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News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 13, No. 15 Feb. 16, 2005 FREE
Fire crews from the \et .L a c;iAI Fit, and Rt scL'c District alohl'n with assistance from Lon bloat Ki v fitfiglihti, battle the Feb.
10 fire at 2518 Avenue C in Bradenton Beach that left family of seven homclc s ,. Islander Photo.: Courtesy George Meyer
By Rick Catlin
Sandbar restaurant owner Ed Chiles
said his company has entered into an
agreement with Bistro Blanton Holdings
LLC, owners of Island's End restaurant,
and its officers Sean Murphy and Lise
Blanton t6 purchase that restaurant and
the accompanying five lots. The pur-
chase of the Anna Maria restaurant at
the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Av-
enue is expected to close March 6,
Chiles was looking to solve any an-
ticipated parking problems with his
Sandbar restaurant site plan currently
PLEASE SEE CHILES, PAGE 3
Roger Phillips along with children Brooke and James found temporary shelter at
a local hotel through the American Red Cross after a Feb. Fire destroyed their
Bradenton Beach apartment. Wife Sherry, children Celeste and Briana, and niece
Christina are absent from the photo. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
By Rick Catlin
Moving to Bradenton Beach two
weeks ago was supposed to be a new
beginning for Roger and Sherry Phillips
and their four young children.
The family had spent the past five
years in Apollo Beach, but decided on
employer last 'Everyone's OK.
month as- My family's OK,
signed him to
work tempo- but my children
rarily at a have nothing.'
Lido Beach Sherry Phillips
But the quiet Island atmosphere the
Phillipses had sought was shattered
around 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 when an ap-
parent electrical fire destroyed their new
apartment along with all their clothes
and possessions. The couple did not
have renter's insurance..
The tragedy did not begin and end
with the fire.
Roger was suspended from his job
as a traveling chef with the Rack, Shack
and Binion Restaurant Corp. of Plant
City because the fire destroyed restau-
rant files on his computer.
Because of the fire, he was unable to
report to work in Atlanta that evening. His
job requires him to travel the country as a
"fill-in" chef for the corporation, along
with assisting the kitchen staff when a new
restaurant opens. A Plant City native, he's
worked for RSB for five years.
"They said I was suspended until I
could get some company information
from the computer," he said. "They
could care less about the fire, they were
more interested in getting the files."
Unfortunately, the newly purchased
computer that James absolutely needed for
his job along with the restaurant related
files were destroyed in the fire.
"So, I guess I'm going to be fired,"
he said. "I can't retrieve anything from
PLEASE SEE FIRE, NEXT PAGE
Key Royale speeding complaints bring tickets to Key Royale
By Rick Catlin
There's an old Island saying that
"you'd better be careful what you wish
for, you just might get it," and some Key
Royale residents today might be wishing
they'd kept their mouths shut at the Feb.
7 Key Royale Homeowners Association
An estimated 50-plus people at-
tended that meeting and a chief com-
plaint from some members was that too
many people were speeding in their nor-
mally quiet neighborhood.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
Stephenson was present, and pledged to
do something about speeders. Some
homeowners complained that the speed-
ers were visitors to the Island who did
not know the speed limits. Stephenson
promised immediate action.
The day after the meeting, HBPD
officers were out ticketing speeders in
Key Royale, prompting a flood of com-
plaints to city hall from people who got
the tickets. Turns out, the majority of the
six tickets issued on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9
were to Key Royale residents.
Stephenson said he only acted on a
complaint from a group of concerned
"Whenever we have time, we run
traffic control in Key Royale and else-
where in the city," he said.
SFour tickets were given to Key
Royale residents, one to the driver of a
pool company truck and another to a
relative of a Key Royale resident,
One homeowner, however, said the
city should post "reduced speed ahead"
signs upon entering Key Royale to warn
motorists of the 15 mph speed limit zone
across the Key Royale Bridge.
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PAGE 2 FEB. 16, 2005 I THE ISLANDER
The Islander newspaper has established a fund to
help the Phillips family get resettled on Anna Maria
Island, and keep their children at Anna Maria Elemen-
Anyone interested in making a donation of any
kind to help the Phillipses, or who has a vacant apart-
ment, can contact publisher Bonner Joy at The Islander.
The Phillipses especially need children's clothing,
toys, furniture, appliances and an apartment.
For more information, call The Islander at 778-
Fire leaves family homeless
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
a computer that's burned up. Everything's gone."
Sherry said-at the fire scene that everyone was OK,
but "my children have nothing."
The youngest two children have been especially
hard-hit. "They keep asking what happened to their
Christmas presents. They don't understand that a fire
destroyed the toys and everything else we had," James
said with a shrug.
"We lost everything we owned," said Sherry. "Our
clothes, appliances, pictures, everything. We just
moved here for the wonderful family atmosphere and
this had to happen. I don't know what we're going to
Several Island restaurants have already offered
James a job if he needs one, she said. James should
know if he still has a job with RSB by the end of this
But true to the Island spirit, Islanders are helping
the young family. Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar res-
taurant in Anna Maria and Beach House Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach, donated meals to the family this past
weekend. Sherry said the Beach House manager has
already offered Roger a job.
While that's comforting and she's thankful, Sherry
worries about the future.
"How do we replace everything?," she asked.
The two oldest children attend Anna Maria El-
ementary School while the other children stay at home
with mom. Roger's niece Christina helps Sherry, who
is disabled, with the children. She has only one kidney,
which is only 40 percent functional, James said.
"We'll be OK. We're strong. We just have to pray
and get through this," he said, noting that the only per-
sonal item that survived the fire was a family bible that
he's had for years. "We're going to make it once we get
another place. This Island is just a great place to live,"
The Phillipses absolutely want to stay on the Island
and need to find a vacant apartment. The Red Cross is
looking to see if they can provide a portion of the funds
to get the family settled.
The West Manatee Firefighter's Association, an
Some to aid
for fire victims
Mike Bugel, left,
treasurer of the West
S Firefighter's Asso-
r'" ) Iciation, presents
right, the victim of
.- an apartment fire
Feb. 10, $1,500 and
i m some children's
I clothing, shoes and
toys collected by
firefighters to help
-. her family of seven
get back on their
resides with the
Phillipses and helps
care for the young
.- Islander Photo:
organization of career firefighters, made a $1,500 cash
donation to the family and also collected toys and
clothing that they are holding until the Phillipses are
Sherry said the family can probably stay at a mo-
tel for a few more days, but the Red Cross can't keep
paying for the rooms.
"We'll keep looking and praying. Everything will
work out for the best," she said confidently. "We just
love the Island and Anna Maria Elementary. Our kids
are doing great there. We're going to stay somehow."
The fire caused an estimated $125,000 worth of
damage. The two-story duplex is owned by Anton
Lulgjuri and is directly behind Sharkey's Restaurant,
which Lulgjuri also owns.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 16, 2005 PAGE 3
Cortez land/sea battle this weekend at festival
By Jim Hanson
There will be a battle between land and sea forces
in Cortez this weekend, the prize the attention and en-
joyment of thousands of visitors.
It will be a genial war between Cortezians known
for their amiability and hospitality as the historic fish-
ing village stages its 23rd Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival. From 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday and from
noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19-20, it will rock the pic-
turesque settlement at the mainland end of the Cortez
Bridge. Its theme is "Caught Up in Cortez," which fes-
tival organizers guarantee will be self-fulfilling.
Admission is $2, youngsters free. Parking will be
in the village, at the old school grounds on its east side,
at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island, and Winn-
Dixie Plaza, 75th Street and Cortez Road, shuttles to
and from Cortez by trolley at $2 round trip.
The sea and its attractions will vie with the lure of
land features for the estimated 30,000-plus visitors who
attend each year.
Opening the festival will be blessing of the fleet at
10 a.m. Saturday at the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks where
much of the commercial fishing fleet will be moored
- unless there is a heavy run of fish in the Gulf: Fish-
ermen fish when-there are fish, and nothing interferes
except, the crusty fishermen say, government.
About the same time at Coquina Beach, raiders will
launch boats they have built themselves and paddle,
row, sail and motor across Anna Maria Sound for a
"raid" on their hometown, Cortez. The sailors made the
boats by hand along traditional lines. They will make
landfall at Miller's Dock, Fulford Fish Co. and other
spots along the waterfront. The boats will tie up for
viewing the rest of the festival, and some of their own-
ers may be coaxed into giving rides.
A replica of a Bat Fogarty skiff, built along some
patterns and molds used by the famed Bradenton
boatbuilder, will be launched at Miller's Dock. It was
built by hand by volunteers at the Cortez Community
Center, temporary home of the fledgling Florida Gulf
Coast Maritime Museum. "It's 12 feet of pure el-
egance," said the museum's director, Roger Allen.
A skipjack skiff being built will be shown at the
center, too. It is the locally immortalized version of the
spritsail skiff used by Cortez pioneers migrating from
North Carolina a century ago, the skipjack designation
New York Times discovers Island, too
By Paul Roat
Laid-back, kicked-back Anna Maria Island has
Just a few weeks after a Los Angeles Tilmes travel
writer hit some of the highlights of the Island's
lifestyle, Sunday's The New York Times section fea-
tured a full-page article on "Family Vacations: Perfect-
ing the fine art of doing nothing" on our so-called
"best-kept secret," at least as far as some past and,, per-
haps erroneous, advertising campaigns proclaimed.
As Times writer Charles Passy put it, "Anna Maria
Island is a bit of Old Florida preserved. Largely devoid
of the towering condos .and glittering resorts that are
the beachfront norm of the Sunshine State, it's a place
defined by a sometimes quaint, sometimes ramshackle
way of life, where weather-beaten cars and one-speed
bikes share the roads, and "fine dining" can be a meal
of fried grouper served on the edge of a pier."
"Oh my God," said Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce Executive Director Mary Ann Brockman
Monday, "we brought in two more volunteers just to
make up the direct marketing kits. We've had more
than 200 inquiries today."
As of Tuesday morning, Brockman said she had re-
ceived 80 phone inquiries and 330 e-mail "hits."
Timesman Passy is also a Floridian, but from West
Palm Beach. He described how he and his wife, son and
daughter seldom go to the beach except when they visit
Anna Maria Island where, as he puts it, "This isn't a place
Chiles buys Island's End
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
before the city's planning and zoning board. Some
board members had questioned the number of spaces
provided in the site plan available for restaurant patrons
(The Islander, Feb. 9).
The Island's End comes with ample parking that
can be used by Sandbar patrons, he said.
"We think it's a great purchase of property. There
was a question of parking at the planning and zoning
board meeting, so this takes that issue off the table,"
Chiles said. "There's a lot of extra parking there that
we can use."
Murphy will continue to use Island's End for
scheduled special events after the sale is completed,
said Chiles, but he has no long-term plans for the res-
taurant, other than for special events.
Details of the purchase will be available after the
closing, he noted.
Island's End has been used solely for special events
and functions for the past sixmonths. Murphy also owns
the Beach Bistro restaurant in Holmes Beach.
where you 'go' to the beach. Rather, the beach never
more than a few blocks away seems to extend a wel-
coming hand to you, reaching out with its placid Gulf
waters, wide-open stretches of fairly soft sand and classic
sunsets. There's no 'scene,' a la South Beach, just a laid-
back, family-friendly environment. Instead of 'Girls Gone
Wild,' think moms, dads and kids gone lazy."
Local photographer Chip Litherland captured some
nice images for the Times of the Anna Maria City Pier,
the Manatee Public Beach, the Island Trolley and other
spots on the Island. And Passy hit on some of his fa-
vorite Island haunts, such as Cafe on the Beach, Star
Fish Co. in Cortez, and hot spots such as the Anna
Maria City Pier and the Rod & Reel Pier.
Response to the Sunday Times article had already hit
by Monday. Star Fish Co.'s Paul Brugger caught the
phone at mid-day and said, "I really don't have time to talk
about it I've got 15 people staring at me right now."
Other highlights in the article were Capt. Kim's
Boat Rides in Cortez as a great way to view the area by
water, plus Umbrella Beach and A Tropical Isle Vaca-
tion Properties as valuable resources to an Island stay.
But the best comment Passy had to offer in his trav-
elogue of Anna Maria Island was within his conclusion:
"True, there's a beach within 15 minutes of our
house, but it's not the same. As I said, real Floridians
never go there. They go to Anna Maria Island."
Printed copies of the article are available at The Is-
lander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or online
at nytimes.com, where if you enter "Anna Maria Is-
land," and select "this week's" articles, the search en-
gine will find, the article for you.
County charter is 'long process'
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County commissioners yesterday held
their first work session on the proposed county charter,
in what Commission Chairperson Ron Gettman said is
"just the beginning of a long process."
Commissioners estimated the minimum amount of
time to approve language in the charter, hold public
meetings and adopt an ordinance calling for a special
election on the charter would be three to four months.
Gettman suggested the process would take a lot longer
than a few months.
County Attorney Tedd Williams advised the
commission to get the language right in the proposed
Island elected officials are opposed to the charter
because many feel it would allow the county to control
growth in the cities.
adopted from the Chesapeake Bay oyster and clam
A handmade wood canoe made for one person with
a double paddle will be raffled, tickets at $1 available
at the center during the festival.
Back on dry ground, the festival will have every
possible attraction to keep visitors occupied and enter-
tained. All up and down the waterfront and back into
the village streets, Cortez will have deployed the means
of enjoyment for visitors.
Seventy arts and crafts booths are signed up, and
22 of the area's restaurants will offer their best. There
will be kiddy rides, face painting, a rock wall to chal-
lenge young climbers, as well as a live marine display
with sea creatures to be petted.
There will be cloggers and bands and balladeers,
and premier Cortez musician Richard Culbreath has ar-
ranged for five groups to bring day-long music: His
own Culbreath Group, the Sunshine Express and
Cloggers, Telegraph Creek Band, the Classic Rock
Band andManatee River Bluegrass Band.
Food will be there by the ton, with all those ven-
dors competing for excellence and the village's own
specialties prominently on hand, especially mullet
cooked in all the ways Cortezians have developed in
their century-plus here. And desserts, including the
strawberry shortcake prepared by members of the
Cortez Village Historical Society.
Manatee County has proclaimed this week Cortez
Fishing Village Week.
Proceeds will go to purchase three privately owned
lots in the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage Pre-
serve. FISH bought the 95-acre preserve just east of the
village with funds raised in four previous festivals.
Red tide reported off Island
Reports of sporadic red tide blooms are flooding
through Southwest Florida, and Anna Maria Island's
beaches apparently are not spared from the irritated-
nose, dry cough the blooms cause in humans.
-The red tide outbreak has been in effect for sev-
eral weeks now, mostly to the south of the Island, but
reports Tuesday indicated that the Island was not
Anna Maria City
Feb. 16, 4 p.m., Capital Improvement Advisory Commit-
Feb. 22, 7 p.m., special planning and zoning board meet-
Feb. 23, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Feb. 24, 7p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Feb. 17, 11 a.m., commission work session on anchorage.
Feb. 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Code
enforcement, pier, city stewards, charter government,
CRA appointments, CEB appointments, building official
recommendations, e-mail policy, appointment of charter
committee, seawall repair approval and commission re-
Feb. 22, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
'Feb. 23, 5 p.m., comp plan review committee meeting.
Feb. 24, 3 p.m., city commission work session.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 17,.10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting:
Feb. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work ses-
sion to immediately follow.
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Offi-
cials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Feb. 17, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m., annual meeting of Save Anna Maria,
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Government offices in Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach
and Longboat Key will be closed Monday, Feb. 21, for
President's Day. Garbage or recycling collection in those
three cities will not take place on that day; alternate date
for those collections is Saturday, Feb. 19.
All Bradenton Beach governmental functions will be open
PAGE 4 N FEB. 16, 2005 M THE ISLANDER
Stormwater fee may flood Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners have scheduled a
special meeting March 3 to first decide how the pro-
posed stormwater utility fee should be structured be-
fore they determine how much to assess city taxpayers
annually for the fee.
At its Feb. 10 workshop, commissioners heard a
presentation from Chris Collins on a number of options
for the fee, called an Environmental Resource Unit,
including how long it would be imposed and how to
implement capital improvements based upon collection
of the fee,
Collins presented several different options for an
ERU, ranging from $136 to $149 annually for a single-
family home. Businesses, duplexes and triplexes, con-
dominium units and vacant lots would be charged
based upon the ERU for a single-family residence.
"The ball's now in your court," said Collins, fol-
lowing his technical presentation of how money could
be collected, borrowed and spent over various periods.
Indeed, said Commission Chairperson John Quam.
"One-hundred and forty dollars a year might be a
tough sell in Anna Maria," he observed, when people
in Bradenton Beach are complaining about paying $70
annually as a stormwater fee [although Bradenton
Beach's stormwater fee is $125 annually, less mitiga-
tion]. Holmes Beach has a fee slightly more than $30
per year for a single-family residence.
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill agreed. "We
started at $50 for an ERU, now we're at this level." She
suggested the ERU be based on lot size or square foot-
age of a residence or structure, but resident Shirley
O'Day said this would open up a "can of worms" if the
city has to determine size or square footage to come up
with a fee.
O'Day added that if the city approves and collects
the fee, then can't come up with any drainage projects
that work, the commission will "look like fools."
Magill observed that some city residents pay less
in annual city taxes than a $140 stormwater assessment
"Well, it's in your ballpark now," Collins told the
By Jim Hanson
Half a dozen Manatee County departments are at-
tacking a Cortez zoning threat inadvertently handed
down by the late internationally famed artist Robert
He owned the 1912-built school building at the
eastern edge of Cortez, using it as a home and studio.
At his behest it was left out of the zoning overlay the'
county adopted in the 1990s to exempt historic Cortez
from many building and land-use requirements and
Federal Emergency Management Agency rules.
If the former school were to come under the re-
quirements of the FEMA rules, the big brick building
would have to be raised some 12 feet above the ground
in its current restoration program. It is being put in
shape to be a maritime museum and community cen-
The problem came to light when a sharp-eyed
county worker noted that the overlay's eastern bound-
ary was 119th Street, and the school is across the street.
Officials from the county departments involved met
last week to dig into the issue and start solving it. The
Manatee County Planning and Building Departments,
the county administrator's office, the county attorney
and others were present, as was the clerk of court's
office which has jurisdiction over matters historic.
"We have to work through a complex permitting
process" to extend the overlay across 119th Street, said
Christine Clyne, who is handling the Cortez project for
Clerk of the Court Chips Shore.
Involved are the building permit, a variance from
FEMA rules, a site plan, flood plain variance, certifi-
commission. "Now, you have to make hard decisions."
Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested the
special meeting include the capital improvements
advisory committee, city engineer and the public
The meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday,
Outdoor dining ordinance
Commissioners agreed the definition of a restau-
rant in the city code is ambiguous concerning outdoor
dining. At the same time, they noted the city should
review site plans for outdoor dining.
Following advice frofn City Attorney Jim Dye, the
commission agreed to rewrite the definition of a restau-
rant in an ordinance that will regulate outdoor dining.
Magill said she wanted the city to have control over
outdoor dining through submission of a site plan.
She also wanted the city to have some control over
outdoor entertainment near a residential area, but Quam
noted that such noise is already covered in the city's
Sandbar restaurant owner Ed Chiles said that if the
commission's intention is to stop amplified music out-
doors, then, "You have a rifle shot aimed at us."
Magill said she didn't want to penalize any cur-
rently-existing outdoor entertainment, and Quam added
that the noise ordinance and the time limit already ap-
ply to the Sandbar.
The commission also agreed to a suggestion from
O'Day that restaurants that currently have outdoor din-
ing would not have to file a site plan and go through the
review process "in the proposed ordinance, just new
Dye agreed that the commission could modify the
proposed ordinance to exempt already existing but non-
conforming restaurants with outdoor dining.
"You could just set a cut-off date," he said, after
which all new restaurants that want outdoor dining
would have to go through the site plan review process.
That brought a sigh of relief from Chiles and sev-
eral other restaurant owners who attended the meeting.
Dye added, however, that outdoor dining seats are
still tied to the city's code requirements for parking. If
a restaurant adds outdoor seating, it must meet parking
.requirements for a restaurant.
The second reading of the ordinance was scheduled
Commissioners agreed to have Dye draft an ordi-
nance opting out of the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections plan for early voting in the 2005 elections.
Florida Community Trust Grant
The commission agreed with Mayor SueLynn that
the city should pursue a Florida Community Trust
Grant to help it purchase lands for public use. The city
can enlist Manatee County Grants Coordinator Maggie
Marr for assistance, she said.
The mayor said that she is still interested in buy-
ing the site of the former Island Marine facility on Pine
Avenue. A prior deal on a possible purchase with the
Trust for Public Lands fell through when it was discov-
ered that TPL would only cover 50 percent of the pur-
chase, and wanted 10 percent of the selling price from
the city for operating expenses.
The FCT, however, is a state-run trust and doesn't
ask for expense money.-An FCT grant, however, usu-
ally requires 50 percent matching funds from the city.
Pile driving ordinance
Commissioners gave approval to Dye to write an
ordinance regulating use of vibratoryy pile drivers" that
are utilized to install the foundation of a building.
The city can't prohibit use of a pile driver, said
Dye, because its use is established by the Florida Build-
ing Code. But the city can regulate such operation and
require a permit with an accompanying fee. The pro-
posed ordinance would require a builder using a pile
driver to carry $1 million ip liability insurance for dam-
age to surrounding property, and would create a system
for nearby residents to file claims for damages from the
The second reading was scheduled for Thursday,
'Bud' Chiles makes it official.
As first reported in the Dec. 1, 2004, issue of the Islander, Lawton "Bud" Chiles III, oldest son offormer
Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, will seek the office of governor in the 2006 election. Chiles is shown making the
official announcement last week in Orlando. Chiles, a Democrat, is the brother of restaurant owner Ed Chiles.
Mother Rhea Chiles lives on Anna Maria Island, as do other relatives. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Bud Chiles
cate of appropriateness and a hearing officer who the
county hopes will rule that the school is indeed a his-
toric building and doesn't need to meet current FEMA
Tri-Tech Construction & Design Co. Inc. is taking
care of the details such as permitting and changes, said
Clyne. Tri-Tech has a $527,484 contract with the
county to resurrect the building. All of the state permits
are in hand already.
"Everyone (in county government) is aboard,-
working together," said Clyne. "There's an amazing
amount of teamwork."
The county acquired the property from Sailors'
estate in 2000 with state and county funding.
THE ISLANDER M FEB. 16, 2005 M PAGE 5
Don Maloney: Wastin' away in Holmes Beach?
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney
has not spent the last few weeks "wasting" his time.
He's been busy negotiating details of a proposed new
contract with Waste Management Inc., the city's con-
tracted trash and waste hauling service: The contract is
up for renewal at the end of March.
The proposed new contract will be discussed at the
Feb. 22 commission meeting, and Maloney believes all
objections to the previously proposed and contro-
versial WMI automated pickup system have been
addressed and answered.
At the commission's Feb. 8 meeting, Maloney said
WMI will offer city residents their choice of either a
64- or 32-gallon container for automated pickup, or
they can simply put their trash in a plastic garbage bag
by the curb on pickup days.
But the cost of service,,regardless of what option a
resident chooses, is going up. WMI has proposed a $1-per-
month increase per residential customer for basic service.
Currently, the base rate for a single-family home is about
$13 per month. WMI is also allowed to raise its fees based
upon increases in the consumer price index.
Maloney believes the new WMI proposal answers
residents objections last year that would have forced
them to utilize a "too large" container, whether they
wanted it or not. A number of residents had objected
that they couldn't handle such a large container, but the
trash bag option appears to solve that problem.
"I believe it's the best solution for everyone," he
said, noting that no other firm bid for the trash and
waste hauling service. "Everyone else dropped by the
"I also think it's a good solution," said Commis-
sioner Roger Lutz.
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger agreed, noting
that he recently spoke with Palmetto Mayor Larry
Bustle about WMI's automated service in that city. "He
said complaints about pickup have almost disappeared.
They're really pleased with the service," Bohnenberger
In other business, the commission agreed to a sug-
gestion by Bohnenberger that the city establish a five-
year capital improvements plan by resolution, rather
than following the comprehensive plan. It would allow
the commission to update the improvements list every
year by resolution, rather than a comprehensive plan
Bohnenberger said this plan is a "reincarnation" of
a policy he introduced as mayor in 1996, but has fallen
by the wayside.
Instead of following a plan, the commission sim-
ply added or deleted capital improvement projects dur-
ing budget discussions.
Under Bohnenberger's proposal, the mayor would
submit a priority list of capital improvement projects
to the commission every year before the budget hear-
ings. Commissioners,,along with the mayor and city
staff, would then meet and discuss the list to establish
priorities for inclusion in the upcoming budget.
Mayor Carol Whitmore agreed that while the bud-
get always has included capital improvement projects,
it's easier for the city to follow a five-year plan
adopted by resolution.
The commission will discuss the resolution at its
Feb. 22 meeting.
City Attorney Patricia Petruff said preparation of
the draft ordinance to establish ownership of docks in
the Sunrise boat basin is nearly complete, but there are
still several issues to be resolved before a final draft is
presented to the commission. "It's still a work in
progress," she said, but she anticipated completion by
Lutz, also an attorney, agreed that giving Sunrise
residents a "net, net, net lease" is the "next best thing
to ownership," and likely absolves the city from any
Skateboard park fees
The commission agreed to consider a proposal by
SWhitmore that the $30 annual fee for non-Holmes
Beach residents to use the skateboard park be reduced
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to $10, the same as city residents. She said this would
make the park more usable to other Island residents and
The commission agreed to hold several public fo-
rums in the city in the near future to discuss technical
aspects of the proposed Manatee County charter. The
forums would not.be for debate, said Bohnenberger,
but a means to educate the public.
Whitmore noted that the charter is on the Feb. 15
county commission worksession agenda and urged
elected officials and the public to attend.
The Holmes Beach City Commission, along with
its Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria counterparts, are
unanimous in their opposition to the proposed charter.
Longboat key chamber
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is
seeking nominations for the 2005 Small Business
Person of the Year and Rookie of-the Year.
Each year the chamber recognizes an outstand-
ing business person for his or her personal achieve-
ments and contributions. Nominees will be evalu-
ated on the following criteria.
Individual demonstration of excellence in
business or profession.
Individual demonstration of community ser-
Individual demonstration of innovation in
product or service offered.
Nomination applications are available at the
chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, and must be submitted by March 4.
The award presentation will take place at the
Chamber's Small Business Week Breakfast in
For more information, call 387-9519.
TO THE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
IN THE CITY OF ANNA MARIA
The city of Anna Maria
recently adopted ordinance 04-626 (Amendment to
Code of Ordinance Section 74-333) which require all
structures to have address numbers and reads in part:
MINIMUM HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS
A. Residential one and two family dwellings: Each number shall
be minimum 3" in height.
B. Commercial buildings, condominiums and multi-family dwell-
ings, each number shall be minimum 6". Individual units, each
number shall be minimum 3" in height.
C. Guidelines: Use large, plain numbers not script or hard to
read lettering. Use colors that contrast to the background (black
letters on white). Post your address numbers on the front of
your house where it is clearly visible from the street. Make sure
the numbers are well illuminated at night by installing a light
fixture near the numbers.
D.Additionally the City of Anna Maria requires: All waterfront
structures, including Gulf, bay and canal fronting structures, to
post their addresses on their waterfront sides in addition to
posting their addresses on their street frontage.Waterfront
addresses shall be in accordance with the standards established
herein, but shall also include the name of the street upon which
the property is located.
For additional information regarding the city's require-
ments, please contact them at the following listing. City
of Anna Maria. (941) 708-6130, extension 29.
Note: Failure to properly post could result in fines and/or penalties.
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Cortez at it again
Cortez keeps outdoing itself. It's just a wisp of a
village and it keeps on challenging itself. And winning.
Now it's at it again, biting off more than it can
possibly chew and then chewing the heck out of its
oversize bite. Once again it's reaching beyond its grasp,
and you just know it's all going to come out roses.
The big bite this time is a rounding-out of a previ-
ous giant bite that it successfully swallowed despite
warnings about the impossible. That time it paid.
$250,000 it didn't have for 95 prime acres of mangrove
wetlands and prime uplands, to have some relatively
unspoiled Old Florida and so nobody would build con-
dos there and squeeze a tiny village that has always
managed somehow to be unsqueezable.
With planning and scheming and some fancy foot-
work and a lot of hard work, Cortez paid off the mortgage
in four years through its annual fundraising fishing festi-
val. Plus donations from people intrigued at what tN pica]
Cortezian temerity and courage can do. The property is
now the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage Preserve.
Cortez wanted the old school at its eastern edge so,
again ignoring the discouragers, it finagled and
schemed and enlisted the support of sympathetic
people in high places. And.ended up with Mana:ee
County and the state buying the property together and
turning over its use to the \ village. With more help in
public and private grants, the old-school will-be refur-
bished and soon turned into a community center and
the Florida Gulf Coast Maritime Museum.
Now FISH is buying three privately owned lots just
inside the Preserve, to round out the perimeter there
and, in the house on the property, provide a permanent
home for the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation
Center that has been housed somewhat precariously in
a residential area of Bradenton Beach. All Cortez needs
is another $160,000 to pay for the property, and it will
get a strong start at the Commercial Fishing Festival
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20.
This in a really tiny 300-person, 100-home place
that has been threatened over and again with calamity
and survived: A 1920s hurricane that leveled the
houses, a mysterious die-off of the mullet that have
always been the village's life, massive red tides that
killed not only mullet but millions of the other fish that
are important there too, the monstrous net ban that
Florida voters imposed in 1995 to prohibit fishing with
nets that were the village's only way of survival.
But Cortez survived. And prospered, despite the odds.
It's too bad there's only one Cortez. But it's great
that we've got it.
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Thanks from Fort Ogden
I am writing to say thank you to the community of
Anna Maria Island. After our three hurricanes here in
DeSoto County, we were left beaten, battered and al-
most destroyed. Our beautiful 125-year-old church was
destroyed, our parsonage badly damaged and our con-
gregation torn apart.
Out of the depths of our despair, God sent a spe-
cial "angel" named Nancy Ambrose to us. She told us
that Anna Maria Island had heard of our destruction
and wanted, to help.
Many on the Island have sent us their support.
Most recently the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce donated and Nancy and husband David deliv-
ered a copier to our church. We are so grateful. We
cannot say thank you enough to Nancy Ambrose, Mary
Ann Brockman and all the residents for their prayers
and support. With God's continued blessing and gen-
erous hearts such as yours, we will rebuild.
Nothing would give us greater pleasure than to
invite you all down for our new church's dedication.
Until then, we say thank you and God bless you all.
Jeff Nesbit, Fort Ogden United Methodist Church
No 'no parking' signs
(Shared letter to the Anna Maria mayor and city com-
I would like to echo many of the thoughts ex-
pressed by my neighbors in that the proposed blanket
legalization of the "No Parking" signs on select beach
access street areas creates and establishes a most ineq-
uitable situation for us without such parking provisions.
It will continue to force all beach parking near those
residents not so fortunate to have "No Parking" signs
and may forever eliminate the chance for a fair and
equable parking solution.
I live at the corner of Gladiolus and Jacaranda. My
house faces west towards the Gulf. There is one block
in front of my house before the beach access path at
Gladiolus and North Shore Drive. There is not one al-
lowed parking space in that one block in front of my
house. Every beachgoer using the beach access path at
the intersection of Gladiolus and North Shore Drive
parks in front of my house or b\ the side of my house.
Beach goers park in front of my house on Jacairinda-(at
times impeding access to my driveway) and the
beachgoers park beside my house on Gladiolus (steps
from my front door). My driveway fronts Jacaranda
and my front door is on the Gladiolus side of the street.
More power to my neighbors in the block ahead of
me. I wish I had access to the same "No Parking" signs
that they have, but this is not fair. If Anna Maria feels that
our residential neighborhood must become the beach
parking lot for an ever-growing Manatee County, parking
must be spread among all the beach access areas. By
granting special "no parking" privileges to those one block
from the beach and pushing 100 percent of the parking
back to those living in the second block from the beach,
the city is further creating an unfair and unacceptable so-
lution to the parking problem near Bean Point. (A noted
exception to "no parking one block from the beach" is
Fern Street, where beach parking is excessive.)
Let's limit parking fairly on all beach-access streets
near Bean Point. If the city must, then at least spread park-
ing equally among all blocks of beach access streets.
Richard V. Francis, Anna Maria
Bird watching success
Once again the success of the Beginning Bird
Watching class offered through the Manatee County
Audubon Society can be attributed in large part to the
marvelous.publicity it receives in local media outlets.
We put a lot of work into this course and we are grate-
ful that your publicity generates enough interest to justify
our effort. Sessions for next year are already scheduled.
For those who want to mark their calendars early,
classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the
United Bank, 2520 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton, on
January 18, 20, 25 and 27, 2006. The two bird watch-
ing field trips will occur on Jan. 21 and 28.
Nancy and Bob Dean, course instructors
THE ISLANDER M FEB. 16, 2005 M PAGE 7
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Seawall removal request
decision delayed to March
After more than two hours of debate, members of
the Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment decided
legal advice was needed to determine whether or not to
sustain or overturn a building official decision to deny
permits to remove a seawall.
Pete Milazzo, 306 Gulf Drive S., requested a let-
ter of no objection from the city prior to requesting a
Florida Department of Environmental Protection per-
mit to remove a landlocked seawall on his Gulffront
property. Milazzo said he wanted to remove the seawall
to improve his property. He apparently intends to ex-
pand his rentals and will provide needed parking on the
beach side of the building where the seawall exists
- if his request is approved.
Interim Building Official Bill Saunders agreed to
the request, but when Ed Mc Adam took over the po-
sition he issued a letter of denial, citing a city code that
states in part that "no person shall remove any ... ero-
sion control material from the erosion-control area
forming a berm line along the beach. These activities
are solely the responsibility of the state ..."
Karyn Erickson, the city's coastal engineering con-
sultant, told board of adjustment members that the sea-
wall, although clearly within Milazzo's property and
landward of the erosion control line, still serves as a
buffer to wind and waves during storms.
However, Milazzo's attorney Mark Bamebey said
that the seawall is not included within the boundaries
of the city code Mc Adam-quoted in his denial. "The
section you cite does not apply here," he said.
"This is getting very legally," Board of Adjustment
Chair Ken Lohn said, and decided to continue the meet-
ing to March 8 to allow City Attorney Ralf Brookes
time to review the matter and offer his advice.
Too many books, too
little time to shop
S' The annual book sale Feb. 5
i ,' of the Friends of the Island
Branch Library took in
$2,800, "the highest ever,"
according to Joan Pettigrew
of the Friends. The sale saw
561 customers, including
-, 4 106 members at an advance
'. members-only Friday sale.
The event began as a
cookbook sale where "we
made $200," recalled
Pettigrew. "We're very
pleased," she said, and the
funds go toward providing
"the little extras that make a
difference in the library."
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Bring your Presidents to Ralph's
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Ten years ago in the Feb. 16,1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
SThe Longboat Key Town Commission backed
down on issuing a code violation against Island Trol-
ley owner Gary Creamans for use of advertising on his
trolley after the American Civil Liberties Union vowed
to defend Creamans, and Town Attorney David
Persson advised that such advertising was permitted by
the U.S. Constitution.
Dottie McChesney was elected mayor of Anna
Maria, defeating interim Mayor Max Znika 424 votes
Bradenton Beach resident Larry Hinds filed an
appeal of a circuit court order permitting the expansion
of the Bradenton Beach Marina by owner Allan Bazzy.
Bazzy was denied permission to expand by the city
commission, but won his appeal of that decision.
Date Low High Rainfall
Feb. 6 50 70 0
Feb. 7 52 69 0
Feb. 8 55 72 0
Feb. 9 52 74 0
Feb. 10 46 60 Trace
Feb.11 44 59 0
Feb. 12 42 64 0
Average Gulf water temperature 610
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily.
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Islander threatens n eighbBors ithun, arrested
Islander threatens neighbors with gun, arrested
A Holmes Beach man approached a neighbor's
home and threatened the residents, visiting friends and
the homeowner's dogs Sunday night by brandishing a
chrome-plated 9-mm handgun.
Robert Melson, 60, a resident of Avenue C in
Holmes Beach was arrested and charged with three
counts of aggravated assault with a weapon after the
confrontation, but not without some tense moments.
Melson reportedly approached the residence of
Scott and Karen Moore on Avenue B where several
people were gathered for a party. Sandra Wooten, Joe
Hutchinson and a juvenile were sitting. on the front
porch when Melson approached the gate.
Unable to understand Melson, who speaks with a
disability, Wooten and Hutchinson approached the gate
to converse with him.
Melson accused a white dog of attacking his wife
and her dog while they were out for a walk earlier in
the evening. According to Hutchinson and Wooten,
Melson then pulled a 9-mm handgun from.a back
pocket and pointed it at one of the dogs in the yard. He
then raised the gun toward several people, including
them. Both Wooten and Hutchinson reported that they
heard Melson load a bullet in the gun's chamber.
Wooten rushed the juvenile off the porch and into
for high school juniors
Applications are being accepted by the Anna Maria
Island Rotary Club from Island high school juniors for
the Annual Florida Rotary Youth Leadership Assem-
More than 300 ouths \h1io will be seniors in high
school in the fall of 2005 x\ ill gather at Florida South-
ern College from June 19-25 to learn, develop and
practice leadership skills through interaction with their
College administrators recognize attendance at
this Rotary assembly as a significant achievement
during the admission process, according to Jim
Dunne, Island club member and a former college
There is no cost to the selected student to attend
the week-long assembly. An Island Rotary Club
Committee will conduct candidate interviews in
April. Application details are available from Dunne,
the home and she immediately called police.
Hutchinson asked Melson to put the gun away and
when he responded that he had a permit to carry the
gun, Hutchinson says he told him that it didn't give him
the right to point the gun at anyone.
When Melson was told the police were on their
way, he left the residence.
According to the report, officers recognized the
description given by witnesses as matching a suspect
involved in an altercation with police in 2002, and re-
sponded to Melson's home on Avenue C.
Holmes Beach police officers spoke to Melson's
wife outside the residence and she told them that a
white dog had attacked her and her dog and her hus-
band was angry. She reportedly stated that her husband
took his gun and left the house, and that on returning
he went to bed.
The woman called her home on an officer's phone
but her husband did not respond. Melson then exited
the rear of the house but did not comply with police
orders and :had to be subdued.
The 9-mm Smith and Wesson gun was then re-
trieved from inside the home. Witnesses from the party
positively identified Melson as the suspect and he was
charged N\ ith three counts of ag, iravated assault with a
The Holmes Beach Police
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Police Chlut JaY\ RoI.-iti
)aid the s(citer t.able.
officers to get around
quietly tinJ is .' C.'CL-'/dli
hellrdl in maneuvering
near the beach. The
scooter was pr c ha17't id
with a block grant funded
by the Florida Depart-
ment of Community
Affairs. Romine says he
applies for the ranu
itrli .lt thi Floi'l,'ida -
Enforcement each year
and fund tlilnie'iirts i
based on city crime rates.
This year HBPD received
ap.'i<., \iiateli $3. 000.
Romine said that' a,ibot
half hir it :ecein i ',J in
lite psi dt to10 biulget
cuts at the federal level.
HOW WILL YOU AVOID DRIVING
TO THE CORTEZ FISH FESTIVAL?
PARK FREE AT COQUINA BEACH OR
PARADISE BAY PLAZA AND BUS TO
THE FESTIVAL ON MCAT.
Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) will
operate additional service on Saturday and
Sunday, February 19th and 20th between
the Cortez Fishing Festival and Coquina
Beach on the south end of Anna Maria Island
as well as Paradise Bay Plaza shopping
center on Cortez Road at 71st Street West.
Buses will run continuously from 9 a.m. until
7 p.m. The fare each way is $1 for adults, 500
for seniors and children 6 years and younger.
If you prefer to not drive at all, MCAT offers
nine routes serving Cortez Plaza and the
Manatee County Courthouse on Saturday
(no Sunday service) with an easy transfer to
Route 6 traveling west on Cortez Road.
For schedule information contact Rider Info
at941 749 7116 or go online at www.
co.manatee.fl.us (click on "Transit", then
"Ride Guide"). For your convenience, every
bus is equipped with wheel chair lifts and
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Anna Maria is p
required by the Flo
The changing face of Anna Maria City
recently in the midst of revising its Affairs. The draft document prepared by the ad hoc Changes taking place in Anna M
n and land development codes as committee should be presented to the city commission hensive plan might address can be sl
)rida Department of Community this month for review and further changes. being torn down, offered for sale or
laria that the compre-
hown in the buildings
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This $2.5 million home is currently under construction at the Villa Rosa housing
project on South Bay Drive. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin
This is all that remains of an "Old Florida" cottage that once stood at 210 Pine
Ave. The owners of the property have not yet indicated what future plans they
have for the location.
Going Going Chiles Group
Anna Maria resident and political activist Rick DeFrank has put his Pine The Island's End restaurant at the corner of Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive in
Avenue home up for sale, where he and his wife's jewelry business is located. Anna Maria, along with the accompanying parking lots, is being purchased by
Neumann's Island Beach Store at 427 Pine Avenue, which includes a residence, Sandbar restaurant owner Ed Chiles, who said he has no immediate plans for
is also up for sale. the restaurant building.
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Tours of homes on Anna Maria Island and the his-
toric fishing village of Cortez head the area's agenda
for'March, and homeowners are busy getting their
The tours are a week apart-- Anna Maria's Sat-
urday, March 19, and Cortez's the following Friday
and,Saturday, March 25-26. Both tours are planning to
welcome patrons from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost of each tour
is $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the tour.
The Island's 12th annual tour will take in five
houses in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, homes cho-
sen to reflect the various styles of Island living. Pro-
ceeds go to the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Cortez has six homes signed up now and a seventh
likely will be added, tour organizers said. The tour \ i11
be self-guided, with a printed tour guide and map pro-
vided to ticket holders. Proceeds will go torenovation
of the historic Burton store and toward purchase of
additional lots adioining ohe~EISH Preserve.
Tickets for the Anna Mlari tour maybe purchased at
the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria; Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach; The Islander, 5404Marina Drive, Holmes Beach;
Lori-Ell's Hair Designs, 401 Pine Ave.. A in.i Maria;
Ginny's Antiques & Art, 5600 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, and 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna \ Iaria;.
Island Discount Tackle, 5503 Mairin Dri\ e, Holmes
Beach; Ace Hardware, 3352 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach; Home True Value Hardware, 5324 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach; LaPensee Plumbing, 5362 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach; Two Sides of Nature, 110 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, and 101 S. Bay Drive, Anna Maria;
Robyn's Nest, 7427 Manatee Ave. W., Bradention
Cortez tour tickets may be obtained through the
Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W., or.
by calling 708-4953 or 794-5919.
SAM charter presentation
Save Anna Maria Inc., a community activist
organization, will have a public presentation on
Manatee County's growth management draft char-
ter at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Island Branch Li-
brary, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
There will also be a short SAM business
meeting to elect new officers. Nominations in-
clude Katie Pierola, president; Joan Perry, vice
president; Dianne Canniff, secretary; and Sherry
help spark arts
Create a flower pot and help a charity grow this
spring. The Arts Council of Manatee County is spon-
soring the contest in which local businesses, organic za-
tions, schools and individuals create or decorate a.
planter to be auctioned off for charity.
Participants can build, buy or commission a flower
pot or planter of any size, then decorate it and fill it in
a way that represents them best.
Entries will be on display at various art centers in
Manatee County until mid-April, when they will be
judged and prizes awarded in several categories. The
grand-prize is two round-trip tickets from Sarasota/
Bradenton International Airport to anywhere in the
United States AirTran Airways flies.
The winners will be part of a live auction and the re-
maining entries will be part of a silent auction. All pro-
ceeds will go to the charity designated by each entrant.
Entries will be accepted until March 31 and appli-
cations are available at: Anna Maria Island Art League,
the Arts Council of Manatee County, Art Center Mana-
tee, Village of the Arts, Riverfront Theatre, Creative
Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch and the Manatee
County Chamber of Commerce.
There is a $20 entry fee and applicants will be asked
to designate which local nonprofit organization should
receive the proceeds from the sale of their planter.
For more information, call 761-8676.
Get it over with, please!
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Dhit nport, RV, .f ltht llohnate Corin' Hialth
Department. Faarup says he gets the annual shot "to
stay healthy." The shots were offered last week at the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce office in
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kelley Ragan
Calling all artists, art lovers:
The Islander newspaper is looking for a few good
artists. There are onlN tit o criter'.i for the jolb at hand:
They must be gifted and generous
Based on the success of pre\ ious year's. event,
many artists have already offered to participate in the
fourth annual "Fo r Art' s Sake." a silent auction/benefit
to be held from 5-30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March
2, on the side jalk at the newspaper office in the Island
Proceeds will again benefit the Manatee H gh
School art program, which will be much appreciated b.
Islander/teacher/artist Rob Reiber. Last \ear's event
provided more than $4,000, which Reiber said went
toward the purchase of an art printing press.
The public is encouraged to attend the outdoor
auction and reception, hosted by its sponsor The Is-
Last )ear's roster of artist, included Woody
Candish, Rhea Chiles, Sue Curry, Joe Hutchinson,
Linda Molto, Ines Norman, Carrie Price, Rob Reiber,
Andre Renard, Richard Thomas, and Joan and Carl
Voyles and many more.
Reiber's- students will also be contributing select
Start ork for auction and displaying their future "prom-
ise" in the arts, as well as assisting with the event.
Donated works range from sculpture to original oil
paintings to watercolors, prints, custom jewelry and
To offer artwork for auction, or for information on
the event, call The Islander's event coordinator Carrie
Price at 779-1045 or The Islander at 778-7978.
Come celebrate for art's sake it's all for the kids.
'Beau Jest' comedy coming
to Players theater
The Island Players have announced the cast and crew
for "Beau Jest," comedy by James Sherman, to be staged
March 17-April 3 at the Players theater in Anna Maria.
The production is being directed by Phyllis
Elfenbein, with Deryll Gross as co-producer. Curtain
times are 8 p.m. except for three Sunday matinees at 2
p.m., with no performances Mondays.
The focus of the play, Sarah Goldman, has a
WASP boyfriend in the advertising business, but to
mollify her Jewish parents she employs an aspiring
actor, Bob Schroeder, to act as her date.
The Wall Street Journal described the play as "very
funny, but it's not an extended Jewish joke. The well-
crafted play has a lot to say about nuclear families of
any ethnic persuasion."
Laura Parks plays Sarah, Michael Hoffman the hired
date, Tim Stella the real boyfriend. Phillip Urbanski,
Miriam Ring and Gabe Simches round out the cast.
Carol Cozan is stage manager, Elfenbein and Jack
Abene designed the set, Don Bailey the costumes.
Chris McVicker is doing the lights, Bob Grant the
Tickets at $15 may be obtained by calling the box
office Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at 778-5755 starting March 7. The theater is at 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 16, 2005 0 PAGE 11
Happy Valentine's Day, times 50
The annual Valentine dinner at Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach honors resident couples who have been
married 50 years or more. This year, eight couples were honored, including from near tofar, Don and Ella
Eshenbaugh, Josie and-Ken Freshwater, Harriet and Jake Diehm, Don and Dee Prest, Ruth and Buck Omans, Rita
and John Kruis, Faye and Jim Mcintyre, and Josie and Walt Berkoben. Islander Photo: Janice Dingman
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Big Band Valentine dance, big hit
Tic Big B(mdI DhiLe spol ,n'red ainnllv I' tl e .Amiii ,Airi'a I \ld
Kh uInti Club to cLch'liate I ilentine's Day s n a la 10 c(i,.n'iro Thuri-
davy t h sit aitn i to the rhih ofthe Bob Zi nimeiman Or.helis, u oat
the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The annual social event is a
benefit'for the Center. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Featured Valentine dance vocalist
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for all your grilling
Grills and Smokers
Natural !ump coal
Hot sauces and rubs
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Valentine fever, flowers, florists
Folks from Island Florist were working at a feverish pitch Saturday before Valentine's Day, producing
orders for numerous deliveries and the anticipated V-Day rush for the Monday holiday. Behind the-bouquets
are Herbert Sesterhenn, co-owner, left, with wife Birgit behind Sylvia Zadarosni, and Sandy Marquis and
Edna Erven on the right. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
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PAGE 12 E FEB. 16, 2005 E THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club members' efforts
against polio in Asia have paid off handsomely, Ned
Perkins told his fellow club members at a meeting.
Reporting on results of the ongoing battle against
the crippling disease, Perkins said polio incidence is
down from 336 cases in 2003 to 186 in 2004 in India,
Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Perkins is chairman of the Club Rotary Founda-
tion. Together with its parent Rotary Foundation, the
group has joined the World Health Organization in a
years-long campaign to eliminate polio.
An intense inoculation effort was carried out in
densely populated areas of India, he said, with an Is-
land Rotary team of Win and Patti Bishop taking part
and administering serum to hundreds of children.
"Nor have we forgotten the ones who have been
crippled by pplio. Rotarians have been funding pros-
thesis clinics where artificial limbs are being manu-
factured and fitted to victims." The Bishops visited
one of those clinics while they were in India.
"Unfortunately," Perkins told Rotarians here, "the
polio virus has not been completely stamped out yet -
in Central Africa cases increased from 386 to 1,040 in
the same period."
This is because Islamic imams there prohibited
Moslems from receiving inoculations when the imams
thought the Salk serum caused infertility in girls and
AIDS in males. "The imams have finally reversed their
order, so the prograni can finally progress," Perkins
Rotary International and the Island club are now
organizing a massive polio inoculation program in
Central Africa, he said, noting that worldwide
Rotarians have contributed more than $200 million
toward eradication of polio.
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baked goods, plants and raffles,
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Joining hands in support of the many programs undertaken by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island are, left
to right, Ned Perkins, a Rotarian of 50 years who has never missed a club meeting no matter where he has
lived or traveled in the world; Ann Close, the newest Island Rotary Club member; and Gene Moss, the lone
remaining member of the original Anna Maria Rotary Club roster, which now celebrates 46 years of service
to the Island. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jim Dunne
University women's group offers scholarships
The Manatee County Branch of the American As-
sociation of University Women is accepting applica-
tions for its 2005 academic scholarships.
The scholarships, which are awarded in May, in-
clude the following:
$1,000 John I. Gearhart scholarship for pursuit-of
a baccalaureate degree at a Florida college.
$700 AAUW branch scholarship for pursuit of an
associate degree at Manatee Community College lead-
ing to a baccalaureate degree.
$250 Women in Transition scholarship.
$250 John I. Gearhart Renaissance Women schol-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 8, 200 block of Willow Avenue, lost property.
A man reported his wallet missing from his coat
Feb. 10, 100 block of Magnolia Avenue, found
bicycle. Public works staff retrieved a bicycle found
leaning against a pole.
Feb. 3, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, drug/traf-
fic arrest. Officers responded to a report of a problem
with customers at the Circle K and approached the
vehicle with four occupants that were identified by
witnesses. The driver of the vehicle was given a notice
to appear for driving without a license. Passengers
Daniel Patterson, 24, and Randy Goss, 33, both from
North Carolina, were given a notice to appear for pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. Patterson was also in
possession of five grams of marijuana.
Feb. 3, 611 Gulf Drive N., Imperial House condo-
minium parking lot, drug arrest. Vashti Shramo, 20, of
Bradenton, was arrested for possession of drug para-
phernalia and less than one gram of marijuana after
officers responded to a noise complaint. According to
the report, a resident reported that Shramo and a male
friend were arguing and causing a lot of noise in the
parking area. Officers found a glass pipe on the ground
beside the car and Shramo admitted to having mari-
juana in her purse, according to the report. The male
F. John 'Jack' Sarty
F. John "Jack" Sarty, 84, of Bradenton, died Feb. 8.
Born in Medford, Mass., Mr. Sarty moved to Mana-
tee County from Medford, N.J., in 1989. He was retired
from national sales manager from Columbia Research
Laboratories in Philadelphia, Pa. He served in the U.S.
Air Force during World War II. He attended Boston Uni-
driver was also given a citation for an open container
of beer found in the car.
Feb. 5, 110 Gulf Drive S., Moose Lodge, burglary.
According to the report, someone broke into the build-
ing and stole the proceeds from the day's business.
Feb. 7, 1200 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, drug
arrest. Jonathan Muller, 23, of Bradenton, was arrested
for possession of four grams of marijuana and a scale
during a routine traffic stop.
Feb. 7, 200 block of Bay Drive North, domestic
battery. A man was arrested for battering his girlfriend.
The woman refused medical treatment. She was given
a domestic violence information packet.
Feb. 4, 7100 block of Gulf Drive, theft. According
to the report, work permits and plans were stolen from
the inspection box at a construction site.
Feb. 6, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks Bar, bat-
tery. Officers responded to a fight between two custom-
ers. The bartender requested a trespass warning be is-
sued to the customer that instigated the fight.
Feb. 6, 2300 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license,
A man was cited for driving without a license.
Feb. 9, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, drug arrest.
David Shroads, 23, of Bradenton, was issued a notice
to appear for possession of marijuana. According to the
report, Shraods was initially approached by the officer
when he was seen driving his van into an empty lot
with a broken taillight.
versity School of Music. He was a member of the Masonic
Lodge in Norwood, Mass.; the musician union for more
than 20 years, and was past president and head seasonal
bell ringer for Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club. He was
a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church,
Bradenton, where he was the church pianist.
Memorial services were Feb. 11 at the church, with
a military honor detail present from MacDill Air Force
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Waste Management of Manatee County will not be picking
up garbage or recycling on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 21,
2005. Monday's garbage and recycling will be picked up
on the Saturday prior to Feb. 21, which is Feb. 19.
Thank you and enjoy a safe weekend.
Ben and Karen Cooper of Ben Cooper & Associates
Inc. accounting firm received awards at a recent
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Ben
was named the Longboat Key Norm Mallard Cham-
ber Ambassador of the Year and Karen recieved the
"Good as Gold" award for the second consecutive
year. Both serve as ambassadors to the chamber.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Base in Tampa. Memorial contributions may be made to
Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship
Fund, P.O. Box 1215, Holmes Beach FL 34218. Shannon
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 60 years Thelma; daugh-
ters Carol Hickey of Bel Air, Md., Dorothy Stark of
Washington, Pa., and Chris Witts of Marlton, N.J.; sis-
ter Barbara Bacon of Winchester, Mass.; eight grand-
children; and two great-grandchildren.
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'Tuggerisms' galore await publisher
By Jim Hanson
She has drawn "Tuggerisms" by the score, every-
one who sees them tells her they're great, and now
Jolie Bell is looking for a publisher who agrees.
They are cartoons of humor and proverbs and
quips, all from a dog's perspective, she said. They are
based on her dog Tugger, and she's been at it for al-
most a decade. She even has a working title: "Poor
Tugger's Almanac of Canine Wisdom."
It started as ajoke, the Holmes Beach woman said,
and "just kind of mushroomed." A friend in Ohio got
a new puppy so her pals threw a puppy shower. Bell
made her own gift card, the original Tuggerism.
Her friends were so enthusiastic that she did some
more as gift cards, then kept on with it until she had
enough for a book. She's got about enough for four
books now, she said, and wants to thin down the inven-
tory by getting a bunch of them published.
She and husband Steve were in Westerville, Ohio,
in those years. She was director of the multi-media
center at Ohio Dominican College and he worked for
Ross Laboratories, maker-of baby formula. They vaca-
tioned for years in a house they bought in Holmes
Beach, and made it their permanent home when they
retired three years ago.
As do so many retirees, she works part time. Her
job is at the White Egret gift store in Anna Maria. Hus-
band Steve keeps busier than he originally intended as
a working member of the U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary,
patrolling local waters.
She also has time to draw her canine whimsies, and
she doesn't waste that time: They are piling up regu-
Art and craft vendors wanted
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society is
seeking artisans and craftsmen for Anna Maria Is-
land Heritage Day on Saturday, March 5.
- Booths will be set up for the event along Pine
Avenue from Crescent to Tarpon at no charge to
vendors, although donations to the Historical Soci-
ety would be appreciated.
Artisans may sell and demonstrate their wares
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day of the festival. The
event is part of a countywide month-long historical
Food vendors are also needed. Applications are
available at the Island Museum, 402 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria.. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday.
For more information, call 778-1514.
Kiwanis gets stuffed
Members of the Anna Maria Island
Kiwanis Club gathered more than 100
stuffed animals, and toys at their recent
party for donations to the non-profit
Manatee Children's Services. Present-
ing the toys and animals to Manatee
Children's Services Director Melinda
Thompson were, from left, Kiwanis
president Ralph Bassett and members
Bob Lopiccolo and Larry Fowler.
Courtesy Ralph Bassett
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:i"^ir Church angels
The Rev. Bill
Grossman of Harvey
S Memorial Community
i ....l. Church pins an angel
S on church member
Nancy Ambrose. The
S angel pins were
i handmade for the
S Bradenton Beach
8 church congregation
by members of the
Fort Ogden United
Methodist Church as
a token of apprecia-
tion for the donations
collected and deliv-
ered to Fort Ogden on
behalf of the congre-
gation by Ambrose
The Rev. Robb
formally installed as
pastor of St. Ber-
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Beach, although he
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Sea on Longboat
Pictured with him is
chairperson for the
Jean Knopp, president of the Roser Memorial
Community Church Women's Guild, presents a
check for $1,000 to Carolyne Norwood, adumiistirl-
tor of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, at
the Guild's Valentine Party. The money was raised
at the guild's thrift shopp anml t ill be used io i:-Liorl
the Belle Haven cottage and create a "General
Store" at 406 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander
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Shelter box challenge
nearing $22,500 goal,
By Diana Bogan
The Island community is rallying to the challenge
issued by an anonymous foundation to help the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island raise at least $9,000 to pur-
chase shelter boxes for tsunami victims in Southeast
Last month the foundation presented Island Rotary
with a donation of $9,000 to purchase 10 Rotary shel-
ter boxes to aid families displaced by the Dec. 26 natu-
ral disaster. The boxes purchased with this donation
have since arrived in Sri Lanka.
The donor challenged the Rotary Club to match the
$9,000 donation by raising funds from the community
plus any additional amount raised up to $22,500 by
Donations have currently surpassed the $9,000
minimum and soared to $17,175, according to Steve
Schlueter, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club president.
Shelter boxes can be sponsored by individuals,
organizations or businesses and cost $900 each. These
boxes are packaged at the ShelterBoxes warehouse in
Cornwall, England, and are released to recognized in-
ternational relief agencies that oversee shipping and
Each box contains one three-compartment, 10-per-
son domed tent, 10 sleeping bags, 180 water-purifica-
tion tablets and a 5-gallon flat-pack water container,
two collapsible water carriers, two sets of basic cook-
ing and eating utensils, a trenching shovel, three flash-
lights and batteries, a 164-foot rope, 10 ponchos, a tool
kit and multi-fueled cook stove.
Shelter box purchases can be tracked online to see
where they have been delivered. According to the Shel-
ter Box USA Web site, five additional boxes purchased
through the Island club have not yet reached their final
Checks can be made out to the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island with a notation indicating it's for
shelter boxes. Donations can be mailed or dropped off
to club member Birgit Sesterhenn at The Island Florist,
5312 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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favorite teams. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Basket weaving, shell craft,
photo classes at Center
New classes at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center have been scheduled to begin in March and
April, the Center has announced.
Shell craft instruction will be 1:30-3 p.m. March
15-22-29 with Lynn Gaulin as teacher. Cost is $45 for
members, $50 for nonmembers.
A workshop in digital photography, starting with
basic study of the camera itself, will be conducted by
Andy Little from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. March 12 and 26.
Cost is $10 per person.
A basket-weaving workshop will be led by Pam
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A reported structural fire Tuesday afternoon,
Feb. 15, at the Martiniuqe condominiums in
Holmes Beach turned out to be literally a lot-of
smoke and no fire.
West Manatee Fire and Rescue Chief Andy
Price said workers were installing a new roof on
the building and the smoke generated by.the con-
struction alarmed some residents, who called the
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Multi-use path redesigned
Young karate students moving up to a higher belt in
recognition of their developing skills had a final test
that also raised $600 for the karate-based Sidekick
Foundation. The classes are under Sensei Kevin
Bergquist at Island Fitness Center. He explained that
belt colors start at white and progress darker with
the highest rating black. From left, front row, are
Alexia and Tyler Yavalar, Michaelange Dattoli, Jack
Walter, Dylan Joseph, Alex Siegal. Middle row,
Madeline Valadi, Seth Walker, Alexandra Howe,
Andrew and Jake Ross, Luke Valadie, Donald
Wachob. Back row, Senseis Robert Dellenger and
Bergquist, Timothy Green, Justin and Christopher
Romeo, Eleni Rousonelos. Sidekick donations may be.
made and information obtained at 807-1734.
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The planned multi-use path from Fifth Street South
in Bradenton Beach along the west side of Gulf Drive
to the Longboat Pass Bridge is still in the planning
stages, according to Mike Sosadeeter of the Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department.
Sosadeeter told members of the Bradenton Beach
Scenic Highway Committee Corridor Management
Entity at their Feb. 8 meeting that the department has
requested a scope of services from a contractor to final-
ize the design. At the same time, however, he noted
there are still several issues remaining with the Florida
Department of Transportation over right of way, design
and bicycles, and some environmental problems that
need to be addressed. Funding for the path will be
through a grant, he said, but the county is not yet ready
to submit the application.
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shelters throughout the MCAT system.
Once a vendor is approved, the county commission
must approve the purchase order. Locations and instal-
lation dates will be determined later. He anticipated
that within six to 12 months, MCAT could have 15
shelters constructed countywide, including several on
Anna Maria Island.
But City Commissioner Bill Shearon noted that
MCAT had promised Bradenton Beach four trolley
shelters several years ago when the committee devel-
oped its CME plan for approval by the DOT.
Hesseler said the county would live up to its pledge
if that promise could be confirmed in writing.
While the trolley shelters will be funded by.
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Presidents' Day holiday closings
All Manatee County District schools will be closed
for students on Monday; Feb. 21, in observance of
Additionally, all Manatee County libraries will be
closed for the holiday.
Democratic Club looking ahead,
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
for lunch at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach, at noon Monday, Feb. 21.
The public is welcome to join the group for a dis-
cussion on the 2006 election with guest speaker Susan
MacManus, professor of government at the University
of South Florida.
Reservations are not necessary. For more informa-
tion, call Dale de Haan at 778-9287.
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Ceramic vase and arrangement by Carol Mayer.
Flower arranging demonstration
at Island Gallery West
Carol Mayer will discuss the art of flower arrange-
ment at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Island Gallery
Mayer is also an accomplished ceramic sculptor in
addition to being a master flower show judge. Cur-
rently she creates sculpted containers for floral presen-
The gallery, located at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, is a cooperative of more than 30 local artists.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
For more information, call 778-6648.
Frank and Carol Szabo of Anna Maria take the
Island's news on their tour of Hungary, Austria and
Germany. Here they are at Diosgyori Castle,
Love, unity topic of
Baha'i Faith lecture
Nosrat Scott will speak about "Love and Unity" at
the Manatee/Sarasota Regional Baha'i Center at 2 p.m.,
Sunday, Feb. 20.
Scott fled religious persecution in her native Iran
and her story is featured in CBS news correspondent
Dan Rather's book, "The American Dream."
Scott is currently living her "American Dream" in
Miami and as a member of the Miami Interfaith Coun-
cil has been visited by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and
the Dalai Lama.
The Baha'i Center is located at 6404 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. For more information, call 746-0779.
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Birge made the Dean's List by earning a 3.0 or
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tured frequently on the Anna Maria Elementary School
morning show by Holmes Beach Community Resource
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"Retro Bill" is a character created and performed
by Los Angeles-based actor, writer, producer and di-
rector Bill Russ, who teaches the value of safety, char-
acter, citizenship and self-esteem to children through
live performances and television appearances.
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ping Center, 7431 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
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first show from 9 to 10 a.m. is for middle school stu-
dents and families and will focus on safety, making
positive choices and the consequences of bad choices.
The second show will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
for elementary school children and families and will
focus primarily on safety issues.
Tickets cost $5. For more information, call the
school at 794-3630.
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Anna Maria Elementary School students, will spread
his messages about student safety and positive self-
esteem during a live performance at Edison-Aca-
demic Center on 75th Street Feb. 17.
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders Kelly
Guerin and Molly McDonough ofAnne Kinnan's
class got dolled up for a joint Italian-inspired
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Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, Feb. 21
Presidents Day Holiday
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Breakfast: Churro, Cereal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit
Lunch: Sloppy Joe on Bun, Hamburger or Cheeseburger on Bun, Tossed Salad, Steamed Carrot Coins, Chips,
Wednesday, Feb. 23
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Super Donut, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Student Planned School Menu
Thursday, Feb. 24
Breakfast: French Toast Glaze, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Spicy Chicken Patty on Bun, Hamburger Gravy on Mashed Potatoes, Baked Potato Triangles, Veggies
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AME fifth-graders Glenn Bower, Connor Cloherty
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in the school auditorium to celebrate the end of their
studies on Italy. Students feasted on lots of pasta
dishes, meatballs, Italian ice, biscotti and more.
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Island landscape forum draws large crowd
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee drew a standing-room-only crowd to its first
educational forum on Island landscaping last week.
The committee, which serves as an advisory board
under the mayor, hopes to host many forums at which
residents can gather information and share their views.
Committee spokesperson Kathleen King greeted
residents and shared the committee's desire to, provide
an outlet for residents to establish common goals and
facilitate an environment where Islanders can work
together on a common vision. She encouraged citizen
action and involvement.
The evening's six speakers gave brief presentations
on the history of Florida landscaping in regard to the
introduction of non-native trees.
The experts included Ed Flowers of the Florida
Division of Forestry; Ed Freeman of the Exotic Pest
Plant Council and the Nature Conservancy; Karen
Fraley, president of the Florida Native Plant Society;
Tom Heitzman of Sweetbay Native Nursery and the
National Audubon Society; Ken Langeland, professor
at.the University of Florida and a national authority on
aquatic invasive plants; and Steve Schield, environ-
mental officer for Longboat Key:
Some non-native trees, particularly many of the
species brought in from Australia such as the Austra-
lian pine trees, are considered invasive because, ac-
cording to the experts, they create monoculturess" and
crowd out native species.
The experts also pointed out that not all non-native
trees are considered pesky invaders, but have become
welcome additions to Florida agriculture, including the
orange tree, a native of China.
Island residents have heard many times the argu-
ments against keeping invasive exotic plants, such as
the Brazilian pepper and Australian pine trees, on the
Island, but this time panelists also offered suggestions
of salt-tolerant alternatives that provide shade and color
suitable for the Gulf coast.
Cabbage palms are good hurricane resistant trees.
The Gumbo Limbo is also a favorable tree for the Is-
land and can be used as a shade tree near the beach. The
Southern Red Cedar and Strangler Fig are not only
good shade trees but also attract birds.
Ken Langeland, Ed
Freeman, Tom Heitzman,
Ed Flowers, Steve Schield
and Karen Fraley shared
their expertise on Florida
landscaping with Island
residents at the Holmes
Beach Parks and Beautifi-
cation Committee educa-
tional forum "Truth About
Trees." Islander Photo:
The Jamaican Dogwood tree is seen a lot on Siesta
Key and provides a nice white flower. The Southern
Magnolia grows to be large, is fairly salt tolerant and
also provides pretty flowers.
The Live Oak, Mahogany and Green Buttonwood
trees round out the list of tall Island trees. A wide va-
riety of smaller trees were also suggested for Island
yards such as the White Mangrove, Sea Grape, Pigeon
Plum, Geiger tree and Pitch Apple, many of which
have colorful berries that birds like.
Following the presentations, residents had an op-
portunity to ask questions. Some were concerned about
whether the city is actively pursuing the removal of
Australian pines and wanted questions answered about
tree replacement policies.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Sandy Haas-Mar-
tens told residents that the city is not actively seeking
the removal of Australian pines. She said the city does
have an obligation to remove trees in rights of way that
may fall and impede traffic or damage utilities.
Both King and committee chairman Jim Dunne
clarified that the parks and beautification committee is
not advocating the removal of trees, but would support
a transitional replacement policy if residents were to
actively seek one. They also noted that the committee
is not a legislative body and is only in a position to.
provide information and alternatives to the community.
Some residents questioned whether funding was
available for homeowners to replace invasive plants with
more suitable alternatives. Apart from the Florida Yards
& Neighborhood grants available annually through the
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, panelists were unaware of
any current programs for private property owners.
Langeman noted that each spring in Gainesville the
utility company has a program where it gives away
trees to private property owners so the can replace
in'. asi' ie species. He suggested residents urge their util-
ity companies to start a similar program.
Mike Miller of Anna Maria said he ha had Island
residents pitch in to make the cost of obtaining Gumbo
Limbo trees more affordable and is v illing to get a
program going for interested Islanders. He pitched his
new Island landscaping Web site perfectisland.us to
those at the forum.
Another Islander, John Molyneux, attended the
forum to advocate the retention of Australian pines. He
represents a group of residents known'as Stop Taking
Our Pines, who seek to prevent the trees from being
He believes the pines are no more vulnerable under
hurricane force winds than any native palm, pine or oak.
Molyneux sees the Australian pines as part of the Island's
ambiance that currently coexist with native trees.
Although residents and experts might not always
agree on the type of trees that are preferable, they did
agree a variety was desirable.
The parks and beautification committee will hold its
next regular meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
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Island's Col. Richard Francis being honored
By Jim Hanson
Friends, fellow officers and members of his com-
mand will honor U.S. Army Col. Richard V. Francis at
a ceremony and luncheon Saturday, Feb. 19.
It will be a combined change of command and re-
tirement luncheon for the Anna Maria resident honor-
ing his 34 years with the military, most of them in com-
The luncheon will be at 1 p.m. at the Twin Dolphin
Marina Grill, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton.
Francis is turning over command of the 1013th
Reinforcement Training Unit, U.S. Army Garrison
with headquarters in Miami. It has detachments in West
Palm Beach, Orlando and Sarasota.
He is simultaneously assistant commander of the
Army Medical Center & School at Fort Sam Houston,
Texas, where he was assigned before coming to Florida
Remaining with the Army Reserve, he will not be
Perico man was top radar
specialist in Pacific
Perico Bay resident Joe Frattura was enrolled in his
freshman year at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh when the
Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
"I had a four-year deferment from the draft," said
Joe, "and I was in the Reserve Officer Training Corp."
But during his second year at Carnegie, Joe
couldn't stand being "out of the action," and he volun-
tarily gave up his deferment in:August 1943 and joined
After graduating from boot camp, the Navy se-
lected two graduates from the more than 100 seaman
recruits to attend radar electronics technician school
and Joe was one of the two.
"Radar was pretty new in those days. The British
had developed it before the war, but we were starting
to use it on all the ships," said Joe.
After spending more than 10 months training for
his new job, Joe was assigned to Mare Island Naval
Station in San Francisco in 1944 awaiting deployment
to the Pacific Theater of operations.
Somewhere along the way toward getting his ship
assignment, luck took a hand.
The story of World War II veteran Joe Frattura of
Perico Island originally appeared in the Sept. 22, 2004,
issue of The Islander. However, because a large num-
ber of Perico Island residents, including Joe, were "up
north" at that time, we've decided to run his story again
for the benefit of his many friends and neighbors at the
Perico Bay Club.
Air Force Airman Dominic Romano is a recent gradu-
ate of basic military training at Lackland Air Force
Base, San Antonio,
Texas. During the six-
week training, he
studied the Air Force
military customs and
drill and ceremony
marches, and received
special physical train-
ing, rifle marksmanship,
field training and -
human relations. .
Dominic is a 2004
graduate of Manatee
High School in
Bradenton and the son of Joe Romano of Holmes Beach
and Carla Jo Williams of Greenville, Pa.
fully retired but will transfer from the Active Reserve
to Retired Reserve, he said. That means he will still be
subject to call-up and deplo ment vi. ih the Army.
"I was fortunate to work with the active-duty Army
men and women assigned to the Directorate of Com-
bat Development," he said, explaining that these are
"the combat planners working with transformation of
the Army and design of the future force."
More than half of the people he worked with
then are now in Iraq and AfghJriaitan, he said. Their
responsibility is "putting hospitals and medical units
on the battlefield."
He retired from the Eli Lilly Co. in 2001 after 30
years with the medical supply giant, most of the time
working the southeast United States aid Puerto Rico
from his base in San Antonio, Texas.
His grandparents lived in Bradenton, and he and
his family spent many vacations in Florida, so Anna
Maria Island was natural for retirement, he said.
Col. Richard V. Francis
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U.S. Navy radar technician Joe Frattura inspects the
damage caused by a Japanese kamikaze to the U.S.S.
Newcomb during the invasion of Okinawa.
"When the assignments came out, my name was
the last on the list for the U.S.S. Vestal, a fleet repair
ship that was the oldest ship in the Navy."
The next person on the list got assigned to the
U.S.S. Indianapolis, a cruiser that would see plenty of
action in the war.
"It was also the ship that took the atomic bomb to
Tinian in 1945," remembered Joe. After the Indianapo-
lis left Tinian, it was torpedoed by a Japanese subma-
rine and more than 1,000 sailors lost their lives.
"That was a pretty lucky day for me, although I
thought then that the Indianapolis might be a better
assignment. Thankfully, I got the Vestal or I might not
be here today."
At one time, the Vestal was scheduled to partici-
pate in the invasion of Iwo Jima in early 1945, but its
orders were changed to the invasion of Okinawa on
April 1, 1945.
By then, Joe's ability to install and fix the complex
systems associated with radar brought him to the atten-
tion of the officers in charge of radar repairs. He was
promoted and given command of the electronics shop
on the Vestal.
"We fixed and installed radar, sonar, everything
electrical for all the ships in the fleet. It was a pretty
busy place and everyone got along real well. I had
some pretty sharp guys working for me."
Headed toward Okinawa, the lead ship in the 64-
vessel convoy lost its radar, and as the sailor in charge
of radar repairs for the fleet, Joe was ordered to fix the
"I remember the entire convoy had to slow down
for a few hours while I transferred to the lead ship.
They were going to send me by breeches buoy, but the
seas were too rough, so I went by boat."
The radar got fixed and the invasion took place as
scheduled on April 1. For his efforts, Joe received the
coveted Captain's Citation award.
While the. Vestal was stationed offshore on April
1, it wasn't immune from Japanese attack.
S"That's when we started seeing the kamikaze at-
tacks," remembered Joe.
Thirty-five ships got hit by
kamikazes the first day of
the invasion, including an
empty ammunition ship
that was two ships behind
the Vestal in the convoy.
"If that ship had been
loaded, it would have taken
out all the nearby ships, in-
cluding us, with it. It was
another lucky day for me."
But the kamikaze at-
tacks were relentless and Joe Frattura today.
they attacked every day.
"At first, we would go to general quarters from our
repair stations when they attacked, but after awhile,
when they kept missing us, the skipper said we should
keep on working above the decks on the masts. It was
kind of scary to see the kamikazes coming in while you
were 50 feet above the deck working on a radar. But the
Vestal was lucky. We didn't lose anybody. They did
get quite a few ships, however."
Indeed, Joe and his crew were often assigned to
board the blown-up ships to see if any radar or electri-
cal parts could be salvaged.
After so many attacks, the Navy started using
smoke screens to fool the Japanese pilots. "Once they
started doing that,'the Japanese pilots couldn't find us,
so we got a lot more work done."
Following Okinawa, the Vestal was preparing for
the invasion of Japan when the atom bomb was
dropped on Hiroshima.
"We figured that was the end of the war after we
heard the news. We were all pretty thankful because
everyone was saying how tough the invasion was go-
ing to be."
After the Japanese surrendered, the Vestal was sent
to Hong Kong, where it and its crew mingled with-Brit-
ish and Australian ships and sailors.
Eventually, the Vestal returned to San Francisco,
and Joe was discharged from the Navy in 1946. He
attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned his
degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Sperry
Gyroscope on Long Island, where he met his future
wife, Marguerite. The couple have two children.
Joe had a long and distinguished career in the ra-
dar and electronics field, and assisted on many U.S.
government projects. He and his wife retired to Anna
Maria Island in 1991 and eventually settled at Perico
"I was never a hero," said Joe, "but I couldn't stay
home while everyone was else was in the service. I'm
proud of what I did and I'm happy I had some luck
during the Navy. Everything turned out pretty well."
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
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Wednesday, Feb. 16
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10 a.m. to noon Old master's methodology oil paint-
ing class with Paul Scibilia at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Longboat Key Democratic Club with guest
speaker Paul Duke, Washington, D.C., journalist, at the
Harborside Dining Room, Longboat Key Club, Longboat
Key. Information: 387-4362.
.Noon Anna Maria Garden Club presents "Fun with
Food" with Clare Faner and Jean Taylor at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP driver safety course at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
6 to 7:30 p.m. "Parenting with Love and Logic" work-
shop at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Babysitting available with preregis-
tration. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Thursday, Feb. 17
9 to 10 a.m. Retro Bill Safety Program for middle
school families at Edison Academic Center, 7431 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-3630. Fee applies.
,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP tax assistance at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: (888) 227-7669.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.- Retro Bill Safety Program for el-
ementary school families at Edison Academic Center, 7421
Manatee Ave., Bradenton. Information: 794-3630. Fee applies.
1 to 2:30 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
4 to 6p.m. Jazz concert at the Island Historical Mu-
seum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492.
6 to 8:30 p.m. Boat Smart course at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
Information: 714-0449. Fee applies.
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Preservation Band, includingW his gramitlnlher Bil Bowdish. perfonred
outdoors tit the Island Historical Atluseun. The weekly 4 p.m. concet'is il/l
contillne on Thlllrslda's during oa moilIh-lollg ianniversaryt celebration ot
Anna 'llaria Historical Societ"'s 15ith ear. A $5 donation is suggested.
Refreshune ts are served iba those amending should bring a chair. For more
information, call 778-1514. Islander Photos. Kelley Ragati
7p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 23rd
-Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
Friday, Feb. 18
12:30 to 5 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club festival at
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801- N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 954-4165. Fee applies.
1 to 2 p.m. Family caregiver support group at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. In-
3 to 4:30 p.m.- "I Never Sang for my Father" presented
by Books Alive! actors at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811. Fee ap-
5,to 9p.m. -Service Club of Manatee County Antique
and Collectible Show at the Manatee Civic Center, 1 Haben
Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 758-9618. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Florida West Coast Symphony Masterworks
concert at Neel Performing Arts Center, Manatee Commu-
nity College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-
3434. Fee applies.
Saturday, Feb. 19
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 752-5973.
9 to 11 a.m. "The Ocean's Sea Cow" family program
at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
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Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Service Club of Manatee County
Antique and Collectible Show at the Manatee Civic Center,
1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 758-9618. Fee ap-
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club festival at
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N.. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 954-4165. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 6 p.. Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi-
val benefiting the FISH Preserve. Offsile shutlle parking at
Winn-Dixie, Cortez Road and 75th SI. W., Bradenton, and at
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m.- Save Anna Maria Inc. presentation on the
proposed Manatee County growth management draft char-
ter at the Island Branch Library. 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-9390.
6:45 p.m. Deep Sky Observers at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W, downtown Bradenton. Informa-
7p.m. Manatee Players Gala at the Bradenton Coun-
try Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 748-
5875. Fee applies.
Sunday, Feb. 20
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club festival at
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 954-4165. Fee applies.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service Club of Manatee County
Antique and Collectible Show at the Manatee Civic Center,
1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 758-9618. Fee ap-
Noon to 6 p.m. Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
benefiting the FISH Preserve. Offsite shuttle parking at
Winn-Dixie, Cortez Road and 75th St. W., Bradenton, and at
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
2 p.m. Nosrat Scott speaks about "Love and Unity"
at the Baha'i Faith Center, 6404 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 741-4922..
Monday, Feb. 21
10:30 to 11.30 a.m.-- Adult ballroom and swing dance
class with Robin Rhodes at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents
"Looking Ahead: Election 2006" with guest Susan
MacManus at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287.
Tuesday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. to noon- Volunteer recruitment coffee at Mote
Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
11 a.m. Airborne luncheon at the American Legion
Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-
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-
Wednesday, Feb. 23
-8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning, Longboat Key" at the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall-
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
10:15 a.m. intangible tax seminar at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drie, Holmes Beach. Informa-
11 a.m. Iwo Jima survivors recognition at the Ameri-
can Legion Post No.'24, 2000 25mt St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicaie bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information. 778-3390. 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.
Figure drawing class at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb.
25. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
'Sophisticated Ladies" at the Manatee Players
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Feb. 27. information: 748-5875. 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.-
Adult ballroom and swing dance class with Robin
Rhodes at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through March 7. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Basket-weaving class with Pam McMillen-at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through March 8. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
"Sew for Fun" at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through March 17. Information:
Traditional art class for ages 5-12 at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes-Beach,
through March-22. 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 April 6. Information: 778-2099.
AARP tax assistance at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through April 15. Infor-
mation: (888) 227-7669.
"Shells: Gems of the Sea" exhibit at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through May 8. Infor-
mation: 746-4131, ext. 37. Fee applies.
"Notes from a Diva" at the Education Center, Longboat
Key, Feb. 25.
Concert in the Garage at Jake's Automotive,
Bradenton, Feb. 25.
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.artists reception
at the-Art League of Manatee County Feb. 25.
"Impressionist Masters of Russia" at Wallace Fine Art,
Longboat Key, Feb. 25.
Rummage sale at St. Mary Star of'the Sea Church,
Longboat Key, Feb. 26.
"On An Island With You" at Holmes Beach City Hall
"Shells of Southwest Florida" lecture at the South -
Florida Museum Feb. 26.
Pianist Joyce Valentine at the First United'Methodist -
Church, Bradenton, Feb. 27.
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New episode of Sand Wars coming near us?
It will be interesting to see if historical happenings
to the south have any bearing on future events related
to the Anna Maria Island shoreline.
In Sarasota County, it was called "Sand Wars," and
the saga cost at least one political career, plus untold
animosity that to this day is still being hissed about.
More than 15 years ago, Sarasota County officials
quietly agreed that renourishment was needed for the
beaches of Lido Key. The main access road was being
threatened by high tides and waves, condominiums and
homes had water lapping at their doors in storms, and
the once-wide beach was a mere sliver of itself.
Coastal engineers thought they had a perfect source
- for new sand for Lido, too: A huge ebb-tidal shoal just
south of Lido in the pass separating it from Siesta Key.
The Lido renourishment needed something like
450,000 cubic yards of sand and, with something like
15-million cubic yards encompassing the sandbar in
Big Pass, it seemed like a no-brainer to feather some
sand off a source so close to where it needed to be
After all, the sandbar was created for the most part
from sand that came off Lido's beaches in the first
place, officials agreed.
So the Sarasota County Commission agreed to the
sand transfer, and went off to get the permits and other
approvals from state and federal agencies.
And the residents on Siesta Key went nuts.
Siesta beaches, recognized internationally as hav-
ing some of the finest, whitest sand in the world, also
are unique in Southwest Florida in that there is little
-; erosion there. Siesta residents claimed that the big
sandbar off the north tip of the island protected them
from erosion, and any taking of sand would harm their
beaches and risk damaging their worldwide reputation
of having a great beach.
Coastal officials said the sand taking would be
minuscule and that no damage would come to Siesta.
It isn't like a previous attempt to ship sand from Big
Pass to Venice this time it's all in the same system.
Really, they said, it won't hurt anything!
But it did hurt at least one county commissioner,
who lost a re-election bid in part because of his "yes"
vote on the sand transfer.
After a lot of yelling, the Big Pass sandbar sand
was unofficially declared off limits and sand was taken
from offshore to renourish Lido's beach at a greater
cost and with a lesser quality sand than what anyone
would have liked.
Now, fast forward to today.
A Manatee County official last week said he was
hoping that beach renourishment projects on Anna
Maria Island in the. near future would include the en-
tire length of the Island. The previous two
renourishments have begun north of Coquina Beach
and stopped short of the north end of the Island.
With an entire Islandwide renourishment project,
the previous source of offshore sand near Anna Maria
City may not be as cost-efficient as in the past. Perhaps
another source, this one the ebb-tidal shoal at Longboat
SPass between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key,
would be better, it was hypothesized.
Now, remember that every inlet in the state is dif-
Longboat Pass has been dredged for boat navigation
repeatedly in the past 50 years, while Big Pass has never
seen a dredger's scoop. Longboat is for the most part a
straight east-west channel; Big Pass meanders with every
tide and swoops from southwest-to-northeast to at times
almost straight south-north. Currently, Big Pass is so
shoaled that the U.S. Coast Guard has removed its chan-
nel markers from the inlet to avoid any lawsuits.
There is also a different beach dynamic on
Longboat Key than there is, or was, on Siesta Key.
North Longboat doesn't seem to get much protection
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from any big offshore sandbar, and the beach there is
seriously eroded. More and more Australian pine trees
have toppled at the north tip of the key this winter, and
a breach between the tip of the island and a lagoon
could take place at any time, forming another tiny is-
land in the mouth of Longboat Pass.
Will any sand taken from the shoals there impact
the beaches of Longboat Key?
We'll just have to wait and watch to see if another
installment of Sand Wars takes place in our front yard.
Environmentalists win one
There's always been a segment of the development
community out there that figures it's better to ask for-
giveness than permission, the unscrupulous few who
bulldoze or dredge and then say, "Oops! I'm bad! I'll
pay the fine! Please forgive me!"
Well, a pair of South Sarasota County men got a lot
more than a hand slap when they were convicted of
cutting down a pine tree that had an eagle's nest on it,
a federal violation.
Seems that an Indiana man bought a lot in Venice
Sfor $59,000, quite a steal for property in that neighbor-
hood, at least until the eagle's nest was noticed. Bald
and Golden Eagles are protected through federal and
state laws, and cutting down a tree with a nest is a huge
The Holmes Beach Police Department marine unit is
the first to test a-new product line by Federal Signal
Corporation, an Illinois-based company that devel-
ops emergency lighting productsfor law enforce-
ment. Federal Signal has provided new emergency
blue lights to test on the patrol boat and to provide
the company with feedback. The Holmes Beach
marine unit, manned by Officer Vern McGowen, is
also featured in the company's advertising cam-
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But a few weeks after the lot transaction took
place, the owner and another guy marched onto the
property and cranked up a chain saw. A neighbor saw
them, ran over and almost had a seizure yelling for
them to stop. They ignored him and, when law enforce-
ment arrived, the tree and nest were on the ground.
Oh, and by the time the eco-cops arrived, the
chainsawing pair had also cut down a few other trees
to cover the nest. What a pair of jerks.
The landowner sold the now eagle-nest-free prop-
erty two years later for $150,000.
The U.S. District Court in Tampa heard the case a few
weeks ago and fined the bozos $100,000, pretty much the
entire profit he made in his property transaction. What was
a pleasant surprise was that the two both got $10,000 fines,
but the property owner got socked for an additional levy
of $40,000 to be paid as a donation to the National Fish
and Wildlife Foundation Florida Bald Eagle Conservation
Fund and another $40,000 donation to the Audubon Cen-
ter for Birds of Prey.
The good guys won one for a change. Sorry
about the eagles
Navy turns loose fighting cats
for war on terrorism
Fast, fierce cats could be the wave of the future for
the U.S. Naval fleet of warships.
Not felines, of course, but catamarans are hitting
the water, and they are a far cry from the zippy boats
than run passengers around the world's waters.
The "Sea Fighter" was christened in Seattle,
Wash., last week, according to the Seattle Times. It is
relatively small for naval ships, but huge for the rest of
us at 262 feet. And it's fast compared to almost any-
thing on the water considering its size: The captain
estimates its 66,000-horsepower engines will push the
ship to close to 70 mph.
The new catamaran is designed to cleave through
7-foot seas at 40 knots at least. Cost was $46 million
The new design of an aluminum catamaran means
it can go faster, farther, and in shallower water 11-
foot depths than almost anything out there. It's got
a wide-enough deck to accommodate two helicopters,
plus room for lots of smaller boats.
Among the "Sea Fighter's" tasks will be mine de-
tection and removal, plus insertion of elite troops into
bad spots of the world. It's also got a lot of room to
carry stuff, either troops or gear, to wherever it's
No word on the Navy water-ski program that could
be utilized in addition to the new cats.
2004 was the fourth-warmest year on record since
weather data began to be compiled more than 100 years
ago, according to NASA scientists. Particular hot spots
were Alaska, Antarctica and the Caspian Sea, while the
United States was cooler than usual. Cause of the warm
weather was placed on the increase in greenhouse gases
caused by fossil-fuel burning.
Winners in the Feb. 12 horseshoe games were
Doug Cooper of Ohio and Dean Rowe of Holmes
Beach. Runners-up were Ron Pepka of Bradenton and
Herb Puryear of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the Feb. 9 games were.Cooper and Adin
Shank of Anna Maria City. Runners-up were Eric Dor
of Bradenton Beach and Art Kingstad of Holme Beach.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednes-
day and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees
and everyone is welcome.
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By Capt. Mike Heistand
Welcome to typical winter fishing. There are lots
of big, hungry sheepshead ready to be caught off the
piers and docks around the Island, one of the best bets
of the week.
In backwater action, there are lots of big redfish in
Terra Ceia Bay, plus some keeper-size snook. Trout are
also a good choice to target now.
Offshore action for grouper and snapper remains
good, but the occasional patch of red tide is driving
some fishers farther out in the Gulf of Mexico for the
big bottom feeders, usually about 35 miles out right
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle re-
minded all his customers that he's moved his operation
from Bradenton Beach to Catchers Marina in Holmes
Beach. He added that he's hearing of good catches of
sheepshead, redfish and snapper along the Intracoastal
Waterway in Anna Maria Sound and Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's finding that "grouper fishing 35
miles out is hot!" He is putting his charters onto red
grouper to 30 pounds, gag grouper to 20 pounds, am-
berjack to 40 pounds, mangrove snapper to 6 pounds,
yellowtail snapper to 3 pounds, as well as lane and
vermilion snapper. Capt. Larry said he's been fishing
with live pinfish, Key West grunts and frozen sardines
out to about 130 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico off
Anna Maria Island. "The red tide has affected fishing
closer in," he said, adding that he's been "taking clients
out 35-plus miles and have not sighted any red tide out
that far. Fishing has been the best I've seen in quite
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's getting
good catches of sheepshead, redfish, trout and keeper-
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he put his charters onto good catches of trout
and redfish in Terra Ceia Bay, with most of his fish
caught on artificial: Mr. Twister or Exudes. One trip
last week they caught-- and lost better than 30
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
were a good bet at the pier last week, plus a few drum
and some redfish.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
action at his pier was also pretty much limited to
sheepies, with some reports of a few snapper, flounder,
small bonnethead sharks and black drum coming onto
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of redfish being caught in Terra Ceia Bay
right now, as well as small sharks. Legal-size grouper
are still coming onto the dock caught near by Port
Manatee or at the ship channel in Tampa Bay, he
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting
his customers onto lots of redfish and sheepshead, plus
some keeper-size linesiders.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, there were
some good reports of trout coming out of Palma Sola
Bay and a few redfish and sheepshead from the docks,
bridges and piers-around the Island.
Captain Steven Salgado
Lifetime experience in local waters
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There's grouper out there
Justin Gray, a member of the new Smith Realtors Fishing Team, caught red grouper to 22 pounds aboard the
Wireless. Capt. Mike Carlton and his team ended up with 12 grouper up to 24 pounds, all caught about 36
miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, as shown with Justin and Capt. Mike's daughter Allessandra, age 5.
At Skyway Bait & Tackle, best bets include lots
of small grouper, good-size sheepshead, a few floun-
der and redfish coming out of Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's catching lots
of snook, trout, reds and sheepshead.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching the usual
winter fare: sheepshead to 5 pounds, redfish and a
whopper 40-inch-long snook
Good luck and good fishing.
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
news @islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mnation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
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MHS wrestler Price learning as he goes
By Kevin Cassidy
A T-shirt seen at the District 11, Class 2A wres-
tling tournament in Venice said all you need to know
about the rigors of wrestling. "You play baseball, bas-
ketball and football. You don't play wrestling."
Anyone who has ever attended a high school wres-
tling meet will surely attest to the fierce competition
that requires more strength, stamina, flexibility and just
plain old heart than any other sport. Those that have
had the misfortune/pleasure of competing in wrestling.
at the high school level simply nod their heads and
Shake hands with their brethren wrestlers. There's noth-
ing like it.
With that being said, why Island resident Sean
Price and anyone else for that matter would
choose to put himself through the pain and punishment
required to compete in wrestling is a complete mystery.
There's the daily running of the stadium steps or runs
to G.T. Bray Park and back to Manatee High. That's
just the warmup! Then it's upstairs to the Manatee
wrestling mats where they go at with each other at a
110 percent tempo or else!
There's no slouching around on Coach Andy
Gugliemini's watch. Perhaps that's why Gugliemini's
team is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the state.
Price, along with Kyle Mills, are two Island mem-
bers of the Manatee High wrestling team. Mills came
into the season nursing a bad knee after finishing fifth
in the state tournament last year. The knee finally gave
South on him and he had to have surgery to repair a torn
As a freshman with no wrestling experience,
Price's expectationsweren't real high. He went out for
the wrestling team purely as a way to get a good work-
out so he'd be ready for football next season. Little did
he know he'd be an important contributor to the varsity
team before the season was over.
He started out on the JV team and had some suc-
cesses to go along with learning the ropes. He compiled
a 9-8 record before a varsity wrestler became academi-
cally ineligible in the 189-pound division. Price, all 175
pounds of him, got the call and has been on the varsity
team ever since.
He's taken his share of knocks, but it's all good,
says Coach Gugliemini. "Sean's done a nice job for us,
given his inexperience. He's shown a lot of heart, plus
,he's gaining a world of experience, which will only
help him down the road."
Price's inexperience showed during his first district
tournament match when he went up against Venice's
Jeremy Cook, the No. 1-ranked 189-pound wrestler in
the state. Cook pinned him in just over a minute,
though Price showed some nice escape moves to pro-
long the match. Price ended up advancing to regionals
after losing in the consolation finals 11-2 to Port
Charlotte's Adam Anceume.
Manatee (160 points) finished second in the district
to Venice, which compiled 222 points and advanced 10
Wrestlers to next weekend's Region 2A-3.tournament
at Charlotte High.
Anna Maria Island
Community Center final
Team Wins Losses
AM Glass & Screen 8 4
West Coast Air 7 5
IRE 6 6
S ReMax 4 8
Publix 8 3
Observer 7 5
Air & Energy 4 7
LPAC 4 8
' Division II
Duncan Real Estate 10 1
AM Oyster Bar 7 3
STGC 6 4
Danziger 2 9
Galati Marine 2 10
Bistros 11 0
Dips Ice Cream 8 3
Jessie's 7 5
Harry's 2 9
A Paradise 0 -11
Manatee High's Sean Price feels out Venice's Jeremy Cook during the District 11, class 2A wrestling tourna-
ment in Venice. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Manatee High's Sean Price feels out Venice's Jeremy Cook during the District 1, class 2A wrestling tourna-
ment in Venice. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Bayshore High, which advanced seven wrestlers to
the regional tournament, was represented by Islander
Sam Lott. Lott, like Price, had never wrestled before,
but had a pretty good season despite his inexperience.
He finished 13-17 and came oh-so-close to pulling off
a couple of upsets in the district meet. He trailed 2-0
with time winding down to the top-seeded Charlotte
High wrestler. A take-down and the match would have
been tied, but unfortunately, Lott got taken down and
pinned for his first. His second match was almost a
mirror image of the first match. Trailing 2-1 with time
running out, Lott got taken down en route to a 4-1 loss
that ended his first season of wrestling.
Both Price-and Lott look forward to next season
when they'll have some experience to fall back on.
Congratulations Sean and Sam.
Seedings set for basketball playoffs
The final regular season games were played in the
Anna Maria Island Community Center's basketball
league with Anna Maria Glass & Screen, Publix,
Duncan Real Estate and Bistros earning the number-
one seeds for Premier, Division I, Division II and Di-
vision III playoffs, respectfully.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen captured first place in
the Premier Division despite splitting two games last
week to finish with an 8-4 record, a game better than
second-place West Coast Air Conditioning, which lost
two games last week to fall to 7-5 on the season. Glass
& Screen will have taken on Island Real Estate, which
SMan. i~~ Manatee
I -, High's
it. -iions during
S 11, class 2A
'V. -g, tournament
finished in third place with a 6-6 record, on Valentine's
evening. West Coast Air Conditioning is set to take on
fourth-place ReMax Gulfstream Realty at. 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, with the championship game set
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Center basketball scoring leaders
as of Jan.
Clay Orr, West Coast Air
David Buck, Glass & Screen
Tyler Bekkerus, IRE.
Josh Elsenheimer, IRE
Spencer Carper, ReMax
Corbin Kitchen, A&E
Justin Dearlove, Publix
Grant Lukitch, Observer
Celia Ware, Observer
Broderick West, LPAC
Chris Callahan, Duncan
Matt Bauer, Oyster Bar
Martine Miller, Galati
Glenn Bower, Danziger
Ashley Waring, Duncan
Hailey Dearlove, Bistros
Justin Gargett, Dips
Becca Butler, Bistros
Daniel Pimental, Jessies
Johnny Mattay, Dips
THE ISLANDER M FEB. 16, 2005 M PAGE 27
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26
for noon Saturday, Feb. 19.
Publix won its only game last week to earn the top
seed in Division I and a semifinal game against fourth-
place LPAC at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. Second-place
Longboat Observer takes on third-place Air & Energy
at 8 p.m. on the same evening with the championship
game set for Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
Duncan Real Estate won both of its games last week
to finish with a 10-1 record in Division II. For its effort,
Duncan took on Danziger Allergy & Sinus on Monday,
Feb. 14. Second-place Anna Maria Oyster Bar took on
STGC the.same evening in the other semifinal. Results of
both games were unavailable at press time. The Division
II championship game is set for 6 p.m.Friday, Feb. 8.
Division III Bistros finished the season as the only
undefeated team, earning a semifinal game against
Harry's Continental Kitchens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
16, while Dips Ice Cream takes on third-place Jessie's
Island Store immediately following the Bistros-Harry's
contest. The Division III championship game will be
played at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19.
ReMax 52, West Coast AC 50
Clay Orr scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in
the fourth quarter to help rally ReMax Gulfstream Re-
alty to a 52-50 victory over West Coast Air Condition-
ing on Saturday, Feb. 12, in Premier League action.
Anthony Rosas added six points while Todd Test,
Dylan Mullen and Eric Fridenberg each contributed
five points to their winning total.
Chase Parker scored 24 points and Spencer Carper
added eight points to lead West Coast Air Condition-
ing in the loss. Luis Leon and Franklin Moore added
six points apiece, while Matt Skaggs added four points
for West Coast.
IRE 56, Glass & Screen 53
Tyler Bekkerus scored 28 points and Josh
Elsenheimer added 21 during Island Real Estates'
three-point victory on Saturday, Feb. 19. Ian Douglas
added four points and Jamie Urch finished with two-
points for IRE in the victory.
Zach Schields scored 17 points and Jake Stebbings
added 13 points for Anna Maria Glass & Screeen.
Leading scorer David Buck was held to nine points,
while Matt McDonough added eight points for Glass &
Screen in the loss.
IRE 49, ReMax 47
Tyler Bekkerus scored nine of his game-high 21
points in the fourth quarter to lift Island Real Estate
over ReMax Gulfstream Realty on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
Teammate Josh Elsenheimer added 20 points, while
Phelps Tracy chipped in with four points for IRE in the
Chase Parker's 18 points and 13 points from Spen-
cer Carper led ReMax in the loss. Luis Leon and
Franklin Moore added six points apiece, while Jordan
Graeff and Matt Skaggs added two points apiece.
Glass & Screen 85, West Coast AC 45
Jake Stebbins scored 24 points and David Buck
added 23 to lead Anna Maria Glass & Screen past West
Coast Air Conditioning on Monday, Feb. 7, in Center
basketball action. Zach Schields added 12 points for
West Coast Air, which also received eight points from
Eric Distelhurst and seven points from Chad Reed in
Brian Cziraky led West Coast Air Conditioning
with 13 points, while teammate Taylor Manning added
10. Eric Fridenberg and Dylan Mullen rounded out the
West Coast scoring with seven points apiece in the loss.
Division I: Publix 45, Observer 40
Ben Valdivieso scored four of his 12 points in
Center basketball schedule
Premier, ages 14-17
Feb. 16 8p.m. West Coast Air vs. IRE
Feb. 19 Noon Premier Championship Game
Division I, ages 12-13
Feb. 19 11 a.m. Division I Championship Game
Division II, ages 10-11
Feb. 18 6 p.m. Division II Championship Game
Division III, ages 8-9
Feb. 17 6 p.m. Bistros vs. Harry's
Feb. 17 7 p.m. Dips vs. Jessie's
Feb. 19- 10 a.m. Division III Championship Game
The third annual Canada-USA Tennis Tournament at the Anna Maria Island Community Center drew 25
participants in heated matches Jan. 28-29. Canada took top honors by winning 375 games to the U.S. total of
361 wins. The Can-AM trophy was presented to Capt. Ruth Rowland of the Canadian team, one of the first
women to play in the tourney. Recipients of the blue cardigans were Julius DiPaolo of Canada and Beverly
Neville of the U.S. team. Men's winners were a first-place tie of Warren Barrick, U.S., and Julius DiPaolo,
Canada; third-place Wayne Miller, Canada; and fourth Joe Brita, U.S. Women's winners were first-place
Beverley Neville, U.S.; second-place Martha Minix, U.S.; third-place Mary Kay DiPaolo, Canada; and
fourth-place Joann Driscoll, Canada. Pictured are Julius DiPaolo, Pauline Carpenter, the 2004 champion,
Warren Barrick and Don Moffatt. Islander Photo: Courtesy Bill Poole
overtime to help lift Publix over Longboat Observer on
Saturday, Feb. 12, to clinch the Division I regular-sea-
son basketball crown. Justin Dearlove led all scorers
with 25 points, while Publix teammate Eric Fridenberg
added seven points in the victory.
Celia Ware scored 13 points and Billy Alstrom
added nine points to lead Longboat Observer in the
loss. Blake Wilson chipped in with seven points, while
leading scorer Grant Lukitch was held to a season-low
five points in the loss.
LPAC 37, Observer 35
Last-place LPAC upset Longboat Observer 37-35
on Thursday, Feb. 8, behind 17 points from Matt Shafer
and 14 points from Broderick West. Jason Rappe, Ryan
Guerin and Whitney Bauer each scored two points to
complete the LPAC scoring in the victory.
Grant Lukitch scored 16 points and Celia Ware
added 10 points for Longboat Observer in the loss.
Kyle Aritt added four points for the Observer, which
also received two points apiece from Billy Alstrom and
Forrest Schield in defeat.
Division II: Duncan 29, Danziger 20
Chris Callahan exploded for 17 points to lead
Duncan Real Estate past Danziger Allergy & Sinus on
Friday, Feb. 11, in Division II basketball action. Kyle
Crum and Ashley Waring chipped in with six and five
points respectively, while teammate Chandler
McClung completed the scoring with one point in the
Emma Barlow scored 10 points and Glenn Bower
added eight points to lead Danziger Allergy & Sinus,
which also received two points from Wyatt Hoffman in
STGC 17, Galati 12
Steve Titsworth General Contracting was led by
eight points from Chandler Hardy in its five-point vic-
tory over Galati Marine on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Ally
Titsworth added five points, while Trevor Bystrom
scored four points for STGC in the victory.
Martine Miller scored eight points to lead Galati
Marine, which also received two points apiece from
MacKenzie Kosfeld and Sheldon Phillips in the loss.
Duncan 31, Oyster Bar 29
Chris Callahan scored nine of his game-high 21
points in the fourth quarter as Duncan Real Estate held
on for a two-point victory over Anna Maria Oyster Bar
oh Monday, Feb. 7. Ashley Waring added six points,
while Alexis Mitchell and Kyle Crum each scored two
points to complete the Duncan scoring in the win.
Matt Bauer scored 14 points, including 10 in the
second quarter and Sarah Howard added six points
for the.Oyster Bar. Zach Evans added four points
and Molly Slicker and Blake Rivers scored two
points apiece to complete the Oyster Bar scoring in
Division III: Bistros 15, Jessie's 10
Becca Butler scored nine points and Hailey
Dearlove finished with six points for Bistros during
their Feb. 12 Division III victory over Jessie's Island
Store. Jack Titsworth scored eight points to lead
Jessie's, which also received two points from Daniel
Pimental in the loss.
Dips 21, Harry's 10
Justin Gargett scored 15 points to lead Dips Ice
Cream past Harry's Continental Kitchens on Saturday,
Feb. 12. Connor Field, Zach Guerin and Johnny Mattay
completed the Dips scoring with two points apiece in
Zach Facheris scored six points and Isaiah Beaton
and Taylor Wilson added two points each in the loss for
Jessie's 17, A Paradise 6
Grant Bower scored six points and Julian Botero
added four points for Jessie's Island Store in the 17-6
victory on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Daniel Pimental, Max
Miller and Jonah Castor added two points apiece for
Jessie's in the victory.
Josh Schmidt, Courtney Schmidt and Ryan Gilman
scored two points each to lead A Paradise Realty in the
Miller, Magic mates split pair of games
Martine Miller and her U12 Manatee Magic girls
soccer team split a pair of games over the Feb. 12-13
weekend. On Saturday, the Magic girls defeated the
Tampa Knights by a 5-0 score. Miller, Ashley Conley,
Tori Bolyard, Carly Turner and Phoebe Leo each
notched goals to support goalies Nichole Dixon and
On Sunday, the girls lost a tough one to Gulf Coast
United. The Magic fell behind 2-0 at the half, but ral-
lied to tie the score on goals by Conley and Miller, both
off of assists from Alyssa Allen. Unfortunately the
Magic gave up a late goal to drop a heartbreaking 3-2
decision, which left them with a 3-8-3 record.
S All is not bleak however. Six of their losses were
by a single goal and the other two losses were by two
goals, so the Magic girls were in practically every
game. They finished the season fairly strong and
they're looking forward to Region C Cup Feb. 26-27
in West Pasco.
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Island place for Island girls
Sue Carlson, right, of the recently opened Island
Place Realty at 411 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria, with
rental associate Susan Finley, admire Sue's deco-
rated Volkswagen. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The right Island place
for real estate
Sue Carlson remembers falling in love with Anna
Maria when she used to visit her parents during win-
ter vacations years ago.
"I thought this was such a great place, I couldn't
wait to move here," said Sue, who recently opened An
Island Place Realty Inc. at 411 Pine Avenue in Anna
She's been involved in Island real estate sales with
other agencies for the past 10 years, and she jumped at
the chance to open her own office.
While An Island Place is new, Sue's been operat-
ing her rental company, Anna Maria Island Accommo-
dations, for same time. She currently manages about 75
vacation rentals spread throughout the three Island cit-
"We've got sales and rentals under one roof now,"
beamed Sue. "And we plan on opening a branch office-
in Holmes Beach in about a month."
One of the biggest names
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your own backyard.
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The "we" in An Island Place includes rental asso-
ciate Susan Finley along with sales associates Lorin
Gross and Mike Brinson.
Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon-
day through Friday and 9 a.m. to5 p.m. on Saturday,
but Sue is always available on her cell phone at 720-
For more information on An Island Place Realty,
call 779-0733, or visit the Web site at
Cannons Marina gets
Joe Mammina and Tod Simonson of Cannons
Marina at 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key
were recently certified by Grady-White Boats of North
Carolina for product and sales information. The two
attended a Grady-White seminar and classes to receive
Mammina and Simonson received instructions on
design, construction, benefits and operation of each of
Grady-White's 21 fiberglass sport fishing and family
boats, including the new 36-foot flagship Express 360,
the largest outboard-powered boat currently built.
In addition to Grady-White boats, Cannons also
offers Scout boats and Yamaha outboard engines.
Cannons is open from 8 a.m. to.5:30 p.m. seven
days per week. For more information, call 383-1311.
Wagner Realty at 2217-Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton
Beach has named Becky Smith and Elfi Starrett as its
top January 2005 listing agents for the Anna Maria Is-
land office. Cathy Meldahl of the firm's Longboat Key
office won the honor at that location.
The sales leader for January 2005 for the Island
office was Karen Day, while Cathy Meldahl took the
same honor at the Longboat Key office.
Dave Moynihan was the closed .volume category
leader for the Island office in January, while Patsy
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Island real estate
615 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,086 sfla /
3,237 sfur a 3bed/2bath/2car bayfront pool home built in
1962 on a 102X153 lot was sold 01/31/05, Ostrye to AMI
Development for $1,250,000.
4107 Fifth Ave., Holmes Beach, a 2,012 sfla/ 2,848 sfur
a 3bed/3bath home built in 2003 was sold 02/01/05, Sixth
Ave. Development to Tabick for $879,000; list $899,000.
514 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,205 sfla / 2,921
sfur a 5bed/3bath/2car home built in 1990 on a 50X78 lot
was sold 02/01/05, Yoder to Fairchild for $650,000; list
525 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,571 sfla / 2,723 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1974 on a 80X111
lot was sold 02/03/05, Mclnerney to Collins for $630,000; list
313 Iris St., Anna Maria, a 1,206 sfla/ 1,806 sfur 2bed/
2bath/1 car canalfront pool home built in 1970 on a 75 X 124
lot was sold 02/03/05, Martin to Bergstrom for $600,000; list
5400 Gulf Drive, condo unit 31, Holmes Beach, a 1,188
sfla/ 1,269 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1969 was sold 02/
03/05, Sumner to Beynon for $559,125; list $599,000.
317 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,352 sfla / 2,017 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car home builtin 1988 on a 62X122 lot was
sold 02/04/05, Richardson to Absten for $555,000; list
102 68"' St., Holmes Beach, Seaside unit 102, a 986 sfla
/ 1,145 sfur 1bed/1 bath condo built in 1977 was sold 02/03/
05, Evers to Ragan for $540,000.
3311 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Tropical Sunset unit 2,
a 1,350 sfla 2bed/2bath condo built in 1989 was sold 02/01/
05, Achterberg to Newhart for $510,000; list $525,000.
Westbay Cove, Unit 235, 600 Manatee Ave., Holmes
Beach, a 1,187 sfla / 1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1977 was sold 02/04/05, Carnes to Ware for $400,000.
Runaway Bay, 1801 Gulf Drive N. unit 169, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo was sold
02/04/05, Hussey to Williamson for $375,000.
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
viewed on the Web at islander. org. Copyright 2005.
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assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
local Girl Scout troop.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on'Anna Maria
Island since 1.992.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
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, Thursday,
Friday, 9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon. Always
sales racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
YARD SALE: 8am-4pm Saturday, Feb. 19. 208
Palmetto, Anna Maria. No early birds!
SALE STOREWIDE: Niki's Island Treasures & An-
tique Mall. Lots of gifts 50 percent off, all sterling-
jewelry 50 percent off, select antiques 25-40 per-
cent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Homes Beach. (941) 779-0729.
GARAGE SALE: 9am-1pm Saturday, Feb. 19. Fur-
niture, books, bikes, clothes, etc. 2309 Avenue B,
SIDEWALK SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, Feb. 19, at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Lots and lots of great stuff!
FOUND: RIMLESS GLASSES, silver temples.
Found on beach near 66th Street, Holmes Beach,
Tuesday, Feb. 8. (941) 779-0202.
Duplex with elev./lh, 2BR/
2BA, fireplace. 40' and 48'
porches, covered patio,
two-car garage, 18 x 30
bonus room. Plus 2BR!
2BA, porch, carport
Rented at $850/month.
New owner can sell unnis
5508C MARINA DRIVE
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BINGO! Annie Silver Community Center. Play
Thursday through March 31, 7pm. Prizes, refresh-
ments. Everyone welcome! Smoke free. 103 23rd
St., Corner of Avenue C and 23rd Street, Bradenton
Beach. For information, call (941) 778-1915.
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. (941)
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.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Two
lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The Is-
lander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.
S Realty !NC
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
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Realtor, GRI, CRS (941) 704-2023 Cell
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J **" Call 778-7978. Serving the Island since 1992.
Heather Absten, P.A.
A professional REALTOR representing
buyers and sellers with
Ss ,Honesty, Integrity, Results!
INVESTORS/DEVELOPERS! PRIME LOCATIONS!
R-2 lot 89x100 feet, located in the 200 block, one lot back from Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach. Build two villas/condos with views of the Gulf or renovate
existing duplex. Separate addresses! Won't last long! $749,000.
BRING YOUR BOAT SHOES AND YOUR FLIP-FLOPS!
300 feet from the beach! Completely renovated home with heated pool surrounded
by lush, tropical landscaping. Beautiful flooring, natural stone and red Oak. Taste-
fully turnkey furnished. Perfect beach house! Separately deeded deep water boat
dock included! $829,000.
Beautiful open beam vaulted ceilings, large bedrooms, solid wood and tile flooring,
no bridges to bay, and lots of character! Build up for bay views! LOWEST PRICE
CANAL HOME ON LONGBOAT! PRICED TO SELL! $625,000
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Charming beach cottage, circa 1935, on
Bradenton Beach! 3BR/3BA (2BR/2BA on second
floor and I BR/ I BA on first floor) Over 2,100 sf.
This current single family home is zoned duplex,
so lots of opportunity! $1,999,999.
Lic. Real Estate Broker
By Thfie Sea ReaCry
17th St.W Palmetto
Nancy Fasel 941-720-0941
Jonathan Fasel 941-720-5420
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FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlfe 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
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.
1986 PORSCHE 928S. Excellent condition!
Sunroof, power steering, ABS brakes, automatic
transmission. $11,900. All maintenance records.
73,000 miles. Contact Randy (941) 737-1134..
PERFECT FLORIDA CAR! 1992 Cadillac Seville,
white and blue, leather interior, mint condition.
66,000 miles. Always serviced, garaged. $5,000 or
best offer. (941) 383-9605.
2003 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible, five-speed
manual, all options. 2,500 miles. $20,000. (941)
MARKEY REALTY & ASSOCIATES
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Breathtaking view of Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge.
This bayfront home can be either single family or duplex.
Amenities are identical on both levels. Luxury features
throughout. Elevator takes you from ground level pool
area to both floors above.
A MUST SEE! 232 S. Harbor Drive, $1,500,000.
JOHN ZIRZOW 778-9171 OFFICE 753-1620
Virtual Tour at www.flrealtour.com/mls502440/vtour/index.html
FOR SALE: 1996 Harley Davidson Sportster, cus-
tom paint, chrome, bags, tour seat, drag pipes.
Runs excellent. $4,500. (774) 353-8227 or (508)
1996 MERCURY GRAND Marquis: 96,000 miles.
Regular service, runs perfectly, all leather and auto
options. $3,500. Call Dave (941) 713-4800.
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.
1995 EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,
key switch, propeller. Less than 100 hours on re-
build. $3,500. (941) 723-1107.
1976 BUCANEER 32-foot center cockpit sailboat
Florida cruiser. Four-foot draft, new Yanmar engine,.
sails, television, microwave. $18,000 or best offer.
Call Steve (941) 778-2100, e-mail
BOAT DOCK FOR rent, 85th Street and Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. $50/week, $150/month.
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419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
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This inviting 2 bedroom, 2 bath, super clean waterfront retreat reflects pride of ownership and exquisite aste. Cheerful Car-
ibbean colors of vivid yellow, soft blue, and mint are some of the captivating wall colors you will discover in inI: -1i', lig 111
waterfront hideaway. White plantation shutters enhance the wonderful island style, and a spacious guest room floor plan is
complimented by a white kitchen with breakfast bar and tiled backsplash. The sunny lanai faces south, overlooking a beauti-
ful back yard landscaped with a canary island palm and orange, pink grapefruit, and avocado trees. There is a newer seawall,
with boat dock, and a handy enclosed outdoor shower. Other features include an automatic sprinkler system, separate laun-
dry room, barrel tile roof, and storage shed. Truly a must see! Priced at $795,000 furnished.
SUPERLATIVE SAN REMO SHORES RETREAT
3BR/ 2BA Spanish style home w/spectacular views of Palma
Sola Bay, heated waterfront pool, boat dock on deep, navi-
gable water, new circular brick driveway, hardwood & tile
floors, all new double paned storm proof windows, and 126
ft. of brand new seawall! $1,050,000.
& VIDEO TOUR
TUSCAN VILLA ON BIMINI BAY
3-4BR/3BA Mediterranean style waterfront villa, granite
countertops, gourmet kitchen, Master suite on ground level
with bay views, over 162 feet of deep, seawalled bay & canal
front, newer seawall cap, 2 boat docks, 2 electric boat lifts, &
gas healed swimming pool. $1,980,000.
Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
1991 GRADY WHITE 190 Tournament, Yamaha
130-hp, 2004 aluminum tandem-axle trailer. Runs
great! Seats eight, livewell, three covers, clean.
$8,900 or best offer. (941) 778-4029.
1992 HUNTER SAILBOAT: 23.5 foot. 2003 Honda
four-stroke 15-hp with power tilt. Water ballast,
trailerable, walk through transom, swing keel, new
bottom paint. $6,500. (941) 779-2129.
SAILBOAT: 22-foot swing keel, new main and sail
cover, 5-hp Honda outboard. $2,750. Call Gabe
BOAT MOTOR: 2001 25-hp four-stroke Evinrude. Ex-
cellent condition, low hours, $2,400. (941) 224-6616.
1973 PEARSON 26: Classic fast cruiser. New rig-
ging, keel bolts, paint. Need to sell quickly, $2,900.
1998 1520 CENTER-Console Key West. 75-hp
Yamaha. Poling platform, North Star push pole.
Live well. Low hours. $7,000 or $7,500 with trailer.
2002 SEA RAY 182 Bowrider, like new! 18 foot, 6 inches.
190-hp stern drive, seats seven, tons of fun! Call (941)
778-6234, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org:
$13,750 or best offer.
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classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
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Bradenton's newest condo residences.
Phase 1 introductory price starting low
$100,000's. 1,2,3,4br units available now.
Close to beaches & shopping. Limited
introductory pricing! Call
or Pat Bates
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE INC. Or 941-350-4326
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O2,759 sf 3BR/2.5BA
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LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwa-
ter fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle pro-
vided. (941) 723-1107.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
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
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
Jessica Lord, (941) 747-2495.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS are posted early online at
Half acre prime waterfront
Over 100 feet of waterfront. Two
.- r"1 homes, one has rented apartments,
Sone is ;BR/2BA. Floating boat docks
plus equipped restaurant.
F ,r a"Condos and homes
S$125,000 and up.
Phillip Saadi (941) 920-1186
125 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach toll free (866) 316-7253
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.
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)
HOUSEKEEPER: 18-unit hotel. Must speak En-
glish, have own transportation, weekends a must.
S(941) 778-1010, ext. 0.
PART-TIME FRONT-desk help needed at the Rod
& Reel Motel. Please call Amanda, (941) 778-2780
or stop in.
PART-TIME OFFICE position. Please call Amanda,
PART-TIME MAINTENANCE tech: Martinique
South. Please apply at 5200 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Office hours'Monday through Friday, 8am-
DOMINOS PIZZA: NOW hiring delivery driver. Able
to work until 1am for closes. Average pay $15-$18/
hour. Tips and mileage paid nightly. Pre-employ-
ment drug test and good driving a must. Apply af-
ter 4pm, 5606 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE
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ACROSS FROM BEACH on Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach. Completely upgraded block
building with newer A/C, electrical, plumbing, three
bathrooms, 12 parking spaces. 2,970 square feet.
Call for details 941-240-2694.
ANNIE'S HOME FOR the elderly needs a caregiver
to work weekends at our small facility on the Island.
Other hours may be available'at one of our other
facilities. (941) 778-7842.
PART-TIME-EMPLOYMENT: Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday mornings from 9am-1pm. Profi-
cient in computer, including Excel and Word, book-
keeping skills a must. $12.50/hour to start on
1099s. Call (941) 795-8858.
BUSY CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT hiring full-
or part-time servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and
dinner. Wednesday-Sunday. Apply at 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach or call (941) 778-5320.
HELP WANTED: KEY Royale Club needs a part-
time server and counter person. Drug-free work
place. No evenings. Golf privileges. Apply in per-
son, 700 Key Royale Drive, or call (941) 778-3055.
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.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
A Tropical Oasis...
West of Gulf Dr.,bnly 100 yards to the
beach. This recently renovated 2BRI
I BA cottage features classic knotty
pine ceilings,new windows and ceramic
tile throughout. Enjoy this Island
paradise with lush
i4 trees and room for
a pool. Asking
Call Liz Codola, Realtor $
ASSOCIATE OF THE YEAR
HALF BLOCK TO
PALMA SOLA BAY
You won't find a finer home any-
where, near this price. Total high
end remodel. 3BR/2BA. No deed
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ULTIMATE BEACH COTTAGE
One half block to bay and Gulf. Walk
to all trendy restaurants and bou-
tiques of Bradenton Beach. Real hip
village atmosphere. 2BR/2BA, turn-
key furnished. Room for pool.
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A.
No wonder in 34
years of International
Real Estate, I have never
had a property not sell!
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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 $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)
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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
DEBBIE DIAL .
?BR/2BA on canal with peak
-. :r Palma Sola Bay! Totally
;. rexodeled, decorator furnished,
fi', "'."... .^ Italian ceramic tile, kitchen-aid
S- appliances, boat docks, heated
po ,l, jacuzzi and tennis. Minutes
-: t Gulf beaches and shopping!
BAYFRONT DUPLEX! Serene location on Sarasota Bay
with gorgeous views! 3BR/3BA and IBR/IBA with two boat docks
and vacant lot on bay! Great for second home or investment!
TRIPLEX STEPS TO BEACH! Super investment or second home
with rentals. 3BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA and 1BR/IBA. Tile, wood floors,
new air conditioner, cabinets, decks and stairs. Partially furnished!
SOwner/agent. Asking $589,000.
Deborah Thrasher RE/MAX Excellence /'i!
(941) 383-9700 DebMThrash@aol.com
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Best Team! Charles Buky
Best Propertiesl 941-228-6086
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM
731 Key Royale Drive
Bay front home, 3BR/2.5BA. $1,795,000.
625 Ivanhoe Lane
Bay front home, 4BR/3BA. $2,895,000.
871 North Shore Drive
Bay/beach front. Two homes, 5BR/4BA total.
502 Key Royale Drive
Twenty foot canal frontage, 2BR/2BA. $550,000.
538 68th Street
Bayfront home, 6BR!6BA, deep sailboat water!
COLL US TO LIST YOUR HOME
Coldwell Banker Previews
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34229
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
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.
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Home man-
agement/watch, housekeeping, maintenance. (941)
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, (941) 778-7770. References available.
Immaculate Updated Well Maintained
Heated, caged pool RC ,
with Jacuzzi, beautiful ~D UCE
main-tenance-free p '
landscaping, close to -
beaches and golf
Beautifully updated, tastefully decorated
2BR/2BA affordable condo in Holmes
Beach. Close to beach, shopping and
-/ Call Piroska Planck
for your private viewing
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.
Single-family homes in Manatee and
Sarasota counties led the state in
rice increases over the
,.past year at 29%!!!
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on Anna Mlria ISljnd
5910 Marina Dr. *Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
NORTH END Unique 3BR/2BA home on north
end of Anna Maria. Steps to white sandy
beaches of Gulf/bay. Two wood burning fire-
places. Master suite has Gulf view from
screened porch. Oversized shower, new
ceramic tile. New roofs 1st Fl 2000 & 2nd FI
2002. Asking price $795,000. Please call Susan
Hatch, Realtor 778-7616 eves.
DUPLEX Elevated 2BR/1BA and 1 BR/1 BA, en-
closed lower area with garage and storage. Both
sides rented. Property on Clark Spring Lake.
Selling "as is" $469,900. Please call Mike
Carleton, Realtor 737-0915 or Michel Cerene,
Broker 545-9591, evenings.
WEST COAST NUISANCE Wildlife service: Critter
problems and nuisances. Raccoons our specialty!
Live trapped and relocated. State licensed by
F.W.C. (941) 778-3455 or mobile 24-hour emer-
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
businesses. We do all states and electronic filing.
Call Pat (941) 761-8156, Kenney Tax Service.
JACKSON HOLMES PAINTING: The Island's hon-
est and dependable painting service. Interior, ex-
terior, faux painting, cabinet refinishing. Refer-
ences. Free estimates. (941) 795-2771.
HANDYMAN HELPING Hands: No job too big or.
too small. Insured. Call (941) 795-7058.
ESP CLEANING: Elite Service Professionals. Resi-
dential and commercial cleaning. Maria and Steve
do the job and guarantee satisfaction, insured.
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YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
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EXCEPTIONAL DUPLEX 2,368 sf of living area with elevator lift. Owner's
side 2BR/2BA, fireplace, great-roQm,40xl0-foot and 48x6-foot porches.
Large garage and bonus room. Tenant side has 2BR/2BA with screen porch
and extra storage. New owner can sell units separately. $784,500.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with bay view. One 2BR, three 1 BR,
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.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
101 PALM New Luxury Villas
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If you'd like yours sold....
Call Sue Carlson, Broker
411 Pine Ave Anna Maria
525 Blue Heron is available with
813 South Bay giving you a huge
home, great for entertaining, and
a park-like second lot.
Call Sandy or Carolyn to see
this amazing property.
SANdy Rich REAlTY
9906 Gulf DRivE
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WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS
Tennis Courts and
Hot Tub with
.i The most
on the island.
TWO UNITS AVAILABLE NOW!
2BR/2BA upstairs unit with tiled entry and tiled kitchen.
Glass-enclosed lanai with a view of greenbelt and water. Includes
covered parking and partial furnishings. $460,000.
2BR/2BA downstairs end unit. Great views of the canal and greenbelt
Sfrom'the lanai. Protected by electric storm shutters. Many newer
appliances are included. $495,000.
Call Dave Jones for a private viewing.
REAL ESTATE LLC
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
1BR/1BA seaside beach condo. Turnkey fur-
nished in small, private complex with gorgeous
view of the Gulf. Beautiful walking beach and
pool. Nicely furnished. $995,000.
LARGE SHELL POINT CONDO
2-3BR/2BA. Nicely furnished. Spacious pan-
eled den with walk-in closet a red wall.
Indoor utility roo er and
sink. Gr op -on, near
heat ng green, carport.
Lock orange room. Central Holmes
Beach location, near library, shopping and res-
taurants. Call to see. $369,900.
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA.
Great investment! Watch the sunset as you col-
lect rent from these charming units. Easy to
see, call for appointment. Just steps to beauti-
ful beach. $749,000.
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA Turnkey furnished. Gulffront com-
plex. Open plan, breakfast bar, dining room,
walk-in closets, screened porch, washer/dryer.
Gorgeous beach, heated pool, tennis. Great
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
2BR/1BA each. Very close to beautiful beach.
One-car garage, patio. One unit turnkey fur-
nished. Appliances both sides. Utility with
washer/dryer, residential area, room for pool.
Open House 2-4pm
Sat and Sun February 19-20
215 84th Street, Holmes Beach
KEY WEST-STYLE WITH BOAT DOCK
3BR/2.5BA plus den and office. Charming
home, large lot, fenced yard, screened porch,
balcony. Breakfast bar, dining room, large mas-
ter bedroom and bath with Jacuzzi tub.
Deeded boat slip with private dock. Holmes
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week/ $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
FOR SALE: Enjoy the stunning Gulf views and glo-
rious sunsets from this 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
The beach is located directly across the street.
Soaring 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- /A Ire
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RUNAWAY BAY, updated 1 BR/I BA condo just steps to the
beach. Great rental property. Turnkey furnished, heated pool,
tennis courts and community fishing dock. $355,600.
ISLAND GETAWAY, beautifully remodeled 2BR/2BA single
family villa. Turnkey furnished. Quiet Holmes Beach location.
One block to the beach and a view of Spring Lake. $377,600.
BEST BUY ON LONGBOAT KEYIII 2BR/2BA freestanding villa
with wood floors. Private beach access, marina, boat slips. 55-
LOWEST PRICE CANAL HOME ON LONGBOAT KEYI 2BR/
2BA, large bedrooms, beautiful open-beam vaulted ceilings,
solid wood and tile flooring. No bridges to bay, lots of charac-
ter! Build up for bay views! $625,000.
1 (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
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Simply the, Best
KEY ROYAL CANAL Remodeled 3BR/2BA, tile
throughout, new carpet in bedrooms, all new appli-
ances, new kitchen and bathrooms. Canal end with
great view to Bimini Bay. Very large lot with room for
pool or expansion.
ON THE GULF Completely remodeled. Tile floors
throughout. Great views! 2BR/2BA, completely turn-
key furnished. Large pool, covered parking.
ADORABLE Fully furnished 2BR/1BA main house
with mother-in-law quarters. Immaculately kept home
with tile floors throughout. Two separate buildings
connected with a screened breezeway. Short walk to
the beach. $425,000.
BAYFRONT CONDO Unique, quiet 8-unit complex
with dock and pool. 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished,
fireplace. A must see! $760,000.
"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 $1,490,000.
bay. Enclosed Florida room, screened porch and room
for a pool. $524,900.
GULFFRONT DUPLEX Wonderful ground level,
2BR/1BA, each side turnkey furnished. Large
screened porches and patios. Lots of possibilities.
GULFFRONT Spectacular views up and down the
beach. Newer home offers 3BR/2BA, four-car ga-
rage, granite countertops, plasma television, fire-
place, hurricane shutters, turnkey furnished and
room for a pool.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
Norman O 3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Serving the Island and
Bradenton. Free estimates and references. Punc-
tual and dependable. Call Gabi, (941) 752-4886 or
PHOTOGRAPHER FOR HIRE: Kelley 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.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)
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
personalized service, call William Eller,.(941) 795-
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.
THERE'S A TREASURE
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FINDIT FOR YOU!
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ABOUT GROUT: All repairs and installation. Done
right! Grout cleaning, sealing, staining. Showers,
kitchens, pools, re-caulks. Call Jeff, (941) 545-0128
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 instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4441,
Cindy M. Jones
-. GRI, CRS, Sale Associate
Real Estate, Inc.
1 n 773-9770
310 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
I believe that Real Estate is a business that
requires clear communication. If you appreciate
someone who believes in talking straight, give.
me a call today. Find out why I am one of the
area's leading Real Estate professionals.
S V' Island Specialist
i i A Paradise Realty
r. 5201 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
1 5U Toll Free: 800-237-2252
S,', HOLMES BEACH
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"'r-*"S i t' t1 .. "r:el, landscaped, great
lilll.nliiion. 4BR/4BA, privacy
.... tr,,:.d backyard with
iL l iiii real 'd pool. Lots of storage,
ga ra es. $725,000.
SEASONAL RENTALS FOR MARCH 2005
2BR/1BA condo, 2905 61st St., $1,800/month
2BR/2BA villa, 428 62nd St., $2,000/month
2BR/2BA duplex, 207 70th St., $2,500/month
Sj. Poi314 Pine Avenue
'-arina POinte Anna Maria
Re Co. (941)779-0732
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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)
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
FRESH MULLET SALE
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Large 2BR/2BA unit with a
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steps to pool. IB504218
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
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Sent Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA Martinique Condo, Gulffront,
heated pool, $3,300.
3BR/2BA Key Royal Canal Home, $3,000.
.2BR/2BA Gulf Sands Condo, Gulffront,
heated pool, $3,000.
2BR/2BA Ground-level duplex with heated pool, steps to the beach, $2,800.
2BR/2BA Ground-level house, close to the beach, $2,500.
2BR/2BA Ironwood Condo with pool, tennis, on golf course. $1,900.
2BR/2BA Condo, close to Bradenton Beach, $1,500.
3BR/2BA Condo in Pebble Springs, pool. $950/month plus utilities.
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
www. iima nderson realty.com
e-mail : j i m realty co @ aol com
75-foot direct Gulf front plus 2BR/1 BA furnished beach house
on Anna Maria's north end. Open plan, beamed
ceiling, wood burning fireplace and a bright cheerful kitchen
with breakfast nook. Great Gulf views from all living area and
Bedrooms. Deck offers tranquil spot for waterfront dining and
evening sunsets. Perfect tropical island get away. Reduced to
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Piece of history in this furnished Anna Maria cottage only 350
feet to choice beach! Built in 1926 and 1955 effective year.
Old Florida charm includes hardwood floors, pine paneling,
beadboard and old fashion eat-in kitchen. Go back in time re-
laxing and enjoying the Gulf view on this grand front porch.
Rare lot site guarantees views even with new construction in
MARIE LIC. REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive -'PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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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.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.
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and the best results from classified ads and service
Completely updated with boating water that has
no bridges to the open Gulf Waters. Just blocks
to the beach. Enjoy the southern exposure and
tropical setting from your private pool. This
home offers the ultimate in Island living.
CONTACT BRENDA BOYD MAY, LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER
BRAND BRADY, REALTOR
CATCHER'S MARINA OFFICE
5505 MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH
You Pick: Family Compound,
Second Home or Vacation Retreat
Offering two lakefront properties in Anna Maria
302 North Shore Dr 3+BR/3BA with 300 North Shore Dr 4BR/2.5BA du-
1 BR/1 BA apartment. Five-car garage, plex with five-car garage. Private open
one short block to beach, direct beach decks, large picture windows, great
access, peeks of Gulf. Move-in condi- views of lake. Asking $750,000. MLS
tion. Seawall and dock. Zoned duplex. 502297.
Extras! Asking $850,000. MLS
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156 or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307.
PftCI a 8 -- _r
WEST OF GULF DRIVE -131 White
Ave. Duplex on corner lot, two-car ga-
rage, two carports, screened lanai, lots
of decks. 150 steps to beach access.
Would also make a great single-family
home! Asking $685,000. For more de-
tails call Stephanie Bell, Broker, 778-
2307 or 920-5156. MLS103353.
S SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
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, lighthauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill MacCaughern.
Repairs, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, decks.
Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years experience. Yes, I do
show up! (941) 778-3904.
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 fajr prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
.7 2004 SWEETHEARTS
AND MY 2005
I thank you all!
Please, may I represent you?
Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor
JIM MELANSON Painting interior, exterior, pres-
sure cleaning. Free estimates, 18-year Island resi-
dent. Call Jim, (941) 718-9053.
PAINTING AND HOME repair: Local references,
free estimates. I take pride in my work. Your satis-
faction guaranteed. Call John (941) 778-3713.
RANDY'S REMODELING SERVICE: Drywall,
demolition, finishing texture, insulation, windows.
Will be happy to accommodate your needs. (941)
TILE, INTERIOR PAINT. Free estimates! Brighten
a room for a reasonable price! Island resident. L&L
Home Repair, LLC. (941) 778-1916.
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.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-
shirts. Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach or order online www.islander.org
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE
This enchanting home looks
like it came from a Coastal
Living magazine. Tropical
paradise with private gardens
and in-ground pool. Just steps
from the shores of the Gulf
beaches! Offered a $1,600,000.
Sweeping Gulf views from this
3BR/2BA home with a brand
new pool. Perfect family beach
house on desirable north end.
Just steps to the beach.
Offered at $1,295,000.
Call Green Real Estate today!
OF ANNA MARIA
941 778-0455 Ken Ja
9906 Gulf Drive Kathy
Anna Maria Mauree
in Dahms, 778-0542
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Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 20 Years of
LSerie Quality & Dependable Service.
ServiceCall us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
-Licensed & Insured
Check our references:
"Quality work at a reasonable price."
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
III I Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
INCE 1392217 GULF DCIVE NORTHi* BRADENTON BEACII, FL 34217 ,, .
HAROLD &MALL REALTOR. f
Office: (941) 778-2246* 792- 8628
SHARON VTTTAS "
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'' RA ( Gulfstream Realty
Serving Manatee County,
Sarasota/Bradenton & Tampa Airports
Awnings Canvas Boats
Driveways Brick papers Docks
Commercial and Residential
Lic # 91876/Insutr d 941-518-5252
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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-
Saged.by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
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)
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.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Night, week-
end, weekly, seasonal. Private entrance, private
deck. Nonsmoking, close to beach. Call 778-3433 or
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Elevated 2BR/2BA duplex.
Three-car garage, two blocks to beach, unfurnished.
Office (941) 778-3377 or 713-9096.
VACATION RENTAL: Available March and April
2005. Holmes Beach canalfront. 2BR/2BA. Fully
furnished. Garage, laundry, dock, many extras.
$800/week, $2,600/month. Call (813) 286-9814.
NEW FURNISHED 2BR/2BA 55-plus, across from
beach. Furnished, annual $1,150/month. Also avail-
able seasonal. (941) 725-1074.
GREAT SUNSET VIEWS. Two 2BR apartments on
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Call (941) 914-4646.
WEEKLY AND MONTHLY vacation rentals. Brand
new Bradenton Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/
week; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA, $2,400/month;
Coral Shores, 2BR/2BA on canal with pool, $2,500/
month; San Remo condo, 1 BR/1BA, $1,050/month;
Gulffront duplex, 3BR/2BA, $1,300/week;
Alecassandra villa, 1BR/1BA, $700/week; en-
chanted cottage, 2BR/1BA, $850/week; northwest
Bradenton home, 3BR/3BA, $3,000/month;
Bradenton Beach home, 2BR/1BA, $800/week.
Please call Cristin Curl, Wagner Realty (941) 778-
FURNISHED LONGBOAT Key annual: Spanish Main
Yacht club. 55-plus, 2BR/2BA. Includes cable, water,
pool, Gulf access. $1,050/month. (941) 383-3151.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Beautiful 3BR/2BA condo with pool.
Pet allowed. $1,400/month. Call Jason, Betsy Hills Real
Estate, (941) 778-2291, or e-mail Jason @ betsyhills.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA elevated, unfur-
nished apartment in Holmes Beach. Available now.
SLots of decks, under-building parking, washer/
dryer, storage. $900/month, first, last, security.
Credit check. Call 730-2606.
GULFFRONT: DUE TO cancellation, 1BR apart-
ment in Bradenton Beach now available. $500/
week. (941) 778-3805.
EL CONQUISTADOR COUNTRY Club: 2BR/2BA,
nicely furnished, cathedral ceilings, screened lanai
overlooking, clay tennis courts. Two-story elevator
building, garage and storage with bikes. 2005-06
season, available for six months, $8,000. (941)
2BR/1BA FURNISHED CONDO: Turnkey, west
Bradenton, carport, washer/dryer, some utilities, no
pets. Annually, $850/month; seasonally, $1,650/
month. (941) 925-9280.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH: 1BR duplex avail-
able March 2005. Steps to beach and shopping.
Refurbished and nicely decorated. Small pet OK.
Accepting 2006 reservations. (941) 807-5626.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Westbay Point & Moorings
2BR/2BA newly decorated, beautiful view of Sky-
way Bridge. Access to pool, tennis courts. Dock
available. (781) 771-9776.
ANNUAL ISLAND RENTALS: 2BR/2BA duplex,
across from beach. Furnished or unfurnished.
Great location. $995/month.,Call Mike Carleton,
(941) 737-0915, Smith Realtors.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, two blocks to beach, one block.
to bay. Large kitchen, no pets. $755/month plus
utilities. Call (941) 922-2473 or 928-3880.
WESTBAY POINT & Moorings: 2BR/2BA with
great view! Dock space, nicely furnished. One-
month minimum. (618) 549-3959 or 303-1025.
NOW BOOKING 2006 winter season: Quiet, clean
Holmes Beach ground-level duplex, two blocks to
beach. Non-smoking. 25 percent discount for six-
month rental and no resort tax! See httpt//
7709.html or call (813) 928-5378.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA
home with two-car garage. $1,250/month. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate, (941) 778-2307.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Sparkling 2-3BR/2BA canal
home. (717) 392-4048.
GULF DRIVE: STEPS to beach. Large 1BR/2BA,
washer/dryer, kitchen. $1,995/month, $595/week.
www.gulfdriveapartments.com or (941) 778-1098.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH2BR/2BA ground-level
duplex, lanai or office, unfurnished, steps to beach.
No pets, nonsmoking. First, last, security. (941)
BEAUTIFUL BRADENTON 2BR/2BA condo on pri-
vate lake. All new kitchen appliances, washer/
dryer, crown molding throughout. Features pool
and spa. March $2,000, April $2,000. Dave (941)
CORTEZ VACATION COTTAGE: Renovated 1BR/
1 BA. Available weekly March and April. Nonsmok-
ing. $700/week. (941) 795-8077.
WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006: Wide variety
of condos and houses starting at $1,500/month;
March 2005 available, 1BR/1BA duplex, $1,500/
month; 3BR/3BA condo, $2,800/month. SunCoast
Real Estate, (941) 779-0202. www.suncoastinc.com
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
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ANNA MARIA,-SEASONAL: Very nice and clean
1BR/1BA apartment with patio. 150 steps to Gulf
beach. Available March and April, $1,400/month
plus tax. (941) 778-4499.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA single-family home
in Northwest Bradenton, $1,200/month; 3BR/2BA
single-family canal home, $1,600/month; 1 BR/1 BA
half duplex, one house to beach, $775/month; 1 BR/
1BA newly-remodeled unit on water, $700/month;
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA bayfront condo, $1,400/
month; 2BR/2BA Sarasota Bayview condo, $2,500/
month. Call Island Real Estate (914) 778-6066.
WATERFRONT, LONGBOAT KEY: North Shore
Road, 1BR/1 BA, washer/dryer, dock. Available April
$1,500/month; .May through December, $1,200/
month. Great view! No pets. (941) 383-6485.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA home on Bimini Bay
with dock, $1,400/month; 3BR/2BA northwest
Bradenton home, $1,250/month. Call Fran Maxon
Real Estate, (941) 778-2307 for details.
FURNISHED STUDIO APARTMENT: Private up-
stairs. $515/month plus electric. 109 Fourth St. S.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA annual. Downstairs, two
blocks to beach, clean, no pets. $1,050/month. Avail-
able March 1. First, last, security. (941) 725-0578.
SAVE MONEY: RENT andenjoy a spectacular view
from your huge living/dining area, your floor-to-ceil-
ing plate-glass windows and 30-by-12-foot screened
deck, fronting beach. Bay and park just steps away
with Gulf beach in easy walking distance. Free trol-
ley for shopping nearby. 3BR annual, unfurnished,
waterfront in north Anna Maria. See for yourself by
calling (941) 748-5334 for details.
UNFURNISHED ANNUAL RENTAL: Holmes
Beach large 2BR/2BA with porch, carport and stor-
age. Well maintained. $850/month. T. Dolly Young
Real Estate, (941) 778-0807.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL rental. 2BR/1BA within
walking distance to beach. Annually $900/month, or
seasonally $700/week. (941) 778-0714 or 730-6349.
AVAILABLE NOW: Canalfront 3BR/3BA home,
$4,000/month; beachview duplex, $800/week; 2BR/
1BA home steps to beach, $900/week. Duncan
Real Estate, (941) 779-0304.
WANTED TO RENT for January, February, March
2006. Small efficiency for responsible retired
couple, must be clean. Call Dennis or Christene,
(941) 779-2314 or 778-2871.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/
1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping,
restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site 2spinnakers.com
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 & Moor-
ings hard-to-find ground-floor end unit. 2BR/2BA
condo. Excellent condition. $379,900. Call (941)
WATERFRONT HOMES and lots: bay lot, $559,000;
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.
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 CONDO FOR sale: 2BR/2BA. Golf
course, pool, beautiful sunsets. Call (941) 722-4800.
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Hidden Lake con-
dominiums, west Bradenton. Close to beach. Start-
ing at $259,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
RIVER DISTRICT: 4-6BR/4BA, two fireplaces,
hardwood throughout, views of river, private setting,
oaks. $585,000. 223 21st St. W. Open daily by ap-
pointment after 10am. (941) 746-2464.
FOR SALE BY owner: Runaway Bay condo, 2BR/
2BA, second floor, turnkey furnished, overlooking
pond. New heating and air conditioning 2005,
painted 2005. Many upgrades and amenities. Great
rental. Must see! $399,900. (941) 778-1987.
HALF-DUPLEX IN desirable Seaside Gardens sub-
division, two blocks from Gulf beaches. 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished. New bathrooms, new interior and
exterior paint. New large deck in backyard.
$299,000. For sale by owner, call (941) 705-0123.
BAYFRONT HOME: one year old, excellent income
producer. 5BR/5BA, elevator, swimming pool, pri-
vate dock, four-car garage. Owner financing,
$1,750,000. (941) 778-5409 or e-mail
FOR SALE: One owner, 2BR/2BA elevated home.
317 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. $569,000..(941)
WEST OF GULF Drive: By owner, 2-3BR/2BA, built
1995, elevated with elevator, furnishings remain,
freshly painted in and out. $699,500. (941) 778-3203.
FOR SALE BY owner: Westbay Point & Moorings,
2BR/2BA condo. Newly updated end unit. Call (941)
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WATERFRONT, ONE and 2BR, newly remodeled,
dock for fishing, walk to beach. (941) 779-9074, or cell
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EXCEPTIONAL NORTHWEST value. 3BR/2BA
two-car garage. Reduced $10,000! Vacant. Move-
in ready. Spacious rooms. Pool, hot tub. Only,
314,900. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
WATERFRONT: Lovely, open floor plan 3BR/2BA
home. One-of-a-kind waterfront lot. 115-foot screened
lanai with pool. 55-foot dock with boat lift. Wood-burn-
ing fireplace. Water views from almost every room.
$1,200,000. (941) 794-2924 or 773-9532.
HOUSE FOR SALE: Northwest Bradenton, 3BR/
2BA with den, two-car garage, swimming pool. Ask-
ing $296,000. Ruth or Greg, (941) 761-3053.
PALMA SOLA 2BR townhouse. Heated pool, boat
slip. $299,900. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
FOR SALE BY owner: Tradewinds, 1BR/1BA, fur-
nished beautifully. Across the street from the Gulf
of Mexico. Pool directly overlooks Sarasota Bay.
Great income property! $359,999. Call Peter, (941)
NORTHWEST BRADENTON River Ridge: Taste-
fully decorated Florida-style home with custom fea-
tures, including stainless appliances and granite
counters with marble fireplace. Flooring is tile, wood
and carpet.. Pool and spa electronically controlled
to heat with either gas or electric. Full security sys-
tem is active. Beautifully landscaped with fruit trees.
Partially furnished with occupancy negotiable.
$664,900. (941) 794-0216. No brokers please.
BEST WATERFRONT Buy on Key Royale.-Very
clean 3BR/2BA, sailboat water, boat dock and dav-
its. Lot size 10,324 sf. Fantastic opportunity! Broker/
owner, $699,000. (941) 228-6086.
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ANCIENT OAKS on 3/4 acre. Modern, spacious
3BR/2BA two-car garage home. Like-new condi-
tion, $329,900. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Winter season is
here! Must see the beautiful peaceful mountains of
western North Carolina mountains. Homes, cabins,
acreage, investments. Cherokee Mountain Realty,
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www.cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free
brochure (800) 841-5868.
NEW LOG HOME SHELL, $99,900. Beautiful log-
home shell nestled on private wooded lot off park-
way north of Boone. Won't last! First time offered.
(800) 455-1981, ext. 119.
GOLF VIEW HOME $249,900. Spectacular new
Carolina mountain home at 18-hole course near
Ashville, N.C. Enjoy mild climate, great golf, low
taxes, low cost of living! Call toll free (866) 334-
3253, ext. 790. www.cherokeevalley.com.
LAKE VIEW BARGAIN $29,900. Free boat slip!
High-elevation beautifully wooded parcel. Across
from national forest on 35,000-acre recreational lake
in Tennessee. Paved roads, underground utilities,
central water, sewer, more. Excellent financing. Call
now (800) 704-3154, ext. 608. Sunset Bay, LLC.
GRAND OPENING! Ocala area 20-plus acres only
$259,900. Originally $269,900, save $10,000 dur-
ing grand opening! Gorgeous mix of pines, oaks,
meadows in spectacular country setting just west of
Ocala. Ample road frontage with utilities, miles of
bridle paths. Close to 1-75. Excellent low-rate fi-
nancing. Rare opportunity. Sold first come, first
served. Call now (866) 352-2249, ext. 342.
FORECLOSED GOVERNMENT HOMES $0 or low
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to low down. For listings (800) 501-1777, ext. 1299.
CANAL FRONT CONDO:
Enjoy breathtaking sunsets from your screened lanai overlook-
ing a canal. Updated, furnished 2BR/2BA condo in move-in
condition. Heated pool and spa, tennis courts and lush tropi-
cal surroundings makes this a perfect is-
',* land retreat. $499,500.. 1B#504847.
GOLF FRONT CONDO
2BR/2BA furnished condo directly on
the golf course in excellent condition,
screened lanai and lush tropical sur-
roundings. Heated pool and spa, tennis
court, sauna, clubhouse, exercise room
and billiards. Close to beach, shopping
and hospital. $189,900. IB#505061.
(941) 751-1155 (800) 448-6325
LAKE VIEW BARGAIN! Two acres $19,900. New
waterfront community on one of largest, cleanest,
mountain lakes in America! Hardwoods, views,
common area with beach! Country road, water, utili-
ties. Low financing. Lakefront available. Call (800)
564-5092, ext. 96.
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2BR/2BA Condo only steps to the beach, partial Gulf view, recently reno-
vated, newer appliances, great rental history, priced to sell at $475,000.
Won't last long. Call Ted Schlegel (941) 518-6117 or Barry Gould (941)
FOR THE FUN OF LIFE or an investment. 1BR/ BOATER'S DREAM One of the few units with RARE COMMERCIAL LOT, perfect location
1BA condo, lovingly updated last year, ready to use water view and 42-foot boat dock. All new gran- for doctor or lawyer's office or small retail
or rent this year. New Ritchen, new tile floors. Bal- ite counter tops, 10-foot high ceilings, trimmed center. Zoned PRM $320,000. Call Cindy
cony overlooking pool. Comes fumished, ready to with crown molding. Florida pastel paints through- Grazar at 778-4800 or 504-6176.
move in. Weekly rentals allowed. Resort atmo- out. Lots of extra storage too. $699,000. Call
sphere, close to the beach. $325,000. Call Denny Quentin Talbert at 778-4800.
TRIPLEX Breezy and beachy income produc- TARA COUNTRY CLUB Extremely well kept ISLAND AMBIANCE. Canal front with boat dock
ing triplex across from the beach. Upstairs is home sitting on a private oversized cul-de-sac makes this spacious Longboat Key home an Is-
a cozy 1BR/1BA with a great reading porch lot on the 10th fairway. Beautifully upgraded land getaway of it's own. Spectacular floor plan,
and massive sun deck. Downstairs are two tray ceiling. Corian counters and Merrillat perfect for families who never seem to have
2BR/1BA units. Ample parking, tons of Mexi- wood cabinets enhance the model home fea- enough space. 6BR/5BA home is nestled on rare
can tile, newer kitchens and baths make this tures already available in this home. half acre lot on one of Ihe most romantic streets
one a must see. $659,000. Nicole Skaggs or $374,900. Call Cindy Grazar (941) 504-6176. on the Island. Many amenities. A steal at
Jane Grossman at 778-4800 or 795-5704. $1,695,000. Call Cindy Grazer at 504-6176.
2BR/1 BA Condo in Bradenton Beach right on the beach. Recently remod-
eled, tile 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.
This 4BR/2.5BA canalfront home has it all. Newer pool, new
appliances, dock, few steps to bay and beaches, two-car garage, tropi-
cal landscaping. Great rental history. $875,000. Call Ted Schlegel, 518-
6117 or Barry Gould, (941) 448-5500.
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A RARE-FIND! Anna Maria Gulf Front lot.
Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett. 778-2246.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Beautifully
decorated 2BR/2BA beachfront condo. Watch.
the sunsets and dolphins and listen to the
waves. Owner/agent. Frank Basile. 778-2246.
WATERFRONT KEYWEST HOME custom
3BR/2.5BA plus den, located in gated Cove
Sound Yacht Club. 3,430 sf, opeh floor plan,
vaulted ceiling, marble floors, gourmet kitchen.
Three-car garage, pool, 45-foot dock. Lynn
Parker. 727-2800. #504718. $1,750,000.
ISLAND FOURPLEX Investment opportunity
on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. Across the
street from the spectacular Gulf of Mexico.
Enjoy rental income. Laurie Dellatorre. 778-
2246. #503697. $649,000.
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SPECTACULAR RENOVATION Located on a
canal with partial bay views, this designed
home will feature 4BR/4.5BA. A grand foyer is
one of many amenities. Call agent for details.
Karen Day. 778-2246. #503717. $1,500,000.
GULFFRONT Fully furnished 2BR/1BA condo
with fabulous gulf views. In quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Unit renovated with new
kitchen, appliances, tile floors and air condi-
tioning. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #504033.
SOUTH BEACH VILLAGE Condominium
Townhomes on Anna Maria Island. Eight Key
West style units with 3300 sf under roof, 3BR/
2.5BA, 2-car garage. Designer furnished, gulf
and bay views, with beach access. Stan
Rutstein. 727-2800. #104439. Starting at
PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT Spectacular bay
views, custom 3-4BR/4.5BA home. Oak floors,
Hickory cabinets, brick fireplace, large
screened porch, pool and dock. Near Gulf
beaches. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #503181.
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