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Skimming the news ... Walt Sonnenberg: Greatest Generation, page 18.
Fore! See page 20.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Sunset skier: Top Notch winner
The fourth weekly winner in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is by Meta Azar of Holmes Beach
and Tampa of her husband Rustom Azar mono-skiing at sunset in Ada, Ghana. Her 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 certifi-
cate 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 more contest infor-
mation, see page 4.
Ex.mayor considers running,
SAM president runs
Former Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh took
out a candidate packet last week, but said last Friday he
was considering whether to run for either the mayor's
position or one of the two city commission seats to be
contested in the November election.
Planning and zoning chairperson Fran Barford and
former P&Z chairman Tom Turner have already filed as
candidates for the mayor's slot being vacated by Mayor
SueLynn, who announced last week she would not seek
a third term.
Deffenbaugh was mayor from 2000 to 2002, but
did not seek re-election then.
As of noon July 17, the first day of candidate qualify-
ing, the only other people to pick up election packets in
Anna Maria were incumbent city commissioners Linda
Cramer and Duke Miller. If no other commission can-
didates file and qualihf by the noon deadline on July 21,'
Cramer and Niller will be returned to office unopposed.
for Island cities
By Rick Catlin
Everyone knows Islanders and Island governments
like to be different. But the three Island cities are head-
ing in the opposite direction of other Florida beach
resort and barrier island municipalities and indeed
most other Florida cities when it comes to hiring a
In fact, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach have the honor of being the only Florida bar-
PLEASE SEE MANAGER, PAGE 3
In Holmes Beach, Save Anna Maria president
Sheila Hurst has announced her candidacy for one
of the two city commission seats up for election this
Incumbent commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens
has already said she .will seek re-election, while Com-
missioner Rich Bohnenberger, whose term is also up
in November, will run for the mayor's position being
vacated by Carol Whitmore, who is running for a seat
on the county commission.
Planning committee member John Monetti has also
picked up an election packet as has former City Com-
missioner Don Maloney.
Incumbent City Commissioner Roger Lutz said last
week he has still not made up his mind whether to seek
a sixth consecutive term.
Hlolmes Beach City Clerk Brooke Bennett said the
qualifying packet for a seat on the city commission and
the mayor's office are the same.
In Bradenton Beach, Michael Pierce has announced
he will seek the Ward 2 seat being vacated by incum-
bent Commissioner Lisa Maria Phillips. Commissioner
Bill Shearon of Ward 4 has also announced his intent to
seek another term in office. No other candidates have
indicated a willingness to run for the respective ward
The qualifying period for all candidates runs from
noon-July 17 to noon July 21. Anna Maria candidates
must qualify at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elec-
tions Office in Bradenton, while Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach candidates can qualify at their respec-
tive city hall. The election is Nov. 8.
The salary for the mayor's position in all three
Island cities is $9,600 annually, while city commis-
sioners in the Island cities earn $4,800 per year.
Volume 14, No. 37 July 19, 2006 FREE
By Rick Catlin
Financially embattled GSR Development LLC
once considered the leading developer of Island
real estate by industry professionals filed a volun-
tary bankruptcy petition in Tampa Federal Bankruptcy
Court last week, gaining protection from the numerous
lawsuits, mortgage foreclosures and other legal actions
filed against it the past five months.
The bankruptcy petition, however, failed to list all
the debts of GSR and the company indicated in its appli-
cation that information will be supplied to the court at
a later date. GSR principals Robert Byrne and Steve
Noriega did not file for personal bankruptcy, according
to the court.
The petition was assigned to Judge K. Rodney May,
with Sarah Wiener as trustee for the case.
GSR did file a document showing its 20 largest
unsecured creditors, headed by well-known Island busi-
nessman Kent Davis, who formerly owned the Siam
Garden Resort in Anna Maria.
Davis is owed $600,000, according to court docu-
ments, while Patricia Hart of New Smyrna Beach comes
in second at $535,500.
Others in the unsecured creditor category are a
number of Island residents, including Melvin and
Carol Yudofsky of Key Royale in Holmes Beach, who
are owed $441,667, GSR said. Another Key Royale
resident, Merritt Fineout, is owed $48,686, while Key
Royale resident Karen Day also makes GSR's unse-
cured creditor list at $45,000.
Bradenton Beach residents M.T. and Dorothy
Owens are owed $45,967, and Cynthia Graeff, also
from Bradenton Beach, has a $27,500 claim. Island
businessman Christiaan Huth is due $25,364, according
to court documents:
GSR also owes its 2005 taxes to Manatee County
in the amount of $196,768.
The total amount of unsecured debts for the 20
PLEASE SEE GSR, NEXT PAGE
No war of the roses
The sales trailer formerly used by embattled GSR
Development LLC for its Villa Rosa subdivision on
South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria has been empty
for several months, but the city presently has no
plans to initiate a code enforcement action against
the company to have the trailer removed. The model
home in the background has been completed, but no
certificate of occupancy has been issued by the city.
GSR is presently facing more than a dozen lawsuits
and mortgage foreclosures and filed for bankruptcy
July 13. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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2 E JULY 19, 2006 N THE ISLANDER
Barford makes it a race for Anna Maria mayor
Current Anna Maria planning and zoning board
chairperson Fran Barford will seek the office of mayor
in the November election, opposing former planning
and zoning board chairman Tom Turner.
Barford made her announcement last week after
Mayor SueLynn announced she would not seek a third
term. Barford had previously said she would run for a
seat on the city commission.
"I think I bring a lot of experience to the position
of mayor," said Barford, who was mayor of Temple
Terrace for six years and a city council member in that
city for eight years. "I'm confident 1 can do the job,"
Barford graduated from the University of Illinois
with a degree in occupational therapy and worked at the
Veterans Administration Hospital in Gainesville before
she and her family moved to Temple Terrace.
An Anna Maria property owner since 1987, she and
GSR files for bankruptcy
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
largest creditors listed by GSR was $2,927,074, while
the amount of secured debts owed to various GSR prop-
erties will apparently top the $10 million mark when
GSR files those documents.
GSR listed a total of 115 creditors and estimated
its assets at between $10 million and $50 million. Esti-
mated debts were also between $10 million and $50
million, the petition said.
GSR's two major projects on Anna Maria Island
were the Villa Rosa gated-community project on South
Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria and the Rosa del Mar
condominiums in Bradenton Beach.
Only the model home at Villa Rosa has been built
and star NBA player Theo Ratliff has filed a notice
that he has a contract to purchase that house for $2.5
million. A certificate of occupancy for the model home
has not yet been issued by the city.
No construction at Rosa del Mar has taken place
and Bradenton Beach has withdrawn the building
her husband George moved to the city permanently in to be contested in November.
2003. If no candidates for the commission submit their
With Barford now running for mayor, incumbent qualifying packets by the noon deadline on Friday,
city commissioners Duke Miller and Linda Cramer July 21, Cramer and Miller will be automatically re-
presently have no opposition for their commission seats elected.
Man flees beach cops, holds
minor girls captive, crashes
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
Bradenton Beach police and the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office combined forces to cap-
ture a 21-year-old man who was holding two girls,
one 16, the other 15, captive in his 1993 Mercury.
He crashed his car shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday
during the pursuit and was taken into custody.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol,
Dwight Mills, of the 4000 block of Shade Avenue
North, Sarasota, was running from Bradenton
Beach police officers, who were in the process
of pulling Mills over on Gulf Drive for a broken
But Mills would not stop and instead tried
to flee from the BBPD. Police caught up to him
and boxed him in just south of the Cortez Bridge
in the 700 block of Gulf Drive South. When a
policeman attempted to walk to Mills' car, Mills
sped away,-nearly striking the officer. Mills then
went over the bridge and was eastbound on
Cortez Road West.
Bradenton Beach police terminated the pur-
suit as Mills crossed the bridge. Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies picked up the pursuit
after BBPD issued a wanted bulletin.
FHP later reported Mills lost control of his
vehicle and began to rotate at about 100th Street
West, traveled across the westbound lanes of
Cortez Road and struck a concrete wall at the
entrance to Casco Dorado Apartments at 99th
Street West and Cortez Road.
He then attempted to leave the scene again but
struck another concrete wall at the same apartment
After Mills' car came to rest, he left the vehi-
cle and fled the scene on foot. He was captured
and held briefly by an apartment resident.
The two girls in the car had not been harmed,
according to the sheriff's office, but one of them
suffered an ankle injury and was taken to Blake
Medical Center for treatment.
The FHP said it charged Mills with careless
driving and leaving the scene of a crash.
Bradenton Beach police said it would be
charging Mills with more serious crimes: aggra-
vated assault on a law enforcement officer, reck-
less driving and attempted kidnapping. One of the
girls had wanted to get out of the car, but Mills
wouldn't let her, reports said.
More charges may be added after police and
deputies investigate the circumstances of the two
girls in the car with Mills.
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also visited Spain, France, Greece and Croatia. He is a former Bradenton Beach city commissioner, and cur-
rently chair of the city's code enforcement board.
Manager lack sets Island apart
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
rier island/beach resort municipalities with a popula-
tion between 1,000 and 10,000 that do not have a city
manager or town administrator.
According to data from the Florida League of
Cities, research found there are 19 incorporated munici-
palities with a population of between 1,000 and 10,000
on Florida's barrier islands and beaches. Of those cities,
16 (84.2 percent) have a city manager/administrator to
handle the daily affairs of the city.
That leaves just the three Island cities in the "do
not have" category. In fact, two Florida barrier island
cities with populations of less than 1,000 have a city
manager, according to the FLC.
But not Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach or Holmes
Beach, with respective estimated 2005 populations of
1,814. L588-and 5,014. the FLC figures said.
Of Florida's 410 municipalities, 270 or 65.8 per-
cent, ha\e a cit% manager'admini'trator, said Lynn
Tipton of the Florida City anid Counts Management
Association. For cities-- ith a population bet\w een 5,000
"and 150,000, the figure rises to 95 percent.
Florida barrier island and beach resort cities and
all Florida cities ha\e increasingly favored a city
"manager'administrator form of government in the recent
s ears because of the gro\ ing difficulty of managing day-
to-da\ operations and long-term development, she said.
Since 1985. all ne\I 1N incorporated Florida cities have
adopted a cit. manager form of government, she said.
"The complexity isnow overwhelming," said
Tipton, particularly for cities:v. ith a parttime mayor
and city commission and no city manager Dealing with
the ever-growing number of federal, state and county
agencies and accompanying regulations can cause city
governments a considerable headache and strain its
ability to provide for its residents.
S "Cities are in the business of delivering services,"-
and these issues have made those services extremely
complicated in recent years, especially for Florida bar-
rier island and bea6h communities, Tipton said.
Hurricanes, emergency evacuations and operations,
en\ ironniental and wetlands issues, the Federal Emer-
gency Managemen"t Agency and the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection, growth manage-
ment, de\ elopment and.redevelopment and tourism
and its related issues are just some of the problems
and agencies that barrier islands face that many inland
communities don't have to deal with on a regular basis,
Tourism and growth management are extremely
important for Florida barrier island cities.
About 1,150 people move to Florida each week and
the vast majority want to live within 30 miles of the
beach. Add in the 76 million tourists that visit Florida
annually and Florida beach resorts and island communi-
ties are under stress, particularly the smaller ones, she
A Florida beach municipality has to deal not just
with its own residents, but the transient population that
tourism brings. This can put a severe strain on city ser-
vices, infrastructure and daily operations, particularly
during the summer and winter tourist seasons, Tipton
But a city manager may not be a "cure all" for a
city's ills. Tipton cautioned that no two Florida cities
are the same. What works for one might not work for
For a city to hire a city manager/administrator,
"Studies should show that a manager can make the day-
to-day operation of the city better," she said. The key is
if a city manager-administrator can deliver services for
the city, handle other governmental agencies and laws,
and deal with funding and grant programs better than a
parttime mayor or council member.
Florida cities must decide: "What is the priority
of the city?" and "What does the public want?" before
turning to a city manager/administrator, Tipton said.
That said, however, Tipton was a bit taken back to
learn that in the 1,000 to 10,000 population for Florida
beach-barrier island municipalities, only Anna Maria
Island cities do not have a city manager.
"I'm surprised that the three that do not have a
manager are all on the same island. I know we've had
some of our retired city managers [Range Riders] go
speak to some of those cities a few years ago when they
showed some interest," she said. '
Apparently, Florida barrier island and beach resort
cities other than those on Anna Maria now agree
a manager does deliver better services for the city, even
those with small populations.
Barrier island/beach cities in the 1,000 to 10,000
population category that retain a city manager/adminis-
trator include Flagler Beach, Gulf Breeze, Juno Beach,
Longboat Key, Madeira Beach, St. Augustine Beach,
Sanibel and St. Pete Beach, among others. Tiny Belleair
Beach, with a population of just 1,750 people, recently
added a city manager to its government.
Island cities, however, have long maintained that
they don't need a city manager and can't afford one
anyway, an argument that Tipton finds difficult to
Because of higher property values, Florida barrier
island/beach resort cities generally have annual bud-
gets much greater than many inland communities of
the same size that do have a city manager.
Professional city managers, howe er. don'tcome
According to the FCCMA, the average city, man-
ager/administrator salary in Florida is $83.000 per year.
For Florida barrier island municipalities with apopula-
tion between 1,000 and 10,0.00, the average city man-
ager/administrator salary rises to $89,000 annually.
But as Range Rider Dick Simmons once told the
Holmes Beach City Commission, "If you think :you
can't afford one, that's why you need. one."
Both the Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach city
commissions in the recent past have rejected hiring a
city manager, while Anna Maria has a provision in its
charter for an administrative assistant to the mayor,
subject to commission approval.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and Holmes Beach
Mayor Carol Whitmore have both campaigned for a
city manager or administrator for their respective cities,
but without success.
By Paul Roat
Planning commissioners in Bradenton Beach have
recommended the city commission deny the construc-
tion of two Gulffront duplexes in the city.
By a unanimous vote July 11, the board recom-
mended denial of the proposed large-scale amendment
to the city's comprehensive plan that would be needed
to allow the duplexes.
Developers of the proposed units at 1402 and 1404
Gulf Drive, Island Inc. and Beach Development Inc.,
appeared before Bradenton Beach officials in 2000 to
request rezoning of the property. The lots were once
thought to be part of the Bermuda Bay development
across Gulf Drive, but ownership transferred to two
Developers claimed in 2000 that a scrivener's error
had the property zoned for preservation within the city's
comprehensive plan, which also states the area consists
of special soils that should preclude development of any
City officials eventually denied the request. The
developers took the matter to court, where a circuit
court judge upheld the city's denial. On appeal, though,
the matter was reversed and the city was ordered to
allow the original request, which was a small-scale
comprehensive plan amendment.
However, when the change was forwarded to the
Florida Department of Community Affairs,.the agency
in charge of comp plans within the state, it determined
the matter was not at all a small comp-plan amendment,
but a large-scale amendment.
The process began again at the planning and zoning
board level earlier this year due to that decision. The
P&Z recommendation will be presented to the city
commission for consideration, probably next month.
Anna Maria City
July 24, 5 p.m., city commission meeting on budget.
July 24, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
July 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
July 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Second reading and public hearing on out-of-door
lodgings, pier update, consent agenda and commis-
July 20, 2 p.m., city commission meeting on budget.
July 24, 2 p.m., city commission meeting on budget.
July 25, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
July 26, 2 p.m., city commission meeting on budget.
July 26, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
July 27, 4:30 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
July 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
July 20, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire and Rescue Dis-
trict Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
July 24, 9:30 p.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization meeting, Manatee Convention
Qualifying for various city commission or mayoral
positions in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Hol-
mes Beach began at noon Monday, July 17, and will
end at noon Friday, July 21.
4 0 JULY 19, 2006 T THE ISLANDER
By Diana Bogan
A string-of vehicle burglaries were reported Tues-
day, July ,11, in Bradenton Beach by Lt. John Cosby
of the Bradenton Beach Police Department. He stated
ihat the targeted vehicles showed no signs of forced
entry and it appeared the burglaries were related.
The first of five burglaries took place Monday
night in the parking lot of Silver Surf Motel, 1301
Gulf Drive N. The owner of a Toyota truck found
the driver's side door of his vehicle open. Reportedly
stolen were a radar detector, compact discs and a stash
of pill bottles containing Percocet, Soma, morphine
The burglar returned Tuesday to Silver Surf Motel,
stealing a checkbook, compact disc player and several
CDs from a two-door Acura. The vehicle owner told
police he found the vehicle's alarm had been deacti-
At Runaway Bay condominiums, 1801 Gulf Drive
N., a woman reported that she discovered her unlocked
two-door Toyota Avalon was entered during the night
and two bank bags containing $2,000 were missing.
According to the report, it appeared the burglar went
through every item within the vehicle and the trunk.
Two more burglaries reportedly took place in the
400 block of 20th Place North. Both vehicles there
had been unlocked. From the first auto, the stereo was
removed. From the second, two Game Boys, more
than 20 games and four Disney World passes were
... and 'person of interest' later nabbed
in hit and run in Holmes Beach
By Diana Bogan
Kyle Dale, 19, of Bradenton Beach, was
arrested Wednesday, July 12, on a slew of charges,
including battery of a law enforcement officer,
leaving the scene of an accident, and intent to sell
a controlled substance.
Dale was reportedly
involved in an altercation
0 bat 5406 Marina Drive and,
e e upon leaving the scene in a
Dodge Intrepid, he struck
Sh another vehicle parked
Mane Cin the Island Shopping
Holmes Beach Officer
Kyle Dale Joel Pierce was approach-
ing the Island from the mainland, driving in the
11000 block of ManateeAvenue, when he said
he saw the gold car matching the one witnesses
reported seeing leave the shopping center. From
previous information given on the suspect, Pierce
said he knew Dale had a felony warrant from
Manatee County and no valid driver's license.
Pierce and Holmes Beach Officer James
Cumston pulled in near Dale at the Timesaver
store on Perico Island and requested his identifi-
cation. At this time, Dale identified himself using
what officers were already aware was his brother's
According to the report, when Cumston
attempted to place handcuffs on Dale, he resisted
by not placing his hands behind his back, so the
officers had to forcefully place his hands behind
his back. Dale reportedly then attempted to flee and
during the struggle to apprehend him, both officers
received some minor injuries.
Upon searching the defendant's car, the offi-
cers found a plethora of contraband, including pre-
scription Tylenol, morphine, Soma and Oxycodone.
There was also a list of pills and their prices, more
than $300 in cash and a plastic bag containing 7.3
grams of marijuana.
According to the report, post-Miranda, Dale
boasted to officers that he was a known drug dealer
in the area and claimed to earn $1,000 a week sell-
ing prescription pills. Based on the evidence found
in the vehicle and the defendant's admission, offi-
cers charged him with intent to sell a controlled
substance in addition to leaving the scene of an
accident and battery of a law enforcement officer.
Other items believed to be stolen were also
found in the vehicle. A radar detector was found in
Dale's possession that was identified as one stolen
on Monday, July 10, from a vehicle at the Silver
Surf Motel in Bradenton Beach.
In a final twist, the Dodge Intrepid Dale was
driving was also reported stolen. The owner of the
vehicle told police she had left the car in her drive-
way with the key unsecured inside. She signed an
affidavit stating that Dale did not have permission
to use the vehicle, nor did she have any knowledge
of any illegal drugs or stolen property found in the
Auto theft was added to the charges against
'Top Notch' photo entries due this week
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win and some prizes!
Only two weeks of winning pictures remain to be featured
on the cover of The Islander and one photo will be a.grand
prize winner with prizes and gift certificates awarded by the
newspaper and local merchants, including $100 from The Is-
lander, framing of the winning photo by Decor and More, a
dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of cham-
pagne from Anna Maria Island Liquors and a dining certificate
from the Chiles Group.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the next deadline July 21. 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-
clude abstract photos, still life pictures, landscapes and scenic,
candid unposed snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid pics, sen-
timental moments and moments of personal triumph.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly to
Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via.e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or on CD. No retouching, enhancements or computer ma-
nipulation is allowed.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants must submit the label information in
the text of the e-mail, one photo attachment per e-mail.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified. Ad-
ditional photo labels are available at the newspaper office
or they may be copied.
Top notch past winner
Susan Brownewell of Anna Maria won the weekly
contest in 2005 with '"Dripping Wet."
Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo Contest
is strictly for amateur-photographers. Amateur photographers
are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan.
1, 2004, are eligible. This allows for extended eligibility. Photos
previously published (in any format/media) or entered in any
Islander or other competitions are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera. No
retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permitted of
negatives, prints or electronic photo files; no composite pictures
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.
or multiple printing will be accepted. Digital photos may be submit-
ted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or CD) or a printed
photograph. Slide (transparency) photos are not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be written
clearly, in ink, on the contest label and affixed to the back of each
print, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the digital
photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. Mail entries to
The Islander Top Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. E-mail digital entries to email@example.com.
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islaridermay publish
their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish
the original negative or original digital image if requested by the
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.
contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of
The Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islander and
contest sponsors assume no responsibility for negatives, CDs
or photo prints.
Entrant must know the name and address of any recogniz-
able persons appearing in the-picture and those must be en-
closed/attached with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family
members are not eligible to enter the contest.
7) Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the win-
ners. Any cash prize won by a minor will be awarded to a parent
or guardian. Prize rights are not transferable.
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
-entry is in compliance with them.
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THE ISLANDER U JULY 19, 2006 5 5
Anna Maria commissioner questions budget process
By Rick Catlin
At the Anna Maria budget workshop July 11, Com-
missioner Duke Miller said he was confused.
He said the proposed 2006-07 budget should show
increases based upon actual or projected expenditures,
not what was allocated in last year's budget. That's
misleading, he indicated.
"Why are we playing this mirrors game? I don't
understand. Where is this coming from?" he asked.
Actually, replied Commissioner Dale Woodland,
this is how the budget has always been done.
Mayor SueLynn chimed in that Miller has been
involved in the budget process for the past three years
and had not previously voiced an objection.
Miller, however, was not swayed. He wants the
draft budget to reflect increases based upon what is
actual or projected spending.
Woodland argued that he's been aware for years
that budget increases are based upon allocated amounts,
but Miller's idea can't be used for every line item.
The mayor agreed to have a column for each line
item on the budget showing increases over actual or
projected spending, in addition to presenting the per-
centage increase over the previous budget.
The real issue of the meeting, however, was how
to cut the proposed $2.47 million budget enough to
keep a reserve fund of 35 percent. City treasurer Diane
Percycoe said if the proposed budget is adopted in its
entirety, the reserve fund would only be 25.7 percent.
The proposed milage rate is 2.0 mils, the same as in last
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value on
Commission Chairman John Quam said it was
apparent the commission would have to slash thou-
sands of dollars from the budget to reach the 35 percent
reserve fund goal.
That prompted SueLynn to reply that she knows
what happens when the commission starts cutting the
Commissioners questioned the city's maintenance
contract for lawn services and slashed that amount by
$2,000, from $30,000 to $28,000.
The mayor said she didn't know if the contractor
would accept the lower amount and noted that when the
contract was bid, the firm selected was the lowest by
thousands of dollars. Using an outside contractor allows
the city to save about $40,000 annually in salary and
benefits because it does not have to hire an additional
Commissioners also questioned a number of pro-
posed increases for staff overtime, travel and storage
rental, but saved the major cuts for fixed assets.
The commission cut $6,500 from the budget by
declining to purchase two additional satellite telephones
for emergencies, opting instead for just one phone. That
move will also save $1,125 per year in communications
But the big slash came when commissioners opted
to remove the $28,000 budgeted for a boat for the Man-
atee County Sheriff's Office substation to patrol Anna
Maria near-shore waters and canals.
The mayor, who has long campaigned for the boat
in prior budgets, said the city is surrounded by water,
but the MCSO deputies have no way of enforcing the
law in waterways and canals. In addition, there's a
She noted that while Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach both have boats, those were acquired by grants
from the West Coast Inland Navigation District. The
city has previously applied for a boat grant, but WCIND
replied that money is no longer available for a boat,
Quam said the back-up information on purchasing
the boat was inappropriate, the city doesn't have the
manpower to staff the boat, and the MCSO has a boat
that patrols area waters.
A frustrated SueLynn told commissioners to just
"take it out" of the budget.
Commissioners had only reviewed about half of
the budget by the time the meeting ended. Other budget
workshops are scheduled for July 18 and 25.
Terry Hayes of SkySothe-
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home at 108 13th St. for
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Run, run, run -
who will run?
It's that time of year again, the time when we can
prove to ourselves and the world that we are indeed a
It is mid-week of qualifying for candidates as you
read this. Although it's classed as a mid-term election for
many federal offices, there are still key state, regional and
county offices up for grabs. Congress for one, governor
and key Florida Cabinet seats for another.
And then there is the Manatee County Commission
race and, of particular interest to Islanders, seats on all
three city commissions and openings for two mayors.
In years past, elections on the Island have been lively
affairs. Not too long ago, Anna Maria City saw about 1
percent of its electorate qualify to run for city commission.
Ten candidates total at one point.
But we've got a sparse turnout of announced candi-
dates so far this election cycle. In fact, Bradenton Beach
has two seats up for grabs, and two folks with.a willing-
ness to serve. No election (again) there, so far.
Anna Maria at least has two people vying for the
vacant mayor's post, and maybe three seeking the two
Holmes Beach is no better, with the mayor seat and
two commission posts up, but with only one bidder for
mayor and, although a couple more have shown "interest,"
only two candidates have "declared" for the two seats on
the commission. It's not much of a race.
Islanders have always been a feisty bunch, and elections
have always fed the flames of that particular political fire.
We've had some memorable elections and campaigns
here in the past. There was that year when the incumbents
were defeated and the mayor packed up boxes of city hall
records and took them home with him.
And the time that a candidate's entire political plat-
form consisted of the statement, "I like the tourists!"
Cynics will undoubtedly point out that those of us
in the news business like heated campaigns so we've got
something to print. In reality, debates on issues 'provide
insight, different perspectives, to the matters of interest
in any government.
Fresh faces, fresh ideas, fresh thinking. The concept
is a pivotal element of democracy.,
The real question, though, is two-edged: Is the way
things are being handled in the three Island cities so
comfortable to voters that there is no perceived need for,
change? Or are voters just so apathetic that no one cares
what happens at city hall?
You decide for yourself. You've got until noon ,
Just remember, a year from now you may be wishing
you'd been a part of this process.
And don't forget to vote. The primary balloting is in
September and the elections are Nov. 8.
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SLICK '... and in this corner' By Egan
New leadership needed
I just need to comment on the art festival that was
supposed to happen in Bradenton Beach. I cannot
believe Mayor Crappie (sic) and his gang, they are
stuck in the Dark Ages.
This is not the first time they have stopped a cul-
tural event from happening. What is it that they want
this area to be? Certainly not in the esteem of an art
community. As local artists living here we were count-
ing on that festival to help show our work and bring
more recognition to our Island.
The commission (Lisa Marie Phillips excluded) can
approve a developer's plans without a second.thought,
but heaven forbid an art show to bring culture and
diversity. They seem to have thriving business here
but don't help anyone else.
- I- for one cannot wait for that administration to be
gone and will work to vote in a new progressive council
that wants to help this end of the Island move forward.
Sheila Young, Bradenton Beach
Tell it like it is
There are many very good saltwater fishermen in
this area, some of them working as professional guides.
I'm sure they are all very qualified but they don't have
a lock on fishing ability.
It appears to me that last year's red tide has done
long-lasting damage to our waters and that fishing for our
"resident" species, i.e., redfish, snook, sea trout, ladyfish,
jacks, is much poorer than normal. Very good fishermen
I know are struggling and feel that catching one good
"resident" game fish now constitutes a good day.
Yet, when you read the fishing reports in our Island
paper, a few of the guides who contribute suggest that
fish are practically jumping into their boats. How can
this be, i.e., good fishermen are being skunked while
certain guides have to fight them off?
I've fished in saltwater for 60-plus years, having
lived in New England, New Jersey, South Carolina and
now Florida. All those areas have publications that carry
fishing reports contributed by guides, tackle stores, bait
shops, etc. It doesn't take long to decide which guides
are providing solid advice versus those who are embel-
lishing their results. Generally I ignore the comments of
guides who never miss, those who always fill the boat.
All fishermen strike out sometime.
In normal times I wouldn't care if fishing reports
were more sales jobs than actual.facts. However, these
aren't normal times after 10 months of red tide. In Tal-
lahassee, they are discussing budget allocations for red
tide research. I it in anyone's best interest for our state
government to hear that red tide, no matter how severe,
has no long-term effects on our ocean?
Also, those contributors to fishing reports that have
been saying that snook are out on the Island beaches
in their spawning ritual obviously haven't been out on
Island beaches. Snook can't live on love alone, so they
are staying where there is bait.
I think now is the time for guides, tackle shops,
. bait stores and fishing piers to tell it like it is with zero
Bill Chable, Anna Maria
Still waiting for action
We have begged, pleaded and so on for a simple
request since May 2005 to Commissioner Dale Wood-
land and George McKay, building inspector, for "cat
eyes" reflectors to be placed in the median (only main
two-lane thoroughfare Pine Avenue/Gulf Drive to con-
nect at Holmes Beach). Even paint would help.
I'm sure they (city officials) have met in session in
the past 13 months.
Anyone who has experienced medical emergencies
will I am sure agree, and would gratefully appreciate
driving on the right side of the street at night or when
the roads are totally under water.
Also the city pier is inaccessible for handicapped
(half the Island).
Will someone do something? Election time is near
(if anyone runs), remember.
Pat Cain, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 19, 2006 M 7
Anna Maria City to cut some pine trees
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners at their July 13
meeting agreed that a contract to remove some Austra-
lian pines in the city's Gulffront Park should proceed.
Environmental Education and Enhancement Com-
mittee chairman Tim Eiseler said the contract was
approved by the city commission last year and the
$3,850 for removing the pines is in the committee's
Removing some Australian pines in the park will
help restore the natural habitat of the area and the tar-
geted pines are not a haven or rookery for any birds,
said Eiseler, who has a degree in forestry manage-
But removing any Australian pines is certain to
create controversy, indicated Mayor SueLynn.
"Let the public know," she said, that only nine Aus-
tralian pines will be removed and none are higher than
six feet, they do not provide any shade for visitors to
the park, and none of them are along Gulf Boulevard.
They are all located on city property in the park.
The public, however, seems to react negatively
whenever any Australian pines are removed anywhere
in the city.
SueLynn said when Florida Power and Light
recently performed its regular trimming of the pines
to keep its power lines free of interference along Gulf
Boulevard, the city was flooded with calls from citi-
zens who were irate that Australian pines were being
"Brace yourselves" for the reaction,- the mayor
advised the commission.
Daylight plane ordinance
The commission also gave the go-ahead to city
planner Alan Garrett to create a "daylight plane" ordi-
nance for new commercial and residential construction
that would require a vertical setback to any second and
third floor elevation. The proposed ordinance is mod-
eled after a similar measure Garrett prepared for Sara-
sota County that was subsequently adopted.
Community Center struggles
with rising costs
Expansion costs of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, once estimated at $2.5
million, have now risen to nearly $5 million,
due to the escalating cost of construction ma-
terials, particularly concrete.
In addition, the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency is requiring the center to
flood-proof the gymnasium, an effort that will
cost about $500,000.
That was the "bad news" that Anna Maria
City Commissioner Chris Toilette reported to
the city commission July 13.
But the community center isn't quitting,
said Toilette, and that's the "good news."
The center has already raised $2.4 million
in pledges and commitments for the expan-
sion and negotiated the re-bid of the contract
down to $4.1 million. It's also obtained a line
of credit from the Northern Trust Bank for $2
million and plans to go ahead with the project,
Toilette did note that it would be interest-
ing to see what would happen if the AMICC
defaulted on its line of credit, since the city
owns the land.
"It would mean the bank would be running
the community center. That would be interest-
ing," she observed.
Other municipalities that have a daylight plane
ordinance include Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
and Longboat Key.
Garrett said the Longboat Key ordinance was too
restrictive, while the Holmes Beach ordinance had little
flexibility for the builder.
Essentially, the ordinance would require that as a
new building goes up, it must go inward at various
levels of construction. The building plane would be 45
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Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested the ordi-
nance also encompass new construction in the retail-
Garrett will present his draft ordinance to the plan-
ning and zoning board for review and comments before
returning the issue to the city commission at its Aug. 8
Overlay ordinance district
The commission received the opinion report from
attorney Nancy Stroud on its proposed coastal over-
lay district, but because city attorney Jim Dye was not
present at the worksession, commissioners agreed to
wait for his legal counsel before discussing Stroud's
Commissioner Duke Miller, however, said he was
"disappointed" with Stroud's report, as it appears to be
both positive and negative about the COD.
"I don't know what she's saying," he observed.
There is a lot of "yes, but" in the report.
"Well, we didn't pay her to paint a rosy picture,"
replied Commissioner Dale Woodland.
The commission will get the data Stroud used for
her report and discuss the issue at its July 27 meeting.
SueLynn reported that the current drainage project
on North Shore Drive from Spring Avenue to Willow
and Pine avenues is going well. There have been few
complaints from residents, costs are coming in below
projections, and the contractor is expected to finish by
"They are doing a super job," she said.
The city can also save some money by having
the contractor immediately begin the North Shore-
Gladiolus drainage project when the current project is
completed. The contractor would not have to store its
equipment and set it up again if it could start the second
project right away, she said.
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8 M JULY 19, 2006 T THE ISLANDER
Revised Anna Maria comp plan heads to commission
By Rick Catlin
It may have taken nearly two and
a half years, but Anna Maria's revised
comprehensive plan is now ready for city
commission review and public hearings.
The planning and zoning board held
its own public hearing on the plan July
10 and, following a lengthy debate on the
future land use map and element, agreed
to forward the document to the city com-
mission with no major changes.
A number of residents, particu-
larly those on Palmetto Avenue, spoke
against changing the designated use on
the FLUM on Gulf Drive between Pal-
metto and Pine Avenue to retail-office-
residential. The residents preferred the
current residential use be maintained.
Of particular concern was the
northwest corner of the Palmetto Av-
enue-Gulf Drive intersection three
properties. At one time, the board con-
sidered placing these lots in the pro-
posed ROR district.
"Keep business uses out of resi-
dential areas," said Steven Stanley of
Palmetto Avenue, a sentiment echoed
by Robin Wall and a number of other
Palmetto Avenue residents.
"Keep the residential character" of
the area, exclaimed John Kimberly, and
don't expand the ROR district.
But at least two property owners in
the area, Betsy Hill and City Commis-
sioner Linda Cramer, said in letters to
the city that they supported a change to
ROR for those lots.
The board disagreed and kept those
lots as residential on the FLUM, while
approving ROR for the west side of Gulf
Drive from midway between Palm and
Palmetto Avenue to Pine Avenue and the
east side of Gulf Drive from Pine to Pal-
While the majority of residents in
the Palmetto Avenue area argued against
ROR, property owners elsewhere in the
city were trying to get their areas desig-
nated ROR instead of the current com-
Attorney David Meyer and profes-
sional planner Jan Norsohp, representing
the Nally family on Spring Avenue, argued
that an ROR designation for that road
would "create compatability" with the
residential use in the area of their home.
The board, however, was not
Board member Sandy Mattick said
the Nallys were granted an exception by.
the city commission a number of years
ago to build a residence in a commercial
zone, but were told "don't come back and
complain" about the commercial charac-
ter of the area. The Sandbar Restaurant
is located at the end of Spring Avenue.
Likewise, the board was not swayed'
by a plea from attorney Diane Harrison
of the Mackey Law Group, representing
LBK Realty, owners of five lots on North
Bay Boulevard immediately north of Pine
Avenue. The real estate company requested
that the designation of its lots be changed
from commercial to ROR in the comp plan,
but the board wasn't interested.
A request by attorney Craig Colburn,
representing the Olesen family at 504 S.
Bay Blvd., to have the board update the
comp plan to show the width of the beach
access at his clients' property was turned
aside. City attorney Jim Dye said the
issue of beach access is not something
that's part of the comprehensive plan.
"This is an issue between the prop-
erty owner and the city and is outside
the scope of the comprehensive plan,"
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Anna Maria's proposed future land use map would add retail-office-residential areas.
Board chairperson Fran Barford
agreed. "This is not what we are here
for. This is a dispute and we are not able
to deal with this tonight."
The board also cleared up any mis-
understanding that it is eliminating the
medium-density residential category in
the city and thereby making duplexes ille-
gal. All the revised comprehensive plan
does is lower the maximum density from
eight units per acre to six units per acre.
"Duplexes are not an issue" for the
land use section of the comprehensive
plan, said Tony Arrant, the professional
planner who has guided the city through
the comprehensive plan revision process
The current duplexes in the city,
however, will be "grandfathered" and
can be rebuilt or remodeled. In addition,
new duplexes can still be built as long
as, the density requirements of the com-
prehensive plan are met, Arrant noted.
Board members also declined to
include a request by the city's environ-
mental education and enhancement com-
mittee that its formation and activation
be included in the comprehensive plan.
Problems could arise if the committee
failed to have enough members, sug-
The board did agree, however, to
recommend to the city commission that
the request be included in the plan when
formally adopted by the commission.
The board did make one adjustment
to the comnprehenti, e plan, changing the
maximum amount of annual debt service
from 15 percent of annual revenues to 10
Once finalized and approved by
the commission, the revised plan goes
to the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs in Tallahassee for review
and final approval, barring any changes
requested by the DCA.
Anna Maria comp plan
workshop July 24
Anna Maria City Commission
Chairman John Quam has sched-
uled the first commission workses-
sion on the proposed comprehen-
sive plan revisions from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Monday, July 24.
Commissioners will get their
first opportunity to discuss the
comprehensive plan as recom-
mended by the planning and zon-
Quam said he expects several
worksessions will be needed be-
fore the commission is ready to
schedule the public hearings.
Barford thanked all the volunteer
members of the ad-hoc committee that pre-
pared and analyzed the data that went into
creating the draft comprehensive plan and
congratulated board members for their time
and effort in reviewing the document.
The comprehensive plan revision
process began in March 2004.
'Up and away' for sales, views at Palma Vista
Gail Sterling, center, and Sharon Harris, right, real estate agents for Palma Vista
on Palma Sola Bay, are ready to fly "Above the Crowd" in the Re/Max balloon on
Sunday. Sterling and Harris hosted some 100 guests for a "balloon's eye view" of
the views offered by a Palma Vista home. Sterling said he met four new clients that
will eventaully amount to more than $3 million dollars worth of sales for the week-
end." Islander Photos: Re/Max and Nancy Ambrose
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 19, 2006 9 9
Haley's stirs up pool, fitness, fun
Islander Reporter A
Summer workouts might slide by the wayside -..
for those who say it's too hot to jog or too humid to
bike, but there are no excuses at Haley's Motel and
Resort where Islanders are taking fitness classes into
Rik Johns, a licensed personal trainer and group
fitness instructor with 25 years of experience, is leading
an hour-long aqua fitness class at 10 a.m. every Satur-
day. Participants are asked to reserve their spot prior
to class since the pool can only accommodate approxi-
mately seven adults comfortably. An additional evening
class will begin this week at 6 p.m. Tuesday. '
Johns was training the owner of Haley's Motel,' -
Sabine Musil-Buehler, and, one afternoon, he suggested ,.,..
they take the workout to the pool. Unsure at first, Musil-
Buehler quickly realized they could do all the same: '
exercises in the pool with the added benefit of water
resistance. By the end of her session, she decided this
was something worth offering to everyone. -1 M I:A
The class is open to guests of the resort as well as
the general public and has been under way since June.
Musil-Buehler said she has even had guests book pri-
Rik Johns brings his fitness training expertise to Haley's Motel and Resort where he leads weekly aqua fitness
classes. Jones has 25 years experience as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Islander Photos:
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Use your noodle
Aqua fitness classes offer a way to get toned, improve
cardiovascular health and stay cool. No one will even
notice if you break a sweat, but it's an "awesome"
workout, according to participants, including, front
row, from left, Melissa Snyder and Sabine Musil-Bue-
hler, and back row, from left, Tina Rudick and Mer-
vate sessions with Jones.
Johns notes that the class is appropriate for people
at all fitness levels. The water is gentle on joints and is
very low impact, yet you get a total body workout that
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"That's why I come," said Islander Melissa Snyder.
"I have arthritis and this is low impact and gives you a
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"When I came the first time, I thought it would be a
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Johns is "fantastic" as an instructor and that being in
the pool is a "no-sweat" workout. At least, you can't
tell, they joke.
Johns said recently an 82-year-old woman vacation-
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Forgive Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Board Chairman Don Schroder if he feels a bit like
Capt. Kirk of Star Trek fame.
Schroder is trying to "boldly go where no man has
gone before" in getting the three Island cities to discuss
Schroder and the chamber have agreed to act as
the "facilitator" to get discussion of consolidation of
services among the three cities started again and
He said he's received approval from each of the
three mayors to start dialog with each city's cham-
ber liaison member to "ascertain areas of common
"I had the opportunity to work with each of the liai-
sons through chamber activities and felt that we could
work as a team to find and explore areas of mutual civic
compatibility. I was not disappointed," he said.
Schroder said the chamber has formed the All Island.
Strategic Planning Initiative with city commissioners
Duke Miller of Anna Maria, Bill Shearon of Braden-
ton Beach and David Zaccagnino of Holmes Beach as
core members. All three are commission liaisons to the
The idea of the initiative and team is to "put aside
personal agendas" and find common ground to begin
discussing requests by citizens of each city for "more
efficient and effective municipal services," he said. The
chamber is simply acting as the moderator and facilita-
The AISPI mission will be to "find, explore and
recommend potential opportunities [for consolidation]"
which will benefit all three cities when enacted.
No decisions will be reached by the AISPI without
a consensus, he said.
But Schroder isn't exactly "boldly going where no
... and Holmes Beach
mayor advises to
'keep doors open'
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach City Commission meeting
July 11 was lackluster until commissioners opened
fire regarding the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce's offer to facilitate a dialogue between the
three Island city governments to provide more efficient
Don Schroder, chairman of the chamber, circulated
a press release stating the chamber's desire to "assist
in moving discussions concerning citizen's requests
for more efficient and effective municipal services for-
ward." Schroder further noted he had received approval
from each of the Island's three mayors to start a dialog
with each commission's chamber liaison member.
According to Schroder, the dialogue is intended to
determine areas of common ground between the three
This initiative on the chamber's part brought Com-
missioner David Zaccagnino under the scrutiny of Com-
mission Chairman Rich Bohnenberger. Zaccagnino is
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ing on the Island joined the workout. "She completed
the whole class, she was so fit," remarked Musil-Bue-
Johns said he pushes participants t&challenge them-
selves, but stresses that it is important to listen to your
body's limitations. Very seldom are weekly workouts
repetitive -the routine changes to keep it interesting.
Johns said those who come on a regular basis will
notice an improvement in strength, muscle definition
and fat loss.. Musil-Buehler said she has already lost
some unwanted vacation pounds.
man has gone before."
Island consolidation and consolidation of services
have been ideas discussed since 1959, when the three
Island cities first rejected consolidating into one city,
Since then, other failed initiatives at consolidatiigL
were in the 1980s, when an attempt to form one Island
police force failed, in 1989 when formation of a com-
mittee to study consolidation was rejected by the three
cities, and again in 2003-04 when a plan to have an.
All-Island building department was derailed because
the three cities could not agree on who would be in
As Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore has said
previously, Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria fear a
Holmes Beach takeover of the Island, while Holmes
Beachkcommissioners have asked "What's in it for us?"
in any consolidation effort.
Schroder, however, believes in the adage that
while the current effort might fail, to make no effort
will surely fail. And he sees some signs of hope where
other efforts have fallen by the wayside.
S-"Therehas been a definite shift on consolidation;"
he observed, noting that at least the three cities and
respective commissioners are willing to sit down arid
. sek common ground.
Although the AISPI has already had two meetings,
Schroder said Islanders shouldn't expect a quick fix or
immediate plan. It's going to be a long process.
"It's just fiscally responsible" to make the effort
and it's what the voters want, he said, referring to the
non-binding referendum on discussing consolidation
in last year's November election that passed in both
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. The consolidation
measure was not on the Anna Maria ballot because it
was rejected by the city commission.
The AISPI meetings do not fall under Florida's
Sunshine Law as the three commissioners each repre-
sent different voting districts, noted Schroder.
Heather Rose Kirk, daughter of Kim Kirk of Anna
Maria and Lenny Kirk of Newtown, Pa., and Christo-
pher Bosner of Bradenton, are engaged and plan to
marry, in November at the Crosley Museum, Sara-
sota. He is the son of John and Mary Bosner of Bra-
denton. Both are graduates of Manatee High School,
and she is teaching at R.H. Price Elementary School
and he is with the Sarasota Family YMCA.
"It's an awesome workout," said one woman during
"And,'it's a great way to start the weekend," noted
To sign up, call Haley's Motel at 778-5405. A one-
day class costs $10-15, depending on the number of
Johns said participants should dress comfortably.
For most women, he said that is a one-piece bathing suit
or shorts that can be worn in the water. Also, he said,.
remember to wear sunscreen. Hats and aqua shoes can
be worn, too, for comfort.
Haley's Motel and Resort is located at 8102 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
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the conmission'sliaison to the chamber, which is how
he became a member of the chamber's "Core Team" for
what Schroder called the "All Island Strategic Planning
"As the liaison, I feel obligated to listen and that
it's my duty to report back to the commission," Zac-
Bohnenberger disagreed, telling Zaccagnino it
was also his duty to tell the chamber that Holmes
Beach is simply not interested in participating. "We
have the lowest tax rate and we have one of the best
public works departments in the area, not just the
Island. Anna Maria doesn't have anything to bring to
the table," he said.
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens added that
Anna Maria is "not looking to consolidate, they want
to cherry-pick services."
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore reminded
the commission that she has previously gone on record
stating that if someone else "wanted to roll with the
idea, Holmes Beach would listen, but not take the
"David is the liaison whether you agree with it
or not," Whitmore said. "You shouldn't ever close a
Bohnenberger said he would prefer to have a joint
work session with the other city commissioners than
to participate in the chamber's AISPI. "It seems we're
being roped into [participating] despite staying that
we're not interested."
"We don't even know what [the other cities] want
to do," Zaccagnino replied.
"That's my point," Bohnenberger said.
"That's why you go and listen," continued Zac-
- cagnitio. "How else do you know? There is always
room for improvement. I hear we have a lot of garbage
The mission statement of the AISPI is to find,
explore and recommend potential opportunities which
will benefit the Island as a whole, said Schroder, and
he pointed out that the core team members have agreed
that no decisions will be made without first having
achieved a consensus.
The other team members are Duke Miller from
Anna Maria and Bill Shearon from Bradenton Beach.
In the July 18, 1996, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach Mayor Leroy Arnold was in
serious but stable condition at Blake Medical Center
following emergency surgery to correct an abdominal
aortic aneurysm. Doctors said the next few days would
be critical to his recovery.
Filming of the movie "Great Expectations" star-
ting Robert DeNiro, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan
Hawke began in Cortez with the home of lifetime
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Lathrop works for better kennel regs, arson dogs
By Billy Malfese
On June 17, a fire at a kennel in Myakka City killed
27 dogs and risked the lives of 14 other canines. Kurt
Lathrop, deputy fire marshal for West Manatee Fire
and Rescue, was part of the team at Windsong Beagles
kennel trying to save the dogs affected by the fire.
Authorities inspected a gas line that was hooked
up recently to a new clothes dryer as the cause of the
Due to tragedies like this one, Lathrop and his wife
joined the National Fire Protection Association, started
about eight months ago, which is pushing for fire regu-
lations for kennels and stables.
Capt. Lathrop said fire alarms and overhead sprin-
klers should be required at any kennel for the safety
of the animals. Presently there are no guidelines for
kennels and stables to have
fire protection devices, and
that is the goal of the NFPA.
In addition, the organization
wants there to be standards
for kennels that would
include evacuation plans
and a staff that is educated
in fire safety.
"The biggest prob-
lem with fires at these ken-
Lathrop nels is that they often occur
at night when there is no
staff there," said Lathrop. The dogs have no way to
call for help with no one there, and without alarms
being required, a fire could be going on for quite some
time before it was noticed.
The final recommendations for the NFPA is in the
process of being adopted, but it could take from two to
three years to be accepted and finalized.
"Kennels should plan logistically for an emergency
and have provisions written up in a plan," states Lath-
Along with helping head up the NFPA, Lathrop has
been a K-9 handler of arson dogs for 14 years. Working
closely with Southeastern Guide Dogs, where his wife
is kennel manager, he takes the dogs that do not make
it as guide dogs and helps them become arson dogs.
The dogs are evaluated in a program with classes
in April and August that determine if they will succeed
as an arson dog. Lathrop said he's trained 33 dogs over
the years for various departments and all have been
black or yellow Labrador retrievers. West Manatee's
Capt. Kurt Lathrop and Lucky, the West Manatee
Fire and Rescue arson dog. Islander Photos: Billy
arson dog, Lucky, lives with Lathrop and has already
"inspected" 45 fires since taking on the job in Novem-
The dogs are trained to sniff out petroleum-based
products and a four-week course in Maine must be
completed before they are considered an official arson
Lathrop said that each arson dog is valued at about
$15,000 according to State Farm Insurance, but "the
time the dog saves us alone is well worth it."
Lathrop advises not to go back inside a burning
building for a pet or any material objects because they
can be replaced, but a human cannot. He also suggests
for every pet owner to have a way for their pet to get
out of the house a small doggy door, for instance
- in case of a fire.
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piano at Island
After tennis stardom, Navy, and furniture
executive, Bud Tilles is bringing talent as a pia-
nist to Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes Beach.
He opens Friday, July 21, in the Island res-
taurant for an extended engagement. "He is a
fabulous pianist and entertainer," said Ooh La
La! Bistro proprietor Damon Presswood.
Tilles first came to public attention by play-
ing championship tennis, nationally ranked as a
junior those 15 to 18 years of age.
He then attended the U.S. Naval Academy in
Annapolis, Md., in 1946, and went on to active
duty aboard an aircraft carrier and a destroyer,
serving at sea for five years.
He was a partner and chief operating offi-
cer of the furniture manufacture and distributor
John Stuart/John Widdicomb from 1953 to 1983,
then headed a small company in the housewares
Retiring to Sarasota in 1990, he became
involved in cultural and educational endeavors
there and went back to his music more or less
full time. He had been playing professionally all
through his adult life, as time allowed "which
was not enough," he said.
One of his musical thrills he recalls is play-
ing for New York Mayor Abe Beame at Win-
dows on the World in the World Trade Center.
Yellow tag sale ongoing
at Guild Gallery
The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island arnhounced
it is having a summer "Yellow Tag Sale" at its Guild
Gallery at 5413 Marina Drive in the Island Shopping
Center, Holmes Beach.
The guild artists invite everyone to "check out the
wonderful work by local artists and the reduced prices
on selected items" for this special sale, which is ongo-
ing through July 30.
Summer hours at the gallery are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Call 778-6694 for more information.
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Featured sale: This condo at 4307 Gulf Drive, Unit
207, Cayman Cay Villas, Holmes Beach, sold in
December 2003 for $240,000 and in June 2006 for
$337000 for a 40 percent increase in two and a half
years. The cost petr square foot is $328. This property
was on the market for 15 days before it sold. Islander
Photo: Jesse Brisson
Island real estate sales
106 36th St., Unit 2, Palm Gables, Holmes Beach,
a 1,832 sfla / 2,100 sfur 3bed/3.5bath/lcar Gulffront
condo built in 2006 was sold 06/13/06, Windsock LLC
to Hunters Trace Investments Inc. for $1,900,000; list
621 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,645 sfla
/ 3,350 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car bayfront home built in
1964 on a 100x177 lot was sold 06/27/06, Swanberg
to Schmoll for $1,400,000; list $1,899,000.
132 Hammock Road, Anna Maria, a 2,210 sfla /
3,203 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1981
on a 90x101 lot was sold 06/20/06, Hudson to Wheeler
for $775,000; list $799,000.
201 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,664 sfla / 2,534
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1969 on a 70x100 lot
was sold 06/27/06, Shortelle to Phillips for $654,000;
2919Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,040 sfla / 1,050
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1979 on a 50x105 lot was
sold 06/20/06, Smith to Taylor for $463,500.
4307 Gulf Drive, Unit 207, Cayman Cay Villas,
Holmes Beach, a 1,027 sfla / 1,123 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 06/29/06, Washburn to Vanderwerff for
$337,000; list $339,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-
7244. Current Island real estate transactions may also
be viewed online at www.islander.org. Copyright 2006.
New digs for Chapae
Pat Slusser of the Chapae boutique recently celebrated her purchase of Unit No. 4 at the Bayview Plaza in
Anna Maria at the intersection of Pine Avenue and South Bay Boulevard across from the City Pier. Chapae
offers "unique" jewelry and fashions in a variety of prices. For more information on Chapae, call Pat at 778-
6728. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
New student registration starts at AME next week
New student registration begins at Anna Maria
Elementary School July 24.
Students entering a Florida school for the first time
must present the following documentation:
Certified birth certificate.
Proof of a physical examination dated within the
Social Security number.
Proof of residency.
Proof of immunization.
Elementary school students are required to have
proof of the DTP/DTaP/DT, Polio, MMR/Measles,
Hepatitis B and Varicella vaccinations prior to enroll-
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Duncan celebrates five years
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Maria will hold its fifth anniversary celebration Thurs-
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Fond memories of Gibby
by an old pal
By G. Edward Saxe
When I first came to Anna Maria Island in 1977 I1, of
course, read The Islander newspaper doesn't every-
one? I fell in love not only with the Island but also The
Islander. The various articles and those contributing col-
umnists held my interest to the point of each Wednesday
I made the trek to the newsstand to pick up my weekly
dispenser of worthy happenings on our beautiful piece
In the early 80s, a new column appeared with the
headline of "Cracker Crumbs" by Gib Bergquist. Well,
now I had even more to look forward to Wednesdays,
even though jat the time I only got to visit the Island in
November. I did subscribe to the newspaper for awhile,
partly because I really enjoyed Gib's column.
Somewhere around 1983 on one of my holiday visits
I looked in the phone book for Gib Bergquist's number.
When I called and he answered, I shall never forget that
"Mr. Bergquist, when you hang up this phone you
will tell your wife you just received a call from a crack-
pot, or we will become good friends." Gib's reply was,
"I prefer the latter." That was the start of a friendship that
lasted for 23 years until his passing on June 11, 2006.
We exchanged Christmas cards, letters, jokes and
news of our families. We had the pleasure of spending
many hours in each other's homes, both on the Island
and in our home in Pennsylvania.
On his visit with his wonderful wife Madeline, they
awoke one morning and when they came in to the kitchen
I noticed Gib had a black eye which he did not have the
night before. Naturally, I assumed Madeline gave him
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a well-deserved punch in the eye, but he swore that it
happened when he was dreaming that he and his brothers
were playing football in the cow pasture as young lads
and he went out for a pass and fell out of bed and hit his
eye on the corner of the night stand. (As he said at the
time, "That's my story and I'm sticking to jt.")
His columns were interesting and informative and
most times humorous. On his 70th birthday, his bride
published a book, in cooperation with The Islander, of
a select number of his columns. The book was a success
and profits were donated to the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center (typical of Madeline and Gib not to profit
for themselves but for the community).
When the playoffs for the league were between the
Philadelphia Eagles (being from Pennsylvania, obvi-
ously I was rooting for them) and Tampa Bay Bucs (Gib,
of course, was rooting for them) I had Gib and his son
Kevin to my Island home to see the game.
The Eagles scored first and I was really being obnox-
ious to Gib about how the game was over, etc. Well, as
we all remember, that was either the last time the Eagles
scored or the Bucs scored often and won the game.
Each time the Bucs scored, Gib really let me have
it. After about three times of these verbal attacks, Kevin
said, "Dad, I think you're being a little to rough on Ed,"
to which the retired FBI agent, a man's man, Mr. Macho
Bergquist replied, "Well, he started it." We all laughed
at this obvious juvenile response.
Gib was a good friend, a wonderful family man who
loved his wife, children and grandchildren dearly and
spoke often of them with great pride. A man who con-
tributed much to the community with his time, money
and talents. I never heard an unkind remark about Gib.
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fruit from your citrus trees. Gib shared.
Gib will be missed. Gib was loved. Thank you, Gib,
for being my friend. Thank you, Gib, for telling me "I
prefer the latter" rather than telling your wife that "some
crackpot just called me."
Capt. Ralph 'John' Boozer
Capt. Ralph "John" Boozer, 49, of Bradenton, died
Born in Chicago, Ill., Capt. Boozer moved to Anna
Maria Island in 1957. He began work as a cook at the
Seafood Shack restaurant in Cortez in 1983, and helped
bring the "Showboat" dinner boat to the area from Ken-
tucky in 1986, becoming its captain. He was a member
of Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria.
Memorial, services were July 17. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA of
Manatee County Inc., 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton FL
34209, or Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc., 4210 77th St.
E., Palmetto FL 34221. Brown and Sons Funeral Home,
43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Treva; mother Elaine Pilger
of Anna Maria Island; and "children" Buddy, Sammie
and Rose Marie, his beloved cats.
Paul M. Gebbia
Paul M. Gebbia, 80, Bradenton, Fla., died June 27,
2006. Born in the Bronx, N.Y. He-served in the U.S.
Navy and was a World War II veteran. He was an exten-
sive world traveler.
A Memorial Mass with military honors will be
held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 21, at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Survivors include brother Gaetano; sister-in-law Marie
Gebbia; brother-in-law Jimmy McPartland; many nieces
and nephews; great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
Helen Maragakes, 79, of Holmes Beach, died July 9.
an author. She received bachelor and master degrees from
Hunter Cc'oige. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
There v, re no services.
She is survived by husband Chris and sister Ann
Vergos of Springhill, Fla.
Wayne Sci lin, 84, of Bradenton, died July 12.
Born in Veoua, Mo., Mr. Schelin came to Anna
Maria Island from Maine in 1998. He was a retired
accountant. He served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps in
World War II. He was Protestant.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Desoto National
Memorial, P.O. Box 15930, Bradenton FL 34280.
He is survived by wife Jane W.; daughters Barbara
of Bradenton and Peggy Jude of Denville, N.J.; son
Richard of Centennial, Colo.; six grandchildren; and
Arlene C. Vincek
Arlene C. Vincek, 73, of Bradenton, died July 12.
Born in Passaic, N.J., Mrs. Vincek moved to Man-
atee County from Clifton, N.J., in 1985. She was a
Visitation was July 16 and Funeral Mass July 17
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Brown
and Sons Funeral Home 43rd Street Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Joseph; daughter Susan
Gibson of Bradenton; son Ronald of Totowa, N.J.;
grandchildren Kristi, Greg, Casey, Brian, Amanda and
Kaitlyn; ana great-grandchild Ryan.
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'As You Like It'
Commentary by Robert Noble
The ever-resourceful Island Players has just con-
cluded its sixth annual Summer Shakespeare produc-
tion, "As You Like It," and if you missed it, you did so
at peril of your soul.
This wise, witty and warm comedy by the Bard of
Avon has been given a sparkling, bravura performance
by an enormously gifted cast, working at the top of
their talents under the inspired direction of Kelly Wynn
Woodland. The scenes tumble all over the theater, using
side stages, the back aisle, as well as all the exit doors
for the auditorium to facilitate the complicated conm-
ings and goings. Rick Kopp's scenery is helpful, except
for one ugly black curtain, but in the Forest of Arden
scenes, truly beautiful. And the scenery is aided by
Chris McVicker's evocative lighting, with vivid colors
and leafy patterns.
Woodland's inventive staging, from lyrically
romantic to low-comic bawdiness, is, quite simply, the
best work I've seen from this talented lady. In addition,
she has elicited performances from her sterling cast that
tops most of their previous work on area stages. The
ensemble performance literally took my breath away.
Corinne Woodland (yes, her daughter) moves to
the front ranks with a scintillating delineation of a spir-
ited creature (who masquerades as aboy for much of
the evening). Don't ask it's a complicated plot about
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philosophers and assorted zanys, mixing and mismatch-
ing in that enchanted forest.
Young Ms. Woodland has elegant eyes, superb
speech (as does the entire cast) and a slender body that
responds with a dancer's suppleness to the myriad emo-
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As her enamorata, Orlando, the multi-talented
Andrew Foster grew from a charming "boy-about-
town" into a man in front of our very eyes. Following
a year of incredible versatility on area stages from
the Manatee Players to Florida Studio Theatre--. he
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almost androgynously antic reading of the shepherd,
Sylvius. His Monty Python moment, kissing a column
in the auditorium, was lunacy at its height.
Mark Woodland's pleasant jollity as the singer,
Amiens; Thom Allen's ease and energy in a beau-
tifully spoken Duke Senior; Rick Kopp's amusing
comedy bits as the servant Adam; James Thaggard's
tall authority as Duke Frederich; Mike Cunnigham's
rustic thrust as wrestler, Charles, in a dynamically
staged (by Mr. Bowden) fight with Orlando; Brian
James Dennis made some very imaginative contribu-
tions as the First Lord; and Jeremy Mitchell and Seth
Smith had fun with a song-and-dance in Act 2. Sarah
McClure had some raucous vocalism as country girl
Audrey and Laura Parks brought "rock star pizzazz"
to her song at the end.
A couple of quibbles: Jeremy Heideman had a
campy flair as Le Beau, but threw away too many
lines. He acquitted himself better as his other two roles,
William and Jacques (the second). Beau Bob Bailey
showed marked improvement over-his lackluster per-
formances in last year's "Much Ado About Nothing."
As Orlando's brother Oliver, he looked wonderful and
had some striking inflections. He had a firm grip on the
character's complex psychology, with a strong, reso-
nant voice in Act 1. His Act 2 scene, on the other hand,
lost all energy of thought and voice. Who understands
the reaping of the grain?
Other happy memories: The richly layered and
sparkling pace of the mock wedding in Act 2; Foster's
mock heroics and confused looks at Ganymede/Rosa-
lind; Bowden's outrageous "takes" to the audience;
Mark Woodland's jaunty "Heigh Ho the Holly;" Pris-
cilla Boyd's best-yet costumes; Bowden's exciting
double-dagger duel; and the stunning vocal audacity
from all hands.
Alas, the play has ended its run at the small theater
in Anna Maria, but watch for these "players" to appear
again, and again. Applause for Island Players and its
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by Rick CatUn
Freedom Village resident
fought for freedom at Iwo Jima
Walter Sonnenberg had just graduated from high
school on Long Island in December 1941. He and a
buddy were sitting in a coffee shop in Bayshore when
they heard the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl
Harbor. America was now in World War II.
"Everyone started to join up. Me and my buddy
figured the Marine Corps looked like a sharp outfit, so
we signed up together. We figured it would be better
than the infantry," Walt remembers.
The two young men were sent to Parris Island
for Marine boot camp in the summer of 1942. There,
Sonnenberg discovered that while basic training in the
Army might be tough, Marine Corps training was twice
as long and four times tougher.
"Once we got used to it, it wasn't so bad and I had
my buddy there, but at times I wondered what I was
During basic, Walt and his fellow recruits learned
that the Marines had landed on Guadalcanal in the south
Pacific, the first American offensive of the war.
"We heard about the 'canal' and immediately fig-
ured that's where we'd be going."
In fact, Walter was ready to go after basic training,
but he'd done so well as a recruit, the Marines kept him
at Parris Island as a drill instructor.
"Boy, was I mad. I wanted to go with my buddies.
They were all shipping out to the south Pacific."
After a year as a drill instructor, the Marines
decided Walter would make a good officer. He was first
sent to infantry school, then to officer candidate school,
graduating as a second lieutenant in late 1943.
"I was what people called a mustang. That's a guy
who got his commission by coming up through the
ranks. I was pretty proud to get my commission."
Walt was then assigned to Dunedin, Fla., for train-
ing on amphibious landing craft. His job would be to
take the ground troops ashore during an invasion, then
swing back to the mother ship and pick up more men.
"I liked Florida. There were only a few officers in
training and Dunedin wasn't very big. Clearwater was
the big city and we got over to the beach quite a bit.
People there couldn't do enough for us."
Midway during training the Marines took about
half the men in the training camp and sent them to
Tarawa for that invasion.
Walt and his other Marines, however, would get
their turn in July 1944 when they participated in the
invasion of Saipan.
"We were nervous and scared. Everybody was, but
we had a job to do and we took comfort that our bud-
Walt Sonnenberg as a young marine during World
dies were there. Then, heading into the beach on our
first trip, we got blown out of the, water by a Japanese
Walt said it was by luck and the grace of God that
he ended up without a scratch, although the shell killed
many of his men and the troops in the landing craft.
"We were about 1,000 yards from shore and I just
swam in. There was nothing else to do. I was one of
the few who got out alive."
During the days following the invasion, Walter
would occasionally head up to the front lines at night,
participating in night combat missions and coming
under constant fire from enemy troops.
The Japanese soldiers, he noted, never surrendered.
And the Japanese civilians on Saipan committed sui-
cide by jumping off a cliff rather than to be interred by
"The Japanese told their people that we were mur-
derers, cannibals, rapists and whatever, so they didn't
want to be captured. It was horrible to see what hap-
pened at that cliff and hard to stomach. As American
soldiers, we couldn't understand why people would do
Eventually, the Marines secured Saipan, then Walt
and his fellow marines captured the nearby island of
Tinian, where the B-29 bombers would begin daily
operations to bomb mainland Japan. "Tinian was a
piece of cake compared to Saipan," he remembered.
Walt and his amphibious battalion then began train-
ing for the invasion of Iwo Jima, just 600 miles from
Iwo Jima was considered part of the mainland Japa-
nese Empire. It was also critical to the Allies because
the B-29 bombers had no place to make an emergency
landing on the 1,200 mile return trip from a bombing
mission over Tokyo.
"We were told Iwo Jim would be a 72-hour opera-
tion, but we ended up spending 34 days there," remem-
Iwo is a memory he has carried with him all his
life, and always will.
"It was miserable. The island was just a barren
piece of rock with Mount Suribachi at one end. The
Japanese were dug in underground and there was no
cover for our troops. Our guys were getting slaughtered,
but they kept going forward. The Japanese had vowed
to fight to the death and they did."
The day the United States flag went up atop Suri-
bachi, Walt remembers that you could hear the cheering
of the troops above the roar of battle.
"It sounded like a Bucs game when they score a
touchdown," he said. "It was that loud. It brought tears
to your eyes."
Ironically, the flag-raising made famous in the pho-
tograph was actually the second flag-raising that day.
The first had taken place about an hour earlier amid
little fanfare. Walt remembers that the Marine Corps
commander wanted a bigger flag to let all the troops
know the mountain had been captured,
He has read the book "Flags of our Fathers,"
by James Bennett, son of one of the six men in the
famous photograph who raised the flag on Mt. Suriba-
chi that day. Walt can sympathize with the story and
understands how hard it was for those three remaining
Marines three were later killed on Iwo Jima after the
flag-raising to adjust to civilian life.
"To this day, it's hard to explain how I feel unless
you were there. I lost a lot of good buddies on Iwo. I
saw a lot of men just get blown apart. It was tough. It
can bring tears to your eyes just thinking about it. I was
just very lucky. God brought me through. It's something
that will always be with me."
After six weeks of fighting, nearly 7,000 dead
American Marines and another 25,000 wounded, and
20,000 dead Japanese, the fighting on Iwo Jima finally
ended. Only 17 Japanese soldiers were taken alive.
Walt and his amphibious outfit then headed for
Maui, Hawaii, for some rest and relaxation. There was
also the little problem of training for the next invasion:
"Nobody was real happy about invading Japan after
Iwo, but we were Marines and we were going to do
our job. We would do anything not to let our buddies
Then came the news on Aug. 5, 1945, that the
atomic bomb had been dropped on Japan.
"We didn't know what that was, but when we found
out how much it had destroyed, we hoped that would
be it for Japan.",
On Aug. 15, 1945, Japan surrendered, touching off
a wild celebration among the 4th Division Marines sta-
tioned on Maui.
Immediately, men were discharged from the
Marines and Walter found himself back home on Long
Island. He decided to use the G.I. Bill and went to Hof-
stra University to study business. There, he met a pretty
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Walt Sonnenberg next to an Iwo Jima memorial hand
sewn by his wife. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
young Navy nurse also studying at the school. He and
Marguerite were married in 1946.
Walt eventually graduated from Norwich Univer-
sity in Vermont in 1949, but got recalled to the Marines
in 1950 when the Korean War broke out.
Luckily, he stayed in North Carolina as a training
officer for two years before being sent home from the
Marines for good.
He then accepted a commission in the U.S. Coast
Guard for four years, returned to graduate school for a
master's degree, went to work at Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology, then headed back to Florida in 1963
to help establish New College in Sarasota. He was one
of the first deans of the school.
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His son Scott went to the U.S. Air Force Academy
and spent 30 years as a fighter pilot in the Air Force.
Walt's wife Marguerite passed away six months ago.
She was buried with full military honors in Bushnell.
He considers himself a lucky man.
"I was very fortunate. I went into the Marines as a
country boy from Long Island and came out as a man.
I have no regrets. I owe everything to the Corps. I'd
fight again for my country if I had to. In the Marines,
we were blood brothers. We took care of each other
and we never left a brother behind on the battlefield.
I'm not a hero. The heroes were buried on Iwo Jima,
but I consider myself a Marine all the way and I'm
proud of it."
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Big macs being caught off beaches, reds in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Mackerel attacks are the big news in fishing right
now, with lots of catches coming from the piers and
near the beach. Redfish are also a good bet in the back-
Wahoo, dolphin and even some sailfish are being
caught while trolling in the Gulf of Mexico, and grou-
per and snapper catches are also good offshore.
Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters
said he's finding fishing to be "great for big critters on
light tackle just off the beach and within a couple of
miles from Longboat Pass and New Pass out in the calm
Gulf of Mexico. We're just tearing up big mackerel out
there on our half-day trips using jigs, cut baits and small
live baits drifted in the chum line. We've also been
catching a few triple tail and permit using pass crabs
scooped up from the surface while we're anchored over
these productive near-shore reefs. Back in the bay, there
seem to be more and more tarpon finding their way into
back channels off the flats where they can be targeted
along with snook and redfish during the early morning
and evening hours."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said, "Inshore fishing has been
good most days with catch-and-release snook, redfish
and trout for those willing to expend the energy to catch
them. Tampa Bay and the nearshore Gulf off Anna
Maria Island and Longboat Key have been giving up
good numbers of Spanish and juvenile king mackerel,
bluefish and bonito." He said he took Jim Barnett of
Bradenton and son Bill and grandson Mike from Char-
lotte, N.C., out last week for mackerel and bluefish off
the beach "and young Mike caught his first snook in
Palma Sola Bay. Bill Barnett also caught, photoed and
released a 45-pound barracuda just off Longboat Key
Capt. Thornm Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he put his charters onto some catch-and-
release 29-inch-long snook using artificial bait last
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said mackerel and red-
fish action is hot right now in the backwaters. Offshore
fishing is good for dolphin, wahoo and a few sailfish
catches in about 100 feet of water. Trolling seems to
be working the best, he said, and there were also a few
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Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said it's all mack-
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Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
the best bets there are mackerel, small sharks, bluefish,
action on the Gulf reefs." He's been catching lots of big
Spanish mackerel and sharks in the 15- to 30-pound
range, plus a few bonita and Goliath grouper in the
same areas, and large redfish around oyster bars in the
snapper and jacks. Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said Charters said he's been catching lots of red grouper,
the rain last week slowed fishing a bit, but there were gag grouper, large amberjacks, a variety of snappers,
still a few mangrove snapper caught, plus mackerel, lots of big sharks, barracudas, little tunas and client
redfish, black drum and lots of small catch-and-release Scott McCurry of Bradenton even caught a nice-sized
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include On my boat Magic, we've been catching mackerel,
redfish coming out of Palma Sola Bay on the higher lots of mangrove snapper to 16 inches, plus lots of small
tides, most being caught near the mangroves along the redfish and a few keeper-size trout.
shore. Mackerel are all along the beaches, and there is Good luck and good fishing.
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Big wave studies indicate more, bigger always out there
It would appear that rogue waves aren't all that
unique after all.
Rogue waves are big waves that occasionally form
in the deep oceans, sometimes towering as much as
200 feet in height. They aren't like a tsunami, which is
usually a deep-water earthquake event which pushes a
bubble of water at near-supersonic speeds across a body
of water until it reaches shallow water near shore, but
are more of a combination of waves that coalesce into
one monster wave.
They're an oceangoing critter, too, seldom reaching
shore. Good news for beachfront property owners, bad
news for cruise ship passengers.
The freak waves were generally thought of as being,
well, freakish, for a long time. It's only in the past few
years that scientists began to realize that rogue waves
could be anticipated, spotted and maybe tracked. Accord-
ing to the New York Times, marine researchers looked at
satellite images and worked out the data to come up with
a projection of something like 10 rogue waves working
their way along the earth's oceans every day.
Not so rogue after all.
The waves apparently form when strong ocean cur-
rents running in one direction smack into strong wind
currents. The impact causes waves to build. Sometimes,
the current-wind interaction can get an extra boost from
other waves following the initial set of surf, like a set
of railroad cars following a locomotive.
And.like a train wreck, the waves can sometimes
pile up and combine into a massively destructive force.
Just ask anybody on any of a bunch of ships that had
to deal with a rogue wave, 100 feet tall, that came out
of nowhere and pummeled the vessel.
It's estimated that dozens of ships and millions of
dollars of damage, and hundreds of lives, have been lost
to rogue waves in the past. With more and more cruise
ships plying the seas, the wave impacts can just keep
The science on all this doesn't seem that compli-
cated. You've got a strong ocean current the Gulf
Stream, or currents off Japan and South Africa.
You've got strong winds blowing into those cur-
rents something that satellite radar or even ocean
buoys can detect.
And then you've got the potential of the monster
waves something that an "aid to mariners" should
be able to pick up.
Rogue waves aren't something that last for days
or weeks, or even travel for hundreds of miles. Some
disperse in a few minutes, others in an hour or so. Lo
be the unlucky mariner that's caught in the grip of a
monster wave when it's working, though remember
As with all things scientific, more study is needed
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And then there are these waves ...
Anna Maria Island has had a rogue wave hit its
shore, but of an apparently different source than that
which causes the deep-ocean big waves.
It was March 25, 1995. A calm day on the Gulf of
Mexico, bright blue skies, lots of sun, no clouds.
About mid-morning on that Saturday, an 8-foot
wave came crashing ashore from the northwest. The
surf was about a foot except for the three or four big
combers that hammered theshore. No injuries, no prob-
lem except for a bunch of soaked towels and coolers
of beachgoers, and a personal watercraft rider who got
quite the ride while he tried to surf the freakish wave
off Passage Key.
And a guy swimming along the shore in Anna
Maria reported being tossed about and losing his
false teeth in the wave.
Whazit? Was the question.
National Weather Service gurus in Ruskin decided
that the mini-tidal wave wasn't caused by a meteor or
any other stuff falling from the sky, sometimes attrib-
uted as the cause of a big wave. No seismic activity was
Winds were light, no special current activity was
happening, no regular spur to a rogue wave event.
But NWS folks thought there might be yet another
instigator of the wave we had 11 years ago, a wave that
hit beaches from Pinellas to Collier counties: A freak
gravity wave or an equally odd dip in the jet stream into
The gravity wave a rise in atmospheric pressure
followed by a sudden drop in that pressure seemed to
move down the state that morning, meteorologists said,
with several reporting stations noting the fluctuation in
barometric pressure. To make the freakish even more
weird was that those kinds of barometer changes usu-
ally happen when there's some kind of a front, high or
low, moving around, which didn't happen that day.
Another option was even more odd: The high-speed
current of air that circles the planet several miles above
us decided to dip down to the surface and literally punch
a hole in the Gulf, spurting'out a big wave.
A gravity wave was attributed to a much bigger
tidald wave that struck Daytona Beach in 2004. Reports
indicated that wave was at a height of 20 feet, and
bystanders said it caused cars on the beach to crash
against buildings and caused significant property loss.
No one was injured, partly because the accompanying
storm drove most people from the beach before the big
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Jim Guigli of Carmichael, Calif., is the dubious
winner of the 2006 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for
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"The judges were most impressed or revolted
perhaps, by his passage about a comely/woman who
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super burrito when the door swung bpen to reveal a
woman whose body said you've had your last burrito
for a while, whose face said angels did exist, and whose
eyes said she could make you dig your own grave and
lick the shovel clean."
The contest is named for Edward George Bulwer-
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the oft-mocked, "It was a dark and stormy night,"
according to event organizers.
Oceanographic researchers figure that most of the
rogue waves found roaming around are pretty much
maxed out at 80 feet or.so. The largest conceivable
height of a monster wave would be 198 feet, based on
some set of wave-dynamic physics.
To bring those dimensions into perspective, the tall-
est buildings on Anna Maria Island are the Martinique
condominiums atsix stories, or about 70 feet.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge span is 193 feet
The good news is that the water current-wind speed
conditions aren't all that conducive for rogue waves in
But we've had that freakish Loop Current moving
close to shore this spring and summer ....
Policy drafted for Holmes
Beach tree dedications
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore put her seal
of approval on a tree dedication program proposed by
the city parks and beautification committee.
The purpose of the program is to urge citizens to
dedicate plantings in memory of someone or in celebra-
tion of an event.
A request in writing must be submitted to the mayor
and. copied to the superintendent of public works. The
applicant, mayor and public works superintent will then
choose a tree native to the Island and the location for
planting. This selection will be brought to the parks and
beautification committee for consensus.
The city of Holmes Beach will arrange for the tree
purchase and contribute up to $200 per tree. A cer-
emony date for a tree dedication will be planned and
contributors will be able to select a marker, stone or.
plaque for the tree's location.
Public works will be responsible for mainte-
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Summer is for sizzling golf: faster, cheaper rounds
By Kevin Cassidy
If you're an avid golfing enthusiast, then summer
is the time for you. Not only can you easily play 18
holes of golf in a reasonable 3 1/2 hours, you can do
it without having to reach too far into your wallet or
purse that is if you can stand the summer heat and
Municipal courses like Manatee County, Buffalo
Creek and River Run all offer greens fees just over $20
for a round of golf in the mornings, while fees for an
afternoon round drop below $20.
Compare those rates to winter when it costs golfers
upwards of $40 to play a round of golf that will prob-
ably take five hours to complete.
There is also a variety of regulation-size courses
out east like Stoneybrook, the Links at Greenfield Plan-
tation, River Club and others that offer discounted rates
for the summer as well. These semi-private courses take
part in a program called the "Big Summer Card" that
provides an average savings of 30 percent on more than
40 golf courses between Port Charlotte and Brooksville.
A summer card costs $60, and is worth every penny to
a regular golfer.
Another option for linksters is the par-68 Pine-
brook-Ironwood course on Cortez Road. At Pinebrook,
you can play golf for around $20 on a challenging
4,000-yard layout that boasts some of the best greens
in Manatee County.
Lacking someone to play with on a regular basis?
Most of the above-mentioned courses offer weekly and/
or monthly leagues or games that are open to anyone
Pinebrook-Ironwood hosts a twice-monthly Grego's
Almost to the Beach tavern outing that kicks off at 10
a.m. on selected Saturdays. Call Grego's at 761-3055
if you're interested in joining this outing.
The Manatee County (no name-)Golf-Course on:
53rd Avenue West has several leagues available. On the
second Sunday of each month, in partnership with its
sister course, Buffalo Creek, the county hosts the Mana-
tee County Men's Golf Association for a shotgun start
at 7:30 a.m. MCMGA started in 1978 and has more than
100 members and offers a variety of games throughout
the year. For more information on MCMGA, go to its
Web site at www.golfweb.ws/4383
MCGC also offers a Thursday night nine-hole game
starting at 5:30 p.m. and a coed nine-hole game on
Friday nights starting at 5:30 p.m.
River Run also hosts nine-hole leagues on Wednes-
days and twilight couples leagues on Fridays.
If you've been contemplating grabbing your sticks
and giving it the ol' college try, now you've got no
excuses. Manatee County and River Run also have very
reasonable youth rates for up-and-coming golfers. Give
them a call for more information.
Key Royale golf news
Joyce Brown fired a seven-over 39 to capture the
Key Royale women's' golf low-gross golf competition
on July 11 at the Key Royale Club. Roswitha Fowler
and Cindy Miller tied for second in the first flight with
a pair of 45s. Second flight low-gross winner was Rose
Slomba with a 48, while Markie Ksiazek finished
second with a 53.
Brown also won the low-net competition in Flight
1 \ itb a 28, follow ed by Tootie Wagner. \ hose 32 put
her in second place. Lois Biel, Fowler, Miller, Joyce
Reith and Lorraine Towne tied for third with 35s.
Rose Slomba's 32 earned her first place in Flight
2, tio shots better than second-place finisher Jean
Rain hampered the turnout at last week's horseshoe
competition and players saw the end to Ron Pepka's
winning streak. After seven consecutive trips to the
winner's circle, Pepka and Steve Doyle were defeated
July 8 by Sam Samuels and Gary Howcroft by a 21-4
Pepka was back in form on July 12 when he
defeated Tom Rhodes and Steve Doyle 24-4 in another
light turnout at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
SSaturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
Thereejs no charge to p.la and e\ er one is welcome.
Doug Larsson hits a shot during a round of golf at
Larry Waterman shows good form on this swing
during a round of golf at Pinebrook-fronuit ood.
Register now for Center soccer
The Afria Maria Island Community Center is now
registering players for its 2006 recreational youth
soccer league. Boys and girls must be at least 4 years
of age and no older than 16 by Aug. 21 in order to
Cost for playing soccer at the center for members
is $50, with each additional sibling playing for $45.
Non-member fees are $65 for first child and $60 for
each additional sibling. Players receive a jersey and
matching socks from the league and are responsible for
their own black shorts and shin guards. Shin guards are
required to play and are offered at the Center for $5..
Registration will take place at the Holmes Beach
Public Works building (near the skate park) at the fol-
lowing dates and times.
6-8 p.m.Tues., Aug. 8, 15.
6-8 p.m.Thurs., Aug. 10, 17.
Everyone who signs up will be placed on a team,
but for parity of the league, tryouts for specific age
groups are mandatory. Tryouts will be:
Ages 4-7: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21.
Ages 8-9: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 22.
Ages 10-11: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 23.
Ages 14-16: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
Ages 12-13: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 25.
Soccer camp 2006
The Center will again host a soccer camp for new
and returning players to "kick off' the season. Players
will be put through the paces to refresh already-learned
skills and perhaps to learn some new skills.
For more information, contact Center athletic direc-
tor Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.
Surfing camp offered
Bluewater School of Surfing will offer one more
week-long surfing camp July 24-28. There are still
some spaces available for the camp for $205. To sign
up for the camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., call
the West Coast Surf Shop at 778-1001. You can also
visit the Bluewater School of Surfing on the Web at
Join Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls' soccer
team is hosting a golf tournament at the Bradenton
Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. For only $100
per golfer, players can test his/her golf skills at one of
Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging layouts in
a four-person scramble.
A goody bag, cart and greens fees are included in
the fee for all players who register before the Aug. 1
deadline. Also included with early registration is the
post-tourney banquet and awards party.
On tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-
to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons
of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so
The Her-icanes are also looking for sponsors for the
tournament. For $800, a business can purchase the Hat
Trick package, which consists of a foursome for golf
and the banquet, a tee or green sign on the course and a
banner which will be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane
home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship package
includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the course
for $500, or just a business sign on the course is $125.
To sign up a foursome, list four players and their
respective phone numbers and include the list with a-
check to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster and mail it to
me, Her-icane Coach Cassidy, at 3610 York Drive, Bra-
denton FL 34205. For more information, call me at
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WANTED: DOCK SPACE or slip. Rent or lease
for 30-foot boat. Electric and water preferred. Call
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
and near shore fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait,
tackle provided. 941-723-1107.
BOAT CAPTAIN NEEDED for occasional week-
ends. Must be nonsmoker and very reliable. Call
CHEF OR COOK with experience in Italian food. 5610
Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. 941-786-7951.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call
PART-TIME CASHIER for Bradenton Beach gift
shop. Nights available, retirees welcome. Apply at
the Green Turtle, 701 Gulf-Drive N.
PURCHASING/INVENTORY CONTROL position
for busy electrical contracting company. Parts dis-
tribution, invoicing and accounts receivable experi-
ence a plus. Must be computer literate with excel-
lent verbal and written communication skills. Call
SEEKING PIANO PLAYER evenings for Ooh La La!
Bistro. Music range from classical to jazz. Call Chef
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library.
Duties include checking books in/out, reshelving,
and generally assisting library patrons. Call Eveann
Adams, (941) 779-1208.
HOT DOG CART: Stainless steel, all accessories,
towable, excellent condition. Own your own busi-
ness. Big money maker! $1,200.941-761-3565.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call 941-778-0944.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, 941-756 5496.
BABYSITTER, PETSITTER, dog walker: First-
aid certified, 13-year-old, eighth-grader, female,
great with kids and animals. Call Kendall,
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, 941-761-1569.
Red Cross certified.
ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S safety while you relax.
Call Gemma, 941-447-9657. Responsible, reliable I
and experienced, with a love for children. Red Cross
babysitting and first-aid certifications.
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OPEN HOUSE: 1-4PM SUNDAY, JULY 23 ~
"" 108 LOS CEDROS. Tranquility and gracious living
in this spacious Anna Maria canal home, Covered
A" 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.c
LARGE LOT 101x112-foot lot located in central Holmes Beach. Many possibilities on
this property including room to build two homes. $689,000.
1 AND 2 BEDROOM CONDOS Enjoy fabulous sunsets from your rooftop deck! Just one
block from the beach and centrally located in Bradenton Beach. Walk to Historic Bridge
Street. restaurants. shops, and marina. Turnkey furnished & ready to rent. New heated pool
and rooftop deck! Wonderful island escape! Starting at $329,000.
GREAT VALUE! Home with Deeded Boat Slip. Ground level 2BR/IBA home,
in a quiet neighborhood.'Bright and airy with an open floor plan. Short walk to
2the beach and just steps fronmyour boat. Great winter residence or investment/
renovation potential. Priced to sell at $575,000.
GREAT CANALFRONTVALUE IN LONGBOAT KEY 3BR/2BAhome with won-
derful open-beam ceilings, new flooring, new dock, no bridges to bay. Short walk to
beach, botanical park and a great restaurant. $779,000.
TROPICAL SUNSET Spacious 2BR/2BA condo in four-unit complex just 100 feet to the
beach. Large heated pool, covered parking, upstairs sundeck are just some of the features.
Located in Holmes Beach close to shops and restaurants. $589,000.
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Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
RED CROSS first-aid certified babysitter certified.
Call Alex, 941-778-5352.
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-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
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READY TO MOVE IN! Brand
-- new 3BR/2BA, twoar garage
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Oullets Mall in Ellenton. Neu-
rol colors, upgrades galore,
quiel cul-de-sac lot on pond/
S- preserve. Close to 1-75 and
275, commuter's dream. Two-year bumper-to-bumper and 10-year
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
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CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, 941-778-3620.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
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PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CLEANING COUPLE: A few open slots for
offices, condos, houses, etc. We also do errands
and hurricane checks. Honest and dependable.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
EXPERIENCED CERTIFIED TEACHER avail-
able for tutoring in math, science and reading for
elementary-to college-level students. $35/hour.
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CPA BOOKKEEPER AVAILABLE for temporary
and/or part-time work to assist with your small busi-
ness or personal accounting/reconciliation needs.
$35/hour, two-hour minimum. 941-914-2037.
ANNA MARIA ROCK School at School for Con-
structive Play. Lessons in guitar, drums, piano,
bass guitar, saxophone, flute, theory. All ages. Call
ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
painting of grout, tile and grout repair, caulking of
showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
CARETAKER/HANDYMAN WILL barter services for
lodging near beach. Call Thomas, 941-807-2210.
LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash service at your home,
office, anywhere inside or outside. Wash, vacuum-
ing, detailing. Henry Lewis. Cell (941) 465-6963.
$10-PLUS PERSONALIZED signs. Tiki bar signs
and colorful sayings by Rhonda K. at Star Fish Com-
pany. 12306 46th Ave. W. Cortez. 941-447-6349.
HANDYMAN SERVICES:' PAINTING caulking,
interior carpentry, custom mirror and other inte-
rior/exterior general household repairs. Offering
quality services since 1994. Reliable. Call Colin at
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
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BAYFRONT HIDEAWAY Tucked away on a secluded, dead-end
street, this cozy and inviting 4BR/2.5BA pool home offers
endless views across Anna Maria Sound! Includes canalfront
boat dock and lift, gazebo, vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen
and sundeck, and enormous bayside master suite. Privacy
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ISLAND CONDO 2BR/1 BA Sea Pirates, rental producing condo
across from Gulf, heated pool, professionally decorated.
$455,000. Call Susan Klement, Realtor, 941-720-4107.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED 3BR/2.5BA with fireplace. Corner lot
on canal with new dock and caged pool. New kitchen cabinets
and granite countertops. New metal roof. $545,000. Seller will
pay one point towards buyers mortgage. Call Carleen Weise,
Realtor, 941-224-6521, evenings.
KEY ROYALE 3BR/2BA single-family on deep large canal.
Kitchen updated. Large caged pool, great dock, boat lift.
Turnkey furnished. $1,100,000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker,
CANALFRONT Anna Maria 3BR/3BA home with new guest
quarters. Updated electric, new air conditioning/heat, updated
kitchen, vaulted ceiling. Sailboat water, no bridges to bay.
Turnkey furnished. $749,900. Call Lori Guerin, Realtor,
.941-773-3415 or Carmen Pedota, Realtor, 941-284-2598.
WEST BRADENTON Well-maintained, updated 3BR/2BA home
on spacious lot. Wood flooring in living area. Roof replaced
2003. New air conditioning. Excellent starter or retirement
home. A pleasure to show. $274,900. Call Zee Catanese,
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
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
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JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns;
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and
installation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified-ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
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,
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
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.
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The Manatee Trolley runs seven days a week, 6 a.m. to
10:30 p.m., with approximately 20-minute intervals at all
31 75 stops up to 9 p.m., and 30-minute intervals from 9- ,
10:30 p.m. It starts at both ends of the Island at 6 a.m.,
from Coquina Beach and from the Anna Maria City Pier.
Northbound the trolley runs Gulf Drive to Marina/Palm
Drive in Holmes Beach, merging back to Gulf Drive in
Anna Maria. It runs from Gulf Drive to the city pier along
.Pine Avenue, where it turns around.
Southbound it runs Gulf Drive all the way from Anna
S.61 Maria City Hall to Coquina Beach.
S Have some fun, ride the trolley, and tell folks along the
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Free MCAT ride guides available at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (Trolley stops No. 23/53.)
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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
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
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property with pond, can subdivide into five-acre parcels.
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ISLAND CONVENIENCE STORE .WITH GAS!
REDUCED TO $149,900 & INVENTORY! Super opportunity
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Deborah Thrasher/RE/MAX EXCELLENCE
24 North Blvd. of the Presidents, Sarasota, FL 941-383-9700.
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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.
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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.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB- 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $794,900.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated community. $175,000.
THE LINKS AT PINEBROOK Golf course view, beautifully furnished.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS, CONDOS, HOMES
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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.
HOLMES BEACH POOL HOME
2BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, wet bar, deck,
pool, hot tub, large lot fenced yard, residential area.
BEACH HOUSE LARGE LOT
4BR/2BA elevated house, just steps to gorgeous beach.
Furnished, breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen. Seller may
GULFFRONT WATER'S EDGE
2BR/2BA 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 pavers. $649,900.
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.
CONTEMPORARY ANNA MARIA HOME
4BR/2BA, turnkey-furnished. Open plan, vaulted ceil-
ing, breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen. Bamboo flooring,
elevator. Near beach. Four-car garage. $1,350,000.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT
3BR/2.5BA home with 122-foot panoramic water
view. Split plan, breakfast bar, foyer entry, room for
pool, 88-foot private dock. $2,500,000.
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, 20,0001b
boat lift. Community heated pool, tennis. Island's
finest residential area. $870,000.
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 : Tsland beaches.
Headed pool. tennis, clubhouse/fimness room. Carport.
Short drive to shopping and restaurants. $349,900.
GULFFRONT HOLMES BEACH CONDO
1BR/1.5BA Seaside Beach House condo. Turnkey
furnished. Sautillo tile. Gorgeous view of the Gulf.
Beautiful beach. Excellent rental. $799,900.
FABULOUS GULFFRONT OCEANA CONDO
3BR/2BA, turnkey-furnished condo on beautiful walk-
ing beach. Open plan, breakfast bar; walk-in closets,
elevator. Small pet. $1,999,000.
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Gulffront complex,
secured entry, heated-pool and sauna, tennis. Great
rental. Central Holmes Beach. From $675,000.
1 BR/1BA Turnkey-furnished villa. Heated pool, steps
to deeded white sandy beach access. Rental program in
place, on-site manager. Small pet. $325,900.
2BR/2BA Tuscany villa. Remodeled, Mexican tile,
hardwood, courtyard-patio, den and fireplace. Extra
storage room. $399,900.
2BR/2BA.updated villa, Corian counters, courtyard.
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BRADENTON BEACH: NEWLY remodeled BR/
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
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.
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.
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
Jason @ betsyhills.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA Palma Sola Park. New
kitchen and bath, new paint, large yard. $1,600/
month. First/last/security. 941-778-5445.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/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, 941-778-3377 or
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
LARGE 2BR/2BA VILLA: 55-plus, furnished/
unfurnished. Great location, quiet, modern.
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.
RIVIERA DUNES: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, den,
formal dining, gated maintenance-free marina com-
munity on Manatee River. Pool, tennis, fitness center.
$1,850/month, annual lease. 941-358-7560.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
LEASE A $320,000 condo in private, gated Braden-
ton island community and share, increase in equity
50-50 with us. We pay taxes, condo fees, water and
standard cable. You pay mortgage ($1,570/month),
phone, electricity. 2BR/2BA, recently renovated, fur-
fiished or not.Two minutes to beach. 24-hour guarded
gate. Lighted tennis courts, clubhouse, heated pools,
Jacuzzi, bike paths. Washer and dryer in condo. No
pets, no smokers. 941-720-4307. pericocondo.com.
ANNUAL: ISLAND HOME"2BR/1 BA with garage
and fenced yard. Newly remodeled. $1,200/month
plus utilities. Small pet OK. 941-795-8979. Credit
PERICO BAY CLUB villa: 2BR/2BA, garage,
furnished. $1,100/month, flexible. Real Estate Mart,
ISLAND CANAL HOME: 3BR/2BA all new inside.
Pool and spa, dock. $3,000/month. Real Estate
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX: Bradenton Beach.
Steps to Gulf, clean, bright, quiet. First month rent
and security. $725/mopth. No pets. Call evenings,
ANNUAL RENTAL IN Holmes Beach. One block to
the Gulf. 2BR/1BA. Close to trolley stop and stores.
Washer and dryer on premises. $1,050/month, utili-
ties included. Call 646-842-0096 soon!
CORTEZ: CUTE 1BR/1BA trailer. Fully-furnished,
includes water/sewer/trash/yard maintenance. Com-
munity boat ramp. Yearly rental, $695/month. Sea-
sonal rates to be determined. Call 813-748-7995.
ANNUAL, $1,700/MONTH. Seasonal $3,400/month.
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, Palma Sola, block to bay.
New kitchen, screened pool, 1,645 sf, plus large
screened patio. 941-778-3051 or 775-338-9492.
BEACHSIDE GROUND LEVEL: 1BR/1BA, great
views, like new, sleeps four, $770/week or spe-
cial seasonal rates. 106 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
HOLMES BEACH: 30 yards to Gulf beach, 2BR,
appliances, ground-level home with laundry.
No smoking or pets. Year lease. $950/month.
ANNUAL: ATTRACTIVE 2BR/2BA with Florida room.
Washer and dryer hookup, dishwasher, carport, $1,000/
month. Nice 2BR/1 BA, washer and dryer hookup,
carport, $900/month. 1 BR/1 BA close to beach, $700/
month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
ANNUAL RENTAL: $575-2,200/month. Efficiency
- 3BR with pool. Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex: 2BR/2BA com-
pletely remodeled, furnished, washer and dryer.
$1,000/month plus utilities. 941-778-1819.
CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH area. Spacious
1 BR/1 BAifurnished apartment (resort style). $995/
month, includes utilities, cable, laundry, parking.
ROOMMATE WANTED to share 2BR/2BA, two
living room house in Anna Maria. Five doors from
beach. $650/month. Utilities included, washer and
dryer. Quiet professional/grad student preferred.
Credit check required. 941-778-8201.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA riverfront condo.
Downtown Bradenton. Gated, pool, gym. Washer/
dryer, carpet, tile, Corian counters Covered parking.
$995/month and up. 703-680-1676.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR totally remodeled town-
house. Very close to beach, fenced yard, two patios,
. washer/dryer. Available mid-August. $1,300/month.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
- 1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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.
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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.
BAYVIEW AND CANALFRONT with pool. 2BR/2BA
open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
see inside! By owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-705-
4454.404 21st Place. Bradenton Beach.
DESIRABLE ANNA MARIA lot for sale by owner,
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 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
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.
REDUCED! Large Anna Maria lot, deep-water
canal, no bridges, custom plans available. $650,000.
Details at http://mysite.verizon.net/talbotl, or call
KEY ROYALE CANAL home: Totally remodeled
3BR/2BA, spa, pool, boat dock. Way below appraisal.
$850,000. Call owner direct, 941-356-1456.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2BA villa with garage. Only $89/
month fee. $225,000. Bill, 941-518-9300.
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,
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full bay views!
Granite countertops, glazed porcelain tile, carpet,
designer furnishings, plantation shutters and more.
NEW 2005 CONDOS: Close to beaches, gated com-
munity. 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom models. $139,900-
$250,000. Keller Williams Realty. 941-932-1288.
3BR/2BA HOME IN pleasant Palmetto. Water views
and shady pergola. Three-car garage. $310,000 or
offer. Call Carleen at 941-224-6521.
HURRY! ONLY $529,000. Custom 3BR/3BA, over
2,100 sf with large efficiency and optional boat dock.
Holmes Beach. Show anytime. 513-378-9100.
BAYSHORE: 4BR/2BA all new inside, kitchen,
baths, appliances, air conditioning, laundry room
and boat slips. Call owner direct, 941-356-1456.
HALF THE MONEY gets million-dollar water view
with large 2BR/2BA condo with long boat dock
and carport. Open house anytime. $539,000.
TRIPLEX FOR SALE: Just steps to the Gulf of
Mexico! This triplex is on beautiful Anna Maria Island,
Fla. Currently, a rental property with a yearly income
of $34,800. Rent out two units and live in the other.
Rent annual or seasonal. Walking distance to shop-
ping, restaurants and trolley stop. Asking $599,000.
Easy to rent or create your own Island hideaway!
Call 646-842-0096 for more information.
ISLAND TOO EXPENSIVE? Distress sale In North-
west Bradenton, close to beaches and Island, one
acre, 4BR/3BA home. Extremely motivated owner,
selling $100,000 below market value. 6907 Ninth Ave.
Dr. N.W. $475,000 or best offer. 941-794-6777.
THE BEST AND $20,000 less than the next least
expensive. Runaway Bay 2BR/2BA, gutted in 2006.
All new furniture, carpet, tile, washrooms, decor,
and more. True turnkey ready! Great view and one
minute walk to beach. Six-year guarantee on air
conditioning. $379,999. George, 312-321-7501.
DIRECT GULFFRONT! Club Bamboo South. Com-
pletely remodeled condo. Crown molding, stainless,
granite and-more. Great rentals, pool, and large
balcony overlooking beach. Very motivated seller.
$469,000 or best offer. George, 312-321-7501.
THIS IS DEFINITELY the best in the complex! Run-
away Bay direct bayfront 2BR/2BA condo. Absolutely
everything is new. This is a must-see condo. Profes-
sionally decorated, great rental history and motivated
seller! $499,000. George, 312-321-7501.
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3,746 sf 3-4BR/3BA, granite/cherry kitchen, three
screened verandas. $829,000. 941-725-7000. 303
58th St., Holmes Beach:
WEST BRADENTON: 3BR freestanding condo with
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Eight-plus acres, direct lakefront, $269,900. Two-
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from downtown Jacksonville, Fla. Private gated
community. Miles of bridle trails, recreation area,
fishing and boating. Call 877-JRC-LAND. Florida
Land & Ranches LLC.
GULFFRONT LOTS: $595,000. Homes starting mid-
$300s. New master-planned oceanfront community
on beautiful Mustang Island, near Corpus Christi,
Texas. www.cinnamonshore.com, 866-891-5163.
BUYERS MARKET: COASTAL North Carolina 95-
100 percent LTV financing. Call CCL Inc. Realty,
LAKELAND SALE! Three acres with boat slip, only
$29,900! Direct access to 33,000-acre mountain
lake in Tennessee with boat slip. Available Aug. 26!
NEW LOG HOME package! Three acres with boat
slip only $89,900! Direct access to 33,000-acre
mountain lake in Tennessee. Available Aug. 26!
ALABAMA WATERFRONT ACREAGE: Two hours
from Atlanta and the coast. Gated with exceptional
amenities, including boat slips. 1/2- to 3 acres from the
$40s. Near great historic town. Call 866-882-1107.
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!
KENTUCKY DEEP-WATER parcel: 1.38 acres
overlooking Lake Barkley. 90 minutes to Nashville,
minutes to Land Between the Lakes. Just $47,000.
Won't last! Owner: 866-339-4966.
LOOKING TO OWN land? Invest in rural acreage
throughout America. Coastal, mountain, waterfront
properties, 20 to 200 acres. For free special land
TENNESSEE ACREAGE WITH views! One- to five-
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nature trails. From the $40s! Call 866-292-5769.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Five acres with frontage
on very large pristine creek, very private, excellent
fishing, canoeing, good access, near New River
Trail State Park, $39,500. Owner: 866-789-8535
VIEW ONLINE: WESTERN North Carolina, North
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GEORGIA, BLAIRSVILLE. NORTH Georgia moun-
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MAINE OCEANFRONT BARGAIN: Four-plus
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acres, ocean access, only $34,900. Enjoy spec-
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$79,900. Possible 18-month no payments! Call now!
EAST TENNESSEE: NORRIS Lake. 5.6-acre
wooded lakefront lot $66,500. 5.1 -acre wooded-view
lot, $28,900. Call Lakeside Realty at 423-626-5820,
or visit www.lakes derealty-tn.com.
WESTERN NEW MEXICO: Private 74-acre ranch,
$129,990, and 20 picturesque acres $54,990.
Scenic region with mountain views, tall trees,
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hunting, hiking, ATVs. Perfect to build your family
ranch or retreat, retirement or second home
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