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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 13, No. 20 March 23, 2005 FREE
Islanders prepare for 'spring' invasion
By Rick Catlin
Island residents should prepare for an invasion of
spring-break visitors starting this Friday as local school
districts, colleges and universities take their annual
With Anna Maria Island already packed with win-
ter visitors and rental accommodation units booked
solid for spring break, daytime traffic patterns for the
next 10 days, starting March 25, could test the nerves
of even the most seasoned Island motorist.
"The traffic will be a nightmare." predicted
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale.
He plans to have all reserve officers on duty, and
he'll add traffic patrols along Gulf Drive to keep traf-
fic moving. Manatee County Sheriff s Office deputies
will be on beach patrol at Coquina Beach, he added.
"Thankfully, we're not like Panama City. This is
a day crowd, mostly students who live in the Bradenton
area. There's not much night life on the Island, so by
sundown, everyone's gone back to the mainland," the
chief observed. "Still, it's going to be a busy week. The
biggest problem after traffic control will be open con-
PLEASE SEE SPRING, PAGE 4
a full crowd
the end of
Easter bunny ready to hop into Cafe on Beach
By Rick Catlin
After nearly seven months of construction and
almost four months of delays the newly remodeled
Cafe on the Beach restaurant may reopen this weekend,
just in time for Easter and spring break.
Dee Percifield, who operates Cafe on the Beach
and the gift shop in the same building, said a health
inspection was scheduled for Tuesday, March 22.
Building and fire inspections have already been com-
pleted, she said.
"If we pass that, we should be open by this-week-
end. Let's cross our fingers. It's been a long time com-
ing," noted Percifield.
Indeed, the popular Island eatery closed in Septem-
ber for some much-needed improvements by Manatee
County, owner of the building. Work was scheduled for
completion by Nov. 1, but four hurricanes that passed
though the area between August and October delayed
construction. A Dec. 15 completion date came and went
without any sign the restaurant was ready for occupancy.
The "Pancake Shack" outside the restaurant alongside
the patio and the Beach Shop reopened in February.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their efforts on our
behalf. The county has done the best they could under
difficult circumstances," said Percifield. "And I'm
thankful to all our loyal customers who are just wait-
ing for the doors to open."
One sad part of being closed for seven months, said
Percifield, is that most of the staff, many of them long-
time employees, have left for other jobs.
"Let's hope everything works out this week," she
said with a brave smile.
Arvida purchases adjacent Perico properties
The Arvida-St. Joe's monopoly of North Perico
Island moved closer to reality last week as the company
"apparently" has purchased the Perico Harbor Marina,
Leverock's restaurant and the adjacent convenience
store and gas station.
Arvida is only the "apparent" purchaser because
the $16 million purchase of the estimated 7 acres was
accomplished through a series of limited liability com-
The actual purchaser is Paradise Pointe LLC,
which has both a Ft. Lauderdale and Sarasota address.
Paradise Pointe is managed by Perico Harbor Acquisi-
tions. That company'a corporation application listed an
account owned by the St. Joe Co. in Jacksonville,
where St. Joe is based.
The deal was not unexpected.
As reported in previous Islander stories about the
Arvida-St. Joe condominium project on North Perico,
it made economic sense for the land giant to acquire all
of north Perico for its 686-unit condominium project
directly east of the marina.
In the company's first site-plan application to the
City of Bradenton, Arvida-St. Joe had identified some
property along the Palma Sola Causeway for retail-
commercial use. The company eventually dropped that
idea, but with the purchase of existing commercial
property adjacent to its condominium project, can con-
tinue with those plans.
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, whose
district includes Perico and the Island, said it was ob-
vious when Arvida dropped its plan for commercial
Space and a marina at its project that purchase.of the
adjacent marina and property was on the horizon.
"It was totally expected. It's just how Arvida op-
erates, bypassing what they aren't allowed to do to get
.what they want."
County Commissioner Joe McClash, an ardent
opponent of the 1999 annexation of Perico and the sub-
sequent Arvida site plan, said the Arvida purchase "was
not a surprise." He said he would adopt a "wait-and-
see" attitude on Arvida's future plans for commercial
development, but suggested that any plans for redevel-
opment of those parcels should include Manatee
County and the Island cities. "That's if Arvida and the
City of Bradenton really want to cooperate."
McClash said the marina and convenience store are
located inside the Bradenton city limits while
Leverock's is in the county.
Glenn Compton of ManaSota-88, the environmen-
tal group that has long opposed the Arvida project, was
also not surprised that Arvida is trying to control the
"We have suspected this was their intention for
some time. It only makes sense for them to have a
deep-water marina for their boat owners, and the addi-
tion of commercial space means they're trying to add
shops, offices and other development," he-said.
PLEASE SEE PERICO, PAGE 4
There were "oh, so many" eggs and treats hidden on
the grounds of St. Bernard Catholic Church by the
Easter bunny last year, and lan Donovan, 4, visiting
family in Holmes Beach from New Jersey had high
hopes offilling his basket. Islander Photo: J.L.
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PAGE 2 0 MARCH 23, 2005 E THE ISLANDER
Bradenton Beach pier discussion slated for Thursday
By Paul Roat
After lengthy debate, Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners agreed last week to further discuss repairs
to the closed city pier this week, with a scheduled vote
on what to do in two weeks.
The pier was ordered closed March 10 for safety
reasons. An inspection report on the pier at the east end
of Bridge Street revealed a host of problems, with a
wobbly railing the most pressing for the pier proper.
The report also suggested much of the pier restau-
rant be demolished. West Coast Inspection Services
Inc. wrote in its report that "the flat roofed enclosed
areas extending out over the pier to the east are in quite
poor condition. The ceiling heights are too low for the
intended use. The roof framing and uplift anchorage is
questionable. The windows and doors need to be re-
placed. The thermal performance of the enclosing walls
needs to be upgraded. The floor structure needs to be
repaired and the floor finishes restored to a sanitary
condition. The 'shacks' long ago constructed on top of
the pier are not suitable to be renovated into a satisfac-
tory restaurant space. Renovation of these spaces
would not be cost effective. The existing enclosed ar-
eas are a hindrance to the proper improvement of the
serviceability of the buildings."
Commissioners last week began to discuss an
amended scope of work produced by O'Brien and
Smith Architects of Bradenton Beach for design and re-
construction of the restaurant and related facilities.
However, the last-minute paperwork on the project
prompted the commission to eventually postpone fur-
ther discussion on proceeding with the pier project until
a work session meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 24.
The commission also agreed not to take any official
action on the matter until its regular meeting April 7.
"I've been contacted by citizens who were not
happy we were moving so fast," said City Commis-
sioner Rob Nachtigal. "They said they want other
people involved in the architectural work. The sugges-
tion was made to contact other architectural firms."
Other commissioners concurred and unanimously
approved the truncated time schedule for discussion,
with Mayor John Chappie abstaining because of a con-
flict of interest with O'Brien and Smith he and his
mother have contracted with the firm for architectural
services at her home.
O'Brien and Smith have offered a five-part scope
of work for pier improvements. The plan includes new
design drawings for the structure east of the entryway
of the pier deemed sound by the inspection team -
as well as review with the city commission on the
plans. There was also a proposal for final architectural
drawings based upon city commission approval, struc-
tural engineering review of the 625-foot-long pier, and
schematic drawings for a proposed harbor master sta-
tion, including a city-owned dock due south of the pier.
Cost of the revised scope of work was $17,886.
Earlier this year, city officials went out to bid for
pier design services. O'Brien and Smith was the lone
Vice Mayor Bill Shearon did offer some prelimi-
nary estimates to at least get the pier open to the pub-
lic and fishers.
He said he believed the work needed to "stiffen the
posts of the railing" which apparently only includes
16 posts and securing the hand railing could be done
by two people in about two days at a cost of $650, ex-
The pier rest rooms were another matter. Shearon
said his estimate on the time to bring the facilities into
complaince with Americans with Disability Act re-
quirements would be seven weeks. Previously, the cost
to do the work on the rest rooms was estimated at about
The pier restaurant has been closed since last Sep-
tember when Hurricane Frances damaged the roof and
the city subsequently terminated the franchise agree-
ment with Karen and Jake Gallo, who had operated the
Commissioners had gone out to bid for a new fran-
chisee late last year, but with only one bidder they re-
jected the proposal. No further bid offering has been
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THE ISLANDER M MARCH 23, 2005 0 PAGE 3
Anna Maria battle lines drawn over draft comp plan
By Rick Catlin
Are there divisive issues in Anna MNaria?
That's almost like asking if there are co\\ s in Texas
or if hurricanes strike Florida.
Haul out the artillery, load up the cannons, man the
battle stations and line up the attorney) s. A ne\\ issue
has arisen to divide this city already di\ ided over park-
ing and stormwater drainage.
Business owners, particularlI those along Pine
Avenue, are not happy with portions of the draft future
land use element presented b\ the comp plan ad hoc
committee-to the planning and zoning board March 15.
The FLUE along with accompany\ ing goals, objectix es
and policies, is part of the state-mandated process for
the city to revise its comprehensi e plan.
Business owners expressed their displeasure \ ith
the committee's 18-month effort that they claim favors
single-family residences over businesses and business
The P&Z board, as the city's planning agency. was
simply to hear the report, ask questions, schedule a
series of public hearings for public input, then make a
recommendation to the city commission.
Facilitator Tony Arrant, the professional planner
hired by the city to guide the committee through the
state-mandated process to rex ise the comp plan. e\-
plained to the overflow crowd that this \ as only a \ ork
"This is the first step in a long. legislati% e process.
We are only exchanging information tonight," he said.
Arrant noted that the comprehensive plan, FLUE
and Future Land Use Map must proceed through the
P&Z, then to the city commission for public meetings.
then to the Florida Department of Community. Affairs
for approval. Following that, it must come back to the
commission for an ordinance.
Arrant said that's another seven- to nine-month
process at a minimum.
But Arrant-and P&Z- Chairnmn Chris Collins
agreed to take brief public comment as long as it was
productive to explain issues. That opened the flood
Business and property owners, many of whom are
members of the Anna Maria Village Merchants Asso-
ciation, were upset that among other recommendations,
the ad hoc committee had apparently reduced the size
of the commercial and residential-office-retail areas,
particularly the section on the residential-office-retail
district, where only two floors are allowed: The bottom
floor for a business and the second floor for a residence.
Business owner Jo Ann Mattick said the proposed
FLUE is contradictory because houses in the residen-
tial areas can be three stories tall, while a building in
the ROR district can only be a two-story structure.
"It doesn't make any sense," she said.
Ad hoc committee member Doug Copeland ex-
plained that the three-story residential structure only
has two habitable floors, while the bottom floor is for
parking only. In the ROR district, both floors can be
John Cagnina, an Anna Maria property owner and
Holmes Beach resident, asked what if the new compre-
hensive plan took away the value of his property?
That, said Arrant, would be an issue for a judge to
Cagnina claimed the proposals would shrink the
commercial district, and chastised the committee for its
emphasis in the plan on the "residential" aspect of,the
"You keep pounding and pounding on this," he
said, claiming the committee's work was "a wasted ef-
fort, a flawed document."
Other business owners agreed and wanted to argue
the merits of each goal, objective and policy.
Arrant tried to point out throughout the meeting
that this was just the first work session, that the public
would get a chance to speak for the record at the P&Z
hearings and the commission ordinance.
He asked the audience to remember that the draft
FLUE and its objectives were not all unanimous deci-
sions, that there were many contentious issues, includ-
ing the goals, objectives and policies for the ROR and
His plea to limit debate fell on deaf ears as business
owners continued to argue the merits of the draft
throughout the meeting.
Business owner Kent Davis asked how the empha-
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Gladiators in the Anna Maria coliseum
.-AnI Maria Mayor SueLynn, standing at center, spoke to an overflow gathering in Anna Maria March 15
When the first draft of the Future Land Use Element was presented by the comp plan committeeto the plan-
ningii and coning board. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
sis on single-famil residential found its way into.the
FLUE language. Copeland pointed out that that defini-
tion and "emphasis" was language from the 1992 com-
prehelnsi e plan. not from the current committee.
Business o\\ ners w\ ete also upset about the "grand-
.father" clause;c of the proposed FLUE.
Under the draft, current non-conforming structures
can continue their present use, even under a new. com-
prehensive plan, but if they're destroyed or torn down,
they have to be rebuilt as residential units.
Business owners claimed their concern that if a
property such as the Anna Maria Motel was destroyed,
it could only be rebuilt as a residence.
But that's what's in the comprehensive plan today,
replied Arrant, who noted that the ad hoc committee
was divided on this definition.
"Take a deep breath, everyone," said Arrant.
The grandfather issue, however, would not go
To rebuild a non-conforming property is not de-
fined in the current comprehensive plan, although city
codes state that a non-conforming structure such as the
Waterfront Restaurant can be rebuilt if destroyed by an
Ad hoc committee member Chuck Webb, who is
also an attorney, advised business owners concerned
about grandfatheringg" to look at the code. Non-con-
forming lots are only those that are 50 feet wide.
"If your code says it can be rebuilt, it can be re-
built," said Arrant.
Davis took issue, claiming the draft FLUE doesn't
But the proposed FLUE provision for
grandfatheringg" is more liberal than the current plan,
said Arrant. Members of the public will have ample
opportunity to influence lawmakers in the coming
months over this definition, he added.
After more than three hours of debate and discus-
sion on just the first section of the FLUE, the P&Z
scheduled a work session of its own for 7.p.m. Tues-
day, April 12, to discuss the remaining elements.
Davis, a member of the Anna Maria Village Mer-
Last bingo play of season
at Annie Silver center
The last bingo session of the winter season for
patrons of Annie Silver Community Center will
begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the comer
of 22nd Street and Avenue C., Bradenton Beach.
chants Association, said members of his organization
would attend future meetings on the FLUE and comp
plan to provide input.
"We are very interested in participating in the pro-
cess and appreciate the efforts of the volunteer commit-
tee. Now, we see an opportunity to enchance the
thoughts put in the draft," he said.
Anna Maria City
March 23, 1:30 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting on mangroves, na-
tive plantings and palm care and trimming.
March 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Approval of April 3 garden tour, second reading and
public hearing on outdoor dining ordinance, second
reading and public hearing on opting out of early vot-
ing for city elections and public comment.
March 30, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and
Enhancement Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
March 23, 5 p.m., comp plan review committee meet-
March 24, 3 p.m., city commission work session.
Agenda: city pier.
March 29, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Agenda: variance on lot, yard and bulk regulations for
110 Sixth St. S.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
March 24, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
March 21, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus CANCELED.
City offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be closed Fri-
day, March 25,. for Good Friday.
PAGE.4 N MARCH 23, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
School on budget, completion due in December
By David Futch
The new Anna Maria Island Elementary School is
on target for a December completion and is expected
to come in at or near its $8.5 million budget.
Unlike its middle school counterpart King Middle
on 75th Street in Bradenton that is expected to cost
three times what was originally budgeted, Anna Maria
is proving to be a good model for the school system.
However, there is a hitch. A renovated auditorium
and another building slated for art and music students
may not be ready until late summer or early fall 2006.
At the monthly School Advisory Committee meet-
ing March 21, principal Kathy Hayes and committee
vice chairman Mike Pierce said they don't expect any
hitches in completing the new school.
"The second floor is set to be poured next week and
when it's done we're going to take the teachers up there
to show them where their classes will be located,"
Hayes said after the meeting. "In terms of the audito-
rium and Building 9 (art and music), we're going to be
close on the $500,000 that's been budgeted for both."
Hayes said the chief concern of both teachers and
parents is that both renovations must focus on air qual-
Much of the $500,000 allotted is expected to pay
for heating and air conditioning units for the two build-
Skateboarders have done an estimated $250 worth
of damage to the stair handrails at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church in Holmes Beach,'prompting church offi-
cials to install studs to all handrails around the church
to prevent further skateboarding damage.
Parishoner Don Maloney, who is also a Holmes
Beach city commissioner, said the skateboarders had.
been asked numerous times to halt skateboarding at the
But those efforts failed and eventually the entire
handrail at the front of the church was damaged and
knocked down by skateboarders.
"The handrails were used by many elderly
parishoners to get into the church," said Maloney.
The church is replacing the damaged handrail and
installing metal studs and guards on other handrails to
halt future, skateboarding efforts.
"I'm sorry it's come to this," said Maloney. "We
spent all that money on a skate park just so the kids
would have a place to go, but a few of them still pre-
fer private, property."
Police have been informed of the vandalism and
have increased patrols around St. Bernard, a church
Spring break in high gear
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
tainers on the beach, but we've been very lucky. Our
spring break crowds are fairly well-behaved."
His best advice is for Islanders to have patience
This aerial view
restaurant and the
that were appar-
Arvida-St. Joe Co.
condominium '.... ...
project will be on ".
the cleared land
on the right.' ...
west, Anna Maria A 'B
Island appears in
Another feature of the new auditorium will be the
removal of all the windows on the west side of the -
building and filling in the wall, Hayes said.
"Tearing them out and trying to put in hurricane-
tough windows was going to be too costly," she said.
"Filling in the wall should be better anyway, because
we want it dark in the auditorium most of the time."
One original plan for the auditorium was to install
10 to 12 air handlers along one wall to handle the heat-.
ing and air conditioning capacity, but that idea was
nixed for noise and maintenance reasons.
"This is a challenging time," Hayes said, "and the
auditorium is our biggest challenge."
Pierce added that the auditorium is now set to get
one heating and air conditioning unit and new duct
Two things beyond the school board's control have
already made it difficult to stay within the budget and
on time the cost of concrete has skyrocketed due pri-
marily to China gobbling up the supply.
Last summer's busy hurricane season put a damper
on some of the construction deadlines, but there's noth-
ing that can't be overcome, Pierce said.
"We're locked into the renovation costs," he said.
"But I don't foresee any problems."
In light of what took place recently in Homossassa
Father Robb mongiello of St. Bernards Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach shows where railing at the
entrance the church has been damaged so severely,
the top portion has torn off, forcing church officials
to replace the railing and install metal studs on all
rails to prevent future skateboard activity. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine had simi-
lar thoughts. He'll have all reserve officers on duty for
traffic control ard on the beach, particularly for the
upcoming two weekends.
"My best advice to Islanders is, if you have to go
with the abduction of a young girl, Pierce said security
at the new school was at the top of the must-do list.
"Security and vulnerability are two things we're
addressing, considering what's been going in the state
lately," Pierce said. "We want to make sure we have a
safe place for our kids."
STo that end, Pierce said doors to the cafeteria will
be inside the new school's main building, preventing
people from sneaking in without detection.
Some upcoming dates of interest:, spring vacation
starts Friday, March 25, and students will return to
school Monday, April 4.
On April 8, the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
will be putting up a "shelter box" exactly like the ones
the club is sending to tsunami victims, including one
provided with donations from AME students. This will
give the children the chance to see what their good deed
Also, for all parents of children eligible for kinder-
garten in the fall, there is a "Kindergarten Roundup"
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, when children
and parents can visit and get used to their new school
April 24 marks the big "Spring Fling" PTO
fundraiser. This year's them is "Luau for Learning"
with a number of Island restaurants donating their ef-
forts for the evert. Tickets are $30.
Renovation of the rectory at St. Bernard
Catholic Church is almost completed, and the
funding got a $32,000 shot in the arm from an ex-
football player last week.
Johnny Lattner, Heisman Trophy winner and
all-American in his Notre Dame days in the
1950s, spoke at a benefit at the church last Thurs-
day in "the most successful such event we've ever
had here," said a church spokesperson.
The renovation project is about 95 percent
complete, said the spokesperson. Last year mold
was discovered in much of the building, and the
parish got a loan from the Diocese of Venice to
make it habitable again.
Walls were torn out and rebuilt, carpeting
replaced and anything that could have mold in it
was tossed. It is the home of the pastor, the Rev.
"We've been paying on the loan however we
could as we went along," said the spokesperson.
."The dinner's $32,000 certainly helps."
The house is 25 to 30 years old, she estimated:
"It still has the original roof. Maybe that's next."
somewhere, leave early and return late. Or, just stay at
home," Romine said.
By nightfall, the spring breakers should have gone
back to the mainland and Islanders can venture forth.
MCSO Sgt. John Kenney, in charge of the MCSO
Anna Maria substation, said he'll also have extra depu-
ties on patrol during spring break.
"We don't have that much of a traffic problem up
here as the other two cities because there's not a large
public beach and parking area," he said.
That's not to say driving around Anna Maria won't
"This is a small city and a lot of cars will really
slow people down. Drive with patience," he cautioned.
Perico property sold to Arvida?
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Any problem Arvida might have with Manatee
County on developing the Leveiock's parcel is easily
solved, said Compton. "They'll just apply for annex-
ation to the City of Bradenton," he predicted.
Perico Harbor Marina has applied for a Florida De-
partment of Environmental Protection permit to dredge its
channel for deep-draft boats, tear down the existing dry
storage facility and build some 242 wet slips.
The permit has been approved pending an appro-
priate mitigation strategy by the marina to enhance the
environment of the Sister Keys off Longboat Key.
County charter on 'back burner,'
Island elected officials wary
By Rick Catlin
The Manatee County Commission'may have put
the proposed county charter on the shelf for the time
being in favor of strengthening the Accord, but mem-
bers of the Barrier Island Elected Officials are con-
cerned the.issue hasn't gone away completely.
At the March 16 BIEO meeting, Bradenton Beach
Mayor John Chappie said that county commissioners
have placed the charter "on the back burner while the
commission tries to make the Accord legally binding."
But, in his opinion, "one or two county commis-
sioners are just waiting for the Accord effort to fail" to
bring back the proposed charter.
The county commission has proposed strengthen-
ing the Accord the joint planning agreement among
municipalities, county government and the school
board by having cities agree to an annexation clause
which would allow a third party to settle an annexation
dispute between a city and the county.
"Bradenton andPalmetto will never agree to that,"
Longboat Key Mayor Ron Johnson noted that the
county wantedcities to give up their annexation rights
Botanical artist Thomas
at library in April
Botanical artist and designer Charlotte Staub Tho-
mas will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Her appearance is sponsored by the Friends of the
Library as the April segment of the Friends Lecture
Series. It is open to the public free of charge, with seat-
ing on a first-come-first-seated basis.
The Friends Book Club will meet at the library at
10:30 a.m. April 13, and the organization's board of
directors will meet there at 9:30 a.m. April 15.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily and closes at 8
p.m. Monday and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturdays. Additional
information may be obtained by calling 778-6341.
for 90 days. "We didn't agree to that. It's just a mora-
torium, and it's not going to happen, so [the cities]
suggested the county take out the annexation clause
and rework it."
The county commission agreed ahd legal experts
are attempting to resolve the annexation issue in a new
Accord agreement, he said.
"We certainly hope the Accord works. It's better than
a county charter. If it moves forward, the cities have to
agree to it. It's a process that will takes years, but the
county wants something in 30 days," Johnson added.
What BIEO members will do is propose to their
individual city commissions that a resolution be passed
supporting a new Accord agreement.
"That we can do," said Chappie.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and Holmes Beach
City Commissioner Don Maloney said they would
bring such a resolution to their respective commissions
The Accord agreement was adopted by the cities
and Manatee County in 2002 as a means of settling
annexation and development issues between the five
municipalities and the county. The Accord came after
the City of Bradenton annexed Perico Island, then ap-
proved a site plan for the Arvida-St. Joe Co. for con-
dominium units there.
A protracted legal battle ensued between
Bradenton and Manatee County and officials on both
sides of the issue wanted a method of settling annex-
ation issues other than the court system. The Accord
was agreed upon and a joint planning council com-
posed of representatives from the five cities, the school
district and Manatee County was formed to settle de-
velopment and annexation issues.
Proponents of the county charter, including County
Commissioner Joe McClash, have argued that because
the Accord is not legally binding, any decisions
reached by the JPC are ineffective. A county charter
form of government would create a planning conmmis-
sion with legal authority.
Any county charter would have to be passed by vot-
ers in a countywide referendum. The county commission
has set aside such plans while it attempts to reach an ac-
cord with the cities on a new Accord agreement.
THE ISLANDER MARCH 23, 2005 E PAGE 5
By Jim Hanson
Six old but well preserved homes in the his-
toric fishing village of Cortez will be opened to
the public for the Cortez Tour of Historic Homes
Friday and Saturday, March 25-26.
The homes were selected from 88 houses on
the National Register of Historic Places, out of
the 97 residences in what is traditionally iden-
tified as "Cortez" that part of the village that
lies south of Cortez Road.
Five of the tour homes have been named,
the sixth is the "surprise house" being held back
by the sponsoring Cortez Village Historical
Society. But it will be identified and open to the
public for the tour.
The tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both
days..Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 during the
tour when they may be purchased at any of the
tour homes. A map will be given ticket buyers.
Along with the tour will be a silent auction, with.
artwork and other items displayed at the Cortez
Community Center, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W.
Visitors may park at Coquina Beach on
Anna Maria Island or at the shopping mall at
75th Street and Cortez Road, and ride shuttle
buses to and from the village.
The houses on the tour: 4519 123rd St., Bar-
bara Ross and Nancy Rowe, owners; 12003 45th
Ave. W., Karen Bell and Paul Brugger; 4506
123rd St., Rochelle and Mark Bowers; 4420
123rd St., Rosemary and Todd Fleck; and 4416
123rd St. Ct. W., Joe Hutchinson.
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Clang, clang, cluck
The Island trolley is great. It obviously serves to re-
duce the number of cars on Island roadways and the vol-
ume of ridership is up, up, up.
Tourists love it, and Islanders also use it for transpor-
tation now and again, especially on busy holidays and for
events where crowds and traffic make parking difficult.
A potential rider awaiting the trolley on Palm Sunday
queried how much the trolley costs. "It's free," we re-
"Wheweeee," said she. Groups of kids and teens
were hopping on and off, families loaded aboard for an
outing, and a gentleman waited faithfully according to the
schedule he had devised for the trolley stop nearest him.
That said, the schedule of 20-minute headways is,
well, not a schedule on holidays. We waited some 25-30
minutes at one stop around 2 p.m., and hb 5 p.m., we were
more than 40 minutes without seeing a trolley pass in ei-
ther direction. The driver of our earlier ride "barrelled"
(dare we say sped?) away and rushed between stops in an
obvious attempt to get "on schedule."
It leaves us to wonder if the Manatee County Area
Transit, which operates the trolley system, including a
shuttle from Beachway Plaza in Bradenton on SunJda\ s to
and from the M lanaitcc Public Beach, has any clue about,
planning for these "super" ride days.
We recall there were five trolleys, with only two or
three operating on a given day, but "all trolleys on deck"
should be the policy for holidays and special events.
Maybe we should ask Manatee County to revive the
"trolley committee" that worked diligently to ensure the
success of the trolley. Some folks with input on the needs
and desires of the Island community to the folks who op-
erate the trolley could obviously be useful.
And since new trolleys are being sought to replace
the huge, loud, diesel-spouting trolley-decorated buses
currently running, at least a committee should have input
in what the Island communities want in the future.
We just need some "trolley talk," and soon.
Sandbar crawls forward
The Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board met to
consider the site plan submitted by the Sandbar restaurant
with what some might say was a surprising result a
Although it took two votes and most of the "evi-
dence" was based on merits, pros and cons and opinions,
rather than the established criteria, at least the recommen-
dation for approval will pass to the city commission.
Now the Sandbar is moving forward toward meeting
the.terms of a federal lawsuit that requires Americans
with Disabilities Act compliance.
At last, finally, one small step toward improvements
for the Sandbar and the beach-loving, sunset-loving,
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About that pier ...
About the reported Bradenton Beach pier neglect,
but first of all a little history.
In 1921, a bridge was built to connect the island to
the mainland. In time it became so rickety that when a
wagon or an old model car drove over the planks
(which were not secured), they would pop up after the
rear wheels passed over.
In 1956, the structure \\ as torn do\\ n and the state
road board replaced the old structure jith new pilings
and a safer structure was built before turning it over to
the City of Bradenton Beach in 1978. The pier was to
be used for recreational purposes, so the city agreed to
assume the liability and upkeep.
More than four years ago while I was in office, I
had the east side of the T-section replaced and brought
to the attention of the commission that there was 70
feet, also on the east side from the T-section (going
west) to the first pavilion, that was unsafe as well and
In fact, I submitted a drawing showing how this could
be accomplished and even the person in charge of
safety at that time was knowledgeable of this. This is
but one little issue that has gone by the wayside.
However, I have a workable solution to the
commissioner's dilemma, (which they created for
themselves). Give it back to the state, they in turn can
give it to the county, since they will know how to main-
tain and preserve it. (I'm surprised the state hasn't al-
ready asked to take it back). Not every city benefits as
we have in the past from having it's own historical site,
therefore, an act of nature is understandable but neglect
is unforgivable. Shame on Bradenton Beach!
Bill Arnold, former vice mayor ofBradenton Beach
Keep the music
One of the glories of being an Anna Maria Island
resident for the past seven years, and coming here on
holiday for the past 26 years, is the Sandbar restaurant.
The crowning glory was the hiring of John Dewey,
whose melodious tones, never raucous or loud, drift
over the sand and the decks of the Sandbar and the
How I wish I lived closer so that when the breeze
was right, I.could perhaps sit on my deck or in my liv-
ing room and hear his music.
However; when buying a house and moving to the
Island, I would not buy in a particular spot that I had
intelligent\ in\ estimated enough to:realize that it was
within earshot of the outdoor entertainment that I did
not want to hear.
We wondered w hen we moved to the Island why
the three cities did not merge and we were told that they
were too diverse. Ah,'now.I understand. The City of
Anna Maria really has created such bad tastes in many,
many Bradenton residents and guests alike. As well as
this Holmes Beach resident.
No outdoor dining! No John Dewey! We will start
to take our money and time on Friday and Saturday
nights elsewhere, probably off the Island. It truly is a
sad commentary. I knew when we purchased on this
Island that it was really meant to be a holiday island,
that is why I always feel I am on holiday and I hope to
reside here forever..Barring the fact that it gets to the
point of no music outside and no joy.
Move Dewey and the Sandbar next to my house.
Or he can play on my roof deck.
Mo Dye, Holmes Beach
Love the Island
The following letter appeared in the Los Angeles
Times newspaper following a laudatory article in that
paper's travel section Jan. 16 about Anna Maria Island.
The letter was provided by Marilyn Steele of Bradenton.
"Thanks for an interesting, thorough piece on Anna
Maria Island. I lived on Anna Maria Island when I
worked in nearby Bradenton many years ago.
"The blindingly white sand beaches and clear
warm waters spoiled me forever when compared to
California's brown, cold beaches."
Kurt Sipolski, Palm Desert, Calif
Wish coming true:
Tyler on way here
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 23, 2005 0 PAGE 7
The only place he wants to be, and he's almost here
- Tyler Ferrell will be on his beloved Anna Maria Is-
land Monday, March 28.
Tyler is the 9-year-old West Virginia boy who is
having his dearest wish granted by the Kids Wish Net-
work. He only wanted Anna Maria, and Anna Maria he
is getting. And just in time for his birthday he'll be
He and his parents and kid brothers are arriving
Monday to spend the week here, courtesy Kids Wish
Network and a number of Island businesses and Island
friends who are giving generously to make the boy
Not that he's an unhappy child. He has borne up
through surgeries and medication regimes and the bur-
den of being more limited in what he can do than are
most children his age, smiling most of the way.
He has a physically incomplete heart, though there
is no lack of what people call "heart" of living and lov-,
ing and the joy of life. The left side of his heart never
formed completely so he has to get along with only the
right side. He has had surgery to re-route blood vessels
and takes medication to help his heart do its work. He
has some learning disabilities, tires easily and must be
Now he and his family will eat and sleep and,
above all, play to their hearts' content, thanks to the
generosity of the Island and of Kids Wish. That is the
nonprofit "dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy
memories and improving quality of life for children."
WithTyler when he arrives Monday will be his
mother and father, Connie and Phillip, and brothers
Roger "Toby," 8, and Teddy "Bear;" 3.
They will check into the Bali Hai Beach Resort,
6900 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, where host Al
Bouzaine will show the boy and his family their rooms,
then stand back out of the way as Tyler storms the
beach just outside his door.
They will dine that.evening at the Sandbar restau-
rant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, through the cour-
tesy of owner Ed Chiles. If the weather is Island-nor-
mal, they can dine on the outside deck a few steps from
the Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday they will
be at Mote Marine
at its aquarium where
Tyler and no doubt his .
brothers will be in .
charge of a private feed-
ing of the manatees.
That evening John .
Home will host them for
a special dinner at his
Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Tyler Ferrell
6906 14th St. W.,
They will go to sea Wednesday with Capt. Brandon
Kelly and his Findango Charters, for some fishing.
Next day Tyler, an old salt by now, will move from
powerboat to sail when he and the rest of the Ferrells
sail with Capt. Kirk Harden aboard his Enterprise,
based at Marina Jack Bayfront in Sarasota.
Their visit climaxes the next day, Friday, April 1,
with checkout from their accommodations and brunch
at Ooh La La! Bistro in the Island Shopping Center,
Holmes Beach. Chef Damon Presswood will show
them how to make French toast and intends to have his
7-year-old daughter Joselin there so she can learn that
art too, and incidentally make some new friends.
That is the formal itinerary, and the Ferrells hope
to extend it another day or two if they can get accom-
modations donated regular Island rates in season
would virtually devour the $650 cash Kids Wish Net-
work is giving the family for spending money.
Also sought for Tyler and family are some beach
toys and other Florida vacation needs. Contact The Is-
lander to donate, 778-7978.
Ten years ago in the March 16, 1995,
issue of The Islander announced:
Anna Maria Public Works Director Bill
Zimmerman resigned his post after Mayor Dottie
McChesney told him he was not authorized to fire per-
sonnel, only the mayor.
President Bill Clinton has suggested cutting the
federal share of beach renourishment projects, a move
that, if successful, would eliminate all of the 25 percent
federal funding for the upcoming $7 million Island
beach renourishment project.
Charges of grand theft against the managers of
the two Circle K convenience stores on the Island were
refiled by state prosecutors after a review of the case
by prosecutors. Bettye Jane Sossamon, 49, and Audry
M. Wilkes, 46, both of Bradenton, are accused of steal-
ing some $37,000 from the two stores.
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EASTER ACTIVITIES FOR ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Sunrise service at
6:30 Easter morning
By Jim Hanson
Easter Sunday on the Island will begin with the
sunrise service the Kiwanis Club has organized for the
past 41 years, starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Manatee pub-
A modern secular wrinkle will be the Island trol-
ley, which will start its free service from tip to tip of the
Island at 6 a.m. Trolley riders may park anywhere
there's space on the Island, but most will be at the
Coquina Beach lot.
For automobiles, parking will be at a premium at
the beach at the Gulf end of Manatee Avenue, so driv-
ers should arrive early. Bring chairs or blankets for
Easter is a solemn but joyous time for Christians,
marking as it does the resurrection of Christ, who died
on the cross on what has become known as Good Fri-
This Easter celebration on the Island will benefit all
of the churches here, as the sponsoring Kiwanis Club
of Anna Maria Island has traditionally given proceeds
from, the offering to them. In its previous 40 years the
service has realized more than $120,000.
Kiwanian Bob LoPiccolo again this year will
handle the prelude music, followed by the invocation
by the Rev. Henry I. Parsell, rector of the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation.
The welcome will be delivered by Ralph Bassett,
president of Kiwanis, and the prayer for servicemen
and servicewomen will be by Frank McGrath of the All
Islands Denominations organization.
The first Scripture reading, from Matthew 28 1-5,
will be given by Deacon Alfred Gaspari of St. Bernard
Catholic Church, followed by special music provided
by Steve Wicker.
Second Scripture reading will be Matthew 28 6-10,
'delivered by the Rev. Dale Lawson, pastor the Island
The Rev. William Grossman, pastor of Harvey
Memorial Community Church in Bradenton Beadh,
will bring the Easter sermon, "Back to the Future."
The offertory will be by the Rev..Tamara Woods,
pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, with offertory
music by Wicker.
"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" will be sung by
the people present at the service,followed by the bene-
diction by the Rev. Gary Batey, pastor of Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, and the postlude by Dennis
Additional information may be obtained by calling
in Island churches
By Jim Hanson
Churches on Anna Maria Island will celebrate the
resurrection of Christ Sunday, March 27, with perhaps
the greatest seriousness and joy of the Christian year.
Special services are planned up and down the Is-
land, following the solemnity of Holy Week. Sunrise
service will be at 6:30 a.m. at the Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach. The Island trolley will begin
service at 6 a.m. from Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach and from the Anna Maria City Pier in Anna
Maria for the convenience of those attending the ser-
Notable among the Eastertime observances will be
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church's Tenebrae service, the
word taken from the Latin meaning darkness and in
centuries past signifying Christ's suffering and death.
It will begin at 6 p.m. Good Friday, titled "The Seven
Voices of the passion," seven readings and the choir
and congregation singing.
The Island churches' schedules:
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, the Rev. Tamara Wood, pastor.
Maundy Thursday, worship service at 10:30 a.m.
and 7:15 p.m., with stripping of the altar.
Good Friday, Tenebrae service at 6 p.m. with seven
people reading "The Seven Voices of the Passion,"
music by the choir and the congregation.
Sunday, Easter services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with
special trumpet music.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, the Rev. Harry Parsell, rec-
Maundy Thursday, Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m.;
Holy Eucharist with foot washing and stripping of the
altar at 7 p.m., prayer vigil to follow in the garden.
Good Friday, prayer vigil resumes from 7 a.m.
until noon when Good Friday liturgy begins. Stations
of the cross at 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday, First Mass of Easter, Rite II with
organ and hymns at 7:30 a.m.; Choral Holy Eucharist
Rite II with choir at 9 a.m.; Festival Mass with choir at
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, the Rev. William
Grossman, pastor. (721-3643.)
Maundy Thursday, Communion and potluck sup-
per at 6 p.m. bring a dish to share.
Easter Sunday, worship service at 9:30 a.m.
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, the Rev. Dale Lawson, pastor. (778-0719.)
Regular Sunday services at 10:50 a.m. preceded by
Bible study at 9:30.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, the Rev. Gary Batey, pastor. (778-
Maundy Thursday, worship service with Holy
Communion at 7 p.m.
Good Friday, worship in the chapel at noon.
Easter Sunday, worship services at 9 and 11 a.m.
St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, the Rev. Robert
Mongiello, pastor. (778-4769.)
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7
Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at noon; Passion
of Our Lord at 3 p.m.
Holy Saturday, Blessing of Easter baskets at 11
a.m.; Easter Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, Masses at 6:30, 8 and 10 a.m. and
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, the Rev. Kenneth Gill, pastor. (383-6491.)
Good Friday, worship service at noon.
Easter Sunday, sunrise service at Bayfront Park at 6:30
a.m.; adult discussion class with the Rev. Charles
Shook, 9:30 a.m.; traditional service at 10:30 a.m.
Easter egg hunt
Sunday on Island, key
St. Bernard Catholic Church will have its annual
Easter egg hunt for Island children of all ages early
Sunday afternoon, March 27.
The Easter bunny will hide the eggs while people
are in the noon Mass, after which youngsters will be
turned loose to do their best.
Toddlers up to age 4 will do their stuff in Little
Mary's Grotto. The 5- to 8-year-olds' territory will be
between the church and the activity center. Ages 9 to
11 will find their eggs between the church and the rec-
tory. Some eggs will have prize-winning notes inside.
The church is at 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Further details may be obtained by calling 778-4769.
On Longboat Key, the Easter egg hunt will be at
10:30 a.m. at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of
Orchestra's Easter performance sell-out
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orchestra performed its Easter concert Sunday at Island
Baptist Church to another sell-out audience, above. Soloist Leslie Jones of Sarasota, right, was featured on
oboe. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
By Rick Catlin
If at first you don't succeed, try again.
After nearly three hours of testimony, Anna
Maria's planning and zoning board on Monday at first
rejected a motion to recommend approval of the Sand-
bar restaurant site plan by a 4-3 margin.
That brought a gasp from the mostly pro-Sandbar
audience and prompted Sandbar attorney Rucinda
Perry to note that the city's own land planner said the
site plan conforms to the comprehensive plan and land
development codes. If that's the case, the board is sup-
posed to approve the application, she said.
City Attorney Jim Dye agreed that's what
Florida law states.
P&Z Chairman Chris Collins, who voted against
the motion, said the Sandbar could still get approval
from the city commission. "We've done everything we
can" after nearly eight months of meetings on the al-
leyway swap and site plan.
Not quite everything.
Board member Doug Copeland quickly polled
those who voted against the recommendation for their
major objection to the plan. The consensus was that the
Sandbar could still load and unload delivery trucks on
city streets and board members were concerned about
If that's the case, suggested Copeland, how about-
a new motion with a stipulation that the Sandbar will
provide off-street.loading and unloading.
We'll do that, said Sandbar owner Ed Chiles.
That saved the day, at least for now, as board mem-
bers passed the motion by a 6-1 vote with Margaret
Other stipulations are that the proposed pavilion
for special events will be limited to food consumption
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and assembly. The pavilion is conditional on passage
of an outdoor dining ordinance by the city commission.
Chiles agreed to add bicycle parking and a time line for
all the improvements.
Chiles said his best estimate was about three years
to spend around $200,000 out of his own pocket for the
-Construction of new rest rooms that comply with
the Americans with Disabilities Act will be the first
order of business, he said, followed by the paved walk-
ways, parking lot improvements, drainage improve-
ments subject to a Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District permit construction of the pavilion
and a canopy over the existing outdoor deck.
The site plan had been reviewed by city planner
Alan Garrett, who said it complied with the city's com-
prehensive plan and land development codes.
But not everyone agreed with those findings.
Attorney Mike Gallaher, representing adjacent
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planner, Jan Norsoph, who had a number of objections.
Norsoph claimed the Sandbar site plan needed sev-
eral variances for approval, and said the Sandbar
should build a solid wall along the Nally property to
provide protection from vehicle headlights, parking lot
surface dust and flooding from the proposed retention
pond. The-canopy setback should be seven feet from
the alleyway, not five feet, he said.
Chiles agreed to the seven-foot setback for the
canopy covering the outdoor deck.
Perry noted that the Nallys had built their house in
a commercial zone and had received special permission
to build on that property. "This is not a residential
area," she said. "It was the Nallys choice to live in a
Chiles had originally needed to just make his rest
rooms ADA compliant to satisfy a federal lawsuit
against the restaurant, but decided to pursue other
modifications at the popular eatery at the same time.
A proposed alleyway swap with the city to allow
construction of the rest rooms was passed by the P&Z
two months ago, but was conditional on site plan ap-
Chiles said the the city accepted the swap and the
site plan, he would pay for all alleyway modifications
and the drainage plan out of his own pocket and pay for
maintenance and upkeep.
"It's a 'win-win' situation," said city resident
Agreed, said Chris Galati, who uses a wheelchair.
"To be able to get down to the beach in a wheelchair
and view the beach and sunset and have a wheelchair-
accessible restaurant will be a big plus for the city," he
Resident Robin Wall suggested the pavilion will
allow the Sandbar to run a "special events business."
Dye did note that any weddings or other events
held in the pavilion will require a special event permit
from the city if use of the pavilion creates a "higher
impact" than normal business. "If it's.not a greater
impact, no special event permit is needed."
The P&Z recommendation for approval of the site
plan now heads to.the city commission,.which is ex-
pected to discuss the site plan at its April 14 meeting.
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Workers assemble a large boat lift at Cortez Cove Boatworks, a Marine Travelift capable of raising boats up
to 60 tons, 70feet long and 22 feet wide, said Cortez Cove co-owner Karen Bell. It will travel out over the
water on 30-foot piers, permits for whose construction are pending. Islander Photo: Dick Wolff
Cortez channel could
By Jim Hanson
The Cortez channel dredging project has moved to
the top of the list and could begin this July, according
to word received by Manatee County Commissioner
Jane von Hahmann.
The list is the charting of projects by West Coast
Inland Navigation District, which manages programs
in this area under the counties' auspices.
Charles Listowski, director of WCIND, said he has
the dredging permits already and is awaiting word from
the county commission to go ahead.
Heather Whelan of the Manatee County Community
Services Department said she needs current reports from
major projects now nearing completion before she will
know how much money will be available for Cortez.
"We know that some of them are coming in under
budget," she said. "We will use that surplus as a buffer
to begin the next big project, which is the Cortez chan-
be dredged this year
nel. We need to know how much money is available
before we take it to the board [of county commission-
ers] for funding."
Cost of the job was originally estimated at
$325,000. It will deepen the channel that runs aloig the
waterfront from Bell Fish Co. to Cortez Bait and Sea-
food Inc. It has silted-in over the years, to the point that
commercial fishing boats with a load of fish have dif-
ficulty getting through at low tide some of them,
even at high tide.
And debris washed or thrown into the water,has
accumulated. There are some rocks in a few places, too,
that endanger passing boats. Some 7,600 cubic yards
of spoil is to be removed, which needs two acres for
draining and drying before it can be hauled away.
The program calls for it to be dredged 25 feet wide
at the bottom, 7 feet wider on each side at the water's
surface, 1,400 feet long from Bell to the mangroves to
Mid-Preserve Cortez lots listed for sale
By Jim Hanson
Sales proposals of property near the middle of the
FISH Preserve are sending shock waves through
Cortez, whose residents have just bought the Preserve.
County officials, Cortezians and supporters are try-
ing to devise a strategy to thwart the proposals, but at
this point are still gathering information. They said they
are being careful not to interfere with individual prop-
erty rights and uses.
Listed for $1.2 million are three lots totaling a little
more than half an acre. The Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage bought the Preserve's 95 acres for
$250,000, has just bought three lots with a house at the
edge of the Preserve for $160,000 and are negotiating
to buy another lot for $18,000, with seller Guy Hersh
donating $5,000 toward the purchase price. A few lots
remain.in private ownership, and FISH wants to ac-
quire them to make the Preserve a complete unit.
FISH wrote the owner of the three interior lots in
2003 and again in 2004 expressing interest in the prop-
erty, but got no response. The owner is Iris Lemasters
of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Of concern and indignation is the presentation of
the offer to sell. It reads: "Build your Florida dream
home on this one-of-a-kind half acre bayfront lot com-
pletely surrounded by preserve. Complete privacy, easy
access to the beaches and shopping, no deed restric-
tions, the possibilities are endless."
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann said, "The owner has a right to try to sell,"
while taking exception to some of the offering's claims.
"First of all, the county certainly will not pay $1.2
million to get the property. That's ludicrous. But there
are fallacies in the presentation that bother me.
"There is no 'easy' access. The buyer would have
to build a road, the county won't. They advertise 'septic
required' for sewage. Well, septic can't be installed
there; they'd have to connect with county facilities
along Cortez Road, a long way away. It's certainly not
bayfront there are many acres between that site and
She's going to want an accounting for all of that,
Chips Shore, who as county clerk of court is in
charge of historical matters in the county, including the
historic fishing village of Cortez, said he doesn't have
enough information at this point to get into particulars,
that he's still doing homework on it.
Karen Bell, treasurer of FISH, expressed dismay at
"the misleading information" in the presentation.
Roger Allen, director of the maritime museum be-
ing created in the old school adjacent to the Preserve
and active in FISH matters, feared the Lemasters pro-
posal will have a negative impact on grant applications
that are pending.
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Cortez stories to be offered at fundraiser auction
Cortez artist Penclope NViylor has donated her painting "Bougainvillea" to the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center's Affair to Remember the Anna and it will be offered in the live auction at the event April 19. The
painting, a ;tihre-punt I triptych of oil on linen, is part of her Cortez Stories series, painted this year in her
Cortez studio. Each panel is 45 by 30 inches and the overall piece is 45 by 90 inches and is valued at more
than $3;000. Naylor is a highly accomplished and recognized artist whose work is included in an exhibit at the
Smithsonian's Nations' Museum of American Art. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
'Penny flower sale'
Winners by cash vote in six major categories of the.
Anna Maria Garden Club's "Penny Flower Show" last
week at Roser Memorial Community Church have
been tabulated by the club.
The individual displays:were exhibited with coin
receptacles nearby, and the viewers voted with their
coins for their choices. The first-, second- and third-
place winners by category:
My Garden Design Marilyn Shirley, Priscilla
Seewald, Maureen Baldwin.
Orient Express Priscilla Seewald, Marilyn
Shirley, Marguerite Carrick.
Playing With Food Kathryn Spencer, Jean Tay-
lor (second and third).
Easter Parade Marilyn Shirley, Esther Callahan,
A Basket Case Kathryn Spencer, Susan Fernald,
Miniatures Clare Faner, Kitty Van Zile, Jean
Outstanding Specimens Marilyn Shirley, Mar-
guerite Carrick (second and third).
Art League's 'open exhibit'
to accept submissions
The Anna Maria Island Art League will ac-
cept submissions of artwork from 9 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. March 29-30 for its annual "open exhibit,"
and will host an opening reception April 1.
The exhibit will be displayed April 1-29 at the
league's gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. It is open to all artists with a three-piece
limit, $5 entry fee for each piece. The reception
will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tues-
day-Friday. Further information may be obtained
by calling 778-2099.
Sidewalk art sale set Saturday
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will spon-
sor a sidewalk art sale at the guild's gallery location,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in the Island Shop-
The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
March 26, and will feature animals and a bake sale in
addition to the many pieces of art for sale. Details may
be obtained by calling 778-6694.
Penny flower show
The Anna Maria Garden Club hosted a Penny Flower Show sponsored by The Islander at Roser Memorial
Community Church in which attendees voted for their favorite arrangement by depositing coins in a con-
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New CD debuts for local musicians
By Diana Bogan
Koko Ray & the Soul Providers latest compact disc
recording "Tropical Blue Moon" is now available.
Led by local musician Ray Hansen, the "Soul Pro-
viders" serve up something for everyone. Based solidly
in rock, funk, blues and fusion, their live play list in-
cludes everything from Dave Brubeck to Frank Zappa,
Jethro Tull to Average White Band, Little Feat to Traf-
fic, and Beatles to Spirit.
Known for his powerful woodwind virtuosity,
Hansen is backed by the Soul Providers' tight rhythm
section, including veteran bassist Greg Slusher and
drummer Pat Betts. The superbly versatile sound of
guitarist John Purcell gives the band the ability to move
seamlessly from genre to genre without missing a beat.
Having worked previously with blues artists Willie
& the South Street Runnners and recording on Energy
Records for several years, Hansen wanted to produce
a project of his own and says that he has found superb
musicianship in the Soul Providers.
While the band dispenses a feast of timeless clas-
sics at its live shows, it also adds a liberal helping of
Island family foundation
A challenge to raise funds to purchase shelter
boxes for Southeast Asia's tsunami victims from an
anonymous family foundation to the Island Rotary
Club has been a huge success, a spokesperson for
the club announced this week.
In January the anonymous foundation donated
$9,000 to the Island club to purchase 10 shelter
boxes equipped with a three-compartment tent and
basic survival supplies to accommodate 10 people
for up to three months.
The foundation challenged the community to
match its donation by March 1, and promised to pay
up to $22,500 if it was matched. More than 90 in-
dividuals and organizations offered contributions
ranging from $20 to $3,600 to the campaign for a
original tunes that have become favorites of club pa-
trons from Sarasota to Tampa. The new album offers
a cross section of the band's original music.
Tropical Blue Moon was recorded during the
height of hurricane season at Southern Sound Stu-
dios in Sarasota. Studio sessions began on a "blue
moon," then slightly delayed by a series of hurri-
canes and completed on a full moon, hence the nam-
ing of the album.
Music from the disc is currently getting airplay on
WWPR 1490 AM radio on the Wolfmann or Lizard's
radio shows. It is also being featured internationally via
the United Kingdom's Internet radio station, Radio
Gets Wild. U.S. listeners can tune in online at
www.radiogetswild.com 3-6 p.m. Wednesday and
Copies of the album can be purchased at Boogie
Woogie in Bradenton, Grego's Almost at the Beach
,Tavern, or online at Tower Records.com, CDbaby.com
and kokoray.com. MP3s are also available on Apple
itunes, sound via the Internet.
The band's previously released "Live at the Speak-
easy" CD is currently out of print.
matches shelterbox funds
total community contribution of $38,000.
The match was a great success, said club presi-
dent Steve Schlueter.
At its monthly lunch meeting March 22,
Schlueter presented Beth Palmer, a representative of
Shelterbox USA, with the balance of the funds
raised, amounting to a grand total of $60,500 toward
the purchase of more than 65 shelter boxes.
Boxes purchased with funds raised early in the
campaign have already arrived in two locations dev-
astated by the Dec. 26 disaster. Ten boxes spon-
sored by the foundation and club were sent to Sri
Lanka and five boxes went to Indonesia.
To learn more about the shelter box program,
CDs are also always available at live shows. For a
complete calendar listing, visit the band's Web site at
For more information, call Hansen at 792-0160.
Beach walk due Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's yoga
class plans a free beach walk starting at 9 a.m. Friday,
March 25, with yoga instructor Dolce Little to lead.
Those interested are to meet at the Gulf end of Magno-
lia Avenue in Anna Maria.
Regular yoga classes meet Mondays and Fridays
from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.
Cost is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Details
are available at778-1908.
Golf tourney coming to Longboat
SThe 17th annual Longboat Key Amateur Golf
Tourney is scheduled for May 20 at Islandside course
in the Longboat Key Club, sponsored by the Longboat
Key Chamber of Commerce. Details may be obtained
by calling the chamber at 387-9519.
The Islander, Bistro Ooh La La! and Mike Norman Realty
invite you ALL to meet this internationally known artist!
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 23, 2005 E PAGE 13
Longtime Islander Bill Gibson celebrated his 90th
birthday March 15 with daughter Pam.Gibson i 5an
avid golfer with a quirky sense of humor who always
has a story for friends at the Beach House Restaurant
in Bradenton Beach, where he stops regularly for a 3
p.m. draft. Islander Photo: Courtesy'Marsha Garlinger
Artist of month
"Terns" by Anne Abgott is among her works that will hang in the Island Gallery West through March. She is
"artist of the month" at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. A native of Canada, she has exhibited in
New York and both coasts of Florida. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Details
are available at 778-6648.
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Big thanks Barry Brooks,
Carolyne Norwood and Gail Garneau were among newly appointed
30 volunteers who gathered at the Beach House battalion chief
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach for the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society's appreciation luncheon.
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Tickets available for April 3 Island garden tour
Tickets are being sold now for the tour of five out-
standing gardens on Anna Maria Island, scheduled for
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3.
The tickets are $10 in advance, $12 on the day of
the tour when they can be purchased at the sites of the
tour. Proceeds are to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Community Chorus and Orchestra.
Tickets for a "light bite" at the "Old IGA" in Anna
Maria before the tour are available for $5 at both loca-
tions of Ginny's Antiques & Art, 5602 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, and Ginny's & Jane E's at the Old IGA,
9807 Gulf Drive,-Anna Maria.
Tour tickets may be obtained at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach; Essence of Time, 5306 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach; Ginny's, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, and 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria; Sand Dol-
lar Gift Shop, 5302 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; and
White Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria;
In Bradenton: Don Jones Nursery & Garden Cen-
ter, 2424 Manatee Ave. E.; Robyn's Nest, 4727 Mana-
tee Ave. W.; and Secret-Gardens & Waterfalls, 6355
Manatee Ave., W.
The five unique and diverse gardens open to the
-public for the tour are the homes of Deborah and Jim
Pettee, 524 Bayview Place, Anna Maria; Siam Gardens
resort; 512 Spring Ave., Anna Maria; Ed Kirk, 104
Sunset Lane, Holmes Beach; Anne and Dan Simmons,
104 79th St., Holmes Beach; and Jan Herold and Alan
Vogt, 204 Harbor Lane, Holmes Beach.
AMICCO said sponsors are Ginny's and Jane E's
at the Old IGA, Island Real Estate, J&J Graphics,
Sandbar restaurant, Beach House Restaurant, Mar
Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, Anna Maria Garden
Club, Island Garden Club, Richard J. Beaupre, and
Rosemarie and Edward Edwards.
Additional information may be obtained by phon-
In an apparent out of court settlement,
Southstar LLC of Coral Gables withdrew its ob-
jections in federal bankruptcy court last week to
the Tidemark reorganization plan, paving the
way for the embattled Holmes Beach marina/
condominium/hotel project to begin construction
when it is discharged from bankruptcy.
Tidemark has also asked the court for relief
from approximately $600,000 of the $900,000 in
unsecured debts it listed when it filed for bank-
ruptcy in January 2004.
The hearing on Tidemark's request for relief
was scheduled for March 22.
The site plan for the 40-unit Tidemark
project was approved by the Holmes Beach City
Commission in August 2001, but financial diffi-
culties forced the company into bankruptcy. The
company was reorganized and refinanced with
an estimated $5.6 million from RPG Properties
Although bankruptcy Judge Alex Paskay has
approved the reorganization, Tidemark has not
yet been discharged from the court to allow it to
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Donald A. Gegg
Donald A. Gegg, 70, of Holmes Beach, died March
Born in Panama City, Panama, Mr. Gegg was re-
tired from the U.S. Postal Service in California. He
served in the U.S. Marines. He was a member of
American Legion Post No. 24, Bradenton, and the
American Cribbage Congress,
Private services will be held at a later date. Merio-
rial contributions may be made to Hospice of South-
west Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by daughter Robyn Dunzer of Cali-
fornia; son Robert of California; sister Barbara Gegg-
Keller of Centerville, Mass.; brother Stephen of
Cataumet, Mass.; stepmother Anne Gegg of Colon,
Panama; four nieces; and four grandchildren.
Norma Jean McGowen
Norma Jean McGowen of Bradenton died March
Born in Brazil, Ind., Mrs. McGowen came to
Manatee County in 1973. She worked at the Anna
.Maria Elementary School cafeteria before her retire-
ment in 1988.
V imitation a MNlarch 22 and services will be at 11
a.m. Wednesday March. 23, at Toale Birothers
Bradenton Chapel, 912 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
Start storing away foodstuffs for your letter car-
rier he or she will pick it up May 14 in the annual
program of the National Association of Letter Car-
The postal union has collected nonperishable
foods for 13 years for the food banks that see their
supplies depleted this time of year. It's extra work
for the letter carriers, but they find it rewarding, said
Postmaster Charlie Shannon of the Bradenton Beach
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She is survived by husband James R. Jr.; daughters
Sandra G. Romas of Center Point, Ind., and Dina J. of
Bradenton; son James R. III of Bradenton; brother
James C. Ollie of Merrillville, Ind.; five grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.
William Whitley Peery Sr.
William Whitley Peery Sr., of Anna Maria, died
A native of Tazewell, Va., Mr. Peery was a retired
physicist. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe duir-
ing World War II. He was a graduate of Newberry
College and worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Com-
mission in Atlanta, Ga.
Memorial services were March 22. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 53 years Joan Hampton;
sons William Whitley II of Palm Beach Gardens and
Joseph Hampton of Ventura, Calif.; sisters Truleau
Hall of Palm Harbor and Nan Ramsay of Yorktown,
Va.; and two grandchildren.
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Kiwanis member Al Guy and his "adopted grandkid,"
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader Justin
Suca, share a talent for drawing. The duo displays the
Caricatures they drew of each other during a recent
Kiwanis-sponsored Adpr-.A -Grandparent lunch at the
school. Sutca i n a firr-phlt. prize for his likeness of
Guy. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Domino's pizza supports AME
Domino's Pizza has launched a new program
called "Fuel Your School" to help raise money for pro-
grams and supplies at AnnaMaria Elementary School.
On three Thursdays, March 24, April 21 and May
19, the Island pizzeria will donate 15 percent of the
total order price for all orders to the Island school.
To participate in the program, customers must fill
out a pizza purchase form available from the school
administrative office and then give it to the Domino's
representative with their purchase.
The class with the greatest participation will re-
ceive a free pizza party.
The restaurant servicing the Island is located at
5606 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For more informa-
tion, call Domino's at 778-6641.
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Island property transactions
An incorrect sale reported in last week's Islander had
the sale of a home at 95 52nd St., Holmes Beach, which
should have been reported as follows:
201 35th St., Unit 6, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Beach
Place, a Gulffront condo was sold 03/03/05, AMBP Proper-
ties to Kreps for $483,000
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, a 5,458 sfur commercial
restaurant was sold 03/
08/05, Bistro Blanton
Holdings to Rhed Pine
Inc. for $1,750,000.
5909 Flotilla Drive,
ii iHolmes Beach, a 2,380
sfla / 3,422 sfur 4bed/
pool home built in 1992
on a 69x116 lot was
Oberhofer to Johnston
118 Hammock Road,
Anna Maria, a 1,192 sfla
/ 1,720-sfur 2bed/2bath
canalfront home built in
1965 on a 75x108 lot
was sold 03/08/05,
Laade to Jugovich for
Brisson $699,000; list $699 000.
510 68th St., Hlmes
Beach, a 1,494 sfla 1,915 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car canalfront
pool home built in 1971 on a 75x104 lot was sold 03/11/05,
Hoppe to Anderson for $660,000; list $679,000.
203 82nd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,264 sfla / 3264 sfur
4bed/4bath/2car duplex built in 1969 on a 110x90 lot was
sold 03/10/05, Mason to Willoughby for $630,000.
608 Fern St., Anna Maria; a 1,676 sfla / 2,322 sfur 3bed/
2bath home built in 1994 on a 50x114 lot was sold 03/07/05,
Elliott to Selby for $585,000.
201 35th St., Unit 4, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Beach
Place, a Gulffront-condo was sold 03/09/05, AMBP Proper-
ties to Pariso for $545,000.
2408 Avenue A, Bradenton Beach, a 1,320 sfla / 2,235
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1978 on a 50x100 lot was sold
03/08/05, Dubats to McDonald for $475,000; list $549,000.
204 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,114 sfla / 1,490 sfur
3bed/1 bath home built in 1973 on a 115x70 lot was sold 03/
07/05, Genge to Castellaro for $450,000; list $499,000.
2315 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,186 sfla /1,380
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1948 on a 50xi00lot was sold
03/11/05, Couture to Tharp for $425,000.
890 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 1,082 sfla / 1,584
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1947 on a 50x55 lot was sold
03/10/05, Burnsted to Bello for $400,000.
2800 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 50x100 lot was
sold 03/07/05, McGinnis to Nickbarg for $400,000.
201 35th St., Unit 5, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Beach
Place, a Gulffront condo was sold 03/08/05, AMBP Proper-
ties to Kreps for $393,000.
5400 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5400 Condos, a 810
sfla / 838 sfur condo built in 1964 was sold 03/07/05,
Cadogan to White for $282,000.
Compiled by Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-
Bay Realty of Holmes Beach. He can be reached at (941)
713-4755 direct, or at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions may also be
viewed on the Web at islander.org. Copyright 2005.
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Barbara Sato of Anna Maria won the quilt shown here with volunteersfor the Island Tour of Homes last
Saturday. Sato said it's the first thing she's ever won. "Maybe it's the luck of the Irish sd near St. Patrick's
Day," she said. Her father, Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Miloney, puts together the annual St.
Pat's brunch. She said she will hang the big quilt on the wall of her office at Betsy Hills Real Estate in Anna
,lar ia. The quiih raffle raised $4,139 and lii Tour of Homes $32,009, all to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Tha- is slightly lower than last year's $32,278 for the tour total. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Hamming it up at Harvey
Art and Pat Whitacre of
Bradenton.perform in the
Harvey Memorial Community
Church Spring Musical March
1. Members entertained in a.
variety of musical formats and
skits to the delight of the
congregation. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Fred Behrendt
Harp recital at Annunciation
planned for April 2
A one-hour harp recital will be presented by Julia
Martin at 4 p.m. April 2 at the Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A wine and cheese reception will follow the recital.
Cost is $10 per person. Further information may be
obtained by calling 778-1638.
Key Income Tax &
Business Services Inc.
For appointment, call 778-5710
5500 Marina Drive, Suite 1,Holmes Beach
Chamber card exchange
An Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
business card exchange is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23, at Gulf-Bay Realty, 5309
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Details ma\ be ob-
tained by calling 778-1541.
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Digital photography workshop
at Center Saturday
A workshop in digital photography will be from
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Anna
Maria Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Andy Little promises "veTy basic information, this
workshop is for those needing help figuring out their
digital cameras." Cost is $10 per person. Registration
may be made and information received at 778-1352.
Manatee Players will present
'Amadeus' in April
"Amadeus" will be presented by the Manatee Play-
ers from April 7-24 at the Riverfront Theater, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton.
Tickets at $15 for adults, $8 for students, may be
obtained at the box office, which opens at 10 a.m.
weekdays, or by calling 748-5875. Curtain times are 8
p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday, no perfor-
Gulf Coast Writers to hear agent
Patrika Vaughn will address the Gulf Coast Writ-
ers group when it meets at 10:15 a.m. Monday, April
4, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
She is a literary agent and writer, and is editor and
publisher of A Cappella Publishing. The meeting is
open to the public. Additional information may be ob-
tained at 761-9036.
'Good Morning, Longboat Key'
Breakfast next Wednesday
A "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast is
scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, at
the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce office, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive.
A continental breakfast is the menu. The chamber
requests RSVPs, which may be recorded by calling
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the Bradenton Civic Auditorium. Christiaan Huth of Oswald Trippe. and Co., Holmes Beach, and Nancy
Ambrose of The Islander are board members and helped put on the event. Bill and Mary Mixon, David and
Nancy Ambrose and Oswald Trippe and Co. were sponsors. Pictured left to right (seated), Mary, Bill, Stephen
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LoPiccolo and John Corbett
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publisher Bonner Joy to the
honor roll. Proceeds benefit Our
ZL Daily Bread, which serves the
homeless and hungry. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 17, stolen vehicle. A man was arrested for
stealing his mother's car.
March 12, drug arrest. A Holmes Beach man was
arrested at a convenience store when an officer smelled
the odor of burning marijuana on his clothes. The of-
ficer stopped the man and upon asking if he had any
weapons or contraband, and Zackary David
Stockmaster, 20, of Holmes Beach, answered in the
March 13, drug arrest. An Indiana man was ar-
rested on the beach and charged with possession of
marijuana after an officer approached at 10 p.m. and
told him the beach was closed. The officer smelled the
odor of burnt marijuana on Ryan Kelso's clothes and
searched him. Kelso had a container of marijuana in his
jacket pocket and said he brought it from Indiana on a
March 13, driving while license suspended. A man
was stopped for driving erratically on Gulf Drive and
admitted his driver's license was suspended when po-
lice asked him to produce it. The man's truck was
March 13,'burglary to a vehicle. A driver left the*
windows down on his vehicle and someone stole an
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Give blood and get a lunch entree is the offer of the
Beach House Restaurant on Saturday, March 26.
That's right there is a free lunch. Rather, it's a
bonus for giving blood to help people live.
The blood drive will run from noon to 7 p.m. at the
restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Those
donating blood will get a lunch entree up to $10 value,
compliments of Beach House owner Ed Chiles.
They also will get an umbrella, wellness checkup
of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, cho-
Donors must be 17 years or more, 110 pounds and
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MP3 player, some compact discs and 30 pain pills.
March 13, burglary to a residence. The victim said
someone broke into her home and stole a laptop com-
March 15, reckless driving, attached tag not as-
signed, knowingly operating a vehicle while driver's
license suspended, unregistered motor vehicle. A
Bradenton man, who police say was driving 70 mph on
Gulf Drive and running other vehicles off the road, was
arrested after a short chase south on Gulf Drive and
then onto Bridge Street. The driver then attempted to
shake the officer chasing him by pulling into the park-
ing lot of Sports Lounge. When the officer pulled into-
the parking lot, the suspect attempted to flee, forcing'
the officer to draw his weapon. Several times the of-
ficer shouted, "Stop. Police," but it wasn't until he saw
the officer's pistol pointed at him that he stopped.
March 11, missing person. A man reported his sis-
ter, also his roommate, has been missing for a month,
leaving behind her clothes and dog. He said she also.
failed to pick up her last paycheck from Shells restau-
rant. Her car was later found to have been impounded
by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department after the
driver was arrested. A call to the Sarasota County Jail
indicated the woman had been in lockup, but had been
March 11, check fraud. A man reported a case of
check fraud after receiving a $6,000 worthless check
from a man who was trying to pay rent on a vacation
apartment. The man grew suspicious when the check
was accompanied with a letter telling the man to cash
the check and send approximately $3,000 back to the
man who wrote the check. A local bank told the recipi-
ent that the cashier's check was no good.
March 12, battery, disorderly intoxication. A
Bradenton woman was arrested after verbally abusing
a bartender and customers at D. Coy Ducks. She also
kicked a Holmes Beach Police Officer in the groin and
later verbally abused patients at Manatee Memorial
Hospital where she was taken for observation.
March 13, drugs. A Bradenton man was arrested at
Kingfish Boat Ramp for possession. Scott Pugh, of
Bradenton, was arrested in possession of 3.3 grams of
marijuana, a marijuana pipe and a small amount of
methadone, after police found him unconscious at the
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following her on the bridge on Manatee Avenue said
she crossed the ceriterline several times, nearly hitting
oncoming traffic. Elizabeth D. Hayes, of Anna Maria,
failed field sobriety tests. Her blood alcohol was mea-
sured twice, once at .218 and the.other at .210. After
pleading with the arresting officer to let her go, Hayes,
19, apparently asked the officer out on a date.
March 14, driver's license. An Indiana man was
issued a summons to appear after police stopped him
for passing cars on the right.and discovered his driver's
license expired six years ago.
March 14, suspicious call. A school employee re-
ported a strange phone call and police discovered sev-
eral other school employees also received the same call
from a Texas telephone number..
March 15, violation of probation (drugs). Christo-
pher Jeffries, 31, of Holmes Beach, w as arrested .on
violation of probation for a previous charge of posses-
sion of methamphetamine.
March 17, assist Florida Highway Patrol. A
Bradenton woman was involved in a St. Patrick's Day
accident on the Anna Maria Island Bridge that tore out
Sa section, of the concrete rails on; the west end of the
bridge. Jacqueline Cate, 30, of Bradenton, was found
still in her smashed car when police arrived at 11:38
p.m. Cate's car was in the westbound-lane, the left front
bumper shredded and spread across both lanes of traf-
fic: Police stated in the report that they smelled alco-
hol on Cate and a witness told them he had been with
her at an Island bar and that she had had too much to
March 19, vehicle burglary. Two men were miss-
ing cash and credit cards after someone drilled a'hole
in the lock and took the goods from the wallets they had
left on the center console of the car.
March 19, beverage law. A 19-year-old Bradenton
man was charged with illegal possession of alcohol by
someone under 21. Police stopped the man after wit-
nesses said he almost hit someone on a bicycle.
March 20, theft. A woman filed a complaint that
'someone had made off with metal turtles that were on
her back porch.
March 20, theft. A woman reported someone stole
four checks and cashed them for a total of $2,145.
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Island Players finesse, jest audiences roar
By Robert Noble
The charming little Anna Maria Island playhouse
is rocking with laughter these days, as audiences roar
approval for its current resident, James Sherman's
"Beau Jest." It is a beautifully cast, well-staged produc-
tion that makes excellent use of its experienced play-
ers, all of whom have multiple credits on area stages.
The play has a charming conceit a young, attrac-
tive school teacher in Chicago is dating a nice, attrac-
tive young man. The problem? She's Jewish, he's not!
She wants to please her very traditional parents, who,
of course, want a Jewish son-in-law. The young lady,
Sarah, played by Laura Parks, calls an escort service to
send her a substitute "beau" Jewish, of course, to
meet the family.
SCurrent "beau," Chris Cringle, portrayed by John
Durkin, is not too happy with the arrangement, but out
the door he goes (temporarily) as in steps tall, hand-
some Bob Schroeder (Michael Hoffman), whose name
is Jewish, but the gentleman is not. It's too late to find
an alternate, and the game is on.
Sherman mines some delicious twists and turns on
his basic conceit. After a slow start, the laughs come
tumbling one on top of the other as various crises/are
met and conquered with juicy flair by this adept cast.
Miriam Ring as Mama "Miriam" and Gabe
Simches as Papa "Abe" are superb as Sarah's parents.
They bring buoyant humor and humanity to their per-
fectly realized "sparring matches" and, like salt and
pepper, they spice up every scene they inhabit, with
insight and professionalism. What a pair!-Individually,
Ring's delicate beauty and indomitable spirit never let
her slide into caricature, and Simches' gruff implaca-
bility gives way to real passion in his deeply played
third act speech about lying.
Hoffman brings an easy, charming manner to
Schroeder; who finds himself in instant "hot water."
His physicality and facial expressions are subtle, yet
crystal-clear. He manages the various curve balls
hurled at his character with grace and first-rate timing.
I haven't seen such fully realized underplaying since
the young Robert Redford in "Barefoot In the Park" on
Hoffman/Schroeder not only has to pretend to be
Jewish, but to be "Doctor David." An out-of-work ac-
tor on only his second booking with the escort agency
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The cast of
the scene" at
(last night he escorted an elderly lady to Tristan and
Isolde at the opera), he manages to deflect numerous
medical and Jewish questions with agility and wit. The
fact that he toured with Topol in "Fiddler on the Roof"
helps him through the Jewish bits, and TV shows like
"ER" enable him to gloss over the medical items.
However, when Schroeder describes a simulta-
neous heart and brain operation, Sarah's brother, ana-
lyst Joel (Maximillian Mayerhofer), allows his'nagging
suspicions of Schroeder to cause some investigation,
which leads to Joel's "outing" of "Dr. David."
Mayerhofer, after some sloppy diction in the first act,
does some nice work as Joel, making him a warm and
caring member of this eccentric family.
As the slightly neurotic centerpiece of the
Goodman (actually Goldman, but due to a typographi-
cal error in the program, a name change) clan, Parks
brought a spunky spirit to daughter Sarah. A pretty girl,
with dark, unruly hair, she played with thrust and fo-
cus. If she could take the edge off her voice and soften
the pronunciation of "couldint" and "didint," she would
be a worthy addition to the ingenue ranks.
Of course, everyone, including Sarah, falls for the
new "beau," which leaves poor Chris Cringle headed for
his sleigh. While he's around, Durkin makes a solid im-
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Director Phyllis Elfenbein stumbles a bit in the show
opening, with some dull placement of actors standing, just'
talking for long sequences; and one very odd section, with
massage go sit massage go sit massage? But,
she soon finds her stride with the arrival of the parents, and
she begins to orchestrate the ensemble dialogue with
masterful strokes. She clearly delineates both the tension
and affections of this complicated family situation with a
sure and humanistic touch.
Elfenbein and Jack Abene were responsible for the
attractive, functional set, Don Bailey, the'evocative
costumes, and Chris McVicker, the smooth lighting,
which included a wonderful, abstract Chicago skyline
projected on the front curtain.
Another winner for this valuable asset of our cul-
tured life, especially for the double-whammy of the
Ring-Simches duo and the evolution of Hoffman as one
of the area's best light comedians.
Join the happy laughter at the Island Players. The
play runs through April 3, with two Sunday matinees
remaining, with the ticket price $15. The theater is
quiet on Mondays. Island Players is located at 10009
Gulf Drive in Anna Maria and the box office is open
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or
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Wednesday, March 23
7:20 a.m. Manatee Audubon Society field trip to
Felts Audubon Preserve, Erie Pond at Buffalo Creek
and Colony Cove departs from the downtown
Bradenton post office parking lot, 824 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 722-2285. Bring a bag
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 Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
,Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1:30 p.m. "Paradise Preserved" landscaping
seminar sponsored by the Anna Maria Environmental
Enhancement & Education Committee at Anna Maria
City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
4 p.m. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Film
Festival presentation of "A Flash of Green" at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-0492. Tickets required.
Thursday, March 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP tax assistance at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: (888) 227-7669.
7 p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Cen-
ter, 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. In-
Friday, March 25
9 a.m. Yoga beach walk with Dolce Little at
Magnolia Avenue and Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-,
6 to 9 p.m. Smooth jazz with Mike Macarthur at
St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.
Saturday, March 26
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Boat Smart course at the
Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St.
N.W., Bradenton. Information: 714-0449. Fee applies.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Art and Animals on the Walk"
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10 a.m. Stained-glass art demonstration by
Kathy Storm at the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Digital photography work-
shop with Andy Little at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
3 to 6p.m. Waves grand opening at 4110 127th
St. W., Cortez. Information: 376-4541.
Sunday, March 27
6:30 a.m. Easter sunrise service sponsored by
the Island Kiwanis Club at the Manatee County Pub-
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Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applie
Tuesday, March 29
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anr
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Av(
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1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Islar
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1:30 to 3p.m. Shell crafting with Lynn Gaulin at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee ap-
3 to 4:30 p.m. "The Current State of the Mys-
tery: Who's Hot, Who's Not" lecture with Stuart
Kaminsky at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811.
4:30 to 6p.m. Youth art classes for ages 5 to 12
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee ap-
Wednesday, March 30
8 to 9 a.m. "Good Morning. Longboat Key"
breakfast and blood drive at the Longboat Key Cham-
ber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City
Hall Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
Student exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through
March 31. Information: 778-2099.
Art exhibit featuring Anne Abgott at Islaid Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through March
31. Information: 778-6648.
"Beau Jest" at the Island Players, Gull Drive and
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, through April 3. Information:
778-5755. Fee applies.
Old master's methodology oil painting class at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, through April 6. Information: 778-2099.
Italo Botti exhibit at Wallace Fine Art, 5350 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, through April 11. Infor-
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 Li-
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15. Information: (888) 227-7669.
Youth art classes for ages 5 to 12 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through May 3. Information: 778-2099. Fee
"Shells: Gems of the Sea" exhibit at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through
May 8. Information: 746-4131, ext. 37. Fee applies.
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. "Meet;
Greet & Eat" at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic
Church, Longboat Key, March 31.
Florida West Coast Symphony concert at Neel
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 23, 2005 0 PAGE 23
Performing Arts Center April 1.
Harp recital at the Church of the Annunciation
Sierra Club walk and campout at Myakka River
State Park April 2-3.
Garden tour of various Island locations April 3.
Literary agent Patrika Vaughn at the Island
Branch Library April 4.
Basket-weaving workshop at the Anna Maria Is- .
land Community Center April 4-5.
Anna Maria Island Woman's Club spring lunch at
the Twin Dolphin Marina Grill April 6.
Minnesota Club picnic near the Anna Maria City
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Bad news on manatees, red tide, Everglades
Thirty-three manatees have died so far this March,
the apparent victims of the lingering red tide outbreak
off Southwest Florida.
One of the dead sea cows was found off Anna
Maria Island, the rest lining the beaches from St. Pe-
tersburg to Naples.
Red tide is a naturally occurring phenomenon. The
microorganisms are found in sea water all the time, but
upon occasion they multiply or bloom. In bloom, the
tiny "critters" emit a toxin that causes respiratory irri-
tation in all mammals. For manatees, living virtually at
snout level with the toxin, the results can be deadly.
Scientists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
,l tion Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
have performed necropsies on most of the 33 and found
their deaths appeared to be caused by the red tide organ-
ism, which has lingered off the coast for several months.
And researchers have pointed out that the death toll
of manatees is rivaling the record set in 1996, when 149
manatees died from a red tide outbreak that lasted for
more than a year.
As of Friday, red tide reports from Tampa Bay and
offshore of Manatee County were low to moderate,
with high readings found off New Pass and elsewhere
in.Sarasota County waters. There are also sea birds
suffering.from the airborne toxins in Sarasota County.
Red tide culprit?
Just what triggers a red tide bloom has been the
topic of lively debate for decades. Warmer than usual
water? Cooler than usual water? Excessive nutrients in
The latter is gaining more credence, at least among
some scientists, according to the Naples Daily News.
Larry Brand with the University of Miami said last
week that he suspects that stormwater runoff carrying
nutrients from farms or phosphate mines may serve to
spur the red tide into bloom.
"There's no obvious smoking gun, but we're con-
stantly pumping more and more nutrients into the
Gulf," Brand told the News. "(But) the percentage of
time you find large red tide blooms has gone up 25-fold
in some areas."
Brand has done research on the microorganism in
Florida Bay and near Flamingo,.the southernmost town
on Florida's Southwest coast. He found high levels of
phosphorous from mining operations plus lots of nitro-
gen from the sugar farms entering Florida Bay and the
Gulf of Mexico.
There have also been more red tide outbreaks con-
current with the excess runoff.
So the solution to solving the red tide puzzle seems
to be limiting pollution-choking runoff, right? And if
the Everglades and surrounding sugar industry is to
blame, the ongoing Everglades cleanup project should
slow the flow and stop the problem, right?
Don Fernald, Win Bishop and John
Hannon were recipients of the Anna
Maria Island Rotary Club Paul
Harris Fellowship. Harris is the
founder of Rotary International and
Sthefellowship was initiated in his
honor in 1957. It is given to those
who have significantly contributed to
the club's humanitarian and educa- j
tional programs. Fernald has been a
recipient six times. This is Bishop's
second Paul Harris Fellowship and
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Five-years into the cleanup of the Everglades, an
estimated $14 billion project, almost nothing substan-
tive has been done. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
official told the St. Petersburg Times that "we haven't
built a single project during the first five years; We've
missed almost every milestone." And a computer
model run on the proposed projects has indicated that
instead of fixing the runoff dilemma, it may have ac-
tually worsened flooding in west Miami.
The Everglades restoration effort was planned for
a 50-50 split between the feds and the state. To date, the
state has spent about $1 billion; the federal share so far
has been $230.00. One spokesperson from the
Miccosuikkee Tribe of.Indians suggested the feds have
"spent more money on hotel meeting rooms than on
moving Everglades restorationforward."
The federal spin on the matter is that they've
needed five years to work out the strategy to handle the
on-the-ground construction effort.
However, the delays are costly. The whole plan
originally was supposed to cost about $8 billion -
publicly, that was the figure announced. Privately, the
experts said it would take closer to $14 billion and now,
with the lack of speed offered through federal channels,
an additional $1 billion cost overrun is being projected
by some experts.
The Everglades restoration plan is supposed to
both bring the Glades back to a natural state as well as
provide enough drinking water for South Florida's
population to double.
Even more bad news
Big, lumbering manatees apparently have china-'
doll bones, according to researchers at the University
Manatee bones are dense and surprisingly heavy
compared to other mammals, but it's because they
don't have any marrow. It's the denseness that makes
them fragile, similar to porcelain or ceramic.
The easily broken bones therefore lead to more
disastrous results as the sea cows interact with boats.
In the past 30 years, more than 5,300 manatee
deaths have been reported in Florida. More than 1,100
of those fatalities were caused by boat collisions.
It's estimated that there are 3,000 to 4,000 mana-
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Although some fishers state that the size of any fish
caught is the distance between their outstretched arms,
the issue of just how big a fish is has always been
something less than hard-and-fast science.
Sure, weight is always certain, but all Florida fish-
ing regulations rely on length to determine if it's a
keeper or not.
So the.Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission is going to take the fish-length matter in
,hand, literally, in April to clarify and standardize the
"FWC's saltwater fishing rules express size limits
of marine fish in either fork length or total length," an
FWC spokesman said. "Size-limit measurements for
fish expressed in fork length, such as Spanish mackerel,
pompano, and c6bia, are considered to be easily under-
stood by fishermen and do not need further clarifica-
tion beyond 'from the tip of the snout to the rear cen-
ter edge of the tail.'
"However, FWC rules do not clearly specify how
to measure fish that have total length size limits, such
as red drum, spotted seatrout and snook, subjecting the
measurement of total length to interpretation by anglers
and law enforcement officers."
FWC has come up with a measuring rule change
that would have the fish's length determined as from
the snout with mouth closed to the end of the tail which
The matter will be debated April 15 in Tallahassee.
If you're still confused, clarification is available at
Mystery writers conference
coming in May
A group has been working for months to put to-
gether a mystery writers conference May 19-21, includ-
ing yours truly, and we're up and ready to go.
"Florida Mystery: A conference to die for" will be
held at the Holiday Inn Airport and Marina in Sarasota:
Authors scheduled to appear to date include James
O. Born ("Walking Money," "Shock Wave"), Tom
Corcoran (Alex Rutledge mysteries), Tim Dorsey
("Torpedo Juice," "Stingray Shuffle"), Leslie Glass
(April Woo novels), Jonathon King ("The Blue Edge
of Midnight," "A Killing Night"), Jeff Lindsay
("Darkly Dreaming Dexter," .Deeply Devoted
Dexter"), Barbara Parker ("Suspicion of Rage," "Sus-
picion of Innocence"), Les Standiford ("Raw Deal,"
"Bone Key"), James Swain (Tony Valentine novels),
and Diane Vogt (Judge Wilheniina Carson series).
Local authors include Wayne Barcomb ("Blood
Tide," "All Are Naked"), Don Bruns ("Barbados
Heart," "Jamaica.Blue"), Peter King (Gourmet Detec-
tive and culinary mysteries), and Joanne Meyer ("For-
tune Cookie," (Heavenly Detour").
There will also be some forensic talk with the lo-
cal folks who do DNA profiling.
And Cal Branch, noted John D. MacDonald expert,
will discuss the influence of MacDonald on the mys-
tery genre and today's authors.
Registration is available through the Sarasota
County Film Commission at 955-0991. Conference
registration is $99 and includes all panels and discus-
sions, two continental breakfasts, a boxed lunch and an
opening night reception. Sponsorships are also avail-
Although most of the manatees found in the United
States are off Florida's coasts, sea cows have been
spotted as far north as Virginia and as far west as
Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder Mackerel Snapper
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 23, 2005 0 PAGE 25
Trout, snook starting to hit hard in backwater
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Sheepshead,and trout are the best bets in the back-
water this week, with lots and lots of big fish reported
from both pier and boat anglers. Snook action is pick-
ing up every day, and there are also some good reports
of white bait from Tampa Bay near the Sunshine Sky-
Offshore action continues to range up to the "ex-
cellent" mark for grouper and snapper in the Gulf of
Mexico, with lots of good catches coming from about
100 feet of water. There are also some big amberjack
coming back in the coolers. Mackerel are also starting
to hit more often. -
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fishing
is good right now. White bait is starting to show up,
sheepshead are about at their peak and trout fishing is
approaching the "excellent" stage. Offshore, bottom
fishing for grouper and snapper is good in about 100
feet of water.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said he's seeing
a lot of sheepshead coming onto the dock, plus a few
pompano, bluefish and. a couple of big redfish.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead are still the No. 1 catch of late, although
there is also a good mixed-bag of whiting, drum, mack-
erel and flounder being reeled to the pier.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
redfish are coming in fast and big from Terra Ceia Bay
and there are lots of sheepshead and snapper near the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, plus black drum are being
caught in the cut.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach reported good
catches of snook redfish and sheepshead last week. He
said white bait is starting to show up in Tampa Bay
near the Skyway.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
trout moving onto the seagrass flats in the bays, with
some limit-catches being made. There are a few redfish
being caught on the lower tides, and snook are coming
on with the higher water, and a couple of pompano are
helping to fill a few anglers' iceboxes.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, fishing action in-
cludes sheepshead, silver trout,, whiting and lots of
small grouper by the Skyway.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said trout are all the rage
right now, with some monsters being caught. Sheeps-
head are still his mainstay, though, but snook fishing
is improving daily.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Wild bird rescue training at
Pelican Man's Sanctuary
A training class in the rescue of wild birds is sched-
uled at 10:30 a.m. April 2 at the Pelican Man's Bird
Sanctuary, 1707 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on
City Island, at the south end of the New Pass Bridge.
The organization also has sent out a call for volun-
teers for the baby bird season, the welcome center, gift
shop and for public speaking engagements. Details
may be obtained by calling 388-4444.
We'd love to hear your fish
.stories, and pictures are
welcome at The Islander.
Just give us a call at 778-
7978, or stop by our office
in the Island Shopping
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Robin Knowles, left, caught this nice-sized gag grouper while Jimmy Yates caught a black grouper while
fishing aboard the charter boat "Stray Dog." Both men are from Tampa, and both fish were better than 30
pounds in size.
Charters said he has been catching red grouper to 25
pounds, gag grouper to 12 pounds, mangrove snapper
to 4 pounds, plus yellowtail snapper and lane snapper,
with the best fishing coming at about 135 feet of wa-
ter out in the Gulf using live pinfish, grunts, frozen
Spanish sardines and shrimp for the snapper.
Capt. Sam Kimball on Legend charters out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said his trips out into
the Gulf have produced gag grouper to 12 pounds,
mangrove and lane snapper to 4 pounds, triggerfish, sea
bass, Key West grunts and amberjack.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said it's "trout, trout and more trout," most in the
14- to 24-inch range. He's also getting snook from 24 to
29 inches, a few flounder, pompano and mackerel.
On my boat Magic, we caught sheepies to 22
inches, mangrove snapper to 16 inches and a few red-
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news @islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.
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Parade, jamboree, Red Sox kick off Little League
By Kevin Cassidy.
The Anna Maria Island Little League officially
jump-started its season over the March 19-20 weekend
with a parade of Little Leaguers, coaches, parents and
fans that started on the south end of the Island and trav-
eled north to their final destination at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Once there, Little Leaguers
participated in a series of exhibition games, which con-
sisted of each team's players getting a chance at the
plate and in the field. T-ballers started off, followed by
AA and finally AAA teams.
While that was going on, individual and team pic-
tures were taken, in addition to hamburgers being
grilled for those with an appetite.
The following day, 250 or so Little League play-
ers, coaches and parents made their way out to
McKechnie Field in Bradenton for a spring training
game between Bradenton's own Pittsburgh Pirates and
the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox.-
The Pirates disappointed a huge number of Red
Sox fans by winning the game by a 5-3 score, thanks
to five first-inning runs off of former Devil Rays
pitcher John Halama. Pirate first baseman Craig Wil-
son provided the big blow when he planted a Halama
fastball onto the Boys Club roof in left field to score
Matt Lawton and Tike Redmond, who had reached
base on singles.
After the game had ended, a number of youngsters
- Islanders and owners alike hit the field for a
chance to run the bases.
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Red Sox pitcher Bryn Jung Kim shows off his quirky
pitching style during Sunday's spring training game
between the Pirates and the Red Sox.
Counterclockwise from front: County Commisioner Pat Glass, Bradenton Coucilman Gene Gallo, Bradenton
Mayor Wayne Poston, Holmes'Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, Florida Sen. Mike Bennett and Councilwoman
Michelle Weaver enjoy an afternoon at McKechnie Field watching the Pirates take on the Boston Red Sox.
Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
All in all, it was a great day to watch a baseball
game. Great weather, great game and a chance to see
some of the biggest stars in the game Red Sox stars,
that is. The game took a turn for the better for this
writer midway through the fourth inning when I re-
ceived a call from one of my high school soccer play-
ers. Her mom Bradenton Councilwoman Michele
Weaver invited me up to Mayor Wayne Poston's
luxury box. Free food, beverages and a great view, not
to mention a chance to hobnob with some of the area's
politicians and "well knowns," such Vin Mannix,
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore, Bradenton
Councilman Gene Gallo, State Rep. Mike Bennett,
County Commisioner.Pat Glass and Poston.
As for the Anna Maria Island Little League, its
season gets started for real Monday, March 21, and
continues through the end of May. Thanks to a recent
equipment fundraising drive, all batters are sporting
brand new batting helmets, while the catchers are safer
than ever with their new gear. Take a look around the
stadium and you'll see a great new sign donated by
Ross Toussaint of Longboat Key Signs that lists all of
the League's sponsors.
Speaking of sponsors, the Center wants Island
businesses to be aware that they have field banners for
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Betsy Hills Real Estate shortstop Ryan Gilman
shows good form fielding this grounder during
exhibition baseball action at the Center.
Alan James Memorial Tennis Tournament huge success
The Fourth Annual Alan James Memorial Tennis Tournament March 18 was judged a huge success by partici-
pants. The event, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, saw Dolce Little take first-place honors in the
women's division. Second place went to Kareen Gilbert, and tied for third were Jo Anne Driscoll and
Kathleen Horrocks. On the men's side, Jim. Porter took first and high-score honors. Second was Roger Curtis,
with Stan Heishman at third. The play was followed by a dinner and awards ceremony at the Sandbar restau-
rant in Anna Maria, where the tennis crew bade farewell to Mary and Rod Jordan, longtime Islanders who
are moving to South Carolina. Pictured are some of the players in the tournament. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Boyd Realty hitter Izzy Gomez takes her cuts at the
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sale. This is a great way to advertise your business and
help support Anna Maria Island Little League. The
first-year cost of the field banner is $150, which in-
cludes the cost of making the sign. The cost goes down
to $100 in year two. Anyone interested in purchasing
a field banner can call Little League board secretary
Dana Even at 704-3171, or Center athletic director
Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.
Get on down to the Center and take in a game.
There's not a bad seat in the house!
Signup ongoing for indoor roller hockey
Players are being sought to join the Anna Maria
Islanders Roller Hockey League at the Center gym for
3-on-3 inter-league play. The center is offering begin-
ner and advanced divisions with one game and one
practice per week.
Cost is $35 per player, which includes league play,
practice and jersey. Players must have their own stick,
Anna Maria Island
Little League schedule
AAA League (ages 9-12)
March 23 6:30 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs. WMFD
March 25 7 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
April 4 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Morgan Stanley
AA League (ages 8-10)
March 24 5:30 p.m.
24 7 p.m.
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
March 25 5:30 p.m.
March 26 9 a.m.
March 26 10 a.m.
Morgan Stanley vs.
Betsy Hills vs. Cannons
Morgan Stanley vs. Cannons
Betsy Hills vs. Bark Realty
Harry's vs. Boyd Realty
Coast Bank vs. Air & Energy
Beach House vs.
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Season runs through May including special final week
For more information, call Jonatzke at 778-1908.
Winners in the March 19 horseshoe games were
John Crawford and Adin Shank, both of Bradenton.
Runners-up were Mark McClure of Bradenton and
George McKay of Anna Maria City.
Winners in the March 16 games were Norm
Langeland of Bradenton Beach and Bruce Munro of
Holmes Beach. Runners-up were Bob Lee of Anna
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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.
CHERRY COMPUTER HUTCH, new $250, was
$500; maple, full-size antique spindle bed, boxspring
and mattress, good condition, $250. Jennifer, (941)
FOR SALE: REFRIGERATOR and dishwasher,
white, very good condition. $100/both or $60 each.
Call (941) 779-0701, Bradenton Beach.
38-GALLON SALTWATER tank with warranty, com-,
plete with bio-filter, saltwater skimmer, glass lid,
heater and oak stand. Used only three weeks. $395,
or best offer. (941) 224-9418.
NEW DINING ROOM set: 42-inch round light oak
table, five cane-back chairs with beige seats, 18-inch
leaf with custom pads. $799. Call (941) 778-3719.
87-INCH COUCH recliner, wood trim. Matching re-
dcliner rocker, slate blue, mauve. Good condition.
Asking $250. (941) 778-4164.
WOMAN'S DIAMOND engagement ring, .75-carat
marquis center stone with small diamonds on each
side. Call Mike (941) 650-9649.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
local Girl Scout troop.
FREE DELIVERY.to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
ESTATE SALE 9am Wednesday, March 23. Beds,
many tools, cameras, photo supplies. 1801 70th St.
W., Village Green, Bradenton.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
ARTISTS GUILD SIDEWALK art sale: 9am-2pm
Saturday, March 26. Island Shopping Center,
Holmes Beach. Featuring art, animals and bake
sale. Information (941) 778-6694.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon. Always
sales racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
ESTATE SALE: 9:30-2pm Thursday, March 24. Two
dinettes, queen-size bed set, wicker sofa, chair, rat-
tan coffee table, nest of tables, desk, twin beds,
dresser, mirror, night stands, patio furniture, easel,
some kitchenwares, excerciser, decorative accesso-
ries and miscellaneous. 512 Bayview Place, Anna
Maria, located off South Bay Boulevard. Sale con-
ducted by Palma Sola Sales, Iha Baden, President.
EASTER SALE STOREWIDE: Niki's Island Treasures
and Antique mall. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Fitz
& Floyd adorable mice 50 percent off, all sterling jew-
elry 50 percent off, select vintage, costume jewelry,
gifts, antiques, collectibles 25-70 percent off! Open
seven days, closed Easter Sunday. Happy Easter!
GARAGE SALE: 8am-noon, Friday, March 25. Nice
furniture, patio, garden, table saw,'tools, grill. 106
Third St. N., Bradenton Beach.
FLEA MARKET: 9am-4pm Saturday. Lots of an-
tiques, collectibles, art, jewelry, household, furniture,
crystal, glassware, gifts, books, funky stuff, great
bargains. Niki's and Islander Market Antiques, 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Next to Timesaver,
across from Martinique.
GARAGE SALE: 9am-4pm Friday-Saturday, March
25-26. Tandem bike and other bikes, wheel chair,
women's XXL clothing, toys, jewelry, books, miscel-
laneous. 210 Lakeview, Anna Maria.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria Is-
land since 1992.
MOVING SALE: Inside house. 9am-2pmr Friday,
March 25. Furniture and more. 3306 Fourth Ave.,
Holmds Beach (off 34th Street on beach).
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.
HAVE TRUCK WILL travel: 26-foot Penske travel-
ing:to Michigan April 1. Can haul your househoJd or
personal items. Reasonable.'(941) 778-4431.
PILATES ON THE beach. Ideal for beginners. 7-
8am. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more
information, call Julia, (941) 778-1416.
YOGA-PILATES Anna Maria Art League. 9am Mon-
day, Yoga/Pilates; 9 am Thursday, Yoga. Instructor,
Preston Whaley Jr. Information, 778-3996.
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.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Experience
the Island on your computer desktop. Available at The
Islander, or purchase online or order by mail.. $12 PC
or $15 Mac. www.robertsondesignstudio.com.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island.chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, (941) 778-0355. Order
through May 2005.
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art, stained glass, paintings, painted furniture and
more! Restless Natives. Island Shopping Center,
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Sheila Pytel of Beachway Liquors in the Beachway
Plaza at the corner of 75th Stree North and Manatee
Avenue West is all smiles as the store recently held
its grand opening just in time for Easter. Helping
Sheila at the busy counter is Dipaka Pytel. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
This beach is the way to go
Bradenton's newest discount liquor store is
Beachway Liquors in the Beachway Plaza at 75th
Street North and Manatee Avenue West and owner
Keith Pytel is celebrating the grand opening with some
special prices that will ease the pocketbooks of Island,
Perico and west Bradenton residents.
"We've got the best prices around," said Keith
proudly. Indeed, Beachway Liquors.offers 1.75-liter
bottles of top brands such as Dewar's, Jack Daniels,
Johnnie Walker Red and J&B Scotch for just $29.99.
"That's an everyday price and it's easily $4 to $6
lower than the chain stores," said Keith. "We've also
got a lot of other low prices for our grand opening. Our
pledge is to keep our prices lower than the competition
and our service better than the others."
Beachway also has a temperature-controlled refrig-
erator for selected fine wines. The store carries a full
selection of the finest European wines, including
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brands from France, Germany and Italy and other coun-
tries. California wines are well represented at
"I think we have everything the wine connoisseur
is looking for."
Beachway is not Keith's first venture into the bev-
erage business. He and wife Sheila have operated
Cattlemen Liquors in Sarasota for the past 15 years.
When the opportunity to open a store in west
Bradenton arose, Keith and Sheila jumped.
"This is a wonderful location and the people are
really great. Having Publix next door is a real plus and
we love west Bradenton and the Island," Keith ob-
Beachway's weekly specials will appear every
Wednesday in The Islander, said Keith, and he pledged
prices will always be considerably lower than the chain
Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 761-3525.
The right island place
Dennis Clark has joined the sales staff of An Is-
land Place Realty at 5604-A Marina Drive in Holmes
Beach, bringing a lengthy
background in commercial and
residential property to the com-
In addition to his real estate
license, Dennis is also a li-
censed mortgage broker, and
S, can process a mortgage appli-
i cation along with the purchase
Clark of a property.
"With my mortgage license,
I'm able to offer clients the complete package for their
real estate purchase. Maybe it's one-stop shopping," he
Dennis and wife K.D. recently moved to Anna
Maria Island from Hollywood the one in Florida -
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL.34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA
enclosed lower area
with garage and stor-
age. Both sides rented.
Property on Clark
Spring Lake. Selling
AS IS. $469,900. Please call Mike Carleton, Realtor,
(941) 737-0915 or Michel Cerene, Broker, (941) 545-
and immediately fell in love with the Island's people
The couple came to Anna Maria to avoid Hurricane
Charley last August. "A friend of mine had told me
about this place, so we decided to spend a few days
here. It was love at first sight," said Dennis.
"All the wonderful elements of the small coastal
town in California where I grew up are here on the Is-
land. It was easy to make the decision to move here.
We love it," exclaimed Dennis.
K.D. opened the Four Seasons Nail and Skin Care
Center at 5604 Marina Drive last November and Den-
nis is now pursuing his real estate career with An Island
An Island PlaceRealty also has an office at 507
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
To reach Dennis, call 737-5657.
Bay West is one
The Bay West Laundry at 627 59th St. W. in
Bradenton, adjacent to Kash and Karry, is celebrat-
ing its one-year anniversary this week. The
laundromat offers complete wash-and-fold service
and one-day service, including pick-up and delivery.
Pictured is owner Traci Lewis. Islander Photo:
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STIFFANY PLACE CONDO
Beautifully remodeled top to bottom. Gulf
view from master bedroom and patio.
We call this the home for easy living. 2BR/2BA, two-
car carport, beautiful wood decks in rear and large r
master suite. All new throughout, hardwood floors,
neutral colors and lots of space for addition and still
- room for a pool. Motivated sellers. $625,000.
Call Marianne Correll, a Top Producer, (941) 778-6066
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BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The
Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Cornserva-
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
S available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.
HOME INSPECTION BUSINESS for sale. 18-years
experience. Complete on-the-job certified training.
One full year's support free. Probable-earnings
$100,000 first year, $200,000 with two employees.
Exceptional opportunity for a man or woman to run
from home office located anywhere.. $75,000,.
$45,000 down and seller will finance $30,000, or
$60,000 cash. (941) 778-4606 or (407) 467-8666.
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porch and extra storage. New owner can sell units separately. $784,500.
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LOST: WOMAN'S SEIKd watch. Silver with blue face.
Lost in Holmes Beach near 3200 Gulf Drive on Friday,
March 18. Please, call (941) 778-3962. Reward!
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.
1999 CHEVROLET TRACKER: Two-door convert-
ible, seats four, V-4, five-speed, new tires and bat-
tery. Cold air, CD player. Dark blue with pinstripes.
Runs great! Only 52,700 miles. Terrific Island car!
$4,795 or best offer. (941) 752-3817.
2001 PT CRUISER' 50,000 miles. Purple, sunroof,
ice-cold air, leather interior. Garage kept. $9,500.
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FOR SALE: Enjoy the stunning Gulf views and glo-
rious sunsets from this 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
The beach is located directly across the street.
Soaring ceilings in master bedroom, walk-in
closet, updated fixtures, hurricane window film,
and storage galore. Enjoy the private heated pool
while sitting on your garden.terrace. $439,500.
Paul T. Collins, PA
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel: Runs.great!
$1,800, or best offer. (941) 778-1102.
WANTED TO RENT: Garage for boat, April-Decem-
ber 2005. Call Lou, (941) 778-2734.
SAILBOAT: 22-FOOT International sloop and four
sails. Johnson outboard. Sleeps five if friendly. Mi-
nor adjustments. Only $1,400. (941) 778-7538.
1978 16-foot Mitchelle with 70-hp. Runs good.
$1,000. (941) 730-1745.
1989 21-FOOT Pursuit. Center console, 1999 200-
hp Johnson, 100 hours. 15-hp Johnson kicker, elec-
tronics, lift stored, custom winter cover. Immaculate
condition. $12,000. Must see! (941) 383-1435.
1995 EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,
key switch, propeller. Less than 100 hours on re-
build. $3,500. (941) 723-1107.
2002 SEA RAY 182 Bowrider, like new! 18 foot, 6 inches.
190-hp stem drive, seats seven, tons of fun! Call (941)
778-6234, or e-mail email@example.com.
$13,750 or best offer.
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S -.." tropical landscaping. Beautiful flooring, natu-
... ral stone and red Oak. Tastefully turnkey fur-
nished. Perfect beach house! Separately deeded
i; ;,....- ya"deep water boat dock included! $829:000.
Delightful duplex in a great location. 2BR Renovated duplex with extra large lot
each side, screeried-in lanai, new land- plus 6BR/4BA. Each side has private en-
scaping and a fresh new look. Just one trance and patio areas. 4BR unit has large
and a half blocks from the beach! Great kitchen for the chef! Live in one side and
investment property or seasonal home rent the other. Lot size over 13,700 sf,
with rental potential. $649,000. zoned R-2. $749,000.
GULFFRONT CONDO: Spectacular renovation complete! Move right into this beau-
tiful 2BR/2BA condo with wonderful Gulf views. Must see! Offered at $ 829,000.
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
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Beautifully remodeled 1BR/1BA Seaside Gardens villa Beulllully riT,,i:l ie j : BP,/FPA rih,:,e on .ieir-i iI j- rn'
radiates quality and charm throughout. Inviting great room ~eii H,:pr ii 11 r,,hpiil- iii,..,'iijriiilnop'. n tiir, tiri
floor plan, porcelain tile floors, brand new kitchen w/solid r~::oon. .ji, I ,ii:r i n: ,1uitr-;'1i-ij .l.:i od ituiin lg i niiiil,:-
maple cabinetry and tumbled marble backsplash, new storm French doors, screened lanai with water views, ceramic tiled
resistant windows and doors, new central air/heat, secluded floors, crown moulding and fans, and 205x90 ft. lot with plenty
sundeck, lushly landscaped grounds. $349,500. of room for pool and/or expansion. $365,000.
RARE AND WONDERFUL WATERFRONT LOCATION
3BR/2BA handyman special situated on 75x148 canalfront lot
in secluded location at end of Oak Ave. Water views from front
and back yards, heated swimming pool and boat dock already
in place. Potential plus for complete renovation or for build-
ing new on high and dry waterfront lot! $899,900 "as is".
CAPTIVATING BAYFRONT RETREAT
3BR/2BA bayfront hideaway, steps from the Rod & Reel Pier.
Panoramic great room with a wall of glass, marble floors,
vaulted textured ceilings, radius walls, glass block windows,
private master suite, oversize 18 ft. bathroom with Jacuzzi tub
and so much more! Sliding doors open onto panoramic
bayfront brick paver patio. $1,575,000.
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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 and
Trish. (941) 778-3275 or 779-0964.
BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid 'certified. Enjoys playing with kids. Call
Alexandra, (941) 778-5352.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.
PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 13-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (94:1) 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.
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia or Kari, (941)
761-1569 or 730-5889. Both Red Cross certified.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
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) 386-5543.
New ., .-
rThe Hibiseus jr brand new
SMedierranean 11ais nestled bervw.rn
ihe azure tlue: waters ol ihe Gultn o:
.Me ,c' and picaluresque Coquina Rci.
Carefree water-ftort living wihl all Irhe
luuries and canver nrnce:; one would
desire. Two icar-plus garage, elevator,
i 411 sparkling pool. Recenli, completed
l ..L.A '' and ready for imm-edraie occupancy.
Model Open Daily Starting at 5895,000
STina Rudek (941) 920-0303
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (941) 383-8574,
attention Anna Maria Wissinger, office manager.
PART-TIME Housekeeper for small resort. (941)
BIG LEAGUE HAIRCUTS: 74th Street and Cortez
Road, needs full/part-time stylists/barbers. $9/hour
and/oi 45 percent commission. (941) 798-3854 or
apply in person.
SALES CLERK FULL/part-time. Apply in person at
the Beach Shop, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
Manatee Public Beach. Ask for Rosie or Dee.
HOUSEKEEPER: 18-unit hotel. Must speak English,
have own transportation, weekends a must. (941)
778-1010, ext. 0.
BUSY CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT hiring full- or
part-time servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and din-
ner. Wednesday-Sunday. Apply at 5406 Marina:
Drive, Holmes Beach or call (941) 778-5320.
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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
S Tnis home oilers granite ,
counter lops Iraverline ile
throughoul new paint, all new
lurnishings includingg a Iropical
Itheme decor, new Iropical
landscaping and much more! '
All less than a block to ihe
beach. This rome won'l last
long Call loday'
Kimberly L. Clark, P.A.
Sales Associate Realtor
5309 Gull Drive
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, Windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
INCOME TAX.SERVICE: Individuals and small busi-
nesses. We do all states and electronic filing. Call
Pat (941) 761-8156, Kenney Tax Service.
ESP CLEANING: Elite Service Professionals. Resi-
dential and commercial cleaning. Maria and Steve
do the job and guarantee satisfaction, insured. (941)
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
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.
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AFFORDABLE BEACH/BAY CC
SEnd unit in Gulf to bay comply
2BR/2BA with redesigned kite
SAmenities: private beach, heated
clubhouse, bayside patio and fil
pier. Walk to shops and restaul
Low fees. A bargain at $329,(
OVER $100,000 IN UPGRAI
Expansive gulf views from this
1900 Sf condo with private I
and bayside pool, hottub and
Totally new inside! Only $874
CHARMING ISLAND HOME:
Nicely updated elevated home with
open porch and wrap-around
balcony. 2-4-car garage, paver tile
drive. Just steps to the beach!
SCorner unit in four-unit building,
one block to beach with no fees.
Your own lot. Room for boat
or RV parking. $299,900.
RARE 3BR CANAL FRONT CONDO:
Almost double the sf of the 2BR
units! Wonderful Westbay Pt. &
Moorings end unit. Enjoy the
wonderful grounds with 2 pools,
hottubs and tennis $525,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: Bea
townhouse with 3BR/2BA, la
screened porch plus open porch
car garage plus bonus room. H
pool, short walk to beach. $13;
maint. fee. Any size pets. $525
UEAL ESTATE COMPANY
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE
PAiE '32 i MAFtCH 23, 2(65 THi ISLAN'DER"
AN I AID
WEST COAST NUISANCE Wildlife service: Critter
problems and nuisances. Raccoons our specialty!
Live trapped and relocated. State. licensed by
F.W.C. (941) 778-3455 or mobile 24-hour emer-
TOM'S WINDOWS: Door and window repairs and
replacement. Sales, service, parts. E-mail
email@example.com. (941) 730-1399.
KATHY & MIKE'S cleaning service. Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your cleaning needs.
Residential and rental clients welcome. For a free
estimate, please call (941) 722-4358.
LEARN HOW TO use your computer: Training one-
on-one. Basic to advanced. Microsoft certified,
SLongboat Key resident. Minimum two hours. (941)
FREE HOUSESITTING: Retired Christian couple
seeks furnished house near beach. Available any-
time. References. (770) 832-7319.
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Home
management/watch, housekeeping, maintenance.
COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Training, main-
tenance, virus and Spyware protection. Island native.
Call John Baird with Matrix PC, (941.) 708-6541.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Affordable,
dependable cleaning. Chamberlain Professional
Cleaning, (941) 778-7770. References available.
LIVE ON THE Island and need help? Grocery shop-
ping, errands, weeding, gardening, Sarasota airport
< runs, light housekeeping, short-ahd-long-term
housesitting, petsitting. References. (941) 803-0610.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Custom portraits,
weddings, beach photography. (941) 447-8892.
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 personalized service, call William Eller, (941)
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-serviceJawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or.962-6238.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn landscape
maintenance, shell, planting, clean-ups, palms
trimmed. Free estimates. References, insured. Call
(941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.
TREES BY MR. BREEZE Inc. Residential and com-
mercial. Lawn maintenance, landscapes, tree trim-
ming and removal. Insured, 17-year Island resident.
Chris, (941) 778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4441.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-
ups, shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work.
Truck for hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941)
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in town
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YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL GREAT ISLAND HOME WITH VERY NICELY REMODELED DUPLEX
Magnificent custom built duplex with a crow's nest OPEN BAY VIEW S IN HOLMES BEACH
S office 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 are3BR/2BA. ablepre-modeling ce.ffers2BR/2BA, living area with air conitoning and
; Tiled courtyard with heated pool or walk to Gulf affordable pre-remodeling price. Offers 2BR/2BA, living area witha
beach. Built in 200.1 with energy efficiency in mind, wood-burning fireplaces and water views. Also, domed kitchen kitchens. 2BR/1BA each
wired for networking, fire alarm, sprinkler system with newer appliances, office or extra space. So, begin your island side with brightinteriors
and constructed on 18-foot pilings. Pine floors or lifestyle and make this house your home. Sit on old cracker-style .nvninteverythin
mexican tile. Custom kitchen, front and back porch and watch the boats go or walk over to Gulf beaches. Nicely
S porches and their own private garage. Very com- furnished with an island flair. Before remodeling begins $625,000. Priced reduced won't
S fortable island living and income too is what you can last at $560,000.
have with this Key West style home. This is notthe same old duplex. $925,000 SUTTON GROUP
for quick sale! Virtual Tour: www.flrealtour.com/mls0312052/realtor. SUTTONGROUP REALTY An ne H Ier, Realtor (941)713-9835
Dennis brimns with him his commercial and residen-.
tial sales experience from Plantation, Florida.
Many may recognize him as'the other half of
KD Le, wh recently opened the Four Seasons Nail
& Skin dGre Salon, right next door to the new
Holmes each location for An Island Place Realty!
SAn Island Place Realty
S Now at two locations!
5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
(Beween hinyi s &Domi6s'sJ -
411 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
One Number: 941-779-9320
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE
This enchanting home looks
like it came from a Coastal
Living magazine. Tropical
paradise with private gardens
and in-ground pool. Just steps
from the shores of the Gulf
beaches! Offered a $1,600,000.
OF ANNA MARIA
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MARIE "W- LIC. REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
75 feet of prime Gulffront to hide your Easter eggs and
the charm of an "Old Florida" beach house with wood
burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings and open floor plan
to enjoy the breathtaking view!
Gulfside deck offers a tran-
quil spot for sunset din-
ing. Put your eggs in
one basket today!
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LTD MORTGAGE INC.
The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licensed Mortgage Brokers
Conforming and jumbo loans.
1st and 2nd mortgages.
SNo closing cost home equity lines of credit.
100% purchase money mortgages.
SResidential and commercial mortgages.
Private money available for those
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REAL ESTATE LLC
2BR/1;5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA. Great in-
vestment! Watch the sunset as you collect rent from
these charming units. Easy to see, call for appoint-
ment.Just steps to beautiful beach. $749,000. .
2BR/2BA Elegant condo in superb Gulffront com-
plex. Beautifully turnkey furnished, totally reno-
-vated. This is an outstanding unit in one of the
Island's finest condominiums. Jacuzzis, tennis, se-
cured heated pool, under-building parking. Gor-
geous walking beach. $879,900.
ISLAND TOWN HOUSE
2BR/1.5BA courtyard-patio town house. Central
Holmes Beach, very close to shopping, restaurants
and beach. Open plan, breakfast bar, front and rear
porches, balcony, renovated. Excellent rental. No
condo fees. $469,000.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
2BR/1BA each. Very close to beautiful beach. One-
car garage, patio. One unit turnkey furnished. Ap-
pliances both sides. Utility with washer/dryer, resi-
dential area, room for pool. $675,000.
3BR/2BA home in Summerfield Village, Lakewood
Ranch. Open floor plan, eat-in kitchen, breakfast
bar, maple cabinets, pantry, vaulted ceiling, walk-in
closets, fenced yard, room for pool, sidewalks.
VILLAGE GREEN POOL HOME
3BR/2BA split plan Village Green. Quiet residential
area. New roof, in-ground caged solar-heated pool,
walk-in closet, foyer entry and two-car garage. Close
to Blake Hospital. $319,900.
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 master bedroom
and bath with Jacuzzi tub. Deeded boat slip with
private dock. Holmes Beach. $699,900.
2BR/2BA family home in quiet neighborhood.
North Bayshore Gardens. Open plan, eat-in kitchen,
well and sprinkler system, nicely landscaped, fenced
yard and garage. $184,900.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
1BR/1.5BA Seaside Beach Ho o. Turnkey
furnished in intimate ~ aue G h gorgeous
view of G e Sautillo tile,
beautiful c heated pool, excellent
rental. $950, 00.
From $700 / month.
.Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
E -MLs SuiiCoast
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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SPECTACULAR INTERIOR UPDATES This home offers gran-
ite counter tops, travertine tile throughout, new paint, all new
furnishings including a tropical theme decor, new tropical land-
scaping and much more! All less than a block to the beach. This
home won't last long. Call today!
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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 community fishing dock. $355,600.
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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
DELIGHTFUL ISLAND DUPLEX Great location just one block
from the beach on a quiet street. Each side has 2BD with
screened-in lanai, New landscaping and a fresh look! Great in-
vestment or seasonal home with rental unit. $649,000.
RENOVATED DUPLEX with 6BR/4BA! Each unit has a private
entrance and patio area. Live in one side and rent the other. Lot
size 13,700 sf, zoned R2. $749,000.00.
I (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 23, 2005 N PAGE 33
gSimply the Best I
BAYFRONT CONDO Professionally designed end
unit townhouse. Three levels, 2BR/2BA with gym,
den, and over $300,000 upgrades. A must see to ap-
i i I l I
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. $539,000.
4BR, 400 FEET TO BEACH Nicely refurbished is-
land home with large living area, new appliances, well
landscaped patio area and a pleasure to see. $599,000.
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 lof with room for
pool or expansion. $895,000.
BAYFRONT Remodeled 2BR/2BA with large Florida
room. Zoned R-2 with 1BR/1BA guest cottage or
mother-in-law quarters. New air conditioner, new tile.
Dock on sailboat water. $1,350,000.
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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. $1,350,000.
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BAYFRONT Panoramic view of the bay. Very pri-
vate, lush landscaping. 2,200 sf. Hardwood Floors.
Very large master bath with Jacuzzi and walk in
shower. Big garage and workshop, screened porch
facing the bay. Dock with 10,000 Ib davits.
BIG DUPLEX WITH VIEW Almost 3,000 sf, 2BR/
2BA on each floor. View of both Gulf and bay. Large ve-
randas, two blocks to beach, one house to bay. $799,000.,
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
dreds more just steps from the beach.
Mike O 800-36716b17
Norman- S 941-778-6696
Norman 170 3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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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.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at
www.islanderorg. And it's FREE!
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-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-
6170 or 447-2198.
HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill MacCaughem.
Repairs, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, decks.
Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years experience. Yes, I do
show up! (941) 778-3904.
CIYO NNA MARIA UNDER$500
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.
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.
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
RENT IT FAST with an ad in The Islander.
SARASOTA BAYVIEW! SUPER LOCATION
Durlex or single family home
l..:.ated on Sarasota Bay with
g.:rgeous open water views of
mangroves, Intracoastal and'
bay Home consists of 4BR/
S4BA, newer kitchen and master
bath with jacuzzi tub and two
S b.:at docks with vacant lot on,
lbay Offered at $959,900.
ISLAND CONVENIENCE STORE WITH GAS
Super opportunity to own Island business! Offered at:
$199,500 & Inventory.
(941) 383-9700 DebMThrash@aol.com
PROPERTIES IN ANNA MARIA!
BUY ONE OR BOTH!
302 North Shore Dr 3+BR/3BA with 300 North Shore Dr 4BR/2.5BA du-
1 BR/1BA apartment. Five-car garage, plex with five-car garage. Private open
one short block to beach, direct beach decks, large picture windows, great
access, peeks of Gulf. Move-in condi- views of lake. Asking $750,000. MLS
tion. Seawall and dock. Zoned duplex. 502297.
Extras! Asking $850,000. MLS
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156 or Frank Migliore, (941).778-2307.
DUPLEX WEST OF
ALE 1NDIN1 GULF DRIVE $685,000
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Stephanie Bell, Broker
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POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
CORTEZ COTTAGE fully furnished, nice breezy,
quiet area. Seasonal, $1,700/month, $600/week,
$100/night. (941) 778-8168 or 794-5980.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two mas-
ter suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly, or $6,000/
monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:
FULLY FURNISHED VILLA in beautiful Mt. Vernon, two
miles to beaches. 2BR/2BA, no pets, nonsmoking, age
55-plus. Minimum three months. Peak season, $2,500/
month; annually, $1,500/month. (941) 721-1784.
NEW FURNISHED 2BR/2BA 55-plus, across from
beach. Furnished. Annual $1,150/month, seasonal
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.
r-,. Hop on in...
Deborah L. Brady (813) 810-7270
125 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
toll free (866) 316-7253 www.firstinbradenton.com
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 1 BR/
1BA. Available weekly March and April. Nonsmok-
ing. $700/week. (941) 795-8077.
WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006: Wide variety
of condos and houses starting at $1,500/month;
March 2005 available, 1BR/1BA duplex, $1,500/
month; 3BR/3BA condo, $2,800/month. SunCoast
Real Estate, (941) 779-0202. www.suncoastinc.com
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.
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.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2319 Avenue B, Bradenton
Beach. 2BR/2BA, Gulf and bay views. $1,100/
month. (941) 778-3875.
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.
LONGBOAT KEY, NORTH end. 2BR/2BA Spanish
Main villa, 55-plus, beach, pool, active community.
Unfurnished annual, just remodeled. $950/month.
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 OR SEASONAL: 2BR/2BA, one block to.
beautiful beach. Screened lanai, washer/dryer in-
cluded. Annual, $1,200/month, seasonal, $2,100/
month. Unfurnished or completely furnished. (813)
SEASONAL RENTALS Available now!. 2BR/2BA
condo, Perico Bay club, $3,000/month; 3BR/2BA
home; canal, $3,000/month; 2BR/2BA home, canal,
San Remo, $2,700/month. Call Jason Sato, Betsy
Hills Real Estate, P.A. (941) 778-2291 or e-mail
Jason @ betsyhills.com.
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RARELY AVAILABLE NW Bradenton PALMA SOLA SOUND 3BR/2BA home
waterfront home on Belair Bayou! sits on a cul-de-sac, off Palma Sola Blvd.
Unique 3BR/2BA home offers an eat-in Offering a large kitchen & great room that
kitchen, large family room & oversized opens up to the in ground solar heated
caged pool/lanai. $625,000. Patty caged pool. $449,500. Colette Gerrish,
Brooks, 748-6300 or 545-1194.506261 748-6300 or 713-6557. 506081
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INVITING 3BR/2BA pool home near Bray CORNER VILLA with it's own private
Park. Newertile & carpet. Updated kitchen roadway & ample parking. 2BR/2BA plus
appliances, countertops & cabinets. Kitchen den & family room. Pergo flooring- ce-
area overlooksthe lanai. Resurfaced pool & ramic tile & carpet. 2-car garage & large
deck. $299,000. BillStufflebeam, 748-6300 indoor utility room. $257,900. Colette
or 730-1858.505539 Gerrish, 748-6300 or 713-6557. 505710
WATERFRONT home with dazzling Tampa Bay views from every room. Private beach,
dock & boat lift. $2,249,000. Barbara Jennings, 748-6300 or 773-0180. 504606
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
CANAL FRONT 3BR/5BA home with large pool. Solarium above the garage. $1,300,000.
748-6300. Judy'LaValliere, 504-3792 or Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614. 504175
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRADENTON 2-story 4BR/3BA home with over 3500 SF.
$850,000. 748-6300. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100.505709
RIVERVIEW LANDINGS SHOWPLACE 4BR/3.5BA home with pool on .9-acre private
lot. $799,900. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 or Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100. 505383
GREAT ISLAND LOCATION! Updated 1-2BR/2BA townhouse with private patio. Pride
of ownership shows! $329,900. Barbara Westendorf, 748-6300 or 685-6109.501694
LOCATION, LOCATION- Large 3BR split plan home in The Crossings with an enclosed
Florida room. $297,500. Bill Stufflebeam, 748-6300 or 730-1858. 506283
UPDATED RANCH on a corner lot in NW Bradenton. 3BR/2BA home with private 3rd
BR suite & large rear yard. $265,000. Peter Fisher, 748-6300 or 713-0125. 506519
DOWNTOWN RIVERFRONT gated community offers this newer 2BR/2BA condo with
under the building parking. $219,900. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 506527
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circular stairways,360-degree water views from office
hide-away MAR #505567 Offered at $2,590,000
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ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA home on Bimini Bay
with dock, $1,400/month; 3BR/1BA, Anna Maria,
$875/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.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/1BA, 1 BR/
1BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk
to shops and restaurants. Available weekly, monthly,
seasonal. (901) 301-8299 or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach, across
from beach. 2BR/1BA, new kitchen, laundry, small
pets OK. Available May 1. $900/month, plus utilities.
PANORAMIC GULFVIEW 3BR/2BA, executive
home directly across from the beach. French doors,
master suite with separate entrance, deck, garage
and additional parking. Six month or annual lease.
$1,900/month. (352) 375-7342 or 318-4373.
APRIL AND SUMMER vacation rentals: 2BR/2BA
Palma Sola Bay townhouse with boat slip and pool,
$650/week, $1,950/month; Perico Bay Club villa,
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, $1,950/month; Longboat
Village home, 2BR/1BA, $1,500/month. Real Estate
Mart, (941) 756-1090.
MILLION-DOLLAR VIEWS from 2BR/2BA ground-
floor Mt. Vernon condo. All new kitchen and bath.
New tile and carpet. 55-plus community. No pets.
For sale or rent. (941) 795-0413.
PARADISE BAY 2BR/1BA turnkey mobile home.
Two miles to beach. Available now. Rent weekly,
monthly, annually. 55-plus. Call Jim, (941) 725-1717
RIVERCLUB: Downtown Bradenton on the river.
Brand-new 2BR/2BA unfurnished condo, two-car un-
dercover parking. Gorgeous views, walk to everything!
$1,500/month. Short or long term. (941) 778-4515.
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,
three-month minimum. (941) 794-5011.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, two blocks to beach, one block
to bay. Large kitchen, new tile, no pets. $765/month,
plus utilities. Call (941) 922-2473 or 928-3880.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA elevated duplex,
storage, screened porch. $800/month, T. Dolly'
Young Real Estate, (941) 778-0807.
SEASONAL WATERFRONT, 1BR and 2BR, newly
remodeled, dock for fishing, walk to beach. (941)
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north end, Gulfview, two patios. $3,500/month. T.-
Dolly Young Real Estate, (941) 778-0807.
TAKING 2006 SEASONAL Reservations now. Gor-
geous five-star 4BR/4BA executive Holmes Beach
home. Cul-de-sac, open bay, 249-foot seawall.
Gourmet kitchen, stainless-steel top-of-line appli-
ances, Silestone counters. Dock, short stroll to
beach. (941) 504-9352.
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 bayfront condo, $1,400/month; 2BR/2BA
Sarasota Bayview condo,. $2,900/mohth; Renais-
sance condo 1BR/1BA, eighth floor in Sarasota,
$950/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
HOLMES BEACH GULFVIEW 2BR house. Avenue
F off 31st Street. Annual lease. Nonsmoking, no
pets. Ideal for one or two people. $900/month,,plus
utilities. Owner, (800) 894-1950.
BEACHFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, pool, Jacuzzi
and tennis. Available winter 2006, also summer and
fall this year. (941) 794-8877.
CORTEZ/ BRADENTON BEACH area. Nicely fur-
nished and spacious, 1 BR/1BA apartment. Elevated
with deck. All utilities supplied, shared laundry room,
off street parking. $975/month. (813) 610-0008.
ONE BLOCK TO beach: 1 BR or 2BR. April-Septem-
ber, $575-$675/month; seasonally $1175-$1475/
month; annually $750-$850/month. 55-plus. Sand-
piper Resort, Bradenton Beach. (941) 747-8384 or\
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2BR/2BA. $800 plus utilities. Available April.O'C4f
3BR/2BA, two-car garage. Palma Sola, caged pool,
lanai, block to bay and beach. Annual, $1,650/mohth,
first, last and security. (941) 747-8384 or (775) 338-9492.
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site
WATERFRONT HOMES and lots: bay lot,
$559,000; one near tip lot, $459,000; three homes
from $349,000, all seawalled, deep water, no
bridges. Also, bayfront tip lot and direct bayfront top-
floor penthouse flagship condo. (570) 943-2516.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON River Ridge: Taste-
fully decorated Florida-style home with custom fea-
tures, including stainless appliances and granite
counters with marblelireplace. Flooring is tile, wood
and carpet. Pool and spa electronically.controlled to
heat with either gas or electric. Full security system
is active. Beautifully landscaped with fruit trees. Par-
tially 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.
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
qualified buyers. $449,000. Realtor negotiable. 1511
,82hd St. N.W. (941) 792-4552.
AFFORDABLE, BOATING CONDO: 2BR/1.5BA
townhouse, updated. Heated :pool, boat slip.
S$289,900. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
WEST OF GULF Drive, eight homes from the
beach. 2-3BR/2BA, furnished, painted inside/out,
peek of bay. $699,500. (941) 778-3203.
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.
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Hidden Lake con-
dominiums, west Bradenton. Close to beach. Start-
ing at $304,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
ARTIST-LOFT HOME: Unique 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage, Longboat Key home with some water view.
Updated with artist loft addition. Features 15-foot
Abbacco ceiling design. Lots of French doors, fire-
place, wet bar, wine cooler and hot tub under the
stars. Enjoy yourself, buy this one! $649,900. Call
Fred Flis for information and showing. Real Estate
Mart, (941) 756-1090.
BAYFRONT CONDO FOR sale: 2BR/2BA. Golf
course, pool, beautiful sunsets. $299,000. Call (941)
OPEN HOUSE 1-5pm Saturday-Sunday, March 26-.
27. 419 Clark Drive, at Marina and Clark drives,
Holmes Beach. 2,880 sf 3BR/2BA, very private, de-
signer pool and spa. Tropical landscaping.
$799,000. Deeded boat dock available. For sale by
owner, (941) 778-0031. No Realtors, please.
DON'T LET YOUR lender take advantage of you.
Save your home now! We will help. (941),778-4495.
WATERFRONT HOME: 3BR/3BA. 6601 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 725-4488.
FOR SALE BY owner: "Anna Maria Beach place."
1 BR/1 BA, charming, old Florida-style condo. Peace-
fully quiet Gulffrqnt location. Pool is just steps'from
the sand, you can hear the waves with open win-
dows. Fully renovated inside and out! Great rental
income! $439,900. Call Pete (773) 472-7440.
FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/2BA Holmes Beach
Gulffront condo. Fabulous view, gorgeous walking
beach, turnkey furnished, updated, ceramic tile. Ex-
cellent mid-Island location. $1,100,000. Information,
call (608) 238-8519.
CANALFRONT HOME in Flamingo Cay. Minutes to
bay and Gulf by car or from your own dock. 3BR/
2BA, two-car garage, split plan. Heated caged pool,
boat lift, davits. $669,000. (941) 761-8407.
OUTSTANDING GULFSIDE RESORT: Positive
cash flow! Beautiful 5-6 units. Excellent location.
Hottest appreciating area in Florida!
www.pantour.com/bradentonbeach. Won't last! Only
$1,295,000. Owner, (941) 779-0018.
ATTENTION INVESTORS: 225 yards to beach.
2BR/2BA main house and i BR/1 BA apartment. Rent
both units or convert to large 3-4BD/3BA single-fam-
ily home. Fully furnished with lots of upgrades. Walk-
ing distance to restaurants and shopping. Don't miss
this excellent opportunity. Offered at $725,000. For
more information, call Ramona Glanz, Re/Max Ex-
cellence, (941) 383-9700.
PARADISE BAY 2BR/1BA turnkey mobile home.
Two miles to beach. 55-plus. $15,000. Call Jim,
(941) 725-1717 or 779-9174.
GATED MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY Near
Asheville, N.C. Spectacular wooded lots, great
views! Paved roads, clubhouse, world-class trout
fishing, hiking trails and more! Bear River Com-
munity. (866) 411-5263.
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BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Winter season is
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www.cherokee.mountainrealty.com. Call for free bro-
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LAND WANTED: Land investment company seeks
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ATTENTION INVESTORS: Waterfront lots in the
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GRAND OPENING LAND Sale! South Florida 10-
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One-of-a-kind, immaculate, 3BR/2BA downstairs, corner unit with boat
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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
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FORECLOSED GOVERNMENT.HOMES $0 or low
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High elevation, beautifully wooded parcel. Across
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in Tennessee. Paved roads, underground utilities,
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NORTH CAROLINA LAKEFRONT only $39,900.
Great all-sports lake to fish, boat, swim or just relax.
Call for details, MLC (866) 920-5263.
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views, canyons, trees, rolling hills, wildlife. Enjoy hunt-
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100-percent financing. Call (877) 822-LAND!
SERENE MOUNTAIN GOLF Homesite $208.03/
month. Upscale golf community set amid Dye-de-
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SDigest teaching facility! Call toll-free (866) 334-3253,
ext. 832. www.cherokeevalleysc.com Price, $59,900,
10 percent down, balance financed 12 months at 4.24
percent fixed, one-year balloon, OAC.
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Great Income Potential...
with this fully rented 2BR/2BA, 1 BR/1 BA duplex located one lot
from the Intracoastal Waterway. Close to the Gulf in the heart of
Holmes Beach, near restaurants and
throughout with fireplace. $480,000.
call Gayle schulz
toll free 1.800.772.3235
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-8 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
shopping. Tile floors
STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory deals. Save $$$. 40x60
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which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limi-
tation or discrimination based on race, color, religion,
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2BR/2BA Condo.only steps from the beaches in Holmes Beach.
Turnkey furnished and newer appliances make this condo a great
buy. Renlal history available. $464,900 Call Ted.Schlegel (941)
518-6117 or Barry Gould (941) 448-5500
~.fI A -- ", 3001 GULF DRIVE*HOLMES BEACH,FL 34217
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PROPERTIES. LLC Licensed Real Estate Broker Ann Coron
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Lovingly cared for 2BR/2.5BA townhome offers hardwood
floors and immaculately remodeled kitchen with built-ins.
Easily converted to 3BR. Living area flows to extended
screen porch for true Florida entertaining. Professionally
landscaped garden area with heated pool for hours of en-
joyment with private outdoor hot and cold shower. Open
decks on all levels with stunning views of the bay and Gulf
sunsets. A must see! Asking $699,000.
Call Liz Codola, Realtor
S, ReAl Estate, Inc.
3fg0 Pine Aenu P.a Box 1i9 -'iA Maa, Pt 3491i
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Perico Bay 2BR/2BA with loft. Annual for $1.200/month.
-* Cortez San Remo 2BR/IBA condo. $1,000/month for six
Months or longer ith boat slip!
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VILLA SIENNA VILLA SORRENTO
4005 4TH AVE. 4003 4TH AVE.
VILLA ROMA VILLA MILANO
4004 5TH AVE. 4006 5TH AVE.
The Jewel in the crown completes the most successful residential/investment development in the Island's history. Pre-construction prices with
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,
boutiques and market with partial Gulf and bay views. $1,250,000.
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S loirnes Beach
No wonder in 34 years of
International Real Estate, I have
never had a property not sell!
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A.
ULTIMATE BEACH COTTAGE
One half block to bay and Gulf. Walk
to all the trendy restaurants and bou-
tiques. Room for pool.
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BEAUTIFUL AND NEW. Great location, close
to rhe beach and on a large lot 2BR/2BA,
nicely updated. new siding. new roof new
130-mph impact windows, new hardwood
floors and new carpel Open floor plan.
$625 000 MLS# 504700.
BEAUTIFUL 2-STORY TOWNHOUSE 3BR..
3BA juil steps Io the beach with views of Ihe
Gulf Marble fireplace, granile countertops
and a Mexican garden with room for a pool
$1 099000 MLS# 98602
THIS CUTE DUPLEX is unb.-l.e.'abl> clo; to
ibe- bea.'h 1~ :I ep. from E.oar Point Each
..de has 2BR I BA plu' utilih, and lsoroge
i.crn .,h *o her dr,er Penried through th.
a :.:.r, ...nlt, "pr.r j'i Furni: h d .-.,ti *.:.me
e'rcl.i.or.rl. cO2' (0'- mL.S, 50.3.45
BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT Steal-of-a-
deall Successful and popular wilh locals and
tourists (Business Only) in prime location in-
cludes 1600sf. equipment furniture, fixtures.
inventory, name and goodwill $199,000.
VIEW THE GULF from your lana, This Ti;lan,
Place condo is beautifJlly furnished and up-
dated from floor lo ceiling Granite counter top
and .-ood cabinets. Exceptional design and
colors A statement of perfection $825 000
TERRIFIC ISLAND LOT located .-,r, desirable
rinna M.aria Iloand in H..lmers b-a.:h Thre.
blocks from the Gulf berac:hes and on the ...e;l
i.d1 of t Gul Dr e :o ad, ir b,.,Id ,ou.r lirnd
dream h,,,oe '.2001-111 0 t 1ILS 506.002
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INe'W LUAUKIUUSI Luv lKULTIIN. LCocaea
lust one block to Tampa Bay. Come see this
fabulous Anna Mar;a Island home. Large
open kitchen, bamboo flooring and much
more Qualty Ihroughout $829,000 MLSb
3BR/2BA TURNKEY FURNISHED CONDO nr
GulffronI complex Fealures include granite
counterlops in kitchen and balh 9 5-foot
ceilings heated pool and elevator
$1 499,000. MLS 504825
SUPERB DUPLEX on. block ic. ihe beach
Ccrrpletel, rern .'ol- d 2BR '2B c.n eah.: .ide
vinh garage parking bea.itiull,/ turrn,hed
ar,.d Ic.. maoirienrirn e J.- 68' 01l: t.\LS
LAKE LA VISTA BAYOU. 3BR/3BA. granite
counters in kichen, all wood cabinets. large
living room, beautiful wooden decks on the
front and back. three-car garage, workshop
boat lift and seawall Most furnishings slay
$899,000 MLS# 504656.
2BR/2BA GULFFRONT END UNIT. Very
unique, one of the best Gulffront views on the
island or anyw here Turnkey furnished, car-
pet and ceramic Ihroughoul $959 000
SHELL POINT CONDO 2BR 2B0 ground
le.el i.ar pool .-.lh .:o.ered porkrq Bein
told as i ..h right t.I inspect Heaiid poor
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