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Voters decide commission race, charter amendments

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Holmes Beach City Commission candidates Carol Soustek and Terry Schaefer and supporters wave Nov. 5 to passersby to garner votes outside of the polling location at St. Bernard Catholic Church. The polls closed at 7 p.m.
Holmes Beach Commission candidates Terry Schaefer, left, and Jim Kihm pose Nov. 5 outside the polling location at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Voters can cast ballots until 7 p.m. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Holmes Beach voters Nov. 5 elected three commissioners — incumbents Jim Kihm and Carol Soustek and newcomer Terry Schaefer.

Rick Hurst placed fourth, with 471 votes, and did not win reelection.

Kihm received 658 votes, according to https://enr.electionsfl.org/MAN/Summary/2532/ unofficial results in the nonpartisan race.

Schaefer received 606 votes.

Soustek received 546 votes.

Holmes Beach voters also approved eight charter amendments.

In Anna Maria, voters approved three charter amendments. Less than 300 people cast ballots.

Read the Nov. 13 issue of The Islander for full coverage.

Tagged sea turtle finishes 5th

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Sea turtle nesting season ends, Bortie Too finishes fifth With a tracking device affixed to its carapace, a female loggerhead sea turtle — named Bortie Too by sponsor Bortell’s Lounge — makes her way June 21 to the Gulf of Mexico. She traveled 906 miles to finish fifth in the annual Tour de Turtles race. For more about Bortie Too and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, go to page 26. Islander File Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes
A screenshot from conserveturtles.org Oct. 31 shows the path in the Gulf of Mexico taken by Bortie, a loggerhead wearing a satellite tracking device since she nested June 20 on Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island’s contestant might not have won the race, but she’s still going strong.

During the peak of loggerhead nesting season, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring partnered with the Sea Turtle Conservancy to satellite tag a sea turtle in its Tour de Turtles, a program to tag and release nesting female loggerhead, hawksbill and green sea turtles for migration data.

The tagged loggerhead — named Bortie Too for Bortell’s Lounge in Anna Maria, AMITW’s sponsor — was held overnight and tagged with a satellite tracker on June 20. She was released June 21 after nesting on Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach.

The tracking device showed the Sea Turtle Conservancy and AMITW that Bortie Too nested a second time on the beach in Holmes Beach and traveled south, to the seagrass beds north of Cuba, to land fifth place in the tour, which tracks distance covered through Nov. 1 by 13 tagged sea turtles.

The tracking device continued transmitting data from the tagged turtles after the race ended and will do so until it falls off or becomes damaged.

Bortie Too was AMITW’s fourth contestant in the tour.

In 2015, AMITW’s tagged turtle Amie lost her transmitter shortly after the start of the marathon.

In 2017, AMITW won the tour with loggerhead Eliza Ann, which traveled 1,693 miles from its release through Nov. 1, 2017.

Bortie Too’s predecessor, Bortie, finished in 10th place out of 14 in 2018, but won the online peoples’ choice award on the STC Facebook page.

Bortie Too can be tracked at conserveturtles.org/sea-turtle-tracking-active-sea-turtles/.

Modifications required to Anna Maria City Pier’s T-end

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Mason Martin Builders employees work Oct. 29 to construct the shells of the restaurant and bait shop at the T-end of the new Anna Maria City Pier. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

Some modifications are in store for the new Anna Maria City Pier.

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy told The Islander in a Nov. 1 interview that he met Oct. 31 with members of Ayres Engineering, the Schimberg Group, Frank Agnelli from Mason Martin Builders and building official Luke Curtis to discuss a design conflict between the architecture and engineering.

Murphy said the pier was angled so stormwater drains from the T-end, but the architects from the Schimberg Group designed the restaurant and bait shop for a level surface.

He said the experts met to identify and discuss possible solutions, including leveling out areas of the pier by pouring additional concrete, drilling holes in the concrete platform under the ipe decking and adjusting doorway headers for the buildings.

“It’s not a big deal, but it takes some time to solve it,” Murphy said. “I don’t want this thing to have to be redone, so for me, it’s a big deal because I want to make sure we get everything we paid for.”

Murphy said the building official would review any proposed changes to ensure they meet city code.

One meeting wasn’t enough, however, and the sides planned to meet again the week of Nov. 4 to establish costs for the modifications.

Murphy said Mason Martin would handle the modifications, but the engineer and/or architect will pay the costs since the conflict was between the two.

The mayor added that the opening of the pier — expected to be in late-January or early-February 2020 — may be pushed back due, but he wouldn’t know for sure until the second meeting.

Meanwhile, construction on the shells of the T-end buildings progressed the week of Oct. 28, even though modifications will be required.

“It’s moving right along,” Murphy said. “It’s not like all of a sudden everyone is gone and work stops.”

Treehouse owners march back to court

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The treehouse at 29th Street and the beach access remains Oct. 30 despite years of conflict between the owners and the city of Holmes Beach and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Treehouse owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen confer at a courtroom table March 4, during a hearing about the structure they built in an Australian pine tree at 103 29th St., Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

Court hearings are looming in two of four pending Gulffront treehouse cases — beginning with a 2013 constitutional case against the city of Holmes Beach.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 12th Circuit Judge Edward Nicholas is expected to hear arguments on a second amended complaint for a declaratory judgment from the city and David Levin, attorney for treehouse owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen.

The 2013 case seeks to declare city ordinances unconstitutional, claiming the municipal measures created a 50-foot setback that took the treehouse owners’ property without proper notice and just compensation.

Another hearing date, new on the docket, is set in the 2018 case filed by the owners, which alleges 11 causes of action against the city and seven actions against the DEP for alleged violations of the owners’ private property and constitutional rights.

An hourlong hearing beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, is set on several motions, including motions to dismiss from Holmes Beach and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, before Judge Charles Sniffin.

The other 2018 case — city-initiated litigation to enforce a magistrate’s decision ordering the treehouse removal and a $50 daily fine, now at more than $78,050 — awaits the outcome of the 2013 case. Judge Edward Nicholas decided in April to defer the 2018 case hearings until the 2013 case is decided.

A fourth treehouse case is in federal court — now the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The owners appealed their loss on due process, takings and civil rights grounds in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. The city’s response to the owner-filed appeal expected sometime in November.

Except for the federal case, proceedings will be heard in the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.


What’s up with the treehouse fuss?

The year was 2011.

In April or May, Richard Hazen, a resident and owner of Angelinos Sea Lodge at 103 29th St., went to the building department counter in Holmes Beach City Hall.

There, he asked Bob Shaffer, the city inspector, if permits were required for a treehouse he wanted to build on their property. Shaffer, in turn, consulted with Joe Duennes, the then-building official, and then advised Hazen the city had no regulations.

Hazen’s inquiry did not specify the size, location and features of the treehouse and, at the time. Hazen didn’t know exactly what he wanted to build. The city officials did not ask for specifics.

He came back to his wife, Lynn Tran, with the news that permits were not required and she became its primary designer. They hired two carpenters who built the structure in an Australian pine.

Other pertinent facts:

Where’s the treehouse?
• The two-deck, 400 square-foot structure, with solar panels, removal windows, is 30 feet from the erosion-control line — a line that separates the renourished public beach from private property.

What’s the problem?
• The treehouse was built without city and state permits required for construction in a 50-foot city setback.
• Tran and Hazen challenged a 2013 code board decision that found the treehouse violated the city land-development code and ordered its removal, with petitions and lawsuits. Despite many court losses, they continue filing lawsuits and appeals.

How much has it cost?

To build, the treehouse cost the owners $28,000.

Engineering, survey, city and other fees incurred trying to secure an after-the-fact permit have raised the owners’ treehouse costs to $30,000-$50,000.

The city’s legal fees are up to $179,359.17 as of Sept. 30.

Waterline owners mull changes

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Guests depart Nov. 2 from the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Are changes underway for Anna Maria Island’s only corporate hotel?

The owners at Mainsail Lodging and Development of Tampa are downplaying a rumor that its Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club, which opened at 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in 2017, will restructure from a full-service hotel to privately-owned rental condominiums.

“It’s something to consider,” Joe Collier, president and CEO of Mainsail, told The Islander Nov. 1.

“But we have no plans to move forward with such a thing at this time. We are studying it. Right now, the analysts and lawyers are mulling it over.”

Collier said no documents for restructuring had been filed, “as far as I know,” and even if the restructure does occur at a future time, the public would feel little to no change at all at the property.

Currently, Waterline is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection of hotel properties and reservations are made through the Marriott booking site.

Collier started the Mainsail Lodging and Development business in 1998, after 15 years with Marriott International in sales, marketing and development.

He said Waterline clients often ask about sales of the hotels two bedroom-two bath units.

“Waterline is a great property we love,” Collier said. “We like the vacation rental business. We have the Mainsail Vacation Rental division in-house at Waterline. If we operate it like a vacation rental, people may stay with us longer — say five nights instead of just two-three.”

Restructuring the Waterline to condo rentals would require filings with the state and city of Holmes Beach, Collier said, and licensing would have to follow municipal rules.

Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth said she had not been notified about restructuring Waterline, but she is aware of the possibility.

Titsworth said Waterline operates a marina, and the rentals are considered transient lodging.

According to the city code for marinas, lodging is an acceptable use in which occupancy of a unit would be limited to less than 180 consecutive days and units cannot be leased, subleased or rented for more than 180 consecutive days.

Andrew Houghton is a general manager at Mainsail Vacation Rentals and a managing partner with Mainsail Lodging. He previously worked 33 years for Marriott.

Of the possible restructuring, he told The Islander Oct. 31, “We’ve made no decisions.”

“Our customers ask about buying the rooms often,” Houghton said. “We want to elevate the experience at Waterline and maintain the environment.”

He also said, “You have to look at starting levels and adjust as business changes. You have to look at business volume and priorities within the business.”

Collier told The Islander, “It’s expensive to operate a hotel. If changes do happen, the Waterline would feel very much the same no matter what we do.”

Holmes Beach answers charter amendment questions

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Holmes Beach 2019 Charter Review Commission Chair Ed Upshaw leads a discussion Oct. 23 about proposed amendments to the city charter during a town hall meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Call it a primer for the questions on the Nov. 5 Holmes Beach ballot.

The city hosted a town hall meeting Oct. 23 led by Ed Upshaw, chair for the now-defunct charter revision commission. A CRC is elected every five years to review the charter for possible changes and disbands when its work is done.

Upshaw said, “The charter is the document required by the state that defines what the city is.”

There are three ways to place charter amendments on the ballot — a vote approved by four of five city commissioners, a petition signed by 10% of voters or through a vote approved by four of five charter review commissioners.

The 2019 CRC met for five months and recommended eight amendments.

Upshaw said the first question would amend the charter to consolidate and revise the legal description of to the city to include the Kingfish Boat Ramp and Grassy Point Preserve — land annexed by the city but not yet included in the city’s boundaries in the charter.

Amendment 2 would require a supermajority vote of the city commission — four of five commissioners — and a referendum in the next general election, approved by a majority of voters, in order for the city to sell, vacate, convey, transfer or abandon real property or rights of way.

One town hall attendee asked why a referendum would be required for such a transaction if it was passed by a supermajority vote of the commission.

Upshaw said a referendum adds an extra layer of security that the commission is acting in the peoples’ best interest.

“This makes it much more difficult for things to get out of control,” he said.

Upshaw said amendment 3 would allow budget transfers up to $100,000 to be approved through a resolution, rather than an ordinance, which requires two readings and public hearings. He said the resolution process still requires a vote of the commission, but it streamlines the process of transferring budgeted funds from two meetings to one.

Amendment 4 would require a vote of the commission to terminate a department head. Currently, the mayor has the power to remove employees without commission concurrence. Upshaw said this change would provide protection for employees.

Amendment 5 would change the language in the charter to require the city treasurer presents the annual audit. The current charter states the treasurer also prepares the audit, which is not accurate.

“The preparation of the audit is done independently,” Upshaw said. “That’s the whole point of the audit.”

Amendment 6 would remove the “building and public works department,” including the building official and public works director positions, from the charter. Amendment 7 also would remove the human resources department from the charter.

During gallery comments, Gail Tedhams asked Upshaw the significance of having such positions in the charter.

Upshaw said if a position is in the charter, it is required by state statute to be filled. By removing positions from the charter, in a possible time of crisis, the positions would not need to be filled in order for the city to function.

He said removal also would split the building and public works departments, which no longer operate as one entity.

Pam Leckie addressed a question to the removal of the human resources department. She served on the CRC in 2014 that added the department to the charter. She asked why the 2019 CRC recommended removing the department.

Upshaw said the Florida League of Cities suggested the change since human resources would not be required if the city had financial difficulties.

He said the department would not be eliminated, just removed from the charter.

Amendment 8 would transfer election candidacy filing responsibilities from the city clerk to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections, as is the case in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach.

“This would simply make everything happen over at the county,” Upshaw said.

Holmes Beach voters will cast ballots 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive.

Information about the candidates and sample ballots can be found on the SOE website at www.votemanatee.com.

Holmes Beach voters cast ballots Nov. 5

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Hurst, Kihm, Schaefer & Soustek

Holmes Beach is the lone city on Anna Maria Island with more commission candidates than seats available on the dais.

And the electorate will determine Nov. 5 how the seats will be filled.

Voters will elect three commissioners from a pool of four candidates — incumbents Rick Hurst, Jim Kihm and Carol Soustek and first-time candidate Terri Schaefer.

Additionally, voters Nov. 5 will decide eight proposed amendments to the city charter.

As of Oct. 23, the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections reported 2,751 active voters in Holmes Beach.

In November 2018, of 2,807 registered voters in Holmes Beach, 2,002 people voted in the municipal election. The last election included state and municipal offices.

Holmes Beach voters will cast ballots 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive.

The Holmes Beach Canvassing Board, including city clerk Stacey Johnston and planning commissioners Lance Collins and Greg Kerchner, will review provisional ballots Nov. 5 and Nov. 7.

Questions regarding the Holmes Beach municipal election can be directed to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office at 941-741-3823.

Engineering-design ‘conflict’ threatens pier progress

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A Mason Martin employee works Oct. 25 on the roof at the T-end of the Anna Maria City Pier. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

Construction of the new Anna Maria City Pier restaurant and bait shop is humming along, but a potential wrench in the works might hold up the progress.

Mayor Dan Murphy told city commissioners Oct. 22 there is a conflict between the architectural design and engineering that might delay the pier’s opening date.

In light of some setbacks — including an i+iconSOUTHEAST employee in a barge ramming and damaging the pier walkway — the city had hoped to open the pier in late January or early-February 2020, but the conflict could push that date forward.

The mayor had planned a meeting last week to “get to the bottom” of the issue, determine who is responsible and assess the scope of any delay in construction.

“Hopefully it will only be a minor issue,” Murphy said before the meeting planned for Oct. 23 was canceled. He said “it wouldn’t be fair” to address the problem without the facts and declined to elaborate.

Murphy told The Islander in an Oct. 25 email the meeting was pushed to Thursday, Oct. 31, because a “key player” was not available.

Meanwhile, Mason Martin continued construction on the T-end buildings.

But the contractor pulled out of the running to bid the interior work on the restaurant, restrooms and bait shop.

Murphy told the commission that Mason Martin, owned by Frank Agnelli and Jake Martin, withdrew its option to bid on the interior work.

Mason Martin’s decision came a week after Mario Schoenfelder, the pier tenant since 2000, indicated in an Oct. 16 email to Murphy that he felt he was being forced to use the city’s contractor.

Schoenfelder also expressed frustration with Mason Martin because the builder failed to provide a cost estimate for work on the interior — an expense Schoenfelder agreed to shoulder — before an Oct. 11 deadline for a quote set by the Schimburg Group, the firm hired to coordinate the project.

Murphy emailed Schoenfelder Oct. 18, assuring him he could secure other contractors to provide cost estimates, and setting a Dec. 13 deadline for Schoenfelder to submit his final offer for lease payments.

Murphy recently proposed two base payment options to Schoenfelder.

The first option includes a $21,600 monthly base payment, along with either a 3% annual increase — to begin after the first year — or an annual adjustment based on the consumer price index.

The other option includes an $18,900 monthly base payment, subject to the same options for annual increases as the first option. However, this option requires that Schoenfelder pay $250,000 on signing the lease. His lease expires in December 2020.

Schoenfelder told The Islander in an Oct. 17 phone interview that he won’t make an offer until he receives estimates for the buildout.

Schoenfelder, who splits his time between Holmes Beach and Germany, originally signed the city lease in 2000 for 10 years, with two five-year options and a $5,000 monthly lease payment, which was subject to periodic increases of $500.

The monthly payments, which escalated to $11,900, were discontinued when the city closed the pier in September 2017.

In September, Murphy and Schoenfelder tentatively agreed to a 10-year lease, with two five-year extensions — the same as the current lease.

Murphy told commissioners he plans to ask them for authorization to issue an RFP for the interior buildout at a future meeting so the city can move forward in the event they reject Schoenfelder’s final offer.

Round 1: Opponents launch challenge to Cortez Bridge plans

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The Cortez Bridge opens in September for boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway with the Seafood Shack restaurant and marina in the distance. Islander Photo: Arthur Brice

It’s time to fight.

A former Manatee County commissioner has initiated a legal challenge to the Florida Department of Transportation’s plan to build a 65-foot-clearance fixed span to replace the Cortez Bridge.

Joe McClash, who served on the county board from 1990 to 2012, is joined in his quest for a formal administrative hearing by three organizations and three Cortez residents, including another former county commissioner.

“This is a signal to the DOT to do the right thing,” McClash said. It is intended to give them “a taste of what’s coming.”

“The department is highly confident that we followed all applicable state and federal guidelines related to this PD&E study; however, since this is now a legal matter, we cannot provide comment,” DOT spokesman Brian R. Rick wrote in an Oct. 24 email to The Islander.

The DOT declined further comment.

The DOT announced Oct. 10 it had approved a yearslong project development and environment study and was going ahead with design work for the 65-foot-clearance fixed bridge. The other two options were to repair the 62-year-old drawbridge or replace it with a 35-foot-clearance drawbridge.

The current drawbridge, with a height of about 17 feet, had major repairs done in 1996, 2010 and 2015 and the DOT says it has outlived its lifespan.

Opponents of the high bridge say it would forever change the character of the quaint fishing village of Cortez, designated a historic district in 1995. Many residents have been fighting the megabridge since the DOT first revealed a megabridge plan in 1989.

“The DOT had a number of bridges they were trying to drop down everyone’s throats in the 1980s and ’90s,” McClash said.

McClash and others don’t oppose replacing the bridge, they just don’t want a megabridge.

“It will have a major impact to the village of Cortez,” McClash told The Islander Oct. 25. “It will not be able to survive placing this megastructure within the village.”

Joe Kane, one of the petitioners in the legal challenge, has lived in Cortez for more than two decades.

“The more I researched the proposal, the more monstrous it became,” Kane told The Islander Oct. 25. “It’s a death sentence for Cortez, as well as Bradenton Beach.”

The bridge, located on Cortez Road, crosses the Intracoastal Waterway from Cortez and the mainland to Anna Maria Island, where it empties onto Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.

Linda Molto, another petitioner, has lived in Cortez 34 years.

“It’s the wrong bridge for the wrong place,” she said in an Oct. 24 interview with The Islander.

The Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue, a second drawbridge connecting the island to the mainland built the same year, also is slated to be replaced by a 65-foot-clearance fixed span. Its design schedule is further along than the Cortez Bridge because the DOT approved it first.

McClash’s legal challenge contains 25 instances in which he says the DOT acted wrongly. One of those points has to do with the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

According to the petition, the DOT decision is contrary to an agreement between Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Manatee County and DOT that established a compromise for the Anna Maria Island Bridge to be replaced with a high, fixed bridge and the Cortez Bridge to be maintained as a bascule bridge.

“The agreement was put in place to avoid a challenge to the bridges,” the petition states.

McClash said he, then-Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore and then-Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola reached that agreement with the DOT while he was serving as a county commissioner.

Whitmore, who has been a county commissioner since 2006, was mayor of Holmes Beach 1998-2006. She is the only county commissioner currently opposed to the 65-foot-clearance bridge for Cortez.

“It didn’t surprise me that a former commissioner took this action because they were involved when they were commissioners in communicating with the DOT when we discussed plans for the Cortez Bridge in the future,” she said Oct. 25.

“The DOT wanted our support for the Manatee Avenue bridge,” she said. “That was kind of like the carrot.”

Jane von Hahmann, a 43-year Cortez resident who served on the county commission 2001-08, also is a petitioner in McClash’s legal challenge.

Others are the environmental group, ManaSota-88, and two nonprofits, the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage and Cortez Village Historical Society.

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization is not part of the challenge, which executive director David Hutchinson called “a procedural matter.”

“The MPO has no support for any particular design, but we’ve consistently supported expeditious replacement of the bridge,” Hutchinson said Oct. 25.

For some Cortez residents, though, it’s not just a legal matter. It’s the quality of their remaining years in the village.

And Bradenton Beach, as well as the cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, have adopted resolutions in opposition to the high, fixed bridge on Cortez Road.

“It’s a scary horror story,” Kane said.

Angler reels in county’s top ag award

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Capt. Scott Moore aboard his fishing boat. Islander Courtesy Photo

Capt. Scott Moore has been fishing and running the waters around Anna Maria Island for more than half a century.

He farms the Gulf of Mexico.

On Oct. 17, the Manatee County Agriculture Hall of Fame announced Moore is the 2019 hall of fame inductee.

“My ranching friends are telling me I have to come out and pick tomatoes or brand a bull,” Moore told The Islander Oct. 18 in response to the award.

“But seriously, it’s quite a big deal. I’m so glad that they recognized the fishing community and how important it is to our area, tourism and our lives,” Moore said.

A news release from the hall of fame said of the excellent nominations from the community: “The most impressive was someone who doesn’t own a big green tractor or cows or a thousand acres of land to cultivate. Scott Moore owns a charter boat!”

Moore is being honored for his lifetime of dedication and commitment as a skilled captain, an ocean steward, conservationist and educator, the release said.

Moore serves on several fishery committees, both locally and nationally, and has demonstrated how partnerships between scientists and fishers can protect and restore marine ecosystems, the release stated.

Moore moved in 1952 to Bradenton from Cape Cod with his family.

They owned charter and whale-watching boats at the cape, and continued with charters in their new Florida home.

In 1979, Moore moved to Holmes Beach, where he lives today. Following in his father’s fishing lifestyle, son Justin also became a captain. Both run charters for hire. One might say they’re sons of the sons of sailors.

“My wife and my kids put a lot of information together for the nomination,” Moore said. “And a lot of people who have fished with me over the years also wrote letters. It’s phenomenal.”

Moore will be inducted into the hall of fame during a Nov. 21 luncheon at the Palmetto Women’s Club, 910 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.

The Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Palmetto Historical Commission will host the luncheon.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. Call Jordan Chancey at 941-545-8816 or email palmettofcw@yahoo.com to make a reservation.