BRADENTON BEACH Now
that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has pulled
the plug on the ill-fated renourishment project,
some are questioning whether the areas of beach
that were not renourished will have to wait
until the next full project slated for 2012.
Manatee County is looking to do a partial renourishment
on the Island later this year to be paid for
in part by the state. That project would cover
beaches in Anna Maria and south Bradenton Beach
that were not covered by the original federally
funded project in 1992.
Manatee County Conservation Lands Management
Director Charlie Hunsicker said this partial
project would not address the beaches missed
during this last renourishment.
"I dont think the state would do
a project on beaches where a federally sponsored
project took place earlier," he said. "The
state feels it needs to concentrate on areas
that have not been renourished at all."
Hunsicker said that after the new areas of beach
are renourished, they would not be added to
the federally covered area either.
"There is only so much money to go around,"
he said. "The federal government is not
looking to add any more beach area to what they
When the federal government paid for the first
renourishment in 1992, it also contracted to
take care of subsequent renourishments to replenish
those beaches for decades. It already fulfilled
its obligation with a project in 2002. The county
added beaches in Anna Maria missed by the first
renourishment when residents refused to sign
over right of way on the beach.
Hunsicker said, for now, he is concentrating
on the new project, which he hopes will start
in November. The county will pay for a portion
with funds from the resort tax.
algae fouls taps
sun staff writer
Dont blame it on red tide.
Its another type of algae thats
causing the musty taste and odor that Island
residents are noticing in the water, according
to the Manatee County Utilities Customer Service
The Lake Manatee Reservoir, the source of
Island drinking water, has recently had high
levels of algal blooms because water levels
are low and the water is clear, letting sunlight
penetrate easily and foster algae growth,
a spokesman says, calling it a "regular
Powdered activated carbon has been added to
the water treatment process, but only so much
can be safely used, he says, and safe levels
are not quite enough to rid the water of the
smell and taste.
The water is safe for consumption, but to
improve the taste until the algae bloom dies,
the department recommends chilling the water
before drinking it, letting it sit out for
a few hours before using or adding a couple
of drops of lemon juice to a glassful.
targeting bayside boats
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH Some of the boaters
parked in the bay south of the Bridge Street
Pier are overstaying their welcome, which
is why the city is moving to turn that area
into a mooring field. But the city is not
waiting for that to happen to stop some of
the abuses suspected of those boaters.
Police Chief Sam Speciale spoke about the
problem at last Thursdays city commission
meeting. He said public works crews are reporting
vandalism and other types of damage at the
piers restrooms, which are open all
night, and he feels the guilty parties might
be anchored in one or some of those boats.
"Recently, someone emptied a portable
sewage container into the toilet on the pier
and it backed up," he said. "Our
(public works) guys had to work in the sewage
to fix the problem."
Speciale said the police are ready to take
action while the city waits for word on whether
Governor Jeb Bush signs House Bill 1217, extending
the citys authority into the Gulf and
bay waters for the purpose of enforcing the
"Our guys (police officers) are certified
and ready to enforce the law," he said.
"We have talked with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Commission and the Coast Guard,
and they will participate with us in boarding
every boat out there to may sure it has a
working sanitary system on board that complies
Speciale sounded a warning for boaters in
that area who might be using the pier as a
"Once the governor signs that bill, everything
is going to change out there," he said.
As for the pier, which stays open all night
to anglers and those who want to walk to the
pavilion at the end, Mayor John Chappie suggested
taking away that privilege.
"I have to problem with putting up a
gate and closing it at midnight," Chappie
said. "We put up a perfectly good facility
out there and this happens. I dont want
our public works people having to clean up
sewage in the bathrooms."
Speciale said that might not be necessary.
"This is probably one or two people,"
he said. "I dont want to give the
idea that everyone is doing it."
"If (other boaters) out there know whos
doing this, they need to let us know because
one or two people are ruining it for everybody
else," Commissioner John Shaughnessy
Chappie asked public works director Tom Woodard
if they could shut down the restrooms at night
and he said they both have deadbolts, but
commissioners objected, saying that would
not stop some of the offenders from dumping
sewage somewhere else on the pier.
When Chappie asked the commissioners for input,
they all recommended leaving the pier open
all night for now, but monitoring the situation.
They said that they would discuss it at the
next commission meeting.
continue to plague developers
sun staff writer
More lawsuits have been filed against developers
Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega.
Synovius Bank lodged the latest in a string
of suits against the developers late last
The civil action is a mortgage foreclosure
and lists Byrne, Urethane Systems, Inc. and
Roland and Diane Vildostequi as defendants.
Also last week, Chief Management, Inc., a
Bradenton firm, lodged two contract and indebtedness
complaints one against Byrne and AKR
Development L.L.C. and the other against Byrne,
Noriega and GSR Development.
Byrne and Noriega have now counter-sued Longboat
Partner, L.L.C. and a series of individuals
are beginning to seek restitution in courts.
In a related development, a series of lawsuits
against Noriega in Tampa have come to light.
The developer faced several suits there in
2002 in relation to a condo development he
was heading. The Internal Revenue Service
also filed a lien against his property.
Those suits have since been resolved.
Byrne and Noriega had projects under way on
Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach
and Anna Maria under a number of different
They recently moved their office from the
Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria to a Manatee
Avenue address in Bradenton.
The sales office on the Villa Rosa property
on South Bay Boulevard is also drawing attention.
A citizen has lodged a code complaint against
the trailer, which was located on the property
after a variance was granted.
Under Anna Maria code, a construction trailer
can be placed on a property when a construction
project is under way. It must be removed immediately
upon completion of the project.
The city commission granted GSR a variance
to install and use a trailer as a construction
and sales trailer until the first home was
built, at which time the trailer was to be
The first home has been built, and the trailer
Building Official Kevin Donohue said Friday
that he hasnt had time to look into
In response to an earlier code violation complaint,
Byrne and Noriega were ordered to cease using
a house adjacent to the Villa Rosa property
as an office. Business uses are not permitted
in a residential zone.
Neither Byrne nor Noriega could be reached
officials urge adoption of adult entertainment
laws on Island
sun staff writer
- Adult entertainment parties, such as the
ones that took place in Holmes Beach earlier
this month, can legally be blocked using the
proper ordinance, city officials said.
In fact, just such an ordinance banning these
activities was enacted into law in October
2005 and remains an effective deterrent, City
Building Official Ed McAdam said.
"This community doesnt want any
adult-style entertainment anywhere in Bradenton
Beach," McAdam added. "I helped
write an ordinance that we based on Manatee
Countys ordinance, and thats the
way it stands."
McAdam said discretion prevented him from
explicitly defining what adult entertainment
is. But he did refer residents to the countys
website, where a check of the definitions
in the land development code provided the
following definition of an adult entertainment
"Adult entertainment establishment shall
mean any adult bookstore, adult photography
studio, adult theater, physical cultural establishment
or special cabaret."
The definition also includes a description
of the activities that may not take place
in these establishments a graphic description,
so there is no danger of misunderstanding
exactly what constitutes adult entertainment.
Bradenton Beach City Attorney Ralph Brooks
went even further, suggesting that the other
Island cities might want to think about establishing
an adult entertainment ordinance.
"You can ban adult uses from certain
areas," Brooks said. "They are allowed
in other areas of the county, but you can
regulate their presence in a city like Bradenton
Beach. You have to stay ahead of the game,
because the people who provide that sort of
entertainment are always coming up with ways
to get around the law, but you can stay ahead."
Both Brooks and McAdam said they felt sure
they would have been able to take action against
an activity such as the Mandingo Mania party
that took place on Flotilla Drive in Holmes
Beach earlier this month.
"We could have shut it down because of
the ordinance," Brooks said.
But Holmes Beach officials said they are being
"What goes on between consenting adults
behind closed doors is their business,"
said Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore. "We
checked with our attorney, and legally, there
was nothing we could do."
Neither Holmes Beach City Attorney Patricia
Petruff nor Anna Maria Attorney Jim Dye could
be reached for comment.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson agreed
"We had no complaints, so there was nothing
we could act on," he said.
Will Bouziane, who lives next door to
the Flotilla house, said the only problem
he noticed was the first Saturday night when
he and his roommates came home.
"They were really loud until about 2
a.m.," Bouziane said. "I went next
door to talk to them the next day to tell
them to tone it down. This is a residential
Bouziane, who is single and in his mid-20s,
said a woman who was staying at the house,
approached him and asked him if he would object
to people at the house sunbathing nude on
the patio overlooking the canal.
"What could I say?" he asked. "I
didnt object. Theyre all adults.
Of course it might be different if there were
little kids around."
Bouziane said he has no problem with any activity
that takes place between consenting adults.
But did all the activity take place behind
Bouziane told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
that there was some activity taking place
outside the house.
According to published reports, Bouziane said
he and his roommates spotted people filming
sex scenes on a boat, on a dock and in a pool
The home on Flotilla is owned by Scott and
Deanne Hopp and can be rented over the Internet
for $4,800 a week. When the Hopps learned
what was taking place, they evicted the Mandingo
party people on the grounds that they were
violating the terms of their lease.
The party was then moved elsewhere. Word of
a Mandingo party house in Sarasota this coming
weekend could not be verified, but there are
Mandingo parties nationwide on a regular basis,
according to Web sites used to promote the
Bradenton Beach officials remain confident
that adult entertainment parties cant
take place in their city.
Holmes Beach officials remain confident that
there is nothing that can be done to stop
Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland said
he isnt aware of a problem in Anna Maria,
but if the Sheriffs Office requests
an adult entertainment ordinance, hed
"But frankly, I think we have more important
things to worry about," he said.
make Dylan�s wishes come true
sun staff writer
Every day, firefighters come to someones
rescue because its their job, but this
time they came to a little boys rescue
because of their love.
Four-year-old Dylan Mayes was born with a
rare chromosome abnormality called partial
trisomy 20-P of the non-mosaic type. His mother,
Laurie Russett, said most children that have
the abnormality die in the womb and dont
get a chance at life. Last fall, Russett,
a single mother, contacted the Make-A-Wish
Foundation to get a wish for Dylan.
"Julie (Julie Alford) brought the paperwork
to our house to fill out, and she brought
Dylan a fire truck to play with," Russett
explained. "He loved the fire truck and
his reaction triggered this whole thing."
When Alfords husband, Terry, learned
of Dylans joy at receiving the fire
truck, he contacted the West Manatee Fire
& Rescue District.
"He wanted to go on the truck and tour
the station," Battalion Chief Rich Losek
recalled, "but Kurt (Deputy Fire Marshall
Kurt Lathrop) took off with it."
Firefighters contacted the company that makes
their bunker gear and soon a pint-sized set
of authentic bunker gear arrived. Crowder
Brothers Hardware donated a childs riding
fire truck, and Ten-8 Fire Equipment procured
a small helmet with Dylans name on it.
"He wanted to be a firefighter, so we
made him an honorary firefighter," Chief
Andy Price said. "It was Christmas, so
the firefighters bought him presents and threw
a Christmas party.
Three weeks later, tragedy struck. A burglar
broke into Russetts house and stole
$3,000 she had saved for Dylans tuition
at the special school he attends.
"After the break-in, the firefighters
came and repaired the damage to the house
and put locks on all the doors," Russett
said. "Since then, we stop by the fire
station frequently and the firefighters let
Dylan sit in the truck and turn on the siren,
spray the hose and be a firefighter.
They also come by the house to see him. They
are incredible. They treat us just like we
are their family."
Losek sent out a plea to his fellow firefighters
to donate what they could to help match the
money Russett had lost. Dan Bouwer, of Ten-8,
also pledged to help. At last weeks
fire commission meeting, Bouwer presented
Russett with a check for $500 and firefighters
presented her with one for $853.
"This all started so simply," Russett
said through her tears. "Its just
amazing what the fire department and the whole
community has done to help us out over and
over and over again. With the Christmas and
the checks and the stopping by and the rides
on the fire truck, its been unbelievable.
You guys have been a tremendous help and made
my sons life so much easier."
The fire district is accepting donations for
Dylans tuition and therapy at the fire
districts administrative office, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217. Checks
can be made out to West Manatee Fire &
Rescue District. Indicate on the memo line
that it is for Dylan Mayes.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
City building officials have voided
the permits for three GSR Development projects.
The action was taken after the contractor
for the projects asked to be released as the
Three letters dated May 12 were sent to GSR
Development LLC, informing them that the contractor,
Paul Gallizzi, president and owner of Spectrum
Construction Management, had requested his
release as the permit holder. The developments
are duplexes at 109 Fifth St. S., 110 Seventh
St. S., and 112 Seventh St. S.
The letter on the first project cited the
developers failure to accomplish permit
obligations in a timely matter, noting that
the last inspection for any substantial work
was on or before Sept. 12, 2005. It also noted
that the developers failed to provide a satisfactory
stormwater management plan and thus, failure
to provide adequate on-site stormwater retention.
The letter regarding the duplex at 110 Seventh
St. S. also cites a failure to get the permitted
work done in a timely matter, noting the last
inspection for any work performed was on or
before Dec. 5, 2005. It says that the builder
did not provide an adequate stormwater retention
plan during construction.
On the duplex at 112 Seventh St. S., the letter
noted that no inspection of the project has
occurred since Dec. 12, 2005 and also cites
developers for no on-site stormwater retention
plan and says that the parking plan is unworkable.
In each case, the letter says that GSR would
have to get a new building permit to complete
GSR also has a beachfront condominium project
at 2510 Gulf Drive N. that has been stalled
for a while. The city recently notified the
developers that they would have to pay more
than $155,000 for a new building permit after
the first one expired due to a lack of progress
on the permitted work.
protection zones now effective
sun staff writer
Local waterways are now being posted with
manatee protection zone signs and the regulations
behind them along with the $65 fine
for violations take effect as soon
as the signs go up.
The new rules aim at balancing the rights
of boaters with the need to protect manatees,
according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission Officer Terry Noll.
The main purpose of the rules is to protect
manatees from two things harmful collisions
with motorboats and harassment with
a secondary purpose of protecting manatee
The rules create unregulated areas and also
lanes that allow higher speeds within regulated
Three types of year-around speed zones have
been created in the following bodies of water
in areas designated as places where manatee
sightings are frequent and where they live
on a regular or periodic basis.
Several 25-mile-per-hour speed zones were
created in Anna Maria Sound, Palma Sola Bay,
Sarasota Bay, western Terra Ceia Bay/Flounder
Pass, the Manatee River and the Braden River.
Slow speed zones were created in Anna Maria
Sound, Palma Sola Bay, Sarasota Bay, Bishop
Harbor, Miguel Bay, western Terra Ceia Bay,
Terra Ceia Bay, Terra Ceia Bayou, the Manatee
River and the Braden River.
An idle speed zone the slowest of all
was created at Snead Cut.
A separate group of rules governs commercial
fishing in the zones.
The rules have the authority of both the state
and Manatee County governments, said Dawn
Griffin of the FWCs Boating and Waterways
So far, signs have been installed in Terra
Ceia Bay, Bishop Harbor, the Manatee River
and parts of the Braden River, she said, adding,
"These areas were prioritized over other
waterways in the county because people had
permits for their docks on hold."
The full text of the rules for all manatee
zones in Manatee County is available at: http://myfwc.com/manatee/documents/Rules%202005/Tampa%20Bay%20rules%20(2004).pdf.