year anticipated for Island tourism
to feature crab cake contest
political forums Oct. 24, 25
rallies behind �Officer Pete�
Center awarded $1.5 million EDGE loan
Chiropractic introduces cranial release technique
fest cancelled, another delayed on Bridge Street
a leg � it�s stone crab season
Good year anticipated
for Island tourism
By Cindy Lane
sun staff writer
Cool breezes, a decrease in red
tide, falling gas prices and good exchange rates are
promising to fill Island beaches, according to area
"As soon as the cool weather got here, business
picked up," said Tom Buehler, owner of Haleys
Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. "People
are so tired of the summer. Once the red tides
gone and the weather turns nice, theyre here."
September brought fewer visitors than last year because
of the red tide, he said.
"If you have four choices of what to do on a
weekend, youre not going to choose red tide."
Business picked up the first weekend of October at
the Sandbar and Mar Vista restaurants after a month
of red tide and 24 days of rain, said Rebecca Shannon,
general manager of the BeachHouse.
Cedar Cove Resort, 2710 Gulf Drive, also had more
business in September and October so far this year
than last year, manager Eric Carnes said, crediting
open-window weather, return guests and European visitors.
Exchange rates are favorable for both the Euro and
the Canadian dollar, said Andrew Vac, chairman of
the Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce and owner of RE/MAX Excellence Realty
on Longboat Key
Lodging reservations for the holidays also look promising,
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce President Mary
Ann Brockman said, thanks to lower gas prices and
lessening red tide.
"Thanksgiving is up 10 percent and Christmas
is up 15 percent," she said.
"If we can get through October with no red tide
and no hurricanes, well be OK."
"The longer we go, the easier its going
to be to overcome those things that people are frightened
of," agreed Barbara Rodocker, owner of the 28-unit
Bridge Walk and the 50-unit Silver Surf in Bradenton
While its the slow season, her restaurant, the
Sun House, is staying busy with meetings and weddings,
she said. And with no indication of a hurricane on
the horizon and an early cold spell up north, shes
optimistic that the holidays will be bright.
"I think well have a much better winter,"
Rodocker said. But after last years marathon
red tide, "People are a little skeptical no matter
what we do to promote."
Some regular visitors were reluctant to book rooms
at the 11-unit Wicker Inn, 5581 Gulf of Mexico Drive
on Longboat Key because it was for sale, said Becky
Bishop, controller of new owner, U.S. Assets.
But after the $5.5 million sale was completed last
month, business increased because the previous owners
typically closed in September while the new owners
kept the doors open. The business will operate through
this tourist season, then will be demolished for condominiums,
Bayfest to feature
crab cake contest
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
ANNA MARIA Bayfest 2006, set for this Saturday,
Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Pine Avenue, is
more than just sights and sounds. The main food court
will contribute its share of smells and tastes and
there is a crab cake contest where local restaurants
will compete for the thrill of victory. Some of the
contestants will be selling their crab cakes at their
The judges are Melissa Robinson, of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune;
David and Terri Grimes, of the Manatee Herald-Tribune;
Vanessa Shaw-Finelli and Neal Finelli, of Taste Magazine;
and Bee Hill, author of "Our Love Affair with
Food and Travel."
The contest will run between 3 and 5 p.m., and judges
will score on taste, texture, presentation and originality
Contestants are Paradise Café, Waterfront,
Banana Cabana, Shells Seafood Restaurant, Stonewood
Grille & Tavern, Sun House, Rotten Ralphs,
Melindas Café, D Coy Ducks and Sandbar.
The highest score wins. In the event of a tie, there
will be a cook-off until one winner is determined.
There will be a judges table set up across from the
food court for people to view the tasting. The winner
will receive a plate trophy engraved with: Island
s Best Crab Cake, Bayfest 2006. Their names
will be engraved at a later date. The winner will
be announced and presented with the trophy between
5 and 6 p.m.
Heres a look at the food available at the Bayfest
Bagels and cream cheese, turkey legs, hot dogs,
chili and coffee from Paradise Café and Catering;
Fish tacos from The Waterfront;
Pizza from A Moveable Feast;
Smoothies and cotton candy from T&S Sweets;
Homemade ice cream and roasted nuts from Big
European bakery items, breads and caramel apples
from Baker di Europa;
Coconut shrimp, crab cakes, jerk grouper and
conch fritters from Banana Cabana;
Shrimp skewers, crab cake and shrimp pasta
from Shells restaurant;
Jambalaya and smoked salmon from Stonewood
Grille and Tavern;
Crab cakes from the Sun House;
Crab cakes, lobster, conch and chicken and
rice from Rotten Ralphs;
Pizza, gumbo and Italian sausage and peppers
hoagies from Solos Pizza;
Chicken Caesar wraps and chips and salsa from
Burgers from Skinnys;
Bali chicken sandwiches and crab sakes from
Fish and chips from Anna Maria Oyster Bar;
Southern Comfort barbecue sandwiches from D
In addition, shaved ice and kettle corn will be on
sale in the childrens area.
Its a day of shopping at the vendors booths,
education at the not-for-profit booths, music and
refreshments at the adult and childrens stages,
fine wine and music at the Anna Maria Island Historical
Societys Wine Garden, reminiscing at the classic
auto show and enjoying autumn on the Island.
Free parking is available at Island Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, with dedicated trolley
service to Bayfest.
Admission is free.
forums Oct. 24, 25
The Anna Maria Island Sun is sponsoring political
forums at Anna Maria City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 24,
and Holmes Beach City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 25,
where voters can submit question for candidates for
offices in those cities.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at both forums and attendees
can mingle with the candidates before the debates,
which begin at 7 p.m.
In Anna Maria, Fran Barford and Tom Turner are running
for mayor while Linda Cramer, Jo Ann Mattick, and
Duke Miller are running for two commission seats.
During the Holmes Beach forum, Manatee County Commission
at-large candidates Carol Whitmore and Sarah Meaker
will face off. In addition, there are five candidates
running for two city commission seats. They are Pat
Geyer, Sandy Haas-Martens, Sheila Hurst, Don Maloney
and John Monetti.
behind �Officer Pete�
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
Tickets are now on sale at St. Bernard Church, the
Holmes Beach Police Department, Time Saver and Anna
Maria Elementary for the pasta dinner for Pete Lannons
family at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive in Holmes Beach, 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct. 19. The dinner is sponsored by the Chiles Group,
Island Gourmet, Beach Bistro, Publix, Girl Scouts,
Cub Scouts, St. Bernard Catholic Church, J &
J Graphics, Pyrates of the Gulf Coast and friends
The menu has expanded as area restaurants and food
outlets have chipped in. It includes a choice of
penne or bow tie pasta with Alfredo or marinara
sauce and meatballs from the Chiles Group chefs.
Beach Bistro is donating Caesar salad or you can
opt for Island Gourmets garden salad. Island
Gourmet is also donating fresh mozzarella balls
and there will be garlic bread from an undetermined
donor. Publix is providing the sodas and bottled
The Anna Maria Elementary School parents will supply
desserts that will be included in the $10 per adult
and $5 per child fee. The parents will also sell
whole pies and cakes for an additional cost. The
local Girl Scout troop will host the bake sale,
and the local Boy Scout troop will serve the refreshments.
Take outs will also be available.
T-shirts with a logo containing a caricature by
local artist Paul Arnold will be for sale at the
dinner. The shirts are $10 each and the proceeds
go toward the Lannon family.
Jimi Gee and his kids will be providing the music
for the evening. You can volunteer anytime after
noon on Thursday. Auction items are being collected
for that evening. Lannon, who has served as the
elementary schools resource officer for five
years has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
and has been on sick leave for more than two months.
His ailment was originally diagnosed as a bad back,
but the news that it was cancer put the community
into motion to raise money for the affable officer
so he can handle home expenses while he fights the
Lannon paid a surprise visit to the school last
Thursday. From his home east of Bradenton, he said
that he had to come west to update a prescription
and decided to push himself out to the Island school.
"It was so good to see the people and their
faces," he said. "Some of them didnt
recognize the thin, gray haired person they saw,
but it was me."
Lannon said the visit threw him off his medication
schedule and it caused him some pain, but it was
The community has more fund raisers planned. Proceeds
from the Bayfest celebrations kids area on
Saturday, Oct. 21, will go toward the Pete Lannon
Fund, which has been set up through the PTO at the
Wachovia Bank on the Island. Bayfest runs from 10
a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 22, Danielles Day Spa at 103
Seventh St. N. in Bradenton Beach will be raising
money for Lannon. Dina Stewart and Danielle Seawall
will host a day of massage, manicures, pedicures
and facials at discounted prices from 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. with the proceeds going to the Lannon Fund.
Call 650-5441 now for appointments. Ed Chiles and
the Chiles Group and Bob Carter, of Ketchum Inc.,
will match the proceeds raised.
Also that day, a group called Petes Teens,
former students of the officers DARE drug
resistance class who have moved on to middle and
high school, will sponsor a car wash at Holmes Beach
City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Lannon starts radiation treatment this week and
he said he welcomes it as a way to help his body
and his mind beat the cancerous tumor.
awarded $1.5 million EDGE loan
By Pat Copeland
sun staff writer
The Anna Maria Island Community Center construction
project was one of 10 projects in the Southeastern
U.S. to receive an EDGE (Economic Development and
Growth Enhancement) loan.
The awards, announced Thursday, are from the Federal
Home Loan Bank of Atlanta in partnership with local
banks. The Centers EDGE loan is in conjunction
with Northern Trust Bank of Florida for $1.5 million
at 5 percent for 240 months.
"We are honored to be selected because very few
projects are selected each year," Community Center
Executive Director Pierrette Kelly said. "Every
penny we save is money in the bank.
"Northern Trust believes in the Center and because
of their support, we have received this EDGE loan.
We are so grateful to Northern Trust that the EDGE
loan was approved because it will reduce the amount
of interest the Center must pay back by at least $10,000."
Kelly said the EDGE loan does not go into effect until
the building is built.
"Northern Trust is the bridge financing, which
means that it is the bridge to get us from now to
the time when all our pledges are fully paid, which
is about five years," Kelly explained. "We
will use the $2 million we borrowed from Northern
Trust and the money donated by our generous donors
to finish the project.
"Then the EDGE loan comes in and gives $1.5 million
to Northern Trust to cover that portion of the loan.
The Northern Trust loan is at 8 percent and the EDGE
loan is at 5 percent, so it will reduce our interest
payments by 3 percent."
Center officials still must raise $349,000 in cash
and $600,000 in pledges by Jan. 7 to meet the terms
of the loan contract with Northern Trust. Center officials
have raised $2.7 million so far and hope to raise
another $2.5 million for the project and any contingencies.
According to the Centers plans, the first floor
of the new building will include a semi-circular drop-off
area, a control center, a boutique, an aerobics/fitness
room with lockers, an activity room that can be divided
into two learning centers, the gym with a stage, a
café and culinary arts kitchen and offices.
The second floor will include a control center, administrative
offices, a teen game room and lounge, a performing
arts center, a computer learning center, a technology
learning center, a conference room and two counseling
rooms with a private entrance.
Outside, the sports fields and tennis courts wont
change, but there will be a new stadium with a concession
stand and dugouts and a central courtyard and playground.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new building is
tentatively set for Nov. 16.
introduces cranial release technique
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH It is the latest technique in
easing pain and making the body do what it is supposed
to do, and its coming to the Island.
Dr. Kathleen Goerg, owner of Island Chiropractic Center
at 3612 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, is holding
an open house luncheon on Monday, Oct. 30, from noon
to 2 p.m. to introduce Barbara Rambow, a licensed
massage specialist who has been trained in cranial
"This will be the only location in Manatee County
offering this," said Rambow. "There are
some places in Sarasota and in the Tampa Bay area,
but this will be the only one in this county."
Rambow said she would be available Thursdays to practice
this technique starting Nov. 2.
"Its a hands-on massage and relief is available
within two minutes," she said. "Well
do muscle testing before and after the session to
measure the success.
anial release technique is taught by chiropractors,
she said, because it is an approved method of relieving
pain and other symptoms.
ou start by massaging the top of the spinal column
and then you move into the cranial bones at the base
of the skull and up."
ambow said the procedure is meant to undo what happens
to many of us at birth.
When youre born, the cranial bones are compressed
and they are supposed to decompress," she said.
"Thats the way it was when women just dropped
a baby out, but now you have doctors pulling the baby
out of the womb by the head. That little amount of
pressure has an affect."
She said cranial release is meant to enlarge the space
between the brain and the skull where there is fluid.
"You stretch the cranial bones to allow them
to expand and the body produces more of that fluid,"
she said. "The fluid is there to pad the brain,
and it also carries nourishment with it, which goes
down the spinal column."
Rambow said it is good for adults and also for small
"If you can stretch the cranial bones at an early
age, it would raise the quality of life in the child
and as it grows into an adult," she said. "Without
it, the patients quality of life would not be
all that it could be."
Rambow said another benefit is vision.
"That fluid is also used to form the whites of
your eyes," she said. "The more of it you
have, the better your bodys ability to avoid
Rambow said other benefits include relieving Parkinsons
disease, lowering high blood pressure, controlling
diabetes and losing weight.
Rambow started training in the technique in May of
this year and she said in all the people she has treated,
there were only two who did not show some improvement
To learn more about the technique, you can log on
to www.cranialrelease.com. To learn more about what
Barbara Rambow has to offer, call 778-0722 to attend
the open house luncheon at noon on Monday, Oct. 30.
One fest cancelled,
another delayed on Bridge Street
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH The Bridge Street Merchants
Association has announced a Holiday Open House on
Saturday, Dec. 9, but is running into time constraints
on two other annual events, which may be delayed or
canceled this season.
The Holiday Open House coincides with the Cortez Yacht
Club Lighted Boat Parade that evening. This will be
the only lighted boat parade around the Island this
season. Boat owners will compete in several categories
on holiday lighting and originality of display.
During the Holiday Open House, shops will offer food
and refreshments and some will have special pricing
in order to spread the holiday spirit and offer people
an opportunity to save while they shop for friends
Meanwhile, Barbara Rodocker, who owners Bridge Walk
resort, told city commissioners on Thursday, Oct.
5, that the Bridge Street Festival, initially scheduled
for Nov. 11, wont be held this year due to a
lack of time. The festival, which brings people out
to the citys commercial district for arts and
crafts, food, refreshments and live music, has its
roots in the days before the city rebuilt the district
and attracted new businesses to bridge Street.
Rodocker said there is a chance they might be able
to hold it next spring.
Rodocker also said that the merchants dont have
the time to finish the paperwork for the Christmas
Prelude, which began seven years ago as a Thanksgiving
evening celebration of the impending holiday season.
It was set for Dec. 9. Rodocker was referring to the
paperwork that the city requires, but Mayor John Chappie,
who was one of the events founders, said that
he would be more than willing to help the merchants
get it done.
Chappie, architectural designer Emily Anne Smith and
former city clerk Lea Ann Bessonette started the Prelude
as a way to give residents an old-sfashioned celebration
and get their first taste of holiday music for the
season. Held on the Bridge Street Pier, it also gave
merchants an opportunity to invite apeople into their
shops after the program.
The three founders finally turned the reigns over
to the merchants, which formed an association several
years ago to market Bridge Street and the citys
commercial district to residents and tourists.
Break a leg
� it�s stone crab season
By Cindy Lane
sun staff writer
The arms race is on.
This week marks the start of stone crab season, and
here are the rules of the game for recreational harvest
of stone crabs between now and May 15, courtesy of
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Claws measuring at least 2 _ inches are fair game,
and both claws can be taken from a single crab as
long as they are at least the minimum size. The measurement
is taken from the base of the joint between the elbow
and the propodus - the immovable component of the
pinching part of the claw - to the tip of the propodus.
Usually only one claw is taken from an individual
stone crab because most crabs dont have two
legal-size claws, as one is typically dominant and
larger, according to Lee Schlesinger of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions Division
of Marine Fisheries Management.
If both claws are removed correctly, it doesnt
kill the crab, Schlesinger said.
"It leaves the crab somewhat defenseless, but
not totally unable to fend for itself," he said,
adding that while the claws are useful defense mechanisms,
crabs also have hard shells that protect them from
predators, and they can feed themselves with their
"But you might want to only take one to help
that particular critter," he said.
The commissions website states that: "The
practice of removing both claws of a stone crab threatens
the ability of the resource to renew itself."
Carelessly removing a claw puts the animal in more
danger, he said. Removed correctly, the claw area
will heal and the crab will grow a new claw of the
same size in one to three years.
Claws cannot be taken from females with eggs, which
are carried on the underside and are usually orange
but occasionally red, red-brown or brown-gray.
The bag limit is one gallon of claws per person or
two gallons per vessel, whichever is less.
It is illegal to use any device that can puncture,
crush or injure the crabs body, such as spears,
grains, grabs, hooks or similar devices.
Each person can have a maximum of five traps, which
must have the harvesters name and address permanently
affixed to them in legible letters. Traps must be
pulled manually, and only in daylight hours. They
may not be placed in navigational channels. Trap construction
specifications are listed in Florida Administrative
Code Rule 68B-45.004.
Buoys must have a legible "R" at least two
inches high permanently affixed to them.
A Florida recreational fishing license is required
to harvest stone crabs.