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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 13, No. 49 Oct. 12, 2005 FREE
Wet and wild
West Manatee Fire-and Rescue Firefighter Paul Hopkins let AME first-graders spiay the firehose on the front
lawn of Anna Maria-Elementary School. Behind the nozzle is an excited Anna .lbcr' Thir students learned
about fire prevention and were encouraged to talk to parents about fire safetr. This year's fire-salert focus
was "blow out and keep out"'candles the cause of a large number offires. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Parking, landscape issues
presented at AME meeting
By Jim Hanson
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the
Bayfest celebration Saturday, Oct. 15, the sponsoring
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce predicts.
"Last year we had 10,000 attendees," said the
chamber. "This year will be bigger and better."
The fifth annual Bayfest will be in Anna Maria,
takingup as much of Pine Avenue as it needs, said
Cindi Thompson, "and that will probably be all of the
The free-admission affair will be from 10 a.m. to
7 p.m.. with something for everybody, said organizer
Thompson, who is chairing Bayfest for the fifth year.
It will open at 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Some 100 artists are expected to display their cre-
ations in booths, with many of the artworks for sale. A
Children's Bazaar will offer kids fanciful art objects for
very low prices $1 to $5 that youngsters may use
for gifts or for their own decorations..
Raymond, the Tampa Devil Rays mascot, will be
there from 1 to 2 p.m., with baseball cards for the kids.
Perhaps 20 food booths will line the street, serving
PLEASE SEE BAYFEST, PAGE 3
By Diana Bogan
The Anna Maria Elementary School Construction
Team held a community meeting Oct. 4 in the school
auditorium to announce changes to its landscape plans
and limitations for onsite parking during the next phase
of construction set to begin Oct. 17. However, the pub-
lic was surprisingly absent from the meeting.
Several teachers and AME staff members came to the
meeting and were presented with a timeline for transfer-
ring from the old campus to the new school building.
December 12-16, which is the final week of school
before winter break, teachers and staff will be expected
to finish boxing up all their belongings to be moved
into the new school building. Boxes will be provided
to staff beginning in mid-October, giving them two
months to organize and begin packing items they can
"do without" until next semester.
During the week of school before winter break,
students will use the mobile computer labs to continue
their classroom education. Teachers will rely on cre-
ative learning projects, pencils and paper to continue
the learning process.
That week students will have to vacate Building 9
to allow the construction team to begin the renovation
process. This will include the classes of Heather Bosch,
Debra Thomas, Kathy Granstad and Karen Newhall.
The students and teachers will be moved to other parts
of the school to continue class.
Vacating the building in'December while class is
still in session will save time and money, according to
the construction team.
Dec. 17 will be moving day and the community will
be asked to help move items belonging to teachers.
Beginning Oct. 17, the community will no longer
have access to the school parking lot due to site work
and paving. The construction team plans to remove the
fencing on the north side of the campus behind the
auditorium, where teachers and staff will be allowed to
The construction team is investigating the poten-
tial of utilizing a vacant lot at 52nd street for commu-
nity parking. In the meantime, the Holmes Beach Po-
lice Department reminds visitors not to park along Gulf
Drive. Visitors will be permitted to park on the front
lawn of the school.
For student dropoff and pickup, drivers will need
to use the bus loop and create two lines of traffic
around the loop.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said the afternoon
pickup is the most challenging part of the day and she
is considering dismissing bus riders at 2 p.m., or she
may provide a bus to St. Bernard Catholic Church for
car riders to be picked up offsite. "That would be an
extreme option," she admitted, but the bottom line is
the team is still looking for solutions to ease traffic
The first phase of parking adjustments will last
eight weeks. During the final phase of construction,
parking and vehicle access for car riders will change
David Jones, an arborist working on the landscape
element of AME's new campus, presented changes to
PLEASE SEE SCHOOL, NEXT PAGE
Singing 'Under the Harvest Moon'
All Island Denominations hosted an "Under the
Harvest Moon" dinner-dance Thursday evening at
St. Bernard Catholic Church's fellowship hall.
Dinner was prepared and served by pastors; AID
board members and church members, while music
was provided by "The Venturas." More than 130
guests also enjoyed special entertainment by Margie
Sheehan and the Rev. Robb Mongiello of St. Ber-
nard. Dessert was provided by Charlie's on the
Island restaurant. AID will utilize the $3,500 raised
at the event to offer assistance to individuals and
families in need on Anna Maria Island. Pictured are
Father Robb and Margie Sheehan with a song
routine. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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School construction continues
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the prior landscape plan.
"We all agreed that we shouldn't lose the elements
that the community initially agreed should be on site,"
Jones said, but the adjusted plan "reflects more what
we have in the budget now, not what the future holds
Jones said he maintained his focus on utilizing
landscape elements appropriate for a barrier island.
This includes dry native, wet native and dune systems.
The plans call for keeping the present gazebo, how-
ever the road will be built up around where it is now,
making the design a challenge, said Jones. The exist-
ing cabbage palms will stay and native plants of appro-
priate scale will be placed along the front of the build-
The community will find the new plan incorporates
more open space and "since the community has tre-
mendous amount of interest in raising money," oppor-
tunities have been left for the community to add its own
Enhancement opportunities include a courtyard for
students to have lunch outdoors with family and
friends; The space for the courtyard will be graded.
"Everything we agree on is still on site," Jones
said. "You have to take into account the big picture."
It will be up to the community to add a concrete
slab, picnic tables and umbrellas for the courtyard.
The amphitheater space is another area that the
community could fix up to function as originally
planned. The area will be graded, but not to the extent
in the original design.
Jones explained that the original amphitheater was
created in part by the proposed new auditorium and
covered walkway from the auditorium to the new
building, essentially making it an outdoor area enclosed
by the building elements around it, creating a space
ideal for gatherings.
With the change in plans for the auditorium, there
will no longer be a covered walk or building to enclose
the space, which leaves an open space in front of the
school. Jones said.the grading has been "softened" to
save the school-district money.
The peace garden will be created between Build-
ing 9 and the auditorium and Jones said as parents drive
through the new dropoff loop and parking lot, they will
be able to look down into the peace garden.
The parking loop will be built level with the build-
ing entrance. As parents drive into the loop, they will
drive up a slope to a flat area. The auditorium, Build-
ing 9 and the peace garden will remain at the current
According to Jones, the parent loop poses a prob-
lem for the existing ficus tree in front of the auditorium.
The construction team would have to fill two feet
around the tree and place a retaining wall half the width
of the canopy to avoid smothering the tree.
In addition, Jones noted that the tree is an invasive
exotic to begin with and has been badly maintained and
therefore is undesirable. "It has intrusive roots and it
wouldn't be sound to leave it," Jones said. "It's not the
right tree. We need too much room to preserve it and
it's not appropriate for the site."
Jones said there is a lot of material on site and the
new plan has no more or less than there is currently.
The Anna Maria
plans to cut down
the ficus tree
Shading the yard
in front of the
p t, nw dosmake room for a
work wi-- parent parking lot
and car loop.
Renovations to the auditorium will begin after
Thanksgiving and to Building 9 the second week of
December. Due to a shift in the budget, the renovations
will include increased air quality, exterior stucco and
paint, new doors, carpet and tile.
The renovations are to be completed by March,
when work will shift to completing the walkway, cov-
ered canopy and paving the bus loop.
The entire project completion is anticipated for
The auction of items from the existing school is
scheduled for January 7. A professional auctioneer will
be hired by the school board to manage the event.
The Parent-Teacher Organization also has plans to
hold a community garage sale to raise money to pur-
chase items for the new school. This event will also be
scheduled near the time the move is made into the new
"We plan to be out of your hair as soon as we can,"
said Jane Dreger, the project manager for the school
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Holmes Beach Gulf Drive traffic woes continue
Island motorists, particularly those in Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria already weary from the innu-
merable detours along Gulf Drive near 50th Street in
Holmes Beach the past few weeks, can expect more of
the same in the next few days.
Manatee County officials say traffic on Gulf Drive
Candidate forums likely
By Rick Catlin
Islanders in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria can
expect sparks to fly and learn where the candidates
stand on the key issues of each city on Monday, Oct.
24, when The Islander newspaper will host candidate
forums in each city that evening.
The four Anna Maria City Commission candi-
dates will be asked specifically how they stand on
whether or not the city should borrow money to
complete the myriad long-overdue capital improve-
City commissions have grappled with the issue the
Bayfest is this Saturday
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everything from turkey legs to crab cakes to hamburg-
ers to grouper, not to forget pizza.
Cortez guitarist/vocalist/composer Eric von Hahmann
will open the event, with plenty more music and entertain-
ment to follow. TV's Dave Moran, for instance, will be
on the stage for shows at 10 and 11 a.m.
The Jimmy Gee Trio will play, as will the Magic Tree
Conspiracy, the Tropical Rhythms steel drums, the Al-
most Famous group, and Koko Ray and the Soul Provid-
ers will bring it all to a rousing close from 5 to 7 p.m.
Proceeds will go to the chamber's scholarship
fund, Thompson said, and to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center and other participating nonprofit
organizations. The Children's Bazaar funds are to go
to a fund for children affected by the hurricanes.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
778-1541 of 761-4766. .
in this area will have to be detoured at least twice more
for the contractor to complete installation of the sewer
lines on Peacock Lane.
In addition, traffic on 50th Street will be detoured at
various times in the next few months to accommodate the
installation being done by Woodruff & Sons Inc.
to produce lively debate
past four years, but have been unable to pass such a
measure, despite repeated recommendations for long-
term borrowing from the capital improvements advi-
sory committee to get the projects done -now before
such costs rise astronomically.
Incumbent commissioners John Quam and Dale
Woodland have previously voted against any long-term
borrowing plan, opting instead to fund capital improve-
ment projects solely from what is available in the city
Political newcomers Joann Mattick and Christine
Tollette will get their opportunity to express opinions
on capital improvements Oct. 24.
Other issues at the forum will include the city's
new comprehensive plan recommendations and future
land use element, the recently approved parking plan,
coastal construction and unplatted lots, condominium
development and beach renourishment.
In Holmes Beach, the four commission candidates
will have to face questions on the short-term rentals of
residences in a residential zone.
When the planning and zoning committee said it
would recommend limiting such rentals to a 30-day
maximum, a slew of protest letters arrived at city hall,
primarily from non-resident property owners who use
that residence as a short-term rental accommodation.
That recommendation has not yet reached the city com-
Other questions that incumbents Don Maloney,
Patrick Morton, Rich Bohnenberger and challenger
David Zaccaggnino will be asked to answer include the
numerous canal issues facing the city, growth manage-
ment and creation of a retail-office-residential zone in
the city. -,
Steve Serbati of the Manatee County Utilities De-
partment said the contractor is moving as fast as pos-
sible to complete the project.
"They really don't want to be out there any longer
than they have to," said Serbati, but installing pipes on
the Island takes longer than on the mainland because
the water table is much higher, causing more flooding
and pumping problems. He said the Gulf Drive detour
should be finished within the next few days.
Serbati added that Woodruff & Sons expects to
finish the entire project by the end of December.
Anna Maria City
Oct. 12, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
Oct. 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session. Intro-
duce policies and objectives to minimize street flood-
ing, occupational license fee, communications- tax
amendment, commission attendance rules.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Oct. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Oct. 12, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Oct. 12, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting in Anna Maria City Hall.
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Height restriction draws fire from Anna Maria businesses
By Rick Catlin
The division between residential and business
property owners in Anna Maria flared up once again,
this time at the planning and zoning board's Oct. 3
meeting to discuss the future land-use element of the
proposed revisions to the city's comprehensive plan.
Board member Frank Pytel proposed a 27-foot
height restriction for new construction on 5,000-
square-foot non-conforming lots as a recommendation
to the city commission in the FLUE.
Pytel said the proposal is for redevelopment and
new construction on "any" 5,000-square-foot lot, "re-
gardless of where it is" in the city. Houses on such lots
that were destroyed by accident, such as a hurricane,
could be rebuilt as before, but would have to meet other
relevant city codes. Owners of lots 7,500 square feet or
larger could build to the city's current 37-foot height
While board members generally agreed this sug-
gestion would be in conformance with the comprehen-
sive plan's "desire" to keep Anna Maria a residential
community, business owners, particularly those in the
retail-office-residential zoned area along Pine Avenue,
... and code board won't meet on too-high (?) fence
By Rick Catlin
Mark English cut short lis North Carolina vacation
to be back in Anna Maria in plenty of time to prepare
for the Oct. 10 meeting of the city's code enforcement
English, of 776 N. Shore Drive, is the guy whose
fence is in "code board limbo" following a 2-2 tie vote
by the board last July over whether or not the height of
his fence violated a city code (The Islander, Oct. 5).
Somewhere north on Interstate 95 during the driv-
ing rainstorms of Tropical Storm Tammy last week, he
got the cell phone call that the Oct. 10 meeting had
been canceled, reportedly because not enough mem-
bers would be available to rehear his case.
English had originally understood that the four
members of the board who voted in July. would simply
re-vote to determine if a decision could be reached.As
such, it was not a rehearing and he and his attorney did
not have to present.their case all over again. When he
learned two weeks ago that the board would rehear the
case, he and his family finished their vacation to get
back to Anna Maria.
"This is just wonderful," said English dryly. "This
case has been dragging on and on. I feel like I've been
kicked in the gut. I was looking forward to a resolution
of thi. nightmare "
He also blasted'City Attorney Jim Dye for suggest-
ing the board rehear the case, claiming that Dye is "not
the attorney for the board, so I don't understand how
he speaks for the board." English also said Dye
"blocked every resolution the board wanted to con-
sider" last July.
He said that after the July meeting, he even tried a
suggestion by the board to use topsoil to comply with the
code, much as another North Shore Drive resident has
reportedly done, to meet the fence height requirement.
Instead, someone filed a complaint with Code En-
forcement Officer Gerry Rathvon and English was or-
dered to remove the topsoil.
"I feel like a deer staring in a headlight. I don't
know which way to turn," said an aggravated English.
He's been an Anna Maria resident and property owner
20 years and said he's "never encountered a city as con-
frontational as this 'laid back' community has become.
"It's already cost me.$8,000 and the city is appar-
ently still pursuing the issue. It's not funny anymore."
Code enforcement reactive
in Anna Maria City
Faced with the growing controversy surrounding
the code enforcement case at 776 N. Shore Drive, Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn has reminded the city's code
enforcement board and public that code enforcement in
the city is determined by commission policy, not the
The code enforcement officer can institute enforce-
ment in only two cases: trash, garbage and yard waste
outside a structure at an inappropriate time and during
the turtle nesting season, when there areissues related
to the protection of turtles, she said.
"All other actions are initiated by a complaint, ei-
ther identified or anonymous. It is the complaint that
determines the actions of the CEO, not the CEO."
She noted that in the case of 776 N. Shore Drive,
the CEO "may note that every 'neighboring fence is in
violation, but she cannot take action against those prop-
erty owners because no complaint has been filed."
While this policy "does not make sense to some,"
it is a city commission policy, not that of her adminis-
tration or the CEO.
The commission has discussed the issue of "reac-
tive" versus "proactive"-, and "identified" versus
PLEASE SEE CODE, NEXT PAGE
opposed the measure.
Professional planner Bob Schmitt, who represents
more than 20 business owners in the city, said the mea-
sure is "punitive" to the owner of a 5,000-square-foot
lot because you could have an elevated business in the
ROR, but not a third floor.
In addition, he said, the proposal is also punitive to
owners of residential lots of that size because they
would not be able to build an elevated home per
Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements
and have a second floor of living space.
Business owner Joanne Mattick agreed.
The measure would "wreak economic havoc" in
residential areas because it would inflate the value of
a 37-foot-high home compared with a house that could
.only be 27 feet high.
If an owner "voluntarily" decides to rebuild on a
5,000-square-foot lot, they would be limited to a 27-foot-
high structure. If that house were destroyed by an emer-
gency, the owner could rebuild to 37 feet, she observed.
"This doesn't make sense and it's punitive to my
neighbors. It's a terrible mistake if the planning and
zoning board recommends this" to the city commis-
sion, she concluded.
Property owner John Cagnina pointed out that
5,000- square-foot lots have always been part of the
city since the original plat. Owners of such lots should
not be held to more restrictive standards than those who
own larger lots, he maintained.
SThe board was attempting to limit the height of
new construction, particularly in the ROR district by
restricting new construction to "two habitable floors."
With a 27-foot height restriction, the owner of a
5,000- square-foot lot in the ROR district could only
have two habitable floors, and just one would be resi-
dential if he or she planned to have retail-office space.
Pine Avenue business owner Sandi Oldham noted
that most of the lots on the north side of Pine Avenue
are 5,000 square feet and three of those lots, at the
former Island Marine property, have already been sold.
Board member Doug Copeland, who had favored
a "wedding cake" approach to three-story structures in
the ROR, said Pytel's proposal goes "much further."
The board gave "consensus" to make the 27-foot
limitation a recommendation to the city commission,
but became stuck when it came to the policy for struc-
tures in the ROR district, regardless of lot size. The
proposed policy would limit structures in the district to
"two habitable floors."
Property owners in the ROR protested and board
chairman Chris Collins suggested the board "come
back to this" at its Oct. 24 meeting. The board will also
continue discussion.of other goals, objective and poli-
cies in the FLUE at that meeting.
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Code issues clarified
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
"anonymous" complaints on numerous occasions since
she has been in office, SueLynn observed. The com-
mission "continues to maintain that it is in the best in-
terests of the city that the CEO remain reactive." In
other words, a complaint must be filed at city hall be-
fore the CEO takes any action and that "anonymous
complaints" are justifiable.
The mayor added that while the "outcome" of the
code enforcement board's July decision in the case
"appeared to accuse the CEO of selective enforce-
ment," that is "not the case."
The CEO did see other fences in the area that may
violate the city's fence ordinance, but could take no
action because no complaint had been filed. The inves-
tigation into the fence at 776 N. Shore Drive was sim-
ply a "reaction" to a complaint filed by a neighbor.
"There was no selective enforcement regarding this
case, or any other that she has been involved with," the
SueLynn also noted that a formal complaint has
now been filed against a fence at 801 N. Shore Drive
and the CEO is investigating.
The Anna Maria Hurricane Evacuation Assis-
tance and Relocation Team has a new adoptee.
A man from Mississippi, who wishes to re-
main anonymous, contacted HEART through
the Anna Maria Island Community Center for
.According to HEART member Shannon
Dell, the recipient is not only living on the Is-
land, but has secured employment on the Island.
HEART is seeking the following items for his
assistance: casual shirts, casual pants and shorts.
His shirt size is medium and his pants size is 31/
32. These items can be dropped off at the Center.
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DOT has projects
for Bradenton Beach
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Transportation has
plans for three enhancement/beautification projects for
Bradenton Beach and will consolidate all three into one
contract. The city has received matching grant funds
from the DOT for the projects.
DOT representative Chris Piazza told members of the
Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Committee Corridor
Management Entity Oct. 4 that the design and engineer-
ing phase of the projects is in its 2005-06 budget and con-
struction should begin during the 2006-07 fiscal year.
The projects include sidewalks and pedestrian
safety measures, a new entrance sign at the Gulf Drive-
Cortez Road intersection and an upgrade of the traffic
light at that intersection to include a voice-operated
pedestrian crossing signal.
In other business, the CME learned from Public
Works Director Dottie Poindexter that Gulf Drive at
the S-curve may not conform to the proper DOT mark-
ers. The road was washed out by a hurricane in the
early 1950s and many not have been rebuilt entirely on
DOT right of way.
Longboat notes 50 years
with 'old-time fish fry'
An "old-time fish fry" will help celebrate Longboat
Key's 50th anniversary Oct. 21 at one of the key's old-
est buildings. .
The key's historical society will sponsor the event
starting at 5 p.m. at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
& Pub, 760 Broadway, which dates back to 1914, said
Harry Christensen, chairman.
Sixty or more people from around the country who
were on the key in the mid-1950s have been invited to
attend. One exhibit will be photos of a 1953 fish fry at
the Broadway-Gulf of Mexico Drive intersection.
Live music, door prizes, "old-timers," and of
course fresh-fried fish will be among the features,
Tickets at $20 (children free) are available at the.
Chamber of Commerce, 6960 GMD; Longboat Key
Liquor Store, 6850 GMD; Wagner Realty, 5360 GMD;
and the Whitney Beach Post Office. Details are avail-
able at 383-0777 or 383-2391.
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Here we go again
Like Yogi Berra said, "It's like d6jA vu, all over
Once again, we learned last week that the Manatee
County School District has made plans to cut amenities
and trees at the Anna Maria Elementary School.
The notices for a "site utilization" meeting, actually
discussion of construction and landscape plans, were sent
home with kids the same day as the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
meeting last week. Hardly time or notice to plan to attend,
make dinner, feed the kids and get back to school.
It's sad to think that the amenities that were offered
to the community as "carrots" compensation, really -
for the loss of the oak trees, playground equipment, ca-
boose and memorials are slowly being whittled away.
The school's grandiose plans have been scuttled to
meet rising costs, and what responsible organization
doesn't plan for inflation and cost increases for a project
of this scope and size?
Canceled: The new auditorium, which, was to adjoin
the music and art rooms and connect by a breeze\\ a to
Canceled: The portico for the "new" auditorium.
Canceled: The amphitheater and meandering alk -
way next to the new auditorium for outdoor activities
among the school's aging oak trees.
Canceled: The outdoor "'picnic" jrea and courtyard
adjacent to the cafeteria.
Instead, we're told the new plan incorporates more
"open space" and that community will now have "oppor-
tunities" to pay for enhancements.
School officials allegedly said the Island community
"has a tremendous amount of interest in raising money."
And that's insulting. '
It's a slap in the face along with the snickers and
whispers shared by the officials at last week's Tuesday
meeting when they noted none of the past protesters were
In fact, many of the protesters removed their children
from the school. Many of the remainder have concerns of
retribution from staff and teachers. Many weren't'at the
meeting because they were not provided sufficient notice.
This community is willing to do-what it takes even
to raise.money -. to get the best school possible for our
children and future children on the Island, but should we
be told we have to?
Or does the district, after 50 years of neglect, after
bulldozing 100-year-old oaks and the playground equip-
ment (bought with community funds), owe us an excep-
tional school with all the amenities, bells and whistles,
along with preservation of the bayfront site the school
Damn right, they owe us all that.
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Shell fish limits
This morning while walking the beach, my com-
panion and I noticed a very disturbing event. Several
beachcombers were taking live sand dollars from the
beach both by the handful and by the bucketful. We
stopped several individuals and questioned whether
they were aware of the difference between live and
dead sand dollars. Some people were, others were
not. While we were able to point out the difference
to the few individuals we spoke with, I'm sure there
are other guests on the island who are not aware that
it is illegal to take live shells.
Our beautiful Island has suffered greatly this
year because of the red tide and we have lost count-
less fish and birds. Let's not deplete our sand dollars,
E. Otto, Holmes Beach
EDITOR'S NOTE: Manatee County law prohibits
anyone from taking more than two live shellfish, in-
cluding sand dollars, from county waters in one day.
Changed- in Cortez
Cortez indeed is going through some changes,
some for the good and one for the bad.
For the good, the Neighborhood Watch program.
You can never have too many folks looking out for
For the good, the new road improvements, drain-
age improvements, sidewalks and bike paths. It is a
mess right now, but it will be for the good in the long,
For the good, the old school house renovations.
Good for the museum and community projects. Go
For the good, Manatee County negotiating for the
Seafood Shack property for a public boat ramp, mu-
seum and all kinds of good projects that could go on
there. Good for the whole county.
For the good, Hunters Hill development. Key
West-style homes that will fit in with Cortez. A mana-
tee preserve and Leffis Key-style bay walk. No big
For the good, Pelican Pete's opening up.
For the good, Cortez Cove Boat Works, a long-
needed place for the commercial boats to be repaired.
Same goes for the Taylor Boat Works. The channel
dredging that is starting in the next month, all good for
Now the bad project that's overboard is the project
the old C-N-C Marina's new owner would like to put
up. Four big buildings that are going to house 330
The reason it's bad for the community is the noise,
traffic on the road and in the peaceful canal that's home
to many manatees and wildlife. The people need to
wake up every day and look at those buildings what
a ruin for those folks.
Yes, we do need places for boats, but this is over-
board. Please scale back this project. Ask the folks that
live by Bradenton Beach Marina what it's like to have
one big building by them, let alone four.
Leda Weng, Cortez
Oughta be a law
My wife and I are frequent visitors to Anna
Maria Island. We come over from Lakeland to visit
a friend in Holmes Beach during the winter months.
We love it.
One thing has bugged me just a bit, and the
Bradenton Beach newspaper rack story reminded me
of it. City officials will complain about the unsight-
liness of something like a news rack, but say noth-
ing about the hundreds of bent-over, rusted, faded
and otherwise ugly real estate signs that dot the land-
There ought to be a law. The Anna Maria City
Commission should have some time now that they have
solved their parking problems.
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THE ISLANDER U OCT. 12, 2005 U PAGE 7
Hurry! Hurricane relief drive ending Saturday
By Jim Hanson
The Anna Maria Island Privateers hurricane relief
campaign is ending today, but "Shiprek" says you can
still get items aboard the ship to Tampa if you hurry.
He has extended the deadline to Saturday, Oct. 15,
the day the relief supplies are being loaded again
aboard the Privateers' boat/float to be turned over to
Tampa's Inter-Krewe Council of pirate organizations
for delivery to hurricane-ravaged areas by Angel
"Shiprek" is the Privateers' pirate name for Gre-
gory Davidson, president of the civic organization. He
and a couple of fellow-Privateers and two or three
firefighters have escorted the first load to Tampa, and
another load will go Saturday.
The organization and West Manatee Fire and Res-
cue District have been receiving the goods for nearly
two weeks, and this is the final week for collection, said
The Privateers and firemen will load their ship
starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the volunteer
fire station at 100 Second St. N. in Bradenton Beach,
where the donations have been stored.
Still needed are items that help rescue and rehabili-
tation workers do their job disposable work cloth-
ing, boots in sizes 9 to 12, commercial-grade chain
saws, hard hats, flashlights and batteries, T-shirts from
L to XXL, hand saws, tool belts, hammers, nails, safety
goggles and work gloves.
Beyond the workers' equipment, people need just
about anything for basic survival that would help some-
one who has lost everything from diapers to bed
sheets to air conditioners to tents and on and on, said
They may be taken to the fire station in Holmes
Beach, 6001 Marina Drive, or, on the mainland, the one
at 10350 Cortez Road or 407 67th St. They will be
transported to the volunteer fire station for transport
aboard the Privateers ship.
For people who can't get to the station with their
donations, call Privateer Jim Brannon at 284-1675 and
he will see that it is picked up. He has worked virtually
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Patriots prep baseball to call Birdie Tebbetts Field home
By Kevin Cassidy
It appears that Birdie Tebbetts Field has a suitor.
Bradenton Prep, a Manatee County private school, has
entered into talks with Holmes Beach and the Anna
Maria Island Community Center to utilize Birdie
Tebbetts Field as its home field for the 2006 high-
school baseball season.
Bradenton Prep, located at 7900 40th Ave. W. in
Bradenton, previously didn't have a field to call
-"home," so this is good news for first-year varsity
coach Robert Watts. He initiated the talks.
"I read a story in The Islander," Watts said, "'If they
build it, will they come?' about Birdie Tebbetts Field not
getting any regular use, so I decided to make a couple of
calls." He said that after talking with Center athletic direc-
tor Andy Jonatzke, assistant Holmes Beach city clerk Lori
Foumier, Mayor Carol Whitmore and City Commissioner
Don Maloney that it might be feasible.
Whitmore said that when she had talked to Watts,
she directed him to the right people to get his team on
the field. She added," I've told the maintenance staff
that we've definitely got people scheduled to use the
field so they're working hard to get it into tip-top
SThat Bradenton Prep was lacking a place to play
home games seems odd, considering the school's prox-
imity to Palma Sola Park, which has soccer fields, two
softball fields and a full-size baseball field right next
Watts says he's tried to get permission to use the
baseball field from Manatee County Parks and Recre-
ation Department, but county staff is reluctant. He says
he was told there's a "pecking order" for use of the
fields, starting with public schools and followed by
community groups such as Little League and Babe
Ruth. Bradenton Prep is considered a private organiza-
tion and therefore falls at the bottom of the county's
In the past, -when Bradenton Prep arranged to use
the county field, both the scoreboard and concession
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stand were off limits.
But Watts is excited about his team and the fact
that they will have a field to call home for the first time
in the school's history. "We've got some good return-
ing talent from last year when we went 4-6-1 as an in-
dependent. This year we're moving into class IA, Dis-
trict 8, and will compete against teams like Bradenton
Christian, Southwest Florida Christian, Sarasota Chris-
tian and the Manatee Heat."
When asked about lights or more to the point,
lack of lighting at Birdie Tebbetts Field, Watts said
lights would be nice, but there are more pressing issues
than lights at this point. "I think the dugouts need to be
enclosed, a bullpen and a batting cage are needed as
well, but right now I'm just happy to be able to sched-
ule home games."
Bradenton Prep currently has seven "away games"
scheduled, but home games will increase the schedule
now that they know they have a place to play.
According to Jonatzke, the Center is working to
seal the deal, but he doesn't think there are any hidden
problems that would-prevent the school from using the
field. Jonatzke added, "I think it could be good for Is-
land baseball in general because Little Leaguers will be
able to watch high school baseball right on the Island."
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THE ISLANDER O OCT. 12, 2005 U PAGE 9
Islanders lend support.to London cancer event
With the help and support of members of the Anna
Maria Island community, Storm Rodger, Louise
Vaughan and Averil Gerhardt raised close to $8,000 for
the "Weekend to Breakthrough Breast Cancer" held in
London Sept. 24-25.
The event involved a 38-mile walk around London
to raise money for breast cancer research. Rodger said
the walk began Saturday at 8 a.m. in Greenwich Park
she and her friends finished for the day at 5 p.m. in
Finsbury Park, where they spent the night in a tent.
"There-were more than 2,000 pink tents in the
park," Rodger recalled.
On Sunday, the walk resumed at 7:30 a.m. and the
trio reached the finish line back in Greenwich Park at
Rodger said the fundraising journey was not easy
and she would like to give special thanks to the Island
community members who helped, in particular her
parents, Odette and Alva Rodger, owners of Charlie's
on the Island restaurant.
Louise Vaughan, Storm Rodger and Averil Gerhardt
participated in a weekend event held in London to
raise money for breast cancer research. Rodger is
the daughter of Odette and Alva Rodger, owners of
Charlie's on the Island restaurant.
"Without their support I don't think I would have
exceeded my fundraising target," Storm Rodger said.
She also thanked Amy and Robert Harper, Melissa
Lazzara, Midge Braun, Karen LaPensee, Lauren Price
and the Sandbar restaurant for all their donations and
This was the first time the weekend event was held
in the United Kingdom, as it is usually held through-
SAccording to Storm, the weekend brought together
2,107 men and women, and raised nearly $8 million.
"We must be crazy," said Rodger. She and her
friends have signed up for the 2006 Weekend to Break-
through Breast Cancer. "Hopefully our blisters will
have healed by then."
Rodger, a London resident, said her reasons for
participating in the event are two-fold members of
her family have suffered from breast cancer and so
many other women are at risk that she wanted to do
something to help.
To learn more about the event, which will be held
in Canada and the United Kingdom next year, go to the
Web site www.breakthroughweekend.org.
Islander selected as heart walk 'Red Cap Ambassador'
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Island's Chandler Hardy is an active
sixth-grader attending King Middle School on the
Braden River campus. He is also the face of the Mana-
tee-Sarasota American Heart Association Walk, hav-
ing been selected as the 2005 Red Cap Ambassador.
A "red cap" survivor is anyone who is a heart dis-
ease or stroke survivor and, as a "red cap" ambassador,
Hardy has been chosen to tell his survivor story through
the media to help raise awareness and funds for heart
disease and stroke research.
Hardy had open heart surgery at 3 weeks old to
correct switched arteries. His mom, KayKay, said the
procedure used to be done in three separate surgeries,
but Chandler was one of the first to have the procedure
done with just one surgery.
"There is no special reason it happened," said
KayKay, "and heart surgery is more common in chil-
dren than people think."
More Americans die from heart disease and stroke
than any-other affliction. KayKay said she wasn't
aware of the prevalence of heart disease before having
a "heart kid."
"I took Chandler home from the hospital thinking
everything was fine," she said. "We went for the two-
week checkup thinking things were good, even though
he was very quiet and his breathing was fast."
Chandler's doctor recognized the warning signs
and sent the family directly to All Children's Hospital
where the corrective surgery was performed. Chandler
spent two weeks in the hospital before returning home.
Since the surgery, he has been a normal, active and
healthy kid who loves to play sports.
"Thanks to the research and development that's
been done this is why he can be normal," said
Chandler gets a checkup every six months to moni-
tor his heart as he grows, but he has been doing great.
This summer Chandler attended the Boggy Creek
Camp for "heart kids" for the first time and KayKay
said he was surprised at his own good health in relation
to some of the other campers.
After the camp, Hardy was extended an invitation
to be this year's Red Cap Ambassador.
It's the first year the Hardy family is participating
in the walk and they're honored by Chandler's desig-
nation. At the fundraising kickoff for this year's walk,
KayKay was invited to share her story at a luncheon for
Chandler is featured in event advertisements, in-
cluding a commercial airing on ABC television.
Hardy is raising pledges online through the Ameri-
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join them on the walk. The "Changing Hearts with
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Haydn's Symphony No. 4, Concertino da Camera by
Ibert, first movement of Boieldieu's Concerto for Harp,
and selections from Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2,
Other concerts: Dec. 18, "Messiah and More,"
Haydn's "Toy Symphony" and selections from the
Advent portion of Handel's "Messiah;" Feb. 12, "An
Afternoon in Vienna," selections from the works of
Haydn, Kreisler, Lehar, Strauss, Schubert and
Sieczynski; and March 26, "A Mozart Celebration,"
selections from Figaro, operas, and Requiem.
Further information may be obtained by calling
Island historical society
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society is seek-
ing artisans and crafts people to demonstrate old-fash-
ioned skills, such as basket-weaving and needlework,
at the Island museum during Bayfest Oct. 15.
Both Belle Haven and the Island museum will be
open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for.the Bayfest event and
the Historical Society will selling Early Settler's Bread
in addition to holding a membership drive. New mem-
bers will receive a free poster of the Island designed by
There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets cost $1 or
$5 for six tickets.
For more information, call the Historical Society at
Chandler Hardy heart ambassador
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9
Chandler" team goal is to raise $2,000 and recr
walkers. To date the team has raised $425 and rec
four team members.
Chandler's personal fundraising goal is $20'
The walk takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct.
Siesta Key Beach. To make a donation online,
heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/ and click or
"Sponsor Participant" link. You'll be prompted to
in the participant's name, which will give you a 1
the team page, where donations can be pledged
can also sign up to be part of the "Changing Hearts
Chandler" team through the team page.
In addition to KayKay, Chandler is supported t
Dan and brothers Hunter, 14, Denver, 9, and Coop
'Changing Hearts with Chandler'
Chandler Hardy and family will participate in the
upcoming American Heart Association Walk. The
team name is "Changing Hearts with Chandler" and
members of the community are welcome to join the
team for the walk. Pictured with Chandler are
parents Dan and KayKay and brothers Denver,
Hunter and Cooper. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Fred and Pansy Heger of Holmes Beach announce
the engagement of their daughter Daphne to Todd
Briggs, son of Stephen and Mary Briggs of Decatur,
Ill. Both are graduates of Illinois State University,
where they met. Now living in Chicago, she is
employed at the University of Chicago Hospital and
he is with the accounting firm ofMcGladrey &
Pullen. Their wedding is planned for Holmes Beach.
Key networking Wednesday
A "join the lunch bunch" networking luncheon will
be at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S.,
Bradenton Beach, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The affair is sponsored by the Longboat-Lido-St.
Armands Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $15 for mem-
bers, $20 for nonmembers. Details may be obtained by
Solutions for parents
A parent support group will launch its season at 6
p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, with a discussion of "Posi-
tive Discipline Solutions" at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The Center's family therapist, Shirley Romberger,
will act as facilitator for the meeting. The group henceforth
will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Cost is $5 per person. Interested persons may register and
obtain further information by calling 778-1908.
T lia der
THE BES1 -3 YEARS
s with Ten years ago in the Oct. 12, 1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
)y dad Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Officer Mike
S Heistand resigned his position after the city commission
moved responsibility for his duties from the public works
department to the police department, claiming he' was not
supposed to report directly to the police chief but the
mayor. Heistand had been a city employee for 14 years.
Bradenton Beach voters in the December city elec-
tion will be given the opportunity to vote on whether or
not they approve of a new 65-foot-high fixed-span bridge
to replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The Holmes Beach City Commission passed an
ordinance to regulate dock usage in canals along Ma-
rina Drive between 72nd and 77th Street, an area com-
monly know as the T-end canal section of the city. City
Attorney Patricia Petruff said affected persons would
S own the dock structure.
on A.M.I. -
Date Low High Rainfall
Oct. 2 74 91 Trace
Oct. 3 76 90 0
Oct. 4 78 90 0
Oct. 5 76 88 .30
Oct. 6 77 87 1.30
Oct. 7 78 87 .60
Oct. 8 71 88 .10
Average Gulf water temperature 840
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily.
on Anna Maria
By Rik C.al '
Members of Anna Maria's capital improvements
advisory committee thou'i'ht a joint meeting with the
city commission Oct. 4 \\ a, to discuss methods of fi-
nancing approximately $1.3 million for the long-over-
due drainage and road work needed in the city.
Members of the city commission, however,
thought the meeting was to discuss potential grants
from the Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
"Where are we going with this?" said Commis-
sioner Dale Woodland after hearing a lengthy presen-
tation by Mayor SueLynn on costs and funding of road
and drainage projects. "I didn't think talking about
Swiftmud is about funding."
Maybe not, replied the mayor, but this was impor-
tant information for the city commission.
She said the city could do all the road and
stormwater improvement projects in two years at a cost
of $1.3 million and could pay off the loan in seven or
eight years, depending upon the amount budgeted each
year by the commission. The 2005-06 budget has
$185,000 set aside for either debt service or directly for
capital improvement projects.
"I feel we need to separate the two," said Wood-
land, noting that Swiftmud's workshop on grants avail-
able for municipal drainage projects is Oct. 14.
Agreed, said Commission Chairman John Quam.
He believes the commission needs to determine what
grants the city can obtain before committing to fund-
ing. "We need to look at grants first," he said.
Great, said CIAC member Bob Caron. The CIAC
has been talking to the commission about the priority
list of capital improvement projects and funding and
rising construction costs for the past,two years "to no
It would be a positive step for the city and the resi-
dents if the commission would commit to the road and
drainage projects now, he said. "It doesn't make sense
to keep putting this off," he added.
But the commission is committed to doing the
projects, replied Quam. It just hasn't decided whether
to fund them through long-term borrowing or by an
annual budget allocation.
The latter would cost the city much more in the
long run, Peron noted, somethingthat's been said to the
commission for numerous times the past two years.
SueLynn added that the original 2003 estimate for
construction costs has increased about $100,000 the
past two years due to inflation and the rising cost of
But the commission reached no consensus on fund-
ing the capital improvement projects through a long-
term debt, opting instead to gather information from the
Oct. 14 Swiftmud meeting to determine what grants
might be obtained before making any decision on fi-
CIAC board member Bill Snow predicted the city
would get, at most, just one matching grant, for maybe
$300,000. And that money wouldn't become available
until the 2006-07 budget, if then.
Artist guild makeover party set
The Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island will cel-
ebrate its 12-day makeover project with a public party
at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.
The guild is at 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
People making purchases of art during the week will
receive a free note card designed by one of the 100 artist
members of the guild, and will be eligible for a chance to
win a piece of jewelry donated by Diane Labhart.
Making over the gallery were the gallery committee
- Phyllis Cogan, chairperson, along with Peggy Potter,
Joan Voyles, Faye Nierman and Lolly Owens along with
volunteers Bettina Sego, Barbara and David Hines, Chris
Holbrook, Chris Huntington, Shirley O'Day, Diane
Labhart and Penny Williams. Others included Light Up
Your Life, Moritz Inderbiden, Jackson Holmes Painting,
Bettina Sego Interiors, and Bob Cain.
Additional details may be obtained by calling 778-
Plans for entry
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee is moving forward with plans to beau-
tify the two medians at Manatee Avenue and East
Bay Drive with the goal of creating a more aes-
thetically appealing entry to the city.
Committee members proposed adding more
Indian hawthorhe for ground covering and planting
salt-tolerant flowering plants such as zamia, yellow
lantana, marigolds or pansies to add seasonal color.
The committee plans to leave space for sea-
sonal changes, such as adding potted poinsettias in
the winter, and mums at Thanksgiving.
Plans include keeping the basic design simple
and interchanging blooming plants for the season.
Committee members would also like to replace
the small palm that died and inquired if more palms
could be added without hindering sight require-
ments for traffic.
Plans call for the city to maintain the medians
with the help of the Island Rotary Club, which has
been asked to purchase the plant material.
The medians have an irrigation system in
place. The committee is interested in seeking sup-
port from businesses along East Bay Drive for the
purchase of seasonal plants.
The committee will meet again at 5 p.m. Nov. 2.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Oct. 6, 500 block of Pine Avenue, unregistered
vehicle. A man was cited for driving an unregistered
vehicle and for not having his driver's license in his
possession. The vehicle was towed.
Oct. 6, 200 Gulf Drive N., beach area parking,
criminal mischief. The handle and lock of a rental car
were reportedly damaged.
Oct. 8, 100 block of Fourth Street North, domes-
tic disturbance. A mother and daughter were involved
in a domestic dispute when the daughter refused to let
her mother drive after she had reportedly been drink-
Oct. 10, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga Inn, warrant
arrest. A man was arrested on a Manatee County war-
rant for violation of parole.
Oct. 1, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue, battery. A.
v. oman \\ a anested after allegedlJ hitting her hulbaind
during an argument
Oct. 2. 1 10) block of 3(.)h street, criminal:mischief.
Eg- \ie ec repoired\l, thio\ n Iat t \o parked vehicles.
O)ct.. 2, 3U100 block of A\\enue, E, suspicious inci-
dent. A \\oman reported that her roolmmrate dirl e her
car to: :store on the mainland w\ ihout her permission
and \ iai un:ible to return the \ chicle because it ran out
of gas. The keys to the vehicle and loommate were
.elurlned home by the officer.
Oct. 2, 33rd Street beach accc ., -theft. A laser
transmitter was reportedly stolen from the beach
Oct. 2, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's Island Store,
information. A driver reportedly left without paying for
gas. Using the license plate number, the officer was
able tofind the driver at home. According to the report,
a credit card error caused the misunderstanding and the
driver returned to the station to pay the amount due.
Oct. 3, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, information. A
woman reported receiving disturbing phone calls from
Oct. 4, 200 block of 71st Street, theft. A man re-
ported that someone stole the gate latches from his
Oct. 9, 5410 Marina Drive, D. Coy Ducks, theft. A
man reported some bottles of alcohol stolen from the
Oct. 9, 6800 block of Marina Drive, theft. A
woman reported two "four-wheeler" vehicles stolen
from her residence.
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Chuck Stearns, 67, a former
Holmes Beach police officer for
nearly-11 years from 1990 to 2001
and a West Manatee Fire and Res-
cue District fire commissioner and
pension board trustee from 1998 to
2000, died Oct. 10.
He had suffered an aneurysm
on the Key Royale Club golf course
on Sept. 29.
Holmes Beach Police Chief
Jay Romine said Stearns, who was
known to many as "Officer
Friendly," passed 'away "sur-
rounded by his loved ones."
A celebration of life is planned
for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Ma-
rina Drive. Romine said all are in-
vited to attend and share memories
The memorial will be followed
by a casual gathering at Duffy's
Tavern opposite city hall on Marina
Drive, where Chuck and wife
Lynda are considered "family."'
Robert Dean Tribble
Robert Dean Tribble, 40, of Braden-
ton, died Oct. 1.
Born in Canada, Mr. Tribble moved
to Manatee County 12 years ago. He
was kitchen manager at Peaches Restau-
rant and bass guitarist and vocalist for
the Almost Famous Band. He was a
member of Roser Memorial Community
Church, Anna Maria City.
A memorial fund has been estab-
lished by friend of the family Sharon
Villars at Wachovia Bank for the
He is survived by wife Kelley Nudd;
daughters Caitlin and Erin; son Dylan,
brother Jaime and wife Lisa; sister Mary
Grace; and parents Larry and Grace.
Henry Raymond "Ray" Whitehead,
92, of Bradenton, died Oct. 6.
Born in Laurel, Md., Mr. Whitehead
moved to Manatee County 20 years ago.
He was a retired electrician. He served
in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of the Masonic
Lodge, Moose Lodge and American
Legion in Laurel. He was Episcopalian.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, at Griffith-Cline Fu-
neral Home, Island Chapel, 6000 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial
contributions may be made to Shriners
Hospital for Children, Boumi Temple,
P.O. Box 9695, Baltimore MD 21237.
He is survived by wife of 59 years
Isabel; son Edward of Manhattan Beach,
Calif., H. Allen of Frenchtown, N.J., and
Robert H. of Bradenton; 11 grandchil-
dren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Robert Earl Wilson
Robert Earl Wilson, 86, of Braden-
ton and formerly Holmes Beach, died
Born in Homestead Park, Pa., Mr.
Wilson moved to Manatee County in
1948. He was retired from the U.S. Postal
Service. He served in the U.S. Army Air
Corps in Iwo Jima during World War II
and was among those honored at the U.S.
World War II Memorial in Washington,
D.C. He was an active member of St. Jo-
seph Parish, St. Bernard Parish and Sts.
Peter and Paul Parish, and was a founding
member of St. Joseph Catholic Church
and School and Cardinal Mooney High
School in Sarasota. He was an active
member of the Holy Name Society .and
served in leadership roles in the Boy
Scouts of America.
Visitation was Oct. 6 and Memorial
Mass Oct. 7 at St. Joseph Catholic
Church. Memorial contributions may be
made to St. Joseph Church, 3100 26th
St. W,, Bradenton FL.34205. Brown and
Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 65 years
Relda C.; daughters Mary C. of Atlanta
and Mary Ann Wilson Burch of Braden-
ton; sons Patrick C. of Lake Worth,
Timothy R. of Denton, Texas, Michael
of Little Rock, Ark., and Joseph of
Bradenton; two nieces,; eight grandchil-
dren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mexicali Border Cafe will cater the
Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization Mexican-Aherican-
themed prior to the PTO. meeting and
third-grade play Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Dinner will be served from 5 to 7
p.m. in the cafeteria.
Dinner cost is $7 for adults and $5
for children. Dessert items will be do-
nated by AME kindergarten families.
Following the dinner will be a
brief PTO meeting and presentation of
the third-grade musical "Just for
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Lunch: French Toast Sticks or Cheese Omelet, Potato Smiles, Applesauce, Fresh
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal, Toast, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
Lunch: Hamburger or Cheeseburger, Muffin and Yogurt Plate, Steamed Carrots,
Chips, Fresh Veggies with Dip, Peaches
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Breakfast: Waffle Sticks, Bagel, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Nachos with Meat Sauce or Trout Melt Sandwich, Spanish Rice, Winter
Mix, Sliced Pears
SThursday, Oct. 20
Breakfast: Fresh Baked Muffin, Cereal, Toast, Super Donut, Fruit
Lunch: Student.Planned Menu
Friday, Oct. 21
Breakfast: Mini Pancakes, Cereal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza or Hot Dog, Corn, Caesar Salad, Juice Bar
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Mexicali dinner at AME
THE ISLANDER M OCT. 12, 2005 M PAGE 13
60.mile walkers raise $5 million
The Anna Maria Island team in the
weekend's 60-mile walk for the breast
cancer fight raised an astonishing
$50,000 as their part of an even more
astonishing $5 million raised by women
from all parts of Tampa Bay.
Michele Schenk of Holmes Beach,
who participated and spoke for the Is-
land-based Hope for Hooters team, said
it was one of the most gratifying things
she's done blistered feet and all.
There was heat stroke and dehydra-
tion and sore hips and joints among the
walkers, she said, so she hardly feels the
pain of her lesser ailment, the blisters:
"It's still easier than going through che-
motherapy" for breast cancer.
She raised $3,000 herself from
sponsors she found before the big walk.
They started in the rain in
Clearwater's Coachman Park and
walked for three days to end their jour-
ney at Raymond James Stadium in
Tampa, "where friends and family
cheered us, hugged us and cried with
They covered 23 miles the first day,
20 the second and 17 the last day, when
they admittedly were tiring and walking
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heat. But [the support team] was awe-
some, always there to cheer us on,feed us,
help us with our wounds and, best of all,
hug us. The final night was filled with
music and dance, with no rain."
Islanders on Hope for Hooters were
team captain Nancy Sanders, Schenk,
Grace Cuff, Peggy Douglas, Ilona
Kenrick, Sandee Pruett and Tammy
Trainman, along with off-Islanders
Holly Carnes, Angela Contreras, Jan
Essenwein, Carla Gerstner, Jill
Herringhaus, Jull Hunter, Pamela Karpf,
Natalie Nichols, Marti Ryan and Judy
Cortez boats triumphant 'up north'
By Jim Hanson
Cortez volunteers built their boats
by. hand from the keel up, took them
north and whipped the competition at
"the most prestigious event of its kind
on the Atlantic Coast."
They represented and very well,
at that the Florida Gulf Coast Mari-
time Museum of Cortez and its tradi-
tional boat-building program. Some 20
volunteers from the program went to the
big Chesapeake Bay event.
At least 250 traditionally hand-built
wooden boats were in the Mid-Atlantic
Small Craft Festival, said Roger Allen,
director 'of the Cortez program and
"skipper" of the delegation,'if a group of
such independent souls can accept a
The brand new Sallie Adams,
christened and launched the day be-
fore the group left Cortez, won what
Allen described -as "the people's
choice ai.;r ai.d" best of show. And
she also was judged third best in the
traditional boat-building competition.
The boat is a 21-foot-spritsail-rigged
First place in traditional boat-build-
ing went to another of the Cortez entries,
the Fair Hope wooden sloop built by
Turner Matthews of Bradenton, who has
back at Center
Jo Gustafsen will return to the
Anna Mariar Island Community
Center with a four-week series on
one-stroke painting starting Oct.
The course will meet from
10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Friday
at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Registration deadline
is Oct. 21. Cost is $65 for members,
$75 for nonmembers. Details are
a.'ailable at 778-1908.
been active in the Cortez museum's pro-
gram since it began.
Bob Pitt, the museum's head boat-
builder, and his Babe won the best res-
toration prize, which he shared with the
many volunteers who worked with him
restoring the Bahamas sloop. It is the
kind used in the long-ago Spanish fish-
ery on the West Coast of Florida.
In the traditional boat regatta associ-
ated with the small craft festival of the
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at St.
Michaels, Md., the local delegation placed
third with the 17-foot ketch Junie Jump
Up, also built by Matthews and Pitt.
On the way home from St.
Michaels, Cortezians paused at Beau-
fort, N.C., for the United Sprits'l Skiff
race off the south end of the Outer
Banks. The Carolina contingent was
able to enter only three skiffs, for the
area .had been ravaged by Hurricane
Ophelia only a week before.
Cortez put two boats in the water,
the Sallie Adams and the Skipjack, built
by Jim Alderman of Snead Island Boat
Works in Palmetto. Sallie's crew con-
sisted of Allen Garner, president of.the
Cortez organization Florida Institute for
Saltwater Heritage, along with volunteer
Paul Thomas and Roger Allen.
They didn't feel too badly about not
crossing the finish line first, for the win-
ner was the sister skiff Skipjack, whose
crew was builder Jim Alderman, his son
Gary, and the museum's Bob Pitt.
Island Art League
A class in yoga called "New-to-
Yoga" will begin Nov. 7 at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, with
Preston Whaley Jr. instructing.
It will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Monday thereafter. Cost is $32 per
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Passage Key refuge passes 100-year mark
By Joe W. Chiles
Special to The Islander
While waiting for a boat from the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to pick up the press representatives
from this side of Tampa Bay on Columbus Day, I be-
gan to muse on several matters regarding Passage Key.
Most locals don't think of it as one of the nation's ear-
liest national wildlife refuges second, fourth or
sixth, depending on who does the counting.
Instead, they know it as famous for where boaters
in the bay area tie up on weekends and holidays for
nude sunbathing. I wondered if our flotilla would be
like Columbus approaching an island and being greeted
by naked natives. I'm sure the host officials were re-
lieved this was not to occur on the day honoring the
100th anniversary of a small islet being set aside as a
rookery and roost for large numbers of gulls, terns,
skimmers and other shorebirds.
I then was reminded that the name Passage Key
predates the name for Anna Maria Island by at least 15
years. A map said to have been ordered by Zachary
Taylor in 1839 clearly identifies Passage Key, Egmont
Key and Mullet Key. On the other hand, Anna Maria
is called Long Island, while Longboat Key is called
Palm Island. A copy of this map is on a wall in the
Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, should anyone
care to study it.
Passage Key lies across Tampa Bay perhaps a mile
north of Bean Point at the northern tip of Anna Maria.
It is seen from there as treeless with a slender white
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Pier, it took us only a few minutes to approach it.
Posted signs state it is protected from any access and
boats must remain a certain distance off shore.
It is known that Passage Key today is much smaller
than it once was, whatever the reason. I had to specu-
late it may soi-,nda become an "underwater refuge."
'For the sake of the thousands of birds that call it home
it at various times, let's hope this never happens.
The anniversary ceremony took place on Egmont
Key and was attended by government officials as well
as representatives from a number of volunteer organi-
zations active with the refuges in Tampa Bay. It was
led by James Kraus, manager of the Chassahowitzka
National Wildlife Refuge complex the agency over-
seeing Passage Key and four other refuges on the Gulf
coast of central Florida.
Speakers included James Kurth, deputy chief in
Washington, D.C., of the National Wildlife Refuge Sys-
tem under the FWS within the Department of the Interior,
and Mack Ames, a great-grandson of President Theodore
Roosevelt. Ames spoke of the passion of his forbear for
conservation and quoted from speeches and writings both
during arid after his presidency. Ames himself is an active
environmentalist out in the Dakotas.
The most eloquent speaker was Sam Gibbons, the
retired long-time congressman from Tampa. Mr. Gib-
bons told of his work resulting in refuge status for
Egmont Key and the feed for the next generation to
obtain similar protection for other undeveloped keys
and islets in the central Florida area, especially near
Richard Meyers, assistant refuge manager of the
Chassahowitzka complex and head of its St. Petersburg
office is in charge of three refuges in the Tampa Bay
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area. (The third is called Pinellas and consists of vari-
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sage Key Refuge resulted from.local groups getting the
national association of individual Audobon societies -
the apparent precursor of the National Audobon Soci-
ety to publicize the need for protection and see that
it was brought to the attention of President Roosevelt.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Meyers confirms that Passage Key was used for
both a bombing and gunnery range during World War
II. On rare occasions, an ordnance still turns up. He
speculates the birds likely flew over to Egmont Key
about two miles away when firing and bombing prac-
tice took place.
Nevertheless, my active imagination envisions
hotshot pilots getting brown pelicans in their sights
during a strafing run. I wondered if they got extra
points for blasting the larger white pelicans that win-
ter here from the northwest.
During the boat trip back, I mused about what
Teddy Roosevelt, the original General Bullmoose,
would have thought of one of his wildlife refuges be-
ing used for bombing and firing practice as part of a
war effort. I asked myself: Could that happen again?
Could an aspect of that be happening today with cut-
backs in funding for national parks and other environ-
I then wondered if Passage Key might someday be
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Mexico near our coast. The distance is immaterial because
it puts the proverbial camel's nose under the tent.
There are oil rigs, supposedly camouflaged, which
is a joke, quite close to shore in California and a ref-
uge official confirmed to me that there are leased oil
wells in refuges right now.
Passage Key is treasure, albeit little known to the
general public. We need to do everything necessary to
protect and respect its use as a rookery for the many
birds we like to watch along our Anna Maria shore. We
further need to see that future generations do the same.
Just don't look for me sunbathing on a boat anchored
near the refuge.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A fifth-generation Floridian,
Joe W. Chiles became an Island resident almost a year
ago after having visited here since childhood. He is a
former president of the Louisville Audobon Society as
well as a former president of other environmental or-
ganizations in the Louisville, Ky., area.
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President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated Passage
Key as a national wildlife refuge in 1905. His great-
grandson, Mark Ames, left, was on hand to honor the
100th anniversary Monday with a pelican release
with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Richard Meyers.
Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Gregory "Shiprek" Davidson, president of the
Anna Maria Island Privateers, is reported.in stable con-
dition at Blake Medical Center after collapsing at his
Bradenton home Sunday.
Tests were continuing to determine what caused
the problem, which originally was thought to be
He had been working virtually without pause for
weeks, heading a Privateer drive to collect items for the
relief of hurricane victims. Saturday he and other Pri-
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Wednesday, Oct. 12
7:45 to 9 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce new member breakfast at the Sun House Restau-
rant, 111 Bridge.St., Bradenton Beach. Reservations: 779-
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary meeting at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 761-7957.
7p.m. Healing mass with Eileen Dropic of Our Lady
Queen of Grace Healing Ministry at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Thursday, Oct. 13
1 p.m. Tai Chi for Arthritis with Sherry Fideler at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Sierra Club presents "Walk With Animals:
A Native American Perspective" with Lakota sun dancer
Vince Madden at Phillippi Estate Mansion, Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 330-9603.
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club presents "Shells of
Tonga" at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson
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8 p.m. "Bat Boy: The Musical" opens at the Riverfront
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6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery reopening celebration at the
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Saturday, Oct. 15
7:15 a.m. Manatee Audubon Society trip to Saddle
Creek Park departing from Cracker Barrel, 1-75 and SR 64,
Bradenton. Information: (802) 244-8090. Bring lunch.
9 a.m. to 5p.m. "French Market" at the Village of the
Arts, between Ninth Street West and 14th Street West,
Bradenton. Information: 730-5030.
10 a.m. to 7p.m. Anna Maria Island Bayfest along
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 779-9412.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oktoberfest Suncoast, Sarasota
County Fairgrounds, 3000 Fruitville Road. Fee applies. In-
Noon to 5 p.m. "Symphony of Orchids" Sarasota
Orchid Society show and sale at the Sarasota Municipal
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8 to 11 p.m. "Do Ya Do Ya Do Ya Wanna Dance" at
the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 773-0177. Fee applies.
Sunday, Oct. 16
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Symphony of Orchids" Sarasota
Orchid Society show and sale at Sarasota Municipal Audi-
torium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 918-
4414. Fee applies.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oktoberfest Suncoast, Sarasota
County Fairgrounds, 3000 Fruitville Road. Fee applies. In-
3 p.m. "POPStoberfest" at Neel Performing Arts Cen-
ter, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 351-8000. Fee
4 p.m. Pianist Lillette Jenkins-Wisner performs at
First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton.
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Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information:
7p.m. Sierra Club conservation meeting at Synovus
Bank, 2520 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-
Tuesday, Oct. 18
2 to 6p.m. Flu Shots at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
5 to 7 p.m. Parent-Teacher Organization dinner
catored by Mexicali Border Cafe at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-
5525. Fee applies.
7p.m. AME third-grade play "Just For Grins" at Anna
Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
6 to 7:30 p.m. Parent Support Group at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Informaiton: 778-1908. Babysitting registration and
"The Foreigner" at the Island Players, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, through Oct. 16. Information: 778-5755.
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society "Open Aqueous
Show" at Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat
Drive, Longboat Key, through Oct. 21. Information: 352-796-
Faculty exhibit opening reception at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through Oct. 28. Information: 778-2099.
"Bat Boy: The Musical" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102
Old Main St., Bradenton, through Oct. 30. Information: 748-
5875. Fee applies.
Art by Dee Pastorius at the Island Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Oct. 31. Information:
"The Highwaymen," Florida's African-American land-
scape painters exhibit at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th Street W., Bradenton, through March 12. Information:
746-4131. Fee applies.
Growing Florida Native Plants at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church Oct. 20.
Tri-chamber business after hours event at the Van
Wezel Performing Arts Center Oct. 20.
Wildlife-refuge system presentation at First Presbyte-
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Flu shots at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
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Blood Drive hosted by The Islander, BeachHouse
Restaurant and Publix to benefit Florida Blood
Services's blood bank and the Salvation Army
hurricane relieffund, where $100 will be donated for
her blood contribution by an anonymous foundation.
Calin said, "I'm gonna do this every time from now
on." Gina Cherilus of FBS is processing Calin's
blood and Major Don MacMurdo of the Salvation
Army is looking on. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
"Old-time Fish Fry" at the Mar Vista, Longboat Key,
Opening reception "George M.'Prout An American
Illustrator" at Neel Performing Arts Center Oct. 21.
Jose Valentino Jazz Band outside the Van Wezel Per-
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Bradenton Woman's Club Halloween Party Oct. 22.
Bromeliad Society Extravaganza at the Sarasota Gar-
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Oktoberfest at the Church of the Annunciation Oct. 22.
Random Play Company at the Manatee Players Oct.
"Cracker Culture" at the Manatee Village Historical
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*Widowed persons support group at the Anna Maria
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Volunteer recruitment coffee at Mote Marine Labora-
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honors artist Sabow
Holmes Beach acrylic artist Patty Sabow has been
chosen to inaugurate the Artist Guild of Anna Maria
Island program of honoring one artist every month.
Her work will be on display in the guild's front
window through Oct. 28 as an artist "presenting new
directions in her work," said Lolly Owens, who chairs
the Upfront Artist Committee.
She will be on hand along with other artists to meet
the public when the guild celebrates reopening its re-
decorated gallery at a cocktail reception from 6:30 to
8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The gallery is at 5413 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach.
"We have many talented artists on a waiting list for
wall space, plus others going in fresh directions,"
Owens said. "So Phyllis Cogan, director of the gallery,
and the board gave us the OK to use this major space
to highlight an individual each month."
Sabow said, "I paint because I love color and there
isn't enough of it in the world.
"Eight years ago I was diagnosed with breast can-
cer, and I decided to move to Florida and have a house
in which I would hang only my own paintings."
Director Cogan said Sabow began painting in oils
10 years ago but has gone now exclusively to acrylics,
and will present her "Calm Waters" series, depicting
colorful and soothing scenes of Anna Maria Island and
Sabow and husband Tom have three children and
Additional information is available at 778-6694.
"Food for Life" cooking class at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Oct. 29.
Trail of Treats Oct..31.
Taste of Manatee downtown Bradenton Nov. 5.
Jazz at the Ranch with Spyro Gyra Nov. 6.
Florida West Coast Symphony Masterworks at Neel
Performing Arts Hall Nov. 11.
St. Bernard Christmas Bazaar Nov. 19-20.
Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra
Fall Fanfare at the Island Baptist Church Nov. 20.
"Simon Day of Giving" at DeSoto Square Mall to ben-
efit the Anna Maria Island Community Center Nov. 20.
Holiday Prelude on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach
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PAGE 18 M OCT. 12, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
Go fish: Weather's good, backwater fishing hot
By Capt. Mike Heistand
As one guide put it, "The scourge of red tide ap-
pears to be behind us, and better fishing is ahead." Let's
Backwater action is still featuring snook, redfish,
trout and some good-size flounder, although the signs
are pointing toward fewer snapper catches.
Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper is still
good, but the best fishing remains farther offshore than
usual like 125-plus feet.
Sheepshead fishing on both of the Tampa Bay piers
is being reported, which is odd and very early for the
convict-fish catch. Go figure.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching redfish on
every trip out in the bays, with the spotties running pretty
much to 26 inches. A few keeper-size snook were also
hooked and kept, as well as flounder, snapper and trout,
but those big reds are the best bet right now.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish and snook are
the inshore catches right now, while offshore angling for
grouper and snapper are great. The fishing is still more
than 30 miles out in the Gulf for the better catches.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on.Cortez
Road said his catches have included redfish to 24
inches, lots of small snook and grouper near the Bird
Key area of Terra Ceia Bay, with most catches coming
from DOA plastic shrimp.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said pier fishers
are catching a few sheepshead and pompano, plus some
whiting, redfish and black drum.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there are catching a little bit of everything:
Snapper, flounder, mackerel and snook, with the
linesiders coming on mostly at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
mangrove snapper are leaving the bays but people are
coming in now with redfish and flounder to make up
Boat Smart, Chart Smart
classes set by squadron
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will
present two Boat Smart classes and one Chart Smart
class in the coming months, the squadron's officers
There will be Boat Smart classes from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 11 and 18, and Mondays, Dec. 5 and 12.
- The Chart Smart-class will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Boat Smart "provides an overview of various as-
pects of boating safety, Florida boating laws, weather,
types of boats, rules of the road, boat handling and dis-
tress signals," said the squadron. Cost is $20.
Chart Smart is .to help boaters understand how to
read a chart, plot a course and examine the waterways,
especially those around Longboat Key and Anna Maria
Island. Cost is $5.
The courses will be at the squadron building, 1200
71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Details may be obtained at
S 714-0449, where boaters may also register.
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Oct 13 8:48 2.4 2:23 1.5 11:07 1.9 4:00 0.3
Oct 14 10:08 2.4 3:34 1.1 11:15 2.0 4:36 0.4
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for the loss of the mangos. Big snook are being sighted
in the mornings near the dock, Dave added, but nobody
seems to be able to get them to bite.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's having
a lot of luck with snook right now, with some linesiders
stretching out to better than 30 inches. His other back-
water action has included redfish and flounder.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
redfish catches lots of them on the lower tides
around Perico Island. Trout and snook are running, but
the fish seem to.be running on the small size. Mackerel
are a good bet, though, with some good hookups from
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge region of Tampa Bay.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
mackerel on incoming tides, mostly in the mornings.
There are also some flounder and small bonnethead
sharks coming into the dock, as well as keeper-size.
grouper from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that he's finding fishing to be good off-
shore. "We have been fishing out past 100 feet, and our
clients are catching lots of gag grouper up to 20 pounds,
some red grouper, lots of mangrove snapper and yel-
lowtail snapper. We are also catching red snapper in
about 125 feet of water, with live pinfish, live Key
West grunts and frozen Spanish-sardines working best
for us for bait.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said fishing has "jumped from the frying pan
into the fire this week. After a long wait for red tide-
free fishing, the weather took a nose dive for a couple
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elements, things were pretty upbeat." He said he took
Alan Schram from Greensboro, N.C., to a catch of
around 18 to 20 snook. Scott Schnieder and sons Luke
and Zach from Indianapolis, Ind., did "pretty well on
big ball bat-size Spanish mackerel, sharks, small grou-
per and snook on an incoming tide in the vicinity of the
Skyway and Terra Ceia Bay. The day started out dark
and rainy but at midday the skies cleared and it turned
out to be a beautiful day."
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
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persons in the picture along with information on the
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Grouper ban stalled in Gulf, crab tales, seaweed recipes?
The jury is still out on a recreational grouper fish-
ery ban in 2006. Almost literally out.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
voted not to vote on a one-month fishing ban from Feb.
15 to March 15 next year.
The closure was argued as necessary by some to
help restore the fishery. Others argued that the ban
would economically adversely impact the grouper in-
The vote was close six to five'to delay any clo-
The council decision does not impact the two-
month commercial closure that took effect Monday in
Gulf waters, nor does it change any bag limit restric-
tions currently in place.
More grouper news
Part of the fishery management council's delibera-
tions were based on a Mote Marine Laboratory study
on grouper fishing in the Gulf, with, a special focus on
Longliners use numerous baited hooks dangling
from long lines in deep waters. Remember the fishing
technique in "The Perfect Storm" for swordfish? Same
thing, different fish.
Proponents of longlining state it's an effective tool
to bring fish to the table. Opponents claim that the fish-
ing method is indiscriminate as to species catch and
species size and harmful to the whole marine environ-
In traditional hook-and-line fishing with a rod,
undersize fish are tossed back to grow bigger.
Longlining doesn't offer that sorting option.
Mote got a grant from the National Marine Fisher-
ies Service two years ago to study longlining, accord-
ing to the St. Petersburg Times. The Sarasota marine
lab farmed out part of the study to the longline indus-
try, since it lacked boats and manpower for the up close
and personal observations needed.
And in turn, one of the people hired to assist in the
study was a.longline fisher who was charged with pos-
session of undersized grouper and cobia and fined
$1,500 in 1999.
Opponents of any kind of fishery ban cried foul
due to the convicted fisher's participation in the study
and questioned the data collected.
Six years ago, Manatee County officials ap-
proved a law that pretty much prohibited airboat
operation in the bays and Gulf. There were several
rental operators that were providing backwater tours
via airboat, and waterfront residents complained
about the practice, mostly due to the really, really
loud aircraft engines that power the vessels. The
county's reaction was to pretty much prohibit airboat
operation in the bays.
Now, the state is somewhat following Manatee
County's action and is expected to pass a muffler law
for all airboats operating in Florida..
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has directed staff to draft a new rule. Public
hearings are scheduled for late November and a final
decision is expected Dec. 2. The law could be in effect
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Giant squid finally poses for pictures
Japanese scientists have taken the first pictures of
a giant squid in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of To-
The giant squid took a baited hook in about 3,300
feet of water and was snagged there for several hours,
allowing the scientists to snap more than 550 digital
pictures before it broke loose. It was estimated to be
about 26 feet long. ..' ..
Marine experts have been fascinated by.the crea-
ture since the carcass of one was found off Ne\\ Found-
land in 1874. Jules Verne was so taken by the critter
that he featured it battling Capt. Nemo's ship "Nauti-
lus" in his book, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
Giant squid are a favorite food for sperm whales..
Sometimes, the sperm whales don't win in the lunch
The remains of a giant squid are on display at Mote
Marine Laboratory, by the way, if you want to get up
close and personal with one of the mysteries of the sea.
'Dexter' coming to a TV near you soon
Florida mystery fiction fans may get a chance to
watch one of their more unusual characters on televi-
sion in the near future.
Filming of a Showtime pilot based on a novel by
South Florida author Jeffrey Lindsay has begun. The
show, titled "Dexter," is based on Lindsay's first book,
"Darkly Dreaming Dexter." As a Showtime release put
it, "The new pilot follows Dexter Morgan, a mild-man-
nered, likeable forensics expert for the police depart-
ment who moonlights as a serial killer with a penchant
for inflicting his own unusual brand of retribution -
he 'only' murders or maims 'the guilty.'"
The show stars Michael C. Hall, who appeared in
the cable TV series "Six Feet Under."
By the way, Miami-Dade County has really come
a long way in attracting TV and movie action. Accord-
ing to the office of film and entertainment there, the-
area has had "over 2,400 motion picture and video
businesses, over 400 production companies, 27 sound
stages and 150 post-production facilities among other
services" in the past few years.
They're not alone in reaping the benefits of the
lucrative filming industry. My friend Pam Kline is the
film commissioner for- the Sarasota Visitor and Con-
vention Bureau. She cranked some numbers last year
that indicated that filming of commercials, catalogue
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brought in more than $8 million.
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Maybe you've heard of the "air bars" that have
sprouted in some spots around the country. You go in
and drop a few bucks for a hit of pure oxygen, pretty
much the same way the rest of us belly up for a
But the new air trend is pure nitrogen for your
vehicle's tires, at a cost of up to $10 per tire.
Apparently nitrogen, which has larger-molecules
than what we breathe, doesn't tend to leak out of tires
as readily as the air that you pump in at the gas stations.
By keeping properly inflated tires on your vehicle, you
get better wear out of your tires, better gas-mileage and
a safer ride.
A local mechanic was somewhat skeptical of the
whole concept. When he stopped laughing, he said that
nitrogen has been used in high-performance vehicles
like race cars for years, that in theory it would probably
work, but that the cost was a little high for the owners
of most of the beater cars he works on.
"Hell, some of the big truck owners that come by
here would probably use $50 worth of nitrogen in just
one tire," he said, "and it's usually all those guys can
do to pay me for an oil change."
But if you're looking for all the best in your ve-
hicle, go.forth and fill 'er up with nitrogen.
Speaking of crabs, here's the lowdown on how
crabs molt, or shed their shells, also from "The Marine
"Unlike snails, which can continually enlarge
their shell, crabs and other marine crustaceans like
lobsters and shrimp will outgrow their shells. When
this happens, their shells split along a joint. For
crabs, this split occurs at the back edge of the upper
portion of the shell. The crab then backs out of the
shell, carefully pulling each body part out of its pro-
tective hard covering. Even the eyes have a clear
-"At this point, the crab has a soft shell yes.
softshell crabs are blue crabs that have just molted -
which is slightly stretchy. The crab then takes in wa-
ter, causing the soft shell to expand in size. The crab
will find a hiding place for a day or two,until the new
shell has hardened. Then the crab can release the extra
water, and will have some room to grow into its new
"The frequency of molts is affected by the size and
age of the crab, the amount of food available, and en-
vironmental conditions like water temperature. On
average, blue crabs increase in size by one-third with
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PAGE 20 N OCT. 12, 2005 T THE ISLANDER
Center soccer standings virtually unchanged
By Kevin Cassidy
A short week of school made for a short week of
soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center. With no games on Friday, only eight games
were completed, leaving the standings virtually un-
changed from the previous week.
Island Real Estate remained perfect with a 6-0
record in Division II, while Mr. Bones also remained
undefeated, although two points out of first place in the
tight first division. Bones tied two games last week to
increase its total of ties to five on the season. Air &
Energy got back on the winning track with a 5-0 vic-
tory over Cannons Marina after suffering its first loss
last week to Danziger Allergy & Sinus.
We're at the midway point of the season so teams
in Division II and III need to win some games against
their respective division leaders or the season will be
over in the next couple of weeks. Division I remains
wide open as three points separate the first-place team
and the basement.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Air & Energy got back to its winning ways with an
impressive 5-0 victory over Cannons Marina on Oct. 6
behind two goals apiece from Joel and Adam Hart.
Connor Field notched one goal to complete the Air &
Danziger Allergy & Sinus infected Mike Norman
Realty with a 4-0 thrashing on Oct. 6. Danziger re-
ceived a stellar performance-from Andrew Crowton,
who notched four goals in the victory.
Cannons Marina moved up the standings thanks to
a 3-1 victory over Mike Norman Realty on Oct. 4.
Hunter Parrish paced the offense for Cannons with two
goals, while Max Moneuse added one goal to the vic-
Mike Norman was led by Logan Reiber's lone goal
Division II (ages 10-11)
West Coast Surf Shop and Harry's Continental
Kitchens battled to a 3-3 draw on Oct. 5 in Division II
soccer action at the Center. Hailey Dearlove, Giorgio
Gomez and Danny Krokroskia each notched single
goals to lead the Surf Shop.
Trevor Bystrom led Harry's with two goals, while
Former Island resident and daughter of this sports writer, Gillian Cassidy, carries the ball toward the goal
during Manatee Lightning soccer action at Palma Sola Park. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Daniel Pimental added one goal in the 3-3 tie
Island Real Estate remained the only undefeated
team in the Center soccer league thanks to a close 4-3
victory over Pine Avenue Store on Oct. 4. Chandler
Hardy paced Island Real Estate with three goals, while
Paulo Fonseca added one goal to the IRE total.
Pine Store was led by two goals from Alex Hall
and one goal from Kyle Crum in the heartbreaking loss.
Division I (ages 12-14)
Mr. Bones, which recorded its fifth tie on the sea-
son in a battle to a 1-1 draw with Longboat Observer
on Oct. 5 to remain unbeaten although two points back
in the Division I standings. Austin Martin notched the
lone goal for Mr. Bones, while Longboat Observer, tied
with Mr. Bones for second place, received one goal
from Nash Thompson.
LaPensee Plumbing held off still undefeated Mr.
Bones on Oct. 3 in a game that ended in a 6-6 tie. Mr.
Bones, which has tied an incredible four games, re-
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Anna Maria Island Community
Center Soccer League scoring
leaders as of Oct. 5
ime Team Goals
Division I (ages 12-14)
1. Ben Valdivieso
1. Cory Wash-
2. Joey Hutchinson
3. Martine Miller
4. Heldino Gomez
4. Matt Bauer
West Coast Air
Division II (ages 10-11)
1. Chandler Hardy Island Peal Estate
2. Alex Hall Pine Ave. Store
3. Trevor Bystrom Harry's
4. Daniel Pimental Harry's
5. Paulo Fonseca Island Real Estate
Division III (ages 8-9)
1. Joel Hart
2. Adam Hart
3. Hunter Parrish
3. Andrew Crowton
4. Ryan Gilman
4. Josh Zawistoski
Air & Energy
Air & Energy
Island Dojos progress
Graduates of Sensei Kevin Bergquist's Island Dojo class pose on receiving their uniform and belts in levels of
progress signified by colors. "It's the first step in a long road to becoming a black belt," said Bergquist. "We're
very proud of the work they've done." Pictured front row, left to right, including their belt colors, are:
Collin Hicks, white belt.
Alex Siegal, gold belt.
Dylan Joseph, red belt.
Ryan Joseph, honorary member
Jacob Castro, white belt.
Masen Blandford, white belt.
James Cuccio, white belt.
Riley Goerg, yellow belt..
Ellie Liebe, white belt.
Tyler Pearson, white belt. .
Alexandra Howe, blue belt.
Andrew Ross, gold belt.
Michaeldnge Dattoli, red belt.
Cooper Hardy, orange belt.
Lexi Selleck, white belt.
SMacey Reynolds, white belt.
Jake Ross, gold belt.
Luke Valadie, gold belt.
Madeline Valadie, blue belt, ,.
Jacqueline Burgess, white belt.
Christopher Romeo, blue belt.
Zack Landman, yellow belt.
Greyson Wallis, yellow belt.
Eleni Romeo, black belt.
Not pictured: Alexia Yavalar,
Tyler Yavalar, Donald Wachob,
Kevin Callahan and Justin
Division I (ages 12-14)
LaPensee Plumbing 3
Mr. Bones 1
Longboat Observer 2
West Coast Air .2
ReMax Gulfstream 2
Division II (ages 10-11)
Island Real Estate 6
Pine Ave. Store 2
W.C. Surf Shop 0
Division III (ages 8-9)
Air & Energy 5
Cannon's Marine 2
Mike Norman 2
3 points for win, 1 point for tie
Center Soccer League standings
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
ceived four goals from Cory Wash and one goal apiece
from James Hall and Ally Titsworth.
Joey Hutchinson led the offensive onslaught for
LaPensee with four goals, while Troy Kozewski and
Heldino Gomez each notched one goal in the tie.
ReMax Gulfstream Realty won its second game of
the season on Oct. 3 behind three goals apiece from
Jordan Sebastiano and Ben Valdivieso. Matt Bauer
completed the scoring for ReMax with one goal.
Martine Miller and Max Marnie led the way for
West Coast Air Conditioning with one goal apiece in
Dan's Market sparks Lightning
Dan's Market, an under-8 team playing in the
Manatee Lightning girls soccer league, overcame a
two-goal.deficit in the last quarter to tie Allstate Insur-
ance 6-6 on Oct. 8 at Palma Sola Park. Breanna
Dziczek led the way with five goals, while former Is-
lander Gillian Cassidy, who played her first three soc-
cer years in the Center soccer league, added one goal.
Caroline Dunn, Nicolette Soto and Dziczek each
played well in goal, while Shalynn Padgett, Taylor
Moran, Lynda Carrell and Brianna Beckwith played
well in their first games.
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Oct. 14 7:15 p.m.
Oct. 17 6 p.m.
Oct.,17 7:30 p.m.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Oct. 12 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 6 p.m.
Oct. 18 7 p.m.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Oct. 13 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 6 p.m.
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Oct. 12 7 p.m.
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Bradenton's Ron Pepka teamed up with George
McKay of Anna Maria to defeat Tom Skoloda of Anna
Maria and Jay Disbrow of Bradenton in a one-game
playoff on Oct. 8.
Norm Good of Bradenton and Tom Rhodes of Cortez
won the Oct. 5 competition with a perfect 3-0 record.
Their victory ended the 18-match Pepka winning streak.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. Wednesday and
Saturday beside Anna Maria City Hall. Warm ups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 12, 2005 0 PAGE 23
Stone crabs sighted offshore: What a relief!
By Jim Hanson
There are stone crabs this year.
A collective sigh of relief relaxed the worries of
the historic fishing village of Cortez as word reached
shore that crabs are back for the season.
The season opens Saturday, Oct. 15, but the fish-
ers are permitted to put out their crab traps 10 days
early to begin enticing the crabs in so their big claws
can be harvested.
The crabbers are not allowed to begin that har-
vest until Saturday, but many have surrendered to
curiosity and hauled up a few traps just to look,
They were vastly relieved to find crabs in the
traps. They won't know how many will be available
until they start raising the traps to the surface for
commercial harvest. But just knowing the crabs are
there is a load off the fishermen's minds.
"Many of them were afraid the red tide would
kill off the crabs, or drive them away," said Karen
Bell of the A.P. Bell Fish Co., which buys much of
the crop each year. "But they are still there. How
many, nobody knows just yet."
Wayde Campbell, a fifth-generation Cortez fish-
erman, was very concerned earlier about the pros-
pects of making a living at his craft this year.
"We've had seven major. kills in the bay this
year" from red tide, he said. "Nobody knows why for
sure, I guess, but it makes sense that red tide and
maybe the junk dumped from Piney Point may mix
to make a chemical reaction that kills."
He's already put overboard boatloads of crab
traps to rest on the sea bottom until Saturday. Each
trap contains extraordinarily gamy bait that crabs
find delicious. Once in the trap for the delicacy, a
crab is, well, trapped. Most traps hauled up have
more than one stone crab, sometimes a whole trap
Between Saturday and the end of the season May
15, he will have hauled those traps to the surface
dozens of times, emptied them into his boat, broken
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off the claw that counts, tossed the crab overside to
grow another claw in about 18 months, re-baited the
traps and tossed them into the Gulf again.,
A trap is a cage of slats 16 by 16 inches, with a
doorway angled to let the crab in but not out.
Campbell said he sets 100 to 200 traps in one outing,
trying to drop them around rocks on the bottom up
to 10 miles offshore. An attached line strung with a
float at the surface lets the fisherman find and haul
the trap up and empty it.
A stone crab has one oversized claw, and that's
where the flavor and the profit are. Fishermen make
sure a claw is at least two and three-quarter inches
long before twisting off those that pass muster. The
crab lives to grow new claws.
There are from two to six legal-size claws per
pound, depending on size, he said, and they have to
be cooked fairly quickly. Some boats do their own
cooking, but most, including Campbell, bring them
to the Bell docks where they are cooked and mar-
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Two hundred pounds make "a decent catch," he
said, but "I've had up to 1,000 pounds in one run in
It is brutally hard work, pulling traps from sunup
to sundown, A boat for this job is at least 24 feet, he
said: "A friend of mine was killed a couple of years
ago trying to crab from a small boat."
Between seasons, the barnacle-encrusted traps
are stacked round Cortez lots, yards and parking lots.
There the owners make repairs for the next season.
By special Manatee County dispensation, Cortez-is
allowed to have them around by the thousands.
It's a special trade with special requirements.
Campbell said each boat has to have a saltwater
products license for restricted species plus a stone
crab permit, as well as a 50-cent tag for every trap.
All are issued by the state.
With the grouper season cut short, he expects
pressure from shut-down grouper fishermen to get
into stone crabbing. It's not likely, though, he fig-
ures, because of the special licenses required, the
traps to be built, and the state fee. No tags are being
issued, he said, so a beginning crabber would have
to buy them from somebody already in the business.
His family has been in commercial fishing for
five generations, and he was a net fisherman until the
statewide referendum banned such nets in 1995. He
and many other net fishermen went to stone crabs to
make a living. He has a wife and three children td
He owns a house in Cortez but lives in northwest
Bradenton, using the Cortez place to store his gear
and work on it.
Between crab seasons, he purse-seines for
thread-fin herring, used to lure bigger fish to the
hook. But that trade "has been terrible this year," he
said. "May and June were OK, but July wiped out
the bait on the bay."
Still, like so many Cortezians, he just won't give
up the waterman's life unless it's impossible to con-
tinue. "I'll keep going, and hopefully we'll all sur-
vive to fish next year."
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1940s RED MAPLE bedroom set $500. Rattan
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SWING SET: you move, $50; wood headboard, full-
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WASHER/DRYER SET: electric, ivory color, $75;
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Summer clearance sale. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
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ESTATE SALE: 9:30am-2pm, Thursday, October
13. Oak bowfront cabinet, pickled Castor col-
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COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: 8am Saturday, Octo-
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YARD SALE: 9am-1pm, Friday-Saturday, Oct.
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MOVING SALE: 7am-2pm, Saturday, Oct. 15.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 12, 2005 M PAGE 25
Island Players 'Foreigner' memorable, wild, wonderful!
By Robert Noble
The intrepid Island Players opened its 57th season
with Larry Shue's intriguing comedy "The Foreigner"
- and it's a dazzler.
With seven gifted performers guided by Kelly Wynn
Woodland's first-rate direction, Shue's invention will sur-
prise, delight and move you in unexpected ways.
His imagination seems to know no bounds. His char-
acters are richly drawn and multi-dimensional. His plot
twists vary from the sweetly gentle to the riotously outra-
geous, with wonderfully human touches at every turn.
It's a complicated tale involving Charlie, a shy
Englishman escaping an 'unhappy marriage
(Maximillian Mayerhofer); his cockney buddy Sgt.
"Froggy" LeSueur (David Y. Smith) on military ma-.
neuvers; and Betty Meeks (Mona Upp), proprietress of
a fishing lodge in the backwoods of Georgia where the
action takes place.
Staying at the lodge are a traveling preacher, Rev.
David Marshall Lee (Stan Koci), his pregnant fiancee,
Catherine Simms (Sage Hall), and her half-wit brother,
Ellard (Michael Hoffman). They share an $11 million
inheritance amongst them.
Wandering in and out of the lodge is the cantanker-
ous sheriff and super-bigot Owen Musser (Sam
McDowell), who is trying, by hook or crook (mostly
crook), to get his hands on Betty Meeks' Fishing Lodge
for his own nefarious skullduggery.
Charlie, with "Froggy's" urging, decides to pretend
to be a non-English-speaking "Foreigner" to avoid hav-
ing to communicate with anybody, having fled England
when his wife informed him of the 24 affairs she had just
completed in about the same number of days.
Of course, the plan backfires, and Charlie becomes
the center of attention and even begins to like it. Crusty
old Betty mothers him, Ellard teaches him English (!),
Catherine responds to his warmth and sweetness, and
Owen taunts him with insults, lumping him with "Jews,
Blacks and Gays" as "outsiders."
Of course, the good guys win in a wild finale filled
with shotguns,pistols, polo mallets, melting Klansmen
and "Froggy's" cavalry rushing to the rescue wild
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Foreigner in town
There's more familiarity than foreigner at Betty Meeks'
fishing lodge when the actors in "The Foreigner"
interact. David Y. Smith as Froggy LeSueur, seated left,
and Maximillian Mayerhofer as Charlie Baker, stand-
ing, discuss their situation while other cast members
look and gawk. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Woodland has an uncanny knack with actors and the
result is that all the performances are terrific. Mayerhofer
is a superb Charlie sensitive, vulnerable, unafraid to
show the man's pain, but deliciously inventive as he
comes out of his shell and concocts an ersatz Russo-
Croatian accent that is hilarious. He rises to his two big
scenes a comic tale of his "homeland" and the demonic
exorcism at the end with a bravura that is exhilarating.
Hall is a real find a beautiful blonde with real tech-
nique. She developed a many-layered human being out of
what could have been a one-note joke. Moving with grace
and purpose through the entire play, her "big scene" was
dynamite funny and moving, with complex shadings
that added up to acting of the first order.
Hoffman's big, gawky Ellard turned out to be not
so dumb, after all. He played with a simplicity and di-
rectness that was downright endearing, and his timing
was sharp as a -tack..Upp brought a buoyant spirit and
a Georgia-Cracker accent that was a lot of fun. Her
Betty was an Earth-mother of real warmth.
McDowell has been a fixture of this delightful
company for many years, with a string of excellent
performances behind him. This is his finest hour. Shuf-
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fling around with his great hound-dog face, he never
pushes for an effect, but makes his points with the ease
of a master. And when the worm turns at the end, he is
truly frightening. A memorable piece of work.
Stan Koci has a fine line to tread as Rev. Lee, and
he does it beautifully. It's a solid contribution from a
fine actor. Smith had trouble maintaining "Froggy's"
Cockney accent, but otherwise brought a nice thrust to.
his scenes, especially with Charlie and Betty.
The technical crew has, once again, turned in top-
notch work. Koci's set was attractive and functional
and Woodland made use of every inch of it. Chris
McVicker contributed some effective lighting and Don
Bailey's costumes were right-on. I have spent some
lovely evenings at this charming little playhouse, and
this was one of the best. A warm, witty, wise produc-
tion that will leave you with many thoughts about the
world we live in.
"The Foreigner" runs through Oct. 16. Curtain times
are 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday, no performances Mondays.
Season tickets are $65 for all five plays of the season,
single show tickets are $15. The theater is at 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Box office: 778-5755.
Manatee Players auditioning
Auditions for players in four musicals are sched-
uled for 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 16 and 17,
at the Manatee Players' Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton.
All four will have casts of all ages, and those au-
ditioning are to prepare a song in their key and be pre-
pared for any movement portion. Ages 15 and up will
audition Sunday and Monday, but ages 6 to 14 will be
auditioned only on Monday, said Rick Kerby,
Riverfront's managing artistic director.
He listed the following productions as those for which
players will be selected in the upcoming auditions:
"Cinderella," directed by Archie Waugh, to be
staged Dec..8-18; "Annie Get Your Gun," Jared
Walker, director,, Jan. 5-22; "Best Seller," Bob
Trisolini, Feb. 2-12; and "Crosley Christmas Canteen."
Further information may be obtained by calling
F/AA Gulfstream Realty
R1f/0 r* P401 Manatee Avenue Holmes Beach
YOU DESERVE PROFESSIONALISM
AND EASE WHEN BUYING OR
SELLING YOUR HOME.
to find out how
easy it can be.
Call me at (941) 448-4939
Waterfront homes and condos from the
$500,000's. Properties in all areas -
some with acreage. Call for details!
322-6203 or 545-6371
and Leasing' ,
Alanafrk MIL as iO.'09115105 SFR, Condo, Diplo.l ,'
Total Island Properties For Sale: 254
Median Price: $849,000 -.
Total Pending: 86 Median Price:.$662,450
Total Sold Since 1/1/05: 356 Median Price: $600,000
:-Kf Visit us at
Judy Karkhoff '.ilad.rer .o
Realtor attended Anna Maria Elementary School,
University of MN (BA) and UCLA Business School
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RV: 2002 ROADTREK 190 Versatile. Fully loaded.
14,000 miles. Call (317) 873-3307, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or see details at http://
1990 TOYOTA CAMRY: Four-door, automatic,
white, new tires and battery. 114,000 miles, runs
great! $1,795 or best offer. (941) 778-7029.
1991 CADILLAC SEVILLE: Excellent shape, carriage
roof, gold package, cold air, AM/FM/CD player. 75,000
miles. Must see! Jim, (941) 920-9227.
1984 CADILLAC BROUGHAM: 85,000 miles.
$1,450. (941) 778-5141.
1994 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL: Exceptional
condition.-69,000 miles, all power options, great on
gas. Perfect in every way! Jim, (941) 920-9227.
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.
CUSTOM MARINE. FIBERGLASS: Mobile unit.
Exterior, interior. Structural, painting and gel-coat
repair. 25 years experience, all work guaranteed..
Licensed and insured. USCG registered. Jim
Hathaway, (941) 713-5462.
WANTED: BOAT SLIP for small 22-foot sailboat. Can
pay up to $100/month. Lee Jones, (941) 400-5384.
YAMAHA OUTBOARD MOTOR: 30-horsepower,
barely used. $950. (941) 778-5141 .
This elevated home features 3BR/.
3BA and is just steps to the beach
on the north end of Anna Maria.
Vaulted ceilings, tile floor and open
floor plan. Glass doors to a large
wooden deck. Turnkey furnished
and rented for upcoming season.
Just listed at $749,000.
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.
FISH FOR REDFISH, Snook and Trout with
InshoreSlam.com Captain Jim Savaglio. License,
bait and tackle included. (813) 477-7657.
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.
BUSY BISTRO hiring hostess, servers and dish-
washer. Wednesday-Sunday. Apply to Chef Damon,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-5320.
HELPER WANTED for landscape and property
maintenance. Call Chris, (941) 778-2837.
HOTEL ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND seeks assistant
manager: Full-time, hands-on assistant manager to
facilitate all aspects of the hotel's management and
staff. Must be a self-starter and computer literate
and have at least three years in hotel management.
People skills are a must. Send resumes to PO Box
1384, Holmes Beach FL 34218, or e-mail
OFFICE assistant for busy office, varied duties.
Customer service and computer skills a must. Ap-
proximately 30 hours, Monday-Friday. Apply to The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. E-mail
email@example.com, or fax (941) 778-7978.
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2511 Avenue C
Perfect duplex for investors or live in one yourself. One block
from beach, two blocks Irom bay. The west unit is 2BR/2BA,
the east unit is 3BR/2BA. Built to 1996 hurricane standards.
Great storage on ground floor. Offered at $749,900.
Maggie Hutter & Jo Rutstein
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial
Library. Duties include checking books in/out,
reshelving, and generally assisting library patrons.
Call Eveann Adams, (941) 779-1208.
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE supervisor for condo
complex in North Longboat Key. Year-round, full
time. Hours may include some Saturday work and
availability for emergencies. Candidate must be
dependable, friendly, honest, energetic and be able
to follow-thru on tasks and take initiative. Compen-
sation based on experience with lodging possible
for single person. Position is available now. Call
(941) 383-5454 for job description, application and
HELP WANTED: HIRING door-to-door appointment
setters. Part-time, salary plus commission. Call Lee
Jones at (941) 400-5384.
OPENINGS FOR VETERINARY tech/assistant and
a kennel assistant at West Bradenton Animal
Hospital. Please, fax resume to (941) 795-8179.
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.
NEED A BABY-SITTER, pet-sitter or dog walker?
13-year-old eighth-grade girl, very responsible. Great
with animals and kids. Call Kendall, (941) 779-9783.
I DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
Sweeping Gulf views from this
3BR/2BA home with a brand new
pool. Perfect family beach house on
desirable north end. Just steps to
Reduced to $1,195,000.
Call Green Real Estate today!
SOF ANNA MARIA
941 778-0455 Ken Ja
9906 Gulf Drive Kathy
Anna Maria Mauree
en Dahms, 778-0542
BUYING, SELLING, RENTING? WE CAN HELP!
ANNA MARIA ELEVATED HGME-
SlS Great location, greal Deadh access' Built in
.1986, updated interior, 1,751 sl under roof.
S52xn 10lo. two decks, enclosed garage and
lots of storage Turnkey turnisned as
l- vacation rental and Dooked for season! Listed
S i at $745,000. Call Frank Migliore. 778-2307
.- or Stephanie Bell 920-5156. MLS# 513240
ATTENTION WATERFRONT INVESTORS!.
v The Tarpon Lodge on Terra Ceia Bay. 1.3
SAcres with direct access to Terra Ceia Bay and
0- over 355 feet on the water. Site
..- t'im.; t developed with eight unit motel with coastal
S, living appeal. Enjoy the quiet lifestyle of
T operating a quaint waterfront motel or develop
". :. the property with future land use Res-6. Intro-
.; -... '''t ductory asking price $1,400,000. For specif-
ics call Stephanie Bell, Broker at 920-5156.
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SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970
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
Larry Albert Tropical
Broker- Realtor Tropica
Removal of structure will provide a lovely build-
ing site for two spacious townhomes. An
attractive, contemporary structure is possible for
the investor/builder to be creative. This is also an
ideal location for a beautiful home with an
attached mother-in-law or guest apartment.
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood of
Bay Palms subdivision, this is an opportunity to
build two homes on a spacious island lot with
tropical foliage. If you "dare to be different" call
us for additional details. Asking $775,000.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250 .
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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WANT AN IRISH baby-sitter? Responsible,
experienced 15-year old. Red Cross babysitting and
first-aid certified. Call Gemma, (941) 447-9657.
SANDBAGS DELIVERED: Be prepared. Local teen
will make and deliver sandbags to your Island
residence. Spencer, (941) 778-0944 to order.
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs.
Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
Zach, (941) 779-9783.
BABYSITTING, RED Cross first-aid and babysitter
certified. Call Alex, (941) 778-5352.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings,.natives, patio
gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in
construction trades. "I'm handy to have around."
HOUSE AND CONDO CARE! Handyman. Watch
your place, fix things. Anna Maria, Holmes Beach,
Longboat Key. Call, fax, Wern, (941) 778-1040.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate
today. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
CLEANING BY HELENE: 30-year Island resident,
great references! Weekly, biweekly. Call for a free
estimate, (941) 730-4477.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Quality portraits,
weddings, beach photography, babies, even pets!
Very reasonable. (941) 447-8892.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
MURALS BY MARK Burdette: Custom murals, inte-
rior or exterior, landscapes and more. (941) 447-9637.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or
replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, (941)
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates 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
appointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!
APPLIANCE & AC DOCTORS: We repair air con-
ditioners, refrigerator, washer/dryer, oven, garbage
disposal, other household items. Honest, depend-
able. 20-plus years experience. (941) 650-9293.
SCOTT'S HELPING HANDS handyman-service.
Odd jobs: packing, moving, hauling, cleanup, minor
construction, painting, yard work. Pickup truct
available for moving and cleaning. How may I help
you? (941) 306-9767.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete
computer solutions for business and home. Instal-
lation, repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network
engineer, (941) 778-5708, or cell (216) 509-1945.
SUNCOAST CLEANING SERVICES: Family
owned and operated. "Delivering a standard of
excellence" for all your cleaning needs. Vacation
properties, residential and windows. (941)
722-4358 or 518-5975. Great references available.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance,
landscaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
If it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
GARY WOOD LAWN service and landscaping.
Also, light tree work. Call (941) 812-7273.
HOLMES LAWN MAINTENANCE and Phil Brewer
Tree Service: Serving the Island's yard needs with
total lawn care! Call us today. (941) 812-9146 or
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
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for as little as
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Stunning 2BR,condominium. New 4BR/3BA condo close
White, sandy beach and to beaches and shopping.
romantic sunsets welcome Gated community. Offered
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Offered at $950,000.
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American Home Mortgage
"With more than 20 years of mortgage experience
we continually strive for excellence
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" The lowest fees and competitive rates / Streamlined application process
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Pr oes;tional REALTORS representing
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Build two lined condos on a 13,728 sf lot. Room for large units and two
pools. Rent out duplex until you are ready to build. 4BR/3BA, large kitchen,
recently. enovated, plus 2BR/1BA with covered parking. $849,000.
GREAT VALUE! HOME WITH
DEEDED BOAT SLIP
Ground level 2BR/IBA home in a quiet neighbor-
hood. Bright and airy with an open floor plan.
Short walk to the beach and just steps from your
boat. Great winter residence or investment/renova-
tion potential. Priced to sell at $575,000.
RARE FIND IN ANNA MARIA!
Cute and ready to be lived in! Enjoy island living
just three blocks from the beach and the bay in the
heart of Anna Maria. Walk to everything! Nicely
remodeled, custom tile work in bath rooms,
beautiful tongue-and-groove vaulted ceilings and
much more. Tons of charm! Must see! $765,500.
IMMACULATE KEY WEST STYLE
3BR/2BA custom home just 2.5 blocks from the
beach on a quiet cul-de-sac. Very well maintained,
large bedrooms, master suite with dual showers,
oversized two-car garage with workshop area in
back. Bonus recreation area downstairs and lots of
storage. Large side yard with plenty of room for a
NEW LISTING! CANALFRONT, GREAT PRICE!
3BR/2BA canalfront home on Longboat Key. No bridges to open
water, short walk to beach, Joan M. Durante park and a great
restaurant. Won't last at this price! $789,000.
ulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria Inc. 5309 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
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OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12
Advertise here and reach more than 20,000
people weekly with your ad -for as little as $20!
We service all makes/Flat rate pricing
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1WATrE RING, RESTRICTIONS
S Rules in effect for Manatee County:
> Lawn and landscape watering is limited to two days
> Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M):
STuesday and Saturday.
> Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z):
SWednesday and Sunday.
> Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ir-
Srigation with treated waste water allowed any time.)
> Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long
Sas they use a hose with a shut-off nozzle. (Pull the
car on the lawn to wash!)
Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is al-
lowed for ten minutes daily.
3> Hand-watering of plants, NOT LAWNS, is permit-
ted any day.'
SQuestions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water
i Management District (Swiftmud) toll-free: 1-800-423-1476.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Top quality lawn and
landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please call (941) 778-2335
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard.
Hauling: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell
phone" (941) 720-0770.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and
installation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-
ups, shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work.
Truck for hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941)
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941).
778-2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free
estimates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal
at (941) 778-1730.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying
back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) (941)
778-3924 or 778-4461
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.
Insured. 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,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling,
pressure washing and tree trimming. Call (941)
778-6170 or 447-2198.
ISLAND HOME IMPROVEMENTS and repairs: A
wide variety of skills! No project is too large or too
small. References, 20 years experience. (941)
538-3520 or 448-1956.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Inc. building contractor.
New homes, additions, renovations. Quality work
and fair prices. Call (941) 795-1947.
TWO DUDES with tools: Tile, trim, cabinets, painting,
drywall, glass block, brick, stonework and more! Many
references. Call rnow! (941) 812-4269 or 448-6961.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free
in-home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. (941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
TOM'S WINDOWS/Metro Home Supply Inc.
Professional-grade doors, windows, hurricane
protection, siding, soffits. Sales, service, repair.
Visa/MasterCard. (941) 359-3799.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience.
Interior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim.
Pressure wash. Driveway paint. Dan Michael,
master carpenter. Call 518-3316.or 778-6898.
RANDY'S REMODELING SERVICE: Drywall, finish-
ing texture, windows, doors, installation, overall re-
modeling. Call Randy at (941) 320-2506 or 778-0540.
HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill
MacCaughern. Repairs, renovations, kitchens,
bathrooms, decks. Masonry, tile. 30 years experi-
ence. Yes, 1 do show up! (941) 778-3904.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/
dryer, garage, designer fumished with tropical yard
setting. One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/
weekly or $6,000/monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
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.
SANDPIPER RESORT on Gulf Drive: 55-plus
community, fully equipped 1BRfiBA beachhouse
with greatroom and kitchen. Brand new! Stepsto
the beach or Intracoastal. All utilities including trash,
except phone. Rent weekly to annually. No pets.
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1BR/1BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, (941) 778-2246.
COMMERCIAL SPACE: 1,600 sf on Gulf Drive,
next to Holmes Beach shopping center. Available
now. (941) 778-2694.
BEACH LIVING: Furnished 2BR/2BA. $1,800/
month, utilities included. (941) 505-1962.
LUXURIOUS VILLAS, enchanting gardens:
seasonal or weekly rentals. 1BR/1 BA or 2BR/2BA,
conveniently located. (941) 778-4636.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 2BR/2BA villa with two-car
garage, sunny private end unit, close to Anna Maria
beaches and stores. Nicely furished. Nonsmoking.
Available now or as winter rental, two-month
minimum. Call owner, (941) 387-9702.
2BR/1BA BEACH house, totally furnished, only 1.5
blocks from Holmes Beach. $550/weekly. (949)
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OFFICE SPACE for lease: Anna Maria, perfect
location on Pine Avenue. Up to 1,500 sf. Close to
shops, pier, etc. Please call owner for details, (941)
NEW ULTRA LUXURY Gulffront condo in Holmes
Beach: 3BR/2.5BA, everything top-of-the-line.
2,000 sf. $2,500-$2,800/week. Call Mike, (866) 869-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3426. Web site
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: November 2005-April 2006.
2BR/1BA or 3BR/2BA, either way. 1,750 sf home,
ground-level with carport, living room, dinette, washer/
dryer room, family room, patio. A real beauty and just
200 yards from Gulf! From $2,500 to $3,500/month.
Nonsmoking, no pets. (813) 690-9762.
IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA CONDO in adult commu-
nity, Bradenton. Half mile to Gulf, unit faces pool
with canal view. Fully furnished, cable TV, full
kitchen. Three-month minimum $2,250/month, de-
posit required. (336) 210-7804 or (859) 653-8436.
WESTBAY COVE: Beautiful ground-floor condo.
2BR/2BA, newly redecorated, washer/dryer, pool,
tennis. Available October, November, December
2005, and May through December 2006. New York
(914) 238-3711, or e-mail Sbokos@aol.com.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Beachfront condo,
2BR/2BA, fully equipped. Anna Maria Island,.
Florida. Available all year. (317) 873-3307.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental: 1BR/1BA
apartment, one block to Gulf and on Lake LaVista
Bayou. One person, non-smoking, pet possible.
$745/month. Call (941) 778-9158.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Brand new Bradenton
Beach 3BR/3BA plus office, steps to beach.
Balconies with ocean and bay views, elevator,
8-person Jacuzzi, granite counters, marble floors
and baths, Jacuzzi in master, washer/dryer, de-
signer furnished, fully equipped. One of the finest
rentals on Island. $4800/ monthly 813-277-4336.
HOLMES BEACH annual/seasonal. $1,600/$2,100.
Elevated 2BR/2BA. Quiet area. Furnished. 1.5
blocks to quiet beach. Go see! 304 63rd St. (941)
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
SEMI-ANNUAL: Anna Maria Gulffront 3BR/2BA
furnished home. Unique, nautical decor. Garage,
washer/dryer, balcony, gas fireplace. Utilities in-
cluded. $3,000/month, six-month minimum. (941)
SEASONAL FURNISHED new home in Anna
Maria. Elevated 3BR/2BA. Available now through
April. One block to beach. (813) 251-9201.
WATERFRONT 2/3BR/2BA cottages with sunroom.
Seasonal rental only. (941) 779-9074 or (941)
HOLMES BEACH: IMMACULATE 3 BR/2.5 BA
cul-de-sac home with three-car garage, workshop
and rec room in a quiet Holmes Beach neighbor-
hood. $2,450/mo. Unfurnished.7-12 months. Call
Heather at Gulf-Bay Realty, (941)807-4661.
BRADENTON BEACH: Newly remodeled 1 BR/1BA
suite with full kitchen, fully furnished, one block from
Bridge Street, three-minute walk to beach. Sleeps
four only. No pets. Available weekly, monthly or
seasonal. (941) 776-3696 or e-mail
BIMINI BAYFRONT HOME with beautiful views!
2BR/2BA, two-car garage. $1,800/month. Call
Gabe Buky, (941) 374-5772.
PERICO BAY: 2BR/2BA bright and quiet ground-
level turnkey villa with all amenities. Annual, $1,100/
month plus utilities, or seasonal $3,000/month, utili-
ties included. (508) 790-4645. E-mail
BEACH LIVING: SEASONAL, Furnished 2BR/2BA.
Utilities included. Gulf views and large decks. (941)
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA half duplex, $1,250/
month; 2BR/2BA home, $1,550/month; 2BR/2BA
home on canal, $2,000/month; 3BR/2BA home on
canal, $2,000/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate,
P.A., (941) 778-2291, or e-mail:
Jason @ betsyhills.com.
BOAT DOCK WITH lift for rent: $400/month. Water,
electric, first. last, one-month security. Anna Maria
Island Village. (941) 778-2743.
1BR APARTMENT: CLOSE to beach with water
views. Sleeps four. Quiet area. $500/week or
$1,850/month. Nonsmoking. (941) 779-0420.
ANNUAL'RENTAL: 2BR/2BA ground-floor, poolside
with bay view. Water and cable included.
Old Florida Realty Co. (941) 778-3377.
VACATION RENTAL: QUIET canalfront in Holmes
Beach. 2BR/2BA, furnished, garage, laundry, dock,
extras. Available through Dec. 31. $850/week,
$2,400/month. (813) 286-9814.
LUXURY CONDO: 1BR/1BA including garage.
Near beach with pool, tennis and more! 2.5 years
old, gated. Annual $900/month. Call Denny at (941)
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA recently remodeled,
elevated duplex in Holmes Beach, less than one
block to beach. $1,100/month. Call Island Real
Estate, (941) 778-6066,
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA pool home close to
Manatee River. Wood floors, fireplace. Pets OK.
$1,600/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941)
GULFFRONT.CONDO: 1BR/1BA, two pools. All
brand new, totally remodeled,.Holmes Beach.
Seasonal $3,000/month, or annual $1,200/month.
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WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006. Wide variety
of condos/houses starting at $1,500/month. Annual
rental; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA condo, pool/
tennis, small pet OK, $1,000/month; 3BR/2BA villa,
two-car garage, small pet OK, new carpet, $1,700/
month; 305 66th St., 2BR/1.5BA duplex on stilts, pet
OK, $975/month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941)
BAYVIEW TERRACE, Bradenton Beach: 2BR/1BA
condo, second floor, completely furnished. Three-
month minimum rental. (708) 562-1601.
SANDPIPER: 1BR/1BA SEASONAL, 55-plus,
steps to. beach. $1,200/month. Also, 2BR/1BA,
$1,400/month. Non-smoking. (775) 338-9492.
ANNUAL RENTALS: Gulffront condo $2,100/
month; 2BR/2BA riverfront condo $1,250/month.
Fran Maxon Real Estate. (941) 778-2307.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA Holmes Beach water-
front villa. Quiet setting, spectacular view. $1,000/
month. Non-smoking. (941) 778-2100 or 224-6521.
TEMPORARY ISLAND RENTAL: Monthly or
possible annual, furnished or unfurnished. 2BR/
1BA, one block to beach. $850/month includes
most utilities. (941) 807-5449.
RUNAWAY BAY: SEASONAL,' beautifully
decorated condo. 1BR/1BA, ground-floor, washer/
dryer, pool, tennis, gplf clubs. October to Jan. 15
and April 2006. (941) 778-9378. .
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH; 2BR/2BA, one block
to beach. Large, enclosed porch. Exceptionally .
clean, no pets. 5611-B Guava. $900, month. (941)
BEAUTIFUL ANNA MARIA Island: Duplex, 2BR/
1BA each side. Two-minute walk to beach, shop-
ping and trolley stop. Private patios and washer/
dryer. 3201, Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach. $649,000.
Call (513) 225-8004.
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PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Lakefront Hidden
Lake condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to
beach. Starting at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941)
NORTH ANNA MARIA: Adorable cottage with
views of the bay! $425,000. Please call Maureen,
Green Real Estate, (941) 778-0455.
WOODED LOT ON Wares Creek: 1 BR/1 BA mobile
home on large wooded lot with fruit trees and fence.
Central location, room for pool and lots of room for
RV or boat storage. Dead-end street with 125 feet
on Wares Creek. Possible rezone for "best use"
PDR. Five units. $118,000. SunCoast Real Estate,
(941) 779-0202. www.suncoastinc.com.
COMPLETELY RENOVATED ISLAND home
blocks from beach and local shopping. Fabulous
pool! R-2 zoning. Call Barb at Old Florida Realty,
(941)792-0902 or 962-1298.
WATERFRONT: SPECTACULAR views from living
room, guest bedroom, office, deck. 2BR/2BA, par-
tially furnished doublewide, 12-by-10-foot patio. 55-
plus. Colony Cove, Ellenton. Pets allowed. $27,900.
WATERFRONT: COLONY Cove, Ellenton. 2BR/
2BA turnkey furnished. 55-plus, marina, pools, pets
OK. $27,500. (941) 721-4890.
1/3 ACRE WOODED LOT on Wares Creek: 1BR/
1BA mobile home on large wooded lot with fruit
trees and fence. Central location, room for pool and
RV or boat storage. Dead-end street with 125 feet
on Wares Creek. Possible rezone for two lots or
"best use" PDR. Five units. $118,000. Lynn
Bankuty, Realtor, SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-
FOR SALE: DIRECT Gulffront condo. Pre-renova-
tion, 3BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. $985,000. Prin-
cipals only. (717) 392-4048.
LOT FOR SALE by owner: Nortnpori lot 33. block
231. Eighth addition to Port Charlotte. $65.000.
Local contact: Julie, (941) 962-0581.
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REAL ESTATE SWAP? Our decent canalfront home
at 215 Chilson plus appropriate cash for your nicer
canalfront home? Inquiries from principals only,
please, to owner Jeff Endean jefend @ bkf-law.com.
VILLAGE GREEN WATERFRONT home: Beautiful
4BR/2.5BA with a sparkling pool in a private setting
overlooking a pond. Truly one-of-a-kind. Only
minutes to the beach, shopping and restaurants.
$385,000. IB#512699. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
Banker, (941) 751-1155.
FOR SALE: SUNBOW Bay on Anna Maria Island,
condominium and marina. Rarely available! 2BR/
2BA, completely renovated, turnkey furnished.
$385,000. Call (941) 778-9684.
CITY OF ANNA Maria. 110-feet direct frontage on
the Gulf. Two cottages with solid rental history or
build your own dream house. www.Gulf-Front.com.
NORTH POINT HARBOR: Two homes in Island's
finest community. Buy both "as is" for $2,450,000.
4BR/3BA elevated home, beautiful views of Tampa
Bay, new lap pool, spa, waterfall, seawall and dock.
$1,300,000. Also, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, ranch
home, totally remodeled, new seawall, dock and
20,000 pound lift. $1,250,000. Lynn Bankuty,
Realtor, Suncoast Real Estate, (941) 737-1420.
1101 VILLAGE GREEN Parkway: Desirable, well-
established neighborhood only minutes from the
beaches. 2,100 sf, 3BR/2BA split plan, 2.5-car garage
on oversized corner lot. Complete high-end renova-
tion. Neutral tile and carpet, granite counters, stainless
steel appliances, wood cabinets, fresh paint inside and
oul. Wood burning fireplace, plus. 600-sfFldrida rom.
Barrel-tile tool. All for only $425,000. Owner, (813)
787-8911 or 1941) 720-3400
NORTH CAROLINA GATED Lakefront Community
1.5 acres plus, 90 miles of shoreline. Never before
offered with 20 percent pre-development discounts,
90percent financing. Call (800) 709-5253.
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BAY WATCH Direct bayfront unit with
views to.the Sarasota Skyline. Boat
dock, pool and two under cover parking
spaces. Newly furnished! Very good
rental property. $579,000. Call Quentin
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GULF WATCH 2BR/2BA with almost
1,300 sf of living space. Tile throughout.
Nicely furnished and rental friendly too.
Walk across the street to white sandy
beach. Asking $459,000. Call Cindy,
IDEAL LOCATION Elevated and up-
dated duplex. 2BR/2BA each side, short
stroll to the beach. Tons of storage and
charming outdoor living space. $619,000.
Nicole Skaggs, 778-4800.
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SPECTACULAR BAYVIEW CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished with good
rental history. Large fishing pier and
community boat dock. Laundry room in
unit. $565,000. Contact Dave Vande
WILDWOOD SPRINGS Spacious
updated 2BR/2BA condo, ceramic tile laid
on the diagonal, glassed-in lanai, lush
manicured grounds and heated pool.
Night security a plus. $259,000. Call
Nicole Skaggs, 778-4800.
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LONGBOAT KEY-Solid 3BR/2BA with
screened pool. Deep water canal and
dock. Great "as is" or better yet build up
for spectacular unobstructed bay view.
Asking $989,000. Call Cindy Grazer 504-
6176 or 778-4800.
CALLING ALL PARROTHEADS
If you like being on a sailboat canal with a big dock, if
you like the artistic, the eclectic, the whimsical and the
magic of living in Anna.Maria ... get a load of this! 2BR/
2.5BA with heated spa, wonderfully landscaped yard
(award winning by the University of Florida) and over
1,000 sf of decks with peeks of the Egmont lighthouse
and the Skyway. You've heard of "Island living at it's
best" ... well this brings new meaning to the phrase!
3101 GULF DRIVE
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LAND & LOTS: Supply+Demand=Florida Land
Boom! Cheap 1/4, 1/2, 1 Acre Lots. 5-10-13-20
Acre Parcels. Highlands, Hendry, Hardee,
Okeechobee. Ask for Lawrence (800) 796-6569.
GRAND OPENING SALE! Lake Bargains! Water
access from $34,900 with free boat slips. Pay no
closing costs! Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16.
Huge pre-construction savings on beautifully
wooded parcels at 34,000-acre lake Tennessee.
Enjoy unlimited water recreation. Surrounded by
state forest. Lakefront available! Excellent financ-
ing! Call now: (800) 704-3154, ext. 658.
NC MOUNTAIN CABIN on mountain top, view,
trees, waterfall and large public lake nearby, 2BR/
1BA. $175,000. Owner (866).789-8535
TENNESSEE -NEW LAKESIDE community.
Spectacular homesites from the $30s. Private boat
slips, limited availability. Close to downtown Chat-
tanooga. Lake access from community. Call today:
ASHEVILLE N.C. AREA: Mountain homesites.
Gorgeous riverfront, river view and wooded privacy
homesites 1+ acres from the 40s. Gated commu-
nity with amenities. Call today: (866) 292-5762.
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COASTAL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA Large wooded
water access, marsh view, lakefront, and golf-ori-
ented homesites from the mid $70s. Live oaks,
pool, tennis, golf. (877) 266-7376.
EAST TENNESSEE PROPERTIES: Sold and
financed by owner. Log homes, lots and acreage
near Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. Call Ricky Bryant
COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA Waterfront! 3+/-
Acres, $99,900 Beautifully wooded parcel on deep
boatable water with access to ICW, Atlantic and
sounds. Prime location close to town. Paved roads,
underground utilities, county water. Excellent fi-
nancing. Call now (800) 732-6601, ext. 1405.
WHITEWATER LIVING in the Smokies. Gated
riverfront and mountain views available, prices
starting low as $46,900. Final phase, limited lots,
call now! No closing costs, buy direct from devel-
oper, save thousands $$$. (800) 559-3095, ext. 327
.www.rivercrest.com. *Some restrictions apply.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. escape the heat in
the cool beautiful peaceful mountains of western North
Carolina. Homes, cabins, acreage and investments.
Cherokee Mountain Realty, GMAC Real Estate,
Murphy. www.cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for
Free Brochure (800).841-5868.
WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS- Extraordinary home
sites in gated Fall Branch Estates. Wooded lots,
panoramic mountain views, from $60k. Current
phase: Pre-Construction pricing. (877) 774-3437.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA mountains cool air,
views, streams, homes, cabins, acreage. Free
brochure of mountain property. (800) 642-5333. Re-
alty Of Murphy, 317 Peachtree St., Murphy NC
NC MOUNTAINS: 10+ Acres from $39,900. Grand
opening Oct. 22-23. Spectacular long-range views!
Near Blue Ridge Parkway and Boone. Excellent fi-
nancing, roads and utilities. (800) 455-1981, ext. 210.
MOUNTAIN LAND for sale by owner. Beautiful
mountain views in North Georgia. 1.5-3 acre
parcels. Commons area on trout stream. Call (706)
ALL STEEL BLDGS! UP TO 50% OFF!! Engi-
neered for Hurricane Coast! Ship Factory Direct for
quick delivery. 24x30 Up to 100x200! Call Eddie
now! (800) 499-6401.
BUILDING SALE! "Last Chance!" 20x26 Now
$3955. 25x30, $5700. 30x40, $8300. 40x60,
$12,900. Many others. One end included. Pioneer
INVESTORS: GREAT MONEY MAKER
ot(. Currently renting for $2,900-$3,900/week
SIncome will exceed your expectations.
woco One year old 5BR/5BA. Enjoy the
TJwo d.a. Bt convenience of an indoor elevator and
-. outside spiral staircase. Beautifully
furnished and tiled throughout. Four-car
garage, lush heated pool overlooking the ISLAND DUPLEX: Steps to beach. Reduced to $699,000
bay, private dock and great fishing. before remodeling continues. Investors and builders bring your
Reduced $2,190,000. Virtual tour: imagination. Gulf views possible. 2BR/1BA on large corner lot.
Two canalfront condos side by side. One 2BR/1.5BA and one 1BR/1BA. www.flrealtour.com/mls031305/realtor. A Anne H ber, Reator (94-1) 713-9835
Two deeded boat docks on sailboat water. Both for only $725,000. SURFSIDE REALTY
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townhomes with full unobstructed views of the
Gulf of Mexico. Spacious unit offers 2BR/2BA,
open floor plans, large master suite and
balcony. Comes turnkey furnished. Dave
Moynihan, 778-2246. #511527. $3,200,000.
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BREATHTAKING VIEW! A lull view of the
Sunshine SKyway Bridge from your own
pnvate master suite. Gourmet kitchen has
maple cabinets with granite counters. Two
electric boat lifts Tracye Hurley, 741-2500.
PANORAMIC BAYFRONT Spectacular 4BR'
2.5BA bayfront residence with 120-leel on
the bay and 80-leet of canal frontage. Dock.
vertical lll, solar healed pool. Bay view
Close to beach. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246.
HOLMES BEACH HANDYMAN Spectacular HOLMES BEACH TOWNHOUSE Enloy
view Irom this canalfronl handyman home on spectacular Anna Maria Island in this Holmes
Holmes Beach. Plans available for a Ihree Beach 3BR/2BA condo built in 2005 Anderson
story home with pool. Laurie Dellatorre. windows, wood flooring and storage. Laune
778-2246. #514174. $825.000. Dellalorre. 778-2246 #514177. $735,000.
FABULOUS GULF VIEWS Prime furnished ISLAND HANDYMAN SPECIAL! Your chance
end-unit offering spacious floor plan with to own a piece of the Island.A touch of TLC will
eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar, walk-in closets, make this adorable beach cottage the perfect
fireplace and two balconies Dave Moynihan. island getaway.A great value tor the price' Gina
778-2246. #507333. $675,000. & Peler Uliano/The Royal Team. 741-2500.
RUNAWAY BAY Beauliful pool view from this
S1BR/1BA Runaway Bay condo. Top floor unit
Complex offers healed pool, tennis and
deeded beach access. Laurie Dellalorre.
778-2246. #514289. $345,000.
OFFICE FOR SALE Holmes Beach ideal for
small business, ground floor has one-car garage
and half bath. Studio apanment upstairs with
klchenette, lull bath with shower. Becky Smith or
Elfi Slarret. 778-2246 #512811 $210,000
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