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Islander Calendar – 04-20-2011

Wednesday, April 20

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — The Moral Instinct lecture by Alan Grindal at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

Thursday, April 21

6 to 8 p.m. — Dining for Women giving circle and potluck dinner at the Sandpiper Resort Clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-896-5827. Donation applies.

Saturday, April 23

8:30 a.m. — Craig Morrison of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7888.

9 a.m. — Easter egg hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-518-8491.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Easter egg roll on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-518-8491.

11 a.m. — Easter bonnet contest at Anna Maria Island Accommodations, 315 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-518-8491.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Conga for a Cause with Mike Sales on the beach behind the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-870-4349.

Wednesday, April 27

11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “Is Marriage Optional?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

5 to 8 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business mixer hosted by SteamDesigns at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

5:30 p.m. — Sock-puppet craft program for teens at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.


• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Settler’s bread sale at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum shop, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

• Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Outdoor market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, through April. Information: 941-518-4431.


Wednesday, April 20

1 p.m. — Manatee River Garden Club presents “Knock Out Roses” with Diane Celeste at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-870-2259.

Friday, April 22

6 p.m. — London Calling film series: “Georgy Girl” at South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Saturday, April 23

Noon — Cortez Natives picnic at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

6 to 9 p.m. — Strike Down Cancer bowling event for the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life at AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 941-518-6107. Fee applies.

Coming Up:

• April 30, Hibiscus Festival, First Baptist Church, Bradenton.

Save the Date:

• May 7, 10th annual Island Run for the Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida.

• May 7, Anna Maria Elementary Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

• May 13-14, Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration, Anna Maria.

• May 21-22, Relay for Life, Coquina Beach.

Send calendar announcements to Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• April 22, Good Friday, no school.

• April 26, Tropicana Speech Contest, auditorium.

• April 26, 5 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organization dinner, cafeteria.

• April 26, 7 p.m., kindergarten play, auditorium.

• April 27, 10:30 a.m., American Red Cross assembly, auditorium.

• April 28, 9 a.m., Manatee Historical Park field trip for fourth-graders.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April. 20, 2011


COCKATIEL BIRD CAGE: Like new with floor stand, $35. 941-356-1456.

MATTRESS: LATEX SPRING air. New, $1,500. $100 or best offer. 941-778-3920.

FOR SALE: FUTON $50, white drop-leaf table, $25, nine-drawer white dresser, $20. 810-955-2287.

COMPUTER HP Pavilion CD-RW and newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $45. 941-756-6728.

FUTON: BLACK FRAME, $50, nine-drawer white dresser, $20. 810-955-2287.

TABLE: 30-INCH round white with two chairs and cushions, like-new, $100. 941-795-0923.

COINS: ONE ROLL (50) Indian-head cents, $60, one roll (40) buffalo nickels, $30. 941-795-0923.

VACUUM CLEANER: “RICCAR” with attachments. Works great, $100. 941-400-5940.

PANTRY CABINET: EIGHT shelves, great storage, any work area, $45. 941-778-0256.

NORITAKE CHINA: “PENELOPE” pattern. Service for nine, plus extra pieces. Mint condition, $100. 941-746-5346.

OAK SECRETARY: VICTORIAN 60x40x14 drop-front, four drawers, three shelves, mirror, carved details, original brass fittings. Compare eBay, $1,000-plus, asking $650 (because plastic replaces original glass door). 941-778-4313.

ATTENTION REMODELERS: All high-end, three years old. Fisher/Paykel stainless-steel double oven, original price, $3,650, now, $700. Fisher/Paykel stainless-steel 36-inch cook top, five burner, original price, $1,300, now $350. Fisher/Paykel white double drawer dishwasher, original price, $1,000, now $350. Bosch white double-door counter-depth 20-cubic-foot refrigerator, original price $2,000, now $550, Rowe deluxe sleeper sectional, queen size, L-shape, new covers, original price, $3,000, now, $1,000. 941-778-1059.

POKEMON MEWTWO GOLD-plated card, $7. Call 941-795-8734.

YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for sale. 2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great condition. $1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles and in great condition. $1,050 or best offer. Great gas mileage, 35 mph-plus, easy to ride, and really great fun on the Island! 941-928-8735.

GIRL’S BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple, like new. $85. 941-928-8735

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-wood rocker and more. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online:


Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. E-mail, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc.,, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100.

BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information:

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Appliances, furniture. 605 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-3863.

REMODELING SALE: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. White kitchen cabinets, sofas, kitchen set, bedroom sets, bunk beds, TVs washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator, lamps, more. 110 Palm Ave., Anna Maria.

MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 23. 11009 Peach Point Court, Perico Isle, Bradenton.

ANNUAL ART/YARD sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Cool local art and other stuff. 303 28th St., Holmes Beach.


LOST PRIVATEER DAGGER: one of matching husband-wife set. Husband passed away recently, so much sentimental value attached. Please, call 941-761-4771 if found.

LOST: TEAR DROP-shaped necklace, maybe near Manatee public beach, much sentimental value. Reward if found, 941-345-6531 or 941-778-3953.

FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. 7200 block, on beach. Call to claim. 941-896-7196.

LOST: LADIES “Skagen” silver watch, on beach, April 6 near SandBar restaurant, Anna Maria. 941-761-8707.

FOUND: PURSE WITH initials on it. Found Sunday, April 17, on Second Street, Holmes Beach. 941-962-8031.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.


ELECTRIC CAR: STREET-legal, 2000 Global Electric Motorcar, four-seater with zip on doors, 2009 electric updates with gel batteries, 40 miles between charges. Very good condition. $6,400. 727-799-0695 or 517-449-8857.


WANTED: A SAFE place to store my boat trailer in Anna Maria or Holmes Beach. Will pay. 617-435 -7593.

WANTING TO RENT a 29-foot boat lift for one year on or near Anna Maria Island. I am a full-time year-round resident of Bradenton Beach. Call Russ, 775-772-7537.


SALES ACE: MOTIVATED Real Estate licensee wanted for new progressive Island office. Great splits. Call Nicole, 941-773-3966.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED part-time for ad/editorial layout. InDesign and Photoshop expertise a must. Advertising experience required. Intro-resume to


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

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, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


ROTTEN RALPH’S RESTAURANT/bar business opportunity, $299,000. One of the last with waterfront dining. Sharon Villars, 941-920-0669. Erlene Fitzpatrick, 941-224-6339. Remax Alliance Group.

HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

INVESTMENT-MOVES OFFERS 10 percent interest paid monthly on your $120,000 investment. 24-month fixed term. Totally secured.

Call Investment-Moves in Bradenton, 941-524-8844.


HEALTH CARE PROS: Business opportunity. Established assisted living home with separate living quarters. Nine-bed facility. 100 percent occupancy. $529,000 includes real estate. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying. Listings needed. 941-592-8373 or e-mail:

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

PRESSURE WASHING SPECIAL: Driveways, swimming pool decks, docks and trailers, $45/each. All other services $18/hour plus chemicals. Cortez resident. Call Bill, 941-896-6788.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-448-4100.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.

CATCH-UP HANDYMAN: Yard work, house repairs. “You fish, I work!” Hugh Holmes III, 941-465-0157.

FREE SNOW REMOVAL is back hauling and installing crushed, washed shell, dirt, mulch and anything else. Please, call David at 941-504-7045.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

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 William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-2284.


CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michigan general contractor with 30 years experience. Looking for large or small projects. Budget minded and knowledgeable tradesman willing to complete your project from start to finish on time, within budget. Quality work guaranteed at affordable prices. Call Mike, 616-204-8822.

DOOR REPAIRS, REPLACEMENTS: Residential, commercial, glass inserts, insulated-glass replacement, vinyl windows. TDWS Inc. 941-730-1399.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.

OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space: 8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200-sf and 1,300-sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: 941-794-1515.

ISLAND ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool, 55-plus community $1,000/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

BRADENTON BEACH WATERFRONT SMALL one bedroom cottage. $950/month, annual lease, no pets. 941-779-0289.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach. Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

TURNKEY FURNISHED, SPACIOUS 1BR/1BA 900-sf duplex apartment with wraparound deck. Utilities, lawn care, cable by owner. Laundry on site. 1.3 miles from Anna Maria Island beaches. $1,025/month. 941-761-2725.

CANCELLATION: APRIL 16-30. 3BR/2BA cottage across from street from beach $850/week plus tax. 941-778-1180.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA duplex, ground level, $900/month includes water/trash. Anna Maria. 941-778-7003.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Clean 2BR/2BA with garage. Nice quiet area, references required, no smoking/pets. $950/month. 941-776-1789.

SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA WITH sunroom. 406A 71st St., Holmes Beach. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. Steps to beach. No pets. $750/week. 941-778-4731.

WANTED TO RENT: Garage for summer, $70/month. 941-313-0752.

ANNUAL WATERFRONT VIEW: 1BR/1BA, kitchen, dining room, living room, open floor plan, private patio, pool. Cat only, no dogs. Ground floor, cute, compact, ceramic tile. $850/month, electric, water included. 201 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. 786-375-9633.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH: Furnished, one long block to beach. Large kitchen, dishwasher, disposal, microwave, washer and dryer, central air conditioning, lanai, pool. Fans in every room. $990/month plus utilities. June 1 through Dec. 31. Cell, 847-769-6175.

VACATION RENTALS NOW: $699/week 2BR/2BA townhouse with boat slip and pool. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site


DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,400,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.

DIRECT BAYFRONT HOME: 170-feet on water, 2,600 sf of living, extensive remodeling, pool, lift, dock. Accepting offers over $750,000. Jim, 941-580-0626.

TRY A FRESH approach: Call Carmen Pedota and Lori Guerin of Duncan Real Estate for all your real estate needs. 941-284-2598 or 941-773-3415.

FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875.

FOR SALE: TRAILER. Pines Park, Bridge Street. $45,000. Updated, furnished, three blocks to beach. Park manager on-site. Boat dock possibility. Owner, 603-508-2039. Cell, 941-567-6726.

ALMOST-NEW CANALFRONT luxury home. 4BR/4.5BA, den, pool, high-end appliances. 3,350-sf. under air. $1,450,000. 215 Chilson Ave, Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.

WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2BA, heated pool and boat slip outside your front door, $135,000. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

Beach building

With renourishment vessels in the distance, beachgoers carry on with their day and a Great Lakes Dock and Dredge crew moves sand pumped to north Coquina Beach by miles of pipe that reach to a quality sand borrow in Tampa Bay. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Beach building brings beachgoers

Paul Hackney spread out his towel, pitched an umbrella and leaned back against the big renourishment pipe to bask in the April 6 sunshine.

The “glug, glug, glug” of the sand and water coursing through the pipe — from distant Tampa Bay to the renourishment site on north Coquina Beach — was like a sound-soother for the vacationing Hackney.

“Well, it’s almost hypnotic,” he said. His eyelids even looked heavy, and he set down his book for a nap on the shore.

The beach renourishment work under way at Coquina Beach is proving a tourist attraction.

The $6 million project involves renourishing much of severely eroded Coquina Beach, which is maintained by the county, and a .6 mile section of Anna Maria beach north of the Sandbar Restaurant.

The project involves federal, state and local governments, along with contractors Costal Planning and Engineering and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

Great Lakes deployed multiple vessels off Anna Maria Island for the work that began April 2. The ships’ shapes and nightlights, for some, added to the Island ritual of sunset-watching.

And the onshore project enhanced the Island ritual of sunbathing.

Just outside the Coquina Beach work perimeter April 6, dozens of beachgoers set up for a day on the sand, where pipes stretched along the shore.

“I could have gone anywhere away from the work, but it’s fascinating,” said Hackney.

Other beachgoers said the same.

“I posted a photograph of me with the bulldozers in the background to Facebook,” said Justine Waldman of Philadelphia. “The caption said, ‘They’re rebuilding paradise. Wish you were here.’”

Along Gulf Drive near the work site, where several bulldozers pushed, piled and sculpted sand and a soup-like mixture of sand and water bubbled from a massive pipe, dog-walkers, bicyclists, joggers, motorists and stroller-pushers stopped to watch.

“See the backhoes?” a woman asked a child.

“Bulldozers,” he replied, and watched for nearly an hour.

A passerby paused and commented, with sarcasm, “Our tax dollars at work, huh?”

Then he got an earful from a dozen renourishment enthusiasts, including several who drove out to the beach from Bradenton just to watch the action, which will conclude by May 1.

“This — the beach — is what we move here for, so we’ve got to take care of it,” said Terry Williams of Bradenton.

Renourishment phase 2 seeks bids

With the $6 million project to renourish Coquina Beach and a .6 mile portion of Anna Maria beach under way, bid packets were mailed to about 15 companies for the second phase of nourishment expected to start this summer.

Rick Spadoni of Coastal Planning & Engineering, Manatee County’s contracted marine engineer, said companies would be bidding on installation of a geo-thermal tube around the jetty on the north side of Longboat Pass, as well as construction of an artificial reef near the pass off Coquina Beach.

Spadoni estimated the second phase will cost about $6.2 million, with the majority of costs attributed to the reef portion of the project. The geo-thermal tube cost is estimated at $130,000.

Manatee County could build an 8-acre reef if the price is right, Spadoni added.

The county’s contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that permitted this year’s beach renourishment calls for a minimum 4.9-acre reef, and up to an 8-acre reef.

“A large part of any bid like this is the startup cost,” Spadoni said, and the county could get a very low price to add the additional 3.1 acres of reef that would keep sand from shifting into Longboat Pass and provide a recreational dive site.

Spadoni said contractors were asked to bid on construction of both a 4.9-acre reef and an 8-acre reef.

The start-up cost would be about the same for either size reef, he said. Spadoni said he anticipated the bids would be opened in late May.

“We’re looking for the lowest responsible bidder with artificial reef-building experience,” he said.

The reef specifications call for numerous 4- to 5-ton limestone boulders to be spaced about a half-foot apart on the sea bottom. Spadoni said limestone is “the best material for an artificial reef because it’s natural and really attracts coral. It’s what a natural reef is.”

Cell tower could ‘burn the mortgage’

The Anna Maria Island Community Center may have a way to honor its “burn the mortgage” slogan and generate some much-needed revenue for the center.

Allowing a cell tower on the property could generate as much as $72,000 in annual revenue, if not more, and the center could receive a payment of $150,000 when the cell tower begins sending carrier signals.

Two companies met with the center’s ad hoc communications committee April 8, and one company proposed the center a lump sum payment of $150,000 the day the cell tower becomes operational.

Ridan Industries of Tampa, in partnership with Alpha-Omega Communications of Longboat Key, made the offer if the center contracts with Ridan to build a tower on center property.

Kevin Barile of Ridan said that, in addition to the $150,000, the company would pay the center $1,000 a month to lease the required space, or 20 percent of the monthly gross revenues, whichever is greater.

James Eatrides of Alpha-Omega estimated it would take 12-18 months after signing a contract for the cell tower to be constructed and operational. When carriers begin using the tower, the $150,000 would be paid.

The proposed 150-foot tower would look like a flag pole and be able to handle six cell phone carriers and equipment. The goal would be four carriers on the tower, Eatrides said.

Barile said he and Eatrides would not profit until a third carrier is added.

“We are the last ones to make any money. We want this to be a win, win, win, win situation for the community, the center, the carriers and us,” Barile said.

Attorney Stacey Frank, who owns a home in Anna Maria, also presented a proposal to the committee.

She formed F&L Towers LLC several years ago as she sought to move away from corporate law. Frank turned to the wireless communications industry and the move has been a wise one.

“I’ve probably written more than 1,000 leases on cell towers,” she said.

Her proposal for the center was based upon revenue sharing, a straight lease or a combination of the two.

F&L Towers leases space from a property owner such as the community center, builds a tower, then seeks carriers to fill the available spaces on the tower, she said.

Frank’s company has a cell tower contract with the Hillsborough County School District. Those towers generated $316,000 last year for the district, based on 11 cell towers at various schools.

Frank estimated a cell tower at the center with just one carrier would generate a minimum of $1,200 per month for the center, based upon a 50 percent split of the gross revenues.

Her goal would be to have four to six carriers operating from the tower.

“The average carrier pays $24,000 a year to use a cell tower,” she said.

With six carriers operating, “that’s a significant source of revenue for the center,” Frank said.

Additionally, “escalators” could be written into the lease to increase the center’s share as carriers generate more revenue.

“I design all the poles from the front end to handle the future. You have a good opportunity on your property and a good location” for a tower, Frank said.

As a good faith gesture, Frank would provide a $25,000 deposit if the center signs a contract with her company.

Committee members will present a report to the center’s executive committee for discussion.

Several years ago, the board considered a cell tower offer, but major donors responded that if a cell tower were built at the center, their donations would dry up.

In current economic hard times, however, the non-profit center faces some financial difficulties.

Because of the mortgage on the $4.5 million center facility that opened in 2007, fees at the center were increased. Some area residents on fixed incomes have said they could no longer afford to use the center. The new facility was originally estimated to cost about $3 million.

A revenue stream of $72,000 a year, or a lump sum of $150,000 plus a percentage of the monthly gross might go a long way toward solving the center’s financial issues, one board member indicated, including burning the mortgage.

Bridge Street walkover work begins

Construction began earlier this month at the Bridge Street beach access in Bradenton Beach, where a crew is putting up a walkover to protect the dune.

The work will be completed before May 1, the official start of the sea-turtle nesting season, according to city officials.

Meanwhile, city officials continue to await a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a dune-protection project at Third Street South. The city wants to straighten the access at the location, which is used by emergency personnel to enter the beach.

“Hopefully we’ll get that quickly,” said Mayor Bob Bartelt. “What we want is to shift the cut 10 feet to the north so that it aligns to the center of the street end.”

That also would deter beachgoers using the access from walking on private property. And, with the planting of some bollards, protect the dune, Bartelt said.

A third proposed dune project would be located in the 100 block of Gulf Drive North. City officials, LTA Engineers and representatives from ELRA Inc., which owns the BeachHouse Restaurant, are in preliminary talks on a major dune construction.

The city owns a lot about 50 feet wide and fronting Gulf Drive and across from city hall. A larger section of the property — about 200 feet fronting Gulf Drive — is owned by ELRA Inc. The private property nearest the street is used for overflow parking at the BeachHouse, but most of the area is used as a wide path to the waterfront.

ELRA has proposed paying for the engineering and design work on the project, as well as for the dune construction on its part of the land, while the city would pay for improvements on its parcel.

The project ranks No. 1 in Bradenton Beach’s 2009 hazard mitigation plan, which details strategies and steps to protect property against storm damage and flooding.

Center staffer suspended pending internal investigation

The Anna Maria Island Community Center suspended a 30-year-old male staff member April 1 on learning the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office had received a complaint of alleged sexual activity by the male with a 17-year old female who participates in center activities.

The information was included in a complaint made by Sandra Mattick of Anna Maria, who submitted a report about the allegations to deputies.

When an MCSO deputy went to the center to speak with the staff member, he learned that the employee had been suspended pending further investigation, according to the MCSO report.

“It is alleged that the subject engaged in sexual activity with a minor 17 years of age. The subject involved has a custodial relationship with the minor,” the report said.

The alleged victim was not interviewed in the initial investigation, the report said.

Sgt. Dave Turner of the MCSO’s Anna Maria substation forwarded the report to the MCSO’s crimes against juveniles unit.

Later, MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow said the investigation was closed because the alleged victim denied that any sexual activity occurred.

“We talked to the alleged victim and she’s denying anything happened,” Bristow said. “We have to have a victim” to proceed with an investigation, he added.

The center’s executive board issued a statement April 8, saying the employee had been placed on administrative leave on April 1.

Center officials met with the alleged victim’s mother and cooperated fully with the MCSO, the statement said.

After the sheriff’s office closed its investigation, the center said it contacted an outside, independent investigator to conduct an internal investigation. That investigation will conclude with a “full report to the board and the individuals involved in the allegations,” the board’s statement said.

“The center’s primary objective in this matter is to reveal trust and to insure (sic) that at the conclusion of the investigation, all parties involved will have peace of mind and know that every possible action was taken to insure (sic) the safety of our youth,” the statement concluded.

Center executive director Pierrette Kelly referred further inquiries to the board of directors.

Mattick declined to comment, but indicated she had learned of the alleged sexual activity from text messages sent among a group of female juveniles who attend center activities.

She said she may comment further after talking with the mother of the teen who was rumored to be involved in sexual activity with the center employee.

BBeach man arrested again

A Bradenton Beach man set to stand trial later this year for allegedly stabbing a man and then escaping from police is facing a new criminal charge.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Jacob Gennell, 20, in Palmetto on April 1 for alleged possession of a firearm/ammunition while under a domestic violence injunction.

Gennell was taken to the Manatee County jail and his bond on aggravated battery and escape charges was revoked.

Bradenton Beach police arrested Gennell for allegedly stabbing a man Dec. 8, 2010, in the 2500 block of Avenue B.

The police report stated that a man told officers he was lured outside a home, hit with a bat and stabbed five times. The man suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Gennell was taken to BBPD, where a police report stated that he escaped. He was captured soon after with the assistance of a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy.