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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 13, No. 18 March 9, 2005 FREE
Tourist season: Slow start, but boom is here
By Rick Catlin
While many Islanders might think the daily traffic
pattern on Gulf Drive is higher than normal for a win-
ter season, tourism to Anna Maria Island actually got
off to a slower than usual start in January.
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's
Bureau reported occupancy at Island accommodations
in January 2005 was only 37.5 percent, down 9.3 per-
cent from the 46.8 percent rate recorded in January
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Direc-
tor Maryann Brockman agreed, noting that many mem-
bers had reported an unusually slow January.
Cafe on the
By Rick Catlin
A two-month remodeling project for the Cafe on
the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach has turned into
a seven-month nightmare for operators of the popular
facility along with the many visitors and locals who
frequent the establishment.
Manatee County, owners of the building, closed
the facility in late August 2004 for an estimated
$600,000 worth of improvements and upgrades. The
project was originally scheduled for completion in
November, but four hurricanes that struck the area be-
tween August and November pushed the completion
"It's been a slow start to the season," said
Brockman. "I think the hurricanes of last year hurt us
somewhat. People seemed to think there was nothing
But following a mid-January article in the Los
Angeles Times and an early February story in the New
York Times about the wonders of Anna Maria Island,
visitor arrivals seem to have increased significantly,
"Business has picked up a lot. February seems to
be booming and March is looking great," Brockman
predicted. "We're getting swamped with calls from
people looking for rooms."
The chamber office recently mailed out 500 travel
packages that had been requested by people who plan
to book a vacation on the Island. "Normally, 500 pack-
ages would last us about three months. I'm sure the
New York Times article really stirred some interest,"
SAnd, she noted, those stories were completely un-
solicited. "They were just from writers who came here
and liked what they saw," she said.
In addition to the two newspaper articles, the cur-
rent British edition of Conde Naste Traveler features
a story and photos on Anna Maria Island. -
Susan Estler of the CVB said the New York Times
PLEASE SEE TOURIST, PAGE 3
date back to Dec. 15.
Cafe on the Beach and
Beach Gift Shop operator
Dee Percifield along
with the legions of faith-
ful patrons of the estab-
lishment Dec. 15 came
and went without comple-
tion. At that time, county officials said the building
would be ready in two weeks, but it wasn't.
The Beach Gift Shop opposite the indoor dining
room and the Pancake Shack, which is outside the main
building, were able to reopen in December, but crews
are still working on the interior. Cafe on the Beach has
been allowed to operate out of a portable trailer for
sandwiches and other short-order items.
Percifield praised everyone involved in the project
and said county officials and the contractor, Delesline
Construction of Palmetto, are doing their best to finish
everything. But she admitted it's hard for her to real-
ize that more than half the winter season has already
"They said maybe they'd be finished by March 1.
Now, it's March 15. I don't know. I know they're do-
ing their best, but it's hard on everyone associated with
Indeed. Nearly the entire 40-person staff with the
restaurantin August has departed, leaving Percifield
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Tiniest, best fish
Hallie Mattick displays "Little Pork Chop," in the Heritage Day pet parade. Her little fishy was not only the
"best fish" of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society fundraiser Saturday, it was the tiniest and the
wettest -pet in the parade. For more on the festival, see inside. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
-.--.Three ladies serving history
Penny Webster of Palma Sola Park, Elizabeth Moss
Clowning around, historically of Anna Maria and Lyn Sprinkle ofHolmes Beach
Saggy Aggy, Anna Maria's historically significant volunteered their expertise at the Heritage Day event
clown, joined the fun at the Anna Maria Island in period clothing relevant to the founding of Anna
Historical Society Heritage Day pet parade. Maria Island.
"I know they're doing
their best, but it's
hard on everyone
associated with the
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Construction is continu-
ing at the Cafe on the
Beach building at the
Manatee Public Beach
in Holmes Beach,
pictured above. The
project was begun by
Manatee County in
August 2004 and
predicted to finish by
November. Five months
later, work continues.
Despite the delays,
patrons still avail
themselves of the all-
Photos: Bonner Joy
Tickets still available
for dance Friday
Admission tickets are still available for the final
dance of the season at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The
dance will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 11.
The tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the
dbor. The Dreamclassics will provide music "from
jitterbug to jive to jazz," said the Center. Setups and
snacks will be available. Details maybe obtained by
Cafe nightmare goes on and on
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
and her associates the task of rebuilding the work force
when she gets the go-ahead to fully move back.
She said she's been assured by the county that their
work is "almost finished," and they'll complete every-
thing in about a week. After that, however, the Holmes
Beach Building Department must issue a certificate of
occupancy before Percifield can return to the premises.
"Even then, we still need one or two weeks to get
ready. I'm just hopeful we can be ready for Easter
(March 27). We've just got to be open for that," she
But that's not likely, according to the pace of work
at the site.
An inspection of the building revealed work has
just begun on remodeling the kitchen, and only the
handicap bathrooms have been completed. Workers at
the site said they had no idea when they wouldbe fin-
ished and referred further inquiries to county officials.
One local contractor who recently viewed the site sug-
gested it would take at least another month to complete
all repairs, install the equipment and get the necessary
Efforts to reach Charles Bishop or Sam Love of the
Manatee County Facilities Department for comment on
when the building will be readyfor occupancy were
unsuccessful by press deadline.
Holmes Beach Building Official Bill Saunders said
the county has not yet applied for a certificate of occu-
pancy for the restaurant to resume operations.
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Tourist season hits high gear
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article appealed directly to those people looking for the
"quiet, Old Florida charm" that disappeared from many
Florida barrier islands several decades ago.
"People might have thought a Florida vacation was
nothing but going to a tourist attraction destination or
a beach with miles of high-rise condominiums, hotels
and swinging night clubs. Now, they know they can
still find the old Florida vacation," she said.
"And we're not about attractions and mass'tourism.
We cater to the families and people who want a quiet
beach. We're not for people looking for the night life,
we're not for people looking for a manmade attrac-
Estler agreed that some visitors might have
stayed away from the Island because of the hurricane
publicity, but she noted that overall occupancy (Is-.
land, Longboat Key and mainland) was only down
1.5 percent for January 2005 (55.8 percent) com-
pared with the 57.3 percent rate for January 2004. In
fact, mainland occupancy rates for January 2005
were at 72.9 percent compared with 69 percent for
the same month last year.
"It would seem that people continued to come to
the area during January, but not as many went to the
beaches to stay. That seems to be changing quickly,"
Nigel Brown of Anna Maria Beach Cottages
agreed. "January was somewhat slow, but- we're
booked solid right through to mid-April," he said.
He noted that since the Conde Naste article was
published in Britain, he's had two telephone calls from
London asking for a room.
One was frpm an American who has lived in Lon-
don for 30 years, but always vacationed in Key West.
The second was from a couple from South Africa now
living in London who had.been looking for a quiet get-
"I guess you could say we're really going interna-
tional," said Brownwith a laugh. "But business has re-
ally picked up the last few weeks and I'm sure those
stories really helped."
At the Econolodge Surfside Resort and Bamboo
Club in Bradenton Beach, the only national chain mo-
tel on the Island, Marge Moran also said business has
really increased the past few weeks, with weekends
usually selling out. "
"We've got a few spot vacancies between now and
Easter, mostly for a weeknight stay," she observed. "A
lot of people don't realize we have daily rentals. We
always try to help the walk-in traffic, but the best bet
is to book in advance."
Kent Davis of the Siam Garden Resort in Anna
Maria concurred. "We're booked completely through
April, but January was a slow month. Everything's
looking great now."
The long-stay rental market is also up for February
and March, according to Mike Norman of Mike
Norman Realty in Holmes Beach.
The company has more than 300 vacation rental
properties and March rentals are nearly 100 percent
booked, he said. Additionally, February was a solid
month and January rentals were up from last year.
"I'd say the season is looking very, very good,"
Island restaurants are also reaping the benefits of
increased visitor traffic.
"January was good, but February was outstand-
ing," said Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant
in Anna Maria, the Beach House in Bradenton Beach
and the Mar Vista on Longboat Key.
"All three locations reported a considerable in-
crease in business in February, the best-ever month,"
Damon Presswood of the Ooh La La Bistro in
Holmes Beach couldn't be more pleased with business
this February. "January wasn't that slow, but it's been
great during February. Certainly way ahead of last
year," he said.
"We've doubled our business from last year on
many nights in February and March," said Presswood,
who recently added 25 seats to his establishment to ac-
A sure sign the winter season is picking up is traf-
fic on the Island. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
Special said traffic volume was normal for a winter
season until recently, when he and other officers began
to observe longer-than-normal backups at the Gulf
Drive-Cortez Road intersection.
Fiddlin' their way
Haley Hutchison holds sheet music for Kirsten Whitt and Melissa Baker, who 'fiddled away" their time while
waiting for the trolley at 4600 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach to go from one of the girls' homes to another
Saturday morning. The girls are all age 13 and students of Islander Chris Rudacille at King Middle School in
Bradenton. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Cortez Road repairs
You may want to try and avoid Cortez Road going
to or from the Island in the evenings this week.
The Florida Department of Transportation has said
that motorists on Cortez Road.from 75th Street West
to 26th Street "can expect intermittent single lane clo-
.sures in both eastbound and westbound directions
through Thursday, March 10, from 8:30 p.m. to 6:30
a.m. These closures are necessary for crews to perform
paving work for turn lanes as part of the Cortez Road
resurfacing project. The traveling public can expect
these lane closures to continue throughout the work
zone until early spring.
"While traveling through the work zone, motorists
Parking lot in city right of way
By Rick Catlin
The south portion of the parking lot at the Beach
House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach encroaches into
a city right of way, according to the-newest official
survey of Gulf Drive.
Mitch McKnight of Wilson Miller engineering
delivered the survey at the March 8 Bradenton Beach
Scenic Highway Committee Corridor Management
"There's a 40-foot wide beach 'access directly
across from city hall that goes all the way to the beach,
but it now used as parking by the Beach House,"
McKnight told the committee.
The survey was done by the city commission
through the CME in preparation for the installation of
sidewalks and trolley stops in the city. The CME
wanted to know exactly what easements and rights of
way the city has before continuing with the project.
Vice Mayor Bill Shearon, the commission liaison
to the CME, suggested they contact Beach House
owner Ed Chiles and "involve him in the process.'
Mayor John Chappie said the CME and Chiles
could work on a joint project for a trolley stop and ac-
companying sidewalk that would be a "win-win" situ-
ation for both sides.
"We need to immediately inform Ed of the situa-
tion," said Chappie.
"He's not going to be a happy camper" when he
learns about this, said CME member Bill Herrington of
the Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organi-
Chiles said he wasn't aware of the encroachment,
but would welcome any joint effort with the city and
CME to improve the area. He said he was going to talk
with Shearon about the situation as soon as possible.
In addition to the Bradenton Beach right-of-way is-
sue, Chiles is also fighting a city right-of-way issue in
Anna Maria regarding his Sandbar restaurant in that city.
scheduled this week
are urged to use caution, obey the posted speed limit of
45 mph,.and expect traffic delays. Please be advised
that unforeseen circumstances, such as weather may
affect the construction schedule."
The work is being done by APAC Southeast Inc. The
$3.3 million project includes milling and resurfacing, wid-
ening, drainage repair, signalization and street lighting
improvements on approximately 2.9 miles of roadway.
Anna Maria City
March 10, 6:45 p.m., special city commission meeting.
Agenda: Guggino v. City of Anna Maria legal discus-
March 10,'7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:.
Second reading and public hearing on outdoor dining,
first reading on Island Players lease extension, hurri-
cane preparedness discussion, part-time planner discus-
sion, parking regulation discussion, city code enforce-
ment policy discussion, home occupational license pro-
posal status, meeting effectiveness discussion and pub-
March 14, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
march 15, 6 p.m., ad hoc committee and planning and-
zoning board joint meeting.
March 16, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
March 17, 7 p.m., special city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
March 9, 5 p.m., citizen advisory committee on com-
prehensive plan committee meeting.
March 10, 3 p.m., city commission work session meet-
March 17, 11 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
March 17, 1 p.m:, city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 9, 7 p.m., planning commission scoping meet-
March 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
March 16, 6 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay
PAGE 4 0 MARCH 9, 2005 l THE ISLANDER
Two significant tours of outstanding homes are
coming up quickly, and sponsors of both urge people
to buy tickets early to avoid a last-minute crush.
The first is a tour of five homes on Anna Maria
Island Saturday, March 19. The houses range from
modest to mansion, all five in Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach. The tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tick-
ets are $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the tour.
The tour houses on Anna Maria Island:
6807 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, which owners
Mike and Cindy Rushforth call "a poor man's Frank
Lloyd Wright." They have spent two years renovating
the 1950s house to bring it up to.where they want it.
524 74th St., Holmes Beach, owned by Bob and
Sue Moderhak, with an entry boasting hand-painted
ceramic tiles they acquired in Florence, Italy, while on
a trip there.
100 Sunset Lane, Anna Maria, a spacious Gulfside
home to the many works of art displayed by owners
Kirk and Kathy MacKenzie, with two fireplaces and
porches on two floors.
216 Elm Ave., Anna Maria, which Werner and
Gay Schoenknect have developed into an impressive
home with an especially fine kitchen for the chef of the
house, Gay, a retired professional home economist.
701 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a cracker cottage
that Tom and Chris Tollette rescued from threatened
oblivion and brought back to the form it once enjoyed
as "the party house."
Tickets 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,
Island Discount Tackle, 2217 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach; Ace Hardware-Crowder Brothers,
3352 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach; True Value Hard-
ware, 5324 Marina.Drive, Holmes Beach; LaPensee
Plumbing Inc., 5362 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; Two
Sides of Nature, 110 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, and
101 S. Bay Drive, Anna Maria; Robyn's Nest,.7427
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The Tour of Historic Homes in Cortez will be a
week after the Anna Maria Island tour. It will be from
10 a.m. to 4 p.n. Friday and Saturday, March 25-26
and cover five-plus homes a sixth will welcome
visitors but its address remains a secret "our secret
home," said Linda Molto, tour official. Tickets are $12
in advance, $15 on the day of the tour.
The homes in the historic fishing village, all on the
U.S. Register of Historic Buildings:
4416 123rd St. Ct., where Joe Hutchinson has kept
the interior walls and ceilings in of the original grooved
lumber, known as bead board.
Miriam Ring and
rendition of "Mixed
about a 65-year-old
Stof a 61-year-old
Swidow at the group's
j -"' Islander Photo:
4420 123rd St. Ct., the home of Rosemary and
Todd Fleck, a typical Cortez house built decades ago
with the pre-air-conditioning high ceilings to let the
heat gather above the occupants' heads.
4506 123rd St., which Rochelle and Mark Bowers
are restoring with a lot of hard work including re-
moving the drywall that had covered up the original
fireplace, itself a treasure in Cortez or anywhere.
4519 123rd St., the home for many years of the late
Robert "Popeye" Lewis, famed Cortez native. A large
house, it is now owned by Barbara Ross and Nancy
Rowe and they are rehabilitating it from its "bachelor
12003 45th Ave., whose owners Karen Bell and
Paul Brugger have refinished the floors and modern-
ized where necessary while taking careto keep the
house's original "Cortez home" aura.
Tickets for the Cortez tour may be purchased at the
Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W.; the
Sea Hagg store, 12304 Cortez Road; Ginny's Antiques
& Art, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. They also
may be purchased at this weekend's Springfest.craft
fair or by calling 708-4935 or 794-5919.
Thank you to all the artists who so generously
gave their work to be auctioned. Thank you to
all who attended our silent auction and bid gen-
erously. Thank you to Manatee High School
teacher Rob Reiber and his participating stu-
dents, who helped at the event and also sold
some of the their work. Thank you all!
March 9 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 0 MARCH 9, 2005 U PAGE 5
Stormwater fee approved for Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
After months of wrangling, Anna Maria city com-
missioners at a March 3 special meeting gave approval
to an annual stormwater assessment fee of $80 per en-
vironmental resource unit for property owners. Com-
missioners also considered a fee as low as $52 and as
high as $96.
The $80 for one ERU would be the amount of the
annual fee for a single-family home in the city. Multi-
family units would pay at a .6 per ERU rate per unit,
while commercial properties would pay a 1.2 rate per
The annual fee can only be used to fund
stormwater improvement projects. The fee must still be
passed by the commission in an ordinance and public
"This is better than taxes," said Larry Albert, chair-
man of the capital improvements advisory committee.
"Higher taxes just disappear into the government. This
way, we know the money is only for stormwater
Commissioners agreed, but giving consensus to the
fee amount proved the easy part of the meeting.
The commission spent nearly two hours discussing
whether the city should borrow the estimated $1.6 mil-
lion to complete the CIAC priority list of 17 projects
within three years, or just use what stormwater fees that
are collected each year plus any budgeted funds to pay
Commissioners Linda Cramer and Duke Miller
said it would be prudent to borrow the money now,
while the interest rates are low, then use the stormwater,
fee to pay back the money over the next 15 years. Do-
ing the projects "piecemeal" will cost the city a lot
more money in the long run.
. Commissioners Dale Woodland and Caro.l Ann
Magill along with Commission Chairperson John Quam
were somewhat on the opposite side, suggesting that the
city should first do the top two projects on the list before
committing to any long-term loan for the remainder.
The city needs some "successes" first, said Wood-
land, before he would agree to a long-term loan. He sug-
gested the city just take a loan for the first year's worth of
projects, specifically North Shore Drive and Gladiolus
Street. Cost estimates for the projects should include en-
gineering design and permitting fees, he added.
,A He reminded commissioners that if they borrow the
Swiftmud approves North Shore Drive funding
At the same time Anna Maria city commission-
ers were approving an annual stormwater assess-
ment fee, the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District announced it had approved a match-
ing funds grant of $270,000 for the Gladiolus/
North Shore Drive drainage project in the city.
The projectwill be funded with $135,000 from
the city along with a matching amount from
Swiftmud's Manasota Basin Board.
Swiftmud said the project would reduce flood-
ing and improve water quality in the city.
The project involves installation of approxi-
mately 3,200 linear feet of 1-foot-deep dry reten-
tion swales, about 700 linear feet of polyurethane
and reinforced concrete pipe, six inlet control struc-
tures and a baffle structure at each of the four ba-
sin outfall locations with the Gladiolus/North
entire amount, the city will be obligated to repay the
money, even if the projects are a failure. "I want to
hav6 some insurance" that these projects will work, he
Miller responded that the city could always "pull
the plug" on the loan if projects weren't successful.
He said if the city didn't borrow the money now
and do all the projects on the CIAC list during the next
three years; costs would increase significantly every
year the city delays. Construction costs are going up
between 5 and 8 percent every year, according to Tom
Wilcox of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the city's engi-
neering firm, Miller noted.
"We won't have enough money in our budget with-
out raising taxes to do these projects" unless the city
borrows the money now with the stormwater assess-
ment fee used to pay off the loan. Interest rates are now
around 3 percent and are likely to go up, he noted.
"You can lock in a $1.5 million loan now at the
current rate," he noted. Additionally, the projects
would be presented as one large project for a contrac-
tor, which would reduce the overall cost.
Cramer tried to compromise, suggesting the city
just take a $100,000 loan for the first year to cover
engineering design and permitting, "just to get the ball
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Shore Drive drainage basin.
The retention swales will treat about 12,800
cubic feet of stormwater runoff through percolation
and evaporation. The baffles will treat the water
through sedimentation and skimming, reducing the
overall pollution to the canal system in Anna
Maria, Swiftmud claimed.
Swiftmud also claimed the swales will in-
crease the storage and conveyance capacity of
the city's existing drainage system, which will
help reduce flooding. The additional storage
capacity of the swales will help contain
stormwater runoff during high tide conditions,
While the Swiftmud announcement was wel-
come news to Anna Maria, it did not give a start
date for construction of the project.
"We don't have to, go for the big loan now, we can
wait until next year,"-she said, but acknowledged that
rates could change.
Commissioners generally agreed to Cramer's sug-
gestion, but will hold another special meeting on the
issue in the very near future.
Better do it quick, said Quam. The deadline to sub-
mit the fee amount and ordinance to the Manatee
County Tax Assessor's office is June 1.
Miller will check on current interest rates and re-
port his findings at the commission's next stormwater
The loan for stormwater improvement projects
would be from a Florida League of Cities program that
provides low-interest loans to member cities. Miller
will determine if the city can lock in a loan amount now
at a specific interest rate, but only use what funds are
necessary for particular stormwater projects during a
Quam said he would schedule another special
meeting'when Miller has his report ready.
At $80 per ERU, the stormwater assessment fee is
expected to generate about $126,000 in annual revenue for
stormwater projects, according to a report prepared by
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Pass the sardines, please
Based on the current indicators of traffic, traffic,
traffic, and with some verification from the local visi-
tor monitors at the chambers of commerce, visitors
bureaus and the public beaches (cars parked on the
berm translates "beaches full"), it's a "boom" tourist
season for Anna Maria Island.
The Islander's cartoonist, Jack Egan, is right on the
mark. He has more than 30 years experience, having
begun his cartooning career at a former Islander news-
paper in the 1970s, so it was bound to happen that in
his great wit and wisdom he would foresee the future
and it would come to pass.
This week's cartoon was first published in 1997 and
it stands to reason that if we "Islanders" felt like sardines
packed too tight in a can back then, by now we'd need a
few more cans and we'd still be packed tight.
Jack says his next prediction is that due to the current
progress in development "Anna Maria Island will sink at
the same time Social Security goes under about 2040
and Bradenton Beach will be the first to go.
"There's more development there. It's more in-
tense with wall-to-wall condos," he said, and that's
"weighting them down."
Of course, it's not just developers at fault. There
are real estate agents to blame for the current "boom"
in Island property sales. There are buyers to blame for
driving the market up. There's the increase in prices
that's causing folks to "cash in their chips" and move
off Island. There's a shortage of vacant land, too. And
just about everyone who can do so is to blame for sepa-
rating contiguous lots. and building two homes where
formerly there was one. And then there's the teardown
small homes and duplex mentality that is proliferating
and resulting in new three-story construction and
ccndoization that allows separate owners for what once
was a single-owner duplex.
In spite of many years of promises from officials
to the contrary, it's all resulting in.an increase in den-
sity and intensity.,It's also had atrickle-down effect to
the Island's permanent population, which is dwindling
in spite of there being more and more housing. In fact,
the population of the Island elementary school has
dwindled from 450 in the mid-1990s to the current 276
It calls to mind the old adage, "Be careful what you
wish for ...."
Tourism IS booming again, finally, and we should
all be thankful. It's bound to be the best year since 9/
11, but can we better manage the boom years in the
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All for outdoor dining
How nice it is to know that Anna Maria City has a
commissioner like Dale Woodland, who sticks up for
the common person. I read with interest his input to the
commission on outdoor dining during the Feb. 24
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah for Dale. I have been com-
ing to Anna Maria Island since 1948 and have watched
the Island grow, but not over-grow like many other is-
lands in Florida. Dale is right in every statement he
made at that meeting.
To sit outdoors and eat and look at the Gulf and
watch the birds, boats and people on the beach is part
of coming to Florida, something that cannot be done in
many other states. It is part of what makes the snow-
birds and other northern people come to Florida to take
If all your commissioners took the attitude that
Dale takes, the Island would be more people friendly
and we who visit here every winter will be able to go
back home and tell our friends just how quaint and
friendly Anna Maria is.
So Dale, hang in there and thanks again for, stick-
ing up for the people who enjoy coming here. I think
we should give Dale a new Oscar.as number one com-
missioner. Thanks to Dale and the other commission-
ers who think like him.
Jerry Gieski Sr., Cheboygan, Mich.
Heritage Day thanks
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society wishes
to thank all who participated in Island Heritage Day,
and the understanding residents along Pine Avenue.
The festival was an overwhelming success. The
bike and pet parades drew crowds and the music was
great. Vendors turned out with tasty foods and stunning
arts and crafts.
Accolades to all who helped with the Belle Haven
general store. Our wonderful volunteers and all who
donated funds, furnishings and time. The Islander and
Bradenton Herald gave us excellent coverage. Kudos
to John Zachman, a winter resident from Rochester,
N.Y., who volunteered many hours to get the 1920
cottage in shape for the grand opening. He cleaned,
built shelves, painted, installed a window and many
other jobs just in time for Heritage Day. He is our
We did not make much money due to expenses
beyond our contr6l,.like hiring two fulltime policemen,
but it was a fun day forall.
Carolyne Norwood, AMIHS administrator
Good Samaritan: Thanks
for finding lost dogs
I want to thank a good Samaritan for finding my
two lost dogs on Anna Maria Island.
My Dalmatian and Doberman pinscher had been
missing for six hours, and after my husband, my
mother, the police and myself had been driving around
looking all evening, we had given up the search for the
night around 10:30 p.m. Unexpectedly, a woman
whom I did not know arrived at our door with both
She had heard that we were looking for them and
decided to drive around and look for them herself. She
found them in a completely different neighborhood,
several miles from our house.
My Dalmatian is old and has arthritis for which he
needs medication. He couldn't use his hind legs later
that night due to exhaustion.
I am so grateful to this woman for finding them for
me. In the commotion I forgot to ask her name. So I am
taking this means to thank her again for going out of
her way to help a stranger.
It is because of all the people on the Island who
helped us and especially neighbors like her that we
enjoy living here so much.
Angela Bingham, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER E MARCH 9, 2005 0 PAGE 7
Defrank says mayor ignored
commission, alleges negligence THEBES
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria resident Rick DeFrank, a long-standing
critic of the city's government, has claimed that Mayor
SueLynn ignored the January 2004 directive of the city
commission to begin work on two capital improvement
projects: North Shore Drive and Gladiolus Street.
In a scathing letter to the mayor and other commis-
sioners, DeFrank claims that the commission in Janu-
ary 2004 "directed the administration to proceed with
getting the design and permitting of both projects."
His own research, however, "indicates the $25,000
for each project remained available for these projects
until August 2004 (eight months after the commission
directive)." At that time, said DeFrank, the $50,000
was transferred to other projects.
"I have formally asked the engineers (on the
record) 'what happened?' Why did they not get the
design and permitting done?"
City-residents, said DeFrank, "are entitled to ask
and receive answers.
"Why did the mayor (administration) not follow
the direction of the commission, which represents the
taxpayers of Anna Maria?"
He also claimed it's not "justifiable" for anyone to
Spring plant sale, lecture
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The first of what sponsors anticipate will be an
annual event, a spring plant sale and free lecture se-
ries, will be from a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day, March 12-13, at Palma Sola Botanical Park.
Vendor space is still available for the plant sale,
said the sponsoring Palma Sola Botanical Park Foun-
dation, and.may be arranged by calling 792-7861.
Admission will be $2, children and foundation
members free. The park's entrance is at 9800 17th
Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
say the city needed this money for other projects. The
money was available for design and permitting for
eight months, but nothing was done.
"How come the mayor ignored the vote of the com-
mission and voice of the residents? This appears to be
total disregard and negligence, a total waste of taxpayer
DeFrank vented his anger further, asking why the
city has an engineering firm and why the city even has
a capital improvements advisory committee.
"Why do we waste time and money if the admin-
istration will not follow the direction of the city com-
mission? It appears the mayor all by herself vetoed the
wishes of the people," he alleged.
He "requested" the commission and CIAC to pro-
vide answers on "what went wrong."
DeFrank also believes that "before we can talk
about stormwater fees, additional taxes, (and)
stormwater maintenance fees, we need to know. We as
taxpayers are entitled to these answers."
He concluded by saying that if the mayor can "jus-
tify these questions, I will apologize."
DeFrank did not attend the commission's special
.meeting March 3 when implementation of an annual
stormwater utility fee for capital improvement projects,
including North Shore Drive and Gladiolus Street, was
Larry Albert, chairman of the CIAC, told DeFrank
Feb. 23 that the moneys were used as part of the city's
matching amount for a Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District grant the North Shore Drive/Gladiolus
Street drainage project. DeFrank said that's not a jus-
Swiftmud announced last week the grant had been
awarded, with $135,000 coming from Swiftmud and a
like amount from the city (see separate story).
SueLynn declined to comment on DeFrank's accu-
sations, but noted that it was a city commission deci-
sion during the 2004-05 budget hearings to divert the
money to the city's portion of the Swiftmud grant.
Ten years ago in the March 9, 1995, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The final phase of the Island's beach
renourishment project began with work crews trucking
in sand and posts for the construction of dunes and
dune walkovers and the installation of beach vegetation
areas. Renourishment is expected to end May 1.
In a 3-2 vote, Anna Maria city commissioners
refused to contribute public money to the Save Anna
Maria organization to use for legal fees in halting the
proposed 65-foot-high, fixed-span bridge that would
replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners rejected
two bids for repair work on the city pier, claiming they
were both nearly $30,000 more than the available rev-
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SStart in April
: Bv JimHanrson'
Rehabilitation of the old Cortez school building and
its conversion to a museum and community center "very
likely" will begin next month.
That's the word from the office of "Chips" Shore,
Manatee County clerk of the circuit court, who is in charge
of everything historic in the county. The project is only a
hearing short of "go," and his office expects no trouble.
Money is in hand to cover the rehab contract,
$527,484 from grants and donations from organizations
and individuals and, much of it. from funds Shore set
aside with county commission permission.
TriTech Construction & Design \\as awarded the
contract to do the work and was getting permits in or-
der when a glitch in zoning put eterN thing on hold. A
zoning overlay the county adopted in the 1990s to ex-
empt the village from some land-use rules was found to
have omitted the school property just east of 119th Street
West. That meant all the construction rules would apply,
especially those of the Federal Emergency Management
Agency which would require the building to be raised
12 feet above the flood plain. +
Half a dozen county departments have been trying
for a month tocorrect that problem, and it's all done now
except for a final hearing March 16 when a hearing
master will be asked to grant a variance from FEMA
requirements. A favorable ruling is expected.
Volunteers have gone as far as they can on the build-
ing, said Christine Clyne, who handles much of Shore's
duties on the historic front. Now it's up to TriTech, as-
suming clearance from the hearing master.
Everything from the roof to the floors will be re-
done, said Clyne, including plumbing, electrical wiring,
windows, porch, and many other details.
With the FEMA exemption, work could begin in
SApnl It is expected to take 240 working days.
.5, 1- 5
Rotary tsunami relief
aided by fifth-graders
Students from Anne Kinnan's
fifth-grade class at Anna
Maria Elementary present Jim
Dunne of Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club $220.11from a
car wash they held to raise
mmoney for tsunami victims.
Their funds will go toward the
purchase of a Rotary shelter
box that students will track on
the Internet to its destination.
They will then be able to
correspond with the recipi-
ents. Students pictured are;
left to right, Connor Cloherty,
Justin Suca, Chandler Hardy
and Peyton Phillips. Islander
Photos: Nancy Ambrose
Island Rotary vice
cash donations for
SAsian tsunami relief
from Tommy Fara
for the second-
graders who raised
SCollins forthe third-
S graders who raised
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Than $200 at a class
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Island Heritage Day event 'a great success'
By Jim Hanson
"By any measure, you'd have to call it a great suc-
cess," Carolyne Norwood said after the Anna Maria oZ*"
Island Heritage Day festival she and the Island Histori-bb.
cal Society hosted last Saturday.
Hundreds of Islanders and visitors crowded the
Pine Avenue area, the society's historical museum and
the old Belle Haven store it has restored and reopened
on the museum.grounds.
There were parades, music, food, children's activi-
ties, and all the features that could be expected at an
Island festival. The parades were the biggest hit,
Norwood thought, with the pet parade drawing "an
incredible assortment of pets turtles, dogs, chickens,
you name it and someone had made a pet of it."
Bike parade winners were: Under 7 years of age,
Jake and Andrew Ross, Andrew Seeger, Riley
Hecklinski, Caitlin Roveromo-and Alexia Yavalar.
Ages 7-9, Elijah Pellegren, Keegan Murphy, Miles
Fischer and Andrea Littlefield. Adults, Tom Heiple and
Alix McDonough and their Portuguese water dog
Guido. Trike'd out Driving Miss Daisy
The pioneer bread which historical society mem- Andrew Seeger, age 2 1/2, was a winner in the Anna Dolce Little ofAnna Maria, chairperson of both the
bers bake usually on Wednesdays, but they baked Maria Island Historical Society's Heritage Day bike pet and bike parades at Heritage Day, is escorted in
for the weekend instead sold out as fast as it could parade with his elaborately decorated and palm tree- the bike parade by Mark Alonso of Anna Maria.
be taken from the ovens, said Norwood. adorned tricycle. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Just before the festival Norwood received a letter
from the Manatee County Historical Society congratu-
lating her and the Island society "on the occasion of
your 15-year anniversary."
"We wish you and your colleagues continued suc- BELLE
cess in your preservation efforts and promotion of the GENERAA '1
heritage that was Anna Maria Island during the past
"Because of you, not only do visitors more fully
enjoy their stay on our beautiful Island but future gen- .
erations, of Island residents will better understand the
legacy that is Anna Maria."
Pet parade winners and categories included:
Best Costume, Elvis (Pug) the Energizer Bunny,
owner Paula Crider. .
B Mr. Congeniality, C.J. (Maltese), owner Diane .
Most Physically Fit, Fritz (Boxer), owner Sue
Most Handsome, Dugan, owner Arlene Clarke.
Smallest (dog) Sophie (Cockapoo) Bubba
Cutest dog, Emily (Beagle), Holly Parker.
Best Bird, baby chickens, Sophie & William
Best Fish, Little Pork Chop, owner Hallie Officials open Belle Haven
Mattick. Left to right, Anna Maria Historical Society president Thea Kelley, Anna Maria City Commissioner Carol
We regret some names of either pets or owners Ann Magill, Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, Historical Society founder Carolyne Norwood, volunteer John
provided by the historical society were incomplete or Zachman, Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie and Bradenton
missing. Beach Commissioner Lisa Maria Phillips, officially opened the Belle Haven Cottage Saturday, now serving as
Prizes for the pet and bicycle parade winners were a ."general store. The Belle Haven once stood on pilings alongside.the Anna Maria City Pier and has been
provided by Paw Spa and Mama Lo's By the Sea. restored by the Historical Society. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Beverly Suchar, vacationing from Vermont, had her
caricature drawn by Sandrd Sanders of Anna Mariq
at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society's Heri-
tage Day festivities Saturday along Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
Carolyne Norwood, founder of the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society led the Heritage Day pet parade with
best friend "Lulu." Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Donned in "surfer dude" attire, Max was accompa-
nied in the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Heritage Day pet parade by Brenden Drake, center,
Laura Devault, left, and Trina Sein. Islander Photo:
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Springfest art festival
It's Sprinrgfest time again this weekend, with the
annual fine arts and crafts festival Saturday and Sun-
day, March 12-13, at Holmes Beach City Hall Park,
5801 Marina Drive.
This is one of only two major fundraisers a season
for the Anna Maria Island Art League, following.
Winterfest last December. Springfest will be from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Continuous live music on stage, a large food court,
creative artists who will have come from all over
Florida and across the country make this a family af-
fair, said the league.
Along with the artists and crafters will be displays
by community organizations including historical, en-
vironmental and civic groups. Most of the artworks and
crafts will be for sale, said the league.
Several artworks donated to the league by their
creators will be raffled during the two-day event, pro-
ceeds going to the league's scholarship fund. This
makes possible classes for children and adults and help
for young artists, as well as underwriting the league's
gallery and art center operations, exhibits and other
programs for the community, said the league. Raffle
tickets are $5.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
Camel in St. Pat
parade, with reason
A living, breathing camel will march in the Island's
St. Patrick's Day parade, with logical reasoning -
"Anything that can go without a drink for two weeks
is a wonder to an Irishman."
The man who said that and arranged the parade and
the camel would know: He is Sean Murphy, an
Irishman and longtime bistro owner, Beach Bistro by
The. parade will be Sunday, March 13, four days
before St. Paddy's day next Thursday, but who ever
said the Irish conform to calendars or much else?
It will start organizing at 3 p.m. in the parking lot
of the proposed Tidemark development, Marina and
Gulf drives: From there it will leave at 4 p.m. and travel
up Marina Drive to Palm Avenue, then on Gulf Drive
to Anna Maria City Hall.
Accompanying the camel in the parade will be
bagpipers from Dunedin, fiddlers from Manatee High
School, all three Island mayors and some other offi-
cials, entertainers including Dan Mobley and Howie
Banfield, floats and cars and trucks, and two sets of
pirates, the Anna Maria Island Privateers and the
Murphy organizes the parade honoring Ireland's
patron saint every year on the Island.
His application for a permit for the parade was filed
somewhat late, but Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said
there was little doubt that it will be approved at the city
commission meeting Thursday night "anything for
our fine lads on their day."
Holmes Beach woman
sets 60-mile walkd
"You would think a 50-year-old woman would
have more sense than to volunteer to walk 60 miles in
three days, and if that weren't enough, camp out for
two nights," said Michele Schenk of Holmes Beach.
"Obviously, I don't, because in October I am walk-
ing (or crawling) for the very important cause of help-
ing people detect breast cancer early enough to beat it,
and finally finding a cure."
She explained that her long walk and overnight
camp-out will cost her money as well as energy -
$2,100 to be exact, which she must raise before Octo-
ber. It is a condition of participation.
A dollar for every mile she covers would be "won-
derful," she said, if enough people based their donation
on that. But every little bit helps.
Donations may be sent to Breast Cancer 3-Day,
7610 Paysphere Circle, Chicago IL 60674, she said, or
submitted online at www.The3Day.org.
She concluded: "I have begun training for the walk
and promise a blow-by-blow tell-all when it is over. It
promises to be an unforgettable challenge."
Garden tour event repeats
The second annual garden tour of Anna Maria Is-
land to benefit the Anna Maria Island Comumunit\ Or-
chestra and Chorus will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun-
day, April 3, v\ hen five gardens will be open to the
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of
the tour. They are available now at the follow ing loca-
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Guilf Dri\ e: Essence of Time, 5306 Hrhlmnes BI d.; the
Sand Dollar Gift Shop. 5302 .MNarina Dri\e: and
Ginn\ 's Antiques & Art, 5602 Marina Drive, all in
In, Anna Maria. tickets may be purchased at
Ginny's & Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive;
and at the White Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive. Additional
ticketoutlets are Don Jones Nursery & Garden Center,
2424 Manatee Ave. E.; Robyn's Nest, 7427 Manatee
Ave. W.; and Secret Gardens & Waterfalls, 6355
Manatee Ave. W.; all in Bradenton.
Artist of the month
Ann Terhardt is Artist of the Month for March at
All Angels b\ the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key. She portrays Florida animals and
flowers, working in oils and watercolors. Details may
be obtained by calling 751-0266.
A Greek dinner is planned at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17.
The menu will include kabob over rice, pastitso
and spanakopeta, peasant salad and baklava or custard
with fillo. Those attending may bring their own refresh-
ments. Tickets at $15 per person must be purchased in
advance at the church or by calling 778-1638.
Flea market and bake sale
set at Harvey Church
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, will have its annual flea
market and bake sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,
The Sea Notes will perform from 10 a.m.-l p.m.
Housewares, collectibles, clothing, electronics and "a
lot of interesting junque" will be for sale, said the pas-
tor, the Rev. William Grossman.
In addition to homemade baked goods, there will
be sloppy joes, hot dogs and coneyss" for sale. Details
are available at 224-8608.
Great American cleanup
start, Island's later
The annual Great American Cleanups have begun,
with the upper Manatee River spiffed up last Saturday
and Bradenton's turn coming this Saturday, March 12.
Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Palma Sola Causeway
and other nearby places will have to wait until April 16
for a polishing-up.
This area has been joined to such places as Pal-
metto, Emerson Point and Terra Ceia for the cleanup.
In years past, Anna Maria and Cortez were treated as
a separate target for the cleaners.
Volunteers with gloves and husky shoes can plan
on gathering at 9 a.m. April 16 at the following centers:
In Cortez, the house at the FISH Preserve across Cortez
Road from Sunny Shores; Beach House Restaurant
parking lot, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach; Anna
Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive; Kingfish Boat
Ramp at the Island end of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge, Holmes Beach; and Palma Sola Causeway pa-
For the Bradenton cleanup Saturday, volunteers
may meet at 9 a.m. at the Church of Christ, 202 Ninth
Additional information may be obtained by calling
In last year's cleanup, 2.3 million volunteers across.
the United States collected 150 million pounds of lit-
ter, planted 5 million flowers and bulbs, cleaned 6,500
miles of shoreline, and collected 1.2 million tires for
Manatee County saw 1,328 volunteers collect 273
pounds of trash, plant 88 trees, clean 299 miles of shore
and 180 miles of roads, and collect 125 tires.
Dolly Young, left, State Rep. Bill Galvano and Sandy
Local advocates in capital
to press cancer funds
.Island businesswoman Dolly Young was
among advocates for support of cancer research
who pressed for their cause among state legislators
in Tallahassee, obtaining support for legislation
from at least one local legislator.
Young, owner of T. Dolly Young Real Estate,
and Sandy Hascher met with Representatives Bill
Galvano and Ron Reagan. Galvano told them,
Young said, that he would cospsonsor legislation in
support of increasing Florida's annual National
Cancer Institute awards from $38 million to $200
million, and $500 million state investment over
time to expand cancer research capacity.
Young is advocacy chairperson and director of the
local American Cancer Society, and Hascher is direc-
tor and "Reach to Recovery" coordinator.
Earthbox inventor speaks
at Island library Monday
Blake Whisenant, inventor of the EarthBox plant-
growing system, will discuss and demonstrate his garden-
ing wonder at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Ellenton gardener will explain how his unique
growing system "automatically grows bumper crops of
vegetables, flowers and herbs in any part of the country
without any work or gardening experience -just water."
Additional information may be obtained at 778-6341,
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 9, 2005 N PAGE 11
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Claudette "Rickie" Arnold, center, is flanked by volunteers Jean Richardson, left, and Monica Rogerson at
Respite workshop. Arnold is Respite project coordinatorfor the Venice Diocese of the Catholic Church.
Volunteers complete Respite certification at workshop
Six volunteers were certified by Respite Care fol-
lowing a workshop at St. Bernard Catholic Church, a
They now will form a pool from which temporary
caregivers are drawn to help patients whose regular at-
tendants have to be absent for a brief period.
Venice Diocese project coordinator Claudette
"Rickie" Arnold of Bradenton Beach, who participated
in the instruction, said she hopes other churches will
Most of-the people needing a caregiver have some
sort of mental confusion, she said, so Respite training
stresses how to help those clients and communicate
The workshop here was conducted by Kennard
Chandler and Jill Hunter, Mederi Home Health coor-
dinators, and Arnold.
Further information may be obtained by calling her
join in the nondenominational Respite program on the at 778-3224.
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Aposporos helping launch new theater company
A new theater company will try its wings with a
first production at Fogartyville Cafe starting Saturday,
March 12, and Anna Maria's Tom Aposporos will be
He is one of a cast of two in "Brilliant Traces,"
which will run March 12-16 at the cafe, 800 17th St.
N.W., Bradenton. The production is the initial under-
taking of City Arts Productions, newly organized to
"build a professional theater company to produce plays
and films that are more avant-garde than you see at
most theaters in this area."
Its executive producer is Cheryl Clifford, who .
along with Aposporos fills the cast of "Brilliant
Traces." Written by Cindy Lou Johnson, it is directed ,-
-by Jeff Goldman. Curtain times are 8 p.m. each night. I I i
The play is the story of two dysfunctional strang-
ers trapped together in a snowbound cabin in Alaska -
an angry bride and an oil rig chef.
Aposporos has appeared in many productions on the
mainland and with the Island Players. He returned this
week from North Carolina where he performed in "Meta-
morphoses" in the regional U.S. theater competition.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and
may be reserved by calling 741-9755. i
Metamorphoses wins way to national
By Jim Hanson
Anna Maria's Tom Aposporos is back down to
earth and on the Island after helping "Metamorphoses"
beat all other plays in the Southeastern U.S. regional
theater competition held last week in North Carolina.
The Manatee Players production won its way to the
regional theatrical shootout by topping all other plays
in Florida. Now the Players take it to Kalamazoo,
Mich., in June for the national competition against
plays and players from all over the country.
Aposporos was elated with the judges' decision Sat-
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and carrying on through several other characters in
Mary Zimmerman's play. He won the "best acting"
award when "Metamorphoses" won the Florida com-
Not only was it named "best production" in the re-
gional competition, co-star Cheryl Clifford won a special
award for dance in "Metamorphoses" in North Carolina,
and its director, Rick Kerby, was named best director.
Aposporos hastened to assure that the awards and
the upcoming national competition will have no effect
on "Brilliant Traces," which opens Saturday, March 12,
for a four-night run at the Fogartyville Cafe. That show
will go on, he said. He and Clifford also co-star in that
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The Anna Maria Island Players will audition
actors for parts in "The Ferndale Avenue Hous-
ing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic So-
ciety Murder Mystery" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday,
The play by David Mcgillivray and Walter
Zerlin Jr. has roles for five women aged 20 and up
and one man somewhat older, said the director,
Kelly Wynn Woodland. It will run May 12-22.
The auditions will be at the Island Players
playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fur-
ther information is available at 794-8762.
The City of Anna Maria
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"Citizen of the Year" Award, would like to thank the
following businesses and individuals for their generous
contributions toward future projects:
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Fran Maxon Real Estate
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Some of those projects will include working in collaboration
with the City, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, the
Boys Scouts and Waste Management to provide wooden
trash enclosures; landscape maintenance of public areas,.
including the City of Anna Maria Historical Park and the
Gulffront Park; seeking opportunities for further grants, and
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dures and funding for a tree replacement program.
Committee members noted that forum attendees
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Holmes Beach resident John Nlol-neux told the
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Playing with fod
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presented at the Anna Maria
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The Anna Maria City Commission will hold a spe-
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or not it wants Circuit Court Judge James Adams to
hear a lawsuit brought against the city by Dr. Jack
Guggino of 102 Maple Ave.
Commission Chairperson John Quam said City
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receiving information from the Florida League of Cit-
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may have had.prior contact with Guggino on a differ-
"That's really all I know, said Quam. "We should
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Guggino filed a lawsuit in November 2004 against
the city after the commission denied him a variance to
build a new'house on his property.
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Red tide proving deadly to manatees
Irritating red tide may have slackened for
beachgoers, but it has apparentlybecome deadly for
As of Monday, 14 dead sea cows were found dead
along Southwest Florida shores, including one off Anna
Maria Island. The red tide bloom was suspected to be the
cause of their demise, according to scientists with the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Red tide is caused by explosive growth of a marine
Wishing pays off
Talk about making a wish come true how
about a wish for a 17-foot boat?
Robert Fuller of Cortez ran across a pre-Christ-
mas edition of The Islander that included the annual
"Wish List," including service organizations' wishes
for Christmas gifts, given their druthers.
Among the wishers was the Florida Gulf Coast
Maritime Museum, being developed just across
Cortez Road from Fuller's home. A boat, any boat,
would be appreciated, said the museum folks.
Fuller called and talked with the museum's
director, Roger.Allen. Sure, I'd-like a boat, said
Allen. Sure, I've got one, said Fuller.
Now the gift is at the museum, and it's a
dandy, said Allen, just what they need.
It's a 17-foot Fiberglas runabout, inboard/
outboard-powered, which the museum and its
boatbuilding classes will use as "a safety boat,
chase boat, whatever, for programming needs,"
Anyone else with anything else maritime that
the museum might find useful, call Allen at 708-
Digital photo workshop
scheduled for Saturday
A workshop in digital cameras and their use is
scheduled from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12,
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Andy Little will provide "very basic" information
at the session, the first of two at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. The second will be March 26.
Cost of Saturday's workshop is $10, and those in-
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Red tide levels in the area were classed as "me-
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were recorded south of Manatee County, as well as in
New Pass in Sarasota Bay.
Dead fish were present on the beaches last week,
'Coffee house' with Hobbits
at Artists Guild gallery
A "second Friday" program is planned by the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island featuring a
"coffee house" motif with open mike and a spe-
cial appearance by the Island Hobbits.
It will be at the guild's gallery, 5424 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday,
March 11. The Hobbits are four Island children
who have become polished musicians, playing in
various venues to enthusiastic welcomes.
The program is open to the public free of
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said only a few dead fish were spotted on that city's
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Artist June Kleeman will demonstrate making col-
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She will show machine quilting techniques and
discuss collage design. Originally from Pennsylvania,
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Mowry mercy trip to Haiti awaits fed OK
By Jim Hanson
Earl Mowry will be on his way to Haiti again with
3,300 pounds of help as soon as he can get clearance,
but it's all up to the U.S. Department of Homeland
The Holmes Beach humanitarian has gathered 10
large boxfuls of goods that Haitians badly need, he
said, but "it's not simple like it used to be, just pack up
and go. Now you have to get security clearance and
that's not easy. There's a lot of paperwork--they even
asked me to send my passport, but they settled, I think,
for a Xerox copy and I'm waiting to hear."
He has been back and forth between Anna Maria
Island and the troubled Caribbean island for years, tak-
ing supplies and money and hope and bringing back
Lowry created the "bags of joy" concept, plastic
bags that he stuffs with all kinds of items kids need and
enjoy, and has taken thousands there. He just sent 500
of them to Cap Haidien and has 500 more among the 10
boxes of goods he has gathered in the past few months.
Also in those boxes are 400 pounds of school sup-
The Rev. Robb Mongiello ofSt. Bernard Catholic
Church helps load donations of "Bags of Joy"
donated by parishioners of the church to Mowry's
Don Petty of Kettering, Ohio, and Anna Maria, left, is a
according to organizer Earl Mowry, right.
plies, and a whole lot of clothing, gifts, kindergarten-
size tables and chairs, electrical supplies, 100 T-shirts,
several men's suits ... the list goes on.
SHe has arranged with Cosco, the Haitian shipping
line, to take the cargo from Fort Lauderdale to Cap
Haitien, he said, and he needs to be there too. If all goes
perfectly, he may leave Thursday, March 10, and return
a week later.
If that works out, he will see "100 percent com-
pleted" the church he helped build over the past three
years. It will be formally dedicated this summer. The
nearby school Canadians are building is held up by a
shortage of materials, so he won't be able to help that
construction as he had hoped.
"great help" preparing "Bags of Joy" for Haiti,
What he and his confrerees will do is start work on
the parsonage for the church's pastor, the Rev. Julio
Jean Gillies, badly needed to replace the semi-hovel
where the pastor and his big family live now.
S"We're gaining on the finance front," he said hap-
pily. "I've got $15,000 in hand for them, and that will
help us start the house."
The money and goods have all been donated by Is-
landers and people on the mainland, most of them
members of churches Lowry has gotten involved in the
"It's such a good way to help the kids there, make
their lives better," he said. "What we want is to make
a better world for them, and we're gaining."
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AME parent night features kids' bully behavior workshop
Anna Maria Elementary School will host a special
presentation to learn about bully prevention tactics in
conjunction with its parent-teacher conference night
Thursday, March 17.
Jan Urbanski, a prevention specialist for Safe and
Drug Free Schools will discuss "Bullies and the Bul-
lied" and provide strategies for parents to teach their
children how to identify bully behavior and resist bul-
SMMonday, March 14
SBreakfast: Pancakes with Syrup, Cereal, Toast,
SLunch: Chicken Tender, Chili with Rice, Potato
S"Smiles," Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Rosy
Tuesday, March 15
SBreakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
SLunch: Tuna Salad on Bun, Mini Corn Dog,
Tator Triangles, Peas and Carrots, Mixed Fruit
Wednesday, March 16
* Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Bagel, Cereal,
Lunch: Hamburger or Cheeseburger on Bun,
S Sloppy Joe on Bun, Tossed Salad, Steamed
Carrot Coins, Baked Lays Chips, Chilled
-Thursday, March 17
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit, Cereal,
Toast, Cheese Toast, Fruit
S Lunch: St. Patrick's Day Student-Planned
Friday, March 18
S Breakfast: Sausage Buscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Pizza, Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup,
Steamed Corn, Fruit Cocktail
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Domino's Pizza will be selling pizza for $1 a sliced
beginning at 4 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
Parents are encouraged to schedule a teacher con-
ference prior.to the presentation and enjoy a pizza din-
ner with their children.
The Parent-Teacher Organization will also be selling
tickets to the school's annual Spring Fling fundraiser prior
to the bullying presentation. Tickets for the dinner, dance
and silent auction scheduled for April 23 are $30 per per-
son. PTO representatives will be taking reservations in the
courtyard outside the school cafeteria.
For more information or to schedule a teacher con-
ference, call the administrative office at 708-5525.
Fifth-grade students at
Anna Maria Elementary
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Campus. The school on 75th
;. Street will be demolished
after spring break the end
of March and a new build-
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by the time AME fifth-
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AME fifth-graders were visited by
King Middle School counselor Sue
Tembrook and eighth-grader Avery
Flemming for a brief introduction ton-
middle school life. Students were
shown images of Braden River High,
School, where sixth-, seventh- and
eighth-graders will attend classes
while King is rebuilt. Students
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Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. Tick-
ets are $30 a person. Free babysitting is available
at the School of Constructive Play in Anna Maria
to the first 60 kids registered.
All Islanders are invited to dance and limbo
the night away with the Luau Dance Band and dine
on food provided by popular Island restaurants.
Artwork created by students will be part of the
silent auction to help raise funds for learning sup-
plies. Another auction item includes a weekend for
four at Tortuga Inn provided by Bark & Company
Reservation forms are available at the school
administrative office. For more information, call.
Luau Chairperson Jamie Walstad at 778-5191.
'We're Still Havin' Fun'
barbershop show due
The barbershop singing show, "We're Still Havin'
Fun,". will include four Island voices when it opens at
2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Neel Performing Arts
It is the 24th annual show of the Gulfcoast Sand-
piper Barbershop Chorus, and will include Anna Maria
Islanders Charley Canniff, Jim Graham, Will Little and
Two featured guest quartets will be there, the
Humdingers and the Rounders, the latter the 2004
Florida entry in the Men's Barbershop International
Competition at Louisville, Ky.
All seats are reserved, said a Neel spokesperson.
Tickets are $17, $15 and $13, and may be reserved at
753-8197 or purchased an hour before the show at the
Neel box office, 5840 26th:St. W., Bradenton.
Final 'Thieves' Market'
of season coming up
The last "Thieves' Market" of the season by the
Anna Maria Island Privateers is scheduled for 8 a.m. to
3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Coquina Beach, the
south end of the Island.
Noting that last month's event had 85 vendors, a
Privateers spokesperson promised "something for ev-
eryone," from food, crafts and art to fresh vegetables
and tattoos. The organization's land-navigating pirate
"ship".will be there.
Proceeds will go to the Privateers' youth programs,
scholarships and other community efforts. Details may
be obtained at 650-6136 and 729-9039.
Penny flower show
March 16 at Roser Church
The Anna Maria Garden Club is hosting a "Penny
Flower Show" at Roser Memorial Community Church
Wednesday, March 16.
Club member Jean Taylor said that flower arrange-
ments will be on display, each with its own coin recep-
tacle. The public will have the opportunity to judge the
arrangements and cast votes by placing coins in the
containers. People attending the event can show how
much they appreciate a display by the quantity of coins
and value of coins,placed in the container.
The event, which is sponsored by The Islander
newspaper, will be from 1 to 3 p'm. in the church fel-
lowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. For more
information, call Taylor at 778-4683.
Sail into breakfast at AME
Anna Maria Elementary School students are en-
couraged to celebrate National Nutrition Month by
"Sailing into Breakfast" each morning during the week
of March 21.
Cafeteria manager Rene Harper said there will be
prize giveaways for students who arrive early and eat
The initiative is designed to teach students the
importance a nutritious breakfast plays in enhancing
their readiness to learn and succeed in school.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 9, 2005 0 PAGE 17
In her classic poem, Elizabeth Barrett
Browning wrote "How do I love thee? Let me
count the ways."
The same might be said for Manatee
County about Anna Maria Island in the
county's recently published annual financial
report for the fiscal year 2003-04.
The cover of the report features a picture of
Coquina Beach, while four of the six pictures
inside the report are of Anna Maria Island wa-
ter scenes, A fifth picture is of the Palma Sola
Causeway, while only one other picture, that of
the Manatee River, was included.
The accompanying financial summary has
the same Coquina Beach picture on the front
cover, while the Anna Maria City Pier graces
the back cover.
And Manatee County should love the Is-
land and Longboat Key for its revenue contri-
The financial report indicates the tourism
tax brought in $7.7 million in revenues for the
2003-04 fiscal year. Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key accommodations about 22
percent of the available rental rooms in the
county would have contributed approxi-
mately 65 percent of that money.
In addition, the Island and Longboat Key
taxpayers shelled out approximately 15 percent
of the county's $452 million budget, despite
the fact that less than 3 percent of the county's
300,000 population live on the Gulf beaches
portion of Manatee County.
Maybe the county should say: "How do we
love thee, Islanders? Let us count the money."
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Islad pFeb. 28. 400 Magnolia Avenue, alleged child
Island police reports buse. A father reported finding multiple scratches on
Anna Maria City his children after their return home from \ islting their
Feb. 26, 700 block of North Shore Drive, trespass. mother in North Carolina.
A man reported finding a suspicious person trespass- March 1, 600 block of North Shore Drive, found
ing-on his porch. According to the report, he heard property. A property owner reported finding a gun
noises coming from the porch area and then upon turn- pouch and loaded revolver in a rental property that had
ing on the light, startled an unknown male who then been recently vacated. Attempts were made to contact
fled. the possible owner.
Dorothy V. Armstrong
Dorothy V. Armstrong, 87, of Bradenton and for-
merly Holmes Beach, died March 6.
Born in Cleveland. Ohio. Mrs. Armstrong moved
to Manatee County from Brecksville. Ohio, in 1983.,
She was a homemaker. She \;as a former member of
O.E.S. She attended Roser Memorial Community
Church, Anna Maria City.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
i Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of
SSouthwest Florida, 595-5 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manatee Avenue
Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Merry of Spokane,
Wash., Barbara Gearhart of Lawrence, Kan., and Lucy
Harrison of Alliance, Ohio; sister Margaret Pritsch of
Bradenton; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchil-
dren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Marilyn Clark Grenzebach
SMarilyn Clark Grenzebach, 88, of Grand Rapids,
Mich., and formerly Anna Maria Island, died Feb. 27.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Grenzebach was a
graduate of Lafa~ette High School and the Newark
School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, N.J. She
was a commercial artist. She was a longtime member
of the Island PlaN ers of Anna Maria Island.
Services .. ill be March 26 at the Unitarian Church of
Evanston, Ill. Memo-rial contributions may be made to the
Island Players, P.O. Box 2059, Anna Maria FL 34216, or
to the UI Foundation for the Center for Macular Degen-
eration, P.O. Box 450, Iowa City IN 52244.
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traffic violation and during a routine search of the
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according to the report. the officer found e2i-
dence of ground cannabis in the food processor.
Feb. 2b, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, trespass. A
man was arrested for trespassing at the bar after hav-
ing been issued a warning.
Feb. 26, 5400 Block of NMarina Drive, DUI. Will-
iam Vaudrey, 78. of Ottawa. Canada. was arrested for
driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the
report, Vaudrey was involved in a traffic accident with
another \ vehicle after leaving a drinking establishment.
According to the report, failed a breathalyzer test ad-
ministered at the police station.
March 1, 7500 block of Palm Drive, theft. A man
reported that some digital videos and prescription pills
\\ere stolen from his home. According to the report,
there was some damage done to the door jam at the rear
March 1, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn. theft. A
\ oman reported her purse stolen.
March 1. 5223 Marina Dri e, Anna Nlaria Boat
Club, theft. Employees reported witnessing a suspect
steal a Jet-Ski from the canal. An employee told police
this is the same Jet-Ski that was stolen last week and
that it was not locked up because it does not operate
properly. The area was searched for the watercraft, but
it was not recovered.
March 2, 248 S. Harbor Drive, St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, criminal mischief. The top bar of a hand-
rail was reportedly sawed off and missing.
March 2, 3248 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, theft. A
man reported his cell phone stolen.
March 3, 500 block of Manatee Avenue, missing
person. According to the report, officers sa\v a man
who seemed disoriented walking in the rain. The
man was unable to give officers directions to his
home or ar address. The officer found the man's
name on a missing person list and he was released to
a family member.. .
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 9, 2005 E PAGE 19
Manager of the Island Publix Super Market Jeff Williams takes a bite of cake
celebrating the company's 75th anniversary-Thursday, March 3. Ice cream,
cake, wine and food tasting and even some disco music were featured from 4 to
7p.m. in "our neighborhood Publix," where "shopping is always a pleasure."
Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Sampling's a pleasure, too
International Wine & Spirits representative Drew Farmell of Tampa offers a taste
selection to Herman Borstelman of Holmes Beach at the Publix 75th anniversary
'It's our pleasure'
Kim Lahew, Manager Jeff Williams, Barbara Wilson and Barbara Zaffino offered cake and tasting of various
foods to shoppers during the Publix 75th anniversary celebration at the Island store last week.
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Wednesday, March 9
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terra Ceia Village RV Resort craft
fair at 9303 Bayshore Road, Palmetto. Information: 723-
11 a.m. U.S. Navy luncheon at the American Legion
Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players meeting at Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant, 800
Broadway, Longboat Key. Information: 778-4865.
Noon -Anna Maria Island Historical Society volunteer
a lunch at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1514.
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
SInformation: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1:30 to 3p.m. Arthritis Foundation lecture "Mind Body
Connection" at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf
of Mexico.Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 794-1400, ext.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Basket-weaving workshop with
Pam McMillen at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Thursday, March 10
10 a.m. to 2p.m. AARP tax assistance at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: (888) 227-7669.
1 to 2:30 p.m. Fabric collage demonstration by June
Kleeman at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
7p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 23rd
Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information; 778-
7p.m. The Manatee Sail & Power Squadron presents
"How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane" at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
7:30 p.m. Manatee/Sarasota Sierra Club presents
"Water for People and Nature, Not for Profit: The Story of
Corporate Water Privatization and Public Resistance" at the
Sudakoff Center, University South Florida, 5700 N. Tamiami
.Trail, Sarasota. Information: 755-4368. Bring dessert to
Friday, March 11
5 to 7:30p.m. "Coffee House Open.Mic Night" hosted
by the Island Hobbits at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
7p.m. Toccoa Falls College Choir at the Island Bap-
tist Church, 8506 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-
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"flavors" of smoked mullet and barbecue at a recent Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves' Market at
Coquina Beach. The next event is Saturddy, March 12. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
lege, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 953-4252.
8 to 11 p.m. "Gotta Dance" at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, March 12
8a.m. to 1 p.m. -Flea market and bake sale at Harvey
Memorial Community Church, 300 Church St., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 224-9608.,
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anna Maria Island Privateer's
Thieves Market at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Infor-
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005'Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 752-5973.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden lecture and plant sale at
Palma Sola Botanical Park,. 9800 17th Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 761-2866.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.'- Anna Maria Island Art League
"Springfest" at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:778-2099.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Digital photography workshop with
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2 p.m. Big band extravaganza with Leon Merian at
the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main Street, Bradenton. In-
formation: 748-5875. Fee applies.
8 to 11 p.m. "Do Ya, Do Ya, Do Ya Wanna Dance?"
at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave.,
Bradenton. Information: 773-0177. Fee applies.
Sunday, March 13
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden lecture and plant sale at
Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 761-2866.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Art League
"Springfest" at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Monday, March 14
9 a.m. Widowed persons support group at the Anna
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Maria Island Community Center, 508 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908.
10:30 a.m. to noon Waltz workshop with Robin
Rhodes at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
SMarina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.Fee
.1:30 p.m. Gardening program with Blake Whisenanm.
inventorof the Earthbox, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Tuesday, March 15
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Communily 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-
1:30 to 3 p.m. Shell crafting with Lynn Gaulin at the
Anna Maria Island Communiiy Center, 4C7 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information::778-1908. Fee applies
2 to 3:30 p.m. -- Basket-weaving class with Pam
McMillen at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information. 778-2099. -ee applies.
3 to 4:30 p.m. "Pholography Today" lecture with
Tomas Carabasi at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.. Fee
Wednesday, March 16
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. :
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria
SIsland Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-3390. Fee applies
1to 3p.m. Anna.Maria Garden Club "Penny Flower
Sale" at Roser:Merriorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-4683,
6 ?o 7:30 p.m. "Parenting with Love and Logic" at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
"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.
"Student Exhibit" at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through March 31. Infor-
Old master's methodology oil painting class at the
SAntna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through April 6. Information: 778-2099. Fee ap-
Basket-weaving class with Pam McMillen at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through April 12. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
AARP tax assistance at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through April 15. Infor-
malion: (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.
Greek dinner at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
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Art, artifacts for AID
All Island Denominations held its second ammall Art and Artifacts exhibit at the Episcopal Church of the
Ainunication Friday, March 4, and Betty Holmes was on hand with drawings and paintings of Christ that she
has collected over the years. Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose
citation March 17.. C ,.. --
Manatee Audubon Society meeting at First Presbyte-
rian Church, Bradenton, March 17.
*"Beau Jest" at the Island Players playhouse March 17. j .
St. Patrick's Day breakfast at the Moose. Lodge '' : ...
SFamily caregiver support group at the Island Branch ~" .
Library March 18.
Spring dance at the American Legion Post No. 24
Classical figure drawing class at the Anna Maria Island
Art League March 18.
Deep Sky Observers at the South Florida Museum
Sierra Club Lake Manatee Paddle March 19.
Sea Snooze Overnight at Mote Marine Aquarium
March 19. ...
Gardening college and plant fair at the Manatee
County Fairgrounds March 19.
Art sale at the Education Center, Longboat Key,
Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus at Neel Per-
forming Arts Center March 19.
Heritage Days at Manatee Village Historical Park
Anna Maria Island Orchestra and Chorus at First
United Methodist Church March 20. .: /
Stepping-stone craft class at the Anna Maria Island William J. Willis displayedhis biblical scroll, circapre-
Community Center March 21. William J. lis displayedhis biblical scroll, circapre-
"A Flash of Green" film showing at Holmes Beach City 1900, that was handed down by his father's family, who
Hall March 21. moved from Nebraska to Wisconsin, at the AID Art and
o Internet class at the Island Branch Library March 21. Afa Friday at the Eiscoal Church of the
I "Inside Abstract Art" at the Education Center, Longboat Artifacs exhibit Friday at the Episcopal Church of the
Key, March 22. Annunication in Holmes Beach.
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Easter wishes that should be ducked, beer facts
The folks at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
- vation Commission are offering a bit of shopping ad-
vice to parents don't buy your kids a duckling for
"Although these mallard ducks might make nice
pets while they are young, they can live for 10 years or
more and quickly outgrow the 'cute and fuzzy stage,'
leaving full-size droppings on your patio and outdoor
furniture," said Diane Eggeman, FWC waterfowl bi-
The concept of potty training a duck is something
that I can't get my brain around and, it would appear,
neither can a duck. So once you've got the baby crit-
ter and it starts to get big, the general response is to just
open the screen door and say, "Oops!" This is a bad and
The FWC has passed a rule that makes it unlawful
to release captive-reared mallard ducks into the wild.
"One reason for this rule is that domesticated
ducks, once released, are capable of transmitting dis-
eases and compete with native wildlife for food and
habitat," according to the FWC. "The more important
reason is that releasing these mallards into the wild
threatens the existence of the Florida mottled duck, a
unique subspecies found only in peninsular Florida.
"These domesticated or feral mallards are cross-
breeding with the mottled duck, producing hybrid off-
By the way, wild mallards are migratory in Florida,
acting like snowbirds and showing up only in the win-
ter, after which they take off to their northern haunts to
mate and then return the next fall.
However, the once-pet, now-released ducks don't
migrate and instead try to mate with the local mottled
"The Florida mottled duck population is relatively
small, with the breeding population estimated at only
30,000-40,000 and already FWC biologists are saying
that perhaps as many as 12 percent of these ducks are
showing genetic evidence of hybridization," FWC re-
It's that time of year
... that the grass is starting to grow again. Believe
it or not, lawnmowers need tune-ups just like cars, and
this is a good time of year to proceed, since something
like two-thirds of us don't bother with the annual
checkup, according to the Toro Company.
First, drain the old fuel. Any gasoline more than 90
days old tends to clog carburetors.
Once the tank is empty and the spark plug wire is
disconnected, take off the mower blade and either get
it sharpened or do it yourself. If it's badly.dinged, re-
Change the oil. Fresh oil keeps the engine properly
lubricated and ensures that clean oil is continuously
distributed to critical engine components, reducing fric-
tion. Check your owner's manual for specifications.
Change the spark plug. Before installing the new
plug, be sure to check its gap, again checking the
owner's manual for specs.
Replace the air filter. A clogged air filter reduces
the air/fuel ratio, resulting in higher fuel consumption
and a rough-running engine. And don't just change the
filter once a year check it during the summer and
replace if it starts to get filled with gunk. By the way,
there are generally two types of filters, paper or foam.
If your'mower requires a foam filter, be sure to satu-
rate the filter with fresh engine oil, wrap it in a clean
rag and then squeeze out the excess oil before install-
Spray all linkages, cables and wheel areas with
WD-40. Do not use oil to do this because oil will re-
tain dirt and eventually clog the area.
When you're done, fill 'er up with gas, replace the
spark plug and you're off.
And in the list of lawn-care trivia, here's some fig-
ures on average shelf life of some common products:
Gasoline has a shelf life of around 90 days. Like
milk, gasoline can go bad and may significantly harm
a lawnmower's life span.
Oil can have a shelf life of up to three years, but it
Pat Geyer and Joan Ambrose caught up on their high school days over lunch at Duffy's Tavern in Holmes
Beach. Geyer, a Holmes Beach resident and Ambrose, visiting son David of Holmes Beach from Chicago,
were in the same class and graduated together from Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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a year. And, of course, be sure to properly dispose of
all oil or gas.
Grass seed, depending upon the storage, can last
two to three years. In order to test its vitality; plant a
few seeds in a small flowerpot, keep them moist and
cover them with a plastic bag. Good seeds will germi-
nate within a week or two.
Fertilizer never goes bad. Even when it becomes
compacted and hard, all you need to do is take a ham-
mer and break it apart. However, spread the compacted
pieces sparingly to not destroy the roots.
Beer industry pours billions
into U.S. economy
Here's an argument for having a cold beer on Sun-
day afternoon you're boosting the U.S. economy.
SAccording to the National Beer Wholesalers Asso-
ciation and the Beer Institute and no, that's not
where I got my college degree beer is "enjoyed re-
sponsibly by more than 90 million adults of legal drink-
ing age across the United States. America's beer-re-
lated businesses, including brewers, wholesalers, retail-
ers and suppliers, contribute more than $162 billion
annually to the U.S. economy."
Yes, that is $162 billion.-
According to the study, "the beer industry's eco-
nomic impact is responsible for nearly 1.8 million jobs
that provide more than $54 billion in wages. The indus-
try also generates and pays more than $30 billion in
federal, state and local taxes, including consumption
Beer's economic input has expanded by 12 percent
in the past four years, adding something like 120,000
jobs and more than $7 billion in wages, according to
the beer experts.
Beer facts: There are more than 3,500 malt bever-
age brands available in the United States alone, "more
than three times the number of products available over
a decade ago," according to the beer experts.
Dueling bars settle
And speaking of adult beverages, a pair of Key
West bars have settled a long-running legal feud over
who can claim credit for a popular name and a frequent
haunt of author Ernest Hemingway.
Both Sloppy Joe's Bar and Captain Tony's Saloon
laid claim to the "original" moniker of "Sloppy Joe"
Russell, who was an old buddy of Hemingway's-and a
frequent drinking pal during the author's time in Key
It gets confusing: Russell first operated out of the
city's old morgue from 1933 through 1937. He then
moved a block to the current site of the famous Sloppy
Joe's, and Captain Tony moved his business into the
Captain Tony billed his location as the "original"
Sloppy Joe's, prompting the established Sloppy Joe
empire to file suit on trademark infringement.
The out-of-court settlement allows Captain Tony's
to bill itself as "The Original Sloppy Joe's from 1933
Seems like a lot of fuss for naught, don't it?
According to the beer experts, "In ancient times,
beer was flavored with herbs such as coriander, rose-
mary and lupine. Over time, Northern Europeans
learned to use hops instead, which add flavor and help
preserve the product. Today, brewers purchase more
than $850 million in raw materials from farmers across
the country for basic beer production, including barley
grain for malt, the hop vine flower to give beer its
mellow bitterness, yeast for fermentation, and water.
Certain varieties of beer also use rice, corn, wheat, sor-
ghum and other grains."
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 9, 2005 0 PAGE 25
Trout rule inshore, plus reds; 'banner' grouper, too
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Offshore fishing seems to be the real deal right
now, with lots of grouper and snapper coming into the
coolers on those less-than-cool days out in the Gulf of
Bait is starting to show as well, so kingfish and
mackerel shouldn't be too far away for trolling fish-
Inshore action is pretty much all trout and redfish,
with a few snook in the upper reaches of the bays as
well as some big flounder and sheepshead.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said "it was a
banner week for offshore fishing." He explained that
grouper and snapper action is great on the days that
fishers can get out, but the "getting out" part isn't so
.bad because a lot of the best action is within 15 miles
from Anna Maria Island. Bill said one of his custom-
ers bragged about catching lane, hog, mangrove and
yellowtail snapper yes, all on one trip as well
as some big gag and red grouper.. Inshore action is
"all trout all the time," Bill added, with snook start-
ing to bit in the farther reaches of the backwaters like
canals in Palma Sola Bay and Bowlees Creek off
Sarasota Bay. Redfish action is also good.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's been fishing Terra Ceia and Miguel
bays and catching speckled seatrout to 19 inches, red-
fish to 19 inches, flounder to 19 inches, and sheepshead
to 3 pounds, with both artificial and live bait working
best at different tides and conditions.
Kevin Kizert at Perico Island Bait and Tackle
said there are lots of trout being caught "all over, from
Bimini Bay to Sarasota Bay." He said the trout are all
of good size, as well as some of the big reds from the
backwater, plus flounder and sheepshead. He said some
days have been windy for the offshore anglers, but the
reports keep coming in on good catches of grouper and
Capt. Eddie Ranft of Sea Fox out of Cortez said
his party boat charters have been doing very well off-
shore. A Sjtu rda\ trip produced better than 200-head
of snapper, Key West grunts and porgies, and a Mon-
day trip out in the Gulf brought back better than 300-
head of lane snapper and porgies, plus some grouper.
Capt. Eddie said he's not seeing any red tide offshore,
and based on the bait he's seeing schooling out there
he expects the kingfish and mackerel to start to show
up at any time.
,Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters said he has taken his clients out to "fantas-
tic catches of red grouper over the past week. There
were a couple of cold, rainy days that were not 'fish-
able,' but after the cold fronts moved out of our area,
the fish were more than ready to feed." His daylong
charters are regularly bringing in red grouper to 25
pounds, gag grouper to 18 pounds and mangrove
snapper to 6 pounds, as well as yellowtail, lane and
vermilion snapper plus other reef fish. "We have
been fishing out 25 to 35 miles," Capt. Larry said,
adding that live Key West grunts, frozen Spanish
sardines and live shrimp for snapper are working
best as bait. Glenn McLinton and Dewayne Przybilla
of Minnesota were able to bring back an "awesome
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catch of red grouper that ranged from 20- to 30-
pounds each. Jim Hintz and party also caught a limit
catch of 'fire trucks' ,(red grouper)" in 145 feet of
water using live grunts and frozen sardines as bait.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404.
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed .to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
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mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
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Tour de France
Harry and Hal Christensen of Harry's Continental
Kitchens on Longboat Key recently took part in a 12-
day tour-in France of selected vineyards and winer-
ies. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Hal Christensen
Harry's goes Continental
Sommeliers Harry and Hal Christensen of Harry's
Continental Kitchens at 525 St. Judes Drive on Longboat
Key headed to France in January as part of the 2005 Rob-
ert Kacher Selections Vineyard Tour of France.
The 12-day tour gave the Christensen father-and-son
team a chance to meet French wine growers and learn
first-hand about France's legendary wines and wineries.
The tour group visited the wine region of Bvr-
gundy in addition to several wine regions surrounding
the Rhone River, including Languedoc, Provence, Cote
du Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
"This was truly a wine feast," said Harry. He par-
ticularly liked the "Rose Soiree" that featured'16 dif-
ferent 2003 Provence Roses. The 2003 season pro-
duced a superb wine, he said, but weather limited pro-
Spending time with wine professionals, learning
how the soil and weather affect the wine and how
French vintners cellar their wines provided the
Christensens with priceless information. The end result
for their patrons and local wine aficionados is that
Harry's Continental Kitchens wine inventory and cel-
lar will become even more sophisticated.
For more information on Harry's Continental Kitch-
ens restaurant, deli and catering service, call 383-0777.
Leading in Paradise
A Paradise Realty at 5201 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach has named Quentin Talbert as its top sales
agent in both residential sales and listings for February
Commercial listings honors went to Dave Jones.
To reach A Paradise Realty, call 778-4800.
Tops at Wedebrock
Wedebrock Real Estate Company recently hon-
ored Geoff Wall as its top listing agent for its Holmes
Beach-office, while Tina Rudek took the honors for the
Longboat Key branch.
Wall was also the top selling agent for Holmes
Beach, with Courtney Campbell gaining that distinc-
tion on Longboat Key. The team title for selling agents
went to Cindy and Gary LaFlamme of the Longboat
To reach Wedebrock Real Estate at 3224 E. Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach, call 778-0700. The Longboat
Key office telephone is 383-5543.
Island Paradise Realty at 6101 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach has named Marilyn Trevethan as its
top listing agent for the most new listings during Feb-
Sruary 2005, while Alan Galletto was named to sales
agent for the most closings during the ionth.
"We had a very busy month and both Marilyn and
Alan deserve this recognition," said Frank Davis Jr.,
owner of Island Real Estate.
For more information on Island Real Estate, call
A vision for the Island
Dr. Doug Black and wife Helena recently opened
Clearly seeing the Island
Dr. Douglas Black and wife Helena recently opened
Island Vision Care in the Centre Shops at 5350 Gulf
of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key. Islander Photo:
Island Vision Care on Longboat Key in the Centre
Shops at 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, suite 202.
Island Vision is the only full-service optometry
practice on the Manatee County barrier islands.
Island Vision has brand-name eyewear at competi-
tive prices. Sunglasses in numerous styles.and labels
are also available, many with prescription lenses. Con-
tact lenses in various shades are also available.
In addition, Dr. Black, a licensed optometrist, per-
forms eye examination, eye surgery liaison and treats
He and Helena have lived in the area for the past
four years and he practiced in Sarasota before opening
Island Vision Care. The couple said they \\ ee lured
from Ohio b~y the sunshine ahd beaches found on
Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.
S"It's like working in paradise," said Dr. Black from
his new office.
Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Wednesday and Friday, and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on
To reach Island Vision Care for more information,
Island real estate
643 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,446 sfla /
3,130 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car bayfront pool home built in 1969
on a 117X151 lot was sold 02/27/05, Kiersey to Sack for
$1,360,000; list $1,500,000.
622 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,611 sfla/ 2,649
sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1968 on
a 95X115 lot was sold 02/15/05, Daley to Schmidt for
2219 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 2,940 sfur office
building built in 1960 on a 50X100 corner lot was sold 02/17/
05, Lowman to Palmer for $775,000; list $775,000.
100 73rd St., No. 102, Holmes Beach, Coconuts, a 660
'Cinco de commerce'
"Cinco de Chiro" was the theme of the February
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce network-
ing social hosted by Island Chiropractic. Pictured at
the event are, left to right, Elaine Andreasen, office
manager, massage therapist Judy Rup, chiropratic
assistant Erin Selitto and Dr. Kathleen Goerg,
owner. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
sfla / 780 sfur 1bed/1 bath gulffront condo built in 1972 was
sold 02/18/05, Langston to Hurley for $463,500.
312 Hardin Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,843 sfla / 2,158 sfur
4bed/2bath duplex built in 1957 on a 39X108 lots was sold
02/18/05, Sleeper to Toal for $437,500; list $459,000.
3805 East Bay Drive, No. 306, Holmes Beach, Sunbow
Bay, a 1,146 sfla /1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1979
was sold 02/14/05, Mullins to Elliott for $400,000; list
3801 East Bay Drive, No. 106, Holmes Beach, Sunbow
Bay, a 1,121 sfla /1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1981
was sold 02/16/05, Schmidt to Overholser for $335,000.
5400 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 810 sfla / 838 sfur
1bed/1 bath condo built in 1964 was sold 02/17/05, Steacy
to Wieland for $260,000; list $280.000.
3302 Gull Drive Unit 201, Holmes Beach, Surset Cove,
a 2,108 sfla / 2,547 sfur 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo builtin
2000 was sold 02/24/05, SME Investments to Dider Proper-
ties for $1,635,000.
5806 Gulf Drive, Unit 109, Holmes Beach, Waters Edge,
a 1,048 sfla / 1,202 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo built in
1975 was sold 02/22/05, Schwabe to Hildorf for $859,000;
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 503, Holmes Beach, Martinique
South, a 1,169 sfla 3bed/2bath/1car Gulffront condo, built in
1970 was sold 02/24/05, Bridge-Austin tc Turner for
6804 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, West Wind Shores, a
1,281 sfla / 1,457 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1977 was
sold 02/25/05, Rodda Family Trust to Niewyk for $695,000;
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 275, Holmes Beach, Westbay
Point & Moorings, a 1,622 sfla,/ 1,793 sfur 3bed/2bath condo
built in 1979 was sold 02/25/05, Peterson to Peterson for
206 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,232 sfla / 1,977 sfur
2bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1955 on a 90X100 lot
was sold 02/24/05, Byram to Greene for $425,000; list
Compiled by Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-
Bay Realty of Holmes Beach. He can be reached at (941)
713-4755 direct, or at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions may also be
viewed on the Web at islander.org. Copyright 2005.
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THE ISLANDER E MARCH 9, 2005 0 PAGE 27
condo's birth due
By Jim Hanson
The Buccaneer Inn, for more than half a century
part of life on Longboat Key, has been demolished to
make way for a luxury condominium development.
Founded by the late Herb Field in 1957, it was the
place on the key for many of its years, the "treasure
chest" in the lobby a source of joy for thousands of
children as the restaurant and bar was for their elders.
One oldtimer attending the execution of the stone
and beam building said that it was where Anna Maria
Islanders went to hide out from nosy neighbors while
they disported themselves, many times only to find the
neighbors at their elbow.
Replacing the venerable building on Dream Island
Road will be the Grand Mariner, 14 condo units start-
ing at $1.7 million and peaking at the $3.3 million pent-
house. That's not counting the docks there are 20 of
them for yachts up to 70 feet, around $200,000 per
dock. Michael Saunders & Co. will handle sales, and
Saunders herself was prominent at the demolition fes-
Terrapin Properties of Chicago will build Grand
Mariner. Terrapin bought the property from Tom Hires
and then fought three years of court battles over the
legality of its zoning. Last month the appellate court
dismissed the suit filed by some Longboaters.
Construction will begin later this month and should
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The famous Buccaneer Inn on Longboat Key was demolished last week to make way for the Grand Mariner
condominium project. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
take about 18 months, said Jake Geleerd, a Terrapin
principal who could barely contain his glee at the
demolition last Thursday.
Herb Field was a genuine Longboat pioneer, build-
ing the Buccaneer after selling his interest in what be-
came the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort. His color-
ful personality lent itself to the piratical theme he as-
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signed his restaurant, and he stayed at the helm almost
until his death a few years ago. His son Tim spoke at
the ceremony Thursday.
So did many others, recounting their times at the
rollicking restaurant and bar. "Just one more part of our
lives being put in the past," said one spectator. "But it
looks like [Grand Mariner] will be nice building."
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Close to beaches. $299,900.
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Unlikely Dearlove in basketball championship quest
By Kevin Cassidy
Regular readers of Islander sports have grown ac-
customed to reading about the basketball exploits of
Justin and Hailey Dearlove over the past few years, but
older sister Heather has recently enjoyed some suc-
cesses of her own on the basketball court. As a fresh-
man member of seventh-ranked Bradenton Christian
Panthers girls' basketball team, Heather is not a start-
ing player and she spent half the season on the school's
junior varsity team.
You won't hear her complain, though. Not after the
experience she gained after her midseason call-up, not
to mention the contribution she made during her team's
run to the state final four.
Dearlove concentrated on gymnastics in recent
. years, but kept her game eye sharp by shooting hoops
with her brother and sister in their family driveway.
When she started attending BCS, she tried out for the
team and became one of the better JV players before
getting called up to the varsity team.
In BCS' 62-54 victory over Lecanto Seven Rivers
Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 22, Dearlove pla ed an
important part in the Lady Panthers' rally from an'11-
point deficit. Senior center and the state's third all-ime
leading scorer Jessica Magley started the rally with a.
three-pointer and senior point-guard Danielle Fischer.
contributed a pair of three-pointers during the run, but
Dearlove's basket from the left wing brought BCS to
within one point late in the third period as BCS stayed
alive in its quest for the final four in Lakeland.
Dearlove and her teammates went on to make it to
the final four for the fourth time in Magley's five sea-
sons as a starter on the BCS girls basketball team. They
defeated Tampa Cambridge 74-71 on Saturday, Feb.
26, before losing to eventual state champ Orlando
Christian on Wednesday, March 2, by a 73-38 score.
Orlando Christian later went on to defeat FAMU 66-
39 in the Class 1A championship game.
With seniors Magley, Fischer, Christine Civil and
Amanda Kinney graduating, Dearlove's role on the
team could increase significantly next year if Dearlove
continues to work on improving her game.
Congratulations to Heather and her BCS team-
Anna Maria AAA baseball preview
Anna Maria Island's Little League is set for the
season with teams and players chosen. And the play-
ers are practicing and coaches are trying to figure out
who's.on first and whether "I don't know" is on third,
and the season opener is quickly approaching.
Saturday, March 19, starts the festivities with a 10
a.m. baseball parade to the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center from the Island Baptist Church, which
jumpstarts a day full of baseball games and other fun
Sunday, March 20, has the league attending the
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. World Series champion Boston
Red Sox game atMcKechnie Field in Bradenton, while
Monday, March 21, has the AMI Little League season
kicking off its season schedule at the Center's Benji-
Scanio Stadium in Anna Maria.
There are several changes in the Island league this
season. For starters, there is no major league division.
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Battling it out
the Perico Bay
Among tennis players in competition at the Perico
Bay Club were Judy and Barrie Smith.
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625 Ivanhoe Lane
Bay front home, 4BR/3BA. $2,895,000.
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Bayfront home. 6BR/6BA, deep sailboat water!
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Bay front home. 3BR/2.5BA. $1,650,000.
There are 40 homes for sale that are canal or
bayfront on finna Maria Island, starting at $550,000.
Coldwell Banker Previews
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Lovingly care Tor L B It.5bA townnome owners narawooa
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This recently renovated 2BR/IBA cottage features knotty Pine
ceilings. new windows and ceramic tile throughout. Enloy this
island paradise with lush landscaping, fruit trees and room for
a pool. Asking $639,000.
Call Liz Codola, Realtor
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Unit #34 2BR/2BA Waterfront beautiful views! S1,800/month
Cayman Cay Condo, #203 2BR/2BA with pool.
across from beach! Holmes Beach, $1,200/month.
2913 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 2BR/1BA, one block
to beach $1,.350/month.
7205 Gulf Drive s several new FURNISHEDblock
to beach $800/month.
Perico Island A waterfrontthassociationmplex
pool and tennis courts! $1 450/ month.
3205 67th St. West, Bradenton. 3BR 2BA,ol!
Un $1#20 IBR/BA /month
Unit #34 2BR/2BA Waterfront beautiful views! S1,800/month
Cayman Cay Condo, #203 2BR/2BA with pool,
across irom beach Holmes ConBeach, Bradent1,200/month.
2913 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 2BR/1BA, one block
2BR/2BA, $1,350/ $350/month. furnished.
Call Sue, Susan or Lorin!
941-779-0733 or 864-264-2226
7205or visit us at 411 Pine Aveah. 1 BR/BA, one blockMaria
to beachI $800/month.
Perico Island 2BR '2BA waterfront with association
pool and tennis courts! $1 450/month.
3205 67th St. West, Bradenlon. 3BR/2BA,
Mirror Lakes Condo, Bradenton.
2BR/2BA, $1,350/month. $1,150/unfurnished.
Call Sue, Susan or Lorin!
941-779-0733 or 864-264-2226
or visit us at 41 1 Pine Ave, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 9, 2005 0 PAGE 29
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28
The highest league is AAA, which has three teams.
Those are sponsored by Duncan Real Estate, West
Manatee Fire & Rescue District and Morgan Stanley.
Teams in AAA will be dealing with some new pitch-
ing rules, which league officials hope will translate into
better pitching down the road. Twelve-year-olds will be
limited to a maximum of two innings on the mound in
any game and 9- to 10-year-olds will be required to
pitch a minimum of two innings in any game.
AA boasts four teams: Morgan Stanley, Betsy Hills
Realty, Bark & Co. Realty and Cannons Marina. A
pitching machine will be utilized for the first half of the
season before switching to live pitching the rest of the
The T-ball league boasts six teams: Coast Bank,
Air & Energy, Beach House, Island Starter, Harry's
Continental Kitchens and Boyd Realty.
The AAA division looks to be a two-team race
between Duncan Real Estate and Morgan Stanley with
WMFD looking a little younger and less experienced.
With that being said, the requirement to have two in-
nings pitched by a 9- or 10-year-old, and limiting the
12-year-old's innings pitched, could have a major im-
pact on how games are decided.
Here are my predictions: Completely unscientific
and based on conversations with coaches as well as my
own observations and experience. Good luck to all
teams in all three leagues.
Duncan Real Estate
Duncan Real Estate boasts sweet-swinging 12-
year-old first baseman Jordan Sebastiano leading the
team offense and hard-throwing 12-year-6ld right-
hander Troy Kozewski leading the pitching staff. The
Duncan pitching staff also has 11-year-old lefty Glenn
Bower and 10-year-olds Jake Rappe, who will also see
time at shortstop, and Kyle Crum, whose primary po-
sition will be behind the plate. Trevor Bystrom will
man the hot corner, while youngster Travis Belsito, 9,
will see time at second base. Grant Bower, 9, will pa-
trol one of the outfield spots. Other members of the
team are Patrick Edwards, Alex Hall, Max Miller,
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and Stephanie Bernardo.
Daniel Pimental and Austin Wash. The team manager
is Jeff Kozewski.
Morgan Stanley will be led by a pair of 12-year-old
pitchers in Matt Bauer and Zach Even, giving them a
nice one-two punch on the mound. Coach/manager
Mark Howard is still working out the final details on
positions, but he did share some insight on some of his
Eleven-year-olds Daniel Janisch and Blake Rivers are
expected to be big contributors, while 12-year-old Zach
Evans has been crushing the ball despite not having played
baseball in two years. Howard has also been impressed
with 9-year-olds William Brusso, Giorgio Gomez and
Johnny Mattay. Another positive factor for Morgan
Stanley is the presence of Martine Miller, Sarah Howard
and Nicole Botero, who all were part of the Island Fam-
ily Physicians championship-winning softball team. Other
team members are Katie Hunt and Kyle Parsons.
WMFD packs a strong one-two offensive punch
with Tommy Price and Joey Hutchinson, but has
mostly unproven talent beyond that. Price and
Hutchinson will share mound duties as well as splitting
time at shortstop. Nine-year-old Max Moneuse, along
with Hunter Parrish, Elijah Toussaint and Shawn
Conover are all good young athletes who will all have
to "step up to the plate" for WMFD to contend for the
AAA title. Other WMFD team members are Alex Bur-
gess, Jonah Castor, Michael Dolan, Joseph Fara and
Justin Succa. Team manager is Ross Toussaint.
Roller hockey season announced
Come join the Anna Maria Islanders Roller
Hockey League at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center gym for 3-on-3 interleague play. The Center is
offering beginner and advanced divisions for ages 8-13
with one game and one practice per week.
Cost is $35 per player, which includes practice
time, league play and a team jersey.
Players are to provide their own stick, helmet with
face mask, and elbow and shin guards. The season will
run through May, including final week events.
For more information, call Andy Jonatzke at the
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FOR SALE BY OWNER
(941) 778-6871 (612) 384-9076
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS
Heated Pools, .
S Tennis Courts and
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on the island.
TWO UNITS AVAILABLE NOW!
2BR/2BA upstairs unit with tiled entry and tiled kitchen.
Glass-enclosed lanai with a view of greenbelt and water. Includes
covered parking and partial furnishings. $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.
Call Dick Maher or Dave Jones for a private viewing.
Developer: Patrick D. McConnell
General Contractor: Whitehead Construction
Architectural Design: Emily Anne Smith
Pre-construction prices start at $1,550,000.
For more information or a personal presentation, contact
Barry Gould at 941-448-5500
OrTed Schlegel at 941-518-6117
Online at www.palmgables.com
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Bradenton Christian Panthers
Front row, left to right, Lizzy Capps, Heather Dearlove, Tawny Najjar, Becky Elmore. Back row, left to right,
Christine Civil, Jessica Magley, Amanda Kinney, Danielle Fisher, Kelsey Cobb, Tina May, Allison Wubben
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STERLING SILVER JEWELRY at Cosmic Sense
Jewelry, booth 228-230 at Red Barn Flea Market.
(941) 745-9010. 15 percent off with ad. Visit us at
www.Floridasilverjewelry.com. Free shipping.
TEN ANTIQUE WINDOWS, great for artists. $30
each or ten for $250. (941) 737-9662.
REDECORATING GULF CONDO: Like new,
Thomasville king bedroom set. Includes king head-
board and mattress, triple dresser and mirror, two
night stands. $900 or best offer. Call after 7pm, (941)
PATIO TABLE SET with four chairs, new cushions.
Parquet-wood coffee and end table. (941)' 778-0042.
GJRL 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,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon. Always
sales racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
YARD SALE:-9am-lpm Saturday, March 12. Furni-
ture, ladder, tool box, art, rug, barbecue, boat, bike
rack, household items. 400 75th St., Holmes Beach.
MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE sale: 8am Thursday-Sat-
urday, March 10-12. 203 84th St., Holmes Beach. No
PLANT SALE: 8am-4pm Saturday-Sunday, March
19-20. Florida natives, butterfly and wildlife plants.
7418 16th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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OLD BRIDGE VILLA GE ON
GARAGE SALE: The fun one! 8am-lpm Saturday,
March 12. 7002 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FLEA MARKET 9am-4pm Saturday, March 12. Lots
of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, glass-
ware, bric-a-brac. Niki's and Islander Market An-
tiques parking lot. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE:,9am-1 pm Friday, March 11 only. Trea-
sures, junk, furniture, linens, televisions, etc. 618
Gladiolus St., Anna Maria.
BINGO! Annie Silver Community Center. Play
Thursday through March 31, 7pm. Prizes, refresh-
ments. Everyone welcome! Smoke free. 103 23rd
St., Corner of Avenue C and 23rd Street, Bradenton
Beach. For information, call (941) 778-1915.
ISLAND GIFT BASKETS of the sun: For all occa-
sions. None too large or too small. 20 years experi-
ence in the Hamptons. Hand-made cards and prints
from local artists. Great to welcome your renters,
birthdays, births, new boat, new home or just for the
heck of it! Baskets include fine wines, cheeses, lo-
cal gifts, homemade jams, pastries, flower bouquets,
or different themes like golf, garden, etc. If we can't
do it, it can't be done! Anna Maria, Longboat Key
only. Call (941) 779-0402 or 779-0610.
LET JANE AND her staff at Niki's Island Treasures
conduct your estate sale or run a house sale, 35
years experience. Formerly Madison's LTD of
Sarasota. Call Jane (941) 778-4451 for appointment.
YOGA-PILATES Anna Maria Art League. 9am Mon-
day, Yoga/Pilates; 9 am Thursday, Yoga. Instructor,
Preston Whaley Jr. Information, 778-3996.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from classified advertising.
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
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Expe-
rience the Island on your computer desktop.
Available at The Islander, or purchase online or
order by mail. $12 PC or $15 Mac.
AM 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.fur-
niture and more! Restless Natives, Island Shop-
ping Center, 5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
,Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at
The Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more infor-
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org, you can
read Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday.
MARKEY REALTY & ASSOCIATES
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Breathlaking view of
STampa Bay and the Sky-
S:.- way Bridge. This bayfront
home can be either single
family or duplex. Ameni-
ties are identical on both
levels. Luxury- features
throughout. Elevator takes you from ground level pool
area to both floors above.
A MUST SEE! 232 S. Harbor Drive, $1,500,000.
JOHN ZIRZOW 778-9171 OFFICE 753-1620
Virtual Tour at www.flrealtour.com/mls502440/realtor
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3 bedrooms and
3 full baths, dock,
Inquire at (800) 662-1986
For Sale by Owner
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BUIES PORUIY OT ADBATN CniueFSIN HATR
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.
1992 LINCOLN TOWN Car. Mint condition. Must
see! $2,500 (941) 778-2665.
2003 CHEVROLET TRAIL Blazer LT, sunroof, gun
metal. 69,000 miles. Mint condition. (941) 778-3384.
2001 PT CRUISER: 50,000 miles. Purple, sunroof,
ice-cold ai'r, leather interior. Garage kept. $9,500.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great!
$1,800, or best offer. (941) 778-1102.
1995-EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,
key switch, propeller. Less than 100 hours on re-
build. $3,500. (941) 723-1107.
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.
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
kendra@ presswoodlaw.com. $13,750 or best offer..
14-FOOT sailboat with trailer, $490. (941).778-6561.
1986 CARVER MONTEGO: 27-foot, twin 190-hp
-Mercruiser, Ceranfield 120-volt alcohol. All electron-
ics, water heater, WC tank, refrigerator. Was
$24,900, now $14,900 (941) 778-6561.
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.
PROLINE 2002: 22-walk, 200-hp,-fully equipped,
Porta-Potty, cabin, top condition, low hours.
$23.000. Call for details, (941) 778-0025.
1996 GRADY WHITE 24-foot Voyager, cabin, two
130-hp Yamahas, low hours, lift kept. $33,900.
S2001 CHAPARRAL 26-foot Sunesta. Only 200
hours, 200 hours service complete. 5.0 Volvo Penta
engine. $29,900. (941) 794-1959.
17-FOOT JET BOAT:' 5-6 passengers. Mercury
175-hp Sport Jet V6. 2000 Sugar Sand Tango with
trailer. Tip-top condition. Just had 100-hour engine
check and pro detailing. A barrel of fun! Wholesale,
$7,900. (941) 779-2298.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
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, 13-year-old mother's
helper; odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941) 779-9783 or
EXPERIENCED BABYSITTER with CPR license, 14
years old, friendly and responsible. (941) 778-2469.
13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your home.
Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jessica
Lord, (941) 747-2495.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, (941) 756 5496,
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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'..^ \ ~of Anna Maria Inc.
.Heather Absten, PA. Ra l) 771-744
-. A professional REALTOR representing
Buyers and sellers with
Ak Honesty, Integrity, Results!
INVESTORS/DEVELOPERS! PRIME LOCATIONS!
R-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.
BRING YOUR BOAT SHOES AND
S300 feet from the beach! Completely renovated
home with heated pool surrounded by lush,
tropical landscaping. Beautiful flooring, natu-
ral stone and red Oak. Tastefully turnkey fur-
nished. Perfect beach house! Separately deeded
deep water boat dock' included! $829,000.
TIFFANY PLACE CONDO
Beautifully remodeled top to bottom.
%. r.ff Best of everything, fabulous big water view, dock,
boatlift, patio, decks, open plan, kitchen has granite
counters and great design space, 3BR/3BA, top floor
7 is master suite. $899,000.
We call this the beach for easy living. 2BR/2BA, two- I' "'
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.
Call Marianne Correll, a Top Producer, (941) 778-6066
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Property Management and Leasing
SMatnatee AILS as of 3/1/05 Total Island Properties For Sale: 214
S Median Price: $795.000
Total Pending: 111 Median Price: $595,000
STotal Sold Since 1/1/05: 42 Median Price: $565.000
SHow can we preserve your investment?
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Judy karkhoff 941-778-7777
R ealtor 866-266-9911
I Realtor attended Anna Marla Elementary School, University of MN (BA) and UCLA Business School
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HELP WA 'IN f IAPPhd4 :4A TIM oni nued "F4-VrMCotiue
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Twb
experienced agents needed for fast-paced, high traf-
fic 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 1 am for closes. Average pay $15-$18/
hour. Tips and mileage paid nightly. Pre-employ-
ment drug test and good driving a must. Apply after
4pm, 5606 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
NURSE NEEDED FOR medical care and personal
; assistance. Four-six hours/day, four-five days/week.
Flexible schedule OK. Experience and references
required. Nice position for retired nurse. Please call
HELP WANTED: KEY Royale 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.
PART-TIME SECRETARY/receptionist needed
three days a week. Light computer skills needed.
Call Mike Norman Realty (914) 778-6696.
OFFICE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST for church
office, AP/AR and QuickBooks needed, plus knowl-
edge of other software helpful. 26-28 hours/week
with competitive salary. Please e-mail resume
email@example.com or fax (941) 383-8574,
attention Anna Maria Wissinger, office manager.
BOAT SALES: CANNONS Marina is looking to add
an exceptional sales person to our team. The ideal
candidate will have exceptional customer service
skills, work well with others and proven history in
marine sales preferred. Compensation is generous
arid includes benefits. E-mail resume
firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail Cannons Marina. 6040
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228.
THOUSANDS OF HO'.1ES ONE ADDRESS
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REGAL WATERFRONT home w/Tampa
Bay views from every room, elevator &
6-car garage. Private beach, dock &
boat lift face the Skyway Bridge.
$2,249,000. Barbara Jennings, 748-
6300 or 773-0180. 504606
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRADENTON
1920's meticulously restored 2-story
4BR/3BA home w/over 3500 SF, wood
floors & 3 fireplaces. $850,000. 748-
6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 505709
BEAUTIFUL CANAL FRONT 3BR/5BA
home w/fireplace & large pool. So-
larium w/ kitchen & guest quarters/of-
fice above the garage. $1,300,000.
748-6300. Judy LaValliere, 504-3792
or Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614. 504175
RIVERVIEW LANDINGS 4BR/3.5BA
pool home w/outdoor entertaining area
on a lush, private 1/2-acre lot. Newer
kitchen, baths, flooring, roof & A/C.
$809,900. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or
Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 505383
SPECTACULAR 10+ acre waterfront estate on Terra Ceia Island. Breathtaking views
from all decks. $1,950,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 502892
PANORAMIC. BAY VIEWS from nearly every room in this 3BR/3BA home w/dock.
$1,195,000.748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100.502259
UPDATED 4BR/4BA canal front home w/pool, spa, dock & 2 boatlifts. $850,000. 748-
6300. Victoria Horstmann, 518-1278 or Joanne Jenkins, 228-7878. 503137
ISLAND INVESTMENT. 4-unit building grandfathered-in on 90x100 corner lot. Only 2
1/2 blocks to Gulf of Mexico. $575,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623. 501426
MAGNIFICENT 4-5BR lakefront home w/game room, exercise room & pool/spa.
$489,000. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 506009
GREAT ISLAND LOCATION! Updated 1-2BR/2BA townhouse w/private patio. Pride of
ownership shows. $340,000. Barbara Westendorf, 748-6300 or 685-6109. 501694
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA unit w/peeks at the bay & pool/courtyard views. Upgrades
make this unit unique. $339,000. Christina Miller, 748-6300 or 713-2340. 505360
INVITING 3BR/2BA pool home near Bray Park. Newer tile & carpet. Kitchen area over-
looks the lanai area. $299,000. Bill Stufflebeam, 748-6300 or 730-1858. 505539
CORNER VILLA w/it's own roadway & ample parking. 2BR/2BA plus den, 2-car garage
& indoor utility room. $257,900. Colette Gerrish, 748-6300 or 713-6557. 505710
CASHIER: PART-TIME year-round. Island beach
gift shop. Retirees welcome. Green Turtle, 701 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
STORE CLERK: BUSY marina looking for full-time
counter person. The ideal candidate must have ex-
ceptional customer service skills, the ability to an-
swer phones and multi-task. The job is demanding,
the pay is great, includes benefits. Apply 9am-4pm
Cannons Marina, 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
CARPENTERS WILLING to work. Experienced and
dependable, own transportation. Good pay.-Call
John Agnelli Construction, (941) 779-0765.
WANTED: INDIVIDUAL or couple to assist manag-
ing small Island hotel. Will train. Call (941) 730-5318.
BABY-SITTER WANTED: 9am-noon weekdays for
one child in our home. Reliable adult with transpor-
tation. (941) 798-3708 or 955-9801.
PART-TIME HELP wanted for landscaping com-
pany. Reliable and energetic. Island and west
Bradenton work. Call (941) 284-1568.
BUSY CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT hiring full- or
part-time servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and din-
ner. Wednesday-Sunday. Apply at 540,6 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach or call (941) 778-5320.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
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 estimate's, 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
today. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed.
Pool .cages, lanais; windows, doors. Call (941)
SCOTT'S HANDYMAN SERVICES: Remodeling
and repair. Free estimate, many references. Island
resident. (941) 713-1907 cell, (941) 778-5427 home.
E-mail: geraldscottfulton @ hotmail.com.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small busi-
nesses. We do all states and electronic filing. Call
Pat (941) 761-8156, Keriney 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..
ESP CLEANING: Elite Service Professionals. Resi-
dential and commercial cleaning. Maria and Steve
do the job and guarantee satisfaction, insured. (941)
The Neal Team Call about
A" Island Properties
Dr. Nelson Neal
Coldwell Banker Previews
423 St. Armands Circle Sarasota
ON PERICO ISLAND!!
This nearly new home has it all!
3BR/2BA with two-car garage,
heated in-ground pool and wa-
ter view! This one shows like a
model with many upgrades.
Carefree living just over the
bridge! Offered at $409,000.
Spree n -.
REAL ESTATE -
OF ANNA MARIA '
941 778-0455 Ken Jackson, 778-6986
9906 Gulf Drive Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072
Anna Maria Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
www.greenreal.com LaRae Regis, 779-1858
PROPERTIES IN ANNA MARIA!
BUY ONE OR BOTH!
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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 doQk. Zoned duplex. 502297.
Extras! Asking $650,000. MLS
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156 or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307.
DUPLEX WEST OF
SALE pENDING GULF DRIVE $685,000
Call for details,
Stephanie Bell, Broker
778-2307 or 920-5156.
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Thanks for saying 'I saw it in The Islanderr
1IL -V-- REALTOR.
29Yedrs ofProfessional Service:
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
EXCEPTIONAL DUPLEX 2,368 sf of living area with elevator lift. Owner's
side 2BR/2BA, fireplace, great-room,40xl 0-foot and 48x6-foot porches.
Large garage and bonus room. Tenant side has 2BR/2BA with screen porch
and extra storage. New owner can sell units separately. $784,500.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with bay view. One 2BR, three 1 BR,
room for pool. Great investment. $870,000. OWNER FINANCING.
TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA with two screened balconies and open
balconies on greenbelt adjacent to bay. Spotless, tastefully decorated.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
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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
ISLAND TOWN HOUSE
2BR/1BA courtyard-patio town house. Cen-
tral Holmes Beach ,very close to shopping, res-
taurants and beach. Open plan, breakfast bar,
porch, balcony, renovated. Excellent rental. No
condo fees. $469,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
1BR/1.5BA Seaside -Beach House condo.
Turnkey furnished in intimate, private com-
plex 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.
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.
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
Beautiful 3BR/2BA home with private dock. No bridges to Gulf.
New kitchen, bathrooms, windows and doors. Newly painted
inside and out. Tile floor throughout. Near white sandy
beaches, shops and restaurants. $729,900 -
Call Piroska Planck 941-730-9667
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc.
of Anna Maria Inc.
1 North Beach
i: Village #55
?e1 3BR'2.5BA townhome,
^ completely renovated
.2 and turnkey furnished.
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RUNAWAY BAY, updated 1 BR/1 BA condo just steps to the
beach. Great rental property. Turnkey furnished, heated pool,
tennis courts and communityfishing dock. $355,600.
ISLAND GETAWAY, beautifully remodeled 2BR/2BA single
family villa. Turnkey furnished. Quiet Holmes Beach location.
One block to the beach and a view of Spring Lake. $377,600.
THE TERRACE A tastefully done 2BR/2BA turnkey condo
with a heated pool, beautiful landscaping, private garage and
only a block to the beach on the west side of Gulf Drive!
Great income potential! $459,000
LOWEST PRICE CANAL HOME ON LONGBOAT KEY1 2BR/
2BA, large bedrooms, beautiful open-beam vaulted ceilings,
solid wood and tile flooring. No bridges to bay, lots of charac-
ter! Build up for bay views $625,000.
I (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
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Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
KEY ROYAL CANAL Remodeled 3BR/2BA, tile
throughout, new carpet in bedrooms, all new appli-
ances, new kitchen and bathrooms. Canal end with
great view to Bimini Bay. Very large lot with room for
pool or expansion.
NORTH END, Anna Maria. Recently updated,
ground level 2BR/1BA home located one block to
bay. Enclosed Florida room, screened porch and room
'for a pool. $524,900.
GULFFRONT Spectacular views up and down the
beach. Newer home offers 3BR/2BA, four-car ga-
rage, granite countertops, plasma television, fire-
place, hurricane shutters, turnkey furnished and
room for a pool.
BAYFRONT Panoramic view of the bay. Very pri-
vate, lush landscaping. 2 BR/2BA. Hardwood Floors.
Very large master BA with jacuzzi and walk in shower.
Big garage and workshop,- screened porch facing the
bay. Dock with 10,000 Ib davits.
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Older
mobile home to rehab or replace. Third house from
the bay with beautiful view. Deeded rights to boat
ramp. Lot 75x130. $225,000.
BAYFRONT 10,000 sf of land. Large dock with deep
water. 2,444 sf house, 2BR/2BA with large Florida
room New air conditioning, new tile floor, fresh paint.
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BRAND NEW DIRECT GULF VIEW Striking un-
obstructed view across from the Gulf and beaches.
3BR/3BA, two-car garage and pool.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
fr *.k 941-778-6696
Norman / 3101GULFDRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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4BR, 400 FEET TO BEACH Nicely refurbished is-
land home with large living area, new appliances, well
landscapedpatio area and a pleasure to see. $599,000.
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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 work done on your property?
We can help! Call Lew, (941) 755-5559. Serving the
Island seven years.
WEST COAST NUISANCE Wildlife service: Critter-
problems and nuisances. Raccoons our specialty! Live
trapped and relocated. State licensed by F.W.C. (941)
778-3455 or mobile 24-hour emergency, 720-4152.
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Home man-
agement/watch, housekeeping, maintenance. (941)
TOM'S WINDOWS: Door and window repairs and
replacement. Sales, service, parts. E-mail
metrohs@ msn.com. (941) 730-1399.
LEARN HOW TO use your computer: Training one-
on-one. Basic to advanced. Microsoft certified,
Longboat Key resident. Minimum two hours. (941)
FREE HOUSESITTING: Retired Christian couple-
seeks furnished house near beach. Available any-
time. References. (770) 832-7319.
TREES BY MR. BREEZE Inc. Residential and com-
mercial. Lawn maintenance, landscapes, tree trim-
Sming and removal. Insured, 17-year Island resident.
Chris, (941) 778-2837.
MAN WITH A hammer! Give me your honey-do list.
I will get it all done!:Call Chad (941) 518-0545.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Custom portraits,
weddings, beach photography. (941) 447-8892.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. (941) 447-9637.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For.dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711'.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call-Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
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.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
l tiWI, fenced backyard
w with heated pool.
Lots of storage,
S garages. $725,000.
SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE NOW!
2BR/1 BA condo, 2905 61st St., $1,800/month
2BR/2BA villa, 428 62nd St., $2,000/month
2BR/2BA duplex, 207 70th St., $2,500/month
a11_ Po e 314 Pine Avenue
arlna Ite Anna Maria
c iry (941)779-0732
XC it 0. 7Toll Free
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
CLOUD 9.LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn landscape
maintenance, shell, planting, clean-ups, palms
trimmed. Free estimates. References, insured. Call
(941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. 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).
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REALESTTE PPORUNIIESFOR NNAMARA AN BEOND
BRADENTON BEACH. Whimsical bayfront
paradise just one block from Gulf. Artisan details
thru out, boat dock, new seawall, Indonesian
courtyard, pool with waterfall, sep. guest quarters,
circular stairways, 360-degree water views from office
hide-away. MAR #505567 Offered at $2,590,000
SARASOTA. Historic residence with lots of charm
and character, 3 bedrooms, updated kitchen/baths,
wood floors, high ceilings, 2 porches, private setting,
fireplace, 2-car garage with French doors could be
artist's studio or office. Fabulous location near Siesta
Key beaches! SAR #270393 Offered at $649,000
OIEril. NWN ANNA MARIA ISLAND Terry H ayes
sKy Sotheby's (941 1302m#3100
Beautifully maintained'! Owner occupied duplex reflects pride,
of ownership and includes 2BR/ I BA each unit with 840 sf
.owner's side and rental unit 576 sf. Immaculate structure,
brand new roof, I 2x 16 utility convenient to rear unit plus
lovely fenced back yard. Tranquil location with Gulf beach ac-
cess only a few steps away and close walk to bay. Asking
$625-1000. By appointment.
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bedrooms. Deck offers tranquil spot for waterfront dining and
evening sunsets. Perfect tropical island get away. Reduced to
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
(941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
and the best results from service advertising!
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Great Income Potential...
with this fully rented 2BR/2BA, 1BR/1BA duplex located one lot
from the Intracoastal Waterway. Close to.the Gulf in the heart of
Holmes Beach, near restaurants and shopping. Tile floors
throughout with fireplace. $480,000.
cal Gayle sculz
toll free 1.800.772.3235
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria-
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.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
Ssure washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!
LTD MORTGAGE INC.
The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licensed Mortgage Brokers
Conforming and jumbo loans.
S1st and 2nd mortgages.
No closing cost home equity lines of credit.
100% purchase money mortgages.
SResidential and commercial mortgages.
Private money available for those
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Best duplex on the market'
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HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill
MacCaughern. Repairs, renovations, kitchens, bath-
rooms, decks. Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years expe-
rience. Yes, I do show up! (941) 778-3904.
STEVE'S REMODELING & repair service. Free es-
timates, 35 years experience. (941) 795-1968.
PAINTING: SAVE BIG! I will beat any professional
estimate! Work guaranteed. Free estimates. Call
Rick, (941) 778-5086. Leave message.
CUSTOM-MADE SLIDING drawers for your kitchen
cabinets. Free estimates. (941) 778-4897.
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, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
RENTALS RENT fast with an ad in The Islander.
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This inviting 2 bedroom, 2 bath, super clean waterfront retreat reflects pride of ownership and exquisite taste.
Cheerful Caribbean colors of vivid yellow, soft blue, and mint are some of the captivating wall colors you
will discover in this enchanting waterfront hideaway. White plantation shutters enhance the wonderful is-
land style, and a spacious guest room floor plan is complimented by a white kitchen with breakfast bar and
tiled backsplash. The sunny lanai faces south, overlooking a beautiful back yard landscaped with a canary
island palm and orange, pink grapefruit, and avocado trees. There is a newer seawall with boat dock, and
a handy enclosed outdoor shower. Other features include an automatic sprinkler system, separate laundry
room, barrel tile roof, and storage shed. Truly a must see! Priced at $795,000 furnished.
SUPERLATIVE SAN REMO SHORES RETREAT
3BR/ 2BA Spanish style home w/spectacular views
of Palma Sola Bay, heated waterfront pool, boat
dock on deep, navigable water, new circular brick
driveway, hardwood & tile floors, all new double
paned storm proof windows, and 126 ft. of brand
new seawall! $1,050,000.
TWO HIGH AND DRY BUILDING
LOTS ON JACARANDA
Don't miss these two rare lots offering
potential Gulf views from an elevated
home! Take your pick between a
50x100 feet lot priced at $435,000 or
a 75x100 feet lot priced at $515,000.
Secluded and tranquil neighborhood
within steps of the beach! These choice
parcels won't last long!
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VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or (941)
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
CORTEZ COTTAGE fully furnished, nice breezy,
quiet area. Seasonal, $1,700/month, $600/week,
$100/night. (941) 778-8168 or 794-5980.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly or
$6,000/monthly. Call 7.13-0034 or e-mail:
FULLY FURNISHED VILLA in beautiful Mt. Vernon, two
miles to beaches. 2BR/2BA, no pets, nonsmoking, age
55-plus. Minimum three months. Peak season, $2,500/
month; annually, $1,500/month. (941) 721-1784.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Night, weekend,
weekly, seasonal. Private entrance, private deck. Non-
smoking, close to beach. Call 778-3433 or 773-0010.
NEW-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA 55-plus, across from
beach. Furnished, annual $1,150/month. Also avail-
able seasonal. (941) 725-1074.
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.
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.
CORTEZ VACATION COTTAGE: Renovated 1BR/
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
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.
FULLY FURNISHED, ABSOLUTELY lovely condo
in beautiful Mt. Vernon on Sarasota Bay. Two miles
to beaches. 2BR/2BA, boat dock, 55-plus, nonsmok-
ing. Annual, $1,350/month; seasonal, $2,400/month.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Annual rental, gated commu-
nity, 2BR/2BA, great water view, pool, tennis, cov-
ered parking. $1,200/month. Call (941) 720-1712.
CHARMING 1 BR/1 BA apartment in canalfront home.
Washer/dryer, pet friendly, nonsmoking. Open April
2005 and 2006 season. Call (941) 720-1192.
BRADENTON BEACH fully furnished condos on
canal. One mile from the beach. Available March,
seasonal rates. Call (941) 929-7165.
NOW BOOKING 2006 monthly winter season:
Brand new house, 107 Magnolia Ave., west of Gulf
Drive, 150 feet from beach, nonsmoking, 3BR/2BA,
elevator. Call (800) 828-8116, ext. 212.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED: SANDPIPER. Resort,
charming renovation, 2BR/1.5BA, steps to beach,
bay and trolley. No pets, nonsmoking. $750/month,
plus security. (941) 778-0029.
NORTHERN TIP ANNA Maria: 2BR/1BA duplex
with screened-in porch, fenced-in back yard. Dogs
welcome. Laundry, large patio. Two blocks to bay
and fishing with your grandchildren at Rod & Reel
Pier. Available now. Weekly, monthly seasonal.
(631) 891-8855 or (941) 779-0402.
WEEKLY RENTALS: SAN Remo condo, 1BR/1BA,
$500/week; Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1BA, $700/week;
island duplex, 2BR, $800/week; Northwest Bradenton
home, 3BR/3BA, $950/week; Gulffront cottage, 2BR,
$1;000/week; Bradenton Beach Club, 2BR/2BA,
$1,400/week. Please call Cristin Curl at Wagner Re-
alty, (941) 778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
ANNUAL-RENTALS: 3BR/2BA home on Bimini Bay
with dock, $1,400/month; 3BR/2BA Northwest
Bradenton home, $1,250/month; 2BR/2BA Gulffront
condo, $2.000/month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate
(941) 778-2307 for details,
SEASONAL RENTAL: WATERFRONT, bay views,
boat dock, 2BR/1 BA condo. Ground floor from $630/
week. www.visitannamaria.com. (407) 877-8788.
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.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA annual. Downstairs,
two blocks to beach, clean, no pets. $1,050/month.
Available now. First, last, security. (941) 725-0578.
WATERFRONT, ONE and 2BR, newly remodeled,
dock for fishing, walk to beach. (941) 779-9074, or cell
(703) 587-4675. E-mail email@example.com.:=.
GULF DRIVE: STEPS to beach. Large 1BR/2BA,*-.
washer/dryer, kitchen, television, cable, courtyard.
No pool. $1,995/month, $595/week.
www.gulfdriveapartments.com or (941) 778-1098:
ANNUAL RENTAL unfurnished. Enjoy a spectacu-
lar 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 Gull beach in easy walking dis-
tance. Free trolley for shopping nearby. 3BR water-
front in north Anna Maria. See for yourself by call-"
ing (941) 748-5334 for details.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2319 Avenue B, Bradenton
Beach. 2BR/2BA, Gulf and bay views. $1,100/
month. (941) 778-3875.
ANNUAL RENTAL: STEPS to beach. Elevated
large 1BR/1BA duplex. Covered parking, utility.
room with washer/dryer hookup. $700/month plus
utilities. (941) 751-9259 or (863) 696-4352.
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LONGBOAT KEY, NORTH end. 2BR/2BA Spanish
Main villa, 55-plus, beach, pool, active community.
Unfurnished annual, just remodeled. $950/month.
OFFICE SPACE FOR rent: Perfect location across
street from beach. $800/month plus utilities. 2501
Gulf Drive, Plaza Suites. (941) 778-3320.
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY in Holmes Beach. $500/
month including utilities. First and security. (941)
778-6541 or 504-3844.
MARTHA'S VINEYARD RETIREE desires Anna
Maria room- with kitchen privileges for January-
March 2006. Consider swap for same for Martha's
Vineyard summer-fall. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA single-family canal
home, $1,600+/month; 1BR/1BA half duplex, one
house to beach, $775/month; Pine Bay Forest, 2BR/
2BA condo, $1,200/month; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA
bayfrontcot ndo, $1,400/month; 2B2BA Sarasota
Bayview condo, $2,500/month; Renaissance condo,
1BR/1 BA, eighth floor in Sarasota, $1,150/month. Call
Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
ON THE GULF: 2BR/2BA, $900/week. Available
March and April. Call (217) 898-8600.
LARGE WEST BRADENTON home: 3BR/2BA,
dining room, family room, big kitchen, big lanai,
two-car carport, two-car storage, oversized lot.
Small pet OK. $1,150/month-.4701 Third Ave. W.
Yvonne Higgins t--Re.'Max Gulfstream Realty,
3BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH annual with pool and
garage! Nice quiet area near beach. $1,550/month,
including all utilities. (941) 778-8660.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL: 2BR/2BA, one blockto
beautiful beach. Screened lanai, washer/dryer in-
cluded. Annual, $1,200/month, seasonal, $2,100/
month. Unfurnished 6r completely furnished. (813)
PALM COURT VILLA: Unfurnished, 2BR/2BA, two-
car garage, private pool. $1,250/month. Real Estate
Mart, (941) 756-1090.
EXECUTIVE HOME for rent: Villa del Mar. 3BR/
2BA with pool overlooking bay, 4BR/4BA optional.
Call (941) 504-9352 or (813) 892-1119.
PERICO BAY CLUB Villa: Available now. Two-car
garage, nicely furnished, sunny end unit. Call
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 bayfront top-floor
penthouse flagship condo. (570) 943-2516.
LOT IN CITY of ANNA Maria. By owner. One block
to Gulf beach. 52 by 145 sf. $399,000. Brokers pro-
tected. (941) 739-1882.
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 sys-
tem is active. Beautifully landscaped with fruit trees.
Partially furnished with occupancy negotiable.
$664,900. (941) 794-0216. No brokers please.
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.
HOLMES BEACH: Sale by owner. 2,880 sf, 3BR/
2BA, very private, designer pool and spa. Tropical
landscaping. Principles only. (941) 778-0031.
OUTSTANDING GULFSIDE RESORT property!
Positive cash flow! 5/6 units, excellent location.
www.pantour.com/bradentonbeach. Won't last!
$1,295,000. Serious inquiries only. (941) 779-0018,
owner. Broker participation.
FOR SALE: TRAILER 12x40 ft, Bradenton Beach.
Josie (941) 778-3752, or Jack 713-1498.
FOR SALE BY owner: Runaway Bay cordo,'2BR/
2BA, second floor, turnkey furnished, overlooking
pond. New heating and air conditioning 2005,
painted 2005. Many upgrades and amenities. Great
rental. Make offer! $389,000. (941) 778-1987.
TOWNHOME ON ISLAND for sale in Bradenton
Beach Club, 17th Street-North, Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Beach access, building #1, unit
#1 scheduled for completion. Price $800,000. Call
(770) 241-6338, Valerie Tidwell
FOR SALE: .TRAILER in the Pines, Bradenton
Beach. Central heat/air, screened lanai, 24-by-10-
feet. Prime location, near water, 55-plus. $59,900.
CORTEZ TRAILER PARK: Mobile home for
sale. Furnished, 1BR/1BA, 12-by-20-foot fam-
ily room. Recently renovated. Walk to beach.
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WANT TO PURCHASE Island fixer-upper. Cash
purchase. (941) 778-9262.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Preferred unit at
Anna Maria Island Club. 2BR/2BA, breakfast nook,
Wow views! Nicely furnished, excellent rental.
$989,000. Yvonne Higgins. Re/Max Gulfstream
Realty, (941) 518-9003.
BAYFRONT ESTATE' 512 Palma Sola Blvd.,
Bradenton. 200-foot bay frontage. Unobstructed
view, dock allowed. $1,800,000. (941) 792-3233.
LONGBOAT KEY 3BR/2BA, two-car garage. Island
S retreat updated with new carriage house addition.
$649,000. Real Estate Mart. (941) 756-1090.
FOR SALE BY owner. Minutes to beach. 4BR/2.5BA
solar-heated pool home. 2,500 sf under air, 2,845
total sf. Very private lot. Ten-acre sanctuary next
door, end cul-de:sac lot. Built 1989. Ceramic tile
throughout living area. By appointment only to quali-
fied buyers. $449,000. Realtor negotiable. 1511
82nd St. N.W. (941) 792-4552.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: 2BR/1 BA condo, one block
to beach. Pool, newly decorated. $299,995, plus
closing'costs. (941) 778-3320.
AFFORDABLE BOATING CONDO: 2BR/1.5BA
townhouse, updated. Heated pool, boat slip.
$299,000. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
AFFORDABLE WATERFRONT CONDO!
Located on waterway,
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GULFFRONT CONDOS in Gulf-to-bay complex.
2BR/2BA, pool, elevator, easy walk to Bridge Street.
$489,000' and $439,000. Yvonne Higgins, Re/Max
Gulfstream Realty, (941) 518-9003.
WEST OF GULF Drive, eight homes from the
beach. 2-3BR/2BA, furnished, painted inside/out,
peek of bay. $699,500. (941) 778-3203.1
WHITNEY BEACH: Only unit available! 1BR/1BA,
possible 2BR conversion. Approximately 1,000 sf.
Pool and Gulf views. Private beach, boat dock.
$410,000. (941) 724-3519.
TOWNHOUSE: BOAT dock and heated pool. 2BR/2BA
completely renovated and furnished, steps to bay and
beach. $342,000. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
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BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Winter season is
here! Must see the beautiful peaceful mountains of
western North Carolina. Homes, cabins, acreage, in-
vestments. Cherokee Mountain Realty, GMAC Real
Estate, Murphy, N.C.
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chure (800) 841-5868.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA Mountains where
there is cool mountain air, views, stream, homes,
cabins, acreage. Call for free brochure of Mountain
Property Sales. (800) 642-5333. Realty of Murphy,
317 Peachtree St., Murphy, NC. 28906.
LIST: North Carolina Mountains. Custom-built log
homes, river frontage and beautiful secluded land off
Blue Ridge Parkway. (800) 455-1981, ext. 133.
CANAL FRONT CONDO:
Enjoy breathtaking sunsets fromyour screened lanai overlook-
ing a canal. Updated, furnished 2BR/2B1';condo in mdve-in
condition. Heated pool and spa, tennis courts and ilushtropi-
cal surroundings makes this a perfect is-
'i". land retreat. $485,000. IB#504847.
GOLF FRONT CONDO
2BR/2BA furnished condo directly on
the golf course in excellent condition,
screened'lanai and lush tropical sur-
roundings, Heated pool and spa, tennis
court, sauna, clubhouse, exercise room
and billiards. Close to beach, shopping
and hospital. $189,900. IB#505061.
I Denise Langlois
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YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL GREAT ISLAND HOME WITH VERY NICELY REMODELED DUPLEX
Magnificentcustom built duplex with acrow's nest OPEN BAY VIEWS IN HOLMES BEACH
__- olice and sundeck overlooking the waters of Anna Hurry and buy this great home with panoramic views at this : Concrete block, with new
Maria Island. Both unique homes are 3BR/2BA. affordable pre-modeling price. Offers 2BR/2BA, living area with air conditioning and
f-l Tiled courtyard with heated pool or walk to Gulf wood-burning fireplaces and water views. Also, domed kitchen -- kitchens. 2BR/1BAeach
f beach. Bufilt in 2001 with energy efficiency in mind, with newer appliances, office or extra space. So, begin your island side with bright interiors,
lJ~ ~ wired for networking, fire alarm, sprinkler system
and constructed on 18-foot pilings. Pine floors or* lifestyleand make this house your home. Sit on old cracker-style convenient to everything.
mexican tile. Custom kitchen, front and back porch and watch the boats go or walk over to Gulf beaches. Be- Priced reduced won't
i porches and their own private garage, fore remodeling begins $625,000. .c last at 560000.
-Very comfortable island living and income too is what you can have with this \s SU ON GROUP REALTY Anne H ber, Realr (941) 13-9835
Key West style home. This is not the same old duplex. $925,000 for quick sale! TT N AL Anne Htber, Reaftor (941)713-9835
RARE COMMERCIAL LOT, perfect location DON'T MISS THIS ONE! Completely remod- BOATER'S DREAM One of the few units with
for doctor or lawyer's office or small retail eled island duplex. 3BR/2BA on both sides, water view and 42-foot boat dock. All new gran-
center. Zoned PRM $320,000. Call Cindy Beautiful ceramic tile throughout this breezy ite counter tops, 10-foot high ceilings, trimmed
Grazar at 778-4800 or 504-6176. floorplan. Kitchens and baths newly updated, with crown molding. Florida pastel paints through-
too. Turnkey and already rented for the sea- out. Lots of extra storage too. $699,000. Call
son. $1,400,000. Call Dave Jones at 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 at 504-6176.
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TRIPLE TREASURE Breezy, beachy income
producing triplex across from the beach. Up-
stairs, a cozy 1BR/1BA with great reading
porch and massive sun deck. Downstairs are
two 2BR/1BA units. Ample parking, tons of
Mexican tile, newer kitchens and baths. A
must see. $659,000. Call Nicole Skaggs at
778-4800 or 795-5704.
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FOR THE FUN OF LIFE or an investment. 1BR/
1BA condo, lovingly updated last year, ready to use
or rentthis year. New kitchen, new tile floors. Bal-
cony overlooking pool. Comes furnished, ready to
move in. Weekly rentals allowed. Resort atmo-
sphere, close to the beach. $325,000. Call Denny
Rauschl at 725-3934.
59f0 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
4Vc 3BR/2BA home on north
S. end of Anna Maria. Steps
,O 6 to white sandy beaches of
."' :i i s Gulf/bay. Two wood burn-
ing fireplaces. Master
....Y .t. 'suite has Gulf view from
screened porch. Over-
sized shower, new ceramic tile. New roofs 1st Fl 2000 & 2nd
Fl 2002. Asking price $795,000. Please call Susan Hatch,
Realtor 778-7616 eves.
SINGLE FAMILY PLUS Mother-in-law suite, 2BR/1 BA
and 1 BR/1 BA or convert to 3BR/2BA. New air conditioner,
roof, plumbing and exterior paint. Lot zoned R-2 to build
up. Won't last long! $449,900. Please call Mike Carleton,
Realtor (941) 737-0915 or Michel Cerene, Broker
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NEW MEXICO: 20 acres $24,900. Scenic region,
views, canyons, trees, rolling hills, wildlife. Enjoy hunt-
ing, hiking, horses, great climate. Power, great access.
100 percent financing. (877) 822-LAND!
LAND WANTED: Land investment company seeks
large acreage in Florida and Georgia. Interested in wa-
terfront, timber and agricultural lands. Must have road
frontage or good access..Cash buyer with quick clos-
ings. Call (877) 426-2636, or e-mail:
ATTENTION INVESTORS: Waterfront lots in the
Foothills of North Carolina. Deep-water lake with 90
miles of shoreline. 20 percent redevelopment dis-
counts and 90 percent financing. No payment for one
year. Call now for best selection.
www.nclakefrontproperties.com (800) 709-LAKE.
COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA. Phase I sold out.
Now offering new homesites in phase II at Shine
Landing, a gated waterfront community. Be a proud
owner in this upscale community with boating access
to the Neuse River, Pamlico Sound and Atlantic
Ocean, plus clubhouse, fitness center, tennis, swim-
ming pool and private marina. Homesites as low as .,
$29,900. Financing available. Coastal Marketing &
Development Co., New Bern, N.C. (800) 566-5263,
SAVOR BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN Views and
golf living at Cherokee Valley, a premier mountain golf
community set amid P.B. Dye designed 18-hole
course in Carolina Mountains. A sanctioned Golf Di-
gest Teaching Facility, too! Impeccable mountain view
homesites from $59,900. Financing. Call (866) 334-
3253, ext. 822 www.cherQkeevalleysc.com.
;1 ..... J. -T T AV E. 4003 4TH AV. 40045TH AVE. 4006 5TH AVE.
',:-:-;'V,:' ; The Jewel in the crown completes the most successful residential/investment development in the Island's history. Pre-construction prices with
''y permanent financing available for qualified'buyers. These magnificent 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom Villas feature: expansive great rooms with fire-
-, ... places, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens with granite finish, elevator and private swimming pool. A half block to public beach, restaurants,
"T -boutiques and market with partial Gulf and bay views. $1,250,000,.
Th ewlinte rw cmlee temstsccsfu eidniafnvsmntdveometi teIsad' itoy Pecosrcto pieswt
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3 224 East Bay Drive
I- Noewonder in 34 years of
International Real Estate, I have
never had a property not sell!
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A.
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ULTIMATE BEACH COTTAGE
-. One half block to bay and Gulf. Walk
rfi to all the trendy restaurants and bou-
, tiques. Room for pool.
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LUWtI PKILtUE LANALIKUNI home on
the island This 2BR/2BA home in Seaside
Gardens is neat and clean, turnkey fur-
nished with washer and dryer Private
dock has room for two boats Great home
or rental. $479,000 MLS# 505983.
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EUROPEAN 3BR/3BA VILLA with over
2,300 sf of living space and separate mn-
law quarters Property features a Roman
garden and roof top deck with partial
Gulf views. $1,099,000. MLS# 98602
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TERRIFIC ISLAND LOT located on desir-
able Anna Maria Island in Holmes
Beach. Three blocks from the Gulf
beaches and on the west side of Gulf
Drive Ready to build ,our island dream
home. $299 000. MLS' 506002
VIEW THE GULF from your lanai. This Tif-
fany Place condo is beautifully furnished
and updated from floor to ceiling Gran-
ite counter top and wood cabinets. Ex-
ceptional design and colors. A statement
of perfection. $825 000 MLSn 105394
A La~ tA4b$I
VERY UNIQUE OLD FLORIDA CHARMER
vwlh Gulf views This property is beauti-
fully furnished Fabulous remodeling
plans a-alable $795 000.) MLS#
BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT Success-
Ful and popular i ilh locals ond. tourisli
(Business Onl,) in prince localorn n-
clude: 1 oISiqlh e-:1u1ipment furrniii.,ie
fixiure: nm.erior, name and g9c:d...All
$249 000. MtLS# 500591
THIS IS THE PERFECT BEACH HOUSE on THIS IS WHAT ISLAND LIVING IS ALL
the best street in Anna Mar;a. Just five ABOUT. Taslefully remodeled, 2BR/2BA
houses to the beach. Room for a pool, with a healed pool and just steps to the
fruil Irees, perfect condition $789,000 white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Is-
MLS# 504422. land. $699 000. MLS# 505327.
SUPERB VIEWS from this direct Gulf front
upstairs unit Spacious living area 2BR/
2BA utility room vwIh washer.."dryer
Healed pool and directly on the beach
make this a perfect second home or rental
property. $899 000 MLSt 500668
SUPERB DUPLEX one block to Ihe beach
Cc.mpletel', reno'vaed 2BR,/2BA on
each s.dAe -... h garage Farking Beau-
titull., furrnshed' anj lo.-. rrm r enan.:e
0,O:C 0':0 tALS# 506168
2BR/2BA GULFFRONT END UNIT. Very
unique one of the best Gulffronl views
on the island or any.vhere. Turnkey fur-
nished, carpel and ceramic throughout
$959,000 MLS# 504858
SHELL POINT CONDO 2BRi2BA
ground level, near pool with covered
parking Being sold as i ..-ith right to
inprpect Heated pool tennis courts and a
pl.Ating green are jusIl a fe.-. of the many
amenites $319 000. MLSo 504284
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Chris Shaw &
John van Zr.rd
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NORTH CAROLINA lakefront only $39,900. Great all-
sports lake to fish, boat, swim or just relax. Call for
details (866) 920-5263. MLC
LAKE VIEW BARGAIN $29,900. Free boat slip! High
elevation, beautifully wooded parcel. Across from na-
tional forest on 35,000-acre recreational lake in Ten-
nessee. Paved roads, underground utilities, central
water, sewer, more. Excellent financing. Call now
(800) 704-3154, ext. 609. Sunset Bay LLC.
GRAND OPENING LAND Sale! FLORIDA 10-plus
acres only $294,900. Huge savings on big ranch acre-
age in south Florida! Gorgeous mix of mature oaks,
palms, pasture. Miles of bridle paths. Near Lake
Okeechobee. Quiet, secluded, yet close to 1-95 and
coast. Also, five acres $174,900. Great financing, little
down. Call now. (866) 352-2249, ext. 379.
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A RARE FIND! Anna Maia Gulf From lo PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT Spectacular bay
Becky Smith or Eil Starret 778-2246 views. cusrom 3-4BR,4 5BA home Oak ioors.
#504998 $2,000 7000 Hickcry cabinets, briik fireplace. large
screened porch pool arid dock Near Gull
teaches Dave Moynhan. 778-2246 #503181.
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DIRECT GULF FRONT!! Ernly sunsel vie*s
trom screened lanai hIal also overlooks pooi0
Unil has never been rented Turrkey lur-
nished 2BR.'2BA plus laundry. Karen Day
778-22-6. #503615 $989 000
TIFFANY PLACE Unique Gulffron townhouse
lir, greal Gull views Fullvy furnined 2BR
2 5BA 1610 SF 2 balconies, created pool. el-
evator arid latulous beacon Dave Moynihan
778-2246 #5.03775 $819.500
ANNA MARIA ISLAND HOME Open and
brigrhl ,:..er 2 00 Jii J. spacious 'iiih c:.,thedralr
Ceiling, ga rare fireplace lor lotCir lie h .'ing
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ENJOY FULL BAY VIEWS From ihis exqti. ANNA MARIA CONDO Partial Gull and bay RUNAWAY BAY/ISLAND CONDO Invesi-
i 21-3BR On Tidy Island Up.dai.-E wiin m.arbl- ..i-te G.r l o:.ppor..nil, i;or owner ins.el'r, rneni opportunr-, Rurn av Ba t, 2BR 2BA
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