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Vol. 17 No. 43 - August 9, 2017



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Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySunshine lawsuit forthcoming

BRADENTON BEACH – Sarasota attorney Robert Watrous and legal consultant and Sunshine Law expert Michael Barfield have taken the initial steps in filing a Sunshine violation lawsuit against planning board member John Metz and former planning board members Reed Mapes, Patty Shay and Bill Vincent.

Barfield confirmed Monday that the intent was to name the four individuals as defendants in a lawsuit to be filed later that afternoon or Tuesday morning.

Former Mayor Jack Clarke and the city of Bradenton Beach have joined in legal action against the planning board members and will be co-represented by Watrous and his legal team. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySnooty cause may be headed for courts

Justice for Snooty organizer Denise Anderson said Monday she is planning to sue the South Florida Museum for what she calls negligence in the drowning of Manatee County’s official mascot, Snooty the manatee.

Anderson organized a protest at the museum on Saturday, where Florida Voices for Animals members called for the dismissal of museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio and COO Jeff Rodgers.

If they are not fired, “I will personally file a lawsuit,” Anderson told The Sun. “Snooty’s death by drowning is 100 percent due to the negligence of the South Florida Museum, and we want those negligent employees removed.” More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryPetition drives start in Bradenton Beach

BRADENTON BEACH – The Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach (CNOBB) group is conducting a petition drive in hopes of getting three charter amendment questions placed on the November ballot.

CNOBB members want city voters to eliminate the four geographically-defined city commission wards that require one commissioner come from each ward in addition to an at-large mayor. They also want to reduce candidate residency requirements from two years to one.

The third proposed amendment addresses the City Commission’s ability to interpret, define or clarify the city charter. The charter serves as the city’s constitution in terms of how the city is governed. The charter can only be amended by city voters. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryFinal Cortez Bridge hearing set

CORTEZ – The stage is set for the final showdown on the future of the Cortez Bridge.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has scheduled a final Project Development and Environment meeting on the 60-year-old drawbridge on Thursday, Aug 31, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton. The hearing starts at 5 p.m. with message boards and maps and project officials who will be available to answer questions. Around 6 p.m., there will a video and more questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to express their preferences. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryDemise of the day dock

BRADENTON BEACH – The storm-damaged floating day dock next to the Historic Bridge Street Pier is permanently closed and will not reopen until a new dock is installed in September or October.

Police Chief Sam Speciale and the City Commission reached this decision last week after discussing the damage Tropical Storm Emily did to the dock. The structure is no longer safe for public use because waves tore apart the connecting hinges that hold the dock sections together.

Speciale anticipated the dock being removed Tuesday, Aug. 8, weather permitting. John Banyas and his crew from the N.E. Taylor Boatworks in Cortez will remove what remains of the dock. In June 2016, Banyas and his crew removed dock sections damaged by Tropical Storm Colin. More...

Bradenton Area sticks with Visit Florida

The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is not among the tourism marketing agencies cutting ties with Visit Florida, the statewide tourism agency, according to Director Elliott Falcione.

“We have the utmost trust and faith in Ken Lawson’s ability to be transparent and manage Visit Florida better than ever before,” he said Monday. More...

Police agencies help find suicidal woman

HOLMES BEACH – Quick action by Island police agencies may have helped save a woman's life.

On Saturday, July 29, Island law enforcement worked together to find a visitor that had expressed a desire to kill herself.

It began when a friend of the woman called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to report that her friend had tweeted she was going to commit suicide on Anna Maria Island.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, local law enforcement immediately began looking for the woman, first checking in all the local watering holes. The woman was described as in her 50s and having blond hair. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryAqua by the Bay hearings to resume

BRADENTON– On Thursday, August 10, the Manatee County Planning Commission will conduct its second review of the controversial Aqua by the Bay development being proposed by Carlos Beruff and his development team.

The Planning Commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m., with two time-certain agenda items to precede the Aqua by the Bay review. The meeting will take place in the Manatee County Commission chambers at 1112 Manatee Ave. W. in downtown Bradenton, and is scheduled to go until 5 p.m. if necessary.

The meeting will be streamed live at www.mymanatee.org and the video feed can be accessed using the MGA TV Live Stream link found in the left column of the county’s home page. More...



features

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryBreakfast burrito offers variety

Growing up in the Horne household meant family breakfast at the table seven mornings a week. Dad cooked breakfast for us on week days while mom got ready for work and brother Lynn and I ready for school. Saturday and Sundays mom cooked breakfast, and what a welcome change from dad’s two eggs over easy, grits, bacon and scraped off burnt toast Dad never used a toaster. I don’t think we had one 'til I went to college. He cooked like his grandmother did – hearty breakfast – bread in the oven with the broiler on until he smelled it burning and pulled it out and scraped (most) of the carcinogens off and put it on top of our eggs. I still laugh when I burn toast on the Pier and think, all I have to do is scrape it off a little. English Mike would eat it that way! More...



OUTDOORS

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story 10th annual scallop search

Sarasota Bay Watch will hold its 10th annual Great Sarasota Bay Scallop Search on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event launches from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island. For the past nine years, individuals and families from around the community have come together to volunteer for the popular event. The search allows participants to get in the water and help monitor the scallop population in Sarasota Bay. It’s also a chance for them to get a glimpse under Bay waters and experience its rich and varied flora and fauna. Additionally, the event supports scientists from the Florida Wildlife Research Institute, who track the health and abundance of bay scallops. So why is this important? More...



real estate

Getting tiny

It seems like every few years there’s a new vogue in housing. We’ve lived through mega mansions, villas, deed restricted single-family communities, condominiums and zero lot lines just to name a few. Now it’s the turn of the tiny house. Fans of HGTV probably already know everything they want to know about tiny houses, but there have been a few recent developments in the phenomenon right here in Florida.

Cape Coral, our neighbor to the south, is very close to making a decision on amending its 1,200 square-foot minimum house size requirement in order to allow tiny houses. There is no definitive size for what can be classified as a tiny house, but the Cape Coral planners are looking at tiny homes starting at 610 square feet, in addition, they are considering establishing a special zoning area for tinies.

This topic has also come up in planning commissions in Sarasota and Charlotte counties as well as Venice, Punta Gorda and North Port. Of course, the biggest worry that existing homeowners have is property values and the impact of placing a tiny house among a neighborhood of 1,600 square feet homes. More...



business

Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySharky's is now an international affair

BRADENTON BEACH – The five friends from Rome, Italy, who make up the new ownership group at Sharky's Steak & Seagrill, are settling nicely into their new roles as Anna Maria Island restauranteurs.

Last October, Cristina Delle Macchie, Mario Procopio, Silvia Sanges, Emilio Vardaro and Nadia Rossi bought the 80-seat restaurant space at 2519 Gulf Dr. N., and they now share the ownership and operational responsibilities.

Due to immigration laws, the Italian business partners take turns spending three months at a time on the Island. Delle Macchie and Procopio are currently in town, and they sat down last week to discuss their new American venture. More...



SPORTS

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryTime management and determination: Mantra for life and adult flag football

Starting the second week of adult flag football at the Anna Maria Island’s community center, the lights lit up the field on Tuesday and Thursday night missing the poor weather that rocked the area.

On Thursday night, Team Avis and Team Beach Bums went head-to-head and rocked the football field with never say die play by both teams.

Team captain Charles Buky wisely used the clock to his advantage as he lead his team, Beach Bums, to a come from behind win. Without their team captain Lexi Sato, her veteran player brother-in-law, Jason Sato, took over the leadership position for Team Avis. More...



Turtles

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Post-storm turtle survey hopeful

Now that the winds of Tropical Storm Emily are gone, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring has a better idea of the damage to sea turtle nests.

Some of the record high nests laid so far this year – nearly 500 – had already hatched before the storm, including some that hatched the night before the storm, Director Suzi Fox said.

The stakes to around 28 nests were lost, mostly near Coquina Beach, she said, but that does not mean the turtle eggs inside were under water long enough to suffocate them. More...



Calendar

Wednesday, August 9

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast, Boys and Girls Club, 5231 34th St. W., Bradenton, 7:45 a.m., $8 per member or $16 per prospective member.

Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m.

Coloring Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, noon.

Chess Club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 4 p.m.

Thursday, August 10

Boomer Boot Camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100.

Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise.org or 941-383-6493.

Introduction to Fermentation, Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St., Cortez, 6 p.m.., $20. Reserve to 941-708-6120 or www.floridafolkschool.org.

Friday, August 11

Intermediate bridge session, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise.org or 941-383-6493.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 2 p.m.

Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 12

Origami, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m.

Beginner Soap Making, Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 10 a.m., $35. Reserve to 941-708-6120 or www.floridafolkschool.org.

Music on the Porch, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 2 to 4 p.m.

Monday, August 14

Social bridge games, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, noon.

Wednesday, August 16

Roser-Robics chair-based exercise class, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m.

Boomer Boot Camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100.

Zumba and mat pilates for seniors, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, second floor, 10 a.m., $10 per class. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise.org or 941-383-6493.

Book club, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10:15 a.m.

Knit and Crochet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m.

Friday, August 18

Intermediate bridge session, Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2nd Floor, Longboat Key, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $10, includes coffee and cookies. Reserve to maryannbrady@aginginparadise.org or 941-383-6493.

Mahjong, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1 p.m.

Sunset drum circle, Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 19

Pasta making, Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St., Cortez, 10 a.m., $35. Reserve to 941-708-6120.

Tuesday, August 22

Boomer Boot Camp, Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9:30 a.m. One class, $15; five classes, $65; 10 classes, $100.




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