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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May. 25, 2011


SOFA, LOVE SEAT: Mauve, burgundy, and green floral pattern on beige background. Six months new. $995. 941-778-6175.

FREE: MURRAY PATIO pool table. Very good condition. Heavy, requires truck to haul it home. Call 732-539-7808.

COMPUTER: DELL REFURBISHED with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $35. 941-756-6728.

GROOVE PERCUSSION FIVE-piece drum set, $50, burgundy recliner chair, leather ottoman, $35. Call 941-586-3909.

LARGE RECLINER: GOOD condition, $100, breakfast-in-bed white tray, $25. 941-778-1264, 570-704-8486.

LARGE WHITE SQUARE coffee table, $35. 941-778-1264 or 570-704-8486.

BIG ITEMS IN storage must go: X-Cargo car-top carrier by Sears, used twice, $150, NordTrack EXP 1000X treadmill, $300, NordTrack CX 925 elliptical trainer, $200. Call 615-542-7962.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. 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.

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. E-mail: Your personal broker.

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 and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

TREASURE HUNTER’S SALE: 9 a.m.-? Saturday, May 28. ArtHop door, collectibles, art, frames, jewelry, tools, CDs, household miscellaneous. Seaside Court, Holmes Beach.

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, May 30. Antiques, collectibles, artwork, furniture, great treasures! 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


FOUND CAT: WATERSIDE Lane at Perico Bay Club. Young, black female, some white markings, spayed, no chip, no collar. Sweet, in good condition. Call 941-896-7902 to re-unite!

FOUND: KAYAK FLOATING in Anna Maria Bay. To claim, e-mail description to: including make/model or length, color, any other distinguishing characteristics, and where it was lost. After July 1 we will claim it as salvage.

FOUND CAT: WHITE and gray, very friendly. Also: white and brown cat, beautiful blue eyes. Near 75th Street and Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach. Please, call 941-345-2441.

LOST: IGUANA MISSING after storm last Friday. Loves blueberries if you see her! Call Dawn, 941-725-0073.

LOST: FAVORITE SUN hat. Ladies red, white and blue, wide brim. Lost May 14 riding to Anna Maria festival. Please, call 941-779-9562.

PINK SWAROVSKI ANKLET lost during festival in park near Holmes Beach city hall. Sentimental. Please, call 941-792-7807.


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.


BOAT RENTALS AND more! $99 fishing boat, $99 deck boat ! Low deposits! Call 941-465-5985.

BOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach up to 23-foot. $140/month, three-month minimum. 941-962-6238.


LOOKING FOR PRIVATE duty nurse to care for pediatric with cerebral palsy. RN, LPN and CNAs, please, call 941-840-1511.

CHURCH CUSTODIAN/MAINTENANCE person, approximately 25 hours per week. Contact the Longboat Island Chapel, 941-383-6491.

FRONT DESK POSITION at AMI Community Center. Need vivacious, friendly person at front desk with excellent customer service! Great computer and phone skills a must! Monday-Friday, 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., some Saturday mornings, additional hours as needed. Start at $10/hour. Potential to develop into full-time position. E-mail resume to:

DELIVERY/WAREHOUSE JOB on Island. Handy with tools. Part-time or full-time. E-mail only:

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


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.


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


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

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

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.

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.

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.

PRESSURE WASHING: $18/hour, $45/minimum. Call for a free quote. Reasonable and professional. Bill, 941-896-6788.

HELPING HAND: HOLMES Beach resident offering help with home care, errands, appointments. Rhonda, 941-405-6322.

MOBILE GROOMING: 30 percent off dog baths/nail trim, first-time customers. Call 941-795-0303.

ACCOUNTING, CONSULTING OR business broking needs. Try Investment Moves. Call Ian, 941-524-8844.

DIRTY SOFFITS? CALL for a free quote. Reasonable and professional. Bill, 941-896-6788.

MIKE’S WINDOW CLEANING: Back in business, thanks to my former customers. Summer special, $5 per window, $7 for patio sliders. Inside and out. Single story and condos. 941-730-8803.

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, 941-524-7426.


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.

LMK LAWN CARE: Average prices, treat your home like mine. Free estimates. Call Kenny, 941-812-1397.

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.

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

NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.


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.


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.

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. 3BR/2BA private home with garage, furnished, $1,500/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

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

WATERFRONT COTTAGE one bedroom, perfect for one person without much stuff! $1,050/month, annual lease, non smoking. 941-779-0289.

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

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

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months plus, $950/month unfurnished, $1,000/month furnished. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.

ANNUAL WATERFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA, sunroom, dock, swimming pool, walk to beach. 941-779-9074.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home NW Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, central heat/air conditioning, all appliances, close to beach, no pets, $850/month. 941-745-0407.

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

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA in Flamingo Cay. Split plan, fenced yard, large lanai and deck outside with hot tub. Updated baths. Pets OK. Available July 1. $1,200/month. 941-704-0065.

WEST BRADENTON 3BR/2BA looking for a third roommate Close to the causeway on Manatee. Send email to:

BRADENTON BEACH: PRIVATE home on bay. 2BR/2BA enclosed garage, ground level, washer and dryer hookups, one block to beach, $1,300/month. 941-778-6170.

VACATION WEEKEND SPECIAL: Townhouse, 2BR/2BA pool and boat dock, $399. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

2BR/1BA, beach views, $1,000/month. 2207 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.

RESPONSIBLE RETIRED COUPLE: (No smoking, no pets) desires to lease furnished 2BR/’2BA unit in Holmes beach or Anna Maria. Prefer annual but would consider “longer” seasonal arrangement starting in October, 2011. Contact number, 906-420-1389. Please leave message.

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.

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.

SUNBOW BAY (across from Publix) for sale. 2BR/2BA, renewed, furnished, equipped! Asking $268,000. Call 941-778-9684.

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Three miles to beach, seasonal, $140,000-plus. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison.

MODEST TRAILER FOR sale: 55-plus, 1BR, new appliances, parking, 3 miles to beach, boat stake possible, $7,000.  941-727-5210.

WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2BA pool and boat dock, furnished. Perico Bay Club villa, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, furnished, $198,000. Village Green 3BR/2BA, two-car garage villa, $126,500. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

HBPD guards manatee herd from crowd

Holmes Beach police stood guard May 8 to keep curious onlookers at bay while a herd of manatees frolicked in the shallow water off 79th Street.

Spring brings the mating season for the manatee, an endangered species under both federal and Florida law.

And mating activity can bring people, creating a potentially perilous situation for both types of mammals.

At about 5 p.m. May 8, the Holmes Beach Police Department dispatched officers to the beach near 79th Street where the officers found a “large group of people swimming near 13 manatees near the shoreline.”

Police ordered the swimmers away from the manatees and notified staff at Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of the situation.

FWC biologist Andy Garrett said the agency was notified that “people were unruly, getting concerned, wanting to touch the animals.”

So the HBPD officers remained on the beach for hours, guarding the manatees, “keeping the large crowd out of the water,” according to a police report.

After 10 p.m., 12 manatees swam into deeper water. One, a female, was not injured but was stranded, said Garrett, who drove to the beach.

“Most of the water had gone off the animal,” he said.

He examined and micro-chipped the manatee and then, with the assistance of HBPD, placed the animal on a stretcher and carried it into deeper water. The manatee then swam away.

Mating herds “are all over the bay,” said Garrett, adding that the mating season continues through the summer.

The biologist said people who see the manatees “want to get close,” but they should not. Getting too close can be dangerous. It also is against the law.

Garrett cited several instances in which curious people put themselves and manatees at risk. There was, for example, the couple who put their child on the back of a manatee to ride the animal like a horse. And, in another situation, there was the East Coast incident in which a crowd of onlookers formed a human chain, barring a herd from swimming into deeper water.

“Watch from a distance,” Garrett stressed. “Enjoy from a distance to allow the animals to do what they do and for the safety of people.”

Manatees in mating season

Seeing manatees in the water?

Mote Marine Laboratory offers the following guidelines for sharing local waters with the endangered species:

• Watch the manatees from at least 100 feet away. Getting any closer can disrupt the animals’ natural mating behavior or put people in harm’s way. Adult manatees weigh upwards of 1,000 pounds.

• Don’t try to push the animals into deeper water. Manatees, as well as dolphins, can be injured when people push them along the sandy shore.

• Don’t provide food or water to manatees. Federal and state laws prohibits such.

• Don’t touch manatees. Federal and state laws against harassing the animals includes a prohibition against touching them.

Anna Maria City Pier stars in centennial celebration

Parade, festival, parties, fireworks mark 100-year anniversary

Anna Maria celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Anna Maria City Pier with a two-day celebration that was two years in the making.

The centennial began with a parade and ceremony May 13, that featured the unveiling of a historic marker at the entrance to the pier and a party in the pier parking lot hosted by The Islander newspaper, the Anna Maria Island Privateers and the City Pier Restaurant.

May 14 brought the party back to the City Pier Restaurant and parking lot for music and food and Pine Avenue closed for the first Food and Wine on Pine festival, showcasing local restaurants, top vineyards and local talent.

A wind and rain storm cut short the street fair, but provided celebrants time for a siesta before the centennial finale — a fireworks display on Tampa Bay. The parking lot rocked, and VIP guests at the T-end of the pier had a party of the century.

Lodge heads to new home

Everything is in place for a two-day move May 23-24 of the Angler’s Lodge in Anna Maria from its current location at the corner of North Bay Boulevard and the Lake LaVista inlet to the Anna Maria Historic Green Village at 503 Pine Ave.

Dan Gagne of Gagne Construction, who is managing the move for village developers Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher, is constructing a temporary steel bridge to span the inlet and move the house to the vacant lots on the opposite side.

The lodge first will be moved from its foundation to the canal’s edge in preparation for the bridge crossing, he said.

“The plan is to start building the bridge around 7 a.m. on Monday and have the house across by 11 a.m.,” said Gagne.

He estimated it would take about three hours to construct the span, then two hours to get the house across the canal. Removing the temporary bridge will take about two hours. “We anticipate being done by noon,” he said.

The lodge will sit on beams until Tuesday, when it will be hauled to its new foundation in the village.

“We’ll start moving first thing in the morning,” he said. Electricity and cable will be disconnected from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., plenty of time to complete the move to the village, Gagne said with confidence.

Gagne also headed up the move of a cottage last year from 308 Pine Ave. to the Thrashers’ development and is using the same moving company, Johnson & Sons House Movers, for the Angler’s Lodge project.

Once that cottage was placed on a flatbed trailer, the operation took less than an hour and traffic was cleared to use Pine Avenue, Gagne said.

Once the lodge moves onto Pine Avenue, the east end of the street will be closed to vehicular traffic, he added.

Lizzie Vann Thrasher said moving the Angler’s Lodge to the village is a “major task, but we think it’s worth every effort to ensure that it remains part of Anna Maria’s future history.”

Built around 1914, the Angler’s Lodge was used for many years by guests seeking big game fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

After the Cortez Bridge opened around 1924, the lodge also became a hotel for tourists. In recent times, the lodge served as a residence.

A few years ago, owner Agie Hebebrand donated the lodge to the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust under the condition it be preserved and maintained as a historic location.

The Thrashers already have two homes of significance to Anna Maria’s history at the village: the Sears kit-built cottage and the site’s existing former Rosedale home. The Thrashers readily accepted an offer from Preservation Trust director Sissy Quinn to move the building to their development.

Vann Thrasher acknowledged that the planning needed to get the lodge to the village was a monumental task. However, saving a piece of Anna Maria history makes it well worth the effort, she added.

The Angler’s Lodge is a “beautiful building that we feel deserves a place in our historic green village,” Vann Thrasher said.

BB telecom ordinance adopted

Bradenton Beach commissioners adopted a telecommunications ordinance May 5 setting restrictions for new facilities — towers, antennas and other equipment.

The ordinance allows only for a cell tower on government property, and that could only happen after an applicant met a long list of criteria.

The unanimous vote after the final reading of the ordinance marked the end of a two-year review and opened the door for applicants.

A representative for one company, James Eatrides of Alpha-Omega Communications, attended the meeting, and was the only citizen to address commissioners.

He reminded them that his company submitted a proposal two years ago to build a stealth tower near the public works and police departments between Highland and Church.

And, with praise for the commission’s work on the new ordinance, Eatrides said a new application would be submitted.

“I’m comfortable with this,” he said of the new ordinance. “You give us a framework to work with.”

However, Eatrides learned last week that he will have to revise the proposed construction of a tower at the public works/police compound. The city is building a parking lot where the stealth tower was proposed, said public works director Tom Woodard.

Some adjustments were made to the ordinance before its adoption.

City attorney Ricinda Perry described two as housekeeping matters — the renumbering of sections and changing “city council” to “city commission” in one location.

Two others were proposed by Commissioner Gay Breuler and unanimously approved.

The commission replaced “municipal” with “government” to avoid prohibiting a proposal for a telecommunications facility on county property.

The commission also reworded a paragraph that troubled Breuler because it provided for cordoning off a section of a structure “not in compliance with the FCC’s regulations regarding RF emissions/radiation.”

“Maybe we want to say if you can’t meet FCC standards … you can’t do it period,” Breuler said. “I don’t think I want my city having more (radiation) than the FCC thinks is appropriate.”

New wording, suggested by Perry, stressed that any installation shall comply with FCC regulations and not endanger public health and welfare.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved paying an $8,601 invoice from M.T. Causley for building department services.

• Approved a special event request for a July 3 fireworks display at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N. The fireworks will be shot from a barge shortly after sunset.

• Waived the city’s open-container ordinance for a city-sponsored Katie Pierola Sunset Picnic, held each Wednesday at the Gulf Drive park for two hours until sunset.

• Authorized the city attorney to prepare easements to place four trolley shelters along Gulf Drive, and also for stormwater improvements.

The next commission meeting will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at city hall.

‘Crime scene’ review sought

The attorney defending a Holmes Beach man accused of stealing underwear from a neighbor’s home recently filed a motion to examine the alleged crime scene.

Defense attorney Mark Lipinski also asked a judge to order the release of reports completed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Terry Thomas.

Ernest Kendler is scheduled to go to trial in October. He was arrested in January for an alleged burglary in November 2010 in Holmes Beach and soon after was released on bond.

The warrant that led to a search of Kendler’s property said a woman told the Holmes Beach Police Department she was missing two dozen pairs of panties and that her 21-year-old sister was missing 16 pairs of underwear.

The woman also said that on Nov. 6, 2010, she saw a man going through a dresser drawer in her sister’s bedroom, according to the warrant. The police report said she believed the man to be Kendler.

In a motion recently filed at the courthouse in Bradenton, Lipinski asked a judge to allow the defense to inspect and photograph the home Kendler allegedly burglarized.

The motion states that the witness told police she heard a doorbell, but did not find anyone at the door. Soon after, the witness said she saw a man in her sister’s bedroom, looking through her panty drawer. The man allegedly said “hello” and then left, slamming the door on the way outside.

Lipinski, in the motion, noted that the investigating officer did not take photographs.

In a separate motion, Lipinski requested the judge order the FDLE to make available reports completed by Thomas. The motion said Thomas was present when the search warrant was executed and heard witness statements to HBPD.

Islander to get 14 press awards

The Florida Press Association recently named The Islander newspaper as a winner in 14 categories of its annual better weekly newspaper awards contest for 2010.

The FPA released only a random list of winners, with the first, second, third and honorable mention awards to be announced July 1 at the FPA’s annual convention, held this year at the Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg.

The Islander was recognized for general excellence, community service, editorial page, front-page makeup, humorous column, news story, in-depth news reporting, sports picture, headline writing, sports column, special issue or supplement, newspaper promotion and website development.

The newspaper became a member of FPA shortly after its first edition was published in 1992, and has won numerous FPA awards each of its 18 years of membership.

HB approves stormwater, public works bids

Holmes Beach city commissioners unanimously voted at their May 10 meeting for Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger to execute two capital improvement contracts.

The first contract is for construction of a new maintenance building for the city’s public works department.

The city received nine bids and staff selected Tri-Tech Construction as the contractor. The amount of the contract is $269,933.

Bohnenberger said the funds come from the tax motorists pay when they fill up their gas tank. “These funds did not come out of real estate taxes,” said the mayor. “And they are restricted for use on roadway projects and maintenance.”

The building will be made of concrete block and will house the equipment used to maintain city rights of way.

The second contract is for drainage projects at stormwater basins 9 and 11, which are in the area of 62nd Street north to 74th Street and east of Holmes Boulevard.

Bohnenberger said that the $1 million project that has been broken into two phases. Woodruff & Sons was awarded the entire contract, with the first phase beginning with $329,000 in funds from the city’s stormwater utility budget.

The second phase of the project is contingent on funding, but Bohnenberger said there should be grants to continue the work in the next budget cycle.