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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 33 June 21, 2006 FREE
Beach parking, security issues face BIEO
By Rick Catlin
Island and Longboat Key elected officials along
with the general public are invited to attend the Coali-
tion of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting at 7
p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the Holmes Beach City
Hall to discuss several issues of vital importance, said
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore.
Parking at the Island's public beaches, security at
Coquina Beach and other issues related to the continu-
ing increase in mainland visitors to the Island are on
the agenda, she said.
Foremost among those topics will likely be a pos-
sible proposal by Manatee County officials to charge
for parking at county-run beaches such as Coquina
Beach, Manatee Public Beach and Bayfront Park in
At the same time, Whitmore is concerned about
the pressure on the Manatee Public Beach parking lot
during peak days, which seem to be just about every
weekend, she said.
"With the ever-increasing population in eastern
Manatee County, I've seen more and more weekends
where there are just too many cars for the parking lot.
People start parking everywhere. We welcome the visi-
tors, but we need to accommodate them."
She said she'd like to hear suggestions from other
elected officials and the public, but she will go to Man-
atee County officials with a suggestion that when the
Manatee Public Beach parking lot is full, the county use
its sign on Manatee Avenue at 75th Street to direct traf-
fic to use the shuttle service at the Beachway Plaza.
She's also concerned about- security at public
beaches, particularly at Coquina Beach, where promot-
ers recently announced a free musical festival for area
youths at that location. Quick action by law enforce-
ment and county officials halted the unpermitted con-
cert, but Whitmore noted Coquina Beach has had its
share of security issues in recent years.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie is so con-
cerned about Coquina Beach security he's asked the
county to consider paid parking there to limit activity.
I'M A GOING' FISHING AND BABY'S GOIN' FISHING TOO!
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center Fishing Tournament the kids' tourney saw a dozen or so fishers compete for prizes and enjoy their Saturday morning at
the Historic Anna Maria City Pier Inset, clockwise from top left, Privateer Tim Thompson helps Michelle Oldham with her catch, a 14-inch whiting that tied her for
bi i stfish. Fishing "Beauty" Savanah Pipkens-Smith. Thompson helps measure up Caleb Bell's fresh catch. The Rolon family, Jessie, Eli, Samson, Moriah and Hope,
made it a "family affair Thompson gets big smiles for his Privateer antics with Justin Babcock and Nancy Sutton-Scott. Islander Photos: Jack Elka
Holmes Beach rejects Anna Maria consolidation bid
By Rick Catlin
Stung by Anna Maria's rejection of its own efforts
at consolidating the three Island cities into one, the
Holmes Beach City Commission June 13 declined to
participate in any joint study with Anna Maria and Bra-
denton Beach on consolidation of services among the
Mayor Carol Whitmore reported to the.commission
that both cities had declined her request for financial,
budgetary and operating information for the Holmes
Beach study on consolidation unless the city is willing
to pay for it. At the same time, Anna Maria City Com-
missioner Duke Miller sent Whitmore and the com-
mission an invitation to join in a study on consolidat-
ing services and pay its proportionate share of the
Commissioner Roger Lutz summed up the com-
mission's mood, saying "It's apparent that elected offi-
cials of the other two cities will do anything to squelch
the consolidation plan. I hope they will be happy."
Holmes Beach has tried consolidation of services
four times since she's been in politics, said Whit-
more. Each time, the city took the lead only to be
rejected by one of the other two cities. Now, it's time
for another city to take the lead and spend its money,
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens noted that
Bradenton Beach once asked the city for operating
Information and "We gave it and never charged for it.
I feel like Roger. Let's just forget it."
Commissioner Pat Morton agreed. "We've tried to
do what our voters wanted. We've gone as far as we
can. It's a dead boat."
The commission agreed.
PLEASE SEE CONSOLIDATION, PAGE 3
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2 0 JUNE 21, 2006 T THE ISLANDER
More piling damage forces pier closure
By Paul Roat
The Bradenton Beach City Pier has closed, and will
remain so through the end of July.
Building Official Ed Mc Adam told city commis-
sioners last Thursday that Stemic Enterprises Inc., a
contractor hired by the city to repair pilings on the
structure at the east end of Bridge Street, found more
damage to the facility than anticipated.
Work done on the concrete piles in the past was
"mostly cosmetic," Mc Adam said. Divers now merely
have to tap on the pilings to cause large chunks of con-
crete to fall off. "Because of the instability of the pil-
ings and their deterioration, the stability of the pier is
compromised," he added.
"We've gone from 14-inch diameter pilings to
6-inch diameter piles," he said.
Stemic is expected to repair the pier supports, at a
cost of $124,300, by the end of July.
Mc Adam said that although the original contract
called for repair of 12 pilings, the final number would
probably be 22.
However, since a different repair technique will be
used on the badly damaged supports than what was
originally planned, no cost overruns are expected.
The pier was damaged by Hurricane Frances in
2004 and its restaurant franchise contract terminated.
City officials have been working since then on plans
Workers with Stemic Enterprises Inc. discovered extensive damage to the pilings of the Bradenton Beach City
Pier, prompting officials to close the facility to fishers through the end of July. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
and permits to revamp the structure and put a new res- uled to be opened June 20. The city commission is
taurant operation in the new venue by May 2007. expected to select a contractor to manage the restaurant
Bids on the operation of that franchise were sched- later this summer.
Palma Sola Bay south unhealthy for bathers
Bathers and beachgoers using the Palma Sola
Causeway beaches should be advised there could
be a health problem in the water.
The Manatee County Health Department
issued an advisory last week for the waters at its
testing location on the south side of the Palma Sola
Causeway where it joins the mainland.
Rob Larkin with Manatee County said that the
high level of bacteria "indicates that water contact may
pose an increased risk of infectious disease, particularly
for susceptible individuals."
The increase in bacteria levels could be related
to the recent heavy rains and associated stormwater
runoff, he said.
Larkin said the waters would be tested again on
June 19 and an updated advisory issued June 21.
Under a federally funded program, the county
monitors 10 area saltwater locations. When levels
of fecal coliform or other bacteria exceed the
accepted EPA standard for a five-week test aver-
age, a warning is issued.
Seven test locations are on Anna Maria Island,
but no health advisories for those locations were
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 21, 2006 3 3
Most Island officials will seek reelection
By Rick Catlin
While the Island has not yet been gripped by elec-
tion fever in preparation for the November balloting,
a number of incumbent officials in Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach say they will be seeking another term
when qualifying begins in July.
In Holmes Beach, Mayor Carol Whitmore has
already announced her intention not to seek another
term as mayor, but will instead run for a seat on the city
commission, a post she held prior to becoming mayor
Incumbent City Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger
has tossed his hat into the ring for the mayor's post,
v.hile City Colnmiii ioncr Sandy Haas-Martens said
she will seek another term. Only Commissioner Roger
Lutz was noncommittal, saying he had not yet reached
a decision to seek another term.
Up in Anna Maria, Mayor SueLynn has been mum
on whether or not she'll seek another term to the posi-
tion she's held since February 2002.
Incumbent City Commissioners Duke Miller and
Linda Cramer, however, said they will seek re-elec-
In Bradenton Beach, Ward 2 Commissioner Lisa
Maria Phillips has said she will not seen another term
of office. Political activist Michael Pierce has said he
would run for the seat.
Ward 4 Commissioner Bill Shearon said he planned
to seek another term.
Qualifying in all cities begins at noon on July 17
and ends on July 21 at noon. No candidates have yet
picked up election packets, according to a spokesper-
son for the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
In Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, candidates
may reside anywhere in the city as long as they
have been residents for at least two years. Braden-
Consolidation nixed again
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
.Manatee Public Beach parking
S- Comnussioners x ere adamanatl\ opposed to any
suggestion b3 Manatee County officials that patrons of
the NManatee Public Beach should be charged for park-
Whitmore reported that Bradenton Beach Mayor
John Chappie had met \i ith county officials to discuss
security at Coquina Beach. One suggestion was paid
parking at all county-run beaches.
That idea didn't wash h ith Holmes Beach commis-
sioners- ..... .... ..
"W\e'\ e al\ a\ s been one of the fe\\ Florida beach
communities that don't charge for parking.' said Com-
missioner Da\ id Zaccagnino. "Let's not change."
:The problems atCoquina Beach are a police issue,
said Commission Chairman Rich Bohnenberger.
Commissioners asked Whitmore to write a letter
to County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann noting
the citN 's objection to paid parking at Manatee Public
But Whitmore did note the increasing pressure on
Manatee Public Beach for parking spaces, particularly
during the tourist season and on any given weekend.
More and more people are livingin eastern Mana-
tee CountN and coming to the Island for the beach. On
busy weekends,and .holidays, people are parking any-
k here. including'jeit and state rights of way and on
pri\ ate property. she said.
"People are parking everywhere," Whitmore
observed, and she asked the commission for permis-
sion to talk to county officials about having the county's
portable electronic sign at the intersection of 75th Street
and Manatee Avenue to say "Beach parking lot full.
Use Manatee trolley shuttle," when appropriate.
Lutz said the county needs more promotion for its
trolley shuttle from the Beachway Plaza at that intersec-
tion to the Island.
Rogue skateboarders who don't want to use the
city's skateboard park are plaguing businesses and pri-
vate property by causing considerable .damage, said
Morton. He suggested the city look at an ordinance
similar to one adopted in Sarasota to control these
Fall city elections:
ton Beach candidates have to have been residents
for at least nine months and must live in prescribed
areas of the city, although they are elected by all
Ward 2 boundaries are generally from the cen-
terline of 24th Street to roughly 18th Street, encom-
passing all of the Runaway Bay condominium com-
plex. The exception of those boundaries is the bay-
front property along Canasta Drive, which is in
Ward 4 boundaries are generally from the center-
line of Second Street north to Longboat Pass, including
the Pines Trailer Park.
Anna Maria Elementary School is 'A' OK
By Diana Bogan
The Florida Department of Education released the
School Accountability Grades and Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School maintained its "A" grade for the fifth
Of Manatee Country's 31 elementary schools, only
18 earned an "A" grade.
The Florida Accountability Grading System
involves six key elements derived from the reading,
writing and mathematics scores on the Florida Compre-
hensive Assessment Test taken by students in March.
AME not only maintained its "A" grade, but also
satisfied 100 percent of the 30 criteria for the Federal
No Child Left Behind Act for the third consecutive
year. The NCLB Act requires schools to demonstrate
its students are making adequate progress in reading,
math and writing.
AME is one of four county schools to make ade-
quate yearly progress all three years NCLB marks have
FEMA flood insurance award
for Holmes Beach
Brad Loar of the Federal Emergency MAna :rilncnt
Agency presented Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whit-
more with a plaque for achieving a 7 rating in FEMA 's
Community Rating System for discounted flood invuir-
ance premiums. The rating allows Holiine B ach re i-
dents to receive a 5 percent discount on their flood
insurance premiums. Islander Photo: Rick Callin
"You're not going to stop all of them," responded
Whitmore. "The problem is that after a certain age, it's not
cool to go to the skateboard park and \ ear a helmet."
Police, she said, know who the troublemakers are
and deal with them accordingly, but they have to be
caught in the act of damaging private property or skat-
ing on private property.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said the City of Bra-
denton has a business trespass ordinance that empow-
ers police to take action against skateboarders found on
private property and she'll bring details of that measure
back to the commission at a future workshop.
For more information and a list of school grades,
visit the Florida Department of Education Web site at
Anna Maria woman's
death ruled suicide
The April 12 death of 45-year-old Anna Maria resi-
dent Karen Beth Maloney has been ruled a suicide by
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
She was found shot around 2 p.m. at a home in the
500 block of South Drive by the owner, Joseph Ungvar-
sky. A gun was found nearby, but no suicide note.
According to court records, Maloney and Ungvar-
sky were married in 2000 and had divorced in May
According to the MCSO report, Maloney and
Ungvarsky had lived together, but Maloney was in the
process of packing and moving out when Ungvarsky
returned home to find her body slumped in a chair.
Maloney was transported to Blake Medical Center
by EMS personnel where she was pronounced dead.
MCSO officers investigated the incident and deter-
mined her death was a suicide, the report said.
The report indicated Maloney had prior mental
Mike Qiuinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com, con-
tributed to this story;
Anna Maria City
June 26, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
June 29, 6:15 p.m., special city commission meeting
on Sandbar Restaurant site plan.
June 29, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
June 22;4:30 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
June 26, 3 p.m., special shade commission meeting.
June 27, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting -
June 27, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board public hear-
ing on comp plan CANCELED.
June 28, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
June 29, 1:30 p.m., special city commission work meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
June 27, 7 p.m,, city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
June 21, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
June 26, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Manatee Convention
and Civic Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
June 26, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
A candidate must declare his/her intention to seek
public office in a local media outlet, open an election
campaign account, pay a qualifying fee of $48 for a
commission seat or $96 for mayor, take a loyalty oath
and submit a financial disclosure statement. Candidates
in all three cities must also obtain signatures from at
least 10 electors supporting their candidacy in their
Qualifying packets may be picked up at the
candidate's city hall, but qualifying in Anna Maria
must be done through the supervisor of elections
office in Bradenton. Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach clerks can qualify their city candidates,
although qualifying packets.are apparently not yet
ready for distribution.
Further information on candidate qualifying may
be obtained at the Supervisor of Elections Web site at
www.votemanatee.com or by calling the election super-
visor at 741-3823.
4 J JUNE 21, 2006 M THE ISLANDER
NBA player signs on to GSR legal battle
By Rick Catlin
Star center Theo Ratliff of the National Basket-
ball Association's Portland Trailblazers has jumped into
the middle of the ongoing troubles of embattled GSR
Development LLC and principals Robert Byrne and
Steve Noriega. "
Ratliff filed a legal notice in the Manatee County
Circuit Court last week claiming that he has a contract
to purchase GSR's model home at its Villa Rosa proj-
ect on South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria and he's
entitled to ownership of that house and proceeds from
any sale before any other creditors.
Ratliff, then playing for the Atlanta Hawks, signed
S>a contract on April 20, 2004, agreeing to pay $2.5
million for the house when it was completed. Ratliff
put down $175,000 in "earnest money" for the house,
which was recently featured in Manatee County's
annual Parade of Homes.
Sources close to the GSR legal troubles indicate
that Ratliff is simply protecting his interests by filing
the legal notice. The house is likely worth consider-
ably more today than the $2.5 million purchase price,
a source said.
"He's saying that legally, he has a contract to be the
owner of that house and property before anyone else
who has a claim against GSR can get it," the source,
who asked to remain anonymous, said.
While the model home is finished, Ratliff can't
complete the purchase contract because the Villa Rosa
lots have not been replatted, despite a final site plan
approval from the Anna Maria City Commission more
than two years ago.
GSR was reportedly unable to obtain the engineer-
ing company's final replat for the project because the
company was never paid. Delta Engineering of Sara-
sota subsequently filed two liens against GSR. The
Star power in local rift
Theo Ratliffof the National Basketball Association's
Portland Trailblazers says he has a contract to pur-
chase the model home at GSR's Villa Rosa develop-
ment in Anna Maria. NBA file photo
replat that subdivided the property into lots has to be
filed in circuit court before any lots could be legally
sold to individual owners.
In addition to the notice filed by Ratliff last week,
the legal woes of GSR/Byre/Noriega continue to
Freedom Bank of Tampa filed a lawsuit against
the company and Byrne and Noriega individually on
June 9, claiming they had defaulted on a $200,000 loan
made Feb. 1, 2005, in which both gave a personal guar-
anty to repay the money. No monies were ever repaid
to Freedom Bank, the suit alleges, and the bank now
considers the loan in default.
The legal troubles of GSR and Byrne/Noriega are
further complicated by liens filed against various Byrne
properties by his estranged wife, Arlene. The couple
are in the midst of divorce proceedings, according to
circuit court records.
Byrne has been attempting to divest himself of a
number of his properties. The multiple listing service
used by Manatee County real estate agents currently
lists 12 properties Byrne owns for sale.
The total amount of lawsuits and liens filed against
GSR, Noriega and/or Byrne now exceeds $12 million,
exclusive of an unspecified amount in a legal action
filed by Ed Furfey of New Jersey. Eleven lawsuits, legal
actions and liens have been filed against GSR/Byrne/
Noriega since March 1, and more are expected.
Several attorneys involved in the various legal
actions have suggested that bankruptcy protection or
reorganization might be the next logical step for GSR.
One attorney indicated that the creditors themselves
could force GSR into bankruptcy proceedings.
'Hot topic luncheon' features
Manatee County Commissioner Pat Glass will out-
line the influence and impact of the commission at a
"hot topic luncheon" of the Manatee Young Profession-
als Thursday, June 22.
The organization's first "Get Out the Vote" educa-
tional event of 2006, the luncheon will be from 11:45
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646
Ninth Ave. W.
The organization "serves as a business, social and
community resource for young and young-thinking
professionals," said a spokesperson. Further informa-
tion is available at 748-4842, ext. 133.
'Top Notch' photo entries due this week
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander photo contest will.begin publishing
weekly winning photos on June 28. Six weekly win-
ning picture will be featured on the cover of The
Islander and one photo will be a grand prize winner
%\ ith prizes and gift certificates awarded by the news-
paper and local merchants.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the first deadline June 23.
Judging begins with a selection of pictures that
may include abstract photos, still life pictures, land-
scapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots, action,
holidays, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is over-
looked, including great kid pics, sentimental moments
and moments of personal triumph.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly to
Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina
Islander photo contest rules
1) The IslanderNewspaper's Top Notch Photo Contest
is strictly for amateur.photographers. Amateur photographers
are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan.
1, 2004, are eligible. This allows for extended'eligibility. Photos.
previously published (in any format/media) or entered in any
Islander or olher competitions are not eligible.
3) Pnolographs may be taken with any make'of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permitted
.DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.
of negatives, prints or electronic photo files; no composite pictures
or multiple printing will be accepted. Digital photos may be submit-
ted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or CD) or a printed
photograph. Slide (transparency) proios are not.accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be written
clearly, in ink, on the contest label and affixed to the back of each
print, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the digital'
photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. Mail entries to
The IslanderTop Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. E-mail digital entries to topnotch @islander.org.
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may publish
their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish the
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Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch @ islander.org
or on CD. No retouching, enhancements or computer
manipulation is allowed.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants must submit the label information
in the text of the e-mail, one photo attachment per
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional photo labels are available at the newspaper
office or they may be copied.
Top notch past winner
Ed Chiles won the weekly contest in 2005 with this
original negative or original digital image if requested by the contest
editor. All photos submitted become the property of The Islander.
Photos will not be returned. The Islander and contest sponsors
assume no responsibility for negatives, CDs or photo prints.
Entrant must know the name and address of any recog-
nizable persons appearing in the picture and those must be
enclosed/attached with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family
members are not eligible to enter the contest.
.7) Any taxes on prizes are Ihe sole responsibility ot the win-
ners. Any casn prize won by a minor will be awarded lo a parent
or guardian Prize rights are nor transferable.
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THE ISLANDER U JUNE 21, 2006 5 5
Turtles keep coming, most new sand gone
By Jim Hanson
The Island's sea turtle nest total has hit 38, ahead of
last year, although it appears two-thirds of their newly
renourished nesting ground has washed back out to
Of the total, nine nests were relocated away from
the attack of Tropical Storm Alberto, said Suzi Fox,
state sea turtle preservation permit holder and head of
the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
And the storm washed 12 nests away, she said. In
addition to the 38 successes so far are 36 false crawls,
the zipper-like trail left by turtles that come ashore to
nest and change their minds.
Some of the nine nests moved by Turtle Watch
were literally snatched from the sea, already washed
out and the eggs adrift in the Gulf for the helpers to try
to catch and save.
"It's quite a challenge," Fox said. "You're up to
your hips in water trying to scoop up those delicate
eggs as fast as you can." The relocated nests joined six
others moved earlier in the season to safer ground.
Many of the nests were laid before the storm, near
the crest of a large berm, which normally would have
been relocated to safer ground. But the state told Turtle
Watch to leave them where they were so the effects
of their unusual location could be studied. A dozen of
them washed out in the storm, the victims of Mother
The nine relocated nests were moved straight back
from where the mother turtle dug them into the sand,
to preserve the hatchlings' sense of where to return to
reproduce in their turn. That is unlike the policy of
years ago, when nests were moved to a hatchery area.
"It's not natural for all of them to be in one area," she
said. "Also, it makes it easy for predators."
This year's policy also differs from last year, when
nests moved away from the placement of sand renour-
ishment activities were relocated along a 1-mile stretch
of beach. "That attracted raccoons, too," Fox said.
Now the big berm is gone, removed by Alberto,
and the big marine reptiles have an easier time of it.
Tropical Storm Alberto leaves lunar landscape on beachfront
Tropical Storm Alberto bypassed Anna Maria Island June 12-13, eventually making landfall at Adams Beach in
the Big Bend area of Florida. A great deal of the Island's "new beach," recently renourished areas such as this
spot looking north from about 56th Street, is gone. Islander Photo: Lisa Williams
One nest was made far up the beach on the bay
side, Fox said, the first one that far up since 1990.
"A man saw the big turtle moving in the dim light
and watched her move aside for a cat," Fox said.
"She just went on up the incline to do her busi-
Fox continues her duties as monitor of the renour-
ishment project, finished now for all practical purposes.
She collects turtle data for the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, which require that
the monitoring go on for two years after renourishment
Historic sites being sought
Locations of historic sites in the Island's three cities
are being sought for preservation by the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society.
Sissy Quinn, director of the society, is heading the
movement to "save sites on the Island that reflect the
past. Beach houses and historic structures are quickly
disappearing as developers and new residents tear them
down to make room for high-rise structures."
She asks that "anyone with knowledge of sites or
structures they feel the Island should protect" contact
the society by phone at 778-0492 or by mail at P.O. Box
4315, Anna Maria FL 34216.
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6 M JUNE 21, 2006 TIHE ISLANDER
Fish stink after 3 days
Voters in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach last
fall mandated a study on government consolidation from
their city officials.
The "non-binding" referendum passed by 6 I percent
in Bradenton Beach and by 63 percent of the voters in
And what's happened since?
Squabble, squander, zilch.
Whether by purpose or by folly, the mayors scripted
nebulous language for the ballot that created "wiggle
room" for the cities if all were not in agreement.
The mayors also chose to ignore a collective group of
citizens on the issue even blasting the merits and pro-
priety of citizens who dared to gather and discuss "their
business" in "secret."
They also ignored the preliminary study conducted
pre-election for this newspaper by Harry Hayes of the
Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of
Georgia of consolidation of the three Island cities.
Hayes is an expert with numerous county and city
consolidations to the credit of his team including con-
solidation of services.
"The materials we reviewed gave us a sufficient pic-
ture to conclude that the issue of tri-city consolidation
may be worth further exploration," Hayes said.. "Other
issues may be identified which present insurmountable
obstacles to consolidation, but it is only through an impar-
tial and detailed assessment that the cities would be able
to know whether consolidation is possible," he added.
Even amid all the wrangling between mayors and
commissioners, we find it inexcusable that the mayors
of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach haven't carried
out the voters' decree to put this issue up for professional
A study of consolidation is the first step the right
step --to take to find out what services, if any, can be
It's not a matter of for or against.
It's about getting the information needed to make an
intelligent decision about any consolidation matters.
And we shouldn't be deadlocked by two mayors who
haven't accomplished anything since.November.
Now Anna Maria wants in the fray, but Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach are backing away.
Anna Maria's been the scapegoat, but thai excuse has
So here we are, right where we were a year ago.
The city commissions of all three cities need to direct
the matter on to a task force that should include citizens
and a commissioner from each city willing to get the ball
rolling..Not to decide the merits but to get on with the
Has there ever been a beer demonstrated need by our
Island governments for "professional" management?
This mess stinks worse than dead fish.
And the voters well know it.
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I.would like to respond to the latest comments from
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller regarding
consolidation of services.
Let me make myself very clear. I do support con-
solidation of services between the three Island cities. I
have personally brought the consolidation of services
at least three or four times since 1991 to all three cities
with no success.
Commissioner Miller has decided that the three
Island cities need to look at a study to consolidate ser-
vices. Where has he been? His fellow commissioner,
Linda Cramer, tried to get support from her commis-
sion to look into consolidation with no success.
The three Island mayors asked for support in con-
solidation of governments, which included services,
and was voted down by the very commissioner that
wants us to bring it up. I can only assume that since
elections are coming up, that someone is finally listen-
ing to their citizens.
I cannot recommend that Holmes Beach spend
more money investigating this issue unless I can be
assured that the other Island cities are willing to put
their money where their mouth is.
Holmes Beach has invested money and staff time
to research in this matter and I feel someone else needs
to take charge of this issue. Holmes Beach will be
more than happy to provide any information that may
be needed to complete the;task. This takes work from
the commissioner that.wants to move this issue for-
N\ ard and staff time. Hopefully the commitment will be
Carol Whitmore, mayor Holmes Beach
Many, many thanks
Please forgive our delay in getting this letter of
thanks out to all of our friends, family, neighbors and
the community. We. have been overwhelmed with the
outpouring of love and support that we have received
from everyone in the loss of our beloved son, Zane.
To everyone who has touched us in some way, by
giving of your time, prayers, food, flowers, donations,
hugs and kisses, your kindness during this very difficult
time has touched us deeply and will never be forgot-
We knew our son Zane was special and lo\ ed him
dearly. We had ndfidea how many people's lives he
touched in some special way, and your presence at the
viewing and funeral made us proud. What a tribute to
our precious son.
Special thanks go out to the Sarasota Fire Acad-
emy SCTI, the Sarasota County Fire Department,
the Bradenton Fire Department, the West Manatee Fire
Department, the Manatee County EMS Honor Guard,
the Longboat Key Fire Department, Don Ide of the
Trophy Case, Ken and Martha Griffith, Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home, Blake Medical Center and Gold Bank
for everything that you freely contributed in honoring
our son. Thank you.
Finally, to all of Zane's friends ... our home is
always open to all of you. We would love for you to
share your memories of Zane with us.
Richard, Jennifer and Emilee Zavadil, Bradenton
Who has the deed?
Owners don't have the deeded right to docks? Was
a portion of this story.missing? Who does.have the
deed? The City of Holmes Beach? The developer must
have deeded the docks to someone.
Also, with reference to."tax bills" and "not being
taxed separately," if the dock is a "separate" parcel of
property, there should be a tax identification number
whether the homeowner or the city; this would identify
the owner.of record.
If there is no separate tax ID number nor a deed for
the entire docking area to anyone in the public records
of Manatee County, perhaps the homeowners should
consider filing for adverse possession.
T. Dolly Young, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER U JUNE 21, 2006 M 7
Thanks for the memories, Coach
Many of you may have heard the news that Gene
Burr, part-time Physical Education coach at Anna
Maria, is considering a fulltime position at a south
county school for next year. The attractiveness of this
opportunity is undeniable.
For the first time in his 27 years as a teacher,
Coach will be able to work fulltime in one school
rather than commuting nearly an hour three times a
week to Anna Maria from his Sarasota home. The dis-
tance has meant that Coach has had to miss all of our
school's evening activities over the years. He's already
calculated the gas savings and is looking forward to
finally being able to share carpool responsibilities
for his only child in her final years of school. Coach
is ideal for this position as it's at the same school
he's served twice a week for the past decade. He will
be able to complete his final couple of years before
retirement close to home in a familiar school set-
ting. Although the position is not yet official due to
required posting and hiring procedures, the staff at
Anna Maria is already preparing' to say our "good-
There are many advantages to being the smallest
school in the district, not counting the little one-
room schoolhouse in Duette near Arcadia. One of
the challenges, however, is retaining quality itinerant
staff members. Most must supplement their half-time
school employment with other employment in the pri-
vate sector. Art teacher Gary Wooten; for example,
has juggled restaurant management responsibilities
over, the years in addition to his teaching position.
Thankfully, recent certification as a teacher of gifted
students enabled him to become a fulltime teacher at
Islander Kim Bobo, speech pathologist, enjoys
working part-time as it fits well with her active roles as
mother of two sons and wife to attorney Alan.
Talented Loryn Haber, our part-time music teacher
and graduate of the New England Conservatory of
Music, supplements her employment by teaching
drama classes at four area high schools and private
We all wish Coach well. Life is full of choices and
we understand the bittersweet decision he has made.
The sight of him setting up his equipment each morn-
ing in the early morning light by the bay will be a sight
we'll all miss. Best wishes, Gene Burr!.
Kathy Hayes, AME Principal
We should have a three-city straw ballot in Novem-
ber proposing a non-binding resolution for the incor-
poration of the City of Anna Maria Island.
The City of Anna Maria Island will not only avoid
redundant overlaps and contradictions and cost us less,
it will consolidate identity for county and state and
other officials, dramatically increasing our political
clout and funds for grants.
The City of Anna Maria Island will back up and
strengthen the two dozen or more volunteer clubs and
organizations on the Island.
A consolidation of services is a half-step in the
right direction, but its administration without a central
authority could create confusion.
The real issue is our system of government. Over
80 percent of Florida cities with population of 5,000 or
more have found long-lasting efficiency and stability
in the council/manager system.
"Council" means elected commissioners. "Man-
ager" means a professional municipal administrator
who his focused his lifelong career, including under-
graduate and graduate courses in college and years in
practical hands-on experience, on solving problems
common to municipal governments.
The professional manager is selected by and
answers to the elected commissioners. He is hired for
his professional expertise, not his political popularity.
I The protection bf neighborhood customs can be
accomplished through the designation of districts
from which commissioners are elected. In the case
of the City of Anna Maria Island, one proposal is
that there.should be four districts (Anna Maria, Bra-
denton Beach, Holmes Beach and Key Royale) with
two commissioners elected from each district plus
one commissioner elected at large for a total of
The elected commissioners will create a charter,
set policy and serve for a nominal stipend. They will
meet once a month. The professional manager will be
selected from applicants to a nominating committee
consisting of one representative from each district and
approved by a two-thirds majority of the commission-
ers. Once hired, the professional manager will select
his staff after clearing job categories with the commis-
Don Knode, Holmes Beach
Payment on a debt
I have donated my advance copy of a book close to
my heart to the Island Branch Library in appreciation
to the Japanese American troops who rescued me and
my fellow soldiers during World War II.
We were hopelessly encircled, outnumbered, out-
gunned by the Germans, when the troops of Japanese
ancestry fought furiously to get to us and bring us out. I
am eternally grateful, and this new book ,"Just Ameri-
cans," tells the story eloquently.
I have an advance copy because I figure in the
story, though I didn't write it. I have given it to the
library with the following inscription:
"This book is dedicated to my Island friends. I
have felt a debt to the Japanese Americans of the
100/442nd RCT for over 62 years. The First Battal-
ion, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, was cut
.off in the Vosges Mountains of France from 10/25
to 10/31/44. They suffered tremendous casualties to
effect the rescue. My peers chose mento take command
of the unit."
Marty Higgins, Anna Maria
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8 R JUNE 21, 2006 T THE ISLANDER
wetlands property for
sale in Holmes Beach
By Rick Catlin
A piece of privately owned wetlands property adja-
cent to the Grassy Pointe preservation area of Holmes
Beach is for sale, but the asking price is nowhere near
what the city would be willing to pay.
The property at 2902 Ave. A is owned by Robert
Fluke and Lori Hostetter and comprises 10,411 square
feet for sale at $189,000.
Joe Duennes of the Holmes Beach building depart-
ment considers the property unbuildablee" at present
because there is no access, but advertisements on the
property note that the "owner has Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection permit for wetlands mitigation."
Essentially, that's correct, said Pam Vasquez of the
DEP's Tampa office.
The DEP issued Fluke a permit several years ago
that allows him to build a house, provided he was able
to get "mitigation" acceptable to the DEP from any one
of five local governments, including Holmes Beach,
Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, the City of Sarasota
and Manatee County.
Fluke was turned down by all five governing bodies
in his mitigation efforts and, to date, no mitigation
offer has been submitted to the DEP, Vasquez said. At
one time, Fluke asked the DEP if they would provide
any other mitigation sites, but the DEP indicated Fluke
should pursue other locations for mitigation, she said.
Vasquez noted that even if Fluke finds mitigation
acceptable to the DEP, he would still be governed by the
local jurisdiction for issuance of a building permit.
City Treasurer Rich Ashley, who has been han-
dling purchases of private properties in the Grassy
Pointe area for the city, said Fluke has not contacted
the city about a potential purchase. The city entered
into discussions with Fluke several years ago about
mitigation, but the two parties were unable to reach an
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on behalf of the Island Transportation Planning
Organization (ITPO) for an island representative
to serve on the Citizens' Advisory Committee
(CAC) of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO). The representative
can reside in any of the three Island cities and
will be expected to attend monthly meetings for the
CAC and the.monthly meeting of the ITPO.
The MPO and ITPO are organizations comprised
of elected officials of Sarasota and Manatee
County and their cities, which plan and prioritize
how Federal and State transportation funds will
be spent in the two counties.
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Tropical Storm Alberto scours beach, tosses two boats from moorings
The season'sfirst tropical storm swept the Island with high waves but little damage. Not much damage was
reported locally, short of a pair of boats that broke their moorings in Anna Maria Sound off Bradenton
Beach, some flooding in roadways and a small area of power outage. Some sea turtle nests were relocated to
higher ground to avoid the high surf and some turtle nests were lost to the ravages of Mother Nature. There
was about 4 inches of rain associated with the tropical storm, which at one point had 70-mph winds here.
Islander Photo: Paul Roat
agreement on price.
"He's not been back since," Ashley said.
He indicated that $189,000 might be a bit "high"
for the city, which has utilized a number of available
grant programs to finance private property purchases
in the Grassy Pointe area.
Fluke said he would welcome discussions with city
officials about purchasing the property. He is still seeking
an acceptable mitigation offer to present to the DEP.
The DEP's permit to Fluke expires on Nov. 28,
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Manatee County Tax Appraiser's Office is $25,500, a
figure the city would likely be more inclined to consider
as a sales price. Fluke purchased the property in 1998
for just $1,000.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program has joined with
the city to develop the Grassy Pointe area for public use
and plans are now under way for construction of the first
phase of the project, said Mayor Carol Whitmore.
Fluke formerly worked for Manatee County in the
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Duffy's does it
Duffy's Tavern at 5808 Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach will hold a party
from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June
23, to celebrate its status as one of
the leading on-premise sellers of the
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present Duffy's with a gift and will also
provide drink specials and product give-
aways to everyone who attends.
Peggi Davenport of Duffy's said
she's inviting "all customers, old and
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contact Peggi at 778-2501.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. with
offices at 3224 E. Bay Drive in Holmes
Beach and 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive
on Longboat Key has named Clyde
Helton as its top listing agent for May
at the Holmes Beach office, while John
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The top selling agents for the month
were Susanne Kasten on Longboat Key
and Vicki Gilbert at the Holmes Beach
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Ken Phillips, Rob Thyen. Third row, from left, James Almeter Diana Picolla, Richard Picolla, Jean Costello, Robert Pollak.
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Relay for Life parades through Coquina Beach
The cancer survivor's took to the track for a victory lap strides of pride for all who have battled the disease
and won to kick off the Relay jor Life. Islander Photo: David Ambrose
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American Cancer Society fundraiser at Coquina Beach. Elmer's Towing donated and delivered the car and
the Chiles Group team sold tickets to "smash" the car Pictured is David Zaccagnino, Holmes Beach city
commissioner and Rotary/Chamber/UPS Relay for Life Team Captain.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Caryn Hodge
Carol and Ed Sie-
maszko of Perico
I announced the
their son Jan to
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Suriphan and Pat
Seegerman of Sin-
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Ga. The bride-
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groom-to-be is sales director for Digi-Net Technolo-,
gies ofAtlanta. A January wedding is planned at
the Spanish Plaza of the South Florida Museum in
Featured sale: This home at 229 Gladiolus St., Anna
Maria, sold in 1991 for $140,000 and in May 2006for
$750,000 amounting to a 435 percent increase in 15
years. The cost per square foot for the most recent sale
is $325. It was on the market for 106 days. Islander
Photo: Jesse Brisson
Island real estate sales
10107 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. a 2.655 sfla 6bed/
4bath/2car duplex built in 1972 on a 55x 105 lot was,
sold 06/01/06, Grandstaff to Britt for $850.000: list
229 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 2,302 sfla / 3,204
sfur 4bed/3bath canalfront home built in 1972 on a
75x100 lot was sold 05/31/06, Vanhousen to Lipinski
for $750,000; list $839,900.
242 N. 17th St., Unit 27, Bradenton Beach Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,320 sfla / 1,450 sfla 2bed/2bath
condo built in 2003 was sold 06/02/06, Bazaire to
Blake for $580,000; list $599,000.
301 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,800 sfla / 2,568
sfur 2bed/2bath/2car home built in 1970 on a 121x110
lot was sold 05/30/06, Ross to Sears for $500,000.
404 80th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,744 sfla / 6,044
sfur 3bed/3bath duplex with pool built in 1994 on a
90x117 lot was sold 06/02/06. Chiavatti to Bell for
1801 Gulf Drive N, Unit 180, Runaway Bay, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1.080 sfla / 1.140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 1978 was sold 06/02/06. Os\ anski to
Johnson for $385,000: list $419.000.
2504 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a vacant 50x100
lot was sold 06/02/06. Pfeiffer to Belde for $362,500.
2506 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a vacant 50x100
lot was sold 06/02/06, Schaarschmidt to Belde for
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay (941)
778-7244. Current Island real estate transactions may
also be viewed online at www.islanderorg. Copyright
-J .-:,- Newlyweds Kumi and Phil
Balducci on their honeymoon
in the Greek Islands, along
with their regular reading
material. Residents of Anna
Maria, they were on San-
torini when the photo was
Megahan Fleming was
salutorian of Richard
graduating class of
2006. She attended
SAnna Maria Elemen-
tary School, kinder-
grade, King Middle,
and was home-schooled
in eighth-grade. In her speech to her classmates, she'
challenged them to be their own person, not to allow
others to make wrong choices for them. Megahan
works at Petland on 53rd Avenue managing the kennel
and plans to attend Manatee Community College in
the fall, and is looking toward a career in radiology.
Any Anna Maria, Perico, Longboat Key or
Cortez graduates not featured may call The Islander,
778-7978, or e-mail email@example.com to be
included in future edition of the newspaper
In the June 20,1996, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
A man claiming he had a gun robbed the First
of America Bank at 603 Manate Ave. W. shortly after
noon on June 12. The man approached a teller, said he
had a gun and demanded all her money. The suspect
fled with more than $2,000. No arrests were made in
the incident, but the suspect was captured on video as
he exited the building.
A rare painting of George and Martha Washingtonr
valued at more than $15,000 was inadvertently destroyed
by the Manatee County Hazardous Materials Unit after
its owner mistakenly left it wrapped in a package in the
wrong vehicle. When the vehicle owner discovered a
"suspicious" package on the rear seat, she drove to the
Holmes Beach Police Station where officers called the
Manatee County bomb squad, which detonated the pack-
age. The owner of the painting later came forward and
claimed he had put the painting in the wrong car.
Architect Patterson Fletcher presented three pos-
sible sites for a. new city hall to the Holmes Beach
City Commission. He recommended a site between the
library and 58th Street because the proposed 12,500
square foot building "fits like a glove" into the area with
no setback encroachments.
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Careful what you wish for, you just might get it
'The big win-a-
By Rick Catlin
Many Islanders have probably dreamed of a Carib-
bean cruise vacation to a tropical island, sipping pina
coladas on the fantail as your ship heads to its exotic des-
tination, then sitting at a quiet lagoon as tropical breezes
gently blow over the pristine waters and the sun majesti-
cally sets on the horizon, displaying a magnificent array
of pink, yellow and orange hues. It's sounds so romantic,
Conde Naste couldn't have pictured it better.
As the old Island saying goes, "Careful what you
wish for, you just might get it." Or, put another way,
beware of any "travel agency" offering you a chance to
"win" or "register" for a cruise or vacation, particularly
to the Bahamas.
The posters and brochures are in many restaurants
in the Manatee/Sarasota area, offering the entrant a
chance to "win a Bahamas cruise vacation" or "register
for a Bahamas cruise vacation." They also show up on
your computer as "You've just won a free cruise to the
Bahamas" or similar enticement.
My wife submitted one of the forms several months
ago, never thinking she had a chance of "winning."
Imagine her surprise when the representative of the
travel agency I won't mention the name but they are
in the north Tampa Bay area called with wonderful
"Congratulations," said the lady, "You've been
selected for a cruise vacation to the Bahamas. Aren't
The representative was careful not to use the word
"free," but the implication to those "selected" is that
they've won something for nothing, or almost nothing.
Good thing the representative talked to my wife and
not me, because I would have been about as excited as
watching grass grow. I lived in the Cayman Islands for
10 years, so a Bahamas cruise to me would be like living
at the Waldorf-Astoria and taking a tour of the Motel 6.
The representative continued that we could take the
cruise vacation anytime within the next 18 months and
all we had to pay was a small administrative fee of $155
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Islander reporter Rick Catlin and family went to the Bahamasforfour days recently on an "almost free"
vacation, sailing from Fort Lauderdale aboard the "almost cruise ship" Discovery. Here, Christian and
Codyann Catlin are enjoying an "almost free" sightseeing cruise around Grand Bahama Island. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
within the next few. days to ensure our reservation.
Once you pay that administrative fee, they've got
you hooked. The bait has been set, the fish have bitten,
and now they're reeling you in. Next comes the news
that the administrative fee does not cover "port security"
charges of $99 per person, or $198 for two people.
But wait, we've got two kids who want to go.
Oops! Add in another $155 in administrative service
charges and $118 more in "port security" fees.
I really didn't care about a trip to the Bahamas.
Been there, done that and bought the T-shirt, but my kids
and wife said it would be something great for the family
to do together and we would have a wonderful time.
OK, it's only $626 at this point, but the agency isn't
done with finding ways to get money out of your wallet,
or from your credit card.
The brochures advertising the hotels available for
your almost-free cruise vacation of four days-three
nights make them appear as plush accommodations
good enough for a five-star rating in the Michelin
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Travel Guide. In reality, they are practically flea-bitten
dumps that aren't anywhere near the beach and would
be better served as homeless shelters.
Then, you find out that your "almost-free" vacation
hotel package only gives you a single bedroom with
two double beds. Not quite the space two teenagers and
Mom and Dad need on vacation.
Fine, said the travel expert. You can upgrade to
have two bedrooms for an additional fee, but he can't
guarantee that the two rooms will be together.
However, the agent added smoothly, he's got a spe-
cial deal and could get me a one-bedroom condo with
fold-out beds for the kids at a beachfront resort for
"only" an extra $100 per night..
Turns out, the "special" deal at this resort includes
a two-hour seminar on purchasing a time share, and you
have to make a decision that afternoon or the resort's
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I'd like to think the travel agency knew nothing about
the time share sales pitch, but I can't be sure. Needless
to say, we took a pass on buying a one-week time share
But back to our "free" vacation. With the upgrade,
we're now at $926 for this perceived "almost free"
But wait! It gets better. You still have to pay the
Bahamas departure tax of $27 per person.
The total now comes to $1,034. But don't forget,
it's an "almost free" cruise vacation.
There ain't nothing' free in the Bahamas. Air costs
$1 a breath and the water faucet has a meter that
charges you even if you just think you're thirsty. Walk-
ing is 50 cents a step, motor scooters rent for $20 an
hour and a car leases for $75 to $85 a day, plus gas.
Taxi fare to and from the port was $5 per person, for
another $40 to the vacation. And you're expected to tip
Gas, however, is the best "deal" in the Bahamas.
Locals pay just $3.30 a gallon for "bonded" unleaded,
but it's soak-the-tourist season every day of the year
in Freeport. Visitors in a rental car aren't allowed to
purchase the bonded stuff, but get the special tourist
rate of $4.80 a gallon. And the gas station attendants
get upset if you don't give them a tip, too!
All overnight visitors still have to pay $15 per
person per night for room tax. For a three-night stay,
that was another $180, bringing the total to $1,254 for
our "almost free" vacation.
And our vacation didn't include any meals, retail
shopping or watersports activities, any of which in the
Bahamas cost about as much as the gross national prod-
uct of Togo.
Islanders and mainlanders, Perico Island, Palma
Sola and Cortez residents take heed.
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a cruise vacation" marketing scheme. You won't "win"
anything but a headache and a chance for these people
to make big commissions off you for a vacation that
you could probably get for the same price or cheaper
from a reputable travel agency.
Pieter Hahn of Fantasy Travel at 6630 Cortez Rd.
W. said these companies aren't giving you a vacation
on a real cruise ship, the vacation isn't "free," and many
of these "vacation deals" are wrapped around a time-
share sales pitch when you get to the Bahamas, as we
discovered upon our arrival.
Indeed, the MV Discovery which we sailed on is
simply a day cruiser, with any living quarters or lockers
available only for an extra fee.
Fantasy Travel offers Bahamas vacations for two
people aboard a cruise line such as Carnival or Princess
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Things to remember on
your 'free' vacation
Here are some tips to determine if you're
dealing with a quality travel agent or simply
a travel voucher company looking to squeeze
money from your bank account or credit card.
When the complete details of all charges
are not given until you've handed over a
When you are told you have only a few
days to put up a deposit or "lose" your "free"
When you have to make an immediate
decision and when something seems like it's
When you are told your vacation can't be
booked for another 90 days or even longer, but
you still have to put up a deposit.
transfer fees and taxes included for as low as $1,012.
Some cruise vacations can include meals, excursions
and other activities in the Bahamas.
To be fair, at least the agency that sold us the
cruise package delivered on its vacation. I'm sure the
company made their money in the service, port fees-
and upgrades charged. The resort was on the beach as
promised in the upgrade, but our room was across the
street from the main complex and up three flights of
stairs. Apparently, elevators were not included in the
"almost free" vacation.
Some alleged "travel" companies throughout Flor-
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and disappear, according to the West Florida Better
Hahn said he frequently gets calls from people who
"won" a vacation that somehow disappeared and asking
him what they can do.
The answer is don't think you've won anything
when they call, and deal with a reputable, travel
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 5,.2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, theft. A teen
was arrested for stealing a can of beer.
June 5, 900 block of Gulf Drive North, traffic
arrest. A driver stopped for driving without headlights
was given three criminal citations driving with a sus-
pended license, no registration and attaching the wrong
tag to the vehicle. The tag was seized and the vehicle
June 10, 600 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, drug
arrest. While on patrol, an officer noticed a suspi-
cious person sitting in a vehicle while parked near a
posted "No Alcohol Permitted" sign. Upon investiga-
tion, Anthony Tittlebaum, 41, from Bradenton, was
reportedly found in possession of two small bags of
marijuana and paraphernalia. His vehicle was towed
due to Tittlebaum's suspended driver's license.
June 10, 200 block of Bay Drive North, burglary.
A woman reported $900 stolen from a purse she left
locked in the trunk of her car.
June 10, 400 block of Gulf Drive, battery. Accord-
ing to the report, two women got into a physical alterca-
tion. Both showed signs of battery and the case was
forwarded to the state attorney's office.
June 11, 101 Gulf Drive N., One Stop Shell Shop,
criminal mischief. According to the report, two inflat-
Suspects arrested in
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested
two men early Thursday morning in connection with a
Holmes Beach burglary the previous day after a high-
speed chase on Cortez Road resulted in the suspects
crashing their stolen vehicle near 107th Street West.
James E. Davidson, 29, and Ricky Lee Graef,
30, both from Orlando, were arrested by deputies
and charged with grand theft and other crimes.
The Holmes Beach Police Department reported on
the afternoon of June 14 that a burglary had taken place
in the 200 block of 77th Street in which a computer,
stereo, camera, cash and other items were taken.
On June 15, MCSO deputies observed a stolen
vehicle on Cortez Road around 4 a.m. A pursuit
ensued, resulting in the vehicle crashing near a
motor home park on Cortez Road. The occupants
of the vehicle were Davidson and Graef, who were
both placed under arrest.
able rafts were damaged, as was an outdoor wooden
display shelf and a manatee statue was knocked over.
June 11, Church Avenue and Second Street North,
warrant. A man was arrested on a Manatee County
June 11, 400 block of Gulf Drive North, warrant
arrest. A woman was arrested on a
warrant for violation of parole.
Holmes Beach burglary
Holmes Beach burglary suspects James David-
son, left, and Ricky Graef right, both of Orlando.
June 9, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, theft. A woman
was arrested for allegedly shoplifting.
June 13, 48th Street, beach access, theft. A
surfboard. was reportedly stolen from the beach
June 15, 400 block of Clark Lane, theft. A bicycle
was reportedly stolen from a residence.
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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 Goquina 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.
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Sarah B. Maloney-Ungvarsky
Sarah B. Maloney-Ungvarsky, 45, of Anna
Maria, died June 12.
Born in North Brunswick, N.J., she was a
freelance writer, published in the New York
Times and other business magazines. She was
a graduate of Rutgers University and had
degrees in business management, journalism/
communications and marketing. She operated a
specialty boutique, Tea for You, in Anna Maria
for some time.
Memorial services will be held in New
Jersey at a.later date.
She is survived by sister Patti Maloney of
New Brunswick; brother Joe Maloney of New
Brunswick; grandmother Frances A. Hack of
Longwood, Fla.; and friend Joe Ungvarsky.
Marigene Hoke Stiefel
Marigene Hoke Stiefel, 85, of Frederidk, Md.,
and formerly Holmes Beach, died June 10.
Born in Ohio, Mrs. Stiefel moved to Mana-
tee County from Washington, D.C., in 1956.
She was a real estate broker/salesperson. She
was named as Realtor of the Year for Mana-
tee County and an honorary lifetime member
of the Board of Realtors. She served with
the Women Marines during World War II. She
was charter administrator for the Food and
Agriculture Organization, a specialized United
Nations agency, from 1945-51. She and her
late husband Arthur owned and operated the
Stiefel Art Shop in Bradenton. She was the
public relations officer for Palmetto Federal
Savings and Loan.
There were no local services.
She is survived by daughter Erica Dickerson; five
siblings including Phyllis Harwood of Bradenton;
and grandson Ryan Dickerson.
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Wednesday, June 21
5:30 p.m.- Cowrie shell jewelry workshop for teens at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
7:30 to 9 p.m. Adult basketball at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Thursday, June 22
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Manatee Young Professionals
Hot Topic Luncheon with guest Pat Glass at the Bradenton
Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
748-4842. Fee applies.
2:30 p.m. Irish dance lessons with John Corbett at
Duffy's Tavern, 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Saturday, June 24
8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.- America's Boating Course at
the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 5801 33rd Ave.W., Bradenton.
Information: 795-6189. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on the Beach,
Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Florida Gulf Coast Sports
Commission "Outdoor Festival" at Coquina Park, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 800-779-0765.
Sunday, June 25
10:15 a.m.- Sanctuary Choir presents its "Freedom Cel-
ebration" musical tribute at West Bradenton Baptist Church,
1305 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 748-6926.
Monday, June 26
6 to 8:30 p.m. "Son Treasure Island" Vacation Bible
School at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-0719.
Tuesday, June 27
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club lunch with
guest speaker Birgit Sesterhenn, outgoing club president, at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 713-0042.
Wednesday, June 28
5:30 p.m. Writing workshop for teens with Islander
reporter Diana Bogan at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341. Bring
writing for critique.
Art by Jean Ehlis at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, through June 30.
"The Art of Uncle Monday" exhibit at South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St.W., Bradenton, through Aug. 20. Infor-
mation: 746-4131. Fee applies.
The great escape
Stepping out after about 10
minutes in cuffs and chains,
the "Great Cindini" emerges
as Manatee County Sheriff's
Deputy Gary Stellito lifts the
cover from her cage inside
the "Old City Jail." Hot dog
and lemonade sales brought
in donations of approximately
$250 for the event host, the
Anna Maria Island Historical
Society at the musuem on
Pine Avenue. Cynthia Morri-
son Cindini an escape
artistfrom West Palm Beach,
volunteered her time to
escape from Anna Maria's
unique jail. Islander Photo:
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Kelli McCauley was out shopping with her mom
on the Island and unexpectedly opened a door of oppor-
tunity. Mom and daughter were browsing the wide
array of beach-inspired artists' creations at Restless
Natives when shop owner Kim Wilson complimented
the shell necklace Kelli wore that day.
"She asked me where I bought it," McCauley said,
"and I told her I made it. Next thing 1 knew Kim was
asking me to join her shop."
McCauley was 12 at the time, the youngest artist
to sell her craft at the Island store.
Wilson said she had no concerns about McCauley's
age. "I was impressed. I saw talent and that's all I
needed to see how creative she is."
Wilson's instincts have proved her right not only
has McCauley's line of jewelry been popular with shop-
pers, her silver-wraped Swarovski crystal rings have
been one of the store's top sellers. Wilson says she has
to call the teen monthly to replenish her stock.
McCauley began making jewelry at age 8, learning
some techniques first from a babysitter and later taking
a class. Her design ideas are based partly on what she
likes to wear, but she also gets inspiration looking at
designs on-the Internet and at craft fairs.
She prefers to work with sterling silver and is cur-
Srently concentrating on her line of rings and lampwork
bead bookmarks that she calls "fish tales." McCauley
also designs earrings and bracelets, and during the holi-
days, Restless Natives carries her holiday-theme jew-
elry, for example red and green earrings for Christ-
Prior to selling her work at Restless Natives,
-McCauley had been selling pieces to friends and
family. For example, McCauley said friend Kati Hone
has been a good customer. "She asked me to make
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bracelets for all her family members, and each had to
have a charm relating to what that person likes."
Another friend, Kristen Burket, said she likes
McCauley's work because it's original not out on the
mass market. Plus, McCauley accepts special orders
and in a week's time can create a piece of jewelry to
match a dress or fit a special occasion.
"Whenever I need something, it's good to have a
friend who can make stuff," admits Burket.
McCauley is always working on something new.
She hasn't quite settled on a name for her jewelry
line, but she has named the colors and styles of stones
used for her rings. Currently featured in her rings are
Swarovski crystals in beach colors, such as ocean wave,
aqua, deep-sea blue, sunset, sea shell and sea grass.
Two new stone shapes are also included, wave and
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her designs" that is most striking.
"I like silver and I like sparkly things," says the
designer. "The way [Swarovski crystal] sparkles in the
sun is really nice."
Her experience as a young entrepreneur has given
the teen a boost of confidence in her work. "I thought
someday I might like to do something with my jewelry,
but I didn't think I'd get the opportunity so early," she
said. "It's wonderful. I can't believe I got this far and
it's great Kim gave me the opportunity.
"I get compliments when I wear my jewelry but I
didn't realize I was that talented. I was so happy. It's
Since becoming the 100th artist to sell through
Restless Natives, McCauley also caught the eye of a
wholesale agent from New York. Wilson said whole-
sale agents often visit her store and recently one of
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them wanted to represent McCauley's jewelry. Right
now, McCauley has decided to take things slowly. She
has had offers from other stores, but for now is only
selling at Restless Natives and Beads at Metrowest in
McCauley says she is pretty busy with school. She
attends Holy Family Catholic School in Orlando -
her home base. She and her parents spend time at their
home in Key Royale on weekends and summers.
Wilson says McCauley's rings are tough to keep in
stock, since they are popular with all age groups. The
first ones sold out in three weeks. When items sell out,
McCauley gets the call to "get busy" and sends more.
McCauley is also responsible for creating her own price
tags and displays.
Her rings retail for $25 and the Fish Tale book-
marks are $1 1.99.
In the future McCauley anticipates honing her
talent into a career, but for now she looks forward to
eighth-grade, volleyball and enjoying all her creative
Restless Natives is located at 5314 Marina Drive,
Young McCauley shares her
I believe that people enter our lives for a reason. A
very special person entered my life this past summer.
Her name is Kim and she is the owner of Restless
Natives on Anna Maria Island. Kim opened up a whole
new world of opportunity to me. Let me describe to you
what happened on the sunny, summer day.
I began making my own jewelry a couple of years
ago. Like any good artist, I like to model what I make.
On that particular summer day I. was wearing a shell
necklace I had made. I went into Restless Natives to
shop. Kim complimented me on my necklace and asked
me where I got it. "I made it," I said.
Next thing I knew, Kim was asking me to join her
shop and be the youngest artist to display and sell there.
Restless Natives is a shop of local artists from Anna
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Kelli McCauley, 13, is one of the top-selling artists
featured at Restless Natives in Holmes Beach. The
teen sells her own line of jewelry and bookmarks,
which shop owner Kim Wilson says she can't keep
in stock. McCauley lives in Orlando and spends sum-
mers and weekends with her family at their Key
Royale home. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Maria Island on the Gulf Coast. Kim has artists that
make everything from jewelry to paintings to beauti-
ful shell and beach creations. The shop is a bright and
colorful display of art, mostly things that have to do
with the beach and Island life. I couldn't believe, my
jewelry would be on display there, too.
Kim changed my life so much. She didn't only give
me the opportunity to sell in her shop, but she gave me
the opportunity to see how much other people appreci-
ated and respected my work. She is a caring person and
has helped me to develop my hobby and express my
creative ability. She is pleasant and fun and makes me
want to smile when I see her. Through Kim, I have met
some of the other artists in her shop and have enjoyed
making new friends.
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She will head the program at the weekly Kiwanis break-
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They will head the program at the weekly Rotary
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Weird wilderness tales, plus storm lesson
There is more than the usual weirdness in the wil-
derness of late.
Fish are being caught in areas where they have not
been known to historically frequent. The same is true
for some other critters beluga whales in rivers and
bears in Bavaria, the first such sighting in 170 years.
Global warming impacts? Who knows.
Big fish are moving in strange ways. According to
the Wall Street Journal, San Diego fishers last summer
caught huge numbers of huge, 200-pound yellowfin
tuna, while the more common and smaller albacore
tuna seemed to have migrated more than 1,000 miles
to the north by the coast of Washington.
The yellowfin harvest was good news for sushi
lovers, but not so good for recreational fishers looking
to catch albacore. Trips which usually netted a score of
the smaller tuna per angler tapered off to near nothing.
The action picked up for swordfishers off Miami,
Though. Usually thought of as a deepwater, North
Atlantic catch, swordfishing off South Florida has been
booming of late, so good that some charter captains
are running nighttime trips something, never done
And the catches are great.
Part of the reason for the swordfish bonanza may
be more stringent international regulations on fishing,
which has caused the stock to rebound. National Oce-
anic and Atmospheric Administration officials have
said that the fishery has dramatically rebounded since
S1999, hence the better catches for recreational fishers.
A juvenile beluga whale carcass was found in a
river in central Alaska last week, about 1,000 miles
from its usual haunts.
. Belugas are those white whales with a prominent
forehead. They're pretty smart as a rule at least smart
enough not to swim 1,000 miles away from their usual
Scientists speculate that the guy started chasing a
school of fish up the river and just kept going.
The story in the June 14 edition of The
Islander incorrectly said the first BeachHouse and
Sandbar fireworks specialist, Terry Dorman, had
died. Ed Chiles, owner of the restaurants, said
Dornan "is still living in Bradenton. We appreciate
Terry getting us started and know that Jim Taylor
(Dorman's successor) appreciated Terry getting
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And then there's Bruno, a bear that wandered
across the Alps from Italy into Bavaria. Wild bears were
wiped out in Germany about 170 years ago, making the
2-year-old Bruno an element of history.
He was friendly when first spotted, too, as only a
2-year-old can be. Hikers loved to see him scampering
around in the forest.
Then Bruno found the joys of honey from beekeep-
ers hives. And the joy of killing and eating sheep, pet
rabbits and chickens.
Authorities reacted by declaring an open hunting
season on Bruno, and he then proved his worth, eluding
hunting dogs and even surviving a car crash. He also
was able to dodge the bear traps set for him.
After a public outcry to "save the bruin," authori-
ties have now said they want to catch him and return
him to his native Italy.
We've got weirdness right on our doorstep, too.
The Loop Current has moved close to shore, drawing
with it billfish and dolphin-the-fish-not-Flipper.
Usually deepwater species, sailfish and dolphin
have been caught just a few miles out in the Gulf of
Mexico in the past few weeks. It's not all that uncom-
mon for April and May, but somewhat odd for the cur-
rent to flow so close to shore so late in the year.
Of course, Tropical Storm Alberto probably
chewed up the current and its meanderings may have
drawn it back to the usual deeper waters of the Gulf.
The current, by the way, starts in the Caribbean
Sea and flows north between Cuba and the Yucatan
Peninsula. It splits just south of Louisiana, with one
branch curving past Texas and the other flowing past
Key West and the Florida Straits, where it becomes the
Loopy tale, chapter 2
The Loop Current made headlines last week as
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Miami issued this discussion on Alberto:
"The Air Force Hurricane Hunter airplane found
that the center of the cyclone has abruptly reformed
near the deep convention, and it is now relocated some
60 nautical miles to the northeast of its previously esti-
mated position. The current intensity is adjusted to 60
knots. The storm has been interacting with the warm
Gulf of Mexico Loop Current, which has likely been a
contributor to the intensification. As Alberto continues
north-northeastward, it will be departing the Loop Cur-
rent and encountering a region of lower oceanic heat
As we all remember, the storm never became a hur-
ricane and in fact weakened as it neared the coast in
the Big Bend area of Florida. Lots of rain, not much
You may also remember that Hurricanes Katrina,
Rita and Wilma last year all passed through the Loop
Current.and received a steroid-like burst of energy in
passing through those warm waters.
Here's a bit of a hurricane history lesson, from John
Barnes' book, "Mother of Storms."
"A hurricane is a gigantic heat engine. That is,
it converts a temperature difference into mechanical
energy, like diesel, steam, gasoline, jet, rocket or tur-
bine engines. But whereas a diesel engine, for exam-
ple, converts (some of) the heat of the burning fuel to
motion of the piston by releasing (most of) the heat to
the cooler environment, a hurricane works by moving
heat from the hot ocean surface to the cold bottom of
the stratosphere converting some of it to wind along
"If the water is below 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit,
more energy comes out of the wind to move the heat
than the heat itself supplies, and the hurricane dies. But
above 81.5, a hurricane doesn't just live ... it grows.
Each blast of cool air blowing over the warm, wet
ocean grows warmer, rises, drops its load of evaporated
water, and returns with a little more force each time."
The Loop Current is filled with warm water and is
what Barnes calls a "hurricane formation zone." Watch
for it later this year.
Here's a great quote from one of the TV weather
guys last week. He was standing on a beach, trying
to discuss the dangers of storm surge associated with
Tropical Storm Alberto.
"You can see it right here at my feet," the guy said
of storm surge. "The water has come all the way up to
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Kings, dolphin good bets offshore, reds in backwater
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Kingfish and dolphin, both somewhat rare for this
late in the spring, are still thick out in the Gulf of
Redfish are also a great bet in the backwater, as
well as catch-and-release snook. Trout should start to
hit what with all the rain in the past week, and, hope-
fully, tarpon should finally start to bite.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's putting his charters onto mackerel and
bluefish along the beaches as well as redfish and snook,
plus a few trout, in the backwater.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said there are lots of
mackerel being caught on the artificial reefs and dol-
phin catches are still being reported close to shore in the
Gulf less than 10 miles out. Snapper and grouper have
moved farther offshore in deeper water in the Gulf.
Tarpon are also a good bet for the charter captains, Bill
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said that "things settled back
to normal fairly quickly since the passage of Alberto.
The Gulf got muddied up pretty good and the backwa-
ters are showing some signs of freshwater runoff that
we usually begin to see this time of year." Inshore fish-
ing remained good with numerous catch-and-release
snook, scattered reds, big jacks and some trout. A few
mangrove snapper are beginning to school up and bite.
The big shot of freshwater should flush a lot of trout
out of the rivers, creeks and bayous and they will begin
bunching up on the deep seagrass of Anna Maria Sound
and Sarasota Bay." He also advised that the storm
should spur the tarpon to bite, which has been lacking
so far this season.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
good catches of redfish in Palma Sola Bay on the higher
tides, plus plenty of baitfish to serve as chum.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching a few Spanish mackerel, plus jacks, lady-
fish, bluefish, "tons" of catfish and a few tarpon are still
rolling past the pier.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
there are good mackerel hookups in the morning and a
few catch-and-release snook at night. Snapper have left
for now, he said, but there are lots of whitebait around
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
plenty of redfish are coming out of Terra Ceia Bay, and
lots of mackerel from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area
in Tampa Bay. Tarpon are also a good bet in front of
Terra Ceia Bay.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include lots
of mackerel from the Skyway Bridge area, plus some
small sharks, grouper and a few sheepshead.
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20 M JUNE 21, 2006 U THE ISLANDER
Dreams really do come true for this Islander
By Kevin Cassidy
To say that Holmes Beach resident and University
of Miami junior relief pitcher Chris Perez is having a
great month would be understated.
On June 6, Perez was selected by the St. Louis Car-
dinals in the first round of the supplemental draft. Being
the 42nd overall pick in the amateur draft could bring
Perez somewhere between $800,000 to $1 million in a
signing bonus, which would be part of a dream conic
true for the Islander.
Some dreams have already come true for Perez.
When he was 10 years old, he used to sit and watch
the Miami Hurricanes on television with his father. He
would tell his dad then that someday he would pilch for
The first Hurricanes baseball team he pitched
for was the Manatee High School Hurricanes, which
played a part in.Perez getting noticed by UM.
During Perez' junior year at Manatee, Coach Al
Melnick took his varsity team to the Miami Hurricanes
Baseball Camp where the 6-foot-4-inch Perez showed
off a fastball that broke 90 mph on the radar gun.
Perez also played on the Florida Bombers, an AAU
team out of Miami that was regularly scouted by Miami
Perez then went the extra mile to improve his stock
as a college prospect when he attended the Pendleton
School and the IMG Baseball Academy for his senior
season of high school baseball.
Perez, who now sports a fastball that has been
clocked at 97 mph is the "closer," or late-inning relief
specialist, at Miami and will likely continue that role
when his Major League Baseball career begins.
Signing a professional contract can wait, however.
Perez and his Miami teammates opened play at the
College World Series on June 17 by thumping Oregon
Perez had a lot to do with Miami advancing to
Omaha. During the Super Regionals in Oxford, Miss.,
Perez came on in the fifth inning and allowed only
two runs over the next five innings to help the Hurri-
canes defeat Ole Miss 14-9 and win the Super Regional
Holmes Beach resident Chris Perez delivers a pitch
for his Miami Hurricane baseball team. Perez and his
teammates are in Omaha, Neb., for the College World
Series. Islander Photo: Courtesy University of Miami
crown. The win improved Perez to 4-1 on the season
with 12 saves and an earned run average below two
runs per game.
Perez, who lives with his father Tim in Holmes
Beach, also has a 16-year-old sister, Courtney who lives
with mom Julia in the Lakewood Ranch area.
His father Tim was asked if he ever envisioned all
of this when he first signed Chris up for T-ball in the
Manatee West Little League. "Not in a million years,"
Perez said. "It's a dream most every father has for his
son when they start Little League, but I never thought
it would come true."
Perez and his Miami teammates were scheduled to
take on Rice University June 19 for their second game
Congratulations to Chris and his family and Happy
Father's Day to all the dads who go the extra mile for
Happy Father's Day, Dad!
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Eight players showed up for the June 14 horseshoe
competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. The day
also marked the return of Sam Samuels after a three-
month absence. Samuels nearly made up for lost time
by teaming with John Johnson to advance to the knock-
out round with a 3-0 record. Unfortunately, Samuels
and Johnson ran into the team of Ron Pepka and Herb
Ditzel, who came away with a 21-14 victory to earn
,i _. ,.i- rights for the day.
Seven teams were whittled down to two during pool
play action at the June 10 horseshoe competition, leav-
ing Steve Doyle and Hank Huyghe to battle it out with
Norm Good and Tom Skoloda for the championship.
Doyle and Huyghe grabbed an early 6-4 lead, but
Good and Skoloda closed with a 19-5 run to win by a
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Center offers youth golf program
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is now
offering the Bud Stokes Junior Golf Program for boys
and girls ages 7-18. Eighteen-year PGA professional Steve
Dietz is the instructor for the five-week program that begins
June 27. Golfing equipment will be provided if needed.
Dietz currently is the golf director and instructor
at the Ben Sutton Golf School and has been the club
pro for Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota and Seven
Rivers Country Club in Tampa.
Cost for the five-week program is $50 for Center
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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.
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/
renovation potential. Priced to sell at $575,000.
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.
TROPICAL SUNSET Spacious 2BR/2BA condo in four-unit complex just 100 feet to the
beach. Large heated pool, covered parking, upstairs sundeck are just some of the features.
Located in Holmes Beach close to shops and restaurants. $589.000.
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LARGE CAGE FOR cat or small dog. Never used,
like new. $50. Call 941-383-2649, evenings.
KLING CHEST-ON-chest with two twin beds, $190;
antique dresser with beveled mirror, $195; 1920s
depression glass lamps, original, $30; 1940s tri-
ple-folding mirror, $25; metal and glass side table,
$35; pedestal liquor cabinet, $55; wrought-iron foyer
mirror, $35. 941-778-2167.
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
Thursday. 9-noon on Saturdays. Always clearance
racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
HUGE MOVING SALE: 9am Saturday and Sunday, June
24-25. Everything goes! 308 B 63rd St., Holmes Beach.
SALE: NIKI'S ISLAND Treasures. All sterling jew-
elry, 50 percent off. All clowns, collector spoons,
thimbles, 50-60 percent off. Select cookbooks; salt
and pepper sets, Florida mugs, gifts, furniture,
antiques, crystal, art, vintage and costume jewelry,
50-70 percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
941-779-0729. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST KITTEN FROM 210 54th St., Holmes Beach.
Three weeks young, gray with blue eyes, needs
mom. Call 941-778-0268. Small cage.at front door
if no one is home.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult. Call
941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdirect.com.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The
Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guard-
ian ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by
the court to represent and advocate for the best
interest of children who have been abused, aban-
doned 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.
FREE CAT: SWEET, petite, loveable orange female
Tabby, six years old, spayed/shots to date. Good
with children and other pets. Willing to help with pet
security deposit. 941-792-8442.
1996 CADILLAC SEDAN DeVille : White with blue
coach roof. 80,800 miles, nonsmoker, all power,
chrome wheels, fresh tuneup and brakes. Cold air
conditioning. Very sharp! $6,000 or best offer. Jim,
2003 TRIUMPH 19-FOOT Bay boat. Center con-
sole with T-top. Four Stroke Yamaha 115-hp with
165 hours. Loaded with options, storage, cooler,
rod holders, casting decks. Excellent condition with
recent bottom paint. $12,995. Call 941-224-5015.
1996 CENTURY 18-foot, center console, 115-hp
Yamaha. 86 hours. GPS, depth, trailer. Very clean.
$6000 or best offer. 941-920-9227.
PONTOON BOAT FOR sale: 20-foot Fiesta. New seats
and new Bimini top. Must sell. $350.941-779-2228.
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.
HOUSEKEEPER WANTED: $10-12 per hour, week-
ends at Island resort. Call 941-778-2577.
SEEKING A RELIABLE pleasant person for the
wash-and-fold department of a local laundromat.
8am-2pm, Monday-Friday. 941-526-7500.
BOAT CAPTAIN NEEDED for occasional week-
ends. Must be nonsmoker and very reliable. Call
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call
FULLTIME EXPERIENCED carpenter/maintenance
person needed at Lido Beach Resort. Please call
NURSES NEEDED FOR long-term home care for
lady with spinal injury. Hoyer lift. Full/part-time avail-
able. Travel opportunity. (941) 383-6953.
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LANDSCAPE HELPER: FULL or part-time. $9-12
per hour depending on experience. Immediate
opening. Call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
TRY ON THE apron, see if Pampered Chef is for
you! Informational coffees being held in Bradenton/
Islander areas. Call Debby, cell, 630-926-4872.
SEEKING PIANO PLAYER evenings for Ooh La La!
Bistro. Music range from classical to jazz. Call Chef
BUSY ACCOUNTING FIRM seeks full-time book-
keeper to assist with accounts, daily record keep-
ing, payroll. QuickBooks and Excel expertise a
must. Call Jamie, (941) 748-2683.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons.
$10 per half-hour lesson, three lessons rec-
ommended. Local teen, team competitor. Call
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,
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, 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.
RED CROSS first-aid certified babysitter certified.
Call Alex, 941-778-5352.
GET YOUR BOAT washed without the hassle, just
give me a call. Regular scheduling available, perfect
for when you're out of town. Call Richard, 941-447
BABYSITTER/PETSITTER: RESPONSIBLE, Red
Cross certified. Experienced with kids and pets of
all ages. Many Island references! Transportation
available. Weekly and monthly rates'available. Call
Hilary or Natalie. 941-778-5181.
PAYTON'S CLEANING SERVICES: I do cleaning,
dog sitting, carwashes and yard work. You can con-
tact me at this number, 941-778-3759. Open every
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed'
in person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
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
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 941-713-5333.
CLEANING COUPLE: A few open slots for offices,
condos, houses, etc. We also do errands and hurricane
checks. Honest and dependable. (941) 448-7119.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
THE ROYAL MAID Service: Licensed, bonded,
insured. Professional, experienced maids. Free
estimates, gift certificates available. Call now,
J.V.'S PAINTING AND handyman services: Over 20
years experience. Reliable, dependable and neat.
Call today for a free estimate. Call John (retired fire
EXPERIENCED CERTIFIED TEACHER available
for tutoring in math, science and reading for
elementary-to college-level students. $35/hour.
LET ELLEN HELP: Companionship, shopping,
cleaning, cooking, over-nights. 941-518-3054 or
HIGHLY QUALIFIED, LICENSED CNA/HHA: Total
personal care, bathing and dressing. Meal prepa-
ration, housekeeping, respite care, transportation,
shopping. Call 941-345-6155.
CLEANING BY HELENE: Honest, reliable, excel-
lent references. Longtime resident. Weekly, bi-
weekly, reasonable rates, free estimates. Call
CPA BOOKKEEPER AVAILABLE for temporary
and/or part-time work to assist with your small busi-
ness or personal accounting/reconciliation needs.
$35/hour, two-hour minimum. 941-914-2037.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray,
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,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
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 lawr
and landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please-call 941-778-2335
or 284-1568. .
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, clean-
ups; 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.
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"
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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. Res-
idential and commercial. 30-years experience.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Complete clean-
ups, installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes,
rock and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark
SARAMANA TREE COMPANY: Serving your area
with fast, friendly and dependable service. Great
rates. Call 941-400-2887 or 941-224-0848.
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 certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941 -
778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references, Call Neil,
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths.. Free estimates. License #CGCO61519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 941-720-0794.. .
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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.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements
Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
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, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
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.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for
PAINTING BY CARLOS: Exterior and interior paint-
ing. Faux finish, wallpaper, stain, popcorn ceiling,
woodwork, pressure wash. Office 941-761-4071 or
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive distrib-
utor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Inte-
rior, exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure
wash. Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpen-
ter. Call 941-518-3316 or 941-778-6898.
INTERIOR PAINTING BY "Sisters." Decorating and
popcorn removal. Call-Nancy, 941-756-9595, or
Ellen, 941-779-0555. References.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander:org.
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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
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please
call Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, 941-778-2246.
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
MONTHLY RENTAL: 2BR/2BA with den. Furnished
condo on canal. West Bradenton. Five minutes to
beaches. $2,100/month. June through November
ANNA MARIA: TAKING winter reservations. Cozy
mobile home in 55-plus resort. Bayside, furnished,
parking, walk to beach. $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.
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SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Furnished 2BR/1 BA bright,
cozy mobile home. Large kitchen, wood deck, nice
location. No pets. $625 monthly. 941-779-0556.
LIDO BEACH: 2BR apartments. Delightful and
modern with pprch/lanai in garden setting. Across
from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle.
Eight minutes to Sarasota Main Street. Fully fur-
nished, including full kitchen and laundry room.
Available weekly, 941-383-2566.
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,
THREE 1BR/1BA APARTMENTS: each under
$800/month. Seven-month lease. One in Bradenton,
two in Sarasota. Call Jackie, 941-929-7165.
DUPLEX: ANNUAL 2BR/1BA. $1,000/month. 200
steps to beach. New appliances and paint. 206 73rd
St., Holmes Beach. Call first, 941-778-2658.
INDOOR VEHICLE STORAGE on Island in Holmes
Beach available. Room for two large buses, RVs
and one car. 941-544-6643 for information.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/1BA home with garage.
$1,350/month. 3BR/2BA waterfront pool home,
$3,250/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., at
941-778-2291, or e-mail Jason @betsyhills.com.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA BRADENTON Beach. Bay
views, close to beach. 2319 Ave. B. $1,000/month.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA Palma Sola Park.
New kitchen and bath, new paint, large yard.
$1,600/month. First/last/security. 941-778-5445.- -
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA Anna Maria waterfront
apartment with dockage. $1,300/month. Furnished
or unfurnished. Cable and water included. First/last/
ANNUAL RENTAL IN Holmes Beach. One block to
the Gulf. 2BR/1 BA. Close to trolley stop and stores.
Washer and dryer on premises. $1,050/month, utili-
ties included. Call 646-842-0096, soon!
FLORIDA KEYS WEEKLY rental: luxury 2BR/2BA
condo. Spectacular Atlantic views! Marina, ramp,
dockage, gated, pool, private beach, tennis.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
ANNUAL RENTAL WESTBAY Cove: Lower unit,
2BR/2BA waterfront, unfurnished. Includes water,
sewer, cable. Old Florida Realty, 941-778-05 or
BRADENTON BEACH BUNGALOW: 3BR/2BA
totally remodeled. Six-month lease, pets negotiable.
105 N. 12th St. $1,100/month. 888-929-9316.
BEACHSIDE GROUND LEVEL: 1BR/1BA, great
views, like new, sleeps four, $770/week or special
seasonal rates. 106 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
ANNUAL BAY-VIEW rental: 2-3BR/2BA, completely
remodeled in 2004. Quiet street, dock privileges.
$1,400/month plus security. 941-545-7109.
ANNUAL COZY BAYFRONT cottage. 1BR/1BA,
furnished, washer and dryer and dock privileges.
$850/month plus security deposit. 941-545-7109.
LARGE 2BR/2BA VILLA: 55-plus, furnished/
unfurnished. Great location, quiet, modern.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 55-plus, 2BR/2BA two-
car garage. Just beautiful unit on cul-de-sac, pool,
pets OK! $1,200/month. 941-725-4425.
LEASE A $345,000 condo in private, gated Braden-
ton island community and share increase in equity
50-50 with us. We pay taxes, condo fees, water and
standard cable. You pay mortgage ($1,670/month),
phone, electricity. 2BR/2BA, recently renovated,
furnished or not. Two minutes to beach. 24-hour
guarded gate. Lighted tennis courts, clubhouse,
heated pools, Jacuzzi, bike paths. Washer and
dryer in condo. No pets, no smokers. 941-720-4307.
2BR/2BA FLAMINGO CAY townhouse: Waterfront
with boat slip, pool, cable. Furnished or unfurnished.
Six-month minimum. $1,050/month. First, last and
ANNUAL RENTALS: UPSCALE two and three bed-
rooms, pool. Homes located on Anna Maria Island
for rent. Call Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTALS: EFFICIENCY, 1BR/1BA, fur-
nished or unfurnished from $650-875/month. Call
Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA, completely
remodeled, nine houses to beach. $1,100/month
plus utilities. 941-778-2677.
ANNUAL: ATTRACTIVE 2BR/2BA with Florida
room. Washer and dryer hookup, dishwasher, car-
port, $1,000/month. Nice 2BR/1BA, washer and
dryer hookup, carport, $900/month. 1 BR/1 BA close
to beach, $700/month. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
ANNUAL: NORTH HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1BA,
over 1,100 sf, enclosed porch, separate storage.
$950/month, $1,600 security deposit. Includes
water and trash. Call 941-778-5391.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR apartment, half block
from beach. Completely remodeled. $800/month
unfurnished, $850/month furnished. Includes cable,
water and trash. 941-779-0470.
FOR RENT: DEEP-water boat slip, north end of
Anna Maria, Easy Gulf access. 941-794-8877.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Lakefront Hidden
Lake condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to
beach. Starting at $329,900. Call Cori Woods,
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..
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playroom, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bed-
rooms. 1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus trees,
near Brentwood school in Sarasota. Reduced to
$274,900. 941-379-4196 or 941-954-7474.
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.
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! Large Anna Maria lot, deep-water
canal, no'bridges, custom plans available. $650,000.
Details at http://mysite.verizon.net/talbot1, or call
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA apartment. 750 sf,
100 feet from bay. Newly updated, includes water
andtrash. First, last, security deposit. $775/month.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BR, 1,400-sf beach house.
1.5 blocks to beach. Unfurnished, $1,100/month.
Furnished, $1;300/month. First, last, security
FOR SALE: BRIGHT and clean, furnished 1BR/1 BA
condo on Cortez Road, near Bradenton Beach.
$150,000. Call Jackie, 941-929-7165, or
OPEN HOUSE 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday Bay-
view and canalfront with pool. 2BR/2BA open plan,
new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock, three davits.
Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must see inside!
By owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-705-4454.404 21st
Place. Bradenton Beach.
DESIRABLE ANNA MARIA lot for sale by owner,
50x110 feet. 117 Willow Avenue. Asking $500,000.
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6 bedrooms on canal.
Deeded beach access. Rent it out or redevelop
(adjacent property available). $799,000. Mary Ann
Namack,-Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet,
cleared. $539,000. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach.
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OPEN HOUSE: BEACHFRONT condo, 2-4prn
Thursday, June 15 at #105 Martinique North, 5300
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-376-0541.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA Home built in 2005 with
upgrades. $599,900. 307B 59th St. RoseBay Real
Estate. Call Laurie DellaTorre, 941-232-3665.
WEST BRADENTON HOME with pool, minutes to
Anna Maria Island beaches without paying the high
taxes and insurances. 3BR/2BA. $365,000. 7508
19th Drive W. RoseBay Real Estate. Call Laurie Del-
REDUCED TO SELL! Anna Maria Island. Canal-
front Holmes Beach, Florida, home. 2BR/2BA.
$699,900. 527 70th St. RoseBay Real Estate. Call
Laurie DellaTorre, 941-232-3665.
VILLAGE OF THE Arts home located in Braden-
ton. Zoned professional, commercial/residential!
2BR/2BA, $245,000. 1414 11th StW. RoseBay Real
Estate. Laurie DellaTorre, 941-232-3665.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 4BR/2BA great annual
rental history. Updated, close to beach and bay.
BARGAIN, BARGAIN, BARGAIN: Turnkey ready
2BR/2BA condo, 55-plus, Cortez Villas, concrete
block construction. Great clubhouse with pool,
billiards, shuffleboard. $159,900. 941-720-4718.
FOR SALE UNDER appraisal canal house.
3BR/3BA with separate living quarters, new sea-
wall, boatlift and more. As is, with right to inspect.
$899,000, negotiable. Weichert Realtors. Teddee
Woodworth, owner/agent, 941-238-7508.
TWO LONGBOAT KEY cottages for sale or trade!
660 Linley St. Call 813-478-0909, broker/owner.
2BR/2BA LAKEFRONT CONDO: Attached garage,
newly remodeled, new roof, premium location, min-
utes to beach, northwest Bradenton. Owner moti-
vated! $264,900. Must see! Call 941-962-5704.
TWO BEAUTIFUL HOMES for sale on Anna
Maria Island by owner! For more information,
visit www.coxpristineproperties.com, or call
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Your hurricane getaway!
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, new kitchen, paint
and carpet, cul-de-sac, pool, pets OK! $299,900.
BEAUTIFUL TWO-ROOM professional office, Anna
Maria Island. Ground floor, lush landscaped, over-
looking bay, plus kitchenette, bath. Share copy
machine, cleaning, private parking. Prestigious
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PALMA SOLA PARK 3BR/2BA home, 2BR/1BA
guest house plus two-car garage. $595,000.
Carol Heinze, Coldwell Banker Real Estate,
MEADOW CROFT SOUTH condo, near Blake,
2BR/2BA lakefront with carport, pets welcome.
$195,000. Carol Heinze, Coldwell Banker Real
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 Intracoastal Waterway with new
marina and boat ramp. Land owned. Home
owner's association optional. $159,900.
YES! YOU CAN live in Perico Bay Club. Updated,
furnished 1BR/1BA condo. Reduced to $289,900.
Call Marilyn Trevethan, Island Real Estate,
ELEVATED DUPLEX: HOLMES Beach. 4BR total,
concrete structure with enclosed downstairs. 3,300
sf total, easily convert to single-family. $529,000.
HUGE SWEEPING BAY views from 2BR/2BA
bayside condo with deeded 35-foot deep-water
dock and carport, pool, tennis. $539,000. (941)
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Contact Amy for all of your
REAL ESTATE needs!
Spectacular views from this bayfront home of the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg and Egmont Key. Totally
updated and completely remodeled in 2003. Elevator takes
you from the ground level three-car garage to the main
living area, and the spiral staircase takes you up to the loft.
This 2,600 sf Keywest style home with all the luxuries in
a fantastic location can be yours. $1,690,000 MLS#530542.
Michael Saunders & Company
Debbie Capobianco, Realtor 941-704-2394
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT:
SNatural setting surrounds'
L this 3BR/2BA home with
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BAYVIEW DUPLEX includes lot on bay!
S3BR/3BA and 1BR/1BA duplex or 4BR/4BA home
S with boat docks and gorgeous view of Sarasota Bay.
.Offered at $969,900.
ISLAND CON VENIENCE STORE WITH GAS
Super opportunity to own Island business!
Offered at: $169,000 & Inventory.
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PERICO BAY CLUB CONDO: 2BR/2BA, 1,486 sf,
electric hurricane shutters, 24-hour security, heated
pool, tennis, minutes to the Anna Maria Island. 1389
Perico Point Circle, Bradenton. $469,000. RoseBay
Real Estate, Laurie DellaTorre, 941-232-3665.
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!
COSTA RICA: GET out of the rat race and find your
Shangri-La. Local Realtor offering homesites start-
ing in the $40s and homes starting in the $160s
on the Caribbean coast. Be a part of my neighbor-
hood in paradise. Call Robin Kollar, broker, Gulf-Bay
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape to beau-
tiful western NC mountains. Free color brochure
and information. Mountain properties with spectacu-
lar views, homes, cabins, creeks and investment
acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real Estate.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
In the market for near or Gulffront property?
Call us! Planning summer vacation on our
Island? We can help starting at $500 per week.
We also have an annual rental in a charming
2BR/2BA home only $1,300 per month.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin. Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail arrealty @verizon.net
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BEAUTIFUL TORTUGA INN 2BR unit has WOWII!!H QUALITY AND LOCATION Old
a full kitchen and furniture. Garden view Bridge Village. Top-end luxury, pools,
and steps to the private beach, pools, docks, slip, 2BR, bonus room, living,
bay, and dock. Flexible rental, on-site kitchen, dining, private elevator, turnkey
management. $470,000. home. $999,900.
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Beach. 2BR townhouse style kitchen, living, ^-
dinette. Upgraded throughout and newH orizo nI
furniture. Fantastic for rental or second
home. $599,000. Realty
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LAKEFRONT AND LAKE-view properties nestled
in the hills of Tennessee on the shores of pristine
Norris Lake. Call Lakeside Realty at 423-626-5820,
or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
GULFFRONT LOTS, $595,000. Homes starting
mid-$300s. New master-planned oceanfront
community on beautiful Mustang Island, near
Corpus Christi, Texas. www.cinnamonshore.com.
BENT TREE GOLF and Tennis, gated community in
the north Georgia mountains with clubhouse, pools,
lake, stables. Homes and lots available. Craft Inc.
PROPERTIES FOR SALE in Georgia.Acreage rang-
ing from 10 to 1000 acres. Timberland, farmland,
and mini-farms. Visit www.rubuyingrealestate.com,
or call 866-300-7653. Peachstate Gal#2550.
BUYERS MARKET: COASTAL North Carolina
95-100 percent LTV Financing. Call CCL Inc. Realty,
ASHEVILLE, N.C., AREA homesites One- to eight-
acre parcels from the $80s. Gated, riverfront. Just
outside Hot Springs, NC. Awesome owner's club-
house. Nature trails, riverwalk. Phase II, Fall 2006.
Preview now. Call 866-292-5762.
EUFAULA, ALA., WATERFRONT: 1/2 to 3 acres
from the $40s. Gated with planned clubhouse,
docks, and boat ramp. Two hours from Atlanta
and the coast. Rolling terrain, beautiful hardwoods.
OVER 350 RENTALS
From elegant luxury on the Gulf to
cute little bungalows on the bay,
we've got them all Big & Small.
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Realty IC www. MIKENORMANREALTY.COM HOLMES BEACH
Scott Norris, Broker Associate
ReasNTemAL A.EsIta Tc 3915 Corter Road, Bradenton FL 34210
Single family homes just minutes from Anna Maria
1/2BLOCK FROM PALMA SOLA BAY. What a great value!
This 3BR/2BA sits on a large lot with beautiful landscap-
ing, mature trees, private yard and large screened lanai.
Immaculately maintained. $344,900. Ext. 1037.
HERON'S WATCH. While only a few traffic lights separate
you from Anna Maria Island, you'll never want to leave this
gorgeous 2003 3BR/2BA decorator home with heated pool
and lake views. $459,900. Ext 1017.
Call 1-800-606-8194, then extension #
for recorded info and to schedule a showing.
FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS
SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB Wonderful detached
villa on Longboat .Key. Water views looking directly
across to your boat slip! Close to the clubhouse, pool,
putting green, and deeded beach access. Spanish Main
has much to offer and is a immaculately maintained and
exciting 55+ community. $395,900.
^ Gulf-Bay Realty
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KENTUCKY LAKEFRONT PROPERTY: One- to
40-plus-acre parcels from the $40s. On Lake Bar-
kley near Land Between the Lakes. Lakefront,
view and wooded sites. Phase II open now! Call
LOOKING TO OWN land? Invest in rural acreage
throughout America. Coastal, mountain, waterfront
properties. 20 to 200 acres. For free special land
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.
WESTERN NEW MEXICO: Private 74-acre ranch,
$129,990. Mountain views, trees, rolling hills, pas-
tureland, wildlife, borders Bureau of Land Manage-
ment. Picturesque homesite at 6,700-foot eleva-
tion. Horseback riding, hiking, hunting. Perfect family
ranch, electricity. 100 percent financing. NALC,
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ONE.OR TWO LOTS ~ This older 2BR/2BA ground level
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Mature trees, including a Canary Island palm and Royal
Poinciana, lend character and charm to the generous 85x63
foot high and dry lot. Unlimited potential for remodeling
and renovation. Priced to sell at only $475,000. Adjoining
S85x60 foot lot is available for $395,000. Don't miss it!
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Gated com-
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gorgeous mountaintop views. Swim, fish, hike.
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COASTAL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA: Large,
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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. Water and fountain view. $251,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS, CONDOS, HOMES
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
ISLAND CONDO 2BR/1BA Sea Pirates, Rental producing
condo across from Gulf, heated pool, professionally
decorated. $455,000. Call Susan Klement, Realtor,
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,
KEY ROYALE 3BR/2BA Single-family on deep large canal.
Kitchen updated, Large caged pool, great dock, boatlift.
Turnkey furnished. $1,100,000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker,
CANALFRONT 3BR/3BA home in Anna Maria with new
guest quarters..Updated electric, new air conditioning and
heat, updated kitchen, vaulted ceiling. Sailboat water, no
bridges to bay. Turnkey furnished: $749,900. Call Lo.ri
Guerin, Realtor, 941-773-3415 or Carmen Pedota, Realtor,
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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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. $799,900.
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. $875,000.
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 ceil-
ing, breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen. Bamboo flooring,
elevator. Near beach. Four-car garage. $1,350,000.
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.
BEACH HOUSE LARGE LOT
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 Gulf. Italian tile, .fireplace, furnished.
Patio with pavers. $649,900.
GULFFRONT WATER'S EDGE
2BR/2A Gulffront condo. Turnkey furnished. Updated.
ceramic tile. Excellent mid-Island location. Pool,
secured lobby, under-building parking. $995,000.
HOLMES BEACH GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA nicely furnished first floor unit. Just steps to
heated pool. View of beach, tennis, great mental, on-site
manager. Ceramic tile. $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 residential area. $945,000.
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, clulhouse/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. Beau-
tiful beach. Excellent rental. $799,900.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT OCEANA CONDO
3BR/2BA, turnkey-furnished condo on beautiful walk-
ing 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. Smallpet. $349,900.
NORTH POINT HARBOUR-KEYROYALE
4BR/3BA waterfront home. Auto-clean lap pool, hot
tub and waterfall New seawall and dock. Five-car
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
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THE CASTILLIAN Rarely available PERFECT BEACH HOUSE West of Gull of KEY WEST NORTH Gul views from lumished HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX Delighllul CANYOUAFFORDTOWAIT?Good navigable
3BR/2 5BA with direct Gulf views. Tastelully Me:
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$1,550.000. 941-383-5577 MLLSB307188 $990000 MLS#529592 i$799900 $5795,000 MLS#519738 REDUCED TO $699.000
HOLMES BEACH RESIDENCE Updated COMPLETELY REMODELED 3BR/2BA RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Now available
3BR/2BA with great room design, beamed two-car garage. new rool. windows, several 1 or 2BR unils, baylronr, poolside
cathedral ceilings, and deep-water city Ilooring, like new nice warer view. Harold and colher views. Some updated phone for
dock available across mhe street. Uew roof Small. 9411-778-2246. MLSA525623 derails On-sitererrals.941-778-2246.Priced
2006 David Moynhan, 941-778-2246. $380.000. $349.000-$494,000
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