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Muscatello moved to the island 10 years ago to help care for his ailing father. He’s been vacationing with his family on the island since 1978. He moved from Holmes Beach to Anna Maria two years ago. He has 45 years experience working in various capacities at the local government level, including serving as mayor of his hometown in “the coalfields of West Virginia.” He is a proponent of home rule. “You have to fight the state always trying to take the power away from local governments,” he said. Muscatello didn’t file his application until Jan. 8. He ultimately decided to run at the last minute, after reading a newspaper article about what the city commissioners and mayor were most proud of accomplishing in 2019. “It’s the intrinsic value of this,” Musca-

Anna Maria ousts … and ditches 14-year veteran 20-year tenant commissioner for new appointee It took a couple months, but it’s official: The fifth Anna Maria City Commission seat is no longer vacant. The chair was filled Jan. 9 by a unanimous vote by commissioners for the appointment of Joe Muscatello. The seat was previously held by Dale Woodland, who served 16 years, eight backto-back two-year terms, as commissioner. Woodland failed to qualify for re-election in November 2019 because he paid the $48 qualifying fee with a personal check instead of a designated campaign account. The commission agreed to accept applications for the vacant seat through close of business Jan. 8. Mayor Dan Murphy said Jan. 9 the applicants were Muscatello and Woodland. Each applicant was given up to five minutes to address the commission during the PleAse see pier, PAge 2 regular meeting Jan. 9.

The Anna Maria City Pier is still on track for a late-February opening for anglers, but the fate of the pier’s restaurant and bait shop remains unknown. However, Mario Schoenfelder, city pier tenant since 2000, likely won’t play a role in the pier’s future. The city commission Jan. 10 voted unanimously to decline Schoenfelder’s final lease offer and will seek requests for proposals from new prospective tenants. Present at the meeting were Mayor Dan Murphy, Commission Chair Carol Carter, Deputy Chair Mark Short, Commissioner Amy Tripp and the newly appointed commissioner, Joe Muscatello, sworn into office Jan. 9 to fill the vacant seat previously occupied by longtime Commissioner Dale Woodland. Commissioner Jonathan Crane and

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Schoenfelder attended the meeting remotely, via phone. Schoenfelder, who owns the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, delivered his final pier lease proposal prior to the deadline of Dec. 31, 2019. The city pier was closed by the city and Schoenfelder’s rent was abated after the September 2017 damage from Hurricane Irma. In 2018, the pier was demolished by the city to make way for a new pier. Although Murphy said he and Schoenfelder had come to an agreement on many details, there remained two outstanding issues: insurance and rent payments. According to Schoenfelder’s final proposal, his understanding was that the tenant would be responsible for liability and contents insurance and that the city was responsible for casualty insurance. “I am asking the city to explain how sufficient insurance coverage would be provided and how a sufficient degree of financial safety for the tenant would be established,” Schoenfelder wrote. Murphy said at the Jan. 10 meeting, “Mr. Schoenfelder is willing to put up $800,000 for improvements on the pier. My recommendation is that we provide insurance.” A rough cost estimate for casualty, fire and wind insurance is $50,000 per year, according to Murphy, and about half that amount would go toward insuring improvements with the city insuring any improvements that Schoenfelder couldn’t take with him at the termination of the lease. That eliminated one point of contention for the mayor, leaving the monthly payment. Murphy had emailed Schoenfelder Sept. 30, 2019, and presented him with two base-payment options for a new lease. The first option included a monthly base payment of $21,600, along with either a 3% annual increase to begin after the first year or an annual adjustment based on the consumer price index. The second option included a monthly base payment of $18,900, along with either a 3% annual

Workers Jan. 9 put finishing touches on the roof of the buildings on the T-end of the Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. The buildings will house a leased restaurant, bait shop and restrooms. Islander Photo: Phil Colpas

increase to begin after the first year or an annual adjustment based on the CPI — $250,000 upon signing the lease. Schoenfelder countered with monthly payments of $8,000 with the first six months rent-free, to begin when the restaurant opens, CPI-based adjustments kicking in after three years and a 10-year lease with two five-year options. Carter, who asked Schoenfelder how he came to a payment of $8,000 per month on a new facility when he previously paid nearly $12,000 per month, learned his $12,000 payment offer was based on an investment of $500,000, while the offer to pay $8,000 monthly is based on an initial investment of close to $1 million, the cost for the build-out, fixtures and equipment needed to operate. The proposed lease was for a 20-year commitment: 10 years plus two five-year options, with a potential percentage increase based on the CPI after the third year of the lease. The city would be responsible for maintenance, including annual engineer inspections of the pier structure and pilings, according to the proposed terms, and the cost, yet to be determined, would be prorated annu-

ally and added to the lease. Based on the terms of Schoenfelder’s final offer, it would take the city 20 years to pay back its investment of $2.6 million to build the new pier, Murphy said. When the cost of insurance is factored in it’s 27 years. “The pier was a revenue generator to the general fund over the years,” Murphy said. “It will be a long time before the pier will be a revenue generator again.” Of the total pier cost of $2.6 million, $1.2 million has been paid, while $1.5 million remains outstanding. “We’ve got the money earmarked for the rest of the pier,” Murphy said. “We’ve got to spend it. But we’ve got it.” That money will come out of the city’s general revenue fund and “is not the money we get from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the (Manatee County) Tourist Development Council,” Murphy said. “There remains $500,000 between the state of Florida and Manatee County we have yet to collect, but that will not offset the total cost of $2.6 Please see pier, Next page

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million.â&#x20AC;? Former Commissioner Doug Copeland told the commission he opposed Schoenfelderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offer and supported pursuing the RFP. From the dais, Tripp said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to see more options for the city and move forward with the RFP process.â&#x20AC;? The commissioners unanimously agreed to decline Schoenfelderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offer and Short motioned to begin the RFP process. The vote was unanimous. Murphy said he wanted to issue the RFP by Jan. 15, advertise and allow 30 days for evaluation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been quite a few people interested in this space,â&#x20AC;? he said. The mayor said the RFP wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t issued previously appointee continued from page 1

tello said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you see something youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve contributed to the community. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the reward is in this job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to love your community. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like that old Tina Turner song, Muscatello â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love Got To Do With It?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it is. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love. My motto is, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have some fun and get the job done!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Woodland said he began his local political career with code enforcement and then the planning and zoning board prior to his long tenure on the city commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I lost the first two times,â&#x20AC;? Woodland said about his initial run for the city commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The third time, I finally got elected. That was the beginning of 16 years. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of the service Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d appreciate serving more.â&#x20AC;? In a Jan. 5 email to The Islander, Woodland wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a public servant, always have been and always will be. I have no agenda but to serve. Our residents and visitors alike are welcome and a benefit to our city. I work in our city and am blessed to have people talk to me every day; their input drives me. When we

because there was still an existing tenant and a lease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best interest to move forward and look at other options for the pier,â&#x20AC;? Crane said, adding that open bidding would put a value on the lease and payments. Crane expressed an interest in Schoenfelder participating in the RFP process. Schoenfelder said if he did participate, he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change his proposal and that he thought it unlikely other restaurateurs would agree to larger payments. Although Schoenfelder is permitted to reapply during the RFP process, it appeared doubtful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure how long the RFP process would take, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m reluctant to take part in another delay,â&#x20AC;? Schoenfelder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an endless story. And I want this story to be ended.â&#x20AC;?

Nack had issues. Gretchen Lovewell, program manager for the stranding investigations team at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium on City Island in Sarasota, wrote The Islander an email Jan. 10, explaining that the dolphin that stranded and died on the Gulf shore near the Palmetto Avenue beach access in Anna Maria had â&#x20AC;&#x153;several issues.â&#x20AC;? Her post-necropsy update stated that most of the male dolphinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organs were abnormal and it had recently eaten four â&#x20AC;&#x153;decent-sized catfish.â&#x20AC;? Lovewell said there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;no smoking gun,â&#x20AC;? but it was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;very sick animal.â&#x20AC;? Lovewell told people gathered on the beach there was no evident trauma, and age may have been a are not always on the same page, our factor. The stranding team was familiar with the doldifferences are respected and I have phin named Nack. It had been tracked for years by to make a decision. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my job.â&#x20AC;? members of the Sarasota Bay Dolphin Project. For City commissioners voted via ballot more info, see Sandscript, page 23. 4-0 in favor of Muscatello. Murphy congratulated Muscatello on Woodland his win and then thanked Woodland â&#x20AC;˘ The commission unanimously passed an ordifor his years of service. nance to allow alternative methods of stormwater â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope that you continue to serve the city in other design to ease the process and reduce the expense for capacities,â&#x20AC;? Murphy said to Woodland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping single-family residential lots. weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see you here again.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ An ordinance is being explored to place a 180Muscatello was then sworn in by city clerk LeAnne day moratorium on electric scooters to allow the city to Addy. develop regulations for such uses on rights of way. In other city commission news: â&#x20AC;˘ Consider an ordinance to give law enforcement â&#x20AC;˘ Commissioner Carol Carter was nominated and teeth on regulated water activities in designated areas . accepted the position of city commission chair, which Murphy said this mostly concerns personal watercraft had temporarily been held by Murphy. at Bayfront Park. Commissioner Mark Short was nominated and â&#x20AC;˘ Announced that citizen-of-the-year nomination accepted the position of city commission vice chair. forms must be submitted by noon Wednesday, Jan. â&#x20AC;˘ Murphy appointed Muscatello as liaison to the 15. Island Players, which performs at the theater adjacent The city will honor the citizen of the year Thursto city hall. day, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m., before the commission meetThe mayor has not yet named the Anna Maria City ing at 6 p.m. at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Pier liaison, a position previously held by Woodland. Maria.

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Bert Harris victory goes to Holmes Beach, but plaintiffs disagree By ChrisAnn Allen Islander Reporter

The Holmes Beach win hinged on one word. At a Jan. 8 hearing, 12th Circuit Court Judge Ed Nicholas granted the city of Holmes Beach’s motion for partial summary judgment and denied the same motion filed against the city by three vacation rental property owners. The property owners claimed the city violated the Bert J. Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act, which allows demands for compensation due to government regulations that “may inordinately burden, restrict, or limit private property rights,” when it enacted vacation rental regulations limiting occupancy to a maximum of two persons per bedroom. In his ruling, delivered from the bench at the hearing, Nicholas emphasized use of the word “inordinately,” defining it as “excessive,” and, while allowing the owners were “absolutely burdened,” the occupancy reduction was not sufficient for the claim. “I don’t think the plaintiffs have come close to establishing anything that could be remotely considered an ‘inordinate burden,’” the judge said. But the plaintiffs attorney disagrees. Representing the owners, attorney Aaron Thomas of the Najmy Thompson law office in Bradenton, filed a motion Jan. 10 to reconsider the ruling. Thomas wrote in the motion that the term “inordinate burden” is defined by the Bert Harris Act as an action of a government entity restricting the property owner from attaining “the reasonable, investmentbacked expectation for the existing use” and does not limit “reasonable.” The motion states that the statute was not set up to allow the circuit courts to make that decision. The owners, properties and their complaints are: • AMI Breeze, 209 54th St., 20 to 16 occupants. • Coral Escape of Holmes Beach, 132 50th St.,

Attorney Jay Daigneault, defending Holmes Beach in a lawsuit filed by several property owners alleging violations of the Bert J. Harris property rights act, shares a congratulatory moment with Mayor Judy Titsworth Jan. 8 in the Bradenton courtroom. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen

reduction of 14 to 12 occupants. • Mojito Splash, 304 65th St., 12 to 10 occupants. During the hearing, Thomas revisited his argument that his clients’ rights were violated when the city enacted enforcement regulations in May 2016 for a September 2015 two-person per bedroom rule. Prior to adoption of the rule, there was no occupancy limit for residential rentals. In 2011, the Legislature limited the ability for

local governments to regulate vacation rentals. Then, in 2014, the state gave some authority back to local governments, allowing regulations to abate quality-oflife issues stemming from short-term rentals. Attorney Jay Daigneault, of the Trask, Daigneault, law firm in Clearwater, assigned case by the city’s insurer, challenged the owners’ right to bring the suits without first being denied a variance, which Thomas countered as futile owing to local regulations. Thomas argued that the state preemption precluded the city from regulating vacation rentals prior to the comp plan’s 2011 amendment. Daigneault and Thomas also argued the validity of the property appraisals, with Daigneault citing testimony from the city’s appraiser. Daigneault said both appraisers agreed that the “highest and best use” must be considered during the appraisal, but the Bert Harris Act only is enacted if the fair market value of the property has been devalued, which he said was not fully cover in the plaintiffs’ appraisals. In closing, Daigneault said the plaintiffs’ allegations were based on the premise that the city’s occupancy regulations “burdened or diminished the shortterm vacation rental industry.” He said the Bert Harris Act is not in place to support “private industry,” adding that the act is meant to be generally applicable. Thomas closed by reasserting that since the city could not grant a variance to “escape a provision of the comp plan,” and it was relying on state regulations over local ones. Following Nicholas’ ruling in favor of the city, Daigneault told The Islander, “I appreciate the judge taking the time to consider the case as he did. I think he got it right.” A ruling on a similar set of cases based on occupancy limits against Holmes Beach, heard in November 2019 by Judge Charles Sniffen, is forthcoming.

Holmes Beach continues trudge down treehouse path By ChrisAnn Allen Islander Reporter

One treehouse built in Holmes Beach in 2011 without a permit has led to four pending lawsuits spanning seven years. At a hearing Jan. 7 on a lawsuit filed in December 2018, 12th Circuit Judge Charles Sniffen heard the city of Holmes Beach’s motion to dismiss a second amended 11-count complaint by the plaintiffs, treehouse owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen. At the beginning of the proceedings, Sniffen granted the city’s motion for judicial notice to include evidence already proven in cases pertaining to the structure. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, also a defendant in the case, filed a motion similar to the city’s, asking for a more defined complaint and motion to dismiss. An order posted to the Manatee County public records website stated the court took the motion to dismiss under advisement and continued a Jan. 7 motion to impose sanctions. At the hearing, attorney Randy Mora of Trask Daigneault, the Clearwater law firm assigned to the case by the city’s insurer, said Holmes Beach moved to dismiss the case on several bases, including “res judicata,” meaning a competent court already made a final decision in the matter.

What treehouse? Where?

Some might wonder what people are referring to when “the treehouse” turns up in conversations. Located in Holmes Beach at 103 29th St. on the beachfront at a residence that includes four short-term rental units, is an elevated two-story, 400-square-foot open-air structure with solar power that was built around a large pine tree. The owners have been in litigation with the city and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2013 regarding the treehouse, which the city and state claim was built too close to a renourished beach — within the setback for the state’s erosion control line, and without permits.

A treehouse, built in 2011 in an Australian pine tree by the residents of the beachfront home, still stands on the beach at 103 29th St., Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo

“This is all about fairness. The plaintiffs don’t agree with what the law says,” Mora said. “And until this court tells them they can’t proceed any further, they will keep trying to get the answer they want.” The city repeatedly has prevailed over appeals, including in a November 2019 hearing on a case that started in 2013. At that hearing, 12th Circuit Judge Edward Nicholas refuted the plaintiffs’ claim that a city ordinance, including a 50-foot setback from the state’s erosion control line on the beach, amounted to property taking without compensation. Tran and Hazen built the two-story, uninhabitable structure in 2011 attached to an Australian pine tree on the beach fronting their home and four rental units they operate at 103 29th St., leading to litigation between the city, the DEP and the owners. The city has argued that the treehouse was built in violation of the city building code and inside the beachfront setback. The setback rule prohibits structures within 50 feet of the ECL, which separates the public area of the beach from private ownership. The 1992 island beach renourishment project permanently established the ECL. The owners claim that state law, which allows a

more flexible setback, supersedes local law and that then-city inspector Bob Shaffer said no permit was required. According to the plaintiffs’ amended complaint, Shaffer said, “Just build it safe.” At the Jan. 7 hearing, Tran said she and Hazen were given approval by the building official, but then were met with resistance from the city and DEP. “No one told us what to do, so here we go,” she said, in reference to her and Hazen’s first declaratory judgment complaint. Since 2013, three of four lawsuits are pending in circuit court, while the Jan. 7 case is in state court. Circuit courts have general trial jurisdiction over matters not assigned by statute to the county courts and also hear appeals from county court cases, while state courts have broad jurisdiction. Sarasota attorney David Levin is the plaintiffs’ attorney for the circuit court cases. The plaintiffs are representing themselves in the state case. A federal suit, added by the treehouse owners, was thrown out in August 2019. As of press time for The Islander, a date was not set for the continued hearing.


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Bradenton Beach approves county franchise, property owner declines By Ryan Paice Islander Reporter

There may be no better time to reach a deal than the start of a decade. But not everyone came to an agreement. Bradenton Beach commissioners voted 5-0 Jan. 9 to approve a franchise agreement for underground utilities with Manatee County, a deal tied to a proposed settlement agreement between the city, county and the owner of three residential properties. In the franchise agreement — the city’s fourth extension of a 1966 agreement — the city agreed to pay a $50,000 annual fee for 17 more years of potable water and wastewater service. The city has relied on

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the county’s sewer and potable water systems since its creation in 1971. The agreement would end in 2037, when the city and county would work together to find a third party to take responsibility for the infrastructure. The deal was set to end in 2026 before the proposed extension. The legal dispute began in 2017, when developer Shawn Kaleta applied for city permits to build swimming pools over a county sewer line at three properties. Kaleta owns 116 11th St. S., while his company, BB Bayfront LLC, owns 112 11th St. S. and 114 11th St. The county got an injunction against the builder and the city to stop the work, which resulted in the city tabling Kaleta’s pool applications. The county addi-

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tionally sought a 20-foot easement around the sewer line at the three properties. The settlement would give the county a license to operate on the city rights of way instead of assigning an easement and allow for Kaleta’s pools after the county moves the sewer line. The agreement also would allow the city to use the county’s geographic information system, a mapping system for the county’s infrastructure. However, Najmy Thompson attorney Louis Najmy, who represents Kaleta, told The Islander in a Jan. 11 interview that his client won’t sign the settlement. “The county and city may think that everything is approved and settled, but this has not been approved by Mr. Kaleta,” Najmy said. “It doesn’t meet any terms acceptable to him.” Najmy said he had no communication from either the city or county during their recent negotiations. “The city and the county might have been working with each other, but the entire time the county has been uncooperative with the landowner,” Najmy said. “They’ve been extremely unreasonable and it’s cost the property owners a lot of money as a result.” Najmy said the agreement requires waiting until after the county moves the sewer line to build the pools, but Kaleta is seeking a settlement to begin building the pools within 30 days or compensation for denied access for three-and-a-half years. “Until someone is willing to call me from the county, saying that they’re willing to actually be cooperative, then at this point we’re going to proceed with our trespass action (against the county),” Najmy said. He added that Kaleta could seek reimbursement for legal fees caused by the dispute if the matter continues much longer. The two proposed agreements — without Kaleta’s signoff — were set to go before county commissioners at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at their chamber, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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Don’t discount it. I know some people don’t believe in intuition, while others believe women have a more keen sense of intuition than men. The dictionary refers to intuition as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. Insight. Intuition. A magical force. One online source said a woman’s intuition may be the most powerful force on Earth. It can be scary. Like the time a friend told me he’d lost his contact lens while driving his car. I suggested he look behind his seat on the floor mat and, well, how did I know it was there? I’ve been resisting my thoughts about the Anna Maria City Pier for a long time. Something didn’t strike me as “kosher” when the city claimed the dire condition of the pier — before Irma’s damages. As facts, I relied on the replacement of the 800-footlong walkway — a partnership undertaken with the City Pier Restaurant — in 2010-11 that saw the old planks on the walkway replaced with engraved boards. Money for 1,000 planks paid for lumber, engraving and installation. And all along the walkway, the pier operator paid to replace the underbelly, the stringers and supports, and pilings where needed. I guessed the walkway — about 10,000 square feet — exceeded the T-end by two-thirds. So my internal voice was screaming: How can the pier be damaged more than 50%? Maybe the Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed. It did not, after all, offer the city nearly the amount claimed. I still felt strongly that the pier did not need to be demolished and rebuilt. How could it remain so sturdy and defiant in Tampa Bay so long after the hurricane passed? The thought crossed my mind that some city officials saw a window of opportunity for a new pier. They also wanted the tenant out. They wanted to forge a new pier and a new deal. I hope I’m wrong. Because the tenant likely will seek compensation and there’s more spiff than history in the new pier. I became a little nervous about the whispers from the little voice in my head. And I’m very sorry to learn a dedicated public servant, eight times elected by Anna Maria voters — yes, eight times voted to serve — was denied a seat on the About renourishment commission by the remainder on the dais. On islander.org, readers posted the following about I think we agreed on the pier matter. the Jan. 8 report on plans to renourish beaches in BraBut that’s just my intuition talking. — Bonner Joy denton Beach and Holmes Beach: • When will federal, state, county and local taxpayers finally get tired of continuing to waste their tax dollars by throwing our money into the sea? — Andrew Cirincione JAN. 15, 2020 • Vol. 28, No. 12 • Why only minor repair to Coquina? It’s so eroded. ▼ Publisher and Editor Coquina is one of the prettiest parts of the island. Is it Bonner Joy, news@islander.org ▼ Editorial because it’s considered the locals’ beach? We deserve lisa Neff, editor, lisa@islander.org our beach to be pristine. chrisAnn Allen, chrisann@islander.org — Barbara Tibbs sandy Ambrogi, sandy@islander.org

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Readers remarked on The Islander’s Jan. 8 report on the negotiations between the city and the current leaseholder and prospective tenant at the Anna Maria City Pier: • I must say that I side with Mario Schoenfelder’s position. How can Anna Maria charge such a huge increase in rent? The huge increase in rent will mean a huge increase in the bait shop and restaurant prices and a little more charm of the island will be gone forever. No longer will residents and tourists alike be able to see a sunset without spending a fortune for a cold beverage. — Maureen Myers • This restaurant has been a disappointment since 2000. When I see boxes of grouper from China stacked on the pier to be carried in — forget it. Bring back Anna Maria Oyster Bar or ask the Cortez Cafe to give it a go. In the meantime, allow a hot dog cart or a taco wagon. Wait for quality! — Phil Grey

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The Islander incorrectly reported Jan. 1 in “Island officials prep for state struggle, push for environmental protection” that Cari Roth, formerly with Dean Mead law firm in Tallahassee, would be one of Holmes Beach’s lobbyists for the 2020 legislative session that began Jan. 14. Roth resigned from the firm Dec. 31, 2019, and the city is represented by lobbyist Martha Edenfield, also of the Dean Mead law firm.


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From the archives

playing bingo in the ’80s Players gather at the Anna maria island community center in september 1980 for bingo games. the community center — now the center of Anna maria island — has resumed monthly bingo nights for the winter season. the next games will be friday, feb. 7, at the center, 407 magnolia Ave., Anna maria. islander courtesy Photos: manatee county Public library system

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• The U.S. Postal Service announced it would move the Anna Maria Post Office from Gulf Drive to Bayview Plaza at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection. A postal service spokesman said the new office would be in operation by the end of the summer. • Holmes Beach resident Bob Moderhak earned $500,000 at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans when he threw a football through a target from 15 yards away in a contest sponsored by Nokia. • About a dozen people showed up for a drug forum sponsored by the Holmes Beach Police Department. The forum was organized because island parents said drug abuse was a problem among teenagers.

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Drying nets, way back when cortez fishermen in the early 1900s spread cotton fishing nets to dry. the introduction of synthetic materials — monofilament line — ended the chore of spreading and drying the cotton nets. Pictured are clayton fulford, Ambrose Jones, W.t. fulford, clyde fulford, W.A. Adams and an unidentified man.

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BB pier floating dock, gangway woes wear on for CRA

10-foot-wide floating dock extension with a handrail on one side. Chappie seconded the motion. CRA members voted 6-0 to approve the motion. CRA member David Bell was absent with excuse.

By Ryan Paice Islander Reporter

Dealing with the floating dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach is like a game of Whac-A-Mole. Just as the city takes care of one problem, another pops up. The floating dock allows seafaring folk to dock their vessels to access the pier, which the dock runs parallel to. The city has either been pursuing, installing or repairing the amenity for three years. Community Redevelopment Agency Chair Ralph Cole, also a city commissioner, told board members Jan. 8 he ordered 18 rollers — the mechanisms that allow the dock sections to rise and fall with tidal movement — for $12,000 from Golden Marine Systems after judging satisfactory GMS’s installation of railings and ladders. Cole was authorized by the CRA to move forward if he approved of Golden. The rollers will replace those Hecker Construction installed that did not match the original plans for the dock. Cole said the plans from Technomarine Construction, the dock designer that defaulted on its contract with the CRA, were sent to Golden to remanufacture the rollers, beginning with a single roller to test the quality. In the meantime, the gangway — the walkway connection between the dock and the pier — needs corrective work, according to Cole. Cole said the gangway end shifted to the dock’s north side as recent rough waters rocked the structure and something must be done to hold the gangway straight. For now, railings will prevent the end of the gangway from sliding off the north side of the dock. Additionally, the dock may need to be moved a few feet east. The city hired Duncan Seawall to repair the gangway, which was pulling away from the pier, by driving and cross-bracing four pilings to support the walkway, as well as extend the pier to reach the gangway. The repair shifted the gangway three feet to the east but the dock remained in position, causing the end of the gangway to intrude into the dock landing area. Cole said Duncan, when it installs the new rollers, could relocate a couple of pilings and shift the dock. Cole said he will acquire estimates for such work. Dock additions While problems have plagued the dock, the CRA continues to move forward with its plans to attach finger docks to the east side of the floating dock, as well as an extension to connect to a dinghy dock near the base of the pier. The finger docks and extension would provide

Reimbursing the city CRA members also voted 6-0 to reimburse the city $66,517 for work to fix the gangway. CRA member and commissioner Jan Vosburgh moved to approve the reimbursement. Chappie seconded the motion. The city had hired Duncan Nov. 13, 2019, to repair the gangway connection to the pier. Duncan finished repairs and submitted an invoice in early December, but after the monthly CRA meeting, so the city had footed the bill.

The gangway that provides access from the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach to the floating dock rocks and shifts with the tide Jan. 10, moving the gangway off-center of the dock landing. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

additional area for boats to dock and the extension would double as a “nature walk” along the shoreline. City attorney Ricinda Perry is working with Environmental Science Associates, a consulting firm, to update a submerged land lease with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as well as permitting from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Perry said ESA has three questions the CRA must answer for the permitting process: is the dock extension floating or fixed? How wide is the extension? And will the extension have a handrail? Cole said he preferred a floating extension, which would be more convenient for people to use for docking and only require one row of pilings. Mayor John Chappie, also a CRA member, said he has concerns with the durability of floating structures and questioned whether a floating extension could hold up to rough tides. He said he wants to test the existing floating dock’s durability. Cole countered that floating docks can withstand harsh conditions if properly set up. After, Perry said the CRA could modify its plans if members decide against using floating structures. CRA member and city commissioner Jake Spooner moved to direct her to move forward with plans for a

BB CRA aims to build on living shoreline By Ryan Paice Islander Reporter

Bradenton Beach’s living shoreline could see some additions. Community redevelopment agency members voted 6-0 Jan. 8 to spend up to $35,000 to add oysters, minireefs, reef balls and underwater lighting at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. CRA member David Bell was absent with excuse. The motion establishes that CRA Chair Ralph Cole, also a city commissioner, and city attorney Ricinda Perry will coordinate with staff to pursue the goals in the second quarter of 2020, which begins in April. The living shoreline project began last year, when the CRA purchased almost 100,000 clams for $36,000 and placed the bivalves in the waters south of the pier to counter the effects of red tide. Each brood stock clam filters several gallons of water daily and is practically predator-proof because of its mature shell. CRA member Ed Chiles made the motion. He suggested bolstering the living shoreline by purchasing mini-reefs — small habitats that cultivate sea life and clean water — for placement under the pier. The reefs attach and float “under” the pier. Chiles said the CRA should consider purchasing

the mini-reefs from the Center of Anna Maria Island, which partnered with manufacturer Ocean Habitats as a part of its “Go Green” campaign. The center is selling the structures for $350 each and keeping $150 of each sale. Chiles is the owner of the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, the sponsor of the second annual Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau concert series co-hosted by the center. He also owns the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, and serves as a board member of the Gulf Shellfish Institute, a nonprofit aimed at improving and increasing shellfish production in the state. CRA Chair Ralph Cole, a city commissioner, said he wants to grow the project with oysters to fulfill the same purpose as the clams. Cole also wants to add reef balls, spherical structures that can be placed on the seabed around pilings, providing habitats for marine life. CRA member Jake Spooner, a city commissioner, provided a final suggestion. He said the CRA should add underwater lighting to the pier so people can see the bivalves and reef structures. Chiles amended his motion to add Cole’s and Spooner’s suggestions, and also called for signage informing people about the project.

Boats at anchor Jan. 10 in Bradenton Beach waters. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

Bradenton Beach moves to tighten boating regulations By Ryan Paice Islander Reporter

Seafaring folk in Bradenton Beach soon may have to abide a few new regulations. City commissioners voted 5-0 Jan. 9 to approve the first reading of an ordinance that would limit rafting, prohibit attaching floating platforms to vessels, as well as people from beaching their vessels on the public shores of Sarasota Bay within the city. City attorney Ricinda Perry said the city has experienced issues with people “bay beaching” their vessels, resulting in removal and storage by public works. The ordinance would establish a five-day deadline for people to reclaim their vessels before the city sells or disposes of the seized property. The city also would hold the owner of the vessel responsible for a $100 daily storage fee and costs for removal and towing. Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby said the fees would help recuperate funds spent dealing with abandoned vessels, including staff hours and gas. Cosby added that the city also would need signs informing people that beaching and leaving their vessels is prohibited. The ordinance also would prohibit floating platforms — defined as platforms not integrated and connected with a motorized vessel — from being used in city waters. City waters — policed by the city — span 500 feet from the shoreline on Sarasota Bay. Floating platforms and barges may be permitted if used in the construction of water-dependent structures, dredging and removing, towing or repairing vessels. The provision is meant to prevent vessels from linking floating platforms that could infringe upon the riparian rights of waterfront property owners. The city currently has no policies regulating floating platforms. Lastly, the ordinance would create regulations for rafting — linking more than two vessels, dinghies, paddlecraft or non-motorized vessels — in city waters. Cosby said the policy would restrict the number of dinghies, paddlecraft or non-motorized vessels allowed to link to a single “mothership vessel” to any combination of two. The final reading and public hearing for the ordinance will be at noon Thursday, Jan. 16, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.


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CRA utility, paver projects underway in Bridge Street area By ryan Paice islander reporter

The turn of the decade brought a flurry of work to Bradenton Beach. Two community redevelopment agency projects to improve Bridge Street — burying utility lines and replacing asphalt parking spaces and crosswalks with pervious brick pavers — began the week of Jan. 6. Both projects are aimed at improving the aesthetics of the commercial area, and the pervious pavers are expected to aid stormwater drainage. City attorney Ricinda Perry told CRA members at their Jan. 8 meeting that the utility project was to begin Jan. 11-12, with the paver project planned to start Jan. 15 with delivery of the materials. However, Bradenton-based Classic Brick Construction delivered the pavers Jan. 7 due to a miscommunication, according to Perry. City engineer Lynn Burnett, who was on vacation, coordinated the project for the CRA and the contractor delivered the pavers a week ahead of schedule. Perry said the unexpected delivery resulted in placement of pavers throughout the area, which caused some issues. The stacks of pavers were taking up parking spaces at the BridgeWalk Resort, where some eventually will be laid. Those pavers were moved to the two economy car parking spaces at the base of the Historic Bridge Street Pier and were again moved to the median of the roundabout at Bridge Street and Church Avenue. Perry met with Mayor John Chappie and public works director Tom Woodard to discuss how to coordinate the paver work with the utility project. The three decided to allow work on the pavers to begin Jan. 8 in areas that wouldn’t impact the utility project, beginning with the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S. Paver installation was to move from west to east along Bridge Street, including parking areas near the Sports Lounge, in front of the BridgeWalk Resort, Fish Hole Miniature Golf and the Daiquiri Deck/Bridge Street Bazaar building still under construction. The latter two properties are owned by CRA member and Commissioner Jake Spooner. The CRA’s paver project will improve both private and public areas. Perry said daily excavations would be finished before 4 p.m. and the contractor would work quietly in the early evenings on setting pavers. The contracted amount with CBC for paver installation is CRA Chair and City Commissioner Ralph Cole said the sooner the project can be completed before the spring season the better.

The CRA is …

The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency promotes restoration, growth and tourism for the district — bordered by Cortez Road, Sarasota Bay, Fifth Street South and the Gulf of Mexico — by funding capital improvement projects with incremental tax revenue collected by Manatee County since 1992, when the area was declared blighted. The agency includes the mayor, city commissioners and two appointed members, restaurateur Ed Chiles and resident David Bell.

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classic Brick construction crews excavate and load pavement Jan. 8 in order to install pervious brick pavers — stacked alongside — in the moose lodge parking lot as a part of a Bradenton Beach crA improvement plan. Pavers also will be installed in parking areas and crosswalks on Bridge street. islander Photo: ryan Paice

Chappie moved to approve the CBC contract for $40,582.40 for paver installation and CRA member/ Commissioner Marilyn Maro seconded the motion. The motion passed on a 6-0 vote. CRA member David Bell was absent with excuse. Chappie said the CRA also should pay for an officer to handle traffic during the paver installation work. CRA member Ed Chiles, a local restaurateur, moved to pay up to $10,000 for the police officer. Maro seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Utility project begins CRA members have waited months for Florida Power & Light to provide a cost estimate for the utility project to set the contract price with Wilco Electrical. The contractor was retained in October 2019 to bury utility lines and currently is undergrounding utilities on Longboat Key. FPL now has estimated the cost at $183,515. That notice came this month and allows work to begin. Mark Porter of CDM Smith, the consulting firm coordinating the project, said most of the work — including boring into pavement — would be completed within the first two weekends, Jan. 11-12 and Jan. 18-19. He said he would seek approval from city officials if work is required on weekdays. Porter also said he would communicate with

Bridge Street property owners and businesses, letting them know a week ahead of when work will occur and when they might lose power. Outages could last 30 minutes to four hours as Wilco connects meters to the new buried utility lines. Chiles said he would like to get before-and-after pictures of Bridge Street to see how the project improves the aesthetics. “This is what we have been waiting for, so I’m excited to see the end results,” Cole said. Planter boxes and landscaping The CRA also had the public works department remove planter boxes — previously set on sidewalks and rights of way on Bridge Street — to make way for the utility project. Chappie said the boxes were discarded for $2,516.25 as a part of designer Emily Anne Smith’s aesthetic plan for Bridge Street, but the plants were relocated in the city. Smith is working on a landscaping plan for Bridge Street. In a preliminary plan, Smith proposed replacing the planters with trees. Perry said Smith requested additional engineering schematics from the CRA, but it wouldn’t be able to provide the materials before the paver and utility projects are finished. CRA members reached consensus to put Smith’s landscaping plans on hold until the two projects have been completed.

BB CRA sets deadline for pilot shuttle plan By ryan Paice islander reporter

There might be light at the end of the trail for the Bradenton Beach shuttle service between Bridge Street and Coquina Beach. Community redevelopment agency members voted 6-0 Jan. 8 to set a 30-day deadline to draft a plan for the pilot project to consider for submittal to Manatee County. CRA member David Bell was absent with excuse. The service would involve transporting people in a multi-passenger low-speed vehicle on a trail stretching alongside Gulf Drive from Coquina Beach to Bridge Street and then the Bradenton Beach Marina.

County commissioners must approve an interlocal agreement with Bradenton Beach and its CRA so the agency can reconfigure a section of Coquina Beach and parking at Cortez Beach alongside a stretch of Gulf Drive to accommodate the trail. Both beaches are owned and maintained by the county. Several county commissioners spoke enthusiastically about the jitney at a work session in December 2019, but asked for a detailed plan. City attorney Ricinda Perry said the deadline would allow her to hold staff accountable for the plan. She also said she would try to bring a plan to the next CRA meeting, which will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

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Center invites people to line up for lessons

Students can get “Footloose” at the Center of Anna Maria Island this month. The center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is hosting a series of “culture classes,” including line dancing lessons at 11 a.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 16 and taught by Bonnie and Bob Henderickson. The cost to attend is free for center members and $5 per session for nonmembers. The center also is offering lessons in playing a ukulele by Dan Shafer, a high school orchestra director. The first class was to be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, additional classes will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 11, March 10 and April 17. The cost to attend is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. The cultural series also includes two cooking

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Members of the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, are preparing to dish up the first community dinner of the winter season. The center volunteers will serve pulled-pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, desserts and beverages 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. The cost is $8. The center has not announced menus for additional dinners, which usually include a fish fry at the end of the season. For more information, call Linda Yarger at 941778-3580.

Bingo thursdays arrive in Bradenton Beach

Annie Silver Community Center will open its annual winter season of bingo Thursday, Jan. 16. The center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, will host winter bingo games 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through March 26. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Center members will call games and serve refreshments, including cake, coffee and sodas. Also, there will be raffles for prizes and a 50/50 drawing each evening, with proceeds supporting the Bradenton Beach not-for-profit. For more information, call Linda Yarger at 941778-3580.

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police chief to address Kiwanis Club

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will hear from Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer during its meeting Saturday, Jan. 18. The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The club members gather at 8 a.m. for breakfast. For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-1383.

classes. “Italy: A History of Regional Cuisines” will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, and focus on Northern Italy cooking. A second class, on Central Italy cuisine, will be Thursday, Feb. 6. Both classes will be taught by chef Robert Gaglio of Italian Culinary Tours and include dinner. An announcement said, “Enjoy a tasting of some of chef Robert’s favorite dishes punctuated with a live musical performance of excerpts from opera, movie themes and popular songs.” The cost to enroll is $60 for members and $65 for nonmembers. For more information about the center programs, call 941-778-1908.

Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society calls for artists

The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society issued a call for artists to participate in the “Open Aqueous” exhibit at ArtCenter Manatee in downtown Bradenton. “Open Aqueous” means artists who work in any water-based paint medium— acrylics, gouache and transparent watercolors — can enter. Artists can submit work 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. The fee is $25 per painting for society members and $35 for nonmembers. Artists can submit two paintings that must be matted and framed using plexiglass. Cash prizes will be awarded: $500 for first place, $400 for second, $300 for third and $100 merit awards. FSWS also will award a $250 prize for “excellence for transparent watercolor.” A reception for the exhibit, which will continue into mid-March, is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. At the celebration, FSWS will serve light refreshments and attendees will vote for “The People’s Choice” painting. The juror for the show is past FSWS president Kim Minichiello, a painter. For more information, go online to suncoastwatersociety.com or call the ArtCenter at 941-746-2862.

Friends host fossil collector for lecture at island Library

The Friends of the Island Library’s lecture series continues at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, with a talk by fossil collector Raymond Young. The lecture is titled, “Real Monsters from the Prehistoric Past.” Young, a retired science teacher, has collected fossils for more than 50 years. The lecture will be in the meeting room at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call the library at 941-7786341.


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Senior group plans travel talk

The Senior Adventures group will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, for a program at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Plans involve coffee and a travel presentation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impressions of France.â&#x20AC;? Also, the group will hold a book sale and potluck lunch at Annie Silver at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31. In February, participants will attend a Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day concert at Sunny Side Retirement in Sarasota and travel to St. Petersburg Feb. 21 to tour the James Museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both trips require reservations for travel by van. Other plans include a book sale and potluck lunch Feb. 28 at Annie Silver and a coffee and talk about Meals on Wheels Feb. 7 at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. For more information, call the Center of Anna Maria Island at 941-778-1908.

Stitchers on social time mary ellen sabo says if she gets the hang of the knitting loom, she will work on hats and scarves. sabo was attending a gathering of a knitting group at the island library, 5701 marina drive, Holmes Beach. the next gathering of the sunshine stitchers Knit and crochet group will be 2 p.m. friday, Jan. 17. islander Photo: sarah Brice

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The Anna Maria Island and West Manatee Democratic Club will hold a monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 20, at the IMG Academy Golf Clubhouse, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. The club will host guest speaker Makiko Felice, representing the Manatee County group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The grassroots, nonpartisan organization founded the day after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, demands solutions to an epidemic of gun violence in the United States. A buffet lunch will be served. The cost is $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration will begin at 11:15 a.m. For more information, call Harry Kamberis at 941779-0564.

The Center of Anna Maria Island will host a compost workshop Wednesday, Jan. 15. And bring some food scraps, because the center also has compost bins open to the public. The workshop, conducted in collaboration with the Sunshine Community Compost, will be at 9:30 a.m. at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. A news release said attendees would learn about Democratic club expands composting and a community effort to go greener by keeping food waste out of landfills. appeal, changes name For more information, call the center at 941-778A group of locals that meets monthly for lunch, 1908. politics and policy discussions has changed its name. The group formerly known as the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club is now the Anna Maria Island island Gallery West offers and West Manatee Democratic Club. artist demonstrations The club is under the umbrella of the Manatee Island Gallery West is offering a series of artist County Democratic Party, which coordinates a number demonstrations Saturdays through the winter. of other clubs and caucuses. Demonstrations, set for 10:30 a.m.-noon, The name change was approved in late 2019. include: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a board-approved name change reflecting the â&#x20AC;˘ Jan. 25, Janet Flickinger, pencil drawing. fact that a growing number of our newer members live â&#x20AC;˘ Feb. 1, Judy Saltzman, watercolors. in west Manatee County,â&#x20AC;? said Harry Kamberis, who â&#x20AC;˘ Feb. 8, Carol Dougherty, mixed-media and provides club notices to the press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we decided on color. a more inclusive name.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Feb. 15, Graciela Giles, watercolors. The county party also has Lakewood Ranch, Longâ&#x20AC;˘ Feb. 22, Richard Lamson, repurposing furboat Key, Manatee River and North River clubs, as niture. well as black, Hispanic, LGBTA and progressive cauâ&#x20AC;˘ Feb. 29, Joanna Karpay, pastels. cuses and the Manasota Young Democrats. â&#x20AC;˘ March 7, Candace Bennington, oils. The island/west Manatee clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president is Phyllis â&#x20AC;˘ March 14, Maria Sine, acrylics. Boles and members generally meet the third Monday â&#x20AC;˘ March 21, Sharon Woelfling, watermedia. September-May. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information about the island/west ManaIGW is at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. tee group, call Kamberis at 941-779-0564. For more information, call the gallery at 941For more information about the party, go online to 778-6648. manateecountydemocrats.com.

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Looking ahead on AMI

Thursday, Jan. 16 2 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library Lecture and Travel Series, Ray Young, “Real Monsters from the Prehistoric Past,” Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7786341.

March 15, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Holmes Beach. May 30, Anna Maria Island Privateers Kids Day, TBD. ONGOING OFF AMI

ONGOING ON AMI

LOOKING AHEAD ON AMI Jan. 23, Center of Anna Maria Island’s concert series presents Starship, Anna Maria. Feb. 4, 17th annual Jazz Fest to benefit Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Anna Maria. Feb. 13, Center of Anna Maria Island’s concert series presents Danny Seraphine, Anna Maria. Feb. 28-29, Center of Anna Maria Island murder-mystery show, Anna Maria. March 5-22, Island Players’ “Leading Ladies,” Anna Maria. March 10, 10th annual Oldies Beach Dance, Anna Maria. March 19, Center of Anna Maria Island’s concert series presents the Grass Roots, Anna Maria.

Compiled by Lisa Neff, calendar@islander.org Tuesday, Jan. 21 10 a.m. — Preschool storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Through Jan. 26, Island Players present “Ripcord,” 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755. Second Fridays, downtown Holmes Beach art walk, various venues. Information: 941-778-6694, 941-778-6648. Throughout January, “See the Light” exhibit, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7786648. Throughout January, “Critters and Creatures” exhibit, Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941778-6694. Throughout January, “The Next Chapter” exhibition, paintings by Rolf Hellem, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Anna Maria. Information: 941-900-8478.

For the week Jan. 15-22

In the ‘Rainforest’ A mask, one of 300 made by indigenous Borucan artists from Costa Rica, is on display in an exhibit at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The exhibit continues through Jan. 26. For more information, call the gardens at 941366-5731. Islander Courtesy Photo

Through Feb. 7, Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island’s “Boundaries Erased” exhibit, ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Anna Maria. Information: 941-746-2862. Through Aug. 1, “Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection,” John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941359-5700. Second Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m., Lunch and Learn program, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. Thursdays, 5-8 p.m., Art After 5, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-359-5700. March 21, Center of Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes, islandFirst Fridays, 6-9 p.m., ArtWalk in the Village of the Arts, around wide. 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Also, Saturdays April 11, Beach’n Food Truck and Music Fest, Bradenton after the first Fridays. Information: villageofthearts@gmail.com. Beach. Second and fourth Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., Music on the Porch, April 30, Island Players’ “Death by Design,” Anna Maria. Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120. OFF AMI Looking Ahead off AMI Wednesday, Jan. 15 6 p.m. — Florida Maritime Museum lecture, “Tales of Reef Feb. 8, Bradenton Area River Regatta, Bradenton. Fish Behavior After Catch and Release,” 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Feb. 15-16, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120. March 21, Anna Maria Island Privateers’ “One Night in Tortuga” Thursday, Jan. 16 pirate gathering, Cortez. 5-7 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island’s “Boundaries Erased” reception, ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. KIDS & FAMILY Information: 941-746-2862. On AMI Ongoing OFF ANNA MARIA ISLAND Friday, Jan. 17 Through Jan. 26, Manatee County Fair, 1303 17th St. W., Pal10 a.m. — Forty Carrots, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, metto. Fee applies. Information: 941-722-8951. Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Stelliferous Star Talk, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. Second Saturdays, 4 p.m., IQuest for middle schoolers, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. KidSpace, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131. LOOKING AHEAD OFF AMI April 11, DeSoto Bottle Boat Regatta, Brade3nton. April 25, DeSoto Grand Parade, Bradenton.

CLUBS & COMMUNITY On AMI Wednesday, Jan. 15 1:45 p.m. — Beginner Ukulele class, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 3 p.m. — Ukulele class, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 6 p.m. — Mind in the Making workshop, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Thursday, Jan. 16 10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Library Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7786341. Friday, Jan. 17 2 p.m. — Sunshine Stitchers Knit and Crochet club, , Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7786341. 5-7 p.m. — Annie Silver Community Center pork dinner, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-7783580. Saturday, Jan. 18 11 a.m. — Guided meditation, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Wednesday, Jan. 22 Noon — Coloring club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 1:45 p.m. — Beginner Ukulele class, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 3 p.m. — Ukulele class, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 6 p.m. — Mind in the Making program, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

“Images of America: Anna Maria Island,” a pictorial history of the island compiled by Bonner Joy is available at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. It includes many neverpublished photos. Joy is publisher-owner of The Islander newspaper, launched in 1992, and a devoted islander for 45 years.


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Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Early Settler’s Bread sales, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-0492. Thursdays, 9-11 a.m., veterans services assistance, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-7786341. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist-Inspired Nontheistic Path, Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638. Third Thursdays, 11:45 a.m., Successful Women Aligning Together meets, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-345-5135. Second Fridays, 6 p.m., AMI Resident Community Connections, Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941778-1383. Tuesdays through May 12, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Anna Maria Farmers’ Market, City Pier Park, Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130. Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941718-0291. Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m., Tech Help, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. LOOKING AHEAD ON AMI Jan. 29, Anna Maria Island Garden Club fashion show, Anna Maria. Feb. 8, Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Thieves Market, Bradenton Beach. March 7, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Days, Anna Maria. March 14, Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Thieves Market, Bradenton Beach. March 18, Anna Maria Island Garden Club flower show and bake sale, Anna Maria. OFF AMI Monday, Jan. 20 11:15 a.m. — Anna Maria Island and West Manatee Democratic Club luncheon and meeting, IMG clubhouse, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564. LOOKING AHEAD OFF AMI Feb. 15, Scallopalooza, Sarasota.

GAMES, SPORTS & OUTDOORS ONGOING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

get listed in the islander calendar. email calendar@islander.org. 462-2626. Mondays-Saturdays, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Round Robin Tennis, Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908. Most Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., mahjong games and instruction for beginners, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m., duplicate bridge, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941779-0881. LOOKING AHEAD ON AMI Feb. 7, Center of Anna Maria Island bingo, Anna Maria. March 6, Center of Anna Maria Island bingo, Anna Maria. LOOKING AHEAD OFF AMI

Jan. 25, Robinson Preserve planting, Bradenton. Feb. 22, first Pirates spring training game, Bradenton. March 7, dragon boat festival, Bradenton. Ready to play? April 4, Sidewalk Astronomy at Robinson, Bradenton. Annie silver community center, 103 23rd st. N., April 9, Bradenton Marauders’ home opener, Bradenton. Bradenton Beach, welcomes everyone to play bingo May 8, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf tourna7-9 p.m. thursdays at the center through march. the first games of the season will be called Jan. 16. ment, Bradenton. islander file Photo: sandy Ambrogi

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Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-7086130. Wednesday and Monday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., pickleball, Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908. Thursdays, Saturdays and Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Legends Tennis, Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., pickleball, Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908. Thursdays through March 26, 7-9 p.m., bingo games, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3580. Most Fridays, 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. (call for times) mahjong games, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. Saturdays, 7:30 a.m., Still I Run running club, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: mcfacheris@ gmail.com. Mondays, noon, AMI Bridge, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. Mondays, AMI Dragon Boat Fun and Fitness Club, time depends on tides, 417 63rd St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-

SAVE THE DATES Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sunday, Feb. 2, Groundhog Day. Friday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. Monday, Feb. 17, Presidents Day. Tuesday, Feb. 25, Mardi Gras. Wednesday, Feb. 26, Ash Wednesday. Sunday, March 8, daylight saving time begins.

Movie night returns to Anna Maria park

The city of Anna Maria will present “Classic Movies in the Park” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 21. The movie night will be at City Pier Park at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard. The city did not list the movies to be shown or provide other details as of Islander press time. In the 2019 season, the city showed a series of family-themed films and served popcorn. For more information, call city hall at 941-7086130.

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Salty ‘Ripcord’ produces laugh a minute for Island Players’ audience By Brook Morrison Islander Reporter

Retirement homes are often thought of as the last stop. “Ripcord,” written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by James Thaggard at the Island Players theater, proves for two particular widowed women that life at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility is just the beginning. An obvious mismatch from first introduction, longtime grumpy resident Abby, portrayed by Cathy Hansel-Edgerton, meets her new roommate, the bubbly Marilyn, portrayed by Laura Morales. Audience members watch them squirm and irritate each other, wondering what made Abby such a curmudgeon and why Marilyn is a sickeningly sweet people-pleaser. In an effort to move her all-too-pleasant roommate to a different room, Abby convinces attendant Scotty, portrayed by Nick Catanzaro, to ask his boss whether Marilyn can be reassigned. Scotty does his best trying to keep the peace between the two women, but when he privately tells Abby that management denied her request, Abby decides to resort to foul play. Her efforts to eject Marilyn from the room dissolve in vain when Marilyn tells Abby she never gets angry. When Scotty reluctantly invites the odd couple to his Halloween haunted house and the women accept, Abby is unscathed — despite a terrifyingly creepy clown, portrayed by Matt Mayo. One woman doesn’t get angry. One doesn’t get scared. The entertaining tit-for-tat is elevated to a new level with the intervention of Marilyn’s daughter, Colleen, portrayed by Jennifer Caldwell, and son-in-law Derek, portrayed by Rick Kopp. Caldwell and Kopp bring an added layer of humor and wit to the show.

The Island Players cast members for “Ripcord” wave in appreciation to the audience from onstage Jan. 9, opening night at the island theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photo:

Colleen and Derek help Marilyn in a bet she made with Abby. Here’s the bet: If Abby makes Marilyn angry, Marilyn moves to a different room. If Marilyn scares Abby, Marilyn gets the bed by the window in their room. Who will lose the bet in a battle of wills? The practical jokers use every tactic they can, from the slapstick to the deeply personal. The comedy takes a dark turn and then brings us back to sitcom-like action. The cohabitants take their irreconcilable differences to new heights and back again until they realize what they have in common. A friendship. The set was superbly decorated to put the audience in an assisted-living facility. Light design by Ethan Vail took the audience from the opening act spotlight to a skydiving adventure. Sound design by Thaggard and Mike Lusk brought

Community game night takes over center gym Dressed for the win, Steph Schenk and Emily Mulrine manage several bingo cards Jan. 10. Each card was $1. Scores of bingo players turned up to the Center of Anna Maria Island in Anna Maria Jan. 10 with daubers and drinks in hand, hoping to win a prize — gift certificates to local restaurants. Bingo is scheduled again at the center on the first Fridays in February and March, Feb. 7 and March 6. Islander Photo: Sarah Brice

the audience on an acoustic journey, complete with familiar TV-sitcom theme songs. Makeup and hair by Rita Lameroux helped bring out the quirky characters perfectly costumed by designer Pamela Hopkins. Island resident Ashley Matelau remarked on opening night, “This show is absolutely hilarious.” “Ripcord” is coproduced by West Bay Landscape Inc. and continues through Jan. 26 at Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Tickets are $23 and available at the box office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and one hour before each show. The theater is dark Mondays. For more information, call the box office 941-7785755.

Learning from origami aficionado

Longtime origami instructor Judy Pruitt patiently demonstrates step-by-step folds to members of the Origami Club Jan. 11 in the Walker-Swift Meeting Room at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The club meets the second Saturday of every month at the library and everyone is welcome. Islander Photo: Sarah Brice

Homemade bread baked from settler’s recipe for sale Making dough for scholars Buyers arrive at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, shortly after sales of Early Settlers’ bread started to pick up. Sales of the $5 loves of the secret-recipe bread began at 10 a.m. Jan. 8. Proceeds fund an annual $2,000 college scholarship award. Islander Photos: Sarah Brice

Sales of Early Settler’s Bread will continue Wednesdays through April 8, the Wednesday before Easter. The bread is baked by about 20 society volunteers, each sworn to keep the recipe a secret.


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Holmes Beach arts, craft show benefits local wildlife

Jeff gangelhoff, left, of ocala and his daughter Anne marie of gainesville speak Jan. 12 with Joan dowling and lucinda cash, volunteers with Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center of Bradenton Beach, at the Holmes Beach Arts and crafts show in the field adjacent to city hall, 5801 marina drive. the show benefited Wildlife inc.

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sara and Jay calhoun of Holmes Beach hold their welldressed canine friends chloe, left, and cooper Jan. 12, while perusing the 24th Annual Holmes Beach Arts and crafts show.

New Yorker laura risimin, left, and Kristen fredricks and her daughter emma, 4, both of riverview, try on hats Jan. 12 at a craft booth at the 24th Annual Holmes Beach Arts and crafts show. islander Photos: chrisAnn Allen

frumple factory vendor Paula Knudsen arranges her artwork, made up of 90% recycled and found items, as a potential customer peruses her booth at the Anna maria island Privateers thieves market Jan. 11 at coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. the krewe, along with vendors, will gather again at the beach feb. 8 and march 14. funds raised by the Privateers at the market go into their college scholarship treasure chest. islander Photo: sarah Brice

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While raising money for charity, Holmes Beach Police Department officers possibly changed department policy. When HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer approved the department’s participation in a fundraising effort inspired by the No Shave November campaign, he allowed officers to bypass department rules prohibiting facial hair and 13 officers grew mustaches and beards for men’s health awareness. “Beards have not been permitted and we did relax the typical standards for this initiative,” said Tokajer. “With the positive remarks we have received on how good the beards look, we are looking at a policy

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2019-20 AMe calendar • Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. day, no school. • Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 a.m., Dolphin Dash 5K and 1-mile fun run, benefits Ame-Pto. • Friday, Jan. 31, Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser begins. • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1:40 p.m., early release. • Tuesday, Feb. 11, third-grade play, 6:30 p.m., auditorium; Pto dinner tBd, 5 p.m., cafeteria. • Monday, Feb. 17, Presidents Day, no school. • Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:30-7 p.m., auditorium, Princess Ball. • Friday, March 6, 12:55 p.m. early release. • Tuesday, March 10, second-grade play, 6:30 p.m., auditorium; Pto dinner tBd, 5 p.m., cafeteria. • Friday, March 13, record day, no school. • March 16-20, spring break, no school. • Thursday, March 26, 5-7 p.m., kindergarten roundup and conference night. • Friday, March 27, 12:55 p.m., early release. • Tuesday, March 31, Talent Show. • Friday, April 3, 4:30-6 p.m., Boys Knight out, Ame playground. • Friday, April 10, Good Friday, no school. • Wednesday, April 15, 1:40 p.m., early release. • Saturday, April 25, Spring Fling. • Tuesday, April 28, first-grade play, 6:30 p.m., auditorium; Pto dinner tBd, 5 p.m., cafeteria. Anna maria elementary is at 4700 gulf drive, Holmes Beach. info: 941-708-5525.

Support AMe, take a healthy run Put on your running shoes. Together with the Bradenton Running Club, Anna Maria Elementary race organizer Kelly Gitt is looking for entries and sponsors for the Anna Maria Island Dolphin Dash and fun run. The 5-kilometer race and 1-mile run will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8. The races kick off in at the school south parking lot, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The 5K runners will start at 8 a.m. and the fun run begins at 9 a.m. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. Awards and refreshments will follow the race. Proceeds support AME and the goal is to raise $25,000 for new school benches. Sponsorship tiers are available for businesses and individuals. Race fees cost $25 per adult and $15 per child under 18. Also, the race organizers are selling sponsorships

to businesses and individuals. Gold sponsorships are available for $500 and silver for $250. Both sponsorships include promotional material that will be dispersed at the race also, and gold sponsors get a booth at the race site. Limited space is available for logo placement on T-shirts, flyers and advertising. For more information, contact Gitt at 941-3574488 or email kelly@gittsoldit.com — Brook morrison

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Gathering

Roser Church sets winter concert schedule Saxophone player Eirinn Abu will perform the first of three shows in Roser Memorial Community Church’s winter concert series. The first concert will be at 3 p.m. — doors to the sanctuary will open at 2 p.m. — Sunday, Jan. 26. Eirinn Abu’s repertoire includes spiritual classics and soulful love songs. A recent recording of his, “I Will Always Love You,” features country music icon Dolly Parton, who wrote and first performed the song in 1973. The Sunday, Feb. 9, concert will feature Swingset,

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an ensemble that performs jazz arrangements of pop melodies, as well bossa nova and tunes from the Great American Songbook. The concert Sunday, March 1, will feature the Wyndbreakers Celtic Band performing Irish and Scottish songs, jokes, jigs and more. There is no charge to attend the concerts, but freewill offerings at the door make the events possible. Roser is at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. For more information, call the church at 941-7780414.

9 a.m. — Men’s Bible study, Christ Church. 11 a.m. — JOY, second and fourth Wednesdays, Roser. 11:30 a.m. — Prayer partners, Gloria Dei. 1 p.m. — Griefshare group, Roser Church. 6:15 p.m. — Wednesday Night Blast, CrossPointe. 7 p.m. — Bible study, Cortez Church of Christ. Thursday 9:30 a.m. — Roser-robics, Roser. 10 a.m. — Women’s Bible study, Gloria Dei. 10 a.m. — Bible study, Harvey Church. 6:30 p.m. — Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist-Inspired Nontheistic Path, Annunciation. Sunday 8:45 a.m. — Adult Sunday school, Roser. 9 a.m. — Adult book study, Roser. 10:15 a.m. — Fellowship, Gloria Dei. 10 a.m. — Bible study, Cortez Church of Christ. 10:30 a.m. — Life group, CrossPointe. 11:30 a.m. — Lunch, second Sundays, CrossPointe. Tuesday 9:30 a.m. — Women’s prayer, CrossPointe. 9:30 a.m. — Roser-robics, Roser.

REGULAR WORSHIP

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. — St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Thursday 9:30 a.m. — Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638. Saturday 4 p.m. — St. Bernard, Holmes Beach. 5 p.m. — Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. — Christ Church of Longboat Key PresFlying for care at Children’s Hospital byterian (USA), 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. InformaArianna Wade, 3, and her parents, charles and tion: 941-383-8833. Brenda, are boarded on a flight Jan. 5 for ohio to 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. — Roser Memorial Community Church, visit cincinnati children’s Hospital medical center 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. for pre-surgery testing. charles Wade works as 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. — Harvey Memorial Community facilities manager at roser memorial community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach. Info: 941-779-1912. church in Anna maria and the church membership 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — St. Bernard, Holmes Beach. has rallied around Arianna, who was born premature 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Annunciation, Holmes Beach. and 11 ounces at birth. the child requires special SPECIAL EVENTS 9 a.m. — CrossPointe Fellowship, 8665 Gulf Drive, Holmes medical care and was referred to the cincinnati facility for testing prior to surgery. for more informa- Beach. Information: 941-778-0719. Weekdays, 12:30 p.m., through Jan. 28, “Calvin University 9:30 a.m. — Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach. tion about Arianna, go online to www.roserchurch. presents The January Series,” Roser. 10 a.m. — Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, com/miracle-baby-arianna. islander courtesy Photo Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., book discussion group, Gloria Dei. Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491. Tuesdays, 4 p.m., through Jan. 28, Inquiring Minds Discussion 11 a.m. — Cortez Church of Christ, 12111 45th Ave. W., Cortez. Group, Gloria Dei. Information: 941-216-6286. Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., through March 31, Terrific Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. — SoulJourn, Roser Church. dinner and programs, Roser. ONGOING

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Take 5:00 on break with Michael Dunn

Ministry takes soul journey

There’s a popular passage in the Bible that encourages the faithful to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” You’ll find it in the Book of Psalms, which celebrates the musical magic of singing the praises of God. Step into the sanctuary at Roser Memorial Community Church on a Sunday evening and you’ll hear folks doing just that. And much more. An “alternative-style worship service” is how the Rev. Neil Crowell describes the church’s new ministry, “SoulJourn.” The recipe is simple: blend equal parts food, friendship and biblical wisdom, then add a generous scoop of contemporary Christian music. No need to crack any eggs. The result is a musical ministry that provides spiritual nourishment to those outside the traditional Sunday experience. “A lot of people would rather hear the message through music,” said musical director Derrick Williams. Williams, who plays the keyboard, leads a band and several singers through modern pop and jazz interpretations of contemporary Christian songs. A longtime musician and composer, Williams also hosts a YouTube TV show called “The Gospel Voice.” “There’s a hunger for this type of music out there,” he said. Crowell, associate pastor, said Roser began working on the “SoulJourn” concept more than two years ago. The nondenominational church, the oldest on Anna Maria Island, has been hosting the new ministry for about four months. “We wanted to reach out to those who don’t have a church of their own,” Crowell said. “A lot of people

“SoulJourn” musical director Derrick Williams on keyboard leads a band of musicians and singers in a set of contemporary Christian songs in the Roser sanctuary. Islander Photos: Michael Dunn

who don’t go to church listen to contemporary Christian music. This opens up a new avenue for those who listen to the music, but don’t have a church home.” The roughly hourlong worship service encourages members of the congregation to open up and discuss matters of spiritual concern. Crowell usually is joined by the Rev. Dr. Bob O’Keef, the church’s head pastor, to lead the congregation. “Our souls are on a journey,” Crowell said. “What we want is for our souls to be looking to God.” After the final “amen,” parishioners head to the fellowship hall for dinner, provided at no charge. Around 60-80 people have been attending each Sunday and the church would love to see those numbers grow. While Roser offers a mind-boggling array of services, classes and outreach programs, it isn’t trying to compete with the giant, glitzy houses of worship that have become so common, Crowell said. “We don’t want to be a megachurch. We don’t want loud rock bands and flashing lights and fog machines,” he said. “This ministry has a community, family feel to it.” That’s exactly why Peggy Nash loves it.

Obituary

Nash, 88, has been a member of the church since moving to Anna Maria Island in 1977. She longs to see more young families in attendance and she thinks “SoulJourn” might be the ticket. “It’s the music, the talent we enjoy,” she said. “It’s not traditional (hymns). Worshipping is serving God, and we’re doing it in many, many ways.” For more information about “SoulJourn,” go online to roserchurch.com or call the church office at 941-778-0414. Carolyne P. Norwood signs copies of her island history book at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society in Anna Maria. The Nov. 13, 2010, event was part of the islandwide art walk. Mrs. Norwood died Jan. 4. She was 92. A service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Carolyne P. Norwood

Carolyne P. Norwood, 92, formerly of Anna Maria, died Jan. 4. She was at home with her family. She and her late husband, George, moved to Anna Maria from Maryland in 1956 and, along with their four children, quickly assimilated into the island community. They joined Roser Memorial Community Church, participated in school and civic events, and enjoyed fishing, swimming, boating and waterskiing. Mrs. Norwood’s journalism career began with an offer to work as a stringer for the St. Petersburg Times. Later, she joined the Bradenton office of the HeraldTribune. And her most rewarding and interesting work was as a writer-photographer for The Islander. After retiring from newspaper work in 1990, she co-founded the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and Museum with a co-writer for The Islander. Mrs. Norwood led the organization for 15 years and directed many popular events — pageants, festivals, fundraisers, parades and historical reenactments. Because of her dedication to educating the public about island’s history and the importance of preserving its past, she received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the city of Anna Maria in 1995 and also was named Islander of the Year in 2001 by The Islander newspaper. In addition to writing several historical plays, Mrs. Norwood authored two books on island history. The first, published in 2003, was “Early Days,” covering island history from 1893-1940. “Tales of Three Cities: Bean Point to Bridge Street (1940-70)” was published in 2011. She lived in her home on the north end of the island until a little over a year ago.

Musical director Derrick Williams, left, and associate pastor Neil Crowell of Roser Memorial Community Church lead a new musical ministry, “SoulJourn,” held Sunday evenings.

Also, for the past 15 years, Mrs. Norwood enjoyed summers in her vacation home in Linville, North Carolina, where she devoted much time to her hobbies of making stained glass, painting, playing dulcimer, hiking with her dog, photography and writing. She was married to George, who died in 2002, for 54 years. A celebration of life service will be held at Roser Memorial Community Church, where Mrs. Norwood was a dedicated member for more than 60 years. The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the sanctuary, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Memorial contributions

may be made to the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 4315, Anna Maria FL 34216 or Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216. Condolences may be made to www. brownandsonsfuneral.com She is survived by her children Nick and wife Francoise of Miami and Linda and husband Joe Kinnan, John and wife Nicki and Bill and wife Connie, all of Bradenton; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Luther Middleton of Hendersonville, North Carolina; several nieces and nephews; a host of dear friends, devoted caregivers and her beloved black lab, Lola.


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Cops & Court

By Leslie Lake

2 Bradenton women arrested for cocaine possession Two Bradenton women were arrested for cocaine possession by Holmes Beach police following a traffic stop. At 3:23 a.m. Dec. 28, 2019, officers observed a Toyota being driven at a high rate of speed. When the driver failed to stop at a four-way flashing signal at the intersection of Manatee Avenue West and Gulf Drive, officers initiated a traffic stop. Holmes Beach Police Department officers reported an odor of marijuana emitted from the vehicle and there was a bag of marijuana on the console. The driver, Joselin Soto, 20, of Soto Bradenton, told police she had a medical marijuana card, but a check of the card by police showed it expired. Soto told police she did not renew it because of the holidays. Officers informed Soto that medical marijuana must remain in its original packaging. While speaking to officers, Soto reached for a backpack, which police took and placed on the hood of the car. Police reported that the backpack contained a plastic bag with marijuana, burnt marijuana cigarettes, a

Streetlife

hypodermic needle and an eyeglass case holding a white substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine weighed 10.2 grams. When officers told Soto her car was going to be towed, she allegedly said, “You are not searching my vehicle. You are not towing my car.” Officers did search the vehicle and reported finding $160 in cash, a plastic bag containing a white powdery residue and a digital scale. A passenger in Soto’s vehicle, Jazmine Garcia, 19, also was arrested. Her backpack contained two plastic bags with a green leafy substance, 1.3 grams of cocaine and a used hypodermic needle. The green leafy substance was submitted for testing. Both women were arrested for possession of a controlled substance Garcia and drug paraphernalia. Bond for each was set at $2,000 and they were given appearance dates of Jan. 24 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Soto also was cited for failure to obey a red flashing traffic signal.

By Leslie Lake

Island police reports

Anna Maria Jan. 2, 900 block of North Shore Drive, lost property. A person reported losing a wallet containing credit cards near the shoreline in Anna Maria Dec. 31. None of the credit card contents had been compromised. Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office polices Anna Maria. Bradenton Beach Jan. 4, 2600 block of Gulf Drive North, vehicle burglary. A resident reported to Bradenton Beach Police that items were taken from her vehicle. The passenger door of a Kia Sportage was found open and the seat was moved. Reported missing: a phone charger, coins, a camera and a CD case. Jan. 7, Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., trespassing. A 33-year-old homeless man was removed from Bradenton Beach City Hall property after officers found him rolled up in a bedsheet. Police said the man had been warned numerous times about sleeping outside city hall. He was arrested for trespassing. Jan. 7, Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., trespass warning. A Michigan man was given a trespass warning after he was asked to leave because of his dog. The man refused to leave and said his dog was a service animal. While being escorted from the lodge, his elbow struck an employee. According to the Bradenton Beach Police Department report, the lodge employee did not want to press charges and the man was formally trespassed from the lodge for a year. BBPD polices Bradenton Beach. Cortez

No new reports. MCSO polices Cortez. Holmes Beach Dec. 27, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, trespass warning. Holmes Beach police officers were dispatched for a disturbance between two men in the parking lot. Officers spoke to one man, who appeared intoxicated and distraught. He was issued a trespass warning and left. The second man left before HBPD arrived. Dec. 29, 300 block of 63rd Street, prohibited construction activity. Officers were dispatched to a residence on a report of construction activity in violation of a Holmes Beach city code. Officers heard a saw being used and contacted a man who apologized and said he would quit working. Dec. 29, 700 block of Manatee Avenue, no driver’s license. An officer observed a vehicle about 11 p.m. being driven recklessly — crossing over the yellow line and passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone. The 25-year-old driver said he did not have a license. He was arrested for driving without a license. Jan. 1, 3200 block of East Bay Drive, suspicious circumstance. At around 12:30 a.m., an officer came upon a man who appeared intoxicated. He was wet and covered in mud, walking behind the Walgreens store. The man said he crashed a golf cart in a ditch. The golf cart was located and the owner was contacted. The owner said he did not want to press charges. HBPD polices Holmes Beach. Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

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A missing juvenile was found safe in Holmes Beach after almost 11 hours. The search Jan. 3 involved about 20 first-responders. The boy’s sister had gone to the Holmes Beach Police Department Jan. 3 to report her sibling, who is autistic, missing. About 1 p.m. that day he had walked off a construction site on Portosueno Avenue in Bradenton’s Palma Sola Park, where he had gotten into trouble while assisting his father. The boy was seen by a family member around 4:30 p.m. at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and the family was notified and searched the beach. A missing person report was filed at 10:30 p.m. and HBPD officers, with the assistance of Bradenton Beach Police Department officers and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, searched the island. A description of the juvenile was sent to other law enforcement agencies, as well as local hospitals. MCSO’s Search and Rescue Team responded with 15 officers and multiple K-9s to canvas Anna Maria Island and west Bradenton, searching well into the night before calling off the search at 3:30 a.m. Shortly after the search was called off, a Holmes Beach officer found the juvenile riding his bike on Manatee Avenue and he was returned to his family. The age of the juvenile and his city of residence were not released by police.

Parrish man arrested for possession, sale of marijuana

A Parrish man was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell following a traffic stop by a Holmes Beach police officer. HBPD received a license plate reader hit on a suspended license for a vehicle being driven by Jailyn Stewart, 20. He was driving in the 5300 block of Gulf Drive at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 27, 2019. Stewart A traffic stop was initiated and the patrol police reported a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. According to police, Stewart said he was in possession and handed the officer a jar containing marijuana. Stewart and a passenger exited the car and police searched the vehicle, finding two large plastic bags filled with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a digital scale. They also found $763 in Stewart’s pocket. Stewart was charged with possession of cannabis of more than 20 grams with intent to sell. HBPD said the marijuana field-tested positive for cannabis and weighed about 0.57 pounds. Stewart’s bond was set at $1,500 and he was given a first appearance date of Jan. 24. Stewart was also issued a citation for driving with a suspended license and his car was towed. The passenger was not arrested.


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new year brings tougher texting-while-driving enforcement By leslie lake islander reporter

Texting and driving has been illegal in Florida since July 1, 2019, but with the ball drop for 2020, distracted driving could cost people in the form of points and fines. Local law enforcement officers do not have specific initiatives to focus on distracted drivers, but said they will enforce the law and issue tickets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there are national initiatives (for texting and driving) similar to Click it or Ticket or DUI enforce-

ment, we will participate,â&#x20AC;? said Holmes Beach Police Department Chief Bill Tokajer. Tokajer said distracted driving will be part of the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily enforcement. From the inception of the law until Dec. 31, 2019, warnings were issued to drivers using their phones. As of this year, fines are $30, plus court costs. Also, texting in a school or work zone is a moving violation that could result in three points on a driving record, plus a $60 fine and court costs. Tokajer said HBPD takes distracted driving seri-

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ously and cautioned drivers about the consequences of taking eyes off the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the time it takes to look down at 25-30 mph in what might seem like a split second to you, someone could be in the crosswalk and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken a life,â&#x20AC;? the chief said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will be proactively enforcing the law about texting and driving,â&#x20AC;? said Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz of the Bradenton Beach Police Department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People also need to remember that distracted driving is a reason for us to conduct a traffic stop.â&#x20AC;?

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A sign in the median on cortez road West/ state road 684 in cortez near the cortez Bridge notifies eastbound drivers Jan. 8 of a construction project that includes utility work on the south side of the road and realignment of the 119th street Westcortez road intersection. Work will begin Jan. 20 and continue for 90 days, according to the fdot. islander Photo: ryan Paice

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following for the week of Jan. 13: â&#x20AC;˘ Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to reconstruct and reconfigure the intersection of 119th Street West on Cortez Road will begin Jan. 20. Drivers can expect detours. The DOT said the project could last 90 days. â&#x20AC;˘ Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A Manatee County pipeline replacement project continues in Bradenton Beach, possibly through the spring. Impacted areas include Bay Drive South to Bridge Street, Church Avenue to Cortez Road. Construction in rights of way is expected, as well as increased truck traffic and heavy equipment operations. People â&#x20AC;&#x201D; motorists and pedestrians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can expect detours. â&#x20AC;˘ Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach/Longboat Key: Work on the Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key continue. Southern Road & Bridge, the contractor, is completing final checks and delays are not expected. The new completion target is early 2020, pushed back from the end of 2019. For the latest road watch information, go online to fl511.com and swflroads.com or dial 511. To view traffic conditions, go online to smarttrafficinfo.org.

BB oKs golf cart, LSV regs

Bradenton Beach has a new set of rules for golf carts and low-speed vehicles. City commissioners voted 5-0 Jan. 9 to adopt an ordinance placing new regulations on using the vehicles, including a 14-year-old age limit and prohibition of the vehicles on sidewalks, but allowing operation of the vehicles on city roads â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unless marked otherwise. If licensed with the state, LSVs are allowed on roadways with speed limits of 35 mph or less, under state code chapter 316. However, the use of golf carts on roadways is prohibited by state law unless a city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as Bradenton Beach has done â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allows for their operation. The ordinance also paves the way for the proposed Bridge Street-Coquina Beach shuttle service by allowing a city-authorized golf cart or LSV driver, a Manatee County or Bradenton Beach employee to operate the vehicles on the path. Additionally, the shuttle would exceed the 3,000-pound weight limit defined in state and federal laws. So the ordinance contains a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mini-truckâ&#x20AC;? designation to permit the shuttle.

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Bees produce honey, native life on Anna Maria island By chrisAnn Allen islander reporter

“Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said in reference to the health of the planet. And, on Anna Maria Island, bees and their keepers may be among the stars. Florida is home to more than 300 species of bees that assist in the pollination of agricultural commodities and support the health of the ecosystem, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. At Patty McBean and husband Rick Clouiter’s house on Key Royale in Holmes Beach, there is a hive of European bees at work, pollinating native plants. “The mango (tree) across the street is full of blooms,” McBean said. “I’d like to think our bees are helping with that pollination.” McBean said she learned much from the beekeeper who gave her family their hive. About a month ago, when she and her husband scraped the honey from the slats within the hive, they noticed production had slowed. They suspected the queen bee had died. When the beekeeper confirmed their suspicion, they acquired another queen and colony in late December. “The current colony seems to be prospering and actively producing honey, despite the cold weather,” Clouiter said. “This is important because we will soon be expecting the bees to help with the pollination of fruit-bearing trees and other plants in an area up to 2 miles away.” McBean shared the honey she produced from her first hive with neighbors. “This is the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “If pollination helps to keep our island environment the beautiful place we all love, that’s what matters.” Kathy Whipple, a backyard beekeeper near Gainesville, said Jan. 2, “Keeping bees in Florida is wonder-

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ful, but challenging. The only way it will affect an ecosystem is if the responding community — counties and neighborhoods — truly support pollinators by converting medians, fields, parks and all of the above from grass to wildflowers, and other forms of landscaping that is not just a grass lawn.” Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth said her goal is to endorse native landscaping in Holmes Beach. Not only for beauty, but for the environmental benefit. “Of course we want a beautiful city,” she said. “But we need it to be sustainably beautiful. The bees are a big part of that balance.”

About bees

Approximately one-third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination. There are three members of a honey bee colony: • Queen: Mother to all the bees in the colony. She is a fertile female. • Worker: An infertile female that performs the labor tasks of the colony including feed preparation, guarding the hive and heating and cooling the hive. • Drone: The male that starts out as an unfertilized egg. Its only purpose in the colony is to mate with a virgin queen. On average, a worker bee in the summer lives six to eight weeks. Their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out.

Basic beekeeping

Basic beekeeping simplified is having: • New, viable queens. • Feed (natural or artificial). • Good, sound equipment. • Disease-free hives. When processing honey from a beehive, a good rule of thumb is for every 60 pounds of honey produced, a pound of beeswax will be made. To manipulate population dynamics, the timing of hive management is critical, such as the splitting of hives just prior to swarming season. Also, feeding syrup and pollen supplement at least 21 days prior to a pollination inspection or honey flow induces the queen to lay eggs. Source: American Beekeeping Federation

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By Lisa Neff

Dolphins delight, teach

On the old Anna Maria City Pier, I witnessed a woman dance a jig to no music. What inspired her high-stepping performance? Seeing a dolphin near the pier roll over in the surf. On a charter cruise in Sarasota Bay, I sensed the boat tip dramatically to starboard. What caused people to rush to the railing? The opportunity to glimpse a dolphin, just the flip of its tail. Neff Dolphins delight. If a dolphin could be counted on to appear daily at a designated time and place in Sarasota Bay, it would be the No. 1 tourist attraction in Manatee County. For some years, the tourism officials who survey visitors and study stats for a living deemed the Anna Maria City Pier as the county’s top attraction. The pier was a big draw, and hopefully will be again when the new structure opens this year. I loved to spend late afternoons on the T-end of the old pier, sitting in the hot sun with a cool drink, enjoying the acoustic music and good vibes, observing the silver waters. Often the scene involved piergoers gleefully shouting “There!” upon seeing dolphins. Sometimes the dolphins came so close people could see the eyes and the bump on the forehead. Other times the sightings were so distant people saw little more than dark shapes in the water. Meanwhile, what do we know about these dolphins? Several species occur in Florida waters — the striped, the Atlantic spotted and the bottlenose, which is the most common. The bottlenose, robust and powerful, are blue-gray on top and lighter in color on the sides and bellies. Adults can be 6-12 feet long, eat 20 pounds of fish a day and weigh 400 pounds. They display a high-level of intelligence and a range of vocalizations. The study of the dolphins we see from the island’s

A dolphin. there are several species in florida waters — the striped, the Atlantic spotted and the bottlenose, pictured here. it is the most common to Ami-area waters. islander Photo: lisa Neff

piers, bridges and waterfront restaurants has informed the global policy and knowledge, because one of the world’s top dolphin research programs is here. From the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, we’ve learned about the impacts of pollution, red tide and temperature on dolphins and we’ve learned about behavioral development, physiology and foraging habits. One recent study that involved SDRP research concluded that bottlenose dolphins are being exposed

to chemical compounds added to cleaning products, cosmetics, personal care products and plastics. The research found evidence of exposure to chemical compounds called phthalates in 71% of dolphins tested in Sarasota Bay in 2016-17. The study was the first to document in the urine of wild marine mammals the presence of compounds linked to hormonal, metabolic and reproductive problems in humans. The source of the exposure was not known, but elevated concentrations in the urine of a specific phthalate compound commonly added to plastics hinted at plastic waste. We can’t delight in this knowledge, but we can learn. As the SDRP scientists state on their website at sarasotadolphin.org, “Effective conservation policy needs the input of reliable research and the expertise of experienced scientists.” Mote to present dolphin lecture Mote Marine Aquarium is hosting a series of lectures Mondays in January. The lectures are at 6:30 p.m. in the WAVE Center at the aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island in Sarasota. The schedule includes a talk Jan. 20 by Randall S. Wells of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. The lecture is titled “Insights into the Lives of Sarasota Bay’s Bottlenose Dolphins.” Tickets cost $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For more information, go online to mote.org or call the aquarium at 941-388-4441. fins are used for identification on dolphins, as with this photo of saida Beth, a 36-year-old female resident of sarasota Bay who gave birth to her 11th calf in the summer 2018. islander Photo: courtesy the sarasota Bay dolphin Project under Nmfs scientific research Permit No. 20455.

Audubon Society volunteers count birds, book events Birders recently made the rounds on Anna Maria Island, taking species and populations counts for the 120th Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. The count is one of the longest-running wildlife surveys, with citizens collecting data used to assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation actions. The Fort De Soto Christmas Bird Count Circle includes Anna Maria Island north of 46th Street in Holmes Beach, as well as the coastal waters extending into Tampa Bay and the Gulf. The Fort De Soto count was conducted Jan. 5 by citizen scientists Stu Wilson, John Ginaven, Mike Nessly and Kathy Doddridge, who tallied 53 species. Wilson, reporting for the group, said the count included “good numbers of red knot … and four species of parakeet —monk, nanday, blue-crowned and red-masked.” Wilson observed that red knots are designated as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Bradenton Christmas Bird Count Circle, which includes Perico Island and large parts of west Manatee County, involved counting species and populations Dec. 14, 2019. Doddridge led that count. She said birders observed 150 species, up from 146 the year before, including 31,644 individual birds, down 17% from the year before. “The decrease in numbers was largely due to a

A map shows two Audubon society christmas Bird count circles — the fort de soto circle, which includes a portion of Anna maria island in the upper left, and the Bradenton circle, which includes the mainland and much of Perico island. islander Photo: screenshot

front that came through which brought windy condiAttendees should expect to hike about a mile of tions in the afternoon,” Doddridge said. trail. Some years ago, there was an islandwide circle. An outing at Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave. Next the Audubon Society will bring people out W., Perico Island, will be 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, for a series of birdwatching events, workdays and a Feb. 13. chapter meeting. Also, volunteers are needed for workdays at Audubon’s Felts Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, 8 Audubon outings set a.m.-noon Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 29. The Manatee County Audubon Society’s calendar The group’s next monthly meeting will be at 6:30 for the winter includes birding in Robinson Preserve p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Hope Lutheran Church,. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton. Birders will gather in the parking lot near the For more information, go online to manateeauduNEST in the preserve expansion, 10299 Ninth Ave. bon.org and for more details about the Christmas Bird — lisa Neff NW, Bradenton. Count, go to audubon.org.


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Youth football kicks off, golfers flow back to KRC By Kevin P. cassidy islander reporter

The winter season of flag football for kids at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off Jan. 7 with an abundance of games in three age groups. The league is sporting seven teams in the 8-10 division, four in the 11-13 division and five in the 14-17s. So there will be no shortage of football action in the coming weeks. cassidy The action got started in the 8-10 division when HSH Designs rolled to a 37-18 victory over Rays Ramblings behind the all-around play of Connor Samblis. Samblis threw for two and caught a pair of touchdowns, while also adding an interception that he took to the house for a fifth touchdown. Charlie Neri added a touchdown pass and a touchdown reception for HSH Designs, which also received touchdowns from Savanna Coba and Lucas Signor in the victory. Jack McCarthy threw two touchdown passes and Reef Marin caught two touchdowns to lead Rays Ramblings in the loss. The second game of the night saw Moss Builders roll past Beach Bums 26-10 behind a pair of touchdown passes and a touchdown reception from Gavin Lyssy. Ewen Cloutier added three touchdown catches and Brady Thompson chipped in with a touchdown pass. Hayden Eurice paced Beach Bums with a touchdown reception and an interception. The third game of the evening saw Diamond Turf roll to a 31-13 victory over Cool Today behind five touchdown receptions from Maddox Culhane and three touchdown passes from Carson Clover. Peyton Hovda paced Cool Today in the loss with a pair of touchdown receptions. There was only one game played Jan. 7 in the 11-13 division, which saw Solid Rock Construction slip past Ugly Grouper 21-14 behind a pair of touchdown passes from Victor Albrecht. Evan Talucci added a touchdown reception and Jack Mattick had an interception. Justin Clark threw a touchdown to Frankie Cole-

man and Aiden Templeton added an interception return for a touchdown to carry Ugly Grouper in the loss. Action in the 14-17 division kicked off with Hashmark Sports obliterating Ugly Grouper 54-0 behind three touchdown passes from Ian Godfrey. Chance Hayward had a pair of touchdown receptions for Hashmark, which also got TDs from Shawn Balvin and Nate Costello. Hashmark also pulled in four interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, including two from Costello and one each from Balvin and Alex McCauley. The last game of the evening saw MuniPlan cruise past Killer Bait by a 20-7 score behind a pair of touchdown passes from Tuna McCracken and a touchdown pass from Fisher Dalhman. David Daigle had a pair of touchdown receptions and Tyler Brewer added a touchdown for the victory. Ben Barreda threw a touchdown pass to Jackson Hayes for Killer Bait.

Horseshoe news There was an outright champ named for the Jan. 8 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Tom Skoloda and Adin Shank forged the lone 3-0 record in pool play to win the day. Meanwhile, five teams advanced to the knockout stage of the Jan. 11 games. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Bob Palmer drew the bye for the first round and watched as Steve Doyle and Tom Farrington eliminated John Crawford with a 22-4 beat down. The other firstround match saw Bob Mason and Tim Sofran advance with a 21-12 victory over Bob Lee and Bob Hawks. Doyle and Farrington drew the bye for the second round and watched as Mason and Sofran advanced to the finals with a 22-16 victory over Bobeldyk and Palmer. The championship game saw Doyle and Farrington edge Mason and Sofran by a 24-16 score punctuated by a game-ending double-ringer by Doyle. Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Anna Maria pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Key Royale news The golf action is heating up the links at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach as the winter members flow back to the island. The action got started Jan. 6 with the men playing a weekly modified-Stableford system match over nine holes. Mike Cusato had a big day, posting a plus-8 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Quentin Talbert and Joe Tynan tied for second at plus-6. Tynan teamed up with Dean Christensen, Larry Davis and Jerry Martinek to take the team title on a combined score of plus-4. The women got out on the course Jan. 7 for a ninehole, individual-low-net match in four flights. Flight A saw Pam Lowry, Judy Christensen and Joy Kaiser all card 1-over-par 33s in a tie for first place. Roxanne Koche fired a 2-under-par 30 to grab first place in Flight B, a stroke over Ellen Boin. Carol Patterson claimed third place with an even-par 32. Marty Clark’s even-par 32 gave her first place in Flight C by a stroke over second-place finisher Billie Joe Pinson. Amy Tripp’s even-par 32 put her in first place in Flight D by a stroke over the quintet of Eileen Witzgall, Laney Davis, Susan Van Orsdel and Peggi Clauhs. The men were back on the course Jan. 9 for a ninehole scramble that saw the team of Tim Friessen, Blake Ress, Greg Shorten and Quentin Talbert combine on a 2-under-par 30 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Bill Anderson, Briam Comer, Neil Hammer and Ron Vandeman were in second place at even-par 32, while Tom Donner, Bill Koche and John Purcell were another stroke back in third.

Baseball goes to the dogs

First to roll the bowl Nick Bozza skateboards Jan. 8 in the newly finished bowl — maybe the first to try it out — in Holmes Beach. He and sibling Jolie came to Anna maria island on vacation from staten island, New York, while cousin gretchen Bozza came from great Barrington in the Berkshires in massachusetts. they were visiting their grandfather, who resides in tampa, but the family converged instead in “paradise,” a rental home on Anna maria island. islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Skate park soon rolling into action A new skate park, including a skate bowl, is nearly completed at the recreational complex in Holmes Beach. Mayor Judy Titsworth said Jan. 10 that the city planned to install sod the week of Jan. 13, as well as a sidewalk between the bowl and the park, with landscaping to come soon after.

She said a grand opening is tentatively set for mid-February and would include demonstrations by professional skaters. “The opening is going to be really fun,” Titsworth said. “We are right on track and can’t wait to get this park open.” — chrisAnn Allen

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A tractor removes clay Jan. 10 next to a set of bleachers on the new multiuse field, adjacent to city hall in the 5800 block of marina drive. the clay was scraped from Birdie tebbetts field, a junior league baseball diamond that was dedicated in 2008 by city proclamation and named for the major league Baseball player, scout and manager who resided on Ami. the islander was integral in promoting the name for the field and headed up the ribbon-cutting for the first day festivities, including hot dogs and refreshments and an opening with baseball celebrities, little leaguers running bases and the tebbetts family in attendance. the baseball diamond has been removed to develop a larger, more popular dog park, as the baseball field saw little to no use in recent years. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dog park is planned for 9 a.m. saturday, Jan. 25. islander Photo: chrisAnn Allen

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Weather, fishing patterns change daily — plan accordingly By capt. danny stasny islander reporter

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is about as predictable as the weather. When the seas are calm, anglers are venturing into the Gulf of Mexico to target snappers, groupers and hogfish. When the cold fronts come, the wind blows and the Gulf is too rough, it is time to move inshore to target stasny sheepshead, black drum and redfish around inshore reefs, bridges, docks and canals. On my Southernaire excursions, I am watching wind patterns and choosing my fishing spots accordingly. When the wind blows, I’m working residential docks and canals, where clients are hooking up black drum and catch-and-release redfish. This type of fishing is always good to do on cold, windy mornings when getting around in open water can be less than comfortable. When the winds are calm, I’m working the beaches and my clients are jigging for pompano. Also, around the beaches are bonnethead sharks, which are fun fighters, as they are feisty on light spinning tackle. Capt. Aaron Lowman is taking clients to work the nearshore deep grass flats. Trout, ladyfish, bluefish and pompano are readily taking the hook for Lowman’s clients. After fishing the flats, Lowman is moving to struc-

luke and Alisa conzet, visiting the area from maple grove, minnesota, show off a 30-inch redfish caught in the manatee river on a fishing charter with capt. rick gross of fishy Business.

ture, including docks and seawalls, to focus on sheepshead, black drum, redfish and mangrove snapper. Lowman reports the nearshore bite slowed down this past week due to inconsistent weather patterns, but he’s finding plenty of grunts, hogfish and snapper to keep his clients busy and the coolers topped off. On calm days, when he’s able to venture into the Gulf of Mexico, Lowman reports catches of tripletail are topping the chart. Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters is sticking inshore due to the recent windy days. He is finding success with sheepshead, as they are on the move, thanks to the cold. Also, White is having luck when targeting black drum and pompano. As a bonus, White is putting his fly fishing clients on tripletail. Capt. Jason Stock reports excellent catches so far in 2020 on a variety of species. The show-stealers are giant amberjack, which are coming in at weights reaching 125 pounds. Big gag grouper — which became catch-and-release Dec. 31 — blackfin tuna, bonito mangrove snapper and hogfish are accommodating to his clients. Red grouper are taking the hook, but they are closed past depths of 120 feet. Hamilton Brown at the Rod & Reel Pier reports anglers dropping live shrimp under the pier deck are hooking into a variety of species, including sheepshead, flounder, whiting and catch-and-release redfish. Brown reports mackerel are being caught on speck rigs, Gotcha plugs and silver spoons when cast away from the pier and retrieved quickly.

Aaron West minnesota, shows off a 3-pound sheepshead. the conzets and West caught their fish on live shrimp pinned on a jighead while working the waters in the manatee river with capt. gross.

Capt. Warren Girle is working the deeper grass flats for catch-and-release trout. While on the trout bite, Girle’s clients are hooking into ladyfish, bluefish jacks and, an added bonus, pompano. Live shrimp under a popping cork or goofy jigs tipped with freshcut shrimp are working for all species mentioned. Dock fishing with live shrimp is attracting black drum, sheepshead and catch-and-release redfish according to Girle. Capt. Danny Stasny had a medical emergency in the past week and wife Rebekka took over and compiled his report from the information provided by the local guides. Thanks to Rebekka! Send high-resolution photos and fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

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Coffee goes green Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an effort to â&#x20AC;&#x153;go greenâ&#x20AC;? in 2020. The Island Coffee Haus, 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, launched a new initiative for 2020 and will stop offering single-use cups. By Feb. 1, the shop will ask customers to pay a deposit for a reusable cup â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they can keep the cup or return it for the deposit amount â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or bring their own container, owner Beverly Kilpatrick said. Kilpatrick said the deposit would be $3-$5. The business also is pledging to go â&#x20AC;&#x153;zero wasteâ&#x20AC;? by the end of the year. Also, customers can still fill a bucket with beach waste for a free cup of Island Coffee Haus brew. Buckets are available at the store. Just ask the barista. Store hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 941-896-4870 or visit the website at islandcoffeehaus.com.

Owner Janice Woloszyn said the store offers a safe place for people to sell used instruments on consignment or a good place to try out an instrument for sale. Play It Again Jams also sells straps, strings, guitar pedals and other supplies. The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 941-896-9089 or visit the website at playitagainjams.com.

The center is managed by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, an agency that falls under the Manatee County Tourist Development Center. The developers hope to draw more convention business and tourists to the area. The $60 million project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in partnership with Ambridge Hospitality and Marriott International â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is to be completed in September 2021. The hotel will have eight stories and 252 rooms, including seven suites, as well as a full-service restaurant and rooftop lounge, and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting Upcycled instruments ďŹ ll Bradenton store and event space. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise and a great location to More beach visitors? Developers broke ground Jan. 7 on the Palmetto A news release said that guests at the hotel will purchase an instrument for a beginning player. Play It Again Jams, 8208 Cortez Road, Bradenton, Sheraton, which will be adjacent to the Bradenton Area â&#x20AC;&#x153;enjoy the growing urban center â&#x20AC;Ś with easy access features guitars and keyboards, as well as percussion Convention Center at One Haben Boulevard in Pal- to additional top assets, such as the beaches of Anna metto. Maria Island and Longboat Key. and wind instruments. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not on the island, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re betting a lot of lodgers end up here for business and an afternoon in MIKE NORMAN REALTY $ 10 Tees the sun. EST. 1978 Stay busy, islanders! $ 2 Got business news? Contact Sandy Ambrogi at Stickers @ The 941-778-7978 or email sandy@islander.org. Islander, 3218 E. Bay Drive, HB.

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3 elected officials seek vacant tourist council seat By sandy Ambrogi islander reporter

When he decided not to seek another term on the Anna Maria City Commission, Doug Copeland also created a vacancy at the county level. Copeland served on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council as an elected official. The board of county commissioners was to appoint his successor Jan. 14, after press time at The Islander. Three elected officials applied for Copeland’s seat, seeking to serve the remainder of the term, which expires June 30. Applicants include Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant, Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and Bradenton Councilman Bill Sanders. Bryant is serving a third term as mayor and is a lifelong resident of Palmetto. She has been involved in municipal government for more than 30 years, according to the city’s website. Bryant told The Islander Jan. 8 there is tremendous potential for growth north of the Manatee River Bryant with the new Palmetto Sheraton at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, where developers broke ground the week of Jan. 6. The estimated $60 million project is expected to draw more business and tourism to the area and is projected to be completed in September 2021. “Hopefully, the TDC will be heavily involved with modifications to the convention center and will play a large role in convention center planning,” Bryant said. Chappie has lived in Bradenton Beach since 1974. He served as mayor 2001-07 and vice mayor in 1997,1999, 2000-01 and 2007-08. Chappie also served on local boards and committees and as a county commissioner from 2008-16, before again seeking the mayor’s post in Bradenton Beach.

Chappie did not return an email sent Jan. 8 or voicemail requests for comment Jan. 7 and Jan. 8. Sanders moved to Bradenton in 2011 and won his first term as councilman in 2018. His background is in accounting and financial management, according to cityofbradenton.com. chappie Sanders’ affiliations include the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, Suncoast Partnership HUD Continuum of Care for issues and funding for the homeless and the Manatee Tiger Bay Club. Sanders said Jan. 8 he is “more than happy to volunteer for any position with local or state government.” He helped organize auto and boat races hosted in his previous hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, and has event experience others might not bring to the table. “I’m good at thinking outside of the box,” Sanders said. “I will bring new blood to the council and knowledge about running events and how much they should cost.” sanders The TDC makes recommendations to the county commission for tourist development tax spending projects. The tourist tax rate is 5% and the tax, also known as the bed tax or resort tax, is collected on rentals of six months or less. The TDC consists of nine people appointed to four-year terms. County Commissioner Misty Servia, who represents District 4, will chair of the TDC until Dec. 31, 2020. servia She is one of three elected officials, including Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston, serving under the three “elected officials” requirement for the council. The third will come from the Jan. 14 appoint-

ment. Also serving on the TDC: vice-chairman Vernon DeSear, vice president of Manatee Memorial Hospital; Jack Rynerson, retired chairman of the SarasotaManatee Airport Authority; and hoteliers Ed Chiles, Eric Cairns, Barbara Baker and Jiten Patel. The next TDC meeting will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Manatee County administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Meetings generally are the third Monday of every other month and held at various locations in the county.

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Thursday, Jan. 23 5 p.m. — Business card exchange and trolley grant awards, Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Members $5, guests $10. RSVP requested. AMI SAVE THE DATE Saturday, April 11 10 a.m.-8 p.m. — Beach’n Food Truck & Musical Festival, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Vendor applications available. AMI chamber information or reservations, 941-778-1541 or info@amichamber.org. LBK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Tuesday, Jan. 21 11:30 a.m. — Longboat Chamber of Commerce 61st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, 3000 Harbourside Drive, Longboat Key. Members $35, guests $45. RSVP required. LBK chamber information or reservations, 941-383-2466 or info@longboatkeychamber.com.

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ANtiQue PArtNer desK: All wood, $1,000. see at the islander office, 3218 e. Bay drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. free, one week, must be submitted online. email classifieds@islander. org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

oNe dAY YArd sale: 8 a.m. saturday, Jan. 18. Boating, fishing, household. 10011 46th Ave. W, Bradenton.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS BuYiNg ANtiQues, sterliNg flatware, jewelry, coins, military, old toys, any collections. 941-209-2136.

BiKe rAcK, $65, BroWN shelf, 36 x10, $10, wine decanters, $10. like new, 941920-2494.

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WANted: WorKout dVds, xBox, Wii units with games for ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. deliver to the islander, 3218 e. Bay drive, Holmes Beach.

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110 48th St., Holmes Beach, a 3,300 sfla 4bed/4½bath/2car pool home built in 2019 on a 10,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/23/19, Bean Point Properties LLC to Klein for $2,850,000; list $2,995,000. 217 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,890 sfla / 3,803 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool hoe built in 2016 on a 7,187 sq ft lot was sold 12/26/19, Ledgerwood to Ach for $1,999,166; list $2,195,000. 306 Gulf Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,136 sfla 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1912 on a 6,325 sq ft lot was sold 12/20/19, Steel City Sunsets LLC to Levine for $1,895,000; list $1,990,000. 511 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,752 sfla / 4,508 sfur 4bed/4½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1985 on a 9,945 sq ft lot was sold 12/16/19, Dragonfly Harbor LLC to Sicuranza for $1,700,000; list $1,750,000. 4702 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,913 sfla / 2,882 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car pool home built in 1963 on a 9,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/13/19, Oliff to Hobson for $785,000; list $799,000. 3801 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,066 sfla /3,252 sfur 4bed/3bath duplex built in 1940 on a 5,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/16/19, Oliff to Sire USA Corp for $695,000. 211 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,400 sfla / 1,759 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1959 on a 6,300 sq ft lot was sold 12/17/19, Thorn to Booth for $530,000; list $549,000. 2200 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,552 sfla 3bed/2bath home built in 1950 on a 5,000 sq ft lot was sold 12/20/19, Bank of New York to 2200 Avenue B LLC for $456,000; List $450,000. 501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 213, Bridgeport Condo, Bradenton Beach, a 1,128 sfla / 1,198 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 12/11/19, Earls to Murphy for $340,000; list $347,000. Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Keller Williams on the Water, can be reached at 941-713-4755.

BoAt sliP for rent: Key royale, Ami. Parking, no bridges, sailboat water. $250/month. 941-518-4281. HELP WANTED NigHt sHift cAsHier: 2 p.m.-close, thursday, friday, saturday, 27-30 hours. daytime stock person, 4-5 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. Apply at Jessieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s island store, 5424 marina drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-6903. VAcAtioN reNtAl co-Host: upbeat personality to greet guests, field minor issues, enforce quiet hours, etc. $35 per weekly booking. must live on island, preferably Holmes Beach. text 206-235-0974. WANted: full-time server. Paradise Bagels cafe. 3220 e. Bay drive, Anna maria centre shops. 941-779-1212. more ads = more readers in the islander.

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I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S KIDS FOR HIRE

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KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.

LARRY’S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread. $55/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, topsoil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-7200770.

HOLLANDS PAINT, DRYWALL and handyman services: Interior/exterior paint, drywall repair, wall/ceiling textures, stucco repair, pressure washing. Over 25 years’ experience. All work guaranteed. References. Licensed/insured. Call Dee, 256-337-5395.

NEED A RIDE to airports? Tampa $65, St. Pete, $55, Sarasota, $30. Gary, 863-4095875. gvoness80@gmail.com. CLEANING: VACATION, CONSTRUCTION, residential, commercial and windows. Licensed and insured. 941-744-7983. PRESSURE WASHING, PAVER sealing, driveway, roof, fence, pool area. Also, window cleaning. Licensed and insured. 941-5653931.

HOME IMPROVEMENT VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net. TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792.

KATHY’S CLEANING SERVICE, Professional, responsible, and friendly. I clean residential commercial and offices. Please, call for a free estimate: 941-447-4660.

BLINDS, SHUTTERS, SHADES: Motorization. 30 years on AMI. Call Keith Barnett, Barnett Blinds, 941-730-0516.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND HANDYMAN: I live here, work here, value your referral. Refinish, paint. Just ask. JayPros. Licensed/insured. References. Call Jay, 941-962-2874.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call Bill Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

AMI PAINTING: ISLAND resident. Prompt, reliable. Quality workmanship. Interior/exterior. Minor repairs, carpentry. Bill, 941-3079315.

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ARTISAN DESIGN TILE and Marble: Island resident. Island references. From porcelain to travertine and glass. Quality craftsmanship since 1983. Professional, courteous service at your convenience. Call Don, 941993-6567. www.ArtisanDesignTileAndMarble.com. SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

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I S L A N D E R C L A S S I F I E D S RENTALS Continued

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VAcAtioN reNtAl, 2Br/2BA. canalfront villa in central Holmes Beach. ground level with two covered parking spaces. Pets considered. $2,400 per month. call green real estate, 941-778-0455.

KeY roYAle seAsoNAl: feb. 1-29. gorgeous canal home 3Br/3BA, 10 minutes walking distance to the beach, $8,500/month. text mike, 514-952-7022, or email: drmsake@yahoo.ca.

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