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Islander Calendar – 05-23-2012

Thursday, May 24
• 10 a.m.-noon — Coffee with the Commissioner, Paradise Cafe, 3210 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.
• 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Anna Maria Power Squadron, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81, National Safe Boating Week free vessel checks, Coquina South ramp, Bradenton Beach, and Kingfish Boat Ramp, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-895-6189.

Friday, May 25
• 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Anna Maria Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81, National Safe Boating Week, free vessel checks, Coquina South ramp, Bradenton Beach, and Kingfish Boat Ramp, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-895-6189.

Saturday, May 26
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers 58th annual Snooks Adams Kids Day, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information:  HYPERLINK “tel:941-920-3989” \t “_blank” 941-920-3989.
• 8:30-10 p.m. — Bradenton/Sarasota Deep Sky Observers, Sidewalk Astronomy, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-342-9632.


• Through May 24, “Artists and Animals of Myakka” exhibit, Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.
• Third Mondays, noon, through May, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
• Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversation for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars, Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.
• Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
• 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.
• Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.
• 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. Information: 941-761-8834.

Coming Up:
• June 2, World Ocean Day family festival, “Oceans of Inspiration,” Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
• June 2-3, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Wildlife, Inc. and Anna Maria Island Community Center blood drive, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-753-1577.
• June 9, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Cooking for Kids/Summer Nights, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information:  HYPERLINK “tel:941-488-4009” \t “_blank” 941-488-4009.
• June 9, Scallopalooza, Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-953-5333.
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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 23, 2012


MOTION SENSOR SECURITY lights. Battery powered. No wiring. Bright LEDs. $12-$50. Power failure three-unit kit, $75. New, weatherproof. Call for demo. Jeff’s Security Lights, 941-794-1469.

FOR SALE: GIRLS very nice baby stroller, Graco, $40. 941-778-7293.

12 GENTLY USED solar rings, $50. Pick up in Holmes Beach. 941-778-5998.

21-INCH MAGNAVOX TV, $25. 24-inch Phillips TV, $40, with remotes. Excellent condition. 941-518-5526.

FREE HABANERO HOT peppers. Call Herb, 941-778-2709.

LA-Z-BOY RECLINER: Burgundy leather with wooden arms, good condition, $55. 941-778-6766.

COMPUTER MONITOR: NEC 18-inch, LCD flat panel, two VGA inputs, $70. 941-756-6728.

PVC FENCING: 23 8-foot pieces, white picket fence, 21 poles and hinges, $200 for all. 941-778-7315.

CELLPHONES, VERIZON GE flip, manual, 2/$20, two computer speakers, Kinyo, $5. 941-795-8359.

TWO TVs: SONY 55-inch 1080 LCD, works great, $200, Toshiba 24-inch built-in DVD/VCR, great condition, $100. Call 941-730-3228 or 941-778-2316, Jeff or Jean.

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

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:


Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. E-mail HYPERLINK, 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.

OUR DAILY BREAD: Volunteer servers needed. 9 a.m.-noon. Call 941-745-2992, ask for Penny.

NEW ADVANCED TEACHING series starting Thursday, May 10. Continuing series Thursday evenings at Palmetto retreat center, 4310 61st St. E., Palmetto. E-mail: Call 941-323-3372.

EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Classified ads must be submitted by 2 p.m. Friday, May 25. The Islander office will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

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. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100.

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

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.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Donation drop-off, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733

ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY Fire Hall yard sale: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27. Yes, we have it all! Restaurant dishes, glasses, plates, eclectic items, nautical, sports, holidays, clothes, indoor-outdoor furniture, TVs, tools and much more. Free coffee and fun, see you there! 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.

INSIDE YARD SALE: All must go, household, furniture. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, May 25-28. 206 81st St., Holmes Beach.

ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES, ARTWORK, treasures galore! 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 26. 424 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

NEW LOCATION: STEFF’S Stuff Antiques has moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-1901.


FOUND I-PHONE. FURTHER information can be obtained at HBPD 941-708-5804.

LOST NECKLACE AT beach or Fern Street, Anna Maria. Gift from my kids. Call Karen 941-778-4321.

LOST CAT: DARK grey tabby, lost in area of Holmes Beach Business Center. Has a chip, responds to whistling. Call 941-778-3360.


ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes, certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage drying). Personal service for you and your loved ones. Free pick up and delivery. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-1202. Holmes Beach.

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.


1989 560 SL MERCEDES. RED! Garaged entire life, kept her in gorgeous condition. Only 87,840 miles. $11,000. 941-592-9270.

1998 DODGE DURANGO 4×4. 5.9L. Mechanically excellent condition! Michelin tires, dependable transportation, $2,500. 941- 592-9270.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.

DOCKSIDE SERVICE: PONTOON boat rental. Professional boat-sitting. ‘Always be water-ready.’ Call Dan, over 40 years in the boat business. 941-518-3868.

SEADUCED WATERCRAFT ADVENTURES: Pontoon and deck boat rentals from $99, sunset sailing, $39/person. Tours, nature, Passage Key, Egmont Key. Yacht tours, Egmont Key and offshore. Yacht rentals, 28-foot Carver available for overnights. 941-779-5889.

1986 DEHLER 25-foot sailboat. Retractable fin keel! Hondo outboard. Great condition, really fun boat! $8,900. 941-962-0232.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


FOR HIRE: PART-time receptionist for local area motel. Flexible hours and some weekends. Phone 941-778-2780.

OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT: Small home business in Holmes Beach, owned by a German couple needs an absolute reliable employee to handle the whole process of wholesale business and handling of additional eBay shop. The person should be in the office Monday-Friday from about 10 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. (Friday until 2:30 pm) circa 100 -110 hours a month. Salary will be $1,200 in the beginning and will increase to $1,600 per month when trained. The duties and responsibilities will be: receive orders by phone, fax or online, create invoices with Quickbooks software, pack and prepare items (with for shipping. USPS pickup service will collect mailings daily. Employee must be able to create statements and to post payments in Quickbooks. Administrative duties must be done. Assistance is available by using remote access from owner to the computer in office. The owners live in Germany and will be in Holmes Beach two or three times a year to do executive duties. If you are 200 percent trustworthy, have the necessary skills and will be able to provide the duties described above please contact me ASAP by email: I will stay on AMI from May 24-May 30 to make decisions. A retired person who is interested in an easy and expandable business will be perfect. Partnership or profit sharing may be possible in addition to payroll payment. Job sharing is also possible. 941-779-9111.

EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Classified ads must be submitted by 2 p.m. Friday, May 25. The Islander office will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and boutique on Bridge Street. Turning appointments down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-6836.

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


BABIES, PETS, PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 17-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.


LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.


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. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

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

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

ISLAND PRESSURE WASHERS: Professional, reasonable and reliable. Call Bill or Clint for free estimate, 941-896-6788.

RETIRED CHICAGO POLICE officer drive your car north or south. 941-746-5651.

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL: RESIDENTIAL cleaning. Insured. References. Hourly rates. Call Gayle, 941-301-5851.

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. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry, ironing, 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, 941-538-8724.


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.

TIM’S TOTAL LAWN Care and handyman. Light hauling, most lawns, $25. Also pressure washing. Call 941-807-2537.

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


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/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.

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


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, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. 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.

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.

CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, windows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pinnacle Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.


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

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.

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.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or

WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-447-1506.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL RENTALS starting at $850/month. Call Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or 800-367-1617.

WATERFRONT TWO BEDROOM townhouse with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months plus. $925/month plus utilities. No pets. Call 941-538-8622.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. Steps to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-4731.

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA, WITH dock on Bimini Bay, washer, dryer hookups, carport, $950/month. 510-B South Drive, Anna Maria. 941-795-0504.

ANNUAL RENTAL NEEDED: Small apartment, efficiency or room with private bath, entrance, north end Anna Maria. Single, quiet, no smoking, drinking or pets. 941-685-0797.

EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Classified ads must be submitted by 2 p.m. Friday, May 25. The Islander office will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

TROPICAL PALMS SENIOR park: Nice 2BR mobile home on creek. Furnished, gated, pool, washer, dryer, cable. $695/month annual. 863-608-1833.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 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. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile completely remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call 941-224-1652 for more information.

FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1BR/1BA, extra bonus room. Across the street from Bradenton Beach private fishing pier. Beach and bay access, adjacent parking. Call 813-458-3875.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Saturday. 644 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Gorgeous waterfront 2BR/2BA, pool. James Adkins, 713-0635.

SO YOU THINK you know AMI real estate? 150 AMI homes were bought so far this year. 80 properties are currently under contract. The property inventory is now under 300. What are you waiting for? Let me show you the lowest priced 3BR/2BA elevated home with garage, new construction to current codes and private heated pool. Wait! This deal just got better! Asking price just reduced $30,000 to $419,000. Part of a two-home project. The twin next door just sold this week. Not a condo. Zoned R2 for weekly rentals. I’ve also listed the lowest priced Gulffront condo and the lowest price building lot on a canal. Read this ad again and call Barry Gould, 941-448-5500. Island Vacation Properties.

VILLAGE GREEN LAKEFRONT: Rarely available ‘D’ model. Move-in condition, $145,000. Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.

2008 HOLIDAY RAMBLER Imperial 44-foot motor home. Loaded, with only 5,000 miles. Would consider trade towards home on Anna Maria Island. 410-937-2106.


HILTON HEAD, SOUTH Carolina home: 3BR/2.5BA, Palmetto Dunes. Trade for home on Anna Maria Island. 330-763-1137.

SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN home: Beautiful views, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Priced to sell, by owner, $149,500. 941-782-8231.

Longboat Key police chief killed in crash

Al Hogle, Longboat Key police chief, was killed May 14 in a motorcycle crash in North Carolina.

According to Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer, Hogle was riding with a group of friends in the mountains of North Carolina when the crash occurred.

Capt. Tokajer said Hogle was a great man, a good mentor, as well as his boss, and they were close. “He was a friend and a good Christian,” Tokajer said.

Hogle, who was in his early 60s, was formerly with the Sarasota Police Department. He served on the Sarasota City Commission, and also as mayor before taking the position of chief of the Bradenton Police Department. He served as Longboat Key’s police chief for the past 10 years.

“The entire Longboat Key police department is grieving,” Tokajer told NewsManatee. He will be greatly missed.”

Mike Quinn, publisher of contributed to this report.

Algae surfaces on beaches

That brown-looking scum that some Island beach-walkers recently reported seeing washed up along the shoreline is not from an oil spill, as some think, but is an alga common in the Gulf of Mexico that has mixed with ordinary reddish-brown seaweed.

Hayley Rutger of Mote Marine Laboratory on City Island in Sarasota, said scientists at the laboratory have identified the algae as Trichodesmium. Although it is generally found farther out in the Gulf of Mexico, Rutger said its appearance is not unusual.

“Although for many years we don’t see any along the beach,” she said.

At the same time as the brown Trichodesmium algae is washing ashore, so is common reddish-brown seaweed. When the two combine on the shore, it appears much like that from an oil spill, she said.

The algae is not considered harmful to humans, but Mote scientists are studying samples from several beaches along Florida’s west coast to ensure there is no harmful bacteria or red tide algae hidden in the substance.

When Trichodesmium washes ashore with ordinary seaweed, Rutger said, it can give off a “rotten odor” as it decomposes.

Rutger said red-brown seaweed is common along area beaches this time of year, but Trichodesmium usually stays further out in the Gulf — unless currents carry it to shore.

Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker said Trichodesmium is “not a prelude to red tide” because of different conditions in the water.

County work crews will be cleaning the algae and seaweed from county beaches, but not from areas where private homes and businesses front the Gulf of Mexico.

He said the algae should not leave behind “large masses of decaying vegetation,” but a “fine particle residual.”

Although the Trichodesmium algae is not harmful to bathers or beach walkers, Hunsicker said it’s always possible someone might have an allergic reaction because of their own physiology. “But I’m not a medical doctor to comment on that,” he said.

Rutger said red tide usually produces sore throats and sinus issues in people who have been in or near water containing the red tide algae. Red tide, known scientifically as Karina Brevis, kills fish when it forms in the Gulf, she said.

Mote scientists will continue to monitor area Gulf waters for the next few weeks for any algae problems, including red tide, Rutger said.

AM mayor declines second term

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby said last week he will not seek a second term in the November city election.

The mayor said it took him longer than he expected to make his decision, but believes it is the right choice for himself, the city and his family.

“I took this on in 2010 with the idea of bridging the gap. I think things have toned down a bit and people are dealing with the issues that face the city,” he said.

Getting people to discuss issues rationally was one of the reasons he sought the office in 2010, he said.

“It’s been an interesting time for me personally and I have been blessed with a phenomenal staff that helped and supported me through the past year and a half.

“There are several things I want to see move forward during my remaining time in office, and then I know there will be someone who will step in and continue to move the city in the right direction,” Selby said.

When he ran for office in 2010, the city was in turmoil with supporters of then-Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus on one side, and those who supported development of Pine Avenue on the other side.

The dispute sparked a number of lawsuits against the city, and eventually hundreds of Stoltzfus’ e-mails were uncovered, including some unflattering to then-Mayor Fran Barford. Some people suggested Stoltzfus’ previously undisclosed e-mails to citizens about city business may have violated Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws.

Stoltzfus was recalled from office in a special election Sept. 9, 2010, and Selby was convinced by supporters just before the deadline for the regular city election in November to register as a candidate for mayor. Barford did not seek a third term in office.

Had Selby not sought the office, planning and zoning board chair Sandy Mattick would have been the only candidate to qualify and she would have taken office.

Selby maintains he only considered serving one term when first elected, but reviewed his position after encouragement from a number of voters.

No one has yet announced plans to seek the mayor’s post or a seat on the commission in the Nov. 6 election.

Sandy Mattick said she would not run again for mayor as she has a new job that would interfere with the duties of mayor, she said.

Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, whose third term expires in November, said she has not given any serious thought to a fourth term. “It’s too early to think about running again,” she said.

Likewise, Commission Chair Chuck Webb, who also is up for re-election in November, said it’s too early to make a decision.

Planning and zoning board member Nancy Yetter was defeated in November 2011 in her bid for a commission seat, and had said then she would likely run again in 2012. Efforts to reach Yetter for comment prior to press deadline for The Islander were unsuccessful.

But Webb, Jo Ann Mattick, and anyone considering a run for municipal or county office must decide soon.

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office has set qualifying for city and county candidates from noon Monday, June 4, to noon Friday, June 8, although Anna Maria is qualifying candidates May 29-June 8, in order to prepare for primary voting in August, although the city elections do not take part in the primary.

In previous election years, qualifying did not begin until July or August.

Elections in all three Island cities for a commission seat or the mayor’s office are non-partisan.

The terms of all Anna Maria elected officials are for two years. A commissioner is paid $400 per month, while a mayor’s salary is $800 per month.

Island Trolley sets record, concerns raised

Many Island residents and accommodation industry owners, managers and rental agents are thanking their lucky stars for the fare-free Island trolley.

Ridership of the trolley, which began operating in 2002, set a one-month record in March 2012 with 64,663 passengers. That outdistanced March 2011 — the previous one-month record — by 21.5 percent, when 53,238 passengers boarded the trolley.

The trolley carried 172,549 passengers in the three-month period from February-April 2012, an increase of 24.8 percent from the 138,238 passengers who rode the trolley during the same three months in 2011, according to figures on the Manatee County website.

Without the fare-free trolley, a lot more cars and drivers would be on Island roads every day, said Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.

He said that without the trolley the Island might have had serious congestion on its roads many days during the season. Additionally law enforcement officers from all three Island cities might have been pressed into service as traffic control officers on many occasions, were it not for the trolley taking vehicles off Island roads.

“Thank you trolley,” said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman.

“Without the trolley, it would have been extremely difficult to move around the Island this past season,” said David Teitelbaum, owner of four Bradenton Beach resorts.

“And it appears this was the best season on record. I would not be surprised if we had nearly 150,000 visitors for that three-month period,” he said.

Brockman said the fare-free trolley is one of the major boosts for Island tourism, allowing people to come to the Island, park their car, and just use the trolley. It keeps cars off Island roads, provides a safe environment for travel and has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in its own right, she said.

Without the trolley, the Island might not have been able to sustain its tourism growth the past four years, she acknowledged.

Teitelbaum agreed.

“The trolley kept the Island moving this past season. So many people come up to me and say the free trolley is one of the reasons, often the major reason, they decided to come to the Island. I shudder to think where we would be without it,” he said.

With all four properties booked solidly from February through April and from what other accommodation owners, managers and agents have said, Teitelbaum believes it was a record three months for visitors to the Island.

Teitelbaum’s prediction of a record appears to be backed by the trolley passenger figures.

In February 2012, trolley ridership was reported at 49,044, an increase of 40.1 percent from the 35,012 for the same month in 2011.

April 2012 was also a busy month. The county website reports 58,842 riders took advantage of the free service that month, an increase of 17.7 percent from the 50,025 trolley passengers reported for April 2011.

“It all points toward a record year for tourism,” Teitelbaum said.

At the same time, however, some believe the Island should be careful it can accommodate continued growth in the tourism industry.

Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn said everyone in the tourism industry — property owners and managers, developers and builders of vacation rentals, rental agents, and marketing specialists at the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau need to stop and take a deep breath.

“Please, don’t’ misunderstand me. I love tourism. It’s the lifeblood of our economy. But we only have a finite amount of space on the Island, and only so many parking spaces,” she said.

“We have to ask if we are over-selling tourism to the Island to a point where we can’t accommodate everyone? Our advertising is doing a wonderful job of drawing visitors,” she observed.

However, she said, as elected officials, she and her colleagues need to take a long look at where Island tourism is headed, “not just in Anna Maria, but throughout the Island.”

Third Bradenton Beach P&Z board member resigns

A third member of the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board has resigned following a contentious May 3 city commission meeting laden with accusations and arguments aimed at P&Z members.

Longtime board member and former city commissioner Bill Shearon submitted his resignation May 4, while P&Z chair Rick Bisio, after having served for 10 years, also submitted his resignation following the May 3 meeting.

At the meeting, Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse accused P&Z of presenting a “colored and tainted” recommendation swayed by personal bias in its decision to deny the city’s joint development agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant to build a dune and parking lot across from city hall and next to the restaurant.

P&Z outlined eight violations to the city’s land development code in reaching its decision.

The Commission disregarded the P&Z recommendation to deny the project and approved it following Gatehouse’s accusations and city attorney Ricinda Perry’s claims that P&Z qualifications were substandard to city staff.

In a letter dated May 10, P&Z board member Joyce Kramer cited her reasons for resigning, noting that staying on the board would serve no purpose.

“The work and time demanded of the P&Z board is not valued and taken seriously,” Kramer wrote. “Commissioner Gatehouse made this clear in his comments to the public at the commission meeting.”

Kramer said Gatehouse’s perception of P&Z having a preconceived notion based on personal opinions was inaccurate.

“I can attest to the fact that we came to the meeting having done our homework and knowing that this proposal was in violation of a number of land-development code regulations,” she said.

Kramer said Gatehouse’s comments were “inappropriate, as well as being disrespectful, dismissive, and arrogant. It is not the way to treat volunteers who have devoted much time to this issue.”

Kramer next noted Perry’s comments dismissing the expertise of P&Z members.

“(Perry) made it clear that the fact finding and decisions of the P&Z board are not of any value when she pointed out at the meeting that commissioners must base their decision on the word of ‘experts’ and the staff,” said Kramer.

“So what is the point of the P&Z work?” she asked.

Kramer said based on the comments of Gatehouse and Perry, P&Z “does not matter” and the existence of a P&Z board is simply “going through the motions.”

While P&Z was accused of making a baseless decision, Kramer said it is commissioner decisions that are being made without considering the P&Z findings.

“Not only was (the May 3 decision to approve the project) woefully inadequate, it did not list our finding of facts for our denial,” she said, noting that Commissioner Gay Breuler admitted she bases her decisions on staff recommendations first and foremost.

Kramer said she is concerned about the future of P&Z and what, if any impact, it will have on the city.

“When I applied to serve on the board in 2011 my application was approved by the commissioners,” she said. “I wasn’t even interviewed about why I wanted to serve.”

She said no formal training was offered, and new members were left to learn from experienced members.

Kramer wonders how new board members can learn with the loss of such experience, pointing to P&Z member Jo Ann Meilner as the last board member with experience.

Meilner has not gone on record as announcing a resignation, but also has not said she will remain.

“I am deeply disappointed with the tone and conduct of the (commissioners), but I am far more dissatisfied with the manner in which the interests of our citizens are treated and the decision-making process is conducted. Our city deserves better,” Kramer said.

HB woman guilty of Key Royale Club embezzlement

    Holly Connelly was found guilty May 11 of charges she schemed to defraud more than $50,000 from the Key Royale Club by Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug at the Manatee County Judicial Center, Bradenton.

     “It was an open plea to the court,” said assistant state attorney Christopher Nigro. “She pleaded no contest” and the court adjudicated the embezzlement charges with a finding of guilt, he said.

         Connelly’s sentencing hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 27. At the sentencing, Nigro expects the court to hear testimony from Connelly’s family and friends and from the victims.

    Connelly faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on the first-degree felony of defrauding her former employer. She was the bookkeeper for the Holmes Beach club between June 2008 and April 2011.

    Connelly pleaded not guilty in August of 2011 and originally demanded a jury trial.

    The plea heads off a May 21 trial date. The case was set for hearing May 7, but then was continued to May 11.

    An affidavit of Holmes Beach Police Department Detective Michael Leonard indicates Connelly embezzled $387,181 during three years of employment by writing checks to herself and by forging and depositing checks directly into her own bank account.

    A Holmes Beach police investigation into embezzlement at the club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, led to Connelly’s arrest.

    Following her June arrest and detention in Manatee County jail, she was released on $15,000 bond, after the original $500,000 bail was reduced by an Aug. 31 court order.

    Connelly was required to surrender her passport, live in Manatee County, and observe a curfew that prohibited her from leaving her residence 7 p.m.-7 a.m. except for work purposes. She also was required to wear an ankle monitor 24 hours a day until the disposition of her case.

    On another Connelly court matter, a child support enforcement matter case, a notice of delinquency was filed May 1 against Phillip D. Connelly, charging him with $1,337 in child support arrears.

    Holly Connelly is represented now by assistant public defender Jennifer Fury. At Islander press time, Fury had not returned calls for comment.

        Krug will preside over the Connelly sentencing at the Manatee County Courthouse, Room 6A, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

No new leads in missing paddleboarder

There are no leads in the search for paddleboarder Jeffrey Comer, 50, who went missing April 29 while paddleboarding in Gulf of Mexico waters off the shore of Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County.

Comer’s paddleboard was found adrift by a boater near Holmes Beach, his wallet and keys tucked safely aboard the craft.

The board was discovered late April 29 and reported the following morning. Rescue agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, launched a search-and-rescue effort, but suspended the search later that day.

Police still have not ruled out any possibilities in the case, but with no new information or leads, have ceased providing updates. The last update provided on the missing man was April 30, the day the search began and ended.

The competitive paddleboarder was described as being fit, with no medical conditions, and his vehicle was discovered near Fort De Soto at Mullet Key where he set off into Gulf waters on his board. There was no evidence at the site of his vehicle of foul play.

While the waters off Fort De Soto Park are a popular spot for water enthusiasts, those same waters are said to be dangerous, known for high waves and strong currents.

Comer is described as 5-feet-8-inches tall, bald with blue eyes.

Anyone with information on the missing paddleboarder, is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-354-6600 or dial 911.

Roadwatch, May 16-23

Marina Drive from 59th Street to 62nd Street in Holmes Beach will be closed from May 16-23 for construction of stormwater drainage lines by the city, according to Bob Shaffer of the building department.

A detour will move traffic on 59th, 60th and 62nd streets to Holmes Boulevard and back onto Marina Drive.

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria by the Manatee County Utilities Department is ongoing and the project should last several months, according to the department.

Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be affected by the work, a MCUD press release.

Daytime-only repairs to the Longboat Key Bridge/State Road 789 are continuing, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said.

The east sidewalk of the bridge and Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge are closed. The draw will open for boaters on demand.

Completion of the project is expected at the end of May and no construction activity is planned for Memorial Day weekend.

More information on the bridge project is available online at