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These young pirates work the crowd at the Anna Maria Island Privateers costume contest

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Privateer Roger “Hoodat” Murphree meets twins Addison and Aiden Wilson, 3, of Bradenton. They unfortunately were too late for the costume contest.

Snooks Adams’ Kids’ Day began in the 1950s when police chief Snooks Adams took some kids to the beach to celebrate summer vacation.

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ANNA MARIA – The waves were high and the surf was furious as kids from all around gathered at Bayfront Park to celebrate Snooks Adams’ Kids’

Expectations high for summer as winter tourism breaks records SUN STAFF WRITER | clane@amisun.com

It’s official; this winter really was the biggest tourism season ever on Anna Maria Island. “It’s important for everybody to realize that tourism is our largest industry, and put up with the traffic,” said Mary Ann Brockman, president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, predicting that the sum-

Year 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Anna Maria Island $802,662 $720,412 $635,541 $509,804 $496,825

Manatee County $1,701,822 $1,492,959 $1,344,639 $1,129,974 $1,066,974

Source: Manatee County Tax Collector

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Rezoning to face city planners BY PAT COPELAND

HOLMES BEACH – The planning commission will hear a request for a rezone and comprehensive plan amendment on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. The subject property is at 214 54th Street, across the street from Island Lumber, and contains two residential units and a CPA office. The applicant is seeking to change the see RESZONE, page 50

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Day last Saturday. Thanks to a cold front that passed through the area, nobody broke a sweat as kids tossed rubber rats, dug for treasure and listened to tales from the Anna Maria Island Privateers. There

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Commission to consider Palm/Gulf traffic plan Drivers traveling south out of Anna Maria would be directed to use Gulf Drive. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | pcopeland@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioner Marvin Grossman’s traffic plan for the intersection of Palm and Gulf drives met with kudos at last week’s city commission work session. “We love the idea; it’s so simple and costs nothing,” said Carol Soustek, chair of the congestion committee. “I think this is the perfect solution,” concurred Ursula Stemm, congestion committee member. Police Chief Bill Tokajer made the presentation after explaining that he researched the cost of a traffic light at Key Royale, as asked by the commission. “A traffic study would cost $12,000 to $15,000 and the county would not do it for us,” he said. “The traffic light would cost $400,000. I think we could work out other ways to alleviate some of the traffic.” Tokajer explained Grossman’s idea using graphics. At the intersection of Gulf and Palm drives, drivers traveling south out of Anna Maria would be directed to use

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Portions of Gulf and Palm drives would be blocked off forcing traffic to follow the route in red northbound and the route in blue southbound. Gulf Drive. Drivers traveling north on Gulf Drive would be directed to turn right at 81st Street and then left on Palm Drive. There would be no change for drivers traveling north on Palm Drive. Southbound drivers on Gulf Drive would have to go past the intersection and cross over on a side street to get to Marina Drive. Aside from the intersection, drivers could

go both ways on both roads.

Questions and comments

Commissioner Jean Peelen asked how it could be accomplished. “By creating a barrier,” Tokajer said. “I think it is something we could do it by putting up sawhorses with lights. That would be an inexpensive way to test it.”

Chair Judy Titsworth said what if people travelling south on Gulf Drive try to turn left at 81st to get to Marina. Tokajer said he thought they would travel further south to make a left turn. He said another suggestion would be to leave Gulf Drive at 35 mph and change Marina/Palm Drive to 25 mph. He also said he has a concern about bicyclists and pedestrians that travel south on Palm Drive because Gulf Drive has no bike path. Soustek said she stood at the intersection for five minutes one day and of 54 vehicles traveling south, only nine went down Gulf Drive. “What if people drive around the barrier?” asked Commissioner Pat Morton. “I would probably have one of our police trucks parked there with flashing lights until people get used to it,” Tokajer said. Renee Ferguson, of 77th Street, said, “I think it’s a fabulous idea,” but she has concerns about the bicycles. A Gulf Drive resident said, ‘It’s a good solution but not a perfect solution, but I’m wiling to share the load.” Titsworth asked about how businesses on Marina Drive would feel about the plan, and Tokajer said he is hoping they would give their input when it is discussed at a work session.


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Grossman to run again Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman announced that he plans to seek reelection to the seat he won two years ago. In a press release Grossman said, “Thank you for the opportunity serve my community. All though we have accomplished much, my work is not done – safe bike ways, traffic congestion, Grassy Point, dog park and other issues have to be addressed.” Mayor Carmel Monti has stated that he will not seek reelection, and Commissioner David Zaccagnino said he plans to run for mayor. Commissioner Judy Titsworth has not said whether she plans to run again.

Resident seeks plastic bag ban Resident Jean Hudkins asked Holmes Beach city commissioners to consider banning single use plastic bags with handles. She said 100 billion are disposed of each year, and they do not break down in landfills. Commissioner Jean Peelen suggested that the issue be discussed at the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials’ meeting, and Chair Judy Titsworth said she would put it on a future agenda for the city commission.

Navigating with the stars talk Learn about the “History of Celestial Navigation” on Wednesday, May 28, 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. 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 941-708-6120.

Click it or Ticket The Homes Beach Police Department will be holding a Click it or Ticket campaign through June 1, Chief Bill Tokajer announced at last week’s city commission meeting. Officers will ticket anyone not wearing a seat belt.

Historical; Society elects officers The Anna Maria Island Historical Society elected officers and board members for 2014-15 last week. Officers are Maureen McCormick, president; Mary Selby, vice president; Lynn Brennan, recording secretary; Evelyn Hoskins, corresponding secretary; and George McKay, treasurer. Board members include Directors Emeritus Pat Copeland and Carolyne Norwood, Arlene Clark, Irene Pearman and Nancy Deal.

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Relay a life-enhancing experience The annual event raises money and awareness for the fight against cancer. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – The color purple, the spirit of persistence, and the desire to cure cancer prevailed at last weekend’s Relay For Life of Anna Maria Island. Taking place at Coquina Beach, participants raised more than $45,000 for the American Cancer Society prior to and during the annual fundraiser. Volunteers from the 15 relay teams walked a continuous, circuitous route around the makeshift grassy track established near the children’s play area. Two additional teams contributed fund-raising efforts in advance. The relay format called for at least one member of each team to be on track for the duration of the 14-hour event that started at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and concluded at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. During the opening ceremonies, cancer survivors gathered in front of the stage, many wearing purple T-shirts that bore the “Finish The Fight” slogan. Seventh-grade King Middle School student Griffin Heckler sang the national anthem, followed by Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino proclaiming May 17, 2014, as Power of Purple Day. Sixty-five-year old leukemia survivor Dan Lord defined a survivor as “a person who refuses to accept defeat” and concluded by saying, “Let’s go out and finish the fight.” Event co-chair Kimberly “Red” Bard recognized the top fundraisers before the relay got off to an emotion start with 35 cancer survivors walking the ceremonial first lap, accompanied by Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” and cheers from appreciative onlookers. Organizing committee member and cancer survivor Nancy Ambrose piloted a golf cart carrying her father, and cancer survivor, Oscar “Doc” Walker, and fellow survivor Edna Tiemann. Accompanied by Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me,” the survivors

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Holmes Beach City Commissioner David Zaccagnino gets locked up for a good cause by, from left, his daughter Sela, Adra Dupuis and Lorie Hagele. were joined on the second lap by those who serve or served as caregivers to loved ones. The survivors and caregivers were later treated to a survivors’ dinner catered by The Feast, with dessert served by the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players. The relay swung into full gear when the participating teams hit the track on lap three, “The teams are excited and they couldn’t wait to get started. It’s going to be fun, and this is going to be the nicest weather day we’ve ever had,” Ambrose said, noting that Russ Winterbottom co-chaired this year’s event, with Bard. Speaking as she circled the track, breast cancer survivor Claudia Wiseman said, “It’s always uplifting and rewarding to participate in this endeavor. It’s inspirational.” When asked what advice she would give to someone who has just learned they cancer, Wiseman said, “Be as positive as you can and look to the American Cancer Society for support.” Over at the Cuts4Cure team tent,

Zaccagnino was the first dignitary incarcerated in The Lion’s Den, a pink jail cell that required the raising of bail to be released. “Nancy does a great job. It’s a fun event for a good cause,” Zaccagnino Survivor: a said. A 9 p.m. person who luminaria ceremony refuses to honored those whose accept defeat.” lives were claimed by cancer, ac- Dan Lord. companied Leukemia survivor by Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.” The participants then walked through the night, resting or napping in tents between shifts as they worked their way toward Sunday morning’s closing ceremonies.


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Net ban appeal heard BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER | clane@amisun.com

TALLAHASSEE – Fishermen from in and out of state, including Cortez, held a rally and a prayer vigil on Thursday in Tallahassee before packing a district courtroom for a hearing on the state’s net ban. The Cortez contingent met with other fishermen, some from as far away as Massachusetts, said Mark Coarsey, president of the Manatee County chapter of Fishing for Freedom, a group affiliated with the plaintiffs in the case, the Wakulla Commercial Fishermen’s Association, Panacea bait shop owner Ronald Fred Crum and mullet fishermen Jonas Porter and Keith Ward. In 2012, the association sued the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), arguing that its rules enforcing the state constitutional amendment banning gill nets are unconstitutional and violate the equal protection rights of mullet fishermen. The net ban was approved by Florida voters in 1994 to preserve fish populations and prevent the accidental entrapment of unintended marine life like

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A group of commercial fishermen, including some from Cortez, rallied in Tallahassee last week against the net ban. dolphins, which fisherman insist was uncommon. The ban became effective in 1995, putting commercial fishermen out of work in Cortez and statewide. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford effectively lifted the ban last October when she ruled that the FWC could no longer enforce the net ban because its administrative rules create what she called a “legal absurdity,” prohibiting larger mesh gill nets

that let juvenile fish go, while allowing smaller, two-inch stretch mesh nets that catch juvenile fish, which she said defeats the purpose of the ban, to preserve fish populations. The Florida Attorney General’s office immediately appealed on behalf of the FWC, staying, or temporarily invalidating, the judge’s ruling, putting the net ban back into effect. Fulford lifted the ban again and

the FWC appealed again, staying her second order and putting the ban back into effect yet again. The plaintiffs requested in vain that the Florida Supreme Court hear the case as a matter of great public importance. The case instead went to a panel of three judges at the First District Court of Appeal, which heard arguments last week. “We argued the two-inch stretch mesh rule has no rational basis because studies show that it captures undersized fish,” said Mark Mason, co-counsel for the plaintiff. The Attorney General’s office defended the rule, saying that the case was already decided once before in 2006 by another judge, appealed, and affirmed and should not be tried again, he said. Plaintiff’s co-counsel Ronald Mowrey argued that the unintended bycatch issue came to light after that case was decided. The court could take a week or a year to decide the case, Mason said. Fishermen don’t expect the court to lift the net ban, he said, “But there’s always the possibility.”


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emorial Day honors those who gave their lives in the fight against our enemies. It became a custom after the Civil War when women and children of Confederate soldiers, and then Union soldiers, honored their dead. Because it comes in early summer, many families also celebrate with a visit to a cemetery followed by a trip to the beach or the back yard for a cookout. The defenders of the United States have been spilling their blood for more than 238 years and their bravery on the battlefield is legend: from the battle for independence from England to the beaches of Normandy, our men and women faced danger and overcame adversity for the love of country and home and those who fell, died for a purpose. This great republic has been an ongoing experiment of people running their government, not the other way around. In the annals of humanity, the United States shines as humankind’s best example of democracy and although we have different ideas of how that should be accomplished, nobody wants to abandon it. All would rush to save this great country and those men and women in their graves are proof of that.

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s you enjoy the beach or the grill in the back yard this year, think not only of those who gave their lives for the cause, but also think of their families – their widows, children, parents and siblings who don’t have them around to enjoy during the holiday. The terrorist attacks of 9-11 made us realize how precious our country is and how fragile our defenses can be when someone launches a blind side attack. The phrase “God bless the U.S.A.” became the standard way for a President to end a news conference or debate. And so we too must end this editorial the same way. Remember our service men and women and God bless the U.S.A.

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Senior says thanks The beach renourishment project made our beaches much more enjoyable. However, the hump at the water's edge is almost impossible to climb over. This Sunday was particularly bad. I had to get help to get back to my beach chair. I was not the only one. Today (Monday), I had no trouble at all, thanks to Manatee County's beach crew. They had graded the hump so it was easily negotiated. My thanks to the county and their crew for considering the limitations of all the Island's senior citizens. Dr. Jack Wilhelm Holmes Beach

Criticism off the mark Ordinarily, I would not respond to criticism regarding the city commission's decisions. However, Markus Siegler’s writing that the commission refused to allow applicants to install an elevator in their home was erroneous. Since Markus is not a U.S. citizen and is new to AMI, I will give

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him the benefit of the doubt that he does not understand our ordinances and procedures. The two applicants came before the commission twice asking for an LAR variance to enlarge the second floor living space of their home. The remodeling included more than an elevator. I stated several times, as did other commissioners, that we would not deny an elevator necessitated by medical reasons. In fact, Chairman (Chuck) Webb advised them several times to come back with an application based on the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act in order to be granted their request for an elevator. They refused each time. If the elevator was the primary objective, why would they not do as the commission asked? Nancy Yetter Anna Maria city commissioner

Support appreciated Thank you family, friends and community. Over 300 facebook messages, numerous phone calls and

texts plus more than 100 folks who came to Josh Matice's celebration of life. Special thanks to Charlotte of Mr. Bones for all the delicious food; Michael of Bradenton's Pier 22 for the cheese, fruit and vegetable trays; Ian of the Sandbar for the chicken wings; Dave of the Rod and Reel Pier for the family dinner; Kenny of Green Real Estate for last-minute rentals; Doug of Covell's Funeral Home for all his help; and Marshall and Marti for the wonderful sunset service complete with music and readings from Josh's favorite book, "A Light in the Attic." A college fund has been established for his children at Hancock Banks in Holmes Beach with the help of Melissa and the money received at the celebration. Anyone wishing to contribute please send to V.J. Matice, P.O. Box 1297, Holmes Beach, FL 34216. Many thanks to those who already gave as we all know the importance of higher education. Thanks to all those who travelled from near and far to share memories

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LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Was this the best tourist season ever?

Anna Maria

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Yes but we're ready for a vacation of our own.

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Could have been even better - we still had some empty seats on the trolley.

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

Bradenton Beach 107 Gulf Drive N.

5/21: Pier Team, 11 a.m. 5/22: City Commission meeting, noon. 5/27: Budget committee, 1:30 p.m. 5/29: Budget committee, 1:30 p.m. For information, call 7781005.

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Yes, it was great for our merchants and for business in general.

68%

No, it was too busy.

THIS WEEK’S SURVEY What does Memorial Day mean to you? • It means we get Monday off from work.

• It means getting together with the whole family for burgers and dogs. • It means we spend the day at the beach. • It means we remember those who made

it possible for us to go to the beach by sacrificing themselves on beaches and battlegrounds in Europe, the South Pacific, Vietnam and around the world.

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and help Zach, Canaan and Quentin sail Josh away into the sunset. Your prayers and kind words helped tremendously during this most difficult time. Moreover, I am so gratefull and blessed to have all of you in my life. Valerie Matice Anna Maria

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5/29: City Commission work session, 7 p.m. 5/30: Police retirement Board, 1 p.m. For information, call 7085800.

Island-wide

5/21: Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, Anna Maria City Hall, 2 p.m.

Memorial Day, May 26

The administrative offices of the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District, the Island Community Center and the cities of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach will be closed. There will be no Waste Management or Waste Pro solid waste or recycling collection, and all residential collections will be one day later than usual for the entire week.

mark your calendar Note: Events are free unless indicated.

Monday May 26

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

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

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Kayaking for first timers, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ten kayaks and gear available for first come, first served. Reserve to 941-742-5757, ext. 7. Quilting group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Program on “The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Yoga with Lucy, AMI Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $6. Bring a mat.

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May 22

Saturday May 24

Meditation class, AMI Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, 11 a.m. to noon, donation only. Call 941-778-2099 or email ArtLeagueAMI@gmail. com. to register.

Sunday May 25

Beach Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Wednesday May 28

Author Jay Myers will speak, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Thursday May 29

Quilting group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m.

Sunday June 1

Beach Market, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday June 2

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


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Blood Drive returns to Island It’s almost time for the Island Blood Drive, the annual event that helps refill the blood bank that gets low this time of year and helps four non-profits with their budgets. The Island Blood Drive will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is air conditioned, so you’ll be comfortable no matter how long you have to wait. • Be at least 16 years old; • Weigh at least 110 pounds; • Have not had hepatitis after their 11th birthday; • Feel well the day of donation; • Not be pregnant within the past six weeks;

• Not had a transfusion within the last 12 months. Blood collection takes 10 minutes or less, but they will also collect information, conduct a mini-physical (including a blood pressure test) and provide light refreshment. Allow about an hour for the entire process (two hours for platelet collection.) You will not have to change your diet before donating. A blood donation equals approximately one pint of blood. The average adult body has 10-12 pints. The vast majority of people will not feel any different because of the donation. A very small percentage may experience temporary dizziness, but some rest and fluids will help you feel better quickly. Your body will replace the

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SNOOKS: Kids get a taste of pirate life

The kindergartners take to the stage to perform “Bugz” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, in the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium. Earlier, from 5 to 7 p.m., Moore’s Stone Crab restaurant will serve the last PTO Family Dinner of the school year consisting of adult and children dinners of chicken or shrimp with fettuccine Alfredo served with a dinner salad, a roll and a bottle of AME water. Adult dinners are $8 and child dinners are $5. Pre-orders will be taken until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 2, and pre-orders are eligible to be in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Moore's Stone Crab restaurant. To-go orders are also available. Everybody is welcome.

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were also hot dogs to be eaten and sodas to quaff as kids got a look at those real-life pirates who raise money all year long to give out scholarships to local kids. There was a lot of competition in the pirate costume contest, and the kids all looked great. Some of the contestants wore eye patches and sported plastic swords and some had painted figures on their faces, thanks to the face painting ladies who stayed busy much of the morning. This year’s batch of contestants was larger than previous

lost fluid within 24 hours. Every blood donation will generate a $100 from a secret benefactor, and blood donors get to decide where the money goes. They can choose to give it to one charity or split it up between two, three or all of them. The four charities are the Anna Maria Island Community Center for youth sports scholarships, the Anna Maria Island Privateers for educational scholarships, Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation, Inc. for their operating expenses and the West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary’s efforts to support the fire department. Schedule an appointment online at www.oneblooddonor.org.

years. When the competition ended a pair of three-year-old twins showed up with their parents, but they were too late. The parents seemed more disappointed than the children, Aiden and Addison Wilson, were just happy to be there. The Privateers set aside areas this year with entrances for the treasure diggers and the story teller. They threw rubber rats at a bucket and many of the kids wore beads they found while digging in the sand for treasure. The beach was alive with youngsters dreaming of the summer days ahead when school lets out and they can spend more time being pirates.


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No new clues in Sabine search Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Kenney found nothing new in the search for the missing and presumed dead motel owner. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – After more than five years of searching, authorities still don’t know where the body of Sabine MusilBuehler is, but they know where it isn’t. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Kenney brought back the cadaver dogs on Tuesday, May 13, to search a large plot of land north of Galati Marine for the remains of the Musil-Buehler popular motel owner who disappeared Oct. 31, 2008, after allegedly arguing with her boyfriend, William Cumber, over his failure to quit smoking. Cumber told authorities she took her car and left. The car was later seen parked on Gulf Boulevard, a oneblock-long road that parallels the beach in Anna Maria. Kenney, who was in charge of the Sheriff’s Office patrol in Anna Maria, is now a homicide detective, brought out front-end loaders to sift through the sand in that area in 2009 and 2010 with no success. "We were going over clues and decided the body could be buried here," Kenney said. "We checked and it wasn't here." This time, he searched near the bay, figuring the murderer might have buried her there and planted the car overnight near the beach to confuse investigators. After the dogs, which were from the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, found

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Two members of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Forensics Unit dig into the sand searching for any clues of Sabine Musil Buehler, who disappeared in 2008. some so-called hot spots Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, forensics experts came to investigate and carefully dig through those areas. Later, a small front-end loader was used to dig deeper as the owner of the property, Jack Fisk, looked on. The digging continued Friday and Monday and, after finding nothing, the holes were filled in. Nancy House, of Bradenton, was an acquaintance of Musil-Buehler’s, said she wishes they could get some closure on the case. “It’s been terrible,” she said. “I feel she’s here somewhere on that Island.” House said she doesn’t believe the missing woman was in the bar where her car was parked, before it was stolen by a man who was caught and convicted of grand theft auto. Authorities did not feel he was connected to her disappearance. “When I drive past that bar where her car was parked, I just think there’s no way she would have gone there,” she said.

Sage Hall, along with her mother, Debbie, knew Musil-Buehler. She said Cumber called the location of the search his favorite spot. “When she heard they were searching there, she said ‘I told them to search there,’” she said. Cumber, who was on probation for setting a previous girlfriend’s house on fire, was arrested Dec. 22, 2008, in Marion County, for driving with a suspended license. He also was charged with violating his probation for not notifying his probation officer he was leaving Manatee County. He was sentenced to 13 1/2 years in prison. Cumber was charged in October 2012 with second-degree murder in Musil-Buehler’s disappearance, based on evidence from her car and the apartment they shared. His trial is set for Oct. 20. Anyone with information in the case is urged to call Kenney at 747-3011, ext. 2216.


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Mike Walker named Officer of the Year Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer has named Officer Mike Walker as the department’s Officer of the Year for the Manatee 100 Club. Walker was recognized at the club’s annual dinner on May 15. In his letter of nomination, Tokajer wrote, “Officer Walker was patrolling the area of Manatee Public Beach when he noticed a car parked in the parking lot after hours. Upon running the tag, the vehicle came back as stolen. “Officer Walker then located a male lying in the back seat of the vehicle and prior to back up’s arrival, removed and secured the suspect, taking him into custody without incident. “Upon the arrival of back up, three additional suspects were located. Walker methodically interviewed each, thereby conducting a thorough investigation.” Tokajer said Walker is eager to learn, takes advantage of all training opportunities and goes above and beyond expecta-

Police week proclaimed Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer accepts a proclamation for Police Week May 11 through 17 from Mayor Carmel Monti. On May 15, American and state flags were at half-mast for Police Officers’ Memorial Day. Pat Copeland | Sun

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Sgt. Vern McGowin and Officer Mike Walker attended the Manatee 100 Club annual dinner, where Walker was honored. tions in conducting investigations. “I very proud that, above all, Officer Walker performs his duties with exceptional humility and humanity,” Tokajer wrote. “I frequently receive commendations from citizens and visitors alike lauding Walker for his attention to detail and calm demeanor in a crisis. I applaud his combination of competence and compassion.”

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Chamber events planned Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the BeachHouse restaurant located at 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. The Chamber ribbon cutting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in recognition of the newly remodeled restaurant. There will be free appetizers, entertainment and a cash bar. Chamber members are invited. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange, hosted by Casa Del Mar, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will be held on Wednesday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost for this event is $5 per person. Please RSVP at 778-1541.

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EIT is an acronym for Real Estate Investment Trust. REITs are effectively a mutual funds that own a diversified portfolio of commercial and residential properties. The owner of REIT shares receives a pro-rate share of rental income and appreciation of value over time. Most real estate investment trusts trade like stocks on an exchange and are very easy to sell if you need your money out of the investment for some other purpose. These publically traded REITs are priced to reflect investors’ views of the value of the properties in the portfolio every business day. Some REITs are not listed on an exchange and are illiquid until the general operating company running the REIT liquidates the properties held, then distributes cash to the shareholders. This second type is known as a non-traded real estate investment trust. Non-traded REITs tend to be sold at a share price of $10. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, owners of non-traded REITs would see their shares carried on their statements at the $10 price for the entire life of the REIT, which was typically 7 to 10 years. Of course, they would also collect quarterly distributions from the rental income of the properties in the portfolio along the way until the portfolio was eventually liquidated and their share of the sales proceeds distributed in cash. The ludicrous part of the fixed pricing scheme came to light as the

Investment Corner TOM BREITER financial crisis unfolded. Everyone knew that the prices of both residential and commercial property were declining at the time, so to hold the value on the statement at $10 per share was a total misrepresentation of the true value of the portfolio. Regulators stepped in to remedy the situation and many non-traded REITs were re-priced in the $5 to $6 range. Today, non-traded REITs are required to get all the portfolio’s properties appraised once a year and the share value of the portfolio recalculated based on the appraisals. So, while non-traded real estate investment trusts don’t change price daily, there is a process to bring the price into line with reality once a year. There are pros and cons to investing in non-traded REITs. Advantages include higher distribution yields than most traded REITs. And, while share prices are adjusted once a year, the generally stable pricing tends to dampen the investors portfolio volatility. One thing to be aware of is that most non-traded REITs are sold by brokers and financial planners, who earn significant up-front commissions on the sale. There is noth-

ing wrong with this if you value the advice and planning services provided by the broker or planner. Clients of fee-only registered investment advisors may be able to avoid the up-front sales fees, but instead pay the normal management fee charged by such an advisor. Lastly, an interesting trend seems to be emerging in non-traded REITs. The long commitment of 7 to 10 years has started to shorten. Some REIT organizers have been liquidating portfolios in much shorter timeframes of 2 to 3 years. Still, investors should have a longterm commitment to these investments since there is no guarantee that the sale of the portfolio will take place that quickly. Discuss these types of investment with your advisor to determine their suitability in your investment plan. Tom Breiter is president of Breiter Capital Management, Inc., an Anna Maria based investment advisor. He can be reached at 778-1900. Some of the investment concepts highlighted in this column may carry the risk of loss of principal, and investors should determine appropriateness for their personal situation before investing. www.breitercapital.com

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Isabelle Diffley and David Morris were married at the Sandbar restaurant on April 26, 2014. Chuck Caudill played ukulele and sang for the ceremony and was the DJ for the reception.. Isabelle and David honeymooned on Anna Maria Island and Kauai, Hawaii before returning home to Lake Mary, Fla. Liliana Marriaga and Eric Muller celebrated their engagement on the beautiful beaches of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Their wedding will be held in June on Anna Maria Island. Liliana and Eric currently reside in Tampa, Fla., but look forward to spending more time in their Island home. Dara Caudill | www.islandphotography.org

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Fatima Goez and Dominic Emanuele were married at the Sandbar restaurant on April 29, 2014. Patti Mckee, of the Sandbar, coordinated their wedding. Fatima and Dominic honeymooned on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Goshen, N. Y. Danielle Fowee and Henry Wooten were married at Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki on April 18, 2014. Chuck Caudill provided the music. Kelli Gray, of Gulf Drive Cafe, coordinated the wedding & reception. Danielle and Henry honeymooned on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Cincinnati, Ohio. Dara Caudill | www.islandphotography.org

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Award-winning fun at Bungalow Beach As long as you’re getting married on the beach, why not stay on the beach? Bungalow Beach Resort, 2000 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, has won the Top Romance award in the US by tripadvisor.com, and it is located right on the beach. With the Gulf of Mexico just steps from your lushly landscaped cedar bungalow, it’s a great place for an extended stay after the bride and groom leave for their honeymoon. Bungalow Beach Resort, which also won the 2013 Excellence award from tripadvisorcom, is a very popular honeymoon destination. Originally a group of beachfront army barracks; each of the Bungalow Beach Resort units retains the old Florida charm that is Anna Maria Island with modern conveniences inside. And you will stay in luxury with personal touches like baskets of embroidered towels, flowers and candy. Don’t forget the free trolleys that run up and down the street outside. From the road, Bungalow Beach Resort is famous for its lush and colorful flowers with a white gazebo. Whether you’re getting married or part of the wedding party, pick award-winning Bungalow Beach Resort as your home base, where you will cherish those moments when you’re not involved with the ceremony. You’ll want to return when there is nothing to distract you from your stay. Call Bungalow Beach Resort at 1-800-779-3601 or log onto www.bungalowbeach.com.

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Sarah Hunt and Tony Eytchison were married at the Sandbar restaurant on May 5, 2014. Chuck Caudill played ukulele and sang for the ceremony and was DJ for the reception. Patti Mckee and Ashley Wood, of the Sandbar, coordinated the wedding and reception. Sarah and Tony honeymooned on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Springfield, Ill.

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Tiffany Klos and Sameh Mahmoud were married at the Sandbar restaurant on April 25, 2014. Chuck Caudill provided the music. Patti Mckee and Ashley Wood, of the Sandbar, coordinated the wedding and reception. Tiffany and Sameh honeymooned on Anna Maria Island, and in the Dominican Republic before returning home to Greenfield, Wisc.


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Fishing the Toccoa River Although Georgia isn’t known as a premier destination for freshwater trout, fly anglers can find some excellent fishing for rainbow, brown and brook trout in the state’s northern waters. I’ve fished the area near Helen on several occasions and had some excellent days on both private and public waters. Earlier this month I fished the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge with Bob Seeger. Seeger and his wife, Judy, moved to the area from Longboat Key several years ago. On a previous trip to the area, I had treated Seeger to a day of fishing on the Chattahoochee River and on this visit Seeger was returning the favor. From its headwaters in Union County to where it merges with the Ocoee River at the Georgia/Tennessee border, the river is considered by many anglers as one of the best trout rivers in the state. We fished the section below Lake Blue Ridge, which is home to a healthy number of stocked and stream-bred trout with Captain Joe DiPietro. Seeger booked the trip through Blue Ridge Fly Fishing, the area’s premier

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS fly shop. We floated a three mile section of the river, a trip that started out at in the chilly high 40s, but quickly warmed to a beautiful day with sun and intermittent clouds. DiPietro had us casting weighted six weight fly outfits rigged with double nymphs under a strike indicator. The nymphs are tied representations of the larval stage of flies that hatch from the stream and appeal to trout in the cooler months when they are more numerous and there are not as many terrestrials available. Since the flies are subsurface, the indicator (basically a cork) helps the angler detect a trout’s delicate take. The fisherman has to be quick with these fish as they only take the flies for a second. I’m always amazed at the depth of knowl-

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Basically, the idea is to fish the edges of deep runs, river banks and structure where the fish can station themselves just out of the current. This way they expend a minimum amount of energy while having access to a steady stream of forage food. We had a lot of hits that morning, missed a lot of strikes but caught a few trout before we finished our float. DiPietro had timed the trip to coincide with a daily release of water from the dam upstream. When fishing this section of the Toccoa it’s important to check the release schedule. Release information for the Blue Ridge Dam is available by calling (800) 238-2264. Di Pietro who knows the river intimately relates, “While the whole river is open year-round, the upper end is heavily stocked in the springtime and features a delayed-harvest section, which is catch and release until it opens to harvest on May 15. No matter where you are, the caddis can be a deadly go-to fly on the Toccoa. And for the bait fisherman, giant red worms, known locally as red giants, are always a reliable way to find good fish in the upper river and tailwater. A variety of nymphs also work well throughout the river, as do small crankbaits and spinners.” The day on the water was a great learning experience and a pleasure to fish with a guide as knowledgeable and engaging as DiPietro. I’ve had many guided trips where the camaraderie between anglers and guide is a highlight of the experience, and this was one of those days. Captain Joe DiPietro can be booked Blue Ridge Fly Fishing by calling 706-258-4080 or visit the website at www.blueridgeflyfishing.com

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Island helps turtles dig dark, empty beaches It’s lights out for turtles and no items on the beach at night until Halloween or you risk a visit from a city code enforcement officer. BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER | clane@amisun.com

Anna Maria Island cities are partnering with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring to step up efforts to keep sea turtles in the dark on empty beaches. The turtles that nest most frequently on the Island – loggerheads – nest in the dark, unlike the rare Kemp’s ridley turtle that nested earlier this month in Venice in the daytime, according to Suzi Fox, director of Turtle Watch. Because loggerheads nest and hatch in the dark, all lights that can be seen from the beach have to be shielded during turtle season from May 1 to Oct. 31, and all objects must be removed from the beach at night. Those who don’t comply are liable to get visits from city code enforcement officers, who are taking firm stands on turtle laws.

Holmes Beach is stepping up enforcement with the help of Turtle Watch volunteers, who will note egregious lighting violations on their daily beach walks scouting for nests, Code enforcement Officer Dave Forbes said. Forbes will then notify the property owners, who will have to go before the code enforcement board if they don’t correct the problem, a new enforcement measure, he said. Forbes said he is taking more stringent steps with items left on the beach, too, instead of tagging the items, which doesn’t do the turtles any good, he is removing them from the beach. Bradenton Beach is working with merchants on Bridge Street to bring their lights into compliance, Code Enforcement Officer Gail Garneau said, adding that the shopping district still has some of its Christmas lights on, which can be seen from the beach. The city also is working on revisions to its land development code that would prohibit sky lanterns, often released at weddings and funerals, and a light source that can disorient turtles, she said.

Nesting News Sea turtles Nests laid: 4 False crawls: 4 Nests hatched: 0 Hatchlings to Gulf: 0 Nest disorientations: 0 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 As reported in the May 14, 2014, edition of The Sun, five of the 50 or so 3-foot-tall floating flames set adrift at a recent wedding at Tortuga Inn came down in unintended see TURTLES, page 46


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City to check on changes to beach concession Any changes to the site plan require permission from the city, which has regulatory authority. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | pcopeland@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – When Commissioner David Zaccagnino said he heard that the concessionaires at the public beach plan to seek permission to serve liquor, he got a quick reaction. “You have regulatory authority,” City Attorney Patricia Petruff stressed. “This would be a site plan change.” She suggested writing a letter to the county, which owns the public beach, and asking to be advised if this is being considered.

Human Resources Analyst Mary Buonagura said the concessionaires have pushed seating out on the beach putting down pavers in order to add tables and that no one came to the city commission for permission. “A site plan was approved several years ago when the new concessionaires came in,” Petruff said. “They were making some changes, and at that time, our staff was directed to determine what was there. “The alcoholic beverages were supposed to be confined to the seating area. If the seating area has doubled in size and is creeping out toward the beach, that’s problematic.” Chief Bill Tokajer said there are tables beyond the wall around the patio, but a sign says no alcohol can be taken off the patio.

Plans Examiner David Greene confirmed that the city was aware of the pavers and said, “They legally permitted the addition of pavers on the site.” “At some point you need to take a position because they don’t have the right to go out there and do whatever they want on that piece of property,” Petruff advised. “At some point, you need to document what’s out there and say, ‘Enough.’” “If there has been an expansion, should it go to code enforcement?” Chair Judy Titsworth asked. Petruff said it could or the city could write the county administrator and say the changes were made without city permission. Tokajer said he would get the original site plan and see if any changes have been made.

If the seating area has doubled in size and is creeping out toward the beach, that’s problematic.” Patricia Petruff City attorney

Residents submit petition on speed cushion Members of 21 households signed the document asking to keep the speed cushion. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | pcopeland@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – Mayor Carmel Monti last week presented city commissioners with a petition signed by residents in the 500 block of Key Royale Drive stating that they want the city to

keep the speed cushion there. They said speeding is a constant problem and the speed cushion slows down traffic. “We thank the city and chief for putting the speed hump on our road and you will note from the comments, on the petition that many feel there is a need for another one,” the petition said. “This one has helped slow traffic and though we have been harassed by people beeping on protest, often during the night or in the wee hours of the

morning, we don’t want it taken out.” There are approximately 40 houses on the block and approximately 26 are full time or nearly full time residents, said the petition. Members of 21 households signed the document. The speed cushion has been the focus of protest by some residents, who were unhappy that they were not consulted before its installation and others because it was placed in front of the mayor’s house, resulting in a horn honking campaign to

annoy the mayor. Others viewed it as unnecessary and an obstruction to traffic and asked that it be removed and that police issue tickets instead. In one day in April, officers issued 41 tickets and warnings to drivers and stopped three people for violating the noise ordinance for horn honking. At that time, Police Chief Bill Tokajer told city commissioners that the speed cushion is in the wrong location, and he plans to move it a block to the west.

E-mail debate settled The city’s e-mail administrator has been retained and his system will be upgraded to better meet the needs of the clerk’s office. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – After nearly three hours of discussion, city commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of retaining Ric Gatehouse as the city’s e-mail administrator. During last week’s special meeting, the divided commission favored Gatehouse’s e-mail system over the Microsoft Office 365 system recently purchased by the city. The commission also approved an additional expenditure of $1,700 for Gatehouse to upgrade a system that will now feature an archiving mechanism that automatically saves every e-mail received and sent. Gatehouse has served as the city’s e-mail and website administrator for

the past decade. He also serves on the planning and zoning board. The e-mail debate ensued when Mayor Bill Shearon and City Clerk Jamie Anderson recently informed the commission that they were having issues with Gatehouse’s system. Anderson in particular, encountered difficulties sending, receiving, archiving and retrieving city e-mails. Gatehouse will modify his system to better accommodate the needs of the clerk’s office and the city as a whole, particularly in regard to search and retrieval functions that are vital to complying with public records requests and state laws pertaining to document storage and accessibility. Shearon and Anderson wanted to switch to the Office 365 e-mail system and lobbied commissioners to relieve Gatehouse of his e-mail administration duties. They had hoped that Friendly IT Management would be allowed to install and adminis-

ter the Office 365 they preferred. Friendly serves as the city’s information technology consultant and is assisting with upgrades being made to the city’s computer network. The recent e-mail discussions have been complicated by the fact that Shearon, Anderson and City Treasurer Sheila Dalton agreed to purchase the Office 365 software in April, without commission consent. The trio felt the purchase was permissible using funds remaining from the $25,000 commissioners approved for computer upgrades in February. Commissioners Jack Clarke, Ed Straight and Vosburgh previously voted against replacing Gatehouse, in part because the city had just renewed his annual contract, but also because the 365 software was purchased without their blessing and they had concerns about the system’s security features. It was stated on numerous occasions that the 365 suite cost $4,700,

but Dalton clarified later in the week that the actual cost was $4,080. There was talk of seeking a full or partial refund from Microsoft, but the more likely scenario involves the city using for one year the cloud-based Microsoft software licenses that will provide staff access to Word and Excel and other Microsoft programs. It appears as though the city will simply have to absorb the cost of the Office 365 e-mail components that will go unused. Before the commission reached its decision last week, Shearon restated his opinion that department heads, and not the commission, should decide which vendors they prefer to work with. Vice Mayor Janie Robertson supported this concept, but joined Clarke, Straight and Vosburgh in voting in favor of Gatehouse being retained as e-mail administrator.


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Committee discusses lowering speed limit Members of the congestion committee were divided on the suggestion. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | pcopeland@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – Congestion committee members were divided on a suggestion to lower the speed limit in the city to 25 mph as in the city of Anna Maria. Chair Carol Soustek brought up the idea, and member Jayne Christenson countered, “If you want to keep traffic moving, you don’t slow it down.” However, member Pam Leckie said it is confusing for people to have different speed limits, and Commis-

sioner Marvin Grossman said, “We need to develop a serious bikeway, and you can’t have cars speeding by at 35 mph.” This prompted Christenson to ask, “Is there an increase in people being hit by cars? Are there accidents? We don’t know if there’s an issue.” Member Ursula Stemm agreed with Christenson and said people have busy schedules and need to get places, adding, “I don’t even like to drive to Anna Maria. Because it’s hard to drive 25.” Leckie said all residential streets in the city are marked 25 mph, but Stemm said the city is not all residential. Christenson pointed out, “We’re here because of congestion. If you slow

down traffic you’ll have more congestion.” Grossman then brought up his proposal for a 10-foot wide bicycle/pedestrian pathway along Marina and Palm drives and said, “You don’t shift the road; you just shift the white lines. You only have to put down 2 feet of asphalt and a curb on the other side.” Soustek said because the current bike path is narrow, bicyclists prefer to ride through residential areas. Leckie added that it also is danger dangerous because of so many vehicles passing on the right, which is illegal. Soustek asked members to talk to their neighbors and get input on the speed limit and the pathway.

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ANNA MARIA – If you follow the trials and tribulations of Hollywood celebrities, you know that some of them just can’t keep out of trouble. It seems that all the excesses that come with being a star often lead them to ruin. That’s what happened to the lead character in “And the Winner is‌â€? Only he tangles with death instead of the law. The Island Players’ production, written by award-winning journalist and author Mitch Albom, shows what can happen when one’s ego takes charge. The play begins in a staging area between life and death and director James Thaggard made good use of a new prop - a revolving door. In the first scene, actor Tyler Johnes, played convincingly by Tal Reeve, comes out through that door and lands on the ground. He obviously tied one on the night before and thinks he is the victim of a hangover. Seamus, played with authority by Jim Faltot, is the gatekeeper of this spot

and every time Johnes swears, Seamus hits a clicker that acts like a Taser, making Johnes writhe in pain. In between the painful punishment, Johnes talks about getting ready for the Oscars that night and it doesn’t sink in to him that he’s dead. He’s up for best supporting actor. As he talks with Seamus, his potty mouth makes him spend a lot of time on the floor in pain. The beauty of the Island Players Theatre is the number of areas where dialog can be delivered. As Johnes talks about all the women he has loved, his wife appears to the side. Her name is Sheri, and Pamela Hopkins shines as she tries to reason with him. They are separated, but she is reticent to give him the divorce papers to sign. Let’s talk accents. Herb Stump came up with a French accent as agent Teddy LaPetite that was unique and understandable. He brought great comic relief to this comedy/drama. Let’s talk clash of the egos. Michael Eddy is great as Kyle Morgan, an actor who is up for an Oscar for best supporting actor in the same film as Johnes. Then there is Serenity, a beauty SEE PLAYERS, PAGE 43

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who bounces back and forth between boyfriends. Jennifer Eddy, the real life wife of Michael Eddy, is great as a somewhat ditzy blonde, a roll she plays well, as she has in previous plays. All of these characters end up in the staging area because it seems the shellfish at the restaurant they all ate at the night before was bad. After a round of dialogue, Seamus agrees to let them all go back to Hollywood to attend the Oscar awards ceremony. The second act begins at the Oscar awards with Tony, played

A well-written play by the man who wrote Tuesdays With Morrie.

by Mitcheal Pearl, and Emmy, played by Kristina Klein, acting as emcees. They were elegant. Johnes’ death left many loose ends, and there are plenty of laughs as the characters enjoy what might be their last night on earth. There were some tears, too, as the stars tried to put some closure on their personal lives. One note: the reason all these

characters ended up in the staging area instead of heaven or the other place is because they never said a well-known child’s prayer, which would lead them into heaven without waiting. It’s a well-written play with a lot of thought from the man who wrote “Tuesdays with Morrie.” If you don’t see “And the Winner is…” the loss will be yours.


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verything is negotiable, especially in real estate, but if your buyer wants your grandmother’s tea pot collection should you include it in the sale? If your home is being marketed as turnkey ready then the answer may be yes. ZipRealty, an on line real estate brokerage company, defines turnkey as homes that don’t require any major repairs or renovations. In addition, turnkey could mean that everything in the house comes with the sale – furniture, art, silverware, linens, dishes and just about anything else. Basically buyers who want to buy a home that is totally turnkey are actually buying a lifestyle, your lifestyle. According to the Los Angeles Times, fully appointed homes are the latest fad in the ultra-luxury market, especially celebrity homes, which come with instant bragging rights, convenience and style. There are plenty of buyers who are looking for homes that they can close on Tuesday morning and sleep in on Tuesday

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger night and are willing to pay the extra money to make that happen. Do these buyers just want a fresh start or are they too busy or lazy to set up a new home? Whatever the reason, turnkey real estate transactions aren’t going away and are crossing over all price ranges. Certainly sellers are not particularly opposed to selling homes with their contents and are more than willing to leave sheets, towels, drapery, pots and pans, magazines and houseplants. They may look at it as a fresh start, particularly if they’re retiring or relocating to a different part of the country, where shipping household items can become very expensive. Uncle Jack’s grand-

father clock may lose its sentimental value once you see how much it costs to move, especially if the buyer just loves the way it looks in the entrance hall. Vacation and second home properties frequently sell as all inclusive more often than other homes. Understandably, second home buyers tend to own multiple residences and don’t want to take the time to outfit a home. This is certainly the case on Anna Maria Island and in many other areas along both the east and west coasts of Florida. In recent years right here on Anna Maria, there has been an increase in new or renovated rental condo ownership properties, which are sold totally inclusive with all kitchen equipment, linens, outdoor furniture, barbeques and even beach towels. However, purchasing or negotiating an all inclusive sale can be tricky. It is recommended that each item be inventoried and included in the sales agreement and contract, and don’t leave anything to just a handshake or oral confirmation. Imagine the buyers com-

ing for their final walk-through before the closing and the antique dining room table they thought they heard you say was staying is gone. In the case of a vacation rental property, an inventory of every item may be a little too detailed, but at the very least the sales contract should include a broad range of items being included. A lot of real estate professionals and attorneys discourage their clients from including the contents of the property in the sales price and recommend contracting separately for these items. It would make the property sale less murky, and since personal property left in the home is not included in a property appraisal, there is no financial benefit to the buyer. I guess if you want an instant lifestyle, sleeping in someone else’s sheets won’t seem so weird and will save you the trip to Bed Bath & Beyond, but you should probably draw the line at the gold fish and baseball trophies.


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TOWN CRIER Learning different cultures The Mana-Tweens Culture Club studies Argentina when it meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21. This program is for kids ages 8-12, and registration is required. Call 778-6341 to sign up.

Come get your feet wet The Manatee County Department of Parks and Natural Resources will host kayaking for first-timers at Robinson Preserve on Thursday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kayak guide Wayne will give a three-hour class during which they will explore the marshes and mangroves of Robinson Preserve. For those interested in learning how to load a kayak on a car, a demo will follow. Ten kayaks and gear will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required. Call 941-742-5757, ext. 7, to register.

Thursday, May 22, at 10, a.m. For more information, call 778-6341.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Manatee County presents “ABCs for Alzheimer’s Patients” on Thursday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. This free program is for caregivers and family members of Alzheimer’s sufferers, and seating is on a firstcome, first-served bass. Call 778-6341 for more information.

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.”

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Outdoor beach shopping

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.

Check out 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? There are many unique items at the Beach Market. Relax on the 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

Information for caregivers

Library hosts quilting bee

Local author to appear

Enjoy working on a group project, quilting, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on

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in the Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. Vendors or anyone wanting more information contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.

Air Force Band at Center Dimensions In Blue, the big band jazz ensemble from the United States Air Force Band of the West, will be presenting a concert at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, on Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The performance is familyfriendly, open to the public and free of charge. Tickets are available at the Community Center. It is recommended to reserve seating, and there is a fourticket limit per person. Door will open to non-ticket- holders 10 minutes before the performance if seats are still available. Since its inception, the band has kept the 1940s Glenn Miller Army Air Corps sound at the center of its musical focus. It also has incorporated a more contemporary sound. For information call the Center at 941-778-1908. Visit the Band of the West online at www.bandofthewest. af.mil.


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Barefoot Tiki OK recommended City Planer Bill Brisson submitted his report on the venue’s site plan last week.

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HOLMES BEACH – City Planner Bill Brisson has submitted his report on the Barefoot Tiki Bar site plan and recommended approval with conditions. Brisson said the site includes a 10-seat indoor dining area, a proposed mobile kitchen, five moveable tiki huts for retail sales, an open tiki hut for outdoor dining with seating for 34 and an outdoor dining area with picnic tables, outdoor games and a stage with seating for 52 people. The city originally shut down the mobile kitchen and questioned the outdoor dining operation, but through a series of meetings, the city and owner Nicole Heslop came to an agreement to allow her to reach compliance for the venue. Phase I included constructing a screening enclosure for the mobile kitchen. Phase II is a special exception of allow the outdoor dining and entertainment. The special exception requires a site plan. Brisson said parking for the venue includes 15 vehicle spaces

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The Barefoot Tiki Bar and Cafe includes indoor and outdoor dining, an entertainment stage and outdoor games. and 20 bicycle spaces with an agreement with Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Homes for six additional offsite parking spaces. He suggested that Heslop submit a shared parking agreement. According to a survey by Heslop, customers arriving by automobile are 45; by trolley are seven; by bicycle are 10 and by foot are seven, and Brisson said the 21 parking

spaces are adequate. The only issue Brisson found was the setback for the stage is inadequate. It is 20.5 feet and should be 25 feet. He said the stage should meet the setback. City commissioners will consider site plan approval at a future work session.

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places and could have caused damage if Fox and Garneau had not been there monitoring lights, Fox said. “This was shocking to see how big they are,” Garneau said, calling them a fire hazard. “That was the biggest scare for us.” Another turtle problem that the city is tackling is the row of sailboats, a storage box and a tiki hut left on the beach overnight at Silver Surf. The owners of the beach rental business got a special exception in 2001 to have the equipment on the beach in the daytime, but the city sent them a letter last week reminding them that after sunset they are required to pull it back as far away from the water as possible, she said. In addition, “It’s disappointing to see furniture still out there, not stacked,” she said. A student who had started a

business bringing chairs off the beach at dusk is “retired,” Fox said, adding that it would be a perfect summer job for a young entrepreneur to work for resorts pulling back and stacking their beach chairs each evening.

Flippers and Feathers • 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. • 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. • Keep silent and still and watch from a distance if you see sea turtles nesting or hatching. • Watch for sea turtles and manatees on a boat or personal watercraft; if you spot them, slow down and veer away. • Stay well 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. • Dispose of fishing line, hooks, nets, six-pack holders, plastic bags and other trash; it can entangle and injure sea turtles and birds. • 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 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on your cell phone or text Tip@MyFWC.com.


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5/10, 9:55 p.m., disorderly intoxication, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence, domestic disturbance, 300 block of North Shore Drive. The complainant called 911 after hearing two person outside arguing, and one party said the defendant was too drunk to drive home with the kids. The defendant continued to argue after deputies and officers arrived, and he refused to provide them with any information. The wife said they did argue, but it did not turn violent. The defendant resisted was arrested after resisting without violence. 5/8. 8:08 p.m., battery, 700 block of Jacaranda Road. The married couple got into an argument that turned violent

when she hit him in the face. The wife was arrested.

Cortez

5/18, 2:11 a.m., DUI accident, 12400 block of Cortez Road West. The Florida Highway Patrol officer reports the defendant failed a field sobriety test after he rear-ended a car just east of the Cortez Bridge. He was arrested. 5/19, 1:45 a.m., domestic battery, 11900 block of 45th Avenue West. The defendant is accused of choking and punching his son after an argument. He was arrested.

Holmes Beach

5/3, 3:31 p.m., driving with a suspended license, 7300 block of Marina Drive. The officer ran the computer on a passing car and found the owner’s license had been suspended for failure to pay a traffic fine. She was ticketed. 5/5, 7:24 a.m., burglary to a vehicle, 5320 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach

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mer tourist season “will be just as good.” This winter, visitors fled from a seemingly unending Northern winter and packed the renourished beaches to the tune of $1.7 million in county-wide resort tax collections in March alone, 14 percent higher than March 2013, according to Manatee County Property Tax records. Manatee County’s 5 percent resort tax, or tourist tax, is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their guests. Anna Maria Island produced more than $802,000 of the county’s March resort tax collections. Anna Maria collections were up 15 percent over March 2013, Holmes Beach was up 11 percent and Bradenton Beach was up 9 percent. The Island’s March collections increased about 11.5 percent over last year’s, and have been steadily increasing over the past five years. If the trend continues, the county’s tourism industry could find itself closing in on the $2 million mark in March 2015. The upward trend builds on 2013’s success, when 2.8 million people visited Manatee County, up 1.5 percent from 2012, according to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The whole state saw record numbers in the first quarter of 2014 as well, with 26.7 million visitors, up 2 percent from last year, according to Visit Florida, the state’s tourism agency.

Barber Shop. The victim said she left her purse containing a cash in her car while she was at work and somebody stole it. 5/7, 1:31 p.m., possession of marijuana, 100 block of 43rd Street. The officer stopped the suspect after he observed him make an illegal turn from Gulf Drive onto 43rd Street and he observed the passenger not wearing her seat belt. As he approached the vehicle, he smelled marijuana and observed the passenger trying to conceal something on the floor. He observed green leafy substance strewn all over the vehicle and in the laps of the two occupants. They admitted to smoking pot and said there might be a blunt (marijuana filled cigar) in the truck. When backup arrived, the officer searched the pickup and found additional marijuana and a painkiller. The two occupants of the truck, who are juveniles, were taken to the station and released to the custody of their parents.

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5/7, 5:29 p.m., recovered stolen property, 5400 Gulf Drive. Police were called to the location to investigate an abandoned vehicle parked on the property. A computer check showed the vehicle was stolen. 5/8, 7:43 a.m., driving with a suspended license, 3100 block of Gulf Drive. The officer ran a computer check on a vehicle showed the owner’s license had been suspended three times. He stopped the vehicle, and the owner admitted her license was not valid. She was ticketed. 5/8, 9:22 a.m., driving with a suspended license, attached plate not assigned, 4900 block of Second Avenue. The officer stopped the pickup driver for serious safety defects including a seriously cracked windshield. He ran the vehicle through the computer, and it showed the license plate was unassigned to a vehicle and the driver’s license was not valid. He was ticketed and the vehicle towed.

March resort tax collections Manatee County’s 5 percent resort tax, or tourist tax, is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their renters, in most cases, tourists. The majority of the tax is allocated to Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau tourism marketing efforts with one of the five pennies allocated to beach renourishment. Resort tax increases reflect both increased visitation and improved tax collection efforts. Monthly collection reports do not reflect the fact that some hoteliers pay quarterly, not monthly. Amounts shown are collected in March and paid to the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office in April. To anonymously report a rental owner who may not be paying the tax, call 941-741-4809 or visit www.taxcollector.com/services_resort_ tax_tips.asp. Source: Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office


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Success for Smiledeep soccer BY SCOTT DELL SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Smiledeep gang of organizers held a very successful fundraising 4v4 soccer tournament Saturday to benefit Islander Paul Hayward. Paul has been battling stage four cancer for many years and the Smiledeep gang raised approximately $7,000 to help pay for much needed medical assistance. As for Smiledeep, Hayward said, “It is when someone smiles at you. It is when something reminds you of something and makes you smile. It is the happiness deep within you that brings a smile to your face. It is a state of mind. Smiledeep.” Hayward has been a positive influence to children and adults not only with soccer, but in life. His positive disposition, despite having extensive stage four cancer for many years, has been an inspiration to everyone he meets. The Smiledeep 4v4 soccer tournament had 101 total players in two divisions. Fifty-four kids participated and 47 adults. A crowd of over 200 spent most of Saturday talking to Hayward, watching or playing soccer, listening to the tunes of D.J Chris Grumley, eating, socializing and supporting a good cause. Despite Hawyard’s energy levels being extremely low since his last surgery and the beginning of his latest round of chemotherapy, he stayed the majority of the day to talk and smile with everyone who showed up to support the event. The Smiledeep gang would like to thank everyone who support this event including, but not limited to: AMI Donuts, Anna Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria Realty/ Dina Franklin, Darrin Wash & Wash Family Construction, Don Meilner and Son Construction, DJ Chris Grumley, Fran Maxon Real Estate, Galagan-Rodriguez family, Gulf Bay Realty, Hicks Family - Moores restaurant, Island Dental Spa, Island Pest and Termite Control, Kapi Whitfield/ JKImprints & ThirtyOne, KelleyB. Art, Michael Saunders & Co., Mike & Kelly Smith/ Celebvidy, Pink & Navy, Sarasota YMCA waterpark, Slims Place, Steam Designs, Stir It Up, Valadie family, Will and Beth Case/ Concessions, Zink family: Cortez Deep Sea Fishing Charters. All net proceeds from The “Smile Deep” soccer tournament benefit the Joe Doiron in trust – A Helping Hand for Hayward Fund. All sponsorships, donations and entry fees went to this fund and are managed by the Hayward family to help pay medical bills. This trust has provided Hayward with financial assistance since 2011. If you would like to learn more about Hayward and donate to the trust, go to https://www.facebook.com/ groups/613172152109623/permalink/613642875395884/

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Above, pictured with Paul Hayward in the middle are the Smiledeep soccer tournament adult champions and runners-up. Left, the Gesh Monsters team won the youth division in Saturday’s Smiledeep 4v4 soccer tournament to benefit Hayward.

Ladies golf results The ladies at Key Royale Club played low gross/low net in flights on Tuesday, May 13. In Flight A, Phyllis Roe came in first in low gross with a 41, Joy Kaiser came in second in low gross with a 42. Liz Lang was

first in net with a 28 and Debi Wohlers came in second low net with a 31. In Flight B Christina Mason came in first in low gross with a 48 and Kathy Porters came in second place in low gross with a

49. Joyce Lathrop came in first in low net with a 29 and Roxanne Koche was second in low net with a 30. Liz Lang has a chip-in birdie on the second hole.

Horseshoe winners On May 14, only the team of Dom Livedoti and Tim Sofran could get through pool play with a 3 and 0 record and were crowned champs for the day. Action on May 17 saw two teams meet in the final, and Hank Huyghe walked past Tom Rhodes and Sam Samuels in a tight game 21 to 19 and earn a trip to the winner's circle.


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Privateers to host pub crawl Drink your way to the treasure at the inaugural Anna Maria Island Privateers Pub Crawl on Saturday, May 24, from 2 p.m. until they finish. Participants will be able to ride the Skullywag, the Privateers’ parade ship, from D Coy Ducks to Barefoot Tiki, to the Anchor Inn, to MaryAnn’s Castaways to

the Kokonut Hut at Gulf Drive Café and finally, to the Drift In on Bridge street. Admission is $35, and it gets you a T-shirt for the first 50 riders, two free tickets for great raffle baskets, drink specials and games at each stop where you can win more raffle tickets, great food and a big finale at the Drift In and the

security of knowing you’re not behind the wheel when they go to another stop. The proceeds from this event go to this year’s scholarships to be awarded after the Fourth of July Parade. For more information, call Roger “Hoodat” Murphree at 214714-3953 or visit www.amiprivateers.org.

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Center membership special The Island Community Center is offering a summer membership special. A $50 membership (a $145 value) is valid from June 1 to Aug. 31 and includes: • Use of the Center’s three tennis courts; • Access to the fitness room: • Reduced rates on adult programs. The Center is located at 407 Magnolia Ave. in Anna Maria. Register at the front desk or call Sandee Pruett at 941-778-1908, ext.0.


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This is a designer’s drawing of the proposed building, which would be zoned C-1, have two offices on the first floor and residences on the second floor.

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zoning from medium density residential, R-2, to commercial, C-1 and to extend the city’s mixed use overlay to include the property. The applicant proposes to raze the existing structure and build two office units on the first level and two residential units on the second level. City Planner Bill Brisson submitted three staff reports on the requests – one on the rezone, one on the comprehensive plan amendment and an addendum, which is a response to the applicant’s submission in support of the requests. In the addendum, Brisson wrote, “I see no reason the city should expand the mixed use overlay area to include property that clearly is not appropriate for all the uses that could be allowed. “By doing so, the city puts itself into the position of potentially having to consider requests in the future for uses that could easily be too intense for the area and, therefore, having to deny a request or develop conditions to ameliorate the effects of a use that it already knows is inappropriate for that location.”

Neighbors opposed

A proposal by the same applicant in April was met with strong opposition from neighbors. However, that request was for a rezone to C-3, the most intense commercial zoning, instead of C-1, the least intense commercial, zoning. At the April hearing, planning commissioners learned that they didn’t

I see no reason the city should expand the mixed use overlay area to include property that clearly is not appropriate for all the uses that could be allowed.” Bill Brisson H.B. city planner

receive Brisson’s staff reports. At that time, they agreed to hear testimony from Brisson; Monica Simpson, agent for the applicants; and residents. Residents were concerned about increased traffic and the encroachment of commercial into residential. In addition, Brisson had recommended denial of rezone and the expansion of the overlay district stating, “It’s the wrong use.” Planners then continued the hearing to May 21, when they plan to discuss the issues and make a recommendation.

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ESTATE SALE WHOLE HOUSE ESTATE Sale. May 24 & 25. Sales start at 9am. 739 Hillcrest Dr. Bradenton. Upscale furnishing 3 years use. Beds, complete bedroom sets, lamps, linens, chairs, kitchen, outdoor furniture etc. Call 941-746-5865

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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Save water, gas, maintenance fees and the environment! Shell your yard. $50/yd installed. Call Shark Mark 941-301-6067 R. GAROFALO’S Interlocking brick pavers, driveways, patios, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed & Insured. Call Rafael 941-778-4823 or Veronik 941-526-7941

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread $50/yd. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770

LOCKSMITH ISLAND LOCKSMITH, “Lock Around the Clock”. Licensed/bonded/insured. Call 941-778-1661 or 941713-4414

LOST & FOUND LOST CAT Orange & white. 17 years old. 500 block of 67th St, Holmes Beach. Approximately on April 23. Call 941-773-2274 LOST CAT. Gray Tiger with white paws. No tail. 56th St, Holmes Beach. Call Roe 941-524-0465 LOST GOLD PINKY ring with amethyst stone vicinity of Cortez Kitchen and Swordfish Grill. Call 941778-8359 LOST PANDORA BRACELET many charms. Great sentimental value. Call 518-365-2702 MISSING 18 INCH GOLD chain with diamond drop, sterling silver seed bracelet , location Blue Water Beach Club between 9/12 & 9/13/2013 heartbroken was gift from husband 45 years ago REWARD please call 863-668-8566 no questions asked

MASSAGE ENJOY A MASSAGE at your convenience in the comfort of your own home. 10 years experience. MA59074. Call 941-3016400 or www.mettatouchmassage.com


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

FOUR SEASONS POOL SERVICE. Anna Maria Island & West Bradenton. Certified pool operator. Residential/ commercial. Licensed & Insured. Call Dennis Clark 941-737-5657

TWO MEN and a TRUCK. Movers who care. Local and Long distance. www. twomen.com Call 941-3591904. We sell boxes!

PAINTING & WALLCOVERING PAINT! PAINT! AND MORE 16 years of experienced interior/exterior custom painting. Pressure cleaning, drywall repairs and texture finishes. Many Island references. Please call Neil for free estimates. 941-812-0507 “WIZARD OF WALLS” Established 1980 Prompt quality service. Paperhanging/removal Faux finishes. Interior painting. Mary Bell 941794-0455 WALY PRECISION PAINTING custom painting, pressure washing, commercial/residential, interior/exterior, drywall/stucco, Licensed & insured. Call 941-448-1928 or 941-580-4005 www. WalyPrecisionPainting.com

PERSONAL SERVICES SMALL ODD JOBS, yard work, walk dog etc. Call George 941-773-5518 CHUCK'S MOBILE UPHOLSTERY Island resident. Call 941-565-1867 THE TINT GUY." Commercial, residential, automotive, marine. Free estimates. All work guaranteed. Over 25 years experience. Mobile service available. Call 941-2012649

PET SITTING ARE YOU WANTING to vacation and not worry if your pet is lonely. I will overnight in your home, so your animal can stay in his own environment. Home Sitting is also available. Great References. Call Mary 941-405-2496

PHOTOGRAPHY NEW AERIAL AMI PHOTOS. PhotosFromTheAir.com. email: photosfromtheair@gmail.com or Call 941-773-9834

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AMI VALET LLC Professional parking services. Restaurants, weddings, any & all special events. Insured & Licensed. Years of experience. Call 941-565-0137 AMIValet@gmail.com 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 zicker8@aol.com

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

IDEA: LIVE OFF of AMI and still be very close. Means BIG SAVINGS! 3BR/2BA POOL home. 7608 1st Ave. W. NW Bradenton 3/4 mile to Manatee Ave. Beaches. Remodeled May 2014 New decor/paint in/ out. New Floors carpet + tile. New kitchen appliances. New PAVER drive. Yard. AAA Location near Manatee Ave & 75th St. Two blocks from BeachWay Plaza Publix, Kmart, Staples. Family room, Big Pool, Porch 9 x 9 Storage Building. House has it all and the price is right $239,500. Sale by Owners. Very private home with fencing and foliage. Why not visit it? Call Pat or Tom 941-731-5779 Buyers Agent protected

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 Village Green 2BR/2BA condo in desirable location. Front patio overlooks pond, rear lanai looks out on park like setting. Peaceful dead end street. "D" model has 2154 sq ft with open floor plan. Many upgrades, move in condition. Community pool. Call Barbara Edwards 941-7922363 Scholfield Realty, Inc 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

REAL ESTATE: OPEN HOUSE OPEN SUNDAY. 1-4: 2BR/2BA plus loft, dock & boat slip, GREAT Gulf and Bay views $399,900. 117 10th St. N. #121 Bradenton Beach

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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. $1350/mo 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. $1300/mo $1300 security deposit. CORTEZ: 2BR/1.5BA home in Sunny Shores w/garage room for small boat, boat ramp near by. Washer/dryer. Yard care incl. $1175/mo 1st / last $900 security deposit. HOLMES BEACH: 3BR/2BA 1/2 duplex upstairs washer / dryer, yard care incl. $1,400/ mo 1st / last $1,000 security deposit. Available June 1st DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 www.teamduncan.com ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact kate@ islandreal.com – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. ANNUAL RENTAL- MEADOWCROFT Villas 55+ community. Furnished 2BR/2BA, Pool, Tennis, Clubhouse. $950/mo. Fran Maxon Real Estate 941-778-2307. 2BR/2BA HERON HARBOUR corner unit Condo. Three blocks N of Bone Fish. Washer/ dryer. Heated pool. Basic cable, water/sewage, garbage included. Annual lease $1100/mo. Security deposit, $1100. Security check required. Available First of June. No pets. Call 941-9283960. ROOM FOR RENT Holmes Beach. $400/mo includes cable TV and utilities. Call 941-565-0686

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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 Redekercondos.com 941-778-1915 WILLKOMMEN AUF AMI! Besuchen Sie Island Real Estate in einem unserer Inselbüros (6101 Marina Drive oder 419 Pine Ave) mit unserem deutschsprachigen Reservierungsservice und erhalten ein freies Island Real Estate Baseball Cap! Wir geben Ihnen gerne mehr Auskunft über unsere 250 ausgewählte Feriendomizile für Ihren nächsten Urlaub!

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RENTAL INVENTORY NEEDED!! Help us fill our waiting list for 2015. Call Tracy or Amberly at 941-778-4800 A Paradise Vacation Rentals

TRANSPORTATION AMI TAXI metered-on-callcards accepted. Airport services: Tampa $85, Sarasota $35, Clearwater $75, Fort Meyers $150, Orlando $150. Call 800-301-4816. amitaxi4u@gmail.com, www.amitaxi.com TOWN CAR SERVICES, All airports served. Local and Long distance services available. Call Glen 941225-0072


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