Tag Archives: 03-06-2013
Entertainer Lee Greenwood appears at the 2010 AMICC fundraiser. Islander File Photo
Members of the Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors learned the cancellation of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar golf tournament to benefit the center has put anticipated revenues behind about $60,000.
Interim executive director Scott Dell said the tournament was expected to raise $66,000 for the center.
“The expenses are under control. It’s just our revenues that need fixing,” he said.
That means, Dell said, that Affaire to Remember in May is going to be the most critical fundraiser of the year.
“It’s 25 percent of our budget,” he said.
This year’s theme is “An Island Affaire,” and Dell expects the event to raise about $200,000 and balance the budget.
It’s the center’s No. 1 fundraiser each year, he said, and there will be a special entertainer this year, although he did not name the performer.
He said the year Lee Greenwood performed was the best year ever for the event and he expects the new entertainment will draw as well as Greenwood.
The center has a number of other fundraising events planned in March and April.
On March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — the center will host the Sham Rockin’ Island Fest at the Holmes Beach field by city hall, to include local entertainment, food and adult beverages 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The day-long festival will coincide with the 4 p.m. Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Day parade departing from city hall. Dell said he anticipates the center could do “very good” on revenue from the event.
Plans for the parade include the sale of VIP seating using the center’s portable bleachers at a strategic location on the parade route.
Another fundraiser will be the April 6 Parrothead Dance at the center with Mike Sales, Dan Mobley and other entertainers, all playing Jimmy Buffett-style music.
“This has always been a sellout,” Dell said, “and Mike Sales really does a good job of supporting this event.”
Dell said he expects help from a college tennis player/coach on writing grants for the center. There are three grants available from Manatee County this year, Dell said.
Joan Pettigrew of the tour of homes committee said tickets for the annual tour of homes quilt raffle are on sale. At $1 per ticket, she hopes at least 4,000 tickets will be sold. The quilt is handmade and has been a popular drawing, she said.
The annual tour of homes is Saturday, March 16.
Dell also noted that thanks to a recent donation, the center plans to sell its old 24-seat bus and put the money into revenues.
Scott Rudacille was named the new chair of the board of directors at the meeting, replacing Greg Ross. Ross will remain on the board as a member-at-large. Cindy Thompson was elected vice chair, Steward Moon Jr. is treasurer and Monica Simpson is secretary. Blair Schlossberg was named an at-large board member.
Dell thanked Ross for guiding the center during the past year, including during some difficult times.
“It’s a thankless job, but you righted the ship and got things done,” Dell said.
The next board meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday, March 25, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Beachgoers at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will likely be common in March as schools begin spring break. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
From 2000-10, Anna Maria Island was fairly immune from college students on spring break.
Deb Meihls, marketing director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Center, said she and her predecessors did not seek the spring break market as the area is considered a family destination.
“We’re not for the spring break crowd,” Meihls said. “We’re looking for families or groups who want peace and quiet and to enjoy our beaches,” Meihls said.
She added that the usual spring break destinations are Panama City, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona Beach or Miami Beach.
But beginning in spring 2012, a funny thing happened on the way to marketing Anna Maria Island as a family destination.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn thinks college students are showing up in larger numbers than in the past.
A possible reason is that some owners and accommodation managers advertise island homes that accommodate 14-20 people and it attracts people willing to share their vacation.
Last year, Holmes Beach police were called on a loud noise complaint and found 16 college students renting a house for the week.
The students told officers they were members of a university singing group and were practicing in the pool when the complaint was made. The group agreed to stop singing after being informed of the noise curfew.
Asked why they picked Anna Maria Island and not Panama City, one of the women said it was because the cost was about $200 each. Pretty cheap, she said, compared to a hotel in Panama City.
And the island rental was advertised as a quiet place for a spring vacation.
SueLynn said last spring was the first time she had seen large numbers of college students on the beaches in Anna Maria.
“I would ask them why they weren’t in Panama City and they would say because it’s peaceful and quiet on the island and they found a great rental on the Internet.”
The mayor said she can only hope that owners and agents of vacation rentals will enforce the best practices policies that seem now to be working to limit the number of noise and nuisance complaints in the city after 10 p.m.
The best practices list, prepared last fall, informs tenants of local ordinances, such as the noise limit after 10 p.m.
This year’s spring break is fairly divided in March, according to a national website on spring break times for colleges and universities.
Most Florida public universities and high schools will be on spring break in March.
Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said most area students come to the beach during the day, but head back to the mainland in the afternoon.
This year, Easter is March 31, a weekend usually filled with visitors to Anna Maria Island.
But if visitors are just now planning vacations, they might be out of luck on the island. A number of rental agents and managers of vacation properties say they are booked solid from March 11 to the end of the month.
Brockman said the chamber is always ready to help someone find an accommodation, but the chamber is not encouraging the college crowd to rent a multi-bedroom home.
“We are a family destination for peace and quiet,” she said.
State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, greets Jack Smulowitz of Anna Maria Island before a town meeting sponsored by The Islander Feb. 27 at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Concerns about House Bill 883 — a state law widely criticized for usurping home rule authority with respect to rentals — dominated a Feb. 28 town hall meeting in Holmes Beach, featuring state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that the status quo is not working,” Galvano said of HB 883.
Galvano listed other challenges going into a new legislative session, including:
• Medicaid funding against the backdrop of the new federal Affordable Care Act.
• The troubled citrus industry.
• Interstate and in-state water issues.
• Revitalizing the housing industry.
• Supporting technology education and businesses.
• Encouraging economic diversification.
Galvano was elected to the senate in November after a two-year hiatus from political office. A Bradenton attorney, he represents 500,000 people in seven counties, including Manatee. He previously served the four-term limit — eight years — in the Florida House of Representatives.
Introducing the topic of HB 883, Galvano said it was time to look at a repeal or modification of the law, balanced with a concern for property rights. He said his main focus will be “working with the people of District 26.”
Galvano told about 25 who gathered in Holmes Beach City Hall that he understood Anna Maria Island’s concerns, having lived on the island, and that he’s spoken to many county and city officials as well as citizens who tell him developers and investors are taking advantage of the island.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said, “It seems like a small group of people — five or six — are exploiting the rules.”
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino added, “But the investors are vast in number,” and estimated the cash flow of some rentals at $7,000 a week.
Holmes Beach Commission Chair Jean Peelen said she favored a repeal of House Bill 883 because of its “assault on home rule.”
“It just grabbed the power from everyone in Florida,” and allowed Holmes Beach developers to bust residential neighborhoods, she said.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti and Commissioners Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman, elected last November, ran on a platform to stop rental abuses and construction-related problems.
After the meeting, Galvano said “it was his inclination” that the bill should be repealed, but before introducing a repeal bill he’d first research how it impacts the rest of the state.
“883 has made it very difficult for communities — especially Anna Maria — to manage its own destiny. I am going to look into the option of repealing the bill,” he said.
Galvano told those gathered Feb. 28, “For me it’s the bigger issue. It drives me crazy when Washington tells you what it wants.”
With 883, “it’s a little different, but the same concept. It goes back to favoring the government closest to the people,” he said.
Monti said he’s hoping to turn around a 20 percent population loss on the island, and said the repeal of HB 883 would assist the city in its quest to maintain and bring back residents.
Titsworth said the cities’ hands were tied by the legislation, that officials can’t rezone to correct the rental imbalance.
She also pointed out the island is supported by one major two-lane road, and increased tourism is causing a loss of winter snowbirds — six-month visitors.
“I don’t see any amendment. I see a repeal that’s needed,” Titsworth said.
Grossman gave Galvano a drawing he made of crowded three-story homes to remind him of the plight of Holmes Beach.
Some in the audience agreed Anna Maria Island might be one of the few remaining areas in Florida lacking high-rises and the transformation to primarily vacation rentals.
At stake is the island’s “small town feel,” with its active community, school, churches, museum and community center, according to an attendee who identified herself as a year-round resident.
Holmes Beach resident Terry Parker said, “The real issue here is our fragile island. We’re losing our permanent population, with people knocking down one house and building two.”
Holmes Beach resident Marie Franklin, owner of a real estate sales and rental company in Anna Maria, favored the repeal of HB 833.
“We’ve disciplined our tenants,” notifying them of city rules, she said. Franklin also favored penalizing owners whose tenants don’t comply.
“We had a nice balance for years, and didn’t need the rules. Something has to change in order to see a return of residents,” she added.
Local investor Miriam Martin of Bradenton, who owns two old Florida homes in Holmes Beach, acknowledged AMI’s rental problems, but worries the pendulum could swing too far in the other direction, and impact local investors who pay taxes, have responsible tenants and contribute to the local economy.
Anna Maria Commissioner Chuck Webb stood up, took the microphone as if to ask a question at the Feb. 28 town hall meeting, and promptly warned other elected officials their attendance amounted to a “potential Sunshine Law violation.” He then left the meeting, mumbling comments to Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland as he exited.
The Islander sponsored the town meeting at the Holmes Beach city chambers to provide a chance to talk one-on-one with state Sen. Bill Galvano.
Webb was referring to the Florida law that prohibits members on the same public board or commission to meet and discuss any matter the board may act upon, unless reasonable notice is given of the meeting. The Sunshine Law applies to any gathering of two or more members.
But both Islander publisher Bonner Joy and Holmes Beach clerk Stacey Johnston responded that the notice had been posted both at city hall and in the newspaper.
Woodland next took the mic and announced he disagreed with Webb’s interpretation of the law and the meeting continued with members of the audience, including officials from all three island cities and others in the audience relating questions and comments to Galvano prior to the March 5 startup of the two-month legislative session in Tallahassee.
On the Sunshine Law issue of council members attending a community forum, a 1996 state Attorney General opinion concluded that so long as council members did not discuss among themselves matters that could come before the council, the gathering was not subject to the law.
Assistant Attorney General Lagran Saunders wrote, “The mere expression of a council member’s position on a matter that may foreseeably come before the council does not necessarily subject the meeting to the Sunshine Law.”
A 4-1 vote moves Holmes Beach closer to a community that allows laying hens.
Like the city of Sarasota in 2011 and other urban areas across the country, Holmes Beach commissioners appear poised to join the movement allowing people to raise chickens for eggs.
Commission Chair Jean Peelen and Commissioners Marvin Grossman, Judy Titsworth and David Zaccagnino voted Feb. 26 in favor of the ordinance on first reading. Commissioner Pat Morton voted no.
A second reading and final vote will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
“I have no problem with fresh eggs and chickens,” said Morton, who indicated he’d raised many chickens. “There’s always this issue that comes out. You got 98 percent who do everything they’re supposed to do and 2 percent who’ll create problems.”
Why create problems for code enforcement? asked Morton, adding that it may open the door to other farm animals, such as pigs and cows.
Titsworth said code enforcement officer David Forbes favored the ordinance.
“I think it’s a very good thing to implement,” said Monti, once a chicken-farmer. “If a city like Sarasota could do it, little old Anna Maria Island can do it. Pulitzer laying hens don’t make a lot of noise. It’s the roosters that make a lot of noise.
“I just think it’s a progressive step. I don’t think it’s a negative step,” he added.
The rules under the ordinance are:
• No more than four chickens may be kept at a residence.
• Roosters are prohibited.
• No person shall slaughter chickens.
• The chickens shall be kept in a movable and covered or fenced-in coop.
• No coop will be allowed in front yards, nor may it be closer than 10 feet to any adjacent property or 25 feet from any neighboring home.
• No odors allowed.
• Enclosures and feed must be kept from pests and infestation.
• The sale of eggs or other chicken products is prohibited.
• No dog or cat that kills a chicken, for that reason alone, will be considered a dangerous animal.
• The city rule will not supersede private property restrictions.
“We’ve grown away from food sources,” said Grossman after the meeting. “It is a connection to our past and an opportunity to connect with an original (food) source. If I had kids, I would do it.”
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David Forbes stands by the public notice at the Mainsail property at the corner of Gulf and Marina drives. A continued public hearing to revoke the site plan approved in 2001 will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell
Going into the March 26 continued hearing on the site plan for Tidemark Lodge — now Mainsail AMI LLLP — neighbor Lance Spotts, who has opposed the project since 2001, is pulling a punch.
On behalf of Spotts, attorney Stephen W. Thompson wrote to the city Feb. 25, demanding the abandoned project be revoked and the property owner immediately brought into compliance with code requirements.
“If the city does not determine this Tidemark project to be terminated and the plans expired, we will seek a judicial determination of this issue,” wrote Thompson of Najmy Thompson, P.L., of Bradenton.
He describes the project as overgrown with cement and debris, and asks whether the city wants such a property to be the focal point of Holmes Beach.
According to Thompson, the land development code provides several provisions containing 180-day deadlines, one allowing for a 180-day extension. He claims all deadlines expired more than 10 years ago.
City attorney Patricia Petruff previously told commissioners that because some permits were issued over the years, an argument can be made that the city waived its objections.
But Thompson stated, “To make the argument that there have been incremental permitting or approvals does not meet the test or intent” of the code’s abandonment provisions.
“This project has been legally abandoned, and if the current owner wants to develop this property, a new plan should be submitted.”
Asked for his position on the Mainsail revocation, Mayor Carmel Monti pointed to Petruff’s position — that the commission does not have to revoke the original site plan. He said the commission could instead work with the developer to revitalize the central downtown.
He said he didn’t expect code enforcement to go forward on any possible code violations until the commission sets a direction.
“It’s a decision for the commission on March 26 …” and it likely will come up after that, too, he said.
Spotts and Sunrise Lane residents Dan and Tina Howe sued the city over Tidemark’s rezoning in July 2001 and, in the same year, settled with the original developer, Carlingford Development Company.
Spotts and the Howes dismissed the lawsuit based on a settlement agreement that granted them deed restrictions to curtail future nuisances, rezoning and expansion.
The settlement also required the developer to make site plan changes that would prohibit outdoor dining and amplified music, among other limitations on the facilities, such as swimming pool hours.
Other requirements included a 50-foot setback for the building adjacent to Spotts, construction of a 6-foot-tall concrete wall from the seawall to Sunrise Lane abutting Spotts, as well as a continuous vegetative screen of cedar trees and 4-foot-high sound baffling between the pool and the waterway.
Spotts contends the developers should not receive exceptions to rules everyone else is required to follow.
A move to lift the Holmes Beach building moratorium before its scheduled June 25 expiration failed to gain the vote of the commissioner who placed it on the Feb. 26 agenda.
Commission Chair Jean Peelen explained it was on the agenda “only to get things rolling.
“I think it is so critical to get our business done and get the moratorium lifted,” she said.
A 4-1 vote failed to repeal the Residential-2 moratorium. Peelen and commissioners Pat Morton, Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman voted against the first reading, with Commissioner David Zaccagnino voting for it.
The commission imposed the moratorium Dec. 25, halting new construction, demolition and substantial rebuild permits in the city’s R-2 district for up to six months.
“I was kind of surprised when I saw this,” said Grossman.
He said he’d hoped the moratorium repeal would run concurrent with a proposed ordinance to eliminate underground footers, which is up for a March 6 planning commission review.
“It’s a very important part of what we planned — and what I ran on,” he added.
Titsworth agreed with Grossman.
Peelen said she’d proposed the first reading as an efficiency measure, but she agreed to hold off.
“We certainly wouldn’t lift the moratorium until everything was done that we said we needed to do,” she added.
Zaccagnino said the first reading would “gets things ready to go.
“There are people out there that are trying to feed their families, to get the moratorium lifted and go back to work,” he added.
Morton said, “This could lead — give mixed signals to people that we’re done. No, we’re not done. We still have some stuff to work out.”
“This is a pivotal issue we based everything else on,” Grossman added.
HB goals to go
With a couple months of weekly work sessions behind them, Peelen reported on the city’s progress in meeting the objectives necessary to lift the building moratorium.
“I’m so proud of how far we’ve come in just two months,” she said of the moratorium on building at a Feb. 26 meeting.
In encouraging the passage of the first reading of the moratorium’s repeal, Zaccagnino said that while he didn’t agree with the moratorium, he agreed “seven things need to be accomplished before we lift it.”
Peelen listed seven objectives that need to be met before a repeal:
• Limit size of houses.
• Cease underground connection of duplexes.
• Limit pools per lot.
• Limit multiple docks.
• Develop policy on developing corner lots.
• Develop policy on residential elevator shafts.
• Set a procedure to derive market value of a home.
She reported the commission completed its consideration of home size issue, pools per lot, building department policies and market value procedures.
“The policy on docks almost got completed tonight, but not yet,” Peelen said.
Commissioners adopted a .34 ratio of living-area-to-lot-size ordinance Jan. 22 to control mass and size of new homes in the R-2 zone, with a sliding scale to allow lenience on smaller lots.
To eliminate future underground duplex connections, the commission sent a draft ordinance to the planning commission that will be reviewed March 6 at its meeting. Since 2007, the city has allowed separation for duplex construction to appear as two single-family homes with an underground connection, such as a footer.
The commission considered a one-pool-per-lot rule, but then rejected it Jan. 17.
Two building department policies were announced Feb. 7, clarifying rules relating to corner lots and third-floor setbacks:
• On lots fronting on two streets, one 10-foot setback will be allowed if there is another setback of 20 feet, and a 20-foot setback maintained on major thoroughfares.
• On the increased setback for elevator shafts/second-living levels, the building department will enforce 15-foot setbacks unless a variance is granted.
At city meetings in February, commissioners considered changing code requirements for market value determinations used in FEMA remodels to one based on values established by the Manatee County Property Appraiser, but the commission then rejected the move, concluding the county’s low values could hinder remodels.
Amanda Varner, 24, of Sanford, N.C., was charged with multiple felonies by the Holmes Beach Police Department after a chase ended with Varner crashing into the Bradenton Beach police cruiser driven by Officer Eric Hill. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joan McArthur
A Bradenton Beach police officer was in fair condition March 4 after a head-on collision March 2 with a fleeing suspect from North Carolina.
Amanda L. Varner, 24, of Sanford, N.C., was charged with multiple felonies by the Holmes Beach Police Department.
HBPD responded to the Island Shopping Center, 5400 Marina Drive, at approximately 3:45 p.m., having been notified by the Florida Highway Patrol that a vehicle stolen from North Carolina was in the parking lot.
Responding to HBPD’s call for assistance were Bradenton Beach and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the HBPD, Bradenton Beach patrol officer Eric Hill was traveling southbound on Holmes Boulevard, unaware the vehicle had fled the shopping center.
In an attempt to elude the HBPD, according to the police report, Varner drove around a marked emergency vehicle, fled northbound on Holmes Boulevard and crashed head-on into the Bradenton Beach police car, causing Hill serious injuries.
Hill, Varner and a passenger were transported to Blake Medical Center, according the report.
Bradenton Beach Detective Sgt. Leonard Diaz reported March 4 that Hill was in fair condition.
Varner was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude with great bodily injury to a law enforcement officer and driving while license suspended.
According to the police report, Varner had outstanding warrants from North Carolina.
Varner is being held in Manatee County jail on $24,000 bond on the charges.
The chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, turns 100 years old this spring. It now has new renovated doors salvaged from the John Ringling Towers in Sarasota thanks to a group of church volunteers. Islander Courtesy Photo
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, continues to celebrate 100 years on the island with a series of events.
The calendar includes:
• Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys is in concert at the church, with a reception following the show at Relish Cafe & Marketplace, 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Admission to the concert is free, but organizers are asking for a free-will offering.
• Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m., the church will host a rededication of the chapel, with a celebration across the street. Organizers expect a “fairly large crowd.”
• Sunday, March 17, mid-morning after the first church service, a time-capsule will be buried and a tree planted on the church grounds.
Also, Roser anniversary organizers have worked with the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, which has put up a 100th anniversary display at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The museum, open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., features old photographs of Roser as well as stories about the construction of the chapel, pastors at the church and its congregation.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-0414.
The pergola at Tortuga Inn Beach Resort, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, is almost completed after a lengthy permitting process and some public opposition. Islander Photo: Mark Young
The Tortuga Inn Beach Resort pergola sparked minor controversy when fi rst proposed in Bradenton Beach more than a year ago but is progressing on the beachfront, following a lengthy permit process.
Some citizens expressed opposition to any development on the beach side of the Gulf of Mexico, but permits were granted and Tortuga owner David Teitelbaum said construction of the pergola will soon be completed.
“This has been in the works for about a year and a half,” said Teitelbaum. “It’s a process that included getting approvals from the city commission and planning and zoning, as well as the Florida Department of environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.”
Teitelbaum said once the city approved the project, “a very extensive submission was made to DeP about six months ago. We received approval from DeP to do the construction around September and construction started Feb. 1.
“Now that we have the structure in place, we are proceeding with dune planting and building up the dunes,” said Teitelbaum. “We obviously had to disturb the sea oats and dunes to put the structure in, so we are in the process of not only replacing what was there, but enhancing it.”
Completion of the pergola is still a few months away, but approval for Teitelbaum’s plans from the city was not so easy to come by.
The pergola is situated on land zoned for preservation by the city, and members of the planning and zoning
board found construction in the zone to be a violation of the city’s comprehensive plan, similar to the opposition the board had for a proposed parking lot on the beach at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.
The parking lot issue resulted in the resignation of several members of the P&Z board, ridicule from the
city, and a lawsuit brought by three citizens — including two former P&Z members — against the city that is still pending to halt the project.
The city commission voted to approve in spite of a recommendation from P&Z to deny the pergola.
Teitelbaum is a developer, but said his history lies in preservation, so he understands the importance of progress without sacrifi cing preservation.
Preservation development was his first love and he worked on projects in New York City that include Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center, to name a few.
His preservation development work has garnered many awards from such organizations as the Preservation League of New York, upper east Side Historical District and New York Landmarks Conservancy.
He said he has a clear understanding of what his responsibility is as a developer in an environmentally sensitive area.
“We still have to go back to DeP for the solar lighting and FWC to get approval for turtle-friendly lighting,” said Teitelbaum.
“The sea turtles were here fi rst and we have to respect that. We have to be harmonious with them. We can’t just come in and take it all over.”
While Teitelbaum is seeking approvals, he said the pergola is primarily for daytime use.
“I’m very actively involved with the quiet enjoyment of the people we bring in,” he said. “We are family oriented and not trying to bring in the frat-house crowd.
We want to welcome tourists, but not tourists that come here and disrupt our neighbors and turtles. That kind of balance has to be created.”
When the pergola was fi rst proposed across from the resort, 1325 Gulf Drive N., creating it for the purpose of conducting weddings was discussed.
Teitelbaum said it would be used for weddings, but it’s a secondary purpose to the overall enjoyment for his guests.
“We are in the wedding business and have been for years in a big way at our four resorts,” he said, noting Tortuga is probably his best wedding venue.
The pergola, he said, will enhance Tortuga’s wedding atmosphere and compliment the penthouse and six associated units designed to accommodate wedding parties.
“The idea of the pergola is to have a beachside wedding chapel, but it’s not the primary use,” he said. “The
primary use is for our guests to take a meal or a glass of wine and enjoy themselves. It’s a place where they can get off the sand, but still enjoy the beach.” Teitelbaum said his resorts combine to accommodate 700 people.
“So yes, we’ll do some of our weddings there, but we can do anniversaries, reunions and we do a lot of corporate business here,” he said. “We do signifi cant group business and weddings are certainly a part of that.”
Teitelbaum said the construction should be completed within days. At that time he will approach the city to get a temporary use permit for daytime activities, while he wades through the lighting permit process with DeP and FWC.
“So it should be a couple of months before everything is done,” he said. “We want to make sure the dunes
and sea oats are done, too. I’m a historic preservation person, so I want people to know that quality of life is important to me. This is my home. I work here, I live here and I’ll die here. Hopefully not anytime soon, though.”
Teitelbaum’s resorts in Bradenton Beach also include Seaside Inn & Resort, 2200 Gulf Drive N., Tradewinds Resort, 1603 Gulf Drive N. and Old Bridge Village, 115 Third St. S.