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May 14, 2014

Sabine: The search continues


One of the two Sarasota Sheriff’s Office cadaver dogs sniffs around a tree in the lot east of Galati Marine to see if the body of Sabine Musil Buehler is buried there.

Deputies search for body The man charged with second-degree murder in Sabine Musil-Buehler’s disappearance, William Cumber, is scheduled for trial Oct. 20 in Bradenton.


ANNA MARIA – Authorities were set to bring in cadaver dogs, an earth mover and prisoners with shovels Tuesday and Wednesday to try and find the remains of an Island woman

who disappeared mysteriously nearly six years ago. Sabine Musil-Buehler was last seen in public at a Halloween party at Haley’s Motel on Oct. 31, 2008. Tuesday morning, investigators from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said they would use dogs, a road crew and a Bobcat to search a remote area east of Galati Marine on South Bay Boulevard. The efforts began about 9 a.m., with the Bobcat being used

to clear away brush and debris. The dogs were scheduled to be brought in after that to try and more precisely pinpoint hot spots located in a search of the area on May 7. Authorities said efforts were scheduled to continue the rest of the day and into Wednesday, with digging to start once the land was cleared and the dogs’ second search was concluded. see search, page 30

Best tourism season ever predicted for AMI Marketing efforts must continue in order for the area to weather recessions, industry officials say. BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON – When the numbers are in for this year’s high tourist season, which ended with Easter, they will prove perceptions that it was the best in the history of Anna

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Maria Island, according to Mary Ann Brockman, of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Brockman and other tourism officials and industry members gathered last week to celebrate Tourism Week at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, hosted by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). There was much to celebrate, with 2.8 million visitors to Manatee County in 2013, up 1.5 percent

from 2012, a 2013 countywide occupancy rate of 67.5 percent, up 2.9 percent from 2012, and average 2013 room rates of $141 a night, up 3.7 percent from 2012. Numbers are up so far this year too, with January resort tax collections up 15 percent from last year and February collections up 11 percent; statistics for the height of the season, March, are not yet available from the


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Liz Andricks, of A Paradise Realty, received a 2014 Tourism Partner Award from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at last week’s Tourism Week luncheon.

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Anna Maria goes it alone on parking The city commission agreed to continue work on it’s own paid parking plan despite efforts by the other cities on the Island to work together on one. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – While Holmes Beach City Commissioner David Zaccagnino works on a traffic plan for all three cities, which includes paid parking, at least one city commissioner wants to continue to explore its option on its own. During a special work session on Wednesday, May 7, Commissioner Dale Woodland said commissioners were given a copy of Zaccagnino’s plan and they should stop working on their own plan and talk about it at the next Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting. That meeting is set for May 21, at 2 p.m. at Anna Maria City Hall. “We need to make provisions for people to go from one city to another without having to pay for parking again,” said Commissioner Carol

Carter. “I don’t think a join effort will ever get done,” said Commission Chair Chuck Webb, adding that all they have to do is to put in their ordinance that they will honor parking passes from other cities. Webb said he doesn’t like Zaccagnino’s fee structure. “The mayors have been discussing this,” said Mayor SueLynn. “Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said if we do something, it will force the other two cities to do something, but I agree we should continue to work on our own.” “I think we need to sell daily, weekly, monthly and annual passes,” Webb said, adding he would like Finance Director and City Clerk Diane Percycoe to gather statistics about road maintenance, trash collection and other expenses that have gone up with the increase in tourists and day visitors. Webb said the city would not make residents who are homesteaded pay to park. He wants stickers that show where they live and for non-residents to show they paid. He said he prefers stickers because hang tags could be

We need to make provisions for people to go from one city to another without having to pay for parking again." Carol Carter Anna Maria city commissioner

easily counterfeited. Commissioners discussed what they wanted, but they were not ready to formalize anything yet. They plan to continue the discussion at a future meeting. At the meeting, Carter talked about the emergency meeting held the week before to try to extend the delay in

enforcing the new sign code restriction on A-frame, or sandwich signs. “I didn’t think it was an emergency,” she said. “I think emergency meetings are getting out of hand.” Woodland, who called for the meeting, said the city was to set up a special exception process for the business owners, who feel they need the signs, but the city did not meet its expectations, and he thought an extension of the delay was in order. At that emergency meeting, Mayor SueLynn said they would not enforce the new ordinance until the special exception process was in place. Commissioner Doug Copeland said he agrees they didn’t need the emergency meeting, and Webb said it was discourteous to call the emergency meeting in the middle of the day, since he works and could not attend. In other action, the commission passed a resolution correcting a scrivener’s error from a 1953 resolution that vacated part of Gulf Boulevard, the one-block long street that runs next to the beach. They also approved a replat of the property at Banyan Tree Estates.




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Snooks Adams Kids Day May 17 The Anna Maria Island Privateers carry on the Snooks Adams Kids Day tradition on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bayfront Park, 310 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. This is a fun time for the kids, just like it was when the Island’s first police officer, Snooks Adams, took a bunch of boys to Coquina Beach in his Jeep for a day of fun to celebrate the end of the school year. He later included the girls, and soon it became a tradition. Bring your kids for fun and games including a pirate costume party, pirate stories, crafts, prizes and free pizza, hot dogs and soda. The food is free for the kids, and there will be collection jars for the adults to make donations.

Summer camp scholarships available The Lou Fiorentino Memorial Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from students to attend summer camps of their choosing. Scholarship awards will be up to $200 per student. Students must be in fourth through eighth grade and live in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach or Holmes Beach. Both boys and girls are eligible. The scholarships are a memorial to Fiorentino, a longtime Island Little League coach and umpire. They have been awarded every year since 1998. Applications are available at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Applications must be mailed to the Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria, FL 34216 and received by May 31. For further information, call Community Center Assistant Director Scott Dell at 778-1908 or Doug or Pat Copeland at 778-9205.

Charter group concludes work The Holmes Beach Charter Review Commission last week reviewed the recommended charter changes and the ballot questions regarding those changes. They approved both with some amendments. Members also approved an ordinance providing for submitting those recommend changes to voters in the November election. The ordinance will go to the city commission on June 24 for approval. Members plan to hold a work session on Wednesday, June 18, at 9 a.m. to discuss how to educate citizens about the ballot questions.

Historical society members’ meeting The AMI Historical Society will hold its annual members’ meeting on Wednesday, May 14, at 5 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Board member Lynn Brennan will present a program on Island history, and there will be an election of officers and board members. All members and prospective members are invited to attend.


A diver documents the measurements of the drive shaft of the U.S.S. Narcissus off Egmont Key, which is scheduled to become an underwater preserve this summer.

Narcissus slated for summer ceremony BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

EGMONT KEY – The 1866 wreck of the steamer U.S.S. Narcissus is expected to become Florida’s 12th Underwater Archaeological Preserve in September, organizers announced last week. Plans are being finalized to make a plaque to sink at the site and organize a shipboard dedication ceremony with the governor, said Katherine Chakour, of the Florida Aquarium, which nominated the ship for the preserve program with South Eastern Archaeological Services. The Narcissus will join the Regina, a sugar barge that sank off Bradenton Beach in 1940, as one of 12 shipwrecks designated as preserves by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources Bureau of Archaeological Research. In January 1866, the Narcissus was on her way to New York to be decommissioned from Civil War service when a storm struck off St. Petersburg. She ran aground on a sandbar and her boiler exploded, killing the crew, according to state records. Pieces of the 82-foot-long wreck, home to varied marine life, lie in 15 feet of water on a sand bot-

tom about two miles northwest of Egmont Key. The submerged tomb served in the Civil War battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, during which Union Admiral David G. Farragut pronounced his infamous quote, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Torpedo was the name for mine at that time. Later that year, Narcissus struck a torpedo during a storm and sank with no casualties. She was raised and taken for repairs to Pensacola, from which she embarked on her final, fatal voyage. The wreck, owned by the U.S. Navy, will be promoted by the state as a tourist attraction for divers.

Access questioned

Access to wrecks owned by the U.S. Navy could be compromised by proposed revisions to the Sunken Military Craft Act of 2004, said attorney Charles George, of the South Carolina-based George Law Firm, who said he plans to petition a court for a temporary restraining order of the revisions to the federal regulation. The act provides for the protection of sunken U.S. military ships and aircraft worldwide, protection for the graves of lost mili-

tary personnel and protection of sensitive archaeological artifacts and historical information, among other provisions. In part, the proposed revisions “institute a permitting program that authorizes controlled access to disturb these historic properties,” which number more than 17,000 worldwide, according to the Federal Register. The proposed revisions, criticized by treasure hunters and salvagers, could make Navy vessels off limits to divers, he said, including at Truk Lagoon in the Pacific Ocean, known as the world’s largest ship graveyard. They also could complicate an already-burdensome permit process, George said, citing the case of diver Gary Gentile, who, according to federal records, filed 11 applications, two administrative appeals and a federal lawsuit before getting a permit to dive and photograph the Civil War vessel U.S.S. Monitor off the coast of North Carolina in 1989. “Small dive shops will be affected. Tourism will be affected. Sunken treasures will remain forever lost,” George said. “We’re asking for Congress to make the rules, not Navy bureaucrats.”

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City close to selecting pier contractor Recommendations and city commission approval are expected at the May 22 commission meeting. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – The Sarasota-based Duncan Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift firm emerged from last week’s Pier Team meeting as the leading candidate to win the lucrative city pier reconstruction contract, but a final recommendation has not yet been made. The five bids unsealed last month ranged from $1.2 to $1.8 million. Miamibased PAC Comm Inc. submitted the lowest big, at $1,202,140. Duncan’s bid was slightly higher at $1,309,452. Duncan was the only firm to submit a second bid for additional electrical work and the installation of the pier lighting the city will purchase directly from Beacon Lighting at an estimated cost of $42,351. Although Duncan was not the lowest bidder, previous dealings with the city appear to be working in the company’s favor.

Public Works Director and Pier Team member Tom Woodard expressed support for Duncan. “Duncan is the only one I’m familiar with. I have a professional relationship with Duncan. They did the floating dock, four seawall repairs and the dinghy dock,” he said. “I understand they’re not the lowest price, but in my experience with them they’re well worth it, and I’m always leary of the big companies from out of town. My own experience is with Duncan and that’s where my confidence lies,” Woodard concluded. The Pier Team is chaired by Police Chief Sam Speciale, who agreed with Woodard that price alone should not be the determining factor. “We’re not just going to grab the lowest bid. Cities have a tendency to take the lowest bid, but I want to make sure this committee’s comfortable in their understanding that we don’t have to do that, and we shouldn’t do that,” Speciale said. Because there were some unanswered questions regarding job specifications that were not included in some bids, it was agreed that Building Official and Pier Team member Steve Gilbert and

ZNS Engineering representative Karen Wilson would offer to conduct a final series of contractor interviews before ZNS recommends a contractor. Wilson said bids received from PAC Comm and Shoreline Foundation Inc. did not include the plastic coating that is to be applied to a portion of the pier pilings in order to ensure greater durability. Concerns were also raised about the varying amounts budgeted for the demolition and removal of the existing pier structure. Gilbert and Wilson were not sure how many, if any, of the firms would be interested in clarifying their bids, but said they would be given until Wednesday to do so. Wilson pledged that ZNS would make its recommendation to the Pier Team no later than Wednesday afternoon, so the Pier Team’s final recommendation can be included on the agenda for the Thursday, May 22, city commission meeting. Earlier this year, ZNS was contracted by the city to prepare the original request for proposal and bid proposal documents and to oversee the bid process.


First nest Just in time for Mother’s Day, a loggerhead sea turtle laid the first nest of Anna Maria Island’s 2014 turtle season in Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers identified the nest at dawn on Mother’s Day and staked out both the mother’s incoming and outgoing tracks, as well as the nest itself. This week, they will verify that eggs are in the nest, then reduce the staked out area to the nest itself. There are only 369 more nests to go to match last year’s record nesting total on the Island. For more turtle and bird coverage see Pages 20-21.




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Friendship and connections

The right decision

I want to personally thank the Anna Maria Island Sun for running the article on the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust Community Connections, so wonderfully written by Tom Vaught, who attended our first meeting last week at the Studio. Tom got caught up on the energy of the group and mused to me that it makes him wish he lived on the Island again. This kind of positive energy from a news source is of the greatest help to a fledgling group who want to recapture the joys of living on Anna Maria Island, which we all know comes from friendship and connection to neighbors. Our next meeting at the Studio is on May 14 at 1 p.m. We are hoping to have an evening meeting in June for those who work during the day and encourage all of you who live on the island for six months or more to become a part of this exciting new way to connect with others. For more information contact Sissy Quinn at 778-5120 or email me at Sissy Quinn Anna Maria

What a disappointment for fairgoers, vendors and volunteers that the glorious annual 2014 Food and Wine on Pine special event had to be cancelled due to inclement weather on May 3. The decision by the organizers to cancel the event had to have been extremely difficult, but it was the correct and prudent decision - the only decision - for the safety of all concerned. Perhaps this is a good time to reflect on how fortunate we are: • For a thriving Island community. • The presence of the Chiles Group, world-class business leaders. • Generous, inspired and flexible chefs, bakers, purveyors, artists, actors, and musicians. • Community-spirited partners such as Roser Church, CrossPointe Church, The Sun newspaper, AMI Rotary, and others. • Outstanding business and corporate underwriters. • A cadre of diligent organizers and day-of helpers, otherwise known as FWOP volunteers.

The Anna Maria Island Sun is free. Six copies or more are 25 cents each. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

All make this unique event possible and available for many to enjoy The nonprofits, which have had the good fortune to benefit from the proceeds of past Food and Wine on Pine events, appreciate everything the Chiles Group has done to support our organizations over the years. In particular, we extend our gratitude to Caryn Hodge, Chiles Group Marketing Director, who truly makes the magic happen for Food and Wine on Pine. None of us can really know the amount of hard work, planning, and magnanimous funds the Chiles Group invested in this year’s Food and Wine on Pine, of which some may be unrecoverable. We hope you will join us, especially when you next visit their establishments, in acknowledging their consistent contributions and leadership in making our community so exceptional. Jeanie Pickwick, Executive Director, AMI Concert Chorus & Orchestra Dawn Stiles, Executive Director, AMI Community Center, Maureen McCormick, President, AMI Island Historical Society

Sissy Quinn, President, AMI Preservation Trust Wendell Graham, President, Artists’ Guild of AMI Joan Voyles, Facilitator, Cultural Connections of AMI Nancy Ambrose Holmes Beach

A problem with bikers This is stimulated by your article on April 30 on motorists honking their horns as a protest to the speed cushions on Key Royale Drive and then being fined $75 by the police for "violating the noise ordinance." I will give no opinion on the speed cushions. I am a property owner here, who lives in Canada but absolutely loves coming to Anna Maria as often as I can. What we have in common is the police predilection for picking “easy targets” to fine. They never target bikers who remove

The Sun Staff Ricardo Fonseca, layout; Pat Copeland, Cindy Lane, Tom Vaught, reporters; Louise Bolger, columnist; Rusty Chinnis, Outdoors editor; Chantelle Lewin, advertising director; Chris Boniberger, advertising assistant; Bob Alexander, classified advertising; Elaine Stroili, Jocelyn V. Greene, Ricardo Fonseca, graphics; John Reitz, accounting; Bob Alexander, Keith Isner, Tony McNulty, distribution.

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the sun survey

on the agenda

LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you favor the plan to charge all county and Island residents $24 annually, and nonresidents $120, to park on any Island right of way or beach access?

Anna Maria

Holmes Beach

5/14: City Commission work session, 6 p.m. 5/22: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. For information, call 7086130.

5/14: Island Congestion Committee, 9:30 a.m. 5/15: Code Enforcement Board, 10 a.m. 5/15: City Commission work session, 7 p.m. 5/21: Planning Commission, 7 p.m. For information, call 7085800.



Yes, it's a reasonable and affordable compromise to the parking dilemma.

It might be OK but I need to hear more of the details.

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79% THIS WEEK’S SURVEY Was this the best tourist season ever?

No,parking always has been and always should be, free on the Island.

• Yes, it was great for had some empty our merchants and seats on the trolley. for business in gen- • Yes but we're ready for a vacation of our eral. • Could have been own. even better - we still • No, it was too busy.

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5/14: Special master hearing, 9 a.m. 5/14: Planning and Zoning Board, 3 p.m. 5/19: Budget Committee, 10 a.m. 5/20: City Commission work session, 1 p.m. 5/21: Pier Team, 11 a.m. 5/22: City Commission meeting, noon. For information, call 7781005.

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Wednesday May 14

Program on “Everyday Essential Oils: More than just Aromatherapy,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Sunset full moon paddle, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 7 to 9 p.m. bring you own kayak and safety equipment. Reserve to 941742-5757, ext. 7. May 15

FROM PAGE 6 baffles from their bike silencers and make a hellacious racket roaring up and down in built up areas. I have been told, in confidence, that the police are afraid of bikers. I believe this. Why don't they tackle them, as they are much more of a problem than the average law-abiding citizen. This also applies to young mental defectives who do the same with their autos. George McAllister M.D. Canada and Holmes Beach

Hooray for speed humps I recently asked my neighbors

in the 500 block (homes to the west of the Key Royale bridge) to sign a petition asking the city to retain the speed hump that has been placed here to slow traffic. Speeding down our section of road is not a new thing – it has been going on for a long time. Radar traps and police patrolling the street helps for a short time but within no time, the speeders ignore the limit. Worse – it is grossly violated. Speeds of 50 – which the chief noted in one two-hour period – are not unusual, nor are speeds over that. Because this road is fairly straight and away from the “eyes” of authorities, people seem to think they can just go as fast as they wish.

For those who do not speed, thank you. Of the approximately 25 homes on the street lived in full time, 20 of them signed this petition (two were never at home or are away); three refused to sign. A section was open for comments and among those were: “25 MPH whole island”; “move to middle of street”; “need light at end going on to Marina.” Specifically, many wrote that we needed more humps on the street to slow those who decide to speed way up after going over the hump. This speed hump is working and helping to slow traffic. Thank you, Chief Tokajer. Elaine Jackson Holmes Beach


5/14: Palma Sola Scenic Highway Committee, Bradenton Public Works, 1411 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 4 p.m. 5/15: West Manatee Fire Commission, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m. 5/21: Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, Anna Maria City Hall, 2 p.m.

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Friends of the Island Library Book Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Knitting class, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Friday May 16

IPad Basics class, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m.

Saturday May 17

Snook’s Adams Kid’s Day, Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children’s movie and craft, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Relay for Life, Coquina

Beach, Bradenton Beach, 4:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, May 18.

Sunday May 18

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.

Monday May 19

Chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 1 to 1:45 p.m. Register at or call 778-2099.

Tuesday May 20

Yoga with Lucy, AMI Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $6. Bring a mat. “Aromatherapy for the Family,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 10 a.m.

Wednesday May 21

Tween Culture Club on Argentina, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 6 p.m.

Thursday May 22



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Board to proceed with Grassy Point plan Beautification board members approved a four-part plan for improvements to the nature preserve. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Beautification board members approved a plan for improvements to Grassy Point outlined by member Jerry West last week. West said his plan is four-part and includes: • Placing signs at 30th Street and Avenue C to direct people to Grassy Point; • Moving the proposed boardwalk off of East Bay Drive to the south nearer Mike Norman’s parking lot; • Extending the upland pathway to the mangrove area; • Exploring the possibility of putting a freshwater pond in the upland area. West made the motion to get a permit and proceed with the plan, and it was approved unanimously. The plan must be approved by city commissioners. West said Human Services Analyst Mary Buonagura is seeking grant


Benches and a garbage can enclosure have been added to the 72nd Street beach access. City Commissioner Marvin Grossman, who is in charge of the project, said he plans to do the 65th Street beach access next. funding for the project. City Commissioner Marvin Grossman suggested that as part of their educa-

tional plans, which include a series of seminars starting next fall, that members hold an Earth Day celebration. He

said they could have classes and booths sponsored by companies offering solar and other green technology, plants and the like in the city hall field. Members said they would need someone to coordinate the event. Chair Melissa Snyder said they could seek help from the Manatee County Extension Service and the Audubon Society. Members approved plantings at 63rd Street and Marina Drive, which include sea oxide daisy, green buttonwood, pink muhly grass, firecracker plant, salt meadow cord grass and seaside goldenrod. They affirmed their approval of plantings for the public beach triangle, which will include adding seven coontie palms to the existing sago palms and grasses. In other business members: • Said they would ask the public works department to help them locate a bat house in Grassy Point; • Learned that Joan Bowling, of Shady Lady, has offered to adopt the pocket park at 6807 Homes Boulevard; • Learned that three benches and a garbage can enclosure have been added to the 72nd Street beach access.

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The policy allows employees to bring pets to work and allows animals at events and in classes. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The Island Community Center board of directors recently approved an animal policy that would allow animals at events as well as pets in the building. At the April board meeting, Executive Director Dawn Stiles explained that the Center had no policy regarding animals even though it has had elephants, dogs and ponies at various events and classes. She said it also would allow employees to bring pets to work. Treasurer Stewart Moon asked about liability, and Stiles said she checked with the insurance company, and there is no problem. Chair Scott Rudacille said bringing pets to work is a growing trend across the country. Board member Erin Heckler said having animals at events is different from having pets in the building and asked, “What about people with children and people who fear animals? They would not expect to see a dog here. Who determines what a well-

in brief A lecture on maritime archeology, sponsored by the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez, will be held Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. The process of finding and excavating shipwrecks will be explained using examples from actual projects. Learn about all the work that must be done before anyone goes underwater, and why every detail is important. The 25-minute talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

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Learn about the “History of Celestial Navigation� on Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez. John Beale will discuss navigating by the stars from its earliest stage as a crude guide to its modern development using GPS and satellite, covering sailors from India and the Middle East to European explorers of the 16th century to modern pilots and the space program.

behaved animal is?� Rudacille said pets would not be allowed outside the building and he is “open to giving it a try.� Moon said it is a management issue not a board issue.

Pet rules

According to the policy, pets must be well behaved, safe around strangers, and not show any aggressive traits. They must have water and toys to keep them occupied. In addition: • Pets must be kept on a leash or contained in an office or specific area. • Pets must be housebroken. • Pets must be generally calm and quiet. • Owners must clean up after their pets. • Pets must be groomed, treated with flea/tick preventative and up to date on vaccinations. Pets will not be allowed in the cafÊ, restrooms, children’s classrooms and outdoor playing fields. Employees wishing to bring their pets to work must fill out an application to be approved by the executive director or board chair. Owners who bring pets to participate in a class, such as dog obedience, must bring them in a crate or on a leash and only take them to the classroom area.

Find out how the quest for navigation by the stars led to the first accurate clocks and simple navigational charts worth literally boatloads of treasure. For more information, call 941-7086120.

Call for artists The Florida Maritime Museum invites artists to contribute to its new exhibit series, Maritime Mythologies. The first installment will focus on “Creatures of the Deep,� and is scheduled to open in October. Artwork will be exhibited in the main gallery along with interpretative text panels or can be placed on sale in the museum store during the exhibit. Due to limited space, concepts should be submitted for approval prior to execution. Call Amara Nash at 941-708-6121 or e-mail amara.nash@

Clean up Sister Keys The Sixth Annual Sister Keys Cleanup is set for Saturday, May 17, at the Mar Vista Dockside restaurant, 760 Broadway on Longboat Key. Signup begins at 8 a.m. and the cleanup begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m. with a complimentary lunch at Mar Vista. For more information, call 941-232-2363.




Pirate and wench Princess Jenah Victor and Captain Dane Karcher the "Sharkslayer" were married on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Pirate themed wedding took place on the Skullywag courtesy of the AMI Privateers. The couple spent their wedding night at the Harrington House on Holmes Beach and will honeymoon with friends on a cruise to the Bahamas in June. Mr. and Mrs. Slayer live on Anna Maria Island where they run Sharkslayer Fishing Charters.

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Group agrees on changes to annual artsHop event It would include the gallery walk, a special play and the Symphony in the Sand. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – Members of Cultural Connections agreed with the executive committee recommendation to pare down the number of events offered at their annual artsHOP in November. They said it could include the Friday night gallery walk, a special play at the Island Playhouse on Friday and Saturday nights and the Symphony in

the Sand on Sunday. Jeanie Pickwick of AMICO, said county officials have talked about adding an event on Friday night. Mike Coleman, of Pine Avenue Restoration, told the group about plans to present the second chalk festival in Anna Maria in January 2015. He said he had requested a two-day event, the same as last year, but city commissioners would only allow a one-day event. “They did not understand the ancillary benefits,” he noted, adding that organizers gave the $3,000 proceeds to Island non-profits groups, and he was hoping the financial impact would be

greater next year. Joan Voyles pointed out that it could be difficult to create the complex chalk drawings in one day. “We’ll see if it can be done,” Coleman replied. “If it can’t be done to a standard, there’s no point in doing it.” Voyles asked if he could appeal the city commission’s decision. He said the issue is city officials questioning what type of impact these types of events have on the city and whether they should be limited. “Everybody said what a successful event it was, not a whisper of trouble,” he explained. “But there’s a general

sense of too much, too many, too often. That’s what we’re dealing with.” Members discussed a new method of publicity, such as a brochure with a calendar of events, rather than the rack card they have been using for several years. They agreed to allow the executive committee to get bids on designs. Volunteer committee members reported that they have discussed holding a volunteer fair and a volunteer recognition event. They recommended that member groups put their profiles on the United Way volunteer website,, to register their need for volunteers.

Birthday Book Club parties one more time Birthday Book Club participants celebrated the final party of the year in the AME Media Center on Wednesday, May 7. Special Guest Reader Kellie Morand, assistant store manager at the Island Publix, read "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake," by Laura Numeroff, to 27 students as they enjoyed their own birthday cupcakes.

The purpose of the book club is to increase the media center's book collection. Students pay a $15 membership fee and attend one of the six separate parties during the school year. The available books purchased for the program feature a special label in the front. Students who write their name and birthday on this

label are the first ones to check out the books, then return them a week later where they are placed in the library collection. Publix generously donates decorated cupcakes, and the school provides the drinks. Birthdays and books make a great combination at AME. CHARLENE DOLL | SUBMITTED


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Say ‘aaaaah’ Sarasota Dolphin Research Program scientists performed brief checkups on Friday on dolphins near the Manatee Avenue bridge. More than 120 scientists, students and handlers from around the world participated in the five-day health assessment project. Program scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory conduct regular checkups on Sarasota Bay’s dolphins in the world’s longestrunning study of a wild dolphin population, founded in 1970 and funded by the Chicago Zoological Society. The 120 dolphins that live full time in and around Sarasota Bay served as control subjects in comparative studies of dolphins impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. The program also has provided new insights into how dolphins communicate with one another.

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City worker weighs in on pay raise debate BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – When discussing her role in the recent controversy surrounding raises given to two deputy city clerks, Public Works employee Christine Watson said she was simply fulfilling a request made by her supervisor, Public Works Director Tom Woodard. “I just wanted to tell my side of the story and clear up any assumptions people have," Watson said. "I live on this Island and have a lot of friends here. I told them what happened, and they said it looked to them like the city was trying to pin it on me.” In January, Watson was working inside one of the offices at Bradenton Beach City Hall when she spotted two pay raise-related documents containing wage information and Mayor Bill Shearon’s signature.

“I was painting and I spilled some paint. I was wiping it off the desk when I saw these two pieces of paper sitting there that caught my eye," she said. "I glanced at them and called Tom to tell him that the mayor had put the raises in writing. “Tom said, ‘Can you shoot me a quick picture of it?’ So I took the picture, sent it to Tom and that was it. My boss asked me to do something for him and I did; and that was the last I thought of it until this whole thing blew up," Watson said. One document was addressed to Deputy Clerk Tammy Johnson and the other to Deputy Clerk Audra Lanzaro. “I approve a wage increase of $1 per hour,” the typed document said, noting that the raises were not based on an employee evaluation. The mayor’s signature appears at the bottom of each document. On April 4, attorney Robert Lincoln sent a letter to City Attorney Ricinda Perry that

contained copies of the photographs taken by Watson. In his letter, he expressed his opinion that Shearon had exceeded his authority in granting the raises without the city commission’s consent. Lincoln represents the BeachHouse restaurant owner Ed Chiles and the ELRA ownership group in a lawsuit that alleges the mayor exceeded his mayoral authority in his objections to future development plans and with his dealings with key city staff members. Watson said she did not send the photos to Lincoln, and she does not know how he got them. Because the documents were sitting in plain view, when photographed, a police investigation cleared Watson of any wrongdoing in regard to obtaining the documents.

Woodard responds

that he did ask Watson to photographs the documents. As a department head, hewas upset that raises were given in a manner that did not adhere to city protocol and given without the commission’s blessing. Woodard said he did not share the photos with Lincoln, but did share them with Commissioner Jack Clarke because Clarke heads the city’s budget committee that typically determines if raises are given and what the amount of the raises will be. Clarke said he did not share the documents with Mr. Lincoln or anyone else. “If the mayor can hand out raises on his whim, then I’m damn well going to do it for my employees,” Woodard said of his desire to ensure that public works employees are given raises in the coming fiscal year.

Monday morning, Woodard confirmed


TOURISM: Best season ever on Anna Maria Island FROM PAGE 1

Manatee County Tax Collector, but are expected to break records. Three members of the tourism industry were recognized by the CVB last Wednesday for contributing to the success.


Liz Andricks, of A Paradise Realty, received a 2014 Tourism Partner Award for teaching competitors and CVB officials how to work with tour operators. Bruce Langston, of Lakewood Ranch, was recognized for philanthropy for donating funds to enable schoolchildren to see the exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. The Tourism

Ambassador Award went to Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, for recruiting hospitality students from Peru and France, and Rick Fawley, of Fawley-Bryant Architects in Bradenton and designer of McKechnie Field, won the Tourism Outreach Award. CVB Director Elliott Falcione credited the state’s tourism agency, Visit Florida, and its growing budget, for much of the increase, along with the destination itself. Debbie Meihls, manager of the CVB, also gave credit to an improved destination website, a destination guide produced by Time Inc. in partnership with Southern Living

magazine and mini-guides and e-newsletters emphasizing particular areas of interest, such as arts, ecotourism, agritourism, weddings and sports tourism. New marketing efforts, such as the Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival, from May 8-18, will be directed to film tourism, the theme of the event, which featured Oscar award-style red carpets and pretend paparazzi. A video detailed the history of filming in the area, including films "On an Island With You," "Great Expectations," "Out of Time" and "Palmetto," a music video by Shinedown and several still advertisements. Other future marketing efforts will be concentrated on directing visitors to Lakewood

Ranch, Palmetto and Bradenton, Falcione said.


Marketing efforts must continue to increase in order for the area to weather recessions that have struck in every decade since the 1940s, Falcione said, adding that tourism increases jobs, home values and sales tax receipts and lowers property taxes, allowing Florida to remain a no-incometax state. “We don’t want one month of a downturn,” he said. “When we think we have enough, we’ve got to stay on the pedal.” The use of resort tax funds that fuel local marketing efforts have been debated over the past year, with the Manatee County Commission

allocating $1 million to Bradenton Beach for rebuilding the Bridge Street Pier. Falcione requested that future resort tax expenditures be evaluated using a list of several criteria. The debate is healthy, he said, adding, “It helps us help residents understand why it makes sense when traffic is a little more or a lot more.” Manatee County’s resort tax receipts in the 2012-13 fiscal year were $8.9 million. Tourism industry officials and members in Sarasota County are fighting a proposal to use resort tax funds in excess of $15 million a year on capital improvements.




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Motorworks brews winning formula Motorworks Brewing offers a little something for everybody, including dogs

from their server or walk up to the window and order directly. “We focus on what we know and love, which is the beer,� said Marketing Manager Barry Elwonger, noting that the food truck partnerships alleviate the need to run a commercial kitchen.


BRADENTON –The folks at Motorworks Brewing invite you to join them in celebrating American Craft Beer Week through Sunday, May 18. Located at 1014 Ninth St. W. in Bradenton, near McKechnie Field and the Village of the Arts, Motorworks Brewing is a beer connoisseur’s paradise that also operates as a fullproduction brewery. Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the constantly evolving draft menu that features more than 30 craft beers on tap; some brewed on location, and some brewed elsewhere in America, Canada and Europe. Last week’s menu featured Motorworks Brewing Cascade IPA, KĂślsch-style, Scotch Ale, and a Coffee Porter “with chocolate and prevalent coffee notes.â€? Additional offerings included Boulder Brewing’s Hazed and Confused, Lexington Brewing’s Kentucky Bourbon Ale and the Italian-brewed Birrificio del Ducato Brett Peat Daydream. Drafts range from $4.50 to $10, with more than 100 varieties of bottled beers also available, as well as wine, li-

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Bartender Roderick MacLoud serves up a flight of Motorworks Brewing microbrews. quor, specialty cocktails, cigars and food. Guests can sit inside the cavernous, but cozy, industrial chic taproom and wine bar or sit outside in the expansive beer garden. Interior amenities include a music stage, largescreen televisions, electronic dartboards, video games and a pinball machine. The beer gar-

den features a second stage, 16 cornhole sets, two Bocce courts, a three-hole putting green and a deck positioned beneath a beautiful old oak tree. A rotating fleet of local food trucks, including the Traveling Kitchen and South Philly Cheesesteaks, provides the food service. Diners can order

MOTORWORKS BREWING 1014 Ninth St. W. Bradenton Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight

Owned by Denise and Frank Tschida, Motorworks Brewing opened in January. The 27,000 square foot, two-story brick building dates back to the 1920s and formerly housed automotive dealerships and an electrical company. The installation of an expanded 30-barrel brewing system provides the capacity to produce 30,000 barrels of craft beer per year. In addition to selling these products in-house, the business model calls for Motorworks kegs to be distributed to area restaurants and bars, and cans to be distributed to stores. The brewing team consists of Head Brewer Bob Haa, Assistant Brewer Jose Martinez and Production Manager Dave Byrn. With the recent opening of Darwin’s, and the pending opening of the Little Giant Brewery, downtown Bradenton is poised to become a craft beer destination. “Craft brewers compete against each other, but we treat each other as partners because the more we educate

Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. www.motorworks

the consumers, the better we all do,� Elwonger said.

Celebrating beer

American Craft Beer Week specials include daily $5 beer flights that consist of four different four-ounce drafts, served on a wooden paddle in a traditional manner that encourages tasting and comparison. A Vienna lager and dryhopped versions of Motorworks’ IPA and KÜlsch-style beers will be released this week, as will daily beer infusions created with a Randall filter that allows additional flavors to be incorporated into a beer before it is served. see motorworks, page 15


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motorworks: Winning formula FROM PAGE 14

Taking place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Thursday, May 15, Brewer’s Hour discussion will feature a special beer and food pairing. At 8 p.m., it’s Flights & Flicks, the weekly Thursday event that pairs $5 flights with classic films shown on the 250-inch beer garden projection screen. The Steve Arvey Band will perform Friday night and the Burke Brothers on Saturday night. Sundays always begin with a dog-friendly Beer Brunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and featuring dollar discounts on all drafts, $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas, and brunch by the Traveling Kitchen. “We call it ‘Yappy Hour,’ our special day of the week when we supply complimentary dog treats,” said Social Media Director Kristin Martin, noting that well-behaved dogs are always welcome on the patio. Sunday afternoon’s open-mic session starts at 1 p.m. and provides entertainers an opportunity to audition for future gigs. “We’re trying to support local music, and it would be nice to get some bands from the Island,” Martin said. When asked about visitors from the Island, Elwonger said, “We’ve had some, and we’d love to have more.” Motorworks Brewing is open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Beer, food, wine and cocktail menus can be viewed at www.motorworks


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and it will remain that way. He said the property was on the market a few days, showing the strength of the market.

German investors purchase fourplex for $2 million

Three local companies are finalists

Mel Neely, of Island Vacation Properties, has overseen the sale of a Gulf-front fourplex to Franks Beach Bungalow, Inc., a Miami company headed by Joachim Frank of Illerkirchberg, Germany for $2 million. This is the fourth investment made by this group. The others are at 3009 and 3010 Avenue F and 3212 Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island, according to the record. Dawg Daze LLC sold the fourplex, located at 2908 Avenue E, according to the county record. The square footage is 2,730, and two of the units face the Gulf. Neely said the property had been rental

Two Anna Maria companies and one Holmes Beach store are finalists for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award this year. The Anna Maria Historic Green Village and Duncan Real Estate, both located on Pine Avenue, and Creations By L, 5500 Marina Drive, were announced Friday. The Historic Green Village, built by developers Mike Thrasher and Lizzie Vann, is one of only 100 places worldwide to have achieved the highest possible green building standard, Platinum LEED, plus, at the same time, net zero energy, for the first 18 months of operation.


Established in 2001, Duncan Real Estate founder Darcie Duncan has a long history on the Island and is very knowledgeable about the market. She has many ties to the community, and the growth of her company has been phenomenal. Creations By L is a jewelry shop offering unique stones and settings and many one-of-a-kind jewelry. Other finalists are Clean As A Whistle of Manatee, Cortez Heating and Air Conditioning, CS&L CPAs, Gator Air Conditioning, Grapevine Communications International, Hide-Away Storage Services, L.A. Events, Leadership Simplified, Manatee Learning Academy and Learning Unlimited, Pet's Life Naturally, Richards Plumbing Repair, Robbins Insurance and Financial Services, and Tim Lester International Realty. Winners will be announced at the awards luncheon on Thursday, May 22, at the Renaissance on 9th.

The Sun at the Derby Island residents Patricia Risavi, Rick Burns and Karen and Jerry Hills took along their favorite newspaper when they attended the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs recently. RICK BURNS | SUBMITTED



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People gathered on Anna Maria Island for Hands Across the Sand in 2010.

No Hands Across the Sand on AMI BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

For the first time since Hands Across the Sand began, Anna Maria Island will not participate in the international clean energy event, scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at noon. The movement, which began in protest of a 2009 Florida legislative proposal to allow oil and gas drilling as close as 3 to 10 miles from shore, gained momentum after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off Louisiana in April 2010 spilling oil into the Gulf until July. Participants join hands on the beach for 15 minutes, drawing a symbolic line in the sand against offshore drilling and dirty fuels.

Former local organizer Billy Malfese relocated off the Island and can no longer serve on Anna Maria’s Environmental Enhancement and Education Committee (EEEC), leaving an opening for someone new to join and take over the event next year, member Jane Coleman said. “The things we do can have a tremendous impact on the city,” she said, adding that the group is down to one full-time and one part-time member. “We need three members to vote,” especially full-time Anna Maria residents, defined as living in the city six months or more a year, she said. Other local organizations also could organize Hands Across the

Sand events. Participants “ask the president and local officials to reject the use of dirty fuels in all processes and reject expanding offshore drilling, seismic blasting, hydraulic fracturing, Keystone XL pipeline, Tar Sands extraction and all other dirty fuel projects that threaten our communities and destabilize our climate,” according to Surfrider Foundation, a sponsor of the event. The closest events are scheduled on the beach behind Alden Suites, 5900 Gulf Blvd. in St. Petersburg Beach, at Indian Rocks Beach County Park, at Picnic Island Beach in Tampa and at the Gandy Bridge in Tampa. For more information, visit www.

Raise: City worker weighs in FROM PAGE 13

Clarke is currently pushing for an annual cost of living allowance raise for city employees, as well as meritbased raises, when appropriate, based on employee evaluations conducted by department heads. Woodard said he has a good working relationship with the mayor, but during his 10 years with the city, he has never known an employee to

receive a dollar an hour raise. “I didn’t think that was right and that’s how this whole thing started,” he said of his request for the photographs. Shearon recently said he felt the raises were justified because Johnson and Lanzaro had taken on greater responsibilities due to the departures of former City Clerk Nora Idso and former Deputy Clerk Karen Cervetto.

After the photographs were leaked, Johnson and Lanzaro said they were upset with Watson and felt she violated their privacy. Watson received a verbal warning from Woodard, but declined to sign the paperwork documenting that verbal counseling. Woodard said he was OK with her not signing the document, and as far as he is concerned, the matter is finished.

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LAR variance fails The applicants were told they might be able to get the variance by using the Americans with Disabilities Act because a future disability is why they are asking for it. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – A request for a variance to enlarge the second livable story of the applicants’ home to make room for a wheelchair was voted down Wednesday, May 7, and it might end up in court. Katherine Hayes and her fiancÊ, Mark McLeod, made their variance request because Hayes suffers from progressive osteoarthritis and would likely need a wheelchair in the future. That prompted the couple to make plans to install an elevator inside their home at 114 Tern, which they purchased in 2009. Their plans included eliminating one of the four bedrooms in the first livable story of the house to make room for the elevator landing. They also planned a landing for the top livable floor, which

houses the master bedroom. To compensate for the landing, they added some square footage so Hayes could roll a wheelchair around the bed. That increase brought the second story area eight percent over the square footage allowed by the Living Area Ratio (LAR). City Attorney James Dye prepared a checklist for commissioners to follow while considering the request. He used the Bert Harris Act, which allows property owners to seek relief if newly enacted land use regulations take away their right to enjoy the use of their property, as a basis for the checklist. Before the discussion began, McLean asked that Commissioner Nancy Yetter be recused from the hearing because she met with the couple and told them their variance would not be approved. He said she told them the requested bedroom area increase was too big. Yetter denied telling them that, and Dye said telling them their request would not pass is no grounds for recusal. Dye also explained that the couple, who said they waited for the city to decide on a LAR figure

before finalizing their plans for the expansion, had a year after the LAR ordinance went into effect to request a variance. McLean asked Building Official Bob Welch if they could have built the house as they want it in 2009, when they bought the house. Welch said yes. McLean said not allowing the expansion would place an inordinate burden on them. Hayes said the city would have to pay a penalty and their legal expenses if they go to court and win. As they went through the checklist, more items were answered negatively by Commissioners Yetter, Carol Clark and Chuck Webb. Commissioner Dale Woodland, who was not present at the previous hearing, did not vote on most of the points in the checklist and Commissioner Doug Copeland voted generally for the applicants. After concluding the checklist, Copeland moved to approve the variance. The motion failed, 3-2. Commissioner Yetter moved to reject the variance, and it passed by the same margin. As the couple was leaving, Webb suggested consider using the Americans for Disability Act.

Mother’s Day plovers Just in time for Mother’s Day, this snowy plover chick hatched on Anna Maria Island, with a face that a mother – and everyone else – can love. It’s one of six of the threatened species hatched so far during this year’s shorebird nesting season on the Island. A snowy plover dad chick-and-egg-sits for mom on Mother’s Day. GLENN WISEMAN | SUBMITTED




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School year winds down The last day of school for students this school year is Monday June 9. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – With less than a month left in the school year, things are getting hectic at Anna Maria Elementary School as the calendar is filled with

extra-curricular activities. The AME Book Fair and Literacy Night is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14. Kids will be able to hear from a published author earlier in the day, at 1:15 p.m., Michael Stern will speak to the kids in the auditorium. Everyone in the community is welcome to come. Student art will be on display as well. On Tuesday, May 20, the school will spon-

sor a Mother-Son Ice Cream Social, starting at 6 p.m. There will be fun events on the school campus and, of course, ice cream. On Wednesday, May 28, the Anna Maria Island Beach Café hosts students from 6 to 8 p.m. The fifth-graders will attend their awards ceremony and DARE graduation on Friday, May 30, and there will be an early release after the ceremony. Tuesday, June 3, fifth-graders have their

luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and kindergartners present a play at 7 p.m., after the PTO dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, is field day where kids and teachers get involved in fun and games outside. On June 5, Mrs. Demo’s class goes to the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum and has a picnic and Mrs. Brockway’s class goes the next day.

Time to get your golf on The Anna Maria Elementary PTO is taking reservations for its annual golf tournament that was rescheduled for Saturday, June 7, at IMG Academy, starting at noon.

The cost to compete is $150 per person, or $540 for a foursome, and it pays for greens fees, beer and water while competing and the post-tournament awards din-

ner. The group also is looking for hole sponsors for $150. For more information, call Dave Johnston at 941-730-9392.


Book Fair The public is invited to the Anna Maria Elementary School Book Fair and Literacy Night on Wednesday, May 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Students, parents and grandparents will find a large stock of reading material for elementary school students that would make great gifts. The school makes money through the book sales to help keep AME one of the highest quality schools in the district.


Bike safety Students at Anna Maria Elementary School and their parents celebrated bike safety by riding to school early Wednesday morning, May 7, from West Manatee Fire Station One. The students were given bright vests and officials checked their helmets to make sure they were wearing them correctly. Police officers blocked traffic as the large group traveled along back roads to get to school.

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Live like a local Respect Wildlife

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My nests are even harder to see than I am. Please respect staked bird nesting areas! Anna Maria Island Sun, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring

Public invited to fire station dedication West Manatee Fire Rescue invites the public to the dedication of its newly remodeled Fire Station 2, 10350 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton on Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m. There will be opening remarks by Scott Ricci, fire commission chair; Kenneth Price, fire chief; and Greg Ross, contractor. This will be followed by the posting of the colors, benediction, hose uncoupling and an open house with refreshements.




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Law needed to help pelicans, turtles A local woman wants to emulate Naples and pass ordinances in Anna Maria Island cities outlawing multiple hooks that entangle pelicans, sea turtles and other wildlife.

Naples law passed for pelicans, people


HOLMES BEACH – After a year of trying to educate fishermen not to cut fishing lines that entangle pelicans and other wildlife, Jeannie Bystrom wants Island officials to emulate Naples and pass ordinances prohibiting certain fishing gear. Over the past year, she and her friends and veterinarian husband have saved more than 100 pelicans with wings hooked to their feet, fishing line tethering them to mangroves in Bimini Bay, and worse, mostly due to sabiki rigs with multiple hooks and fishing lures with treble hooks, she said. “The law we have to have is no multiple hooks,” said Bystrom, whose Don’t Cut the Line public education campaign is published in The Sun. “I’m going to bring it up in Holmes Beach and hope we can get Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach to follow suit.” To support Bystrom’s efforts, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore recently alerted the state legislative delegation to the problem and said she plans to meet with them before next year’s Legislative session to form proposed legislation.


This pelican washed onto Bradenton Beach last week with a hook and line entangling its beak and wings. Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Inc. rescued the bird. Hooked pelicans are frequent guests at Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Inc. in Bradenton Beach, whose facebook page documents a Key Royale rescue last week of two pelicans tied together with fishing line, the live bird trailing the dead bird. A Wildlife Inc. volunteer also saved a pelican on Bradenton Beach last week that washed up on the beach entangled and unable to fly. Fishing line is not just a pelican problem; it also entangles sea turtles and other species, Mote Marine Laboratory spokesman Nadine Slimak said. Between 2000 and 2010, more than 20

percent of the 633 sea turtles recovered by Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program showed signs of being affected by a human interaction. Of those, 72 percent were boat-related and 22 percent, or 29 sea turtles, were fishing gear-related, with the rest involving ingestion of balloons or marine trash and impacts with cars, she said. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers will soon begin keeping data on wildlife impacted by fishing lines with their regular sea turtle and shorebird data, Director Suzi Fox said last week.

The Naples City Council passed an ordinance two months ago restricting the use of fishing equipment on the city-owned pier to a single hook on a single shank to protect pelicans and people, said Roger Jacobson, harbormaster and code enforcement manager for the city of Naples. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, a 50-year-old grassroots environmental group in Naples that pushed for the ordinance, spent $100,000 on pelican surgeries last year, he said, adding that people also are sometimes injured by fishermen casting with multiple hooks. The ordinance is not intended to generate citations, but to educate the public, he said. The city is flush with funds from beach parking fees, which pay for a fulltime, seven day a week pelican patrol on the pier to educate fishermen and rescue hooked pelicans. Parking fees also pay for a fulltime beach patrol to cruise the beaches on an ATV looking for safety and environmental violations, such as fishing without a permit, Jacobson said. “We have excess revenue from the parking fund every year,” he said, adding that residents get free parking passes. After some initial resistance from fishermen, the tackle issue died down quickly, he said, adding that it’s too early to tell if the law is saving pelicans. If you hook a pelican, slowly and carefully reel it in and cover the bird with a towel, avoiding the tip of its beak, and remove the hook, or call Wildlife Inc. at 941-778-6324.

Celebrate Endangered Species Day Endangered Species Day is Friday, May 16, and West Indian manatees are doing their best to take themselves off the endangered species list this mating season. So is the Pacific Legal Foundation, which sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month in a Florida federal court. The lawsuit asks a judge to force the agency to rule on a petition that Save Crystal River filed in 2012 to reclassify the manatee as threatened. The plaintiffs argue that manatee protection slow speed and no wake zones hurt fishing and tourism businesses, and cite a 2007 review of manatee population numbers that recommended downlisting from endangered to threatened status. But since 2007, a lot has hap-

Imperiled species of Anna Maria Island Endangered Green sea turtle Hawksbill sea turtle Kemp’s ridley sea turtle Leatherback sea turtle West Indian matnatee Wood stork

BY CINDY LANE pened to Florida manatees; 829 died in 2013, more than in any other year since records have been kept. In 2012, 392 died. In 2011, 453 died. In 2010, 766 died. In 2009, 429 died. In 2008, 337 died. Boat strikes are the biggest human-related cause of death of manatees, according to statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which reports that 4,831 manatees were sighted during a statewide aerial survey earlier this year. Downlisting could result in fewer protections for mana-

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A herd of mating manatees appears stranded in the shallows south of Anna Maria Island last month, normal behavior this time of year. tees, such as manatee protection zones, and manatees need all the protection they can get. So if you happen upon a group of manatees that look

like they’ve beached themselves in shallow water, don’t worry, that’s normal for mating season. Steer clear, and let them downlist themselves.

Threatened Gopher tortoise Least tern Loggerhead sea turtle Piping plover Roseate spoonbill Snowy plover Species of special concern American oystercatcher Black skimmer Brown pelican Little blue heron Snowy egret White ibis

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Sky lanterns pose danger to turtles, wildlife Lights that can be seen from the beach are illegal during sea turtle nesting season, May 1 to Oct. 31, and Turtle Watch says sky lanterns should be no exception. BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

BRADENTON BEACH – Sky lanterns gone wrong last Friday at a beach wedding have lit a fire under Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox to seek local regulations to keep them from harming sea turtles. During a nighttime sea turtle lighting inspection with a Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer on Friday night, two beach weddings were underway when about 50 people at one wedding released the lanterns, also known as wish lanterns, she said. Five malfunctioned, with two falling on the beach, one falling between two houses and bushes, one falling on Tortuga property and one falling on a chair at Silver Surf, said Fox, who recovered the lanterns. The lanterns, often released in large numbers at beach weddings, memorial services and other events, are made of wire or wood frames, paper, string and candles that heat the air inside the paper, making them airborne and flammable. When the flames flicker and the lanterns fall, they become litter, landing in the water, on the ground and in sea oats and trees, where they can cause

fires or entangle or be ingested by sea turtles, shorebirds and other wildlife, said Fox, who plans to address local officials about enacting regulations of the lanterns. The Friday incident is not the first local sky lantern scare. At an Anna Maria Elementary School outdoor event in 2011, a lit sky lantern became entangled in a tree, but fire department volunteers present for the celebration recovered it before any damage was done. Sky lanterns used at a wedding at the Powel Crosley estate landed on runways and shut down air traffic at Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport three years ago; lanterns are now banned at the Crosley. Lantern liabilities prompted Fox to partner with St. Stephen’s Episcopal School this semester and fund a study on various aspects of the impact of sky lanterns on sea turtles, including how long it takes them to disappear from the environment. Last week, before final exams, students analyzed the results from the experiments they designed and wrote their lab reports, according to teacher Allison Misiewicz. Each study group is making a video explaining their projects, the results and their suggestions based on the experiments, which will be released soon. Lights that can be seen from the beach are illegal during sea turtle nesting season, May 1 to Oct. 31, and fires and fireworks are illegal on the beach all year long, so sky lanterns should not be an exception, Fox said.

Flippers and Feathers Here are some easy but important rules to follow during turtle nesting season. • Turn off outdoor lights visible from the beach from sundown to sunrise, and close drapes and blinds; lights can fatally disorient nesting and hatching sea turtles. • Do not aim camera flashes or cell phone cameras at sea turtles. • Do not use flashlights or fishing lights on the beach at night. • Do not trim or remove trees and plants that shield the beach from lights. • Remove chairs, umbrellas, sand anchors, tents, grills, boats and all objects from the beach from sundown to sunrise, and remove anchor buoys or rafts from the water. They can keep nesting sea turtles from hatching and keep hatchlings from reaching the water. • Fill in holes dug in the sand; they can trap nesting and hatching sea turtles. • If you see sea turtles nesting or hatching, keep silent and still and watch from a distance. Never touch a sea turtle. • On a boat or personal watercraft, watch

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), but sky lanterns have not been approved, according to an FWC spokeswoman. An amendment to Florida House Bill 955 that would have weakened restrictions on the release of helium balloons failed in the Legislative session that ended this month. Environmental groups opposed the amendment, which would have allowed up to 100 balloons to be released at a time at funerals, memorials or non-profit, faith-based events.

Nesting News Sea turtles Nests laid: 1 False crawls: 1 Nests hatched: 0 Hatchlings to Gulf: 0 Nest disorientations: 0 AMITW | submitted

Sky lanterns released at a beach wedding in Bradenton Beach last weekend malfunctioned, scattered and were recovered by Turtle Watch and city code enforcement staff. Last week, one turtle made a false crawl, an abandoned nesting attempt that can be caused by a variety of reasons, including lights. Florida Statute 379.233 prohibits the release of “10 or more balloons inflated with a gas that is lighter than air” within a 24-hour period; violators can be fined $250. The law allows for the release of balloons approved as biodegradable or photodegradable by the

for sea turtles and manatees; if you spot them, slow down and veer away. • Stay away from staked bird nesting areas to avoid frightening the parents off the nests and leaving the eggs vulnerable to heat and predators. If birds are agitated, you are too close. • Do not chase or herd birds; they need their energy for nesting. • Do not feed birds; it can lead to malnourishment, illness and aggression, and scraps can attract predators. • Dispose of fishing line, hooks, nets, sixpack holders, plastic bags and other trash; it can entangle and injure sea turtles and birds. • Don’t release fireworks, helium balloons or sky lanterns from the beach; the debris is dangerous to sea turtles, birds and other wildlife. • To protect sea turtle habitat, don’t use fertilizer from June 1 to Sept. 30. • For sea turtle and bird emergencies, call Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring at 941-778-5638, or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on your cell phone or text

Black skimmers Nests laid: 0 Chicks hatched: 0 Least terns Nests laid: 0 Chicks hatched: 0 Snowy plovers Nests laid: 2 Chicks hatched: 6 Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring


And they’re off! Above, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers were ready for the first sea turtle of the season to nest on the Island, which is exactly what happened on Mother's Day in Bradenton Beach. Left, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Director Suzi Fox, left, supplies Lee Zerkel, one of the group’s coordinators, with red flags to mark sea turtle nests.




Exchange student families needed International Fellowship, Inc., is looking for families and local representatives as host families for high school exchange students. They also need volunteers to secure host families for high school exchange students. For more information, log onto or e-mail infelwes@ You can also call the 24hour, toll-free line at 1-800-647-8839 or the 24-hour line at 1-716-326-7277.

Learn about essential oils Lisa Kullman, a consultant with Young Living Essential Oils, presents “How, Why, Where, and When to Use Therapeutic Essential Oils in Your Daily Routine” at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, on Wednesday, May 14, at 2 p.m. The program is free and open to everyone, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call the library at 778-6341.

SHINE Program needs volunteers

Explore Robinson from the water The Manatee County Department of Parks and Natural Resources will host a sunset, full-moon paddle through Robinson Preserve on Wednesday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Take advantage of low tide to watch the sunset from the sandbars of the Manatee River. Bring your camera for great shots of egrets, herons, and roseate spoonbills. This is an easy paddle that can be enjoyed by beginning kayakers, and it is suitable for all ages. Participants must bring their own kayak and safety equipment. Children age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult and wearing a personal flotation device. Reservations are required. Call 941-7425757, ext. 7, to register.

Friends Book Club gathers The Friends of the Island Branch Library Book Club meets at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, in the Walker Swift Meeting Room of the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The club will discuss “A Walk Across the Sun,” by Corban Addison. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Needle fun at library Learn to knit or just have fun knitting with others at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Call the library at 778-6341 for more information.

Use more of your iPad Learn how far your iPad can take you with this course at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 16. The course is free and seating is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Bring your iPad to the class. For more information, call 778-6341.

Kids movie and craft The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, presents a kid’s movie and a craft on Saturday,

MAY 14, 2014

Beach Market continues

Shop the Beach Market at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, at the trolley stop/concession stand area of Coquina Beach for fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and more. Looking for that perfect souvenir of your trip to Anna Maria Island? You will find many unique items at the Beach Market. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach, relax on the beautiful new deck overlooking the Gulf and get some great food at the Coquina Café. The Beach Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 27. Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in the Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. Vendors or anyone wanting more information can contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431. May 17, at 2 p.m. For more information, call 778-6341.

Check out Robinson’s flora Take a Master Gardener tour of Robinson Preserve on Sunday, May 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn more about Florida’s native plants with the Master Gardeners on a relaxing stroll through this beautiful coastal property. Robinson Preserve’s unique habitats are alive with color and native Florida wild flowers. Learn all about these plants and the important role they play in helping the watershed. This program is suitable for all ages. Call the Master Gardener Office for reservations at 941-722-4524.

The power of aromas The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will host “Dr. Mom: Aromatherapy For the Family,” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20. For more information, call 778-6341.

Kayak Robinson Preserve Join the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club on Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for a nice paddle through Robinson Preserve for approximately 3 1/2 hrs. This event is suitable for those with basic paddling skills. The trip will take kayakers from Palma Sola Bay into Perico Bayou. From there they will enter Robinson Preserve through a short mangrove tunnel and explore the canals of the preserve, which will include climbing the tower

for great views of the area. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray and a donation to Sierra Club. Reserve with Mike Lehner at 941-365-1073 or mklehn@

Shop for a good cause Volunteers are holding a yard sale to benefit the Animal Network on Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1135 Montezuma Drive, in Palma Sola Park, Bradenton. It’s a short drive off the Island for a good cause. To donate money or gently used goods for the sale, call Mary at 803-389-9970. All proceeds will benefit the Animal network. Emergency Medical Fund.

Local author to appear Anna Maria resident Mark E. Labriola, Sr., will sign copies of his book, “The Little Pine Tree,” on Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at A Parker’s Books, 1488 Main St, Sarasota. “The Little Pine Tree” is very sad, having grown up away from all the other trees. His only wish is to have a purpose and be a blessing to mankind. So when a group of soldiers come and cut him down, he’s thrilled. But when the Little Pine Tree is used for a terrible job, he doesn’t know what he’ll do next. How can he be a blessing as he had hoped anymore? Find out how he overcomes even the most tragic of situations in The Little Pine Tree.

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging need volunteers to join the award-winning SHINE team to help the elderly make decisions on Medicare, health insurance and prescription drug plans. Volunteers may also make educational presentations to community groups and participate in local health fairs, senior fairs and other outreach and educational events. For more information, call the Elder Helpline at 1-813-740-3888, Ext. 5593.

Volunteer advocates needed Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided. All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents, who often have no one else to advocate for them, are encouraged to call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit the program’s website at http://ombudsman.

Have a heart for a child Camelot Community Care is looking for therapeutic foster parents to care for abused and neglected adolescents and children. Call 941-708-9764 to find out if you would make a good therapeutic foster parent.

Are you being served? SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteer counselors from the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging are available to help Medicare beneficiaries learn if they qualify for additional benefits. If they are eligible, SHINE volunteers can provide application assistance. If you or someone you know needs help with your Medicare costs, you can call 1-800-96-ELDER or 1-800-963-5337 and speak with a SHINE counselor.

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4/24, 12:17 p.m., petit theft, 3000 block of Pine Avenue. A bicycle was stolen, and another bike was found in its place. 4/29, 10:42 p.m., DUI, 80th Street and Palm Drive. A Holmes Beach policeman contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office about a possibly drunk driver the officer observed. The officer stopped the driver, and a Sheriff’s Office deputy tested her and arrested her for driving under the influence. 5/8, 8:52 p.m., domestic violence, 800 block of Fern Street. The wife struck the husband during an argument, and she was arrested. 5/10, 9:55 p.m., disorderly intoxication, 300 block of North Shore Drive. A neighbor called to report a man screaming obscenities, and when the deputies arrived, they found a man who was intoxicated and arguing with people at the house. He refused to identify himself, and when one deputy tried to identify him by a fingerprint, he pulled away, but was restrained. The neighbor agreed to file charges of disorderly intoxication, and the man was arrested.

Bradenton Beach

4/24, 2:42 a.m., recovered stolen vehicle, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence, driving with a suspended license with knowledge, 100 bock of Third Street South. Two officers were tailing a vehicle that was having trouble holding a single lane. When the driver stopped, he jumped out of the car and started to run. One officer caught him in front of the shell shop at Third Street South. The other detained a passenger in the car. The driver said he ran because his license was suspended. When asked whom the car belonged to, the suspect said he had been living around the Longboat Pass Bridge and saw the car with the keys in it, so he stole it. The officers called the car’s owner, who didn’t know it was missing, and told him it had been recovered 4/28, 8:22 p.m., trespass warning, Bridge Street Pier, Cast and Cage restaurant. The manager asked the officer to trespass the person who had been yelling obscenities and scaring customers. 5/1, 5:50 a.m., Marchman Act, 2600 Gulf Drive South. The officer responded to a report of a man coughing up blood. He found the man who said he had been drinking heavily and needs help. The officer took him into custody under the Marchman Act for his own safety. 5/2, 11:42 p.m., domestic battery, 2400 block Avenue C. The officer responded to a report of domestic violence and the male said they both started arguing over him looking at her phone messages. The female said he hit her in the face. He said she spit on him. The officer arrested both of them and found some

pills in her purse for which she did not have prescriptions. 5/8, 2:50 a.m., domestic violence, 2400 block of Avenue C. An argument between brothers turned violent, and one of them went to jail. 5/10, 3:52 p.m., disorderly conduct, breach of the peace, Circle K, 103 Gulf Drive N. The defendant came into the store yelling at the clerk and blaming him for stealing money. The officer placed the defendant under arrest.


5/3. 10:31 p.m., trespass warning, 4528 119th St. W., Swordfish Grill. The manager asked to issue a trespass warning to a woman who was intoxicated and swearing at the customers.

Holmes Beach

4/12, 2:58 p.m., trespass warning, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The subject got into an altercation and left, saying he was getting a gun. Lifeguards called police, and when they found the subject, he did not have a gun. The lifeguards asked the officer to issue a trespass warning to the subject and his friends, which he did. 4/12, 10:22 p.m., battery, 500 block of 75th Street. Police were called because a woman had lost control of herself and was screaming at the rest of her family. She said she was also upset because she did not get enough attention on her birthday. She had recently given birth to a baby who was in the house. She was held down by family members and the officer learned she had hurt her mother slightly. She was arrested for domestic violence. Later, she apologized saying she must be suffering from post-natal depression. 3/13, 6:22 p.m., burglary, 752 Manatee Ave., Kingfish boat ramp. A burglar or burglars broke out a window of a rental car and stole a wallet, money, ID and other items. The complainants saw a white SUV with two people in it next to their car. 4/14, 7:32 a.m., possession of marijuana, 6000 Marina Drive. The officer stopped a scooter driver after a computer report showed the license was expired. The computer also showed the driver was wanted in another state for nonpayment of child support. The officer inspected the scooter and found a bag with a dark, tar-like substance in it. The driver admitted it was hashish. He was arrested. 4/15, 1:22 p.m., attached tag not assigned to the vehicle, 3000 block of Gulf Drive. The officer ran the tag number on an older model Chevrolet Camaro, and the computer said the tag belonged on a Dodge. The officer observed the defendant stop at the Citgo gas station and convenience store and run inside. He checked the computer again and found the defendant had 10 license suspensions. He saw the defendant come back outside and gas up the car. The officer backed away from arresting the driver


because his backup was not in place. When the defendant pulled over to the compressor to fill the tires, the officer moved in and placed him under arrest. The defendant said he got the plate from his wife’s car. His car was towed and he went to jail. 4/17, 9:30 a.m., theft, 6814 Gulf Drive, Trade Winds Apartments. The victim said two bikes and a carrier that were chained to a fence in the first-floor parking area were stolen. 4/17, 7:57 p.m., theft, 5806 Gulf Drive, Water’s Edge. Two rental bikes locked in the parking area were stolen. 4/17, 11:51 p.m., aggravated assault, 3600 block of Gulf Drive. The victim called police to say there were two men in his apartment drinking with him and now he wants them to leave. He said one of them thinks he pulled out a knife, but he didn’t, and he doesn’t want to get in trouble. The officer noticed all three were intoxicated. He got the three to split up. One went somewhere else, and the other got a ride to the mainland. No charges were filed, but later one man returned, the police were called and they issued a trespass warning to him. 4/18, 12:46 p.m., larceny/theft, 600 block of Key Royale Drive. The victim said a compressor and other tools were stolen from a construction site. 4/19, 6:12 a.m., possession of marijuana and drug equipment, 2800 Gulf Drive. The officer responded to a report of possible domestic violence and on the way, he was told by dispatch that one of the participants was leaving in his car. The officer found the car travelling south and followed as the driver went into the other lane and off the roadway

Obituaries Betty Bruxvoort Just as the Lord Jesus Christ arose on Easter morning, so Betty Bruxvoort’s spirit arose to join the Lord on that great day of celebration and remembrance that demonstrates that “death has lost its sting.” Betty’s sure confidence through the many months she battled lung disease was that she, too, would be resurrected according to the Scriptures. Betty was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was a life-long resident there until coming to Anna Maria in 1993. Together with her husband, the love of her life, Irwin Bruxvoort, Betty spent seven months on Anna Maria Island and five months in Hudsonville, Mich. annually. The couple enjoyed bicycling and taking long walks together where they were often seen


several times. During a pat down, the officer found a pipe with a leafy green substance and was arrested. 4/19, 1:40 p.m., driving with a suspended license, making an illegal turn, 4300 block of Gulf Drive. The officer observed the driver make a left turn where it is not allowed and initiated a stop. The driver said he did not have a license and when he checked the records, the driver’s license had been suspended. He was ticketed. 4/19, 1:59 p.m., DUI, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer observed the defendant driving erratically and tried to stop him. He ignored the officer, finally stopping. The officer reported smelling alcohol coming from the car, and the driver, who was Hispanic, had a hard time understanding what the officer said. The defendant failed field sobriety tests. 4/19, 4:52 p.m., trespass warning, 3900 East Bay Drive, Publix. The manager called police when he observed the suspect, stuffing Nyquil in his pants. The officer caught up with him and he admitted taking it. Management asked the officer to issue a trespass warning. 4/19, larceny, 3805 East Bay Drive, Sunbow Bay. Two bicycles were stolen from the parking garage. 4/20, 8:13 a.m., driving with a suspended license, 3600 East Bay Drive. The officer recognized the driver as not having a license after checking the computer. He ticketed him and seized his tag. 4/20, 1:20 p.m., driving with no registration, 2800 Gulf Drive. The officer observed the driver towing two personal watercraft on a trailer with no tag. He also observed the window tint too dark and a taillight lens was broken.

on the beach and around the Island. Betty and Irv were faithful members of CrossPointe Fellowship (Anna Maria Baptist Church) for many years. They joyfully supported Pastor Bill and Dora Cruz’ ministry outreach for migrant workers and their families at The Lord’s Lighthouse Ministry in Ruskin, Florida. Betty and Irv spent happy hours at the ministry headquarters each month while in Florida. Betty is survived by husband Irwin; five beloved children, Barbara Grant (Rich), Rick Vander Laan (Corine), Ron Vander Laan (Tina), James Van der Laan, Sandy Berry (James); eleven grandchildren; and four great grand children. Betty is dearly missed. Yet, we are convinced that believing family and friends shall yet be reunited with her. On her last day, Betty was meditating on the truth of Psalm 100: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise! Be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting and his truth endures to all generations.”




MAY 14, 2014

Tarpon becoming plentiful Captain Rick Grassett

Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had numerous shots at tarpon and caught and released an estimated 100-pound tarpon on several trips in the coastal Gulf during the past week. Sarasota winter resident Mike Perez tarpon fished with me on Monday and Tuesday. Ted Gibbons, from Sarasota, joined us on Monday. There was a big swell and conditions were challenging but we saw numerous singles, doubles and several schools of tarpon and got a total of seven or eight shots at them. We had a few follows, but no bites, so we tried several different color and profile flies.

It all came together for Mike on Tuesday. With better conditions, he converted several shots at tarpon to a hook up. After numerous jumps and a 40-minute battle, he brought an estimated 100-pound tarpon to the boat. Wind and rough water made casting challenging on a couple of other trips during the week, but there were plenty of opportunities. Tarpon are becoming plentiful in the coastal Gulf. In addition to tarpon, false albacore and tripletail may also be options there depending on conditions. Look for reds, snook and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues, flounder and more should continue to be a good option.

Possible record permit At left, Jenah Victor, of Anna Maria, caught this permit on a crab while helping her new husband, Captain Dane Karcher, the “Sharkslayer” of AMI’s newest offshore charter company, Sharkslayer Fishing Charters, on a recent charter. They are awaiting results from the IFGA to see if it is accepted as a world record for length.


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tide chart for anna maria city pier May 14-21 Day Date

A.M. High Time Feet

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Sun Rise Set

Day Date

Wed 5/14

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Sun 5/18

Thu 5/15

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5:30a 1.19

11:24a 2.67

7:24p -0.39

Fri 5/16

2:19a 1.50

6:02a 1.25

12:04p 2.73

8:12p -0.41

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6:43a 1.28

12:52p 2.71

9:04p -0.37

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1:46p 2.61

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6:45a 1.72

11:51a 1.17

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Take a Master Gardener tour Take a Master Gardener Tour at Robinson Preserve on Sunday, May 18, from 9 to11 a.m. A naturalist guide will explain resident flora. Kayaking for First Timers will be held on Thursday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants must bring their own kayaks. Robinson Preserve’s main entrance is at the western end of 17th Avenue Northwest off 75th Street West in Bradenton. For more information, call 941-748-4501, ext. 4605.




MAY 14, 2014

Is there a mystery to real estate offers?


e all love to read a good mystery. John Grisham, Mickey Spillane and Sr. Arthur Conan Doyle have written intricate and page-turning stories, keeping us at the edge of our seats. But when it comes to either waiting for an offer on your property or waiting for an acceptance on an offer for a property you want to purchase, being in the middle of a mystery just isn’t fun. Buying and selling real estate is always an emotional rollercoaster, but we’re all human and we all make mistakes in judgment sometimes driven by frenzy and greed. But if you follow a few simple rules and keep your emotions in check, you’ll come out ahead, whether you’re the buyer or the seller. Sellers, especially in an escalating market, frequently make the mistake of pricing their property too high. With the level of super informed buyers in the marketplace today, it doesn’t take long for an overpriced home to

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger wither on the vine. After a while, properties sitting too long become stale and they, therefore, get very little traffic through them. For sale by owner listings are notoriously guilty of this. Not only do they think they can do it without a broker and save the commission, but they also expect to get top dollar. The general consensus is that if you’re priced appropriately you’ll get an offer in the first 30 days. Believe it or not, sellers also can price too low thinking that they will attract a mob of buyers creating a bidding war to get this fabulous under priced property. Generally, unless you have a rare property, this doesn’t

work. Buyers are disappointed when sellers refuse to accept low offers, and sellers are left with no sale. Sellers also should not wait too long. The best offers always come in the early days and weeks of a listing. Remember there are always buyers out there who are ready, willing and able to perform and are just waiting for the right property. The biggest mistake that buyers make is low balling an offer. The affect this has on sellers is usually to assume you’re not serious. It insults them and makes them not even want to negotiate with you. Don’t think that there isn’t anyone else interested in the property, there always is someone else. Remember that a seller’s broker has a fiduciary obligation to the seller and has their best interest at heart. This doesn’t mean that they won’t treat you ethically, but don’t expect them to be cutting commissions just because they’re on both sides of the transaction.

So how do you make your offer stand out? Assuming it’s a fair offer, the next best thing you can do is come in with all cash. Nationally, 44 percent of winning offers were all cash. Cash offers remove the mortgage contingency, and if you really want to sweeten it up, also remove the inspection contingency. Finally for sellers, if all else fails, you can always buy a St. Joseph Home Selling Kit. I kid you not, traditionally Joseph the husband of Mary is the patron saint of home and family. Believe me I’ve heard crazier ideas. And for buyers, cover letters submitted with an offer of purchase have become very popular. A cover letter can concisely review the terms of the offer, as well as making a personal case for why you want this property. Basically there is no mystery to making and accepting real estate offers. With due respect to Sherlock Holmes, sometimes a mystery is just overrated.

MAY 14, 2014



Library schedules summer programs The programs are free and seating is on a first-come, firstserved basis; no registration is necessary. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – The school year is waning and soon children will be home searching for something to do. The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, has scheduled programs for kids of all ages this summer to keep the learning process alive as they enjoy the summer off. There are five special events for school-age children in June and July. They are held on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. The June 18 program features “Got Milk?” a story and presentation.

On June 25, the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department presents “Nocturnal Neighbors.” There will be a Fourth of July party and crafts on July 2. The Parks and Natural Resources Department presents “Burrowing Owls” on July 16. The final program, on July 23, features “The History of Chocolate” and crafts.

Wednesdays for teens

There are four events for teenagers this summer scheduled for Wednesday evenings. They include: June 11, 6 p.m., AAA Driving Simulator; June 25, 6 p.m., Craft, Create Recycled Paper; July 9, 5 p.m. Teen Movie Night; July 23, Craft, Make Your Own Lip Balm/Gloss.

Thursday programs

The library also offers eight programs for school-age children on Thursdays, at 10 a.m., funded by the Friends of the Island Library. They are: June 12, “Dive into Archaeology” presented by the Florida Public Archeology Network; June 19, “Crocodile Encounters;” June 26, “Mad Science;” July 3, “Didgeridoo Down Under;” July 10, “Earthlings;” July 17, Turtle Watch Lecture; July 24, “All About Bugs” presented by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department; July 31 Lego Day. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Talks continue between neighbors The second Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust (AMIPT) Community Connections group is Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 GulfDrive, Anna maria. and the talk will continue on how to keep a feeling of community while owner occupied homes

in the residential neighborhoods become rentals. More than 30 people turned out at the first meeting two weeks ago, and they discussed reaching further than their immediate neighborhoods for fellowship, aid and security, especially as they age and become more dependant on

neighbors. The organizer is Sissy Quinn, president of AMIPT. There is no cost to join, and participants are talking about what this group could achieve with the right goals in mind. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Kids art on display The art work of children who submitted pieces for the Young at Art show as part of Food and Wine on Pine, which was canceled, had their work displayed at the Anna Maria Island Community Center last week. PAT COPELAND | SUN



Wet and busted A Duette man was arrested Monday afternoon at Coquina Bayside Park in Bradenton Beach after jumping into the Intracoastal Waterway to avoid a traffic stop. Thomas James Turner II, 30, was driving a motorcycle and was initially stopped by Bradenton Beach Police Officer Tom Ferrara, who discovered that Turner was wanted for motorcycle theft. During the arrest, Turner ran away and dove into the ICW. An unusual pursuit then ensued, with multiple law enforcement agencies participating, including the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and K-9 unit, two U.S. Coast Guard boats and Longboat Key, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach police. Turner finally was corralled and hauled into one of the Coast Guard boats. CINDY LANE | SUN

SABINE: The search continues FROM PAGE 1

As of press time Tuesday, the excavation had just begun. “This search is the result of considerable investigation,� said Reserve Major Dwight Townsend, of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Manatee County Search and Rescue. “We had several leads after rereading the case.� Tuesday’s search wasn’t the first time deputies have combed parts of the Island. They searched the beaches along Gulf Boulevard in Anna Maria in early Dec. 2009 using ground-penetrating radar, then returned in April 2010 and again in August of that year with earth-movers, after MusilBuehler’s cell phone and purse were found by passersby in a wooded area next to Gulf Front Park. Detective John Kenney, who was in charge of the sheriff’s patrol in the city of Anna Maria when Musil-Buehler disappeared, has been on the team trying to solve the mystery. He said they feel they have enough evidence from blood samples

in Musil-Buehler’s car and the apartment she shared with her boyfriend, William Cumber, to get a conviction. Cumber is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the disappearance and awaits trial in Bradenton. Police questioned Cumber extensively after Musil-Buehler vanished. He had met her while he was in prison serving time for burning down an ex-girlfriend’s house. He was out on probation when Musil-Buehler disappeared. He subsequently was caught in another county without permission from his probation officer and is now serving a 13-year term for violating terms of that probation. If he is convicted of seconddegree murder, he could get life in prison. Kenney is still searching for clues to Musil-Buehler’s disappearance. “We are totally open to anyone who has any information,� he said. “If you can assist, please call me at 747-3011, extension 2216.�

Top real estate producers for April 2014 A Paradise Realty - Holmes Beach Quentin Talbert - Listing Larry Albert - Selling A Paradise Realty - Bradenton Beach Helen and Al Pollock Listing and selling Duncan Real Estate Darcie Duncan - Listing Michelle Laade - Selling

Island Real Estate - Anna Maria John Van Zandt - Listing Kathleen White - Selling

Mike Norman Jed Wilkenson - Listing Jason Hrnak - Selling

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Island Vacation Properties Mel and Barb Neely - Selling Michael Saunders Margaret Ann Quinlan - Listing

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Across 1 Downfall 7 Msg. to squad cars 10 Luxury resort amenity 13 "Savages" director Stone 14 Unsportsmanlike sort 16 Egyptian president during the Suez Crisis 17 One-piece garments 18 Golf Hall of Famer Ernie 19 "Death in Venice" author 21 Bugs on a highway 22 Wobble 24 Gossip 27 See 26-Down 28 Bird: Pref. 29 Tie up 31 Still-life pitchers 33 __ Martin: Bond's car 35 Dating service datum 36 Summer of songs 37 Narc's org. 38 Peso spender's pronoun 40 __-turn 41 Brewery supply 43 "What a shame!" 44 Size up 46 Beehive State college player 48 Attila follower 49 Overact 50 Big name in antivirus software 52 "Dear Yoko" subject 53 Rise precipitously 54 Coat lining 57 Treatment for burnout 61 "Confidence in Mo-

tion" car 63 Has a knack for 64 Online order confirmations 65 Designer of Hong Kong's Bank of China Tower 66 Brain scan letters 67 Far from abundant Down 1 "Ta-da!" 2 Airline to Tel Aviv 3 Pageant for under-20s 4 Drips in the ICU 5 Terse meeting request 6 Editorial slips 7 Chicago Loop's __ Center 8 In on 9 Like our secret 10 Inspiring lesson, perhaps: Abbr. 11 Spot for notes 12 Website clutter 14 "Fiddler on the Roof" song suggested twice by this puzzle's circles 15 "It __ hit me yet" Answers to 05-07-14 Crossword Puzzle.

20 Place name meaning "snow-covered" 23 Draw wages 25 Cheating victim's cry 26 With 27-Across, one end of the Dardanelles 27 Logo on some sports bras 30 Funny Foxx 31 Writer Ferber 32 Admits defeat 34 Skin picture 39 NYC gallery district 42 Champion, as a cause 45 Overact 47 Deletes 51 "You're fired!" speaker 55 Bing results, briefly 56 Stratagem 57 GOP member 58 Program file suffix 59 "Nova" subj. 60 Tattered tee, maybe 62 Pipe up in the pasture

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Scholarships available from Salick Fund The National Kidney Foundation of Florida is accepting scholarship applications for The Richard K. Salick Scholarship Fund for Community Service. The program, established in 2013 in memory of former Anna Maria Island resident and pro surfer Rich Salick, recognizes students who give back

to their communities. The program’s goals are to provide college tuition assistance to students who are making a positive difference in their communities, and to inspire others to do the same. Graduating high school or homeschooled seniors or students currently enrolled in accredited universities who

exemplify Salick’s qualities through active volunteer community service are eligible for the program, presented by the Elebash Family and Regions Bank. An appointed board of NKFF donors, volunteers and board members will select the winners. The number of students selected and the amount of money awarded to each will be deter-

mined based on the number of eligible applicants. Apply by visiting The deadline for submissions is June 27. If you are interested in donating to the 2014 Rich Salick Scholarship fund, e-mail




MAY 14, 2014

Spring sports in full swing BY SCOTT DELL SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Adult Co-Ed Soccer Results

Ross Built Construction  3 Slim’s Place  1 Adam Bujarski scored all three goals, and Max Gazzo and Scott Rudacille combined for 13 saves in goal as the Ross Built Construction team moved into the top spot alone in the leader board. Jesse Brisson scored the only goal from an assist by Danny Anderson. Diego Felipe and Nate Talucci combined for 12 saves in goal for the Slim’s Place team. Jessie’s Island Store  3 Island Pest Control  3 Danny Burton scored all three goals, and Pedro Gonzalez had five saves in goal for the Jessie’s Island Store team’s tie game. Eric Pullen had two goals, and David Hiram scored the other goal for the Island Pest Control team. Ray Gardner had 15 saves in goal including the game saving save on a penalty kick with less than a minute left in the game to keep the score tied. LaPensee Plumbing & Pools  5 Beach to Bay Construction  2 Sean Sanders scored two goals. Kim Christenson, Joe Ciasullo and Tyler Krauss each added one goal apiece. Aaron Dudukes added an assist, and Adam Mott had 14 saves in goal for the LaPensee Plumbing & Pools victory. Rico Beisert and Ryan Moss each had a goal, and Shawn Kaleta had six saves in goal for the Beach to Bay Construction team. Sato Real Estate  Agnelli Pool & Spas  Matt Kretzman had two goals and an assist. Ryan Hogan had a goal

3 3

and Frank Agnelli and David Greene combined for five save in goal for the Agnelli Pool & Spas team tie game. Josh Petitt, Matt Plummer and Chrissy Rice each score a goal apiece, and Jason Sato had eight saves in goal for the Sato Real Estate team tie game.

team with 21points. Joe Combs scored 17 points and Jordan Demers added eight points for the Duncan Real Estate win. Brandon Kern led the scoring for the game with 32 points. Andrew Turman added 13 points and Matt Dwyer chipped in with five points for the Bug Guys team.

Adult Co-Ed Soccer Schedule

Adult Basketball Schedule

May 15, Thursday, 6 p.m. – Beach to Bay Construction vs. Agnelli Pool & Spas May 15, Thursday, 7 p.m. – LaPensee Plumbing & Pools vs. Island Pest Control May 15, Thursday, 8 p.m. – Slim’s Place vs. Jessie’s Island Store May 15, Thursday, 9 p.m. – Sato Real Estate vs. Ross Built Construction

Adult Basketball Results

The Island Sun  66 The Feast restaurant  49 Jason Mickan led the scoring with 16 points. Shawn Hubbard had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Gledhill had 12 points and seven rebounds in the Island Sun victory. Forrest Schield led the way with 14 points. Ricky Tyrell had 13points and Cameron Kawcak had eight points for the Feast Restaurant. Gator Man Pools  53 Island Gourmet  46 Deo Brown led the scoring and had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Aaron Dudukes also had a doubledouble with 15points and 10 rebounds and Richard Fosmore and Cody Sullivan each had six points in the Gator Man Pools win. Scott Eliso led the way with 23 points. Dale Smith chipped in with eight points and Keith Wilking added seven points for the Island Gourmet team. Duncan Real Estate  60 Bug Guys  53 Ray Gardner led the scoring for his

May 13, Tuesday, 7 p.m. – Gator Man Pools vs. Duncan Real Estate May 13, Tuesday, 8 p.m. – The Island Sun vs. Island Gourmet May 13, Tuesday, 9 p.m. – The Feast restaurant vs. Bug Guys Tyler’s Ice Cream  Southern Greens 

9 2 12 6

Beach to Bay Construction  Florida Discount Signs & Wraps 

1 0

Adult Co-Ed Kickball Schedule

May 14, Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Beach To Bay Construction vs. Southern Greens May 14, Wednesday, 8 p.m. – Florida Discount Signs & Wraps vs. Southern Greens May 14, Wednesday, 9 p.m. – Florida Discount Signs & Wraps vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Youth Baseball Results

Ross Built Construction  Island Pest Control  Jessie’s Island Store  Sato Real Estate  LaPensee Plumbing & Pools  Agnelli Pool & Spas  Beach to Bay Construction  Slim’s Place 

2-0-0 1-0-1 1-0-1 1-0-1

6 4 4 4

1-1-0 3 0-1-1 1 0-2-0 0 0-2-0 0

Adult Basketball Standings

Adult Co-Ed Kickball Results

Beach to Bay Construction  Tyler’s Ice Cream 

Adult Soccer Standings (W-L-T PTS)

Duncan Real Estate  Gator Man Pools  Island Sun newspaper  Bug Guys  Island Gourmet restaurant The Feast restaurant 

Adult Kickball Standings

Beach to Bay Construction Tyler’s Ice Cream  Southern Greens  Florida Discount Signs & Wraps 

1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 2-0 1-0 0-1 0-1

Youth Basketball Standings

AMI Hammerheads  Air & Energy 

8 6

Air & Energy  AMI Hammerheads 

7 6

(8-10-Year-Old-Division) Beach Bums  Island Real Estate 

2-0 0-2

(11-13-Year-Old-Division) Eat Here restaurant  Bridge Tender Inn  Sandbar restaurant 

2-0 1-2 1-2

(14-17-Year-Old-Division) Beach Bistro  Dips Ice Cream  West Coast Air & Heating Heritage Paper Company Walter & Associates 

3-0 2-1 1-1 0-2 0-2

Youth Baseball Standings

see sports, page 35

AMI Hammerheads  Air & Energy 

1-1 1-1

Horseshoe tossers warm up on Wednesday The weather has been wonderful, although it’s getting warmer, but that doesn’t stop the men at the horseshoe pits at Anna Maria City Hall. On May 7, five teams moved on after pool play, all with 2 and 1 records, Steve Doyle beat Tom Skoloda 22 to 19 while Bob Heiger and Sam Samuels

slipped past Jerry Disbrow and Bruce Munro 23 to 19. In the next round Heiger and Samuels moved into the final taking out Hank Huyghe and Art Kingstad 24 to 13. Heiger and Samuels kept on a roll beating Doyle 21 to 13 and earn bragging rights for the day. Action on May 10 saw four teams meet

in a playoff, Hank Huyghe and Tim Sofran edged out Steve Grossman and Rod Bussey 21 to 19, and in another tight game, Tom Skoloda and Karl Thomas moved into the final with a 21 to 18 win over Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels. After falling behind 15 to 2, Huyghe and Sofran rallied for a 21 to

16 win over Skoloda and Thomas and earn a trip to the winners circle. Join the fun on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 9 a.m. It’s free and all skill levels are welcome. Come a little early to get a teammate and have some fun.

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sports: Results and schedules FROM PAGE 34

Youth Baseball Schedule

May 13, Tuesday, 6 p.m. – Air & Energy vs. AMI Hammerheads May 14, Wednesday, 5:15 p.m. – Signarama vs. Miller Electric May 16, Friday, 6:15 p.m. – AMI Hammerheads vs. Air & Energy May 19, Monday, 6 p.m. – Miller Electric vs. Signarama May 19, Monday, 7:15 p.m. – Air & Energy vs. AMI Hammerheads

Youth Basketball Results 8-10-Year-Olds

Beach Bums  30 Island Real Estate 18 David Daigle led the way with 12 points. Sean Rodriguez and Will Batey each added eight points, and Evan Talucci scored two points for the Beach Bums win. Shawn Balvin and Thomas Heckler each scored six points. Luke Bisio, Anthony Nguyen and Dante Tilelli each added two points for the Island Real Estate team Beach Bums  12 Island Real Estate  9 The trio of David Daigle, Sean Rodriguez and Will Batey each scored four points for the Beach Bums victory. Shawn Balvin and Luke Bisio each scored four points and Anthony Nguyen scored one point for the Island Real Estate team.


Bridge Tender Inn  36 Sandbar Restaurant  20 Michael Lattimer led the scoring with 23 points. Anna Pears and Leo Tilelli

each added four points in the Bridge Tender Inn win. Brooke Caperelli led her team with eight points, and Hannah McCracken added six points for the Sandbar team. 41 Eat Here  Bridge Tender Inn  25 Leo Rose led the scoring with 24 points. Matt Manger added nine points and Noah Heskin chipped in with another six points for the Eat Here victory. Michael Lattimer scored 12 points and Leo Tilelli added seven points for the Bridge Tender Inn team. Sandbar restaurant  25 Bridge Tender Inn  16 Brooke Caperelli and Alex Rodriguez each scored 10 points in the Sandbar win. Daniel Sentman scored six points, and Leo Tilelli scored five points for the Bridge Tender Inn team. Eat Here  21 Sandbar restaurant  20 Leo Rose led the scoring for his team with 10 points. Matt Manger chipped in with five points for the Eat Here narrow victory. Brooke Caperelli led the way for Sandbar team with 18 points.

14-17 Year Olds

Dips Ice Cream  56 Walter & Associates  51 Christian Hampton had a doubledouble with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Connor Field also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Dips Ice Cream win. Chris Lehman and Phil Rottes each scored 12 points, and Collin Moore added 11 points for the

Walter & Associates team. Beach Bistro  54 Walter & Associates  43 Alex Gilman led the scoring for his team with 23 points. Chris Johnson and Josh Robertson each added 11 points for the Beach Bistro win. Phil Rottes scored 15 points, and Collin Moore added 13 points for the Walter & Associates team. West Coast Air Conditioning & Heating  48 Dips Ice Cream  47 Neil Carper dropped in 21 points, and Joey Carter added 11 points for the narrow Eat Here victory. Christian Hampton led the scoring with 24 points and Connor Field added 12 points for the Dips Ice Cream team. Beach Bistro  55 West Coast Air Conditioning & Heating  32 Alex Gilman scored 23 points. Ryan Gilman had 16 points and Chris Johnson scored 10 points in the Beach Bistro win. Joey Carter scored 14 points, and Alex Martinez and Lucas Paquin each added six points for the West coast Air 7 Heating team. Dips Ice Cream  63 Heritage Paper Company  58 Christian Hampton had a doubledouble and dropped in a league high 43 points with 15 rebounds. Connor Field added 13 points and seven boards for the Dips Ice Cream win. Burk Hill had a double-double and scored 18 points with 12 rebounds. Sam Cuva also had

a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Heritage Paper Company team.

Youth Basketball Schedule 5-7-Year-Olds

May 17, Saturday, 10 a.m. – Palmetto Lodge #110 F & A.M vs. DoJo Martial Arts May 19, Monday, 6 p.m. – DoJo Martial Arts vs. Palmetto Lodge #110 F & A.M


May 14, Wednesday, 6 p.m. – Beach Bums vs. Island Real Estate May 17, Saturday, 11 a.m. – Island Real estate vs. Beach Bums


May 16, Friday, 6 p.m. – Bridge Tender Inn vs. Sandbar restaurant May 17, Saturday, 12 p.m. – Eat Here vs. Sandbar restaurant May 19, Monday, 7 p.m. – Bridge Tender Inn vs. Eat Here


May 16, Friday, 7 p.m. – West Coast Air & Heating vs. Walter & Associates May 16, Friday, 8 p.m. – Dips Ice Cream vs. Heritage Paper Company May 17, Saturday, 1 p.m. – West Coast Air & Heating vs. Walter & Associates May 17, Saturday, 2 p.m. – Dips Ice Cream vs. Beach Bistro May 19, Monday, 8 p.m. – Beach Bistro vs. Heritage Paper Company May 20, Tuesday, 6 p.m. – Walter & Associates vs. Dips Ice Cream

Key Royale ladies compete in individual putts The ladies of Key Royale Club competed in individual putts with a surprise “throw-out” hole on Tuesday, May 6. Pam Alvord took first place with 12 net putts, Tootie Wagner came in second with 13 net putts and four women – Sue Christenson, Pam Lowry, Marcia O’Brien and Sally Martin –

tied for third place with 14 net putts. Ten women – Terry Westby, Janna Samuels, Christina Mason, Markie Ksiazek, Kathy Porter, Sharon Tarras, Gloria LaDue, Joy Kaiser, Joyce Brown, Heather Blane – tied for fourth with 15 net putts. Gloria LaDue had the only ship-in on the third hole.

Stag Day at Key Royale Club submitted

More than 70 players participated in this spring event. Individual low gross and low net honors went respectively to Larry Pippel and Barry Izzard. The winning team with the lowest combined score was composed of Larry Pippel, Bill Shuman, Quentin Talbert and John Pur-

cell. As in past years, Mixon Insurance sponsored hole-in-one prizes including $10,000, golf equipment and a Kindle Fire. While no one recorded an ace, John Estok did have closest-to-the-hole on the eighth hole, winning a TaylorMade putter, also provided by Mixon Insurance.

Condo scramble Golfers and friends from Westbay Point and Moorings and Shell Point condominiums participated in a nine-hole golf scramble on Thursday, April 3, followed by a social get-together at Key Royale Club. The first place team, pictured, was Robert Hoffman, Joan Graham, Cheryl Schlehuber and Al Pollock. Second place went to Bill Gallagher, Carole Homer, Bob McGlynn and Jon Lindwall.




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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES "PERSONAL TRAINER" A.M.I. Fitness. Blake Forsberg ACE-certified. Special deals this month including no membership fee if you work with me. Call 360-271-8439 AMI VALET LLC Professional parking services. Restaurants, weddings, any & all special events. Insured & Licensed. Years of experience. Call 941-565-0137 AT YOUR SERVICE Personal & Professional assistant. Great rates. References available "Let me do what you are unwilling or unable to do." Call Cindy 941-812-2238

REAL ESTATE HOMES & CONDOS FOR SALE SPACIOUS 3BR/3BA Condominium rarely available in wonderful bay front complex with pool and tennis courts. Tastefully renovated to include newly tiled kitchen & family room with a peak of the bay and a split bedroom plan. Centrally located in Holmes Beach, with a short walk to shops. Ground-floor unit with covered parking and private storage. Family oriented and pet friendly. Offered at $450,000. Call Green Real Estate @ 941-7780455

PERICO BAY CLUB CONDO for sale. LOWEST PRICE IN COMMUNITY. Light & Bright with Vaulted Ceilings…in beautiful condition…$173,000!! Call today! Kathleen White 941-773-0165 Island Real Estate.



BRING YOUR BOAT! Canal villa with no bridges to ICW. 2/2 with carport. 23 foot dock. Open plan, Update kitchen & baths. $259,900 Katharine Pepper, RoseBay International 941-755-2100 or 941-792-9459 4BR/3BA HOUSE on 71.5 acres with 18 stall horse barn in Parrish, Florida. Call Steve Georgie 941-321-6253 at Keller Williams Realty

REAL ESTATE: LOTS FOR SALE BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME West of Gulf Drive, QUIET Street, Beach Close, 64’x80’ Lot at 112-79th Street, Holmes Beach, $659,000, 941-778-6364

RENTALS: ANNUAL 2BR/2BA Perico Bay Club, new tile, ground level, lake view, pool, tennis, workout room. Washer/Dryer carport. Secured entry. 1.5 miles to island. condo application required $100 Available May 1. $1350 first & last / $1350 security deposit. 2BR/2BA Perico Bay Club lake & estuary view, pool, tennis, workout room. Wash/Dryer carport. Secured entry. 1.5 miles to island. condo application required $100 Available ASAP. $1300 / $1300 security deposit. DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact kate@ – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. ROOM FOR RENT Holmes Beach. $400/mo includes cable TV and utilities. Call 941-565-0686

RENTALS: SEASONAL & VACATION TIFFANY PLACE Gulf Front Condo for Rent Incredible views from living room and master bedroom. 2BR/2BA Green Real Estate Call 941-778-0455


ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$750/ wk 941-778-1915 VACATION RENTALS – BRADENTON, houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-794-1515. WWW. Coastalpropertiesrealty. com Suzanne Wilson, PA, Broker WILLKOMMEN AUF AMI! Besuchen Sie Island Real Estate in einem unserer Inselbüros (6101 Marina Drive oder 419 Pine Ave) mit unserem deutschsprachigen Reservierungsservice und erhalten ein freies Island Real Estate Baseball Cap! Wir geben Ihnen gerne mehr Auskunft über unsere 250 ausgewählte Feriendomizile für Ihren nächsten Urlaub!

RENTAL INVENTORY NEEDED!! Help us fill our waiting list for 2015. Call {Tracy} or {Amberly} at 941-778-4800 A Paradise Vacation Rentals OFF-SEASON 2BR/2BA CONDO all inclusive $1800/mo. Call Suzanne at Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.


"PERFECT RENTER" Single Male. Retired Minister seeking a one bedroom apartment or efficiency to rent on or near Island. Excellent References. Call 863698-2555.


TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport services: Tampa $85, Sarasota $35, Clearwater $75, Fort Meyers $150, Orlando $150. Call 800-301-4816., TOWN CAR SERVICES, All airports served. Local and Long distance services available. Call Glen 941225-0072




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