Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013


TRUNDLE BED: SINGLE or opens to king size. $45. 908-914-1182.

QUEEN-SIZE BEDSPREAD: Tropical pattern, yellow, white, blue, $20, upright Dirt Devil vacuum, $10. 941-737-9173.

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

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood Top of Form

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rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FOR SALE: One legal and one letter-size regular 2 drawer files. Various office supplies. Also selling antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 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. Email, 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.

THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts, artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.

SEEKING FEMALE DANCE partner for year-round resident. Ballroom, et-al, age 55 and up. 229-444-4243.

SEEKING HOUSESITTING/CARETAKING position. Will relocate to anywhere on the Florida Gulf coast. References available. 210-633-6206.

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.

MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

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. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donation drop-off  9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, 941-779-2733.

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.

LONGBOAT KEY’S BIGGEST and best! Royal Rummage Sale VI. Friday, March 1, Noon-4 p.m., $5 admission, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, free admission. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

 Royal Rummage Sale V. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 2, $5 admission, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, free admission. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

HUGE SALE! Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3. Tons of stuff. 2208 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Baked goods, clothing, jewelry, linens, tools, books, white elephants, furniture. Mt. Vernon clubhouse, 4701 Independence Drive, south off Cortez Road, Bradenton.

HUGE YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Friday, March 1. Collectibles, household, linens, books, jewelry, 22 Dawn dolls, dollhouse, furniture. 120 Peppertree Ave., Anna Maria.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 2. Benefits No Kill Manatee. 1135 Montezuma Drive, Palma Sola Park, off Palma Sola Boulevard, Bradenton. Christie, 803-448-8090. Donations welcome.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. Furniture, beds, living room, household items, appliances, 104 Pelican Drive, Anna Maria.

SALE! 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. Everything and all things! Something for everyone. Spruce Avenue, North Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5 or until it is all gone! Two houses and garage full! Housewares, furniture, bedding, dryer, lawnmowers, boat, etc. 109 and 111 Sixth St. S., Bradenton Beach.


LOST: PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES Jan. 20, Bridge Street festival. Brown frames in brown cloth sack. Call 765-491-9530, if found.

FOUND: BRACELET, SILVER, charm, near Gloria Dei Church. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

REWARD FOR LOST bicycle: Yellow, decorated Schwinn bike, very special. Call 610-246-7472.

LOST: DIAMOND WEDDING ring. Lost in Holmes Beach. Reward! Please, call 203-887-4661.


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.

WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.


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

WAVES BOAT CLUB membership, paid in full through February, 2015. Great opportunity to enjoy boating without the hassle of ownership and without an initiation fee. Call 321-427-4646.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL: See Anna Maria Island by water! Phone, 941-518-3868.

2005 23-FOOT Beachcat, Yamaha F115. Fiberglass pontoon-style hull. Designed for saltwater, coastal use. Bimini with full enclosures. Great for family, fishing, cruising. Stepdown storage in console. $13,500. 941-527-8012.

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.


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

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.

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


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

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

BABIES AND PETS: Responsible, trustworthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.

NICOLE AND HALLIE’S babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.

AREA TEEN AVAILABLE for babysitting. Evenings, weekends. Have car, CPR-certified, currently enrolled in child development courses, honor student volunteering at Blake Hospital. AMI or N.W. Bradenton. Brittany, 941-465-6748.

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.


CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references, 30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.


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.

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.

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

KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our services. We now offer residential cleaning. Family owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.

ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.

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

AMI COMPUTER: COMPUTER problems solved at your home or office. Wireless networking, virus removal. 941-301-4726.

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

ATTENTION ABSENTEE HOMEOWNERS: D and T Home Watch, LLC. Bonded and insured. “Looking after your property like it was our own.” Serving Manatee and Sarasota counties. Call 941-840-0227 or visit

INTRODUCTORY OFFER!  BUY one, get one free music lesson. or 941-741-8832.

TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER Repair Service, LLC: Fast and reliable on-site computer repair service with reasonable rates. CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified. Call today! Anthony Mitchell at 941-592-7714.

COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.

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 SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.

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


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. 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.

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

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo, office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum, steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates. 941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.


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

1BR/1BA GROUND FLOOR, Gulf to bay condo, heated pool, fishing pier. Over 55. $1,600/month, $1,100/month annual. 813-393-6002.

CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch, near boat ramp, many other area amenities, cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.

PANORAMIC GULFFRONT: 3BR/2BA, huge deck, every room overlooks Gulf. Available January 2014. North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 813-920-5595.

ANNUAL RENTAL PERICO Island: 2BR/2BA 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, pool access, exercise room, carport, and small storage.  $1,100/month. Small pet OK.  First, last, security. Water and cable included.  Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

WATERFRONT SEASONAL RENTAL for winter, 2013-14. 3BR/2.5BA home at the end of a canal. Amazing view of Bimini Bay and Key Royale Bridge. Beautiful home with enclosed pool, large covered porch, two-car garage. Fully furnished. $5,000/month. Available January-April. 863-660-8366.

ANNUAL RENTAL: CANAL home, 3BR/3BA, caged pool, kitchen appliances, one-car garage, unfurnished. Available Feb. 1. $1,995/month. 863-660-8366.

WOULD LIKE TO rent small garage to store classic car. Please, call 941-799-9096.

TURNKEY FURNISHED RENTAL: 1BR/1BA 1.3 miles to Island via Cortez Bridge. Elevated duplex, spacious. $1,050/month. Desire annual rental, will consider short term. 941-761-2725.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. Three-month minimum. $2,700/month plus resort tax. Annual renter: $1,600/month. Over 55 community, no smokers, no pets. Included: water, HD cable, 46-inch Sony HDTV, Internet, phone, washer and dryer. Light, bright home in a quiet area, with double carport. Turnkey, ground-floor condo with beautiful lake view. Association has heated pool, exercise room, tennis and shuffleboard courts, and a waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only six minutes to the beach. Call 941-794-5011.

OFFICE: RETAIL PROFESSIONAL space. 8811 Cortez Road, near Dive Adventures. 1,300 sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.

3BR/2BA: CANAL FURNISHED. Internet, May-June. 407-927-1304.

VACATION RENTAL: MARCH. 2BR/2BA condo. All amenities. $1,500. West Bradenton. Suzanne-Coastal Properties Realty 9417941515.

2BR/2BA CONDO: TURNKEY furnished, available by the month until November. All amenities. Suzanne, Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

WANTED: 2BR/2BA CONDO. Holmes Beach, February, March 2014. Monthly rate, $4,200-$4,800. Annual/semi-retired visitors. Rich, 616-334-3389.

HOUSE FOR RENT: Month of March 2013. 2BR/2BA, Bradenton Beach. Call 215-378-7871.

PROFESSIONAL OFFICE FOR rent: Storefront. Bradenton Beach. 2501 Gulf Drive #102, Bradenton Beach. 420 sf. $1,175/month. Call 631-678-1813.

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.

DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach. Excellent investment rental income. $289,000. By owner, 941-962-8220.

WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.

LOT: 135-FOOT frontage, partial view Palma Sola Bay. Last one, desirable area, underground services. 941-792-8826.

PARADISE: 2BR/2BA IN 55-plus community, turnkey, Ellenton. Rent space includes 20-plus amenities. Pet friendly, five heated pools, marina. Two miles to I-75, 15 miles to Gulf! $23,500. Bob, 941-721-4890.

TRAILER FOR SALE: Move-in condition, 1BR, Bridge Street. Reduced, $39,000. Boat dock, $60/year on Intracoastal, furnished, land lease, $410/month. 941-896-5528.

FOR SALE! HOLIDAY Cove RV Resort Big Rig, 1,517 sf. Deeded waterfront site #32 with slip 6B. One of the best-priced waterfront RV sites available! Asking $159,900 or best offer! 352-428-9215.

GULF-TO-BAY condo: 3BR/2BA, dock, pool, spectacular waterfront. Asking $440,000. 1407 Gulf Drive S. #201, Bradenton Beach. By owner, 941-650-3069.

HALF OF GROUND-floor duplex: 2BR/1BA, 6-foot privacy fence in rear, $206,000. 941-447-2116.

2BR/1BA ISLAND COTTAGE! Owner financing. 503 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. $305,000. Call 941-778-7980.

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA condo: FSBO. Townhouse-style unit with two floors above parking. Part of four-unit complex. Steps to the beach and Intracoastal. Steve, 813-245-0428.


All hail the chief

Retired Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine is recognized with a standing ovation by more than 250 invited guests at his retirement party Feb. 22 at the Stoneybrook Golf Club. Romine was roasted, toasted and honored by family, fellow law enforcement, and officials from all over the state. He resigned his 19-year tenure as chief Jan. 31 and his law enforcement career of 33 years.


Retired as of Jan. 31, Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine acknowledges the sentiments shared by Mike Crews, secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, both heartfelt and humorous, at a Feb. 22 retirement party that included more than 250 guests, a prime rib dinner, many accolades, and some hilarity — videos and photos from the past. Romine concluded the event with his own accolades to his wife and daughter, family, former co-workers and friends.


Retired Holmes Beach Chief of Police Jay Romine took time at his retirement party to recognize his 13-year administrative assistant Chris Hanula and present a gift to her from himself and wife Jane Romine.



Palmetto Police Chief Rick Wells delivers a T-plaque to Jay Romine, noting the retirement party invitation specifically requested “no plaques.” The event was held at Stoneybrook Golf Club in east Bradenton.



Palmetto Police Chief Michael Radzilowski begins his remarks with a flashlight — on loan from Sheriff Brad Stuebe, who had his mini-mag light at the ready when Radzilowski’s own flashlight failed. Top law enforcement from across Manatee County and the state attended Chief Jay Romine’s retirement party at Stoneybrook Golf Club, Bradenton.


Manatee Sheriff Brad Stuebe delivers barbs and praise for Romine’s advocacy for law enforcement at the state level as 2004 president of the Florida Police Chief’s Association and his 33-year career, including 26 years at the Holmes Beach police department, in the roast, toast theme of the night.


AM commission may reconsider ban on building projects

Facing complaints from a number of Anna Maria property owners and local builders that a hold on building permits is causing financial harm and confusion among homebuyers, city commissioners on Feb. 14 agreed to revisit the freeze put in place Feb. 7.

Commissioners first passed an administrative moratorium in January, while city attorney Jim Dye set about preparing a moratorium ordinance. At that time, they said building projects “in the pipeline” could be processed by building official Bob Welch.

However, commissioners changed their minds Feb. 7 after learning it would be difficult to differentiate which projects were in the pipeline.

Holmes Beach builder Greg Ross of Ross Built Construction Co. of Holmes Beach said at the Feb. 14 meeting that he has several projects under development and on hold in Anna Maria because of the administrative moratorium. His projects are nearly ready for permit submission, he said.

“How long is the administrative moratorium in effect?” Ross asked commissioners. “There’s a lot of confusion in the building community right now, and I would like clarification.”

Cathy Adams of Plant City attended the meeting with her husband, Bill, asking that the halt to building permits be lifted. The couple bought an older home in October, a teardown, and are planning to rebuild.

“We were 99.9 percent ready and just days away from submitting our plans when this went into effect. We’ve spent thousands of dollars and now we don’t know when we can build,” Cathy Adams said.

The city has changed the rules since October, leaving people who want to build or remodel in a quandary, Bill Adams said. He said it hurts honest builders and property owners who just want a nice home.

“It just doesn’t seem fair,” Bill Adams said.

Commissioner Dale Woodland agreed that the city should discuss lifting the temporary moratorium on building permits at the earliest opportunity.

“All this is doing is hurting the little guy,” Woodland said.

Woodland and Commission Chair John Quam voted Feb. 7 not to halt permitting while the moratorium was readied for a first reading and public hearing, but the motion to freeze permits passed 3-2.

Quam planned to put the moratorium issue on the Feb. 28 agenda, but commissioners agreed to move discussion to the Feb. 21 meeting.

In other business, commissioners agreed with Dye to continue to Feb. 28 a public hearing on an ordinance in which the city would swap easements with the Sandbar Restaurant.

Dye noted the original easement given the Sandbar in 2005 by the city was part of the restaurant’s site plan at that time. Any change to a site plan has to go through another site-plan process, he said.

Engineer Lynn Burnett, representing the Sandbar, said she believes the easement was recorded as a pedestrian walkway in the Manatee County plat book.

If the 2005 site plan recorded the easement as pedestrian, Burnett said there’s no need for another site plan that would say the same thing. Dye agreed, and Burnett will return to the Feb. 28 meeting with information on how the 2005 easement was recorded.

Commissioners also passed the second reading of an ordinance requiring that parking spaces for new homes be designated on building plans. The ordinance requires a designated parking space for each bedroom beyond three bedrooms. The ordinance also requires at least one space be under cover.

Commissioners also agreed to an offer by an anonymous donor through Commissioner Gene Aubry to pay for oak trees around the six vacant lots at the east end of Pine Avenue.

Aubry, who has made several designs for a park on the vacant property, said the city should retain an architect for the park plans.

Quam suggested the commission return to just two meetings per month instead of meeting every Thursday, as it now does.

Commissioner Chuck Webb said there are just too many serious issues before the commission to keep putting them off to a meeting in two weeks. He said the commission should meet weekly until the significant issues have been resolved, and other commissioners agreed.

The commission will continue to meet at 6 p.m. every Thursday until further notice.

The next meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

Agenda items include the freeze on building permits, along with regulations on residential development, and priority items on the commission’s Tasks 2013 list.

Attorney adds to record public records request

Attorney Rich Rumrell of Rumrell Law, Rumrell, Bate & McCleod, P.A., St. Augustine, who represents unidentified Anna Maria property owners, has made another public records request of the city.

Mayor SueLynn said the records request of Feb. 1 would take staff several weeks to compile, and Rumrell submitted a second request Feb. 8, adding to his previous list, all permit applications for residential homes three stories or higher since Jan. 1, 2009, to the present.

He also requested permit applications for homes greater than 2,700 square feet, any documents since 2010 concerning police procedure for a noise complaint at a single-family residence, a vacation rental or a long-term rental.

Rumrell also requested any databases of vacation rental owners from 2010 to present and any databases of long-term rentals from 2010 to the present.

Rumrell has declined to identify his clients.

His public records requests began after the commission passed an administrative moratorium Jan. 31 — meaning city officials could not accept new permit requests — for the issuance of building permits for single-family home construction, while the commission finalizes and approves a construction moratorium ordinance.

Mayor SueLynn said staff members have been gathering documents already requested by Rumrell, and that after discussing the new request with the city attorney, staff will compile records for the second request.

Commissioners have discussed lowering the maximum height of new construction from 37 feet to 27 feet, and other possible limits.

Commissioners will not be enacting any new law enforcement procedures for noise complaints. Dye has said law enforcement procedures by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Anna Maria substation are the duty of the mayor, not the commission.

SueLynn said the only new procedure for noise complaints is that a copy of a noise complaint that deputies respond to is given to the code enforcement officer for review. The city has an ordinance that limits loud noises after 10 p.m.

The mayor said she would research the number of times deputies were called on a noise complaint in 2012, but believes there were less than five complaints for the year.

Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon did not issue any citations in 2012 to any renter, manager or owner for violating the city’s noise ordinance.

BB hangs up on cell tower planner

The strained relationship between Bradenton Beach and the Center for Municipal Solutions came to an end Feb. 8 with notification the city will repeal its cellular communications tower ordinance.

CMS’s Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe and the city have been feuding for months over language in the ordinance drafted by Monroe and adopted May 5, 2011, under former Mayor Bob Bartelt’s administration.

As the city moved forward with discussions on installing a cellular communications tower near the public works facility last year, Commissioner Ric Gatehouse observed several issues in the ordinance he found objectionable.

The relationship between the city and Monroe became brittle and shattered at one point, with Monroe withdrawing — saying he would take his ordinance with him.

Monroe said the city had no rights to use his ordinance without agreeing to pay exclusive application review fees to his company, as per the original agreement outlined in his ordinance.

Gatehouse initially wanted the ordinance repealed, but settled on amending it to give the city more authority, and to prevent potential abuses from occurring to local businesses.

The two sides unexpectedly came together Jan. 24 with an announcement from city attorney Ricinda Perry that negotiations on a consulting contract with Monroe were ongoing.

However, on Feb. 4, Perry said negotiations had stalled because Monroe refused to budge on key factors important to protecting the city’s interest.

Those factors included Monroe not wanting a termination clause if he was found to be doing anything illegal and he refused to agree to the city’s standard insurance needs, according to Perry.

One of the major sticking points was that Monroe wanted the city to be financially liable for an applicant who pulled out of the review process, according to Perry.

Commissioners directed Perry Feb. 7 to try one more time to negotiate a deal, but said they could not protect the city’s best interests under Monroe’s terms.

In an email dated Feb. 8, Perry informed Monroe that the city “will not be engaging your firm for professional services.”

Monroe has insisted the city cannot use his ordinance without his services. Perry said the ordinance has too many legal issues.

She wrote the city “will be repealing its enactment immediately.”

Monroe responded Feb. 11 saying the action was regrettable and disagreed with Perry’s legal assessment.

However, he thanked the city for its decision to repeal the ordinance to protect what he called his intellectual property.

Building official Steve Gilbert confirmed that the city was going another direction Feb. 12.

“I’ve been directed to find some local ordinances that match up and fit our criteria,” he said.

Gilbert said he has looked over several thus far, “and it’s just a matter of finding the right fit for us.”

Perry predicted Feb. 7 that if negotiations failed with Monroe, it would take about two months for the city to write its own ordinance.

Gilbert said if everything went smoothly, “then two months would be pretty good. We are still going to have go back through a planning and zoning review, then it all has to come back to the commission again. So it’s going to be awhile.”

Peelen may appeal lawsuit ruling

Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen may appeal a recent ruling by the12th Judicial Circuit Court that keeps alive a libel suit filed against her by business owner John F. Agnelli Jr.

Judge Diana Moreland denied Peelen’s motion to dismiss Agnelli’s amended complaint Feb. 7 and gave her 10 days to answer the suit.

The suit alleges statements that Peelen made in a Sept. 30 newsletter were false, published without reasonable care as to the truth or falsity and harmed Agnelli’s construction business.

Peelen is being represented by Jay Daigneault of Frazier, Hubbard, Brandt, Trask and Yacavone, LLP, of Dunedin, under the city’s Florida League of Cities’ insurance.

In the recent motion won by Agnelli, Daigneault argued that as a commissioner, Peelen is shielded by sovereign immunity granted to state and local officials.

The state law protects officials from being held personally liable for damages due to acts or omissions in the scope of employment, unless they’re made maliciously or in bad faith.

Moreland’s decision ruled against that argument, and Peelen said last week her attorneys were “considering if the ruling is appealable.”

Agnelli’s attorney, Peter Mackey, of Mackey Law Group, P.A., Bradenton, is looking at the case differently.

“Mr. Agnelli is going to go forward to trial,” said Mackey. “He’s been slandered in our opinion.”

Mackey added, however, that the case could reach a settlement first.

        The lawsuit was filed Oct. 9, following distribution by Peelen of her newsletter in which she confused the identity of John F. Agnelli Jr. and his son, Frank Agnelli.

        The newsletter pertaining to city issues was distributed from Peelen’s personal email account.

        At the commission meeting the same day John F. Agnelli filed the suit, he criticized Peelen for a careless lack of regard for the truth. Peelen announced she had acknowledged her error to the email recipients and also apologized to Agnelli at the meeting.

        But Agnelli responded that Peelen’s words will remain forever on the Internet.

        Agnelli’s first complaint named Peelen as an individual, but alleged libel against her as a commissioner. In his amended complaint, Agnelli asserted that Peelen defamed him individually.

Shore resignation accepted, FISH elections April 1

In one of the quickest actions of the Feb. 3 Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage meeting in Cortez, the resignation of Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. “Chips” Shore from the FISH board of directors was unanimously approved.

Shore sent a letter Jan. 3 announcing his resignation from the board, but pledged to remain as a FISH member. He cited “inflammatory language and rhetoric used by FISH board members toward his office and the museum staff, in particular,” as reasons for his resignation.

A feud between FISH and the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., in Cortez, has been brewing since early 2012 after an internal audit conducted by Shore’s office revealed a division of finances between FISH and the museum was required.

The museum is owned by Manatee County and Shore’s office provides management and operations.

The two entities have split some revenues in the past, but according to a Florida Communities Trust grant, which secured the purchase of the museum property, FISH was not allowed to use museum grounds for fundraising activities.

The two entities made several attempts to reconcile their differences, including a September meeting facilitated by someone hired by Shore’s office to bring the two organizations together. The success of that venture was short lived.

It’s not the first time Shore and museum staff have walked away from FISH in the past year, but the Feb. 3 acceptance of Shore’s resignation made the departure official.

FISH held off voting on Shore’s resignation at its Jan. 7 meeting in hopes he would change his mind. But FISH board member Turner Matthews said he spoke to Shore and confirmed he would not return to the board.

The board will hold its annual election meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Fisherman’s Hall, 4515 124th St. W., Cortez.

In addition to Shore’s seat, board members up for re-election are secretary Joe Kane, vice president Debra Ibasfalean and board members Karen Bell and Rick Stewart. There also are two vacant seats to fill from previous resignations.

Bell and Kane confirmed their intentions to run for re-election. Stewart’s re-election bid is tentative due to the board’s consideration of a paid position. Ibasfalean had not confirmed her intentions, as of press time for The Islander.

Also running for the board are newcomers Michael Northfield, Ryan Murphy and commercial fisher Chris Osgood.

FISH treasurer Jane von Hahmann said there are currently 185 dues-paying members eligible to vote in the April election.

She said everyone nominated thus far would be placed on a list and mailed to FISH members, including absentee ballot instructions.

“The slate of nominees is mailed out for absentee ballots,” said von Hahmann, although on the night of the election, nominations can come from the floor.

Absentee ballots must be received by March 25 to be counted.

Matthews raised concern about absentee and email votes, saying it is open to fraud. He motioned to disallow absentee balloting for FISH elections.

“If people care enough to vote, they should care enough to come in person,” he said.

Bell seconded the motion, noting only a small percentage of the membership come to meetings.

“How do the ones who never come to a meeting know who is a good board member and who is not?” she asked.

Kane objected to the motion, saying its paramount to voter suppression, but the board voted on the motion. Of 10 members present, the motion failed 6-4.

Matthews made a second motion to eliminate email votes, but the motion died for a lack of a second.

Anyone wishing to vote must become a FISH member seven days prior to the April 1 election.

Membership forms are available online at For more information, call 941-254-4972 and leave a message and contact information.

Holmes Beach proclaims Pam Leckie Day

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti presents a community service award to resident and Islander of the Year Pam Leckie for her tireless work at the Island Library and at the Roser Food Pantry during a Feb. 12 commission meeting. The city commission also designated Feb. 13, 2013, as Pam Leckie Day. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Holmes Beach interim police chief serves up 1-year plan

What could a new Holmes Beach police chief accomplish in a year?

    That’s what Mayor Carmel Monti has asked some candidates for the city’s top law enforcement spot.

    In December, the newly elected mayor announced he would conduct a search to replace former Police Chief Jay Romine, and named the department’s 19-year lieutenant, Dale Stephenson, to fill the interim position.

    In addition to Stephenson, five applicants submitted interest in the position, although it has not been advertised and there is yet no job description or deadline to apply.

    Stephenson is seeking to hold the position until he retires. Because he opted into the Florida Deferred Retirement Option Program, that date is July 31, 2016.

    Monti recently said he’s in no hurry to name a permanent successor, and that he prefers to hire from within.

    The 2012-13 budget for the police department is $2.1 million, of which $1.78 million is personnel services, including salaries, taxes, retirement and insurance contributions.

    Stephenson, a 26-year HBPD veteran, submitted his plan in January, saying “It’s really just a mixture of my feelings.”

    Stephenson provided historical context as well as recommendations for the department, which includes 13 sworn officers and seven civilian employees. There are11 patrol officers, a detective sergeant, five dispatchers, a police clerk and an administrative assistant.

    Stephenson recommends maintaining the status quo with a few tweaks in manpower, shift hours, community outreach, purchases, vehicles, marine patrol, police pension and succession plans.

    He favors reinstating performance evaluations, a practice discontinued five to seven years ago.

    Stephenson recommended combining the lieutenant and chief jobs, while adding a middle-line supervisor/patrol sergeant, who would be chosen through promotional testing and a multi-agency review board.

    “As you know it is very important for members to feel they have a chance to expand a job function and be recognized for good work even if it is in a small agency,” Stephenson wrote.

    He suggested shift changes for dispatchers, who presently work a 12-hour rotation.

    “It’s my opinion that the officers schedule remain the same but the dispatch schedule be further evaluated due to cost and coverage issues,” Stephenson wrote.

    In the past 26 years, Stephenson pointed out the department has grown by two officers, one created in the 1990s by a community police grant and later made into a permanent position, and another patrol position was added 10 years ago.

    Stephenson said the department is handling complaints in the range of 2,700 and 3,000, while calls average 5,000-6,000 per year.

    He said the call numbers have remained consistent over the past five years, saying they’ll vary “only a few hundred” each year.

    Stephenson supports current staffing levels and recommends future changes be based not on national averages, but on a comparison of regions with similar population and tourist influx, as well as a determination that complaints are handled satisfactorily.

    “I feel that currently we do meet that level and, by far, Holmes Beach Police Department backs up the other two cities more often than they respond to Holmes Beach,” he added.

    While there’s been some talk about consolidating patrols and dispatch with Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach, Stephenson doesn’t see it happening unless one of the cities chooses to contract with Holmes Beach for those services.

    In the late 1980s, a non-binding vote produced a joint dispatch center for the three island cities, but it disbanded due to disagreements among the cities. Only Holmes Beach continued to maintain a dispatch center.

    Currently the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office dispatches emergency calls for Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria. Bradenton Beach has its own police force. Anna Maria contracts with the MCSO for law enforcement needs.

    Stephenson said he looked into the possibility of one municipality providing another’s police services, and said it “can be done, but the discussion between both cities would be crucial to decide the needs of both communities.”

    The Holmes Beach dispatch center operates with five certified telecommunications specialists who maintain state certification with periodic testing. A new law requires 230 hours of training for dispatchers, which one recent HBPD hire completed in December, according to Stephenson.

    With concerns about the city’s pension contribution as the HBPD retirement rolls increase, former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger favored a move out of the city’s independent benefit plan and into the Florida Retirement System.

    Stephenson, as a 25-year member on the city’s police pension board, which monitors its investments in the Municipal Police Officers’ Pension Trust Fund, disagrees.

    “One of the first problems with that is that the city would no longer collect its share of state money toward the current retirement plan,” which, he said, is a $37,511 annual contribution.

    In addition to increased costs and the loss of a 6 percent contribution from new hire salaries, Stephenson pointed to a lack of local control over investments and ongoing litigation involving changes in the Florida Retirement System.

    Stephenson also identified problems with changing to a contribution-based plan.

    He said his concern is “that the city could be impacted by a severe storm that would decimate the tax base” and without the state backup that exists in the current plan.

        “If the city feels that change should take place, I would guide them in keeping the current plan, but changing the benefit rates for new hires,” he said.

Treehouse owner seeks DEP permit, city waiver

There’s a new wrinkle in the ongoing saga of the Angelinos Sea Lodge unpermitted, two-story beachfront treehouse.

    Built in 2011 in the beachfront backyard of the lodge that includes a home and four vacation rental units at 103 29th St. in Holmes Beach, the treehouse was once under a removal/modification order from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but in December the owners were allowed to apply for an after-the-fact permit.

    As expected, owners Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran applied for the DEP permit, as required of structures built seaward of the coastal construction control line to protect the beach and dune system.

    But not expected is the owners’ Feb. 12 request to the DEP to waive the required no-objection letter from the city of Holmes Beach, providing evidence the treehouse complies to the city’s setbacks, zoning and building codes.

    The waiver request was part of an after-the-fact permit application and letter sent by the owners’ attorney, David Levin, of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., of Sarasota.

    City building inspector David Greene said Levin’s office requested the no-objection letter in January, but the city declined because the treehouse is not compliant with city code. Greene said the city had not received a copy of Levin’s letter, waiver request or application.

    DEP spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller said the DEP received the application Feb. 12 and it is being reviewed.

    In the application letter, Levin told the DEP that the no-objection letter was impossible to obtain because “the only person competent to provide such evidence has declined to do so.”

    He wrote that he approached city planner Bill Brisson with the request. But Brisson replied Feb. 1, directing Levin to send the no-objection letter to the Holmes Beach building department.

    Levin disagreed. He told the DEP that Holmes Beach was without a building official with the necessary certifications and authority to interpret the city’s land development code.

    Although the city is contracting for Manatee County’s building department services, Levin claims the city-county contract doesn’t cover LDC interpretations.

    But on Feb. 11, temporary building official Tom O’Brien received a provisional one-year building code administrator certificate from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, enabling him to act as a building official, according to the DBPR spokesperson Beth Frady.

    Greene said a DBPR certified building official can interpret the city land development code.

    Holmes Beach code enforcement officer, David Forbes, advised the owners in December 2011 before the city could consider a letter of no-objection, it required a survey, engineering and information on materials and certain facts to indicate the structure meets hurricane-force wind regulations.

    While the owners have submitted an as-built survey, no engineering, materials lists or construction methods have been provided, according to Greene.

    Levin’s Feb. 12 letter was the most recent in a year-long string of correspondence between Angelinos’ owners, their attorney and engineers and the DEP’s Bureau of Beaches and Coastal System environmental manager Jim Martinello, who first warned of possible DEP violations. Field representative Steve West reported the violations in November 2011 included the 17-by-17-foot elevated, wood-frame deck and roof, supported by four concrete-type foundation posts, as well as dune area alterations.

    The owners appealed to the DEP in September 2012 to save their “unique and beautiful double deck in the tree” and, in December, Martinello gave the owners 45 days to submit an application, including the city’s no-objection letter, adjacent property owner information, evidence of their ownership, a sealed survey, a site plan and final foundation plans and specifications.

    In recent correspondence, Levin emphasized that in addition to the Australian pine trunk, only two posts, 12 inches in diameter, support the structure. He contended the structure is a minor activity exempt from DEP regulations, and said he was submitting the after-the-fact-permit application under protest.

    In addition to the no-objection letter waiver, Levin’s Feb. 12 letter requested exceptions from final foundation plans and specification requirements because the foundation was already buried in the ground, and the structure was not built according to detailed specifications.

    As part of the application, Levin provided an as-built survey, and asked that the site plan requirement be waived.

    The owners also submitted a $300 fee, applicable to a “minor structure,” even though Martinello’s December letter said the DEP’s fee would be determined upon further agency review.