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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 13, No. 39 Aug.3, 2005 FREE

Georgia up to speed on consolidation studies

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While the Florida Institute of Government has little '
information on the cost of a feasibility study to consoli-
date the three Island cities, its counterpart in Georgia
has considerable experience in that area, having done
a number of studies on consolidation recently. And the
cost of such a study is surprisingly lo .-
Harry Hayes of the Carl \inson Institute of Gov-
ernment at the Uni\ersit of Georgia in Atheis said a
"ballpark" figure for a transition cost stud\ for all three


rejects rental


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners rejected a rec-
ommendation from its planning commission for a
moratorium on short-term rental licensing at its Juh\ 26
In an effort to present a rush on applications for
short-term rental licenses in the sinrle-famil1 R-l1,and
multi-family R-2 districts, the planning commission
recommended that the cit\ commission issue a mora-
torium, or zoning-in-progress notice, retro-active to
June 15.
Sue Normand, planning:commission chairperson,
told the commission the restriction would allow time
for the completion of the planning commission's re-
view of the land development code and update of the
comprehensive plan, while "keeping the 'status quo' of
short-term rentals legally licensed in the city."
Normand stated that the planners believe "the city
Sis losing the residential, family character in the R- 1 and
R-2 districts, and that in limiting rentals in these areas
to 30-day minimums, as has already been implemented
in the R-1AAA district [Key Royale], it will-be a step
toward maintaining the residential character of these
areas while still allowing tourist rentals of 30 da. s or
Normand pointed out that nightly rentals would
,still be permitted in the hotel-motel district, seven-day
rentals would be permitted in the R-4 district and for
condominiums in the R-3 district, as well- as legally
licensed motels currently in the R-2 district.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore began the
commission discussion by noting that although she has
always been in favor of rental restrictions, she believes
the time to impose them has already passed. She said
figures show that of the city's 3,900 parcels only 1,421
are homesteaded:
Commissioner Pat Morton likened the effort to try-
ing to catch a horse running in a field. He stated that the
rental limitation would put people out of business and
that it wouldn't cause a "ripple effect," but rather a
"tidal wave." He said, it would amount to a "major kill
for this Island. The taxes are bad enough, it would be
suicide to tell them they can't rent for less than 30-
The commission has been receiving letters in pro-
test of the planning commission's recommendation
since the debate began a month ago, but three residents

Island cities would be between $25,000 and $40,000,
"depending upon the scope of work."
Consolidation has become popular in Georgia the
past decade, he said. Three cities, including Athens,
ha\e merged with their respective counties, and the
CVIG is currently preparing studies on two other con-
solidation efforts.
But the feasibility study the CVIG did last \ear on
the consolidation of Sea Island and St. Simons on
Georgia's Atlantic coast might be the model that most
closely resembles Island consolidation. And the CVIG

did that study for a mere $33,000.
Sea Island and St.'Simons are cities in Glynn County
and have a minority of the entire population of the county,
but because of rising property values, pay the vast majority
of taxes in Glynn County. Sound familiar?
The 2004 CVIG study found that consolidating the
two cities would save about $500,000 in annual gov-
ernmental expenses and actually reduce taxes.
But don't think the stud\ Was biased from the be-

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Holmes Beach says

'No' to heli-port
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore told
commissioners that she received an unusual in-
quiry from a prospective Gulffront homebuyer.
The buyer is apparently interested in landing
his helicopter on the roof of the house and the
city has no ordinance to address the request.
Whitmore said the inquiry came from someone
living in the "middle states" who wants to come
down by helicopter on weekends.
The commission's willingness to allow he-
licopter landings at the prospective property,
Whitmore indicated, would be a deciding factor
in whether the purchase is finalized.
Although no law in the city prevents it, the
commission consensus was to oppose the request
due to potential noise and disturbance to neigh-
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Moratorium on rentals nixed

stepped forward at the work session to offer support.
Resident Al Weidorn questioned whether property
owners illegally renting were paying the appropriate
taxes and Commissioner Sandy Haas Martens assured
Shim as a member of the tourist tax council that the
matter was being looked into.
Weidorn also refuted the idea that a moratorium
would necessarily mean people wouldn't be able to
visit the Island. "Is that not what a motel is for?"
David Zaccagnino told the commission that he
used to live in a residential neighborhood. "I attended
the city's visioning process with neighbors that I don't"
have anymore."
He said the short-term renters light fireworks at
night, leave trash and, if he called the police every time
problems occur, they wouldn't be available to do their
job elsewhere in the city.
"If you look at the statistics, you'll see we're los-
ing children at the school and there won't be enough
voters. We'll be serving people who live elsewhere,"
said Zaccagnino.
SJoan Perry, another resident, concurred. She added
that the commission was disobeying the comp plan and
that if it didn't want to restrict rentals, then attention
should be paid to the cost of an increasing need for
trash pickup and law enforcement.
"I'm.so tired of people making abuck off my
hide," Perry said. "My neighborhood is changing, too.
There is no call for overnight visits in the R-1 district
unless it's family. Why should Key Royale get special
The commission, minus Roger Lutz, who was ab-
sent, indicated it was a dead issue and would not move
the agenda item to a regular meeting.
The planning commission, which met the fol-
lowing Thursday, came to a consensus that it will
stand firm on its recommendation. The suggestion to
restrict short-term rentals will still be included when
it forwards its entire review to the city commission
in a few months. Planning Commissioner Mike
McCaleb is the only one not in favor of the recom-
mendation. He previously recused himself from the
voting process.

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Renourishment continues

despite red tide smell

Workers from Goodloe Marine handling the
beach renourishment effort along the beach
donned masks and goggles last Friday to deal with
a sudden outbreak of red tide.
Larry Chapman of Goodloe Marine said the
resulting odor was so strong, he brought in surgi-
cal masks and goggles for the crew to keep work-,
ing. A respirator was also on hand in the unlikely

event any worker was overcome by the odor of rot-
ting fish.
The smell is "horrible," Goodloe noted, but
crews are still working. "It's going according to
plan, we just have to work through the red tide," he
Crews had pumped sand from 80th Street to
69th Street in Holmes Beach by Tuesday.

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Moving on down
The Island beach renourishmentproject had made its way from 80th Street south to the 6900-7100 block of
Gulf Drive at the Nautilus and Tiffany Place condominiums and Bali Hai resort at presstime. Work crews
from Goodloe Marine last week continued pumping sand for the beach renourishment project, despite a
sudden outbreak of red tide in the Gulf of Mexico that brought dead fish and an accompanying odor to Island
shores. Islander Photo: Jack Elka


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Red tide again kills fish off Island's shores

Patchy red tide blooms in the Gulf of Mexico have.
again killed fish and westerly winds have driven the
carcasses onto the beaches of Anna Maria Island.
Fish ranging in size from white bait to Goliath
grouper littered the shore of the Island late last week,
although the red tide counts appeared to have abated
early this week.
According to the Fish and Wildlife Research Insti-

Red tide
... This Goliath

estimated at
about 200r
pouits, irashied
ashore nearrie -

beh ach cess ill
f Holtmes Beach
Friday morn-
ing. the victim -
of the rtcent ""
outbreak or red
tide. Islander
Rick Catliin

tute in St. Petersburg, "Distribution of the current red
tide bloom is patchy along coastal areas of Southwest
Florida from northern Pinellas County, into Tampa
Bay, and south to Sarasota Bay in Sarasota County.
"Low to high counts of Karenia brevis, the Florida
red tide organism, were found in Tampa Bay and Sarasota
Bay. No K. brevis was found south of Sarasota Bay. Res-
piratory irritation was reported along shore from

Holmes Beach supports consolidation language
Holmes Beach city commissioners discussed studies to explore the feasibility of consolidating.
language for a non-binding referendum to pursue Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger stated for the
consolidating the three Island cities. record that he isn't in favor of "doing any of this."
At its work session July 26, commissioners Commissioner Pat Morton said he wanted to see
reviewed proposed referendum language presented something move forward for public input and asked
by city attorney Patricia Petruff, which would ask that it be put on the agenda forthe next regular com-
voters if they support the city's participation in mission meeting.

Georgia knows consolidation
Bill Jones III, president of the Sea Island Co. real
estate development firm, was a staunch opponent of
consolidation, but agreed to pay $25,000 of the cost just
for some actual data. The remaining $8,000 was paid
by the Residents for United Planning and Action pri-
vate citizens group.
After the CVIG study concluded that taxes would
actually be lower and consolidation would save the
taxpayers a lot of money, Jones changed his tune.
In a letter to the Sea Island Club, Jones said he is
"convinced that incorporation is the best way for island
residents to receive the full measure of services they
pay for." Jones said he did not previously support con-
solidation because his company thought taxes would
increase and it would be better to work with the exist-
ing governments for planning and development.
Providing a cost estimate for a feasibility study.,
however, isn't exactly a black-and-white issue, said
Hayes, and the CVIG normally doesn't go into another
state for research.
"Typically, we do studies in Georgia, but we'd be
happy to talk with the governments in Florida" inter-
ested in consolidation, he said.
"We have to know what will be the focus of the
study," he said. Do the three Island cities want to merge
all three governments, or just certain services, such as
police, parks and recreation, building departments and
waste collection?
Once the institute knows the study focus, experts
prepare an estimate for a "transition cost study," he
said. That study would include a cost estimate on con-
solidation, Hayes added.
He cautioned that Islanders looking at the Sea Is-
land-St. Simons feasibility study and costs and the
Island's needs might not be comparing "apples to
apples," not until the CVIG knows exactly the scope of

any Island consolidation study effort.
Going outside Florida for.a feasibility study might
be the quickest answer for any Island. consolidation
Consolidation of cities in Florida is a rarity, said
Virginia Harrell of the Florida Institute of Government
at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It's so
rare, the institute has never dealt with any consolida-
tion of Florida cities.
"I don't even have an idea of costs to do a feasibil-
ity study on consolidation," she said, although she-has
spoken to Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney
about estimated costs.
"The institute is far-reaching, but this office has
never done this before. I'm trying to find someone now
who can give an estimate, or who has prior experience
with consolidation," Harrell said. She hopes to have an
idea of costs within the next few weeks, she said.
The only "consolidation" in Florida that Harrell is
aware, of was in the late 1960s when Melbourne and
Eau Gallie "merged" into the City of Melbourne.
About 12 years ago, the City of Gainesville and
Alachua County discussed a possible merger, but talks
proved fruitless, according to Gainesville City Clerk Ken
Lannon. He added that consolidation of fire services be-
tween city and county was discussed recently, but the two
entities never proceeded with a merger plan.
According to the City of Melbourne Web site, Eau
Gallie and Melbourne "merged" in 1969 following
several years of discussions and an approval vote from
the Eau Gallie voters. Eau Gallie retained its distinction
as a "district" in Melbourne, much as Cortez or Palma
Sola are considered districts in Manatee County, but
the "district" is within the Melbourne city limits.
An official with the MelboOrne city clerk's office
said records on the merger and associated costs are
available at city hall, but no one associated with the
merger is still working for the city after 36 years.
Online archive records at the Florida Today news-
paper in Melbourne dfd not extend back to 1969.

Clearwater and Indian Shores in Pinellas County, and fish
kills were reported at Madeira Beach,-Johns Pass, St. Pete
Beach, Fort DeSoto, the Skyway Bridge and Tampa Bay.
Fish kills were also reported from northern Longboat Key
and Longboat Pass in Manatee County."
Red tide is caused by blooms of a tiny marine or-
ganism called a dinoflagellate. The microscopic plants
produce powerful toxins that can cause extensive fish
kills, contaminate shellfish and can cause respiratory
irritation to humans.
The current red tide outbreak began in January and
has been sporadic, since. Red tide blooms have been
documented in the Gulf since the mid-1800s. A particu-
larly bad bloom occurred in 1947. Another 18-month-
long bloom lingered off Southwest Florida in 1995-96.

Quite the mess in

Bradenton Beach -

Bradenton Beach employees are dealing with a
particularly nasty problem in the Bridge Street area:
Someone has been dumping human waste in the trash
Public Works Director Dottie Poindexter said the
practice apparently began about nine months ago. "It's
a health hazard not only for our employees but for the
community," she said, adding that "it's very hard for
our employees to empty the trash without getting it on
their legs or shoes."
Poindexter and Police Chief Sam Speciale suspect
the culprit is a "resident"of one of the boats moored
southeast of the Bradenton Beach City Pier.
Special, who just a few weeks ago was finally
able to have four city police officers deputized by the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office to enforce the areas
on the water just offshore of the city, said they would
be receiving training in boarding boats and conducting
safety inspections.
The target will be to try to find the mysterious poop
"We had planned to leave the boaters alone,"
Special said of the expanding mooring field off the
city, "but whoever this person is has forced us to move.
It's disgusting that public works has to deal with that
kind of thing."
He said he expected boat inspections to be under
way within the-next few weeks.


Anna Maria City
Aug. 4, 3 p.m., mitigation committee meeting.
Aug. 4, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Aug. 10,-6 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting
continued dn comp plan review. Agenda: Traffic, hous-
ing and infrastructure elements.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 3, 3 p.m., re-scheduled city commission work
session on city pier.
Aug. 4,7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: First
reading on emergency preparation, city pier discussion,
city stewards discussion, RFP for grant writer, mutual
aid agreement approvals, RFQ for stormwater master
plan, invoice payments and commission reports.
Aug. 9, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Aug. 9, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Aug. 10, 3 p.m., special city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Aug. 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Aug. 11,7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
Aug. 10, 11 a.m., Islander Emergency Operations
Committee Meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.



Consolidation talks stall in Anna Maria City

By Rick Catlin
'Islander Reporter
Islanders know full well that Anna Maria likes to
be different.
While the Holmes Beach City Commission took
just a few minutes to ratify language for a non-binding
resolution on Island consolidation that would be on the
November ballot, Anna Maria city commissioners de-
cided to hold town meetings for public input on the
draft proposal, citing lack of information and the need
for more specific language in the draft resolution.
The non-binding referendum question would sim-
ply ask voters if they want the three cities to "move
forward" and hire a consultant to study the pros and
cons of consolidation, including costs, Mayor SueLynn
While the referendum is "non-binding," said the
mayor, the exact language on the-ballot has to be ap-
proved by all three Island cities and submitted to the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections by Sept. 19.
Commissioner Carol Ann Magill, however, said
the issue suddenly arose after being dormant for a num-
ber of years, and this is the first she's heard about it.
Neither she nor residents she's talked to are in favor of
"I was left out of the loop. They are trying to rush
us at the 11th hour and I'm leery of putting this on the
Citing the need for more information, she said she
would "prefer a workshop with public input first."
Commission Chairperson John Quam agreed with
the basic resolution wording; but added that the refer-
endum language needed to be specific about how much
each city would spend for a consultant, if the voters
approved the question. He would not want the Anna
Maria portion to exceed about $35,000, he said.
And the cost for any consultant should be pro-rated
on population, not an equal split, he added.
SueLynn admitted that she did not have informa-
tion on the cost of a consultant to prepare a consolida-
tion feasibility study, but added that that was not rel-
evant at this point. The vote needs to be done first.
Commissioner Dale Woodland also had no real
problem with the ballot language, but wanted public
input before any commission decision. "This is an im-
portantstep. I see enough time to discuss it further."
He noted that the consolidation issue is being
pushed by Holmes Beach and any consultant hired
would obviously return a biased opinion favoring con-
solidation. He suggested hiring two consultants, one for
each side of the issue.
"To be fair, we would have to present both sides,"
he said.
Commissioner Linda Cramer wanted discussions
about an Islandwide manager, while other commission-
ers were concerned about law enforcement, addresses,
staff and taxes.
SueLynn cautioned, however, that now is not the
time to get bogged down in specifics of consolidation.
"This is what happens when you start talking about

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Draft language on non-binding
consolidation referendum
The draft language prepared by the three Is-
land mayors for a non-binding referendum on the-
November ballot is:
"Should Anna Maria participate in studies to
explore the feasibility of consolidating the Island
"A 'yes' vote on the referendum question will
give the elected officials of each city authorization
to expend funds to retains consultants to analyze
the pros and cons of consolidation.
"A 'no' vote on the referendum question will
result in no further action on the consolidation
issue by the elected officials," according to the
current draft language.

consolidation. We shouldn't deal with issues now, just
ask people if they want the three cities to explore the
possibilities," she said. If any city rejects the referen-
dum, that ends the process. "We need a vote first, be-
fore we should proceed.",
Besides, the referendum is non-binding, she em-
phasized again. A city electorate could approve the
measure, but a commission could elect to take no fur-
ther action.
"It's like an opinion poll," said City Attorney Jim
Dye. "The city does not have to be bound by the results."
Resident Jim Conoly cautioned the commission
that it might be "putting the cart before the horse" by
holding town meetings.
The commission, however, scheduled two town
meetings at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 for public
Quam said that after that input, the commission
could vote on the ballot language at its Aug. 25 meet-

2005-06 budget
Commissioners voted unanimously to establish the
tentative millage rate for the 2005-06 budget at 2.23 mils
and scheduled the first public hearing on the budget for
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 (see separate story).

Local communications tax
The commission also learned that the city has not
been charging a local communications tax on tele-
phone, fax, cellular and other communications as au-
thorized by the Florida Legislature.
The state has been sending the city about $19,000
annually, based upon a 1 percent tax, said the mayor, but
the city could raise the rate up to 5.6 percent. At a 5.22 rate,
the city would garner about $75,000 annually in comnu-
nications tax as city revenue. Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach currently have a 5.22 rate, she noted.
A second reading of the ordinance to set the com-
munications tax at 5.22 percent will be on the Aug. 25
regular meeting agenda, Quam said.

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Hunt lawsuit
In other business, commissioners voted not to ap-
peal the decision by Manatee County Circuit Court
Judge Marc Gilner that quashed the commission's de-
nial of a mixed-use site plan by Robert and Nicky Hunt
for 303.Pine Ave.
Dye said there is no new evidence in the'site plan,
so the commission does not have to reschedule public
hearings, just take another vote The commission put
the site plan \ ote on the Aug. 25 agenda.

County cable TV consortium
Assistant County Attoiney Robert Eschenfelder
addressed the commission about joining the county
cable consortium to negotiate contracts with new cable
providers such as Verizon. The advantage for the city
is that the consortium provides the expertise on cable
TV contracts, handles consumer complaints, deals di-
rectly with.the.company, and absorbs the vast major-
ity'of the legal and staff expenditures.
The annual cost to the city would only be $329, he
noted,'and no currentsubscriber to Bright House would
have to take Verizon cable TV, if and when that com-
pan\ establishes er\ ice in the city. The city's franchise
with Bright House is not exclusive, he noted.
While commissioners were generally in favor of
the consortium, the "fl\ in the ointment." however, is
that the city charter states that all franchises must be
done by ordinance, said Dye. Verizon probably
wouldn't like to negotiate with the county-consortium,
then have to make another presentation to the city.
Dye and Eschenfelder agreed to meet and work on
that issue and will make a report at the Aug. 25 com-
mission meeting.

Community Center
The commission unanimously approved the second
reading of an ordinance vacating an alleyway through
the Anna Maria Island Community Center property.
The vacation \\ ill allo\ the Center to proceed with its
expansion plans.

Surplus sale
The public works department has 15 surplus items
that will be offered to the public for bid in the near
future, including a 1987 Chevy Blazer in "good condi-
tion," PWD Director George McKay said. Other items
include mowers, tools, water pumps and tool boxes.
Additionally, the city has some surplus computers and
a copier that will be up for sale.
McKay said he did Ir' l et h ave the dates the pub-
lic can view the items, but the complete list of items
and accompanying pictures are available at city hall.

Forestry line-item transfer
The commission also approved a line-item trans-
fer of funds from bridge repairs to cover the cost of


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Fines levied in Jewfish Key channel dredging case

The case against several people charged with ille-
gal dredging off Jewfish Key has been resolved with
Senior Judge Stephen Dakan of the Twelfth Judi-
cial Circuit, Manatee County, found four people guilty
of dredging channels on the east and west sides of the
island southeast of Bradenton Beach in LongboatPass.
One of the channels was 850 feet long, 30 feet wide and
about 5 feet deep.
Dakan fined Raymond Guthrie III of Cortez to one
year's probation and 50 hours of community service
after he pleaded no contest to dredging without a per-
mit. He operated the boat that dredged the channels.
Raymond Guthrie Jr. also pleaded no contest to the
first-degree dredging charge and fined $3,500.
Carl D. Mora pleaded no contest to a third-degree
felony of supplying an illegal boat decal. Judge Ed
Nicholas withheld adjudication on Mora and sentenced
him to time served. Mora owned the boat that con-
ducted the dredging.
Found guilty in having the dredging done without
a permit were Jewfish Key property owners Farley
Blackman, Ranae Farrah and Randy Broach. Farrah
and Broach were fined $2,500 each, and Blackman was
fined $5,000.
Joan Bergstrom also had adjudication withheld.
She allegedly told the three Jewfish landowners that a

City issues addressed
removing exotics from city property. The mayor said
that due to an error, not enough mone- was put in the
2004-05 budget for removal. At the same time, the
bridge repairs were under budget, so the funds were

Alcohol on the beach
Magill questioned why the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office had made no arrests for drinking alco-
hol on the beach during the June 14-July 25 reporting
period. The mayor said she would discuss the matter
with Sgt. John Kenney of the MCSO.

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might make it unsafe.
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way from the former Bongo's restaurant location.
Manatee County Environmental Health Director
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It's official
It is officially the "Dog Days of Summer" on Anna
Maria Island. And it's not just hot here. Folks who live
part time on Anna Maria Island are reporting' record
temperatures from their "northern digs."
And the Gulf of NMe ico is so hot it feels like a spa
tub without the water jets. It's enough to make you
want to curl up and wait out the heat and humidity
under the AC vent.
We saw the perfect device to "chill" the dog days
in a catalog and it could do nicely during storm season
power outages. It's a battery-operated fan with a com-
partment that holds a pre-frozen package of ice so that
it blows "cool." What will they think of next? Ceiling
fans? Air conditioning?!
While summer doesn't end until fall begins Sept.
22, the heat will likely continue well into October. But
summer ends for Island kids this week when they head
back to the classroom.
School starts for Manatee County students Aug. 9
and, as we do every year, we urge you to watch out for
kids at school bus stops, walking and biking to Anna
Maria Elementary School. and at trolley stops, too.

Hot in the Atlantic, too
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to
heat up even more if you can believe the forecasters.
A mid-season prediction of "95 to 100 percent
chance of an above-average 2005 hurricane season"
was issued late Tuesday by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration.
Duh, With five named storms in July alone the
busiest July in historj and a total to date of seven
named storms, two of them major, it doesn't take a
meteorologist to figure that yep, we're in for another
wicked season of storm activity.
The forecast now is for 18 to 21 tropical storms
(average is 10), with nine to 11 hurricanes (average is
6) and five to seven of those storms to be major (aver-
age is three.)
Although the chance, statistically, of Florida hav-
ing a repeat of last year's nightmare is slim, what do
you figure the odds are that two hurricanes Frances
and Jeanne would follow the almost-identical track
across the Sunshine State. Or, perhaps more causti-
cally, the "Plywood State."
Stock up now, make sure you've got a plan and
your hurricane kit is packed and ready --and hold on.
We could be in for yet another bumpy ride.
Throw the dog another ice cube.

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Critique from Anna Maria
I only made it to page 7 (Your Opinion, June 29),
and my world was rocked. Herb Ditzel and Ron
Pepka's letters could be construed'as correct, however
they are not.
There is a lot of room at Anna Maria-City Hall to
reconfigure to provide additional parking and rest
-rooms. There is no need to pave, rip out native plants,
etc. The million dollars quoted is ridiculous.
The community center getting through the first
hoop was great news. The editorial thanking Ed Chiles
could run every week and not even touch the tip of the
iceberg of contributions he makes to out community.
Don Maloney cracked me up as usual. Hope he is
braced for a huge Canadian backlash over the license
plate comments. He really relishes stirring the pot, to
my great amusement.
The very informative insurance article has me send-
ing the husband to see our longtime insurance guru Mark
Mixon. And, speaking of the husband, he read me the
Robert Byrne saga of the boat and the informed and suc-
cinct comments by Scott Rudacille, whom I have come to
regard as the reincarnation of Batman. I have already
called him myself for help with great results.
I love your paper. It is full of important and inter-
esting stuff, and even though I sometimes want to kill
the messenger, it is very cleverly and well written. Now
I can move on to page 8. Keep it up!
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria

Keep it as is
The City of Anna Maria Planning and Zoning
Board held its first public hearing July 21 for revisions
to its comprehensive plan. I was surprised at the low
turnout. The future of small lots, duplexes, small mo-
tels, and businesses is at stake.
These are not just issues that concern business
owners, they affect every property owner and resident.
If the current recommended changes are accepted, all
duplexes, motels and lots under 7,500 square feet
would be nonconforming.

That means if a hurricane destroyed your home,
you may not be able to rebuild. It could also mean that
if you had two adjoining small lots with two houses,
you might only be able to rebuild one.
The recommended changes encourage single-fam-
ily residential and discourage business. The current
comp plan protects the business district from incompat-
ible residential uses and residential from incompatible
commercial uses. Let's keep it that way.
The business district is currently small and very
well defined. Webster defines a city as "a center of
population, commerce and culture." A city is supposed
to be self-supporting. You cannot do that without busi-
nesses, duplexes .mJl sinll moiels
The local bu I i nes owners do ac l. t tl support the com-
munity. E\ er\ lost business affects us all. Let',\ ork to-
gether i, main;inl hiat \\e have and-improve it; We all
want to present e the chaml- a.nd chairacltei ,df our cit%., we
just differ on i hat is the Ibst \vi to .icompli'h that.
The meeting wits continued until Aug. 10 at 6 p.m.
It is itall\ kimpot.int that e\ eri;' one participate infthis
process, and you ,must .iprt iipate in this meeting to
preserve 3 our legal landingg Hopei to see you there.
Sandy QOlil,,i. Anna Maria.

Greed in our haven -
Rick Catlin's outstanding article "My Island in the
sun" (Islander, July 13) expresses my sadness elo-
The politicians and the builders and the rich seem
not to care about what is happening as long as they
keep building and making money, even if the house
they built sits empty for month after month.
When is someone going to stand up and stop this?
When will letters to the editors arid lawsuits and con-
stant calls to city hall actually make a difference?
Our country is so full of greed already and now it's
showing up in the one place that is a haven for many of
Anna Marie Stock, Bradenton





Planning commission recommends

grandfathering short-term rentals

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission will
recommend that the city commission grandfather ex-
isting, legally licensed, short-term rental properties'
in the R-1 (single-family) and R-2 (medium density)
residential districts and limit future rentals in those
neighborhoods to a minimum monthly stay.
Planning Commission Chairperson Sue
Normand opened last Tuesday's meeting by stating
that the recommendations under consideration are
not a "knee-jerk" reaction to citizen complaints, but
rather an effort to protect the residential character of
these neighborhoods.
She further expressed her belief that the commu-
nity has a misconception of which properties would
be impacted. "We're only talking about 23 proper-
ties in the R-1 district and 48 properties in the R-2
district," she said.
Holmes Beach Public Works Clerk Susan Lonzo
added that many people complaining are not legally
operating rental properties. She said that of 30 op--
position letters received in the past week, 15 of those
complainants were not legally licensed to operate
rental properties.
Commission member John Monetti reiterated
that the recommendation is not a knee-jerk reaction
and that it is an effort to be "forward-thinking" in
protecting residential character and limiting short-
term rentals in the appropriately zoned neighbor-
Commission member Gary Hickerson said he
wants to live in a neighborhood where people are
home and it's the same people those who can
exchange keys and helping hands.
One property owner took exception to
Hickerson's comments, suggesting he recuse himself
due to an apparent bias against renters in favor of
long-term residents.
But Hickerson also pointed out that the city has

seen a decline in its number of registered voters and
students registered at the Island school, suggesting
that the pendulum may be swinging too far toward
vacation rentals and away from single-family homes.
The only planning commissioner to recuse him-
self from the vote was Mike McCaleb, who said he
has a conflict of interest since he would be finan-
cially affected by any decisions made on limiting
rental terms.
Despite a public outcry that limiting rentals in
the single-family residential districts to a 30-day
minimum would drive away business for house
cleaners, day boat captains, gift shops, restaurants
and other businesses, the only issue the board put up
for debate was whether to grandfather existing li-
censed short-term rental properties in the R-1 and R-
2 districts.
The planning commission agreed that hotel/mo-
tel establishments such as Haley's Motel, which has
been in business in the R-2 district for more than 50
\ears, are non-conforming uses and can be
grandfathered as such.
Planning commissioners then came to a consen-
sus to recommend that existing licensed short-term
rentals in the R-1 and R-2 districts be grandfathered
for five to 10 years. The rationale of the commission
is that this time frame would give property owners
time to "recoup" investments and amend future
The recommendation is not only an attempt to
prevent short-term rentals in these two districts from
growing disproportionately to full-time residents,
but also restricts short-term rentals to the more ap-
propriate A-1 or R-4 district, the board reasoned.
Ultimately the decision will be left to the city
The planning commission's recommendation
will go to the city commission, which then holds
public hearings on any changes considered for the
comprehensive plan.


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issue of The Islander,
headlines announced that:
The Anna Maria City Commission voted 4-1 to
raise its ad valorem tax rate from 1.41 mils to 1.61, the
first tax increase in the city in seven years.
Ten-year old Jarred London was seriously injured
after being struck by a vehicle while bicycling on Gulf
Drive. He was transported by helicopter to Bayfront
Medical Center where surgeons attempted to save his
A fire at the Capri on the Gulf apartment complex
in Bradenton Beach forced residents to evacuate.
Bradenton Beach Building Official Whitey Moran said
the building was severely damaged and ordered it con-
demned, giving the owner 30 days to repair the struc-
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City, county, state not

ignoring Anna Maria

bayfront erosion
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Residents living along the bayfront in Anna Maria
who have seen what little beach they had severely
eroded the past few months shouldn't get their hopes
up too high, but the city is looking for some assistance
programs available for relief and the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection has promised to help
(The-Islander, July 27).
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn met briefly July 27
with Kathryn Sloko of the DEP and Manatee County
Ecosystems Director Charlie Hunsicker to discuss ero-
sion along the bay side, at Bean Point and along the
Gulf of Mexico on North Shore Drive.
Sloko, who was in Anna Maria at the request of the
mayor and Hunsicker, is involved in the grant application
and awards process for the DEP. She and Hunsicker took
a tour of the eroded areas and Sloko said she would sched-
ule a much longer.meeting with SueLynn and city officials
in August to review the erosion.
The mayor said Sloko and Hunsicker were ex-
tremely interested in seeing the report on beach erosion
currently being conducted by Dr. Robert Dean of the
University of Florida. Dean's conclusions carry signifi-
cant weight in awarding grants to cities with severe
erosion problems, Sloko noted.
"Charlie said a Dean study will go a long way in
obtaining a state grant," the mayor added.
The problem with erosion on the bayfront is that the
area is not considered part of the Gulf of Mexico, at least
according to Sloko. As a result, that beach is technically

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not eligible for renourishment with federal and state funds,
although the DEP did approve renourishment for a simi-
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Hunsicker, however, said he's heard from some
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 3, 2005 0 PAGE 9

Training accident may have

saved ex-Anna Maria mayor
SFornier Anna Maria resident and Mayor Chuck
Shumard was still in high school in the Chicago sub-
urb of Har\e\ w hen the Japanee bombed Pearl Har-
bor on Dec. 7. 1941, Iand the United States entered
World War ll.
"Some of mi buddies quit school right away and
joined up, but I still had two more eurs to go. I figured
I would either join or be drafted. but I wasn't t going to
miss out. I knew I was going in. one \% a\ or another,"
Chuck said.
A fe\\ weeks before graduatin- from hich school
in June 1943. Chuck got his draft notice tor the U.S.
Marine Corps Ten days after graduation, he and 900
other young men were inducted into the Nlarines in
"W re wereent to San Diego tor basic traiining. It
was obvious to everyone we were going to the Pacific
to fight the Japanese, and we began training for am-
phibious assault landings," Chuck remembered.
It was during this training that the freak accident
occurred that may have'saved Chuck's life during the
One day, while his outfit was practicing landing an
assault craft on a beach and advancing toward an en-
emy position, Chuck was one of the first men to jump
from the landing craft onto the beach.
"Everyone'had a full pack on and a rifle, so that
was about 20 to 30 more pounds, plus you were in a
combat uniform. It was tough:to move around and
jump with all that gear on, so we were training on how
to properly jurmp off the landing craft, swim to the
beach, then begin an assault."
But something went terribly wrong during the ex-
"I was in the lead jumping off and, suddenly, the
guys behind me stumbled and everyone just fell on top
of me. My knee was crushed and bent sideways. I
started yelling for everyone to get off, but it took sev-
eral minutes. A buddy of mine had to physically pull
the guys off before I got crushed to death."
Sent to the base hospital, Chuck spent a week with
his leg immobilized while doctors tried to figure out
what was wrong. Eventually, a doctor decided that the
ligament across his knee had completely separated.
"He said he \N as going to sel\ it back together, but he
had ne\er heard of any ligament like this growing back.
He said I would probably walk \ ith a limp all my life."

Rotarians hear of 1,200

needy Manatee children
Some 1.200 needy children in Manatee Counity
use the Children's Academy of Southwest Florida
every day of the %' eek, and they ieed help, the
academy's e\eciur\e director told Island Rotarians.
Speaking at Rotary's regular meeting, the
academy's executive director, Dr. Geri
Pasquarella, said the children are from the inner
city and include babies. Quite a few are born crack-
addicted because of their mother's addiction, she
"We serve children from the first day of their
lives to 12 years old," she said. Parents are ex-.
pected to pay something for the instruction, nurs-
ing care, food and other services their children re-
The academy is with the Manatee County
Nursery School Inc. and receives no federal funds,
she said. It operates primarily on county funds and
donations from many private organizations "such
as the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island," she said.
The Rotarians took the hint and President
Birgit Sesterhenn presented her with a check.
Pasquarella said children need clothing and
school supplies, which may be taken to the
academy's quarters at 2601 Seventh Ave. E.,
Bradenton. The phone number there is 746-3503.

After the surgery, Chuck's leg was in a cast for
four months before he could begin physical rehabilita-
tion. To the surprise of the doctors and Chuck, the liga-
ment grew back together.
"The best part of rehab was.that we went down to
the San Diego Yacht Club every day where some vol-
unteer girls would help us with swimming and other
exercises. I ended up dating one of the gals and we got
a little serious, but my dad talked me out of getting
Nine months after the surgery, Chuck was dis-
charged back to active duty. He walked with a limp and
a knee that could bend backwards if he wasn't careful.
"But I was able to do everything, so they kept me
in the Marines and assigned me to a physical training
outfit where we had to teach guys judo, swimming,
jumping from a cliff and so on. The best part was when
we got to ambush the '90-day wonders,' which is what
we called the new lieutenants."
Chuck and his crew would lie in the bushes at night
waiting for the lieutenants to come along a path on a
night exercise. They would jump the last man in line,
put a choke hold on him., then strip him naked. The
embarrassed lieutenant was forced to walk back to
camp in the buff.
"That was a lot of fun, but after 14 months, I went
to my C.O. and asked for a transfer to a combat unit. I
wanted to get into the action."
In mid-1945, he was transferred to the 4th Marine
Division on Maui, Hawaii. At that time, the division
was training for the invasion of Japan, an assault where
the casualty rate was predicted to be 80 percent or
Around this time, Chuck learned the fate of the
men he had trained with for amphibious assault of Japa-
nese-held islands.
"Nearly all of them were wiped out in the invasion
of Saipan," Chuck said. "If I hadn't gotten hurt, I would
have been with them. I don't know what would have
happened to me, but only a few of them survived. My
mother said everything happens for a purpose. I was
prepared to go into combat, but the accident kept me
out. I've always wondered what would have happened
had I not been injured."
Chuck's duty with the division was teaching swim-
ming. Classes were held on the beach at Maui, and the
local girls really took a liking to the Marines, especially
those in top physical shape like Chuck.
"Let's just say it was great duty and there were a
lot of off-duty pleasures that we enjoyed and leave it
at that," said Chuck with a laugh.
Still, the division was getting ready for combat.
"We had heard the invasion of Japan would take

SFormer Anna .Maria mayor and ex-U.S. Marine
Chlun1 Shumard enjoys swimming at his Cortez Road
condominium. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
about 800,000 soldiers and the Japanese would defend,
their islands to the death. We had no illusions. We
knew a lot of us wouldn't be coming back. We were
told.to be ready for the inm asion in October or Novem-
ber of that year (1945)."
Then, on Aug. 5, 1945, the atom bomb was
dropped on Hiroshima and the Japariese surrendered a
few days later.
"We didn't know what an atom bomb was, but we
were sure happy that it worked. Some people have
complained that we.shouldn't have used the bomb, but
think of all the American lives it saved."
Rather than head to Japan for invasion or as an
occupying force after the surrender, the 4th was or-
dered to China and received-winter clothing.
"I don't know who had the idea we were going to
China, but-I ended up going to the island of Peleliu in
the south Pacific. The winter clothing didn't work too
well in that heat. We were there to clean up the mess,
relieve the troops, and get everything ready to be
shipped back to the States."
Sailing to Peleliu on an aircraft carrier, Chuck
found out what a small world he lived in. He ran into
two guys he knew from Thornton High School in Chi-
cago who were on the same ship. On Peleliu, he found
two other former classmates, and when his basketball
team played the Air Corps team, another ex-classmate
showed up on the other team.
Chuck was discharged from the Marines in June
1946 and returned to Chicago.
"I guess I was just lucky. I never got into combat,
but I was prepared to do what the Marines wanted me
to do. I still think about that accident, and all the guys
who were later killed. It makes me sick to thirik about
it. I would have been there with them."
After the war, Chuck went to the University of Il-
linois where he majored in business administration and
advertising. He got married in 1949 and spent 30 years
with Sears Roebuck. He retired in 1979 and moved to
Anna Maria where his mother lived.
He was eventually talked into politics by Ray
Simches. After serving on the Anna Maria Planning
and Zoning Board, he won election to the city commis-
sion, then was elected mayor of Anna Maria two years
later. He served one term as mayor before stepping
Eventually, the taxes and upkeep on his Anna
Maria home became too much for him and he sold the
house to his niece and bought a condominium on
Cortez Road near 66th Street. He enjoys swimming and
his grandchildren. His daughter lives in Bradenton.
"It's been a good life," said Chuck, who still has a
limp from his war-time accident. "My injury changed
what would have happened to me in the war. Would I
have been killed? I'll never know, but I do know I
ended up with a great wife, two children and four won-
derful grandchildren. I was prepared to go into combat
with my outfit, but never made it. They were a great
bunch of guys. I would have done anything not to let
them down. I'd go through it all over again if I had to."
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.
"The Greatest Generation" column is fbr Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
lied country (United State, Canada, Britain, Holland,
Norway, France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the
Philippines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to
hear from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.

Chuck Shumard, right, with two of his Marine Corps
buddies during. World War II.


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OnStar brings cops to unlucky criminal
Bradenton Beach resident James Greig probably They quickly located the vehicle at a gas station inSa-
never knew before hiis dinner at the Sandbar restaurant rasota," Kenney said. "We immediately called Sarasota
July 27 that most new vehicles are equipped with County Sheriff's Office for assistance and they were
OnStar, the electronic wireless system that can imme- there within seconds."
diately find the exact location of any car with the de- While Greig was still filling up the gas tank, SCSO
vice installed. deputies swooped inand arrested him. He was trans-

He does.now, and because of OnStar,-he's facing
charges of grand theft auto, defrauding an innkeeper,
resisting arrest with violence, burglary and carrying a
concealed weapon.
According to Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office substation in Anna Maria, Greig
and his fiancee were at the Sandbar restaurant in Anna
Maria July 27 celebrating their upcoming marriage.
The couple ran up a $141 tab, then Greig report-
edly refused to pay. An MCSO deputy was called and
after questioning Greig about the bill, a fight ensued,
during which what appeared to be an automatic weapon
fell from Greig's waist.
Greig, however, managed to elude arrest and ran
from the restaurant. Backup officers were called,
Kenney said, including police units from Holmes
Beach, Bradenton Beach and other MCSO areas.
"Unfortunately, he eluded the dragnet," said
Kenney, but police learned the next morning that Greig
had stolen a 2005 Cadillac from an Oak Avenue resi-
dence in Anna Maria.
"The car had OnStar in it, so we just called them.

ported to the Manatee County jail pending his first
court appearance on the charges. The gun that police
initially thought was an automatic weapon was later
identified as a BB gun, but that's still considered a
e, \apon. Kenney said:.
In addition to the charges Greig will face in Anna
Maria, Kenney said Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach police are investigating Greig for any connec-
tion to recent burglaries in those cities. According to
available on-line records at the Manatee County Clerk
of the Circuit Court Web-site, Greig has two prior con-
victions for burglaries committed in Holmes Beach in
the late 1980s.
Greig, 38, listed his current address as 117 Seventh
St. S. in Bradenton Beach.
Kenney said Greig served time in prison for the prior
burglary convictions and was released in March-2003.
"He probably never heard about OnStar while he
was in jail, but he knows about it now," quipped
Bail for the charges against Greig had not been set
by press deadline.


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 26,400 block of Magnolia Avenue, informa-
tion. A driver was stopped for multiple traffic viola-
tions and the vehicle was towed due to lack of insur-

Bradenton Beach
July 18, 1300 block of Bay Drive North, burglary.
A man reported some fishing poles, a GPS computer
and tools stolen from his docked boat.
July 23, 200 Bridge St., city pier, warrant arrest.
Officers assisted a man found in the water next to a
sinking canoe. According to the, report, the man refused
medical assistance despite having been in the water
more than an hour with an injured leg. While running
the subject's identification, the officer discovered a
Sarasota County warrant for the man.

Holmes Beach
July 22, 3236 E. Bay Drive, China One, dog bite.
According to the report, a mother was walking with her
2-year-old daughter and saw a couple of kids petting a
German shepherd that was chained to a bike. Thinking
the dog was friendly, the woman allowed her daughter
to approach, but the dog turned and bit the toddler on
the cheek. According to the report, a man picking up
a pizza at Solo's Pizza claimed responsibility for the
dog, which he said belongs to his roommate. The dog
was taken by animal control for a 10-day observation
period because the owner was unable to provide vac-
cination documentation.
July 23, 300 block of 58th Street, theft. A woman
reported that she saw a man enter her storage unit and
remove her bike. According to the report, she con-
fronted the man, although he left before the police ar-
rived. Officers found the suspect sitting behind the

Anna Maria Island Art League and arrested him. Ac-
cording to the report, the suspect also had in his pos-
session several stolen items, including a digital camera,
pearl bracelet and Social Security cards.
July 23, 3200 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A man
reported that his second-floor residence was broken
into and several items, including cash, vehicle titles,
insurance papers and a deed to a burial plot, were sto-
len from his freezer. The man told police he stored
these belongings in the freezer believing it would be
unlikely to burn in a fire.
July 24, 5410 Marina Drive, D. Coy Ducks, theft.
A woman reported her car stolen from the parking lot
at D. Coy Ducks. She told police she didn't remember
how she got home, but thought she left her car at the
parking lot at the bar. The bar owner stated that the
vehicle was not towed, so the woman told police she
rode her bike around the city to see if she had attempted
to drive home and had abandoned the car along the
way. Officers found her car the following day in the
100. block of Palm Avenue parked along the side of the
road. According to the report, nothing appeared to be
out of place.
July 25, 8300 block of Marina Drive, domestic. Of-
ficers responded to a 911 call where there had been a do-
mestic dispute between two adults. According to the re-
port, a man hit his girlfriend in the face. He told officers
that not only were they dating, but she also worked for him
at his company. The man offered to move out and offic-
ers stood by as he retrieved his belongings. According to
the report, he told police he was ending the relationship
and notified the woman she was fired from her job. She
agreed and signed a waiver of prosecution.
July 25,7700 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A man
reported his wallet stolen from his car.
July 27, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A woman reported her digital camera, bag and
keys stolen from the picnic area.

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By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
The-left-turn in Cortez Road "will be built, no
doubt of that, and a lot of people won't like it but we'll.
get used to it."
That statement was Allen Garner's summary after
a meeting between Cortezians and representatives of
the Florida Department of Transportation last Thursday
night. Garner is president of one of the village's lead-
ing civic action organization, Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage.
"I'm sure most people here think it's a waste of
money," Garner said. "Butit's in contract and will start
in a couple of weeks. We'll live with it.
"I didn't hear anyone supporting it at the meeting,
but there was some negative comment."
Albert Rosenstein, engineering manager working
at DOT's Sarasota Operations Center, explained to a
standing-room-only audience that construction will
begin Aug. 15 and finish uipnext spring.
APAC Southeast Inc.; which-has the $2.5-million
contract, was represented at-the meeting by Susan
Kinney, construction administrator.
The project will extend from H-19th Street to just
east of the Cortez Bridge. The main artery through
Cortez, and the main road from Bradenton to south
Anna Maria Island, will end up with the turn lane at its
center, an 11-foot-wide traffic lane on each side, a "pe-

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners trying to bal-
ance the proposed 2005-06 budget at their July 26
workshop might have felt like they were trying to
put the proverbial round peg in a square hole.
The commission wants to include $785,000 in
capital improvement projects in the $2.7 million
budget and develop a five-year plan for completing
many long overdue capital improvement projects,
but to meet that goal will take a 2.23 millage rate
and some long-term financing that would require a
line item for debt service in the budget.
Commissioners weren't interested in both in-
creasing taxes and putting the city into debt, but to
hold the tax rate at the current 2.0 millage rate and
borrow money for capital improvements they have
to cut some $150,000 from the proposed budget.
Mayor SueLynn, however, cautioned commis-
sioners that many equipment updates and city main-
tenance and repairs were long overdue, as are the
capital improvement projects.
"Do we have to do it now?" she asked the com-
mission. "No, but that's what the city has done for
years. We say no to all these things." The city al-
ways puts off doing improvements and projects, but
some day, the city will be in too deep a hole to
climb out, and the costs will have risen significantly
by then, she noted. "You can do these projects now,
or pay more later."

destrian oasis" in the center, sidewalks and bicycle
paths on both sides, and some drainage improvements.
The latter were questioned b\ some attending the
meeting, for flooding is an occasionally severe problem
in the historic fishing \ village. Both DOT's Rosenstein
and APAC's Kinney were reassuring, sa ing there
\ would be ditches on each side that \ ill be deeper and
\\ider and cleaner than those no\\ existing. The outfall
'capacity will be increased 71 percent. Kinne\ said.
The absence of designated pedestrian crosswalks
drew some fire, too. How are people going to cross
.safely in traffic? Rosenstein said DOT doesn't put
crosswalks-in state roads.
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann
wanted to be sure the 119th Street intersection was
handled as well as possible. She lives nearby and has been
concerned about it for years. Rosenstein said the traffic
control light there would be redoubled one on the south
side of the road and one on the north.
When it was noted that in addition to safety factors,
DOT's aim is to expedite traffic to Anna Maria Island,
Mary Fulford Green said, "Does the Island know about
that? Everyone I know there thinks there are already
enough cars on the Island."-
DOT said, "The construction will require lane clo-
sures between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., but a minimum of
one lane in each direction will be maintained at all

.Commissioners ag reed that the city needed to start
on capital improvements now and went over each line
item in an effort to'reduce the budget by $150,000 to
meet its goal of a $2.7 million budget based upon a 2.0
millage rate and include a debt service payment.
By the time the meeting adjourned, however,
they had only managed to find about $7,000 to cut
from the budget after reviewing about half of the
expense items. Every line item the commission con-
sidered reducing in the budget was defended as nec-
essary by the mayor and city staff.
Another budget worksession was scheduled for
Tuesday, Aug. 2. The consensus among three of the
four commissioners present was to establish the
millage rate at 2.23 mills, then work to lower that
figure. Once voted on by the commission, a tenta-
tive millage rate can be lowered during public hear-
ings on the budget, but can't be raised.
Commissioner Dale Woodland, however, is
adamantly opposed to both higher taxes and putting
the city into debt for capital improvement projects.
Ad valorem tax-revenues have increased by 20
percent already, said Woodland, and raising the
millage rate to 2.23 would amount to a 30 percent
increase in taxes.
"If we can't live with a 20 percent increase in
tax revenues, then something's wrong," he said.
The commission was to set the tentative ad va-
lorem tax rate at its July 28 regular meeting (see
separate story).

Teen programs head August schedule

Lectures and demonstrations on the graphic
novel and jewelry making highlight the August pro-
gram for teenagers at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The schedule for
the month:
Wednesday, Aug. 3,5:30 p.m., illustrator Jon Scott
will discuss his first graphic novel and demonstrate
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m., Friends of the
Island Branch Library Book Club; 5:30 p.m'., Nica

Rose store co-owner John Malan will show teens how
to make cowry shell necklaces and jewelry.
Wednesday, Aug. 17,5:30 pm., "Graphic Novels"
program, giving teens information on drawing and cre-
ating their own graphic posters.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m., family origami.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily, closing at 8 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thurs-
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Sign up quick: Sell-out bowling challenge coming

It's not a tournament and it's not a competition, it's
just the biggest bowling blast AMF Bradenton Lanes
sees every year.-
It's the 15th annual O'Connor Bowling Challenge
and you'd better get in on it right away. Every year the
brothers O'Connor have to turn away bowlers who are
excess of the alleys' capacity.
Some 280 bowled last year an advance sellout
and another 100 or so folks were at the lanes just for
the fun. "It was a tremendous party," Bill O'Connor '
said, and brother George agreed. Both strongly recom-
mend that you get your name on the list right away to
be sure of a place at the "challenge" on Saturday, Aug.
Registration closes Wednesday, Aug. 24, at The.
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; Duffy's
Tavern, 59th Street at Marina Drive, Holmes Beach;
and the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. All the proceeds will go
to the Center's youth sports programs.
Cost is $20 per bowler, which includes three games
and bowling shoes.
The action will be at the AMF Bradenton Lanes,
4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton. There's where everyone
will sign in between 5 and 6 p.m. Bowling will begin
at 6:15, and the O'Connor wives, Sharon and Sue, say
all the score sheets will be handed in by 9p.m. They are
the organizers, say Bill and George, "and .they're
The party will begin as soon as bowlers end their
sport and start arriving at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
There the results of the challenge will be an-
nounced, and assorted'prizes delivered to winners of
the raffle whose tickets will be sold at the bowling al-
ley. The prizes include dining certificates, merchan-
dise, liquor and other items contributed by area mer-
chants and business owners, including a big-screen TV
contributed again this year by The Islander.
There will be food, full bar service, music and
other highlights, Billy O'Connor said. And likely,
knowing Bill, some hijinks, too.
The TV prize can be viewed 10 days prior to the
"challenge" at The Islander newspaper office. Addi-
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Opposition group in Anna Maria grows to 21

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
SThe group of Anna Maria businesses and property
owners opposed to a number of proposed changes in the
future land use element of the comprehensive plan has
grown to 21 members since professional planner Bob
Schmitt made the group's views on the FLUE first known
at the July 21 planning and zoning board meeting.
One of the main issues of concern for the group is
the FLUE recommendation to limit all structures in the
retail-office-residential district along Pine Avenue to
"two habitable residential floors, or one habitable floor
above a commercial or office floor."
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"Property owners in the ROR are entitled to the
same number of floors as structures in other future land
use categories," he said. The group proposes that the
current policy not be changed.
Schmitt and his group have a number of other con-
Scers that were first voiced at the July 21 meeting, includ-
ing whether or not duplexes and motels can be rebuilt as
before if they are destroyed by a natural disaster or fire.
The P&Z board will continue its public hearing on the
FLUE of the comp plan at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The majority of members of the group are Pine Av-
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Cortez son hits big with Globetrotters book

Wednesday, Aug. 3
7 to 8 a.m. Pier regulars meeting at the Anna Maria City'
Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
5:30 p.m. Graphic-novel art demonstration for teens with
illustrator Jon Scott at theI island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Thursday, Aug. 4
5 p.m. Back-to-school night at Anna Maria Elementary
School; 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.
8 p.m. Manatee Players present "Vaudeville Follies" at
the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Friday, Aug. 5
2 p.m. Children's movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate
Factory," starring Gene Wilder, featured at Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
4 p.m..- Teen surf movie "Blue.Crush" featured at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (Final of-
fering for summer movies sponsored by Janae Haupt.)
Saturday, Aug. 6
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on the Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Manatee Children's Summit at the
Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmrretto.
7:30 a.m. to noon Felts Audubon Preserve nature walk
at 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 737-3169.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
5:30 p.m. Cowry shell jewelry class for teens with John
Malan of Nica Rose jewelry shop at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341. All
materials provided.
"Bioquest" summer camp at theAnna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through Aug. 5.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Manatee Players present "Vaudeville Follies" at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Aug.
14. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Susan Oberender stained-glass exhibit at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Aug. 31. Infor-
mation: .787-6648.
Sierra Club presents "Mangroves: Love Them and Leave
Them (Alone That Is)" at Phillippi Estate, Sarasota Aug. 11.
"Do Ya Do Ya Do Ya Wanna Dance?" at the Bradenton
Woman's Club Aug. 13.
Teen program: Create a graphic-novel poster at the Island
Branch Library Aug. 17.

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if not necessarily fortune, when his work is reviewed by
the New York Times Book Review magazine.
-And a friendly review it is for Ben Green, i
who is a product of Cortez. His "Spinning the
Globe," a history of the ups and downs and the
pranks and some seriousness of the Harlem
Globetrotters basketball production.
Green takes the position that they were and 3
are much more than a vastly entertaining sport
aggregation, that over the 80 years of their exist-
ence they gave inspiration to millions.
Not only kids, either, notes Times reviewer Green
Ira Berkow. When the Globetrotters were
granted a private audience with Pope Pius XII and did
their "magic circle" demonstration of fancy.ball handling,
the pope exclaimed at'their cleverness.
It hasn't been all celebrity for the magicians of bas-
ketball. They started with a creative manager and five
gifted players, grew and expanded to a permanent team
with impermanent players. They came and went, fabulous
ball handlers who played themselves into retirement and
.were replaced by new talent. Green has it all, as well told
as the Trotters played so well.

Chappie 'holds' on consolidation
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie put the con-
solidation issue on the back burner last week.
Chappie indicated at the July 20 Coalition of Barrier
Island Elected Officials meeting he would introduce the
draft ballot question to his commission at its next meet-
ing, July 21, and "see what they say."
The draft language has to be approved by all three
cities and reach the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections Office by Sept. 19 for inclusion on the No-
vember ballot. Anna Maria commissioners opted to
hold public meetings on the topic, while Holmes Beach
quickly approved the ballot language.
But Chappie has not yet brought up the matter for
a vote and at presstime it was not on the city's agenda.
for the Aug. 4 meeting.


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Green is a descendant of the Greens and Fulfords who
created the historic fishing village of Cortez more than a
Century ago. His mother, Cortez historian Mary Fulford
Green, is his most staunch fan and a very proud Mom in-
deed. All during school and college he spent his summers
I and holidays here, and comes back at every op-
SHe was here for the Fulford family reunion in
early July, his umpteenth trip "home" in his trav-
Sels, and of course stays with Mom in her liistoric
family home on the Cortez waterfront across the
W road from the old Fulford Fish House.
S For years now on the faculty of Florida State,
University, he has written about Cortez in his
book "Finest Kind." And about the "Soldier of
Fortufie murders," made into a TV movie,
"When Love Kills." And about Harry Moore, first orga-
nizer of the NAACP in Florida killed by a bomb in 1951.
The University of Florida has just reissued the Moore
book, "Before His Time," in paperback.
"Spinning the Globe" is available in all major book-
stores for $24.95, Green said.
He will be in the area this week working in Sarasota
and staying with Mom in Cortez. As mothers do, she said
she has saved up a bunch of repair and maintenance
projects for Ben around the house.
He's used to that, he said. In fact, "I had to get in a
round of golf on the way, she won't give me time for it
once in Cortez."


Patricia Ruth Diehle
Patricia Ruth Diehle, 85, of Holmes Beach, died
July 30.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Diehle moved here in
1974. She was a retired medical assistant. She attended
Island Baptist Church.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's
Association, 1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota FL 34239.
She is' survived by, daughter Pam Rosiek of
Ellenton and five grandchildren.

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AME's Hayes on year ahead, construction

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Kathy
Hayes is ready to welcome the Island staff and approxi-
mately 300 students to school Monday, Aug. 8.
Hayes said parents should be aware that school
hours have changed. Students will start their day at
AME at 8:45 a.m. and the final bell will be at 2:45 p.m.;
the "tardy" bell rings at 8:35 a.m. and breakfast is
served at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria.
Teachers are back on campus this week to prepare
for the school's open house. Hayes said parents are
encouraged to attend.
The open house for parents and families to.meet
teachers will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
4. There will also be class-specific school supply pack-
ages for sale in the school auditorium.
With the growing number.of kindergarten students
enrolling at the Island school, Katie Boesen will again
join teachers Maureen Loveland and Melanie Moran tp

Anna Maria Island Community Center will
offer its Time for Learning Creatively program
beginning Monday, Aug. 8, at Anna Maria El-
" ementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
A before-school program will be held from 7
to 8:35 a.m. in the school cafeteria for kindergar-
ten through fifth-grade students. The cost is $10
per week with a one-time registration fee of $15.
The after-school program will also be held in the
school cafeteria until 6 p.m. for all grade levels. The
cost is $35 per week, plus a one-time registration fee

teach a third kindergarten class. Last year Boesen
taught first-grade.
The vacancy left by first-grade teacher Lynn
Drolet's departure will be filled by Janie Ensworth,
who taught third-grade last year. Hayes said AME "lost
a teaching unit" and has not hired another full-time
academic teacher, although the district may re-evalu-.
ate and adjust the staffing allocation after the start of
the school year. Still, AME welcomes two new faces
to its staff this year.
Loryn Haber is the new music teacher, stepping in
for Betsy Evans, who retired. Haber previously caught
at Manatee School for the Arts and Hayes said that, in
addition to being a skilled violinist, Haber has a lot of
experience with dramatic productions.
Also new is teacher'saide Janae Schook from
Seabreeze Elementary School. Schook is replacing,
Monica Johnson. who has accepted a teaching position
at Sugg Middle School.
Another welcome change at AME is the addition

of $15. There is an additional charge of $15 for days
when school is not in attendance and $7 for district
half-days. Both programs will meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, on Fridays, School's Out days, holidays and
summer camps.
Registration information will be available at
the AME open house beginning at 4:30 Aug. 4 in
the school auditorium.
Scholarship and financial aid information is
also available. For more information call Sandee
Pruett or Sara Dynan at 778-1908.

of the gifted program. Previously students qualifying
for the program were sent to Palma Sola Elementary
School once a week. Hayes said the initiative to offer
Sthe gifted program at AME means less disruption in the
school day for both students and teachers as well as a
lower staff to student ratio. Art teacher Gary Wooten
will be leading AME's gifted program.
Later in the year, Hayes said, students can look
forward to transitioning into the ne\\ school building.
Construction is still on schedule for the main building
to be ready for students when they return from winter
break in January 2006.
Hayes said most of the work is moving indoors
with the start of the school year and should be les, dis-
tuptive to students..
Manatee County School District project manager
Jane Dreger said work is being done to tie in the
school's underground \ after utility\ \ ith Harbor Lane
this month. She said it should not impact the main park-
ing lot, and will try to impact adjacent homeo\ nersas
little as possible.
Demolition of the old building is tentati el\ sched-
uled for Februarn and then \ ork \ ill begin on reno at-
ing the auditorium and the music-art wing in building
three and landscaping. Renovations include improved
air quality control and a covered canopy walk adjoin-
ing building. three with the auditorium, and possibly
some cosmetic touches to the exterior.
Dreger said the total site completion would be
Summer 2006. "So far W.G. Mills has done a great job
coming in at budget," she added.
Community representatives Suki Janisch, Michael
Pierce and Don Schroder continue to meet regularly
with construction team members, says Hayes, and will
continue to provide updates to the School Advisory
The SAC will begin meeting again in September
and will be actively seeking community representatives
to join.
For more information, call 708-5525.

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Children are counting on you to be aware of school zones, buses
Sand bus stops and crosswalks' As you hurry to and from work and
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Crabber Tom's Seafood
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Duffy's Tavern
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Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning
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Fran Maxon Real Estate
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Green Real Estate
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Griffith-Cline Funeral Home
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Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc.
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Home True Value Hardware
5324 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
The Islander
Island Shopping Center Holmes Beach
The Island Florist
5312 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
Island Vacation Properties
3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
Jessie's Island Store
5424 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach
Jim Anderson Realty
401 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
Jim Mixon Insurance Inc.
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SMar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub
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Mike Norman Realty
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C/ O'Brien and Smith Architecture
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Dress code for Anna Maria Elementary school

Anna Maria Elementary School will be following
the Manatee County School District dress code this
The following is a checklist of apparel/items that
should not be worn or brought to school:
Hats, visors,.bandanas, or other head apparel.
Visible, pierced-body jewelry other than worn on
the ear.
Cut-off pants or shorts.
Unbuckled belts.

Anna Maria Elementary
School menu
Monday, Aug. 8
Breakfast: Waffle Sticks, Cereal, Toast, Yogurt,
Bagels, Fruit
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken, Ravioli, Breadsticks,
Mixed Vegetables, Juice Bar, Sliced Peaches
Tuesday, Aug. 9
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Trout Bites, Fresh
Baked Roll, Green Beans, Fruit Cocktail
Wednesday, Aug. 10
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Yogurt, Cereal,
Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Hamburger Gravy on
Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Veggies with Dip, Sliced
Thursday, Aug. 11
Breakfast: Pancakes with Apple Topping, Cereal,
Toast, Bagels, Fruit
Lunch: Hot Dog, Taco Salad, Potato Smiles, Winter
Veggie Mix, Applesauce, Chocolate Chip Chortles
Friday, Aug. 12
Breakfast: Fresh Baked Blueberry Muffin, Cereal,
Toast, Yogurt, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza, Burrito, Corn, Garden Salad, Fruit
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

Clothing that exposes the midriff.
Ill-fitting sweat pants or warm-ups.
Suspenders hanging down, including overalls.
Shirts advertising alcoholic beverages, drugs, or
bearing questionable language or artwork.
Known gang-related symbols.
Spandex-type dresses.'
Any clothing, accessories, jewelry, or hair style
that may be a distraction to self or others that have ob-
scene or drug-related phrases therein.
Jeans with holes, cuts, or slits above the knee.
Gym shorts or soccer shorts that are not proper
length (two-thirds of the length from waist to middle
of knee).
Footwear not secured at the heel.

Electronic equipment to include, but not limited
to, boombox, camera, CD plaNer, camcorder, cell
phones, pagers and laser pointers.
Glass containers.
Male students choosing to \ ear a 'net" shirt must
also %\ear an undershirt or an o\ershirt that buttons.
Tank tops are allowed, but should not be loose around
the arms, and female students should be sure that straps
cover undergarments. Dresses should cover the entire
back, and the neckline should not plunge. Spandex
skirts,,shorts and pants can onlh be worn if covered by
an overgarment of fingertip length. However. Spande\-
type shorts and trousers are not deemed appropriate for
For more information, call Anna Maria Elementan
School at 708-5525.

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By Diana Bogan
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Andrew Nicol with the Florida Scenic Highway pro-
gram presented the Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway
committee with a new promotional brochure that high-
lights the Island city among other scenic highway locales.
The brochure will be distributed to chambers of com-
merce, visitor's bureaus and welcome centers throughout
the state to promote the scenic highway program and the
state's designated scenic high ays. Currently there are 14
designated scenic highways throughout the state,
Bradenton Beach and Palma Sola included, andapproxi-
matel3 10 candidate highways a waiting approval.
The brochure includes photographs and highlights
attractions found along the scenic highways, such as
the Coquina Ba\ Walk at Leffis Key, the Cortez school
house and picnic areas.
Brochures will also be handed out at promotional
events. Nicol said at a recent e\ ent he handed out 25,000
brochures and he's been invited to attend a Harley
Davidson Bike Rally in the fall to promote the program.
Nicol told the Bradenton Beach committee that
the\ are encouraged to submit an\ promotional mate-
rials of their own to be handed out at these functions.
He also said the committee can have promotional
items, such as Frishees. \ atcr bottles, T-shirts, playing
cards and more, silk-screened with the scenic highway

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logo and city name for use at Island events to help raise
awareness of the program,
Nicol acknowledged that some scenic highway
groups don't want to draw too much traffic, so addi-
tional marketing strategies are left up to the group.

Bloodmobiles schedule visits
The Florida Blood Services mobile collection
vehicles will take blood at four locations on Anna
Maria Island in August and September.
The service, with which the Manatee County
Blood Bank merged some months ago. has three
bloodmnobile., one of which will be at each loca-
tion at the specified times:
Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Sept. 3, noon to 7 p.m.. Sandbar restaurant,
100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, and BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Sept. 19; 4 to 7 p.m., Ibland Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Eligible to give blood are those o~ er 17 years
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Trout catches good, plus reds; mangroves everywhere

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing has slowed somewhat, but every day seems
to be getting better a typical summer fishing cycle.
Inshore action for trout and redfish is good, man-
grove snapper are being caught near the Intracoastal
Waterway, and catch-and-release snook are.moving
inshore under,the docks and bridges.
Offshore action on snapper and grouper remains
strong, plus dolphin and wahoo for those willing to
venture to the 100-mile mark in the Gulf of Mexico.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's been fishing Joe's Bay with artificial
lures and has been catching and releasing snook as well
as keeper redfish to 23 inches, trout to 18 inches, and
one 16-inch flounder on a Mister Twister Exude.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said inshore action
for redfish and snapper is the best bet he's hearing right
now. Inshore structures are where the action is at this
point for backwater fishing. For those anglers going
offshore, Bill said anybody willing to go 100-plus
miles offshore should get into lots of American red
snapper and mangroves to 10 pounds, plus some dol-
phin and wahoo.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's finding no red tide after getting
about 10 miles offshore. Fishing action has been good
for gag grouper to 30 pounds, he said, as well as reds
'to 25 pounds, lots of red snapper, plus some blackfin
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said snapper is
his best bet right now, as well as good catches of black
drum, some pompano and a few redfish.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said an-
glers there are catching mackerel, black drum, a few
flounder, mangrove snapper and some snook at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
lots of redfish came onto the dock in the last week.
Trout seem to be running on the small side, but there
are lots of big hookups of mangrove snapper off the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, he said.

Nice catch!
Melissa Slhple'y hnd dad Skip, both of Orlando,
caught a nice set of grouper while fishing with Capt.
Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters.

Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he thought
that most of the red tide was gone and he put his char-
ters onto snook and redfish off Longbar Point in Sara-
sota Bay.
Reports from Perico Island Bait and Tackle in-
clude improve fishing, with wade fishers catching red-
fish and trout on the seagrass flats south of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge. Boating anglers are reeling in lots
of mangrove snapper along the Intracoastal Waterway

in Anna Maria Sound and Sarasota Bay. Offshore ac-
tion includes grouper, which is picking up according to
the long-range boaters.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include red-
fish being caught in Miguel and Terra Ceia bays, plus
some small sharks. There are also good takes of limit
trout up to 19 inches in length being caught near Joe's
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said Ron Zacharias and sons Kyle and
Bubba, visiting from Fayetteville, N.C., braved the
rain, wind and lightning one morning last week and
were rewarded with some decent action with redfish,
mangrove snapper and jack crevalle, plus a couple of
"too big for our tackle" inshore groupel "Without a
doubt, mangrove snapper are the big catch," Capt.
Zach said. "They are fat and feisty and provide the
makings for a top notch fish fry due to their abun-
dance and a somewhat liberal bag limit compared to
other species right now. A slow tide and a little
structure will produce the tasty pan fish if offered the
right sized bait. Small hooks, light leader, and a
minimum of \ eight will produce limit catches of the
toothy critters." He said that reds seem to be scat-
tered but available, snook are moving into-the back-
waters under the docks, trout are also scattered but
seem to be hitting on \ hitebait, small pinfish, select
shrimp, and any number of soft-bodied jigs. and
there are also catches of Spanish mackerel. bluefish
and small sharks.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide, Callhim at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital iilmaie of your catch are als,' wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islaider, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include ideiuiicatiii for
persons in the picture along with !infi,,matii.l'i on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
mation. Snapshots-may be relieved oni e tiu;v appear
in the paper.

Raccoons dig turtle eggs, screens in place

By Jim Hanson
,Islander Correspondent
Working as a team, at least two raccoons dug up
six sea turtle nests on Coquina Beach during the week-
end, apparently enjoying midnight picnics.
To combat the little masked rascals, Anna Maria Is-
land Turtle Watch volunteers are laying heavy screening
over the other nests in the area and staking them out.
"We saw in the morning where two raccoons
- teamed up to try to move the screen," said Suzi Fox,

Turtle shower benefits Wildlife
The annual Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
baby shower will be Saturday, Aug..6, with a
couple of changes from previous years.
For one, it will be in the morning from 9 to
11 a.m. at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, rather
than Coquina Beach as in the past. For another,
a goodly portion ofthe gifts and proceeds will go
to Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Inc.
Suzi Fox, who heads Turtle Watch and is the
state permit-holder for sea turtle preservation,
said the shower will be a catered breakfast c6or-
tesy of the Jackson family and Green Real Estate
of Anna Maria.
It will be the annual membership meeting of
Turtle Watch and volunteer appreciation day,
: open to the public.
Wildlife, in Bradenton Beach, needs such
items as surgical and medical tools, gauze, tape,
gift certificates from Home Depot and Staples,
plastic bowls, paper and cloth towels, large jugs
of laundry soap and dishwasher soap, as well as
cases.of bottled water for volunteers.
Turtle Watch's needs are more or less the
same, with special emphasis on sheets, bath tow-
els and paper towels.
All money donated at the baby shower this
year will go-to Wildlife, Fox said.
Further information may be obtained from
Fox at 778-5638 and Gail Straight of Wildlife at

who holds the state's marine turtle preservation permit
and heads Turtle Watch.
"It was obvious from tracks and other signs that
they had a heck of a time trying to move the screen, get
under it anything to get at the eggs they love," said
Fox. They didn't make it, not then or for the following
three nights. No more nests were broken into.
All of the burglaries were at Coquina Beach,
other beaches ignored by the raccoons. This, Fox
attributes to Coquina's attracting more people than
the others and therefore more of the garbage that
gourmet coons find irresistible.
The only problem now is that some nests are due to
hatch in the next couple of weeks, and the screens could

be a problem for hatchlings breaking out ot their eggs,
struggling to the surface and scrambling to the Gulf.
So Turtle Watch volunteers will mount guard at,
night and move the screens from nests that show signs
of birthing activities, said Fox.
There are 89 nests on the Island beach now, exactly
the number last year at this time. Fox is hoping to at
least equal last year's 104 total, and it was about half
the average over the years "That's how desperate we
are about the fall-off in nests," Fox said.
Twenty-eight of the nests are in Anna Maria, 31 in
Holmes Beach, 30 in Bradenton Beach. Nearly all have
had to be moved to safe upland locations to spare them
Sthe disruptions of beach renourishment operations.

^^- ,~ I'm free!
I'm free!
Walker, a 240-
pound female
loggerhead sea
Startle, was
'2- released back
into the Gulf of
Mexico last
Wednesday. She
Shad come ashore
on a Longboat
Key beach June
S.. e15, became
if disoriented after
laying her eggs
S- and was taken to
Mote Marine
S. Laboratory's Sea
Turtle Rehabilita-
..tion Hospital Jbr
Str eatment of an
infected front
flipper. Islander
.i.. Photo: Paul Roat


Some wet.weather thoughts to save a few bucks

Although it's hard to think about times of drought
during Florida's wet-weather season, it's really not too
early to think about how to keep plants and grass green
during the drought times.
Jane Morse, the environmental horticulture agent'
with the Manatee County Extension Service passed
along an interesting article written by Julie Waters with
the University of Florida that deals with solving lawn
watering issues: Soil sensors.
"The devices can cut sprinkler system water usage
by more than half," she wrote.
It seems that the sensors "continuously check soil
moisture levels and prevent sprinklers from operating
when watering is not needed," said Michael Dukes, an
assistant professor of agricultural engineering with
UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Smart homeowners have been using automatic sprin-
klers for years that turn on the system for a set period of
time at a certain time of day. Really smart homeowners
have tied their automatic lawn sprinkling systems into a
device that measures the amount of rainfall that has hit the
area. The idea has been that if we get a couple of inches
of rain, th4 automatic sprinklers automatically don't wa-
ter for a spell if the little rain gauge is showing water.
The.problem is that there's no measure of the mois-
ture in the soil taken, so if.it's been dry for a while and
we get a few inches of rain, the chances are good that
the ground will be dry again in a short time.
Not with these soil sensors, though.
"We conducted a survey of Florida homeowners
from 2002 to 2004 that showed mostly grass land-
scapes are typically given two-and-a-half times the
water they need. The monitors we studied, priced from
$75. to $350, could pay for themselves within one year
in areas where the cost of water is high."
The article stated that, "On average, U.S.
homeowners use almost 50 percent more water out-
doors than indoors, and because lawn care accounts for
most outdoor water use, homeowners who reduce un-
necessary irrigation can save big on water bills."
And overwatering can be. just as bad as
underwatering, since too much water allows grass to

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develop a shallow root system that can make the turft
more susceptible to drought conditions and disease.
During the UF tests, it was found that the soil sen-
sors caused a 56-percent reduction in water usage over
even those once-high tech sprinkler monitors, and had
a 70-percent water-use reduction over a'standard auto-
matic system.
Another nice thing about the soil sensors is that you
set 'em and forget 'em. With the rainfall readers,
you've always got to fiddle with them.
Apparently the moisture monitors have sensors that
can figure out how wet the ground is and then talks to
the sprinkling system to shut it down if the water level.
is sufficient.
The soil moisture readers have been around for a
while, but glitches in earlier models have been worked
out and the products out there today work pretty well.
And with drinkable water being the only limit to
development in Florida, conserving water is a very,
very good thing especially if you can conserve and
save enough in one year to pay for the little readers.

Bugging you?
Speaking of Manatee County Extension Agent
Morse, she's bugged about bugs this wet season.
"The bloodthirsty bites of the female mosquito
cause many of us to have red, swollen, itchy.bites that
drive us to scratch our skin. Mosquito bites can also
spread deadly diseases. West Nile Virus and Eastern
Equine Encephalomyelitis are two diseases that mos-
quitoes can spread to humans."
Sure, you've probably read the tips to keep skeeters
at bay dozens of times, but every year when The Is-
lander runs a bug story, I find myself going around the
house and dumping gallons and gallons of standing
water out of buckets or pots or something or other.
Standing water is the breeding ground for mosqui-
toes and anything that can hold water for a few days
will turn into a skeeter nursery.
Morse added a few places to look that I-hadn't
thought of this year, too. "Clean debris from rain gut-
ters, get rid of water on and around structures like flat
roofs and air-conditioning units, change the water in
birdbaths and wading pools weekly, change the water
in pet bowls daily, stock ornamental ponds with Gam-
busia fish and encourage other insects like dragonflies
and aquatic beetles that feed on mosquitoes.
Although almost everybody is living in the air con-


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ditioning this time of year, there is still a need to check
your screens and repair any rips or tears, especially on
screened porches if you're going out for a while in.the
evenings or for a cup of coffee in the cooler mornings
- both prime mosquito-bite times.
"Keeping mosquitoes off our skin is best done by
using mosquito repellant, avoiding infested areas, and
wearing light-colored, loose-fitting protective cloth-
ing," Morse said. "The Center for Disease.Control rec-
ommends only three repellents: DEET-(diethyl
toluamide), Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon-Eucalyptus.
There is no scientific evidence that sound emitting de-
vices, or that eating garlic, vitamins, onions, or any
other food will repel mosquitoes."
She said to be sure to check the label of the bug goo
to make sure it will keep off the bugs you want to keep
off, and.check the concentration percentages to deter-
mine effectiveness length. "When using DEET, a con-
centration of 10-35 percent is plenty," she said. "OFF!
Deep Woods with 23.8-percent DEET provides an av-
erage protection time of five hours, while Skin-So-Soft
bath oil provides only 10 minutes protection time."
Morse added that you can check bug stuff effec-
tiveness on a UF Web site, edis.ifas.ufl.edu, by going
to search, then "mosquito repellents."

Bet you can't predict
where the next storm will hit
... actually, though, you can.
University of Miami professors, in conjunction
with the Iowa Electronic Markets, are soon to operate
an electronic futures market that lets "traders" read.
gamblers to put their money where their prediction
is for a hurricane landfall.
According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel,
"Investors can open accounts by sending anywhere
from $5 to $500. All IEM transactions are made elec-
tronically and posted in real time."
According to one of the organizers of the Miami
Hurricane Event Market, and you've got to love the
acronym MAHEM, the traders who buy or sell at the
right time can cash in.
The University of Miami organizers hope to pull in
the local knowledge of hurricane waters in the system
to increase the information available on storm landfalls.
A fifth-generation commercial fisher, say, may have a
better grasp of a prevailing offshore current during
September than one of the National Hurricane Center
computer models, UM folks offer.
MAHEN's Web site is mahem.miami.edu. It is
scheduled to be up and running in time for the next
named storm. Good luck.

Sandscript factoid
According to Morse, you can promote plant health
by "watering in the early morning when dew is still
present. Water grass only when it wilts and soil is dry.
Apply 3/4 inch of water to turf each time you water."


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Birdie Tebbetts Field: If you build it, will they come?

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Sports
Those words were uttered in the hit movie "Field
of Dreams," and indeed, old-time baseball legends
came back from the dead to play a game of baseball on
actor Kevin Costner's field of dreams. Unfortunately,
that hasn't been the case in Holmes Beach where Birdie
Tebbetts Field sits empty and unused throughout most
of the year.-
Before the new Holmes Beach City Hall was
built, there was a large lobbying effort to get Birdie
Tebbetts Field built because it was needed for base-
ball players who had outgrown Little League and the
., field at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
I was one of the people -who attended several
meetings on the subject, though I was lobbying for
a regulation-size soccer field not a baseball field.
Allegedly the final plans included a way for the
baseball field to be converted into a soccer field by
simply having removable fencing along one side of
the field. That plan obviously went on the back
burner when landscaping was put in along the perim-
eter of the permanent outfield fence. Thlro-, in the
fact that no sod was ever laid they opted for seed-
ing the field and then the well water turned out to be
saltwater and the result made the conversion to a
soccer field nearly impossible.
Wh\ i-Birdie Tebbetts Field not being used?
There are myriad answers to that question, starting with
something that I pointed out during the initial planning
phase. There simply aren't enough kids playing Babe
Ruth/Junior League baseball on the Island.,
Back when I "graduated" from the Little League
field,I had friends who continued to play and moved
up to the big field, but they played on a team that had
players from Bradenton because there weren't enough
players to field a full team. Last year, The Islander
sponsored a Junior League team and fielded 10 play-
ers to start the season. It won six of its first eight games
before some players started missing games,-which re-
sulted in several forfeitures before the team eventually
This season, several Islanders played Junior
League ball in Bradenton at G.T. Bray Park or Babe
Ruth ball at Palma Sola Park, but there were not
enough players to field an all-Island team.
That begs the next question: Why can't the field be
used by the leagues at G.T. Bray or Palma Sola Park?
S- According to Manatee National Little League President
Tom Barrett, teams have used the field for practices on
occasion, but not for games. When asked why, he
stated that the lack of lights is one reason, but a bigger
reason has to do with the $40 fee that Holmes Beach
charges for using the field and the absence of a conces-
sion stand.
If you build it, will they come? Only if we let
He went on to explain that fees for using the fields
at G.T. Bray are built right into player registration and
parents and coaches are reluctant to pay additional fees
S just for the right to play on Birdie Tebbetts Field.
If you build it, will they come? Only if we let
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lems due to irrigation issues, the field is being main-
tained. Holmes Beach hired Dick Dotterwich, whose
only job is.to maintain the field. Dotterwich, who has
been on the job-for less than a year, recently put new
clay on the infield and is working hard to alleviate the
irrigation and weed problems.
Dotterwich will soon have more responsibilities.
Due to renovations at the Center, Holmes Beach has
agreed to upgrade the field to the south of the baseball
field for use as a soccer field for the season that starts
this month. The city brought in fill to level the area and
will extend the irrigation system and lay, some sod. In
previous seasons, the Center's soccer games were
mostly played on weeknights (in cooler temperatures)
under the lights. The league will now have to schedule
most or all of its games on Saturdays during daylight
And so it appears, that if you build it, they will come
- just with cleats and soccer balls.

Basketball swish!
'The Anna Maria Island Community Center held
session No. 2 of its summer basketball camp July 25-
29. Players received instructions on shooting, passing
and defense and had a-lot of fun throughout the week.
All participants received medals and basketballs
while kids with perfect attendance also received a bas-
ketball pin.
Awards were presented to Taylor Wilson for
sportsmanship and Blake Wilson, who took home the
"hot shot" award. Brandon Gengler brought home the
defensive player award, while Stephanie Schenk was
judged most improved player.
Congratulations to all of the players who partici-
pated in the camp.

Center soccer registering now
Boys and girl age; 5-16 are enc(uiraged to sign.
up now for the 2005 Ann.i M1ari. Island Community
Center fall soccer sea, on. Registration for soccer
runs through Saturday, Aug. 13-.
Cost for fall soccer is $45 for the first child and
$40 for each additional child of the same family for
Center members. Non-member fees are $60 for first
child and $55 for each additional child. Players will
receive a uniform, which includes a team shirt and
matching socks. Each player is responsible for his/
her shin guards and black shorts.
Everyone who sigii' up for the league will be
placed on a team, but for parity of the league, play-
ers must attend the mandatory one-hour tryout listed
below for their appropriate ae group.
Ages 5-7: Aug. 15 at 6;30 p.m.
Ages 8-9: Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 10-11: Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 12-13: Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 14-16: Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
The Center will also host a soccer camp for new
and returning players to get them geared up for the
upcoming season Aug. 10 through Aug. 12 from 5:30
to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-
Coaches are also sought for the upcoming season.
For more information, contact the Center's Andy
Joiatzke at 778-1908.

Last chance for football
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still
accepting applications for Police Athletic League Dol-
phin football. Player physicals.are scheduled for Aug.
6 and all players must be signed by that date.
Don't miss out on the chance to play competitive
tackle football. For more information, call the Jonatzke
at 778-1908.

News from
the 'pits'
Debbie Rhodes of Cortez and Anna Maria's
George McKay defeated Steve Doyle of Anna Maria'.
and Gary Howcroft of Holmes Beach to capture the
July 30 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City
Hall park.
Wednesday, July 27, John Johnson of Holmes
Beach and Tom Rhodes of Cortez bested Bill Bartlett
of Holmes Beach and Ron Pepka of Bradenton in a
playoff match after both teams had compiled a 3-0
record during match play.
Play gets under way every Wednesday and Satur-
day'at 9 a.m. at the pits next door to Anna Maria City
Hall at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue.
Warmup begins at 8:45, followed by random team se-
There is no fee to play and plenty of parking is
available. Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill


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Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Cortez morning bus schedules

Anna Maria Elementary School
Route 70, Bus 122
Time Bus stop description
7:38 4370 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Patti Georges)
7:41 Gulf of Mexico Drive & St. Judes Street
7:43 Gulf of Mexico Drive & Emerald Harbor
7:43 Gulf of Mexico Drive & Dream Island Roac
7:44 Gulf of Mexico Drive & General Harris
7:44 Gulf of Mexico Drive & De Narvaez Drive
7:45 Palm Drive & Broadway (Rear of Chevron
7:53 Gulf Drive & 11th Street South,
Bradenton Beach
7:53 Gulf Drive & Seventh Street South
7:54 Gulf Drive & Second Street North
7:57 22nd Street & Avenue C
7:58 Avenue C & 24th Street
8:02 Avenue C & 25th Street
8:03 Gulf Drive & 28th Street
8:04 Gulf Drive & 30th Street
. 8:12 Marina Drive & 67th Street
8:12 Marina Drive & 68th Street
8:13 Marina Drive & 72nd Street
Route 89, Bus 107
Time Bus stop description
7:50 Marina Drive & 75th Street
.7:51 Marina Drive & 82nd Street
7:53 Gulf Drive at Palm Avenue
7:55 Spring Avenue & Tarpon Street
7:56 Spring Avenue & Bay Boulevard South
7:57 Bay Boulevard & Crescent Drive
7:58 Bay Boulevard & Hibiscus Avenue
7:59 Bay Boulevard & Alamanda Avenue
8:00 North Shore Drive & Gladiolus Street
8:01 780 North Shore Drive
8:02 North Shore Drive & Newton Lane
8:02 North Shore Drive & Linda Lane
8:04 North Shore Drive & Pine Avenue
8:06 Gulf Drive & Oak Avenue
8:07 Gulf Drive & Peppertree Lane
8:08 Gulf Drive North &75th Street
8:08 Gulf Drive North & 72nd Street
8:09 Gulf Drive North & 68th Street

8:10 Gulf Drive North & 65th Street

King Middle School
Route 80, Bus 561
Time Bus stop description
7:51 75th Street West & 24th Avenue West
7:52 75th Street West & 18th Avenue West
d (east side)
7:52 Manatee Avenue West & 107th Court
) 7:52 Manatee Avenue West,& Perico Bay
Boulevard. (north side) .
8:08 11901 Manatee Avenue W. (7-Eleven)
8:12 Manatee Avenue West & Sixth Avenue
West (north side)
8:14 Gulf Drive & Harbor Drive
8:15 Gulf Drive & 51st Street
8:17 Marina Drive & 62nd Street
8:18 Marina Drive & Key Royale Drive
8:25 Sixth Avenue & Manatee Avenue West
8:26 Sixth Avenue West & 35th Street
8:26 Gulf Drive &35th Street
8:27 Gulf Drive & East Bay Drive
8:29 Gulf Drive & 28th Street
8:30 30th Street & Gulf Drive North
8:31 31st Street & Avenue E
8:33 East Bay Drive & Sunbow Bay
8:36 Manatee Avenue West & Perico Bay Blvd.
(south side)
8:37 Manatee Avenue West & Bristol Bay Drive
8:38 Manatee Avenue West & Flamingo Drive
8:42 24th Avenue West & 75th Street West,
Route 87, Bus 566
Time Bus stop description
8:01 Pine Avenue & Crescent Drive
8:01 Pine Avenue & Tarpon Street
8:02 Tarpon Street & Spring Avenue
8:02 Spring Avenue & Bay Boulevard South
8:03 Bay Boulevard & Pine Avenue
8:04 Bay Boulevard &.Crescent Drive
8:05 Bay Boulevard 8 Poinsetta Avenue
8:05 Bay Boulevard & Jacaranda Avenue
8:06 North Shore Drive & Gladiolus Street

780 N. Shore Drive
North Shore Drive & Newton Lane
North Shore Drive & Linda Lane
North Shore Drive & Coconut Avenue
Gulf Drive & Magnolia Avenue
Gulf Drive & Oak Avenue
Gulf Drive & Peppertree Lane
Marina Drive & 71st Street
Palm Drive & 76th Street
Palm Drive & Clark Drive

Sugg Middle School
Route 89, Bus 107
Time Bus stop description
8:26 Avenue C & 26th Street
8:27 Avenue C & 24th Street
8:28 Avenue C & 22nd Street
8:28 Gulf Drive & 12th Street
8:40 Gulf of Mexico Drive & Gulf Side Road'
(north LBK)
8:45 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Centre Shops)
8:46 Gulf of Mexico Drive & Companion Way
8:47 Gulf of Mexico Drive & Dream.Island Road
8:49 Gulf of Mexico Drive & Bay View Drive
8:50 Palm Drive & Broadway (Rear of Chevron)
8:57 Gulf Drive & 11th Street South, Bradenton
8:58 Gulf Drive & Fifth Street South
8:59 Gulf Drive & Second Street North

Bayshore High School
Route 62, Bus 40
Time Bus stop description
6:43 Cortez Road & Waterway Apartments

6:44 Cortez Road & 101st Street West
6:45 Cortez Road & 107th Street West
6:46 Cortez Road & 115th Street West
6:47 Cortez Road & 123rd Street West
6:47 'Cortez Road & 127th Street West
7:05 .Gulf of Mexico Drive & St. Judes Street
7:05 Gulf of Mexico Drive & Juan Anasco Drive
7:09 Broadway & Palm'Drive
7:18 Gulf Drive & First Street North

7:19 Gulf Drive & 12th Street North
7:21 Avenue C & 22nd Street
7:25 Cortez Road & 1241h Streei West
7:28 Cortez Road & 101ist Stree- West
7:29 Cortez Road & Coral.Boulevard
7:31 86th Street Courn West & -l4ir Avenue
Drive West .. .
7:33 86th Street Wesi & 541h Avenue Wesi
7:38 Cortez Road & 80th Sireel West

Manatee High School
Route 76, Bus 523
Time Bus stop description
7:01 Gulf Drive & 29th Street
7:02 Gulf Drive & 31st Street
7:04 East Bay Drive & Manatee Avenue
7:07 Gulf Drive & Haverkos Court
7:08 Gulf Drive & 46th Street
7:13 11901 Manatee Avenue W.
7:14 Manatee Avenue & Perico Bay Boulevard
7:15 Manatee Avenue & Flamingo Drive
Route 87, Bus 543
Time Bus stop description
6:50 Pine Avenue & Crescent Drive
6:51 Pine-Avenue & Tarpon Street
6:51 Pine Avenue & Bay Boulevard
6:52. Bay Boulevard & Crescent Drive
6:53 Bay Boulevard & Poinsetta Road
6:54 Bay Boulevard &Alamanda Raod
6:56 North Shore Drive & Newton Lane
6:57 North Shore Drive'& Cypress Avenue
6:58 North Shore Drive &Coconut Avenue
6:59 Gulf Drive & Magnolia Avenue
7:00 Gulf Drive & Willow Avenue
7:02 Gulf Drive & Oak Aienue
7:03 .Gulf Drive & 85th Street.
7:04 Palm Drive & 77th Street
7:05 'Palm Drive & 71st Street
7:06 Palm Drive & Key Royale.Drive
7:07 Marina Drive & 63rd Street
7:09 Marina Drive & 57th Street

2BR/2BA elevated Key West style, convenient to activities at
community center. Sharon Annis 778-3730 or 705-5915
3BR/2BA groundlevel, completely renovated inside-
must see! Large pool with enclosed patio. Barbara Eilert
962-1298 or 792-0902
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a, ~Company k 2501 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach
SSales/Rentals (941) 778-3377

Property Management, Sales, Vacation Rentals
office (941) 798-9191 toll free (888) 774-6880
I www.surfside-realty.us


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Realty mc
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
S(941) 778-4364 Fax
Kathy Caserta 1. on.?6 .61 -T ll:.
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Property Management and Leasing
Manatee MLS as of 07/20/05 Total Island Properties For Sale: 200
(SFR, Condo, Duplex) Median Price: $849,000

,.tA e Total Pending: 103 Median Price: $715,000
Total Sold Since 1/1/05:292 Median Price: $595,000


Call us forAnnual
and Seasonal Rentals

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Judy Karkhoff 941-778-7777

Realtor 866-266-9911

Realtor attended Anna Maria Elementary School, University of MN (BA) and UCLA Business School


home just two blocks from the beach on a quiet cul-de-sac.
Very well maintained, large bedrooms, master suite with
dual showers plus oversized two-car garage with work-
shop area in back. Bonus recreation area downstairs and
lots of storage! Large side yard with plenty of room for a
pool! $875,000.

HOME Beautiful waterfront home on a quiet street
in Shaws Point. One of the finest waterfront loca-
tions in Bradenton, sailboat water, no bridges! Split-
floor plan, two-car garage, screened in lap pool and
jacuzzi, new dock with 16,000 lb. lift and room for
three boats. A must see! $749,000.

Maria home with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Experience
paradise in luxury one.house off of the beach on a quiet,
desirable location. This home offers 3BR/2BA, hardwood
flooring, quality doors, windows and fixtures, custom
cabinetry, Corian countertops, custom lighting, dumbwaiter
and plenty of storage. Tastefully furnished with a touch of
island flavor. Offered at $1,495,000.

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slips, 55-plus. $329,000.

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By Rick Catlin

Bradenton couple
provide online
When Linda and Mike Fleming
moved to Bradenton several years ago,
they fell in love with Anna Maria Island
and its numerous small businesses, art
galleries, gift shops and boutiques. They
also discovered a similar love for down-
town Bradenton and other areas of
Manatee County.
"We found a lot of great little shops
and made lots of friends," said Linda.
"With our background as small business
owners, we were concerned when many
of our new friends said they were unable
to compete with the chain stores because
of advertising."
Looking to establish their own busi-
ness, the Flemings hit upon the idea of
online advertising for small businesses.
"We.came up with the idea of a
Web site for a small business where they
can advertise their store and products
and .services without spending large
amounts of money."
Indeed, the Flemings have estab-
lished ShopManatee.Com, which has
quickly become a "unique and effective
way to bring shoppers and small busi-
nesses together," Linda said.
"It's a great tool for a mom-and-pop
business that doesn't have a large adver-
tising budget," she said.
Small businesses are at a disadvan-
tage in trying to compete with the large
ad campaigns of the chain stores, but
ShopManatee.Com is the solution.
It's better than the yellow pages or
other business, directories because ads
can be easily changed as new products

and services are put in place and maps to
the business location are provided
through a link.
ShopManatee.Com is divided into
directories for easy use, said Linda, so
Users can quickly find their category and
locate the business they're interested in.
"Our goal is to make
ShopManatee.Com a household word
and the first place area shoppers go to
find their business to fill their needs,"
added Linda.
"We're really excited about this,
particularly as Manatee County contin-
ues to grow. New residents and visitors
just need to know your business is there
and how to find you."
ShopManatee.Com provides a vari-

Lovely landlords
Kacey Whidden, left, and Carol
Bernard of Island Real Estate. Is-
lander Photo: Rick Catlin

Linda and Mike
Fleming have
as a Web site
where small
tha't:' il businesses can
advertise their
products and
Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

ety of services, including links to an
existing e mail address or personal Web
site. Full Web pages at
ShopManatee.Com are also available
that include up to four pictures that can
be changed from month to month to ad-.
vertise specials, new products or ser-.
For. more information on
ShopManatee.Com, call Linda or Mike
at 753-6707.

Islanders attend

Carol Bernard and -Kacey
Whidden of Island Real Estate at
6101 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach
recently attended the Florida Landlord
and Tenant Law educational seminar
in Tampa.
The seminar was presented, by
Lorman Educational Services and a
number of prominent attorneys familiar
with the law served as speakers. Topics
included proper tenant notices, collec-
tions, evictions, security deposits and
In an effort to further the real es-
tate education of its staff, Island Real
Estate encourages its staff to attend

seminars and educational classes in
real estate.
,Kacey has been at Island Real Es-
tate for six years, while Carol has more
than 1 years with the firm.
For more information on Island
Real Estate, call 778-6066 or visit the
company Web site at

Custom roofing
by Sargeant
Holmes Beach. resident John
Sargeant has been in custom painting
and design for more
than 30 years, and
he and business
partner Amy Betz
MadJax Custom
Creations for cus-
S.i: tomized paint work
-' and air brushing of
SSargeant tin ceilings.
John and Amy
offer some of the most exquisite and
highest-quality ceiling tiles for their
clielts. Once a desi n is selected, John
and Amy go to work-on the custom
paint colors and air brushing re-
While John does not do installation,
he does offer a referral service to an Is-
land company that's experienced with
his work.
Locally, John has done custom ceil-
ings for the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota,
Sharky's Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach and a number of homes and busi-
nesses in the Bradenton-Sarasota area
and on Anna Maria Island.
Both he and Amy are graduates of
the prestigious Parson School of Design
in Manhattan.
For a complete review of the styles
and colors, John suggests a visit, to the
company Web site at
www.madjaxcustomcreations.com. Or,
call John at 778-1206 or 224-4887.

The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licensed Mortgage Brokers
Conforming and jumbo loans.
Ist and 2nd mortgages.
No closing cost home equity lines of credit.
100% purchase money mortgages.
Residential and commercial mortgages.
Private money available for those

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(941) 779-2113
502 72nd Street
Holmes Beach

29Years of Professional Service
Experience Reputation Results

MARTINIQUE SOUTH Spectacular gulf and beach views from 4hfloor 1/1 condo
with ceramic floors and expanded living area. Turnkey. $590,000.
MANSION IN THE SKY Bayfront 5BR/5.5BA penthouse,
5000+ sf with guest quarters. $6,900,000.
KEY ROYALE LOT 90x105. $795,000. Exclusive.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with bay view. One 2BR, three 1BR,
room for pool. Great investment. $849,000. OWNER FINANCING.
TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA with two screened balconies and open balconies on
greenbelt adjacent to bay. Spotless, tastefully decorated. Pool/gazebo. $470,000.
101 PALM New Luxury Villas
PERICO ISLES 3BR/2BA with community pool, clubhouse, exercise. Seasonal.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealt7@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor

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lab guide dog. Educational for all ages! Contact
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Experience.the Island on your computer desktop.
Available at The Islander, or purchase online or
order by mail. $12 PC or $1.5, Mac.

Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
'" Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.

FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.

MOVING SALE: 8am-2pm Saturday, Aug. 6. Du-
plex, indoors. Must clean out remainder, including
sleeper sofa, loveseat. 106 79th St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE: 8am-? Friday; Saturday, Sunday,
Aug. 5, 6, 7. Recreation hall at the Sandpiper.Re-
sort, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

THREE DAY.SALE! 10am-2pm Friday; Aug. 5;
9am-2pm Saturday, Aug. 6; noon-4pm Sunday,
Aug. 7. This sale is so large it will take three days
to sell everything! Royal Doultons: 129 HN figu-
rines, 58 jugs, 50 Bunnykins, Country Manor series,
Peter Rabbit items, Lambeth ware, vases.
Moorcroft: 51 vases and plaques. Hummels: 98
mostly old marks, over 1,000 beanie babies, bear
collection, Heritage Village North Pole, Dickens Vil-
lage, Snow Village,--New England, sports :col-
lectibles, Canon and Olympus cameras, 33 Barbie
dolls, other collectibles. Furniture: China cabinet,
two rattan etageres, trundle bed, Casio keyboard,
Schwinn and Columbia bikes, two TVs, two vacu-
ums, PVC pool furniture, nine boxes of new clothes,
lots of Juggage and bags, holiday decorations,
lamps, chairs, tables, mobility chair, yard and ga-
rage tools, kitchenware, hundreds of items not listed.
1012 62nd St. Ct. W., Bradenton, Corner of 11th Av-
enue West near Village Green. Sale by Julie Mc Clure.

SALE AT NIKI'S Gifts & Antiques,. Visit Niki and her
staff to decorate your new condo! Select gifts, col-
lectibles, art, antiques, vintage and costume jewelry,
30 to 70 percent off; all sterling jewelry, 50-percent off.
Shop our cow palace, trolls by Russ, Coca-Cola col-
lectibles, Cabbage Patch dolls, Precious Moments,
cook books. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 9:30am-
5pm, open seven days. (941) 779-0729.

MOVING- SALE: 7am-3pm Saturday, Aug. 6.
Wicker furniture, gas grill, sound system, books,
miscellaneous household items, frames. 309-B 66th
St., Holmes Beach...

SALE: 8am-2pm Friday-Saturday, Aug. 5-6. Lowery
Fiesta organ and lots of bargains. 676 Key Royale
Drive, Holmes Beach. No early birds!,

HUGE YARD SALE: 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday,
Aug. 5-6. Furniture, appliances and much more!
2907 Avenue B, Holmes Beach.

REWARD FOR information in the Waterfront Restau-
rant arson fire: Call the State Fire Marshal, Bureau of
Fire & Arson Investigations in Tampa, (813) 890-1904.

BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Two
lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The Is-
lander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.

FREE.GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe..

GIFT SHOP: GREAT mom and pop opportunity'in
outstanding resort area. Good location, good,lease.
Just $50,000, plus inventory. Confidentiality agree-
ment required for complete details. Longview Re-
alty, (941) 383-6112.

Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!

CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as with in-home visits. (941) 778-6000..

BLACK LAB: FOUR years old, absolute doll! Has
special needs. Adoption.fee, $80. (941) 723-0496.

FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
(941) 720-1411.

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please-call (941) 922-0774.

1984 MAZDA 626: Low miles, runs great! $800.
(941) 778-3900 or cell 447-6668.

1989 NEW YORKER: 87,000 miles, good transpor-
tation car. $400. (941) 713-1655, after 6pm.

1997 BUICK CENTURY: Low mileage :landau top '.
$5,550, or best offer. (941) 778-0593. ,.-"" -

STEAL PEARSON-26: 1973 sail cruiser. Excelleht
hull, clean deck and cabin. 9.9 Mercury. Honest
seller must move far west. $2,900. (941) 713-4946.

27-FOOT CARVER twin 190-hp Mercruiser..Runs
great, good for fishing, Ceranfield. air conditioning,
water heater, shower, head, new batteries, stereo and
much more! $10,000, or best offer-(941) 778-1565.

1974/1995 28-PLUS-foot Winner hardtop custom
cabin cruiser. Sleeps six comfortably, full head. 320-
plus mile range. Fish & Cruise. radar, loran, Furunob
fish finder, VHF, autopilot, hailer. 11.5-foot beam.
Livewell, fresh and saltwater wash down. Crusader
454/350 FWC. $30,000.00 firm. (941) 920-7249.

SAILBOATS FOR SALE: 13-foot Sunfish $250;
11-foot Mini-Sunfish, $600; 13-foot Zuma, $1,200;
17-foot Daysailor with new 3.5- hp motor, $1,400;
25-foot Catalina, $6,800). All located on Anna
Maria. (941) 778-0542.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294


This delightful 4BR/3BA captivating
island retreat is situated on Iwo
platted lots located directly across the
street from the beach' Amenities ,
include lush tropical landscaping and
blooming flowers, a wonderful stone fireplace, soaring cathedral ceilings
of knotty tongue-in-groove pine, loft area with adjoining mother-in-law
apartment, French doors and a wonderful secluded lanai. This choice, high
and dry hideaway offers unlimited possibilities for expansion or renovation.
Priced at $750,000 for the home and-$500,000 for the buildable lot.

60x85', across street from GULF $500,000
52.5x110' desirable building lot on CANAL $595,000,
57.5x1 10' across street from BAY $675,000
77x145' with GULF view $1,250,000
100x224' two BAYFRONT lots $2,500,000 each

SVDEoim Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com

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Bungalows offer ope
plans, front and rear
hardwood floors,
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For years Mary Burke has used her boundless energy balancing a
career as a High School Math Teacher and a Realtor with Stovroff &
Herman in western New York State. Her husband's job transfer
precipitated'an early retirement and a move down south. After a short,
but sweet retirement, Mary is channeling all of her real estate expertise,
people skills and energy into her new career as a Sales Associate for ,,
"A Paradise Realty" on Anna Maria Island.
Mary and her husband, Greg fell in love with Anna Maria Island, ,
purchased their dream home, and began their new tropical lifestyle
Now she is ready to assist others in their search for their dream
home in "Paradise".

Pa adse 778480 Office
wwwParadiseRealtcom HI 5201 Gulf Drive,
www.ParadiseRealty.com Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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Island Biz

Artistic photography
by Rolf
Award-winning artistic photographer
Rolf Bertram, shown with wife Maria
and son Johann, has opened his own
studio at the Anna Maria Island Art
League Center at 5312 Holmes Blvd.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Fine art of
Holmes Beach resident and re-
nowned panorama photographer Rolf
Bertram has opened.Bertram Images
photography studio and art gallery at the
Art League building in Holmes Beach.
An award-winning artistic photog-
rapher, Rolf has his work exhibited at
Art League exhibitions on Ainn Mar ia
Island, in addition to those on Longboat
Key and in Sarasota. He -pecialize in
portraits and panoramic views and has
been featured in a number of loc.il pub-

locations for his awards and work.
SInterested parties should call Rolf at
779-3937 or go on-line at

Native rentals
Native Rentals is moving from the
S&S Shopping Plaza in Holmes Beach
to a new location in the Island Shopping
Center adjacent to the Sun N Surf shop..
Owner Sean Duytschaver said all
the paperwork has not yet been com-
pleted to move from the old location, but
he's already begun preparing the new
store for the move.

Econolodge now
Club Bamboo
The Club Bamboo Resort at 2502
Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach is no
longer associated with the Econolodge
hotel chain. As the Econolodge Surfside
Resort, it was the only chain accommo-
dation on Anna Maria Island.

Garden party
Ginny and Jane E
hosted the July
Anna Maria Island
r mChamber of Com-
merce business card
exchange at their
shop and bakery
located at 9807
Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria with a
Beach Living for
SYour Home and
Garden" theme.
Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose

Manager Marge Moran said all ser-
vices will continue as before, including
daily, weekly and monthly rentals. Only
the name has changed, she said.
For more information on Club Bam-
boo, call 778-6671.

First National
'Bank sold
First National Bank of Bradenton,
which has a Holmes Beach branch, has
been sold to Whitney National Bank.
Whitney operates in five states, includ-
ing Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ala-
bama and Florida.
The bank's parent company,
Whitney Holding Corp., is headquar-
tered in New-Orleans.

Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez or Longboat Key?
How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, oran award-win-
ning staffmember? Call Island Biz at 778-
7978,fax v,,,-my ,in i ,., 778-9392, or e-
mail us at news@islander.org.

Pictured is Mary Ann Brockman at her
desk at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce, just back from
Kissimmee and the convention of the
Florida Association of Chamber of
Commerce Professionals. She was
honored with a plaque recognizing
"advancement of the chamber bf
commerce profession" for 10 years.

Real estate
Up-to-date Island real estate
transactions as compiled by Jesse
Brisson for The Islander are avail-
able online at www.islander.org

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A Great Place To Live...
A Wonderful way Of Life!
This fantastic 3BR/2BA with a two-
car garage screams island living at
its best! Open floor plan with large
kitchen area and stairs leading down
to the large bonus room for the kids
or storage. One block off of the
breath taking shores of Anna Maria
Island. Priced to sell at $599,000.
Call Dean Jones at (941) 345-7335
Realtor with Brenda DeArmond Realty



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Bay views. Spacious floor plans. The gorgeous property runs
from the private Gulf beach to Sarasota Bay, and has 3 pools,
Fountains and garden courtyards. Private dock with 14 boat slips
, available for sale. Hotel managed by ResortQuest International.
Construction pricing available

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Bradenton Beach wildlife clinic is lifesaver

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent.
They may be running short of space, but not of
devotion for the sick and injured wild creatures they
make whole and send home,to nature.
Gail and Ed Straight see more wild creatures
close up every day than most people see in a year.
They work at their.special calling around the clock,
365 days a year, and they never tire enough to think
of anything but helping more birds and animals.
For 18 years they have provided care and treat-
ment for all manner of wildlife at their Bradenton
Beach home, which they have converted to clinic,
hospital, operating room, and recovery center for
thousands of creatures.
As more people bring more and more birds and
animals to them, the space is getting more and more
cramped. There is relief in the offing, though..All
that's needed is patience.. And the work of volun-
teers. And a few prayers couldn't hurt.
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage has just
what the Straights need, the Cortez activist organi-
zation feels. The place is far from ready yet, but with
work it will be. Maybe a year, maybe less.
It is a four-bedroom house on part of the FISH
Preserve, which the organization has bought to pre-
serve a piece of old Florida and to frustrate any de-
velopment there. It is at the eastern end of Cortez.
FISH has offered it to the Straights, in good part
through the efforts of Linda Molto, Cortez artist and

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Straight with another yellow-crowned night heron,
this one without the funky look.

Ed Straight wth a yellow-crowned night-heron with
a shocking "haircut." Islander Photos: Edna

friend of the Straights.
"It's ideal," Molto said. "There is quite a bit of
room in the house, and the grounds will be just great.
It still needs a lot of work, though."
The house is structurally sound, but it has been
a haunt of the homeless and some Cortezians are
sure it has bqen a crack house for years. The yard
and everything around it have been a dumping
ground for decades, everything from garbage to old
tires to old cars to yard trash.
"It's beyond dirty," said Molto. "We're still
hauling trash out and people are still sneaking in and
dumping stuff. We've got the house empty of junk
and in the fall we'll get at the grounds again, and fix
the roof and the windows and floors in the house."
It's all volunteer, and slow going.
The Straights, meanwhile, carry on their hu-

manitarian work on Anna Maria Island.
At the moment they have two fawns, which will
stay six weeks and go to a more spacious facility,
Straight said. "As soon as they can jump the fence,
we take them to a bigger place." Some people try to
rear the lovable baby deer themselves, but that al-
most always ends badly. It's illegal, too, with a $500
They have had just about any Florida wild crea-
ture you can name. Raccoons are regular patients.
"People trap the mom and move her away, and then
they find her young ones," Straight said. "We once
had 27 bab) raccoons we had to bottle-feed at the
same time.
"Four years ago after Hurricane Hugo we had
300 baby squirrels. We get a lot of baby opossums,
too. And birds, lots and lots of injured and sick birds.
We've got two ospreys now, and some gulls red
tide, mostly. During one red tide we had 50 cormo-
rants all at once."
They provide care for the birds, sending some of
the most serious cases to the Pelican Man's Bird
Sanctuary on City Island.
The Straights live in the same house they rented
32 years ago and subsequently bought. The)' have
the only rehabilitation center on the Island, and
could well be an endangered species themselves -
others who started rehabilitation have faded away
since the state made licenses hard to get, Straight
They get no government support. Their funds
come from annual blood drives and the booth they
maintain at fairs and shows, and from such special
events as Saturday's Turtle.Watch "baby shower,"
which will provide some funds and supplies. Other-
wise they rely on Ed's income as a retired EMS chief
for Manatee County. The Straights met through their
work, he on an ambulance and she as a hospital
They need many things to handle the increasing
load at their special mission medicines, instru-
ments, animal and bird food, bandage material, tape,
all the things involved in treatment of life.
They need, also, volunteer help. Maybe 10 come
in regularly now, and that many more would be
hardly enough. They need money, of course, and it
can be donated through calling Wildlife at 778-6324.
They need space, perhaps to move their whole
operation into or maybe just to house their e\pand-
ing flock. That, they are likely to get in Cortez. It
can't happen too soon.

The flsien Team
SProfessional REALTORS representing ',
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Heather Absten, P.A. Honesty, Jennifer Absten, P.A.
941-807-4661 Ileg it 941-345-7002
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13,728 SF duplex lot, w/ the bonus of a recently renovated duplex.
Don't miss this one! Six bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and plenty of room for
TWO pools! Call today for more details! $849,000

Enjoy Island living in this beautifully remodeled
home located in Anna Maria. Granite counter tops,
wood floors, brand new carpet, beautiful tongue and
groove vaulted ceilings, custom tiled showers and
much more! It's a must see! $829,000

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3 bedroom, 2 bath custom home just 2 blacks from
the beach on a quiet cul-de-sac. Very well
maintained, large bedrooms, master suite with
dual showers, oversized 2-car garage with work-
shop area in back bonus recreation area
downstairs, and lots of storage. Large side yard
with plenty of room for a pool! $875,000.

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SUN PLAZA WEST CONDO complex on the Gulf of
Mexico. 2BR/2BA furnished and ready to move in!
Pool, tennis, spa, elevator and hurricane shutters. A
great place to live. $659,000.

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TIFFANY PLACE CONDO on the Gulf of Mexico:
Remodeled and very beautiful, all furniture and
furnishings to stay, view of the Gulf from patio and the
master bedroom. Tiffany Place condo offers great year
round living or a great year round rental. $810,000.

RBOR: Beautiful 3BR/2.5BA
uith dock and boat lift. Large
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HANDYMAN SPECIAL 2BR/1BA on a 50x100 lot.
As is with right to inspect. $459,000

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nd Real Estate Inc., Call Marianne at (941) 778-6066.

6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941-778-6066 1-877-778-6066



BOAT SLIP: WANTED to buy along 85th Street or
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (407) 230-3902.

20-FOOT SHAMROCK 1977 open fisherman with
1997 inboard, 302 Mustang V-8, newer trailer.
$7,500, or best offer. Steve, (941) 504-8735.

2002 SEA RAY 182 Bowrider, like new! 18 foot, 6
inches. 190-hp stern drive, seats seven, tons of fun!
Call (941) 778-6234, or e-mail
kendra@presswoodlaw.com. $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.
(941) 723-1107.

NURSES NEEDED.for long-term home care for
lady with spinal injury. Hoyer lift. Four-hour morn-
ing and overnight shifts. (941) 383-6953.-

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call (941) 778-3953,

ALL POSITIONS: Caf6 on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Apply in person.

speaking. Call (941) 778-5405 or apply at Haley's
Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach.

HOUSEKEEPER: 18-unit hotel. Must speak En-
glish, have own transportation, weekends a must.
(941) 778-1010, ext. 0.

part-time servers for lunch; Sunday brunch and din-
ner. Wednesday-Sunday. Apply at 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or call (941) 778-5320.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

Paradise Realty

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
(941) 778-0492.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Li-
brary. Duties include checking books in/out,
reshelving, and generally assisting library patrons.
Call Eveann Adams, (941) 779-1208.

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, (941) 761-
1569. 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.

WANT AN IRISH baby-sitter? Gemma, responsible,
experienced 15-year old. Red Cross babysitting and
first-aid certified. (941) 447-9657.

MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent refer-
ences. 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 misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
(941) 545-7508.


Currently renting for $2,900-$3,900/week with
excellent rental history in place.
One year old 5BR/5BA, four-car garage and elevator. Outside spiral
staircase leading down to lush heated pool area overlooking bay.
Beautifully furnished and tiled throughout. Private dock and great
fishing. $2,190,000. Virtual tour: www.flrealtour.com/mls031305/realtor..

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.

TOM'S WINDOWS: Door and window repairs and
replacement. Sales, service, parts. E-mail
metrohs@msn.com. (941) 730-1399.

CLEAN POWER WASHING. Driveways, patio, con-
crete, pool decking, fences, boats and more. Satis-
faction guaranteed. (941) 224-6627.

COMPUTER WIZ Acquisition, installation, training,
support. For investor, small business and families.
Many years experience. Call Greg, (941) 704-0667.

SCOTT'S HELPING HANDS: Odd jobs, honey-do list,
clean up, packing and moving, light hauling, hang pic-
tures. How may I help you? Scott, (941) 538-0664.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Quality portraits,
weddings, beach photography, babies, even pets!
Reasonable. (941) 447-8892.

MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.

MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. (941) 447-9637.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-
7411. RA005052.

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ISLAND DUPLEX:Steps to beach. Reduced to $699,000
before remodeling continues. Investors and builders bring your
imaginations. Gulfviews possible. 2BR/1BA on large corner lot.
Anne HAL4ber, Realtor (941) 713-9835

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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.

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'Island Specialist
S- 5201 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
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Rare 5BR/3.5BA, across from beach access
with spacious open floor plan. Large kitchen
with breakfast bar. Master suite on main floor.
Tile floors, screened lanai and a large open
deck-great for tanning! Oversized four-car
garage. $1,240,000..

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Office: (941) 778-2246 792- 8628
E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com

On vacation or just hate doing laundry? Why bother?
Full Service Wash/Dry/Fold/Iron PU/Delivery -Self Service
Cool & Clean 627 59th St. W. Bradenton 720-3622

SDodge Volkswagen Hyundai General Motors
European Asign Specialist
(941) 751-0122 or 756-5152 -~" l '.
4901 15th Street East Bradenton .

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Photography by Ron Bertram 779 3937
Award Winning Panoramas
Fine Art Portrait Studio
House Panoramas inside and outside
Studio C GallerI in Art: League Building
Open by appointment 7 days a week

We service all makes/Flat rate pricing
Free replacement estimates
Indoor air quality-UV, Hepa, Duct sanitizing
(941) 746-4191


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Rules in effect for Manatee County:
> Lawn and landscape watering is limited to two days .
. -* a week.

-. > Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M): .
Tuesday and Saturday.
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> Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z): .
S Wednesday and Sunday.
> Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ir- .
rigation with treated waste water allowed any time.) 0
> Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long .
as they use a hose with a shut-off nozzle. (Pull the 0
Scar on the lawn to wash!)
> Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is al- *
Slowed for ten minutes daily.
> Hand:watering of plants, NOT LAWNS, is permit-
Sted any day.

Questions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water *
Management District (Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.
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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.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
(941) 778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn and land-
scape maintenance. Great rates. Excellent Island
references. Also planting and landscapes. Call
(941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.

native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.

lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4441.

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free es-
timates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
(941) 720-0770.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.

installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-ups,
shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work. Truck for
hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941) 727-5066.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, (941) 795-5100.

contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.

mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
(941) 778-1730.

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118)
(941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.

TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
.ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online'at www.islander.org.

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.

MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at (941) 685-5163 or 795-6615.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. .Call (941) 778-
6170 or 447-2198.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. (941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or
(800) 749-6665.

POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let. Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.

SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, cable T.V, 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:

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.

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, ten-
nis, elevator and protected deep-water boat dock.
Call Dave Moynihan, Realtor/owner, (941) 778-
2246 or 720-0089.

SPACIOUS ISLAND VILLA: 2BR/2BA split plan with
Florida room, garage and laundry. 1,300-plus sf. Fruit
trees, walk to White Avenue beach. Annual, $1,225/
month. Unfurnished. (941) 745-Q959 or 778-1589.

large boat dock on canal. Walk to beach. (941)

Available from Commercial News Providers"

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WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006. Wide variety
of condos and houses starting at $1,500/month.
Annual rental; Ironwood, 2BR/2BA condo on golf
course, $1,000/month; Sandy Pointe, 2BR/2BA,
furnished, pool, seven-month rental, $1,100.
SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-0202.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, Anna Maria, washer/dryer
hookup, newly remodeled, steps to beach, shop-
ping and restaurants. Available now. $950/month.
(941) 778-5482.

level duplex. Completely furnished. One house from
Gulf. No pets, nonsmoking. (813) 689-0925, or e-
mail HLMSBCHRNTL@aol.com.

FOR RENT: ANNA Maria Island Club on the
beachfront. 2BR/2BA fully furnished and equipped.
Rent anytime. E-mail tennishofo@aol:com. (317)

home, best location, dock, beach, walk to park,
like new. (941) 779-9074. E-mail:
gwalker43 @ hotmail.com.

condo, boat dock available, spacious new interior,
pool, tennis. $1,350/month. Available as four-month
minimum to annual. (941) 650-4197.

SEASIDE BUNGALOW: Summer rates $1,800/
month, $500/week. One short block to Anna
Maria City Pier. Very cute! 2BR/1BA, pet friendly.
Call Maureen (941) 778-0542 or 730-0587 for
more information.

VACATION RENTALS in the Village of Cortez.,
Adorable 2BR updated-apartments in a very quiet
setting. Walk and bicycle the 75 acres of preserva-
tibihtfails around the village. Stroll to great local fish
restaurants and still only one mile to the beach! Well
behaved pets allowed. Call Maureen (941) 778-
0542 or 730-0587for more information.

tion apartments. Choice 1BR, 2BR and 3BR, fully
equipped; tropical, private with porches, sundeck
and laundry. (941) 778-3'143.

CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN Sarasota: Unfurnished
1BR/1BA apartment. $650/month for six month
lease. References, first, last and deposit.-Call
Jackie, (941) 929-7165.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA luxury condo, down-
town riverfront Bradenton. Great view, gated com-
munity. $1,250/month. (941) 240-1712.

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA furnished condo.
West Bradenton, five minutes to beaches. $2,700/
month. (708) 532-2149.

with pristine beach right out your back door. $1,900/
month. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.

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 RENTAL: Runaway Bay, 1BR, sleeps
four. Pool, tennis, golf clubs, rackets, fishing poles.
Through Nov. 30, $600/week. (941) 778-9378.

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.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 1BR/1BA upstairs apartment,
$525/month; 1BR/1BA ground-level apartment,
$850/month; 2BR/2BA home, unfurnished on canal.
Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., (941) 778-2291
or e-mail: jason @betsyhil!s.com.

ANNUAL UNFURNISHED: Lakefront, pool, short
block to beach, elevated duplex. 2BR/1BA,
$1,200/month or 2BR/2BA, $1,500/month. (941)

SIT AND WATCH the dolphins play as the sun sets!
Bayfront condo 2BR/2BA with gated community
and pool. $1,100/month. Call Island Real Estate,
(941) 778-6066.
PALMTREE ESTATES professional home man-
agement and vacation rental service. Bi-weekely
specials for cleaning services and senior discounts.
For cleaning, call (941) 778-5810. For vacation rent-
als visit www.palmtreevacationestates.c6m.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach 1BR. Available
Aug. 6. $600/month, plus utilities and deposit. (941)
778-6541 or 504-3844.

quiet location close to beach. Two units available in
August, $850-$875/month, including garbage. (941)

ANNUAL FURNISHED: Gulfview, steps to beach,
1BR/1BA mobile home, 55-plus. $700/month. (941)

community, end-unit villa, heated pool, tennis, cov-
ered carport. 2BR/2BA furnished, $1,200/month or
1BR/2BA unfurnished, $950/month. (508) 574-
3352. E-mail a.desmarais@comcast.net.

SANDPIPER RESORT on Gulf Drive: 55-plus com-
.munity, fully equipped 1BR/1BA beachhouse with
greatroom and kitchen. Brand new! Steps to the
beach or Intracoastal. All utilities including trash,
except phone. Rent weekly to annually. No pets. E-
mail Tennishofo@aol.com. (317) 873-3307.

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with lift, tile floors, $1,800/month, includes pool and
lawn service; Sunbow Bay, 2BR/2BA condo, cov-
ered parking, pool, tennis courts, washer/dryer,
close to shopping, $1,100/month, no pets. Please
call Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, (941) 778-2246.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA new Manatee River
condo; 2BR/2BA Gulffront condo. Call Fran Maxon
Real Estate, (941) 778-2307 for details.

ANNUAL: 6700 HOLMES Blvd. 2BR/2BA. Cat,
small dog OK. Laundry. All terrazzo, steps to beach.
One-year lease. $855/month, $900 deposit. (941)

newly remodeled with brand new appliances. Just
minutes to beach. A must see! (941) 778-8499.

ANNUAL LEASE: Beautiful 1BR furnished apart-
ment. Block to beach, close to restaurants and
shopping. $800/month, plus utilities, first, last month
and security. (941) 778-4451.

WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
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ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA beachfront condo,
55-plus, $1,200/month; 2BR/1BA Anna. Maria,
$900/month; 2BR/1BA Holmes Beach duplex,
across from beach, $800/month; 1BR/1BA duplex
on Peacock Lane, $700/month. Call An Island
Place Realty, (941) 779-0733.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3426. Web site

dominiums, west Bradenton. Close to beach. Start-
ing at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
Intracoastal, 1BR/1.5BA, possibly 2BR. Low lot
rent. $59,900. (941) 704-6947.
BUILDABLE R2 lots: 9,000 sf, $799,000 and 10,000
sf, $890,000. Also, canalfront homes, $900,000 to
$1,100,000. (941) 448-0596.

Aug. 13. 373 Halifax Drive. Ormond Beach, Fla. Half
mile to beaches. 3BR/2.5BA home, great location,
1,972 +/- sf living area, antiques, furnishings, china,
pictures, lawn equipment. Preview 1-5pm Saturday,
Aug. 6. (800) 257-4161 www.higgenbotham.com.
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Seven-acre parcel, $34,900. Lake parcel and log
cabin package, $54,900. (866) 770-5263, ext. 8, for

NEW RELEASE 20-percent discount for reservation
holders only. Coastal Georgia gated deep-water ac-
cess. Wooded, lagoon and golf course homesites.
Call for reservation information, (877) 266-7376.
COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA waterfront pre-con-
struction grand opening! Two-plus acres, $299,900.
Deep boatable water fronting on ICW! Panoramic
views, private setting. Paved road, underground
utilities. Aug 13-14 only. Call (800) 732-6601, ext.
1345. Charles Watkeys, broker:
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tennis, kayaking, canoeing. Limited availability, mid
$70s and up. Call today (877) 266-7376,
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free brochure (800) 841-5868.

THREE-WEEK BUILDING sale! 20 by 24, now
$2,320; 25 by 30, $3;490; 30 by 40, $5,170; 40 by
50, $8,380; 40 by 60, $10,700; 50 by-100, $15,244.
Others. Ends/accessories optional. Priced to Sell!
Pioneer, (800) 668-5422:

This adorable cottage is one of five original fishing cottages on one lot from the 1920's. Just steps
to the City Pier in Anna Maria! Nicely restored, complete with original wood floors. Picket fence
and beautiful garden. Fully furnished and rented for season. This one is TOO CUTE!
Don't miss the chance to own on Anna Maria!
Offered at $425,000

Ken Jackson, 778-6986
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Beautiful ceramic tile throughout this breezy
floorplan. Kitchens and baths newly updated,
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season. $1,400,000. Call Dave Jones at


Turnkey 2BD/ 2BA unit with wide open water
views. Covered parking and a boat dock, as
well. Don't miss this one! $555,000 Call Dick
Maher or Dave Jones 778-4800.

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GULF WATCH 2 BD/2 BA with almost 1,300
sf of living space. Tile throughout. Nicely
furnished & rental friendly too. Walk across
the street to white sandy beach. Asking
$459,000. Call Cindy 941-504-6176.

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furnished. Close to the recreation facilities.
Shopping and beaches nearby. Great rental
or retire in a resort. Super investment prop-
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1BR/1BA apartment. Five-car garage, .duplex with five-car garage. Private
one short block to beach. Seawall and open decks, large picture windows,
dock. Zoned duplex. Extras! Asking great views of lake. Asking
$850,000. MLS 502321. $750,000. MLS 502297.
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156, or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307.


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