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VOL 14 No. 34

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Tarpon season is in full swing in the waters around Anna Maria Island, and the silver kings present one of the finest challenges in the sport of fishing. Take a trip with Captain Rick Grassett in the Captain’s Reports on Page 26. PHOTO | CAPTAIN RICK GRASSETT

Board: Ban parking on residential streets Key Royale and public parking areas at beach accesses would not be included. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – In a move that is sure to create controversy, the Island Congestion Committee is recommending eliminating all parking on residential

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streets in the city. Member Jayne Christenson introduced the idea at the group’s recent meeting, and members approved it. They plan to present it at today’s meeting of Barrier Island Elected Officials and at the July city commission work session. “Over the last five years, we have seen more traffic and parking in the neighborhoods and in the streets,” she said. “It’s become a real concern of mine and my neighbors. It breeds a lot of issues. My see BAN, page 38


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Anna Maria Island, Florida

Center crisis rolls on BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – With the community still reeling from the news that the Island Community Center could be forced to close due to lack of funds, Executive Director Dawn Stiles shared her thoughts on the issues surrounding the announcement. “Everyone had a different reaction to the meeting,” she said regarding the Save the Center community meeting held June 4. “The board members thought we should be open and ask for

RESIGNATION Center Assistant Executive Director Scott Dell resigns after 21 years. Page 33 ideas. “Some people thought we should have a plan, I do have a plan. I know where we’re going. I am putting together next year’s budget, and I will share it and my plan with the community in another meeting.” Meanwhile, Stiles is implementing measures to cut the budget, which the see CENTER, page 33

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Cities losing Homesteaded properties The figures are from the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office reports on taxable properties over three years.

Year 2012 2013 2014

Anna Maria 564 547 525

Bradenton Beach 279 266 258

Holmes Beach 1,289 1,252 1,231


Annual taxable property figures show a drop in the numbers of Homesteaded properties over the past three years. Properties are eligible for a $25,000 per year reduction in their taxable value if they are owner occupied and the owner applies for the Florida Homestead Exemption. Seasonal residents who live in their Island

homes for more than half the year are also eligible. As Homesteaded properties are converted to vacation rentals, either by the owner or a developer, they are taken off the Homestead exempt list. When they are, they lose the cap on annual taxable value increases that the Homestead Act allows, which adds taxable value to the cities’ tax

rolls, meaning more money for the cities. The figures, which come from estimates of taxable values for each city to aid them in figuring income from property taxes over a fiscal year, show losses in the number of Homesteaded properties in each of the Island’s cities for 2012, 2013 and estimates for 2014. However, the drops are not as high as some might think.

Anna Maria had 564 Homesteaded properties in the 2012 report. That number fell by 17 properties to 547 in 2013 and by 39 properties to 525 in 2014. Overall, the city lost 329 properties from the Homesteaded ranks for a rate of 7 percent. Bradenton Beach dropped 21 properties off the rolls: from 279 in 2012 to 266 in 2013 and 258 in 2014 for a loss of 7.5 percent. The Island’s largest city, Holmes Beach, dropped a total of 58 Homesteaded properties: from 1289 in 2012 to 1252 in 2013 to 1231 in 2014. The three-year drop amounted to 4.5 percent.

Chiles Group to host free fireworks The Chiles Group of restaurants has announced its plans for public fireworks displays for the Fourth of July holiday. As they have done before, the displays will be free for beach-goers and the restaurants will be

offering packages for those wanting to enjoy food and drinks from a front row seat. On Thursday, July 3, the BeachHouse restaurant will host its 21st Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at its newly renovated dining

room and bar and new expansive beach. VIP packages are available. Call 779-2222 for more information. The grand finale takes place at the Sandbar restaurant on the Fourth of July for its 28th Annual Fire-

works Spectacular. There will be a VIP party under the open-air pavilion for $125 per person, including upscale buffet, complimentary Sandbar specialty drinks, beer, wine and party favors. For more information, call

the Sandbar at 778-8709. The Anna Maria Island Sun is a sponsor of these shows and the Chiles Group is looking for more. Contact Caryn Hodge at 778-8705 for information.




in brief

Doctor enters pill mill plea A 79-year-old doctor who lives on the Island has pleaded guilt of improperly distributing Oxycodone from a Bradenton clinic that was considered to be a pill mill by authorities. John Lanning, who lives in Anna Maria, worked at the 1910 Medical Clinic, 1910 Manatee Ave., Bradenton, in March 2010, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Middle Florida. He was arrested and charged after an undercover detective posed as a patient. Although he had no back injury, he was given an MRI and Lanning prescribed 90 15 milligram Oxycodone pills. The news release said Lanning admitted the prescription was not for a legitimate reason. He faces up 20 years in prison, although his sentencing date has not yet been set. Lanning’s attorney reportedly said at Lanning’s advanced age, he pled guilty in hopes in hopes of getting a probationary sentence.

Center launches YouTube channel The Island Community Center is inviting all residents and members to join in the creation and launching of its YouTube Channel on Thursday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p. m. Sugar Beach Digital will be filming footage throughout the day, and all are invited to help fill the Center with activity and enthusiasm. Children involved in sports at the Center should come wearing team shirts. Sugar Beach Digital is a local multimedia production company that specializes in enhancing social media, designing websites and producing quality videos. The company is offering its time and talent to help save the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Clarification Three West Manatee Fire commissioners are up for election in November – David Bishop, Larry Tyler and Scott Ricci. Qualifying ends at noon on June 20. Terms are four years.

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Bob Johnson to run for mayor in Holmes Beach

Commissioner Judy Titsworth said she plans to run for commission rather than for mayor. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Bob Johnson chair of the Charter Review Committee and a former member of the Island Congestion Committee, announced Friday that he plans to run for mayor. “I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “I’ve been here 20 years, and it’s the right time for me to step up and help the city.” Johnson said he is not running against Commissioner David Zaccagnino, who also plans to run for mayor, but is running “to do a job that needs to be done. “I have no political motivation. I’m practical, organized and results-oriented. I know how to lead organizations. Leading is motivating and that is delivering what the customer wants. Our customers are the citizens and businesses of Holmes Beach.” Asked if he is concerned about the lack of civility and respect cited by Mayor Carmel Monti as one of the reasons he is not running again, Johnson said he is not.

Parasailing bill signed Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed SB 320, regulating commercial parasailing. The new law requires commercial parasail operators to have $1 million in liability insurance per occurrence, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed operator and an onboard VHF marine transceiver and a separate electronic device capable of providing access to National Weather Service forecasts. It prohibits parasailing in more than 20 mph winds or if gusts are 25 mph or more, if rain or heavy fog results in reduced visibility of less than a half mile, or if a lightning storm comes within 7 miles of the parasailing area. Violations are a second degree misdemeanor.

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“I have a good idea what I’m walking into. My experience on the two committees has given me good insight into the city. I don’t think I’ll have a Johnson problem maintaining civility.” Johnson said he plans to campaign in the fall and talk to as many citizen and business owners as possible and stressed, “I want them to know me and I want to know them.” Johnson spent 21 years in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. Since leaving the service, he has worked in the high tech industry dealing with major companies in IT operations and services. When told of Johnson’s announcement, Zaccagnino said, “I think he’s a good guy. I wish him luck.”

Titsworth to run for commission

Incumbent Commissioner Judy Titsworth, who was considering giving up her commisTitsworth sion seat to run for mayor so Zaccagnino wouldn’t run unopposed, said she plans to run for commission after hearing Johnson’s announcement.

“I am elated that Bob Johnson, a very talented, respected and civic minded man, is willing to throw his hat in the ring and run for the mayor’s seat.” “There are still many important issues facing the commission in our efforts to save the residential character and quality of life in the city, and my vote on the commission is crucial. “I feel it would be a challenge to find anyone that has more respect and love for this city. I will continue to bring not only years of history and business experience but also leadership, stewardship, pride and compassion.” Titsworth is a third generation member of the Holmes family for which the city is named. In addition to the above candidates, qualifying packets have been picked up by incumbent Commissioner Marvin Grossman, who said he plans to run; Carol Soustek, chair of the Island Congestion Committee; and Andy Sheridan and Renee Ferguson, code enforcement board members. Candidates must be citizens of the United States, registered voters in Manatee County and two-year residents of the city. They have until noon on June 20 to qualify for the mayor’s seat and two commission seats.

Five file for three positions Chuck Webb is listed on the Manatee County Supervisor of Election’s website, but has not qualified yet. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – All three incumbents are listed as seeking re-election in the Nov. 3 election this year. Mayor SueLynn has qualified and will face competition from Dan Murphy, a Vietnam veteran who worked at teach-

ing, newspapers, telecommunications and retail. He is a 36-year resident of Anna Maria Island with 21 years in the city of Anna Maria, according to his candidate statement. He lists hobbies as walking four to five miles a day with his wife, Barbara, playing bridge, gourmet cooking and enjoying his grandchildren. David Bouchard has qualified to run for city commission. He said he would provide a fresh outlook for a changing Island. He has lived in Anna Maria for 12 years with his wife and two children and he owns rental

property in the city. Bouchard will face incumbents Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter for a seat on the commission. The two candidates with the most votes will win the election. The Anna Maria City Clerk’s office reports former commissioner Gene Aubry took out two packages to run for office. He said he took a packet for a friend and if that friend decides to run, he will too. He said the commission needs to quit playing games. Qualifying ends at noon on Friday, June 20.

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Community Center gains most from drive Blood donations raised $25,999 in donations to the four nonprofit agencies involved. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – The Island Blood Drive on June 7 and 8 was a mixed bag for four non-profits that were the recipients of $100 per pint donated and assigned by the blood donors. The Anna Maria Island Community Center, which recently announced was running out of money, saw a jump in income from an unnamed benefactor for each blood donation from $3,099 to $6,808. In addition, another

Blood Drive Results Year 2014 2013 2012

Donors AMICC Privateers 260 $6,808 $4,558 360 $3,099 $4,699 466 $6,083 $3,700

benefactor agreed to match the money donated to the Community Center up to $50,000, so they actually made $13,616. “I’m gratified that people came out to support the Community Center,” said director Dawn Stiles, who said so far, they have gotten $35,303 toward that $50,000 match. The Anna Maria Island Privateers, who

Fire Rescue Wildlife $4,225 $10,408 $3,886 $11,712 $3,033 $12,593

Total $25,999 $23,396 $25,409

took a hit when a former active member sued them saying they had converted a boat trailer he owned into a sleigh for Santa without paying him for it, raised $4,558, slightly less than the $4,699 raised last year and much better than 2012’s $3,700. West Manatee Fire Rescue’s Auxiliary got $4,225, up from $3,886 raised last year and

$3,033 in 2012. Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education raised the most, as it usually does. It got $10,408 this year, down from $11,712 in 2013 and $12,593 in 2012. This year, 260 people gave blood, raising a total of $25,999, according to data provided by Blood Drive organizer Kylah Kostelecky. That was fewer than the 360 donors last year and 466 in 2012, partially because donors who gave on the Alyx system last year raised $200 each while this year, Alyx donors raised $100, like other donors. Alyx donors give only red cells that are separated from their blood by a machine.

Maritime Museum collecting for food campaign The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is collecting food donations for the Food Bank of Manatee’s campaign to White Out summer hunger and keep children in Manatee fed over the summer. Now through June 31, FMM will be giving away a free raffle ticket (one per person

per day) to everyone who drops off a food item during a visit. Please note that the Food Bank of Manatee is especially in need of: Baby cereal, food and formula; Diapers; Pasta;

Healthy cereals; Tuna and canned meat and fish; Peanut butter; Rice; Canned soups and stews; Macaroni and cheese; Dry and canned beans; Canned vegetables and fruits;

Fruit juice, 100 percent (cans, bottles, boxes); Flour and sugar; Nutritious children snacks. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by with a canned or dry food item to receive your raffle ticket.

For more information on how to make your donation or about visiting FMM, contact the museum at 941-708-6120. To find out more about The Food Bank of Manatee and its campaign to White Out Hunger, visit




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GUEST EDITORIAL Another view of the net ban


or 17 years, commercial net fishermen have protested that the seine nets, as interpreted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), waste 98 percent of the resource under a constitutional amendment whose only purpose was to “prevent unnecessary killing, over fishing and waste.” FWC net tests conducted in 2005 verified the fishermen’s claims. Furthermore, the same set of tests proved that simply allowing an increase in the hole size of the seine nets would reduce the waste to only 2 percent. Contrary to what the FWC claimed in court, historical food fish seine nets were comprised of 95 percent large holes to allow juvenile fish to escape and have an opportunity to spawn. No fisherman would ever design a wasteful net like the FWC created and mandates to be used. That is why fishermen have been fighting this absurd rule since the implementation of the amendment.


n the latest court case between the Wakulla Fishermen’s Association and the FWC, Circuit Court Judge Jackie Lee Fulford observed for herself the unnecessary killing and waste caused by the FWC-designed nets, then declared the FWC seine net rule “a legal absurdity.” Ninety-eight percent waste could never be justified as a rational result of any rule, yet the FWC has told fishermen that the reason they haven’t increased the hole size is due to organizations with deep pockets threatening to file lawsuits. In light of what fishermen feel are FWC “red herring” excuses, the first DCA has an opportunity to put an end to the 17 years of “absurdity” and at the same time protect the FWC from alleged lawsuits by using the severance clause located near the end of Article X, Section 16. If the First see EDITORIAL, page 7


Get to know your neighbors As a four-year resident of Holmes Beach, I read with great interest the article in The Sun newspaper entitled: "Community Connections to have a Party." Here on 82nd Street we already have a little neighborhood, and I wanted to be sure that our Island resident friends knew about this event. When I mentioned it on my Facebook page, I found out that the venue at the Key Royale Club was already full. So, instead, I decided to have a similar meeting at our house, in the spirit of Community Connections, stressing that it was to strengthen our community and to bring neighbors together. Thirteen friends and neighbors came over, including Commissioner Marvin Grossman. We talked about our community, some of our challenges as residents, and ways to make it a better place for all. Here are some of the comments: Support our economy - shop local. Community happens when people meet outside and talk to each other. Let's help to save our Community 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.

Center - perhaps the next Community Connections meeting could be held there? Know your neighbors so you can help each other. Later in the evening, two neighbors who had been to the Key Royale Club party joined us and reported on the informative and positive meeting they had enjoyed. We all agreed that it is important that we know our neighbors, especially with the frequent changeover in our population. This connection, together with shared activities and social interaction, will help us strengthen our community. Our first step was this neighborhood meeting, and now we hope to become a part of Community Connections and join them in the future. Barbara Truemper-Green Holmes Beach

Not running I am writing in response to the many citizens and elected officials in the city who have been contacting me with requests that I run for the office of mayor of Holmes Beach. I am both

flattered by and appreciative of such a show of confidence and trust. During the 35 plus years that I have lived (and worked) in Holmes Beach I have volunteered to serve my community whenever possible, and will continue to do so. However, I believe that due to my tendency to "over-achieve" I would put my health in jeopardy by accepting such an important and responsible position in the event I were to be elected. I sincerely thank all of you for your offers of support, and ask that you understand my decision. Sue Normand Holmes Beach

Nonprofits were the winners Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and their recognition that Food and Wine on Pine is an event that benefits our Island community, in spite of the fact that we had to cancel the event we were still able to match our 2013 contributions to a number of Island charitable institutions. We will host the event again on

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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Contributors Steve Borggren, Tom Breiter, Scott Dell, Troy Morgan, Joe Hendricks.

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the sun survey

LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Would you favor assessing a small fee on all Island property to help support the Community Center?


Possibly, but first, the cities and the county should contribute more.


Yes, the Center is too important to let close.


on the agenda Anna Maria 10005 Gulf Drive

6/20: Election qualifying ends, noon. 6/26: City Commission meeting, 6 p.m. For information, call 7086130.

Bradenton Beach 107 Gulf Drive N.

6/18: Pier Team, 11 a.m. 6/19: City Commission meeting, noon. 6/20: Election qualifying ends, noon. For information, call 7781005.

Holmes Beach 5801 Marina Drive

mission, 9 a.m. 6/19: Code Enforcement Board, 10 a.m. 6/20: Election qualifying ends, noon. 6/24: City Commission work session and meeting, 6 p.m. 6/25: Planning Commission, 7 p.m. 6/26: City Commission work session, 6 p.m. For information, call 7085800.


6/18: Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, Bradenton Beach City Hall, 2 p.m. 6/19: West Manatee Fire Commission, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m.

6/18: Charter Review Com-


mark your calendar

No, that's just a thinly disguised tax increase.

THIS WEEK’S SURVEY What do you think of the plan to ban parking on all


• Good idea. We have to do something to protect our neighborhoods.

residential streets in • Absurd idea. It would Holmes Beach and poshurt the very residents that supporters want to sibly the whole Island? protect.

Note: Events are free unless indicated.

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Wednesday June 18

Children’s program “Got Milk,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 2 p.m.

Thursday June 19

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DCA opts to remove the “gill and entangling” provisions in Article X, Section 16, voter intent, as determined by the Florida Supreme Court, would be achieved by reducing the unnecessary killing and waste from 98 per 100 fish captured to less than two, while keeping the small 500 square foot net limitation intact. The end result would be a strengthening of the amendment and voter intent achieved, while the environment, economy, citizens and even the FWC would all win. Dave Grix Commercial fisherman

Saturday, May 2, 2015. We hope everyone will, once again, join us in our efforts to showcase the best food, wine, art and music our area has to offer and to support our local non-profit organizations. The non-profits that benefitted from this year’s Food and Wine on Pine are: Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island and the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island. Ed Chiles The Chiles Group


Children’s program “Crocodile Encounters,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Knitting group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Friday June 20

Class on e-reader help with tablets, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m.

Sunday June 15

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

Monday June 16

Chair yoga, Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Register at artleagueami@ or call 778-2099.

Children’s story time, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Program on Calusa Indians, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Wednesday June 25

Children’s program “Nocturnal Neighbors,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Tween craft program, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 6 p.m.

Thursday June 26

Children’s program “Mad Science,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Quilting group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Saturday June 28

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.



Traffic sign ordinance changes pass The law limits parking in some areas of the city and bans truck traffic along streets near and parallel to Pine Avenue. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – After working on a number ordinances to deal with the influx of tourism, city commissioners finally got one past the final public hearing. Commissioners on June 12 unanimously passed the amendments to the traffic sign ordinance that controls parking, pedestrian safety and parking on public streets. The changes are intended to address safety concerns at Gulf Drive and Magnolia, where there is heavy pedestrian traffic; add a four-way stop at Gulf Drive and Coconut Avenue; and ban trucks rated at eight tons or more on Magnolia Avenue between South Bay Boulevard and Gulf Drive and Spring Avenue between South Bay Boulevard and

Gulf Drive, unless they are making deliveries on those streets. They also added crosswalks on Gulf Drive at Coconut Avenue, Palm Avenue, Palmetto Avenue and Willow Avenue. Also at North Bay Boulevard and Lakeview Drive, North Shore Drive at Newton Lane and Pine Avenue at Roser Church and South Bay Boulevard.

Beach wedding permits?

The commissioners discussed a special events ordinance that was drawn up by City Attorney Jim Dye. They spoke about whether to require permits for beach weddings, even if they are small and the reception is elsewhere. Dye said weddings at some areas are exempt, such as at Roser, where weddings are part of the agenda, and the Sandbar, which has facilities in its site plan for weddings. In fact, Dye said weddings at the home of the bride or groom’s family would be exempt because it is normal for parents to host weddings for their offspring.

They talked about weddings that are too noisy, and Mayor SueLynn said when there is a problem like that, it can make for hard feelings. “There was a wedding at The Studio at Gulf and Pine and they had a noise complaint,” she said. “The parents were livid.” They also discussed administrative permits, which require less feedback, for events at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Citizen of the year

The commission agreed to name a citizen of the year after not doing so last year. Mayor SueLynn told the commissioners to name one person each to serve on a committee to choose that person, Finally, they talked about proposed changing rooms that the county wants to purchase with bed tax funds and put in the public beaches, including Bayfront Park. Commissioners said they were not interested in having them. There could be a showdown later if the idea progresses at the county level.

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Chamber to host membership drive The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will host a Chamber membership drive on Thursday and Friday, June 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. During this drive, volunteers will be calling on local businesses from the Bradenton area, including all three Island cities, that are not yet members to let them know how they can benefit from Chamber membership. The Chamber is asking for member volunteers to help on the phones for two-hour or more shifts on both days as they reach out to local businesses. The Chamber will provide basic training and materials to help those who volunteer for this annual membership drive. The Chamber will be offering incentives to those who become members as a result of this drive through July 30. To volunteer, contact the Chamber at 941-778-1541.

JUNE 18, 2014



Ground broken for cell tower Bradenton Beach residents and visitors will soon have improved cell reception and connectivity. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – Love it or hate it, the Bradenton Beach cell tower is coming. Thursday afternoon, city officials and tower representatives gathered outside the public works building on Highland Avenue for a commemorative groundbreaking ceremony. Tarpon Towers Chief Operating Officer Brett Buggeln presented Mayor Bill Shearon with a check for $320,000 as an advance lease payment for the use of the city property upon which the 150-foot Stealth Unipole communications tower will be built. On a quarterly basis, the city will continue to receive 30 percent of the tower revenues, minus the $7,500 applied to the lease each quarter. Construction will begin this week and should be completed within six to eight weeks. “I am absolutely thrilled. It’s been

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City officials and cell tower representatives participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon in Bradenton Beach. From left, Police Chief Sam Speciale, Jim Eatrides, Commissioners Jan Vosburgh, Mayor Bill Shearon and his guide dog Reese, Kevin Barile, Commissioner Ed Straight, Brett Buggeln, and Commissioner Jack Clarke. a long time coming, and we worked on it for many years. This is long overdue,” said Commissioner Jan Vosburgh, noting that much of the credit goes to former Mayor John

Shaughnessy and the commissioners he served with. When asked about the check and the future revenues, Vosburgh said, “I hope we put quite a bit of it away for an emergency,

or in case we have a hurricane in the city.” Police Chief Sam Speciale recalled how he and Building Official Steve Gilbert were approached “a couple years ago” about the need for a cell tower. “They said we really think it would be a good idea to put a cell tower in the city because there’s a lack of coverage out here, and here we are today finally breaking ground on a cell tower that hopefully will help the citizens of Bradenton Beach in regard to safety. They’ll be able to use their cell phones to call during an emergency and also just to call home,” Speciale said. He then thanked tower representatives Kevin Barile, Brett Buggeln and Jim Eatrides for sticking with the city during the lengthy approval process. “The tower will have no external antennas and will look like a flagless flagpole or a tall sailboat mast,” Eatrides explained. “The tower will improve both voice and 3G and 4G data service for Bradenton Beach, southern Holmes Beach and Cortez,” he added, noting that he and partners are working on a similar facility in Anna Maria. When Mayor Bill Shearon accepted the $320,000 check on behalf of the city, he said, “Thank you very much. It’s going to be a good partnership.”



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Commission to review clerk and treasurer positions The performance of the new city clerk and new city treasurer will be discussed at Thursday’s meeting. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH –The futures of City Clerk Jamie Anderson and Treasurer Sheila Dalton will be addressed at the Thursday, June 19, commission meeting. The mayor and commissioners will determine if the two department heads hired in January will be elevated from probationary civilian employee status to the career service designation that provides full rights and benefits after six months on the job. The review process will also provide commissioners an opportunity to evaluate the restructuring of the clerk’s office that resulted in the creation of the treasurer’s position, and the separation of the clerk and treasurer’s duties. In a written legal opinion provided to commissioners before the June 5 commission meeting, City Attorney Ricinda Perry said the evaluation process would help determine if Anderson and Dalton are good fits for the city. She also pointed out that employees

holding the civilian employee designation can be dismissed without cause; whereas the termination process becomes more complicated once career service status is granted. Anderson Perry provided her opinion at the request of Commissioner Jack Clarke, who has expressed concerns about the performance of the clerk’s office. Clarke sought clarification on the role commissioners would play in the evaluation process. Based her review of the city charter, the employee handbook and city ordinances and resolutions pertaining to employment, Perry advised that these particular evaluations be conducted by the commission as a whole. It was agreed that Mayor Bill Shearon would submit his department head evaluations and recommendations as usual, but the other commissioners would also submit their own written evaluations rather than rely solely on the recommendations of the mayor. Dalton’s tenure as treasurer has been relatively trouble free, although she did agree with Shearon and Anderson on the purchase of a Microsoft Office software suite that was never used.

Anderson’s road has been somewhat rockier. She found herself at the center of the software purchasing debate and sided with Shearon in the unsuccessful efforts to remove Ric Gate- Dalton house as the city’s e-mail administrator. Dalton and Deputy Clerk Tammy Johnson were the subject of a June 4 letter attorney Robert Lincoln sent to Perry and the city on behalf of the ELRA Inc., the BeachHouse restaurant ownership group that includes Ed Chiles. Lincoln alleges that Johnson illegally and improperly deleted city e-mails and that Anderson “incorrectly denied” this happened, even though Gatehouse’s examination of city e-mail records confirmed these findings. Lincoln said Anderson “improperly and repeatedly blamed Mr. Gatehouse for the issues with handling e-mail,” and undertook “an ill-advised and poorly managed” upgrade of the city’s computer system that resulted in elected officials and city staff not being able to access their city e-mail accounts. Lincoln also alleges that Anderson has been slow to respond to his public records requests.

His letter is also critical of Shearon’s decision to give Johnson a pay raise despite her being unable to operate a city vehicle due to a recent DUI conviction and a previous incident that involved leaving the scene of an accident. Lincoln also brought to light a concern that others inside city hall have expressed privately: “Based on Ms. Johnson’s Facebook page, it appears she is, or has been, living in the mayor’s house. This creates significant conflict of interest and the appearance of favoritism. One must wonder if Ms. Anderson is afraid to appropriately discipline or terminate Ms. Johnson due to her close relationship with the mayor and Ms. (Tjet) Martin,” Lincoln wrote. “In short, the city clerk’s office is a mess,” Lincoln concluded. Anderson, Johnson and Shearon declined to comment on Lincoln’s allegations. Martin, the mayor’s longtime girlfriend, denied that Johnson lives, or has lived, with her and the mayor at Shearon’s Linger Longer resort. She did acknowledge that Johnson and her husband stayed as paid guests, receiving the “government rate” of $75 per day on three occasions dating back to October.

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Privateers to award scholarships The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hand out scholarships at the Anna Maria Island Beach CafĂŠ after the Fourth of July Parade. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Parade is an Island tradition, as is their distribution of scholarships after the parade. This year, a court battle over ownership of a trailer they used for Santa to see kids after their Christmas parade almost put an end to the scholarships for the year. Despite losing the case and

paying legal expenses for their own and the person who won the lawsuit, our intrepid pirates roamed the high seas to find more booty to pay for the scholarships, and they succeeded, although the number of awards is not known as of press time. Privateer Scholarship Director Roger “Hoodat� Murphree reports they received 40 applications for scholarships and are in the process of grading them. However, they are also counting their doubloons to see how many they can award. They will decide soon, and the winners will be notified so they can attend the presentation after this year’s parade and be spotlighted by the Privateers. The Privateers also welcome

parade participants. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Coquina Beach, on the south end of the Island and it ends at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. Get there by 9 a.m. for staging. There are some rules. No walkers will be allowed due to the length of the parade. Entries must be motorized or wheeled. You must put identification on your vehicle telling who you represent (e.g., service clubs, condo associations, businesses or other organizations). No political messages will be allowed. You may pass out candy and/or beads to the crowds. The Privateers will fire cannons. To sign up, go

Safety tips for the month The Holmes Beach Police Department is offering the following safety tip for June: Beware of scams. The department has had calls from citizens who have received calls from someone pretending to represent FPL and advising them that they owe money and must obtain a new credit card to make the payment. This is a scam.

Always call the company direct or look at the company’s official website when receiving such a call. Don’t just click on a provided link, which may download a virus. If someone asks you to buy an untraceable card to make a payment, it is scam.


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Sky lanterns to be grounded BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER |

It’s a wish come true for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring – sky lanterns, also known as wish lanterns, are on their way to becoming a thing of the past on Anna Maria Island. West Manatee Fire Department officials noticed coverage by the Anna Maria Island Sun about the lanterns and the dangers they pose to wildlife, and teamed up with Suzi Fox, director of Turtle Watch, to eradicate them, she said. The lanterns, popular at beach weddings and memorial services, can cause fires when they fall or entangle or be ingested by sea turtles, shorebirds and other wildlife, she said. Deputy Fire Marshal Jim Davis found a Florida law that prohibits the lanterns, said Fox, who recovered five sky lanterns from bushes, chairs and

Flippers and Feathers • Don’t aim camera flashes or cell phone cameras at sea turtles. • Don’t use flashlights or fishing lights on the beach at night. • Don’t trim or remove trees and plants that shield the beach from lights. • Don’t touch sea turtles. • Don’t chase or herd birds; they need their energy for nesting. • Don’t feed birds; it can lead to malnourishment, illness and aggression, and

the beach after a beach wedding last month while conducting a nighttime sea turtle lighting inspection with a Bradenton Beach code officer.

It’s the law

Florida Statute 590.10 makes it “unlawful for any person to throw, drop, or dispose of a lighted match, cigarette, cigar, ashes, or other flaming or glowing substance, or any substance or thing which may or does cause a wildfire. Anyone who violates this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.” Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer already has agreed to enforce the statute in Holmes Beach, Fox said, adding that she is in the process of contacting the other two city police chiefs on the Island, and intends to notify rental agents and wedding planners. The lanterns produce light that can be seen from the beach during sea turtle nesting season, May 1 to Oct. 31,

scraps can attract predators. • Don’t release fireworks, helium balloons or sky lanterns from the beach; the debris is dangerous to sea turtles, birds and other wildlife. • Don’t use fertilizer from June 1 to Sept. 30 to protect sea turtle habitat. • For sea turtle and bird emergencies, call Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring at 941778-5638, 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@

which also is illegal under turtle lighting ordinances in all three Island cities that were adopted pursuant to Florida Statute 161.163, giving the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) a mandate to adopt guidelines for local government beachfront lighting regulations to protect turtles. In addition, 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 that are approved as biodegradable or photodegradable by the FWC, and sky lanterns have not been approved as such, according to the FWC. Setting the lanterns adrift also is littering, Fox said. In recent years, lanterns have become entangled in a tree at Anna Maria Elementary School and shut down air traffic at Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport.

Science students dissect lanterns

A partnership between Turtle Watch and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School has produced studies by 27 students on the impact of the lanterns on the environment. Students spent five months designing and conducting experiments, analyzing the results and completing lab reports, according to teacher Allison Misiewicz. Among the findings: Lanterns burn for 7 to 9 minutes, some brands decompose faster than others, darker colored lanterns take longer to decompose, and lanterns advertised as ecofriendly decompose faster in salt water than in fresh water. Students reported their findings in creative videos that included a PowerPoint slideshow, a blackboard illustration and a parody of an investigative news report. “It really was a great project that let our students experience how the scientific method is put into practice from real world observation,” Misiewicz said.

Nesting News Sea turtles Nests laid: 84 False crawls: 87 Nests hatched: 0 Hatchlings to Gulf: 0 Nest disorientations: 1 Black skimmers Nests laid: 0 Least terns Nests laid: 67 Snowy plovers Nests laid: 4 Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring


Rare daylight nesting A loggerhead sea turtle is caught on camera in a rare daylight nesting on Father’s Day morning near Oak Avenue.



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Maria and James Belofski renewed their wedding vows at the Sandbar restaurant on May 15, 2014. Chuck Caudill provided the music. Patti Mckee and Ashley Wood, of the Sandbar, coordinated the wedding and reception. Maria and James spent their second honeymoon in St. Lucia, before returning home to Pine Bush, N. Y. Dara Caudill |

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Liliana Marriga and Eric Muller were married on the beautiful beach of Anna Maria Island. Liliana and Eric arrived by boat to the reception, which was held at their home in Holmes Beach. Liliana and Eric honeymooned on Anna Maria Island.

Aba Skar and William Hawkins were married at the Tortuga Inn on May 17, 2014. Chuck Caudill played ukulele and guitar for the ceremony and reception. Teri Turner, of the Tortuga, coordinated the wedding. Alba and William honeymooned at the Tortuga Inn on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Naugatuck, Conn. Dara Caudill |

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Island Photography and DJ a family affair Anna Maria Island residents Dara & Chuck Caudill have combined their creative talents to offer wedding photography and entertainment under Island Photography & DJ. They will coordinate the photography and music for your special day. Dara is a professionally trained photographer who combines the latest in digital technology along with an artistic and creative flair.  She blends photojournalistic with traditional styles of photography.  “A little fantasy mixed with a little reality,” she says.  “It’s important for the photos to be beautiful!” Chuck is a professional musician and DJ on Anna Maria Island. In addition to ukulele and acoustic guitar ceremonies, Chuck provides live music and/ or  full DJ services for the reception. He is fully digital, with state of the art sound and lighting. Dara and Chuck are true Island residents, so they specialize in beach weddings. The two know how important it is to have the right professionals for your day, especially if you are having a destination wedding. They were married in Kauai, and the people they hired made it a special day. They want to create that same memorable experience for you. Both are fully insured, and belong to many professional organizations including the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Check out their websites – and www.  – to see what they have to offer. For more information, e-mail islandphotography@ or call 941-778-5676.





Body & Sol Spa: the Island wedding salon Anna Maria Island is The Beach Wedding Capital of Florida for many reasons. Not the least of which is the old world charm and Island elegance of the Body & Sol Spa. Just a stone's throw from the beach, Body & Sol is located above Ginny and Jane E’s in the historic Old IGA building at 9805 Gulf Drive. This large and spacious salon offers a relaxed Island setting certain to enhance any wedding day experience. The ambiance and décor is designed to capture that Island magic. Body & Sol combines old fashioned hospitality with skilled and caring wedding salon specialists. From hair styling to bridal makeup, from facials to fabulous body treatments and shellac nails, they lavish their brides from head to toe. The unhurried atmosphere and experienced staff will help you achieve the look and feel of total beauty and Island radiance. Your special day is as important to them as it is to you. Body & Sols unique layout allows them to carefully craft and deliver a wedding party designed to meet any bride’s dreams. So whether your party is large or small, Body & Sol will cater to your needs. Make your bridal parties pre wedding experience a magic and memorable one, and let their expert staff beautify your Body while the sand and sun capture your Sol. For more information, contact Trish Edwards at 941 650- 5441.

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Stephanie Shey and Stephen Rodrigues married at the Sandbar restaurant on May 16, 2014. Chuck Caudill provided the music. Patti Mckee and Ashley Wood, of the Sandbar, coordinated their wedding. Stephanie and Stephen honeymooned on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Lincoln, R.I. Dara Caudill |

Emily Yancy and Dennis Dully were married at the Sandbar restaurant on June 11, 2014. Chuck Caudill provided the music. Patti Mckee of the Sandbar coordinated the wedding. Emily and Dennis are honeymooning on Anna Maria Island before returning home to Hamilton, Ohio. Dara Caudill |




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Stock market may move higher


n the 1960s there was a TV show called “Lost in Space.” The robot became famous for a phrase still used today by those of us who grew up watching the show. “Danger Will Robinson” was heard on just about every episode when the robot warned the young boy on the show to get ready to run. In the last few months we seem to be having warnings of “Danger Investors” from many of the talking heads on financial television and website based advice shows. Stocks here in the U.S. are certainly not inexpensive after a five year run, which has seen major indexes move up by over 150 percent. The only correction greater than 10 percent during that run came in the summer of 2011 with the decline bordering on bear market territory – a 19 percent decline for the S&P 500 Index. I’m not a Pollyanna. I know that there will be corrections, bear markets, recessions, and a crisis of some form in our future. But I also know that bull markets rarely come to an end because of old age. Bear market corrections almost always start because of external reasons. The most common is a rising interest rate environment as the Federal Reserve attempts to slow economic growth to achieve its mandate of keeping the rate of inflation under control.

Investment Corner TOM BREITER The other possible reason for a significant decline would be a dramatic over-valuation of an asset class, like stocks. Back in the year 2000 we had both rising interest rates and a very overvalued market. The result was an 80 percent decline in the NASDAQ Index, where the most ridiculously valued stocks were traded. In 2007, stocks were not overvalued per se, but the Fed had been raising rates to cool the excessive speculation in the real estate market, exposing the overly aggressive lending practices of banks and mortgage lenders, leading to the worst recession in decades. Stocks suffered even though they were not overvalued entering the crisis. I cannot predict the future (if you can, I have a job for you at my firm), but a review of the current landscape shows we are not in a rising rate environment yet. Yes, the Fed is reducing its stimulus of the economy now that we are on firmer footing than a few

years ago, but it has not begun to raise the federal funds rate yet. A review of stock valuations around the globe reveals that U.S. stocks are a bit above average, developed international markets are about average and emerging markets equities are cheaper than they have been in a long time. When comparing equities to other alternative investments like bonds, which are still offering very low yields, equities don’t appear to be a bad value at all. This is especially true in the context of an expanding economy. Never turn a blind eye to risk in your investment plan, but it is not a good idea to ignore the facts because of what someone said on a TV show. Expect volatility to increase from the very low levels we’ve experienced lately, and keep your investments allocated appropriately for your situation. We just don’t think it’s time to head for the exits quite yet. 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.

Speakers needed for expo The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is having its second annual Small Business Expo on Aug. 19. It is presently asking members and non-members if they would like to be a keynote speaker on any of the topics outlined chosen by the Chamber. This Expo, a community service of the Chamber, is provided to both members, and non-members, therefore speakers should note that they are not being asked to discuss their business; they are discussing knowledge, skills, applications, etc. on various topics that can benefit people in their business. Application requirements/response submissions: • All interested prospective speakers should make a request in writing by June 15. • Speakers should submit the topic, title and nature/content of their presentation. • Once selected, speakers should be able and willing to provide an outline of their presentation by July 15 to the AMI Chamber of SEE speakers, PAGE 21


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Calusa lecture June 24


Enjoy a lecture on the Calusa tribe at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach on Tuesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. "The Calusa: Florida’s First Maritime People," were boat builders, fishermen and traders before Columbus crossed the Atlantic. Find out what sort of boats they built and how they used them, who they traded with, who they fought and how they came to be the most powerful tribe in Southwest Florida. The 30-minute talk, will discuss where the Calusa came from, what made them unique, what happened to them when the Spanish arrived and where they might still be.

SPEAKERS: Needed for expo FROM PAGE 20


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Commerce • Speakers should view the conference room’s seating arrangements to familiarize themselves with the setup upon selection as a speaker. • Speakers should submit a biography and photo for signage upon selection as a speaker. For more information, call the Chamber at 7781541.



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Hotel request on hold The special exception request for hotel use has been continued and neighbors plan to appeal the recent variance approval. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – The request for a special exception to build a two-unit hotel at 113 Ninth St. N. has been continued until August, due to the fact that only four planning and zoning board members were present at last week’s meeting. Although there were enough members to constitute a voting quorum, property owners Wendy and George Kokolis felt it was in their best interest to have their request heard by a full seven-person board, and their request for a continuance was filed in advance of the June 11 planning board meeting. The hotel approval process could be delayed further by a court appeal of a recent special master’s ruling that granted the property owners a 15-foot reduction in their front yard setback. Resident John Arcadi said he and his neighbors plan to file an appeal of the variance approval with the Manatee County Circuit Court this week. Their appeal will

be based in part on the fact that the property owners failed to notify adjacent property owner Stylianos Gavrilis of the special master hearing that took place in May. City Planner Alan Garrett acknowledged that Gavrilis was not properly notified and he explained that the responsibility for doing so falls on the property owner seeking the variance and not the city. Later in the week, Garrett said he did not think the failure to notify Gavrilis would render Special Master William Robinson Jr’s variance ruling null and void. He also said he expected the request for a special exception allowing the hotel use to continue in August even if an appeal to the variance approval is filed. Gavrilis and Arcadi were joined by fellow property owner Robert Porter in expressing their continued opposition to the hotel proposal during last week’s meeting. Board Chair Dan DeBaun allowed the residents to speak during public input even though the special exception request had been put on hold. Their concerns included diminishing property values, noise, traffic, whether the hotel would be used for Gulf Drive Café storage purposes, and what impact a small hotel might have on a residential neighborhood.

LDC review extended

At the request of DeBaun and board member John Burns, a series of planning board workshops will take place this summer to allow for a more thorough review the recently revised Land Development Code (LDC). Board members John Metz and Barbara Curtis agreed that the workshops would provide the board more time examine the dense and highly detailed document that, along with the comprehensive plan, governs development in Bradenton Beach.

Board members sought

The city is now seeking planning and zoning board candidates to fill the seat vacated by Ric Gatehouse due to health reasons. Candidates are also sought to fill the alternate’s seat held by Metz, who will be appointed as a full-fledged board member later this week. Interested candidates are asked to contact City Clerk Jamie Anderson at 941-778-1005.

Bridge work Work continues on the Cortez Bridge rehabilitation, which is expected to add 10 years of use to the bridge while Florida Department of Transportation engineers work on a possible replacement for the drawbridge. Work requiring lane closures will be performed during the overnight hours and the project is scheduled to go on until early next year. The project is budgeted at $4 million. Submitted

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Island-wide ULI study discussed Commissioners from the three Island cities will soon be asked if they support funding a shared study of local issues. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

ANNA MARA – Island officials gathered recently to learn more about the possibility of sharing in the funding of a $175,000 joint-study conducted by the Washington D.C. based Urban Land Institute (ULI). At the request of Mayor SueLynn, ULI Vice President Tom Eitler came to Anna Maria City Hall on June 5 to explain the ULI process to elected officials and staff members from Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. He described the ULI as a not-for-profit membership organization that serves as a research and education institute. “We look at all kinds of issues dealing with land use and real estate,” he said. “The mission of the Urban Land Institute

is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide,” he added. Eitler explained that once contracted, ULI brings a panel of experts to town for week. The volunteer panel consists of economists, planners, land use experts and others who conduct extensive interviews with residents, business owners, elected officials, developers and other community stakeholders. The interviews are designed to answer specific questions presented by the host community. Panel members also tour the study area and interact with community members during a public reception. Panel members receive no compensation, but the $175,000 fee covers travel, lodging, and dining expenses, in addition to printing and other logistical costs. After the study period is complete, the client receives a detailed report of the findings and a shorter report summary. These documents provide the blueprint for the sponsoring community to act upon. Interest in the ULI study was inspired by

discussions that took place at a Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting in Longboat Key. Longboat Key officials spoke highly of the study and the ideas it produced and encouraged Island officials to consider a shared Island-wide study. The Longboat Key ULI produced six key points, as listed in the summary report: • Focus on the future instead of the past; • Relax rental restrictions; • Implement early actions for opportunity sites; • Complete the town center at the center of the community; • Locate the community/cultural center at the town center; • Enhance connectivity and mobility on Longboat Key. Longboat Key officials said the study resulted in the community rallying around the idea of a town center in a unified manner they thought previously impossible given the contrasting opinions that exist in their city. ULI studies sometimes provide advice some folks may not want to hear; Long-

boat Key officials and residents were told they need to be more welcoming of local businesses and younger residents. An Island-wide study would likely focus on traffic, parking, rentals, tourism, the local economy and the loss of residents. Consolidation of services might also be addressed. Eitler suggested another question worthy of consideration: “What are the top five things the Island can do to address sea level rising?” he said. He agreed that an Island study would be most effective if conducted during season. As the meeting came to an end, SueLynn said, “Each mayor will have to go back to commission and seek support to move ahead. I know I’m supportive of it. Once we get permission from our commissions, then we have to talk about money.” Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon suggested the county might be able to provide some financial assistance. The Longboat Key report can be read in its entirety at

Wine on Pine money

The Chiles Group, organizer of the annual Food and Wine on Pine celebration, was able to pass out checks to non-profit agencies Monday, even though the event was rained out last month. Chiles Group owner Ed Chiles said the generous sponsors of the event came through so the non-profits could have greatly needed funds. He also said they will have the event with rain dates on May 2, 2015. From left to right: Chiles Group Marketing Manager Caryn Hodge, Joan Voyles and Marsha Bard with Cultural Connections, Sandee Pruett from the Anna Maria Island Community Center, David Gaw from the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, Ed Chiles, Anna Maria Island Historical Society President Maureen McCormick, Judy Rupp of the Rotary Club and Jeannie Pickwick, of the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra. Sissy Quinn, of the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust, was not present. TOM VAUGHT | SUN


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Weather challenges fishing Captain Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action jumping numerous tarpon and landing several in the coastal Gulf and catching and releasing trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on DOA Baitbusters, live baits and flies during the past week. Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, and his dad, Dennis Ondercin, from Ohio, tarpon fished all week long with me. They had great action jumping 14 tarpon and landing during the week. Even though conditions deteriorated towards the end of the week as a west wind pattern roughed up the water and caused numerous thunderstorms, the action was good through Thursday. We drifted live crabs and baitfish while waiting to cast DOA Baitbusters and live crabs to passing schools. The DOA Baitbuster was on fire, accounting for half of the tarpon jumped. In addition to doing a great job with the fish, they also did a great job shooting photos while I was handling

their fish. Friday was too rough to fish the coastal Gulf for tarpon in my boat. We tried to fish Sarasota Bay, but were chased off the water by a large thunderstorm before we even got started. Fly angler Frank Angelona, from W.Va., fished with me on Saturday. Due to the rough water in the coastal Gulf on Thursday and Friday, we planned to fish Sarasota Bay and possibly tarpon later in the day if conditions in the coastal Gulf improved. He caught and released several trout and bluefish on a Half & Half fly (Half Clouser & Half Lefty’s Deceiver) fishing deep grass flats on the west side of the bay. Conditions improved by late morning, so we went to the Gulf to check conditions for tarpon fishing. We were pleasantly surprised to find the swell was way down and although visibility wasn’t great, it was fishable. We only stayed a short time, but had several shots. Frank laid a back cast down to a small school of tarpon trying to sneak see captains, page 27


Frank Angelona, from W.Va., caught and released this bluefish on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Captain Rick Grassett.

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captains: Look for reds, trout

Record shark Jenah Victor Slayer, owner of Sharkslayer Fishing charters, won first place in the 29th Annual Fishin’ Frank’s Bait and Tackle Shark Tournament on June 14. Her winning Bull shark was 96 5/8 inches tip to tail and 76 1/8 inches tip to fork. After 29 years, this was the last shark tournament in the history of Fishin’ Franks Bait and Tackle as the research project it has been supporting has ended. It is important to note that Sharkslayer Fishing Charters only participates in research tournaments and only harvests sharks during charters when the shark will be eaten or used for research. Slayer won $1,200 for the first place finish. Joe Maisano piloted the Coral Princess, the boat from which she caught the shark.


by only 20 feet behind us and jumped one on a tarpon bunny fly. A great way to end the week! Tarpon fishing should be good next week as we head away from a full moon. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues and more should also be a good option. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay.


Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, and his dad, Dennis Ondercin, from Ohio, had great action jumping numerous tarpon and landing several on DOA Baitbusters and live baits while fishing the coastal Gulf in Sarasota with Captain Rick Grassett last week.


tide chart for anna maria city pier June 18-25 Day Date

A.M. High Time Feet

A.M. Low Time Feet

P.M. High Time Feet

Wed 6/18

5:04a 1.83

10:19a 1.10

3:57p 2.07

Thu 6/19

5:43a 1.98

11:46a 0.94

5:16p 1.77

11:49p 0.60

Fri 6/20

6:26a 2.13

6:52p 1.52

1:13p 0.73

Sat 6/21

7:10a 2.27

8:44p 1.41

2:34p 0.48

12:33a 0.84

P.M. Low Time Feet

Sun Rise Set

Day Date

A.M. High Time Feet

A.M. Low Time Feet

P.M. High Time Feet

P.M. Low Time Feet

Sun Rise Set

11:05p 0.34


Sun 6/22

7:55a 2.40

1:18a 1.04

10:21p 1.41

3:42p 0.25



Mon 6/23

8:38a 2.50

2:03a 1.19

11:33p 1.44

4:36p 0.06


Tue 6/24

9:18a 2.58

2:47a 1.28

Wed 6/25

12:25a 1.46

3:29a 1.33

6:36-8:28 6:36-8:28


5:20p -0.05 9:54a 2.62

5:59p -0.11

6:36-8:29 6:37-8:29



Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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City faces legal action over variance denial Mark and Katherine McLean asked the court to review the Anna Maria City Commission’s quasi-judicial ruling rejecting a variance to enlarge their second floor bedroom to accommodate a wheelchair. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

ANNA MARIA – The first challenge to the city’s living area ratio (LAR) restrictions has prompted the first challenge of the city commission’ s decision. Mark and Katherine McLean, owners of 114 Tern Drive, filed a

petition for a writ of certiorari in Manatee County Circuit Court. A writ of certiorari is a review of a lower court – in this case the quasi-judicial ruling of the city commission May 7 on the McLeans’ variance request. The couple requested a variance to the city’s LAR limits, which allow less living area on the second story than the first. They sought to expand their second floor master bedroom to accommodate an elevator with enough room for Katherine McLean to operate a wheelchair. She suffers from osteoarthritis. Their attorney, Peter J. Mackey, of Bradenton, argued the McLeans could have enlarged their bed-

room when they bought the house on March 30, 2009. They also argue that the city commission used a different procedure May 7 to come to their decision on the variance request. Part of that procedure included asking commissioners whether their decision would make them liable for damages under the Bert Harris Act. In their request, the McLeans indicated they would amend the petition to include a claim under that act, which could require the city to pay money to them for the loss of use of part of their home. Meanwhile, the city commission went over the final order from their variance hearing and approved that order.

Book simplifies math in novel way Valerie Wilson’s characters in “Stinky Finky” help kids learn their multiplication tables. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – As a retired math teacher, Valerie Wilson, knows that learning multiplication tables can be difficult for children, so she developed strategies and tricks to help them and then turned that experience into a 200-page book, “Stinky Finky.” “I walk every day,” Wilson said, “ and while I walked, I made up this story that takes all the strategies and tricks that I used on my students to help them master multiplication facts. “Kids today are not given any time to practice multiplication tables in school, so it’s hard for some to learn them.” The book is aimed at third-graders, but can be used by any elementary school student who has a problem learning multiplication tables. “The story is about three kids – Molly, whose parents are too busy to help her; Sue, whose father has left and mom took to the couch; and Jason, who’s a transfer student who doesn’t speak English,” Wilson explained. “They have the world’s worst


Valerie Wilson presents a copy of her new book, “Stinky Finky” to Dr. Laura Redeker’s third-grade class at the Manatee School of the Arts and Science. teacher, and they failed their multiplication test, so the teacher took away their recess until they can pass the test.” Wilson uses the strategies she used with her remedial math students as those developed by the kids in the book. “I sent a copy of the manuscript to a friend, Julie Taylor, who is a teacher in Bradenton. She read it to her third-grade class, and they loved it.” As for the title, you’ll have to read the book in order to find out what “Stinky Finky” means. Wilson published her book on CreateSpace online, and it is available through Amazon for $9.99. Her second book, which is on division and titled “Finky Stinky,” is in the works.

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Improvements planned for Chappie Park Recent resident concerns will result in a safer park that also includes an educational component. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – Members of the Bermuda Bay Club Condominium Association are leading the effort to make public safety improvements to John Chappie Park; and if things go according to plans, the renovations will include a sea turtle education component. In May, Bermuda Bay Club board member Erica Page presented the city with a check for $5,000 and expressed her hope that the money be used to address safety concerns. “Recently, there were some concerns about some activity in Chappie Park; there were vagrants camping out in the shrubbery, and people were seen urinating in the park. We brought these concerns to our owners, and because we want to put our money where our mouth is, we have agreed to donate $5,000 to improve the park to deter people from misusing it,� Page told city commissioners. On behalf of the Tortuga Inn, David Teitelbaum then presented a second check for $3,000. Commissioner Ed Straight noted that some of the vagrancy problems stem from overgrowth that limits visibility,




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As viewed from the Gulf, Chappie Park is a natural habitat that residents would like to see cleaned up for public safety purposes. and Commissioner Jan Vosburgh expressed support for the removal of the non-native trees. Mayor Bill Shearon said, “The biggest concern is the Australian pines and all the invasive plants that have to be removed. That’s state law, and we won’t be able to get a permit unless those are removed. There’s a lot of people that don’t want trees removed, so that’s going to be a concern, but if anything’s going to be done, that has to

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A plan takes shape

During the recent Capital Improvement Projects Committee (CIP) meeting, Lt. John Cosby presented city commissioners with a park proposal originally developed in 2012. The plan includes clearing land, laying down some 250-mix sand-shell mix, installing turtle education signs, removing invasive trees and plants and

replacing them with native species, installing benches, repopulating the seaward dune and removing the berm along Gulf Drive. There was also talk of incorporating or reconfiguring some dune walkways. Cosby envisions the park as a place for local students to visit. He also stressed the community’s desire that the area remain in a mostly natural state and not be over-developed. Straight reiterated that there will likely be some opposition to the removal of the Australian pines. He also said a recent visit to area indicated the possible presence of sea oats, which are a protected species and require state permitting for removal. The commissioners unanimously agreed to move forward with the turtle-education park concept and to continue with the planning and permitting process. Shearon said the removal of trees and other invasive plants would cost approximately $4,700. If the city commission decides to level the entire area and start anew, the cost would be closer to $7,500. He made it clear that no work would take place at the site until the sea turtle nesting season ends in October. Located at 1402 Gulf Drive N., the park is named in honor of County Commissioner and former Bradenton Beach Mayor, John Chappie.



JUNE 18, 2014

Firemen get soaked for safety Members of the West Manatee Fire Rescue District learned how to use a new line gun last week in Bradenton Beach. The extremely loud, pressureloaded gun contains about 300 feet of line with a device at the end that inflates on impact, which can be shot towards a person floundering in the water. Members also did search and rescue training with snorkel gear using a grid search pattern to find submerged targets. The district instituted the training to assist Manatee County lifeguards and Island law enforcement agencies with increased drowning and near-drowning incidents in waters off Anna Maria Island as the destination becomes more popular. Fire stations on Cortez Road and Marina Drive in Holmes Beach are now displaying beach flags to let motorists know about surf, marine pest and other conditions at Anna Maria Island’s beaches. CINDY LANE | SUN

Beautification nominations sought Keep Manatee Beautiful is accepting nominations for honorees of its 2014 awards celebration, which recognizes exceptional volunteer efforts in the beautification of Manatee County. The celebration will be held on Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Polo Grill Ballroom at Lakewood Ranch. More than 20 categories are available and include schools, neighborhood communities, individuals, youth organizations and more. At the event, awards will be presented for public service, recycling, landscaping image and green schools. The annual celebration honors recipients with an evening of live tropical music, dinner and a cash bar. In addition to the awards presentations, the highlight is the keynote address “Beautification Begins at HOME,” by John Neal, president of Neal Land Ventures. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with the celebration’s sponsors, who join Keep Manatee Beautiful in recognizing the award recipients.

Sponsors needed

Several sponsor levels are available for the event from Bronze at $250 to Emerald at $1,500. All sponsorships

include event seating and a name or logo in the event program, depending on the sponsor level. Exclusive benefits for Emerald sponsors are the opportunity to briefly speak at the podium and placement of their logo on the awards. Sponsors are a vital part of the celebration’s success, not only through their generosity, but also because their attendance helps raise community awareness of and participation in environmental stewardship. Sponsor opportunities are limited, and commitments must be received no later than July 31 for inclusion in the celebration’s promotional materials. Nomination forms must be postmarked by July 31. Complete details on the nomination and sponsor forms are available at, or by contacting Keep Manatee Beautiful at or 941795-8272. Keep Manatee Beautiful, Inc. is a public/private partnership dedicated to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement through leadership in community awareness, education and involvement.

Cigarette litter prevention campaign Keep Manatee BeautiButts top the list ful (KMB) has partnered Cigarette butts have with the city of Bradentopped the list in all Interton and Manatee County national Coastal Cleanups government to expand its since they were added by Cigarette Litter Prevention The Ocean Conservancy to program. The program is the data cards as a separate designed to educate citiitem in 1990. Cigarette butts zens of the environmental may seem small, but with impacts of improper disseveral million butts littered posal of cigarette litter and every year, the toxic chemito provide cigarette bins cals add up. for proper disposal. Because of the vast flow In May, KMB received Submitted of cigarette butts into the Keep America Beautiful Older cigarette bins will be environment, cigarette grants of $7,500 to initiate replaced with these new ones. butts as litter present an the program to install 90 environmental problem cigarette bins at Brabeyond aesthetics and denton’s Riverwalk and Main Street, have a measurable toxic effect when Manatee Public Beach, Bayfront Park they enter the aquatic environment. and Palma Sola Causeway. Portable ash trays and educational The cigarette bin and portable ash brochures also will be distributed in trays will be available to attendees at July August to businesses, hotels and annual events held at Riverwalk at restaurants in downtown Bradenton Rossi Park and Old Main Street. and on Anna Maria Island. On Anna Maria Island and Palma KMB volunteers will conduct two Sola Causeway, older cigarette bins cigarette litter scans: a preliminary scan made of stainless steel will be replaced prior to installation of the cigarette bins and a follow-up scan eight weeks after with a more durable style. They are weatherproof, windproof and fireproof. their installation. A comparison will measure this program’s effectiveness.

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CENTER: Crisis continues FROM PAGE 1

board of directors said she must reduce by $50,000 to $100,000. The first is not to replace Assistant Executive Director Scott Dell, who resigned on Tuesday, June 10. Dell’s salary was $62,000 plus benefits. “The staff and I are are doing a systematic review of all costs,” Stiles continued. “We are going through our programs to see where the revenue is, standardizing how we collect money, looking at our expenses, reviewing each staff member’s job and looking at new programs to bring in revenue.” May’s financial statement showed a loss of $193,293 for the year to date. Stiles said the Affaire to Remember, the Center’s biggest fundraiser, brought in $91,000 versus $121,00 in 2013 and $221,000 in 2012 As to why board members let the situation gets so bad before sounding the alarm, Stiles said, “You need to ask them.” But she did point to a chart in the audit report that shows expenses greater than revenue every year since 2009.

Saving costs/increasing revenue

Some cost saving measure include: • Purchasing a computer program to control the air conditioning temperature, which is not possible now; • Reviewing the insurance, which has increased by 58 percent since 2008; • Renting office space in the building; • Seeking more volunteers;


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• Seeking sponsors for kids’ scholarships. New ideas for programs/services include: • Implementing a credit recovery program for high school students to get credits by studying with volunteer teachers; •c Developing a program for rental property companies in which they would buy memberships for their renters to use; • Developing classes for home schoolers; • Evaluating ideas from community members; • Planning a newsletter to keep the community informed. Stiles said they are reviving standing committees and establishing new committees such as marketing, event development, member advisory, governance and volunteers. She also is seeking


Always being in a crisis mode is no way to live.” Dawn Stiles Center executive director

board members from the community. “We made call for new board members at the meeting and had about 15 responses,” she said. “We sent them the application, the contract and the conflict policy. “When we get them back,

the governance committee will interview them and bring recommendations to the board meeting for a vote.”

Donations coming in

Donors at the recent Island Blood Drive gave $6,808 to the Center. An anonymous donor makes a $100 donation to one of four non profits designated by the donor. This more than doubled the Center’s proceeds from last year’s blood drive. The endowment funds have been requested. The maximum allowed is 10 percent of the total, which equals $83,000 plus and will be disbursed to the Center on Friday, June 20. Stiles said the Center needs $700,000 to operate for the next year to year and a half. It has received $35,000 toward a $50,000

Dell resigns as assistant director The Anna Maria Island Community Center announces the June 10 resignation of 21-year employee Scott Dell, assistant executive director/chief operating officer. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community and its residents for the past 21 years. I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the possibilities for the future,” Dell said. “I have met so many wonderful people through the Community Center. I have a plethora of great memories, and I have really appreciated the outpouring of support from individuals and

families who have been sharing their stories with me. “I wish the Community Center all the best. This is an amazing community, and it never ceases to amaze me its ability to pull together and rise to the occasion. I am grateful for the 21 years I was able to serve the residents of this great Island.” Dawn Stiles, executive director, said, “Scott will be missed by our staff and members. No matter what the situation Scott always had an up-beat, positive attitude. “Scott welcomed me and proved to be a steadfast partner in running the Center; I have

tremendous respect for Scott and wish him the very best.” The Center has no plans to replace Dell due to the financial situation, Stiles said. His responsibilities will be shared between Stiles and other Center staff. Stiles said that former Athletic Director Troy Shonk would work with her and Athletic Director Matt Ray, 10 to 12 hours per week for the next three months as a transition while Ray learns the ins and outs of sports budgeting and Stiles learns key components of athletic oversight.

match offered by an anonymous donor. “I want enough so that we don’t have to constantly hold small events to raise money,” she explained. “We need to have a plan and go forward, and we need time to do it right. “I’m trying to keep the staff from being demoralized, but keep some urgency in the community. Always being in a crisis mode is no way to live.” Stiles said she is hopeful that city commissioners in the three Island cities will explore the possibility of implementing some type of fee for the Center. The city of Holmes Beach has donated $22,542 to the Center every year since 2008, up from $20,000 previously. The city of Anna Maria leases the land to the Center in addition to donating $16,000 per year. At Thursday’s Anna Maria City Commission work session, the Center issue was brought up, but Mayor SueLynn said, “Commissioners appeared to be content with the land they lease to the Center for $1 a year. There was no real discussion of doing more.” The Holmes Beach City Commission has not met since the Center’s crisis was revealed. “We understand how important good stewardship is,” Stiles concluded. “Our lack of transparency in the past has led to public distrust. “We are committed to regaining your trust through the sharing of financial data monthly and easy access to Center administrators always.”

Center volunteer wish list The Island Community Center’s volunteer wish list includes: • Sports: Running scoreboard, preparing fields and courts, statistics during games, coaches, interns/teens and data entry of schedules; • TLC After School program: Making copies, counting flyers for school delivery, shredding, photography for children, technology, mentors (retired teachers) for school credit make-up in math, science, language arts, humanities, chemistry, biology and history and morning program; • Teen program: Chaperones for Friday trips • Front desk: Folding brochures, posting fundraiser flyers, answering phones, spot checking memberships to make sure they are current; • Office: Stuffing envelopes, labels for mailings, update donor and membership database, make phone calls, data entry; • Maintenance: Event help, maintain fields, do manual labor; • Executive Office: financial modeling /analyzing, technology, grant writing, insurance negotiator.




JUNE 18, 2014

Renting vs. buying – the age old question


as the American dream changed? Are the current generation of potential home buyers passing on homeownership and opting for renting, or is the yard with the white picket fence bordered with tulips popping their heads up in the spring still real? So much has changed in the last 10 years. Not only the real estate market, that at one point seemed to reach the heavens and then fell to earth, but also the mobility of younger workers easily relocating to follow opportunities. All of this has changed everyone’s attitude about buying a home compared to renting, but usually the real decision is made when you do the math. All real estate is local and strictly doing the math totally depends on the area of the country you live. As the price of homes goes up, which it did to the tune of 11.4 percent nationally in 2013 compared to the previous year, renting becomes more of an attractive option. Renting also appeals to individuals

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger who need flexibility to move to different parts of the country chasing a weak job market. Renting provides for someone else to pay the property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and most maintenance costs. And, finally, renting frees up considerable financial assets that can be invested, frequently providing a higher rate of return than equity in the home. This is called lost opportunity costs. Buying on the other hand is the gold standard that Americans have always strived for and regarded by many as an essential step in growing up and having a successful life. And, indeed, owning a home can be a very successful way

to accumulate wealth, especially long term that can become part of an overall retirement plan. Owning a home with a mortgage also allows for deduction of the mortgage interest and property taxes from the end of year tax bills. Homeowners don’t have to worry about rents increasing or being asked to move, and equity accumulated in their homes can be used for big ticket items that may come up in the family, like college tuition or home improvements. On average, the value of a single family home has increased by 3.6 percent a year in the three decades through 2013. But as we all now know, homeownership is not always a slam dunk good investment and just like all investments comes with some risk. has a clever buy or rent feature in its website. If you put in your zip code or town, it will calculate for you at what point renting and buying reach the breakeven point. For example,

in zip code 34216 it used a purchase price of $386,857 with $77,371 down and a mortgage rate of 4.22 percent. It compared this to paying monthly rent of $1,517 and determined that buying becomes cheaper than renting after 13 years. It analyzed the cost of buying vs. renting over the 13 years, including the lost opportunity costs of not being able to invest, and determined that if you stay in your home for 13 years, buying is the cheaper option. You will save $2,261, an average of $15 a month. Outside of the financial common sense of owning your own home comes the real reason most everyone wants to own at some point in their lives. Living in your own home represents stability, purpose and pride. And seeing the tree you planted the week you moved in grow above the roofline is something that can’t be defined in mere dollars. That’s still the American dream, and it’s not going away.

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Fire district promotes beach safety The West Manatee Fire and Rescue District has implemented a program for warning the public about beach conditions on the Island. Fire Station 1 in Holmes Beach and and Fire Station 2 on Cortez Road will fly beach warning flags from 10:30 a.m. through dusk daily. Updates are received at approximately 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on water conditions based on reports from the lifeguard stations at Coquina and Manatee public beaches. Firefighters will change the flags regularly throughout the day as conditions change. Each fire station also will display a sign that provides information on the flag colors. Two red flags indicate that the water is closed to the public, one red flag indicates a high hazard (high surf and/or strong currents), one yellow flag indicates a medium hazard (moderate surf and/or currents), one green flag indicates a low hazard (calm conditions, exercise caution), and one purple flag indicates that there is dangerous marine life in the waters (jellyfish, stingrays and/ or other dangerous fish). An absence of flags does not assure safe waters. An informed public is essential to maintaining adequate levels of beach and water safety. The objective of this initiative is to make citizens aware of the need to be safe while in and near the water.



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Longboat Pass dredge

Evening Bible school at Gloria Dei

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will have an evening vacation Bible school on four Thursdays in July from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kids ages 14 and under are welcome. Dates are July 3,10, 17.and 24, and the theme is The Joy of Witnessing God’s Activity on our World. Sessions will include story time, projects, activities and dinner. Kids can register at the church office, 6608 Marina Drive, Homes Beach or call the church office at 778-1813 for more information. Congregation member Joshua Gyson, who is studying at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., will teach the program.

The dredge Maya Caelyn dredges Longboat Pass, taking the sand to Oceanside Beach in Longboat Key. The pass gets dredged on a regular basis from funds provided by the West Coast Inland Navigation District. The project is expected to be finished by mid-July.

Bible school at CrossPointe Fellowship


CrossPointe Fellowship will offer vacation Bible school on June 23 to 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids from 4 years old to fifth grade are welcome. The theme is A Trip to Paradise. Register in advance at children.mycps.or, at the church office at 8605 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach or on the first day of class.



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Finest kind A new bulletin board for the Cortez village community has replaced the old one at the Cortez Post Office, courtesy of Capt. Rick Correa, with the help of Charlie Carrol and other volunteers. Correa carved the wood sign, “The Finest Kind,� a reference to the people of Cortez, and a book by Ben Green. SUBMITTED





BAN: Plan would ban residential parking FROM PAGE 1

goal is to find ways to eliminate or reduce it.” She said issues include visitors parking on both sides of the streets and in people’s yards creating safety issues and damaging grass and sprinklers, trash left in yards, relieving themselves in public and using residents’ garden hoses to rinse off and opening vehicle doors blocking sidewalks. She also has concerns about the safety of neighborhood children. “Technically, it is city property (right of way), but we maintain it,” she stressed. “To me it’s unacceptable. “Tourists have rental units with parking, but in the summer months, local people are here and don’t have rentals units to park their cars, so they are overflowing into our neighborhoods.”

Finding solutions

Christenson said solutions include doing nothing, implementing Commissioner David Zaccagnino’s paid decal plan or eliminating parking on the streets, but she said Zaccagnino’s plan would not take vehicles of the streets.

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My goal is to find a way to eliminate or reduce it (parking on residential streets).” Jayne Christensen Congestion committee member

“It would give people permits to park in front of our houses, and the cost would be huge,” she said. “It would generate revenue, but that is not the issue.” Christenson said her plan would: be low cost to implement and manage; reduce parking in residential neighborhoods; and not require police time to issue tickets. Member Pam Leckie said she agreed with the plan, however, member Ursula Stemm asked what people would do when they have parties or celebrations such as graduations.

Christenson said there could be exceptions, and residents could let the police know when they have events. Resident John Hutcherson said, “You need input from people who may like parking in the street, but I think it’s a good idea. The community has changed, and you have to think about your residents.” Hutcherson also asked about parking for beach renourishment, and Christenson said she would find out the requirements. Christenson recommended eliminating residential street parking in R-2, but Leckie said R-4 should be added. The others agreed to add R-3 and that Key Royale and public parking areas at the beach accesses would not be included. Commissioner Marvin Grossman said R-1 “does not get very many people going to the beach,” and that they should start with R-2 to see how people react. However, Hutcherson pointed out, “Do it city wide because it creates problem for enforcement.” Chair Carol Soustek suggested that members canvass their neighbors.

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Manatee maneuvers Two manatees get up close and personal with one another as they float just offshore of Anna Maria Island in about 3 feet of water. The gentle sea mammals can be found throughout AMI waters, and swimmers should observe them only from a distance and never try to touch one. MAGGIE FIELD | SUN




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The adult co-ed spring league seasons are winding down in the Anna Maria Island Community Center leagues. All of the youth division leagues are now concluded and leave just the adult co-ed basketball, kickball and soccer leagues to finish up with tournament play beginning this week. As the league’s wrap up, it is time for the end of the season tournaments in each sport. These tournaments are very important and will determine who will be crowned champions in their respective sports. The parity of teams is very high this year and the major determining factors in bidding for their sports title championship will be key individual player’s injuries, players' summer vacation schedules and which teams are jelling together at the right time. Two out of the three league undefeated teams went down with a loss this past week. This leaves the Jessie’s Island Store adult co-ed soccer team as the only undefeated team left in any league. In the adult co-ed basketball division, the Bug Guys team defeated the unbeaten Duncan Real Estate team by a score of 60 to 55. Matt Dwyer led the way for the Bug Guys and had a double-double scoring 22 points and had 12 rebounds. Brandon Kern added 15

points and Kyle Lautz scored 11 points in the Bug Guys big upset victory. In the adult co-ed kickball division, the Tyler’s Ice Cream team moved up the leadership board when the undefeated Beach to Bay Construction team fell for the first time all season. The end of every sports season tournament offers plenty of thrills, close games, upsets and excitement. Check back weekly to find out how the spring sports seasons conclude.

Jessie’s Island Store  8 Sato Real Estate  6 Danny Burton led the way and scored five goals. Aaron Parkin scored two goals. Lyn Clarke scored one goal and Pedro Gonzalez had 12 saves in goal for the Jessie’s Island Store team win. Jim Lynch scored three goals. Chrissy Rice, Ally Titsworth and Josh Sato each scored one goal apiece, and Jason Sato had 15 saves in goal for the Sato Real Estate team.

Adult Co-Ed Soccer Results

Beach to Bay Construction  4 Slim’s Place 0 Damir Glavan scored two goals. Omar Polar and Leslie Rio each scored one goal apiece, and Rico Beisert had 12 saves in goal for the Beach to Bay Construction team win. Will Case had nine saves in goal for the Slim’s Place team.

Ross Built Construction  4 Island Pest Control  3 Adam Bujarski scored two goals and had an assist. Steve Oelfke and Tim Tedesco added one goal apiece, and Scott Rudacille had 15 saves in goal for the Ross Built Construction team win. Eric Pullen scored all three goals, and Ray Gardner had six saves for the Island Pest Control team. LaPensee Plumbing & Pools  5 Agnelli Pool & Spas  2 Joe Ciasullo scored two goals. Jeff Christenson, Aaron Dudukes and Sean Sanders each chipped in with one goal each, and Adam Mott had 17 saves in goal for the LaPensee Plumbing team win. Ryan Hogan and Alisha Keene each scored one goal apiece, and Dave Greene had 10 saves in goal for the Agnelli Pool team.

Golf gears up Golfers are enjoying the summer breezes as they compete at Key Royale Club. Here’s what happened last week. Chris Collins, Jim Lathrup, Carl Voyles and George Barford won the men’s 9-hole competition Monday morning, June 9, with a two-best-balls-of-foursome score of 47. Quentin Talbert won the singles men’s modified Stableford competition Monday afternoon with a plus-three score. Team honors went to Tim Friesen, Pat Moyan, John Purcell, Quentin Talbert with a score of plus four. The women golfers played two games on Tuesday, June 10. The low-net winners were: Flight A, Ginny Upshaw with a score of 31 and Flight B, Janet Razze with a 28. The gross-net winners were: Flight A, Debi Wohler with a 4 and Flight B, Sue Wheeler with a score of 46. Jerry Landkammer, Bob Lang, John Purcell and Dan Richardson won Thursday’s 9-hole scramble with a 2-under-par score of 30.

Adult Co-Ed Soccer Schedule

June 19, Thursday, 6 p.m. – eighth seeded team vs. first seeded team – Island Cup Playoffs June 19, Thursday, 7 p.m. – seventh seeded team vs. second seeded team Island Cup Playoffs June 19, Thursday, 8 p.m. – sixth seeded team vs. third seeded team - Island Cup Playoffs June 19, Thursday, 9 p.m. – fifth seeded team vs. fourth seeded team - Island Cup Playoffs

Horseshoe tossers enjoy the weather It’s hard to enjoy the outdoors during summer unless there’s shade and the horseshoe pits at Anna Maria City Hall are shaded by native trees. On June 11, two teams moved on from pool play each with 3 and 0 records. Steve Doyle and Hank Huyghe took out Tim Sofran and Sam Samuels 23 to 11 and earned a trip to the winner’s circle. Action on June 14 also had two teams meet in the final.In a tight match, Sam Samuels beat Hank Huyghe and Jerry Disbrow 21 to 18 and earned bragging rights for the day. Enjoy horseshoes at Anna Maria City Hall on Saturdays and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Come early for choosing teams. It’s free and it’s fun.

Adult Basketball Results Bug Guys  Duncan Real Estate 

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Gator Man Pools  Island Gourmet 

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The Island Sun  The Feast restaurant 

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Adult Basketball Schedule

June 24, Tuesday, 7 p.m. – Duncan Real Estate vs. Island Gourmet June 24, Tuesday, 8 p.m. – The Feast restaurant vs. Gator Man Pools June 24, Tuesday, 9 p.m. – The Island Sun vs. Bug Guys

Adult Co-Ed Kickball Schedule

June 18, Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Tyler’s Ice Cream vs. Southern Greens June 18, Wednesday, 8 p.m. – Beach To Bay Construction vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream June 18, Wednesday, 9 p.m. – Florida Discount Signs & Wraps vs. Beach To Bay Construction June 23, Monday, 7 p.m. – fourth seeded team vs. first seeded team - Playoffs June 23, Monday, 8 p.m. – third seeded team vs. second seeded team - Playoffs June 23, Monday, 9 p.m. – Winner 7 p.m. game vs. Winner 8 p.m. game – Championship Game

Good deed done Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Irene Pearman’s granddaughter, Riley, found a hole on the beach last week on Bean Point and decided to fill it in for the safety of people and sea turtles. Nesting mother turtles and hatchlings can become trapped in holes and die. SUBMITTED

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TOWN CRIER Presentation for kids The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, presents “Got Milk?” a story and presentation on Wednesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. This is a free event, and it is part of the library’s summer kids’ programs. For more information, call 778-6341.

Tweens do their thing The club for kids between 8 and 12, the Tweens, will meet for to learn a craft on Wednesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the library at 7786341.

Reptile lessons The Island Branch Library, at 5701 Marina Drive, in Holmes Beach, presents “Crocodile Encounters” on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. This program is part of the library’s summertime kids’ program, and it is free. For more information, call 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, June 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Call the library at 778-6341 for more information.

Women’s group meets The Anna Maria Island Chapter of

Dining for Women, a women’s giving circle, will meet Thursday, June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ann Hall’s home, 807 88th St. W., Bradenton. Bring a dish and donate whatever you wish for the Tanzania Nursing Scholarship Program. The program will support 25 academically qualified and financially needy young women in their goal of attaining a profession as a registered nurse and registered midwife. For more information or to attend, call Jean Peelen, 941-896-5827.

Learn to e-read The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, has an ever-growing supply of e-books and to help people enjoy them, there will be a program on Friday, June 20, at 1 p.m. for owners of Kindle e-Readers. Everyone is welcome to come. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Read me a story Misty Wright, the children’s librarian, reads stories on Tuesday, June 24, at 10 a.m. Kids between toddler and five years of age are welcome as are their parents at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Learn about Calusa Indians Cortez has a rich history as a fishing village and members of the Florida Maritime Museum will talk about Calusa Indians, Florida’s first fishers, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Ma-


rina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Tuesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. This program is for all ages, For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Chamber seeks volunteers Are you bored and looking for something to do? Would you like to know more about Anna Maria Island? Are you a people person? If the answer is yes, contact the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 778-1541 to find out about their volunteer program. What better way to get to know the Island and its members and meet people from all over the continent. The Chamber is re-starting a program to take volunteers, new and existing, on a tour of members’ establishments to get to know them and be informed when residents or visitors are trying to make decisions. To hear about the volunteer program, call 778-1541 or stop by the Chamber at 5317 Gulf Dr. in Holmes Beach.


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. Apply by visiting The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 27. To donate to the 2014 Rich Salick Scholarship fund, e-mail spitard@

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 www. or e-mail You can also call the 24-hour, toll-free line at 1-800-6478839 or the 24-hour line at 1-716-3267277.

Scholarships available

Community Connections to meet

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

The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust Community Connections group is going potluck. The group, formed to help Island residents whose neighborhoods are turning from residential into rental properties, is going to meet again on Monday, July 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., according to organizer Sissy Quinn. The group last gathered June 15 at Key Royale Club, sponsored by Carol and Bob Carter. Upcoming meetings will likely consist of bringing covered dishes and bringing one’s own alcohol (BYOB) according to a notice sent to group members. Quinn said she would have more details later.

Island still a wonderful place to live The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust’s Community Connections is trying to preserve a sense of community as tourism investment turns homes into rentals. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER |

HOLMES BEACH – Faced with an uncertain future, residents of Anna Maria Island gathered on Monday, June 9, to try to find a way to preserve the Island’s sense of community. The gathering at the Key Royale Clubhouse was sponsored by Anna Maria City Commissioner Carol Carter and her husband, Bob.

More than 50 people attended the event for beer and wine and appetizers, and there were a few rules, according to group organizer Sissy Quinn, who is the director of Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust. Attendees needed to sign in, get a nametag and start mingling. “I want every one of you to find three people you don’t know and get to know them,” Quinn told the crowd. Quinn reminded everyone why she is supporting this project. “When I began AMI Preservation Trust, it was all about saving the buildings,” she said. “Now I’m seeing homes being sold to be turned into rental units, and I changed my goal to saving the neighborhoods.”


Attendees at the Community Connections meeting at Key Royale Club get to know each other over snacks and drinks. Quinn said as people age, they need to have neighbors to rely on, and some people are reporting their neighbors have sold and their homes are turned into rentals. Some people are finding out they are part of a small number

of people still living in their neighborhoods. Carol Carter thanked the people for coming and she said this is the start of an effort to reverse the trend away from full-time residency. Bob Carter also had some thoughts.

“We need to find a way to keep it a community,” he said. “Tonight is all about connecting.” Bob Carter said there are three things he believes, “It’s one Island, it’s our Island and it’s a wonderful place to live.” As the attendees snacked and drank, the Key Royale Clubhouse got noisier as people went from table to table introducing themselves. One person really made some connections. “I went to every table and talked with everyone here,” Pam Leckie said. “It was great. It’s fun.” For more information, contact Sissy Quinn at sqonami@ or by phone at 778-5120.




6/7, 5:47 p.m., grand theft, 100 block of Spring Avenue at the beach. The victim dropped her cell phone as she was leaving the beach and when she discovered it missing, she searched for it, but could not find it. Another beach goer found the phone and asked people in his party if it belonged to them, but a white female claimed it was hers. They gave it to her and she left the beach before the victim returned to ask if they had seen her phone.

Bradenton Beach

6/7, 4:16 a.m., burglary to a vehicle, 600 Gulf Drive South, Cortez Beach. The victim said someone broke into her car and stole her purse, which was sitting on the seat in plain view. 6/9, 10 p.m., criminal mischief, 100 block of Third Street South. An unknown person broke the window leading to the victim’s apartment. Another resident said he saw a white male running from the scene, but he could not identify the suspect.


6/12, 1 a.m., domestic battery, 10100 block of Cortez Road West. A woman was arrested after she slapped her mother during an argument. She also attacked her brother, who slapped her to defend himself. He was not arrested.

Holmes Beach

5/26, 5:20 p.m., burglary, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach. While the owners were away, a thief broke into their car and took their purses. 5/26, 6:16 p.m., warrant arrest, 600 block of Manatee Avenue. The officer stopped the driver for driving with an expired plate and found out he had a warrant from Sarasota. He was place in custody. 5/26, 8:47 p.m., domestic battery, 611 Manatee Avenue, CVS Pharmacy. The officer answered a call of violence when a man pushed a female into the store’s shelves, knocking down some items. The defendant wanted the female’s cell phone, and when he got it, he left. The store recorded the incident on its security equipment, and the officer filed a capias request to the state attorney’s office for further investigation. 5/27, 8:44 a.m., possession of marijuana, 4600 block of Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the defendant for not wearing a seatbelt. When he approached the vehicle, the officer smelled marijuana, and when he asked the driver about

it, the driver said he had just smoked a joint and threw the butt out the window. He was asked if he had any more, the defendant got a cigarette pack from the car console and said it was all in there. The officer found two grams of marijuana in a bag and some pills, which the driver said were for his mother. He ticketed the driver for the seatbelt violation and issued a notice to appear for the marijuana. He seized the drugs and told the driver he could get the pills back when he showed proof they belonged to his mother. 5/27, 9:29 a.m., criminal mischief, 600 block of Manatee Avenue. The complainant, who lives in an apartment with her boyfriend, said her neighbor smashed her car door into her boyfriend’s car that was parked on the property. The officer determined the damage to be around $1,000 and noted the damage to the suspect’s car was consistent with smashing into the victim’s car. The officer spoke with the suspect who admitted causing the damage because she thinks the boyfriend is parking in her spot, although there is no assigned parking, and she hates the fact that he brings his 2-year-old son, who runs and makes noise. The officer advised her he was making a capias request for an investigation. 5/30, 6:50 a.m., warrant arrest, driving without a valid license. The officer stopped the driver for not wearing a seatbelt and found he did not have a license and was wanted by Manatee County for violating his probation. He was arrested. 5/30, 4:16 p.m., possession of marijuana, 3200 block of Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the driver for not wearing a seatbelt and smelled alcohol when he approached the truck. He saw liquid spilled on the passenger’s seat and asked him to step out of the truck. When the subject did, the officer smelled burnt marijuana. The driver gave him a plastic container with marijuana cigarettes. He ticketed the driver for the seatbelt violation and issued a summons to appear for the marijuana and open container. 5/31, 1:04 p.m., burglary to a vehicle, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee County Beach. The victim and his friend locked their wallets in the glove box of his Jeep that was parked with no top. When they returned, the glove box door was open and their wallets were gone. A witness reported seeing a homeless man, a white male 6 feet tall with a beard carrying a soda bottle and a duffle bag near the Jeep. 6/1, 9:14 a.m., possession of drugs, driving on a revoked license, habitual offender, 2800 block of Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the female driver for a seatbelt violation. She hit a trash-

can while pulling off the road. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed an “overwhelming” odor of freshly burnt marijuana. He observed several rolled joints inside the car. The driver immediately told the officer her license was suspended. A computer check showed suspensions for failure to pay traffic fines and driving with a suspended license. The officer called for backup and placed the driver under arrest. He then inspected the car and found prescription drugs. 6/1, 12:47 p.m., petit theft, 611 Manatee Avenue, CVS Pharmacy. The store manager said the suspect entered the store and purchase prescriptions and on the way out, he placed a jar of hand cream in the package with the already paid-for prescriptions. He went outside and rode his bike away. The officer found the bike at Dollar Tree. The suspect exited the store and the officer asked him about the hand lotion. He said he must have forgotten to pay for it and gave it back to the officer, who wrote him a notice to appear. 6/2, 8:19 p.m., larceny, 200 block of 55th Street. Two bicycles chained together and to a tree and belonging to Beach Bums were stolen. The key to the lock was located under the seat of one of the bikes. 6/3, 12:55 p.m., larceny, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee County Beach. The victim said someone stole her iPhone while she was at the beach. 6/3, 4:31 p.m., larceny, 3224 East Bay Drive, Zen Nails. The victim said she got a call from a person claiming to be from Florida Power and Light. He told her she owed money on her power bill and the electricity would be shut off unless she went to a gas station and purchase a Green Dot card for $365.79 and called him back with the card number so the money could be transferred. She did so and later she found out she was not late on her power bill after all. 6/3, 5 p.m., theft, 3800 block of East Bay Drive. A locked, three wheel bicycle was stolen from a bike rack at Sunbow Bay. 6/4, 12:01 a.m., child abuse, possession of marijuana, 200 block of 83rd Street. The officer was called to the address due to a person complaining of heart and breathing trouble from using drugs. The office talked with the mother, who caught her children smoking marijuana and “decided to be a cool mom and smoke it with them.” Her son reacted to the marijuana. After investigating, the officer placed the mother under arrest, and her 16-yearold son was placed with a relative. 6/4, 3:55 p.m., driving with a suspended license, 5300 block of Gulf Drive. The officer observed the female on a scoot-

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er follow a car too closely, and when the car slowed to make a turn, she almost ran into it. The office ran the license plate and it showed the owner’s license was suspended. He verified the identity of the driver and stopped her. She said she knew her license was suspended but she thought she could drive a scooter if the engine displacement was less than 50 ccs. He told her she was wrong and wrote a ticket. 6/4, 8:49 p.m., driving with a revoked license, 800 block of Manatee Avenue. The driver was stopped for a moving violation and the computer said his license was suspended. He was ticketed. 6/5, 8:48 a.m., driving with suspended license, 750 Manatee Ave. The driver drove past the officer and parked abruptly. The officer checked the computer, and it showed the driver’s license was suspended. When she returned to her vehicle, the officer talked with her and issued her a ticket.

Obituaries JoAnn Marie Toth JoAnn Marie Toth, 87, of Bradenton, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2014, at Freedom Village where she resided for the last eight years. She served as a volunteer at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for several years. She was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Ottawa, Ill., to Edwin and Nellie Read. She married E. Michael “Mike” Toth on April 23, 1949. They moved to St. Petersburg in 1952 and to Bradenton in 1960. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007. Survivors include her three sons, Michael, of Malibu, Calif., Richard and his wife Nancy, of St. Petersburg, and Robert, of Bradenton; four grandchildren, Brett, Allison, Michael, and Jarrett; and one great-grandchild, Savannah. We will miss her. Memorial service will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Chapel, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton, on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice. The Anna Maria Sun provides obituaries free of charge as a public service for people who lived or worked on the Island or in Cortez. Content may be edited for length or grammar. Mail information to The Sun at P.O. Box 1189, Anna Maria, FL 34216 or or fax it to 7786988.

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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 ISLAND HOME FOR SALE! ONLY $499,000! Newly remodeled, nicely furnished, 3BR/2 BA home on large lot with 2 car garage, zoned R2 for weekly rentals, close to everything! Call Kathleen White at Island Real Estate 941-773-0165 BRING YOUR BOAT! Canal villa with no bridges to ICW. 2BR/2BA 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

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, new tile, ground level, lake view, pool, tennis, workout room. Washer/ Dryer carport. Secured entry. 1.5 miles to island. Condo application required $100. $1250/mo. First, last & $1250 security deposit. BRADENTON: ½ Duplex 2BR/2BA washer/ dryer, trash & lawn care included. $750/mo $750 security. Application required. Available immediately. 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. ANNUAL RENTAL- MEADOWCROFT Villas 55+ community. Furnished 2BR/2BA, Pool, Tennis, Clubhouse. $950/mo. Fran Maxon Real Estate 941-778-2307. ANNUAL RENTAL-MORTON Village Condominium (next to IMG Academy) 5400 34th St West. Spacious (1470 sq ft) 2BR/2BA Ground Floor Corner Apartment. Close to 2 pools & clubhouse. Water, basic cable, trash & common area maintenance paid. All you pay is electric. Very private and quiet. Attractive ground. At least one party to the lease over 55. No pets. Condo association application including background & credit check & fee. First and last (as a security) required. $850/mo. Call 941-807-5492 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 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

REAL ESTATE: OUT OF AREA NC MOUNTAIN FINAL closeout. Save over 60% on these properties with waterfront, stunning vies, EZ access, wooded, level building site and more 2.57acs $15,900 or 1.84acs $23,900. 866-738-5522 Hurry Won't Last!

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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