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Island real estate transactions – 08-31-2011

748 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 50×107 lot was sold 08/11/11, Oceanside Oasis LLC to Saunders for $365,000.

6602 Holmes Blvd., Unit 2, Blue Lagoon, Holmes Beach, a 1,148 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1971 was sold 08/11/11, Haka Ventures LLP to Sharpe for $350,000.

519 67th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 82×110 canalfront lot was sold 08/12/11, Siam Garden Resort Group LLC to Varnadoe for $350,000.

505 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,488 sfla / 1,852sfur 2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1962 on a 95×98 lot was sold 08/09/11, Annis to Pinwheel Investments LLC for $250,000; list $289,900.

601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 111, Gulf Watch, Bradenton Beach, a 1,282 sfla / 1,380 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1986 was sold 08/01/11, Greene to Ford for $199,000; list $209,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

Man arrested for urinating, exposure

The Holmes Beach Police Department arrested a Mulberry, Fla., man for alleged indecent exposure in Publix, 3900 East Bay Drive.

The arrest took place Aug. 20 at the Manatee Public Beach.

An HBPD report stated that police were called at about 2:45 p.m. because a man was seen urinating on the floor next to a drinking fountain in the super market.

The report stated that the man was about 4-5 feet from the rest room, but did not attempt to use the facilities or hide himself from view as he urinated on the floor.

A witness — a store employee — said the man had a “smirk” on his face before he relieved himself.

The man, arrested for exposure of sexual organs in a public place, a misdemeanor, told HBPD he could not hold his urine.

Seen by an HBPD officer traveling west on Manatee Avenue from East Bay Drive, the man was stopped at the Manatee Public Beach. He also faces a charge of driving on a revoked license, another a misdemeanor.

He was taken to the Manatee County jail, where his bond was set at $620. He was released Aug. 21.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

TV: WALL MOUNT 19-inch, will hold DVD, too, $10. 941-795-8359.

BABY STROLLER: “GRACO” with car seat, $50. TV, 19-inch color Orion, $10, 941-795-8389.

BLACK LEATHER LOVESEAT: Small polish mark, otherwise perfect. Great with cover! $40 or best offer. 845-270-3235. Holmes Beach.

COMPUTER: DELL Optiplex GX240 Windows XP, $90. 941-756-6728.

TROPICAL-COLORED FLORAL overstuffed loveseat, $85. Very clean and comfortable. 941-302-2285.

TWO SETS OF bunk beds with mattresses for sale $150 for both or best offer. 863-640-1936.

MOEN LAVATORY POP-up: Complete, new in box, $10. Frank, 941-761-1415.

FLY ROD: HADDON 8.5-foot Golden Mark 50 with reel and line,  $95. Frank, 941-761-1415.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

KENMORE LIKE NEW black frig/freezer/icemaker. Top freezer. New 2008. Cost $600, now $195. 941-778-1102.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles.  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: www.jackelka.com

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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 classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariaislandrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislandrealty.com. Your personal broker.

NOW COLLECTING ITEMS for St. Bernard Church rummage sale, Oct. 21-22. Please leave donated items in rear of activity center building. Call Geri Cannon, 941-779-0591.

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: www.bradentonrotary.org.

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.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

ANNUAL LABOR DAY Fire hall sale: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4. All clothes, 25 cents, restaurant tables, 300 restaurant dishes, eclectic and nautical items, jewelry, bikes, lawn furniture, freezer, dryer stove, dishwasher and more. Free coffee and great deals. See you there! 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. 941-720-0426.

LOST & FOUND

LOST CAT: LUNA, friendly, gray and white. Clipped ear. Last seen Marina Isles neighborhood, Holmes Beach, July 28. Dawn, 608-770-7351.

MAUI JIM SUNGLASSES: Bean Point, Anna Maria. Sunday, Aug. 21. Gift from my mother, would appreciate return. 610-247-4892.

LOST DOG:  Sunday, Aug. 28. Chocolate pit bull with half white face and markings, floppy ear. Microchipped. Near community center, Anna Maria. 941-448-1204.

PETS

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.

BOATS & BOATING

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

HELP WANTED

FULL-TIME JOURNALIST WANTED: Seeking new journalism grad or experienced reporter. Work in paradise for the newspaper ranked No. 1 in the state by the Florida Press Association. E-mail letter of interest/resume: news@islander.org.

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

KIDS FOR HIRE

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

BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

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 CARE

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.

IMMEDIATE PERSONAL CARE for your loved one in our small personal nine-resident assisted living home. Call nurse MaryJane, 941-737-9455. Lic. AL9427.

SERVICES

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

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.

ISLAND PRESSURE WASHING: Houses, trailers, soffets, driveways, pools, wood decks and docks. “Satisfaction guaranteed or job is free.” Best prices and reliable service. For estimates please, call Bill at 941-896-6788.

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.

COMPANION/CARETAKER: LOVING, compassionate, reliable. I live on Island. References. 941-705-0706.

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.

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! www.jackelka.com. 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, 941-538-8724.

LAWN & GARDEN

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.

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

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. 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.

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

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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.

JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced. House painting, pressure washing, handy work. Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.

METRO DOOR AND Supply: Entry doors, French, sliders, interior doors, glass inserts. Professional installation. 941-730-1399. 34221doors.com.

ELECTRICAL WORK: GFI switches, ceiling fans, trouble shooting. Reliable service, no job too small. Reasonable pricing, on Island 14 years. 25 years experience. Call 941-822-3487.

RENTALS

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

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.

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.

FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED to share 2BR/2BA condo in Holmes Beach. $650/month plus electric. beachcondo25@yahoo.com.

WATERFRONT DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA, furnished, elevated. $1,300/monthly, September, November, December. 941-773-5730.

PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished house. Private pool, seasonal/monthly rent. $3,000/month. Call 941-795-3778.

PERICO ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA condo with pool access, carport, and storage. $1,200/month. Will consider small pet, 30 pounds or less. First, last, security required. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton. No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

SEASONAL FURNISHED 2BR/2BA. Carport, lake view, small-dog friendly. Four to six months at $1,600/month. Realtor,941-756-1090. Book now.

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 2spinnakers.com.

REAL ESTATE

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

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

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace.

Longboat Key Cedars E Short sale 2BR/2.5BA furnished. List price $199,000. RE/MAX Alliance Group. For information, call Erlene Fitzpatrick 941-224-6339 or Sharon Villars 941-920-0669.

FLORIDA, OUT-OF-STATE

BANK FORECLOSED, LAND liquidation, from $9,900, Blue Ridge mountains, paved roads, utilities, county water, panoramic views, excellent financing. Sale Sept. 24. Call now! 888-757-6867, ext. 214.

LAKEFRONT BARGAIN! One-plus acres, only $49,900. Dockable deepwater! Was $89,900. Prime lakefront parcel with direct access to Gulf. On 12,000-acre recreational lake covered in huge live oaks! Close to the city. Paved roads, county water, power, phone, community boat launch. Excellent financing. Call now, 866-952-5302.

UPSTATE NEW YORJ+K farmland sacrifice! Five acres, $19,900. Gorgeous views, apple trees, woods and meadows! Nearby lakes and state land. Perfect for country getaway. 877-458-8227. www.NewYorkLandandLakes.com.

Chief, mayor resolve issues

NFL owners and players settled their differences in time for the football season to begin as scheduled. Bradenton Beach’s most prominent Packers fan and Bears fan — the mayor and police chief, respectively — also recently resolved some issues in time to enjoy NFL play.

“I wanted to drop you a line to see if you wanted to schedule a time next week that you and I could sit down and try (to) sort some of this stuff out,” Chief Sam Speciale wrote in a recent e-mail to Mayor Bob Bartelt.

He continued, “I’m looking forward to resolving some of our issues so we can get back to business before football season starts (Go Bears).”

A meeting between the mayor and chief took place Aug. 15 and lasted about two hours.

“It was a clearing of the air,” Speciale said.

Both men said later that a tense and somewhat contentious period has passed. The mayor said he has answers and the chief said he has guidance.

“Him and I, sitting down, talking, everything went great,” Speciale said. “We discussed the issues. We both gave our feelings. I walked out of there with a very positive attitude.… Both of us have to work toward the betterment of the city.”

The mayor said, “We went over some things.… I’ve got answers from the chief that satisfy me.”

Speciale’s request for a sit-down came less than a week after a volatile public meeting on the police department budget. Dozens of people packed the small Katie Pierola Commission Chamber to endorse the police department and defend Speciale — rumors were circulating that the chief might be fired and the sheriff’s office hired to replace the police department. Neither action was on the agenda, and at the conclusion of the meeting the commission reaffirmed its prior vote for the police budget.

Speciale’s request for a conversation with Bartelt also came about three weeks after he met with Vice Mayor Janie Robertson in a closed-door personnel session. An attorney representing the city attended, as did a Florida Police Benevolent Association representative who accompanied Speciale.

Robertson said the mayor asked her to take the July 21 meeting, which was held to inform the chief “there would be a list of tasks requested.”

“The meeting was performance-related,” Bartelt said. “We were looking for certain reports, things like that.”

Minutes state that Robertson gave a “preliminary declaration of future job expectations which are not currently being performed” during the meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes.

A July 25 memo to the chief from Robertson detailed “specific objectives to assist you with improving your performance.”

The memo said the chief should:

• Attend all countywide police department meetings, as well as city commission meetings.

• Achieve accreditation for the police department.

• Prepare monthly reports to the commission on the hours on patrol, hours on car patrol, hours on beach patrol, the number of crimes investigated and reported, the number of ongoing police investigations, the number of closed investigations and the number of citations issued.

• Prepare a memo identifying department divisions and a summary of employee responsibilities.

• Evaluate his top officers and oversee evaluations of other officers, and provide performance evaluations to the city clerk.

• Provide records of in-service training and certifications for the past five years to the city clerk’s office.

• Prepare goals for the department.

Speciale, in an interview with The Islander, responded to each point:

• He said he attends county law enforcement meetings and many city meetings, and will be present at all commission meetings.

• Accreditation comes from a private company and costs money. “For an agency this size, it doesn’t make sense,” the chief said, adding that the Holmes Beach Police Department also is not accredited.

• The data requested in monthly reports to the commission exists in BBPD logs, which can be provided for review.

• Employee responsibilities have been detailed in job descriptions since 2001.

• Job performance evaluations take place, but not using standard forms. “The city never formally voted on doing job evaluations,” the chief said.

• Records of in-service training and certifications are available.

Speciale said he requested the meeting with the mayor to review the tasks and answer questions.

“The mayor is my boss,” he said. “I’m loyal to the city, and I’m loyal to my boss.”

Speciale said the events of recent weeks make it clear that the mayor and commission want more information more regularly about the police department.

“I’m more open to what the commission wants, what the mayor wants,” he said. “If the commission wants more information sharing, I’ll gladly do that. I’ll gladly give them all they want.”

And so the city’s most prominent Bears fan, who hails from Chicago, is ready for some football.

And the city’s most prominent Packers fan, who hails from Milwaukee, is ready for some football.

“Go Bears,” said Speciale.

“All I can say is the Packers reign triumphant,” Bartelt said.

Tension has dissipated, but a rivalry remains.

Island tourism continues upward trend

Visits to the Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key area showed no sign of decline in June, as tourism rose 6.5 percent that month compared with June 2010, according to the latest Research Data Services monthly tourism report for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The RDS reported 47,500 visitors came to the area in June, while 44,600 were reported in June 2010.

Occupancy of Island and Longboat Key accommodations was 61.5 percent in June 2011, while June 2010 occupancy was reported at 58.2 percent.

It was all good news for Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman.

“I haven’t had any complaints about the summer season. Everyone I talked to said it was going great, and I really expect July and August will also be up from last year,” Brockman said.

Through the first six months of this year, visitor arrivals to the AMI/LBK area are up 3.5 percent from the same period in 2010. The RDS reported a total of 275,500 visitors through June this year against 266,300 for the first half of 2010.

In addition to a tourism boost in June, economic spending also rose, climbing 11.3 percent from the $24.8 million in direct tourism expenditures reported in June 2010 to $27.6 million spent in June this year.

Direct expenditures for the year-to-date were up 5.5 percent through June 2011 compared with the first six months of 2010. The RDS reported $218.3 million in direct spending for the first half of 2011, while direct spending in the first six months of 2010 was $206.9 million.

The average daily room rate also rose in June this year, climbing 4.2 percent from $119.60 in June 2010 to $124.60 for June 2011.

The Island’s top feeder market in June was the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, with 13.2 percent of all visitors originating from that area. The top five visitor markets for June were all from Florida, with Sarasota second with 6.8 percent, the Greater Orlando area third at 6.4 percent, Miami/Fort Lauderdale fourth at 5.5 percent and the Fort Myers/Naples area fifth at 3.2 percent, just .1 percent ahead of Atlanta, which was sixth among feeder markets.

A strong 90.9 percent of visitors said they would return for another vacation, while 93.6 percent said they would recommend Anna Maria Island as a vacation destination to friends.

The top five attributes for an Island vacation listed by vacationers were beautiful beaches at No 1, good food and restaurants was No. 2, a clean and unspoiled environment was third, complete relaxation was fourth, and clear, blue water was No. 5. Multiple choices were allowed in the survey.

BACVB marketing director Deb Meihls had said it would take a few months to get the new system working more quickly.

Ex-bookkeeper pleads not guilty

A former bookkeeper has pleaded not guilty to defrauding the Key Royale Club of $387,000.

Holly Elaine Connelly, 29, was arrested in July and charged with one count of scheming to defraud in excess of $50,000.

She has remained at the Manatee County jail since her arrest, with her bond set at $50,000.

A bond hearing at the jail was set for Aug. 31 after Connelly’s attorney, assistant public defender Jessica Casciola, filed a motion seeking a reduction in bond.

The motion states that Connelly is financially unable to post the amount required under the $500,000 bond and that the amount is excessive and violates the defendant’s U.S. and state constitutional rights.

Earlier this month, Connelly pleaded not guilty to the charge and, through her attorney, demanded a jury trial.

In court records, the prosecution alleges that Connelly, who worked at the Holmes Beach golf club from June 2008 to April 2011, forged checks that were deposited into her Wachovia bank account.

Holmes Beach Police Department Detective Michael Leonard, who recently announced he is leaving full-time policing to pursue a business degree, investigated the case. Leonard reviewed Key Royale and bank records going back to 2008, which led to Connelly’s arrest.

If convicted on the charge, which is classified as a first-degree felony, Connelly could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Anna Maria commission election could be crowded

By the end of the qualifying period Aug. 26, there might be a crowded list of candidates for Anna Maria’s November election.

Three planning and zoning board members have picked up qualifying packets. Former Mayor SueLynn said she would run for a commission seat and has a packet. Lois Finley picked up two packets for friends. And incumbents Dale Woodland and John Quam are seeking re-election.

The P&Z members taking out qualifying papers are Carl Pearman, Mike Pescitelli and Nancy Yetter, according to city clerk Alice Baird.

Anyone can pick up a packet for someone else, Baird explained. What matters is who qualifies by the deadline on noon Friday, Aug. 26, she said.

When contacted, Finley, who formerly owned and operated Mama Lo’s ice cream shop in the Bayview Plaza in Anna Maria, laughed when asked if she would seek a commission seat. She said she was picking the packets up as a favor for some people and, if they qualify, their names would be released by city hall this week.

SueLynn confirmed she was running for a seat on the commission. She was mayor from 2002 to 2006, but did not seek re-election after her second term.

John Quam has said he would likely seek re-election, while Commissioner Gene Aubry will not seek a second term.

Aubry was elected in September 2010 to complete the remainder of recalled Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus’ two-year term that ends in November.

Commissioners in Anna Maria are elected for two-year terms and receive $400 a month in compensation.

Packets for prospective candidates are available from Baird at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

 

SIDEBAR

Anna Maria seeks committee members

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby is calling on interested residents to volunteer for one of several vacancies on city committees.

One vacancy is on the capital improvements advisory committee and, at present, Terry Schaefer has submitted an application for that post.

Selby said a vacancy exists for a member of the code enforcement board and for one alternate board member.

There also is a vacancy on the environmental education and enhancement committee, the mayor said.

Anyone interested in applying for a committee can pick up an application at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

The mayor appoints members of the various boards subject to commission approval.

BB mayor undecided about re-election bid

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt remains undecided as to whether he will seek re-election Nov. 8.

Bartelt was the Ward 4 commissioner in June 2010 when he was appointed mayor to replace Michael Pierce, who resigned mid-term. Bartelt was then elected to the office last fall to serve until the next election, set for this November.

For the past month, Bartelt, a native of Wisconsin and a retired firefighter, has said he is undecided about seeking re-election to a two-year term.

Qualifying to run as a candidate for the office, as well as two commission seats, opens at noon Aug. 29 and closes at noon Sept. 2.

Bartelt, who spends hours each weekday at city hall, said he has concerns about the time requirements for the post.

“If you really want to get things done, you’ve got to give it your all.… It takes time. A lot of time,” he said.

Bartelt, who married wife Kim last fall in an Island celebration, added that their life together is an important chapter in his life.

But Bartelt remains enthusiastic about the business of running Bradenton Beach, especially the projects he and the commission have committed to in the past year.

With Bartelt at the helm, the city forged ahead on a number of projects and issues — constructing a new dune walkover, hiring out recycling and sanitation, amending the comprehensive plan, settling a longstanding lawsuit over waterfront property, trimming the city budget, planning for new trolley shelters and working on an improved gateway at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive.

“I’ve tried to get projects finished … that have been lying around, tried to move forward with projects that were started but got stuck in neutral,” Bartelt said.

The mayor plans to complete several more projects before November.

It remains an unknown as to whether Bartelt will then begin a new round of city projects or seek a hiatus.

Meanwhile, John Shaughnessy, a former commissioner who gave up his seat due to a three-term limit, ended his hiatus. He began last week to collect signatures to run for mayor.

Shaughnessy entered city politics in 2003, when he became Ward 1 commissioner. After he left the office in 2009, he remained involved, including serving on the city charter committee last year.

In the commission elections, Commissioner Gay Breuler of Ward 1 was collecting signatures last week to run for a second term.

In Ward 3, Commissioner Janie Robertson cannot seek re-election do the city’s term-limit rule, which limits a commissioner to three consecutive terms. As of Islander press time, no one had begun the qualifying process for Ward 3.