Tag Archives: 09-03-2014

Buried clothing may link to Musil-Buehler murder mystery

In Anna Maria, it’s the small things that draw attention.

In fact, underwear uncovered by sewer workers near Galati Marine has sparked new suspicion in the disappearance and murder of Sabine Musil-Buehler.

The articles of clothing, after all, were found in an area searched recently, although Musil-Buehler disappeared in 2008.

In February, MCSO Detective John Kenney led a team of homicide investigators, cadaver-sniffing dogs and backhoe operators to private property at the south end of Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria near Galati Marine. The team was searching for Musil-Buehler’s body and any evidence in the case.

The MCSO focused its investigation in the area due to information related to cellphone use on the night of Musil-Buehler’s disappearance.

While the February search failed to yield further clues, a backhoe crew working nearby Aug. 18 dug up some women’s undergarments. The items were turned over to Kenney, who said he sent them to a lab for DNA testing.

“If we get something positive, we’ll be back out there digging again,” Kenney said.

Kenney was head of the MCSO-Anna Maria substation in November 2008, when it was determined Musil-Buehler was missing.

He was involved in the initial investigation and returned to the case when he was transferred from Anna Maria to the MCSO homicide division after completing his tour.

William Cumber’s day in court is scheduled for October, more than two years after he was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for the November 2008 murder of the Holmes Beach resident and motel owner.

The trial is scheduled on the docket for the week beginning Oct. 20, according to Manatee County online court records.

The court was first set to hear the case in April, but it was canceled by Judge Charles Roberts and reset to October. Cumber, 44, remains in the Manatee County jail.

He was arrested Oct. 12, 2012, and charged with the second-degree murder of Musil-Buehler, who was last seen the night of Nov. 4, 2008. At the time, Musil-Buehler and Cumber were living together in an Anna Maria apartment on Magnolia Avenue.

Although Musil-Buehler’s body has not been found, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives gathered enough evidence from 2008-12 to obtain an arrest warrant for Cumber.

He was arrested at the Charlotte County Correctional Facility where he was serving a sentence for violation of his parole on an unrelated earlier conviction.

Cumber has entered a not guilty plea to the charge of second-degree murder, which carries a maximum life sentence. He has demanded a trial by jury.

Cumber’s public defender is Carolyn Schlemmer and the prosecuting attorney is Art Brown.

Although separated, Musil-Buehler was co-owner with her husband Tom Buehler of Haley’s Motel in Holmes Beach. He continues to operate the motel.

Governor campaigns in Bradenton Beach

Florida’s governor made his first visit to Anna Maria Island a busman’s holiday of sorts.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott joined those flocking Sept. 1 to the beaches for the Labor Day weekend as he kicked off a two-week motorcoach campaign tour that included a stop in Bradenton Beach.

Scott was greeted at the BeacHhouse Restaurant by Mayor Bill Shearon and an entourage, including Attorney General Pam Bondi and local officials.

Among local dignitaries on hand to greet the governor were Manatee County Commissioners John Chappie of Bradenton Beach and Carol Whitmore of Holmes Beach.

Scott’s tour was to promote his plan to reduce taxes on families and small businesses by $1 billion if he’s re-elected to another four-year term, but he said his stop at the BeacHhouse was for a grouper sandwich.

Scott noted he was a friend of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles. The restaurant is owned by Ed Chiles, son of the late governor, who was not present, but Scott spent more than an hour meeting guests of the restaurant and the officials who came to greet him.

Anna Maria business owner: sign regs ‘not fair’

When Laura Shely relocated her Tide and Moon Jewelry store from Holmes Beach to Anna Maria in 2010, she said she was told by Anna Maria officials that she could have a sandwich board sign — a free-standing A-frame sign — in front of her shop at 314 Pine Ave.

Fast forward to 2014, when city commissioners adopted a sign ordinance that eliminated sandwich board signs but allows a business owner to apply for one via a special exception.

Shely believes she was doing “the right thing” when she paid her $200 application fee to the city to apply for a special exception.

Her application went before commissioners at their Aug. 28 meeting, and Shely watched as owners of two residential properties in the 700 block of North Shore Drive were granted special exceptions for A-frame signs.

But when Shely made her plea for the exception, commissioners denied the application in a 3-1 vote.

“It’s not fair,” Shely said.

“I’ve done everything right, while others on Pine Avenue are ignoring the ordinance,” she told commissioners after the motion by Commissioner Dale Woodland to approve her application failed for lack of a second.

Some businesses on Pine Avenue continue to display A-frame signs, including those at the Historic Green Village in the 500 block, where the signs were included in the original site plan for the stores.

Commissioner Carol Carter said she was concerned that a special exception for one Pine Avenue business would set a precedence.

Shely said that without a sign, her business suffers because pedestrians pass by the shop. The building is elevated above the sidewalk and the entry is obscured by a rail, she said, making it easy for pedestrians to miss it.

“All they see is the storage sign the owner has in front of the building by the sidewalk,” she told commissioners.

“I did $10 in business the other day. I’m sure it’s because people walked by and didn’t know I was there. And I can’t tell you how many people come in and say, ‘We didn’t know you were here.’”

Shely also said at least one person a day asks her about renting storage space. She said she’s talked with the building owner about adding her store’s name to the main sign, but has not received a positive response.

“I’m doing everything right. I took down my sandwich board when the new law went into effect. I paid my money for the exception, and this is how I get treated. And I don’t get the money back.”

Commission Chair Chuck Webb said the special exception process is supposed to “make everyone equitable,” but Shely disagreed.

“It’s not fair that people can’t see my store from the sidewalk unless an A-frame is there. I pay taxes in this city through sales tax, and I’ve been here four years. Now this. It’s just not fair.”

Webb told her to look at other provisions in the city codes to obtain an exception.

But, as she left the meeting she commented that there’s nothing more beyond what she’s already done.

Webb said denying someone a special exception was one of the toughest parts about being a commissioner.

A motion to deny Shely a special exception passed 3-1, with commissioners Carter, Webb and Yetter voting for the measure and Woodland voting no. Commissioner Doug Copeland was absent from the meeting.

After the vote, Shely said she did not know what she would do next.

“Right now, I’m a bit upset. I do know I won’t have very many customers this winter season without a sign telling people where I am,” she said.

In other commission business, Dye said he wanted to look at the city’s $640,000 contract with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services in the 2014-15 fiscal year before commissioners approve it.

A vote on the contract was continued to the commission’s Sept. 11 meeting.

The proposed MCSO contract is up $26,000 from the 2013-14 contract in part because MCSO deputies received a 3 percent increase in salary and an increase in benefits, city clerk Diane Percycoe said.

Commissioners approved an amendment to the parking ordinance that increases the fine from $30 to $35, and allows a citation to be issued every two hours. There is no limit on the number of citations that can be issued to a vehicle. The same amendment increased the fine for parking in a handicap-access space to $225.

Approval of an ordinance previously proposed by Copeland to establish “lending libraries” in the city was continued to Sept. 11 after Dye brought up the issue of city liability.

The proposed libraries would be on private property and commissioners were concerned about the number of locations.

Mayor SueLynn said there won’t be very many, and city planner Alan Garrett agreed. He said his research found no more than five such libraries in any city.

Yetter said the commission was “wasting too much time” on such a minor issue when there are other pressing problems in the city that need attention.

The commission approved adding $660 to the $99,000 in the proposed 2014-15 budget for liability insurance. The funding gives the city up to $1 million to pay any successful claims under the Bert Harris Property Rights Act.

The next commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

DOT shows options, calls for comment on Cortez Bridge future

One important date emerged from the Florida Department of Transportation’s public comment meeting on the future of the Cortez Bridge.

By 2050, the bridge must be replaced with a new structure, regardless of how much rehabilitation and repair is done by the DOT in the next 35 years.

The meeting, held Aug. 28 in the fellowship hall of the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, invited the public to comment on DOT options for the bridge as part of the project development and environment study on the future of Cortez Bridge.

The options presented by the DOT included “no-build” — just repair the bridge as much as possible. The DOT said this would keep the bridge operational until 2035, but after that a new bridge would be needed. This option would cost the least in the short-term, DOT officials said, but no estimate was offered.

The DOT said the replacement options presented at the meeting are for two lanes of traffic with safety lanes. The no-build option would not provide emergency lanes on the bridge.

No cost estimate was provided for no-build option.

Attendees also were invited to comment on the rehabilitation alternative. DOT officials said this would cost more than the no-build option. “This would be a major repair project,” said DOT consulting engineer Chris Piazza.

If the rehabilitation option is adopted, it would extend the life of the bridge 25-35 years. After 2050 at the latest, the bridge must be replaced.

The long-term solution is to replace the Cortez Bridge, the DOT said.

A replacement bridge would last 75 years and have two 12-foot-wide lanes for traffic. Additionally, two 10-foot-wide shoulders for pedestrians and emergencies would be constructed.

Under the replacement option, the public was invited to comment on alternative alignments for a new bridge, either 9 feet north of the present structure or 15 feet south. Maintaining the present center-line on the existing bridge for a new bridge is not an option because a temporary bridge would be needed for traffic, the DOT said.

In both the north and south alignments, traffic on the existing bridge would continue while construction of a new bridge was ongoing, DOT officials said.

The options for a replacement bridge included a 21-foot-high clearance drawbridge, a 45-foot-high bridge with no draw and a 65-foot-high bridge with no draw.

The 45-foot-high bridge could accommodate 80 percent of the boats that now pass through the draw, while 98 percent of boats would clear a 65-foot-high bridge, the DOT said.

If the replacement option is adopted, the old bridge would be torn down after the new Cortez Bridge opened. There are no plans by the DOT to put the old structure to use for recreation, such as fishing, biking and fitness.

Attendees at the meeting appeared to favor the rehabilitation option.

Josh Lutzberger of Tidy Island said he wanted the bridge repaired, as did Mitzi Summerland of Holmes Beach. Retired Minnesota Department of Transportation official Bob Jaworski, however, said replacement is the best option.

After receiving and reviewing public comments, the DOT is expected make its formal recommendation in the spring.

A replacement bridge request would have to be approved by the Federal Highway Administration, project manager Tony Sherrard said.

The DOT will continue to take public comment until Sept. 8.

Mail comments to Tony Sherrard, Florida Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow FL 35831, or email antone.sherrard@dot.state.fl.us.

Chilly chief challenge



Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer is showered with ice water by HBPD Officers Brian Copeman and Josh Fleischer — for the ALS ice-bucket challenge. Tokajer nominated Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Paul Davis of the Anna Maria substation and Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming. Nominees can donate $100 to benefit ALS research and/or have ice water poured over their heads. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

Winds favor Mainsail development, city OKs lodge site plan

The vacant field of rebar and overgrown grass in downtown Holmes Beach may soon see activity.

After nearly two years of on-again, off-again discussion, the site plan for Mainsail Lodge near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives was approved by commissioners Aug. 26. But not without dissent, questions and further discussion from residents and commissioners.

“Twenty-one months ago, I walked into this building and I don’t think any of us thought we’d spend this much time on the site plan,” said Brian Check, Mainsail architect.

During the months of discussions and mediation with the city, the project was reduced 20 percent from the original size. Check, however, also acknowledged continuing concerns over the building height.

City code dictates building height to be no higher than 36 feet. The proposal is at 36 feet with a mansure-style screening extending 5 feet above the height limitation to conceal rooftop air conditioning units.

“I just wanted to stand up and let you know we have not taken the easy path. We have looked into every opportunity to screen it in a way that would appeal to the look of the city. It would be less expensive to do something else,” Check said.

City planner Bill Brisson and temporary building official Jon Betcher told commissioners the screening on the roof is consistent with the city code.

“Nothing indicates there’s anything above the 5 feet, other than an architect looking up trying to make it look pretty,” Brisson said. “Nothing else is involved.”

Yet, Holmes Beach resident Bob Johnson said during the public hearing that the land development code has specific height limitations and adherence to the LDC is of “critical importance” to the city.

Johnson cited exemptions to the height requirement listed in the code.

“Our code does not identify a decorative roof as an exempt feature. You have a duty to the citizens,” he said.

Betcher said the screening extending beyond the allowable height limit is purely aesthetic because it is not considered a structural member of the building. He added there is no height limitation to screening and that it is “a matter of perception more than anything.”

Commission Chair Judy Titsworth said allowing the mansure-style screening makes the building look taller than other structures.

And Commissioner Pat Morton said he felt allowing it would pave the way for other developers to make similar requests.

Commissioner Marvin Grossman said he recalled the commission had agreed with Check on the mansure-style screening in a previous discussion.

Check told commissioners there was no space to reduce the building height. The ceiling height in living spaces on all three floors ranged from 8 feet 5 inches to 8 feet 8 inches.

Typically, for commercial buildings, Check said he designs 10-13 foot ceiling heights.

“This is at a point where I’m drawing a building I can’t build because there’s no space to run duct work,” Check said.

By the end of the discussion, commissioners — except Morton — agreed to allow the 5-foot exception for the mansure-style screening.

Grossman questioned the increased square footage of air-conditioned space. He said the original plan submitted in 2001 amounted to some 63,000 square feet of air-conditioned space, but the current plan shows 65,864. He asked Check how there was more air-conditioned square footage if the project was reduced by 20 percent.

Check said revisions throughout the process changed the number of buildings and the height of the buildings, leading to more air-conditioned space. Stairwells, hallways, elevator shafts and the addition of a third floor added to the volume of air-conditioned space.

Changes to the site plan by Check were in response to mediation between the city and the developer that commissioners approved in February.

The agreement resulting from the mediation addressed commission concerns, as well as concerns of residents who threatened to sue if concessions could not be made.

After more than 10 years of proposals, multiple developers and nearly two years of site plan discussions, the city commission approved the site plan 3-1, with Morton dissenting. Commissioner Jean Peelen was absent.

Commissioners also approved Mainsail’s temporary parking plan, which makes use of Mainsail’s property and includes agreements with Wells Fargo Bank and Keyes Marina during construction.


In the designs

The resort will include three connected buildings — a main lodge and two wings — comprising 37 multi-bedroom guest apartments, an 80-seat restaurant and accessory uses. The development also includes a 50-slip marina.

The guest apartments will occupy the upper two floors of the wings in connected three-story buildings. The ground floor of the main building will accommodate the restaurant, meeting rooms, gift shop, business center and workout facility. The two wings will have parking on the ground level.

Two of the three buildings were allowed a slight setback relief from the waterline. One wing will be configured with a stair-step footprint along the seawall to increase the setback and improve the visual impact for residential neighbors across the canal. It also will allow for a view of the bay waters for people passing on Marina Drive.

The lodge’s west wing will meet the city required 25-foot setback.

Construction on a small peninsula that extends from the mainland into the marina on the original plan was eliminated during mediation.

A total of 98 parking spaces are required to provide 1.2 spaces per lodging unit, one parking space for every three seats in the restaurant and two parking spaces for each six-person charter boat slip at the marina, and an additional parking space for every four seats over six on a boat. One spot per two employees also is required.

Residents on Sunrise Lane, the private road east of the development, went through mediation over the proposed use of the private road as an emergency access for Mainsail. In the end, the developer agreed not to use Sunrise Lane and also to construct an opaque, 6-foot wall with vegetation along the drive to separate the residential area from the commercial development.

For the Mainsail project, ingress and egress will be from Gulf and Marina drives. A traffic analysis also is required of Mainsail under the settlement agreement.

The developers will construct a sound barrier between the lodge swimming pool and the seawall to reduce noise at the water’s edge in response to concerns from adjacent homeowners.

Mainsail Lodge development will have one year from the Aug. 26 approval to apply for an initial building permit. A demolition permit must be sought within 60 days to remove existing footers and rebar that are not required for the project.

“It took 21 months, but those 21 months were worth it,” said Commissioner David Zaccagnino.

Man flees police, assaults K-9 deputy

It’s all part of the job for Rocky.

Enforcers of the law know when they step on duty they are putting themselves in harm’s way. There’s no exception for Rocky, Manatee County Sheriff’s K-9 unit.

At about 10:20 p.m. Aug. 27, the Bradenton Police Department radioed the pursuit of a tan Dodge Caravan on Cortez Road in west Bradenton, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report stated.

Moments after the announcement, the Caravan was spotted by an MCSO deputy at the intersection of 75th Street and Cortez Road. MCSO pursued the Caravan, which was traveling westbound on Cortez. The Caravan turned onto 123rd Street West in Cortez, where the driver bailed from the moving vehicle.

The Caravan slowly rolled to a stop and did not cause any damage, the report said.

MCSO deputies set a perimeter, and both a K-9 deputy and watch unit closed in on the area. The suspect was found underneath a home in the 12200 block of 45th Avenue by Rocky the K-9, according to the report.

When Rocky latched onto the man’s leg, the man began striking the canine.

The report stated that more deputies converged on the area and arrested Meren Thompson, 42, of Sarasota.

Dave Bristow, MCSO’s public information officer, said Rocky did not sustain any injuries. K-9 units do get assaulted, but not very often because typically suspects do not resist, he added.

Thompson faces charges of auto theft, driving with a suspended license, fleeing to elude law enforcement, resisting arrest and striking a police canine.

Thompson is being held in the Manatee County jail. He was arrested Aug. 18 for domestic battery and forfeited his bond for the case.

He is scheduled for a court appearance Sept. 12.

Mote watches red tide bloom

Marine scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory, the University of South Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continue to observe a large bloom of red tide in the northeast Gulf of Mexico.

The release said the bloom is about 20 miles offshore between Pasco and Dixie counties, about 90 miles wide and 60 miles deep.

Although red tide fish kills have been observed north of Pasco County, red tide has not been observed along Manatee County’s shoreline, an Aug. 27 Mote Marine press release said.

Mote, USF and FWC scientists are sampling waters from the bloom area daily, the release continued.

The red tide bloom was forecast to drift slowly to the south/southwest.

For updates on the red tide, people can go online to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

Red tide is an algae known scientifically as karenia brevis.

The algae kills fish and its odor causes breathing and other

respiratory problems in humans.

Calendar – 09-03-2014

On the big screen

South Florida Museum will screen the documentary “Shut Up and Sing” at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. The museum is at 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. For more information, call SFM at 941-746-4131. Islander Courtesy Photo


Wednesday, Sept. 3

7:08 a.m. — Official sunrise.

6 p.m. — Mana-Tween book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:49 p.m. — Official sunset.


Thursday, Sept. 4

7:08 a.m. — Official sunrise.

2 p.m. — Knitting club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:48 p.m. — Official sunset.


Friday, Sept. 5

7:09 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:47 p.m. — Official sunset.


Saturday, Sept. 6

7:09 a.m. — Official sunrise.

2 p.m. — Science for kids, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:46 p.m. — Official sunset.


Sunday, Sept. 7

7:10 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:44 p.m. — Official sunset.


Monday, Sept. 8

7:10 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:43 p.m. — Official sunset.


Tuesday, Sept. 9

7:11 a.m. — Official sunrise.

7:42 p.m. — Official sunset.


Wednesday, Sept. 10

7:11 a.m. — Official sunrise.

6:30 p.m. — Registration and parent night for Awana Club, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.

7:41 p.m. — Official sunset.


Off Island

Wednesday, Sept. 3

11:30 a.m. — Courthouse Concert, Manatee County Courthouse, 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-621-6471.


Friday, Sept. 5

6 p.m. — South Florida Museum’s “Music and Movies” night features screening of “Shut Up and Sing,” 201 10th St. W. Bradenton. Fee applies. Reservations requested. Information: 941-746-4131.


Tuesday, Sept. 9

7:30 p.m. — Sweet Adelines of Manatee Magical Membership night, Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-9395.


Coming up

• Sept. 22, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Bradenton.

• Oct. 11, Palma Sola Botanical Park plant sale, Bradenton.

• Oct. 17-18, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest, Anna Maria.

• Oct. 19, Longboat Key Triathlon, Longboat Key.

• Oct. 25, Anna Maria Island Privateers Day of the Dead/Invasion Ball, Bradenton.

• Oct. 30, South Florida Museum’s “The War of the Worlds” broadcast, Bradenton.


Save the date

• Nov. 1-2, Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion Festival, Bradenton Beach.

• Nov. 1., Sarasota Bay Water Festival, Sarasota.

• Nov. 3, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 4, general election.

• Nov. 7, Longboat Key Historical Society annual fish fry, Longboat Key.

• Nov. 8, Anna Maria Island Privateer Thieves Market, Bradenton Beach.

• Nov. 8, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Symphony on the Sand, Bradenton Beach.

• Nov. 15, CrossPointe Community Thanksgiving, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 15, Florida Maritime Museum’s Boatyard Bash, Cortez.


Calendar of ongoing events, activities


• Through October, sea-turtle nesting season in Florida. Lights out along the beaches.

• Through November, Atlantic hurricane season. Be prepared.



• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• First Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m., Courthouse Concerts, Manatee County Courthouse, 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-621-6471.

• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.

• Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Star Talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.



• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Last Thursdays, Seaside Quilters, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212.



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

• Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.

• First Fridays, 6-9:30 p.m., art walk, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West-12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8065.



• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.

• First Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.,  art walk, Village of the Arts, 12th Street West-12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-8065.

• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.

• Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., porch party, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.

• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.



• Mondays, 12:30 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.

• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meeting, Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.



• Tuesdays, 10 a.m., children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Fourth Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m., Successful Women Aligning Together, Paradise Bagel and Cafe, 3210 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-224-4144.


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