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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 13, No. 29 May 25, 2005 FREE
Island public should vote on consolidation
By Rick Catlin
Just like Haley's comet, the issue of consolidating
all three Island cities into one government keeps com-
Haley's comet, however, only comes around every
86 years. The consolidation issue, which has been dis-
cussed since at least 1950, keeps resurfacing just about
every year in Island political circles.
This time, it's Holmes Beach Mayor Carol
Whitmore and Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda
Cramer who are spearheading the effort for consolida-
tion, along with Holmes Beach City Commissioner
Don Maloney, who has been advocating some form of
consolidation the past 10 years.
Whitmore made her plea to the May 19 Coalition
of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting in
. By Rick Catlin
After 17 years in business, Rotten Ralph's restau-
rant at the end of South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria
could be closing its doors effective July 31. The
restaurant's lease with owner Galati Marine was not
renewed, said Rotten Ralph's Dave Russell.
"It's a sad day, but we're going toastart looking
immediately for another Island location," Russell said.
He added that negotiations-to extend the lease had been
ongoing for some time.
Russell got the news May 18 after the Galati broth-
ers, owners of the property and the adjacent Galati
Marine, told him they have decided to renovate the
long-standing restaurant rather than renew the Rotten
"They said we'd get first crack at leasing the reno-
vated restaurant," Russell said, "but we hope to be in
a new location by then."
PLEASE SEE ROTTEN, NEXT PAGE
Sandbar gets alley
By Rick Catlin
Twenty-six years after he first bought the Sandbar
restaurant and thought he had it, owner Ed Chiles fi-
nally got it.
Following a contentious May 19 meeting of more
than three hours that played to a standing-room-only
crowd, the Anna Maria City Commission voted 3-2 to
approve an alleyway vacation and land swap with
Chiles that will allow him to build a rest room facility
at the Sandbar that will meet the requirements of the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
In exchange for the alleyway vacation, Chiles will
build a paved alleyway as a city easement through the
middle of the parking lot to his restaurant that can be
easily used by the handicapped, including people in a
wheelchair, and the general public to access both his
restaurant and the beach.
PLEASE SEE SANDBAR, PAGE 3
Under her proposal, the Island would be divided
into three districts, with two representatives each from
Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria and three from
Holmes Beach. Each "district" would keep some form
of city government, but law enforcement, public works,
building departments and other services would be com-
Whitmore emphasized, however, that her plan is
just that a plan. "These are just ideas for now."
Details can be worked out later if all three cities agree
to move forward.
What's needed first, she said, is a public vote on
a non-binding referendum that the three Island cities
should move toward some form of consolidation. The
Island cities arewasting a lot of money just to govern
a strip of land only se% en miles long. Taxpayers would
save a lot of money under-consolidation, she main-
"We need to make government more effective.
Let's let the public decide, then we can get specific."
While consolidation may "never happen as long as
I'm alive," she said the three cities have to find a way
to consolidate "without losing any identity."
Previous consolidation efforts, she said, have failed
because "we are all afraid of losing our individuality."
She suggested each mayor take the issue of an
Islandwide vote on consolidation to their respective city
commissions. If all three agreed, a non-binding referen-
dum could be ready by the November'2006 election.
Maloney, Cramer and Anna Maria Mayor
SueLynn agreed the issue should be put to the voters.
"We.need to move this to a ballot," said SueLynn.
The reception from Bradenton Beach elected offi-
cials, however, was lukewarm at best.
PLEASE SEE CONSOLIDATION, NEXT PAGE
Winners all ...
The youngest contes-
tants at the 51st annual
___ Anna Maria Island
Adams Kids Day at
Bayfront Park in Anna-
Maria hop, hop, hop to
the finish line in the
"sack race." Islander
S... and No. 1
SSara Scott shows off
Siher winning first place
ribbon and prizes in
the Kids' Day "Little
SContest." Sara is
Privateer Tim "Ham-
mer" Thompson, who
chaired this year's
event. Islander Photo:
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Fare"Ol NI, Iln-lich. p 24.
PAGE 2 m MAY 25, 2005 U THE ISLANDER
Consolidation considered again
CONTINUED FROMPAGE 1 -
"I like looking at the idea," said Bradenton Beach
Mayor John Chappie, "but what are we giving up?"
All three Island cities are unique, yet closer than
ever, he said. "We're like cousins. We're all from the
same family, but that doesn't mean we want to be part
of your immediate family." The Island is unique be-
cause there are three unique cities here, he maintained.
Chappie said he would at least bring the issue to the
Bradenton Beach City Commission, but Bradenton
Beach Commissioner Lisa Maria Phillips agreed that
her city "would lose something" under consolidation.
Still, she said she's also willing to discuss bring-
ing a referendum to the voters.
Whitmore asked elected officials not to take the
consolidation issue personally, but Chappie said the
issue "is personal. This is our home. This is how you
want to live. I don't have a problem looking at it, but
let's hear from the public."
Maloney said the Island cities "have to do a better
job" of governing and some form of consolidation,
such as a professional administrator or manager for the
entire Island, is needed.
He also noted that a 1959 referendum in Anna
Maria on consolidation failed by eight votes.
Since 1950, various consolidation efforts, such as
incorporation of the three cities, combining law en-
forcement duties, and establishing a lone building.de-
partment for the entire Island, have all failed to get past
the respective city commissions.
Whitmore said this move toward consolidation
might meet the same fate as previous attempts, but she
believes it's worth the effort. "To-do nothing is to ig-
nore our citizens and our responsibilities. If we fail, at
least we can say we tried."
In other BIEO business, Manatee County Commis-.
sioner Joe McClash said the county commission has
backed the idea of a water-borne taxi service from the
Crosley Mansion to Bradenton Beach and will take the
lead on funding.
"We're not asking any of the Island cities for
funds,just a letter of support from each city," McClash
said. "Hopefully, this can all be funded from outside
sources, just like the trolley."
Rotten Ralph relocating
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
He said the Galatis have indicated the restaurant
could remain open through September and possibly
until the end of February 2006, but Russell thought it
would be better to begin looking for a new location
"It's not a real consideration to stay" through the
lean months, he said, then have to close right in the
middle of the winter tourist season.
Russell said the hard part was telling the staff,
many of whom have been at the restaurant for a num-
ber of years.
"It was a bit tough, but they were very understand-
With support from the cities and the local legisla-
tive delegation in Tallahassee, McClash.believes the
taxi could be a reality in two years.
Mike Howe of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization, agreed on the choice of Bradenton
The Beach Express?
Now, if you
live on the
island, why '.
would you .
express bus to ',", "
the beach? VWell
you wouldn't. But
people onrthe mainland need
one to keep the automobile traffic on Anna Maria
Island to a minimum. That's a good thing, right?
But there's another benefit to islanders...
the reverse commute!
What are we talking about?
Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) offers
a FREE express trolley every Sunday and major
holidays along Manatee Avenue from the
Wal-Mart on SR 64 at 1-75 r: on- 1t--e
Manatee County Public Bea,: h
Beach goers may board ta .iny
bus stop along Manatee ue i J
westbound, but they may only
exit at the beach. In like i.anr. J
islanders may board at tlhe
beach and ride eastbourd to the mainland and
destinations such as Beachway Plaza, downtown
Bradenton or the Wal-Mart store on SR 64 at 1-75.
Why would I want to do that?
That's-a valid question. Consider this: how
about selecting from any one of the myriad of
restaurants along Manatee Avenue for Sunday
brunch? Or maybe you've noticed something on
j sale in those Sunday newspaper inserts that
you're dying to buy, but not if you have to drive
into the county, fight the traffic, and burn your
Sgas. Hey, burn ours for free! Perhaps there's a
-. -. i:huri:l service you've been
i' interested in attending.
/ / Gi ve it a try. Or, simply
/ head inland to visit
S .",/, friends who may
live within walking
1 Manatee Avenue.
So remember, if it's
Sunday- any Sunday- or New Year's Day or
Memorial Day or Independence Day or Labor Day
or Thanksgiving Day or even Christmas Day and
i you want to leave the beach and head inland
r for FREE, we'll be your wheels the MCAT
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SHow do I ride the Beach Express?
.For ,:J1ition,:al information on this service or.
u genrer.l bus schedulee information contact Rider
Info ar 941 749 7116, 6 a.m.- 11 p.m. or go online
at www.co.manatee.fl.us (click on "Transit", then
"Ride Guide"). For your convenience, every transit
bus and trolley is equipped with wheel chair lifts
and bike racks.
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ing. They were good about it, and many said they
would come with me to a new location."
.He'll also have to deal with his many regular cus-
tomers, including winter visitors who come to the res-
taurant every year. The restaurant was established by
his late father Ralph and was known for its trademark
"rotten food and service."
Russell would like to be open in a new location by
the next winter season. "Hopefully, we'll have some-
thing by then."
Russell said he believes a restaurant has been at the
location for at least the past 30 years, if not more.
After a number of owners failed in the location,
Ralph and wife Doreen Russell bought the restaurant
in 1988 and gave the facility a new name and a fresh
outlook. Ralph passed away in October 2004.
S" \ 4 Rotten Ralph's
S restaurant on
S South Bay
i : Boulevard in
Anna Maria will
likely close its
doors July 31
and seek a new
being told its
will not be
I renewed. Rotten
Strt th Gf o been at the
Beach as the Island location for the taxi terminal.
"It's an ideal spot," containing historic -Bridge
Street, the Gulf of Mexico just a few feet away, a pier
already in place, and easy access to the Island trolley,
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 25, 2005 E PAGE 3
City attorney draws ire of Anna Maria City planners
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board took
shots at City Attorney Jim Dye for a Feb. 18 opin-
ion he gave that will allow five single-family homes
to be built along Pine Avenue in the city's retail-
office-residential area, without accompanying re-
tail-office space. The lots are on the site of the
former Island Marine.
P&Z vicechairman Doug Copeland said at the
board's May 23 meeting that Dye's opinion from a
request by attorney Scott Rudacille, representing
Island Marine purchaser, allows homes to be built
there on less than the 7,500 square feet required for
the ROR district, as stated in the city codes and in
the comprehensive plan. Dye's original opinion two
years ago was that the lots were all undersized for
a single-family home development.
Sandbar alleyway vacation OK'd
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Chiles was facing a settlement agreement under an
ADA lawsuit that required him to build a suitable rest
room for handicapped patrons. ADA consultants had
said the best way to expand the rest room was to build
out from the structure, but he needed the vacation to en-
croach into the alleyway. ,
When he bought the restaurant in 1979, said
Chiles, he believed then that the alle\ \. a\ had already
been vacated, but a 1992 city review failed to find any
evidence of a vacation.
U.S. Department of Justice-certified ADA consult-
ant Kirk Tcherneshoff, who has to utilize a wheelchair,
said the ADA does not "compel" Chiles to expand the
rest room toward the building interior if it means los-
ing retail space or seating. In'addition, there are tech-
nical issues with utilizing the existing interior for an
ADA-compliant rest room, he said.
After his review of the restaurant, his opinion was
that the "build-outward option" was the best choice to
satisfy the ADA.
He also said that according to the ADA, in concur-
rence with the justice department, local governments
must "reasonably modify" existing codes and laws to
assist private entities with becoming ADA compliant
unless that government can show that "such modifica-
tion would alter services." He noted several cases to
substantiate his position.
There were a number of objections from the pub-
lic over the vacation, however, including the fear that
Chiles could eventually expand his restaurant.
Robin Wall said Chiles would gain significant land
from the vacation,and swap and suggested that ap-
proval come with conditions regarding noise, use of
tents and future expansion.
Others, however, said the swap would benefit the
city because the existing alleyway isn't usable in its
"The alleyway presently serves no purpose to the
city and has no meaningful value," said John Cagnina.
The vacation and swap allows Chiles to meet the ADA
requirement and the new alleyway "enhances all of the
Several attorneys representing opponents of the
vacation spoke against the measure.
Tampa attorney Matt Farmer said he deals with
many cases involving the ADA and, in his opinion, the
The comprehensive plan is "very clear," with a
maximum density in the ROR district of five units per
acre, said Copeland. All of the five lots in question are
less than 7,500 square feet, he said, and the city codes,
regardless of Dye's opinion, can't supersede the comp
"Did the city pay for the opinion that screwed us?"
Board member Randall Stover agreed. "You can't
adjust the comprehensive plan from a Jim Dye opin-
Former P&Z board chairman Charles Canniff said
there have been several cases where Dye has "unilat-
erally changed our ordinances and that's wrong. Jim
Dye's opinion doesn't change our laws."
Stover said Dye should have brought the problem to
the board or commission before rendering an opinion be-
cause "the impression is that he's speaking city law."
various ADA cases cited by. Tcherneshoff had nothing
to do with the present case. He suggested Chiles should
modify his own property to become ADA compliant,
not the city's property.
Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing Chiles,
pointed out that Chiles already owns the property, that
the alley ay in question is just an easement to the city.
Lake Wales aitorine Mike Gallaher, representing
the Nall\ tiamil\ that Ii\es near the Sandbar, said that
by Tcherneshoff's o%\ n testimony, expanding the rest
room into the alleyway:is not the only way to solve the
Sandbar's ADA problem, "just the preferred way."
He indicated that there %N as more than one reason
why Chiles wanted the vacation. "He may have reasons
above and beyond the ADA," he suggested, but did not
raise the expansion issue.
City Commissioner Duke Mliller said he could sup-
port the vacation if Chiles would agree to a condition
that no future expansion of.the restaurant could ever
take place, even if the restaurant were sold to a new-
"My biggest objection is what's going to happen in
the future," he said.
But Chiles could not agree to that condition. "I
would not want to sign that agreement. Besides, if I
wanted to expand, I'd have to go through this process
again before the planning and zoning board and be right
back here at the city commission with a site plan."
Commission Chairperson John Quam said he fa-
vored the vacation, but not because the ADA rules re-
quire the city to help businesses become ADA compli-
There are four criteria for the city to grant a vari-
ance, he said, and the major issue for him is that the
alleyway currently serves no public purpose. By grant-"
ing the vacation and taking the swap, the city "gives the
public a walkable alleyway" with beach access.
Commissioner Linda Cramer moved to pass the
ordinance granting the vacation and accepting the al-
leyway swap. Quam and Commissioner Dale Wood-
land agreed, while Miller and Commissioner Carol
Ann Magill voted against the measure.
The commission then set the meeting tb hear the
preliminary site plan application for the Sandbar build-
ing plan for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.
The Sandbar has proposed several improvements
to its facility in the site plan, but has maintained there
will be no expansion of the restaurant, other than con-
struction of the ADA-compliant rest rooms.
Board member Fran Barlow was upset that Dye
didn't show up for the meeting to discuss the issue
with the board. "I have a problem with Dye not
being here. He knew we were bringing this up and
I wanted to know what we can do legally and right."-
The board unanimously passed a motion re-
questing that the city commission change the ordi-
nance to "reflect" the intent of the comprehensive
plan and inform Dye of the language in ihe comp
plan. Dye's opinion is allowing single-family
homes on 5,000 square foot lots in the ROR district
and that's not what was intended for the district, the
board said in its motion.
"The intent of the residential-office-retail dis-
trict was not to have a row of houses on Pine Av-
enue," added Stover.
Efforts to reach Dye for comment were unsuc-
Beachie freebie from MCAT
The Manatee County Area Transit will operate a free
express trolley every Sunday and on major holidays to and
from Anna Maria Island along Manatee Avenue.
Islanders may board the "Beach Express" at Manatee
Public Beach and can ride eastbound to Beachway Plaza,
downtown Bradenton, and as far bast as the Wal-Mart at
the State Road 64 and Interstate 75 intersection. The re-
turn trip is also free, according to an MCAT press release.
Anna Maria City
May 25, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
May 26, 6 p.m., city commission "shade" meeting -
not open to the public on Negele case.
May 26,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
May 27, Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy Jules
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive; 708-6130.
May 25,4:30 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
May 25, 5 p.m., comprehensive plan review commit-
May 26, 3 p.m., city commission work session.
May 26, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
May 31, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
June 2,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 1,7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Government offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton
Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be
closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.
Sanitation services provided by Waste Management
Inc. for Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Longboat
Key regularly scheduled for May 30 will take place
on Saturday. May 28. There will be nd interruption of
sanitation service for Bradenton Beach residents.
EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE:
NOON FRIDAY MAY 27
ds that will appear in the June 1 issue of The Islander.
Our office will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of
Memorial Day. We wish y'all a happy and safe holiday weekend.
PAGE 4 E MAY 25, 2005 E THE ISLANDER
Fire rates going up
By Rick Catlin
Islanders and those living within the boudaries of
the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District will be
opening their wallets a little more when they get their
2005-06 fire assessment bill.
The district board at its May 19 meeting voted
unanimously to approve an increase in the fire assess-
ment that effectively puts the rate at the maximum cur-
rently allowed by the Florida Legislature. There was no
opposition to the proposal from the public.
The residential base rate will climb from $118 to
$125, the same for condominiums and mobile homes.
Duplexes will pay $250, while commercial entities will
fork over $300. The base rate is determined by the
square footage of the structure.
Eight firefighters with the West Manatee Fire & Res-
cue District have been promoted by the district commis-
sioners, on the recommendation of Chief Andy Price.
Promoted to firefighter first class were Paul
Hopkins, John Stump, Daniel Tackett and Greg Van
Edema. All joined the department Oct. 1,2001.
Promoted to firefighter second class was Mike Bugel,
who has been with the department since October 2003.
Recently completing their six-month probationary
requirements and promoted to firefighter third class
were Bill Kimbrell, Keith Miller and Greg Roan.
FDLE sex offender Web site
Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist and Florida
Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Guy
Tunnell announced last week an enhanced Web site for
Florida's 35,000 registered sex offenders and predators
that allows parents the ability to identify offenders and
predators living in their neighborhoods or near schools.
The new feature allows parents to search specific
areas near their home, neighborhood park or a child's
school and should "greatly assist parents who are try-
ing to protect their children," Crist said.
Interested parties can access Florida's registered
sexual predator and offender list at www.fdle.state.fl.us
or at myfloridalegal.com, or utiulize a link on The Is-
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Memorial/Decoration Day is Monday
By Jim Hanson
It started life as Decoration Day, went through
some confusion and convolutions, and ended up as
Memorial Day. It is Monday, May 30.
There will be quite a bit of decorating in cemeter-
ies, where surviving relatives and friends will place re-
membrances on graves of loved ones. No special ser-
vices are planned by Island churches and civic organi-
zations, but it has the special cachet of being a day off
for just about everyone except, as usual, police offic-
ers and firefighters, who are on duty all the time, holi-
day or no holiday.
Government will be shut down then, from top to
bottom. Federal, state, county and city offices will be
closed Manatee County, Anna Maria, Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach being the ones the ones that
most directly affect Islanders. Monday solid waste and
recycling pickup will switch to Saturday, May 28.
Many retail stores will be open, some with ex-
tended hours, for this is a day when people have the
time and the inclination to go shopping.
Coming as it does just a few days after Armed
Forces Day, it seems fitting that this holiday started at
a tribute to fallenservicemen. Three years after the
Civil War (the War Between the States, as it is known
in the South), Internet says, the head of the Grand
Army of the Republic organization decreed it was time
to decorate the graves of war dead and set the day as
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the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Orphans strewed
flowers around the cemetery, prayed and sang
hymns with their elders.
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THE ISLANDER M MAY 25, 2005 M PAGE 5
Bradenton Beach building official: More hours, more pay
By Paul Roat
After almost a year without a fulltime building
official, Ed Mc Adam has begun to feel the pressure of
what needs to be accomplished in Bradenton Beach.
"When I started last fall, I didn't expect to work 60
hours a week for 30 hours pay," he told city commis-
sioners last week. He said he would like to get paid for
40 hours a week for the next few months to catch up on
the backlog that accumulated before he was hired.
"We have several ordinances that need to come
before you," he said, "as well as the need to profession-
alize the building official's office. There's a lot on our
plate that needs our attention."
Mc Adam, who is paid $62,400 a year at the 30-
hour-per-week level, requested the equivalent of.
$83,000 a year at the 40-hour-a-week rate.
The request did not sit well with Police Chief Sam
"This city spent a lot of money on a survey to de-
termine what people should be paid," Speciale said. "I
know Ed does a lot of work, but at the 30-hour per
week level, he's making more money than the most se-
nior department heads me. We all agreed to a pay
structure. I think this is a very unfair thing. What is the
Island Baptist annexation long road for few feet
SBy Rick Catlin
Any further effort by Island Baptist Church to be
annexed into Holmes Beach (The Islander, May 4) will
take a "lot of time and effort," according to Holmes
Mollie and John Sandberg
Day Tuesday at Tingley
An open house honoring longtime Bradenton
Beach residents and civic leaders Mollie and John
Sandberg will be held Tuesday, May 31, at Tingley
The Sandbergs are moving to Melborne next
John was the guiding force behind the creation of
the library on Second Street. He also served as chair of
the city's community redevelopment agency, which
had oversight on almost $1 million in improvements to
the Historic Old-Town area near Bridge Street.
Mollie served as city commissioner and vice
mayor, as well as chair of the city's code enforcement
board and served on several other advisory committees.
The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the library, 111 Second St. N. Further information is
available by calling 779-1208.
Beach City Attorney Michelle Hall, and will likely be
done at church expense.
Hall said it would take.a "special act" of the Florida
Legislature to adjust the boundary between two cities.
That means someone would have to draft a bill and
"take the matter up with a member of the local legis-
lative delegation" in Tallahassee, she said.
Furthermore, if the two cities Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach can't agree on which way the line
should be.moved, "It seems unlikely that a delegate
would introduce such a bill."
S She discounted the possibility the boundary line
could be moved by contraction and annexation proce-
dures because the church "probably" does not meet the
In her opinion, unless the church really wants to
put a lot of time and effort into becoming a resident of
one city or the other, the church will have to stay where
it is, straddling the limits.
If it does want to move, it will have to pay its own
way. The Holmes Beach City Commission has indi-
cated that any costs to change the boundary or for an-
nexation would have to be borne by the church, not the
Efforts to reach the Rev. Dale Lawson of the Island
Baptist Church for comment on Hall's position were
point of having seniority?"
Special is paid $55,000 per year.
"I know it's a lot of money," Mayor John Chappie
said, "but it's not a permanent thing, it's a catch-up
thing. It was very poor planning on our part to not have
a fulltime building official for a year."
Commissioners eventually agreed to the extra pay
for Mc Adam through the end of the current fiscal year,
which ends Sept. 31.
In related matters, city commissioners also agreed to
hire a temporary assistant for the building department.
Islandwide blood drive
2005 scheduled June 11-12
The fifth edition of theIslandwide blood drive is
scheduled June 11-12 at three locations, with the first
250 donors getting a free T-shirt and duffel bag and
kids getting a special benefit from elders' generosity.
The blood will be taken at four sponsor loca-
tions in the three Island cities: Marina Pointe Stor-
age/A Pine Avenue Salon, 314 Pine Aye., Anna
Maria; The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach; and BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
A special reward is free meal on either day at
the BeachHouse for children 12 and under when
accompanied by an adult who has donated to the
day's blood drive.
An anonymous benefactor will again make a
$100 donation in each donor's honor to the Anna
Maria Island Privateers, Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, Wildlife Education and Rehabilita-
tion Center of Anna Maria, and West Manatee Fire
& Rescue volunteers.
The Florida Blood Services is the real winner at
the event, collecting more than 200 units of blood
during a traditionally slow donation period..
Sponsors of the drive are Marina Pointe Stor-
age, Tropicana, Pepsi, BeachHouse, A Pine Avenue
Salon, Bradenton Herald and The Islander:
Details may be obtained by calling 746-7195.
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Monday, May 30, is the day we observe Memorial
It is a day to honor the dead from all American
The nation, the Island and this newspaper pay
honor and tribute to all those who served and died, that
their sacrifice was not in vain.
Sadly, since this newspaper began publishing
World.War II veterans' stories nearly two years ago,
several have since passed away.
Those men are now part of Memorial Day.
We take two days out of 365 to honor our war dead
and veterans, May 30 and Nov. 11. We should always
remember our war dead, as the veterans of our "The
Greatest Generation" column have done.
Since that column' began, more than 50 Island,
Perico Island, Longboat Key and Cortez veterans have
told us their story, and we are honored to share them
Many of the veterans were at first reluctant to share
their war experiences. Some veterans married more
than 50 years had never even discussed the war with
their spouses. They had seen too many of their friends
and comrades die in battle. Those were memories they'
did not want to revisit.
But revisit they did to honor their comrades. Their
"Memorial Day" is every day of their lives.
The emotion of talking about the war proved too
much and some would break down in tears at the
memory of fallen comrades and bodies unrecognizable
as friends and soldiers, at the day-to-day fearthat they
were going to get it sooner or later.
If there is one common thread among our featured
veterans, it is that they are the lucky ones.
And all the veterans agree they would have done
anything not to let their buddies down. To borrow the
line from-the Stephen Ambrose book "Band of Broth-
ers," they were not heroes, they served with a bunch of
heroes. The heroes are still over there.
They didn't forget their heroes then, and they
haven't forgotten them now.
This Memorial Day, join us in taking just 30 sec-
onds of your life to remember the 200,000 Americans
killed in World I, the 400,000 dead in World War II,
the 53,000 who lost their lives in Korea, the 59,000
dead in the jungles of Vietnam, and the thousands of
U.S. soldiers who have.died in Iraq, Afghanistan,.
Panama and elsewhere around the world the past 30
In memory, their sacrifice was not in vain.
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Thanks to Samaritans
I wish. to thank all of the kind, generous people
who gathered around me after I was the victim of.a hit-
and-run in front of Jessie's Island Store on April 12.
They called 911 and provided care and comfort
until the paramedics arrived. Now that the'sojourns in
the hospital and the daily trips to the.clinic are draw-
ing to a close, I can only say that I am grateful to live
on the Island among all the good Samaritan. who did
not pass by on the other side. Also, I am most fortunate
to have access to the finest medical facilities to speed
me on the road to recovery.
Norman R. Thompson, Holmes Beach
Thanks from jailbirdss'
Kudos to everyone who contributed to bailing us
out of jail during the Muscular Dystrophy Association
lockup event May 19. Thanks to your generosity, we
three jailbirdss" in the city clerk's office at Anna Maria
City Hall raised nearly $2,300.
What your dollars will do: $25, flu shot; $63 keeps
MDA worldwide research going; $150, expert consult-
ing in physical therapy, occupational or recreational
therapy; $200, diagnostic workup at one of MDA's 235
clinics; $600.sends a kid to summer camp for a week
of fun and recreation geared toward their abilities.
'Thank you once'again, on behalf of MDA.
Alice Baird, Annmarie Thorpe and Diane
Percycoe, Anna Maria
Luau thank you
The Luau for Learning committee sends a huge
thank you to all the people who made our third-annual
Spring Fling dinner-dance fundraiser a fantastic, fun
success. Through the love given, we met our $25,000
goal and went far beyond it to raise $40,000.
"We enjoyed a delicious meal, thanks to the Sandbar,
Mar Vista, BeachHouse, Moore's Stone Crab, Big John's
Barbecue, Dave's Delicious catering, Ezras, Sun House,
Rod & Reel Pier, Anna Maria City Pier, Caf6 L'Europe,
Mr. Bones, Publix, Thumbs Up Catering, Tropical Treats
'ahd'Eafts J~fid ES,'Afhna 'Mariai Oyst~r'Bh,'l'aggle"jtS'
Bakeshop, Kash n' Karry,Albertson's, Uarry's Continen-
tal Kitchens, Winn Dixie, Slice of Heaven, Cafe on the
Beach, Rockerfellers, Gold Coast Distributors and Pre-
We all should be so proud to live in a community
that puts our children first. I just can't say thank you -
enough for the children, teachers and parents of Anna
Maria Elementary. That is what I call.teamwork, great
Jamie Walstad, Luau for Learning committee
Don't overlook regulations
I have no problem with Mr. Gertz's response (Your
Opinion, April 27) to my letter to you (April 20), but he
did not mention that our Manatee County commissioners
as well as the Manatee County Planning Commission put
a "Stop Work Order" on his docks because he was wrong.
The whole area he owns (Parrot Cove Marina)
looks like a disgrace from the debris he has, which he
said five months ago would be gone, to his so-called
parking lot where no one can park, so outside people'
park on private and county property now.
On his own initiative he has told people he has to
move the dock to where it was, so why the response,
because if he was being honest it would not be neces-
Mr. Gertz goes home every weekend and does not
know the amount of times people here are asked why
it is so hard to use a boat ramp that was reasonable to
use safely for so many years.
I write people to come and see why I have written
This letter is not about just me but about many
people. As Mr. Gertz says, "If anyone looks at the of-
ficial site plan and how our county has determined it,
there should be no problem."
I only hope with the accelerated growth in our great
county that honest and proper regulations will not be
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THE ISLANDER U MAY 25, 2005 E PAGE 7
First nest last week,
turtle walks to start
By Jini Hanson
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers will
begin offering free guided turtle walks on the Island's
beaches, starting Memorial Day weekend, Saturday
and Sunday, May 28-29.
They have something to show off now, with a sea
turtle nest and three false crawls in the same area of
Anna Maria. They are the first signs of this season's
reproductive nesting of marine turtles.
The nest was at the end of Cedar Avenue in a sec-
tion of beach that is scheduled to be renourished, which
may disturb the eggs, so Turtle Watch volunteers
opened the nest, put the eggs in a bucket and dug a new
home for them at the nearby White Avenue dune out
of harm's way.
Maro Lorimer found the nest, said Suzi Fox, heads
Turtle Watch director who holds the state permit for sea
turtle preservation. The coordinator assigned to that
mile of beach is Deborah Basilius,
That section will be among the attractions offered to
Maro Lorimer and Debbie Basilius verify the season's
first Anna Maria Island loggerhead turtle nest.
people who wish to join the Turtle Watch dawn patrols,
Fox said. The tours are open to anyone who wants them,
free of charge and undemanding except for the early hour.
Theymiay be arranged with a phone call to Turtle
Watch at 778-1435.
Also offering free turtle walks is the Ritz-Carlton
Sarasota hotel, which will start at the Lido Key life-
guard station at 7 a.m., no reservations required.
jv Egg.cellent news
42- 4 Bean Point is proving to be the
iv threatened least tern's beach of
.. dreams: There are more than 100
least terns and more than 100
S. black skimmers nesting at this
time in the area of Bean Point on
i' the northern shore of Anna Maria
S.- Island posted by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
S- Commission last month. These
least tern eggs were discovered in
S the nesting area over the week-
-end. The least terns are consid-
ered a threatened species in
Florida. Islander Photo:
o Nancy Ambrose
Ten years ago in the May 25,1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
The 789 Task Force recommended that Manatee
County either build a roundabout at the Gulf Drive-Leffis
Key intersection or install a traffic signal at that location.
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Walt Grace imme-
diately denounced the proposal as unnecessary when so
many other improvements along Gulf Drive were needed.
Pig owner Shirley Howden-Gillett appealed to the
Holmes Beach City Commission to be allowed to keep
her pet pig, despite a city ordinance prohibiting farm
animals as pets. Neighbors have objected to the smell.
The Anchorage Restaurant at the corer of Pine
Avenue and South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria an-
nounced it was closing, putting more than 60 staff
members out of work. Owners of the property said they
would market the location for sale to a developer.
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Gulf Drive improvements could begin this fall
By Rick Catlin
There's nothing like a little optimism to jump-start
an improvement project along Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach that will add needed sidewalks, beach access
,areas and even pavilions along the scenic corridor.
Mitch NMcKnight of Wilson Miller Inc.. the city's
engineering firm, presented plans for Gulf Drive. im-
provements at a May 18 joint meeting of the city com-
mission and scenic,highway committee, and McKnight
believes the project could start as early as this fall.
"These are just ideas from the scenic highway of
what they'd like to see," he told. commissioners, but
with a little push by the commission and the right
Florida Department of Transportation review, "we
could begin the project this fall."
Among the improvements will be new sidewalks
on both sides of Gulf Drive from Cortez Road to Fifth
Street South, curbing at the Bridge Street roundabout
to slow traffic, some additional trolley stops, lighted
crosswalks, landscaping and several observation pavil-
ions along the west side. The sidewalks will tie in with
Manatee County's planned multi-use path through
Coquina Beach, said McKnight.
Landscaping at the Gulf Dmn e-Bridge Street inter-
section will create a "nice \ isual" as people enter and
leave Bridge Street, he said.
Several observation decks are in the design. The
decks would face the Gulf of Mexico. be handicap ac-
cessible, and contain rest rooms and outdoor showers
But the proposed sidewalks present a problem for
Banana Cabana owner Mike Rappaport.
The proposed sidewalk on the east side of Gulf
Drive would run directly through parking in front of his
restaurant. "You're taking away 10 parking spots from
7318 Manatee Avenue West
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Ma% or John Chappie.
The city had given him permission for the parking
spaces to meet his site plan and if the city-takes those
spaces away, the restaurant does not meet the parking
CME member Judy Giovanelli suggested the plan
leave parking in front of Banana Cabana as it is now
and simply move the sidewalk to the edge of the build-
Great idea, said Chappie. "We'll need to work that
out," he said with optimism.
Vice Mayor Bill Shearon, however, sounded a
warning that the Florida Department of Transportation
"has a problem" with vehicles backing out onto a state
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and approve all the proposed improvements before any
bid process begins.
"We will need DOT concurrence" for parking on
a DOT right of way, he said. "Everything hinges on the
DOT. The DOT wants to move traffic, not people."
McKnight's next step will be to package the pro-
'posal to the DOT for approval, suggestions and com-
SFunds for the project are available through the
city's community redevelopment agency, Chappie
said, although McKnight offered no estimate of the cost
of construction, if the city commission approves all the
"This is a great project for the city," Chappie said.
"The entire area is 'high pedestrian' and we're trying
to make it 'softer.'"
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THE ISLANDER M MAY 25, 2005 0 PAGE 9
Secretary's day out
Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Kathy Hayes and school secretaries Amy
Slicker and Candi Schields celebrated "Secretary's Day" with lunch at Ooh La! La!
Bistro in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
AME fashion fad
Brothers Anthony and Joey Cucci are among the Anna Maria Elementary
School students showing their school spirit by wearing rubber wristbands
imprinted with the school name and dolphin mascot. The AME Parent-
Teacher Organization sold the bands for $3 before and after school on
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Some colors are already sold-out
collectors items, such as the glow-in-the-dark, silver, gold and red, white
and blue bands. PTO Treasurer Maggie Cucci says there are still several
.colors left to choose from in small and large sizes. She says the item has
also been popular with teachers and parents. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary
School fiftlh-graders who
participated in the
safety patrol program
throughout the school
year were rewarded for
their hard work with a
picnic lunch. The
students patrolled the
school during drop-off
and dismissal times.
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discovery. There are so many places to go "antiquing" that you're
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Anna Alaria Elementary School kindergartners became a cast of crocodiles, blue kangaroos, butterflies and
more in their musical production "The Jungle Party." AME's kindergartners performed songs and dances
about the jungle for fellow students in a school assembly and later for the community at the May Parent-
Teacher Organization meeting. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
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Anna Maria Elementary
Alexis Mitchell, left, and
Kara Nelson, who dined
at his restaurant with
school guidance counse-
lor Cindi Harrison and
Holmes Beach Officer
Pete Lannon, the school's
resource officer. Lunch
was a reward for penning
winning essays about the
school's Drug Abuse
program taught by
Lannon. Islander Photo:
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Anna Maria Elementary School teacher Toni Lashway treats her "Reading All-Stars" to lunch at the Manatee
Public Beach. Second-graders Parker Keegan, Alex King, Nick Annis, Kobi Hunter, Harrison Daigle-Franke,
Noah Connors, Burke Kibbler, Sophie Billings, Holly Rizzo, Madison Driscoll and Morgan Hackworth were
rewarded for completing every reading assignment. Not pictured is Reading All-star Hannah Roemer. Is-
lander Photo: Diana Bogan .
Wednesday, May 25
5 to 7p m Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
business card exchange at Re Max Gulistream, 401 Mana-
tee Ave., Holmes Beach Inflormation: 778-1541.
8 to 9 a.m. Good Morning Longboat Key networking
breakfast at the'Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
Thursday, May 26
7 to 9 p.m. Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
annual meeting at the Cortez Community Center, 123rd St.
CI W, Cortez. Information. 708-4935.
Friday, May 27
4 to 6 p.m. Sierra Club walk at the Emerson Point
Conservation Preserve, Palmetto. Information: 748-1668.
6 to 9 p.m. Smooth Jazz with' Allon Sams at St.
Armands Circle, Sarasota..Information: 388-1554.
7to 9p.m.- Teen night at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Saturday, May 28
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club presents "Oldies but Good-
ies" with Stretch Fretwell at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. Yoga with Jasmine Boss on the beach be-
tween Spring Avenue and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Infor-
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Hibiscus Society plant
show at the First Baptist Church,.13th Street West and
Fourth Avenue West, Bradenton. Information: 722-1748.
10 a.m. Manatee Children's Summit Auditions for
young performers at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main
St., Bradenton. Information: 748-0111.
10 a.m. Breast Cancer 3-day walk across the Island
Egmont's nesting birds
to get human help
Volunteers are needed over holiday weekends to
help protect nesting birds on Egmont Key, said the
Friends of Tampa Bay Refuges.
The bird helpers are needed on the coming Memo-
riil Day weekend and over the Fourth of July.
A spokesperson for the organization, Nancy
Ambrose of Anna Maria, is organizing the volunteer
effort. She said that if four persons are ready to go on
a given day, a boat will pick them up on Anna Maria
Island about 10 a.m. and bring them back at 4 p.m.
Otherwise transportation will be provided from Fort
At the Egmont wildlife refuge, the volunteers will
direct visitors around areas on the beach where birds
The volunteers are advised to bring lunch and
plenty of water and sunscreen for the day, Ambrose
said. "Bring a friend," she said, "it makes for a great
day on the island."
Dengler's day slated for
Friday in Anna Maria City
The City. of Anna Maria will honor Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jules
Dengler with a "Jules Dengler Day" on Friday,
The popular deputy has spent 14 years in
Anna Maria afd is retiring in June.
Volunteer recruitment coffee
next Wednesday at Mote
Recruiting of volunteers will be the focus of a cof-
fee session at Mote Marine Laboratory from 10 a.m. to
noon Wednesday, June 1.
Volunteers are" needed with. customer service,
teaching or retail experience, said Andrea Davis, direc-
tor of volunteer resources at Mote. She said the ex-
panded aquarium needs more volunteers to greet, assist
and inform visitors, and the new information desk
needs help, too. Training is provided in all positions,
The complex is at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota, on City Island off the south ramp of the New
Pass Bridge connecting to Longboat Key. Additional
information, is available at 388-4441, , .
with team "Hope for Hooter" departs from Publix,- East Bay
Drive and Manatee Avenue, Holmes Beach. Information:
778-7019. Donations appreciated.
Tuesday, May 31
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Bioquest" summer camp at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon to 3 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Wednesday, June 1
7 to 8 a.m. Pier Regulars meeting at the Anna Maria
City Pier, 100 S- Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information- 778-
8 to 9 a.m. Good Morning Longboat Key networking
breakfast at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519.
10 a.m. to noon Volunteer recruitment coffee at Mote
Marine.Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Congressional Arts Competition Exhibition at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through May
27. Information: 746-4131.
"Bioquest" summer camp at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Aug. 5. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
*. Wild bird rescue training at the Pelican Man's Bird
Sanctuary June 4.
SGuided nature walk at Felts Audubon Preserve June 4.
Sierra club walk at DeSoto National Memorial June 5.
"Serengeti Trek" Bible camp at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church June 6.
"Art Smart" summer camp at the Longboat Key Cen-
ter for the Arts June 6.
Ribbon-cutting at Jessica's Beach Lounge June 6.
Open circle players at the Island Branch Library June 7.
Friends book club at the Island Branch Library June 8.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Sunrise
breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant June 8.
Children's programs big
on library's June schedule
With summertime doldrums looming,
children's programs dominate summer activities
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Every Tuesday at 2 p.m. a special presenta-
tion is scheduled, open to all youngsters. The
June 7, Open Circle Players.
June 14, Folktales presented by Katie
June 21, dog show presented by Rick's
June 28, karate performance and lecture pre-
sented by Kevin Bergquist.
Also on the library's agenda is a meeting of
the Friends of the Library Book Club at 10:30
a.m. June 8.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except
Sunday, closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednes-
day, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday
and Saturday. Details may be obtained by calling
Anna Maria City
Sunshine Law class held
Anna Maria's annual meeting with City Attorney
Jim Dye to discuss what city officials and staff need to
know about Florida's Government in the Sunshine laws
was held Tuesday, May 17.
Planning and zoning board members Fran Barlow,
Randall Stover, Chris Collins, Jim Conoly, Frank Pytel
and Margaret Jenkins attended as did Code Enforce-
ment Board Chairman Bill Iseman. City staff members
Danielle Laktovitch and Alice Baird were on hand,
while Joe White and Gail Garneau were at the meeting
as members of the public.
In addition to the Sunshine Laws, Dye also dis-
cussed the difference among board meetings, quasi-
judicial hearings and legislative proceedings.
The annual meeting in Anna Maria is mandated by
a court order.
Wild bird class planned
A free training class for wild bird rescue is sched-
uled for Saturday, June 4, at the Pelican Man's Bird
Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on
City Island off the south .ramp of the New Pass Bridge.
No advance registration is necessary for the class,
which begins at 10:30 a.m. Additional details may be
obtained by calling 388-4444.,
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Robert David Kelly
Robert David Kelly, 87, of Anna Maria, died May
Born in Port Chester, N.Y., Mr. Kelly served in the
U.S. Army during World War II.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice
of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
He is survived by wife of 54 years Marion, daugh-
ters Maureen Gardiner of Missouri and Kathy Van Alst
of Pensacola; son Robert of Massachusetts; six grand-
children; and five great-grandchildren.
Curtis Pigott, 87, of Holmes Beach, died May
Born in Ellenton, Mr. Pigott was retired as su-
perintendent of Florida Power & Light after 45 years
of service. He served in the U.S. Navy during World
War II. He served in the Civilian Conservation
Corps. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and of
the Circle K at Manatee Community College. He
was also involved with many softball leagues in
Manatee County for many years and played semi-pro
Memorial services were May 24 at Mansion Me-
morial Funeral Home, Ellenton, with military hon-
ors provided by Kirby Stewart American Legion
Post No. 24, Bradenton.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Dorothy;
sons Jeff of Harrisburg, Pa., and Buddy of San An-
tonio, Texas; daughter Patricia Lawton of Wesley
Chapel; brother Jimmy of Jacksonville; sisters Annie
Ruth Kelly of Tavares, Alma Louise Turner of Jack-
sonville and Mary Lee Brooks of Fort Myers; nine
grandchildren; seven great-granchildren; and one
Daniel Edwin Sheehan
Daniel Edwin Sheehan, 62, of Bradenton and
formerly Holmes Beach, died May 19.
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He is survived by business
and life partner Bill Chamberlain; son Daniel of
Columbus, Ga.; daughter Eleanor of Orlando; sister
Regina Sheehan Moser of East Brunswick, N.Y.;
and three grandchildren.
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Corps during World War II. He was a certified P.S.E.
Mr. Thornburg was a founding member of the Art-
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Island Garden Club, and a member of the American
"He was a good cook," said Artists Guild President
Peggy Potter, addinigthat he won critical acclaim not
only for his cooking but also for his prima color pen-
cil sketches, for which he became a well-known Florida
artist whose work in historical landscapes grace homes.
and businesses throughout the country. He was also an
He and wife Mercedes helped make the holiday
open house at the Island Shopping Center at Marina
and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach an annual event, and
Mr. Thornburg never failed to serve as Santa Claus for
the enjoyment of young and old alike.
Memorial services were May 22 in Blue Springs,
Mo. Memorial services will be held locally June 11 at
SGloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, with a time to be announced later.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrange-
He is survived by wife of 27 years Mercedes; sons
Jon of Piano, Texas, Jay C. and Jeff, both of Blue
Springs, and Joe of Wellington, Mo.; daughters Becki
Lowry of Centerview, Mo., Georgia Coats of Garfield,
Ark., Gloria Hickman of Riverside, Mo., Gina Chavez
and Glida Brinkley, both of Blue Springs; sisters Judie
McIntire of Brockwell, Ohio, Bernice Mercer and Bliss
Price, both of Englewood, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; and
Doris R. Warner
Doris R: Warner, 81, of Bradenton, died May 17.
Mrs. Warner came to Manatee County from
Woodbury, N.J., in 1958. She was a homemaker. She
was a member of Island Baptist Church, Anna Maria
She is survived by daughter Lynn Prouty of
Bradenton; son Richard of Houston, Texas; and five
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 14, 100 block of Spring Avenue, information.
A resident reported he could hear loud, obscene music
coming from a restaurant. The complaint stated the
music contained multiple uses of profane language.
May 16, 100 S. Bay Blvd., City Pier, burglary.
According to a witness, a man removed a beer keg from
a Budweiser beer truck, placed it in the trunk of a
Volkswagen Jetta and sped away.
May 19,700 block of Holly Road, disturbance. A
man agreed to leave the scene after deputies responded
to calls regarding a domestic argument.
May 12, 2000 Gulf Drive N., Bungalow Beach Re-
sort, burglary. According to the report, a woman awoke
to a loud noise and.saw what appeared to be a man wear-
ing pajamas standing next to her. Realizing the room was
occupied, the man reportedly fled. According to the report,
the door to the woman's room connects to another unit in
which police found a microwave had been removed from
a shelf and placed on the bed. The doors to both units
showed evidence of being forced open.
May 13, 400 block of Gulf Drive North, assist
other agency. Officers assisted the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office in a missing child report. A mother
reported her teenage daughter was last seen waiting for
the school bus in front of Bradenton Beach City Hall.
May 14, 116 Bridge St., U.S. Post Office parking
lot, warrant arrest. While on patrol, officers witnessed
a man leaving a bar enter a vehicle and attempt to drive.
Officers stopped the man and, through a routine iden-
tification check, found he had an outstanding warrant
from St. Louis, Mo.'for tax evasion.
May 15, 200 block of Ninth Street North, domes-
tic battery. A 25-year-old woman was arrested for be-
coming physically abusive to her boyfriend during an
argument over a cell phone. According to the report,
the woman also became violent toward officers during
her arrest. She reportedly kept banging her shoulder
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officer in the face. According to the report, she-also
threatened to kill one of the arresting officers, threat-
ened to accuse the officer of rape and to claim the of-
ficers beat her up. After she was removed from the
scene, she reportedly pleaded to be allowed to escape.
May 16, 2200 block of Avenue C, criminal mis-
chief. A duplex was vandalized with graffiti.
May 13, 100 block of 31st Street, burglary. A
Holmes Beach resident was arrested after reportedly
breaking into another home. According to the report,
the homeowners heard the suspect attempt to enter
through the sliding-glass door and yelled at him to
leave. The homeowners said that when they saw the
suspect leave the deck area and walk into the garage,
they phoned police. Responding officers arrested the
suspect, who stated that he had been drinking and
thought this was the residence he shares With room-
mates, until he entered the home and realized the fur-
niture looked different.
May 13,4000 Gulf Drive, Cafe on the Beach, bur-
glary. According to the report, a safe was stolen.
May 13,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A man reported his credit cards and cash.sto-
len from a wallet he left in his vehicle.
May 13, 6300 block of Marina Drive, driver's li-
cense. A man was cited for driving a motorcycle with-
out proof of insurance or a motorcycle endorsement for
his driver's license.
May 14, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A man reported his wallet stolen from his
May 15, 8300 block of Marina Drive, criminal
mischief. A mailbox was struck by a vehicle.
May 15, 8300 block of Marina Court, theft. A six-
gallon fuel tank was stolen from a resident's boat.
May 15, 500 block of 68th Street, theft. A man
reported that he believed his girlfriend stole his vehicle.
after an argument, but later called to report the car had
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in conjunction with the Breast Cancer three-day
The team will be walking 60 miles over the course
of three days and accepting donations to support breast
cancer research, education, screening and treatment
through the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Na-
tional Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.
The "Hope for Hooter" team, which includes
Holmes Beach resident Michele Schenk, will have an
advance six-mile team walk departing from the Island
Publix on East Bay Drive at 10 a.m..on May 28.
The group will walk Gulf Drive to Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria where they will take a break at A Pine
Avenue Salon. The team will'then walk Magnolia
Avenue to Gulf Drive and continue down Marina
Drive to 67th Street where the walk will finish.
Islanders are encouraged to cheer them on as they
walk and Schenk says donations are always welcome.
Schenk said one of the reasons for the walk is to
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they forgot to pick up as they were leaving.
May 18, 500 block of 77th Street, theft. A man
reported his fishing poles, tackle box and deck chairs
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Anna Maria Elementary School's graduating class
The Islander would like to congratulate the Anna
Maria Elementary School 2005 graduating class. To
celebrate their transition to middle school, students
will be treated to lunch at the BeachHouse Restau-
rant in Bradenton Beach and return to school for a
graduation dance in the auditorium.
The following is a list of Anna Maria Elementary
School fifth-graders who will be moving up to middle
school in the fall.
Sa' annaih Hendrickson
Austin Hopp .
Pe\ ton Phillips
Stephanie Schenk' :
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Justin Suca '-::
Abigail Van Ostenbridge
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AME fourth- and fifth.grade FCAT results good
The Florida Comprehensive Assessnient Test -;
scores in reading and math for Anna aria Elementary
School fourth- and fifth-graders arelamong the highest; ,
in the Manatee County School District. ,
AME students in third- through fifth-grades made:,
the highest achievements districtwide in math and, ae-
cording to teacher Anne Kinnan. AME's fifth-graders
also had the highest scores in reading and math
district ide. in addition to exceeding the state average.
"It's impressie" Kinnan said., those kids are hard
SIn fourth-grade. 91 percent of students achieved a
proficiency level in reading, which is consistent with last
year's fourth-grade class, and 91 percent \ ere proficient
in math, an improvement from 83 percent in 2004.
Districtwide in reading, 71 percent of students
Joan Sackett and Marcia Brockway brought their fourth-grade classes from Anna Maria Elementary School to
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach for a picnic lunch. After lunch, students enjoyed a walk through the Leffis
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Statewide, 71 percent of fourth-graders are profi-.
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Fifth-grade students also took the FCAT reading.
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In reading, 90 percent of AME fifth-graders achieved
a three or above compared to 86 percent last year.
In math, 76 percent of fifth-graders achieved a
three or greater compared to 79 percent in 2004.
SDistrictwide and statewide, 63 percent and 66 percent,
respectively, of fifth-graders are proficient in reading. In
math, 53 percent of Manatee County fifth-graders and 57
percent statewide scored a three or above.
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Manatee Counts commissioners Tuesday agreed
unanimously to mo\e forward \\ ith grant applications
to acquire about 19 acres of Perico Islandjust east and
south of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The property, owned by developer Pat Neal, would
be turnedtinto open space and perhaps, according to
county officials, include a.public park.
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The property acquisition will be handled through
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AME celebration filled with peaceful surprises
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School students ended the
school year with a peace celebration that turned out to
be full of surprises.
Students gathered around the peace pole in the
school's courtyard at the start of the school day Friday to
recite the school's peace pledge and sing a few songs.
The courtyard serves as the school's peace garden
and in addition to the peace pole, which was dedicated
in response to the Sept. 11,2001, terrorist attack on the
United States, the garden is home to several AME
In the center of the garden, behind the peace pole,
stands a tree planted in memory of Pat Wagner, an
AME teacher who passed away from cancer. This year
marks the passing of the last group of Wagner's stu-
dents to move up to middle school. Wagner's memo-
rial tree was the beginning of the peace garden, said
Cindi Harrison, AME's guidance counselor.
In addition to memorial trees for those who passed
away, the garden includes symbols to remember those
who have moved on to new jobs. A gardenia tree was
planted in the garden when former school principal
Tim Kolbe took a new job with the Manatee County
School District two years ago,.
At the peace celebration, a clay frog was added to
the garden so students and staff will always remember
their departing, amphibian-loving first-grade teacher
The celebration was also a time for students to thank,
Students at Anna Maria
gathered in the courtyard
around the Peace Pole for
one last "peaceful"
celebration before the end
of the school year.
Following a brief presen-
tation by the Island
Rotary Club, students
sang songs and ended the
bubbles into the air.
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member Jim Dunne, club
S president Don Fernald, and
AME guidance counselor
Cindi Harrison. Islander
Photos: Diana Bogan
Having overheard Harrison talking about the stu-
dents' achievement and that they had more funds than
were needed for a shelter box and half the funds needed
for a Rotary Village House, a member of the school
construction team stepped up with a surprise donation.
Robert Schwartz, the project-superintendent for the
school's construction project, donated the additional
$1,250 needed to purchase a Rotary Village H6use.
Schwartz was invited to help make the $2,500 check pre-
sentation to the Rotary Club at the peace celebration. Stu-
dents and clib members were surprised with the news that
the school will be sponsoring a permanent home.
Several Rotary Club members attended the cel-
ebration and had a surprise of their own for Harrison.
Club member Jim Dunne announced that Harrison has
been selected as this year'sPaul Harris Fellow.
Dunne said she is the first non-Rotary member on
the Island to be selected. The honor is given to an in-
dividual who strives to promote peace, harmony and
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By Jim Hanson
Get the best professional photographer you can
find, and do what he tells you. He's completely on your
Jack Elka says so, and he should know if anyone
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He does all kinds of weddings in all kinds of set-
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It's the ultimate party."
Everyone wants a traditional beautiful bridal por-
trait, he said, and he can do those as well as anyone
"Throw her in the pool, I yelled, camera poised; and I was. as surprised is i he
bride that he did it!" said photographer Jack Elka. His "trademark" bride photo,
top right, Tina Norwood Hampton, takes advantage of the beauty of both bride and beach. "For the best
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celebration to follow.
Everyone should do what the photographer says to
do, for he'sdone this a lot, can swiftly analyze the best
features of a bride, and knows how to bring them out.
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Anna Maria Island has become a wedding destina-
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paradise than a barefoot wedding on the
beach at sunset? Here are some tips for plan-
ning your special day. Keeping these sugges-
tions in mind will make your barefoot wedding
memorable for everyone:
SSet a tentative date and make sure your
\ wedding and reception locations and officiant of
choice are available. If so, nail down that date.
Then make the rest of your plans photographer,
videographer, musicians, florist, limo, etc:
Although we are in paradise, keep weather in
mind when deciding between elegantly formal or
beachy casual. For a laige portion of the N ear. the beach
is an awfully hot place to be wearing a tux or a suit. On
the flip side, it does sometimes get too chilly for that
strapless bridal dress. In the event of rain, a possible
backup location could be your reception site. Alert your
gtiests especiallN out-of-towners, to what the weather ma\
be like. The\ II \\ant sunglasses or hats and it will'get
cooler after the sun sets. Make sure hairstyles will hold iup
to humidity and breezes. And remember, no sunglasses on
the wedding party.
High heels on the beach are not a good idea.
They '11 sink into the sand and possibly be ruined. Wear
flats. sandals, or better yet go barefoot. Just don't for-
get the pedicure guys. too. Yes, this barefoot look e' en
\\orks \ ith a tu\ and formal gown.
The beach is usually breezy and most couples
would not consider it a good omen if their Unity candle
were blown out. You may want to substitute a sand cer-
emony or a rose ceremony.
A decorated arch can mark your ceremony loca-
tion. Seashells or flowers can decorate your "aisle" in
the sand. Carry the theme through your reception and
maybe even onto your cake.
Consider your guests' ability to walk across large
stretches of loose sand. If you have guests who are eld-
erly or handicapped, you inay need to hold the cer-
emony closer to the dunes than to the waves.
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for large parties that want to stick together. Many of the
hotels and resorts of the past are becoming condos. A
solution to that problem may be on the way. A wealthy
Italian has talked with Elka and others about building
a strictly wedding facility somewhere around here,
elaborate enough to take on a wedding from ceremony
to party, including accommodations.
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a computer, and anytime thereafter online. No more dark-
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ints are made in a St. Petersburg laboratory, which "gets
iem perfect every time."
It is so quick nowadays that one couple married, flew
to Tahiti for their honeymoon, and their.photos beat them
to the South Seas. And relatives and friends can pick the.
ones they want, too, on the spot or from Elka's Web site.
He markets pictures to everyone at the wedding and also
to some. who can't make it there.
While digital makes his job easier, it engen-
ders competition, too. Mom and Pop and everyone in
the wedding party often turn up with their own cam-
eras. Elka recounts getting elbowed aside by sweet
little old ladies, and muscling Pop for a good cam-
Some of his best shots couldn't be an-
ticipated. "Throw her in the pool," he yelled to a
S groom holding his bride, and darned if he didn't.
And there's his famous shot of the attack wed-
ding.cake, the upper layers of khich toppled
onto the couple's heads when the) cut it.
But his most beautiful photo cre-
ations are done on the beach. It's a lovely set-
ting. romantic and natural and k without clutter. It's also
verN difficult, Elka noted, for the lighting is different
from an\ other location, constantly changing and un-
He's been 20 years perfecting beach photogra-
phy. Some of his most arresting photos are in his spe-
cialty of "Portraits by the Sea," which he has made so
successful that he's thinking of franchisingy.
Still, he loves weddings best. for they are joyful
and full of promise. His advice to brides and grooms is
.to prepare to be relaxed if possible and enjoy the photo
process as just part of the whole wonderful affair.
"It's their wedding." he said. "I'm only-there to
capture the moment. Aside from the traditional portrait,
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Pair of wins clinches AAA Little League title for WMFD
By Kevin Cassidy.
WMFD defeated Morgan Stanley 15-7 on Mon-
day, May 16, in Little League baseball action and fol-
lowed that up with a 14-6 victory over Duncan Real
Estate on Wednesday, May 18, to clinch the AAA di-
As of press time, WMFD was 9-6 on the season
with one remaining game left against Duncan Real
Estate. A victory by Duncan would push them past
Morgan Stanley and into second place. A WMFD vic-
tory would leave Morgan Stanley and Duncan Real
Estate in a tie for second place.
Another race that has gone down to the wire is for
the batting title. Jordan Sebastiano has been the leader
for most of the season, but an 8-for-8 streak over two
games by WMFD's Tommy Price vaulted him past
Sebastiano and into the top spot with one game left.
Award banquets for each of the three baseball di-
visions take place Wednesday night, May 25, to wrap
up another season of Island Little League baseball.
Duncan 12, Morgan Stanley 9
Duncan Real Estate defeated Morgan Stanley 12-
9 on Friday, May 20, thanks in part to a three-run triple
by Patrick Facheris in the second inning. Facheris' shot
into the right-centerfield gap drove in Alex Hall, Daniel
Pimentel and Travis Belsito, who all reached via walk.
Other hitters for Duncan include Troy Kozewski,
who went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, while Jordan
Sebastiano and Austin Wash each singled and scored
Sone run in the victory. Jake Rappe added a single for
Duncan, which also received a pair of runs from both
Belsito and Burgess.
Zach Even led Morgan Stanley with a pair of
singles and one run scored, while Daniel Janisch
singled and scored twice. Zach Evans added a single to
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the Morgan Stanley attack that also received two runs
scored from latt Bauer and Martine Miller in the loss.
WMFD 14, Duncan 6
WMFD pounded out 16 hits, led by Tommy
Price's 4-for-4, two run hitting performance during its
Wednesday, May 18, win over Duncan Real Estate in
AAA Li title League action. Blake Wilson also had abig
day, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Alex
Burgess and Joey Hutchinson each added a pair of
singles and one run scored for WMFD. Jonah Castor,
Elijah Toussaint and Connor Cloherty each added hits
for WMFD in the victory.
Alex Hall and Troy Kozewski led Duncan Real
Estate with a single and one run scored in the loss.
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Grant Bower added-two runs scored for Duncan, which
also received one run each from Glenn Bower and Jake
Rappe in the loss.
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Tommy Price exploded with a 4-for-4 hitting per-
formance that included two doubles, four RBIs arid two
runs scored to lead WMFD past Morgan Stanley on
Monday, May 16. Blake Wilson added four RBIs, a
double and two runs scored among his three hits, while
Hunter Parrish and Alex Burgess each added a single
and three runs scored to the WMFD attack. Justin
Succa had a two-run double for WMFD, which also
received a single and one run scored from Michael
Dolan, Connor Cloherty and Joey Hutchinson:
Daniel Janisch led Morgan Stanley with a two-run
triple and one run scored among his two hits on the day,.
while Matt Bauer added a pair of singles and two runs
scored. Zach Evans singled and scored one run, while
Zach Evan and Sarah Howard each added a single to
the Morgan Stanley offense in the loss.
Team Bordes takes hard road to finals
Team Bordes saw its nine-game winning streak .
come to an end, thanks to a bases-loaded walk during
its 6-5 loss to Venice No. 1 on Tuesday, May 17, in
Venice. Team Bordes struggled to hit the knuckleball
that the Venice pitcher was throwing and found itself
trailing 5-2 entering the top of the seventh inning.
Team Bordes rallied for three runs as Zack Thomas led
off with. a single to center and moved over to second
when Nate Mozeleski walked. Scott Wollett moved
both runners up when he grounded out to first; and a
single by Chad Wickersham plated Thomas and
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error that allowed Wickersham to move to third where
he easily scored on a single to left to tie the score at 5-
5. Shane Pelkey looked like he might add to the Team
Bordes lead, but his long fly ball to center field was
caught at the base of the fence for out three.
Wickersham went 3-for-4 including two runs
scored and three RBIs to lead Team Bordes at the plate.
Price added an RBI single, while Carl Ricciardi and
Thomas each added singles. Cole delivered a solid
pitching performance, allowing seven hits and three
earned runs in six innings of work.
Team Bordes rebounded from its first loss in a
while with a solid 5-1 victory over Central Sarasota No.
1 on Thursday, May 19, to stay alive. Carl "Moose"
Ricciardi allowed only three hits and one walk while
striking out six in a complete-game pitching effort.
Team Bordes scored all the runs they would need
in the first inning when Mozelski reached on an error
in front of Price, who singled. Shane Pelkey brought
both runners home on a long single to right field.
The second inning saw Team Bordes add one run
to its total when C.J. Wickersham hit a shot to left that
had home run written all over it. Wickersham settled
for a double andscored when Tanner Pelkey singled to
left to give Ricciardi all the run support he would need.
Shane Pelkey finished the day 2-for-4 including two
RBIs and one'run scored, while "Moose" added a pair of
singles and'one run scored. C.J. Wickersham added a
double and one.run, while Chad Wickersham, Pat Cole
and Tanner Pelkey each added singles on the day.
With a split in its first two games, Team Bordes
needed to sweep a pair of games on Saturday, May 21,
to advance to the final four. Cole did his part in the first
game, tossing a complete-game, three-hitter that in-
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Cole that he faced only one batter over the minimum.
In two innings, he needed only seven pitches to retire
the side and incredibly he took only four pitches to re-.
tire the side in the fourth inning.
SThe Team Bordes offense supported Cole with
three runs in. the bottom of the third. Singles by
Mozelski' and Scott Wollett put some -ducks on the
pond for Chad Wickersham who brought both runners
home with a double in the left-center field gap. Sean
Price then plated Wickersham with a single to center
for all the runs Cole would need on this day,
Price went 2-for-4 including a triple and to runs
scored, while.Wollettand Mozeleski each had a pair of
singles and one run scored to lead Team Bordes at the
plate. Other contributors include Pelkey and Cole, who
each had singles, and Chad Wickersham, who doubled
and scored one run.
Team Bordes easily won its second game 16-6 on
Saturday afternoon as it 10-iun ruled Venice No. 3 to
advance to the final four teams. The highlight of
Saturday's game had to be Chad Wickersham's at bat
with two on and two out in the second inning.
Wickersham worked the count full and proceeded to
foul off seven pitches before parking the ball over the
left field fence for a three-run home run and a 6-0 lead.
Wickersham finished the day 2-for-4 including a
home run, double and five RBIs, while Zack Thomas
and Carl Ricciardi each went 2-for-2. Sean Price added
a pair of singles and two runs scored and Nathan
Mozeleski singled and scored one run to round out the
Team Bordes offense.
Team Bordes will play Braden River no. 1 on
Monday, May 23 and a win would have them playing
Anna Maria Island Little League AAA
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Duncan Real Estate 6 7 2
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the next night against Venice No. 1. Wins in both of
those games would match them up against Braden
River no. 1 who they would have to beat twice to win
the championship. Look for a report on how Team
Bordes fares next week. Good luck, guys!
AMICC basketball heats up summer
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's sum-
mer basketball camp is now accepting, applications.
Players ages 9-13, are encouraged to sign up for one of
two sessions at a.cost of $35 for members and $50 for
Players receive a camp jersey and trophies will be
awarded for various categories such as shooting; de-
fense, sportsmanship and most improved. Session 1
runs Monday-Friday, June 6-17 from noon-2 p.m. ex-
cept the first day, which starts at 11 a.m.
Session 2 runs runs noon-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, July
18-29. Registration deadline is May 31 for both sessions.
For more information, contact Jonatzke at 778-
Key Royale golf news
Luanne Collins had a chip-in on hole No. 6 on the
way to a one-over-par 33 to win Class B low net in the
nine-hole Key Royale Golf Club ladies' golf action on
Tuesday, May 17. Collins finished one stroke ahead of
Jeanette Cashman (34) and two strokes ahead of Mary
P. Miller, who shot a 35.
Class A winner was Joyce Reith, who blistered the
course with a three-under 29, one stroke ahead of
Nancy Grimme and Cindi Mansour, who both shot 30.
Judy Miller was a shot back at 31 in Class A action.
Diane Miller managed a birdie on hole No. 6, while
Penny Williams and Tootie Wagner had chip-ins on
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It's tarpon time once again off Anna Maria Island
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Tarpon season is here in full force, with a near-
world-record catch of a 236-pound silver king in
Tampa Bay last week. The fish are hanging out near the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and should start working out
of the bays and along the beaches any day now, if they
aren't there already.
Backwater fishing for trout, redfish and catch-and-
release snook is good, and there are some reports of
flounder coming to the hook.
Offshore, look for lots of snapper and grouper in
about 100 feet of water.
And speaking of the water, it is very, very clear
right now and will probably remain that way until we
get some rain to murk things up.
Capt. Thor Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he took a "fisherman's holiday" to Boca
Grande last week and caught some good-size snook,
redfish and trout in Bull Bay. Around Pine Island, he
said trout were plentiful and big.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said tarpon are
starting to show up in greater numbers every day now.
Most silver kings are being caught near the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, with the owner of Bett' s
Tackle out of Clearwater catching a 236-pound mon-
ster last week. Inshore, it's redfish and trout, while
offshore action for snapper and grouper is good in
about 100 feet of water.
.Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria
said action there includes a few mackerel and redfish,
but some really big snook under the pier aren't biting.
The water is also really clear, he added.
Cliff Aleorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are catching mackerel, jacks, flounder,
small sharks and catch-and-release snook at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are some really big snook hanging out around the
cut in the mornings, plus a 23-inch flounder was
brought back to the dock last week. Mackerel are out
in front of Terra Ceia Bay right now, and he's also
hearing reports of tarpon in Tampa Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said it's mackerel
in the mornings for his charters, and plenty of redfish
and catch-and-release snook in the afternoons and on
the falling tides.
Onno aMDrnt slAn M0es
-Moon Date AM HIGH AM LOW PM HIGH PM LOW
May 25 12:26 2.9 8:42 -0.5
May 26 -- 1:15 2.8 9:40 -0.5
May 27 2:18 2.7 10:40 -0.4
May 28 3:23 2.5 1,1:36 -0.2
May 29 8:00 1.5 9:56 1.4 4:43 2.3 -
LQ May30 8:16 1.6 12:26 0.0 6:05 2.0 12:03 1.3-
May31 8:37 1.8- 1:12 0:3 7:48 1.7 1:44 1.0
Jun 1 8:59 2.0 1:54 0.6 .9:28 1.5 3:04 0.7
SCortez High Tides 7 minutes later lows 1:06 later
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At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, fishing bests
include good-size trout caught by the wade fishers in
the evenings. There are also'good reports of redfish in
Palma Sola Bay. Boating fishers are catching snapper
and mackerel by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
mackerel as the best bet by the Sunshine Skyway Fish-
ing Piers. Redfish are also being caught in Joe's Bay
north of the big bridge.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said mackerel, snapper
and kingfish are good for his charters while fishing in
the Gulf, and reds and trout are pretty thick in-the bays.
Overall, Capt. Tom said fishing is pretty good now.
On my boat Magic, we trolled offshore in about 40
7 days to start
The clock is winding down on the 2005 Atlantic
Although the "official" season begins June 1, we
all heard the starting bell go off early last week as
Tropical Storm Adrian formed in the western Pacific
Ocean yes, Pacific and started its slow march
toward the Caribbean Sea..Pacific storms don't usually
go east, but instead follow the winds to the west and,
although the storm season starts earlier out there, it is
still doubly strange that one started so soon and head-
ing in the wrong direction and toward us to boot.
Fortunately, Adrian fizzled out over Central America
over the weekend.
Not a good harbinger considering what we had to
go through in 2004.
The Islander will offer our annual hurricane spe-
cial section in next week's edition. We'll have all the
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MAJOR CREDIT CARDS & DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED
feet of water last week and caught several keeper-size
gag grouper to 10 pounds. Backwater fishing was good
for redfish and trout, with an average of 20 red hook-
ups per trip. Trout were running to 20 inches and floun-
der were right at 17 inches for most catches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing guide.
Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, ore-mailed to email@example.com. Please
include identificationforpersons in the picture along with-
information on the catch and a name and phone number
for more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once
they appear in the paper.
tips and tricks of surviving the hurricane season and
severe storms, plus some lessons learned from the visits
from Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne which, if noth-
ing else, proved that we can get slammed by a storm
that makes landfall many, many miles away.
New this year is a nice little gift from the Florida
Legislature. We will have a sales tax holiday from June
1-12 to buy lots of basic hurricane supplies like batter-
ies, coolers, flashlights and other stuff. Make a list of
supplies you're short on now so you.can go shopping
starting June 1.
Also new this year is the need for-post-disaster
planning. There are some poor folks in Charlotte
County who are still living in shacks awaiting repairs
to their homes damaged by Hurricane Charley Aug. 13,
2004. That's nine long months.
Islanders had their share of minor mishaps last year
and, hopefully, learned some lessons.
Expect the power to go out and stay out for a num-
ber of days, so be prepared to live in the dark or get a
supply of flashlights and lanterns.
Expect the food in your refrigerator to go bad with-
out electricity to run the machine, so think about a gen-
erator. Maybe even talk to a neighbor to see about
partnering on such a device.
Check your insurance policy to make sure it's up
to date as far as any new acquisitions are concerned.
In the "probably too late" category is getting hur-
ricane shutters installed on your windows. Rumor has
it the shutter companies are booked pretty much
through the season's end Nov. 30, but we'll let you
know for sure next week.
One grim factor to consider comes from an at-
tendee of the Governor's National Hurricane Confer-
ence in Tampa last week: "The word up there was
'Four in 2004, five in 2005,'" he said.
Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the.Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder Mackerel Snapper
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kitchen, new windows, power storm shutters and
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ISLAND TOWN HOUSE
2BR/1.5BA courtyard-patio town house. Central
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condo fees. $469,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
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KEY WEST-STYLE POOL HOME
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2-3BR/3BA Waterfront home on Terra Ceia Bay.
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THE ISLANDER N MAY 25, 2005 0 PAGE 23
By Rick Cat
Surfside No. 2
Scott and Tammy
Barr of Surfside Realty
in Bradenton Beach
opened an office at 8208
Cortez Road W. on
Wednesday, May 18.
Barr, a former
Bradenton Beach city
commissioner and currer
chairman of the city's
scenic highway commit-
tee, also has a Surfside
Realty location at 102
First St. N. in Bradenton
"We want to be
known for the embodi-
ment of pampered para-
dise living," said Scott at
the grand opening.
"We're a full-service real
estate company and offer
Sales, vacation rentals and
For more information
on Surfside's new loca-
tion, call 798-9191, or
visit their Web site at
Cannons Marina at
6040 Gulf of Mexico
Drive on Longboat Key
will receive two designa-
Surfside Realty opened its second location last week
as owners Scott and Tammy Barr and associates
Johnathan Wright and Robin Cox celebrated the
opening of the facility at 8208 Cortez Road W. Is-
lander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Cindy M. Jones
GRI, CRS, Sale Associate
Real Estate, Inc.
.0 3 779-0304
310. Pine Avenue *- Anna Maria
tions from the Florida
Department of Environ-
mental Protection in a
ceremony at 10 a.m.
Thursday, June 2.
The marina will
receive the DEP's "Clean
Boatyard" award in
addition to the "Clean,
A press release from
Cannons said the marina
is one of the first in the
DEP's southwest district
to receive the double
designation award, and
the first in Manatee
For more information
on Cannons Marina, call
Wi-fi checks into
service, known as "wi-fi,"
is becoming extremely
popular at area hotels,
motels and accommoda-
tion units, and many
Property Management, Sales, Vacation Rentals
office (941) 798-9191 toll free (888) 774-6880
fax (941) 778-0595 e-mail SurfsideRealty@aol.com
Scott and Tammy Barr 713-7200
Jonathan Wright 812-0239 Robin Cox 730-3169
I. 3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Offiee
(941) 778-4364 Fax
Kathy Caserta 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
(941) 778-6943 Home
Realtor, GRI, CRS- (941) 704-2023 Cell
.Island properties will
likely soon follow with
their own "wi-fi" system.
The Anna Maria
Island Beach Resort in
Holmes Beach recently
had a "wi-fi" system
installed by Verizon, the
first system installed by
that company on the
Island, while Harrington
House Bed & Breakfast at
5626 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach has had
wireless internet available
to its guests since April
2004. The system was not
installed by Verizon, but
was done privately.
A "wi-fi" system
allows any guest with a
computer, either PC or
laptop, to access the
Internet while at the
soon on Longboat
A gathering that has
quickly become a tradi-
tion on Longboat Key, the
Seminar, will be June 14
and some places are still
open, the sponsoring
Longboat Key Chamber
of Commerce said.
It will be from 5-7:30
p.m. at the Longboat Key
Club's Harbourside Dining
Room, 3000 Harbourside
Drive, and is open to
anyone interested, though
reservations must be made
in advance at 383-2466.
Again at this year's
seminar, the keynote
speaker will be Max
Mayfield, director of the
Center. Also on the
podium will be Greg Frith
of Fireservice Inc., who
will ask those attending
"What have we learned?"
A change in format
for the 2005 seminar will
see tabletop displays and
information from cham-
ber members showcasing
products or services
relating to disaster
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Executive Anna Maria home with views of the Gulf of
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2BA, hardwood flooring, quality doors, windows and fix-
tures, custom cabinetry, Corian breakfast bar, custom light-
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with a tnnch of island flavor Offered at $1 495 00.
BRING YOUR BOAT SHOES
AND YOUR FLIP-FLOPS!
300 feet from the beach! Completely renovated home.
with heated pool surrounded by lush, tropical land-
scaping. Beautiful flooring, natural stone and red Oak.
Tastefully turnkey furnished. Perfect beach house!
Separately deeded deep water boat dock included!
DELIGHTFUL DUPLEX ptt
Great location. 2BR each side, screened lanai, new land-
scaping and a fresh new look. Just one and a half blocks
from the beach! Great investment property or seasonal
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The Big Picture...it's all about the real estate!
Tiffany Place Condo on the Gulf of Mexico: Remod-
eled and very beautiful, all furniture and furnishings to
stay, view of the Gulf from patio and the master
"' .B bedroom. Tiffany Place condo offers great year round
living or a great year round rental. $810,000.
New Listing: Large home, beautiful North
Point Harbor. Features include: Canal, dock.
boat lift, patio deck, pool, screened porch
3BR/2.5BA and large kitchen, living and lamil! -
rooms. Beautiful fireplaces on first and
second levels, open plan, two-car garage and
much more to see. Easy to show with appoint
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1BR/IBA CONDO in fabulous Tradewinds
Resort. Fantastic income. Pool, on-site
management. This Gulffront unit is a very
short walk-to the beach. $385,000.
KEY ROYALE CANAL HOME, 3BR/2BA. $739,000.
FABULOUS WEST BRADENTON 3BR/2BA, one-car garage, fenced
yard, concrete block construction. $219,000.
PARADISE VILLAS, 305 63rd St. Elevator and pool with each unit.
Pre-construction price. $829,000.
A top producer at Island Real Estate Inc., Call Marianne at (941) 778-6066.
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PAGE 24 E MAY 25, 2005 N THE ISLANDER
Elementary school says farewell to Lynn Drolet
By Diana Bogan
After 10 years as the proverbial new kid on the
block, first-grade teacher Lynn Drolet is leaving Anna
Maria Elementary School for a new career in North
The teacher recognized for her wacky, upbeat per-
sonality and love of all things frog-related joined the
AME family in 1995 when former Principal Jim
Kronus hired her for a one-year term.
"Kronus saw how happy I was to be here," recalls
Drolet, "and would always remind me that I would
have to leave at the end of the year. I took the position
' at AME knowing I would be blessed if given the op-
portunity to work here and decided to cherish every
second of my time here.
"And, I am so very glad I did just that," Drolet con-
tinued, "and have always appreciated the warmth and se-
curity of our Island school, families and community."
Drolet admits she is a little anxious about her de-
cision to move on, but is also excited about her new
She will be moving to Greensboro to work for the
Education Center as the K-1 editor for the company's
magazines, The Mailbox, Teacher's Helper and
Bookbag, which are utilized by teachers across the
country for planning class activities.
Drolet was selected from a national pool of appli-
cants with classroom experience. The magazines for
which she will provide content are some that Drolet has
used frequently in her 14 years in the classroom and the
Publications are widely used by other AME teachers.
She said it has been wonderful coming to school
each day and each year she looked forward to seeing
students grasp new concepts.."There are no words to:
describe what it's like to see a child realize they can do
something on their own.
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So close to the
beach! This cute
duplex currently in a
remain as is while
you make plans to
build two new units on this duplex property.
$749,000. Visit- www.annamariaparadise.com
To view 'Stone's Throw" and Shooting Star!"
Call Sue Carlson for more
information on this great listing!
An Island Place Realty
411 Pine Ave Anna Maria
Drolet has not only been an active member of the
AME staff, serving on the School's Advisory Commit-
tee for several years, she has also been an active mem-
ber of St. Bernard Catholic Church, a volleyball coach
at Manatee High School and student tutor.
Drolet is looking forward to living closer to her
sister and brother-in-law and watching her two-month-
old nephew grow up.
Change is hard, but Drolet thinks her students can
appreciate what it means for her to be closer to family
V~ag Br (
Prime Gulf Views location for fully furnished 1 BD/1 BD
unit with excellent rental history. Enjoy Sunsets and
great income potential. Call Mel Neely 809-5565 for
details. Offered at $583,000
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Drolet will say
goodbye to her
Sto pursue a job in
North Carolina. A
clay frog has been
Placed in the
Sr garden to remind
Islanders of their
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The-AME Parent-Teacher Organization will host a
farewell party for Drolet at St. Bernard from 2 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 12. Everyone is welcome and the PTO
asks that attendees help fulfill Drolet's one parting
wish, to have people write down instances in which she
may have had a positive influence in their life so that
she can take those thoughts with her to her new home.
She said those notes are a way for her to "take every-
one with me."
"It's bittersweet. I have my Island family here,"
said Drolet. "I have been very loved."
I believe that Real Estate is a business that
requires clear communication. If you appreciate
someone who believes in talking straight, give
me a call today. Find out why I am one of the
area's leading Real Estate professionals.
Ni ole Skaggs
M Island specialist-
A Paradise Realty
S5201 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Toll Free: 800-237-2252
The perfect Gulffront cottage in "quaint" Anna
Maria. Charming open plan, beamed ceiling
and offering 2BR/1BA, a bright cheerful
kitchen with breakfast nook and panoramic
views throughout. Lovely deck off living area
provides tranquil spot for outdoor dining and
direct beach access. Own your tropical island
getaway! Asking $1,500,000.
Ann Maria Realt
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
"We ARE the Island!"
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BOAS NDBOTIG EL WNTD ID FR IR
1995 EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,
key switch, propeller. Less than 100 hours on re-
build. $3,500. (941) 723-1107.
CORTEZ WELDING CO. 12111 Cortez Rd: Alumi-
num welding, $45/hour. By appointment only. (941)
737-8667 or 798-3589. Free estimates.
OCEAN KAYAK: sit-on-top, one-seater. Blue, brand
new with seat and paddles. Transport wheels included.
$600, or best offer. Call Pat Staebler, (941) 778-2469.
2002 SEA. RAY 182 Bowrider, like new! 18 foot, 6
inches. 190-hp stern drive. Call (941) 778-6234, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. $12,900 or best offer.
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.
EARLY CLASSIFIED AD Deadline for Wednesday.
June 1, publication: NOON Friday, May 27. Our office
will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.
This pampered beauty is only 225 yards from the beach. The main
house is 2BD/2BA, updated with lots of extras, very private patio
with a covered Jacuzzi. Attached mother-in-law apartment, 1BR/
iBA, living room, patio and separate entry. Offered at $649,900.
(941) 383-9700. fly
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KEY ROYALE HOME
Beautiful Key Royale home .. "
family room, formal di-:.in .
room and eat-in kitch.- ri
Located on the end of canal.rnd
across the street from Bay. '-.-' '
tile flooring and kitchen c.r-
pletely remodeled with ch.-- ..
wood cabinets, corian cour.trr t .:..:.. ll :.r 'r .n .i lh H.jl.: .-.:.:.
overlooking canal with two-car garage. Fantastic bay view if second
addition was added. $1,200,000.
SARASOTA BAYVIEW! SUPER LOCATION
Duplex or single family home
located on Sarasota Bay with
gorgeous open water views of
mangroves, Intracoastal and
bay. Home consists of 4BR/
S, .4BA, newer kitchen, and master
bath with jacuzzi tub and two
--. .'_ : f-. '." b.~boat docks with vacant lot on
Sbay. 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
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for-fast-paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
franchised." Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Reslaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call (941) 778-3953.
ALL POSITIONS: Caf6 on the Beach, 4000 Gulf.
Drive, Holmes Beach. Apply in person.
RECEPTIONIST: PART-time weekend office recep-
tionist for area motel. Please contact Janet, (941)
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.
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Superlative craftsmanship enhances these 3BR/3BA land condos
with 2.300+ sf of smart-wired living space, den/fourth bedroom.
three verandas, granite countertops, wood flooring, nine-foot ceil-
Ings, crown molding and two-car garage. Grand master suite with
private i retreat. higher walk-in closets, dual sink vanity, glass-block
shower and Jacuzzi tub. Two to choose from starting at $795,900
Recently renovated and tastefully decorated 2BR/3BA
townhouse with hardwood floors and carpeted bedrooms.
Cook's kitchen with lots of storage. Extended living area has
huge screened deck overlooking large heated pool and garden
with stairs to pool. Open decks on all levels. Stunning water
views! Come see this one! A good buy at $645.000.
< Call Uz Codola, Realtor
Real Estate Inc.
310 Pine Avnue P.O. Box 1299 Anna Mara, F 34216
\ Ofic 779-0304 Fa 779-0308 Toil Free 866-779-0304
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
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.
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.
SANDBAGS DELIVERED: Be prepared. Local teen
will make and deliver sandbags to your Island resi-
dence. Spencer, (941) 778-0944 to order.
LPNS/CNAS NEEDED for long-term home care for
lady with spinal injury. Hoyer lift. Four-hour morning
and overnight shifts. (941) 383-6953.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander
online at www.islander.org
PROPERTIES IN ANNA MARIA!
BUY ONE OR BOTH!
Why buy "half" when you can have entire duplex for the same price?
302 North Shore Dr 3+BR/3BA with 300 North Shore Dr 4BR/2.5BA
1BR/1BA apartment. Five-car garage, duplex with five-car garage. Private
one short block to beach,-direct beach open decks, large picture windows,
access, peeks of Gulf. Move-in condition. great, views of lake. Asking
Seawall and dock. Zoned duplex. Extras! $750,000. MLS 502297.
Asking $850,000. MLS 502321.
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156, or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307.
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I S AN
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Home man-
S agement/watch, housekeeping, maintenance. (941)
BUY IT OR sell it fast with an ad in The Islander!
DO YOU NEED a house sitter? Retired, Christian
couple will house-sit free just to stay on the Island.
References, furnished. (770) 832-7319.
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
MIKE & KATHY'S Cleaning Service: Providing a
standard of excellence for all your interior, exterior
and window cleaning needs. Residential or vacation
rentals. (941) 722-4358.
TOM'S WINDOWS: Door and window repair/re-
placement. Plus, get your hurricane panels now!
Cut, primed and installed with easy-mount fasten-
ers. $78/sheet, first story. (941) 730-1399. E-mail
BEST ON THE Island: Immaculate cleaning, detail-
ing, decorating, help with shopping, party prepara-
tion. Call Sandy for unbeatable service. Residential/
commercial. (941) 798-9484.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Custom por-
traits, weddings, beach photography. (941) 447-
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.
Propeiy aagement and Leasg
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(SI ,FCo. I doF Dipex^ : ::: Media'n Price: $81:9,500
i'Stal~efhin ag: 129* Median Price: $699,000
'ToIS,6Iihn1/l:f/5:158 Median Price: $559,500
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Beautifully renovated pool home in Key Royale. Over 2,300 sf.
Bright open layout with huge family room overlooking pool and
canal. New dock. boat lift, deep water canal, no bridges to bay .
and Gulf. $969.000. "i '
Call Phil Paxton RGulfstreanim f
(941) 920-1363 / Realty
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture.-A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an ap-
pointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it
is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
RENTALS RENT fast with an ad in The Islander.
941-778-7978 or www.isTfader.grg
5404 Marina Olive, Holmes Beach.
93e49M/ Weal &,Atate, st.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
avea safe and happy
This superlative 4BR/4BA
bayfront Mediterranean estate of-
fers every amenity the discerning
home buyer could imagine! From
the custom made wrought- iron
entry gates and handsome brick-
paved driveway, to the sparkling
bayfront, featuring a heated
swimming pool with waterfall spa,
this unique and wonderful villa will make your dreams come true! Amenities
include deep seawalled boat dockage and a private, elevated master suite
with custom bamboo floors and Asian themed. Kohler bathroom, plus his and
hers walk-in closets and panoramic bayside veranda. The great room floor
plan is enhanced by volume ceilings with crown moulding, travertine floors,
radius walls and rounded corners, custom casement windows and doors and
a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, maple cabinets, stainless appli-
ances and wine cooler, plus a bayside summer kitchen! The finest home cur-
rently available-on the island priced at $3,500,000.
VBROHURE Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com
BR OCU-riV' E'^i -
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
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THE ISLANDER N MAY 25, 2005 A PAGE 27
I LAWNAD A EC L DSAI _GCotiue I IPO MNriu
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn landscape
.maintenance, shell, planting, clean-ups, palms
trimmed. Free estimates. References, insured. Call
(941) 778-2335 or 284-1568..
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and in-
stallation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
,ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)'
LTD MORTGAGE INC.
The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
,Licensed Mortgage Brokers
SConfoirming and jumbo loans.
S1st and 2nd mortgages.
No .closing cost home equity lines of credit.
S100'-'. purchase money mortgages.
Residential and commercial mortgages.
.P Private money available for those
502 72nd Street
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-
ups, shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work.
Truck for hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941)
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial; interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident.. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
-flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) (941) 778-
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
<- AVOID REMODELING
From the roof in 2003 to the new
appliances this month, this 2BR/
2BA home is like new. Just move
in and avoid: the remodeling:
-' drudgery. Great Village Green
6016 Manatee Avenue Wes.t, Bradenton
(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at,www.floridamoves.com
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured: Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794,
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.
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.
DIj .nreTi'Tiao dS o sR atI nc
(4...; r"" Dedicated to service
Expertise in renovation
S--. Island. waterfront and
area Ilestyle specialist.
SContact Amy at
(941) 779-1811 for all of
your REAL ESTATE needs!
The JEWEL of Gulf Coast Real Estate
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have with this Key West-style home. This is notthe same old duplex. $1,295,000
for quick sale! Virtual tour: www.flrealtour.com/mls0312052/realtor.
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ISLAND DUPLEX:Sieps to b-zaci. Otreria tr $71( )r-11- 1 ..
hr.1 r.~rjrvj,:jttriq .xnnt'ues -)lr'.'e,6o 10rSrJalld uddi S wing your
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Anne Httber, Realtor (941) 713-9835
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HURRY! Everything is selling now!
Just reduced! Ground-floor "beach" condo: Don't miss
this beautifully remodeled end unit with 2BR/2BA in a
Gulf-to-bay community. Close to the heated pool and
clubhouse, just steps to your own beach or fishing pier
and patio on the bay. $326,000.
New Listing! Nicely turnkey furnished ground floor condo
in a bayfront complex. Just steps to the beach or watch
the boats in the bay from the pool. Not age-restricted.
I've had a busy month!
Summer Sands Full Gulf View SOLD!
4004 Sixth Ave. #4 SOLD!
North Beach Village #40 SOLD!
Club Bamboo #101 SOLD!
Perico Bay Club 3BR SOLD!
Duplex 3BR/3BA each side, 1955 Gulf Dr. SOLD!
2908 Avenue C., Holmes Beach SALE PENDING!
S3224 EAST BAY DRIVE
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy's Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 20 Years of
Srice Quality & Dependable Service.
OrviC Call us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
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"Quality work at a reasonable price."
Licensed/Insured Serving Anna Maria Island Since 1986 761-8900
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
.--"....; Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
-Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
*WAGNER REALTY ) '
2217 GUL3 DRIVE.NOQrTHi *BRADENTON BEACII, fL 34217 .
HADOLD SMALL REALTORe
Office: (941) 778-2246 792- 8628
Serving Manatee County,
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man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-
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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.
HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill
MacCaughern. Repairs, renovations, kitchens, bath-
rooms, decks. Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years ex-
perience. Yes, I do show up! (941) 778-3904.
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)
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation'let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-151-5.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard.setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly or
$6,000/monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:
NEW FURNISHED 2BR/2BA 55-plus, across from
beach. Furnished. Annual $1,150/month, seasonal
$2,200/month. (941) 725-1074.
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.
WEEKLY RENTALS: SAN Remo condo, 1BR/1BA,
$500/week; Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA, $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.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/1BA, 1 BR/
1 BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk
to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,.
monthly, seasonal. (901) 301-8299 or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006. Wide variety
of condos/houses starting at $1,500/month. Annual
rental 2405 Avenue B, 2BR/2BA, $1,000/month;
Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA, villa, pool, tennis,
$1,200/month; townhouse with garage, $1,500/
month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-0202.
FULLY FURNISHED: Ready to move in. 1BR/1BA
near Bradenton Beach. $750/month, utilities in-
cluded. Six-month lease, first, last and deposit. Call
Jackie, (941) 929-7165.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED duplex in Holmes
Beach, one block from beach. $950/month plus utili-
ties, no pets. First, last month, plus security. Refer-
ences. Call Ed, (860) 227-5142.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA Holmes Beach wa-
terfront villa with new tile. Fantastic view! Non-
smoking, pet negotiable. $975/month. (941) 778-
2100 or 224-6521.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA furnished condo.
West Bradenton, five minutes to beaches. $2,700/
month. (708) 532-2149.
RENT 2BR/2BA inclusive turnkey, $1,000; 3BR/
2BA pool home built in 2000; 3BR3BA villa, pool,
tennis. Coastal Properties, (941) 794-1515.
FURNISHED 2BR/2BA, two-car garage. Modern,
clean, comfortable. Heritage Village West. Pool,
clubhouse, lake. Very close to Gulf, bay, river, Wal-
Mart, hospital. Annual $950/month; seasonal
$1,900/month. Others on golf course available. Call
(941) 750-0648 or cell 302-1971.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: BEAUTIFUL 1BR/1BA with
new ceramic tile. Steps to beach. Quiet Holmes
Beach location. $775/month, includes water.
PERICO BAY CLUB Villa: Available now. 2BR/2BA
two-car garage, nicely furnished, sunny'end unit.
Close to Anna Maria beaches and stores. Owner,
FURNISHED RENTAL for six to eight months, June-
January. Newly renovated and decorated 2BR/2BA.
Bradenton Beach condo, Runaway Bay. $1,500/
month. Nonsmoking, no pets. (941) 355-4027.
ANNUAL ANNA MARIA: Two 2BR/1BA upstairs
units in fourplex. Pool or bay view. Community
laundry. $1,150-$1,250/month: (941) 737-4171.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH: one-and-half-blocks
to beach. Pool, dishwasher, disposal, microwave,
washer/dryer, central air, lanai. $875/month, plus
utilities now through December or June-August,
$2,300/month, includes utilities. (941) 778-3104.
YEARLY RENTALS: 2BR half duplex, washer/
dryer hookup, carport, $900/month; 2BR/2BA,
$725/month; 1BR/1BA, $650/month. Dolores
Baker Realty, (941) 778-7500. No pets.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR in Holmes Beach. $600/
month, plus security and utilities. (941) 778-6541
OLD BRIDGE VILLAGE: Bradenton Beach, third
floor 3BR/3BA. Cable, high-speed Internet, heated
pools, hot tub. A great view! $4,000/month. Please
call (918) 348-0961.
THE "CASTLE ON Beach Avenue" Anna Maria. El-
egant 4BR/3BA French Normandy home, two
houses from beach on quiet street. Available now
through May 2006. Inquire (941) 794-8202.
CANALFRONT HOME WITH boat dock: 3BR/2BA
with two-car garage in Coral Shores. $1,550/
month, includes lawn care. (815) 351-5052.
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ANNUAL RENTALS 2BR/2BA canal home, unfur-
nished. Also, 2BR/2BA, Gulfview, top-floor apart-
ment. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., (941) 778-
2291, or e-mail Jason @ betsyhills.com.
FURNISHED EFFICIENCY WITH utilities. 300 feet
to beach. Suitable for one.person with references.
$635/month plus $800 deposit. (941) 778-1379.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 2BR/2BA bayfront condo.
Light and bright, community pools, tennis, guarded
gate, assigned covered parking. Annual, $1,200/
month. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
MARINERS COVE: Annual unfurnished 3BR/2.5BA
bayfront unit with fabulous views and 2,158 sf of liv-
ing area. Gated community with heated pool, tennis,
elevator and protected deep-water boat dock. Call
Dave Moynihan, Realtor/owner, (941) 778-2246 or
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1.5BA duplex. Close to the
beach, carport, washer/dryer and enclosed Florida
room. Annual, $1,000/month. Call Island Real Es-
tate, (941) 778-6066.
GULFFRONT: FURNISHED updated 1BR/1BA on
the sand with cable TV, phone. Walk to shops and
dining. Weekly or monthly rentals. (941) 713-1983.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: Pine Bay .Forest,
2BR/2BA condo with vaulted ceilings and screened
lanai. Annual, $1,000/month. Island Real Estate,
HERON'S WATCH: 3BR/2BA, one-year old. Ten
minutes to beach. $1,350/month. (941) 773-6581 or
DOWNTOWN SARASOTA: 2BR/2BA bayview
condo on the eighth floor. Wonderful location and
great amenities. Annual $2,900/month. Island Real
Estate, (941) 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTALS: ONE month free rent including
utilities! Efficiency, $690/month, plus $690 security
deposit; 1BR/1BA, $740/month, plus $740 security
deposit; 2BR/1BA, $950/month, plus $950 security
deposit. Call Jerry 8am-8pm, (941) 524-5205 or
EFFICIENCY APARTMENT: Holmes Beach. Near
library. First, last, security. Call (941) 778-7039.
5400 CONDO: Annual 1BR/1BA ground-level unit.
Gulffront complex with pools, no pets. $850/month,
plus electric and phone. Call Carla Price, (941).720-
8746, Bark & Co. Realty Inc.
CITY OF ANNA MARIA: Waterfront 2BR/2BA du-
plex and 1BR/1BA, both available. Water, garbage,
boat mooring included. Annual, $1,050 and $850/
month. http://ed.goff.tripod.com/510A.htm.- (941')
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site
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.
RECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Hidden Lake con-
dominiums, west Bradenton. Close to beach. Start-
ing at $309,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
MOUNT VERNON CONDO: 2BR/2BA, kitchen,
baths upgraded. Lake and bay views. Boating com-
munity. Clubhouse, pool. $325,000. (941) 792-3916.
FOR SALE BY owner: 2BR/1BA condo, one block
to beach, pool, newly decorated. $299,995. (941)
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA, one-car
garage. Unit 24, Holmes Boulevard. $495,000.
Excalibur Realty Inc., (941) 792-5566.
TOMMY BAHAMA SAILBOAT waterfront home.
Heated pool, 2BR/2.5BA, dock, 100 percent de-
signer tile and Jacuzzi. Northend Anna Maria. Sale
by owner, $979,000. (941) 778-8464.
BEAUTIFUL TURNKEY 1BR or possibly 2BR mo-
bile home. Close to beach and completely remod-
eled. Low lot rent. $79,900. (941) 704-6947.
BEAUTIFUL TURNKEY Mobile home. Steps from
the Intracoastal. 1-2BR/1.5BA. Low lot rent.
$59,900. (941) 704-6947.
PRISTINE CONDO DIRECTLY on beach and Gulf.
Front door opens to beach. Like new. Stunning
views from every room. Principals only, $899,000.
WESTBAY POINT & Moorings: Anna Maria's finest
and most private community. Near Gulf, next to
pool, tennis. First-floor end unit. 2BR/2BA, updated.
Bay view. Principals only. $479,000. (800) 696-3050
or (941) 778-1264.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Must see the
beautiful, peaceful mountains of western mountains.
Homes, cabins, acreage, investments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty GMAC Real Estate, Murphy, N.C.
www.cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free bro-
chure (800) 841-5868.
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estate $124,900. Cabins available. Call toll-free
(866) 770-5263, ext. 8, for details.
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ATTENTION INVESTORS: Waterfront lots.in the
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discounts and 90 percent financing. No payments
for one 'year. Call now for best selection.
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AUCTIONS! Selling Florida in June. Two-story
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June 15, 5160 SeaBell Road, Sanibel. Half-acre,
steps to the Gulf, views 5,000-acre national wild-
life park. Deep waterfront two-story home and
dock-plus lot. 1pm, June 12. No bridges, on La-
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609-7042, ext. 122. Brokers and agents welcome.
LAKEFRONT BARGAINS: Starting at $89,900.
Gorgeous lakefront parcels. Gently sloping, pris-
tine shoreline, spectacular views. Across from na-
tional forest on 35,000-acre recreational lake in
east Tennessee. Paved roads, underground utili-
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NEW MEXICO: 20 access, $29,900. Scenic re-
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Updated Duplex Two, 2BR/2BA units. Spacious,open and sunny.
Delightful new heated pool, mature landscaping and a large 90X100 lot.
Bonus storage and two garages. One block from the beach in the be:
part of the Island. $879,000Call Robin Kollar (941) 713-4515
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eled island duplex. 3BR/2BA on both sides.
Beautiful ceramic tile throughout this breezy
floorplan. Kitchens and baths newly updated,
too. Turnkey and already rented for the sea-
son. $1,400,000. Call Dave Jones at
SPACIOUS ISLAND CONDO 2BR/2BA with
freshly painted and new carpet. Heated pool,
tennis courts and. boat access. Close to
beaches and shopping. $349,000. Contact
Cindy Grazar, 778-4800.
NEED A VACATION? An investment? 1BR/
1BA condo. New kitchen and new tile floors.
Balcony overlooking pool. Comes furnished,
ready to move-in. Weekly rentals allowed. Re-
sort-like atmosphere and close to the beach.
$325,000. Call Denny Rauschl, 725-3934.
SPECTACULAR BAYVIEW CONDO. 2BR/
2BA turnkey furnished with good rental his-
tory. Large fishing pier and community boat
dock. Laundry room in unit. $589,000. Contact
Dave Vande Vrede, 778-4800.
BREATHTAKING 2BR/2BA condo with
breathtaking view of Gulf and beach. Deeded
beach access. Upstairs unit with parking be-
low. $925,000. Contact Quentin Talbert,
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TRIPLE TREASURE Breezy, beachy income
producing triplex across from the beach. Up-
stairs, a cozy 1BR/1BA with great reading
porch and massive sun deck. Downstairs are
two 2BR/1BA units. Ample parking, tons of
Mexican tile, newer kitchens and baths. A
must see. $659,000. Call Nicole Skaggs at
778-4800 or 795-5704.
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DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
Rare 5BR/3.5BA, across from beach access
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and neai 3BP 2BA correte bl,:,k iile ke', furnished 2BR 2BA Feature: ri.lude
rg large Florida room garage and .:lubhou:e heated pool and renrrs ,:ourri
rt Also the bac, vard is larced ...,th $375 )000 It.LS 508685
for a pool Ouiel neighborhood
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RIGHT ON THE BAYOU Lo'..e.l priced
canallront home on the lorand Ths 2B 2R 2A
home in Seaside Gardens is rieal and clean
Mnjrnr.o l ,i i ron. l ker, fujrn.i hed ... t~ h .. asher and dr, er Pr.
' .... ..-. 'ale d, ck thao room for r..'c. bEool Greoa
h"'' ome or rental $479. 51: MLS# 5035983
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THESE EXQUISITE PRIVATE RESIDENCES ore
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dire.:l Gulffront up.tair' unit Tollll,
reno.aled Spaciou.I.ingmareo 2BR 2B'
i.lliry room ..ith ..asher dr,er Healed pool
and drec.tl *o:n the beach make Ih'i a
perfecil second home or rerlol $.890 000i
BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT pcpu.lar Ih
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TRADEWINDS RESORT CONDO managed by
Report OuQue Cloie o ihe beach iery short
..alk Io Ihe Gulf and a fobulou.s pool Thi,
grour.-iloor until i, lo.,el', and pet, are al-
lo...ed Onmite manager s.oftice $385 000
QUAINT ISLAND COTTAGE: Cue insidee re .-
Berber carper ne.., ktrchen and appliances -
a mrst seel Close lo beaches: or enlo/ the
large screened porch and shady back )ard
-. th room for a pool $d489 0000 iL LS#
EXCELLENT CANAL FRONT LOCATION! rN,:e
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unique one of the best Gulfront vie .... on r
Island or an/. here Turnkey furrnshed cc
pet and ceramic throughout $989.00
PtKILCO BAT LUB BeaOuttul gated corrn
nly w.ilh man, omenitie: and minute: to I
Gulf beoahes 2BD 2BA. v.lh ,.olled .e.lIr,c
Ernoy ihe screened lanai .-.ith pond iemc
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Brigig Pe~oplte i a Since 1939
-.F*i:l 11 ..1rlo.pi ffti he )Vtck
KEY WEST NORTH Fabulous Gulf and bay
S,-views from this 2BR/BA unit in a small, extremely
Swell-built complex in 1999. Unit is tastefully fur-
.~ nished and offers custom cabinets, wood and tile
c e o : :/ n flooring, crown molding, central vacuum and bal-
-m conies off the living room and master bedroom. WN
Secured elevator, heated pool.
778-2246. #506335. $595,000
2217 GULF DR. N.
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VILLAS AT HOMES BEACH Exclusive, gated
enclave of lust nine townhomes being con-
structed on the Inlracoastal. 3,100 sf plus two-
car garage. Marble and wood floors, gourmet
kitchens. $2,500,000. Marketed in conjunction
with RJ Realty. Karen Day,941-778-2246.
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulf Front lot. JEWFISH KEY WATERFRONT Elevated cy- EXCLUSIVE TIDY ISLAND It peace ana rran-
Becky Smith or Elli Slarrett. 778-2246. press home wilh wrap-around decks on two quility are on your agenda, consider this single
#504998. $2.000,000. levels. 70 ft. dock. Included vested interest in family 3-4BR/2.5BA nome. Complete mainte-
mainland community property with docking. nance free lifestyle. 24-hr gated security. Much
Anne Miller, 778-2246. #100997. $1,950,000. more! Lois Horn. 722-2246. #508182.
RIVERVIEW LANDINGS HOME Custom Ito- REAL ISLAND LIVING! Key West h rme otiers
sorry design. perfect lor an active family Open open plan wilh 17-fooi ceilings and decks
Iloor plan has space and beauty Located on a spanning both sides Ihat overlook gardens and
cul de sac Cuslom oak entry doors. oak floors, pool. Plus a dock' Karen Day. 778-2246.
soaring ceilings and stone fireplace. Large #507772. $849.000
pool, cook center & sports coun. Jane
Tinswonh. 761-3100 B508293 $850.000.
TIFFANY PLACE unique Gulftiont torwnr,.:use
wiih great Gulf views. Fully lurrnisne 2BR'
2 5BA 1610 SF. 2 balconies. heated pool el-
evalor and labulous beach Dave Moynihan
778-2246 #503775 $819 500
ANNA MANIA LUNUU i-'arua iuuir ano Day
views Great opportunity for owner.inveslor,
turnkey, firnijshed renials already scheduled.
Approximalely 1,300 si, 2BR,2BA Laurie
Dellalorre. 778-2246 B502656. $458.900
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