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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 11 Jan. 18, 2006 FREE
Boatel considered for Bradenton Beach Marina
By Paul Roat
Changes maybe in store for the Bradenton Beach
Owner Allan Bazzy highlighted renovation plans
for the marina on Church Street, just south of the
Cortez Bridge on Anna Maria Sound, at a planning and
zoning board meeting last week. No plans have been
filed at the city, he admitted, but he wanted to be sure
that the city's ongoing review of the comprehensive
plan would concur with his thoughts on changing the
use of the property.
Specifically, Bazzy said, he contemplated tearing
down the dry-storage facility and replacing it with
a 40-unit boatell." The boatel would accommodate
"short-term stays, three to five days, with people who
would come on a boat to stay in Bradenton Beach."
site plan in
By Rick Catlin
Ed Chiles and the Sandbar restaurant could be in
danger of starting tf. sn ci.atch iith a new site plan to
remodel the existing facility after Chiles failed to meet
the city's six-month deadline to return to the city com-
mission with a final site plan.
Chiles' preliminary plan was approved June 29,
but the city code required Chiles to come back to the
commission within six months Dec. 29, 2005, in
this case with a final plan or request an extension.
Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing Chiles, wrote
the city a letter in early January asking that the com-
mission consider an extension at its Jan. 26 regular
But at the commission's Jan. 12 workshop, Com-
missioner Duke Miller suggested that the Sandbar's
failure to meet the Dec. 29 deadline meant that the plan
was "finished" and Chiles had to start over.
Not exactly, said Building Official Kevin Dono-
According to the code, the application is "deemed
withdrawn unless the city commission grants an exten-
sion." The code makes no mention of whether or not
the commission can grant the extension before or after
the six-month deadline.
City Attorney Jim Dye agreed that the site plan is
"withdrawn" unless the commission grants an exten-
sion, but the commission can grant the extension at any
time. He suggested the commission hear the extension
application at its Jan. 26 meeting.
But at the same Jan. 12 workshop, the commis-
sion granted ari extension to the six-month period to
the Anna Maria Island Community Center's final site
plan submission. Miller wondered why the commis-
sion didn"' discuss the Sandbar's request for an exten-
sion at the same time.
Because Perry asked to be on the Jan. 26 agenda,
Coastal overlay district
Commissioners agreed to hire attorney Nancy
Stroud of Boca Raton for.a second opinion on the
legality and possible future legal challenges of the
city's proposed coastal overlay district ordinance.
PLEASE SEE SANDBAR, PAGE 3
Bazzy said traditional marinas "are going away. The
taxes, insurance, all are going up. It's easier to go to
condos, so we're trying to decide whether to discontinue
the marina and go condo, or stay in the marina business
and just do away with dry storage and build a boatel."
He said the actual marina operation of repair and
service, complete with lifts to accommodate larger ves-
sels, would remain under his boatel vision, but the
80,000-square-foot storage building would be replaced
by the rental units. There would also be dedicated space
for 40 boats for boatel patrons, he indicated.
Planning Board Chairman Bob Dale said that since
no plans had been submitted to the city, the board
should not address the matter. He added that he hoped
that planning consultant Tony Arrant and other board
members would "think outside the box" to allow boa-
tels and other uses that may not currently be considered
in all land-use designations in the city.
The marina was one of the more controversial
issues facing Bradenton Beach in the mid-1990s after
Bazzy applied for land-use changes (residential to com-
mercial) to permit the storage structure, part of an esti-
mated $1 million in renovations to the site. The city
commission at the time denied his variances, prompt-
ing him to go to court, where the city's decision was
During the process, Bazzy took 19 residents to task
in federal court on grounds that they "... conspired,
reached a meeting of the minds, and commenced their
scheme to defeat Bazzy's application." An out-of-court
settlement was eventually reached between Bazzy and
Florida Studio Theater actors performed winning student written plays in the media center at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School to inspire students to write their own play for the 2006 Young Playwrights Festival. Two students
selected from the fourth- and fifth-grade audience were invited on stage to act as wilderness animals in "The
Forgetful Squirrels," a play written by a Manatee County second-grader that concludes, "Just because we're little,
doesn't mean we can't do big things." For more information, see inside. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
Quiet trolley coming
Manatee County Area Transit has received the first offour new trolleys that will replace the current ones used to
operate the Island trolley routes. The new trolleys are much quieter and are equipped to withstand Island weather
conditions and saltwater air better than the current equipment, said MCAT marketing director Randy Beckwith.
The first of the new trolleys should be implemented into the system in about a week, he said. Islander Photo:
Courtesy of MCAT
2-A JAN. 18, 2006 U THE ISLANDER
No word yet on beach renourishment
By Rick Catlin
If Islanders like a mystery, they might wonder
when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will get
the beach renourishment equipment and pipes off the
Island's beaches in Holmes Beach and Bradenton
The renourishment project was halted before
Christmas by the Corps at the request of contractor
Goodloe Marine because the company did not want to
continue the project during the winter tourist season.
But the Corps and Goodloe have yet to come up
with a new start date, or a solution for where the pipes
and equipment will be stored until the project resumes.
The Corps had originally said they would make a deci-
sion by Jan. 6, but postponed that date.
A Corps spokesperson said the public would be
informed as soon as a decision is reached, but gave no
The Corps had planned to store the equipment and
pipes at the Manatee Public Beach, but Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore objected, citing the loss of
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at its Jan.
9 meeting failed to reach a consensus on a recommen-
dation in the revised comprehensive plan that would
limit construction of new homes on non-conforming
lots (5,000 square feet) in the Residential-1 district to
a height of just 27 feet.
At the same meeting, however, the board's conse-
nus on a new structure in the retail-office-residential
district favored language that would limit such a build-
ing to either one floor of retail-office space and one
floor of residential, or two floors of residential space
The board has already given consensus approval
to a recommendation eliminating the medium-density
Equipment used in the beach renourishment project by Goodloe Marine is still stored on the beach in Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach, although the project has been halted for the winter tourist season. Islander Photo:
parking spaces at that location during the height of the
The unsightly scene of idle graders, dozers, trucks
and about two miles of pipe on the beach south of the
Manatee Public Beach originally prompted some criti-
cism from beachfront property owners during Christ-
mas, said Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie, but
he hasn't had any in the past week.
"But I still I haven't heard anything definite about
when the pipes and equipment will be moved," he
A representative from Goodloe Marine did leave a
message for him saying the company was working on
the problem, but gave no date for removal.
"The sooner the better," said Chappie.
Anna Maria celebrates Arbor Day
The Keep Manatee Beautiful organization in con-
junction with the City of Anna Maria will hold a
tree-planting ceremony at noon on Arbor Day, Jan.
20, at the Anna Maria Island Historical Park on Pine.
The group will plant three live oak trees donated
by Turner Tree and Landscape on property adjacent to
the park. The trees will compliment other native veg-
etation at the park planted on previous Arbor Days.
The goals, objectives and policies as stated in the
proposed comprehensive plan revisions were also dis-
cussed and the board plans to examine the proposed
future land use map accompanying the comprehensive
plan at its next meeting, but set no date.
Professional planner Tony Arrant reiterated to the
board that under the proposed comprehensive plan
revisions, the owner of a non-conforming structure
would be grandfathered. In the event of a fire or
other natural disaster, that building could be rebuilt as
before, providing that the new residence met other code
Once the P&Z has completed its proposed revi-
sions, it will hold a public hearing on its recommenda-
tions prior to forwarding the revised comprehensive
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 18, 2006 M A-3
Holmes Beach land-use changes: Yes and yes
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach city commissioners at their Jan. 10
meeting agreed that a discrepancy between the city's
1989 future land use map and the zoning between the
Anna Maria Elementary School and the former More-
land Marine should be corrected to favor the type of
structures that exist there.
City planner Bill Brisson noted that of the 32
dwellings in the affected area between AME and the
former marina, 25 are duplexes, yet the FLUM calls for
low-density residential while the zoning code allows
"There is a conflict" between the city codes and
the 1989 FLUM, Brisson pointed out, a conflict that
recently surfaced when a number of duplex owners in
the area wanted to rebuild their units, but were pre-
vented by the comprehensive plan.
In Brisson's view, the "intent" of the 1989 com-
prehensive plan was to allow duplexes in this area, but
somehow an error was made. He told the commission-
ers they could either change the zoning to R-1 or insti-
tute an amendment to the comprehensive plan to change
the FLUM for this area to medium-density residential
to make the existing duplexes legal and conforming.
Presently, duplex owners in the affected area are
prevented from rebuilding their duplexes by the com-
Amending the comprehensive plan would allow the
Heart attack claims Taylor
At press time, The Islander learned that Jim
Taylor, owner of Taylor-Made Marine Construc-
tion and Taylor-Made Pyrotechnics of Holmes
Beach, died in Orlando in the early morning hours
Monday, Jan. 16.
We at The Islander deemed it fitting to share
an anonymous passage that Taylor brought to us
to explain his innermost feelings about his craft -
"I often use the word 'joy' when describing
fireworks. It is a considered work, deliberate in
choice. Not just amusement, entertainment or
astonishment, but joy.
"Our art makes us all into children again for
awhile. We become one in our experience for the
moment, lost in the sound and color and light. We
see large forces, stronger than we can be, yet beau-
Sandbar plan passes deadline
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The ordinance would limit development of resi-
dences on currently unplatted lots in the district to one
unit per acre and to a height of just 27 feet. among
other restrictions and conditions for development.
City planner Alan Garrett said there are 250 parcels
in the district, bit he did not yet know ho\' man) \ ere
"unplatted," or how many acres the combined parcels
The commission heard from Harry Lockwood, who
owns a 1.27 acre unplatted parcel in the proposed district.
Lockwood asked the commission to consider the
affected property owners, noting that he and his family
"don't want to get nmvoled in a law suit. but we just
The commission \\ ill discuss the proposed district
again at its Jan. 26 meeting when it expects to have
Stroud's opinion on the legality[ of the ordinance.
Garrett presented a revised ordinance on signage in
the city based upon the results of his r\\o meetings with
business o\ ners and the public.
Most of the changes in the ordinance were directed
at real estate signs advertising "for sale" or "for rent,"
and the ordinance would reduce the maximum size of
a real estate "open house" sign from 5 square feet to 3
square feet. among other changes.
Discussion also centered around some-removable
real estate signs that are attached to posts in the
Building Official Kevin Donohue suggested that
the posts, as permanent structures, might require a
building permit and engineering.
Commissioners also considered eliminating
Thanks for the
Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore, left,
and Commission Chair-
person Rich Bohnen-
chairperson and cur-
rent City Commissioner
with a plaque at the
commission's Jan. 10
meeting honoring Haas-
Martens for her past
two years as chairper-
son. Islander Photo:
older duplexes to be rebuilt, resulting in nicer units, said
Brisson, but the downside could be more expensive rent-
als and a reduction in affordable housing in the city. The
city, however, must correct the error, he said.
Commissioners agreed that because the vast major-
ity of structures are already duplexes, it would be a
"hardship" to deny those owners the right to rebuild.
Commissioner Roger Lutz, however, was concerned
that a major developer was behind the initiative. "Is there
tiful in their efforts. Sometimes violent, sometimes
restrained. Deliberate beyond imagination at times,
coarse and rude at others.
"Deadly force, dangerous, dirty stuff. Crafted
with sweat. Controlled by the artist. Bringing joy to
many. Bringing joy.
"To me, the art encompasses all of life. Pain and
work, plan and mistake, joy and tragedy. For all the
pain, injury and failure we suffer, our efforts bring
the joy the magic, to thousands. Not a bad return.
Though very few ever recognize the effort, nearly all
remember the result, and have for a few moments,
the joy. The world is better for an instant.
"What more could one want?"
Jim leaves behind wife Pidge, children Court-
ney, Nick and Kelsey and the joy shared by many
who viewed his artistry.
(For the obituary, see page 13-A.)
window signs advertising "for rent" or "for sale."
Further discussion was continued to the commis-
sioni's Jan. 26 meeting for the second reading of the
Line of credit
The commission held the first reading of the ordi-
nance establishing the city's $1.5 million line of credit
with Wachovia Bank under a program funded by the
Florida Association of Counties.
While Mayor SueLyin argued that language in the
ordinance should include utilizing the money for vari-
ous capital improvement projects, the commission con-
sensus was to restrict use of the funds to just road and
The second reading will be Jan. 26.
Newly elected Commissioner Christine Tollette
asked the commission for a resolution to discuss the
consolidation issue with the other two Island cities and
Commission Chairperson John Quam agreed to bring
the issue to the commission's Feb. 9 workshop.
SueLynn reported that she was contacted by
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore to attend a
meeting with her and Bradenton Beach Mayor John
Chappie to discuss consolidation.
-However, said SueLynn, because the meeting
'would be about consolidation of the three Island gov-
ernments and not about consolidation of an% services,-
she declined the in station as she has no mandate from
the commission to pursue consolidation
The commission rejected placing a non-binding
referendum on consolidation on the November ballot
after public opinion appeared to be against any talks
about governmental consolidation, only consolidation
of some services.
a secret guy out there with a plan?" he asked.
Brisson said he was not aware of any single individ-
ual, but several owners had asked the building depart-
ment for a permit to rebuild their duplex, but had been
denied because of the comprehensive plan.
While he was still suspicious of a major developer
attempting to corner the condo market, Lutz said that it
would "not be equitable" to keep the area low density
The commission agreed to proceed with a public
hearing on the proposed FLUM amendment.
Commissioners were also inclined to favor a
request by Brisson to change the zoning of an area
known as Sportsman's Harbor from medium-density
residential to low-density residential to make that area
"consistent" with the.current land-use designation.
Brisson told the commission that of the 58 units in
Sportsman's Harbor, 19 are duplexes and the remainder
are single-family residences. Of the 19 duplexes, how-
ever, only seven are on lots large enough to be consid-
ered "conforming" under the current city code.
Attorney Scott Rudacille, representing the seven
duplex owners whose lots meet the code, requested that
the commission consider the fate of the conforming
properties. Should the commission change the zoning,
he said, it would make those lots nonconforning and
restrict the owners from rebuilding their structures.
The commission did discuss the possibility of
"exceptions" to low-density zoning for the existing
duplexes in Sportsman's Harbor, but ultimately agreed
to pursue a zoning change with no exceptions.
The commission will discuss the issue further at its
Jan. 24 workshop session.
Anna Maria City
Jan. 18, 6:45 p.m., environmental education and
enhancement committee meeting.
Jan. 23, 11 a.m., capital improvement advisory com-
Jan. 23, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Jan. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Jan. 18, 2 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Jan. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 24, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Jan. 24, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Jan. 25, 2 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m., WAVES meeting.
Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m., code enforcementboard meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 18, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
Jan. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 25, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Jan. 26, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Jan. 19, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue District
Commission board meeting, Fire Station No. t, 6001;
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m.. Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-n
New College campus, Sarasota. .
4-A 0 JAN. 18, 2006 U THE ISLANDER
By Jim Hanson
You name it and it's just about done at the old
Cortez school, now being rehabilitated as a museum/
exhibit hall/community center.
The new roof is almost done, the electrical system
replaced, plumbing ready, drywall up, floors ready for
sanding, exposed wood being primed, the whole build-
ing reinforced and strapped down.
Even better news: It all may very well be finished
six weeks from now. Whether a certificate of occu-
pancy will be in hand by then is another question.
TriTech Construction & Design of Bradenton has
the contract for $527,484 for the reconstruction job.
The Cortez historic sites manager, Roger Allen,
who is in charge of the school project.among others,
said one of the biggest and most important jobs was
assuring a strong foundation. The old one was replaced
in places and the whole underpinning was brought up
Another was the strapping-down of the whole
building, from roof to foundation. Everything was tied
together and down, he said, to meet the most stringent
The windows are next, and they should be ready
for installation this week. They are custom made one
by one to replace the odd-sized old ones. All of the
window frames have already been replaced.
Outside the school, the site plan has been submit-
ted for the preserve to be developed on the 42 acres
of school grounds, including a parking lot south of the
The Burton Store can then be moved onto the prop-
erty from where it has rested for-decades across from
the Coast Guard's Station Cortez. It is envisioned as the
gateway to the FISH Preserve next door, the 95-acre
Under a proposal submitted to Manatee County by Fed-
eral Resort Properties Inc. of Sarasota, the Holiday
Cove RVResort in Cortez would be converted into con-
dominiums. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
property bought over the past few years by the Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
Also coming is the Pillsbury Boat Works building.
It was donated by the Pillsbury family and Jim Alder-
man, owner of Snead Island Boat Works he restored
the historic building and will move it.to Cortez when
the time comes.
There is even a picnic pavilion in the works for the
south side of the school grounds, to be financed by a
grant from the Parker Foundation.
The school was built in 1912 but in its later years
was used by late artist Robert Sailors as a home and
studio. Manatee County bought it for public use.
Condos proposed for
Cortez RV park
By Rick Catlin
The Holiday Cove RV Resort at 11900 Cortez
Road would be converted into 78 condominiums
under a proposal by Federal Resort Properties Inc. of
Kevin Button of FRP said a preliminary plan has
been submitted to Manatee County for the condomini-
ums, but the planning department has not yet reviewed
Button said the company actually has three choices
for the property, not just building condominiums, but
the condominium option is "preferred."
The condominium plan calls for two 39-unit build-
ings on the site, along with a clubhouse, pool, play-
ground area, docks and boat ramp. Each building would
be four stories over parking.
Button said the condominium plan would reduce den-
sity at the RV site from 14 units per acre to 8.8 units per
acre, and traffic onto Cortez Road would be cut by 21 per-
cent, according to a traffic study done for the company.
A second option the company is considering is to
sell the 112 RV sites to individual buyers, thus making
the property an RV condominium.
The company's third alternative for the property
is for Manatee County to purchase the land for public
The Manatee County Commission will set a date
to review the application once the county's planning
department has reviewed the site plan and made its
Kiwanians to get Medicare
update at Saturday meeting
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will hear
Sue La Mastro update Medicare developments when
the club meets at 8:30 a.m. after breakfast Saturday,
The meeting will be at the Cafe on the Beach,
Holmes Beach, where Manatee Avenue runs into the
Gulf of Mexico. Further information may be obtained
by calling 778-8444.
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TIHE ISLANDER JAN. 18, 2006 A-5
Island consolidation study not
By Rick Catlin
Although both Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach
approved a non-binding referendum last November
to discuss the feasibility of consolidating either the
two cities or some essential services, the initial effort
appears to be lagging.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore told the
city commission Jan. 10 that she and Bradenton Beach
Mayor John Chappie have not yet been able to schedule
a meeting to discuss basic issues.
Whitmore said Chappie still has to get permission
from his city commission to proceed with a meeting that
would include department heads from both cities.
She also noted that none of Holmes Beach's depart-
ment heads are in favor of consolidation.
Commission Chairperson Rich Bohnenberger
agreed. "I've always said there's nothing in it for
So did Anna Maria. That city commission declined
to even put the non-binding referendum on the Novem-
ber ballot, citing public input against any consolidation
with Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.
Whitmore said she hoped to have more to report at
the commission's Jan. 24 meeting.
Newest commissioner to talk
at civic association meeting
David Zaccagnino, Holmes Beach's newest city
commissioner, will address the Holmes Beach Civic
Association when it.meets Saturday morning.
He will talk about "the many problems and con-
cerns that Holmes Beach citizens.are being faced with
no%\ and .L ill be in the future" when the group meets at.
10:15 a.m. in the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Public input will be welcome after Zaccagnino's
presentation, said Al Wierdorn, HBCA president.
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In other business, City Attorney Patricia Petruff said
she's completed all the revisions to the proposed ordi-
nance governing the use of docks in the Sunrise Boat
Basin, a process that has taken more than two years.
Bohnenberger said the first reading of that ordi-
nance will be on the commission's Jan. 24 meeting
A similar ordinance governing use of dock space
in the city's T-end canals between 76th and 79th streets
will be brought to the commission once the Sunrise ordi-
The commission must still establish a dock-use
agreement and decide on fees for usage.
Those issues will also be discussed Jan. 24.
In other business, the commission heard a request
by the Anna Maria Island Community Center to install
a scoreboard at the baseball field. The board would be
donated by the Coca-Cola Company, but the city would
have to bear the estimated $3,000 installation cost.
Commissioners asked for more details on the size of
the scoreboard and a schedule of games when it might be
used. The games would be played in the afternoons and on
Saturday morning as there are no lights at the field.
The commission also approved a $224,000 con-
tract with Huffman Trucking of Bradenton to begin the
Haverkos II drainage basin.
.Whitmore informed commissioners that the Mana-
tee County Area Tranist has received the.first of four
new trolley\ s that x\ ill be integrated into the Island trol-
ley system, replacing the current trolleys. The new trol-.
leys are quieter and \\ ill \ withstand the Island's \ weather
conditions better than the current trolleys.
Bohnenberger advised the commission .and the
public that the Jan. 24 commission meeting should be a
fairly full agenda.-
In addition to the canal ordinances and proposed
land use changes (see separate storN i. the commission
will also take public input and discuss a proposal by
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Manatee County to increase parking at the Kingfish
Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue at the city limits.
Members of the Westbay Cove Homeowners Asso-
ciation have come out firmly against the proposal and
have promised to voice their opinions to the commis-
sion at that meeting.
The county has proposed to cut down the Brazil-
ian pepper trees that extend along the shore from the
boat ramp to Westbay Cove because these trees are
considered "exotic" and "invasive," but Commissioner
Roger Lutz has said he considers this explanation just
a smokescreenn" for the county to add parking up to
the Westbay Cove property line.
AID retains name
AID is still AID despite losing part of its A
All Island Denominations will keep the name
although it is one shy of all six churches on the
Meeting for that decision and to elect officers
for 2006, AID decided that even though Island
Baptist Church has dropped out of the organiza-
tion, it will still call itself "All" because so many
individual Baptists are still active in AID.
"And we are optimistic that the church will-
rejoin at some point," said AID's president, the
Rev. Frank IMcGrath. "We keep'an.open invitation
for all churches and all members to participate in
He \% as re-elected president at the meeting,
and the rest of the officer roster stays, too: Olga
Ippico. vice president: Janet Clark. secretary, and
-Rein Mueller, treasurer.
Some members of the Baptist congregation
objected to a poster permitting alcohol consump-
: ion at a fundraising event last summer, prompt-
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Where have all
the marinas gone?
Marina-condominium conversion has taken the
backburner to the more media-attractive resort con-
versions. But that "highest-and-best-use" caveat that
is being used to tax the mom-and-pop motels out of
business is also taking its toll on area boaters.
We may soon be surrounded by water with no
place to dock and nowhere to store boats.
Plans have just been floated to do away with the
high-and-dry storage at the Bradenton Beach Marina
to make room for a boatel a waterfront resort
that owners say will attract boaters who seek shelter
onshore. It's that or condos.,
So it goes with the Holmes Beach Marina and
Perico Harbor Marina, while Galati Marine in Anna
Maria is exclusive to its buyers and Catchers Marina
in Holmes Beach is small. And Tidemark Lodge will
be selling its boat slips.
Then there's the Seafood Shack. Manatee County
officials are looking into the acquisition of the huge
waterfront tract of land just north of the Cortez
Bridge in Cortez. Tentative plans call for a maritime
museum, boat ramps and other waterborne amenities.
The tentative cost is high something like $14 mil-
lion and sentiments diverse in the area.
Concerns range from an opportunity for public
use that may never come again to the preference by
some to replace it with condominiums.
We believe the "Shack plan" should be vigorously
pursued by Manatee County. We've already got a lot
With Florida boater registration nudging the
1-million mark, and waterfront costs skyrocketing,
it is an unfortunate state of affairs that Joe Mari-
naowner can't make ends meet. Why work 60-hour
weeks to eke out a living when condos can convey
SGovernments to the not th and south have recog-
nized the need for public intervention to maintain
both access to the water and facilities for the boating
public. And certainly there have been missed oppor-
tunities and Iegrets
Mlanatee County apparently now has in Ham
Jones an owner willing to work with the county to
let the proper ty become a mix of uses, many of them.
public, which h will render the Cortez \ aterfront as a
hallmark of the region.
It's a \~ iorth\\ while deal. A win-win for all.
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I am writing this letter because I am concerned
x\ ith the know ledI e from im granddaughier who was
stopped by Officer Tom Feriard of Bradenton Be.ich.
NI) concern is that Officer Fenrari has nor learned the
law pertaiining to ag renewal, along tlith his attitude
toward my granddaugiute. which v.as uiicalled for an
She received a ticket for out-of-state tags.. My
granddaughter is a fulltime student at the local college.
The law states students do not have to change tags.
During this episode, Officer Ferrara made deroga-
tory references reiardini other tfanily members, along
with "-bad-mouthing" me. This was uncalled for and
professionally out of line.
'Mi granddaughter lost time from school to go to
criminal court. The ticket \\as dismissed by a knowl-
Officer Ferrara needs to learn the la\\ priorto stop-
ping citizens and stop making derogatory remarks of
other citizens that happen to be our relatives.
Understand the police department's job s difficult
without looking for minor infractions that could have
been rectified with good cominmnication skills.
I ask Officer Ferrara to stop harassing my family
based on the past. This is not a law enforcement job,
nor should his attitude be one of a derogatory nature.
My granddaughter is a youngg innocent bystander
andcnew to tins area. She respects law enforcement, but
now she questions. Is she the onl\ one?
Dorothy Arling, Briatcenwi Beach
Congratulations to Manatee County for its creative
vision about the purchase of the Seafood Shack in Cortez.
Its proposal is a natural for our coastal community.
It preserves a part of our rapidly diminishing
waterfront for access by the whole community. It
serves to keep one of the last marinas in the county
from being turned into a condominium or an exclusive
high-dollar yacht club.
The venerable Annie's Bait and Tackle, an icon for
what the Florida waterfront used to be, friendly and open
to everyone, not just the affluent, will also be preserved.
The establishment of a tiate-of-the-art inaritne.heri-
ta:e center at the locadioni of the Seafood Shack will enrich
the experience of all the people in Gulf Coast Florida,
including children, students, adults, retirees and tourists.
This site is perfect for such a venture, being on the
water in a high-visibility location within the historic
fishing village of Cortez. Under the leadership of the
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, and as part of
the very successful partnership with Manatee County
and the Cortez Village Historical Society, the Florida
Gul f Coast Maritime Museum is a natural organization
to occupy and manage the site.
Programs at the maritime heritage center \ ill
include a boat-building school. junior and senior sail-
ing programs, a rowing program, and an ongoing boat-
building and boat restoration program staffed by vol-
unteers and a fourth-generation Florida boat builder.
An active student program, open to all local boys and
girls, will build both sailboats and rowing gigs.
The on-site museum will depict the history of fish-
ing in the Cortez area since its inception in the 1880s;
The exhibit will include both photographs and artifacts.
Thus Florida's proud Gulf Coast maritime heritage will
The property will also include a new Manatee
County boat ramp, a restaurant, a small gift shop, and
a space for model boat builders. A maritime research
library will contain books, photographs, carts and oral
The docks will include examples of regional tradi-
tional and recreational boats as well as a marine railway
for doing the necessary maintenance of the sort that has
been a traditional part of life on Florida's waterfront.
No other site in the county offers anything close to
this combination of essential elements. We praise the
Manatee County commissioners for their wisdom in
contributing so creatively to the culture .and maritime
traditions of Florida's Gulf Coast .
David Rice, Longboat Key
THE ISLANDER M JAN. 18, 2006 M A-7
Islander Elka expands
into... postage stamps?
By Jim Hanson
As if the always-busy Jack Elka doesn't have
enough to do as the premier photographer on Anna
Maria Island and musician with gigs all over, now he's
also in the postage stamp business.
He has started with his hallmark aerial photo of
the Island on a 39-cent stamp that states "Anna Maria
Island U.S.A.," and it is so enthusiastically received
among people who have seen it that he probably will
expand it to a full line.
"Anyone who loves the Island will love this one,
he said. "Actually, anyone who loves anywhere can get
it on a stamp."
He wants to do it for weddings and other big
events, for businesses, family portraits, just about any-
thing. "Imagine," he said, "sending wedding thank you
notes with a photo of the wedding on the stamp."
They are legitimate postage stamps, good as any
of the myriad versions the U.S. Postal Service prints.
The only difference is that Elka's are available from
Elka, and cost more $20 for a sheet of 20 stamps,
which is how they are sold.
He had the Island stamp done by a specialty com-
pany he contacts through the Internet, and the company
is set up to handle any photo, he said.
He expects business from Longboat Key, Sarasota
and other points around the area, and he has whole
albums of photographs to choose from. And weddings
accelerate in April and May, he noted. His beach wed-
ding photos and portraits are classics.
There will still be time for his avocation as key-
board musician with the Billy Rice Band, itself a busy
group. Actually, he started as a musician and switched
to photography when he came to the Island-in 1980.
His home is in Anna Maria, his studio in Holmes
Anyone interested in his new unique products may
get in touch at 778-2711.
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magna cum laude
Shawna Ann Rigney of Holmes Beach was
awarded a degree in elementary education from Flagler
College, where she graduated magna cum laude Dec.
Shawna is the daughter of John and Sherry Rigney
of Holmes Beach.
Ten years ago in the Jan. 18,
1996, issue of The Islander,
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it
would conduct a study on Anna Maria Island of how
much beach sand was lost because of Hurricane Opal.
Holmes Beach city commissioners proposed
restricting rental periods to 30 days in the R-1 district
and seven days in the R-3 district.
Backtracking from its original decision to have no
parking on Gulf Boulevard, the Anna Maria City Com-
mission decided it would allow space on the Gulf side
of the road for vehicles to load and unload passengers
heading to the beach.
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Settling in to AME's new Island home
By Diana Bogan
"Old is good, but new is terrific." That was first-
grader Joey Cucci's comment as he entered his new
school for the first time.
After four years of planning, the new school con-
struction project is drawing to a close. The new Anna
Maria Elementary School two-story building opened to
students Jan. 4 and Principal Kathy Hayes said students
have done a remarkable job at making the transition.
She said it's always hard to open a new school after
a holiday, to make the transition mid-year, and espe-
cially hard to adapt from an outdoor to indoor facil-
ity, but Island students have "surpassed" her "greatest
expectations" by making the move with ease.
Hayes said teachers spent hours unpacking over the
holiday break, and the day before school re-opened,
furniture was being put in place.
New furniture has been ordered from seven ven-
dors and only 50 percent of it has been delivered. Some
of the items still to come include work centers and play
pieces for primary grades, but 75 percent of classroom
furniture is in place.
The school also has a surplus of new cafeteria
tables it hopes to sell. Hayes said enough tables were
delivered to seat all 300 students at one time, instead of
accounting for the fact that classes have different lunch
periods. Rather than returning the tables and paying
a restocking fee, Hayes hopes to sell the surplus to
Speaking of surplus, the auction held'Jan. 7 to
sell surplus items from the old school building netted
$9,500, which will be used to purchase enhancements
for the school, such as decor, furniture and other finish-
Hayes said the Island school is the first in 10 years
to be granted the opportunity by the school board to
hold an auction. The last school permitted to have an
auction was Samoset Elementary School. "We're lucky
that school board members saw the value in allowing
the community to be involved; we were one of the
oldest schools in the district," said Hayes.
The bricks from the entryway of the old school
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Chiseling chunks for posterity
Hannah Crowe, left, former student at Anna Maria Elementary School, and mom Debbie of Holmes Beach, were
intent on preserving a "chunk" ofAME and so theyjoined workers Ron Bell, lower left, and Casey Kerns, right, in
removing flagstone from the school exterior, some of which will be offered for sale by the school. Islander Photo:
were not sold at auction as originally intended.
Instead, Hayes plans to work with AME's Parent-
Teacher Organization to offer them for sale to par-
ents, then others in the community. She said a limited
number of 75 bricks will be available for sale. The
remaining bricks are being reserved for the school's
new marquee, staff and special projects.
The schedule is a little behind on demolishing the
old building. Some of the portables have been removed
and bulldozing the classroom wings is to begin Jan.
Hayes said it's unfortunate that the demolition will
take place when class is in session, however, the major-
ity of the work will entail clearing the debris.
Two portable buildings remain on campus. One is
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School coming together
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
currently being used for art and music classes, the other
houses the technology lab. Ha\es said the technology
lab \\ill remain in the portable this year. and she hopes
that next ear there ma\ be classroom space to move
it inside the ne'\ building. The room originally des-
ignated for the technology lab is occupied bN Ph Ills
Onmilak's first-grade class presently.
Both remaining portables ha\e been fumigated,
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There are so many switches and changes in the
Island Players new production that the audience will
be enchanted, said director Phyllis Elfenbein.
The production, "Murder by Misadventure,"
will open Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Players' theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, and run until Feb.
Elfenbein described the uniique plot as two TV
mystery) writers who get into a deadly but hilarious
wrangle when one of them \\ants to break away and
, rite serious drama for the legitimate stage.
"1 don't want to starve," 1 hines his partner, who
feels his livelihood depends heavily on the about-
One resorts to plotting the murder of the other.
who takes up his o\ n plot and ... \well. the tw' listing
and turning is off to a strong start.
"Two of the worst liars e\er seen." the director
describes them. "Their comeuppance arrives for
both of them in a unique ending." "
Building 9 of the old school once renovations are com-
With the main building complete, plans are begin-
ning to formulate for added features. The picnic tables
were sal\aged from the old school and placed outside
the ne\\ cafetena for outdoor dining. The brick pavers
from the fonner picnic area \1ill also be salvaged and
used to create an additional picnic area beneath the oak
trees at the former K-l plaN ground.
New pla ground equipment is on the way and
the covered pavilion. including former Holmes Beach
Commissioner Billie Martini's donor plaque. \1ill be
AME Guidance Counselor Cindi Harrison said
plans are beginmng to come together for the newt peace
garden. which w ill be located ne\t to the auditorium.
She said the space \ ill be large and hopes to include a
labri nth and a pond w' ith a \waterfall. It \ ill also feature
the school's memorial trees, an aneel statue for \olun-
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She is fortunate in having "a lovely cast," she
said, citing Larry Hamm, Robert Ryan, Barbara
Fleming and, an Island audience favorite in past
performances. Sam McDowell.
Helping Elfenbein are Doroth. Eder as stage
manager assisted by Marilyn Moroni and Anne
Fasulo; John Flannery, set designer; Chris McVicker,
lighting designer: Bob Grant, sound designer; Don
Bailey, costumes; Rita Lamoreux, hair design and;
.makeup: Ruth Stevens, light technician; Sands
Barton. sound technician: M\iren Alonso, costume
alterations: Dolores Harrell. chairing the props group;
Jack Abene, chief of set construction: and Lois Biel,
heading the box office crew.
Curtain times are 8p.m. except Sunday mati-
nees at 2 p.m.. theater closed Mondays. Tickets at
$15 per person are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday through Saturday at the box office, at the
door one hour before performances, or by calling
untouched and the original Island school's bell tower
\ill remain in its current location near the auditorium.
The hand-painted tiles are currently being stored
and w ill be installed in the new school along the interior
concrete \walls. Ha\es thanked Mike Pierce and Robert
Hicks for dismantling the tile display from the breeze-
\wa and securing them until they can be reinstalled.
Ha\es also said contractors from W.G. illls have
put in extra effort in finishing this project, working
sometimes late into the night.
"\\.G. Mills has been meticulous in its efforts and
\ e ha e received more than \\e expected from our con-
struction budget." Ha\es said. "\Ve went back to the
school board for additional funds three times. and each
time our request \\as granted. tor which I thank Dr.
Dearing and the school board.
"-This school \\ill definitely\ be a show case." said
A fonnal dedication ceremony \ ill be scheduled by
the school district w hen the final phase of construction
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'Through the Ages'
Rehearsing their "Dancing Through the Ages" rou-
tines are, from left, Mary Zion, Kathi Doerfer, Sue
Conti and Hilary Chamberlain. Mo Dye of the Anna
Maria Island Community Center directs the dancers,
who will perform at the Golden Pond Retirement
Center and the Bradenton Yacht Club. Dye also teaches
"Mixed Movement" course for all at the Center at 9
a.m. Friday. Details are available at 778-1908.
Two major band events
scheduled at Center
The Shaman Band will perform this week and the
Bob Zinnerman Orchestra Feb. 9 at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
The first musical appearance, by the Shaman
musicians, will present music from Sinatra to Aero-
smith from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Tickets are
available at the door for $15 or in advance for $10 at
the Center or by calling 778-1908.
The Zinumermn.m iagigegition ii ill play for the Big
Band Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9, sponsored by
the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island as a benefit
for the Center. Tickets at $12 per person are available
from Sandy Haas-Martens at 778-1388.
Woman's club's international
luncheon on program
The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island will have
an international luncheon at noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria.
It will follow the executive board's meeting, which
will begin at 11 a.m. Ginny Smith, program chair, will
present a discussion on "Project Smile" by Mary Taylor
Jacobs. Members are to bring table service for them-
selves and guests as well as a potluck entree.
Hostesses will be Barbara Cook, Phyllis Baser and
Ruth Gates. Details are available at 794-0624.
Hibiscus topic of garden meeting
The Island Garden Club will have its first meeting
of the year and potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 19, with the growing of hibiscus as topic of the
The meeting will be in the social room at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Rae and David Flanders of Palmetto will pres-
ent the program, and blooms of the classic flower will
be on display.
Additional information may be obtained by call-
Shell club preparing festival
The Sarasota Shell Club is making plans for
its 43rd annual festival, scheduled Feb. 17-19 at
the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami
Shells will be on display, arts and crafts involving
shells will be shown, art demonstrations given hourly,'
and door prizes and silent auctions are on the program.
Exhibits will be judged by a panel.
Proceeds are to be donated to Mote Marine Labo-
ratory and Sarasota High School's marine laboratory.
Details may be obtained by phoning 739-0908.
Roser church schedules
breakfast, yard sale
A pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, along
with an "everything goes" yard sale at the church's thrift
The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, adults $4 and
children half price.
The yard sale will be from 9 a.m. until noon across
the street in the thrift shop parking lot. "The best bar-
gains will be available at 9 a.m.," a spokesperson said.
Additional details may be obtained by calling
'Road rage' control added
to safe driving course
A two-day safe driving course with a new feature
will be Jan. 26 and 27 at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The new chapter is on "road rage," how to deal with
the atiger of other drivers and how to control your own
anger, said James "Stretch" Fretwell, who has taught the
AARP courses here for more than a decade. The basic
aim of the course is to help mature drivers anticipate
and avoid crashes.
The classes are from noon to 4 p.m. both days and
attendance is required both days to qualify a driver for
significant reduction in auto insurance rates. The $10
fee covers the cost of the textbook. Advance registration
is required by phoning 776-1158.
Dean to present watercolor
workshop at ArtCenter
Watercolor artist Shirley Rush Dean, known on
Anna Maria Island for her exhibits at the Island Gallery
West, will present a workshop on watercolor composi-
tion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.mn. Saturday, Jan. 21., at Art-
Center Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
Dean was assistant professor at the University of
Maryland, teaching design and color theory there and
lecturing in design at the Corcoran School of Art in
Cost of the workshop is $40 for society members,
$55 for nonmembers. Those interested may obtain
details and register at 722-2314.
Inge and Alan Boudreau, part-time residents of
Bradenton Beach, are co-chairing the Bradenton
Opera Guild's annual concert.
'Stars of Tomorrow' opera
concert due at Neel
The Bradenton Opera Guild will present the 18th
"Stars of Tomorrow" concert Sunday, Jan. 22, at the
Neel Center for Performing Arts.
It will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the center, 5860 26th
St. W., Bradenton, on the Manatee Community College
campus, It will consist of fully staged opera scenes as
well as excerpts from others sung in concert style.
Tickets at $12.50 may be arranged through the co-
chairs of the concert, Alan and Inge Boudreau, snow-
birds who winter in Bradenton Beach, 756-9503.
'Cards' party on Longboat Key
The St. Mary Star of the Sea Church Ladies Guild
will sponsor a "Kings and Queens of Cards" party at
1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the church's Stella Maris
Activity Center, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Participation costs $10 per player and includes
luncheon, a spokesperson said. Details may be
obtained by calling 383-1255.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-7pm
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book signing coming
in Mote Series
"Longboat Blues" author Terry Griffin will
lecture and autograph books Jan. 24 at Mote
Marine Laboratory as part of Mote's "Mystery
Writers With a Florida Connection" series.
The appearance will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in
the New Pass Room of the Mote Keating Educa-
tion Center, 1599 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota,
on City Island at the south end of the New Pass
Tickets at $10 are available at Mote Aquarium
and the Mote library and at the Longboat Key
Library, 555 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Proceeds go to the Arthur Vining Davis
Research Library at Mote. Details may be
obtained by calling 388-4441, ext. 333.
Hazardous waste pickup Jan. 28
Manatee County in conjunction with the three
Island cities and Longboat Key will hold a free hazard-
ous waste/e-waste pickup day for residents from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Holmes Beach City
Hall at 5801 Marina Drive.
Items such as solvents, latex and oil-base paints,
garden pesticides, household chemicals, ammunition,
flares, waste oil, propane, boat bilge float switches,
pool chemicals, old gasoline in approved containers,
batteries, televisions, computer components such as
printers, scanners, fax machines and CPU keyboards,
copiers, video and audio equipment, small household
electrical appliances, cell phones, digital cameras and
battery chargers will be collected.
Radioactive (smoke detectors) and bio-hazardous
materials, including needles and syringes, will not be
Small businesses that generate hazardous waste
may bring the waste to the collection, but there will be
a fee charged for disposal.
The items must be brought to the Holmes Beach
City Hall for disposal.
Nominations being sought
for chamber honors
The Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Chamber of
Commerce has.opened nominations for three awards
to small businesses, open to some on Anna Maria
Deadline for nominations is Feb. 4, with the
awards to be announced at the chamber's annual Small
Business Week breakfast June 20. The competition is
open to anv small business that is a member of the
A\% ards are made to the Small Business of the Year
x ith 10 or Tfe\ er employees, another to a business* \\ ith
11 or more employees, and Rookie Business of the
Year that has been in business three years or less as of
Entrants will be evaluated on basis of excellence in
business or profession, community service, and inno-
vation in product or service offered.
Entry forms are available at the chamber office,
6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, or may be arranged by
Museum has alligator exhibit,
seeks others to show
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society's
museum has set up an alligator exhibit and opened the
way for other collections to be shown there.
On display now are memorabilia loaned to the
museum by Pat and Doug Copeland, said the museum
director, Sissy Quinn. It has everything from an alliga-
tor skull to purses, souvenirs, knick-knacks and jew-
elry featuring the Florida saurian, she said.
She plans to rotate other collections into the
museum displays every two or three months, and is
seeking them from others on the Island. She asks pro-
spective donors to call her at 778-0492.
The museum and its Belle Haven historic cottage
store at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, are open from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sat-
for winter term
The Education Center on Longboat Key has open-
ings in several programs for winter term and is still
accepting registrations, a spokesperson said. The term
runs from January until mid-April. Fees apply for all
Included among the courses with openings are
"The Play's the Thing," Mondays; "What's Your
Poison?" detailing plusses and minuses of prescription
drugs, Tuesdays; "The Human Brain," with retired clin-
ical neurologist Dr. John Hornblow, Wednesdays; "The
Jewish Doctor," medicine through the ages and around
the world, Fridays; "Behind the Mystery," with novel-
ist Stuart Kaminsky, Fridays; "Watercolors" taught by
Sue Cotton for all levels of artistic development, Mon-
The center is at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, in
the Centre Shops. For details and registration, call
Carl parks will give a pipe organ recital at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church Jan. 22. Islander Photo: Diana
Pipe organ recital
Longtime Island organist Carl Parks will play
the only pipe organ on Anna Maria Island in a one-
hour recital Sunday, Jan. 22, at Gloria Dei Lutheran
The program, starting at 3 p.m., is open to the
public, with a reception following the recital.
Parks will perform "Fantasia in G Minor," nick-
named "The Great," by Johann Sebastian Bach and a
concerto by Antonio Vivaldi that Bach transcribed for
the organ. Works by other composers will round out the
"Baroque composers wrote some of the most dra-
matic and powerful music for the organ in the key of
G Minor," said Parks, "and Bach's great 'Fantasia' is
a good example. Bach loved Vivaldi's music so much
that he transcribed six of his concertos so they could
be played on the organ."
He pointed out that unlike most Florida churches,
Gloria Dei has an entirely acoustic instrument. "Pipe
organs use wind to produce sound and deliver its
energy in a variety of ways. It uses pipes of every size
and shape imaginable.
"In contrast, electronic instruments first synthesize
the sound, then deliver it over loudspeaker diaphragms
that can move in only two directions. The difference
compares to attending a live symphony concert versus
listening to a recording."
Gloria Dei installed a small pipe organ when it was
built in 1962 and has updated it and added to it to make
its 700-pipe organ of today.
The church is at 6608 Marina Drive in Holmes
Beach. Additional information may be obtained by call-
ing the church at 778-1813.
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Mildred Liming, 91, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Newark, N.J., Mrs. Liming came to
Holmes Beach from Lincroft, N.J., in 1972. She
worked in real estate there for 20 years. She was
a member of the Eastern Star, Atlas Chapter 99,
in Westfield, N.J., and a charter member of the
Fair Haven Garden Club. She was a member of
Red Bank Presbyterian Church, and Roser Memo-
rial Community Church serving as deaconess and
Memorial services for Ms. Liming will be at
2 p.m. Feb. 18 at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to the church, designated
for the Rose Garden.
She is survived by sister Doris Moser of Silver
Spring, Md.; a niece; two nephews; 17 grandnieces
"and grandnephews; a great-grandniece; and a great-
Wiley 'Gene' E. Moss
Wiley "Gene" E. Moss, 81, of Anna Maria, died
Mr. Moss moved to Anna
Maria 49 years ago from
Kansas. He was a graduate of
Wichita University. He taught
at Walker Junior High School
"- and Anna Maria Elementary
i'-- School. He also worked as a
vocational rehabilitation coun-
selor for the State of Florida,
Moss helping the handicapped.
"If there was anything nearer and dearer to Gene's
heart, it was his work with vocational rehabilitation,"
said wife Elizabeth.
He and Richard Wiggins began a night school
for farm laborers in Rubonia, teaching reading and
writing. He and fellow teacher Bill Aldrich insti-
tuted science fairs in Manatee County schools.
And Gene and the late George Norwood began
the Roser Memorial Community Church Van Ser-
vice, transporting church members to services,
church functions and shopping. He was a longtime
member of the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club,
serving as president and recognized as a Rotary
Paul Harris Fellow.
He and wife Elizabeth were named Anna Maria
citizens of the year in 2003 by the Anna Maria City
"Gene loved elder hostels," Elizabeth said, "and
we went to 14 of them. including international ones
in Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand.
He also liked cruises. We went to Alaska, through
the Panama Canal, and took all the children and
grandchildren on the Big/Red Boat, which was a
thrill for everyone."
Memorial Sern ices were Jan. 14 at Roser
Memorial Communit\ Church. conducted by his
son, the Re\. Ed Moss. Memorial contributions
may be made to the church's van fund, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216: the Lottie Moon Fund
at West Bradenton Baptist Church, 1305 43rd St.
W., Bradenton FL 34201: or the Braden River Bap-
tist Church, 5412 State Road 64 East, Bradenton
He is survived by %\ ife Elizabeth: sons Ed and Jim;
daughter Beth: and nine grandchildren.
Gerarda 'Gerry' Plese
Gerarda "Gerry" Plese, 89, of Bradenton, died Jan.
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Plese moved to
Bradenton in 1970. She was a reading teacher in Michi-
gan and at Samoset Elementary School until her retire-
ment. She was a member of the American Association
of University Women, Manatee Professional Business
and Women's Club, Florida Retired Educator's Associ-
ation and Kappa Kappa Iota. She was a former member
of Sweet Adelines. She was a member of Legion of
Mary at St. Joseph's Church.
Visitation was Jan. 13 and Funeral Mass Jan. 14.
Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Terri Wallis of Bradenton
Beach, Patricia Gussin of Longboat Key, Joanne Savage
of Bradenton; and Mary Ann Bole of Englewood; sons
Donald of LaBelle and Edmund of Overland Park, Kan.;
21 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Mary Winheim, 97, of Bradenton, died Jan. 12.
Mrs. Winheim was a retired special education
teacher in New York State. She was a member of
St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and a
member of the Ladies Guild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30
a.m. Jan. 18 at the church, 207 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Manasota Memorial Funeral Home is
in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by grandnieces Colleen Clark and
Elizabeth, both of Bradenton; grandnephews Garry
Rooney and Chard, both of Holmes Beach; and great-
grandniece Katy Jo Clark of Bradenton.
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James M. Taylor, 54, of Holmes Beach, died Jan.
16 in Orlando, Fla.
Mr. Taylor was born in Belle Valley, Ohio, and
came to this area from Ohio in 1980. He served in
the U.S. Army. He was a member of Longboat Island
He was a marine contractor and owner of Tay-
lor-Made Marine Construction. He also owned
and operated Taylor-Made Pyrotechnical Entertain-
There will be a gathering of family and friends
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 6, 600 block of South Bay Boulevard, criminal
mischief. Someone spray-painted the front of a house
with an unknown word.
Jan. 6, 600 block of South Bay Boulevard, crimi-
nal mischief. The front wall of a rental unit was spray-
painted with various graffiti.
Jan. 7, 700 block of South Bay Boulevard, tres-
pass on construction site/criminal mischief. Graffiti
was spray-painted on a construction trailer and porta-
Jan. 7, 700 block of South Bay Boulevard, criminal
mischief. While checking the area for related incidents
of vandalism, a deputy found street signs in four loca-
tions painted with graffiti.
Jan. 8, Cortez Road and Gulf Drive North, criminal
mischief. A woman reported that she was approaching
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Courtney and Kelsey; son Nick; and brother Joe
Taylor of Whitehall, Wis.
over and noticed a small dent and chip in the paint on
the side door of her vehicle. She told police that she
believes someone hit her vehicle with something:on
Jan. 10, 100 block of 49th Street, burglary. A man
returned home and reportedly found his front door
slightly open and a sliding glass door on the second-
story appeared to have been forced open. Nothing was
reportedly disturbed or missing inside the home.
Jan. 10, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, battery. A man
was arrested after reportedly slamming a refrigerator
door intentionally on anther person's arm.
Jan. 11, 3200 E. Bay Drive, Shells restaurant,
assault. Officers responded to a fight taking place
behind the restaurant. A man was arrested at the scene
for attempting to hit another man with a bat. According
to the report, the suspect was intoxicated and the fight
allegedly began when the other person would not let
him drive his car.
PIPE ORGAN CONCERT
Carl Parks Plays Music of
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'Sunday Jan. 22 3pm
loria Dei Lutheran Church
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AME prepares to walk
a mile for science
By Diana Bogan
It's no secret to Anna Maria Elementary School par-.
ents that third-grade teacher Karen Newhall is enthusi-
astic about science. So this year, with the school's text-
book budget earmarked for science, Newhall is upping
the ante with a fundraiser to not only expand the pur-
chasing power for the school's science program, but
also ignite student excitement.
Students in all grade levels will be participating in
"Walk A Mile for Science" walk-a-thon from 9 a.m.
to noon Feb. 14 in the school yard, near the basketball
court. Each class will have a 30-minute time block -
20 minutes to walk and 10 minutes for refreshments.
Each year the school budgets money for textbook
adoptions. Last year, new social studies books were
purchased and 2004 money was earmarked for a math
book adoption. This year the science program is to be
Newhall said the cost to provide all grade levels ,-
with new materials is $19,000. The walk-a-thon goal
is to raise $5,000, and each student who earns at least
$20 in pledges will receive a walk-a-thon T-shirt that
reads "Proud to be a Scientist at AME.
This will provide all grade levels with workbooks,
software, equipment kits, videos, grade-level reading
books and textbooks.
Newhall has already secured a $500 grant from the
Junior League, which she has used to purchase storage
bins and some small equipment. She said the grant and
the fundraiser will enable teachers to have resources -,
that are currently unavailable, such as a bin of 30 mag-
nifying glasses enough for every student in a class.
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Florida Studio Theater's Playmak-
ers group came to Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School to inspire second- through
fifth-grade students to let their imagina-
tions and emotions help them carve out
a good play.
Yes, once again, it's time for the
Young Playwrights Festival competi-
tion. Each entry will receive a certif-
icate of achievement. Approximately
100 plays receive an honorable men-
tion and the Florida Studio Theatre per-
forms a select group of student plays at
schools throughout the area.
FST actors performed several stu-
dent-written selections from the 2005
festival in the school's new media
center, in addition to guiding AME stu-
dents in scripting scenes for on-the-spot
Science walk set
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Newhall said teachers will also be
able to access everything they need to
teach a science lesson by pulling out
bins containing materials that are orga-
nized by chapter corresponding to their
"All the stuff you need to teach
the chapter will be there when you need
it. You won't have to go to another
teacher to borrow extra microscopes, it
will make teaching easier," she said.
If the allure of potential science
experiments isn't enough, Newhall has
lined up some exciting incentives to
motivate students and add to the fun of
Harcourt Publishers is spon'soirng
prizes for all participants and top fund-
raisers will earn other prizes, such as
a build-your-own-radio kit from Radio
Shack, "Shell & Tell" bags from Sun
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p-1 4. Theaterperform
Snow," a poignant
play penned by a
,4 Manatee County
about making a
wish -for a
father to come
home from Iraq.
ire AME writers
Through their performance, the play-
makers taught students the key ingredi-
ents to writing a play setting, charac-
ters, dialogue and conflict.
This year's plays showed students
that it's OK to explore emotions like sad-
ness, that friends stick together, and that
you can never be too little to dream big.
Each year the festival draws thou-
sands of entries, and in 2005 student
entries came from students as far as
Russia and Scotland. Now in its 13th
year, the program has reached one mil-
Writers can submit as many plays
as they wish as long as they follow the
The contest is open to all students
in kindergarten through 12th-grade.
Plays should be one to five pages
PLEASE SEE PLAY, NEXT PAGE
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Waldenbooks, butterfly kits and more.
Top prizes include four one-day
passes to the South Florida Museum and
a grand prize featuring a one-year family
membership to G.Wiz Science Museum
Local restaurants have also pitched
in with donations. During the walk,
these will be awarded at random and
include items from Ooh La La! Bistro,
Mr. Bones Barbecue Restaurant, Bone-
fish Grill, Eats and Treats, and more.
The class raising the most money
will have a pizza party to celebrate.
Pledge envelopes have been distrib-
uted to-, students and are due back by Feb.
Parents can get a sneak peek at the
new Harcourt Science Series at the Par-
ent-Teacher Oiraanization meeting at 7
p.m. Jan. 24 at tie school.
For more information, call
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Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, Jan. 23
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets or Maxx Sticks with Marinara Sauce, Broccoli with
Cheese Sauce, Garden Salad, Sliced Peaches
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit
Lunch: Mini Corn Dogs or Sloppy Joe Sandwich, Tator Tots, Baked Beans,
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Pattie on a Bun or Chicken Noodle Soup with Half Hoagie,
Crinkle-Cut Fries, Green Beans, Applesauce
Thursday, Jan. 26
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito, Cereal, Toast, Fruit, Graham Crackers
Lunch: Chili or Oven Roasted Chicken, Steamed White Rice, Lettuce and
Tomato Cup, Pineapple Tidbits, Happy Birthday Cupcake
Friday, Jan. 27/
Breakfast: Sausage Gravy with Biscuit, Cereal, Toast, Fruit, Bagels
Lunch: Pizza or Barbecue Sandwhich, Corn, Coleslaw, Sliced Pears
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
10:30 a.m. to noon Latin dance class
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club pre-
sentation on table top designs with master
floral gardener Cindy Perez at the Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-3665.
Thursday, Jan. 19
9 to 10:15 a.m. Yoga with Preston
Whaley Jr. at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
2:30 to 4 p.m. Basics of Interior
Design four-week class with Betina Sego at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
4 p.m. Poetry reading at the Long-
boat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Long-
boat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information:
383-2345. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. Island Garden Club pre-
sentation on hibiscus growing at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5538.
Friday, Jan. 20
Noon Arbor Day tree planting with the
City of Anna Maria and Keep Manatee Beau-
tiful at the Historical Park on Pine Avenue,,
Anna Maria. Information: 795-8272.
8 to 11 p.m. -The Shaman Band per-
forms at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Saturday, Jan. 21
8 to noon Pancake breakfast and
"Everything Goes, Let's Bargain" sale at
Roser Memorial Community Church and
Thrift Shop, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting
with guest Sue La Mastro with an update
on Medicare at Cafe on the Beach, Mana-
tee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
10:15 a.m.- Holmes Beach Civic Asso-
ciation meeting with guest David Zaccagnino,
Holmes Beach city commissioner, at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1285.
6:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club Extravaganza and Casino Night at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 746-7517.
Sunday, Jan. 22
2 to 4 p.m. Bradenton Opera Guild
presents "Stars of Tommorow" at Neel
Performing Arts Center, 5860 26th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 756-9503. Fee
3 p.m. Pipe organ recital by Carl
Parks at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina .Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Monday, Jan. 23
-8:30 a.m. Internet class at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon Anna Maria Island Demo-
cratic Club presents "Election 2006: What's
Ahead?" with Susan MacManus at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287.
1 to 3 p.m. Stepping-stone craft class
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
Play aid sought
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
There is no restriction on style,
subject or form.
Collaborations are permitted.
Scripts must be typed or printed
and stapled or bound.
Scripts must have a cover page,
including date of submission, title of
play, name, date of birth, home address
and phone number, school address,
grade le el and teacher.
A copy of the original play must be
submitted by Febi 13t to de Young Play-
wrights Festival. Florida Studio Theatre,
4 and 7 p.m. "Bottlenose Dolphins &
Noisemaking Fish: An Arms Race between
Predator and Prey" lecture presentation by Dr.
Damon Gannon at Mote Immersion Cinema,
1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Infor-
mation: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
7:30 to 9 a.m. Longboat-Lido-St.
Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce awards
breakfast at the Colony Beach and Tennis
Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-8217. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Island
Branch Library present Earthbox creator
Blake Whisenant at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Stepping-stone
craft class continues at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
2 p.m. "Mystery Writers with a Flor-
ida Connection" at the Mote Keating Edu-
cation Center, 1599 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 388-4441, ext. 333.
5:30 p.m. Relay for Life kickoff event
at the MiraMar Room at the Bridge Walk
Resort, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Information: 745-1214 ext. 21.
7:30 p.m. "Mystery Writers with a
Florida Connection" at the Mote Keating
Education Center, 1599 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441 ext.
333. Fee applies.
National Watercolor Society member
Jacquie Clark window exhibit at the Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Guild Gallery, 5413
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan.
20. Information: 778-6694.
James Pay Memorial Exhibit at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Jan. 27. Infor-
Contemporary and traditional art
exhibit at Wallace Fine Art Gallery, 5350
Gulf of Mexico Drive, No. 103, Longboat Key,
through Jan. 30. Information: 387-0746.
"The Highwaymen," Florida's African-
American landscape painters exhibit at the
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.;
Bradenton, through March 12. Information:
746-4131. Fee applies.
Longboat Key Historical Society meet-
ing with guest Dora Walters Jan. 26.
Island Players "Murder by Misadven-
ture" Jan. 26.
Winemakers' Dinner for the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts Jan. 26.
Florida West Coast Symphony "Mas-
terworks" at Neel Performing Arts Center
Hazardous-waste collection Holmes
Beach City Hall Jan. 28.
Chicken barbecue at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron Jan. 28.
"REEF: Engaging Citizen Scientists in
Marine Conservation' at Mote Marine Aquar-
ium Jan. 30.
"Kings and Queens of Cards" party at
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Longboat
Key Jan. 31.
Save the Date:
Jazz Fest at the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum Feb. 2.
Sweet Adelines' "Sweethearts of the
Shimmering Shawls" at.Neel Performing Arts
Hall Feb. 4.
Art Festival at Coquina Beach Feb. 4-5.
1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota FL 34236.
Scripts will not be returned.
For more information, call Jim
- Ragona at 366-9017, or visit the the-
ater Web site at www.fst2000.org and
click on the link for "Write a Play/In the
A new feature of the Web site is
a link for festival alumni. The alumni
page lists past winners and their current
AME students have a history of
penning winning plays. Past Island
winners interested in sharing their cur-
rent endeavors with FST can e-mail
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Morse Code 'keyed'
Mt. Vernon veteran
As a youngster growing up in Farmingdale, Long
Island, Jim Anderson of Mt. Vernon in Palma Sola
enjoyed building his own radios. He liked radios so
much he even learned Morse Code, never realizing that
this special skill might one day send him up in the air
during World War II.
He was working in the graphic arts industry on
Long Island when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor
on Dec. 7, 1941, and the United States entered WWII.
"I was already 18 and out of school, so I was high
on the list to be drafted," remembered Jim.
Indeed, he was inducted into the U.S. Arms in
SNovember 1942 and figured he was a sure candidate
for the infantry.
During basic training, however, he passed the
Army's test for Morse Code. Instead of more infantry
training, he \ as sent to the U.S. Arm- Air Corps radar
school in Chicago. He had become a "fl bo."
After radar school. Jim was assigned to the 442nd
Troop Carrier Conunand and placed as a radar opera-
tor aboard a specialized C-47 Dakota aircraft (DC-3 to
"'We called it the 'bucket of bolts.' It was the onlh
plane I've e\er been in that can fl with both engines
Soff. In fact, the pilot had to fly with both engines shut
down as part of our training. That was fun." he said
w ith a laugh.
"Radar on a plane \%as new in those days and only
a few of the Dakotas had them. We were told we were
going to be pathfinders. I didn't kno\t what that meant,
" but I was about to get an education." :.
The 442nd trained with the 82nd and 101st Air-
borne Di\ ision in paratrooper drops, practicing both
day and night operations. -
Jim learned that as a, "pathfinder" aircraft, the
plane's mission ~as to go: in first to drop airborne
troops who would establish drop zones for other para-
In other words, the pathfinders would be first on
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Mount Vernon resident Jim A.r i son as a member of
the 442nd Tho'p Carrier Group in England just prior
to the D-Day iim a nin.
The 442nd \as ordered to Englandin March 1944
and, after arrival, it didn't take Jim and his crew mem-
bers long to figure out the\ \ ere there for the invasion
"'We practiced again \ith the 82nd and 101st.
Every one was talking in\ asion, so'we knew %ee %'ere
going in first.
"We got loaded down the night of June 5. We
would be the first Allied soldiers over the continent of:
Europe heading up the invasion. but everybody was
read\. This was what \ e had trained for."
;;At 1:30h6n-the morning of June 6, 1944, Jim and
his cret mates began dropping members of the 101st
Airborne's Pathfinder Brigade near the town of St.
Mere Eglise in occupied France. a town made famous
in the movie "The Longest Day" and in the HBO spe-
cial "Band of Brothers."
S"We went in at 1.500 feet and the Germans opened
up their ack-ack on us real good. But \ e got the path-
finders out and we got back to England for another.
Jim and his crew flew all day, either dropping sup-
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plies or more paratroopers into France. During the next
few days, they would also drop Polish and British para-
"We were fortunate not to get hit bad. Every mis-
sion we lost a few planes, buddies of ours that just
didn't make it. We were lucky. I had a great pilot and
co-pilot and had complete confidence in them."
But being a radar operator was not enough for the
pilot, who before the invasion had made sure Jim and
the other crew knew how to take off, fly and land the
After D-Day, the 442nd participated in Operation
Anvil, the invasion of southern France in August
Back home in England, the 442nd again loaded
up the 101st Airborne, this time for Operation Market-
Garden in southern Holland.
While that mission went fairly smoothly, a subse-
quent flight to resupply General Patton's 3rd Army with
gasoline was the only time Jim was ever really "scared"
on a flight.
"We had to load up the plane with these 5-gallon
jerry cans full of gasoline. You bet we were worried
because all it would take \as one tracer bullet to hit a
can and we'd be a big firecracker in the skN. I can tell
you we were a happy bunch rhen we got those cans
delivered to Patton."
Then came Bastogne in mid-December, the German
Army's last. desperate attempt to defeat the Allies.
The 101st w as surrounded at Bastogne and the onl\
way to get supplies \ as by an airdrop. but bad weather
canceled a drop scheduled for Dec. 21. In the mean-
time. the situation was grim for the paratroopers.
"We were told they had no food. winter clothes.
medical supplies or ammunition. We wanted to go. even
in the bad weather, but the generals said 'no.'"
Finally on Dec. 24, 1944, the 442nd was able to
make the drop, cormng in at 500 feet to avoid German
"We didn't get hit by the big guns, but enough
small guns hit us that it damaged our rudder. We had to
make an emergency landing in Brussels to get it fixed.
We counted more than 100 bullet holes in the plane, but
luckily. none of us got hit." -
Jim and his crew continued their supply missions
and, in March 1944. flew part of the 17th-Airborne for
Operation Varsirt. w which w as theAllied air drop across
the Rhine River.
"B\ then. \ e knew the war \as w indirig down. We
just hoped e'd make it. E \er3 mission, we would lose
a plane full of pals to German fire. But we made it to
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Jim Anderson today lives quietly in Mount Vernon off Cortez Road and is proud of his service flying troops and
_iipplie s into the European continent during World War II. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
the end of the war."
Jim was discharged in September 1945, and
returned to Long Island. He went back into the printing
business as a technical engineer, retiring in 1987. He
mot ed to Palma Sola 11 years ago.
Along the way, he spent six years in the U.S. Air
Force reserves. He got married in 1949 and had four
children and now has four grandchildren.
He now lives in Mt. Vernon and is vice commander
of the Mt. Vernon Veterans Club, an informal group
of veterans that meet once a month to discuss veteran
"I'm proud of my service. I think my military expe-
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spot as a civilian, I would think that this was nothing'
compared to Bastogne or D-Day. I'd do it all over again
if I had to."
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 allied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland,
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Tri-island chamber's awards
breakfast next Tuesday
The chamber of commerce representing three bar-
rier islands to the south will have its 47th annual meet-
ing and awards breakfast Tuesday morning, Jan. 24.
It will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Colony Beach
and Tennis Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for the
Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber of
The chamber Member of the Year, Ambassador of the
Year and Eager Beaver of the Year award winners will be
announced, as will the Chairman'. A,\ ard recipiell.
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Sales office coming for Perico's condominium project?
While no one at the St. Joe Co. is commenting,
sources in the local real estate industry say the dou-
Surely a sale
Work crews last
week installed park-
ing spaces and a
walkway to this dou-
blewide trailer in
front of the Perico
apparently in antici-
pation of the St. Joe
Co. opening a sales "
office for its planned.
686-unit condomin- -
ium project on the
adjacent property. N..
Islander Photo: Rick
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Joe's Perico Island condominium project.
Efforts to confirm the trailer will be a sales office with
St. Joe vice-president Ed Leonard in Orlando were unsuc-
cessful. A spokesperson at St. Joe's media relations office in
Jacksonville did not return a phone message.
The company's 686-unit condominium project
has already been approved by the City of Bradenton
and cleared several legal challenges, and a St. Joe-
owned company recently purchased the Perico Harbor
Marina, the former Leverock's Restaurant and the adja-
cent convenience store-gas station at the east end of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Plans for a commercial development on that site
were recently approved by Bradenton, although a law-
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construction efforts until the dispute is settled.
Although the condominium project has been
approved, St. Joe has not yet announced a start date for
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North again wins in new north.south battle
By Paul Roat
A short war between the north and south took
place on a short street in Bradenton Beach last week.
The north won.
The "battle" began last Tuesday, when one of the
city's public works crews began installing new street
signs along Bay Drive at the time, Bay Drive North,
but following the signage installation, surprisingly, the
street sign named it Bay Drive South.
One stretch of street between Bridge Street and
First Street North actually just First Street, since
there is no longer a First Street South had histori-
cally been designated "north," but more recent maps
indicated it should correctly be labeled "south," hence
And hence the concern by resident Ross Benjamin.
He checked on the Internet and found that most map
locations indicated that most sites designated the short
"Gadzooks city officials of Bradenton Beach
did it again, they just couldn't let sleeping dogs lie!"
he wrote in an e-mail. "It's sooooooo confusing. No
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Public Works Director Dottie Poindexter responded
by saying, "Sorry about the error in staff trying to fix
an old error. The 'official' record does say Bay Drive
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Cortez fishing outlook gets brighter
By Jim Hanson
The commercial fishing world around Cortez has
brightened over the past week or so, with everything
from stone crabs to mullet to grouper coming ashore.
"Crabs have picked up a lot" after a discouraging
early part of the season, said Karen Bell of the A.P. Bell
Fish Co., which handles much of the catch here.
Crabbers are taking'larger numbers of crab claws
than in the previous weeks, and prices are holding up
pretty well. The downside is that "there are a lot of float-
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shells but not yet replaced them with thicker shells, a
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The grouper season reopened with the new year,
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They are from far out in the Gulf, for the highly desir-
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Grouper fishing was shut down last October when
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His father. Dr. Mar in Grossman. is
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M ichael \\as in Ne\\ York \ ork ng for
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he came back to the Island and hted in Bradenton
Beach for a \car..A fte \ear-s before. he had graduated
froim the Ringling School of Art and Design to prepare
him for h.is head\ jobs.
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said there is some graphic stuff in some
of "the dictator series" and he rec-reis the
necessity, but it's real.
For example., the sho%\ inte views a
Chinese \oman \\ho \ as groomed to
kill President Nixon on a visitt to China,
and she found it "hard to see mny leader
The sho%.s m...ay be seen locally at 10
p.m. Thursda-s on the Histos channel.
Soni 1O' of his
Island church, church, church happenings
ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
Island Baptist Church hosted a fashion shoiu piu on
by the church's Real lomien program Refined.
Enlightened. .Accepred and Loved Saturdav.
Islander Robbie Leech tf Gentle Spirits Revivia.l
iwho moved to Bradenton and moved back to the
Island this 'week. spoke at the event. The ftishions.
modeled by church women, were from AMI West in
Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose
Sandy Meneley models casualwea..
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ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH
St. Beniard Catholic Church held its Parish Talent Show Saturday evening in the
church activin' center wiith a final curtain callftor all the pertoiners.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION
Island _sculptor Hlood\ Ciandish, ie:t. c ratmo ot tlie sunned-lulass mosaic
scul.pnire of St. Dorothea. Pa ron Saiiiit of Gardnem is loine'd SuIndan
toiiloung worship b\ waitrtaall critalo Doc~k Doie and7 Clharle Bruntl
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2-B 0 JAN. 18, 2006 T THE ISLANDER
Exotics crawl into Southwest Florida
An invasion is taking place to our south. By land,
sea, air ... well, maybe not air, but the shores of South-
west Florida are being overrun by aliens.
It's not a pretty picture. Locals are talking of using
weapons of mass destruction. Chemical warfare. What-
ever it takes.
It's the lizard plague. It's a whole different invasive
species than what we've got with Australian pines or
Brazilian peppers. It moves, and grows, and feeds, and
well, let's cut to the chase.
Boca Grande's nightmare
Boca Grande is an upscale community on Gas-
parilla Island, at the mouth of Boca Grande Pass in
Lee County. Boca Grande is old Florida, old-fashioned
upscale. The Bush family vacations there during the
Christmas holidays all of the Georges and Jeb, too
plus more top-end top-flight folks than you could"
imagine. Old money, big time.
It's the site of the "world's richest tarpon tourna-
ment," too, since the silver kings are known to pack the
pass to the south of the island during the spring months
and attract anglers from throughout the world for the
fishing of the hugely popular gamefish.
The island has become a haven for another visitor,
Mexican spiny-tail iguanas made an appearance on
the small island several years ago. According to the
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the critters had a population
of about 2,000 in 2000 now, they've grown in num-
bers to better than 10,000.
The iguanas were apparently yet another of those
critters that just got too big to be a houseguest. They
get to be better than 2 feet long, they aren't one of the
more cuddly of critters that you would want to invite
into your bed on a cold winter night, and apparently
some were set free into the wild, probably back in the
As with all wild things, they did wild breeding
stuff, and the population exploded. Without any real
natural predators, the supersized lizards started taking
over sand dunes, houses, seawalls and any other place
they could find.
Theiguanas pretty much eat anything they can get
their mouths around..A popular munch is gopher tor-
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There is also a lizard erosion problem as their
burrows undermine the sand dunes. And there is also
apparently that iguana-human interaction problem.
Lots of folks on Boca Grande get around via golf
cart on the wide sidewalks and slow streets in the area.
Iguanas like to sun on sunny sidewalks. Hit an iguana,
or swerve to miss a dozing iguana, and there is a high
The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improve-
ment Association met last week and decided that
enough was enough. Based on findings by a Florida
Gulf Coast University professor, the 100-plus members
of the association endorsed a special fee to add "iguana
control" to the association's annual fee.
Kill them, in other words, bounty hunter.
As Professor Jerome Jackson was reported in the
SH-T: "You have to euthanize. Shooting would be the
most efficient and cost-effective."
There is a legality issue still to be resolved regard-
ing the iguana hunt, but somehow, sometime soon,
Mexican split-tail iguana shoots appear destined to
occur in Boca Grande.
I wonder if they taste like.chicken?
Cape Coral, too
Jump a little north and east from Boca Grande and
you're in Cape Coral. It's one of those planned com-
munities with a central intelligence for infrastructure
and design that appeared on the Florida landscape in
Cape Coral also has a lizard problem, but one of a
greater magnitude than its island neighbor. Nile moni-
tor lizards, to be more precise. And they're a much
bigger problem, literally.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, "An adult-
Nile monitor can measure 7 feet. The lizards can climb
trees and walls, dig burrows and tunnels, swim long
distances, even underwater." They too eat.pretty much
anything, including oysters and turtles not just the
eggs, but the turtles, too.
"Residents find them in their swimming pools, on
their roofs, sunning on their sea walls," according to the
Times. "Folks say the stray cat population is declining.
There are unconfirmed reports of missing dachshunds
and plundered koi ponds."
There were an estimated 1,000 Niles around a few
years ago. Grants were put iin place to start trapping
and also "eradicating" the big lizards then, and popula-
tion totals are still uncertain. Females can lay some-
thing like 70 eggs at a time and, like the Boca Grande
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natural predators for these really big critters.
You want to sic your vicious Dobie dog on a
7-foot-long lizard that is related to the last surviving
dragon, the Komodo? After all, "the Komodo dragon
of Indonesia, which can grow up to 10 feet long, hunts
deer and has been known to kill humans," according to
Maybe the real issue
OK, so we've got iguanas and dragons to the south.
So what, you may ask?
Well, apparently the reptile feeding frenzy, although
voracious, seems to be centered around eggs. Any kind
of eggs. Bird, snakes, gators, crocodiles yeah, there
are crocs down there.
And while some of us.may sometimes think that
less snakes may be a good thing in the world, less
birds? Of course, you remember that less eggs means
less critters, and a critter that targets eggs as a main
food source without anything out there to really eat its
eggs means a big problem.
The ultimate solution?
Don't get a pet you can't handle or don't want to
have for a long, long time.
And for goodness sake, don't just let whatever
undesirable thing you have and don't want "go free" in
the wilds of Florida. It may come back to bite you.
The Compleat Angler Hotel on North Bimini in
the Bahamas was apparently totally destroyed in a fire
last week. The resort fire also killed its owner, Julian
The Compleat Angler was one of author Ernest
Hemingway's favorite retreats. He apparently wrote
much of "To Have and Have Not" there, and spent a lot
of time fishing the waters off the island for marlin and
Another landmark gone.
Joe Chiles pointed out the obvious to him, but
obviously not quite to me .- in a Sandscript a few
weeks ago when I mentioned that possums are rodents.
Of course, we all know they are actually marsupials.
Jeez, I knew that, Joe. Sorry.
Speaking of rodents, I got into a Sherlock Holmes
reading jag a week or so ago and read Rick Boyer's
wannabe Arthur Conan Doyle story, "The Giant Rat
of Sumatra." Boyer takes Holmes and Dr. Watson on
new adventures after Doyle's death, and actually does a
pretty good job of re-creating the master's Sherlockian
Except for the rat itself.
QK, maybe I'm giving the story away, but the
"giant rat" is actually supposed to be something called a
Sumatran Tapir, Tapirus indicus. Huge, like the size of
a calf huge, with a rat face, it terrorizes the multitudes,
rips living flesh from bone ... you get the idea. Oh, the
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Good grouper, snapper action offshore, close to shore to boot
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Dodge the cold fronts and get out in the Gulf
of Mexico now for some good snapper and grouper
catches. The bottom dwellers appear to be moving
closer to shore, and there are many, many reports of
great catches in only 40 feet of water off Anna Maria
Sheepshead fishing in the bays is also great right
now, with a few reports coming in of fish tipping the
scales at better than 6 pounds. Trout and redfish are also
a good bet in the backwater.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said
grouper fishing offshore in the Gulf is about as good
as it gets right now, with plenty of fish being caught
in the 40- to 80-foot range. Mangrove and yellowtail
snapper are also being caught on the offshore reefs, plus
American red snapper on the reefs farther from shore.
Backwater fishing is good for trout as long as you use
shrimp as bait, and sheepshead are "everywhere" right
now, Bill added.
Capt. Thorn Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's been able to put his charters onto snook,
redfish and trout using artificial bait. Most of the action
is coming from the smaller-sized fish, but there have
been a few keepers, he said.
Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters
said that the breaks between cold fronts have allowed
him to put his charters onto some excellent fishing in
the Gulf gag grouper to 12 pounds and mangrove
snapper to 5 pounds. "Most of our bigger bottom fish
are coming from depths of less than 45 feet and a little
bit south of Longboat Key," he said. "We're also finding
hefty triggerfish and Key West grunts mixed into the
action on- those bites. Our Sarasota Bay trips are just
hammering the sheepshead and bluefish on light tackle
along seawalls and docks and on the beach rocks where
the current moves our baits along the structure. Fish as
quietly and as far as possible from the structure, do a
little chumming and the rods will soon start to bend."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said it's "sheeps-
head, sheepshead and more sheepshead" for pier fish-
ers, with some striped fish going better than 5 pounds.
There are also a few pompano being caught in the surf
and a few big redfish being landed.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead are the No. 1 fish for anglers there, plus
a few black drum and some mangrove snapper are
coming to the deck.
At Skyway Bait & Tackle, reports include sheeps- .
head and redfish in front of Miguel Bay and more
sheepies from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge piers, some
of them better than 6 pounds.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
lots of fishers are bringing back lots of mangrove snapper
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18 inches in length. There are also a few redfish catches
coming from the docks in Terra Ceia Bay, he said.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's finding snapper
fishing to be in full swing right now, with most catches
in the 13- to 16-inch range. He's also putting his char-
ters onto triggerfish and some legal-size grouper. In the
backwater, he's getting into lots of trout and redfish.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead as the best bet right now, a few redfish
hanging around the docks off Anna Maria and an occa-
sional snook hookup.
At Cortez Fishing Center, Capt. Jack Parker on
the Skinny M said he took John Myaard from Grand
Rapids, Mich., and cousin Pete Beyers out last week
and caught redfish to 26 inches and 15 black drum to
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that "fishing this past week has been
AAA++++ all the way. Our clients caught lots of gag
grouper up to 18 pounds, some red grouper, man-
grove snapper to 7 pounds, some yellowtail snapper,
lane snapper, margates, triggerfish, porgys, and some
blacktip sharks up to 5 feet in length." Most of his
fishing has been out to better than the 100-foot depths
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Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
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to be "pretty good heading into the full moon. The
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in a few really dense fogs that made getting to port a
real adventure." He took Peggy and Jerry Jamison, vis-
iting Anna Maria Island from Denver, Colo., late last
week to a "substantial mixed bag, including reds, trout,
sheepies and bluefish. Live shrimp and jigs did the trick
on an incoming tide. It was interesting that we caught
all four of the above listed species in widely different
habitats," he said. "The day began in the upper reaches
of Palma Sola Bay fishing around docks, wrecks, and
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tide. We then moved out to the beach at the top of the
tide and encountered the same four species over hard
bottom ranging from 5 to 20 feet. The presence of glass
minnows seems to be the key for locating areas holding
good numbers of predatory fish."
On my boat Magic, we've been catching gag grou-
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sheepshead to 4 pounds, triggerfish to 3 pounds, all
caught on shrimp-baited hooks about 12 miles offshore
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4-B M JAN. 18, 2006 T THE ISLANDER
Cold shooting dominates Premier Division basketball contest
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
winter basketball season continued with a full slate of
end-to-end action throughout the past week. The high-
lighted game this week was a Premier Division contest
that came down to the wire between Anna Maria Glass
& Screen and West Coast Air Conditioning.
Both teams were cold from the field throughout
most of the game, with West Coast holding a 26-23 lead
at the end of the third quarter.
Whitney Bauer opened the scoring in the third
quarter when after grabbing an offensive rebound, she
went up strong to the basket and was fouled. Bauer
swished both free throws for a 28-23 WCAC lead.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen's Breann Richardson
got behind the West Coast defense and teammate Chad
Reed found her with a long pass for an easy layup to
West Coast came right back as Al Barrett drove the
lane and found Bauer underneath. She again was fouled
and again swished both attempts to give West Coast a
Reed brought the Glass & Screen team back with a
steal and a layup followed by an offensive rebound put-
back to pull to within a point at 30-29. Then Glass &
Screen got an important defensive stop on West Coast.
They worked the ball to Franklin Moore on the left side
and he drove hard to the basket for a layin and a 31-30
lead with just over three minutes to play.
Matt McDonough came right back with a spinning
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Moore pushed the ball quickly upcouirt, but missed
a 15-footer which proved costly when West Coast's
McDonough came right back with a strong drive and a
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A foul and two free throws by Anna Maria's Ben
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Anna Maria pushed the ball quickly upcourt and
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poked away on the way to the basket. A Barrett steal
and a foul sent him to the line where he made both ends
of the one-on-one opportunity for a 38-35 lead with 10
seconds to play.
Anna Maria Glass & Screen brought the ball up
and looked for an open three-point opportunity, but
West Coast Air defended the perimeter and forced
a desperation shot from 28 feet that fell short, giving
West Coast AC a hard-fought 38-35 victory.
Kevin Grunke led West Coast with 10 points and
three rebounds, while Whitney Bauer added eight.
points and four rebounds. McDonough added six points
and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Moore led Anna Maria Glass & Screen with 14
points and six rebounds, while Reed added nine points
and eight rebounds. Luis Leon scored six points and
pulled down an incredible 19 rebounds in the loss for
Glass & Screen.
Island Real Estate edged Publix by two points for a
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Zach Schield dominated down low with 24 points
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and Franklin Moore ofAnna Maria Glass & Screen.
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Tyler Bekkerus poured in 25 points and grabbed
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Complete quality renovation includes new
master suite addition, private bath and
lanai. Laundry room, three guest bedrooms
and bath, large closets, large living room,
kitchen and family room. Tile floors. New
roof and air conditioning. Attached 2.5-car
garage, 10,000 Ib. boat lift, pluswave-runner
davit. Total under roof, 3,179 sf. Wrap-around
driveway, underground irrigation system,
mature landscaping, room for a pool.
$1,195,000. No agents. (313) 550-0862,
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.
886 Waterside Lane
2BR/2BA lakefront, furnished. $459,000.
1227 Edgewater Circle
2BR/2BA bayfront, model.
My newest Perico Island listing 11339 Perico Isles Circle
Exciting, single family home. 3BR/2BA, two-car garage.
Large, heated pool and spa, inviting front porch, in home owners
association club house, exercise room, tennis, pool, club room.
THE ISLANDER a JAN. 18, 2006 N B-5
Division I action
Danziger Allergy & Sinus rode another double-
double by Garrett Secor to an easy 40-20 victory over
Air & Energy in Jan. 12 Division I basketball action at
the Center. Secor finished with a game-high 21 points
and 10 rebounds, while Molly Slicker added 10 points
to the Danziger victory.
Matt Bauer scored 10 points and Jason Rappe
scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead
A&E in the loss.
Blake Wilson had two three-point baskets and
scored a game-high 15 points to lead Homes of Dis-
tinction past Longboat Observer 29-16 on Jan. 9. Ally
Titsworth added six points and four rebounds, while
Brandon Gengler pulled down 14 rebounds to go along
with his two points in the Homes of Distinction vic-
Kyle Aritt led the Observer with 14 points and
13 rebounds, while teammate Donna Barth added two
points in the loss.
Justin Dearlove scored 21 points and dished out
four assists to lead A Paradise Realty to a one-point vic-
tory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus on Jan. 9. Jordan
Sebastiano added 10 points and David Landesburg
scored four points to the 38-37 victory total.
Garrett Secor scored 21 points and grabbed 16
rebounds to lead Danziger, which also received 14
points from Chris Callahan in the loss.
Division II action
Five points from Molly McDonough paced a bal-
anced scoring attack by Duncan Real Estate in its 14-2
victory over Sun House Restaurant on Jan. 11. Savan-
nah Schield added three points x\ hi le Sarah Az mi, Jake
Rappe and Taylor Wilson each chipped in with two
points in the victory.
Glen Bower led the Sun House with two points in
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ANNA MARIA NORTH END DUPLEX
SLI S 4BR/2BA, separate entries and driveways.
Short block to Gulf and bay. Priced to sell
at $647,000. Call Stephanie Bell, Broker.
(941) 920-5156. MLS # 519578.
VIEWS OF THE BAY AND ROD & REEL
Oul north end location on North Bay Blvd.
r.- esled between beautiful Bean Point and
Ba. Ejliront Park. Offered at $735,000. Call
J' Sitlnanie Bell, Broker. (941) 920-5156.
.O GREAT LOCATION. GREAT BEACH ACCESS!
0 ''. Anna Maria Village. Short stroll to the beach.
y'",.',, Listed at $699,000. Call Frank Migliore
S778-2307 or Stephanie Bell 920-5156.
0 r E ATTENTION WATERFRONT INVESTORS!
Tr- Tarpon Lodge on Terra Ceia..Bay. 1.3
S. ,: res with direct access to bay and over 355
i e. on the water. Asking price $1,400,000.
For specifics call Stephanie Bell, Broker
-. .. 920-5156. MLS#514229.
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SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970
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Hailey Dearlove scored 21 points and Becca Butler
added eight to lead Island Family Physicians to a 34-14
victory over Harcorn Corp. on Jan. 10. Daniel Pimental
chipped in with four points and Stephanie Pumell fin-
ished with two points to complete the Physicians scor-
Jordan Hinton scored eight points to lead Harcom,
which also received two points apiece from Patrick
Edwards, Stephanie Schenk and Emily White in the
Division III action
Neil Carper scored four points while teammates
Sam Azmi, Jake Parsons and Holly Rizzo each added
two points during the Kumon 10-4 victory over Jessie's
Island Store on Jan. 14.
Blaine Jenefsky led Jessie's with four points in the
Dips Ice Cream rolled past the Bistros behind 17
points from Lee Bergeron and six points from Brendan
Galagher for a final 23-8 in Division III action on Jan.
Luke Shackleford led Bistros with six points while
Samantha Purnell added two points in the loss.
Lee Bergeron scored nine of his 11 points in the
decisive fourth quarter to help Dips Ice Cream over-
come a six-point deficit on the way to a 22-20 victory
over Kumon on Jan. 12. Johnny Mattay added four
points for Dips in the victory.
Neil Carper led all scorers with 14 points, while
Sam Azmi added four points and Jake Parsons scored
two points for Kumon in the loss.
On Jan. 10, Luke Shackleford scored six points and
Trevor Albers added two points to lead Bistros 8-5 over
Jessie's Island Store. Three points from Jacob Blue and
one point apiece from Bo Gurski and Blaine Jenefsky
paced Jessie's Island Store in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
Sara Falk slot a one-under-par 31 to capture the
flight AA low-net women's golf competition at the Key
502 72nd STREET HOLMES BEACH
j- .* WATERFRONT HOME
with 39 foot boathouse
and a 40 Foot dock.
Heated pool with mother-
S. ."' in-law apartment on
in main house, rebuilt
dM'' l a- and enlarged three years
ago. 1 BR/1 BA mother-in-law apartment. Gourmet main kitchen,
DCS gas-sfovetop, double oven, double dishwasher, double
wine coolers, granite counter top, outside kitchen with triple sink,
dishwasher and built-in BBQ. 15 foot ceiling and see-through
fireplace in great room to outside pool. 4900 S.F.U.R. a must see
at $2,250,000. Ted E. Davis Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner.
By appointment. (941) 778-6155.
yoga classes begin
at Art League
Beginning to intermediate yoga classes have
begun at the Anna Maria Island Art League quar-
ters, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, with
Preston Whaley Jr. as instructor.
The classes are from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 5:15
to 6:30 p.m. Monday, and from 9 to 10:15 a.m.
Information is available at 778-2099.
Royale Club on Jan. 10. Penny Williams shot 32 to
finish one shot back, while Nancy Grimme's 34 earned
her a third-place finish.
Flight A winner Cindi Mansour shot an incredible
four-under 28 to finish four shots ahead of second-place
finisher Dorothy McKinna, who shot an even-par 32.
Rosewitha Fowler and Lorraine Towne came in a tie for
third with a pair of 34s.
A one-over 33 gave first place to Flight B's Margie
Jacobs, while Mardene Eichorn, Sally Keyes and Mar-
garet Schueller finished in a three-way tie for second
place with scores of 35.
Jan Turner shot a 34 to win the Flight B competi-
tion over second-place finishers Dee Bassett and Eunice
Warda, who both finished with a 35.
Flight D winner was Theresa Schuette, whose 31
was four shots better than second-place finisher Jea-
nette Cashman. Lucille Cooney and Terry Westby tied
for third with a pair of 38s.
Wednesday's Jan. 11 horseshoe competition drew
20 participants, with Rod Bussey and Norm Good
emerging as champions by defeating Cathy Stoltzfus
and Sam Samuels by a 21-13 score.
Jan. 7 horseshoe action saw Steve Doyle and Tom
Rhodes defeat Adin Shank and Tom Skoloda 21-7.to
win Saturday's bragging rights.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
* BAYVIEW DUPLEX!
* lWhat a deal! This duplex
* |comes with lot across street
*. |on Sarasota Bay! Enjoy these *
open water views from your
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the 1BR/1BA. Super location
on quiet street with boat docks
* ,.t and some updating. Can be *
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* orremainduplex. Callformore
info! Offered at: $969,000
* ISLAND CONVENIENCE STORE WITH GAS
* Super opportunity to own Island business!
Offered at: $199,500 & Inventory.
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'Boat Smart' class
offered by Island
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron has sched-
uled a day-long "Boat Smart" class for 8 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at its building, 1200 71st St.
The course provides information about aspects of
boating including safety, Florida boating laws, weather,
boat handling, rules of the road and distress signals.
Cost is $25. To register and get further information call
Anna Maria Island Community
Center basketball league
Premier (ages 14-17)
Jan. 18 8 p.m. WCAC vs. Publix
Jan. 21 12 p.m. Glass & Screen vs. Publix
Jan. 21 1 p.m. IRE vs. WCAC
Jan. 23 8 p.m. IRE vs. Publix
Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 19 8 p.m. Observer vs. Danziger
Jan. 23 6 p.m. Observer vs. Danziger
Jan. 23 7p.m. Homes vs. Paradise
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 18 7 p.m. Physicians vs. Duncan
Jan. 21 2 p.m. Harcorn vs. Sun House
Jan. 21- 3 p.m. Physicians vs. Saleaway
Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 19 7 p.m. Kumon vs. Bistros
Jan. 21 10 a.m. Kumon vs. Dips
Jan. 21 11 a.m. Bistros vs. Jessie's
Jan. 18 6p.m. ReMax vs. Oden-Hardy
Jan. 19 6 p.m. Oden-Hardy vs. Ross Dev.
Jan. 21 4 p.m. LPAC vs. Ross Dev.
Jan. 21 5 p.m. Oden-Hardy vs. LPAC
Jan. 24 6 p.m. ReMax vs. Oyster Bar
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
:OPEN HOUSE 3311 Gulf Drive #1 *Holmes Beach
Sun. ,Jani22 -4pm : : : '
Steps to the beach! Spacious 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo.
Heated pool, rooftop' sundeck with great views, excellent rental
history with no rental restrictions! A must see. $599,000.
Call Jesse Brisson Broker Associate, GRI (9411 713-4755
hepowum;er of homeJ ue. loanapproval
Is ite0s negb0
BAY WATCH Direct bayfront unit with. IDEAL LOCATION Elevated and
views to the Sarasota Skyline. Boat dock, updated duplex. 2BR/2BA each side, short
pool and two under cover parking spaces. stroll to the beach. Tons of storage and
Newly furnished! Very good rental prop- charming outdoor living space. $619,000.
erty. $579,000. Call Quentin Talbert, Nicole Skaggs, 778-4800.
NEW TOWNHOME Very spacious
3BR/2BA with two-car garage. Town-
home recently built. $749,000. Quentin
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Direct
Gullfront, great value. 2BR/2BA turnkey
furnished. Pool front, elevator, nicely
furnished. Pristine Gulffront complex.
$989,000. Lynn Hostetler, 778-4800.
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DIRECT GULFFRONT You cannot find a HOLMES BEACH LOT Heavy wooded
better view than this. Coconuts landscap- lot. Least expensive on the Island. Build
ing all new this year, looks great! 1BR/1BA your home just steps from the beach.
tumkey-furnished. Good rental complex. Look for sign. $415,000. Ken Rickett,
$695,000. Denny Rauschl. 725-3934. 778-4800.
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
Local experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan. .
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S 401 Manatee Ave.W. Holmes Beach
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HENRY LINK Seven-piece living room furniture.
White wicker with floral fabric. Very good condition.
$700. (941) 778-9691.
BICYCLES: MEN'S AND ladies' 26-inch bikes.
Excellent condition, $35. (941) 792-3775.
SELECT COMFORT (Sleep Number) queen pillow-
top mattress. Brand new. Under retail cost. $1,000.
HAM RADIO:YAESU FT 101E. Plus assorted Yaesu
and other attachments. $300. (941) 387-0817.
HITACHI 36-INCH color stereo TV, $250. Louisville
24-foot aluminum ladder, $75. Plywood, $5/sheet,
patio table and five chairs, $50. (941) 778-8677.
KITCHENETTE UNIT: five foot, all-in-one unit, stove
sink, refrigerator with wall cabinets. Nice. 4450.
TANNING BED, new bulbs, $800. Call Paige, (941)
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
----Jame sLeej941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From-GalusasoQCon-n
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter.Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes'
Beach. (941) 778-7978.
HONEYBELL TANGELOS now ripe in January,
on sale by the AMI Kiwanis Club. $31-$36 for
a bushel Shipped free anyplace in USA. Call to
receive an order blank. (941) 778-3446 or go online
YARD SALE: 8am-1 pm Saturday, Jan. 21.715 Holly
Road, Anna Maria.
DUPLEX FOR SALE
I AR-AGE ALE oniue
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days, Thursdays, Fridays. 9am-noon on Saturdays.
Sales racks, children's clothing. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. (941) 779-2733.
YARD, SALE: 9am Saturday, Jan. 21. Kayak, craft
fair canopy, sailboat shutters, vintage tablecloths,
utility sink. Corner of Marina Drive and 80th Street,
GIANTYARD SALE at Roser Thrift Shop. 9am-noon
Saturday, Jan., 14. (941) 779-2733. 511 Pine Ave.,
SALE NIKI'S GIFTS and Antiques.Weekly specials.
Florida salt-and-pepper shakers, regularly $5.98,
now $2.49. Miniature dogs, regularly $5, now $2.
Novels, hardbacks, $1. All sterling jewelry 50-70 per-
cent off. Select vintage, costume jewelry, antiques,
depression glass, art, cow collection, crystal, 40-90
percent off. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Open
seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
GARAGE SALE: 8AM Saturday Jan. 21. Fishing and
boating, Sunfish sailboat, Morgan 24, tools, coolers,
kitchen items, linens, etc. 524 75th St., Holmes Beach.
FLEA MARKET: 9am-4pm Saturday, Jan. 21. Niki's
and Islander Market Antiques parking lot. Lots of
collectibles, gifts, jewelry, furniture, bric-brac. Atten-
tion dealers and friends, space available for Satur-
d-Jan. 28-market.-GaJll(941) 778-4451. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
MOVING SALE: 8am Saturday and Sunday, Jan.
21-22. Entire household except fridge and stove.
7106 Marina Drive, Holmes-Beach.
9AM-2PM THURSDAY, Jan. 19. Antiques, household
items and other treasures. 618 Gladiolus, Anna Maria.
MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale: 9am-5pm Saturday and
Sunday, Jan. 21- 22.225 and 227 85th St., Holmes
Beach. Near Island Baptist Church.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
Anna Maria Duplex
This turnkey-furnished ground floor duplex in the (ity of Anna Maria
is an easy walk to the beach. Situated on quiet streets and built
back to back, each of these well-landscaped apartments has terrazzo
floors, two large bedrooms with a full bath and a separate drive-
way from different streets. With a great rental history they make a
good investment. Up to 50 percent owner financing available. Asking
$799,900. (941) 778-4745. Principals only.
3/2 & 1/1 .Walk to Beach or shopping. Located
on quiet street with beautiful landscaping and an
updated exterior. Lots of curb appeal. Tile throughout
both units and updated bathrooms. Great investment.
New air handler in 3BR. $615,000. Principals only, call
(813) 760-1998 (941) 807-5626 (941) 735-5375.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult. Call
(941) 807-1734 or visit www.islanddojo.cmasdirect.com.
BENGEL HYPNOSIS CENTER. Quit smoking, lose
weight. Renowned Pittsburgh hypnotist available
February, Anna Maria Island. Appointments only. Call
(412) 215-2158. www.BengelHypnosisCenter.com.
REWARD FOR information in the Waterfront Res-
taurant arson fire: Call the State Fire Marshal,
Bureau of Fire & Arson Investigations in Tampa,
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The
Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guard-
ian ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the
court to represent and advocate for the best inter-
est of children who have been abused, abandoned
or neglected. Make a positive impact! Call (941)
744-9473 or visit www.12circuitgal.org.
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED f-o ioving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie;
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call (941) 922-0774.
S' Realty,, ,,
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
S- '(941) 778-6696 Office
Kathy Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, GRI, CRS 1-800-367-1617 Tol-Free
(941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell
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801 Corei Rd, W,
Braldeiton, F, 41O07
ADORABLEANNAMARIACOTTAGEThisperfectlycharming, recently renovated 2BR/2BA hideaway is located on
the westside of Gulf Drive inthe quaintvillage of historicAnna Maria! Amenities include lovely ceramictiledfloors,
white beadboard ceilings and walls, tiled kitchen countertops and backsplash, white Bermuda-style shutters, and
several charming built-in bookcases and china hutches. Other features include an automatic sprinkler system,
fenced backyard with patio, glass-top range, ceiling fans, and a vintage-style front door. Immaculate both inside
and out. Priced at $689,000. Turnkey-furnished! Bring your toothbrush!
area, skylights, panoramic balconies, custom window coverings, bay windows, rounded comers, tile
entry foyer, brick paved driveway, tile roof, and brand new seawall plus sandy beach. There is a security
and- outstanding location, resulting in the finest bayfront offering currently available in the Village of
Anna Maria! High textured ceilings with crown moulding, recessed lighting, spacious white kitchen with
tiled breakfast bar and pantry, fireplace, sumptuous master suite with glass block shower and sitting
area, skylights, panoramic balconies, custom window coverings, bay windows, rounded comers, tile
entry foyer, brick paved driveway, tile roof, and brand new seawall plus sandy beach. There is a security
and intercom system, plus a central vacuum system. Dazzling views of Passage Key and the Sunshine
Skyway are unsurpassed! $2,250,000.
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Closing Costs Paid' Plus One.Year
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USTOM EXEMIV HOME
2109 Gulf Drive, Holmes Bea'h.
3BR/3BA views of Gulf and Tampa
Bay from Iis beaunul executive
encompassing eire floor. Waerfl
kndscapedentry Ihree-o garage.
S950.000. Open house noon-4pm,
Sat. and Sun. Call (941) 7446906.
.GULF VIEW CONDO
3311 Gulf Drive, #2. Holmes
#Beach. Huge 2BR/2BA
lurnkey-furnished, sun deck,
pool, Eovered parking for three
cars. S650,000. (all (941)
Executive home with swimming
pool. Completely updated
4BR/2BA Located in historic
Longhoat Key Village, just two
blocks to the beach. Priced to
sell. S775,000. 751 Broadway,
LBK. Open house noon-4pm
Sun. Call (941) 744-6906.
2BR/2BA turnkey, completely
updated with power exterior
hurricane shutters, 55+ commu-
nity, designer interior. 5400 Gulf
S Dr. #36, Holmes Beach. Best
Value onthe Islnd. 5985,000.
GIfflRON MARmiNUENORIN ,. j^^-f 5300 GulfDr.#105, HolesBeadc.
3BR/2BA. Undergoing complete
renovation. Call now to custom-
ie. Motivated seller. 51,100,000.
Call (941) 744 6906.
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1746 St., Holmes Beaod. Approved
fo two odditianol land condos.
Positive cash flaw. S799,000.
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sf, 500 steps to beach. 206
73rd St. Beautiful landscape
with grapefruit, mango and
gumbo limbo trees. S749,000.
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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.
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.
LAKESIDE VILLAGE GREEN VILLA
2BR/2BA large, Village Green condo. Lovely view of
lake, beautiful birds. Close to gazebo, pavilion and
pool. Quiet, residential area. $339,900.
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
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.
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.
1BR/1BA Turnkey-furnished villa. Adorable beach
hideaway. Updated with heated pool, just steps to
deeded white sandy beach access. Rental program in
place on-site manager. Small pet allowed. $375,000.
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.
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.
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT HOME
4BR/3BA in Anna Maria city. Miles of beautiful walk-
ing beach. Gulf side deck and gazebo. Riparian rights.
Area of renewal and new housing. View of Gulf, bay,
Egmont Key and Skyway bridge. $2,650,000.
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.
GULFFRONT HOLMES BEACH CONDO
1BR/1.5BA seaside beach house condo. Turnkey fur-
nished. Sautillo tile. Gorgeous view of the Gulf. Beau-
fiful beach. Excellent rental. $799,900.
BIMINI BAY BAYFRONT HOME
4BR/3BA, Cuitom 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
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDO
2BR/2BA Turnkey furnished corner unit. Gulf view.
Secured entry, pool, tennis. Beautiful white sand
beach. Close to shopping and restaurants. $729,000.
HOLMES BEACH GULFFRONT HOME
Gorgeous home with incomparable Gulf views. Reno-
vated. Large GULFFRONT lot. Inground pool, deck-
ing, beautifully landscaped, fruit trees. Spectacular!
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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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.
2004 BUICK LESABRE: By owner. Custom, white,
8,000 miles, air conditioning, power six-way driv-
er's seat. Perfect condition. $16,000. Cell (941)
702-1914, or residence (941) 798-9860.
1994 LINCOLN TOWN CAR Cartier. Pearl white,
perfect condition, 70,000 miles, all power options.
Must sell, asking $5,500. Jim (941) 920-9227.
27-FOOT CARVER twin 190-hp Mercruiser. Runs
great, good for fishing, Ceranfield, air conditioning,
water heater, shower, head, new batteries, stereo and
much more! $8,000, or best offer. (941) 778-1565.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
PART-TIME 4-6 HOURS a day. Must be responsible,
dependable, able to bend, lift, multi-task, work inde-
pendently. (941) 778-1911.
KIND AND RELIABLE driver needed every Thurs--
day for older woman. Must have own car. For details,
call (941) 779-2855.
NURSES NEEDED for long-term home care for lady
with spinal injury. Hoyer lift. Four-hour morning and
overnight shifts. (941) 383-6953.
Reputation ~ Resources ~ Results
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Island Paradise Directly on the Gulf Island Paradise !
of Mexico 2BR/1.5BA furnished unit. of Mexico Beaut
Kitchen and bath rooms have been totally key furnished end
renovated. To many upgrades and ameni- Front Views". Heat
ties to mention them all here. Call for your sunsets. Call for you
showing. Offered at $950,000. $849,000.
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iful 2BR/1.5BA turn-
unit with direct "Gulf
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ir showing. Offered at
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The
Islander newspaper. Great territory, commissions,
training. Previous outside sales helpful, but not nec-
essary. If you possess a willingness for strong com-
munity involvement, positive outlook and drive to
succeed, fax or e-mail a letter and/or resume to
(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 servers for
lunch and dinner. Prep person and dishwasher. Apply
to Chef Damon, Wednesday-Saturday, 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or call (941) 778-5320.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library.
Duties include checking books in/out, reshelving,
and generally assisting library patrons. Call Eveann
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, (941) 756 5496.
BABYSITTER, PETSITTER, dog walker: First aid-
certified, 13-year old, eighth-grade female, great with
kids and animals. Call Kendall, (941) 779-9783.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
31Years ofProfessional Service
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
MARTINIQUE N.-Direct Gulf view, corner with garage, storage.
Updated. Shows beautifully. $939,000.
HOLMES BEACH-Neptune Gardens. 2BR. 1,100 sf, carport, short walk
to beach. All for $499,000.
KEY ROYALE-Canalfront lot. 9,450 sf. Golf course view. $699,000.
BAYVIEW- 4-5BR/4BA, induding guest quarters. Large master suite. $1,500,000.
GULF VIEW- Holmes Beach duplex or 4BR/2BA home. $1,199,000.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX- Large lot, 2BR and 1BR. $720,000.
IRONWOOD 1-2BR. Extra storage. $134,900. Great buy!
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB- 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $824,900.
BAYPOINTE- 4BR/3BA villa. Eight month new: $255,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS, CONDOS, HOMES
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, (941)
761-1569. Red Cross certified.
WANT AN IRISH baby-sitter? Responsible, experi-
enced 15-year old. Red Cross babysitting and first-
aid certified. Call Gemma, (941) 447-9657.
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs.
Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
Zach, (941) 779-9783.
BABYSITTING, RED Cross first-aid and babysitter
certified. Call Alex, (941) 778-5352.
LOCAL CAREGIVER: I can offer loving, reliable,
live-in care for your loved one. Excellent references.
Please, call (239) 595-9964. Thank you.
CAREGIVER: ABLE TO live in, can travel, very
dependable and honest. Good references.
Non-smoker/drinker. Experienced with Alzheimer
patients. (941) 744-0800 or 812-8948.
MAN-iWlTR SfTHVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming,, clean-up, edgings, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your computer-
misbehaving? Certified computer service and private 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.
DUPLEX One block to beach. 1 BR/1BA each
side. Remodeled 2004. $589,000. Call Mike
Carleton, Realtor, 737-0915, or Michel Cerene,
broker 545-9591 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
FOR SARL BY OWNER
COLLINS COMPANY LLC
Specialist in Residential Remodeling and Decorating
CANALFRONT custom designed
and furnished 3BR/2BA split floor
plan. Pool/spa with extensive
landscaping, new seawall and
GREAT RENTAL PROPERTY
located on quiet cul-de-sac just a
short walk to the beach. Custom
remodeled 3BR/2BA mediterranean
- style home. Turnkey furnished for
immediate occupancy. $699,000.
OTHER WATERFRONT PROPERTIES
61 1 BARONET LANE Canalfront, three homes from Bimini Bay.
2BR/2BA with large lot for remodeling possibilities. $849,000.
LONGBOAT KEY Open 1-4pm Sun. Cedars West condo. Rarely
available first floor walkout to pool and beach. 2BR/2BA 1,500sf
with lanai, recently remodeled stone floors, granite and designer
decorated. Turnkey-furnished. $929,000.
For additional information, please call
im Collins,. (941) 779-1 058.
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CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#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, wire-
less 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. Gaii (941-)-713-5333 .
APPLIANCE & AC DOCTORS: We repair air condi-
tioners, refrigerator, washer/dryer, oven, garbage
disposal, other household items. Honest, depend-
able. 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.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, (941) 778-3455, or
cell (941) 720-4152.
ISLAND CLEANING: HOMES, rentals, condos.
Weekly, biweekly, seasonal move-ins/move-outs. Ref-
erences. Reasonable rates. Call (941) 518-5346.
ISLAND HOME SERVICES: Minor electrical, plumb-
ing, carpentry and improvements for your home,
condo or business. References, over 20 years expe-
rience. (941) 538-3520.
TWO DUDES with tools: Tile, trim, cabinets, painting,
drywall, glass block, brick, stonework and more! Many
references. Call now! (941) 812-4269 or 448-6961.
WE CAN HELP! Does your property need TLC?
Lew can fix it. Give me a call. (941) 755-5559.
AAA WIFE AND husband: Cleaning your house and
windows with confidence. Good references, reason-
able rates. Licensed and Insured. (941) 812-0499.
SCOTTS HELPING HANDS: Handyman service. How
may I help you? Scott Reinhart, (941) 538-0664.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, (941)
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, (941) 795-0887, MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call-Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
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.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call (941) 778-2581.
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 landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please call (941) 778-2335
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4441.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $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
installation.Tropical landscape specialist. Residentialand
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-
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodel-
ing contractors. In-house plan designs. State
licensed and insured. Many Island references. (941)
778-2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying
back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) (941)
778-3924 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.
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.
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DOLPHIN HARBOUR AT MARINA ISLE, cunenlty under construction. Tnms amazing 5BR/5 5BA Key-Wesi style residence
is a walerlovers dream Enjoy faDulous vistas Irom your luxurious master suite overlooking Tampa Bay and Galatis
Marina with nme Sunsnine Skvway in the distance Steps away hrom your boal slip wiit easy access to Tampa Bay ano
ire Gulf of Mexico Great entertaining space wavh a beautrully designed gourmet kicnen opening up lo a spacious grand
room ana a wrap-around deck An amazing private bayfront retreat ohered at $2 795,000.
luiet location on a great cul-de-sac lust three blocks Irom the
each. 3BR/2BA, screened deck, eai-in kitchen, dining room,
f ice area rec room, workshop, oversized two-car garage, room
or a large pool. great location $875,000.
reat winter residence or potential io build up Open and bngh.
m fora pool. jusi three short blocks from the beach and steps
rm your noat slip. $575,000.
Ready to move in' Coastal designed 3BR/2.5BA nome wth Ergh-
teen foot ceilings, granite counters, wood floors, stainless appli-
ances eight toot Frtec r doors open up to two decks, a swimming
pool, plus mary upgrades Close to beach access! $895,000
75x106 fool lot locked across from the beach in central Holmes
Beach. Walk to shops and restaurants. Architect plans available
for a beautlul cuslom-aesigned, ground-level home or build up
lor views ol tre Culf $627.000.
S o OPEN HOUSE. 3311 Gulf Drive #1, Holmes
r ,- Beach. 1-4 pm Sun., Jan. 22. Steps to the
S r .beach! Spacious 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished
condo. Heated-pool, rooftop sundeck with great
views, excellent rental history with no rental
i restrictions! A must see. $599,000.
VALENCIA GARDENS Renovated ground floor erd unit, 2bed/2bath condo with great views of
El Conquistador golf course! Turnkey furnished, ready for you to move in. Close to beaches,
IMG Academy, private courtyard, pool, spa, and lanai. Florida living at it's best. $299,900.
BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME 75 x 106 lot across the street from the beach in central Holmes Beach.
Walk to shops and restaurants. Architect plans available for a custom designed, beautiful ground
level.home permissible on this lot, or build up for gulf views! $627,500.
A WATERLOVERS DREAM! Wonderful master suite 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.
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 maintained, heated pool and close to the
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 great
restaurant. Build up for bay views! $789,000.
NEW CONSTRUCTION! LOW MAINTENANCE HOME! Construction complete! Coastal designed 3BR/2.5BA home
with 18-foot ceilings, granite countertops, stainless appliances, wood floors, 8-foot French doors, two open decks,-
Hardi Plank siding,.a swimming pool and much more all close to beach access! This is a must see! $895,000.
GREAT VALUE! HOME WITH DEEDED BOAT SLIP Ground level 2BR/1BA home in a quiet neighbor-
hood. Bright and airy with an open floor plan. Short walk to the beach and just steps from your boat.
Great winter residence or investment/renovation potential. Priced to sell at $575,000.
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! $810,000.
MOVE.RIGHT IN Enjoy Island living in this beautifully remodeled home located in Anna
Maria. Granite counter tops, wood floors, brand new carpet. Move right in. $775,000.
STEPS TO THE BEACH! Spacious 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Heated pool, rooftop sundeck
with great views, excellent rental history with no rental restrictions! A must see. $599,000.
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ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul Beaure-
gard, (941) 779-2294.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
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.
Lifetime 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 carpen-
ter. Call 518-3316 or 778-6898.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Inc. building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Lic#RR0066450. Call (941) 795-1947.
STEVE'S MAINTENANCE& REPAIR: If price and reliabil-
ity are important, then for all your remodeling, maintenance
and repair needs, call the right team, call the SMART
team. (941) 400-6350. firstname.lastname@example.org.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy Inc.
Retired banker, Island resident, converting life-long hobby
to business. Call (941) 705-0275 for free estimates.
BAY CONSTRUCTION AND REMODEL: (941)
720-1089. Renovations, repairs, remodel. Insured.
License no. CBC152807.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call
(941) 713-0034 or e-mail: email@example.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1 BR/1 BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk
to shops and restaurants. Available weekly, monthly, sea-
sonal. (901) 301-8299 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANDPIPER RESORT on Gulf Drive: 55-plus commu-
nity, fully equipped 1BR/1 BA 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.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Brand new Bradenton Beach
3BR/3BA plus office, steps to beach. Balconies with
ocean and bay views, elevator, 8-person Jacuzzi,
granite counters, marble floors and baths, Jacuzzi
in master, washer/dryer, designer furnished, fully
equipped. One of the finest rentals on Island. $4800/
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments,
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 one room
efficiency. 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.
GULFFRONT RESIDENCE: PRIME Holmes
Beach location. Available seasonally, November-
April 2006. Renovated 2BR/2.5BA private resi-
dence in quiet area of Island with open floor
plan and large terrace overlooking 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. www.suncoastinc.com.
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)
SEASONAL: GORGEOUS, OCEANVIEW home.
5BR/3BA, fireplace, cable TV. One hundred yards
from Gulf. Two scenic decks. Available January,
2006-April, 2006. $3,900/month. Call (813) 948-1267
or email email@example.com.
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
PRIVATE COTTAGE WITH shared dock, Old Flor-
ida-style 2BR/1BA, screened porch, deck, fenced
yard. Half block to beach. Pet OK. Week, month,
season. (941) 485-1874.
5BR/5BA nome is a
top island producer,
up to $3,900/week.
all rooms and multiple
balconies. Bring all the
cars. Heated pool, ele-
valor and so much
more. $2,190.000. Call
Anne Huber, (941)
ISLANU UUAU-FLtX panoramic views or mne LUII Oi
Me/ico.. and just steps to the beach. Localed in his-
onric village of Bradenton Beach and zoned commer-
cial. This is a great income producing property wiin
5BR/4.5BA. $1,500,000 Call Scon Barr at 798-9191.
DESIRABLE RIVERVIEW AREA This newry listed home
otters 3BR/2BA split plan, very open and bnght. Beautifully
remodeled kitchen and family room overlooking fenced back-
yard Mtal goes on and on. Enjoq outdoor entertaining on won-
derful deck. $359,000. Call Anne Huber, (941) 713-9835.
double wide in excellent 55-plus community. Roomy Idtchen
and large carport with laundry room/workshop. Lots of year
round activities to enloy wt new friends. $89,900. Call Keith
Shell. (941) 713-1305.
Remember when you could buy a cozy, new and charming ground-level Island cottage with a
heated pool and fenced-in courtyards close enough to the beach to hear the surf? Remember
when they were half the price of similar Gulffront cottages across the street? They're baaack!
Responding to a new AMI market trend, we proudly introduce STARFISH BEACH COTTAGES
in Holmes Beach. These pel-friendly, carefree and quiet homes are elegantly designed for
personal use by Emily Anne Smith of O'Brien and Smith.
Take a pre-construction sneak peek on-line at www.starfishbeachcottages.com
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Barry Gould at 941-448-5500
Or Ted Schlegel at 941-518-6117
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* Spacious verandas
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* Secure garage parking
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* Luxury residences available with
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ULTRA LUXURY HOLMES Beach home: "View Gulf
from every room," 3BR/3.5 BA, three-story, eleva-
tor, heated pool and spa, stainless steel outdoor,
smoker/grill, lush landscaping, two-car garage, five
TVs one 56-inch screen, four DVDs, HD Cable,
gourmet kitchen (stainless, granite, wine cooler)
washer/dryer, quality furnishings, fully equipped
and golf cart to cruise the Island. Super location.
$1,900/week, $7,000/month. Nonsmoker. Call (863)
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of
Tampa Bay, $864,900. (941) 779-1512.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Hidden Lakes, 3BR/2BA, second
floor, all brand new, garage, pool, small dog
OK. $1,400/month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941)
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.
SANDPIPER MOBILE RESORT: 55-plus.
1BR/1BA, $1,200/month. 2BR/2BA,
$1,400/month. Nonsmoking, clubhouse, laundry,
steps to beach. (775) 825-9492 or (775) 338-9492.
BRADENTON UNFURNISHED CONDO: 3BR/2BA,
garage. Free water and cable, minutes to beaches,
annual, $1,200/month.First, last and deposit. (941)
GULFFRONT CONDO, GROUND level. Breath-
taking sunsets. Furnished 2BR/1BA. Walk to res-
taurants, shops, grocery, trolley. Winter/spring
dates available. $2,000/month/ $600/week. (813)
264-0639 or (352) 592-5870.
CANALFRONT: BRAND new Anna Maria luxury
home. Gorgeous views. 3BR/2BA. Available now,
February, March and April. Walk to beach, shopping,
restaurants. $3,800/month. (813) 269-9917.
SEASONAL, JANUARY, February and March.
$1,500/month, plus tax. One-bedroom apartment,
very nice. West of Gulf Drive. Anna Maria City. (941)
SEASONAL OR MONTHLY: 3BR/2BA condo on
Palma Sola Bay. Seawall and dock. Furnished with
kitchen, linens and all appliances. $2,750/month.
Call (863) 557-7809.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 2BR/2BA, great water views,
gated, pool, tennis, covered parking, One mile from
beach. Annual rental. $1,200/month. Call Maria at
(941) 720-1712. '
MOBILE HOME FOR RENT: Nice 2BR, furnished
mobile home, gated community on creek.
Bradenton Palms Mobile Home Park. Hot tub,
pool, four-six month rental. $1,100/month. (863)
688-3524 or (863) 608-1833. E-mail:
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Steps from Bradenton
Beach. One hundred yards from bay. Spacious
1BR/1BA.with parking. Available for yearly rental.
MONTHLY RENTAL: 2BR/2BA with den. Furnished
condo on canal. West Bradenton. Five minutes to
beaches. $2,500/month. June through November
2006. (708) 532-2149.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA. Washer/dryer hook-ups, clean,
close to shopping and beach. Great neighbor-
hood. No pets. $900/month. Holmes Beach. (941)
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. Please
phone (941) 383-0244 or (941) 383-2566. E-mail
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, Holmes Beach. Tile through-
out. Washer and dryer hookups, double carport,
large storage room. Steps to Gulf with view.
$1,100/month plus utilities. First, last and security..
BEAUTIFUL HOUSE AND garden near Bean
Point, Anna Maria. Elevated 3BR/2BA, screened
lanai. Available January and February 2006.
$3,000/month. (813) 545-8383.
ANNA MARIA CANALFRONT: 2BR/2BA full
gourmet kitchen, sunset view, walk to Sandbar,
fishing piers, desirable north-end location in
quiet area. $3,400/mo. or $1,250/week. (847)
ANNUAL: CANALFRONT HOME with boat dock
in Coral Shores, Bradenton. 3BR/2BA, Jacuzzi,
two-car garage. $1,550/mo. Available now. (815)
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Waterfront mobile resort.
Steps to beach. 1BR/1BA. April $1,200;. May-Sep-
tember $625. 55-plus. 2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 425,
Bradenton Beach. (941) 778-3494.
SEASONAL, CLEAN, 1BR mobile home. One mile
to beaches. Sorry, no pets, or smoking. Ideal
for couples. $1,200/month. Includes utilities. (941)
ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/1BA duplex. One block
to beach, completely remodeled, ground level.
$1,150/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941)
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA. Large canal home,
boat lift, hot tub, extra large closets. Ground level.
Pet friendly. $1,700/month. Call Island Real Estate,
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, Vil-
lage Green home. Large closets, large hot tub,
ground level. $1,400/month. Call Island Real Estate,
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/iBA furnished or unfur-
nished, $850/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941)
CONDO: ANNUAL 2BR 2BA: Boat dock, pool, hot
tub, billiards, tennis, table tennis, exercise room,
clubhouse. (941) 761-1923.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL rental. 2BR/1BA, two
blocks to beach. $900/month annual, includes
cable, water, sewer, trash. Seasonal $700/week
or $2,100/month. (941) 778-0714 or (941)
WANTED: SIX-MONTH seasonal rertal.. Novem-
ber 2006 through April 2007. 2BR/2BA, pool,
dock, garage. Unfurnished annual considered. (941)
VACATION RENTALS: GULFFRONT properties
available for January, February or March 2006.
Call Fran Maxon Real Estate, (941) 778-2307.
WATERFRONT VACATION RENTAL on Bimini Bay
in Anna Maria. Available weekly or monthly: Rea-
sonable rates. Full details on the web at http://goff-
ADORABLE 2BR turnkey-furnished beach cot-
tage. Half block to beach, bay, shopping, res-
taurants. $2,200/month or $700/week. Call (941)
STEPS TO BEACH: 2BR/1.5BA, elevated duplex.
Great Gulf and bay views. Six months plus.
$910/month, plus utilities. No pets. (941) 922-2473
or (941) 928-3880.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, tile floors, $800/month.
2BR/1 BA tile floors, carport, washer/dryer hookup,
$900/month. 1 BR/1 BA close to beach, $700/month.
Seasonal 1BR/1BA, Gulffront, $2,200. Dolores M.
Baker Real Estate. (941) 778-7500.
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CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH: Spacious 1 BR/1BA
apartment, furnished resort style. Utilities and
cable included. Laundry. Community boat ramp and
marina. Available Jan 15. $1,950/month, seasonal.
SEASONAL WATERFRONT 1 BR or 2BR available
to rent for March and April. (941) 779-9074, or
ANNA MARIA ISLAND 3BR/2.5BA newer horne
with large garage, workshop, and recreation room.
$2450/month. Heather (941) 807-4661.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 4BR home with large
kitchen, two-car garage, dining room, eat-in kitchen,
living, and family rooms. Furnished/unfurnished.
$1950/month. Heather (941) 807-4661.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
Shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3426. Web site
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Lakefront Hidden
Lake condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to
beach. Starting at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941)
BEAUTIFUL, NEW, RENOVATED 3BR/2BA Span-
ish-style home. Two-minute walk to beach. Fully
furnished, rental ready. Quiet Holmes Beach pri-
vate setting on cul-de-sac. Custom details, tile,
granite. New cabinets, windows, doors, A/C, duct-
work, stainless appliances. Paver drive/patios. (941)
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.
FIVE MINUTES TO beach. Perico Island, beau-
tiful, designer patio home. 4BR/3BA, two-car
garage, pool. $549,000. Agents welcome. (941)
PERICO ISLAND: 1,170-sf, lovely 2BR2BA condo.
Great water view/porch. Eat-in kitchen. Rented
until 8/06. $345,000. Agents welcome. (941)
MUST SEE: Manufactured home has everything.
Colony Cove. 1,600 sf. Views of Manatee River.
2BR/2BA, pets, 55-plus, five pools. $58,500. (94i)
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: 2BR/2BA condo.
Fully furnished 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! $1,200,000. (317) 873-3307 for instruc-
tions on virtual tour.
NORTH ANNA MARIA: Large residential vacant-lot.
For sale by owner. 85x101 with bay view. $675,000.
Call (941) 778-8405.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Furnished end
unit, 2BR/2BA. Enjoy sunsets year 'round from sofa,
lanai or beach. Low association fee. Weekly rental
allowed. $975,000. (504) 810-0867.
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) 744-6906.
OCEANFRONT LUXURY CONDO: 2BR/2BA turn-
key, completely updated with power exterior hurri-
cane 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. Undergo-
ing complete renovation. Call now to customize.
Motivated seller. $1,100,000. Closing costs paid.
DUPLEX ON DOUBLE LOT: 2BR/1BA and
1BR/1BA. 303 74th St., Holmes Beach. Approved
for two additional land condos. Positive cash flow.
Closing costs paid. $799,000. Call (941) 744-6906.
BEACHFRONT CONDO: 1BR/1BA, new construc-
tion. Designer furnished, spa, pool, excellent loca-
tion near restaurants, shopping. Excellent rental.
$529,000. (901) 301-8299, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of
Tampa Bay. $864,900. (941) 779-1512.
SUNBOW BAY OWNER: 1BR/1BA condo. End
unit, rarely on market. Many amenities, turnkey,
heated pool, tennis, water view. $325,000. Cell (941)
2BR/2BA, garage, elevated, extra-large lot. Two
-blocks to beach, lots of new updates. Asking
$525,000. 2919 Ave. C. (941) 792-8898.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: 1,282 sf condo. 2BR/2BA
waterfront. Gulf water views. Brokers protected.
$579,000. (941) 778-8446.
SUNNY SHORES: Minutes to beaches! 2BR/2BA
with carport. Totally remodeled. Shows like a model!
Two miles to Coquina Beach. View of Palma Sola
Bay. Community boat ramp. Turnkey furnished. No
deed restrictions. Perfect winter retreat, seasonal
rental, or full-time residence. $209,900. Chard Win-
heim, Horizon Realty, (941) 713-6743.
CEDAR KEY GULF views: 2,000 sf. Custom fire-
place, GoBolt wind protection, wood cabinets, many
other custom features by artisan owners. T. Dolly
Young Real Estate, (941) 773-6581. $795,000.
SPECTACULAR BAY AND Gulf views: 25,010 sf.
On bay, half block from Gulf beach. Huge pool
and two new docks. Complex consists of a duplex,
two cottages and elevated owners unit. Upgrade
options include ultra luxurious home or homes,
possibly 10 luxury condos. Total cost $4,900,000.
Large reduction for package deal. Call (941)
LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet,
cleared. $599,000. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach.
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JUST ACROSS THE bridge from heaven. Condo,
1,742 sf with garage. No flood insurance. Minutes
from beach. $293,000. Find out more. Karen Pfeiffer
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, (941) 747-2170.
CANALFRONT CONDO : 2BR/2BA, turnkey-fur-
nished, pool, tennis, pets allowed, minutes to the
beach. $460,000. Denise Langlois, Coldwell Banker,
CUSTOM EXECUTIVE HOME: 2709 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 3BR/3BA views of Gulf and Tampa
Bay from this beautiful executive home with master
,bedroom and spa encompassing entire floor. Water-
fall landscaped entry. Three-car garage. $950,000.
Open house: noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Call
GULF VIEW CONDO: 3311 Gulf Drive, No. 2,
Holmes Beach. Huge 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished.
Sun deck, pool, covered parking for three cars.
$650,000. Call (941) 744-6906.
LONGBOAT KEY: Executive home with swimming
pool. Completely updated 4BR/2BA. Located in
historic Longboat Key Village, just two blocks to
the beach. Priced to sell. $775,000. Call (941)
EL CONQUISTADOR AREA villa 2BR/2BA with den/
office. Private pool. Stainless steel appliances, wood
floors, recently renovated. Owner/agent, reduced
to only $379,900. Below market, great investment.
800-262-8871 or Orlandohomes@aol.com.
OPEN HOUSE: 1pm-4pm Friday, Jan. 20, and
Sunday, Jan. 22.2BR/2BA, two-car garage. Elevated
home. All new baths, hardwood floors, roof, air con-
ditioning and paint. Wrap-around deck, porch, steps
from the beach. Only $579,000. Motivated seller.
(941) 779-3724. 2908 Avenue C., Holmes Beach.
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO for sale. Fully fur-
nished, turnkey, ready to move in. Steps to beach.
Unit next to pool. Private beach access. $325,000. -
SBrokers welcome. Call (941) 795-7430 or (941)
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4BR/4BA CUSTOM HOME with investment poten-
tial. Includes guest quarters, walk to beach, huge
tropical pool. $1,449,000. Call Della Carson, Keller
Williams Realty, (941) 720-2961.
ANNA MARIA LOT: 75-by-116 on sailboat canal.
$725,000. For details, photos, survey and optional
house plans, call Sheryl, (610) 247-9496. Visit http:/
PERICO BAY OWNER: 2BR/3BA turnkey town-
house. New tile and carpet, private end unit with
serene water view. Clubhouse, heated pool, tennis.
Rarely on market. Two miles to beach. $450,000.
Information (941) 224-0555.
BY OWNER: BEACHFRONT 2BR/2BA, office/
sleeping loft. 1,575 sf. Deeded parking space under
building. Heated pool. $1,500,000. (847) 494-5748.
ANNA MARIA NORTH end: 3BR/2BA. $595,000.
59TH STREET CANAL home with view of bay.
$899,000. (941) 779-1013
BRIGHT & AIRY 2BR/2BA Gulf-view condo in
four-unit building with heated pool. New kitchen,
screened balcony, washer/dryer, new air condition-
ing system. Turnkey ready, wonderful home or great
rental. $675,000. (717) 392-4048.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Duplex, lot large enough
for land condo. $799,000. Brokers protected. Call
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COUNTRY VILLAGE 2BR/2BA end-unit condo.
Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Conveniently
located close to shopping, beaches, restaurants and
hospital. Active 55-plus community with beautiful
pool and clubhouse. Elevator for easy access. Low-
cost holiday living! $184,900.
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NEW CUSTOM BAYFRONT home: Wonderful
views, great privacy, and plenty of room for enter-
taining. 5BR/5.5BA, two decks, high ceilings, gour-
met kitchen, boat slip, pool, and much more. Call
for details. Heather Absten, Gulf-Bay Realty (941)
NEW COASTAL DESIGNED home: 3BR/2.5BA,
high ceilings in living room, pool, close to
beach. $895,000. Call Heather Absten, Gulf-Bay
HOME & BOAT SLIP: Great value in a great Holmes
Beach location. 2BR, ground level, concrete block,
bright and airy. Deeded boat slip. $575,000. Call
Heather, Gulf-Bay Realty. (941) 807-4661.
UNIQUE CUSTOM 3BR/2BA with 1BR/1BA effi-
ciency. Nice lot, walk to beach or your deeded
boat dock. $625,000. Will co-op. (513) 378-9100.
NORTH CAROLINA GATED lakefront community:
1.5 acres plus, 90 miles of shoreline. Never before
offered with 20 percent pre-development discounts,
90 percent financing. Call (800) 709-5253.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Winter season is
here! Must see the beautiful peaceful mountains of
western North Carolina. Homes, cabins, acreage.and
investments. Cherokee Mountain Realty. GMAC Real
Estate, Murphy www.cherokeemountainrealty.com
Call for free brochure. (800) 841-5868.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Log cabin
$89,900. Easy-to-finish cabin on secluded site. Mil-
lion-dollar views. Available on one to seven-acre par-
cels. $29,900-$79,900. Free information available!
COASTAL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA Large, wooded,
water access, marsh-view, lakefront, and golf-
oriented homesites from the mid-$70s. Live
oaks, pool, tennis, golf. (877) 266-7376.
LARGE MOUNTAIN: LAND bargains, high elevation.
Adjoins pristine state forest, 20-plus acres to 350 acres.
Sweeping mountain views, streams. www.liveinwv.com.
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GREAT INVESTMENT. Old VIN DLUL rKvLU DCIflt E'
Florida charm, clean, intimate
resort with excellent rental
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Fully furnished. On-site rental
office. 3BR/2BA, $749,000 '
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garage. Huge lot with room for pool.
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Pristine spacious lot now includes smaller
home, but zoned duplex. A contemporary
two-family structure ideal for shape of lot
and you're surrounded by tropical foliage
to create your private retreat. Call for
additional details. Reduced $695,000.
Charming 2BR/1BA cottage in quiet
Anna Maria which offers direct views.
from living area and both bedrooms.
Cheerful kitchen with breakfast nook plus
dining'area and newly refurbished deck
for outdoor entertaining and viewing our
lovely Island sunsets. Excellent rental and
now reduced to $1,375,000.
Choice weekly and monthly rentals still available.
Includes Gulffront and short distance to Gulf.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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Affordable homes and mountain cabins, land. Call
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NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: 10.51 acres on
mountain top in gated community. View, trees,
waterfall and large public lake nearby, paved pri-
vate access. $119,500. Owner, (866) 789-8535.
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wooded nature sites. Newly released. Just 1-1/2 hours
to Nashville. Don't miss out! Call (866) 339-4966.
TENNESSEE LAKESIDE RETREATS: New gated
community. Incredible lake and mountain views.
One to five-acre building sites from the $40s. Lake
access, boat ramp, private slips (limited). Don't miss
out. Call (866) 292-5769.
ASHEVILLE, NC, AREA: Peaceful gated commu-
nity. Incredible riverfront and mountain view home-
sites. One to eight acres from the $60s. Custom
lodge, hiking trails. Five miles to natural hot springs.
Call (866) 292-5762.
GOVERNMENT FORECLOSED HOMES! $0 or low down!
No credit OK! Bank and government repossessions avail-
able now! HUD, VA, FHA. For listings, (800) 749-2750.
DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
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Rare 5BR/3.5BA, across from beach access
with spacious, open floor plan. Large kitchen
with breakfast bar. Master suite on main floor.
Tile floors, screened lanai and a large open
deck great for tanning! Oversized four-car
garage. $1,240,000. .
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EAST TENNESSEE LAKE properties: Homes
from $200,000 to $1,000,000. Lakefront lots
from $100,000. Lake-view lots from $35,000.
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EASTTENNESSEE PROPERTIES for sale: Sold by
owner. Log homes, lots and acreage near Pigeon
Forge, Gatlinburg, Newport and White Pine. Call
Ricky Bryant, (423) 623-2537.
COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA DEEP WATER! Off-
season special, save big! 10 acres, $139,900. Beau-
tifully wooded, deep boatable water, long pristine
shoreline. Access to ICW, Atlantic, sounds. Power,
phone, perked. Excellent financing. Call now, (800)
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ISLAND TOWNHOMES Four spacious town
homes with unobstructed views of the Gulf.
Each upgraded unit offers 2BR/2BA. Open floor
plan. Four balconies. Furnished. Dave Moynihan.
(941) 778-2246. #511527. $3,200,000.
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A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot.
Becky Smith or Elli Starrett. (941) 778.2246.
ISLAND WATERFRONT LOT Rare waterfront
lot with outstanding bay views and protected
dockage. In quiet area.of Holmes Beach Just
steps to the beach. Lot is cleared. Dave Moyni-
han. (941) 778-2246. #516981. $1,295,000.
INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY Island duplex
on quiet slreel ready lor condo conversion.
One side nearly 2000sf. Close to while
sandy beaches and line dining. Karen Day.
(9411 778-2246. #517727. $1,050,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT Fabulous Gull view!
Furnished 2BR/2BA top floor end unn with
additional windows. Covered parking and greal
walking beach. Weekly rental OK. Dave Moyni-
han. (941) 778-2246. #513253. $989,500.
KEY WEST NORTH Gulf views from this fur-
nished 2BR/2BA unit. 1449sl, built in 1999
Ihis four unit complex offers healed pool,
secured elevatorcentral vacuum and custom
features.Weekly rental OK. Dave Moynihan.
(941) 778-2246. #517977. $825,000.
BEACH FRONT CONDO Top floor middle
unit with fabulous views ol Gulf. 2BR/1BA
condo in a well maintained 10 unit complex
in quie area of Holmes Beach. Heated
pool. Near restaurants Dave Moynihan.
(941) 778-2246. #516964. $675,000.
ANNA MARIA Excellent rental shltory, great
income. Charming old Florida-style beach
cottage. Turnkey furnished. 2BR/2BA fully
updated.Just steps to the beach. Melanie John-
son. (941) 761-3100. #514889. $549,000.
PALMA SOLA SOUND Location! Desirable
area of line homes. Immaculate, spacious
home. Pool, family room wlth fireplace.
Steps away from coastal living. Toni Lupino.
(941) 761-3100. #513970. $489,900.
RUNAWAY BAY 2BR/2BA CONDO Great for
a rental uni overlooking the lake, steps to the
pool, path to deeded beach access. Ground
level unit. Laurie Dellatorre. (9411 778-2246.
MOUNT VERNON LAKEHOUSE 2BR/2BA
Largest floor plan 2nd floor end unitTumkey fur-
nished New carpet, ble and appliances. Covered
parking. Healed pool. Minutes to Gulf beaches
Active 55-plus RV and boat storage Lisa
'Anthony. (941) 727-2800. #511245. $274,900.
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