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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map in this edition, page 20.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
By Rick Catlin
Members of the Barrier Island Elected Officials at
their Feb. 17 meeting remained united in their opposi-
tion to the proposed Manatee County charter and
vowed to educate the public on their belief that the
charter will give the county control over city land-use
and development issues.
The proposed charter is not about growth manage-
ment, said Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy
Haas-Martens, "It's a 'control' charter and very divisive."
Calling this a "growth management plan" is just a
PLEASE SEE CHARTER, PAGE 3
Volume 13, No. 16 Feb. 23, 2005 FREE
Fire district in good
By Rick Catlin
Despite three defeats at the polls last year for a
property tax to increase its revenues, the West Mana-
tee Fire and Rescue District is in good shape finan-
cially, according to auditor Ed Leonard.
Leonard told the WMFR board Feb. 17 that rev-
enues increased during the last fiscal year by $126,000
more than anticipated, while expenses were $97,000
less than budgeted.
The district's long-term debt is only $238,000,
while the retirement fund for firefighters hired after
1996 contains more than $1 million. Nearly 85 percent
($3.89 million) of district revenues are for personnel
services, he noted.
All of those figures show "good fiscal management,"
said Leonard, and the district is exercising "good, strong
controls" in its accounting practices. The district is in a
"good financial position" at the present time, he said.
But WMFR Chief Andy Price has previously
sounded a note of caution when discussing future rev-
enues and manpower.
He maintains that the district can be financially sound
under the current assessment for only a few more years.
In addition, the district eventually has to implement
the state-mandated "two-in, two-out" rule for firefighters
at the scene of a structure fire. Price has estimated the dis-
trict will need to add 12 firefighters to comply with this
regulation, and the board tried to fund the cost of the ad-
ditional firefighters through an ad valorem tax.
Voters, however, defeated the district's ad valorem
tax proposal three times in 2004, and the local legisla-
tive delegation in Tallahassee has refused to seek an
increase of the current fire assessment for the district.
State Sen. Mike Bennett has told Manatee
County's 12 fire districts they need to consolidate, but
Price said Feb. 17 there is nothing new on that issue
beyond the January meeting the various fire chiefs and
board members had with Bennett.
Without the additional firefighters and funding,
Price has said there will be occasions when firefighters
won't be able to enter a structure fire until backup ar-
rives. WMFR fire trucks currently carry only three
personnel when responding to a call.
Price and the board have previously discussed the
possibility of closing one of the district's three active
fire stations to meet the "two-in, two-out" rule, possi-
bly the Cortez Road station.
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival a hit again
Joselin Presswood, 7, who is selecting a welkfrom the "touch tank, spent as much time as she could Sunday
at the festival at the Cortez touching marine critters and listening to young marine expert (lifetime Cortezian)
Matthew Ibasfalean, age 12. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
J ,,'tliL Bobe'r. 4. ot'BradiJo iin. far
I:ft. \i't'aring her new princess
garland. enjoys a corndog, fries and
the entertainment in the stage area
nito.' o the "food court" at the Cortez
Connercial Fishing Festival. Faith
Lester and Kyria Coast, both 9 and
ft,1o Cortez, enjoyed touching and
t'eelin1t marine life exhibited from the
Alt .1 marine Laboratory.For more
on the Cortez Festival, see page 10.
IhknJer Photos: J.L. Robertson
Kaitlin Bozarth, 6, left, and Nicole Van Sciver, 6, both of Bradenton, danced and danced and danced to the
music of the Manatee River Bluegrass Band Sunday at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
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PAGE 2 M FEB. 23, 2005 M THE ISLANDER
Fire.stricken family stays on Island
By Rick Catlin
Islanders and Islander newspaper readers have
opened up their hearts and wallets to a family of seven
that lost their apartment and nearly everything else in
a Bradenton Beach fire Feb. 10 (The Islander, Feb. 16).
Roger and Sherry Phillips along with their four young
children and Roger's niece, Christine, were living in a
Bradenton motel on American Red Cross donations after
the fire, wondering how to rebuild their shattered lives.
They had just moved to Anna Maria Island on Feb. 1 from
Apollo Beach when the fire took away their Island dream.
But Islanders responded, thanks in part to an Is-
lander-led appeal for donations.
The family has rented another apartment in
Bradenton Beach with the help of cash assistance from
the Red Cross and All Island Denominations.
In addition, Islander readers contributed more than
$1,250 to the family along with innumerable toys,
clothes and household items, and the West Manatee
Fire & Rescue firefighters gathered several boxes of
clothing and toys, and Island churches have responded
with similar donations. Readers from as far south as
Port Charlotte also answered the appeal.
"This is wonderful," said Sherry. "We'd like to thank
everyone for the donations and The Islander for its efforts.
Our kids are able to continue at Anna Maria Elementary
and everything is looking a lot better than last week."
Roger's job prospects are looking a bit brighter also.
He lost his job as a traveling chef with the RSB restaurant
corporation in Plant City because the fire destroyed some
company computer files he had, but he's been offered a
position at the Beach House Restaurant.
He said he still has to get a new driver's license,
Happy digs, happier days
Sherry and Roger Phillips, their niece and four chil-
dren, left to right, Brook, 7, on Christine's lap, Brianna,
18 months on mom's lap, Celeste, 8, on dad's lap, and
James, 4, posed in their "new" living room before
school Tuesday. Roger said they wanted to say "thank
you to everyone" for the donations to help their family
get back on their feet after their Bradenton Beach
apartment and possessions burned Feb. 10.
Social Security card and voter registration as all those
were lost in the fire.
"But we'll get through this," added Roger. "We're
getting through this and the support has been tremen-
dous. This is a great place and the people are great."
Readers wishing to donate to the family can con-
tact Bonner Joy at The Islander at 778-7978, or bring
Apartment fire still under investigation
Fire investigators from the West Manatee story).
Fire and Rescue believe the cause of the Feb. 10 Capt. Ernie Cave of the WMFRD said that
fire in Bradenton Beach that left a family of "at this point, we are sticking with our initial
seven homeless was electrical in nature, but are finding that the cause of the fire was electrical
still continuing their investigation (see related in nature, but the investigation is continuing."
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Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach.
The family still needs girls clothing for Celeste and
Brook, ages 8 and 7, sizes 6X and 4-5. The other chil-
dren are a 4-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl.
Husband, wife fire victims face
trouble, arrested by police
By Rick Catlin
That Bradenton Beach family of seven that was left
homeless following an apartment fire Feb. 10 is facing
even more difficulties.
Bradenton Beach Police yesterday arrested Roger
and Sherry Phillips for outstanding warrants. The
couple were taken to the Manatee County jail.
Braden'ton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said
Sherry Phillips, 27, had an outstanding warrant from
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office for fraudulent
activities. The warrant was issued Jan. 28, just three
days before Sherry, husband Roger, their four children
and a niece moved into an apartment at 2518 Ave. C.
The fire caused $125,000 in damage to the apartment.
Roger Phillips, 30, was arrested for an outstanding
warrant in Marion County for public order crimes,
Special said. Phillips also has an outstanding warrant
in Alachua County for violation of parole.
The four children -ages 8, 7, 3 and 18 months -
are being cared for by the niece who lived with Roger
and Sherry and a visiting sister, Speciale added.
The Island community banded together when it
learned of the fire, donating more than $5,000 to the
family, along with quantities of clothes, toys and
household appliances and goods. West Manatee Fire
and Rescue firefighters donated $1,500 to aid the fam-
ily, and contributed clothes and toys.
The family found a new apartment in Bradenton
Beach and two of the children attend Anna Maria Elemen-
Efforts to reach MCSO spokesperson Dave
Bristow for comment on the nature of the charges were
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 23, 2005 M PAGE 3
Bradenton Beach City Restaurant coming to Bridge Street?
By Paul Roat
Many elected officials tout the need to run govern-
ment more like a business. Now, Bradenton Beach
government officials are talking about running a busi-
City officials will meet at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
24, to discuss the feasibility of creating a special de-
partment that would operate the restaurant, bait shop
and any other for-profit features at the Bradenton
Beach City Pierat the east end of Bridge Street.
For more than 30 years the city has offered the
operation to a franchisee, who has paid the city a per-
centage of the proceeds. Last September, after Hurri-
cane Frances damaged the roof of the restaurant, the
lease with Karen and Jake Gallo was terminated. City
officials went out to bid for another franchisee, but with
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Charter concept trashed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
.slick marketing ploy by county commissioners, added
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore.
"Most of the people I've talked to don't realize
what it's even about. We have to educate our public,"
she said. A series of public forums on the proposed
charter should be held in each BIEO member city, she
Whitmore also said planners from each of three
Island cities and Longboat Key should be involved in
the estimated nine-month process with county planners
to revise language in the charter before it's presented
to the county commission. "We don't want to leave it
to county planners to come up with something."
Cities should also fight the charter by strengthen-
ing the current Accord agreement among cities and the
county over land-use issues by adding some enforce-
ability, she said. At present, the Joint Planning Coun-
cil created by the Accord can only make recommenda-
tions to cities and the county, and County Commis-
sioner Joe McClash has used that recommendation-
only status as a basis for a county charter that would
control growth and annexation issues.
Haas-Martens.pointed out that even with the 14-
member growth management council proposed by the
county charter to make recommendations on land-use
and growth issues, the county commission would still
have ultimate authority.
Seven of the 14 seats on the council would be taken
by county commissioners, she noted. "So, the county
commission could still reject something approved by
Bridge news, too
Longboat Key Town Commissioner Jeremy
Whatmough warmed up to his favorite subject: bridge
Thanks to information supplied by Bradenton
Beach resident Tjet Martin, Whatmough said he
learned that the U.S. Coast Guard can, and does, con-
sider closing drawbridges to water traffic during peak
The Coast Guard has consistently told the BIEO
that drawbridge openings are regulated by an 1899 Act
The BIEO has long maintained to the Coast Guard
that daytime bridge openings every 20 minutes to wa-
ter traffic during the winter tourist season create inor-
dinate traffic jams on Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key. The Coast Guard, however, has turned a deaf ear
to such pleadings for a number of years.
But Whatmough now has the ammunition he need,
to possibly force the Coast Guard to act. He noted hfor
Martin's information that the Biscayne Boulevard
drawbridge on Miami Beach is closed to boat traffic
from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15
p.m. weekdays. Ironically, the Coast Guard's southeast
regional headquarters is located on Key Biscayne,
about one mile from the Biscayne Bridge.
"Let's ask the Coast Guard if they will consider
certain hours to close the bridge to boat traffic,"
Whatmough suggested. "It's obvious their position is
different now than what they've told us in the past."
Whitmore said a better response would be to make
a joint, four-city appeal to have the bridge closed just
at certain hours on weekdays during the winter season.
She said she'd bring up the issue at the next Island
Transportation Planning Organization meeting and
have a letter drafted for circulation and approval by all
four BIEO member cities.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney
agreed that a drawbridge raising during the winter sea-
son on occasion creates near-gridlock for motorists try-
ing to get on or off the Island, particularly during af-
"Ninety-five percent of the people who work here
don't live here, and 95 percent of the people who live
here work off the Island," he observed. Combined with
winter visitors and the daily migration to the Island
during the season, a raised drawbridge at 4:30 p.m. on
a Wednesday in February can create a serious traffic
backup, often extending to Coquina Beach.
only one submitted proposal, the city rejected the of-
fer and has been attempting to regroup since.
Last week, Vice Mayor Bill Shearon proposed the
concept of a city-operated facility.
"I'd like the city to consider taking over the pier
concession ourselves," Shearon said. "We could have
full control of the pier ourselves.
"It would be similar to the sanitation department,"
Shearon continued, referring to the city's enterprise
account to collect garbage, recyclables and trash. Fees
collected for sanitation services go into a separate fund.
"We would have a department head who would run
the pier," Shearon added. "We would be in the restau-
rant, bait and harbormaster business. It would be an
excellent opportunity to try running the pier that we the
city thinks would be best. If it doesn't work, then we
can always go back to the concessionaire approach.
"This is a major undertaking and a major, major
shift in direction," Shearon said.
For the city to run the restaurant, it would have to
retain equipment to operate the restaurant since the
franchisee has in the past supplied the refrigeration,
freezers, stoves, ovens, fryers, tables, chairs, plates and
other sundries. Several restaurateurs contacted by The
Islander said that to equip a 75-seat restaurant similar
to the pier would cost $50,000, dependent on the menu,
and could climb to $150,000.
Pier employees would apparently be city employ-
ees, subject to the city's drug-testing standards upon
new hires and would also receive the city's benefit
package, including insurance and retirement.
The city reaped a substantial fund into the special
pier account in the 1999-2001 period through the con-
cessionaire arrangement, although funds coming to the
account have dwindled in recent years. The city cur-
rently has about $215,000 in the pier account, which
can only be spent on improvements, repairs or other
expenses relating to the pier.
Pines Trailer Park
street sale Saturday
Pines Trailer Park at 103 Church Street, near
the Bradenton Beach City Pier in Bradenton
Beach will hold a street sale featuring arts and
crafts, a white elephant sale, homemade pies,
sloppy joe sandwiches and hot dogs from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.n., Feb. 26.
For more information, call 778-6043.
Anna Maria City
Feb. 23, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Feb. 24, 7 pin.. city commission meeting. Agenda:
Approval of permit for Anna Maria Island Historical
Society "Anna Maria Island Heritage Day," appoint-
ment to planning and zoning board, public hearing on
compensation for elected officials, first reading on
outdoor dining law, first reading on early voting, con-
tract on city planner.
Feb. 28, 7 p.m., planning and zoning commission meet-
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Feb. 23, 5 p.m., comp plan review committee meeting.
Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m., city commission work session.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Feb. 30, 5- p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus, Sarasota.
PAGE 4E FEB. 23, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria City's Villa Rosa waiting on FPL
By Rick Catlin
Nearly three years after the upscale Villa Rosa
housing project on South Bay Boulevard was approved
by the city commission, developers are almost ready
for a final plat to begin construction. A model home is
already under construction.
But that "almost" looms pretty large for Villa Rosa
developer Steve Noriega and partner Robert Byrne.
"We're waiting on Florida Power and Light to put
in the underground electric cables," said Noriega. "We
can't get final plat approval until those are in, but FPL
says they are eight or nine months behind. So, we're
waiting on them."
Roads, sewer and water lines are all installed, he
said, and construction of further homes is ready once
FPL completes installation of the cables.
"The model home will be ready in April, and we
plan to build two or three more homes when the plat is
final. We've had a lot of interest, but people want to
make sure they are buying a real lot, not just something
on paper," he added.
Noriega said he would be meeting with FPL this
week to get a firm date for installation to begin. "We're
ready to go, we're just waiting on them," he said.
Homes in the planned 17-unit gated subdivision
will sell from $1.5 million to $2.5 million. On build-
out, the 17 homes in Villa Rosa, each at an average
A rose is
home at the
project in Anna
Maria on South'
finished in afew
opers say. The
home is report-
contract to a
taxable value of $2 million, would add approxi-
mately $68,000 in annual ad valorem taxes to the
Anna Maria city treasury.
In addition, the 17 building permits needed for
construction would bring in an estimated $135,000
for the city.
Holmes Beach code board grants extension to violator
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board unani-
mously approved a request for an extension.of time made
by property owners William and Dana Holmes.
In January, the board upheld its November ruling
that the Holmes' property at 107 47th St. violates the
floodplain management ordinance due to the existence
of a third unit located on the ground floor of the duplex.
The Holmeses were out of town and unable to at-
tend the November hearing, but the board proceeded
with the cases, resulting in the owners being required
to remove any ground-floor partitions, raise electrical
outlets to four feet, remove plumbing fixtures and seal
In a letter from William Holmes, a continuance
was requested due to his ill health and inability at that
time to travel to Florida from New Jersey.
Upon returning to Florida, Holmes retained the
services of attorney Chuck Webb and filed a motion for
rehearing so that he and his wife could present evidence
supporting their position that the ground-floor unit was
permitted. That motion was denied by the board and
Holmes was given 30 days to bring the property into
Since the board's ruling last month, the Holmeses
have filed a request for a variance to the floodplain man-
agement regulations, which will be considered by the
Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment at its March 24 meet-
The code enforcement board agreed to allow the
Holmeses until April 21 to bring the property into com-
pliance pending the decision of the board of adjustment.
Everyone's invited to our I
Featuring the donated work of top area
artists to benefit the art program at Manatee
High School, and including a student art display
and sale. Special guest Ruby C. Williams,
outsider artist, recently recognized at the
Smithsonian,.will be selling and signing copies
of her newly published book,
5:30-7:30 pm Wednesday March 2
Silent auction and special sale of MHS student works and reception hosted by
The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 778 7978
THE ISLANDER I FEB. 23, 2005 U PAGE 5
at Ooh La La!
Chef Damon Presswood of Ooh La La! Bistro in
Holmes Beach announces he will host a "Burgundy
Tour and Dinner" at his restaurant Feb. 25.
Chef Damon invites you to enjoy some of his fa-
vorite interpretations of classic continental dishes
paired with wines from lesser-known, exceptional
Burgundy vineyards. The wines will be presented by
Brian H. Smith, professor of wines at the Culinary In-
stitute of America in New York, and author of "The
Sommelier's Guide to Wine."
A special guest at the event will be Laurent Mairet,
the new, young, innovative winemaker at Bouchard
Ain6 & Fils, a name that has been famous in Burgundy
and around the world for more than 250 years.
The event fare includes a signed copy of Smith's
book, a far from stodgy or professorial guide in which
Smith has drawn on his 15 years of teaching to create
an easy-to-read and extremely useful introduction to
wine. "From the basics of grape types and labels to
ordering wine in restaurants," Smith says, "this essen-
tial handbook has everything you need to enjoy wine
to the fullest."
The evening's festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with
hors d'oeuvres paired with Faiveley St-Veran, a white
wine from the very southern part of Burgundy, and
Bouchard Aine Fixin, a red from the northernmost part
of the region.
The appetizer course of lobster "escargots" will be
served with Faiveley Rully and Girardin Rully Les
Cloux, both white wines, but paired to show the differ-
ence between a village-level Rully and a single-vine-
yard Rully, and the contrast between two producers.
Appetizers will be followed by a Caesar salad.
The main course will be Chef Damon's acclaimed
rack of lamb, a braised, domestic rack roasted with
fresh garlic and rosemary and finished with Pommery
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More pickles, more jam!
Jan Pettus and Ruth Curry sold loads of pickles -. "double the recipe this year," said Curry and home-
made jam at the Episcopal Church of Annunciation annual white elephant sale Saturday at the church. The
sale featured used household items, canned and baked goods prepared by church members and a hot lunch
that included homemade chili and baked breakfast casserole. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
mustard sauce. It will be accompanied by Faiveley
Savigny-les-Beaune and Bouchard Vosne-Romanee,
both red wines that will demonstrate the difference
between Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits.
Dessert, also a specialty of Chef Damon,
Maracaibo Chocolate Mousse, will be accompanied by
an ideal aperitif, a unique, sparkling red wine with hints
of rose petals and raspberries, the 2003 Banfi Brachetto
d'Acqui from Piemonte, Italy,
Ooh La La! Bistro is'located in the "heart" of
Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island at the Island
Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive.
,:Ooh La La! has newly expanded to include a
"jazzy" wine bar and additional seating in a new din-
ing room with elegant, large-scale mirrors, warm
jewel-tone colors and elegant lighting effects. The tra-
ditional dining room of Ooh La La!, including the open
cooking area, fine art and Provence-style table linens,
opens into the new dining area and wine bar.
It's "the soul of Europe in the heart of Holmes
Beach," Presswood says, and as so many regular clientele
of the restaurant comment, "let's keep it our little secret."
Join Chef Damon, legendary winemaker Mairet
and Smith, a recognized authority on wines, for the
"Burgundy Tour" in the elegant-yet-casual setting of
Ooh La La! Cost for the "tour" is $80 per person.
Call Ooh La La!,for more information or reserva-
tions at (941) 778-7978.
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Hurrah for generosity of Islanders
We-have been amazed, awed, grateful and inspired
by the results of our plea for help on behalf of a
Bradenton Beach family of seven who lost nearly ev-
erything they'd owned in a fire Feb. 10.
Contributions of clothing and household items for
the Phillips family have poured into The Islander of-
fice nearly filled the office every day since the
story about the fire and the family published last week.
Islanders and area residents especially some from
Sarasota who made the long drive here have come for-
ward to help this family and to lift their spirits.
Sherry Phillips said at one point her children had
nothing. The kids didn't even have a smile for our cam-
eras. Now the kids smile every day. They're bashful,
but happy. New books, dolls, balls and toys of all
shapes and sizes went home daily with them daily.
And there have been checks, cash and gift cards
that amount to. almost $5,200, according to Sherry.
One caller to our office, Jim Atkins, said his wife
called him at work at Hideaway Storage and said they had
to help the Phillipses. He came up with unclaimed furnish-
ings for Sherry to choose from- and had them delivered.
The generosity is still ongoing. And the Phillpses
want you to know they are "very grateful."
We hope their lives will be enriched by this out-
pouring of generosity and good will, and the fire will
be put far behind them, so that they will enjoy a bright,
happy better future here.
Unfortunately, we learned at presstime that more
trouble has come to the Phillipses and we can only
wish them well as they deal with more problems.
Speaking of generous
We've reported for several weeks on the Anna Maria
Island Rotary Club's efforts to raise money to fund shel-
ter boxes for Asian tsunami victims. Their effort was en-
hanced by a challenge from a generous but benevolent
foundation who gave $9,000 for shelter boxes, and offered
up the $22,500 if the community would match its effort.
Consider it done. As of Tuesday, Rotary had
$30,799 in donations not counting the $9,000 chal-
lenge seed money and they're still counting! Com-
mitments are in hand, according to president Steve
Schlueter, for $6,300 more.
All told, with the foundation money, AMI Rotary
will have given almost $60,000 toward shelter boxes,
each of which includes living necessities, a tent, cook-
ing supplies, water purification tablets, flashlights and
tools to accommodate 10 people.
Isn't this a grand community?
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in Bradenton Beach
How disappointing to know that the Bradenton
Beach City Pier will not have a restaurant in opera-
tion during our upcoming monthly stay. This wil! '
our sixth year of vacationing on the Island, and the
pier has been our favorite place for breakfast. Part of
the enjoyment is being able-to eat outside, enjo. the
view and take in the atmosphere of ihe Island.
We have been reading all of the articles in The
Islander regarding this situation. As a visitor to your
Island, I feel the commission is just putting up road-
blocks to those interested in leasing the property.
A 12 percent monthly charge on the gross earn-
ings or $5,000 minimum fee is ridiculous. It seems
to me that the commission is not willing to negoti-
ate at all; and, in not doing so, is also making it very
difficult for the other businesses on Bridge Street to
survive. Without the pier there will be a lot less traf-
fic in that area and therefore these businesses will
Hopefully the commission will get its act to-
gether and not let such an historic pier die due to a
lack of vision.
Ruth Marko, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
sought for auction March 2
My name is Ashley Lane and I am an Island resi-
dent as well as an art student at Manatee High
School. I, along with the Manatee High School art
department and The Islander, would like to invite
you to the"Art for Kids Sake" auction to be held
5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
This auction has helped the art department make
many strides as it works to become better and more
efficient every year. Last year, with the help of gen-
erous artists and The Islander, the department was
able to buy supplies to keep the arts at Manatee High
School at it's best. The $4,000 raised last year at the
auction is four times the art department's yearly
budget. Last year's funding also helped the art de-
partment purchase a 24-inch Conrad etching press.
The printing press is going to be used for the new
printmaking class that will be offered next year for
students who are looking to excel in the arts..
- This year, once again, the MHS art department
students would like to ask you to help make this
year's auction another success. We will be accept-
ing any art that you would like to donate to our ef-
fort. With the proceeds from this year's auction, we
will work on expanding our department and funding
the new printmaking class for next year. The money
will also help us buy the general art supplies needed
for classroom activities and projects.
If you are interested in helping our department,
as well as the aspiring artists at MHS, please drop off
your contributions to The Islander, which is located
in the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach. If
you can't.donate, you are still more than welcome to
come and support us at the auction.
We all hope to see you at the auction.
Ashley Lane, 11th-grade art, 2-D graphic de-
sign, Painting and Drawing I, Portfolio I, II, Pho-
tography.l, AP Portfolio
Key Royale speeders:
SGood for police
Kudos to the Holmes Beach Police Department
.for the crackdown on Key Royale speeders. I live on
Key Royale and am constantly being tail-gated be-
cause I try to obey the speed limit.
I suggest the HBPD go one step further and po-
sition a radar car just east of the bridge. Then, those
who violate the 15-mph limit on our rickety, old
bridge can contribute some funds to its restoration.
W.G. Smith, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 23, 2005 0 PAGE 7
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Go slow with tree
I attended the meeting on Australian pine and Bra-
zilian pepper removal last week at Holmes Beach City
Hall. It was nice to see the interest in this important
subject and a forum that included the public.
I have worked as an environmental consultant in
the Manatee and Sarasota county areas, specializing in
mangrove trimming and Australian pine and Brazilian
pepper removal for the past 30 years. I believe that the
conservative course of action that we have taken over
these 30 years has served us well. The number of ex-
otic trees has diminished as the human population has
increased. I do not see the need for the drastic action
recommended by members of the panel.
I believe that most people agree that the removal
of some of these exotic trees and the replacement of
these trees with native trees is a good idea. What many
people have a hard time understanding is the extreme
position that all of these exotics have to be removed as
soon as possible. We estimate that the Australian pines
and Brazilian peppers compose about 5 percent of the
trees on Longboat Key, where I have lived for 50 years.
This 5 percent is decreasing, not increasing. I think this
rough estimate would be similar for Anna Maria Island,
In their zeal to promote the more radical approach
to these exotic trees, panel members have embraced
some fallacious premises in their argument. The main
two premises are that "no animals live in Australian
pines and Brazilian peppers" and that "no other plants
live in the understory of these trees." These two state-
ments can be considered gross overstatements or just
We all have become experts on what lives in these
exotics. We see them every day ospreys, blue her-
ons, songbirds, and I have even seen pileated wood-
peckers and large owls. There are also gopher tortoises,
box turtles, black snakes,: rattlesnakes, corn snakes,
raccoons, possums, and other reptiles and mammals
Tom Mayers sent this picture of a bald eagle at
Sister Key. The eagle is at the top middle of the.
that have retreated to these areas.
With the influx of human habitation, the wildlife
has retreated to whatever little undeveloped cracks and
crevices that are left on these islands. If we follow the
plan suggested by the panel, we will be assaulting these
few. areas that are left, where the animals are able to
hide, without any regard for the wildlife.
.My suggestion is to treat these areas that we have
left as a park. We should do whatever we can to pro-
tect the few native animals that we have left. This ex-
otic tree removal should be done by contractors, who
will be careful to do it in stages, rather than all at one
time,. and who will consider the native wildlife issues.
As a lifetime resident of Longboat Key and someone
with a degree from New College in the area of environ-
mental studies, I find these recent radical tree removal
programs harmful to our environment on these islands. Be
conservative and remove the exotics carefully from the
areas that you feel need it the most. One of the best obser-
vations of the meeting night came from a lady in the au-
dience that asked, "What about the birds?"
Tom Mayers, Mangrove Cultivation, a division of
Lands End Marina Inc., Longboat Key
On behalf of my parks and beautification commit-
tee members, I wish to thank your reporter Diana
Bogan and The Islander newspaper for providing the
extensive coverage about the City of Holmes Beach
public forum on "Truth About Trees."
Without your coverage of the proposed forum, the
ensuing standing-room-only attendance would not
have been possible.
A brief poll of the attendees indicates an intense
interest in the ambiance and environment of Anna
Maria Island, and this forum and your newspaper have
helped considerably in awakening the populace as to
the issues at hand.
Jim Dunne, Holmes Beach Parks and Beautifica-
tion Committee chairman
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objects to debt
By Rick Catlin
Flush with a new partner and an estimated $5.3
million in refinancing money, Tidemark Partners LLC
has filed a motion with the federal bankruptcy court in
Tampa objecting to 30 claims from creditors. The ob-
jections total an estimated $600,000 of the approxi-
mately $900,000 that Tidemark listed as debts owed to
unsecured creditors when it filed for bankruptcy pro-
tection in January 2004.
Included in the objection is a debt of an undis-
closed amount to Brasota Mortgage of Bradenton, a
company which recently closed its doors and is the
subject of an investigation and other legal action.
Other debts that Tidemark objects to are $200,000
from Louis Wolfson, 10 separate debts to the Manatee
County Tax Collector, $150,000 to Cypress Lending
Group of Naples and $2,200 to D. L. Porter Construc-
tion of Sarasota.
Tidemark also want, to get rid of debts to the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Waste lManagement Inc.,
Verizon Inc., AT&TWireless, Nextel, Action Mobile,
Ed Barber and Associates, and the Manatee County
Utilities Customer Service.
Judge Alexander Paskay will consider the mo-
tion March 22, the same day he rehears an objection
from former Tidemark partner Southstar Develop-
ment LLC of Coral Gables to his order that Southstar
hand over to Tidemark a lease for 20 parking spaces
the company has with the Wachovia Bank in Holmes
The 40-unit Tidemark hotel/marina/condo-
minium project is planned for the vacant property
adjacent to Wachovia and the parking spaces are
needed for Tidemark to meet parking requirements
under its site plan.
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved the
Tidemark site plan in August 2001. The company filed
for bankruptcy protection Jan. 21, 2004, and has since
been reorganized with new financing from the Reliance
Property Group of Connecticut.
Anna Maria Island Webeloes
Pack No. 7 participated in
"Camporee 2005" with Boy
Scout Troop No. 102 at Camp
Flying Eagle. The weekend
event consisted of several
skill-learning games. Scouts
tested their first-aid skills and
enjoyed activities such as
archery, croquet, hiking and
balancing on wooden stilts.
Islander Photo: Courtesy
Cortez store redo program changes
By Jim Hanson
The zoning glitch at the old school grounds in
Cortez is forcing change in the program to restore the
old Burton store, a separate project. All seems well so
,.It will simple mean a change in priorities --what
gets done x hen in the project said Roger Alien and
Mary Fulford Green. He is overseeing the rehabilitation
of both the school and the store, she is spokesperson for
the Cortez Village Historical Society, which "holds the
key" to the store.
The problem arose when a Manatee County em-
ployee discovered that the overlay that exempts Cortez
from some county land-use requirements does not in-
clude the school property. It was left out at the request
of the late Robert Sailors, artist who owned the build-
ing and used it as a studio and residence.
That leaves the school at the mercy of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, among other aspects
of rehabilitation. Several county departments are busy
now repairing that hole in the property's status.
The historic Burton store will be moved to the
school grounds as an adjunct to the Florida Gulf Coast
Maritime Museum that will occupy the reconstructed
school building, along with a community center.
Rehabilitation of the old store has begun by volun-
teers who have cleaned up "that awful mess" left by in-
truders over the years, Fulford said, and removed some
alterations the U.S. Coast Guard made. The store build-
ing was attached to the old Albion Inn that the Coast
Guard tore down to build Station Cortez on the site.
The historical society managed to rescue the store part,
which was destined for demolition.
Restoration and moving of the old building is be-
ing financed in good part with a $66,200 grant from the
William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation of
Sarasota. Under terms of the grant, the store is to be on
the school grounds by July.
The rub is that the rickety old store needs a foun-
dation before it can be hauled in and set down, and the
foundation can't be poured until variances are in place
Sfor the school grounds. That's what county officials are
working on now.
So Allen and Fulford and others are hoping to
switch priorities on the project and do the building re-
hab work before moving, instead of after as originally
planned, and also may need the grant's life extended.
SelbyFoundation approval is necessary, and Alien said
a foundation spokesperson was agreeable last week.
That was just verbal approval, the foundation said
this week, and it needs the paperwork to make its po-
sition firm. It will act formally as soon as it has a re-
quest in hand, the spokesperson said.
At the Cortez end, Allen is busily gathering backup
material to justify the switch in the program, and pre-
paring the formal request. That will be done forthwith,
he promised, and work can proceed.
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10 homes maybe 11 on two tours in March
Ten homes and an 11th "almost certainly" will be
open to the public on two tours coming up in the area
- March 19 on Anna Maria Island to benefit the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, and March 25-26 in
historic Cortez to benefit the Florida Institute for Salt-
The Island homes on the March 19 tour include
three in the City of Anna Maria and two in Holmes
Beach, all of them reflecting various aspects of Island
lifestyles. They range "from cottage to castle," said a
In Cortez, all the homes on the two-day March 25-
26 tour are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The village itself is officially a historic treasure. Cortez
will open five homes to the public, and a sixth is a
"mystery" entry not yet officially approved for the tour
but "we're almost certain of it," said Linda Molto, who
is handling the tour for the Cortez Village Historical
Time is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Anna Maria tour
Time for the Cortez tour is also 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
for both days March 25-26.
Both tours cost $12 in advance, $15 the day of the
Proceeds from the Island event will go to the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
The Cortez proceeds will be used to purchase pri-
vately owned lots in the FISH Preserve to make the
Preserve completely public.
Tickets for the.Anna Maria tour may be purchased
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria; Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach; The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach; Lori-Ell's Hair Designs, 401 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria; Ginny's Antiques & Art, 5600 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, and 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria;
Also Island Discount Tackle, 5501 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach; Ace Hardware, 3352 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach; Home True-Value Hardware, 5324
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; LaPensee Plumbing
Inc., 5362 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; Two Sides of
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To be raffled
during the Anna
Tour of Homes
March 19 is this
shown with its
Smokers, from left,
front row, Ann
S Smith and Kay
Harrell, Mary Jo
Nature, 110 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, and 101 S.
Bay Drive, Anna Maria; and Robyn's Nest, 7427
Manatee.Ave. W., Bradenton.
Cortez tour tickets may be purchased at the Cortez
Community Center, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W., or by phon-
ing 708-4953, 794-5919, 795-7121 or 795-5756.
EDWIN HUDDLESTON HALL, JR. 1935-2005
Edwin Huddleston Hall. Jr.. 69. of Anna Maria
Island. FL. passed ai\ aN on Feb.1 3. 2(005. A lo\ -
ing and de\ oed husband and father, financial
ser\ ices pioneer and philanthropist. Ed Hall w\as
born on Sept. 5. 1:35 In Br.ookly n. NY. to Edi\ in
Huddleston Hall. Sr. and Lois Wile\ Hall. He
J grew\ up in Hano\er. ass and received a B.S.
Degree in Busine ,,,Administration from Boston
University in 1957. Mr. Hall \\ent on to lie in
Abington. MA, Waco, TX, NMarshfield, NIA.
Avon, NY, Great Falls, \ A, lomsto, n, NJ and
Anna Maria, FL.
Ed Hall served in the U.S. Air Force on active
duct and the reserves from 1957-1971. in 1961. Mr. Hall began a distinguished
37-\ear career with Mernill L nch that included Director of Marketing. Direc-
tor of Humnan Resources. E\ecuti\e Vice-president: Financial Serm ies Dj ision.
and Chairman and Chief E\ecuti.e Officer of Mermll Lynch Trust Company.
In 1977. Mr. Hall %,as selected to participate in the Presidential E\change Pro-
gram \ here he served as a special a assistant to President Carter. In retirement,
Mr. Hall and his wife Florence founded the Museum Shoppe on Anna Maria
Island that features antiques. marine art and collectibles.
Mr. Hall \ ,a a charismatic leader and dedicated community\ servant. His lead-
ership emerged in high school and college \ here he \ as class president. He went
on to be featured in Marquis Who's Who in the World, and acted as Di ision
Chairman of the United Community Chest of Rochester, Newv York. Treasurer
of the Rochester Association for the Blind. President of the Opera Theater of
Rochester. Board of Trustees for Wharton Business School. Honorable Chair-
man of the National Association of Securit\ Dealers. Director of the Boston Uni-
'ersity Alumni Association. President of the \Washington Valley Coinmutnity
Association, and member of the Chamber of Commerce in Boston. Nlassachu-
setts. Rochester. Ne\ York, Anna Maria Island and Loneboat Ke\. Mr. Hall was
also the founder of the Hall Family Charitable Foundation.
Mr. Hall \ as an a id gardener, home reno\ator and antique collector and dealer.
A gifted pianist, music \\as his passion.
He is survived b\ his wife Florence MN. Hall, sister: Joanne Mead, three chil-
dien: Jeff Hall. Lisa Hall and Leslei Fischer. and si\ grandchildren. Mr. Hall
\as preceded in death b\ his wife Linda Robbins Hall, \\ho passed awa\ in
Two memorial serl ices will be held: Saturda\, Februar\ 26. 2005. 10am at
Roser lMemoral Chapel. 512 Pine Avenue. Anna Maria. 77-04-14: and Satur-
da\. March 5, 20)05 I lam at Bailey Funeral Home, 8 Hilltop Road, Nlendham
Nev. Jersey \.l 973 54 3-4'20. Memorial donations ma\ be made in Editin's
name to the American Heart A\.ociation. P 0. Bo\ 21475, St. Petersburg. FL
33742 or H Lee Nloffit Cancer Center co Foundation. 12902 Nlanolia Dn\e.
Tampa. FL 33l12.
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By Jim Hanson
Any way you gauge it social, financial, just pure
enjoyment the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
over the weekend was the "huge success" its sponsors
Saturday's attendance set a record, exceeding
previous ticket income by about $5,000, said Karen
Bell, treasurer of the sponsoring Florida Institute for
Sunday was down a bit from Saturday, which she
could not figure out since Sunday's weather was at
least as gorgeous as Saturday's. Some 12,000 people
crowded the small historic fishing village Saturday,
Figures are vague because not all of the income is
tallied yet, and neither are all the bills paid. "Beer is a big
item every year," Bell said. "So is Pepsi. And several food
vendors have not reported in yet" as of early in the week.
Still, she was able to estimate the financial picture,
and it was rosy: "We will net at least $60,000 and
maybe $80,000," she said.
The proceeds will go toward purchase of privately
owned lots in the FISH Preserve, to make that public
holding totally publicly owned. FISH is already nego-
tiating for three lots at the northwest corner along
Cortez Road, and hopes to get another in March.
FISH is the Cortez-based nonprofit organization
that financed its purchase of the Preserve with proceeds
from four past Commercial Fishing Festivals. It is 95
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Islanders cross paths at Saddam's throne
Robert Willis Jr., chief of the survey center for the
Iraqi Survey Group, stopped a young U.S. Army cap-
tain in his tracks when he took a seat on Saddam's
throne in Victory Palace, Baghdad.
It wasn't the fact that Willis was sitting in the
former dictator's chair that caught the Military Intelli-
gence Corps captain's attention. It was the copy of The
Islander newspaper Willis was holding.
Willis said he was having his picture taken with the
paper to submit for the Islander's ongoing travel fea-
ture when the passerby, who was bounding up the stairs
.next to the throne for a meeting, called down asking,
"Hey. That's not the Anna Maria Islander is it?"
"Why, yes, it is," replied Willis.
"My mother-in-law lives there," he replied.
"My mother and sister live there," Willis said.
He asked, "Where?" and Willis asked, "Do you
know Holmes Beach?"
He remarked, "Of course, what street?"
Willis said, "59th" and the soldier replied, "Mom's
on 65th" then scurried off to his meeting, leaving Willis
shaking his head in disbelief at how in the world they
could have converged at the same throne in Baghdad
at exactly the same time.
"I was so flabbergasted I didn't ask his name and
he didn't ask mine," wrote Willis in an e-mail to his
Willis' parents, Olivia and Walter Gruen, live in
Holmes Beach. His sister Olivia Willis lives on'the Is-
land and works at Jim Mixon Insurance. Niece Lauren
Dipolito is also an Islander and niece Emma Terry at-
tends Anna Maria Elementary School.
Willis oversees between 250 to 300 staff members
and is currently the senior ranking member of the ISG.
According to Willis, the ISG was formed at the direc-
tion of the president by the DCI to hunt for Hussein's
weapons of mass destruction.
Willis told his mom that he has lost 30 pounds but
still lifts weights and enjoys running whenever he can.
Overall, he says, "I'm doing great.
"We're all committed to seeing this thing through
over here," Willis wrote in a recent e-mail. He also
shared comments about his experience witnessing
Iraq's election process.
"The strong election turnout shows what people
will do when given a chance at freedom," he said.
Willis said he saw one Iraqi policeman tackle a
suicide bomber at a polling booth. Jumping on top of
the bomber, Willis said only the policeman and bomber
"Other people got out of line to render first aid in
other polling locations when they were attacked. After
rendering aid, they got back in line and voted."
Willis said he also served in Berlin when the Ber-
lin Wall fell and witnessed people crying in the streets,
dancing, waving flags, and driving around in their cars
"I saw news coverage of the Kurds doing the same,
thing. I immediately flashed back to Berlin. The ex-
pression on their faces was exactly the same. I guess
that expression of overwhelming joy is universal and
requires no translation.
"I also thought about how blessed I've been to
participate in the liberation of two countries in my life-
Seat of history
Robert Willis Jr. takes a seat
on Saddam Hussein's former
throne in the Al Faw Palace
on a compound the U.S.'
military calls "Camp
Victory" in Baghdad, Iraq,
.. .I.-"": : to read through a recent
S Islander newspaper featuring
a cover photo ofhis niece,
Emma Terry, a student at
Anna Maria Elementary
School. Willis' sister Olivia
S Lives on the Island and works
at Jim Mixon Insurance. His
parents Olivia and Walter
S Gruen live in Holmes Beach
and another niece, Lauren
Dipolito, also resides on the
Senior Executive Service-
man Robert Willis Jr.,
kneeling i' thle front,
oversees 250 to 300 people
as the chief of the survey
center for the Iraqi Survey
:- Saddam's palace
Robert Willis Jr. stands
in front of the Al Faw
.I Palace on a compound
the U.S. military calls
"Camp. Victory" in
time. All you can hope for in your lifetime is to have
made a difference and left the world a better place. It's
taken 27 years of service to our country to reach this
point, but I have at last arrived. IfI retire from govern-
ment service now, I will have done my share."
TIfE ISLANDER FM*P.B.-2 2005- PAGE-13
Anchorage in news again in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
The on-again, off-again anchorage issue in Anna
Maria Sound off Bradenton Beach appears to be on -
About'20 people attended a meeting last \\eek of
city commissioners and officials from the Lini]ersitt of
Florida who have worked to create "boat parking lots"
up and down the coast of Southiest Florida.
An impromptu mooring of boats has taken place
south of the Bradenton Beach City Pier for the past
decade or so. Problems have occurred between resi-
dents and boaters in the past, and the city began efforts
several years ago to regulate the anchorage.
There were just a couple of problems: The city's
boundaries end at the water's edge. making the boats
a Manatee County problem, and e\ en if the city had the
jurisdictional authority to regulate the boats, it had no
way to get to the anchorage.
Both obstacles have either been resolved or are
well on their way to a solution though, according to
Police Chief Sam Speciale.
At the meeting, he told the commission that an
interlocal agreement with -the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office was in the works to have several
Bradenton Beach police officers given complete deputy
status, allowing them to regulate boaters in-the anchor-
age. The city also has.a police boat, compliments of a
grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District.
University of Florida Law School student Michael
Kamprath explained that there were legal, technical and
public policy issues that need to be addressed be fore an
anchorage could be established.
Using models from Matanzas Pass near Fort Myers
and elsewhere, Kamprath said jurisdictional issues first
need to be resolved. He said the city also needs to de-
termine if the anchorage is to be a municipal facility or
turned over to a concessionaire to operate.
Other issues that need to be determined, he said,
include length of stay for boats, if live-aboard boaters
are to be allowed, any fees for use of the anchorage and
environmental features of the:area.
Much of the sound's bottom in ihe area ol the an-
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The site ofi the anchorage proposed off Bradenton Beach.
chorage \uas mapped in 2000 through the auspices of
Sea Grant's John Stegel) and the late Dr. Gus Antonini.
That mapping showed the depths of the area, seagrass
bed coverage and a "snapshot" of the 16 boats that
moored there at the time
Costs of establishing the anchorage at Matanzas
Pass was about $250,000, with about 70 boats accom-
But before the sticker shock took.hold of city com-
missioners, a much more modest proposal was offered.
Stan Zimmerman has been involved for several
years in establishing an official anchorage at the
Sarasota Sailing Squadron off City Island in Sarasota.
He said the necessary3 permits had been submitted to the
state for a cost o less than $6,000 through the efforts
of a cadre of volunteers.
Zimmerman explained that seagrass beds are a
major hurdle to overcome in the permitting process,
since state officials do not allow any anchoring
within those boundaries. He also said that it would
be best for the city to apply for any permits and to
request a fee-waived lease of the underwater prop-
erty rather than attempting the much more costly
Vice Mayor Bill Shearon, who is the city liaison to
the city pier and the fledgling anchorage, urged resi-
dents to form a committee to begin working on the is-
sues of the anchorage field, a suggestion that was met
with apparent enthusiasm by the attendees. A future
meeting date has not been yet announced.
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Tingley Memorial Library
book sale March4-5
The Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton
Beach will hold its annual book sale from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5.
The sale will feature hardback and paperback
books, audio books, puzzles, local artwork and
The library is located at 111 Second St. N.,
Bradenton Beach. For more information, call 779-
Island organist to test new
instrument in Sarasota
Carl Parks, organist and choirmaster at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach, will check out a
new pipe organ at the Church of the Redeemer in
Sarasota Wednesday, March 2.
He will play a half-hour recital on the newly in-
stalled $800,000 organ at the church, 222 S. Palm Ave.,
at 12:10 p.m. He said the recital will be the Toccata,
Adagio and Fugue in C that Johann Sebastian Bach
wrote to test and certify the worthiness of new pipe
Additional details may be obtained by calling 778-
Widowed persons meet
Widowed persons will meet for "coffee and con-
versation" on the subject "A Focus on You" from 9
tolO a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information may be obtained at 778-1908.
Church rummage sale
Shoppers can find furniture, housewares, linens,
clothing, books and more at the St. Mary Star of the Sea
Catholic Church rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Feb. 26, at 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
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Hospice staff boosts Rotary challenge
President and chief executive officer of Hospice of Southwest Florida Marge Maisto and her staff present
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club President Steve Schlueter with $4,050 in.support of Rotary's Asian
tsunami relief effort. Hospice staff donated the funds, which will be used to purchase shelter boxes for
tsunami victims. The donation brings the Island club's shelter box challenge over the top to $30,850 -
$8,350 over its $22,500 goal for matching funds from an anonymous foundation. In addition, said
Schlueter, the club has pledges for $6,300 more. Islander Photo: Courtesy David Glaser
Final dance of the season Dessert card party
comes soon to Center set for Monday
The final dance of the winter season at Anna The St. Bernard Women's Guild is sponsoring a
Maria Island Community Center will be from 8 "Dessert Card Party" in the church activity center from
to 11 p.m. Friday, March 11, and tickets are 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28.
available now at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., The event promises delicious desserts and door
Anna Maria. prizes. Guests should bring their own score pads, pen-
The tickets are $10 now, $12 at the door. cils and board games.
Music will be by the Dreamclassics IV, "the Tickets cost $8 and are available in the church of-
little band with the big sound," playing jitterbug fice and after mass.
to jive to jazz, the Center said. The church is located at 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Tickets.may be arranged and information Holmes Beach. For more information, call 778-
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Feb. 14, 815 N. Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Pier,
abandoned boat. A manager reported that an aban-
doned sailboat had been anchored east of the pier.
Apparently it had been disabled and was towed there.
When the wind picked up, it broke from its anchor and
drifted against the pier, crashing against the dock and
pilings. Its sails were partially unfurled, causing it to
strike the dock. A company was called to tow the boat
after attempts to reach the owner failed.
Feb. 16, 300 block Magnolia Avenue, disturbance.
Two people caused a disturbance when they got into a
verbal argument over a request to care for a dog.
Feb. 18, 200 block of Spruce Street, information.
A deputy escorted a resident to a Holmes Beach repair
shop to pick up her vehicle. According to the report, the
woman had obtained a certificate for release of the
vehicle from the court to regain possession of her ve-
hicle after contesting her repair bill with the shop
Feb. 12, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A man reported the cash and credit cards
from a wallet left in the trunk of his car stolen.
Feb. 12, 5800 block of HolmesBoulevard, crimi-
nal mischief. Two eggs were reportedly thrown at a
Feb. 13, 5300 block of Holmes. Boulevard, DUI.
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traffic violations. According to the report, Murphy
failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody.
Murphy also failed a breathalyzer test.
Feb. 13, 500 block of 67th Street, Baker Act. A
woman was taken into custody under the Baker Act
after her husband reported that she refused to take her
medication and was becoming increasingly violent.
She was transported to Blake Medical Center.
Feb. 15, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Police
Department, traffic citation. A man reported'to the sta-
tion to pay a traffic citation and verify his vehicle's
headlights are operational.
Feb. 16, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, battery. An of-
ficer responded to a 911 call. At the scene the officer
arrested a man who threw a cell phone at his girlfriend,
hitting her in the head and causing bruising. The man
was charged with spousal battery.
Feb. 17, 500 block of 69th Street, suspicious in-
cident. A man reported a suspicious incident involv-
ing the Internet sales advertisement for his vehicle.
The man reportedly received an e-mail from an in-
terested buyer notifying him that he would receive
a check in the mail for $15,000. The e-mail in-
structed him to keep a portion as payment for the car
and give the remaining to an.individual who will
pick up the car and ship it to the buyer. The man did
receive a check in the mail but called the bank that
was to have issued the check and was informed it
was fraudulent. The man reported that there was no
further contact from the buyer.
Feb. 17, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A
man reported that someone attempted to enter his home
through the screened porch. According to the report, an
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Carrier bitten by dog
A Holmes Beach postal carrier was severely in-
jured Thursday, Feb. 16, while making deliveries on
74th Street when she was bitten on the hand and thigh
by a dog.
Postmaster Charles Shannon said the female car-
Srier is now on an indefinite medical leave while recov-
ering from her injuries.
Manatee County Animal Control officers have
quarantined the dog at its owner's residence pending an
investigation and, he said, the dog had been vaccinated
Holmes Beach has an ordinance requiring dogs
outside a residence to be either on a leash or able to
respond to voice commands. It was unknown if the dog
was supervised or on a leash at the time of the incident.
Bridge closing creates traffic jam
An unexpected closing of the Longboat Pass Bridge
yesterday around 9:30 a.m. created a traffic back-up that
extended from the bridge north almost to Manatee Av-
enue, and across the Cortez Bridge onto the mainland.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said he
received a notice a few days ago from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation's Bartow office that the contrac-
tor repairing the bridge had to close the bridge on Tues-
day for needed repairs, but no specific time was given.
Special was upset about the lack of notice and the
work it created for his department.
"We were only given a 30-minute notice as to ex-
actly when the bridge would close," he said.
"Traffic wasn't moving. Who closes a bridge to a
Florida barrier island in the middle of tourist season
'during the peak traffic hours?"
He said it took about an hour to clear traffic once
the bridge reopened and added that the DOT said there
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Edwin Huddleston Hall Jr.
Edwin Huddleston Hall Jr., 69, of Anna Maria Is-
land, died Feb. 13.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Hall had a 37-year
career with Merrill Lynch that included director of
marketing, director of human resources, executive vice
president of financial ser-
vices division, and-chair-
.man and chief executive
officer of the trust com-
pany. He received a bach-
elor of science degree in
from Boston University in
1957. He served in the
U.S. Air Force on active
duty and the Reserves
Hall In 1977, Mr. Hall
was selected to participate
in the Presidential Exchange Program where he served
as a special assistant to President Jimmy Carter.
In retirement, he and wife Florence founded the Mu-
seum Shoppe on Anna Maria Island that features antiques,
marine art and collectibles. He was division chairman of
the United Community.Chest of Rochester, N.Y., trea-
surer of the Rochester Association for the Blind, president
of the Opera Theater of Rochester, board of trustees for
Wharton Business School, chairman of the National As-
sociation of Security Dealers, director of the Boston Uni-
versity Alumni Association, president of the Washington
Valley Community Association, and member of the
Chamber of Commerce in Boston, Rochester, Anna Maria
and Longboat Key. Mr. Hall was also the founder of the
Hall Family Charitable Foundation.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 26, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and again at 11 a.m. Saturday,
March 5, at Bailey Funeral Home, 8 Hilltop Road,
Mendham N.J. Memorial contributions may be made
to the American'Heart Association, P.O. Box 21.475,
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He is survived by wife Florence; children Jeff, Lisa
and Lesley Fischer; sister Joanne Mead; and six grand-
children. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda
Robbins Hall in 1998.
Aaron S. Nelson
Aaron S. Nelson, 19, of Bradenton, died Feb. 19.
Mr. Nelson came to Manatee County from
Manchester, Conn. He worked at the Beach House
Restaurant for two years and was accepted into the
Hillsborough Community College Fire Academy. He
was a graduate of the Manatee Technical Institute
Emergency Management Technician course. He was a
hockey goalie for the "Punishers" and was two years
back-to-back undefeated Manatee Hurricanes.
No visitation is scheduled. Graveside services will
be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Palma Sola Com-
munity Church Cemetery, 8604 Ninth Ave. N.W.,
Ten years ago in the Feb. 23, 1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
The Bradenton Beach City Commission voted to
donate $1,000 to the Save Anna Maria organization for
use in paying legal fees to fight the proposed. 65-foot
bridge that would replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
An organization calling itself the Firefighters
Charitable Organization has been making unsolicited
phone calls to Island residents asking for donations to
fire victims. Anna Maria Fire District Chief Andy Price
said he'd ne eer heard of the group and suspected it was
a scam operation to get mone.
Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to
West Manatee Firefighters Association, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Brown and Sons Fu-
neral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by fiancee Renee Thompson of
Braderton; parents David and Karey Nelson of
Bradenton; paternal grandparents Douglas and Lori
Nelson of Fort Pierce, Fla.; maternal grandmother Ida
Levine Gessner of Ocala; and many aunts, uncles and
Charlie TUppen Ill
Charlie Tuppen III, 55, of Cortez, died Feb. 16.
Born in Miami, he moved to.Manatee County from
Buffalo, N.Y,, in 1992. He was a physical therapist
with the Colony Club. He served in the U.S. Air Force
during the Vietnam War..... .
There will be no local services. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to the: Lance Armstrong Foundation,
P.O. Box 161150, Austin TX 78716-1150. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by brother James L. of Buffalo and
sister Dierdre O'Reilly.of Boston, Mass.
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Although traveling south on a trawler to South
America, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Director
Suzi Fox sent an e-mail to Anna Maria Building Offi-
cial Kevin Donohue that she has concerns with the site
plan currently being considered by the city's planning
and zoning board for the Sandbar restaurant.
Fox did not address specific concerns, saying her
"board has been following developments with the site
plan" and has "concerns with modifications ... on the
Neither of the two other Turtle Watch board mem-
bers, Ed Sterba or Debbie Basilius, returned phone call
messages left for them Tuesday.
SFox says that in the past nine years there have been
"many light violations" at the Sandbar.
However, Sandbar owner Ed Chiles says he has
never been cited with lighting violations at the Sand-
bar. He says calls to the restaurant about problem light-
ing have been heeded and, in fact, Code Enforcement
Officer Gerry Rathvon has pre-inspected the Sandbar's
lighting in advance of turtle season for the past two
years and has given her approval.
Chiles asked The Islander to confirm that a disori-
entation of turtle hatchlings near the Sandbar two years
ago was determined by Fox to be the fault of lighting
at a rented home, not at the Sandbar.
In a June 4, 2003, story in The Islander, it was re-
ported that "Fox said she and her volunteers were
called about 6:30 a.m. May 29 to 104 Pine Ave. in
Anna Maria after the family renting the unit spotted the
She said she "talked to the renters, who said they
had no information to turn off all the lights at night."
Fox's e-mail to the city suggests that Donohue be
certain that "any new or changed lighting plan ... fol-
lows the sea turtle ordinance in effect in Anna Maria." -
The Sandbar proposal will not be addressed again
until March 21, when the planning and zoning board
will meet in a "quasi judicial" hearing to review the site
Donohue said he forwarded Fox's letter to Rathvon
and the P&Z for review-- Rathvon to determine if
there are existing violations, P&Z for review of.any
lighting on the site plan. He said there is some parking
lot lighting on the site plan, but it would be up to the
P&Z board to determine if it meets the city's criteria.
Anna Maria Elementary School students from Karen Newhall's third-grade and Lynn Drolet's first-grade
classes toured West Manatee Fire and Rescue Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach where they took a closer look at
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Art League hosts
The Anna Maria Island Art League will fea-
ture a "Student Exhibit" of work completed un-
der the tutelage of League-member instructors
beginning March 4.
Submissions for the exhibit will be accepted
March 1-2 between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the
league office. There is a $5 fee per item and a
SThere will be an opening reception from 5:30
to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 4.
The Anna Maria Island Art League is located
at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Exhibit
hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through
For more information, call 778-2099.
Anna Maria Elementary menu
Monday, Feb. 28
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Pizza Sticks with Marinara, Baked Chicken
Pieces, Steamed Peas, Tator Triangles, Happy
Tuesday, March 1
Breakfast: Breakfast Hot Pocket, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Hot Dog on a Bun, Grilled Cheese with
Tomato Soup, Tator Tots, Steamed Green Beans,
Chilled Pineapple Chunks and Mandarin Oranges
Wednesday, March 2
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Super Donut, Cereal,
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Sandwich on a
Bun, Fresh Baked Roll, Steamed Peas, Tossed Salad,
Thursday, March 3
Breakfast: Waffle Sticks with Syrup, Peanut Butter
and Jelly Sandwich, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Breaded Beef Patty, Fresh
Baked Biscuit, Steamed Corn, Mashed Potatoes with
Friday, March 4
Breakfast: Cheese Toast, Sausage Biscuit, Cereal,
Lunch: Pizza, Burrito, Garden Salad, Carrot and
Celery Sticks, Mixed Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
54_' Honey-Bee of the Month
Gavin Lutus Age 5
S0on of Shawn & Mike Lutus
of 1Holmes Beach
Gavin looks forward to coming to school every
day. H-e's an active boy and participates in all
the activities. When he's not with the other
kids at "The Bee", Gavin hangs out with his
brother Garrett, age 6.
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Cosmo, the mold-sniffing dog
George Frank of Frank Mold Inspections in
Holmes Beach is proud to welcome his newest em-
ployee, Cosmo, the mold-sniffing dog.
Cosmo, a blue-tick beagle, has been specifically
trained to sniff out mold in houses, buildings and other
structures, boldly going where man cannot.
"I send him in when I can't visually find where the
mold is," said George.."He's great. With Cosmo. we
:don,'thaveta.tear.out a large section of all just to fimd
one spot of mold. Cosmo will find the exact location
we need to repair."
In addition to mold-finding services, George is also
using Cosmo for some real estate purchases when cli-
ents want to ensure there's no hidden mold in a house
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Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Ron Bernard, right, owner of Bernard Photography
and Fine Art, and John Johnson of Johnson Printing Co. have collaborated on their 2005 "Manatee Mo-
ments" calendar. This fourth annual calendar is a collection offine art images of Manatee County's favorite
scenes -from the piers on Anna Maria Island to the Cortez fishing village to the Gamble Mansion. The
calendars can. be purchased at Bernard Photography and Johnson Printing, in addition to Island businesses
Restless Native, Two Sides of Nature and Ginny's Art and Antiques, Star Fish Co. in Cortez, along with
Robyn's Nest in Bradenton.
or structure they're buying. Cosmo does his own "in-
spection" in just a few minutes to satisfy the client, or
make the buyer aware of a problem.
Cosmo has. become popular with contractors un-
dertaking renovation work in homes and businesses,
and George offers a maintenance contract to condo-
minium and homeowners who want to ensure mold
doesn't creep into their structures.
Cosmo didn't become a champion mold sniffer by
accident. He went through obedience and mold-sniff-
ing school in Clearwater, where he was trained by Bill
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"Dogs with Jobs."
George himself had to attend the school to learn to
work with Cosmo and understand the dog's instruc-
tions and vice versa.
"Now, we're both certified mold inspectors,"
said George with a laugh. "And Cosmo is a great em-
ployee. He works for 'bare bones,'" said George
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with another laugh.
George has been a certified mold inspector for
more than six years, and recently moved his business
from Missouri to Holmes Beach.
"Holmes Beach is a great place for Cosmo and my
wife and I. We love it here. When we're not working,
we just enjoy the Island lifestyle."
For more information on Cosmo and Frank Mold
Inspections Services, call George at 518-8389.
Maria does continental travel
Maria Yatros has opened Continental Capers
Travel and will hold an open house and reception at
Island Dental Spa, 3909 E. Bay Drive from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2.
Maria and dentist husband Dr. Gy Yatros will serve
complimentary refreshments during the open house.
As Anna Maria Island's only commercial travel
agency, Maria said she specializes in personal service
for the Island traveler. With full-service capabilities
and the technology of a nationwide company, she can
handle all the travel needs of the destination-seeking
For more information on Continental Capers
Travel, call Maria at 778-2204.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. at 3224 E. Bay Drive
in Holmes Beach has named Gail Tutewiler and the
team of Geoff Wall and Wayne Harris as its top listing
agents for January 2005. Susanne Kasten was top list-
ing agent at the company's Longboat Key office, while
team honors at that location went to Cindy and Gary
Top selling agents for January 2005 in the Holmes
Beach office were Vicki Gilbert and the team of Geoff
Wall and Wayne Harris, while at the Longboat Key
branch, Tina Rudek was the top sales agent and team
honors went to Cindy and Gary LaFlamme.
A day in paradise
A Paradise Realty at 5203 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach held its 2004 Awards Reception at the Ritz-
Carlton in Sarasota Feb. 12, with more than 70 sales
associates and guests attending.
The top award winners from the Holmes Beach
office were Nicole Skaggs and Quentin Talbert. Talbert
also won the top sales agent award and was named
overall company sales Agent of the Year, with more
than $15 million in closed sales.
The reception was hosted by Lynn and Mary
January was golden month
for Island sales
Dantia Goild of Island Vacation Properties
LLC has released her monthly Anna Maria Island sales
report, which showed that the value of condominium
sales in January 2005 increased 175 percent from the
same month in 2004.
Gould reported 13 condo units sold for $6.855
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million in January 2005 against the eight units in Janu-
ary 2004 that sold for a total of $2.494 million.
The current average price of a condominium sale
in January was $529,615, while February's average
was $547,369. The average price of a single-family
home sold on the Island in January 2005 was $617,636
compared with $543,250 at the same time last year.
Her report also noted that there were 93 pending
sales on the Island last week, while one month ago,
there were 67 pending sales.
Island listings were also up, with a total of 278 re-
ported on Feb. 14, 2005, up from 245 reported for the
first week of January 2005.
To reach Dantia, call 778-1880 or 778-6849.
Island real estate
1000 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, Beach
House Resort, a 10-unit Gulffront resort consisting of
nine 2bed/lbath 450 sfla and one 2bed/2bath 1,900 sfla
/ 2140 sfur built in 1983 was sold 02/10/05 Cortez
Properties Inc., to BHA LLC for $2,995,000.
6006 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Playa Encantada,
a 1,154 sfla / 1,322 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1980
was sold 02/08/05, Moroni to Buck for $685,000; list
704 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 1,460 sfla / 1,520
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1952 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 02/07/05, Goggin to Hyland for $617,500.
7204 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,700 sfla /
2,294 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar pool home built in 1974 on
a 8,886 sq/ft lot was sold 02/10/05, Mann to Derr for
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 transac-
tions may also be viewed on the Web at islander.org.
Nicole Skaggs of the A Paradise Realty office in
Holmes Beach received her Platinum Paradise
award from company president Bill Alexander at the
recent A Paradise awards banquet.
A Paradise Realty president Bill Alexander presents
Quentin Talbert of the A Paradise Realty office in
Holmes Beach with the company's Agent of the Year
award for 2004.
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A Canadian veterinarian turned Islander is putting
the finishing touches on the story of his life, his wife's
losing battle with cancer and his research endowment
in her name.
Dr. Blake Graham spends winters here from
Ontario, and this winter the book is taking up much of
his time. It will be off the press in March: "Sow's Ear
- Silk Purse: Anecdotes From the Life of a Veterinar-
It is an expansion of his earlier slimi volume of his
boyhood on an Ontario farm, building a veterinary
hospital, his happy marriage and its terrible end, and
ultimately his large gift to fight cancer for his wife
according to the plans they made before her death.
Bright enough to finish high school at 16, he tried
many fields before letting his mother talk him into
going to college at age 20. He drove a school bus to
help him through University of Guelph's Ontario Vet-
There he met a nurse at the university clinic, and
the day after his graduation he and Barbara were mar-
ried. Prospering in the independent practice he estab-
lished in the Toronto area, he ended up building his
He eventually sold it to younger practitioners and
retired for just long enough to get restless, and then into
real estate. That took him into ventures in St. Peters-
burg and later Bradenton.
Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1986,
and Graham said she fought it hard until it killed her in
1991 "it was an awful death, just awful."
The couple wanted to do something for their alma
maters and wrote wills with endowments for each. But.
when it became clear that her case was terminal, "we
decided, why wait?" Graham said.
When it was time, he met with officials of the
Blake Graham, DVM, benefactor, author. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
University of Guelph and McMaster University for
advice on what was best, and they said they couldn't
imagine a better bet than a cancer researcher named
Gouldie had developed a project of injecting can-
cer cells from women into mice, manipulating gene
changes and re-injecting mice. The tumors regressed,
Graham said, and that impressed him mightily.
Russian impressionist exhibit opens
Wallace Fine Art in Longboat Key presents the
"Impressionist Masters of Russia" exhibition which
highlights new work from top plein-air painters from
the prestigious Surikov Institute of Moscow.
The featured artists are considered to be the na-
tional artists of Russia and their paintings cannot be
exported unless handcarried by a courier with official
release documents, a spokesperson said.
An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 25, will feature artists and Russian art expert
John Wurdeman, who will give a brief presentation
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The exhibit will be displayed through March 11 at
the gallery in the Centre Shops, 5350 Gulf of Mexico
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He put $300,000 into the project, with the research
divided between the two schools through the Barbara
Graham Cancer Research Fund. London Insurance Co.
endowed a like amount, and the program began to
"Many kinds of cancer are amenable to this treat-
ment," Graham said. "Right now 25 women are start-
ing the treatment."
Today the schools are completing $27 million re-
search centers devoted to cancer and other diseases that
pass from animals to man, he said, proudly noting that
it is "the only medical/veterinary college collaboration
of its kind in the world."
He and his second wife Joan several years ago vis-
ited a friend of hers who had a home on Anna Maria
Island, and they soon settled in Holmes Beach for their
Orders can be placed now for the book's delivery
in March, he said. He suggested that anyone interested
call him at 778-8482 and he will bring the books south.
Cost is $25 U.S., $30 Canadian. Proceeds will go to the
Barbara Graham Cancer Research Fund.
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Wednesday. Feb. 23
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning, Longboat Key" at the
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf ot 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 Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
11 a.m. Iwo Jima survivors recognition at the Ameri-
can Legion Post No. 24, 2000 25th St. W., Bradenton. Infor-
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.
Thursday, Feb. 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP tax assiklance al Ihe Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: (888) 227-7669.
4 to 6 p.m. Jazz concert at the Island Historical Mu-
seum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492.
6 to 8:30 p.m. Boal Sman course at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
Information: 714-0449. Fee applies.
7p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 23rd
Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1915.
Friday, Feb. 25
3 to 4:30 p.m. "Notes from a Diva" with international
opera star RoseMarie Freni at the Education Center, 5370
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.
5:30 to 7:30p.m.- Florida Suncoast Watercolor Soci-
ety aqueous art show reception and awards ceremony at the
Art League of Manatee County, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
6 to 8 p.m. "Impressionist Masters df Russia" artists
reception at Wallace Fine Art, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-0746.
6 to 9 p.m. Smooth Jazz by Fred Johnson at St.
Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Manatee High School Orchestra
presents the "Concert in the Garage" at Jake's Automotive,
708 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 792-2111, 705-
8462, or 747-2976.
Saturday, Feb. 26
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 752-5973.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Street sale at Pines Trailer Park
adjacent to the Bradenton Beach City Pier, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-6043.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Mary Star of
the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Water Wise Expo at the Manatee
County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Informa-
10 a.m. "Fusing and Slumping Glass" demonstration
by artist Linda Schmid at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Fusing, slumping glass demonstration
Linda Schmid will L c', iii ,nl,. -(i, d /,r fusing and
slumping glass at the Island Gallery West in Holmes
Beach from 10 a.m. to noLon ,linirJ.i. Feb. 26. Schmid
has worked v. ibh mIny Jifftcitr hditi-ii, including
stoneware, porcelain, b,,a;s i i:ilpniit. china painting,
oil painting and watercolors and., rr ti ly i'glas. The
gallery is located at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ioniida-Sanitda\.
For more info,'mati. i, call 7'S-6648. -.
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
10 a.m. to 2p.m. West Manatee Fire & Rescueppen
House at the Beachway Plaza Shopping Center, 7500 Mana-
tee Ave., Bradenlon. Information: 741-3900.
1 p.m. "Shells of Southwesl Florida" with Jose Leal
of the Sanibel Bailey Matthews Shell Museum at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
746-4131. Free with museum admission.
Sunday, Feb. 27
8 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. HarborDrive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-4769. Fee applies.
Monday, Feb. 28
8:30 a.m. Internet class for beginners at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
9 to 10 a.m. Island widowed persons meeting at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.,
1 to 4 p.m. Dessert card party at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-4769. Fee applies.
Tuesday, March 1
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, March 2
7 to 8 a.m. Pier regulars meeting at the Anna Maria
City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
12:10 p.m. Carl Parks of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
performs organ music by Bach at the Church of the Re-
deemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Information: 778-4820.
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.
1 p.m. Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island presents
a book review by Ernestine Basler-Lawton of "Founding
Mothers" by Cokie Roberts at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
"Sophisticated Ladies" at the Manatee Players
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through
Feb. 27. Information: 748-5875. 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.
"Impressionist Masters of Russia" at Wallace Fine Art,
5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, through March 11.
"Sew for Fun" at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through March 17. Information:
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society aqueous art
show at the Art League of Manatee County, 209 Ninth St. W.,
Bradenton, through March 21. Information: 746-2862.
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.
Blood drive at Anna Maria Elementary School March 4.
Religious Art & Artifacts exhibit at the Church of the
Annunciation March 4.
Book sale at Tingley Memorial Library March 4-5.
Anna Maria Island Heritage Day at the Island Museum
Southeastern Guide Dogs walk-a-thon at Manatee
County Fairgrounds March 5.
"Sharks! Top Predators of the Sea" at Mote Marine
Aquarium March 5.
Youth Orchestra Concert at Neel Performing Arts Cen-
ter March 5.
Centering-prayer introductory workshop at St. Bernard
Catholic Church March 5.
Line dancing fundraiser at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center March 6.
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Kudos to Dr. Thompson; 'Hoot' coming to us?
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, creator of gonzo journal-
ism and a distint, sometimes wierd individual, died by
his own hand Sunday, Feb. 20, at his Owl Farm com-
pound in Woody Creek, Colo. He was 65.
Thompson was one of the writers who was de-
scribed as iconoclastic in the book "New Journalism"
due to his concept of interjecting the reporter smack
into the middle of the story. No "objective observer"
Thompson, he often became the story.
His first major magazine article was "The Ken-
tucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" in which he,
a Kentucky native son, spent a debauched week at the
l- His in-your-face journalism reached novel form in
"Hell's Angels" in which he chronicled the California,
motorcycle gang. He rode with the group for a while,
until getting stomped, which ended his "ride" and the
His more famous infamous? book was "Fear
and Loathing'in Las Vegas," made into a movie a few
years ago starring Johnnie Depp as the Doctor. It is a
story of a twisted, drug-aided assignment Thompson
had covering a motorcycle race in the desert. The be-
ginning of the book may convey some of the style that
Thompson was famous for:
"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge
of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I re-
member saying. something like, 'I feel a bit
lightheaded; maybe you should drive ...' And suddenly
there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was
full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and
Screeching and diving around the car, which was going
about 100 mph with the top down to Las Vegas. And
a voice was screaming: 'Holy Jesus! What are these
"Then it was quiet again. My attorney had taken his
shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate
the tanning process. 'What the hell are you yelling
about?' he muttered. 'Never mind,' I said. 'It's your
turn to drive."'
I saw Dr. Thonipson lecture at the University of:
South Florida. He arrived more than an hour late, mut-
tered for 45 minutes or so, fell down on stage twice,
and drank a six-pack of beer during his-"speech." It was
classic Hunter, and my class of journalism students
would not have expected anything else from the King
of Gonzo Journalism.
S'Hoot' rumors echo
through Southwest Florida
There are rumors floating around that another ma-
jor movie production may take place Southwest
Florida, based on a book by one of the state's more
"Hoot," a children's book by Carl Hiaasen, is sup-
posedly being produced by him and Jimmy Buffett,
also a Florida resident. Yes, it is.that Jimmy Buffett.
Scenes within the book take place somewhere in South-
west Florida, and location scouts are apparently inter-
ested in keeping the locale true in the film version of
the story and are roaming our coast.
"Hoot" is, quite literally.a hoot of a book. Although
it is a children's book, it reads pretty much like any of
Hiaasen's novels, minus the sex and violence. Or at
least not quite as much sex and violence.
The book is the story of a middle school student
who befriends another boy who is working to save
a number of endangered burrowing owls from a
developer's bulldozers. He enlists a set of strange -
well, maybe not so strange for Hiaasen fans -
friends along the way. There are lots of good old-
Florida scenes within the book, including this one
between our hero Roy and his buddy Mullet Fingers.
The two are spending an afternoon on a sunken
boat in a mangrove forest watching herons, osprey
and crabs. "Downstream a disturbance shook the
water, and a dozen silvery cigar-sized fish jumped in
unison, trying to escape some hungry predator,"
"'Cool! Here they come.' The strange boy pointed
at the frantic V-shaped wake. He got flat on his belly
and instructed Roy to hold his ankles.
"'Hurry up, man, c'mon!'
"With Roy anchoring his feet, the boy scooted
himself forward over the rim of the pilothouse until his
wiry upper torso was suspended out over the creek.
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A "doctored" portrait of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson by
Ralph Steadman in their book, "The Curse of Lono."
"'Don't let go!' he yelled, stretching his tan arms
outward until his fingertips touched the water.
"Roy's hold began to slip, so he pitched forward,
exerting his full weight upon the boy's midsection. He
expected both of them to go tumbling into the creek,
which was all right as long as they didn't scrape any
"'Here they come! Get ready!'
"Roy managed to hang on as he felt the boy lunge.
He heard a grunt, a splash, and then a triumphant
"Roy pulled him safely back on the pilothouse. The
boy flipped over and sat up beaming, his hands cupped
in front of him.
"'Take a peek,' he told Roy.
"The boy was holding a bright blunt-headed fish
that sparkled like liquid chrome. How he had snatched
such a slippery little ghost from the water with only his
bare hands, Roy didn't know. Even the osprey would
have been impressed.
"'So that's a mullet,' Roy said.
"'Yep.' The boy smiled proudly. 'That's how come
I got the nickname.'"
Hence the nickname of Mullet Fingers.
Let's hope the location scouts find our part of the
Pelican Man's sanctuary
scheduled March 5
The Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary will
train volunteers in the rescue of wild birds in
a session at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at
the facility on City Island, 1708 Ken Thomp-
son Pkwy, Sarasota.
It is open to anyone 18 and older inter-
ested in becoming a volunteer at the sanc-
tuary. For registration and information,
world enticing enough for the production of "Hoot."
We sure got the mullet.
Eau de cockroach
Chemists believe they have discovered the Holy
Grail in the insect kingdom: The synthetic fragrance
that entices male cockroaches to amorous females.
The finding means that there is literally now a
chance to make a better roach trap.
According to a Los Angeles Times newspaper ar-
ticle, scientists were able to separate the sex pheromone
and then recreate it in the laboratory. It apparently will
draw male cockroaches in less than 10 seconds flat.
Well, German cockroaches are the most prevalent
species in the United States. They spread or trigger
asthma and can spread cholera, food poisoning, dysen-
tery and other diseases. According to the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency, U.S. households spend
more than $1 billion a year on trying to stamp out cock-
Female roaches can produce up to 2 million off-
spring a year. You can do the math for yourself to see
that our pest control companies won't have to worry
about losing any business any time soon.
But the new roach perfume may help solve the bug
problem. A drop or two in the trap, all the male roaches
run for what they think is their new girlfriend, and
bang, they're trapped.
Oh, and the pheromone is so powerful that a starv-
ing male cockroach will bypass food for the chance to
copulate with what it thinks may be an amorous female.
Good news from the Holy City
There is actually a pretty nice proposal coming out
of the Tallahassee by lawmakers this year.
Bills have been introduced in both the House of,
Representatives and the Senate to offer residents a-
tax "holiday" on hurricane supplies. The tax-free
period would probably be in early June and could
include up to 20 sheets of plywood, batteries and a
The proposal makes surprising sense when you
think about it. All of the urgings, pleadings and threats
we make year after year to entice homeowners to pre-
pare for hurricane season generally fall on deaf ears.
Maybe by appealing to one's wallets, the pre-storm
precautions will have more effect.
Although the final list of items is still being re-
solved, as well as quantities on the list, it is estimated
that the average home would save about $30 through
the tax amnesty period. The tax break would cost the
state about $30 million, pretty much the same as the
school supply tax holiday.
There doesn't seem to be much opposition to the
plan by lawmakers or business groups, although the
Florida' Retail Federation does have a small concern.
After having four hurricanes hit Florida in 2004,
giving residents a tax break on storm supplies it will be
"kind of odd to call it a holiday," FRF's Bill Herrle told
the Tampa Tribune.
The partnership of the Gulf of Mexico Program is
currently soliciting entries for the 2005 Gulf Guardian
Awards Program, according to a release. Entry dead-
line is May 10. Winners will be announced in July and
the awards will be presented next fall.
The awards program was started six years ago to
honor businesses, industries, nonprofit organizations,
government agencies and individuals who are "striving
to make an environmental difference in the Gulf of
Mexico," program officials said.
First-, second-, and third-place Gulf Guardian
awards are given in business, youth/education, partner-
ships, government, individual and civic/nonprofit orga-
More information is available online at
www.epa.gov/gmpo, or you can call (228) 688-1159 or
Cockroaches have been on the planet for at least
200 million years, according to fossil evidence. They
survive in almost any environment, eat almost anything
including paper and leather, and tend to infest almost
every building given time.
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It's all trout all the time in backwaters right now
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Backwater fishing is pretty much all trout right
now and, if anybody can get out into the Gulf of
Mexico, it's snapper and grouper.
Reports of up to 50 trout catches per trip are pour-
ing in from Sarasota Bay near Tidy Island and in Terra
Ceia Bay, with a few catches up to 28 inches. Redfish
action is slow, and snook are sluggish but hitting oc-
Grouper and snapper are hitting in the-135-foot
depths in the Gulf, as well as some amberjack.
Flounder are also offshore, I\ ith some big flatties
corniing onto the line.
'And of course there are sheepshead, with this time
of year being about the best to bring in the big striped
fish, some up to 8 pounds.
:Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Hiolmnes Beach said dealing with
the cold fronts has caused fishing to back off a bit -
except for trout and sheepshead. Trout action is "great
on the seagrass flats," Bill said, "and'they're taking the
artificial baits now better than any other time of the
year." He said the trout action allows anglers to bring
in up to four fish per day per person. The slot-limit for
trout catches is 15- to 20-inches plus one fish larger
than 20 out ofthe four permitted per fisher. Sheepies
are reeling in up to 7 pounds, with live shrimp, sand
fleas and fiddler crabs working best as bait. "Snook are
sluggish right now," Bill said, adding that there prob-
ably won't be a whole lot of success for a lot of
linesider hunters for the next few weeks because of the
cold water temperatures. Offshore anglers have been
'tucked into port for the most part in the past week, but
those who have ventured out into the.rough seas have
done well with grouper, snapper and amberjack.
: Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he went out a couple time last week and
found trout to be the best "fish du jour" around. Capt.
Thom and co-radio-host and soon-to-be Capt. Keith
Pratt went out last Wednesday and, as he put it, "Capt.
Keith lucked-into a 28-inch trout" in Terra Ceia Bay.
A Friday trip Capt. Thom ran resulted in better than 50
Fire & Rescue
The West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
will host an open house at the Beachway Plaza
Shopping Center, 7500 Manatee Ave.,
Bradenton, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 26.
The event will feature local firefighters,
bike safety team, a children's firefighting com-
bat challenge, Sparky the Fire Dog, WMFR's
arson dog K9 Penny, Escape School and many
other local safety organizations.
There will be food, balloons and children's
activities available throughout the day.
For more information, call Donna Braun at
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r trout cauht11 i iihe Tid\ Island area. plus ome reds and
a fe\'. nmall sinook. He's tfiding liie srirnp '.'or king
well for his better catches, plus he's cLini lots of ac-
'tion off artificial like Mis.tr TI\ er
On the party boat Sea Fox, Capt. Bill Sloan said
the:\v.eekdJ\ offshore trips are bringing back lots of
grunts, flounder, sheepshead and porgies. The longer
weekend excursions out to 25 miles into the Gulf of
Mexico are putting fishers onto keeper-size grouper,
flounder, plus vermillion, lane and mangrove snapper.
"Some of the flounder look like doormats," Capt. Bill
said, "up to 26 inches in size. They're pretty much
flukes." The sheepies are running up to 8 pounds, he
added. Weather is weird, he said, because some days
when it was rough close to shore it was calm outside.
Octopus are an unusual catch farther out in the Gulf,
something of a delight for the anglers on the boat. He
mentioned that the Sea Fox would be going out on a
22-hour trip Saturday, leaving at 8 p.m. and hitting the
80-mrile offshore reefs, with expected catches includ-
ing snapper, amberjack, grouper and cobia.
Capt. Ray Markham aboard the Flat Back II
said his charters have enjoyed Grand Slams in the past
couple of weeks. "Snook have been exceptionally co-
operative for February," he said, "but then again, for
a February, this has been more like March. While wa-
ter temperatures have been bouncing between 62 and
75 on the flats in the afternoons, the action has been
steady. Larger snook are beginning to appear with
these warmer days, and if the weather pattern contin-
ues as it has, I look for an early spring."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are a
lot of fish around the pier, but not a whole lot of actual
fishing coming through except for some sheepshead
and small flounder.
Kevin Kiser at Perico Island Bait and Tackle
said there are lots of reports of trout by the Intracoastal
Waterway and whiting off the beaches of Anna Maria
Island. Snook and redfish action are out there too, but
slow, although sheepies are still thick around the struc-
tures in the bay and Gulf. Small shrimp and sand fleas
; N.Y., from
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catches of red grouper up to 30 pounds as well as gags
up to 15 pounds, amberjack to 40 pounds, mangrove
snapper to 5 pounds. and yellowtail snapper to 3
pounds. His clients have been fishing out to 135 feet of
water off of Anna Maria Island, using live pinfish anrd
frozen Spanish sardines as bait with great results.
piers in the bays, plus sheepies to 7 pounds in both the
Gulf and bays, as well as flounder to 16 inches. Pass
and other action includes bluefish, ladyfish and some
cgag grouper, Capt. Zach said.
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 maybe dropped off at The Islander, u5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
email@example.com. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
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Ski bums Winter wonderland
Five Islanders took to the slopes in Breckenridge, Colo., for a week of snow-capped fun. From left are "Tall" Father and son real estate team Gabe and Charles
Fritz Dahlquist, Don "The Joker" Meilner, Steve "The Shark" Pelham, Dave "Dealmaker" Moynihan and Buky made time for reading The Islander while on a
Terry "The Quiet Killer" Waynen. family ski vacation to Lake Geneva.
Carl Parks, organist-choirmaster of Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church in Holmes Beach, took his hometown paper with him
on a tour of Germany, including the Johann Sebastian Bach
memorial at St. Thomas church in Leipzig. Bach spent his
last 27 years in that city. Parks played more than a dozen
historic organs in Saxony.
Sabine Musil-Buehler, owner of Haley's Motel, shows her copy of The Islander
newspapl r on her trip to Apweiler, Germany. She joined the Carnivale group of'
thee Kappes family, in the traditional "Rosemionlalgs" parade. The group's float
reflected the 30th anniversary of the musical ,rotup ABBA andi all piarticiipanls
dressed in colorfud 1970s .
Baptist mission trip
In Costa Rica on a mission trip from Palma Sola Bay Baptist Church are, from left, Pete and Sue
McClash, Kenny and Katie Merritt with her Islander, Beth Luchkowec and son Adam, who is a
missionary in Costa Rica, and Liddy Moore. The youngster is Hanita DuVall, whose parents serve
there with Luchkowec.
Perico Islanders, from l cf Ancdv rd Arlene Barber and Lee and Dick Silagi, take
the homzetowii newspaper along on their cruise on the Danube River through
Eastern Europe frtoilthe Black Sea to Budapest. Here they / ire( at Roman rutilns at
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THE ISLANDER U FEB. 23, 2005 U PAGE 27
Little League gets under way with tryouts
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Little League season got
under way when it hosted tryouts all day Saturday, Feb.
19, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Little
Anna Maria Island Community
Center basketball schedule
Premier (ages 14-17)
8 p.m. Feb. 23
10a.m. Feb. 26
West Coast Air vs. IRE
Premier Championship Game
Premier All-Star Game
Division I (ages 12-13)
7 p.m. Feb. 23 Observer vs. A&E
8 p.m. Feb. 24 Publix vs. LPAC
11 a.m.. Feb. 26 Division I Championship Game
2 p.m. Feb. 26 Division I All-Star Game
4 p.m. Feb. 26 Coaches Game
Division II (ages 10-11)
6 p.m. Feb. 25 Division II Championship Game
7:15 p.m. Feb. 25 Division II All-Star Game
4 p.m. Feb. 26 Coaches Game
Division Ill (ages 8-9)
6 p.m. Feb. 24
7 p.m. Feb. 24
1 p.m. Feb. 26
3 p.m. Feb. 26
4 p.m. Feb. 26
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players, 130 or so, broke out their gloves, bats and
baseballs for a chance to show their stuff to the coaches
and parents that attended.
Most of the kids who tried out were younger than
age 10 so it's looking like the league will top out with
three or four teams at the AAA level and no major
league team. There was some discussion about fielding
one older team that would play in the Manatee West.
Little League, but that plan was scrapped when it was
determined there weren't enough 12-year-olds to com-
There will be four teams'at the AA level, which
will employ a pitching-machine for the first half of the
season before switching to live pitching for the second
half of the season.
T-ball is the biggest and youngest division
for Anna Maria Little League, with six teams of play-
ers set to embark on a first or second year of organized
baseball. All teams will be picked after Saturday's
Final seedings set for basketball playoffs
The final regular season games (really) were
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sion III playoffs.
Though nothing earth-shattering really changed,
due to a schedule change that wasn't passed along it
was reported that last week's games were the final
games of the regular season when, in fact, some games
remain to be played.
There were no games played in the Premier Divi-
sion, so there's nothing new to report there. Division I
Longboat Observer had the potential to evoke some
changes, but they were defeated handily by first-place
Publix 48-32, so Publix takes on Larry Pearson Air
Conditioning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. Second-
place Observer plays Air & Energy at 7 p.m. Wednes-
day, Feb. 23, with the championship game set for 11 -
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.
Danziger Allergy & Sinus upset first-place Duncan
Real Estate 17-15 Friday, Feb. 18, which makes
Danziger's Monday, Feb. 21, game a little more inter-
esting. The Anna Maria Oyster Bar versus Steve
Titsworth General Contracting game is also set for
Monday night with the winners squaring off at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 25, for the Division II championship.
The only intrigue that was left in Division III was
whether or not Bistros would complete an undefeated
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
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regular season and if A Paradise Realty \\ would finish
winless. Bistros defeated second-place Dips Ice Cream
22-16 Thursday, Feb. 17, while A Paradise defeated
Harry's Continental Kitchens 13-12 for its first ictory
of the season Thursday night.
Thursday, Feb. 24, has Bistros taking on Harry's at
6 p.m. and second-place Dips playing Jessie's Island
Store at 7 p.m. in the second semifinal. The % inner
play for all the marbles at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.
Danziger 17, Duncan 15
Wyatt Hoffman's fourth-quarter basket provided
the eventual winning margin on Friday, Feb. 18, as
- Danziger Allergy & Sinus upset first-place Duncan
Real Estate 17-15 in Division II basketball action.
Hoffman finished with six points, while Glenn Bower
led the way with nine points Emma Barlow completed
the Danziger scoring with two points in the victory.
Team r-- Wins Losses,
AM Glass & Screen 8 4
West Coast Air 7 5
Island Real Estate 6 6
ReMax 4 8
Publix 9 3
Observer 7 5
Air & Energy 4 8
LPAQ 4 8
Duncan Real Estate 10 2
AM Oyster Bar 9 3
STGC 6 6
Danziger 3 9
Galati Marine 2 10
Bistros 12 0
Dips Ice Cream 8 4 -
Jessie's 7 5
Harry's 2 10
A Paradise 1 11
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w/granite kitchen counters, fire- VIEWS from this Key West style home.
dark room & large pool. So- Brazilian cherry wood flooring & dock
i w/full kitchen & guest quarters w/electric lift. $1,195,000. 748-6300.
ice above the garage. $1,300,000. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy
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Exquisitely remodeled throughout. 4BR/
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Close to Gulf beaches. $809,900. Sandy
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.SHELL POINT.2BR/2BA unit with a
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Lovingly updated in the last 2 years.
Thermal/double paned windows.
$339,000. Christina Miller, 748-6300
or 713-2340. 505360
REGAL WATERFRONT home w/dazzling Tampa Bay views from every room. Private beach,
dock& boat lift Chefs kitchen. $2,249,000. Barbara Jennings, 748-6300 or 793-0180.504606
SPECTACULAR & SERENE 10+ acre waterfront estate on Terra Ceia Island. Sophisticated elegance
& breathtaking views from all decks. $1,950,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623.502892
SUNSET ON PALMA SOLA BAY. 6BR/3.5BA home. Gourmet kitchen, fireplace, pool & tennis
court $1,750,000.748-6300. Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614 or Judy LaValliere, 504-3792.504395
RELAX & ENJOY 3BR/2BA riverfront paradise. Over an acre w/pool, covered dock & gorgeous
grounds.$1,199,000.748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100.503715
ISLAND INVESTMENT. 4-unit building grandfathered-in on 90x100 corner lot. Only 2
1/2 blocks to Gulf of Mexico. $599,000. Ruth Lawler, 746300 or 587-4623. 501426
MANATEE RIVERFRONTw/private dock & deep sailboat water. 3BR/3BA & den beautifully reno-
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TRADITIONAL 2-STORY 3BR/2BA home in Azalea Parkw/wood floors, landscaped large private
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GREAT ISLAND LOCATION! Updated 1-2BR/2BA townhouse w/private patio. Pride of own-
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BEALITIFUL is the only way to describe this turnkey furnished condo, 1 BR unit w/den. Move-in
condition & many amenities. $111,500. Debbie Capobianco, 748-6300 or 704-2394. 504947
A crown of would-be baseball players line the field during Little League tryouts at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Duncan Real Estate was led by Chris Callahan's
game-high 10 points, while Ashley Waring scored
three points and Kyle Crum added two points in defeat.
Oyster Bar 18, STGC 12
Anna Maria Oyster Bar solidified its hold on sec-
ond-place in Division II with a six-point win over
STGC on Friday, Feb. 18. Matt Bauer scored 10 points
to lead the way for the Oyster Bar, which also received
four points from Sarah Howard and two points apiece
from Zach Evans and Blake Rivers in the victory.
Ally Titsworth led STGC with four points, while
Chandler Hardy, Molly McDonough, Emily White and
Rachael White completed the scoring for Titsworth
with two points apiece in the loss.
Publix 48, A&E 32
Publix cooled off Air & Energy 48-32 on Thurs-
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Great house! $529,000. NEW LISTINGI
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE #42: Townhouse nestled in the trees,
community pool, maintenance free yard. 3 BR/2 BA (split plan)
.with 2 car garage plus bonus room. Large pets okay.
Low fees. $525,000.
WESTBAY POINT 6 MOORINGS: Great open feeling to this
beautiful 3BR condo overlooking the canal. Wonderful grounds,
2 pools, hot tubs, tennis. $525,000.
AFFORDABLE BEACH-BAY CONDO: Ground floor end unit by
pool with redesigned kitchen. Own property on the beach and
bay. Heated pool, clubhouse, fishing pier and patio on the bay.
Great community! $349,000.
SUMMER SANDS GULF SIDE: Magnificently upgraded 1900+
SF condo with full gulf views, private beach with pool & hot tub
on the bay. $899,900.
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE
day, Feb. 17, to clinch first place in the Center's Divi-
sion I despite fielding only five players. Ben Valdivieso
led the way with 22 points, including a trio of three-
point baskets. Point guard Justin Dearlove added 18
points, while Egan Fridenberg chipped in with eight
points in the victory.
Corbin Kitchen scored 25 points to clinch the Di-
vision I scoring leader race, while teammate Garrett
Secor idded seven points in the loss.
Bistros 22, Dips 16
Di\ ~,.in III Bistros completed the only unde-
feated baske[tbilI season among allteams in the 2005
Anna Maria Conmmunitl Center basketball season
with its si -p,-int t ctory over second-place Dips Ice
Cream oi Tlhursda\. Feb. 17. Hailey Dearlove led
PLEASE SEE SPORTS. NEXT PAGE
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the way with 14 points, while Giorgio Gomez added
five points and Becca Butler finished with three
points for Bistros.
Justin Gargett led Dips with 14 points, while Jerry
Mayer added two points in defeat.
A Paradise 13, Harry's 12
Logan Reiber's foul shot provided the winning
margin as A Paradise Realty finished its season on
a positive note with a one-point victory over Harry's
Continental -Kitchens on Thursday, Feb. 17. Josh
Schmidt led the way with six points and Courtny
Schmidt added four points. Ryan Gilman completed
the A Paradise scoring with two points in the win.
Cliff Pascal scored six points and Zach Facheris
and Mallorie Kosfeld added two points apiece to lead
Harry's in the loss. Isaiah Beaton and Savannah
Schields completed the Harry's scoring with one point
Oyster Bar 15, STGC 10
Matt Bauer scored seven points and Nicole Botero
added four points to lead Anna Maria Oyster Bar past
STGC on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Division II basket-
ball action. Sarah Howard and Molly Slicker com-
pleted the Oyster Bar scoring with two points apiece in
Trevor Bystrom, Kelly Guerin, Chandler Hardy,
Molly McDonough and Ally Titsworth scored two
points apiece for STGC in the loss.
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One year old, excellent
income producer. 5BR/
5BA, elevator, swimming
pool, private dock, 4-car
garage. Owner financing.
LPAC 38, A&E 36
Whitney Bauer scored six of her 10 points in the
fourth quarter to help LPAC rally past Air & Energy to
record a two-point victory Saturday, Feb. 12, in Divi-
sion I basketball action at the Center. The victory
helped LPAC pull into a division tie with A&E at 4-8,
but A&E earned third place by winning two out of three
games against LPAC this season.
Matt Shafer led LPAC with 14 points, while
Broderick West added eight points. Jarot Nelson and
Jason Rappe completed the LPAC scoring with four
and two points respectively in the LPAC victory.
Corbin Kitchen scored 17 points to lead all scorers,
while A&E teammate Will Osborne added nine points.
Kevin Callahan chipped in with eight points and Jor-
dan Sebastiano scored two points for A&E in the loss.
Lady Canes upset win
extends basketball season
The Manatee High School Lady Canes upset Fort
Myers Cypress 67-57 in Thursday's, Feb. 17, Class 5A
Region 3 tournament game in Fort Myers. The win
extends the season for Island girls Jessica Cramer,
Danielle Mullen, Ryane Carden, Sarah Lanzillo and
Freshman guard Megan Dzikas led.the way with 17
points, while senior guard Lauren Cruz added 13
points, including six crucial free throws to seal the win
for the Lady Canes down the stretch. Islanders Cramer,
Carden and Mullen each added four points to the win-
ning total for the Lady Canes, which now hosts Largo
in a Region 3 semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
THE TWO LOWEST PRICED
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...and with pool access at
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rental history. S289,000
Jon Collins helps his son Liam during Little League
tryouts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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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. $450,000.
2BR/2BA downstairs end unit. Great views of the canal and greenbelt
from the lanai. Protected by electric storm shutters. Many newer
appliances are included. $495,000.
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A Manatee MLS as of 2/16/05 Total Island Properties For Sale: 222 B a o f
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STERLING SILVER JEWELRY at Cosmic Sense
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(941) 745-9010. 15 percent off with ad. Visit us at
www.Floridasilverjewelry.com. Free shipping.
BICYCLES: Men's and ladies' 10-speed. Big tires,
like new. $35. (941) 792-3775.
WEDDING DRESS: white, designer, hand-beaded,
spaghetti straps, detachable train. Perfect for Island
wedding. Size 6-8. Beautiful, freshly cleaned. Sac-
rifice, $295. (941) 778-5522.
KENMORE FREEZER: Small top loading. Approxi-
mately five-cubic-feet. Three years old. $75. Call
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER: Holds 32-inch televi-
sion, stereo, CD and DVD storage. Black with glass
doors. 60-wide-by-48-inches tall. Like new! $95.
EXQUISITE WEDDING DRESS: Size 12-14. White
satin lace, beaded. Original cost, $1,500; only ask-
ing $125. (941) 794-5408.
COFFEE TABLE, two end tables, solid-light colored
wood, manufactured by Lane. Excellent condition.
$150. (941) 792-0517.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
local Girl Scout troop.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,-
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James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
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ISLAND NUTRITION: Nutrition counselor offering at
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(941) 779-0937, cell 796-7719.
YOGA-PILATES Anna Maria Art League. 9am Mon-
day, Yoga/Pilates; 9 am Thursday, Yoga. Instructor,
Preston Whaley Jr. Information, 778-3996.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon. Always
sales racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
ESTATE SALE: 9am-3pm Feb. 25-26. Fine furni-
ture, crystal, china, art (W. Gebhardt, G.
Rehberger), Betsy Ross piano, pine chest, miscel-
laneous. Great prices! Cash only! 8002 Fourth Ave.
W., Northwest Bradenton, Pine Bay Forest (just off
the Manatee causeway).
STREET SALE: 9am-2pm Saturday, Feb. 26. Pines
STrailer Park will hold a street sale near Bridge Street
fishing pier, Bradenton Beach. Featuring arts and
crafts, white elephant sale, homemade pies, sloppy
joes and hot dogs. Information (941) 770-6043.
LONGBOAT KEY RUMMAGE Sale: 9am-2pm Sat-
urday, Feb. 26. Furniture, housewares, linens,
clothing, books and lots more! Lunch available. St.
Mary Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.
MOVING SALE: 8am-4pm Friday, Feb. 25. Book-
case, wall unit, file cabinet, miscellaneous. 517
72nd St., Holmes Beach.
?BR/2BA on canal with peak
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and vacant lot on bay! Great for second home or investment!
TRIPLEX STEPS TO BEACH! Super investment or second home
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new air conditioner, cabinets, decks and stairs. Partially furnished!
Owner/agent. Asking $589,000, $40,000 belo, appiljai J.
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LARGE MOVING SALE: 8am-3pm Saturday, Feb.
26. Lots of furniture and miscellaneous. Everything
must go! 1205 Gulf Drive S. Parking across street
at beach. For information, (941) 778-0535.
MOVING SALE: 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday, Feb-
ruary 26-27. Complete contents of a 2BR condo.
Unit 124, West Bay Cove, 600 Manatee Ave.,
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 8am-1pm Saturday, Feb.
26. Largest ever! Appliances large and small, furni-
ture, clothing, sporting equipment, jewelry, bikes,
baked goods, plants, shells, etc. Lunch available.
Palma Sola Harbour condos, 9400 Cortez Rd. W.
Information (941) 792-3475.
GARAGE SALE: 8am-lpm Thursday-Friday, Feb.
24-25. Lots of stuff, very good condition! 214 85th
St., Holmes Beach.
FLEA MARKET: Saturday, Feb. 26, 7am-2pm.
Home-made pies by the slice. Artist raffle, $5 each.
Sloppy joes, hot dogs! Sandpiper Resort, 2601 Gulf
Drive N.,Bradenton Beach.
LARGE FLEA MARKET: 9am-4pm Saturday, Feb. 26.
Parking lot of Niki's & Islander Market Antiques. 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Tons'of antiques, col-
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YARD SALE: 9am-lpm Saturday, Feb. 26. Lots of
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ESTATE SALE: 8am-4pm Saturday, Feb. 26. Ev-
erything must go! Household items, furnishings,
new dishwasher, piano, clothes. 1955 Chris Craft
Boat. 803 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
MISSING: 17-lb. male cat, proximity of 72nd Street,
Holmes Beach. Information, (941) 720-1192. Re-
MONEY FOUND: Small sum, Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach area. (941) 778-7144.
BINGO! Annie Silver Community Center. Play
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St., Corner of Avenue C and 23rd Street, Bradenton
Beach. For information, call (941) 778-1915.
ISLAND NUTRITION: Nutrition counselor offering at
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weight-loss programs. Affordable! Call Tricia, home
(941) 779-0937, cell 796-7719.
YOGA-PILATES Anna Maria Art League. 9am Mon-
day, Yoga/Pilates; 9 am Thursday, Yoga. Instructor,
.Preston Whaley Jr. Information, 778-3996.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Experi-
ence the Island on your computer desktop. Avail-
able at The Islander, or purchase online or order by
mail., $12 PC or $15 Mac.
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.
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 person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The
Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. -Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.
HOME INSPECTION BUSINESS for sale. 18-years
experience'. Complete on-the-job certified training.
One full year's support free. Probable, earnings
$100,000 first year, $200,000 with two employees.
Exceptional opportunity for a man or woman to run
from home office located anywhere. $75,000,
$45,000 down and seller will finance $30,000, or
$60,000 cash. (941) 778-4606 or (407) 467-8666.
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.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
2003 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible, five-speed
manual, all options. 2,500 miles. $20,000. (941)
2001 PT CRUISER: 50,000 miles. Purple, sunroof,
ice-cold air, leather interior. Garage kept. $9,500.
1996 MERCURY GRAND Marquis: 96,000 miles.
Regular service, runs perfectly, alf leather and auto
options. $3,500. Call Dave (941) 713-4800.
FOR SALE: 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, 22,000 miles,
great condition, warranty. $12,300. (941) 778-2581.
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.
BOAT MOTOR: 2001 25-hp four-stroke Evinrude. Ex-
cellent.condition, low hours, $2,400. (941) 224-6616.
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.
1998 KEY WEST 1520 center-console. 75-hp
Yamaha. Poling platform, North Star push pole. Live
well. Low hours. $7,000 or $7,500 with trailer. (941)
LONG AFTER THE effects of a cheap-job fade, linger
the reality of poor product and craftsmanship! Fiber-
glass, gelcoat, cosmetic, structural repairs. Full resto-
rations. www.TommySolomon.com. (941) 993-3664.
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reception at the Ritz Carlton Saturday night,
Feb. 12. More than 70 associates and
guests attended .the event. Excellent food
and beverages were enjoyed by all with an
awards presentation that was described as
both eloquent and extremely fun. Bill
Alexander, president and broker for A Para-
dise was the master of ceremony. Also host-
ing were owners Lynn Hosteller and Mary
The following associates were honored with
various awards throughout the evening.
Cathy Van Velzen, Vince Palella, Denny
Rauschl, Jane Grossman, Ken Rickett.
Sharon Sluckis, Virgil Mills, and Dave
Top honors went to Cindy Grazar, Dave
Jones. Nicole Skaggs, Quentin Talbert, Jim
Larose, and Bill Kipp who received the Plati-
num Paradise Award.
The top award winners for the year, were
Nicole Skaggs and Quentin Talbert, for the
Holmes Beach office, and Jim Larose and
Bill Kipp for the Ellenton office. Top sales
agent of the year awards went to Bill Kipp,
for the Ellenton office and Quentin Talbert,
for The Holmes Beach office. The overall
company sales agent of the year was
Quentin Talbert with over 15 million dollars
in closed sales.
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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.
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
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on the
charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater fish-
ing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided. (941)
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-grade male
looking for a job. Available after school and week-
ends. 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,
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.
PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 12-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941) 779-9783 or
BABYSITTER WITH EXPERIENCE and CPR li-
cense, 13 years old, friendly and responsible. (941)
13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your home.
Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jessica
Lord, (941) 747-2495.
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and the best results from classified ads and service
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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 Restaurant,
902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call (941) 778-3953.
DOMINOS PIZZA: NOW hiring delivery driver. Able
to work until lam 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.
HOUSEKEEPER: 18-unit hotel. Must speak En-
glish, have own transportation, weekends a must.
(941) 778-1010, ext. 0.
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.
BUSY CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT hiring full- or
part-time servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and din-
ner. Wednesday-Sunday. Apply at 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach or call (941) 778-5320.
HELP WANTED: KEY Rqyale Club needs a part-
time server and counter person. Drug-free work
place. No evenings. Golf privileges. Apply in person,
700 Key Royale Drive, or call (941) 778-3055.
DELIVERY: WE NEED several people for immedi-
ate delivery of the Island to Island Directory. Great
compensation. Must have own truck or SUV. Call
HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED: Must have own trans-
portation. Great per job rate. Seasonal OK. Call
Rhonda after 5pm, (941) 779-0793.
GROUNDS CREW MEMBER for condo complex in
north Longboat Key. Year-round part time or full
time. Hours flexible, but include Saturday. Depend-
able, friendly, handy, honest, energetic and able to
follow directions. Opening immediately available.
Call (941) 383-5454 for job description, application
and interview time.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
RETIRED NURSE/CAREGIVER available. No lift-
ing. Evenings, overnights. References. Reasonable.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter 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.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
SCOTT'S HANDYMAN SERVICES: Remodeling,
and repair. Free estimate, many references. Island
resident. (941) 713-1907 cell, (941) 778-5427 home.
E-mail: geraldscottfulton @hotmail.com.
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Home man-
agement/watch, housekeeping, maintenance. (941)
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Mike Norman Realty listed and sold more
properties over $1 million dollars in 2004 than
any other realtor on the island.
Documented by records from theManatee
County Board of Realtors, this was no small feat,
considering there are 28 real estate companies on
Anna Maria Island.
Mike Norman Realty is also the largest
vacation rental company on the Island with more
than 350 properties.
Simply the Best
A professional REALTOR representing
Buyers and sellers with
Honesty, Integrity, Results!
INVESTORSIDEVELOPERS! PRIME LOCATIONS!
SR-2 lot 89x 100 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 reno-
vate existing duplex. Separate addresses! Won't last long! $749,000.
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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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INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small busi-
nesses. 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, exte-
rior, faux painting, cabinet refinishing.. References.
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. (941)
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Serving the Island and
Bradenton. Free estimates and references. Punc-
tual and dependable. Call Gabi, (941) 722-4866 or
DO YOU NEED tree workdone on your property?
We can help! Call Lew, (941) 755-5559. Serving the
Island seven years.
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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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
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.
E RE Ave. Duplex on corner lot, two-car ga-
p rage, two carports, screened lanai, lots
'r of decks. 150 steps to beach access.
Would also make a great single-family
Some! Asking $685,000. For more de-
Stails call Stephanie Bell, Broker, 778-
2307 or 920-5156. MLS103353.
3. SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
KATHY & MIKE'S cleaning service. Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your cleaning needs.
Residential and rental clients welcome. For a free
estimate, please call (941) 722-4358
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 per-
sonalized 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.
Immaculate Updated Well Maintained
Heated, caged pool
with Jacuzzi, beautiful ., ,DUCEDI
maintenance-free ^ ^:'
landscaping, close to I' ..
beaches and golf
Call Piroska Planck 941-730-9667
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.
Prid lI. Of C"-,,.r, r r.hlp 3.,: b u. S in thil duplex. n 3rnn r P.13rsj
nrrth rnd 84s0 f in owner's unit with 2BR/1 BA and 1 BR front
unit includes 576 sf. Located steps away from beach access
on a tranquil lot site with a lovely back yard plus a 12x 12 feet
workshop. Has been beautifully maintained with new roof
added this year. Asking price is $625,000. By appointment.
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
MARIE LIC. REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REA LTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island. "
S9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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. (941)
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it
is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. 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.
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REAL ESTATE LLC
3BR/2BA home in Summerfield Village, Lake-
wood Ranch. Open floor plan, eat-in kitchen,
breakfast bar, maple cabinets, pantry, vaulted
ceiling, walk-in closets, fenced yard, room for
pool, sidewalks. $279,900.
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.
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
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
1BR/1BA Seaside Beach House condo. Turn-
key furnished in small, private complex with
gorgeous view of Gulf. Very nicely furnished,
Sautillo tile, beautiful walking beach, heated
pool, excellent rental. $950,000.
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.
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
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LANDSCAPING Continued HO'BE Ii'I:T~Iri Cont~ inued
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. 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, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
- flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) (941) 778-
3924 or 778-4461.
Introducing Bay Pointe at Cortez ,West
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
TIFFANY PLACE CONDO
Beautifully remodeled top to bottom.
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 #CGCO61519,
#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.
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.
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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JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure
washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-6170 or
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 fair prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
PAINTING: SAVE BIG! I will beat any professional
estimate! Work guaranteed. Free estimates. Call
Rick, (941) 778-5806. Leave message.
RICK KUNKEL PAINTING LLC. 28 years experi-
ence. Licensed, insured, references.-For an esti-
mate, please call (941) 932-0940 or 792-9597.
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
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Package of potential on Holmes Beach..Long
established island pizzeria for sale. Ready to make a
profit for you. Serious inquiries only. $199,000.
Call Quentin Talbert 941-704-9680.
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.: .. : is master suite. $899,000.
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car carport, beautiful wood decks in rear and large
master suite. All new throughout, hardwood floors,
neutral colors and lots of space for addition and still
room for a pool. Motivated sellers. $635,000.
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from the Intracoastal Waterway. Close to the Gulf in the heart of
Holmes Beach, near restaurants and shopping. Tile floors
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NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
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POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
CORTEZ COTTAGE fully furnished, nice breezy,
quiet area. Seasonal, $1,700/ronth, $60.0/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:
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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
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, unfur-
nished. Office (941) 778-3377 or 713-9096.
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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.
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.
Lots 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.
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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 sea-
son, available for six months, $8,000. (941) 778-3926.
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.
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 HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA ground-level
duplex, lanai or office, unfurnished, steps to beach. No
pets, nonsmoking. First, last, security. (941) 778-7665.
CORTEZ VACATION COTTAGE: Renovated 1 BR/
1BA. 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
ANNA MARIA, SEASONAL 2006: 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..
WATERFRONT, LONGBOAT KEY: North Shore
Road, 1 BR/1 BA, washer/dryer, dock. Available April
$1,500/month; May through December, $1,200/
month. Great view! No pets. (941) 383-6485.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Pristine 2-3BR/2BA canal
home. (717) '392-4048 or (941) 779-1013.
SAVE MONEY: RENT and enjoy 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.
WATERFRONT, ONE and 2BR, newly remodeled,
dock for fishing, walk to beach. (941) 779-9074, or
cell (703) 587-4675. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Westbay Point & Moorings
2BR/2BA newly decorated, beautiful view of Skyway
Bridge. Access to pool, tennis courts. Dock avail-
able. (781) 771-9776.
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.
AVAILABLE NOW: Canalfront 3BR/3BA home,
$4,000/month; beachview duplex, $800/week; 2BR/
1 BA home steps to beach, $900/week. Duncan Real
Estate, (941) 779-0304.
UNFURNISHED ANNUAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach
large 2BR/2BA with porch, carport and storage. Well
maintained. $850/month. T. Dolly Young Real Es-
tate, (941) 778-0807.
SAVE MONEY: RENT annual unfurnished and en-
joy a spectacular view from your huge living/dining
area, your floor-to-ceiling 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 trolley for shopping nearby.
3BR, waterfront in north Anna Maria. See for your-
self by calling (941) 748-5334 for details.
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GULF DRIVE: STEPS to beach. Large 1BR/2BA,
washer/dryer, kitchen. $1,995/month, $595/week.
Call for annual rental information.
www.gulfdriveapartments.com or (941) 778-1098.
1 BR APARTMENT close to beach with water views.
Sleeps four. $500/week or $1,850/month. Nonsmok-
ing. Quiet area, Holmes Beach. (941) 779-0420.
WEEKLY AND MONTHLY vacation rentals: 2BR/
1BA Gulffront home, $1,000/week; 2BR/2BA
Bradenton Beach Club, $1,400/week; 2BR/1BA Is-
land duplex, $800/week; 1BR/1BA San Remo
condo, $500/week;. 1BR/1BA Alecassandra villa,
$700/week; 3BR/3BA northwest Bradenton home,
$3,000/month; 2BR/2BA Perico Bay Club, $2,400/
month. Please call Cristin Curl, Wagner Realty,
(941) 778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com
ANNUAL: SPACIOUS, bright 2BR/1BA bayview
duplex. Laundry, patio, ceramic floors. Available
April. $750/month, plus utilities. (941) 779-9470.
SEASONAL RENTALS Avaiable now! 2BR/2BA
condo, Perico Bay club, $3,000/month; 3BR/2BA
home, canal, $3,000/month; 2BR/2BA home, canal,
San Remo, $2,700/month. Call Jason Sato, Betsy
Hills Real Estate, P.A. (941) 778-2291 or e-mail
Jason @ betsyhills.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: City of Anna Maria, spacious
3BR/3BA canal front home. Quiet street, great con-
dition. $1,500/month. (941) 962-2544.
FULLY FURNISHED, ABSOLUTELY lovely condo
in beautiful Mt. Vernon on Sarasota Bay. Two miles
to beaches. 2BR/2BA, boat dock, 55-plus, non-
smoking. Annual, $1,350/month; seasonal, $2,400/,
month. (941) 794-5011.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Annual rental, gated commu-
nity, 2BR/2BA, great water view, pool, tennis, cov-
ered parking. $1:;200/month. Call (94t)'720-17'12'.
'ANNUAL RENTAL: $750/month. Spacious and
clean. 1BR apartment with Gulf view, deck. Bean
Point area. (941) 962-2544.
CHARMING 1 BR/1 BA apartment in canalfront home.
Washer/dryer, pet friendly, nonsmoking. Open April
2005 and 2006 season. Call (941) 720-1192.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA single-family-home
in northwest Bradenton, $1,200/month; 3BR/2BA
single-family canal home, $1,600/month; 1 BR/1BA
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, (941) 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Efficiency in Holmes Beach.
$450/month, including utilities. First month and se-
curity deposit. (941) 778-6541 or 504-3844.
GREAT SELECTION of vacation rentals! Call Anna
Maria Island Accommodations, (941) 779-0733.
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site
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 bayfrbnt 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. $299,000. Call (941)
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Hidden Lake con-
dominiums,.west Bradenton. Close to beach. Start-
ing at $259,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
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)
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-burning fireplace. Water views from al-
most every room. $1,200,000. (941) 794-2924 or
HOUSE FOR SALE: Northwest Bradenton, 3BR/
2BA with den, two-car garage, swimming pool. Ask-
ing $296,000. Ruth or Greg, (941) 761-3053.
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 system
is active. Beautifully landscaped with fruit trees.
Partially furnished with occupancy negotiable.
$664,900. (941) 794-0216. No brokers please.
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. Make offer! $399,900. (941) 778-1987.
ANCIENT OAKS on 3/4 acre. Modern, spacious
3BR/2BA two-car garage home. Like-new condition,
$329,900. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
INVESTORS: OUTSTANDING income potential!
Positive cash flow. Beautifully renovated five/six
units. Hottest appreciating area on Gulfcoast! Steps
to Gulf and village. www.pantour.com/
bradentonbeach. Won't last! $1,295,000. Owner
BY OWNER: Westbay Point & Moorings, excep-
tional 2BR/2BA condo. Newly updated end unit. Call
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.
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb. 27, 2-4pm. Single
family, 781 Jacaranda Rd., Anna Maria; single fam-
ily, 2204 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach; duplex, 312
60th St., Holmes Beach; duplex, 6812 Palm Ave.,
Holmes Beach. Smith Realtors, (941) 778-0777.
WATERFRONT HOME: 3BR/2BA. Not necessary
to tear this one down! 6601 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. (941) 725-4488.
BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, each
level with parking underneath. Views of Gulf and
bay from large covered balconies. This property has
great investment potential. Top floor has wood ca-
thedral ceilings, open-floor plan, tile and oak floor-
ing. $795,000. (941) 778-3875.
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www.cherokeemountainrealty.com Call for free bro-
chure, (800) 841-5868.
FORECLOSED GOVERNMENT HOMES $0 or low
down! Tax repos and bankruptcies! No Credit OK. $0
to low down. For listings (800) 501-1777, ext. 1299.
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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.room.40x10-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 1BR,
room for pool. Great investment. $870,000. OWNER FINANCING.
4TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA with two screened balconies and open
balconies on greenbelt adjacent to bay. Spotless, tastefully decorated.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
101 PALM New Luxury Villas
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA Mountains. North
Carolina. Where there is cool mountain air, views and
stream. Homes, cabins, acreage. Call for free bro-
chure of mountain property sales. (800).642-5333.
Realty of Murphy. 317 Peachtree St. Murphy, N.C.
KENTUCKY 50-1000 acres. Incredible trophy deer,
turkey hunting. Some with lakes, creeks, rivers,
ponds, timber. Great retreat/investment. New survey,
starting $795/acre. Owner will finance. (270) 791-2538
NEW LOG HOME SHELL, $99,900. Beautiful log
home shell nestled on private wooded-lotoff parkway
north of Boone. Won't last! First time offered.
WE DO RENTALS! Southern Vermont's rental center.
Mount Snow, West Dover, Vermont. By week, weekend.
month or season! Includes recreational, cultural activities.
We oiler hillside condos, townhouses, chalets, (large/small
homes). Mountain Resort Rentals, P.O. Box 1804, West
Dover, VT 05356. www.mountainresortrentals.com,e-mail
rentverm @ sover.net. (888) 336-1445, (802) 464-1445.
NORTH CAROLINA. MOUNTAINS: 2.3 acres with
new log cabin shell in secluded setting, $89,900. Acre-
age available with stunning mountain views! Free info
available. (828) 247-0081.
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.
NORTH CAROLINA WATERFRONT, $39,900. Com-
ing soon on all-sports lake. Boat, fish, swim. Will sell
fast! Call MLC to get on the priority list today! (866)
,^Su -rSUTTON GROUP REALTY
VERY NICELY REMODELED DUPLEX IN HOLMES BEACH
-' Concrete block, with new
air conditioning and kitch-
-ens. 2BR/1BA,each side
-' .,' with bright interiors, con-
1 venient to everything.
;, ~ -4.0 Priced reduced- won't
i. last at $560,000.
Great Island Opportunities!
SUNSET VILLAS, TWO BUILDINGS
TWO UNITS, each with 2 BEDROOMS AND 1 BATH,
TWO UNITS, each with 1 BEDROOM AND 1 BATH, TURNKEY.
Well-maintained concrete-block duplexes sitting on two.
prime lots, just steps to. beach. Zoned -iullifamir .3-10
units. (Presently only four are on property.) GC;.'d rental
history. Quiet, high-and-dry street in Holmes Beach.
Community laundry area. Large covered patio allows for
outside entertaining. Priced Reduced $995,000.
Anne H ber, Realtor (941) 713-9835
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Area. Spectacu-
lar mountain view, river homesites. Paved roads,
clubhouse, more. New release! Homesites from
$49,900. Bear River Community. Call now (866)
LAKE VIEW BARGAIN $29,900. Free boat slip! High
elevation beautifully wooded parcel. Across from
national forest on 35,000 acre recreational lake in
Tenn. Paved roads, underground utilities, central
water, sewer, more. Excellent financing. Call now
(800) 704-3154, ext. 608. Sunset Bay, LLC.
GIANT RV SELL OFF. #1 Selling RVs. Remaining
2004 models. Low Sell-off prices. Florida's
motorhome, towable headquarters, Giant Recre-
aiion World. Melbourne. (800) 700-1021; Daytona,
(800) 893-2552; Orlando. k800) 654-8475. ..
BUILDING SALE! Rock Bottom prices! Last chance.
Beat next price Increase. Go direct/save. 20x26.
25x30. 30x40. 35x50. 40x60. 45x90. 50x100.
60x180. Others. Pioneer (800) 668-5422.
STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory deals, Save $$$. 40-
by-60 to 100-by-200. Example 50-by-100-by-12-foot
is $3.60 sf. (800) 658-2885 www.rigidbuilding.com.
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OPEN HOUSE Sun l--lpi
680 Linley Longboat Key
Three homes, lush tropical
landscaping with pool.
Trude Moyer (941) 518-8189
125 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach toll free (866) 316-7253
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
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FOR THE FUN OF LIFE or an investment. 1BR/
1 BA condo, lovingly updated last year, ready to use
or rent this year. New kitchen, new tile floors. Bal-
,cony overlooking pool. Comes fumished, ready to
move in. Weekly rentals allowed. Resort atmo-
sphere, close to the beach. $325,000. Call Denny
4i: ,*,: : '
TRIPLE TREASURE Breezy, beachy income
p,''..au,: i'rnp Ipli. :..ross from the beach. Up-
sEir:. cozy 1iA 1BA with great reading
F.:.r;r,i and mas.- e un deck. Downstairs are
:.,B: 1BR 1BA uril Ample parking, tons of
Mexican tile, newer kitchens and baths. A,
must see. $659,000. Nicole Skaggs or Jane
Grossman at 778-4800 or 795-5704.
BOATER'S DREAM One of the few units with
water view and 42-foot boat dock. All new gran-
ite counter tops, 10-foot high ceilings, trimmed
with crown molding. Florida pastel paints through-
out. Lots of extra storage too. $699,000. Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800.
TARA COUNTRY CLUB Extremely well kept
home sitting on a private oversized cul-de-sac
lot on the 10th fairway. Beautifully upgraded
tray ceiling. Corian counters and Merrillat
wood cabinets enhance the model home fea-
tures already available in this home.
$374,900. Call Cindy Grazar (941) 504-6176.
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RARE COMMERCIAL LOT, perfect location
for doctor or lawyer's office or small retail
center. Zoned PRM $320,000. Call Cindy
Grazar at 778-4800 or 504-6176.
ISLAND AMBIANCE. Canal front with boat dock
makes this spacious Longboat Key home an Is-
land getaway of it's own. Spectacular floor plan,
perfect for families who never seem to have
enough space. 6BR/5BA home is nestled on rare
half acre lot on one of the most romantic streets
on the Island. Many amenities. A steal at
$1,695,000. Call Cindy Grazer at 504-6176.
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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)
A.AOA ii, .6
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.
~. .I3 ,001 GULF DRIVE*HOLMES BEACH, FL 34217
,, I N "-" PHONE: 941.778.6849*TOLL FREE: 800.778.9599
VACATION FAX: 941.779.1750
PROPERTIES. I.C Licensed Reel Estate Broker Ann Coron
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VILLAGE GREEN VILLA
Large 2BR/2BA unit with a
den, family room and Florida
room. Two-car garage and
steps to pool. IB504218
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.floridamoves.com
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 fireplaces.
Master suite has Gulf.view
fIrorn screened porch. Over-
sized shower, new ceramic
tile. New roofs Ist Fl 2000 & 2nd Fl 2002. Asking price $795,000.
Please call Susan Hatch, Realtor-778-7616 eves.
DUPLEX Elevated 2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA, enclosed 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.
Office: 941-779-1811 i
Cell: 941-400-1172 5^ I. --' l
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