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Islander reporter Sandy Ambrogi dies at 66

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Sandra “Sandy” Elizabeth (Sneed) Ambrogi, 66, of Bradenton, died July 22 at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee.

She was born Feb. 2, 1954, to Jackson and Margie (Jones) Sneed in Charleston, South Carolina.

She was a 1972 graduate of Brainerd High School in Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee in 1975 with a degree in English and journalism. She enjoyed writing and was editor of the university’s literary magazine in 1974.

She came to The Islander through an email in February 2016, selling her bright and lively outlook in a pitch for a job.

She quickly won over the teachers and staff at Anna Maria Elementary School on her first assignment — and she loved it.

“She loved the kids, and she left the beat at the school most reluctantly when the time came,” said Islander publisher Bonner Joy.

She went where she was needed, and put her special touch on business news, chamber happenings and the outbreak of red tide in late 2018.

“She endeared people wherever she turned — including myself and the staff,” Joy said.

Her love for people shined in her smile and flowed like molasses in her Southern accent.

“I’ve lost a very good — the best kind of friend,” Joy said.

We were sorry when she made the move to Bristol in May to be near her daughter, but she kept in touch, writing for the newspaper from her home there.

Prior to moving to Bradenton in 2015, Ms. Ambrogi and her late husband, Walter, owned and operated Ambrosia Catering in Nashville, Tennessee, for 25 years. The family referred to them as “the caterers to the stars.”

The couple shared a great love for animals, especially horses, and raised their children on a horse farm in Nolensville, Tennessee.

She loved traveling the world on cruise ships with some of her best friends.

Her love of the Florida beaches and sunsets, manatees, and Jimmy Buffett music led her in 2015 to Manatee County and Anna Maria Island, where her family had vacationed when she was a child.

Ms. Ambrogi renewed her passion as a news reporter on Anna Maria Island with The Islander newspaper, where she covered the local chamber of commerce and business happenings, features and environmental news, including the red tide outbreak in 2018-19. She was much admired by other journalists and co-workers as a friend and a supporter of good causes.

“She was a natural storyteller and a natural islander,” said editor Lisa Neff. “She also was a wonderful friend. We might have printed blank pages this week to show the hole she leaves.”

She adored her two young grandsons and looked forward to regular Facetime calls and their visits to her “Sandy Beach” on Anna Maria Island.

The family plans to hold a memorial service at a later date in Nashville. Those wishing to share memories or condolences and send “Hugs from Home” may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com and signing the online guest register. Memorial contributions may be made to Save the Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland, FL 32751, or www.savethemanatee.org.

She is survived by her brother Alan Sneed and wife Brookley; son Michael; daughter Maria Weldon and husband Prescott and their children, her grandsons Jack and John.

Treehouse owners vow to continue legal fight

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Lynn Tran turned to tears during her testimony at a 12th Circuit Court hearing in Bradenton in January. Islander File Photo: Chris-Ann Allen

Treehouse owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen vow to continue fighting after another loss in their appeal to the courts.

“I never thought the legal process would be so long and difficult,” Tran said July 23. “This has been a real learning experience.”

Tran described herself as “stubborn” and pledged, “We’re going to continue this. We’ve gone this far and will keep going.”

The legal battle stems from the construction in 2011 of an elevated two-story beachfront treehouse — built without permits — in an Australian pine tree at 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, where Tran and Hazen reside and operate Angelino’s Sea Lodge.

The owners have been in litigation regarding the treehouse with the city and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2013, over claims from the city and state that the structure was built too close to the beach.

The treehouse has been the subject of proceedings before the city code board, the DEP and the courts, including two decisions in the 12 Circuit Court that were appealed to the 2nd DCA. A hearing was sought and denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Most recently, July 17, the self-represented couple again lost on appeal after three chances to amend their complaint to the U.S. District Court against the city of Holmes Beach, the DEP and other defendants.

After dismissing two complaints, the federal court urged Tran and Hazen to seek legal advice, saying they had one last chance.

“I’m not an attorney,” Tran said. “I’ve done a lot of research and followed the rules, but this is a cumbersome process and I think it prevents regular people from going to court.”

Tran said she and her husband are exploring options for a re-hearing. “There are two types of re-hearings we can ask for in state court,” she said. “I’m doing research on that.”

Tran said “life is hard enough” and the treehouse provides her, as well as visitors, enjoyment.

“People tell me that they’re happy it’s still standing,” she said.

Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth did not reply to a request for comment by The Islander’s press time July 27.

Sea turtles lay on the brakes, renourishment speeds up

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Tracks on a sand ramp leading over a renourishment pipe indicate a sea turtle crawled onto the beach but returned to the Gulf of Mexico without nesting. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW
Linda ONeal, AMITW volunteer, helps relocate sea turtle nests July 8 on the beach in Anna Maria.

“It’s slow, slow, slow, in the turtle world.”

That’s the proclamation July 23 from Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director.

The shift from nesting to hatching has occurred.

Starting in late-April this year, mature female sea turtles began crawling ashore to lay eggs in sandy pits dug into the beach. Following 45-70 days of incubation, hatchlings emerge from the clutch — about 100 per nest — and crawl to the Gulf of Mexico to begin their cycle of life.

However, this year, Mother Nature’s plan was interrupted by beach renourishment and eggs in nests laid in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach were retrieved by AMITW volunteers and placed in hand-dug nests in Anna Maria.

Manatee County started a new beach renourishment project July 8 near 78th Street in Holmes Beach, where it continues moving south to Longboat Pass, piping fresh sand onto the beach and moving several blocks each day.

“The turtles might be slow, but renourishment is going faster than expected,” Fox said, adding that the project was a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.

The plan included leaving nests where they were laid on renourished sand.

“The biologists we work with say that they have not nested on the renourished sand because it is still too wet,” Fox said.

She said there have been multiple false crawls — when a turtle leaves the water and crawls ashore but returns without nesting — in the renourishment areas, including a turtle that crawled up a ramp in the sand over a pipe, then returned to the Gulf without nesting.

Fox said another turtle dropped its eggs along the shore before returning to the water.

“The turtles that come ashore and decide the sand is too wet likely just nest a little further away,” Fox said.

As of July 24, turtle watch had documented and relocated 320 nests to the beach north of the project.

Additionally, 102 nests were laid on Anna Maria beaches.

As of July 26, 29 nests had hatched, with about 1,808 hatchlings to the Gulf.

Fox said the hatch rate was a little less than usual since some nests in the relocation zone were washed over by rain and tidal surge generated in early June as Tropical Storm Cristobal moved through the Gulf of Mexico.

Overall, Fox is pleased with how the hatch portion of season has proceeded.

“Never say never,” she said. “Even with the challenges of renourishment, the sea turtles of Anna Maria Island are doing great.”

For more information about turtle watch, people can visit the AMITW website at islandturtlewatch.com, or contact Fox at 941-778-5638 or suzilfox@gmail.com.

Report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles or birds to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922, #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone or text tip@myfwc.com.

On the scene in Cortez

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A dead loggerhead turtle was found in late July in Cortez. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers recovered the sea turtle and transferred it to Amber Lee Kinkaid, blue facemask, and Lindsey Reisz of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, according to Roque and Kathy Pastorius, who provided the photographs. Islander Courtesy Photo
A dead loggerhead turtle was found in late July in Cortez. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers recovered the sea turtle and transferred it to Amber Lee Kinkaid, blue facemask, and Lindsey Reisz of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, according to Roque and Kathy Pastorius, who provided the photographs. Islander Courtesy Photo

Looking back: Killing spree at Kingfish

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Emergency personnel and bystanders respond Aug. 1, 1980, in Holmes Beach, to a crash where three people were fatally shot and one person was injured. The case remains unsolved. Islander Photo: Collection of June Alder
“I saw a car and boat trailer jackknifed near a power pole,” reporter June Alder wrote about her arrival to the scene of a quadruple murder Aug. 1, 1980, on Manatee Avenue at East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
A Fiat that had been driven by Robert Matzke crashed into another vehicle at Foodway. Bystanders thought an accident had occurred, but Matzke, a retired Air Force colonel, had unknowingly confronted a killer and was fatally shot.
Emergency personnel place a man on a stretcher at the scene of a crash near the Kingfish Boat Ramp Aug. 1, 1980. The four murders that occurred that day remain unsolved.
Good Samaritans and emergency workers respond Aug. 1, 1980, in Holmes Beach, to the fourth gunshot victim in the parking lot of the grocery store. The case — the Kingfish Boat Ramp killings — remains unsolved. Do you remember that day? Please, share your recollections with The Islander online or by email to news@islander.org. Islander Photos: June Alder, The Islander, Manatee County Public Library

By June Alder

From The Islander archive, circa 1999

As I recall, I was the only reporter in The Islander office when someone yelled at me to pick up my phone. It was my mother calling.

Her voice was odd, whispery but urgent.

“I’m down here at Foodway (now the Publix Super Market). There’s been an accident or something — a man’s been hurt.”

I grabbed my camera and jumped in my car. It took me less than five minutes to round the bend at the Manatee Public Beach. That’s when I saw people milling around just east near Kingfish Boat Ramp.

I saw a car and boat trailer jackknifed near a pole. I parked my car and raced over to a scene of chaos.

Sheets were draped over two figures being lifted onto stretchers. They appeared to be children.

A few feet away from the car, medics bent over a man stretched out on the ground.

Close by lay a deeply tanned man in red-and-white striped (swim) trunks. He was barely breathing. I could tell by the look on the face of a woman in a nurse’s uniform holding his head that he was close to death.

I moved in a bit closer with my camera. Through the viewfinder, I could see a small hole — about the size of a dime — in the man’s forehead.

Across the street at the Foodway, an ambulance was pulling out. A man had been shot there, too.

I was beginning to realize the enormity of the crime that had shattered the pleasant afternoon.

The details:

Early Aug. 1, 1980, Juan Dumois, a Tampa physician, his sons Eric, 13, and Mark, 9, and their uncle, Raymond Barrows, vacationing from Miami, left the boat ramp for a fishing trip.

Returning about 5 p.m., they loaded their boat onto a trailer that was hitched up to their station wagon. Dumois and Barrows got into the front seat, and the boys took seats in the back. Just as Dumois was about to drive off, a man stuck his head in the car window. He had sprained his ankle and asked for a lift.

The man hoisted his bike into the boat and got into the back with the boys before Dumois pulled away. The station wagon had gone only a few yards when the man pulled a gun. He shot Dumois, then Barrows, then the boys.

The man turned off the ignition, steered the car to the side of the road and then rode his bike toward Foodway.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Matzke, working in the yard at his Westbay Cove North condo, had observed the man leaving what appeared to be a crash.

He pursued him to the Foodway in his sports car. There, Matzke argued with the bicyclist. Again, a shot rang out, and Matzke became the hitchhiker’s fifth victim.

Shoppers were unaware as the gunman got into a waiting car that disappeared into traffic.

All the police had to go on was what Barrows was able to tell them. He had recovered, but died of a heart attack a couple of years later.

The investigation dragged on for months. artist’s conceptions of the killer were circulated, a reward was offered and more than 100 suspects were questioned, but no solid evidence pointed to a killer.

Was he a contract killer?

He shot to kill and had a confederate waiting in a getaway car.

Investigators over the years have said the only chance for a solution is that someone will talk.

Will we ever know the killer’s identity or the reason for the massacre on that bloody Friday?

        Editor’s note: This story about the slaying of four people in Holmes Beach on Aug. 1, 1980, published in The Islander in 1999. June Alder worked for both papers, the old and new Islanders, including the time when the murders occurred.

 

 

Time is up

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After years of legal wrangling and the passing of a court-imposed July 3 deadline for Raymond Guthrie Jr. to remove the stilt house he built illegally over state waters near the fishing docks in Cortez, Guthrie now faces thousands of dollars in penalties and the possibility of jail. On July 7, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection asked the court to find Guthrie in contempt and, if the structure is not removed within 30 days, to detain him in jail until he complies. Guthrie also faces $6,500 in fines and the possibility of up to $10,000 a day in civil penalties, along with DEP attorney fees. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen

Holmes Beach establishes owner/resident-only parking zone

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Parking along the east side of Second Avenue near the Church of Annunciation in Holmes Beach from 43rd to 52nd streets will be reinstated as permit-only parking, while parking on the west side will remain closed under an ordinance passed July 22. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Allen
Holmes Beach revised its parking plan to include resident-only parking in the blue zone on the map. The yellow zone depicts areas for open parking. Islander Courtesy Graphic
Parking spots for golf carts are posted on 46th Street in Holmes Beach, while some areas are posted for permit parking for residents and some streets have open parking.

Ownership now has a privilege in Holmes Beach.

It’s a parking perk.

The city will be offering preferential beach parking spots for residents and property owners.

At a teleconferenced commission meeting July 22, commissioners approved 3-2 the final ordinance creating a “parking-by-permit-only zone.”

For a cost of $15 per vehicle, residents and owners can obtain decals for parking 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in 619 spots that were first prohibited when the public beach opened following coronavirus closures.

The zone is undergoing a six-month test period, with the application process beginning within 90 days of adoption of the ordinance.

Commissioners Pat Morton, Terry Schaefer and Carol Soustek voted “yay,” and Chair Jim Kihm and Commissioner Kim Rash voted “nay.”

In late April, after an evaluation by Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer at the direction of Mayor Judy Titsworth, on-street parking in the city was reduced by about 1,100 spots to minimize congestion, trash and noise caused by people parking near beach accesses.

Tokajer had said the reduction was temporary while options for an updated parking plan were considered.

When the first reading of the ordinance unanimously was approved July 7, commissioners also reached consensus to increase parking fines to $75 from $50, which would be considered in a separate ordinance.

The commission agreed the increased parking fine could cover the cost of the decals, so residents and owners would not have to pay to park.

However, at the July 21 meeting, the mayor, commissioners and Tokajer debated whether people should pay for the decals and the parking fine increase was not on the agenda.

Kihm said residents who used to have access to parking on their streets should not be burdened with the cost of the program. Rash agreed.

Titsworth said if the decals are free, everyone will want one for each car, which creates more work for staff.

She also said permit parking is an “added benefit” for residents and, earmarking parking ticket money for permit zone parking is not politically correct.

Schaefer said he considered the cost a “user fee.”

After 5 p.m., parking in the zone will be open to everyone.

Full-time residents, with proof of residency, can obtain decals for all vehicles, including low-speed vehicles, registered to the address are included.

Seasonal renters are to be considered on a case-by-case basis, according to Tokajer.

Vacation rental owners — individuals or businesses — are allowed two decals for themselves, not to be shared with renters, and permits are nontransferable.

Unlicensed golf carts will not require a permit and could park in permit zones, but licensed low-speed vehicles are part of the permit program.

Some golf cart and low-speed vehicle parking also has been designated by signage in restriction-free parking areas.

Testing continues following LBK’s mainland sewage spill

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Dr. James Metcalf at the Brain Chemistry Labs in Jackson, Hole, Wyoming, analyzes cyanobacterial samples from Florida. A study published July 20 based on water samples from Florida in 2018 and 2019 found harmful algal blooms detrimental to human health. Islander Courtesy Photo

Longboat Key continued sampling and testing in Sarasota Bay following a sewage spill from a break in its only line carrying wastewater from the key to the mainland treatment plant.

The break occurred about 350 yards inland, on undeveloped land at Long Bar Pointe, a project of homes, condos and commercial properties being developed by Carlos Beruff.

For 12 days, before a swath of mangrove forest was cleared to reach and repair the system June 30, an undetermined amount of sewage spilled — the earliest estimate was 26 million-28 million gallons.

“It is likely some of the effluent may have reached the bay, but the environmental consultant did not observe any obvious evidence of a plume or discharge from the undeveloped property into the water where the pipe is located,” town manager Tom Harmer told The Islander July 24.

The consultant, Environmental Science Associates, tested water at multiple locations in the bay on different days, analyzing the water for fecal coliform and enterococci bacteria and conducting tests to detect “human-source material.”

The town reported July 24 that microbial source tracking found no human-source material in the bay nearest the spill and no such material along the pipeline route that lies under the Intracoastal Waterway.

However, human-source material was detected about 2.5 miles from the spill location, near Bayshore Gardens in Bradenton.

The town said this material was “too small to quantify” and “in the opinion of our consultant … unrelated to the leak event.”

Harmer said the town was using testing protocols recommended by ESA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Also, he said, “The town is working with the FDEP on any required corrective action or mitigation that may be required.”

The DEP had not responded at Islander press time to July 23 questions about the spill, the investigation or any cleanup.

Watchdog environmental groups such as the Suncoast Waterkeeper and ManaSota-88 continued to monitor the situation, as well as the issue of water quality in the region.

Suncoast Waterkeeper encouraged the public to report algae blooms and fish kills to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after learning of dead fish found July 18 at Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton.

The FWC’s database showed five other fish kills near Anna Maria Island June 22-July 18, including one June 28 in the Passage Key inlet off the north end of the island at Bean Point, one June 30 at a Perico Island pond and another July 7 in Anna Maria Sound.

“Please, share your photos, experiences with us,” Suncoast Waterkeeper posted July 18 on Facebook. “We’ll take them to the county, DEP, DOH, elected officials to press them to pay attention and prioritize investigating environmental conditions and addressing the causes.”

Health specialist Michelle Lester is working on water quality issues in the area, as well as research into the impact of algae blooms, specifically blue-green algae or cyanobacteria.

“The bloom you are currently seeing has been sampled in multiple areas and all areas contain lyngbya, as well as other cyanobacteria such as oscillatoria, spirulina and anabaena,” Lester told The Islander July 24.

She is working with Suncoast Waterkeeper executive director Justin Bloom on a plan to further test for toxins in the area.

“And one that will hopefully involve warning signs for the public,” Lester said. “After working on this issue for almost a year, we need the county officials to come forward with this information and give proper warning to the citizens and residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties.”

A study published July 20 based on water samples from Florida in 2018 and 2019 found harmful algal blooms detrimental to human health.

The research, involving the Brain Chemistry Labs in Wyoming and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and the Calusa Waterkeeper in Fort Myers, raised multiple concerns with toxins, including finding BMAA, a neurotoxin suspected of being linked to neurodegenerative diseases, in cyanobacteria, dinoflagellates and diatoms along the west coast and the Caloosahatchee River in 2018 and in cyanobacterial mats on the west coast in 2019.

“We have found that chronic dietary exposure of laboratory animals to the cyanobacterial toxin BMAA triggers early Alzheimer’s and ALS neuropathology,” Dr. Paul Alan Cox, director of the Brain Chemistry Labs, said.

County adopts mask mandate amid COVID-19 explosion

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People stand July 23 outside the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto, holding signs encouraging mask-wearing. Inside, county commissioners discussed requirements for masks. Islander Photo: Courtesy Misty Servia
Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia listens July 23 during a commission meeting at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Islander Screenshot
Manatee County Commissioners and staff maintain a safe distance July 23 during a meeting at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Islander Screenshot

Positive cases of the novel coronavirus are exploding in Manatee County.

And a narrow majority of county commissioners voted July 22 to consider a mask mandate, which might lower the curve on infections. A vote on an ordinance was to be taken July 27, after The Islander went to press.

As of July 24, 7,520 people in the county had tested positive for coronavirus of 71,975 people tested, compared with 5,914 of 61,375 people tested as of July 16, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The rate of positive cases had risen to 10.4% of those tested for the first time since early May.

Thus far, a total of 468 people had been hospitalized and 153 people had died due to the virus in the county.

Also, as of July 24, 155 COVID-19 patients were in county hospitals, with 32 of the patients in intensive care units.

At the time the data was reported, there was only one ICU bed available in the county, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration.

The median age of people with positive cases in the county was 39, while the state median age was 40.

On Anna Maria Island, 17 people in Bradenton Beach, 11 people in Holmes Beach and three people in Anna Maria are known to have tested positive.

At a July 22 county commission meeting, following a presentation on the COVID-19 data by county public safety director Jake Saur, County Commissioner Carol Whitmore asked when the commission was going to discuss a face mask mandate.

“That’s the elephant in the room,” she said.

Whitmore added that the commission has received “hundreds of emails” asking for the mandate and that in Holmes Beach, where she resides, people are following the city mask mandate and numbers have stayed low.

Assistant county attorney Bill Clague said 19 Florida counties and 64 cities have mandated face coverings.

He said there have been 14 lawsuits filed against jurisdictions, including 11 against counties. However, since Leon County’s face covering mandate held up in court, he recommended following it as a model.

The Leon County ordinance requires people to wear face coverings while inside businesses. Exemptions include children under 6 years old, people with breathing difficulties, people in private rooms such as hotel lodgings, people maintaining social distance from others while exercising, eating or drinking and business owners or employees in a private area of an establishment where they are able to maintain social distance.

Manatee commissioners discussed a mandate in June but opted to support the Florida Surgeon General’s advisory, which states, “All individuals in Florida should wear face coverings in any setting where social distancing is not possible.”

Clague said an ordinance would be stronger than a resolution and would trigger action by code enforcement, as well as the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, but would require a notice of 10 days taking effect.

“Ten days from now, there’s going to be more deaths,” County Commissioner Misty Servia said. “And how many of those are we going to be responsible for?”

Clague said the commission could consider an emergency resolution while working on an ordinance to speed up the process.

Servia’s motion, which passed 4-3, directed the county attorney’s office to “draft, schedule and advertise the necessary resolutions and ordinances to put in place a mask mandate as soon as possible,” and schedule a special meeting for the vote.

Servia and Whitmore, along with Commissioner Reggie Bellamy and Chair Betsy Benac voted in favor, while Vanessa Baugh, Stephen Jonsson and Priscilla Whisenant Trace were opposed.

“We have to do what we can,” Benac said. “The CDC has issued the guidelines. It’s clear. They say, ‘Wearing a mask does reduce the transmission.’ I’m believing the science.”

The resolution would serve as a temporary measure until the county can advertise and vote on an ordinance.

The proposed face covering resolution was posted July 24 to the county website at mymanatee.org.

A special meeting was set for July 27, after press time, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto to vote on the resolution.

Editor’s note: Commissioners July 27 voted to enact a local face-covering resolution that went into effect immediately. Those entering a business in Manatee County are required to wear a face mask. The resolution requires an individual in a business establishment to wear a face covering while inside the business, unless social distancing can be achieved — 6 feet or more apart. The mask mandate does not apply to children under age 6 or to those “who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition or individuals with a documented or demonstrable medical problem.”

Dog strays from pool, retired fishing guide helps reel her in

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Mark Howard, Kevin Trendy and Snowball. Islander Photo: Mark Howard Selfie

Hello, Lucky.

Her name may be Snowball, but she was lucky July 22 when Mark Howard found her roaming the 69th Street neighborhood in Holmes Beach.

Snowball, a Pomeranian, left a backyard pool enclosure July 21 when no one was looking and her people, Tura and Kevin Trendy, began to search until it became too dark.

“At one point, I had my eyes on her,” Tura Trendy told The Islander, “and she ran the other way.”

The search resumed the next day after Tura posted a flyer to an island-related Facebook page.

Howard, a retired fishing guide, was home “in the AC” when he saw the post and decided to hop in his golf cart and join the search for Snowball.

“After some chasing and coaxing, bam, (Kevin) and I slid up on her. We both jumped out of my cart and the picture is the result,” Howard posted to his Facebook page.

“Made my day to help. Islanders helping islanders.

“P.S. I am very good at hunting, be it fish or four-legged animals! LOL.”

Tura Trendy said Snowball is 10 years old but hasn’t lived with her for that long. She was her mother’s dog until she passed away, and then her step-father’s dog, until he also died a few months ago.

With family visiting, including grandkids, maybe Snowball decided to go look around the neighborhood for some peace and quiet, Tura said.

Snowball is a lucky dog to have a friend in Howard, a good home and owners who went the extra mile to recover her.

— Bonner Joy