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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map inside, page 8-B.
Turtles arrive, page 2-A.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 28 May 17, 2006 FREE
Shall we dance?
Men's pro winners Kevin Lechlitner; left, and Winston Owens appear to be dancing during Beach Tennis USA action 6
Manatee Public Beach last weekend. For more pictures, see page 4-B. Islander Photo: Courtesy Beach Tennis USA/JI
Goodloe won't finish bead
By Rick Catlin
With the June 1 deadline to com-
plete emergency beach renourishment
fast approaching, contractor Goodloe
Marine is not likely to complete the
entire project by that date, according to
Manatee County. Ecosystems Manager
The project has been moving south
along the Island's beach, but is only at
17th Street North in Bradenton Beach,
about .8 mile short of its target. Goodloe
was contracted to complete renourish-
ment to near Fourth Street South in Bra-
denton Beach at the city limits.
"They won't finish in time. They
will have to move their equipment off
the beach" by June 1, Hunsicker pre-
Goodloe had halted the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers designed and fed-
erally funded project in mid-December,
but resumed operations in April with a
mandate to complete renourishment by
June 1 and have all its equipment off the
beach by that date.
That could leave several areas of
Bradenton Beach in need of renour-
ishment, and residents there hope the
coming hurricane season doesn't bring
damaging waves to erode the beach as
last year's hurricanes did.
BeachHouse Restaurant owner Ed
Chiles has said previously he's been
concerned about the gradual erosion of
the beach in front of his eatery. At high
tide, only a few feet of sand and a line
of rocks separate the crashing waves
from the restaurant. Goodloe crews are
about a half-mile away, but running out
The Corps has said that Goodloe
must have its equipment off the beach
by. June 1 and the company would likely
Beach coming to the house.
The beach area by the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach is c
20feet wide at high tide. The 2002 renourishment project had put abou
of sand between the restaurant and the Gulf of Mexico, but storms the p
carried much of that away. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
have to begin removing its pipes by May
15 to reach that deadline.
Efforts to confirm a report that the
Corps would grant Goodloe a one-week
extension to the deadline were unsuc-
cessful, but Hunsicker did say Goodloe
has asked the Corps to store some of
its pipes and equipment in the Manatee
Public Beach parking lot, with an eye
to removing some equipment by barges
that will come ashore at the beach.
Hunsicker said his recommendation
to the county commission was that it
not approve any such request by the
Corps. The commission agreed, but the
county legal staff is researching whether
or not the county has to cooperate with
a request to use Manatee Public Beach
because of current legal agreements with
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leads to Island
By Rick Catlin
A pornographic Web site advertis-
ing sex parties from May 6 to May 12
for members of a club was traced last
week to a Holmes Beach residence that
was used as the site for the parties.
The Web site included accompany-
ing explicit photographs depicting sex
acts at the club's parties and photos of
the interior of the home, although the
address for the party had to be obtained
by registering for the party.
Acting on a tip and gossip that
swirled around the neighborhood about
the nude parties and sunbathing at the
house, The Islander confirmed that the
home advertised for the parties was
indeed the home at 5601 Flotilla Drive
at the and contacted the owners.
hnRarrick The house featured as the "party
mansion" is owned by Scott and Deanne
h Hopp. They handle their own rentals and
h say they have been renting the home
weekly for up to two years.
... -- .-. It is located across from the Island
SBranch Library, and just a few yards
from the Holmes Beach City Hall and
i the Holmes Beach police station. It's also
less than 100 yards from a school bus
stop that elementary, middle school and
high school students use every day during
"- the school year, including last week.
While the pornographic Web site
claimed the canalfront house used for the
party was located on Clearwater Beach,
photographs of the interior of the house,
including the uniquely designed pool and
fountain inside, match the photographs at
Floridavacations.com where the Hopps
advertise their rental property.
l The party Web site states that
M. anyone can attend any of the parties
if they pre-register and pay a fee, or
attend free if they agree to have their
mnly about photo taken during the sexual activities
t 150feet that take place at the events. The site
'ast year shows in detail photographs of "activi-
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This house at 5601 Flotilla Drive in Holmes Beach, a licensed rental property, wa
booked last week for sex parties and photo shoots for an Internet pornography site
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2-A 0 MAY 17. 2000 T'IIE ISLANDER
Beach renrourishment for Anna Maria Island gen-
erally takes place every 10 to 12 years and is funded by
the state of Florida and Manatee County. The last such
effort was in 2002 and added a 150-to-200-foot strip of
sand along the beach.
But the hurricane season of 2005 brought a number
of storms to Florida and the Island. The resulting
wave and wind damage severely eroded many Florida
That resulted in an emergency beach renourish-
ment effort spearheaded by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and funded by the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency. Neither Manatee County renourish-
ment officials nor the county's marine engineering firm
Coastal Planning and Engineering of Boca Raton -
was directly involved in the emergency effort.
Manatee County and Coastal Planning have already
begun the preliminary studies needed for the next cycle
renourishment, expected to begin sometime between
2010 and 2012.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
Efforts to reach Ben Goodloe of Goodloe Marine
But there is a glimmer of hope for those areas along
the beach that might be short-changed by the current
Hunsicker has already announced plans for a state-
county renourishment effort starting in late 2006 to
renourish Anna Maria and Coquina Beach.
While that's good news for some, Hunsicker said
it's not definite those areas left out of the Goodloe-
run project will be included in any state-locally funded
"That will depend on if the state of Florida will
support beach renourishment in an area that the federal
government was originally funding," he said.
All is not lost, however.
Hunsicker said he would discuss those areas left
out of the current renourishment project with state offi-
cials to determine if any federal money is still available
to complete that effort.
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nest on Anna
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The design and engineering phase of this fall's
county renourishment effort is being done by Coastal
Planning and Engineering. Hunsicker hopes to have
the engineering report and feasibility study ready for
the county commission's review within the next few
THE ISLANDER U MAY 17, 2006 N A-3
Temptation comes to Anna Maria Island
Cindy Leger of Tampa Temptations, an entertain-
ment company that pairs with Art Hammer, Mandingo
parties and Jem Diamond Entertainment LLC, said
Friday night that she rented the Hopps' home on Flo-
tilla Drive in Holmes Beach for "entertainment" and
She said that when they checked out the home,
they saw police cars frequently driving by and they
thought the home was in a secure neighborhood.
But when Scott and Deanna Hopp, who rented the
home to Cindy and Kevin Thomas of Diamond Enter-
taintment, learned from The Islander what was being
promoted on the Internet at their home, they insisted
the parties be canceled and notified their lawyer to
determine if there was legal cause to evict the renters.
Leger said that the final Friday night party was
not canceled, but rather moved to a "banquet hall"
where they could better preview the video presen-
tation prepared for the evening's entertainment, and
that the choice was made to avoid having her clients
"I don't want my clients harassed or brutalized by
police," she said after Holmes Beach Police arrived at
5:30 that afternoon at the Hopps' request to halt the
party. "So, we decided to move the party and vacate the
house early," Leger said.
She was there with a friend Friday evening, pack-
ing and cleaning the house, when she called police
to report her pickup truck had been vandalized and
her companion's fishing gear stolen. The driver's side
window was broken, the glove box had been broken
into and the contents dumped.
That brought police back to the home around 10:30
p.m., searching the property and a neighboring yard for
signs of any stolen goods.
Two friends of Leger's came to help find her prop-
erty and she talked freely about her business.
Leger said they're not "wild" parties, like college
students might have. "We're not wild. We don't break
things or cause disturbances."
She did, however, concede that explicit sex acts
depicted on the Web from the photo shoots could be
considered by some to be "wild."
This type of "event" happens more than folks on
Internet sex party location identified on Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
Anna Maria Island know, she said. "These parties happen
all the time. It's going on and you just don't know."
Leger also said that Mandingo has rented and
hosted a party on the Island once before. "Parties"
have also been held in Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa and
Cocoa Beach, she said.
She claimed the parties are like any other party at a
friend's house where people "pound drinks, talk, listen
to loud music. The sex only takes place at the photo
shoots," she said.
Persons who register for the parties and agree to
participate in the photo shoots are admitted free to
the events, otherwise there is a fee to attend, she said,
although she would not reveal the cost.
Leger noted that her "club" was featured in Feb-
ruary in the Weekly Planet tabloid newspaper and
indicated she welcomed scrutiny. "It's all legal," she
Officer Mike Pilato indicated Chief Jay Romine
will likely recommend changes to the rental ordinance
to prevent operation of residential rentals as commer-
cial enterprises and give officers cause to legally halt
events of this type in the future.
ties" sponsored by the club, registered attendees, the
schedule of parties and other "events."
Hopp was outraged when he learned that his prop-
erty was being marketed for the events.
"I'm shocked. I had no idea. I'm going to go down
there and evict them right away. It's supposed to be for
families only," he said last Thursday.
Deanne Hopp said she rented the house to a man
who said he was bringing his "family" from Sarasota.
She declined to give-the man's name.
Scott Hopp added that he was waiting for advice
from his attorney before proceeding, advice that appar-
ently didn't arrive by Thursday evening (May 11). The
party that night appeared to go on as scheduled.
At least 19 vehicles were either parked at the house
or in the library parking lot that evening. Several cou-
ples were observed entering the house, and one man
entered with what appeared to be.professional video
camera gear. Several men stood outside the house most
of the evening, apparently acting as bodyguards or
bouncers for the indoor activities.
On Friday, Deanne Hopp said it was "frustrating
because we've been unable to get them out."
She said she called the "family" who was renting
the house Thursday and they claimed they were doing
"I'm trying to see ifI can get them evicted because
they are not a family, but they are due out Saturday. It's
really upsetting me and it scares me to death to think
that this could happen," she added.
Although the tenant claimed that nothing illegal
was taking place at the Island home, the pictures of the
house on the pornographic Web site xT ere changed on
Friday at the Hopps' insistence.
"Very mysterious," said Deanne Hopp, who thought
that unauthorized use of the pictures might be a violation.
The party Web site featuring the Hopps home listed
Art Hammer of the Florida Mandingos Club as a contact
and gives a telephone number with a 239 area code. Area
code 239 is in the Fort Myers/Naples area. The newspaper's
efforts to reach Hammer for comment were unsuccessful.
Scott Hopp indicated the photos were "pirated" from
the vacation Web site that wife Deanna used to market the
property and that he had ordered them removed from the
part site and they were immediately removed, he said.
But the "party" had been going on all week and some neigh-
bors who observed the paries and discovered the Web site
failed to notilj the Hopps, much to their dismay when they
learned of the nature of the parties and the Web site.
Scott Hopp said his wife is "devastated" by the dis-
coven that their property% \as being used in the manner
portrayed on Harruner's Web site.
On several nights last week, more than 20 cars
were parked at the property, neighbors say, and many
remained all week.
"People would be outside at night smoking a ciga-
rette. It sure didn't look like a family to me," said one
neighbor, who asked not to be identified.
The porn site advertised May 6-12 as its fourth
annual week of parties and offered a schedule of events.
."'.THoSeactivities' i'ncltideda 'nude boat cruise on
May 7, a nude pool party the same day and a noon to
8 p.m. photo session on Friday, May 12, followed by
"XXXtreme Swing Party."
But Friday night's party was a different story for
the Mandingo Club.
Officers from the Homes Beach Police Department
visited the home around 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Hopps'
request, according to Scott Hopp, to inform the occu-
pants that the lease prohibits parties and any activi-
ties that draw complaints. He said there's a "stipulation
that any disturbance to the neighbors, and you have to
He attempted to hire a deputy from the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office to watch over the property
Friday night but there wasn't time, he said.
The house remained quiet for the evening and the
few cars that remained departed shortly after S p.m.,
and a truck remained in one dnre\ia\ and it was
being packed for departure.
The Hopps received a license to operate the property
as a rental unit from Holmes Beach on June 4, 2004.
The license, however, states the property has only three
bedrooms and three baths and just 3,097 square feet.
However, the Web site for Sky Sotheby real estate,
which has the home on the market, lists the house as
having seven bedrooms, six-baths and 5,000 square feet
of space with an accompanying boat house.
HBPD Chief Jay Romine said he has launched an
investigation into the activities at the house, but the ini-
tial legal opinion he's received is that whatever's going
on inside is not illegal as long as there are only consent-
ing adults participating.
Without any specific complaint or violation of the
law, it's really up to the landlord to get rid of them,
Romine said that "after much study, deliberation
and discussion with the unit at the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office that handles this sort of situation, we
have come to the decision that as morally shocking as
this thing is to have in our back yard, there is no statu-
tory violation that anyone can come up with on what
they are doing."
The HBPD indicated it had referred the issue of
weekly rentals at the home to code enforcement, saying
city ordinances allow only monthly rentals in the resi-
dential neighborhood and that the chief would be look-
ing into amending the city's rental ordinance to pro-
hibit commercial use of residential rentals.
Police also noted a discrepancy in the city-issued
rental license and the advertised number of bedrooms
at the property.
Reaction from one local real estate agent vwho rents
units on a weekly basis and who learned of the sex
party was that the landlord should take immediate
action. "Absolutely, it's up to the landlord.-
"If I found out something like this was going on at one
of my units, I'd be down there immediately if not sooner
and just throw them out. Give them a refund for whatever
days they have left and get rid of them,' he said.
Another owner of cottage rentals echoed the same
opinion, saying "I'd throw them out right away."
Welcome to Holmes Beach
Barbara Eisenberg recently joined the staff at Holmes
Beach City Hall as the new deputy city clerk after five
years with the Town of Longboat Key. Islander Photo:
Anna Maria City
May 25, 6:15 p.m., special city commission meeting
on 204 Archer Way.
May 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
May 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
May 18, 3 p.m., city commission work session on
May 18, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
May 23, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting on
May 24, 3 p.m., bid opening on city pier pilings.
May 24, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting on
May 25, 4:30 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting -
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
May 17, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
May 18, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue Commis-
sion meeting at Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive.
May 22, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Sudakoff Hall, USF-
New College campus, Sarasota.
4-A 0 MAY 17, 2006 U THE ISLANDER
Island buyers make deals Drug sting corrals
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By Rick Catlin
While some Island real estate industry analysts
might say the market is "soft" following the boom in
values and sales in 2005, sellers who are willing to
negotiate on their asking price seem to be faring well.
Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty in Holmes Beach
said it all adds up to some bargains for the serious
"Owners who are open to negotiating on their price
seem to have a much better chance to sell their prop-
erty," he said.
Brisson noted that in late April, the asking price
of several single-family homes and condominiums for
sale on the Island was reduced by the owners, resulting
in a fairly quick turnover.
A home at 102 79th St. in Holmes Beach sold for
$3.45 million after it was reduced from $4.45 million.
Brisson believes that price is a record for a single-fam-
ily home on the Island.
Other properties that sold after the owner was will-
ing to negotiate a price included a Bradenton Beach
condominium that was listed for $719,000 and sold for
$620,000 and a single-family home in Holmes Beach
that was reduced by 20 percent and sold within a few
days for $719,000.
He did observe that Island sales for the first five
months of 2006 were about 33 percent of the sales
volume for the same period in 2005, but that's chang-
ing as the serious buyers start to make offers and sellers
lower their asking price.
"There are some bargains out there. Now is a good
time to jump in. Flexible sellers are moving proper-
ties and there seems to be a little more flexibility in the
market lately." Brisson noted.
He also doesn't consider the May-June months to
be slow for inquiries and sales. "I've had some of my
best sales months during May. I think this is a great
time to be in the market."
Agreed, said Sue Carlson of An Island Place Realty
in Anna Maria.
"The serious buyers are starting to show up. I've
had a couple from England come in and say they are
ready to buy, they're just looking for the right home and
the right price."
This home at 102 79th St. in Holmes Beach
recently sold for $3.45 million, believed to be a
record high for a single-family home on Anna
Maria Island. The sales agents were Helen White
and Mary Ann Schmidt of SunCoast Real Estate
in the Island Shopping Center., The original asking
price was $4.45 million. Islander Photo: Courtesy
And it's not just the foreign investors looking for
the good life on Anna Maria Island.
Sue has also been showing properties to a couple
from Lido Key in Sarasota.
"They'd never been to Anna Maria Island. They
came up and walked out on the pier and said, 'This is
the place for us."'
Like Brisson, she's also found that sellers who are
coming down a bit in price are faring-much better than
"Most definitely. I just had a reduction on a prop-
erty and that has already generated a lot of interest. I
wouldn't be surprised to see a sale very soon."
Carlson also agreed that the market is leveling off,
but that's creating bargains for serious buyers and now
is a good time to look.
"People love Anna Maria. We're going to be in
demand because people fall in love with this place."
Especially the serious buyer who pairs up with the
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
The Bradenton Beach Police Department and a
Holmes Beach police officer working with a confiden-
tial informant scooped up a drug dealer May 11 in a
drug sting that went down as planned.
According to reports, at about
6 p.m. Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz
met with a reliable confidential
informant, identified in the report
.. only as a woman, who said that
S'. a man, later identified as Warren
S Scott Kinder Jr., 22, of Bradenton,
would deliver rock (crack) cocaine
to Bradenton Beach and sell the
cocaine to the informant.
Kinder Arrangements were made for
Kinder to deliver the cocaine later that evening to an
address in the 1800 block of Gulf Drive.
The deal eventually went down, with the informant
using $200 in pre-marked $20 bills.
As officers moved in to make the arrest, blue lights run-
ning and sirens blaring, Kinder attempted to get away from
the cops, driving around the patrol cars and unmarked police
vehicles, spinning his tires in the grass and driving down
the wrong side of the road, according to the report. Officers
managed to corral Kinder and the chase ended a block away
as they surrounded the car with guns drawn and Kinder was
taken to the ground at gunpoint.
Officers recovered 3.5 grams of crack cocaine (25
pieces), a gram of marijuana, the $200 used to make the
purchase and $180 that Kinder had in his possession.
They also seized the vehicle.
Kinder was charged with sale of cocaine, a sec-
ond-degree felony, fleeing or attempting to elude law
enforcement, a third-degree felony, and possession
of marijuana under 20 grams, a first-degree misde-
Kinder has a previous arrest record. In 2003, he
was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest
and criminal mischief. In 2004, he was arrested for pos-
session of marijuana.
Mike Quinn is publisher of NewsManatee.com.
Lucky 7 for Arvida/St. Joe on Perico Island
By Rick Catlin
Islanders wondering when the St. Joe Co. would
begin selling units in its planned 686-unit Perico Island
condominium project can stop guessing. The urban-
ization of Perico Island has begun and it now has a
The sales office for St. Joe's newly named and
controversial "SevenShores" condominium complex
opened last week in a trailer at the east end of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
Jerry Ray of St. Joe said that the opening of the
sales office was part of the infrastructure needed by St.
Joe before actual construction begins.
"SevenShores is being designed as a condomin-
ium community with panoramic vistas of Tampa Bay,
Perico Bayou and the Gulf of Mexico" and adjacent
waters, in addition to a 27-acre interior lake, Ray
He also confirmed St. Joe owns the Perico Harbor
Marina, the former Leverock's Restaurant and the exist-
ing gas/convenience store property; which will be uti-
lized by SevenShores owners.
The company plans a "significant upgrade of the
existing street frontage," along the Palma Sola Causeway
he said, and will "create an aesthetically pleasing com-
munity entrance and provide future residents with marina
access and other amenities." Prices will range from the
low $700,000 to $1.5 million, Ray added, but he did not
comment on when construction might begin.
St. Joe also plans to build a retail-office complex on
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Peter Jon Borden
Peter Jon Borden, 49, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., Mr. Borden moved to
Holmes Beach in 1959. He was a cook at Hurricane
Hank's in Holmes Beach. He was Catholic.
Memorial services will be private. Memorial
contributions may be made to Gulf Shore Animal
League, P.O. Box 14291, Bradenton FL 34280, or
to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by sister Kathy of Holmes Beach;
and brothers Greg of Bradenton, Jim of Katy, Texas,
and Matt of Burlington, Vt.
Barbara L. Lacina
Barbara L. Lacina, 78, of Holries' Beach, died
the site where the marina, restaurant and convenience
store are currently located.
The embattled St. Joe project has been ongoing
for seven years, but has overcome numerous legal and
political challenges, including two court cases.
The Bradenton City Council approved St. Joe's site
plan last year after Manatee County agreed to drop its
objections to the project, but no construction or build-
ing permits have yet been issued.
When SevenShores is sold out, the 686 units would
add approximately 1,680 residents to the Perico Island
The St. Joe Co.; formerly known as Arvida, is the
largest private landholder in Florida, with numerous
single- and multi-family developments completed or in
progress throughout the state.
Mrs. Lacina came to Holmes Beach in 1986
from Glen Ellyn, I11. She was a librarian volunteer
at Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach.
She was a member of Save Anna Maria Inc., the
Manatee County Democrats and Anna Maria Island
She was a graduate of Indiana University.
Private memorial services are planned. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made to Save Anna
Maria Inc., P.O. Box 906, Anna Maria FL 34216,
or ManaSota-88, P.O. Box 1728, Nokomis FL
Mrs. Lacina is survived by her husband of 55
years, Lawrence "Larry" R.; two sons, Larry of
Midlothian, Va., and Steven of Chicago, Ill.; sister,
Patricia Andersen, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and one
TIHE ISLANDER U MAY 17, 2006 M A-5
Holmes Beach moves to calm Marina Drive traffic
By Rick Cad in
Stay calm when driving in Holmes Beach, particiu-
larly during the winter season heading along Marina
Drive between 57th Street and the Gulf Drive intersec-
Actually, the city is trying to help motorists and
pedestrians stay calm.
At the city commission's May 9 meeting, commis-
sioners gave the go-ahead to Mayor Carol Whitmore to
pursue a $300,000 grant that would install a number of
traffic "calming" measures in the area.
Police Chief Jay Romine presented the commis-
sion with several options for calming measures, includ-
ing addition of landscaped buffers between the north
and south lanes, eliminating the right-turn-only lane
northbound on Marina Drive at 56th Street and allow-
ing traffic to gradually merge, lengthening the right-
turn lane on Marina Drive at the Gulf Drive intersec-
tion, creating a driveway-access-control area about 30
feet wide for businesses on the west side of Marina
Drive and adding lighting in the area.
The options could also include widening both lanes
of Marina Drive in the business area.
Estimates provided by Robinson Engineering of
Tampa put the project cost at approximately $260,000
to $275,000, but Whitmore cautioned that with the
present inflation rate in the cost of construction materi-
als, that figure could easily increase.
"We'll need the exact numbers very soon," Whit-
more told the engineers, who promised to bring the fig-
ures to her as soon as possible.
Resident Joe Mullineaux, however, disagreed with
lengthening Marina Drive's southbound land at the traf-
fic signal, noting the pedestrian crossw:!a at the Island
Shopping Center is already "extremely dangerous."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino suggested a
"wait island" could be built in the middle of the cross-
The commission, however, was intrl ed by all the
options presented by Romine anr! gav. consensus for
Whitmore to proceed with tho:.. traffic-calming mea-
sures in the grant application.
In other traffic matters, Romine told the connmis-
sion that the Florida Department of Transportation
has turned down any golf-cart crossing on State Road
789 (East Bay Drive/Gulf Drive) except at the traffic
light already in operation at the intersection by Mike
NW rman Realty.
To reach the light from the southeast part of
Holmes Beach, a path would have to be created through
the Grassy Pointe area, an idea already being consid-
ered by the Sarasota Bay Esluary Program that is work-
ing with the city to create a public park there.
In fact, said Romine, the DOT "recommends a path
through Grassy Pointe" to get to the light.
The DOT will not allow golf carts on S.R. 789
traveling in either direction and many golf-cart owners
on the east side of Gulf Drive are unable to reach the
supermarket and retail shops on the west side of East
Bay Drive v,,ilhout a designated traffic light.
Commission Chairpeison Rich !3ohnenberger took
exception to the planning commission's recent perusal
of a request by some real estate agents for changes to
the sign ordinance.
The planning commission is not involved in the
legislative process. It is only a recommending body and
should have directed the entire request to the city com-
mission for initial action, he said.
Bohnenberger noted he w\ as not an advocate of any
proposal to change the sign ordinance, just that every-
one in the city is entitled to due process.
In other business, the commission approved an
annual fee of $425 for property owners to lease a dock
in the Sunrise Boat Basin.
Two homeowners in the area presented owner-
ship claims on dock spaces in the basin. City Attorney
Patricia Petruff said she would render an opinion after
reviewing the documents.
Commissioners also approved a draft ordinance to
the police officers' pension fund that would increase
eligibility and benefits, and reviewed the first article of
the draft land development code prepared by the plan-
The commission agreed that when it has the first
three articles of the revised code, it would discuss the
proposed changes in depth.
The commission also. approved a small-scale
amendment to the comprehensive plan that would
change the area known as Sportsman's Park on the
future land-use map from low density residential to
medium density residential.
Approval was given to Whitmore to execute a max-
imum $125,000 contract with Millmack Inc..to dredge
Key Royale-canal No. 7.
The commission gave final approval for the addi-
tion of a fifth antenna array on the cell tower at the
Smith Realty property on Marina Drive.
SAM, islander offer wind insurance discussion
Save A:;. :- Maria Inc. board member and treasurer
C1illi Martini is taking the Island's wind insurance
,'oes by the horns.
She i, spearheading a meeting on May 25 to dis-
cuss problems and seek solutions for homeowners and
businesses in relation to escalating wind-insurance
costs and the state wind-velocity-zone map to be held
at 6 p.in: at 1-olmes Beach City Hall.
SAM and The Islander newspaper are co-sponsor-
Already scheduled to participate are banking and
insurance professionals and Island-area state Rep. Bill
Galvano. Manatee County Commissioner Jane vori
Hahmann will also participate.
Martini says she is awaiting word from other mem-
bers of the area delegation of state representatives,
including Rep. Ron Reagan, who voted no on Galva-
no's legislative measure that would have included all of
Anna Maria Island on the state's wind-zone map.
Galvano's bill failed by one vote.
Presently, only those properties 1,000 feet from the
Gulf of Mexico in Manatee County receive reduced
wind insurance rates from the state.
Martini is planning to offer petitions at the meeting
for both property owners and voters to encourage state
representatives to reconsider the Island's V-zone. The
panel discussion focus on finding other solutions for
the increasing burdens of insurance.
Concerned property owners are encouraged to
attend and provide input to the panel.
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Who told our secret?
The secret is out. We are a secure, quiet and beautiful
Island that is as attractive to the pornography industry as
it is to all of us who live here.
The porn business, a "sex club," found Anna Maria
Island by searching the Internet and selecting just the right
location to meet its needs.
A Holmes Beach rental home with the size and seclusion
needed to host the club's parties and to produce the porno-
graphic video and photo content found on its Web sites was
easy to come by and the week-long venture was forged.
Holmes Beach law enforcement agreed that, although
the practice may be morally offensive, it is not illegal.
Consenting adults can do all sorts of things behind closed
doors that they can't do in public, which apparently was
what happened last week.
There were a few parties that went into the wee hours
of the morning, but that's not so unusual. While none of
the neighbors complained to the owner or police about the
parties or the noise, absentee landlords shouldn't expect
neighbors to monitor their property.
The homeowners have said they were not aware of
the intended use of their home, insisting they only rent to
families. And when told of the Web site and the events,
they eventually ordered the parties to cease.
In fact, the owners were shocked when told about the Web
site that promoted the party, especially when they saw photos
of their home being promoted as the "party mansion."
Titillation factor aside, the question the whole matter
brings up is what should, or could, be done regarding such
activities if, indeed, we want to prevent it from happening
in the future.
The promoter of the sex parties asked, "Why doesn't
Anna Maria Island want us?"
We hope to speak for the majority in saying, "We just
don't." And we don't want to be the "morals police."
You'll have to take our word for it that the various
Web sites promoted by the folks involved in the incident
we are reporting this week contain very explicit, very
Restricting the use of a residential rental property for
commercial use has been suggested by Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine. It would have allowed police'to
take action in this case.
This recent ordeal serves as a wake-up call for prop-
erty managers and individuals who rent their homes,
apartments and cottages. If not already provided in their
agreements, an "escape clause" to allow eviction if objec-
tionable activities take place should be formulated.
If there's some good to be found in the whole unfor-
tunate series of events surrounding the discovery of Anna
Maria Island by the sex club industry, it's that now we can
take action to prevent it from happening again.
It's like always, we have to learn from mistakes and
make changes that prevent our problems from recurring
We can squash it.
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I take my newspapers and plastic bags to Publix
for recycling, using their containers outside the store.
I have talked to many, many people who are unaware
of this service. In fact, no one I talked to knew of it.
Maybe this letter will help spread the word.
I think it's wonderful of the Island to have so many
beach access areas, with trash bags and benches. Many
people, especially families, come to the Island for day-
long fun in the sun.
However ... I wonder where they "go." Guess.
South of the Martinique it is not unusual to see soiled
diapers in the surf, so we know that others "go" there,
I don't know if people would bother to go up to the
parking areas and use Port-a-Johns, if they were avail-
able. It's obvious they don't bother to carry their trash
up there. The beach is such a handy place for all kinds
of trash. What can be done?
Mary Shaull, Holmes Beach and Michigan
My sincere thanks to the lady who followed me
home to tell me where I had lost the wheel cover from
my car. My thanks also to the Holmes Beach police
officer who answered my call for help and found it for
Betty Elgie, Holmes Beach
Cins-e minne einne
As the real estate frenzy heated up, guests began
asking, "Why is everything on this Island for sale?"
It was true; signs were popping up like mushrooms. I
quickly realized they gave our friendly community a
negative "transient" image.
Anyone from "up north" (i.e., most of our
real estate buyers and renters) knows that lots of
"For Sale" signs mean a big problem somewhere.
Rezoning? Expensive insurance? Tax increases?
Hmm. Too many sellers tell smart people to run
like hell. Certainly all the owners are trying to get
Which brings us to a concept real estate agencies
may want to remember: The law of supply and
demand. High supply + low demand = lower prices or
no sales. Sound familiar? Of course, with "For Sale"
(or confusingly identical "For Rent") signs on half of
the Island's properties, how could the market be any
I suggest real estate agents learn to market without
thousands of ugly signs that make it look like a panic
sale. Actually, I expect more than a sign on my lawn
to earn a $50,000 commission anyway.
Citizens need to tell elected officials how they feel.
Let's make Anna Maria Island neighborhoods "sign
free zones" and create the biggest real estate secret in
Florida. People love secrets. What's for sale? Walk into
a real estate office and ask. Everybody will win.
Kent Davis, Anna Maria
Real estate sign clutter on this Island is an out-of- t a unt
control eyesore that gives visitors and potential inves- NOt a volunteer
tors a terrible impression. Logically, the huge quantity I appreciate your announcement of the Islandwide
of real estate signs is a major factor hurting local real meeting on wind insurance at the Holmes Beach City
estate values and sales. Hall May 25, at 6 p.m.
I operated Siam Garden Resort for a year with I do need to draw your attention to the error of
no sign. Hidden on a side street, it made more sense saying I was a volunteer at the Anna Maria school. For
to sell rooms with creative advertising. Signs, do not ., 14 years they. paid t. be a .teachersaide.,
make businesses Successful.; ,,T-'i;Ykid rni'kep-^.\'P, ','
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Water, water everywhere,
but what kind?
Talk about mixed emotions, I had more than just a
few of them all at once the other day.
It all started with a story I read in one of the local
dailies about Florida's water supply. The absence of
rain, plus the presence of a continuing increase in our
population and the problem dryness is giving our farm-
ers, combined to be the source of this writer's concern
that the Sunshine State might be heading for far more
sand than just what's on our beaches. It must be true,
because I notice in hotel rooms now the coffee is free,
but the bottle of water there costs $4.50.
Water has always been one of my favorites. That's
because among other attributes I've always seen it
as calorie-free, as a great flusher, keeping the grass green,
and making dry tea bags turn into my favorite iced tea.
Anyway, before I got too upset about the possibil-
ity of a dry future, I turned the page and came upon
another story. This one appeared to know the solution
for what they called global warming. That warming,
it said, is causing the arctic ice caps to melt and send-
ing plenty of water this way. That article made me feel
good-but only for a minute or two.
That's because I realized that the melted ice water
could only get down here via the ocean-a saltwater
ocean that probably would only work for flushing and,
besides, I bet it would un-green the lawn, Even if they
figured out a cheap way to de-salt it so I could still enjoy
ice tea, I decided to pass that up if and when it comes.
And another thing, heaven knows what polar bears
and seals have been doing on those ice caps and in the
waters around them regularly for centuries.
And chlorine rules out using my pool water for
anything but swimming. Besides, using the pool is what
made me think about what the polar bears and seals
have been up to.
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Then later that day, I recalled seeing all those
people who walk around here with a bottle of water in
hand and decided that I, too, had better stock up. One
bottle-carrying lady told me the place to get water to
stock up before it's too late is right here at Publix in
Holmes Beach. Sure enough, there I found an entire
aisle of all kinds of bottled water and heaved a sigh of
relief. But again, relief was short-lived.
At first, I decided to take a six-pack of the bottles
labeled simply, "Spring Water." But not far away were
different brands of H20-filled bottles labeled as con-
taining "Pure Spring Water." Before I changed my mind
from choosing simple to pure, I saw others labeled
"Purified" and "Distilled," and yet they were still
"Spring Water." Only one bottle's label promised it was
"American Spring Water." That made me nervous about
all the others.
Giving up on any sort "Spring Water" because
I was afraid to pick the wrong one, I moved down
the aisle and found many other kinds of water other
than spring with labels like "Seltzer" and "Smart," and
yet another straightforward selection labeled simply
There was even a bunch of different flavored
waters, including lime, lemon and raspberry that
sounded to me like what we used to call "soda." I
decided I'd skip them for Diet Coke.
I finally decided on the bottled water at the end
of that aisle that read "Fitness" on the label, along
with a sister version that contains calcium. The latter,
I guess, in case your bones need water to be fit. Both
versions sounded good until I noticed their brand name
was "PROPEL." That word made me think they were
maybe warning me that because of its speed, you had
better be close to a flushing opportunity before drink-
ing either. Not only that, the price tag came to 4.7 cents
per ounce. Quickly, I figured that came to more than
$1.50 a quart and $6 a gallon. Even with .9 cents added
to every gallon, gasoline hasn't gone that high yet.
What finally turned off my tap was suddenly real-
izing that the name of the bottled water imported from
France is "Evian." Spell that backwards and I trust
you'll see why I took it as advice to just go over to
the Publix water fountain, take a couple of free sips,
and pick up a copy of USA TODAY to find something
simpler to worry about.
In the May 16, 1996, issue of The Islander,
SThe Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection ended any chance that a new, 65-foot-high,
fixed-span bridge will be built to replace the Anna
Maria Island Bridge when it officially denied a dredge
permit to the Florida Department of Transportation.
Plans for the new bridge had been opposed by a
number of Islanders and organizations in court for sev-
eral years before the ruling.
The Holmes Beach City Commission quashed a
request by General Telephone Enterprises Inc. to build
a 165-foot-high cellular service tower at the Holmes
Beach Marina. The commission directed GTE to find
another site in the city after residents objected to the
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner sug-
gested that the city commission shelve an architect's
plan for a new city hall and appoint a building com-
mittee to come up with a new design.
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May 8 70 85 0
May 9 69 86 .70
May 10 69 84 0
May 11 72 88 0
May 12 68 84 0
May 13 64 82 0
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Commission wants more law enforcement action
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies stationed
in Anna Maria are apparently not doing enough law
enforcement to satisfy the city commission.
At its May 11 meeting, commissioners agreed to
send an informal memo to Mayor SueLynn "request-
ing" that deputies "strictly enforce" traffic regulations,
particularly speed limits. The commission also asked
that a sign be placed at the 25-mph speed-limit sign on
Gulf Drive at the entrance to the city stating the speed
limit is "strictly enforced."
The memo was backed by Commissioners Dale
Woodland and Duke Miller, who both wanted to give
SueLynn's administration "direction" on law enforce-
ment and speeding.
"It's like we are afraid to write tickets because
of all the people from up north who complain," said
Woodland wanted language in the MCSO contract
with the city requiring "law enforcement" clauses.
"We can't get involved now, but if it's in the
contract, we can," he said. "Right now, we can only
approve and the mayor administers."
Commission Chairperson John Quam, however,
thought such a measure might be going too far and sug-
gested just a simple memo to the mayor on enforcement
of the city's speeding regulations would suffice.
SueLynn was in Fort Lauderdale attending a hur-
ricane conference and was not at the commission meet-
Reached for comment later, she said she would
have to listen to the tape of the meeting and read the
memo before giving a response.
Discussion of law enforcement was prompted by a
letter from Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the city's engi-
neering firm, about safety at the Pine Avenue-North
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BDI said the biggest problem at the intersection is
that vehicles on North Shore Drive often fail to see the
enlarged stop sign. It recommended "increased consid-
eration be given to law enforcement," as "this requires
an officer to ticket those drivers failing to stop."
BDI also recommended several other safety mea-
sures, including construction' of "rumble strips" on
North Shore Drive to alert drivers of the impending
The company recommended against speed bumps,
more crosswalks, and the addition of stop signs on Pine
In other business, the commission directed City
Attorney Jim Dye to prepare an ordinance that would
allow owners of non-conforming lots of 50 feet by 100
feet to build a single-family home, even though the
city's current requirement is that a residential lot must
be a minimum of 7,500 square feet.
Dye noted that about 75 percent of all lots in the
city are non-conforming for size, including all of the
Pine Avenue lots.
Along with the ordinance change, the commission
asked Dye to remove the requirement for the owner of a
non-conforming lot to get a variance to build, and there
would be no requirement that the owner of two adjacent
lots must combine the lots.
The commission consensus was that 50-by-100-
foot lots are OK to build a single-family home on, pro-
vided that current setback requirements could be met.
The commission also discussed changes to the
city's sign ordinance and learned that a number of pro-
posals in the revised ordinance were "content-based"
and would not stand up in court.
Commissioners also proposed to eliminate any
"exceptions" to the "one-sign, one-residence" rule.
Signs at a house undergoing renovations advertising the
contractor would be illegal if another sign were already
on the property.
The commission said it would discuss enforcement
of the proposed ordinance and fines for any violations
at a future worksession.
Fire district hearing on assessment increase
The West Manatee Fire & Rescue District board
of commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 18, to discuss adoption of the district's
2006 fire assessment rates.
According to Chief Andy Price, the board can
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of larger homes can expect to pay up to $15 additional.
Small commercial property owners will get about $16
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will be assessed an additional $100, Price said.
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By Jim Hanson
A new director was elected and new corresponding
secretary named during the annual meeting last week
of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
There was ample room for the crowd, which was
there as much to see the newly completed Cortez
schoolhouse building project as to take up FISH mat-
ters. There were more people than chairs, in fact, but
that will be remedied long before the next annual meet-
Sheila Mora was elected to a three-year term on the
15-member board of directors, filling the seat that had
been held by Maryanne Norman-Ellis, who chose not
to serve again.
Maxine Myford was elected corresponding secre-
tary, succeeding Jeri Culbreath, who notified the board
she wanted to withdraw from the position. Myford will
serve with Allen Garner, president; Richard Culbreath,
vice president; Karen Bell, treasurer; and David Zac-
cagnino, recording secretary.
Chips Shore, a FISH director who is Manatee
County clerk of the circuit court, said he has been
working on any and all ways and means of buying the
Seafood Shack property for conversion to the Florida
Since the county declined to buy the large prop-
erty and its building and marina from owner Ham
Jones because it was appraised as too expensive for the
county to handle, Shore has been seeking state, county,
foundation and private funding for FISH to acquire the
He said there is some indication that a private
investor may be interested in buying it and FISH
acquiring the southern end of it, along with a lot
owned by Peter Thurell, for the maritime museum.
Shore is working on ii and there was,a feeling in the
meeting that if it can be done, Shore is the man to do
Treasurer Bell noted that the 2006 Commer-
cial Fishing Festival cleared some $66,000. It is
this festival that during a four-year span bought the
95-acre tract that has become the FISH Preserve.
It is behind the new/old school at the east end of
A "hands-up" census revealed that of the crowd
present at the meeting, six had attended classes in the
old school when it was the new school.
on tax May 24
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hah-
mann will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednes-
day, May 24, at the Holmes Beach City Hall to discuss
the state law that now allows counties to enact ordi-
nances to alleviate the ever-increasing tax burden on
the accommodation industry in waterfront communi-
ties (The Islander, May 10).
Von Hahmann said she would like some public
input to bring back to the commission before pro-
posing an ordinance that could hold taxes on the
affected accommodations "mom-and-pop" proper-
ties to a designated year until the use of the property
She believes the commission just wants assur-
ance that the Island community would be in favor
of such an ordinance and affected accommodation
owners would use it to their advantage.
Correction on tax story
The story in the May 10 issue of The Islander
on an amendment by the Florida Legislature allowing
county governments the option to create ordinances
that would defer taxes should have noted that, accord-
ing to the legislature, such an option could only be
applied to "working waterfront businesses," including
the, hbotelu.otet industry ofa partictlar.coUnInt. not l!. ,,,,
County orders Cortez work stopped
Manatee County has ordered work stopped on a
Cortez home renovation where officials say no permit
has been issued and that work done on the house
exceeded what was listed on the application for a
The house is listed at 12120 45th Ave. Drive W.,
owned by Alvin Eugene and Nanci Banman, who
acquired the building from Bradley Yount last June.
The Banman home address is Portolla Valley, Calif.
Contractor of record is Joe Ungvarsky of Anna Maria
Island. Neither the Banmans nor Ungvarsky could be
reached for comment.
An application would have to be resubmitted for
a permit to be issued, said a county building depart-
ment official. He added that the project also would have
to be adjudged by the county's Historical Preservation
Board because it is in the historical district that is most
A member of the board is Alien Garner, longtime
Cortezian and a leader in the community. He said he
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hadn't received notice of any hearing or other action
in the case, which should have gone before the board
before any work started or a permit issued.
He recalled that the people who had the house "an
owner or two ago" had gone through the process and
obtained the proper permits, but it turned out the build-
ing was slightly over the line of its lot and had to be
moved to fit where it was supposed to go. They then
refurbished the house.
He recalled that Bradley Yount, who with his wife
Kay lived there and sold the property to its current
owner, was an architect.
Other Cortezians recalled that the house was
owned at one time by Harry Brown.
The Banman application for permit indicated that
painting and other cosmetic work was planned in the
building, said a county building inspector, but the
work already done included removing parts of the inte-
rior, including doors, partitions, some rafters and floor
Comedy opens May
18 at Island Players
Thorn Allen, left, Jim
McGinnis, center, and
wife Margaret McGinnis,
seated, and Joseph
Dicicco, right, form the
cast of "Mixed Emotions,"
opening May 18 at the
Island Players in Anna
Maria. The comedy'runs
through May 28 at 8
p.m. except Monday and
Sunday. Two Sunday 2
p.m. matinees are offered.
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 778-5755. The
theater is located at
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Island student takes honor
Miranda Massey of Bradenton Beach has received
the Golden Herald Award for maintaining a high aca-
demic record, commitment to community service, and
exceptional achievement in an area of discipline -
speech and drama. A graduating senior at Bayshore
High School, she is the daughter of Bradenton Beach
Vice Mayor Lisa Marie Phillips, partner Herb Stump,
and father Mark Massey of Pine Island. Currently she
is a surgical orderly at Blake Medical Center and
plans a career in medicine as a reconstructive plastic
Three chambers talk tourism
Why this tourist season is different from its prede-
cessors and what to do next will be discussed at the
annual tri-chamber luncheon Thursday, May 18.
The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711
Gulf of Mexico Drive. It is by and for the chambers of
commerce of Longboat, St. Armands and Lido Keys,
Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key.
Speakers will be Virginia Haley, executive director
of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau; Larry
White, executive director of the like organization in
Manatee County; and Evelyn Fine, president of Mid-
Florida Marketing and Research Inc.
Reservations may be made at 383-2466. Cost is
$20 for members of any of the three chambers, $30 for
Amateur golf tournament coming
The 18th annual amateur golf tournament on Long-
boat Key will be Friday, May 26, and there's still time
to sign up.
It will be at the Islandside course of the Longboat Key
Club, on the south end of the key. Registration will begin
at 11 a.m., the driving range will open at 11:30 a.m., and
the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.,
with the awards banquet when play is done, about 5:30.
Cost to play is $125 per individual, $400 for a four-
The entry fee includes greens fee, cart, range balls,
goodie bag, several holes contests, and banquet. Spon-
sor is the chamber of commerce representing Longboat,
St. Armands and Lido keys. Reservations may be made
Snooks Adams Kids Day Saturday
Hundreds of youngsters will gather Saturday, May
20, at Bayfront Park for Snooks Adams Kids Day, for
four hours of games and exuberance in its 52nd year.
Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Privateers, it
pays homage to the kids' buddy for generations, Snooks
Adams, first policeman on the Island and Holmes
Beach's first chief.
He started Kids Day in 1954 and kept it up until it
became just too big for one man, so in 1980 he turned it
over to the Privateers. This year's edition will be from
10 a.m. until about 2 p.m.
It is open to kids from all over Manatee County,
especially his hometown Cortez and the Island he has
lived on and served most of his adult life.
There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, soft
drinks and other things kids like, all free for kids, of
course. Adults are welcome but will be expected to
make a donation for their food and refreshments.
A buried treasure hunt, "best pirate costume" con-
test and a dozen other games to keep the young ones
busy and happy are planned.
Rotary, teens' food drive this
afternoon on Island
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island and teens
from the Anna Maria Island Community Center are
conducting the annual "Open Your Hearts Empty
Your Cupboards" Wednesday afternoon, May 17.
It will be at the Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach, from 5 to 6 p.m., with donors to
drop off their contributions of food in a continuation of
a project begun in December. The food will go to the
Meals on Wheels Plus food bank.
Details are available at 778-4751.
Islanders among players in
Island Players veterans will join in the presentation
of 10-minute plays in the "Embarking" festival May
22 at the Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail,
Six .of the best short works of playwrights from
the area will be staged starting at 7:30 p.m. Those who
frequent the Island Players stage will be Tom Apos-
poros, Larry Hamm, Gino Norman and Fred Zimmer-
After the presentations, Theatre Odyssey will make
its Playwright's Award and a $150 check for the play
judged best. Tickets at $10 may be purchased by calling
544-4672 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Longboat Key's 4th annual
hurricane party scheduled
The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the impending
hurricane season with its fourth annual Hurricane Party
from 5 to 7 p.m. June 1 at the Longboat Key Club's-
Harbourside Dining Room.
Formally known as the "disaster planning seminar,"
registration will open free of charge to. barrier island
residents May 3 at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of
The topic will be "Then and Now ... From Impact
"to Recovery." Sponsors for the party are being sought,
said the chamber. Details are available at 383-2466.
:".' Scholarship awarded to
11 1. Palmetto senior
In an awards ceremony at Pal-
metto High School last week,
the Artists' Guild ofAnna
A Maria Island presented senior
S student Hannah Pate, center,
with its $500 Jon Thornburg
Scholarship. It is awarded
Annually to an outstanding
art student. Pate will be
attending the University of
Florida and plans to major
in art. Pictured with Hannah
are Shirley O'Day, left, pres-
ident of the guild, and Mer-
Scedes Thornburg, wife of the
late Jon Thornburg:.i ..
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Anna Van Ostenbridge has been awarded a $1,000
scholarship by All Island Denominations, the organi-
zation of Island churches. She is the daughter of
Scott and Susan Van Ostenbridge and granddaughter
of John and Darryl Van Ostenbridge, all former
Anna Maria Islanders now living in Bradenton. She
is a 2006 graduate of Manatee High School and a
member of Roser Memorial Community Church. AID
reminds that it also has scholarship help available for
adults who want to go back to school.
Tom Benjamin playing at Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes
Beach, center, framed by wife Judy Bennett and the
Rev. Harry Purcell. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Tom Benjamin, jazz pianist who long considered
law his second career, has arrived on Anna Maria Island
and can be found at the keyboard in Ooh La La! Bistro
in Holmes Beach Wednesday evenings.
He'll stick to pianos, tired of and retired from prac-
ticing law. It's the Island's gain.
He spent most of his professional life at his law
practice in Portland, Maine, specializing in labor law
on employees' side. But nights and weekends and every
other open time, he played the piano or sailed his
He started piano at age 8, jazz piano at 12. He was
lucky enough, he said, to have studied with several
respected jazz pianists, including Alex "Coolie" Johns
and Mike Markaverich.
Performing regularly for years at the Muddy
Rudder in Falmouth, Maine, the Pilot House Restaurant
and Islamorada Fishing Club in the Florida Keys, he
has settled now in northwest Bradenton with wife Judy
Three years ago he retired and headed south, leav-
ing behind law and snow and bringing along his music
and his 27-foot sailboat. His wife is an avid sailor,
Not only does he fill restaurant engagements
around the Gulf, as well as clubs and concerts, he plays
jazzy versions of hymns and spirituals Sunday morn-
ings at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in
He plays the jazz piano from 6 to 9 p.m. every
Wednesday at Ooh La La!, 5406 Marina Drive, in the
Island Shopping Center.
'Nooner' luncheon Wednesday
for Longboat chamber
A "nooner" networking luncheon will be at 11:30
a.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Sun House Restaurant,
"111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. It is a monthly
event of the Longboat/St. Armands/Lido Keys Chamber
SDetails may be obtained and reservationsmade at ,
Lester Freeman and his "D" Band will be back on the
Island May 21-22.
back on Island
By Jim Hanson
Lester Freeman is coming back to town for another of
his special performances, this one at Rotten Ralph's Water-
front Restaurant Sunday and Monday, May 21 and 22.
Lester is the "Motown" of the Island, playing here
in the past and bound to do so again. He likes it here.
He's the original "Motown Man," recording the super-
hit "Some Kind of Wonderful" in 1967.
Billed as "Lester Freeman and 'D' Band," he and
four other regulars will play from 8 p.m. to midnight
He's a Floridian of eight years' standing, moving
from Philadelphia to Apollo Beach. He plays around
Tampa Bay, mostly St. Bart's Island House in Hyde
Park, Tampa, as well as other venues, including spe-
cials, up and down the coast. He's outstandingly popu-
lar at the Island's Cafe on the Beach.
He travels between here and Las Vegas almost as
a commuter. That's right, Vegas, where he is site coor-
dinator for UFC, which promotes the "Ultimate Fight"
He's a veteran of the fight game, involved since
youth and so deep into it that he taught Joe Frazier
his left hook. "First time he fought [M6hammed] Ali
I was his assistant trainer." The heavyweight champ-
to-be was from Philadelphia, too. He joined Freeman
on tour when the Frazier band was hot years ago.
Now Freeman handles each "Ultimate Fight" event
from meeting the competitors at the plane and all the
way through weigh-in. This is the blooming new sport,
he says, martial arts and boxing and everything else:
Only three things are prohibited eye-gouging, biting
and anything below the belt.
He'll miss May's Ultimate, though; he has a couple
of weddings to play. He came to Florida to retire, he
said, but what with the fight game and music he can't
seem to get it done.
He sings and provides percussion with great enthu-
siasm and energy. "D" Band does Motown, rhythm and
blues, 1960s and '70s music mainly, no rock and roll.
And he does "Some Kind of Wonderful" every night.
Tickets at $10 may be purchased at Rotten Ralph's,
902 Bay Blvd. S. in Anna Maria or at the Drift In, 120
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Additional information
is available at 778-3953.
Pepka, Danzer wed
Ronald Pepka and Jacqueline Danzer were wed
Sunday, April 30, in a beachfront ceremony officiated
by the Rev. Jill Salazar Ron and Jackie exchanged
vows before a group offamily and friends at the Anna
Maria home ofManny and Delia Ayala. The couple,
both. former Islanders, reside in Bradenton and plan
to take a honeymoon cruise to Alaska in August.
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Anna Maria City
May 6, 100 block of Oak Avenue, found property.
While performing required maintenance, a property
manager found a bag of marijuana and paraphernalia
in open view in a common area of a rental unit. The
occupants were not present.
May 7, 400 block of South Bay Boulevard, criminal
mischief. Someone spray-painted graffiti on a sign.
May 7, 700 block of Jacaranda, found property. A
woman reportedly found two bikes discarded on her
May 9, 9707 Gulf Drive, Sign of the Mermaid,
'theft. A barbecue smoker was reportedly stolen from
the parking lot.
May 11, 700 block of South Bay Boulevard, crimi-
nal mischief. Graffiti was spray-painted on a business
sign attached to a man's trailer.
May 12, 9900 block of Gulf Drive, information.
A woman reported that someone in a passing vehicle
threw a golf ball and hit her car.
May 2, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga Inn, burglary.
A guest reported items missing from his unit, including
a cell phone, sunglasses and a small amount of cash.
May 2, 400 block of Gulf Drive North, warrant
arrest. A woman was issued a trespass warning from
a residence and was arrested on two Pinellas County
warrants for violation of probation on drug charges.
May 4, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, trespass-
ing. A man was given a trespass warning after offi-
cers received reports that he appeared to be homeless.
The man had reportedly been sleeping overnight on
benches in the park and has been seen standing in his
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refusing to leave under the trespass warning, the man
May 6, 200 block of Bridge Street, burglary.
According to the report, someone entered a boat,
unhooked a solar panel and stole a blanket, cordless
drill and batteries.
May 7, 611 Gulf Drive N., Imperial House condo-
miniums, burglary. A woman reported her bike stolen
from a storage shed.
May 11, 1700 block of Gulf Drive North, drug
arrest. Warren Kinder, 22, of Bradenton, was arrested
for selling $200 worth of rock cocaine to a confidential
informant working undercover with police. Also found
in Kinder's possession were marijuana and cash.
May 6, 6400 block of Marina Drive, battery/DUI.
Officers responded to a reported argument between two
men over a capsized boat. One of the men fled the scene
in his car but was located nearby. Robert Wadek, 54, of
Holmes Beach, was taken into custody for battery and,
during booking, was given a breathalyzer test, which
he reportedly failed. He was also charged with driving
under the influence of alcohol.
May 7, 100 block of Neptune, burglary. A woman
flagged a patrol car for assistance after someone
attempted to steal her Ford Explorer. According to the
report, the woman heard the car alarm sound and when
she came outside, she found the vehicle in the road-
way and several neighbors standing around. A second
vehicle was still parked in.the carport, but had been bur-
glarized. While conducting the investigation, the officer
reported that several other vehicles in the vicinity, also
left unsecured, were burglarized.
May 7, 2900 block of Avenue E, burglary. A man
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May 8, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue, drugs. Jayson
Corbell, 20, of St. Joe Beach,.was seen by a patrol offi-
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Thieves strike peace park
Just two weeks after Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School unveiled its brand new campus, a
thief has stolen elements of a new focal point of
the school entry.
The school's peace pole stands prominently
in front of the school's covered walkway, trans-
planted from the former courtyard and peace
garden, into a space serving as a "Peace Park."
Several flags, one for each nationality repre-
sented by students at the school, were posted around
the peace pole on a daily basis until Thursday,
May 11, when they were reported stolen.
Of the 10 flags on display, only the American
flag and the International Rotary Club flag remain.
A teacher told police that he/she had been
approached at the school's dedication ceremony
May 1 by someone raising a complaint that the
school was flying a flag from a communist country.
The teacher reportedly explained the significance of
The missing flags represent the countries of
Israel, Norway, France, Colombia, China, Iraq,
Germany and Hungary.
stopped Corbell for questioning and found marijuana,
rolling papers and a pipe in his possession.
May 8, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, trespass warn-
ing. The store manager requested a trespass warning
be issued to a woman he believed to be shoplifting.
May 8, 3200 block of Sixth Avenue, theft. Several
tools were stolen from a construction trailer.
May 8, 300 block of 57th Street, battery. A man-
was arrested on domestic violence charges for alleg-
edly throwing a plate of food that hit his wife in the
back. According to the report, he told police after his
arrest that he threw the plate at her and she didn't move
out of the way.
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A sculpture of a mother and baby dolphin is the focal
point of Anna Maria Elementary School's 16-foot
tall "clock" tower at the campus entry. Hoisting the
artwork above the walkway are AME grandparent
Mike Pierce and sculptor Kelsie Wishenhunt. The
sculpted dolphins will be visible from all sides of
the tower and protected by a metal roof The art
was donated by Trudy and Stewart Moon. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
Madison Kane and Chelsea Burgess were among the
young playwright honorees at the Florida Studio The-
atre 's Young Playwright Festival luncheon May 13.
Kane and Burgess earned an honorable mention for
their co-authored play entry "The Lucky Clover." The
co-authors are fourth-graders in Joan Sackett's class
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Anna Maria Elementary School guidance counselor Cindi Harrison and school resource officer Pete Lannon of
the Holmes Beach Police Department took fifth-graders Molly Stoltzfus and Chase Stripling to lunch at the Sun
House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach as a reward for penning the first-place essays in the school's Drug Abuse
Resistance Education writing contest. The DARE program is taught by Lannon. Stoltzfus and Stripling will read
their essays at the fifth-grade DARE graduation May 16. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
30.year AME teacher retires
The Anna Maria Elementary School staff
and Parent-Teacher Organization will host a
retirement reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday,
May 21, in the school auditorium for departing
teacher Deborah Thomas.
Thomas has been an AME teacher for more
than 30 years, her entire career spent at the
Island school after earning her teaching degree
from Cheyney State College in Pennsylvania
and a master's in curriculum and instruction at
the University of South Florida.
Teaching runs in Thomas' family. Her
maternal grandfather was a teacher and her
mother and sister were also teachers in Manatee
County. A true Florida native, Thomas was born
and raised in Bradenton.
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Monday, May 22
Breakfast: Waffle Sticks, Cereal, Toast, Bagel, Fruit
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken or school-planned entree,
Broccoli, Breadstick, Juice Bar
Tuesday, May 23
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch:.Macaroni and Cheese or school-planned
entree, Green Beans, Roll, Fruit Cocktail
Wednesday, May 24
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets or school-planned entree,
Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Sliced Pairs
Thursday, May 25
Breakfast: Pancakes with Apple Topping, Cereal,
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Relay for Life plans being completed
Plans are moving rapidly for the Relay for Life,
now that the confusion of postponement and firm-
Sing-up and new dates are behind the organizers.
The relay is to pay respect to cancer survivors
and to honor those who did not survive the ordeal,
said John Luchkowec, who is chairing the Island
Originally scheduled for May 5 and 6, it was
postponed when it collided with the Latin Cinco
de Mayo celebration May 5 at the same place on
Coquina Beach. It was rescheduled for June 16 and
17 at Coquina.
Now the Manatee County unit of the Amer-
ican Cancer Society is asking cancer survivors
to be there, as well as caregivers and relatives
r of th
ose who did not
It will be jr RELAY an overnight
outing FOR LFE run / w a k
relay envel- hoping numer-
ous activities to raise
money to carry on the fight
against cancer. The hope is to sign
up 30 teams of 10 to 15 persons each to
come to the beach around 5 p.m. Friday, June 16,
do their share of the Relay, and be ready to break
camp by 6 a.m. Saturday, June 17.
The Relay participants will camp out overnight,
then leave early Saturday to make room for another
group that has reserved the area for the day.
Eighty-nine year-old Janice Freeman, founder of the original restaurant in Holmes Beach in 1952 now known
as Skinny's Place, looks over the new "Mid-Island Pounder" hamburger the restaurant is now offering.
Skinny's was originally called the "Mid-Island Drive-In" when Janice and her husband "Skinny" opened the
establishment. Islander Photo: Courtesy Estelle Freeman
Anna Maria Elementary School second-graders show off their flexibility under the limbo pole. Gathering
Behind the pole are students from Toni Lashway, Phyllis Omilak and Deborah Thomas' classes who enjoyed a
spirited Cinco de ki' dance in the school auditorium. Islander PliUc's: Diana Bogan
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SFriday evening, the cancer survivors will begin
the Relay by walking the "survivors' victory lap"
around the track. The teams will take over then,
with at least one person from each team remaining
on the track throughout the Relay.
Prizes will be awarded for best-decorated tents
and other competitions, and singalongs and enter-
tainment, hot dogs and other cookout features will
be there, said Luchkowec.
A "luminary ceremony" honoring survivors and
memorializing those who didn't make it will take
place from 9 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. A sunrise cer-
emony at 5:30 a.m. Saturday will close the Relay
During the event, a "wall of hope" will be
signed by all of those present, to join similar walls
to form a maze in Washington, D.C., in September.
The Island's "wall of hope" is being sponsored by
T. Dolly Young Real Estate and The Islander.
The Relay was started in May 1985 when Dr.
Gordy Klatt of Tacoma, Wash., walked, jogged and
ran for 24 hours around a track to raise $17,000. By
2005, Relay for Life raised $350 million.
Library's summer series to
open with dolphins
Communication between dolphins is the topic of
the workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, open-
ing the summer program series at the Island Branch
The workshops will come every Wednesday
through July 26 at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. They will feature workshops, programs
and contests for teens.
Heading the opening workshop will be Heidi
Harley, dolphin researcher at Mote Marine Laboratory
and professor of psychology at New College in Sara-
Subsequent programs will include teen writing
and illustrating contests, necklace making, graphic art
workshop and a couple of parties.
The library's schedule for May includes an Internet
class at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 22; and board meeting
of the Friends of the Island Branch Library at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, May 19.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday,
closing at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tues-
day and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Details
are available at 778-6341.
Sarah Wolfe and Ashley Williams paired up on the
AME auditorium dance floor for a festive Cinco de
Mayo dance party.
THE ISLANDER E MAY 17, 2006 U A-15
Fourth.grader, brother win county speech competition
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-grader
Grant Bower's speech on littering secured him a place
in the countywide speech competition May 13 at the
Manatee County Fairgrounds where he won second
place in his grade level.
In the first leg of competition sponsored by Tropi-
cana and 4-H, Bower competed against classmates for
a spot to compete against the top three speech writers
from each of AME's fourth- and fifth-grade classes.
Bower took first place in the schoolwide contest.
His win was followed by second-place winner Chris
Pate with his speech about being a part of a military
family; and third-place winner Cady Chennault, who
spoke about dealing with the "boogey man." Pate and
Chennault are both fifth-grade students.
The last time an AME fourth-grader won the
schoolwide competition was in 2004 when Trina Rizzo
advanced to the county competition, where she won
Coincidently, Bower's brother Glenn, a sixth-
grader at St. Joseph Catholic School, also won first
place in his school competition, advancing to the
county level, and if you didn't think luck could strike
the same family twice think again. Glenn also
earned second-place at the county competition for his
AME's top three winners for 2006 share their
speeches, "Littering," "My Life in a Box," and "The
Littering by Grant Bower
There's no denying that we've all done it at one
time or another. It's not right, but it's not always easy
to do the right thing. Adults can't blame it just on the
kids, because I've seen them do it, too. It's wrong and
it hurts us all people and animals alike, but more
importantly it hurts the future of our planet.
Litter. Webster's defines it as "Trash or garbage
lying scattered about."
Did you know that 30 out of 100 people litter?
That students litter more than others do? That men litter
more than women? And that elderly people litter more
when they are alone, and then deny doing it?
I often wonder what makes people litter. What
makes them take a piece of trash, throw it on the
ground, and just walk away from it? Don't they have a
conscience? Aren't they concerned about the environ-
ment, or the animals, or the air we breathe, or about the
future of the world?
I did a little research, and here is what I came up
The number one reason for littering: Laziness.
The number two reason for littering: I couldn't find
The number three reason for littering: I didn't see
a garbage can.
Did you know that there are millions of tons of
recyclable resources just tossed away each year? That
makes littering "America's largest lost resource."
.Chris Pate, Grant
4- Bower and Cady
. second, first and third
S place, respectively, in
S' the Anna Maria
'- Elementary school
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ers. The contest is
sponsored annually by
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4-H Club. Bower, a
S, *- second place May 13
at the countywide
S competition. Islander
S\ Photo: Diana Bogan
If everybody in this world would pick up just one
piece of litter a day --just one piece that would be
6.5 billion pieces of litter.
If we all pull together and do our part, we can clean
up this beautiful planet we call home.
Don't make an excuse for littering, because the
bottom line is this there is no excuse.
My Life in a Box by Chris Pate
SThe story of my life is contained in one big brown
box, well, many big brown moving boxes to be exact.
You see, I'm a military kid. My dad has been in the
Army for 26 years. That means moving almost every
year. I'm going to tell you what it's like to move nine
times before you are 10 years old.
I'll start with the crazy chaotic packing chaos. On
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1i-A MAY 17, 2006 THE ISLANDER
First-ever jail break anticipated in Anna Maria
By Carolyne Norwood
Anna Maria Island Historical Society
When Capt. Mitch Davis built Anna Maria City
-Jail in 1927, he assured folks on Anna Maria Island
no one would ever escape.
The pioneer jail builder proclaimed, "Nobody
will ever tunnel out of this jail. I put three feet of
concrete under the floor." Of course, in those days
swarms of mosquitoes could have just about.carried
them away in the open-air, barred-window slammer.
Saturday, May 27, the Great Cindini will chal-
lenge that statement. She will be locked up with
chains, handcuffs and irons and in a body bag.
The public is invited to the spectacle at 1I a.m.
"and 2 p.m. The jail is next to the Island Historical
Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Admission
is free, although donations to the sponsoring Anna
Maria Island Historical Society will be gratefully
Touted as the Great Cindini Lady Jail Breaker,
46-year-old Cynthia Morrison has broken out of
Such illustrious hoosegows as Angola Prison, a gas
chamber, a high-security safe, St. Augustine Old
EsI IlY ri] hxrarinaIr
Jail, Calaboose Jail and Ohio State Reformatory
where "Shawshank Redemption" was filmed.
She recently was inducted into Ripley's Believe
It or Not for her successful escape from an inverted
straitjacket in the Everglades over alligator-infested
waters and for walking on broken glass while car-
rying a person. She also lay on a bed of nails with
volunteers standing on another bed of nails that was
on top of her.
Cindini, who lives in West Palm Beach, has a
passion for escaping under dire situations, which
drives her to seek more and more daring adventures
to amaze the public.
When told that the Anna Maria 01' City Jail
had no doors or windows, the tenacious Cindini
replied, "I will bring my own." And she will hang
her "Houdini Lives" sign above her. "When you're
an escape artist, you are always in his shadow," she
For Cindi, performing has nothing to do with
making money for herself. She performs mainly to
raise funds for charity. "If the thrill ever wanes,"
she says, "I'll lay down my chains and move on."
Mote honors volunteers for years of service Alice Moerk is back with
Three Longboat Key residents and a Sarasotan
were honored for a total of 95 years of volunteer service
to Mote Marine Laboratory in ceremonies at Mote.
A Mote spokesperson said that more than 1,300
volunteers donate 185,000 hours each year to service
at the famed marine research center, "and we couldn't
function without them."
Marge Gilbert of Longboat was the first volunteer
coordinator at the aquarium, following the urging of
her late husband Lou, himself the very first volunteer
Special, fun wedding photos,
The Islander is. planning a special edition on
weddings, their composition, arrangements bloop-
ers anything special, usual or unusual about
weddings this June season.
Unique engagements are welcome, romantic
Weddings, wedding planning and etiquette, beach
weddings, all of them. And don't forget the funny
bloopers and photos.
Let us know here at The Islander by phone
at 778-7978, e-mail at email@example.com, mail at
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217.
We'll be mostgrateful in sharing the special
events of your lives.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15-A
the first day of the move, packers march in. They are
usually massive, muscular men. I think, "What is this,
the case for King Kong?" And, you better have every-
thing that you would like for the trip marked because
they pack everything anything that is not bolted
to the floor. Why, if I'm not moving, I'll end up in a
When packing is complete, the house is bare, there
is nothing; just nothing left. A gigantic truck pulls up
-to collect the boxes, so I scramble to. brush my teeth
before we leave, but wait where is my toothbrush?. Oh
no! It too has been packed.
My family and I head out to our new home by
car, train or plane. Sometimes our destination is just
around the corer, but other times it is in another coun-
Stry. When we arrive at our new house we all say what,
we think. Sometimes it's "Ah," other times it's "Ew."
When we get inside it is like a gigantic rat race for
the biggest and best and coolest room. Of course, Mom
and Dad usually win. We try to fix up our rooms to
make them feel like home, then we realize that none
Sof the necessities have arrived, like television, toys or
games and a lot of the time, no bed. We get so bored
that we go exploring. We explore new places, new
roads and sometimes new language and culture. We
All too soon something comes knocking at the door
of my new house looking for me. What is it? It's the
at Mote. She was honored for 25 years.' service.
B.J. Peters of Longboat is a retired teacher who
is involved in the volunteer training program, cited
for 25 years as a volunteer. Another 25-year volunteer
is Dave Bowman of Sarasota, known at Mote as "Mr.
Longboat resident Phyllis Klapman got an award for
20 years' voluntary service. She is an aquarium shift leader.
Altogether, more than 200 volunteers got awards or years
of service, ranging from 25 years down i t one year.
Pen Women award
Alice Moerk of Anna Maria has returned from
Denver, Colo., where she attended the convention of
the National League of Pen Women.
She was guest organist for the league's memorial
service, performing several of her own organ compo-
Moerk received an award from the Pen Women
for her original choral work, Prayer of St. Francis.
Outdoor festival in June at Coquina
A comparatively new organization is undertak-
ing a self-assigned major c challenge: Presenting an
outdoor festival at Coquina Beach in June.
The organization is the Florida Gulf Coast
ports Commission, designed to handle events in
': kinds of water-related sports from beach vol-
eyball to paddling activities such as kayaking and
SIts Coquina event is the First Annual Florida
Gulf Coast Outdoor Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 24. Karen Fraley of Around the
Bend Tours is an enthusiastic member, and she has
helped set up the program.
first day of school! This is the most frightening-part
of the moving adventure. Even though you will inake
riiost of your new friends there, it's still so scary. You
hope for a nice teacher who never gives homework and
a classroom full of cool kids. At first you act quiet, but
by the end of the first day you're talking to someone
and that someone usually becomes your best friend.
Days, weeks and months pass then suddenly
you have lived in your new house a year. You know
almost everybody, everything is going great and you
love it. Why, it feels like home.
Then Dad comes through the front door and
announces, "It's about that time."
"Noooo," I shout.
Bring on the boxes, because here we go again.
Boogey Man by Cady Chennault
SImagine, your head is just about to hit the pillow,
when suddenly you hear a strange noise. What was
that? Where did it come from? It's scary and spooky;
it may come from under your bed or in your closet. It's
the boogey man.
Have any of you ever checked under your bed
before going to sleep? I have. I was about 4 years old
when it all started. I thought there was something scary
living in my room. I called it the boogey man.
Now I feared my nightmares were real. Over the
next few years the boogey man grew bigger just as 1
did. I stayed up late crouching under the covers, wait-
It will include, she said, a contest to see how
many "floatables" can be put on the water, from jug-
rigged rafts to canoes. Mainly it will include kayaks
and kayakers, who she said largely tend-to be family
Also on the schedule are tours of Leffis Key
nature preserve, fishing tournament, tours of the
seagrass flats off Anna Maria Island, a demonstra-
tion of sculling by a Longboat Key group, dipnet-
ting, "critter ID" to learn about shallow-water sea
life, and whatever other events turn up by then..
Details may be obtained by calling 794-8773 or
ing for him to come and get me. He-never came in the
day. The nighttime was \hen he came out to boogey.
I would hear all kinds of strange and spooky
sounds, and t y m hardest not.to get scared.'My Dad
wanted to make me feel better so he would say the
boogey man was just dancing, but he kept bumping his
head. That would make me laugh, but not for long.
Each night I would listen again, imagining what the
boogey man was like. I never acutely saw him but my
imagination took care of that.
I first learned about the boogey man when my older
cousins tried to freak me out. They told me he came
up to their bed and touched their arm lightly trying to
wake them, then he would frighten them with strange
and scary faces. I tried not to believe them.
But one night I spotted movement from the corner
of my eye. I sat up straight and looked. My closet door
was opening with a creek then, out...walks...my...
Sometimes I would even get scared of a twig tap-
ping on the window or a shadow that looked like a
person but turned out to be a tree. Once while in bed
I saw a big black blob, but when I turned on the light,
it was only my tiny teddy bear. Things aren't always
what they seem at night.
It took me awhile to realize that. Now that I'm
older I have decided not to be afraid anymore. I realize
I am only frightened because of my wild imagination.
These days I sleep soundly because my fears of
the boogey man have just boogiedd" right out of my
THE ISLANDER N MAY 17, 2006 a A-17
Third.graders try out lifeguard job
Lifeguards in training Hands on deck
Madison Driscol, an AME third-grader, peers through binoculars at the waters beyond the Manatee Public Third-graders from Anna Maria Elementary School
Beach from a second-story lifeguard tower near the Cafe on the Beach. Joining her in the lifeguard station took afield trip to the Manatee Public Beach where
during a class field trip are Elena Houston and Jack Shinn. Manatee County Marine Rescue lifeguard Jason they met with Manatee County Marine Rescue life-
Weissman, in the background with AME teacher Kathy Granstad, gave students a tour of the small upstairs guards to learn about beach safety and check out the
quarters. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan view from the observation deck of the lifeguard tower
The Manatee Trolley runs seven days a week, 6 a.m. to
10:30 p.m., with approximately 20-minute intervals-at all
75 stops up to 9 p.m., and 30-minute intervals from 9-
10:30 p.m. It starts at both ends of the Island at 6 a.m.,
from Coquina Beach and from the Anna Maria City Pier.
Northbound the trolley runs Gulf Drive to Marina/Palm
Drive in Holmes Beach, merging back to Gulf Drive in
Anna Maria. It runs from Gulf Drive to the city pier along
Pine Avenue, where it turns around.
Southbound it runs Gulf Drive all the way from Anna
Maria City Hall to Coquina Beach.
Have some fun, ride the trolley, and tell folks along the
way and at all the stops, "The Islander"
Free MCAT ride guides available at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (Trolley stops No. 23/53.)
Islander Info: 941 778 7978
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18-A 0 MAY 17, 2000 m TIlE ISLANDER
jBy Rick Catlin
Public opportunity to
buy Anna Maria luxury
When Nigel Brown of Anna Maria
Beach Cottages decided last year to sell
off the 11 units in the resort to individual
buyers, he had little difficulty in attract-
"We didn't even advertise and we
Sold the first nine quickly," said Brown.
Then came Hurricane Katrina. Even
though the storm bypassed Anna Maria
Island by a wide margin, the demand
for near-beachfront condominiums on
the Island seemed to dry up in its after-
Now, Brown has decided on a novel
approach to promote interest in the
remaining two units. It's a "corporate
auction" to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Actually, "corporate" might be
somewhat misleading, since any member
of the public can make a bid, noted
"You can even come and bid as
low as $50," joked Brown. "Seriously,
though, these units are an exceptional
value and I'm hoping this approach will
generate interest among the public and
One unit is a three-bedroom, two-
bath, furnished condominium, while the
second is a furnished two-bedroom,
All 11 units at the resort and the
entire property were completely remod-
eled when Brown and his wife pur-
chased Anna Maria Beach Cottages in
Interested parties may view the units
starting at 10 a.m. the day of the auction.
A private auctioneer is handling the bids
and there is no minimum, although all
bids are subject to "confirmation."
"Individuals and corporations are
welcome to attend," said Brown.
The property continues to operate as
a resort, although owners can use their
unit as a rental or a vacation home.
Anna Maria Beach Cottages is
located at 112 Oak Ave. in Anna
Maria, approximately 50 yards from the
For more information on the auc-
tion, call Brown at 941-320-0134.
Island real estate sales
803 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria,
a 4,993 sfla / 5,944 sfur 4bed/3.5bath/
4car Gulffront home built in 1992 on
a 35,240 sq ft lot was sold04/26/06,
lines to Miller for $2,800,000; list
406 21st Place N., Bradenton Beach,
a 1,742 sfla / 3,024 sfur 2bed/2bath/
2car canalfront home built in 1972 on a
80x140 lot was sold 04/27/06, Stumpf
to Pashley for $1,275,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 265, Tor-
tuga, Bradenton Beach, a 1,378 sfla
2bed/2bath condo built in 1976 was
sold 04/25/06, Tortuga Partners LLC
to CDCR Beach Apartment LLC for
201 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,512
sfla / 1,730 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex
built in 1969 on a 55x105 lot was
sold 04/27/06, Campbell to Davis for
Featured sale: This home at 803 N.
Shore Drive, Anna Maria, sold in
2004 for $2,750,000 and in April 2006
for $2,800,000 amounting to only a
$50,000 increase in two years. It was
on the market 245 days before it sold.
Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
111 Fourth St. S., Bradenton Beach,
a 1,016 sfla / 1,229 sfur 2bed/lbath
home built in 1935 on a 50x98 lot was
sold 04/28/06, Boles to Konstantopoulos
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty ofAnna Maria, can be
reached at (941) 778-7244.
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THE ISLANDER U MAY 17, 2006 E A-19
Wednesday, May 17
5 to 6 p.m. "Open Your Hearts Empty Your Cup-
boards" Island Rotary Club food drive at Publix Super
Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys
Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Sara-
sota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sara-
sota. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.
Thursday, May 18
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "Tourism: Where are we now?
Where do we want to be?" Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys
Tri-chamber discussion and lunch at the Hilton on Longboat
Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
383-2466. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Opening night of "Mixed Emotions" at the
Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, May 19
1 to 2 p.m. Family caregiver support group at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Saturday, May 20
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting with speaker Maria
Doss, development director of Children's Haven and Adult
Community Services at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public
Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
8:30 a.m. Skateboard competition at the Holmes
Beach Skate Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 708-5804. Fee applies.
10 a.m. Armed Forces Day celebration at American
Legion Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Privateers
Snooks Adams' Kids Day at Bayfront Park on North Bay Bou-
levard in Anna Maria. Information: 753-1497 or 779-4542.
Sunday, May 21
2 to 4 p.m. Retirement party for Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School teacher Deborah Thomas in the school
auditorium, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
4 p.m. Pianist Mike Markaverich at First United
Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
Monday, May 22
8:30 a.m. Internet class at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Tuesday, May 23
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club lunch with guest
speaker John Smarge at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 713-0042.
Wednesday, May 24
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys
Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 383-2466.
SCancer prevention and survival cooking class at Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through May 20. Information: 778-1908.
Manatee High School Student Exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through May 26.
"Mixed Emotions" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, through May 28. Information: 778-5755.
Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies at the Manatee
Players Riverfront Theatre, 201 Old Main St., Bradenton,
through May 28- Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
nominees for Shining
Marge Moran, reservations manager at Club
Bamboo Resorts in Bradenton Beach, has been
selected as a nominee for the annual Shining Star
award to be presented May 18.
The award is in recognition of exceptional service
and "promoting a wonderful experience for our visi-
tors" presented to an employee in the hospitality indus-
try in the five barrier islands of Anna Maria, Longboat
Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key and Siesta Key.
It is presented by the Longboat/St. Armands/Lido
Chamber of Commerce. Presentation will be at the-
National Tourism Week Tri-Chamber Luncheon at
11:30 a.m. May 18 the Hilton Longboat Key Beach-
front Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat. .
Other finalists are Kim Hoatland, deli manager at
Harry's Continental Kitchens; Eileen Whitney, senior
account manager/server at Beanz Man & Mattison's
Steakhouse at the Plaza; Betty Matthews, dining room
supervisor at Broken Egg restaurant; Linda Meece, styl-
ist at Panache Beauty Salon & Spa; Donna Neary, care-
giver at Right at Home; Shirley Giles, director of house-
keeping, and Rhonda Hall, grounds and maintenance
manager, Colony Beach and Tennis Resort; and Lois
Ausherman, housekeeper at Gulf Beach Resort Motel.
Additional information is available at 383-2466.
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AME parents Max and Cheryl Henig had just the
"ticket" when PTO members put the call out for
Spring Fling auction items. The couple donated mem-
orabilia items, including an authentic Beatles poster
from the band's 1964 Hollywood Bowl performance.
Henig's dad ran a ticket agency and acquired the
rights to print promotional posters. Henig said it's the
first time the one-of-a-kind poster, valued at $1,000,
has been opened. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
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Sea of food First Mate of the Pyrates of the Gulf Coast Bill Bur-
The buffet table was flowing as Toni Lashway and gess stops for a chat with Holmes Beach Police Offi-
Dennis Granstad check out the stone crab claws. cer Pete Lannon at the AME Spring Fling.
Kelsie Moore and Judy and Bob Prince of Bradenton's Pyrates of the Gulf Coast
welcomed each guest with a bead necklace strung with skulls and crossbones.
A true pirate
Jonathan Louw was voted best overall pirate by AME'
Spring Fling committee members during the dinner-
dance May 13. Louw received a gift basket from
committee chair Joy Murphy. Other winners included
Kaykay Hardee as "Sauciest Wench," Chris Grimley
as "Narliest Old Salt," Shannon Dell as "Elegant
Piratess" and Joe Thiel was selected as the "Most
Authentic" pirate of the bunch.
Big John's barbecue
John Swager of Big John's Texas Bar-B-Q ranch-style catering in Holmes Bead
served up mini pulled-pork on rolls to hungry AME Pirates as they arrived and
mingled at the Spring Fling dinner and dance.
Dazzling pirates of Anna Maria
Shannon and Scott Dell, Kyra Valadie and Charlene Belsito get into the spirit of the pirate theme.
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Bay waters doing quite well, thank you
The state of the bay is actually pretty good.
The "State Of the Bay 2006: Celebrating Our
Greatest Natural Asset" report by the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program has just been released. The findings
on water quality, habitat and community involvement
to preserve and protect the waters of the region indicate
that, although not perfect, we're making pretty good
strides in keeping things clean out there.
There are some dark spots in the Sarasota Bay Pro-
gram's reach, which stretches from the north end of
Anna Maria Island south to Venice. Palma Sola Bay
doesn't meet Florida Department of Environmental
Protection standards for water quality due to high levels
of bacteria and chlorophyll.
There are also some tributaries Bowlees Creek,
Clower Creek, Phillippi Creek that have problems
with similar contaminants.
However, seagrass beds have been increased sig-
nificantly in the past few years, due in large part to
increased water quality. Remember that seagrass is a
plant that needs light to grow; the more clear the water
is, the more light that can reach the seagrass leaves and
the better the plant can process the light.
The report found that there were almost 600 acres
of new seagrass beds, and more than 3,400 acres of
seagrass meadows that have been altered from "patchy"
to "lush" thanks to water-clarity improvements.
Wetlands have also improved along the fringe
of the bays. Both mangrove forest and salt marsh
improvements have added significant acreage to the bay
system in the past few years, with more action antici-
pated in the next few years.
And then there are the artificial reef systems, with
something like 2,500 reef modules added to the bay and
near-shore Gulf of Mexico waters in the past few years.
There has also been work done on adding oyster beds
in the bays.
Red tide, too
In what could become a controversial stance, the
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program has come out with state-
ments linking stormwater runoff to increased red tide
outbreaks off Southwest Florida and beyond.
Scientists have been debating the linkage for years.
The program states in the report that it "sponsored
research ... that established linkages between river flow
(as a surrogate for nitrogen loading) and red tide.... In
May 2005, an international scientific panel first recog-
nized that pollution inputs contribute to certain types
of harmful algal blooms. More recent data suggest that
red tide utilizes different forms of nutrients for growth,
preferably urea, dissolved organic nitrogen and ammo-
The bay program has stated that red tide is its "top
And it's up to us to help, too
And then there is what we can do to help.
Nitrogen entering the bay .system-is the principal
problem with bay waters. The chemical that we diimp
:,on our yards to make the grass grow ends up in the
bay waters, where it causes the algae to bloom, which
.blocks the sunlight to underwater plants and can kill
fish and ... well, you get the idea.
Nitrogen also enters the waters through wastewater
Discharge and, to a small degree, air deposition.
Bay program numbers indicate that nitrogen load-
ing'is about twice what it was in the pre-development
Work has been ongoing to drop that load. Waste-
Sater plant discharge into the bays has dropped a lot
in the past 16 years, but it's still a big problem, primar-
ily coming from sewage treatment plants in Sarasota
County. Nonetheless, the numbers are good: "Fifty per-
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gen loading from wastewater to the bay by approxi-
mately 85 percent," according to the report.
Wanna buy that fish?
The Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services
Commission is charged with watchdogging more than
cows and chickens the agency also has the task of
making sure that the fish we buy as grouper or snapper
actually is grouper or snapper.
So it may be of some interest to see that the Ag
boys and girls made a big bust last week, popping
a Hialeah-based company for "trying to sell 8,000
pounds of farm-raised Vietnamese broadhead filets that
were packaged and labeled as grouper," according to a
According to the agency head, Charles Bronson,
"When residents of and visitors to this state pay a pre-
mium price to purchase a highly desirable fish such as
grouper, they are entitled to receive it."
Whatever the heck is termed "farm-raised broad-
head filets," probably some kind of tilapia, it is sold
in the $3-per-pound range. Grouper goes for up to
$6 a pound, "meaning that the substitution detected
could have netted the company an additional $15,000
to $28,000," according to the release.
But get this: The company that was allegedly work-
ing the sale was named Shifco Inc.
Wouldn't you think a shifty company trying to
work a shifty deal would come up with a better name
Mote Marine Laboratory is looking for a-name for
a marine turtle it will release this nesting season to con-
tinue the highly successful satellite tagging program.
They are calling it "Shell Out a Name" and
there aren't many rules just go to www.mote.org/
shelloutaname, give your name and the turtle name you
are suggesting, and you're in.
Island collector plans to host
antique fishing tackle show
Thousands of historic fishing lures, reels, rods and
other fishing gear will be on display at a show being
staged by the Florida Antique Tackle Club Saturday,
May 20, with a prominent Islander as co-host.
Pat Fletcher, architect who lives in Anna Maria
City, will be host for the show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
the Manatee County Convention and Civic Center, Ohe
Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
At least 100 tables loaded with refurbished antique
tackle will be at the center, he said, and it is open to
anyone who wants to show his or her gear. A special
feature of the event will be free appraisal, of tackle and
a sale in the evening. Admission is $3, children free.
Fletcher collects split bamboo fly rods and fly reels.
His co-host is retired banker Norman Pinardi of Bra-
denton. Details may be obtained by calling 748-0691.
More weirdness ...
I'm feeling kinda like author and former Miami
Herald reporter Dave Barry here, because as he fre-
quently put in his columns, the following is absolutely
"The Protect Florida Whales specialty license plate
program, administered by Harbor Branch Oceano-
graphic Institution in Fort Pierce, is awarding the grand
prize in its 'Whale Tail' Sweepstakes. The winner, a
resident of Lake Placid, Fla., will receive a Bombardier
GTX Sea Doo personal watercraft during a brief cer-
Personal watercraft, often linked to the bane of
existence of marine mammals, is the grand prize for a
On the bottom, maybe
As you're sitting in your chair reading this, the
world's largest artificial reef is supposed to be sinking
to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico off Pensacola.
The USS Oriskany is scheduled to be sunk off
the Panhandle May 17 in about 200 feet of water and
become an artificial reef. The 900-foot-long-plus air-
craft carrier has been part of an ongoing struggle with
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials, who
had problems with toxins within the hulk, and storms,
which kept it away from its final resting place on the
Divers, fishers and others have been lobbying for
years to get the huge ship settled in the Gulf.
The Oriskany was launched in 1945, served in
the Korean War and off the coast of Vietnam and was
removed from U.S. Navy service in 1989:
Cost of sinking the ship is estimated at more than
The USS Oriskany served as the backdrop for the
1953 movie "The Bridges Of Toko-Ri," which starred
William Holden and Grace Kelly.
Sen. John McClain flew off the ship in 1967 and
was shot down over Vietnam, where he was held pris-
oner for more than five years.
This is a new step in the program, which traces
sea turtles from here to surprisingly distant places. Five
female loggerheads were tagged last July after they
nested on Casey Key.
Navigating through complex currents and dangers
of heavy boat traffic, dredging operations and red tide,
all five settled into home ranges of their own. Four were
Mote traced "Casey" and "Yertle" to Mexico,
"Ninja" and "Squirt" to the Bahamas, and "Virginia"
Besides tracking the turtle migrations daily, Mote
said,jesearchers leamedlhow quickly the turtles swam,
water temperatures they preferred, how deep they
The technology for each tag costs $3,000, the infor-
mation collected going to turtle protection programs.
"A hatchling has one chance in 1,000 of returning to
a beach to nest," said a Mote spokesperson, "and with
odds like those, they need all the help we can offer."
During the current nesting season, which started
May 1, Mote will tag eight loggerheads. Because a
turtle can nest four or five times in a season, scientists
hope to learn where they spend their time between nest-
This area hosts the largest population of nesting
loggerheads in the Gulf of Mexico,.Mote said, so come
up with a name or two to help the game.
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THE.ISLANDER M MAY 17, 2006 0 B-3
Loop Current moves
close, sailfish follow
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Backwater action for catch-and-release snook
remains a good bet, with redfish also starting to turn
Kingfish are still running strong offshore.
And this is the time of year when the Loop Current
in the Gulf of Mexico tends to migrate close to shore.
Big fish move in closer than usual, too, as Ken Boggs
witnessed when he boated a sailfish about 12 miles out
one day last week..
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's been catching lots of kingfish,
amberjack, blackfin tuna, mangrove snapper, yellowtail
snapper, vermillion snapper, and lots of sharks. He also
caught a 7-foot-long sailfish about 12 miles out, with a
blue runner used as bait. "We were fishing for kingfish
when I hooked the fish and handed the rod off to Ken
Boggs to make the catch. Ken, a lifelong resident of
Bradenton, had never seen a live sailfish."
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, Capt. Ed
Palino said he caught some 24-inch-long redfish at the
mouth of Palma Sola Bay last week. He's seeing "tons
of snook, but it's hard to get them to bite." He's using
Chuck Bittinger, left, John McCarthy and Ken Boggs are pictured with a sailfish Boggs boated last week while
fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire on Show Me The Fish Charters. The big sail was caught and released only
about 12 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Joe Morris, left, of Bradenton and Jack Smith of
Bradenton Beach caught these 36-inch and 33-inch
snook while fishing with Capt. Gary Huffinan on the
"Tuna Breath." Both linesiders were released.
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spoons or whitebait for the best backwater action. He's
also getting into some tarpon by Egmont Key and near
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. He also offered a good
fish tale, saying he watched "a kid in a kayak catch a
shark as big as his boat. It gave him quite a ride."
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's been putting his charters onto catch-and-
release snook to 29 inches, redfish to 24 inches and sea
trout to 17 inches. Bait is a mixed bag, he said, with lots
of it out there in lots of different species. He's seeing
tarpon by the Skyway, and the fish are starting to move
off the beaches.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there have been catching mackerel snook and big jacks,
plus they had a couple of tarpon hookups but no catches
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said the
action has been good on bluefish, jacks and mackerel.
Tarpon are hanging-around the pier he said he spot-
ted a pod of at least 20 one day last week- but there
haven't been any catches as yet. He did add that the
dolphin shows have been spectacular of late.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said before the cool front it was
snook, snook, and more snook. "Numerous linesiders
were boated and released up to 34 inches," he said.
Snook* Trout Redfish *.Tarpon Grouper CObla
"After the front, the snook action cooled for a couple of
days but big Spanish mackerel and trout filled in quite
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are
also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more informa-
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Beach tennisAuWr stops at Manatee Public Beach
By Kevin Cassidy
Beach tennis, a combination to
tennis, badminton and beach volleyball. .
made an appearance at Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach for the first
annual Bradenton Beach Tennis Open
Beach tennis is played on a regu-
lation beach volleyball court and is an
exciting, fast-paced game. Players use
regulation tennis racquets to hit a tenn i
ball back and forth over the net without
letting the ball hit the sand.
Winston Owen and Kevin Lechlit-
ner of Serendipity Racquet Club in Sara-
sota defeated 16-year-old Jason Zafiro,
from the Bollettieri Tennis Academ\
and Cookie Barnard of the Dominican Republic 9-7
to take home first place and the $1,000 prize in the
men's pro division. Owen and Lechlitner automatnicall\
qualify for the September 2006 Beach Tennis Cham-
pionship tournament that will be held in Long Beach.
Laurie Tinell of Bradenton and Longboat Key resi-
dent Cindy Bruckman defeated the all-Bradenton team
of Janis Longhurst and Nina Schmidt 8-5 to w\in the
Women's Pro division and the $1,000 prize.
Reese Milner and Carling Seguso. both Bollettien
students, easily captured first place in the amateur divi-
For more information on Beach Tennis USA, visit
Duncan continues to rule baseball
Duncan Real Estate opened up a five-game lead in
AAA Division Little League baseball thanks to a work-
manlike 12-7 victory over West Manatee Fire District
on May 13 at the Bayfront Recreation Center on Long-
boat Key. Blake Wilson led the way for Duncan with
a perfect 3-for-3 hitting performance that included a
two-run double and three runs scored.
Connor Cloharty had a double among his two
hits while scoring two runs, while teammate Shawn
Conover added a pair of singles and two runs scored.
Justin Suca added a pair of RBI doubles for Duncan,
which also received a single and one run scored from
Hunter Parrish and Michael Dolan and two singles
from Glenn Bower in the victory.
WMFD was led by Tommy Price, who went
3-for-3 including another long home run to right-center
field. Austin Wash went 3-for-4 with two runs scored
for WMFD, which also received a single and one run
scored from Daniel Janisch and Trevor Bystrom in the
On May 10, Michael Dolan and Glenn Bower com-
bined to pitch a four-inning, three-hitter with six strike-
outs and only two runs allowed during Duncan Real
Estate's 12-2 victory over Morgan Stanley.
Bower also contributed mightily at the plate, going
3-for-3 including a double and three runs scored, while
teammate Shawn Conover added a double, single and
t\\o runs scored. Blake Wilson and Andrew Burgess
each added a pair of singles and two runs scored
for Duncan. which also received a double from Max
Nloneuse and a single and two runs scored from Justin
Suca in the victory.
Chris Pate paced Morgan Stanley with a single
and tk\o runs scored, while e Martine Miller and Ally
Tits\\ north each added RBI singles in the loss.
On 1 lay 8, Daniel Janisch went 3-for-4 including a
home run, double and three runs.scored, while Tommy
Price added a single, double and four runs scored to
lead VWMFD past Morgan Stanle\ by a 13-11 score.
Daniel Pimental added three hits, including a double,
while Tre\or B\ strom doubled and scored three runs
for NIWMFD in the.victory.
A triple and one run scored from William Brusso
and a double and two runs scored from Ally Titsworth
paced the Mlorgan Stanley offense. Kyle Parsons added
a double and one run scored, while Lee Bergeron sin-
gled and scored two runs for Morgan Stanley in the
In AA pitching-machine action on May 9, Beach
Bistro pourided out 11 hits to help' the team to an
8-5 victory over Island Real Estate. Alyssa Bosch,
Rip Shafer and Sterling Louw each went 2-for-2 with
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Island resident Josh Bernet shows good form on this
volley during Beach Tennis USA action at the Mana-
tee Public Beach. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Kevin Lechlitner reaches high for a serve during the
beach tennis action at the Manatee Public Beach.
Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
The beach was filled last weekend for beach tennis
action. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
two runs scored, while Blake Tedesco added a single,
double and one run scored for Beach Bistro in the vic-
tory. Keegan Murphy, Josh Zawistoski and Jewel Royal
each added hits to the Beach Bistro offense.
Kalif Mora led the Island Real Estate attack with
a perfect 3-for-3 day that included a home run, double
and three runs scored. The Cucci brothers, Joey and
Anthony, each contributed a paii of singles, while
Courtni Wash and Lexi Moore managed singles to
round out the IRE attack.
The all-Bradenton team of Ron Pepka and Ron
Slagh defeated Herb Ditzel of Anna Maria and Karl
Thomas of Vancouver Island, Canada, by a 22-13 score
to win the May 10 horseshoe competition at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits. Both-teams advanced to the final
game by posting 3-0 records during pool play action
among the 12 teams participating.
The team of John Johnson and George McKay rode
McKay's clutch "six pack" that turned a 16-17 deficit
into a 22-17 victory to win the May 6 challenge over
Tom Rhodes and Jay Disbrow. Johnson and McKay
AMI Little League schedule
AAA League (ages 9-12)
May 17 6:30 p.m.
May 19 7:30 p.m.
May 20 10a.m.
May 22 7:30 p.m.
AA League (ages 8-10)
May 18 5:30 p.m.
May 18 7 p.m.
May 19 6 p.m.
May 22 7 p.m.
Duncan vs. WMFD
WMFD vs. Duncan
M. Stanley vs. Duncan-
Bark vs. IRE
M. Stanley vs. Bistro
Bistro vs. B. Hills
Amateur division players Reese Milner and Carling
Seguso show off their Beach Tennis Open. irst-place
trophies. Photo: Beach, Tennis USA/John Rarrick
defeated the team of Bill Bartlett and Steve Doyle 23-8
in one semifinal, while Rhodes and Disbrow defeated
Ron Pepka and Tom Skoloda 21-15 in the other semi-
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Skateboard contest coming May 20
The city of Holmes Beach is hosting a skateboard
contest on Saturday, May 20, at the skateboard park
adjacent to city hall. The contest costs $20 for regis-
tered skaters ages 9-17. If someone isn't registered at
the Holmes Beach skate park, they can do so by regis-
tering with an adult at city hall and paying a user fee
Three age divisions, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17 will
compete for first-, second- and third-place trophies. The
deadline to sign up is May 19. For more information,
call 708-5804, ext. 248.
AMI AAA League
1. Blake Wilson
3. Daniel Janisch
4. Connor Cloharty
5. Trevor Bystrom
6. Martine MViller
7. Glenn Bower
8. Justin Suca
9. Daniel Pimental
10. Mike Dolan
Batting Avg. Team
AMI Little League standings
T-Ball (ages 5-7) .WMRFD 7 6
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TWIN ANTIQUE BRASS beds in good condition.
$175. (941) 779-1556.
WASHER AND DRYER: $250. (941) 284-0047.
SMALL RATTAN TABLE with glass top and two
chairs $45. Working side-by-side refrigerator, water
and ice in door $150. (941) 778-1180.
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
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30-2 Tuesdays
and Thursdays. 9-noon on Saturdays. Always clear-
ance racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. (941)
MOVING SALE! 8am-4pm Friday and Saturday,
May 19-20. Sofas, beds, tables, chairs, lamps,
desks, antiques, etc. 708 Rose, Anna Maria.
RENTAL PROPERTY NEED refurbishing?
9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. Lots of
good furniture, linens, accessories. 708 Rose, Anna
SALE: NIKI'S GIFTS, Jewelry, Antiques. Two white
bedroom chest- of-drawers, each $50. All sterling
jewelry 50-70 percent off. Select gifts, collectibles,
vintage jewelry, art, furniture, crystal 50-70 per:
cent off. Fabulous knotty-pine wardrobe, cedar-
lined $125. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. (941)
779-0729.5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call (941) 807-1734 or
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms
at The Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more
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 for loving 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.
FOR SALE: 1993 Johnson 200-hp outboard motor.
Low hours, runs great. $2,500 or best offer. (941)
2001 BOSTON WHALER Outrage. 26-foot center
console, twin 225-hp Mercury Opti-max, full elec-
tronics, low hours, full cover. $55,900. (941)
29-FOOT COLUMBIA SAILBOAT: 4-foot full keel,
ready to go sailing. It is a live-aboard. Electronics
included. (941) 778-2913.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
and near shore fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait,
tackle provided. (941) 723-1107.
HELP WANTED: HOUSEKEEPERS and mainte-
nance person. Apply in person. Diplomat Resort,
3155 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key (941)
RESERVATION AGENT: PART-time or full-time res-
ervation agent needed for well-established real
estate office in Holmes Beach. Candidate must be
detail-oriented, organized and computer literate.
Excellent phone skills and strong customer service
background needed. Rental experience a plus. Call
Ellen at (941) 778-0777.
FRONT DESK FOR busy chiropractic office, full
time. Billing experience preferred but not necessary.
Will train. Call (941) 778-9372.
FRONT DESK RESERVATIONIST: reliable people-
person needed for Longboat Key resort. Five years
experience. 9am-5pm, four days per week, includ-
ing Saturday and Sunday. $12/hour with benefits.
Phone (941) 383-5549.
SEEKING PIANO PLAYER evenings for Ooh La La!
Bistro. Music range from classical to jazz. Call Chef
Damon, (941) 778-5320.
PART-TIME YEAR-round for Island gift shop. Nights
and weekends available, retirees welcome. Benefits
available. (941) 778-2943.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call (941)
ACCOUNTANT/OFFICE MANAGER: Island office.
Accountant/office manager needed for internet-
based marketing company. This position is full
time and located in Holmes Beach. Resumes by
e-mail to: email@example.com,or fax (941)
779-9721. State salary requirements. This position
RELIABLE PERSON: 20 hours a week to assist
couple that no longer drive. Vehicle provided,
clean license required. Driving to appointments and
errands and light housekeeping required. Refer-
ences required. (941) 761-2982. In the 75th Street/
BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT: THRIVING busi-
ness, building with additional income, beer and wine,
$1,690,000; Breakfast/lunch turnkey restaurant in
busy Bradenton plaza, beer and wine, $79,990;
Pack-and-ship, great Sarasota location, good fran-
chisersupport. $99,900;-Pizza;-takeout and deliv-
ery, 23 seats, beer and wine license. Main Mana-
tee road, $99,000; Bait and tackle, profitable. Great
Cortez location, motivated seller, $65,000. Confi-
dentiality agreement required for details. L6ngview
Realty, (941) 383-6112. For more great business
and realty buys: www.longviewrealty.com.
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.
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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-grader, female, great
with kids and animals. Call Kendall, (941) 779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, (941)
761-1569. Red Cross certified.
ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S safety while you relax.
Call Gemma, (941) 447-9657. Responsible, reliable
and experienced 10th-grader with a love for children.
Red Cross babysitting and first-aid certifications.
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs.
Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
Zach, (941) 779-9783.
RED CROSS first-aid certified babysitter certified.
Call Alex, (941) 778-5352.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent refer-
ences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)
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. Call (941)
MR. BILLS HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. (941) 730-2137.
AAA WIFE and HUSBAND cleaning your house
and windows with confidence. Good references,
reasonable rates. Licensed and insured. (941)
FREE HOUSESITTING: RETIRED'Christian couple.
Bondable, with much experience available any-
time. References furnished. (770) 832-7319.
CLEANING COUPLE: A few open slots for offices,
condos, houses, etc. We also do errands and
hurricane checks. Honest and dependable. (941)
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early,
online at www.islander.org.
LARGE LOT 101x112-foot lot located in central
Holmes Beach. Many possibilities on this property
including room to build two homes. $689,000.
ANNA MARIA CANAL HOME Tranquility and gracious living in this spacious home.
Covered deck, Swedish hot tub room, art studio, dock and lift, fireplace, giant walk-in
closet and room for a pool. $985,000.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS: Rarely available 3BR unit, overlooking canal.
Spacious bedrooms and eat-in kitchen. Over 1600 sf, heated pool and spa in a beautifully
maintained bay-front community. $599,000.
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 beach! Lowest price in North Beach Village. $579,000.
GREAT VALUE! Home with Deeded Boat Slip. Ground level 2BR/1BA home
in a quiet neighborhood. Bright and airy with an open floor plan. Short walk to
the beach and just steps from your boat. Great winter residence or investment/
reno action potential. Priced to sell at $575,000.
MINI RESORT Four units in Bradenton Beach directly across the street from the Gulf! Room
for a pool, great rental history, Gulf views from roof top sundeck. Property is ripe for condo
conversion or just sit back and let the income roll in. Each duplex offered at $649,900.
1 AND 2 BEDROOM CONDOS Enjoy fabulous sunsets from your rooftop deck! Just
one block from the beach and centrally located in Bradenton Beach. Walk to Historic
Bridge Street, restaurants, shops, and marina. Turnkey furnished & ready to rent. New
heated pool and rooftop deck! Wonderful island escape! Starting at $329,000.
FULL GULF VIEWS! Unobstructed views of the Gulf from this adorable 2BR/1BA
turnkey condo in Bradenton Beach. Low association fees, no rental restrictions, and zero
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.
SANDY POINTE: Impeccably maintained 2BR/2BA condo in central Holmes Beach
within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the beach! No rental restrictions make
this condo an instant income producer. Heated pool, covered parking, storage, washer dryer,
and new water heater! Don't \ait come seeh this astefullh done unit toda $355,000.
GREAT CANALFRONT \ALUE IN LONGBOAT KEY 3BR/2BA home with won-
derful open-beam ceilings, new flooring. new dock. no bridges to bay. Short walk to
beach, botanical park and a great restaurant. $779.000.
A WATERLOVERS DREAM! Wonderful master suite \ ith 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 view s Easy boat access Bay and Gulf. Offered at $2,795,000
NEW CONSTRUCTION! LOW \MAINTENANCE HONIE! Construction complete!
Coastal designed 3BR/2.5BA home % ith 18-foot ceilings. granite countertops, stainless
appliances, wood floors, 8-foot French doors, two open decks, Hardi Plank siding, a swim-
ming pool and much more all close to beach access! This is a must see! $849,000.
EXECUTIVE WATERFRONT CONDO LOijaeJ djowniltn on GREAT N.W. FAMILY HOME Loc:ald lUsi oln 01 opriftlliiou
the Manatee River inti .irintioojr i n unit oners p'normirn,: Riveriew Boulevard ini3E'BR,'2BAhc[meonef.-gredji ;:ril.,
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granile counters and iled living aieas. Pet friendly $425 000 mu:r mori lCrn appe31 waork in process Comrn aI; J a k.
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leaiure v.ullead r.ceilri great rOcirm iloor pijn,. ea3-ln 'lc(hern
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NO DEED RESTRICTIONS This wonaenrul 3BR/2BA pooi home is
Dnght and rheery with hie and wood flooring hiile 3ppilinc(f
Separdle 12.'24-l o01 orlshop or otice is insulatra and dry walled
wtri r irOniiijiniin) running iiwaer dnd ele:tinc Cilose I -i5.275
and uS-ll $215 i00. Call Anne Huber at 9411 i 13. 935
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AFFORDABLE IN ANNA MARIA Inviting 3BR/2BA
home within strolling distance of the sparkling Gulf!
Features great-room plan with vaulted ceilings plus
screened lanai. Great buy at $699,500.
ANNA MARIA VILLAGE DUPLEX NEAR GULF The
great location of this duplex on Elm Ave. can't
be beat! Features 2BR/1BA on each side. Good
tenants in place. Affordably priced at $675,000.
This one won't last long!
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PRICE BUSTERS ISLAND cleaning and errand
service. No job too small. All houses and yard
work, also trash removal and personal shopping.
Call between 8am-6pm for more details. (941)
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.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. For profes-
sional, friendly, reliable cleaning service, call Cham-
berlain Professional Cleaning, (941) 778-7770,
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)
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!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage 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.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
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Vacant lot "west" of Gulf
of Mexico Drive. Lot size
9,435 sf. $549,000.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. (941)
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call (941) 778-2581.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Top quality lawn
and landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please call (941) 778-2335
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and
installation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell.(941) 448-3857;
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
WANT A "HOUSE" FOR YOUR BOAT?
home with 39-foot
boat slip. As an
added bonus this
3BR/2BA home that
was rebuilt and
enlarged three years
ago also has a
low apartment, which would be perfect for a home office if you don't
want your mother-in-law to visit! Gourmet "main home" kitchen, see-
through gas fireplace, heated pool and many more extras. 4,900 sf
under roof. Possible owner financing available for qualified borrowers.
A must see at $2,250,000. 502 72nd St., Holmes Beach. Ted E. Davis
Real Estate. Owner/Broker. By appointment, (941) 778-6155.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, cleanup,
shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work. Truck for
hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941) 727-5066.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION 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 sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
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. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.
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side, Remodeled 2004, $560,000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker, '
(941) 545-9591 evenings.
GREAT LOCATION 3BR/3BA Key West elevated home.
Like new! Dining room, four-car garage, lanai, workshop,
elevator, pool. Views of Gulf and Intracoastal. $1,300,000. U
Call Michel Cerene, Broker, (941) 545-9591 evenings.
ISLAND CONDO 2BR/1BA Sea Pirates, rental producing
condo across from Gulf, heated pool, professionally decorated.
$455,000. Call Susan Klement, Realtor, (941) 720-4107:-
ISLAND HOME REDUCED 3BR/2.5BA with fireplace. Corner
lot on canal with new dock and caged pool..New kitchen
cabinets and granite countertops. New metal roof. $575,000.
Call Carleen Weise, Realtor, (941) 224-6521 evenings.
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KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cab-
inets and shutters. Insured and licensed, (941)
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, handy-
man, 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-SIXYEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Pressure
wash. Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpen-
ter. Call 518-3316 or 778-6898.
CARLV. JOHNSON JR. Inc. building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Lic#RR0066450. Call (941) 795-1947.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy Inc.
Retired banker, Island resident, converting life-long
hobby to business. Call (941) 705-0275 for free esti-
SCOTT W. BROOKS LLC: Home repair, painting,
carpentry, tile. Island resident, Island references.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
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:
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1 BR/1 BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. (901) 301-8299 or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, (941) 778-2246.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
BRADENTON BEACH: NEWLY remodeledlBR/
1BA suite with full kitchen, fully furnished,
one block from Bridge Street, three minute
walk to beach. Sleeps four only. No pets. Now
taking reservations for summer. Available weekly,
monthly or seasonal. (941) 776-3696, or e-mail
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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6842 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 941,387.9004
MONTHLY RENTAL: 2BR/2BA with den. Furnished
condo on canal. West Bradenton. Five minutes to
beaches. $2,100/month. June through November
2006. (708) 532-2149.
COZY EXPANDED MOBILE home in 55-plus resort.
bayside, furnished, parking, walk to beach/trolley.
$800/month, annual. $1,400/month, seasonal. (518)
473-1169 or rgumson @mail.nysed.gov.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL: New home, 55-plus park,
across from beach, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA,
central air conditioning, heat, washer and dryer,
carport. $1,100/month, call for seasonal rate. (941)
HOUSE FOR RENT: North end, annual 3BR,
spacious, clean, steps to beach, tranquil setting,
$1,500/month. (941) 778-3006.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA penthouse condo.
Furnished, waterfront, pool, tennis. References
required. $2,400/month. (941) 724-0026.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Furnished 2BR/1BA bright,
cozy mobile home. Large kitchen, wood deck, nice
location. No pets. $625 monthly. (941) 779-0556.
AVAILABLE JUNE 1: Private home for rent annu-
ally on water. 2BR/2BA, enclosed garage, beautiful
view. Bradenton Beach. $1,300/month. By owner,
WATERFRONT ANNUAL-- RENTAL:
2BR/2BAwaterfront villa. Great view in quiet, retired
neighborhood. Dock and one-car covered parking.
$1,000/month. Call Capt'n Steve at (941) 778-2100,
or cell (970) 846-7394.
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MINI RESORT: Two duplexes, four units in
Bradenton Beach directly across the street from the
beach. $649,900 each duplex.
FULL GULF VIEWS: Unobstructed views from this
adorable 2BR/1BA turnkey condo. $499,000.
LOT: 101X112-foot lot. Build one or two units in
central Holmes Beach close to Gulf. $689,000.
SANDYPOINTE: 2BR/2BA impeccably maintained
condo close to everything. Must see. $355,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: A 2BR/2.5BA, 1,500
sf condo with pool. $579,000.
CANAL HOME: Tranquility and gracious living
*abound' in -this spacious home. Many, features.
Open, light and brght, completely updated, 1 BR!1BA condo New
furnishings, appliances and custom window coverings. Tranquil view
over pond with fountain and partial bay view. Relax in the largest
heated pool on the Island, enjoy tennis on lighted courts, fish from the
bayfront dock, or entertain friends in the newly decorated clubhouse.
Deeded beach access. Runaway Bay 1801 Gulf Drive N., # 271.
By Owner 941-778-8327. Agent participation welcome. $359,900.
Choice building lot over 11,000 sf in lovely Holmes
Beach location. Surrounded with tropical foliage and
landscaping for your privacy. Remove the structure to.
have open space ready to build! New price now $649,000.
OTHER CHOICE PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR SALE.
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LIDO BEACH: STUDIO, land 2BR apartments.
Delightful and modern with porch/lanai in garden
setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St.
Armands Circle. Eight minutes to Sarasota Main
Street. Fully furnished, including full kitchen and
laundry room. Call for special summer rates, (941)
LUXURY CONDO WEEKLY rental at La Casa Cost-
iera on the Gulf, $2,500.2BR/2.5BA, 2,000 sf. (866)
ANNUAL RENTAL UNFURNISHED, large 3BR with
caged pool on canal in Holmes Beach. Month-to-
month lease, $1,750. (941) 778-3006.
ANNUAL GROUND-LEVEL duplex: 2BR/1 BA near
community center, large yard, pet OK. Fridge,
stove, screened lanai, washer and dryer hookup.
$1,100/month. (905) 354-5950.
KEY ROYALE: 3BR/2BA house on canal with
dock, all new inside, two-car garage, community
pool/tennis, washer and dryer, fireplace, pets
OK, $2,250/month. Westbay Pointe & Moorings,
2BR/2BA condo, second floor, water view, fur-
nished or unfurnished, annual lease, $1,500/month.
72nd Street duplex, 2BR/2BA, second floor, loads
of storage, garage, 360 yards to beach, no
pets, $1,200/month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941)
BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL rental: Ocean/
beach View from yard. Single 2BR/1BA, washer/
dryer, big back yard, pet OK. Clean house! Great
neighborhood! $995/month. 2204 Ave. C. Also,
small 1BR/1BA, $695/month. (216) 701-5334 or
SEASONAL DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA with laundry.
Three-minute stroll to Gulf, north end of Island.
$2,200/month, three-month minimum. (813)
FOR RENT: GARAGE or storage unit on Anna
Maria Island. $100/month. (941) 962-4933.
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TOWNHOUSE/VILLA: 3BR/3BA Heated pool, gazebo, upgrades. $598,000.
ARBORS 2BR/2BA, golf course, turnkey, clubhouse. $263,900.
MARTINIQUE N.-Direct Gulf view, corner with garage, storage.
Updated. Shows beautifully. $899,000.
KEY ROYALE-Canalfront lot. 9,450 sf. Golf course view. $699,000.
BAYVIEW- 4-5BR/4BA, induding guest quarters. Large master suite. $1,330,000.
GULF VIEW- Holmes Beach duplex or 4BR/2BA home. $799,000.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB- 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $794,900.
BAYPOINTE- 4BR/3BA villa. Eight month new. $251,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS, CONDOS, HOMES
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
ANNUAL RENTAL IN Holmes Beach. One block to
the Gulf. 2BR/1 BA. Close to trolley stop and stores.
Washer and dryer on premises. $1,100/month. Call
(646) 842-0096 soon!
THREE 1BR/1BA APARTMENTS: each under
$800/month. Seven-month lease. One in Bradenton,
two in Sarasota. Call Jackie, (941) 929-7165.
1BR/1BA MOBILE HOME: Annual or seasonal.
Great location, remodeled. $550/month, annual.
Call for seasonal rate. 55-plus. (941) 962-4933.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level duplex
$925/month; 2BR/2BA elevated duplex $950/month;
2BR/2BA Meadowcroft condo, $950/month;
2BR/2BA plus den, Perico Bay Club, $1,450/month;
1BR/1.5BA furnished, Sable Palms, $775/month.
Anna Maria Gulf Coast Properties, (941)
LUXURY 2BR/2BA CONDO: Beach access, tennis,
pool $875/week. 2BR mobile home $800/month,
$700/month annual. (863) 688-3524. Cell (863.)
ANNUAL GROUND-LEVEL duplex; 2BR/2BA near
beach, small pet OK, nice fridge, stove, hurricane-
filmed, tinted windows, shutters, washer and dryer
hookup. $1,000/month. (941) 778-2585.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA home, large bonus
room, over-sized two-car garage, dock.
$2,000/month. Call Carla Price, (941) 720-8746.
Bark and Company Realty, Inc.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2R/1BA home, with garage.
$1,350/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, PA at
(941) 778-2291, or e-mail Jason@betsyhills.com.
ANNUAL RENTALSI Two 1BR units close to the
beach! $800/month plus utilities. Call Adele at
An Island Place Realty, (941) 779-9320, or (941)
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BEAUTIFUL NORTH ANNA MARIA
One of five original fishing
cottages on one lot, all from
the 1930s. This cottage has
been restored to original pine
floors and is nicely turnkey
furnished. Peeks of Tampa
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GROUND-LEVEL DUPLEX nine houses to beach.
2BR/1BA, $1,100/month plus utilities. Call (941)
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Lakefront Hidden
Lake condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to
beach. Starting at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941)
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of
Tampa Bay. Reduced $795,900. (941) 779-1512.
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on the Island!
2BR/ 2BA, one-car garage, gourmet kitchen, new
windows, updated baths and more. Two blocks from
beach. $615,000. (941) 778-8677. 406 Bay Palms
Drive, Holmes Beach..
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/
playroom, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted
bedrooms. 1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus
trees, near Brentwood school in Sarasota.
Reduced to $274,900. (941) 379-4196 or (941)
PERICO ISLAND: 1,170 sf, lovely 2BR2BA condo.
Great water view/porch. Eat-in kitchen. Concrete
built. $325,000. Agents welcome. (941) 792-7828.
CONDO UNIT DIRECTLY on Gulf. Call (504)
819-0867 or (504) 391-0324.
PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT HOME: Flamingo Cay.
1,500 sf 3BR/2BA, private dock and davits. Sail-
boat water. 130-plus feet of seawall. Room for a.
pool. Ready for remodel or build new. Incredible full
bay views. $999,000. Mike Faber, (941) 504-6345.
RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: 2BR/2BA immaculate
open-style ranch. Lagoon swimming pool in pri-
vate botanical garden setting. 504 70th St., Holmes
Beach. Must see. (941) 778-4256.
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JUST REDUCED! RUNAWAY Bay 2BR/2BA sec-
ond-floor condo with great view of pond and foun-
tain. Everything new in 2006, including: carpet,
tile, furniture, pictures, paint, kitchen items, beds
and more. All new bathrooms. Air conditioning has
about a six-year warranty for new owner. $390,000.
George, (847) 707-3859
KEY ROYALE: Holmes Beach. Direct bayfront, gor-
geous view of Skyway, 3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage,
private dock. $2,500,000. North Point Harbor canal-
front 4BR/3BA, five-car garage. Elevated with new
lap pool/spa/waterfall, seawall and dock. $872,500.
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, renovated ranch with
new seawall/dock/20,000-lb lift. $989,500. Both with
community pool and tennis. Call Lynn Bankuty,
Realtor, SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 737-1420.
C P R: (941) 794.1515.
www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Sales, rentals,
property management. Coastal Properties Realty.
LOT FOR SALE: 57.75x114 feet. Great location
one block from Gulf beach. $569,000. 125 Neptune
Lane, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4246.
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! $969,000. (317) 873-3307 for instructions
on virtual tour.
REDUCED $128,000: BEACH duplex. 4Br/2Ba
pool-size lot, partial ocean, exclusive area. Rare
weekly income. $599,000. 205 71st St. (past beach
Bistro on Gulf Drive.) Janet, (941) 538-033, Realty
HOLMES BEACH R2 LOT, 12,500 sf with duplex,
two blocks to beach, $649,000. (941) 400-9346.
REDUCED! Large Anna Maria lot, deep-water
canal, no bridges, custom plans available. $650,000.
Details at http://mysite.verizon.net/talbotl, or call
ELEVATED DUPLEX: HOLMES Beach. 4BR total,
concrete structure with enclosed downstairs. 3,300
sf total, easily convert to single-family. $549,000.
REDUCED $128,000: BEACH duplex: 4BR/2BA
pool-size lot, partial ocean, exclusive area. Rare
weekly income. $599,000.205 71st St. (Past beach
Bistro on Gulf Drive.) Janet, (941) 538-0233. Realty
HUGE SWEEPING BAY views from 2BR/2BA
bayside condo with deeded 35-foot deep-water-
dock and carport, pool, tennis. $559,000. (941)
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA elevated duplex with screened
porch, deck, Mexican tile, covered parking, washer/
dryer, yard care. Available now. $1,050/month. Call
TWO LONGBOAT KEY cottages for sale or trade
for house in Tampa. Owner/broker, Vicky Groggin,
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA.
Brand new furnished, bay windows with water view.
Hurricane Force-3 manufactured home. One mile
from Anna Maria Island and one block from Intra-
coastal Waterway with new marina and boat ramp.
Land owned. Home owner's association optional.
$159,900. (941) 224-6521.
FOR SALE: BRIGHT and clean, furnished 1BR/1 BA
condo on Cortez Road, near Bradenton Beach.
$150,000. Call Jackie, (941) 929-7165, or (305)
WATERFRONT TOWNHOME with deeded dock,
pool, 3BR/3BA, large storage room, two-car garage.
Former model, many upgrades. $825,000. (941)
. 962-5429:. '..'.'. ....
DEEPWATER CANALFRONT: $100,000 below
appraisal. Direct access to bay. 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage with heated pool and spa. Call for details.
$650,000. Vicki Gilbert, (941) 713-0195. Wedebrock
WOW! WALK TO beach and bay for only $485,000.
Single-family home, 2BR/1BA, garage, fenced yard
with room for a pool. New kitchen and other
upgrades. Vicki Gilbert, (941) 713-0195. Wedebrock
BAYSHORE-ON-THE-Lake: Waterfront, 2BR/2BA,
active 55-plus condo close to shopping, minutes to
beach. $129,900. Re/Max Gulfstream. Liz Codola,
$45,000 WILL BUY 566 sf of living space next to
Bradenton Beach City Pier. Excellent condition,
very clean, ready to move into with all appliances,
plus washer and dryer, central air conditioning
and heat plus 2005 20-foot Landau Bandit pon-
toon boat and new 20-foot Continental trailer. Boat
slips available to members of boating club and
owners. Annual dues $50. This is a steal. Bill, (250)
769-7531, or (250) 215-1275. Three hours time dif-
ference at west.coast.
WATERFRONT HOME WITH a pool. Only $575,000.
U.S. designed, built, and renovated by famous
architect (middle name Lloyd). Must see. Call
Michael at Smith Real Estate. (941) 778-0777.
ALMOST BEACH: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage at
North Beach Village, home owners association.
Across from beach with Gulf views. No condo rules.
Reduced $30,000 to $ 549,000. Gail Tutewiler,
Wedebrock Real Estate, (941) 705-0227.
BIG PRICE REDUCTION: Beautiful Village Green
home. Seller temporarily lowering price $26,000
below his costs for quick sale. $268,900. Gail
Tutewiler, Wedebrock Real Estate. (941)
$54,000 PRICE REDUCTION! Island duplex, 9,060
sf-R2 lot, upgraded. Annual renters. Now $575,000.
Gail Tutewiler, Wedebrock Real Estate, (941)
OPEN 1-4 PM SUNDAY, May21,, Beautifully remod-
eled, 2-3/BR home on double lot. $439,000. 2011
83rd St. N.W., Bradenton.
KEY ROYALE: Remodeled pool home. 3BR/2BA
caged pool and spa. Boat dock. Let's make a deal.
Priced $40,000 under bank appraisal for quick sale.
Vacant and move-in ready. $879,900. Call Fred/
owner at Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON HOME: Two blocks
off Palma Sola Bay. No flood zone. 3BR/2BA,-two-
car garage, large fenced lot. $335,000. Real Estate
Mart. (941) 756-1090.
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THE ISLANDER MAY 17, 2006 B-13
PICKWICK LAKE WATERFRONT development on
a TVA lake, approximately 90 miles long in North-
east Mississippi. A small gated community with
private 30-foot covered boat slips, pool and spa.
There are only 13 undeveloped lots left. The lots
are priced from $49,900 to $150,000, including
boat slip. Property taxes range from $500-$1,500/
year. Call Bailey at Bailey Williams Realty for more
information. Office, (800) 748-9051. Cell (662)
415-7999 or Anna Maria, (941) 778-1356. You will
be glad you called!
DAHLONEGA, GA.: 3.3 acres. Spacious 5BR/3BA
brick ranch. Large sun porch, garage, carport, fin-
ished basement, storage galore. (770) 983-7322.
MURPHY, N.C. AAH, cool summers, mild winters,
affordable homes and mountain cabins, land. Call
for free brochure, (877) 837-2288. Exit Realty
Mountain View Properties. www.exitmurphy.com.
NORTH CAROLINA: COOL mountain air, views
and streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free
brochure, (800) 642-5333. Realty Of Murphy.
317 Peachtree St., Murphy, NC 28906.
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.
TENNESSEE SWAN RIDGE: Lake resort on
Dale Hollow Lake, a private, gated community.
Enjoy the best of both worlds, lake-view and
mountain-view homesites. (931) 243-4871.
MOUNTAIN PROPERTY! Interested in buying prop-
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INDUSTRIAL: 60 MILES East of Tallahassee.
13,742 sf block building, paved parking, 4BR/2BA
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21 Rankin Realty, (800) 677-5559.
ASHEVILLE, N.C., AREA homesites. Sneak pre-
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NEW! ALABAMA WATERFRONT Two hours to
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incredible moss-draped hardwoods. Planned club-
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TENNESSEE/KENTUCKY LAKEFRONT: Private
lakefront or view retreats. Rolling hills, mild climate.
One-to over 40-acre sites from $40,000. On the
border 90 minutes to Nashville. Phase II selling
now! Owner, (866) 339-4966.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Five acres with frontage
on very large pristine creek, very private, excellent
fishing, canoeing, good access, near New River
Trail State Park, $39,500. Owner, (866) 789-8535
GEORGIA: BLAIRSVILLE in the north Georgia
mountains. Land, homes, commercial and invest-
ment. "Everything we touch turns to sold." Jane
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OWNER'S LIQUIDATION SALE by sealed bid.
New homes and acreage homesites in the Blue
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close. Restrictive covenant community. Deadline
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WESTERN NEW MEXICO: Private 74-acre ranch,
$129,990. Mountain views, trees, rolling hills, pasture-
land, wildlife, borders Bureau of Land Management.
Picturesque homesite at 6,700-foot elevation. Horse-
back riding, hiking, hunting. Perfect family ranch, elec-
tricity. 100 percent financing. NALC (866) 365-2825.
FLORIDA LAND BARGAINS: Opportunities to own
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MESMERIZING GULFSIDE VIEWS! A leisurely
sort of luxury pervades this 3BR townhouse
with soaring ceilings, labor-saving kitchen,
liberally-sized closets, inviting master suite
with lazy loft upstairs, creatively-sized 2 5-car
attached garage with a Texas-sized storage
room. Grab a rare find in Island Village
before someone else does'
S1Sensational at just $609,000
1 ICall Jim D'Alessio, 737-0606.
FABULUS 1/3-acre ot with long candalview of.
Sarasota Bay. Minutes tothe&r 10,00 Ib. boat lif
private boat dock and your own white sandy-beachf
And if thats not enog take short walk across Uf
of Me~co I)veto reaxondeeded.beach and wach
sunsets. Nice 2BR/t2A house, great room, wood-
.aminate foors tile, updated bathooms, encsed
lanai and den area. Quiet area.with great views
al around. $1,195,000 -
Call Kyleand TeritfHnson,
320-5517 or 320-0887.
VINTAGE BEACH COTTAGE Ideally located on a quiel
street. Within steps of the sandy beaches of the Gull
Rela< and enjoy the sparkling view of the water Potential
galore for the creative buyer. Build up lor a spectacular
vista ol the turquoise sea. Plenly of room 10 add a pool
for a tranquil private escape $769,000 Call Liz Codola at
CREATE YOUR OWN PARADISE Across from the sparkling
waters ol Ine Gulf ol Mexico rests this enchanting beach
contage. Light and bright living area with wrap around
windows and Meican tile. Add a pool wiri tropical
landscaping for a peaceful garden oasis. Located amongst
multi-million dollar homes. Build up for unobstructed water
views. $699,000. Call Liz Codola at (941) 812-3455
BEST OF BOTH SHORES! Within steps of the powder sand
beaches of the Bay & Bean Point Soaring cypress ceilings &
celestory windows abound for an open airy essence Profes-
sional remodel with Travenine floors wood cabinets, granite
countertops SS appliances and Planltaion shutters Elevated
sun deck for spectacular sunset views $849.000 Call LIz
Godola al (9411812-3455.
INVESTMENT PROPERTY OWNERS
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Tidy Island Enjoy sophisticated elegance
in this almost 3,000 sf renovated town-
home. You'll enjoy bay views from almost
every room. Travertine stone floors, gran-
ite countertops, sleek wood cabinetry, pri-
vate elevator, gas fireplace, gourmet kitchen
with stainless steel appliances and so much
Runaway Bay In yo u rt lioing lor In
perfect beach getaway, this is it! Directly
across Gulf Drive from deeded beach
access. 2BR/2BA has inside utility, two
full baths and a walk-in master closet.
Condo is turnkey furnished. Bargain at
Cortez Village -The old Florida life-
style is yours today in this charming
newer home in quaint Cortez Village.
This house is just steps from all the
uniqueness and history of one of the
few working fishing villages left in Flor-
Hunaway Bay .uy i:,ia l~ IIiTimi LOwri: I
priced 2BR unit in complex. Currently
under renovation by the condo associa-
tion makes it your opportunity to snatch
up a bargain. Turnkey furnished ground-
floor unit with adorable furniture is being
sold 'as is'! $399,000.
Smuggler's Landing 2BR/2BA water- Smuggler's Landing-2BR/2BA Remod-
front condo with den. Almost 1600 sf with eled unit with glass enclosed lanai over-
40-foot deep-water boatslip,Vaulted ceil- looking your 40-foot deep-water boat
ings, built-ins and wet-bar. $699,000. slip. $589,000.
Over 20 years experience specializing in waterfront & boating properties
THOUSANDS OF HOMES ONE ADDRESS
HOLMES BEACH. Contemporary 4/5BR ANNA MARIA ISLAND. Views of bay &
beach house on 3/4 acre lot on the skyway bridge. Totally renovated top to
Gulf of Mexico..Open & screened gulf bottom. 2BR's and a loft w/an office. A
view balconies & porches.$4,800,000. beautifulbigopendecktowatchthedolphins
748-6300.Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or play. $1,950,000. Debbie Capobianco
Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 527811 748-6300 or 704-2394.518330.
CUSTOM WATERFRONT HOME. Remod-
eled with coral stone gas fireplace. Boat
lift, pavers & screened lanai. Minutes
to Gulf/Bay by boat. $949,900. Kathy
Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala,
KEY ROYALE. Completely updated 2200
SF3BR. Short distanceto beach. Nurtured
for you to move in & enjoy the fabulous
canal views. $898,000. Leah Secondo,
748-6300 or 545-4430.524400
BRADENTON BEACH! Large 2BR, deeded beach access, short distance to gulf beaches.
Bright& open, newerappliances. Securedcomplexwith communityboatdock, heated pool &
spa overlooking bay. $799,900. Jody Shim, 748-6300 or 705-5704. 525665.
COME LIVE THE GOOD LIFE in this charming bungalow. If the interior of this 3BR doesn't
charm you, the setting on the street will. Fishing dock in back. $679,000.748-6300. Judy
LaValliere, 504-3792 or Ann DeBellevue, 720-7614. 518185
BEACH BUNGALOW. Updated duplex with 1 BR on each side & only a block to beach. New
kitchen & bathrooms, nevw beach bungalow furnishings. $25,000 POOL ALLOWANCE.
$649,000. Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988.521248.,
CHARMING CIMARRON RANCH. Contemporary 2700SF pool home with great curb
appeal. Large lot, picturesque lake. Care & maintenance given to this property. $599,900.
Kathy Valente, 748-6300'or 685-6767. 821186.
TASTEFULLY remodeled River District home one block from Lewis Park. Red oak floors,
country kitchen,crown molding,zoned AC, fireplace & insulated windows & oversized wood
deck. $494,000. Bill Stufflebeam, 748-6300 or 798-3007. 524702
HOLMES BEACH. $10,000 Remodel Allowance 2BR villa w/water views. 1 block
from 2 beach accesses Deeded access to Spring Lake for fishing & canoeing,
attached enclosed garage, & room for pool. $378,500. Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300
or 447-9988. 527673.
CAYMAN CAY VILLAS. 2 BR end unit located in charming Island neighborhood directly
across from Beach. Peek of Gulf from lanai. Turnkey condo, delightful get-a-way or
investment. $375,000. Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 524503
NORTHWOOD PARK. Stunning almost brand new w/designer colors & window
treatments. Gorgeous wood & tile floors. Sparkling pool w/waterfall & heat pump.
Lot on creek and greenbelt. $329,000. Ruth Lawler, 587-4623 or Maryann Lawler,
FAIRWAYACRES. 3BR, 2200sqftspliton 1/3acre: NewerA/C & roof, no deed restrictions
& room for a pool. Close to beaches, shopping & Blake Hospital. $319,900. Victoria
Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-1278 or Ally Howell, 224-6378.524796.
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GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD Priced to sell, this duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $499,000.
SIX GULFFRONT APARTMENTS From 3BR/31BA
to 1BR/1BA with tile floors throughout. Or very large
5BR/4BA home with four guest cottages. Small pool.
Great value. $2,999,999.
HISTORIC CORTEZ Original one-room schoolhouse
from the 1800s. Now a 3BR/1BA. $399,000.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT At north end with spec-
tacular views of Gulf, dunes and sea oats. Very large
2BR/3BA, 2,400 sf.
KEY ROYALE Lowest price on Key. Beautifully
furnished 2BR/2BA, overlooks boat basin and
down canal with boat slip. Tastefully landscaped.
View of bay.
ADORABLE COTTAGE Hardwood floors, large
garage/workshop. Located in historic fishing village.
Walk to great restaurants and the beach. $255,000.
GULFFRONT BUNGALOW You couldn't buy a
Gulffront lot so cheap!!! But this even has a little house
on it. $1,300,000.
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HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Ceramic tile, breakfast bar, backyard
with pavers, room for pool. Fence, new dock. Direct
access to bay. $849,900.
BAY PALMS SELLER FINANCING
3/4BR/2BA updated canalfront home. Dock and boat
lift. Ceramic tile, new large kitchen, granite counters,
heated pool and Jacuzzi, family room. $1,179,000.
CONTEMPORARY ANNA MARIA HOME
4BR/2BA, turnkey-furnished. Open plan, vaulted ceiling,
breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen. Bamboo flooring, elevator.
Near beach. Four-car garage. $1,350,000.
OLD FLORIDA NEAR BEACH
3BR/1.5BA Old Florida Cracker cottage and studio
apartment. West of Gulf Drive, in Anna Maria City. Just
steps to gorgeous beach. $949,9000.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT
3BR/2.5BA home with 122-foot panoramic water view.
Split plan, breakfast bar, foyer entry, room for pool,
88-foot private dock. $2,500,000.
CLOSE TO BEACH, LARGE LOT HOLMES BEACH
4BR/2BA elevated house, just steps to gorgeous beach.
Furnished, breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen. Seller may
2BR charmer, close to beach! Great income producer with
view of Gulfl Italian tile, fireplace, furnished. Patio with
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.
HOLMES BEACH GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA nicely furnished first floor unit. Just steps to
heated pool. View of beach, tennis, great rental, on-site
manager. Ceramictile. $995,000.
KEY ROYALE'S NORTH POINT HARBOUR
2BR/2BA waterfront home. New seawall, 20,0001b boat
lift. Community heated pool, tennis. Island's finest resi-
dential area. $989,500.
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA. Turnkey furnished condo. Views of Gulf.
Tennis, heated pool, beautiful beach. Excellent rental with
liberal rental policy. $995,000.
PERICO ISLAND CONDO
2BR/2BA. Turnkey furnished. Close to Island beaches.
Heated pool, tennis, clubhouse/fitness room. Carport.
Short drive to shopping and restaurants. $349,900.
GULFFRONT HOLMES BEACH CONDO
1BR/1.5BA Seaside Beach House condo. Turnkey fur-
nished. Sautillo tile. Gorgeous view of the Gulf. Beautiful
beach. Excellent rental. $799,900.
2BR/2BA condo. Bright corner unit. Close to pool.
Ceramic tile, shutters, glass enclosed lanai. Near bank,
doctors, shopping and restaurants. $359,900
WIDEST POINT ON BIMINI BAY
Secluded 4BR/3BA, 250 feet of waterfront. Custom
kitchen, ceramic tile. Master suite with fireplace and Jacuzzi.
Heated pool, lush landscaping, two docks, davits, sprinklers,
well, oversized two-car garage. $1,790,000.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT OCEANA CONDO
3BR/2BA, turnkey-furnished condo on beautiful walking
beach. Open plan, breakfast bar, walk-in closets, elevator.
Small pet. $1,999,000.
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Gulffront complex, secured
entry, heated pool and sauna, tennis. Great rental. Central
Holmes Beach. From $675,000.
1BR/1BA Turnkey-furnished villa. Heated pool, steps to
deeded:white sandy beach access. Rental program in place
on-site manager. Small pet. $349,900.
NORTH POINT HARBOUR- KEY ROYALE
4BR/3BA waterfront home. Auto-clean lap pool, hot tub
and waterfall New seawall and dock. Five-car garage.
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
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LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT Key
West-style home on sailboat water. Boal-
li1f open floor plan, four-car garage,
workout room and 30-foot screened bal-
cony. Becky Smith or Elli Starrett, '(941)
778-2246. #520397 $1,099,000.
ISLAND'S VERY BEST!! Lush tropical DIRECT GULFFRONT Fabulous Gull view'
landscaping surrounds this beaulllul hide- Furnished 2BR/2BA top floor end unit
awayll Only steps to Ihe beach and with additional windows Covered parking
updated Island style. Pool, 3BR/2.5BA. and great walking beach. Weekly rental
Karen Day, (941) 778-2246. #523360. OK Dave Moynihan, (9411 778-2246
$989,000, 4528417. $874,995
MARINERS COVE Direci baylrorni. lop BEACHFRONT CONDO Top floor middle
floor, 3BR/2BA, 2,000 si galed comr unitwith fabulous views ol Gulf. 2BR/1BA
munily, Iwo pools. lennis, elevator, pro- condo in a well maintained len-unil com-
tected deep-waler 35-lool boal slip Dave ple\ in Holmes Beacn. Healed pool
Moynihan, (941) 778-2246. #525552. Near restaurants Dave Moynihan, (941)
$749.500. 778-2246 #516964. $675,000.
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CORAL SHORES GEM Boating para- ABSOLUTE DOLLHOUSE! Thoroughly COMPLETELY REMODELED 3BR.2BA.
dise! 10,000 Ib. lift, private docK. sallwaler modern wian old Florida charm. Island col- two-car garage new roof, window floor-
canal, minutes from Gulf shopping res- tage has on-sie management Deeded ing like new, nice waler .iew Harold
taurants and more, Furnished. Joe Corbo. beach, hshing pier on bay, pool. Becky Small, 19411 778-2246 #525623
!941 778-2246 f519236.$689,000.. Smilh or Elli Slarrell, (941 778-2246 $380,000.
BRAND SPANKING NEW! Lighl, tirighl
3BR.2BA Hidden Lake .;Cjnido- r.nutles rom
teach. vaulled ceiligs, screened lanai,
one-car 3tlaclhed garage. Lake view, pool,
spa, hiness Non-evacuation zone. Penny
Bray, (9411 778-2246. #523475.$359.900.,
RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Now available
several 1 or 2BR units, bayiront. pool
side and other views Some updated.
phone for details. On-site rentals. Priced
$349,000-4494,000. (941) 778-2246.
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