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Skimming the news ... Bill Snow: Greatest Generation, page 14.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 35 July 5, 2006 FREE
to curb rogue
By Rick Catlin
While no one in Holmes Beach is doubting the suc-
cess of its "mini" skateboard park, not all skateboarders
in the city are utilizing the facility.
In fact, Commissioner Pat Morton has said that
rogue skaters are using shopping centers and public
facilities for skating, often destroying property in the
Morton presented ordinances from the cities of
Bradenton and Sarasota at the city commission's June
27 meeting that deal with skateboarders trespassing on
public and private property. Commissioners agreed the
City of Bradenton model was a better solution than
Sarasota's, which was deemed "too restrictive."
The "trespass" program established by Bradenton
is optional for a business owner, but if they do join
the program, law enforcement officers can ticket an
individual for trespassing without the owner being pres-
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens favored the
program because it gives police "something to use and
With a trespass ordinance, police can take action
against a trespasser without the owner being present.
The ordinance would also apply to public property.
Agreed, said Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes
Beach police department, who noted that there are only
a few skaters who don't use the city's park, primarily
because of the helmet requirement.
"There's only about six or seven street skaters,"
said Stephenson, and their activity normally occurs at
night and on weekends.
Mayor Carol Whitmore observed that once skate-
boarders reach a certain age, it's no longer "cool" to go
to the city park and wear a helmet. She said Manatee
County has plans to build a full-size skateboard park
at G.T. Bray Park where skateboarders would not be
required to wear-helmets.
"This might help us with our problem," she said.
Morton, a former skateboarder, suggested that the
city look into adding a "half-pipe" or "staircase" at the
city park to attract older skateboarders.
Commissioner Chairperson Rich Bohnenberger
asked the city attorney to prepare a draft ordinance
modeled after the Bradenton ordinance for further dis-
PLEASE SEE SKATEBOARD, NEXT PAGE
Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore presents
a proclamation at the
June 27 city commission
meeting proclaiming July '
4 as "Jim Taylor Day,"
honoring the Island
fireworks technician who
recently passed away.
Accepting the proclama-
tion are Taylor's wife,
Pidge, center, along
with their children, from
left, Nick, Courtney and
Kelsey. Islander Photo:
Surf's up! A winner from Waikiki
The second weekly winner in the 2006 'Top Notch' photo contest is Michael H. Smith of Holmes Beach. His
shot of stashed surfboards awaiting riders was taken at Waikiki, Hawaii, and his prize is an Islander "more-
than-a-mullet-wrapper" T-shirt and a certificate for Minnie's Beach Cafe, and his photo will go into the pool
of six weekly winners eligible for a grand prize that includes $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from
Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles
Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. For contest information, see page 4.
Pilings worse than expected,
Harry's gets nod for pier restaurant
By Paul Roat
The good news is that a franchisee Harry's Con-
tinental Kitchens of Longboat Key has been named
to operate the restaurant at the Bradenton Beach His-
toric Bridge Street Pier.
The bad news is that the pier pilings under the res-
taurant area are in such bad shape that they will have to
be totally replaced. The deck will have to be removed,
and the dilapidated structure, which had already been
scheduled for demolition, taken out.
Building official Ed Mc Adam, in his role as head
of the city's pier team, said repair of the concrete pilings
had previously been approved to the tune of more than
$124,000. However, when SteMic Marine Construction
began work on the pier last month, workers found the
pier pilings to be worse than expected.
About 12 pilings were scheduled to receive work
originally. After inspection, 23 were deemed unsafe
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and in need of major work, and 44 piles in all needed
The pier was closed due to safety concerns late last
The new estimate for the repair of the concrete piles
was then escalated to more than $160,000, Mc Adam
told city commissioners.
He halted work on the project and, with the advise
of pier engineer Charles Sego, determined that the old'
concrete piles could be removed and new wooden piles
installed for about.$90,000.
City commissioners agreed to proceed with new
wooden piles, a new deck, and other surveys needed
to determine the appropriate depth of the piles.
Despite the problems, Mc Adam assured commis-
sioners that the pier renovations and restaurant open-
PLEASE SEE PIER, PAGE 3
New trolleys running
Manatee County Area Transit has added four new
trolleys to service the Island. And they're quieter than
the old ones, too.
MCAT began the free Manatee Trolley on the
Island in March 2002. The service operates from 6
a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, holidays included, from the
Anna Maria City Pier to Coquina Beach.
The original five trolleys three are in service at any
given time, with two on hand as backup were enhanced
recently by the addition of four new "state of the art"
vehicles, according to MCAT Manager Ralf Heseler.
They're quieter, and the trolley service keeps an esti-
mated 500 to 750 cars off Gulf Drive per day. Ridership
in March averaged 2,500 people per day, Heseler said.
The new trolleys will be presented at an event
hosted by MCAT at Coquina Beach at 10 a.m. Friday,
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Skateboard regs revealed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
cussion at a future commission meeting.
In other business, Bohnenberger suggested that the
city might want to use a special magistrate to settle code
enforcement issues instead of the code enforcement
While praising the work of the board, Bohnen-
berger noted that there are problems with the board,
such as finding new members, attaining a quorum for
meetings and some cases often involve neighbor versus
In addition, the city has to pay for two attorneys in
code enforcement cases and, in some instances, board
members have to recuse themselves from cases.
Using a special magistrate, who does not reside in
Holmes Beach, would be "cost effective" for the city
and reduce a lot of friction among residents.
"It's time to look at this. It's not that the code
enforcement is not doing a good job, but this town is
too small," she said. A special magistrate would be
completely objective in hearing cases.
She said she'll have city staff look at other Florida
cities that utilize a special magistrate and report back
to the commission.
The commission also received a list of suggestions
from real estate agents Don Schroder and Will Bouz-
iane for the proposed sign ordinance. A majority of the
suggestions had been rejected by the city's planning
committee when real estate agents appeared before that
body, but the commission later said that these were
legislative issues that the commission should deal with,
not the planning committee.
Commissioners will review the suggestions and
discuss them further at a future workshop.
The commission also approved the final site plan
for the AmSouth Bank building that will be located
at the intersection of Manatee Avenue and East Sixth
Haas-Martens noted that the architectural design
and color of the building had been redrawn to reflect
an "Islandstyle" structure.
Commissioners also approved adding extra trash cans
at beach access points on all weekends, not just holidays.
Deltona is example for magistrates
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach has now joined with Anna Maria in
looking into establishing a special magistrate system to
deal with code enforcement violations.
It's a system that has become quite popular in many
Florida cities as a way to eliminate the "neighbor vs.
neighbor" battles that often occurs in small towns, said
Sharon Barrian of the Florida League of Cities.
A special magistrate is an attorney who has had
intensive training in land use and code enforcement
issues and is generally board certified by the Florida
Bar Association. Their function is to act as a "judge"
and settle code disputes or variance requests. They can
also be involved in traffic cases, she said.
In addition, Barrian said, the special magistrate
must have a thorough knowledge of the city codes of
every city that retains his or her services.
The Florida Supreme Court has upheld use of a
special magistrate because variance and code violation
hearings are considered "quasi-judicial" in nature, she
One city that tossed out its code boards and in-
stituted a special magistrate system several years ago
was Deltona, located between Orlando and Daytona
"We've had a special magistrate for two years,"
said Sonya Williams of Deltona's code enforcement
office, and she and city elected officials couldn't be
"It cuts through all the neighborhood feuds. You
have an impartial person paid by the city, but who rep-
resents all parties. He goes strictly by the book," she
Holmes Beach woman
now heads county Republicans
Holmes Beach resident Kathy King was recently
elected as chairperson of the Manatee County Repub-
King is a member of the city's beautification com-
mittee and the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Committee.
The city turned to the special magistrate system
after experiencing a number of "neighbor vs. neighbor"
incidents where nobody on the code enforcement board
could agree to make a decision against a friend and
neighbor, she said. Some decisions left bitter feelings
on one side of the issue or another, accusations were
hurled and some people became extremely "vehement"
about a decision.
"But the special magistrate has worked out very
well. He doesn't live in the city, so he has no special
interest in either party. He acts like a judge and must be
an attorney licensed by the state, and nobody is 'under
pressure' to make a favorable or unfavorable ruling like
we had in the past," said Williams.
In addition, the special magistrate system cuts
down on the time it takes to reach a decision.
"We used to have cases drag on for months. Now,
the magistrate either makes a decision that night, or
gives a decision the following month after studying
the city codes. But the rulings are always based on
impartiality and the law," she added. In Deltona, with
a population of about 80,000 people, the magistrate
holds a hearing every month, with several cases usually
While the magistrate's rulings are binding, the
amount of the fine can be appealed to the city commis-
sion, she said, and often is when a fine has accumulated
for a number of months or even years.
Deltona uses the services of attorney Charles Cino
of Ormond Beach. Cino said he is a magistrate for a
number of other communities in the Daytona Beach-
Deltona area, in addition to magistrate for the Volusia
County traffic court.
Barrian said most major counties in Florida now
use a special magistrate for code enforcement, includ-
ing Manatee, Dade, Broward, Brevard, Duval, Hills-
borough and Pinellas counties, among others.
Florida cities that utilize a special magistrate sys-
tem in lieu of a code enforcement board have a varied
population. Cities include Fort Lauderdale, Wellington
(near West Palm Beach), West Palm Beach, South Day-
tona Beach, Margate, Hollywood, St. Petersburg, Port
St. Lucie and Islamorada, among others.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 5, 2006 3 3
GSR may consider bankruptcy court for protection
By Rick Catlin
The saga of Island developer GSR Development
LLC and principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega
is expected to take a not unexpected twist in the very
A lawyer involved with one of the numerous law-
suits against GSR and/or Byrne and Noriega individu-
ally has indicated he expects the company and possi-
bly the two principals to enter voluntary bankruptcy
within the next few weeks.
"It's the only logical step," said the attorney, who
Fine levied on GSR's
By Paul Roat
The sum of $250 per day has been levied by the
Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Board against
developers of a Gulffront property until a mound of
dirt is leveled. -
GSR Development LLC, with principals Robert
Byrne and Steve Noriega, is the owner of the Rosa del
Mar property. Located in the 2500 block of Gulf Drive,
the site was originally approved for 14 condominium
units, but problems arose.
Although the site was cleared in 2003 and a building
permit issued, lack of progress on the site prompted city
building official Ed Mc Adam to revoke the permit.
He also instructed GSR to re-grade the dirt stock-
piled at the western edge of the property. That notice
was made in May 2005.
Me Adam again brought the matter to GSR's atten-
tion in April 2006 and, failing to have a response, initi-
ated code enforcement proceedings to movie the dirt pile
asked not to be identified.
Indeed, with more than a dozen lawsuits against the
principals and company totaling more than $12 million,
a bankruptcy reorganization is the smartest recourse
available for the company, the attorney said.
In bankruptcy, all assets of the company and the
principals if they declare personal bankruptcy would
be placed under control of the Federal Bankruptcy Court
in Tampa, which would appoint a trustee to administer
The trustee would also review all the transactions
of the bankruptcy applicantss, determine assets and
Rosa del Mar project
that runs along the property north to south.
To explain, Mc Adam had cited a section of the
city codes that reads, in part, "The city of Bradenton
Beach desires to protect public safety, lives, buildings
and structures by adopting regulations maintaining its
coastal area free of accessory uses and obstructions that
can cause public danger in the event of a hurricane or
major storm event."
GSR attorney Fred Moore said he intends-to file suit
in court to block the code enforcement board action. He
added that GSR intended to file for another building permit
within 60 days and that moving the dirt, at an expense of
$25,000, would be unwarranted because it would then
have to be moved back to its current location.
Code enforcement board members were unswayed
by the argument and levied, the fine, which went into
effect June 30. GSR is also liable for more than $1,800
in fees that have accrued by the city in proceeding with
the action by the board.
Not a rosy future
Plans for GSR Development's Rosa del Mar condominium project in Bradenton Beach appear to have fallen by
the wayside in the wake of the company's financial difficulties. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Pier franchisee selected
Final negotiations with the Christensens will
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 take place in the coming weeks, with a final contract
i ng wouldd not fall behind the expected May-June 2007 expected to come before the city commission later in
And that date is A% hen Harry and Lynn Christensen, Me Adam added that state permits for the pier.
with son Hal as general manager, will open the new construction are expected shortly. State en% ironmental
restaurant. The owners of Harry's Continental Kitchens regulators generally frown on new restaurant. being
were selected to run the city franchise. The only other built over the water in Florida, and place stringent
bidder on the business was Kay Russell, Dave Russell requirements on such activities.
and Doreen Russell, owners of Rotten Ralph's Water- However, he said, many of the state concerns % ere
front Restaurant in Anna Maria. assuaged regarding wastewater at the Bradenton Beach
The Christensens have said that "Harry's at His- facility due to its rest room facilities being located on
toric Bridge Street Pier will provide an Island state of land and the city plans to double-pipe any sewer or
mind through a modem, old-fashioned way. It will be other water lines under the pier that are above the
an angler's retreat with pictures of old Bridge Street, waters of Anna Maria Sound.
large mounted fish and Caribbean soul. High-quality. Andinafinal pier note.cirt commissioners directed
local seafood and fun family food with competitive the city clerk's office to commence the process of secur-
prices will please the guests' palate and pocketbook." ing a line of credit up to $2.2 million for all the work
The franchisee will pay the city $8,500 per month, scheduled for the pier.
The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most price estimates for the pier restaurant con-
There will also be a full bar, the Christensens have struction, piling and deck replacement, and addition of
The city pier team weighed myriad elements rang-
ing from ambiance to hands-on management to make
its recommendation, as did the city commission.
a dockmaster's office and facilities for the fledgling city
mooring field's users are less than the sum allocated,
but commissioners voiced fears that ever-spiraling con-
struction costs could increase initial estimates.
liabilities, listen to any proposed reorganization plans)
and make recommendations to the bankruptcy judge
for disposition of the casess. In some instances, bank-
ruptcy can take up to two years or longer to complete,
according to the source.
"Considering the complexity of the financial trans-
actions, I would think it would be some time before
anyone got paid or any reorganization plan approved,"
the attorney said.
While GSR had not yet filed for bankruptcy by July
3, Noriega is no stranger to the proceedings.
He filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy action in 1988
and a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 1998. Both cases were
eventually discharged by the court.
The records of both cases were unavailable online,
but the latter case reportedly involved a Noriega-owned
development company called True Value Homes of
Florida corporation records indicate the company
was incorporated in 1991 and dissolved on Aug. 26,
Chief files, too
While other civil plaintiffs against GSR Develop-
ment and/or principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega
are still cooling their heels awaiting a trial date, a law-
suit filed May 19 by Chief Management Inc. of Cortez
against GSR and Byrne and Noriega individually seems
to have acquired light speed.
A final judgment was entered in the case on June 23
awarding Chief Management $292,053.12 plus interest
and reasonable attorney fees.
The lawsuit had alleged that Chief Management
loaned GSR and Byrne and Noriega individually
$268,000 on Dec. 20,2005, and the loan was in default.
The note was secured by a second mortgage on GSR
property at 401 S. Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria.
The remaining plaintiffs, including some small
investors and major banks such as Gold Bank, Syno-
vous Bank and Horizon Bank, all of which have mil-
lions at stake in GSR, may have to wait several years
before any financial settlemerft if the bankruptcy papers
are filed as expected.
Anna Maria City
July 6, 6 p.m., city commission budget work session.-
July 10, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting
on comprehensive plan..
July 11, 6 p.m., city commission budget work ses-
July 12, 9:30 a.m., capital improvement advisory
July 12, 6:30 p.m., environmental education and <
enhancement committee meeting TENTATIVE.
July 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
July 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Final reading and public hearing on abandoned
vessels, first reading on "lodging out of doors"
ordinance, police hall of fame valor award presenta-
tion to Sgt. Chuck Sloan, pier update, donation of
surplus equipment discussion, building department
staff assistance discussion, letter of no-objection for
easement at 102 Seventh St. S., purchase order for
markers in Anna Maria Sound and consent agenda.
July 11, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
July 14, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Agenda: Changeable message signs and continuation
of comp plan change for large-scale development
for Island Inc.,'Beach Development Inc. at 1402 and
1404 Gulf Drive N.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
-July 5, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting -
July 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
July 13, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
4 ,JULY 5, 2006 M THE ISLANDER
Sandbar hearing turns into 'courtroom' battle
By Rick Catlin
An expected 45-minute hearing on the final site
plan for the Sandbar Restaurant at the June 29 Anna
Maria City Commission meeting turned into more than
three hours of courtroom-like drama as lawyers for
opponents of the plan did their best to turn the hearing
into a trial.
In the end, however, commissioners voted unani-
mously to approve the site plan that Sandbar owner Ed
Chiles has spent more than two years developing. The
commission did add six stipulations to the plan, but
rejected the contention by attorney Dan Lobeck, repre-
senting adjacent property owners William and Barbara
Nally, that the plan did not meet the city's comprehen-
sive plan requirements or codes.
Lobeck, known as the attorney who fought against
the Arvida-St. Joe condominium project on Perico
Island on behalf of the Island cities and ManaSota-
88 for nearly five years, apologized if commissioners
thought this was going to be a quick hearing.
This is a "quasi-judicial" proceeding and his clients
are entitled to "due process," he said.
Lobeck contended the site plan had "numerous
glaring errors," and the commission had "no choice
legally" except to deny the plan because it was not in
compliance with city codes.
The failure of the plan to comply with city codes
would give anyone an opportunity to "appeal" in the
court, said Lobeck, possibly hinting that a lawsuit could
Lobeck presented testimony from professional plan-
ner Jan Norsoph, who produced a written report docu-
menting numerous violations of the city code with the
Sandbar site plan and submitted 14 conditions that the
commission should add before approving the plan.
But city planner Alan Garrett said, in his profes-
sional opinion, Chiles' plan does conform to the appli-
Not sited properly
Attorney Dan Lobeck, left, along with attorney David
Meyer and professional planner Jan Norsoph, right,
display an aerial photograph of the Sandbar Restau-
rant at the June 29 public hearing for the Sandbar's
final site plan, pointing out for their opposing clients
what they believe are inconsistencies between the
plan and Anna Maria's comprehensive plan and city
codes. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
cable city codes, particularly since the Sandbar and
several adjacent homes are in a commercial zone.
Lobeck tried his best to get Garrett to admit that
this was a "residential area," regardless of the zoning,
but Garrett refused to bite.
Those are residences that have been built in a
commercial zone, responded Garrett. The city codes
regarding what is required in a residential zone do not
Lobeck claimed Chiles needs to establish a 6-foot-
high fence between his property and the residences, is
violating the setback requirements with the placement of
an outside cooler, and needs to have landscaping buffer-
ing. He was also concerned about Chiles' lease of two
vacant lots to meet his parking requirements, noting those
leases were "shortterm," and the owners could easily
decide not to renew the lease, resulting in Chiles' not
meeting the parking requirements for the restaurant.
"No one disputes that the Sandbar is an asset to the
City of Anna Maria," contended Lobeck, but the city
has to do its duty and not just "make life easy for a big,
powerful property owner."
But city attorney Jim Dye and Garrett defended
their opinion that the site plan meets all city codes.
Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing Chiles,
chimed in that these were all the old arguments heard
at the preliminary site plan hearing on June 29, 2005.
She noted that if the parking lot leases are not
renewed, it would be Chiles' problem. At present, he
meets the parking requirements.
Lobeck's attempt to turn the leased lots into an
issue for the site plan was "completely irrelevant," she
Chiles added that after two years of working to get
the site plan completed and approved by the city, he
didn't think the commission had made life "easy," as
Lobeck had indicated.
Commissioners eventually approved the site plan
with several stipulations, including:
The pavilion will only be for food and beverage con-
sumption and no on-site preparation will be permitted.
A maintenance agreement between the city and
the Sandbar for right-of-way improvements done by
the Sandbar must be approved.
Two of the Sandbar parking lots shall be designed
so that cars do not have to back into Spring Avenue and
PLEASE SEE SANDBAR, NEXT PAGE
'Top Notch' photo
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest .
you could win and some prizes! N
.Four weeks of winning pictures remain to be featured on
the co% er of The Islanider and one photo will be a grand prize
\ inner with prizes and gift certificates awarded by the news-
paper and local merchants, including $100 from The Islander,
framing of the winning photo by Decor and More, a dining
certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from
Anna Maria Island Liquors and a dining certificate from the
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the next deadline July 14. Weekly winners -
receive an Islander "More-than-a-mullet-wrapper" T-shirt !
and a dining certificate from Minnie's Cafe.
Judging begins with a selection of pictures that may in- ,
elude abstract photos, still life pictures, landscapes and scenics,
candid unposed snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal .
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid pics, sen-
timental moments and moments of personal triumph.
entries due this week
Send or deliver your favorites (no .limits) weekly to
Top Notch Contest Editor. The Islander. 5404 Marina
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this snapshot of husband Nate and nephew Jacob.
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THE ISLANDER U JULY 5, 2006 5 5
Anna Maria comp plan ready for first hearing
By Rick Catlin
It may have taken a little more than three years to
put together, but Anna Maria's revised comprehensive
plan and future land use map is ready for its first public
hearing July 10.
The planning and zoning board put the finishing
touches to the long-awaited document at its June 26
meeting, discussing the various chapters of the docu-
ment to ensure every committee member was in agree-
Apparently they weren't.
Board member Randall Stover suggested sev-
eral changes in the goals, objectives and policies of
the future land use element, including language about
the retail-office-residential land use category that he
believed to be ambiguous.
Other board members, however, found the language
Sandbar site plan approved
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
The parking lots shall have the existing shell and
hardpack replaced with a filter mix or city-approved
Chiles also agreed to install pavers in specific areas,
including a city beach access at the end of Pine Avenue,
and establish parking buffers.
Lobeck gave no indication that his clients might
pursue the commission's decision in court.
Commissioners barely found time to approve the
first reading of the city's sign ordinance and scheduled
the final hearing for the July 27 commission meeting.
The commission also referred the issue of the ease-
ment at the Olesen property at 502-504 S. Bay Blvd.
back to Dye and the attorney for the Olesens to reach
a settlement and that will be presented to the commis-
Stover suggested the board was trying to "white-
wash" the document, prompting Chairperson Fran
Barlow to respond that the board had spent the better
part of a year studying the document, preceded by two
years of committee work and no one was trying to
ignore any suggestions.
"Please, don't take that attitude," she asked
While the board consensus was that the document
was ready for the public hearing, some members of
the public served notice they would contest various
sections of the plan at the public hearing.
The most notable objections will evidently concern
the areas designated ROR and commercial zones and
capital improvements spending.
Marie White questioned the commercial area des-
ignation when there are residences and undeveloped
lots in the area, while Tom Turner said the change in
the capital improvements section that would allow the
city to have annual debt service of 15 percent of net
operating revenues, up from 10 percent in the 1989
comprehensive plan, was excessive.
Barlow also noted that several "expert" witnesses
and attorneys had indicated they would be speak-
ing July 10 about the future land use element of the
She also observed that the P&Z public hearing is
not the final decision on the comprehensive plan and
FLUM. The board only makes a recommendation to
the city commission, which will also hold a public
hearing before making a final decision on the plan and
Once finalized by the commission, the comprehen-
sive plan is forwarded to the Florida Department of
Community Affairs in Tallahassee for its review and
The P&Z board's public hearing will be at 7 p.m.
Monday, July 10, at city hall.
Copies of the proposed comprehensive plan are
available at city hall.
In other business, the board approved a suggestion
by Larry Albert that it recommend that the city com-
mission rewrite the setback ordinance to allow property
owners with "through lots" to be able to build a swim-
ming pool within the setback.
Prior to a 2002 change in the setback ordinance,
property owners with "through lots" those that
have a rear yard facing a street could build a back-
yard pool. When the commission changed the ordi-
nance and the setback requirements, it inadvertently
took away the ability to construct a pool for some
32 "through lot" property owners in the city, Albert
"It was just something that nobody thought of at
the time," he said.
Mayor to discuss
pay raise, assistant
at budget hearing
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn will ask city commis-
sioners at the initial 2006-07 budget hearing at 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 6, to consider increasing the salary of
the mayor and adding the position of administrative
assistant in the upcoming budget.
SueLynn pointed out that the only time the issue
of increasing the salary of elected officials can come
up is during the budget process. No elected official can
receive a pay increase during his/her term of office, she
The commission has discussed increasing the salary
of elected officials at prior budget meetings but never
approved any increase.
The post of administrative assistant has been estab-
lished in the new city charter, but never implemented,
She has previously observed that the duties of the
mayor are ever-increasing, particularly in a Florida bar-
rier island city. In addition, city responsibilities have
also increased. The mayor now functions essentially
as a "town manager" and the position can no longer be
considered "part time."
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Just say 'NO'
Just ask Jack Egan, Islander cartoonist, about his
main character, "Slick the oily bird," and how it came
about. It was back in the 1970s when his inspiration was
Belcher Oil and its quest for a refinery at Port Mana-
tee and a supertanker loading facility offshore of Anna
Maria Island. He was, as we often say in the newspaper
business, "mad as hell."
The next few weeks will offer our lawmakers in
Washington an interesting and slippery slope as they
debate the merits of expanding oil and natural gas
exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.
President Bush and his administration have been
pushing for further expansion of searches and eventual
drilling for the petrochemical products closer and closer
to the shore of west Florida.
Congress last week approved a measure that would
open up a hotly contested area to our north and \;vest.
The area would stretch south roughly 240 miles from
Mobile, Ala., to parallel Tampa Bay.
The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate, where similar
bills exist but no timetable is in place for debate.
Florida's senators, Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez,
have adamantly opposed offshore exploration or drill-
ing in the eastern Gulf waters. Rightfully so.
We're looking at something more than $50 billion
annually in tourist revenue each year in Florida. Sure,
many of our visitors go to the theme parks in the center of
the state, or the beaches on the east.coast, or the keys, but
many, many of our tourist dollars are spent for the sun, fun,
sand and sunsets on the shores of Southwest Florida.
Oil spills, which apparently are a fact of life in
any oil production platform in open water, would spell
disaster for our sugar-sand shoreline.
The pro-drilling consortium have argued that the
country needs to reduce the need for importing for-
eign oil and enhance its self-reliance on local fuels.
However, that argument loses some impact when you
realize that it would be a decade, at the least, before
any of petrochemical products could be sucked out of
the Gulf bottom near Florida.
It would be nice to think that in 10 years we
wouldn't need to rely on fossil fuels at all.
Send a note to Sen. Martinez or Sen. Nelson and
let them know that you oppose any oil drilling in Gulf
waters. They can be reached at:
Bill Nelson, D-Fla., 716 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington D.C. .20510; and Mel Martinez, R-Fla., 317
Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510.
Nelson can also be reached by phone at 202-224-
5274, fax 202-228-2183, or at his Web site, billnelson.
Martinez can be reached by phone at 202-224-
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and the sheer natural beauty of the place. Unlike urban
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My daughter, she is 8, and I have been taking strolls
down the beach this past week looking for shells to
make a necklace and take home. We noticed a lot of
garbage on the beach and began collecting more of that
than the shells for the necklace. There has been so much
trash on the beach and for the first time I stumbled upon
a shard of glass from a bottle a green bottle, so sharp
that it would have sliced a toddlers foot in half. Also,'
we have found dirty diapers, tons and tons of cigarette
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cans gets filled up after a mere day, and perhaps one
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don't feel they have a place to put it. May I recommend
the county invest more money in more signs noting that
litter harms people and our beloved sea life (manatees
are near extinction) and also depreciates the beauty of
the Island considerably?
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education out there on the fines that will be imposed
for leaving trash so people might begin feeling embar-
rassed to walk off and leave their cups and straws. We
saw three teenage girls up and leave they left their
40-ounce cups with straws and my 8-year-old picked
up after them.
Please remember to pick up your trash, fireworks
debris and the rest of it. Also, if you have a minute and
you are taking a walk, please pick up any trash you.
might find. Hopefully, some day it won't be necessary,
but for the time being it appears to be' very necessary.
usan Pang, Holmies Beaucl and,,St.,qu.is, .MQ.,
Anna Maria Island
Well, we are finally done. We got our occupancy
certificate June 10 and are completely moved in. It has
taken a year to finish this project, we received our build-
ing permit on May 23, 2005.
There have been many ups and downs, more downs
than ups, during this whole process, some my fault. I
foolishly hired an unlicensed contractor (I came from
Miami, which says it all) and the nightmares started
from there. I will not go into all the gory details, but
suffice to say that is all in the past.
We have met the most phenomenal people along
the way, for which I am most grateful. I would like
to thank everyone who worked on this project. I
know I was a pain in the neck most times, and for
this I apologize. You were all so professional and I,
would highly recommend everyone who worked on
I now have the most beautiful house on the block.
The house has superceded my expectations. "I had a
vision" when I bought this house that everyone knew
was a piece of junk (the Flintstone House) but I knew
what could be achieved with some work.
There are some people to whom I must say
a special thanks for all they have done for me.
Thanks to Dave Spicer of DRS Construction, who
pulled me out of an extremely difficult situation.
Thanks to Vic and Kathy Cacerta for selling us the
house. Thanks to my neighbors for their extreme
patience and kindness during this long and tedious
project. Thanks to Ed Herchenroder, my carpenter
and right-hand man. Last but not least, thanks to
Ed Mc Adam, building official, who red-tagged
this house, but in the long run I have the best and
safest built house.
My family and I love this Island mostly because of
the people we have met and are yet to meet. We hope
to enjoy all its pleasures for a long, long time.
. .. Liz Espinat,.Bradenton Beach.
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The perfect retirement
It was already "one of those days."
I had just come back from the Bradenton Beach
post office where I went to get some two-cent stamps to
validate my roll of 37-centers. Not only did the federal
requirement to do that bother me, but any trip like that
down Bridge Street puts me in a somber mood since
it's a reminder that the local city never did name one
of those benches along that street after me.
Then, to make matters worse, I picked up a news-
paper when I got back home and read about how Social
Security was only going to last a few more years, pen-
sion plans were being cut back, salaries were going
down, and inflation was going up. All that worried me,
not for myself, since Social Security will certainly last
longer than me, but because Wife Sarah and I produced
some baby boomers, and I became concerned about
their retirement if all that bad news is true.
And so, I decided I had better start giving them
some advice so they could do some solid planning.
When I was their age, I never got any advice, and for
awhile it made life more than merely quite difficult.
For instance, on my own, I first decided to spend my
retirement years doing volunteer work. That started at the
Sarasota-Bradenton airport where I was called an ambas-
sador. It was OK for awhile, but I got depressed while
seeing people flying to everywhere in the nation and the
world, knowing later I had to drive home on U.S. 41.
Next stop was the emergency room at Blake Medi-
cal Center. Helping patients was rewarding, but it made
me aware of a whole lot of medical problems unneces-
sary for my personal hypochondria list, so I returned
my white jacket (or maybe it was red).
Then I thought about staying on the Island and bag-
ging groceries at Publix. It would have been fun, I rea-
soned, seeing what all my neighbors were eating, but on
more than one occasion when I was shopping there, I
bagged my gallon of milk on top of tomatoes, or dropped
a big coffee can on a dozen eggs. I knew how things like
that upset Wife Sarah, so why risk it on innocent people
who might think I knew what I was doing?,
Finally, I checked the local "help wanted" classi-
fieds. Every single job listed there required some sort
of education or experience of types I don't possess.
When a fellow retiree questioned me about my sad
face, and I told him about my job hunt, he came up
with a lifesaver. "Get involved in local politics", he
"Look at the city charter," he said. "All you need
is to be a citizen and have lived here two years and you
can be mayor or commissioner. You don't have to know
anything about government or anything else, in fact.
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Former Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don
Maloney was the guest speaker (and longtime
member) at the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club meeting July 1. Not one to be shy, Maloney
gave a humorous review of public rest rooms
critiquing various nuances, from why they
are called "rest" rooms to why restaurants hire
employees who need a posted reminder to wash
their hands. The club's next guest speaker will
discuss how to prevent identity theft beginning
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Cafe on the
Beach. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
All you need is a few votes, and that's easy since not
many people vote."
I took his advice. During my many years as a city
commissioner, I learned a lot about government. But
just when you know too much, I discovered, you are
no longer in that job just like the airport and the
hospital, and almost for the same reasons.
And so, I've changed my mind: Our baby boomers
ought to get their advice somewhere else.
In the July 4, 1996, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Island elected officials rejected a proposal at their
monthly meeting for a community swimming pool,
citing costs, responsibility and the fact that the best
swimming pool for everyone is the Gulf of Mexico
The Holmes Beach Charter Review Commission
said the city charter does not have to change for Mayor
Bob VanWagoner to hire an administrative assistant
to deal with many of the daily issues at city hall.
Holmes Beach police identified the suspect wanted
in the June 12 robbery of the First of Am6rica Bank as
Jordan L. Thompson, address unknown. Thompson
reportedly made off with more than $2,000 from the
bank after telling a bank clerk he had a gun.
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Whitmore now a county commission candidate
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore had already
said she would not seek re-election as mayor a post
she's held since 1998 but would instead run for a
seat on the city commission in the November elections.
She even publicly announced she would not run for a
seat on the Manatee County Commission.
But everything changed early last week when
county commission candidate Ed Chance unexpect-
edly died of an apparent heart attack. Chance, a former
county commissioner, had been considered the front-
runner for the seat being vacated by Commissioner Pat
Glass and Whitmore had said she would not run against
Chance, whom she considered a good friend.
Whitmore, a registered Republican, said last
Wednesday that she would now run for a seat on the
Board of County Commissioners, seeking the District 6
at-large seat that Glass is vacating. The county commis-
sion race is a bi-partisan election with primary voting
"I had given serious consideration earlier this year
to running," Whitmore said. "However, Ed Chance and
I were good friends and I felt he was a strong candidate.
His untimely passing forced me to reconsider."
She said she received support and encouragement to
run for county commissioner from throughout Manatee
8, to rei
County, including Florida Sen.
Whitmore will face Repub-
licans Stella Burnett and Craig "'
Trigueiro in the September
Republican primary. Sarah
Meaker is the lone Democrat '
running for the seat.
Whitmore, who will not have
to resign her mayoral seat, has
been actively involved in Holmes Beach politics since
she was elected in 1991 to a seat on the city commis-
sion. She was elected mayor in 1998 and continues to
hold that position, having been re-elected three times.
She gave no reason as to her preference to serve on
the county board over the city commission, although
the county seat pays $70,853 annually, while as mayor
she earns $9,600.
Born in Michigan, Whitmore moved to Anna Maria
Island when she was 14 years old. She is a graduate
of Manatee High School and has a registered nursing
degree from Manatee Community College.
She is married to Andre Renard, a cosmetic sur-
geon, and she is currently the administrator for his prac-
tice on University Parkway. Whitmore and her husband,
along with her daughter, Janae Haupt, live in Holmes
SueLynn's decision to run again pending
th less than two weeks remaining before can- "I'm still undecided," she said last week. "There
for political office begin qualifying for the are a lot of things I have to think about before making
ber city election, Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn a decision."
o still has not yet made up her mind to seek a At present, only former planning and zoning board
rm. chairman Tom Turner has announced a candidacy for
the mayor's position.
een beach cleanup City Commissioners Duke Miller and Linda Cramer
have both announced they will seek re-election, while
t urday, invite helpers former Temple Terrace mayor and current planning and
urt zoning board chairperson Fran Barford has also thrown
ManaTEEN Club members plan to clean up her hat into the ring for one of the two seats up for elec-
a Beach from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July tion this November.
move the trash that is a growing irritant as the The qualifying period for candidates seeking politi-
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takes another turn
The November city election in Holmes
Beach took another turn this week when Mayor
Carol Whitmore announced she changed her
She first announced her intention not to seek
another term as mayor, but that she would instead
run for a seat on the city commission, a post she
held prior to becoming mayor in 1998.
Meanwhile, incumbent Commissioner Rich
Bohnenberger announced he will run for the may-
or's post, leaving a commission seat up for grabs.
City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens,
whose term is up in November, said she will
seek re-election as commissioner, although it
was expected that she would run for the may-
Commissioner Roger Lutz apparently has
not yet reached a decision to seek another term.
Citizens sought by ITPO
The City of Anna Maria is looking for a resident
to serve on the Citizens' Advisory Committee of the
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The representative can be a resident of any of the three
Island cities and will be expected to attend monthly
CAC meetings in addition to monthly Island Transpor-
tation Planning Organization meetings.
The MPO and ITPO are composed of elected offi-
cials from Manatee and Sarasota counties and cities.
The organizations plan how federal and state transpor-
tation funds will be spent in the two counties.
Applications may be obtained at the Anna Maria
City Hall at 10005 Gulf Drive between 9 a.m. and 4
p.m. Monday through Friday.
'Sit 'n' Knit' class at Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's new
"Sit 'n' Knit" class will begin Wednesday, July 12, with
Barbara Hines as instructor.
The four-session class will be for four consecu-
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By Jim Hanson
Shakespeare on the Island is back for its sixth
summer, with the box office open now and the Wood-
land family again prominent in the production.
The box office is open for business from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
daily at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, phone 778-5755. Tickets are $10. Performances will
be at 8 p.m. nightly July 12 to 16 for the production co-
produced by The Islander and the Bailey family.
Kelly Wynn Woodland, who first brought Shake-
speare to the Island six years ago in the face of skepti-
cism, once again is the director. Husband Mark joins
her as a player onstage and as music director. Their
daughter Corinne, already a veteran performer, plays
Rosalind, the heroine of the play.
The plot combines simplicity and complexity, as
usual in Shakespeare, with Rosalind, daughter of the
banished Duke, played by Thom Allen, falling in love
with Orlando, the disinherited son of the exiled Duke's
friends. He is played by Andrew Foster.
Her banished father flees the evil Duke Freder-
ick, played evilly by James Thaggard, to the forest of
Arden, and Rosalind follows disguised as the young
If the plot hasn't thickened enough, comedy takes
over as people begin falling in love but not with the
ones that the others are in love with. "As You Like
It" pushes its characters our of their natural places in
society, and sorting it all out takes some comic and
intricate doing and a large cast and a lot of directing
by Ms. Woodland to pull it all off.
Other players are Heather Kopp, Rick Kopp, Beau
Bailey, Jeremy Mitchell, Jeremy Heideman, Brian
James Dennis, Sarah McClure, Herb Stump, Ryland
Jones, Mark Shoemaker, Laura Parks, Mike Cunning-
ham and Seth Smith.
Assisting Kelly Woodland are Carol Cozan as
stage manager; fight choreographer Dean Chandler
Bowden; costumer Priscilla Boyd; lighting director
Chris McVickers; and sound director Bob Grant.
Signing the Wall of Hope
banner before it goes to
Washington, D.C., to join
others in a monument are
Marcia Brever of Anna Maria
Island (above) and Leann
Beagle (below) of Longboat
Key. The banner is a high
point of the recent Relay for
Life at Coquina Beach, where
$30,000 was raised for the
American Cancer Society.
"Ambassadors" from each
area of the society will gather
in Washington in September
as the final Wall of Hope is
assembled on the National
Mall. Those planning to attend
from this area include T. Dolly
Young, Realtor, who with The
Islander co-sponsored the
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Teen writing contest,
If you're a creative teen with something to say,
don't miss your opportunity to be heard in the first cre-
ative writing contest sponsored for young writers by the
Friends of the Island Branch Library.
Writers will compete within the same age range
and genre. Entries will be grouped into two categories
ages 9-13 and ages 14-19.
Three writing categories will be judged by con-
test sponsors poetry, short story, and personal essay
and that doesn't mean last year's school essay for
The essay category is the place for teens to wax
philosophical about matters important to their peer
group or society, or share their memoirs.
Short stories can be of any genre, so indulge the
judges, whether it be a modern take on a mystery or
Poets are encouraged to submit their work as
well. There are no form restrictions. Free verse, rhym-
ing poems, all are welcome. Classical poetry verse is
another entry option.
All young writers have a shot at winning some
prizes by putting pen to paper. Just remember to keep
short story or essay entries at 800 words or less.
If there are enough entries, they will be compiled and
published in a teen writing anthology and made available
to the teen authors and other interested readers.
Keep in mind, kids, there is no requirement to sit
down and write something from scratch. Take a look at
what you already have, brush it off and attach it to an
entry form. The forms, including submission instruc-
tions, are available at the Island Branch Library.
The last day to enter work is Friday, July 7. All
-entries should be dropped off at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Winners
will receive a gift certificate to Books-a-Million, which
will be presented, at the reception for teen illustration
and writing contestants July 26.
Writers may enter up to three pieces, all within the
same category or various categories.
For more information, call the library at 778-6341,
or e-mail email@example.com.
Palma Sola Bay south still
unhealthy for bathers
A health advisory issued last month by the Manatee
County Health Department for waters on the south side
of Palma Sola Causeway where it connects with the
mainland is still in effect.
Bathers and beachgoers using this beach area
_should be advised there could be a health problem in
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
The increase in bacteria levels could be related
to the recent heavy rains and associated stormwater
runoff, he said.
Ar. and ,trs. II. Kurt
Henke of Clarksdale.
Aliss., announces ithe
engagement of daugh-
ter Mary Katherine
Henke to Nathan L.
iitt, son of Mir. and
Airs. Randh' L. It'it of
Pontotoc, Miss. Aliss
S Henke is the grand-
daughter of MAr. and
Mrs. Paul Fratest of
Mary Katherine Henke Indianola, Miss., and
the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman J. Henke of lndianola
and Anna Maria Island. The future bride is a 2000
graduate of Lee Academy in Clarksdale, received a
degree in psychology and education-from Millsaps
is a civil engineer in Jackson. An Aug. 26 wedding is
planned at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
- Holmes Beach.
Kellie Taaffe received a scholarship from the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island through the American
Association of University Women. The club donated
$1,000 to the AAUW, specifying its use for a scholar-
ship, and Taaffe was chosen. She graduated first in
her class from Manatee High School this year and
plans to attend the University of Florida. Shown are
Eunice Hartshorn and Sylvia Price of AAUW, Taaffe,
and Birgit Sesterhenn, Rotary club president.
Cortez proposal gets
By Jim Hanson
A neighborhood meeting on a Cortez residential
development proposal was disappointing all around,
so another try will come along later.
The turnout was very slim for the meeting last week
on the proposed Holiday Cove RV Park conversion to
a major residential complex, and nothing was settled.
The proposal was outlined and reactions recorded, and
that was temporarily that.
Aristotle Shinas, principal planner for Manatee
County, said another neighborhood meeting will be set
up when revised plans are submitted and evaluated by
There appears to be no hurry about getting started
on any development, however. At Holiday Cove, an
employee said the resort is full and "we're taking res-
ervations for three years ahead."
Stanley Riggs, Holiday Cove resort owner and
president of Federal Resort Properties, was not avail-
able by press time.
Proposed in the preliminary offering was extensive
development on the site at 11900 Cortez Road, across
the road from the historic fishing village itself.
Holiday Cove RV Park now has 112 RV sites on
just under nine acres. The preliminary site plan envi-
sioned 78 multi-family residential units in two four-
story buildings over parking, for a maximum height
of 45 feet above the base flood elevation. Twenty-one
existing boat docks would remain.
Residents of Cortez at the meeting and the county
staff had similar concerns, mostly to do with the mass
and height of the buildings.
"How would this fit in with Cortez?" was the
question that bothered most. The village is nearly all
single-story dwellings, with a few two- and three-story
Shinas detailed the county staff concerns: The mass
and scale of the buildings would be out of keeping with
the neighborhood. The visual impact from just about
an. where in the area would be jarring and unaccept-
able..The plans didn't provide adequate buffers in the
% ay of landscaping. And density nothing in the area
is comparable in population-per-space.
Shinas wants to hear reactions of more Cortezians
than the handful at the meeting, and expressed disap-
pointment at the low turnout. Maybe next time will be
more rewarding, and he will arrange another meeting
-when he-has-revised-plans-in-hand from the developer.
Truck driver cited after wire tangle
The truck driver responsible for tangling his ser-
vice truck's boom in the power lines and knocking out
power and a utility pole on Harbor Lane last week was
cited by the Holmes Beach police department for violat-
ing the city ordinance height restrictions on trucks.
The worker driving the Branch Bros. Tree Service
truck reportedly told police he had just finished making
a delivery with the boom and neglected to lower it. The
truck was pulled into the service bay of the Anna Maria
Elementary School where it remained until assistance
from West Manatee Fire and Rescue and Florida Light
and Power arrived.
Save Anna Maria from traffic, trash, taxes
Members of the Save Anna Maria Club met at the
Island Branch Library July 1 for a lengthy discussion
about the betterment of Island life. What, might you
wonder, does the Island need saving from?
The first topic to hit the table was a continuation of
a discussion begun at the club's June meeting build-
ing a bridge to Longboat Key to alleviate Anna Maria
Island traffic. But the more members discussed a suit-
able location for a new bridge, it seemed the answer
was in their own backyard the Coquina Beach area
of Bradenton Beach.
Board member Billie Martini questioned members
as to how hard they wanted to push the matter of an
additional bridge, especially if the fight didn't have to
begin with convincing Longboat Key residents that it
was a good idea. However, the discussion soon shifted
as Bradenton Beach Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips
pointed out that funding such a project would be an
"I understand that nothing is impossible," Phil-
lips said, "but so many major transportation needs are
shoved aside and taken off the capital improvement list
due to funding. I hate to be a nay-sayer, but it will be
difficult with so many priorities already being pushed
Phillips then shifted the club's focus to what can
be done by action-oriented citizens. She shared the
approach Bradenton Beach is taking towards its traffic
concerns, noting plans to encourage less cars on the
road by utilizing creative alternatives such as a water
taxi and a public docking platform.
She said Bradenton Beach has also solicited the
advice of Dan Burton, who specializes in helping cities
ease mobility issues. He will be evaluating Bradenton
Beach in late July and Phillips plans to share the results
of his findings at SAM's August meeting.
With little fanfare or ceremony, Gov. Jeb Bush
has approved expansion of city of Bradenton Beach
boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico and Anna Maria
The boundary expansion will be limited to
"extra-territorial law enforcement powers" out to
500 feet offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and to the
western boundary of the Intracoastal Waterway in
Anna Maria Sound. The legalese means that city
police now have limited law enforcement authority
there, but the city does not actually own the extended
However, full boundary powers will take place for
those waters to be included in the city's proposed moor-
What SAM can do, said Phillips, is approach each
city commission and encourage them to make the Island
more inclusive, so that folks don't need a car to go to town
and visitors don't need a rental car to get here. Pushing
for eco-tourism and appealed to SAM members.
Martini suggested utilizing lost or discarded
bikes in an Islandwide public-use program. She sug-
gested Island retailers and restaurants could advertise
incentives for those who use the bike system and
the rental fee could be refunded when the bike is
Discussion quickly turned to the taxation of small
businesses and how members could most effectively
push for change. The group decided to invite members
of other organizations already lobbying for change to
speak at a future meeting, so that SAM could support
efforts already in progress.
That decided, the trash talking began. Several
members have either seen the increase of trash on the
beach first hand or heard complaints from others. Phil-
lips said she used to pick up trash during her morning
Turtle Watch walk on the beach. She could walk the
whole mile before filling her bag, but lately she said she
doesn't get two blocks before her trash bag is full.
Phillips noted the type of trash, not just the volume,
is changing, too. She finds large items like inflated
rubber rafts and discarded tents. Other club members
agreed that the problem in increasing and becoming a
Club members plan to actively seek ways to
increase the number of trash cans available at the beach,
considering the few cans available at beach accesses are
usually more than full, as well as some type of visible
For more information about future meetings, call
Hurst at 538-3256, or e-mail, sheila.sam2006@gmail.
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ing field, an area south of Bridge Street and the city pier
in the sound.
"We will be going out later this week to begin
registration, sanitation and safety inspections on the
boats moored off the city," Police Chief Sam Speciale
said. "If the boats are not registered or don't meet other
requirements, we'll give them 30 days to comply, then
take action to have them removed."
The city has been discussing boundary expansion
for several years in order to better enforce marine-
related laws in the near-shore waters. City limits had
ended at the water's edge prior to the action of the-Flor-
ida Legislature this spring and the governor's approval
of the measure last week.
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Island museum heads area call for volunteers
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society heads the
list of "help wanted" organizations, as well as Meals
on Wheels Plus for the Retired and Senior Volunteer
Program (RSVP) of Manatee and North Sarasota.
Volunteers are needed for at least the summer "now
that many of our northern friends have returned home
for the summer," said Ellen Campbell, executive direc-
tor of Meals on Wheels.
Those interested in helping out for awhile on a
weekly basis may call 746-2477.
First on the list is the Island historical society's
museum in Anna Maria, which needs docents and
receptionists to explain the history of the newly reno-
vated Belle Haven cottage. Training will be provided,
and volunteers should count on working two to three
hours a week.
__DeSoto National Memorial needs help operating
its visitors' center, from greeters to light maintenance
work to cleaning up trash on the trails.
The Jewish Family and Children's Service is look-
ing for mentors and tutors for middle school youths
who need help at Lincoln Middle School. Plus people
to work with older or disabled adults who are home-
John and Mabel Ringling Museum needs garden-
ers, tram operators, greeters and docents, training to
begin July 19.
Asolo Theater is rounding up 250 ushers for the
fall season, time commitment four hours.
Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care has need of
volunteers to help with transportation, errands, Hospice
House and office work.
Women's Resource Center needs a computer
teacher and greeters, including people to handle phone
Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee is in desperate
need of drivers to deliver meals to the homebound, and
the Food Bank of Manatee is looking for help to sort
food and put together grocery baskets.
Bradenton Beach man arrested
on stalking, battery charges
By Mike Quinn
NewsManatee Publisher -
Special to The Islander
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested
Joseph Colantuono, 28,200 block Second Street North,
Bradenton Beach, on charges of stalking and battery on
According to reports, Colantuono grabbed the
woman June 27 and placed her in a chokehold. She
was able to break free and escaped.
times between the incident and when she filed charges
with deputies the next morning.
Colantuono was arrested June 28 on stalking and
In addition, Colaftuono was on felony probation
stemming from charges in 2005 for resisting arrest with
violence, driving while license suspended with knowl-
edge a second offense and corruption by threat
against a public servant.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 27, 600 block of North Bay Boulevard,
domestic disturbance. Deputies responded to a domes-
tic disturbance between a vacationing couple reportedly
having marital problems.
June 28, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, attempted bur-
glary. An unknown person reportedly attempted to gain
entry into a residence but was scared off by a neighbor.
According to the report, the subject was seen outside
jiggling door handles and had a crowbar in his hand.
June 30, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, Bay-
front Park, criminal mischief. According to the report,
an isolated incident of "gang graffiti" was depicted in
a public bathroom stall. A Manatee County parks and
recreation employee removed the moniker.
June 17, Coquina Park, theft. A man reported a gas
generator, which had been rented for a special function,
was stolen from the park.
June 18, 104 Gulf Drive S., Gulf View condomini-
ums, theft. A resident reported the theft of a tackle box
and fishing poles that were left in an open carport.
June 19, 100 block of Seventh Street South, bur-
glary. A man reported a money bag stolen from his
residence. According to the report, someone entered the
home through a rear bathroom window, leaving shoe
prints in the bathtub.
June 22, 2700 block of Gulf Drive North, drug
arrest. Kevin Shaffer, 21, of Bradenton Beach, was
stopped while driving because there was not a visible
plate on his vehicle. During the investigation, he was
found to be in possession of marijuana and a pipe. He
was given a notice to appear for driving with a sus-
pended license, no vehicle registration, attaching a tag
not assigned to the vehicle, possession of cannabis
under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.
June 23,900 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, theft. A
teen reported the theft of his skimboard.
Holmes Beach ,
June 28, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A woman reported she left her purse and shirt on
the beach while she went for a swim and, when she
returned, the items ,ere gone.
ks for saying "I saw it in
Rebuked sex advances on beach result in arrest
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
Longboat Key Police say a man wanted to have
sex with his girlfriend on the beach and when she said
"no," he fought with her.
According to the report. Derek Gladkowski, 26, and
his girlfriend got into an argument after she refused to
have sex with him on the beach at Beer Can Island, a
spot frequented by boaters on the north end of the key
at Longboat Pass. He yelled at her, tackled her and
pushed her to the ground and struck her, witnesses said,
according to the report. The witnesses, who were in
nearby boats, came to the young woman's rescue and
When police arrived, they observed Gladkowski
Melvin 'Mel' Dittman
Memorial services for Melvin "Mel" Dittman will
be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial
donations may be made to Roser Memorial Community
Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mr. Dittman died June 19. He is survived by wife,
Montez Tez;" nephew Ron Mann of Holmes Beach;
sister Erma McCreary of Ohio; and several other neph-
ews and nieces.
Judge Richard A. 'Dick' Hampton
Judge Richard A. "Dick" Hampton, 75, of Holmes
Beach, died July 1.
Born in Frenchtown, N.J., Judge Hampton served
as a Manatee County court judge. He was a graduate
of Frenchtown High School, Rutgers University and
received a law degree from the University of Florida.
He served in the U.S. Air Force ROTC and the Adjunct
General's office. He worked with the Dewey Dye law
firm in Bradenton, Goodrich and Hampton and Hol-
land and Knight. He was a member of the Jaycees, the
Bradenton Kiwanis Club, Conquistador Crew and the
Bradenton Country Club. He was active in the Boy
Scouts of America. He was honored by the Manatee
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yelling at Soper and waving his balled-up fists at
her, according to the report, and she was crying and
The woman had red marks on her arms and legs
from being knocked around, and was treated by EMS
Gladkowski was arrested and charged with felony
battery. The Ellenton man had numerous prior convic-
tions for domestic battery and aggravated battery in
Manatee County on different women and has appeared
in domestic relations court several times, according to
Manatee County court records.
He has also been arrested for disorderly conduct,
possession of marijuana and habitual driving on a sus-
pended license, according to Sarasota County court
the Bar. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
July 5, at of First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Man-
atee Avenue Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 35 years Kathryn; daugh-
ter Susan Thomas of Lake Mary; son Stephen of Sara-
sota; sister Agnes Ribachuk of Bradenton; brother
Robert of Columbia, S.C.; and grandchildren April and
Dorothy Owens, 79, of Bradenton and until recently
of Holmes Beach, died June 29.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday,
July 5, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association,
1230 Tuttle Ave. S., Sarasota FL 34239.
She is survived-by husband of 49 years Maurice
"M.T."; daughters Arlene Byrne of Holmes Beach and
Christine Dimitrijevich of Tampa; son Eugene Shuler
of St. Petersburg; sister Eunice Parsons of Mattapoisett,
Mass.; grandson Wade Green; granddaughter Jacque-
line Sullivan; great-grandson Alex Green; and great-
granddaughters Samantha and Michelle Sullivan.
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Fore! Young golfers tee off at camp
By Billy Malfese
As times change, so does the Island and the sport's
offering to Island youths. The newest activity added to
the Anna Maria Island Community Center's repertoire
is a junior golf program.
Janet Stokes, wife of the late Bud Stokes, an avid
golfer, sponsors the program named in his memory. The
five-week Bud Stokes Junior Golf Program is a first for
the Center and is being taught by 18-year golf profes-
sional Steve Dietz. He's a member of the Professional
Golfers' Association of America, which earns the Island
program some credibility.
Dietz is presently the golf director and instructor
at the Ben Sutton Golf School in Sun City, and was
formerly the head pro at Sara Bay Country Club in
Sarasota and the Seven Rivers Country Club in Tampa.
Dietz said he has been an instructor at the Sutton Golf
School for seven years and estimates that around 3,500
students attend yearly what is considered one of the
largest golf schools in the United States.
Janet Stokes said she wants the Island golf program
to "start small, and grow into something big." As of
now, there are more than a dozen students ranging from
age 7 to 18 in the Island program.
Stokes also noted that there are numerous golf
camps offered in the summer in Genesee County,
Mich., where she formerly lived. And she wanted to
bring the camp concept to Florida where the number of
golf courses and the golfing population is very large.
Janet remembers her husband's life dream came
true when a couple of friends asked him to travel to
Scotland with them to play on a 150-year-old course.
She also said Paul Azinger, famous professional
golfer who resides in Manatee County, once approached
Bud to try out a new club he'd been given at the Bra-
denton Country Club. "He loved golf," she said.
Dietz brings a unique blend of teaching, playing
and coaching to junior golfers. He's enthusiastic about
developing young players to their best potential and
introducing new players to the game of golf.
"Its always nice to help kids. After all, they're the
future of golf," said Dietz.
This camp is a great opportunity for kids to learn
the game of golf from an expert and for a great deal.
Broken down, the cost per lesson is under $4, when
normally people pay hundreds of dollars for pro les-
sons, if they ever even get the opportunity.
The golf camp activities and times are varied from
week to week depending on available tee times at Pin-
ebrook Golf Course in Bradenton, where the students
dents at the
on the club
and form for
hitting a golf
are more than
a dozen kids
ages 7 to 18
will be using the driving range and the course later on
in the program.
Dietz has included cage instruction at the Holmes
Beach City Hall Field, where the students' mechan-
ics, form and swing will be corrected, perfected and
critiqued before they hit the links.
At the end of the program, there will be a tourna-
ment amongst all the campers.
The young golfers will learn valuable lessons
about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude.
making decisions by thinking about the consequences.
defining and setting goals and how to transfer values
from the golf course to everyday life.
Equipment is provided by the Center, but players are
encouraged to bring and use their own clubs. For more infor-
mation, contact Andy Jonatzke at the Center, 778-1908.
Geneva Sims will be featured through July at the
Manatee County Arts Council gallery, 926 12ihi
St. W., Bradenton. Her ceramic sculptures will
be shown in the exhibit "Lava Blooms," inspired
by lava flowing from vents in the ocean floor. A
reception for Sims will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
July 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Details are available at 746-2223.
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Love of airplanes led
Islander to Air Corps
Growing up in Detroit in the 1930s, Bill Snow
always had a love of airplanes. He used to go watch
famed pilot Jimmy Doolittle perform during air races
at the local airport, never dreaming that one day he'd
be working for Doolittle as a pilot in the 8th Air Force
that bombed Europe to rubble during World War II.
When WWII broke out on Dec. 7, 1941, Bill was
still in high school, just 16 years old.
"There wasn't any rush among my pals to join up
because we were all too young. But we knew about
the draft. I made the decision that when I turned 18, I
was headed to the Army Air Corps. I figured that was
a better way to serve my country than as a foot soldier.
And I loved airplanes."
During the summer of 1943, Bill fulfilled that
pledge and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps pilot train-
ing program. But it wasn't easy.
"Half the guys who joined washed out the first
week during testing. Then we had more tests the second
week and half of those remaining were rejected," he
Not Bill. He was sent to Avon Park, Fla., for pre-
flight school. It was his first trip to Florida and he fell
in love with the state, but not the weather.
"It was so hot that summer for a boy from Michi-
gan. But I still liked Florida."
After pre'-flight, Bill headed to Georgia for basic
flight school for about three months, then final flight
school in Valdosta.
"They were really pushing us through. The air force
was taking a lot of losses in Europe and they really
needed pilots, so %% e knex\ they needed us. We finished
all our training in nine months."
Like neatly all future WWII pilots, Bill requested
fighter pilot training, but the Air Corps figured he was
better suited to be a bomber pilot.
He graduated from flight school as a second lieu-
tenant at just 19 years of age, then was sent back to
Sebring to train on the B-17 "Flying Fortress" as a
Sebring is still a special place for Bill because that's
where he got married in June of 1944 to a girl from
Michigan. But he and Verna didn't have much of a hon-
eymoon. Bill was immediately transferred to MacDill
Field in Tampa where he and his nine-man crew met
for the first time.
They were supposed to get a brand new B-17, but
because of a shortage of aircraft, no doubt caused by
the heavy losses in the European campaign, Bill and his
crew were sent to England on a troop ship in 1944.
Once in England, Bill and the crew joined the 482nd
Bomb Group as members of its pathfinder section.
The pathfinders all flew B-17s equipped with radar,
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something entirely new to the 8th Air Force and not
every bomber was equipped with these new devices.
"Our job was to fly over the target about a week
before the actual bombing. We would take about
five radar pictures of the target to determine the best
approach, then return to England. These missions were
always at night and we flew as a lone aircraft," Bill
He also remembered that when he got to the 482nd,
its commanding officer gave him a hard time because
he was just 20 years old, yet he was the pilot of a B-17
that would be bombing Germany and would lead men
"I guess he didn't think I was old enough for the
job, but my crew called me the 'old man' because I was
in charge," he said with a smile.
As a new pilot in the 8th Air Force, which was
now commanded by Gen. Doolittle, Bill had to fly as
co-pilot on a few missions to gain experience before
he could actually lead his plane into combat.
On his first mission, Bill remembered that he wasn't
even scared. "At 20, you're too young and too stupid
to be scared. We were all eager to get into the war and
do our part."
A pathfinder, however, didn't just fly recon mis-
sions. Once the target date was selected, Bill and his
crew would load up with bombs and fly the mission as
the "deputy leader."
That meant that if the target was obscured by
clouds, Bill's plane would take the lead and bomb using
radar. The remaining planes would use his bombs as a
In theory, the radar was supposed to work great,
but radar was still in the infancy stage and there were
"A few times the thing would jam or quit work-
ing and we'd have to abort the mission. That-meant
we didn't get credit for flying a mission, even though
sometimes we were almost to the target. And we still
got shot at."
By the winter of 1944-45, the Germans were unable
to launch many fighters against Allied bombers, and
Bill's missions were protected by P-51 Mustang fighter
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aircraft. But "flak," as the pilots called anti-aircraft fire,
still took its toll on the bombers.
"We never got a bad hit, but we still had to (1 through
the stuff," remembered Bill. "We'd see other planes get
blown up and guys bail out, but we were just lucky. The
flak was really terrible over a lot of the cities."
It gave a 20-year-old first lieutenant and his crew
something to think about when they would return to
the base after a tough mission, only to learn that some
guys wouldn't be coming back. But you couldn't dwell
on those thoughts, said Bill.
"We had a job to do and we were going to do it.
You just accepted the risks."
Bill's closest call came on a recon mission one
night when a German night fighter attacked his plane.
"He opened up from about 100 yards, but he missed
everything. That got us awake real quick and our guys
fired back and I took evasive action, but he vanished.
He never made another pass. We were just lucky, again.
It was a moonless night and that certainly helped."
Bill never lost a crewman on missions he flew, but
on one occasion he loaned out his navigator to another
crew. That B-17 was shot down over occupied Europe,
but the navigator bailed out and was rescued by the
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Dutch underground. He later made it back safely to
England and the 482nd.
"After that, nobody in the crew was interested in
flying for somebody else. They all said it would be
unlucky," Bill remembered with a laugh.
Bill and his crew were still intact and flying when
the Germans surrendered in May 1945.
"Everybody celebrated, but not that much. We
knew we would be sent to the Pacific for the war on,
Japan," he said.
Indeed, Bill flew his B-17 back to the States,
dropped it off in Maine, and was ordered to Victor-
ville, Calif., for B-29 training. "A terrible aircraft," Bill
remembered. "I just hated that thing."
Luckily for Bill and his crew, the atom bomb was
dropped in early August 1945 and Japan surrendered
on Aug. 15, 1945. For Bill, the war was over at least
He returned to Michigan where he and Verna set
about starting a family and building a life. He worked
in sales after the war, including heavy equipment.
But Bill was never discharged from the Army Air
Corps, just placed in the inactive reserves. When the
Korean War started in June 1950, Bill was recalled to
He was sent to Korea were he spent 14 months
flying C-47 cargo and troop transport aircraft. He
eventually became the personal pilot of Gen. Matthew
Ridgeway, flying a converted B-17 for Ridgeway as he
crisscrossed Korea, often stopping to confer with Gen.
Douglas MacArthur on strategy.
After his discharge, Bill returned to Michigan and
owned a number of successful companies, including
heavy equipment and paving operations.
He and Verna first came to Anna Maria Island in
1954 on a vacation. Verna vowed that this was where
she would retire and Bill just tagged along, he claims.
They built a home in Anna Maria in 1992. Their
four children and seven grandchildren make it a point
to visit as often as possible, particularly in winter.
Bill flew his own private plane for nearly 50 years
after he got out of the service.
While he no longer flies, he still remembers the 8th
Air Force and its contribution to the war in Europe. He's
been involved in getting a columbarium built at the 8th
Air Force Museum at Hunter Field in Savannah, Ga.
The columbarium a mausoleum for cremated remains
- will have some 5,500 units for 8th Air Force veterans.
It's something Bill is proud to have accomplished.
"It looks like it's going to happen. It's a fitting
tribute to the men of the 8th Air Force," he said with
Few people today know that nearly 25,000 U.S.
airmen lost their lives in combat missions over Europe
during WWII. Most people think the infantry won the,
war, but Bill wants people to remember the 8th Air
Force contribution as well, even though he downplayed
"I certainly wasn't a hero. I was just lucky. The
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Sunday, July 9
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artists, visiting photographers from Germany, and
a drawing for a watercolor by a Chinese artist
among other attractions this weekend at Coquina
The fine arts festival will have watercolors,
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from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m.
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10 a.m. School-age summer program at the Island
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8 p.m. Opening night of "As You Like It" at the Island
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"Amazing Universe" teen program at the Island Branch
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watercolor by Jinshseng Song of Beijing, China,
visiting the United States on a visa earned through
a picture for a UNICEF Christmas card.
Included among photographers exhibiting at
the festival will be Max and Tony Leimer, hus-
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There will be entertainment by jazz musician
Kenn Lisle plus a food court. Additional informa-
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Locals enjoy World Cup experience in Germany
By Kevin Cassidy
Former Islanders Lance Bieker, Bill Romberger
and Brett McIntosh, along with longtime Bradenton
resident and former Island Football Club teammate
Nick Leduc, traveled to Germany June 16-22 for the
2006 FIFA World Cup.
Bieker, Leduc and Mclntosh flew over and met up
with Romberger in Amsterdam to start their week-long
adventure and to allegedly pick up their game tickets
at a coffee shop.
From there they traveled to Mannheim, where they
spent the night in an attempt to recharge their batteries
after a long flight and their night in Amsterdam.
The following day, McIntosh and Romberger went
north to Frankfurt to attend the June 17 Portugal vs.
Iran game, while Leduc and Bieker went east to Kai-
serslautern to attend the International Fan Fest. Leduc
described Fan Fest as an almost "Bourbon Street" atmo-
sphere with a tremendous spirit of friendship among
the thousands who attend. There were hundreds of
team supporters parading up and down the streets,
waving national flags and singing songs to support their
That evening, the local guys met up in Kaiserslaut-
ern to attend the U.S. vs. Italy game. That game saw
the Americans rebound from and extremely poor effort
in their opening game against the Czech Republic. The
game ended in a 1-1 tie despite the States playing a man
down for a large portion of the match.
The group then took the train to Munich and from
there they rented a car and drove to Salzburg for a look
at the Austrian Alps. There they found a really cool
Irish pub that was carved into the side of the mountain.
They then ascended 2,000 meters up the mountain to
Kitzbehul, where they visited Hohenwerfen Schloss,
or castle, which was built in 1142 to guard the valley
It was here that Bieker got rescued by a local girl
who noticed he was trapped in his rental car. Bieker had
stayed behind in the car, while his "friends" had gone
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June 21 had them traveling to Gelsenkirchen for
the Portugal vs. Mexico match. They were extremely
impressed with the Mexican fans, which made up 85
percent of those in attendance. The Mexican fans stood
and sang songs to support their team for the entire
After that game, Romberger was dropped off in
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last game for the U.S. team, which lost 2-1 to Ghana.
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The locals were extremely impressed with Germa-
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still, despite their speed of 120 mph.
The group had such a great time that plans are
already being formulated for the 2010 World Cup in
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Critter thoughts sought, plus landscape musings
Do you have thoughts about manatees, bald eagles,
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The FWC is in the process of developing "spe-
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recovery, or in the case of the bald eagle, ensure it stays
recovered," according to the agency.
The action comes on the heels of a decision last
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The final management plans are expected to be unveiled
"Local, county, state and federal agencies, stake-
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The agency is looking for specifics on the species
which relate to "the species' conservation needs and
any economic and social factors that should be consid-
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Remember the Bavarian bear that made the news a
few weeks ago after it made an appearance in Germany
for the first time since 1835? It was shot to death last
Bears were exterminated in Germany back then,
due to their destructiveness. The 2-year-old bear named
Bruno apparently sauntered to Germany from northern
Italy. Bruno was pretty brazen, munching on caged rab-
bits and even taking out a beehive. Authorities ordered
his death, then relented when public outcry to "Save
the Bear" reached a fevered pitch, then was reversed.
Officials said it was only a matter of time before
Bruno, all220 pounds of him, attacked a human.
Bruno will be sent to a taxidermist and then put on
display at the Munich Museum of Man and Nature.
An ironic final resting place for how man deals with
nature, isn't it?
Farewell thoughts from Jane Morse
Jane Morse, the University of Florida/IFAS Mana-
tee County extension agent, is leaving our area to take
a post with Pinellas County as a horticulture agent. She
has been kind enough to provide her thoughts to us over
the years, and will be missed.
Morse offered a few last thoughts regarding the
environment and our landscaping.
We are, she believes, entering into the sixth mass-
extinction of life on earth, with the last happening 65
million years ago after a meteorite crashed into the
planet. Remember what happened to the dinosaurs back
then? Same thing is happening now, only humans are
the cause for what could well be the dramatic change
of life on earth.
"In our need for economic growth, housing, food,
clothing and other resources, we are stripping the earth
of its plants and animals," she said. "As we need more
and more land and water to keep up with demand, criti-
cal wildlife habitat is being lost. In our urban world we
are disconnected from nature and our true place within
"Let's take a look at our landscapes. Is it sustain-
able, prudent, wise or respectful to take water from the
wetlands, rivers, lakes and wildlife and use it to water
landscapes that are not suited for our environment?
Landscapes that will survive on the natural amount of
rainfall are the prudent and sustainable answer."
Morse advocates planting trees that shade the
house to conserve electricity through air conditioning.
Use mulch, instead of grass, to cut down on the need
of chemicals. Use native plants that are suited to the
"If each one of us will change or modify our land-
scapes and energy choices to conserve and restore
resources, collectively we can make a huge differ-
ence," she said. "Each conserving yard, added to the
next yard and the next, will change the environment for
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WD-40 is one of those ubiquitous p-roducts that
appears in most households. The oily product in its
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inhibitor and, if the following is true, it's much, much
For a brief history, according to the Internet, the
product was created in 1953 by three technicians at
the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name
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The executives ultimately decided there might be
a consumer market for it and put it in aerosol cans and
store shelves. It is a carefully guarded recipe known
only to four people. Only one of them is the "brewmas-
There are about 2.5 million gallons of the stuff
manufactured each year.
Its uses? Well, here you go.
WD-40 can clean a spotty shower door, either plas-
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It also protects silver from tarnishing.
Gives floors that "just-waxed" sheen without
making it slippery.
Keeps flies off cows.
Restores and cleans chalkboards.
Removes lipstick stains.
Untangles jewelry chains.
Removes stains from stainless-steel sinks.
Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidiz-
Removes tomato stains from clothing.
Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble
Gives gym slides a shine for a super-fast slide.
Restores and cleans dashboards in vehicles, as well
as vinyl bumpers.
Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and
keeps them running smoothly.
Removes splattered grease on stove.
Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
Keeps pigeons off the balcony they hate the
Removes all traces of duct tape.
Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love
bugs from grills and bumpers."
The favorite use in the state of New York: WD-40
protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or
lures and you will be catching the big one in no time.
Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that
are made for just that purpose.
Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away
immediately and .stops the itch.
WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls.
Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daugh-
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of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and
rewash. Presto! Lipstick is gone.
It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen
By the way, the basic ingredient in WD-40 is fish
Makes duct tape pale in comparison, eh?
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"Magnetism is one of the six "fundamental forces
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Mackerel, sharks in Tampa Bay; grouper offshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing last week centered on mackerel and big
sharks in Tampa Bay. There are still a few tarpon lurk-
ing around as well.
Backwater action for redfish, trout and catch-and-
release snook is good. Offshore fishing for grouper and
snapper is also good, but expect to go out to the 100-
foot depths in the Gulf of Mexico for any real big fish.
There are also still some dolphin and wahoo caught
trolling out there.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore action is
almost entirely in water greater than 100 feet in depth.
Bottom fishing is good for grouper, snapper and troll-
ing for dolphin and wahoo is producing good results as
well. Inshore action for redfish is good, he said, with
the best action happening on the lower tides.
Capt. Zach Zacharias out of Parrot Cove Marina
in Cortez said he took Fred Timbrook of Parrish and
grandkids Fredrick and Caroline, visiting from West
Virginia, out for a great time as they caught about 50
good-sized Spanish mackerel and juvenile kingfish on
a half-day trip along the beaches of Longboat Key and
Anna Maria Island. "Spanish sardines were the hot
ticket for bait at the beginning of an incoming tide in
the morning,"'Capt. Zach said, adding that other trips
have been providing similar results with the addition
of redfish to 30 inches, scattered trout to 23 inches and
a few flounder.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are still good catches of redfish from the man-
groves of Terra Ceia Bay on higher tides, plus mackerel
and sharks in front of the bay. There are still a few
tarpon hanging around, Dave added.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching mackerel, jacks, blue runners, ladyfish and
a few whiting.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there are finding Spanish mackerel hitting very
good, as well as some snook hookups at night plus a
few flounder and small sharks.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's putting his charters onto mackerel,
catch-and-release snook, redfish and a few trout.
Capt Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's still catching
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Yahoo! A wahoo catch
A 60-pound wahoo was landed aboard the Stray Dog Charter Boat with Capt. Scott Greer. The fish was caught
about 30 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Pictured, from left, are Christie Groover holding canine second-mate
Maggie, Jennifer West, Rick Dillard, Ashley Dillard, Mickey Groover, Joey West and first-mate Justin Miley.
The party was on vacation from Alpharetta, Ga.
mackerel on most days, while inshore he's seeing red-
fish and, for those charters that want to target linesiders,
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
good catches of mackerel by boaters, as well as a few
redfish near Perico Island and a few catch-and-release
On my boat Magic, we've caught several redfish
to 26 inches in length, trout to 20 inches, catch-and-
release snook to 27 inches and tons of mackerel in
Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a MustI
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided
Capt. Mike Heistand USCG Licensed
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch
and a name and phone number for more information.
Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear in the
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FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
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All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
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BOAT LIFT: 25,000 pounds, one year old, four
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BOAT CAPTAIN NEEDED for occasional week-
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CITY OF HOLMES Beach Public Works Mainte-
nance: The City of Holmes beach is accepting appli-
cations for a part-time maintenance worker. Applicant
must possess a valid Florida driver's license. Applica-
tions may be obtained at 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, FI and will be accepted until position is filled.
The City of Holmes Beach is a drug-free workplace.
Pre-employment drug testing required. The City of
Holmes Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and does not discriminate based upon age, race,
sex, religion, national origin., citizenship, disability,
marital status or veteran's status of an individual.
BUSY ACCOUNTING FIRM seeks full-time book-
keeper to assist with accounts, daily record keeping,
payroll. QuickBooks and Excel expertise a must.
Call Jamie, (941) 748-2683.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library.
Duties include checking books in/out, reshelving,
and generally assisting library patrons. Call Eveann
Adams, (941) 779-1208.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
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Local teen, team competitor. Call 941-778-0944.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
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BABYSITTER, PETSITTER, dog walker: First-
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Red Cross certified.
RED CROSS first-aid certified babysitter certified.
Call Alex, 941-778-5352.
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Call CarleenWeise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
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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.
GETYOUR 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 9657.
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 contact
me at this number, 941-778-3759. Open every day!
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.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
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Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
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(941) 730-1062 Cell
GREAT PRICE REDUCTION!
OWNER MUST SELL this beautiful build-
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At last, a realistic seller for the buyer in need
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Over 11,400 sf and PRICED TO SELL. $589,000.
"We ARE he Island!"
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941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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YOU GET THE HOUSE FOR FREE when you buy this duplex
lot in central Holmes Beach just steps to the Gulf. Home is a
beautifully refurbished 2BR/2BA with porcelain tile floors, granite
counters and more. Lots of room to enlarge, add a pool or tear down
and build two land condos.
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,
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PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
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941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
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, 941-
EXPERIENCED CERTIFIED TEACHER avail-
able for tutoring in math, science and reading for
elementary-to college-level students. $35/hour.
READY TO MOVE IN! Brand
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v. .... j" :- wit. t lh den, 2,053 sf, near Prime
SOoullets Mall in Ellenton. Neu-
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quiet cul-de-sac lot on pond/
preserve. Close to 1-75 and
275, commuter's dream. Two-year bumper-to-bumper and 10-year
structural home warranties. Very low HOA fee. Room for pool.
MLS #529860. $369,900. Call Melanie Johnson 941-704-7394.
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The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
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Conforming and jumbo loans.
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call Ron locally for a free consultation at
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LET ELLEN HELP: Companionship, shopping,
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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 heeds.
$35/hour, two-hour minimum. 941-914-2037.
ANNA MARIA ROCK School at School for Con-
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guitar, saxophone, flute, theory All ages. Call 941-
QUALITY CLEANING: WE offer professional clean-
ing services. Highest quality at affordable prices.
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ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
painting of grout, tile and grout repair, caulking of
showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
TUTOR: READING, SECOND through eighth grade.
Math, second through, sixth grade. Twenty years
experience teaching elementary and middle school.
CARETAKER/HANDYMAN WILL barter services
for lodging near beach for summer months. Call
Thomas, 941-807-2210. References.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
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and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
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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 lawn and
landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please call 941-778-2335
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and
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trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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full kitchen and furniture. Garden view and Bridge Village. Top-end luxury, pools,
steps to the private beach, pools, bay, and docks, slip, 2BR, bonus room, living,
dock. Flexible rental, on-site management. kitchen, dining, private elevator, turnkey
$470,000. home. $999,900.
GREAT SUNSETS across from Coquina -- ''- will me|ijjCl Com
Beach. 2BR townhouse e kitchen, living,
dinette. Upgraded throughout and new H egrl on
furniture. Fantastic for rental or second '
home. $599,000. l Realty
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Complete clean-
ups, installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes,
rock and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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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
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been renovated, updated, and added on. Extensive pavers,
brick walk and patios, new barrel roof 2004, 75-foot seawall,
50-foot dock with 13,000 lb boatlift, this home is lovely inside
and out. A 27-foot Sport Craft with twin 150s will stay with full
price offer. Offered at $1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor,
GULFFRONT CONDO Serene Gulf vistas can be
yours at a remarkable price. Spacious 3BR/2BA with
private lanai overlooking white sandy beach. Under-
cover parking. $795,000. Call Lori Guerin, Realtor,
941-773-3415 or Carmen Pedota, Realtor, 941-284-2598.
GULFVIEW CONDO 2BR/2BA full Gulf view condo, second
floor, corner unit. Offered at $825,000. Call Michel Cerene,
Broker-Associate, 941-545-9591 evenings.
AZALEA PARK 4BR/2BA in Bradenton. Open floor plan,
fireplace, family room, plus Florida room, roof November
2002, steps to community pool. $415,000. Call Zee Catanese,
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
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 free esti-
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 dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIXYEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. 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.
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
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:
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments,
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools,
Jacuzzi, walk to shops and restaurants. Available
weekly, monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299 or e-mail
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Braden-
ton 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. 941-
LIDO BEACH: 2BR apartments. Delightful and
modern with porch/lanai in garden setting. Across
from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle.
Eight minutes to Sarasota Main Street. Fully fur-
nished, including full kitchen and laundry room.
Available weekly, 941-383-2566.
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.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA waterfront pool
home, $3,250/month. 1BR/1BA upstairs apart-
ment, furnished. $750/month. Call Betsy Hills
Real Estate, P.A., at 941-778-2291, or e-mail
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA Palma Sola Park. New
kitchen and bath, new paint, large yard. $1,600/
month. First/last/security. 941-778-5445.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA Anna Maria waterfront
apartment with dockage. $1,300/month. Furnished
or unfurnished. Cable and water included. First/last/
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
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA apartment. 750 sf,
100 feet from bay. Newly updated, includes water
and trash. First, last, security deposit. $775/month.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1 BR, 1,400-sf beach house.
1.5 blocks to beach. Unfurnished, $1,100/month.
Furnished, $1,300/month. First, last, security
BEACHSIDE GROUND LEVEL: 1BR/1BA, great
views, like new, sleeps four, $770/week or spe-
cial 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.
APARTMENTS ON PALMA Sola Bay: Studio,
$700/month plus security. 1BR/1BA, $740/month
plus security. Rent includes utilities. Call Jerry,
941-448-8100. Ask about free rent.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR apartment, half block from
beach. Completely remodeled. $800/month unfur-
nished, $850/month furnished. Includes cable, water
and trash, 941-779-0470.
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA Holmes Beach duplex: $825/
month plus utilities. Landlord pays trash and lawn.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, two-car
garage, office. Steps to beach. $1,600/month.
CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH area. Spacious
1 BR/1 BA furnished apartment (resort style). $995/
month, includes utilities, cable, laundry, parking.
ANNUAL AND SEASONAL rentals: wide variety
and changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
ANNUAL: ISLAND HOME 2BR/1 BA with garage
and fenced yard. Newly remodeled. $1,200/
month plus utilities. Small pet OK. 941-795-8979.
ANNUAL: RIVER CLUB downtown on river. Gor-
geous views/sunsets. Brand new 2BR/2BA unfur-
nished, parking, pool, fitness, clubhouse. $1,100/
RENTAL: JULY 15-22 Western Florida's #1 rated
beachfront condo. Quality furnished, 2BR/1 BA. Pool,
Jacuzzi plus all the extras. $995. 888-228-5866.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: large, furnished
1 BR/1 BA. Walk to beach and shopping. Three- to
six-month lease, no pets. $800/month plus some
ANNUAL RENTALS: UPSCALE 2 or 3BR, pool.
Homes located on Anna Maria Island for rent, call
Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTALS: EFFICIENCY orl BR/1 BA, fur-
nished or unfurnished. From $650-875/month. Call
Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
PERICO BAY CLUB villa: 2BR/2BA, garage, fur-
nished. $1,100/month, flexible. Real Estate Mart,
ISLAND CANAL HOME: 3BR/2BA all new inside.
Pool and spa, dock. $3,000/month. Real Estate
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located
on deep-water canal with large dock and views of
Tampa Bay. Reduced $779,000. 941-779-1512.
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on the Island!
2BR/ 2BA, one-car garage, gourmet kitchen, new
windows, updated baths and more. Two blocks from
beach. $615,000. 941-778-8677. 406 Bay Palms
Drive, Holmes Beach..
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/
playroom, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted 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. Sales, rentals, prop-
erty 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.
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 21 st
Place. Bradenton Beach.
DESIRABLE ANNA MARIA lot for sale by owner,
50x1 10 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.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 4BR/2BA great annual
rental history. Updated, close to beach and bay.
TWO LONGBOAT KEY cottages for sale or trade!
660 Linley St. Call 813-478-0909, broker/owner.
TWO BEAUTIFUL HOMES for sale on Anna Maria
Island by owner! For more information, visit www.
coxpristineproperties.com, or call 941-778-8281.
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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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.
FIND OUT WHAT your home is worth online, visit:
www.Manateevaluesonline.com. Coldwell Banker.
MEADOW CROFT SOUTH condo, near Blake,
2BR/2BA lakefront with carport, pets welcome.
$195,000. Carol Heinze, Coldwell Banker Real
PALMA SOLA PARK 3BR/2BA home, 2BR/1BA
guest house plus two-car garage. $595,000.
Carol Heinze, Coldwell Banker Real Estate,
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1BR/1BA.
Brand new furnished, bay windows with water view.
Hurricane Force-3 manufactured home. One mile
from Anna Maria Island and one block from Intra-
coastal Waterway with new marina and boat ramp.
Land owned. Home owner's association optional.
ELEVATED DUPLEX: HOLMES Beach. 4BR total,
concrete structure with enclosed downstairs. 3,300
sf total, easily convert to single-family. $529,000.
GULFFRONT CONDO BY owner. Anna Maria
Island Club, 2BR/2BA turnkey unit. Newly remod-
eled kitchen and bath, best Island complex. Can be
shown July 5-13. 941-778-9259, or 440-725-4586..
Call after July 4. $899,900.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA Home built in 2005.
$599,900. 307B 59th St. RoseBay Real Estate.
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. Laurie Del-
REDUCED TO SELL! Anna Maria Island. Canal-
front, Holmes Beach, Florida. 2BR/2BA. $699,900.
527 70th St. RoseBay Real Estate. Laurie Della-
VILLAGE OF THE Arts home located in Bradenton,
Florida. Zoned professional, commercial/residential!
2BR/2BA, $245,000. 1414 11th StW. RoseBay Real
Estate. Laurie DellaTorre, 941-232-3665.
PERICO BAY CLUB CONDO: 2BR/2BA, 1,486 sf,
hurricane shutters, 24-hour security, pool, tennis,
minutes to Anna Maria Island. 1389 Perico Point
Circle, Bradenton. $469,000. RoseBay Real Estate,
Laurie DellaTorre, 941-232-3665.
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else in The Islander, 778-7978.
REDUCED! Large Anna Maria lot, deep-water
canal, no bridges, custom plans available. $650,000.
Details at http://mysite.verizon.net/talbotl, or call
ALMOST ANNA MARIA: Furnished 1 BR/1 BA trailer
with two carports. Land owned, optional HOA, new
marina and boat ramp on Palma Sola Bay. $87,500.
HOLMES BEACH AREA: charming canal-
front home, newly renovated, 3BR/2BA. Granite
kitchen. 1.5 miles to beach. Sale, $599,000, rent
$1,600/month, or lease with purchase option.
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3BR WATER-VIEW home in pleasant Pal-
metto. Shady pergola and great neighbors.
Three-car garage. Price $310,000. Call Carleen,
ARBOR OAKS: IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA nestled in
a private community only minutes from the beaches.
Must see! $339,000. Call Piroska Planck, SunCoast
Real Estate LLC. 941-730-9667.
VILLAGE GREEN: BEAUTIFUL, bright corner unit,
only minutes from beaches, shopping, and restau-
rants. $249,900. Call Piropka Planck, SunCoast
Real Estate LLC. 941-730-9667.
IDEAL LOCATION WITH great appeal. Beautifully
updated and maintained, new roof, turnkey fur-
nished. Beach access just steps away, bay views,
boat dock, ample parking, great income rental.
Room for a pool. Convenient to restaurants and
shopping. $875,000. Bridget Spies, ReMax Prop-
erties, 941-308-6763. MSL# 313022.
WILL TRADE OUR decent canal home plus cash at
215 Chilson, Anna Maria for your nicer canal home.
jefend @ bkf-law.com.
ISLAND CANAL HOME: Totally remodeled
3BR/2BA, spa, pool, boat dock. Way below appraisal.
$850,000. Call owner direct, 941-356-1456.
LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE, north end: Remodeled
3Br/2BA two-car garage. Unique extra-large master
suite with Roman bath and sun deck. $729,000.
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
AFFORDABLE CONDO RIGHT across from beach.
2BR/1BA modern. $350,000. Real Estate Mart,
A HOME WITHOUT headaches! West Bradenton
updated 2BR/2BA with family room and garage.
$254,000. Carol Heinze, 941-778-5059. Coldwell
Banker Real Estate.
OPEN HOUSE: 2-5pm Sunday, July 9; Call for
Saturday showing. Full bay view 2BR/2BA condo
with dock and carport. $539,000. 941-807-5449.
6400 Flotilla Dr., unit 76, Westbay Cove, Holmes
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PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full bay views!
Granite countertops, glazed porcelain tile, carpet,
designer furnishings, plantation shutters and more.
COSTA RICA: GET out of the rat race and find your
Shangri-La. Local Realtor offering homesites starting
in the $40s and homes starting in the $160s on the
Caribbean coast. Be a part of my neighborhood in
paradise. Call Robin Kollar, broker, Gulf-Bay Realty,
GULFFRONT LOTS $595,000. Homes starting mid-
$300s. New master-planned oceanfront community on
beautiful Mustang Island, near Corpus Christi, Texas.
LAKEFRONT AND LAKE view properties nes-
tled 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.
BUYERS MARKET COASTAL North Carolina 95-100
percent LTV financing. Call CCL Inc. Realty, 800-682-
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COOL WESTERN NORTH Carolina mountains:
Escape the heat, hurricanes and high prices. Homes,
cabins, lots, acreage, investments. Prudential
Great Smokys Realty, downtown Bryson City. Call
NORTH CAROLINA COOL mountain air, views,
streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free brochure,
800-642-5333. Realty Of Murphy 317 Peachtree"St.
Murphy, N.C. 28906. www.realtyofmurphy.com.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape to
beautiful western N.C. mountains. Free color bro-
chure and information. Mountain properties with
spectacular views, homes, cabins, creeks and
investment acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC
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BEWARE OF MORTGAGE companies! They could
charge you up to $10,000 in closing fees. Be educated
before you buy with our free CD and workbook. www.
FloridaMortgageGuide.org, or 888-706-3885. Auto-
mated request line.
ALABAMA WATERFRONT ACREAGE: Two hours
from Atlanta and the coast. Gated with excep-
tional amenities, including boat slips. 1/2-to 3
acres from the $40s. Near great historic town. Call
ASHEVILLE, N.C. AREA acreage: One- to eight acre
parcels. Gated community on four miles of riverfront.
Superb planned amenities. Exceptional mountain and
river sites. Preview Phase II now! 866-292-5762.
CENTRAL TENNESSEE ACREAGE: Amazing rolling
vista views. One- to five acre parcels from the $40s.
Planned clubhouse, nature trails. One hour to Chat-
tanooga, two hours to Nashville. 866-292-5769.
KENTUCKY DEEP WATER parcel: 1.38 acres over-
looking Lake Barkley. 90 minutes to Nashville, minutes
to Land Between the Lakes. Just $47,000. Won't last!
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Five acres with frontage on very
large pristine creek, very private, excellent fishing, canoe-
ing, good access, near New River Trail State Park, $39,500.
Owner, 866-789-8535 www.mountainsofVA.com.
WESTERN NEW MEXICO: Private 74-acre ranch,
$129,990. Mountain views, trees, rolling hills, wildlife.
Horseback riding, hiking, ATVs, hunting. Perfect for
family ranch or retreat, electricity. 100 percent financ-
ing. NALC 866-365-2825.
GEORGIA/NORTH CAROLINA: Captivating mountain
views, lakes, rivers, waterfalls. Homesites starting at
$39,900. Log home kits at $39,900. Limited availability.
Call 888-389-3504, ext.700.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA mountains: 2.06 acres
with hardwood trees. Financing available only $31,995.
Private lake and river access. This one won't last. Call
today, 800-699-1289 or www.riverbendlakelure.com.
MAINE OCEANFRONT BARGAIN: Four-plus acres,
220-foot waterfront, only $149,900. Five-plus-acres,
ocean access, only $34,900. Enjoy spectacular four-
plus acre oceanfront parcel with over 220 feet of pri-
vate shoreline. Or relax on your five-plus acre ocean
access lot with deeded access to gorgeous, private
sandy beach. Surveyed, soil tested, paved road in
gated community. Great owner financing. Call L&S
Realty, 207-781-3343. coastalmaineland.com.
NEW TO MARKET! Lakefront and equestrian parcels.
Seven-plus acres-equestrian parcel, $209,900. Eight-
plus acres, direct lakefront. $269,900. Two-plus acres,
homesite, $119,900. Located minutes from downtown
Jacksonville, FL. Private gated community. Miles of
bridle trails, recreation area, fishing and boating. .Call
877-JRC-LAND. Florida Land & Ranches, LLC.
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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.
$1,085,000. Present Offers.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE Roomy and bright townhome in Holmes Beach. Largest
floor plan with two-car garage, hurricane shutters, three decks and has plenty of storage.
This sought-after community is centrally located, has a heated pool, low maintenance fees
and is a short walk to the beach! $569,000.
BEST DEAL ON THE ISLAND Island original converted to contemporary chic. Granite
counters, ceramic tile, open and sunny, French doors onto deck and pergola. Plenty of
room for pool. one block to beach. Duplex lot with 9,100 sf. $595,000.
SPANISH MAIN Wonderful detached 2BR/1BA villa on Longboat Key. Water views,
close to the clubhouse and deeded beach access. Spanish Main Yacht Club has much to
offer and is a beautiful and exciting 55-plus community. $395,900.
AWATERLOVERS DREAM! Wonderful master suite with a grand deck overlooking the
bay, 4 guest suites + a grand room, and a gourmet kitchen opening up onto a wrap-around
deck with bay views. Eas' boat access Bay and Gulf. Offered at $2,795,000.
BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME 75 x 106 lot across the street from the beach in central
Holmes Beach. Walk to shops and restaurants. Architect plans available for a custom designed,
beautiful ground level home permissible on this lot, or build up for gulf views! $627,500.
NEW CONSTRUCTION! LOW MAINTENANCE HOME! Construction complete!
Coastal designed 3BR/2.5BA home with 18-foot ceilings, granite countertops, stainless
appliances, wood floors, 8-foot French doors, two open decks, Hardi Plank siding, a swim-
ming pool and much more all close to beach access! This is a must see! $849,000.
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CANAL FRONT CHARMER Inviting 3BR/2BA home with vaulted
ceilings, fireplace, and wonderful waterside deck! Features
boat dock, electric lift, lush landscaping, sprinkler system,
and widow's walk with panoramic view! Priced at $939,000.
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BRADENTON BEACH 4BR DUPLEX 3,240 CONDO CONVERSION Updljed !BR, new
sf with water views, a roof deck, bamboo kitchen, new bath, all newfurnishings with
floors, updated kitchen, turnkey furnished a charming beach decor. Six homes from
andaterrificlocationthatisclosetothebeach beach access! $349,000
and bay. $709,900.
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STUNNINGBEACHBUNGALOW-Spr-ia,:ulir OWNER FINANCING OPTIONS POSSIBLE:
kitchen and family room area with beauti- Turnkey-furnishedlightandopenendunitwith
ful wood floors, custom cabinets, granite alltheextras.:Readyforyourenjoyment.Pool
counters, stainless appliances and turnkey and deeded beach access. $429,000.
furnished with heated pool. $799,000.
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-PLAYA ENCANTADA: 2BR condo/Gulffront $10,000 REMODEL ALLOWANCE: 2BR
complex.Turnkeyfurnished, heated pool/spa, single family on Anna Maria Island for under
tennis courts, shuffleboard, clubhouse, $400,000withwaterviews.Deededaccessto
saunas, and partial Gulf views. $749,000. Spring Lake. Room for pool. $378,500.
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expansivebayviewsthisimpeccablyrenovated tile roof, porcelain floors, updated kitchen, cov-
Key Royale home offers 2653 sf of living area. ered patio with wet-bar area, dock, 10,0001b lift
Dock and 10,0001b lift. $1,999,999. and no bridges to Tampa Bay. $629,900.
... 4400,Manatee Ave: W: Bradenton 941,.748.6300. .
KEY ROYALE Lowest price on Key. Beautifully fur-
nished 2BR/2BA, overlooks boat basin and down canal
with boat slip. Tastefully landscaped. View of bay.
PALMA SOLA PARK Exceptional 1950's classic. Huge
3BR/2BA, open plan. Beautiful terrazzo floors. Thirty
foot Florida room. Light pours through lots of windows.
Spectacular, move-in condition. $475,000.
ACuRSS rnKuMvi lAY rrcea to seii. upiex,
3BR/2.5BA easily changed to single-family. Short walk
to beach. $499,000.
BAYFRONT Large 2BR/2BA house with new tile floors
throughout, plus great mother-in-law apartment. New
dock on deep sailboat water. Great view. $1,275,000.
399,000 CANALFO-KN T he perfect get away.
1BR/1BA new dock. No bridges. A must see!
l3 GULFFRONT NEW
3BR/2BA, heated pool.
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Sj furnished. $1,950,000.
UNIQUE SET UP Desirable Anna Maria duplex. Each
side faces a different street. 1,860 sf. A must see for
ISLAND VILLAGE CONDO 3BR/2BA turnkey fur-
nished one block to beach. Large screened porch and
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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.
2BR charmer, close to beach! Great income producer with
view of Gulf! Italian tile, fireplace, furnished. Patio with
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 ceiling,
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
HOLMES BEACH GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA nicely furnished first floor unit. Just steps to
heated pool. View of beach, tennis, great rental, on-site
manager. Ceramic tile. $995,000.
KEY ROYALE'S NORTH POINT HARBOUR
2BR/2BA waterfront home. New seawall, 20,000lb boat
lift. Community heated pool, tennis. Island's finest resi-
dential 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, clubhouse/fitness room. Carport.
Short drive to shopping and restaurants. $349,900.
GULFFRONT HOLMES BEACH CONDO
1BR/1.5BA Seaside Beach House condo. Turnkey fur-
nished. Sauntillo tile. Gorgeous view of the Gulf. Beautiful
beach. Excellent rental. $799,900.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT OCEANA CONDO
3BR/2BA, turnkey-furnished condo on beautiful walking
beach. Open plan, breakfast bar, walk-in closets, elevator.
Small pet. $1,999,000.
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Gulffront complex, secured
entry, heated pool and sauna, tennis. Great rental. Central
Holmes Beach. From $675,000.
1BR/1BA Turnkey-furnished villa. Heated pool, steps to
deeded white sandy beach access. Rental program in place
on-site manager. Small pet. $349,900.
NORTH POINT HARBOUR- KEY ROYALE
4BR/3BA waterfront home. Auto-clean lap pool, hot
tub and waterfall New seawall and dock. Five-car garage.
2BR/2BA Tuscany villa. Remodeled, Mexican tile, hard-
wood, courtyard-patio, den and fireplace. Extra storage
2BR/2BA updated villa, Corian counters, courtyard.
Enclosed lanai, tile, greenbelt views. Lowest price in
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