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A Skimming the news ... Gift guide, holiday festivities, more inside.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow ...'
Something about this holiday light display and giant snow globe at Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach makes you want
to sing Chrisnuas carols. With more than 12,000 twinkling lights and the snow gIlol Licopletrc with falling snow
and snowmen, it's a Florida "Winter Wonderland." It's also one of ihe wiinners in the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce-sponsored lighting contest. More inside, section B, page 5. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Boundary expansion proposal.
again floated in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Holiday festivities aside, Bradenton Beach may be
growing three-fold next year.
City commissioners have approved yet again a pro-
posal to increase the city's boundaries into the Gulf of
Mexico and Anna Maria Sound. The move, discussed
for at least 11 years, would provide better police pro-
tection to the burgeoning bayfront anchorage just east
of the city pier off Bridge Street as well as allowing
errant boaters to be stopped.
The expanded boundaries would run from the city
limit with Holmes Beach 500 feet into the Gulf, then
south to Longboat Pass. On the east side of the city, the
boundary would be the Intracoastal Waterway in Anna
The process is somewhat complicated, according
to City Attorney Ricinda Perry.
First up is the approval of a first reading of an or-
dinance by the city commission approving the expan-
sion, a step taken last Thursday.
Next is a public hearing before the local'legislative
delegation. The city apparently missed the deadline for
that step, but Perry said a special hearing was sched-
uled on another matter and she hoped Bradenton Beach
could piggyback on that process.
Then there's the introduction of bills in the Florida
House of Representatives and the Florida Senate to au-
thorize the expansion. There may be a glitch or two
with that process unless the city can prove there is no
increase in taxes for Bradenton Beach that would ac-
crue in the action. Gov. Jeb Bush has indicated he
would veto any bill presented to him if there is a tax
increase that did not include a referendum by voters
approving such a charge.
Then both the Florida House and Senate must ap-
prove identical language and, if it receives gubernato-
rial approval, will go back to the city, where the city's
charter will have to be amended and approved by vot-
ers before it can take effect.
The process appears to be as laborious as the pro-
cess it took to get to this stage in the matter.
The boundary issue first arose in 1994 when a
problem with dangerous interactions between swim-
mers and personal watercraft developed. At the time,
commissioners shelved the expansion proposal due to
police concerns involving enforcement of city laws into
the new city area without benefit of a boat.
SThen, the city got a patrol boat through a grant and
the matter came up again, but has stalled for about five
City police officers have been sworn in as deputies
of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and have full
authority on the water, but any fines levied or forfei-
tures accrued go to Manatee County, not the city.
The boundary expansion would allow only police
authority.on the water no actual "taking" of bottom
lands is proposed.
In other city matters; Mayor John Chappie nominated
and the city commission unanimously approved Lisa
Marie Phillips ts vice mayor, replacing Bill Shearon.
Volume 14, No. 7 Dec. 21, 2005 FREE
a 'free ride'
By Rick Catlin
Many of Manatee County's homeless population
often head to Anna Maria Island, particularly on week-
With free bus service to Manatee Public Beach
from the mainland and the free Island Trolley, the Is-
land becomes even more attractive to the homeless.
Some local restaurants offer free coffee and other ser-
vices to pedestrians, making those locations a hangout
for the homeless.
And there's been a definite increase in homeless
people on the Island, at least around Manatee Public
Beach, according to Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale
"The last few months, we've seen more homeless
than in past years. They usually congregate around the
public beach because that's where the bus comes. They
use public transit and the trolley is free."
But in Holmes Beach, at least, it's the same four or
five homeless people who have been showing up regu-
larly, despite warnings from police that it's illegal to
camp on the beach overnight.
Officers have found homeless people sleeping on
benches, in trees, bushes and one'homeless man re-
cently broke into a vacant apartment just for a place to
That particular person, said Stephenson, keeps
coming back to the Island, despite warnings.
For the most part, however, the homeless do what
they're told, at least for the night they are caught, and
there's no indication that crime has risen because of an
increase in homeless people, he indicated.
In Anna Maria, Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office substation said he's not seen
an increase in homeless people, but agreed they like to
use the free trolley to move around.
"They like to ride up to the city pier and walk
PLEASE SEE HOMELESS, PAGE 2
Santa Claus and a little Santa Gavin Strickland, 6
1/2 months old, were on hand for the Lester-Islander
Family Fun Day to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. More pictures, inside. Islander
Photo: Dara Caudill
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Homeless finding Island homes?
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
around. We try and keep tabs on them because we
know who is supposed to be here," he said.
Although it's not a major problem, Kenney said he
and his deputies occasionally find someone sleeping in
"We only get one or two of those a month. It's not
a big deal, and we make sure they know not to do it
In fact, said Kenney, most of the homeless people
who visit Anna Maria leave by nightfall. There just
aren't a lot of social services available on the Island as
there are in downtown Bradenton.
True, said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
His city sees more homeless people than Anna
Maria looking for a place to sleep because of the size
of Coquina Beach, but he doesn't have a major con-
"We get a few at this time of the year. It's cold up
north and there are a lot of places at Coquina Beach to
sleep," the chief said.
When officers find someone sleeping in a pavilion
or a park bench, they try and take them to the Salvation
Army in town where they can get help.
"There are more social services there than on the
Island. We don't have very many homeless, but more
One homeless person, however, appears to have,
become "unhomeless" in Bradenton Beach.
Special said the man is very quiet and doesn't
bother anyone, but he likes sleeping on the bench at city
"He seems to be a regular," the chief said.
Surprisingly, Stephenson has had no recent com-
plaints about panhandling. "The homeless we get aren't
asking for money. They just seem to enjoy the Island.
We're getting more and more of them, but we're not
yet at any problem stage."
Salvation Army Maj. Jack Repass confirmed what
Holmes Beach police have observed recently.
"We always get more homeless in winter, but I've
been here four years and this is the most we've had in
that time," he said. Cold weather up north means more
Holly, 'Jolly' Christmas
The 12th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids sponsored by Ed Chiles three restaurants, Sandbar, Mar
Vista and Beach House, included clown "Jolly Tookels" (Maddy Iseman of Anna Maria) creating balloon
critters and hats for the kids attending from Head Start and Healthy Families Manatee. The event featured
gifts from Santa for all the kids, a meal at the host Sandbar restaurant and a complete turkey dinner for each
family. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
people heading south, including the homeless, he ob-
"We are full every night, and not just the homeless
are coming. We're getting working poor families who
come for a good meal," he added.
Maj.Repass said his organization offers shelter
for a night to the homeless but with so many seek-
ing a place to sleep lately, he has to direct some
people elsewhere. No one, however, is denied a good
He also noted that in addition to the Salvation
Army, there are other services available in downtown
Bradenton for food and lodging for homeless people.
Anyone in need of a good meal or'shelter can go
to the Salvation Army at 1204 14th St. W. in Braden-
ton, he said.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 21, 2005 U A-3
How the Grinch stole Anna Maria Island's Christmas
By Rick Catlin
The Grinch was in a bind, he was way behind
In stealing Christmas from Island time.
He sat in his sandcastle and saw Islanders dream-
Of Christmas cheer, then he began scheming.
The Islanders shouldn't have this much fun.
Why, let's get rid of Christmas, and so he begun.
In Anna Maria it seemed one day
They wanted Christmas decorations for their an-
That won't do, said the Grinch with a sneer,
You'll dance to my tune, or you'll get no cheer.
The politically correct term is "holiday decora-
Say it, or I'll give you 30 lacerations.
But the Grinch was not satisfied with this small
Why, let's consign Christmas to ancient history.
His minions complained loudly one day
In Holmes Beach that decorations were just too
There must be no mention of Christmas, don't you
It's about a boy's birthday and that offends me.
And the Grinch banished the greeting that had
stood through time.
Merry Christmas could not be part of this rhyme.
Instead said the Grinch, in all his wisdom,
Happy Holidays will be said throughout the Island
The Grinch ensured there was no Christmas Pa-
Instead, it was just a plain holiday charade.
Boats had to sail with holiday lights
Out of fear that Christmas bulbs would give a
The Grinch advised the three Island towns,
That no Christmas Party could be held, now that
brought a few frowns.
But a holiday party would be acceptable
Joyous holiday prize
To say Vera Atchison was "overjoyed" to win the television raffle at the Lester-Islander Fun Day event Dec.
17 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center would be an understatement. Atchison said it "made her
Christmas," having lost her husband this year. Pierretty Kelly, left, said Atchison was the first volunteer to
arrive at the event. Pictured are Kelly, Atchison, Joey and Chuck Lester and Privateer Jim Brannon, who
drew the winning ticket. The TV-DVD combo prize was donated by The Islander newspaper. Atchison also
took home one of the 40 "prize" turkeys donated by the Lesters. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
As long as the city closed for the "holidays," that
But the Grinch was not content with getting rid of
He turned to Longboat Key, where he got to dis-
A lighted Christmas tree he said was offensive,
Although some of the folk who didn't celebrate
Thought the Grinch was being much too defensive.
And Christmas gifts were banned from the Island,
But a "holiday" present would keep all smilin'.
The Grinch in his rage found Bing Crosby disgust-
For singing "White Christmas" at a public projecting.
We'll change this song, and that's for sure,
To "Snowy Holiday," now that's politically pure.
No more Christmas dinners proclaimed the Grinch.
It's a holiday dinner, or you're making a stench.
Nativity scenes will all be replaced the Grinch
With images of shoppers buying frankincense,
gold and myrrh at the K-Mart counter.
The Grinch was pleased for he saw the day
When Christmas wouldn't come because he'd
taken it away.
But when Christmas came, the Grinch was an-
For people still went to church smiling and buoyed.
They said "Merry.Christmas" to friends and fam-
Leaving poor Mr. Grinch not very happy.
Christmas came anyway, and that was.no ploy
That even the politically correct police couldn't
The Grinch he thought and he thought some more.
And realized he couldn't steal Island Christmas,
why he'd been a bore!
So, he closed his short and \~eet little brief
With t\\o o\ords that would cause the politically
correct grief.. .
But even Rhett Butler would understand
When the Grinch said "Frankly, my dear, I don't
give a damn."
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Anna Maria City
4 1 Anna Maria City Hall,
S10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
SDec. 27, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
4 Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
P' None scheduled,
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
City offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and
Longboat Key will be closed Dec. 23-26 for the holi-
OEdays. Offices in Holmes Beach will be closed Dec. 24-
Merry Lester.lslander Christmas Garbage, trash and recyclable collection in Anna
Privateer Scott Hirsch, Chuck Lester, Pierrette Kelly of the Center, and Privateers Liz Cline, Jim Brannon Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will not oc-
and Kathy Griffenkranz stand behind Joey Lester and Santa Claus for the Lester-Islander Fun Day that cur on Dec. 24, with the alternate pickup date being
celebrates the holidays and family every year with food, games, prizes and visits with the famous elffor kids Wednesday, Dec. 28. There will be no change in ser-
big and small. vice in Bradenton Beach.
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4-A M DEC. 21. 2005 U THE ISLANDEIh
By Rick Catlin
The Holmes Beach City Commission at its Dec. 13
meeting gave grudging consensus for Mayor Carol
Whitmore to talk with Bradenton Beach officials about
forming a combined committee of elected officials and
private citizens to study the issue of Island consolida-
The move comes after a majority of Holmes Beach
voters approved a non-binding referendum Nov. 8 for
the city to examine the "feasibility" of consolidation.
A similar referendum passed in Bradenton Beach, but
the Anna Maria City Commission rejected even plac-
ing the measure on the ballot.
Not all commissioners, however, favored a com-
mittee. While Commissioner Roger Lutz said that
from the results of the referendum, it was "clear we
need to look at. it," Commission Chairman Rich
Bohnenberger countered that the referendum was for
all three cities. With Anna Maria out of the equation,
Bohnenberger argued there was no reason to proceed.
"At least let's talk to Bradenton Beach," said
Lutz agreed and suggested a committee from
Holmes Beach be composed of the mayor, two city
commissioners, the police chief, superintendent of pub-
lic works and two members from the private sector.
If the committee reported back that consolidation
is "stupid," at least .the commission has "fulfilled our
obligation," said Lutz.
Whitmore said that before any committee is orga-
PLEASE SEE CONSOLIDATION, PAGE 5
Moose kids, Santa
The Moose Lodge in Bradenton
Beach hosted a Christmas party
Dec. 17for kids and friends of
kids of the Moose where all the
kids had a visit with Santa and
received candy and gifts.
Islander Photos: Nancy
Pictured at left, Eddie Taylor,
rear, and Noah Marcus are
elated by their up-close
encounter with old St. Nicho-
las and presents, too.
50,000 Matehing-Fund Challenge
Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester are offering up to
$50,000 in matching funds for contributions made by Dec. 31, 2005,
to the Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Fund.
And your contribution is tax deductible.
The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and provided more than
1.5 million hours of service to more than 3,400 Island residents last year.
Please send donations to thi lenge, P.O. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 346, p blte endowment Fund.
This advertisement is sponsored as a community service and partnership with the Lesters by The Islander.
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nized she would talk to Bradenton Beach officials and
determine if they are interested in such a plan.
Canals and docks
The seemingly never-ending saga of the city's
Sunrise subdivision boat basin and T-end canals and
docks drew closer to a resolution as commissioners
spent more than an hour discussing the latest revisions
to the proposed ordinances and appropriate licenses.
Commissioners did determine that there would not
be a need for a "wait list" for a dock in the Sunrise
basin, and T-end canal residents who might be on that
wait list could apply for a vacant dock in Sunrise.
While the annual fee for a dock space has not yet
been established, City Attorney Patricia Petruff said the
city staff is considering a recommendation of 50 per-
cent of what the private sector charges.
The current rate at a private marina is $10 per foot
per month. At a 50-percent rate for a T-end canal or
Sunrise dock, the owner of a 28-foot boat would pay
$140 a month or $1,680 on an annual basis.
Commissioners could not decide if the lease should
be paid annually, quarterly or monthly and agreed to
return to that issue at a later worksession.
Several commissioners agreed that an annual pay-
ment might place a "burden" on some residents.
Haverkos drainage basin
Whitmore reported that despite advertising for bids
in Tampa and Orlando, in addition to the Manatee-Sa-
rasota area, only one firm submitted a bid for the
Haverkos II drainage project.
The companies that do excavation and pipe instal-
lation were either too busy or not interested in such a
small job, said Whitmore. The project has $225,000
budgeted and C.E. Huffman Trucking Inc. of Braden-
ton was the lone bidder, coming in under budget by
The project involves excavation, installation of
storm pipes and paving of streets.
Rather than continue to search for bids, commis-
sioners gave Supterintendent of Public Works Joe
Duennes permission to prepare a contract for their ap-
Brazilian pepper trees
The commission decided to place discussion of
A total of $15,350 had been donated to the
Anna Maria Island Community Center in the an-
nual Lester challenge by early this week, and of-
ficials noted there's still a long way to go to hit the
magic $50,000 mark.
Chuck and Joey Lester again this year chal-
lenged Islanders to come up with $50,000 for the
Center's endowment fund, and the Lesters will
match dollar for dollar any amount up to that to-
That's $100,000 altogether for the fund, which
is apart from the operating fund that pays for pro-
grams, and from the capital fund that finances ex-
pansion and improvements.
It will help "ensure the long-term financial
viability of th6 organization and establish the se-
curity of a reliable source of income in perpetu-
ity," a Center spokesperson said. The fund itself
is untouchable, but its earnings are used by the
In its 45 years the Center has grown from a
small group of parents and leaders to a staff of 11
that provides 1,200 youths and 2,300 adults with
cultural, educational, family support, recreational
and sports programs, the Center said.
"Making donations to the Center's endowment
fund offers security to future youths, families and
seniors that otherwise would have no assistance."
Donations may be made at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or discussed with
staff there or by telephone at 778-1908 or its spon-
sor, The Islander, at 778-7978.
Holmes Beach man arrested for beating wife
Holmes Beach-Police lastMonday arrested Jeffrey ers arrived, but was later located by police in the 5000
Gadapee, 41, of the 100 block of 28th Street for aggra- block of Fifth Avenue and arrested for aggravated bat-
vated battery after his wife complained he choked her tery and domestic violence.
when he learned she was pregnant. Gadapee denied that he had touched his wife, but
According to the arrest report, Gadapee and his admitted that he had just learned that day she was
wife got into a verbal argument about her pregnancy on pregnant.
the evening of Dec. 12, which escalated when he be7
gan choking her.
The woman was able to escape and locked herself
in her car, where she called police, the report said.
Gadapee had left the.apartment by the time offic-
removal of Brazilian pepper trees from the Kingfish
Boat Ramp on the Jan. 24 agenda, when more residents
of Westbay Cove will be able to attend.
Manatee County wants to remove the pepper trees:,
which come within a few feet of the east side of
Westbay Cove condominiums.
But Lutz said that while the county has tried to give
removal of the trees a friendly \ face," the project is
simply about "doubling the size of the boat ramp for
more people from Ljkelar~j."
Bohnenberger said a city objection might be a
moot point. The Florida Department of Transportation
has a right of way that extends out from State Road 64
for 500 feet. Kingfish Boat Ramp is county property.
Jeffrey Gadapee. Photo: Manatee County Sheriff's
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up Christmas Eve Day, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005. Saturday's
yard waste will be picked up on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
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6-A E DEC. 21, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
Yes, it's beginning...
With "drizmal" weather, as one TV-broadcast
weatherman put it this week, it is beginning to look a
little like a northern Christmas on Anna Maria Island.
For nearly a week the sky has been gray, that all-too-
familiar scene before a snowfall if you're a transplant
to Florida, and the air has been crisp and cool.
It is a change of season, of sorts, for Floridians. A
little welcome rain. No snow, thank you.
Lots of holiday lights around the Island are what
help create the excitement and joy of the holiday for
young and old. It's a fun time to bike, walk or trolley
about to catch the "spirit."
As most of the holiday events are behind us, and
just the big day awaits, the excitement grows for young
children hoping for a visit from Santa Claus.
And "wow!" Santa Claus was everywhere on the Is-
land in recent weeks, and he was generous to children who
were present for some of the parties. It was great to see the
joy on their faces and we can't help but thank the busi-
nesses and organizations that made it all possible.
The Sandbar hosted its 12th annual Lawton Chiles
Christmas'for Kids, and the kids from Head Start and
Healthy Families Manatee were feted with gifts, food
and fun with lots of clowns, Rudolph, elves and fun
characters. It was a holiday treat just to see the joy on
the children's faces.
Likewise, the Pines Trailer Park and Moose Lodge,
the Anna Maria Island Community Center with help
from Chuck and Joey Lester, the Duffys, The Islander
and more, hosted parties for children and families. And
so many businesses welcomed their customers at open
houses this year.
The Bethlehem Walk at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church was a delight for all who participated.
Imagine the thrill for young Christian children to walk
with the animals and church members in period attire,
seeking room for Mary and Joseph to spend the night
at neighborhood homes, and then to arrive-back at the
church and a manger, where they find "Baby Jesus."
It all helps to make the season bright. especially for
some who are not as fortunate as others. It's the season
of fellowship, kindness and sharing, and no one does
it better than Islanders!
We thank you all for making this a great holiday
season and for making our Island community "the
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas. Happy Hanuk-
kah. Merry Kwanza. Greetings of the season to all.
Now on to the new year.
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SLICK '0 tidings of comfort and joy! By Egan
Mayor's outdoor movie
I would like to thank the Holmes Beach Beautifi-
cation Committee, the Island Butterfly Garden volun-
teers and Beach Bistro for all their help in coordinat-
ing the outdoor movie event at city hall. Over 100 citi-.
zens attended and braved the.40-degree weather with
blankets and jackets.
My goal over the past few years is to find ways to
get the public into city hall and not be intimidated. I
have tried to accomplish this by showing the skate/surf
movies this summer and in December.
Carol Whitmore, mayor of Holmes Beach
Tax, tax, tax
Manatee County millage rate (taxes) presently is
nearly double that of Sarasota County, 7.5719 mills
versus 3.8808. Now Manatee County proposes to raise
its gasoline tax 5 cents per gallon.
I wonder if others are noticing the ever-increasing
number of "For Sale" signs. Local papers are reporting
room occupancy is down arid rates are up. It seems that
our Manatee County elected official are taxing many
into voting with their feet, some leaving and others not
buying or not visiting.
On June 1 of this year, the Manatee County Tax
Appraiser's Office advised that there would be a 17-
percent increase in value-driven tax revenue. I wonder
if anyone reading this received a similar 17-percent
windfall in their income or a tax reduction on their
Enough is enough.
For homesteaders: Remember, when you sell, your
buyer must assume the higher tax rate, not the 3 per-
cent rate you presently enjoy.
Bill Hahn, Holmes Beach
Slow the speeders
I am writing to express my concern over the in-
creased speed of cars that we are seeing in Anna Maria.
North Bay Boulevard is a perfect example of motorists
reaching speeds in excess of 45 mph in many cases.
It seems that in the past few years streets are be-
Scoming less friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists, pets and
even birds. I live on a drive that is becoming more and
more of a shortcut for people in a hurry and there is not
one display sign regarding speed limits on my entire
We need to acknowledge this problem and try to
keep our streets safe and slower before we lose another
loved one. We could help the problem by installing
speed bumps, displaying slow and 15-mph signs and
"children are playing" signs in strategic locations
around the Island, especially on our neighborhood
Streets. Sometimes a stop sign on extra corners can
We need to educate our motorists that most of our
roads don't have sidewalks, putting us all in the road
I welcome any other suggestions or input and
maybe we can all help to keep Anna Maria safer and
more pedestrian friendly. I hope that if others are feel-
ing as I am, they will get in touch with Anna Maria City
Maureen Dahms, Anna Maria
Thanks, and help wanted
Thank you for the excellent article by Diana Bogan
about my departure as director of the Anna Maria Is-
land Historical Society. There is one correction: I ar-
rived in 1956, which I guess makes me an "old-timer."
I would like to stress that the historical society ur-
gently needs volunteers. Since opening the Belle Ha-
ven General Store we must have two volunteers at all
times, one in the store and one in the museum.
The museum is open four days a week and the
shifts are two hours. Call if you can help, 778-1514, or
stop at the museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday between
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Carolyne Norwood, Anna Maria
TIE ISLANDER U DEC. 21. 2005 A A-7
Directors seated by tri-island chamber
Two new directors have been elected and
three re-elected to the board of the Longboat-Lido-
St. Armands Keys Chamber of Commerce. Th -y
will serve three-year terms.
Elected for their first terms were Michael
Welly of the Longboat Key Club & Resort and
Robbie Bell of the Blue Dolphin Cafe.
Named for second terms were Tonya Atchison
of Oswald Trippe & Co., and Andrew Vac and
Marnie Matarese, both of Re/Max Excellence.
Don Lantz of Holmes Beach and wife Gloria claimed a gift basket loaded with prizes donated by merchants
participating in the Holmes Beach Holiday Open House sponsored by The Islander newspaper. Contributing
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Restless Natives, Richard's Whole Foods, Curves, Island Trader, Island Grill Store, Ooh La La! Bistro and
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Ten years ago in the Dec. 21, 1995,
issue of The Islander,
headlines announced that:
Ernie Cagnina's IGA supermarket in Anna Maria
was sold to Tampa businessman Frank Albano after the
Cagnina family had operated the store since 1946.
Anna Maria Fire District Chairman George Jack-
son resigned from the board after disclosing he had
recently moved to Sarasota and no longer lived in the
Anna Maria city commissioners spent nearly four
hours debating with the public over a recent commis-
sion decision to close Gulf Boulevard to public park-
ing. A citizen's group opposed the decision, claiming
it had more than 400 signatures protesting the commis-
sion action, while Gulf Boulevard residents applauded
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Dec. 15 63 76 0
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Ruth Koci will be greatly missed by her fellow coworkers at the Anna Maria Post Office. She is retiring Dec.
30 and moving with her husband to Michigan. Pictured, left to right, are Gail Husbands, Koci, Gloria Kincaid
and Chrissy Abdala. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Post Office
bids Koci farewell
By Diana Bogan
The community is invited to join Anna Maria Post
Office employees Gail Husbands, Chrissy Abdala and
Gloria Kincaid in a farewell to Ruth Koci, who is re-
tiring Dec. 30.
There will be retrehlme iint, and an informal gath-
ering in the lobby of the Anna Maria Post Office from
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, for those who
,vant to stop by and wish her well.
/ Koci has enjoyed her 22-year career with the U.S.
Postal Service and the seven years she spent working
on the Island.
Postmaster Kincaid said Koci's replacement will
have "big shoes to fill."
"We are going to, miss her very much," said
Kincaid. "She has a lot of knowledge that she is taking
with her. She knows everybody and everything about
them. We get letters addressed with a first name only,
or to 'grandma and grandpa' and she knows exactly
who it's for."
Koci admits that once a resident sent out mail with-
out the postage stamp and she was able to identify the
sender by the type face of the computer-printed mail-
ing label. This customer, Koci said, always used the
same type on the mailing label.
"In this job, you have to be detail oriented," said
Kincaid. But Koci is more, she is part of the Island
Koci says she is blessed to have worked in Anna
Maria. "Our office has been a very special place. It has
been wonderful to recognize everyone, whether you
have come to the counter or I have passed you on the
"I have met so many wonderful people and shared
in their life's events births, birthdays, graduations,
weddings, illnesses and deaths of loved ones. We have
laughed, celebrated and cried together. I will miss ev-
eryone so much."
She will especially miss her coworkers, who she
says have become like a family to her. "We spend more
time together here than we do with our own families,
and we work together very well."
Koci said the holiday season can be the most chal-
lenging time of year at work because.it is so busy that
"you don't really have time to do the things you might
like to do with your own family." At the same time, it's
a festive time and people are generally happy, making
it a fun time to work.
Koci enjoys the Island residents. "Most people tell
me this is the nicest post office they have ever been to,
Anna Maria postal employee Ruth Koci is retiring to
Michigan after the new year. She has been a postal
service clerk for more than 20 years, seven of which
she spent at the Anna Maria Post Office. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
but it's really the customers that make it nice," she
explained. "We're more relaxed here because we don't
have to deal with much fussing from customers. Cus-
tomers look out for each other here, helping each other.
It's like one big happy family."
Other locations Koci has worked during her tenure
include a small Texas office, Michigan, Longboat Key
and Palmetto. It was at the Palmetto office that she met
husband Fred. They worked together there and were
married 17 years ago at the Palmetto Historical Park.
In her many years of service, Koci said she has
seen a number of interesting things sent through the
mail. In Palmetto someone mailed car tires. Each one
was wrapped in tape and labeled.
At her first post office job she opened a vestibule
and found crickets. She and her coworkers swept the
crickets outside before they discovered the COD pack-
PLEASE SEE KOCI, NEXT PAGE
The family Arthur and Kyra Valadie of Anna Maria portraying Mary and Joseph lead the way for the
Bethlehem Walk hosted by the Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. Participants walked
through Anna Maria from "inn to inn" seeking shelter and singing Christmas carols before returning to the
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Koci retires from Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
age to a feed and grain store, the intended destination
for those critters.
Here on the Island, she says mailing coconuts is
quite popular. They come unwrapped; the address sim-
ply written on the husk with a magic marker.
There are a few things she hopes customers real-
ize about postal services. One is that the post office is
capable of handling large boxes. "I often have people
tell me that they don't want to bother us with handling
larger boxes, but it's not a bother. It's our job."
Now that she is leaving the workforce, Koci is
looking forward to spending time with family in Michi-
gan and Wisconsin. She admits that she has missed
being able to spend a lot of time with them.
She and her husband plan to take up permanent
residence in Winter Haven and spend time in Florida
Koci enjoys traveling and wants to visit all the
national parks and Niagara Falls. She also enjoys gar-
dening and genealogy.
She has two sons and one stepson. One son lives
in Arizona, the other in Tampa, and her stepson lives
in Sarasota. When she and her husband do visit Florida,
she promises to keep "a watchful eye, to make sure our
blinker isn't left on as we are moving along [in the
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Bosch, Brook Cobb, Emma Terry, Madison Driscoll and Alley Hathaway. Islander Photo: Dara Caudill
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comes for AME
Anna Maria Elementary School teachers and staff
spent their final day in the old school Friday, Dec. 16.
Movers from Armstrong Relocation were on cam-
pus earlier in the week, parking trailers on the grass in
front of the school a task that appeared to be a little
tricky and time-consuming.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, movers began the task of trans-
porting boxes into the trailers where they were to be
fumigated prior to being moved into the new two-story
building. Also on campus were volunteers dismantling
and storing the many years' worth of hand-tiles lining
the school's corridors.
Items were moved from the trailers into the new
building Saturday, Dec. 17, by the moving company,
giving staff and volunteers a break from the hectic
schedule of the past few weeks in preparing for the
In the midst of it all, AME staff members compiled
a short but pointed list of things they will not miss as
they return to the new building Jan. 4.
These are a few of their least favorite things:
Black snow falling from the air conditioner.
Having no classroom bathroom.
Lack of storage space.
Turning on the air conditioner with a hand-carved
yard stick. "
The old parking lot.
Caterpillars and other creepy-crawly bugs in
Inconvenient and ancient staff bathrooms.
Limited technology due to old wiring systems.
On the other hand, surplus items and moments
from the old school will be up for auction in January,
for those wishing to hang on to some of the fond
memories and history of AME.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 13, 300 block of Iris Street, suspicious cir-
cumstance. A man reported that he heard loud noises
coming from an adjacent home, although the resident
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Above: Horace Charles of
Armstrong Relocation trans-
ports items destined to be
moved into the new Anna Maria
Elementary School. The move
began Dec. 13 and all items
were to be transferred from the
fumigation trailers into the new
classrooms Dec. 17. Islander
Photos: Diana Bogan
At left, a pair of movers from
Armstrong Relocation hauls
boxes from a classroom in
Building 9 up a ramp into a
trailer where the items were to
is out of town. He told the deputy he saw two men get
into a vehicle that was backed into the yard. A check
of the property showed no Evidence of entry to the
home or tool shed, however there was seawater on the
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Beach for children of the Head Start program. Here, Jaquisha Barnes receives a gift from Santa with help
from Dee Prest, left, as Ross Benjamin looks on with camera ready. Islander Photo: Janice Dingman
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
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Legal threats force city to 'throttle back'
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners took a line from
Shakespeare at their Dec. 15 meeting, deciding that dis-
creation was the b o
faced with yet 1! h,
city's proposed .s
Attorney Ki .n
Marine, Loci '\ d
wasted little tim
putting the city o i
action if the ordi nc
Also expressed t ai
when the comn is
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railed that in ac ik
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of his clients' f -op
o part of valor, particularly when
i,-r '-reat of legal action over the
s t verlay district ordinance.
.I nessey, representing Galati
,oli~ings LLC and Weld Inc.,
,n the case in mock court fnd
his clients would bring legal
I passed. Those sentiments were
f iey Ricinda Perry last month
S,'irst discussed the issue at a
n. by his colleague, Hennessey
1 to a Bert Harris Act violation -
rry and inverse condemnation
,. rights, the city would also re-
ceive an action for certioria in that the ordinance was
"arbitrary" and "overly burdened" his clients.
In addition, the commission had no statistical data
to support the ordinance, had not done an evaluation,
had no recommendations from the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection, and could not identify
any other jurisdiction that had taken similar action.
The ordinance was supposed to be in response to
safety and growth management issues, he said, but the
commission had no goal and no expertise.
He also blasted commissioners for not knowing
how much acreage in the city would be affected and
that they had not sought public opinion from those
most affected, such as his clients.
"You are steamrolling this ordinance during the
holiday season," Hennessey claimed, suggesting the
city go to Tallahassee and get some advice before pass-
ing an ordinance that would surely result in a major
Property owner John Cagnina chimed in that he
was warning the commission that it was taking the city
down the road to financial ruin if a major lawsuit as a
result of this ordinance cost the city millions of dollars.
Essentially, the COD would regulate new construc-
tion within thedistrict, which follows the DEP's
coastal construction control line around the city's beach
Under the ordinance, construction would be al-
lowed on platted, legal lots of record within the COD
as it is now, but anyone acquiring several parcels and
attempting a replat to build a subdivision of several
homes could only build one single-family home per
City Attorney Jim Dye said the ordinance does not
take away anything that a property owner within the
COD does not legally have now. He admitted, how-
SPLEASE SEE ANNA MARIA, NEXT PAGE
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
ever, that the ordinance is not "bullet proof' from law-
Commissioner Christine Tollette reiterated a sug-
gestion she had made in November, that the commis-
sion get a second opinion on the legality of the ordi-
Commissioners discussed how to get a second
opinion from a certified land use attorney in time for
the Jan. 12 meeting, then pass the ordinance at the sec-
ond reading on Jan. 26.
That scenario, however, was a little too fast for
Commissioner Duke Miller, particularly in light of all
the legal threats.
"Let's just pull back the throttle" and get a second
opinion, then discuss that opinion and the ordinance at
another worksession, he said. There's no need to rush.
The current moratorium on construction with the COD
has another 11 months before expiration.
While Miller may have decided that caution
shouldn't be thrown to the wind, he did take issue with
Hennessey about public input, noting the proposed or-
dinance has been highly publicized the past few months
and his clients have always been welcome to provide
input at commission meetings.
Commission Chairperson John Quam moved dis-
cussion to the Jan. 12 worksession when Tollette will
provide an estimate of costs for a second legal opinion.
In other business, commissioners agreed to trans-
fer $105,000 in the budget for extension of the Lake
LaVista jetty to dredging the Lake LaVista channel
after looking at aerial photographs that showed the
channel was filling up with silt, particularly after Hur-
ricane Wilma moved through the area.
Mayor SueLynn said Energy Resources Inc., the
company that previously dredged the channel,was al-
ready in Holmes Beach dredging canals. The company
could not guarantee it would be immediately available
to dredge the Lake LaVista channel after it completed
its Holmes Beach operations if it left the Island for
Line of credit
Commissioners unanimously approved establish-
ing a line of credit of up to $1.5 million for capital
it's 4*Dton 1I!
By lormr Holmes Beacrin Cav
Commissioner Don Maloney
Since I was un-elected last month, far more
than just a few locals have expressed either their
sorrow that I didn't win enough votes this time, or
they questioned what I plan to do now with my
resulting free time, or even both.
As you might imagine, the biggest expressor
of both sorrow and concern for my plans was Wife
Sarah. After all, she married me 56 years ago for
better or for worse, but not for lunch. Obviously,
defeat at the polls leaves plenty of time to be at
Foxworth Lane, time that used to be spent at city
hall or in Tallahassee, Orlando or Tampa at one
meeting or another.
Neither locals nor Wife Sarah need fret. After
all, I spent eight years and eight months in a
Holmes Beach city commissioner's chair. That's
longer than I spent in grammar school.
And think of my new possibilities. No longer
do I need consider Florida's Sunshine Law. I can
now saw exactly what I think, and even better
- say it to whomever and wherever I want.
There are also new concerns I have to deal
with. It's not just necessary as it always was to only
remember what days were just garbage and what
improvement projects in the city. The plan is through
the Florida Association of Counties. and attorney Steve,
Miller representing the la\% firm that administers the
program said current interest rates are around 3 percent;
The commission did add the provision that it must
approve any draws before the mayor can sign for the
money. The funds will be available through Wachovia
Commissioners were interested in a five-year
payback plan, but Miller said the program allowed for
extensions. Repayment of any of the money drawn
must come from revenues that are not from ad valorem
day was for recycles and when the yard trimmings
must go out to the curb. Now I have to remember
which part of that new big green garbage can has
to face the street when I roll it out. Our old round
one didn't care how I faced it.
And how will Taco Bell and Peaches and Para-
dise Bagels survive without my $400 a month
commissioner's stipend? Wife Sarah will never
finance such behavior with house money.
Plus, there's the problem of television watch-
ing on Tuesday nights. Maybe I'll just keep going
to the commission meetings and sit out in the gal-
lery and object to everything. That way, I can build
a program to run for mayor next year.
One of my biggest disappointments is that I'm
no longer qualified to drive the city's little electric
car in parades.
On the other hand, my biggest pleasures will
surely come from writing some stories from the
notes I've kept in a big folder since perviously my
handling of the subjects was not considered politi-
cally correct. Now, nothing I write needs fill that
Anyway, those of you who harbor any concern
for me need not worry. I just had another visit to
the doctor. His decision about my shape was essen-
tially the same as the Florida Department of
Transportation's is about the Key Royale bridge:
We are both "structurally sound" and "functionally
You'll hear more from me oi these pages, but
in the meantime, try to enjoy the city's government
Quam estimated that the annual payment on $1.
million would be about $225,000 over a five-year pe-
Variances and site plan
The commission approved a variance request for
property at 104 Maple Ave. to have the height of any
new construction measured from the improved portion
of the road to meet the 37-foot height requirement.
Commissioners also approved a preliminary sire
plan and lot line realignment for owners Mike and
Nancy Yetter and Joe and Shirley McGuire at 117-119
Park Ave. with the stipulation that the lots be replatted.
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Board hung up on 27.foot height
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at its
Dec. 5 meeting backed away from a recommendation
in the city's revised comprehensive plan that the
height of new construction on non-conforming lots
be limited to 27 feet.
Board members Fran Barford, Margaret Jenkins,
Doug Copeland, Randall Stover and Jim Conoly ar-
gued that such a limitation would be unfair to prop-
erty owners with lots of 5,000 square feet, while the
owner of a 7,500-square-foot lot could build to the
current 37-foot limitation.
Copeland suggested that all property owners
could build to 37 feet, but the third floor would only
occupy 50 percent of the space of the second floor.
He wanted to ensure that any new construction does
not block a neighbor's view or open space.
The board also stalled over whether or not new
construction in the retail-office-residential district
should be limited to one floor of residence over re-
tail-office space. However, a single-family resi-
dence in the ROR could be built as two floors over
Eventually, the board's consensus was that new
structures could be built to 37 feet, but only one
floor could be utilized for retail-office space.
The board will continue its discussion of recom-
mendations to the future land-use map and element
and the comprehensive plan at its Jan. 23 meeting.
Facilitator Tony Arrant reminded the board that
it must hold public hearings once it has decided on
preliminary recommendations to the FLUE and
Once the board approves the FLUE and com-
prehensive plan recommendations, those are for-
warded to the city commission for further public
hearings and approval.
The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island will
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from the Central Intelligence Agency and in some
cases the Federal Bureau of Investigation claiming
that the CIA has targeted them for using illegal Web
The e-mail further directs the recipient to open up
an attachment and answer a series of questions about
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Irish folk dance lessons due
Irish folk (Ceili) dance lessons will resume Mon-
day, Jan. 2, and every Monday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
through March at the Anna Maria Island Community
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Skiing led Holmes Beach man
to WWII mountain division
Al Wiedorn grew up in Waterbury, Conn., just a
few blocks from a ski slope. He learned to ski almost
as soon as he was old enough to ride a bicycle.
When America entered World War II following
Pearl Harbor, Al was determined to join one of the
newly formed mountain divisions that needed men who
knew how to ski.
In addition to doing his part for the war effort, how-
ever, Al had another reason for joining the U.S. Army.
"My father came from Germany and he was
fiercely anti-Nazi. I hated them, too. I wanted to get
into the fight against them," he said.
Just 16 years old when the war started, Al had to
wait until his 18th birthday in 1943 before he could
"I had to bring three letters stating that I was a good
skier before I could get into a mountain division," he
remembered. "But I got what I wanted."
Al joined the 10th Mountain Division, which was
just forming in Colorado.
The training was rough and rugged and done at
about 10,000 feet of elevation.
"Some of the guys came down with mountain sick-
ness. They just couldn't operate that high up and they
were transferred out. A lot of them cried to have to
leave because we figured this was an elite division."
Al and his buddies figured they would be going to
the European mountains. Why else would the Army
train them in mountain fighting?
Just after D-Day, Al and the rest of the 10th Moun-
tain Division went to Texas for further training, then
sailed to Europe in December 1944.
But they would not be in on the main Allied drive
Al Wiedorn, right, with a fellow member of the 10th Mountain Division at their "plush" accommodations in
the Italian Alps during World War II.
The Germans had formed a stout defensive line
near the Po Valley in northern Italy and the 10th Moun-
tain was sent to join the Italian campaign, arriving in
Naples just after Christmas 1944.
Some of the U.S. troops had been fighting the Ger-
mans for nearly two years, said Al. The generals fig-
ured they needed fresh troops to dislodge the dug-in
Germans in the Italian Alps.
Al's unit moved past Florence, then up to about
8,000 feet in the mountains, arriving at Mt.
Dellatoracae in mid-February 1945.
"We knew we were going to the front lines. We
were all rookies. None of us had been in combat before.
We were scared, but we'd do anything not to let our
buddies down. That's all we had up there."
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dose of Sherman's old adage that "War is hell."
The first night on the front lines, the Germans be-
gan a ferocious mortar attack from the high ground they
"They had our positions zeroed in even before we
got there," remembered Al. "It was terrible."
Four of the company's five officers were killed in
the first barrage. The senior NCOs were either killed or
wounded. Most of the staff sergeants were killed. Many
men in the company began to retreat, but not Al and a
few of his buddies.
"I guess we were too scared to leave. The night had
just begun and we only had a few men left on the line."
It was a night that Al doesn't really like to talk
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about much, but according to a book written by a fel-
low 10th Mountaineer, Al grabbed a heavy machine
gun and advanced toward the German positions, firing
as he went.
His bold move prompted others to join his ad-
vance, the book said, and the Germans were forced to
cease fire and retreat.
For his actions on Mt. Dellatoraciae that night, Al
was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in the face of
the enemy. Before the war was over, he would also get
the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
"I was just lucky," said Al. "I lost a lot of buddies
that first night. In one night, I became a seasoned vet-
eran and was promoted to staff sergeant. I was only 19
After that first battle, the 10th Mountain Division
was an experienced group of soldiers. The division was
always on the offensive, even if it meant climbing
mountain after mountain to reach German positions.
"We always attacked and the Germans never sur-
rendered. We heard that German soldiers in Europe
were surrendering, but they didn't against us, not un-
til the last days of the war."
But Al wanted to fight the Germans. "Most guys
just wanted to do their duty and go home. I wanted to
Sgo home, but I believed in what I was doing. I hated the
Still, Al always considered himself lucky to make
it. "I often wonder why one guy got hurt and I didn't."
And mountain fighting was no trip to sunny Italy.
Al and his company lived in bunkers dug out of a
mountainside when they could. Usually, however, they
just slept on the ground, even in the snow and rain.
"And we never had any hot food at the front, just
C and K rations. The only hot meal I got was in the rear
or after the war was over."
The war ended on May 9, 1945, prompting a cel-
ebration by the 10th Mountain, but with the knowledge
they would probably be shipped to the Pacific for the
invasion of Japan.
Although the fighting in Europe was over for Al,
his knowledge of German brought him duty as an in-
terpreter and interrogator of German prisoners of war.
"The German officers never showed any remorse
for the war. They just said we should all join together
and go fight the Russians."
One night, Al was told to take 100 POWs and go
unload a train. "I thought 'great.' Me and 100 prison-
ers," but the orders were carried out without incident.
Eventually, the 10th Mountain was ordered to
Trieste to keep Tito and the Yugoslavian communists
from taking over the Italian port city. Al went into
Yugoslavia and saw the utter destruction the Germans
had done to civilian towns and the populace.
"That convinced me that what we had done was
-right. It was terrible to see."
Finally, the 10th Mountain got orders to return to
the United States. Even though they figured they would
These days, Al Wiedorn enjoys the quiet life of Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
eventually reach Japan, Al and his buddies celebrated
on the return trip. They celebrated even more when
they sailed into New York harbor on Aug. 15, 1945, to
learn that Japan had surrendered.
While the Army wanted him to stay, Al had other
He was discharged in December 1945, then at-
tended colleges in New York and Connecticut. Al got
married in 1953 and went into the teaching profession,
heading up schools in Ecuador, the Dominican Repub-
lic and Honduras. He also taught in Maine and his na-
In the late 1970s, he left teaching to manage a rec-
reational vehicle park he and his brother and brother-
in-law had bought near Riverview outside of Tampa.
Al and wife Clarice, also a teacher, spent 10 years
looking for waterfront property while li \inig ia the park
and purchased a house in Holmes Beach in 1987. They
retired here permanently in 1995.
The couple have two children, both of whom be-
Al has no regrets about his service, but noticed that
when he was first discharged, it was hard for civilians
to understand what he and his buddies had been
So he stopped talking about the war.
It was only when he got active in reunions for his
company and re-discovered the men he had fought
with, men who understood completely the hell and
horror of the Italian Alps during WWII, that he began
talking about the war.
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His wartime service was "the most outstanding
thing I've ever done. I'm proud of what I did, and
would do it all over again with the same bunch of
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any al-
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France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
Main Hatch Motleys looking
for sea chantey singers
The Main Hatch Motleys, singing group that
specializes in sea chanteys, is looking for more
Motleys who like to sing or pretend they can.
Charley Canniff, an original Motley, said the
group needs a lot of people interested in "the sing-
ing, shouting, whooping and yelping of sea chan-
teys, whether they are able to really sing or not. It's
just fun. We've made two public sing-outs, and we
throw in a little sea history between chanteys."
The group meets at 10 a.m. the first and third
Saturday of each month at the Florida Gulf Coast
Maritime Museum, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W., Cortez.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 21, 2005 M A-19
Wyman Coarsey: Long life of diversity
By Jim Hanson
"I've had a full life," Wyman Coarsey allows, "and
I thank God for it all."
He hasn't done it all, but he's done a lot of it. He's
been a commercial fisherman, sailor, homebuilder,
truck driver, postmaster, musician and songwriter.
Whatever he's been doing, he's been happy at it. Right
now, he's a happy harmonica player.
He started playing the mouth organ when he was
6, about the time he came to Cortez with his parents.
Born on the Mixon Fruit Farm, he has spent all his life
in Manatee County.
Except for three years in the U.S. Navy on North
Atlantic convoy duty aboard a destroyer escort. He met
his bride-to-be in the Brooklyn Naval Hospital where
he was being treated for inhalation of a nasty gas.
They were married there in 1945 and he was soon
discharged, telling his new wife "Soon as I got married
the Navy had no more use for me." Now he claims to
have been "a live-in for 60 years."
He brought his bride to Cortez and worked for five
years on the Cortez commercial fish docks and as a
fisherman. Then, as he tells it, "I drove a gas truck for
the Pure Oil Co. for 12 years and when they shut down
in Manatee County I went to work for Texaco and then
Sinclair, 17 years for oil companies in Manatee
About then he took the examination for postmas-
ter and caught on, spending 20 years as postmaster of
Cortez. "I was postmaster 20 years and now retired for
20," he said.
Along the way he built his own house from the
ground up in the historic fishing village, taking 13
... and it's Wyman Coarsey on the harp!
years at it and never even flirting with a mortgage -
"never had one and never will."
The Coarseys reared three sons and three daughters
there and are still in the same house, minus the chil-
A daughter got him into playing his harmonica in
public performances, he said. She was visiting from
Orlando and summoned him to the Cortez Kitchen
where the Dr. Dave.Band was playing.
"I had a harmonica in the truck and my daughter
sent me back out for it and F brought it in and played a
number, and Dave said, 'You're playing with us from
He was there until that group left for awhile, then
Coarsey went to play with the Gumbo Boogie Band at
Woodson Bros. Seafood Grille in Bradenton, back to
the Kitchen with several bands, and now he's ended up
there with the Natural Vibes "four boys, two white
and two black, and one old man with a harmonica."
He also plays many other
venues, such as the
Winterfest in Holmes Beach a few weeks ago.
He began playing and singing many, many years
ago in early grade school, where he took part in the
weekly "amateur hour." The first song he learned was
"They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree," and he still can
bring it off.
While he was sitting out the last hurricanes of the
2004 season, he whiled away the time writing, to the
tune of "Home on the Range," this little ditty, which
brings down the house when he plays and sings it:
"God's Gift to Us"
God gave us this home
Where the tourist do roam,
When winter time comes down our way,
Where the skeeters do bite all day and all night
And we all go out crabbing for pay.
Home, home in Cortez
Where the snooks and mullet do play
Where there never is heard
A sinceable word
From all of the tourists, who stay.
So we'll keep our home
Where the hurricanes roam
And the tourist they play all day long,
And we welcome you all
Just stay here through fall
Until all of your money is gone.
Just stay here with us
Without any fuss
Till all of your money is gone.
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By Jim Hanson
All churches on Anna Maria Island have special
Christmas services on their weekend schedules, many
presenting Christmas eve programs.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, plans a family candlelight service,
children's pageant with oversize puppets and choir
music starting at 5:30 p.m. Christmas eve, Saturday.
A more traditional candlelight service will be at 9
p.m. Saturday. On Christmas day, Sunday, worship ser-
vice will be at 10 a.m. (Details available by calling
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church
St., Bradenton Beach, will have a candlelight service
with Bill Heemskerk as soloist with the church's choir
at 7 p.m. Saturday. No Sunday service is planned.
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, will have "a joyous time celebrating the Christ-
mas holiday with traditional carols, fun and the mes-
sage of the birth of Christ" at 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:50
a.m. Sunday. (778-0719)
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, will have pre-Christmas confession
from after 8:30 Mass until 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. A
Children's Mass will be at 4 p.m. Christmas eve, with a
Mass at 10 p.m. that night in place of the former mid-
night Mass. Christmas day Masses will be at 8 and 10
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will have candlelight services at 4:30
and 8 p.m. Saturday, with a nursery for children during
the 8 p.m. worship. Christmas day service Sunday will
be at 9:30 a.m., but without a nursery. (778-1813)
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, will have the First Mass of
Christmas at 5 p.m. Saturday, caroling at 10:30 p.m.,
and the Solemn Holy Eucharist of the Nativity at 11
p.m. On Christmas day, the Holy Eucharist Rite I, with
carols, will be at 10 a.m. (778-1638)
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Participants in the adopt-a-grandparent program at Anna Maria Elementary School enjoyed a holiday lunch
and sing-along prior to winter vacation. At the end of the celebration, students and grandparents took part
in a gift exchange. The program, which teams up seniors from All Island Denominations and the Anna Maria
Island Kiwanis Club with Island students as surrogate grandparents, was initiated more than 10 years ago.
The holiday party has become a tradition and was held at the Church of the Annunciation this year due to
renovations under way at the AME. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Holiday jam' invitation issued for Dec. 22 session
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers invite all musi-
cians and music enthusiasts to join them for a holiday
jam session Dec. 22.
The band is teaming up with Grego's Almost at the
Beach Tavern to host its annual holiday fete starting at
7 p.m. at 4332 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton.
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Neil Carper, Cooper Hardy and Jacob Talucci com-
pare book selections at the Anna Maria Elementary
School media center celebration for book club par-
ticipants with November and December birthdays.
Students who choose to participate for a nominal
fee are invited to choose a new book for the media
center, which is labeled with the student's name and
birthdate. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
With classroom renovations under way, Karen Newhall and Kathy Grandstad used the Island as learning
environment for Anna Maria Elementary School students. The third-graders toured the West Manatee Fire and
Rescue Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach where firefighters Dion Neimo and Carlo Valente informed and quizzed
students on the tools of thefirefighting trade. Here students were given a close look at afire engine, while
learning how math plays a large role in getting the job done when responding to afire. This truck holds 733
gallons of water to one student's amazement, that meant 6 tons of weight in water.
WMFR Lt. Jeff Lonzo
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selections, a classic novel and a cookbook. Some of
the other book club participant selections included
American poetry, biographies and natural science.
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to Santa Claus
Students in Toni Lashway's second-grade class at
Anna Maria Elementary School have been busy writing
letters to Santa Claus.
Myriah Deal, Aeryell Dunnuck, Robby Officer and
Lily Lu shared their holiday wishes, and good tidings,
with The Islander
I love toys. I want a dog.
I love Christmas. I have got the best presents every
year, but this Christmas I want a:
Game Boy Advance.
Games for my Game Boy.
I have been good. I want a big, big car.
Tell the elves I said, "hi."
I want a big Jeep. It is black and fast.
I like Christmas. You Rock!
I've been 98 percent good.
I want a real dog, dog stuff, a real sled with a real
horse, a Doddle Monster, and a fake reindeer.
Lily Lu Robby Officer
50,000 Matehingm-Fund Challenge
BUILDING OUR FUTURE!
Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester are offering up to
$50,000 in matching funds for contributions made by Dec. 31,2005,
to the Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Fund.
And your contribution is tax deductible.
The Center provides a critical human service leed on the Island and provided more than
1.5 million hours of service to m l an 3,400 Island residents last year.
Please send dona
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P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Wednesday, Dec. 21
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
Friday, Dec. 23
6 to 9 p.m. Smooth Jazz with Allon Sams &
Friends at.St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information:
Saturday, Dec. 24
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on
the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive,
10 a.m. to noon Colored pencil art demonstra-
tion by Lee Mears at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6648.
6p.m. "Celebration of Christmas" at the Island
Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Wednesday, Dec. 28
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
"Dickens at the Crosley" presented by the Cro-
sley Museum Theatre at the Powel Crosley Museum,
One Seagate Drive, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota,
through Dec. 22. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
"Ann Casale: A Life's Work of Passion" exhibit
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Information:
Photographer Rolf Bertram window exhibit at
the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Guild Gallery, 5413
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Infor-
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Contemporary and traditional art exhibit at Wal- 'Christm as bricks'
lace Fine Art Gallery, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
No. 103, Longboat Key, through Jan. 30. Information:
387-0746.are not, for awhile
"The Highwaymen," Florida's African-Ameri- The inscribed bricks planned for Christmas
can landscape painters exhibit at the South Florida at the Island Butterfly Park won't make it. They
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through March don't fit the bill.
12. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies. Nancy Ambrose, founder of the park at 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, said she and her
Upcoming: crew were ready to start laying brick paths at the
Irish folk dancing at the Anna Maria Island Com- park until they opened the packages.
munity Center Jan. 2. They found the bricks only half done. The
"Travels with Theresa" at the Anna Maria Island order called for a personal inscription on the face
Community Center Jan. 4. of the bricks along with a butterfly.
The butterfly didn't make it. Inscriptions fine,
Save the Date: but they were absent the insignia butterfly.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market So now it's back to waiting for the 70 bricks
Jan. 14. to be redone and butterflies added. Delivery usu-
Southeastern Guide Dogs open house Jan. 14. ally takes 12 or 13 weeks, she said.
"Mote at 50" lecture at Mote Marine's Immersion Patrons of the park pay $40 for two lines, $50
Cinema Jan. 17. for three lines of inscription. Altogether the park's
Shaman Band concert at the Anna Maria Island been paved with about 400 of the inscribed bricks
Community Center Jan. 20. "and there's room for plenty more," she said.
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club Extravaganza She may be reached at 518-4431. Purchase
Jan. 21. forms are available at The Islander office, 5404
Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Key Chamber Awards Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Breakfast Jan. 24.
Haley's, Beach House, Drift Inn lighting winners
Winners in the Holiday Lighting Festival spon-
sored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
have been presented with their awards by the cham-
Judging criteria were holiday spirit of the decor.
colorfulness and utilization of available space. Three
categories were judged.
"We were pleased with the amount of 'holiday
sparkle' we saw lighting many of the businesses on the
Island," said Don Schroder, chairman of the chamber.
"We look forward to continuing this endeavor in the
Haley's Motel Resort Complex, 8102 Gulf Dri\e,
Tom and Sabrina Buehler, owners, Anna Maria, won
first place in the accommodations category. Second
went to Island Garden Villas, 5607 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, Bob and Carolyn Wurzel with Chuck and Cristy
Krauss on-site managers.
The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, operated by the Chiles Group, was
first-place winner among restaurants. Fit to Eat Deli,
5312 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Melinda and Shauna
Lapariello with Terry Weaver, operating owners, was a
The Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach,
Joe Cuervo, owner, came in first for retailers. The Pine
Avenue General Store, 307 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
Sandy Oldham, owner, won second place.
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Lots of big shrimp, lots of Florida panther dumbness
Red tide is a abomination spawned by Satan that
causes horrendous destruction of our marine ecosys-
tem, killing marine creatures from our watery cousins
the dolphins and manatees to trout, eels and even bot-
tom-dwelling and harmless sand dollars and the lowly
tube worm. Sea birds are suffering, too.
Or, red tide is a natural cleansing action that
has spawned an increase of the normally small-sized
shrimp and crabs in the bays to very, very large sizes
and will result in an enhancement of the bay ecology,
eventually resulting in a better, bigger fishery. :
Pick any combination of the above. There's prob-
ably no wrong answer.
We're at the one-year mark of the red tide outbreak
that we've had to endure. At times, it hasn't been pretty
for residents, businesses or-visitors, what with dead
fish, stinky air and undue need to scrape beaches and
bays of the detritus.
But there's been some oddities reported in the last
week regarding the odd year-long red tide outbreak,
too, that could mean ... well, you go figure. Good news
My buddy and colleague Bob Ardren has told me
that he's getting reports of trawlers working out of
Sarasota Bay getting huge shrimp in their take. We're
talking up to 6-inch-long shrimp here, bigger than
you're gonna get at pretty much any Island restaurant
I can think of, and far too large for a mess of pinfish to
Bob's source, Dennis Hart of famed Hart's Land-
ing by the Ringling Bridge, attributes the extra-jumbos
to the red tide. Fish move out, what shrimp make it
through the outbreak and survive, then thrive if they're
Well, sure ... maybe.
John Stevely is the area marine extension agent for
the University of Florida and knows lots about fisheries
issues, red tide and all things marine, .
He said there have always been anecdotal data on
red tide causing one fishery to have problems while
another has ended up thriving. It's not all that compli-
cated if you think it through:
Lots of dead fish, ending up on the bottom, result
in something that crabs would find attractive to feed
Lots of dead fish, eliminated from the food chain,
leave lots of things they would normally feed upon
alive, like shrimp.
No studies, though, so no hard-and-fast info.
So let's go to "ground truthing" and get some real-
time data about the state of the bays.
Capt. Zach Zacharias out of Cortez has been fish-
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He said that Sarasota Bay "got hit very hard, repeat-
edly, from the red tide last summer. It has taken quite
a bit longer for the bay to come back but it has. There
is an absolute glut of sheepshead available and other
species, such as bluefish, ladyfish and pompano, have
come back. Snook, redfish and flounder took refuge
from the red tide in a lot of backwater creeks and
bayous around the bay and are available there, but the
open seagrass flats are still lagging behind."
Open grass flats, of course, are where the shrimp
tra\\lers traverse and where the jumbos are being
For the bad news, Capt. Zach said that trout are
a wipe-out in the Sarasota Bay system due to the red
"Trout have literally been wiped out in the area
from the mouth of the Manatee River down through
Sarasota Bay to Venice," he said. "As is usually the
case, both shrimp and blue crabs have exploded after
the red tide and the shrimp are plentiful and huge all
along the coast from Englewood to Cedar Key. The area
is paved with blue crabs right now, too."
Jeez, Zach, ,"paved with blue crabs?" Get the
steamer pot ready!
More critter tales
Not toolong ago I had a small full-sized Dober-
man pinscher that let me feed her. She was one of the
few mutts I've ever had that actually understood voice
commands, so she was usually allowed out on the estate
without a leash, but always with some form of adult
supervision, such as I am.
One evening she started baying and howling. To cut
to the chase, she'd cornered one of the several dozen
raccoons that lurk through the property and neighbor-
Dobie: 75 pounds.
Coon: Maybe 30 pounds.
Survivor: Both, but the big dog got a nice-size gash
in her stomach for the effort.
Result: A much more watchlful pet owner, and' a
much wiser dog whenit came to w wildlife interactions.
.So it's with a little puzzlement that the following,
from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a Must!
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
Capt. Mike Heistand USCG Licensed
mission, comes to you. As a mostly responsible pet
owner, I'm really puzzled about what the heck some-
one could have been thinking about caring for their ani-
"An investigation by FWC officers has confirmed
an Immokalee homeowner's report that a Florida pan-
ther killed his pet Chihuahua.
"The homeowner said he shined a light out of his
window after hearing the dog yelping. He said a few
minutes later the panther retreated to the woods with
the small dog. The homeowner reported the incident to
the FWC, which dispatched law enforcement officers
"When officers arrived, the panther and dog were
gone, but there was blood on the ground. An officer and
a biologist returned to the scene the following morning
and found the fresh tracks of a male Florida panther.
"Before the attack, the Chihuahua and another pet
dog were tethered by a cable in the side yard of the
residence near adjacent woods. There was no fence
between the dogs and the forest area. The property
is surrounded by many acres of wildlife habitat, con-
nected to areas often used by panthers."
OK, let's see: Panther country, a mere bite of a dog,
no fence, left out at night ... why am I thinking bait?
Incredibly, this kind of dumb action by pet owners
is apparently not all that widespread, though.
According to the FWC, "This is the second report
of a Florida panther attacking a domestic dog in 20
years. The last one was in the late 1980s, but the dog
involved in that attack was not seriously injured. In
2004, a Florida panther killed two domestic goats and
an emu near Ochopee.
"Interactions between Florida panthers and humans
are rare. The cats hunt at night and generally are afraid
of people. There has never been a reported injury or
death of a human caused by a Florida panther."
It gets better, though. As the FWC said, "FWC
law enforcement officers are paying repeat visits to the
site where the dog attack occurred. The homeowner.
told officers he was particularly concerned because the
family runs a small daycare center out of the house
during the day. However, he said the family has taken
measures to ensure the safety of the children."
Right. Remember the "no fence, bait" comments
Books for your friends, from our friend
Islander Gretchen Edgren will be signing a couple
of her Playbooy books at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at
Circle Books on St. Armands in Sarasota.
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Let's go fishing NOW for nice-sized sheepies, big grouper
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing is in that weird stage right now, caught
between the summertime yeah, it's still summer for
some fish patterns and the upcoming winter action.
Backwater fishing is good for catch-and-release
only trout and snook, but redfish takes are OK. Prob-
ably the best bet for the bays now is sheepshead, which
are getting big and continue to be hungry around any
Offshore action for grouper and snapper is terrific.
The fish have moved closer to shore lots of good
catches within 25 miles of Anna Maria Island and
there are also some snapper and amberjack to be had.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
are the No. 1 catch for pier anglers there, with fishing
otherwise slow except for a few small catch-and-release
snook and some black drum.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said fish-
ers there have been catching sheepshead and snook at
night, with some of the sheepies coming in at better
than 4 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said his patrons brought in a mixed bag last
week: Sheepshead ranging up to 5 pounds the best
of the catches followed by redfish, snook and a.
few pompano. "A handful of small grouper, mangrove
snapper, flounder, ladyfish and bluefish have also come
aboard," he said. "Whitebait is still available in limited
amounts to those willing to invest the time to get them.
Live shrimp and artificial have been working great for
me and will take a wider variety of species than the
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in 1994 and 1996, then called 'The Playboy Book: 40
Years' and 'The Playmate Book: Five Decades of Cen-
terfolds," she said.
"The new volumes contain all the material from the
earlier books about Hugh Hefner, the magazine, other
Playboy Enterprises ventures and the Playmates (from
December 1954's Marilyn Monroe onward), but con-
tinue on from there through the year 2004."
Gretchen interviewed nearly all of the ladies who
had been Playmates from 1997 through 2004, and also
revisited many of the vintage centerfolds to see what
had been happening in their lives since 1996.
From the FWC comes what could have been
thought of as the obvious unless you've read the above
issue about the pet owner.
"Panther experts advise parents living in Florida
panther country to watch children whenever they play
outdoors, and make sure they are inside before dusk
and not outside before dawn. Parents should also talk
with children about Florida panthers and teach them
what to do if they encounter one, specifically, not to
approach the cat, not to run and not to crouch down
(which would make children appear smaller)."
If the obvious isn't obvious enough, you can access
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Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he put his charters onto catch-and-release
snook, small redfish and catch-and-release trout using
shrimp and artificial bait.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said grou-
per fishing offshore is about as good as it gets right
now, with most of the fish caught within 25 miles of
shore very, very close for good catches. Snapper are
still plentiful in the bays, and sheepshead and redfish
are the best bets for backwater action. Bill reminds us
all that it's all catch-and-release, all the time now, for
trout and snook for the next few months.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing lots of reports of catch-and-release snook
coming onto the dock, plus black drum from the Mana-
tee River. Mangrove snapper are also being caught in
the ship channel by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he caught snook right
up to the close of the season now, it's all mangrove
snapper, triggerfish and a few legal-size grouper.
At Skyway Bait & Tackle, the reports include lots
of small grouper coming out of the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge fishing piers. There are hungry redfish coming
to bait in Miguel Bay on lower tides, and shrimp seems
to be working the best for the better catches.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead from the Anna Maria Island Bridge and
redfish from around Palma Sola Bay, with those big
shrimp working wonders on hookups.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Char-
ters said he's finding offshore fishing to be "hot for
large gag grouper. December is the peak month for
them, and they usually move closer to shore and bunch
up for the winter and a happy holiday! We have been
fishing in 90 to 120 feet of water." He said he's also
been catching gags to 20 pounds, mangrove snapper
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grouper and red snapper.
Capt. Wayne Genthner on Wolfmouth Charters
said he's been "prowling around Whitney Beach just
off Longboat Key and the rocks off Coquina Beach,
catching some over-sized and out-of-season sea trout
in the 24-inch class and redfish in the 30-inch range,
using hand-picked shrimp. Sheephead were really
pretty persistent this week, so we also caught a
bunch of those to complement our half-day trips as
well as a couple of bluefish and short gag grouper."
He said his longer trips off Siesta Key yielded gag
grouper, mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and
On my boat Magic, we caught snook up to the sea-
son's end, plus redfish, black drum and sheepshead.
Good luck and good fishing,
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are
also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more informa-
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8-B 0 DEC. 21, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
Indoor soccer heats up Island Center
By Kevin Cassidy
As always, the action at the 12th annual Anna
Maria Island Community Center Christmas Indoor
Soccer tournament is fast and furious as 21 teams battle
it out in four age-gender divisions for their respective
The Braden River Rage look to be the team to beat
in the U12 female division after thumping the Island
Strikers 16-0 in their opening game. They await the
winner of the Lemon Drops and the Snow Angels with
the winner needing to defeat the Rage twice to capture
The U10 Rage also advanced to the winner's
bracket finals by defeating the Blue Dolphins 7-2 to
open the tournament. They followed that win with a
sound 5-0 win over the Mini-Hurricanes in the semi-
finals. The Mini-Hurricanes, mostly 7-year-olds, won
their opening match 5-0 over the Sparkling Lady Bugs.
The Mini Canes will need to defeat the Blue Dolphins
for another shot at the traveling Rage squad.
The U14 boys competition has the Braden River
Yams taking on IMG United in the winner's bracket
finals. The Yams defeated the Island Girls 4-2 in their
opening match and followed that win with a 4-2 victory
over Purple Haze. IMG United put the Mash Unit in
triage thanks to a 17-4 blitzkrieg in round one. United
followed with a 10-1 victory over the Bangers in round
The Mustangs, 7-1 winners over the Islanders in
their opening game, await the winner of the Manatee
Magic versus the Patriots in the winners bracket finals.
The Magic defeated the Rage 6-0 in their opening
game, while the Patriots advanced to the second round
via a bye.
Champions will be crowned by Wednesday, Dec.
21, so look for final results in next week's Islander
Good 'great' in horseshoe competition
Norm "Six Pack" Good and Tom Rhodes emerged
from a four-team playoff to capture the Dec. 14 horse-
shoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall park.
Good and Rhodes defeated Art Kingstad and Carl
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Sheatle in the finals, thanks to a "six pack" consecu-
tive ringers for six points from Good that ended the
Good closed out every match with a six-pack to
help his team to victory. Good and Rhodes bested
the team of Bruce Munro and John Johnson in the
semi-final match, while Kingstad and Sheatle advanced
to the finals by defeating Bill Bartlett and Jerry Dis-
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday in the park at Anna Maria City Hall. Warm
ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selec-
tion. There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
Key Royale golf news
Nancy Grimme and Penny Williams each shot a
four-over-par 36 to finish in a tie for first in Dec. 13
flight AA golf competition at the Key Royale Club.
Roswitha Fowler, Nancy King, Dorothy McK-
inna and Grace Sayles each shot 34 to tie for first in
flight A, while Mary Pat Swamy's 31 was three shots
better than Marty Noakes and Jane Winegarden's 34
in flight B. Flight C winner was Sally Keyes with a
29 that was two shots better than Markie Ksiazek,
who shot 31, and Eunice Wards, who finished in third
with a 32. Terry Westby shot a 35 to win flight D by
three shots over Pat Weingart and four shots ahead
of Teddy Morgan.
Nell Bergstrom, Roswitha Fowler and Nancy
Grimme won the team low-net competition with a score
of 35, which was one shot better than the second-place
team of Theresa Schuett and Marty Noakes.
Sara Falk, Sally Keyes, Teddy Morgan, Mary Pat
Swamy and Penny Williams earned some bragging
rights on the day with chip ins.
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ment action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy.
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THE ISLANDER a DEC. 21, 2005 U B-9
for Mote Marine
Mote Marine Laboratory has settled on lecturers
and their subjects for the Monday at Mote 2006 pro-
gram. All presentations are to be at 4 and 7 p.m. in
the Immersion Theater on the Mote campus, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
The lectures on marine life and research are free to
members, $10 for nonmembers. The speakers and their
Jan. 16, Mote at 50 and Forward, Dr. Kumar
Mahadevan, president of Mote.
Jan 23, Bottlenose Dolphins and Noise-Making
Fishes: An Arms Race Between Predator and Prey, Dr.
Damon Gannon, Mote's Center for Marine Mammals
and Sea Turtle Research.
Jan. 30, REEF Engaging Citizen Scientists in
Marine Conservation, Bryan Dias, director of outreach
and Education, Reef Environmental Education Founda-
Feb. 6, Red Tide: New Technology, New Hope, Dr.
Richard H. Pierce, director, Mote's Center for Eco-Tox-
Feb. 13, Of Marine Mice and Men: The Immune
System of Sharks and-Humans, Dr. Carl A. Luer,
manager, marine biomedical research program, Mote's
Center for Shark Research.
Feb. 20, The Sensory World of Manatees, Dr.
Gordon Bauer, professor, New College of Florida; Dr.
David Mann, assistant professor, University of South
Florida; Debborah Colbert, Mote's manatee research
coordinator; Joseph Gaspard, Mote's manatee care and
Feb. 27, Feeding the Nation: The Aquaculture
Alternative, Dr. Kevan L. Main, director, Mote's Center
for Aquaculture Research and Development.
March 6, Mote Science Divines the Comedy of
Charlotte Harbor, Dr. Ernest D. Estevez, director,
Mote's Center for Coastal Ecology.
March 13, Virtual Tour of Mote Tropical Research
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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Call (941)/778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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Jim and Connie Brannon of the Anna Maria Island Privateers show off the super-sized trophy they collected on.
behalf of the organization from the organizers of the Venice Holiday Parade. The Privateers were recognized as
"Best Service Club" for their float/boat in the annual parade held last week in the city of Venice in Sarasota
County. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Laboratory in the Florida Keys, Dr.'David Vaughan,
director of the center.
March 20, Andrea Doria: Dive to Adventure and
Danger, David Bright, president, Nautical Research
Detailed information may be obtained by calling
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shopping and restaurants. Amenities include pool, shuffle board,
putting green. Pool conveniently located close to your back door.
Beautifully kept neighborhood. Available for $289,000.
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Small craft unit plans dinner
The Florida Traditional Small Craft Association will
have its annual meeting and dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
7, in Cortez with Dr. John Montague as speaker.
The dinner will be at the Florida Gulf Coast Maritime
Museum boat shop, 4523 123rd St. Ct. W., Cortez.
Cost is $20 per couple, $12 per individual. Details
may be obtained by calling 708-4935.
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May you celebrate this beautiful
season witflove in your home,
joy in your world, and peace in
your heart and treasure every magical
moment the whole year through.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, LicR-Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 77-8-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
10-B M DEC. 21, 2005 T THE ISLANDER
ers lit up the
stage at St.
Church for the
that followed the
dinner catered by
will continue to
take main stage
at the church.
AME fifth-grader Courtney Schmidt opened the "100
Years of Broadway" with afew lines sung from "The
Sound of lusic." The holiday performance featured
various hit musicals from New York theaters.
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Send in the clowns AME fifth-graders practice a dazzling finish to a
Molly Stoltzfus sang "Send in the Clowns" in the medley of Broadway tunes including hits from "Cats,"
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grade musical "Phantom of the Opera," "Jesus Christ, Superstar,"
production featuring 100 years of Broadway. and "42nd Street."
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 21, 2005 U B-11
s ad Biz
By Rick Catlin
An Island vacation
Island Real Estate/Harrington
House staff members Carol Bernard,
Kacey Whidden and Frank Davis
recently attended the National Vacation
Rental Managers Association annual
conference and trade show in Atlanta.
The five-day conference included a
series of professional development edu-
cation sessions focusing on manage-
ment, employee development, customer
service, operational efficiency and new
industry products and services.
Island Real Estate and Harrington
House, both owned by Davis, are located
in Holmes Beach at 6101 Marina Drive
and 5626 Gulf Drive respectively.
Cannons crack top 50
Cannons Marina on Longboat Key
was recently awarded the 50th slot by
Boating Industry Magazine among the
top 100 boat dealers in North America
Cannons was also ranked among the
top five of Florida marinas.
Boating Industry Magazine had
more than 2,000 nominations for its Top
David Miller of Cannons said the
of Island Mail
and More in
past year has been "exciting" for the
marina and this latest award just adds to
"We were awarded the double des-
ignation of Clean Marina and Clean
Boatyard in June" by the State of Flor-
ida, and Cannons celebrated its 50th
anniversary in November.
Cannons Marina is located at
6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Long-
boat Key. For more information, call
Wagner Realty has named Mary
Schmidt as its top listing agent for
November at the company's main office
on Manatee Avenue West, while Doro-
thy Cook took the same honor at the
Longboat Key branch office.
Sales leaders for November were
Joan Oliszewski at the Manatee office
and the team of Jack McCormick and
Cathy Meldahl on Longboat Key. Jane
Tinsworth won the closed volume cat-
egory award at the Manatee office, while
McCormick and Meldahl garnered the
title on Longboat Key.
Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez or Long-
boat Key? How about a new product
or service, an anniversary, a new hire,
or an award-winning staff member?
Call Island Biz at 778-7978, fax your
news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
news @ islander org.
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5BR/3.5BA, private, very special.
511 74th St. $969,000
4BR/2BA, 40x20 pool, dock and lift.
621 Key Royale Drive $2,300,000
3BR/2BA, on Tampa Bay, very large lot.
4107 Royal Palm Drive $699,000
2BR/2BA, dock, lift, no bridge, beautiful.
625 Emerald Lane $859,000
2BR/2BA, pool, dock, good boat water.
213 70th Street $839,000
3BR/2BA, heated pool, furnished.
5804 Marina Drive $2,300,000
Across from City Hall, Zoned C-3
503 Sanderling Circle $395,000
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA, lakefront.
6300 Flotilla Drive $359,000
Shell Point condo, 2BR/2BA, carport.
6400 Flotilla Drive $499,000
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Island real estate sales
305 56th St., Holmes Beach, a
3,067 sfla / 3,633 sfur 3bed/2bath home
built in 1950 on a 150x100 lot was
sold 12/01/05, Douglas to Byrne for
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 244, Tor-
tuga, Bradenton Beach, a 875 sfur 2bed/
2bath condo built in 1976 was sold
12/01/05, Naylor to Teitelbaum Inves-
tors LLC for $600,000.
708 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a
1,050 sfla / 1,250 sfur 2bed/2bath home
built in 1957 on a 60x85 lot was sold
11/28/05, Puffenbarger to Basaraba for
880 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria,
a 999 sfla /1,324 sfur 2bed/2bath home
built in 1970 on a 65x80 lot was
sold 12/02/05, Gunagan to Walton for
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 220, Club
Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 410
sfur studio condo was sold 11/23/05, S
and S Beach Properties LLC to Swartz-
entruber for $495,000.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 122, Club
Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 410
sfur studio condo was sold 11/30/05, S
and S Beach Properties LLC to Warfel
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 124, Club
Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 410
sfur studio condo was sold 11/21/05, S
Anna Maria Garden Club members enjoy Farm-City Week on a tour of Manatee County farms, shown here at Watercress
Farms. From left in front row are Barbara Callahan, Sue Fernald, Margaret Art, Joan Malcolm and Jean Taylor; back row,
Judy Johnnson, Stevie Copppin, Kitty Van Zile, Priscilla Seewald and Mary Manion. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tony Manion
and S Beach Properties LLC to Morelli
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 217, Club
Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 410
sfur studio condo was sold 11/23/05, S
and S Beach Properties LLC to Stellas
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 218, Club
Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 410
sfur studio condo was sold 11/23/05, S
and S Beach Properties LLC to Stellas
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 304, Club
Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 410
sfur studio condo was sold 12/02/05, S
and S Beach Properties LLC to Zaretsky
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Holmes Beach, can
be reached at (941) 713-4755 direct, or
at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current Island real estate trans-
actions may also be viewed online at
www.islander.org. Copyright 2005.
941-778-7 97 ir'f w.islander.org
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
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Old Bridge Village Bay Drive South on Sarasota Bay
Two spectacular 3 b/r, 3 bath furnished apartments on Sarasota Bay.
Sweeping water views with private boat slips, lap pool, garden magic. Great
rooms, soaring windows, high ceilings, open plan kitchens, granite tops.
Top-of-the-line appliances, baths with double sinks, walk-in closets.
One block from white sand Coquina beach and historic Bridge Street shops.
Tortuga Inn Beach Resort 1325 Gulf Drive North
Six new condo/hotel furnished apartments for sale with construction pric-
ing. 2 b/r, 2 bath furnished apartments with March 2006 Occupancy. Three
resale Gulf View efficiency & 2 b/r, 2 bath furnished units with cash flow.
Beach-to-Bay with boat slips, pobls, spas in lush tropical garden setting.
Professionally managed by Resort Quest, with excellent rates and occupancy
Tradewinds-Resort 1603 Gulf Drive North
Two extraordinary condo/hotel apartments for resale. Charming 1 b/r, 1 bath
furnished apartments with immediate occupancy. Beach-to-Bay with Bay
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excellent rates and occupancy
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DINING SET LIGHT: rattan, 41-inch glasstop. Four
chairs with brocade fabric seats. Like brand new. $250.
FOLDABLE BIKE: Regular and kids, all for $80.
Queen-size bed, including headboard, $100. Black
entertainment center with 27-inch TV and speakers,
$100. (941) 778-3926.
HAMMOND L-100 SPINET organ in excellent condi-
tion. Pedal keyboard, touch-precision percussion, tonal
controls and many more! Asking $850. Call for details.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit sale. Mail-order, just in
time for the holidays. $31-$46 for a bushel of navels,
red grapefruit, tangelos and more. And no shipping
fee. Call to order or to receive an order form. (941)
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tuesdays,
Thursday. 9-noon Fridays. Sales racks, children's
clothing. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
SALE, XMAS: NIKI'S GIFTS, Jewelry Antiques. 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. All porcelain dolls 40-60
percent off. All Sterling jewelry 50-60 percent off.
Select antiques, gifts, art, vintage jewelry, Depression
glass, china, 40-70 percent off. Open seven days
9:30am-5pm. (941) 779-0729.
LOST CAT: She comes to the name "Dunkie" and has
a big black-and-white swirl on her side. I miss her.
Please call Carmel if you see her. Cell (941) 518-0239
or home (941) 803-0635.
FOUND: available for adoption to a good home, a
sweet orange and white long-hair female cat. Spayed,
shots, no dogs. 795-7421.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult. Call
(941) 807-1.734 or visit
CHESS OR SCRABBLE, anyone? Renting at Sand-
piper until April, would love someone to play with. (646)
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years as
an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved pets
with in-home visits. (941) 778-6000.
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption.
All food and medical provided. Julie, (941) 720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call (941) 922-0774.
KITTEN TIME: Home-fostered kittens available from
the humane society. Variety of colors. Have been
tested. Shots, spayed, microchipped. Only $35 to good
homes. (941) 365-1687.
1987 VOLKSWAGON Cabriolet convertible, automatic,
125,000 miles, new transmission, red with white interior,
great running Island car, $1750. Call (941) 778-6207.
1992 CHRYSLER CONVERTIBLE: White, boat hitch,
excellent condition. $1,550. (941) 727-5492.
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! $8,000, or best offer. (941) 778-1565.
1989 GRADY-WHITE 23-foot Gulfstream. No engines
or bracket hull and hardtop only. New 150 hp.Yamaha.
Make offer. (941) 713-5900.
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BujlINq, EULLINq, RENT PVE CAN IIELP
VIEWS OF THE BAY AND ROD & REEL
"'Bi. .'4\: f Ouiet nonn end location on North Bay Blvd.
-:. esled. between beautiful Bean Point and
Bairont Park. Offered at $735,000. Call
4 Stephanie Bell, Broker. (941) 920-5156.
.. GREAT LOCATION. GREAT BEACH ACCESS!
O Anna Marij Village. Short stroll to the beach.
( ioO ^ Listed at $745,000. Call Frank Migliore
S778-2307 or Stephanie Bell 920-5156.
"' '--*-. MLS3511240.
ATTENTION WATERFRONT INVESTORS!
T The Tarpon Lodge on Terra Ceia Bay. 1.3
Acres with direct access to bay and over 355
Ict on the water. Asking price $1,400,000.
F. or specifics call Stephanie Bell, Broker
4t" -,'-- -.- 920-5156. MLS#514229.
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 ML
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. MIKe Heistana on me
charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater fish-
ing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided. (941)
NURSES NEEDED for long-term home care for lady
with spinal injury. Hoyer lift. Four-hour morning and
overnight shifts. (941) 383-6953.
COOK NEEDED: Breakfast and lunch. Fit To Eat
Restaurant. 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
PART-TIME AFTERNOONS: 4-6 hours per day. Pack
and ship store. Must be responsible, dependable, able
to bend, lift, multi-task, work independently, interact
with customers. Clerical experience helpful. Flexible
start date. Call (941) 778-1911 for appointment.
MYSTERY SHOPPERS NEEDED in Holmes Beach
to shop businesses. Apply online at
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The
Islander newspaper. Great territory, commissions,
training. Previous outside sales helpful, but not neces-
sary. If you possess a willingness for strong community
involvement, positive outlook and drive to succeed, fax
or e-mail a letter and/or resume to0(941) 778-9392,
sales @ islander.org.
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 full- or part-time hostess and
servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner. Wednes-
day-Sunday. Sous chef, prep person and dishwasher
needed, will train. Apply to Chef Damon, 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or call (941) 778-5320.
ALL KITCHEN POSITIONS: Sous chef, prep, dishwasher
- will train right person. Apply to Chef Damon, 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes.Beach, or call (941) 778-5320.
Real Estate Agents For Today's Market
2511 Avenue C
Perfect duplex for investors or live in one yourself. One block
from beach, two blocks from 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.
'A Maggie Hutter & Jo Rutstein
An owned and operated member ofThe Padenial Real Estate Afiates, Inc.
MaktSJI~p. Vmi Mnv- Wih Maug.n
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802 Audubon Drive
1BR/1BA Great views $315,000.
503 Sanderling Circle
2BR/2BA, nice villa $395,000.
1265 Spoonbill Landing
2BR/2BA lakefront. $399,000.
884 Waterside Lane
2BR/2BA lakefront, furnished. $459,000.
1227 Edgewater Circle
2BR/2BA bayfront, model.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people, learn
the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island Historical
. Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. (941) 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library. Duties
includechecking books in/out, resheving, and generallyassist-
ing library patrons. ',all Eveann Adams, (941) 779-1208.
SPENCER'S SKi M HOOL for beginners and inter-
mediates. Free '.irr, board use with lessons. $10 per
half-hour less th .e elssons recommended. Local
teen, team corr tit Call (941) 778-0944.
BABYSITTER: s :sible 10th-grader, great with
kids, first-aid ce ;fie Charlotte, (941) 756 5496.
BABYSITTER, ET. TER, dog walker: First aid-cer-
tified, 13-year c 1, c h-grade female, great with kids
and animals. C .ili .r 'all, (941) 779-9783.
NEED A BAB ;li TER? Call Felicia, (941) 761-1569.
Red Cross ce 'ed.
WANT AN IFiSH .aby-sitter? Responsible, experi-
enced 15-year old -ed Cross babysitting and first-aid
certified. Call (iemma, (941) 447-9657.
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs.
Tenth-grader, av liable after school and weekends.
Zach, (941) 779-0783.
BABYSITTING, iED Cross first-aid and babysitter cer-
tified. Call Alex, 941) 778-5352.
LOCAL CAREGI i/ER: I can offer loving, reliable, live-in
care for your lo, one. Excellent references. Please,
call (239) 5. 3-9964. Thank you.
CAREGIVER: .BLE TO live in, can travel, very
der :ndable and honest. Good references. Non-
smr ker/drinker. Experienced with Alzheimer patients.
(94 ) 744-0800 or 812-8948.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
MA ,JINIQUE NORTH-Direct Gulf and bay view 2BR/2BA
c -ner unit with garage/storage. Updated.. $939,000.
HO k S BEACH-Neptune's Gardens 2BR home. Over 1,000 sf.
Near beach. $499,000.
K Y ROYALE Canalfront/golf course view $795,000.
HOLA S BEACH DUPLEX Gulfview, 2BR/1BA each side or
R/2BA house. Great investment at $1,199,00.
ANW' MARIA BAYVIEW 3,300 sf 4BR/4BA home with 600+
sf ma:; suite plus home office. Or 3BR/3BA with five year old
guest quarters. $1,500,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
101 Palm-New Luxury Gulffront Villas
Peric i: les- 3BR/2BA, community pool, clubhouse, exercise room
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, maintenance. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
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 les-
sons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. (941) 545-7508.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941) 778-0944.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist. Experi-
enced certified technician for communication electronics
offers wireless and cable networks, upgrades, maintenance,
repairs, tutoring and training. Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free esti-
mates. License #CGCO61519, #CCC057977, #PE0020374.
Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wireless
services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, (941)
778-5708, or cell (216) 509-1945.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate today.
Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool cages,
lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
SANDY'S CLEANING SERVICE: Exceptional cleaning
and decorating island references available. For unbeat-
able service, call 798-9484.
Reputation Resources ~ Resufts
Island Paradise Directly on the Gulf Island Paradise Directly on the Gulf
of Mexico 2BR/1.5BA furnished unit. of Mexico Beautiful 2BR/1.5BAturnkey
Kitchen and bath rooms have been furnished end unitwith direct'"Gulf Front
totally renovated .To many upgrades and Views". Heated pool and gorgeous sun-
amenities to mention them all here. Call sets. Call for your showing. Offered at
for your showing. Offered at $950,000. $849,000.
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En/oy sho1t strolls to the beach and all that the
Island has to offer in these charming beach bunga-
lows. Located West of Marina Drive, these 3 BR2
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and peaceful s/reel in beautiful Holmes Beach.
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Situated in the heart of Holmes Beach, these 3BR,
25 BA bungalows offer outstanding architectural
detail both sidee and out. Located West of Gulf
Drive these homes are one block from the white
sandy beaches ofAnna Maria.
APPLIANCE & AC DOCTORS: We repair air condition-
ers, refrigerator, washer/dryer, oven, garbage disposal,
other household items. Honest, dependable. 20-plus
years experience. (941) 650-9293.
MR. BILLS HOME REPAIR/maintenance service. Over
30 years experience, self-employed in construction
trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941) 778-4561.
ISLAND HOME SERVICES and repairs. A wide variety
of skills for your home, condo or business. Minor elec-
trical, plumbing, carpentry and improvements. Refer-
ences, over 20 years experience. (941) 538-3520.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy Inc.
Retired banker, Island resident converting life-long
hobby to business. Call (941) 705-0275 for free esti-
NEED A HAND? Call us today, we can help. Carpen-
try, doors, windows, drywall, painting, cabinets, gen-
eral clean up. We're handy! Lowell, Randy Young. (941)
720-1644 or (941) 720-3169.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or
replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and person-
alized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
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views at Longbeach on the north
end oI Longboal Key. 2BR/2BA the
condo with many upgrades
and furnished beauttiully. New e rc
Bosch washer and dryer. Tennis
and heated pool. $819.000.
S VILLA SOPHIA:L3BR/2BA villa oult
Holmes Beach neighborhood. Steps
to the ieach with a pnvale pool
and rool lop deok. Plus l o s in $ he
Island's Best rental program anc
makes appr0yimalely $80 00O.Vear
in renat income $1,400,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE : Gulf views from this beautiful 3BR/2BA townhomre at
North Beach Vilagewith two-ear garage. Main. Fee $100/month. Covers lawn, cable
TV, pest control and pool. Closest to beach and you own your lot! $650,000.
THIS IS THE LIFE! Turnkey-furnished 2BR/1 BA with gulf views from the porch.
Updated and four month rental in place. Heated pool, fishing pier, beach, club-
house. 55-plus community. $349,900.
PANORAMIC GULF AND BAY VIEWS: Truly the penthouse view! Sixth floor
end unit with views from every window. Magnificently upgraded (over $300K).
New windows, hurricane shutters, everything is new! Garage and storage room
included, even the Cadillac! Heated pool, clubhouse, tennis. $684,900.
3224 EAST BAY D I
Al the above homes include the following upgrade details: Metal Roofs, Swimming Pools,
Hardwood Floors, Granite Countertops and Hardiboard Siding.
ONE BLOCK FROM BEACHESD,. Ij OPPING
MLS# 513452. 925, .-
Nicely upgraded 4BR/2BA wihfUur-car
Call Lisa Helmer at (941) 720-4704
One of the biggest names
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"'- 2BR/2BA turnkey, completely
S'' updated with power exterior hur-
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.*,- m- .>>,i .:..,, #36, Holmes Beach. $985,000.
: i" Call (941).744-6906.
GULFFRONT MARTINQUE NORTH
5300 Gulf Dr. #105, Holmes _
Beach. 3BRi2BA. Undergoing
complete renovation. Call now
to customize. Motivated seller.
$1,100,000. Call (941)
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Positive cash flow. $799,000. Call
HOlMESBEAUI DUPlEX .
2BR/1BA,85x90 foot lot. 7,971 ,.. .
sf, 500 steps to beach. 206 r ..-
73rd St. $749,000. Cal (941) .'. -
Closing Costs Include:
*All Bank Fees
AllTitle and Related Charges ,
OneYear Pre-insurance: Hazard/wind/flood**
Bobby dington First Equity Finnci
All il AA -C- -WORLDSAVINGS
SHc a~V Financial Services
Team Title Services, Inc.
'For borrowers with 650+ scores. If World Savings is unable to complete the financing, the closing value can be
transferred up to $950.Title fees include owner's policy, all related doc stamps and court filing charges." In case
of a condo: a premium will be paid for $100,000 interior contents. Sales price is between buyer and seller. The
bank, title company d insurance company play no role in the sales price. First Equity Financial, LLC. Agents
under LIC/HUD for World Savings Bank, a.Federal savings bank/Golden West Financial. Lic number ME00065760.
1901 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA. 94612. Loans originate in Utah
Simply the Best
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HISTORIC CORTEZ One of the cutest homes in
the village. Completely restored, hardwood floors,
large livingroom, 2BR, big patio and nicely land-
CORTEZ VILLAGE Adorable cottage located in his-
toric fishing village. Hardwood floors. Large garage/
workshop. Rarely available ... don't delay! $320,000.
HUGE TWO FAMILY
Wonderful floor plan.
Almost 3,000 sf.
2BR/2BA each floor.
Views of Gulf and bay.
Large verandas for sipping
mint juleps. Enjoy as is
or convert to large single
family in a great neighbor-
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KEY ROYALE Faces bayou. Remodeled 3BR/2BA, tile
throughout, new carpet in bedrooms, new appliances,
new kitchen and bathrooms. Canal end. Very large lot
for expansion or pool. $849,000.
NORTH END OF THE ISLAND Sailboat canal truly
unique and artistic. 2BR/2.5BA. A.one-of-a-kind plea-
sure to see! 1,000 sf of decks. Heated spa. Beautiful yard
with peek of Egmont lighthouse. $850,000.
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EXCEPTIONAL, BRAND NEW 3BR/3BA with
heated pool. Turnkdy furnished, two-car garage, beau-
tiful inferior, corner lot. $899,900.
GULF FRONT Directly on the beach with a broad vista.
This 3BR/2BA house is turnkey furnished and a a great
MANGROVE VIEWS ... Adorable, affordable 2BR/2BA
condo just steps to shopping and restaurants. Heated
pool, covered parking, turnkey furnished. $349,000.
Mike / 800-367-1617
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Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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BIMINI BAY BAYFRONT HOME
4BR/3BA. Custom kitchen, ceramic tile, master
bedroom/fireplace and jacuzzi. Brick patio, heated
pool, lush landscaping. Two docks/davits, sprinkler
system/well. Hurricane film, two-car garage/reinforced
LAKESIDE VILLAGE GREEN VILLA
2BR/2BA large, Village Green cqndo. Lovely view of
lake, beautiful birds. Close to gazebo, pavilion and
pool. Quiet, residential area. $379,900.
GULFFRONT WATER'S EDGE
2BR/2A Gulffront condo. Turnkey furnished. Updated.
ceramic tile. Excellent mid-Island location. Pool,
secured lobby, under-building parking. $995,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT
3BR/3BA home with direct access to Tampa Bay. Ren-
ovated kitchen, master suite opens onto large, caged
pool. Low maintenance yard, fruit trees, dock, tile roof.
GULFFRONT HOLMES BEACH CONDO
1BR/1.5BA seaside beach house condo. Turnkey fur-
nished. Sautillo tile. Gorgeous view of the Gulf. Beau-
tiful beach. Excellent rental. $799,900.
GULFFRONT HOME & GUEST COTTAGE
3BR/2.5BA and 1BR/1BA guest house. Secluded,
on one of Anna Maria's finest beaches. Nicely ren-
ovated, furnished, vaulted ceiling. French doors,
fireplace,security shutters, garage. $3,650,000.
PERICO ISLAND CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Close to Island beaches.
Heated pool, tennis, clubhouse/fitness room. Carport.
Short drive to shopping and restaurants. $359,000.
NORTH POINT HARBOUR
2BR/2BA Canal home. New seawall. Dock, boat lift.
Direct access to Intracoastal waterway. Vaulted ceil-
ing, eat-in kitchen, ceramic tile, community pool and
HOLMES BEACH POOL HOME
3BR/2.5BA. Updated home just steps to prime beach,
Split-plan, Corian, new windows, baths and kitchen.
Large, heated, caged pool. $1,299,000.
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT HOME
4BR/3BA in Anna Maria city. Miles of beautiful walk-
ing beach. Gulf side deck aid gazebo. Riparian rights.
Area of renewal arid'new housing. View of Gulf, bay,
Egmont Key and Skyway bridge. $2,650,000.
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA Central Holmes Beach turnkey furnished
condo. Views of Gulf. Tennis, heated pool, beautiful
beach. Excellent rental with liberal rental policy.
HOLMES BEACH GULFFRONT HOME
Gorgeous home with incomparable Gulf views. Reno-
vated. Large GULFFRONT lot. Inground pool, deck-
ing,- beautifully landscaped, fruit trees. Spectacular!
ISLAND'S FINEST COMMUNITY
4BR/3BA North Point Harbour. Lap pool, waterfall
and hot tub. New seawall, dock, fruit trees,
vaulted ceiling, deck, French doors. Multi-car garage.
SUN PLAZAWEST CONDO
2BR/2BA Turnkey furnished corner unit. Gulf view.
Secured entry, pool, tennis. Beautiful white sand
beach. Close to shopping and restaurants. $729,000.
WONDERFUL WESTBAY COVE
2BR/2BA condo. Light, bright corner unit. Close
to pool. Ceramic tile, shutters and glass enclosed
lanai. Near bank, doctors, shopping and restaurants.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
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TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years expe-
rience. References available. For a reasonable price,
call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. (941) 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior discount.
Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Top quality lawn and land-
scape maintenance. Now accepting new accounts at
great rates. Please call (941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.
HOLMES LAWN MAINTENANCE: Servicing your total
lawn, site clean up, tree work, palm trees. Call us
today! (941) 812-9146 or (941) 812-3583.
GARY WOOD LAWN service, tree trimming and land-
scaping. (941) 812-7273.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and installa-
tion. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Irriga-
tion. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre, 5704
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4441.
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.
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 instal-
lation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and
commercial. 30-years experience. (941) 729-9381.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-ups,
shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work. Truck for
hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941) 727-5066.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free 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, (941) 726-3077.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodeling,
repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths. Free esti-
mates. 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,
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 esti-
mates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor Coverings.
(941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
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JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman,
light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing
and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-6170 or 447-2198.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Life-
time warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-home
consultation. Island references, 15 years experience.
(941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
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.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wede-
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SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two master
suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly or $6,000/monthly.
Call 713-0034 or e-mail: email@example.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA 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 commu-
nity, fully equipped 1BR/1BA beachhouse with great-
room and kitchen. Brand new! Steps to the beach or
Intracoastal. All utilities including trash, except phone.
Rent weekly to annually. No pets. (317) 873-3307.
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. www.wagnerrealty.com.
COMMERCIAL SPACE: 1,600 sf on Gulf Drive, next to
Holmes Beach shopping center. Available now. (941)
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Beachfront condo,
2BR/2BA, fully equipped. Anna Maria Island, Florida.
SAvailable all year. (317) 873-3307.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Brand new Bradenton Beach
3BR/3BA plus office, steps to beach. Balconies with ocean
and bay views, elevator, 8-person Jacuzzi, granite coun-
ters, marble floors and baths, Jacuzzi in master, washer/
dryer, designer furnished, fully equipped. One of the finest
rentals on Island. $4800/ monthly 813-277-4336.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across from beau-
tiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter and spring dates
available. Almost Beach Apartments, (941) 778-2374.
SEASONAL FURNISHED new home in Anna Maria.
Elevated 3BR/2BA. Available now through April. One
block to beach. (813) 251-9201.
BEACH LIVING: SEASONAL, Furnished 2BR/2BA. Utilities
included. Gulf views and large decks. (941) 505-1962.
BAYVIEW TERRACE, Bradenton Beach: 2BR/1BA
condo, second floor, completely furnished. Three-
month minimum rental. (708) 562-1601.
THE PALMS: 1BR/BA, pet friendly. $800/month, first,
last, deposit. Available now! 1813 51st St., A Paradise
Realty, (941) 778-4800.
GULFFRONT RESIDENCE: PRIME Holmes Beach
location. Available seasonally, November-April 2006.
Renovated 2BR/2.5BA private residence in quiet area
of Island with open floor plan and large terrace over-
looking the Gulf. From $1,750/week with discounted
monthly rate. Call Dave at (941) 720-0089.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Hidden Lakes, 3BR/2BA, second
floor, all brand new, garage, pool, small dog OK.
$1,400/month. Sun Coast Real Estate, (941) 779-0202.
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GULFFRONT DUPLEX: Second floor, 2BR/1BA, newly
updated, open floor-plan, 12-by-12 deck. Holmes
Beach, close to shopping, restaurants, lush gardens.
$950week, $3,200/month. (941) 778-0905.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Available December, January,
February, March and April. Cheerful, 1BR/1BA, non-
smoking apartment. North-end Anna Maria Island.
$1,700/month, plus tax. (941) 778-5445.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA: Holmes Beach. Steps to beach, clean
duplex-$1,200/month. (941) 725-0578 or (941) 794-2912.
SEASONAL: GORGEOUS, OCEANVIEW home.
5BR/3BA, fireplace, cable TV. One hundred yards from
Gulf. Two scenic decks. Available January, 2006-April,
2006. $4,800/month. Call (813) 948-1267 or email
IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA CONDO in adult community,
Bradenton. Half mile to Gulf, unit faces pool with canal
view. Fully furnished, cable TV, full kitchen. Three-
month minimum, $2,100/month, deposit required. (336)
210-7804 or (859) 653-8436.
SEASONAL RUNAWAY BAY: 1BR/1 BA tastefully deco-
rated, ground floor, washer/dryer, pool, tennis, golf clubs.
November to Jan. 15, February, April. (941) 778-9378.
ULTRA LUXURY HOLMES Beach Home: "View Gulf
from every room", 3BR/3.5 BA, three-story, elevator,
heated pool and spa, ss outdoor, smoker/grill, lush land-
scaping, two-car garage, 5 TVs-1 56" screen, 4 DVDs,
HD Cable, Gourmet kitchen (ss, granite, wine cooler)
washer/dryer, quality furnishings, fully equipped and golf
cart to cruise the Island, super location. $1900/week,
$7000/month. Non- smoker. Call (863) 581-3252.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Charming 2BR/2BA elevated
duplex in Bradenton Beach. High ceilings, clean, one
block to beach, no pets. $875/month. (941) 778-4665
PRIVATE COTTAGE WITH shared dock, 'Old Florida-
style 2BR/1BA, screened porch, deck, fenced yard.
Half block to beach. Pet OK. Week, month, season.
CONDOS: BRADENTON BEACH, Bayview Terrace.
Pool on bay, one block to beach. Three-month mini-
mum. 2BR, $2,000/month. (941) 752-1737.
BRADENTON BEACH: Newly remodeled 1BR/1 BA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal, seasonal rental:
2BR/2BA on north end of Oak Avenue. Recent,
entire renovation with new kitchen and baths. One
block to beach. Boat dock and davits. Pets welcome.
$2,500-$3,500/month. (813) 545-9490.
2BR/2BA CONDOMINIUM for rent: Imperial House
second-floor unit overlooking Intracoastal Waterway.
Walk to beaches, dining and shopping. Fully furnished.
Three-month minimum, 55-plus community. Nonsmok-
ers please. $2800/mo. Call Jonathan Wright with Surf-
side Realty, (941) 798-9191.
2BR/1.5BA, BEAUTIFUL DECK, many coconut palms,
steps to the beach. $1,890/month. Dec. 15 until end of
March. (941) 448-0995.
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SEASONAL, VACATION, Gulf beach apartments.
Choice of one, two or three bedrooms. Fully equipped.
Enclosed porch, sun deck, patio. Tropical setting.
Owner, (941) 778-3143.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of Tampa
Bay. $864,900. (941) 779-1512.
SANDPIPER MOBILE RESORT: 55-plus. 1BR/1BA,
$1,200/month. 2BR/2BA, $1,400/month. Nonsmoking,
clubhouse, laundry, steps to beach. (775) 825-9492.
otuohy @ prodigy.net.
BAY WATER VIEW: Sandpiper, 55-plus. 2BR/1BA
remodeled, covered parking. Annual $650/month. First,
last and deposit. Seasonal $1,100 plus tax. Turnkey.
(941) 545-8923 or (941) 778-9504.
SEASONAL RENTALS: Burgundy 1 BR/1BA, heated pool,
tennis. Available now and January, February and March,
2006.$1,300/month. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
PALMA SOLA BAY Townhouse: 2BR/2BA, heated pool
and boat slip. $1,000/month, December 2005. $2,800,
March 2006. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090
HOLMES BEACH:2BR/1BA, 1,500 sffumished beach house.
One and one half blocks to beach. Available Jan./$2,500,
FebJ$3,000 and March/$2,500. (949) 813-4900.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 1,600/month. Seasonal,
$2,100/month. Elevated 2BR/2BA, quiet area, fur-
nished, 1.5 blocks to quiet beach. Go see! 304 W. 63rd.
St., Holmes Beach. (941) 356-0334.
VACATION RENTALS: BURGUNDY 1BR/1BA.
$1,300/month; Longboat Key home 2BR/1BA
$2,400/month;. Palma Sola townhouse, 2BR/2BA with boat
slip. $2,800/month Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
CHARMING BAYVIEW COTTAGE: Furnished
1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer. $850/month annual. Avail-
able Dec. 15. (941) 545-7109.
ANNUAL/SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, newer
2BR/2BA, elevated, enclosed garage, two blocks to
beach. Call (941) 713- 2150.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Hidden Lakes, 3BR/2BA, second
floor, all brand new, garage, pool, small dog OK.
$1,400/month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-0202.
CANCELLATION GULFFRONT rental: $300/week
or $1,200/month through January. (941) 778-3805.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA single-family home in Holmes
Beach, less than one block to beach. $1,500/month, fur-
nished. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 788-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA single-family home with
garage in quiet northwest Bradenton neighborhood.
-$1,300/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA single-family home
completely remodeled, one-car garage. Close to col-
lege. $1,350/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941)
MARTINIQUE NORTH: 2BR/2BA. Awesome Gulf and
bay views. Heated pool, tennis. Available January, Feb-
ruary, April and May. (941) 761-4153.
FOR RENT: Eight minutes to beach. 3BR/1BA, new
kitchen and roof. $1,175/month, plus security. 1011
67th St. N.W., Bradenton. (941) 773-3448.
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MONTHLY OR WEEKLY: Furnished rental. December
and January only. 2BR/1 BA, just remodeled, must see.
One block to beach. $795/month. (941) 807-5449.
55-PLUS MOBILE HOME resort: Steps to Gulf or bay,
1BR/1BA, turnkey, available January through April.
Nonsmoking, no pets. $1,200/month. (941) 778-5152.
MONTHLY RENTAL: 3BR/2BA single-family home with
elevator. Quiet, north end of Anna Maria, near Bean Point.
150 steps to beach, water views. (813) 293-6994. Visit
www.annamariagetaway.com for details and pictures.
JANUARY RENTAL SPECIAL: One and two bed-
room units at Westbay Cove. Ideal island location.
From $2,500/month. Other months also available. Call
Sharon, (941) 713-9096 or (941) 713-9094. Old Florida
Realty. Licensed Real Estate Broker.
YOU WILL LOVE this Ringling retreat at Lido Beach:
2BR/1BA modern, fully-furnished duplex of historical
background in garden setting. Walk to beach and St.
Armands restaurants and popular shopping center,15-
minute bus ride to Main Street, Sarasota. $88/week
or monthly beginning March. Please phone (941)
383-0244 or e-mail email@example.com.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BR condo. gorgeous, spa-
cious, newly furnished. Tennis, pools, trails. Two miles to
beach. No smokers. $2,800/month. (724) 941-2585.
BEACH STEPS AWAY: Large 1 BR/2BA, fully furnished,
washer and dryer. $595/week or $1,995/month. Pets
OK. www.gulfdriveapartments.com. (941) 778-1098.
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1 BA
or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restau-
rants. (941) 778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Lakefront Hidden Lake
condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to beach. Start-
ing at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
BEAUTIFUL, NEW, RENOVATED 3BR/2BA Spanish-
style home. Two-minute walk to beach. Fully furnished,
rental ready. Quiet Holmes Beach private setting on
cul-de-sac. Custom details, tile, granite. New cabinets,
windows, doors, A/C, ductwork, stainless appliances.
Paver drive/patios. (941) 778-4560. $699,000
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA, one-car
garage. Unit 24, Holmes Boulevard. $525,000. Excali-
bur Realty Inc. (941) 792-5566.
KEY ROYALE/NORTH Point Harbor: Two homes,
next door, in Island's finest community. 4BR/3BA,
five-car garage, elevated home, beautiful views of
Tampa Bay, new lap pool, spa, waterfall, seawall and
dock. $1,249,000. Also, 2BR/2BA; two-car garage,
ranch home, new seawall, dock and 20,000-pound lift.
$1,249,000. Buy both for $2,450,000! Lynn Bankuty,
Realtor, Suncoast Real Estate, (941) 737-1420.
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WATERFRONT: 3BR/2BA Sixth house from the bay. New
dock and dredged deep-water canal. $899,000. 504 58th
St., Holmes Beach. (941) 778-5183. (941) 704-6062.
FIVE MINUTES TO beach. Perico Island, beautiful,
designer patio home. 4BR/3BA, two-car garage, pool.
$549,000. Agents welcome. (941) 792-7828.
PERICO ISLAND: 1,170-sf, lovely 2BR2BA condo with
great water view/porch. Eat-in kitchen. Perfect renter in
place until August 2006. $345,000. (941) 792-7828.
MUST SEE: Manufactured home has everything.
Colony Cove. 1,600 square feet. Views of Manatee
River. 2BR/2BA, pets, 55-plus, five pools. $58,500.
HOLMES BEACH: Xmas or investment. Unique 1958,
2000 sf 3BR/2BA. Detached efficiency. Walk to boat
dock. $625,000 or best offer by January. Principals and
realtor, co-op only. (513) 378-9100.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of Tampa
Bay. $864,900. (941) 779-1512.
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: includes real estate and
owner's separate living quarters. $729,000. Call Fred
for details. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
VALENCIA GARDENS Renovated ground floor end unit, BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME 75 x 106 lot across the
2bed/2bath condo with.great views of El Conquistador street from the beach in central Holmes Beach. Walk to
golf course! Turnkey furnished, readyforyou to move in. shops and restaurants. Architect plans available for a
Close to beaches, IMG Academy, private courtyard; pool, custom designed, beautiful ground level home permis-
spa, and lanai. Florida living at it's best, $299,900. sible on this lot, or build up for gulf views! $627,500.
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A WATERLOVERS DREAM! Wonderful mastersuite with a grand
deck overlooking the bay, 4 guest suites + a grand room, and a
gourmet kitchen opening up onto a wrap-around deck with bay
views. Easy boat access Bay and Gulf. Offered at $2,795,000.
GREAT CANALFRONT VALUE IN LONGBOAT KEY
3BR/2BA home with wonderful open-beam ceilings,
new flooring, new dock, no bridges to bay. Short walk
to beach, botanical park and a great restaurant. Build up
for bay views! $789,000.
for bay views! $789,000.
GREAT VALUE! HOME WITH DEEDED BOAT SLIP- Ground
level 2BR/1BA home in a quiet neighborhood. Bright and
airy with an open floor plan. Short walk to the beach and just
stepsfrom your boat. Greatwinter residence orinvestment/
renovation potential. Priced to sell at $575,000.
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RARELY AVAILABLE NORTH BEACH VILLAGE UNIT.
Largest floor plan over 1,500 sf with three decks. Choice
location, private condo with two-car garage, nicely main-
tained, heated pool and close to the beach! $675,000.
GREAT LOCATION! IMMACULATE HOME! 3BR/2.5BA
home just three blocks from the beach on a highly desir-
able cul-de-sac. Screened deck, eat-in kitchen, office nook,
rec room, workshop, huge garage and room for a great
pool in a wonderful neighborhood. Must seel $875,000.
INVESTOR ALERT! 13,728 sf duplex lot, with the bonus
of a recently renovated duplex. Don't miss this one!
6BR/4BA and plenty of room for TWO pools! Call today"
for more details! $799,000.
IMOVE RIGHT IN Enjoy Island living in this beautifully STEPS TO THE BEACH! Spacious 2BR/2BA turnkeyfur-
remodeled home located in Anna Maria. Granite coun- nished condo. Heated pool, rooftop sundeck with great
ter tops, wood floors, brand new carpet. Move right in. views, excellent rental history with no rental restrictions!
$765,000. A must see. $599,000.
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This inviting 3BR/2BA home is located on the Island's tranquil north end, within a short
Stroll of the sparkling Gulf of Mexico! Features of this bright and spacious hideaway
include a greatroom floor plan with vaulted ceilings, new kitchen appliances, screened
lanai with vaulted ceiling, double carport, and lots of storage and closet space. Don't
miss this great deal, priced to sell at $699,500. Hurry Santa!
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This 3BR/2BA Bay Palms canalfront beauty has been lovingly maintained by it's original
owner! It features a split bedroom design, handy pass-thru from kitchen to lanai, spa-
cious family room, central vacuum, security system, an oversized double car garage,
an expansive screened lanai, and sprinkler system. This ground level home also has
the benefit of an extra high and dry lot! You must see it! Priced at $829,000.
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FAMILY COMPOUND: Centrally located in Bradenton on pri-
vate lake. Consists of one new 5BR/2.5BA, 3,200 sf home,
one 5BR/2BA older home, 1BR cottage, separate building lot.
$1,100,000. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
LONGBOAT: UNIQUE 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, located on north
end in historic village. Has 400 sf main bedroom suite with sun deck,
wet bar, wine cooler, 15-foot ceilings and lots of French doors and
private entrance. $729,000. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA. Sand-
wedge to beach. Updated appliances, renovated, new air han-
dlers, both units. Secluded location, close to downtown, great
landscaping. $650,000. Principals only. (941) 794-9940.
CHARMING HISTORIC HOME: Palmetto, one block from water.
3BR/1.5BA. Renovated, tile and hardwood floors, 10-foot ceil-
ings. Oak and fruit trees on two city lots. By owner. $245,000.
ANNA MARIA: TRUE beachfront paradise With breathtaking
view of the bay. 4BR/3BA, 2,933 sf. $2,500,000. The Agency
2BR/2BA, garage, elevated, extra-large lot.Two blocks to beach, lots
of new updates. Asking $525,000.2919 Ave. C. (941) 792-8898.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA condo, end unit, pool. Across from
beach. Anna Maria Island. (989) 686-7334 or (989) 450-6042.
BAYVIEW TERRACE CONDO: 1BR/1BA furnished. Steps to
beach, heated pool on bay, no age restriction. Price reduced to
$349,900. (941) 778-9331.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: 2BR/1BA Island cottage with garage.
One block to beach and bay. $525,000. Call (941) 795-8979.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA, 85-by-90-foot lot. 7,971
sf, 500 steps to beach. 206 73rd St. $749,000. Call Bobby, (941)
OCEANFRONT LUXURY CONDO: 2BR/2BA turnkey, com-
pletely updated with power exterior hurricane shutters, 55-plus
community, designer interior. Closing costs paid. 5400 Gulf Drive,
No.36, Holmes Beach. $985,000. Call (941) 744-6906.
GULFFRONT MARTINIQUE NORTH: 5300 Gulf Drive, No.105, Holmes
Beach. 2BR/2BA. Undergoing complete renovation. Call now to custom-
ize. Motivated seller. $1,100,000. Closing costs paid. (941) 744-6906.
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TWO CANALFRONT CONDOS side by side.
One 2BR/1.5BA and one 1BRI BA. Two deeded
boat docks on sailboat waler. Both for only
$725.000, or $350,000 and $375.000 separately.
ISLAND QUAD-PLEX Panoramic views of the
Gulf ol Mexico... and lust steps to the beach.
Located in historic village ol Bradenton Beach and
zoned commercial. This is a great income produc-
ing property with 5BR,4.5BA $1,500,000.
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DUPLEX ON DOUBLE LOT: 2BR/1BA and 1 BR/1BA. 303 74th
St., Holmes Beach. Approved for two additional land condos. Posi-
tive cash flow. Closing costs paid. $799,000. Call (941) 744-6906.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB: 2BR/2BA condo. Fully fumished and
equipped. Best-kept condo complex on the Island. Beautiful beach,
pool, hot tub, sauna and sunsets. No more left on the Island like this!
$1,300,000. (317) 873 3307 for instructions on virtual tour.
ANNA MARIA LOT: 75-by-116 on sailboat canal. $725,000.
For details, photos, survey and optional house plans visit http://
mysite.verizon.net/talbotl/ Sheryl: 610-247-9496.
SUNNY SHORES, minutes to beaches! 3BR/1BA with garage.Two
miles to Coquina Beach. Fumished. Perfect winter retreat or seasonal
rental. $159,900. Chard Winheim, Horizon Realty. (941) 713-6743.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Direct beach front condos.2BR/2BA$985,000
and 3BR/2BA.$1,100,000. Brokers protected. (941) 779-1013.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Duplex, lot large enough for land
condo. $799,000. Brokers protected. Call (941) 779-1013.
WEEKLY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS or NewYear's.2BR/1 BAfurished unit,
dean and modem. One block to beach. $395/week. (941) 807-5449.
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2217 GULF DR. N.
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WATERFRONT DUPLEX Island
duplex in waterfront setting.
2BR/2BA plus family room and
2BR/1 BA currently leased. Located
in quiet area of Island. Canal with
dockage. Dave Moynihan. (941)
778-2246. #518143. $799,500.
ISLANDTOWNHOMES Four spacious lown-
homes with unobslrucled views of the
Gulf. Each upgraded unit offers 2BR/2BA
Open floor plan. Four balconies Furnished
Dave Moynihan. (941) 778-2246. #511527.
SNEAD ISLANDWATERFRONT Premier gaed
waterfont communityon Snead Island. Custom
crawled canalfront residence with 3BR/3.5BA,
three-car garage, den, office, pool and lift. Direct
access to Terra Ceia Bay. Dave Moynhan. (941)
778-2246. 512506. $1,295,000.
DUPLEX ON OVERSIZED LOT This over-
sized lot features two dwellings Ihat could be
turned into condominiums. Wholesale prices
for the investor. Karen Day. (941) 778-2246.'
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Panoramic
Gulf views from this fully furnished 2BR/2BA
top-floor, open-plan condo. Well maintained,
healed pool, secured elevator, covered
parking. Dave Moyninan. (941) 778-2246.
RIVERFRONT HOME 4BRt2.5BA 3800sf home
with upgraded eat-in kitchen, granite counter
tops and island.. Living room, dining room
with brick wood-burning fireplace and stunning
marble floors. 10,0001b boat lit Richard Horton.
(941) 778-2246. #511969. $995,900.
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LIFE IS GOOD,.. When whitrsqnd6eaches
are only steps from your ioao and your
Some is a pristine 2BR/2BAcondo ina beach-
front complex Karen Day. (941j 778-2246.
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LUXURY CONDO ON SARASOTA BAY UNBELIEVABLE BAY VIEWS! 7t Iloor end
Breathtaking b.y view. 2BR/2BA, renovated unit 3BR/2BA in me Esluaries II at Terra
inTbscan theme, granite counlertops, Jacuzzi Cela Bay Golf & Tennis Club. Many upgrades.
'tub;ClosetolMG Academygolf course,lennis underneath parking Gorgeous decor. Alice
and white beaches. Judy McCauley/Royal Ohme. (941) 761-3100. #511238 $480,000.
Team. (941) 751-0670. #510332. $675,000.
MUUNT VERNUN LAKEHOUSE 2WH/2BA SAHASOTA iOJLF 2BH/2BA CONDO -amLU-
Largest floor plan 2nd ffoor end unit. Turnkey lou SarasocVistas pn Beneva condo view-
furnished. New carpet, tile and appliances. Cov- ing the golf course. New roof, air conditioning,
ered parking. Heated pool. Minutes to Gulf appliances, BA fixtures, carpet, ceramic tile,
beaches. Active 55+. RV and boal storage. Lisa wood kitchen cabinet. Laurie Dellalorre. (941)
Antony (941) 727-2800 #511245. $279,000 778-2246. #515830. $239,000.
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