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CLEANING UP

Gabrielle Zejavac, 8, Jade Naylor, 9, William Naylor, 7 and Zoran Zejavac, 7, with Boy Scout Pack 22 and Girl Scout Troop 792, cleaned up Bradenton Beach on Saturday as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Among the trash, Jade found a working timer on the beach.

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Forfeiture proceedings to continue The forfeiture of office discussions will continue at the Oct. 16 meeting. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – The forfeiture of office proceedings initiated against Mayor Bill Shearon will continue, but at a slower pace than hoped for by Vice Mayor Jack Clarke.

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By declining to act on six potential alternatives presented by Commissioner Janie Robertson, the commission committed itself to moving forward with the forfeiture process. Robertson’s suggestions ranged from dropping the matter completely, to asking the commission to provide the mayor with specific concerns, to pursuing a recall campaign that would

Sun sponsors candidate forums The Island Sun will hold forums for mayor and city commission seats in Anna Maria on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Holmes Beach on Wednesday, Oct. 22. There will be meet and greets at 6:30 p.m. and the forums will begin at 7 p.m. Candidates will respond to questions submitted by residents in advance. E-mail your Anna Maria questions to tvaught@amisun.com and in the subject line put “AM forum question.” E-mail your Holmes Beach questions to pcopeland@ amisun.com in the subject line put

“HB forum question.” In Anna Maria, incumbent Mayor SueLynn is being challenged by resident Daniel Murphy and incumbent Commissioners Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter are being challenged by David Bouchard. In Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino and resident Bob Johnson are vying for the mayor’s seat, and incumbent Commissioners Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman are being challenged by resident Andy Sheridan.

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City to seek declaratory judgement The moratorium discussion produced both answers and questions. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

ANNA MARIA – Commissioners met again last week to continue discussing a building moratorium aimed at homes that contain four or more bedrooms. The moratorium is an attempt to prevent large homes from being operated as short-term rentals in city neighborhoods. During the Wed., Oct. 1 work session, the commission clarified the moratorium resolution enacted on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The resolution now temporarily prohibits both the acceptance of new building permit applications and the issuance of new building permits for homes with four bedrooms. The resolution also pertains to building plans that include rooms, such as dens and offices, that could be used as bedrooms. The commission supported Chuck Webb’s suggestion to pursue a declaratory judgment from a judge in order to better define city code as it pertains to allowed uses in residential areas zoned R-1 and R-2. In a related action, the commission authorized Webb to pursue a proposal for legal services and analysis from attorney David Levin. Levin would be asked to review city code in

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Anna Maria Commissioners continue their discussions on a building moratorium enacted last month. an effort to help determine whether large rental homes can be classified as hotels being operated for commercial use in residential zones where commercial use is prohibited. Getting to the heart of the matter, Commissioner Doug Copeland said, “I think we all agree it’s the short-term rentals that are the problem. It’s not the size of the house; it’s how it’s used.” Copeland cited, as an example, a large home permanently occupied by a family that includes three or more children and an elderly family member, and requires four or more bedrooms for non-commercial use. Building Official Bob Welch said, “It boils down to use, and it goes back to the mistake of allowing these single family units to

be used as rentals.” Webb suggested deed restrictions as a potential means of controlling use that would not place restrictions on the number of bedrooms. Webb envisioned a scenario that involved a property owner stating in writing that the home would never be used for anything other than a permanent residence or a rental property with a six-month minimum rental. Dye agreed the idea had merit, but said the city would not have the enforcement rights on deed restricted properties; enforcement would fall upon the other homeowners living in the subdivision. Dye noted that deed restrictions might have to be applied to an entire subdivision, as op-

posed to a single property. Commissioner Dale Woodland questioned whether deed restrictions would conflict with state-legislated vacation rental laws. Dye said they might. Mayor SueLynn questioned whether deed restrictions voluntarily entered would comply with the vacation rental law, and Dye was asked to conduct additional research on deed restrictions. In regard to the moratorium, Dye said a reasonable time limit would have to be established, and he reminded commissioners that state laws limit the length of time a city has to respond to building permit requests. Dye also cautioned commissioners that further restrictions placed on property owners could subject the city to additional lawsuits based on Bert Harris Act protections pertaining to municipalities taking actions that negatively impact property values. The discussion also veered into a lengthy conversation about the effectiveness of the Living Area Ratios (LAR) passed by the commission in 2013 as a means of reducing square footage allowances and encouraging architectural diversity. After the meeting, Copeland and Webb commented on the progress made. “We defined the problem,” Copeland said. “So we could start moving ahead,” Webb added.


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Chief issues elections sign warning Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said the city has already had some thefts of political signs and urged candidates to display their signs properly or they will be removed and owners will be contacted by code enforcement. Tokajer warned citizens not to remove any political signs that do not belong to them unless the signs are improperly posted on their property. He said it is the responsibility of the police department and code enforcement to remove signs that are improperly displayed. “If a citizen removes a sign from property that is not theirs the citizen can be charged with theft and even trespassing for going on another property,” Tokajer said.

Community Center to hold open house The Anna Maria Island Community Center staff and board invites the community to see Phase 1 – the relocation of its administrative offices from the second floor to the first floor, formerly the fitness center space – on Monday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Future plans include expansion of the fitness center on the second floor, enhancement of the dance studio flooring, more openness and visibility in the building and provision of a new space for the children’s after school programs with windows and direct access to the outdoors.

Porch music Saturday The Florida Maritime Museum presents Music on the Porch on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 2-5 p.m. at 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez. Musicians are invited to join in the jam session. The event will coincide with Sea Monster Sprout’s Family Day, featuring fun sea monster activities for kids related to the Maritime Mythologies: Creatures of the Deep exhibit at the museum. Admission is free; donations are requested for select activities. RSVPs are appreciated. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 3-4 p.m., learn about the mythology surrounding the lakes, rivers and swamps of Florida in a free lecture on Myths and Creatures of the Florida Backwaters, including everything from serpents and swamp creatures to ghosts and superstitions, and some invasive species that are all too real. RSVPs are required. For more information, call 941-708-6120 or visit the Florida Maritime Museum or http://floridamaritimemuseum.org.

Crosswalks and the law The Holmes Beach Police Department has issued the following safety tip for pedestrians: A pedestrian in or about to enter a properly marked crosswalk has the right of way, and it is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle to stop and wait until the pedestrian has safely crossed before proceeding.

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Whitmore and Wonder square off

With less than 30 days to Election Day, the Whitmore-Wonder campaign is heating up. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON – The claws came out during the Manatee Tiger Bay Club’s “Whitmore-Wonder Wrangle for the Top” luncheon Thursday, Oct. 2, at Pier 22 in Bradenton. The capacity crowd saw Carol Whitmore and Terri Wonder debate numerous topics related to the campaign for the at-large Manatee County Commission seat held by Whitmore and sought by Wonder. Whitmore, a Republican from Holmes Beach who formerly served as mayor, is seeking her third term as a county commissioner. Wonder, a Democrat, lives in Bradenton’s Bayshore Gardens neighborhood and is seeking her first term in office after seeing her public profile rise due her leadership in the opposition to the Long Bar Pointe development in 2013. Last year, Whitmore and three other commissioners approved Carlos Beruff’s mixed-use map amendment request for undeveloped land along El Conquistador Parkway. Whitmore gave her support only after Beruff pulled the plug on a marina that would have required a channel to be cut through the mangroves and into Sarasota Bay. Beruff later withdrew the approved

mixed-use request that allowed for a hotel and conference center, and received approval for a residential development instead. Whitmore was limited Whitmore in her ability to discuss Long Bar Pointe because Beruff has filed a lawsuit against the county. “They said they have a Bert Harris claim against us. If Manatee County loses the case, you will get a marina and you will get a channel built,” she cautioned. “I understand how fragile Sarasota Bay is and I have no intentions of ruining that. Ms. Wonder you can shake your head all you want, but that’s the facts,” Whitmore said, noting that her Cortez supporters include Karen Bell and John Banyas. “We were the ones that successfully rolled that back,” Wonder said of the marina request. “My opponent and three others had the opportunity to do the right thing and didn’t. They voted against the wishes of 6,700 people who signed petitions and against the wishes of many town elders from Cortez. Those elders, including Mary Fulford Green, objected to all of it, not just the marina,” Wonder said. Each candidate was given time to tout their virtues and critique their opponent before fielding questions. Whitmore stressed economic diversity and job creation, the importance of Port Manatee, and the role Tax Increment Financing will play in

developing southwest Manatee County. “I believe in government continuing to live within their means. I haven’t raised the millWonder age rate since 1996,” Whitmore said. Wonder mentioned her involvement with the Manatee County Fish and Game Association, the Sierra Club, and ManaSota 88. In 2008, she was hired to serve as an Army civilian on behalf of the U.S. Armed Forces “I did two long deployments in Iraq serving as a social scientist, risking my life for my country. The whole point of my program was to understand local populations, concerns and vulnerabilities, so I could advise commanders on how to solve problems without having to shoot at one another. I have served my country with great distinction, and it is with high hopes that I can serve Manatee County with similar distinction,” Wonder said. Whitmore and Wonder also tussled over a party affiliation dispute that led County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino to step down from the local Republican party’s executive committee after being photographed with Wonder at an animal cruelty prevention event. DiSabatino referred to Whitmore and fellow commissioners Betsy Benac and Vanessa Baugh as “mean girls” and said, “Oh my goodness, I got my picture taken with a Democrat who voted for me and helped me in an open primary.”

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Mayor cleared of hostile workforce claims The mayor hopes his differences with the Public Works Director can be resolved. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – Labor attorney Matthew Westerman said last week that hostile workplace complaints filed against Mayor Bill Shearon by Public Works Director Tom Woodard are, in his opinion, unsubstantiated. “I do not find that Mr. Woodard has been subjected to an illegal hostile work environment,” Westerman concluded in the report he submitted to the city last week. According to Westerman, it was not proved that Shearon engaged in retaliatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult severe enough to alter the conditions of Woodard’s employment, or create an abusive work environment. “In light of this legal standard, Shearon’s actions do not rise to the level of actionable harassment. I recommend that the city take no further action,” Westerman wrote. When asked about the ruling, Shearon said, “It is what it is.”

The mayor said he hopes Woodard can move forward with a clean slate and put this matter behind them. Woodard said, “Even though the outcome of the investigation into my claims that Mayor Shearon has created a hostile work environment did not come out as expected, I felt it necessary and am pleased that my allegations are now on record.” Vice Mayor Jack Clarke said, “Just because the claim was not upheld, that still doesn’t eliminate the fact that three people in that department have lodged workplace complaints. In my conversations with other city employees, I find this to be a pervasive feeling throughout the city workforce.”

The complaint

Woodard’s written complaint alleged: • Shearon encouraged former city employee Pat O’Neil to submit a written complaint regarding a Public Works employee driving a city vehicle outside city limits. • Shearon requested Police Chief Sam Speciale to investigate allegations that Woodard violated the Public Records Act. • Shearon attempted to improperly

discipline Woodard for alleged performance issues. • Shearon micromanaged the Public Works Department. Westerman met with Woodard before interviewing Shearon and four city employees Woodard identified as witnesses. “Mr. Woodard believes these actions were taken against him because he requested a Public Works employee to take pictures of documents that reflected pay increases Shearon gave to two employees,” Westerman’s report states.

The findings

Westerman addressed each allegation, beginning with the use of a city vehicle. “I do not find that Shearon instigated or encouraged O’Neil’s complaint. He simply advised O’Neil to put his concerns in writing,” Westerman concluded. In regard to public records, Westerman wrote, “Martin (Tjet Martin) alleged Woodard deleted certain e-mails and records. Woodard vehemently denies the allegation. Shearon admits he requested Speciale to investigate Martin’s allegations. Speciale conducted his investigation and determined

the allegations have no merit. The fact that the complaint originated from Martin does not alone suggest that Shearon is responsible for instigating the complaint. I find it more reasonable to conclude that Martin acted solely in her own interest, especially given the fact that she is currently running for city commission.” Westerman’s report also addressed Shearon’s desire to discipline Woodard. “Shearon felt Woodard was not keeping him informed regarding the status of Public Works projects and activities. Shearon, Woodard and the city attorney met on Friday, Sept. 12 to discuss the mayor’s concerns. It was determined that Woodard had not violated city policy and disciplinary action was not warranted. As a result, Shearon and Woodard agreed to a plan to foster better communications between them. I do not find that Shearon acted improperly in addressing his performance and communication concerns,” Westerman wrote. Westerman then addressed the micromanagement claim. “Woodard asserts that the commissee mayor, page 9


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EDITORIAL Time to combine efforts

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hroughout the modern history of Anna Maria, there have been efforts to combine the three cities into one. Let’s face it, three public works departments, three building department and two police departments represent a duplication of efforts for a seven-mile long spit of sand, but we’re not calling for consolidation of our three chartered cities into one. In the past five years, the Island has become deluged with tourists and visitors to the point where we occasionally get a police report about a fight that broke out over a parking spot. Two of the three cities have talked about enacting paid parking and the third has had elected officials talk about it as well. Police Chief Sam Speciale even brought a parking meter to a meeting several years ago. Holmes Beach and Anna Maria have been exploring paid parking, and both have discussed hiring a company to install and run paid parking devices. That talk led to some interesting questions such as if someone pays to park in Holmes Beach and then decides to shop in Anna Maria, does that person have to pay both cities to park? Would a parking receipt in Anna Maria be good for a parking spot in Holmes Beach? Before any of the cities agree on anything, we suggest they confer with each other to answer those questions. Better yet, why don’t they form a committee of elected officials from each city to discuss paid parking seriously? They might be able to save money if they all go in together to standardize paid parking on the whole Island. We know the majority of residents want to live in their present city and are willing to pay for personalized service that comes from their own police force or city hall. We’re not suggesting this be a first step toward consolidation although the sharp rise in property values every year forces many to sell their property and move to the mainland. Consolidating other services could save them money, but that a discussion for another day. All we’re saying is it would save problems in the future if they combined efforts and decided on how paid parking would work for all three cities without leaving visitors feeling they were being fleeced as they ante up for parking spaces up and down the Island.

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Center says thanks One of the joys of living on an island or in a small town is knowing individuals who truly dedicate themselves to the betterment of the community. On Anna Maria, where does one turn to get help in accomplishing a task? Ed Moss! He and his family, friends and flock are always ready to pitch in when an individual or organization needs a helping hand. Pair Ed with the “just do it” spirit of Mike Coleman and we have an unstoppable force. For over a year, I have talked about moving the Anna Maria Island Community Center administrative offices to the first floor. Seeing no movement towards that end, Mike took action. A call to Ed and the muscles of Ed, Wayne Bronkema, the Coleman boys Nate, Shay and Jack along with some help installing new electrical outlets and phone jacks at a discounted rate from David Parrish and United Electric and we are moved. Now we want to show off our space

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and introduce you to our board members. We invite the community to see first-hand, Phase 1 - the relocation of our administrative offices from the second floor, to the first floor, formerly the fitness center space on Monday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. Future plans include expansion of the fitness center on the second floor, enhancement of the dance studio flooring, more openness and visibility in the building and provision of a new space for the children’s after school programs with windows and direct access to the outdoors. Dawn Stiles Executive Director

Preserve paradise Please help preserve paradise! Holmes Beach voters interested in preserving current height and residential density limits should vote "yes" on Holmes Beach Charter amendments 1 and 2. The only thing currently preventing greater development is the vote of a simple majority of city commission-

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ers (three of five). By making these provisions a permanent part of the city charter, that risk is eliminated. Lisa Pierce Holmes Beach

I have a pitchfork I recently read a statement by Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino that it's OK to raise property taxes because "I don't see people lining up with pitchforks," meaning no one is complaining or protesting. I for one am getting a pitchfork to show Commissioner Zaccagnino that I protest the increase. He indicated that he's been marking up current budget items to address, but it's too late at the 12th hour to change anything. Why didn't he share those ideas weeks ago? Now he says he'll look at better ways to do budget in 2015. What has he been doing the past 9 years? Until then I'll have my pitchfork. Dennis Schavey Holmes Beach

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LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: What do you think of Anna Maria's building moratorium?

Anna Maria

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I like it but I don't think it will do anything but delay the inevitable.

Good idea. It will give the city a chance to stop big box rentals.

10005 Gulf Drive

1/9: Revenue Committee, 2 p.m. 1/9: City Commission work session, 6 p.m. For information, call 7086130.

Bradenton Beach 107 Gulf Drive N.

10/8: Planning and Zoning Board, 3 p.m. 10/9: City Commission/ Department head meeting, 1 p.m. 10/13: Scenic Waves, 3 p.m. 10/14: City Commission work session, 1 p.m. 10/15: Pier Team, 11 a.m. 10/16: City Commission meeting, noon.

46%

Bad idea. It will hurt the home-building business.

THIS WEEK’S SURVEY The city of Anna Maria is developing a management plan for Gulf Front Park, and a coastal dune expert recommended removing all invasive exotics.

• Follow the expert’s • Remove all invaadvice and remove sives except Ausrtiall invasives inalian pines? cluding Australian • Do nothing and let pines? it remain as is?

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10/14: City Commission meeting, 7 p.m. 10/16: Code Enforcement Board, 10 a.m. 10/16: City Commission work session, 7 p.m. For information, call 7085800.

Island –wide

10/15: Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, Anna Maria City Hall, 2 p.m. 10/16: West Manatee Fire Commission, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m.

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Wednesday Oct. 8

Einstein’s Circle discussion on “Freedom of Speech vs. Buying an Election,” The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Program on Reverse Mortgages, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Teen movie, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 p.m.

Thursday Oct. 9

Intro to Self Publishing, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Friday Oct. 10

Forty Carrots program for babies and children to age 5, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Alzheimer’s caregiver’s group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Sneak peak tour, Perico Preserve, north side of Palma Sola Causeway, east of Harbour Isle development, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Reserve to 941-748-4501, ext. 6042.

Saturday Oct. 11

Fall plant, antiques and crafts sale, Palma Sola

Botanical Park, 9800 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Master Gardener tour, Riverview Pointe Preserve, end of 75th Street, Bradenton, 9 to 11 a.m. Reserve to 941-722-4524. Kayaking for first timers, Robinson Preserve, 99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reserve to 941- 748-4501, ext. 6039. Origami class, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Star Wars Reads Day/movie, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Tuesday Oct. 14

Children’s story time, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m. Memory screening, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m. Sneak peak tour, Perico Preserve, north side of Palma Sola Causeway, east of Harbour Isle development, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Reserve to 941-748-4501, ext. 6042

Wednesday Oct. 15

Lifelong Learning lecture series on “Exploring Alaska’s National Parks,” Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.


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Bumpy bridge caused by repairs BY CINDY LANE SUN STAFF WRITER | clane@amisun.com

CORTEZ – The Cortez Road bridge will be bumpy until about mid-November, due to repairs that require portions of the bridge to be jacked up temporarily, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Workers must install 12 new expansion bearings and remove the old ones, and must jack up, or lift, each span

while they’re doing it, said Brian Bollas, public involvement officer with engineering firm Parsons Brinkerhoff, adding that the section under repair will be raised an inch or so during the process. Each one takes about a week to complete, according to Ray Callahan, FDOT’s construction project manager. As of last week, four were completed, four were raised and four remained to be repaired. Meanwhile, DOT warns motorists to

slow down and drive cautiously, and signs are being installed on both sides of the bridge to alert drivers to the problem, Bollas said. Asphalt cannot be poured on the cracks to temporarily even them out until the repairs are completed because it would drip through and damage the machinery underneath, he said. The estimated completion date of mid-November depends on weather, according to FDOT.

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Drivers should slow down on the Cortez Road bridge until repairs that are causing uneven pavement are completed.

Johnson leads in campaign contributions BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | pcopeland@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – Mayoral candidate Bob Johnson is the clear leader in campaign contributions in the two reporting periods that ended Sept. 26. From Aug. 30 to Sept. 12 , Johnson took in $1,400 from seven individuals and from Sept. 13 to Sept. 26, he took in $2,074 from 28 individuals.

In the first reporting period, he spent $958 on campaign materials, ads and mailing labels. In the second reporting period, he spent $125 on refreshments for a campaign event. The other mayoral candidate, David Zaccagnino reported no activity in the first reporting period and a $100 contribution from an individual in the second reporting period. He spent $50 on photography.

Commissioner Marvin Grossman reported no activity in the first reporting period and took in $300 from three individuals in the second reporting period. He spent $19.97 on envelopes and labels. Commissioner Judy Titsworth took in $50 from one individual in the first reporting period and $430 from an individual and a developer and $13 in in kind services in the second. Between

the two reporting periods, she spent $96.20 on signs, stickers, labels and envelopes. Candidate Andy Sheridan received $134 in in kind design work from SteamDesigns in the first reporting period and $20 from an individual in the second reporting period. In the first reporting period, he spent $273 on stationary .


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Residents learn about charter changes The 18 proposed changes to the city charter will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | pcopeland@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – Interested residents came out last week to hear a presentation on the 18 proposed amendments to the city charter that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. “This is an information exchange to help us become more aware of these charter amendments that will be on the ballot,” Bob Johnson, who chaired the Charter Review Commission, told the group. “This is about the city and the role the citizens have in the city. “The charter establishes the municipality and defines the city, its structure of government and the nature of that government. It is there to provide clear

information about the citizens’ powers and responsibilities.” He said the Charter Review Commission spent five months working on revisions to the charter with the help of the city staff members and the city attorney and their motto was, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” “Citizens hold powers and responsibilities via their vote, and that vote defines their community,” he explained. “A charter can only be changed by a vote of the citizens.” “We have tried to make the charter consistent with current law. The other thing we found was a huge vacuum about our city departments. We tried to put some structure and meaning into those descriptions.” He said they also added limitations on height and density, which can only be changed by a super majority of the city commission.

There are six non-substantive changes to the charter, which include fixing errors in grammar, making provisions consistent with state law and adding provisions to allow for modern technology. There are 12 substantive changes including:

• Clarifying the initiative and referendum process; • Filling the office of mayor when there is no candidate; • Requiring a super majority of the city commission to change the charter by ordinance; • Defining the scope and responsibilities, composition and structure, qualifications, selection and appointments of city department heads; • Adding the position of human resources analyst; • Limiting building height to 36 feet; • Limiting density to 5.8 units per acre in the R1AA and R1 zoning districts and 10 units per acre in all the other zoning districts. Voters can go to the city website, www. holmesbeachfl.org, to find a listing of all ballot questions, a question and answer card and a full mark up of the charter reflecting the proposed changes.

is responsible for the oversight of the city’s day-to-day operations. Resolution 14-812 prohibits the mayor from influencing city personnel on matters that

may come before the city commission, however, the mayor is not prohibited from generally supervising department heads,” Westerman concluded.

A charter can only be changed by a vote of the citizens.” Bob Johnson Charter Review Commission chair

Charter questions

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ion recently issued a resolution that prohibits the mayor from directing city personnel. Shearon contends that he has the

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Gulf Front Park plan meets resistance Consultant Robert Barron said the best terrain for the beach park is low prairie grass and the Australian pines and sea grapes should go. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – Rob Barron, of Coastal Management and Consulting, presented his plan for restoring the beach terrain at Gulf Front Park last month. The city hired Barron after Commissioner Doug Copeland pushed for finding a plan to prevent the area from being overrun by exotic, invasive plants. Barron said his job is to improve areas that have been “beat up� by misuse. In assessing the park, Barron divided the park into areas by the adjacent street. He said the Oak Avenue portion is not too badly abused. He said it could be handled by hand-removal of weeds and taking down sea grapes. The Cedar section is in bad shape, he said. “It is 40-percent infested with exotic, invasive plants and trees,� he said. “Australian pines are bad there. In Sanibel after Hurricane Charlie, we spent extra days removing the fallen Australian

pines. Elm is being overrun by mother-inlaw tongues, an invasive plant. “Willow is moderately disturbed,� he said. “Sea grapes are not native (to the dune system). “In its natural state, the Island had grasslands except in the middle of the Island. There were no trees in the grasslands.� He said the area near Palmetto Avenue is nearly intact and healthy. They could clear the invasives by hand and it really looks like a native habitat. He spoke about the Australian pines near Palm Avenue. “They offer no protection from storm surge,� he said. “The trees are pretty and people like them, but they have to go.� Barron said there are five elements of coastal management that result in dune growth. 1. Remove exotics. Australian pines came late and spread among the grasslands. The Australian pines acidify the soil so other plants can’t grow. Australian pines and sea grapes are identified as worst. 2. Increase pioneer dune support. After you clean out exotics, the best and cheapest replacement is sea oats. 3. Remedial pruning. Prune plants to 36 inches. Once they grow back, the root mass to leaves ratio is the same. But in a hurricane, the plant does not roll over.

4. Strand zone establishment. Come back and install plants that will stabilize dunes. Not needed here, maybe later. 5. Lighting control so no more light reaches turtle hatchlings after each trimming. Not a problem here. Barron estimated up to $38,000 to remove exotics and prune and $18,000 to replant the areas with dune grasses. When he was finished, Commissioner Nancy Yetter, who favors keeping Australian pines, expressed her displeasure. “When we spoke to you over Skype, I thought we agreed not to remove the Australian pines,� she said. “I think we wasted our money on this study.� Barron said he got that type of reaction whenever somebody was present who prefers to keep the pines. “Your reaction is something I expect to get,� he said. “What I am explaining here is rooted in science. The thing you have to do is decide what you want to do.� Yetter said she felt Barron’s plan is too aggressive. The commission chair asked Barron how urgent the situation is with exotics growing in the area and Barron said the problem grows 25-30 percent a year. Copeland thanked Barron for his presentation and Barron said the problems in the park are not real bad. “You’ve got a nice piece of land there,� he said.

Rezone request withdrawn The applicants were seeking to change the zoning from medium density residential to commercial. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | pcopeland@amisun.com

HOLMES BEACH – City commissioners received a request from Ross Built Construction to withdraw its application for a rezone at 214 54th St. In September, the contractor had asked for a continuance on the request to Dec. 9, however, on Friday, Oct. 3, the city received the request to withdraw all development applications on the property. The subject property is across the street from Island Lumber and contains two residential units and a CPA office. The property owners proposed demolishing the existing structure and building two office units on the first level and two residential units on the second level. The applicants, Ben and Kerenten-Haaf were seeking to change the zoning from medium density residential, R-2, to commercial, C-1 and to extend the city’s mixed use overlay to include the property. The applicant originally asked to rezone the property to C-3, but after stiff opposition from neighbors, they changed the request to C-1. In May, planning commissioners ruled the requests were not in compliance with the comprehensive plan. In addition, City Planner Bill Brisson called it ‘an incompatible land use in a residential area.� Neighbors protested the application stating that it negatively affect the quality of life and property values, is commercial encroaching on residential and would increase traffic to the area.

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Holmes Beach city commissioner approved a contract between Wood Dock and Seawall to replace the city dock at Marina and 63rd Street in the amount of $11,900. They also approved an addendum to the contract with Gator Grading and Paving regarding additional milling and paving work with respect to the 31st Street drainage improvements. The additional amount is $50,000, which Building Official Jon Betcher said is eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement from the Southwest Florida Water Managment District.

The city of Holmes Beach is currently seeking residents to serve on the Parks and Beautification Advisory Board. There is a need for one member and two alternates for two-year terms. The board recommends beautification projects around the city and meets at city hall at 5 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month from October to May.

Planning commission appointments made Holmes Beach city commissioners appointed Planning Commission alternate Don Ferguson to take the seat of Ed Kerr, who resigned for health reasons. They also appointed Alan Wurzbach as first alternate and David Lester as second alternate to the board.

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Building official agreement renewed Holmes Beach city commissioners renewed the agreement for the temporary loan of Building Official Jon Betcher from Manatee County last week. The temporary assignment is extended through Dec. 31 and beyond. In addition, Human Resources Analyst Mary Buonagura said the city continues to advertise for a permanent building official and will be interviewing candidates.

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Shake off the summer heat at Bayfest BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – Summer is on the wane and it’s time to get outside, out of the air conditioning, and party. It’s also time for the first festival of the season, Bayfest. This year, the 14th Annual Bayfest, which is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 18, on Pine Avenue. Friday’s kickoff starts in the city of Anna Maria on the six lots field, at the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Boulevard. Friday’s music lineup kicks off with emcee Scott Prichard at the helm. There will be live music by Koko Ray and The Keepers from 5:30-7:30 p.m., followed by Uncle John’s Band from 8-10 p.m. There will also be food available at the food court in the field and refreshments, so come and enjoy dinner outdoors with the music. Saturday, the fun continues as all of Pine Avenue closes off to showcase local area arts and craft vendors and the car show with more than 100 classic cars sponsored by LaPensee Plumbing and Pools. There will also be a Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses, climbing walls and more sponsored by AMI Fitness. The AMI Priva-

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This 1956 Chevrolet station wagon would make a great ride for surfers. This is one of 100 antique and classic cars on display at Bayfest on Saturday, Oct. 18. teers ship will also be there. Saturday’s musical lineup begins with emcee Mike Sales, who will introduce us to Can’t Turn Left from 11 a.m.-noon, soulRcoaster from 12:302:30 p.m., Scott’s Garage from 3-5 p.m., Kettle of Fish from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and the final performance of The Dr. Dave Band from 8-10 p.m. The event ends at 10 p.m.

The Food Court

Participating restaurants and food servers include Waterfront restaurant,

serving fish tacos, carnitas and pork tacos; Ribfest winner T&L BarBQ with ribs, BBQ pulled pork, chicken and rice, mac and cheese and collard greens; The Feast restaurant serving conch fritters, lobster salad and lobster rolls and coconut shrimp, T-bone’s selling its famous brisket, cole slaw and more; Quality Foods offering Greek gyros and Greek food; J Burns Pizza with subs, pizza and sandwiches; plus hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, homemade lemonade, candy apples and, of course, Tyler’s famous homemade ice cream.

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Classic wheels and shopping

On Saturday there is the free Classic Car Show, featuring exotic, vintage and muscle cars on display along Pine Avenue. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping as well, showcasing over 100 vendor booths along Pine Avenue with unique and one-of-a-kind gift items, jewelry, local artists’ works, collectable items, T-shirts, island crafts, gifts and much more. Parking is available as you enter the city of Anna Maria at CrossPointe Fellowship. Ride the free trolley to Pine Avenue and Bayfest.


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Sarasota Bay Watch conducts cleanup

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n Oct. 4, members of Sarasota Bay Watch teamed with Save Our Seabirds, the Sarasota Sailing Squadron and Audubon Coastal Islands Sanctuaries to conduct a monofilament clean up in Sarasota Bay. The event was organized to remove fishing line from mangroves during the season when birds are not nesting. The occasion was a great success despite threatening weather that cleared just in time for the volunteers to depart. During the morning project, participants collected yards of line, trash and recyclables from Sarasota to Manatee County. The day’s activities began at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, on City Island where Sarasota Bay Watch event coordinator Ronda Ryan and volunteers had assembled charts of areas to be cleaned up, tally sheets and equipment including gloves and safety glasses as well as bags for garbage, recyclables and line. Ryan went over procedures, highlighting safety, answered questions and then Sarasota Bay Watch President Jeff Birnbach thanked the volunteers for showing up under potentially adverse conditions before pointing out the importance of the event. A representative of Save Our Seabirds then took a

Reel Time RUSTY CHINNIS few minutes to instruct members of the group on the proper method of disentangling a seabird once it gets caught in fishing line. He also showed participants a procedure for safely transporting injured birds. I had the pleasure of spending the morning with media members who were covering the clean-up, and we followed Skye Ehrhart, Wyatt Kaighin and Steve Traves as they cleaned line, terminal tackle, lures and trash from the New Pass Bridge fenders and docks along the bayou on the south end of Longboat Key. Due to the threatening weather, there weren’t as many volunteers present as in years past, but that didn’t dampen the determination of those that made their way to the Sailing Squadron. As it turned out, it was a perfect day for cleaning the bridge fenders as there was very little boat traffic and a slow moving tide. The trio of volunteers end-

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Wyatt Kaighin, Skye Ehrhart and Steve Traves clean discarded fishing line from the New Pass bridge fenders during the Sarasota Bay Watch Cleanup ed up with a bag full of line, terminal tackle, lures and trash that had accumulated on the bridge. This was a particularly good location as it’s a popular spot for anglers as well as birds. As if to highlight the point, we encountered a cormorant that had line tangled around its bill and neck and

was obviously in trouble. Although we did our best to rescue the bird it flew away before we could get to it. The next stop was the bayou docks where the trio once again found fishing line, trash and a great blue heron that see reel time, page 17

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had its legs tangled in and trailing line. Both birds drove home the importance of this cleanup, as we could extrapolate the number of birds that are affected by fishing line entanglement given the scenes we encountered that morning. The event ended back at the Sailing Squadron where the line,

trash and recyclables were collected and the volunteers were treated to a free lunch. The line collected will be measured and become part of a project being conducted by a special Entanglement Group which includes Sarasota Bay Watch. Everyone is reminded that they can and should remove and dispose of discarded fishing line

when they see it and take precautions when fishing not to add to the problem. If you see a bird in distress call Save Our Seabirds at (941) 3883010 or Audubon Coastal Island Sanctuaries at 813.623.6826. You can find out about future events or join Sarasota Bay Watch by going to www.sarasotabaywatch.org


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Should we fear inflation or deflation?

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ost people love to go on a rant about how bad inflation is. Deep down we just hate not being able to buy a particular good or service for what we bought it for just a few years ago. Of course, we never complain about the things that haven’t gone up in price or those that have dropped in price. Our focus tends to be on the items that negatively impact our wallet – a very human perspective. According to the inflation statistics generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been muted for the last several years and currently is sunning at a rate of about 2 percent. The CPI is calculated as a basket of goods and services commonly purchased by households included in a group defined as “all urban consumers” which represents about 87 percent of the U.S. population. All agree that categories such as medical care and education have been rising at high rates for quite a long time. However, some goods haven’t gone up for a while or may have gone down in price. For example, a gallon of gas costs about $3.30 today, but 6 to 7 years ago it was well over $4.. So, we’ve seen deflation in the price of gasoline over the last seven years. The price of flat screen TVs is another area where major deflation has taken place. My first flat screen, a 42-inch Sony purchased in 2005 cost about $2,400. I recently purchased a 55-inch smart, flat screen TV,

Investment Corner TOM BREITER which allows me to surf the Internet, check my e-mail, download Netflix movies, etc. for about $850. The key part of my TV story on the inflation impact to the CPI isn’t just the price drop of about 60 percent in TVs over eight years, but the fact that I got so much more for each dollar spent. The larger more powerful TV provides a lot more entertainment value than my original Sony. Getting more for your money is factored into the CPI calculation and shows up as deflation even if the price stayed flat. We could debate all day on whether the methods used to calculate inflation figures are correct, but once we get a handle on the basic concept, the important part is to understand the impact inflation or deflation may have on the financial markets, our spending power, etc.

Inflation

In a capitalistic society like ours, a moderate amount of inflation is desirable. Low to moderate inflation causes asset values to go up, creating an environment favorable for savings and investment. The last five years

are a good example of this. Low inflation allows for low interest rates where businesses can invest for the future, creating jobs which lead to economic expansion in a virtuous cycle that can last for years. If growth accelerates to a high level, then demand for goods and services exceeds supply. Inflation can accelerate to unacceptable levels that threaten the currency base, and monetary authorities step in to raise interest rates to moderate economic growth to prevent rampant price increases. Sounds pretty easy, but in fact it is not. Once inflationary trends become embedded they can be hard to pull from the system. The last significant period of high inflation here in the U.S. was the 1970s to the early 1980s, which was exacerbated by the Arab oil embargoes. It took the Federal Reserve raising short- term interest rates to 19 percent in late 1981 to break the cycle of inflation, but it still took years for inflation to return to normal levels.

Deflation

As scary as inflation is, the real economic evil is deflation. Deflation provides a disincentive for consumers to spend (everything will be cheaper if you wait) and for businesses to invest or create jobs (because no one is going to buy our products). Investors lose too because during deflationary periods interest rates will drop to very low levels. The excess savings from not shopping doesn’t earn anything, and stock

markets are likely to fall since sales and profits of companies will be dropping. It is a no-win situation which is a hard cycle to break out of. The most recent example of a deflationary cycle is Japan. The collapse of Japan’s stock market and real estate bubble in 1990 began a major recession and deflationary cycle. Interest rates declined to very low levels where they remain today. There are just now signs of hope emerging after 24 years. By the way, Japan’s Nikkei stock market index is currently at about 15,900, still down 60 percent from its 1990 peak. If you wonder which is worse, moderate inflation or deflation, I suggest talking to your peers in Japan who’ve experienced a 20+ year recession.

Summary

Moderate economic growth for a long period with low to moderate inflation is the best environment for investors. Throw in a little fiscal responsibility in Washington, DC (which may be too much to ask for) and we have our best shot at managing our national debt situation. Tom Breiter is president of Breiter Capital Management, Inc., an Anna Maria based investment advisor. He can be reached at 778-1900. Some of the investment concepts highlighted in this column may carry the risk of loss of principal, and investors should determine appropriateness for their personal situation before investing. www.breitercapital.com

Harbour Isle Beach Club under construction

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One year old AMI Chamber members held a ribbon cutting at The Lot, Gayden Shell Design, at 109 First St. in Bradenton Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the business, which features photography, art, jewelry, beach wear and gifts.

Minto Communities has started construction on the 23,000-square-foot Beach Club at Harbour Isle off the Palma Sola Causeway. The Beach Club’s projected completion date is September 2015. The two-story Beach Club is sited directly on Anna Maria Sound. Amenities include a sandy beach recreation area for residents, 4,200-square-foot fitness center, second floor Sunset Lounge and Bar, Cabana Bar, resort-style, gradual step-down pool, Jacuzzi, private lounging cabanas, yoga lawn, event lawn and kayak launch. According to Minto Senior Vice President William Bullock, “It was an important and fundamental design consideration that every resident of Harbour Isle have a place where they could go to enjoy the spectacular Gulf of Mexico sunsets with friends and family.” Harbour Isle’s gated entry is distinguished by a lighthouse-inspired observation tower that overlooks a royal palm-lined streetscape bordering a 38-acre lake at the center of the community. Residents enjoy a two-mile walking path that encircles the island. Harbour Isle has two private coach home en-

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Minto Communities’ 23,000-square-foot Beach Club at Harbour Isle is slated for completion in September 2015. claves – Mangrove Walk and Edgewater Walk. Each enclave also has its own recreational center with resort-style pool, private cabanas, outdoor kitchen and dining area, fire pit and kayak launch. The Harbour Isle sales center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 888-827-3061 or visit mintofla.com.


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BUSINESS Antique/Collectible Store Ginny’s & Jane E’s 9807 Gulf Drive Anna Maria, 778-3170

Auto Service Holmes Beach Auto Service 5333 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 779-0487

Bait & Tackle Shop Annie’s Bait & Tackle 4334 127th St. West Cortez, 794-3580

Bank Bank of America

699 Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach, 778-4566

Bike Rental Beach Bums Island Attitude 427 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, 778-3316

Boating West Marine Express

3324 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 778-4858

Canvas & Upholstery (tie) Calico Corners 1 North Tamiami Trail Osprey, 966-2117

Upholstery & Slip Covers By Nora 5227 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 545-7319

Commercial Print Store SteamDesigns

5343 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 779-9108

Convenience Store Circle K

2513 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach, 778-7605

Car Dealer Cox Mazda

Dentist John F. Norman, DDS

Car Wash American Car Care

Dry Cleaner Courtesy Cleaners

Carpet Cleaner Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning

Electrician Anthony’s Cooling & Heating

3101 Cortez Rd. West Bradenton, 749-2700

6412 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 794-5007

5400 Holmes Blvd. Holmes Beach, 778-2882

Chiropractor Dr. Diane Michaels

501 Village Green Pkwy., Ste. 15 Bradenton, 761-0210

Clothing Store Irene’s Resort Wear

5308 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, 778-1161

5372 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 778-7898

7421 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 794-5145

2501 Gulf Drive Ste. 102 Bradenton Beach, 778-0100

Eye Care The Eye Associates

6002 Pointe West Blvd. Bradenton, 792-2020

Fitness Island Fitness

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Floor Coverings (tie) Georgia Carpet World 5425 14th St. W. Bradenton, 758-4425

Tradewinds Tile & Stone 5917 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 896-9640

Florist Josey’s Poseys

6100 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 792-6770

Frame Shop (tie) Karly Carlson

5500 Marina Drive Suite 5 Holmes Beach, 726-8000

Picture This

8615 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton, 798-9910

Gift Shop Sand Dollar

5302 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, 778-2024

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Hearing Aid Specialist HearX 5602 Cortez Rd Bradenton, 761-3044

Heat & Air Conditioning Air & Energy, Inc.

3018 Ave. C Holmes Beach, 778-0773

Home Builder Wash Family Construction Holmes Beach, 725-0073

Hotel/Motel Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

2710 Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach, 778-1010

Interior Design White Egret

10006 Gulf Drive Anna Maria, 778-3782

Jewelry Store Tide & Moon Jewelery 314 Pine Avenue Anna Maria, 778-4050

Landscape/Garden Shop (tie) Lowe’s Home Improvement 4012 14th St. W. Bradenton, 526-1071

The Home Depot

2350 Cortez Rd. Bradenton, 753-7777

Manicurist Bella Nails & Spa

6725 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 794-1296

Marina Keyes Marina

5501 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, 779-2838

Men’s Apparel Mister Roberts Resortwear 5330 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 778-4505

Mortgage Company Wells Fargo

5327 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 795-3108

Outdoor Sports Store Dick’s Sporting Goods 4108 14th St. W. Bradenton, 751-6900

Pack & Ship Island Mail & More

3230 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 778-1911

Painter Victor Hawkins

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Real Estate Company Sato Real Estate

Pet Grooming The Paw Spa

Rental Company Sato Real Estate

Pet Store Perks 4 Pets

Resort Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

11610 3rd Ave. E. Bradenton, 778-1630

5343 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 778-0885

6745 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 795-7387

Pharmacy CVS Pharmacy

611 Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach, 778-1411

Plumber LaPensee Plumbing & Pools 401 Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach, 778-5622

Pool Cleaner LaPensee Plumbing & Pools 401 Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach, 778-5622

Real Estate Associate Jason Sato Sato Real Estate

519 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, 778-7200

519 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, 778-7200

519 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, 778-7200

2710 Gulf Dr. Bradenton Beach, 778-1010

Retirement Center (tie) Anna Maria island Community Center 407 Magnolia Anna Maria, 778-1908

Freedom Village

6501 17th Ave. W. Bradenton, 798-8100

Westminster Manor 1700 21st Ave. W. Bradenton, 748-4161

Service Organization Rotary Club of Anna Maria Joe Praetor

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Service Station Citgo

3015 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 779-0551

Shopping Center Island Shopping Center 54th and Marina Drive Holmes Beach

Sign Maker Jack at Holmes Beach

5354 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 779-1119

Souvenir Shop

Island Bazaar 3304 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 778-3443

Spa Salon Salon

3612 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 778-0400

Tattoo Iron Raven Tattoo 831 8th Ave. W. Palmetto, 723-8494

Travel Agency AAA Travel

6210 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 798-2221

Veterinarian Clinic Beach Veterinary Clinic 4404 124th St. Ct. W. Cortez, 792-2838

Window Repair Sun Window & Door 7808 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton, 794-0311

Women’s Apparel Irene’s Resort Wear

5308 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, 778-1161

PEOPLE & PLACES Architect Gene Aubry

Anna Maria, 713-5257

Attorney Lawrence Thomas

6400 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 761-0060

Bartender Ben Gulf Drive Café

900 Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach, 778-1919

Beach Holmes Beach Boat Captain Rafe Sackett Anna Maria

Business Person Stewart Moon, Jr. Air & Energy

3018 Ave. C. Holmes Beach, 778-0773

Charity Southeastern Guide Dogs 4210 77th St. E. Palmetto, 729-5665

Doctor Stephen Pelham, M.D.

3909 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 778-1007

Financial Planner Danny Wood Edward Jones

3226 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 779-2499

Golf Course Key Royale Golf Course Holmes Beach, 778-3055

Massage Therapy Jeannie Connor

501 Village Green Pkwy. Ste. 15 Bradenton, 761-0210

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Personal Trainer Brenda Canning Island Fitness

5317 Gulf Drive Anna Maria, 778-5200

Pharmacist Joe Catera/Walgreens

3200 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 778-0451

Pier The City Pier

100 Bay Blvd. Anna Maria, 779-1667

Place To See A Sunset Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

2710 Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach, 778-1010

School Anna Maria Elementary 4700 Gulf Drive Anna Maria, 708-5525

School Principal David Marshall Anna Maria Elementary 4700 Gulf Drive Anna Maria, 708-5525

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Veterinarian Crit Holland, DVM Beach Veterinary Clinic 4404 124th St. Ct. W. Cortez, 792-2838

View Gulf Drive Café

900 Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach, 778-1919

FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT Art Gallery The Studio at Gulf and Pine 10101 Gulf Drive Anna Maria, 778-1906

Bagel Shop Paradise Bagel & Catering 3210 East Bay Dr. Holmes Beach, 779-1212

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Candy Store Dips Ice Cream

German Restaurant Old Hamburg Restaurant

Band Democracy

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Grocery Store Publix Supermarket

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Bar & Grill Bridge tender Inn & Dockside Bar

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Barbecue Mr. Bones BBQ

3007 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 778-6614

Breakfast Peach’s Restaurant

3240 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 779-0738

Burger Skinny’s Place

3901 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, 778-7769

Café Gulf Drive Café

900 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach, 778-1919

9801 Gulf Drive Anna Maria, 778-1706

900 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach, 778-1919

Harry’s Continental Kitchens

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Chef Jason Gulf Drive Café

900 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach, 778-1919

Chinese Restaurant China 1

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Deli Publix Supermarket

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Festival Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

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3900 East Bay Drive Holmes Beach, 778-0400

Grouper Sandwich Sandbar Seafood & Spirits 100 Spring Avenue Anna Maria, 778-0444

Health Food Store Richard’s Whole Foods 6425 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, 795-0478

Ice Cream Shop Dips Ice Cream

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Italian Restaurant Vinny & Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen 314 Pine St. Anna Maria, 896-9754

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Liquor Store Walgreens

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Live Theater Island Players

10009 Gulf Drive Anna Maria, 778-5755

Mexican Restaurant Tortilla Bay

5318 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, 778-3663

Most Romantic Restaurant Sandbar Seafood & Spirits 100 Spring Avenue Anna Maria, 778-0444

New Restaurant Blue Marlin

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Restaurant (Overall) Sandbar Seafood & Spirits 100 Spring Ave. Anna Maria, 778-0444

Seafood Restaurant Sandbar Seafood & Spirits 100 Spring Ave. Anna Maria, 778-0444

Specialty Gourmet Olive Oil Outpost

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Takeout Oma’s Pizza

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Waiter/Waitress Cheri – Gulf Drive Café

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Todd Shely of Bradenton won the drawing from all the entries in the Island's Original Readers' Choice Awards. Sun advertising director Chantelle Lewin presented Todd with his prizes which included: an Anna Maria Pendant from Tide & Moon Jewelry, a Sandbar Restaurant gift certificate, gift certificate from Irene's Resort Wear, Gulf Drive Café gift certificate, a month membership to Island Fitness, two personal training sessions with Brenda Canning, gift certificate and oil and vinegar from Olive Outpost, Sun Newspaper t-shirt, Dips Ice Cream gift certificate, and Bumble & Bumble products from Salon Salon.


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New code simplifies elevation Revisions to the Land Development Code will make it easier for property owners to elevate their homes. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – The Planning and Zoning Board has made significant progress in their review of the revised Land Development Code (LDC), and property owners who want to elevate new or existing homes will be among the beneficiaries. A final review of LDC chapters 1 through 3 was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8. The board will then forward the revised document to city commissioners so they can review it during commission workshops, before being asked to vote on its final approval. The revised LDC is expected to make it easier for property owners to elevate new and existing structures, which will

allow for greater flood protection and lower insurance premiums. “The old code said you could elevate your home without a variance providing that all the other requirements were met, including storm water, lot coverage and parking spaces,” said Building Official Steve Gilbert. “By striking that language out, we are essentially saying that if you own an older home, and you want to elevate it for flood plain and flood prevention purposes, you can elevate it, period, with no further restrictions. You’re just elevating the house and sticking the parking underneath,” he explained. The new code also calls for reduced setback requirements along Gulf Drive, south of Bridge Street. Maryland resident Patrick Shomo owns an 80-year-old house at the corner of Gulf Drive and Fifth Street South that he eventually would like to rebuild in an elevated form. Last month, Shomo addressed the planning board and the commission

and stressed the importance of getting the new LDC adopted, so property owners can begin take action to help offset rising flood insurance rates. Shomo believes rising insurance rates could lead to fewer single-family homes and more vacation rental properties along Gulf Drive. “This Island is facing a real crisis with the National Flood Insurance Program rate changes. A lot of these houses along Gulf Drive are literally going to be underwater,” he said. He told commissioners he appreciates the proposed setback reductions, but still feels he is among those subjected to the “Gulf Drive penalty” that restricts redevelopment due to lot coverage requirements and other regulations. “Thirty years ago, this city wrote a code that makes it impossible to develop along Gulf Drive. “I have a fully conforming, full-sized corner lot and what I’m currently allowed to build would be 15 feet from front to

back, 52 feet high, and more than 75 feet long,” he said of the existing code. “That’s basically a thick billboard that’s only good for cheap rentals,” he added. The new LDC is also expected to provide for greater height allowances in the Pines Trailer Park and the Sandpiper Resort, which will allow for the elevation of manufactured homes, without the need for a city-issued height variance. Gilbert, City Planner Alan Garrett, and volunteer planning board members Dan DeBaun, John Burns, John Metz and Fawzy Makar have spent more than four months proofing and reviewing the 200-plus page LDC document prepared by ZNS Engineering in 2012. The LDC revisions are required by state law in order to bring the existing code into compliance with the comprehensive plan that was revised in 2011. Public input will be accepted when the revised LDC is discussed during future commission public hearings.

Variance request approved Variance request continues trend of homeowners looking to elevate their structures. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – Special Master William Robinson Jr. recently granted Lora Ann Kennedy four setback variances that will allow for the construction of an elevated home at 1101 Gulf Drive S. When representing Kennedy at the Wednesday, Sept. 10 variance hearing, architect Jody Beck said Kennedy’s new home would replace a 910-square-foot single-story home that has been in the family since the 1950s. According to Beck, the non-conforming existing home was built in the 1930s and transported to Bradenton Beach by barge. She said the new structure will serve as a family home, not a rental property, and the elevated structure will be better suited for storm hardening and flood protection. The city’s Land Development Code (LDC) calls for a 25-foot front yard setback along Gulf Drive. Robinson granted Kennedy a 10-foot, three-inch setback that reduces her Gulf Drive setback to 14 feet and nine inches. Robinson also granted a reduced rear yard setback of nine inches,

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Architect Jody Beck discusses the variance request that will allow her client’s current structure to be replaced by an elevated home. a north yard setback of four feet, nine inches, and a south yard setback of six feet, three inches. The new elevated home will feature 1,200 square feet of primary first floor living space, with an additional 17-foot by 17-foot second level that contains small bedrooms. The elevated home will be built above the base flood plain elevation and stay within the city’s maximum

height allowances. The new structure will be shifted slightly to the south and further from Gulf Drive, with a driveway located on 11th Street rather than Gulf Drive. Two sides of the new home will feature five-foot decks. The variance approval will also help avoid structural conflicts with power lines.

City Planner Alan Garrett told Robinson the application complied with the current LDC and the character of the neighborhood, and did not meet any criteria that would prevent the variance request from being considered or granted. Two 11th Street property owners testified in favor of the request and two expressed opposition. One opponent claimed the applicant did not prove true hardship, and contended that his Gulf view would be compromised. Planning and Zoning Board member John Metz lives eight blocks south of Kennedy’s property, yet felt compelled to express opposition to the variance request. Because his e-mail correspondence was received nine days after the public hearing took place, his testimony was not considered. Before last week’s planning board meeting began, Garrett cautioned Metz that his attempt to provide input on a planning issue after the public hearing closed put him and the city at risk in regard to compliance with public information laws and practices. Metz apologized for his indiscretion and told Garrett his intent was to act as a private citizen, and not as a representative of the planning board.


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Privateers party before they battle The Island’s favorite gang of pirates offers two weekends of fun for all as they celebrate the Island’s history. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

Anna Maria Island’s history also has a dark side from the days when men and women did battle at sea for treasure and their lives. The Anna Maria Island Privateers present "Dia De Los Muertos," Day of the Dead Invasion Ball, celebrating the day in October when Jean Lafitte returns to the shores of Anna Maria Island to continue the search for his long lost treasure, on Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 6 p.m. for cocktail hour with dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing and debauchery. The ball will be held at the American Legion Kirby Post 24 at 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. For $40 per person, you get a buffet dinner, dancing and entertainment and a 2014 Invasion Ball keepsake. Attendees can upgrade to the reserved Captain’s Table for six for $290 that includes dinner, danc-

Flippers and Feathers Don’ts • 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 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

ing and entertainment plus prime seating with first buffet service, a specially decorated VIP table, a 2014 Invasion Ball keepsake, six draft beer tickets, a personalized souvenir table sign and an additional gift for each guest. The Privateers encourage dressing like a pirate as costume prizes will be awarded in several categories. You can also schedule an appointment for Day of the Dead face painting. Availability is limited, and there is a cost.

The fight for the Island

A week later, they fight off pirates as they move south from Pine Avenue in Anna Maria at the Second Annual Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fun starts Saturday morning as pirate ships make their way across the Island in a seven-mile skirmish to take the Island from the Privateers. It ends at Coquina Beach. Where there will be live music and vendors galore. Kids will have their own area, complete with a pirate ship to climb on and explore, story telling and games.

Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring at 941-778-5638, or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on your cell phone or text Tip@MyFWC.com.

Nesting News Sea turtles Nests laid: 260 False crawls: 283 Nests hatched: 220 Hatchlings to Gulf: 18,168 Nest disorientations: 50 Black skimmers Nests laid: 225 Least terns Nests laid: 67 Snowy plovers Nests laid: 5 Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring

The music lineup starts with the area’s best teen band, Kettle of Fish, followed by Florida favorite teen sensations Kei Bland on his way to international stardom and Savannah Brady, one of the most exciting young entertainers, together for one show. Close out Saturday night rocking and rolling With Kettle of Fish. There will be a Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m. with live music and choir, followed by the Savannah Brady Band, The Mangled Tangos and, closing out the pirate invasion, Kim Betts and The Gamble Creek Band. Roving minstrels will circulate to entertain and amaze. Have a picture with a pirate or wench, maybe both. There will be beverages available for young and old, some of the best food vendors anywhere, and craft vendors who were all specially selected for this event. Get all the information on the Pirate Invasion, Day of the Dead Ball tickets and everything you ever wanted to know about the Anna Maria Island Privateers and all their upcoming events at www. amiprivateers.org, or call Bob Dominas at 941-527-6171.

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Finding Old Florida at The Studio An exhibit of paintings by three artists features Florida in the ‘40s and ‘50s from Boca Grande to Longboat Key.

‘40s and ‘50s. They help people connect with life in a slower simpler time and to take a moment to remember the beauty and connectivity we have with the land and water.”

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ANNA MARIA – If you want to see the real Old Florida – Sarasota’s Main Street in 1947, White Wash Alley on Boca Grande in the 1950s, Cabbage Key in the 1940s – stop by The Studio at Gulf and Pine. The exhibit of paintings by three Florida artists, “Gulf Coast Heritage: At the Intersection of Art and History,” is sponsored by Sarasota Bay Watch and The Studio and is on display through Monday, Oct. 27. “Sarasota Bay Watch is a grass roots organization and its mission is restoring and protecting the bay and our marine environment and reaching out to connect to the community,” explained SBW member Larry Stultz, whose father is one of the artists featured in the exhibit. “Each painting has a story of growing up and living on the Gulf coast in the

Larry Stultz (1899-1996) graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. He pursued a career in advertising art in Chicago, and then he and his wife discovered Florida. “They came to visit my grandmother’s friend Lo Whitney (of Whitney Beach on Longboat Key) and while they were here, they chartered a boat in Boca Grande and went to Cabbage Key,” Stultz explained. “They found the island for sale and made an offer. They bought it and turned the home that was there into an inn and operated it for 25 years. During the off season, my grandfather pursued a career in fine art.” Wilfrid ‘Wally” Berg (1908-2002) lived in Muskegon, Mich., but wintered in Sarasota, where he studied at the Ringling School of Art. William Hartman (1906-1989) also was from Muskegon, Mich., and relocated to Sarasota

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Wilfrid Berg’s “Under the Big Top” shows one of the rehearsal shows of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus that visitors could attend at the winter quarters in Sarasota. after WWII and attended the Ringling School of Art. In 1969, he joined the faculty at Ringling.

‘Sibling Rivalry’ opens Friday The Anna Maria Island Art League will present "Sibling Rivalry," featuring brother and sister Brandon Scott and Deeana Atkinson, with Jordé the Artist. The free exhibit will be at the Art League, 5312 Holmes Boulevard in Holmes Beach, on Friday, Oct. 10, from 5:307:30 p.m. Scott will display his new series of emotional portraits titled, "People a Juried Emotion." Scott, a Bradenton artist, has displayed on numerous occasions and at the Leonardo Da Vinci North American exhibit on loan from Florence, Italy. Atkinson is a Green Earth Friendly artist who uses recycled found objects to compose

The Studio is located at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Law featured at gallery Acrylics artist Nancy Law is the October Featured Artist at Island Gallery West, with her exhibit, “Our Endless Blooming Season,” running through Friday, Oct. 31. Law’s floral paintings are inspired by her travels along the eastern coast of the U.S. and her years spent living in Antigua. Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, call 941-778-6648 or visit www. islandgallerywest.com or facebook. SUBMITTED

One of Brandon Scott’s and one of Deanna Atkinson’s works in “Sibling Rivalry.”

her work. She resides in the historic district of Palmetto. Jordé the Artist has been featured in the Da Vinci Machines Exhibit, where he displayed his living studio for five months. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, spon-

sored by The Chop Shop, and classical musical and entertainment provided by Sacred Ghost Records. For more information, call 941-778-2099 or e-mail artleagueami@gmail.com.

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Last month, Bradenton Beach resident John Arcadi’s application to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board was denied, in part, because he is appealing a special master’s ruling on a variance request pertaining to the construction of a small hotel. When his nomination was discussed at the Sept. 18 commission meeting, Arcadi acknowledged the appeal, but refuted City Attorney Ricinda Perry’s claim that a second suit pertaining to a vehicle dispute had been filed, as listed at the Manatee County Clerk of the Courts website. According to Director of Courts Lori Polksdorf, Arcadi was right, and the clerk’s office has taken corrective actions to prevent similar confusion. When Arcadi filed his appeal, the clerk’s office did not have an online category for administrative appeals because the office typically deals with appeals of lower court decisions, and this led to the vehicle dispute listing. The proper filing designation (county civil miscellaneous) has now been


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Chiles Group donates to hunger campaign From Sept. 8 to 21, the Chiles Restaurant Group supported Share Our Strengthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No Kid Hungry campaign. This campaign fights to end childhood hunger in our local communities as well as throughout the U.S. All three Chiles restaurants - the Sandbar on Anna Maria Island, the BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub in Longboat Key donated $1 from each grouper sandwich and adult burger sold, raising $1,500 this year for the campaign.


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ugust is the month that Florida real estate goes to sleep and this August was no different. With the exception of school children much of Florida is dozing under a shady tree just trying to get through the month so don’t take the following August statistics too seriously. According to the National Association of Realtors in August sales of previously owned homes fell 1.8 percent from July to an annual rate of 5.05 million with the median sale price at $219,000 up 4.8 percent from a year earlier. This was the lowest rate in four months of gains due in part to fewer purchases by investors. Although home prices continue to go up it is at a more moderate rate when you compare the earlier part of the housing recovery. The chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, indicated that investors are getting nervous about the prospect of higher interest rates as the Federal Reserve

Castles in the Sand Louise Bolger decreases their bond buying program. If this turns out to be true it means that the real estate market will primarily be driven by traditional home buyers, especially first time buyers who have been in short supply for several years. As of this writing the 30-year fixed rate mortgage average was 4.12 percent and the average 15-year fixed rate was 3.22 percent. However, the interest rates are expected to rise. Mr. Yun also stated that if lending standards were the same as they were in 2000, which he considers normal since it happened before the housing bubble, sales would be 15 percent higher. Manatee County’s sales numbers are

also a little off according to the Manatee Association of Realtors. Although closed sales of single family homes were slightly up - 493 in August this year compared to 488 in August of last year - sales prices were slightly down. The median sale price of single family homes in August this year was $223,000 compared to $225,000 last year and the average sale price was $264,926 this year compared to $275,850 last year. July’s closed sales were 506, June’s 515, May’s 547 and April’s 501. Townhouses and condo sales were just the opposite with number of sales down and sale price up. In August of this year there were 181 sales compared to 195 last year, the median sale price was up 4.3 percent to $122,000 and the average sales price up 14.5 percent to $173,131. July’s closed sales were 166, June’s 188, May 205 and April 245. Cash sales were down for both single family homes and condos. Single fam-

ily cash sales were down 5.1 percent and condo cash sales were down 7.4 percent. Overall 38 percent of Manatee County’s single family sales in August were for cash which is the same as the statewide average. As I said, don’t be too put off by the numbers especially when the high end market is hitting it out of the park. In August there were nine over $1 million sales in Manatee County. Five of them were on Anna Maria Island, one in Cortez and the other three in the eastern part of the county including Lakewood Ranch and University Park. When the September statistics come out shortly chances are they’ll be similar to August, but you can never tell. The good news is it's October and everyone is waking up from the summer heat. Visitors and snowbirds will be flocking down pushing monthly statistics up going forward - time to get out from under the tree.


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Real estate transfers of August 2014 â&#x20AC;˘Sponsored by Alan Galletto, Island Real Estate Source: Mid Florida Multiple Listing Service

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Anna Maria 08/13/2014 649,000

589,000

112 Hammock Rd.

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572,000

4005 5th Ave .

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660,000

208 Lakeview Dr.

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585,000

312 61st St. B

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08/15/2014 749,000

725,000

519 South Dr.

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08/29/2014 599,000

585,000

628 Foxworth Ln.

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895,000

316 Tarpon St.

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627,500

518 Bayview Dr.

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675,000

6201 Holmes Blvd.

1822

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2 Br/2 Ba Condo, Short Sale

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2 Br/2 Ba Condo

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2 Br/2 Ba Condo

08/29/2014 199,000

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Bradenton Beach budget adopted The millage rate will stay the same as last year, but the city faces a $247,000 budget shortfall. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – Commissioners recently gave final approval to the 2015 fiscal year budget that maintains the previous year’s 2.3329 millage rate. Although the millage rate remains the same, property owners will experience an average tax increase of 4.51 percent due to increased property values. The additional tax revenues are expected to generate $45,000 in additional city revenues. The $3,038,536 budget received final approval at the Wednesday, Sept. 24 meeting and took effect Wednesday, Oct. 1. According to City Treasurer Sheila Dalton, the 2015 budget represents an overall increase of $470,000 compared to last year’s $2,568,724 budget, and resulted in a $247,000 budget deficit in terms of projected expenses versus revenues. In order to balance the budget, the $1,000,050 unrestricted general fund balance will take a $180,000 hit, with an additional $68,000 taken from storm water reserves to help fund storm water improvement obligations.

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Bradenton Beach business owner Barbara Rodocker provides the commission with economic insight during their recent budget meeting. While addressing commissioners at the Sept. 24 meeting, Dalton said the additional expenses include a $170,000 increase in employee insurance premiums; $50,000 in increased attorney fees; $30,000 for a new police vehicle; a $28,000 increase in professional services; and $25,000 for street repairs. These are in addition to the $450,000 in storm water expenditures that qualify for a $225,000 reimbursement from the Southwest Florida

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Water Management District. According to Dalton, salaries and employee costs account for more than 40 percent of the total budget, increases to 56 percent when insurance costs are factored in and jumps to 61 percent when contracted building officials’ salaries are included. “Therefore it is difficult to cut expenditures when over 60 percent of the budget is related to personnel costs,” Dalton explained. During the Wednesday, Sept. 10 meeting, Vice Mayor Jack Clarke and Commissioner Jan Vosburgh objected to borrowing $225,000 from $320,000 in the cell tower revenue budget line item in order to pay for the storm water improvements. Earlier this year, the commission reached consensus that expenditures of cell tower money would require commission approval. Prior to the Sept. 24 meeting, Dalton amended the budget to reflect Clarke and Vosburgh’s request, taking the money from the general fund and storm water reserves instead.

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Local resort owner Barbara Rodocker was the lone citizen to provide public comment on the budget. In regard to the $247,000 shortfall, she said, “I couldn’t think of going into business knowing that

Every 10 pennies make a dime, and 10 dimes make a dollar.” Barbara Rodocker Resort owner I’m going to lose money. The city is a business, it’s a big business. After paying all the various expenses, that leaves about 29 percent of the budget to run the city. You can’t run a business on 29 percent,” she said. “I know there’s been a lot of hard work trying to decrease expenses, and you have increased revenue, but that still isn’t going to do it unless you do away with certain things that have been luxuries to this point,” she opined. “Every 10 pennies make a dime and 10 dimes make a dollar, so it’s not the huge amounts that come out, it’s the small amounts that keep coming out and coming out.” “I’m very disappointed that we’re going into another year with a deficit,” she concluded.


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Fire district seeks church lot for new Station 4 The property is next to the administration building, where they hoped to build a new Station 4. BY PAT COPELAND SUN STAFF WRITER | pcopeland@amisun.com

BRADENTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; West Manatee fire commissioners learned last week that the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church is willing to sell its property adjacent to the fire districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration building at 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, where they hoped to build a new Station 4. Fire Chief Andy Price said the sale was approved first by the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of trustees, then the Presbyterian leadership then the congregation. He said they plan to get an appraisal to present at the next commission meeting.

Commissioners have said the current Station 4 at 407 67th St. W., Bradenton, is not the best location to rebuild the station. If they decide to purchase the church property, they plan to sell the property on 67th Street. Capt. Ryan Moore presented a detailed report on replacing the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire boat to the board. He said he conducted a needs assessment in 2012, collecting data and consulting with the Coast Guard. He said the boat should be no longer than 28 feet, be capable of both fire and rescue emergencies, have shallow water response capabilities, be aluminum and trailerable. He also concluded that a jet drive propulsion system would operate in shallow water and be safer. He identified a sole source

provider for the boat and asked for approval to begin negotiations. He said a committee would design the boat and give it to the builder, who would produce a drawing to present to fire commissioners. Fire Commissioner Larry Jennis felt it might be too costly, and Price said the district has a matching grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District for the purchase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look at the benefit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to maintain the safety of our residents,â&#x20AC;? Fire Commissioner Larry Tyler stressed. Fire commissioners approved the sole source with Jennis and Chair Scott Ricci dissenting. Fire commissioners approved the $5.9 million 2014-15 budget with a few changes as presented by Price.

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Committee searches for new revenues The group is charged with finding new sources of revenue for the city without raising the property tax rate. BY TOM VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – Like the Starship Enterprise in the television series Star Trek, the city’s Revenue Committee wants to go where nobody has dared to go, in search for more revenue without raising taxes. The solutions include implementing impact fees, raising permit prices and other user fees and trying to bring back an occupational license fee. Three of the four residents on the committee attended the meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18. Jonathan Crane, Chris Collins and Maureen McCormick were there and Jill Morris was absent. Mayor SueLynn participated and City Commissioner Carol Carter was also there serving as liaison between the group and city commissioners. Outgoing City Treasurer Diane Percycoe was there to answer questions about the budget. They talked about a local business tax, which would require some support from

the state Legislature and the city’s chances of getting an occupational permit tax, which the city lost when it did not apply for it before a deadline many years ago. They also discussed impact fees for new or rebuilt construction and even a charge to go to the beach. “We can’t charge a beach tax, but we can charge for beach parking,” said McCormick, who checked on it. “You might not have to buy a beach tag, but you would have to pay to park at the beach.” McCormick asked the mayor if they could get information on other cities of like size and proximity to the beach to see if they charge for beach parking and if so, how the system is operated. As for the tax on utilities, the mayor said the electrical utility tax is maxed out. She said the communications tax, which is added to landline telephone bills, is not. One member asked if rental properties use land line phones anymore because of the popularity of cell phones. “We would prefer to get the extra income from non-homesteaded property owners than homesteaded,” SueLynn said. Talk turned to consolidation of the three cities on the Island and most felt

the remaining Island residents were not ready for that. “It would be nice if the cities worked together on certain things,” Sue Lynn said. Carter said they have no plans for spending the $365,000 the city will get from the company hired to build and operate a cell phone tower in the parking lot of city hall. She said $65,000 of it goes toward building an equipment shed on the cell tower site. “Impact fees seem to be our best potential for new income,” said Carter. Talk turned to raising the permit fee for scheduled events like Bayfest, which is coming up next month. “The fee always gets waived because non-profits run it,” said SueLynn. They discussed the other events that require permits like the Food and Wine on Pine and the Chalk Festival, which shut down Pine Avenue for a day and a half while participating artists drew pictures on the pavement. The group also talked about charging a tax on real estate “For Sale” signs. The committee will gather more information about the subjects they discussed and meet again on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m.

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families. For more information, call the library at 778-6341,

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Bridge Street vendors sought Calling all artisans, food vendors, musicians and local entrepreneurs. The 2014-2015 Bridge Street Market season will begin Sunday, Nov. 2, and the market organizers are now taking applications. Interested vendors are asked to contact Melissa Enders atmelissaenders76@gmail.com, and download the market application found at www.bridgestreetmerchants.com. Hosted by the Bridge Street Merchants Association, the Bridge Street Market will take place every Sunday through April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Take a Caribbean cruise The Island Community Center is partnering with Travel Now LLC, of Anna Maria, for a seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s “Freedom of the Seas,” known among many things for its poolside movie screen, surf simulator, rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, water park, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, art gallery and more. Leaving from Port Canaveral on Feb. 22, 2015, and returning on March 1, 2015, ports of call include Coco Cay, the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Based on double occupancy and including all taxes, port charges and government fees, prices range from $865 inside to $1,107 outside to $1,274 and up for a room with a balcony. A donation of $100 per cabin will go to the Community Center, and a roundtrip bus trip from the Center will be available for an additional charge. The booking deadline is Oct. 20. For more details contact Barbara Murphy at 941-228-2916 or Barbara@ travelnowllc.com.

Discover Egmont Key The Egmont Key Alliance will hold its 17th annual Discover the Island fundraiser on Nov. 8 and 9. Visitors can explore the island, watch historical reenactors and take nature walks. There will be kids games and crafts, a silent auction and food and drink for sale. Ferry tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for active duty military and $5 for youths 6 through 11. Children under 6 are free, and group discounts are available. The ferry leaves Ft. DeSoto Park regularly from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.egmontkey.info or at the park.

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Sue Fox, a representative of the Sarasota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a program for caregivers of people with memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, on Friday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The program is free. Call 778-6341 for more information.

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Jennifer Eddy, as Sally, and Gilbert Ortiz, as Jud, relax during a scene from “Tribute,” by Bernard Slade, opening Thursday, Oct. 9, and running through Oct 19, at the Island Players, at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. “Tribute” is a comedy with a dramatic ring to it as an actor tries to bond with his estranged son. Awardwinning Welsh actor and director Gareth Gibbs directs this play. For reservations or information, call the box office at 778-5755 or go to the website, www. theislandplayers.org.

sor with ENG Lending, in Bradenton, will speak on reverse mortgages at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. This is a free program and seating is one a first-come, firstserved basis. For more information, call 778-6341.

Einstein’s Circle meets Einstein’s Circle will meet on Wednesdays at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a group where people exchange ideas, opinions and information on a variety of topics. Future topics include: • Oct. 8: Freedom of speech vs. buying an election; • Oct. 22: Obama’s foreign policy; • Oct. 29: What advice would you give a young person? • Nov. 15: Is teacher tenure unconstitutional? For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Teen movie playing at library Teenagers will enjoy a free movie at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. The showing is free. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Learn about Medicare trends Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIPRC) is offering a workshop on “What’s New and Cost-Effective with Medicare - Latest Trends and Hidden Costs!” Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the

Aging in Paradise Resource Center, Second Floor, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. The workshop features Donna Blizman, who has more than 20 years’ experience as an independent insurance agent in Sarasota-Manatee. Her passion is helping people understand the health insurance maze. All AIPRC workshops and services are open to the community. An elevator is on site and Right at Home provides complimentary respite care for attendees who are caring for a loved one, so bring your loved one with you. Light refreshments will be served. The suggested workshop donation is $5.

Author speaks about publishing Children’s author Lindy Tucker will speak about self publishing at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Program for parents and kids Parents of mobile babies up to five years old can bond with their children in a unique program called Forty Carrots at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Friday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m.. This Sarasota-based project has children and parents experience new activities and spend time with other families to share valuable parenting information. The program is free and you can get a ticket for this session at the library desk. Space is limited to 12

Choose from a wide array of plants, gardening specialties, arts and crafts and food at the annual Palma Sola Botanical Park Fall Plant Sale at 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton, on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Help a good cause while getting your yard ready for the cooler weather.

Paper folding at library Judy Pruitt presents her origami class at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn this ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The class is free. For more information, call the library at 778-6341.

Read me a story Misty Wright, the children’s librarian, reads stories on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 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.

Garden club to meet The Anna Maria Garden Club will begin its new season on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Roser Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, at noon. The program will feature a talk on “Herb-appeal” by John Dawson, Master Gardener.

Sell at the Beach Market The weekly Beach Market at Coquina Beach is calling all vendors. Sign up now for the Beach Market at the Trolley drop-off/concession stand area held every Sunday from Nov. 2 to July 26 except Easter (April 5). The open-air market at the Coquina Beach is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181 or 941-5184431 or nancyambrose@aol.com for more information.


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9/27, 6:41 a.m., lost property, in the Gulf off Palm Avenue. The complainant said he was riding his personal watercraft when it quit. He anchored it and swam to shore to find help. When he returned, the watercraft was gone.

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10/4, 11:33 p.m., noise violation, 100 block of 22nd Street North. The officer heard the defendant yell and play music in violation of the noise ordinance. After being warned several times, the suspect then yelled an obscenity to the officer and was arrested.

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9/20, 2:17 p.m., driving with a suspended license, 700 block of Manatee Avenue. The officer noticed the defendant riding a motorcycle, and he knew the defendant’s license was suspended. He ticketed the defendant. 9/21, 3:43 p.m., burglary, 4100 block of Gulf Drive. The property manager of the house, which was in foreclosure, said the washing machine was outside the house and the side garage door unsecured. The officer noticed a man with items from the house. He said the house used to belong to his grandparents, but it went into foreclosure,and he decided to get items from inside the house. He said a couple of men he didn’t know let him into the house. He was arrested. 9/21.9:50 a.m., burglary, 200 block of South Harbor Drive. Tools were stolen from the victim’s truck overnight. 9/21, 2:44 p.m., burglary, 200 block of South Harbor Drive. Passports and keys were stolen from a vehicle overnight.

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9/25, 8:22 a.m., driving with a suspended license, 200 block of 69th Street. A computer check showed the owner of a car’s driver’s license was suspended for non payment of a ticket. He got another ticket. 9/25, 9:44 a.m., driving with a suspended license, 4300 block of Gulf Drive. The officer stopped the driver for making an illegal turn in front of three warning signs. A computer check showed he had lost his license for habitual offenses. He was handcuffed and arrested. 9/25, 12:14 p.m., burglary, 500 block of 70th Street. Seven Morgan silver dollars were stolen while the homeowner was away. 9/25, 2:57p.m., trespassing, alcohol code violation, Manatee County Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer noticed the subject hiding in the bushes and recognized him as a person who he had issued a trespass warning. He had beer, which the officer made him pour out. He was arrested. 9/29, 11:04 a.m., domestic violence, 3800 block of East Bay Drive. The couple is in a dating relationship and the female was arrested when she struck the male during an argument. 10/4, 2:16 p.m., trespass warning, 4000 Gulf Drive. A trolley passenger was trespassed from all transit rides by a driver in the presence of a deputy. 10/4, 2:56 p.m., disorderly intoxication,, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee County Beach. The witness said he awakened a man sleeping on a trolley stop bench and the man became belligerent, causing a commotion and using obscene language. A police officer arrested the man for possessing alcohol in a prohibited area, and he threatened the officer and started to walk away. The officer tried to handcuff the suspect who tried to kick him. He was finally subdued.

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Obituaries Shirley Howden Gillette Shirley Howden Gillette passed into heaven and all of its glory on Sept. 24, 2014. She was 77. Shirley came from Quebec, Canada, to Bradenton on spring break in the 1960s, never left, and proudly became a U.S. citizen. She was a hairdresser, hostess, and a 1st degree black belt in karate. She lived in Holmes Beach for many years and was famous for her pet pig, Frances Bacon. Shirley is survived by her children, of Quebec and Greg, of Clearwater; grandson, Brandon; great-grand children Bradley and Justine; sister, Car-

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men; and niece, Bridgette, of Quebec. Shirley was our little Canuck and will always be remembered by her friends Joan, Barb and Nancy, for her infectious laugh and huge purses. Services will be at a later date.

E. Muriel Thayer E. Muriel Thayer, 100, of Longboat Key, an Island resident for 30 years, died Sept 26, 2014. She was a member of the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach for 30 years. There will no local services. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to  www.brownandsonsfuneral.com

Community plans thanks for veterans BY T0M VAUGHT SUN STAFF WRITER | tvaught@amisun.com

ANNA MARIA – A planning committee of community and military representatives met Oct. 2 at CrossPointe Fellowship to plan for the second annual tribute and cookout for military veterans, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15, at CrossPointe, 8605 Gulf Drive. The founder of the tribute, CrossPointe Fellowship Pastor Ed Moss, said he wants to plant the event for the first Saturday after Veteran's Day each year. Moss also said he wants to change the name of the event to the Community BBQ Honoring Veterans. The group agreed that the name of the first event, The Community Thanksgiving for Veterans, was not specific enough because it is scheduled so close to the Thanksgiving holiday. He said he wants to shift the major focus to veterans and not combine Veterans Day with Thanksgiving. In a handout, Moss said the event should feel like a family reunion. Like last year, church volunteers did the cooking and there was no charge for the food. The menu this year is expected to be BBQ pork and chicken, hot dogs and "all the fixin's." Moss wants to simplify the speeches and have fewer speakers. There will be fun for kids with climbing walls, bounce houses, a cornhole game, tattoos and cotton candy; and fun for the adults with a guessing game and a local quiz show like the nationally syndicated television program, "Jeopardy." This year there will be another ceremony honoring the veterans present at the gathering by having them stand when the theme song of their military branch is played. The Color Guard will be there along with a flag folding ceremony by Dick

Alvarez, commander of the Kirby Stewart Post of the American Legion, in Bradenton. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony. Everyone will song "God Bless America," some people will read poems, Mike Sales will lead a sing along. After a prayer, the veterans will be invited to eat. Moss said although the public was told to leave their money home at the first event, this year he is thinking of collecting for a non-profit group related to veterans of the military. He listed three possibiities with ratings from Charity Navigator, a company that rates charities by their financial standing, accountability and transparency. One group, Homes for our Troops, had a four-star rating. Last year, a lot of veterans met inside the church because of the hot weather. Moss said he was hoping more would be outside in front of the stage observing and participating. Moss is planning to have a wall where people could write cards of thanks to veterans and put them up on the wall for others to observe. Moss listed the goals of this event. They were to honor our veterans, grow a spirit of thankfulness and develop friendships among the crowd and community. This year there were be fewer planning sessions for the event. Moss said most of the work was done last year and the way it turned out helped the planners keep things the same or change them. The public is invited to the Communty BBQ Honoring Veterans to honor those who served and to bring the community closer together. Save the date and if you like, make sure you bring a donation to pass along to a group that serves its need.


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put the decision in the hands of city voters. The commission chose not to act on any of Robertson’s suggestions. With that decision made, the commission then agreed by 3-2 vote that the forfeiture process will be guided by a city resolution drafted by City Attorney Ricinda Perry, rather than a city ordinance presented by Shearon, who declined to reveal the author of the document. During an adjournment, Shearon was asked who wrote the ordinance. “I presented it,” he replied, refusing to divulge any additional information. The mayor’s ordinance was ultimately rejected by Clarke and Commissioners Ed Straight and Jan Vosburgh. Perry clarified that she did not write the ordinanc, and when comparing the resolution and the ordinance for commission’s sake, she pointed out several concerns she had with the ordinance due to restrictions it would have placed on the commission’s ability and authority to remove an elected official from office. Perry said she found some of the ordinance language to be factually incorrect, incorrectly interpreted, or added to her resolution language in an improper manner. Perry did find some provisions of merit in the proposed ordinance

As the CEO, the mayor, your company is sick; it’s failing.” Angela Rodocker.

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Mayor Bill Shearon, foreground, is taking heat from Vice Mayor Jack Clarke, other commissioners, and members of the community. and suggested adding them to to the ordinance. She asked the commission to conduct a quick review the documents so she could incorporate any desired additions into the resolution, but the commission suggested this be done at a future meeting instead. The resolution revisions will be discussed at the Oct. 16 commission meeting and presented for final adoption at the first meeting in November.

When discussion turned to the fourth agenda item, the actual commencement of forfeiture proceedings, Perry recommended that Shearon recuse himself from the discussion in order to avoid a conflict of interest by discussing a matter that directly impacted him. Shearon said he was unclear what was being asked of him and was spared from having to exit the dais mid-meeting when Straight suggested holding off on establishing specific hearing procedures until the resolution is formally enacted. “I am not wanting to drag this out, because we going to be into the holiday season before we know it,” Clarke said in response. When the actual hearings get underway, they will be chaired by someone other than Shearon.

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City Attorney Ricinda Perry compares the forfeiture resolution to a proposed ordinance during Monday's special commission meeting.

Monday’s meeting began with public comment from a divided community. “I hope the city can solve this horrible situation, and if that involves the mayor resigning, that would be his decision,” said former Commissioner Gay Breuler “I don’t take kindly to my vote being taken away. You can’t get rid of the mayor because you don’t like his personality or for your own political aspirations,” said Lee Ann Metz. “It seems that a few unelected officials are trying to stage a coup d’etat that would undo the will of

the people,” said Carl Parks “I’ve attended meetings recently, and I have found the mayor’s conduct, to be condescending, inappropriate, vengeful and quite frankly, alarming,” said Betsy Sillars. “It starts at the top, where the CEO and leader creates the company culture through respect and honor, showing it to all subordinates in order to then expect it in return. As the CEO, the mayor, I hold you responsible. Your company is sick; it’s failing,” Angela Rodocker said. “You’ve lost the faith of nearly every person that works for you and with you through the lack of common respect and honor, and that, in the business world, spells failure. It’s not just one person or one department; I’ve talked to as many people as I possibly could. I’ve been listening to issues for months, not for the past few weeks, and not just from one department thats decided to take a stand,” she added. “I think we can all agree there are good managers and bad managers that run a business, and as far as I’m concerned, we have the latter,” Bill Garrison said. “We do have a sick city here, and it’s not going to get better until something is done. Mr. Mayor, I have seen your attitude and I ask that you step down and let this community move forward.” Barbara Rodocker said. One speaker summed up the thoughts of many, when she commented on the commission’s political infighting. “You need to be kind to each other. We need to have civic pride and consideration. This is not Washington D.C. for Christ’s sake,” she said.


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Fall sports in full swing at Center The fall sports season at Anna Maria Island Community Center is in its second week, and the fields and gym are buzzing with activity. Adult basketball sponsors this season are Poppo’s, Duncan Real Estate, Sugar Beach Digital, Island Real Estate and Gator Man Pools. Basketball games will be on Tuesday evenings through Nov. 25. Adult soccer sponsors are DoJo Martial Arts, Island Pest Control, Slim’s Place, Wash Family Construction, Beacon Design, Sato Real Estate, Eason Builders and Jessie’s Island Store. Games will be on Thursday evenings through Nov. 13 with the playoffs and championships on Nov. 20 and Dec. 3 and 4. Sponsors of the 3-5-year-old soccer

league are Pink & Navy, Fun & More Rentals, Sign-A-Rama, Beach to Bay, Beach Bistro and Southern Greens. Games will be played on Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 20. Sponsors of the 6-7-year-old soccer league are Bowes Imaging, Air & Energy and Usual Chaos. Games will be played on Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov.7. Sponsors of the 8-10-year-old soccer league are AMI Donuts, Bowes Imaging, Tyler’s Ice Cream, Miller Electric and Gulf Bay Realty. Games will be played on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 10. Sponsors for the 11-13-year-old soccer league are Sugar Beach Digital, Jen Crady Massage, The Feast and Smiledeep. Games will be played on

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 10. Sponsors for the 14-17-year-old soccer league are Wash Family Construction and AMI Fitness. Games will be played on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Nov. 10. The awards ceremony for all of the youth soccer leagues will be on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria. For more information call Athletic Director Matt Ray or Assistant Director Ray Gardner at 941-778-1908. Visit www.annamariaislandcc.com for scores and updates. Athletic Director and coach Matt Ray with the Beach Bistro team, from left, Charlie Rogers, Sarah Powells, Jordan Ray, Jasmine Sparks and Kloee Ray. Submitted

Golf outing to benefit Center The Island Community Center will hold its 6th Annual Golf Outing at Longboat Key Club Islandside, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, on Friday, Oct. 10. Sign up to play or sign up to sponsor a group of players and get a Center field banner and/or logo sign.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and shotgun starts at 1 p.m. $150 per person includes cart, range balls and dinner; add $30 to be entered for the $10,000 holein-one contest, putting contest, raffle prizes and more. Mulligans available for purchase. Registrations are being taken

at the Center’s front desk, 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria, or by phone at 941-778-1908, ext. 0. For more information contact Jennifer Griffith at 941-7781908, ext. 9204. For sponsorship information contact Wende Webb at 941-778-1908, ext. 9203, or at wendew@myamicc.com.

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From left, Head Professional Ken Powell, Ladies Senior Division winner Debbie Pellom and Super Senior Division winner Carol Codella.

Golf tourney winner Carol Codella, an agent in Wagner Realty's Cortez Road branch, recently won first place in the Super Senior Division of the Manatee County Amateur Championship Tournament. It was a two-day event held at the Buffalo Creek Golf Course.

The 7th Annual Ben Gullett Mullet Cast Net Tournament and Fish Fry is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Bayshore Gardens Park and Recreation Center. Cast netters must register and attend a Captain’s Meeting on Friday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bearded Clam, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. Weigh-in is on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. Registration forms are available at www.manateefishandgame.org or call 941-792-8314. Fish fry tickets are $10 a plate for smoked and fried mullet, hush puppies, cheese grits, slaw, cookie and beverages. A silent auction and demonstrations of fly tying, fishing pole wrapping and net making also are planned. The event benefits outdoor activities for youth such as the Annual Jerry Hill Memorial Kids’ Fishing Tournament and to memorialize Ben Gullett, an avid mullet fisherman.

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Tread carefully Makalee Skardotus wades through the water at Coquina Beach with a jellyfish nearby. Swimmers are warned to be careful when in the water because the jellyfish are out there.


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Stormwater billing switch tabled Last week’s discussion provided no new direction in terms of reducing costs for resort owners. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – City commissioners decided last week to hold off until at least 2017 before asking Manatee County to take over the city’s stormwater billing. City Engineer Lynn Townsend Burnett told commissioners the idea should be tabled until currently planned stormwater system improvements are completed in late 2016. She suggested 2017 as a potential start date for the billing transfer, if that remains the commission’s desire at the time. Because the city bills in advance, and the county bills in arrears, the conversion would result in up to a twoyear gap in the receipt of stormwater revenues. Burnett said a switch in 2017 would result in the city not receiving its estimated $160,000 in storm water fee revenues until 2019. She said the two-year period could be designated as quiet years in terms of stormwater improvements. After the meeting, Mayor Bill Shearon said the city currently has approximately $10,000 in outstand-

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City Engineer Lynn Townsend Burnett discussing storm water issues, with interested parties, from left, Barbara Baker, David Teitelbaum, Barbara Rodocker and Tjet Martin in attendance. ing stormwater debt, and allowing the county to take over billing would lessen the workload on city staff. During last week’s discussion, Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said, “I want to make a point that I did not vote for the 15 percent increase.” In May, the commission voted 4-1 in favor of a citywide 15 percent annual stormwater fee increase. During that

meeting, the commission agreed to look at ways to lessen the stormwater burdens on multi-unit property owners billed on a per unit basis. Resort owners David Teitelbaum and Angela Rodocker expressed opposition at the time, and Teitelbaum attended last week’s meeting, joined by Angela’s mother and business partner, Barbara Rodocker.

They heard little in the way of financial relief for multi-unit property owners, other than Burnett suggesting that payments could be spread throughout the annual billing cycle. Teitelbaum took little solace in her suggestion. “I didn’t hear anything about money or numbers. At this point, I don’t have any more information than I did when I came here,” he said, after the meeting. When asked if he feels multi-unit property owners are carrying an unfair share of the burden, Teitelbaum said, “Barbara Rodocker and I are here to make sure that isn’t the case. We’re all for reasonable and equitable charges, but when they start loading up on a segment of the population that’s not appropriate, then I’m against it.” The commission also approved by 3-2 vote Burnett’s request to continue her efforts to develop a fee calculation methodology that would apply consistently to all three Island cities. Currently, each city uses a different method to calculate storm water fees. Vice Mayor Jack Clarke and Commissioner Jan Vosburgh opposed the estimated $2,500 expenditure for Burnett’s additional services. Clarke said he was concerned that a model well-suited for another city may not be the best fit for Bradenton Beach.

Public works continues feud with mayor The labor attorney’s findings on additional hostile workplace claims is expected this week. BY JOE HENDRICKS SUN CORRESPONDENT

BRADENTON BEACH – The tension between Mayor Bill Shearon and the city’s Public Works Department continues to escalate. Thursday night’s commission meeting began with public works employee David Higgins questioning the city’s release of protected employee documents. “I am making a formal complaint to this commission for violating the confidentiality of my defamation and libel suit filed on Sept. 23, in that the complaint was leaked to the press,” Higgins said. He then referred to a story that appeared in a local paper earlier in the week. “The employee or elected official who leaked the confidential complaint should be held to the same standards of discipline as outlined in the employee handbook and the code of ethics.”

Higgins then responded to a comment Shearon previously made to a reporter about the mayor playing the role of a father, while public works employees act like kids in a candy store. “Mr. Shearon I want you to know you’re not my captain, you’re not my conductor and you’re definitely not my daddy.” While giving his mayor’s report, Shearon responded to the remarks Higgins made earlier in the meeting. He said he expected labor attorney Matthew Westerman’s findings on the complaints made by Higgins and public works employee Christine Watson to be released the following week. “We weren’t aware whether the information was public record. If something did go out unintentionally, it is what it is. It was not intentional,” Shearon said. This comment did not sit well with Laurie Higgins, David’s wife. “You sent it to the press,” she cried. “You are a filthy (expletive) liar,” she said a few minutes later, when the meeting adjourned. A records request made on behalf of the Sun earlier that day, resulted in the

You’re not my captain, you’re not my conductor and you’re definitely not my daddy.” David Higgins Public works employee following response from City Clerk Gia Lancaster: “Complaint allegations from David Higgins and Christine Watson are currently exempt from disclosure pursuant to Florida Statutes. The city is not disclosing these documents at this time.” Prior to the receipt of Lancaster’s e-mail, the Sun obtained a copy of the requested complaints from a city employee who received Higgins and

Watson’s permission to share them. In his formal complaint, Higgins accused Commissioner Janie Robertson of committing libel for comments she made about public works expenditures, after a Sept. 22 meeting pertaining to forfeiture of office proceedings initiated against the mayor. “The libel remarks Ms. Robertson made, and the hostile work place created by she, the mayor, and his girlfriend, Tjet Martin, have given me cause to seek council. I am also requesting that Tjet Martin not be present in my work place unless she is there on official business. Tjet Martin is a private citizen, not an employee of the city of Bradenton Beach,” Higgins stated in his report. Watson’s complaint also addresses Martin’s presence at city hall, and the mayor’s responsibility to protect employees from third parties creating a hostile work environment. Among other things, Watson’s report alleges that Martin called her a “criminal” for her role in photographing pay raise documents signed by Shearon.


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ADULT CARE JUST A HELP AWAY, LLC 24/7 Home Health Company ready to lend you our hands. All aides are Level-2 FBI background checked. Office Hours 8am-5pm. Monday-Friday. Call 941-264-8058

ANNOUNCEMENTS FRENCH CONVERSATION Born and raised in Paris. Small groups, walks on the beach, tea at home. We speak only French. 4 sessions/1hr $80.Call 941795-3034 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at AMICC. Help your community by giving of yourself. Various positions available. Call Sandee 941-778-1908 ext 0

BOATS ARE SELLING Very Well. Busy, Busy, Busy. www.Island boatsales.net. We Also Buy Boats . 941-2283489 Dave/Owner 2013 SEA HUNT 29 GAMEFISH. Twin 300 Yamahas- 53 Hours! Non fished-Senior owned. Outstanding Center Console. Warranty 2019. IslandBoatSales.net 941-228-3489

CARPET CLEANING QUALITY COUNTS. CARPET cleaning. Upholstery cleaning. Tile & grout cleaning. Island's favorite cleaner. Manatee Chamber Member. Great price/free estimates. Call 941-7561082

THE BEST VOLUNTEER position on the island. The AMI Historical Museum needs docents and bread makers. Call Dusty at 941779-7688.

CLEANING SERVICE C & T HOUSEKEEPING. For all your cleaning needs. Free Estimates. Reasonable rates. Senior discount. References available. Call 941-9622512

ROSER FOOD BANK needs donations of cash and non-perishable food. Donations boxes are located at the Church, Moose Club, Walgreen's and The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper (corner of Gulf and Palm).

CLEANING: RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL & RENTALS. "Have it done your way, we care about our work" Call 941-7564570

OUR DAILY BREAD of Bradenton is looking for volunteer servers 9amnoon. Ask for Penny 941745-2992

PRESSURE WASHING AND WINDOWS residential, commercial & resorts. Roofs, buildings, houses, driveways etc. Call 941-251-5948

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COMMERCIAL SALES/ LEASES/RENTALS

1998 FORD EXPLORER XLT Great condition. Towing package, leather seats, AC, power windows & seat. Radio/CD player. Family owned. Well maintained. 179,000 miles. Located on Anna Maria Island. $1500 OBO. Call 813-679-4306

ANNA MARIA CITY Gulf Drive Frontage Commercial 2 Lots 104x120 Real Estate only $1,200,000. Call Alan Galletto Island Real Estate 941-232-2216

BABY SITTER BABY SITTER. Honor student with own transportation. Experienced, References available. Call or text Amanda at 941-713-3219

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BOAT SLIPS FOR RENT. Up to 60 feet. Two minutes to Intracoastal Waterway by Cortez, Parrot Cove Marina 941-795-0088

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RESTAURANT/OFFICE/ RETAIL 1113 sf Kitchen Equipment include Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach $495,000 Call Alan Galletto Island Real Estate 941-232-2216

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EMPIRE COMPUTER SERVICE Computer problems fixed in your home or office. The fastest friendliest service around. Serving the Island since 2004. Call 941-739-6424

HAIER 34 BOTTLE wine refrigerator $100. Tall metal 64 bottle wine rack, arched top, & 20 + wooden wine crate ends $100. 2 lighted beer signs - Coors & Amstel Light $150. Tommy Bahama dark wood writing desk $200. Weslo fold up treadmill $70. Dolphin coffee table, unique, will sacrifice @ $900. Hooker desk and hutch top, 2 pieces, $950 obo Call 407-448-9785.

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES STRUGGLING WITH MATH Homework? Fully certified grade 5-12, and 10 years experienced, Math teacher, looking to help you and your student to become more successful. Call Stacey Brebaugh 941-5244177.

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCED NAIL PRO to take over established clientele at family-owned, upscale LBK salon. Friendly, mature, reliable, patient and gentle a must! 941387-9807 SALES ASSISTANT PART-TIME Busy office, strong communications skills, computer skills. Need to be flexible. Send Resume to PO Box 1394, Anna Maria FL 34216 PART TIME RETAIL sales position available in Anna Maria. Call 941-778-6728. AIRLINE CAREERS START Here - Get FAA certified with hands on training in Aviation Maintenance. Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call AIM 866314-5838

EMPLOYMENT WANTED FOR A RELIABLE Housekeeper Please Call Diane 941-779-49-05. Day time only hours.

FINANCIAL WE BUY PRIVATELY Held Mortgages & Trust Deeds. Call office 270-422-4944 or Burt 941-545-5002, Ken 270547-9547

THREE COMPLETE SETS of bedroom furniture. One King and two Queen. Excellent condition. Call 941-268-6070 SAFE STEP WALK-IN Tub Alert for Seniors. Bathroom falls can be fatal. Approved by Arthritis Foundation. Therapeutic Jets. Less Than 4 Inch Step-In. Wide Door. Anti-Slip Floors. American Made. Installation Included. Call 800-605-6035 for $750 Off

RENOVATION SPECALIST ALL carpentry repairs, Wash Family Construction, locally owned and operated CBC 1258250 Call 941-7250073.

LOST CAR KEYS near Sandbar Restaurant. Call 765-513-5214

GET’R DONE DRYWALL, INC Specializing in Remodels & Repairs. Island Resident for 18 years. Call Neil Cell 941-962-1194.

LOST MAUI JIM SUNGLASSES near 29th St in Holmes Beach. Call 863-214-3886

PAINTING INTERIOR/EXTERIOR. Clean professional service. Free Estimates. Call Wayne Lewin 941-7268414 ASAP REPAIRS. Electrical, power washing, carpentry, Air conditioning/Heating. Free estimates. No service charge. No job too small. Engineer turned Handyman. Call 941-448-7806

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CUSTOM COASTAL FURNITURE & CABINETS by Frankie Z. ebay store. Call 941-726-1482. 1005 Cortez Rd (corner of 101st) frankiezaff@yahoo.com

DRAIN CLEANING James VanFossen A.K.A. “RIP” Call 941-301-6077

GARAGE, MOVING, RUMMAGE & YARD SALES

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPING. Save water, gas, maintenance fees and the environment! Shell your yard. $50/yd installed. Call Shark Mark 941-301-6067

ROSER THRIFT SHOP Open Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am - 2 pm. Saturday 10 am -1 pm. Annex open am same days. Donations accepted Wednesday 9 am. – 11am 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Call 941-779-2733

HOME IMPROVEMENTS TILE! TILE! TILE! All variations of tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship. Prompt, reliable, many Island references. Free estimates. Neil 941-726-3077

LOST TWO CATS Calico & Black/White. Need Homes or Feeding. Heartbroken. Please call 941-807-2198

KERN CONSTRUCTION NEW Homes & Remodel. Design/Build. Since 1968. State License # CRC1327296. Call Jerry Kern 941-504-2222 www. kernconstructioninc.com

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SALE! NIKI’S GIFTS, Antiques, Collectables 5351 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach. Select sterling, gold, vintage costume jewelry 30% to 60% off. Select gifts, beach art, miniatures, books, bric-brac, watercolors & oil paintings 30% to 80% off. Essential oils & soaps all new line. Dealer space available. Call 941-9621982. Open 7 days 9:30-5.

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R. GAROFALO’S Interlocking brick pavers, driveways, patios, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed & Insured. Call Rafael 941-778-4823 or Veronik 941-526-7941 ELI’S IRRIGATION New install/repair. Pumps, pools, irrigation, landscape lighting and pressure washing. Call 941-580-2054

FOUND PRESCRIPTION MAUI Jim sunglasses. Call 863-214-3886

FOUND SMALL VIDEO Camera with Wedding & babies’ first vacation near 4th St South in Bradenton Beach. Call 941-753-8866 or 941-518-5026 LOST GOLD PINKY ring with amethyst stone vicinity of Cortez Kitchen and Swordfish Grill. Call 941778-8359 LOST PANDORA BRACELET many charms. Great sentimental value. Call 518-365-2702 MISSING 18 INCH GOLD chain with diamond drop, sterling silver seed bracelet , location Blue Water Beach Club between 9/12 & 9/13/2013 heartbroken was gift from husband 45 years ago REWARD please call 863-668-8566 no questions asked

MASSAGE MASSAGE ON THE BEACH in a tiki hut. Also indoors on historic Bridge Street and outcalls. 941-779-6836 www.sea-renityspa.com #MA55034 ENJOY A MASSAGE at your convenience in the comfort of your own home. 10 years experience. MA59074. Call 941-3016400

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

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

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

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

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

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“WIZARD OF WALLS” Established 1980 Prompt quality service. Paperhanging/removal Faux finishes. Interior painting. Mary Bell 941794-0455

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

WALY PRECISION PAINTING custom painting, pressure washing, commercial/residential, interior/exterior, drywall/stucco, Licensed & insured. Call 941-448-1928 or 941-580-4005 www. WalyPrecisionPainting.com

AT YOUR SERVICE Personal & Professional assistant. Great rates. References available "Let me do what you are unwilling or unable to do." Call Cindy 941-812-2238 zicker8@aol.com

PERSONAL SERVICES WANT TO GET your vintage music on CD? I can reformat your vinyl records and cassette tapes to Compact Discs. Call Mike 941-5929092 SMALL ODD JOBS, yard work, walk dog etc. Call George 941-773-5518 THE TINT GUY." Commercial, residential, automotive, marine. Free estimates. All work guaranteed. Over 25 years experience. Mobile service available. Call 941-2012649

PET SITTING ARE YOU WANTING to vacation and not worry if your pet is lonely. I will overnight in your home, so your animal can stay in his own environment. Home Sitting is also available. Great References. Call Mary 941-405-2496 ANNA & LINDSAY’S Dog Walking. $5 per dog walked, $10 Dog wash. $20 for both plus play time. Contact 917-406-9554. Anna Maria Island Only.

PHOTOGRAPHY NEW AERIAL AMI PHOTOS. PhotosFromTheAir.com. email: photosfromtheair@ gmail.com or Call 941-7739834

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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 BRADENTON WARES CREEK Area. 2511 11th Ave W. Wonderful blends of old & new. 1920's bungalow offers 3BR/1BA, new kitchen, roof, paint etc. Original wood floors. Outside large deck leading to a wonderful, tranquil fenced yard with mature trees and room for a pool. Close to downtown and less than 8 miles to Anna Maria Island. Offered at $124,900. A Paradise Realty. Call JoAnne Curtan 941-809-2488

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ANNUAL RENTAL and CONDOMINIUM Association management serviced by (2) offices open 7 days a week! Contact kate@ islandreal.com – 941-3451295 - Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc.

GARDEN WALK CONDO 1BR/1BA 53rd & 26th, Bradenton. Pool, fitness area. $675/mo. Call 770722-8297

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

MEADOWCROFT (55+): Unfurnished 2BR/2BA single family home w/remodeled kitchen, sunroom and garage. $1575/mo. A Paradise Realty Call 941778-4800

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2BR/1BA HOUSE Large backyard. 3 miles to Beach (off Cortez Rd) $775/mo. First, Last & Security. No pets. Call 941-962-4175 or 941-685-3177

TIFFANY PLACE Gulf Front Condo for Rent Incredible views from living room and master bedroom. 2BR/2BA Green Real Estate Call 941-778-0455 ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fl Condos. Pool beach access, fully equipped $650-$750/ wk Redekercondos.com 941-778-1915

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1BR/1BA BASIC UTILITIES included. Triplex upstairs near Manatee High. Not pet friendly $700/ mo $700 security. 3BR/2BA lower half duplex home, Holmes Beach, $1,400/mo 1st last & security washer / dryer lawn care included. No pets. $35 credit, background per person over 18. DUNCAN REAL ESTATE 941-779-0304 www. teamduncan.com

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ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX 1/2 block to beach, North end of AMI, W/D hookup, screened porch, immaculate. Non-smoking $1200/ mo. Call 941-778-4837 after October 9. 1BR/1BA FULL KITCHEN. Great location just across from beach. Fenced back yard. Court yard. Furnished or unfurnished. water, trash paid. Pet $1450/mo. Call 816-729-5146

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

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REAL ESTATE: OUT OF AREA PREVIOUSLY BANK FORECLOSED, 5.65 Acres Only $14,900 29.1 Acre Creek Front $29,900 Mountain Views, Rushing Trout Stream, Minutes to 40,000 Acre Lake, Adjoins State Park Roads, Utilities, Financing, Call 877-5206719 or Remax 423-7565700

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


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