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News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Ginny says, 'Not so'
Contrary to De" .20 puublisled ,Cine1itiis in the Islahnder by Jane. E t rihl..stiser Ginny Dtltoin sa''. O ii ill
not offer coffee and baked goods for sale at her Holmes Beach shop, Ginny's Antiques and Art. Jane E closed
her "to-go" coffee business at the Holmes Beach store and Ginny emiplhasized ihat 'luIt is merely selling paper
cups and plastic wrap, not coffee and baked goods. Jane E ceased sales at Ginny's Holmes Beach location
after city officials determined she was operating a restaurant.there in violation of city code. Jane E continues
;o t'. o'er coffe service and f~t shtt baked goods at the former Anna Maria IGA store, where Ginny also
peddle, iantiqu(et and art. I.landr Photo: Bonner Joy
Bennett: 'Think outside box' for fire savings
By Paul Roat
"If you don't control your own destiny," Florida
Sen. Mike Bennett told a group of 60 Manatee County
fire chiefs and commissioners Friday, "someone else
will do it for you."
Bennett's remarks came at a meeting to address
looming financial shortfalls predicted by West Mana-
tee Fire'and Rescue District commissioners in upcom-
ing years. The district, which includes Anna Maria Is-
land, Cortez and northwest Bradenton, has been reel-
ing under new state firefighting mandates, particularly
that two firefighters be outside a burning building be-
fore two can enter to fight a fire.
In an effort to budget for the "two-in, two-out"
rule, West Manatee attempted to sway voters three
times in 2004 to allow an additional tax to levied based
on property value in addition to the e,\i ting assessment
method of raising funds. All three referendums were
defeated by the voters.
West Manatee commissioners had then approached
Bennett and the local legislative delegation in an effort
to have a special bill introduced to the Florida Legis-
lature that would allow a greater assessment to be lev-
ied. Bennett, and other members of the local delega-
tion, rejected the proposal.
"The legislative delegation is not going to Talla-
hassee and try to pass a bill to raise taxes that the citi-
zens have said three times they don't want," Bennett
flatly told West Manatee commissioners and the other
He suggested that the 13 county fire districts
each appoint a person to meet and work on devising
cost-cutting measures. "You need to work on best
practices. You need to look at cost of service. You
will need to-look at each others financial statements
so you can compare with everyone else, and com-
pare costs with ever one else.
"I suggest you check your ego at the door and work
on holding down the costs for the people in Manatee
County," Bennett. added "I believe there are more fire
districts in Manatee.County than anywhere else in the
state, and I'm afraid someone will introduce some fire
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more time on
Cafe on Beach
By Rick Catlin
In what is rapidly becoming a nightmare for Cafe
on the Beach owner Dee Percifield-- along with the
numerous regular and winter visitor patrons who fre-
quent the restaurant Manatee County officials have
asked for yet another extension to complete renova-
tions at the facility, located at the Manatee Counts
Beach. The request was sent to the Holmes Beach City
Commission Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Renovations on the building, which is owned by
the county, began last September and completion was
expected in November. But four hurricanes later, work
was still not finished and the county received a tempo-
rary permit from the city to continue construction. The
new completion date was Dec. 15, but that came and
went. Only the Beach Shop and the Pancake Shack
have opened and the county is asking for another 75
days to complete the main building.
That puts the opening date well into March, fully
into the tourist season "n ith Easter, the traditional sig-
nal of season's end, falling on March 27.
Percifield said she's as anxious as anyone to get
open for business, and she's been flooded with inquir-
ies from regular customers asking when is the opening
According to county officials, said Percifield, they
need two additional weeks to finish the kitchen and
another 30 days at most to finish the rest rooms.
"We could be open by Feb. 1, maybe Feb. 5,"
Percifield said hopefully.
"We have been as patient as possible with this,"
she added. "I've had so many people come up to me
and ask when we'll reopen. What can I tell them? As
soon as possible."
While renovations are ongoing, Cafe on the Beach
has been serving short-order items from a portable
trailer at the Manatee Co.unt\ Beaich.
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'Bags of Joy' fillers needed quickly
By Jim Hanson
Earl Mowry is filling the first of what he hopes
will be more than 500 "bags of joy" to take to chil-
dren in Haiti, and he doesn't have much time: He has
set a deadline of Jan. 31.
He has set the demanding timetable so he can
take the bags to the kids in February. Filling the bags
with joy, crating them and getting them to Haiti takes
a lot of time and work, he said.
In mid-December he sent 470, and his goal now is
to round that out to 1,000. Such are the delays in ship-
ping and delivery that the holiday bags weren't distrib-
uted until this week. He is receiving items to fill the bags
in Holmes Beach, at his Island TV repair shop, on
Holmes Boulevard behind the Sterling Anvil.
What he needs for his hundreds of young fans are
such things as toys, toiletries, school supplies, socks
and dozens of other items the underprivileged chil-
dren there don't have, and have no way of getting
except for Islanders' generosity, Mowry said.
He also needs money to carry on construction
projects and furnish the new buildings, and vows to
match all contributions with money from his own
pocket. He took $3,900 there last year. Construc-
tion is almost finished on the 47-by-100-foot
church he and other volunteers have built there for
"Pastor Julio" and his growing congregation. Only
the floor remains to be completed.
"If all it takes to get a child started in church
and school is a $1 'bag of joy,'" he said, "it's a tre-
He hastens to point out that this is a non-de-
nominational effort, or rather multi-denomina-
tional, or even all-denominational. And it is strictly
an Anna Maria Island project, he said. Islanders
have donated most of the goods so far, and he ex-
pects that to continue.
Haiti has settled down from the turmoil of the
past few years, he said, certainly in the north of the
island where his efforts are directed the village
of Madeline near Cap Haitien. Canadians are there,
too, building a school near the new church.
Right now, lMo\ r)'s main worry is that dead-
line he set for himself and Anna Maria Island: Jan.
31. He may be reached at 778-1703 or 778-2694.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
district consolidation legislation that ill hurt you. E\er)-
one wants the lowest cost and the highest level of service."
Bennett said he would facilitate such meetings or
provide research as needed.
"The answer may be consolidation, or it may not,
but you have to start talking about it," he added.
West Manatee Fire Chief Andy Price said the
district's assessment method of raising funds was in-
adequate for the current makeup of the district. "Unlike
other districts in the county, we're almost built out,"
Price said. "We've got no growth and we're at our tax
cap, which will only let us keep going as-is. We have
interlocal agreements with neighboring fire districts,
but we're at the west end of the county, and it's a long
way to go in one direction, and the time element [of
getting another truck out] is our problem, especially in
Price added that u p to 85 percent of the fire district's
budget is comprised of salaries for firefighters.
Longboat Key'Fire Chief Julius Halas was fire
chief in Sarasota when that city and Sarasota County
consolidated services several years ago. The city-
county pairing \\as spurred by a relatively stagnant
growth within the city while the county was seeing a
With city firefighting services paid for through
property tax revenue, the city was looking at up to a 6-
mill tax levy for fire services. After joining with the
county, the costs were spread out and the county tax hit
dropped to less than 3 mill, Halas said.
"I don't know how to solve your problem short-
term," Bennett concluded, "but you're going to have to
start thinking outside of the box,"
Bradenton Beach Public Works empclovee Ray
Wilson is retiring after 10 years ith the city. "Rest
assured, he won't be sitting around wondering what
to do with all that free time, Mayor John Chappie
declared in a proclamation. "We know that he has
been practicing up for his retirement by becoming an
avid golfer and part-time handyman." Islander
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners at a special meeting
Jan. 7 quickly gave the go-ahead to Mayor SueLynn to
contract for construction of a berm along a portion of the
North Shore Drive beach after learning that the Federal
Emergence Managementent Agen has committed $29,500
ito the project \ while cost estimates are only at $22,000. The
city, according to the mayor, can keep the difference for
any future project to halt beach erosion.
FEMA had estimated the project would cost about
$32,000, of which that agency would pay 90 percent.
The city would either pay the remaining 10 percent or
get the funds from the Florida Department of Envirori-
mental Protection or require affected property owners
to pay the difference.
Commissioner Duke Miller questioned the mayor
about the city's portion of the project.
"I don't foresee any contingency where it would
cost the city money, but I didn't want to proceed witih-
out commission approval," she responded.
Miller also wondered why the city didn't include
other areas along North Shore Drive that are also severely
eroded, but the mayor said this was entirely a FEMA
project and their survey team determined which areas
qualified for FEMA funding. FEMA also included a por-
tion of the beach in front of the Sandbar restaurant.
The mayor agreed there were worse areas of ero-
sion along North Shore Drive, but the decision "was
entirely a FEMA choice," done under FEMA require-
ments to be eligible for emergency funding, she said.
Public Works Director George McKay provided four
estimates to construct a berm along the severely eroded
beach between 755 and 761 North Shore and in front of
the Sandbar, with the lowest estimate at $22,000.
The mayor said she confirmed with FEMA that the
city could keep any difference between payment and
costs as a reserve fund for future emergency erosion
Beach City Market
A team of Manatee County Sheriff's Office depu-
ties last Thursday raided the now-closed Beach City
Market at 1701 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach and
a home in Holmes Beach owned by Beach City propri-
etors David and Dawn Viens.
The Manatee County Clerk of Courts Web site
states that David Viens of 129 49th St., Holmes Beach,
was arrested Jan. 6 by MCSO deputies for possession
of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute within
1,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled sub-
stance (Schedule II opium), and possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon. He was also arrested for traffick-
ing in marijuana (50 and 2,000 pounds).
The property appraiser's Web site lists Dawn and
David Viens as the owners of 129 49th St. in Holmes
Beach. The Florida Department of State Web site lists'
Dawn Viens as the sole officer and director of Beach
City Market & Grille Inc.
MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow said he could not
confirm any arrests because the raids were part of an on-
Eyewitnesses to the Beach City aid said deputies
entered the premises and removed several boxes that ap-
peared to contain paperwork and files. A witness to the
home raid said deputies there also carted away a number
of boxes and other items. One individual at the residence,
who did not live there, was briefly detained then released,
the witness said.
Bristow is on vacation this week and could not be
reached for further comment. Another spokesperson
with the MCSO said he had no details on the raids or
information on any arrest.
The Beach City Market opened in April 2003, but
closed just a few weeks ago and the property is up for sale.
The Viens also operated the defunct Island Kitchen in
Anna Maria several years ago before opening Beach City.
Bridge over untroubled waters
Holmes Beach resident Ernie Kendler stands on the
garden bridge at his Island residence on Neptune Drive
that was created entirely with saved seashells and
beach rocks. The bridge was created by Island resident
Tom Tuten ofAquacraft. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Island film festival
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
present a series of films containing footage shot on the
Island in its "Anna Maria Island Film Festival."
The festival will feature five films with one selec-
tion shown each month from January through May.
The first film to be featured is a repeat showing of
the 1920s film "Isle of Destiny" that was debuted to
Islanders lucky enough to snag a seat at the historical
society's November presentation.
The film stars Paul Gilmore, a New York actor
with a few silent film credits to his name. The movie
itself is a quirky silent film accompanied by a score of
piano music to set the tone.
The plot revolves around three characters, Jim
Stafford, played by Gilmore, his cousin, played by
Frank Williams and Ruth Haney played by Hazel
Hudson. The trio fail to reach the United States when
their steamship sinks and they are abandoned on a de-
"Isle of Destiny" will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 17, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The second featured film will be "On An Island
With You," which was filmed on the Island in 1947. It
features swimming star Esther Williams, dancer Cyd
Charisse, comediafiJfmmy Durante and actors Peter
Lawford and Ricardo Montalban.
"On An Island With You" will be shown Monday,
The third feature is the 1983 movie "A Flash of
Green." Portions of this movie were filmed in Cortez
and features Blair Brown, Ed Harris, John Glover and
The movie, based on the novel by the late John D.
McDonald, is set in 1961 in the fictional town of Palm
Cay on Florida's Gulf Coast. It's the tale of a battle
between a real estate developer and environmentalists.
"A Flash of Green" will be shown Monday, March
"Great Expectations" will be the featured film on
"April 18.. Scenes for this .1996 film, based on the
Charles Dickens' classic, were also shot in Cortez and
some Sarasota locations. It stars Robert DiNiro,
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke and Anne Bancroft.
The final featured film is "Palmetto," and it will be
shown May 16. This 1997 movie features scenes
filmed at the Anna Maria City Pier. It stars Woody
Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershorn, Rolf Hoppe
and Michael Rapaport.
Seating for all shows is on a first-come, first-served
basis. Admission is free, but donations for the histori-
cal society are appreciated.
For more information, call the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum at 778-0492 or 778-1514.
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 12, 2005 U PAGE 3
Date set for AME
Manatee County School District has set a
date for the Anna Maria Elementary School
Ground breaking for the new construction
project will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
The community is invited to attend the cer-
emony, which will also be attended by school
board members, AME business partners and lo-
The existing AME facility is being replaced
by a new two-story block building designed by
SEducational Design Associates.
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Anna Maria City
Jan. 13,7 p.m., city commission work session. Agenda:
First reading on traffic regulation ordinance, first read-
ing of right-of-way ordinance, first reading on piling-
installation ordinance, review of request for public
works position, review of changes to code of ethics
document, alleged salary overpayment discussion,
Belle Haven Cottage expense and repair discussion,
Belle Haven Cottage alcohol exemption discussion, old
business and public comment.
Jan. 17, 7 p.m., special planning and zoning board
meeting on Sandbar restaurant and election of officers.
Jan. 19, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Jan. 12, 5 p.m., Citizens Advisory Committee for the
Review and Updating of the Comprehensive Plan and
Land Development Code.
Jan. 13, 3 p.m., city commission work session.
Jan. 13, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Jan. 18, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Jan. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach Citr Hall. 107 Gulf Drive N..
Jan. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement'board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Jan. 13, 6 p.m., Coalition Against Runaway Taxation
meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Jan. 17, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Or-
ganization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall CAN-
Jan. 19, 6 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Government offices in Holmes Beach and Longboat
Key will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, for Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Day.
Correction on beach erosion
The photo that appeared on the front page of The
Islander issue of Jan. 5 showing severe beach erosion
inadvertently gave the wrong address for the house at
765 North Shore Drive in Anna Maria.
Property owner Shelina Martin said the Federal
Emergency Management Agency did not approve the
property for an emergency berm installation, despite
the severe erosion:
Instead, only the houses at 755, 759 and 761 North
Shore Drive were approved by FEMA to have a berm
constructed along the shoreline to prevent further ero-
According to Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, who is
coordinating the effort between FEMA and the ap-
proved property owners, there is no 757 North Shore
Martin indicated she and her husband have a
Florida Department of Environmental Protection per-
mit and plan to build a seawall at their own expense to
preserve what's left of their property.
THE ISLANDER M JAN. 12, 2005 M PAGE 5
Island, Poston agree:
No county charter
By Rick Catlin
Hard to believe, but Island elected officials and
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston have found a com-
mon ground for agreement. They are unanimous in
their condemnation to the proposed Manatee County
charter recently presented to the county commission.
The draft charter calls for the county commission to
adopt a "Countywide Uniform Land Use Plan" that would
"include provisions that are specifically applicable
throughout the county, including within the boundaries of
municipalities and other governmental entities."
Specific areas that would be governed by the
county land-use plan and apply to the cities are:
Maximum density and intensity of development.
Environmental protection and preservation of
Building height limitations
Impact fees for development impacts to
Developmental concurrency for public infrastruc-
Such other matters as are authorized by this char-
ter or general law."
The charter also calls for a;14-member planning
council composed of the seven county commissioners,
a representative from each of the six municipalities and
one from the school board.
Presentation of the draft charter at the county
commission's Jan. 4 meeting brought a swift reaction
from Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore.
"It's not acceptable," said Whitmore. "We already
have our own charter and land-use plan and we don't
Thieves' market Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a mullet
smoke in conjunction with their Thieves Market on Sat-
urday, Jan. 15.
The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
Coquina Beach at the south end of Bradenton Beach.
The market will feature all kinds of pirate treasure,
some junk and maybe a little trash.
But, a spokesperson said, shoppers can also look for-
ward to finding arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles and
There will be live entertainment beginning at noon.
Vendor information is available by calling 729-9039.
headline Center dance
The Dreamclassics IV, the "little
band with the big sound" featuring
dance music and a variety of tunes
to swing to, jitterbug andjive will
appear at the "Welcome Back
Sundbirds Dance starting at 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 14, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. It's
lthe Center's first big dance of the
season with tickets at $10 per
pL rson. The event is "BYOB with
s r-ups and snacks availablefor
purchase. Contact the Center at
778-1908 for ticket purchases.
City and county officials will meet to
discuss the charter at the Manatee
Civic Center at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 27.
need the county telling us what to do."
The county, she claimed, already has a process and
the proposed charter is "just to address and control the
It's the on-going battle between County Commis-
sioner Joe McClash and Poston over Bradenton's ap-
proval of the 686-unit Arvida-St. Joe condominium
project, she added.
Whitmore is also adamantly opposed to the plan-
ning council. With seven of the 14 members, the
county commission could easily control what is ap-
proved or rejected, and with just one swing vote, could
pass measures that would hurt Island cities. "It's not
fair at all. They would have half the votes at every
meeting," she said.
Poston couldn't agree more. "The charter takes away
our sovereignty and the county commission would con-
trol the planning council." He noted that when Volusia
County (Daytona Beach) adopted a county charter form
of government, county commissioners there passed a
parking ordinance for the beach over the opposition of
beach residents and municpalties.
"They just told them that they control the beach park-
ing and there was nothing they could to about it," he said.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn was a bit less outspo-
ken in her opposition, but said she "could not support
any county charter that supersedes or negates what is
in our codes."
A countywide land development plan might be a
good idea for unincorporated Manatee County, she
Federal sand funding OK'd
for beach renourishment
With assurances from federal sources that the
sand would be clean, white and free of shells and
rocks, Manatee County commissioners late Tuesday
approved an interim beach renourishment project on
Anna Maria Island.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials told com-
missioners Monday that they would work with the
county to ensure the best possible sand for the beach
renourishment project, severely eroded due to the four
hurricanes that blew by the Island last summer.
Federal funds will pay for 100 percent of the
project, estimated to begin late this year.
observed, "but not if it eliminates the city's ability to
govern our own affairs."
While she's not in favor of the planning council,
she said she would need to know more about how it
would operate before making a final conclusion on that
portion of the proposal.
"Right now, I can see a 7-6 vote with the board of
education being the swing vote on a lot of issues," she
The entire charter proposal needs a lot of meetings,
discussions and compromise if she could ever support
the measure, she indicated.
Holmes Beach was to get its first opportunity to fire
back at the county commission with its opposition as
McClash was scheduled to attend the city commission
meeting Jan. 11. Anna Maria will take its pot shots when
McClash attends the city commission meeting on Jan. 27.
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PAGE 4. JAN. 12, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
Donor challenges community to aid tsunami victims
By Diana Bogan
On,behalf of the anonymous foundation she repre-
sents, Ilona Kenrick of Marina Pointe Realty in Anna
Maria presented Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
Vice President Birgit Sesterhenn with a donation of
$9,000 for the club to purchase shelter boxes for tsu-
nami victims in Southeast Asia.
The anonymous donors have also issued a chal-
lenge to the Island community to help in the effort to
aid families displaced by the Dec. 26 natural disaster.
Sesterhenn said the Rotary club has been challenged to
match the $9,000 donation by raising funds from the
community for the purchase of 10 more shelter boxes.
Sesterhenn added that if the community raises more
than $9,000 by March 1, the donor has pledged to
match any additional amount up to $22,500.
Shelter boxes can be sponsored by individuals,
organizations or businesses and cost $900 each. These
boxes are packaged at the ShelterBoxes warehouse in
England and are released to recognized international
relief agencies that oversee shipping and distribution.
Each box contains one three-compartment, 10-per-
son domed tent and repair kit, 10 sleeping bags, one
pack of 180 water purification tablets and one five-
gallon flat-pack water container, two collapsible plas-
tic water carriers, two sets of basic cooking and eating
utensils, a trenching shovel, three flashlights and bat-
teries, a 164-foot rope, 10 ponchos, a tool kit and multi-
fueled cook stove.
Supplies from the shelter box are expected to last
six months. A single water purification tablet is esti-
mated by the to purify 1,800 gallons of water, which
should be sufficient for a family of 10 for up to three
In addition to the contents of the shelter box, the
shipping container can also be utilized as a water tank,
food storage or table once it is emptied.
Shelter box sponsors are listed on the
manufacturer's "Roll of Honor" and sponsors receive
a box identification number to track delivery status
The Island Rotary Club has supported the shelter
box program in the past, purchasing a box that went to
Grenada after the hurricanes made landfall last sum-
mer. Two more Island boxes delivered to Iraq are also
listed on the shelter box Roll of Honor.
According to Sesterhenn, the 10 boxes sponsored by
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Ilona Kenrick of Marina
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Maria presents Birgit
Sesterhenn, vice president
of the Rotary Club of Anna
Maria Island, with a check
for $9,000 on behalf of an
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Purchase 10 Rotary shelter
boxes for tsunami victims
in Southeast Asia. The
anonymous donor has also
pledged to match funds
donated to Rotary by the
community for the pur-
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the donor foundation will be shipped out as quickly as
possible. Now it's up to the community to pitch in, too.
"This is a unique fundraiser addressing everybody
on Anna Maria Island and anywhere in the nation -
even the world to donate whatever they can to our
club with the provision that it be used entirely for the
purchase of shelter boxes," Sesterhenn said.
Sesterhenn noted that this fundraising challenge is
separate from the Rotary's upcoming Casino Night
fundraiser. The money from that event benefits more
than just the shelter box program.
"The timing definitely makes it a challenge, but as
Rotarians we try to help out locally and internationally.
We try to do it all," she said.
Checks can be made out to the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island, with a notation on the memo line
indicating it's for shelter boxes. Donations can be
mailed or dropped off to Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island; in care of Sesterhenn at The Island Florist, 5312
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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Say it ain't so
We are aghast to learn that Cafe on the Beach at the
Manatee County Beach won't fully open for some six
While the tenants and operators of both the cafe
and shop, Dee Percifield and Gene Schaefer, have been
patient and gracious in this situation at least toward
their friends and customers they must be secretly
They've been operating the cafe for more than 12
years and built a loyal clientele and a terrific staff.
Since the August closure for remodeling, the late sum-
mer/fall hurricanes compounded problems for the con-
struction crews and deadlines for reopening have come
and gone frequently.
The facility was originally to reopen in mid-Octo-
Certainly, some delays couldn't be avoided, but
we're talking about what most folks consider THE
BEST public beach in the county and we're disappoint-
ing lots of seasonal visitors with the fenced parking lot,
construction trailers, the piles of construction debris in
what should be a great beach landscape, the disappoint-
ment of NO rest rooms (well, maybe you use port-o-
lets) and the limited food service from a concession
We should have been tipped off to the inability of
the county to complete the project in a timely manner
considering it took an inordinate amount of time to
complete the construction of a small test room facility
at Coquina Beach.
Yes, the "Pancake Shack" is open. But we
shouldn't have to crawl through the construction site
to get to this jewel of a beach to enjoy a sunrise,
sunset, breakfast and a cup of coffee, or a walk on
This debacle has closed two businesses and put
some 50 employees out of work. And even though
their rent is abated during the remodel work, they've
lost five months of revenue a crusher for any
It's time the county was taken to task and chal-
lenged to finish the job, even if it means hiring crews
to work around the clock.
Call 745-3701 to speak to the Manatee County
Commission office staff. Or visit the county Web site
at www.co.manatee.fl.us (click "board" on the top
menu) for e-mail and mail addresses and phone contact
information for the commissioners.
Tell them to "give us back our beach now!"
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No charter, please which it would want to take power from the munici-
Open letter to Manatee County Commissioner Joe palities?
McClash: 3. I understand that the Sarasota County Charter
McClash: makes it quite clear that, should any county ordinance
Because I hate to be surprised at meetings, I de- bu
cided it was only right to provide you with some of the any Longboat Key ordinance, the Key's ordi-
i nance would prevail. If that's true, is the Manatee
things I'd like to talk about with you and the other nance oud prea. tats tre is te aatee
County proposed charter likely to read similarly?
county commissioners on Jan. 27 at the Manatee Civic C p c l t r
4. Is the counts commission willing to commit to
Center. And so, here goes-in no special order of im- s he c it
preserving tlhe home-ru le pov\ ers of the municipalities
in writing in their charter?
I'm sure you all know my basic objection because in writing in their charter?
To sum it all up, I thought about all this as I was
I heard others pass it on to you already. It has to do with To sum it all up, I thought about all this as ws
watching TV's "Everybody Loves-Raymond" show
what obviously appears to be a desire on the part of thing TV's everybodyy Loves Rmond sw
last night. It's a sitcom where the mother-in-law in
county commissioners to meddle in municipal affairs. st n t. ts a sitcom here te n-
I know you understand that meddling objection be- spends entirely too much time asamany non-TV
mothers-in-law have been known to do trying to run
cause the very first sentence of the Dec. 28 Charter things her way in her kid's family's home.
things her way in her kid's family's home.
Preamble Draft I received states very clearly that you .s o.
I then decided to drop this note off to you because
desire to be "joined together in the belief that govern- t n cde
those antics made me think thanks to all the char-
mental decisions affecting local interests should be.
S"ter talk of every municipality becoming like the
made locally rather than by the State."
S ere taln to yo abot yor charr re, "family" in that skit and the county taking over as a sort
If I were talking to you about your charter dream,
of mother-in-law. I'd enjoy a better county/municipal-
I would make exactly that same statement after replac- o mteia. I' e a be p m i
I would make exactly that same statement after replac- ity relationship would certainly result from a charter.
ing "State" with "Municipality." And those "full home Ifou've nevr watched "Ra lae d.
rule benefits" it says you're looking for in your char- Iyouve never watched Raymond, please, do.
I'm sure you'll agree.
ter lead me to believe you don't understand that sure you 11 agree.
a ,, Regards from one of the "family."
"home" is in the municipalities, not in the county Regards frm one of the mily."
chambers. Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
Doing some homework on the subject by looking Hve your say
into some existing county charters, I notice things lik' a y s a
in Lee County's charter where it gives them oversight The Islander welcomes and encourages your opin-
of certain land-use and zoning decisions. That, I'm l letters.
convinced, violates the "Home Rule" powers of that,, The Islander accepts letters of up to 250 words and
c v th reserves the right to edit for length, grammar. Letters
county's cities, and it sounds to me too much like your deserves the to edt for g Letters
draft must be signed, and include the city you reside in for
Anyway, before we get down to any serious talk-
ing about the proposed charter, here's what I'd like to
hear from county commissioners on Jan. 27:
1. What's wrong with the Accord? Have there been
any similar Elected Officials Roundtable meetings like
the Jan. 27 event about Accord wrongs you saw?
2. And is the county commission ready to pledge
that they do not foresee any situation in the future in
publication, and a phone number which is for verifica-
tion only. Anonymous letters will not be printed. All
letters to the editor will remain on file in our office and
available to the public.
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Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
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Regional artists are coming together to host an art-
auction 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. to benefit victims
of the Asian tsunamis. The event will be held at the
Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat
Drive, Longboat Key.
The occasion will afford a rare opportunity to ac-
quire art by some local and nationally recognized art-
ists, while directly responding to the disaster.
Artists committed to the auction at press time are
Ann Abgott, Jean Blackburn, Joan Boyles, Jackie
Clark, Woody Candish, Jay Canterbury, Karen Case,
Nancee Clark, Jeanne Chinnis. Rusty Chinnis, Susan
Curry, Jo Fiorello, Pat Ga\l Martha Hartman. Virginia
Hoffman, Joe Loccisano, Linda Molto, Cheryl Moody,
Florence Putterman, Herbie Rose, Gale Fulton Ross,
Richard Thomas, Elizabeth van Riper and nationally
recognized outsider artist Ruby C. Williams.
All proceeds from the event are to go to. the gen-
eral relief fund of "Doctors Without Borders."
This event is sponsored by the Longboat Key Center
for the Arts, Cannons Marina, Origin Design and ThelIs-
lander. Food and wine donations have been offered by
Euphemia Haye. Harry's Continental Kitchens, Mar Vista
Dockside Restaurant and Pub, Ooh La La! Bistro. Beach
Bistro, Premier Beverage Co., Jeffery Park of WmerN
Associates and the Wild Monke\ Gourmet Catering.
For more information or to make donations, please
call Blackburn at 322-2716.
Artists for tsunami relief
Ten years ago in the Jan. 12, 1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
SLongboat Key town officials have threatened to fine
trolley operator Gary Creamans $500 for each day he
operates his privately funded Island trolley on Gulf of
Nlexico Drive because the trolley's displayed advertising
violates the tow n's sign ordinance. Creamans said if he
can't have advertisers, the trolley will shut down.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission agreed
not to appeal a circuit court decision in favor of
Bradenton Beach Marina owner Allah Bazzy that \% ill
allow him to expand his facility.
Holnles Beach commissioners voted down an
ordinance that would ha\e allowed city voters to ap-
prove a charter amendment calling for a city ide ref-
erendum on an de\ elopment application that would
'Babe' launch set for Thursday
The restored Bahamian skiff "Babe" is scheduled to be launched at 1 p.m. Thursday off Coquina Beach, bayside.
The 15-foot vessel was restored by volunteers with the Gulf Coast Maritime Museum in Cortez. Pictured with the
classic boat are, from left, Heather Campbell and Joe Rubin. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
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Relay for life event coming to Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
The American Cancer Society plans to bring its
"signature event" Relay for Life to Anna Maria Island
for the first time this spring.
The event, which brings together communities in
celebration of cancer survivors and those who have lost
their battle, has been held in other communities, includ-
ing Sarasota and Bradenton, but this is the first time it
will be held on the Island.
American Cancer Society community representa-
tive Karen Misantone said locations for the event are
chosen based on where there is active business. orga-
nization and resident involvement in the community.
"The Island has a strong community and instead
of having Islanders travel to other locations to partici-
pate, we thought it would be a good place to hate a
Relay for Life," Misantone said.
Misantone said the event is tentatively scheduled for
May 6-7 and is still in the planning stages. A planning
meeting is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the
Island Branch Library. Anyone interested in helping to
organize or participate in the event is welcome to attend.
The Relay for Life differs from a community fun
run or walk in that it takes place at one location and is
a noncompetitive overnight activity.
Teams of 10 to 15 people are recruited to raise
money and run or walk laps. The Island event will be
held at the Holmes Beach city hall field and will be an
Misantone said the site will be opened up two to three
hours prior to the kickoff and participants can set up camp.
The first lap of the relay will feature cancer survi-
vors only. Then one person from each team will begin
walking or running laps. Misantone said it's not a race,
and only one member of each team needs to be on the
track at a time. Throughout the entire event, there will
also be entertainment and activities. "It will not be
boring," said Misantone.
Teams can be comprised of members of an orga-
Woman's club seeks scholarship applicants
The Anna Maria Island Woman's Club is level college or university.
seeking applicants for its $500 scholarship. Interested applicants should contact Florence
The scholarship will be awarded to an Is- Gelderman at 778-3659, Janet Clark at 778-6083, or
land resident furthering their education at a Ernestine Basler-Lawton at 778-3898.
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friends, and family, and they are not limited to age, al-
though minors must have supervision. Teams do not
need to include a cancer sur\ i\ or as a member.
Teams are responsible for raising money for the
Cancer Society and can do so in a number of ways,
including soliciting pledges, holding fundraisers prior
to the event, or at the event site.
The Cancer Society is seeking event sponsors,
teams, and volunteers for several committee positions
to help get the event off the ground.
Committee positions include an event chair and co-
chair, team development chair, corporate sponsor chair,
survivorship chair, marketing and publicity chair, sec-
retary, activities and entertainment chair, registration
and accounting chair, advocacy chair and more.
For more information, contact Misantone at 497-
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Anna Maria's environmental enhancement and
education committee has compiled "The Top Ten
Ways to Make Your Sta. in Anna Maria Enjoyable,
Safe and Memorable," a brochure that covers a gamut
of information, from garbage pickup to protection of
the fragile dune system.
"This fills a need in our city," said EEEC Chairman
Tim Eiseler, "and we hope the Realtors and rental prop-
erty owners will work A ith us to get this brochure in
front of our guests."
The city will mail the brochure to Anna Maria
property owners and Waste Management Inc., the
city's trash collection provider, has agreed to provide
A cover letter from Mayor SueLynn will accom-
pany the mailing,asking property owners to make the
brochure available to their visitors. Additional bro-
chures are available at city hall free of charge.
"Much of what's in this brochure are things that
people don't ordinarily think of or have awareness of
when visiting the city," SueLynn said. "I'm sure this
brochure will help reduce the number of complaints or
code violations that we experience due to lack of infor-
mation on various items."
Call city hall at 708-6130 for more information.
Planting a refuge for wildlife
Wildlife Biologist Laurel Schiller will present a
program about how to create a native habitat for
Florida's wildlife at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
Saturday, Jan. 15.
The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. and is free
with paid admission to the sanctuary. Admission fees
are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 and up.
The sanctuary is located at 1708 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. For more information, call 388-4444.
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 12, 2005 0 PAGE 9
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r Maria Mayor
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Neighborhood enhancement grants available
Up to $2,500 in matching grant money is available
for neighborhood enhancement programs from Mana-
The grant is available to homeowner/condo asso-
ciations, neighborhood associations/coalitions, crime
or neighborhood watch groups aid non-profit organi-
zations. The money is not available to government or-
The money must be used for projects with a valid
public purpose and benefit a majority of the commu-
Examples of eligible projects include planting
drought tolerant landscaping, water conservation
projects, neighborhood entryway signage, increased
street lighting, wetland and upland protection and en-
hancement, and historic preservation.
To be eligible, projects should create and maintain
strong communities and incorporate features such as im-
proving health and safety of residents, protect and enhance
the environment, address a noted neighborhood defi-
ciency, or promote neighborhood self-help efforts.
Matching funds are required and can include labor,
donated professional services and materials, or land-.
Three orientation meetings explaining the program
further have been scheduled at the following locations
Manatee County Central Library, 1301
Barcarrotta Blvd., W., Bradenton, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20.
Manatee County Utilities Operations Department,
4410 66th St. W., Bradenton, from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Manatee County South County Library, 6081 26th
St. W., Bradenton, from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8.
The application deadline is May 4 and there is an
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thritis and Current Treatments" from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 12.
The church is located at 4280 Gulf of Mexico-
Dri ve, Longboat Key. For more information, call 794-
1400, ext. 224.
Authentic Greek dinner
Tickets are on sale now for an authentic Greek din-
ner being served at the Church of the Annunciaton
Thursday, Jan. 20.
Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and includes a choice of
lamb shank or Grecian chicken, roasted potatoes and
vegetables, Greek salad and baklava.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost
$15. Carryout dinners are also available for those who
bring their own containers.
The church is located at 4408 Gulf Drive; Holmes
Beach. For more information, call 778-1638.
Library 'Titanic' performance
The Friends of the Island Branch Library are spon-
soring a presentation by performance artist Howard
Burnham at 2 p.m. in the Island Branch Library meet-
ing room, Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Burnham, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in
London, will create the character of the "Millionaires'
Captain," Edward John Smith of the R.M.S. Titanic.
Attendees will hear a dramatic account of the ship's
fateful maiden voyage in the cold waters of the North
Seating is on a first-come basis and attendees
should be seated five minutes prior to the start of the
The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-6341.
Democrats discusses issues:
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
for lunch at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive S., Bradenton Beach at noon Monday, Jan. 17.
Henry Raines, the host of "American AM" on
WWPR radio 1490 AM, will lead a discussion about
"Issues 2005: the War, Social Security and More."
Everyone is welcome and reservations are not re-
quired. For more information, call 778-9287.
Center fitness free-for-all
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is host-
ing a "Fitness Free-For-All" from 1 to 3:30 p.m.,
Thursday, Jan. 13.
The event is an opportunity to learn more about
some of the exercise classes offered at the Center.
The Center is located at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. For more information, call 778-1908.
Artists guild opening reception
The Artists Guild Gallery will host an opening re-
The opening reception is 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan.
14, at 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in the Island
Art by Divita, Vegina and Sego will be exhibited
at the Artists Guild Gallery through January. Gallery
hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 778-6694.
La Tuchie-Terry wed
Betty La Tuchie and
Douglas Terry will
wed Jan. 15, 2005, in
r 1the chapel at Roser
Church. Assisting with
the b wedding ceremony
are Douglas' three
children, Scott ofNew
'1o k. and Bonnie and
Lelsha of New Hamp-
shire. li'alking Betty
down the aisle will be
sons Bill of Arizona
and Ted of Ohio. The
reception will be held at the Longboat Hilton and the
couple will honeymoon at the Paradisus Resort in
Puerto Rico. Douglas retired froin an real estate
investment career in New York and New Hampshire.
The couple will reside on Longboat Key and spend
summers at their residence in Cuva hota Falls, Ohio.
Anna Maria merchants
The Anna Maria Village Merchants Association
will meet at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant at
9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. Rotten Ralph's manager
Dave Russell promises "free beer tomorrow," although
a spokesperson said a free breakfast will-be served.
,Potential topics of discu seion \N ill include:
Organizing business referrals among merchants.
Restrictions on ROR property.
Problems building and renovating in Anna Maria.
Property tax relief strategies.
The AMVMA encourages new members and any-
one interested in attending should call Kent Davis at
Siam Garden Resort, 778-2000.
Rotary casino night
scheduled for Feb. 5
The Rotary Club of An na aria Island will hold its
third annual Extravaganza and Casino Night starting at
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the St. Bernard 'Catho-
lic Church auditorium at 248 S. Harbor:Drive in
The event will be a casino theme with gaming
tables and trophies for the first, second and third high-
est winning amounts.
There will also be a silent auction and a seven-day
cruises will be auctioned. Additionally, a seven-day
vacation for two to Hawaii, including round-trip air-
fare, will be auctioned. Other door prizes will be of-
fered, including cash raffles and trips on the Ocean
Jewel casino ship.
Last year, this Rotary event raised more than
$15,000 for charitable Rotary projects, primarily on the
Island. To encourage contributions, the club has
formed the Rotary Foundation of America so that do-
nations will be recognized by the Internal Revenue
Service as tax-exempt.
Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased
in advance from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce or at the door.
For more information, contact event chairman Don
Fernald at 779-0429, or Rotary president Steve
Schlueter at 779-0502.
Anna Maria Elementary menu :
Monday, Jan. 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
* Tuesday, Jan. 18
SBreakfast: Sausage Biscuit, Cereal, Toast, Peanut
Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Quesadillas, Baked Potato Half with
SSeasoned Meat, Spanish Rice, Steamed Corn, Apple d
SWednesday, Jan. 19
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Sloppy Joe on Bun, Mini Corn Dogs, Broccoli *
S with Cheese, Tator Tots, Chilled Strawberries
Thursday, Jan. 20
* Breakfast: Cheese Toast, Cereal, Toast, Super Donut, .
* Fruit 0
S Lunch: Shrimp Poppers, Baked Chicken on Bun,
SMashed Potatoes, Steamed Veggie Blend, Chilled
* Mandarin Oranges
* Friday, Jan. 21 0
SBreakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Toast, Cereal, Toast,
* Yogurt, Fruit
* Lunch: Pizza, Burrito, Caesar Salad, Steamed Carrot .
* Coins, Mixed Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
by Rick Catlin
The wild blue Bob
Bob Keller of Longboat Key was a senior in high
school in Detroit when the United States entered World
War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor-
He figured he'd do his part sooner or later, but one
day while driving in downtown Detroit, he saw a bunch
of guys lined up in front of a store. Thinking it was a
fight, Bob joined the crowd, only to learn they were
taking the test to join the U.S. Army Air Corps re-.
named the U.S. Army Air Force later in the war. He de-
cided to stay and take the test.
Much to his surprise, he was selected for training
and entered the service in February 1942, just a few
days short of his 18th birthday.
From Detroit, he was sent to Nashville for more
testing. Bob and three others were told to stand on one
side of the room. Figuring everyone else had passed the
test, Bob was shocked to learn that he and his buddies
had been selected for pilot training and he was still
He turned 18 during pre-flight training, then went
to primary flight, basic flight school and eventually B-
17 bomber school. He graduated in February 1943 with
his wings, but wasn't given a commission, only a des-
ignation as a "flight officer."
"That was somewhere between a warrant officer
and a second lieutenant," said Bob with a laugh. "I
guess because I was so young, they didn't want me a
In April 1943, Bob got orders to North Africa, but
before he went, he continued training in Sioux City,
Iowa, where one of the training officers was actor
Eventually, Bob made his way to Ribat in North
Africa, where his commanding officer told him before
his first mission that only commissioned officers could
pilot a B-17 bomber.
"He threw away my blue flight officer bars and
gave me a set of gold ones and said I was now a sec-
ond lieutenant. I was only 19 years old."
On his first mission, Bob remembers being scared
like everyone else on their first mission. "The B-17
looked like the biggest airplane in the world, but I had
my hands full with taking care of the plane and the
crew, so everything went OK."
Upon returning to base, Bob remembered that the
Red Cross was giving a liquor ration to the officers, but
none to the enlisted flight crew. That didn't sit well
with Bob, who figured that if a man was good enough
to die for his country, he was good enough to drink for
his country. He took the bottle from the Red Cross
table, walked over to his crew and shared the booze.
."Boy, that got me in trouble with the C.O.," and he
was court-martialed and confined to the base, except
when on a mission. Eventually, however, all crew
members were given a liquor ration upon completing
Bob was in the 97th Bomb Group, 414th Squadron,
as part of the 15th Air Force. Unlike the 8th Air Force
in England, where pilots went home after 25 missions,
the 15th had no such limit.
"They said they'd tell us when we had enough
missions. You flew until you either were dead,
wounded too bad to fly or the war ended," said Bob
with a laugh. "I remember I took it one day at a time. I
figured every flight would end in disaster, but I finished
the war with more than 100 missions in the 15th."
After the invasion of Italy in the fall of 1943, Bob's
group was transferred to Foggia, Italy, and began
bombing targets in southern Germany and other coun-
tries occupied by the Germans.
"Munich was the worst because of the flak. It was
the worst because that's where the German rail center
was. We would groan miserably when we learned
Munich was the target."
It was standard procedure to return from a mission
with the plane full of flak holes, or with one or two
engines out, but on one mission, Bob came back with
all four engines gone.
With two engines already shot out, Bob was at low
altitude and looking for a British airfield to land on in
Bob and crew
Bob Keller, second from left in the back row, was the
pilot for this B-17 crew stationed at Foggia, Italy,
during World War II.
the area when he passed over some German-held ter-
ritory. A 20 mm cannon opened up, ripping through the
fuselage and killing the co-pilot. The throttle panel was
blown to pieces and all the engines quit.
"I knew I couldn't make the runway, so I told the
crew they could jump if they wanted to, and I'd put the
ship down on the water."
Bob put the crippled aircraft down in the Adriatic
Sea nice and smoothly, and by nightfall, a patrol boat
reached him and the rest of the crew and took them
back to safety.
"That was a pretty lucky day for us, except for the
co-pilot," Bob remembered. Another day was not so
lucky. He took a piece of flak in his head that remains
there to this day.
"I have a lot of fun going through airports when
they can't find the metal that set off the scanners," he
laughed. "I have to show them where it is."
But close calls were just part of the job. Bob landed
his B-17 with one or two engines out a number of
times. Bob's skill as a pilot paid off during those emer-
gencies, but his beliefs and a slightly rebelious streak
landed him in hot water on other occasions.
Once, he dropped out of a mission because of en-
gine problems and was returning to base when some
general who was flying with the group told him to find
a "target of opportunity," such as an undefended village
and drop his bombs on that.
"I told him to go to hell, that I wasn't dropping
bombs on innocent women and children," remembered
Bob. It was not the first time Bob had spoken up to the
authorities for his convictions and, back at the base, the
general said he was going to court-martial Bob.
It would be his third court-martial for insubordina-
"I told them to go ahead, that they couldn't bust me
further, or take more than half my pay, but they could
send me back to the States if they wanted." The Army
refused his offer to be sent home and he went back to
But by spring 1945, Bob and his crew knew the
war was winding down. There were almost no German
fighters in the air, and the flak was less and less on each
On one of his last missions, however, Bob saw an
unfamiliar German plane circling the bombers. "It was
the fastest thing I'd ever seen," said Bob.
The lone plane was faced with an entire formation
of B-17s, but came through and shot down four aircraft
before racing off, too fast to be caught by Allied fight-
ers. It turned out the plane was an ME-262, a jet fighter
that might have turned the air war in the Germans fa-
vor if enough had ever been built.
Then one day, the group was ordered to "stand
down" rather than fly a mission. The same thing hap-
pened the next day, then came the announcement that
the war was over.
"It was a pretty happy day. I was ready to go home,
but we had to ferry injured soldiers from Italy to Dakar
in Africa where the wounded would catch a hospital
ship for the states." On one such mercy flight, Bob's
plane caught on fire and he had to land in the desert.
Everyone survived and Bob eventually returned to
Detroit in 1946.
He went into the auto body repair business, then
construction, then got married in 1948 and had five
children. He stayed with flying and held a private
pilot's license for a number of years. His businesses
prospered and in the early 1970s, Bob first came to
Longboat Key andbought a house.
"I can't remember the day I retired, but one day I
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it was time to close up the shop and move to Florida
Bob has seldom talked about his war experiences, and
his new wife Gail said it's the first time since she met him
15 years ago that she ever knew what he did in the war.
"I never considered myself a hero, just a guy that did
what he had to do, and wanted to make it through alive
each day. A lot of guys didn't come back. I'm proud of
what I did, and for telling that general to go to hell."
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Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney takes
delight every year in challenging fifth-graders at Anna
Maria Elementary School to come up with laws they
believe should be enacted.
The challenge includes a $50 U.S. Savings Bond
for the top boy and girl lawmaker in the two fifth-grade
This year's winners are Michelle Donato, Molly
McDonough, Jay Beard and Chandler Hardy. The winners
were invited to read their proposed law and accept their
savings bond at the Jan. 11 city commission meeting.
Molly proposed a dress code on school grounds.
"There ought to be a law that adults need to follow the
same dress code rules that students do on school
grounds. This law ought to be a law because it is inap-
propriate when adults were clothes that are too tight,
too small, too.loose, or too revealing. Children look up
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what they see in adults. There should be.clothing for the
beach, and a different set of clothing for school. In so-
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ford. Television shows us what the rest of the world
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the television -and in our society are inappropriate."
According to Michelle, "There ought to be a law
for people to use hands-free cell phones when driving
because too many people don't pay attention and get
into car accidents."
Jay wants us to think about a law to prohibit "ad-
vertising cigarettes in magazines. My reason is because
they shouldn't be able to advertise things that are bad
for you. The ads make it seem like it's good for you. So
why support smoking? Think about it ...."
Chandler says, "I think there ought to be a law
against pop-ups on the computer. A 9-year-old can go
online and see something bad and they get in trouble.
A pop-up is and advertisement for adult products."
Hopefully, the Holmes Beach City Commission
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Robert E. DeVane
Robert E. "Poppy" DeVane, 80, of Bradenton
Beach, died Jan. 1.
Born in Chatham, N.Y., Mr. DeVane moved to
Manatee County from Spring Valley, N.Y., in 1957. He
served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the
Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post No. 8199,
American Legion Post No. 312, Air Force Sergeant As-
sociation and Travelers Protective Association of
America. He was Protestant.
Memorial services were at Palma Sola Presbyterian
Church, Bradenton, Jan. 7. Memorial contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society, 600 U.S.
301 Blvd. W., Suite 136, Bradenton FL 34205. Brown
& Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughter Daphne Smith of
Bradenton Beach; son David of Bradenton; sisters
Marilyn Martin and Doris Witthoft, both of Chatham;
three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
World War II veteran and Bradenton Beach resident
Bob DeVane's World War II story appeared in the
Dec. 10, 2003, issue of The Islander.
True to the corps
Bob DeVane didn't realize he had a calling when
World War II started. He was just an ordinary guy who
wanted to do something for his country.
He tried to enlist in the Navy in 1942, but was
turned down because of his asthma. The Army was not
so picky and he was drafted in March 1943 from his
hometown of Chatham in upstate New York.
In its wisdom, the Army said Bob would be best
suited as a medical corpsman, which was fine with Bob
as his father and great-grandfather had been Army
After more than a year of training, he was shipped
to England in the middle of 1944, then to the 7th Ar-
mored Division near.Belgium, just after the Battle of
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Racing across Europe, the
7th Armored reached the Elbe River in April 1945,
where they met the Russians.
After the war, Bob was discharged and returned to
his home in upstate New York. He re-enlisted in 1947
and was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West
Point, where he met his wife.
When the Korean War broke out, he was sent to the
171st Station Hospital in Taejon where he treated the
local population who were wounded while working for
United Nations forces.
He left the army in 1956 and spent 26 years in the
U.S. Air Force reserves. He and his family moved to
Bradenton Beach in 1957.
Bob stayed in medicine, working at Manatee Me-
morial Hospital as an emergency room medic and in
surgery, then spent 18 years with a private doctor in
He was active in the Island's Veterans of Foreign
Wars organization, VFW Post 8199, and was a mem-
ber of the American Legion.
"I wasn't a hero," said Bob in 2003. "I just did my
job and tried to save some lives. I didn't get any med-
als, but I'm sure proud of my service. Hopefully, some
of the wounded who made it back got home because of
what I did. If I was 17 again, I'd be back in doing the
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Audrey B. Lee
Audrey B. Lee, 91, of Bradenton, died Jan. 4.
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Lee moved to
Manatee County from Sioux Falls, S.D. in 1958. She
was a partner in the development of Key Royale and
is credited with naming the area. She was a charter
member f .Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes
Visitation was Jan. 8, 9 and 10, and memorial
services at the church Jan. 11. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to the Audrey B. Lee Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Griffith-Cline Fu-
neral Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of ar-
She is survived by daughters Sharon Smith of
Bradenton and Dorothy Swanberg of Holmes Beach;
brothers LeRoy McGaughey of Minneapolis, Marlin
McGaughey of Gainesville, Fla., and Eugene
McGaughey of Colorado; six grandchildren; and 13
Kristy Kavanaugh Nehilla
Kristy Kavanaugh Nehilla of Holmes Beach died
Born in Redlands, Calif., Mrs. Nehilla came to the
Island from Springfield, Va., two years ago. She was
a tutor in the Fairfax County School System. She was
a member of the Fairfax County Teachers Association,
Springfield Country Club and Fairfax Pets on Wheels.
She was a graduate of Moravian College, Allentown,
Pa. She was Presbyterian.
Memorial services were in Washington, D.C., and
Anna Maria Island. Fairfax Memorial Home was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Henry William; sons
Kenneth W. of Burke, Va., and Stephen of Detroit;
brother Kenneth Kavanaugh Jr. of Atlanta; and parents
Ann and Ken Kavanaugh of Sarasota.
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No reports available.
Dec. 25. 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, theft. A clerk
reported that a customer took a pack of cigarettes from
behind the counter.
Dec. 27. 2408 Gulf Drive N., Via Roma Beach
Resort, grand theft. A resort employee reported his
Ford Ranger pickup truck stolen from the parking lot.
According to the report, the owner was notified that the
dome light was left on in his vehicle and, after turning
the light off, left the vehicle unlocked with the keys in
the console. The owner later noticed his vehicle miss-
ing and notified police. The vehicle was recovered on
26th Street in Bradenton and a female suspect was ar-
rested at the scene.
Dec. 27, 2400 block of Gulf Drive North, traffic
arrest. A man was arrested for driving without a li-
Dec. 29, 2219 Gulf Drive N., Sand Pebble Apart-
ments, criminal mischief. A man reported that it ap-
peared a pellet was shot through the window of his
vehicle and eggs were thrown across the entire side of
Dec. 29, 101 Gulf Drive N., One Stop Shell Shop,
criminal mischief. According to the report, the inflat-
able water rafts and flotation devices secured outside
the shop were slashed.
Jan. 3, 100 block of Ninth Street North, battery.
According to thereport, a man reported that he was
pulled out of his vehicle and beaten by another man.
The victim told police he was in his vehicle kissing the
suspect's girlfriend at the time of the attack. The sus-
pect reportedly left the scene with his girlfriend before
police arrived and emergency medical services was
called to treat the victim for a loose tooth and sore jaw.
Jan. 5, 1801 Gulf Drive N., Runaway Bay Condo-
miniums, burglary. According to the report, the owner
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Wednesday, Jan. 12
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10:30 a.m. Friends Book Club at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players luncheon at the Bayou Steakhouse, 6814 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 778-4865.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. "Arthritis.and How to Better Treat
Symptoms" with Dr. S. Zarabadi at St. Mary Star of the Sea
Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Informa-
tion: 794-1400, ext. 224.
Thursday, Jan. 13
9:30 a.m. to noon Beginning watercolor class with
Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
10 to 11:30 a.m. "Opera Highlights" with the Sarasota
Opera Singers at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
1 to 2:30 p.m. Art demonstration by Barbara Singer
at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6694.
1 to 3:30 p.m. "Fitness Free-For-All" at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
2 to 3:30 p.m. Basics of interior design class with
Bettina Sego at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
5 to 7p.m. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce "Art
After Hours" at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860
Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Lightning: The Shocking Truth
About Lightning and How to Protect Your Boat" at the Anna
Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 714-0449.
7 p.m. Student orientation and activities fair at
Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
7:30 p.m. Sierra Club presents "Phosphate Mining:
What the Industry Doesn't Want You to Know" at the
Sudakoff Center, New College, Sarasota. Information: 925-
Friday, Jan. 14
8:. 5 to 10 a.m. Yoga with Dolce Little.at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Intermediate bridge lessons with
Larry Auerback at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave:, Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
10:30 a.m. to noon Line dancing with Bunny Burton
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies;
3 to 4:30 p.m. Classical figure drawing with Ginger
White at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
5 to 7:30 p.m. Artists reception for digital artist and
wildlife photographer Lou Divita, watercolor and pastel art-
ist Josephine Vegina and interior designer Bettina Sego at
the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
6p.m. -Twilight nature stroll at the Crowley Museum
& Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 322-1000. Fee applies.
8 p.m. "Singing for Women's Lives" benefit concert
for Planned Parenthood df Southwest and Central Florida
featuring singer Anne Feeney at Fogartyville Cafe, 800 17th
Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 741-9755. Fee applies.
8 to 11 p.m. "Welcome Back Sunbirds" dance at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, Jan. 15
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers
"Thieves Market" at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. In-
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club breakfast meeting with guest
speaker Earl Mowry, owner of Island TV, who will share in-
formation on his "Bags of Joy" for Haitian children at Fit to
Eat Deli, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 752-5973.
10 a.m. to 3p.m. "Introduction to New Age Healing"
at the Education Certer, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival of Ferraris at St. Armands
Circle, Sarasota. Information: 921-2480.
1 p.m. Cultivating organic herbs lecture at the
Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road,
Sarasota. Information: 322-1000.
2p.m. "Planting a Refuge for Wildlife" presented by
Laurel Schiller at the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 1708
Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4444.
6:45 p.m. "Sidewalk Astronomy" with the Deep Sky
Observers at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 518-8695.
Monday, Jan. 17
8:45 to 10 a.m. Yoga with Dolce Little at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies..
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents
Artist Barbara Singer will demonstrate wa-
tercolor techniques at the Artists Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 14.
Singer has exhibited at the gallery for more
than 10 years and is known for her local scenes
and plein air paintings. She teaches at the Anna
Maria Island Art League.
For more information, call 778-6694.
Art after hours Thursday
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is spon-
soring an "Art After Hours" event at the Longboat Key
Center for the Arts Thursday, Jan. 13.
There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and
wine beginning at 5 p.m. and the cost of admission is
$5 for members, $10 for guests.
The Center is located at 6860 Longboat Drive S.,
Longboat Key. For reservations, call 387-9519.
"Issues 2005: The War, Social Security and More" with guest
speaker radio host Henry Raines at the Beach House Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
7:30p.m. -Anna Maria Island Film Festival presenta-
tion of "Isle of Destiny" by the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society at the Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0492, or 778-1514. Dona-
10 a.m. Florida West Coast Symphony Brass Quin-
tet performance at Jose Gimenez' home, 6100 Riverview
Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 360-1541. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Intermediate watercolor class
with Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908:
Noon to 3:30 p.m.- Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.,
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Appoint-
2 p.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library present
"Portrayal of Capt. Edward John Smith of the RMS Titanic"
by performance artist Howard Burnham at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
Wednesday, Jan. 19
7:15 a.m. Manatee Audubon Society field trip with
Jeanne Dubi to the Sarasota Celery Fields departs from the
downtown Bradenton Post Office parking lot, 824 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 778-7975. Bring a bag
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Noon American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" vol-
unteer planning meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 497-4309, ext. 39.
6 to 7p.m. "Parenting with Love and Logic" workshop
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies,
babysitting available if registered by noon.
"Herbie Rose: Twenty Years in Florida" art exhibit at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton,
through Jan. 16. Information: 746-4131.
"42nd Street" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main
St., Bradenton, through Jan. 23. Information: 748-5875. Fee
Meditation class with Sandy Taylor at the Education
Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, through
Jan. 26. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
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SS One-stroke paintingclass with Jo Gustavseenn at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Jan. 28. Information: 778-1908. Fee
"Portraits, Pictures & Sculpture'" exhibit featuring Lloyd
Singer, Ann Terhardt and Richard Pollock at the Glenn Gal-
lery, Longboat-Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key, through Jan. 30. Information: 751-0266.
Digital artist and wildlife photographer Lou Divita, wa-
tercolor and pastel artist Josephine Vegina and interior de-
signer. Bettina Sego exhibit at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan. 31. Information:
Basket-weaving class with Pam McMillen at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 1. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Basics of interior design class with Bettina Sego at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, through Feb. 3. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Youth traditional arts class for ages 5-12 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 8. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Old master's methodology oil painting class with Paul
Scibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 9. Information: 778-2099.
German language class with Bettina Sego at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through Feb. 14. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
After-school theater training at the Riverfront Theatre,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Feb. 24. Information:
748-0111. Fee applies.
Saltwater fishing course with Capt. Ric Ehlis at the
Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key,
through Feb. 24. Information: 383-8811. Fee applies.
Classical figure drawing with Ginger White at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Feb. 25. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Black-and-white photography class with Chris
Galanopoulos and Jerry Quin at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb.
28. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
"Sew for Fun" at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through March 17. Information:
Manatee Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club
meeting at United Bank Jan. 20.
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce awards break-
fast at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort Jan. 20.
Manatee Audubon Society meeting at First Presbyte-
rian Church Jan. 20.
Authentic Greek Dinner at Church of the Annunciation
"The Lost Tribes" of Manatee County archeological
tour of Madira Bickel Mound Jan. 21.
Family caregiver support group at the Island Branch
Library Jan. 21.
Red Cross first aid and CPR class at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center Jan. 22.
"Corals: Underwater Construction Workers" at Mote
Marine Laboratory Jan. 22.
Boat smart class at the Anna Maria Island Power
Squadron Jan. 22.
Guided nature walk at Crowley Museum & Nature
Center Jan. 22.
Trip to the Gulf Coast Museum of Art departing from
Education Center, Longboat Key Jan. 22.
Catfish dinner at the American Legion Post No. 24 Jan.
Orchid show and sale at the Manatee Civic Center Jan.
Auditions for "Beau Jest" at the Island Players Jan. 23.
Sarasota Opera Studio artists at First United Method-
ist Church Jan. 23.
"Sneak a Peek at the Ballet" at the Education Center,
Longboat Key Jan. 24.
Internet class at the Island Branch Library Jan. 24.
"The Luck of the Draw" dessert card party at St. Mary
Star of the Sea Church, Longboat Key, Jan. 25.
Anna Maria Elementary School groundbreaking cer-
emony Jan. 25.
"Plein Air Painting Myakka" three-day workshop at the
Crowley Museum & Nature Center Jan. 26-28.
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Publix cools off A&E to avenge B.ball preseason loss
By Kevin Cassidy
Publix defeated Air & Energy 30-20, thanks in part
to a 10-4 second-quarter scoring run by Publix which
broke open a close game on Saturday, Jan. 8, in Division
I basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center. Four points apiece from the inside-outside scor-
ing combination of Justin Dearlove and Egan Fridenberg
fueled the Publix scoring run as they avenged a 34-23 loss
in the preseason tournament finals to A&E.
A 12-6 run extended the Publix lead to 26-14
through three quarters before coach Keith Dearlove
went into a "four covers" offense to deny A&E the ball
** and any chance of staging a late-game rally.
Justin Dearlove finished with a game-high 10
points, while Fridenberg provided a low-post presence
with eight points. Breann Richardson scored six points
while Ben Valdivieso added four points and Brooke
Fitzgerald finished with two points in the victory.
Corbin Kitchen paced Air & Energy with 10
points, while Garrett Secor scored six points in the loss.
Jordan Sebastiano and Kevin Callahan completed the
A&E scoring with two points apiece.
Publix 42, LPAC 35
Justin Dearlove exploded for 10-third-quarter
points to effectively ice the game for Publix during its
42-35 win over Larry Pearson Air Conditioning in Di-
vision I action on Thursday, Jan. 7. Dearlove, who fin-
ished with a game-high 18 points was supported by
teammate Ben Valdivieso's eight points and six points
.apiece from Egan Fridenberg and Breann Richardson
in the victory. Donna Barth and Brooke Fitzgerald
completed the Publix scoring with two points each.
LPAC was led by Whitney Bauer's 11 points and
eight points from Matt Shafer in the loss. Other scor-
ers for LPAC include six points from Broderick West
and four points from Ryan Guerin. Two points. apiece
from Jarot Nelson and Jason Rappe completed the scor-
ing for LPAC.
Observer 42, A&E 28
Longboat Observer rode a balanced scoring attack
that saw seven players score at least two points during
its 42-28 victory over Air & Energy Tuesday, Jan. 4,
in Division I basketball action. Grant Lukitch paced the
winners with 16 points, while Celiea Ware chipped in
with 11 points in the victory. Billy Alstrom's four
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points, three points from Kyle Aritt and two points
apiece from Daniel Riley, Forrest Schield and Nash
Thompson completed the Observer scoring.
Corbin Kitchen's 10 points and six points from
Garrett Secor paced Air & Energy in the loss. Jordan
Sebastiano and Will Osborne added four points each
while Kevin Callahan and Amanda White finished with
two points each.
Duncan 27, Galati 22
Fifteen points from Chirs Callahan and 10 points
from Ashley Waring helped Duncan Real Estate sink
Galati Marine on Wednesday, Jan. 7, in Division II
basketball action at the Center. Alexis Mitchell scored
two points to complete the scoring for Duncan in the
Martine Miller's 15 points paced the Galati Marine
scoring, which also received two points apiece from
Sheldon Phillips and Connor Cloherty and one point
from Kayla Aritt in the loss.
Oyster Bar 22. Danziger 17
Sarah Howard poured in nine points and Matt Bauer
added six points in the Anna Maria Oyster Bar's Jan. 7
victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus in Division III
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Glenn Bower's six points and four points from Emma
Barlow led Danziger in the loss. Raphael Kasser added
three points, while Dylan Riley and Wyatt Easterling com-
pleted the scoring with two points apiece.
STGC 15, Danziger 11
Chandler Hardy's five points paced a balanced
scoring attack for Steve Titsworth General Contractors
during its 15-11 Division II victory Wednesday, Jan. 5.
Molly McDonough and Ally Titsworth added four
points each, while Emily White added two points to the
Danziger Allergy & Sinus's Glenn Bower scored
six points to lead all scorers, while teammates Emma
Barlow and Dylan Riley added two points each. Matt
Danziger scored one point to complete the Danziger
scoring in the loss.
Duncan 12, STGC 11
Chris Callahan scored four points in the fourth
quarter to rally Duncan Real Estate past Steve
Titsworth General Contractors 12-11 on Monday, Jan.
3 in Division II basketball action. Alexis Mitchell
scored eight points to lead all scorers in the Duncan
Molly McDonough scored five points and Ally
Titsworth added four points for STGC in defeat. Kelly
Guerin chipped in with two points to complete the scor-
ing for STGC.
Oyster Bar 16, Galati 8
Anna Maria Oyster Bar doubled up the score
against Galati Marine in Division II basketball action
on Monday, Jan. 3. Matt Bauer led the way with eight
points, while Sarah Howard added four points. Kelly
Dodson and Zach Evans completed the Oyster Bar
scoring with two points each in the win.
Martine Miller scored six points and Sheldon
Phillips added two points for Galati in the loss.
Dips 21, Paradise 5
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Mattay finished with a game-high eight points, while
Guerin added seven points. Joseph Darke, Connor
Field and Justin Gargett completed the scoring with
two points apiece.
Paradise Realty was led by Josh Schmidt's five
points in the loss.
Bistros 16, Harry's 12
The Bistros gave Harry's Continental Kitchens a cu-
linary lesson with a 16-12 victory on Saturday, Jan. 8, in
Division III basketball action. Hailey Dearlove led the way
for the Bistros with eight points, while teammate Becca
Butler added seven points. Stephanie Pumell completed
the Bistros scoring with two points in the win.
Zach Facheris and Savannah Schield led Harry's with
four points each, while Danny Krokroskia and Taylor
Wilson completed the scoring with two points each in the
Jessie's 16, Harry's 7
Daniel Pimental scored six of his game-high eight
points during the second and third quarters to help rally
Jessie's Island Store past Harry's Continental Kitchens
on Thursday, Jan. 6, in Division III B-ball action. Julian
Botero added six points, while Max Miller finished
with two points in the victory.
Cliff Pascal's four points and two points from Tay-
lor Wilson paced Harry's, which also received one
point from Savannah Schield in the loss.
Bistros 18, Paradise 2
The Bistros burned A Paradise Realty 18-2 on
Thursday, Jan. 6, behind 14 points from Hailey
Dearlove and four points from Becca Butler. Josh
Schmidt averted the shutout for A Paradise Realty with
two points in the first quarter.
Dips 10, Jessie's 7
Justin Gargett scored six points ard Johnny Mattay
added four points during their three-point Dips Ice Cream
Division III victory over Jessie's Island Store Tuesday,
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Grant Bower finished with three points in the loss.
West Coast 64, Glass & Screen 58
Clay Orr poured in 36 points to lead West Coast
Air Conditioning past Anna Maria Glass & Screen on
Saturday, Jan. 8, in Premier League action. The high-
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buzzer-beating shot that completed the scoring for
West Coast. Manning finished with four three-pointers
for a total of 16 points. Brian Czireky added seven
points and Eric Fridenberg scored five points to com-
plete the scoring for West Coast.
Zach Schield scored 22 points and Da% id Buck
scored 21 to lead Anna Maria Glass & Screen in the
loss. Matt McDonough added seven points and Chad
Reed scored four poiniS.t while Eric Distelhurst and
Derrick Gargett added t\\o points apiece for Glass &
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Twenty-two points from Tyler Bekkerus and 13
points from Josh Elsenheimer lifted Island Real Estate
past ReMax Gulfstream Realty on Saturday, Jan. 8, in
a Premier League battle of Realtors. Ian Douglas
chipped in with 10 points, while Phelps Tracy and Nick
Sato each added two points to complete the scoring.
Spencer Carper scored 15 points and Luis Leon
and Franklin Moore scored eight points apiece to lead
ReMax in the loss. Mikey Schweitzer chipped in with
four points while Kevin Greunke finished with three
points for ReMax.
Glass & Screen 64, ReMax 28
Anna Maria Glass & Screen foreclosed on ReMax
Gulfstream Realty with a 64-28 thumping on Wednesday,
Jan. 5, behind 26 points from David Buck and 11 points
from Derrick Gargett. Chad Reed added eight points and
Matt McDonough scored seven points for Glass & Screen,
which also received six points apiece from Zach Schield
and Eric Distelhurst in the blowout victory.
Franklin Moore's 14 points and six points from
Spencer Carper paced ReMax in the loss. Luis Leon
added four points, while Mikey Schweitzer finished
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with three points for ReMax.
Islander helps Magic mates
to first season victory
Island resident Martine Miller helped the Manatee
Magic Ul 2 Division I girls soccer team avenge a 3-2 sea-
son opening loss to Valrico. Miller scored with about three
minutes left in the game to put the Magic up 2-0. Alyssa
Allen scored the game-winner in the opening minutes of
the second half for the Magic, which received a stellar
effort from goalie Shannon Morrish.
Miller and herjvlagic mates are back in action next
Saturday, Jan. 15, when they travel to Monroe Middle
School in Tampa for a 9 a.m. kickoff against the Tampa
Anna Maria Island Community
Center basketball schedule
Premier (age 14-17)
Jan. 12 8p.m. ReMax vs. IRE
Jan. 15 noon West Coast Air vs. IRE
Jan. 15 1 p.m. ReMax vs. AM Glass & Screen
Jan. 17 8 p.m. Westcoast Air vs. AM Glass & Screen
Division I (age 12-13)
Jan. 13 8 p.m. Publix vs. Longboat
Jan. 15 4 p.m. LPAC vs. Publix
Jan. 15 5 p.m. Observer vs. A&E
Jan. 18 8 p.m. LPAC vs. Observer
Division II (age 10-11)
Jan. 12 7 p.m. STGC vs. Galati
Jan. 14 7 p.m. Duncan vs. Danziger
Jan. 14 8.p.m. STGC vs. Oyster Bar
Jan. 17 6 p.m. Duncan vs. STGC
Jan. 17 7 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Galati
Division III (age 8-9)
Jan. 13 6 p.m. Paradise vs. Harry's
Jan. 13 7 p.m. Bistros vs. Dips
Jan. 15 2 p.m. Dips vs. Harry's
Jan. 15 3 p.m. Bistros vs. Jessie's
Jan. 18 7 p.m. Jessie's vs. Dips
Instructional League (age 5-7)
Jan. 12 6 p.m. Kumon vs. Rotten Ralph's
Jan. 14 6 p.m. Cannons vs. Island Starter
Jan. 15 10 a.m. Cannons vs. Ocean View
Jan. 15 11 a.m. Kumon vs. Island Starter
Jan. 18 6 p.m. Island Starter vs. Rotten Ralph's
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Critters are coming right into your very own bed
It looks like critters are taking over our human
world. Here are a few pet tales for you wags to won-
About 40 percent of dogs now sleep in bed with
their owners, up from 34 percent in 1998, according to
the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
Apparently it's not all that unusual and historically
something that has taken place since we lived in cold
caves and huddled with half-wild dogs for warmth.
I've got a buddy who often refers to those extra-
cold evenings as a "three-cat night" in bed: remember
That an average pet temperature is about 103 degrees,
so they tend to throw out a lot of heat.
Dog sleep patterns at night vary. Some breeds,
those bred to burrow for varmints like terriers and
dachshunds, will tend to race down to the foot of the
bed under the covers to spend the night quietly
cocooned. Others will perch at the foot of the bed, alert
for any strange noise.
There are some problems, of course. The Mayo
Clinic reports that 22 percent of the patients they treat
in their sleep disorder center are awake due to their pets
being in bed with them. Cat owners are especially
prone to being awakened by their nocturnal prowling
bed buddies, who like to roam the house or dream of
chasing little critters. All that movement makes for a
And then there's the snoring. The folks at the Mayo
Clinic report that 21 percent of dogs and 7 percent of
cats snore. There are also flea problems, shedding prob-
lems ... but all that is nothing for a loving pet owner
and his or her darling little Muffy or Spot.
Indian Ocean animals take to the hills
A few buddies pointed out that there were virtually
no dead animals seen in any of the footage from the
tsunami that killed more than 150,000 people in the rim
of the Indian Ocean Dec. 26. Another of those urban
Nope. According to a news article in the Washing-
ton Post, an environmentalist in Indonesia said the
wildlife impact by the big waves was "limited."
Packs of dogs raced away from shore to upland
areas way before the tsunamis hit. In Sri Lanka's Yala
National Park, hundreds of critters from elephants
to monkeys, deer to water buffalo, leopards to snakes
S sped from the low-lying areas.
In southern India, mating flocks of flamingoes took
to the sky well before the water rose and inundated the
And in western Thailand, elephants broke their
chains to reach high ground more than an hour before
the tsunami waves arrived and devastated the region.
Scientists believe that animals' have a hyper sensi-
tivity to sound and vibrations and that the massive
earthquake that caused the tsunami quite literally shook
the animals' world.
Elephants are particularly sensitive to vibrations.
Scientists have noted that the big animals are known to
lay their trunks down on the ground to apparently
"feel" for vibrations and can even figure out from
which direction the problem emanates, hence their de-
cision to run in the opposite direction.
Perhaps the oft-talked of tsunami early warning
system should just be a few elephants scattered around
the shoreline intensively monitored, of course.
Dog show this weekend
The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog
show will be held in Tampa this weekend, with the
show presented live on television on the Animal Planet
network starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More
than 2,400 animals are entered in the show, which will
be held at the Tampa Convention Center and at the St.
Pete Times Forum.
The doors open at 8 a.m. for anyone who wants to
go see all the mutts, with tickets at $25 for both days
or $18 for a one-day admission.
For more information, go to www.akc.org.
Giant rats are coming?!
Yet another exotic, invasive species is threatening
The African Gambian pouch rat has infested the
lower Florida Keys and scientists are fearful the big
rodent may make its way to Key Largo and then to the
The rat is sort of a 800-pound gorilla in the rodent
family, growing to 9 pounds and reaching the size-of
a small raccoon. They eat almost everything including
the eggs of the endangered native silver rice rat, and
they're so big that birds of prey aren't interested in
'Cats just look at them with their ears down, accord-
ing to reports, then skulk away.
There apparently is a solid report of a breeding
colony of the rats on Grassy Key and unconfirmed re-
ports of the animals on Key Largo. Apparently eight
Good luck this weekend,
Twisster, a 4-year-olgS' etland sheepdog, will be .
competing in the agility championship in Tampa this
The sheltie allows owner Brenda Twiss to take care '
of him in their Anna Maria home.
The American Kennel Club's National Agility 4
Championship will be the first time in.the "big leagues"
for Twisster, Twiss said. "We've only been doing it
two years," she added. "We don't have any aspiration
to place, but I believe we're good enough to at least
The agility trials are only part of the weekend's
festivities, with the AKC/Eukanuba National Champi-
onship dog show slated to be televised on the Animal
SPlanet television network both Saturday and Sunday
"Keep your fingers crossed for us," T\\ is said with
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rats were released five years ago, and have been hav-
ing up to four litters every nine months, with up to six
offspring in each litter. Wildlife experts have no idea
how many rats may be out there now.
The rats are also apparently very friendly around
other critters, too, although the males will fight each
other. They are described at making "great pets," and
somebody probably thought that eight rats were too
many to have around the house and let them go out in
Oh, and they got their name because of the
pouches in their cheeks in which they stuff food, mak-
ing them look like some little fat-faced furry friend
that has been described as "charming." Jeez, just what
we need, a charming exotic rat that is threatening the
ecosystem of the Everglades.
Florida's exotic wildlife
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-.
servation Commission, an exotic species is "one that
was introduced by human activity and is free-ranging
in an area to which it was not native in pre-Columbian
There are 277 reported exotic critter species in the
state. Of that total, 24 species are expanding, 12 spe-
cies are stable, eight species are declining, 188 species
have unknown population levels, and 44 species have
no current population.
At last some good news: Of the critters that are
breeding, 102 species have been breeding at least 10
years but not necessarily consecutive years, 23 less
than 10 years and 150 species are not reported breed-
ing in the wild in Florida.
However, 60 species have established themselves
with solid breeding populations for more than 10
years, 14 species are present and breeding but for less
than 10 years, 97 species are present but not confirmed
to be breeding, which means the population persists
only with repeated introductions or escapes of indi-
And they're everywhere in our 67 counties in
Florida, with 17 species statewide, five species occur
in 51 -66 counties, seven species occur in 21-50 coun-
ties, 10 species occur in 11-20 counties, 30 species
occur in six-10 counties, 104 species occur in two to
five counties, and 99 species occur in one county.
In Manatee County, we've got our share of exot-
Giant Toad, Bufo marinus; Cuban Treefrog,
Osteopilus septentrionalis; Brown Anole lizard,
Anolis sagrei; Mediterranean Gecko, Hemidactylus
turcicus; Indo-Pacific Geck, Hemidactylus garnotii;
Bibron's Gecko, Pachydactylus bibroni; Scarlet Ibis
bird, Eudocimus ruber; Greater Flamingo,
Phoenicopterus rubber; Muscovy Duck, Cairina
moschata; Common Peafowl, Pavo cristatus; Ring-
necked Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus; Rock Dove,
Columba livia; Eurasian Collared-Dove, Streptopelia
decaocto; White-winged Dove, Zenaida asiatica;
Peach-faced Lovebird parrot, Agapornis roseicollis;
Red-crowned Parrot, Amazona viridigenalis; Blue-
crowned Parakeet, Aratinga acuticaudata; White-
winged Parakeet, Brotogeris versicolurus; Yellow-
chevroned Parakeet, Brotogeris chiriri; Budgerigar
Melopsittacus undulatus; Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitta
monachus; Black-hooded Parakeet, Nandayus nenday.
.Also Cockatiel, Nymphicus hollandicus; House
Sparrow, Passer domesticus; European Starling, Sturnus
vulgaris; Nine-banded Armadillo, Dasypus
novemcinctus; Feral Dog, Canis familiaris; Coyote, Ca-
nis latrans; Feral Cat, Felis catus, Jaguarundi, Herpailurus
yagouaroundi; Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes; Feral Pig, Sus
scrofa; House mouse, Mus musculus; Black Rat, Rattus
rattus; and the Norway Rat, Rattus norvegicus.
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Warmer weather brings grouper closer to shore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Recent unseasonably warm air temperatures ap-
pear to have driven fishers out of the house and onto the
water, with good results.
Grouper and snapper fishing offshore is in full
steam, with lots of reports of grouper coming in from
less than 100 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. There
are also many reports of grouper hanging out by the
shipping channel in Tampa Bay.
Backwater fishing for sheepshead remains the No.
1 action report, with trout catches a close second.
There are also a few flounder and mangrove snap-
per being caught off the piers.
Capt Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he has been consistently putting his cli-
ents on lots of gag grouper to 20 pounds, even on four-
hour trips. He said his charters are are also catching red
grouper, mangrove snapper to 5 pounds, lane snapper,
yellowtail snapper, triggerfish, amberjack and sea bass.
He said he's been fishing out to 100 feet in the Gulf off
Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key, using live shrimp
and pinfish, as well as frozen sardines as bait. :
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said in
the bays sheepshead are the best bet, as well as trout
and redfish, but offshore action was excellent for grou-
per and snapper in less than 100 feet of water. There are
lots of reports of fishers limiting-out on grouper to 25
pounds in size.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said action there
includes good catches of sheepshead, sea bass, snapper
and a few nice-sized permit.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishing is getting better by the day, with sheepshead
being the No. 1 catch there. Other good catches include
black drum, a few redfish, flounder and mangrove
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
big trout and redfish were caught in Terra Ceia Bay,
plus grunts, snapper, sheepshead and lots of legal-size
grouper coming from the ship channel in Tampa Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said his charters
caught grouper to 15 pounds offshore just 9 miles out
in the Gulf last week, as well as some legal-size grou-
per caught near Port Manatee. Other action included
sheepshead and lots of trout.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, trout fishing
has been good for this time of year, with warmer
weather helping a lot. A few sheepshead were reported
caught ih Palma Sola Bay, plus near all the local
bridges and piers.
At Sunshine Bait & Tackle, there are reports of
lots of small grouper coming from the Sunshine Sky-
way Bridge and pier system, most of legal size, as well
as redfish in Terra Ceia Bay and sheepshead around the
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said trout fishing for
him is excellent right now, with some fish caught in
Palma Sola Bay reaching better than 24 inches in
length. Redfish and sheepshead are also thick around
almost all the docks in the bays.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's putting his
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charters onto trout to 24 inches in length, plus floun-
der and snook in the backwaters. Offshore, in about 40
feet of water in the Gulf, he's catching snapper, sheep-
shead and grunts.
On my boat Magic, we've caught sheepshead up
to 6 pounds while fishing about 6 miles out in the Gulf,
plus mangrove snapper and lots of grunts. Inshore ac-
tion continues to feature redfish to 26 inches and lots
Good luck and good fishing.
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Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
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Fit to Eat is one
Melinda 1,dinpariello and Terry Weaver of the Fit to
Eat Deli in the Island Fitness Center building at
5317 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach will celebrate the
store 's first anniversary on Thursday, Jan. 13.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
A fit one
The Fit to Eat Deli in the Island Fitness Center
building in Holmes Beach will hold its first anniversary
Thursday, Jan. 13 with a buy-one -breakfast, get-one-
free special, along, with other specials throughout the
day. And breakfast is served all day, said owners
Melinda Larnpariello and Terry Weaver.
"'People have been wonderful and we just' wanted
.to show. our appreciation for their support," said
Melinda. "We've got a wonderful menu with fresh-
made salads, sandwiches and lots of other good things
IndPed. Fit .to Eat Dleli is not your average delica-
tessen. Chef Terry serves up fresh tamales, burritos.,
salads. \ raps -~including vegetarian- along with
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foods, cappuccinos and beer and wine all that plus
the special of the day and M/elinda' s fresh homemade
"We'd like everyone to come join our celebration,"
Fit to Eat Deli is located at 5317 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach in the Island Fitness Center building.
Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through
Sunday. For more information, call 778-0411.
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria recently named
Shannon McConnell as its top selling agent for De-
cember 2005, while the top listing agent was Kimberly
Clark. For more information on Gulf-Bay Realty, call
Griffith-Cline returns to roots
Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cr~emation Services
recently announced that full ownership of the company
has returned to the Griffith family after 25 years as an
affiliate of Service Corporation International. The new,
independent status is effective immediately, company
president Ken Griffith said, and includes the-
company's three area locations, including the 6000
Marina Drive location in'Holmes Beach..
For more information on Griffith-Cline, call 748-
.Tops at Wagner
Wagner Realty has announced that the top listing
agent at the Anna Maria Island office for December
2004 was Dave Moynihan, while Cathy Meldahl
took the same honors at the. Longboat Key office.
The sales leader at the Island office was Joe Corbo
and Peggy Henger and Mary Wickersham took that
award at the Longboat Ke\ oc-ffice. I
In the closed volume' category, Becky Smith
grabbed the Island office prize, while Jack
McCormick was tops on Lon~gboat, Key.
For more information on Wagner Realty, call 778-
0000 or 383-5577.
San ~Remzo Shores
Isl and real estate transactions
763-765 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, a 2,125 sfla / 2,237 sfur
6bed/3bath duplex built in 1971- on a 75xl 00 lot, was sold 12/
17/04, Verini to Hayworth, for $428,000; list $489,000.
1325 N. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 6,033 sfla
.7,822 sfur multi-home bayfront property~with pool buiilt in
1976 on an 18-,816-sf lot was sold 12/22/04, Tortuga Inves-
tors LLC to Tortuga Partners LLC, for $3,565,00 '0.
201 35th St. Holmes Beach, a 4,565 sfla / 5,650 sfur
multi-unit-property with pool built in 1969 on a 1 00xl 00 lot
was sold 12/22/04, Gulf Beach Management Inc. to AMBP
Properties LLC, for $2,100,000.
14005 Fifth Ave., Holmes Beach, a 2,200 sfla / 2,804 sfur
3bed/3bath/2car home built in 2003 on a 50xl 00 lot, was sold
12/22/04, Gaprop Inc. to. Daunta, for $879,000; list $899,000.
501 Key Royale Drive, Homes Beach, a 1,759 sfla / -
2,887 sfur 3becf/2bath/lcar canalfront home built in 1991 on
a 165x102 lot, was sold 12/22/04, Hietala to Key Royale
Drive LLC., for $650,000.
212 81 st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,825 sfia / 2,410 sfur
4bed/2bath duplex built in 1967 on a 90-by 90-foot lot, Was
sold 12/20/04, Hayes to O'Nleill, for $520,000; list $550,000.
.207 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,593 sfla / 1,953 sfur
4bed/2bath duplex built.in 19.68 on a 8,146-sf lot, was sold
12/20/04, Dujardin to Diaz, for $487,0100; list $499,000.
521 Blue Heron Drive, Anna Maria, an irregular 16,030-
sf lot was sold 12/20/04, Whiteside to Payne, for $350,000.
115 Third St., Bradenton Beach a 1,009 sfla / 1,125 sfur
2bed/2bath condo built in 2004 was sold 12/21/04 Old Bridge
Village LLP to Teitelbaum Investors LLC, for $250,000.
~510 & 512 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,482 sfia / 5,364
sfur 3bed/4bath/2car canalfront home with a pool built in
1955 on a 154xl 17 lot with adjoining 44xl 07 lot, was sold
12/29/04, Jones to AKR Development for $1,200,000.
1 13 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,289 sfia / 1,701 sfur
2bed/2bath home built in 1969 on a 64x8O, was sold, 12/28/
04, Maranville to Hayes, for $625,000.
514 71.st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,397 sfla / 1,813 sfur
2bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1962 on a 95x103 lot,
was sold 12/30/04, Loove to Newhart for $600-,000.
2510 N. 17th St., Bradenton Beach, a 1,425 sfla 2bedi/2bath
new construction condo built in 2004 was sold 12/27/04, AM[
Bayshore Development LLC to Davis for $575,000; list
6200 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,622 sfla /1,793
sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in 1M7 was sold 12/30/04,
Skalny to Rice for $515,000.
308 63rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,232 sfla /1568 sfuir
2bo'd/l bath/2car home bull in 1971 on a 9,191 sq/ft lot, was
sold 12/28/04, Fairchild to Lee for $475,000.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Holmes 'Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377
sfur bayfront condo built in 1979 was sold 12/30/04, Rice to
Kulhmann for $460,000; list $495,000.
S3705 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,146,sfla/ 1,247
sfur a 2berjlbnaih condo built in 1980 Sold 12/b/04, Ca'-po
to Hamilton for $235,000.
Compiled by Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-
Bay Realty, of Holmes Beach. He can be reached at (941)
713-4755 direct, or at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current- Island real estate transactions may also be
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wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, 18-inch ceramic
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MULTIPLE AWARD-WINNING local barrier island
panoramas. Highest quality photographic fine-art
prints. Online store: www.PhysicalSystems.com.
Galleries: Restless Natives, Artists Guild, Longboat
Key Art Center, Sarasota Art Center.
ONE YEAR OLD GE dishwasher and GE smooth
surface stove. Great for rentals! $40 each. (941)
778-0805 or 778-0904.
WANTED: Three-wheel bike in good condition. Call
SPIRAL STAIRCASE, 4 by 10 feet, $500; Murphy
bed, $250; five piece entertainment center, $650;
dining room table, $100; new loveseat, $125; ga-
rage door, $50. (941) 737-1121.
ISLAND PLAYER'S PECAN SALE: Mammoth
halves! New crop. $7 lb. Now available at The Is-
lander newspaper. Proceeds benefit the Island
10 PUTTERS: Some from the 1920s and 30s. $100.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thurs-
day, Friday, 9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon.
Always sales racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
LOTS OF STUFF: Antiques, two televisions, North-
western BR11 putter. 8am-2pm Friday-Saturday
Jan. 14-15. 4518 119th St. W., Cortez.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our se-
cure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.
The best news on Anna Maria
Island is now online:
NIKI'S ANTIQUE MALL has two prime dealer
spaces available Feb. 1. Stop by 5351 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach or call Jean (941) 779-0729. Open
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Experience
the Island on your computer desktop. Available at The
Islander, or purchase online or order by mail. $12 PC
or $15 Mac. www.robertsondesignstudio.com.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, (941) 778-0355. Order
through May 2005.
PILATES AND YOGA at Anna Maria Art League.
Pilates, Monday, 9-10am; Yoga, Thursday, 9-
10:15am. Beginning to intermediate. $6/class.
Drop-ins welcome. Instructor Preston Whaley Jr.
NEED A GIFT? Artists will design and create unique
art, stained glass, paintings, painted furniture and
more! Restless Natives, Island Shopping Center,
5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 779-2624.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT
Bright and open floor plan. Spacious 3BR/
3BA pool home features 2 Master suites,
2 A/C units, split bedroom design. Over-
sized 2-car garage. Large seawalled
canal lot with boat dock. Heated caged
inground pool. No Bridgesto bay. Just
steps to beach. Asking 789,900.
"SEABREEZE" $791,000. Only
steps to the beach access, this
beautiful 3BR pool home, boasts
hardwood floors, granite counters,
gourmet kitchen, spa tub,
oversized, 2-car garage with plenty
of storage space. Currently under
construction Buy it now before
the prices go up. IB267055
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m. IPi Luxurious Gulffront condos
from $1,700,000. Imagine
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Sazure waters of the Gulf of
Mexico, while relaxing on
L your 30 foot balcony. These
1900 sf units boast 3 BR/2.5BA, hardwood and marble floors,
granite counters, gourmet kitchen, tray & coffered ceilings, central
vacuum, private elevator, 2-car secure parking and much more.
Currently under construction Buy it now before the prices go up.
Stop by our offices at 2510 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach or 401 South
Bay Drive, Anna Maria. www.GulfAndBayParadise.com, IB258448.
Call Dr. Nelson Neal 941-544-8987
orTeres H aies 941-302-30100
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BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at
The Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more infor-
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to
S Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. (941) 778-6000.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please call (941) 922-0774.
FREE TO APPROVED home! Two black cats,
fixed, litter trained. Five month-old male. Four-year-
old female. Lovable people cats! (941) 778-8677.
1993 MERCURY SABLE: green-blue, air condition-
ing, cassette player, air bags. Loaded, well main-
tained, in perfect condition, never been in accident;
111,000 miles. $3,300. (941) 794-1333.
2001 PT CRUISER: 50,000 miles. Purple, sunroof,
ice-cold air, leather interior. Garage kept. $9,500.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great!
$1,800, or best offer. (941) 778-1102.
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for putting their faith in me to help
them sell or find their place in
paradise! Thank You!"
411 Pine Avenue Anna Mrias
LOST BLUE FIBERGLASS dinghy: 9.6 feet with
black mercury, 3.3-hp. FL registration # FL 2804MT.
MODULAR FLOATING DOCK systems: Custom
drive-on docking solutions by Versa Dock. Mainte-
nance free, 20-year warranty. (941) 685-7648.
1996 GRADY WHITE: 24-foot voyager T-top. Cabin,
two 130-hp Yamahas, low hours. Lift kept. $35,000.
1995 EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,
key switch, propellor. Lbss than 100 hours on re-
build. $3,500. (941) 723-1107.
MOORING WANTED to rent on Island for a 14-foot
Hobie Cat. (941) 778-1074.
2002 SEA RAY 192 Bow Rider. Excellent condition,
kept on lift, detailed and serviced regularly. 19-foot;
190-hp stern drive, custom seat, bimini top, canvas
covers, etc. $14,800. Call (941) 778-6234 leave
message or e-mail email@example.com.
1994 FOUR WINNS 325 Cruiser. Loaded with options.
New canvas, bottom paint and carpet. Sleek black and
white. $37,900. (941) 778-0805 or 778-0904.
BOAT LIFT AVAILABLE for rent: Access to Gulf,
north end of Anna Maria. Call for more details. (941)
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
UPDATED 2BR/1BA IN A SUPER LOCATION.
GREAT RENTAL INCOME. $499,000.
Reach Richard tollfree: (877) 778-6066
See more photos: www.reachrichard.com
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NEED A CHILD or pet sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. (941) 778-3275 or 779-0793.
BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
Alexandra, (941) 778-5352.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.
PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941)'779-9783 or
BABYSITTER WITH EXPERIENCE and CPR li-
cense, 13 years old, friendly and responsible. (941)
13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your
home. Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jes-
sica Lord, (941) 747-2495.
RETIRED NURSE/caregiver available. No lifting.
References, reasonable. (941) 746-9246.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised". Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.
SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED, fast paced office
in prime location. No fees, great splits. Call Jesse
or Robin, (941) 778-7244.
QUALIFIED CHEF/SOUS chef for busy continental
restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ap-
ply at Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, or call, (941) 778-1102.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria or call (941)
FOR SALE: Enjoy the stunning Gulf
views and glorious sunsets from this; I '
2BR/2.5BA townhouse. The beach is
located directly across the street. Soar- -:;... : ..
ing ceilings in master bedroom, walk-in ,
closet, updated fixtures, hurricane ..
window film, and storage galore. Enjoy '
the private heated pool while sitting on
your garden terrace. $449,500.
Paul T. Collins, PA JM
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S. .-. WHAT AN INVESTMENT!
S ...OVER $900/WEEK INCOME.
V. r" ... .- i. Spectacular W. Bradenton
S'', Lakefront home, 4BR/3BA
k ,with two master suites.
Heated pool, turnkey
-,1 "M 2BR/1BA condo with boat '-
slip. Totally renovated. ."
Everything brand new. TI '
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A. NIwo wn~Wd'r in 3
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DISHWASHER/SERVER with experience only.
Also, busperson. 5610 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat
Key. (94,) 383-0013.
BOOKKEEPER POSITION available for busy,
friendly Island business. Flexible hours, full or part
time, some remote work from home a possibility.
QuickBooks experience required. Call Carol, (941)
PROPERTY CARETAKER NEEDED: Full time.
Possible living accommodations. Perfect for semi-
retired handy person. Fax resume: (941) 866-9010.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Li-
brary, Bradenton Beach. Check books, re-shelve,
assist library patrons. Come in or call Eveann
Adams, (941) 779-1208.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $30/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
NOTARY PUBLIC: Civil marriages and renewal of
wedding vows, sunset beach setting or wherever.
Norman R. Veenstra, (941) 778-5834.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
SCOTT'S HANDYMAN SERVICES: Remodeling
and repair. Free estimate, many references. Island
resident. (941) 713-1907 cell, (941) 778-5427 home.
E-mail: geraldscottfulton @hotmail.com.
ABOUT GROUT: All repairs and installation. Done
right! Grout cleaning, sealing, staining. Showers,
kitchens, pools, re-caulks. Call Jeff, (941) 545-0128
TREE SERVICE: Stump grinding, topping, trimming,
removals. Palm trimming. 15 years locally working on
Anna Maria. Phil Brewer, (941) 545-4770 or 778-7790.
COMPUTER REPAIR: Maintenance, upgrades,
security, spyware removal, tutoring. Call Ron Lee,
anytime day or night, seven days a week.
WILL CLEAN, COOK, run errands. Experienced.
PHOTOGRAPHER FOR HIRE: Kelly Ragan. Cus-
tom portraits, weddings, beach photography. Infor-
mation at Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. Information at
Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn landscape
maintenance, shell, planting, clean-ups, palms
trimmed. Free estimates. References, insured. Call
(941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)
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2BR/2BA waterfront home with 28 ft x 14 ft, heated,
caged pool, overlooking the natural navigable waterway.
Boat dock, brick fireplace, Palladian & bay windows, fully
equipped kitchen with expansive breakfast bar, his &
hers vanities, shady cabana, outside shower, plus bonus
room. Easy care oyster shell landscaping, vinyl siding,
just steps to the bay & gulf. $745,000.
AHOY MATE! DROP ANCHOR HERE!
Spacious 3BR/2BA waterfront pool home overlooking
ultra wide, seawalled canal with boat dock. Sparkling
white kitchen with Corian countertops, heated caged
pool with tiled hot tub & waterfall, 2-car garage, and
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Captivating 3BR/2BA completely refurbished hideaway on deep
water canalfront, with spacious waterside family room, beamed
cathedral ceilings & wood burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen,
Corian countertops, custom made birchwood cabinets, stain-
less steel appliances, beadboard ceiling, brand new seawall,
dock, boat lift, blue lagoon pool w/waterfall & rock surround,
tropical landscaping, handsome brick paved, circular driveway,
and bright southerly exposure. $949,500.
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Newly refurbished 2BR/2BA hideaway offers porcelain
floors, blue Corian countertops, French doors leading to
poolside cabana, navy blue bottom gas heated saltwa-
ter pool with hot tub & waterfall, boat dock with gulf and
bay access, and so much more! $749,000.
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-
ups, shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work.
Truck for hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941)
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
(941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions,-screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
You Pick: Family Compound,
Second Home or Vacation Retreat
Offering two lakefront properties in Anna Maria
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry
work and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass
block work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris,
(941) 795-3034. License #104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at (941) 685-5163 or 795-6615.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Bill MacCaughern. Re-
pairs, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, decks.
Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years experience. Yes, I
do show up! (941) 778-3904.
PERFECTIONIST PAINTING and power washing.
Interior/exterior painting! From $1 sf, plus materials.
Free estimate. Established 1985. Call Kirt D. Sweatt
anytime, (941) 702-0993.
RANDY'S REMODELING: Demo, carpentry, drywall
finishing and texture. Free estimates. (941) 778-
0540 or 320-2506.
JIM MELANSON Painting interior, exterior, pressure
cleaning. Free estimates, 18-year Island resident.
Call Jim, (941) 718-9053.
REDONE INSIDE AND OUT, HEATED POOL, NEW
LANDSCAPING, 2BR/2BA, VIEWS! $695,000.
STEVE'S REMODELING & repair service. Free
estimates, 35 years experience. (941) 795-1968.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Inc Building contractor.
New homes, additions, renovations. Quality work
and fair prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
PAINTING AND HOME repair: Local references,
free estimates. I take pride in my work. Your satis-
faction guaranteed. Call John (941) 778-3713.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. (941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING rentals available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wedebrock Real Estate
Co., (941) 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or (941)
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes. Please call.(813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794'-1515.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
Water Views from Every Room!
Condo with Dock
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Reach Richard tollfree: (877) 778-6066
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Large and immaculate 3BR/
2BA end unit. Enjoy sunsets,
pool, spa, tennis courts,
close to beach and shop-
ping, carport. $545,000.
Immaculate Updated Well Maintained
Heated, caged pool with
jacuzzi, beautiful mainte-
close to beaches and golf
Call Piroska Planck, 730-9667
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.
300 North Shore Dr 4BR/2.5BA du-
plex with five-car garage. Private open
decks, large picture windows, great
views of lake. Asking $750,000. MLS
cOCK. L.oneo auplex. Extras! AsKing 5u0V2I.
$850,000. MLS 502321. |
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156 or Frank Miliore, (941) 778-230.
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156 or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2367!.
WEST OF GULF DRIVE -131 WhiteN
C REDUC D Ave. Duplexon corner lot, two-car ga&
s o B l"l. -''. of decks, over 3,900 sf. under roof. 150
steps to beach access. Would also
make a great single-family home! Ask-
Sing $685,000. For more details call
Stephanie Bell, Broker, 778-2307 or 920-5156. MLS103353.
Fabulous energy ef-
.. ficient Key West-
style duplex -con-
structed on 18-foot
lj l pilings. Private court-
yard entry includes a
small heated pool.
I t a Each suite offers
S- -I pine and Mexican tile
floors, gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, central vacuum,
high-speed internet wiring, one-car garage and fire alarm/
sprinkler system. Office loft in upper suite opens to sun deck
with Gulf and bay views. $975,000.
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2BR/2BA villa, 428 62nd St., $2,000/month
2BR/2BA duplex, 207 70th St., $2,500/month
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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side. Asking $555,900.
Please call Michel Cerene,
Broker, 778-0777 or 545-
9591 eves or Mike
SPECIAL OFFER Moti-
vated seller offers one year
maintenance free on this
2BR/2BA condo with a lake
view. Completely updated,
screened lanai. $335,000.
Please call Victor Rosenfeld,
Realtor, 778-0777 or
302 North Shore Dr 3+BR/3BA with
1 BR/1 BA apartment. Five-car garage,
one short block to beach, direct beach
access, peeks of Gulf. Seawall and
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NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com
CORTEZ COTTAGE fully furnished, nice breezy,
quiet area. Seasonal, $1,700/month, $600/week,
$100/night. (941) 778-8168 or 794-5980.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/
dryer, garage, designer furnished with tropical yard
setting. One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/
weekly or $6,000/monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:
FULLY FURNISHED VILLA in beautiful Mt. Vernon,
two miles to beaches. 2BR/2BA, no pets, nonsmok-
ing, age 55-plus. Minimum three months. Peak sea-
son, $2,500/month; annually, $1,500/month. (941-)
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HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX Separate 2 BD/2BA units attached at roof
with LIFT. Fireplace in 1,364 square foot owner's side. Updated features.
Great value at $784,500.
BAYFRONT TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA, tile floors, garage,
heated pool/gazebo, upgrade appliancespristine setting. Enclosed balconies
plus third balcony. $470,000.
I,,, RECT GULFFRONT 1BR/1BA, owner financing. $549,000.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with bay view. One 2BR, three IBR, room for
pool. Great investment. $870,000. Owner financing.
KEY WEST-STYLE 3BR/2.5BA, fireplace, ceramic floors, oak stairs, 30-foot
covered deck, four-car garage, storage rooms. $785,000.
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January. www.abeachhouse.com. (941) 725-1074.
ELEVATED 2BR/2BA.BEACH house, undercover
parking, close to beach, nicely furnished. 210 81st
St., Holmes Beach. $2,250/month. (813) 962-0817.
NEW FURNISHED 2BR/2BA 55-plus, across from
beach. Furnished, annual $1,150/month. Also avail-
able seasonal. (941) 725-1074.
VACATION OR SEASON, Anna Maria Gulffront apart-
ments, 1, 2, 3BR. Porches, sundecks, laundry. Im-
maculate, tropical setting. No pets. (941) 778-3143.
VACATION RENTALS: Available now through April.
Weekly or monthly. Fran Maxon Real Estate, (941)
CORTEZ VACATION COTTAGE. Renovated, light
and open, nonsmoking,. no pets. $800/week,
$1,700/month. (941) 795-8077.
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Approx. 300 ft. of water frontage on TERCOSTAL VIEWS! 3BR/3BA Key
1.6 acres. Granite kitchen counterswo..,ay.~ ome offering 3100 SF, ex-
guest quarters, pool bar, elevator & tended lanai with pool/spa & private
private ,dock. $2,999,999. Cindy dock. $1,500,000: Leah Secondo,
Pierro, 748-6300 or 920-6818. 99843 748-6300. 500489
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND 4BR/4BA home UPDATED & REMODELED 4BR/4BA
offers a private master suite w/kitchen- canal front home w/large open deck, .
ette, balconies on each floor & court- oversized heated pool w/spa & private
yard w/heated pool. $1,495,000. 748- dock w/boatlift. $750,000. 748-6300.
6300. Kathy Valente, 685-6767 or Anka Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278 or
Eshak, 504-6374. 105783 Joanne Jenkins, 228-7878. 503137
SERENE 10-Acre waterfront estate on Terra Ceia Island. Breathtaking views from all
decks & nature preserves. $1,950,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 502892
DIRECT BEACHFRONT CONDO! 3BR turnkey furnished penthouse w/3 balconies & full
Gulf views. $1,690,000. Victoria Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-0278. 503067
PANORAMIC BAY VIEWS from nearly every room of this 3BR/3BA home w/dockl
$1,195,000.748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 502259;
ISLAND INVESTMENT. 4-unit building grandfathered-in on corner 90X100 lot. Only 2.
1/2 blocks to Gulf of Mexico. $599,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 501426
RANCH located on a deep sailboat water canal w/easy access to the Gulf. Caged pool
& maintenance free yard. $525,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 503395
GULF FRONT 1BR/1.5BA condo on Anna Maria Island w/breathtaking sunset views.
$469,000.748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 501461
CHARMING ISLAND RETREAT Double lot w/serene lagoon. Classic 1950's bunga-
low w/Mexican tile. $447,500. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 500427
GREAT ISLAND LOCATION! Updated 1-2BR/2BA townhouse w/private patio. Pride of
ownership shows. $340,000. Barbara Westendorf, 748-6300 or 685-6109. 501694
ESTABLISHED NW neighborhood offers this 2BR ranch home w/1572 SF. Newercar-
pet, tile & paint. $189,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 503427
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SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Baywatch condo,
heated pool, waterview, $1,000/week, $3,000/month;
Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, small pet OK,
$2,600/month; Bayou, 2BR/1BA, across from beach,
$2,500/month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED: Bradenton Beach 3BR/
2BA modern duplex on Intracoastal. Dock and dav-
its. Inside washer and dryer, large rooms. First, last,
$1,100/month. (727) 784-3679.
GREAT SUNSET VIEWS. Two 2BR apartments on
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call (941) 914-4646
PANORAMIC BAYFRONT RETREAT: Monthly
seasonal rental. Large 2BR/1BA newly renovated
and fully equipped. $2,800/month. (352) 267-9187.
MT. VERNON LAKEFRONT furnished 2BR/2BA
villa located in bird sanctuary on Sarasota Bay.
Only two miles from Gulf beaches. Pool, tennis,
clubhouse. No pets, nonsmoking, 55-plus. Avail-
able three-twelve months. Boat dock (up to 23 feet)
included, based on availability. $2,600/monthly,
plus electric and tax. (941) 794-5011.
REAL ESTATE LLC
2BR/2BA Elegant condo in superb Gulf-front com-
plex. Furnished, renovated kitchen, storm shutters,
saunas. Gorgeous beach, jacuzzis, tennis, secured
heated pool, under-building parking. Holmes Beach.
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA Turnkey furnished. Gulffront complex.
Open plan, breakfast bar, dining room, walk-in clos-
ets, screened porch, washer/dryer. Gorgeous beach,
heated pool, tennis. Great rental. $1,050,000.
KEY WEST-STYLE WITH BOAT DOCK
3BR/2.5BA plus den/office. Charming home, large
lot, fenced yard. Breakfast bar, dining room, large
master bedroom and bath with Jacuzzi tub, screened
porch, balcony. Deeded boat slip with private dock.
Holmes Beach. $699,900.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
2BR/1BA each. Very close to beautiful beach. One-
car ga rage, pa3 io. One unit turnkey furnished. Appli-
ances both sides. Utility with washer/dryer, residen-
tial area, room for pool. $675,000.
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Great in-
vestment! Watch the sunset as you collect rent from
these charming units. Easy to see, call for appoint-
ment. Just steps to beautiful beach. $749,000.
BAY HOLLOW- PRIVATE DOCK
2BR/2BA, updated condo with deeded boat dock.
Eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, walk-in clos-
ets, Jacuzzi tub. Carport and heated pool. $359,900.
SHELL POINT CONDO
2BR/2BA, could be 3BR. Large den with closet, in-
door utility room, washer/dryer and sink. Walk-in
closet, ceramic tile, close to heated pool. Tennis, put-
ting green, carport. Central location, near library,
shopping and restaurants. $379,900.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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SEASONAL PERICO BAY Club 2BR/2BA villa,
January, $2,500; Palma Sola Townhouse, January,
$1,500/month, February, $2,500/month. Call Real
Estate Mart (941) 756-1090.
ANNUAL: UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA duplex, el-
evated, new carpet and paint, walk to beach. First,
last, security. $800/month. 779-1112.
CHARMING BEACH Cottage. 2BR/2BA. Steps to
Gulf. Available January, February, March. Call (941)
SEASONAL: 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex.
Washer/dryer, dishwasher, new paint and carpet,
walk to Gulf, two-month minimum. Available Jan.
15-Feb. 15. $1,900/month. (941) 779-1112.
BEAUTIFUL BRADENTON BEACH condo: Just
remodeled and furnished, 2BR/2BA, beach ac-
cess, pool, tennis. Available February on. $1,075/
week, $3,300/month. Also available long term.
ANNUAL RENTAL, 2BR/2BA with Florida room,
washer/dryer hookup, dishwasher, carport, close to
beach, beautiful apartment. $975/month. Dolores M.
Baker Realty, (941) 778-7500.
AVAILABLE 2005 WINTER vacation rentals: Perico
Bay Club, $2,900/month; Coral Shores, 2BR/2BA
with pool on canal, $3,500/month; San Remo
Shores, 3BR/2BA with pool on canal, $3,800/month;
Gulffront duplex, 3BR/2BA, $1,300/week; Mariner's
Cove condo, $3,400/month; Alecassandra Villa,
1BR/1BA, $2,100/month; Bridgeport, 2BR/2BA,
$2,900/month. Please call Cristin Curl at Wagner
Realty. (941) 778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com
RENTALS AVAILABLE: Utilities included, unfur-
nished. Efficiency, $690/month; 1BR/1BA, $735/
month; 2BR/1BA, $950/month. Call (941) 524-5205
SEASONAL WATERFRONT, 1BR or 2BR like
new! $1,800 and $2,900/month. Call (941) 779-9074
or (703) 587-4675.
LONGBOAT KEY 2BR/2BA 1,400-sf condo with
panoramic views of bay. Available Jan. 15 through
April 15. (941) 587-1456.
PRICELESS BAY VIEW in the Moorings at Holmes
Beach. Second-floor condo. 2BR/2BA, nicely ap-
pointed. March $3,000/month. (941) 778-8364.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA, one block to
beach. Year lease, washer and dryer hookup, all tile.
$825/month. Call (813) 244-4944.
ANNUAL: Steps to beach, clean, unfurnished 2BR/
1BA, half duplex. Washer/dryer. 2818 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. $775/month, first, last, security.
(941) 730-0977 or 778-5810.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, furnished 1
and 2BR condos. Cable, microwave, washer/dryer.
Block to beach and shopping. From $1,800/month.
BEACH FRONT CONDO: Monthly or bimonthly.
Heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis courts. (941) 794-8877
101 PALM: Luxury villas. 1BR and 2BR.
$3,000-$4,000. T. Dolly Young Real Estate,
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Night, week-
end, weekly, seasonal. Private entrance, private
deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call 778-3433 or
WINTER SPECIAL! Steps to beach. Large 1BR/
2BA, courtyard, washer/dryer, cable, telephone.
$1,995/month, $650/week. Call (941) 778-1098.
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SEASONAL 2BR/2BA CONDO: Great view, newly
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ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA single-family home
in northwest Bradenton, $1,200/month; elevated
2BR/2BA single-family home with garage and car-
port, $1,200/month; Three 2BR/2BA single family
canal homes, from $1,600-$2,100/month; 1BR/1BA
Renaissance condo, eighth floor city view in
Sarasota, $1,200/month. Call Island Real Estate,
GULFVIEW: Available the month of April. Beautiful
2BR/2BA condo, recently refurnished. Martinique
North, 5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. No pets.
$800, plus security deposit. (941) 778-6786.
ANNUAL ISLAND RENTALS: 2BR/2BA duplex
across from beach. Furnished/unfurnished. Great
location. $995/month. Call Mike Carlton, Smith Re-
altors, (941) 737-0915.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY Holmes Beach rental.
Ground-floor 2BR. Available January, February,
March. Across from Gulf. Pool, laundry, private
courtyard. $650/week. (517) 694-3288.
SEASONAL SPACIOUS 2BR/1BA, Bayview old
Florida-style ground floor duplex, ceramic floors,
laundry, patio. Walk to beach. $2,000/month.
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SEASONAL RENTALS: one month or more.
Westbay Point and Westbay Cove. Tennis, heated
pools, close in. Old Florida Realty Co., (941) 713-
9096 or 778-3377.
SEASONAL WATERFRONT Cortez 2BR/1BA
condo. Newly remodeled and furnished, no pets,
nonsmoking. $1,500/month. Dockage available.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: Seasonal rental. Now
showing for 2006. 2BR/2BA, two-car garage. Excel-
lent condition. $3,400/month. Call (941) 795-7089.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA ground-level ranch-style
duplex, furnished. Close to beach. (941) 778-3506.
HOLMES BEACH: Unfurnished 2BR/2BA,. Steps to
beach. Excellent condition, very clean. Washer/dryer,
refrigerator, stove, dishwasher. Nonsmoking. Annual,
$1,000/month, plus utilities. (941) 778-5356.
BLOCK TO BEACH and bay. 55-plus. Furnished
1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA in mobile home resort.
Seasonal $995 and $1,195/month. Annual $795
and $895/month. (941) 778-3051.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Elevated 2BR/2BA duplex.
Three-car garage, two blocks to beach, unfur-
nished. Office (941) 778-3377 or 713-9096.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/1BA Gulffront apartment.
Furnished, nicely decorated. Available February 2005.
$2,500/month or $700/week. (941) 779-1215.
EL CONQUISTADOR COUNTRY Club: 2BR/2BA,
clay tennis courts, cathedral ceilings, nice view. El-
evator, storage plus bikes. Seasonal or annual.
Reasonable for 2005-06 season. (941) 778-3926.
PERICO BAY CLUB villa: Seasonal or annual. Fur-
nished, 2BR, two-car garage, sunny end unit with
screened porch and deck. Call (941) 387-9702.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA duplex apartment on
Anna Maria. Large screened lanai, half block to bay.
Washer/ dryer hook-ups. $800/month. Fran Maxon
Real Estate. (941) 778-2307.
PERFECT ISLAND RETREAT: Seasonal rental,
Holmes Beach, 2BR/1BA, close to beach. $2,000/
month. Owner/agent Jay Heagerty, Wagner Realty.
ROOMMATE WANTED: MALE or female. 2BR/
2BA. Block to beach. Sixth Avenue. $400/month,
plus deposit and half utilities. (941) 737-1121.
SEASONAL SPECIALS: Island duplexes and
homes, $1,800-$2,700/month; Sunbow Bay,
$2,500/month; Waterfront pool homes, $3,000-
$4,000/month. Call for weekly rates, Duncan Real
Estate. (941) 779-0304.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site
DIRECT 50x100 FOOT Gulffront lot in Holmes
Beach with DEP permitted. Plans.for 2,400 sf liv-
ing area, four-car garage home. $1,650,000. (941)
DIRECT GULFFRONT FOR Sale by owner,
$1,490,000. Best opportunity in Holmes Beach'
3BR/1BA bungalow, 1,328 sf. Concrete-pier foun-
dation. Zoned R-4. Total lot size 50x100 feet. 3306
Fourth Ave., Holmes Beach. Contact Ken Ward,
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Westbay Point & Moorings
hard-to-find ground-floor end unit. 2BR/2BA condo.
Excellent condition. $379,900. Call (941) 756-4860.
NORTH END Anna Maria, 2BR/2BA, fireplace,
sundeck. Close to Gulf beach. $496,000. (941)
ANNA MARIA Ground-floor 2BR/1BA with two-car
garage, 100 feet to beach. Bayview, large lot, fur-
nished. Concrete block. (941) 778-7703.
MOUNT VERNON: 2BR/2BA, lakefront condo with
partial bay view, enclosed lanai, new appliances and
air conditioning. Minutes to beach. 55-plus commu-
nity. $239,000. (941) 795-4030.
HOUSE DEALS ON, off, near the Islands. West
Bradenton; Northwest Bradenton, minutes to beach,
heated pool, sauna, hot tub, $324,900; Ellenton,
close-in'country living, custom 3BR/2BA with two-car
garage, 3/4-acre wooded lot, $325,000; Longboat
Key, English cottage with unique artist loft, Abbaco
architecture, 15-foot loft ceilings, two-car garage, hot
tub, $650,000. Call Fred Flis, Real Estate Mart (941)
2BR/2BA-3BR/2BA DUPLEX: 2511 Avenue C,
Bradenton Beach. Gulf and bay views. 5,208 sf un-
der roof. One block to beach. Appointment only. Call
2BR/2BA CONDO: Great view. 3601 E. Bay Drive.
Cove at Sandy Point. Furnished. $295,000. Call
REDUCED! Triplex steps to beach! 3BR/1BA, 2BR/
1 BA and 1BR/1 BA super rental or second home, close
to everything. $589,000. Deborah Thrasher RE/MAX
Excellence. E-mail DebMThrash@aol.com. (941) 518-
7738 or 383-9700.
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EXCHANGE: BRADEN Riverfront. Contemporary,
all new, 1717 sf home is offered in exchange for
similar waterfront home or condo on the Island.
WATERFRONT HOMES and lots: bay lot,
$639,000; one near tip lot, $459,000; three homes
from $349,000, all seawalled, deep water, no
bridges. Also, bayfront tip lot and direct bayfront top-
floor penthouse flagship condo. (570) 943-2516.
WATERWAY CONDO. Furnished, totally remodeled!
Gorgeous views. Boat docks, pool, tennis, Jacuzzi.
What a steal! $360,000. Deborah Thrasher RE/MAX
Excellence. E-mail DebMThrash@aol.com. (941)
518-7738 or 383-9700.
ST. PETE BEACH, 73rd Avenue triplex, investment,
two large studios, 1BR. Laundry on premises.
$339,500, firm. (941) 518-5364.
LOT IN CITY of ANNA Maria. By owner. One block
to Gulf beach. 52 by 145 sf. $399,000. Brokers pro-
tected. (941) 739-1882.
BAYFRONT HOME with mother-in-law. 4BR/3BA with
lot across street on Sarasota'Bay with boat docks. Lots
of potential! $899,000 Deborah Thrasher RE/MAX
Excellence. E-mail DebMThrash@aol.com. (941)
518-7738 or 383-9700.
BEACHHOUSE WEST of Gulf Drive on huge lot;
Duplex 90-by-100 lot, half block to beach, $695,000.
Also, Gulfview house, half block to beach, heated
pool, $850,000. Call (941) 778-8660.
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WOW! WHAT A VIEW! Expansive gulf view from this
magnificently upgraded condo at Summer Sands. 1909 sf
living area, 3 walk-in closets, completely new open kitchen,
wood floors. Bayfront pool and hot tub, private beach.
Must See! $899,900.
BAYVIEW BARGAIN: Upstairs 2BR condo with views of
the bay, just steps to the beach. Turnkey furnished.
Beautiful pool and park area on the bay. Just $249,000.
5400 CONDOS: Wonderful gulf views from this 2BR/2BA
condo. Turnkey furnished with the Florida look. Carport, 2
pools, clubhouse. $599,000 Contract Pendlng.
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DUPLEX FOR SALE: Open daily from 10am-5pm.
Located north end of Anna Maria Island. Close to
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FOR SALE BY owner: Elevated custom built home
west of Gulf Drive. 2-3BR/2BA. Excellent condition.
$699,500. Call (941) 778-3203.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Jan. 16, 1-4pm. Beautifully
remodeled, custom kitchen and bath, private deck
and garden. 1BR/1BA villa. 431 62nd St., Holmes
BAYFRQNT CONDO FOR sale: 2BR/2BA. Golf
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OWN YOUR OWN piece of the Island! 1 BR/1BA, new
appliances, newly decorated. 55-plus. Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, Bradenton Beach. (941) 779-1371.
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floor, new appliances, new AC. Great Rental. Hurry, won't last long. Priced to sell,
$499,000.00. Call Ted Schlegel (941) 518-6117 or Barry Gould (941) 448-5500.
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RUNAWAY BAY Great rental condo over- BRIDGEPORT Serene bay views from the BAY LAKE ESTATES Must see 4BR/3BA
looking a lake close to the pool and beach. tropical quiet setting furnished 2 BR/2BA home, great for entertaining. Screened pool on
Nicely updated kitchen, ceramic tile upgrades, bay side unit. Steps to whitesandy beach, large deck. Large corner lot. Great neighbor-
new carpet and many new appliances Turnkey shopping and dining' Asking $439,000. hood. Only minutes to the beach. $399,000.
furnished and ready to rent or live in. f 379.00,i Call Cindy Grazar, 504-6176. Lynn Hostetler, 778-4800.
Denny Rauschl, 725-3934.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS 2BR/2BA
upstairs with covered parking space. Pool, ten-
nis and hot tub close by. Tiled entry and
kitchen. Glass-enclosed lanai. $460,000. Dick
Maher or Dave Jones, 778-4800.
TRIPLEX Breezy and beachy income produc-
ing triplex across from the beach. Upstairs is
a cozy 1BR/1BA with a great reading porch
and massive sun deck. Downstairs are two
2BR/1BA units. Ample parking, tons of Mexi-
can tile, newer kitchens and baths make this
one a must see. $659,000. Nicole Skaggs or
Jane Grossman at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
ISLAND AMBIANCE Large 2BR/2.5BA is-
land home in very desirable north Holmes
Beach. Spacious floor plan lends itself to ad-
dition, seller has specs for the same. Newer
windows, appliances and huge two-car ga-
rage make this one a must see. Asking
$469,000. Call Jane Grossman or Nicole
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GREAT VIEW!! 2BR/2BA, sauna, fireplace, spacious
wrap-around deck with views of the Sunshine Skyway
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DOLLHOUSE Totally renovated. Perfect 2BR/1BA
starter, retirement, or rental home. A darling nest for
the winter nnuwhird. $137.000.
BAYFRONT Wonderful open water view with 100-
foot dock, boat lift and deep water, lush vegetation.
Large 3BR/2BA home with decks, two-car garage.
Rehab or build new. $1,250,000.
GULF SANDS CONDO Comer unit directly on the
Gulf with great views. 2BR/2BA completely remod-
eled with tile floors throughout, all new furniture and
turnkey. Great price at only $749,000.
BAYFRONT Panoramic view of the bay. Very pri-
vate, lush landscaping. 2 BR/2BA. Hardwood Floors.
Very large master BA with jacuzzi and walk in shower.
Big garage and workshop, screened porch facing the
bay. Dock with 10,000 Ib davits. $1,390,000.
BRAND NEW DIRECT GULF VIEW Striking un-
obstructed view across from the Gulf and beaches.
3BR/3BA, two-car garage. $1,200,000.
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BAYFRONT R2 with deep water. 2,444 sf house;
2BR/2BA with large Florida room and guest house.
New air conditioning, new tile floor, fresh paint.
$1,350,000. -W-- w>.
GULF FRONT 6 UNITS Beautifully remodeled apts.
From 3 BR/3BA to one bedroom. Small heated pool.
Turnkey furnished. $3,000,000.
"La Plage" Anna Maria's newest luxury Gulffront
condos ... All Gulffront, security gates, enclosed ga-
rages, pool/spa, high ceilings. 3BR/2.5BA, up to
4,200 sf. Starting at $1,475,000.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
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Waters Edge #210S (New)...... $930,000
Tiffany Place (New) .............. $679,000
4212 Redfish Ct............... $575,000
Waters Edge #109S ......... $859,000
La Casa Costeria ....... $1.2 to $1.74 Million
Sandcastle #7 .............. $1,492,000
Sandcastle #8 ............... $1,705,000
Tiffany Place #213................. $825,000
Bradenton Beach Club Unit C .. $1,600,000
5400 Gulf Drive #36.............. $899,000
209 So. Bay Blvd (Lot)........... $695,000
2418 NW 90th St. .............. $3,599,000
5400 Gulf Drive #32.............. $560,000
6804 Gulf Dr. $695,000
510 68th St. $679,000
3603 4th Ave. .............. $1,099,000
100 7th St So.(Duplex) .... $750,000
402 Magnolia Ave............ $539,500
4002 6th Ave.................. $699,000
Bradenton Beach Club #239... $779,500
Bradenton Beach Club #207... $779,500
Bradenton Beach Club #33......$599,000
Bradenton Beach Club #36......$599,000
405 73rd Street ........... $649,000
3707 Gulf Drive (Multi-plex) ........ $1,799,900
2109 Avenue C $499,000
408 Poinsettia Ave ........... $525,000
317 Spring Ave................ $550,000
5701 Carissa St (Duplex) $825,000
7002 Holmes Blvd ........... $699,000
424 62nd St $245,000
801 Fern ........................ $749,000
5906 Gulf Dr. #210 ......... $930,000
210 3rd St W #8204 ............. $297,000
210 3rd St W #8402 ......... $348,000
11204 Longwood Ct ............... $382,000
921 Waterside Ln $315,000
1267 Spoonbill Land. Cir ........ $305,000
813 Waterside Ln $319,999
1264 Spoonbill Land. Cir........... $339,000
982 Sandpiper $269,900
Restaurant Business Only ....... $299,000
Business and Real Estate..... $1,599,000
1701 Gulf Drive $845,000
5804 Marina Dr $1,950,000
Business and Real Estate (New)... $1,995,000
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Florida living at it's best.
Come see the waterviews!
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished
Sunit, with a screened-in lanai,
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Overlooking the lake. This
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.:immujnity orilrs tenni- cCurt pools, spas, bikepaths and much-
more. This won't last at $327,000.
I BR 1 BA turnkey furnished
condo that is just steps to the
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Fe.truary and March.
Runaway Bay offers a heated pool, clubhouse, tennis courts,
shuffleboard and a dock with terrific bay views. $345,600.
E ISLAND GETAWAY:
Completely remodeled, 2BR/
2BA half duplex. Turnkey
: furnished with new
everything throughout gives
':. :' this unit a seaside retreat
*''',Q* theme. This property is in an
*t.l attractive location in Holmes
Beach with a view of Spring Lake and is only a block to the beach.
Not a drive-by. $377,600.
THIS 2BR HOME is just steps
from the beach and on the
west side of Gulf Drive! Build
up for views of the Gulf or just
enjoy this income property as
it is. On a large lot with room
for a pool. $429,000.
SPANISH MAIN: Beautifully
maintained, updated villa. Pool,
clubhouse, boat docks, putting
green, in a very active boating
community. One of the best
buys on Longboat Key, 55-plus
J CANALFRONT ON
SCanalfront home close to the
beach! 3BR/2BA elevated
home Longboat Key just two
blocks from the beach.
Wood and tile floors
S. throughout. Walk out of
your door and on to your boat-easy access to the bay and Gulf. Build
up for bay views! Call today for your viewing appointment. $625,000.
1 (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
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PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT Spectacular bay
views, custom 3-4BR/4.5BA home oak floors,
hickory cabinets, brick fireplace, large
screened porch, pool & dock. Near Gulf
beaches. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #503181.
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Townhomes on Anna Maria Island. Eight Key
West style units with 3300 sf under roof, 3BR/
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FABULOUS ISLAND DUPLEX Newly remod-
eled Holmes Beach duplex. 2BR/1BA each
side, close to beach. A is rented to an annual
tenant, B furnished perfect island retreat.
Owner/Agent. Jay Heagerty. 727-2800.
BIMINI BAY VISTA Sensational view of Bimini
Bay. Pristine home features lanai with pool.
Updated throughout. Deep water docking for
multiple boats. Karen Day, 778-2246.
ISLAND WATERFRONT Canal front 2BR/2BA
residence third back from the bay with lovely
bay views. Near beach. Newer seawall cap,
roof and A/C. Tile floors throughout. Dave
Moynihan. 778-2246. #503490. $535,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT!! Enjoy sunset views
from screened lanai that also overlooks pool.
Unit has never been rented. Turnkey fur-
nished. 2BR/2BA + laundry. Karen Day. 778-
2246. #503615. $989,000.
GULFFRONT CONDO 1BR/1BA directly on
the beach. Totally remodeled, ceramic tile,
crown molding, new central air. No rental re-
strictions. Betty Arnold, 761-3100. #501251.
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