He then noted the water taxi company already has experience and case study data pertaining to employee ridership. County Commissioner Misty Servia said business owners should provide water taxi passes to their employees as an employee benefit. Citing weather concerns and travel on the Intra-

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The Clearwater Ferry company uses pontoon catamarans similar to those proposed for Manatee County’s contracted water taxi service. coastal Waterway, Commissioner Carol Whitmore expressed concerns about using pontoon boats as water taxis. Hopes said county funds would be used to subsidize the up front capital equipment costs that include the two boats. He said liens would be placed on the boats and the liens would later be removed after enough revenues have been generated to cover those initial costs. “It’s not as simple as us going out and buying boats,” Hopes said. Falcione said the county may have to make some county-funded improvements to the proposed water taxi landing locations in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Bradenton. Commissioners Vanessa Baugh and Reggie Bellamy asked whether the water taxis would accommodate bikes, coolers, beach chairs and other items used by beachgoers. “We’ll look at all that. The amenities the families want to bring out are really important,” Falcione said. According to the Clearwater Ferry website, U.S. Coast Guard regulations do not allow bikes on board their vessels. The Clearwater Ferry website also notes their vessels do not have restrooms. To better serve county residents, Commissioner James Satcher suggested including water taxi stops along SR 64 and US Highway 301. Regarding future expansion, Falcione said, “This is just the basic infrastructure to get it going. This is what we and the third-party operator feel would give our best chance for short-term success.” Falcione said future expansion would likely include service to the new hotel being built next to the convention center in Palmetto. “We see it going to Longboat Key at some point. We see it going to Sarasota. We’re going to focus on Manatee County and get it started. As we learn, we’ll branch out and add partners,” Falcione said.

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spaces and allow more people to visit Bridge Street. He agreed that employee parking must be addressed, but if done right, paid parking could be a win for everybody. BridgeWalk resort owner Angela Rodocker provides parking for her guests and employees, but she said she supports paid parking if it addresses employee parking. Rodocker has been critical of LaRose’s operation of the Old Town Trams. She

suggested the city implement paid parking on its own and not give up a significant percentage of the revenue. Perry said a competitive bidding process might be a better route and Mayor John Chappie noted that wouldn’t prevent LaRose from submitting another proposal. Sea-renity Beach Spa owner Amanda Escobio agreed with Rodocker’s comments and cautioned that paid parking could result in some employees deciding not to work in Bradenton Beach, which would fur-

ther exacerbate the ongoing labor shortage. Island Time restaurant co-owner Ron Fuller said he witnessed the paid parking implementation in St. Armands Circle and the initial implementation was “an absolute disaster.” Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said, “I don’t think it’s up to the city to supply parking for businesses. You have a business and it’s up to you.” Police Chief John Cosby agreed that employee parking is a problem, but he

noted city code allows Bridge Street establishments and businesses to be built and operated without any parking requirements. Cosby said he supports paid parking but is concerned that the city is moving too fast. He also said a lot of people don’t feel comfortable with LaRose as the project operator. Some of Cosby’s other concerns are a lack of enough officers to enforce paid parking and that the city doesn’t have the staff or the experience to implement a paid parking program on its own.


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A taste of New Zealand comes to Holmes Beach The British brought fish and chips to New Zealand, and now the flavor loved by the Kiwis has landed on Anna Maria Island. BY JASON SCHAFFER SUN CORRESPONDENT | jschaffer@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH - While fish and chips is a popular menu item at many restaurants on the Island, a new restaurant is hyper-focused on serving the perfect crispy treat. Kiwi Style Fish and Chips has only been open for six weeks, but it’s already becoming a popular spot thanks to their focus on freshness, quality ingredients and friendly customer service. This is the third Kiwi Style Fish and Chips location. Owners Nicole and Wayne Anntagelagi opened the original location in Sydney, Australia in 2004. The couple both had careers outside the restaurant business then, and wanted the freedom that comes with owning a business. Both are avid rugby fans. “We both played rugby, so you could play when you want to if you work for yourself, not when the boss tells you,” said Wayne Anntagelagi, a native New Zealander. “Fish and chips in New Zealand is big stuff. The British brought it to us, just like they brought rugby, so we did it. It gave us time to play rugby on the weekends.”

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From left, Maxi Atisme, Nicole Anntagelagi, Wayne Anntagelagi and Robert Atisme at Kiwi Style Fish and Chips in Holmes Beach. The name Kiwi refers to the kiwi bird of New Zealand, which is so loved by the people they actually refer to themselves as Kiwis, and Kiwi style is a term of endearment for many things originating in the country, or that the natives have put their own unique stamp on. The couple ran the original restaurant, which they later moved to Brisbane in Nicole’s native Australia, for 15 years before setting out to open their second in 2019 on Oahu, Hawaii. They were

planning to open a third Kiwi Style in New York City, but while scouting locations, COVID-19 shut down the city. That’s when they decided on Florida, and after Googling the best places in Florida, the decision was made. “We didn’t want to be in Miami, so we just watched a YouTube video that said Sarasota was one of the best places to live, so in three days we were down here from New York looking,” he said. “We tried to have a crack at St. Armands Circle,

but there was no restaurant space available. Now I’m glad there wasn’t because we think being here on Anna Maria Island is the perfect place for us.” Kiwi Style Fish and Chips may sound exotic, but visitors will find the cuisine is very familiar, just done to the highest of standards. The battered fish and crispy fries are fried in fresh, clean oil that doesn’t leave a puddle of grease, as often found with fish and chips. They serve high-quality cod and haddock that is sourced from a South African company with a stellar reputation in the industry. New Zealand is known for its high-quality seafood, so the couple wanted to make sure this new location was held to their standards. Kiwi Style isn’t just fish and chips; they serve other seafood such as shrimp and calamari. There is also a full burger menu, family packs and even catering for any occasion. Most menu items can be ordered battered, breaded or grilled, so anyone who doesn’t eat fried food has plenty of options. Dine-in and take-out options are available. Kiwi Style Fish and Chips is located at 3608 East Bay Drive. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but plan to extend hours during the winter and spring season. With questions about catering, call 941-704-5040 during regular business hours.


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ou finally found the house, negotiated a price and the contract is signed. What can go wrong from this point? Plenty. You may have read about a little glitch involving credit scores back in August. At that time, it was reported that Equifax, one of the three agencies that monitor credit scores, reported inaccurate credit scores for millions of would-be borrowers over a threeweek period from March 17 to April 6. The problem was reported to lenders in May. Equifax reported that some people who may have been applying for mortgages, auto loans and credit cards may have had their scores lowered or increased by 20 points or more. A 20-point error in a credit score could easily lead to mortgage applications being rejected. This is one of those unfortunate errors that affect borrowers who may have done their homework prior to making an offer on a home and who are sure what their credit score is and their ability to go forward with

Castles in the Sand LOUISE BOLGER a real estate transaction. Mortgage lenders typically pull credit reports from all three agencies: Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. The lenders take a look at all three scores and from there create a combined score, according to the executive chairman of Inside Mortgage Finance. This is when the lender is able to determine whether or not to approve the mortgage application and what interest rate to offer. Since only Equifax was affected, the impact may not have resulted in a lot of people being turned down for mortgages. However, it could have influenced the interest rate offered on a loan, resulting in higher mortgage payments.

If you think a recent loan may have been affected by this error in credit score reporting, the first thing is to contact the lender. They need to review the application process and determine if an Equifax credit score was used in the underwriting process and if the Equifax score was lower than the others used. From there, your lender will determine what exactly this means to the outcome of your loan. This is a great lesson for anyone planning on applying for a loan in the coming months. It would be beneficial to set up alerts with each of the three credit reporting companies, so you know quickly if there is something unusual on your credit report. Ultimately it is your responsibility to pull credit reports on a regular basis and go over them with a fine point, looking for postings that do not apply to you. You always have the ability to challenge anything that looks like an error.

Equifax’s position is that there was no shift in the vast majority of scores during the three-week time frame. For those consumers who did experience a score shift, their initial analysis indicates that only a small number of them may have received a different credit decision. If you feel you need to make a correction on a credit report or score, contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which can provide you with a list of instructions and a sample letter that will assist you in filing a claim. I can’t say enough times that the process of purchasing a home, frequently the biggest investment of a lifetime, has a lot of moving parts. It is up to you as the borrower to be proactive every step along the way. As we’ve seen too many times, large financial institutions make mistakes, so keep checking your credit reports and scores, especially if you’re looking for a home. It’s not over ‘til it’s over, and heaps can go wrong before it is.


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OBITUARIES Arthur "Bo" Hunter Arthur “Bo” Hunter, 71, of Bradenton, Florida passed away Aug. 29, 2022. He was born Jan. 3, 1951 in Petersburg, Virginia to Anne (Seay) and Edwin (Ed) Hunter. Bo graduated from Manatee High School where he played football. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending his time swimming, surfing, spearfishing and also had a passion for horticulture. He enjoyed helping his local church on Sundays, operating the soundboard during services and baptisms. Bo made a living for many years as a finish carpenter. His family members include children, Andrew (Maggie) Hunter and Ian Hunter; a brother, Andrew (Meade) Hunter; sister, Virginia (Scott) McCabe; and companion, Pamela Fankell. Bo was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edwin Haskins Hunter Jr. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Coquina Beach south pavilion in Bradenton Beach. Memorials to the family can be sent to Andrew Hunter, 3304 19th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.

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9/6, 2:52 a.m., camping, 3900 Sixth Ave. The officer saw a man sleeping on a bench using a bag as a pillow. Due to the time of night, the man was in violation of the city ordinance against camping. The officer made contact and the man said he was unaware of the ordinance and was issued a notice to appear in court for the violation.

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9/9, 11:25 a.m., forgery, 102 78th St. A man came to the police station and informed the officer that a $2,000 check he had written to his condo association had not been received. After making contact with his bank, they said the check had been cashed in the amount of $4,000 and provided him with a copy of the check. The officer immediately noticed the amount of $2,000 had been written over and changed to $4,000. A copy of the check was added to the case file. No suspect has yet been identified.

9/10, 7:19 p.m., information report, 3200 E. Bay Drive. Two officers arrived at Walgreens after receiving a call that two juveniles were fighting. No employees could confirm the fight. A witness said she observed them fighting in a parked car in the parking lot, but after making contact, the juveniles denied anything physical had taken place. The officers came to the conclusion that no battery had taken place. One of the juvenile’s mothers was contacted by phone and agreed the two should be separated. The other’s par-

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ent was at work and could not be reached at the time. No charges were filed. 9/11, 10:30 a.m., grand theft, 6913 Holmes Blvd. Police were alerted to a theft of equipment from a Manatee Towing vehicle. The loss was estimated at $996. The complainant said he would ask the neighbors if there was any security footage of the incident, but none has been obtained thus far.

New city planner arrives Ashley Austin is now serving as the city planner for the city of Anna Maria. After relocating her family from Texas to Sarasota, Austin began her new role with the city on Aug. 29. She succeeds former city planner Chad Minor. JOE HENDRICKS | SUN


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Paddlers wanted AMI Paddlers from Paradise started the paddling season with their first practice on Sept. 15. There was lots of excitement, energy and smiles! Those interested in paddling with the team for recreational or competitive fun, call Melinda Bradway at 941-462-2626.

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Season opener ends in tie BY MONICA SIMPSON SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANNA MARIA – With a week of practice under their belt, eight youth soccer teams took to The Center fields for this season’s kickoff games last Tuesday night. In the U10 league, LaPensee Plumbing’s TJ Hagey and Preston LaPensee each had a hat trick in the game, scoring all six of LaPensee Plumbing’s points in the night. Cloud Pest Control answered back with a single goal by Gabriel Spann. Both goalies, Owen Mahoney for LaPensee and Thadeous Daniels for Cloud, had two recorded saves in week one action. Island Real Estate’s scoring came from Callin Westfall with a solo goal and Oliver Barr with two points. Aidan Guess prevented the shutout with a goal for AMI Coconuts. In a hard-played week one game, Sato Real Estate and Solid Rock Construction ended their battle royale in a 1-1 tie. Sato Real Estate’s Gunnar Maize had three big saves in the matchup, while his counterpart on the opposite end of the pitch, Isaac Roadman, made two essential stops for Solid Rock Construction. Roadman’s brother, Obe Roadman, was credited with an assist with the single Solid

Rock goal by Matthew Darak. Veteran player Dylan Sato stuck with confidence, scoring Sato Real Estate’s only point in the closest matchup of the season opener. The U14 league saw one game played on the big field at the community center - Progressive Cabinetry struggled against the dominance of team HSH. With no mercy rule in place, HSH won the first game of the season 11-0. Scoring by Braelyn Curtis, Ava Gitt, Sterling Holiday, Krosby Lamison, Jasmine Sparks, Jack Zaccagnino and Jesse Zaccagnino took the HSH squad to victory. At the end of week one action, it is too early to tell which teams will top the charts. With an entire season ahead of them, any of the dynamic and hardworking teams could go all the way to the championship games.

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Solid Rock’s Turner Worth and Brandon Sato, for Sato Real Estate, work the soccer ball down the U10 pitch in the season opener.

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First Place - tie between Jim Hill and Terry Schaefer with a score of +1

SEPT. 15 - SCRAMBLE

First Place Team - Rod Hammonds, Ron Huibers, Ken Nagengast and Blake Ress with a score of 29, 3 under par.


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Answers to 09-14-22 Crossword Puzzle.

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49 Cardinal's headgear 51 A lot more than a little 52 Classroom furniture 54 Sweat spot 55 "Dang!" 57 Compete

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ANNOUNCEMENTS BEACH YOGA ON Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 8:30am at the end of Pine Ave by the Sandbar Restaurant by donation. Classes on Tuesdays & Fridays at 8:30 at 100 Broadway St. on LBK. www.thriveyogafit.com THE BEST VOLUNTEER position on the island. The AMI Historical Museum needs docents and bread makers. Call Kathy Primeau at 989-560-6381. ROSER FOOD BANK needs donations of cash and non-perishable food, PAPER & PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS. Donations boxes are located at the Church, Moose Club, and Walgreen’s. HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS WANTED to assist at our information desk, especially weekends. Great for teens needing volunteer hours (16yrs+). Other assignments available. Please call the Blake Volunteer Office at 941-798-6151.

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The award-winning ANNA MARIA ISLAND SUN, a weekly newspaper on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is looking for a freelance reporter/photographer to cover events on this tourism-driven island. The ideal candidate will have reporting and photography experience at a community newspaper and have some experience writing for a news website. Local residents or those with previous local knowledge and willing to relocate here a plus. Resumes and cover letters may be mailed to The Anna Maria Island Sun, P.O Box 1189, Anna Maria, FL 34216, Attention: Mike Field, publisher.

ESTATE SALE ESTATE SALE FRIDAY September 23. 9:30-2pm. 605 Ivanhoe Lane, Holmes Beach. Love seat sofa bed, rattan dinette, pair of Bar stools, 3 Stressless chairs, queen size Danish teak bed set, TV, set of TV trays, china cabinet, glass top dining room set, coffee table, desk, dresser, some tools, kitchen ware, set of china, paintings, china glass, Bric-a-brac. See pics at estatesales.net. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers given out at 8am

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EMPLOYMENT HOUSEKEEPER F/T, PT, Hotel on Anna Maria Island. Contact Rick 813-735-4373. PERSON OR PERSONS for home maintenance. 2 days per week,4 hours per day,$20/hr Clean furniture, deck ,windows, etc Call 941-713-1586 NOW HIRING ENTHUSIASTIC front desk and sales person and Esthetician. Leah Chavie Skincare 6646 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton 941-896-7225

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS TILE! TILE! TILE! All variations of tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship. Prompt, reliable, many Island references. Free estimates. Neil 941-726-3077 RENOVATION SPECALIST ALL carpentry repairs, Wash Family Construction, locally owned and operated CBC 1258250 Call 941-7250073.

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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

LOOKING FOR A highly motivated real estate broker to buy or sell your next home? Darcie Duncan, Broker Duncan Real Estate a lifelong island resident bringing success to her customers for 30 years. Proven track record brings you results! 941-725-1589

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REALTOR FOR HIRE. BUYING OR SELLING on AMI? 17 years experience & USAF Veteran. Call Kelly Gitt Keller Williams Realty today 941-799-9299.

RENTALS: ANNUAL DONALD PERKINS ABRACADABRA PAINTING LLC fully insured. 30 years experience. Many Island references. Call 941-705-7096

POOL SERVICES FOUR SEASONS POOL SERVICE AND CHEMICAL SERVICES. Certified Pool Operator. 10 + Years Experience. Residential/commercial. Chemical Service Licensed & Insured. Call Dennis Clark 941-7375657

LANDSCAPING & LAWN CARE R. GAROFALO’S Interlocking brick pavers, driveways, patios, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed & Insured. Call Rafael 941-778-4823 or Veronik 941-526-7941 SHELL DRIVEWAYS & LANDSCAPE. Specializing in Old Florida Seashell driveways and scapes. Also Rock, Mulch, & Soil. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark 941-301-6067

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

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ANNUAL RENTALS WANTED! We have well qualified tenants for beach and mainland annual rentals, Full management or Finders fee. Call today for details. Ask for Paige DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 513-3821992. ANNUAL RENTAL-3BR/2BA, pool, canal w/ boat lift home on key Royale. 1700 sq.ft. $8500/mo. Call 941-713-1586 ANNUAL RENTALS – AVAILABLE NOW. 1BR/1BA, fully furnished, includes util. $3,000/month. 2BR/2BA, unfurnished. $3,300/ month. 3BR/3BA, unfurnished. $4,500/month.1ST, Last, and Security Deposit required. Call Sato Real Estate, Inc 941-778-7200 or Email monica@satorealestate.com

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