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Islander Calendar – 06-20-2012

Thursday, June 21

• 10-noon — Coffee with Commissioner Jean Peelen, Paradise Cafe, 3210 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.

• 6-9 p.m. — Suncoast Surfrider Foundation Summer Solstice culinary fundraiser, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Gourmet Deli and Take-Out, 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-0777.


Friday, June 22

        • 9 a.m. — Community Coffee Club, Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, hosted by Edward Jones. Information: 941-779-2499.



• Through July 14, “Fishing for Life,” Mark Cohen photography exhibit, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

• Through June 25, Cecy Richardson print exhibit, Solo Gallery of the Manatee County Cultural Alliance, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2223.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• 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.

        • Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Porch Party to benefit Roser Food Pantry at stores and boutiques on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.

• 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 29, Chamber of Commerce of Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armand Key Invitational Golf Tournament, Longboat Key Club Islandside, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-2466.

• July 2, Fourth annual Boom Boom on the Bay at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2391.

• July 3, 19th annual Fireworks Extravaganza, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.

• July 4, 26th annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8709.

        • July 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Fourth of July Parade, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, to Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, and 2012 Scholarship Award Party, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-780-1668.

• July 5, North End Merchants Organization third annual post-July 4 holiday cleanup, Pine Avenue General Store, 307 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3316 or 248-568-2160.


Save the Date

• Sept. 24, 13th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lucky 13 Golf Outing for Scholarships, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-224-1337 or 941-284-2523.

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June 20, 2012


FRONTLOAD WHITE DRYER: Very good condition, $50. Light-color cabinet with drawers for big-screen TV, $75. 863-640-1936.

COMPUTER: 2GHz WITH keyboard, mouse and monitor, fresh load of Windows XP, $50. 941-756-6728.

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, 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.

WANTED: TENNIS PLAYERS mornings at private court. No cost. Call Carol, 941-778-6172.

AMI GENERATIONS ORCHESTRA: Open call, noon, Thursday, June 21, at Sandpiper clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive north, Bradenton Beach. Can arrange private audition, too. All ages welcome. Musicians still needed: strings, woodwinds, brass, etc. Contact Koko Ray Hansen, 941-538-8724.

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.

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.


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 22-23. 224 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria. Rattan bench, like-new trundle bed, generator, sleeper sofa, full den exercise room, freestanding cabinets, small appliances, bookcases, etc.


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 GARAGE AND ‘art seconds’ sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 23. 321 Hardin Ave., Anna Maria.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday, June 23. 114 11th St. S., Bradenton Beach, bayside.


FOUND: BLACK-AND-white male cat, young, not neutered. Found 57th Street, Holmes Beach. Call 617-733-6528.

FOUND: RING, 22nd Street and Avenue B, Bradenton Beach. Call 970-209-0167.

LOST MEDALLION: COPPER St. Michaels on beach behind Sunset Cove, Holmes Beach. Extreme sentimental value, reward offered. 813-951-8049.


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.

TERRIFIC DOG FOR adoption! 2-year-old lab/shepherd mix. Handsome, sweet disposition, excellent companion. Neutered, up to date on shots, chipped. 941-896-6701.

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.


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

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.

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.


EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE agent. AMI Beaches Real Estate. “Old Florida with a twist.”941-799-9096.

TORTILLA BAY IS hiring motivated team players for all kitchen positions. Some experience required. 5318 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Please come in for an application.

CITY PIER RESTAURANT: Hiring all positions. See Rockey or David 2-9 p.m. daily. 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. No phone calls please.

FIFTY NEW PROSPECTS check into our resort on Anna Maria Island every week. Want to show them property? Call Jim Valente, 941-778-6667.

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.


RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-5051.

BABIES, PETS, PLANTS: Responsible, trustworthy, fun and reliable 17-year-old. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

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

DOG WALKING SERVICE: $10. Call Jewel, 941-524-1423.

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.


ASSISTED LIVING HOME: Nine beds, up and running for 13 years. Turnkey, everything in place, including staff. Business $200,000 or $400,000 with real estate. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.


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.

CAREGIVER FOR THE ELDERLY: Bathe, cook, shop, appointments, light cleaning. Four hours or more. Top references, 28 years experience. Have family that can also help. Call Diana, 941-545-7114.

IN-HOME CARE: Two-three days per week. Appointments, meals, light housekeeping. Excellent Island references. 941-726-8000.


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.

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.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.

MARLI’S CLEANING COMPANY: Professional cleaning service. Hotel, resort, office cleaning service. Spotless, efficient, reliable, organized, insured. 941-565-3651.

STRESSED? ANNA MARIA practitioner offers reflexology and Indian head massage. Call 941-545-3307 or 941-567-5543.

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.


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.

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.

1BR/1BA APARTMENT AND 2BR/2BA cottage annual rentals. Available now. No pets. Call Jessica, 941-778-7500. Dolores M. Baker Real Estate.

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.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished, views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock, Available seasonal or annual. 818-620-3543.

1BR/1BA APARTMENT AND 2BR/2BA cottage, both annual rentals. Available now. No pets. Call Jessica, 941-778-7500. Dolores M. Baker Real Estate.

PERICO BAY CLUB: Vacation rental, 2BR/2BA, garage, villa, ground floor. June through December, $1,200/month. January, February, March 2013, $8,100. Book now before it’s gone or call for other options. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

VACATION HOME: FURNISHED 3BR/2BA, August to December, flexible. $1,200/month. Minutes to beach. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

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.

UPSCALE ANNA MARIA! 215 Chilson Ave. Virtual tour, pop-up floor plan and facts at

HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy beaches. Price reduced to $499,000! No reasonable offer refused! Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour:

PALMA SOLA BAY townhouse: 2BR/2BA, boat slip, heated pool, all updated. Move-in ready, $135,000. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

REDUCED IRONWOOD CONDO! $49,999. 1BR/1.5BA. Many upgrades. 55-plus community. Overlooks golf course. HOA fee, $233/month. Pet-friendly building, six miles to Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.


Anna Maria homeowner, building official disagree

Developer Shawn Kaleta, a resident of Anna Maria with a construction business in Holmes Beach, has been sent a letter by the code enforcement department that the house he owns at 804 N. Shore Drive is not in compliance with city codes because there are bedrooms on the ground floor of the elevated home.

According to Bob Welch, building official and code enforcement officer, he discovered the bedrooms while inspecting pool construction that was permitted at the site by the city. He said he observed the bedrooms by looking through a ground-floor window.

Because the house was built after 1974, when the city adopted an ordinance — what Welch called “post firm” construction — that requires the ground level of any new construction be used only as a garage or storage, the bedrooms don’t comply with code, Welch said.

Kaleta, however, said he bought the house furnished and no bedrooms are located on the ground-floor level.

“When Bob makes his inspection, he’ll see there are no bedrooms downstairs. It’s just a mistake,” Kaleta said.

He said he was not present when Welch performed the pool inspection.

The city’s letter to Kaleta gives him 30 days to bring the house “into compliance” or face a citation, which requires a hearing before the special magistrate.

Kaleta said the issue will be cleared up as soon as Welch inspects the ground-floor interior.

The property was advertised in February as a four-bedroom, single-family home for $1.1 million when Kaleta purchased the property.

The house is now listed on the website as an eight-bedroom home for $2.2 million.

In examining the original architectural drawings for the home, Welch determined the house was built with four bedrooms, a study, nursery and den. The ground floor was a garage with two storage rooms.

Kaleta first gained notoriety in Holmes Beach last year when a number of residents spoke publicly against his conversion of older duplexes to more modern, three-story vacation rental properties, which they claim have too many bedrooms and accommodate too many guests,  leading to parking, noise and trash problems.

But city officials said Kaleta was not violating any codes or ordinances. His construction work was performed in the Residential-2 zone, which allows duplex construction.

Residents complained about vacation rentals that could accommodate more than one family at one time.

Kaleta said he was only building what buyers wanted for their property.

Neither Anna Maria nor Holmes Beach has any limit on the number of bedrooms for a single-family home.

City attorney Jim Dye has said the city cannot legislate how many bedrooms are allowed at a single-family home, provided construction and the structure meet all other building and land-development regulations.

Forced sea turtle nest relocation fuels BB argument

On the heels of a lawsuit filed by three Bradenton Beach citizens to stop the city’s joint development agreement with BeachHouse Restaurant owner Ed Chiles to develop a dune and parking lot across from city hall, a new argument has surfaced.

The two primary groups opposing the development project are the Bradenton Beach Planning & Zoning Board and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.

P&Z argued the agreement violated the city’s comprehensive plan and rejected the plan later approved by commissioners. AMITW executive director Suzi Fox presented a second argument that the proposed development is in sea turtle nesting habitat.

The suit was brought forth by two former P&Z members who resigned after a contentious May meeting where P&Z board members were accused of being biased and presenting a “tainted” recommendation by Commissioner Ric Gatehouse. Fox also was challenged by city attorney Ricinda Perry, who conducted the meeting nearing a trial-like atmosphere.

Perry said Fox’s statements at the May 3 meeting about the development area being nesting habitat were false and should be stricken from the record because Fox brought no documentation to the meeting to prove her claims.

Perry also argued that the density of the sand at the proposed development site — next to the BeachHouse Restaurant — was prohibitive to sea turtle nesting.

But sometime during the night of June 4 or the morning of June 5, a loggerhead sea turtle crawled into the proposed development site and laid her eggs.

In an e-mail to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fox reported her findings and why she felt it necessary to relocate the nest, which was mere feet away from the restaurant, and near the valet overflow parking area established on the beach by the BeachHouse.

Fox reported high tide had come within 15 feet of the nest and water was discovered in the nest when it was confirmed by her team. Fox said the FWC suggestion to move the nest to open beach could not be met due to the nearby “illegal” activity, she said.

“We decided not to place this nest at the wide-open beach because of the parked cars at night and chances of cars running over the nest,” said Fox.

The nest was moved away from the restaurant, but was relocated to an area still within the proposed development site.

“Glenn Wiseman dug the new nest and we found the sand to be normal density about 6 inches down,” she said. “The sand below was very soft and compatible with good sea turtle nesting sand.”

Fox told FWC, “Just for your information, (Perry) told the city commissioners at the last commission meeting in Bradenton Beach that you came out and did a compaction test on this sand and found it to be too hard for sea turtles to nest.”

Fox said in her e-mail to FWC that Perry had made a false statement. Fox also said compaction tests are typically performed by project engineers, not FWC.

“Guess she dreamed this up on her own,” wrote Fox.

Art league president defends league, financials

“They left. They chose to leave,” said Anna Maria Island Art League president Laura McGeary last week of former league board members.

    “They all knew I was doing everything. The financials were seen every month,” McGeary said, defending herself against published reports by former board members attacking her administration of the league.

    League board meetings included a certified public accountant, she said, who went over how to read financials and an update on the league’s Internal Revenue Service charitable reinstatement, as well as a bookkeeper who talked about the league’s expenses.

    “They were getting all the reports. They got monthly, quarterly, six-month and annual reports. They had all these financials put in front of them,” she said.

    McGeary took over as acting treasurer about a year ago when no other board member stepped up. She also points out, a second board member signed all checks.

    The league’s former executive director, Christina Reginelli, resigned May 11, and closed the gallery and art facility, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Seven members of the board submitted their resignations shortly thereafter, leaving three members, including McGeary, serving the league.

    Reginelli told The Islander she canceled summer camp, classes and workshops and put a notice on the door stating “closed until further notice,” saying the league could no longer meet its expenses.

    “I really didn’t expect it,” McGeary said about the shortfall. “I thought we’d squeak by.”

    In retrospect, McGeary blames the league’s problems on declining income due to the general downturn in the economy, rising costs, too few volunteers to staff the league’s Winterfest and Springfest festivals — which contributed to problems in marketing, sales and the bottom line — and the loss of the charitable status.

    McGeary said the loss of the IRS charitable designation was an “inherited” problem due to the league’s failure to file three years of returns before her term as president.

    Last week, McGeary released financial statements prepared for the league by certified public accountants, Rehfeldt Group P.A. of Bradenton.

    Statements for 2010-11 show the league began the fiscal year with net assets of $21,799, and ended in September 2011 with $17,985. Rehfeldt financial statements for six months ending March 31, 2012 showed the league’s net assets had dropped to $9,691.

    McGeary said income in April “dropped significantly,” and expenses were still coming in from Winterfest.

    Since April 1, McGeary said league coffers were depleted by “big bills,” including rent, utilities, newspaper and magazine advertising, and payments to art instructors, the accountant, executive director and festival director.

    The league has a 22-year history on Anna Maria Island, showcasing local talent, providing art classes, camps and workshops and two art and craft shows. The festivals were the league’s major income generator to fund the art center and a scholarship program that provided deserving students with art classes.

    McGeary is currently planning for Winterfest.

    Former board members, Leslie Robbins, Karen Hasler, Alexis Lillis, Cheryl Jorgenson, Gillian Holt, and Ellen Aquilina, as well as Reginelli, issued a statement May 30, seeking accountability about the finances.

    Remaining on the board, in addition to McGeary, are members, Deeana Atkinson and Christine Galanopoulos. McGeary said she is looking for others interested in serving the league.

     The art league needs approximately $5,000 to meet its current expenses and liabilities, according to McGeary. In the past two weeks, in addition to several nice calls, McGeary has received approximately $1,000.

        McGeary is seeking contributions or pledges in support of the league “that has meant so much for art education in the community and for the children — that is what the art league is really about,” she said.

Anna Maria quandary: no one to run for mayor

For the first time in memory, no one is running for mayor of Anna Maria in the upcoming November election, leaving the city with a conflict for who will fill the mayor’s seat — and how.

In fact, there won’t be much of a municipal election in Anna Maria Nov. 6, as only incumbent Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter qualified for the two commission seats up for election. With no opposition, the two candidates automatically win a commission seat, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office.

Since there is no candidate for mayor, attention turns to the city charter for answers, and this is where the conflicts begin, said deputy city clerk Diane Percycoe.

Percycoe said she spent a number of hours reviewing the charter with city attorney Jim Dye after learning there would be no mayoral candidate. There are a number of issues still to be resolved, although the procedure to elect a mayor is clear, she said.

It’s what happens after a mayor is elected that is causing some issues, Percycoe observed.

The city charter states that after the new commissioners are sworn in, the five commissioners elect a chair. In the absence of a duly-elected mayor, the chair automatically becomes interim mayor until the next general election — one year. A vice chair also is elected.

The four remaining commissioners then nominate and appoint a qualified city resident to fill the commission seat vacated by the chair for one year. The vice chair becomes the commission chair and the commission must then elect another vice chair. The new commission chair becomes vice mayor of the city.

Here’s where it becomes confusing, Percycoe said.

Commissioners are elected for two years. If either Yetter or Webb are elected chair and become mayor, do they return to the commission to serve the remainder of their term — one year — after a mayor is elected in November 2013?

As the mayor is supposed to serve a two-year term, how long does the mayor elected in 2013 serve?

And what happens to the person appointed by the commission to fill the vacancy for one year left by the new chair? It could result in four commission seats on the 2013 ballot.

The charter — the virtual bible for the city — requires election of a mayor and two commissioners in even-numbered years, which would be 2014. It also requires an election for three commission seats in odd-numbered years.

Percycoe said she had no solutions at this time for any of the potential issues.

“There are a number of questions involved here that staff and the city attorney are reviewing,” Percycoe said.

The situation will be addressed by Dye and commissioners at the June 14 commission meeting, she said.

Percycoe noted it’s the first time she can remember not having a candidate for mayor, but she has not yet checked city records, which date back to 1923, as they are in storage.

Long-time city resident and planning and zoning board member Tom Turner, who first came to the city more than 40 years ago, also said it’s the first time he recalls the city lacking a candidate for the mayor’s post.

“And I’ve been around a long time,” Turner said.

Although there will be no municipal balloting, the county, state and national elections will be held Nov. 6 at Roser Memorial Community Church.

Webb and Yetter will be elected to two-year terms at a salary of $400 per month. Anna Maria’s mayor — when one is elected or appointed — receives a stipend of $800 per month.

2 BB commissioners unopposed for second terms

While there may be contested elections elsewhere in November, it appears to be all quiet on the Bradenton Beach front with two uncontested races for seats on the city commission.

At the end of May, only Ward 4 Commissioner Jan Vosburgh had filed for re-election with Ward 2 Commissioner/Vice Mayor Ed Straight still undecided. However, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website, Straight’s “likely” run became reality last week.

According to Bradenton Beach city clerk Nora Idso, as of June 7, no one opposing the incumbents had claimed an election packet for the seats held by Vosburgh and Straight.

Straight won the his seat in 2010 after three decades in public service as Manatee County EMT chief, 911 emergency response center chief and as a reserve deputy sheriff.

Straight said in May that his run was likely, but that he would discuss his political future with his family before making his decision.

Vosburgh was appointed to the commission in 2010 to fill the term of then Ward 4 Commissioner Bob Bartelt, who vacated his seat to assume the mayoral role following the resignation of former Mayor Michael Pierce. Vosburgh went on to defeat mooring committee member Michael Harrington later that year to claim her spot on the dais for a full term.

Both Straight and Vosburgh expressed a love for the Bradenton Beach community in their desire to be re-elected.

According to financial reports, neither incumbent had yet raised or spent any funds toward their re-election.

Political newcomer challenges HB mayor

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger qualified early last week for his fourth consecutive run as the city’s top administrator, and the race was uncontested until minutes before the close of qualifying week.

       Ten to 15 minutes before the qualifying deadline at noon June 8, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston, Carmel Monti, 65, of 530 Key Royale Drive, filed qualifying papers, challenging the mayor in the Nov. 6 city election.

       “I’m qualified — that’s a good thing,” said Monti after his filing on June 8.

       About why he’s running, Monti said, “I’d like to see changes made in certain areas. I believe I can contribute to the city to make it even better.”

       He said he’s run three businesses in his life, and feels qualified to run the city.

       Bohnenberger announced his intention to retain office in April. He was first elected city commissioner in 1993 and then again 1999-2006. He has served as mayor since 2006, and previously held the position 1993-94, having resigned his first-term commission seat for the mayoral run.

       Bohnenberger last week issued a statement on his goals for 2012-14, including opening the 32-acre preserve at Grassy Point for public access; continuing stormwater improvements; lobbying the Florida Legislature to restore local rental regulatory power; applying “every existing code possible to bring resolution to major rental problems;” and working with staff to deliver cost-effective public services.

       “Together we have achieved so much while setting a new record of four consecutive years of no tax increases,” Bohnenberger said in his statement.

       Bohnenberger also indicated he’d be recommending new police hires enter the state pension plan to save the city money and protect current pension plan members.

       The mayor serves as the chief executive officer of the city and attends commission meetings. He also oversees the city administration and manages the city budget. The city’s 2011-12 budget is $8,665,109.

       The mayor has authority to hire and fire city employees, except for department head appointments or terminations, which require concurrence from the commission. The mayor also holds the power to veto legislative actions of the commission, but a vote of four commission members can override the mayor’s veto.

       The mayor is elected for a two-year term, and draws a $12,000 annual salary.

       Johnston said she qualified the candidates by determining their petitions contained the required signatures of registered voters and making sure they paid the $120 fee and filed proper forms, including an affidavit of two-year residency.

       As of June 4, there were 3,259 registered voters, according to Johnston. Voter turnout for the previous election was 28 percent.

2 challengers seek to unseat 2 HB commissioners

Qualifying week ended June 8 in Holmes Beach, and all who announced they’d be running for a spot on the city commission in the Nov. 6 city election made it official.

    City clerk Stacey Johnston reported Marvin Grossman was the first to qualify June 4.

    Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti also filed June 4, but were not qualified until the next day, she said.

    Next to qualify was challenger Judy Holmes Titsworth on June 7.

    Incumbents Haas-Martens and Monetti announced their bids for re-election in April.

    Johnston said she qualified the commission candidates by checking their petitions against the voter registration roll and checking the necessary forms, including an affidavit of two-year residency, and payment of the $60 filing fee.

    Haas-Martens is running for her eighth term as a city commissioner. She’s served as commission chair and deputy mayor 2003-05 and 2006-11. She recently chaired a code enforcement focus group that addressed ongoing multi-story construction and rental issues. At present, she’s the commission vice-chair.

    Haas-Martens did not return phone calls last week, but when she announced her candidacy in April she said she saw no reason for change on the commission.

    Monetti is running for his third term on the commission. He is city liaison to the Anna Maria Island Community Center and the public works department. He chaired the zoning/permitting focus group.

    Monetti also did not return phone calls last week, but announced his intention to run in April, saying he’s running to continue his efforts on the commission.

    Challenging Monetti and Haas-Martens, Grossman and Titsworth are first-time candidates for office.

    Grossman is a 13-year-resident, recently appointed to the code enforcement board. When he first announced his candidacy May 9, he said he was running “to maintain the old Florida lifestyle.”

    According to state election laws, if Grossman wins a commission seat, he will be required to resign from the code board before being sworn as a commissioner.

    Titsworth is a life-long resident of Holmes Beach. Her main reason for running, she says, is her concern about the city’s failure to enforce its land-development code. She vowed to be proactive and set the tone in the city of “not only compliance, but of good stewardship.”

    The five-member commission governs the city with policy decisions. Commissioners are elected to two year terms, and their salary is $6,000 annually.

        In the November 2011 city election, Johnston reports 984 of 3,515 registered voters cast ballots — a 28 percent voter turnout. The election saw incumbents David Zaccagnino and Pat Morton and newcomer Jean Peelen take seats, while Al Robinson and Andy Sheridan were unsuccessful in their bid for office.