Incumbents Mike Mulyck and Larry Tyler and John Rigney will face off against political newcomers Scott Ricci, Michael Carleton and Mondher Kobrosly for three seats on the West Manatee Fire Rescue District commission in the Nov. 2 general election.
Mulyck is an Anna Maria homeowner and has been part of the fire and rescue service as a volunteer for 18 years. He has a background in occupational health and safety and has a record of dealing with managing public services cost effectively.
“I am very familiar with the operations of the fire and rescue services of WMFR,” said Mulyck. “To increase my ability to find solutions to the problems it faces, I have attended fire service seminars. I am actively involved in implementation of a cost-effective strategy for moving the department into the future.”
Fellow incumbent Larry Tyler also advocates for “continuing to provide the best possible service at the most reasonable cost.”
Tyler spent 10 years as a human resource director and labor negotiator of fire and police. He also has served 13 years on the WMFR commission, having held the positions of chair and secretary-treasurer — adding to the fire experience with a city in Wisconsin comparable in size to Bradenton. Tyler believes experience matters and makes him an ideal candidate for another term as a WMFR commissioner.
Rigney, a certified firefighter emergency medical technician who worked as a firefighter at the Longboat Key Fire Department for 24 years, is seeking his fourth term on the WMFR commission. He also is a certified fire inspector, fire officer, pump operator, fire instructor and has a fire science degree. “I’ve been in the fire service since 1980, and I feel comfortable in knowing all the aspects of fire service.”
“Mainly I want to make sure things keep moving forward,” Rigney said.
Challenger Scott Ricci has been a Holmes Beach resident for 16 years and, since retiring from constructing and running the Woodlands Golf Course, now has time to become more involved in the community.
Ricci chose to run for office because he believes it’s time for “new blood” in the WMFR boardroom. Ricci was a volunteer firefighter for more than 10 years and served as fire commissioner where he previously lived in New Hampshire.
“I’m a fiscal conservative in my business and personal life and can work within a budget,” said Ricci. “I’ll be a set of budget-minded fresh eyes on that board. I feel that I have a lot to offer.”
Carleton is another Holmes Beach resident running for election. Although he has no previous experience as a firefighter, he believes his business experience running his own communication company, that installed commercial equipment such as two-way radios, gives him valuable insight into budgeting and cost-saving measures.
Carleton would like the opportunity to begin turning around the problems with wasteful spending and public safety that he sees at the WMFR district. Carleton said it is crucial for voters to make a change at WMFR.
Mondher Kobrosly declined to offer any background information or a campaign position.
ITEMS FOR SALE
MIRRORS: 64 x 36 inch, three for $30. Desk, country French, hutch, 45 x 26, $50. 941-795-8359.
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, OFF-white lacquer, three pieces, 72 x 78 inch, will hold 27-inch TV, $75. 941-795-8359.
COMPUTER: 2.4 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $100. 941-756-6728.
SEWING MACHINE: OLD Singer in cabinet, runs good, $25. Call 941-761-1928.
FILLET KNIFE: Uncle Henry Shrade, 7-inch blade, Staghorn handle, leather sheath, $20. 941-761-1415.
FISHING REEL: PENN #85. Saltwater. $15. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.
LEATHER COAT: BLACK, ladies 1X. Never worn, $25. Call Marion, 941-761-1415.
WHITE JOHNSON BROTHERS English china. 66 pieces, $150. Excellent condition. A great Christmas gift! 941-778-3369.
USF VS. RUTGERS: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. Four tickets, row K. Sold for $140, sacrifice, $100. 941-713-4048.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-wood rocker and more. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
THREE GRAND MIRRORS, gorgeous frames, 4×6 feet to 5×8 feet. $200-$350. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up, $1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800. 941-730-2606.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, e-mail HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com”firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.
FESTIVAL VENDORS WANTED: Arts, crafts, food, beverage for Save Our Gulf 3-day festival in Holmes Beach, Nov. 19-21. Call Joy, 941-545-3664.
MIDAS: 6712 MANATEE Ave. W., Bradenton. Full service auto care. Now locally owned. Bring ad for a $19.99 oil change or 10 percent off other services and tires. Ask for Mike. 941-794-9080.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.email@example.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
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 9:30-2 Friday, Oct. 22, 644 Spanish Dr. N., Spanish Main Yacht Club, 5700 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. (You MUST park at the Marina and walk to the sale) Leather sofa, loveseat and chair, coffee and end tables, Murphy bed set, two painted armoires, prints, kitchenware, linens and nice decorative accessories. Sale Conducted by Palma Sola Appraisals and Sales. Numbers given at 8:00 am
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday. Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.
ISLAND PLAYERS PORCH sale: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturday, Oct.23. Costumes, props, wigs and more. Baked goods! Proceeds to benefit Anna Maria Elementary School. 10009 Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. Office equipment, desks, file cabinets, wood kitchen cabinets, antiques, tools, chairs and more. 600 Linley St., north Longboat Key, in the village.
HUGE GARAGE SALE: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23. Loads of great stuff. 531 and 529 69th St., Holmes Beach.
ANTIQUE AND ART fair at Whitney Beach Plaza, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. For vendor information, call Stephanie, 941-383-1901.
LOST & FOUND
LOST: PINK CASIO camera. Stayed at Tradewinds Resort. Many wedding, pre-wedding photos. firstname.lastname@example.org. 941-928-0193.
FOUND: BIRTH REGISTRATION card. Missouri. Claim at The Islander office, 5405 Marina Drive, Holmes beach.
LOST GLASSES ON beach at Oak Street, Anna Maria. Vera Wang frames. Reward. 941-729-4836.
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.
2006 TOYOTA TACOMA Pre-runner SR5 truck. Five-speed straight shift, towing package, bed liner, bed cover, air conditioning, CD, am/fm radio. Excellent condition. 37,000 miles. $12,500, firm. 813-760-0148
DRUMMER, KEYBOARD PLAYER and bass musician wanted for reggae band. 941-779-5246.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
FULL-TIME DESK clerk for Inn: Flexible days and hours a must. Includes weekends and holidays. Duties include checking in guests, giving tours of property, cleaning of common areas, local driving with mileage reimbursement and basic computer skills. Must be friendly and neat in appearance. Fax resume: 941-201-3223 or pick up an application at 101 66th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217. Please, no phone calls!
INTERVIEWING NOW FOR part-time women’s sales position. Contact Linda at 941-704-3424.
HOLY COW ICE cream and Gifts has a full-time second shift position available immediately. Sales and ice cream experience beneficial. Please apply in person at 3234 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, or contact Ben, 941-448-4950.
SAND DOLLAR GIFTS and Home Accents has a sales person position available immediately. Sales and display experience a plus. Please, apply in person at 5302 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or contact Ben, 941-448-4850.
HOUSE CLEANER NEEDED: House cleaner needed Sundays 1-6 p.m. Call Mark, 941-720-5664.
KIDS FOR HIRE
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-2301.
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.
FLORIDA BUSINESSES FOR sale! Buy, sell, broker, referral. E2/EB5 Visa. Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635. www.AdkinsFloridaGroup.com.
HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island, located in busy shopping center, large inventory, all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey, business growing monthly, owners moving, great opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim, 941-580-0626.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs, replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurricane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL inserts. 941-730-1399.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling, listing, buying, market analysis. 941-592-8373, or e-mail: email@example.com.
I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770. Leave message.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.
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.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
ANTOINETTE’S PERSONAL SERVICE: Property management in your absence. Holmes Beach resident. Licensed, bonded. 941-778-7355 or 941-730-6548.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA’S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you’re away, we stay close to home. We provide full house checking services to ensure your house is secure while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30 years experience. Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-778-8323.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.
NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.
GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
CONCRETE/PAVER WORK: 20 years experience. New, repair, replace. Sidewalks, patios, driveways. Joel Snyder, 941-720-1599.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home, northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vacation rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. 559-760-1331. HYPERLINK “http://tampabaybeachhouse.com/”tampabaybeachhouse.com.
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA condo. Beachfront with pool in Holmes Beach. HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com”firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer. Two screened-in decks, heated pool. $2,400/month. 813-634-3790.
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious 3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai, completely furnished. One house from beach. Gulf view. No pets or smoking. Two-month minimum. 813-689-0925 or HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.
SEASONAL/VACATION RENTAL: 1.5 blocks from Gulf. 2BR/1BA Furnished, washer and dryer, carport. Call Ed, 303-710-2996.
DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home, 3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished. $3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.
SKIERS: WOULD YOU like to house trade for 1-6 months this winter? Country home 25 minutes from Steamboat, Colo. One hour and 15 minutes from Vail. Or rent this beautiful furnished 2BR/2BA home, $2,000/month. HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-736-8293.
MINUTES TO BEACHES! Large 3BR/2BA garage duplex. Range, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, dryer, disposal, huge Florida room, large screened lanai, big storage shed, fenced yard, ceiling fans, carpet, ceramic tile, wood laminate flooring, $895/month. Annual. 941-740-0793.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: Ground level, 2BR/1BA, attached garage. Spectacular water views. Seasonal, monthly, weekly rates. 941-348-9448.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA. Holmes Beach. Walk to beach. $800/month plus utilities. First, last, security deposit. 941-376-0541.
ANNA MARIA: ANNUAL 2BR/1BA. Unfurnished, no smokers or pets. $900/month pus utilities. 941-228-0603.
HOUSE FOR RENT: Anna Maria, steps from bay, beach and pier. 3BR, private yard, spacious, clean, pets OK. $1,500/month. 941-362-9585.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LARGE canal home, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, washer and dryer hook-up on Key Royale. No pets. $1,600/month plus utilities. First, last and security. Call 941-545-3511 for information.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
HAVING MORTGAGE TROUBLE? Want to buy distressed properties? Call James Adkins, 941-713-0635. www.MyDistressedHome.com.
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg, 941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.
FOR SALE: SANDPIPER Resort mobile home. 2BR/1BA, steps from Bradenton Beach. Completely renovated. 813-458-3875.
GORGEOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT compound with full Gulf views in Holmes Beach. 6,500-sf under roof, just completed in 2009. Casual elegance in this 5BR/4BA, spectacular rooftop bar/summer kitchen, resort-style pool, five-plus car garage and separate in-law unit. Boat house and two docks. Gated estate offered at $3,50,000. Tony Andrews of Andrews & Associates. 941-921-5999. Sought-after estate will be an open house 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. 510 58th St., Holmes Beach.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. $450,000. Call owner: 00941-730-2606.
Tres Maddox, 6, prepares to make an exit from the Skullywag, the Anna Maria Island Privateers float that drew crowds to the east end of Bayfest.
The big bass boom from Bayfest beckoned Gail and Paul Junger from the beach Oct. 16.
“We were over at the beach, on the Gulf, and we could hear the music,” Paul Junger of Lakewood Ranch said. “We packed up and came over and found this big party.”
The party turned out to be the second day of Bayfest, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce celebration, now in its 10th year, on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. The party featured a classic car show, live music, a children’s entertainment zone, a Taste of Island food court, a fishing contest and dozens of retail and arts and crafts vendors.
The event also drew a number of politicians, including those seeking votes in the Nov. 2 election.
At-large Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, who is seeking re-election to a four-year term, turned out, along with Democratic challenger Sundae Lynn Knight. County commission candidate Roger Galle, seeking to represent District 4, also trekked up and down Pine Avenue.
As for Island candidates, Anna Maria mayoral candidates Sandy Mattick and Mike Selby staffed booths. So did Michael Harrington, who is running for commissioner in Bradenton Beach, and Jean Peelen, who is running for commissioner in Holmes Beach.
The local Democratic Party organization also had a presence, a booth where festival-goers could learn about candidates, pick up signs and sign a petition against oil drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.
“This is a nice way to pick up on politics,” said Bradenton resident Shelby Whitacre, whose purse was stuffed with papers collected from Bayfest booths and whose hand held a hot dog dripping with mustard and ketchup.
“I never miss a Bayfest,” said Whitacre.
Neither has 6-year-old Meghan Whitacre.
“I like the ice cream and the music,” she said. Her hand held the string to a helium-filled blue balloon. “But everything’s fun.”
Make no mistake, Anna Maria Commissioner Chuck Webb told commissioners at their Oct. 14 work session, “Rewriting land-development regulations is absolutely a huge, painful process.”
Webb should know from experience. He worked for Charlotte County as an attorney during the LDR rewrite process there.
“I have done this before and it’s a lot of work,” Webb said.
Webb said when people start arguing about interpretation of the LDRs, it’s a sure sign there are “glitches” in the regulations.
But it’s a process that should have started long ago in Anna Maria, Commissioner Dale Woodland said.
Too many LDRs are unclear, too many are open to different interpretations, and there have been some problems with a number of ordinances since the revised comp plan was adopted in 2007, he noted.
Commissioner Gene Aubry agreed.
“We keep chewing on the paper and don’t get to the problem.”
Commissioners, however, were unsure where to start the process.
Commission Chair John Quam proposed a joint commission-planning and zoning board meeting to list all critical areas of the LDRs.
Former P&Z chair Tom Turner said when the LDRs were written in 1994, an ad hoc committee prepared a list of major areas of concern and presented that to the commission.
Webb said that’s how it was done in Charlotte County, but noted Anna Maria is a small city and it could be difficult to get enough volunteers for the committee.
“In Charlotte County, we had a lot of experts volunteer their time.”
Aubry agreed with an ad hoc committee creating a priority list, but Woodland said commissioners “know where the hot areas are,” such as the parking ordinance and density, and suggested they tackle those now.
Webb agreed. “Take out the hot topics. I think we can do it more efficiently than an ad hoc committee.”
Commissioners eventually agreed to have city planner Alan Garrett and staff prepare a priority list of all LDRs needing revision, in conflict with the comp plan or needing definition, while a joint commission-P&Z board meeting can address the “hot areas” that need immediate attention.
Quam scheduled a joint work session with the P&Z board for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.
Ex-Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus filed a motion with the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal Oct. 15, requesting that it dismiss an Oct. 12 filing from Citizens for Sunshine Inc. pertaining to his appeal of his recall.
Stoltzfus’ attorney, Richard Harrison, said the reply from Citizens, written by attorney Andrea Flynn Mogensen, should be dismissed as “the intervenor’s reply is not authorized by the Florida rules of Appellate Procedure” and Citizens was “neither ordered nor invited to make any filing in response to the order to show cause.”
A DCA ruling of Sept. 15 that lifted the stay of the recall election gave Stoltzfus 20 days to file a response why Stoltzfus’ appeal should not be moot. Stoltzfus filed his response Oct. 6.
Mogensen filed the brief for Citizens, a Sarasota organization that works for transparency in government, outlining case law that refuted Stoltzfus’ response to the DCA.
Since the “intervenor” had no authority to file a rebuttal, Harrison asked the DCA to “strike the intervenor’s reply.”
The Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus Committee, which successfully carried out the Stoltzfus recall in a Sept. 7 election, already has filed its response to the court.
As of The Islander’s press deadline Oct. 18, the DCA had not issued a ruling in the matter.
Although September is supposed to be Anna Maria Island’s slowest month for visitors, the occupancy figures reported by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for last month show a 16.5 percent gain from September 2009.
The increase put occupancy of Island accommodations at 45.9 percent, up 16.5 percent from the 39.4 percent reported for September last year. The 45.9 percent is just 3.8 percent below the August 2010 occupancy level of 49.7 percent.
Longboat Key also gained visitors, with occupancy climbing from 30.8 percent in September 2009 to 33.7 percent for this September, a 9.4 percent increase.
Overall occupancy of all accommodations in the BACVB area for September 2010 was 42.5 percent, up 6 percent from the 40.1 percent reported for the same month last year.
While occupancy of Island accommodations soared compared to last September, mainland occupancy fell in the comparison from 46.7 percent to 43.7 percent, a 6.4 percent drop.
At the same time occupancy was increasing on the Island, the average daily rate was down, according to the BACVB figures.
The ADR on the Island for September 2010 was $131.15, a decline of 5.9 percent from the ADR of $139.38 recorded for September 2009.
For the entire BACVB area, the ADR dropped $4.32.
Last September, the ADR for the Bradenton area was $119.15, while this September, the ADR was $114.83, the BACVB reported.
The marked increase in Island tourism for September shows the BACVB marketing campaign of targeting Florida residents during the slower months of August, September and October is working, said BACVB marketing director Deb Meihls.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said many members were “thrilled” to have business during a month that is traditionally the slowest of the year for Island tourism.
“I think many of us have been pleasantly surprised,” she said.
“I know it’s been a boon for a number of accommodations and retail shops.”
A 7-year-old development dispute is reaching a judicial review at the Manatee County courthouse, where Bradenton Beach resident and property owner Ken Lohn has lodged a complaint against the city.
Lohn has been challenging a development neighboring his bayfront property in Bradenton Beach for years. Last summer, he took the city to court over the matter, which involves his allegation that the city wrongfully issued a certificate of occupancy.
But not until this fall did the court invite the city to respond to Lohn’s complaint.
The city’s response, filed about two weeks ago at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton, consists of 15 pages, plus an appendix, and it maintains that Lohn’s case has no merit.
Lohn lives on Bay Drive South and owns a nearby duplex. He has long challenged a project adjacent to his property, including the city building official’s issuance of a certificate of occupancy for a duplex at 109 Fifth St. S.
In April 2009, the Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment recommended that the city commission deny Lohn’s complaint regarding the now privately owned Fifth Street property.
In June 2009, the city commission voted against Lohn’s complaint, which essentially is that a driveway built on an easement alongside his home is too close to his property line and too narrow.
So Lohn went to court in July 2009 to seek a judicial review of the commission’s decision.
“This complaint challenges the city of Bradenton Beach issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the multi-family condominium … despite the fact the location is in violation of express provisions of the Bradenton Beach Land Development Code,” the complaint states.
City attorney Ricinda Perry prepared the city’s response, which stated, “The city determined, based on competent and substantial evidence, that the issuance of the CO was proper and consistent with the applicable zoning and land-use regulations. Absent an abuse of discretion or a clearly erroneous decision by the city commission, the decision of the city must be upheld.”
Perry, in the response, asked the court to issue an order upholding the city decision and did not ask for oral arguments, which she said were unnecessary.
The first phase of Minto Communities Inc.’s north Perico Island housing project is 48 attached dwellings in a two-story configuration, not high-rise condominiums as former owner St. Joe Co. planned in its site plan in 2004.
Tim Polk of the Bradenton Planning Department said he did an “administrative review” of the site plan for Minto and authorized construction of the attached residences. No public hearing was necessary for the site-plan modification, he indicated.
The project will be two-story units with three residences in each building. The homes will range from 1,600 to 2,000 square feet, Minto spokesperson Mike Belmont of Tampa said.
The units would be marketed and sold as condominiums.
Minto can build as many as 686 units according to the site plan that came with its 2009 purchase of the property from St. Joe.
After Minto purchased the project, then known as SevenShores, the company held off the start of construction because of poor market conditions, Minto announced at the time of purchase.
Times have changed.
Belmont said homes in the “first phase of residential construction within the property” would be advertised for sale in the low- to mid-$300,000 range.
That’s about $200,000 below St. Joe’s original price of $550,000 for a small-size condo when it first offered reservations for units in 2006. Only 19 reservations were received in a two-year span, and St. Joe closed its sales office in late 2008.
Belmont said a sales and information office is under construction in the area where the former Perico Harbor Marina was located. The office should open in November, with model units available for inspection by late January or early February 2011.
Phase One will contain only 48 of the 686 units authorized in the site plan and there are still some site-plan issues to be revised and approved by Bradenton officials for future phases, he said.
Belmont said he didn’t know if other phases would involve high-rise buildings or if the company would stay with attached homes throughout the project. The company has 333 acres for the development.
The SevenShores name will be dropped, Belmont said, but a name has not been announced.
Also in the approved site-plan is construction of a 119-slip marina, retail space and a restaurant. However, no start for construction date has been set.
One of the major objections to the project when St. Joe received site-plan approval was its plan to build 10-story high-rise condominium buildings on Perico Island.
Numerous environmental and civic groups along with many Islanders objected that high-rise buildings would spoil the natural view of Perico Island and the shoreline, along with damaging the habitat of a number of birds and wildlife on Perico Island. Another concern was the amount of traffic that would be added to the evacuation route on Manatee Avenue.
William Cumber III appears in a courtroom in Bradenton Feb. 24 on a violation of probation charge. Islander Photo: Tiffany Tompkins-Condie/Bradenton Herald
Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal affirmed earlier this month a lower court ruling that sent William J. Cumber back to prison.
The former Islander was returned to prison in May 2009 for violating probation on an arson conviction.
Cumber challenged the prison sentence, but even his attorneys disputed his reasons for an appeal.
Cumber, formerly of Anna Maria, was sent back to prison to serve a 13.5-year sentence for violating probation on a 2006 arson conviction.
Cumber admitted to violating probation, but said there were mitigating circumstances that should result in leniency in his sentencing.
The events that drove him to violate probation — to be caught in another county behind the wheel of a truck without a valid license — are directly linked to the investigation into missing Haley’s Motel-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler, according to Cumber.
Cumber was Musil-Buehler’s boyfriend in November 2008, when she was reported missing. He provided authorities with her last known whereabouts. He said the two of them were in their rented apartment on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria Nov. 4, 2008, when they argued and she left.
As authorities investigated her disappearance as a likely homicide and the arson fire that destroyed a building at the motel complex in late 2008, Cumber was repeatedly questioned and eventually identified as a person of interest in the cases.
Cumber said he despaired. He lost work, lost friends, lost his apartment and eventually, he told the court last year, he felt compelled to leave the area.
Cumber was arrested Dec. 22, 2008, near Ocala in Marion County. He was driving a pickup truck with an expired tag and without a valid license. He served 10 days in the Marion County jail before being transferred to the Manatee County jail to face a judge on a charge that he violated probation by leaving the county without permission and for being arrested on a new offense.
Last spring, Cumber admitted to violating probation and was sentenced to 13.5 years in state prison.
Soon after, he appealed the sentencing to the district court.
In the spring, Cumber’s lawyers — public defenders James Marion Moorman and Richard P. Albertine Jr. — filed what is known as an Anders brief, which indicated their position that the appeal lacks merit.
Cumber had asked for relief from the court on the grounds that his conviction was obtained by the unconstitutional failure of the prosecution to disclose evidence favorable to him, that the conviction violated the protection against double jeopardy and that the court lacked jurisdiction to impose the sentence.
Further, Cumber alleged mental scare tactics, persuasion, neglect by his probation officer, opinionated prosecution, publicity swayed opinion, cruel and unusual punishment and improper counsel.
Regarding the last allegation, Cumber alleged, that his “lawyer didn’t argue certain argumentative arguments that would of possibly helped the judge understand certain over-exaggerated circumstances presented by the prosecution.”
But Cumber’s defense attorneys in the case wrote to the district court, stating, “Despite a thorough reading of the record on appeal and a review of the law on arguable points, the undersigned appellate counsel can find no meritorious argument to support the contention that the trial court committed significant reversible error in this case.”
Earlier this month, the district court issued its finding affirming the circuit court’s ruling. The court did not write an opinion.