Request not made to remove pipe
sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH The contractor for the beach renourishment
project says he has never gotten a request for a proposal
(RFP) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dismantle
Ben Goodloe, project manager for Goodloe Marine, Inc.,
said they have talked about it with the Corps, but the
RFP is the first step in dismantling the pipeline that
has sat in the sand from Manatee County Public Beach to
Katie Pierola Park since the end of last year.
"The last time we met with them was December 15,"
Goodloe said. "Since then, we have been in contact,
but they never asked us in writing for a price estimate
to tear it down."
Barry Morse, information officer for the Corps office
in Jacksonville, which is overseeing the project, told
The Sun last week that the Corps was negotiating over
who would pay for the dismantling.
The pipeline has drawn complaints from members of the
Islands tourist industry who say it is an eyesore,
blocks access to the water and poses a hazard.
Goodloe quit renourishing just after hurricane season
when a series of cold fronts moved through with accompanying
rough water, making it impossible for them to dredge the
sand accurately from a borrow pit off the north end of
the Island. They asked for a delay until spring, saying
it was too hazardous to be in those waters during the
winter storm season.
The Corps granted the delay, saying the company would
have to finish the job by June 1, which is a month into
sea turtle season. The Corps negotiated with Turtle Watch,
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to be able to
allow the project to proceed into its second turtle nesting
"This job should have been done before hurricane
season last year," Goodloe said. "They (the
Corps) kept delaying it and we didnt get a notice
to proceed until the end of June. After that, we had the
worst hurricane season weve ever had."
The series of hurricanes that passed during the summer
delayed the project because Goodloe would have to move
its dredge toward shore due to high waves. The Corps offered
to renourish Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach after a
turbulent hurricane season in 2004 caused heavy erosion.
This latest project fortifies the beaches that were last
renourished in a federally funded project in 2002. At
that time, beaches along the city of Anna Maria were also
renourished, but not with federal funds. Goodloe is supposed
to fortify those beaches this year in a separate job after
it finishes the first project.<<
search for armed robber
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
Two armed robberies within a short period of time brought
out the police in force last Friday night around 10 p.m.
No shots were fired, nobody was harmed and the robber,
who was described as "polite speaking," got
away with only $49 in cash.
According to a Bradenton Beach Police report, numerous
Manatee County Sheriffs deputies and officers from
Longboat Key and Holmes Beach assisted in setting up a
perimeter around the scene of the two robberies. A K-9
unit was called and a sheriffs office helicopter
flew overhead as officers searched for the robber, who
was described as a white male about 5 feet, 8-9 inches
tall, weighing about 150 pounds, 19-22 years old with
medium length light colored hair. He was reportedly wearing
a white hooded sweatshirt with "Nike" written
on it and tan or dark colored pants and wore the hood
over his head during the robberies.
Bradenton Beach officer Roy Joslin arrived at the scene
of the second robbery within a minute of receiving the
call. Two people from Illinois reported that they were
walking south on Gulf Drive at the 300 South block with
four acquaintances when the suspect approach the two.
He reportedly said he was sorry to bother them and that
he didnt want "no one" to get hurt and
then showed them a pistol. They gave him $44 and he said,
"Sorry to bother you, but Im in a bad spot."
He walked away and was last seen going east on 5th Street
As Joslin was taking the information, a Longboat Key officer
who was assisting in setting up the perimeter radioed
that two other victims had approached him and reported
an earlier armed robbery. The couple, who live in Bradenton
Beach, said they were approached at 4th Street South in
the Cortez Beach parking area by a man of the same description
who also told them that he didnt want to hurt them.
He then showed them a pistol of the same description,
although the male victim said it appeared the pistol was
unloaded. The suspect told them he needed money and when
they asked him how much he needed he said $100. He got
a $5 bill and told them, "Im glad I didnt
have to hurt you." The female victim asked the robber
where he was going and he said, "Im not telling
The police K-9 unit dog tracked the robber to the east
end of 5th Street South, where the scent ended. Police
searched the city, but were unable to find him.
Bradenton Beach Detective Sargent Lenard Diaz is investigating
the case as one suspect committing two armed robberies.
turtle rescued at WestBay Cove�
sun staff writer
An apparently dead green turtle that stranded at WestBay
Cove is now recovering at Mote Marine Laboratory.
"The lady who called thought the turtle was dead,"
said Anna Maria Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox. "And
when I first saw it, I thought it was dead, too. It wasnt
Fox said the turtle then slowly moved its head to one
side and blinked.
"We checked it over and got it into the truck,"
she said. "Its a green turtle, and usually
we cant take those to Mote, because they all have
fibropapillomas. Those are little tumors, and theyre
really contagious. Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission
wont let them have any more than two greens with
the tumors there at a time."
When she looked at the turtle, Fox said she didnt
see any tumors, so she called Dr. Charles ManiRE at Mote
to see if he had room for the sluggish sea turtle without
"Charlie came down to my truck and really examined
the turtle," Fox said. "He didnt see any
either. It was great, so they took the turtle in to the
Mote staff named the juvenile green Chilly Willie since
he was found on Tuesday morning when it was quite cold
in this area.
"He was very cold," Manire said of Willie. "His
temperature was 13 centigrade, which is about 55 degrees
Fahrenheit. They are cold blooded, but it should be about
75 or 80 degrees Fahrenheit."
Chilly Willies heart rate was down from a normal
25 beats per minute to five. Willie also had a high white
blood count, so he was started on an antibiotic.
Scientists are hopeful that Willie will make a full recovery.
He will have to be cared for and observed at Motes
turtle hospital for at least several months before he
can be released into the wild.
Meanwhile, two other green turtles rescued off Gulf beaches
are going to have laser surgery on their fibropapillomas
"The tumors on these turtles are on the outside of
the eyes and the skin," Manire said. "When the
tumors are on the outside, they can be removed, and the
turtle can hunt and eat again. We keep the turtle for
a year after the laser treatment to make sure no new ones
form, and then the turtles can be released."
The tumors are a form of wart, according to Manire. The
incidence of fibropapilloma is being observed worldwide
among the green turtle population, so scientists are thinking
that there might be some sort of virus at work. Earlier
thoughts that some form of pollution might be the cause
of the tumors have been pretty much dismissed because
of the wide distribution of the problem.
"When the tumors get inside the turtle, inside the
digestive tract or inside the eyes, rather than on the
surface, then we cant do anything to help that particular
turtle," Manire said.
Mote is studying the condition along with other scientists
around the world in hopes of determining the cause of
the condition. When thats known, finding a potential
cure or prevention is possible.
Rehabilitating Chilly Willie and other sea turtles is
"If people didnt support Mote and the work
it does with sick and injured animals, wed have
nowhere to take a turtle we find stranded," Fox said.
People who want to donate to the care of Willie and other
turtles can call Mote at 388-4441, or they can log onto
the website to get details about how to contribute. Just
type "Mote.org" into your search engine.
You can also check on Chilly Willies progress on
owner ordered to clean up or else
sun staff writer
ANNA MARIA A property
owner on Chilson Avenue has until March 29 to clean up
his yard of face fines of up to $250 a day.
Thats the order of the code enforcement board, which
heard the case against Angelo and Dhimitra Louloudes,
who live at 237 Chilson Ave.
Code Enforcement Officer Gerry Rathvon said that she had
been trying to get the property owners to clean up since
October. There are weeds and high grass instead of lawn,
there is a stack of PVC plumbing pipes, there is an inoperable
vehicle and there are large piles of junk and debris in
the yard, Rathvon said.
"They have removed one inoperable vehicle,"
she told the board. "But another remains in the front
yard. They removed a large pile of dirt, but there is
still a lot that needs to be done."
Robert Louloudes represented his grandparents at the hearing.
He said theres no one in the house who can do the
work, and there is no money to pay someone to do it.
"Its just my grandparents and me and now my
dad," he said. "My grandmother has had a stroke
and my grandfather has Alzheimers. My dad has diabetes.
Im the only one working."
Robert Louloudes said he works 12-hour days at a Nissan
dealership in Sarasota, he has bad knees and he is just
too tired to clean things up when he gets home from work.
The board gave Louloudes until March 29 to get the property
into compliance with city codes.
"That should give you enough time to get things in
order," said board Chairman Bill Iseman.
Louloudes thanked the members of the board and said hed
get his grandparents property in order by then.
If the property isnt brought up to code by then,
the case will come before the code board at their April
meeting where fines of up to $250 a day can be levied
against the property owners.
This is the second time this property has come to the
notice of code enforcement. When the owners were cited
two years ago, a group of citizen volunteers spent a Saturday
cleaning up the property.<<
Highway connection still on table
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens spoke
at the Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor Management
Entity meeting on Feb. 7 about connecting with the Palma
Sola Scenic Highway.
The notion was first raised when the two groups met last
fall and it was left on the table to negotiate, although
the Bradenton Beach group voted it down at its own meeting
two weeks later.
One obstacle to joining the two Scenic Highways is the
fact that there is a stretch in Holmes Beach that is not
designated a Scenic Highway.
Haas-Martens said her city commission approved extending
the Scenic Highway designation along Gulf Drive to Manatee
Avenue, which is the Palma Sola designated Scenic Highway.
Haas-Martens told the group that Florida Department of
Transportations Scenic Highway Manager Andy Nichols
told her it would be a paperwork issue and it would be
easier to extend the Bradenton Beach designation than
the Palma Sola one.
Bob Herrington, of the Metropolitan Planning Organization,
who is a member of both groups, said they would have to
change the name of the Bradenton Beach group.
"We would have to look into it further," said
Scenic Highway Entity Director Michael Pierce.
"A first step would be a letter from the Holmes Beach
City Commission," Herrington told Bradenton Beach
City Commissioner John Shaughnessy, "but you might
want to discuss it with your city commission first."
Shaughnessy asked about grants that each of the Scenic
Highway groups might get and who would oversee them.
"Palma Sola is not talking about combining, just
expanding your group to theirs," Herrington said.
"You would probably want to get an interlocal agreement
with Holmes Beach because if a project goes north into
Holmes Beach, they would have to accept maintenance on
"The only advantage would be it would be a continuous
Scenic Highway," Haas-Martens said. "Holmes
Beach has already done improvements like a bike path and
landscaping along that roadway."
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie asked who the Palma
Sola group answers to. Herrington said Manatee County
and the cities of Bradenton and Holmes Beach.
"One of my concerns is, its a lot simpler for
us because its one municipality," Chappie said.
Thats when Herrington said Chappie might want to
check the minutes of the Bradenton Beach meeting that
occurred after the joint meeting because they may have
decided at that meeting that they did not want to participate.
Pierce said he remembers that the group did note the idea
down, but he noted that the Bradenton Beach group has
some new members now who might support it.
"This might be a good opportunity to partner with
Holmes Beach, Bradenton and the county," Chappie
said. "Thats something our commission supports."
The group decided to try to get Nichol to a future meeting
to discuss the idea further.
seas won�t wash out Island soon
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH The
sea level is rising every year, due mostly to a natural
cycle, but Island residents have plenty of time to adapt
to the change or abandon the Island.
Thats the word from Ernie Estevez, director of Mote
Marine Labs Center for Coastal Ecology who spoke
last Saturday at the Island Branch Library in front of
Save Anna Maria (SAM).
Estevez, who grew up on Anna Maria Island and called himself
"An Island boy who wished to become a marine biologist
and became one," brought a chart showing the level
of the sea over the past 10,000 years. He pointed out
that what happens over the course of a day or week is
known as weather and what happens over the course of thousands
of years is known as climate.
Estevez said tides are generally lowest in January and
February and highest from August through October.
"Some of that difference is caused by wind, rain
and river flow into the bays," he said, "but
the main reason is the temperature of the water. When
it is warmer, it expands and raises the sea level."
Estevez said there is global warming, and it is being
exacerbated by human use of fossil fuels, but the warming
is part of a natural trend, the result in the lull between
ice ages, which lower the sea levels considerably.
"We are toward the end of a period when the sea level
was low," he said, showing a chart of the sea level
over the past 10,000 years. "We are in between ice
Estevez said when the water levels began to rise after
the last ice age, Florida was a large prairie and Anna
Maria Island was not an island. Where the Island now stands
was as far from the Gulf of Mexico as it is now from the
When the water started to rise, early humans who went
to the sea would have seen forests in the slow process
of being swallowed by salt water with tree falling into
the ocean. Estevez said the sea level started rising quickly
around 9,000 years ago and slowed down 2000-3000 years
ago. Anna Maria Island is probably 4,000-6,000 years old.
"The barrier islands formed from shoals and sandbars,"
he said. "They resembled Passage Key; they moved
around a lot. When the rise in the sea level slowed, they
stabilized and became islands."
Estevez said the sea level is rising about three to four
centimeters per century or a current rate of 2.4 millimeters
per year, a little thicker than your big toenail. Of course,
he said, this is ongoing and it mounts up over lengths
"It would take 300 years for the sea level to rise
2.2 feet," he said.
Asked if he thought that human pollution was adding to
the rise in temperatures and the sea level, Estevez did
not answer directly. He said the scientific community
had set up several models of variables to determine how
quickly the water levels would rise and that each model
had a high and low effect on the overall picture, but
he would not predict the future of the sea level.
He passed out a chart of the global average sea level
rise from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
showing a general rise in the sea level until the year
2050. After that, the "envelope" of probable
rise varied widely, depending on such factors as how many
people are on the planet, how much energy they use and
what types of energy they use.
"The low models show a rate about what it is today,"
he said. "The high model includes increasing the
current use of hydrocarbons that produce carbon monoxide
and heat the atmosphere."
He said even at its high, the result does not appear to
be too serious through the next 94 years.
walk for science course
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH Eight
laps around a makeshift track equals a mile and that is
what students at Anna Maria Elementary School walked last
week to fulfill their obligations to those who gave them
money for a new science instruction course that the school
Many of the students came dressed for cold weather, although
sunny skies raised temperatures outside well above the
37 degree temperatures recorded at sunup. Each grade walked
together and the walkathon was finished by noon.
The Harcourt science course includes textbooks and classroom
materials for each of the six grades at the school and
it costs $19,000, a price that was discounted by Harcourt.
The goal of the walkathon, organized by a committee at
the school, was $5,000, but when all the pledges came
in last week, they totaled $10,000.
In addition to pledges from parents, family and friends
of the students, there were also 38 corporate sponsors
who donated money, paid for ads on T-shirts the students
wore or donated prizes for students who got the highest
amount of money pledged.
The top money raiser was Brianna Connelly, a first-grade
from Carly Carlswards class. Fourth grader Jerry
Mayer, from Janie Ensworths class, raised the second
highest amount and fifth-grader Dalton Hicks, from DeAnn
Davis class, raised the third highest amount. Carlswards
class raised the most money and won a pizza party, Davis
class came in second and Ensworths class came in
The school will start using the Harcourt material next