Tag Archives: 04-10-2019

Ongoing traffic delays draw ire, questions in Holmes Beach

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Workers prepare to pour a concrete path April 3 along Palm Drive between 77th and 79th streets in Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes
A recently completed portion of the multiuse path extends south April 3 from 70th Street on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

People are wondering why a major road in Holmes Beach is under construction during the spring tourist season.

“The way I look at it, it is what it is,” Mayor Judy Titsworth said in an April 3 interview with The Islander. “We’re stuck in congestion all over the city right now, and I don’t see it as an issue.”

In August 2018, the city commission approved plans for a 6-foot, paved multiuse path on Palm Drive from 66th Street to the 8600 block of Gulf Drive, city engineer Lynn Burnett said the city might piggyback the construction contract for Manatee County’s force main that was installed along Palm Drive.

Under Burnett’s direction in late 2018 the commission voted to append the county contract and saved $75,000 on path construction costs, according to Titsworth.

“It was because we could just start right on top of what was already torn up from the force main,” Titsworth said. “It just made sense for us to do this on top of it.”

The path construction started in March, as tourist season and spring break vacationers were filling accommodations.

Titsworth said Burnett sometimes requests commission approval to change the timeline on construction projects when funding opportunities become available.

“She moves things around based on where the bucket of money can fund it,” Titsworth said of Burnett. “We have so much construction that’s coming our way that is important to keep moving forward when these opportunities arise.”

The mayor said, overall, the reaction she received from Holmes Beach residents about the multiuse path construction has been positive.

“People feel this is really needed,” Titsworth said. “We want to get the bikers off the road so it’s safe for everyone.”

HB charter reviewers fail city manager vote

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Commissioner Sean Murphy, left, and Commission Chair Edward Upshaw discuss possible changes to the city’s form of government April 4, during a charter review commission meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes
Holmes Beach charter review commissioners Claudia Carlson and David Zaccagnino debate the merits of a city-manager form of government April 4. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

It’s one step forward, two steps back for the five members of the Holmes Beach Charter Review Commission.

At an April 4 meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to approve the first proposed charter amendment for the November ballot.

However, CRC members were split 3-2 on the topic of a city manager versus the current strong-mayor form of government.

A supermajority vote — at least 4-1 — is required for a charter amendment to be placed on the ballot for consideration by the electorate.

Commissioner Sean Murphy said April 4 he is concerned that switching to a city-manager form of government will affect the democratic process.

“We are here to protect the government of Holmes Beach,” Murphy said. “I think that means we’re here to protect the democracy that government represents.”

He added that he read the report on the study performed in 2018 by the form of government committee that concluded a city-manager form of government would be best for the city. However, he did not find the evidence statistically compelling.

CRC member Claudia Carlson disagreed with Murphy. She said Murphy and the CRC are limiting democracy by preventing citizens from weighing in on changing the form of government, referring to the 4-1 vote required for the ballot.

“The logic of that escapes me,” Carlson said, regarding Murphy’s statement. “I think that we’re here to give the citizens the right to make a choice. It’s not the job of this commission to decide for them what kind of government we have in this city.”

She said, under the current form of government, Mayor Judy Titsworth is the manager of a $16 million budget, and the only qualification for the job is two years of residency in the city.

She also said the committee has heard from people suggesting “you get what you pay for,” and the mayor should receive a higher stipend. She said she doesn’t understand why the city would pay a mayor more money, rather than hire a city-manager.

Additionally, she said the ad hoc committee report was a “good qualitative study” and should not be viewed for statistics.

Murphy suggested if Carlson would like the city to consider a city-manager form of government, she should gather signatures for a citizen initiative.

Charter reviewer David Zaccagnino called the ad hoc committee’s report “very subjective.”

He said to change the status quo in the city there should be overwhelming evidence supporting the decision, and his own research has not shown him evidence supporting a change to city-manager.

Zaccagnino related the change to his work in risk management. “Overwhelmingly, it’s not moving me to add that risk to our city,” he said. “I don’t want to give one person that much power.”

Carlson said she finds it riskier to elect an unqualified mayor to serve as manager of the city budget and operations.

CRC member Nancy Deal, who served on the ad hoc city government committee, said she was insulted by Zaccagnino’s allegation that the committee report was not objective.

Furthermore, Deal claimed Titsworth overstepped as mayor when she created and hired a new administrator — a director of development services — without confirmation by the city commission.

“It seemed to come out of the blue,” Deal said. “And to be honest, some people think it was an end-around to avoid having a city-manager.”

However, because the development services director is not a charter position, the mayor was able to create and fill the job.

Chair Ed Upshaw said the CRC is charged with reviewing the existing charter for options to be decided by the electorate, not to set policy.

He said residents have told him they want to vote on the form of government.

“If we don’t put this out in a well-worded, neutral document, what happens? It doesn’t die, it just gets kicked down the road,” he said, adding that if the city were to change the form of government, other parts of the charter also must be amended, which would require the formation of another charter review commission.

Murphy motioned that no changes be made to article 4 of the charter, which deals with the qualifications and powers of the mayor.

Zaccagnino seconded the motion.

Carlson said it comes down to whether they allow the electors to vote on form of government.

“This is the biggest issue before this commission,” she said.

Murphy said citizens should elect a mayor, rather than be subjected to a city-manager.

“We have the best set of commissioners and best mayor I’ve seen in the 40 years I’ve been living here,” he said. “Something is working. Let’s leave it be.”

The motion not to change article 4 of the charter failed, with Murphy and Zaccagnino voting “yea,” and Carlson, Deal and Upshaw voting “nay.”

Attorney Thomas Thanus, filling in April 4 for city attorney Patricia Petruff, said that because the motion didn’t carry, article 4 is still up for discussion.

Also, city treasurer Lori Hill brought forward a charter amendment specifying budget amendments be approved by resolution instead of ordinance to save staff time and the cost of advertised hearings.

Thanus said he worked with Hill on a draft, stipulating budget amendments can be made by resolution if the annual budget is not increased and the amount of the amendment does not exceed $100,000.

The motion to approve passed unanimously.

“OK, we have our first proposed change to the charter,” Upshaw announced.

At its April 11 meeting, the CRC will discuss management for beach accesses.

The Holmes Beach CRC meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays through April at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, with the April 25 meeting convening at 9 a.m.

City pier pile-driving continues, ipe concerns dismissed

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I+iconSOUTHEAST workers guide a pile-driving hammer on a crane over a walkway piling April 5 for the new Anna Maria City Pier. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

Construction of the new Anna Maria City Pier walkway and T-end is chugging away.

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said in an interview April 5 that i+iconSOUTHEAST had driven 154 pilings — more than three-quarters of the 201 pilings planned for the 776-foot-long pier.

He announced the pavilion at the base of the pier would be fenced off April 15 for 10 days to secure the area for one last section of pile-driving close to shore.

Completion of the pile-driving, as well as leveling of the piles, is expected April 26.

Despite the failure of two T-end pilings, Murphy said Icon had not had piling problems during work on the walkway.

Following completion of the walkway pile-driving, Icon will place a concrete deck on the T-end and install wood bents to support decking on the walkway.

Robert Pelc, president of Advantage Trim & Lumber, in an interview April 5, said there might be an issue with decking the city purchased in March to save money in sales taxes that otherwise would have been paid by Icon for materials. The city is a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity.

Pelc said the ipe decking, contracted by Icon and purchased by the city from Decks and Docks Lumber Co., is too long and thin to prevent cupping and twisting due to limited airspace between the wood and the supporting material.

The city plans to use 3/4-inch by 5 1/2-inch planks, but Pelc, the president of the largest producer of ipe decking in the world, said he would have recommended the use of thicker, 5/4-inch by 6-inch ipe planks.

Pelc said the cupping and twisting problem would be exacerbated if the city neglected to oil the wood regularly, and could begin within a year. He said he called the mayor’s office and left messages, but hadn’t received a response.

Murphy said he spoke with city engineer Ayres Engineering about Pelc’s concerns, and Ayres determined that no such design flaw exists.

The mayor said Pelc could meet with him in person, but no such a meeting was scheduled.

“I would like to know what knowledge their engineers are basing that on, because engineers often call us for that information,” Pelc said.

Murphy told The Islander in an interview March 28 he thought it sounded like Pelc was critical because the city did not purchase materials from his company.

Pelc said he would have liked for Advantage to supply the city with the decking, but was unable to submit a bid because the city asked for a contractor that could both provide material and build the pier. Advantage could have provided material, but not construction.

He said he is less concerned with missing out on supplying the ipe and is more concerned that people visiting the new pier will walk away with a bad impression of the decking material if it becomes distorted.


I+iconSOUTHEAST workers guide a pile-driving hammer on a crane over a walkway piling April 5 for the new Anna Maria City Pier. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice


Bradenton Beach confronted by rising cost of floating dock

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People look out over Sarasota Bay and walk the planks at the Historic Bridge Street Pier April 4 in Bradenton Beach. The ramp that once carried people to the floating dock has remained closed since August 2017 as the city awaits a new floating dock. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

Hurry up and wait.

After 20 months of planning, a failed contract and the scraping of parts, the floating dock now might undergo new engineering and a rise in cost.

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, lead contact on the dock project and pier team chair, presented two cost proposals from Hecker Construction for installing a floating dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier during an April 3 meeting of the community redevelopment agency.

One proposal would use 36 wood pilings wrapped in PVC and cost $81,600 for the remaining work, including assembly, delivery and installation. A second proposal would use 25 composite pilings and cost $105,754.

Technomarine, the company originally contracted to build and install the dock, planned to use concrete pilings but Hecker submitted engineering specifications for composite pilings in March and, later, wood pilings. The choice of pilings will be made by the CRA, depending on which proposal is approved.

Hecker — a Gibsonton-based marine construction contractor now working directly for the city — was initially contracted by Technomarine to assemble and install the dock components that were shipped from Spain to Hecker’s yard in Gibsonton.

Speciale said composite piles are stronger and more expensive, but he’s concerned with the number of required wood piles in the first proposal. Hecker would space 50 wood pilings 5-feet apart, but Speciale said building official Steve Gilbert is concerned the plans might be over-engineered.

Speciale said the city could hire another engineer to look over Hecker’s engineering and investigate whether the city could be more cost-effective in its planning.

“It’s like getting a second opinion from a doctor or something,” CRA Chair Ralph Cole said.

City attorney Ricinda Perry said Hecker agreed to complete the work specified in the contract with Technomarine for around $27,000. She said because Hecker’s proposals both ask for more money than the city agreed to pay, she doesn’t the contractor’s plans.

Eric Shaffer, Hecker’s project manager, wrote in an April 3 email to Speciale, that “the price of $27,000 that Techno gave the city was for us just to assemble floats and deliver them to the job site. Techno Marine never spoke to us about the pilings or anything else to do with the project.”

The pilings and the installation apparently were not part of Hecker’s contract with Technomarine.

In addition, CRA members were asked to approve a partial payment to Hecker for assembly of the floats and dock parts.

Both proposals Speciale presented to the CRA included a $20,000 payment for assembly.

Speciale contradicted his March 13 report to the CRA that Hecker had begun assembling the parts, saying April 3 that the contractor had not begun assembly. He added that Hecker estimated it would take three weeks to finish the assembly after receiving payment.

Mayor John Chappie, a CRA member, motioned to approve the $20,000 payment to Hecker, as well as to authorize Speciale to seek another engineer’s opinion on the dock plans.

However, Chappie amended his motion after agreeing with other CRA members to authorize Speciale to seek a second opinion before paying Hecker.

The motion passed on a 6-0 vote.

CRA member Ed Chiles, a local restaurateur, was absent with excuse.

The CRA will meet to decide on the proposals at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

Turtle Watch limits volunteer opportunities, expands responsibilities

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Suzi Fox, AMITW executive director, leads a meeting April 2 in Holmes Beach.
About 60 Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers congregate April 2 at CrossPointe Fellowship in Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Courtesy AMITW

Turtle watch is opting for quality over quantity.

About 60 volunteers gathered April 2 at CrossPointe Fellowship in Holmes Beach for “turtle watch spring training,” a meeting led by Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, to prepare volunteers for the upcoming nesting season.

Some years, the meeting included new volunteers eager to learn about sea turtles and help conserve the habitat for the species that nest on the island.

This year, Fox limited the training pool to 73 experienced volunteers.

During sea turtle nesting and hatching season, which runs May 1-Oct. 31, AMITW volunteers walk a designated 1-mile stretch of beach just after sunrise, looking for signs of nesting activity and, later in the season, tracks indicating hatchlings have emerged from nests.

Fox said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission asked her to limit her staff this year. She said the organization would be functional with 25 volunteers, according to the FWC.

“We are over-staffed according to the FWC,” Fox said April 2, adding that Englewood Beach documents about 3,000 nests each season with 48 volunteers collecting data, compared with 534 nests on Anna Maria Island in 2018, with nearly 100 volunteer walkers.

On Anna Maria Island, when nests are identified, they are staked, marked and monitored for data, which goes to Manatee County, as is required for the beach renourishment program, as well as the state, for tracking population and behavior trends.

Volunteers find tracks and then determine if they lead to a nest or indicate a false crawl — a failed nesting attempt.

Fox said that because people are so enthusiastic about sea turtles on the island, she allowed the volunteer pool to be larger than needed. Now, with an increasing number of nests on the island each year, the focus is on accurate data collection, which, she said, requires boots-on-the-ground experience.

“We need the volunteers we have to get more experience under their belts. People are not learning what they should be,” Fox said. “The more time spent on the beach collecting data, the more confident they will be when they determine if tracks lead to a nest or false crawl.”

She said she asked volunteers to walk two mornings a week instead of one.

Fox said she wants the volunteers to “take more ownership” of their sections and will be giving them some responsibilities that used to be reserved for coordinators — the volunteers in each section who confirm nests spotted by walkers.

“I’d like to try making some changes in turtle watch,” Fox said. “Instead of being the social walking program, we’re all going to work a little bit harder at the actual data collection.”

For more information about AMITW, contact Fox at suzilfox@gmail.com or 941-778-5638.

Color concerns hold up ‘vision’ in Bradenton Beach

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Joanne Geltman and Chloe Roper from PPG Industries talk April 3 about possible paint products at the Historic Bridge Street Pier during a meeting of the Bradenton Beach community redevelopment agency. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

Concerns over maintenance costs have postponed a paint job for the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach.

Community redevelopment agency members voted 6-0 April 3 to direct Emily Anne Smith, hired to provide a vision for the historic district, to work with PPG Industries to estimate the cost to paint the pier.

Smith proposed painting the pier and other CRA features, including trolley stops and gazebos white with red rooftops.

“I was told about a year or so ago that you wanted to hire me for a vision for this town,” Smith told CRA members April 3.

Smith brought her color concept to the CRA in March, but the CRA sought more information.

Currently, the pier buildings are painted a variety of pastel colors and the railings are unpainted wood.

“I’m making this thread that ties everything together and lets you know where you are,” she said of the resistance to change by the CRA.

She brought PPG Industries territory manager Joann Geltman and Chloe Roper, manager of a store in Bradenton, to discuss the paint and the work involved.

Geltman said if the city hires PPG for the job, the company’s “Permanizer” exterior acrylic paint would be used.

She said it is durable, has a 10-year warranty and is safe for marine life, as well as ultraviolet-, mildew- and algae-resistant.

However, Geltman did not recommend pressure washing the pier if it’s painted, saying it would force water under the paint, causing it to warp and bubble.

Commissioner Ralph Cole, the CRA chair, said he is concerned a painted pier would become a maintenance nightmare for the public works department if employees couldn’t pressure wash the structure.

Public works manager Tom Woodard said his department dealt with “constant” issues with the old pier and he only has four employees to maintain the pier. He added that maintenance should be outsourced if the pier is painted.

“The pier is just not an issue to me,” Woodard said at the meeting. “It’s fine. It’s perfect.”

Mayor John Chappie, also a CRA member, said he needed to learn more about the cost of painting the pier white so CRA members can determine if the costs are worthwhile when compared to the value of Smith’s aesthetic color scheme.

Chappie said the city also would reserve a decision on painting the pier’s roof red until after another professional can present the agency with details.

Smith said she invited a professional to present information about painting the metal roofs, but that person did not attend.

CRA members voted 6-0 to authorize Smith to attain three quotes for painting the pier rooftops to present at the CRA’s next meeting.

CRA member Ed Chiles, a local restaurateur, was absent with excuse.

Brian Burress, owner of Dynamic Electrical, said during public comment that he shares Smith’s vision for bringing back “old Florida” and implored CRA members to let her vision become a reality. He said the public works department should be provided the resources and staffing to complete the job if approved.

“You hired Emily to come up with a vision, but you don’t seem to want to follow it,” Bradenton Beach resident Susan Billow said during public comment. “You hired her for this project, and you just can’t seem to get going on it.”

The CRA will next meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

Cliffhanger … results in island gridlock

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Driver Aaron Clark, 30, of Bradenton, drove his white 2005 Nissan van across the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue at 9 a.m. April 6 on route to the island when the vehicle crossed over the curb that separates lanes of traffic from the railing. Holmes Beach police managed traffic, while the Florida Highway Patrol wrote the crash report. Traffic was tied up from Holmes Beach to 59th Street in Bradenton for more than two hours.
Holmes Beach Police Sgt. Mike Pilato directs the tow operation after a one-vehicle crash April 6 on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, connecting Holmes Beach to Perico Island and the mainland beyond. The incident caused significant delays for east- and westbound traffic as law enforcement waited for a tow truck capable of lifting the vehicle. Islander Photos: Courtesy HBPD/Officer Christine LaBranche

Tingley Memorial Library celebrates benefactor, lifetime gift

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Library clerk Eveann Adams stands on the steps outside the Tingley Memorial Library April 5, in advance of Celebrate Beulah Tingley Week, a celebration of the library’s late benefactor. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice
This in-depth article about Beulah Tingley by Joy Courtney and a cover story on the groundbreaking for the library appeared in the Jan. 7, 1993, edition of The Islander (then-named Islander Bystander).

There’s a reason it’s named the Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach and not the Bradenton Beach Public Library.

The library began in 1959 as the Bradenton Beach Public Library, a private nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers, housed in the Harvey Memorial Community Church on Church Street. The library moved to a storefront on Bridge Street, then a room at city hall and later a beach cottage owned by the city.

Beulah Tingley, the library’s namesake, was a political activist and champion of women’s rights, becoming the first woman to address a Democratic National Convention when she seconded the nomination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944.

Tingley, who became a Bradenton Beach resident and later a member of the Bradenton Beach Library Board, was an avid reader and noted that the city lacked a dedicated space for a library. She bequeathed more than $600,000 for the construction and operation of a permanent library in the city when she died in 1986.

The current library, at 111 Second St. N., was built and opened in 1994 with money from Tingley’s bequeath, which also funds the library’s sole paid employee.

Library clerk Eveann Adams, the library’s manager, said in an interview April 4 that heading into the library’s 60th year, its leadership isn’t focused on making changes, and instead is intent on maintaining a status quo established by Tingley’s bequeath.

Adams said no events were planned for 2019 to boost library attendance and membership, other than the ongoing “Celebration of Life” week, honoring Tingley with displays of biographical information, photographs, articles and memorabilia.

The library also is offering a BOGO sale — buy one, get one book — as well as 50 cent puzzles and $4 annual library memberships during the celebration, which will end April 13.

Adams has worked at the library since May 2003 and said nothing had changed in the past 16 years.

“People kind of like it the way it is,” she said. “We kind of keep the culture the same, because that’s what people like.”

The library focused on advertising more in the past year, including purchasing space in the Miami Herald and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 2019 Visitors Guide, according to Adams.

However, word of mouth seemed to her to be the strongest form of advertisement for the library.

Either way, Adams said 2018 was the most successful year for the library in recent memory.

“I’m not sure really what it’s based on,” she said. “It’s just more people coming. More people spreading the word. Maybe it’s some of the advertising.”

Adams said tourists made up the majority of patrons in the past year, but some island residents are faithful library regulars.

The city is considering changes to city infrastructure, including city hall, the library, police and public works departments. Changes discussed by the mayor and commissioners involve structural improvements, new buildings, selling or repurposing property, including the library and city hall, but no decisions have been made.

“A lot of people, when they thought the library was on the chopping block, they came in all panicked and said, ‘You know, I’ll protest. I’ll do anything you want. I’ll help you move if I have to,’” Adams said. “I just told them not to worry about anything yet.”

She added she wasn’t concerned about the discussions and wanted to assure people that the library would move, but it wouldn’t cease to exist.

Library hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.


Tingley celebrates a life

Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach is honoring its benefactor, Beulah Tingley, with a “Celebration of Life” week through April 13.

Library clerk Eveann Adams invited people to the library to view displays of biographical information, photographs, articles and memorabilia.

Also, the library is offering specials — a buy one, get one book sale, sales of puzzles, framed art prints, jewelry and memberships.

The celebration coincides with National Library Week.

Library hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

The library is at 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.

For more information, call the library at 941-779-1208.

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of March 25:

Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews are striping sections of Gulf Drive during nighttime hours — 9 p.m.-5:30 a.m.

Avenue C: Right-of-way restoration continues along Avenue C, including installation of a stormwater infiltration system and driveway restoration.

Coquina Beach: Manatee County is paving the south end of the Coquina Beach parking lot in Bradenton Beach. The south lot will be closed during the work.

For more information about the pipeline replacement projects on the island, go online to amipipereplacement.com.

For the latest road watch information, go online to www.fl511.com or dial 511.

Obituaries – 04-10-2019

Philip A. ‘Phil’ Dieffenbach

Philip A. ‘Phil’ Dieffenbach, 93, affectionately known as Pere to family and friends, died March 29.

Active and engaged until the very end of his life, he ran a marathon, survived leukemia in his mid-50s and played tennis and fished into his 80s.

He was a lover of bridge and opera and was happiest living near the beach, dividing his time each year between Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Anna Maria Island.

He was born in 1926 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was one of seven children. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and earned a master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in natural gas technology.

During his time in Chicago, he met and married Margaret Hawkins. In the 1950s and ’60s, he helped design and oversee the construction and management of the natural gas distribution pipeline system in the western United States. In 1968, he earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Colorado and became an executive in corporate planning for the Southern Railway Company, where in the 1970s and ’80s, he helped shape the current structure of the freight rail system in the eastern United States.

He loved family events, from vacations in warm and wonderful places to Christmas and birthday celebrations, where a running joke was his gag gifts of tennis balls or a dreaded ornamental rooster sculpture. His strong intellect, dry wit and zest for life will be missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of life will be held 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Shell Point Clubhouse, 6800 Fotilla Drive, Holmes Beach.

He is survived by his special companion, Lynn Carter; brothers Arthur and William and wife Barbara; children Carl and wife Ann, David and wife Cynthia, Louise and husband Randy and Ann and husband Ben; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Vivian G. Nystrom

Vivian G. Nystrom, 95, died April 3. She was born to John and Eva Arbanas in Chicago.

She attended elementary and high school in Chicago and was later employed at the City Service Company in the city.

In 1944, she met Roy Nystrom while he was in the U.S. Navy. They were married in 1947 and moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, and later to Crystal Lake, Illinois, where he was a teacher.

As their children got older, Mrs. Nystrom went on to work at Harvey Hamper Co., where she appreciated the flexibility they offered her with summers off. When her husband retired, the couple moved to Holmes Beach but spent their summers in Hayward, Wisconsin.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s athletic and school events. She was creative and enjoyed going to art shows and crafting holiday decorations. She was a talented seamstress, and her creations included holiday dresses, prom gowns and two daughters’ wedding gowns.

Mrs. Nystrom loved tennis — as a spectator and a player. And she loved the water, whether she was in it swimming or sitting on the deck and watching the activities of others on the Lac Court Oreilles in Wisconsin.

She was an active member of the Home Arts Guild and the PEO. She loved to play cards and never turned down a card game. She taught many games to her children and grandchildren, but bridge was her real passion.

She was an icon on Anna Maria Island, where she grew the bridge club at Roser Memorial Community Church from just a couple of tables to full capacity.

She enjoyed regularly attending and worshiping with her friends and pastor Jerry Jeter at RiverLife Church in Bradenton.

The family would like to thank the staff at Windsor Oaks (Discovery Commons) of Bradenton for their care, along with Tidewell Hospice.

A celebration of Life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Riverlife Church, 1012 57th St. E., Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made online to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by her children Ronniece and husband Jim Brady, Linnea and husband Scott Minter, Roy Jr. and wife Gwen, Noreen and husband Daryl Williams; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and brother Ronald Arbanas.


JacquelineJackie Peduzzi

Jacqueline “Jackie” Peduzzi, 79, of Bradenton, died March 28.

She was born Oct. 21, 1939, in Yonkers, New York, and came to live on Anna Maria Island in 1962.

She followed her parents, Peter and Lucille Pirrone, to the area, where they owned and operated the Harbor Lights Motel. The motel had 35 efficiency rooms on Gulf to Bay property in Bradenton Beach. The property was sold in 1984 and is now the Silver Surf.

She and husband Anthony “Tony” were married 37 years.

She was a devoted mother and raised four lovely children. She loved all her family and aspired to always bring them together for family celebrations.

They were past members of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach and St Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton. They volunteered spiritual time with Cursillo Movement.

The couple operated a window tinting company, SolarGuardian, for almost 20 years.

Mrs. Peduzzi was active with her social sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, and served as past president. She also volunteered with Solve House.

Her hobbies included dancing, home decor, sewing, art collecting and clay sculpting and pottery making.

She was a past member of the Longboat Key Art Center and won many contests with her ceramic work.

And she loved pets, especially dogs.

A visitation will be held at 2 p.m., with a service following at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in Bradenton. Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice or the Bishop Animal Shelter. Condolences may be made online to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Peduzzi is survived by her daughters, Laura and Lisa, of Bradenton; sons Peter and Paul, of Bradenton; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.