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Anna Maria introduces pieces to parking puzzle

Put on a blindfold and try to solve the 3-D puzzle Rubik’s Cube.

It might be as difficult as solving parking problems in the city of Anna Maria.

But the city is giving it a try.

At the Sept. 24 Anna Maria city commission meeting, Mayor SueLynn introduced her parking plan, four long-awaited options to solve what some perceive as a growing parking problem.

The mayor also gave her take on positive and negative aspects of the step plan she devised with the help of staff, including public works supervisor and former Commissioner George McKay.

She then left it to commissioners to mold the four options into a solution.

• Option 1: No parking in the rights of way for “anyone, any time,” except in the retail-office-residential district, the commercial zone and at the Rod & Reel Pier. Other exceptions would be for vendors, contractors and service providers doing temporary business and during approved special events.

Day visitors would park free in city lots, at the city park at Pine Avenue-North Bay Boulevard and at designated spaces at the city pier parking lot and at Bayfront Park.

The mayor said staff determined this would be in the best interest of residents and control the volume of vehicles, and also encourage parking in business areas.

• Option 2: Each property in the city would receive two free parking permits. The permits would have a two-year expiration. Exceptions would be the same as Option 1.

Permit parking would be authorized in all designated areas and would include parking in the rights of way. Day visitors would be allowed to park free at city lots, including at Bayfront Park.

The mayor said the pros and cons of Option 2 were about the same as No. 1.

• Option 3: This includes Option 2, plus an annual fee-based pass for people who do not qualify for the free two-year property permit.

The annual pass would allow parking 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and retain the current plan that calls for alternating parking on opposite sides of the street each year.

“Fees would be tiered,” the mayor said, with island residents paying the least.

“What the city charges would be up to the commission,” she said.

Option 3 includes a revenue stream for passes, allows more public parking and eliminates questions about the number of public parking spaces needed to qualify for beach renourishment funds, according to the mayor.

The downside is the upfront cost, adding more public parking, reduction of parking for property owners, administration time and pushing beach parking to business areas.

• Option 4: This option includes the second and third options, plus fee-based parking for designated parking areas.

That means pay stations — meters or kiosks — for which the commission would determine parking fees.

SueLynn said option No. 4 would be the “best revenue generator,” the most equitable and would allow the most parking.

On the negative side, she said, are startup costs, maintenance, the probable need for more city staff and more cars coming into the city, and it’s not likely in the best interests of the city.

After her presentation, the mayor said it’s now up to commissioners as to how to proceed.

 

 

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Taking off the blindfolds …

On hearing the options presented by the mayor to solve the city’s parking problems, Anna Maria Commission Chair Chuck Webb charged commissioners with the task to “identify the problem.”

That’s easy, said Commissioner Dale Woodland.

It’s the population growth of eastern Manatee County the past few years, he said. Residents out east are all coming to the island on weekends and holidays, he said.

Commissioners Gene Aubry and Doug Copeland said they didn’t think any of the options, on their own, would work.

But Commissioner Nancy Yetter was not ready to reject any option.

“I am tired of sitting here like a do-nothing commissioner. I’ve seen parking problems on every street,” she said, and the commission needs to find a solution for residents.

“I don’t care if others think we’re elitist. This is our city and our duty,” Yetter said.

Woodland agreed that the commission “has to respond” to the ever-increasing volume of traffic.

He said until four or five years ago, parking wasn’t a serious problem. But every advertisement by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau features the “beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island,” he said.

He said any solution should be “kept simple.”

The solutions presented include paid parking, permit parking, paid parking in designated areas and no parking on the rights of way — or a combination of all the above.

SueLynn reminded commissioners that Holmes Beach’s mayor is talking with Manatee County about instituting paid parking at Manatee Public Beach. If that happens, she said, beachgoers will head to Anna Maria for free parking. She suggested the city discuss with county officials creating paid parking at Bayfront Park.

Several residents spoke to commissioners about their problems with day-visitors.

Mary Gee of Palm Avenue said a major problem for the city is that there are no public restrooms on city beaches and the city needs a public area to accommodate day-visitors.

Resident Mike Coleman said restricting access to beaches would restrict revenue for the business district. He said commissioners should “make the process rational, and do it over time.”

But Lynn Brennan of Oak Avenue disagreed. She said day-visitors on her street, which has a beach access, don’t bother going to the shops. She said they bring everything with them. She said people who shop in the businesses either park at the city pier or at a business.

Commissioners agreed that most parking problems seem to be on beach access streets that lead to the Gulf of Mexico on the city’s west side. Interior streets don’t appear to have those issues, Copeland said.

Aubry and Copeland said they were not saying there wasn’t a problem just that they didn’t think any of the four options would work.

“So let’s put our heads together and compromise a solution,” Webb said.

“We’ve had a huge increase in use of our roads the past few years. There’s just more people here. Yet, we have to pay for the roads, trash pickup, police and our beaches can only take so much use,” Webb added.

Webb said he would schedule a work session on parking and each commissioner should bring a definition of the problem and suggested solutions.

“Everyone has given a position. Now, we’ve got to sit down and hammer out a compromise,” he said.

It might be a long and winding road to a solution, considering the city’s first known committee to study parking problems was formed in 1978.

BB commissioners approve tax hike, budget

Bradenton Beach commissioners unanimously passed a final reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2013-14 budget at a Sept. 18 special meeting.

Commissioners also passed resolutions to adopt the tentative millage rate at 2.3329 with a 2.92 percent increase over the rollback rate — the millage needed to produce the same revenue as the current year — and the $2,502,724 budget.

A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of appraised property value.

Commissioners raised taxes for the current fiscal year after facing a $450,000 budget shortfall, but opted to keep the tax increase to a minimum by taking half of the shortfall from the city’s reserve fund.

The difference in property taxes this year for homeowners was about an $85 increase for a home valued at $450,000. However, property values increased this year by about 6.5 percent, meaning the city increased its coffers more than expected by about $23,000 through ad valorem revenue.

The city receives about 10 percent of property taxes. The remaining percentage is collected by Manatee County and school district. The fire district receives its revenue through an assessment.

If property taxes increase and the millage percentage rate does not, state law terms it as a tax increase.

As established by the state, the rollback rate is the millage rate needed to produce the same revenue as the previous year’s budget. Any rate higher than the established rollback rate is a tax increase.

HB orders up 2013-14 budget, tax increase

The new fiscal year began Oct. 1 and Holmes Beach commissioners have a record-high $9 million spending plan following final budget approval Sept. 24.

Commissioners first voted to maintain the 1.75 millage rate, continuing the three-year tax rate. While the city is not raising millage, the rollback rate — the millage rate needed to produce the same revenue as the current year — is 1.6588. The 1.75 rate is a tax increase over the past year.

Revenue increased this year from property taxes due to higher property valuations. Treasurer Lori Hill said for a house valued at $350,000, the increase will bring an additional $5.51 a year in revenue to the city.

There was no public comment on the millage rate and Commissioner Marvin Grossman moved to approve the millage ordinance with Commissioner Judy Titsworth seconding the motion.

During discussion on the motion, Commissioner David Zaccagnino objected to leaving the millage rate the same, while revenues increase.

“It’s disheartening,” said Zaccagnino, who called the vote hypocritical because, he said, only he and Commissioner Judy Titsworth have homestead exemption on the tax rolls.

Commission Chair Jean Peelen said she was homesteaded, but Zaccagnino said she is not listed on the tax rolls as such. Peelen said that if she’s not homesteaded, then “I’m paying even more taxes than you.”

Zaccagnino said the millage rate should have been reduced to the rollback rate to make a statement to the residents of Holmes Beach that the city isn’t raising taxes.

Grossman said taking a stance from the dais isn’t the time to address the increased taxes.

“We all talked about the millage rate with Lori,” he said. “We all had the chance to talk about that and ask questions. That would have been the best time to request changes. If you let it go this long, she is going to assume that we are all in agreement.”

Zaccagnino made a similar argument in voting “no” during the Sept. 12 first reading or the ordinance.

Peelen called for a vote and the millage rate passed 4-1 with Zaccagnino opposed.

Commissioners moved on to the matter of passing the budget. After no public input, Commissioner Pat Morton moved to pass the budget with Titsworth seconding the motion.

Zaccagnino again expressed displeasure over the need to raise taxes, but joined commissioners in unanimously passing the budget.

AM chairman targets ‘problem’ vacation rentals

Most Anna Maria vacation rental owners and managers can breathe a sigh of relief.

Commission Chair Chuck Webb previously introduced his plan to obtain judicial review of the city’s hotel/motel ordinance to include vacation home rentals with a goal of limiting use of residential homes as short-term accommodations.

A 4-1 majority of commissioners agreed that he should gather and present documentation to proceed.

However, at the Sept. 26 city meeting, Webb explained he only wants to use the ordinance to control “problem rentals.”

If the city obtains a favorable court ruling, Webb said, the city could terminate the license of rental properties that continually cause “problems” for other people looking for peace and quiet enjoyment of their homes.

He said he would have all the information on the problem vacation rentals he’s targeting for an Oct. 10 commission meeting.

Webb said there are sufficient code enforcement complaints against a few rentals — including complaints he made against a rental property on Magnolia Avenue near his residence — as well as calls to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies about loud noise at rentals.

Webb made a code complaint in August against a Magnolia Avenue vacation rental, but code enforcement officers Gerry Rathvon and Diane Sacca found no violation, stating in a letter to Webb the state definition of a motel does not apply to vacation homes.

Webb said he is not looking to bring action against vacation property managers and owners who follow best practices.

“But we have to do something,” Webb said. Too many residents have complained to the city about rental properties where, apparently, the owner or manager hasn’t bothered to enforce the best practices, he said.

“The whole purpose is to find out what our ordinance says,” Webb said. He suggested the city could file a direct action suit that would bypass the code enforcement process and proceed directly to circuit court.

“I’m not against vacation rentals, the 99 percent that use best practices,” he said.

“I have always supported the business community, but some of our rentals have gotten away from the traditional Florida rental,” Webb said.

The owners of those rentals would be the defendants in the court action proposed by Webb.

“Doing nothing is not acceptable,” he added.

Commissioners would still have to approve any lawsuit against the property owners.

In other business, commissioners continued the final hearing for the historical preservation ordinance to Oct. 10 to allow revisions.

SueLynn said she met with Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione and county administrator Ed Hunzeker and a suggestion was made about the city incorporating the BACVB brand into the city website.

Commissioner Gene Aubry responded, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, “And they do so much for us.”

SueLynn said her reaction to the request was not positive and talks are continuing.

She said Anna Maria doesn’t need more marketing.

“If anything,” she said, the BACVB should “market us as laid-back Florida and we want families here.”

Commissioner Doug Copeland received approval to seek a grant to remove invasive plants from Gulffront Park — the beachfront area that runs south from Magnolia Avenue seaward of Gulf Boulevard and a public sidewalk.

Commissioners also approved a first reading of a measure to rezone the city-owned lots on Pine Avenue from retail-office-residential to public recreation area and approved changing the comprehensive plan to reflect the anticipated zoning change.

Sentencing continued for man in federal fraud conviction

Jason Syrek, a 39-year-old former Holmes Beach resident faces 87 months in prison, plus fines and a sizable restitution demand for health care fraud and filing a false tax return.

In December 2012, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized sports cars and a luxury boat from 5311 Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach. Syrek no longer resides at the address, but ownership has not changed.

The vehicles belonged to Syrek. The seizure stemmed from an October 2012 complaint filed against Syrek with the FBI in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, Syrek pleaded guilty to health care fraud and filing a false tax return May 15.

His sentencing hearing, scheduled for September, was adjourned to November.

According to court records, Syrek engaged in health care fraud from May 2008 to December 2010 while operating CAS Resources of Adrian, Mich.

The company provided human resources outsourcing, such as payroll, taxes and employee benefits.

CAS collected $1.75 million in premiums from clients in the latter part of 2010. The premiums were due to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, but Syrek admitted diverting the funds for personal use.

Syrek also claimed on tax returns to have paid more than $1.8 million in payroll taxes, knowing he had diverted the bulk of those funds to himself.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, which assisted in the investigation, Syrek owes taxes in excess of $13.4 million.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Syrek faces up to 87 months in prison, a fine up to $250,000 and restitution in excess of $15 million to government agencies.

At the time of the property seizure, Syrek was an agent of AMI Beach Inn LLC, listed as owner of the Holmes Beach address raided by the FBI. Both that property and a unit at the Mainsail Beach Inn, 101 66th St., Holmes Beach, were under a government protective order. The Mainsail property is owned by Syrek with Suzanne Burrow.

The corporate entity, AMI Beach Inn, now lists the Mainsail address and Burrow as registered agent. Burrow also is listed as owner of a Palma Sola Trace condo with a Holmes Beach post office box for a mailing address.

And Burrow is listed by the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, as the registered agent and/or owner of HR Direct Services Inc.; SGB Consulting HR Inc.; and RBI Solutions Inc.; all with related Holmes Beach addresses or post office boxes.

Earlier this year an Atlanta business person told The Islander that Syrek was actively soliciting business in human resources.

He also was observed recently visiting the post office in Holmes Beach, driving a new Porsche Turbo.

According to the complaint, the health care scheme began while Syrek was jailed at Morgantown Federal Correctional Facility in West Virginia for more than $800,000 in bank fraud. According to a 2007 article in the Toledo Blade, he repaid that debt from jail.

According to the Manatee County clerk’s office, in August 2011, an IRS notice of $11,030,158 in federal tax liens was recorded against Syrek.

In March 2012, another IRS tax lien of $5,831,664 was recorded against AMI Beach Inn LLC as nominee, fraudulent conveyee and/or alter ego of CAS Resources.

In the current scheme, according to the complaint in U.S. District Court, Syrek, through his ex-wife, Kristie Kneuve, allegedly submitted a group enrollment form to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 2008 to secure group coverage for 10 employees of CAS, including Syrek, Kneuve and eight fictitious employees, and then added their clients’ employees.

Also, according to the complaint, Syrek admitted to taking the BCBS premiums for personal use, including the purchase of beachfront properties, cars, a boat and millions of dollars worth of other investments.

HB commissioner clears up Mainsail ethics conflict

Sunrise Lane was a sticking point in the Mainsail Lodge development plans through many months of negotiations between the city of Holmes Beach, the Mainsail and residents along the short, private road.

The city of Holmes Beach and Mainsail reached a tentative agreement Sept. 4 with one of the developer’s concessions being to remove a proposed building from the boundary of Sunrise Lane at the development site near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives.

Mayor Carmel Monti, Commissioner Judy Titsworth and city attorney Patricia Petruff represented the city in negotiations, but questions lingered over whether Titsworth’s involvement was a conflict. She resides on Sunrise Lane, as do some of her family members.

There are seven homes on the private road owned by residents and Mainsail, including Titsworth’s parents, Jean and Hugh Holmes Sr.

She said in June that she discussed her Mainsail involvement with the Florida Commission on Ethics and received a verbal opinion that she had no conflict with regard to the Mainsail proceedings.

There have been those who have disagreed — including some representatives of Mainsail Lodge — with that assessment throughout the process, but Titsworth tried to put those concerns to rest at the Sept. 24 city commission meeting when she presented a Sept. 6 letter from the ethics commission.

Betsy Daly, senior attorney for the ethics commission, said Titsworth’s involvement was reviewed and no conflict of interest was found.

“In interpreting the voting conflicts law … the commission has found no special private gain to exist in situations where impact of a vote on the public officer’s interests or the officer’s relative’s interests is uncertain at the time of the vote,” wrote Daly. “In such a situation, the impact of the vote would be remote and speculative and, thus, not a voting conflict.”

Daly went on to write that the interpretation is based on information provided by Titsworth in ensuring that property appraisers have told her the property value of her home would not go up or down based solely on the Mainsail development.

Titsworth said she sent the ethics commission information about her property and those of her family members and noted the fact that she was financially tied to the project through contracts with the previous developer.

“As you can see, they responded to everything I told them and they said ‘No problem,’” she said. “It would be remote and speculative, and that’s not a voting conflict.”

While Daly’s interpretation set some at ease, particularly city attorney Patricia Petruff, who praised Titsworth for getting documentation to support the previous verbal approval, not everyone was satisfied.

During public comment, resident Maureen Shuman said it was good that Titsworth got an opinion, but opinions and public perception are two different things.

“In the interest of the city, I still feel you should recuse yourself,” said Shuman. “I have a problem with you voting on this issue.”

Titsworth “I can’t recuse myself because I don’t have a conflict.” She said she accepted the verbal opinion early on that she does not have a conflict of interest in the Mainsail process.

Florida laws require that officials vote with few exceptions, including recusal for a conflict of interest.

The two sides concluded negotiations Sept. 4 with Mainsail agreeing to most of what the city asked, including the removal of three buildings and the merger of two remaining buildings into the main lodge.

A tentative draft agreement written by Mainsail attorney Robert Lincoln is being reviewed by the mediation team. If it is to their satisfaction, it will be brought before the commission for a vote.

If the city approves the agreement, it will pave the way for Mainsail to submit a new site plan. Any plan will be reviewed by the building department and planning commission and come back to the commission for approval.

The negotiations, however, did not include an ongoing dispute with two unrelated Sunrise Lane owners.

The only outcome in the mediation process for those two property owners was a provision that Mainsail would work with them on a private agreement, and that Mainsail would assist the city if any Sunrise Lane resident should initiate legal action against the city.

Holmes Beach commission to explore public comment rules

Depending on the matter being discussed at a Holmes Beach commission meeting, a citizen wishing to speak sometimes may hold his or her tongue on any given subject for hours.

Public comment is typically afforded to citizens at open meetings, but the Florida Legislature earlier this year made it a requirement for cities and counties to establish official public comment policies through an ordinance or resolution.

Holmes Beach typically opens public comment at the end of a meeting, with the exception of a public hearing. Often decisions are made before the public speaks, although agenda items are usually discussed at prior work sessions or other regular meetings.

With the new law taking effect, commissioners now must establish a policy regarding public comment — and it must include taking public comment before voting on an agenda item.

City attorney Patricia Petruff, at a Sept. 26 work session, said the requirement to take comment before a vote doesn’t necessarily mean it has to take place at the meeting at which the vote is taken.

“For instance, we could have public comment on an agenda item at a work session and then wouldn’t have to at the regular meeting,” said Petruff. “The important thing is to have a policy that then presumes you are following the law. If not, you arguably put yourself at risk if the public challenges that they weren’t provided an opportunity to speak.”

Petruff said commissioners could do it as they wished, as long as the requirements of setting a policy and conducing public comment before a vote are met.

“You can do it at the beginning of a meeting or have public comment item by item,” she said. “That’s a choice you have to make. The law just requires a formal policy.”

Commissioner Pat Morton suggested having public comment item by item and Commissioner Judy Titsworth agreed.

“I know when I was sitting out there in the gallery waiting until the end of the meeting, I would get antsy because I wanted to speak so bad,” she said. “It would make it better to do it topic by topic.”

Commission Chair Jean Peelen disagreed, expressing concern for interrupting the flow of the meeting. She suggested having public comment at work sessions, and said the city needed to do a better job communicating the issues to the public.

However, she was willing to try a variety of ways to see what worked best and was agreeable to start with public comment by agenda item.

Petruff said there was time before the city had to establish policy and encouraged experimentation.

In other matters, Mayor Carmel Monti said the 4-cent gas tax was updated and Holmes Beach would receive more funding next year. Monti said Holmes Beach’s share in the gas tax was 1.35 percent and would increase to 1.75 percent. He said the revenue generated would increase from $83,000 a year to $106,000.

Monti also said technology updates to the city hall chambers would begin soon. The city is installing computers for commissioners and monitors for gallery members to view agendas and other documents during meetings.

It’s an attempt to move the city in a greener direction, Monti said.

In other matters, Police Chief Bill Tokajer announced his department received an $18,000 West Coast Inland Navigational District grant to purchase a new boat motor for the department’s patrol vessel.

The police department also is expecting to receive $9,000 in equipment, including a laser speed-measurement device and moving radar system for “proactive activities of our officers during the Click it or Ticket Campaign.”

Additionally, the department will receive two more moving radar systems valued at $7,000 from the Florida Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program.

 

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City of Bradenton

RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR AGENDA AND PUBLIC APPEARANCES BEFORE CITY COUNCIL

PLEASE PLACE CELL PHONES ON SILENT MODE

 

PRIOR TO COUNCIL MEETING: Agenda will be prepared and available to the public by 5:00 p.m. of the Friday preceding the Council meeting. Appointments on the agenda, all items from Department Heads, and all other interested parties must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding the Council meeting. Anyone wishing to be placed on the agenda must contact Tim McCann, Public Information Officer for the City of Bradenton, at City Hall by phone 941-932-9497 or email: tim.mccann@cityofbradenton.com and give their name, business name (if applicable), whether they are resident taxpayers of the City and their business before Council. Appearances before Council will be scheduled per the Mayor or Council person in charge of the meeting. NOTE: The Mayor may ask a city department to look into the issue prior to the meeting to see if the issue can be resolved. If the Mayor or Councilperson in charge of the meeting feels the request is justified, they will instruct the City Clerk as to how much time to allow on the agenda. Be advised that, in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk & Treasurer of the City of Bradenton at 101 Old Main Street, Bradenton, Florida 34205, telephone (941) 932-9445, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding.

 

AT COUNCIL MEETING: If a person (or agent) wishes to address the City Council, they shall first complete a comment card available at the back of the Chamber. To discuss items listed on the agenda, the Public Hearing Comment (green) card should be completed. (Please circle “In Favor” or “Opposed” on the card as you will be summoned by that category.) To discuss non-agenda items, the Citizen Comment (yellow) card should be completed. (Please state topic you would like to comment on.) Submit the card to the City Clerk, who will then forward it to the Mayor. At the appropriate portion of the meeting, under Citizen Comment or at the time of the Public Hearing the Mayor will call your name to come forward. After being recognized by the Mayor, the person should come to the podium and, for the public record, state their name, address, whether they are a resident taxpayer of the City of Bradenton, and whether they are in favor of or against the item they wish to address. In the case of an agent, they shall identify themselves, then identify their clients by name, their clients’ address, whether their clients are resident taxpayers of the City of Bradenton, and whether their clients are in favor of or against the topic they wish to address. They should then proceed to state their position or present their information. Appearance on all items will be limited to three (3) minutes unless the Mayor rules otherwise. (Note: If handouts are being distributed, please provide a minimum of ten (10) copies to the City Clerk. If you wish to display a drawing or rendering, contact the Public Information Officer prior to the meeting.) Any submissions commented on, photographs, letters, renderings, etc. will be kept by the City Clerk for the record.

PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTE 286.0105: If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, council, agency, or commission at this meeting, such person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

PLEDGE OF PUBLIC CONDUCT We, the Mayor, City Council and Employees of the City of Bradenton, agree to: *Establish a process to promote positive interaction among ourselves and the citizens of Bradenton in a positive and non-threatening environment. *Encourage visible, involved and active participation among all. *Promote improved communication through active listening, providing feedback and honest expression of ideas. *Utilize consensus for decision making. *We realize that though we may disagree, we will be respectful of each other. *We will direct all comments to the issues and will avoid personal attacks.

 

Calendar – 10-02-2013

Seasonal planning

        Does your organization rely on you to share its event announcements with The Islander? Then we’d like to hear from you now, as we prepare for the 2013-14 season. Send your 2013-14 events calendar — dates, times, locations and brief descriptions — to calendar@islander.org. Please include a contact name, email address and telephone number. High-resolution photographs are appreciated.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 2

10 a.m. — Storytime for children, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens Book Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:15 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Thursday, Oct. 3

10:30 a.m. — Women of the Episcopal Church meeting, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638.

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

7:14 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Friday, Oct. 4

9:15 a.m. — Senior Adventures group tours the Southeastern Guide Dogs headquarters, departing Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Donation requested. Information: 941-962-8835.

10 a.m. — Forty Carrots for babies and young children, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

7:13 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Saturday, Oct. 5

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

9 a.m. — Fourth annual Causeway 4 the Cause for Susan G. Komen, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-224-7506.

9 a.m. — Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal Cleanup, various locations, including registration at Anna Maria City Hall and Kingfish Boat Ramp. Information: 941-795-8272.

5-10 p.m. — Bridge Street Merchants Florida Cracker Festival, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.

7:12 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Sunday, Oct. 6

4 p.m. — Blessing of the animals, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638.

7:10 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Monday, Oct. 7

6:30 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting, Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

7:09 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 8

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

7:08 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 9

7:07 p.m. — Official sunset time.

 

Off-island

Friday, Oct. 4

6-9:30 p.m. — Village of the Arts ArtWalk to mark the opening of the art season, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: chromazoe@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 5

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Village of the Arts ArtWalk to mark the opening of the art season, 12th Street West and 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: chromazoe@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 8

8 p.m. — State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota Festival of Music, Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-752-5252.

 

Ongoing

• Through-Oct. 6, “Always Patsy Cline,” Manatee Players, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.

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

• Wednesdays, through December, 11 a.m. Lifelong Learning Academy, Einstein Circle Discussion Group, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

• First and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.

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

• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

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

• Thursdays, 5-10 p.m., Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.

• 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.

• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.

• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Except Nov. 2.

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

• Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.

• Mondays, 12:45 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 meetings, Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.

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

• Tuesdays, basics of computing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

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

 

Coming up

• Oct. 14, Columbus Day.

• Oct. 18-19, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

• Oct. 26, Bridge Street Merchants Rock Octoberfest, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Oct. 26-27, Cortez Stone Crab Festival, 119th Street West bayfront, Cortez.

• Oct. 31, Halloween.

 

Save the date

• Nov. 2, Anna Maria Island Community Center Murder Mystery Night, Anna Maria.

• Nov. 1-3, Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion, islandwide.

• Nov. 8-10, Cultural Connections ArtsHop, islandwide.

• Nov. 9, Florida Maritime Museum Boatyard Bash, Cortez.

• Nov. 11, The Islander Veterans Day Ceremony and Tribute, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 16, CrossPointe Fellowship Community Thanksgiving, Holmes Beach.

• Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.

 

Calendar announcements

        Send calendar announcements to calendar@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via email and phone. The deadline for submissions is the Wednesday a week before publication. High-resolution photographs welcome.

Island police blotter – 10-02-2013

Anna Maria

        • Sept. 23, 100 block of Mangrove Avenue, burglary. An unknown person entered a home under construction through an unsecured door and stole $1,600 worth of items.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • Sept. 22, 120 Bridge St., Drift-In, disorderly intoxication. Police responded to a disturbance at the Drift-In and made contact with staff, who wanted a man escorted from the business. Police took the man outside and gave him a chance to go home, at which time the suspect began yelling at the officers. He was told to go home several times, but refused. He was arrested for disorderly intoxication.

• Sept. 22, 200 Gulf Drive, DUI. An MCSO deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Cortez Road. The driver continued to travel west across the bridge and into Bradenton Beach, where he eventually stopped. Raymond Crilley, 33, of Bradenton, was unable to produce his driver’s license. He allegedly admitted to drinking, but refused to submit to a Breathalyzer and was arrested for driving under the influence.

• Aug. 31, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, theft. A complainant reported a theft from her vehicle while she was at the listed location, but did not notice the missing computer equipment valued at $960 until she arrived home.

• Sept. 15, 900 Gulf Drive N., Gulf Drive Cafe, Baker Act. Police responded to a disturbance and arrived to a crowd of people attempting to keep a woman from drowning herself in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the report, the woman made several threats to harm herself. She was transported to Manatee Glens for evaluation.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

        • Sept. 12, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez Kitchen, burglary. An unknown person broke into the business and stole several bottles of alcohol and a cordless phone. The items were recovered at a nearby homeless camp.

• Sept. 23, 12500 block of Safe Harbor Drive, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his boat and stole a water cooler.

• Sept. 24, 12700 Cortez Road W., DUI with damage. An MCSO deputy responded to a vehicle accident and made contact with James Hunniford, 25, of Palmetto, who allegedly struck another vehicle from behind while traveling across the Cortez Bridge. According to the police report, the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol. Hunniford failed a field sobriety test. He refused a Breathalyzer and was arrested.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Sept. 21, 3232 E. Bay Drive, Subway, trespass after warning. A 34-year-old Bradenton man was arrested for trespass after warning. The suspect was previously trespassed from the business in October 2011.

• Sept. 14, 6306 Gulf Drive, Blue Water Beach Club, burglary. A complainant reported a missing necklace and ring valued at $5,200 from her room. They left the room and returned later that day. She went to retrieve her jewelry and when she opened the camera bag where she left the jewelry, it was missing.

• Sept. 18, 3352 E. Bay Drive, Ace Hardware, burglary. Police say a suspect scaled a 10-foot fence to gain access to a storage area where and took an electric blower and a can of paint. While attempting to climb back over the fence, the blower handle became lodged at the top of the fence. Police believe the suspect dropped the paint while trying to free the blower. A store employee retrieved the blower from the top of the fence.

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.