Tag Archives: 01-29-2014

Island police blotter – 01-29-2014

Anna Maria

        • Jan. 13, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, burglary. An unknown person entered a construction site and stole a spool of copper wire, as well as about 25 feet of installed copper wiring. The value of the wire was estimated to be $440.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Jan. 23, 300 block of Bay Drive North, discharge of a firearm in public. A 55-year-old Bradenton Beach man was charged with two misdemeanor crimes after discharging a 9-mm handgun from his condominium balcony into Sarasota Bay. According to the report, the man made several statements to his girlfriend about harming himself. The woman dropped him off at his residence and, while leaving, heard a single gunshot. Fearing he carried out his threats, she called the Bradenton Beach Police Department. Holmes Beach and BBPD responded and officers made contact with the man, who allegedly admitted to being intoxicated and firing the weapon. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public and using a firearm while intoxicated. He was arrested and taken to Manatee Glens for evaluation. While at the home, police confiscated a second weapon.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• Jan. 19, 10315 Cortez Road W., Paradise Bay Estates, criminal mischief. A security guard noticed a hose leading to the Bocce court and found it running water onto the court, which is made of a special kind of sand. Police tracked the hose back to a nearby resident, who denied any knowledge of the incident. He also refused to cooperate further. The water created a hole in the court and damages were estimated at $500.

• Jan. 18, 4528 119th St. W., Swordfish Grill parking lot, vehicle burglary. An unknown person broke out a car window. Several items were taken and some were found nearby, although emptied of contents.

• Jan. 21, 3300 block of 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, petit theft. A 53-year-old Cortez man was arrested for petit theft after taking a cab from Cortez to the listed address. According to the report, the man told the driver his friend was going to pay the fare when they arrived, but once they drove to the area, the suspect was unable to locate his friend’s residence. The driver demanded the suspect pay the $77 fare. When he was unable to pay, the driver contacted MCSO and the suspect was placed under arrest.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

• Dec. 29, 200 block of 78th Street, burglary. A complainant reported evidence of someone living in an unoccupied rental unit. Police found discarded cigarette butts, clothing and other items that did not belong there. There also were two bikes parked at the rear of the property. Police confiscated the items and secured fingerprints at the scene.

• Dec. 29, 700 block of Manatee Avenue West, DUI. A MCSO deputy made contact with an alleged drunken driver. According to the probable cause affidavit, when a deputy asked Paul Wood, 56, of Bradenton, if he had been drinking, the man allegedly said, “A lot.” He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence.

• Jan. 1, 100 block of 78th Street, burglary. A woman observed a suspicious looking man loitering near her property. She said he walked toward the building several times and then disappeared from sight. She later went downstairs to prepare a unit for visitors, at which time she observed someone had been sleeping there. The suspect also had arranged the patio furniture. Police located several cigarette butts and clothing that did not belong there. According to the report, the items were similar to those found a block away three days earlier at another residence.

• Jan. 2, 100 block of 51st Street, burglary. A woman reported 12 rings missing from her jewelry box. Police investigated the scene and found two screens that were tampered with, but could not verify a point of entry.

• Jan. 2, 300 block of 85th Street, burglary. A man reported that he filled his boat up with gas the day before and on his return, the tank was empty. He valued the gas at $120.

        Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Obituaries – 01-29-2014

Marion (Fagan) Hintonobit-Marion-Hinton

Marion (Fagan) Hinton, 89, of Bath, Ontario, Canada, and Holmes Beach, died Jan. 23.

Between summers at Long Lake and winters in Anna Maria at Westbay Point and Moorings from 1980 to 2010 , Mrs. Hinton made many wonderful lifelong friends.

A service was held Jan. 26 in Ontario. Wartman Funeral Home of Kingston, Ontario, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation, 8 Richmond Park Drive, Napanee ON K7R 2Z4, Canada.

Mrs. Hinton is survived by her children, Diane, David and wife Michelle, Jim and wife Sandra, and John and wife Carol; grandchildren Christopher and wife Erin Johnstone, Stephen, Zach, Alyssa, Mitchell, Michael and Blaire.

 

Edward A. McIntyreobit-McIntyre-PHOTO

Edward A. McIntyre, 82, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 23. He was born on Aug. 2, 1931, in Butler, Pa., to Edward and Helen McIntyre.

Mr. McIntyre was general superintendent for Paver Construction of Sarasota. He was a Christian and a Knights Templar 32nd degree Mason with F&AM Lodge of Sarasota.

He loved history and enjoyed working with his hands, especially woodworking and cabinetmaking.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Online condolences may be made at www.skywaymemorial.com

Mr. McIntyre is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Irene Flinn; sons Curtis E. and wife Vicki of Celebration, Fla., Milton G. and wife Delynn Flinn of Estero, Fla., Douglas J. Flinn and wife Penni of Louisville, and Michael C. Flinn and wife Shirley of Ruskin, Fla; daughters: Michele and husband Todd Engle of Lake Mary, Fla., Sandra J. and husband Frank Klim of St. Petersburg, and Kathleen and husband Mike Klozar of Holmes Beach; sister Sandy Ellis of Cleveland, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a niece and nephew.

 

Wyan ‘Huey’ Milks

Wyan ‘Huey’ Milks, 77, of Newnan, Ga., and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Jan. 21. He was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Owosso, Mich.

Mr. Milks served 1955-61as an airman third class in the U.S. Air Force. He moved to Anna Maria Island in the early 1970s, where he served as chief of the Bradenton Beach Fire Department. He took up masonry and became a skilled tradesman. He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach. He was an officer of the lodge for many years and, in 2004, he was named Moose of the Year.

A spent his last years living life to the fullest and spoiling his grandchildren. He will never be forgotten by the many that had the privilege of knowing him.

A memorial services at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach will be planned at a later date.

Mr. Milks is survived by his children, Douglas and wife Donna, Jaimee and husband Jeremy Nosworthy, Brad and wife Sasha, and Brett; grandchildren Jonathan, Kyle, Ashley, Kory, Mathew, Jason and Jaxon; and three great-grandchildren.

 

Real Estate – 01-29-2014

806 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 2,070 sfla / 4,606 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1998 on a 64×107 lot was sold 01/08/14, Dicostanzo to Chiles for $800,000.

517 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,219 sfla / 5,391 sfur a 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1992 on a 75×116 lot was sold 01/06/14, Van Winkle to GFBC LLC for $683,000.

502 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,728 sfla / 2,023 sfur 3bed/3bath canalfront pool home built in 1983 on a 153×106 lot was sold 01/09/14, Redd to Hanlon for $535,000; list $565,000.

205 Elm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,203 sfla / 1,593 sfur 2bed/1½bath home built in 1960 on a 53×110 lot was sold 01/08/14, Wells Fargo Bank to AMI Breeze LLC for $470,549.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 65, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,206 sfla / 2,015 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1990 was sold 01/08/14, Schmitz to Mullet Tales LLC for $330,000; list $375,000.

5808 Gulf Dr., Unit 206, Waters Edge, Holmes Beach, a 912 sfla / 1,020 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 01/02/14, Plemmons to Picton Bay Investments Inc for $315,000; list $330,000.

1801 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 105, Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 01/07/14, Tollner to Phinney for $252,500.

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

Calendar – 01-29-2014

Wednesday, Jan. 29

6:09 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Thursday, Jan. 30

    • Florida photographer Clyde Butcher exhibit opens at Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.

6:10 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Friday, Jan. 31

6 p.m. — Movie in the Park, “Jaws,” Holmes Beach City Field, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5800.

 

Saturday, Feb. 1

10:30 a.m. — Patricia Sorg oil-painting demonstration, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

11 a.m. — Senior Adventures cooking class with chef Craig Chasky, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Reservations required. Information: 941-962-8835.

Noon-5 p.m. — Cornhole tournament, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.

 

Monday, Feb. 3

6:13 p.m. — Official sunset time.

7 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting featuring a talk about botanical art, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 4

10 a.m. — “Here, There, Everywhere” science program, astronauts and space travel, children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

2 p.m. — Author Linda Petrat talks about her Maine-Sarasota sailing adventure, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6:14 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 5

10 a.m. — Wisconsin Day, St. Bernard Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-708-0149.

1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

6:14 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Off-island

Friday, Jan. 31

6-8 p.m. — “This Miserable Kingdom” art exhibit reception with Steven Katzman, State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5225.

 

Saturday, Feb. 1

9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Pittsburgh Pirates audition for national anthem singers, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3031.

11 a.m. — Memorial service for Army chaplains, Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-462-5791.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 4

8 p.m. — The Mike Markaverich Trio jazz concert, Neel Performing Arts Center at State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-752-5252.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 5

5 p.m. — Longboat Key Garden Club Fashion Show and Taste of the Keys, Longboat Key Club and Resort Harbourside, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-8030.

 

Coming up

• Feb. 6, Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria, reception for renowned photographer Clyde Butcher, Anna Maria.

• Feb. 8, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Anna Maria.

• Feb. 8, Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines Chorus concert, Bradenton.

• Feb. 13, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Sweetheart Dance, Anna Maria.

• Feb. 15-16, 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez.

 

Save the date

• Feb. 21, Annie Silver Community Center spaghetti dinner, Bradenton Beach.

• March 1, Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Day, Anna Maria.

• March 8-9, Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest, Holmes Beach.

• March 15, Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes, islandwide.

• April 5, Bradenton Marauders’ first home game, Bradenton.

 

Calendar announcements

 

AME Calendar

9:15-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, second-grade field trip to Durante Park.

1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, early release.

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, father daughter dance.

Monday, Feb. 17, no school.

Thursday, Feb. 20, third quarter progress reports.

6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-708-5525.

 

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Sports – 01-29-2014

Contenders emerge in flag football, horseshoes, golf, too

 

After two weeks of action, some favorites have emerged in each of the three age divisions of the NFL Flag Football League organized by the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Games are played at the center field, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The 8-10 division has four undefeated teams with Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and Beach Bum Patriots on top of the standings with matching 2-0 records. Beach Bistro Buccaneers and West Coast Air Conditioning Dolphins follow at 1-0, while Manatee Diagnostic Center Ravens are 1-2. LPAC Cardinals and Miller Electric Cowboys, both in search of a first victory, are both 0-3.

The 14-17 division also is pretty wide open with Galati Yacht Sales Buccaneers sporting the best record in the league at 3-0, but The Feast Broncos, Integrity Sound Lions and Mr. Bones Bengals are right on their heels with matching 2-1 records. The Sun Bears, Swordfish Grill Browns and West Coast Surf Shop Jaguars are all sitting at 1-2, while Waterfront Restaurant Cowboys are still in search of a first victory.

The 11-13 division is a case of the haves versus the have nots. LPAC Cardinals, Sand Bar Colts and Beach to Bay Construction Buccaneers are all undefeated. The Cardinals and Colts lead the way with 3-0 records, one victory ahead of the Bucs. Eat Here Redskins, Will C. Photos Falcons and Bark & Company Realty Ravens are all in search of a win.

LPAC Cardinals took on Will C. Photos Falcons on Jan. 25 and came away with a 40-13 blowout victory. Joey Altashaw paced a strong defensive effort, returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Zach Fernandez led the Cardinals with four flag pulls and an interception, while Hagen Powers and Tyler Pearson finished with three flag pulls each, and Powers managed a quarterback sack.

Quarterback Joey Stewart completed nine of 15 passes, including three for touchdowns. Fernandez caught three passes including two for touchdowns, while Altashaw added a touchdown reception as well. Pearson caught a game-high five passes, including three for extra points to round out the offensive explosion for the Cards.

Dylan Doyle led the offense for the Falcons with five catches, including two for touchdowns and an extra point. Doyle also had an interception for the Falcons on defense, which also received three flag pulls from Hannah McCracken and two from Joseph Peery in the loss.

 

Horseshoe news

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage during Jan. 25 horeseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Gene Bobeldyk and Steve Doyle drew the bye and watched as Sam Samuels and Bob Palmer easily dispatched Bill Wright by a 26-6 score. Samuels and Palmer also rolled in the finals, defeating Bobeldyk and Doyle 23-4 to earn the day’s bragging rights.

Jan. 22 horseshoe action saw four teams advance to the playoff round. Bob Mason advanced to the finals thanks to a 24-15 victory over the team of Bob Lee and Hank Huyghe. The other semifinal match saw the team of Tim Sofran and Steve Doyle defeat Tom Skoloda and Bill Wright 22-11. The championship match saw Mason walk past Sofran and Doyle by a 21-13 score.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Key Royale golf news

The weather finally allowed the Key Royale Club women out for a round of golf Jan. 21. They played a flighted, individual-low-net golf match over nine holes.

Liz Lang rode a birdie on the sixth hole to a 5-under-par 27 and a first-place finish in Flight A. Mary Lou Dreier, Beatrice Friebe and Pam Alvord were all six shots back in a three-way tie for second place.

Kris Landkammer carded the same 5-under-par 27 to grab a four-shot victory in Flight B. Barb Estok and Sue Christenson finished in a tie for second at 1-under-par 31.

Markie Ksiazek’s 1-under 31 was good enough for first place in Flight C. Judy Ward was one shot back and alone in second place.

Billie Jean Gordon also recorded a 5-under 27 to take first place in Flight D by five shots over second-place finisher Marica O’Brien.

Sue Little and Margrit Layh had chipins to round out the women’s golf action in the past week.

Sign up now for cornhole

The center is hosting its annual adults-only indoor cornhole tournament  noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

Cost per team is $20. This is a BYOB event and players must be 21 years of age or older. Teams are guaranteed five games in a three-game, round-robin-style format to decide seeding for the double elimination tournament.

There will be food available, raffles and a trophy for the first-place team.

Register in person at the center or online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com.

For more information, contact Ryan Hogan at 941-778-1908, ext. 9219, or ryan@myamicc.com.

 

AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule

5-7 Division

Jan. 31   6 p.m.    Miller Electric vs. Air & Energy

Feb. 3    6 p.m.    AMI Beaches RE vs. Miller Electric

 

8-10 Division

Jan. 29   6 p.m.    Bistro vs. Ravens

Jan. 31   6 p.m.    Cowboys vs. LPAC

Jan. 31   7 p.m.    Tyler’s Ice Cream vs. Dolphins

Feb. 1    9 a.m.    Manatee Diagnostic vs. Dolphins

Feb. 1    10 a.m.  Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s Ice Cream

Feb. 1    11 a.m.  Bistro vs. Cowboys

 

11-13 Division

Jan. 31   8 p.m.    Beach to Bay Const. vs. LPAC

Feb. 1    noon      Ravens vs. Beach to Bay Const.

Feb. 1    1 p.m.    LPAC vs. Sand Bar

Feb. 1    2 p.m.    Eat Here vs. Will C. Photos

Feb. 3    7 p.m.    LPAC vs. Eat Here

Feb. 3    8 p.m.    Beach to Bay Const. vs. Sand Bar

 

14-17 Division

Jan. 30   6 p.m.    Jaguars vs. Integrity Sound

Feb. 1    3 p.m..   Waterfront Restaurant vs. Swordfish Grill

Feb. 1    4 p.m.    Galati Yacht Sales vs. Bengals

Feb. 1    5 p.m.    The Sun vs. The Feast

Feb. 4    6 p.m.    Galati Yacht Sales vs. The Sun

Feb. 4    7 p.m.    Bengals vs. Jaguars

Feb. 4    8 p.m.    Swordfish Grill vs. The Feast

 

18-Over Division

Jan. 29   7 p.m.    Waterfront vs. Duffy’s

Jan. 29   8 p.m.    Beach Bistro vs. Agnelli Pool

Jan. 29   9 p.m.    Beach to Bay. vs. Slim’s Place

 

30-Over Division

Jan. 30   7 p.m.   Island Gourmet vs. Tyler’s

Jan. 30   8 p.m.   IRE vs. Ross Built

Jan. 30   9 p.m.   Agnelli Pool vs. Jessie’s

 

AMICC Adult Volleyball schedule

Feb. 18 6:30 p.m.  Duncan Real Estate vs. Southern Greens

Feb. 18 7:30 p.m.  FL Discount Signs vs. Southern Greens

Feb. 18            8:30 p.m.         Duncan Real Estate vs. FL Discount Signs

Fishing – 01-29-2014

January’s polar chill creates challenges on the water

 

Once again, January is sending us multiple cold fronts in a week’s time. Consistently cold weather in Florida can make fishing challenging, so be prepared to do some hunting to find your target.

And even after you find the fish, you can only hope that they’re going to bite. Don’t be discouraged. They may not bite on the first try, but go back on a warmer day for improved chances of a hookup.

Good species to target during the cold days include pompano, sheepshead, snapper and flounder. Bluefish also seem not to be as affected by the cold. For the pompano and bluefish, try jigging with some fresh shrimp on the tip to add scent. For the sheepies, flounder and snapper, live shrimp will do the job.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is working a wintertime pattern and catching a variety of species. To start, Gross is fishing nearshore reefs and rock piles for sheepshead, mangrove snapper and flounder. By baiting a knocker rig with live shrimp, Gross’ clients are reeling up respectable catches of the trio mentioned.

After fishing the reefs, Gross is moving closer to shore to work residential docks and canals, again using live shrimp for bait. By casting under docks, his charter clients are hooking into sheepshead and black drum for the dinner table. Keeper-sizes of both species are being caught, although the whoppers have not quite settled in yet.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure on days when the wind and weather permit. On these days, Girle is using fresh-cut shiners for bait. By fishing the bottom with cut bait, Girle’s clients are bringing up mangrove snapper, flounder and the occasional catch-and-release gag grouper. Spanish mackerel are on the reefs taking both cut bait and shrimp — usually biting on the drop.

On windy days, Girle is staying tucked inside Sarasota Bay. By fishing deep grass flats, he is turning his clients onto the usual migratory species — bluefish, mackerel, jack crevalle and ladyfish — but especially pompano. To target these species, Girle is using small pompano jigs tipped with shrimp. Not only does this method produce a lot of action for the light-tackle fisher, but it’s resulting in a few pompano in the cooler to take home for dinner.

At Island Discount Tackle, fishers are reporting a decent bite around the canals and docks of Key Royale. Fishers using live shrimp are catching a variety of species, including spotted seatrout, redfish, flounder, black drum and sheepshead. Most hookups are coming from under docks or other similar structure. For the trout, try fishing the mouths of deep-water canals.

Pompano are still being reported from both the beaches and bays. Fishers seeking pompano for dinner are using Goofy jigs or regular old pompano jigs tipped with shrimp to get a bite. Check the usual spots on the beach during calm seas to hook up.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says pier fishers willing to brave the cold winds across Tampa Bay are being rewarded with catches of sheepshead, flounder and juvenile grouper. Fishing in January at the pier can be challenging at best, so patience is a virtue. Live shrimp is the top bait to produce a bite. Casting live shrimp with a weight under the pier and around the pilings will locate the fish.

Pier fishers using white buck-tail jigs are catching the occasional bluefish and jack crevalle in Tampa Bay. Most of the time, these migratory fish are passing by the pier, either on their way into Anna Maria Sound or on their way out. The right place and right time bring success this time of year for targeting blues and jacks.

On another note, Capt. Mike Greig is putting on his M&M Bait cap, gearing up his crew for a season of bait sales at the dock just outside the Holmes Beach boat basin.

He offers a quick fill up for your bait well on the water — a blackout of fresh shiners. He’s taking reservations now.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

ITEMS FOR SALE

JIGSAW PUZZLES FOR sale or trade. Call 941-778-5562.

ADULT TRICYCLE: THREE wheels, brand new, still in the box! $260. 941-524-1025.

COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT DELL, refurbished, $60. 941-756-6728.

PIER 1 END tables, $40, coffee table, $80, beachy king bed cover, $75. 901-488-6183.

WINGBACK CHAIR, EXCELLENT condition, $50, electronics cabinet  $25, glass-top end table, $40, or best offer! 941-778-7212.

SOFA: SIX-FOOT, opens to queen size bed, $50, black coffee table, , Ikea, 2×5-foot, $20. 941-567-4399.

RATTAN-STYLE SOFA, $150, easy chair, $75, chandelier, $25, dining room table, $75. 941-387-1415.

COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100, 1-year old above-ground pool, accessories, 15-18 foot, $100. 941-778-3920.

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TROPIC ISLES COOPERATIVE Annual Arts & Crafts Festival: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Variety of artists, media, live music, raffles, door prizes. Auditorium, 1507 28th Ave. W., Palmetto. Jerry Cockerham, 336-314-3134.

WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

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, 5604B 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, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.

ESTATE SALES

ESTATE SALE: 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. 105 Sunset Lane, Holmes Beach. Cherry tea table, two twin beds, bookcases, Dell computer, radial saw, planes, belt sander, paint sprayer, original art, prints, CD player, amplifier, reel-to-reel player, mirror, bridge set, files, rockers, Noritake china set, Royal Doulton, Minton, other china and glass, sterling, silver plate, steins, books, sewing machine, luggage, records, Schwinn exercise bike, silk plants, dehumidifier, yard tools, linens and kitchen. Sale by Julie McClure. Pix: estatesales.net.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP:  Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday ,Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday. 9-11 a.m. donations, Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.

ANNUAL COMMUNITY SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 1. No early birds! 88th Court NW, Bradenton. Wisteria Park subdivision. Located off 17th Avenue, next to Robinson Preserve.

TRASH AND TREASURE sale: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 1. 3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

PETS

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

PET SITTER SERVICES LLC offers pet visits, dog walking, kitty clean-up, and more. 941-462-0405. petsitterservicesllc@gmail.com. www.petsitterbradenton.com.

TRANSPORTATION

2011 GEM E-2 electric car: Sapphire blue metallic and white, 5-hp motor, hard doors with glass includes pickup stake bed. Hard doors provide security, makes an all-weather car. Less than 100 miles. $7,895. 863-698-4562.

2005 FORD TAURUS SE: 78,000 miles. Automatic, air conditioning, power windows, doors. Cruise control, CD, three-month engine warranty. Excellent condition, priced low, $3,900. Rick, 941-224-4977.

BOATS & BOATING

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

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.weebly.com.

50-FOOT DOCK for rent, wide deep-water canal, many amenities. BJ, 941-778-3013.

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!
 Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735. 

HELP WANTED

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.

PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop located on Anna Maria. Must be available weekends and evenings. Retirees welcome. 941-840-4235.

LONG-TERM HELP needed Friday-Sunday at Back Alley on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Must be multi-tasker with great personality, text/call, 863-244-7745.

PERSON NEEDED TO run children and youth Christian education programs at a non-denominational church. Self-starter, organized, works independently and with others, minimum two year’s experience required. Sundays required, some Saturdays. Send resumes to: Roser Church, Attention: BRED P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

KIDS FOR HIRE

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

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995.

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, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

HEALTH CARE

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-685-5213.

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT licensed, bonded. Providing compassionate care. Wide range of services. Call Sandra, 941-799-9229.

SERVICES

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.

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.

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

CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Please, call Jenise, 941-730-6773 or call Brad at 941-704-5609.

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

PART-TIME BOOKKEEPING services available, experienced and reliable. Call Michael Northfield at 941-713-0284.

JOHN “THE FIREMAN” Island Cycle & Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.

DIRTY LAUNDRY? WORLD-class laundry drop-off service. $1 per pound, most items. Sun Clean Coin Laundry. 2905 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton. 941-746-0849.

TVS MOUNTED INSTALLED, set-up networking, wired, wireless, audio, video surveillance cameras. Palmfish Communication, 941-896-0798.

WE HELP HOMEOWNERS who rent their home. Support services, repairs, cleaning and oversight. www.coastalhomeaway.com. 941-584-4050.

HELP WITH ERRANDS and transportation, pet sitting, etc! Living in paradise should be easy! 941-400-8847.

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.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.

LAWN & GARDEN

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.

SAVE YOUR CITRUS trees: Urban Garden Pest Control specializes in citrus tree restoration. Professional pruning and affordable spray program will restore your citrus trees to their full fruitfulness. 941-962-0986.

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

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

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

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.

PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.

CORTEZ CONCRETE AND Masonry: No job too small. Patios, driveways, stucco, etc. Sills repaired. 941-745-3870.

SARASOTA HURRICANE SHUTTERS: Specializing in affordable accordions and panels. Free estimates. 941-355-0300. mark@sarasotahurricaneshutters.com. www.sarasotahurricaneshutters.com.

RENTALS

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

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

SEASONAL: MARCH AVAILABILITY: 2BR at Westbay Cove condo. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants, on free trolley line. Tennis, two heated pools. Old Florida Realty Co., 941-713-9096.

3BR/1.5BA with screen porch, garage. Washer, dryer and big back yard. $2,000 month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.

WE HELP HOMEOWNERS rent their home. 0% commission. We offer guest services! www.coastalhomeaway.com. 941-584-4050.

NEEDED: LODGING FOR March 2014. References available. Jim Chitwood, 608-238-6066. jimmickey54@gmail.com.

SEASONAL AVAILABLE JANUARY-March. 2BR/2BA, first floor, washer and dryer, clean and nice. 941-363-1227.

VACATION RENTAL: Feb. 1-March 1, luxury 1BR/1BA. West Bradenton inclusively priced, $2,000. Call Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

AVAILABLE 2014-2015 WINTER season: 2BR/2BA ground level with carport and patio. 1.5 blocks to Gulf. Luxurious, updated, must see! Anna Maria. 941-565-2373.

HOLMES BEACH: GORGEOUS Remodeled 2BR/2BA, large carport, new bathrooms and ceiling fans, new wood floors and new soft neutral paint, nice deck with water view, quiet area, annual, $1,495/month. 941-713-6743.

ANNUAL RENTAL: EFFICIENCY, kitchenette, full bath, large screened porch, small yard, $650/month, $500 security deposit. Small animal OK with additional deposit. Available mid-February. 352-328-4550.

ANNUAL RENTAL: CITY of Anna Maria. 3BR/3BA spacious, roomy canal home, one block to Gulf beach, near shops and restaurants. Pets OK. $2,000/month, first, last and security deposit required. Call 941-538-9328.

ANNA MARIA RENTAL: Remodeled 3BR/2BA, Open February and March due to cancellation. 116 Oak Ave. 941-778-7933.

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: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

REAL ESTATE

PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.

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.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. $230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, renovated home, quiet area, double carport, ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuffleboard, and waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-5011.

FOR SALE BY owner: Palm Court off of El Conquistador Parkway. 4816 61st. Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Move-in ready, 941-524-6977.

LOCAL HOMEOWNER SEEKS a second mortgage on canal home. Value of equity, $415,000. Will pay interest only for two years at 8 percent. Seeking to borrow $135,000, monthly payments of $900. Contact owner Dave at dvanworm@earthlink.net or call 407-927-1304.

A-PLUS VILLA  in Perico Bay Club. 2BR/2BA, furnished, many updates, $239,900. 941-792-5405 or 315-427-6349.

FOR SALE BY owner: Lot 4, Block C at 112 79th Street, Holmes Beach. 64×80-feet, house being demolished, 650-feet from Gulf, $690,000. 941-778-6364.

REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gartman, Realtor. 941-545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com.

FIXER-UPPER ON deep-water canal, $475,000. Owner financing possible. 941-778-7980 or 941-778-7565.

GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block construction, pine accents. New appliances, etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941-730-2606 (leave message).

 

MCSO searches for abandoned boat’s owner

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A 27-foot Sea Ray cruiser is beached on the shore at Bean Point, Anna Maria, and has been there since Jan. 19, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Paul Davis said. The MCSO Marine Unit is attempting to find the registered owner, Stephen Flores of Palmetto, to remove the boat, or it will be moved by the marine unit, Davis said. The marine unit also will be fining the owner for abandoning the vessel and for having an expired registration. Islander Photo: Courtesy Steve Trygg

Anna Maria commissioners OK cell tower lease

Within the year, Anna Maria visitors and residents may have improved cellphone service in the city.

If the cell tower comes to fruition, it will have taken Anna Maria 12 years to contract and construct a cell tower. Discussion on a tower began in 2002, when current Mayor SueLynn was serving her first term.

Commissioners at their Jan. 23 meeting unanimously approved the land lease to construct the cell tower at city hall to Florida Tower Partners LLC of Bradenton.

The impetus for a cell tower was renewed by former Commissioner Gene Aubry, who said last year lack of cellphone service is a safety issue in times of an emergency.

Lack of cellphone service in the city has been a common complaint, particularly in recent years, as cellphone usage has increased and people have abandoned land lines, Mayor SueLynn said.

Jim Eatrides of FTP has estimated it will take his company 7-9 months to get the necessary permits before it presents a site plan and begins the review process, which includes obtaining building permits from the city.

“We have to get Federal Communication Commission approval because Anna Maria is in a flood plain,” he said.

“But I can say that AT&T and Verizon would like to be on the tower tomorrow. They call me every week asking about the Anna Maria tower,” Eatrides added.

FTP will use the signed lease and commitments from wireless carriers as collateral for a mortgage to construct the tower.

Eatrides told commissioners he’d like to tell the major carriers that the lease would be signed within two weeks.

However, upon unanimous approval by the commission, Chair Chuck Webb said the lease could be signed that evening.

“Then we’ll call the carriers tonight and give them the news,” Eatrides said.

Commissioner Carol Carter was concerned that the tower base conform to the surrounding architecture, but Webb said those issues will be discussed in the permitting process.

The tower will be hidden from the public as much as possible, Eatrides said.

“We’re ready to get moving,” he added.

In other business, commissioners approved an application from a group of residents on Cedar and Mangrove avenues to trim non-native vegetation and sea grapes in city property fronting their homes at Gulf Front Park.

Sam Pakbaz, the group spokesperson, said they have been trimming the non-native vegetation for years, and now want to work within the recently adopted landscaping plan for Gulf Park.

Commissioner Doug Copeland, who spearheaded the park’s master plan, said this would be a “test case to see if the plan works.”

Arborist Marc Ebling, who has done work previously for the city, is in charge of trimming at the park and public works supervisor George McKay will oversee the project.

Commissioner Nancy Yetter asked McKay and Mayor SueLynn to ensure oversight.

“I’ve been burned before by volunteers doing work and they ended up doing much more than planned,” Yetter said.

That won’t be the case in Gulf Front Park, Ebling assured the commission.

Copeland congratulated the group for working within the Gulf Front Park plan and co-operating with the city.

“Good job, guys,” he told Pakbaz and his wife, Julie, Martin and Kathie Bloom and Dan and Beth Riley.

“We’re fortunate to have residents paying for work that the city can’t afford. Otherwise, nothing would get done,” Copeland said.

Commissioners also heard the first reading of an ordinance to reimburse Rex Hagen $50,000 and Pine Avenue Restoration $9,769. Those were the amounts due back to the two parties for work at the vacant city property at Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard.

The donations were withdrawn after the commission reversed a June 2013 decision to allow parking at the park.

When the donations are returned, the city becomes liable for the estimated $40,000 in work already performed at the park and $10,000 to replace electrical panels, said building official Bob Welch.

Commissioner Dale Woodland was concerned about where those funds could be found in the budget, saying he opposes taking from the reserve fund.

Welch said if the city halts special events at the park, the electrical hookups would not be needed.

“But they are in bad shape and need to be replaced if we have more events at the park,” Welch said.

Woodland asked city treasurer Diane Percycoe to search through the budget to find items that could be used to pay Hagen, PAR and the vendors who performed worked at the park.

A second hearing on the repayment plan will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

Welch introduced the first hearing of a new flood protection ordinance that complies with guidelines established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Florida Building Commission.

He said the city’s ordinance is more stringent, but flood protection ordinances in Florida must be essentially the same.

Without a new ordinance that meets FBC and FEMA standards, Welch said the city could lose its flood protection rating and all mortgages in the city would be void without flood insurance.

“So there’s really nothing we can do but pass this ordinance,” Webb said.

The deadline for submission is March 17.     The commission also congratulated city clerk Alice Baird, who attended her final commission meeting after 14 years with the city. Baird is retiring Feb. 11.

SueLynn said that a reception for Baird will be held 2-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive. The event is open to the public, she said.

 

 

Turner retires from P&Z board

Anna Maria planning and zoning board chair Tom Turner submitted his resignation from the board to Mayor SueLynn.

Turner cited his declining health as his reason.

Turner has twice been the P&Z chair, and has been involved with planning and zoning and other city issues since the 1980s. He was first elected to the P&Z board in the early 1990s, he said.

BB variance in limbo zone

It might soon be a case of a diner asking for dessert before delving into the entree.

A Bradenton Beach homeowner is seeking a height variance that may soon be allowed in the city’s two mobile home park zoning districts.

And two-story manufactured homes may become the new norm.

Bradenton Beach special magistrate William Robinson Jr. heard a variance request Jan. 22 by the Sandpiper Resort Co-op Inc., 2601 Gulf Drive N., and resident-owner Doug LeFevre, to elevate a new manufactured home above the 15-foot height limit for homes in the mobile home-zoned park.

LeFevre wants to remove an existing home and elevate the foundation before bringing in a new manufactured home that would top out at 25 feet. He said his reasons are for safety in the event of a flood and to meet the city’s flood elevation requirements.

City planner Alan Garrett, however, said the city commission plans to study the current 15-foot height limit for homes in the mobile home park and would likely increase it.

Building official Steve Gilbert said none of the homes in the Sandpiper Resort can be elevated without a variance because of the height restriction.

Robinson, however, said any future code change is “outside the boundaries” of his duty. He said he is only ruling on the validity of the variance request.

He said he found it interesting that the commission is going to consider changing the height restriction for mobile homes.

Garrett wrote in the staff analysis for the variance request that the additional height requested “will not be higher” than the 31 feet allowed homes in other zoning districts in the city.

With a foundation more than 3 feet above the crown of the road and 2 feet of free board, LeFevre’s home would reach a height of 25 feet, Garrett said. The applicant plans to have one-level of living space, he added.

The staff analysis did not oppose the variance request, stating it would meet the base flood elevation, “thereby increasing public safety in the event of a storm or hurricane.”

Marie Petersen, representing Sandpiper, said LeFevre’s request has been approved by the co-op board of directors. She said the applicant’s current home is on 26th Street, on the perimeter of homes in Sandpiper.

Any new home coming into the park, or any request to increase elevation of a home, must be approved by the park’s board of directors, she said.

While LeFevre had a number of supporters at the hearing, some people objected to the request.

Peg Miller of 2519 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, is a homeowner across the street from the applicant.

She said the height would be adverse to the ambiance of the park and the surroundings.

Former Bradenton Beach planning and zoning board member Tom Burns also objected.

Garrett did not address the issue of other mobile home park owners seeking to elevate their homes.

He said elevating a home more than the required 3 feet is a “financial issue” for the owners.

Much will depend on the elevation shown on the new FEMA maps that are due in March, he said, although Garrett does not anticipate any change to the elevation for the Sandpiper. In addition, the city commission is expected in the near future to discuss an amendment for height restrictions in the mobile home zone, he said.

Garrett said the majority of homes in the Sandpiper meet the minimum flood elevation requirement of 3 feet above the crown of the road.

Robinson said he would render his decision to the city clerk within 15 days of the hearing.

Any appeal of his decision would be made to the Manatee County Circuit Court, he said.